Battle for Marib: Yemeni Army Close to Retaking City from Saudi-led Forces

Battle for Marib: Yemeni Army Close to Retaking City from Saudi-led Forces

By Staff, Agencies

Victory appears to be on the horizon in the heated battle for Yemen’s strategic central province of Marib as army troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have reportedly taken control of most areas there and dislodged Saudi-led coalition forces and Riyadh-backed militants from those regions.

A Yemeni military source told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that Yemeni soldiers and their allies had encircled Marib city, following weeks of fierce clashes with Saudi-led coalition forces and their mercenaries.

The source added that Yemeni forces had cut off the main supply route into the eastern flank of Marib, which leads to the Arab country’s largest province of Hadhramaut.

“After gaining complete control over all the heights overlooking the city of Marib from all directions, mopping up operations to clear the last remaining pockets of al-Qaeda elements and mercenaries of the aggressors [Saudi-led coalition] are only a matter of time,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the governor of Yemen’s southern province of Aden has warned that the al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafist Islah Party is transferring Takfiri militants from southern areas to Marib to join the ranks of Saudi-led coalition forces and Hadi loyalists in battles against Yemeni soldiers and their allies.

“The Islah Party, which is on the verge of collapse in Marib, is brining Takfiri militants from several regions, mostly from southern provinces under the occupation of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates [UAE], into Marib,” Tariq Salem told Yemen’s official Saba news agency.

He stressed the need to confront the deployment of such terrorists, who are seeking to carry out target killings and criminal schemes in Marib in the face of the anticipated triumph of Yemeni armed forces and their allies.

“What people in the southern [Yemeni] provinces are enduring is the result of continued [Saudi-UAE] occupation and the influx of Takfiri militants. It is highly worth taking into consideration that no Yemeni citizen, either in Marib or elsewhere in the country, must subject their families, their properties as well as public interests to danger,” Salem pointed out.

Separately, an unnamed source in Yemen’s Liaison and Coordination Officers Operations Room said that during the past 24 hours, forces of the Saudi-led military coalition and their mercenaries have breached 148 times an agreement reached between the warring sides during a round of UN-sponsored peace negotiations in Sweden in December 2018.

The source at the monitor added that the violations in the western coastal province of Hudaydah included formation of fortification lines near 50th Street, al-Jabaliya and al-Mandhar neighborhoods, a dozen reconnaissance flights over Hays, al-Durayhimi and al-Tuhayat districts, 35 counts of artillery and mortar shelling, as well as 95 shooting incidents in various regions.

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Marib: Tribal coup against Saudi Arabia مأرب: انقلاب قبلي على السعودية

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Sanaa is expected to succeed in turning the tables on the “coalition” and the Hadi government from within (AFP)

Marib: Tribal coup against Saudi Arabia

Marib province is witnessing a real coup against Saudi Arabia, whose old tools for creating loyalties are no longer effective, after six years of control by militias loyal to it. One by one, tribes join the Peace Agreements with Sana’a, in order to spare their areas from fighting. Riyadh does not want to do everything in its power to nullify it, without succeeding in doing so, which is a great shock to it given the roots of its tools and obsolescence in Marib, and the historical relations that bring it together with its faces.

A full-scale coup against Riyadh: Marib tribes drift for peace

Yemen Rachid Al-Haddad Monday, February 22, 2021

Marib province is witnessing a real coup against Saudi Arabia, whose old tools for creating loyalties are no longer effective, after six years of control by militias loyal to it. One by one, tribes join the Peace Agreements with Sana’a, in order to spare their areas from fighting. Riyadh does not want to do everything in its power to nullify it, without succeeding in doing so, which is a great shock to it given the roots of its tools and obsolescence in Marib, and the historical relations that bring it together with its faces.

Sana’a | Far from any financial inducements, the rescue government in Sana’a has opened all channels of communication – official and otherwise – with the Marib tribes, and renewed its call for the people of the province, who are engaged in fighting alongside the Saudi-Emirati alliance, to spare the city, which is home to more than two million people, hundreds of thousands of whom are displaced, the consequences of the conflict, opening the door to return to Sana’a to officials loyal to the outgoing president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, military or civilian. This negotiating approach, which coincides with the progress of its forces towards the vicinity of Marib from more than one direction, comes after the success of Ansar Allah in concluding understandings with the Tribes of Al-Ja’an, which extends control over the directorates of Maserati, Medgul and Rajwan to the west of the city, and with the Tribe of Bani Abd, which controls the Abdiya district in the south of the province, and has avoided large areas of these fighting directorates. Despite Saudi Arabia’s bet on the position of the Murad tribe, which is a major force in the province and controls the directorates of Rahba, Al-Gobba, Jabal Murad, Al-Mahla and Hareeb, to repel the advance of the army and “popular committees” in the fronts of the south of the province, The Leadership of Sana’a was able, in early September, to conclude a number of agreements with the Murad tribes, including large areas of the directorates mentioned recently, which fell under the control of the army and the “popular committees”, except for some areas, while the fighting with Hadi’s forces intensified, supporting fighters from “Murad” loyal to Saudi Arabia, in parts of the Directorate of Jabal Murad.

Sana’a’s experience in removing barriers between them and the Marib tribes and reaching binding agreements with them is not new. Over the past years, I have been able to make several agreements with the Tribes of Jahm and Bani Jabr, which are spread in the directorates of Badda and Hareeb al-Qaramish, which are in contact with the directorates east of Sana’a, as well as bani Jabr’s control of the Saroah district. As the clashes reached the territory of the Obeida tribe, whose influence extends from the vicinity of Marib to Wadi Obeida, Safar and Ruwaik, near the Saudi-Yemeni depositary port, Sana’a finally opened all channels of communication with Obeida, whose leader, Sheikh Mohsen bin Ali bin Ma’ili, called before his death in 2018, the leader of Ansar Allah Abdul Malik al-Huthi, with a poem in which he expressed his tribe’s readiness to receive the army and committees and fight with them to liberate Marib. According to a tribal source who spoke to Al-Akhbar, the Sanaa government has been able to reach agreements with a number of sheikhs of the Obeida tribe in recent days, to spare a number of areas of the tribe confrontations. The source pointed out that «the recent agreements have been reserved and not officially announced for the sake of the safety of their parties, and they will be implemented as soon as the army and committees arrive in the areas concerned, adding that «communication and negotiation are still continuing between Sana’a and a number of tribes of Marib, through the sheikhs guaranteethem a great tribal weight.”

Sana’a’s experience in removing barriers between them and the new Marib tribes is not


Sana’a is expected to turn the tables on the Coalition and Hadi’s government from within, especially since the Marib tribes’ response to the “rescue” calls came not from a vacuum, but rather as a result of cumulative mistakes made by the Al-Islah (Brotherhood) party against the tribes over six years, where it forcibly controlled the province’s revenues and wealth, and attempted to subjugate an area that had not been subject to any central or local authorities over the past decades. Hence, it is unlikely that the Saudi threats and inducements of tribes cooperating with Ansar Allah will work, because the islah militias committed the most heinous crimes against the tribes during the past three years, raided the houses of the “Shafar” in early 2019 with tanks, bombed farms, burned houses, destroyed houses, and last year annicity, and fought al-Haq, Al-Shabwan, Jalal, Al-Muthanna and other tribes descending from Obeida, which controls the entire eastern province.

The coalition had finally raised its level of threats to tribes cooperating with Sanaa’s forces, and stressed pressure on others whose leaders were loyal to him to force them to break agreements with the army and the “committees.” Days after it deliberately foiled a new agreement with the Sheikh of al-Zawr, Mohammed Ali Ta’iman, east of the Saruh front, the enemy aircraft launched dozens of raids on the area, turning it into a battlefield that lasted for several days after Hadi’s forces stormed its borders, before the clashes ended with the army and “committees” on it. Under Saudi pressure, Hadi’s forces also reversed a tribal agreement that has been in place for years between Sana’a and the Bani Dabian and Kholan tribes, neutralizing large areas extending from Kholan, west of the capital Sana’a, to areas east of Sarawah.  The clashes that continued for hours and ended with the fall of the area under the control of Sanaa forces.

Saudi Arabia and Hadi’s forces are trying to thwart any agreements concluded in Marib, their fears of a sudden tribal coup against them, the failure of the policy of seduction and containment that they have used among Obeida and Murad during the past period, and the division of tribes that fought within hadi’s forces with direct Saudi support, as a result of the confiscation of 120 million Saudi Arabia handed over to a number of pro-government sheikhs in Marib to move Murad’s front, and did not act to tribal fighters late last year, in addition to accusing the tribes, Al-Islah and Saudi Arabia, of deliberately filtering their sons with friendly raids, after repeated in the past months against positions that were under the control of tribal gunmen.

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تشهد محافظة مأرب انقلاباً حقيقياً على السعودية، التي لم تَعُد أدواتها القديمة في ابتياع الولاءات فاعلة، بعد ستّ سنوات من سيطرة الميليشيات الموالية لها على المحافظة. واحدةً تلو أخرى، تنضمّ القبائل إلى «اتفاقيات السلام» المعقودة مع صنعاء، من أجل تجنيب مناطقها القتال. اتفاقيات لا تني الرياض تفعل كلّ ما في وسعها من أجل إبطالها، من دون أن تفلح في ذلك، وهو ما يُمثّل صدمة كبيرة لها بالنظر إلى تجذّر أدواتها وتقادمها في مأرب، والعلاقات التاريخية التي تجمعها بوجوهها

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تشهد محافظة مأرب انقلاباً حقيقياً على السعودية، التي لم تَعُد أدواتها القديمة في ابتياع الولاءات فاعلة، بعد ستّ سنوات من سيطرة الميليشيات الموالية لها على المحافظة. واحدةً تلو أخرى، تنضمّ القبائل إلى «اتفاقيات السلام» المعقودة مع صنعاء، من أجل تجنيب مناطقها القتال. اتفاقيات لا تني الرياض تفعل كلّ ما في وسعها من أجل إبطالها، من دون أن تفلح في ذلك، وهو ما يُمثّل صدمة كبيرة لها بالنظر إلى تجذّر أدواتها وتقادمها في مأرب، والعلاقات التاريخية التي تجمعها بوجوهها

صنعاء | بعيداً عن أيّ إغراءات مالية، فتَحت حكومة الإنقاذ في صنعاء، خلال الأيام الفائتة، جميع قنوات التواصل – الرسمية وغيرها – مع قبائل مأرب، وجدّدت دعوتها أبناء المحافظة، المنخرطين في القتال إلى جانب التحالف السعودي – الإماراتي، إلى تجنيب المدينة التي يسكنها أكثر من مليونَي نسمة، مئاتُ الآلاف منهم من النازحين، تبعات الصراع، فاتحةً باب العودة إلى صنعاء أمام المسؤولين الموالين للرئيس المنتهية ولايته، عبد ربه منصور هادي، عسكريين كانوا أو مدنيين. تَوجُّه صنعاء التفاوضي هذا، والمتزامن مع تقدُّم قواتها نحو محيط مدينة مأرب من أكثر من اتجاه، يأتي بعد نجاح حركة «أنصار الله» في إبرام تفاهمات مع قبائل الجدعان التي تمتدّ سيطرتها على مديريات مجزر ومدغل ورغوان غرب المدينة، وأخرى مع قبيلة بني عبد التي تسيطر على مديرية العبدية جنوبي المحافظة، جنّبت مناطق واسعة من تلك المديريات القتال. وعلى رغم رهان السعودية على موقف قبيلة مراد، التي تُعدّ قوة كبيرة في المحافظة وتسيطر على مديريات رحبة والجوبة وجبل مراد والمأهلية وحريب، لصدّ تقدُّم الجيش و»اللجان الشعبية» في جبهات جنوب المحافظة، إلا أن قيادة صنعاء تمكّنت، مطلع أيلول/ سبتمبر الماضي، من إبرام عدد من الاتفاقيات مع قبائل مراد، بما حيّد مناطق واسعة من المديريات المذكورة أخيراً، والتي سقطت تحت سيطرة الجيش و»اللجان الشعبية»، ما عدا بعض المناطق، فيما احتدم القتال مع قوات هادي، بإسناد مقاتلين من «مراد» موالين للسعودية، في أجزاء من مديرية جبل مراد.

وليست تجربة صنعاء في إزالة الحواجز بينها وبين قبائل مأرب والتوصُّل معها إلى اتفاقيات ملزمة، جديدة. فخلال السنوات الماضية، تمكّنت من عقد عدّة اتفاقيات مع قبائل جهم وبني جبر، والتي تنتشر في مديريتَي بدبدة وحريب القراميش الواقعتَين على التماس مع مديريات شرقي صنعاء، فضلاً عن سيطرة «بني جبر» على مديرية صرواح. ومع وصول المواجهات إلى أراضي قبيلة عبيدة التي يمتدّ نفوذها من محيط مدينة مأرب وصولاً إلى وادي عبيدة وصافر والرويك القريب من منفذ الوديعة الرابط بين السعودية واليمن، فَتَحت صنعاء، أخيراً، جميع قنوات التواصل مع «عبيدة» التي نادى زعيمها، الشيخ محسن بن علي بن معيلي، قبل وفاته عام 2018، زعيم حركة «أنصار الله» عبد الملك الحوثي، بقصيدة شعرية أبدى فيها استعداد قبيلته لاستقبال الجيش و»اللجان» والقتال معهما لتحرير مأرب. وبحسب مصدر قبلي تحدّث إلى «الأخبار»، فقد تَمكّنت حكومة صنعاء من التوصُّل إلى اتفاقيات مع عدد من مشائخ قبيلة عبيدة خلال الأيام الماضية، لتجنيب عدد من مناطق القبيلة المواجهات. وأشار المصدر إلى أن «الاتفاقيات الأخيرة تمّ التحفُّظ عليها ولم تُعلَن رسمياً حرصاً على سلامة أطرافها، وهي ستُنفّذ حال وصول الجيش واللجان إلى المناطق المعنيّة بها»، مضيفاً أن «التواصل والتفاوض لا يزالان مستمرّين بين صنعاء وعدد من قبائل مأرب، عبر مشائخ ضمان لهم ثقل قبلي كبير».

ليست تجربة صنعاء في إزالة الحواجز بينها وبين قبائل مأرب جديدة

إزاء ذلك، يُتوقّع نجاح صنعاء في قلب الطاولة على «التحالف» وحكومة هادي من الداخل، خصوصاً أن استجابة قبائل مأرب لنداءات «الإنقاذ» لم تأتِ من فراغ، بل نتيجة لأخطاء تراكمية ارتكبها حزب «الإصلاح» (الإخوان) ضدّ القبائل على مدى ستّ سنوات، حيث سيطر بالقوة على إيرادات المحافظة وثرواتها، وحاول إخضاع منطقة لم يسبق لها أن خضعت لأيّ سلطات مركزية أو محلية على مدى العقود الماضية. ومن هنا، يُستبعد أن تُجدي التهديدات والإغراءات السعودية للقبائل المتعاونة مع «أنصار الله» نفعاً، لكون ميليشيات «الإصلاح» ارتكبت أبشع الجرائم بحق القبائل خلال السنوات الثلاث الماضية، فداهمت منازل «الأشراف» مطلع العام 2019 بالدبابات، وقصفت المزارع، وأحرقت المنازل، وأبادت العام الماضي أسرة آل سبيعيان، وقاتلت آل حتيك وآل شبوان وآل جلال وآل مثنى وقبائل أخرى تنحدر من «عبيدة» التي تسيطر على النصف الشرقي بأكمله من المحافظة.

