Al-Houthi: Saudi-led coalition intends to starve Yemeni people

June 20, 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Yemeni official says that the Saudi-led coalition blockade on Yemen is a deliberate crime against all Yemenis.

Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi (Archive)

Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi, a senior member of the Yemeni Supreme Political Council, considered Sunday that the Saudi-led coalition is intending to starve the Yemeni people as a weapon of war against Yemen.

In a tweet, Al-Houthi condemned the ongoing naval and air blockade on Yemen, adding that the blockade is a deliberate crime against all Yemenis.

“The continuation of the siege and the Saudi-led coalition’s refusal to implement provisions of the ceasefire, which is an official document under the auspices of the United Nations and the Security Council, amounts to an intentional crime against all Yemeni people,” Al-Houthi affirmed.

Al-Ruwishan: Yemenis will restore their rights by all available means

In the same context, Jalal Al-Ruwishan, Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs, indicated that there is clear evidence that the Saudi-led coalition is continuing its aggression on Yemen in violation of the extended UN-brokered truce.

In an interview for Al-Masirah television, Al-Ruwishan pointed out that the truce would be “meaningless and pointless” if it does not lead to the reopening of Yemeni ports and airports.

The official stressed that Yemenis will restore their rights by all available means, adding that “if the Saudi-led war coalition keeps on violating the ceasefire, the Yemeni nation will not accept a failed truce.”

Al-Ruwishan underscored that “our people and armed forces have not tied domestic and defense issues to the truce, and have been not held down by it. They are doubtful about the sincerity of aggressors and forces of aggression.”

He also mentioned that Saudi Arabia and its allies are not abiding by the UN-brokered truce.

Yemen…we have strategic deterrence weapons to extract our rights without decreasing

موقف أميركيّ مفاجئ حول العودة للاتفاق النوويّ مع إيران… والرياض لحوار مباشر مع الأنصار / هوكشتاين تسلّم وديعة لبنانيّة شفهيّة حول الترسيم… والأولويّة لوقف الاستخراج / ارتباك «إسرائيليّ» بين مخاطر التراجع والتصعيد… وضع حكوميّ هشّ وتداعيات إقليمية /

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الأكيد أن موقف الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله وفق معادلة، على السفينة الرحيل فوراً وعلى «إسرائيل» أن توقف الاستخراج من بحر عكا، هو المستجدّ الوحيد الذي أطلق ديناميكيات جديدة في معادلات النفط والغاز والتفاوض حول الترسيم الحدودي للبنان والوساطة الأميركيّة، ومن خلالها حول قوة كيان الاحتلال ومزاعم قدرته على شن حرب والانتصار فيها، وما سيترتب على الاختبار النفطي لهذه المزاعم من تداعيات في الإقليم، خصوصاً على التصعيد الإسرائيلي بوجه إيران الذي يوحي بالقدرة على شنّ حرب، لدعوة الأميركيّ لتجميد مساره النووي نحو توقيع العودة للاتفاق.

هذا هو الاستنتاج الذي صاغه مصدر دبلوماسيّ متابع للموقف المفاجئ الذي صدر عن الخارجية الأميركية حول الاستعداد للعودة المتبادلة مع إيران للالتزام بالاتفاق النووي، والإشارة الى ان إيران ستمتلك مقدرات إنتاج قنبلة نووية في غضون اسابيع، حيث يربط المصدر بين ما سمعه في بيروت، الوسيط الأميركي عاموس هوكشتاين الذي يشغل منصب كبير مستشاري الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن لشؤون الطاقة، من مؤشرات قوة تستند الى معادلة السيد نصرالله، وما يصل تباعاً الى واشنطن من معلومات ومعطيات حول الارتباك الإسرائيلي الناجم عن هشاشة الوضع الحكومي بعد فقدان الأغلبية في الكنيست واستعداد بنيامين نتنياهو للدفع باتجاه انتخابات مبكرة، في ظل مخاوف إسرائيلية من أن يكون التراجع في ملف استخراج النفط والغاز القشة التي تقصم ظهر البعير

ويستغلّها نتنياهو للهجوم الحاسم على حكومة نفتالي بينيت، بينما يمكن للتعنت أن يفرض على جيش الاحتلال منازلة ترسم معادلات جديدة في المنطقة ليست في صالح الكيان، في ضوء المعادلات الحقيقية للقوة، بعيداً عن الخطابات الإعلامية الهادفة لشد العصب ورفع المعنويات.

بالتوازي ستتم مراقبة ما سيترتب على الكلام الأميركي المفاجئ من جهة، وبدء المحادثات السعودية المباشرة مع أنصار الله، كمؤشرات لتغليب لغة الانخراط مع محور المقاومة على حساب لغة التصعيد التي يدعو إليها قادة الكيان، بتعميم مزاعم التفوق والقدرة على خوض حرب وتحقيق نصر حاسم فيها، كما ستتم متابعة ما سيقوم به الوسيط الأميركيّ في حواراته مع قادة الكيان في ضوء ما سمعه في بيروت، سواء لجهة الوديعة الشفهيّة حول الخط 23 مضافاً إليه حقل قانا أو لجهة أولوية وقف الاستخراج من بحر عكا حتى نهاية المفاوضات، وهوكشتاين لم يخف أنه بلور بعض الأفكار لكنه قرر تشاركها مع قادة الكيان قبل أن يعرضها على لبنان. ويبقى السؤال هل يلتزم قادة الكيان بوقف الاستخراج حتى نهاية التفاوض، ما يعني ان يقبلوا المفاوضات وهم تحت ضغط عامل الوقت، فيما الأوروبيون مستعجلون لبدء ضخ الغاز الى شواطئهم قبل نهاية العام، بينما لبنان سيكون في وضعيّة التفوق بالعمل مع الوقت، الذي قال هوكشتاين إن الوقت لصالحه من حيث لا يدري عندما قال إن على لبنان أن يقارن ما سيحصل عليه بما لديه الآن وهو صفر، لكنه لم ينتبه أن من لديه صفر يلعب الوقت معه.

خلال الأيام المقبلة سيكون المؤشر بعودة هوكشتاين، الذي لم تنفع جوائز الترضية التي حملها للبنان في ملف الكهرباء ذات صدقيّة، لكونها تتكرر للمرة الثالثة دون نتائج عملية، كما أنها غير قابلة للمقايضة بملف الغاز والنفط، ولو أنها قد تشكل اشارات إيجابية اذا صدقت الوعود. إذا عاد هوكشتاين فهذا يعني ان قادة الكيان يخشون المواجهة من جهة، ولا يريدون قطع التفاوض من جهة مقابلة سعياً لحل، وفي حال كان الموقف الإسرائيلي متشبثاً بالاستخراج من جهة وبالخطوط المجحفة بحق لبنان من جهة موازية، والأرجح ان هوكشتاين يفضل السفر إلى واشنطن وعدم العودة، وإرسال الرسائل التي تقول إنه يدرس الوضع ويحضر أفكاراً خلاقة لتدوير الزوايا في قضية شديدة التعقيد، محاولاً دفع لبنان للاسترخاء لمنح الوقت لحكومة الكيان.

وملأت جولة المبعوث الأميركي لشؤون أمن الطاقة آموس هوكشتاين على المقار الرئاسية والمسؤولين اللبنانيين، الفراغ السياسيّ الذي سيطر على المشهد الداخلي بعد انتهاء مرحلة الانتخابات النيابية وتكوين الطاقم التشريعي للمجلس النيابي، في ظل تريث رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون بالدعوة للاستشارات النيابية الملزمة لتكليف رئيس لتشكيل الحكومة الجديدة. إلا أن المعلومات الأولية لجولة هوكشتاين، تؤكد أنه لم يقدم أي مقترحات جديدة للحل واكتفى بالاستماع الى المعنيين بالملف وإبداء التجاوب والاستعداد للسعي لحل النزاع، فضلاً عن تمسّك لبنان بموقف واحد أبلغه رئيس الجمهورية للمبعوث الأميركي يؤكد حقوق لبنان بالخط 23 وحقل قانا كاملاً، مع التلويح بوقف المفاوضات إن لم توقف «اسرائيل» الأعمال التحضيرية لاستخراج الغاز من «كاريش»، ولم يتم التطرق الى الخط 29 بشكل مباشر.

واستهلّ هوكشتاين نشاطه من اليرزة حيث التقى قائد الجيش العماد جوزيف عون الذي جدّد له موقف المؤسسة العسكرية الداعم لأي قرار تتّخذه السلطة السياسية في هذا الشأن، ومع أي خط تعتمده لما في ذلك من مصلحة للبنان، قبل أن ينتقل الى قصر بعبدا حيث استقبله رئيس الجمهورية.

وخلال اللقاء الذي حضرته السفيرة الاميركية دوروثي شيا، وعن الجانب اللبناني نائب رئيس مجلس النواب الياس بو صعب، الوزير السابق سليم جريصاتي، المدير العام لرئاسة الجمهورية الدكتور انطوان شقير، المدير العام للأمن العام اللواء عباس ابراهيم، شدد عون على «حقوق لبنان السيادية في المياه والثروات الطبيعية»، وقدّم لهوكشتاين رداً على المقترح الأميركي الذي سبق للوسيط الأميركي أن قدّمه قبل أشهر، على أن ينقل هوكشتاين الموقف اللبناني الى الجانب الاسرائيلي خلال الأيام القليلة المقبلة.

وتمنّى عون على هوكشتاين «العودة سريعاً الى لبنان ومعه الجواب من الجانب الاسرائيلي». وشكر هوكشتاين عون على الجواب اللبناني واعداً بـ»عرضه على الجانب الإسرائيلي في إطار الوساطة التي يقوم بها في المفاوضات غير المباشرة لترسيم الحدود البحرية الجنوبية».

ثم انتقل هوكشتاين إلى السراي الحكومي، حيث التقى رئيس حكومة تصريف الأعمال نجيب ميقاتي. وخلال الاجتماع تبلّغ الموفد الأميركي الموقف اللبناني الموحّد من مسألة ترسيم الحدود والحرص على استمرار الوساطة الأميركية. كما تمّ تأكيد أن مصلحة لبنان العليا تقتضي بدء عملية التنقيب عن النفط من دون التخلّي عن حق لبنان بثرواته كافة.

كما زار الوسيط الأميركي عين التينة والتقى رئيس مجلس النواب نبيه بري الذي قال بعد اللقاء: «إن اتفاق الإطار يبقى الأساس والآليّة الأصلح في التفاوض غير المباشر». واضاف: «ما تبلغه الوسيط الأميركي من رئيس الجمهورية في موضوع الحدود البحرية وحقوق لبنان باستثمار ثرواته النفطيّة هو متفق عليه من كافة اللبنانيين».

كما استقبل وزير الخارجية والمغتربين في حكومة تصريف الأعمال عبدالله بوحبيب الوسيط الاميركي، الذي غادر من دون الإدلاء بتصريح.

ونُقِل عن الوسيط الأميركي قوله إن لبنان يعاني من ظروف اقتصادية صعبة وما يعرض عليه يجب أن يقبله لإنقاذ اقتصاده.

ولفتت مصادر مطلعة على ملف الترسيم لـ«البناء» الى أن «زيارة هوكشتاين تختلف عن سابقاتها بتطور داهم وخطير تمثل باستقدام باخرة انرجين باور الى حقل كاريش للاستعداد لاستخراج الغاز، ما دفع بالمعنيين بترسيم الحدود للتواصل المكثف للتوصل الى الحد الأدنى من الاتفاق واستدعوا هوكشتاين للبحث في الملف والتحذير من خطورة هذه الخطوة التي قد تهدد الاستقرار».

