The Houthis deprived Yemenis of important humanitarian programs

The Houthis deprived Yemenis of important humanitarian programs

The Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country – a tactic for the Houthis to force the UN agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign as well as cutting billions of dollars in foreign aid, according to aid officials and internal documents that have taken place.

The rebel group has subjected access to areas under its control to a set of conditions rejected by aid agencies, as it gives the Houthis greater influence over those receiving aid, as documents and interviews have shown.

A senior United Nations official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Houthi disruption has hindered many programs that supply residents with food, and are helping displaced people who fled their homes due to the ongoing civil war for nearly 6 years.

“More than two million beneficiaries … were directly affected,” the official said.

The documents show that the Houthis are opposed to the efforts of the United Nations to tighten control over some $ 370 million a year already provided by its agencies to government institutions mostly controlled by the rebel group. These funds are supposed to be spent on salaries and other administrative costs, but more than a third of the money spent last year has not been audited, according to an internal document leaked to the Associated Press.

The United Nations has been largely silent about these pressures, but behind the scenes, the agency and international donors are sticking to their positions in the face of Houthi demands. The Associated Press spoke with seven aid workers, UN officials and independent agencies about the situation.

Everyone spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of revenge. The Associated Press viewed dozens of documents, including emails for relief officials.

In October, Yemen’s Humanitarian Coordinator Liz Grande sent a letter to the Houthi-appointed prime minister listing a long list of demands.

The letter seen by the Associated Press states that the “vast majority” of these demands relate to obstructing or delaying the delivery of aid and that many of them are in violation of humanitarian principles. For months, the Houthis demanded that they are given 2% of the total budget from aid, which was rejected by the United Nations and donors. In an email to the Associated Press, a US Agency for International Development (USAID) spokesman said that the Houthis’ attempts to “implement a tax on humanitarian aid are unacceptable and directly contradictory to international humanitarian principles.” The United States provided $ 686 million to Yemen in 2019, according to the US Agency for International Development.

Last week, the Houthis appeared to be backing away from asking for a 2% rate, but they continued to press for further concessions, according to relief officials.

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Al-Hodeidah… Dozens of Houthi militia killed in Al-Drahamy

Al-Hodeidah .. Dozens of Houthi militia killed in Al-Drahamy

Dozens of Houthi militias were killed, on Tuesday evening, during the joint forces’ response to two attacks east of the city of Al-Derahimi in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, western Yemen.

According to the military media of the joint forces, the Houthi militias have resumed the attack for the second time, in the Al-Duraimi district, after incurring dozens of dead and wounded and downing a droning plane belonging to it.

In a statement, he explained that a Houthi tank had been destroyed in the Al-Shajn area, east of the city of Al-Duraimi.

The Houthi military escalation came at a time when the deputy head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, Daniela Krosslake, is visiting the international monitoring points in Hodeidah and meeting with the liaison officers to discuss the success of the peace process in Hodeidah, according to the statement.

The joint forces in the Yemeni West Coast, on Tuesday, thwarted a massive attack by the Houthi coup militia, backed by artillery shelling, which was intended to break the siege on its members holed up in civilian homes in the city of Al-Darayhmi, south of Hodeidah.

The military media of the joint forces confirmed that the Houthi militia carried out a suicide infiltration attempt towards the joint forces’ sites in Al-Darahimi, in flagrant violation of the Sweden agreement.

He explained that the Houthi militia paved the way for an attempt to infiltrate the siege of its members, entrenched in the city, through artillery shelling that killed two individuals and wounded three others from the joint forces stationed in Al-Drahamy.

The statement added that the joint forces stationed in Al-Drahihii responded firmly to the attempt to infiltrate and put out the Houthi militia fire, and the attackers suffered heavy losses on the human and material levels.

He pointed out that this Houthi escalation coincides with the state of confusion experienced by the Houthi militia in Hodeidah and the West Coast, in light of the growing Houthi escalation and military and humanitarian violations that confirm priesthood repudiation from the commitment to the Stockholm Agreement.

In this context, the Houthi militia intensified, on Tuesday, it’s indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods in Al-Tahita district, south of Hodeidah, which resulted in the injury of a citizen.

According to local sources, the militias fired a barrage of fire and shells at the neighborhoods of Al-Tahita center, which resulted in the injury of a citizen named Maher Qassem Suleiman.

