First ships since war at Houthi-held port: officials

STORY: Hodeidah port officials said the ship has been granted clearance by the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM), instituted in 2016 to ensure compliance with an arms embargo mandated by the U.N. Security Council in 2015.

Muhammad Abu-Bakr bin Ishaq, who chairs the Houthi-run Red Sea Ports Corporation, told Reuters that the UNVIM mechanism has previously granted clearances only for specific kinds of shipments, but the new arrangement means different cargo could arrive and lower the costs of goods.

The conflict in Yemen between a Saudi-led military coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthis has shifted to a no-war, no-peace stalemate with the fighting largely stopped. But both parties have failed to renew a United Nations-brokered truce that expired in October.The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and left 80% of the population reliant on aid, with millions going hungry.