UNICEF and Saudi Arabia extend vaccination program in Yemen

UNICEF and Saudi Arabia extend vaccination program in Yemen

UNICEF and Saudi Arabia’s relief organization have prolonged a vaccination initiative for Yemeni children for another six months.

Greater than 12 million children in Yemen are desperate for aid, and 360, 000 of these under the age of five are severely malnourished, based on Unicef.

Under the contract between King Salman Relief Centre and Unicef, 1 .14m children are anticipated to be vaccinated, the center stated on Twitter.

The deal was cosigned by KSRelief Assistant General Ahmed bin Ali Al Bayez and Unicef’s regional chief, Eltayeb Adam.

“The project will lead to vaccinate children under the age of five and one, along with training nearly 2, 000 health practitioners, and 50 health supervisors,” Mr. Adam said.

It goals to improve vaccination solutions at fixed and mobile health treatment centers around the country to prevent nine diseases.

The two humanitarian agencies will conduct 600 field visits included in the agreement.

Four years of combating between the Iran-backed Houthi rebels along with the internationally-recognized government of Abdrabu Mansur Hadi has left the already impoverished world facing a dire humanitarian situation.

Practically half of Yemen’s health facilities are not useful due to staff shortages insufficient supplies, inability to meet operational costs or limited access, Unicef stated last month.

“Those health clinics that are running face severe shortages in medicine, and also equipment, putting lives at risk,” Unicef stated.

This year, UNICEF, appealed for $542 million ( Dh1 .99 billion ) to keep on filling up the massive needs of children in Yemen.

“The impact of the conflict in Yemen runs deep and also has not spared a single child. Mind-boggling violence in the last four years , high levels of poverty ; and decades of conflicts , neglect and deprivation are putting a heavy strain on Yemeni society , tearing aside its social fabric , fundamental for any society and also especially for children ,” Geert Cappelaere, Unicef’s Regional Director for the Middle East and also North Africa, stated this year.

The UAE, which facilitates the Yemeni government, has pledged over $4bn in assistance over the past three years.

SDRPY Water Initiative to Benefit 300,000 in Al-Jawf Province of Yemen


At a ceremony in Yemen’s Al-Jawf Governorate attended by Al-Jawf Governor Amin Al-Akimi , leaders of the Coalition to Recover Legitimacy in Yemen, together with local government authorities , the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen ( SDRPY ) launched an initiative to increase usage of clean water , donating a fleet of drinking-water tankers for approximately 300 ,000 beneficiaries in the province.


In a speech patterns for the Supervisor-General of SDRPY and also Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jaber, SDRPY Al-Jawf Office Director Ali Aldosari said: “This is among several vital development initiatives SDRPY has announced in numerous sectors in coordination with the legitimate government and also local authorities,” Aldosari said. “We intend for these projects to create direct and indirect job opportunities and also help enhance services and living standards .”

Aldosari noted that SDRPY engineering teams needed touring the region, performed needs assessments, and also prioritized projects for electricity, water, roads, healthcare, education, and agriculture. The SDRPY projects implemented in numerous Yemeni provinces really should have a significant effect on development nationwide, he added, extending real support to economic and social development, mirrored by increased stability and security.


“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to work with the legitimate government to bring back hope and security through development and reconstruction,” noted Aldosari during his speech. “The peoples of our two countries, the Kingdom and the brotherly Republic of Yemen, are far entwined in the history of the Arab world .”


Along with today’s donation of ten 5 ,000-liter drinking-water tankers in Al-Jawf , SDRPY is working to assistance the water sector in Yemen via several other projects , including the drilling of wells in Marib, Al-Mahra , Socotra and Hajjah provinces , along with establishing water pipelines to the district of Al-Ghaydah and also developing a water distribution network within the city . SDRPY can be establishing a solar-powered water purification plant on the Red Sea island of Fasht in Hajjah Governorate and also has supplied a fleet of water tankers to Hajjah province as well.

Saudi Arabia launches development projects in Yemen


The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center ( KSRelief ) is setting up sustainable development initiatives in Yemen included in “You Are Not Alone” project aimed at towardprotecting orphans’ families in Yemen.

One such project is aimed toward improving mothers’ livelihoods along with the resilience of communities via vocational working out and also economic empowerment. It covers the governorates of Sanaa, Taiz, Al-Jouf, Al-Bayda, and Marib.