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The Houthis are looting the largest camp for displaced people in Yemen … a famine warning

The Houthis are looting the largest camp for displaced people in Yemen ... a famine warning

While the displaced people suffer from extremely difficult humanitarian conditions in the alternative camps in Marib Governorate, northeastern Yemen, the Houthi militia plundered the Al-Khanq camp for the displaced in the Nahham district, east of Sana’a, which is the largest in Yemen, after the IDPs fled from it due to the confrontations that took place in the areas near the camp.

In the details, relief aid sources said, on Monday, that the militia transported tents and shelter materials belonging to the camp, on trucks, to areas in Bani Hashish and Al-Harish in Sanaa.

It is noteworthy that the attacks by the Houthi militia on the displacement camps in Ma’rib and Naham in the Sana’a governorate had forced the displaced people to leave those camps to migrate again to escape the fire of intentional bombing.

Aid sources working in the relief field added that the recent events caused the displacement of more than 3,500 families from the Majzar district of Marib, while 400 families from the Nahham district and 1,500 families from the Al-Khaniq camp in Nahham were displaced.

Local sources also confirmed that all the displaced people from the Nahham and Mazrar districts settled in Al-Zabra camp in the Madghel district in the Ma’rib Governorate.

In the context, the United Nations announced, on Sunday, that the escalation of armed confrontations in several regions of the governorates of Ma’rib, Al-Jawf, and Sana’a, since mid-January, has forced at least 4,700 families to flee.

Liz Grande, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, said in a statement that the humanitarian partners provided emergency food, hygiene kits, shelter materials, life-saving water, and nutrition and protection services to people who need assistance in those areas. “A note that Yemen is preparing The worst humanitarian crisis in the world, where about 80% of the population needs some form of humanitarian assistance and protection.

In addition, the UN official warned that 10 million Yemenis are one step away from starvation, and 7 million are malnourished.

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UAE to transfer Yemeni students from China back to Yemen

UAE to transfer Yemeni students from China back to Yemen

The COVID-19 threatens 187 Yemeni students and their families who reside in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Even more students are in other cities of China and cannot get to their home country.

At the same time, the Yemeni government does not have the opportunity to evacuate its citizens due to the difficult economic situation in the country caused by the long war.

“Our situation is tragic,” said Manssour Malas, a Ph.D. student in communication and information systems engineering at Xidian University and a former media officer of the Yemeni Students ’Union in China.

“We have not received our government scholarships for seven months and no one is caring to ask about our situation here,” said Malas. “We are not sure if we go back we can get enough medical care there, or whether it’s better to stay here and avoid putting Yemeni people in more trouble.”

The United Arab Emirates volunteered to help Yemeni students who were in such a difficult situation. The UAE government will allocate money for the evacuation of students and their families, and before sending them to their homeland, they will conduct a health examination to prevent the likelihood of the spread of the disease in Yemen, as well as provide timely medical assistance to patients.

This is not the first time that the UAE has helped Yemen. Between 2015 and 2020, more than $ 6 billion was allocated for the education, health, and social needs of Yemen.

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21 killed, including two bodyguards of the Houthi leader

21 killed, including two bodyguards of the Houthi leader

More than 18 Houthi elements were killed and others were wounded, on Sunday, while trying to infiltrate the national army positions in Al-Jawf governorate, northeast of Yemen.

A military source said, “The national army in the Jarshab mountain range repelled an attack by groups of Houthi militias that tried to infiltrate the army’s positions,” noting that the operation resulted in the death of more than 18 Houthi elements and the wounding of others.

The source added, “The coalition aircraft launched several accurate and direct air strikes on the Al-Ghail front, the mills and the garrison targeting Houthi militia gatherings, a weapons store and combat vehicles, and the militias inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment,” according to the official Yemeni News Agency.

In the same context, three leaders of the Houthi militia have been killed, during the past two days, in confrontations with the Yemeni army in Al-Jawf Governorate.

Sources said, “The battles that broke out during the past two days resulted in the death of dozens of militias, most notably the Houthi leader and the personal guard of the militia leader Abdel-Malik al-Houthi, Hassan Abdullah Hanin al-Jaradi.” Also the death of the grandson of Imam Muhammad Abdullah Ali Hussein Hamid al-Din (also working as a bodyguard for the Houthi leader), in addition to the codified military leader Abu Taha Yahya al-Manbihi, one of the military leaders who received training in Iran, and the commander of brigade 417 border guards of the Houthi militia.

