عودة أميركية إلى «اليمن»: لماذا يتأخّر إعلان الهدنة؟

 الإثنين 6 شباط 2023

يعزّز الأجواء التشاؤمية، عودة الترتيبات العسكرية في المحافظات الخاضعة لـ«التحالف» (أ ف ب)

رشيد الحداد

صنعاء | تواصِل الدبلوماسية العُمانية بذل المزيد من الجهود على طريق إزاحة العقبات التي لا تزال تحول دون إعلان تمديد الهدنة في اليمن، على رغم توصّل الرياض وصنعاء إلى تفاهم على فصْل الملفّ الإنساني عن الملفَّين العسكري والسياسي. وبالتوازي مع ذلك، يأتي إعلان وزارة الخارجية الأميركية عودة مبعوثها، تيم ليندركينغ، إلى المنطقة، ليثير الخشية من ضغط أميركي متجدّد في اتّجاه تكريس الوضع القائم، ومنع الإعلان عن اتّفاق نهائي. وفي هذا الإطار، لا تستبعد قيادات في صنعاء أن تضطرّ الرياض إلى التراجع عن التزاماتها والانقلاب على تفاهماتها مع «أنصار الله»، وخاصة أن المبعوث الأميركي سبق له أن تسبّب بإفشال اتّفاقات سابقة غير معلنة، أواخر تشرين الأول من العام الماضي، كما سبق لصنعاء أن اتّهمت واشنطن ولندن بإفشال جهود تمديد الهدنة.

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.”

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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.

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Al-Bakhiti: Sanaa naval missiles to be decisive if siege not lifted

Oct 6 2022 00:23 

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

The member of the Ansar Allah Political Bureau, Muhammad Al-Bakhiti assures Al Mayadeen that a permanent or long truce is not accepted with a siege, warning of Sanaa’s naval missiles’ role.

Member of Ansar Allah Political Bureau, Muhammad Al-Bakhiti

Member of the Ansar Allah Political Bureau, Muhammad Al-Bakhiti, confirmed to Al Mayadeen on Wednesday that Sanaa “has achieved development in the field of naval missiles,” highlighting their “effective role in resolving the battle in the event that the siege is not lifted.”

In an interview on Al Mayadeen TV, Al-Bakhiti added that “the countries of aggression prevent ships from entering Yemen by force of arms,” ​​stressing that the Yemeni forces “will respond in a similar way.”

The Yemeni forces have “the ability and the audacity to strike the Saudi and Emirati oil facilities,” Al-Bakhiti confirmed, reiterating that this will happen “in the event that their demands are not met.”

Al-Bakhiti called for an increase in “the number of flights and destinations, the opening of the port and the disbursement of salaries,” saying that “the continuation of the siege means the continuation of the war.”

Regarding the UN truce, Al-Bakhiti indicated that Sanaa “cannot accept a permanent or long truce along with the continuation of the aggression and siege.”

Regarding the US role in the Yemeni war, the member of the Political Bureau indicated that “America does not wish to stop the war” because its continuation “is in its favor.”

“The leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and America know how serious we are in needing to achieve our demands,” he added.

Resistance Warns Oil Companies to Leave Saudi Arabia, UAE As Yemen Truce Ends

Oct 3 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Yemeni Armed Forces have put oil companies operating in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on notice, warning that they could be targeted as long as Riyadh and its allies fail to commit to a proper ceasefire.

Tweeting on Sunday, Yemeni Armed Forces’ Spokesman Brigadier General Yehya Saree said Yemeni troops were providing the oil companies with a window of opportunity to leave the Saudi and Emirati soils “quickly.”

The Saudi kingdom and its allies, most notably the United Arab Emirates, have been waging a war against Yemen since March 2015, trying, in vain, to restore Yemen’s power to its former Riyadh-friendly officials. The military campaign, which has been enjoying unstinting arms, logistical, and political support from the United States, has killed hundreds of thousands of people, and turned the entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

A temporary United Nations-mediated ceasefire took effect between the warring sides in April and has been renewed twice ever since. The truce, however, expired on Sunday amid the invading coalition’s constant violations of the agreement and its refusal to properly lift a siege that it has been enforcing against Yemen simultaneously with the war.

“The warning,” Saree said, “stands as long as the countries that make up the invading American-Saudi coalition refuse to adhere to a ceasefire that allows the Yemeni people to exploit their oil wealth….”

