Yemen’s Legitimacy Consolidates its Presence in Besieged Taiz

Taiz– Yemen’s legitimacy has continued to improve its services in Taiz despite the siege enforced by Houthi and Saleh militias.

In that regard, deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Civil Service Abdulaziz Jubari inaugurated the local automated passport issuance center in the district and monitored the issuance of the first passport after a nearly three-year shutdown.

“The re-inauguration of passport issuance is a significant step in the process of rendering state institutions in Taiz functional,” State news agency quoted Jubari as saying.

The Deputy PM stated that there has been a distinguished pace in re-normalizing life ever since the Central Bank’s branch, executive offices, schools and universities, and security and military apparatus premises have been re-opened.

Jubari believed that a larger number of services will help overcome all adversities and bring the situation back to normal in Taiz.

Furthermore, the minister allocated over 22 million Yemeni riyal to 55 amputees in Taiz.

Jubari also chaired a meeting with the local authority in Taiz to oversee the re-normalization of life and resolve the issue of the largely unpaid salaries of civil servants.

He also directed the renovation of the governorate’s main offices, and ordered work to be continued from temporary offices.

Jubari lauded the sacrifices of people of Taiz for “enduring the devastation of war and blockade,” adding they taught the militias valuable lessons that can’t be forgotten throughout history.

Meanwhile, Houthi and Saleh militias continued to target residential areas in Taiz, mainly its eastern neighborhoods.

Local activist Mokhtar Ahmed told Asharq Al-Awsat that militias are still committing crimes in Taiz amid an international silence. He stated that shelling on a residential area killed a man, and a woman who had already lost two of her children in previous Houthi attacks.

Ahmed also indicated that at least two civilians were killed by shelling on General Thawra Hospital.

In other news, Minister of Social Affairs Ibtihaj al-Kamal warned that the future of children in the militia-controlled areas is in great danger because the insurgents have disrupted their school life.

In a statement to Saba News Agency, Kamal said insurgents are the biggest violator of children’s rights in Yemen with the “suspension of education” in many schools, because of the militias’ failure to pay salaries to teachers, and their infusion of school textbooks with “a racist sectarian ideology.”

“The coup militias have worked to destroy 1,700 schools, deprive 2.5 million children of education and print 11,000 textbooks having a racist sectarian ideology,” she indicated, adding that about 9,000 children under the legal age were denied their education rights and were forced into battlefields.

The minister appealed to human rights organizations to force the radical militia to stop implicating children in their lost war and to comply with international laws concerning children’s rights. She called on the UN’s agencies to blacklist the militia as a violator of children’s rights.

Kamal pointed out that King Salman Center for Relief (KSrelief) is working on rehabilitating children formerly recruited as militia fighters to be integrated again into the society through a number of programs in Maerib and al-Jouf districts. 

Yemeni Interior Minister: Saleh in Poor Health

Yemeni Minister of Interior General Hussein Arab (R) meets with Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah (L).

Riyadh- Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior General Hussein Arab said that ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is in a poor health condition.

Saleh was suffering from a disease that required the intervention of a medical team from Russia to treat him at the Russian Embassy in Yemen, he added.

During his meeting with Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah, Consultant at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) in Riyadh on Monday, Arab said that the coup in Yemen led to the destruction of the infrastructure since all the establishments of the Interior Ministry were destroyed by Houthi militias, who also looted all the ministry’s equipment.

Arab pointed out that Yemen’s interior ministry was able to re-establish its building and role in the country with the help of coalition countries.

He added that the KSRelief has saved many lives in Yemen and the rest countries of the world, confirming that the center supports Yemeni hospitals and health centers through providing medical supplies and medicines.

The great support, upon directives by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, led to a decline in the cholera epidemic in Yemen, Arab stressed.

The Yemeni minister added that the Kingdom provided treatment to the injured people inside and outside Yemen as well as in the hospitals of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Sudan.

“Iran has goals in Yemen,” Arab said, adding that “the Persian plan in Yemen is clear, and everyone knows that the Iranian mentality continues to try to reach its goals, and the intervention of the Arab coalition obstructed the achievement of these goals.”