In addition, the Yemeni governor of Al-Jawf, Major General Amin al-Okimi, confirmed that the army forces are achieving great victories against the Houthi militias in various locations and fronts.

He said, “The battle of the National Army today is within the province of Sanaa,” noting that “the army forces are fighting violent battles with the Houthi militias in the mountainous chain southwest of Ghail, and the mountains of the sections adjacent to the Yam Mountains of Sanaa, in addition to the positions of the bunds overlooking the district of Magzar in Marib.”

Al-Jawf governorate witnessed fierce battles between the National Army forces supported by fighters of the Legitimacy Support Alliance, and between the Houthi militia militias in various fighting axes in Al-Jawf Governorate, in conjunction with similar battles on the Naham fronts east of Sanaa and Sarwah west of Marib.

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Houthi disputes widening .. liquidation of field leaders

Houthi disputes widening .. liquidation of field leaders

A Houthi leader was killed days after he killed another field leader in the context of the growing internal conflicts and fighting between the militia wings.

According to local news sites, the leader Abdullah Abdo Atifah has killed 3 days ago, the field leader, “Abu Zakaria” in a dispute over the quantity of ammunition.

Atefa also fled after Abu Zakaria was killed before he was found dead in a restaurant in Al-Mughars area, south of Al-Tahita, in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, west of Yemen, according to the sites.

To that, sources suggested that Atifah was subjected to liquidation by the influential Houthis from Amran and Saada. Atifah belongs to Al-Tahita, while Abu Zakaria belongs to Imran Governorate.

It is noteworthy that the differences multiplied significantly between the leaders and militia supervisors in the last period against the background of influence and the sharing of looted funds.

The past months also witnessed the flare-up of conflict between the Houthi wings to rise to the surface through an intermittent liquidation wave that reached the house of the Houthi leader, killing his brother Ibrahim Al Houthi, who was liquidated and others accompanied him in a house in the center of Sana’a, preceded by the killings and assassinations of dozens of leaders.

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Houthi shelling on residential neighborhoods in Hodeidah

Houthi shelling on residential neighborhoods in Hodeidah

The Houthi revolutionary militia renewed its heavy shelling with heavy and medium weapons, on Monday evening, in residential neighborhoods in the city of Al-Tahita, south of Hodeidah, west of Yemen, in the context of its violations of the international truce.

Local sources said that the Houthi militia carried out hysterical attacks on residential neighborhoods and homes of citizens south of the city.

The sources added, according to the military media of the joint forces, that the militias opened fire with their various weapons on the homes of citizens north of the district of Al-Tahita, using the medium-sized automatic weapons of 14.5 calibers and the Pica rate weapon.

The Houthi militia also targeted residential neighborhoods in the city of Hays, south of Hodeidah, wounding 55-year-old Yahya Saeed Dukhun, while he was in front of a shop in the city center.

On the other hand, the size of the human losses among the Houthi militias in the West Coast during the past 48 hours, according to the names recorded in the hospitals under its control, were 24 dead and 53 wounded.
A statement released by the military media of the joint forces said, on Monday, that the Bagel rural hospital received 6 dead, 12 wounded from the Al-Duraimi front, 2 dead and 5 wounded from the Hays front.

While the military hospital in Al-Hodeidah received 2 dead and 16 wounded from the city front, and Zabid Hospital 3 dead and 7 wounded from the mountain front of Al-Tahita district.

He added that the military hospital in Sanaa received 5 dead and 10 wounded, while Kuwait Hospital received 6 dead who were transferred from the Hodeidah city front in preparation for their funeral.

The West Coast had witnessed violent clashes in the city of Hodeidah, the fronts of Al-Drahami, Jabalya, and Hayes as a result of attempts to infiltrate the Houthi militia to the front lines, all of which ended in failure, according to the military media of the joint forces.

He stressed that there are many bodies of Houthi militias, most of them in the Al-Duraimi front, which are still scattered in the outlets from which they tried to infiltrate.

It is noteworthy that the violations of the Houthi militias amounted to targeting a joint control point with artillery bombardment, which the liaison officers narrowly escaped.

