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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WHO chief thanks Saudi Arabia for coronavirus aid package sent to Yemen

24/03/20

  • WHO chief says all must be led by solidarity to keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable
  • The shipment from Saudi Arabia also included trauma meds and supplies

DUBAI: The Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has thanked Saudi Arabia after it airlifted coronavirus protection supplies to Yemen.

In a tweet posted in response to images of the aid parcels shared on social media, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was important to be united during the coronavirus crisis and he thanked Saudi Arabia for he described as the Kingdom’s “great support to WHO in this critical time of #COVID19.”

“We all must be led by solidarity to keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. With this kind of commitment and support, we can stop the #coronavirus from spreading,” he tweeted.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

@DrTedros

Thank you for your great support to @WHO in this critical time of . We all must be led by solidarity to keep the world safe & serve the vulnerable. With this kind of commitment and support, we can stop the from spreading.https://twitter.com/WHOEMRO/status/1242014998723022853?s=20 

WHO EMRO

@WHOEMRO

Special thanks to Saudi Arabia who airlifted critical @WHO #COVID19 supplies to #Yemen, including personal protective items for health workers & lab screening tests for Aden & Sana’a. The shipment also incl. trauma meds & supplies to support the ongoing response to the crisis.

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The supplies included personal protective items for health workers and laboratory screening tests for Aden and Sana’a.

The shipment from Saudi Arabia also included trauma meds and supplies to support the ongoing response to the crisis.

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Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen launches sanitation campaign in Aden

22/03/20

The campaign includes a number of programs and accompanying events, such as the afforestation campaign, which targets cultivating 500 plants that do not consume water. (SPA)

Rabiee stressed that SDRPY is providing continuous support, highlighting that the campaign will help to prevent the spread of diseases
ADEN: The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) launched the hygiene and environmental sanitation campaign in Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen, on Saturday to clear 3,000 cubic meters of accumulated waste using the latest machinery.
The campaign will contribute to improving the performance of the Cities’ Cleaning and Improvement Fund (CIF) to provide Yemenis with better services.
The launch was attended by the governor of Aden, Ahmed Salem Rabiee, and the head of SDRPY’s delegation, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Hadi.
During the launch, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between SDRPY and the CIF to contribute to improving and developing Aden.
Rabiee stressed that SDRPY is providing continuous support, highlighting that the campaign will help to prevent the spread of diseases.
He explained that the equipment the municipality has received is part of a comprehensive set that will arrive to support the cleaning sector.
The campaign includes a number of programs and accompanying events, such as the afforestation campaign, which targets cultivating 500 plants that do not consume water, and the restoration of lighting on main roads in Aden.

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Saudi reconstruction program launches water project in Yemen

Time: 13 March, 2020

Water tankers being delivered by the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) to remote provinces in Yemen. (SDRPY photo)

AL-MAHRAH, Yemen: The Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) has inaugurated a water resource-management project in Al-Mahrah governorate.

The SDRPY was established to work alongside the Yemeni government to devise and implement development projects in all areas affecting the daily lives of the Yemeni people, to facilitate recovery, create job opportunities, provide basic services and support the economy.

The goal of its latest project is to provide water to around 30,000 people in the governorate and a number of directorates in Yemen.

Abdullah Suleiman, director of the SDRPY’s office in Al-Mahrah, said that the project “reflects the continuous support provided by the government of King Salman for the brotherly people of Yemen in order to support vital sectors in Yemen.”

A technical research team from SDRPY has also visited printing presses in Aden governorate, in order to establish the best ways to ensure that educational material for schools can be provided and raise the production capacity of the presses.

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