Griffiths: Riyadh agreement paves the way for a comprehensive peace process in Yemen

Riyadh agreement paves the way for a comprehensive peace process in Yemen

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, on Friday thanked Saudi Arabia for its role in reaching a Riyadh agreement between the Yemeni government and the transitional council.

“The Riyadh agreement paves the way for a comprehensive peace process in Yemen,” Griffiths said during a briefing on Yemen at the UN Security Council. He believed that the signing of this agreement “confirms the existence of leaders capable of making changes to ensure the stability of Yemen,” and appreciated the efforts of Saudi Arabia and the UN, which contributed to the success of the agreement.

Griffiths added: “Yemen needed leaders capable of making change. The Riyadh agreement signed between the government and the Southern Transitional Council is a confirmation of the presence of these leaders.
“The pace of war in Yemen has fallen considerably over the past two weeks,” Griffiths said.

Griffiths also pointed to “positive signs of the implementation of the Hodeida agreement” between the legitimacy and the Houthis, after the establishment of UN observation points in the city. He stressed that Hodeidah witnessed a decrease in military and security escalation, stressing that “security incidents in Hodeidah decreased by 40%.”

Griffiths also praised the government’s positive steps that helped bring oil derivatives ships into Hodeidah ports. However, he expressed concern “about Houthi’s restriction of UN team freedom in Hodeidah.”

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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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UAE relief convoy to the people of Shabwa governorate

UAE relief convoy to the people of Shabwa governorate

The UAE, represented by its humanitarian arm, carried out a relief convoy targeting low-income people in Al-Ghail area in Al-Rawdha district in Shabwa governorate on Monday.

In this round of assistance, the IHH team distributed 200 food baskets weighing 16 tons, targeting needy families and low-income families in Al-Ghail area, benefiting 1100 individuals, in order to reduce the level of food shortage and provide decent living for the people.

For their part, the beneficiaries expressed their thanks and appreciation to the UAE leadership and people for this great help and humanitarian gesture that will contribute to alleviate the suffering of many families in the midst of these difficult living conditions, given the deteriorating economic conditions and lack of job opportunities and thus the sources of income of a large number of heads of households in the country.

Since the beginning of 2019, the UAE Red Crescent has distributed 33,374 food parcels, an average of 1917 tons, benefiting 159,050 members of needy and affected families in Shabwa governorate.

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Al-Iryani: Sanaa will soon join the revolution against iran

Houthi violation

Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani said that the capital Sana’a and the rest of the areas controlled by the Houthi militias will not be immune from the rebellions in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.

The Yemeni Minister of Information tweeted on his page on Sunday evening, that the popular protests that swept the Iranian provinces after the uprisings of Iraq and Lebanon confirm the impasse suffered by the Iranian regime and the fall of his plans to dominate the region.

He stressed that this is an inevitable result of the failed policies adopted by the Iranian regime .

Al-Iryani pointed out that Yemen will not be immune from the rebellions of the popular uprising in the region

Al-Iryani pointed out that Yemen will not be immune from the rebellions of the popular uprising in the region, centered on confronting Iranian policies that have produced failure internally, chaos and terrorism externally.

He added: “The Yemeni people in the capital Sanaa and the rest of the areas controlled by the # houthismilitia will not remain inactive and will soon join this uprising.”Protests have escalated dramatically in Iran’s cities over the government’s resort to higher fuel prices.

Although protests erupted over fuel prices, the demonstrators chanted slogans condemning Iran’s interventions in Iraq and Lebanon and spending money on neighboring countries to createconomic crises.

Protesters burned statues and pictures of Khomeini and other symbols of the regime, attacked government and Revolutionary Guards headquarters and burned banks and several municipalities.

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Yemen: More than two million cases of cholera in 3 years

More than two million cases of cholera in 3 years

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that te number of cholera cases reported in yemen from 2016 to 2019 is more than 2 million cases.

In its report on the cholera situation in Yemen, as of August 2019, WHO noted that Yemen has suffered from three outbreaks of cholera in the past 23 months due to the collapse of the health sector and the high rates of malnutrition among women and children, who are most the vulnerable to the disease
The war disrupted sewage networks and cut water project expenditures, which contributed to the spread of choleraand deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Lack of clean water supply
Some 17.8 million suffer from a lack of safe water supply and sanitation, and 19.7 million do not have access to adequate health care, according to UN reports.

The five governorates with the highest cumulative attack rate of cholera are Amran, Mahwit, Sana’a, Al Bayda and Dhamar, while the governorates of Hajjah, Ibb and Hodeidah have recorded large numbers of deaths.

International reports have warned of a new outbreak of cholera in Yemen in the first half of this year, with the possibility of rising with climate change and the coming rainy season.

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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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Yemen’s Prime Minister: There is no sincere engagement for peace on the Houthi side

Yemen and Saudi flag

Yemen’s legitimate prime minister said that the Houthi coup militia’s continued military escalation and repeated breach of the UN truce in the western province of Hodeidah, despite the deployment of UN observation points is an indication that it is not serious in bowing to peace and defying the local and international will to end the suffering. Caused by the coup against the legitimate authority in late 2014.

He reiterated the government’s keenness to achieve peace, but added, “ At the same time, it will not hesitate and with the support of the brotherhood-led Coalition for the Support of Legitimacy in Saudi Arabia to protect citizens from oppression and militia violations in implementation of the agenda of its supporters in Tehran, ” according to the official Yemeni News Agency.

The Yemeni Prime Minister stressed that the recent targeting of Houthi militias by the MSF International Hospital in Al-Mukha city and the previous targeting of humanitarian missions are war crimes that should not be tolerated by the international community.

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Al-Iryani: Houthi practices can ignite a popular revolution

Al-Iryani: Houthi practices can ignite a popular revolution

Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani accused Iranian-backed Houthi militias of practicing “the most heinous forms of exploitation and trading in religion to kill Yemenis’ and achieve malicious political goals.”

He stressed that these practices “will ignite the spark of the popular revolution in the hijacked capital Sanaa and areas of control,”.

Al-Iryani added that “the Houthi militias since their coup against power and national consensus have used the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet of mercy, love and peace, Sayyidina Muhammad peace be upon him to devote the state of division and mobilization of fighters and instill a culture of death, hatred and terrorism among their elements,” according to a statement published by the official Yemeni News Agency .

He criticized the Houthi militias spendingsof tens of billions to commemorate religious occasions, while refusing to pay the salaries of employees in areas under its control for years under the pretext of scarcity of resources.

He pointed out that the lights and banners hung by the militias in the streets of Sana’a cost billions of looted riyals, which he said “will not feed hungry and will not cover naked and will not cover the crimes of militias and beautify its ugly face in front of the world.”

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