Balance of Deterrence: Yemen’s Latest Operation against Biggest Strategic Saudi Target

Balance of Deterrence: Yemen’s Latest Operation against Biggest Strategic Saudi Target

By Staff

The Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree announced that the Yemeni forces targeted with 10 drones the Shaybah oil field and refinery, which belongs to Saudi Aramco Company.

The target has the largest strategic oil reserve in the Saudi Kingdom, which accommodates more than 1 billion barrels.

Saree stressed that targeting Aramco’s oil field and refinery comes as the first operation to establish a balance of deterrence.

The operation, dubbed “first balance of deterrence”, is part of the legitimate deterrence of the Saudi aggression’s crimes and siege, Saree noted.

Yemeni Air Force Carries out the Largest Attack against the Saudi Aggression

August 17, 2019

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The Yemeni air force and the Popular Committees carried out the largest attack in the Saudi depth since the beginning of the Saudi-US aggression on Yemen.

The forces have conducted attacks on an oil field affiliated to Saudi Aramco in the east of the kingdom in retaliation for Riyadh’s war on their country, al-Maseerah TV reported. Oil facilities at Shaybah, which has the largest strategic oil reserve in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border, were targeted by 10 Yemeni drones.

The Shaybah field and refinery has the largest strategic stockpile in the Kingdom and can accommodate more than one billion barrels, Yemen’s armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e.

Sare’e said the operation was launched as part of “a legitimate deterrence for the aggression crimes and siege” against the Yemeni nation.

He renewed call on companies and civilians to stay away from all vital sites in Saudi Arabia, adding that Yemen’s bank of targets inside the kingdom “expands daily” and that the future attacks would be more painful to the enemy.

“Forces of aggression have no choice but to stop the war and lift the siege on the Yemeni people,” Sare’e said.

Early on Saturday, Saudi-led coalition warplanes fired flares over Yemen’s southern port city of Aden near camps occupied by the Emirati-backed separatists.

The coalition also urged the southern separatists to withdraw from all sites they have recently captured in Aden.

However, Aden local officials said that although the UAE-sponsored elements had moved away from the nearly empty presidential palace and central bank, they were not quitting the city’s military camps.

“We will not retreat, we will not budge and planes will not scare us,” a statement from one of the brigades fighting as part of the Emirati-backed militants.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led Coalition, in a bid to restore control to fugitive Hadi who is Riyadh’s ally.

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured in the strikes launched by the coalition, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Source: Websites

Shaybah Oil Field under Yemeni Drones Fire

By Staff

The Saudi Shaybah Oil Field was targeted by ten Yemeni drones as part of the latest operations to deter the Saudi crimes against Yemen.

Here are some important points to learn about it:

  • It is a desert area located east of Saudi Arabia.
  • It is some 10 kilometers away from the UAE’s Abu Dhabi border.
  • It was a disputed area between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • It is one of the most important oil fields in Saudi Arabia.
  • Its oil reserve is 16 billion barrels of crude oil and 25 trillion cubic meters of gas.
  • It produces some 600,000 barrels a day, and is capable to continue with the same range for around 70 years.
  • It was labeled by The Guardian as almost of same value as a gold mine rather than an oil field.

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Yemeni Defense Minister Visits Army & Popular Committees’ Sites in Najran, Promises Surprises

June 8, 2019


The Minister of Defense, Major General Mohammed Al-Atefi, visited Najran’s frontline, conveying greetings and congratulations of the Leader of the Revolution and the political and military leadership on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. The Minister inspected the field situation for the conduct of combat operations in Najran, where he toured a number of sites in Najran.

He praised the steadfastness of the Army and Popular Committees in the Northern frontlines, praising at the same time the victories achieved during the past few days. The Yemeni Army and Popular Committees thanked the Minister of Defense and the Commander of the Sixth Military Region for this visit and participation in Eid Al-Fitr celebrations in the frontlines, reiterating the steadfastness until the liberation of every inch of the homeland.

