Yemen: 90+ Saudi Mercenaries Killed In Sa’ada

By Staff, Agencies

At least 190 Saudi mercenaries were killed or injured in the Yemeni city of Sa’ada, where a massive attack by the kingdom was foiled, Spokesman for Yemen’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree announced.

He further noted that Yemeni forces foiled the Saudi-led attack on Baqim District, killing 90 mercenaries and injuring at least 100 others.

The Yemeni forces also cleansed Naseh heights from Saudi mercenaries.

On Sunday, Saree said Yemeni fighters killed at least 20 Saudi soldiers in a retaliatory attack as the Riyadh regime’s deadly war against the impoverished southern neighbor entered the fifth year.

The attack by the Yemeni army and Popular Committees targeted two military bases in the southern Saudi town of Jizan, he said.

Later on Monday in Najran region located 844 kilometers south of the Saudi capital Riyadh, several Saudi-paid militiamen were killed in a Yemeni attack on their positions.

Separately, Yemeni forces launched a barrage of artillery rounds at the gathering of Saudi forces in the kingdom’s Asir region.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen on March 26, 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah revolutionary movement.

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NGOs Urge Germany to Extend Moratorium on Saudi Arms Sales

By Staff, HRW

As the Saudi-led war on Yemen ends its 4th year, 25 Yemeni and global NGOs called on Germany to extend its moratorium on arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Below is the full text of their plea.

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

As organizations working to protect civilians in armed conflict, we urge you to renew the suspension of export licenses for arms transfers to Saudi Arabia for use in the conflict in Yemen. This decision would be consistent with Germany’s legal obligations and would align the country with a growing number of its European neighbors.

In March 2018, Germany joined several other European states, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland and announced it would refuse the transfer of new licenses to Saudi Arabia. Doing so prevented the export of some arms produced by France and the United Kingdom that require parts and components of German origin.

Among European Union member states, France and the United Kingdom are more and more isolated in their refusal to even consider stopping the sale of arms components to the coalition. Rather than undertake action that would help to end atrocities in Yemen, France and the United Kingdom have publicly criticized Germany’s decision and encouraged you to resume arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Doing so risks weakening international standards for arms control and may violate obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), including “…respecting and ensuring respect for international humanitarian law…” for “preventing human suffering;” the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, which requires Member States to ensure “…respect by that country of international humanitarian law…” of the recipient country; and finally German national law.

Ending arms exports to all parties to the conflict in Yemen is the only position that is in line with the agreed upon European and international obligations, including the ATT and Common Position, and international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Since March 26, 2015 when the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition began their military intervention in Yemen, the coalition has carried out over 19,000 air strikes—one every 106 minutes. Strikes have routinely struck civilians and civilian infrastructure; in their 2019 report, the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen… concluded that Saudi/UAE precautionary measures to protect civilians are “largely inadequate and ineffective.”

Additionally, the coalition’s-imposed restrictions on imports of vital food, medicine, and fuel has greatly contributed to what the UN has called “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Twenty-four million people require humanitarian assistance and 10 million are on the verge of famine. Additionally, throughout the conflict, coalition airstrikes have destroyed water treatment facilities and pipelines and major transport hubs—crippling access to clean water. There have been 1.3 million suspected cases of cholera—the worst outbreak in modern history.

The Saudi/UAE coalition has also struck medical facilities and personnel critical to providing lifesaving care and support to civilians in need. Saudi/UAE coalition airstrikes have damaged or destroyed hospitals and clinics, sharply contracting the availability of health care when the number of people in Yemen requiring health care has skyrocketed.  Airstrikes have also struck vital power and other civilian infrastructure essential to protecting human health and wellbeing in Yemen.

We hope that Germany will continue to take a principled position and one that aligns with your legal obligations, including under German domestic law prohibiting the export of arms, including spare parts and components, where there is a major risk they will be used to commit or facilitate violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The coalition’s conduct of war in Yemen since 2015 has made these risks clear.

