Yemen’s activists attack the United Nations: UN reward the Houthis!

Senior Humanitarian Aid Official in Yemen talks of difficulties being faced
On Tuesday, Yemeni militants launched a sharp attack on the United Nations after handing over 20 cars to the Iranian Houthi militia for demining all the mines they planted, while the Houthis planted more than 1 million mines in the Yemeni provinces.
On Tuesday, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced the delivery of 20 4*4 vehicles to Al-Houthi militia in the province of Hodeidah to help deminers.
The United Nations has chosen the Yemen Mine Action Center (YEMAC), in order to hand over the Houthis, which may be used for planting additional mines in Hodeidah and other Yemeni provinces.
The UN move has angered Yemenis, and they showed it in social networking sites, saying it is an offense to Yemeni people and their suffering Yemeni human rights activist Riad Al-Dubai told the press that: “The Houthi militia, which planted mines all over Yemen, is receiving reward vehicles from the United Nations.”
Al-Dabbi pointed out that the so-called director of the Houthi Mine Action Program, who has become a partner of the United Nations program in Yemen, is the Huthi leader, “Abdul Rahman Al-Moayyed” and appeared on more than one occasion as a companion of militia leader Muhammad Ali al-Houthi. Over the past months, Houthi militias have planted thousands of mines in residential neighborhoods of Hodeidah to curb the advance of the coalition forces.
Huthi mines have killed and wounded dozens of civilians and denied farmers access to their farms on the Tihama plains. The Al-Houthi militia uses camouflaged mines in the form of rocks and trees in order to kill the max of innocent victims possible. In the last two days, torrential rains have revealed one of the terrorist fields of these mines in Al-Baqa district in Sa’ada
governorate.
According to official statistics, the mines of the Houthi militia have taken the lives of more than 10 thousand civilians dead and permanently disabled since the coup against power more than four years ago.
The number of mines planted by the Iranian-backed terrorist
groups are the largest since World War II.

The coalition forces in Yemen regain sites near the camp of the ula north of Dali

The coalition forces in the Yemeni province of Dalea succeeded in taking back the hills overlooking the camp of Al-Fakhir area north the province, after clashes with the Houthis militias; the forces of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi declared that 7 Huthi gunmen were killed east of the province of Al- Bayda.
The Yemeni Assistant Commander of the Behan, Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Wahab Bihab, said that Houthi gunmen tried to sneak into the positions of the army in the areas of Fadhah and Albayad Directorate Malagm east of the province of BAYARD, but the Yemen forces stopped them.
The Lt. Col. Bahib said that the confrontations resulted in the death of 3 Houthis and the wounding of four others.
The artillery support force of the army and the Popular Committees of the Houthis, bombed the gatherings of government forces belonging to the 22nd Brigade in Taiz, killing 5 and wounding 16 of them.
This comes in conjunction with the continued attempts by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias to target areas in Saudi Arabia with armed aircraft. The latest was announced by the spokesman of the forces of the “Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen,” Colonel Turki al-Maliki, last Tuesday, where
he said that the Huthi militias tried to target one Vital facility in the city of Najran, using a drone carrying explosives. Two weeks ago, the Houthi militias targeted two pumping stations of the pipeline to transport Saudi oil.
The Arab-led coalition, led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, announced in April that it had destroyed a cave in Sanaa used by al-Huthi militias to store drones for the purpose of carrying out terrorist attacks.
The coalition confirmed in January that the Houthis had drones of the Iranian regime, and showed pictures of drones of the type “Ababil T,” called by the Houthis “Qasf.” This follows an attack by the Houthis with an Iranian aircraft on a military parade at the base of Anad air Balhaj, killing the head of intelligence The Yemeni military Major General Mohammed Saleh Tamah and 6
soldiers.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent a letter to Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi following the criticisms of the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths by the Yemeni government .
The Yemeni government complained about the UN envoy in a letter sent to the United Nations a few days ago. After what Antonio Guterres promised To keep on making efforts to implement the Stockholm Agreement.