The Yemeni army and popular committees struck the sites of the Saudi-led mercenaries in Various areas, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and Al-Masirah


Military Situation In Yemen On June 8, 2019 (Map Update)

Military Situation In Yemen On June 8, 2019 (Map Update)

  • Ansar Allah targeted Jizan Aiport with several Qasef K2 loiternig drones;
  • Saudi-led forces advanced in the Midi area, Hajjah province. Ansar Allah claimed that the advance was repelled;
  • Clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces were reported in the Al Boqa desert area;
  • Ansar Allah fired a Zilzal-1 missile at positions of the Saudi Army west of Sudays;
  • Clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continue in the Rabua and Baqem areas and at the Alab crossing;
  • Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Haradh and Midi area 10 times;
  • Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Sanaa 3 times;
  • Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck the Kitaf area 8 times;
  • Saudi-led forces shelled Kilo 16 and east of Al Hudaydah with medium weapones;
  • Saudi-led forces shelled the area northwest of Hays with 18 mortar shells.

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

Al-Ahed Correspondent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following is the full text of the interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadly Drone Attack on Al-Anad Kills, Injures Dozens of Aggression Forces

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Yemeni drone (archive)

Al Manar

A Yemeni drone strike hit a military parade outside the southern port city of Aden on Thursday, killing or injuring dozens of Saudi-led aggression forces.

The drone attack targeted graduation ceremony in Al-Anad airbase in Lahij, military sources close to both Houthi revolutionaries and aggression forces reported.

The drone managed to get into the airbase and hit the main platform of the parade, Yemen’s Al-Massirah reported.

The casualties included high-ranking commanders of Saudi-backed fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s forces, military sources said.

Sky News Arabia reported that Chief of Staff of Hadi’s forces, along with Lahij governor were among those injured in the drone attack.

Al-Massirah reported that the strike accurately hit its target, noting that the attack followed a surveillance operation of the aggression forces’ moves and gatherings in Al-Anad airbase.

Local sources said that sirens of ambulances were heard in the area, Al-Massirah reported, adding that many of the injured are in serious condition.

Talking to Al-Manar following the attack, Yemeni Air Force and Air Defense Spokesman, Abdullah Al-Jafri said that the attack on Al-Anad airbase killed or injured 150 Saudi-led forces and mercenaries, including high-ranking Saudi and Emirati commanders.

He said that the strike on the strategic air base of Al-Anad has sparked fear among aggressions powers, stressing that they will not be able to stop the revolutionaries’ drones.

Source: Agencies


Yemeni Air Forces Strike Saudi Al-And Base: Dozens Killed, Injured


Local Editor

Yemeni Air Forces and the Popular Committees launched on Thursday an air strike on the Saudi aggression forces at Al-Anad Air Base in the southern province of Lahij.

A Yemeni military source said that the air strike was carried after a careful monitoring of the gatherings and movements of the Saudi forces inside the base.

The source confirmed that dozens of Saudi led forces and mercenaries were killed in the operation.

Yemeni Air Forces Strike Saudi Al-And Base: Dozens Killed, Injured

Yemeni Air Forces Strike Saudi Al-And Base: Dozens Killed, Injured


Meanwhile, Hadi regime chief of general staff, deputy chairman of general staff, and the intelligence chief, and a prominent military leader were all injured in the operation.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Yemeni forces and artillery unit of the army and the popular committees carried out a joint operation that targeted forces in Al-Baydaa region.

Source: Al-Masirah, Translated by website team

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Washington Post Publishes Article of Yemen’s Houthi Leader

Head of Yemen’s Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi

Washington Post Publishes Article of Yemen’s Houthi Leader

November 10, 2018

The Washington Post published on Friday the first article of the head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi.

“Houthi leader: We Want Peace for Yemen, But Saudi Airstrikes Must Stop”

The continued escalation of attacks against the port city of Hodeida in Yemen by the U.S.-Saudi-Emirati coalition confirms that the American calls for a cease-fire are nothing but empty talk. The recent statements are trying to mislead the world. Saudi leaders are reckless and have no interest in diplomacy. The United States has the clout to bring an end to the conflict — but it has decided to protect a corrupt ally.

Any observer of the crimes committed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia — a campaign that has been accompanied by disinformation and a blockade of journalists trying to cover the war — can offer an account of the indiscriminate killing thousands of civilians, mostly through airstrikes. Their attacks have led to the greatest humanitarian crisis on earth.

The brutality of the Saudi regime was reflected in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And it can be seen in the military escalation and airstrikes in Hodeida and other cities, in  defiance of all international warnings.

