“Today we mourn [both] the martyr Mohammed Al-Sulaihi and the Stockholm Agreement,” Hodeidah Gov. Hassan Taher told those gathered at Al-Sulaihi’s funeral, taking aim at the perceived failure of the UN-brokered peace deal
Government, anti-Houthis forces mourn UN ceasefire monitor killed by rebel sniper
A funeral was held in the port city of Al-Mocha in Hodeidah governorate on Sunday for government liaison officer Mohammed Al-Sulaihi, who passed away Friday from injuries sustained in a Houthi attack on March 11.
Al-Sulaihi was shot in the head by a Houthi sniper while monitoring a ceasefire at the 5th joint observation post in Al-Mocha. At the time of the shooting, he was under the protection and command of the UN mission to support the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA). He was transferred to a hospital in the interim capital of Aden.
“Today we mourn [both] the martyr Mohammed Al-Sulaihi and the Stockholm Agreement,” Hodeidah Gov. Hassan Taher told those gathered at Al-Sulaihi’s funeral on Sunday. It was attended by leaders of the 2nd Tihama Brigade, Al-Zaraneeq Brigade and the National Resistance Forces.
UNMHA, which was established as part of the Stockholm Agreement in late 2018 to prevent a devastating battle in the port city of Hodeidah, has not released a statement on Sulaihi’s killing. UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths condemned the killing and expressed his condolences to Al-Sulaihi’s family.
The government’s deputy minister of human rights, Majid Fadhayel, laid some of the blame for Al-Sulaihi’s death on the UN.
Fadhayel expressed anger at the UN and Griffiths personally for not sending Al-Sulaihi abroad for treatment and for not condemning the Houthis specifically for his killing.
Editing by Ahlam Mohsen and Casey Coombs