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    Yemen Cholera epidemic (OP)


    Salaam

    Another update on the situation in Yemen

    Yemen Cholera epidemic is US and Saudi made!

    Yemen is a country that has been ravaged by war and is on the brink of famine. Two years of horrific conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, wounded 45,000 others, and displaced more than 11 percent of the country’s 26 million people.

    Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, according to international health authorities.

    The outbreak has surpassed 200,000 cases, and that number is growing by 5,000 a day.

    “In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every (part) of this war-torn country”, said World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a joint statement.

    More than 1,300 people have already died — one quarter of them children and the death toll is expected to rise.

    Cholera is caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. If left untreated, it can cause severe dehydration and eventual death.

    Cholera is preventable and easily treatable with the proper resources, said Kurt Tjossem, the International Rescue Committee’s regional director for East Africa and the Horn. In Yemen, however, the collapsing infrastructure has cut off an estimated 14.5 million people — about half the country’s population from regular access to clean water, increasing the likelihood for the disease to spread.

    The crisis is “man-made,” said Stephen O’Brien, the U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, in a statement last week. For the past two years, Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war between Houthi rebels from the north of the country and a coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the United States.

    “The cholera epidemic is in part due to the bombing of the water supply in Sana’a”, Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn said. “There is a U.S. imprint on every civilian death inside Yemen.”

    The problem in Yemen is even worse considering the ever-widening issue of food insecurity and malnutrition, where 2.2 million children suffer from acute malnutrition.

    When malnutrition rises, the immunity of children falls, which makes them more susceptible to diseases like cholera.

    Yemen’s economy is crumbling and health care workers continue to work without any pay. According to UNICEF and WHO, an estimated 30,000 local health workers have not been paid their salaries for nearly 10 months.

    Almost half the country’s medical facilities have been destroyed. A Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes from the combined effects of hunger and lack of medical facilities.

    Yemen has been torn to pieces. The war which is Saudi led and driven by the US ambitions, has left millions of people at the mercy of deadly diseases like Cholera. Poverty has cursed the population where mothers hold their dying children helpless, not knowing where their next portion of food and water will come from.

    Saudi led forces have targeted farms, food facilities, water infrastructure, marketplaces, and even the port of Hudaidah, where most of the humanitarian aid was entering the country. Further crimes include of the Saud is the bombing of a funeral procession in October 2016 that resulted in 150 causalities.

    However Trump clinched an enormous $110bn deal during his trip to the kingdom in May, which will be used to bomb and murder more people in Yemen. The Saud family promised Trump that their military would undergo rigorous US training to reduce civilian casualties, signing a $750m training program.

    The treacherous royal family went further still and agreed that US advisers would sit in their air operations control centre.

    It is a damning indictment on the Saudi Kingdom that it has inflicted terrible pain on the Muslims of Yemen and then boasts to the Muslim world that they are the ‘Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques’. The Saud regime are only Custodians to America. Treachery is in their bloodstream and programmed in their DNA, from the days when Ibn Saud was handed Makkah and Medinah by British colonial forces. Just like the Saud family obeyed Britain in the past, they now obey in servitude the USA.

    There is only one solution to Yemen and that is to challenge the colonial agenda of the West in that land via the reestablishment of the Khilafah Rashidah.

    Since the destruction of the Khilafah, the entire Arab world has been plagued with rulers that are the most evil and deceitful in Islamic history. These rulers support the bombing of Muslim countries like Yemen and pay no heed to the spread of diseases like Cholera, that cause terrible suffering to the people. Only when the rulers of the Arab world are removed and the Ummah has a just leader that applies the Ruling of Allah, will all people gain protection from the malicious design of brutal vultures.

    http://www.hizb.org.uk/news-comment/yemen-cholera-epidemic-us-saudi-made/

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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic is US and Saudi made

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    http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/5...ing-of-Yemenis

    @Junon : your opinion..?

    Mitigating suffering of Yemenis - Saudi Gazette
    The Council of Ministers on Tuesday commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for his directive to provide a grant of $200 million to the Central Bank of Yemen to boost its financial position to help alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people....

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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic is US and Saudi made

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    Hmmm its better than nothing, mind you I think it would be more 'charitable' to stop destroying Yemen. What we the people of Yemen (and the region) is that there is a negotiated settlement between all sides, followed by peace and reconstruction.

