Houthi militias steal medical aid, vaccines and medicines

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Extensive theft operations carried out by the Houthi militia of health assistance provided by international organizations, especially the World Health Organization. Revealed UN sources in Sanaa.

And the local “NewsYemen” news website quoted those sources as saying that the Ministry of Health, controlled by the Houthi militia, had kept the N1H1 vaccines provided by the United Nations and refused to distribute them to hospitals and health centers, pretxting to test them to ensure their safety and that they did not expire.

The same sources indicated that they were surprised that these vaccines were sold to private hospitals by Houthi Ministry of Health officials in exchange for huge sums of money.

The source also spoke about extensive thefts and looting of aid allocations and expenditures provided by the World Health Organization to support routine vaccination campaigns implemented in Houthi militia-controlled areas with support from the World Health Organization.

In addition the source mentioned that the Houthi militia leadership has looted approximately 600 million riyals of the World Health Organization’s support for the polio vaccination campaign in the capital, Sana’a, which was implemented from December 23 to 25. The Houthi authorities controlling the capital, Sanaa, recently admitted that 94 people had died of the H1N1 flu after weeks of trying to mislead public opinion about the spread of the epidemic and its danger.

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Houthi bombing burns food aid inside the Red Sea mills

Bomb blast in Al-Hodeidah

On Thursday, the Houthi militia renewed the Red Sea mills bombing in Al-Hodeidah, western Yemen, which contain thousands of tons of wheat belonging to the World Food Program.

The joint forces’ military media confirmed, in a statement, that the Houthi militia fired a 120-mm mortar shell at the Red Sea mills in Al-Hodeidah city.

The media explained that the mills contain (51) thousand tons of flour and grains that have been purified recently, and the United Nations’ World Food Program intends to distribute them to the needy areas.

According to the statement, the militia shelling of the Red Sea mills came before the process of distributing grains to the needy, in an attempt to destroy what was prepared and deprive the citizens of food aid and increase their daily suffering.

The World Food Program had recently processed 51,000 tons of food and intended to distribute it to eligible families in some areas, but the Houthi militia anticipated the move by bombing the mills.

The Red Sea mills contain warehouses for the United Nations World Food Program, and contain large quantities of grains sufficient to feed 3.7 million people for a month, located near the lines of contact.

The Houthi militias have previously targeted the Red Sea mills several times with direct bombardment, which resulted in the burning of two silos and the destruction of wheat in them, and prevented international teams from reaching them more than once, before a UN delegation was able to access and repair them, after the destruction of quantities of stored wheat.

And the targeting of mills adds to a series of dangerous escalations carried out by the Houthi militias recently, in addition to the mobilization of more militants and digging tunnels and trenches carried out by the militias in most areas of the city and its outskirts, as part of its continued violations of the UN armistice and the Swedish agreement.

The Iranian- Houthi arrangements for a military operation in the Red Sea

Military members in the Red sea

A senior security source in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, western Yemen, has revealed arrangements being made by officers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to carry out a major military operation in the Red Sea.

The source, said that the Iranian officers have been visiting for the city of July 7, east of Hodeidah, within days of this process, which requires arrangements  that the Houthis will adopt later.

The source suggested that the battleships and tankers in the Red Sea off the Yemeni coast would be the target of this operation.

The US government had revealed a senior leadership presence in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Yemen, whose name is Abdul-Ridha Shalahi, and offered a financial reward of $ 15 million, for those who provide information to reach him.

The French magazine Intelligence Online, specialized in intelligence affairs, published new information about the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, and said that he was in Sana’a at the head of a force to provide support to the Houthi militia, the Iranian arm in Yemen.

According to the sources of the intelligence magazine, General Reza Shalahi, the son of the Iranian city of Shiraz, is in Yemen at the head of a force counting about 400 fighters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reinforced by experts from Hezbollah who were sent from Lebanon. It is noteworthy that the US envoy to Iran, Brian Hook, announced in conjunction with the disclosure of the presence of “Shalahi” in Sanaa, that the American forces in the Arabian Sea seized a dangerous Iranian shipment of weapons on its way to the Houthis.

