Yemen warns Saudi Arabia against ‘procrastinating’ ending war

May 15 2023

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The Yemeni official also lauded the resistance’s recent victory against Israel, and warned the coalition that Tel Aviv cannot protect it

ByNews Desk

During a march of solidarity with the Palestinian people on 14 May, a member of the Sanaa government’s Supreme Political Council, Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, accused the Saudi-led coalition of “procrastinating” with its recent promises to end the war and lift the blockade against Yemen.

Houthi said during the march that the Yemeni people must remain “vigilant and constantly prepared.”

“The enemy has so far been procrastinating in stopping the aggression and lifting the siege on Yemen,” he said.

In recent months, Saudi Arabia has been involved in Omani-mediated peace talks with the Ansarallah resistance movement, which have resulted in some progress, including a prisoner exchange, as well as agreements on an eventual lifting of the blockade against Hodeidah port and Sanaa International Airport.

Saudi Arabia has also agreed to pay the salaries of all government employees in the territories of the National Salvation Government (NSG) in Sanaa, among other things.

However, as obstruction of peace efforts by Washington and the UAE continue, Saudi Arabia’s newfound willingness to end the war has been overshadowed – and recently, the coalition has resumed its violations of efforts to solidify a truce by launching border attacks and shelling regions such as Saada province and other areas.

Meanwhile, Ansarallah has maintained its siege over the strategic southwestern province of Taiz.

“We see Saudi Arabia and the UAE today, broken in the face of Yemen … it sees the Iron Dome [in Israel] and how it failed to protect the Zionists. So how can they [the Zionists] protect the normalizing countries, now?” Houthi said, referencing the malfunctions in Israel’s Iron Dome defense system during recent rocket fire on the occupied territories in last week’s battle.

Ansarallah has repeatedly warned that if peace efforts fail, it is prepared for all out war against the coalition, and is ready to strike the depths of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE with missiles.

During the march, Houthi also renewed Ansarallah’s support for the Palestinian cause and resistance, and declared its readiness to confront Israel.

“We affirm, as the Yemeni people, our loyalty to Palestine …  we are present for actual and direct participation,” he added.

The Ansarallah movement is known to possess missiles that are capable of reaching Israel, including the Zulfiqar missile, which it has used against Saudi Arabia in the past.

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Sanaa – Riyadh: Signs of a Nigh Accord, Sought by the UN

April 4, 2023

Yemeni soldiers at a checkpoint in Marib (photo from 2015).

Rasheed Al-Haddad*

Translated by Areej Fatima Husseini

While Yemenis anticipate new dynamics to end the country’s non-peace and non-war state since the expiration of the unrenewed humanitarian truce on October 2nd, Saudi newspapers disclosed a peace plan debated in recent weeks in Muscat between Sanaa and Riyadh.

The contents of this plan mention an initial agreement to completely open the port of Hodeidah and the ports located in the Red Sea, as well as the expansion of travel destinations from Sanaa International Airport, opening roads in the governorates, including roads in Taiz, and deferring the opening of roads within military areas to a later stage.

According to sources, the issue of military personnel’s salaries in Sanaa-controlled regions is still in dispute. If this file is resolved, in addition to the border security file, it will be agreed to extend the armistice for a year, with guarantees to stop all forms of military escalation on the ground and the formation of monitoring committees from all parties. Thereupon, a dialogue on political settlement would be launched.

On the other hand, while the Supreme Political Council in Sanaa discussed international and regional efforts to establish peace, along with advances in Oman’s ongoing negotiations, and approved the prisoner exchange agreement late last week, a member of the Ansarullah negotiating delegation, Abdul Malik al-Ajri, hinted at progress in the negotiations. The latter responded to those who charge the movement of avoiding peace by tweeting, “Tell them that the people have died,” alluding to an agreement reached between Sanaa and Riyadh.

These indications corresponded with the resumption of an intense diplomatic campaign headed by the United Nations’ envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, who visited Riyadh several times. Separate meetings were held on Thursday (March 30) with the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed Al Jaber, and the ambassadors of the Security Council’s five permanent members. He also conferred with Jassim Al-Budiri, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The purpose of Grundberg’s visit was to emphasize the significance of stabilizing the present situation until a new ceasefire deal is reached.

Meanwhile, well-informed sources in Sanaa confirmed to Al-Akhbar that the breakthrough in Geneva regarding the prisoners will open other paths of peace, with a breakthrough expected in the coming weeks due to frequent reports that the UN envoy’s office plans to sign an agreement between Riyadh and Sanaa.

At a time when pro-Aden government media propagated about China’s entrance as a new arbiter in the Yemeni conflict, an informed diplomatic source denied the veracity of these claims in an interview with Al-Akhbar newspaper. The source assured that Beijing has not communicated with the conflict participants in this respect. However, he stressed the continuation of Russian attempts to reconcile divides, describing Russia’s stance as “supportive of Oman and the UN.”

Per sources close to the Aden government, Saudi Arabia plans to convene a meeting of the Presidential Council and Maeen Abdul-Malik’s administration to apprise them of the outcomes of the Muscat negotiations. The source also predicted that at this conference, general outlines would be agreed upon about the areas of contention that have hindered an agreement from being reached thus far.

Maeen Abdulmalik Prime Minister of Aden govrnment (photo from archive).

On Saturday, Iran declared a thorough peace plan in Yemen via its foreign ministry spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani. According to Kanaani, the initiative is based on completely lifting the blockade and establishing a government of national unity, provided that this is followed by a full ceasefire based on respect for Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Thereupon, a comprehensive political process with the participation of all Yemeni groups would be launched, without external interference.

Moreover, Kanaani stated that his country would exert its full potential to achieve a “just peace based on the facts in Yemen,” voicing optimism for a quick resolution in light of the “ongoing progress” in the negotiations.

Kanaani’s remarks are the first by an Iranian official on Yemen since Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian stated from Moscow that Iran would embrace any effort for a solution in the country.

* Rasheed Al-Haddad writes for Al-Akhbar Lebanese newspaper. This article was published by the daily on Monday, April 3, 2023.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper (Translated by Al-Manar English Website Staff)

Yemen enters 9th year of war with lethal missile arsenal: Al-Houthi

March 26, 2023

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Ansar Allah leader says the steadfastness of Yemenis was the pillar in preventing the coalition of aggression from achieving its goals in the war on the country.

The leader of the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.
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The leader of Ansar Allah movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, revealed that the Yemenis are entering the ninth year of aggression on their country equipped with a large arsenal of deadly long-range precision missiles capable of inflicting mass destruction on the enemy’s vital and sensitive facilities.

In a televised speech on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the aggression against Yemen, Al-Houthi said most of the arms used to kill the Yemeni people are US-made weapons, launched from US-made fighter jets under US supervision, which also supplied the strike coordinates on the ground, adding that the aggression forces are also trained and mentored by US military officials.

Ansar Allah leader slammed the blatant attempts to portray the war on Yemen as an internal conflict and stressed that it is clearly an aggression by the United States and its proxies.

Read more: Defense Minister: Yemen ready for any combat against Israeli enemy

Announcing the launching of the aggression on Yemen from Washington – in 2015 – revealed the true nature of the US role in the war against the country, Al-Houthi continued, adding that the US, through its tools, seeks to occupy Yemen and control its resources and wealth, including its energy sources.

As the coalition of aggression clearly failed to reach its goals, it is currently after other options and an alternative tactic, Al-Houthi said.

He also stated that the cover that the Americans provide their allies with or the international institutions that condone the coalition of aggression and its crimes, not to mention its vain endeavors… they all have no value whatsoever. 

Al-Houthi indicated that the two regional countries that launched the aggression, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are well aware that they have not achieved their aims and have incurred heavy losses, explaining that the United States, the Israeli occupation entity, and Britain seek to keep Riyadh and Abu Dhabi stuck and trapped in the cycle of this war.

Read more: Al-Houthi to coalition of aggression: Our patience will run out

The US is forcing Saudi Arabia to pursue the war despite Riyadh’s realization that this will only lead to more military losses and will take a heavy toll on the country’s economy and security, he noted.

Al-Houthi warned that if the coalition’s plan is to continue the war and siege on Yemen and to maintain the current status of no war, no peace, then this is in no way acceptable. 

