Houthis reject Yemeni government offer to cooperate against COVID-19

Time: 03 June, 2020

Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik said the government had initially agreed to a UN proposal for both sides to cooperate. (File/AFP)
  • The Houthis have escalated the violence in the country despite a raging health crisis, the prime minister said

DUBAI: The Houthi militia has repeatedly dismissed the Yemeni government’s efforts for a coordinated response against the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency Saba reported.
Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik said the government had initially agreed to a UN proposal for both sides to cooperate in tackling the outbreak, but the Houthis refused to cooperate.
Instead, Abdulmalik said, the Houthis have escalated the violence in the country despite a raging health crisis.

The prime minister was speaking with Niel Annen, the German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office.
Both officials discussed the results of the pledging conference which Saudi Arabia has lead to raise funds for Yemen.
Germany has pledged $141.1 million in support of war-torn Yemen.

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$10.5m project to fight malaria in Yemen

Time: 28 May, 2020

KSRelief will distribute 1,500 pumps to spray affected areas. (SPA)
  • Malaria has caused suffering and death in Yemen for years
  • KSRelief aims to drastically reduce the spread of the disease

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is leading a $10.5 million fight against the life-threatening disease malaria in Yemen.

The 18-month project, being carried out by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), will help to protect 7 million Yemenis from the parasitical infection spread by mosquitoes.

Malaria has caused suffering and death in Yemen for years, particularly among children and pregnant women in coastal areas.

Through more than 50 initiatives in affected provinces throughout the country, KSRelief aims to drastically reduce the spread of the disease.

The executive program includes providing drugs for patients with moderate and severe malaria symptoms and boosting the WHO and Yemeni government’s medicine stocks to deal with any outbreaks.

The Saudi center is also working to provide hospitals and health care centers with the necessary laboratory equipment and consumables for diagnosing malaria, while distributing pesticide-saturated mosquito nets to 1,300,000 refugees, and 1,500 automatic pumps to spray affected areas, houses, schools, and markets with pesticides to control mosquitoes.

In addition, KSRelief has offered specialist equipment for identifying the genetic mutation of parasites, larvae and mosquitoes and locating areas where insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and larvae reproduce. Health awareness is a key part of the project too, with more than 3,500 health cadres undertaking skills training through one of Yemen’s largest programs of its kind.

WHO specialists have been assigned to oversee the project and support Yemen’s National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) by sending Yemeni cadres abroad for six months to acquire specialized diplomas, which will contribute to the scheme’s sustainability and raise the efficiency of its workers.

The executive project is also working to establish two centers to treat severe malaria cases along with seven central hospitals and provide them with diagnostic and treatment gear, medicines, and medical supplies for malaria cases.

Similarly, the project is supporting the Health Ministry’s NMCP by sending 10 of its doctors on intensive specialized training in neighboring countries.

Several initiatives and preventive measures aimed at combating the dengue epidemic in Yemen are underway as part of the aid project, such as the distribution of medicines and medical supplies.

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Saudi aid agency continues projects in Yemen, Jordan

Time: 27 May, 2020

Saudi Arabia is a major provider of aid in Yemen. (SPA)

AMMAN: The prosthetics center in Yemen’s Marib governorate continued to provide medical services and prosthetic limbs to Yemenis mutilated by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia. Funded by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), the center benefited 1,724 persons with 4,318 services between January and April.

Some 119 prosthetic limbs were fitted to 119 patients, 44 orthotic cosmetic limbs were fitted to 28 patients, and 181 prosthetic measurement services were implemented for 178 patients.

Meanwhile, the health care facilities sponsored by KSRelief at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan continued providing medical services.

Recently, internal medicine clinics received 14 patients, pediatric centers worked with 53 patients, emergency treatment rushed to assist 29 patients, dental clinics treated 8 patients and women’s clinics also received 49 patients. The ear, nose and throat clinic also received patients suffering from such conditions as infections of the sinuses, pharynx, tonsils and middle ear.

KSRelief also continued the implementation of its water supply and environmental sanitation project in Al-Khawkhah district of the Hodeidah governorate in Yemen.

In one week, approximately 337,000 liters of safe drinking water and 393,000 liters of water for other purposes were pumped into tanks, benefiting thousands of families.

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Arab coalition’s extension of Yemen cease-fire welcomed

25/04/20

The historical quarter of Sanaa, listed as one of the world heritage sites. (AFP)

Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi swiftly instructed his troops to halt military offensives
But the Houthis have not agreed to the truce and continued attacking coalition forces
AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s army and allied forces have welcomed the Saudi-led coalition’s announcement of an extension of the truce in Yemen, and called upon the Iran-backed Houthis to stop hostilities on the ground to allow Yemeni health care workers to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Col. Abdul Basit Al-Baher, a Yemeni army spokesperson in the southern city of Taiz, said that troops have suspended raids on Houthi-controlled positions since the beginning of the truce.

“We welcome the truce by our brothers in the Saudi-led coalition and we announced that we are committed to putting it into effect,” Al-Baher told Arab News on Friday, adding that government forces are defending their positions against Houthi attacks.

“We only respond to provocations. The national army has halted military expansion on the battlefields in response to the truce,” he said.

Earlier this month when the first Saudi-led truce was announced, Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi swiftly instructed his troops to halt military offensives.

Inspired by the halt of airstrikes, the Houthis — who have not agreed to the truce — mounted attacks on government forces in Al-Jawf, Marib, Al-Bayadh and other contested areas, Yemeni army commanders said.

In the northern province of Al-Jawf, Yemeni troops were forced to launch a counteroffensive to liberate a military base taken by the Houthis during the truce.