وأشارت أوساط بعبدا لـ«البناء» الى أن «التفاوض حق دستوري لرئيس الجمهورية ويقوم بما يراه مناسباً للمصلحة الوطنية بعيداً عن المصالح الخاصة والمزايدات السياسية، وقام عون بجولة استشارات لا سيما مع رئيس الحكومة نجيب ميقاتي والمختصين بالملف، وجرى اتصال مع رئيس مجلس النواب نبيه بري والمفاوضات مستمرة مع الوسيط الأميركي لاستئناف المفاوضات».

ولفتت الأوساط الى أن «الوسيط الأميركي يدرك أن الطرح الأخير الذي قدمه للحل لم يرضِ الجانب اللبناني لكونه يؤدي الى خسارة 1430 كلم مربعاً»، موضحة أن «الخط 29 تم الحديث عنه عندما تثبت الخط 23 منذ عشر سنوات وأكثر، وبالتالي يجب أن يُسأل من كان يتولى المفاوضات آنذاك، ويمكننا القول إن الخط 29 يفرض نفسه على الطاولة».

وكشف مصدر مطلع على الاجتماعات التي عقدها هوكشتاين لـ«البناء» الى أن «الوسيط الأميركي لم يطرح أية مقترحات جديدة بل استمع للآراء وشروحات المسؤولين اللبنانيين». ولفت الى أن «رئيس الجمهورية أكد للوسيط الأميركي تمسك لبنان بحقل قانا بالكامل أي بلوك رقم 9 وجزء من الحقل رقم 8»، مشيراً الى أن «لبنان تمسك بالخط 23 واستمرار المفاوضات للتوصل الى حقه بعد الخط 23»، داعياً الى النظر للملف من الناحية التقنية والاقتصادية ما يؤمن مداخيل مالية للبنان في ظل الأزمة المالية وتزيد الحاجة للغاز مع أزمة الطاقة في اوروبا والعالم بعد الازمة الروسية – الاوكرانية».

وشدد على أن أهم ما «ناله لبنان بعد جولة الوسيط الاميركي هو تكريس معادلة لا غاز من كاريش مقابل لا غاز من قانا، والتمسك بالخط 23 وحقل قانا، والتهديد بوقف المفاوضات إن لم توقف «اسرائيل» أعمالها في الخط 29 ما يعني تأكيداً لبنانياً على أن المنطقة الواقعة ضمن هذا الخط متنازع عليها». ورأى المصدر أن «اسرائيل لا تستطيع بدء عملية الاستخراج في منطقة النزاع خشية الموقف اللبناني والتهديدات العسكرية لحزب الله، ما يجمّد كل أعمال الاستخراج لأسباب متعلقة بالمنطقة»، محذّراً من أن «الصراع في العالم يتمحور حول مادتين حيويتين للاقتصاد العالمي: الغاز والنفط وأنابيبها والمياه، وهذا أحد أهم أسباب الحرب على سورية والضغط والعقوبات على لبنان».

وقال هوكشتاين في حوار على قناة «الحرة» حول ما لمسه من المسؤولين اللبنانيين: «الخبر السار هو أنّني وجدت إجماعًا أكبر، وإعدادًا جدّيًا للزيارة، وقد قدّموا بعض الأفكار التي تشكل أسس مواصلة المفاوضات والتقدم بها».

ولفت الى أن «الخيار الحقيقي لمستقبل لبنان، وهو الهم الأساس للرؤساء والقادة الآخرين الذين التقيت بهم، هو إيجاد حل للأزمة الاقتصادية التي يعانيها لبنان والتي ترتبط بشكل وثيق بملف النفط، وحل النزاع البحري يشكل خطوة أساسية وهامة من أجل إيجاد حل للأزمة الاقتصادية، وللانطلاق بمسار الانتعاش والنمو، وما جرى كان محاولة جدية تقضي بالنظر إلى الخيارات المتاحة للمضي قدمًا، من غير أن تغفل عن بالنا فكرة أن علينا أن نقدم تنازلات والتفكير بشكل بناء».

وعما إذا كان قد قدم اقتراحات أو نقاطاً جديدة، نفى هوكشتاين ذلك، موضحاً أنه جاء إلى لبنان للاستماع إلى ردود الفعل حول الاقتراحات والنقاط التي أثارها من قبل».

وأضاف: «لأننا في مرحلة حساسة نحاول فيها أن نردم الهوة بين الجانبين كي نتمكن من التوصل إلى اتفاق بينهما، أعتقد أن هذا بالغ الأهمية بالنسبة للبنان بقدر ما أعتقد بصراحة أنه بالغ الأهمية لإسرائيل، لذلك، قبل أن أفصح عن هذه الأفكار، سأتشاركها مع الجانب الآخر، ونكمل المسار من هناك».

ورأى هوكشتاين أن الردّ اللبناني «يدفع بالمفاوضات إلى الأمام، وعليه سأتشارك هذه الأفكار مع «اسرائيل» وما أن أحصل على رد واقتراح من الجانب الإسرائيلي، سأبلغه إلى الحكومة في لبنان».

ولدى سؤاله عما إذا ناقش لبنان معه الخط 29، اعتبر هوكشتاين أن «أمتن الملفات الذي يفترض بالجانب اللبناني إعداده هو ما قد ينجح، والحل الناجح يقضي بالإقلاع عن التفكير هل أملك أفضل قضيّة قانونية، هل أنا في أفضل موقع لي»..

وأضاف: «يقضي النظر إلى نوع التسوية التي يمكن التوصل إليها، ويوافق عليها الإسرائيليون من غير أن يشعروا أن في ذلك ما يتعارض مع مصالحهم، وذلك مع الحفاظ على أهم جزء من مصالح لبنان».

وعلى وقع جولة الوسيط الأميركي خرق الطيران الحربي «الاسرائيلي» جدار الصوت فوق مناطق الجنوب، كان لافتاً تصريح رئيس وزراء الاحتلال «الإسرائيلي» نفتالي بينيت الذي يحمل استفزازات للبنان وحضاً لعودته الى المفاوضات من موقع الضعف، بقوله: «أتطلع إلى اليوم الذي سيقرّر فيه لبنان أنه جاهز للاستفادة من الغاز الطبيعي الكامن في مياهه الإقليمية».

ولفت، إلى أنّه «من المؤسف أن القيادة اللبنانية منشغلة في خلافات داخلية وخارجية بدلاً من استخراج الغاز لصالح مواطنيها. أنصح الحكومة اللبنانية بتحسين الاقتصاد وببناء مستقبل أفضل للشعب اللبناني».

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Yemeni Armed Forces Reveal Qualitative Op for Air Force in Ad-Durayhimi’s Documentary

June 2, 2022

By Staff | Ansarollah.com

The Yemeni Armed Forces displayed a third part of the documentary series “Ad-Durayhimi: Siege and Victory”, which revealed scenes of a qualitative operation carried out by the Yemeni resistance in the besieged Ad-Durayhimi district in al-Hudaydah Province.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree said the scenes revealed for the first time the participation of the Air Force in breaking the siege on the city of Ad-Durayhimi, with a qualitative operation beyond the limits of expectations.

The documentary reveals the secrets of an epic of the legendary Yemeni steadfastness despite the continuous siege and bombardment for two whole years in a coastal city exposed to enemy fire by land, sea and air.

At least 7,000 civilians remained trapped in Southern Hudaydah’s Ad-Durayhimi district by Saudi-led Coalition forces, in what has become a de facto two-year siege amid Yemen’s broader humanitarian crisis. Conditions in Ad-Durayhimi were dire, as civilians endured an acute shortage of food and the spread of disease and epidemics.

In June 2018, Saudi-led forces imposed a land and air blockade on the heavily-populated area of Ad-Durayhimi, which lies about 20 km from the Red Sea port city of al-Hudaydah. Saudi forces left no safe corridors for civilians to flee and then began an indiscriminate campaign of rocket and artillery strikes on the district.

Without humanitarian corridors, local authorities, humanitarian organizations, and ambulance crews have been left unable to evacuate the wounded.

Following is the link to watch the third part of the aforementioned documentary:

related topic: Yemenis Use ‘Food-carrying Rockets’ To Help Saudi-blocked City

Documentary | Al-Durayhimi: Siege and Victory – Part One (EN)
Documentary | Al-Durayhimi: Siege and Victory – Part 3 (EN)
The participation of the Air Force in the operation to break the siege on the city of Durayhimi

Yemen moves to criminalize normalization with Israel

May 30 2022

Officials from the National Salvation Government say the move is in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle

ByNews Desk

Yemen’s National Salvation Government (NSG) has moved to introduce a law proposal that will criminalize all means of normalizations of ties with Israel.

According to the Al-Masirah television network, Yemeni Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtoor is in the process of passing a law that will prohibit any form of contact with Israel.

Habtoor remarked: “We stand by the side of the Palestinian nation and their struggle in the face of Israeli threats to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the occupied al-Quds city.”

He added that the Israeli provocations at Al-Aqsa Mosque are an attempt to “illustrate their dominance” following their numerous normalization deals with other Arab states.

The news come just a week after the Iraqi parliament approved a bill criminalizing any form of normalization or dealings with Israel, with the 275 attending members of parliament unanimously voting in favor of the law.

“This law, which was unanimously voted by the voters, represents a true reflection of the will of the people, a brave national decision, and a position that is the first of its kind in the world in terms of criminalizing the relationship with the Zionist entity,” Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hakim al-Zamili, said in a statement.

Seconds after the law passed, the Iraqi parliament members stood up and chanted: “No, no to normalization! No, no to Israel! Yes, yes to Iraq!”

A week prior, on 17 May, Algerian lawmakers submitted a similar appeal to their parliament, looking to criminalize the normalization of ties with Israel, including the prohibition of travel or direct contact with Tel Aviv.

The draft contains seven articles, with the first seeking to “criminalize normalization with the Zionist entity.”

Article 2 forbids any form of governmental or public contact with Israel. Article 4 prohibits travel between the two states and prevents the entry of any Israeli passport holders to Algeria.

The document is still being revised by the first chamber of parliament alongside the Parliamentary Initiatives Office of the National People’s Assembly.

‘Tortured to death’: Saudi Army kills seven Yemeni migrants trying to cross border amid UN silence

27 May 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen English

Naseh Shaker 

Families of the seven Yemeni migrants reveal to Al Mayadeen English who killed their sons as Ansar Allah, Saudi coalition trade blames.

‘Tortured to death’: Saudi Army kills seven Yemeni migrants trying to cross border amid UN silence

Yemeni migrant Abdullah Hasan Saeed left his village in Al-Hudaydah on May 9 toward the Yemeni crossing-border of Al-Raqo to find a job in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On May 12, his father Hasan received a call from the Republican Hospital in Saada telling him the Saudi Army has tortured and killed his son.

“A Saudi bullet in his back killed him,” Hasan, father of Abdullah, told Al Mayadeen English in a phone call. He added, “There are also signs of torture on his body.” 

Abdullah, 28, is one of seven Yemeni citizens tortured and killed by the Saudi Army while on their way to the Kingdom seeking job opportunities to make a living.

Saudi Arabia launched a military aggression against Yemen in 2015 following the success of Ansar Allah popular revolution to topple the US-Saudi-backed corrupt government of Abed-Rabu Mansour Hadi.

On May 12, Al-Masirah TV, citing its reporter in Saada, reported that seven corpses of Yemeni migrants tortured and killed by the Saudi Army in the bordering area of Al-Raqo have arrived at the Republican Hospital in Saada.

Insan Organization condemned this crime and published the names and images of four out of the seven citizens tortured and killed:

– Abdullah Hasan Said, from Al-Hudaydah Province 

– Abdullah Darweesh, from Al-Hudaydah Province

– Khaleel Darweesh, from Al-Hudaydah Province 

– Mohammed Al-Badani, from Ibb Province.