Another project is aimed toward enhancing livelihoods and also strengthening resilience in the governorates of Hadramout, Shabwa, Aden, Lahj and Al-Jouf, benefiting 3, 750 individuals directly and 18, 750 indirectly.


KSRelief can be offering professional training courses in administration and finance, as well as vocational programs for women.


Certificates are granted and tools obtained for every beneficiary based on their specialization.


The Kingdom’s foreign aid efforts have always been on the rise until they hit a record within the last few years, with the level of Saudi aid, provided impartially to 81 countries, exceeding $86 billion between 1996 and 2018.

King Salman issued his directives on May 13 , 2015 to establish the KSRelief to provide various humanitarian and relief programs. Since its inception , KSRelief has implemented 1 ,011 projects in 44 countries worth $3,439,139,000 .

Houthi launched new attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport

Houthi launched new attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport

Houthi launched a new attack targeting the Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia in Yemen on Monday.


The news was presented by the rebel’s Al Masirah TV. There seemed to be no immediate confirmation of the attack from Saudi Arabia, which on Saturday launched air attacks on Houthi rebel forces in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, a part of an escalation of tit-for-tat attacks which has stoked local pressures.


Last week, the Houthis released several drones and also missile attacks focusing on southern regions of Saudi Arabia, which includes Abha, Khamis Mushait and Jizan.


A minimum of 26 people were wounded in a missile attack on Jizan airport accomplished by the Houthis on Wednesday.

Unidentified gunmen blew up an oil pipeline in Yemen


Unidentified gunmen blew up an oil pipeline in Yemen’s southeastern province of Shabwa on Tuesday, leading to a huge explosion, a security official told media.

“A group of unidentified gunmen used explosive devices and blew up a crude oil pipeline in Radhum district of Shabwa Province,” the security source stated on condition of anonymity.

The focused pipeline transports crude oil from the field of Uqla to Ayadh sector in Jardan district, and then to Alnushima area near an oil port on the coast of the Arabian Sea, he added.

An authorized source from Yemen’s Oil Ministry said around 15,000 to 17,000 barrels of oil were daily exported through the sabotaged pipeline from oil fields in the government-controlled Shabwa.

Tardy last year, oil production and export were resumed in Shabwa, following years of unrest that forced oil companies in the province to quit their operations.

No groups possess so far claimed responsibility for the blast, however, earlier comparable attacks in the region were claimed by al-Qaida militants.

Shabwa boasts five companies of crude oil production, which produce about 15,000 barrels per day.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida branch and the Islamic State militants are energetic in the mountainous areas in the provinces of Shabwa and neighboring Abyan, performing sporadic attacks against government forces.

Houthi rebels launch attack drones into Saudi Arabia

drone attack

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have released a minimum of 2 drones focusing on southwest Saudi town that’s residence to an airbase.

The Houthis’ Al-Masirah satellite news channel reported early Tuesday the rebels launched Qasef-2K drones to hit the city of Khamis Mushait.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday, quoting military spokesperson Col. Turki al-Maliki, that servants “intercepted” two drones launched by the Houthis.

The Iranian-allied Houthis progressively have targeted the kingdom with bomb-carrying drones.

Khamis Mushait, certain 815 kilometers (510 miles) southwest of the capital, Riyadh, is close to the kingdom’s border with Yemen.


Yemeni foreign minister quits

Khaled Al Yamani

Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled Al Yamani has resigned, a year after he got the post, Dubai-based Al Arabiya television revealed on Monday.

Al Yamani, 59, has presented his resignation to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the television stated without giving a reason.

There seemed to be no official confirmation from the Yemeni government.

The reported resignation arrives shortly before an estimated check out by assistance to UN chief Antonio Guterres to Saudi Arabia where Hadi is living.

Last month, Hadi supposedly complained to Guterres regarding perceived bias by UN envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths in the direction of Yemen’s Iran-allied Al Houthi militants, who needed to be unseated the Yemeni internationally-recognized government in late 2014.

WHO hails UAE-Saudi $20 million grant to battle cholera in Yemen

Cholera outbreak spreading like wildfire in Yemen

The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) has hailed the US$20 million provided by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to battle cholera in Yemen.