    Yes I know given the history its a tall order but there is no other way.
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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic is US and Saudi made

    Quote Originally Posted by Junon View Post
    Salaam

    Hmmm its better than nothing, mind you I think it would be more 'charitable' to stop destroying Yemen. What we the people of Yemen (and the region) is that there is a negotiated settlement between all sides, followed by peace and reconstruction.

    Yes I know given the history its a tall order but there is no other way.
    The Houthis don't "deserve" peace the only thing they deserve is total annihilation for waging the Majoosi war against Ahlus Sunnah in Yemen.
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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic is US and Saudi made



    Ansaruldajjal music video calling the Muslims "Kuffar" and praising their use of their Majoosi made ballistic missiles against the innocent and regular Muslims of Riyadh and even Mekkah Munawarah

    Wallahi not even the worst Khawarij, Kuffar, Mushrikin of Quraysh or anyone compares to the brutality and hatred of Islam and its people compared to Rafida, Wallah they reject the Sahaba but welcome Shaytan they welcome the Atheist Putin, they welcome Mushrik ruler of North Korea, the Buddhists of China who arm the murderous army of Burma and they have no shame in slaughtering the people of Anbar, Tikrit and Mosul and lie to protect their brother the Nusayri Bashar when he uses his chemical weapons on the Muslims and bombs his way through Syria and when it comes to the land of the Prophet (SAAWS) they have no shame or humiliation in murdering the Grandsons of the Sahaba in their houses, no one is as Brutal towards a Mumin as a Rafidi May Allah usher their destruction.
    Yemen Cholera epidemic


    يا قافلة الخير
    "The Persian aggression against Iraq was a result of the arrogant, racialist and evil attitudes of the ruling clique in Iran."
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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

    Salaam

    Another update



    'Very dangerous': UAE assassination campaign in Yemen leaves coalition exposed

    Members of Saudi ally al-Islah lash out at the Emiratis after revelations that American mercenaries were hired to kill its leaders


    They're supposed to be on the same side.

    Since 2015, al-Islah, the Yemeni branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the United Arab Emirates have been fighting against Houthi rebels in an attempt to prop up the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

    But on Tuesday, Buzzfeed revealed that the Emiratis had hired a team of American and Israeli mercenaries to assassinate members of the Islahi leadership - enraging the influential party and exposing the UAE's presence in Yemen to fierce criticism.

    It has also placed Saudi Arabia, which leads an anti-Houthi coalition and is closely allied to both the Islahis and Emiratis, in a deeply uncomfortable position.

    "Although the announced aim of the Emirates in Yemen is to support the legitimate government, it fights legitimacy with all its might," Issa Qadhi, a member of al-Islah in Taiz, told MEE.

    Instead of prioritising the defeat of the Iran-allied Houthi rebels, Qadhi said, "the UAE made the annihilation of the al-Islah party the first aim of its presence in Yemen".

    "The UAE is willing to destroy the whole country and bring mercenaries from around the world to annihilate al-Islah," he added.

    "The UAE is cunning but God does not help the cunning to succeed."

    Questions for Riyadh

    Abu Dhabi has long considered the Muslim Brotherhood an enemy, as has Saudi Arabia. However, Riyadh has decades-long ties with al-Islah, with the party an effective client throughout Ali Abdullah Saleh's 20-year rule of a united Yemen.

    Together, the Saudis, Emiratis and Islahis were instrumental in seizing Aden and the surrounding area from the Houthi rebels, and gaining a strategic foothold in the country in mid-2015.

    Since then, however, the UAE-Islah relationship has soured considerably, and in October 2017 clashes broke out in the southern city of Aden between Islahis and Emirati proxy militias.

    In August, al-Islah's Aden branch issued a statement accusing unidentified "militias" of targeting the group since the beginning of the war in March 2015.

    The statement notably listed the assassination of nine Islahi leaders, the arbitrary detention of four others, raids of the party’s headquarters on at least five occasions, and four raids of homes belonging to al-Islah leaders in Aden.

    At the time, al-Islah had accused the UAE-backed Security Belt forces in Aden of being behind the raids and detentions, but not the assassinations.

    Now the UAE have been exposed as ordering a team of American and Israeli mercenaries to kill al-Islah's Anssaf Ali Mayo - as well as everyone else in the office that was targeted, according to one of the mercenaries - the party are asking why its patron Riyadh is letting the assassinations happen.

