On the second anniversary of aggression of the so-called coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia against Yemen, Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday to strongly condemn the blatant warmongering and called for putting an end to the devastating war and bloodshed in the country at the earliest. The Islamic Republic of Iran underlines its proposed four-article plan to stop conflict and bloodshed, dispatch of relief aid, removal of the unjust siege and unfair economic sanctions imposed on people in Yemen, and calls for establishment of a political dialogue and formation of a national unity government and urges the international community to spare no efforts to alleviate pains and sufferings of people in Yemen mainly those of children and women, read the statement.
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.
Doctors without borders are withdrawing from Al-Thawra hospital in Yemen due to the military presence of the Houthi rebels, which is violating the sanctity of the medical profession, as an officila told to Arab News. During a phone call with the organization’s deputy director, medical doctor Tammma Al-Oudat, he said the Houthis continue to obstruct the work of the MSF teams and of other medics operating at the hospital. He also told the source they asked Houthi militias to guarantee full and free access to patients to hospitals, but the rebels refused and the MSF decided to gradually end its services and leave the hospital. Moreover the Yemeni press declared that the Houthi militia had broken into the hospital and threatened workers at gunpoint. As a consequence MSF medical teams will continue to operate in Al-Shifa hospital in the same governorate and Al-Thawra hospital will continue work but under the supervision and administration of the Yemeni medical staff.
Amnesty International condemned the United States and Britain for transferring arms to Saudi Arabia to use in its war in Yemen, Western media reported. The London-based watchdog described the arms transfers as a “shameful contradiction” of aid efforts by the United States and Britain. ‘These governments have continued to authorize such arms transfers at the same time as providing aid to alleviate the very crisis they have helped to create,’ said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty’s deputy director of research for the Middle East and North Africa. Iran has repeatedly condemned crimes committed against the oppressed people of Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition including demolishing infrastructures in Yemen and killing defenseless civilians in almost two years of devastating war against that country. In March 2015, a so-called Saudi-led coalition began a major aggression on Yemen in a bid to reinstate the country’s fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
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.
During the meeting between Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah and the Resident Representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Laurent De Boeck , the two discussed the war crimes committed by the saudi aggression warplanes in targeting Somali refugees and immigrants off Hodeida coast. The Minister condemned the war crime as a violation of the international humanitarian laws and stressed that the National Salvation Government is providing health care to the Somali injured survivors. In fine the IOM expressed appreciation to the support provided by the National Salvation Government to the organization.
Concerning the attack to a boat carrying dozens of African migrants on Thursday night by the alliance of Saudi aggression off the Yemeni coast of Hodeida, the National Organization for Rights and Freedoms stressed that it was a disgrace to the United Nations Security Council. The organizational so declared in a statement that it was a war crime and the statement denounced the continuation of war crimes and violations against the Yemeni people, whose civilian’s boats and fishermen are targeted be side African refugees. In fine the statement called on the United Nations and its Security Council to stop the war, the bloody war crimes and the economic blockade against the Yemeni people.
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.
After talks in Paris with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the UN envoy to Yemen Cheikh Ahmed told reporters that even if the solution is very close the parties don’t want to sit down at the table to discuss that. In deed they are refusing to discuss UN-brokered peace efforts and mean while in the country there is an escalation in violence, which is having a dramatic impact on civilians. This is the main reason that pushes the United Nations to urge a political solution and guarantee stability and safety to Yemeni civilians, which the UN classed as “severely food insecure” (7.3 millionYemenis). Moreover France Foreign Minister Ayrault said that “this is a conflict that is less talked about than others, but it can’t be forgotten because the humanitarian consequences on the ground are catastrophic”.
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.