“The Saudi soldiers have tortured several Yemeni civilians along the border area of ​​Al-Raqo until they died, as seven bodies of civilians arrived in the Republican Hospital in Saada, bearing signs of torture by beating and electrocution,” Yemeni Eye of Humanity Center For Rights and Freedoms said in a statement, pointing that the number of victims will most likely increase.

“This crime revealed the true face of this takfiri Wahhabi regime that rules Saudi Arabia and does not accept coexistence with others,” the statement added. 

Ahmed Abu Hamra, Director of Eye of Humanity Center For Rights and Freedoms, condemned this Saudi crime, saying, “The Saudi regime’s record is full of daily crimes in the border areas.”

“We have contacted all UN organizations regarding these crimes, but organizations do not take any action,” he noted.

Full-fledged crime

On May 13, the Saudi-led coalition in a statement published by Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said, “Ansar Allah’s allegations that there are deaths in the border area of Al-​​Raqo, with the Saudi forces dealing with them, are untrue.”

“Dozens of migrants were killed in the process of forced displacement and armed clashes launched by the Houthis,” SPA reported, citing the US-backed Saudi coalition allegations in the statement. 

Hasan, father of Abdullah, from Al-Marawi`ah District of the port city of Al-Hudaydah, denied the Saudi allegations and accused the Saudi Army of killing his son Abdullah. “He was killed by a Saudi bullet over a Saudi territory off Al-Raqo area.”

Asked what job Abdullah was seeking in the Kingdom, he replied, “He used to work in restaurants.”

Yemeni Ministry of Health said on May 12 in a statement that the torture and killing of the seven Yemeni citizens is “a full-fledged crime and a grave violation of international and humanitarian law…”

“The coalition continues to shed Yemeni blood by various means, whether by airstrikes, rocket-propelled grenades and artillery, or torture till death,” it added.

The Ministry also called on the United Nations to hold the Saudi-led coalition accountable for war crimes and to refer these crimes to the International Criminal Court.

Mourning

Hasan Saeed said his son Abdullah was married and the father of a 3-year-old boy and a 40-day-old baby girl.

“The whole family is mourning his death,” Hasan told Al Mayadeen English. “He was working to feed his sons and five other brothers and sisters.”

Mohammed Ali, a neighbor of Abdullah, said the entire village is mourning the death of Abdullah.

“He was very kind to all who knew him,” Ali told Al Mayadeen English.

“The UN has been covering the Saudi atrocities against Yemenis and the international community should put an end to this discrimination against Yemenis,” Ali cried out.

Tortured to death

Khaleel Darweesh had spent two years in the Saudi Kingdom gathering money to get married. In 2021, he returned home to Yemen to get married. Now his wife is pregnant in the second month, his brother Hamed said.

Khaleel Darwish while in Saudi Arabia (Exclusive)

After Eid Al-Fitr, Khaleel Darweesh, his brother Hamed, and cousin Abdullah Darweesh left Al Marawi`ah District of Al-Hudaydah toward Al-Raqo crossing border aiming to return to the Kingdom.

However, Khaleel and his cousin Abdullah decided to cross the border on May 11, leaving behind Hamed in Al-Raqo market, and they were captured and tortured to death by the Saudi Army using water and electricity.

Khaleel Darweesh left along with brother Hamed right (Exclusive)

“They weren’t killed in clashes with Ansar Allah, as the Saudi coalition claimed,” Hamed told Al Mayadeen English.

“They were peaceful migrants carrying nothing other than food and water,” the 32-year-old Hamed explained.

Hamed survived the torture because he said he didn’t travel with Khaleel and Abdullah on the night of May 11 and remained at Al-Raqo market until the second day.

Hamed received the news of migrants being tortured to death on May 12 and went to look, but found his brother Khaleel and cousin Abdullah amongst the tortured migrants.

Khaleel during his wedding party wearing Yemeni uniform (Exclusive)

“I found their frozen bodies,” Hamed told Al Mayadeen English of his brother and cousin. “I wish they were killed by bullets rather than being tortured to death.”

“I will never try again entering the kingdom of torture and terrorism,” Hamed told Al Mayadeen English when asked if he plan to return to the Kingdom as a survivor. “It is the Kingdom of barbarism, and the UN is silent about Saudi crimes against Yemeni migrants.”

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Report: Saudi Arabia Plans to Annex Several Yemeni Provinces

May 9, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

A Yemeni media report has revealed that Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a devastating war on Yemen for over seven years, is planning to annex a number of key Yemeni provinces.

According to a recent report by the Crater Sky, a Saudi official held a meeting with a committee consisting of a number of people from the Yemeni provinces of Hadhramaut, Shabwah, al-Mahrah, and Abyan to announce that the kingdom has decided to grant the people of those provinces the right to self-determination so that they would be able to join Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, the Saudi official also announced that the decision would not be overturned, the Aden-based website reported.

The official also referred to the Yemeni provinces, which are rich in natural resources, as “Saudi Arabia’s Arab South.”

According to the report, the kingdom’s decision comes as part of its plans to have access to the Indian Ocean.

Saudi Arabia launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi plan to annex the Yemeni provinces comes while Saudi-backed forces have been consistently losing ground in recent months, especially in the key Ma’rib province, as the Yemeni armed forces continue their advances to free their country.

Under another plot attributed to Riyadh, Hadi announced last month that he had delegated his self-proclaimed powers to the “presidential leadership” council and dismissed vice president Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.

The Wall Street Journal later reported that the former Yemeni president had been forced by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS] to step down.

Rai al-Youm, an Arabic language digital news and opinion website, confirmed the WSJ report, adding that Hadi’s private meeting with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, which took place during the latter’s recent visit to Riyadh without the attendance of any Saudi official, was behind MBS’s decision.

Hadi had once resigned from the presidency in early 2015 and fled to Riyadh following a popular uprising led by the Ansarullah movement. He later rescinded his resignation after arriving in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-Yemeni Ceasefire Is on the Edge!

May 5, 2022

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – On April 2, an agreement between Yemen and the countries of the US-backed Saudi-led aggression has been reached. The ceasefire which took effect, was supposed to last for two months, after seven years of aggression and siege on the already impoverished country. However, the Saudi-led coalition reneged on the agreement and breached Yemeni sovereignty several times.

How were these breaches distributed?

The first breach was on the April 8 where US-Saudi aggression mercenaries launched a large-scale march on the south of Marib on Friday. A military source stated that the popular committees responded to the advance of mercenaries, pointing out that this action coincided with intensive flights of the coalition aircrafts in Yemeni airspace.

The second breach was when a residential neighborhood in Taaz governorate was targeted with heavy artillery. This showed the real intentions behind the earlier announced stance as civilians expressed their condemnation to the criminal act that violated the international law.

Furthermore, on April 20, a military source reported that Saudi aircrafts had breached Hajja, Sanaa, Maarib, Amran, and Saada provinces 59 times to-date, according to Sabaa agency.

Moreover, two people were killed by the Saudi army on the northern borders of Yemen on April 27 in Shada province – Saada governorate, recording a new breach.

Nonetheless, two humanitarian flights from Jordan and Egypt to Sanaa Airport had been agreed upon weekly during the two-months ceasefire. Several days ago, the Saudi aggression announced the cancelation of these flights alleging that the passengers who are being selected as patients from Sanaa are actually Iranian backed-up groups who are trying to manipulate these trips.

Regarding the cancelation of the trips, Yemeni Minister of Health Taha al Motawakel told Yemen’s al-Masirah network, “It is the most important item in the ceasefire agreement. The cancelation of the trips reveals the real intentions of the Saudi-led coalition and its moral free-fall, as an intended siege is taking place on Yemen, which makes things worse for more than 30,000 patients who need to undergo treatment outside Yemen”.

In accordancse with the aforementioned, the Saudi-led coalition proves again that its honesty towards the Yemeni people is fake, as hundreds who have suffered from the aggression need treatment and the countries backing the war deliberately tightened the noose on Yemen, once again revealing its true face.

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Yemeni Forces Down Spy Drone over Hajjah

May 4, 2022

Yemeni revolutionary forces shot down a Saudi unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Hajjah governorate overnight on Tuesday.

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said early on Wednesday that Yemeni air defenses managed to down a Saudi combat drone while it was conducting a hostile mission over Harad directorate in Hajjah governorate.

Saree said the the Chinese-made “CH4” drone was shot down with a local-made surface-to-air missile.

Yemen has been since March 25, 2015 under aggression by the Saudi-led coalition in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is Riyadh’s ally.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured by Saudi-led airstrikes.

The Arab country has been also under harsh blockade b the coalition which includes in addition to the Kingdom, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council: Our Armed Forces Ready, Fully Vigilant 

May 2, 2022 

By Staff, Agencies 

The head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, Mahdi Al-Mashat, said that “Eid al-Fitr came during the eighth year [from the start of the war], and our Yemeni people are still being subjected to aggression and a suffocating siege, by preventing ships from reaching the ports of Hudaydah.”

Al-Mashat underlined that “The aggression continues to impose many criminal measures, which have led to a rise in transportation costs, food and drug prices, added to many other repercussions.”

The top Yemeni official further stated that “With our commitment to the armistice and our desire for peace, we affirm that our armed forces are fully vigilant and ready to deal with any new circumstance,” adding that “After the expiration of half of the armistice period, no progress has been achieved regarding its most important provisions, related to easing the great suffering of the Yemeni people.”

He added, “Despite all the concessions we made to demonstrate our keenness on peace, they were met with intransigence, stalling, and lack of response by the countries of aggression and those behind them.”

In parallel, Al-Mashat indicated that “The countries of the aggression and their mercenaries control the sources of Yemeni oil and gas resources,” revealing that they looted more than 129 million barrels of crude oil. He added that the value of the looted wealth was “enough to pay the salaries of all state employees,” and that “Yemen reserves its right to recover all the money looted by the mercenaries of aggression.”

In another context, the head of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen addressed the recent developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, where he saluted the heroic operations of the Palestinian people against the ‘Israeli’ enemy, which confirm that armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine.

Al-Mashat stressed that “Our support for the Palestinian people and standing with all the free people in our nation is a principled, humanitarian, political, and religious position, and it cannot change.”

He also urged “The Arab and Islamic nation to boycott American and ‘Israeli’ goods and to support the Palestinian resistance.”

Nasrallah: The war in Ukraine unmasked the racism and hypocrisy of the West

April 19, 2022

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on March 8, 2022, on the occasion of the Day of the Wounded.Source: video.moqawama.org

Translation: resistancenews.com

[…] O my brothers and sisters, the events happening around us in terms must strengthen our awareness, our lucidity and our understanding of things, the conclusions we draw from them for the current equations, as well as the lessons and teachings we learn from them. This brings me to the current events that are currently occupying all minds. I start with the events between Russia and Ukraine to state that these are very important events in terms of lessons and learning. As last time, I will just mention some brief points before I come to the internal Lebanese situation.

The first point is that the U.S. representative to the Security Council said in addressing Russia, “Any attack on civilians is considered a war crime, and we are recording all events.” In the sense that the US is monitoring everything closely, and will then try Russia for its (alleged) war crimes. That’s what she said to Russia. But what does she say about the massacres against civilians perpetrated by the US in all its wars? No war waged by the US happened without attacks on civilians, massacres, civilians killed, atrocities against civilians and civilian infrastructure, etc. From the nuclear bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, whose environmental and health effects are still felt today, with traces and effects that persist to this day, to Iraq, the siege of Iraq, the starvation of Iraq and the death of tens of thousands of Iraqi children due to the siege, then the invasion (of Iraq in 2003), etc. According to the Americans themselves, they have killed tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians, and tens of thousands of Afghan civilians. How many times have American planes or drones bombed Afghan wedding ceremonies, turning them into funerals, and then claiming that they were training camps, despite the presence of women, children and old people? But they claimed that they were training camps. What about the Zionist massacres in Palestine for more than 70 years, and the massacres Israel regularly perpetrates? What about the Israeli-Zionist war crimes in Palestine? What about the siege of Gaza? Today, the whole world is shedding tears because this or that city in Ukraine has been under siege for 5, 6 or 7 days. But Gaza has been under siege for many years, for 15 years! But the world remains silent.