    "Saudi Arabia is the leader of the coalition, so how it can keep silent against the UAE’s violations in Yemen?” Mohammed Abdulwadood, an al-Islah member, told MEE. “I think Saudi Arabia is satisfied with the UAE's violations."

    "I believe that [Abu Dhabi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Zayed convinced [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman to fight the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen," he added. "The latter approves all UAE steps in Yemen."

    Abdulwadood noted that al-Islah was the first party to welcome the coalition's intervention, and he condemned Saudi Arabia for its silence over the UAE's assassination campaign.
    'Very dangerous'

    In the three years since the UAE and Saudi Arabia's intervention began, the Yemeni riyal has had its value halved and the country has been plunged to the brink of a famine that the UN warned this week may be the worst the world has seen in 100 years.

    Even before the assassination revelations, the Emiratis and Saudis were feeling the heat in southern Yemen. Protests against their presence in the country and the worsening state of Yemen's economy have erupted in key cities Aden and Taiz.

    Now the Emiratis risk seeing that anger and distrust turned up a notch, especially amidst the Islahis.

    Abdulla Shoraai, an Islah member, accused the UAE of “looting” Yemeni wealth and of using its fight against Muslim Brotherhood groups as a pretext to control Yemeni seaports and airports. "All that is only the tip of the iceberg," he told MEE.

    For Yemeni political analyst Nabil al-Bukiri, the Buzzfeed report was “very dangerous”.

    “It gives hard evidence of the involvement of the Emirates in supporting an assassination cell including Israelis and Americans to kill the leaders of resistance, political and religious leaders in Aden," he wrote on Facebook.

    "This report needs an urgent international investigation to reveal more information and send to the International Criminal Court to investigate as war crimes."

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-islah-members-react-outrage-uae-mercenary-report-1628186504

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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

    Salaam

    Another update

    Blurb

    A new BuzzFeed News investigation has revealed that the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out assassinations of Yemeni leaders it deemed “terrorists” in 2015. This included a local leader of al-Islah, a political party whose members include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkul Karman. We speak with journalist Aram Roston, who broke the story. His piece is titled “A Middle East Monarchy Hired American Ex-Soldiers to Kill Its Political Enemies. This Could Be the Future of War.”


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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

    It is truly perplexing how anyone who claims to be from Ahlus Sunnah could have the slightest amount of sympathy for the Mushrikin Safawis of Ansaruldajjal in Yemen
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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

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    You are easily perplexed, you might find it amazing not all Sunni Muslims want to identify with your 'views' or 'mentality'.
    Last edited by Junon; 10-30-2018 at 07:00 PM. Reason: Worded it better

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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Junon View Post
    Salaam

    You are easily perplexed, you might find it amazing not all Sunni Muslims want to identify with your 'views' or 'mentality'.
    By Allah these are not my views these are the views of the Prophet, the Companions and Allah as well as the scholars of Islam and rejection of any of these things would mean you're not a Muslim and certainly not a "Sunni".
    Last edited by JustTime; 10-31-2018 at 01:21 AM.
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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

    Salaam

    Another update

    US raises pressure on Saudi Arabia with call for Yemen peace talks

    Washington pushes for end to conflict that has resulted in high civilian death toll


    The US has called for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, underlining the mounting pressure on the Saudi-led coalition battling rebel groups in the impoverished Arab state.

    Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, and Jim Mattis, defence secretary, said in separate statements late on Tuesday that they wanted the warring parties to start peace negotiations “within 30 days”.

    The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the conflict in 2015 to back the exiled Yemeni government after the Iran-aligned Houthis seized Sana’a, the capital. The war has triggered what aid groups have described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and scrutiny of Riyadh’s role in the conflict has intensified in the wake of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    The death of Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey has put renewed focus on the direction Saudi Arabia is taking under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader. Western politicians believe any Saudi operation against Khashoggi was unlikely to have been authorised without Prince Mohammed’s knowledge. Riyadh has said the journalist was killed by rogue Saudi operatives.

    Prince Mohammed has also overseen Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, where the coalition has been widely condemned for the high civilian death toll caused by air strikes that have hit weddings, funerals, schools and markets.

    The US has no direct combat role in the Yemen conflict, but is a key backer and supplier of arms to the Saudi-led coalition.

    Speaking at the US Institute for Peace, Mr Mattis said he would separate the Khashoggi “murder” out from the Yemen war. “That stands unique by itself,” he said.

