What Happened: Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen have agreed to implement the first phase of force redeployment around al-Hudaydah, according to an April 15 announcement by the United Nations.
Why It Matters: Progress on force redeployment around al-Hudaydah might allow the warring parties to engage in additional talks to terminate the military phase in Yemen's civil conflict. If both sides are unable to achieve significant progress, the international community might ramp up its pressure, which could result in increased international isolation for Saudi Arabia after already facing criticism over its conduct in the conflict.
Background: Both sides held talks in Sweden in December 2018 to prevent a widespread humanitarian catastrophe in al-Hudaydah and any worsening of the country's famine.
- A Review of the Yemen Civil War in 2018 (Dec. 28, 2018)
- Yemen: Two Warring Sides Take a Tentative Step Toward Peace (Dec. 13, 2018)