US Remains Complicit in ‘Ghastly’ Sexual Torture at Secret Prisons in Yemen

US Remains Complicit in ‘Ghastly’ Sexual Torture at Secret Prisons in Yemen

Last June, an Associated Press investigation revealed that US armed forces were involved in torturing detainees held in secret United Arab Emirates-run prisons in Yemen. Now, it’s been corroborated and confirmed by a leading human rights organization.

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Wednesday that the secret torture prisons in Yemen, as well as the Saudi-led offensive to seize the Yemeni port of al-Hudaydah from the rebel Houthi movement, should be condemned by the US. Instead, the US is playing a role in the torturing of people by being complicit.

​”Amnesty International corroborated a report with AP that came out in June 2017 and in that report, they talked about ghastly punishments being used against detainees in Yemen. It doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s a terrible disappointment in terms of basic beliefs and that the human spirit could perform such sexually abusing torture,” Kelly told hosts John Kiriakou and Brian Becker.

Human Rights Watch described the expose in a 2017 report. “The details are grotesque: prisoners in these centers were ‘crammed into shipping containers smeared with feces and blindfolded for weeks,’ beaten, and trussed up on a ‘grill’ — a spit like a roast to which the victim is tied and spun in a circle of fire.” The report also noted that detainees “were also sexually assaulted, among other forms of abuse.”

The investigation found 18 “clandestine lockups” in southern Yemen operated by the UAE or Yemeni security forces following an extensive investigation that included talking to former prisoners, the families of people in detention, attorneys and Yemeni defense officials.

The torture practices go way beyond waterboarding. “Grilling” involves tying individuals to skewers and twirling them over fires, according to the report. Detainees are shuttled to black sites located within airports, military outposts and even inside nightclubs. The Yemen probe may reveal only part of the secret operations. Select detainees have also been sent to an Emirati base in Eritrea, Yemen Interior Minister Hussein Arab said last year. 

In addition, on March 10, 2018, seven eyewitnesses told AP that they saw 15 detainees at the Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden being ordered to undress and lie down by officers. The detainees’ anal cavities were then searched.

The Emiratis have rejected the notion that the black sites actually exist. “There are no secret detention centers,” the UAE government said in response to the AP report last June, adding, “no torture is done during interrogation.”

The Pentagon also denied any involvement in human rights violations. “We always adhere to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct,” Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said at the time. “We would not turn a blind eye [to torture practices].”

However, US defense officials confirmed that US forces were involved in the interrogation of detainees captured in Yemen last year, but denied having knowledge about potential humans rights abuses. The Americans would feed the Emiratis questions, then the Emiratis would provide video files or electronic transcripts of the questioning sessions, according to Yemeni Brig. Gen. Farag al-Bahsani.

“It would be a stretch to believe the US did not know or could not have known that there was a real risk of torture,” Amnesty International’s Lynn Maalouf said in June 2017.

“It certainly is a gruesome experience,” Kelly told Radio Sputnik.

“Even the US Congress put through a measure that was approved, which says that the US will not provide weapons to the Saudis and Emiratis until this issue had been investigated. But, I don’t believe the Senate put through a comparison mandate. So, it will have to be the public which rises up to say that this type of behavior is unacceptable,” Kelly noted, referring to a May 2018 measure by California Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee requiring that the US Department of Defense investigate whether US allies in Yemen played a role in torturing detainees.

Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government, headed by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement in the north of the country, since 2015. A Saudi-led coalition, composed mostly of Arab nations, has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis upon Hadi’s request since March 2015. The US has supported the Saudis by refueling Saudi and UAE aircraft and by providing aerial targeting assistance and intelligence sharing services, Sputnik reported.

“We must also acknowledge that in Yemen, alone, 8 million people are on the brink of starvation and the US has not effectively stopped the attack on the port of Hudaydah. This is something that ought to be condemned,” Kelly added.

Last week, Yemen, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive to seize al-Hudaydah from the rebel Houthi movement after the latter failed to respond to the government’s offer to withdraw from the port city. Various international organizations and rights groups have called on the warring Yemeni parties to exercise restraint amid increasing hostilities in the city.