    The UN said this month that half of Yemen’s 28m population face “pre-famine conditions”. The warning, combined with the Khashoggi case and rising criticism of the war among US lawmakers, had galvanised those in the Trump administration who have been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the conflict, said a person familiar with the situation.

    In a statement, Mr Pompeo said “it is time to end this conflict”, including air, drone and missile strikes by both the Saudi-led coalition and Houthis. He insisted that peace negotiations must start in November to address the underlying causes of the conflict and subject all large weapons in the region to international monitoring.

    The conflict has morphed into a proxy war, with Washington and Riyadh accusing Iran of providing arms to the Houthis to stoke a conflict on Saudi Arabia’s doorstep.

    The challenge will be trying to find a diplomatic solution to a war that involves myriad armed groups operating in a tribal country that has become increasingly fragmented as a result of the war. The Houthis, a battle-hardened group from Yemen’s north, control Sana’a and northern Yemen, while the exiled government controls the south and has been dependent on military and financial backing from Saudi Arabia and its main ally, the United Arab Emirates.

    “There’s a lot of pressure on Saudi Arabia now so that is helping, but you’ve got all kinds of people across all these groups that don’t want this war to end and it’s going to be hard to manage all those interests. There’s also little pressure on the Houthis,” said the person familiar with the situation.

    The UN, which has been leading diplomatic efforts to end the war, had sought to host peace negotiations between the Yemeni government and the Houthis in Geneva last month. The talks would have been the first since 2016, but the Houthi delegation failed to turn up, blaming the Saudi-led coalition for blocking its travel.

    After the talks failed, the coalition relaunched an offensive to take Hodeidah, a Red Sea port vital for the import of food, medicine and fuel, despite warnings that the operation risked creating a humanitarian disaster. The coalition says the Houthis use the port to earn revenue and smuggle weapons in from Iran. Tehran denies arming the rebels.

    A report by a UN panel of experts in August said the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for violations that may be considered war crimes, including torture, rape and air strikes on civilians. At the time Mr Mattis defended US support for the coalition.

    https://www.ft.com/content/822261a6-dce6-11e8-9f04-38d397e6661c

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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

    Salaam

    Another update



    Last edited by Junon; 11-11-2018 at 12:48 AM.

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    Re: Yemen Cholera epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Junon View Post
    Salaam

    Another update

    US raises pressure on Saudi Arabia with call for Yemen peace talks

    Washington pushes for end to conflict that has resulted in high civilian death toll


    The US has called for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, underlining the mounting pressure on the Saudi-led coalition battling rebel groups in the impoverished Arab state.

    Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, and Jim Mattis, defence secretary, said in separate statements late on Tuesday that they wanted the warring parties to start peace negotiations “within 30 days”.

    The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the conflict in 2015 to back the exiled Yemeni government after the Iran-aligned Houthis seized Sana’a, the capital. The war has triggered what aid groups have described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and scrutiny of Riyadh’s role in the conflict has intensified in the wake of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    The death of Khashoggi in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey has put renewed focus on the direction Saudi Arabia is taking under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader. Western politicians believe any Saudi operation against Khashoggi was unlikely to have been authorised without Prince Mohammed’s knowledge. Riyadh has said the journalist was killed by rogue Saudi operatives.

    Prince Mohammed has also overseen Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, where the coalition has been widely condemned for the high civilian death toll caused by air strikes that have hit weddings, funerals, schools and markets.

    The US has no direct combat role in the Yemen conflict, but is a key backer and supplier of arms to the Saudi-led coalition.

    Speaking at the US Institute for Peace, Mr Mattis said he would separate the Khashoggi “murder” out from the Yemen war. “That stands unique by itself,” he said.

    The UN said this month that half of Yemen’s 28m population face “pre-famine conditions”. The warning, combined with the Khashoggi case and rising criticism of the war among US lawmakers, had galvanised those in the Trump administration who have been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the conflict, said a person familiar with the situation.

    In a statement, Mr Pompeo said “it is time to end this conflict”, including air, drone and missile strikes by both the Saudi-led coalition and Houthis. He insisted that peace negotiations must start in November to address the underlying causes of the conflict and subject all large weapons in the region to international monitoring.

    The conflict has morphed into a proxy war, with Washington and Riyadh accusing Iran of providing arms to the Houthis to stoke a conflict on Saudi Arabia’s doorstep.