Coalition’s crimes are documented

Leader of Ansar Allah touched on the crimes of the aggression coalition, saying that the coalition sought through its crimes to kill the largest number of Yemenis.

The coalition also aimed to deprive the Yemeni people of their national wealth and their rights, loot their resources, and prevent the employees from receiving their earned salaries, he added.

The crimes also included preventing citizens from traveling abroad to receive treatment, whether by land or air, which caused great suffering to the people of Yemen and the death of thousands of patients, he said. Al-Houthi stressed that among the coalition’s crimes was targeting the health and education sectors, by bombing hospitals, schools, universities, medical centers, and water-storage tanks.

Read more: 75+ US organizations endorse protests against war on Yemen this month

Facilities that offer care for blind people and citizens with special needs also came under the coalition’s attacks, Al-Houthi said, adding that Islamic institutions that teach religious values and the Quran, in addition to Islamic monuments, mosques, and even cemeteries were also bombed.

All the crimes of the coalition of aggression are clear and well documented by all means, he stressed, adding that they cannot justify nor lie about the brutalities they have committed.

With regard to the blockade and seige on Yemen, Al-Houthi said that it is part of the war on the country, and depriving the people of their right to their national wealth is only part of the aggression.

Stirring up strife inside the country and destabilizing its security are also “part of the war” on Yemen, he added, warning that if the coalition seeks to implement this plot as part of its aggression on the country, then “we will deal with it as a state of war.”

The leader of Ansar Allah movement advised Saudi Arabia and the UAE not to continue the aggression that only serves the interests of the United States and to take their interests into consideration, which are to achieve the prisoners’ exchange agreement and lift the siege, stressing that the path to peace is paved by stopping the aggression, ending the blockade and occupation, rebuilding the country, and compensating for the damage and destruction the war has caused.

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He also pointed out that many people of the Islamic and Arab nations stood idle and just watched with complete silence, despite the clear oppression targeting the Yemeni people, stressing that the “legitimate right of the people of Yemen is to stand firm and confront the unjust criminal aggression.”

The war waged by the aggression coalition “is unjust and unjustified,” he said. The coalition committed crimes starting from the first moments of the aggression, he noted, referring to the role of the collaborators among the Yemenis, which comes as part of the war aimed at occupying the country using internal tools.

The Yemeni people revealed their steadfastness through their patience, cohesion, resistance, endurance of all the suffering and oppression, and fighting on all combat fronts.

National Steadfastness Day

Ansar Allah leader declared Sunday Yemen’s National Day of Steadfastness and called on the Yemenis to widely participate in marches marking the eighth anniversary of the aggression on Yemen.

He said that the coalition of aggression practiced injustice and oppression on a daily basis throughout the eight years, adding that “our people are practicing holy jihad in every sense of the word, and it is our responsibility to take this honorable stance and resist for the sake of God.”

According to him, National Steadfastness Day is an occasion to show the resilience of the people of Yemen and their adherence to their position against the aggressors and their proxies, adding that this position was reflected by heading to the battle fronts, mass response to general mobilization, and the vast participation in marches and demonstrations.

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Al-Houthi pointed out that the people’s steadfastness was reflected in the heroic battles fought by the Yemeni Armed Forces and Popular Committees on the battlefronts, explaining that “one of the manifestations of national and popular steadfastness is being stationed on the fronts despite the long years of aggression and economic burdens.”

According to him, another manifestation “of patience and steadfastness is the position of the families of the martyrs who set the most wonderful examples through their patience, contentment, and pride in the sacrifices they made, as well as the sacrifices made by the wounded and their families, and the heroes still fighting on the fronts and their families.”

The leader of the Ansar Allah indicated that local military manufacturing, despite the difficulties and limited capabilities, also reflects national steadfastness, adding that the resilience of the people of Yemen led to “the failure of the coalition of aggression to achieve its goals and endeavors to occupy all of our country and seize control without facing any form of resistance.”

Al-Houthi concluded that one of the most prominent goals of the coalition of aggression, which was thwarted by popular steadfastness, was to establish military bases throughout Yemen and plunder the country’s wealth, noting that the coalition failed to occupy the strategic depth of the country, which became the basis for liberating the occupied regions.

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Failed Saudi Attempts To Affect Yemen’s Position After Restoring Relations With Iran

Mar 13, 2023

The Ambassador of the Republic of Yemen in Tehran, Ibrahim Al-Dailami, confirmed that the Saudi regime failed in its attempt to influence Sanaa political and military position, and that the only way for Riyadh to find peace with Yemenis is to stop the aggression and siege imposed on them, and begin serious negotiations with Sanaa, warning that the continuation of the blockade will lead to entering a new phase of confrontation.

Al-Dailami revealed in an interview with Al-Manar TV that the Saudi regime tried to exploit its negotiations with Tehran during the last period to influence the political and military decision and position of Sanaa.

“The Iranians made it clear to the Saudis during the meetings that the relationship with Yemen is one of sincere brotherhood, and that the aggression and blockade must end,” he added.

The Iranians assured Saudi Arabia that “the decision is in Sanaa, not in Tehran.”

Al-Dailami commented on the recently announced Iranian-Saudi rapprochement agreement by saying, “If the understandings bring peace in the region, it will be in the interest of everyone, but the Saudis are the ones who want to change in the region.”

For his part, Yemen’s ambassador to Syria, Abdullah Sabri, said: The Iranian-Saudi agreement is encouraging, and we are waiting to see to what extent its implementation will be, as it is an inauguration of a new phase of consensus, noting that China’s sponsorship of the Iranian-Saudi agreement show that China, as an international power, has become more flexible and free from traditional procedures.

Ambassador Sabri confirmed: “We reached a truce in Yemen about a year ago as a result of the Yemeni force. Consequently, Saudi Arabia understood that it was incapable of a military solution.”

Many reports revealed during the past periods that Saudi Arabia is trying to seek help from the parties of the axis of resistance to influence the decision of Sanaa, and push it to back down from its negotiating position and its demands. However, the responses received by Riyadh all confirmed that the decision can only be found in Sanaa, and that it must negotiate directly with the Yemenis and respond to their demands represented in ending the aggression, siege, and occupation.

In another context, Ambassador Al-Dailami considered that “the first phase of the aggression ended during the past eight years, but the siege continued.”

He added that the continuation of the blockade will lead to a new phase of the war.

The leader of the revolution, Sayyid Abd al-Malik Badr al-Din al-Houthi, recently confirmed that the current state of “de-escalation” will not continue indefinitely, warning the forces of the aggression coalition and its sponsors that “patience will run out”, in a clear message pointing to the need to stop procrastination and prevarication.

Earlier, the armed forces called on the countries of aggression not to miss the opportunity for peace on offer, and to take the warnings of the leader of the revolution seriously.

A member of the Ansar Allah Political Bureau, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, warned a few days ago that “negotiations may not succeed, and the Yemeni people may be forced to wage a decisive battle to end the aggression and lift the siege.”

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100 Organizations Ask for Yemen Resolution

MARCH 13, 2023



We have seen much recently about the Ukraine war anniversary. But March also marks the eighth anniversary of the war on Yemen and the 20th on Iraq. Members of Congress should introduce a Yemen War Powers Resolution before this war enters a ninth year.

In the past few weeks, activists in 17 cities across the United States protested at congressional offices and beyond, calling on lawmakers to bring the harmful U.S. role in the Yemen war to an end.

During the demonstrations, activists called on Sen. Bernie Sanders and other federal lawmakers to introduce a new Yemen War Powers Resolution this month. If brought up for a vote, Congress could order the president to end U.S. participation in the catastrophic conflict, which the U.S. has enabled for eight years. Sen. Sanders sponsored last year’s bill, but when he moved to bring the resolution to a vote in December, the Biden administration shut him down.

Sen. Sanders pledged to return to the Senate floor with a new Yemen War Powers Resolution if he and the administration were unable to agree to “strong and effective” action that would achieve his goals.

In the absence of meaningful public action from Biden to this end, the time is now for Sen. Sanders to make good on his pledge. For more than 11 months, Saudi Arabia has not bombed Yemen. However, without a negotiated settlement, this could change anytime. If the United States continues to support the war, it will be implicated in Saudi aggression if, and likely when, the conflict reignites.

