Kingdom of Blood: Saudi Regime Beheads Two Activists from Qatif Province

May 15, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Saudi kingdom of blood has yet another time committed a heinous crime against the peaceful activists of the Shia-populated Qatif province.

As part of a heavy-handed crackdown led by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS] against political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners, the Riyadh regime executed two young men from the Qatif over trumped-up allegations of involvement in terrorist activities.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior alleged in a statement on Saturday that the death sentences were carried out against Hussein Ali Al Abu Abdullah and Mohammad Khodr al-Awami.

The ministry further claimed that the Saudi nationals “collaborated with terrorist groups, fomented unrest and insecurity in the country, possessed weapons, ammunition as well as rocket-propelled grenades and attempted to disrupt national security.”

Last month, two human rights organizations filed a complaint at the United Nations against arbitrary executions in Saudi Arabia, especially after the execution of dozens of prisoners in a single day in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights [ESOHR] and Reprieve, a UK-based non-profit organization of international lawyers and investigators, said the Riyadh regime openly declared its disregard for international principles as well as its commitments and obligations through the executions of 81 men, 41 of whom were Shia Muslims, in March.

Social media users have reported heavy deployment of Saudi security forces in the city of Qatif to crush any protest against the recent execution of scores of dissidents.

State news agency Saudi Press Agency said on March 12 that the authorities had executed 81 people in one day on a variety of offences.

The 2022 executions exceeded the total number of Saudi Arabia’s punishments by death throughout last year.

Back in early January 2016, Saudi authorities also executed 47 people, including prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who had vociferously called for democracy in the kingdom and advocated anti-regime protests. Nimr had been arrested in Qatif, Eastern Province, in 2012.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has reportedly executed more than 900 prisoners in an increasing rate. In 2019 alone, Saudi Arabia set a record number of executions after authorities executed 184 people, despite a general decrease in the number of executions around the world.

Ever since MBS became Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader in 2017, the kingdom has arrested dozens of activists, bloggers, intellectuals and others perceived as political opponents, showing almost zero tolerance for dissent even in the face of international condemnations of the crackdown.

Human rights activists warn that Saudi officials are planning to execute over 40 teenagers over their participation in anti-regime protests in the Shia-majority Qatif region.

Muslim scholars have been executed and women’s rights campaigners have been put behind bars and tortured as freedom of expression, association, and belief continue to be denied.

Over the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target activism.

Lebanese Elections 2022: Purchasing Votes vs. Coordinated, Clear Program to Handle Lebanon’s Crises

May 12, 2022

By Mohammad Youssef

The electoral process for Lebanon’s parliamentary election has already started for the Lebanese expatriates. This has put an end for all the rumors, speculations and skepticism that it is not going to take place. Meanwhile, the preparations for the elections inside Lebanon on May 15 are lively and vibrant.

The event, of course is very important and comes at a very sensitive juncture of the country’s history. Many international and regional parties, namely the United States and Saudi Arabia, along with their local agents pin hopes that the result of the elections will pave the way for a major transformation in the political scene which could usher in a new era for a new chapter of heightened and more intense presence in the Lebanese politics.

Those countries have given a signal and directives for their local agents to open fire on Hezbollah arms and to raise slogans about disarming the resistance as the only goal of their electoral campaigns.

However, the turnout of the first and preliminary elections outside the country was not up to their expectations.

First, the proportions of those who participated didn’t match their anticipations. The ‘Lebanese Forces’ party and its allies expected 80 percent participation, especially in Saudi Arabia, Australia and other countries where they play their ground. They openly and vulgarly threatened those who do not vote for their electoral list to be kicked out of those countries. Moreover, they used every possible tool to propagate their electoral advertisement.

In Lebanon, the Saudi ambassador and in a very vulgar breach of the diplomatic norms has visited some candidates in different parts of the country and lobbied for their support.

News about bribes and votes purchase are upcoming from every area where the pro-American and pro-Saudi camp is active.

It is noteworthy that regardless of all of this, this front has not been able so far to yield any success in its efforts to present a unified image about its campaigns and goals.

On the other hand, the counter front represented by Hezbollah and its allies, has shown a very coordinated performance and sent images and messages of strength to the public.

The coordinated efforts and organized campaigns, along with the crowded rallies of their supporters have greatly added to Hezbollah and its allies’ already very positive public image.

The electoral program of the party and its domestic priorities in reform, fighting corruption, and remedying economy and financial crisis is doable and promises salvation.

If the results of what happened in the election front so far are to be taken as an indicator to the final results, one can simply predict that Hezbollah and its allies are going to win the elections and the majority again.

Hopefully, this will happen. If so, the Lebanese people will be surely experiencing a new way of approaching and solving their different problems in democratic and peaceful ways, yet with more bold and sovereign decision to discard all foreign pressures and blackmail. Such a handling will prioritize the Lebanese interest and work accordingly.

It is a long way to go, maybe, but it is the method and venue to salvation and rescue that has no replacement.

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Erdogan’s Plan to Israelize Northern Syria with a Million Settlers on Track

ARABI SOURI 

Israelize northern Syria is the real plot: reports from Turkey claim that the Turkish madman Erdogan is planning to ‘return’ up to a million Syrian refugees to their country with the help of city councils in Azaz, Jarabulus, and Tal Abyad.

One of the sites, the Saudi regime’s mouthpiece Al Arabiya reported: ‘Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara was aiming to encourage one million Syrian refugees to return to their country by building them housing and local infrastructure there.’

Saudi Bin Salman’s propaganda outlet claimed that Turkey is home to more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees,’ adding ‘Erdogan is facing rising public anger over the refugees’ presence and is wary of the issue dominating next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.’

From my knowledge of this creep flip-flop hypocrite mafia-business partner, and war criminal Erdogan, I believe he’s ‘returning’ the families of his followers, not the Syrians uprooted from those areas infested by the Turkish army and a collection of terrorist groups spanning from the so-called National Army to ISIS (ISIL) all of which follow the same offshoot sect of Islam that Erdogan managed to radicalize the Sufi sect of Turkey into.

The Turkish madman Erdogan is replacing the people of northern Syria with terrorists and their families from other areas and from other countries from China to Latin America who joined the ranks of the ‘foreign legion’ he helped create.

That foreign legion includes his beloved and loyal anti-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi terrorists including the Chinese Uighur, the Northern Africans, and others from the Central Asian stans of Turkic origins he collected.

We have repeatedly reported that the Turkish neo-Ottoman sultan wannabe wants to Israelize a buffer region in northern Syria to separate secular Syria from the radical Muslim Brotherhood Turkey he and his AKP clan are ruling (see hereherehere, and in other places on our site,) we devised the term ‘Israelize‘ to describe these evil plans.

On the other hand, the NATO-sponsored Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists have been actively working on a similar agenda to Israelize the parts of northern Syria they occupy with the help of the Biden oil thieves regiment of the US Army, also with the help of Israel and all of NATO combined, even Russia had supported them in the past and is yet to declare a new position toward their war crimes against the Syrian people in the provinces of Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, Raqqa, and Aleppo.

Make no mistake, the Saudis are hand-in-hand with the Turks, Qataris, US, Israelis, and the rest of NATO in the plot against Syria, any differences between them do not affect their joint efforts to destroy the Levantine country and slaughter its people, Syria, the last secular nation in the region and way beyond is an existential threat to entities like the temporary settlement dubbed Israel, the Al Saud fiefdom dubbed Saudi Arabia, the Arabia gas station dubbed Qatar (pronounced Gutter), and what Turkey has turned into under the rule of the UK empire-invented Muslim Brotherhood clan.

If Erdogan manages to carry out his agenda, he will be planting the seeds of a never-ending civil war his masters in Tel Aviv and Washington have long sought for the region. There will be no rest in the places where people were forcibly uprooted from their land and their land was gifted by those who do not own it to other people who do not deserve it; more than a century of the Palestinian cause hasn’t taught these fanatics that the real owners of the land will not give away their rights to their land to imported settlers even if all of the world’s superpowers and super-rich countries with all their evilness work toward achieving such war crime.

