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Yemen's Houthis say port city of Hodeida should be neutral

STR, AFP | A picture taken on November 25, 2018, shows Yemeni fishermen selling fish along the shore in the Red Sea city of Hodeida.

Yemen's port city of Hodeida should be declared a "neutral zone", the main negotiator of the Iran-aligned Houthi group said on Saturday on the sidelines of peace talks underway in Sweden with the delegation of the Saudi-backed government.

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The Houthi group control major population centres in Yemen, including the capital Sana'a and the port of Hodeida on the Red Sea.

The Houthi negotiator, Mohammed Abdusalam, also told Reuters his group was open to the possibiliy of giving the United Nations a role at Sana'a airport as part of an effort to get it reopened.

(REUTERS)

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