“We stand with our UN partners to call on all parties to the conflict to protect the port and allow its uninterrupted functioning. We also call on all parties to protect health workers and their facilities from harm, as well as to ensure unimpeded access for medical teams seeking to treat the wounded,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last weekend.

The Director General of WHO stressed that the port of al-Hudaydah was the essential lifeline for the country, through which up to 70 percent of food and basic medicines pass.

“With the intensification of fighting around Hudaydah, I am deeply concerned about the impact it will have on the lives, health and welfare of the 1.6 million people living in the city and its environs, and on the people of Yemen more broadly,” the WHO chief added.



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 Written by Ahmed Abdulkareem; Originally appeared on Mint Press

Yemen’s Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in a military landing operation near the port, according to Houthi officials, who gave no further details.

Mohammed al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement, tweeted:

“Thanks to the Yemeni Coast Guard in Hodeida, a French or American boat was seized.”

He confirmed in a later tweet that a French naval vessel named the M/Y Jehol ll was captured by Yemen’s Coast Guard near Hodeidah.

محمد علي الحوثي@Moh_Alhouthi

شكرا رجال خفر السواحل اليمنية بالحديدة
تم القبض على زورق فرنسي او أمريكي المهم اجنبي
بفضل الله

محمد علي الحوثي@Moh_Alhouthi

العملية التي قام بها خفر السواحل اليمنية بالحديدة
وتم القبض فيها على الزورق الاجنبي
بفضل الله
كان يحمل اسم (M/Y_jehol_ll)

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam accused France and Britain of being involved in the recent attack on Hodeidah. Abdulsalam told a local television station on Saturday that

“British and French warships are on standby on Yemen’s western coast to launch missile and aerial attacks.”

The French newspaper Le Figaro confirmed that France’s Special Forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign on Hodeidah. A French military source later confirmed to Reuters that French special forces are operating in Yemen.

On Friday, the French defense ministry said France was studying the possibility of carrying out a mine-sweeping operation to provide access to Hodeidah once Saudi Arabia and the UAE wrap up their military operations

A Houthi military source said in a statement to MintPress that Yemeni forces would target French, or any other foreign military vessel participating in the attack on Hodeidah, adding that

“Yemen’s forces can handle any challenge posed by invading forces.”

Meanwhile, UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is visiting Sana’a to attempt to negotiate a Houthi transfer of the port of Hodeidah to the Saudi-UAE Coalition, a high-ranking government official told MintPress.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam noted,

“the UN envoy’s measures are only meant to cover up the continuation of the Saudi-led war on Yemen.”

Abdulsalam, who has served as the lead negotiator to Kuwait and Geneva over the past two years, stressed that if Griffiths follows his predecessor’s lead, he would fail to find a settlement to the conflict. UN envoys to Yemen have been criticized for having a heavily pro-Saudi bias. In 2017, then-UN Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, tried to convince the Houthis to cede control of Hodeidah, their only source of imported goods – including food — in exchange for paid salaries.

Despite warnings over the potentially devastating humanitarian consequences, the Saudi-led coalition is trying to capture the port city in what is shaping up to be the biggest battle of the now-three-year-old war, causing an acute shortage of vital supplies and putting millions of Yemenis at risk.

On Saturday, World Food Programme (WFP) director for Yemen, Stephen Anderson, called for a free food flow of goods through the port city, saying “the basic needs of Hodeidah’s civilians are not being satisfied.”

Approximately 500 households have been displaced from their homes in Hodeidahsince June 1, according to the UN, and at least 36 displaced families have lost their livelihoods as their farms were damaged in airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition earlier this month.

Top Photo | A Houthi fighter walks through the Red Sea port of Hodeidah on May 10, 2017. Abdul Jabbar Zeyad | Reuters

Ahmed AbdulKareem is a Yemeni journalist. He covers the war in Yemen for MintPress News as well as local Yemeni media.

