Yemen… international navigation warnings of the Houthi threat

Yemeni port

The legitimate Yemeni government renewed its warning of the Houthi militia danger in parts of the coastal strip on shipping lines and the international trade movement, and threatening international peace and security.

The government accused the Houthi militia of exploiting the Sweden agreement, and demanded the UN envoy to take a clear position and declare the fate of the efforts made by the United Nations to implement the Sweden agreement regarding the withdrawal of militias from the ports and city of Hodeidah.

This came in the government’s comment on the declaration of the Alliance to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, to intercept and destroy a booby-trapped boat launched by the Houthi militia from Hodeidah, in addition to the discovery and destruction of 3 marine mines in the Bab al-Mandab strait.

The Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Iryani, stated that the failed terrorist operation that the Houthi militias planned to carry out in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab comes within the escalating path of its terrorist crimes, after the killing of Qassem Soleimani, in implementation of Iran’s sabotage policies in the region.

Al-Iryani added that “the failed terrorist act that the Houthi militias planned to carry out south of the Red Sea using a booby-trapped boat that was launched remotely from Hodeidah governorate, and the continued cultivation of marine mines confirms once again the threat that its presence in parts of the coastline still represents on the shipping lines and the international trade movement And its threat to international peace and security”

The Yemeni Information Minister stressed that “these terrorist crimes would not have taken place had it not been for the Houthi militia to exploit the Sweden agreement and its continued control of the ports and city of Hodeidah,” according to a statement published by the official Yemeni News Agency.

The Yemeni minister called on the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to take a clear position on the continuous escalation of the Houthi militias that crossed the red lines to try to target the movement of merchant ships, and to announce the fate of the efforts made by the United Nations to implement the Sweden agreement regarding the withdrawal of militias from the ports and the city of Hodeidah.

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The Houthi militia’ violations blows away Yemeni food support again.

Food and Humanitarian Aid for people of yemen

The international aid crisis of Yemenis has returned to the fore, with a US official warning that international donor’s intent on stopping humanitarian aid to Houthi-controlled areas, due to obstacles imposed by the militias.

A senior State Department official said that donors and aid groups plan to stop humanitarian aid to areas under the control of Houthi militias in Yemen in the coming months if they do not stop blocking aid delivery.

The US official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, also explained, “Every donor and implementing agency outlines plans for how to act if the Houthis do not change their behavior on the ground. Among the plans is the suspension of many aid programs, except for programs actually needed to save life, such as feeding sick children. “

“Everyone is studying a time frame of one or two months. That is the point at which different implementing agencies will start suspending some programs,” he added.

It is noteworthy that, during the past year, relief agencies complained about the deteriorating work conditions and the lack of travel permits and other restrictions on the delivery of aid.

In this context, the US Agency for International Development has expressed grave concern about the Houthi stance, which exacerbated the impact of the crisis by interfering in aid operations.

“We are working diligently to find a way to allow continued US aid to be provided non-stop, but we are taking steps to plan for the next with our partners so that they can adjust their programs safely and responsibly if we are forced to cut aid,” said Puja Junjunwala, the agency’s acting spokesperson.

The United Nations Security Council approved a decision to extend sanctions against leaders of Houthi militias, and to ban the sending of weapons to Houthis for another year. Thirteen countries supported the resolution, while Russia and China abstained and said the wording of the resolution was unbalanced.

In the text of the resolution, the council also expressed “its deep concern about the humanitarian situation in Yemen and all unjustified obstructions in the provision of humanitarian assistance, including the recent intervention in relief operations in Houthi-controlled areas.”

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Al Houthi reconnaissance plane has been exterminated in Al-Drahemi

Houthi rebels fire missile attack on Saudi

The joint forces announced the extermination of a reconnaissance plane belonging to the Houthi militia in the Al-Duraimi Directorate in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, west of the country.

The joint forces’ military media said, “The Houthi reconnaissance plane was flying west of the Al-Duraimi Directorate and was trying to photograph and monitor the locations and movements of the joint forces.” it emphasized that “the soldiers targeted the plane and were able to shoot it down.”

The joint forces announced last week the shooting down of a Houthi marching plane in the Al-Duraimi district, south of Al-Hodeidah governorate, while “trying to target the locations” of those forces.

The United Nations experts’ report charged with monitoring the arms embargo imposed on Yemen since 2015 stated that the Houthi militia had acquired new weapons in 2019, some of which had similar characteristics to those produced in Iran.