What about the massacres of the Saudi-American aggression in Yemen, and the tens of thousands of civilian martyrs in Yemen, children, women, men, old and young? And the entire civilian infrastructure is destroyed in Yemen. What about the siege imposed on Yemen for the past 7 years? And currently, the siege is increasing on oil derivatives (fuels), and we saw yesterday the angry demonstrations in Yemeni cities. But the whole world remains silent about this. Why is this so? Simply, and don’t mind me saying it so bluntly, it’s because all these people are not White, they are not blond and they are not blue-eyed – even if in reality there are some blond and blue-eyed white people among them, but it doesn’t matter. These people do not belong to the world of the White man. I’ll go even further than that: for the United States, even those who belong to the White man’s world are only means, tools, instruments, and have no human value.

This is the case with Ukraine [the US has no hesitation in sacrificing the Ukrainian and European population in general to advance its interests]. Thus, based on the logic of the representative of the United States, it would have been necessary today, before threatening Russia or other countries with trials, to establish dozens and hundreds of sessions to judge the Americans, the British and the Western and European armies for their crimes in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Africa, in all corners of the world, in India, Pakistan… It is these files that we must start by examining if we want to base ourselves on these principles.

This hypocrisy and double standard is confirmed day after day. Last Friday, in Peshawar, Pakistan, during Friday prayers, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing dozens of people, including the Imam of the mosque, and injuring dozens more. And the whole world remained silent. This is natural. Because these takfiris suicide bombers are Made in CIA, Made in America. They serve the American project. The whole world must remain silent because it is the US and its tools in the region. Day after day, it is confirmed that the American “values” do not respect humanistic principles, morals, international law, fundamental rights, etc. Nothing matters to them but their political and economic interests and their hegemony. When their political interests ask them to condemn, they condemn. When their political interests ask them to support, they support. On the subject of the massacres perpetrated by Israel, the United States is not content with not condemning, they prevent the Security Council from condemning them! They prevent the whole world from condemning them! They defend the (Israeli) murderers and butchers who shed (Palestinian) blood! This is the truth of the United States, which we have known (for a long time), but we take advantage of the current events to remind it, so that those who have not yet opened their eyes do so, and that those who already know gain in awareness and lucidity, and in clarity of vision.

Also, and this is my second point, every day there is more evidence in the world that trusting the United States is an act of imbecility. I say this to get to Lebanon next. Trusting the United States is stupid and foolish. It is an act of ignorance that endangers the global Muslim community, the nation and the interests of the people. This is what it means to trust the Americans. A few months ago, we saw with our own eyes, and the whole world saw, the experience of the United States in Afghanistan, and how they abandoned and forsook the country. The images of the planes and the airport are still fresh in everyone’s mind.

Let’s not forget the statements of the Afghan officials who collaborated with the Americans for many years: the Afghan President on the run, who was 100% with the Americans, to the point that if they told him not to negotiate with the Taliban, he didn’t do it –while the United States themselves negotiated with them–, if they asked him not to go to Tehran, he didn’t go there, if they wanted him to go to such and such a country, he went there, and so on. He was 100% subservient to the US… So the former Afghan President says: “My mistake was to trust the United States and its international allies.” He claims that he gave them his opinion and thoughts, but they did not respond to him and did not take them into account, considering that it was their vision that was right, that they were the strategists, that the data was in their hands and that they had efficiently anticipated the consequences and results (of their actions), but the result is (the humiliating American debacle) that we saw in Afghanistan. They have abandoned (all their allies).

Today, in Ukraine, the whole world knows that the United States and Great Britain in particular (are the main culprits of the crisis). The rest of the European countries are really poor wretches. It is clear that a number of European countries did not want this problem, like Germany for example, Germany in the first place, and also France to some extent. Other European countries felt that they would be trampled and sacrificed (on the altar of NATO’s aggression against Russia), that their interests were in great danger. The United States, and with them Great Britain, which has left the European Union, have aggravated the situation in Ukraine and pushed it into the lion’s den. But of course, they acted according to precise calculations. For Biden has announced in his strategy that his priority is the fight against Russia and China. With China, the confrontation has its own calculations and its own ways. And as for the confrontation against Russia, Biden is certainly not going to wage a world war against it, because he is not capable of it, and so he has thrown Ukraine against Russia to prevent any agreement between Ukraine and Russia and to provoke this war.

This is demonstrated by the fact that after the first few days (of war), we can all listen on television to the statements of the President of Ukraine, his head of government, his foreign minister and his deputy, and his advisers. What do they say? “They let us fight alone.” Because either (the U.S.) had promised Ukraine that they would fight with them in case of war (against Russia), or, because of the trust of Ukrainians in the U.S., they believed that they would fight alongside them. And that is why Ukrainian leaders are now expressing that their hopes have been dashed. They say they have been left alone to fight. It was the Ukrainian President who said so. Ukraine is calling on the United States (and NATO) to fight on its side, but they are responding that they cannot endanger their States and their people and risk a devastating world war for the sake of Ukraine. I just said that in their eyes, even the White man has no value. (They will not risk a nuclear war) for the sake of Ukraine, for the people of Ukraine, for the White man in Ukraine, in any case. They are not ready for that. “Fight on your own, dear friends. Because as far as we are concerned, we are not ready to fight.” And that’s why they say every day that they will not send any American soldiers to Ukraine, no American planes to Ukraine. But it is you, the United States, who caused this situation and called this catastrophe on Ukraine!

Of course, my statement is not an invitation to the United States to go and fight Russia in Ukraine. I say this only to draw lessons from the current situation, for all those who trust the United States and place their hopes in them. The Ukrainian President asks (the US) to establish a no-fly zone in the skies over Ukraine to prevent Russian planes from hitting them. But they reply he gets is “Sorry, we can’t, because that would mean shooting down Russian planes, which would lead to war, and we are not ready to go to war with Russia for the sake of Ukraine.” Ukraine is calling for a total Western embargo on (Russian) oil and gas, which some countries are ready for, but others have responded frankly that they cannot do without Russian gas. Russian gas is still being sold, and its price has risen. So look at (the inconsistency): on the one hand, they impose sanctions on Russia, and on the other hand, they buy gas from it at high prices. That’s a (telling) example. The same goes for the Ukrainian request to obtain warplanes: the West refuses, because this would make it participate directly in the war. Are there not lessons to be learned there? They let Ukraine fight alone, because they are not ready to go to war for its sake. At most, they impose sanctions, a blockade, consistent with the American objective of weakening Russia. The US is acting in its own interest, not in the interest of Ukraine. This is the truth.

Today, if we could enter the hearts and minds of Ukrainian officials, we would find a feeling of maximum abandonment and neglect. And that’s why (Zelensky) starts to come down from his pedestal: he announces that he is ready to negotiate, to discuss the neutrality of Ukraine and other Russian demands. Why is he starting to reconsider – if his American masters allow him, of course? Because he has realized that those who promised to stand by him, those in whom he trusted and in whom he placed all his hopes, those who put him in this situation, have abandoned him in the middle of the road. I and you have known this lesson (that the United States are treacherous) by heart for a very long time, but I repeat it because Biden is a new proof of it. And before coming to Lebanon, I conclude on the international situation by pointing out the moral collapse of the West. The West lectures us about Western civilization, morality, humanistic values, human rights, etc. But the situation shows their moral decay. Look at how they treat refugees. Black Africans are treated differently, as well as Asians, Muslims, etc. There is discrimination on the basis of religion, race, skin color. Is this the famous Western civilization that they harp on day and night, presenting it to us as a model to follow? Whole States are acting in this way, in an official way! One of the Presidents of these countries, in order to justify this decision (to discriminate in favor of the White Ukrainian refugees), answered that it was the will of his people, who had elected him on this basis. It is therefore a racist culture, which has no connection with humanism or morality!

As far as Lebanon is concerned, I would like to say to the (pro-Western) political forces that if they aspire to please the US, they will never succeed, because the American demands are unlimited and never stop. If anyone thinks that the US can be satisfied with this or that demand, they are deluding themselves, because tomorrow they will demand one, two, three, a hundred, a thousand other things. Their diktats do not stop at any limit. And satisfying them is detrimental to Lebanon’s interests without giving us any compensation. What did the Lebanese officials get in return for their submission? We are already deprived of electricity, gas and dollars by the American sanctions or vetoes, what more could they do?

Lebanon voted against Russia at the UN, when it could have chosen to abstain, as 35 countries did. This is what Lebanon’s national interest demanded: abstention. The Prime Minister of Pakistan said a few days ago, in the face of Western pressure for his country to take an anti-Russian position, “We are not your slaves.” This is an excellent position. It would be good if Lebanon would one day dare to stand up to the American embassy and say, “We are not your slaves.” This would be a proof of freedom, patriotism, sovereignty, independence. But the worst thing is the statement of the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our level of submission is such that the US embassy demanded that this communiqué on Russia and Ukraine be amended to be more virulent against Russia, and this rewriting was made directly by the US embassy. […]

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Ansarullah: US Prolonging Aggression, Siege on Yemen

April 16, 2022

By Staff, Agencies 

The spokesperson for Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, Mohammed Abdul Salam, confirmed that “The United States seeks to prolong the state of brutal siege and aggression against the impoverished Arab country.”

He was referring to the US latest move in the Red Sea that contravenes the terms of the recent truce agreement.

Earlier this week, the US Navy announced plans to establish a new multinational task force to patrol the Red Sea — a vital shipping lane for both cargo and the global energy supplies — after a series of attacks it blamed on the Yemeni resistance movement.

Washington claimed that the revolutionary movement had launched explosive-laden drone boats and mines into the waters of the strategic sea, which runs from Egypt’s Suez Canal in the north, down through the narrow Bab Al-Mandeb Strait in the south that separates Africa from the Arabian Peninsula.

The US-led Combined Maritime Forces [CMF] Task Force 153 will patrol the waterway between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, through the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait to the waters off the Yemen-Oman border.

“The American move in the Red Sea in light of a humanitarian and military truce in Yemen contradicts Washington’s claim that it supports the truce, rather it only seeks to perpetuate the state of aggression and siege on Yemen,” Abdul Salam tweeted.

The ceasefire agreement between the Saudi Arabia-led aggression and Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance was mediated by the United Nations on April 2.

Saudi Arabia Abandoning its Puppet in Yemen: Coming to Terms

April 13, 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Hussam AbdelKareem 

KSA can no longer “pretend” that things are under control and going according to plan. Actually, there is no plan, and no horizon, for the Saudis.

Saudi Arabia Abandoning its Puppet in Yemen: Coming to Terms

News just broke in from Yemen that the so-called “legitimate” Yemeni President AbedRabbu Mansur Hadi (widely mocked as a Saudi puppet) announced that he’s surrendering “power” to a new “Presidential Council”. The “Presidential Council”, Hadi’s statement goes on, will have to enter into negotiations with other parties in Yemen to reach a political settlement. This important step comes after about one week of Saudi Arabia’s announcement that it’s halting its military operations and easing restrictions and blockade on Yemeni ports for a two–month period. 

