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Monitoring officer for Hodeidah Agreement succumbs to wounds from Houthi attack

Colonel Mohammed Sharaf Al-Sulaihi, a government officer in the UN-backed monitoring team to implement the Hodeidah Agreement, died Friday as a result of the injury he sustained from a Houthi sniper in Hodeidah last month.

Al-Sulaihi was pronounced dead at a hospital in the interim capital of Aden. He was shot by a Houthi sniper at the City Max point in the east of Hodeidah city on March 11th, a colleague of Sulaihi told Almasdar Online. Following the incident, Al-Sulaihi was taken to an intensive care unit in a hospital in Aden, where he remained until his death.

At the time of the shooting, Al-Sulaihi was serving as an officer in the monitoring team that was part of the UN-led effort that came out of the December 2018 consultations in Sweden. He was monitoring the shaky ceasefire in direct coordination with the UN mission, which had recently created the observation post near the City Max location.

The government’s participation in the Redeployment and Coordination Committee (RCC) to implement the Hodeidah agreement has been suspended since the attack against Al-Sulaihi, while the Houthis deny responsibility for the incident. Houthi RCC member Mohammed Al-Qadiri described the incident as “baseless allegations that are part of the fabrications made by the other party in order to renege on their commitments to implement the Sweden Agreement.”

Following Al-Sulaihi’s death on Friday, the government of Yemen condemned what it called the “disregard” of UN Envoy Martin Griffiths and the UN monitoring team headed by Abhijit Goha, and their “lack of a clear condemnation of the attack on a member of the joint ceasefire monitoring team.” Minister of Information Muammar Al-Iryani accused the UN envoy of failing to provide support and medical evacuation for Al-Sulaihi, despite medical reports confirming his deteriorating health.

 


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