The blockade of the port city is meant to bring the Yemeni people to their knees. The coalition is using famine and cholera as weapons of war. It is also extorting the United Nations by threatening to cut their funds, as if it were a charity and not a responsibility required under international law and Security Council resolutions.

The United States wants to be viewed as an honest mediator — but it is in fact participating and sometimes leading the aggression on Yemen.

We are defending ourselves — but we don’t have warplanes like the ones that bomb Yemenis with banned ammunition. We can’t lift the blockade imposed on Yemeni imports and exports. We cannot cancel the air embargo and allow daily flights, or end the ban of importing basic commodities, medicines and medical equipment from any place other than the United Arab Emirates, as it is imposing on Yemeni business executives.

And the list goes on. These repressive practices are killing and destroying Yemen.

Yemen was not the one who declared the war in the first place. Even Jamal Benomar, the former United Nations envoy to Yemen, said we were close to a power-sharing deal in 2015 that was disrupted by the coalition airstrikes. We are ready to stop the missiles if the Saudi-led coalition stops its airstrikes.

But the United States’ calling to stop the war on Yemen is nothing but a way to save face after the humiliation caused by Saudi Arabia and its spoiled leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has ignored Washington’s pleas to clarify Khashoggi’s murder.

Moreover, Trump and his administration clearly prefer to continue this devastating war because of the economic returns it produces — they drool over those arms sales profits.

We love peace — the kind of honorable peace defended by our revolution’s leader, Abdulmalik al-Houthi. We are ready for peace, the peace of the brave. God willing, Yemenis will remain the callers of peace and lovers of peace.

SourceWashington Post

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French MP Asks Macron: How Many People Should Die to Stop Saudi Criminality?

November 2, 2018

French MP Bastian La Chaux lashed out at President Emanuel Macron’s foreign policy regarding supporting the Saudi regime in its (43-month) war on Yemen and the various crimes it commits elsewhere.

“How many people should die to stop those crimes?” La Chaux asked Macron.

La Chaux considered that Macron’s policy stigmatizes France which prefers the Saudi billions of dollars to its own honor, stressing that Saudi has committed hundreds of war crimes in Yemen.

The French MP also stressed that Saudi has spread the dark thought across the various countries, condemning Macron’s invitation to the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit Paris on November 11 and considering that the latter purchases France’s silence via the weaponry deals.

La Chaux also disapprovingly stressed that the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered (October 2 in Saudi consulate in Istanbul) by a group of criminals sent by the Saudi regime which is supported by France.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

Declan Walsh

Chest heaving and eyes fluttering, the 3-year-old boy lay silently on a hospital bed in the highland town of Hajjah, a bag of bones fighting for breath.

His father, Ali al-Hajaji, stood anxiously over him. Mr. Hajaji had already lost one son three weeks earlier to the epidemic of hunger sweeping across Yemen. Now he feared that a second was slipping away.

It wasn’t for a lack of food in the area: The stores outside the hospital gate were filled with goods and the markets were bustling. But Mr. Hajaji couldn’t afford any of it because prices were rising too fast.

“I can barely buy a piece of stale bread,” he said. “That’s why my children are dying before my eyes.”

The devastating war in Yemen has gotten more attention recently as outrage over the killing of a Saudi dissident in Istanbul has turned a spotlight on Saudi actions elsewhere. The harshest criticism of the Saudi-led war has focused on the airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians at weddings, funerals and on school buses, aided by American-supplied bombs and intelligence.

But aid experts and United Nations officials say a more insidious form of warfare is also being waged in Yemen, an economic war that is exacting a far greater toll on civilians and now risks tipping the country into a famine of catastrophic proportions.

Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni allies have imposed a raft of punitive economic measures aimed at undercutting the Ansarullah revolutionaries. But these actions — including periodic blockades, stringent import restrictions and withholding the salaries of about a million civil servants — have landed on the backs of civilians, laying the economy to waste and driving millions deeper into poverty.

Those measures have inflicted a slow-burn toll: infrastructure destroyed, jobs lost, a weakening currency and soaring prices. But in recent weeks the economic collapse has gathered pace at alarming speed, causing top United Nations officials to revise their predictions of famine.