After seven long years of aggression in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is coming to painful terms with the truth on the ground. The Saudi enterprise in Yemen has failed miserably in all directions. The Saudi-led coalition “to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen,” the banner under which KSA launched its war on Yemen in 2015, has all vanished. Only UAE is still in it, though half-heartedly. The large sums of money that KSA invested in Yemeni espionage groups have gone in vain, with no real achievement on the ground. The government of Hadi does not have a significant real presence or control in Yemeni territories. The Hadi government is still stationed in a Riyadh hotel, leaving Ansar Allah in control of the North and West of Yemen (where the main population is concentrated), and the secessionist Transitional Council controls most of the South and Eastern parts of Yemen (with the sporadic presence of Al Qaeda & ISIS). After seven years of war, Hadi and his government are practically powerless and irrelevant.

But what’s more catastrophic for the Saudis is the way military operations are going. The war launched in 2015 is now back-firing very badly. ARAMCO, the giant Saudi oil company, has become a regular target of the Yemeni attacks. Yemeni missiles and drones are reaching strategic economic and military targets inside KSA more frequently than ever before. That’s an unimaginable and embarrassing situation that the Saudis have never anticipated. 

To put it in a word: It’s obviously defeat, plain and simple. KSA can no longer “pretend” that things are under control and going according to plan. Actually, there is no plan and no horizon for the Saudis. Realities on the ground must be acknowledged, the sooner the better. That’s the background for Hadi’s dismissal. The Saudi know very well that Hadi, in his position for ten years, cannot be entrusted with leading a new stage in Yemen. A totally new group will be needed for the negotiations with Ansar Allah and Sanaa government. It was noted that Hadi’s deputy and strong military commander, Ali Mohsin Al Ahmar, was also dismissed.

The person who was chosen to replace Hadi, as head of the “Presidential Council”, is Rashad Al Olaimi. Al Olaimi was known in the Yemeni circles as one of the closest personalities to the USA, always advocating for a more American role in Yemen. Al Olaimi’s selection gives further indication that negotiations with Ansar Allah will be the top priority for the new Saudi–backed Yemeni side. The Biden administration has long advocated a political arrangement in Yemen that includes Ansar Allah as a main party.

What’s next?

We’ll have to wait and see the reaction of Ansar Allah to the new call for a Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue with the new “Presidential Council”. It is known that Ansar Allah so far has insisted on negotiating with KSA on a state-to-state basis, i.e. Yemeni-Saudi negotiations, refusing to grant KSA the image of the mediator or sponsor to the peace talks between the Yemenis. 

However, this time things look serious. Saudi Arabia appears keen to get off the tree and embark on real negotiations with its adversaries in Yemen, Ansar Allah. There is a pressing interest for the Saudis to prolong the brittle ceasefire that is now in place and try to make it permanent. The Saudis don’t want to see their oil facilities in flames any time soon. Therefore, they will be ready for real concessions. A kind of negotiated settlement in Yemen that sees Ansar Allah holding major positions in the national Yemeni government is probably in the minds of Saudis. Ansar Allah, in its turn, has always wanted peace with dignity in Yemen. Yemenis always wanted the peace that preserves Yemen’s sovereignty, and if the Saudis are ready for it, then Ansar Allah will be there. And let’s not forget that the Saudis have tried to negotiate with Iran about Yemen’s issues, during many rounds held in Iraq, but received a firm answer from the Iranians that Sanaa, and only Sanaa, is the right address for that purpose.

For that higher goal, formalities could be overlooked. Ansar Allah and Sanaa government could accept to negotiate with KSA indirectly through its “Presidential Council”. Without a doubt, negotiations will be very difficult and complex, because of the broad range of horny issues like the South-North sensitivity maps, the role of Al Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood), and Yemen’s political positioning in the region. But the beginning itself is a positive step. If Saudis give up the “victory” notion and start readiness to acknowledge the Yemeni realities, then this will be a starting point to achieving peace in the war-torn country.

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Nasrallah: We accuse the US of elections postponement attempts

April 12 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net 

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses, in a speech, the latest developments in occupied Palestine and the upcoming parliamentary elections, citing US interference.

Nasrallah: We stand strong by Palestine

In a speech addressing the latest developments in Palestine, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed, on Monday evening, the need to stand in reverence before the families of the Palestinian martyrs and their decisive stances.

Sayyed Nasrallah said, “We must hail and stand in reverence before the heroism of the men, youth, women, children, and elders of occupied Palestine.”

In a speech addressing the latest developments in Palestine, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed, on Monday evening, that “what is happening in occupied Palestine has great implications on the struggle with the enemy and the future of the Israeli entity.”

Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the Israeli occupation government, saying, “If you are betting on the despair and frustration of the Palestinian people, then you are delusional,” and, “If you think that the official Arab abandonment will lead to the retreat of the Palestinian youth, you are also delusional.”

While he considered that “what is happening in and around occupied Palestine requires a long contemplation time and more support and solidarity,” Sayyed Nasrallah expressed “the absolute support and backing for the Palestinian people and their resistance.”

He stressed, “We are partners with them [Palestinian people] in this battle and in achieving victory.”

The resistance imposed a huge equation on the enemy in the April ‘96 war 

Sayyed Nasrallah recalled the April 1996 war and stressed that “the Resistance was able to impose on the enemy the equation of protecting civilians while going on with its resistance.”

He pointed out that “the equation of protecting civilians from Israeli attacks still exists thanks to the Resistance.”

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the United States always defends the aggressor enemy and its massacres and prevents even its condemnation.

There is talk that some embassies want to postpone the parliamentary elections

On the upcoming elections in Lebanon, Hezbollah Secretary-General said the Lebanese parliamentary elections are around the corner, noting that the US embassy and other embassies have come to the understanding that the current parliamentary majority will maintain its position.

He stressed that “no one should believe that obtaining two-thirds of the parliamentary seats is a realistic and logical goal, and we are convinced that Lebanon cannot but be based on understanding,” highlighting the dispersion among the other parties during the formation of electoral lists.

He explicitly said, “It is our right to accuse the US embassy of seeking to postpone the parliamentary elections.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also revealed that there is talk that some embassies want to postpone the parliamentary elections to arrange the affairs of the other side of the political spectrum.

Considering that “one of the objectives of talking about postponing the elections may be to reduce the citizens’ enthusiasm to participate,” Nasrallah said, “We consider that we are waging an electoral battle, so the voter turnout should be high.”

A lot of Saudi money poured into Lebanese official’s pockets

Nasrallah also revealed that a Saudi official had disclosed to him that “Riyadh spent huge amounts of money in Lebanon during the 2009 elections,” noting that “a large part of this money was not spent on the elections, but went into the balances of political officials in Lebanon.”

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah called on the Lebanese “not to rely on opinion polls and definitive results and to head to the ballot boxes with full enthusiasm and concern.”

He stressed that “we must work to ensure the success of our candidates and the candidates of our allies, who are advancing in many constituencies, even without our support,” confirming, “We want our allies to succeed in these elections so that we can cooperate together in shouldering responsibilities.”

Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah does not have secret alliances because all its alliances are crystal clear.

He declared that “Hezbollah passing on the preferential votes to the rest of the allies will be public and based on understanding,” stressing that, “we have not made a prior commitment to anyone.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said, “We do not want to abolish anyone, and we want everyone to be represented in Parliament in their true sizes.”

He added that “in 2005, the March 14 forces were the ones who abolished the political forces, and the fact that they accepted the Amal movement and Hezbollah was compelled.”

He stressed that the sides trying to abolish others are the ones who were betting in the July 2006 war on crushing the resistance and its environment, the ones who sat with the Americans and incited them to defeat Hezbollah in the July war, and the ones who are ready to go as far as igniting a civil war just to crush others.

Sayyed Nasrallah asked the question, “How can you talk about using arms to shape a particular political environment when you obtained the parliamentary majority more than once and formed governments?”

“This who are trying to trick the Lebanese into believing that the Resistance arms are the cause of all the crises, why don’t they even bring up corruption and economic policies in the past 30 years?” he wondered.

The Resistance protects Lebanon through a deterrence equation

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah considered that “the ones who are taking aim at the arms of the Resistance only aim at appeasing America, the West, and some Arab regimes to obtain financial support.”

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “the Resistance is the side that protects the country through a deterrence equation it has imposed on the enemy.” 

On the relations with Arab countries, hinting at Saudi Arabia, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah asked, “Who is sabotaging Arab relations, who is taking a supportive position on the aggression on Yemen, and who has launched a devastating military aggression seven years ago?”

Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that “the Yemenis imposed their will on the international community through their steadfastness and fighting,” hoping that “the armistice – which he welcomed – would be a prelude for a political solution.”

He explained that this is “what we have been asking for from the beginning; to stop the war and massacres, and no one aims at targeting Saudi Arabia.”

He believed that “the only solution in Yemen is to negotiate and engage in direct talks with Sanaa,” confirming that the latter is not to be pressured. 

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Yemen’s Hadi has no “power” to bestow on the new presidential council

The exiled Yemeni president will transfer his presidential powers to the new council, with the Saudis pulling all the strings. 

April 08 2022

In Yemen, yet another Saudi initiative to take ownership of a foreign state’s sovereignty.Photo Credit: The Cradle

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The significance of the newly established Presidential Leadership Council, which was formally declared on 7 March by the exiled Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, lies in the unification of most, if not all, of Yemen’s political and tribal factions who oppose the Ansarallah resistance movement and the National Salvation Government (NSG) it leads in Sanaa.

The transfer of “legitimacy” to the new entity by Hadi will also come with the support of US $3 billion dollars from its two main sponsors – and the two leading war coalition partners – Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Another Saudi-backed scheme

Saudi’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), who surprised many with this move, may have eliminated the burden of propping up the ailing 76-year-old Hadi and his notorious vice president General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar.

However, two main challenges remain for this presidential council: the first of which is its cohesion and the continued harmony of its members, who will need to set their own authoritarian ambitions and marked differences aside.

Secondly and most importantly, is the council’s recognition by the Ansarallah-run NSG, whose inclusion in potential peace negotiations are essential in order to reach a political settlement in Yemen.

The chairman of this presidential council, chosen by the Saudi and Emirati sponsors is an advisor of Hadi, Rashad Al-Alimi. There are eight members of the council, four from the north and four from the south – including the head of the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), Aidarus Al-Zoubaidi. The one thing they have in common is shared military and security concerns against the Ansarallah-aligned forces, now dominating the Yemeni battlefield.

United only in opposition to Ansarallah

Forming a potent political, geographic, and tribal mix of separatists, Islamists, tribesmen, secularists, tribal elders, and militia leaders, virtually the only element that binds this hodgepodge of mindsets is their collective hostility to Ansarallah. The factions that make up this council wither have political, principled or ideological reasons to refuse to coexist with the Yemeni resistance, or to join their ranks, despite Ansarallah being the strongest party on the ground.

In what will likely be President Hadi’s last stand, he announced during his televised address the establishment of the new presidential leadership council, and irrevocably ceded all his powers to it – as he said: “without returning.”

Whose authority is it anyway?

This reminds Arabs of the situation former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri found himself in, when he was kidnapped in Riyadh by his Saudi hosts in 2017, roughed up, and forced to read a ‘resignation’ speech on television during his house arrest. Were it not for the intervention of French President Emmanuel Macron, Hariri may still have been under detention, like many other ‘guests’ of the Ritz Carlton, including senior princes.

The legitimacy of this new presidential council can only come from its recognition by the majority of the Yemeni people and an approval by the NSG as a viable, domestic negotiating partner. Only then, can the parties try to reach a political settlement, share power, agree to a permanent cessation of fighting, and ultimately end the war.

