French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian questioned the Houthis’ claim for the Saudi oil facilities, known as “Aramco attacks,” saying it isnot possible”.”It is not true that the Houthis in Yemen attacked Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia. Their claim of the attack cannot be taken into account,” he said.
The group “Ansar Allah” last Saturday, claimed that they did a drone attack on two oil facilities belonging to the Saudi oil giant “Aramco” in “Abqaiq” and “HijratKhurais” in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.
However, a spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, Turki al-Maliki, said initial investigations into the attack on oil facilities in the kingdom indicated that the weapons used were Iranian.
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday showed remnants of the Iranian drones and cruise missiles used to attack Saudi oil facilities, saying they were “undeniable” evidence of Iranian aggression.
For his part, the Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami, said that the group “Ansar Allah” carried out the attack on oil facilities “by their own means.”.
An Emirati cargo ship carrying 12,000 metric tons of diesel for Hadhramaut power stations has arrived in the southern Yemeni port of Mukalla, which has almost stopped working.
Hameed Al Shamsi, representative of the UAE Red Crescent in Hadramout, said that this ship is the first to arrive in Mukalla port and that the rest of the ships will continue according to the agreed schedule.
Major General Faraj Salmeen Al Bahsani, Governor of Hadhramaut Governor, welcomed the UAE rescue support to the power stations in Hadramaut.He said that the power stations were about to stop working without the UAE’s rapid response as the first ships loaded with oil derivatives arrived at Mukalla port.
For his part, Abdullah Hamran, Director General of the Public Authority for Electricity of Sahel Hadramout, said that the grant from the UAE would solve the problem of power outages, , expressing thanks and appreciation to the UAE and its humanitarian arm Red Crescent Authority for their constant support to Hadramout.
Saudi Arabia accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind the attacks on Aramco oil facilities last Saturday, declaring that the attacks were not launched from Yemen, as announced earlier the Houthi group
“Iran has tried to falsify the facts, the attack on Aramco came from the north and with Iranian support,” ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki told a news conference in Riyadh. “Our evidence confirms that Aramco’s attack did not originate from Yemen.”
Maliki called on the international community to “recognize the malicious Iranian attacks,” noting that the attack on Aramco “is not only aimed at Saudi Arabia, but at the whole world, and the attack is aimed at affecting the global economy.”
Maliki did military check of the remnants of the planes and missiles targeted in the attack, saying some of them were cruise missiles.
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US Secretary of Energy
Rick Perry accused on Monday Iran of involvement in the attack on Saudi oil
facilities, stressing that the attack on Aramco facilities targeted and
distabilised the economy and the global energy market.
Perry condemned what
he called “Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia” in his address to the
General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and he
added : ” This
behavior is unacceptable,” adding that Iran “bears responsibility for
He noted that President
Donald Trump has allowed the release of strategic oil reserves in case the
United States needs them, and that “his department is ready” to
implement this if necessary and he added :”Despite Iran’s malicious
endeavors, we are confident in the market’s ability to recover,”.
The UAE continues to
support the Yemeni service sectors, including the education sector. The UAE Red
Crescent Authority, on Sunday, launched a back to school campaign on the west
coast of Yemen.
The campaign included
the opening and furnishing of 16 schools
and the distribution of school bags for the students, for the entire 16 schools
destroyed by the war waged by the Houthi terrorist militia against the Yemeni
The campaign, which
was inaugurated by the Directorate of Mukha in Taiz governorate under the
slogan “My school .. my future”, also includes a full furnishing of
schools that the Authority restored and opened earlier, 36 schools, in addition
to the distribution of the integrated school bags to the students of the
schools of the directorates of Bab al-Mandab, distributor, waziya and Mokha
Taiz governorate, and the directorates of Khokha, Hays, Tahita and Duraimi in
Representative to the United Nations, Wu Haitao, has called for an end to the
escalation of tension in Yemen and a return to diplomacy for a political
Addressing a Security
Council meeting quoted by Chinese media on Tuesday, Tao said that many recent
developments concerning the situation in Yemen have brought new and complex
dimensions to the search for a political solution, stressing that “China
condemns the attack on Saudi oil refining facilities and opposes any attacks on
All parties should
refrain from any action that could further escalate tension in the region and
resort to political means such as peaceful negotiations with a view to regional
peace and stability, Tao said.