We also hope that during its tenure in the UN Security Council, Germany will demonstrate similar leadership. The April 1 Arria Formula meeting organized by France and Germany during their successive Security Council presidencies, which will focus on the protection of humanitarian and medical personnel and facilities, and the broader protection of civilians in armed conflict, is an important step. It is critical that Germany utilize all tools available during and after your Council presidency, including briefings, statements, and resolutions, to better protect the right to civilians and ensure accountability for all parties responsible for violations of international law in Yemen.

Sincerely,

Signatory organizations:

  1. Action Against Hunger
  2. Action by Christians Against Torture (ACAT)
  3. Action on Armed Violence
  4. Alliance internationale pour la défense des droits et des libertés (AIDL)
  5. Awam Foundation for Development and Culture
  6. CARE

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Yemenis Mark 4 Years of Saudi War in Nationwide Mass Rallies

By Staff, Agencies

Millions of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital, Sana’a, and other major cities to mark the fourth anniversary of the Saudi regime’s devastating war against the Arab country and reiterate their steadfastness in the face of the ongoing aggression.

Many provinces and cities, including Sana’a, Sa’ada, Ta’izz, Ibb, Bayda and Raymah, have been witnessing mass rallies since Monday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

However, the protests reached their peak on Tuesday, March 26, the day the Saudi regime and a coalition of its vassal states launched the US-backed military campaign against Yemen in 2015 to reinstate the ex-Yemeni government – a close Riyadh ally – and destroying the popular Ansarullah revolutionary movement.

The demonstrators carried placards and Yemeni national flags, chanting slogans against Riyadh, ‘Israel’ and Washington, which has been providing military support to the Saudi-led coalition over the course of the war.

The offensive initially consisted of a bombing campaign, but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground forces into Yemen.

Relatively, Yemen’s Grand Mufti was among the keynote speakers at the rally in Sana’a, where he called on the Arab country’s religious scholars as well as the Muslim world not to remain silent in the face of the crimes the Al Saud regime and its allies have been committing against Yemenis.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, also delivered a speech and stressed, “The Yemeni nation will continue fighting to the end and [we] will never give in. We will finally defeat the enemy.”

He further condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision on Monday to formally recognize Syria’s occupied Golan Heights as part of the “Israeli territory.”

The Saudi-led war has taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

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Survivors of First Saudi Massacre in Yemen Feel Forgotten after Four Years of War

By al-Ahed Correspondent

Sana’a – Yasser al-Habashi, father of five children was living in his own home, car and a grocery in Bani Hawat neighborhood near Sana’a International Airport when a Saudi airstrike hit his home on March 26, 2015.

Bani Hawat neighbourhood’s leader, Fayz, sits with some children on the rubble of Yaser’s home & car and the houses of the other three families on March 25, 2019 ( al-Ahed News)

Al-Habashi was living in a single-story home about 100 meters away from the eastern main gate of Sana’a International Airport. This home was among four homes targeted directly by first US-backed Saudi airstrike on Sanaa, making a tragedy for survivors who feel as forgotten as the overgrown burial ground.

Three of al-Habashi’s sons martyred, Ammar, 17, Ala’an, 14, and Aisha, her age not verified yet, were among 21 killed and 17 wounded among them his son Najmuldeen who still suffer from shrapnel and got surgery to remove some of them 6 months ago.

On the early hours of 26 March, 2015, al-Habashi came to home at 1:30 A.M., he said, and could not remember what happened after that time.

On the thresholds of four years of the US-backed Saudi war on Yemen, al-Ahed News has visited on Monday’s afternoon the scene of the first massacre that targeted this neighborhood of al-Habashi, where his family was the fourth family that was targeted.

None of the survivors among the four families still live in this neighborhood any more, for fear of being another target for the indiscriminate airstrikes of the Saudis whom US President Donald Trump once described them as don’t know how to use weapons.