Inspecting a makeshift field hospital in Marib destroyed by Houthi shelling on Thursday, Yemeni army’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Sagheer bin Aziz, strongly criticized the Houthi militia for escalating attacks on government and civilian targets over the last fortnight, and vowed to foil Houthi attempts to make territorial gains.

He also accused Iran of pushing the Houthis to disrupt peace plans.

“Iran is destroying Yemen through Houthi militia,” bin Aziz was reported as saying by local media.

Despite the UN’s calls for a truce in Yemen, hundreds of government forces and Houthis have been killed or wounded since the beginning of this month, local army commanders and media reports said.

This week has seen fighting between the Yemeni army and Houthis in mountainous locations in Abyan’s Mukayras, where the army reinforced positions with new soldiers and equipment.

On Friday, Yemeni news site Aden Al-Ghad quoted Brig. Saleh Al-SHajjeri — the commander of Al-Amajed brigade in the Mukayras — as saying that his forces advanced on the ground after heavy clashes with the Houthis, adding that six of his soldiers were killed or wounded in the fighting.

In Marib’s Majzar, state media broadcast footage showing loyalists displaying weapons and ammunition seized from the fleeing Houthis.

Journalist released

On Thursday, a Houthi militia released Salah Al-Kaedi, a Yemeni journalist who has been in their custody since 2015, the journalist’s brother told Arab News.

Yemen’s minister of information, Mummar Al-Aryani, said that the released journalist and other detainees had been tortured.

“I call upon fellow journalists and media professionals to continue their noble efforts and pressure the (Houthi) militia to release the remaining detainees,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Saudi Arabia launches school projects in Yemen

25/04/20

The project in Socotra covers 27 schools and comprises seats and desks, benefiting 4,000 students. (SPA)

The project in Socotra covers 27 schools and comprises seats and desks, benefiting 4,000 students
RIYADH: The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) has launched two projects to provide 32 schools in the country with equipment and furniture. The schools are in Al-Mahrah and Socotra governorates, and the projects will benefit more than 8,000 students.
The project in Socotra covers 27 schools and comprises seats and desks, benefiting 4,000 students. The project in Al-Mahrah provides five facilities with furniture for classrooms and offices, including tables, chairs, laboratories and blackboards, in addition to providing teachers and administrative rooms with offices, shelving and meeting tables.

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Saudi aid agency continues support to Yemen’s prosthetic center

21/04/20

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  • KSRelief distributed food items for Ramadan among 1,075 displaced families in Al-Mahrah governorate

ADEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Monday launched the second phase of its project to support the Center of Prosthetics and Physiotherapy in Aden, Yemen. The center distributed food baskets among 2,100 people in Hadebu province in Yemen’s Socotra governorate in collaboration with Al-Khair Humanitarian Coalition.
KSRelief also distributed food items for Ramadan among 1,075 displaced families in Al-Mahrah governorate.

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Saudi aid agency continues relief efforts in Yemen

Time: 18 April, 2020

KSRelief has delivered 453 projects worth $3 billion across Yemen. (SPA)
  • KSRelief has delivered 453 projects worth $3 billion across Yemen

MARIB: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continued its efforts to help people affected by rains in Yemen’s Marib governorate.
The center distributed 217 shelter bags at Al-Meel camp, which benefited 1,302 people displaced by the torrents, in cooperation with Al-Khair Coalition for Humanitarian Relief. In Aden, KSRelief distributed 1,200 food baskets in the areas adjacent to the Saada governorate of Yemen, benefiting 6,000 people.
KSRelief has delivered 453 projects worth $3 billion across Yemen, working alongside 80 partners, including 204 initiatives in the health sector, 79 in food security, 27 involving environmental sanitation, and 26 in the field of support and coordination of humanitarian operations.

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UN thanks Saudi Arabia for Yemen humanitarian aid amid coronavirus

Time: 16 April, 2020

  • Guterres expressed gratitude for the Kingdom’s announcement of providing $500m to Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received a phone call on Tuesday from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Guterres expressed his deep gratitude for the Kingdom’s announcement of providing $500 million in humanitarian support to Yemen, its efforts in achieving advanced results and the aiding the Yemeni parties reach a desired peace deal.
“The UN highly appreciates the great efforts of His Highness the Crown Prince in this regard,” Guterres said.
The UN Secretary-General also praised the Kingdom’s great efforts in leading the G20, and the initiatives it has presented in the framework of the international efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The crown prince affirmed the Kingdom’s keenness in all that would achieve the interest, security and stability of the Yemeni people, stressing that the Kingdom will continue to play its role in preserving the security and stability of the region and the world.e Kingdom’s announcement of providing $500 million in humanitarian support to Yemen, its efforts in achieving advanced results and the aiding the Yemeni parties reach a desired peace deal.

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2,383 land mines cleared in Yemen in April’s 1st week

07/04/20

RIYADH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam) cleared 2,383 land mines in Yemen during the first week of April.
The organization — which is part of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center — cleared three anti-personnel mines, 470 anti-tank mines, 1,908 unexploded ordnance and two explosive devices. The mines were planted by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia in schools and homes. Many of the devices were hidden in civilian areas.

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Saudi Arabia launches two development projects in Yemen

04/04/20

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SOCOTRA, YEMEN: The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) has launched two new projects in Socotra governorate related to air and road transport, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.
The first project will provide buses on the island, while the second is to support Socotra Airport by providing security and safety measures and equipment, including a state-of-the-art firetruck —which complies with recommendations for airport safety and firefighting from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) — and a fully equipped ambulance.

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