Ansarallah’s spokesman and political bureau member, Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, acknowledged the move took him by surprise, but he denounced the idea of any dialogue with the new presidential council, stating that “dialogue must be dialogue between Yemen and the countries of the four-way aggression, we do not negotiate with the tools of the states of this aggression.”

Al-Bukhaiti also launched a scathing attack on the new chairman of the council, Alimi, and described him as a stooge of the US.  “The real legitimacy is for those who defend the independence of the country, and this presidential council is illegal, because it is an extension of the occupation,” he argued.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, who heads Ansarallah’s delegation to UN-sponsored negotiations, said that Yemen’s only path to peace is halting the aggression and lifting the economic siege of the country, adding that the Yemeni people would not accept “illegal measures issued outside the borders of their homeland by an illegal party.”

Trouble ahead?

The Saudis have technically ousted Hadi with this soft coup, as he was increasingly perceived as a liability incapable of unifying Yemen’s anti-Ansarallah groups and militias. But there is no guarantee this council will succeed either, as there are more issues that divide than unites them.

We should also not forget that those who have been removed, such as Hadi and his deputy, and those who have been excluded from the council, have supporters and fellow tribesmen on the ground. These elements may be able to disrupt the council’s agenda, and Hadi’s description of Ansarallah as “brothers” the day before he was removed may be a sign of things to come.

This presidential council may also have been formed to counter Ansarallah politically, and not to make peace with them, as has been seen with all the previous ill-fated unification initiatives thus far.

Presidential, in name only

In any case, after seven years of war, and the deaths of 377 thousand Yemenis, the conflict in Yemen is no longer confined among Yemenis, but has developed into a conflict over legitimate authority and the distribution of it. Anyone who says otherwise does not know Yemen and certainly does not know Saudi Arabia.

As with the Riyadh Agreement before it, the Presidential Leadership Council is also doomed for failure, so long as there is a refusal to acknowledge who actually wields the most power and authority in Yemen, both in governance and in the battlefield.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

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اليمن: السعوديّة تسلّم الأميركيّ السلطة

الأخبار السبت 9 نيسان 2022

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لم تستطع السعودية الذهاب الى الخيار الأمثل لوقف الحرب في اليمن عبر إعلان انتهاء عمليتها العسكرية التي بدأت قبل سبع سنوات ولم تنجح في تحقيق أيّ من أهدافها، بل زادت التعقيدات التي كانت عشية بدئها تعقيداً وتجذراً، فلم يكن يومها العمق السعودي تحت التهديد، ولا كان بمستطاع اليمن أن يفرض شراكته في أمن إمدادات الطاقة والملاحة في الخليج، ولا كانت مهابة السعودية كقوة إقليمية كبرى موضع تشكيك، وتعمق الجرح الموروث تاريخياً بين اليمنيين والسعوديين بصورة يصعب أن يعالجه الزمن، مع عشرات الآلاف من الشهداء ومئات آلاف الجرحى وملايين المهجرين والجياع، ولم يفد السعودية حشد حلف ضمّ الإمارات والسودان عملياً، وآخرين اسمياً، ولا الرعاية التسليحية واللوجستية والاستخبارية وأحياناً كثيرة العملياتيّة لأميركا وبريطانيا و”إسرائيل”.

وقف العدوان وفك الحصار كان شعار أنصار الله للبحث بأي حل سياسيّ، ورغم ذلك تجاوبوا مع الإعلان عن وقف الغارات من جهة والفتح الجزئي لمطار صنعاء وميناء الحديدة من جهة موازية، رغم عدم وضوحهما كإطار لفتح باب الحل السياسيّ، ولم تستطع السعوديّة الذهاب الى المطلوب مباشرة، رغم قراءة السعودية لتغير المشهدين الدولي والإقليمي، بصورة تجعل الاستمرار بالحرب مستحيلاً، وسبباً للمزيد من الخسائر، فلا الأميركي جاهز ولا هو حاضر أو قادر على تقديم المساندة في ظل همومه المتعاظمة، وصعود روسيا والصين لم يعد فرضية محتملة بل صار واقعاً غير قابل للإنكار، تبدو الحاجة لعدم استفزازه سياسة لا بد منها بمقدار من التوازن، والإسرائيلي في وضع لا يُحسَد عليه، وقد تبخر وهم الحديث عن (“إسرائيل” ليست عدواً بل حليف محتمل)، وتبخّرت صفقة القرن، وتبخّر التطبيع، و”إسرائيل” جحش أعرج وليست حصاناً يُسرَج عليه. و”إسرائيل” تحت ضربات الفلسطينيين تحتاج من يعينها، وليست في وضع يتيح لها تقديم العون، ومَن طبّع معها ومنحها امتيازات وموطأ قدم في بلاده، يستشعر بأنه جلب الدب الى كرمه، وفتح الباب لتهديد استقراره دون مقابل، وعلى الضفة المقابلة يبدو المحور الذي كانت الحرب أداة لتحجيم حضوره، وهو يتعاظم، والأميركي ينفتح على مفاوضات العودة إلى الاتفاق النووي مع إيران لبلوغ الاتفاق مجدداً، والأموال المجمّدة يفرج عنها تباعاً، والعودة للطلب على النفط الإيراني رغم العقوبات تضاهي ما كانت عليه قبلها، وما تمّ تدبيره في العراق أو ما خطّط له في لبنان يصطدم بالجدار. وفي فلسطين تنهض المقاومة بمعادلات ردع في قلب الأراضي المحتلة عام 48، ومعادلات اليمن الرادعة من جهة وصمود اليمنيّين في جغرافيا بلدهم من جهة موازية يجعلان الخروج من الحرب بأقل الخسائر خياراً وحيداً ممكناً.

ذهب السعوديّون الى خيار الباب الموارب، ففتحوا الباب لوقف النار والرفع الجزئيّ للحصار، واستداروا نحو تركيبة السلطة اليمنيّة، فأزاحوا “الشرعية” التي قالوا إنهم دخلوا الحرب لحمايتها، وسلموا رجل المخابرات الأميركية منذ عهد الرئيس علي عبد الله صالح مقاليد السلطة، وجمعوا حوله زعماء الميليشيات التي تقاتل معهم، بمن فيهم التشكيلات المنتمية إلى فكر تنظيم القاعدة وحزب الإخوان المسلمين، وأسموهم جميعاً مجلساً قيادياً مؤقتاً بصلاحيات رئاسية كاملة، وقالوا إن مهمة المجلس التوصل الى وقف للنار مع أنصار الله، وقال أركان المجلس الجديد إنهم يستعدّون للحرب والسلم معاً، لكن جوهر الخطوة السعوديّة في مكان آخر. فالرياض تقول لواشنطن، ها هي عدة الشغل في اليمن، وعلى رأسهم رجلكم فيه فتولوا أنتم القيادة، وخذوا القرارات التي تريدونها. فالسعودية لم تعد هي مرجعية الحرب، وتريد لوقف النار أن يمتدّ، لكنها غير قادرة على تقديم الأثمان التي يستدعيها ذلك.

المأزق هو نفسه سواء تسلّم الأميركي ام السعودي دفة القيادة العلنية. فالقرار بيد الأميركي بالأصل مهما كانت الواجهة، وأنصار الله لن ينشغلوا بالتفاصيل، بين الأصيل والوكيل، وبوصلتهم لن تتوه، فقضيتهم واضحة، سيادة كاملة ورفع كامل للحصار وانسحاب للقوات الأجنبية ينهي الاحتلال، طريق وحيد لفتح باب الحوار السياسي الداخلي حول تفاصيل إدارة شؤون الحكم والاحتكام في تكوين السلطة الجديدة إلى صناديق الاقتراع.

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Ansarullah Political Council Member: Establishing This Council Is In Favor Of Yemen As It Exposed the Aggression

April 9, 2022

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – Outgoing Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi announced that he had formed a new council to lead the country, according to state media.

“I irreversibly delegate to this presidential leadership council my full powers,” Hadi said in a televised talk held in the Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh.

The new council will consist of eight members and will be led by Rashad Al-Aleme, a former interior minister and adviser to Hadi.

In an exclusive interview to al-Ahed news, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti a senior member of Ansarullah’s Political Council stated, “The decision of forming a presidential leadership council surprised everyone, including the political components who are present in the Riyadh negotiations. This confirms that this decision is an American one because the person who has been appointed to head the presidency of this council by America is Rashad al-Alimi and everyone knows that he is America’s man in Yemen.”

Al-Bukhaiti added, “Although this step is an American one, it stripped the aggression against Yemen from its legitimacy, illegitimately calling for a so-called ‘coup and restoring legitimacy’. On this basis, Security Council resolutions have been issued.”

“And since we have rejected the hotel government [the illegitimate government which is the outcome of hotel meetings] because it has become a tool controlled by Saudi Arabia, the announced step today in establishing a political council in Riyadh exposed the plans of the countries of aggression and confirmed that the decision is in the hands of America,” he added.

Al-Bukhaiti went on to explain, “Of course, there is no difference between the hotel government and the hotel political council because their decision is in the hands of the countries leading the aggression, and consequently led by the United States.”

“However, establishing this council today is in favor of Yemen as it exposed the aggression against us and revealed the fact that decisions are in the hands of America. Not to mention that the established decision was not even shared with the Yemeni political components that supported the aggression. This decision has been imposed on these political forces,” the Ansarullah Political Council member stated.

“The legitimacy of any government in any country in the world must be derived from the inside and not from the outside, namely, not from the enemy of the Islamic nation represented by America. Therefore, the true legitimacy is the one that defends the stability and sovereignty of Yemen and we are close to achieving this victory,” Al-Bukhaiti clarified.

The council member urged the ones “siding with those who are leading the aggression to reconsider their acts and stand by their homeland because the political process will follow based on a national partnership, including all those who defended the sovereignty and independence of Yemen, not those involved in aggression and justify the occupation of Yemen.”

Yemen is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with 80% of its population living on aid, due to the imposed siege. At the same time, the first truce of its kind to take place had been announced on the 1st day of the 7th anniversary of the war, will the coming days hold a new deal for the Yemeni people, or the external interference keep the war raging?

‘If you return to fight, we shall return to our punishment’: Yemenis react to UN-brokered truce

8 Apr 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Naseh Shaker 

Under the truce deal, Sanaa airport should open for limited commercial flights and Hodeidah seaport for fuel ships.

‘If you return to fight, we shall return to our punishment’: Yemenis react to UN-brokered truce

Mohammed Saleh Al-Sawdi was sitting under a tree inside the garden of Al-Thawarah Hospital in Sanaa at 2:37 pm on April 3rd, 19 hours after the UN-brokered two-month truce went into force at 7 pm (16:00 GMT) on April 2nd.

“I suffer from an ‘articular surface’ and a disability”, the 27-year-old Al-Sawdi told Al Mayadeen English with his crutches beside him. “I made two surgeries, but they did not succeed. Doctors advised me to travel abroad to get better treatment”.

“I don’t have a budget that allows me to travel abroad and pay for flights and treatment”, he said. “I was injured by the Saudi airstrikes at the Haradh District of Hajjah province, bordering Saudi territory”.

Al-Sawdi said he has become alone since the missile targeted his residential neighborhood in Haradh in 2015, pointing out that he has been receiving treatment in Sanaa since then.

He is one of 32,000 critically ill and stranded Yemeni patients that the Norwegian Refugee Council and CARE said in 2021 need life-saving treatment abroad, but the closure of Sanaa airport for the fifth consecutive year prevented them from doing so.

The UN announced on April 1st a two-month truce in Yemen that went into effect at 7 PM on April 2nd, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. The Ansar Allah-led National Salvation Government, the Hadi exiled Government, and the Saudi coalition welcomed the announcement of the ceasefire.

