Saudi project extracts 11,785 Houthi mines planted across Yemen

Time: October 27, 2018     

The mines are typically planted by Houthis in areas with schools and homes and are disguised in different shapes and colors.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center landmine clearance project (MASAM) in Yemen extracted in 3 weeks of October 77 antipersonnel mines, 3,116 anti-vehicle mines, 1,817 explosive devices, and 146 unexploded ordnance, totaling 5,156 mines.

This brings the total extracted mines, planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias, since the beginning of the project to 11,785.

The mines are typically planted by Houthis in areas with schools and homes and are disguised in different shapes and colors.

They have become a means for Houthis to target a large number of children, women and the elderly, resulting in death, serious injuries or amputations.

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UAE, Saudi Arabia to provide $70m to pay Yemen teachers

Time: October 23, 2018  

UAE, Saudi Arabia to provide $70m to pay Yemen teachers

Saudi Arabia and the UAE will provide $70 million towards the salaries of teachers in Yemen, which pupils are being impacted by the ongoing conflict.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE will provide $70 million towards the salaries of teachers in Yemen, in cooperation with the United Nations and UNICEF, with each country paying half of the sum.

This was announced by Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, advisor to the Saudi Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.

The Saudi Press Agency quoted Al-Rabiah as saying that the sum will boost the salaries of 135,000 teaching staff in the conflict-hit country.

Al-Rabiah added that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition are closely following the suffering of the Yemeni people as a result of deteriorating economic conditions because monthly salaries were not paid to certain segments including the educational sector.

The donation comes as part of the continued support undertaken by the coalition countries to alleviate the humanitarian and economic crisis of the Yemeni people, with over $17 billion presented since 2015 and still ongoing.

Al-Rabiah added that the responsibility of the deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions in Yemen were due to the Houthi militias who refuse to settle the conflict politically.

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Saudi Arabia and UAE to donate $70 million to support Yemeni teachers

Time: October 23, 2018   

Al-Rabeeah said the Houthis are to blame for the deterioration of the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen. (AFP)
  • The Saudi-led coalition stresses the need for concerted international efforts to support the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen and avoid further deterioration: Al-Rabeeah
  • The coalition countries are expecting the new Yemeni government to prioritize economic and humanitarian matters: KSRelief chief

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and adviser to the Royal Court, announced on Monday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will each donate $35 million to pay teachers in Yemen, in cooperation with the United Nations and UNICEF.
He said that the contributions reflect the concern of the Saudi-led coalition countries about the situation in the country and their desire to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, who have been suffering economic hardship. Many Yemenis, and teachers in particular have not been paid for some time. The donations, with the assistance of UNICEF, will help provide salaries for 135,000 teachers.
Al-Rabeeah added that since 2015, coalition countries have donated $17 billion dollars to help the people of Yemen get through the humanitarian and economic crisis in their country.
“The Saudi-led coalition stresses the need for concerted international efforts to support the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen and avoid further deterioration,” he said.
“The coalition countries are expecting the new Yemeni government to prioritize economic and humanitarian matters and activate an action plan facilitating the process. The new government should work on enhancing its performance, in accordance with the international efforts to support the people and their living conditions, in order to prevent the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, especially in terms of food security and public health.”
Al-Rabeeah said the coalition countries lay the blame for the deterioration of the humanitarian and economic situation in Yemen with the Houthi militias and their coup against the legitimate authorities in the country and their rejection of a political solution, as well as their non-compliance with the international resolutions.

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Deputy minister breaks with Houthis, says militias spread Iran’s ideology

Time: October 22, 2018     

Dr. Abdullah al-Hamdi said that he broke with the Houthi militias.

The deputy minister of education in the coup-government of the Houthi pro-Iranian militias, Dr. Abdullah al-Hamdi, said that he broke with the militias, calling to rise up against these rejected militias from 90% of the Yemeni people who are suffering from hunger, death and poverty due to the militias.

Hamdi revealed in a television interview on Sunday that these militias import Iranian ideology and their destructive project to enslave the Yemeni people, exploiting them to terrorize and control the society.

He explained that the terrorist militias spread alien ideas on the culture of the Yemeni society, establishing the so-called Wilayat al-Faqih (Guardianship of the Jurist) ideology, occupying the mosques and destroying them, replacing them with Husseiniat instead, adding that the militias kidnap and recruit children by force and put them on the front lines.

He stressed that the biggest historical mistake occurred in Yemen is the alliance of the General People’s Congress with the Houthi terrorist organizations, as he puts it.

Hamdi said that the Yemeni people are suffering- under the control of the Houthi pro-Iranian militias- from famine.

He praised the decision of Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi when he appealed to Saudi Arabia to save Yemen and his commitment to the results of the national dialogue to build the federal state.