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A Houthi campaign to recruit female students for espionage and fighting

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The legitimate Yemeni government accused on Sunday the Iranian-backed Houthi militia of carrying out a systematic campaign to lure and recruit students in schools, as part of its “escalating terrorist actions” in the remaining areas under its control.

“This step aims to enroll them (girls) with their armed groups and use them in the tasks of spying on women’s sessions, raiding houses and suppressing protests after enrolling in training sessions and subjecting them to training programs.” Said the Yemeni Minister of Information, Muammar Al-Iryani.

Al-Iryani added in a series of tweets, “This step is part of the Houthi militia’s attempts to use women in its terrorist operations, and the systematic destruction of Yemeni values, customs*- and traditions that honor women and grant them a special status and criminalize their use in acts of violence and plunging them into political conflicts.”

He called on international organizations working in the field of women’s rights and against violence against women and all human rights activists to condemn these criminal practices and all forms of abuse against women in areas controlled by the Houthi militia, and pressure to prevent their use in hostilities.

The Yemeni Minister of Information pointed out that the continued silence of the international community regarding these terrorist practices and brainwashing of children, women and youth in Yemen by Houthi militias is unjustified.

He added that everyone will pay the price dearly if the Houthi militia’s crimes and terrorist practices are not countered, as has happened with other terrorist organizations.

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Houthi military leader killed and new sites liberated in Saada

soldier fighting in the ranks of the legitimacy against the Houthis

The Yemeni army announced Saturday, the killing of a senior Houthi military commander in battle in the “Baqam” front in”Saada” province in the north of the country.

The official Yemeni News Agency said that the national army forces backed by fighters of the Sharia Support Alliance took control of new locations in the Baqim District in Saada Governorate, the main stronghold of the Houthi militia.

“The army forces carried out a qualitative attack on the positions of the Houthi militia in Baqim.” Said Brigadier Yasser Al-Harthi

According to Al-Harthi, the National Army forces controlled the hills and mountains located between the west of the “Tayr and Jawhara” mountain range east of the district’s center.

“The operation resulted in killing the pillars of the militia war in the brigade (103), killing dozens and wounding others, and captured three elements, including a sniper, with all his belongings, while the rest escaped.” He added.

The army also seized many light and medium weapons and armored vehicles were damaged and seized. The Yemeni army, supported by the Allied forces, is engaged in extensive military operations in more than 8 combat axes in the Houthi stronghold of the districts of Saada Governorate.

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The Houthi endless escalation against international movements in hodeidah

Indian General, Abahigit Juha

The Houthi militia anticipated the expected meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee in Hodeidah leaded by the Indian General, Abahigit Juha, on Tuesday, with a massive military escalation that included bombing and intensive targeting in the Hodeidah districts, western Yemen, along with its fighters’ mobilization.

This escalation coincided with the UN envoy to Yemen movements, Martin Griffiths, in an attempt to salvage the Stockholm Agreement, which was passed a year ago, without the Houthi militia being committed to implementing any of its provisions.

The joint forces military media said that their locations south and east of the Al-Duraimi directorate, on the southern outskirts of Hodeidah city, were subjected to multiple Houthi attacks with artillery and heavy weapons, while the Houthi militias moved large military reinforcements on the outskirts of the district to a new escalation round.

Field military sources said that the militia mobilized hundreds its armed men, using military vehicles, and armed with various types of weapons, and pushed them towards the eastern outskirts of the Al-Drahami Directorate from the early hours of Tuesday.

The same source noted that the crowd coincided with extensive bombing and targeting operations launched against the joint forces’ sites south and east of the district with heavy 120-mm mortar and 82-mm mortar shells.

The Houthi militia continued the work of innovations in areas it controlled towards the center of the district and the liberated areas, and on Tuesday resumed heavy shelling and increased the pace of escalation by targeting the coastal and mountainous areas of Al-Faza.

Houthi militias also renewed their escalation and daily violations of the city of Hays, south of Hodeidah, and used artillery and heavy and medium weapons.

