Yemen: Al-Rayyan airport reopens after five years

Al-Rayyan airport reopens after five years

Yemen’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GACA) announced on Thursday the resumption of flights to and from Al Rayyan International Airport in the southeastern coast of Hadramaut after a five-year hiatus.

In its circular, the Authority informed operational airlines and international humanitarian organizations that Al Rayyan Airport has completed its preparations for receiving and operating flights.

The airport will operate as a first stage from 6 am to 6 pm without specifying the number of flights to be operated.

On Saturday, at Al Rayyan airport arrived the first flight with official approval from the Civil Aviation Authority after a five-year hiatus.

A United Nations World Food Program (WFP) aircraft arrived at Al-Rayyan airport from Aden airport.

Al-Rayyan airport has been closed since 2015 after Al-Qaeda took control of the coast of Hadramaut and continued to be closed after liberation by the Alliance for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia in 2016.

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Yemeni President discusses with UN envoy the situation in Yemen

Yemeni President discusses with UN envoy the situation in Yemen

Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi discussed with the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, a number of issues related to Yemeni affairs and prospects for peace.

President Hadi praised the efforts of the UN envoy and his tireless efforts towards peace, breaking the deadlock and achieving what is possible in this direction, especially with regard to the Swedish agreement on the port and the city of Hodeidah and the prisoners file and the siege of the city of Taiz .

He reiterated his keenness to achieve comprehensive peace in accordance with the three references, which ultimately leads to achieving security and sustainable stability in Yemen and the region.

For his part, Griffith praised the Yemeni President’s permanent efforts for peace, including the recent signing of the Riyadh agreement with the Transitional Council, which represents important steps in strengthening the state apparatus and achieving security and stability of the Yemeni citizens and meet their needs.

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Government of Yemen: We will return to Aden soon under the Riyadh agreement

We will return to Aden soon under the Riyadh agreement

Yemen’s cabinet said on Thursday that arrangements for the return of the legitimate government to the interim capital of Aden under the Riyadh agreement signed with the Southern Transitional Council “are under way in coordination with brothers in Saudi Arabia.”

The cabinet aso said that logistical arrangements supervised by the coalition leadership are nearing completion and the government will be in Aden very soon, pointing out the government’s keenness to ensure the successful implementation of the Riyadh agreement as it establishes a new phase of normalization of the situation in the liberated areas and to unify efforts to confront the Iranian Houthi project in Yemen.

This came in a statement issued by a meeting of the Yemeni Council of Ministers, in Riyadh, to review the directives of President Hadi on the implementation of the Riyadh agreement.

The Yemeni President directed the ministries and the concerned authorities both to take the necessary measures in an urgent and immediate manner to implement what is related to them in the agreement, affirming the government’s commitment to implement in accordance with the specified time plans and contribute to the success of the agreement.

In its statement, the Yemeni government reiterated that the Riyadh agreement represents a major step towards redressing the imbalances that accompanied the liberation of most of Yemen’s territory from Houthi militias, and uniting efforts to accelerate the completion of the aborting of the Iranian project in Yemen.

it also appreciated the Saudi role under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Salman in supporting Yemen and its people in various circumstances.

The Yemeni Cabinet condemned the continued military escalation of Houthi militias and their repeated violations of the UN truce in the western province of Hodeidah.

The cabinet stressed that the silence on these escalations and violations encourages the Houthi militias to continue to torpedo efforts to bring peace and disavow its obligations to the international community in the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.

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Hodeidah: Houthi escalation and warnings of torpedoing the UN truce

Houthi escalation and warnings of torpedoing the UN truce

The Houthi militias continue military escalation on the fronts of Hodeidah and the west coast of Yemen, where they resumed shelling and targeting in Duraimi and al-Jajah, following similar operations in the same district, al-Jah, al-Tahita, al-Faza and Hayes.

On Saturday evening, Houthi militias bombed joint forces positions in the mountainous area of the Tahita district south of Hodeidah with heavy artillery shells.