The report, which was sent to the Security Council recently, said that “in addition to the well-known weapons systems that they have until now, the Houthis are using a new type of Delta drone and a new model of land cruise missiles.”

The Houthi militia has intensified the use of booby-trapped and reconnaissance drones, which the United Nations Committee of Experts had previously said were “compiled from components from an external source and shipped to Yemen.”

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Houthi minefield dismantled inside a residential neighborhood in Hodeidah

Houthi minefield dismantled inside a residential neighborhood in Hodeidah

On Monday, the joint forces in the Yemeni western coast revealed a new minefield planted by the Houthi militia inside a residential neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of the city of Hodeidah, west of Yemen.

The military media of the joint forces said, in a statement, that the field extends about 500 meters in the Al-Masna neighborhood near the Red Sea mills.

The statement quoted an expert in the engineering team of the joint forces as saying that an engineering team began dismantling and removing the field amid the widespread satisfaction of the people of the neighborhood, who have become a nightmare haunting them.

He pointed out that the discovery, dismantling, and removal of the field came as part of the relentless and determined efforts to survey the liberated areas, especially the villages and residential neighborhoods most affected, such as the elderly neighborhood, which saw the killing of dozens of its people during the last period, most of them women and children with mines laid by the Houthi militias inside the neighborhood and in the farms and public and sub roads.

This field is the third minefield of its kind to be discovered and dismantled in the same neighborhood, the largest of which extends over an area of two kilometers.

It is noteworthy that the Houthi militia planted hundreds of thousands of mines and explosive devices in various Yemeni regions, which led to the killing of many civilians, including women and children.

The use of mines was limited to the Houthi militia exclusively, as reports indicate that there are more than two million landmines planted by the Houthis in more than 15 Yemeni governorates, of all types: anti-vehicle, personnel and marine mines, most of which are homemade or imported and developed locally.

Landmines have become one of the most prominent Houthi weapons targeting innocent people in the mountains, valleys, plains and in residential neighborhoods. The Houthis will not withdraw from an area unless they are afflicted by hundreds of planted mines, which causes thousands of casualties, especially since these mines are laid without maps Which makes the process of removing or accessing them very difficult.

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Houthi arrests campaign threatens prisoner exchange negotiations

Houthi arrests campaign threatens prisoner exchange negotiations

The Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Iryani, warned against a new Houthi militia arrests campaign in its areas of control in conjunction with talks to exchange prisoners under the auspices of the United Nations. He accused the Houthi militia of not being serious in the success of the prisoner exchange talks.

Al-Iryani said, in a statement published by the official Yemeni News Agency, on Saturday evening, that the Houthi militia launched a campaign of arrests in its areas of control that included state employees, officers in the Ministry of Interior and Defense, and leaders in the General People’s Congress, in conjunction with Jordan’s discussions between the delegations of the legitimate government and the militias to implement the segment of prisoner exchange in the Sweden agreement.

He added that the Houthi militias, which continue its kidnappings and illegal detentions under false pretexts and allegations, prove that they are not serious in the success of the prisoner exchange talks, and they only use it to create false media victories and do not care about the lives of Yemenis.

The Yemeni Minister of Information demanded the Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and his team overseeing the Jordan negotiations to define a clear position and press the Houthi militias to stop all arrests against citizens, and considered this a “step to demonstrate the credibility and seriousness of the militia in achieving progress in this humanitarian file and not maneuvering and kidnappings and arrests.

The United Nations and the official in charge of the file of the prisoner’s exchange, Mr. Moeen Shraim, called on the Houthi militias to stop arresting civilians and taking hostages and exchange them for their prisoners’ and qualified that as terrorist crimes and a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

The office of the UN envoy to Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross announced that the third meeting of the Committee for the exchange of prisoners and detainees in the Jordanian capital, Amman, came out with approval of a detailed plan to complete the first large-scale official exchange of prisoners and detainees since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen.

The Yemeni government stated that the first stage of the release plan for prisoners and detainees agreed upon in Amman with the Houthi group would include the release of 1,420 prisoners and detainees.

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Explosives designated to the Houthi have been Seased in the red sea

Explosives designated to the Houthi have been. Seased in the red sea

The joint forces in the Yemeni western coast announced, at dawn on Friday, the seizure of smuggled explosive materials that were on their way to the Houthi militia.