Also on Sunday, Hans Grundberg, the United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen, confirmed failure of efforts aimed at extending the truce.

“The UN special envoy regrets that an agreement has not been reached today, as an extended and expanded truce would provide additional critical benefits to the population,” a statement read.

“I urge [the warring parties] to fulfill their obligation to the Yemeni people to pursue every avenue for peace,” the Swedish diplomat was quoted as saying.

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The Yemen Truce Is in Danger: The Aggressor’s Ships Are in the Crosshairs of the Yemeni Forces

Sep 30, 2022

By Mustapha Awada 

During negotiations for the extension of the armistice agreement for a fourth time in a row and before the current ceasefire expires, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement put forward three conditions.

The conditions are as follows:

“Paying salaries, ending the siege on Sana’a Airport, north of the capital, and the port of al-Hudaydah, west of the capital, and a halt to violations in order to achieve real stability.”

*Al-Hanash: If the aggressors do not abide by the terms of the armistice, we will end it.

Offering insight into the course of these negotiations, a member of the Yemeni national negotiating delegation, Abdul Majeed Al-Hanash, told Al-Ahed News that “if the aggressor does not abide by the terms of the armistice, we will end it ourselves. Sanaa would have no other choice because if the conditions are not implemented, the Yemeni people will demand their leadership resume the war.”

“The bank of objectives that the Yemeni leadership adopted before the truce is the same one that we are working on. But oil shipments will be added to that list. It is not possible for us to allow oil to cross into the Gulf to go to global markets while our people are besieged and their wealth is being stolen,” Al-Hanash added.  

“If we end the truce, we will use everything we have within the territorial waters to intercept oil tankers and stop the theft that is being conducted.”  

Abdul Majeed Al-Hanash applauded the resistance axis, stressing that “the Yemeni people are a qualitative addition to this axis and to the Palestinian cause, who pledged to always stand by its side and its resistant people.”

Anam: The forces of aggression not complying with the armistice will pave the way for an expansion of the circle of engagement.

For his part, the advisor of the Yemeni Supreme Political Council, Dr. Muhammad Taher Anam, told Al-Ahed that “the failure of the forces of aggression to abide by the armistice will not only push the leadership to resume military confrontations, but will expand the circle of engagement, especially after it was disturbed by the theft of oil resources and the conspiracy involving the United Arab Emirates, Total and the French government that are stealing Yemeni gas from Shabwa Governorate.”

“Clear statements were issued by the Yemeni army’s official spokesman, directed at foreign companies that steal Yemeni oil and gas. He called on them to take these statement seriously if an agreement on a new truce is not reached based on the conditions we set.”

He pointed out that “the adherence to the truce by the Saudi and Emirati regimes was in the 20% to 25% range, according to our estimates. They opened Sana’a Airport to Yemeni travelers to Amman and Cairo and allowed fuel ships to enter the port of al-Hudaydah. Other than that, there was no commitment neither to paying salaries of the employees from oil and gas revenues that are exported from Shabwa nor opening roads.

“There are some mediators, such as the UN envoy to Yemen, the Sultanate of Oman, and other countries, that are trying to press Saudi Arabia and the UAE to abide by their duties. We hope that these mediations will result in the implementation of the agreement that was signed because if this is not done, we will target companies and ships that steal Yemeni gas and oil unless salaries are paid before specifying the next truce.”

The adviser to the Yemeni Political Council stressed that “the military parade that the Sana’a government recently held on the occasion of the anniversary of September 21 was not random. Rather, it carried a message that we are still carrying the rifle and are ready for war again, and on a larger scale.”

According to Dr. Anam, “the parade is a warning to the Saudi and Emirati regimes. If both of them do not abide by the agreements that are in the interest of the Yemeni people, withdraw from their lands, and pay war compensation, the upgraded missiles and naval mines will be used to protect the interests of this nation.”

Muhammad Taher Anam affirmed that “both Saudi Arabia and the UAE are still violating these agreements and the commitments presented to the UN envoy and the mediating countries, as they are trying to position themselves between Russia and the West by stealing Yemeni gas and exporting it to Europe. This is after concluding agreements on this issue with some European states at a time when they are importing their oil from Qatar and others. However, we will follow through on the threat of the leader Sayyed Abdul-Malik Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and we will not be patient to the continuous looting of our wealth.”

The Siege of West Asia

TUESDAY 30 AUG 2022

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By Tim Anderson

The one redeeming feature of the US-EU siege of West Asia, one of the worst crimes of the 21st century, is that it is forcing a restructuring of international economic relations, away from a Washington-centred unipolar world.

