A doctor, who was in August 2015 captured and brought to the jail by the Houthi militias. After being interrogated for hours, he was brought to a van and has travelled all night long in order to reach Sanaa National Security, where he was interrogated for other two days.after this, he was conducted to the jail for 10 months and got free just in April 2016. Once free, he moved to Canada not having anymore the chance of keeping on living in Yemen. There he was able to talk about the horrors, he had seen in the jail, like the man, called Maamary, who was subjected to several tortures (they had burnt him with cigarettes, kicked him or also electrocuted his mouth), until he got paralyzed.
The coalition Command to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen said today in a statement that Saudi border cities were targeted by Houthi militias with smuggled rockets through the port of Al-Hodeidah. The Command added that the Coalition air forces targeted immediately the launching sites and that the Royal Saudi air force intercepted four ballistic missiles launched towards the cities of KhamisMushayt and Abha and they destroyed them without causing any damage. In fine the coalition said these actions are the strongest evidence of the continued smuggling of weapons to Yemen especially from the port of Hodeidah.
After two years of civil war now even from the centuries-old Arabian route from the United Arab Emirates food supplies to Yemen are falling. In these two years the flow of food was restricted into the main Yemeni cargo ports of Hodeida and Salif, where the large grain silos are located, but small boats sailing from the UAE are moving vital supplies into the smaller ports to the south coast. The volume of food carried on this route represent a small fraction of the supply to Yemen, but has become important as fighting has raged, the economy has collapsed and Yemen has needed all the help it can get. Indeed the food crisis affects 17 million Yemeni people and is going to be even worst as only a few ships arrive each week into Hodeida and Salif port has cut food deliveries due to damage to infrastructures in the neighboring in recent weeks. In this situation the UAEbased dhow captains direct their trade to the south and the average journey takes about five to eight days with the boats capable of taking up to 2000 tons of rice, spices or cooking oil.
The Saudi-led Arab coalition’s request to supervise the Yemeni port of Hodeida was rejected by the UN on
Monday. The UN spokesman Farhan Haq said the protection of civilian infrastructures and civilians are obligations
of the warring sides in Yemen. Moreover the coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Al-Assiri, who asked the UN to
supervise the port not to protect it, said the UN was asked to appoint international observers to ensure the port
is managed in a manner that facilitates the arrival of humanitarian assistance to civilians and is not exploited by
the Houthi militias.
As part of a report presented by the Yemeni Deputy Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar during a human rights council meeting in Geneva on Monday, nearly 38,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed and injured at the hands of the Houthi militias and those allied to ex President Saleh since the war began in 2014. Askar also said that Houthi bombing in populate dare as, villages, farmlands and roads led to 673 civilians injured and dead, mostly women and children. Moreover in the report it was declared that 16,804 activists, reporters and academics were kidnapped by the militia and those who have been released suffer from serious health and psycological issues. In the report it was also underlined the use of children to fuel militia’s war.
During a meeting on Monday between the President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Sammad, Vice-President Qasim Labuza and chairman and members of the anti-aggressionYemeni parties’ bloc, they discussed the bloc’s efforts in strengthening the steadfastness in the internal and external front lines, in particular in the current situation, and the future programs of confronting aggression. On the other hand the President showed appreciation to the parties’ bloc efforts and underlined the inhuman face of the aggression coalition. In fine the parties’ leaders stressed the importance of costant communication between the Supreme Political Council, political parties’ leadership and government the aggression media propaganda and all the attempts to split the national unity.
In anticipation to King Salman’s visit to Japan on March 12 as part of his Asian tour, the Japanese ambassador to Saudi Arabia Norihiro Okuda said the visit main intent is to strengthen ties in different fields and for this reason the King will hold talks with top Japanese officials covering bilateral,regional (East Asia) and international issues, such as Middle East issues like Yemen and Syria. During the visit Japan will discuss with King Salman not only on economic issues but also culture and entertainment to achieve the goals set in the Saudi Vision 2030 besides security cooperation. For that reason both countries established the Joint Group for Saudi-Japn Vision 2030.
Houthi militias were stopped at the border with Yemen by Saudi forces that avoid them to get closer. This is not the first attemp of Houthis to cross the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen or try to smuggle civilians. During this attempt, which started at the break of time, 4 Houthis were killed and several military equipments (weapons, explosive devices, rocket-propelled granades) were seized from them. The militias wore uniforms of the deposed president’s special forces.