According to local sources in Hayes, the militias launched a heavy artillery bombardment on residential neighborhoods west of the city, with heavy mortar shells 120 and RBG shells violently.

On the northern outskirts of the city, militia men used snipers o fire at citizens’ homes.

This Houthi escalation came one day before a scheduled meeting of the Redeployment Coordination Committee in Hodeidah, leaded by General Abahigit Juha.

A member of the Combined Forces Command in the West Coast, Brigadier Sadeq Dowid, confirmed in a tweet, that the Coordination Committee for Redeployment in Hodeidah will hold its seventh meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, on a ship belonging to the United Nations off the coast of Hodeidah, the largest city of the West Yemeni coast.

He pointed out that the next meeting is still in the process of discussing concepts related to some of the Stockholm Agreement provisions, despite the passage of a year of its entry into effect.

The meeting is devoted to “discussing the practical steps of the two phases’ redeployment concept, opening humanitarian corridors, and replacing the basic security and coast guard forces.” He said It is noteworthy that the Stockholm agreement included provisions including a ceasefire, the relocation of forces outside the city of Hodeidah, the withdrawal of the Houthi militia from the three ports in the city, the removal of mines and the opening of humanitarian corridors to facilitate the movement of civilians and goods to and from the city of Hodeidah, which was not committed to any of the Houthi militias, according to Confirmation by Brigadier-General Dwed, who said, “The Houthis did not implement anything of this, despite the passage of a year after the agreement.”

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The Houthis behave like ISIS

outhern forces stop Houthi attempt to penetrate Dhali

The Houthi militia raided a number of women’s clothing stores and women’s sewing factories in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and removed the waist belts attached to “Abayas” and burned them.

Yemeni activists posted and shared on social medias pictures and videos showing Houthi militants removing belts from hundreds of “women’s abayas” and burning them in the public street in Sana’a On Wednesday, while chanting the slogan of the Khomeinist cry. The Houthi move, despite its strangeness and proximity to ISIS practices, was not a surprise to many activists on the communication platforms, compared to previous practices in terms of closing women’s cafes and removing advertising plastic dolls from the storefront and also the extremist rhetoric broadcast by the Houthis in schools and universities.

In addition, local sources reported that the militia issued warnings to shop owners and sewing factories against selling women’s abayas “waisted” with fabric belts, as they came “within the soft war to corrupt the nation’s daughters,” according to the Houthis’ claims.

These Houthi actions provoked widespread condemnation among Yemenis, as human rights activists considered them an attack on the shops’ owners and an attempt to blackmail them, and a continuation of restricting women’s personal freedoms practices.

While activists described it as an “ISIS invasion” carried out by the Houthi militia, within its practices of putting restrictions on women and girls in all aspects of their lives, especially while they go to public parks and cafes and in their work.

It is noteworthy that the Houthi militia issued a circular months ago about female students ’clothes and their specifications for private schools, government and private universities in the capital, Sana’a, and universities also demanded that female students to be required to do so.

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Houthi militia threatens to expel international organizations

Soldier fighting in the ranks of the legitimate army against Al-Houthi militia in the West of Taiz City

The Houthi coup militia renewed its threats, on Sunday, to expel international organizations operating in the Yemeni areas that are still under its control.

Ali al-Dailami, the deputy minister of human rights in the Houthi government that is not recognized internationally, said that the organizations did not provide the Yemenis with any service that amounted to the false humanitarian slogans they marketed.

Al-Dailami added during a workshop in Sana’a under the slogan “evaluating the effectiveness of aid provided to Yemen to face the humanitarian crisis”, that “if (the organizations) do not do their work, they are not welcome,” according to Houthi media reports.

The responsible of foreign affairs in the Houthi government, Ahmed al-Imad, also accused UN organizations of “tampering” with humanitarian aid. He said, “The humanitarian aid mechanism for Yemen has become a subject of debate within the United Nations and in the corridors of the United Nations, and we are in the position of evaluating the aid mechanism provided to Yemen.”