Due to the bad experience, the survivors have been feeling of frustration, fear and insecurity, eating and sleeping disorders, anxiety, aggressiveness, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral problems, according to neighbors who explained why they no longer live here or refuse to speak to media.

Al-Habashi, who survived with bad wounds now lives in a rented home in Bani Hushaish district, 20 km north eastern the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.

“I was living at my own house, have my own car, work at my own grocery, then suddenly l lost all of them,” al-Habashi told al-Ahed via a phone call.

What happened?

Yasser al-Habashi was the only responsive of the four families and spoke to our website via phone, said he has not done bad to anybody and know nothing about politics, claiming there is no justification for targeting him.

He stressed he really enjoy not being involved in any kind of decision-making process or people’s lives. “I only walk to work at my grocery, then come home,” he said responding to a question if he has participated in any military actions that led to being targeted by airstrikes.

Fayz al-Swat, in his early thirties, lives at al-Balas neighborhood who works as its leader. This neighborhood is where the massacre took place. He was sitting at his living-room along with three men, solving problems of the society when al-Ahed correspondent visited him Monday afternoon.

This neighborhood is a socially excluded locality inhabited by poor and marginalized people who work in picking Khat leaf which is a stimulant that Yemenis chew and can make a person feel more alert, happy and talkative, according to authors.

Al-Sawt said this neighborhood is a peaceful and knew every person in it being member of any warring sides.

“There were no Ansarullah members here, no members of any party, all people here are farmers who look for making a living in Khat harvest,” al-Sawt said, denying there were any military targets that allow striking his neighborhood.

Al-Sawt said civilians of his locality were sleeping in peace, then at 2:15 A.M., they heard an explosion, and the season was rainy, cloudy.

“At first we thought it [the explosion] is a thunder, as it was a rainy season,” al-Sawt told al-Ahed while at his own poor home that’s about 10 meters from the targeted homes including al-Habashi home.

“We came out to see what happened, then we heard another explosion at Sana’a International Airport,” al-Sawt added.

“The electricity went out at the neighborhood, as its adapter was close to the targeted houses.”

This situation, according to al-Sawt, caused intense panic and fear among the residents of the neighborhood that witnessed huge displacement wave.

“I saw half of the neighborhood houses destroyed, or partially damaged,” al-Sawt said, adding he then took his family in his car to another house in a nearby house and returned to participate in the rescue efforts.

“I helped in pulling the sons of al-Habashi from under the ruins,” he said where four families were targeted. Survived civilians still live at houses on rent, according to al-Sawt, after they were living in their own homes.

“Yasser has become homeless and living in a house on rent,” said al-Sawt when we called Yasser by phone to attend the scene of the rubble of his home to be interviewed. Another family member declined to speak saying media did nothing for them to alleviate their sufferings while living at rental houses.

Survived

Yasser and his wife with one of two children survived with badly wounds. One of his children still suffer from shrapnel that were removed just 8 months ago, according to Yasser.

Only one of my children survived with no wounds as he was in a near-by house of a relative.

Al-Sawt said three families’ members miraculously survived. One family from Hajjah province, one child along with his sister survived. His sister is married and lives in the nearby district of Arhab of Sana’a and she was on a visit to her parents during the airstrike.

The child now is a teen, according to al-Sawt, and lives with his sister in Arhab district as he works on motorcycle.

The second family belongs to al-Jarmouzi. “This family had a special occasion when the airstrike took place. A girl came to visit her mother’s brother two weeks ahead of her wedding party. “She was killed in this airstrike and returned only on a dead body,” al-Sawt explained.

He then mentioned the third family of Mohammed al-Mualem. The father and his daughter was killed, the rest survived, he said.

Al-Sawt confirmed that when he saw such massacre and its victims were too innocent and knew they have nothing whatsoever to do with a weapons or party entanglements, he figured the aggression is criminal.

