The first stage of the redeployment of Houthi forces from Yemen's ports has been verified by the United Nations, said Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, head of the UN's Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), in Hodeidah on Tuesday.

Lollesgaard stated the verification was an 'important step', as it now allows the UN to support the management of the ports.

A UN peace deal brokered in Sweden last December saw Houthi forces agree to withdrawal from Yemen's three Red Sea ports; Hodeidah, Ras Isa and Saleef. The Houthi withdrawal, which began on Saturday, has reportedly handed control over the ports to Yemen's coast guard.

The UN deems the four-year war in Yemen to have caused the world's 'worst humanitarian disaster'.

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