Targeting humanitarian workers.

The Houthi Militia, through its leaders and media, is waging a widespread incitement campaign against UN and international aid organizations, accusing them of corruption, after the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Muller was briefed before the Security Council in which she confirmed that the Houthi group was preventing the implementation of  humanitarian NGOs’ projects in their areas of control, and expel some of those NGOs and United Nations staff without any reason.

Muller also accused the Houthis of targeting humanitarian workers and their ill-treatment, noting that targeting cases during the past three months amounted to 60 attacks, threats and arrests of humanitarian workers.

She noted that the Houthi groups’ interference in humanitarian operations and its attempts to influence the choice of beneficiaries of this aid and implementing partners, and try to compel humanitarian organizations to work in conditions that contradict humanitarian principles. And she warned that, if accepted, this would cause the loss of funding for humanitarian projects and their closure.

The UN official stated that the Houthis have repeatedly looted humanitarian aid and occupied the headquarters of humanitarian organizations, which has hindered the delivery of necessary humanitarian aid to those who deserve it.

The legitimate Yemeni government had expressed strong condemnation of the campaign of abuse and incitement launched by the Houthi militia against international organizations working in the field of relief in Yemen. It warned of its danger to the safety of crews of organizations operating in militia-controlled areas. The Yemeni Foreign Minister, Muhammad al-Hadrami, condemned the threats made by the Houthi militia towards the United Nations and its humanitarian programs in its areas of control, and described it as a “miserable response as a result of the facts revealed about its violations before the Security Council.”

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A year after the Stockholm agreement … what has been really achieved in Yemen?

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A full year has passed since the “Stockholm” agreement signing, between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Houthi militia on December 13th, 2018, under the United Nations supervision, the stumbling and lack of implementation is still the master of the situation, in light of the continued prevarication of the Houthis and their lack of commitment to any of the agreement terms.

Political observers believe that this agreement turned into a stumbling block to any comprehensive political settlement in Yemen, due to the lack of the Houthi militias’ commitment, as usual, in implementing the agreements.

The Stockholm agreement, which was strengthened by the Security Council by a resolution issued on December 22nd, 2018, included three axes, the first on the city of Hodeidah and its ports (Hodeidah, al-Salif and Ras Issa), the second an implementation mechanism to activate the prisoner exchange agreement, and the third the declaration of understandings about the besieged city of Taiz.

Under the agreement, Houthi had to withdraw its militia from the ports and city of Hodeidah within 14 days of signing, remove any obstacles or obstacles that prevented local institutions from performing their functions, and enforce an international truce for the ceasefire that became “just ink on paper.”

The spokesman for the joint forces on the West Coast, Colonel Waddah Al-Dubeish, holds the United Nations and the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths responsible for the stalled implementation of the Stockholm Agreement for a full year. “The United Nations and its envoy have been able, since the first months, to resolve the Hodeidah file and take a lot of measures and put real pressure on the Houthi militia and Iran to implement the agreement,” he said.

Over the course of a whole year, the Houthi militia did not stop violating the agreement by violating the military armistice, and its shells are constantly falling on civilians, and according to a recent report by Save the Children, there are 33 children killed and wounded every month in Hodeidah between January and October 2019.

According to a spokesman for the joint forces, “Sweden has nothing left except the name,” adding: “The ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah was born with a handicap and lived on artificial respiration for a year.”

Houthi violations reached their climax, last month, by targeting the headquarters of the government team in the Redeployment Committee in Hodeidah with ballistic missiles and drones, which the Yemeni Prime Minister considered “a clear indication of the coupists’ rejection of peace and their breach of covenants and agreements”, in addition to restricting the work and movement of the UN committee to coordinate the return of Spread.

The succession of three to the chairmanship of the Redeployment Committee, since the signing of the agreement, is an indication of little progress in the committees’ work, from General Patrick Camer passed through the Danish Michael Lollisgard to the Indian General Abahjit Goha who has barely succeeded in establishing five ceasefire observation points, which impact has diminished drastically, with military operations, attacks, and shelling in squares and observation sectors over the past days.