Government of Yemen calls for correcting the course of ‘redeployment’ Hodeidah

Danish General Michael Lawlessard, the international chief observer in Yemen’s Hodeidah, and the Yemeni government team urged the reactivation of redeployment meetings in the city and ports of Hodeidah in the context
of restoring trust between the Yemeni government and the United Nations.
An official source said that the meeting of the government team with the redeployment committee and the head of the committee of the Loesgaard in Aden did not produce any results and the meetings were postponed until after
Eid al-Fitr.
The government team renewed its rejection of the play of withdrawal in the ports of Hodeidah, expressing regret that this happens with international blessing under the pretext of lack of confidence and flexibility and it is
tantamount to legitimacy and go beyond the Stockholm agreement and the latest modified plan related to Hodeidah.
The team requested quick formula to correct the course of implementation of the redeployment phase of the withdrawals in the ports of Hodeidah and to evaluate the situation by acts and reviewing the mechanisms of the agreement from the point that it deviated from before it is too late.
The relationship between the Yemeni government and the United Nations are very tensed, particularly with the international envoy Martin Griffith, who welcomed at a Security Council session in mid-May the alleged announcement of the unilateral redeployment by Houthi militias without allowing the tripartite commission to monitor it.

Yemeni president accuses UN envoy of bias towards Huthis

Martin Griffiths States That Re-stationing of Hodeidah Troop Might Be Slow, yet It Would Take Place
Yemeni President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi is accusing the United Nations envoy to his country, Martin Griffith of being aligned with the Houthi rebels in a letter he sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
In his letter, Hadi said Griffith “worked to provide guarantees to the Houthi militias to stay in Hodeidah and its ports under the umbrella of the United Nations”.
“We will give a final chance to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Martin Griffith, to reaffirm his commitment to the Stockholm Agreement,” Hadi said.
“I would also like to stress that I can not accept the excesses that your Special Envoy is offering, which threatens to collapse the chances of the solution that the people of Yemen are waiting for,” he said.
Griffith stated Wednesday before the UN Security Council that despite the withdrawal of Huthi rebels from the ports of Hodeidah, Yemen still faces the threat of a renewed all-out war.

Yemen: 4 civilians killed by Houthi mines

Yemeni forces destroy almost 2000 Houthi mines in Hajjah governorate
Four civilians were killed in a mine explosion left by the pro-Iranian Houthi militia in al-Mukha district west of Taiz province on Friday.
According to local sources, four civilians on a motorbike detonated a mine in a farm in Dar al-Shuja’a area, killing all of them.
On Friday, Saudi Arabia called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stand with the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militias by targeting vital areas inhabited by ballistic missiles and aircraft flying over the cities of the Kingdom, a flagrant violation of international and
humanitarian law and Security Council resolutions.
This came in a Saudi speech at the UN Security Council at a session on “Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict”, which was delivered by Acting Charge d’affaires of the Kingdom to the United Nations. Khalid Manzlawi, at the Council’s headquarters in New York.
On the other hand, the forces of the Yemeni National Army took control of new positions in the Directorate of the province of Saada province, northern Yemen, after fighting with the rebels Houthis.
Military sources said that the army took control of the mountains of Cairo and surrounding highlands, and tighten the siege on the Huthi rebels in the mountain “KANASSEEN”.

$ 60 million humanitarian projects financed by UAE and KSA

UN Lauds Saudi Aid Center’s Humanitarian Role in Yemen
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia represented by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Affairs and the United Arab Emirates represented by the Ministry of International Cooperation, today in the Saudi capital Riyadh with the World. Health Organization and UNICEF signed an agreement to implement projects in Yemen worth 60 million US dollars.
The agreement, which was signed during the high-level humanitarian meeting between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was attended by the Advisor to the Royal Court, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Maalami and the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al-Hashemi.
Abdullah Al-Rabiah and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the United Nations, Minister of State for International Cooperation in the United Arab Emirates Reem Al-Hashemi, implemented projects in the field of environmental sanitation and treatment of malnutrition and cholera control in Yemen within the initiative of Common humanity between Saudi Arabia
and the UAE.

How the Houthis seize food aid and deprive hungry kids and families of it

Amidst Crisis Yemeni Women Take On the Role of Traditional Male
The world and UAE are trying to help nearly 16 million people suffering from extreme hunger in Yemen by sending food aid.
But according to UN reports and CNN investigations from the ground, Yemeni-backed Houthi militias steal s food aid.
The World Food Program (WFP) issued a report last year warning that some 1,200 tons of food aid had been stolen and not provided to families from the capital, Sanaa, which was controlled by al-Houthi militias.
According to the report, about 60% of the estimated thousands of people did not receive food aid.
The World Food Program (WFP) said in a statement on Monday, that it was considering suspending aid in areas under the control of the Huthis in Yemen because of insecurity and interference in its work.
According to the statement, negotiations with Houthi leaders to provide access to the poor needy and hungry people have so far got no tangible results, although some have made positive pledges, noting that some Huthi leaders are being sacked by other Houthi leaders who have retracted the guarantees they gave us on protection on Food aid.
While Houthi officials are thinking of a long-term policy and war strategy, many Yemenis in the areas controlled by Shiite militias do not care about anything but hunger.
CNN pointed out that food aid does not reach those who really need it, but instead, it is used to buy what the Houthis need, or it is sold for money!!