IRGC Chief Says Yemen Close to Victory

June 19, 2018

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad-Ali Jaafari

Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Tue. that the Saudi-led coalition war against Yemen is turning in favor of victory for the Yemenis.

Major General Mohammad Ali Jaafari made the remark on Tuesday, referring to the recent clashes in Hudaida, Yemen’s principal port on the Red Sea, between Yemeni forces and the “big coalition of Americans and Europeans formed with reactionary states in region.”

The UAE, as part of the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen since 2015, launched the Hudaida assault on Wednesday, which culminated in clashes that, according to a Yemeni military source, left 50 Saudi-backed forces dead and destroyed 13 of their armored vehicles.

Yemeni forces also confiscated a French ship off Hudaida’s coast, according to Mohammad al-Bakhiti, a member of political bureau of Ansarullah movement.

Elsewhere, the IRGC commander censured the US for its lack of commitment to the nuclear deal, and leveled criticism at those inside Iran who were calling for negotiations between Iran and US president Trump.

He said the North Korean leader is a ‘communist’ revolutionary that would accept compromises in the face of US pressure, but Iran’s policy is based on an ‘Islamic’ revolutionary spirit that does not allow any room for compromises.

He further maintained that Iran has the capability to boost its missile range to more than 2,000km, but the measure is currently not on the country’s agenda, as the enemies’ strategic targets all fall within the 2,000km distance of Iran.

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Battle For Yemen’s al-Hudaydah On June 19, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies have faced a new series of attacks by the Houthis on their logistical lines along the western Yemeni coast.

The main attacks took place in the areas of Durayhimi Taif, Jan al-Asfal and al-Fazzah. Pro-Houthi sources claimed that the entire logistical line of the coalition was interrupted. However, these areas were not captured. So, the coalition’s forces will soon be able to restore supplies to its group involved in the battle for al-Hudaydah.

Battle For Yemen’s al-Hudaydah On June 19, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)

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At the same time, the coalition’s forces continued clashing with the Houthis in the area of the al-Hudaydah airport and south of the port city itself. A few days ago, pro-coalition sources claimed that the al-Hudaydah airport was captured by the coalition. However, clashes in the area continued.

According to pro-Houthi sources, up to 30 vehicles of the coalition-led forces were destroyed and up to 200 fighters of the coalition-led forces were killed in the clashes during the past few days. These claims are partly confirmed by released videos and photos.


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Yemen: Our Complicity Lies Bare

The Guardian’s Editorial

18-06-2018 | 12:50

Even if the UK warned against attacking the vital port of al-Hudaydah, we bear responsibility for the horrors of this war.

The fig leaves covered little to start with, and withered long ago. Now the excuses for our role in Yemen’s misery have fallen away entirely. The assault on al-Hudaydah by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition can only deepen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis; 70% of the country’s imports pass through the port. Britain and France urged Saudi Arabia not to launch the attack, but the UK has now “said its piece”. The US rejected a UAE request for a minesweeper for the operation, but as an Emirati official observed: “Not giving us military assistance is not the same as telling us not to do it.”

So they are doing it. They are conducting this war with British-, American- and French-made arms. They are conducting it with western military training and advice; British and US officers have been in the command room for airstrikes, and this weekend Le Figaro alleged that there are French special forces on the ground in Yemen. They are conducting it with diplomatic shelter from the west. On Friday, the UK and US blocked a Swedish drive for a UN security council statement demanding a ceasefire: “Britain, as the ‘penholder’ on Yemen at the UN security council, nevertheless takes a nakedly pro-Saudi approach to the conflict,” the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell notes. Arms sales and security interests dictate.

The war has already claimed tens of thousands of lives, the oft-cited toll of 10,000 being highly conservative when reached and now hopelessly out of date. Many more stand in peril. International law obliges the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian aid… Relief groups have had to flee al-Hudaydah. Twenty-two million Yemenis need aid. Eight million are at risk of starvation.

