Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi stressed that the coup militias in his country are targeting the neighboring countries and carrying out foreign agendas against Yemen and its people.
The President made these statements during his meeting here today with the Ambassadors of Finland, Germany, Netherlands and Sri Lanka to Yemen, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He further said that the coupists are rogue gangs used as suspicious tools, indicating that Yemeni people look forward to the peace they deserve.
For their part, the Ambassadors pledged to exert their utmost efforts to strengthen the joint relations of their countries with Yemen and support its legitimate government in the international forums, stressing that the current circumstances need more support for Yemen.
Following the 2011 uprising against Yemen’s then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, several events occurred that led to the country’s political turmoil. As factions fought for control of Yemen, the power vacuum led Iran-aligned Houthi militias to take advantage of instability to drive Hadi’s government out of Sana’a in Sept. 2014.
Taiz – Saada Media Center announced on Sunday that Houthi and Saleh militias have commenced a campaign to kidnap citizens in Sakin and Razeh.
In its statement, the center mentioned that “militias have kidnapped the pharmacist Abdulsalam Mansour al-Natih in Sakin under the pretext of needing him to test some medicines and determine their quality and validation. They promised to return him but his parents are still trying to know his place until now.
Days earlier, Khalid Hussein al-Shami, Hayel Jaber Mahdi, Seif Ahmad al-Hatfi and Mohamamd Sharid Jaber from Razeh were kidnapped and taken to an anonymous destination. “These practices fall under the barbarism of Houthi militias amidst the silence and negligence of human rights organizations,” added the statement.
Militias are also carrying out kidnaps in Bayhan and the surrounding villages under the pretext of supporting the national army and Popular Resistance, as reported by the army-affiliated news website.
“More than 20 citizens were kidnapped from Bayhan and militias are refusing to release them. They are also preventing their parents from visiting or contacting them, not even friends or rights activists,” added the website.
In Maris, south Yemen, fierce conflicts took place between militias and the national army. Three insurgents were killed and others were injured in the exchange of artillery shelling.
Field sources reported that the national army artillery caused enormous human and material losses among the insurgent militias after targeting them during their attempt to sneak and restore liberated areas in Masloub.
Following Houthi and Saleh militias attempt to attack the house of a sheikh in Juban, 15 armed men were killed – members of the Popular Resistance obliged the militias to draw back.
Riyadh – Saudi Border Guards recently thwarted several attempts to plant land mines and smuggle weapons and more than half ton of weed at the southern border, according to the Saudi Ministry of Interior.
Thirty smugglers were arrested, including 19 Ethiopians, seven Yemenis, three Saudis and one person of an unknown nationality, said the spokesperson. The ministry reported that 1,265 infiltrators — including 847 Yemenis, 309 Ethiopians and 16 Somalis, among others — were also arrested.
In an exchange of gunfire with smugglers, three were killed and two injured. Eight military land mines, 23 weaponry pieces, and 32,160 rounds of live ammunition were seized. An estimated 607 kilograms of weed were also captured by authorities.
The Interior Ministry said there is a security threat to the Saudi-Yemeni border. Threats include terrorist attempts to attack border posts, plant land mines and smuggle explosives, weapons and drugs, in addition to attempts to threaten the lives of security and military men.
Leaders of the Yemeni army yesterday stressed that they are inclined to taking military action against the Houthi rebels and those loyal to the ousted president Saleh, a day after the UN’s special envoy for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed confirmed at the Security Council that Yemeni parties have rejected the road map to resolve the dispute that he recently presented.
The Yemeni Army Chief of Staff Major General Mohammed Ali Al-Miqdashi said that armed forces and the Popular Resistance are insistent on entering the capital Sana’a and ending the coup with a military settlement after peace efforts failed. Al- Miqdashi said that legitimate forces would seize heavy and medium weapons from the militias by force if they refused to accept a peaceful option based on proper rules that protect the state, legitimacy and Yemeni institutions and safeguard the dignity and freedom of all Yemenis.
During a visit to inspect the front lines in the district of Nuhum, eastern Sana’a, the Chief of Staff explained that the government is seeking peace in accordance with sound principles that will prevent the outbreak of wars in the future. Al-Miqdashi added that the initiative put forward by Ould Cheikh was not welcomed by the political leadership because it gave the rebels the right to continue with their coup.
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi refused to accept Ould Cheikh’s plan at a meeting in Riyadh under the pretext that its points did not concentrate on the three points of reference that are recognised by the international community. These include the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanisms, the outputs of the national dialogue and the relevant UN resolutions, especially resolution 2216.
