Houthi bombing burns food aid inside the Red Sea mills

Bomb blast in Al-Hodeidah

On Thursday, the Houthi militia renewed the Red Sea mills bombing in Al-Hodeidah, western Yemen, which contain thousands of tons of wheat belonging to the World Food Program.

The joint forces’ military media confirmed, in a statement, that the Houthi militia fired a 120-mm mortar shell at the Red Sea mills in Al-Hodeidah city.

The media explained that the mills contain (51) thousand tons of flour and grains that have been purified recently, and the United Nations’ World Food Program intends to distribute them to the needy areas.

According to the statement, the militia shelling of the Red Sea mills came before the process of distributing grains to the needy, in an attempt to destroy what was prepared and deprive the citizens of food aid and increase their daily suffering.

The World Food Program had recently processed 51,000 tons of food and intended to distribute it to eligible families in some areas, but the Houthi militia anticipated the move by bombing the mills.

The Red Sea mills contain warehouses for the United Nations World Food Program, and contain large quantities of grains sufficient to feed 3.7 million people for a month, located near the lines of contact.

The Houthi militias have previously targeted the Red Sea mills several times with direct bombardment, which resulted in the burning of two silos and the destruction of wheat in them, and prevented international teams from reaching them more than once, before a UN delegation was able to access and repair them, after the destruction of quantities of stored wheat.

And the targeting of mills adds to a series of dangerous escalations carried out by the Houthi militias recently, in addition to the mobilization of more militants and digging tunnels and trenches carried out by the militias in most areas of the city and its outskirts, as part of its continued violations of the UN armistice and the Swedish agreement.

Dozens of militias have been killed in Taita after repelling the Houthi attack

death toll is likely to rise as many of the wounded are in critical condition

Dozens of Houthi militants were killed, after the joint forces responded to militia attacks in Al-Tahita district, south of Al-Hodeidah governorate, west of Yemen.

The joint forces repelled the Houthi attacks last night, and the militias suffered heavy losses in lives and equipment. Confirmed the Media Center for the Giants Brigades in a statement on Monday. The center quoted medical sources saying that 20 wounded Houthi militia fighters arrived at Zabid and Bagel rural hospitals in Al Hudaydah governorate, who were wounded in battles on the western coast.

The cases of most of the Houthi wounded were critical as a result of suffering injuries on different parts of their bodies. The center added

In the same context, Houthi militias have repeatedly targeted the joint forces ’positions in the coastal area of ??Al-Faza, in the district of Al-Tahita, using heavy and medium weapons. Field military sources said that the Houthi militias launched intensive targeting operations against the joint forces ’positions in Faza, with heavy B10 artillery, medium weapons and machine guns.

The escalation of the militias coincides with the completion of a full year of the Stockholm agreement sponsored by the United Nations between the legitimate government and the Houthis late last year, but to this day it remains only ink on paper, due to the intransigence and refusal of the militias to implement its provisions.

A spokesman for the joint forces on the west coast held Colonel Waddah Al-Dubeish, the United Nations and the UN envoy, responsible for the stalled implementation of the Stockholm Agreement for a full year.

Al-Dubeish said that the militias have no intention of peace, and there is no peace agenda at all, and all that is of interest to Iran is the best evidence of this, the missile-carrying ship that was recently seized off the Yemeni coast. “We know from the first sight of the agreement that the militias will not implement it, and we bear full responsibility for the United Nations and the UN envoy who were able and since the first months to resolve the issue and could take a lot of measures and put real pressure on the Houthis and Iran In order to implement the agreement, but instead they neglected the case and tolerated the violations, and gave more time to the militias to earn millions of dollars at the expense of the Yemeni peoples’  suffering and the continuing bloodshed of citizens and the sabotage of their homes. ” Added the spokesman for the joint forces in a press statement. Read more related articles about the yemen: https://www.yemenwatch.com/category/uncategorized/

Yemeni legitimacy and UN mission discuss the Houthis’ violations

Houthi violence

The Yemeni government team discussed with the head of the UN mission, General Abhijit Goha, on Thursday the serious escalation of Houthi militias and their repeated violations of the truce.

