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The Arab Coalition paused its offensive against Houthi rebels in Yemen’s key port city of Hodeidah on June 23 to make time for a last-minute efforts towards a United Nations-brokered peace agreement, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash confirmed on Sunday

“We welcome continuing efforts by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to achieve an unconditional Houthi withdrawal from Hodeidah city and port,” he wrote in a tweet, acknowledging the halt in military operations

“We have paused our campaign to allow enough time for this option to be fully explored. We hope he will succeed”

Dr Gargash wrote in a subsequent tweet that the pause took effect on June 23, initially for a week, and is in place as the coalition awaits the results of Mr Griffiths’ shuttle diplomacy

He said that if these “patient efforts” fail then the coalition would resume “military pressure” that would bring “the liberation of Hodeidah” and “force the Houthis to engage seriously in negotiations”

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The Arab Coalition – which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE – intervened in the Yemen war in 2015 at the request of the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi

Yemen government forces, backed by the alliance, launched an offensive on Hodeidah on June 13 to box the rebels into Sanaa, cut off their supply lines and force them to work on a political process

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