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Violence and mistrust jeopardize ceasefire at Yemeni ports

UN peacekeepers and acting governor of Hodeidah walking near port
Acting Governor of Hodeida Mohammed Ayash Quhaim with members of the UN mission. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A dispute over Houthi withdrawals from critical ports in Yemen is threatening the success of a deal negotiated late last year with the country's internationally recognized government.

Why it matters: The Stockholm agreement, considered a breakthrough when announced in December, was intended to improve Yemen’s dire humanitarian situation and build confidence between the government and the Iran-backed Houthis. But scant progress has been made, raising concerns about the UN’s ability to broker a permanent peace between the warring parties.

Saudi Arabia claims oil pumps were attacked by drones in "act of terrorism"

This image is a close-up of Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih talking. A blurred miniature Saudi Arabian flag sits in front of him.
Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih on March 18, 2019. Photo Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Drones attacked oil pump stations in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, in what Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih is calling "an act of terrorism," according to Gulf News.

Driving the news: "Yemen's Houthi rebels said they had attacked several targets," AFP reports.