Meanwhile, leaders, officers and soldiers in the seventh military region yesterday refused any compromises and initiatives that do not meet the expectations of the Yemeni people as part of a real and lasting peace. Soldiers and officers in Nuhum confirmed their full support for President Hadi and his government, and their willingness to move forward in the battle to liberate Sana’a.
The Governor of Najran region Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince to Yemeni pilgrims arriving in the kingdom to perform the Hajj via the Al Wadiah border crossing.
During his inspection of the border crossing in the town of Sharurah, Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz greeted Yemeni pilgrims yesterday and confirmed that Saudi leadership directives aim to take care of Yemeni pilgrims, facilitate entry procedures for them, provide them with services and provide them with everything that they need from the moment that they arrive on Saudi territory until they leave the country after having performed the Hajj.
He said that “God has honoured Saudi Arabia with the duty of serving Islam and Muslims and has blessed the country with a wise leadership and noble people. Saudi Arabia opens its doors to receive the guests of God, the Merciful, from every corner of the globe that arrive via land, sea and air”.
Prince Jalawi reviewed the efforts of the security and service agencies, and visited the centre for Da’wah and Guidance which is part of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance. He also visited a Civil Defence Unit, the headquarters of the Saudi Red Crescent, customs, the passports department and the headquarters of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
The Yemeni pilgrims thanked the Saudi government led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for providing them with an excellent service that aims to enhance their comfort and which will enable them to perform the pilgrimage. They also said that this level of care is not surprising from a country that seeks to establish peace and security in Yemen and throughout the region.
The Emirates Red Crescent yesterday announced that it will provide treatment for 1,500 Yemenis who have been injured as a result of the war in Yemen at hospitals in the UAE, Sudan and India. This initiative is an implementation of the directives of the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan which are supported by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
UAE authorities yesterday said that this step is within the framework of the UAE’s continued support for Yemen and its efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and standing by them in light of the difficult conditions that they face as a result of the crisis in their country.
According to the Emirates News Agency WAM, the ERC in coordination with the Yemeni government has put in place all facilities required to immediately airlift the wounded to the designated hospitals.
The ERC said that fifty critical cases will be immediately airlifted to receive much-needed medical care and treatment in UAE hospitals while the remaining 1,450 people will be taken to hospitals in Sudan and India. It added that “A treatment programme has been prepared to treat each case according to the assessment of its health condition”.
According to information released yesterday, the wounded are currently being cared for in Yemeni hospitals. Due to the deteriorating conditions of hospitals there, particularly in terms of facilities and health professionals, the ERC has started to provide medical care to these cases as part of the UAE’s consistent efforts to support the legitimate government and the Yemeni people.
The Saudi government is providing exceptional facilities for the benefit of Yemeni students residing in Saudi Arabia in order to facilitate their access to higher education. The assistant cultural attache at the Yemeni consulate in Jeddah Dr. Mohammed Al-Ahdal told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Saudi government waived the acceptance requirements for Yemeni students whose acceptance to various Saudi government universities including King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah was delayed. This action is in accordance with the affiliation system and recognises the conditions in Yemen which the Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia are working towards improving.
He stressed that the acceptance of Yemeni students at Saudi universities as part of the affiliation system came after the Saudi government agreed to take into account the circumstances of the war in Yemen and ease the burden that it has caused them by waiving the requirements for acceptance. Saudi Arabia grants Yemenis residing there 360 competitive grants annually and the Yemeni government is working to make these grants non-competitive so that students are accepted quickly and don’t have to wait for long periods of time as they do with the competitive grant.
Al-Ahdal added that there are 700 undergraduate and postgraduate Yemeni students at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah and the university administration is making every effort to provide them with sufficient facilities.
The cultural attache at the Yemeni consulate Abdullah Al-Awlaki visited King Abdulaziz University. During his visit, he met the university’s dean Dr Abdul Rahman Al-Youbi and discussed pending issues to accept and register candidates for cultural exchange scholarships.
Al-Ahdal described the cultural attache’s meeting with the dean as successful and fruitful and said that the dean was understanding of the Yemeni students’ circumstances and promised to solve all obstacles that they face so that they can complete their undergraduate degrees.
The meeting concluded with an agreement to postpone the completion of issues related to the acceptance of latecomers and speeding up of awarding non-competitive grants so that undergraduate students and graduate students can start their studies in the first term.