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The Saudi-Yemeni Ceasefire Is on the Edge!

May 5, 2022

By Mohammad Sleem

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

How were these breaches distributed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yemeni Forces Down Spy Drone over Hajjah

May 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Normalization Mode On: ‘Israeli’ Aircraft Lands in Riyadh

 May 3, 2022 

By Staff

After taking off from Tel Aviv, ‘Israeli’ media reported that a private ‘Israeli’ jet of type 9H-JPC landed in Riyadh on Monday.

According to ‘Israeli’ Channel 11 correspondent Itay Blumental, a private executive jet, 9H-JPC, took off from the ‘Israeli’-occupied Palestinian territories and headed to Riyadh, making a diplomatic stop in Amman.

The ‘Israeli’ journalist said normalization is underway between Saudi Arabia and the ‘Israeli’ entity.

This is not the first time an ‘Israeli’ aircraft lands in Saudi Arabia, or ‘Israeli’ planes are allowed to pass in the kingdom’s airspace, especially amid the ongoing normalization between the two sides, though it hasn’t been officially announced yet.

Most recently, visits by Zionist figures to Saudi Arabia intensified, as it has been unveiled that many Saudi figures inside the kingdom are in contacts with ‘Israeli’ individuals.

In 2020, ‘Israeli’ media outlets confirmed that a bilateral meeting was held between former Zionist PM Benjamin Natanyahu and Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

40 Days after Saudi Mass Executions, Who Serves Justice?

April 26, 2022

By Staff

The Opposition Group in the Arabian Peninsula marked on Monday the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of 41 Shia activists who were brutally beheaded by the Saudi regime for fabricated crimes only because of their participation in peaceful demonstrations across the kingdom.

Held in the Iranian city of Qom, the event included a memorial session for the martyrs, then member of the Opposition Group in the Arabian Peninsula, Sheikh Jassem, delivered a speech in which he said that this massacre is the biggest in term of numbers.

He then explained that in particular, the biggest share of those different security executions targets the Shia population in the Arabian Peninsula, only because they are leading the activism to change and reform the political and social reality.

40 Days after Saudi Mass Executions, Who Serves Justice?

Sheikh Jassem further stressed that those activists were using a civilized manner based on holding peaceful demonstrations, and raising the legitimate popular demands, adding the unfolding events are a continuation of the accumulative historic course of confronting injustice and oppression.

On March 12th, Saudi Arabia has executed 81 prisoners in a single day over alleged ‘terror-related offenses,’ in the largest mass execution carried out by the highly-conservative Arab kingdom in recent memory.

40 Days after Saudi Mass Executions, Who Serves Justice?

Half of the executed prisoners are political prisoners who have been detained years ago for their participation in peaceful rallies against the Saudi regime, and they come from the highly Shia-populated eastern regions of Qatif and Ahsaa.

The 41 martyrs who exercised their supposedly legitimate right to express their opinion and demand justice and equality in their country, were gathered in a same list with ‘terror’ cases to deceive the local and international public opinions that the punishment was based on ‘terror’ charges.

Added to the bloody crime, the Saudi intelligence apparatus banned the families of the 41 martyrs from holding memorial ceremonies; not even to create a WhatsApp group to receive messages of condolences. The Saudi regime’s intelligence further threatened them not to speak up at all.

In the kingdom of reversed standards, who serves justice? And who compensate the undue losses of the families of the victims?

WSJ: Saudi Royals Selling Homes, Yachts as MBS Cuts Income

April 26, 2022

Source: WSJ | Edited by Al-Ahed News

The Wall Street Journal [WSJ] revealed on Sunday that “Saudi princes have sold more than $600 million worth of real estate, yachts and artwork in the US and Europe since the kingdom’s de facto ruler tightened the purse strings of the ultra-wealthy ruling family.”

The transactions represent a radical change of fortune for senior princes who funneled windfalls from oil booms in the 1970s and 1980s into some of the world’s most exclusive markets.

According to the daily, “The vast sums of money were spent largely on hard-to-sell assets or drained by spending that reached $30 million a month for some royals with large staffs and lavish lifestyles, making them vulnerable to recent changes in government policy.”

It further mentioned that “Now, some royal family members are selling assets abroad to generate cash after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS], the kingdom’s 36-year-old de facto ruler, dried up many of the sources of money they had used to maintain their extraordinary spending habits, said people close to the princes conducting the sales.”

“The princes need cash to pay routine bills including for property maintenance, taxes, staff salaries and parking fees for their airplanes and boats, the people said. In some cases, the people said, they are also motivated by a desire to hold less ostentatious assets to avoid attracting the attention of Prince Mohammed, who has curtailed their privileges and access to state funds in the Al Saud family since his father took the throne in 2015. The Saudi government is aware of the sales,” the WSJ reported.

“These people don’t work, they have huge staffs and they’re afraid of [Prince Mohammed],” said a person familiar with the transactions. The princes, the person added, want “cash in their back pocket and not to have visible wealth.”

Among the assets sold recently are a $155 million British country estate, two yachts more than 200 feet long, and Mughal jewels gifted as wedding presents by a late king. The sellers, including former ambassador to Washington Prince Bandar bin Sultan, were once among the most powerful people in Saudi Arabia.

A representative for Prince Bandar said he has sold all his assets abroad “because he saw bigger benefits to investing in the kingdom with the amazing job the crown prince is doing and creating all the investment opportunities.”

MBS has sidelined relatives viewed as potential rivals—including an uncle and older cousin detained in 2020—and curtailed perks for thousands of royals, including paid vacations abroad or electricity and water bills at their Saudi palaces. Such perks had amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars in annual costs for the Saudi government.

Top royals accumulated billions of dollars a year through oil and real estate sales as well as business deals involving the government, from which Prince Mohammed has gradually cut them off. The government is squeezing royal family members in other ways, launching this year a tax of $2,500 for each domestic worker beyond the fourth employee, costing some royals hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

US diplomatic cables from the 1990s published by WikiLeaks show that some royals used to generate wealth by taking loans from local banks without paying them back, expropriating land from commoners, or exploiting the foreign-labor visa system for profit. People familiar with royal finances say princes continued to benefit from such schemes up until MBS came to power. A system of stipends for thousands of Saudi princes, which the US cables said cost the government billions of dollars a year, remains intact according to one of those people.

Many princes have adjusted their lifestyles due to shifts in the global economy and changes inside Saudi Arabia that have “turned off the taps,” according to this person.

“They had a standard of life that was beyond any expectation,” said another person familiar with the transactions. “The expenditure is out of this world. It takes time for them to adapt.”

The Saudi media ministry didn’t respond to questions about the finances of royal family members.

Some of the Saudis who are currently liquidating assets were detained temporarily in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in 2017 in what critics called a shakedown and power play by the crown prince, who described it as an anticorruption move. Many were released only in exchange for financial settlements. Arrests of prominent figures have continued, according to the anticorruption commission.

Others selling their assets were never detained. For example, in 2021, Prince Bandar sold a $155 million country estate in the Cotswolds west of London, according to people close to him and familiar with the transaction. He was once near the center of Saudi power, and two of his children now have prominent positions as ambassadors to Washington and London. The British government in 2007 ended its probe of allegations that he was enriched from the Al Yamamah deal without making any findings. Prince Bandar has strongly denied that the sums involved represented secret commissions to him.

Prince Bandar is the son of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, one of the major branches of the royal family whose income sources have dried up under Prince Mohammed. Prince Turki was Prince Sultan’s son-in-law.

Prince Sultan’s riches accrued in large part from his access to government funds, staff and resources over nearly half a century as defense minister, say people familiar with his estate. Bank statements reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show that in one year alone, he transferred tens of millions of dollars from government accounts at the Saudi American Bank directly to proxy accounts in Switzerland to help fund his lifestyle. “That has 100% stopped,” said a person familiar with the activities.

Feeling pinched by MBS’ moves, Sultan’s heirs unloaded a mansion in London’s Knightsbridge neighborhood that sold for a record $290 million in 2020, according to people close to the royals and familiar with the transaction.