The media center of the Giants Brigades said in a statement that the militias launched a heavy shelling with heavy mortar shells of 120 caliber hit the positions of joint forces stationed in the area.

Joint forces positions in the Duraimi district south of Hodeidah were targeted with medium, machine-gun and sniper weapons in different areas of the Directorate, according to field sources.

In addition, the joint forces’ positions in different areas of al-Jah were bombarded and targeted with heavy and medium weapons, along with the escalation of shelling and targeting by militias in the coastal areas of Al-Faza, west of Al-Tahita and Al-Jajah district of Beit Al-Faqih Directorate.

The spokesman for the Joint Forces, Colonel Waddah Al-Dabeish, said that the pro-Iranian Houthi militias are still practicing their treacherous, cowardly and malicious manner, in procrastinating and disavowing previous agreements, even with regard to the five observation points announced by the Indian General Abhijit Guha during the period 19. October 23, 2019.

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Griffiths dicusses ways to end the conflict in yemen with Mohammed bin Salman

Griffiths dicusses ways to end the conflict in yemen with Mohammed bin Salman

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, expressed his gratitude to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his continued support for efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the conflict in Yemen.

Griffiths met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, in Riyadh on Thursday and discussed ways to work together to end the conflict in Yemen, according to a statement issued on Friday by the UN envoy’s office.

They also discussed the latest developments in thecountry and the importance of reducing violence to reach a comprehensive political solution in Yemen.

He congratulated the Crown Prince for his leadership in mediating efforts to reach the signingof the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council.

The Special Envoy expressed his gratitude to the Crown Prince for his continued support for efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the conflict in Yemen and discussed ways to work together to end the conflict.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman affirmed Saudi Arabia’s keenness on Yemen’s security and stability, the official SPA news agency reported.

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The UN Security Council welcomes the Riyadh agreement: a step for a solution in Yemen

The UN Security Council welcomes the Riyadh agreement: a step for a solution in Yemen

The UN Security Council welcomed the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the transitional council in the Saudi capital on Tuesday.The Council considered the agreement an important and positive step to reach a political and comprehensive solution in Yemen.

The council praised Saudi mediation efforts in reaching the Riyadh agreement on Yemen.The Council stressed its support for the role of the UN envoy to resume dialogue between Yemenis.He also renewed his call on the Yemeni parties to implement the Stockholm Agreement.

The Council affirmed its commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen.The Riyadh agreement, sponsored by Saudi Arabia between allied parties against Houthi militias, establishes a new phase of cooperation and partnership, and unify efforts to end the coup and resume development and construction, especially in the liberated provinces in the south of the country.

Among its most prominent points is the return of the legitimate government to Aden within 7 days, and the unification of all military formations under the authority of the ministries of interior and defense, and the formation of an efficient government by half between the north and south of Yemen.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed the signing of the Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the transitional council in Riyadh.In a statement, he described the Riyadh agreement as a pivotal agreement, hoping that all parties will work together to end the conflict and achieve peace and stability that the Yemeni people deserve .

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Houthi militias “blackmail” UN aid organizations

Houthi militias "blackmail" UN aid organizations

UN relief organizations have to pay money to Houthi militia leaders to facilitate their activities, local sources said on Sunday.

The putschists put many challenges and obstacles to the work of international organizations, which forced the latter to pay money to the Houthi leaders in return for the distribution of humanitarian and medical assistance to the Yemeni people in the Houthi areas, while the militia leaders receive the proportion of the assistance received, according to sources.

A UN official revealed to a local agency that all UN organizations working in Yemen are distributing part of the aid to Houthi leaders, so that they can distribute their aid and get their percentage.

Moreover, he explained that any organization operating in Yemen to remove the financial allocation of the Houthis from any humanitarian work, and distribute it to the executives responsible for it.