“The parties accepted to halt all offensive military air, ground, and maritime operations inside Yemen and across its borders; they also agreed for fuel ships to enter Hodeidah ports and commercial flights to operate in and out of Sanaa airport to predetermined destinations in the region”, read a press statement by the UN envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg.

“They further agreed to meet under my auspices to open roads in Taiz and other governorates in Yemen. The truce can be renewed beyond the two months with the consent of the parties”, Grundberg said in the statement.

The UN special envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg held on Wednesday a press conference via Zoom, where Al Mayadeen English asked him a question: Who are the warring parties that signed the two-month truce? Is it between Ansar Allah and Hadi Government or between Ansar Allah and the Saudi-led coalition?

Grundberg told Al Mayadeen English that the deal is not signed but agreed upon between Ansar Allah and the Hadi Government which is backed by the Saudi-led coalition.

On Saturday, Iran and Iraq welcomed the ceasefire in Yemen. Iran also called for a negotiated solution to the seven-year conflict, whereas Iraq said that a political solution is the only way to end the war in the country.

If the truce is implemented, it would be a breakthrough, as the first truce between Yemen’s Ansar Allah and the Saudi-led coalition was in 2016.

According to UN estimates, 377,000 Yemenis have been killed directly or indirectly by the end of 2021 since the war broke out in March 2015.

Saudi Arabia launched its western-backed aggression in March 2015 after the success of the 21st of September popular revolution that toppled the corrupt Government of Hadi and forced him to flee the country.

Opening Sanaa Airport

Opening Sanaa International Airport is going to secure a humanitarian corridor for Yemeni patients who could not travel via Saudi-backed Government held airports in south Yemen for fears of being arrested, or because their health situation cannot endure traveling by land for 16 hours.

On April 4, the General Director of Sanaa International Airport, Khaled Al-Shayef, said that “We expect the first flights between Sanaa and Cairo airports to start within the next two days”.

The Supreme Medical Committee at the Ministry of Health in Sanaa has invited in a statement “patients with severe cases, those who are registered and not registered with the committee, and who could not travel by land to Aden and Seiyun Airports, to travel through Sanaa airport”.

“Critical cases can travel via the airport if opened, but I don’t have the money for medication and flights”, Al-Sawdi said, due to his “difficult life circumstances”.

“Of course, I’m thrilled about this truce because it will open Sanaa airport for sick people to travel abroad for treatment”, he added.

“Reports of violating the truce are going to cause problems for normal citizens; I urge the Saudi coalition to fulfill its commitment under the truce and let Yemenis live because seven years of war and blockade are quite enough”, Al-Sawdi stressed.

Sanaa airport has been closed by the Saudi coalition since August 2016 and was strictly used for UN operational tasks flights and personnel.

Fuel ships

According to AFP, 18 fuel ships are to be allowed into Hodeida port, a lifeline for Yemen, and two commercial flights a week can resume in and out of Sanaa International Airport.

Ali Al-Mokhtar hopes that the war will completely end soon and that this truce will not be temporary. 

“We hope this truce will be the beginning of an end to the war, and that the Saudi coalition will not use it to rearrange its ranks and return to the war and shelling again”, Al-Mokhtar told Al Mayadeen English as he fills his motorcycle with fuel from the black market in Sanaa because of the fuel blockade imposed by the Saudi aggression since January. 

“I hope the dealers will reduce the price of gasoline. What they have earned in the last three months is enough”, Al-Mokhtar explained.

Yemen Petroleum Company announced on Sunday and Monday the entry of two fuel ships into Hodeidah port, according to the company spokesperson.

“The UN envoy should pressure the Saudi coalition to release the rest of the ships quickly, and this is a natural right for the Yemenis, and not a free concession” Al-Mokhtar added.

‘Saudis are our enemies’

“Hopefully this truce will hold, but if there are violations by the Saudi aggression, we will respond; ‘but if you return (to fight), we shall return (to  Punishment)’,” said 63-year-old citizen Abdullah Saleh Al-Qatani, citing a holy Quran verse.

“If Saudi Arabia wants peace, Yemenis are peacemakers, and if they want war, we are fierce fighters and Riyadh should remember the state of Aramco after the latest Jeddah attack”, said Al-Qatani

“Saudi Arabia accepted peace now following the third operation to break the siege”, Al-Qatani told Al Mayadeen English. “If Mr. Abdul-Malek Al-Houthi launches three or four similar attacks, the kingdom will not only accept the truce, but will end the war”.

“The Saudis are our enemies since the last century, since the rule of Imam Yahya, King of Yemen”, Al-Qatani explained.

“It was clear, the Saudis will order its Yemeni mercenaries to violate the truce, and this has already happened”, said Al-Qatani.

Hours after the truce went into effect; the Saudi mercenaries violated the truce by launching rocket attacks and shelling building constructions on several front lines.

In the northern province of Al-Jawf, Saudi-backed mercenaries launched three Katyusha rockets against positions of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees in the Al-Ajasher desert. 

A military source in the Sanaa government said on April 3rd: “86 violations have been committed by the Saudi coalition forces in the southern front of the coastal province of Hodeidah, including building military fortifications, hovering of eight spy aircraft, rocket and artillery bombardments, and various gunshots.”

“They have no principle because the US and Israel back them”, Al-Qatani told Al Mayadeen English while standing near a newsstand on Al-Zubairi Street in Sanaa.

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Hegemon USA’s History of War Crimes

April 7, 2022

Russia’s Sputnik News reported examples of US war crimes post-WW II.

My own examples follow below. First Sputnik’s:

The July 1950 No Gun Ri massacre occurred one month after Truman’s war of aggression on nonbelligerent, nonthreatening North Korea.

Covered up for nearly half a century, what happened took the lives of around 300 men, women and children.

From December 1968 – May 1969, US forces indiscriminately massacred thousands of North Vietnamese civilians in so-called “free-fire zones” during Operation Speedy Express — to cause maximum numbers of casualties.

In February 1991 near end of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, civilians and fleeing combatants were massacred along the so-called Highway of Death.

In May 1999 near Korisa, Kosovo, US terror-bombing massacred civilian refugees — ones who unsuccessfully sought shelter out of harm’s way.

In the second battle of Fallujah in November 2004 — during the Second Persian Gulf War — US and UK forces terror-bombed Iraqis with banned weapons, including white phosphorous, incendiary bombs, and radiological weapons.

Thousands were massacred in cold blood, largely civilians.

In October 2015, US forces terror-bombed a Kunduz, Afghanistan hospital on the phony pretext of targeting Taliban fighters.

Dozens were killed, dozens more injured.

During the siege of Mosul, Iraq in 2017, an estimated 40,000 Iraqi civilians were massacred on the phony pretext of combating US created and supported ISIS jihadists. 

Similar mass slaughter occurred in the same year against Raqqa, Syria civilians.

US genocides began by mass-exterminating countless millions of Native America to expand the nation from sea-to-shinning sea — by stealing their land, livelihoods and lives.

In his book titled, “A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present,” Ward Churchill explained that the nation’s indigenous population was reduced to at most 3% of its original numbers before it all began — by butchery and other forms of brutality.

During the infamous Middle Passage transatlantic slave trade — the African holocaust — millions perished en route in extreme discomfort.

Around 100 million human beings arriving in America were sold like cattle.

Describing the centuries-long horror, historian Howard Zinn said the following:

US slavery was “the most cruel form in history.”

It reflected a “frenzy for limitless profit that comes from capitalistic agriculture; the reduction of the slave to less than human status by the use of racial hatred, with that relentless clarity based on color, where white was master, black was slave.”

Post-WW II US genocides occurred against North Koreans, Southeast Asians, Central and Latin Americans, Africans, other Asians, Yugoslavs, Afghans, Yemenis, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians and others.

With no end of it in prospect, unparalleled genocide has been ongoing by kill shots throughout the West and elsewhere since December 2020 — the human toll unknown because of coverup and denial.

If continues longterm, billions may perish out of sight and mind — unwanted people that US/Western dark forces want exterminated to more greatly empower and enrich the privileged few at their expense.

During America’s dirty 1898 – 1902 Spanish-American War against Spain to cede control of the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos were brutally slaughtered.

US cutthroat killer general Jacob Smith ordered his troops to:

“Kill and burn.”

“This is no time to take prisoners.”

“The more you kill and burn, the better.” 

“Kill all above the age of ten.”

Then “turn (the country into) a howling wilderness.”

Few people anywhere suffered longer, more horrifically with anguish than Haitians for over 500 years and still counting.

They endured genocidal oppression, slavery, despotism, colonization, reparations, embargoes, sanctions, deep poverty, starvation, untreated diseases, unrepayable debt, and natural calamities unprotected.

Along with strategic bombing to destroy an adversary’s economic and military might, US terror bombings targeted civilians to break their morale, cause panic, weaken an invented enemy’s will to fight, along with inflicting mass casualties and punishment.

Geneva and other international laws prohibit it. 

The Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907 Hague IV Convention’s Article 25 states:

“The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or building which are undefended is prohibited.”

Fourth Geneva protects civilians in time of war.

It prohibits violence of any kind against them and requires treatment for the sick and wounded. 

The 1945 Nuremberg Principles forbid “crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity.” 

These include “inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war,” including indiscriminate killing and “wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.”

In virtually all US wars of aggression against invented enemies, the above and similar war crimes occur with disturbing regularity.

During the firebombing of Dresden, Germany in February 1945 — when what Russia calls its Great Patriotic War was virtually won — the US and UK gratuitously incinerated around 100,000 city residents.

The morally indefensible high crime was repeated against Tokyo the same month in similar fashion after virtual surrender by imperial Japan was rejected by Franklin Roosevelt. surrendered and accepted defeat.

In August 1945, Harry Truman gratuitously destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear immolation.

When WW II was virtually over, hundreds of thousands were killed.

To this day, future generations were scarred with birth defects and other serious health issues. 

During the post-WW II period, countless millions more were massacred during US imperial wars — accountability for the highest of high crimes never forthcoming.

Genocidal wars were waged against nonbelligerent North Korea, North Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and worldwide against unwanted people.

US use of chemical, biological, radiological and other banned weapons is well-documented throughout US history.

From smallpox infected blankets against Native Americans to chlorine gas during the US Civil War to today’s chemical, biological, radiological and other banned weapons, anything goes has been official US policy throughout its history.

Deadly dioxin-containing Agent Orange and nerve gas were used by US forces in Southeast Asia.

So were other terror weapons in all US wars of aggression.

It’s not a pretty picture. 

The self-styled indispensable state’s history is pockmarked with virtually every type crime imaginable at home and worldwide.

They’ve gone on by endless wars of choice against Native Americans to the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli to the present day at home and abroad worldwide — with no end of them in prospect.

اليمن: الصبر العظيم يأتي بالنصر العظيم

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في ذكرى مرور سبع سنوات على الحرب التي شنّها التحالف الذي تقوده السعودية على اليمن، بدا ان وقف إطلاق النار او الهدنة العسكرية تدخل حيز التنفيذ، بعدما استجابت للشروط التي وضعها أنصار الله، عبر ربط وقف النار برفع الحصار، بفتح مطار صنعاء وميناء الحُدَيدة. وهذا ليس حدثاً عادياً بعد سبع سنوات دفع خلالها اليمنيون أثماناً غالية للدفاع عن كرامتهم وسيادتهم، كما نجحوا بتغيير المعادلة الخليجية والعربية والإقليمية وهم يخوضون حربهم الدفاعيّة المشروعة. ومهما كانت الطرق المتعرّجة والملتوية لصيغة وقف النار أو الهدنة، بالحديث عن فتح مشروط للمطار والمرفأ، يعرف كل معني بالحرب أن ذلك من باب حفظ ماء الوجه لصاحب قرار الحرب السعودي، وليس تعبيراً عن منظوره لوقف النار، الذي بقي دائماً يتجاهل رفع الحصار كشرط لوقف النار، وبقي يفشل لأن الفريق المعني بالحرب وهو المين، لم تكن تمثله حكومة منصور هادي، بل أنصار الله وحكومة صنعاء، ولهذا الفريق شروط لوقف النار، ولديه القدرة على رفض تجاوزها.