    The challenge will be trying to find a diplomatic solution to a war that involves myriad armed groups operating in a tribal country that has become increasingly fragmented as a result of the war. The Houthis, a battle-hardened group from Yemen’s north, control Sana’a and northern Yemen, while the exiled government controls the south and has been dependent on military and financial backing from Saudi Arabia and its main ally, the United Arab Emirates.

    “There’s a lot of pressure on Saudi Arabia now so that is helping, but you’ve got all kinds of people across all these groups that don’t want this war to end and it’s going to be hard to manage all those interests. There’s also little pressure on the Houthis,” said the person familiar with the situation.

    The UN, which has been leading diplomatic efforts to end the war, had sought to host peace negotiations between the Yemeni government and the Houthis in Geneva last month. The talks would have been the first since 2016, but the Houthi delegation failed to turn up, blaming the Saudi-led coalition for blocking its travel.

    After the talks failed, the coalition relaunched an offensive to take Hodeidah, a Red Sea port vital for the import of food, medicine and fuel, despite warnings that the operation risked creating a humanitarian disaster. The coalition says the Houthis use the port to earn revenue and smuggle weapons in from Iran. Tehran denies arming the rebels.

    A report by a UN panel of experts in August said the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for violations that may be considered war crimes, including torture, rape and air strikes on civilians. At the time Mr Mattis defended US support for the coalition.

    https://www.ft.com/content/822261a6-...4-38d397e6661c
    Why isn't such action called upon for Syria with the rebels?

    - - - Updated - - -

    I find it oddly hypocritical for Assad supporters to support the Houthis, and I think it's mainly out of despise for Saudi Arabia, rather than facts. So, I have a few question for those supporters.

    • Regarding Hezbollah, people made the argument that the Syrian opposition was on the Lebanese border, and that Hezbollah had to act to survive. How is this different from Saudi Arabia, with the Houthis being on the border, whom they view as a threat? One could argue that Houthis are not a threat to Saudi Arabia, the same way they could argue that the opposition was not a threat to Lebanon or Hezbollah - it was only a threat to Bashar.
    • People make the argument that Bashar is the legitimate government of Syria and that he has the right to ask for help from outside sources, mainly from Iran or Hezbollah. In the same way, how is this different than the legitimate government (like it or not, it's legitimate the same way Assad's government is) asking for help from Saudi Arabia? Why does Iran have the right to help what it feels as the legitimate government, but Saudi Arabia does not?
    • Lastly, why are Islamist Shia taking over the country completely fine, but Islamist Sunni taking over Syria not? I know people like to make it seem like only Sunnis can be terrorists, but Houthis aren't necessarily the friendliest group of people. It would be stupid to argue that they are not islamists the same way a group like Ahrar Al Sham is.

    A few notes-
    People argue that Houthis are legitimate and that Yemenis overall want their rule. People in Ta'ez and Aden would disagree with that statement. Sunnis in South Yemen would also disagree.
    People argue that Hadi is a dictator who won over 99% of the votes. (oddly enough, people who argue this tend to be Assad supporters, who won 99% of the votes on more than one occasion, if I recall). However, people ignore the fact that the dictator of yemen of over 30+ years is ALIGNED with the Houthis. It's no secret how Houthis have been able to overtake towns with barely any resistance from the military or police force (except in some cases such as Ta'ez resistance came from the local population), considering Saleh's son, one of the most influential commanders of over 80,000 troops has been working with the Houthis. So, in essence, Hadi could be classified as a dictator, but so could the Houthis for their support (or alliance) with Saleh.
    Last edited by JustTime; 11-12-2018 at 05:31 PM.
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    These poor defenseless Houthis totally not armed by Iran, Hezbollah and North Korea
    Long live the anti-Zionist anti-Wahhabi resistance!
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    Yemen's children are starving-World is silent


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    Salaam

    Another update

    Yemen: ceasefire agreed for port city of Hodeidah

    UN secretary general hails ‘real progress’ as truce agreed at end of peace talks in Sweden


    Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to an immediate ceasefire in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, the UN secretary general has said, in a potential breakthrough at the end of a week of peace talks in Sweden.

    Antonio Guterres said the agreement included the future deployment of UN-supervised neutral forces and the establishment of humanitarian corridors. Troops from both sides will withdraw from the entire Hodeidah area within a maximum of 21 days in a process overseen by a UN-chaired committee.

    A political framework for Yemen will be discussed in a next round of meetings, scheduled for late January.

