Posts Tagged ‘Houthi’

UAE intercepts Houthi missile fired toward Mokha in Yemen

February 18, 2018

This file photo shows the UAE armed forces, operating within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, in Yemen. The UAE intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Mokha, southern Yemen. (AFP)
MOKHA, Yemen: The UAE armed forces, operating within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.
The missile, which was intercepted by the UAE’s Patriot Missile Defense System, was fired toward Mokha in the Taiz governorate, according to UAE state news agency WAM.
The coalition fighters also destroyed a ballistic missile launchpad belonging to the Houthis near Hodeidah airport, where rebels were preparing to launch a missile.
Yemen’s National Army forces also made progress in regaining control of the territory, following a collapse among the Houthi ranks and mass retreats by militants, WAM reported.
Meanwhile, coalition forces continued to attack strongholds of the Houthi militias and conduct air raids on vital areas between Hays and Al-Jarrahi in the south of Hodeidah governorate on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast.
The raids led to numerous lives lost and damaged the Houthi equipment, as the forces loyal to the legitimate Yemeni government blocked their attempts to infiltrate liberated areas.
An official source from the Yemeni Resistance told WAM that the Arab Coalition Forces carried out air raids last night on areas where militias were gathering in Al-Hameli, Mawza District, and east of Khalid bin Al Walid camp, destroying their military equipment and weapons.
The source added that the Arab Coalition Forces are still clearing pockets of Houthi militias in areas between eastern Mokha and Hays, while highlighting the violations and crimes carried out by the militias.
The UAE Armed Forces are providing military and logistical support to ground, air and maritime operations, as part of the Arab Coalition Forces.

Pakistan slams Houthi missile attack against Saudi Arabia

February 7, 2018

In this file photo, newly recruited Houthi fighters chant slogans during a gathering in the capital Sanaa, Yemen, on Feb. 2, 2017. (AFP)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday condemned Monday’s ballistic missile attack by Houthi rebels in Yemen on the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.
“The timely interception by Saudi Air Defense saved the civilian populated city from grave consequences,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“Such attacks targeting the unarmed civilian population are a violation of international law and condemnable,” the ministry added, denouncing “repeated” Houthi missile attacks on Saudi territory. “These attacks pose a threat to the security of the Kingdom and the Holy Places.”
Pakistan reiterated its solidarity with the Saudi government and people, and renewed its commitment to support the Kingdom’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to protect its holy sites.

Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired at the Kingdom by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Monday

February 5, 2018

Saudi led coalition spokesman Turki Al-Malki said Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired at the Kingdom by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. (AFP)

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired at the Kingdom by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Monday, state media reported.

The attack was launched from Yemen’s northern governorate of Saada, a Houthi stronghold, and “intercepted” at 7:23 local time (0423 GMT), Col. Turki Al-Maliki told state news agency SPA.
Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition supporting the government in Yemen, said the missile was headed toward the city of Khamis Mushait — about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of the border.
Riyadh had warned that “Iranian-manufactured ballistic weapons” threatened the Kingdom’s security following an attack it said was intercepted near Riyadh airport in November.
Maliki on Monday accused the Houthis of “repeatedly targeting densely populated cities” and delivering the weapons to the insurgents.
The United States, which backs the Saudi campaign against the Houthis, has also accused Iran of being at the origin of the ballistic missiles, a charge denied by Tehran.
Russia said last week that evidence presented by the US was inconclusive, signalling it would oppose a bid to slap UN sanctions on Tehran.

Fighting flares in Yemen’s Aden after separatist ‘coup’ attempt

January 29, 2018


© AFP | Smoke billows from a hilltop during clashes between separatist forces and Yemeni government units in the interim capital of Aden on January 28, 2018

ADEN (AFP) – Fresh fighting flared in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Monday after separatist forces seized government buildings in what the prime minister said was an attempted coup.Aden has served as the headquarters of Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government since it was forced out of the capital Sanaa by Shiite rebels three years ago.

The separatists — who want the return of the independent South Yemen that existed before 1990 — supported Hadi’s forces against the rebels but tensions between the two sides have risen in recent months.

The flare-up in Aden has added yet another dimension to one of the world’s most complicated conflicts, a civil war that left thousands dead and millions on the brink of starvation.