خلال سبع سنوات تحوّل عنوان رفع الحصار الى التعبير السياسي الرئيسي عن تميّز حكومة صنعاء وأنصار الله في مقاربة وقف النار. فلا أحد سواهم يرفع هذا الشعار، لكن السبب في ذلك هو أن ربط وقف النار برفع الحصار ليس شأناً لوجستياً بل هو كل الشأن السياسي في الحرب، لأن الحصار هو الحضور الأبرز لتوصيف الدور السعودي كشريك في الحرب ومسؤول عنها، يسقط عنه صفة الراعي والمحايد، وينفي نظرية الحرب اليمنية اليمنية، ولأن الحصار هو السلاح الأمضى لتركيع الشعب اليمني وفرض الاستسلام عليه، وهو سلاح صامت وغير مكلف كسلاح الدمار والخراب والقتل. والحصار بالتالي آلة ذهبيّة لتغيير موازين القوى دون تحمل كلفة مادية ومعنوية للحرب، بينما رفع الحصار بوابة لتغيير معاكس في موازين القوى، حيث يلمس اليمنيّون بعائدات رفع الحصار ثمرة الصمود والتضحيات, يشعرون بمعنى أنهم ينتصرون في الحرب.

هذه المعادلة ما كانت لتتحقق لولا صمود أسطوري لليمن يفوق كل الحسابات، ولكن ما كان للصمود وحده أن يصنع هذه المعادلة الجديدة في عالم ظالم لا يريد أن يسمع شيئاً عن مظلومية اليمن، وكان عائد الصمود الوحيد هو صناعة معادلة توصيف الحرب بالعبثيّة، أي التشكيك بجدوى مواصلتها، لكن الصمود عندما ترافق مع بناء قدرة ردع تمثلت بالسلاح الصاروخيّ وسلاح الطائرات المسيَّرة لليمنيين، وتمكّن هذا السلاح من رسم معادلة العمق بالعمق بين اليمن والسعودية، وصولاً لتهديد المنشآت النفطية الحيوية التي يرتبط بها موقع السعودية في سوق الطاقة العالمي، وفقاً للبيان السعودي الأخير بعد إصابة منشآت أرامكو واعتذار السعودية عن الوفاء بالتزاماتها في السوق العالميّة، حتى صارت مواصلة الحرب شديدة الكلفة وليست عديمة العائدات فقط، وصار وقف الحرب مصلحة سعوديّة، وليس تدبيراً سياسياً عاقلاً فقط.

الواضح أن السعودية تسعى لملاقاة شروط أنصار الله بطريقة متعرّجة تحول دون الإحراج وتظهيرها مهزومة، فاختارت أن تعلن هي مبادرة لحوار يمني يمني تعلم أن انصار الله لن يتجاوبوا معها، واختارت ان تكون المبادرة باسم مجلس التعاون الخليجي، وأن تطلق معها دعوة لوقف النار، ثم تسلم للمبعوث الأممي مشروعاً لضمان نجاح الهدنة في رمضان، لكنها زوّدته بالاستعداد لتلبية الشرط الذي تعلم أن أنصار الله لن يقبلوا بالهدنة بدونه، وهو فتح المطار والمرفأ، واختارت أن يكون الإعلان تحت شعار رحلات منتقاة، ما يجعل الهدنة قواعد اشتباك جديدة، سيتعامل معها أنصار الله بالمفرق لا بالجملة، ويضعون مقابلها معادلة موازية لحدود تطبيق الهدنة، والجبهات التي تشملها، وفقاً للشروط التي يتم وضعها على حركة المطار والمرفأ.

ما يجعل التوقعات بسريان الهدنة، وتقديم السعودية ما يجعل تنفيذها ميسراً، أكبر من مخاطر التعثر، هو أن السعودية تتعامل مع الملف اليمني ضمن حزمة ملفات لا يمنحها أي منها فرصة المناورة. فهي تشهد تهرّب واشنطن من خوض الحرب الى جانب أوكرانيا. وتشهد صعود روسيا والصين كحلف عالمي يعلن سعيه لنظام عالمي جديد. وتشهد تسليم واشنطن بمكانة إيران الإقليميّة والعجز عن فرض شروط تغيير السياسات عليها مقابل رفع العقوبات في سياق العودة للاتفاق النوويّ، والحرب على اليمن وقد باتت بلا جدوى، وباتت عالية الكلفة، ومهدّدة بفقدان وظيفتها الإقليمية والدولية مع توقيع الاتفاق النووي بين الغرب وإيران، بات وقفها جواز مرور لحجز مقعد للسعوديّة في منطقة الأمان بين محورين عالميين إقليميين كبيرين كانت السعودية أحد العناصر الفاعلة في أحدهما، محور أميركي أوروبي، ومحور روسي صيني إيراني.

النصر العظيم ثمرة الصبر العظيم. هذا كان شعار اليمنيين، وهم الآن يتلقون أولى بشائر مسارهم القائم بالتضحيات، وعيونهم مفتوحة على كل المتغيّرات، وأيديهم على الزناد.

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Yemen & Ukraine: A tale of two wars

1 April 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Fra Hughes 

The media tries to make us believe that black is white, that the aggressors are the victims, and the oppressed are the villains.

Yemen & Ukraine: Compare and contrast a tale of two wars

Two very distinct and separate wars are concurrently happening in West Asia and Eastern Europe.

Both wars have their origins in people fighting to free themselves from a corrupt government.

The Yemini people rose in a popular revolution against a corrupt regime that acted in the interests of regional and international power blocks and not in the interests of its people.

The people of Ukraine found themselves the victim of a regime change operation in 2014 resulting in a coup that forced the democratically elected leader Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych to flee for his life as a fascist junta was installed.

While the people of Yemen fought for independence and free sovereignty, the people of Ukraine were facing a government led by neo-Nazis, Russophobic ultra-nationalists who were determined to destroy one-third of the population who are Russian-speaking Ukrainians. The specter of the Great Patriotic war loomed over the people as echoes and ghosts from 1941 returned to haunt the people who had defeated fascism in Ukraine and liberated the country from the Nazi occupation.

So we have a tale of two wars.

When the people led the revolution of Yemen threatened the Saudi favored government, the incumbent President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi fled to Riyad and with the help of mercenaries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, planes armed with American and British bombs directed and controlled by “Israel”i American and British military advisers, Hadi continued his war against the Yemeni people to regain power.

Yemen armed forces and the popular mobilization units of the Ansurallah resistance movement have resisted all the efforts to date by Hadi, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, America, and the West to reinstall his puppet regime.

In Ukraine, we had a popular resistance to a foreign installed coup when the people of Donbas and Crimea fought for autonomy and the universal basic human right to live free from an unelected undemocratic fascist government hell-bent on destroying their culture and ethnicity and even their very lives of those who dared to resist.

Two separate conflicts both with similar origins and one common enemy 

In Yemen, the people fought a corrupt foreign-backed government. In Ukraine, the people fought against a foreign installed government. 

America backed the unpopular and elected unopposed President of Yemen.

America also backed financed directed and controlled the coup in Ukraine.

In the geopolitical machinations of American foreign policy, they effectively created both wars;

The war on Yemen presently occurring has the backing of the Biden administration as they help reinforce the illegal inhuman siege of the country while they also arm and direct the aerial bombing campaign which destroys Yemeni lives, infrastructure, hospitals, schools, roads and bridges. They also prevent food, aid medicine and fuel from being delivered, to alleviate the worst excesses of the war which they control.

It is a proxy war on Iran led by America Saudi Arabia the EU Britain and “Israel”. Every death has been and continues to be avoidable, if only the political will existed to hold a ceasefire and end the violence.

But the alliance of the unholy does not want peace, because war sells.

It sells weapons and it sells shares.

The military-industrial complex which finances and supports the American political system is making vast profits.

Profits that help bolster election campaigns and private bank accounts.

In Ukraine, after the people of Donbas and Crimea secured their freedom, a continued low-level conflict was encouraged to keep the drums of war beating,

Kiev refused to implement the Minsk Agreements of 2014 and 2015 which recognized the Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk and was the basis of a bilateral ceasefire that was constantly broken by Ukrainian shelling along the contact line killing thousand and injuring many more over the last 8 years.

Biden was the Vice President in 2014 when the coup was installed in Kiev.

Since his return to power as President, he has supplied the Ukrainian fascist forces with modern state-of-the-art armaments and encouraged Zelensky to saber rattle for war with Russia.

Biden has used Ukraine in a proxy war with Russia.

Putin and the elected government of Russia supported by Belarus and Georgia among others of the Russian Federation sent the army into Ukraine to prevent a potential massacre of the people of Donbas and Crimea as 120,000 Ukrainian battle-ready troops prepared to invade.

We have millions of displaced Ukrainians. We have thousands dead and wounded and a prospect of a long war between a resupplied Ukrainian army in the west of Ukraine and the now liberated areas of east Ukraine under Russian protection.

In Yemen, we have hundreds of thousands dead and injured. Millions of refugees and up to 25 million people face famine, death through starvation 

It is reported a Yemeni child dies every ten minutes from this sanction-induced man-made famine.

America Britain NATO and increasingly “Israel” are involved in both conflicts.

Western imperialism and American unipolar hegemony are increasingly leading to war conflict death displacement and starvation on a global scale.

While the poorest Arab country defends its sovereignty against a coalition of some of the richest countries on the planet, Yemen with its increasingly sophisticated drone and ballistic missile capacity equips its military with the expertise to target anywhere in Saudi Arabia the Emirates and even further afield, it is only a matter of time before Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates realized that their war which has already failed, may very well lead to the destruction of the Saudi and Emirati economies.

In Ukraine, the fallout from the Russian invasion has already led to fuel price hikes in America and Europe with more economic hardships to be suffered not by the rich elite who are fueling these wars but by the people already struggling under neoliberal austerity measures so much favored by the IMF and the privatization sector in western governmental structures that reinvents itself with each new administration.

While Yemen’s lives count for nothing in West Asia and Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Russia are invisible, we witness the propaganda machine, which brooks no dissent, savagely attacks Russia as the aggressor and promotes western Ukrainians as the victims.

While Yemen is portrayed as the aggressor and Saudi Arabia as the victim much like the Palestinians are terrorists and the “Israel” is are just a peace-loving nation that desires only to live without fear.  

The media tries to make us believe that black is white, that the aggressors are the victims, and the oppressed are the villains.

These may be two conflicts but it has one origin.

American foreign policy has no regard for morality, humanity, dignity or life, it is directed by the corporate desire to control the world markets, create division and profit, in equal measure, destroy any dissent and control the sovereign resources of other nations.

They used to do it by military occupation directly as they did in Iraq, Vietnam, and Ireland but now its proxy wars using unilateral coercive measures, financial sanctions, proxy wars and regime change black operations through the CIA and NGOs.

We must all stand with Yemen, Donbas and Crimea, Palestine and Cuba, Venezuela and Iran, Lebanon and Syria, North Korea and Nicaragua, indeed everywhere that stands against imperialism and for a multipolar world.

The destruction of the global south which sees the wealth of those nations flow to the Northern hemisphere must stop.

We are living in an ever-changing world.

I pray for the death of imperialism and the triumph of socialism in a multi-polar global economy where wealth and resources are shared for the benefit of the people, for all mankind, and not the elite.

Eat the rich, end the wars, support the resistance. 

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

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