Under the agreement, armed forces from both sides will withdraw from three ports, Hodeidah, Ras Issa and Al Saqef within days, according to UN envoy Martin Griffiths. Both sides are then expected to disengage and withdraw from the city centre of Hodeidah within two weeks.
Deployment of neutral forces
The agreement places the Red Sea port city under control of local forces recognised by the Yemeni government. They will fall under the supervision of the United Nations. Such a plan has been long-mooted as a way to solve the protracted battle for the city. The two sides will then meet in January at further talks to discuss a political framework.
Establishment of humanitarian corridors
The UN will play an important role monitoring the ports and ensuring that humanitarian aid gets delivered to millions of Yemenis on the brink of famine. By demilitarizing Hodeidah, the UN will deliver aid to those living in areas whose supply routes have been cut of from the intensification of the battle on the west coast. The east-west road has been cut off during intensified clashes between the two sides.