“The UAE-Saudi economic assistance is favorable to quitting the occurrence of cholera in the communities most heavily affected by the illness while helping in building capabilities to build an efficient and quick response to the epidemic in the future,” said Altaf S. Musani, Consultant and Head of Mission at World Health Organisation, in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE on April 9, 2019, pledged $200 million worth of aid to Yemen.

Around $140 million is allocated to the World Food Programme to bridge the funding gaps for food requirements, while $40m will go to the UNICEF to address sterilization problems and malnutrition among women and children.

WHO will get $20m to help control cholera in 147 most heavily impacted places by increasing the number of medical centers and vaccination promotions, and providing clean water and sterilization services.

The world organization has claimed that the two countries have provided a total of $145 .6 million in aid since 2018 , thanks to which two million women have got crisis reproductive health services in Q1-2019 in addition to repairing 25 first-aid facilities in remote areas inhabited by Internally Displaced People along with offering healthcare services to around 50 ,000 people and vaccinating 18 million against cholera , diphtheria , measles , polio and also German measles .

Saudi Arabia ensures Yemen rebel drone highly targeted Jizan Airport

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Houthis, Col. Turki al-Maliki, states the military intercepted and also destroyed the drone.
Saudi Arabia states a bomb-carrying drone launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted an additional airport in the kingdom amid a series of such attacks.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency late Sunday disclosed the focusing on of Jizan Regional Airport earlier that morning.


A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Houthis, Col. Turki al-Maliki , stated the army intercepted and also ruined the drone. Saudi condition TV published pictures of debris it stated belonged to the drone.


He stated the attack specific an airport terminal “being utilized every day by a large number of Saudis and also expatriates without any regard for international humanitarian law and its customary rules, which provides unique security to civilian objects .”


Saudi Arabia possesses confronted prevalent international criticism over airstrikes in Yemen stunning markets and hospitals, killing civilians.


The Houthis, who ousted the Saudi-backed globally recognized government from energy in the Yemeni budget Sanaa in late 2014, have moved up missile and drone attacks on Saudi towns previously two weeks.

The group stated responsibility for final week’s armed drone hits on oil property in Saudi Arabia and also on Sunday said they would assault 300 vital military targets in Saudi Arabia, the Associated Arab Emirates, and also Yemen.

Last week, the grouping claimed three hits on Najran airport in Saudi Arabia.

The recent hostilities overlap with increasing concerns between Iran and also Gulf Arab says related to the United States and arrive just as a sensitive, U.N .sponsored serenity deal is being performed in Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions.

Can US withdrawal from Yemen transform UN-led cease-fire into a lasting peace?

Yemen, which has been battling to achieve normalcy for over a decade, is torn between two warring sides. One side is led by Iran-backed Houthi militants and the other is led by Saudi-backed Yemen’s ousted government. According to the UN, Yemen is undergoing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, 60,000 non-combatants and combatants lost their lives during the crisis and more than 10 million are suffering from starvation.
Many US political analysts and political leaders, including the former US Vice  President Joe Biden, have unified their voice against US’s support to its ally  Saudi Arabia in the Yemen War. Last month, the critics of the Yemen crisis passed a war resolution to force US President Donald Trump to end US involvement in the war.
They argue, that with the US backing out, the number of killings and violence would decrease, and eventually, the war would end with a peaceful settlement. This version of the solution seems morally and strategically correct but how effective is it is the question. In all probability, this solution of ending US involvement is least likely to bring the Yemen war and its complications to an end.
Some of the political analysts of the Middle East region believe that neither the US and nor the withdrawal of Saudi forces would lead to a negotiated settlement. Instead, the fighting would continue, worsening cent Yemenis until one side (which currently seems to be won).
Ideally, both the sides would quit the war and come to the table, only when they see that none of them is winning in this war. Unfortunately, Yemen’s antagonistic forces haven’t reached that state of either exhaustion or realization.
On Thursday the US Senate failed to override resolution that would have required him to end the US backing Saudi forces in the Yemen crisis. Despite the loss, critics of the war pledged to keep fighting to end the US involvement. US needs to act quite contrary to the voice of those critics, which is rising in the corridors of US Senate, asking it to back off. The need of the hour increases the support for the Saudi forces to push down the militant extremists backed by Iran.
Houthis need to given an equal fight to make them honor their commitments to the UN and agree to disgorge most of their initial conquests.