Approximately two–thirds of the Royal Saudi Air Force receive direct support from U.S. military contracts in the form of spare parts and maintenance. The Saudi-led coalition has relied on this support to carry out these offensive strikes in Yemen. The United States has no sufficient compelling interest in Yemen that justifies complicity in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Since March 2015, the Saudi Arabia and /UAE)-led bombing and blockade of Yemen have killed hundreds of thousands of people and wreaked havoc on the country, creating one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. 17 million people in Yemen are food insecure and 500,000 children are experiencing severe wasting.

For years Saudi Arabia –– and the Yemeni government it supports –– have prevented virtually any containerized goods from entering Hodeida, Yemen’s principal Red Sea port. Containerized goods include essentially everything other than food and fuel.

This has hurt the economy and prevented critical life-saving medicine and medical equipment from reaching people in need. With apparent never-ending U.S. military support, Saudi Arabia lacks an important incentive to completely lift the blockade and withdraw from Yemen.

In 2018 Saudi dictator Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi and then lied about it. Just last year Saudi Arabia manipulated global energy markets to raise fuel prices and empower Russia in its immoral and illegal invasion of Ukraine.

These are just two examples of Saudi Arabia conduct harmful to the United States and its allies. The Biden administration was correct in October when it called for a re-evaluation of the US-Saudi relationship, urging Congress to propose measures to hold Saudi Arabia accountable. Passing the Yemen War Powers Resolution is a chance to do exactly that.

More than 100 national organizations – humanitarian, veterans’, libertarian, and others – wrote to Congress as recently as December urging passage of the Yemen War Powers Resolution. Bernie Sanders should re-introduce his resolution.

Under Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the power to raise and support armies is reserved for Congress. No Congressional authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) has been issued for Yemen. The War Powers Resolution empowers Congress to invoke its war powers authority to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in wars like the war in Yemen.

Saturday, March 25 will mark the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the Saudi-led coalition’s bombing of Yemen. To mark the occasion, US and international groups will hold an online rally to inspire and enhance education and activism to end the war in Yemen. Join grassroots groups on March 25th at noon Eastern Time and please sign the petition at

Haylie Arocho is a Northeastern student and fellow with Action Corps, a grassroots humanitarian advocacy organization that co-leads a coalition to end U.S. participation in the war in Yemen. Isaac Evans-Frantz is the founding director of Action Corps.

Al-Houthi to coalition of aggression: Our patience will run out

17 Feb 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

The leader of Ansar Allah affirms that the movement will not squander the achievements of the Yemeni people in terms of freedom and independence.

The leader of Ansar Allah movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi

The leader of Ansar Allah movement, Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, said, “The stage we are in, in Yemen, is a stage of war, and what has calmed down is none but military escalation,” pointing out that “we are today in the position of confronting targeting and threats, as the stage of just following up on the news of the attacks on our nation [without acting] has come to an end.”

Al-Houthi warned and advised the coalition of aggression that patience will run out, “as we cannot accept depriving our people of their national wealth.”

He added, on the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Hussein Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, today, Friday, “We are currently going through a de-escalation phase under Omani mediation and intensive efforts to stop the aggression on Yemen.” He also thanked the Omanis for their efforts and stressed the necessity of addressing the humanitarian and livelihood file, which “we cannot barter or remain silent about.”

The Yemeni leader affirmed that “we will not squander the achievements of our people in terms of freedom, independence, and maintaining dignity,” stressing that in any dialogue to be held, “the [main point should be that] enemies must end their aggression against our country.” He warned that “time may run out and we may return to pressure options to obtain our people’s right to their wealth.”

“If peace is what they want, its path is clear; its key is [solving] the humanitarian file and its ultimate goal is to end the aggression, siege, and occupation.”

Read more: ‘Final warning’: UN accused of blockading Yemeni people – Official

Enemies provide all kinds of weapons, including nuclear weapons

The leader of Ansar Allah movement said the Americans and Western countries occupy countries and appoint puppet governments therein to suppress anyone who opposes their hegemony.

Al-Houthi added that the Americans and their affiliates violate the sovereignty of states and their ambassadors meddle in everything, both issuing directives as if they are the rulers of the countries in question.

“The Americans are the ones that launch military attacks and aggressions, such as their invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, their aggression against Yemen, and their occupation of Palestine,” the Yemeni leader said, adding that they “do their best to destabilize the security of our nation, through the founding of Takfiri groups and exerting pressure on the [countries’] regimes to facilitate their operations.”

In this context, he reaffirmed that “the Takfiri groups are made by the West and America with the aim of distorting the image of Islam.”

The Yemeni leader indicated that “the enemies provide all kinds of weapons, including nuclear weapons, to hostile countries, whereas the countries that come under attack are denied any such weapons.”

Al-Houthi affirmed, “They want us to be a nation deprived of any ability to defend itself, and that is why they are working to ban the supply of weapons to any country they want to target.”

He further added that “the enemies impose agents and ignorant individuals on peoples and in important positions in state institutions with the aim of inflicting as much damage on them as possible and controlling them, thus forcing peoples to yield.”

Read more: London High Court examines legality of UK resuming Saudi arms sales

Absenting the Palestinian cause to wipe out the people’s memory

The Ansar Allah leader pointed out that “the enemies exerted strained efforts to keep the Palestinian cause out of the school curricula and were keen to exclude anything that could advance the nation’s level of awareness.”

He considered that “all forms of injustice and criminal activities are imposed on the Palestinian people on a daily basis.”

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وممّا يعزّز الأجواء التشاؤمية تلك، عودة الترتيبات العسكرية في المحافظات الخاضعة للتحالف السعودي – الإماراتي، وأحدثُها تشكيل ما يزيد على ثمانية ألوية عسكرية بقِوام أكثر من 20 ألف عنصر سلفي تحت مسمّى «درع الوطن»، ومنْحها صفة رسمية من قِبل رئيس «المجلس الرئاسي» رشاد العليمي، وكذلك رفض الحكومة الموالية لـ«التحالف» التراجع عن قراراتها الاقتصادية الأخيرة المتمثّلة في رفْع سعر الدولار الجمركي على الواردات التي تدْخل إلى ميناء عدن، والتي من شأنها مضاعفة معاناة اليمنيين. ويُضاف إلى ما تَقدّم، استمرار التصعيد العسكري السعودي ضدّ سكان القرى الحدودية مع جيزان في محافظة صعدة، وتأخّر الموافقة السعودية الرسمية على مطالب صنعاء المتّصلة بالملفّ الإنساني.

نفت قيادات في صنعاء توقّف المشاورات بين الأخيرة والرياض

مع ذلك، تؤكد مصادر دبلوماسية في الحكومة الموالية للتحالف، لـ«الأخبار»، استمرار الجهود الإقليمية والدولية لتذليل الخلافات، مستدركةً بأن تلك الجهود التي كانت حقّقت تقدّماً في مسار السلام، لا تزال من دون نتائج عملياتية حتى الآن، في وقت دعا فيه رئيس بعثة الاتحاد الأوروبي، جبرائيل فيناليس، وسفراء عدد من الدول الأوروبية، خلال زيارتهم أواخر الأسبوع الماضي لمدينة عدن، إلى دعم المساعي الهادفة إلى إحلال السلام. أمّا في صنعاء، ومع دخول الشهر الرابع منذ انتهاء الهدنة من دون إعلان تمديد جديد لها، ومرور نحو شهر على الحراك الدبلوماسي المكثّف الذي رفَع سقف التوقّعات الشعبية برفع الحصار عن مطار صنعاء وميناء الحديدة وصرف المرتّبات من دون استثناء، فقد نفى عضو الوفد المفاوض، حميد عاصم، الأنباء عن توقّف المشاورات بين صنعاء والرياض، منبّهاً في الوقت نفسه إلى أن «أنصار الله لا تملك المزيد من الخيارات في هذا الجانب، فإمّا السلام الشامل أو العودة إلى الحرب»، مؤكداً «رفْض صنعاء طلب الرياض بخصوص المنطقة العازلة على الحدود اليمنية السعودية بعرض 30 كلم». بدوره، توقّع وزير الدولة في حكومة الإنقاذ، عبد العزيز البكير، «انفراجة وشيكة» خلال الأيام القادمة، وقال، في تغريدة، إن هناك مؤشّرات إلى استجابة السعودية لمطالب «أنصار الله»، وهو ما سيتيح إعلان الاتفاق والشروع في تنفيذ بنوده.