The assault appears to be an attempt to pre-empt the presentation of a peace plan by the UN envoy Martin Griffiths, who had previously warned that an attack on al-Hudaydah could “take peace off the table in a single stroke”. He is due to brief the Security Council on Monday, following emergency talks, and the UN’s humanitarian coordinator, Lise Grande, has said that talks on the UN taking over the port’s administration are at an advanced stage. But even if Griffiths can manage an agreement against the odds, the chances of it sticking are poor, given both sides’ record of acting in bad faith. The complexities of a handover are immense.

The coalition backs the internationally recognized president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, driven out by the Houthis [Ansarullah revolutionaries]. But the campaign appears largely driven by two forces. First, rivalry with Iran, and other strategic interests. Second, the prestige of its leaders – notably Mohammed bin Salman, who led the charge to war and is now Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader. The coalition has calculated that after a lengthy stalemate it may be in its best position since the war began more than three years ago; it hopes to change the facts on the ground and appears to have convinced itself that al-Hudaydah will be a relatively easy win, if far from painless for civilians. This is familiar stuff, as an International Crisis Group report pointed out this week: “The warring factions are overconfident in their military prospects, almost always press for military advantage when there is an opportunity for negotiation, and are all too often starkly indifferent to the humanitarian impact of their actions and the plight of ordinary citizens.”

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi may be of one mind in their loathing for Tehran, but the crowded and increasingly complex field is exposing divergence in their interests. A few months ago, Emirati-backed forces were fighting and killing Saudi-backed forces in Aden… The entrenchment of a war economy is another significant obstacle to peace.

So it goes on, the suffering mounting, further unsettling this unstable region and breeding cynicism and rage towards the west and its talk of human rights and international law. If the complicity ever looked deniable, events of recent days have laid it bare.
Source: The Guardian, Edited by website team

الاجتياح الأميركي الفاشل بيروت 1982 والحُديدة 2018

يونيو 18, 2018

محمد صادق الحسيني

لعلّ المتابع يستغرب بشدة الربط بين العاصمة اللبنانية بيروت عام 1982 والعدوان «الإسرائيلي»، بضوء أخضر أميركي عليها، حيث كان الجنرال وليام هيغ رئيساً للأركان المشتركه للجيوش الأميركية، وبين اليمن، وبالتحديد الحُديدة في اليمن، حيث يتمّ تنفيذ هجوم واسع النطاق ضدّ هذه المدينة اليمنية الساحلية من قبل ما يُطلق عليه «التحالف العربي» وبمشاركة أميركية فرنسية «إسرائيلية» مباشرة، وليس كما في الغزو «الإسرائيلي» للبنان عام 1982، أيّ بإعطاء الضوء الأخضر الأميركي فقط.

وبالعودة إلى تشابه الوضع اللبناني، في حزيران 1982، مع الوضع اليمني، في حزيران الحالي 2018، فإنّ نظرة سريعة الى مسرح العمليات على ساحل البحر الأحمر، الممتدّ من ميناء الخوخة وحتى ميناء الحُديدة، يجب أن يسجل الملاحظات التالية:

أولاً: إنّ العقل الذي خطط لاجتياح لبنان، وصولاً إلى عاصمته بيروت، هو عقل عسكري أميركي «إسرائيلي»، تمثل رئيس أركان الجيوش الأميركية، الجنرال ادوارد ماير من 1979 – 1983 ، ورئيس أركان الجيش «الإسرائيلي» رفائيل إيتان من 1978 – 1983 ، وهو العقل نفسه الذي خطط للهجوم الحالي على الحُديدة، أيّ عقل رئيس الأركان المشتركة للجيوش الأميركية جوزيف دانفورد، ورئيس أركان الجيش «الإسرائيلي» الجنرال غابي ايزينكوت.

فقد تمثلت خطة اجتياح بيروت سنة 1982 في القيام بعملية اندفاعة مدرّعة سريعة للوصول إلى بيروت، بغطاء ناري كثيف جوي وبحري وبري، إلى جانب تنفيذ عملية إنزال بحري واسع على شواطئ خلدة، عند مدخل بيروت الجنوبي من جهة المطار.