“So we then started to support Ansarullah fighters in fighting the Saudi aggression and we will stand-up as one against this aggression that threats our security and our future,” he concluded.

Ansarullah Leader Threatens to Attack Saudi Arabia, UAE in case of Escalation in Yemen’s Hudaydah

By Staff

The Leader of Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul Malik Al-Houthi stressed that the Saudi regime has failed in its deadly campaign against Yemen to achieve its objectives despite enjoying support provided by Washington and other allies. 

Delivering a speech on the fourth anniversary of the Yemeni nation’s resistance against Riyadh’s aggression, Al-Houthi said Saudi Arabia’s “unprecedented oppression” aimed to divide the Yemeni people and control them in order to serve the aggressors’ interests.

“The campaign is also aimed at occupying Yemen and looting it oil resources,” he said.

The Ansarullah leader said it was a religious and national duty to keep confronting Saudi Arabia’s agressive behavior.

He also condemned the stance of traitors and those irresponsible people who act in support of Riyadh.

Referring to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Al-Houthi said no one has the right to sell his country and to waste the blood of his people.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, he said, are facing economic challenges due to the campaign against Yemen. Houthi did not elaborate on the matter.

“We warn of any military escalation in Hudaydah. The response will extend to the depth of the countries’ capital cities involved in the escalation,” Al-Houthi warned in his speech aired through television and radio stations.

In parallel, he stated: “We are coming into the fifth year of resisting the foreign military aggression with a much more developed long-range ballistic missile arsenal.”

“Enemy seeks to fail the Sweden Agreement to occupy our land … but we will fight until the end,” the leader added.

Al-Houthi called on his supporters to mass on Tuesday at the largest square in the capital Sanaa to celebrate their steadfastness over the past four years of war.

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Yemen Gov’t Spox: US Responsible for Saudi War on Yemen, We’re Part of Resistance Axis

Al-Ahed Correspondent

Sana’a – Spokesman of Sana’a National Salvation Government, Dhaifullah Al Shami, accused Washington of being responsible for the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen.

Al Shami told al-Ahed News that Saudi Arabia launched the [Decisive Storm] thinking it will storm Yemen within two weeks, stressing that today we are on the threshold of the fifth year and it has achieved nothing.

The Yemeni official further called on Saudi Arabia to understand the lesson and abandon its arrogance and pride and leave Yemen.

Al Shami noted that the peace process in Yemen “remains stalled” and moves like an ageing and sick turtle, that when it takes a step forward, it takes backward another step.

The US role is like the role of the Devil, according to Al Shami, which he said US acts clandestinely but is the owner of the idea and the planner, and the others are but cheap tools only.

“The United Nations is unable to provide anything, as there had not been any success provided by it since its foundation for the sake of any people in the world, but conspires with invaders and occupants in each country and what happens in Palestine is the starkest evidence,” said Al Shami.

Al-Ahed News spoke to Sana’a government’s spokesperson and Minister of Information, Dhaifullah Al Shami, in an exclusive interview on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the war on Yemen launched on March26, 2015.

Following is the full text of the interview

Al-Ahed News: On the threshold of the fifth year of the war on Yemen that has made in Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis of this century… What are your messages on this anniversary for the Yemeni people, the Saudi-led military coalition, and the international silence?

Al Shami: The Yemeni people launches their fifth year of the legendary steadfastness in the face of the US- Saudi, UAE aggression, with confidence, generous spirit, faith in God and His victory and support while they see the field victories have been progressing so they have to gain more confidence, strength, and toughness in God in the face of their enemies. In return, the aggression and its allies fall apart and differences arise among its leaders and instruments and it is this that increases that great resilience.

With regard to the aggression – coalition (Saudi-led coalition) the field messages and successive defeats are the salient for its understanding if it wanted to as it launched its first storm [Decisive Storm] to storm Yemen within two weeks, that today we are on the threshold of the fifth year and it has achieved nothing. So could it be possible to understand the lesson and abandon its arrogance and pride.