On Monday, sporadic clashes continued after fighting overnight in the port city, especially in its north where separatist forces tried to take control of a military camp, security sources said.

The separatists dispatched additional forces from the central province of Marib and the southern province of Abyan, the sources said.

The forces from Abyan progressed towards Aden after clashes with loyalists on the way.

After the separatists seized the government headquarters on Sunday, Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher on Sunday denounced a “coup… in Aden against legitimacy and the country’s unity”.

He urged a Saudi-led military coalition backing Hadi to intervene in its defence. The coalition launched air strikes against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels in March 2015 and sent troops to support Hadi’s forces, fearing that Tehran would gain a foothold in the country on Saudi Arabia’s southern border.

– ‘Shooting’ all night –

On Sunday, security sources said pro-separatist units trained and backed by the United Arab Emirates had taken over the government headquarters in Aden after clashes.

By early evening, separatists took control of two roads leading to the presidential palace where several members of the government were staying, security sources said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said fighting continued overnight in the port city.

“All night shooting in Aden #Yemen, including heavy weapons,” Alexandre Faite, the head of the ICRC delegation in the country based in Sanaa, said on Twitter.

“Those in southern part of city, including (ICRC staff) still unable to get out.”

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged all parties to return to “calm and dialogue”.

The top negotiator is to step down in April after three years of overseeing UN-brokered negotiations between the government and rebels, none of which have stemmed the violence in the country.

More than 9,200 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led military coalition intervened.

The separatists joined forces with Hadi’s government to oust the rebels from southern provinces in 2015, but tensions have soared since a secessionist governor’s sacking last year.

– ‘Outlaws’ –

Dagher held a cabinet meeting overnight to discuss “military developments and sabotage acts targeting government installations”, loyalist news agency Saba reported.

He condemned the actions of “outlaws” against the “legitimacy represented by President Hadi” in the city.

Sunday’s fighting in Aden killed 15 people including three civilians, hospital sources said, after separatist protesters were prevented from entering the city for a rally to demand the government’s ouster.

The separatists accused the prime minister of ordering his troops to open fire at the protesters.

Sunday’s rally was called by the Southern Transitional Council, an autonomous body not recognised by the government and aimed at overseeing self-governance in southern provinces.

Former Aden governor Aidarous al-Zoubeidi formed the council in May last year after Hadi fired him.

The council had asked Hadi to make changes in the government and gave him one week to do so — a deadline that expired on Sunday.

It had warned that if Hadi did not accept the demand, its supporters would begin a protest campaign to oust Dagher’s government.

South Yemen was independent — with former British colony Aden as its capital — from its formation in 1967 until 1990, when it was unified with North Yemen.

Houthi terrorists bombard civilian houses in Yemen’s Marib with Katyusha rockets

January 28, 2018

A rocket fired by the Iran-backed Houthi terrorists on a house on the outskirts of Yemen’s Marib killed a Yemeni woman and wounded three others. (Reuters)
DUBAI: A rocket fired by the Iran-backed Houthi terrorists on a house on the outskirts of Yemen’s Marib killed a Yemeni woman and wounded three others, according to Saudi state-run news channel Al-Ekhbariya.
A local source said the Katyusha rocket – which is fired from a truck – struck the home of one of the families who had returned from being displaced to their area in Jadaan northwest of Marib province.
The source — who was quoted by Yemeni Armed Forces site “26 September” — said the rocket killed one woman and wounded three others, one critically.
The source said the coup terrorists continue to target populated areas with Katyusha rockets, mortars and artillery in breach of international and humanitarian law.