“There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great, big famine engulfing Yemen,” Mark Lowcock, the undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council on Tuesday. Eight million Yemenis already depend on emergency food aid to survive, he said, a figure that could soon rise to 14 million, or half Yemen’s population.

“People think famine is just a lack of food,” said Alex de Waal, author of “Mass Starvation” which analyzes recent man-made famines. “But in Yemen it’s about a war on the economy.”

The signs are everywhere, cutting across boundaries of class, tribe and region. Unpaid university professors issue desperate appeals for help on social media. Doctors and teachers are forced to sell their gold, land or cars to feed their families. On the streets of the capital, Sana, an elderly woman begs for alms with a loudspeaker.

“Help me,” the woman, Zahra Bajali, calls out. “I have a sick husband. I have a house for rent. Help.”

And in the hushed hunger wards, ailing infants hover between life and death. Of nearly two million malnourished children in Yemen, 400,000 are considered critically ill — a figure projected to rise by one quarter in the coming months.

“We are being crushed,” said Dr. Mekkia Mahdi at the health clinic in Aslam, an impoverished northwestern town that has been swamped with refugees fleeing the fighting in Hudaydah, an embattled port city 90 miles to the south.

Flitting between the beds at her spartan clinic, she cajoled mothers, dispensed orders to medics and spoon-fed milk to sickly infants. For some it was too late: the night before, an 11-month old boy had died. He weighed five and a half pounds.

Looking around her, Dr. Mahdi could not fathom the Western obsession with the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

“We’re surprised the Khashoggi case is getting so much attention while millions of Yemeni children are suffering,” she said. “Nobody gives a damn about them.”

She tugged on the flaccid skin of a drowsy 7-year-old girl with stick-like arms. “Look,” she said. “No meat. Only bones.”

The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington did not respond to questions about the country’s policies in Yemen. But Saudi officials have defended their actions, citing rockets fired across their border by the Ansarullah…

The Saudis point out that they, along with the United Arab Emirates, are among the most “generous donors” to Yemen’s humanitarian relief effort. Last spring, the two allies pledged $1 billion in aid to Yemen. In January, Saudi Arabia deposited $2 billion in Yemen’s central bank to prop up its currency.

But those efforts have been overshadowed by the coalition’s attacks on Yemen’s economy, including the denial of salaries to civil servants, a partial blockade that has driven up food prices, and the printing of vast amounts of bank notes, which caused the currency to plunge.

And the offensive to capture Hudaydah, which started in June, has endangered the main lifeline for imports to northern Yemen, displaced 570,000 people and edged many more closer to starvation.

A famine here, Mr. Lowcock warned, would be “much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives.”

When Ali Hajaji’s son fell ill with diarrhea and vomiting, the desperate father turned to extreme measures. Following the advice of village elders, he pushed the red-hot tip of a burning stick into Shaher’s chest, a folk remedy to drain the “black blood” from his son.

“People said burn him in the body and it will be OK,” Mr. Hajaji said. “When you have no money, and your son is sick, you’ll believe anything.”

The burns were a mark of the rudimentary nature of life in Juberia, a cluster of mud-walled houses perched on a rocky ridge. To reach it, you cross a landscape of sandy pastures, camels and beehives, strewn with giant, rust-colored boulders, where women in black cloaks and yellow straw boaters toil in the fields.

In the past, the men of the village worked as migrant laborers in Saudi Arabia, whose border is 80 miles away. They were often treated with disdain by their wealthy Saudi employers but they earned a wage. Mr. Hajaji worked on a suburban construction site in Mecca, the holy city visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims every year.

When the war broke out in 2015, the border closed.

The fighting never reached Juberia, but it still took a toll there.

Last year a young woman died of cholera, part of an epidemic that infected 1.1 million Yemenis. In April, a coalition airstrike hit a wedding party in the district, killing 33 people, including the bride. A local boy who went to fight for the Houthis was killed in an airstrike.

But for Mr. Hajaji, who had five sons under age 7, the deadliest blow was economic.

He watched in dismay as the riyal lost half its value in the past year, causing prices to soar. Suddenly, groceries cost twice as much as they had before the war. Other villagers sold their assets, such as camels or land, to get money for food.