One of Prince Sultan’s sons, Khalid bin Sultan, who commanded troops alongside Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf during the first Gulf War in 1991, sold a Paris mansion next to the Eiffel Tower for over $87 million in 2020 and a 220-foot superyacht in 2019, according to people close to him and familiar with the transactions.

Some of Sultan’s children are also trying to mortgage their global assets to raise money to make up for a shortfall from traditional sources of income, people familiar with those efforts said. One of them, Prince Fahd bin Sultan, was sued by Credit Suisse in November for allegedly defaulting on loans he took to refinance a $55 million superyacht and a $48 million estate south of London, court documents show.

Remembering President Saleh Al-Sammad, 4 years after his assassination by US-backed Saudi airstrike

19 Apr 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Naseh Shaker 

On the 4th anniversary of his assassination, Al Mayadeen English interviews the secretary of President Saleh Al-Sammad about several topics including his memories with Al-Sammad. 

Q&A: Remembering President Saleh Al-Sammad, 4 years after his assassination by US-backed Saudi airstrike

Ahmed Al-Razehi, the secretary of Saleh Al-Sammad, former president of the Supreme Political Council, an executive body formed to rule Yemen, recalled Al-Sammad martyrdom with his six bodyguards on 19 April 2018 by a US-backed Saudi-led coalition airstrike. He said it was a “tragedy,” and since then, he has been devoting his life to publishing his memories with Al-Sammad on social media.

In an exclusive interview with Al Mayadeen English, Al-Razehi said he did not expect that the US-led coalition would target Al-Sammad in “this treacherous and cowardly way”.

An airstrike targeted the Al-Sammad convoy in Hodeidah after he delivered a speech at the local councils’ assembly along with the Hodeidah governor.

Late President Saleh Al-Sammad along with his secretary Ahmed Al-Razehi (left) during a popular event (Courtesy of Al-Razehi for Al Mayadeen English)

62 persons were accused of participating in the assassination of Al-Sammad according to the Specialized Criminal Court verdict. The primary figure accused of his assassination is US President Donald Trump, followed by Saudi Arabia, UAE leaders, and Yemeni military leaders of the Hadi Saudi-backed Government.

Al-Razehi talked about how Trump and other leaders of the Saudi coalition must be brought to justice. He sent his messages to the countries that were involved in the assassination of Al-Sammad, and mentioned the kind of relationship Al-Sammad wanted to establish with western and neighboring countries.

Here is  the full interview:

Q: First of all, tell us how did you survive the assassination of Saleh Al-Sammad and his bodyguards, and what was your reaction when heard the news about his assassination?

A: I wasn’t with President Saleh Al-Sammad during his last visit to Al-Hodeidah Governorate, during which he was targeted by the US-led coalition, and I wish I had been with him, to have the honor of martyrdom with an exceptional leader like President Al-Sammad, who made every effort to promote and defend Yemen and achieve the aspirations of the Yemeni people in liberation, independence, building a modern Yemeni state, and achieve victory for the oppressed Yemeni people.

The news of his martyrdom was a tragedy for me, and I did not expect that the US-led coalition forces would target him in this treacherous and cowardly way. For me, the news of his martyrdom was a target of the whole Yemeni state and an assassination of an entire country. His only concern was Yemen and building a state of institutions. He devoted his life to this goal. He was in the first ranks of the front lines to fight the Saudi aggression.

Despite my grief and sorrow, his assassination represented a source of pride for me, because President Al-Sammad offered his soul to this country as an exceptional leader. History has recorded his brave stance in its brightest pages, and the martyr President Al-Sammad will remain immortal in the hearts of generations inspired by his sacrifice and redemption.

Q: The first accused of the assassination of Al-Sammad is former US President Donald Trump… Why wasn’t the case brought to the International Court of Justice, as it is the judicial organ of the United Nations empowered to settle disputes between states?

A: The accused persons in Case No. 12 of 2019 are 62 persons, and the top person of interest is US President Donald Trump. The case took its own course in the national judiciary: the Criminal Appeals Division in Hodeidah Governorate convicted 16 defendants of the crime of assassination and were sentenced to death and to discretionary penalties, with all their properties confiscated.

Regarding the foreign defendants in the assassination of President Al-Sammad, including US President Trump, the first-instance verdict postponed the decision of panel proceedings against them and returned the case file to the Prosecutor’s Office for investigation.

Thus, there are two tracks in this heinous crime, the first is through the national judiciary, being the only competent body in this case, and the second track is the prosecution of the accused before the international judiciary. Some procedures are taking place in this aspect, by completing the file of this case and others tho prosecute the leaders of the aggressor countries and all those involved in committing war crimes against the Yemeni people, and all details will be revealed at the right time through the competent authorities.

Q: How can the leaders of the US-led coalition countries be prosecuted to punish the killers of Al-Sammad and his companions?

A: The judicial and concerned authorities have been collecting evidence to complete documents related to the crimes committed by the offenders and bring these judicial cases to national or international supreme courts  – in order to ensure that the leaders of these countries and all those involved in the assassination of President Al-Sammad and his companions will not enjoy impunity and remain unpunished.

The legal organizations and centers have been responding vigorously to the prosecution of  Presidents and military leaders in their countries. Therefore, there will be a day when they will be convicted for the grave crimes they committed against the Yemeni people.

Late President Saleh Al-Sammad with his secretary Ahmed Al-Razehi (right) (Courtesy of Al-Razehi for Al Mayadeen English).

Q: Why are Yemeni criminals fleeing from justice like Hadi and Al-Ahmer who are not yet arrested, seized, or their properties confiscated?

A: There are procedures carried out by the Yemeni judiciary as a judicial authority that operates independently and professionally in this aspect according to legal procedures, so the judiciary is taking its own course. 

There are also procedures taking place regarding the preventive detention of the property of the leaders of mercenaries and traitors affiliated with the US-Saudi-led aggression involved in committing war crimes against the Yemeni people and destroying their properties and capabilities. The offenders will not benefit from these leaders or prevent them from judicial or popular prosecution.

Q: Could you recall Al-Sammad’s discussions with the US and Britain, regarding the war on Yemen in light of his speech to The New York Times in 2015, in which he expressed the desire of Ansar Allah to establish normal relations with the US and KSA?

A: President Al-Sammad affirmed more than once Yemen’s openness to dialogue with various countries of the world, except the Zionist entity, and keenness to establish cooperative relations based on respect for Yemen’s sovereignty and independence and non-interference in its internal affairs, based on peer-to-peer and not subordination and dependency, taking into consideration the Arab and Islamic issues,  notably the Palestinian cause which is the central issue of the Ummah (nation).

President Al-Sammad also affirmed that Yemen is keen to enhance cooperation with its regional and international environment in a way that serves Yemen’s interest, security, and stability, and also achieves the security and stability of the region in the face of the challenges it faces.

Maybe this liberation trend didn’t attract his belligerents, and the countries of regional and international power felt threatened by this approach. They took this initiative as an attempt that would prevent them from exercising their hegemony over Yemen, and from plundering its resources, and violating its sovereign decision.

Q: What was Al-Sammad’s role that upset America and Britain and pushed them to take part in the cowardly assassination?

A: President Saleh Al-Sammad was an exceptional figure, the consensus of the national forces, and a unique leader in the history of Yemen, distinguished by his courageous stances, asceticism, and political acumen, stripped of all worldly ambitions and not even having a home for his family, except for his residency in Saada, which was also hit by the raids of aggression.

He led Yemen in a difficult period overwhelmed by the forces of evil and tyranny, and despite the challenges of aggression and siege, we witnessed during his presidency a lot of achievements, both at the level of the state institutions, laying the first rock of the modern Yemeni state through his national project, “A hand that protects and a hand that builds”.

President Al-Sammad’s liberation and renaissance approach, getting out of the mantle of dependency are precisely what disturbed the countries of aggression, led by America, Britain, and the international powers, which planned to target him. They thought they would succeed to eliminate his liberation project, but the result was the opposite.

