New Defence Minister appointed by Yemen’s President
The internationally-backed President of Yemen, Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi went ahead and appointed a new Defence Minister who would be leading the armed forces of the country. He issued a presidential decree to appoint Lt. Gen, Mohamed Ali Al-Maqdishi at the helm of the forces.
The armed forces were operating without a Defence Minister for a period of more than three years after the detention of the previous minister Mahmoud Subaihi in March 2015. The Houthi rebels had detained him near the southern port city of Aden.
Another presidential decree by Hadi named Abdullah Salim Nakhi as the new Chief of Staff of the country. Additionally, the appointment of Ahmed Salim Rubea also took place as the new Governor of the Aden. It is now the temporary capital of Yemen.
The appointments have coincided with the current military operations which have been aimed for the liberation of the strategic port city of Hodeidah and various other areas which are under the control of the Houthis.
The Houthis are aligned with Iran and they have launched a huge military campaign to seize the capital Sanaa during the late 2014. That had forced Hadi to flee to Aden with his government.
The pro-Houthi forces which had the backing of armoured vehicles had attacked Aden later on and led a shelling of the Presidential Palace of Hadi which forced him to exile.
In March 2015 there was a military intervention and that started to pound Sanaa which was controlled by the Houthis. This was done in response to an official public request by Hadi for the protection of Yemen and also to reduce the Iranian influence.
The long war entered into its fourth year and it aggravated the Yemenis’ sufferings and thus deepened the worst humanitarian crisis of the world. The ongoing fighting has pushed the poorest country of the Middle East into further chaos and violence.