ومع اقتراب انعقاد جلسة خاصة لمجلس الأمن لمناقشة مستجدّات الأوضاع في اليمن منتصف الشهر الجاري، حيث من المقرّر أن يقدّم المبعوث الأممي إحاطته الدورية بشأن الجهود الأخيرة لإحياء الهدنة وفقاً لجدول أعمال الجلسة الذي أُقرّ الأربعاء الماضي، أعلنت الولايات المتحدة بدء مبعوثها إلى اليمن جولة جديدة في المنطقة تشمل الإمارات وعُمان والسعودية، قائلةً إن ليندركينغ سيحثّ الأطراف كافة على تكثيف مشاركتهم مع الأمم المتحدة لإطلاق عملية سياسية يمنية – يمنية، يمكن أن تنهي الحرب بشكل دائم. وفي هذا الإطار، شدّد المبعوث الأميركي على ضرورة اغتنام أطراف الصراع فرصة التهدئة للبدء بهذه العملية، لافتاً، في كلمة بمناسبة مرور عامين على تعيينه، إلى أن الهدنة ساعدت على تهيئة الظروف لمفاوضات سلام شاملة.

كي على ضرورة اغتنام أطراف الصراع فرصة التهدئة للبدء بهذه العملية، لافتاً، في كلمة بمناسبة مرور عامين على تعيينه، إلى أن الهدنة ساعدت على تهيئة الظروف لمفاوضات سلام شاملة.

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Despite the Alliance’s Intentions, Yemen Cultivates Its Land

January 7, 2023

By Saraa Jamal Shahari

Yemen – A country whose people do not eat what they plant is not sovereign. Within the framework of the Yemeni leadership’s directives towards achieving self-sufficiency and access to food security, the General Organization for Grain Development and Production [PCGDP] established the central market for fresh grain crops in the center of the capital, Sanaa.

The grain market contains various types of grass grains, including wheat, sorghum, maize and millet, along with legumes, sesame, sesame oil and fenugreek, as well as spices, nuts, raisins, honey and ghee.

This central market is one of the most important means of marketing local grains, and the first of its kind in the country.

It also brings together a large number of merchants and represents a link between the producer and the consumer.

The grain market enjoys a remarkable community turnout, and citizens come to it from the outskirts of the capital and various regions. It meets the needs of citizens of all categories, due to the diversity of its products and their high quality.

Ali Amer, the commercial director of the central market for fresh grain crops, explained in an exclusive statement to al-Ahed news website the objectives of establishing the market by saying: “One of the most important goals of establishing this market is to create an opportunity for farmers to market their products, and to provide all types of legumes and grains. It also seeks to change the diet of citizens and shift from exported products to local ones. This contributes to completing the cycle of self-sufficiency in marketing production at reasonable prices, which encourages farmers to continue and increase production, and through it we can implement the policy of price equilibrium.”

Agriculture and Development Despite Embargo

In the latest statistics of the PCGDP, the cultivated area reached 18,441 hectares of grains such as wheat and corn, and the annual average of production reached 55,323 tons.

The official side, in cooperation with the community, continues to facilitate and ease the way for farmers; to expand agricultural areas and develop local crop production, especially grains.

Amer confirms to al-Ahed news website that “there is a significant horizontal expansion in new agricultural areas, as well as vertically in the quantities of production per unit area,” noting that “there is a noticeable decrease in the grain import bill.”

 From Wounded Yemen to the Countries of the Axis of Resistance  

The fresh grain market is the result of the steadfastness of a people who shook off the ashes of war and broke the chains of the enemy’s siege, so they cultivated their land.

From this Yemeni steadfastness and vigor, Amer sends a message to the people of the Resistance Axis through the al-Ahed news website: “{And prepare against them whatever forces you can muster}, and self-sufficiency in grain crops is one of the most important elements of preparedness. The Axis of Resistance must cooperate with peoples and governments in this, through the exchange of high-yield seeds, modern technologies and equipment as well as successful experiences. For example, instead of buying plows, machines and seeds from the West, it is possible to buy from Iran, which has made great strides in this field.

Amer concluded his message by saying: “Al-Quds [Jerusalem] is our meeting point.”

Read the article in Arabic

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Ansarullah: Yemen Has Upper Hand in Deterrence, Seeks ‘Permanent Ceasefire’ with Saudis

January 1, 2023

The spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement has reiterated the National Salvation Government’s determination to strike a permanent ceasefire, stressing that the military might of the Yemeni Armed Forces and their allies deters all threats.

Mohammed Abdul Salam, who is also head of Yemen’s national negotiating delegation, told the al-Masirah television network that the Sana’a-based government is resolved to reach a strong and permanent truce, and is serious about the separation of humanitarian issues from political and military matters.

“What put the brakes on Saudi-led coalition strikes on Yemeni civilians and pillage of the country’s oil reserves and natural resources was the fear of painful retaliatory opportunities from Yemeni soldiers and their allied Popular Committees,” Abdul Salam noted.

He said the enemy is extremely disappointed because of the unity of the Yemeni society, and the latest parades of troops from various units of the Yemeni Armed Forces also proved that Yemeni troops have the upper hand in terms of self-defense and deterrence.

“Some member states of the Saudi-led coalition sought the extension of the UN-sponsored ceasefire without any additional clauses. We, in return, did not accept such obstinacy. The other party is after a ceasefire, which does not care about humanitarian issues so that it can sort out its priorities within the framework of war and siege,” Abdul Salam pointed out.

The senior Yemeni official went on to emphasize that the National Salvation Government wants to end the humanitarian crisis in the country.

“[The National Salvation Government] is looking for a permanent ceasefire, and has already presented its standpoints to the Omani diplomatic delegation. Any solution to the Yemen conflict must secure payment of salaries to all civil servants from oil and gas revenues, and must draw on the 2014 budget,” the Ansarullah spokesman said.

Abdul-Salam stated that any solution should include the reopening of airports and seaports and the release of prisoners. “Our demands are legitimate and realistic,” he said.

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Yemeni Forces Prepared to Thwart US, ‘Israeli’ Plots Against National Resources, Islands

December 20, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemeni Supreme Political Council underlined that the country’s Armed Forces are prepared to stand up to any bids by the US and the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime that would be directed at Yemen’s resources, islands and waterways.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces are prepared to confront the avaricious plots of the United States and the ‘Israeli’ regime against the country’s resources, islands and waterways. They are ready to face up to any threat against the national sovereignty,” the council announced in a statement on Monday, stressing the full combat preparedness of Yemeni soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees.

This came as a report said in September that a delegation of ‘Israeli’ military experts had apparently been stationed to the Yemeni island of Socotra, more than six months after it was reported that the United Arab Emirates was constructing a settlement on the strategic island to accommodate dozens of Zionist soldiers, officers and military experts.

The Arabic-language Yemen Press Agency, citing informed sources speaking on condition of anonymity, reported that an ‘Israeli’ military delegation along with a number of UAE intelligence officers have been present on Socotra Island since a few days ago.

Home to some 60,000 people, Socotra overlooks the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a main shipping route that connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea, and has a unique ecosystem.

‘Israel’ and the UAE are currently making all logistical preparations to establish spying bases to collect information from across the Gulf of Aden, including Bab el-Mandeb and south of Yemen, which is under the control of forces backed by the UAE, the report said.

Meanwhile, the US is also making aggressive attempts to wrest control over energy reserves and plunder natural resources in conflict-plagued Yemen.

In the Monday statement, the council also said that it will “adopt proper measures when the time is ripe, and will not allow the Saudi-led coalition of aggression to get Yemen caught in an endless cycle of chaos and uncertainty.”

“We once again reiterate that we are striving for an honorable peace that would ensure Yemen’s sovereignty and independence, and would safeguard its territorial integrity. We welcome any meaningful and viable initiative in this regard,” the council added.

The Yemeni Supreme Political Council also underlined the need that humanitarian issues must be separated from political and military matters. “Progress in this regard will strongly indicate the success of any future mediations, negotiations or contacts.”