تركّزت خطة الدفاع، للقوات المشتركة اللبنانية الفلسطينية، بالتعاون مع الجيش السوري الذي كان فوجه 87 ينتشر في التلال المحيطة بخلدة نقول إنّ الخطة قد تركزت على السماح لقوات العدو المدرّعة بتنفيذ اندفاعاتها الكبيرة والسريعة باتجاه خلدة، من الدامور/ الناعمة جنوب خلدة من دون الاشتباك معها. وقد انتظرت القوات المشتركة المنتشرة في المنطقة وصول تلك القوات الى مثلث خلدة، حيث أوقعتها في كمين مضادات للدروع، يوم 9/6/1982، امتدّ على طول ثلاثة كيلومترات، بالإضافة إلى تصدّي سلاحي المدفعية والمدفعية الصاروخية للقوات المشتركة لمحاولة الإنزال البحري.

وقد نجم عن ذلك التصدّي البطولي لقوات الغزو «الإسرائيلية» تدمير لواء مدرّع «إسرائيلي» بشكل كامل، إلى جانب إفشال الإنزال البحري ومقتل وجرح العديد من عناصر البحرية «الإسرائيلية»، أيّ فشل الجيش «الإسرائيلي» في التثبّت في النقاط التي وصل إليها في مناطق جنوب بيروت، من الدامور حتى مطار بيروت الدولي، واستمرار صمود القوات المشتركة اللبنانية الفلسطينية مدة 88 يوماً في وجه أحد أعتى جيوش العالم.

ثانياً: قيام الجيش «الإسرائيلي»، إثر هذا الفشل الذريع، في دخول بيروت من مدخلها الجنوبي، بمناورة التفاف على القوات المشتركة حيث فتح جبهة جديدة في منطقة الشوف اللبنانية، أيّ من الجنوب الشرقي، ليصل لاحقاً بقواته المجوقلة ومن ثم المدرّعة الى منطقة بعبدا وبعض الأحياء الشرقية لبيروت بالتعاون مع القوات العميلة التابعة في حينه لما يُسمّى «الجبهة اللبنانية» وذراعها العسكرية «القوات اللبنانية».

ثالثاً: هذا بالضبط ما يجري منذ ثلاثة أيّام على جبهة الحُديدة، حيث قامت قوات التحالف، وتحت غطاء ناري كثيف جداً من الجو والبحر والبرّ بمحاولة الاقتراب من مواقع قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله في جنوب الحُديدة ومنطقة المطار، حيث سمح لهذه القوات بالتقدّم وتمّ إيقاعها في كمين ضخم لمضادات الدروع مما أدّى إلى تمكّن قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله من إبادة لواء مدرّع بالكامل وقتل وجرح جميع عناصره. في الوقت الذي حاولت فيه قوى العدوان تنفيذ عملية إنزال بحري واسعة على شواطئ غليفقه فجر يوم 14/6/2018، جنوب الحُديدة لتعزيز القوات المدرّعة التي حاولت مهاجمة القوات المدافعة عن المطار. وقد قام سلاح البحرية اليمني بالتصدّي لهذه المحاولة بالصواريخ البحرية مما أدّى الى تدمير بارجة إماراتية وقتل عدد من المرتزقة الذين حاولت تلك البارجة إنزالهم على الشاطئ، وبالتالي تمّ إفشال الهجوم بالكامل.