He also talked about the latest report issued by the United Nations and said that the report was based on false information, explaining that the information given to the UN was from people who tried to find incorrect information and upload pictures of crimes carried out by the Houthi militias in Taiz and claiming they were carried out by Arab coalition forces.

Arab stressed that the Arab coalition is keen on following the rules of engagement and to refuse to carry out random military strikes, fearing for the lives of civilians or women.

161 Projects Implemented by KSRelief in Yemen


Riyadh- King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) has implemented 161 projects in Yemeni governorates since its establishment by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The center said in a statement on Thursday that the $710.5-million-worth projects provided relief, humanitarian aid, sheltering, sanitation, agriculture and water in cooperation with 85 international and local partners focusing on projects for children and women and support for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia.

In the area of food security, sheltering and camp management and coordination, there have been up to 60 projects worth $264.2 million benefiting 22.1 million people through 26 partners, said the statement.

Education, protection and early recovery programs totaled 18 projects valued at $78.8 million with 3,915,336 beneficiaries through 13 partners, KSRelief said.

In health, nutrition, water and environment, there were $310.9-million-worth of 73 projects which benefited 72.6 million people through 43 partners.

As for communications in emergency cases, logistics and humanitarian coordination projects worth $56.5 million, the Center has allocated 10 projects with 15,112 beneficiaries through 3 partners.

The Center has been commended by heads of state, community leaders, international and regional organizations working in the fields of relief and humanitarian services.

Meanwhile, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has said his country was looking forward to receiving more humanitarian assistance and hoped that humanitarian organizations would be able to reach areas in need for aid through coordination with Yemen’s civil society.

Saudi Aid to Yemen Exceeded $8 Billion in Two Years


Riyadh — Saudi Arabia announced that the amount of aid it has provided to Yemen over the last two years exceeded $8 billion, including humanitarian, relief, development and governmental assistance, as well as support to the Central Bank of Yemen.

The Kingdom, through the King Salman Relief Center (KSRELIEF), said it was targeting the rehabilitation of 2,000 Yemeni children per year, who were recruited by Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The first batch of children had already graduated last week.

KSRELIEF Official Spokesman Dr. Samer al-Jetaily presented an overview of the assistance provided by Saudi Arabia to Yemen over the past two years, pointing out that there were 9.8 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, while the number of internally displaced persons reached 3.11 million according to the UN 2017 report.

He added: “The total request for funding from the United Nations for humanitarian work in Yemen was $2.3 billion, of which Saudi Arabia covered $967 million, or 42 percent. It has provided assistance to more than 3.4 million people out of a total number of 11.9 million, while 2.5 million people were receiving monthly assistance from the World Food Program.”

Al-Jetaily was speaking during a news conference at the organization’s headquarters, alongside Abdullah Al-Rwaily, the organization’s director of community support services.

According to the spokesman, there are 128 humanitarian organizations operating in Yemen, including 86 local non-governmental organizations, 34 international non-governmental organizations and 8 United Nations organizations.

“The Kingdom’s total assistance to Yemen from April 2015 to August 2017 amounted to $8.27 billion, of which $911 million was dedicated to humanitarian and relief assistance through the King Salman Center, $1.1 billion was provided to Yemeni visitors in the Kingdom, $2.9 billion in development assistance, $2.7 billion in government aid, and $1 billion to the Central Bank of Yemen,” the official added.

He also noted that Saudi Arabia has provided health services to more than 478,000 patients and educational services to more than 289,000 students in Yemen since May 2015.

“We provided 68 projects worth more than $118 million dedicated to empowering women, as well as 80 projects for children at a cost exceeding $227 million, covering education, protection, food security, shelter, health, water, sanitation, and hygiene,” Jetaily said.

He also stressed that KSRELIEF has organized rehabilitation for approximately 20,000 child soldiers in Yemen.

Yemeni Official: ‘GCC States Consider Allocating 1,000 Treatment Grants to Yemenis’

Riyadh- King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the Saudi Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Gulf Coordination Council to support Yemen, have been discussing the allocation of 1,000 treatment grants for Yemeni citizens abroad, said an official in the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health.

Medical Attache of Yemen Embassy in Riyadh Dr. Mohammed al-Saadi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the three parties have been discussing implementing this project in countries such as India, where the country would be responsible to treat Yemeni residents.

