In Houthi prison, two Yemenis were killed under torture

Yemen hopes help from Kuwait for its economic recovery

Houthi militias have abducted 377 citizens from Hajjah, northwest Sanaa, as per the Abductees’ Mothers Association (AMA).

Many of them were forcibly disappeared in the last three months, and two were killed.

AMA highly condemned the death of the two abductees, Yahya al-Namsha, and Zaid al-Namsha, who were exposed to extreme torture in militia-run prisons in Sanaa and northern Yemen’s Amran.

“Yahya Nansha’s entire body had turned blue, and marks were found on the palms of his hands, evidence that he was nailed to a wall and electrocuted,” AMA’s statement said.

It called on the United Nations Security Council to give a punishment to the killers and perpetrators of this kind of violations, and also prevent the crimes against abducted civilians.

The Association also urged lawyers and jurists to resort to Yemeni and international courts to prosecute the criminals, who have been accountable for kidnapping, forcibly disappearing and torturing the abductees.

It stated the UN and its envoy should get involved immediately to discharge the outstanding abductees regardless and also conserve the life of other people being held in militia-run jails.

Alternatively, Yemeni Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar mentioned with a go of the International Committee of the Red Cross ( ICRC ) in Aden several issues.

Included in this are rehabilitation and capacity-building in the field of international humanitarian law for civilian and also military cadres along with the humanitarian situation in Yemen and the functional support offered by the organization.

The meeting, organized on Thursday, also tackled prospects for cooperation between the two parties and way of developing them.

Additionally, they discussed the humanitarian situation in Yemen generally and in Ad Dali province in particular, based on Saba news agency, which quoted Askar since calling on the ICRC to “assist in the recovery of bodies in conflict areas on Ad Dali fronts .”

20,000 Yemenis reap the benefits of ERC Iftar campaign 

A number of 20, 000 people will receive food aid distributions in Yemen’s Hadramaut Governorate, an Emirates Red Crescent consultant has uncovered.

Included in the Iftar campaign, the ERC will deliver food aid to indigent family members across isolated villages in Hadramaut during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Hamid Rashid Al Shamsi, an ERC representative in Hadramaut, said that the campaign will benefit over 20, 000 people within the governorate.

UN: Huthi withdrawal from Yemen begins today and will last for 3days

UN Mentions That Yemen Discussion Have Started To Work Out
The United Nations just declared that the Huthis had offered to withdraw from parts of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa in Yemen.
The United Nations also confirmed that it would monitor the withdrawal of the Houthis, which will begin today(May 11) and will take three days.
The United Nations said that the withdrawal of the Huthis would allow a UN role in the management of Yemeni ports.
A number of international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, have uncovered the involvement of the Huthis in war crimes committed against civilians, whose lives have been threatened by the storage
of weapons and explosive materials in densely populated areas. in the Yemeni capital Sanaa last April.

The US ambassador to Yemen aspire to end the war politically

Political Settlement Only Solution to Crisis in Yemen, US Ambassador says
The new US ambassador to Yemen, Christopher Hensel, expressed his country’s aspiration to end the war imposed by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia through a negotiated political solution.
This came during a meeting between Ambassador Hensel and Yemeni
Ambassador to Washington Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak at the Yemeni
Embassy in Washington.
For his part, Yemeni Ambassador to Washington Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak explained the importance of the US role in achieving a peaceful political solution to the war imposed by the Houthi militias backed by Iran.
The ambassador also said that The implementation of Security Council resolutions; would achieve the aspirations of Yemenis.
The Yemeni ambassador stressed the need to stand firm against Iranian
interference in his country and rejected Huthi’s intransigence to implement the Stockholm agreement.

UAE intensifies assistance to Yemeni people during Ramadan

Emirates Red Crescent Sends Relief Convoy to underprivileged in Yemen
The activities and events organized and supported by the UAE Red Crescent Society are various and different in Ramadan, but have the same goal and aim, reaching all groups of society that need support to alleviate their suffering in the holy month of Ramadan and provide assistance to them.
Where more than 750 thousand Yemenis benefit from the aid during the holy month. From the West Coast, whose population is in a very bad condition due to the siege of the militia and their continuous targeting of civilians, the UAE Red Crescent team has stepped up its humanitarian activities in Yemen, distributing 8,000 meals a day.
Bread is also distributed free of charge to 25,000 needy families in the districts of Zul Bab, Al Makha, Tahta, Hayes, Al-Nakhia. The distribution of one million and 500 thousand loaves of bread for free to needy families in the West Coast is also taken care of, during the holy month of Ramadan, within the Ramadan campaign launched by the UAE, in Yemen.
The organization also continues to focus on the families of martyrs, through the distribution of food baskets in all governorates, mainly targeting families of martyrs and fleeing people in camps and poor families. The distribution of the Ramadan Meer coincides with the distribution of fasting meals with 8000 meals a day. In Shabwa, the organization targeted the poorest families in the Jardan district.
As part of its humanitarian and relief efforts at various levels to help the brothers in Yemen, alleviate their suffering and improve their living conditions. The distribution team distributed 800 food baskets, ( 66 tons of various food ), to 4880 poor and low-income families in the Jardan district.
The organization aid and support include all segments of the needy people the representative of the UAE Red Crescent, Sultan Al Shamsi, participated in a fasting breakfast in the Department of the Elderly in the capital of Aden. Al Shamsi said that his participation in the breakfast is part of the humanitarian
principles established by the founder of the UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, in humility and compassion with all segments of society.