For the silent and complicit world, they could be reminded that history does not pardon and will write their involvement through silence on the blood shed of the Yemeni women and children, thus let them record their history in the shape they love.

Al-Ahed News: Whosoever do you think launched the war machine?  Is it Washington? Or it is your neighbors in the Gulf region? Or it is as a result of mistakes you made too?

Al Shami: War machine launched from Washington and the aggression on Yemen is an American with great distinction and neighboring states’ ambition has been fully exploited by America and its allies at the International High-handedness States to implement a design of eliminating the Koranic project, which exposed the American design in Yemen.

Al-Ahed News: After four years, what has the war produced on the political and military levels?

Al Shami: The war has produced the Yemeni society between a cowering down, agent, traitor, and men who believe in an issue and sovereignty of homeland and decline guardianship and bondage. It has produced national forces from puppet forces and dropped down masks from those disguised under nationalism to see themselves naked from it and standing at the rank of the foreign and occupier enemy against their country and its citizens. The war has made from the Yemeni people an international force recognized by the world for what it has of value, force, honesty, faith, persistence, and  steadfastness shattered in front of it empires of the American weapon and the Saudi money.

The war although it is catastrophic in killing children, women,  civilians, and the infrastructure but it has built the pride, steadfastness and dignity values that the enemy wanted to destroy.

Al-Ahed News: How could you comment on the indirect cooperation of the Saudi-led coalition with terrorist organizations like AQAP and Ansarullah Sharia? Where ISIS went after its terrorist attacks at Al Hashoosh and Badr mosques in Sana’a one week before the so-called “Decisive Storm” was launched on March 26, 2015?

Al Shami: The co-operation between the Saudi-led coalition and the criminal organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS hasn’t been invisible, but it was clearly noticeable, because the traitors and the collaborators were facilitating their [Al Qaeda and ISIS] operations while they were at the highest level in power, and what the Saudi Arabia wanted to be blown up, they should implement and that is through the two embassies of KSA and USA that were running these black ops. When the Yemeni army moved to confront such organizations, the master planers went crazy, so they tried to rescue them via politics and intimidation and several techniques, but it was exposed all together, so they has to ditch directly with them [ Al Qaeda and ISIS] against the sons of Yemen in general and managed to prepare for major crime operations for the purpose of sowing terror and fear among the Yemeni community like the massacres of Al Hashoosh and Badr mosques in a preparation for the aggression as a proactive step to confront with these tools.

Al-Ahed News: Where has the peace process become particularly with the British role in the Security Council and the movements of the British Foreign Secretary in the region in support of the peace process in Yemen, where the British Martin Griffith, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, has sought the Mission’s Hero? Do you welcome these movements and what is your stance on the political process after the remarks of British Foreign Secretary from the port of Aden?

Al Shami: The peace process remains stalled and moves like an ageing and sick turtle, that when it takes a step forward, it takes backward another step, that’s why Britain role has emerged prominently through the UK Foreign Secretary movements, the envoy role who is of a Britain nationality, and his office where UK nationalities at make up large proportions of those employed in 85% to highlights the role UK tried to hide to no vain. Dealing with the political profile from our side with credibility and clarity unbended the truth of that role.

I think if things have gone at this pace, fate of the political action will continue to be frustrating, despite concessions and advances that we present from one side to enhance trust and build it because we have the resolution and in no way affiliated [with any side] or our decision at the other’s hand as is the case with the allies and their tools.

Al-Ahed News: Why the US role has disappeared?  What about the role of the United Nations?

Al Shami: For the disappearance of the US role, it is the same as the role of the Devil, who acts clandestinely but Devil is the owner of the idea and the planner, and the others are but cheap tools only. If this role before the world has disappeared, we are here with our culture and awareness seeing it clearly.