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

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

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

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صنعاء: حالة اللاسلم واللاحرب لن تطول والقوات المسلحة في جاهزية تامة

الإثنين 19 كانون الأول 2022

المصدر: الميادين نت

المجلس السياسي الأعلى يحذّر من استمرار حالة اللاحرب واللاسلم، ويؤكّد أنّ اليمن سيتخذ الإجراءات الملائمة عندما يحين الوقت.

المجلس السياسي الأعلى: القوات المسلّحة جاهزة  لمواجهة أي تهديد

حذّر المجلس السياسي الأعلى في اليمن من “مخاطر استمرار حالة اللاسلم واللاحرب، والتي يهدف تحالف العدوان إلى إبقاء الجمهورية اليمنية فيها”، مؤكّداً أنّها “لن تستمر بلا نهاية”.

وشدّد المجلس السياسي الأعلى على أنّ “القوات المسلّحة في جاهزية تامة”.

وأضاف المجلس السياسي الأعلى أنّ”اليمن سيتخذ الإجراءات الملائمة عندما يحين الوقت لذلك، وعلى نحو يمنع مخطط التحالف لإيقاع اليمن في هذا الفخ”.

وأكّد أنّ “القوات المسلّحة في جاهزية تامة لمواجهة أي تهديد للسيادة اليمنية، وأي إجراءات من شأنها مضاعفة معاناة أبناء الشعب اليمني، سواء على المستوى الاقتصادي أو الإنساني أو العسكري”، محذّراً من العواقب الوخيمة لذلك.

وقبل أسبوع، شدد وزير الدفاع في حكومة صنعاء، اللواء الركن محمد العاطفي، على أنّ “القوات المسلّحة اتّخذت الإجراءات الملائمة، والتي تضمن التعامل بقوّة وحزم مع أيّ تطور يمثّل تهديداً للسيادتين الوطنية والبحرية، أو مسّاً بهما”. 

وفي مطلع هذا الشهر، أكّد قائد حركة أنصار الله، عبد الملك الحوثي، “الجاهزية للتصدي للأعداء إذا عادوا إلى التصعيد”، محذراً بقوله: “سنتحرك على نحو أكبر من كل المراحل الماضية”.

فصل الملف الإنساني عن الملفين السياسي والعسكري 

وشدّد المجلس السياسي الأعلى على “الموقف اليمني الثابت تجاه السلام المشرّف، والذي يحمي سيادة اليمن واستقلاله، ويحافظ على وحدته، مرحباً بكل الخطوات الجادة في هذا السياق”.

ورأى أنّ “الحرص على تحقيق السلام في اليمن يجب أن يتجسّد من خلال الاستجابة لحقوق المواطنين، وفي مقدمتها صرف المرتّبات لكل موظفي الدولة، وفتح جميع المطارات والموانئ اليمنية، ورفع جميع القيود على الواردات، وعلى رأسها المشتقات النفطية والمواد الغذائية والدواء، عبر جميع الموانئ والمطارات، وفي مقدمها ميناء الحديدة ومطار صنعاء الدولي”.

وقال إنّ “فصل الملف الإنساني عن الملفين السياسي والعسكري. والتقدم في هذا الملف هو المؤشر على الصدقية في إنجاح أي وساطات أو اتصالات أو مباحثات”.

وأضاف أنّ “استحقاقات التضحيات اليمنية تضع على كاهل القيادة مسؤولية التخفيف من معاناة المجتمع اليمني، وهو الأمر الذي يحتم عليها المحافظة على ثرواته ومقدراته وتسخيرها لمصلحة المجتمع في كل الجغرافيا اليمنية”.

وشدّد على أنّ  “منع نهب الثروات اليمنية قرار حتمي، ويأتي في هذا السياق”.

 أكثر من 64 مليار دولار خسائر التجارة اليمنية خلال أعوام الحرب

وفي وقت سابق من اليوم، كشف تقرير حديث صادر عن قطاع التجارة الخارجية في وزارة الصناعة والتجارة في العاصمة اليمنية صنعاء أن إجمالي الأضرار والخسائر التى لحقت بالتجارة الخارجية اليمنية بلغت 64.7 مليار دولار خلال الفترة الممتدة من عام 2015 إلى نهاية عام 2021.

وقال التقرير إن الخسائر تمثّلت بخسائر عائدات النفط والغاز، وأيضاً خسائر عائدات الصادرات النفطية، بالإضافة إلى خسائر عائدات الصادرات الخدمية.

وذكر التقرير أن أهم الصعوبات والمعوّقات التي تواجه التجارة الخارجية اليمنية تتمثل باستمرار الحصار البحري والحصار الجوي الشاملين، واللذين فرضتهما دول التحالف السعودي، وتسبّبا باختلالات كثيرة في حركة التجارة اليمنية.

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وزير الدفاع: سنتعامل بقوة وحزم مع أي تطور يمثل تهديداً أو مساساً بالسيادة الوطنية

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أكد وزير الدفاع، اللواء الركن محمد ناصر العاطفي، أن الأمن البحري للمياه الإقليمية اليمنية ستكون له الأولوية في المرحلة المقبلة.

وقال وزير الدفاع، في حفل نظمته هيئة الاستخبارات والاستطلاع اليوم في صنعاء بالذكرى السنوية للشهيد: “مضيق باب المندب وخليج عدن والبحر العربي والامتداد الإقليمي لأرخبيل سقطرى والجزر اليمنية هي أرض يمنية سيادتنا عليها كاملة”.

وأوضح الوزير العاطفي، في الحفل الذي حضره نائب رئيس هيئة الأركان العامة اللواء الركن علي حمود الموشكي، أن “القوات المسلحة اتخذت كافة الإجراءات التي تضمن التعامل بقوة وحزم مع أي تطور يمثل تهديداً أو المساس بالسيادة الوطنية أو الاقتراب من السيادة البحرية”.

كما أكد أن القوات المسلحة وقياداتها وأبطالها ومنتسبيها معنية باتباع أساليب التأديب لمن ينهب أو يعبث بحقوق الشعب اليمني الصامد، وهناك خيارات تأديبية سيتم اتخاذها والآعلان عنها في الوقت المناسب.

وأضاف: “لدينا خيارات لا يلومنا عليها أحد إن لجأنا إليها، لأننا قدمنا كل السبل للوصول إلى نهاية إيجابية، لكن العدو يأبى إلا أن يسير عكس التيار وقد أعذر من أنذر”.

وتابع وزير الدفاع: “إن ما نشهده اليوم من أعمال عدائية وتآمرية وتخريبية ومن حصار، شهادة مؤكدة أن العدوان لا يريد ولا يرغب في إحلال أي شكل من أشكال السلام والتهدئة، وليس لديه أي استعداد حقيقي للتفكير بإيجابية نحو الاستقرار والسلام في المنطقة واحترام إرادة الشعب اليمني”.

ولفت إلى أن العدو يسعى لتحويل حربه المباشرة إلى صراع داخلي بين أبناء اليمن الواحد، وإحداث المشاكل وافتعالها وإثارتها، سواء في المحافظات الحرة أو المحتلة، وتفتيت النسيج الاجتماعي، وتمزيق وطمس الهوية اليمنية، والعبث بملف الأسرى، وشراء أسلحة هجومية وأنظمة دفاعات جوية، وإنشاء قواعد عسكرية في الجزر اليمنية، ونهب ثروات اليمن النفطية.

وبيّن اللواء العاطفي أن القوات المسلحة، ومن موقفها الوطني الدفاعي، لن تسمح مطلقاً بالمساس بالنسيج المجتمعي لأبناء اليمن على امتداد الخارطة اليمنية، وستتصدى لكل محاولات العبث الفوضوي بالهوية اليمنية الايمانية.

وقال: “نؤكد لدول العدوان أننا يقٍضون ونرصد بدقة واحترافية عسكرية كل المحاولات البائسة لإحداث هزات معنوية ونفسية لقواتنا، وكذا نرصد أساليب الحصار، وإذا استمر التمادي سيكون لنا حق اختيار الرد المناسب”.