وكان «التحالف» رفع، أخيراً، مستوى تهديداته للقبائل المتعاونة مع قوات صنعاء، وشدّد ضغوطه على أخرى يُعدّ زعماؤها موالين له لإجبارهم على نقض الاتفاقيات المبرَمة مع الجيش و»اللجان». كذلك، وجّهت قيادة قوات هادي، عناصرها، بعدم الالتزام بأيّ اتفاقيات من هذا النوع. وبعد أيام من تعمُّدها إفشال اتفاق جديد أُبرم مع شيخ منطقة الزور، محمد علي طعيمان، شرق جبهة صرواح، شنّت طائرات العدوان عشرات الغارات على المنطقة، وحَوّلها إلى ساحة حرب استمرّت لعدّة أيام إثر اقتحام قوات هادي أطرافها، قبل أن تنتهي المواجهات بسيطرة الجيش و»اللجان» عليها. وتحت ضغوط سعودية أيضاً، نقضت قوات هادي اتفاقاً قبلياً ساري التنفيذ منذ سنوات بين صنعاء وقبائل بني ضبيان وخولان، لتحييد مناطق واسعة ممتدّة من خولان غرب العاصمة صنعاء، وصولاً إلى مناطق شرق صرواح. ووفقاً لمصدر قبلي، فإن قوات هادي اخترقت، مساء السبت، بإسناد جوي سعودي، اتفاق السلام في منطقة الراك شرق صرواح، مُحاوِلةً فتح جبهة جديدة ممتدّة من شرق صرواح إلى غرب صنعاء، وساعيةً في السيطرة على آخر منطقتين في وادي ذنة وحصن مطول والراك التي توجد فيها المئات من الأسر النازحة، ما أدّى إلى اندلاع مواجهات عنيفة استمرّت لساعات، وانتهت بسقوط المنطقة تحت سيطرة قوات صنعاء.

وتعكس محاولات السعودية وقوات هادي إفشال أيّ اتفاقيات تُبرَم في مأرب، مخاوفها من انقلاب القبائل المفاجئ ضدّها، وفشل سياسة الإغراء والاحتواء التي استخدمتها في أوساط «عبيدة» و»مراد» خلال الفترة الماضية، وانقسام القبائل التي قاتلت في صفوف قوات هادي بدعم سعودي مباشر، من جرّاء مصادرة 120 مليون ريال سعودي سَلّمتها الرياض لعدد من المشائخ الموالين لها في مأرب لتحريك جبهة مراد، ولم تُصرَف للمقاتلين القبليين أواخر العام الماضي، إضافة إلى اتهام القبائل، «الإصلاح» والسعودية، بتصفية أبنائها بغارات صديقة بشكل متعمّد، بعد تكرارها خلال الأشهر الماضية ضدّ مواقع كانت تحت سيطرة مسلّحين قبليين.

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Six Years after Obama-Biden Approved Aggression against Yemen, Why is Yemen Biden’s Priority?لماذا اليمن والتخلّص من ابن سلمان أولوية بايدن؟

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Six Years after Obama-Biden Approved Aggression against Yemen, Why is Yemen Biden’s Priority?

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Six Years after Obama-Biden Approved Aggression against Yemen, Why is Yemen Biden's Priority?

Yemen: In a letter signed by members of Joe Biden’s team, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan convey that “the United States owes itself and the victims of the war (in Yemen) to learn something from the disaster.”

The thing that the Biden administration learns from the disaster is the recognition of the US responsibility in the tragedy of Yemen for moral and strategic reasons, in the words of Blinken, who said will return the file of the war on Yemen to the US State Department, and restore the relationship with Saudi Arabia to what it was in Barack Obama period.

Urgently, the Biden administration appointed the US special envoy, Tim Lenderking, along with a political and military team, to accomplish the mission, and it hopes to prepare a road map that will restore respect to the US that bin Salman has slurred it in the Yemeni mud.
In this context, the US State Department began to drive the vehicle, by reversing the classification of Ansarullah as part of the list of terrorism, and activating the decision of Congress and the Senate in 2019, which decided to withdraw from hostilities in Yemen.

Despite condemning the defense of Ansarullah and the Yemeni army in Marib and Al-Jawf, and the attacks of Abha airport and Khamis Mushait, Tim Lenderking is discussing with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan what he called the “Yemeni political solution”, in reference to the cut off the backstage link between bin Salman and Trump.

This trend caused the UN envoy Martin Griffiths for the first time to visit Iran, seeking help in putting pressure on Ansarullah, seeking cheering Biden and waiting for the promised US hopes. However, Tehran guided him to Sana’a, which decided a solution and confronted the aggression, and he heard the Iranian initiative.

On the other hand, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi clarifies that Sana’a does not accept wishes unless the Biden administration goes to stop the siege and aggression and acknowledge practical steps indicating atonement for crimes.

Tehran and Sanaa are indicating that the Biden administration should solve this crisis resulting from the US responsibility in the crime of aggression and the biggest humanitarian disaster in Yemen. This aggression led to a rift in the US Democratic Party between the Bernie Sanders wing, described as progressive on the left, and the traditional wing, as well as other sectors represented by Chris Murphy.

It is the rift that forces Biden to solve the Democratic Party’s crisis in the first place, hoping to overcome the crisis of his split, just as the crisis facing the Republican Party after the fall of Trump, especially since the anti-aggression wing on Yemen expresses structural changes in the US demography, which are indicated by the weight of “foreigners or the black race in American political life. This was the reason why Biden used the presidency for breaking the creep of white racism.

The US’s crisis that Biden hopes to alleviate in the same context, was caused by the Yemeni issue, not only before the Democratic Party, but also before the people of the world, especially the European peoples.

The United States is the one who covered the participation of European governments in crimes with Trump, and as soon as the coverage reduced the rhetoric so far, the European Parliament issues a resolution calling on the European Union to commit to halting the arms supplies for Saudi Arabia and to work for the withdrawal of Saudi Arabia and the UAE from Yemen.

The deeper crisis that exposed America’s racism inside and outside it is the loss of what Biden calls the US values. These values, exemplified by the theses of human rights, individual freedoms, and democracy … are a weapon in the hands of the US administration, to divert attention from the results of its brutality model in the misery of mankind and threatening the life of the planet.

It is a weapon of covering and launching the war to destabilize the fragile stability in some countries hostile to America, in order to open their markets and advance US interests and strategies on the other hand. The US’s responsibility for the Yemen disaster caused this weapon to rust for four years, which led Biden to make the Yemeni issue a priority, hoping to recharge it.

Mohammed bin Salman is the man whom Biden seeks to hang America’s dirt on; The front of the aggression against Yemen and America’s most brutal partner in killing. Biden is using him to relieve this heavy burden, not only because of the Yemen disaster, but also because of the human rights weapon.

In fact, Biden does not only turn the page of Trump, but also turns part of Obama’s page with Saudi Arabia and the partnership of Mohammed bin Salman. In his article in Foreign Affairs with Stephen Bomber, Robert Malley quotes a senior Obama administration official, at a National Security Council meeting in March 2015, as saying about bin Salman’s partnership: “We knew we might be riding in a car with a drunk driver.”

Iran and Sana’a intersect with Biden’s intentions to solve the US crises, if its solution helps in a solution for which Yemen made superhuman sacrifices for its sake and was subjected to various crimes against humanity, then the defeated is unable to impose conditions that he did not obtain in a destructive war, and he does not ask for free assistance to root out its thorns.

Translated from Al-Mayadeen

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لماذا اليمن والتخلّص من ابن سلمان أولوية بايدن

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في اختياره اليمن أولوية إدارته، يأمل بايدن تضميد جراح أميركا المتورّطة بالهزيمة فيه، لكنه في هذه الأولوية يضع نصب عينيه التخلّص من محمد بن سلمان.

لماذا اليمن والتخلّص من ابن سلمان أولوية بايدن؟
لماذا اليمن والتخلّص من ابن سلمان أولوية بايدن؟

في رسالة وقّع عليها أعضاء فريق جو بايدن، المرشّح للانتخابات الرئاسية في العام 2018، ينقل وزير الخارجية أنتوني بلينكن ومستشار الأمن القومي جيك سليفان أن “الولايات المتحدة مدينة لنفسها ولضحايا الحرب (في اليمن) بأن تتعلّم شيئاً من الكارثة”.

الشيء الذي تتعلّمه إدارة بايدن من الكارثة هو الإقرار بمسؤولية أميركا في مأساة اليمن “لأسباب أخلاقية واستراتيجية”، بحسب تعبير بلينكن، الذي أخذ على عاتقه إعادة ملف الحرب على اليمن إلى وزارة الخارجية الأميركية، وإعادة العلاقة مع السعودية إلى مرحلة باراك أوباما بطي صفحة ترامب وابن سلمان.

على وجه السرعة، عيّنت إدارة بايدن المبعوث الأميركي الخاص تيم ليذر كينغ، إلى جانب فريق سياسي وعسكري، لإنجاز المهمة، وهي تأمل إعداد خريطة طريق تعيد الاعتبار إلى أميركا التي مرّغ ابن سلمان وجهها في الوحول اليمنية، ما انعكس على الداخل الأميركي، وعلى أميركا في العالم، وفي السعودية نفسها.

في هذا السياق، بدأت وزارة الخارجية الأميركية الانتقال إلى مقود العربة، بالتراجع عن تصنيف “أنصار الله” ضمن لائحة الإرهاب، وتفعيل قرار الكونغرس ومجلس الشيوخ في العام 2019، القاضي “بالانسحاب من الأعمال العدائية في اليمن”.

وعلى الرغم من الإدانة الأميركية لدفاع “أنصار الله” والجيش اليمني في مأرب والجوف، وفي هجومي مطار أبها وخميس مشيط، فإن تيم ليذركينغ يبحث مع وزير الخارجية السعودي فيصل بن فرحان ما سماه “الحل السياسي اليمني”، في إشارة إلى قطع صلة الكواليس بين ابن سلمان وجوقة ترامب.

هذا المنحى أطلق تحرّك “المبعوث الأممي” مارتن غريفيث لأول مرّة إلى إيران، طلباً للمساعدة في الضغط على “أنصار الله”، رجاءً بالتهليل لبايدن وانتظار الآمال الأميركية الموعودة، لكن طهران أرشدته إلى صنعاء التي تقرّر الحل ومواجهة العدوان، وتعيد على مسامعه المبادرة الإيرانية. في المقابل، يوضح القيادي محمد علي الحوثي أن صنعاء لا تأخذ بالأماني ما لم تذهب إدارة بايدن إلى وقف الحصار والعدوان والإقرار بخطوات عملية تدلّ على التكفير عن الجرائم.

طهران وصنعاء ترميان كرة اللهب في ملعب إدارة بايدن لحل أزمات أميركا الناتجة من مسؤوليتها في جريمة العدوان وفي أكبر كارثة إنسانية في اليمن. هذا العدوان أدّى إلى شرخ في الحزب الديمقراطي الأميركي بين جناح بيرني ساندرز الموصوف بالتقدمي اليساري، والجناح التقليدي، فضلاً عن تشقّقات أخرى يمثّلها كريس ميرفي.

هو الشرخ الذي يفرض على بايدن حلّ أزمة الحزب الديمقراطي في المقام الأوّل، أملاً بتجاوز أزمة انشقاقه، كما الأزمة التي يواجهها الحزب الجمهوري بعد سقوط ترامب، ولا سيما أن الجناح المناهض للعدوان على اليمن يعبّر عن متغيرات بنيوية في الديمغرافيا الأميركية، يدلّ عليها ثقل “الأجانب” من غير العرق الأبيض في الحياة السياسية الأميركية، وهو الذي حمل بايدن إلى الرئاسة على ظهر كسر زحف العنصرية البيضاء.

أزمة أميركا الأخرى التي يأمل بايدن تخفيف حدّتها في الإطار نفسه هي المسؤولية عن تمريغ وجهها في الوحول اليمنية، ليس فقط أمام الحزب الديمقراطي والأميركيين “الأجانب” فحسب، بل أمام شعوب العالم أيضاً، وفي مقدمتها الشعوب الأوروبية.

إن الولايات المتحدة هي التي غطّت مشاركة الحكومات الأوروبية في الجرائم بمعيّة ترامب، وما أن تخفّف التغطية بالكلام حتى الآن، يُصدر البرلمان الأوروبي قراراً يدعو فيه الاتحاد الأوروبي إلى الالتزام بوقف إمدادات العدوان بالسلاح، وإلى العمل لانسحاب السعودية والإمارات من اليمن.

الأزمة الأعم الأكثر عمقاً التي كشفت عنصرية أميركا في داخلها وخارجها، هي فقدان ما يسميه بايدن “القيَم الأميركية”، فهذه القيَم المتمثّلة بأطروحات حقوق الإنسان والحريات الفردية والديمقراطية الأميركية… هي سلاح ماضٍ في أيدي الإدارة الأميركية، لإشاحة النظر عن نتائج نموذج التوحّش الأميركي في بؤس البشرية وتهديد حياة الكوكب.

هي سلاح تغطية من جهة، وسلاح حرب لزعزعة الاستقرار الهشّ في بعض الدول المعادية لأميركا، من أجل فتح أسواقها وتعزيز المصالح والاستراتيجيات الأميركية من جهة أخرى. إن مسؤولية أميركا عن كارثة اليمن أصابت هذا السلاح بالصدأ طيلة أربع سنوات، ما أدّى إلى تعويل بايدن على أولوية اليمن، أملاً بإعادة شحذه.

المشجَب الذي يسعى بايدن إلى تعليق أوساخ أميركا عليه هو محمد بن سلمان؛ واجهة العدوان على اليمن وأكثر شركاء أميركا وحشية في القتل العاري، وهو يضع نصب عينيه التخفّف من هذه الورطة الثقيلة الأعباء، ليس بسبب كارثة اليمن فحسب، بل بسبب سلاح حقوق الإنسان أيضاً.

والحقيقة أن بايدن لا يقلب في هذا الأمر صفحة ترامب فحسب، إنما يقلب كذلك جانباً من صفحة أوباما مع السعودية وشراكة محمد بن سلمان. ففي مقالة روبرت مالي في “فورين أفيرز” مع ستيفين بومبر، ينقل عن مسؤول كبير في إدارة أوباما، في اجتماع لمجلس الأمن القومي في آذار/مارس 2015، قوله بشأن شراكة ابن سلمان: “كنا نعلم أننا ربما نستقلّ سيارة مع سائق مخمور”.