The United Nations is unable to provide anything, as there had not been any success provided by it since its foundation for the sake of any people in the world, but conspires with invaders and occupants in each country and what happens in Palestine is the starkest evidence.

Al-Ahed News: What do you expect from the parliamentary By-elections that preparations are being made in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a?

Al Shami: The By-elections represent a legal step taken by the House of Representatives to strengthen the role of the institutions of the State and deliver a message to the world that building the Yemeni state will not require the International Guardian, that we even if we have been under aggression and siege, we are moving forward towards building the fair and modern Yemeni state.

Al-Ahed News: The leader of the revolution, Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, has always declared that the Yemenis are part of the axis of resistance and that you are ready to defend this nation and its sanctuaries, what role can Ansarullah play in this axis?

Al Shami: The statements of Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, do not come out of the blue or just as a political bidder. These leaders do not talk randomly, the same way as is the case with the great Mujahid Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. They know what they are talking about and act in accordance with the methodology of the nation. Therefore, we are proud of them and proud the world by them and proud that we are part of the axis of the resistance, which kneeled the noses of the arrogant and considers the Palestinian issue the central issue of the nation and the joint work of all Muslims and the aggression on Yemen is,  but an attempt to weaken this struggling and resisting project, but it is like steel getting stronger and stronger and indeed by the action that comes before being said that the issues of our nations will not be forgotten despite our wounds and tragedies, and  that our leadership is based on methodology, and great people embody words with deeds.

Al-Ahed News: How do you assess your relationship with Hezbollah today, and how do you see it possible to develop it in light of the recent challenges in the region?

Al Shami: Our relationship with Hezbollah is an issue and a position. We are one nation and one body. We worry about it and it worry about us and nothing to be ashamed of.

The enemy’s charge  against us of having  relationship with Hezbollah is a pride we do not deny, rather we pride ourselves on it, and it is an enough proud for us that Hezbollah and its leadership are the strong and sincere voice with our [Yemeni] people and its grievance and rejected the aggression on it.

When we hear the Americans, “Israelis”, Saudis and Emiratis declare that they do not accept a new Hezbollah in Yemen, we say to them, we too didn’t accept and will not accept another Israel in the entire existence.

Al-Ahed News:  How do you see the latest British decision to list Hezbollah on its lists of “terrorist groups”?  Are there any messages wanted to be sent through the meeting of the British Foreign Secretary with Muhammad Abdul Salam in Oman that was followed by Jeremy’s movements in the region including visiting Aden that ended up at the invitation of the so-called head of the “Southern Transitional Council” Aydrus al-Zubidi to UK where he said, Britain was in “partnership” and not an occupation with the southern people?

Al Shami: The British decision against Hezbollah is a decision with no validity and it will only increases the strength and position of Hezbollah in the eyes’ of the people.

If Britain, United States, or “Israel” applauded Hezbollah, there we can be at state of fear for it.

The Brits react with politics by trickery, deceit, contradictions, and playing. And this can no longer deceive Muslim people, and that those visits and meetings just to pull the fleece over the eyes so a new role and a key player may appear in the region and this is something that is not an unknown.

Subsequently, the statements made by al-Zubidi are more spectacular fall reveal the true nature of transactions concluded by Britain with this instruments that create and pave the way for the occupation again.

Downing of US-made MQ-1 over Yemen: A Clear Message to the US, UK and ‘Israel’

Al-Ahed Correspondent

Sana’a – Villagers are seen looking at the remains of the US Made MQ-1 Predator Drone that was shot down by Yemen’s Air Defense Force on Friday, in images that have been circulated on social media.

Al-Ahed News, on Saturday morning, visited the shoot down scene in the aftermath of downing MQ-1 which US has not confirmed or denied the shooting yet.