Q: Finally, what message would you like to send to the international community on the fourth anniversary of President Al-Samad’s martyrdom?

A: The international community should be well aware that the assassination of the martyr President Al-Samad will not go unnoticed, and will remain a witness to its complicity in the crime.

The second message is that the assassination of President Al-Sammad will not weaken the will of the Yemeni people, but will rather increase their determination to continue steadfastness and persistence in the face of the forces of aggression and hegemony. This murder will be a strong motive for the leaderships in Yemen to follow his approach and pursue the building of a free and independent Yemen and to continue his project “A hand that protects and a hand that builds”. 

The third message is that President Al-Sammad will remain immortal in the conscience of the Yemeni people and inspire all the free people in the world in the face of arrogant forces to free themselves from political tutoring and dependence, and live with dignity and pride, whatever the challenges and difficulties could be.

And the fourth message on the [fourth] anniversary of the martyrdom of President Saleh Al-Sammad is that the Yemeni people will not forget this crime and its perpetrators will be punished sooner or later, as they are unbreakable people.

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

Not Only Americans Milk Saudis, ‘Israelis’ Do Too

April 19, 2022 

By Staff | Haaretz

After the New York Times published a report that Saudi Arabia put $2 billion into Jared Kushner’s investment fund despite objections he was too inexperienced, the matter raised a big question for Etyan Avriel who asked: Does the deal have an ‘Israeli’ angle – and could former Mossad head Yossi Cohen be involved?

In an analysis entitled “Trump’s People Pocket Saudi Billions. What about Top ‘Israeli’ Officials?”, Avriel, the co-founder of TheMarker, the business newspaper of the Haaretz Group, tackled the ‘Israeli’ angle of the story. He uncovered that like Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in the ‘Israeli’ entity, too, politicians and senior officials receive payments for the “public service” they provide for tycoons.”

“We could fill an entire newspaper with examples, which raises the question of whether the Kushner deal has an ‘Israeli’ angle,” Avriel noted as he started to explain the following:

Kushner, who promoted ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States, is also the person most responsible for the Abraham Accords, the 2020 agreement between ‘Israel’ and the UAE and Bahrain. He obviously had ‘Israeli’ partners, including the former Mossad chief, Yossi Cohen, and the US ambassador to Tel Aviv at the time, David Friedman [this according to foreign reports].

The author then asks: Did they also get something like the generous investment received by Kushner from Bin Salman?

There may be no definitive answer to this question. But one could point to several facts that raise some questions. According to several media reports, Cohen, for example, had planned, to join former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s fund. Instead, he was appointed head of the ‘Israeli’ operations of SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision venture capital fund.

The Saudi sovereign wealth fund is the anchor investor in the Vision fund, after putting at its disposal no less than $45 billion in 2017, with the UAE state investment company Mubadala providing a further $15 billion [SoftBank itself invested $28 billion].

In other words, the Vision Fund, which is funded almost exclusively by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, appointed to an important position that no doubt comes with a hefty salary and other perks Kushner’s partner in warming relations with the US and ‘Israel’, even though Cohen has no experience in business, high-tech or capital markets. Is this a coincidence?

There’s more. Last December, ‘Israeli’ Channel 12 television revealed that Cohen, while still chief of Mossad, helped his daughter Achinoam get a job as a director in a company controlled by Tahnoun bin Zayed, the UAE national security adviser, a counterpart to the head of Mossad in that country. One of bin Zayed’s companies has opened an office in Herzliya for the company employing Cohen’s daughter, but Cohen denies any improper ties. “I never turned to Sheikh Tahnoun on any topic connected to my daughter or her employment,” he claimed in comments to ‘Israeli’ Channel 12.

Other senior officials in the ‘Israeli’ Middle East diplomacy are linked to the same businesses. Friedman, for example, is a partner in the same Mnuchin’s fund that has received billions of dollars from the Saudis and Emiratis.

“Kushner, Mnuchin, Friedman and Cohen may have made ‘peace’ between ‘Israel’ and several Arab states, but they also leveraged the ‘peace’ into millions of dollars for each one of them personally, and in very short order,” the author concluded.

Ansarullah: US Prolonging Aggression, Siege on Yemen

April 16, 2022

By Staff, Agencies 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nasrallah: We accuse the US of elections postponement attempts

April 12 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net 

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

Nasrallah: We stand strong by Palestine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Resistance protects Lebanon through a deterrence equation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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الإثنين 11 نيسان 2022

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المعركة الدائرة تحت عنوان الأغلبية النيابية واحدة من أخطر المعارك التي يواجهها لبنان، فقد قررت واشنطن تجنيد حلفائها منذ انتفاضة 17 تشرين للمضي قدماً في معركة الضغط لتحميل المقاومة مسؤولية الانهيار الذي يعيشه لبنان، أملا بالحصول على أغلبية نيابية مناوئة للمقاومة وتتجرأ على المواجهة المباشرة معها، بفرض معادلة جديدة كان يتحاشاها خصوم المقاومة من قبل، كتسمية رئيس حكومة معادٍ للمقاومة وتشكيل حكومة من دون مشاركة ممثلين للمقاومة، أملاً باستعادة ما يشبه حكومة فؤاد السنيورة عام 2008 التي اتخذت قرار تفكيك شبكة اتصالات المقاومة، أعقبتها أحداث 8 أيار التي مهّدت حينها لاتفاق الدوحة الذي نظم التساكن وربط النزاع داخلياً بين المقاومة وخصومها.

منذ وصول العماد ميشال عون الى رئاسة الجمهورية عام 2016 عبر ما عُرف بالتسوية الرئاسية، خصوصاً مع إقرار قانون الانتخابات الجديد عام 2017، ارتفعت الأصوات في معسكر واشنطن تنديداً بخيار ربط النزاع والدعوة للانتقال إلى المواجهة، وكانت عملية احتجاز الرئيس سعد الحريري في السعودية ذروة الحملة الداعية للمواجهة، التي تأتي الانتخابات النيابية لاختبار نتائجها، وفقاً للوصفة التي حددها جيفري فيلتمان في أعقاب انتفاضة 17 تشرين، إذا استعصى ضرب المقاومة فليكن تجريدها من حلفائها أو تجريدهم من قوتهم، ولتكن الانتخابات هي ساحة النزال.

خلال الفترة الممتدة منذ 17 تشرين وما تخللها من ضغوط، لجأ الحلف الذي تقوده واشنطن في كل مرة يشعر فيها أن لدى المقاومة مبادرات تكسر الحصار الى الالتفاف بخطوات تراجع خلالها عن سياسة الإسقاط كي لا يسقط لبنان في حضن المقاومة بدلاً من السقوط على رأسها، كما حذر الإسرائيليون كلاً من واشنطن والرياض عقب سفن كسر الحصار. وكما فعلت واشنطن بالإعلان عن استعدادها لاستثناء جرّ الغاز المصري والكهرباء الأردنية عبر سورية الى لبنان من عقوبات قانون قيصر، قرّرت السعودية ودول الخليج التراجع عن قرار القطيعة الدبلوماسية والعودة إلى الانخراط السياسي والاقتصادي مع لبنان خشية الفشل الذريع في الانتخابات، أملا بمنح جرعة دعم معنوي ومادي للحلفاء بوجه المقاومة وحلفائها.

تجربة العراق أظهرت للأميركيين وحلفائهم أن الحصول على الأغلبية النيابية قد لا يكون كافياً لتغيير المشهد السياسي والحكومي، لكن ذلك لا يُعفي المقاومة وحلفاءها من الاعتراف بأن الخلافات في معسكر الحلفاء قد ضيّعت فرصاً ذهبيّة للتقدّم بحلول للمشاكل اللبنانية طالما تحدّث عنها الأمين العام لحزب الله، خصوصاً في ملف الطاقة، وكانت تجربة حكومة الرئيس حسان دياب إدانة لانقسام معسكر الحلفاء على قضايا قد تستحق الخلاف لكنها تستحق حسن إدارة هذا الخلاف تحت سقف الانتماء الى معسكر حلفاء، تجمعه عناوين تموضع استراتيجيّ، لا تنهي الخلافات التكتيكية لكنها تمنع تحويلها إلى عناصر تتسبب بالفشل في وجه معسكر يتربّص بالجميع دون استثناء، لدرجة بدا خلالها أن الحلفاء يشعرون بالقرب من الخصوم أكثر من قدرتهم على التلاقي وتنظيم خلافاتهم، وأن جمهورهم لم يحمل العدائيّة التي حملها لمن يفترض أنهم حلفاء الحليف المشترك نحو من يفترض أنهم الخصوم.