The military media of the joint forces said, in a brief statement, that the coast guard in the Red Sea sector managed to seize a boat in the Red Sea waters carrying materials used in explosives manufacture was on its way to the Houthis.

The statement did not give more details about the destination from which these materials, their types and quantities were provided.

The Coast Guard in the Red Sea sector of the joint forces seized many smuggled materials that are used in the manufacture of explosives and which the Houthi militia are trying to smuggle through the port of Hodeidah.

This comes the day after the US Defense Department revealed the details of the two Iranian-made weapons shipments that were seized by two US Navy teams in the Arabian Sea during the past period, while they were on their way to the Houthis in Yemen.

The US Central Command spokesman, Captain William Urban, said in a briefing to the Pentagon that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was – most likely – behind the smuggling of weapons to the Houthis, without regard for the UN Security Council resolutions.

He added that among the weapons confiscated were parts of a cruise missile (351) compatible with the configuration of the engine and the tail for materials extracted from the missiles used in the Iranian attack on Aramco refineries in Saudi Arabia.

He said that Iran had begun to send a more advanced type of missile to the Houthis that we had not seen in the previous intercepted shipments.

Urban showed photos of the seized weapons, the last of which included, 150 (anti-tank) anti-tank missiles, an Iranian version of the Russian Cornet missile, and 3 surface-to-air missiles designed and manufactured individually by Iran (358), as well as weapons parts Other maritime systems are marching.

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Houthi militia attacks women in a café

Houthi militia attacks women in a café

In the context of the militia’s war against cafes in its controlled areas, the Houthi militia stormed and closed a women-only café in the capital, Sanaa.

The owner of the women’s café on Baghdad Street in the center of the capital Sanaa, Shaima Muhammad, revealed horrific details about the operation to storm and close the café by Houthi gunmen, who attacked her and threatened to kill her.

She said in a post on his Facebook page: “A while ago, armed men came to our workplace (Ophelia Cafe for Women Only) without prior notice or any legal justification and asked us to vacate the place.”

She added that one of the gunmen ordered her to ask the woman to leave the café, saying: “They sit in their homes … why did they leave?”

She pointed out that a Houthi militant attacked one of the employees and took her phone from her hand by force, and when her brother tried to remove the gunman, he pointed his weapon and threatened to kill him inside the café.

She stated that the Houthi gunmen told women in the café offensive and vulgar words while they were forcing them out of the place.

She indicated that the militias allowed her to reopen the café, after closing it for the first time, but they returned to storm it and close it again, without any legal reason.

A few days ago, the Houthi militia stormed the Coffee Corner café in the Hadd region in Sana’a, and closed it, as part of a series of militia warfare being waged against cafes, suppressing freedoms and restrictions on citizens in the capital, Sanaa, and the rest of the cities under its control.

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The Houthis deprived Yemenis of important humanitarian programs

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The Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country – a tactic for the Houthis to force the UN agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign as well as cutting billions of dollars in foreign aid, according to aid officials and internal documents that have taken place.

The rebel group has subjected access to areas under its control to a set of conditions rejected by aid agencies, as it gives the Houthis greater influence over those receiving aid, as documents and interviews have shown.

A senior United Nations official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Houthi disruption has hindered many programs that supply residents with food, and are helping displaced people who fled their homes due to the ongoing civil war for nearly 6 years.

“More than two million beneficiaries … were directly affected,” the official said.

The documents show that the Houthis are opposed to the efforts of the United Nations to tighten control over some $ 370 million a year already provided by its agencies to government institutions mostly controlled by the rebel group. These funds are supposed to be spent on salaries and other administrative costs, but more than a third of the money spent last year has not been audited, according to an internal document leaked to the Associated Press.

The United Nations has been largely silent about these pressures, but behind the scenes, the agency and international donors are sticking to their positions in the face of Houthi demands. The Associated Press spoke with seven aid workers, UN officials and independent agencies about the situation.

Everyone spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of revenge. The Associated Press viewed dozens of documents, including emails for relief officials.

In October, Yemen’s Humanitarian Coordinator Liz Grande sent a letter to the Houthi-appointed prime minister listing a long list of demands.