رابعاً: وكما حصل في المحاولة «الإسرائيلية»، في حزيران 1982، للتثبّت في مثلث خلدة والسيطرة عليه، تمهيداً لدخول بيروت، وقيام الجيش الاسرائيلي بمناورة الالتفاف على القوات المشتركة اللبنانية الفلسطينية، من محاور بيروت الجنوبية الشرقية، نقول كما حصل آنذاك قامت غرفة العمليات الأميركية البريطانية «الإسرائيلية» السعودية المشتركة، التي تقود الهجوم على الحُديدة، بالانتقال الى محاولة الالتفاف على قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله عبر بدء تنفيذ مناورة التفاف عبر الخط الموازي لخط الساحل، أيّ عبر تنفيذ هجمات كبيرة على محور التحيتا/ بيت الفقيه /المنصورية /وباتجاه الدريهمي /الشجيرة، حيث وقعت هذه القوات في مجموعة كمائن لقوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله، التي تمكنت من إفشال إقامة رؤوس جسور لهذه القوات في المناطق المذكوره أعلاه، وبدأت التعامل معها بالوسائط النارية المناسبة، الأمر الذي أسفر عن:

ـ محاصرة قوات التحالف في المناطق التي استدرجت اليها وإيقاعها في مصائد دروع لن تخرج منها دبابة واحدة إلا حطاماً.

ـ قطع خطوط إمداد هذه القوات البرية بالكامل والشروع في تنفيذ سلسلة إغارات قاتلة ضدّها، حيث استطاعت قوات الجيش وأنصار الله تدمير ثلاث عشرة دبابة للقوات الغازية هذا اليوم فقط، وذلك على محور الفازة.

ـ نجاح قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله في اتباع تكتيكات عسكرية مبتكرة، أفقدت قوات التحالف ميزة التفوّق الناري بشكل عام والسيطرة الجوية بشكل خاص، بدليل عدم نجاح هذه القوات في الوصول الى محيط مطار الحُديدة وإبقاء وحداتهم، التي وصلت إلى الدريهمي، تحت الحصار وعرضة للعمليات الهجومية النوعية من قبل الجيش وأنصار الله، أيّ فرض حرب استنزاف قاسية على هذه القوات ستؤدّي في أقرب الآجال الى انهيارها الكامل، رغم الغطاء الناري الكثيف الذي توفره لها طائرات التحالف، بما فيها طائرات أف 35 «الإسرائيلية».

خامساً: يُضاف إلى ذلك سلسلة الهجمات المضادّة التي تنفذها قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله، ليس فقط على جميع الجبهات في اليمن، وانما داخل السعودية أيضاً، في جيزان ونجران وعسير، وما ستقوم به القوة الصاروخية اليمنية من ضربات على أهداف هامة لقوى العدوان والتي لن تكون آخرها ضربة صاروخ التوشكا الذي قتل وجرح العشرات من أولئك المرتزقة يوم 14/6/2018.

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Saudi-led Aggression on Results Only in Failure, Hudaydah will be a swamp for invaders


Saudi-led Aggression on Hodeidah Results Only in Failure

June 17, 2018


The Saudi and Emirati aggression on Yemeni port of Hodeidah is resulting only in failure, with Yemeni Army and Popular Committees retaking initiative in the biggest battle since the war on Yemen started in March 2015.

Official in Ansarullah revolutionary group, Mohammad Al-Bakhiti, dismissed all reports that the Saudi-led forces have taken the airport of Hodeidah, stressing that the aggression powers sustain heavy losses.

“Yemeni forces completely retook initiative in western coast battle,” Al-Bakhiti said.

“Aggression forces have never secured any achievement in Hodeidah, morale of Yemeni Army, popular committees high,” the Yemeni official added.

Meanwhile, Yemeni sources confirmed that the Yemeni allied forces were still in control of the airport of Hodeidah, noting that Saudi-led media reports on capturing the airport aimed at diverting attention from the huge losses inflicted upon Saudi-led ground troops and mercenaries in several fronts across the port city.

In this context, Mohammed al-Sharif, deputy head of Yemen’s civil aviation, said images circulated online about the airport had been taken in October 2016.

“Yemeni forces are calling upon Saudi-led forces via speakers to surrender because they have no other choice. They are besieged from three sides with the fourth side is the sea,” Sabaa News Agency quoted a Yemeni source as saying.

“They are collapsing and the results of the battle show how they are in pure failure,” the source added.

The UAE, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition waging the war on Yemen, launched the Hudaydah assault on Wednesday despite warnings that it would compound the impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis.


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