الإفطار الذي ضمّ رئيس تيار المردة سليمان فرنجية ورئيس التيار الوطني الحر جبران باسيل الى مائدة الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله، خطوة صائبة وفي الاتجاه الصحيح، للإجابة عن سؤال، حول مدى أهليّة حلفاء المقاومة على الارتقاء إلى مستوى الممارسة السياسية المسؤولة، التي تعرف كيف تدير خلافات تكتيكية مع حلفاء استراتيجيين، وكيف تدير تفاهمات تكتيكية مع خصوم استراتيجيين.

إنه زمن الصيام عن الصراعات المجانيّة التي لا تحقق أرباحاً، ولا جدال حول حجم تسببها بالخسائر.

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اليمن: الصبر العظيم يأتي بالنصر العظيم

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ungenerous Deeds: While the Coalition of the Wicked [US-Saud-Brits] are basking in fires of Aramco oil facility, they refuse to share the virtual warmth with their European servants

March 28, 2022

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By Mansoureh Tajik

On Friday, March 25th, Yemeni Forces, under the leadership of the Houthi Ansar Allah, launched a series of ballistic missiles several of which hit Saudi’s energy facilities, including the giant Aramco Oil Facility. At a time when the Western rulers are in fact sanctioning the Europeans on Russia’s oil and gas, and when the actual oil ebbs more than it flows, and its price flows more than it ebbs, this is yet another scourge about which they can afford little publicity.

While the Coalition of the Wicked, US-Saud-Brits triangle, are basking in the fires of Saudi Aramco, Western and West-sponsored outlets ( ReutersAl JazeeraCNBC, et al.) are rather busy managing the news to spin it less negative than it really is and working quite seriously to hid the true extent of the damages. How ungenerous of them. Surely, they could share the warmth with their sanctioned-out-of-Russian-energy European servants. If not the actual fire, at least they should allow the Europeans warm themselves vicariously through their leaders. Correct and true images and news of the Aramco fire would be a good start.

One should not be some apathetic by-stander and must do what one can to help spread the warmth, nay, the heat, to all those who need it the most. The statement reported by the English version of Al Mayadeen about the attack and the extent of the damages is straight forward:

 “Special sources told Al Mayadeen that Operation Break Siege III is one of the fiercest operations by the Yemeni Armed Forces against Saudi Arabia. The sources said that the information confirms that Aramco facilities in Jeddah were completely burnt, resulting in an unprecedented outbreak of fires.”[1]

Direct and actual facts-on-the-ground reports by major Iranian and the Resistance media are broadcasting the above story, however, Western outlets broadcast much lighter and slimmer version of what is actually occurring. They are reporting something similar to the following statement published by Reuters:

“The coalition has repeatedly said it is exercising self-restraint in the face of the attacks, but launched a military operation in Yemen early on Saturday saying it aimed to protect global energy sources and ensure supply chains. A coalition statement on state media on Friday said the fire had been brought under control.”[2]

A new definition for “under control”, for sure:

آتش سوزی کامل تاسیسات آرامکو در جده در پی حمله ارتش یمن

Aramco Oil facility burning, Mehr News Agency

مصادر خاصة للميادين تؤكد احتراق منشآت أرامكو بالكامل في جدة

Aramco Oil Facility burning, a different angle, Al Mayadeen Net

It is important to remember that Friday, March 25th, marked 8th anniversary of the direct and relentless war on Yemeni people by the US-Brits-Saudi coalition. Officially, that war on the people of Yemen, including innocent men, women, and children, young and old, entered in to its 8 long years of death, destruction, famine, and more. The “human-right-loving” nations and so-called international organizations are mute. They are willfully deaf, dumb, and blind and the said coalition understands no other language but force. So be it.

When the said coalition waged a relentless war against the people of Yemen, they thought they could reach their goals within weeks. Seven years and 1 day, 29 billion dollars direct purchase of military hardware and software from the US government, 34 billion dollars purchase of military equipment from other US and Western Sources, the death and injury suffered by more than 47,000 civilian people, total and complete sanctions and blockade of air, sea, and land, the destruction of most schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, mosques, and more, and the deafening silence of the so-called United Nations and all its subsidiaries later, the Yemeni people have stood tall and proud!

Yesterday, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, the leader of the Ansar Allah movement, in his speech on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of Yemen’s Holy Defense War said,

“The beginning of the war and the one who initiated the war against the Yemeni people is quite telling as to who the aggressor is and who is in the position of defense. The engineers and the architects of this aggressor coalition are [US] America, Britain, and Israel. And the US is the leader of the coalition. Saudi Arabia and UAE are only the executers of this attack and the rest of the members are hired help for money. The role of the Zionists and the Brits in this geometry is quite clear and their fingerprints are found at the crime scenes everywhere. The Brits have been present in all stages of the war against Yemen and the [US] America has participated as a constant over-seer of the battles.”[3]

An article by Lea Akil published in Al Maydeen yesterday nicely contrasts the war in Yemen with the Russian operation in Ukraine and exposes obvious hypocrisies and double standards. It reads:

“Seven years of raging war on Yemen exhausted the population’s capacity to cope, and the global attention shifted toward Ukraine following Russia’s military operation. The darkest forms of irony have been heard by officials concerning Ukraine with complete disregard for Yemen. Simply, the core players fuelling the Saudi war on Yemen have taken a stand in solidarity with Ukraine. In numbers, so far, there are 17,734 martyrs, including 4,017 children, 2,434 women, and 11,283 men, while the number of the wounded reached 28,528, including 4,586 children, 2,911 women, and 10,032 men.”

“It is as simple as that, the United States and its Western allies have rediscovered the importance of international law when it comes to Ukraine but continue to turn a blind eye to Yemen.”[4]

Since the enemies of Yemeni people understand the language of missiles much better than any other language[5], they will be communicated, God Willing, in that language more often as the Yemeni military sources have promised:

“In the upcoming days, Sanaa will continue its strikes on vital Saudi sites if the siege on Yemen continues. Sanaa is determined to destroy Aramco’s vital facilities in Ras Tanura, Rabigh, and Jeddah.”[6]

None the less, there are several effective and simple solutions for the US-Brits-Saudi coalition to get themselves out of their own self-created crises. They could, for example:

1) stop this illegal war on Yemen, remove all their illegal sanctions, give reparation for all the damage they have caused, and give solid and verifiable guarantees not to engage in such acts against Yemen. This will de

2) stop using the Ukrainians as an expendable population and abide by their obligations under multiple security pacts they had with Russia and pay for the economic and security damages they have caused to both the Ukrainians and the Russians;

3) They could repent and ask God for forgiveness and then submit themselves to an independent international committee to be investigated for their crimes and punished accordingly.

Or, they could just print more dollar to buy time. Sooner or later, their wretched deeds will catch up with them. Inshallah.


Sources:

[1] Al Mayadeen Net, https://www.almayadeen.net/news/politics, under: صنعاء وضعت كل منشآت أرامكو أهدافاً لعملياتها, آذار 25, @ 22:18.