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Al-Houthi is targeting the international control points in Hodeidah

Al-Houthi is targeting the international control points in Hodeidah

On Sunday evening, the Houthi coup militia resumed targeting the joint monitoring points of the United Nations-sponsored Redeployment Coordination Committee in the city of Hodeidah, in western Yemen.

The military media of the joint forces stated, in a statement, that the Houthi militia targeted a fourth 120-point artillery shell, stationed in the Al-Manzhar neighborhood adjacent to the Hodeidah airport, while the liaison officers narrowly escaped, and considered this a clear violation of the Sweden agreement.

In the context of its continuing breaches of the international armistice, Houthi militias opened fire with intense sniper weapons towards the liberated residential neighborhoods of Sanaa Street inside the city of Hodeidah during the past hours, according to the military media.

It is noteworthy that the Houthi militia targeted several joint observation points along the seam lines in the city of Hodeidah amid the silence of the United Nations and its committee chief, Indian General Abahjit Goha, according to the statement.

The UN Monitoring Committee published five-link points at the end of October last year in order to monitor the ceasefire in the city, which Houthi militias have not committed to since the UN truce took effect in December 2018.

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Houthi leaders killed in a violent attack by the army east of Sanaa

Houthi leaders killed in a violent attack by the army east of Sanaa

The Yemeni army revealed the killing of a number of field leaders of the Houthi militia and the liberation of new sites in the Nahham district, east of the capital, Sanaa.

The Media Center of the Yemeni Armed Forces, in a statement, said that the National Army, backed by the flights of the Alliance to Support Legitimacy, launched a violent attack on positions controlled by the revolutionaries in the Jarshab Front, north of the district of Neham.

The National Army was also able to liberate new sites, on Thursday evening, in the Jarashb-Majzar front, the most important of which was the severed red and the eastern tabernacles of the mills, according to the statement, which resulted in dozens of dead and wounded militias, including a leader called “Abu al-Abbas.”

In addition, coalition warplanes destroyed a Houthi armored vehicle in the Al-Mahzamat area with a number of militia leaders who hail from Haidan district in Saada Governorate, and they were called: Iyad Yahya Ahmed Al-Ayyani, Nassar Salman Ahmed Al-Hamas, Ali Yahya Ali Mufrah Al-Ayyani, Muhammad Ahmed Rafi Al-Ayani Saleh Mufreh Al-Ayani.

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Houthi causes the displacement of more than 14 thousand Yemenis to Marib and Al-Jawf

Houthi causes the displacement of more than 14 thousand Yemenis to Marib and Al-Jawf

The International Organization for Migration revealed that more than 14 thousand people were forced to flee their areas of residence to the governorates of Marib and Al-Jawf in north-eastern Yemen due to the violence. “At least 12,000 displaced people have fled to Marib, which hosts hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people, which has strained the ability of the local government to respond,” the organization said in a statement.

According to the international organization, more than 3000 people received an “emergency aid group,” noting that each of the 500 families received a one-time emergency cash transfer by the organization. “Many of the displaced families are forced to move to new locations where services are less,” it added.

The organization drew attention to reports that more than 1,250 displaced families left the Al-Khaniq camp (east of Sanaa), where the legitimate government accused the Houthi militia of targeting the camp, which includes approximately 1,500 displaced families, and is located in the Horeb Niham area and is more than 50 km away from confrontations.

The statement quoted a displaced woman who had been staying in the Al-Khanqq camp for four years and then left for Marib. Maliha she said that the citizens are suffering from the bitterness of displacement for the second time.

The organization reported that many of the displaced people reside in the open and are vulnerable to cold weather. She said that safe shelter, essential and hygienic supplies, clean water and safe hygiene are all among the essential needs that must be met for displaced communities.

According to the organization, the newly displaced are spread over several sites and some are temporarily staying with host families, confirming that they are working with local authorities to help provide shelter to the population and obtain basic and life-saving services.

For more than two weeks, the Nahham district and Ma’rib and Al-Jawf governorates have witnessed violent confrontations between government forces and the Houthi militia.

It is noteworthy that the areas that the fighting extended to include camps for internally displaced persons who were forced to face displacement again, but they will not face difficulties in finding displacement places to accommodate them and face harsh conditions in the cold and crowding of the displacement camps in Marib Governorate.

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