واعتبر ملف الأسرى والحقوق المشروعة لأبناء الشعب اليمني من مرتبات وغيرها ملفاً إنسانياً، ولن يتم القبول بأي مناورات أو مساومات أو عبث في ذلك.. مشيراً إلى أن الإرث المشرّف للشهداء هو تاريخ حافل بالعطاء والتضحية والفداء انكسرت على صلابته مؤامرات قوى الطغيان والعدوان والفوضى التدميرية.

وأضاف: “سيظل التاريخ الإنساني يقف إجلالاً أمام التضحيات والبطولات والملاحم التي سطرها الشهداء، الذين أفشلوا الرهانات العدوانية والتآمرية، ووضعوا خطوطاً واضحة تحول دون تحقيق مآرب أعداء الإنسانية الفوضوية والتدميرية”.

ولفت وزير الدفاع إلى أن الرسالة الوطنية القوية لخطاب قائد الثورة، السيد عبدالملك بدر الدين الحوثي، في ذكرى سنوية الشهيد، بمثابة خطاب كشف الحقائق، وعلى الجميع تحمّل المسؤولية في التجسيد العملي والتنفيذ الفعلي لمضامينها على الواقع.

فيما أشار ورئيس هيئة الاستخبارات والاستطلاع، اللواء الركن عبد الله يحيى الحاكم، إلى أن ذكرى سنوية الشهيد محطة للتعريف بالقيمة العظيمة للشهادة، ودورها في مواجهة العدوان.

وأوضح أن دماء الشهداء هي مشاعل نور ومصدر للعزة والفخر لكل يمني حر على تراب الوطن.. معتبراً إحياء سنوية الشهيد مناسبة لاستذكار عظمة الشهداء وما سطروه من تضحيات في سبيل الله والدفاع عن الوطن وأمنه واستقراره.

ولفت اللواء الحاكم إلى أهمية استلهام الدروس والعِبر من عطاء وتضحيات الشهداء ومآثرهم البطولية.. وقال: “إقامة هذه الفعالية تعتبر تخليداً لمكانة الشهداء وتضحياتهم من أجل الوطن ونستمد منهم القوة والاستمرار على درب التضحية”.

وأضاف: “إن ما ننعم به اليوم من حرية واستقلال وأمن هي ثمرة من ثمار تضحيات الشهداء، ما يستدعي أن نفتخر بما قدّموه ونقول للعدو نحن استفدنا من عدوانك وأصبحنا أمة متماسكة تتسابق في تقديم قوافل الشهداء، ولدينا جيل متجلد وصابر يحمل العزة في مواجهة العدو”.

وأكد رئيس هيئة الاستخبارات أن الحرية والاستقرار، التي يعيشها الشعب اليمني اليوم لم تأتِ من فراغ، وإنما نتيجة تضحيات الشهداء، الذين أعطاهم الله مراتب ومقامات عالية.

وقال: “إننا، ونحن نحيي ذكرى الشهداء العظماء الذين هم أحياء عند الله، ندرك الفرق بين الحق الذي نحن عليه، وبين طريق الباطل الذي يسير عليه المرتزقة”.. مشدداً على ضرورة الاهتمام بأسر الشهداء تقديراً وعرفاناً بما سطره الشهداء إلى جانب السير على دربهم في التضحية بما يسهم في تعزيز القوة والثبات والاستمرار في مواجهة العدوان.

وجدد اللواء الحاكم العهد بالسير على نهج الشهداء، دفاعاً عن الوطن ومواجهة المعتدين، وإفشال مؤامراتهم حتى تحرير كل شبر من أرض اليمن.

وفي الفعالية، التي حضرها نائب رئيس هيئة الإسناد اللوجستي اللواء الركن عبدالملك الدرة ومدراء دوائر الرعاية الاجتماعية العميد مهند المتوكل والتخطيط العميد علي المنصوري والاستخبارات العسكرية العميد الركن علي أبو حليقة، أشار مدير دائرة الاستخبارات العسكرية في الكلمة الترحيبية إلى أهمية إحياء سنوية الشهداء الذين يعود الفضل بعد الله لهم فيما تحقق من انتصارات على تحالف العدوان والمرتزقة.

وأكدت الكلمة السير على نهج الشهداء في التضحية والفداء، دفاعاً عن الأرض والعرض والسيادة.

وأُلقيت كلمة نيابة عن أسر الشهداء، عبّرت عن التقدير لرئاسة الهيئة ودائرة الاستخبارات على رعايتهم لأسر الشهداء، والتأكيد على السير على درب الشهداء.

عقب ذلك، اطلع وزير الدفاع على محتويات معرض صور شهداء هيئة الاستخبارات والاستطلاع من لوحات وصور تجسد عظمة الشهداء، وما سطروه من ملاحم بطولية في مختلف جبهات الدفاع عن الوطن.

حضر الفعالية نائبا مدير دائرة الاستخبارات، العميد الركن حسين هاشم، والعميد الركن محمد زهرة، وقيادات وضباط هيئة الاستخبارات والاستطلاع.

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Yemeni Children Slam International Silence on Saudi-led Blockade, Crimes

December 13, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Dozens of Yemeni children have staged a rally in front of the United Nations office in the capital Sanaa to denounce the international community’s silence on the tight Saudi-led blockade against the impoverished nation and the crimes perpetrated by the Riyadh regime and its mercenaries in the country.

The participants, in a statement issued on Monday, reiterated that they will continue to hold demonstrations to raise the voice of all Yemeni children to the entire world, and that they will cooperate with human rights advocates to shed light on the crimes of the Saudi-led coalition against minors, and restore their rights.

The statement censured blatant disregard by the Saudi-led coalition of aggression for international conventions and treaties on children’s rights, stating that the international inaction has emboldened Saudi Arabia and its allies to get away and press ahead with their vicious acts without any sense of remorse and accountability.

It went on to highlight that the crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemeni children are a disgrace to the whole world, and will haunt the international community forever.

Earlier on Monday, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund [UNICEF] said more than 11,000 children are known to have been killed or maimed as a result of Yemen conflict.

“The true toll of this conflict is likely to be far higher,” the UN children’s agency stated.

“Thousands of children have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands more remain at risk of death from preventable disease or starvation,” UNICEF executive director Catherine Russell said.

UNICEF also noted that at least 62 children have been killed or wounded since a UN-brokered truce, which lasted for six months, expired on October 2 after warring parties failed to agree on an extension.

“The urgent renewal of the truce would be a positive first step that would allow critical humanitarian access,” Russell said.

She added, “Ultimately, only a sustained peace will allow families to rebuild their shattered lives and begin to plan for the future.”

The UN agency also said 3,904 boys had been recruited into the fighting over the years, and that more than 90 girls had been given roles, including working at checkpoints.

UNICEF appealed for $484.4 million in funding to tackle the humanitarian crisis.

“If the children of Yemen are to have any chance of a decent future… all those with influence must ensure they are protected and supported,” Russell said.

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

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

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

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Military Option on Table Against All-out Blockade on Yemen – Deputy PM

December 8, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The deputy prime minister in Yemen’s National Salvation Government said the military option is still on the table if the Saudi-led coalition adamantly refuses to lift restrictions on Yemeni airspace to allow for the reopening of the country’s main airport and resumption of humanitarian flights.

“In light of a UN-brokered truce deal that expired on October 2nd and the current situation, which is neither peace nor war, the Saudi-led coalition of aggression is pressing ahead with an atrocious campaign in pursuit of its objectives,” Jalal al-Rowaishan told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Thursday.

He underlined that Yemeni Armed Forces and fighters from allied Popular Committees will not hesitate to use military force against the Riyadh-led alliance, stating that all available options arise from the fact that the Yemeni nation is in a state of self-defense.

Al-Rowaishan warned the Saudi-led coalition that the military option is on the table in case the economic blockade of Yemen persists, and the Riyadh regime refuses to immediately lift all airspace restrictions in order to allow for Sanaa International Airport to be re-opened without further delay.

The Yemeni deputy prime minister finally described the defeat of the Yemeni nation through blockade and economic war as a pipe dream, which is absolutely unattainable.

Last week, Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree said the country has reached a level of military capability that has enabled it to respond to the enemy’s aggression with remarkable firepower.

“In the past, the enemy used to bomb Sanaa and other provinces. Now, however, we are capable of returning every attack with dozens of missiles and drones,” al-Masirah quoted Brigadier General Saree as saying on Sunday.