With multiple failed or failing wars, Washington and its NATO partners and hangers-on have imposed a genocidal economic siege on a contiguous bloc of seven West Asian countries, between the Mediterranean and the Himalayas.

The physical blockades on Palestine and Yemen are joined by coercive measures on Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. Amongst other things, this brutal regional siege has led to 90% of the Syrian population living in poverty  and the blockaded people of Yemen suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The aim in all cases has been ‘to starve and cause desperation’ amongst entire populations – as was said about Washington’s blockades on Cuba and on Iran. The explicit aim is imposing ‘deliberate harm’, in the hope of coercing political change. A key associated aim is to help the zionist colony keep stealing Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese land, and so destabilise and cripple the development of the entire region.

While much of this siege is imposed in the name of ‘democracy’, ‘human rights’ and ‘anti-terrorism’, none of the NATO allied states of the region – like the Saudis, the UAE and Qatar, who actually finance and arm mass sectarian terrorism – face ‘sanctions’.

The pretexts for this siege are buried in pseudo-legal inventions. The US Treasury’s OFAC database has lists of dozens of ‘sanctioned’ entities and individuals in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen. There are not many ‘sanctions’ against Afghanistan, after 20 years of US and NATO military occupation. However it is notorious that Washington has seized several billion dollars belonging to Afghanistan’s Central Bank, simply because the U.S. is dissatisfied with the current Afghan government. That is certainly a big factor in the looming mass starvation of millions of people in that unfortunate West Asian country.

So what are sanctions and when can they be justified? In international law two principles are said to limit a state’s retaliation against others: that the response should be ‘in proportion’ to an alleged action by the other; and that any reprisal only comes after attempts at negotiation.

But retaliation is unlawful when (1) the aim is to damage the economy of another nation, or there is (2) an attempt at political coercion or (3) the measures imposed also damage the rights of third parties. All these illegal elements are at work in Washington’s current regional siege. Such unilateral ‘sanctions’ are now termed ‘unilateral coercive measures’ (UCMs) and subject to special scrutiny at the United Nations.

For some time international agencies have reported on the catastrophic impact of this siege, for example in Syria and Yemen. Despite the theoretical ‘humanitarian’ exemptions in both US and European coercive measures, the U.S. strangle hold on finance means there is severe impact on essentials such as food, medicine and energy.

The W.H.O. has reported that unilateral US-EU ‘sanctions’ damage children’s cancer treatment in Syria. Medical studies have condemned Europe’s coercive ‘sanctions’ for their damage to COVID-19 prevention and treatment in Syria, while the UN rapporteur on the impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures, Ms Alena Douhan, has called for an end to Washington’s UCMs which inhibit the rebuilding of Syria’s civilian infrastructure, destroyed by the conflict. “The sanctions violate the human rights of the Syrian people, whose country has been destroyed by almost 10 years of ongoing conflict,” said Ms Douhan.

Washington’s anti-Syrian ‘Caesar Law’ was also condemned as it attempts to block third party support for the Syrian population. “I am concerned that sanctions imposed under the Caesar Act may exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in Syria, especially in the course of COVID-19 pandemic, and put the Syrian people at even greater risk of human rights violations,” she said.

Siege measures on north African countries have come under similar criticism. In 2015 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the impact of ‘sanctions’ on human rights, Idriss Jazairy, urged States which have imposed UCMs on Sudan to review their policies. “Sudan has been under unilateral coercive measures for two decades without any adaptation .. The signal given by compulsory measures is in contradiction with their proclaimed objectives” he said, referring to the financial restrictions imposed on all business transactions with Sudan.

In Yemen, the rational is a little different. The US-EU ‘Sanctions’ which sustain the humanitarian crisis are carried out with direct approval by the UN Security Council, under the misguided idea that an interim president from 2014 (Mansour Hadi, in exile in Saudi Arabia for the last seven years) is still the legitimate President of the country. The actual revolutionary government (the only successful revolution of the so-called Arab Spring) led by Ansarallah (disparagingly referred to as ‘Houthi rebels’) is under UNSC sanctions. So the siege on Yemen is authorised under international law, unlike the UCMs against Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Nevertheless, a UN body has said that the western powers and their Persian Gulf allies (especially the Saudis and the U.A.E.) waging war on Yemen should be held responsible for war crimes. That 2019 report detailed a range of war crimes over the previous five years, including airstrikes, indiscriminate shelling, snipers, landmines, as well as arbitrary killings and detention, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, and impeding access to humanitarian aid.