The Saudi Mine Clearance Project in Yemen (MASAM) extracted 1980 mines during the second week of September 2019, all planted by the Houthi militias in a number of Yemeni liberated governorates and regions.
The center said in a statement on Monday that the total mines seizedare : two anti-personnel mines, 332 anti-tank mines, 1,629 unexploded mines, and 17 explosive devices.
The total clearance since the beginning of the project amounted to 89,761 mines planted by the Houthi coup militia, in the land, schools and houses in Yemen. The houthis tried to hide them in different forms, colors and ways that it killed a large number of children, women and caused , serious injury or amputation of organs for those who stayed alive.
Hundreds of civilians were killed by the explosion of mines planted by Houthi militias in residential neighborhoods, villages and farms and in the homes of citizens in various areas and districts of the province of Hodeidah.
Landmines have become one of the most prominent weapons of the Houthis targeting innocent people in the mountains, valleys, plains and residential neighborhoods. which makes the process of removal or access very difficult
Yemeni security sources revealed the identity of leaders of the Houthi militias responsible for abducting, torturing and assaulting a large number of girls detained in criminal investigation prisons and other secret detention centers in Sana’a.
The sources said that Abu Saqr, Abu Fatima and Abu Harb are the most prominent Houthi figures in the criminal investigation prison in the capital Sana’a for the abduction and detention of hundreds of Yemeni girls that the houthisverbally , physically tortured and raped .
The sources pointed out that many of the detainees were raped and their dignityviolated, some detainees committed suicide after being tortured and sexually assaulted in the Houthi prisons, unfortunately human rights organizations totally ignore their case.
The statistics of a human rights organization reported that more than 2000 detainees, who are located in the detention camps of Houthi militias in Sanaa, are subjected to torture in brutal ways.
The sources called on international, regional and local organizations to move quickly to pressure the militias to release the detainees, arrest the perpetrators and put them under investigation and trial.
The UN Human Rights Council at its 42nd session in Geneva, Switzerland, had handed over files on women in Houthi prisons, what they were subjected to, and the names of those responsible for the abduction, detention and torture of women and rape cases.
Al-Jarawi stressed that the Human Rights Council was asked to include those involved in women’s crimes in Yemen in the list of terrorism.
Yemeni Ambassador to the European Union, Mohamed Taha Mustafa, discussed on Friday evening with Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General of the European Union for Security and Defense Affairs in the External Labor Organization.
The ambassador reviewed the developments in Yemen and the government’s efforts regarding the peace process and the implementation of the Stockholm agreement as a key step to build confidence and peace, amid the continued intransigence of the Houthi militia and its refusal to abide by what it signed.
The Yemeni ambassador said that the government is working with the brothers in Saudi Arabia to restore the situation and stability in Aden.
For his part, the Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union stressed the continued support of the European Union for the peace efforts of the UN envoy Martin Griffiths, as well as support for the security, stability, unity and territorial integrity of Yemen.
Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Najib Al-Ouj discussed on Saturday with German Foreign Ministry Director for the Middle East Christian Pak ways of enhancing and supporting development projects and programs, especially in the areas of basic services such as water, electricity, health, improving the quality of education and enhancing the role of the private sector to make investment and transfer of technology a Reconstruction and economic recovery for the country.
The German official said that his country stands with the unity of Yemen and support the legitimate government and efforts to restore the state, and continue to support the institutional building of state agencies and local authority and improve access to basic services and support the process of stabilization in Yemen