The UN mission does not seem interested in the major military escalation in all fronts south of Hodeidah on a daily basis, with successive build-up and reinforcements continuing without stopping.

Al-Dabish described the United Nations’ silence as suspicious, and said that the United Nations and the Houthi militia are in trouble and in one corner and they have no choice but to implement the Stockholm Agreement or implement it by military force.

Hodeidah was and still is a vital and voluntary sea port, one of the most important sources of power for the Houthi militia since its control over it after its coup against the legitimate authority in late 2014, as Hodeidah ports have turned into smuggling outlets for Iranian weapons, a source of levies, financial profit, and financing of what it calls the “war effort.”

To strip the Houthis of this force, the Saudi-led Legal Support Alliance announced a military operation to liberate Hodeidah in September 2018, and the joint forces were just around the corner to tighten their control of Hodeidah, before the international community intervened to save the Houthi group under the humanitarian status.

The UN envoy to Yemen obtained the Yemeni governments’ approval and the Houthis to hold political negotiations in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, resulting on the signing of an agreement that succeeded only in stopping the military operation to liberate Hodeidah, and the Houthi presence in the city and its three ports remained unchanged.

Even the humanitarian status pact raised by the international community, and which the Houthis employed for political blackmail, remains the same, as the militia has so far refused to provide safe corridors for humanitarian aid, or deposit the revenues of Hudaydah ports into the Yemens’ Central Bank to contribute to the payment of salaries for civil workers in Al Hudaydah Governorate and throughout Yemen, according to the text of the agreement.

The second axis of the Stockholm Agreement, which deals with the executive mechanism to activate the prisoner exchange agreement, is also still faltering due to the Houthis ’refusal to abide by the agreement on the principle of release of all for all, and they demand the release of prisoners in batches, the fragmentation of this humanitarian file, and the fabrication of crises to evade implementation.

The third axis of the agreement also included understandings about the besieged Taiz, the situation remains the same as it has been besieged by the Houthi militia for four and a half years in the siege, which is the longest in history, according to the description of human rights organizations.

The disastrous failure to implement the “Stockholm” agreement extended to the point that the international community was unable to compel the Houthi militia to allow an international team to assess the state of the Saffer floating tank off the coast of Hodeidah, which contains one million and 140 thousand barrels of crude oil, and has not undergone any maintenance since 2015, which threatens to cause a serious environmental disaster in the Red Sea.

The Yemeni government has repeatedly called on the international community to put pressure on the Houthi militia to allow its maintenance to avoid a disaster that will affect the countries bordering the Red Sea, and will affect the marine environment and international navigation.

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Houthis attack the village of Dhamar

Village was attacked by houtihs

On Thursday and for the second day in a row, the Houthi militia attacked “Al-Maqqara” village in  Al-Hada District in the Dhamar governorate in cntral Yemen, with various types of weapons, and imposed a suffocating siege on the village, there was clashes with tribal militants before raiding it.

 Tribal sources reported that at least one citizen was killed and three women and a child were injured in the shelling by the Houthi militia in the village of Al-Masqara on Thursday, confirming that the militias shelled the village indiscriminately, which resulted in the burning of 3 houses.

The militias raided the village a day after its siege, forced the citizens’ homes and abducted more than 120 of its residents, the majority of them children, and took them to “al-Marada” prison in the district center.

Added the tribal sources According to the sources, the Houthi militia has moved armed groups on combat vehicles to Al-Masqara village, to look for recruits in the armed forces. 

The same source noted that armed clashes erupted between the tribes and the Houthi militia, in the last attempt to raid the village in search for soldiers from the Ministry of Defense.

The sources pointed out that the militia accused people of hiding their children affiliated with the Ministry of Defense, since before the Houthis took control of state institutions in 2014, and staged a military campaign to raid the area.

Houthi militias have created more than 60 new points at the entrances and exits of the Obaida area in Al-Hadda surrounding the village of Al-Masqara, to avoid any tribal movements that might support people in Al-Masqara village, according to the tribal sources.

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