[2]Aziz El Yaakoubi & Maha El Dahan, “Saudi Aramco petroleum storage site hit by Houthi attack, fire erupts.” Reuters, March 26, 2022; @ 2:28pm. Accessed online at: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/saudi-air-defences-destroy-houthi-drones-state-tv-2022-03-25/

[3] Mehr News Agency, “The Fingerprint of England and [US]America is quite visible everywhere in Yemen War.” Farvardin 5, 1401 [March 25, 2022] @ 21:20; News Code: 5453582. Accessed online at: mehrnews.com/xXnpC

[4] Al Mayadeen Net, “Selective Humanity: Who stood with Yemen?” by Lea Akil, March 26, 2022, @ 00:03, Accessed online at: https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/selective-humanity-who-stood-with-yemen

[5] Mashreq News, “The Enemy understands better the language of missiles,” Bahman 9, 1400 [January 29, 2022] @ 15:54, News Code: 1332683. Accessed online at: mshrgh.ir/1332683

[6] Al Mayadeen Net, “Exclusive: Sanaa announces all Aramco facilities are targets.” March 25, 2022, @ 23:14, Accessed online at: https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/exclusive:-sanaa-announces-all-aramco-facilities-are-targets

Yemenis, Arabs come together as nation marking 7 years since Saudi assault started

27 Mar 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Naseh Shaker 

Yemenis and some citizens of Arab States living in Yemen have gathered in a Square near the Old City of Sanaa to commemorate the seventh year since the Saudi assault launched in March 2015.

Yemenis, Arabs come together as nation marking 7 years since Saudi assault started

Tens of thousands of Yemenis and citizens of Arab States living in Yemen have gathered on March 26 at Bab Al-Yemen Square in Sanaa and several other provinces under the control of Ansar Allah to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the National Day of Resilience in the face of US-backed Saudi aggression against Yemen.

Ahmed Hussein, a Syrian refugee from Damascus living in Yemen since 2009, walked on his legs for half an hour to attend the Bab Al-Yemen Square rally to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Saudi war on Yemen along with Yemenis.

A drone image for the Bab Al-Yemen Square on March 26, 2022 (courtesy of Abdusalam Sherhan for Al-Mayadeen English)

“I am observing this occasion because of its importance, even though yesterday Yemenis set fire at Saudi oil facilities in Jeddah,” Hussein told Al Mayadeen English while sitting on a sidewalk off Bab Al-Yemen of the Old City of Sanaa.

“Saudis have the money, but the time has proven that money can not protect the kingdom from Yemeni strikes,” Hussein said, accusing the Saudis of committing war crimes by bombing civilian populations including women and children at their homes. 

Yemen’s armed forces launched Friday retaliatory attacks targeting vital infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, including Aramco facilities in Jeddah, where Saudi authorities failed to distinguish the fire in the facility where the fire continued until early hours on Saturday. “I hope Ansar Allah can increase such attacks, and Yemen will win, God willing,” said Hussein.

During early hours on Saturday, the Saudi coalition launched airstrikes on the capital Sanaa, targeting two houses for families of the bodyguards of the General Insurance and Pensions Authority. “Eight people were martyred and four others were injured, including children and women,” the authority said in a statement.

Hussein, the Syrian refugee, accused Saudi Arabia of primarily destroying Yemen, Syria, and other Arab countries like Iraq and Libya. “I advise Saudi Arabia not to destroy Yemen because this is not in its interest,” he noted.

Ahmed Hussein, a Syrian refugee sits on sidewalk off Bab -Al-Yemen on March 26, 2022 ( by Naseh Shaker Al-Mayadeen English)

Asked what words he would love to send to the US President Joe Biden, who promised to end the war on Yemen, Hussein said “Biden is a volatile man like the Chameleons. Instead of ending the war, Biden along with the Saudis have been imposing an unprecedented blockade on fuel ships by preventing them from entering Hodeidah port.”

“Biden must fulfill his promise to end the war by lifting the siege, stopping the aggression, and allowing Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue with no foreign intervention,” Hussein explained. 

A new report for the United Nations in 2021 has projected that the death toll of the Saudi war will reach 377,000 people by the end of that year.

‘Send your warplanes to hit Zionists not Yemenis’

Najib Fare’a, a Somali refugee based in Sanaa, said he is “attending the rally as an Arab citizen to prove to the Saudi coalition that it is not an Arab coalition as it calls itself, because if it was an Arab, it would not have attacked Yemen, which is the origin of the Arabs.”

“This coalition is an American coalition and the seven years have proved that,” said Najib. “I -as an Arab citizen- do not accept this aggression against a fraternal Arab State like Yemen.”

Ralliers in Bab Al-Yemen Square on March 26, 2022 (By Naseh Shaker Al-Mayadeen English)

Najib sent the Saudi coalition a message saying that “Yemeni people can never be defeated, and the word ‘defeat’ isn’t in their dictionary.” 

“Yemen is known as a graveyard of invaders and Saudis should ask the Turks who invaded Yemen decades ago how they were buried in Yemen,” Najib told Al Mayadeen English while pointing his hand to the nearby Turkish Memorial Cemetery near Bab Al-Yemen Square, a burial ground of Ottoman soldiers killed in Sanaa, that was attacked by angry citizens last weeks in condemnation of Turkey welcoming of Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

“The Saudi coalition should apologize to the Yemenis and send its warplanes to target the Zionists who are occupying the first qibla of Muslims, Al-Aqsa Mosque,” said Najib.

‘Lean years’

Nasser Saleh Abdul-Jabbar, 63, from Yafa’a District of the Lahij Governorate that is under the occupation of the Saudi-UAE coalition, attended the Square to show the unity of Yemen and to warn Yemenis in the southern provinces from the Saudi and UAE secessionist agendas.

“I am here to express my rejection of the Saudi occupation, siege, and bombing of Yemen,” Abdul-Jabbar said, pointing out that Ansar Allah needs immediately to take control of southern provinces including Lahj Governorate because the coalition is supporting separatists to divide Yemen into many states.

Nasser Saleh Abdul-Jabbar from the occupied Yafaa District of the Lahij Governorate stands inside Bab Al-Yemen Square on March 26, 2022 (By Naseh Shaker for Al-Mayadeen English)

After clashes with Hadi forces, the secessionist UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) took control of Aden province in 2019 and other southern provinces, including Lahj. In 2020, STC declared autonomous rule in the provinces controlled by the council militias.

Abdul-Jabbar sent a message to the UAE-backed separatists in south Yemen saying, “Don’t be mercenaries of Saudis and UAE. Be patriots. No foreign state wants good for us but wants to divide Yemen into small states so Yemen can be easy pickings for them to swallow. United we stand, divided we fall”.

Asked how the seven years of the war passed, Abdul-Jabbar said, “They were seven LEAN years,” urging the Saudi coalition to “leave Yemen alone. Yemen is a sovereign state.”

‘We are going to invade you in retaliation’

Mohammed Abdo attended the rally along with his 18-year-old Ahmed from Al-Hymah district of Sanaa Governorate. Abdo’s son Ahmed is fighting the Saudi-backed militias in Al-Balaq Mountain of Marib Province and returned to Sanaa one week ago to visit his family.

“My son Ahmed is on a family visit for one week and will return to the frontline in Marib soon,” 47-year-old Abdo explained while sitting with his son Ahmed under a tree at Bab Al-Yemen Square.

Mohammed Abdo along with his son Ahmed inside Bab Al-Yemen Sqaure before the rally starts on March 26, 2022 (By Naseh Shaker for Al-Mayadeen English)

Abdo said the first airstrikes of the Saudi aggression against civilians and civilian infrastructure forced him to send two of his sons to the frontlines.

“My elder son Ali was martyred in the bordering frontline of Najran with Saudi Arabia in 2016. I sent him to take revenge for the Saudi killing of Yemeni children and women,” Abdo told Al Mayadeen English.

“The importance of this day lives in it is a National Day of Resilience and the day of remembering martyrs whom I promise to continue their path of defending Yemen until victory is achieved,” Abdo added.

Abdo is one of 23.7 million Yemenis out of 30 million whose lives have changed dramatically since the war began in March 2015 and need humanitarian assistance according to UNICEF, where the war has created in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.

Abdo sent a message to the US that’s backing the Saudi war on Yemen, saying “One day, we are going to invade you in retaliation for invading us today under cover of the Saudi coalition. It’s a matter of time.”