The military media of the joint forces mentioned in a statement that the meeting, which was held in the interim capital of Aden, dealt with the dangerous escalation by the Houthi militias who targeted a few days earlier by drones the headquarters of the government team and before the MSF hospital, as well as its attempt to bomb the city of Mocha with a number of ballistic missiles and flying aircraft, Before the Alliance’s air defenses and the combined forces could intercept and detonate them in the air

The meeting also stopped at the points of the violations of Houthi militias inside the city of Hodeidah since the activation of the truce mechanism and the installation of monitoring points.

According to the statement, the meeting discussed the need to open humanitarian crossings and implementation of the redeployment agreed under the supervision of the Redeployment Coordination Committee while avoiding any unilateral action, pointing out that the first phase of redeployment includes the withdrawal of Houthi militias from the ports and the city of Hodeidah.

Sources said that the UN Redeployment Commission, headed by General Guha, approved the holding of the bilateral meeting with the government team in Aden, because of the Houthi militias bombed the headquarters of the government redeployment team in the city of Mocha using ballistic missiles and drones.

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UN team on track to inspect oil tanker off Yemen


A UN team will arrive to  Djibouti next week and will head to a four-year-old oil-filled floating tank that can blast anytime  in the Red Sea in western Yemen, said the United Nations

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a tweet on (Twitter), on Thursday, that “the oil tanker (saphir) anchored off the coast of Yemen, can  explode anytime”

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Muller said the UN assessment team will arrive to Djibouti from where it would travel to the tanker next week, stressing that cooperation from all was and will continue to be necessary.

Muller added that the oil tanker (Saffir) anchored off the coast of Yemen, if it explodes it will be a real environmental disaster, as it carries 1.1 million barrels of oil that will spill in the sea.

Warnings of an imminent environmental catastrophe escalated as the Houthi coup militia continued to prevent UN technical teams from maintaining the oil tanker, called a “floating bomb”, containing more than a million barrels of crude oil, and could explode off the coast of Yemen, which may cause one of the largest oil leaks in the world.

The legitimate government has warned more than once of a possible environmental disaster in the Red Sea Environment

The United Nations announces the suspension of a number of humanitarian programs in Yemen


The United Nations has been forced to halt a number of humanitarian programs in Yemen due to funding shortfalls.

Twenty-two life-saving programs will be closed in the next two months unless funding is received, said Human Rights Coordinator Liz Grande in a statement.

Donors’ promises, launched last February, have received less than half of them so far.

The United Nations had to suspend most immunization campaigns, halted the purchase of medicines, and suspended plans to build 30 new therapeutic feeding centers, 14 safe houses and other health facilities.

The statement warned of the possibility of reducing the quantities of food rations for 12 million people, and cut services to at least two and a half million children suffering from malnutrition.

In another context, the United Nations, recorded seven hundred and seventy-three deaths of cholera epidemic in Yemen, since the beginning of this year.

UNICEF said in a joint statement with the World Health Organization that it had detected five hundred and thirty-six thousand suspected cases of cholera.

The statement warned that the cholera outbreak in Yemen remains the largest outbreak in the world.

Since the beginning of this month, a six-day cholera vaccination campaign targeting some 400,000 people, including some 65,000 children under the age of fivehas been carried out in the governorates of Aden, Al Dhale’e and Taiz.

UN is investigates corruption and fraud in its agencies in Yemen


After a deep investigation conducted by The United Nations investigators in yemen and collection of corruption evidence and aid looting by different UN oganism and mainly from the World Health Organization.employees ,the investigators where surprised by Houthis militias arresting them at the Sanaa airport just before bording their plane , the houthis militias took all evidences gathered by the UN investigators team ,laptops drives pan drives.

More than a dozen U.N. aid workers deployed to deal with the wartime humanitarian crisis have been accused of joining with combatants on all sides to enrich themselves from the billions of dollars in donated aid flowing into the country.

 In the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION  the UN investigators found that unqualified people were placed in high-paying jobs, millions of dollars were deposited in staffers’ personal bank accounts, dozens of suspicious contracts were approved without the proper paperwork, and tons of donated medicine and fuel went missing.

The UN investigators found evidence and proof of fraud and corruption on the UN organization :UNICEF, who allowed a Houthi rebel leader to travel in agency vehicles, shielding him from potential airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

Over the past three months, the activists have been pushing for aid transparency in an online campaign called “Where Is The Money?” They demand that U.N. and international agencies provide financial reports on how the hundreds of millions of dollars pouring into Yemen since 2015 have been spent. Last year, the agency said international donors pledged $2 billion for humanitarian efforts in Yemen.