Saudi Arabia confirms support for political solution efforts in Yemen

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Saudi Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, met today with Martin Griffith, UN Secretary-General’s envoy to Yemen, to discuss the latest developments in Yemen.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that during the meeting Saudi Arabia insisted and confirmed its support for the United Nations efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen and its keenness to provide support and assistance to the Yemeni brothers And to renew the kingdom’s position towards the support of Yemen and its people and its efforts and commitment in support
of legitimacy to ensure the return of security and stability to Yemen and the preservation of its sovereignty and unity and to pay tribute to the outstanding humanitarian support provided by Saudi Arabia.
The two sides also discussed the latest developments for peace, the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement, as well as the actions of the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to stop peace efforts in Yemen.
In the meantime, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi refused to meet Griffith and assigned the task to his deputy because the envoy continued to overlook the practices of the Houthi militia and hindered the implementation of the Swedish agreements. According to government sources, President Hadi apologized for meeting with the international envoy in Riyadh because of his dissatisfaction with his performance and his continued coverage of the violations of Huthi’s militia and its disavowal of the implementation of the Swedish agreements. In the preamble, the redeployment agreement from the ports and the city of Hodeidah.
The sources pointed out that Hadi referred to Griffith on his deputy General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, who told him the resentment of the legitimacy of his performance and assured him that patience to delay the militia and hindered implementation of the agreement will not be long and may end soon.
The Yemeni Vice President urged the UN envoy on the need to complete the case of abductees and prisoners during the month of Ramadan and stressed that the continuation of the Huthi militia intransigence and evasion in the implementation of the case of the kidnapped and prisoners, which is purely
the humanitarian case has nothing to do with other accounts put by these the militia.
Al-Ahmar reminded the international envoy of the concessions made by the legitimate government in the interest of peace and facilitated the arrival of the World Food Program to the Red Sea Mills to transport the quantities of wheat stored there, with no implementation of the Houthis any initiative that will prove their good will and concern for the Yemeni people. Al-Ahmar referred to
President Hadi’s message to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and his appeal to the Houthis to release all those abducted.

McKinsey: Iran is responsible for the chaos in Yemen

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The commander of the US Central Command in the Middle East, General
Kenyan Mackenzie, said that Iran is responsible for what the chaos and the situation today in Yemen since the Houthi putsch.
According to press, McKinsey said Iran was the primary responsibility for what had been happening in Yemen for several years.
McKinsey has stressed that the United States is seeking to build an alliance against Iran to stop its destabilizing activities in the region.

World Food is grateful to KSA and the UAE for supporting its program in Yemen

The world food programme thanked and expressed his gratitude to the UAE and KAS for supporting their programme in YEMEN.
The world food programme representative Mr RAYHAN ASSEF ASSAD expressed his gratitude and respect to the UAE and KSA for the immense help and support they provide.
The United Nations World Food Programme has welcomed a $240 million contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to support the food needs of vulnerable people in Yemen.
In the Holy month of Ramadan, Yemen is facing critical shortages of food. The generous contribution will greatly help Yemenis follow their practices and traditions during this important time.
WFP plans to use this contribution to provide millions of families with monthly food rations of flour, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and salt. In urban areas where the markets are still functioning, families will be given vouchers to purchase these rations through local traders, supporting the local economy as well.

Houthi rebels are controlling a ‘floating bomb’ oil tanker hostage off Yemen’s coast

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Houthi rebels are obstructing UN use of an unmaintained oil tanker identified as a “floating bomb” off of Yemen’s Red Sea coast, which authorities state is an environmental disaster waiting to occur.

The chief of the Iran-backed Houthi rebels is challenging a discuss of the income from the transaction of regarding one million barrels of oil aboard the FSO Safer.

The UN cautioned virtually a month ago that the boat was susceptible to exploding, probably leading to a devastating oil spill in one of the world’s most active shipping lanes.

It is a risky bargaining chip worth tens of millions of dollars.

The Less hazardous, when Yemen’s primary oil export service, is a floating storage and offloading vessel moored about 50 kilometers north-west of Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the buying point for many of the war-racked country’s humanitarian aid and imports.

