Al-Ayyam newspaper – Sanaa cancels the “Maritime Security” conference and monitors the Egyptian Force 153

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Yesterday, Monday, media sources reported that the Houthi group had retracted the holding of the “Maritime Security Conference”, which had set a date for January 22 (yesterday), apparently as part of the truce requirements imposed by the ongoing Omani-sponsored consultations between Saudi Arabia and Sana’a.

Sources in Hodeidah stated that the Houthis were satisfied with holding part of the prepared exercise without the media coverage they were accustomed to, according to Al-Masdar online news website yesterday.

During the past days, the Houthis began to locate sites for installing marine radars on the coast of Al-Hodeidah Governorate, to monitor the movement of commercial ships and oil tankers in the international shipping lane overlooking the Red Sea.

The sources indicated that teams consisting of foreign experts from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy and leaders of the Houthis visited at least ten coastal sites south of the city of Hodeidah during the last period in light of the truce, as well as other sites on board ships anchored and idle in the port and Al-Ktheeb, as well as north of the city. The city, in addition to the oil port in Ras Isa to the west, and on Kamaran Island, and a number of other small islands, according to the site.

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The sources added that the teams have identified a number of points where the radars will be installed, which will assume the task of monitoring the movement of ships in the Red Sea, in addition to monitoring the movements of Force 153, which the Egyptian army announced assuming its mission last December.

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The Houthi militia had threatened in mid-December to take military measures in the event of approaching Yemeni territorial waters, hours after the Egyptian army announced that it would assume new international missions in the Red Sea, including the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Gulf of Aden.

More than a week ago, the Houthis announced a maritime security conference that they said it would hold on the 22nd of this month, as a message that “there can be no peace at sea if sovereignty is not achieved for the territorial waters and the Yemeni islands,” according to statements by Jalal Al-Ruwaishan, deputy head of the militia government for defense affairs. and security.

Sana’a did not officially announce the holding of the conference, which was scheduled to be held yesterday, perhaps because of the consultations it is engaged in with Saudi Arabia in Muscat, but it continued to implement some practical measures related to it without announcing.

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