The U.N. has responded with an online campaign of its own called “Check Our Results,” showing programs implemented in Yemen. The campaign does not provide detailed financial reports on how aid money is spent.

A confidential report by a U.N. panel of experts on Yemen, said that Houthi authorities constantly pressure aid agencies, forcing them to hire loyalists, intimidating them with threats to revoke visas and aiming to control their movements and project implementation.

Officials said it’s unclear how many staffers may be aiding combatants. The officials said several incidents in recent years indicate the U.N. staffers are involved in the theft of aid supplies.

The United Nations calls for cease fire and negotiation in Yemen!

After the violent clashes that erupted few days ago in the vicinity of the Maasheq presidential palace in KRITER district in the city of Aden between the Presidential Guard forces and the Southern Transitional Council gunmen.

The United Nations  expressed grave concern over the recent escalation in the southern city of Aden because of the repercussions on the lives of the people of the region, calling on both parties to the conflict to stop fighting and start negotiations.

The ICRC delegation in Yemen has confirmed on its official Twitter account that 200,000 people in Aden have lost access to clean water, stressing the need to ensure that the wounded and sick have access to health facilities and the protection of health-care workers.

“It’s a matter of life and death,” they Said

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on both parties to the conflict, the internationally recognized forces of the Yemeni government, and other forces of the Southern Transitional Council, to stop hostilities and ensure the application and respect of international humanitarian law and human rights.

Guterres urged both sides to start a dialogue to resolve their differences and respond to the concerns of all Yemenis.

U.N. Yemen envoy ‘alarmed’ by military escalation in Aden


Martin Griffiths, the special United Nation envoy for Yemen expressed concern about a few military step-up within the southern port town of Aden, the seat of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, and he needed dialogue.

“I am frightened by the military escalations in city nowadays, together with reports of clashes within the locality of the Presidential Palace. I am deeply involved by the recent rhetoric encouraging violence against Yemeni institutions,” he expressed on Twitter.Reuters

Yemen calls for investigations on the UN aid file

The Yemeni government called on Tuesday for declassification of UN investigations on corruption in the international aid file in Yemen

Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani said in a statement that the United Nations should review the operations carried out by its agencies in Yemen over the past years and make the results transparent.

Al-Iryani called for revealing the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars of food supplies, medicines and aid, while accusing the “Houthi” militias of stealing and looting the aid .

The minister said: “The internal investigation documents of the United Nations and the information gathered by the Associated Press from interviews with aid workers about the performance of the United Nations agencies, revealed the magnitude of the Houthi infiltration,

Political and financial corruption, nepotism and mismanagement of relief efforts in Yemen are a scandal that affects the reputation and balance of this organization.

The information contained in the investigation on the extent of corruption, cronyism, fraud, recruitment irregularities and the deposit of millions of dollars in aid to employees’ accounts, suspicious contracts, the disappearance of tons of food, medicine and fuel that end up delivered to the Houthis.

Al-Iryani pointed out that the investigation reveals the fate of billions of dollars allocated to humanitarian relief programs in Yemen since 2015, and confirms the government’s talk about the Houthis infiltration of UN agencies operating in their areas of control.

He renewed his demand for a transparent investigation into the financial and administrative corruption of its agencies in the country.

The government has repeatedly accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid in Yemen, saying the group was “stealing food from hungry mouths.”

YEMEN: UN official meet the houthis to discuss the conflict in a Meeting in Muscut

The Omani capital Muscat on Tuesday witnessed a bilateral meeting bringing together a UN official and a leader of the Huthis militias to discuss the Yemeni conflict.

The head of the Houthismilitias delegation, Mohamed Abdel Salam, discussed with Muscat Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in Yemen, MoinShraim, the proposals to overcome the stumbling block in the implementation of the agreement on the province of Hodeidah (west) ) And  the opening of Sanaa International Airport.

These talks are paving the way for a new round of consultations and the resumption of comprehensive political discussions and transitional arrangements.

The United Nations is struggling to find a political solution to end the houthis war in Yemen, which has made most of the population in need of humanitarian assistance.

On December 13, 2018, the government and the Houthis reached an agreement in Stockholm to deal with the situation in the coastal province of Hodeidah (west), as well as the exchange of prisoners and detainees.

But the implementation of the agreement faces many obstacles because of the houthis refusing to respect and apply all the conditions of the agreement.