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

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Exclusive: Sanaa announces all Aramco facilities are targets

25 Mar 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen Net 

Military sources told Al Mayadeen that in the upcoming days, Sanaa will continue its strikes on vital Saudi sites if the siege on Yemen continues.

Yemeni strikes will continue until the siege on Yemen is lifted and the oil ships are released.

Special sources told Al Mayadeen that Operation Break Siege III is one of the fiercest operations by the Yemeni Armed Forces against Saudi Arabia.

The sources said that the information confirms that Aramco facilities in Jeddah were completely burnt, resulting in an unprecedented outbreak of fires.

Saudi Aramco storage petroleum facility hit by Ansar Allah missiles, causing fire (Reuters)

In the same context, military sources also told Al Mayadeen that in the upcoming days, Sanaa will continue its strikes on vital Saudi sites if the siege on Yemen continues, adding that Sanaa is determined to destroy Aramco’s vital facilities in Ras Tanura, Rabigh, and Jeddah.

The sources pointed out that Sanaa has set all Aramco’s facilities as targets for its operations, stressing that the Yemeni strikes will continue until the siege on Yemen is lifted and the oil ships are released.

In addition, the military sources confirmed to Al Mayadeen that the Samtah power station in Saudi Arabia had been disrupted and turned off due to Sanaa’s earlier operations.

This comes after the Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesperson, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced in a video statement the implementation of Operation Break Siege III “in response to the continuation of the unjust siege,” using batches of ballistic and winged missiles and drones.

Saree confirmed, “Aramco’s facilities in Jeddah and vital facilities in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, were targeted,” as well as “the Ras Tanura refinery and the Rabigh oil refinery were targeted by large numbers of drones.”

Ballistic Missiles, Drones Strike Aramco, Vital Targets in Saudi: Yemeni Military Spox

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Spokesman of Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yehya Sarea (photo from archive)

The spokesman of the Yemeni army and popular committees announced on Friday that a large number of drones managed to strike Aramco facilities in Jizan and Najran.

General Sarea added that a huge number of ballistic missiles were fired at vital targets in Jizan, Dhahran, Abha and Khamis Msheit.

General Sarea confirmed that the Yemeni operations against the Saudi targets will be expanded as long as the Saudi-led aggression and blockade on Yemen continue.

Yemen has been since March 25, 2015 under aggression by the Saudi-led coalition in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is Riyadh’s ally. Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured by Saudi-led airstrikes.

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

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Lebanese president emphasizes Hezbollah has no influence on the country’s security

President Aoun’s comments were made after he and Pope Francis spoke about the ‘peaceful religious co-existence’ between various sects that exists in Lebanon

March 22 2022

Pope Francis and President Michel Aoun (Photo credit: Vatican Media)

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During an interview with Italian daily La Repubblica, Lebanese President Michel Aoun asserted that the Hezbollah resistance movement is not a terror group and that they have no influence in security matters.

“Resisting the occupation is not terrorism, and Hezbollah, which is made up of Lebanese people and which liberated south Lebanon from Israeli occupation, has no influence on the security reality in Lebanon,” Aoun said following a meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on 21 March.

In the interview, Aoun emphasized there was no chance of peace for as long as the territories of Lebanon and Syria are occupied by Israel.

Regarding the dire socio-economic situation currently plaguing Lebanon, the president and the Pope said they hope the crisis can be resolved through available measures, including international aid as well as through reforms in the Lebanese government.

The two also addressed the “disastrous consequences” of the Port of Beirut explosion which occurred on 4 August 2020, noting that the families of victims still demand justice and the truth behind the tragic event.

Tarek Bitar, the judge who was overseeing the Port of Beirut explosion, is accused of politicizing the blast and was suspended multiple times due to bias.

The Pope and Aoun both noted Lebanon’s unique position in the world as a model for co-existence between different religions.

“Soon I will visit Lebanon. This is a decision I have taken, because this country remains, despite anything, a model for the world,” announced Pope Francis, as reported by the office of the Lebanese president.

Despite general co-existence throughout Lebanon, sectarianism still threatens its security.

On 14 October 2021, the far-right Lebanese Forces (LF) party opened fire on an unarmed protest against the politicization of the Port of Beirut blast investigation. The protest included members of Hezbollah and Amal, both Shia Muslim, as well as the Marada Movement, a Christian party.

Seven unarmed protestors were killed, including Maryam Farhat, a woman who was deliberately shot by a sniper while inside her home, standing by a window.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah responded to the tragedy, which was seen as an attempt to re-ignite a civil war, by stating that the Lebanese Forces party, which claim to represent Lebanese Christians, are themselves the biggest threat to Christians in Lebanon.

The LF has a history of killing other Christians, as they did during the Lebanese civil war, turning their sectarianism into a political rather than religious cause.

The Lebanese Forces party was formed out of the remnants of militias that served the Israeli occupation of Lebanon until the year 2000. Today, their foreign sponsors include Saudi Arabia.

البخيتي لـ”كلوب هاوس” الميادين: عملياتنا ستستمر.. وقرار زيادة إنتاج النفط في يدنا أيضاً

2022 الاثنين 21 آذار

المصدر: الميادين نت

عضو المجلس السياسي لحركة “أنصار الله”، محمد البخيتي، يؤكد لـ”كلوب هاوس” الميادين، أنّ العمليات اليمنية في العمق السعودي “ستستمر وتتصاعد”، ويشدد على “أنّنا بتنا على مشارف مرحلة جديدة”.

كلوب هاوس

قال عضو المجلس السياسي في حركة “أنصار الله”، محمد البخيتي، اليوم الإثنين، إنّه “عندما يصبح النظامان السعودي والإماراتي في خطر، يصبح وقف الحرب على اليمن مصلحة للأميركي والبريطاني”.

وفي حديثٍ إلى “كلوب هاوس” الميادين، أكد البخيتي أنّ “هذه هي المرة الأولى التي يتمّ فيها وصف عملياتنا باسم عملية كسر الحصار”.

وأضاف البخيتي أنّ “اليمن يعتمد في الزراعة على مادة الديزل”، لافتاً إلى أنّ التحالف السعودي “يعرف أنّ منع دخول المشتقات النفطية يُعَدّ منعاً للحياة في اليمن”.

ورأى القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنه لم يكن أمام بلاده خيار غير “التصعيد وضرب منشآت النفطية السعودية في العمق السعودي”، موضحاً أنّ هذه العمليات “سوف تستمر على نحو تصاعدي”.

وتابع البخيتي: “نحن جادون في تصعيدنا العمليات ضد منشآتهم النفطية”، مؤكداً امتلاك اليمن “مخزوناً كبيراً من الصواريخ الباليستية والمجنَّحة والطائرات المسيّرة”.

وكان المتحدث باسم القوات المسلحة اليمنية، العميد يحيى سريع، أكد أمس استهداف شركة “أرامكو”في جدة، وأهداف حيوية أخرى في جيزان، خلال المرحلة الثالثة من عملية كسر الحصار الثانية.

البخيتي: استمرار العدوان على اليمن خطر على الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا

وبحسب البخيتي، فإنّ “العدوان على اليمن مرّ في عدة مراحل؛ الأولى عندما لم يكن اليمن يمتلك القدرات الجوية، وكانت السعودية في موقعٍ آمن وقتذاك. أمّا المرحلة الثانية، فتمثّلت بأنّ وقف الحرب أصبح مصلحة مشتركة للطرفين السعودي واليمني”، مضيفاً أنّ “المرحلة الجديدة هي أنّ استمرار العدوان على اليمن بات يشكل خطورة على الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا”.

وأكد القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنّ بلاده ستصل إلى هذه المرحلة “عندما تستشعر الولايات المتحدة أنّ نظامَي آل سعود وابن زايد لم يعودا آمنين”، لافتاً إلى أنّ “من اتخذ قرار الحرب هو شخص ليس لديه أي خبرة، مثل خبرة الملك عبد العزيز، حين دخلت السعودية حرباً لمدة 3 أشهر وانسحبت”.