قد يكون هذا المسؤول الكبير هو بايدن نفسه الذي لم يسمّه روبرت مالي، بدليل قطع اتصال بايدن مع ابن سلمان وإزالته عن جدول الأعمال، بحسب المتحدثة باسم البيت الأبيض جين ساكي، وبدليل آخر أكثر جدية عبّرت عنه إدارة بايدن في عزمها على ملاحقة ابن سلمان في جريمة قتل خاشقجي، بدءاً بنشر تقرير الاستخبارات الأميركية، وعزمها على ملاحقته بتحريك الدعوى التي قدّمها مستشار محمد بن نايف سعد الجبري أمام محكمة واشنطن ضد ابن سلمان وأعوانه.

أزمات أميركا الحادة التي تدفع بايدن إلى مساعي أولوية اليمن والتخفّف من ابن سلمان هي مشكلة أميركا وإدارة بايدن، فإيران وصنعاء معنيّتان بانسحاب قوى العدوان وفك الحصار والذهاب إلى حوار بين اليمنيين لإزالة آثار العدوان والاتفاق على الحل السياسي.

إيران وصنعاء تتقاطعان مع نيات بايدن لحل أزمات أميركا، إذا كان حلّها مساعداً في حل قدّم اليمن في سبيله التضحيات البطولية الخارقة، وتعرّض من أجله لشتى الجرائم ضد الإنسانية، فالمهزوم يعجز عن فرض شروط لم ينَلها بحرب تدميرية، ولا يطلب المساعدة المجّانية لقلع شوكه.

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Critics of President Joe Biden’s first foreign policy speech

Critics of President Joe Biden’s first foreign policy speech

February 15, 2021

from Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog

The only optimistic part of President Joe Biden’s first foreign policy speech is, “We’re also stepping up our diplomacy to finish the war in Yemen — a war which has produced a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe. I’ve asked my Middle East squad to ensure our support for the United Nations-led initiative to enforce a truce, open humanitarian channels, and restore long-dormant peace talks. This morning, Secretary Blinken appointed Tim Lenderking, a career foreign policy officer, as our special representative to the Yemen war. And I appreciate his doing this. Tim is a life — has a lifetime of experience in the region, and he’ll work with the U.N. representative and all parties of the conflict to push for a diplomatic resolution. And Tim’s diplomacy will be reinforced by USI- — USAID, working to guarantee that humanitarian aid reaches the Yemeni people suffering un- — an unendurable [sic] — unendurable destruction. This war has to finish. And to underline our commitment, we are terminating all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales. Mr. Secretary, it’s great to be here with you. And I’ve been seeing forward a long time to be able to call you “Mr. Secretary.”

It is yearned that there will be an end to bloodshed and loss of human lives.

The most important is he believed, “As I said in my opening address, we will heal our alliances and involve with the world once again, not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s. American leadership must encounter this new era of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival the United States and the determination of Russia to damage and disorder our democracy.”

He pointed out to strengthen alliances to counter China and Russia. It means a new cold-war he is going to launch. The world has hurt a lot during the cold war from the 1850s to the 1980s. Although the former USSR was disintegrated as a result of cold-war, the rest of the world has suffered a lot. There is a fear that if a new cold war is initiated against Russian and China, it will divide the world again, hate will be promoted. The lessons learned from the previous cold-war promoted understanding, tolerance, cooperation, and harmony, to develop the world into a better place for our next-generations.

On the other hand, ex-President Trump has annoyed and humiliated the allies so much that some are unwilling to be part of any alliance created to spread hate and coerce any other nation.

The most important ally, Germany, is annoyed, and Chancellor Angela Merkel alleged that the “cold war of alliance” is a new diplomacy devising type since the United States’ Biden administration came to power. It is “the starkest manifestation that one country resists the growth of another country.” Germany believes that China has the right to the upswing. The United States has no right to force other European countries into compliance with the “selfishness” practice of serving the United States. She has condemned the US Biden administration for “forming gangs” against China. The “cold war alliance” act open-minded European countries and the World why Germany asserted this position. She made it clear that Germany will not participate in any US-led activities aimed at “encirclement and suppression” China. She also endorses other countries not to join in this “hegemonic” behavior! Because it will procure no other benefits besides damaging European unity and world economic recovery! She said that the new U.S. Secretary of State Blincoln unabashedly dispensed new threats and sanctions against China in Washington. At the same time, he harshly condemned Europe and should not sign an investment treaty with China behind its back. Great disgust, anxiety, and restlessness in Europe.

Spain, France, and Switzerland shared similar views. Youth in Europe are quite mature and are opposing any initiative for the cold-war.

Regarding the U.S. as custodian of democracy is a false narrative. The U.S. was involved in killing democracy in some of the countries and supporting dictatorship in many countries. The toplinig of democratically elected Adil Morsey, the President of Egypt, is a typical example. Supporting General Sesi is openly supporting dictatorship. U.S. history is full of hypocrisy where they have openly endorsed dictators in their own interests. In the Middle-east, Africa, and many other parts of the world, the U.S. is standing with certified dictators. Even today, the U.S. is supporting many dictators around the globe. The U.S. has double standards and stands with dictators when their interests coincide.

Regarding human rights, the U.S. was using human rights as a political tool to coerce some countries while engaged in human rights violations in the middle-East, Latin America, South America, Africa, and other parts of the world, etc. President Joe Biden was part of policymaking under various presidents in the past to launch a crusade against Muslims, war-crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. He may be in the habit of dictating American terms and conditions during the unipolar world. He may need to change this type of mindset.

Recently, the U.S. uses this tool to coerce China and make propaganda of Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues and keep criminals silent on Human rights violations in Kashmir and Palestine. India and the State of Israel are the two countries that have surpassed the record of human rights violations, but the U.S. is being a close ally with them, kept eyes closed.

Although President Joe and Trump’s rivalry is their internal issue, it seems that President Joe is determined to undo all initiatives and policies launched by President Trump. From Pandemic to foreign policies, he has indicated to reverse Trump’s policies. He has hinted out undo troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, as announced by President Trump earlier. It might have severe consequences on the regional peace and stability. However, President Joe Biden’s approach to re-engage Iran for Nuclear Deal is positive thinking.

President Joe has been served under various Administrations during the last few decades. He is well-matured, well-mannered, and familiar with diplomatic etiquettes, and may not embarrass others. But President Joe is still in the mindset of a unipolar world, where the U.S. was the only superpower. He needs to re-evaluate the geopolitics and understand the revival of Russia and the rise of China. With this changed geopolitics, he needs to assert in an acceptable manner. His team, especially the scholars, intellectuals, and think tanks , may advise him appropriately.

The world needs peace and stability much more than ever. Understanding, tolerance, and harmony is the only option to cooperate with each other to turn the world into a safer place to live with dignity and honor. Any initiative to serve humanity is welcomed, and any policy disgracing humankind is rejected by all equally.

Author: Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Editor, Analyst, Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. (E-mail: awanzamir@yahoo.com).

The Wrath Of The Houthis

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You can read this article in German. LINK

The sick man of Arabian Peninsula, the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, continues to suffer from its shortfall policies and the lack of any significant support from its Israeli and US friends in the war in Yemen.

On February 11, the Houthis announced that they had launched a ballistic missile at King Khalid Air Base in the southern part of the Kingdom. Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari said that the ballistic missile landed inside the air base, which is located near the city of Khamis Mushait in southern ‘Asir. According to the spokesman of the Houthi-led forces, they employed a “new ballistic missile,” which was not deployed before.

The strike was described as a retaliatory move to the aggression and siege imposed on Yemen.

From its side, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that its air-defense forces had intercepted the Houthis’ ballistic missile. According to the coalition, the Houthis launched the ballistic missile from the northern Yemeni province of Saada to target “civilians and civilian objects” in Khamis Mushait.

A day earlier, the Houthis launched four suicide drones at Abha International Airport in ‘Asir. The coalition air-defense forces intercepted two of them, while two others hit the airport.

The Houthis said that they used two Samad-3 and two Qasef-2K suicide drones, which were aimed at ‘military aircraft’ deployed at the airport. In own turn, the Saudi-led coalition called this attack an act of terror and said that a civilian airliner was damaged.

Saudi media accounts shared photos showing a damaged Airbus A320-214 plane of Flyadeal, a local Saudi carrier, at Abha International Airport after the attack.

The ongoing exchange of strikes between the Kingdom and the Houthis, Saudi sources prefer to ignore the fact of daily air strikes on civilian targets in Yemen, highlight the lack of any progress in peace talks to settle the conflict. Furthermore, with every month, the chances of Saudi Arabia to take an upper hand in the conflict decrease as its proxies lose more and more ground on the ground.

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Al-Houthi to Al-Mayadeen: We are ready for war and peace

الحوثي للميادين: مستعدون للحرب وللسلام.. والكلام عن التقسيم مجرد شعارات

A member of the Yemeni Supreme Political Council confirms that his country is waiting for the words of the US President on stopping the war to be converted into action, and affirms the readiness of “Ansar Allah” for dialogue in the interest of the Yemenis.


Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen that Washington is supposed to “stop the Saudi-Emirati war on our country and this is what we are waiting for,” describing the US President’s statements regarding stopping the war as “mere statements,” while what is expected. Stop the war and lift the blockade. “

Al-Houthi stressed that what Saudi Arabia and the UAE have done is “full-fledged terrorism,” adding that the Saudi coalition has tried “against us the military war since 2004 and has not worked with us, and we are not afraid of them and are ready to continue more.”

Al-Houthi emphasized that what Saudi Arabia and the UAE did was “terrorism with full descriptions,” explaining that the Saudi alliance had tried launched a military war against us since 2004, “We are not afraid of this war and are ready to continue the confrontation, but we are with peace,” he said. “all matters can be resolved during peace negotiations if arrogance is put aside.” Al-Houthi called on Washington to impose according to the war on its followers and to take serious decisions in this context, pointing out the absence of communication with the United States until now.

Earlier, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a halt to his country’s support for the war in Yemen, saying, “I have asked my Middle East team to act on a cease-fire  to deliver humanitarian aid and open dialogue.”

Al-Houthi said Biden put forward a halt to the war on Yemen during his campaign because he wanted to “restore U.S. policy” after former President Donald Trump, adding: “If Biden violates the cessation of the war on Yemen that he has pledged to stop, it undermines the confidence of the American voter and that’s what he doesn’t want.”

He also urged Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to stop the war and turn to the peace of the brave,” stressing that “Ansar Allah” will dialogue according to “the dictates of the Yemeni interest, and we do not accept anyone to be humiliated. We and they will be equals to speak in a way that takes care of our interests and their interests. “

Al-Houthi considered that the political solution should be “subject to a referendum by the Yemeni people, and whatever the people are satisfied with, we will accept it.”

Al-Houthi called for an end to the aggression and the embargo imposed on his country, as well as the payment of compensation from the countries of aggression similar to those received by Kuwait from Iraq.

He said the Yemeni armed forces will stop bombing coalition targets “if all the countries of aggression stop bombing,” stressing the right of the Yemeni people to “defend themselves”, using weapons manufactured locally, he said.

Al-Houthi also pointed out that there are video meetings of leaders in “ISIS” and “al-Qaeda” with Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar in Aden, stressing that the threat of “ISIS” comes from Saudi Arabia and America.

On the position of other countries participating in the aggression in one way or another, al-Houthi said that selling arms to the coalition is a “crime”, and “the British know who the Yemenis are, the Yemeni people have liberated their land from British colonialism, and the Yemeni army can now reach them, we have sophisticated weapons.”

On the future of the solution and the prospects for partition, al-Houthi said the UN Security Council is talking about the territorial integrity of Yemen, calling some of the words of secession “just slogans to mobilise fighters.”

At the end of the interview, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council called on the Yemeni people to be aware and cautious “especially in the peace phase”, and praised the efforts of the Yemeni armed forces and their role in maintaining the country’s independence.

Biden to Remove Yemen’s Ansarullah from Terror List

By Staff, Agencies

The US announced that it is heading towards delisting Yemen’s Ansarullah group as a terrorist organization, removing a block that humanitarian groups said jeopardized crucial aid.

The grinding six-year Saudi aggression in Yemen has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, triggering what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

A State Department spokesperson said Friday they had “formally notified Congress” of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s intent to revoke the terrorist designations.

The move, which will take effect shortly, comes a day after Biden announced an end to US support for the Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen.

“Our action is due entirely to the humanitarian consequences of this last-minute designation from the prior administration,” they said.

Blinken’s predecessor Mike Pompeo announced the designation days before leaving office last month.

الحوثي للميادين: جاهزون للحرب والسلام

الحوثي للميادين: مستعدون للحرب وللسلام.. والكلام عن التقسيم مجرد شعارات

عضو المجلس السياسي الأعلى اليمني يؤكد أن بلاده تنتظر تحويل كلام الرئيس الأميركي بشأن وقف الحرب إلى أفعال، ويؤكد استعداد “أنصار الله” للحوار بما يخدم مصلحة اليمنيين.

قال عضو المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن محمد علي الحوثي، في مقابلة مع الميادين، إن من المفترض أن “توقف واشنطن الحرب السعودية – الإماراتية على بلدنا وهذا ما ننتظره”، واصفاً تصريحات الرئيس الأميركي بشأن وقف الحرب بأنها “مجرد تصريحات”، فيما المنتظر “وقف الحرب ورفع الحصار”. 
 
 وأكد الحوثي أن ما فعلته السعودية والإمارات هو “إرهاب مكتمل الأوصاف”، موضحاً  أن التحالف السعودي جرّب “ضدنا الحرب العسكرية منذ عام 2004 ولم تنفع معنا، ونحن لا نخشاهم ومستعدون للاستمرار أكثر”. 

وتابع: “نحن لا نخاف هذه الحرب ومستعدون للاستمرار في المواجهة لكننا مع السلام”، موضحاً أن “كل الأمور قابلة للحل خلال مفاوضات السلام في حال تم تنحية العجرفة”.

ودعا الحوثي واشنطن لفرض وفق الحرب على أتباعها واتخاذ قرارات جادة في هذا الإطار، مشيراً إلى غياب التواصل مع الولايات المتحدة حتى الساعة.

وكان الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن قد أعلن، في وقت سابق، وقف دعم بلاده للحرب على اليمن، قائلاً: “طلبت من فريقي المختص للشرق الأوسط العمل لوقف إطلاق النار لإيصال المساعدات الإنسانية وفتح الحوار”.

ورأى الحوثي أن بايدن طرح وقف الحرب على اليمن خلال حملته الانتخابية، لأنه يريد “ترميم السياسة الأميركية” بعد الرئيس السابق دونالد ترامب، وأضاف: “إذا أخلّ بايدن بوقف الحرب على اليمن التي تعهد بوقفها فإنه يخل بثقة الناخب الأميركي وهذا ما لا يريده”.
 