Yemeni parliament calls for boycott of UN envoy

The Yemeni parliament on Tuesday called on its government to boycott UN envoy Martin Griffith on the basis that it violated UN resolutions on Yemen.
In a letter addressed to the 0Yemeni Prime Minister Moin Abdul Malik, the parliament said that “the so-called withdrawal of the Houthis (from the ports of Hodeidah) was with the blessing of UN envoy Martin Griffith,” saying that
“is a non-respect to the UN resolutions.”
He added that “the policy adopted by the UN envoy does not lead to achieving the peace we are all wanting and planning for but will result in prolonging the war.”
The statement called on the government to “refrain from dealing with the UN envoy until it retracts from the violation of UN resolutions … and the implementation of the Swedish agreement, which requires the militias to withdraw from Hodeidah and its ports on the Red Sea.”
On May 14, the Houthis announced that they had completed the first phase of redeployment in Hodeidah province and its ports: Hodeidah, Saleef, and Ras Issa.
Last Wednesday, battles broke out between forces loyal to the Yemeni government, and Houthi militants, in the city of Hodeidah.
The Yemeni government accused the Huthi militias of handing over the ports to their agents, in violation of the Swedish agreement.
Last December, the government and the Houthis reached agreement in Sweden on several files, including the situation in Hodeidah, under the auspices of the United Nations.
The agreement is based on the withdrawal of Huthi forces from Hodeidah and its ports by January 7, in order to avoid an attack on the port and a prelude to negotiations to end the war entering its fifth year.

UAE rescue and help fleeing people in Al-Dhala Governorate

With the support of the United Arab Emirates, the Red Crescent convoy convoys relief and shelter assistance to the province of Dali to support the fleeing people in the frontier areas.
The convoy of humanitarian aid arrived on Friday afternoon, to the province of Dali and contain food, tents, mattresses, blankets, water tanks, and mobile bathrooms.
The convoy coincided with the liberation of the city of Qataba on Friday morning.
The Houthis made hundreds of families flee from the areas of Qataba, Mares, and Hajar, making the local authority in the governorate launch an SOS call.
The UAE is the fastest-moving country to help to flee people from all fronts.

UN seeks to preserve Yemen from regional tensions

 

The UN Security Council had no choice but to salute, on Wednesday, May 15, a fragile peace effort in Yemen, noting the withdrawal of the Houthi rebels from the port of Hodeida. This withdrawal, the key to the process launched by the UN in December 2018 in Stockholm, was stuck in impossible mechanisms of agreement between rebels and pro-government forces, which the Houthists finally decided on their own.
“These beginnings must be protected from the threat of war,” said UN special envoy Martin Griffiths during the consultations.
He lamented that the rebels, allied with Iran, led at the same time, May 14, drone strikes against oil facilities located far from the border, in Saudi territory. “We can not ignore that these developments are affecting the political process,” he warned. His fear is that the Yemeni conflict, which began in March 2015, will be reactivated by regional rivalries.
It is plausible that Iran has helped the rebels to acquire these long-range drones, US envoy to the UN Jonathan Cohen said on Wednesday, citing a recent United Nations-mandated expert report.  Through these strikes, whose damage remains poorly evaluated, the Houthis have shown their capacity to harm Riyadh and Washington.
They are thus part of an escalation of tensions, as the UnitedStates accentuate their policy of “maximum pressure” on Tehran, and warn its regional allies against any slippage.
However, in Hodeida, “it is important for the rebels not to appear as the spoilers of the Yemeni political process,” says Peter Salisbury, an expert at the International Crisis Group. UN observers have found that they have removed most of their forces from this port, the first in the country, as well as the secondary port of Salif and the oil terminal Rass Issa neighbors.
The Yemeni government emphasizes that rebel fighters have been able to put on the uniform of the local coastguards who are currently deploying. The Houthis also keep control of the city, where they had five months to strengthen their positions, a stone’s throw from the landing stages.