The letter seen by the Associated Press states that the “vast majority” of these demands relate to obstructing or delaying the delivery of aid and that many of them are in violation of humanitarian principles. For months, the Houthis demanded that they are given 2% of the total budget from aid, which was rejected by the United Nations and donors. In an email to the Associated Press, a US Agency for International Development (USAID) spokesman said that the Houthis’ attempts to “implement a tax on humanitarian aid are unacceptable and directly contradictory to international humanitarian principles.” The United States provided $ 686 million to Yemen in 2019, according to the US Agency for International Development.

Last week, the Houthis appeared to be backing away from asking for a 2% rate, but they continued to press for further concessions, according to relief officials.

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Al-Hodeidah… Dozens of Houthi militia killed in Al-Drahamy

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Dozens of Houthi militias were killed, on Tuesday evening, during the joint forces’ response to two attacks east of the city of Al-Derahimi in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, western Yemen.

According to the military media of the joint forces, the Houthi militias have resumed the attack for the second time, in the Al-Duraimi district, after incurring dozens of dead and wounded and downing a droning plane belonging to it.

In a statement, he explained that a Houthi tank had been destroyed in the Al-Shajn area, east of the city of Al-Duraimi.

The Houthi military escalation came at a time when the deputy head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, Daniela Krosslake, is visiting the international monitoring points in Hodeidah and meeting with the liaison officers to discuss the success of the peace process in Hodeidah, according to the statement.

The joint forces in the Yemeni West Coast, on Tuesday, thwarted a massive attack by the Houthi coup militia, backed by artillery shelling, which was intended to break the siege on its members holed up in civilian homes in the city of Al-Darayhmi, south of Hodeidah.

The military media of the joint forces confirmed that the Houthi militia carried out a suicide infiltration attempt towards the joint forces’ sites in Al-Darahimi, in flagrant violation of the Sweden agreement.

He explained that the Houthi militia paved the way for an attempt to infiltrate the siege of its members, entrenched in the city, through artillery shelling that killed two individuals and wounded three others from the joint forces stationed in Al-Drahamy.

The statement added that the joint forces stationed in Al-Drahihii responded firmly to the attempt to infiltrate and put out the Houthi militia fire, and the attackers suffered heavy losses on the human and material levels.

He pointed out that this Houthi escalation coincides with the state of confusion experienced by the Houthi militia in Hodeidah and the West Coast, in light of the growing Houthi escalation and military and humanitarian violations that confirm priesthood repudiation from the commitment to the Stockholm Agreement.

In this context, the Houthi militia intensified, on Tuesday, it’s indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods in Al-Tahita district, south of Hodeidah, which resulted in the injury of a citizen.

According to local sources, the militias fired a barrage of fire and shells at the neighborhoods of Al-Tahita center, which resulted in the injury of a citizen named Maher Qassem Suleiman.

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The Houthis are looting the largest camp for displaced people in Yemen … a famine warning

Houthi minefield dismantled

While the displaced people suffer from extremely difficult humanitarian conditions in the alternative camps in Marib Governorate, northeastern Yemen, the Houthi militia plundered the Al-Khanq camp for the displaced in the Nahham district, east of Sana’a, which is the largest in Yemen, after the IDPs fled from it due to the confrontations that took place in the areas near the camp.

In the details, relief aid sources said, on Monday, that the militia transported tents and shelter materials belonging to the camp, on trucks, to areas in Bani Hashish and Al-Harish in Sanaa.

It is noteworthy that the attacks by the Houthi militia on the displacement camps in Ma’rib and Naham in the Sana’a governorate had forced the displaced people to leave those camps to migrate again to escape the fire of intentional bombing.

Aid sources working in the relief field added that the recent events caused the displacement of more than 3,500 families from the Majzar district of Marib, while 400 families from the Nahham district and 1,500 families from the Al-Khaniq camp in Nahham were displaced.

Local sources also confirmed that all the displaced people from the Nahham and Mazrar districts settled in Al-Zabra camp in the Madghel district in the Ma’rib Governorate.

In the context, the United Nations announced, on Sunday, that the escalation of armed confrontations in several regions of the governorates of Ma’rib, Al-Jawf, and Sana’a, since mid-January, has forced at least 4,700 families to flee.

Liz Grande, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, said in a statement that the humanitarian partners provided emergency food, hygiene kits, shelter materials, life-saving water, and nutrition and protection services to people who need assistance in those areas. “A note that Yemen is preparing The worst humanitarian crisis in the world, where about 80% of the population needs some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.

In addition, the UN official warned that 10 million Yemenis are one step away from starvation, and 7 million are malnourished.

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