    If implemented on the ground, the deal would represent a breakthrough because the port is the gateway for the bulk of humanitarian aid coming into the country, and has been the subject of intense fighting. Ceasefires have also been agreed at two other ports, Salif and Ras Issa.

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    Guterres said the UN would play a key role when the troops withdrew. “It is obvious the UN will play an important role in the port, probably a monitoring role and the management of that port,” he said. This would help “facilitate the humanitarian flow of goods to the civilian population and it will improve the living conditions for millions of Yemenis”.

    The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said troops would withdraw from the port within days, and from the wider city in a second phase. He said the ceasefire was designed to open up the east-west road that connects Hodeidah to the capital, Sana’a “so that the humanitarian pipeline, which is crucial to the people of Yemen, can start delivering aid”.

    Agreements have also been reached on a mass prisoner swap and the easing of the siege of the south-western city of Taiz.

    Guterres said the UN security council would discuss the terms of a draft resolution designed to monitor and verify the troop withdrawal agreements on Friday. Western powers will offer to provide technology to monitor the redeployments, with an agreement that policing in Hodeidah becomes the responsibility of “local security forces in accordance with Yemini law”.

    He said the outcome of the talks in the Swedish town of Rimbo would mean “concrete results in the daily lives of Yemenis”.

    The UN-backed Yemeni government lost control of Hodeidah and Sana’a to Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in 2015. Despite heavy military support from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate, the government, which is based in Aden, has been unable to take back either city.

    Western backing for the Saudi-led war has frayed in the face of mass casualties, starvation and, more recently, allegations that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was instrumental in organising the killing of the Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

    The agreements, sealed with a handshake between the two sets of negotiators but not any signatures, include the shoring up of the country’s central bank, which should eventually enable the payment of salaries to 1.2 million public sector workers.

    The plan raises questions about the capacity of the UN to administer Hodeidah port, including ensuring revenue from it is transferred to Yemen’s central bank. If it fails, the risk remains that fighting for control of the port will continue. Nearly 27% of the Houthi movement’s income comes from the port.

    The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who flew to Sweden to attend the final day of the talks, said: “It is now vital that the parties act in good faith and take urgent steps to implement these agreements.”

    Griffiths had never expected to reach an overall political settlement in this round of talks, the first since 2016, but he said the agreements covered the most sensitive, dangerous and difficult part of Yemen.

    He overcame obstacles to the talks ever starting, including the size of the Houthi delegations, its means of transport to Sweden and a demand that 50 of its most seriously injured fighters be flown to Oman for medical treatment.

    Despite the antagonism and brutality of the war, many of the talks in Sweden were conducted face to face. Pictures from inside the conference showed the two teams of negotiators smiling and shaking hands.

    Backing in the US Senate for the for the Saudi war in Yemen is declining rapidly, placing pressure on the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to urge Washington’s allies to negotiate an end to the conflict.

    With both sides suspicious that the other will not honour the agreements struck, Griffiths has tried to draw up detailed implementation plans in an attempt to prevent backsliding.

    In Hodeidah, Salem Jaffer Baobaid, an aid worker with Islamic Relief, said: “It is much quieter today. We are not sure what is going to happen, but any relief is welcome.”

    Baseem al-Janani, a local resident, said: “We have heard about the ceasefire, but we are very cautious. Today the Houthis dug new trenches, closed off and emptied some neighbourhoods. They do not seem like they are going to stop fighting.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/yemen-ceasefire-agreed-for-vital-port-city-of-hodeidah

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    Salaam

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    So sad what is happening. In yemen we all lived together no one knew who is a Sunni and who is a Shia we all lived together peacefully. The other countries involved are the ones dividing us and causing chaos between us. This is just a sign of the end times. May Allah (SWT) keep us firm in our religion and protect us from all the fitnahs.
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    2) If you don't ask, the answer will always be no.
    3) If you do not step forward, you'll always be in the same place

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    Salaam

    Another update

    UK's Saudi weapons sales unlawful, Lords committee finds

    Report finds UK arms ‘highly likely to be cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’


    The UK is on “the wrong side of the law” by sanctioning arms exports to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and should suspend some of the export licences, an all-party Lords committee has said.

    The report by the international relations select committee says ministers are not making independent checks to see if arms supplied by the UK are being used in breach of the law, but is instead relying on inadequate investigations by the Saudis, its allies in the war.