He pointed out that the most prominent leaders that extort organizations, are: Ahmed Hamid (Abu Mahfouz) Director of the Presidential Office of the Houthis, and Abu Emad (Mutlaq al-Marani) former national security agent

Last month, press sources at the al-Thawra Foundation for Press and Printing, which is under the control of the militias in Sanaa, revealed that the aid allocated to the staff of the organization by the United Nations World Food Program was stolen.

Journalists at the foundation received calls from the World Food Program (WFP) for the second time to ask if they had received food baskets for August and September this year, the sources said.

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The houthis created 19 trenches near UN observation posts in Hodeidah

The houthis created 19 trenches near UN observation posts in Hodeidah

Over the past few days, Houthi coup militias have created 19 trenches in the western city of Hodeidah, most of them near the ceasefire checkpoints installed under the supervision of the head of the UN mission, General Abhijit Guha, last month.

“The Houthi militias continue to escalate the field and develop new sites and dig trenches and tunnels inside the city, the digging of 19 trenches started following the deployment of ceasefire observation points,” a joint forces statement said.

The joint forces considered this “a flagrant violation of all agreements and understandings regarding its withdrawal from the city and ports of Hodeidah, in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement.”

The statement also quoted, that the joint forces inform the United Nations Observer Group on the daily developments and violations committed by militias in the city and districts of Hodeidah.

In turn, the source warned, the continued escalation of Houthi militias breaches, which he said “threatens to undermine the truce agreement and push towards escalation militarily.”

In addition, the military media distributed pictures of some trenches created by Houthi militias in residential areas and neighborhoods near the contact areas and liaison officers to monitor the ceasefire in Hodeidah.

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The continuous breaches of the houthis to the Hodeidah ceasefire

The continuous breaches of the houthis to the Hodeidah ceasefire

The Iranian-backed Houthi coup militias continued their violations of the UN truce on various fronts in Hodeidah province.

The Violations of Houthi militias doesn’t stop in the city of Hodeidah, where they committed during the past 24 hours 47 violations on the positions of the joint forces and residential neighborhoods in a number of districts and directorates of the province of Hodeidah, as part of their daily breaches of the UN truce.

According to the Monitoring and Follow-up Unit of the Joint Forces, the Houthi militias targeted different locations of the joint forces in the districts of (Al-Derhemi Al-Tahita-Beit Al-Faqihis), in addition to targeting civilians passing by markets and roads in the Directorate of Hays with medium weapons, machine guns and sniper weapons.

The most prominent violations and breaches of Houthi militias during the past 24 hours as follows:

6 houthiviolations committed by Houthi militias on joint forces positions east of Al-Tahita Directorate

9 violations committed by militias on the positions of the joint forces with machine guns in the Tur and Jabaliya areas of the Directorate of Tahita.
In Al-Jah area of Beit al-Faqiya district, 13 violations and violations committed by militias were reported on the joint forces’ sites with medium weapons.In the Directorate of Hays,

The Houthi militias committed 11 violations and violations, targeting the positions of joint forces and residential neighborhoods in the city and civilian bystanders.In Al-Duraimi district, 8 violations and violations committed by Houthi militias were observed on the joint forces’ positions.

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SANAA: Houthi militias continue to loot UN aid

Houthi militias continue to loot UN aid

Sources at the Al-Thawra Foundation for Press and Printing, which is controlled by the Houthi militias in the capital Sana’a, exposed the theft of aid allocated to employees working in the institution by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

Journalists at the organization received, for the second time, calls from the World Food Program to ask them whether they had received food baskets for August and September this year, the sources said.

“For the second time, staff members of the Al-Thawra Foundation for Press and Printing receive phone calls from the World Food Program (WFP) to ask them if they received food baskets for August and September,”

“All the colleagues have not received any kind of assistance,” Najri said in a post on his Facebook page.

According to staff at the Foundation, the communications they received from the World Food Program confirm that the Houthis continue to steal and loot the allocated aid, pointing out that this is not the first time that the aid for staff is stolen, where they had received at the end of last December By the program inquiring whether they receive aid monthly. A group of them were hosted at WFP headquarters and were given a list of their names and fingerprints.

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