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Humanitarian Catastrophe Looming on Yemen, Fighting Between Saleh and Houthi Forces, Scores Killed in Saudi-Led Air Strikes
December 4, 2017
The following news stories are from the pro-Saudi website Al-Masdar ( http://www.almasdaronline.com/category/42 ):
UN: Humanitarian supplies insufficient to prevent
humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen
UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that despite
the resumption of relief flights to Yemen, humanitarian supplies still
insufficient to prevent a humanitarian disaster in the country.
15 Houthis, 3 government soldiers killed in battles in al Jouf
About 15 gunmen of the Houthis-Saleh forces and three government
soldiers were killed on Thursday in fierce fighting between them in al
Musloub district western al Jouf province, northeastern Yemen, a field
Coalition aircrafts kill 24 Houthis, wound dozens in Taiz and
24 Houthis-Saleh forces were killed and dozens wounded on Monday in
battles against government forces and raids by the Saudi-led Arab
coalition in Taiz and Marib provinces.
The following news stories are from the pro-Houthi website Yemen Extra (http://www.yemenextra.net/):
Yemeni missile force struck the nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi with a new missile
Dec 3, 2017, YemenExtra
The Yemeni missile force declared on Sunday that it struck UAE territory with a new missile.
The Yemeni missile force , in addition, declared that it waged a winged missile type “crois” on the nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi.
The source confirmed that the missile struck its target accurately ,causing heavy material damage.
Al-Brakha nuclear reactor is being built by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Foundation, west of Abu Dhabi, about 53 km from Ruwais, it is a compressed water reactor and it should have been operated in 2017.
Ansarullah: UAE Behind Current Rift Aiming to Weaken Yemen Internally
Dec 2, 2017, YemenExtra, M.A.
Hamza Al-Houthi, a member of the political council of AnsarAllah, said that the UAE is behind the militias affiliated with Tariq Afash, Saleh’s nephew, who is carrying out the hostile attempts to flood the capital Sana’a with security chaos.
In an interview with Yemeni Al-Masirah satellite channel, he revealed that the UAE provided the “Tariq” militias with more than one shipment of weapons, which was smuggled and transported from within the southern governorates through Dhala and Ibb to the capital Sana’a.
Hamza al-Houthi pointed out that the UAE financed and opened several training camps for 830 members of the Tariq militias in areas controlled by Saudi-paid militias in Shabwa governorate and another camp in the Oud region of Ibb governorate.
Threat of famine looms in war-torn Yemen: UN
Dec 3, 2017, YemenExtra, SH.A.
Top officials from across the United Nations system called on Saturday for the coalition to fully lift its blockade of Yemen’s Red Sea ports, warning that unless commercial imports are resumed, the threat of widespread famine in a matter of months is very real.
The officials also announced that the United Nations is sending a team to Riyadh to discuss any concerns the coalition and Saudi Arabia may have in relation to these ports. But we need the coalition to urgently grant unimpeded access for imports that are a lifeline for millions of people.
More than 200 members of Tareq Afash militias surrendered itself to the security forces
Dec 3, 2017, YemenExtra, SH.A.
A security source confirmed today that about 200 members of Tareq Afash militias , which was stationed south of the capital surrendered itself to the security forces,a security source told YemenExtra on Sunday.
Yemen rebel alliance falls apart amid fighting in capital - as ex-president Saleh offers talks to Saudi coalition
Ali Abdullah Saleh vows to turn 'new page' with Riyadh as forces
loyal to him clash with Houthi fighters
The Independent, December 3, 2017
Houthi fighters man an anti-aircraft gun in the Yemeni capital Sanaa
amid clashes with supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh
The apparent shift in position came as forces loyal to Mr Saleh battled Houthi fighters for a fourth day in the capital Sanaa – with both sides claiming control of areas of the city. Violent clashes between rival factions in Yemen’s rebel-held capital signal the disintegration of the rebel alliance at war with a Saudi-led coalition for nearly three years.
The coalition has been fighting to defeat the Iran-backed Houthis along with Mr Saleh’s forces in Yemen since March 2015. The coalition had also imposed a blockade on the country, allowing occasional humanitarian access, with the aim of reinstating the internationally recognised government of Mr Saleh’s successor, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
“I call upon the brothers in neighbouring states and the alliance to
stop their aggression, lift the siege, open the airports and allow food
aid and the saving of the wounded and we will turn a new page by virtue
of our neighbourliness,” Mr Saleh announced in a televised interview
with the TV station Yemen al-Youm.
The clashes between Mr Saleh’s supporters and the Houthis underscore
the complex situation in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the
Middle East, where a proxy war between the Iran-aligned Houthis and the
Saudi-backed Mr Hadi has caused one of the worst humanitarian
catastrophes in recent times.
A Yemeni stands in front of a graffiti protesting US military
operations in war-affected Yemen, in Sana'a, Yemen. According to
reports, US Special Forces troops allegedly disembarked from US
helicopters in the Yemeni town of Yakla and attacked several houses
belonging to members of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, killing three
high-ranking Al-Qaeda members and nine civilians, six women and three
children. One American serviceman has been killed and three injured in
The UN urged the coalition in a statement Saturday to “fully lift” the blockade on Yemen’s red sea ports saying that partial lifting only “slows the collapse toward a massive humanitarian tragedy costing millions of lives”.
Mr Saleh, who led Yemen for more than 30 years, was deposed in a 2011 uprising. The country has since fallen into chaos and Mr Saleh later joined the Houthis to drive Mr Hadi out of the capital in 2014.
In his address, he also blamed Houthis for laying siege to the homes
of several officials in the General People’s Congress, which he leads,
and “storming” a mosque named after him. Broadcasting of Yemen al-Youm
was stopped shortly after.
The Saudi-led coalition welcomed Mr Saleh’s change of stance.
Mr Hadi, in a statement after a meeting with his advisors, also said
he was ready to work with Mr Saleh against the Houthis.
The coalition accuses Iran of trying to expand its influence into
Arab countries, including Yemen by aligning themselves with the Houthis
and Mr Saleh.
“It is not strange or surprising that Saleh turns his back on a partnership he never believed in,” the group’s political bureau said in a statement. “The priority has been and still is to confront the forces of aggression.”
The Houthi group leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, had earlier appealed to Mr Saleh to avoid any escalation, saying that the crisis would only serve Yemen’s enemies.
The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the ICRC urged the parties to avoid targeting civilians.
Mr Saleh’s GPC party accused the Houthis of failing to honour a truce
and said in a statement on its website that the Houthis bear
responsibility for dragging the country into a civil war. It also called
on supporters, including tribal fighters, to “defend themselves, their
country, their revolution and their republic.”
Yemen’s war has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015, displaced more than two million people, caused a cholera outbreak infecting nearly one million people and led the country on the brink of famine.
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