كما وحثّ الملك السعودي سلمان بن عبد العزيز على وقف الحرب وأن “تتجه السعودية إلى سلام الشجعان”، مشدداً على أن “أنصار الله” ستحاور وفق “ما تمليه المصلحة اليمنية، ولا نرضى لأحد أن يكون ذليلاً، سنكون نحن وهم أنداداً لنتحدث بما يرعى مصالحنا ومصالحهم”.

واعتبر الحوثي أن الحل السياسي ينبغي أن “يخضع لاستفتاء الشعب اليمني، وما يرضى به الشعب سنقبل به”.

وطالب الحوثي بوقف العدوان والحصار المفروض على بلاده، كما دعا لصرف تعويضات من دول العدوان مماثلة للتعويضات التي حصلت عليها الكويت من العراق.

وأعلن أن القوات المسلحة اليمنية ستتوقف عن قصف أهداف التحالف “إذا توقفت جميع دول العدوان عن القصف”، مؤكداً حق الشعب اليمني في أن “يدافع عن نفسه”، وذلك باستخدام الأسلحة التي يجري صناعتها محلياً، وفق قوله. 

كما وأشار الحوثي إلى وجود لقاءات مصورة لقيادات في “داعش” و”القاعدة” مع نائب الرئيس علي محسن الأحمر في عدن، مشدداً على أن خطر “داعش” يأتي من السعودية وأميركا.

وبشأن موقف الدول الأخرى المشاركة في العدوان بشكل أو بآخر، قال الحوثي إن بيع السلاح للتحالف هو “جريمة”، و”البريطانيون يعرفون من هم اليمنيون فالشعب اليمني حرر أرضه سابقاً من الاستعمار البريطاني، وبإمكان الجيش اليمني حالياً الوصول إليهم، فنحن نمتلك أسلحة متطورة”. 

وحول مستقبل الحل واحتمالات التقسيم، أشار الحوثي إلى أن مجلس الأمن الدولي يتحدث عن وحدة الأراضي اليمنية، معتبراً كلام البعض عن الانفصال “مجرد شعارات لحشد المقاتلين”.

ودعا عضو المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن، في ختام المقابلة، الشعب اليمني أن يكون على مستوى عالٍ من الوعي والحذر “خاصة في مرحلة السلام”، كما وأشاد بجهود القوات المسلحة اليمنية ودورها في الحفاظ على استقلال البلاد. 

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أعلنت الولايات المتحدة أنها تتجه نحو شطب جماعة أنصار الله اليمنية من القائمة كمنظمة إرهابية، قالت منظمات إنسانية إنها تعرض المساعدات الحاسمة للخطر.

لقد أدى العدوان السعودي الطاحن الذي دام ست سنوات في اليمن إلى مقتل عشرات الآلاف وتشريد الملايين، مما تسبب في ما تسميه الأمم المتحدة أسوأ كارثة إنسانية في العالم.

وقال متحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الاميركية الجمعة انهم “ابلغوا الكونغرس رسميا” بعزم وزير الخارجية الاميركي انتوني بلينكن على الغاء هذه التصنيفات الارهابية.

وتأتي هذه الخطوة، التي ستدخل حيز التنفيذ قريباً، بعد يوم واحد من إعلان بايدن إنهاء الدعم الأمريكي للعمليات الهجومية التي تقودها السعودية في اليمن.

واضافوا ” ان تحركنا يرجع تماما الى العواقب الانسانية لهذا التصنيف فى اللحظة الاخيرة من الادارة السابقة ” .

وكان مايك بومبيو، سلف بلينكن، قد أعلن عن تعيينه قبل أيام من مغادرته منصبه الشهر الماضي.

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The priorities of the US administration أولويات الإدارة الأميركيّة

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The priorities of the US administration

Saada Mustafa Arshid

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*Palestinian politician residing in Jenin, occupied Palestine.

The rapidly developing Covid 19 virus continues to show the ability to transcend its nature as an epidemic threatening human health and life, but rather has become a political player, and an element of influence in the fields of economy, society and education, and it has played a major and important role in the recent US elections, and contributed to the success of the atmosphere Biden before Trump, who underestimated the virus at first, then failed to devise and implement policies to deal with it and reduce its multiple dangers that go beyond health, and in an exciting statement to the new US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin, in which he considered that one of the priorities of his ministry’s work is to work to combat the epidemic, which It has become a threat to US national security, that exposed the insecurities of the brightly looking regime, it was like an unexpected tsunami, removing powders from the true form of the ugly racist capitalist system.

The internal files on Biden’s agenda follow china and its South and East Sea, where China has geographical disputes with more than one of Washington’s allies, and there are U.S. fleets, where that rising and fast-growing dragon, which is the most serious threat to Global American supremacy. In Biden’s early days at the White House, he issued clear warnings to China of any expansionist intentions, and affirmed the support of his allies, who are threatened by Chinese growth and Chinese demands, led by Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines, and the list goes on, but China responded to those warnings with the well-known eastern cold, Stressing that the issue of containing China is nothing but illusions, and in this file, the current administration does not deviate much from the late administration in its approach.

In this east, namely Yemen and Iran, that the Biden administration considers on its list of priorities, and they are the files of Yemen and Iran, and the US administration has approaches different from its predecessor in these two files. The Yemen war no longer tolerates the result of not achieving any of its goals and it does not seem that it will act except to achieve the opposite of those goals. On top of which is the strengthening of the Iranian position in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, and in a position that controls the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and nothing remains that the Saudi forces and their allies do except killing, demolition and harm, which has made their humanitarian and moral costs high without a strategic return worth such a cost. Moreover, the one who lit its fire (the alliance of Mohammed bin Zayed and Muhammad bin Salman) does not enjoy the respect and appreciation of the new administration, and Washington has issued reports that it is reviewing the decision of the previous administration that included the Houthis and their political framework (Ansar Allah group) on the lists of terrorism.


Iran, in turn, is showing remarkable activity, through the constant travel of its Foreign Minister and his visits to influential capitals, as well as in its wide military maneuvers, and in its demonstration of its strength on land, sea and air, in the field of drones and precision missiles, and in its successive revelations about the capabilities of its war industries despite the blockade it suffers and the suffocating economic hardship Iran is waiting for Washington to take the initiative, to revive the nuclear agreement that President Biden made an effort to accomplish, when he was former Vice President Obama.


Last Monday, the first practical indications of the US response appeared, through the statements of the Foreign Minister Blinkin to “NBC” that his country is ready to return to the agreement if Iran is ready for that, and he warned that Iran has become very close to the ability to manufacture important components that give it the ability. On the production of nuclear weapons, and preventing this from an American national security issue, but the demon of American details will try and must impose additional conditions, perhaps the most important of them, for Iran to deliver the uranium it enriched during the suspension of the agreement to the IAEA. In addition to the conditions that Iran is demanding until its discussion, Iran will not be in the process of discussing it, including Iran’s withdrawal from Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the disarmament of Hezbollah, the dismantling of Iranian missile systems, issues that the whole world has not been able to achieve for four decades of wars, blockades and sanctions, but the process of biting and fingering Tehran, but the finger-biting process between Tehran and Washington must come to an end, as each of them has the same desire and interest in reaching an agreement.

As for the rest of the files in our east, the new administration does not pay high attention to them, and does not include them in the list of priorities, as it has become typical crises, as it manages each crisis itself, and it does not have the character of urgency, and do not poses a danger, including what is happening in Iraq and Syria, where the Americans do no more than protect the Kurds (SDF) through 2,500 soldiers, and it is an old US policy of selling illusions by using the Kurds who are quick to respond, and who have always left losers, so they have always continued the game even if at the expense of their blood. Lebanon is mired in corruption and the issues of the governor of its central bank, and the crisis of the formation of the government, as well as in the Palestinian file, the crisis continues awaiting the Knesset elections next March, meanwhile the Palestinians are consuming time in electoral projects and national dialogues, which are supposed to rebuild the political system and restore unity to what remains of Palestine. It often ends with results that are inconsistent with optimism. The new US administration will not provide more than some money, reactivate the US Aid, open an office or a consulate, a visiting envoy to Ramallah, a guest delegation in Washington, but it may provide some verbal support, the official Palestinian exaggerates in his assessment, such as condemning the establishment of an outpost here, or the martyrdom of a Palestinian civilian at a checkpoint. there, It’s staying in the same square.

أولويات الإدارة الأميركيّة

سعادة مصطفى أرشيد

*سياسي فلسطيني مقيم في جنين – فلسطين المحتلة

لا يزال فايروس كوفيد 19 السريع التطوّر، يبدي القدرة على أنه تجاوز طبيعته كوباء يهدّد صحة الإنسان وحياته، وإنما أصبح لاعباً سياسياً، وعنصراً من عناصر التأثير في مجالات الاقتصاد والمجتمع والتعليم، وقد كان صاحب دور رئيس ومهمّ في الانتخابات الأميركية الأخيرة، وساهم في إنجاح جو بايدن أمام ترامب، الذي استخفّ بالفايروس في البداية، ثم فشل في اجتراح وتنفيذ سياسات للتعامل معه والحدّ من أخطاره المتعددة التي تتجاوز الصحة، وفي تصريح مثير لوزير الدفاع الأميركي الجديد لويد أوستن، اعتبر فيه أنّ من أولويات عمل وزارته، العمل على مكافحة الوباء، الذي بات من مهدّدات الأمن القومي الأميركي، وكاشفاً عورات النظام الزاهي المنظر، فقد كان أشبه بعاصفة تسونامي غير متوقعة، أزالت المساحيق عن الشكل الحقيقي للنظام الرأسمالي العنصري القبيح.

يلي الملفات الداخلية على أجندة بايدن، ملف الصين وبحرها الجنوبي والشرقي، حيث للصين منازعات جغرافية مع أكثر من دولة حليفة لواشنطن، وهناك تنتشر الأساطيل الأميركية، حيث يمكن محاصرة ذلك التنين الصاعد والسريع النمو، والذي يمثل التهديد الأخطر للتفوّق الأميركي العالمي، في أيام بايدن الأولى في البيت الأبيض، أطلق تحذيرات واضحة للصين من أية نيات توسعية، وأكد على دعم حلفائه، الذين يتهدّدهم التنامي الصيني والمطالبات الصينيّة، وعلى رأسهم اليابان وكوريا الجنوبية وتايوان والفلبين، والقائمة تطول، ولكن الصين ردّت على تلك التحذيرات بالبرود الشرقي المعروف، مؤكدة أنّ مسألة احتواء الصين ما هي إلا أوهام وفي هذا الملف لا تبتعد الإدارة الحالية كثيراً عن الإدارة الراحلة في مقاربتها.

في هذا الشرق، هناك ملفان تعتبرهما إدارة بايدن في قائمة أولوياتها، وهما ملفا اليمن وإيران، وللإدارة الأميركية مقاربات مختلفة عن سابقتها في هذين الملفين، فحرب اليمن، لم تعد تحتمل نتيجة عدم تحقيقها لأيّ من أهدافها ولا يبدو أنها ستفعل إلا على تحقيق عكس تلك الأهداف وعلى رأسها تعزيز التمركز الإيراني في جنوب غرب جزيرة العرب، وفي موقع مسيطر على مضيق باب المندب، ولم يبق من شيء تفعله القوات السعودية وحلفاؤها إلا القتل والهدم والأذى، مما جعل أكلافها الإنسانية والأخلاقية عالية من دون مقابل استراتيجي يستحق كلفة كهذه، وفوق ذلك فإنّ من أشعل نارها (تحالف محمد بن زايد ومحمد بن سلمان) لا يحظى بالاحترام والتقدير لدى الإدارة الجديدة، وقد صدر عن واشنطن ما يفيد بأنها تراجع قرار الإدارة السابقة الذي أدرج الحوثيين وإطارهم السياسي (جماعة أنصار الله) على قوائم الإرهاب.

إيران بدورها، تبدي نشاطاً ملحوظاً، وذلك عبر السفر الدائم لوزير خارجيتها وزياراته للعواصم المؤثرة، كما في مناوراتها العسكرية الواسعة، واستعراضها لقوتها في البر والبحر والجو وفي مجال الطائرات المسيّرة والصواريخ الدقيقة، وفي كشوفها المتلاحقة عن قدرات صناعاتها الحربية برغم الحصار الذي تعانيه والضائقة الاقتصادية الخانقة، وهي تنتظر أن تقوم واشنطن بالمبادرة، لإحياء الاتفاق النووي الذي سبق للرئيس بايدن أن بذل جهداً لإنجازه، عندما كان نائباً للرئيس الأسبق أوباما.

وقد ظهرت الاثنين الماضي أولى البوادر العملية للاستجابة الأميركية، وذلك عبر تصريحات وزير الخارجية بلينكين لـ «أن بي سي» بأنّ بلاده مستعدة للعودة للاتفاق إذا كانت إيران جاهزة لذلك، وحذر بأنّ إيران قد أصبحت على مسافة قريبة جداً من القدرة على صناعة مكونات مهمة تمنحها القدرة على إنتاج سلاح نووي، والحؤول دون ذلك قضية من قضايا الأمن القومي الأميركي، لكن شيطان التفاصيل الأميركية، سيحاول ولا بدّ فرض شروط إضافية، ربما أهمّها، أن تقوم إيران بتسليم اليورانيوم الذي خصّبته إبان توقف العمل بالاتفاق لوكالة الطاقة الذرية، وفي جعبة شيطان التفاصيل، ما تطالب به فرنسا من ضمّ دول خليجية للاتفاق، ومنها أيضاً سعي (إسرائيل) لأن تكون جزءاً من الاتفاق، إضافة إلى ما يتردّد على ألسنة سياسيّيها وأمنيّيها من شروط، لن تكون إيران بوارد حتى نقاشها، ومنها انسحاب إيران من سورية والعراق واليمن، ونزع سلاح حزب الله، وتفكيك المنظومات الصاروخية الإيرانية، وتلك مسائل لم يستطع العالم أجمع أن يحققها طيلة أربعة عقود من الحروب والحصار والعقوبات، لكن عملية عضّ الأصابع بين طهران وواشنطن لا بدّ لها أن تصل إلى نهايتها، فلكلّ منهما الرغبة والمصلحة ذاتهما في الوصول إلى اتفاق.

