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Yemen's civil war: How to make truce work in Houthi-held Hodeida?

Will Yemen finally see a turn for the better in 2019? Last month's peace talks in Sweden raised hopes that the tide had finally turned in a nation battered by nearly four years of civil war and the ensuing famine, with three-quarters of the population dependent on humanitarian assistance. But the truce and prisoner swaps promised in December have yet to materialise.

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Much of the pressure of late has been on the Saudis and the Western-backed coalition. They've been leading air strikes that continue to kill innocent civilians, but the United Nations and its mediation teams have voiced exasperation with both sides.

FRANCE 24's team went to the north of Yemen, to territory held by Iran-aligned Houthi militias, that have consolidated their grip on the capital Sanaa since the assassination a little over a year ago of the country's longtime former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Are the Houthis honouring their commitments, in particular when it comes to the agreed truce in and around the strategic port city of Hodeida, a gateway to food and supplies for 70% of the country?

Produced by Alessandro XENOS, Laure FOURQUET, Wassim CORNET and James VASINA.

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