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1:25 p.m.

The Security Council has voted unanimously to authorize the deployment of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in Yemen’s key port of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces from that area.

The limited cease-fire and pullout, if implemented, could offer a potential breakthrough in the four-year civil war that has brought civilians in the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of starvation.

The U.N. envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, had urged rapid deployment of U.N. monitors as “an essential part of the confidence” needed to help implement the Dec. 13 cease-fire agreement between Yemen’s government and Houthi Shiite rebels reached in Stockholm, Sweden.

Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce praised the council’s unanimous support Friday “on this very important issue that affects so many millions of citizens in Yemen today.”

Homeless children stand on the road from Khoukha to Taiz in Yemen Feb. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
Homeless children stand on the road from Khoukha to Taiz in Yemen Feb. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, a father gives water to his malnourished daughter at a feeding center in a hospital in Hodeida, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, a father gives water to his malnourished daughter at a feeding center in a hospital in Hodeida, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
A girl pulls water from a well in the home of Ahmed al-Kawkabani, leader of the southern resistance unit in Hodeida, in al-Khoukha, Yemen Feb. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
A girl pulls water from a well in the home of Ahmed al-Kawkabani, leader of the southern resistance unit in Hodeida, in al-Khoukha, Yemen Feb. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Source: The Associated Press

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