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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Saudi-Swiss meeting to discuss relief aspects in Yemen

Saudi-Swiss meeting to discuss relief aspects in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Relief Center (SRCS) General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah met on Wednesday with Director General of the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development Ambassador Manuel Sager.

During the meeting, Dr. Al-Rabeeah gave an overview of the humanitarian programs implemented by the Center in 45 countries around the world, most importantly Yemen.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of common concern related to relief, humanitarian and development affairs between the Center and the Agency and means of cooperation in the field of training and capacity-building, and the mechanism of implementation of joint projects between the Agency and the Center in countries in need in the interest of humanitarian work like yemen.

Manuel Sajer praised the advanced level of the King Salman Relief Center and its role in serving the needy and the poor in all countries of the world and yemen

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Ambassador Al Jaber: The people of Yemen are a priority for the KSA’s leadership

The people of Yemen are a priority for the KSA's leadership

The general supervisor of the Saudi program for the development and reconstruction of Yemen, Ambassador Mohammed Al-Jaber, affirmed that the Yemeni citizen and the Yemeni people are at the heart and interest of the leadership and people of the Kingdom.

Al Jaber said during a meeting with Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Najib Al Ouj at the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen in Riyadh on Tuesday that the program is primarily concerned with providing basic services and infrastructure in support of the Yemeni people through cooperation with the Yemeni government and local authorities in various governorates.

Al-Jaber explained that the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen works seriously through the executive offices of the program on the territory of Yemen, which aims to speed and quality of implementation, in order to give the Yemeni citizens effective employment opportunities, in coordination and cooperation with the Government of Yemen, represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.

Al-Jaber said: “We have a workshop to be held in the coming days between the Kingdom represented by the program, with the participation of the Republic of Yemen represented by the Yemeni Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and representatives of Yemeni ministries and stakeholders and men of development and economy to develop studies on the strategy of development and reconstruction of Yemen in a comprehensive manner, and also contribute to the development of The main priorities are to push international donors, whether states or organizations, to support development in all Yemeni governorates.

The ambassador answered a question about Marib airport by saying: “We have completed several stages of the Marib airport project. During the first phase, the site was selected in cooperation with the Yemeni government and the local authority in Marib. The project plan was designed by an American company specialized in the implementation of international airports. The second phase has been prepared and the site has been fully fenced and ready for implementation, and in the third phase will be signed with the consultant and this part of the quality of the work of the program.

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Gargash Praises Saudi efforts in Yemen and calls on focusing in confronting Houthi

Houthi threats to humanitarian organizations and UN missions

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, praised the efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia to reach the “Riyadh Agreement” aimed at unifying Yemen in the face of the Houthi coup.

In a tweet through his official account, Gargash called for focusing on confronting the Houthi coup and its aggression, pointing out that Yemen through the Riyadh agreement is on the verge of a new phase.

Gargash wrote: “ The relentless efforts and good efforts of our brothers in Saudi Arabia to implement (the Riyadh Agreement) and unify the Yemeni ranks is historic, it is important to focus on facing the Houthi coup.

Yemen through this agreement is coming to a new stage, its success is linked to commitment and the unification of priorities and objectives. ”

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Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council agrees for a deal

Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council agrees for a deal

An informed Saudi source said that an agreement was reached between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The agreement provides for the formation of a competent government of 24 ministers equally between the southern and northern governorates, as well as the return of the current prime minister to Aden to activate all state institutions.

The Riyadh agreement also includes the re-arrangement of military and security forces in the southern provinces, with the Saudi-led Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen oversee a joint committee to implement it.

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Yemen :Fuel Crisis hits the country

Fuel Crisis hits the country

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been exacerbated by a fuel crisis that has driven motorists to queue for days at some petrol stations indefinitely.
The new crisis is only one of many problems caused by the houthi war.

Fuel is needed not only for cars, but for water pumps and generators in hospitals, and for transporting goods across the country, where millions are on the brink of starvation.

Nashwan Khalid, standing two days in line waiting for his turnto obtain gasoline in Sana’a, he said that the crisis had affected all members of the Yemeni people. A large number of petrol stations in the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa have been forced to shut down. Nashwan said “it just stopped my job and stopped my life”

Gasoline is sold on the black market about three times the official price. Drivers can stand two or three days waiting for their turn. “Fuel shortages in Yemen are exacerbating the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country and leading to unacceptable levels of suffering,” said Sultana Begum, representative of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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