أما باقي الملفات في شرقنا، فلا تبدي الإدارة الجديدة اهتماماً عالياً بها، ولا تدرجها في قائمة أولوياتها، فهي قد أصبحت أزمات نمطية، حيث تدير كلّ أزمة نفسها بنفسها، وهي لا تحمل صفة الاستعجال، ولا ترتفع حرارتها بما يشكل خطراً، ومنها ما يجري في العراق وسورية، حيث لا يفعل الأميركي أكثر من حماية الأكراد (قسد) عبر 2500 عسكري وهي سياسة أميركية قديمة ببيع الأوهام عبر استعمال الأكراد سريعي الاستجابة، والذين طالما خرجوا خاسرين، فلطالما استمرأوا اللعبة حتى ولو على حساب دمائهم. أما لبنان فغارق في فساده وقضايا حاكم مصرفه المركزي، وأزمة تشكيل الحكومة، وكذلك في الملف الفلسطيني، فالأزمة تدير نفسها بانتظار المرحلة الأولى من ظهور معالم الرؤية، أيّ انتخابات الكنيست في آذار المقبل، فيما يقطع الفلسطيني الوقت في مشاريع انتخابية وحوارات وطنية، يُفترض أنها ستعيد بناء النظام السياسي وتعيد الوحدة لما تبقى من فلسطين، المشاريع التي جرّبها الفلسطيني مراراً، والتي تنطلق بتفاؤل وحميمية بين المتخاصمين الفلسطينيين، ولكنها غالباً ما تنتهي بنتائج لا تتفق مع التفاؤل، في حين لن تقدّم الإدارة الأميركية الجديدة في المنظور أكثر من بعض الأموال وإعادة تفعيل وكالة التنمية الأميركية (USAid)، فتح مكتب أو قنصلية، مبعوث زائر لرام الله، ووفد يحلّ ضيفاً في واشنطن، ولكنها قد تقدّم بعض الدعم اللفظي الذي قد يبالغ في تقديره الفلسطيني الرسمي، كإدانة إنشاء بؤرة استيطانية هنا، أو استشهاد مدني فلسطيني على حاجز هناك، بادعاء محاولة القيام بعملية طعن، انه البقاء في المربع ذاته.

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How Saudi Arabia Gets Away with Murder

How Saudi Arabia Gets Away with Murder

By Steven Cook – Foreign Policy

On Wednesday, the Saudis opened their annual confab in Riyadh, officially called the Future Investment Initiative but widely referred to as “Davos in the Desert.” That nickname had always annoyed the people who run the World Economic Forum and its signature event in Davos, Switzerland, because they—like most of the rest of the world that is concerned about protecting their brand—haven’t wanted much to do with Saudi Arabia and its crown prince in recent years.

That trend may be coming to an end, however. Increasingly, things are back to business as usual in Riyadh. A veritable A-list of Wall Street and private equity titans flew in for the event this week. Gone are the days when the leaders of the financial services industry stayed away, fearing the reputational costs of becoming associated with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The remains of the journalist and onetime courtier to Saudi power centers have yet to be found. But investors have now decided there are deals to be done.

They are making a bet that the stated commitment by human rights organizations, journalists, and a relatively bipartisan group of US lawmakers to hold Saudi Arabia accountable doesn’t amount to much—and they may be right.

There is a general expectation in Washington that the Saudis are going to have a rough time with the new Biden administration. During the presidential campaign, Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris vowed that they would “reassess our [America’s] relationship with the kingdom, end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, and make sure America does not check its values at the door to sell arms or buy oil.” After being sworn in as president earlier this month, Biden made good on that promise when he froze—at least temporarily—arms sales to Saudi Arabia that his predecessor approved.

Saudi Arabia is a problematic ally. In the last five years, its crown prince launched a futile military campaign in Yemen that has killed and injured tens of thousands of people, oversaw the hit team that dismembered Khashoggi, presided over the arrests and abuse of reformers, and led an international embargo of Qatar [which is also a not a model ally, but it is a critical security partner for the United States]. There are also lingering questions about Saudi Arabia and the role of its citizens in the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. As much as the Saudis want Americans to forget, there were 15 young Saudi men on those planes, not Qataris.

It is true that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has overseen important social changes in Saudi Arabia that have improved the lives of his citizens, but that does not diminish the entirely reasonable desire to hold the Saudis accountable for his many transgressions. Doing so may be harder than it seems, however.

There was never a chance that the global business community was going to write off Saudi Arabia. Sure, CEOs stayed away for a while, but even at the height of the outrage over Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder, Saudi Arabia remained a place where people believed they could make money. And since that is the sine qua non of financiers, consultants, and oil companies—and firms that provide all kinds of services—Mohammed bin Salman was forced to spend some time in the penalty box, but he was never made the international pariah some hoped he would become. Yes, the Saudis have a range of economic problems, the wisdom of vanity projects like the would-be high-tech city of Neom escape most people who look at them, and Riyadh’s efforts to restructure its labor market and establish the institutions of a market economy are enormous and difficult tasks—but the Saudis still have the biggest economy in the Middle East, which makes it an attractive partner to those who showed up in Riyadh for the Future Investment Initiative.

There is an argument to be made that just because business leaders want to consort with the Saudis that does not mean that the US government is obligated to do the same. That’s true enough—but that’s not to say Washington is simply free to do whatever it likes. It faces the constraints of geopolitics. At the same time that leaders of industry were rubbing shoulders in Riyadh, the US military was beefing up its presence in Saudi Arabia just in case there is conflict with Iran. US military planners see Saudi Arabia as an important partner in Iran policy. That includes the potential Iran policies under consideration by the Biden administration, whether they involve rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement or negotiating a new deal. To make either work, the administration is going to need Riyadh to support the deal, which means that American negotiators are going to have to be sensitive to Saudi concerns.

Related to Iran and the geopolitics of the region is the war in Yemen. The Saudi assault on its neighbor to the south, which began in 2015, accomplished everything the intervention was supposed to prevent. As a result of Riyadh’s poorly thought-out and poorly executed military operations, the Iranians now actually do have a relationship with Ansarullah, and Saudi Arabia is less secure. The war is unwinnable, and the Saudis need to get out. What remains to be seen is whether they can do so without US help. The Saudis would no doubt like that help in the form of enhanced border security, including weapons systems.

This is going to be a tough decision for the administration given the strong strain of animus toward the Saudis in Washington and the Biden-Harris team’s own stated policy to “reassess” America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. One argument they might respond with is: Screw them. Let them figure out how to get out of their own quagmire. That is understandable, but it’s not wise. It is in America’s interest both for the Saudis to get out of Yemen and for them to maintain good ties with Washington. Like it or not, Saudi Arabia is Washington’s primary interlocutor in the region, and an American deal with Iran is going to have to run at least partway through Yemen.

But should the United States cut the Saudis off from what they seem to love most about America—its fancy weapons systems? This is no longer in the realm of theoretical. The Biden administration’s ongoing review of Saudi Arabia will assess how it uses American weapons, specifically how many civilians it has killed and maimed in the process. Given the damage inflicted by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, such a reckoning is appropriate. But even if it allows Americans to take further steps to end their complicity in Saudi Arabia’s Yemen debacle, one should also acknowledge that it will not end that war.

Lost in all the discussions about “accountability” is the problem of defining what it would actually look like. Do Saudi Arabia’s critics want to see the crown prince replaced or in the dock? The United States is not going to determine Saudi Arabia’s leader. Even if the US intelligence community releases what it knows about the murder of Khashoggi—as the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, has demanded, and as the new director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, committed she would do in her written response to questions from senators during her confirmation hearings—Mohammed bin Salman will be the crown prince the next day and the day after that and the day after that, and so on. No doubt it would cause an international uproar, forcing those currently attending Davos in the Desert to stay away for a few years or maybe more. But they will find their way back to Saudi Arabia so long as they calculate that doing so is still good for business.

Also missing in the chatter about accountability are the potential consequences of imposing it. This isn’t to dismiss the idea of calling out the Saudis and refusing to sell them weapons out of hand but rather a plea to weigh the costs and benefits of such an approach. The Saudis may prove unwilling to work with the United States on a new nuclear deal with Iran or even try to undermine an agreement. Riyadh may feel encouraged to drift toward Washington’s competitors. Folks in Washington might dismiss that as idle threats, but the Chinese have a lot to offer, and the Russians are particularly good at taking advantage of stress between the United States and its traditional partners in the region. At the very least, tighter ties between the Saudis, Chinese, and Russians can make things harder for the United States, especially since great-power competition is now alleged to be the framework for American foreign policy.

Then again, US policymakers may not care about the downside risks of holding the Saudis accountable. Energy resources from the Persian Gulf are still important to the United States, but not like they once were, diminishing the urgency long attached to the Middle East and importance of close ties with countries like Saudi Arabia. The stakes may no longer be so high, giving the Biden team more room to maneuver. It just seems that up until now few inside the Beltway have worked through what accountability means in a rigorous way. That is unfortunate, because foreign policy by exhortation is likely to fail.

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GIDHR to Biden: Put an End to the War on Yemen

GIDHR to Biden: Put an End to the War on Yemen

By Staff, GIDHR.org

On the Global Day of Action for Yemen, the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights addressed US President Joe Biden urging him to put an end to the war on Yemen.

Dear President Joe Biden,

We, in the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights [GIDHR], are writing to you to offer our congratulations on your election.

We are, also, writing to bring to your attention the unprecedented crisis in Yemen due to the war launched by Saudi and Emirati led coalition.

Targeting civilians

The Saudi and Emirati led coalition directly target Yemeni residential neighborhoods, schools, markets, leaving civilian casualties, without being held responsible for their crimes. It is estimated that, until November 2020, more than 100,000 Yemenis [including thousands of children and women] were directly targeted and killed.

These attacks are blatant violations to the international law which guarantees protecting the lives of civilians and children during armed conflicts. They also amount to be described as war crimes, whose perpetrators and those who ordered the attacks should be prosecuted.

Imminent Catastrophe

The high levels of food insecurity and acute malnutrition which knock on the Yemenis’ doors are alarming, especially with the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Many people lost their jobs what to lead to an increase in the population rate who lost the ability to secure their needs, and an increase in the rate of those who need humanitarian aid.

The designation of Houthis as a foreign terrorist organisation by the former US secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, raised the concerns of worsening the famine and the humanitarian conditions in the country.

In this context, Mark Lowcock, the director general of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, called for the decision to be reversed. He warned the UN that “the likely humanitarian impact of the US decision would be a large-scale famine on a scale that we have not seen for nearly 40 years.”

David Beasley, the UN food chief, described the situation as “literally a death sentence to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of innocent people, in Yemen”.

The systematic destruction of farms, fisheries, sewage, sanitation plants and much more had brought more suffering to the Yemeni people. UN reports estimate that two-thirds of Yemenis are already hungry and half of them do not know what their next meal is. Quarter the population suffer from malnutrition, ranging from moderate to severe, including more than two million children.

Blockade and siege

For nearly six years, Yemenis have been facing a blockade on all their ports, preventing humanitarian aid, food, medications, fuel, and any other goods from entering the country.

The blockade has been contributing to the humanitarian disaster which the Yemeni people are facing.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that 131,000 Yemenis have died from indirect causes such as lack of food, health services and infrastructure. All these causes are results of the Saudi and Emirati led war on Yemen, their direct targeting of civilians and the blockade they are enforcing, starving millions and killing tens thousands of Yemenis.

Recommendations:

We are aware of your statements to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen. Hence, we urge you to:

  • End the US support of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen as soon as possible.
  • Stop the arms sales to Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates.
  • Pressure the international community and the coalition, especially Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates, to end the blockade enforced on Yemeni ports.
  • Hold the perpetrators and the instigators of the war crimes committed against the Yemeni people accountable and refer them before fair trials.
  • Compensate the victims of this war.
  • Reconstruct Yemen.

Yours sincerely,

Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights [GIDHR]

UAE Converted Yemen’s Balhaf Gas Facility into Secret Prison

UAE Converted Yemen’s Balhaf Gas Facility into Secret Prison

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Over the past few years, the United Arab Emirates has been pursuing a plethora of agendas in Southern Yemen, whether directly or via backing the separatist Southern Transitional Council [STC].

Among Abu Dhabi’s primary objectives in Yemen are taking control of the country’s western Red Sea coast; the Bab-el-Mandeb, a strait located between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, and Socotra, an archipelago near major shipping routes.

But this hegemonic ambition has never been just limited to taking strategic locations.

The story of Balhaf is a case in point; a major oil facility in Shabwah Governorate turned by the Emiratis into a detention center, among other things.

The existence of the Balhaf prison was first announced by the United Nations in September 2019.

Two months later, Armaments Observatory released a detailed report about the facility which the Emiratis had turned into a military base and a secret prison.

But what made the story strange was the silence of France since the revelation. Given that Total SE, a French multinational oil and gas company, was the biggest shareholder with nearly 40% of stake, critics say the silence is significant.

The fact that they’ve taken over a gas plant essential for the country’s energy supply, and for its economy, and turned it into a detention camp where torture is being reportedly carried on is just an indication of the brutality of this occupation force in Yemen.

Gearoid O’ Colmain, Journalist & Political Commentator

Based on witness accounts, the report also accused Emirati soldiers of treating prisoners inhumanely. The UAE had already been accused of running a secret network of prisons across Yemen.

But I think having prisons in other countries, particularly in Yemen, it’s difficult to tell what’s happening in Yemen because there’s a war. So, I mean, it’s much easier to hide political prisoners, torture. It’s much more difficult for human rights agencies to tell what exactly is happening. And it’s much easier for the authorities and the occupation forces to deny that that these abuses are taking place. So I think having a detention center in Yemen is advantageous for the United Arab Emirates in that sense. Remember that the United Arab Emirates, is a country that presents an image of itself as a modernizing country; it’s highly invested in technology. And, you know, Dubai is a major city in the world, major modern city, so it would not work to have this kind of brutality on its own shores.

Gearoid O’ Colmain, Journalist & Political Commentator

But what made the story strange was the awkward silence of France since the revelation.

Total SE has 40% stake in Balhaf

Given that Total SE, a French multinational oil and gas company, was the biggest shareholder with a nearly 40% stake, critics said the silence was significant.

The French parliament has called on Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to answer questions about the alleged existence of a UAE-built military base and detention center in the vicinity of Balhaf.

French lawmaker Clementine Autain has accused Emmanuel Macron’s government of covering up crimes committed by the UAE at Balhaf.

The UAE has gradually become a crucial partner for France.

“Despite their small size and low profile, the Emiratis play a key role in France’s international strategy.”

French Historian, Sébastien Nadot

UAE worth enough for France to ignore atrocities

A rich federation with a big appetite for arms purchase, the UAE is worth enough for the French to look the other way when the Emiratis are violating human rights at Balhaf, or anywhere else.

In fact, France’s silence could be explained by its lucrative partnership with Abu Dhabi, especially in military cooperation and arms purchases.

[The] United Arab Emirates, of course, have been relying on French technology. They have the tanks, the current tanks and Mirage planes which they’ve been supplied with by the French. The French, continue to maintain those military technologies that they’re using that that equipment that they’re using. And of course that is a key to their war because the equipment, most of it has been bought in the West, in particular in France. And so the French are heavily involved in this whole scenario here, where essentially the country’s energy supply is now being used as a torture and a prison center.

Gearoid O’ Colmain, Journalist & Political Commentator

Despite public outrage, arms deals have been getting bigger over the past decade between Paris and Abu Dhabi, according to the 2020 report to parliament on arms exports. 