وقال إنّ “قيادات، مثل محمد بن سلمان، لا تفكر وفق المنطق الأخلاقي”، مشيراً إلى أنّ “هذا تحدٍّ كبير واجهناه”. وأوضح البخيتي وجود “قرار إماراتي سابق للخروج من الورطة في الحرب على اليمن”، مؤكداً حدوث “ضغوطات عليها مؤخراً”.

وتابع “أننا بتنا على مشارف مرحلة جديدة، تتأكّد من خلالها الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا أنّ عدوانهما بات يشكل خطراً على سيطرتهما على المنطقة”.

البخيتي: نمتلك الإرادة والقدرة على التصعيد

وقال القيادي في “أنصار الله” إنّ “القيادتين السعودية والإماراتية تعرفان ماذا نقصد بالأهداف الحساسة والبعيدة”، لافتاً إلى أنه “ليس لدينا مصلحة في الإفصاح عن بنك أهدافنا الحساسة”.

وأكد البخيتي أنّ “زيادة عدد الضربات ستحدث”، مشدداً على أنّ بلاده تمتلك “الإرادة والقدرة على التصعيد وستكون الضربات موجعة للسعودية”.

ورأى أنّ “محمد بن سلمان ومحمد بن زايد لن يصحو ضميرهما. لذلك، نحن عازمون على التصعيد”، معتبراً أنّ “القوة العسكرية هي اللغة التي يفهمها التحالف السعودي”. 

وشدد البخيتي على أنّ “عملياتنا في العمق السعودي ستستمر وستتصاعد، وليست مرتبطة بما يحدث في أوكرانيا وأوروبا”، مؤكداً أنه “سيكون لها وقع كبير على السعودية وإسرائيل”.

وأضاف أنّ “الأحداث الأخيرة تشكّل عاملاً مساعداً من أجل زيادة تأثير ضرباتنا في العمق السعودي”، مضيفاً أنّ “زيادة ضرباتنا ستضاعف أزمة النفط العالميّة”.

وأكد القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنّ “الموقف الدولي تجاه العملية الروسية في أوكرانيا عرّى الصورة الإجرامية للمجتمع الدولي في العالم”، مشيراً إلى أنّ “ما يحدث في اليمن، بالمقارنة مع ما يجري في أوكرانيا، كافٍ ليعرّي الجميع”.

البخيتي: قرار زيادة إنتاج النفط أصبح في يد اليمن أيضاً

ورأى البخيتي أن “من الخطأ أن نقلّل ضرباتنا في هذه الظروف”، لافتاً إلى أنه “نتيجةً للظروف التي يمر فيها العالم، أصبح لليمن دور كبير “.

وتوقّع رضوخ السعودية للمطالب الأميركية بشأن زيادة إنتاج النفط، مؤكداً أنّ “قرار زيادة إنتاج النفط في السعودية والإمارات لم يعد في أيدي الولايات المتحدة والسعودية والإمارات فقط، بل أصبح في يد اليمن أيضاً”.

وأشار البخيتي إلى أنّ الإمارات “لا تزال في دائرة الاستهداف”، مضيفاً أنّ “من يقرر موعد العمليّة المقبلة هو القيادة”.

وأوضح القيادي في “أنصار الله” أنه لا يوجد لدى الحركة اليمنية حسابات بنكية، لا في داخل اليمن ولا خارجه، متابعاً: “قالوا إنهم جمدوا أرصدة لبعض الشخصيات من أنصار الله، لكن نحن لا نملك أيّ حسابات مصرفية”.

وأردف: “أي قرار من المنظمات الدولية في حق اليمن لم يعد لديه أي تأثير بعد أن أمعنت في الحصار علينا”، مؤكداً أنّ “القرارات الدوليّة لا تؤثر فينا، لا من قريب ولا من بعيد”.

البخيتي: لا يستفزّنا التقارب بين الدول العربية

وفيما يخص زيارة الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد للإمارات، ولقاءَه وليَّ عهد أبو ظبي، محمد بن زايد، قال البخيتي إنّ “سياستنا تتماهى مع الأمتين العربية والإسلامية، وأي تقارب بين الدول العربية والإسلامية نعدّه أمراً إيجابياً”.

وأضاف: “كنت وجّهت دعوة إلى الحكومة السورية من أجل استعادة علاقتها بالمقاومة الفلسطينية (حركة “حماس”)”، مؤكداً أنه “لا يستفزنا التقارب بين الدول العربيّة”.

وتابع: “سبق أن عبّرت عن إيجابية استعادة العلاقات بين السعودية وإيران، لأنه يجب أن يكون هناك موقف موحد بين الدول العربية والإسلامية “، مؤكداً أنه “يجب أن تتوحَّد وجهتنا لنواجه “إسرائيل””.

المتوكل: فتح ميناء الحديدة سيخفّص أسعار النفط

وبشأن احتجاز السفينة النفطية، “سي أدور”، من جانب التحالف السعودي، أكد المتحدث الرسمي لشركة النفط اليمنيّة، عصام المتوكل، لـ “كلوب هاوس” الميادين، أنه “تمّ احتجاز سفن النفط، والتضييق على الشعب اليمني”.

وأضاف المتوكل أنه “لا يمكن استيراد النفط باسم الشركة النفطية اليمنية، لذا لجأنا إلى التجار ليقوموا بهذه المهمّة”، موضحاً “أنّنا مجبَرون على شراء النفط من الإمارات ودفع المستحقات مسبّقاً، وإيداعها في مصارف خارجيّة”.

وأشار إلى أنّ “سفن النفط تنطلق من الإمارات نحو جيبوتي لتلبث بضعة أيام، لتنطلق بعدها إلى بحر اليمن قبل أن تدخل المياه الإقليمية اليمنية، لتتمّ قرصنتها وسحبها إلى سواحل جيزان”.

ولفت المتوكل إلى أنّ “الحكومة اليمنية تسرق ما يقارب 165 مليون دولار شهرياً من العائدات النفطية”، موضحاً أنّ “قوات التحالف تأخذ رشوة من كل شحنة نفطية تقدَّر بنحو 8000$”، مضيفاً أنّ “ميناء الحديدة هو ميناء إنساني وفتحه سيخفّص الأسعار”.

يُشار إلى أنّ شركة النفط اليمنية أعلنت، اليوم الإثنين، أنَّ التحالف السعودي احتجز السفينة النفطية “سي أدور”، على الرغم من تفتيشها وحصولها على تصاريحَ أمميةٍ لدخول ميناء الحُدَيْدَة.

US Sends Patriot Missile Interceptors to Saudi Arabia as Yemeni Resistance Steps up Retaliation

March 21, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The United States sent a significant number of Patriot antimissile interceptors to Saudi Arabia upon an urgent request from Riyadh, reports suggested, amid intensified retaliatory strikes on the kingdom from the Yemeni side.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Washington transferred the interceptors to the kingdom within the past month.

The report added that the move was aimed to enable the kingdom to fend off drone and missile strikes conducted by the Yemeni resistance in retaliation for the years-long Saudi aggression and siege.

A senior official within the US administration of President Joe Biden, who asked not to be named, confirmed the news on Sunday night, telling the Associated Press that the transfer of the interceptors was in line with Biden’s promise that “America will have the backs of our friends in the region.”

Throughout the course of the war, the United States has supported and armed Saudi Arabia. Despite his promise to end “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales,” Biden last year approved the sale of 280 air-to-air missiles valued at up to $650 million to Saudi Arabia.

Late in 2021, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin told a Middle East conference that Washington was “significantly enhancing Saudi Arabia’s ability to defend itself.”

Saudi Arabia launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, leading a military coalition consisting of its regional allies, including the UAE, and supported by major Western powers, especially the United States.

Although the kingdom estimated at the beginning of the war that it would come out victorious within just a few weeks, the war has continued for seven years, leaving hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead and displacing millions more.

Yemeni armed forces and allied Popular Committees, however, have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

The transfers also come as the US and its allies have been seeking help from Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to contain a surge in energy prices following Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

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