Yemen’s Armed Forces are now prepared to respond to all sorts of offensives and have managed to “create a [new] equation in the balance of fear and terror with the enemy,” he added.

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

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

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

UN Celebrates World’s 8 Billionth Person Regardless of 80+ Yemeni Newborns Dying Everyday

NOVEMBER 19, 2022

By Al-Ahed News

A baby born somewhere on Tuesday was the world’s 8 billionth person, a United Nations’ projection was eager to announce!

“The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements while considering humanity’s shared responsibility for the planet,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

However, the UN chief’s mischief goes beyond this responsibility…

While busy counting the number of living humans on Earth, the WORLD body, whether on purpose or not, forgot about other humans who happen to be in Yemen, Palestine, and several other uncovered places on this planet.

The UN didn’t do its homework very well. The organization would have gained more respect had it done the math the way it ought to be.

Just two days later, an official with Yemen’s Health Ministry sounded the alarm that more than 80 newborn babies lose their lives on a daily basis because the war-torn country does not have the required medical equipment due to the Saudi-led war and blockade.

Najeeb al-Qubati, the undersecretary of Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population for the Population Sector, announced that some 39% of babies are born premature, which shows a significant increase compared to the pre-war period.

The official said the use of prohibited weapons was one of the reasons behind the growing trend. He said several human rights organizations have already acknowledged and condemned Saudis for using such arms.

Yemeni medical centers are in need of some 2,000 incubators, he said, noting that 632 incubators have been provided so far.

Since launching the war with the support of Washington in March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has used internationally-banned weapons, including US-made cluster bombs, to target residential areas, according to the Cluster Munition Monitor.

Apart from the war, Saudi Arabia has imposed a blockade on Yemen which, combined, have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The military aggression has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, including the health sector.

On Wednesday, the Yemeni Health Ministry said mosquito-borne diseases such as Malaria and dengue have been on the rise since the start of the war.

Speaking at a press conference in al-Huadaydah, Muhammad al-Mansour, the undersecretary of Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population for the Primary Care Sector, said war and blockade were two main reasons behind the increase of epidemics and diseases in the country.

Failure to implement to malaria control program led to a rise in cases from 513,000 in 2015 to 1,100,000 in 2019, he said, noting the rate was higher in areas where citizens were displaced such as in al-Hudaydah.

Malaria and dengue fever claimed the lives of more than 260,000 Yemenis between 2015 and 2019, he said, naming the closure of ports which has led to delays in the arrival of equipment and medicine as one of the leading factors.

In September, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported that the Ministry of Public Health and Population had confirmed the Saudi-led blockade had raised acute malnutrition cases to more than 632,000 children under the age of five and 1.5 million pregnant and lactating women.

“The siege and intense bombardment with prohibited weapons caused a high rate of congenital abnormalities and miscarriages, with an average of 350,000 miscarriages and 12,000 malformations,” it said. According to the ministry, the siege led to an eight-percent increase in premature births compared to the situation before the war.

The blockade has also increased the number of cancer patients by 50 percent. The figure showed 46,204 cases registered during the year 2021.

The ministry said the Saudi-led war had destroyed 162 health facilities completely or 375 partially and put them out of work.

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

Not only has the Saudi-led coalition failed to meet its objectives, it has also killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and created what the UN calls the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis.”

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KSA fears Yemen due to strategic location, resources: Sanaa

November 19, 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen & Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

The head of the Sanaa negotiating delegation, Mohammed Abdul Salam, stresses that Saudi Arabia’s fears of Yemen’s strength and independence are unreasonable.

KSA fears Yemen due to strategic location, resources: Sanaa

Riyadh’s payment of the salaries of Yemenis and the lifting of the siege on Yemen are basic demands and conditions for any agreement, the head of the Yemeni negotiating delegation, Mohammad Abdul Salam said on Friday.

This came in an interview published by the Majal forum, under the title “Does the new Yemen represent a threat to Saudi Arabia?”

“It is normal that Riyadh and Sanaa exchange visits on the humanitarian and political levels,” Abdul Salam said, stressing that “paying the salaries and lifting the siege are prerequisites for any agreement, and matters depend on how the Saudi regime will handle the new stage’s requirements.”

“Saudi Arabia’s fears that a strong and independent Yemen rises are unreasonable,” he said, explaining that “mercenaries are working to exaggerate these fears in order to invest them at the expense of the country’s security and interest.” 

Abdul Salam emphasized that the humanitarian issue is what should be the first point for any future agreements.

Unreasonable fears

“We believe that the Saudi side’s concerns are due to the strategic location of Yemen and its population and abundant resources,” Abdul Salam noted.

“The Saudi regime is afraid that countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council and other countries in the region be independent and strong, let alone Yemen, the country with the largest area after the Kingdom in the peninsula, in terms of area, population, capabilities, and strategic location,” he pointed out.

“Saudi Arabia’s best interest is for Yemen to have an independent, stable, and prosperous state,” Abdul Salam continued, stressing that “if the state is not self-managed, in accordance to its strategic interests and obligations to its people, it will be managed by external powers. This was the problem of the recent mortgage regimes, which were unable to achieve any strategic interests for Yemen.”

However, Abdul Salam stressed that “if there are other concerns related to borders, region, and security, it is only natural that discussion of such issues takes place between the countries, as happens between any two countries.”

The head of the Yemeni negotiating delegation then talked about the role played by some mercenaries, who stand by Saudi Arabia, “in exaggerating many fears and drawing many regional conflicts into the Yemeni arena.”

This role “keeps Saudi Arabia from looking at the chances of peace,” Abdul Salam explained.

Humanitarian file is a priority, and the ball is in Riyadh’s court

Abdul Salam affirmed that “the end of the truce came as a result of previous agreements ending, which were concluded under the auspices of the United Nations, given that it had completed or exhausted its options, and the payment of salaries became a basic requirement.”

He pointed out that the ball is in the Saudi regime’s court, because “relations between Sanaa and Riyadh are primarily linked to the latter’s position and the way it deals with it.”

“Sanaa is on the defensive, and this is clear. As for Riyadh, it is the one leading a major international coalition and working in the international corridors on continuing the blockade on Yemen and keeping the diplomatic pressure, with the United States of America and the United Kingdom behind the scenes,” he said.

Regarding the recent mutual understandings and visits of delegations, Abdul Salam explained that “meetings and visits between the parties for humanitarian or political goals are normal.”

Speaking on behalf of the Sanaa government, he added that the Yemenis “support these directions, and the most important thing is that there be a tendency to discuss all humanitarian aspects, not just the prisoners’ issue, which is considered one of the basics, in addition to opening airports and ports, removing restrictions on goods, and lifting the unjust siege on Yemen.”

International developments are an opportunity to realize the need to end the aggression

With regard to the changes in the international and regional arenas and their connection to the Yemeni issue, the head of the Yemeni negotiating delegation stressed that despite the effects, “We believe that it will not have a significant impact, because the US and British standpoints, as well as, unfortunately, the Saudi and Emirati, are similar.”

He pointed out that the only possible effect “goes to the Saudi side realizing that the war and aggression against Yemen are no longer in the interest of the Saudi regime, nor the future relations between the two countries or the future of the two peoples.”

“These developments may be an opportunity to re-evaluate the situation in Yemen, in terms of peace and stability,” Abdul Salam concluded, stressing that the interest of the two countries is understanding, coexistence, dialogue, and eliminating problems.

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Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

November 17, 2022

By Sarraa Al-Shahari

The Saudi-US aggression is trying to remove Yemen from the world map using all tools of destruction and killing. However, they aren’t aware that they triggered an unprecedented chance for those faithful people to revive in all fields as today after 8th year of war, Yemen turned much stronger.

Although the forces of the coalition of aggression destroyed everything, new production and development projects have risen from ashes to face the siege.

The “Ataa” production factories represent a model of those projects. They were established in June 2020 with no support or huge capitals. They were rather a part of a social initiative that made its first steps by a charitable loan from the “Bonyan Development Institution” and with the support of the agricultural committee in planning and organization. 

Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

Yemeni women were the first contributors to establishing these factories. They were in charge of managing, planning, production and marketing. Further, dairy products and natural milk are the main products of “Ataa”, which produce 350 liters equal to 800 boxes of different sizes on a daily basis. In the second place comes the spicy red sauce, as well as different kinds of detergents.

Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

Even though Yemeni factories are still manual, they have been defying the siege imposed by the coalition of aggression, and breaking it. They, likewise, contributed to the employment of dozens of Yemeni men and women and producing high quality local products, despite the spiking prices and the tight economic suffering.

Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

In an interview with Al-Ahed News, the Manager of “Ataa” factories Ashwaq Al-Dimashqi elaborated that “the successes of the project mainly rely on offering an organic product free of preservatives and creating job opportunities, which is an important step in the path to self-sufficiency.”

Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

The factories started selling and promoting their products in the capital, Sanaa, and achieved a significant reach over the two years of their establishment. Moreover, they duly overcame the dilemma of operational expenses and other obstacles. Those in charge of increasing production are working to meet the local needs of such important products, especially nutritional ones such as milk and yogurt.

Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

This organic Yemeni product is highly admired by Yemenis as they are rushing to buy it. For instance, Dimashki told Al-Ahed News: “We are in a phase of building and shifting from small factories to bigger ones, as neither an embargo would exhaust us nor a war would stop us.”

Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

It’s the Yemeni donation and resilience that took advantage to climb on the aggression to excel in all fields.

Yemeni Women and the Economic Siege: Challenges and Opportunities

The Manager of “Ataa” factories concluded her talk with Al-Ahed News by stressing that “Amid the siege and the aggression, women must have their marks, they have to contribute to accomplishing sufficiency and building the national economy, as well as to launch projects motivated by the Martyr Saleh Al-Samad’s quote: ‘There must be a hand to build and another one to protect’.”

War Coalition Impounds Another Yemen-bound Fuel Ship in Another Act of Piracy

November 16, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemen Petroleum Company [YPC] said the Saudi-led coalition has seized yet another Yemen-bound fuel tanker and prevented it from docking at Hudaydah port, in a new act of piracy against the besieged Yemeni people.

Essam al-Mutawakel, a spokesman for the YPC, said in a tweet on Monday that the Saudi-led coalition impounded the ship named Red Ruby, which was carrying thousands of tons of petrol.

The senior Yemeni energy official noted that the ship was detained and prevented from reaching the port of Hudaydah despite having undergone inspection in Djibouti and obtaining necessary permits from the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism [UNIVM].

The development comes days after the Riyadh-led alliance, which has been waging a devastating military campaign against Yemen since 2015, seized two vessels named Fos Energy and Princess Halimah, which were carrying thousands of tons of diesel fuel, and banned them from anchoring at Hudaydah port despite securing UN clearance in Djibouti.

Last week, the YPC said in a statement that the continued detention of Yemen-bound fuel ships has led to substantial fines over lengthy delays in offloading the shipments, and the figure stands at approximately 11 million dollars.

It added that only 33 fuel ships out of 54 tankers reached the strategic Hudaydah port in western Yemen during the six-month UN-brokered truce, which was first accepted in April and saw a lull in fighting between warring sides in the country.

The Yemen Petroleum Company also held the Saudi-led coalition of aggression and the United Nations fully responsible for the adverse humanitarian and economic repercussions of the ongoing blockade.

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

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

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

Yemen Can’t Wait: 19 million Suffer Food Insecurity as Saudi Siege Continues

October 29, 2022 

The United Nations warned in March that millions of Yemenis are at the brink of starvation as a result of the economic collapse caused by the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen for the seventh year in a row, calling for “urgent measures to be taken.”

By Staff, Agencies

Yemen needs an urgent political solution that culminates in the country reaching a solution that ends the suffering caused by the war on the country, which has been going on for eight years, the International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] said on Friday.

“Two out of three Yemenis are currently suffering from food insecurity, i.e., about 19 million people,” said the Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross Martin Schuepp on Twitter during his visit to Yemen.

“Many more suffer from a lack of access to basic health care, yet despite all this, Yemen is too often out of the spotlight. We need to ensure that the support we receive from donors and partners continues to enable us to continue our work,” Schuepp added.

The UN official explained that “the ICRC is dealing with urgent needs and at the same time trying to come up with solutions that would allow the country to catch a breath”. However, he stressed that a “full recovery in the long term will be possible only with a political solution to the ongoing conflict.”

“During the visit, I personally saw local doctors, together with ICRC staff, treating people with gun wounds in a local emergency department, and I spoke to farmers whose livelihoods were severely damaged during the years of conflict,” said the Red Cross operations director. “We are trying to provide them with some additional income to restore their livelihoods.”

For almost eight years, numerous treaties and laws were violated by the Saudi-UAE aggression coalition, but no international action was taken. Yemen is now known as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, but officials only had empty statements and imposed double standards.

Other than the numerous bombardments, the coalition attacked hospitals and human aid warehouses and imposed an aerial and naval blockade on Yemen, violating Articles 9, 11, 14, and 18 of the Additional Protocol II.

Earlier this year, the Eye of Humanity Center for Rights and Development in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, announced that the number of civilian casualties as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s direct bombing over the past seven years resulted in 46,262 casualties, between martyrs and wounded.

The aggression has so far caused 17,734 deaths, among which are 4017 children, 2434 women, and 11,283 men, while the number of those wounded reached 28,528, including 4,586 children, 2,911 women, and 10,032 men.

In the same context, Entisaf Organization for Child and Women’s Rights in Sanaa reported that the siege imposed by the aggression caused the loss of 100,000 newborns, at a rate of six children every two hours, in addition to more than 3,000 children with cancer who are at risk of death.

The United Nations warned in March that millions of Yemenis are at the brink of starvation as a result of the economic collapse caused by the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen for the seventh year in a row, calling for “urgent measures to be taken.”

No ceasefire extension with Saudi Arabia until all our demands are met: Yemen FM

Sanaa is demanding full access to its territorial rights and resources at a time when the west is fearful that a new escalation could further shrink Saudi and Emirati oil exports

October 12 2022

Supporters of Yemen’s Huthi rebels attend a rally, marking the sixth anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen, in the capital Sanaa on March 26, 2021. – A Saudi-led military coalition entered Yemen in March 2015 with the goal of restoring its “legitimate” government to power after the Huthis and their allies took over Sanaa. (Photo by Mohammed HUWAIS / AFP)

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Yemeni Foreign Minister in the National Salvation Government (NSG), Hisham Sharaf, said on 11 October that there will be no talks about extending the UN-brokered truce with the Saudi-led coalition until Sanaa’s “legitimate demands are fully met.”

He made the comments during a meeting with the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Joyce Msuya.

Sharaf highlighted that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are fully aware of Sanaa’s demands, which include using Yemen’s oil revenue to pay the salaries of the state employees and setting the stage to begin peace negotiations.

“We do not accept a situation where Yemeni people are caught between war and peace,” the Yemeni foreign minister said, adding that Sanaa wants to lead the country “away from any foreign tutelage or dictates.”

Sharaf pointed out that the Saudi-led coalition’s continued seizure of fuel shipments headed for the port of Hodeidah – and the failure to open Sanaa airport completely and to more destinations – have worsened an already dire humanitarian situation across Yemen.

His words came one day before the coalition seized a new fuel ship headed towards Hodeidah despite it passing UN inspections.

The Yemeni official also asked the UN to step up its humanitarian programs and provide the Arab world’s poorest nation with more food and medical supplies.

For her part, Msuya underlined that Yemen remains a high priority for the UN, and called for the political settlement of the conflict in Yemen.

A UN-brokered truce between the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s Ansarallah resistance group expired at the start of October, six months after it was first implemented.

On 11 October, Lebanese daily Al Akhbar cited well-informed sources in Sanaa as saying that Oman has been making headway in mediating the dispute between Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition.

The report also cites experts as saying they expect Muscat’s efforts to achieve a breakthrough under the “heavy support” of the US and the UN envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg.

Diplomatic sources reportedly confirmed that “regional and international powers” have pressured the Yemeni side to revive the truce agreement.

This new pressure on Yemen is allegedly a result of the recent oil supply cut by OPEC+, as Washington is now fearful of any repercussions a military escalation by Sanaa would have on Saudi and Emirati energy supplies, at a time when the west is struggling to keep fuel prices down.

A tour of the US envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, to move the file to extend the armistice
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