The Safer possesses needed no maintenance since it tumbled under Houthi manage in 2015, enabling explosive gases to develop in its storage tanks.

Experts and Yemeni ministers were warning for over a year that the vessel requires important maintenance, with a report by the US believe tank the Atlantic Council contacting it a floating bomb.

A rupture can unleash a catastrophe four occasions bigger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil pour that poured 260,000 barrels of the offensive into Prince William Sound Alaska.

“Without maintenance, we fear that it will rupture or even explode, unleashing an environmental disaster,” the UN’s humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock informed the Security Council on April 15.

Mr. Lowcock declared that Houthi authorization to perform an evaluation of the vessel were pending given that last September.

In 1988, Yemen’s national Safer Exploration and Production Operations Company (Sepoc) moored a former Japanese oil tanker 9km off the coast at Ras Isa, a Red Sea port, linking it by pipeline to the Marib oil field in central Yemen. Described by the company that installed it as the largest FSO system in the world, the Safer has a capacity of three million barrels of oil and until 2015 served as Yemen’s main export route for light crude.

The aging vessel is susceptible to corrosion and needs about $10 million (Dh3.6m) in annual maintenance.

Inert gas must be regularly injected into the storage tanks to prevent the accumulation of explosive gases. Without fuel to run its generators, this has not happened in years.

A stray spark, collision or sabotage attack could cause the vessel to explode.

In March last year, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al Mekhlafi wrote to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, warning that the Safer was in a “bad and deteriorating situation” that threatened an “imminent environmental and humanitarian catastrophe”.

On April 29, Col Truki Al Malki, spokesman for the Arab Coalition against the Houthis, warned that the Safer posed a serious risk of the oil spill to the Red Sea.

The Houthis agree the vessel poses a threat but they have asked the UN to arrange the sale of oil so they can use the revenues to pay for fuel imports and public salaries.

The head of the Houthis’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Al Houthi, warned on Twitter on April 22 of the risk to the environment and marine transport posed by the Safer.

On April 30, he wrote: “We call on the UN and the Security Council to put in place a mechanism to sell Yemeni crude oil, including the oil in the Safer.

But a Yemeni oil expert told The National that the condition of the vessel meant it was now unlikely that it could safely offload the oil from where it is moored.

“The solution is to tow the Safer to Bahrain” where the vessel can be safely repaired, Yemeni economist Abdulwahed Al Obaly said.

Both Houthi and government areas of Yemen are suffering from a lack of fuel and cash, with 2.4 million.

The fuel aboard could be worth $80m at current prices.

“Fuel shortages in Yemen continue to add to the appalling humanitarian cost of the conflict,” said Doug Weir, a director at the Conflict and Environment Observatory, which wrote a  report into the environmental risks of the safer.

“However, the use of the FSO Safer as a bargaining chip carries with it a serious risk of miscalculation.

“All of the indications suggest that it poses a grave and imminent threat to the marine environment, and it is critical for parties to the conflict to reach agreement on an independent UN-led assessment as a first step in mitigating the risks that it poses.

The UN contracted a company to carry out an initial technical assessment of the vessel last August, but this work is yet to be done. The UN did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

But the company contracted to carry out the assessment, Asia Offshore Solutions, said it hoped to begin work shortly.

The delays preventing the UN from accessing the ship also threaten to undermine the Hodeidah agreement, reached in Stockholm in December between the Yemeni government and the Houthis.

The two agreed to “a strengthened UN presence in the city of Hodeidah and Ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa” and “committed to facilitate and support the work of the UN”.

The oil aboard belongs to Yemen’s Ministry of Oil. Even after an assessment is carried out, all parties would need to agree to a salvage operation.

“There are legal, technical, and business obstacles,” Mr. Al Obaly said. “They all need to agree on managing the insurance, what to do with the vessel and the oil, and they need to pay the company that would carry it out.”

But a spill would cause untold environmental damage and the need for a clean-up that could cost $1 billion.

“We must empty the vessel as soon as possible,” Mr. Al Obaly said. “It could explode any time just because of the weather and the circumstances.

“It would be a marine catastrophe. The crude would reach the other coast of [Eritrea]. We’ve seen many cases like this, We don’t need to do the same in the Red Sea.”

Yemen’s universities become tombs for dead bodies of Houthi

Counting the number of dead bodies in war is a sordid business
Houthi militias turned part of the campus of the University of Dhamar into a new cemetery to bury its dead in battles with government forces.
Local Yemeni sources said that the governor of Dhamar appointed by the Houthis directed the Office of Endowments in the province for getting the new cemetery ready.
Houthi militias began to fence the graveyard on campus to receive Huthis killed during battles and kept by dozens in the morgue of Dhamar General Hospital.
Since the outbreak of war in Yemen more than four years ago, the Houthis have created dozens of cemeteries in a number of provinces under their control.