This writer has previously argued that the UN Security Council has betrayed the people of Yemen, exacerbating ‘the world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ by demonising and sanctioning the revolutionary government while backing a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) puppet.

UCM regimes, now so popular with the USA and the European Union, have been condemned by independent UN experts for violating international law and for impeding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. While UCMs are “imposed mostly in the name of human rights, democracy and the rule of law”, Rapporteur Douhan concludes they actually “undermine those very principles, values and norms” while inflicting humanitarian damage.

The one redeeming feature of the US-EU siege of West Asia, one of the worst crimes of the 21st century, is that it is forcing a restructuring of international economic relations, away from a Washington-centred unipolar world. In future the BRICS bloc, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and allied groups will play a much greater role.

Saudi-Led Coalition Holding 3 Yemen-Bound Fuel Ships in Violation of UN-Brokered Ceasefire

August 27, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Saudi-led coalition forces are holding three Yemen-bound oil tankers carrying thousands of tons of fuel for the crisis-stricken country in flagrant breach of a UN-brokered ceasefire.

The coalition has impounded the tankers, including two laden with tens of thousands of liters of diesel fuel, and is not allowing them to sail towards Yemen, Essam al-Mutawakil, a spokesman for the Yemen Petroleum Company [YPC], told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Friday.

Mutawakil added that the ships, destined for Yemen’s western port of Hodeida, are being held despite being inspected and cleared for the port call by the United Nations staff.

The senior Yemeni energy official went on to highlight that a total of 54 fuel ships were expected to moor in Hudaydah port as a result of the UN-sponsored truce.

Only 33 vessels have arrived at the port since the ceasefire initially took effect on April 2 and was extended on June 2 for another two months.

The official argued that the United Nations and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg have failed to pressure the Saudi-led military alliance into allowing Yemen-bound fuel ships.

“The truce agreement has not allowed for shipments of fuel to arrive in Hudaydah easily,” Mutawakil said.

He lambasted the United Nations for simply implementing an aid plan for war-torn Yemen, where millions face hunger, and dismally failing to lift the crippling siege imposed on the country.

Earlier this month, Grundberg said the extended UN-sponsored truce, running from August 2 to October 2, included a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach an expanded truce agreement as soon as possible.

Under the terms of the truce, commercial flights have resumed from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to Jordan and Egypt, while oil tankers have been able to dock in the lifeline port city of Hodeida.

Moreover, in line with the agreement, the coalition agreed to end its attacks on Yemeni soil and end a simultaneous siege that it has been enforcing against Yemen.

Yemen has, however, reported many violations of the truce by the Saudi-led forces.

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 Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

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

Sayyed Al-Houthi: Foreign Forces Pillaging Yemen’s Gas, Oil Resources

August 24, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The leader of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement says foreign forces and their supporters in Yemen are pillaging the country’s gas and oil resources.

All of the country’s oil and gas resources have been plundered by “the invading coalition, thieves, and occupiers,” Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said during a televised address on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms, logistical, and political support from the United States and other Western states.

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

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

A UN-brokered truce came into force in April between the coalition and Ansarullah. The truce has been extended twice ever since.

Sayyed al-Houthi advised that the invading coalition seize the ceasefire opportunity to end its invasion of Yemen and a simultaneous siege that it has been imposing on the violence-weary country.

He asserted that it was not easy for Yemen to find a replacement for the natural resources’ revenues at the same time as the coalition maintained the siege.

“The all-out targeting of the nation and the severe inequity that is being exercised against it, entails that we take action towards confronting this oppression,” Sayyed al-Houthi stated.

Anyone, who does not prioritize confrontation with the aggressors, “is ignoring the size and purposes of this invasion,” Sayyed al-Houthi added, urging the Yemenis to retain their stances concerning the country’s independence.

He went on to say despite a temporary ceasefire, Yemeni forces preserve their complete readiness to confront the sinister goals that are potentially harbored by the country’s aggressors.

“One of our priorities during the temporary ceasefire period is to preserve a high level of preparedness and to pay attention to all of the enemies’ plots,” Sayyed al-Houthi said.

“Despite retaining our readiness during the current ceasefire period, we should not assume that the war is over and start concerning ourselves with other issues,” His Eminence added.

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