Mohammed Saleh, resident of Hamdan district who lives in a village about 5 km western of the scene said the shooting down took place at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

Mohammed Saleh the scene of shooting down the US MQ-1 Predator Drone on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital of Sana’a – Saturday, March 23, 2019( al-Ahed News)

“I just arrived home from my farm on watering ‘khat’ mission. As I entered home, suddenly I heard an explosion,” Saleh told al-Ahed News.

“I went up to the rooftop. I saw a fire at this place,” Saleh added while speaking at the shooting down site.

Saleh who is a father of seven children said he used to hear aircrafts overflying over Sana’s during the past months.

“I hope to sleep this night [Saturday’s evening] without hearing overflying of reconnaissance drones,” said Saleh upon our arrival at his village “Mdam” in a mission of looking for another eyewitness to speak to our website.

“I saw fire, then people gathered to see”

Fuad Mahdi, in his early twenties, is a resident of “Mdam” village of Hamdan district of Sana’a Governorate where the US MQ-1 Predator Drone downed.

Mahdi says he was at the door of his house during the explosion of the missile that hit the US drown. Mahdi spoke to al-Ahed News while sitting near his pick-up truck that is loaded with Khat.

Fuad Mahdi, left, sits near his pick-up truck near his house in the village so close the scene of shooting the MQ-1 Predator Drone in Hamdan district of Sana’a- Saturday, March 23, 2019 (al-Ahed News).

“I was sitting at the door of my home,” Mahdi said. “At first I saw a light, then heard an explosion,” Mahdi noted.

“Then I saw fire [on the ground] and people gathered to see,” Mahdi added.

Mahdi says he then decided to go to the scene of the fire on foot, then a car of one of the villager followed him and they reached the shoot down scene together.

“We found cameramen, popular committees,” Mahdi said. “What’s left of the drone was taken by them, then.”

“It was something big,” Mahdi said with a smile on his face while expressing how he feels on this achievement of the Yemeni Air Defense Force.

“It’s a message to US, ‘Israel’, and UK”

The shooting down comes at a sensitive time where US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is on a visit to Lebanon and two days after US ambassador to Yemen, Mathew Tueller visited Aden. Tueller is based in Riyadh of Saudi Arabia since March of 2015.

Tueller said in Aden that Sana’a Authorities’ (Ansarullah) weapons “pose a threat to other countries in the region”.

The United States has not yet commented on this incident. But after Ansarullah media released footages of the MQ-1 Predator Drone on fire, the Saudi-led coalition warplanes kept overflying over Sana’a ahead of carrying out a string of airstrikes on Al Dailami Airbase and military camp on the outskirts of Sana’a.

It is said that the MQ-1 Predator Drone is an American remotely-piloted aircraft built by General Atomics that was used primarily by the US air force and Central Intelligence Agency.

Air Defense Force was able to shoot down the Predator Drone after taking precautions that it will land in a place far from populated neighborhoods. Unlike what Saudi Arabia air defenses do when shooting down Yemeni missiles or drones where they shoot them while on civilians’ houses to harm them and then blame Yemen’s army of targeting populated areas.

Abu Abdullah Al Sheikh, Top ranking official at the Popular Committees of Hamdan district, denied that the US has neglected the shoot down of the MQ-1 over Sana’a.

“The US didn’t neglect the shooting of its drone [MQ-1 Predator Drone], but it immediately responded by more than two warplanes that were overflying over Sana’a in less than an hour after downing it,” Al Sheikh told al-Ahed News.

“Overflying continued until the dawn [of Saturday] morning” he added.

“US has not officially commented because it wanted to show for the world that it is still powerful,” Al Sheikh said. He thinks the US is now looking for a peaceful solution in Yemen to ensure a safe-out of the war.

“We have launched entering the fifth consecutive year of resisting the aggression with downing MQ-1 Predator Drone,” Al Sheikh said.

“We will down all of their (aggressors) aircrafts. This is a clear message to US, ‘Israel’, and UK that we will shoot down all of their air properties.” He added.

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