    It describes the humanitarian plight of Yemenis as “unconscionable”.

    It is the first unanimous report from a parliamentary committee describing Saudi arms export sales as unlawful, and comes ahead of an imminent high court appeal by campaigners to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds they are in breach of humanitarian law.

    The report places no legal obligation on ministers, but is likely to add indirectly to the pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to seek a way out of the war in Yemen through negotiation, rather than further military offensives to dislodge Houthi rebels in the capital Sana’a and the port city of Hodeidah.

    Although a patchy ceasefire holds around Hodeidah, Saudi airstrikes are reported by the Yemen Data Project to be at their most intensive since the four-year civil war began in Saada governorate along the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

    The US Congress voted earlier this week to suspend US arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen, but the White House has signalled the president will veto the resolution if necessary.

    The Lords’ international relations committee concludes following a short inquiry: “The government asserts that, in its licensing of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, it is narrowly on the right side of international humanitarian law. Although conclusive evidence is not yet available, we assess that it is narrowly on the wrong side: given the volume and type of arms being exported to the Saudi-led coalition, we believe they are highly likely to be the cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen, risking the contravention of international humanitarian law.”

    The committee also asserts that the UK “should immediately condemn any further violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition, including the blocking of food and medical supplies, and be prepared to suspend some key export licences to members of the coalition”.

    It adds it is “deeply concerned that the Saudi-led coalition’s misuse of the weaponry is causing – whether deliberately or accidentally – loss of civilian life.

    “Relying on assurances by Saudi Arabia and Saudi-led review processes is not an adequate way of implementing the obligations for a risk-based assessment set out in the arms trade treaty.”

    The committee, chaired by the former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Howell, describes the British as supporters of the Saudis in the civil war.

    The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has taken up the search for a peace settlement in Yemen as his single most important priority, apart from Brexit, and travelled to Warsaw this week to meet with Saudi, UAE and US ministers to discuss the state of the limited Yemen ceasefire negotiated in Stockholm in December.

    The joint statement issued by the four countries following their talks was sharply critical of the Houthis adherence to the Stockholm agreement, but nevertheless agreed to do more to stabilise the Yemen economy in the north.

    However, the peers urge the UK to be more active.

    The committee, including senior former diplomats, says: “The government should give much higher priority to resolving – not just mitigating – this situation, particularly in light of the tension between its support for the Saudi-led coalition and its role as a major donor of humanitarian relief to those affected by the conflict.”

    In its latest update on the war, the NGO International Crisis Group says: “Though the battle for the Red Sea port and city of Hodeidah is paused until the UN-brokered deal to demilitarise the area succeeds or collapses, fighting on other fronts has intensified, particularly along the Saudi-Yemeni border ... Saada governorate has faced more Saudi bombardments than any other part of Yemen since the war began in March 2015, with the majority of strikes taking place near the border.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ommittee-finds

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    Salaam

    Another update.

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    timeline of the Yemeni Civil War:


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    Salaam

    Another update.



    RAF keeping Saudi warplanes which are bombing children in the Yemen in the air

    EXCLUSIVE: The shocking revelation of the RAF's role was buried in Commons written answers by the Defence Minister


    RAF personnel are servicing Saudi warplanes which are bombing children in the Yemen.

    The astonishing revelation was buried in Commons written answers by Defence Minister Mark Lancaster.

    He admitted 282 MoD and civilian staff work with Saudi armed forces.

    They provide back-up to BAE Systems, which sells arms that the Saudi regime has used to kill an -estimated 60,000 people.

    Mr Lancaster said staff were “on secondment” giving “routine engineering support” and “generic training support” for UK-supplied aircraft -operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force, including jets operating in Yemen.

    A squadron leader, flight lieutenant and flight sergeant are embedded in the Saudi Air Operations Centre – but the MoD says they are not involved “in planning operational sorties”.

    Mr Lancaster was replying to Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who said: “British support keeps Saudi’s air war going. We’re party to the Saudi-led coalition which means Britain is involved in a secret war in Yemen.”

    Andrew Smith of Campaign Against the Arms Trade called the revelation “shocking but not surprising”.

    “UK military personnel should not be servicing Saudi jets or supporting the Saudi armed forces,” he said.

    We have sold the country £5billion of jets, helicopters, drones, bombs and missiles since 2015.

    Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt hopes to broker a UN peace plan to end a conflict which has left 14 million people on the brink of famine.

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