“Kuwait has approved the treatment of 200 cases, Saudi Arabia is expected to take care of 400 cases and the rest of the countries are on the final stages of the adoption of these grants.”

In this context, Saadi said that Saudi Arabia allocates 100 annual treatment grants for Yemenis in Saudi hospitals in accordance with the signed protocol between the two countries’ health ministries.

“These grants were used during the period from January until July, 2017 due to the existing pressure as the Yemeni side specifies the cases according to the agreed upon criteria,” Saadi added, pointing out that the targeted cases are heart conditions, congenital malformations and chronic diseases that require major operations that are not made in Yemen.

The medical attache noted that Minister of Health Dr. Nasser Baoum is personally following the process of facilitating the entry of these cases and providing all means of support to them in order to ensure that they receive appropriate treatment without delay.

He added, “there is unlimited support from the Saudi health side, where additional cases of visiting residents and those who suffer accidents and acute injuries are being accepted.”

“Associations such as the Society for the Care of Kidney Failure Patients (Kelana) and Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association are also contributing in the support of many cases for Yemeni patients. We thank the Saudi side for all this support,” Saadi said.

Dr. Saadi also revealed that about 70 percent of the grants benefited from were from Yemen while 30 percent were from Saudi Arabia, for those who did not have regular iqamas.

He explained that Saudi Arabia takes care of the whole treatment process, without specifying the costs of the cases and no matter how much the operations will cost, unlike the situation in other countries such as Egypt or Jordan, where a specific ceiling is set for any treatment case received.

Saudi Arabia Disagrees with Houthi Militias, Not Citizens

Washington- Adviser at the Saudi Royal Court and General Supervisor of Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah said that the center has implemented 153 projects with a total value of 629,388,898 dollars with no partiality and respect for international humanitarian law and participation of 86 UN, regional and local partners.

He pointed out to the KSRelief interest in programs and projects directed to women and children as it implemented 103 projects, benefiting 31,954,655 women in the amount of $157,389,667; including 68 projects in the fields of education, protection, food security, health, water and environmental sanitation for Yemeni women.

He added that the center also implemented 116 projects for children in the world, including 60,329,694 children.

Rabeeah stressed that the projects for children in Yemen focused on protection, rehabilitation, food, nutrition, health and environmental sanitation.

During a press conference in the Saudi Embassy in Washington, Rabeeah highlighted the challenges facing humanitarian action in Yemen, stressing importance of benefiting from all the sea, land and air ports for the entry of humanitarian aid and not relying on Hodeidah port, which is exposed to violations committed by Houthi militias.

He stressed the great role played by the coalition forces to facilitate the entry of aid and issuance of air, sea and land permits that reached 14,444 permits for the UN and international organizations in addition to the Coalition Forces’ keenness to protect civilians, children and women through more than 40,000 protection zones.

He said that his country doesn’t have any problem or disagreement with Yemeni citizens in general, even if they were supporters for Houthis or are Yazidis; however, their disagreement is with armed militias that fight the citizens, threaten the stability and violate the Saudi-Yemeni borders.

“We want this crisis to end in accordance with what Yemeni people want, and we want to restore power to the legitimate government and to achieve peace and security.”

Hadi: We have Exhausted Peaceful Means to Prevent Rebels from Implementing Iran’s Agenda


New York – Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi said the legitimate government has depleted all peaceful means to prevent the rebels from implementing Iran’s expansionism plans in the region.

“We are ending our third year of the war imposed on our country by the Houthis,” Hadi said at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

“The rebels have swept the cities of Yemen and taken the entire country hostage while implementing an Iranian strategy” in the conflict, he added.

Violence and destruction perpetrated by Houthi militias in Yemen are fully supported by Iran, Hadi stressed, accusing the Persian State of working to destabilize the region “by supporting groups that are out of control.”

“Sustainable peace cannot be achieved unless Iran stops interfering in the affairs of the region,” he noted.

Hadi reiterated his keenness to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis in order to establish peace in the country.

“I reaffirm […] our readiness to stop the war and reach peace; we are not advocates of war or revenge, but advocates of peace and harmony,” Hadi told delegations attending the Assembly’s annual general debate, stressing that he will continue, to “extend my hand to sustainable peace because we feel our full responsibility for all our steadfast Yemeni people.”