“What we fear today is that these arms could be used to commit those violations and potentially war crimes. We call today through this legal study, for the opening of a real debate, and equally an immediate suspension of the sale of arms from France to those two countries engaged in war in Yemen.”

Aymeric Elluin, Amnesty International

The first French multi-service military base in the Middle East is located in Abu Dhabi “housing around 700 military personnel, the base includes an air base, a naval base capable of receiving a French aircraft carrier, and an army base.”

Well, since 2010 under President Nicolas Sarkozy, the French have upped their investment in other countries, in particular, the United Arab Emirates. They even have a military base in the United Arab Emirates, so they have been very much involved in supplying and modernizing the United Arab Emirates, technology, their military technology. And so that is the main reason that means that the partnership is quite extensive and quite deep. They’ve even allowed the United Arab Emirates to have major exports paintings, for example, have been exported temporarily to the United Arab Emirates, in exchange for continued military contracts, so these military contracts are extremely important for France. I already mentioned Mirage planes, Leclerc tanks and many more, much more technology. This is a multibillion dollar industry.

Gearoid O’ Colmain, Journalist & Political Commentator

French presence in UAE is strategic for Paris

According to Emma Soubrier, Arab Gulf States Institute, “For France, a presence in the UAE is strategic and will allow easy intervention to prevent possible disturbances affecting access to Gulf oil.”

Abu Dhabi is visibly formulating a regional strategy of influence with a focus on the creation of commercial and military port facilities stretching from the Horn of Africa to the Mediterranean.

“In general, Paris does not want to strike any false note that might spoil its intimate friendship with Abu Dhabi, believing that this symbiotic relationship will in the years to come always lead to success.”

Jalel Harchaoui, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Given the military background of Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, the French have little, if any doubt, that the UAE will continue signing big arms deals with them.

The idea that France supports human rights, that it has concerns over rights, is really a myth. The Human Rights discourse is really part of the foreign policy agenda of the French. It’s about presenting a positive image of France as a moral order, as a moral power, when in reality they have never been interested in human rights, the main interest is in Power Projection and economic exchange and exploitation, in particular, of developing countries, and the Gulf, the Gulf states allied with ‘Israel’ and the West, are key to that objective.

Gearoid O’ Colmain, Journalist & Political Commentator

Balhaf mirrors the inhumanity of the Emiratis

Located on the Gulf of Aden coast in the southern part of Yemen, Balhaf mirrors the inhumanity of the Emiratis who have turned Yemen’s major source of income into a secret, macabre prison and the greed of the French who seem to have preferred petrodollars to anything else in the world.

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Iran Uses Its Grip On Strait Of Hormuz To Fight Back US-imposed Sanctions

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Iran has found an original way of dealing with sanctions and limitations imposed on it by the so-called “maximum pressure” campaign launched by the Trump administration.

On January 4, the Navy of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps detained a South Korea-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz over an alleged environmental pollution issue. The chemical tanker HANKUK CHEMI was inbound to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. Ahead of the incident, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations naval authority reported that an “interaction” between Iranian authorities and a merchant vessel in the Strait of Hormuz led the ship to alter its course and proceed into Iranian waters.

Following the incident, the South Korean Defense Ministry said that it will send its anti-piracy Cheonghae unit, normally based in the Gulf of Aden, along with helicopters to the Persian Gulf. The 302-strong Cheonghae unit operates a 4,500-ton destroyer, a Lynx anti-submarine helicopter and three speed boats.

The deployment of this unit is a rather a symbolic move than a practical step that should allow to protect South Korea-flagged ships in the region as Iranian forces have an overwhelming dominance there and using its conventional and asymmetric capabilities can even challenge the US military in the event of a limited military confrontation there.

Two days before the seizure of the tanker, Iran said a South Korean diplomat was due to travel to the country to negotiate over billions of dollars in its assets now frozen in Seoul. The total amount of Iranian money blocked in South Korea is up to $8.5 billion and Tehran declared its readiness to barter its money for deliveries of a variety of goods and commodities, including raw materials, medicine, petrochemicals, auto parts, home appliances.

Apparently, Iran thinks that South Korea needs some additional motivation to go contrary to the will of its Big Brother and accept the Iranian proposal.

Another important diplomatic achievement was made by Qatar, which is known as not only a Turkish ally, but also the Gulf monarchy that has constructive relations with Iran. On January 4, Saudi Arabia lifted the 4-year air, sea and land blockade that it together with the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt and Bahrain imposed on Qatar. In June 2017, the blockading countries accused Qatar, among other things, of supporting terrorism and of being too close to Iran. They severed economic and diplomatic ties with Doha and imposed a land, sea and air blockade on it. Qatar rejected all the allegations and refused to comply with a long list of demands announced by the blockading countries. So, now the anti-Qatari coalition is in retreat. The main factors that contributed to this scenario are the following:

a deep crisis faced by Saudi Arabia due to the failed intervention in Yemen and its oil war adventure;
the UAE-Saudi tensions that reached a new level due to the declining power of the Saudi Kingdom;
the growth of the influence of Iran and its popularity among the population of the Middle East due to the public rapprochement of the Gulf monarchies with Israel; the stern stance of Qatar itself that used the blockade to develop alternative alliances and strengthen relations with Turkey, Iran and even Russia to contain the pressure it faced.

The Israeli-aligned Gulf monarchies will likely try to use the lifting of the blockade to convince Doha to officially join the US-led pro-Israeli coalition. However, even if Qatar does this under the pressure of the United States and with hopes of restoring economic relations with its neighbors, this does not mean that Doha would change its de-facto regional strategy as the previous years already demonstrated that the national-oriented approach is much more useful in times of crises than empty hopes on large revenues from Israeli love.

الحوثي في رسالة إلى عائلة سليماني: سيظل خالداً في وجدان الأحرار

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الحوثي: سليماني سيظل خالداً في وجدان الأحرار في كل الأجيال
قائد حركة أنصار الله عبد الملك الحوثي يبعث برسالة لعائلة الشهيد الحاج قاسم سليماني في الذكرى الأولى لاغتياله.

قال قائد حركة أنصار الله عبد الملك الحوثي إن “شهيد الأمة الإسلامية المجاهد الكبير الحاج قاسم سليماني حظي بتوفيق الله ليكون في عداد الرجال المؤمنين الذين عنوان موقفهم هو الصدق مع الله سبحانه”.

وفي رسالة لعائلة الشهيد قاسم سليماني في الذكرى الأولى لاغتياله، أوضح الحوثي أن “سليماني كان ثابتاً في مرحلة “ومنهم من ينتظر”، وكانت تجليات صدقه مع الله في تلك المرحلة عزماً لا يلين، ومثابرة في العمل بكل جد واهتمام كبير وتفان في سبيل الله”.

كما أضاف أن “الحاج قاسم سليماني كان جنديّ الإسلام الحاضر باهتمامه المتميز وإسهامه الكبير في كل ساحات وميادين المواجهة”، مؤكداً أنه “سيظل خالداً في وجدان الأحرار في كل الأجيال الآتية وحاضراً في إنتاجه وآثاره وإسهاماته في كل الساحات”.

وشدد الحوثي على أنه “شهد بمدى تأثير الشهيد سليماني الكبير مستوى انزعاج الطغاة المستكبرين منه، وقد أكرمه الله بكرامة الجهاد”.

يذكر أن قائد قوة القدس الجنرال قاسم سليماني ونائب رئيس هيئة الحشد الشعبي أبو مهدي المهندس استشهدا في 3 كانون الثاني/يناير الماضي بقصف صاروخي أميركي  قرب مطار بغداد الدولي.

Detained Saudi Pilots Will Only Be Exchanged for Palestinian Inmates – Yemen’s Ansarullah

Detained Saudi Pilots Will Only Be Exchanged for Palestinian Inmates – Yemen’s Ansarullah

By Staff, Agencies

Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement conditioned the release of Saudi pilots in Yemeni custody on the freedom of Palestinian inmates held in the kingdom’s prisons.

Speaking to al-Masirah TV channel on Wednesday, Abdel Kader Mortaza, the official in charge of prisoner affairs at Yemen’s National Salvation Government, said Saudi pilots held in captivity in Sanaa would only be swapped with the Palestinians imprisoned by the Riyadh regime.

Since February 2019, Saudi Arabia has kept 68 Palestinians and Jordanians in detention without any legal reason.

Among the inmates is Mohammed al-Khudari, a high-ranking official from the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement.

Mortaza said a total of 1,087 prisoners from the Yemeni Army and allied popular forces were released from Saudi detention in 2020, 670 of them under UN supervision and 417 through local mediation.

In exchange, he added, the Ansarullah freed 150 captives, including 64 child soldiers recruited by the Saudi-led coalition, which has been waging a deadly war on Yemen over the past years.

A UN delegation visited Sanaa prisons 12 times in 2020, but the coalition does not allow such visits, the official noted.

He further said the enemy was preventing more than 30 prisoner exchange operations this year, reporting 900 cases of prisoner torture at the hands of the Saudi-led coalition in 2020.

Mortaza also said 20 Yemeni inmates were killed this year at the coalition-run prisons due to torture or medical negligence.

Saudi Arabia launched a devastating military aggression against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allied states, and with arms support from the US and several Western countries.

The aim was to return to power a Riyadh-backed regime of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and defeat the Ansarullah movement that has taken control of state matters.

The war has failed to achieve its goals, but killed tens of thousands of innocent Yemenis and destroyed the impoverished country’s infrastructure. The UN refers to the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mortaza expressed Sanaa’s readiness to engage in talks on a prisoner swap in the coming year.

He also said the Islah party, which is the backbone of the self-proclaimed Hadi government, has not accepted an offer by the UN for prisoner exchange talks in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The UAE has kept hundreds of prisoners from the Yemeni Army and allied popular forces, he added.

What Does The Future Hold For a Suffering Yemen?

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Author: Valery Kulikov

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On November 30, both sides of the Yemeni front line marked the 53rd anniversary of the end of British occupation and Yemen’s complete independence from Britain. However, it should be noted that true sovereignty of the Yemenis is not the reality of this country. The poorest people in the Middle East continue to suffer from foreign interference.

The war between the government of Yemen and the Houthi rebels has been going on since 2014 with the active participation since 2015 of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which was supported by the United States, Britain, France, Germany. The West’s instigating role in unleashing the Yemeni conflict, in supplying arms to Yemen and various terrorist groups, does not stop either.

The President of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, bluntly told the media on October 6 that the US counterterrorism struggle was a cover for attacks on civilians. “Saudi Arabia and the United States crossed all the red lines in the war against Yemen. They attack all vital targets and civilians with prohibited weapons and use the siege of Yemen as a pressure tool. One of the reasons the United States and Saudi Arabia still did not stop the war in Yemen, lies in the fact that they want to plunder the resources of the Gulf countries and put their mercenaries in power in Yemen,” – al-Houthi stressed.

As the  Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs claims, 233,000 people have died in the last five years of the conflict in Yemen.

In addition, hunger, which the world has not faced in decades, threatens Yemen unless urgent action is taken, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He believes that, in addition to the ongoing hostilities, a significant cause of the famine is the reduction in funding for emergency programs in this country.

A human rights organization in the Yemeni capital, Al-Raidat al-Idala lit-tanimiyya wal-Hukuk bi-Sanaa (Pioneers of Justice for Development and Rights in Sana’a), in its annual report, showed statistics on the crimes of the Saudi coalition and human rights violations against Yemeni women stressing that “direct and indirect violations of women’s rights and their suffering as a result of the continued aggression and siege of Yemen have led to the killings, forced migration of thousands of Yemenis, health, education and nutrition crises, in addition to their psychological and social consequences.”

In view of the damage inflicted on the civilians of Yemen, a court in the city of Saada in the north-west of the Arab country, controlled by the Ansar Allah (Allah’s Helpers, Houthis) rebel movement, sentenced in absentia the highest officials of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United States “to death. executions for the killing and wounding of more than 100 people in an air strike by the Saudi coalition in August 2018 “. At the same time, the court sentenced “several officials in Yemen, the United States and the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, including King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman, the President of the United States Donald Trump, Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi., for involvement in the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians.”

The court also ruled that “the defendants must pay $ 10 billion to the families of the victims.”

Regarding the assessment of the development of the situation in Yemen, Deputy Head of the Yemeni Parliament Abdulaziz Jabari in an interview with the Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera at the end of September said that “the real master of the situation in the territories not controlled by the Houthis is the Saudi Ambassador Mohammed Al-Jaber, who treats the Yemenis as his own subordinates”, seeking to carry out instructions from the Saudi kingdom and the UAE to establish “control over political decisions in Yemen.” At the same time, the deputy head of parliament stressed that the Yemenis “will not obey anyone,” and the monarchies of Saudi Arabia and the UAE “want to become strong players in the region at the expense of the Yemenis.”

The representative of the Ministry of Information of Yemen Mohammad Qizan said that “there is no talk about any 80% of the Yemeni territories liberated by the Saudi coalition, the government cannot return to any of the allegedly liberated provinces.”

As noted by regional media, recently, not only Saudi Arabia is trying to strengthen its military presence in Yemen. The UAE and Israel are also actively seeking to increase the number of their military installations, in particular on Socotra Island. For example, Israel plans to build its intelligence facilities on the island, and the UAE has begun building military bases and seizing large strategic territories in Socotra, which is controlled by UAE-backed separatists from the Southern Transitional Council.

At the same time, according to experts, by the end of 2020, trends in the Yemeni war were extremely unfavorable for the Saudi coalition. The foreign intervention that Riyadh began in the spring of 2015 with plans of a fairly rapid capture of East Yemen, the fall of Aden and a number of key cities on the coast, did not initially suggest that the war could drag on for so long. Ansar Allah is increasingly demonstrating that, with proper support, it can not only succeed in the Yemeni war, but also become for Iran what Hezbollah has become in Lebanon. “Ansar Allah”, speaking from the standpoint of protecting the territorial integrity of the country, attracts more and more supporters, including from the ranks of former opponents, who are massively deserting by entire tribes and divisions.

Today it is recognized that 2019 was the beginning of a radical turning point in the course of the Yemeni war. The flow of weapons and other foreign aid allowed Ansar Allah to firmly seize the operational initiative and win a series of landmark victories, while the Saudi coalition has not been able to achieve even small successes at the front for the past two years. By the end of November 2020, Houthi troops reached the approaches to Marib, where an attack on Sana’a was planned in June. There is a high probability that even before the end of 2020, the rebels will be able to take Marib, which may entail a significant destruction of the original plans of the Saudi coalition to resolve the Yemeni issue by force. In addition, the protracted Yemeni war continues to drain Saudi Arabia, whose budget has recently been bursting at the seams.

At the same time, unique opportunities are being created for Iran to deliver direct attacks by the hands of the Houthis on the territory of Saudi Arabia in response to the hybrid actions of the United States, Israel and the kingdom against Iranian forces in Lebanon, Syria or Iraq.