Saudi Arabia fifth relief campaign to Yemen’s Al-Fasht and Balkan islanders

January 27, 2018

The islands are located near Midi port in the Hajjah province. It was fifth relief campaign carried out for the two islands, and it reached 43 families comprising 205 individuals. (Saudi Press Agency)
RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) supplied food to Yemen’s Al-Fasht and Balkan islanders on Thursday who are trapped by Houthi-laid mines, an official from the organization told Arab News on Friday.
He said that it was fifth relief campaign carried out for the two islands, and it reached 43 families comprising 205 individuals.
The islands are located near Midi port in the Hajjah province.
The mines are a threat to inhabitants of the isolated islands as the population depends solely depend on donated food.
Each family was given a basket of dates and others rations for their daily needs.
The project was started by the organization last June and supplies are delivered as and when required by the islanders.
During this week, the center distributed 3.5 tons (500 cartons) of dates in the Al-Hazm district of Al-Jawf governorate of Yemen. This project is being carried out as part of its extensive humanitarian efforts which include 175 projects throughout the country.
Last week, KSRelief announced it had 85 percent completed a project to build 300 high-quality dwellings for Yemeni refugees living at the Obock camp in Northern Djibouti.
The project provides air-conditioned housing units, health care and schools for 2,000 Yemenis. The priority is to protect camp residents from the difficult weather conditions, particularly during the hot summer months.
KSRelief has also implemented other projects for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti such as supplying food baskets and safe drinking water, and establishing health care facilities for use by both Yemeni refugees and Djiboutians.


Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Taiz kills 48

January 26, 2018

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Yemeni fighters loyal to the Yemeni president hold a hill-top position northwest of the central city of Taiz, on April 20, 2017. (AFP)
SANAA: Yemeni security officials and witnesses say fighting between Houthi militia and forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government in the southwestern city of Taiz has killed at least 48 people on both sides.
They said Friday that fighting intensified earlier this week when forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi attempted regain full control over the city and expel Houthi militia surrounding it.
They also said that Arab Coalition forces backing Hadi carried out several airstrikes on Houthi-controlled bases. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, while the witnesses did so for fear of reprisals.
The coalition has been at war with the Iran-backed Houthis since March 2015 to reinstate Hadi’s government.

Arab coalition in Yemen hands over child-soldiers forced to fight by Houthi terrorists

January 25, 2018

This july 16, 2017 file photo shows a Yemeni boy posing with a Kalashnikov assault rifle during a gathering of newly-recruited Houthi terrorist fighters in the capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian-led coalition in Yemen has handed 27 children to the Yemeni government after they were caught fighting with Houthi terrorist fighters on the border with the Kingdom, state news agency SPA reported.
An official coalition source said the Houthi militia were forcing Yemeni children to fight on the frontline.
The children were handed over at Sharourah force command in the presence of representatives from various organizations including members of the coalition forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority, and the head of Child Protection Unit in Armed Conflict.
The children were transported by bus to Marib.

Failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile falls on house near Sana’a airport

January 24, 2018


A failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile has fallen on a house near the airport in the Yemeni capital Sana’a. (Shutterstock)
JEDDAH: A failed Houthi militia-launched ballistic missile has fallen on a house near the airport in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, according to reports.
It comes as clashes in the Yemeni rebel heartland of Saada province killed 40 rebel fighters, as Saudi media reported on Wednesday.
The uptick in fighting came as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir held talks on the conflicts in Yemen and Syria with his British, US and United Arab Emirates counterparts in Paris on Tuesday.
The Saudi-led coalition this week pledged $1.5 billion in new aid for Yemen after the United Nations launched a record appeal to address what it says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


Russia calls for diplomatic solution to Yemen conflict

January 22, 2018
© AFP | Locals inspect the damage on Monday after an air strike reportedly by the Saudi-led coalition in the northwestern Huthi-held Saada province in Yemen
MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia on Monday called for an end to fighting in Yemen, saying there could be no military solution to the nearly four-year war between Huthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.Russia halted its diplomatic presence in Yemen last month because of the deepening conflict and Moscow has previously expressed concern about strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

“There is no alternative but to end armed conflict as soon as possible in Yemen and it is essential that those taking part in the conflict renounce their attempts to resolve existing problems by force,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow with his Yemeni counterpart Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi.

Moscow would engage with all sides to help the situation “move from a military scenario to a political dialogue,” Lavrov said.

The Yemeni foreign minister said “the legitimate government of Yemen, in common with the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, supports a peaceful solution,” in comments translated into Russian.

“War was not our choice, war was imposed on us,” he said.

Saudi Arabia leads a military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 with the stated aim of rolling back Huthi rebel gains and restoring the country’s “legitimate” government to power.

More than 9,200 people have been killed since the intervention.

Another nearly 2,200 Yemenis have died of cholera amid deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions, according to the World Health Organisation.

Over the past year, the United Nations’ efforts to address what it has described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis have been hampered by a crippling blockade of rebel-held ports by the Saudi-led coalition.