But Mr. Hajaji, whose family lived in a one-room, mud-walled hut, had nothing to sell.

At first he relied on the generosity of neighbors. Then he pared back the family diet, until it consisted only of bread, tea and halas, a vine leaf that had always been a source of food but now occupied a central place in every meal.

Soon his first son to fall ill, Shaadi, was vomiting and had diarrhea, classic symptoms of malnutrition. Mr. Hajaji wanted to take the ailing 4-year-old to the hospital, but that was out of the question: fuel prices had risen by 50 percent over the previous year.

One morning in late September, Mr. Hajaji walked into his house to find Shaadi silent and immobile, with a yellow tinge to his skin. “I knew he was gone,” he said. He kissed his son on the forehead, bundled him up in his arms, and walked along a winding hill path to the village mosque.

That evening, after prayers, the village gathered to bury Shaadi. His grave, marked by a single broken rock, stood under a grove of Sidr trees that, in better times, were famous for their honey.

Shaadi was the first in the village to die from hunger.

A few weeks later, when Shaher took ill, Mr. Hajaji was determined to do something. When burning didn’t work, he carried his son down the stony path to a health clinic, which was ill-equipped for the task. Half of Yemen’s health facilities are closed because of the war.

So his family borrowed $16 for the journey to the hospital in Hajjah.

“All the big countries say they are fighting each other in Yemen,” Mr. Hajaji said. “But it feels to us like they are fighting the poor people.”

Yemen’s economic crisis was not some unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of the fighting…

At the Sabeen hospital in Sana, Dr. Huda Rajumi treats the country’s most severely malnourished children. But her own family is suffering, too, as she falls out of Yemen’s vanishing middle class.

In the past year, she has received only a single month’s salary. Her husband, a retired soldier, is no longer getting his pension, and Dr. Rajumi has started to skimp on everyday pleasures, like fruit, meat and taxi rides, to make ends meet.

“We get by because people help each other out,” she said. “But it’s getting hard.”

Economic warfare takes other forms, too. In a recent paper, Martha Mundy, a lecturer at the London School of Economics, analyzed coalition airstrikes in Yemen, finding that their attacks on bridges, factories, fishing boats and even fields suggested that they aimed to destroy food production and distribution in Ansarullah-controlled areas.

Saudi Arabia’s tight control over all air and sea movements into northern Yemen has effectively made the area a prison for those who live there. In September, the World Health Organization brokered the establishment of a humanitarian air bridge to allow the sickest Yemenis — cancer patients and others with life-threatening conditions — to fly to Egypt.

Among those on the waiting list is Maimoona Naji, a 16-year-old girl with a melon-size tumor on her left leg. At a hostel in Sana, her father, Ali Naji, said they had obtained visas and money to travel to India for emergency treatment. Their hopes soared in September when his daughter was told she would be on the first plane out of Sana once the airlift started.

But the agreement has stalled, blocked by the Yemeni government, according to the senior Western official. Maimoona and dozens of other patients have been left stranded, the clock ticking on their illnesses.

“First they told us ‘next week, next week,’” said Mr. Naji, shuffling through reams of documents as tears welled up in his eyes. “Then they said no. Where is the humanity in that? What did we do to deserve this?”

Only two famines have been officially declared by the United Nations in the past 20 years, in Somalia and South Sudan. A United Nations-led assessment due in mid-November will determine how close Yemen is to becoming the third.

To stave it off, aid workers are not appealing for shipments of relief aid but for urgent measures to rescue the battered economy.

“This is an income famine,” said Lise Grande, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. “The key to stopping it is to ensure that people have enough money to buy what they need to survive.”

The priority should be to stabilize the falling currency, she said, and to ensure that traders and shipping companies can import the food that Yemenis need.

Above all, she added, “the fighting has to stop.”

One hope for Yemenis is that the international fallout from the death of the Saudi dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, which has damaged Prince Mohammed’s international standing, might force him to relent in his unyielding prosecution of the war.

Peter Salisbury, a Yemen specialist at Chatham House, said that was unlikely.

“I think the Saudis have learned what they can get away with in Yemen — that western tolerance for pretty bad behavior is quite high,” he said. “If the Khashoggi murder tells us anything, it’s just how reluctant people are to rein the Saudis in.”

Source: NYT, Edited by website team


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