Valery Kulikov, political expert, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

We Are The Terrorists

By Caitlin Johnstone

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The Trump administration is reportedly close to moving the Houthi rebels in Yemen onto its official list of designated terrorist organizations with the goal of choking them off from money and resources. The head of the UN’s World Food Program along with many other experts caution that this designation will prolong the horrific war which has claimed over a quarter million lives and create an impenetrable barrier of red tape stopping humanitarian aid from getting to the Yemeni people.

The United Nations conservatively estimates that some 233,000 Yemenis have been killed in the war between the Houthis and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition, mostly from what it calls “indirect causes”. Those indirect causes would be disease and starvation resulting from what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls “the worst famine the world has seen for decades”.

When people hear the word “famine” they usually think of mass hunger caused by droughts or other naturally occurring phenomena, but in reality the starvation deaths we are seeing in Yemen (a huge percentage of which are children under the age of five) are caused by something that is no more natural than the starvation deaths you’d see in a medieval siege. They are the result of the Saudi coalition’s use of blockades and its deliberate targeting of farms, fishing boats, marketplaces, food storage sites, and cholera treatment centers with airstrikes aimed at making the Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen so weak and miserable that they break.

In other words, the US and its allies have been helping Saudi Arabia deliberately kill children and other civilians on mass scale in order to achieve a political goal. Which would of course be a perfect example of any standard definition of terrorism.

We are the terrorists. Saudi Arabia, the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, France and every other nation which has facilitated the horrific mass atrocity in Yemen–this tight globe-spanning power alliance is a terrorist organization the likes of which the world has never seen before. The unfathomably savage and bloodthirsty US empire designating the Houthis as a terrorist organization is the least funny joke that has ever been told.

We are the terrorists. I say “we” instead of our governments because if we are honest with ourselves, we as a civilian population are complicit in this slaughter. The horrors in Yemen are without question the worst thing that is happening in the world right now, yet they comprise barely a blip in our social consciousness. The overwhelming majority of us have seen the pictures and videos of starving Yemeni children, thought something along the lines of “Oh a famine, that’s so sad” and gone back to thinking about sports or whatever other insipid nonsense occupies most of our attention.

We are the terrorists. Yes it is true that we have been propagandized into our complicity with this terrorism and if the news media were doing its purported job Yemen would be front and center in our attention, but we are still complicit. We are still participating in it, still living in a society that is woven of the fabric of slaughter and brutality without rising up and using the power of our numbers to force a change. Just because you are unaware that you sleep on a bed of butchered children doesn’t mean you’re not lying in it.

We are the terrorists. But we don’t need to be.

We can begin waking up together. Waking up our friends and neighbors, spreading consciousness of what’s going on, raising awareness of the horrors our governments are perpetrating in Yemen and in other nations in the name of imperialist domination, helping each other see through the veils of propaganda to how much life and how many resources are being spent on inflicting unspeakable acts of terror upon our world instead of benefiting humanity.

The US government could force an end to the horrors in Yemen almost immediately if it really wanted to. If maintaining unipolar hegemony were suddenly advanced by giving the Houthis victory in Yemen instead of fighting to ensure Washington-aligned rule, the Saudis would withdraw and the war would be over within days. We could make this happen if we could spread enough awareness of the reality of what’s happening in Yemen.

Break the silence on Yemen. Pressure Biden to fulfil his campaign pledge to end the war which was initiated under the Obama-Biden administration. Oppose US imperialism. Weaken public trust in the mass media which refuse to give us a clear picture of what’s going on in the world. Help people realize that their perception of reality is being continually warped and distorted by the powerful.

We end our role in the terrorism of the empire by awakening the citizens of that empire to its acts of terror.

Sanaa, beyond Ma’rib: Here is the Great Sabian fortress صنعاء ما بعد مأرب: هنا الحصن السبئي الكبير

Sanaa, beyond Ma’rib: Here is the Great Sabian fortress

Yemen

Doaa Sweidan

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Many battles have been immortalized in history. Some entered it as a pivot that changed paths and altered destinies; The battle to “liberate” Sana’a is perhaps the biggest joke in military history. The track-tracker hardly finds the zero point of its launch from what has been launched over the years. From “Coming, Sana’a”, to ” Victory 1″, then “Victory 2”, to “Victory 3”, the “liberation of Sana’a”, for the Saudi-Emirati coalition, was “a matter of time”, as often echoed by the former spokesman of the Alliance, Ahmed Asiri. However, this question of time has remained unverifiable for four years. (between 2016 and 2019).

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It is true that the forces loyal to the “coalition” were able to control the stages of the eastern gate of the capital from the side of Marib province, represented by the Directorate of Nahm, which is not more than 60 kilometers from the center of Sana’a, but this “achievement” benefited the Saudis and emiratis only in the “victories” in their media, and to provide the jokes represented by the “war correspondents” for those means absolutely hero. “We’re here, where are you?” A phrase that one of the most prominent of them became famous during his coverage of the battles of Nahm, where he was moving, and the military leaders of the outgoing President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, from Hill to Hill, promising the proximity of “crushing the putschists”, “restoring legitimacy”, and “restoring Yemen to the Arab bosom”. The voice of those who represented them was extinguished, while their camp was confined to limited areas of Marib province. In the past few months since the beginning of this year, the ” putschists ” has been able to restore the entire directorate of Nahm, and to control large areas of al-Jouf and Marib provinces, until now at the gates of Marib city, whose fall appears to be, by war or negotiation, just around the corner (the series of setbacks began). In practice, in late 2018, as the army and popular committees gained control of most of the Saroah district in Marib, revealing the back of the forces opposed to them in Nahm, which caused Sarwah to receive a large share of the air strikes amounted to more than 25,000 raids.

The Coalition has always claimed the fighting in Sana’a for to two main reasons: taking care of civilian lives, and taking care of military life. Two reasons are that there is a lot of misinformation that has become inherent to Saudi-UAE media platforms, particularly in relation to the war in Yemen. In terms of civilian casualties, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have proved that they do not need a major ground battle to expect massacres in the ranks of the unarmed, and what the number of casualties caused by the air strikes, which amounted to 257,000, is the clearest evidence of this. As for seeking to avoid the involvement of a large number of ground forces, this is another “lie” intended to disguise the fact of the inability to engage in such a kind, which is manifested in a minimodel of it in the battles of the southern border, where Saudi soldiers cannot stand up to the attacks of Yemeni fighters, while in the air Saudi aircraft are almost completely blind without the information support of the Western allies, yet they strike a random ness most of the time.

From the beginning, it appeared that both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi played a solo chord.


But even fighters from allied local forces, whose lives are not indifferent to their lives, have not succeeded in putting large numbers of them on the ground, too, at the heart of the equation in Sana’a for saudi arabia and the UAE. Unlike Ansar Allah fighters, they seemed to be friendly enemies of the land on which they were fighting, ignorant of its topography, concealment and ways of its own, and did not help them to reproduce the movement’s experience in generating enthusiasm among its members. It was further complicated by the loss of common motivation to achieve the goal. From the outset, it appeared that both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi played a solo chord. The main concern, for the latter, was how to bite Saudi influence on the eastern front, whether by grooming tribes historically loyal to the kingdom, by the path of the al-Islah (Muslim Brotherhood), a traditional ally of Riyadh, or by attempting to create formations similar to those built in the south, such as the “security belt”, the “Shibwaniya elite” and the “Hadrami elite”, or even by carrying out assassinations and bombings against Hadi’s leaders and forces, such as targeting meetings involving his defense minister once. Although the UAE failed to gain control of the front just before announcing its withdrawal from its base in Sarwah district in Marib province in early July 2019, the differences between it and Saudi proxies have had a bitter impact on their camp, where fragmentation, hatred and lack of motivation have become the main, if not the only, title. These features are compounded by Abu Dhabi’s continued efforts to clamp down on its rivals, through its loyal chief of staff, Sabir bin Aziz, who left no way to weaken the Islah unless he turned to it.

Despite all of the above, the coalition has not given up access to Sana’a. The coalition bet in December 2017 that the explosion of disagreement between Ansar Allah and the late President Ali Abdullah Saleh would push the capital to fall, but that did not happen. In 2018, “Dreams” took the coalition to imagine the possibility of reaching Sana’a through Hodeidah, but the sands of the west coast were not fixed under his feet. In 2019, the coalition wanted to reach his goal this time by igniting mobile tribal sedition in the vicinity of Sana’a (as happened in The Kosher district, the main stronghold of the Hajior tribes, in Hajjah province), but the army and the “people’s committees” quickly moved to quell those seditions and secure the areas where they grewup.

Sana’a, the fort, as it translates its name in The Sabre language, was increasingly, year after year, of the invaders, until it is now absolutely safe.


from file:    Marib expels invaders: Sana’a is an impregnable fortress

صنعاء ما بعد مأرب: هنا الحصن السبئي الكبير

اليمن 

دعاء سويدان 

السبت 5 كانون الأول 2020

كثيرة هي المعارك التي خلّدها التاريخ. بعضها دخلته بوصفها محورية غيّرت مسارات وبدّلت مصائر؛ وأخرى ولجته من بوّابة كونها الأغبى كما هي «معركة كارانسيبيس» التي قاتل فيها الجيش النمسوي نفسه، بينما كان من المفترض أن يحارب العثمانيين. أمّا معركة «تحرير» صنعاء، فلربّما تكون المَضحكة الأكبر في التاريخ العسكري. يكاد المتتبّع لمسارها لا يعثر، أصلاً، على النقطة الصفر لانطلاقها من كثرة ما أُطلقت على مرّ سنوات. من «قادمون يا صنعاء»، إلى «نصر 1»، ثم «نصر 2»، وصولاً إلى «نصر 3»، كان «تحرير صنعاء»، بالنسبة إلى التحالف السعودي ــــ الإماراتي، «مسألة وقت»، مثلما ردّد كثيراً الناطق السابق باسم «التحالف»، أحمد عسيري. على أن مسألة الوقت هذه ظلّت عصيّة على التحقّق طوال أربعة أعوام (ما بين 2016 و2019).

صحيح أن القوات الموالية لـ»التحالف» استطاعت السيطرة ــــ على مراحل ــــ على البوّابة الشرقية للعاصمة من جهة محافظة مأرب، والمُتمثّلة في مديرية نهم التي لا تبعد عن وسط صنعاء أكثر من 60 كيلومتراً، إلا أن هذا «الإنجاز» لم يُفِد السعوديين والإماراتيين سوى في اجترار «الانتصارات» في وسائل إعلامهم، وتقديم المهازل التي مَثّل «المراسلون الحربيون» لتلك الوسائل بطلها المطلق. «نحن هنا، أين أنتم؟»؛ عبارة اشتُهر بها أحد أبرز هؤلاء خلال تغطيته معارك نهم، حيث كان يتنقّل، والقيادات العسكرية التابعة للرئيس المنتهية ولايته عبد ربه منصور هادي، من تُبّة إلى تُبّة، مبشِّراً بقرب «سحق الانقلابيين»، و»إعادة الشرعية»، و»استعادة اليمن إلى الحضن العربي». انطفأ صوت أولئك بما يُمثّلون، فيما بات معسكرهم محصوراً داخل مساحات محدودة من محافظة مأرب. أمّا «الانقلابيون» فاستطاعوا، خلال أشهر معدودة منذ مطلع العام الجاري، استعادة كامل مديرية نهم، والسيطرة على مساحات واسعة من محافظَتي الجوف ومأرب، حتى باتوا اليوم على أبواب مدينة مأرب، التي يبدو سقوطها، بالحرب أو بالتفاوض، قاب قوسين (بدأ مسلسل الانتكاسات، عملياً، أواخر 2018، مع تمكّن الجيش واللجان الشعبية من السيطرة على معظم مديرية صرواح في مأرب، كاشفَين بذلك ظهر القوات المناوئة لهما في نهم، وهو ما جعل صرواح تنال نصيباً كبيراً من القصف الجوي بلغ أكثر من 25 ألف غارة).

دائماً ما عزا «التحالف» المراوحة في معركة صنعاء إلى سببين رئيسيين: الحرص على أرواح المدنيين، والضنّ بأرواح العسكريين. سببان يستبطنان الكثير من التضليل الذي بات ملازِماً للمنصّات الإعلامية السعودية ــــ الإماراتية، وخصوصاً في ما يتعلّق بالحرب على اليمن. على مستوى الخسائر المدنية، أثبتت الرياض وأبو ظبي أنهما لا تحتاجان إلى معركة برّية كبرى حتى تُوقعا مجازر في صفوف العزّل، وما أرقام الضحايا الذين حصدتهم الغارات الجوية التي بلغت حتى عام 2019، 257 ألف غارة، إلا أوضح دليل على ذلك. أمّا السعي إلى تفادي الزجّ بعدد كبير من القوات البرّية، فتلك «كذبة» أخرى يراد من ورائها تمويه حقيقة العجز عن خوض هكذا غمار، والذي تجلّى نموذج مصغّر منه في معارك الحدّ الجنوبي، حيث لا يستطيع الجنود السعوديون الثبات أمام هجمات المقاتلين اليمنيين، فيما في الجوّ تكاد تكون الطائرات السعودية عمياء تماماً لولا السند المعلوماتي من الحلفاء الغربيين، ومع ذلك فهي تضرب خبط عشواء في معظم الأحيان.

منذ البداية، ظهر أن كلّاً من الرياض وأبو ظبي تعزف على وتر منفرد


لكن، حتى المقاتلون من القوى المحلية الحليفة، والذين لا يبدي «التحالف» أدنى اكتراث لحيواتهم، لم يفلح الزجّ بأعداد كبيرة منهم في الميدان، هو الآخر، في قلب المعادلة في صنعاء لمصلحة السعودية والإمارات. بدا هؤلاء، خلافاً لمقاتلي «أنصار الله»، أعداء لدودين للأرض التي يقاتلون عليها، جاهلين تضاريسها وخفاياها وسبل مؤالفتها، ولم تشفع لهم في ذلك محاولتهم استنساخ تجربة الحركة في توليد الحماسة في صفوف عناصرها. زاد الأمرَ تعقيداً فقدانُ الدافعية المشتركة لتحقيق الهدف. منذ البداية، ظهر أن كلّاً من الرياض وأبو ظبي تعزف على وتر منفرد. كان الهمّ الرئيسي، بالنسبة إلى الأخيرة، كيفية قضم النفوذ السعودي في الجبهة الشرقية، سواء عبر استمالة القبائل الموالية تاريخياً للمملكة، أو من طريق مناكفة حزب «الإصلاح» (إخوان مسلمون) الحليف التقليدي للرياض، أو من خلال محاولة إنشاء تشكيلات شبيهة بتلك التي بُنيت في الجنوب كـ»الحزام الأمني» و»النخبة الشبوانية» و»النخبة الحضرمية»، أو حتى عبر تنفيذ عمليات اغتيال وقصف ضدّ القيادات والقوات التابعة لهادي مثلما حدث في استهداف اجتماعات تضمّ وزير دفاعه غير مرّة. وعلى رغم أن الإمارات فشلت في انتزاع السيطرة على الجبهة المذكورة قبيل إعلان انسحابها من قاعدتها في مديرية صرواح في محافظة مأرب مطلع تموز/ يوليو 2019، إلا أن الخلافات بينها وبين وكلاء السعودية خلّفت آثاراً مريرة على معسكرهما، حيث بات التشرذم والحقد وغياب الحافز العنوان الأبرز، إن لم يكن الوحيد. وهي سمات يضاعف تأثيراتِها استمرار أبو ظبي في مساعيها إلى تضييق الخناق على منافسيها، عبر رئيس الأركان الموالي لها، صغير بن عزيز، الذي لم يترك وسيلة لإضعاف «الإصلاح» إلا لجأ إليها.

