The Houthis will start leaving the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras-Issa, according to Reuters, citing chair of the U.N’.s Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), who was charged to oversee the process, Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard.
The United Nations “welcomes the offer and intention of the Ansar Allah to undertake an initial unilateral redeployment from the ports of Al-Hudaydah, Salif and Ras-Issa,” Lollesgaard said.
According to the U.N., control of all three ports will be relinquished to the Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation, a governmental body.
The redeployment process must be followed by "the committed, transparent and sustained actions of the parties to fully deliver on their obligations," an official statement from the U.N. declared.
Additionally, the agreement dictates that pro-government forces leave positions around the periphery of Hodeidah during the redeployment.
Yemeni information minister, Moammar al-Eryani, has since countered that the offer of redeployment was "inaccurate and misleading."
Al-Eryani rejected the move, in a social media post, saying that any withdrawal that did not allow for joint monitoring and verification was unacceptable.
The Houthis and the government of Yemen first agreed - during U.N.-brokered peace talks in Sweden, in Dec. - to withdraw troops by Jan. 7 from Hodeidah under a truce aimed at ending the four-year war.
The Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led Yemeni coalition has accused the Houthis of using Hodeidah to smuggle weapons, a charge the Houthis have repeatedly denied.