 

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Saudi oil-product aid set to reach Yemen by end of October

Time: October 18, 2018   

The announcement was made by Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen. (SPA)
  • Several projects have been implemented in Yemen, including the fully-equipped Seiyun Hospital, which includes five clinics, Al-Jaber said.
  • Al-Jaber said that SRPY had carried out a number of electricity and development projects on Socotra Island

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to provide Yemen with oil products to support power and water-treatment plants, with the first shipment set to reach Aden by the end of October.
The announcement was made by Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, executive director of the Isnad Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen and supervisor of the Saudi Reconstruction Program in Yemen, during a meeting at his office in Riyadh with a number of diplomats and researchers concerned with Yemeni affairs.
“Several projects have been implemented in Yemen, including the fully-equipped Seiyun Hospital, which includes five clinics,” said Al-Jaber. “The hospital has been prepared according to the standards deployed at Al-Jawf Hospital.” He also highlighted education, health care and agriculture projects in Al-Mahrah governorate.
Al-Jaber said that SRPY had carried out a number of electricity and development projects on Socotra Island, and that a project to reconstruct the road linking Aden and Sanaa is close to completion and vehicles have begun using parts of it.
“We at SRPY have met with a group of ambassadors from western countries and several activists and researchers concerned with Yemeni affairs and briefed them on the Kingdom’s efforts in supporting humanitarian operations in Yemen,” he said.
“We have also briefed them on the initiatives launched by Saudi Arabia and the Saudi-led coalition to support the humanitarian situation in Yemen and explained to them the projects currently being implemented by SRPY in several Yemeni governorates, including Al-Jawf, Marib, Hadramout, Al-Mahrah, Socotra and Dhala, and the importance of supporting Yemen’s economy.
“Furthermore, we have presented our future vision for supporting the humanitarian and economic situations as well as development and construction in Yemen for the present and the future.”
The Isnad Center gave a presentation during the meeting about its role in providing humanitarian access to all Yemeni governorates. SRPY briefed participants on its projects and efforts in Yemen, including the Seiyun Hospital in Hadramout, King Salman Medical and Educational City, a dialysis center, a project for building schools, a residential project in Al-Mahrah, two power plants in Socotra, a water-supply project in Al-Ghaydah, a national security and counterterrorism project, and a wheat-planting project in Masila.

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Representative of Sweden to Yemen is impressed by rehabilitation center for recruited children in Marib, funded by KSrelief

Time: October 18, 2018   

The Representative of Sweden to Yemen Peter Semneby has expressed his admiration for the message of the Center for Rehabilitation of Children Recruited and Affected by the Crisis in Yemen funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief).

This came during his visit to the Center today in the city of Marib accompanied by the official spokesman of the Coalition To Restore Legitimacy in Yemen Colonel Turki Al-Maliki.

It is noteworthy that KSrelief is carrying out the seventh and eighth phases of the project aiming to rehabilitate 80 children, as 241 recruited children and affected by the war have already been rehabilitated from several Yemeni governorates in the previous stages.

   

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Saudi Arabia to send oil derivatives to Yemen’s Aden to support power, water plants

Time: October 17, 2018    

A soldier who is part of the Arab-led coalition stands guard at the international airport of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden July 24, 2015.

Saudi Arabia will send oil derivatives to Yemen’s Aden to support power and water plants, the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber said on Wednesday.

Jaber also serves as executive director of the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations and the supervisor of the Saudi program for the development and reconstruction of Yemen.

“Several projects have been executed in Yemen, including the Seiyun Hospital which was fully equipped and which includes five different clinics,” Jaber said while meeting with a number of diplomats and researchers interested in Yemen in his office in Riyadh.

According to Jaber, the hospital was equipped based on the same standards adopted in Al Jawf Hospital and using the same equipment used in the kingdom’s hospitals.

He added that there were programs being implemented in Yemen’s Al Mahrah in the fields of education, health and agriculture.

Jaber also said that the program also executed a number of projects in Yemen’s island of Socotra, such as power and other developmental projects, adding that the Dhale road which links Aden and Sanaa is about to be completed and cars have begun to use parts of it.

During the meeting, Jaber voiced the importance of supporting the entire Yemeni economy and presented a future vision to support the humanitarian and economic situation of Yemen and to develop and reconstruct Yemen at this current phase and in the future.

 

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Saudi Arabia helps free French hostage from Houthis in Yemen

Time: October 17, 2018   

The Frenchman Alain Goma, retained in Yemen, was released according to the Elysee. (Twitter)
  • France’s president has announced the release of the French citizen held in hostage in Yemen for more than 4 months
  • French media reported Goma was on a sailing trip when damage on the ship forced him to dock in a Yemeni port

PARIS: A Frenchman held captive in war-torn Yemen for over four months after his boat ran into trouble near the port of Hodeidah has been released with the help of Saudi Arabia, the French presidency announced Tuesday.
Alain Goma dropped anchor in Hodeidah on June 3 after running out of water while sailing to India.
Hodeidah is under the control of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who took him prisoner.
It is not clear whether they made any demands of France in return for the release of Goma, who is in his fifties.
In a statement President Emmanuel Macron has congratulated all those who contributed to Alain Goma’s release. Goma will be back in France soon.
Macron said Tuesday that he’s grateful to Oman’s sultan and authorities for their “decisive” role and Saudi authorities for their help.
Yemeni security officials said the Houthis released Goma from a prison in the capital, Sanaa, which is also under rebel control.
They said the release came after “intensive” talks between France’s envoy to Yemen and Houthi leaders in Sanaa. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters.
Goma’s family members had last month made the situation of Goma public in French media so that he wouldn’t become a “forgotten hostage.”

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