على رغم كلّ ما تَقدّم، لم ييأس «التحالف» من إمكانية النفاذ إلى صنعاء. راهَن في كانون الأول/ ديسمبر 2017 على أن يدفع انفجار الخلاف بين «أنصار الله» والرئيس الراحل علي عبد الله صالح نحو إسقاط العاصمة، لكن ذلك لم يحدث. وفي عام 2018، أخذته «الأحلام» إلى تصوّر إمكانية بلوغ صنعاء من خلال الحديدة، إلا أن رمال الساحل الغربي لم تثبت تحت قدميه. وفي عام 2019، أراد الوصول إلى هدفه هذه المرّة عبر إشعال فتن قبلية متنقّلة في محيط صنعاء (كما حدث في مديرية كشر، المعقل الرئيسي لقبائل حجور، في محافظة حجة)، غير أن الجيش و»اللجان الشعبية» سرعان ما تحرّكا لإخماد تلك الفتن وتأمين المناطق التي شبّت فيها.

هكذا، كانت صنعاء ــــ الحصن، وفق ما تُترجم به تسميتها في اللغة السبئية، تزداد بعداً، عاماً بعد عام، عن الغزاة، إلى أن باتت اليوم في أمان مطلق.

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Millions of Children’s Lives at High Risk as Yemen Inches Towards Famine – UNICEF

Millions of Children’s Lives at High Risk as Yemen Inches Towards Famine - UNICEF

By Staff, Agencies

The United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF] Executive Director Henrietta Fore warned in a statement that “As Yemen slowly inches towards what the UN Secretary-General has described as potentially ‘the worst famine in decades,’ the risk to children’s lives is higher than ever.”

“The warning signs have been clear for far too long. More than 12 million children need humanitarian assistance,” she added.

The UNICEF Executive Director further noted that acute child malnutrition rates have reached record levels in some parts of the country, marking a 10 per cent increase just this year.

“Nearly 325,000 children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition and are fighting to survive.”

With the fact that more than five million children face a heightened threat of cholera and acute watery diarrhea, the UN official explained that chronic poverty, decades of underdevelopment, and over five years of unrelenting conflict have exposed children and their families to a deadly combination of violence and disease.

She went on to highlight that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned a deep crisis into an imminent catastrophe.

“Yemen’s health system has been on the verge of collapse for years. Countless schools, hospitals, water stations and other crucial public infrastructure have been damaged and destroyed in the fighting.”

“Humanitarian aid alone will not avert a famine nor end the crisis in Yemen. Stopping the war, supporting the economy and increasing resources are critical,” she added.

“There is no time to waste. Children in Yemen need peace. An end to this brutal conflict is the only way they can fulfil their potential, resume their childhood and, ultimately, rebuild their country,” Fore concluded.

بين استقبال السعودية لنتنياهو وتلقيها صاروخ “قدس 2”.. كيف ردّت قيادات فلسطينية ويمنية؟

الميادين نت المصدر: الميادين

اليوم 23 نوفمبر2020

لجان المقاومة الفلسطينية تقول إنه “بزيارة الارهابي نتنياهو للسعودية تكتمل أركان جريمة التطبيع”. والقيادي في الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين ماهر مزهر يؤكد أن “الأنظمة الفاسدة لن يحميها التحالف مع هذا العدو المجرم”.

بعد زيارة نتنياهو للسعودية... حركات وفصائل المقاومة ترد

قالت صحيفة  “واشنطن بوست” الأميركية إن استراتيجية ترامب الشاملة في الشرق الأوسط وصلت إلى طريق كارثي ومسدود من سوريا إلى العراق واليمن وبما هو أشمل، فإيران هي الهدف الأساسي من كل هذه الاستراتيجية.

وفي ظل هذا الواقع، يسرع وزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو الخطى لفتح كوة في هذا الجدار المسدود، وتحقيق “إنجاز” يريد ترامب من خلاله أن “يتوّج” به ولايته. فهل يغيّر أي اتفاق تطبيع  مرجّح مع السعودية من حقيقة فشل الإدارة الأميركية؟ أم إن نتائجه ستنقلب على ترامب وحلفائه؟

الصحيفة ترى أنّ رعاية ترامب لاتفاقات سلام في الشرق الأوسط بين دول عربية و”إسرائيل” ستكون الجانب “الأكثر إيجابية” في إرثه من السياسة الخارجية.

الزهار للميادين: الشارع العربي يرفض التطبيع 

وتعليقاً على زيارة رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو إلى السعودية، قال القيادي في حركة حماس محمود الزهار للميادين، إن “زيارة رئيس وزراء الاحتلال الاسرائيلي هي علامة فارقة في تاريخ العرب والمسلمين”.

وأشار إلى أن نتنياهو لن يكون سعيداَ بتزامن زيارته للسعودية مع استهداف جدة بصاروخ، موضحاً أن “الحدث في ذاته بغاية الأهمية وهي أن المقاومة قادرة على أن تطال المحتل أينما كان”.
 
إلى ذلك، رأى الزهار أن “زيارة نتنياهو هي محاولة لاستغلال الظرف بين رحيل ترامب وتولي بايدن الرئاسة”، مؤكداً أن الشارع العربي يرفض زيارة نتنياهو.

من جهته، قال عضو المكتب السياسي لحركة أنصار الله عبد الوهاب المحبشي، إن تطبيع السعودية مع “إسرائيل” قديم وكان في الخفاء وخرج الآن للعلن.

وخلال حديثه مع الميادين، أشار المحبشي إلى أنه “بعد التحالف في العدوان على اليمن خرجت التحالفات إلى العلن”، لافتاً إلى أن “إسرائيل” مشاركة في العدوان.

وأضاف، “نحن مع فلسطين وشعبها في الخندق نفسه والعدوان على اليمن وفلسطين مصدره واحد”، مشدداً على أنه “يجب على كل شعوب المنطقة الوقوف إلى جانب الشعبين اليمني والفلسطيني ضد العدوان”.

الجدير بالذكر أنه خلال 48 ساعة حققت القوات المسلحة اليمنية إنجازان، الأول مكشوف ولكن لم يعلن عنه رسمياً، يتمثل بالسيطرة على معسكر ماس الاستراتيجي، والثاني غير مكشوف تسارع القوات المسلحة للإعلان عنه وتبنيه، هو قصف منشأة تابعة لأرامكو في جدة والتي تستهدف للمرة الأولى وبصاروخ مجنح جديد اسمه “قدس 2”. بالتزامن مع زيارة رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو للسعودية.

من جهته، أكد عضو المجلس السياسي في أنصار الله محمد البخيتي أن اليمن تطور قدراتها الصاروخية والدفاعية بشكل مستمر”، مشيراً إلى أن ذلك ينعكس على الواقع الميداني، “فموازين القوى بدت بشكلٍ واضح لصالح اليمن على حساب العدوان”، على حد تعبيره.

وعن زيارة نتنياهو للسعودية، أعربت لجان المقاومة في فلسطين عن رفضها للزيارة، قائلةً “بزيارة الإرهابي نتنياهو للسعودية تكتمل أركان جريمة التطبيع مع كيان العدو الصهيوني”.

كما اعتبرت أن “الأنظمة الفاسدة لن يحميها التحالف مع هذا العدو المجرم، وسيبقى صراعنا مع العدو الصهيوني صراع وجودي وعقائدي لن يغيره هرولة المنجرفون نحو العدو الصهيوني”.

بالتزامن، صرح ماهر مزهر، القيادي في الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين حول لقاء نتنياهو مع ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، مشيراً إلى أن “النظام الرجعي العربي ما زال يقدم الهدايا المجانية لقاتل الأطفال من أجل أن يستمر في عدوانه ضد شعبنا”.

واعتبر مزهر أن هذا اللقاء “يعبر عن الوجه والدور الحقيقي القذر الذي تلعبه عائلة بن سلمان في تطويع بعض الدول المارقة من أجل فتح علاقات مع هذا الكيان الغاصب”. 

كذلك، رأى مزهر أن “أوسلوا السوداء وما جلبته لشعبنا من كوارث هي من شجعت وقدمت غطاءً لهؤلاء الخونة من أجل الاستمرار في مسلسل البيع والتفريط”، مضيفاً “الأجدر على القيادة الفلسطينية أن تعلن عن موت ودفن أوسلو حتى تقطع الطريق على هؤلاء المرتزقة”.

وتابع “ما زلنا نراهن على الشعب السعودي الشقيق وكل أحرار الأمة من المحيط إلى الخليج للتحرك من أجل إسقاط كل من خان وباع تضحيات أمتنا من الشهداء والجرحى والأسرى”.

الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين اعتبرت بدورها أنّ هذا اللقاء، “يأتي في إطار استمرار السعي الأميركي الصهيوني لتوسيع دائرة التطبيع بين بعض الدول العربيّة الرجعيّة مع العدو الإسرائيلي، والذي كنا نتوقعه، ونعتقد أنّه سيكون فاتحة لتطبيع وخيانة دول عربيّة وإسلاميّة أخرى”.

وقالت “الجبهة الشعبية” أنّ “هذا اللقاء يؤكّد على الدور الخياني الذي تلعبه عائلة آل سعود الحاكمة، منذ إنشائها ودعمها من قبل الدول الاستعماريّة الغربيّة”، داعيةً إلى إقامة أوسع اصطفاف عربي وفلسطيني لمّجابهة ومقاومة هذه “الخيانة العلنيّة” التي تقوم بها هذه الأنظمة العربيّة.

وأكدت أنّ “الوحدة الوطنية المنشودة، هي الوحدة التي تقوم على أساس استراتيجيّة وطنيّة شاملة، وبرنامج سياسي مقاوم، يقف على أرضية مشروعه الأساسي، أي التحرير، وعودة شعبنا إلى قراه ومدنه التي هُجر منها”.

شهاب للميادين: زيارة نتنياهو الى السعودية هي مقدمة لشن عدوان على الفلسطينيين

بالتزامن، أشار مسؤول المكتب الاعلامي في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي داوود شهاب، إلى أن “واشنطن ترتب الملفات في المنطقة لصالح إسرائيل”، مضيفاً “تل أبيب تسعى للبقاء مهيمنة ومسيطرة في المنطقة من خلال المشروع التطبيعي”.

وخلال حديثه مع الميادين، حذر شهاب من تداعيات زيارة نتنياهو إلى السعودية لجهة تشكيل تحالفات ضد استقرار المنطقة وأمنها، مؤكداً أن “إدارة ترامب وتل أبيب حريصتان على إنهاء الملفات في المنطقة لصالح المشروع الاسرائيلي”. ولفت إلى أن “زيارة نتنياهو المشؤومة الى السعودية هي مقدمة لشن عدوان على الشعب الفلسطيني وقضيته”.
 
وبحسب شهاب، فإن “تل أبيب تسعى للبقاء مهيمنة ومسيطرة في المنطقة من خلال المشروع التطبيعي، لافتاً إلى أن “أنظمة خليجية تلهث وراء “إسرائيل” للحفاظ على عروشها وزيارة نتنياهو خيانة للقدس والمقدسات”.

وفي وقت سابق، أعلن المتحدث باسم أنصار الله، محمد عبد السلام، أن رئيس وزراء الاحتلال، بنيامين نتنياهو “يزور مملكة آل سعود تمهيداً للتطبيع الكامل بعد تصريحات مسؤلين سعوديين أنهم يرحبون بخطوات التطبيع”.

عبد السلام، قال إن “الدول المعتدية على اليمن والمحاصرة لشعبه تتجه لتصبح منخرطة كلياً وبشكلٍ رسمي ومعلن في المشروع الصهيوني”، مشيراً إلى أن “السعودية والإمارات والبحرين والسودان هي ذاتها الدول التي تضع من إمكاناتها العسكرية والمادية حرباً مفتوحة على الشعب اليمني”.

القيادي في حركة حماس سامي أبو زهري أكد أن “المعلومات عن زيارة نتنياهو للسعودية خطيرة إن صحّت”، داعياً  “السعودية لتوضيح ما حصل، لما يمثّل ذلك من إهانة للأمة، وإهداراً للحقوق الفلسطينية”.

وكشفت وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية في وقت سابق اليوم، عن رحلة سرية إلى السعودية أقلعت أمس الأحد من مطار بن غوريون، وقالت إن نتنياهو وبرفقته رئيس الموساد التقيا ولي العهد السعودي في مدينة نيوم السعودية بحضور وزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو.

يشار إلى أن تصريح وزير الخارجية السعودي فيصل بن فرحان على هامش “قمة العشرين” السبت، كان “لافتاً جداً” إذ أكّد أنّ بلاده “كانت دائماً داعمة للتطبيع الكامل مع إسرائيل”، مشيراً كذلك إلى أن السعودية “مع صفقة السلام الدائم والشامل التي تفضي إلى دولة فلسطينيّة تأتي قبل التطبيع”. 

الجدير بالذكر أنه بعد التطبيع الإماراتي الذي تلاه تطبيع بحريني للعلاقات مع “إسرائيل”، كانت الأنظار متجهة نحو السعودية وعمّا إذا كانت ستعلن تطبيع العلاقات هي الأخرى.

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Brigadier General Saree said Yemeni fighters fired a ‘Quds 2’ missile at a distribution station of Aramco on Monday.

“With God’s help and support, the missile force was able to target the Aramco distribution station in Jeddah with a Quds 2 missile, which entered service recently after successful operational experiments in the Saudi depth, which have not been announced yet,” Saree tweeted on Monday.

He also informed that the missile hit the target accurately, forcing ambulances and firefighting vehicles to rush to the targeted area immediately.

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Brigadier General Sare’e confirmed in a press statement at dawn, Monday, that the missile targeted its target accurately, and ambulances and firefighting vehicles rushed to the targeted place.

He pointed out that the missile Quds 2 is from a new generation of winged missiles produced by the Yemeni Rocketry Force, had been used recently after successful operational tests targeting the Saudi depth in operations that had not been announced yet.

The spokesman of the Armed Forces indicated that the operation comes in response to the continuation of the siege and aggression, and in the context of what the Armed Forces had promised earlier to implement large-scale operations in the depths of Saudi Arabia.

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