The Yemeni President expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia and said that it has a leading role in relieving the humanitarian crisis through its ongoing support from the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Relief (KSRELIEF).

He also declared the legitimate government’s readiness “to provide all necessary facilities for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas of Yemen from Saada to Mehra, especially to the areas which are under the control of the rebels.”

Hadi called on the UN to force the rebels to implement UN Security Council resolutions in order to allow humanitarian assistance to reach all the areas of the country.

Saudi Royal Decree orders KSRelief Allocation of $15 Million to Persecuted Rohingya

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered the allocation of $15 million to alleviate the suffering of the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority fleeing Rakhine state terror in Myanmar.

Royal Court adviser and general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in a statement reported by the state-owned news agency (SPA).

He made the remarks following his meeting with members of the National Council on US-Arab Relations and the Cooperation Committee for partnership between the US and Gulf Cooperation Council at the headquarters of the US House of Representatives in Washington.

“A specialized team from the center will be heading to Bangladesh within the coming few hours to make an assessment of the condition of Rohingya refugees there and to find out what are the essential requirements that are to be made available to them urgently, as well as to extend assistance in terms of relief, humanitarian help and shelter.

“As per the directive of the King, the center has carried out a number of projects, while some others are in various phases of implementation,” Al-Rabeeah said.

He added that the center has implemented the first phase of the repatriation of Rohingya from Rakhine state in a number of governorates in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration.

KSRelief Inspects Food Aid Distribution Centers in Aden, Yemen

A team from King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid has inspected projects being financed and implemented by it through the World Food Program (WFP) in Aden governorate, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

During the inspection, the team was briefed on the progress of work in several food distribution centers of the World Food Program in the Directorates of Dar Saad, Al-Ma’alla and Kriter, targeting poor and displaced families and some cases with special needs.

These visits come to be briefed on the distribution process, listen to the beneficiaries and the difficulties facing the field teams and confirm the Center’s keenness to inspect and follow up the progress of its projects and its relief and humanitarian assistance.

The world’s worst Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD)/cholera outbreak continues spreading in Yemen. Between late-April and July, 436,625 suspected cases and 1,915 deaths had been reported in 21 of 22 governorates.

Health, water and sanitation systems struggling to function as a result of the ongoing conflict, and lack of regular salary payments for many public sector workers have created the ideal conditions for the disease to spread.

In July, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP), with UNICEF’s and other partners support, carried out a six-day round of integrated outreach (IO) providing health and nutrition services. Among other results, nearly 30,000 children received a second measles and rubella (MR) vaccination and are now fully immunized against 12 preventable disease

KSRelief Stresses its Impartially in Yemen


New York – Royal Court and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, KSRelief, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah stated that the center works impartially in Yemen.

He said that the center has established a working committee composed of officials from the Saudi Ministry of Health, its Yemeni counterpart, a UNICEF official and a World Health Organization official to address the spread of cholera in Yemen.

In a joint press conference with Saudi Arabia’s permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah al-Moallimi at the UN headquarters in New York, Rabiah stressed that UN findings indicate that the cholera epidemic is less spread in areas controlled by the legitimate government. He attributed this to the refusal of the Houthi militias to provide humanitarian assistance to the hospitals under their control.

Rabiah confirmed that official statistics indicate that the mortality index in Yemen has decreased from 1.2 to 0.4 percent and the recovery rate has increased to 99 percent, which is “very significant.”

He stressed that KSRelief’s work is impartial as it works with its partners, such as the United Nations and other NGOs.

“The center has donated medical equipment and provided funds to all Yemeni areas regardless whether it is in the south or north of the country,” Rabiah said.

He participated in an informal meeting held by the Security Council on Monday at the UN headquarters under the so-called “Arya” on “the vital role of the United Nations humanitarian partners in the crisis in Yemen.”

He assured the attendees that the center was not established in the war-torn country to only fight cholera epidemic, but it has other humanitarian roles.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah al-Moallimi stressed his country’s support for UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s proposals on the Yemeni crisis.

Moallimi accused the insurgents of rejecting these proposals, which call for placing the port of Hodeidah under the supervision of the United Nations.