The US House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 25 to 17, along party lines, in favor of a war powers resolution that would prevent the US military from providing any support to the Saudis and other countries waging war on Yemen.
According to Reuters, Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Wednesday he was troubled by a report that Saudi Arabia transferred weapons to extremist groups in Yemen and questioned whether Congress should consider more restrictions on weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition.
Late last year, lawmakers introduced various pieces of legislation seeking to put tighter controls on US dealings with Riyadh, including clamping down on weapons sales, barring military cooperation with the coalition and calls for human rights sanctions.
President Donald Trump’s administration opposed many of the bills, calling the Saudis important regional partners and praising weapons sales as an important source of US jobs.
The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) dismissed the report of the so-called “Accident Assessment Team in Yemen” by the coalition, investigating the bombing of an MSF cholera treatment center (CTC) in Abs, Yemen, on June 11, 2018, describing it as “unacceptable and contradictory claims “.
“The press conference of the coalition investigation team includes various unacceptable and contradictory claims that portray MSF as responsible for, rather than a victim of, the bombing,” the organization said in a statement.Several MSF facilities in Yemen have been hit by coalition’s airstrikes since March 2015, despite frequent international and international condemnation.
Member of the National Delegation, from Sana’a, Al-Murtadha, gave a summary of the outcomes of the Prisoners Exchange meeting in Jordan. On Wednesday, the parties did not make any progress, Al-Murtadha pointed out that the coalition hinder the prisoner exchange agreement. He said that “We, at the same time, told the United Nations that we are ready to release 10 prisoners from the list of the other party.”
Al-Murtada said that “the Committee to exchange Bodies held a meeting today with the International Red Cross in the absence of representatives of the other party,” during which a mechanism was discussed to carry out the exchange of bodies.
The Ministry of Fisheries strongly condemned the arbitrary actions taken by the countries of the coalition against the fishermen in Al-Mahra governorate. Calling on the international community to play its role against these violations.
Spokesman of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, yesterday, said that the coalition’s forces do not respond to the Stockholm ceasefire continuing violations in Hodeidah. They continue to commit further crimes against citizens in a desperate attempts to evade their obligations under the Stockholm agreement. In the past 48 hours, the coalition’s paid fighters committed 172 violations in Hodeidah.
A Saudi writer ,Abdullah al-Mizhar , launched an tweet against the UAE government which received wide-ranging interaction through the Twitter site, commenting on the accusation made by the UAE‘s Permanent Representative in UNESCO, Abdullah al-Nuaimi.
According to activists, the UAE is trying to compete with Saudi Arabia and is no longer receptive to the idea that the kingdom is the most important country in the Gulf region.
Tribesmen of Bani Hashish district in Sanaa province stressed the importance of a public mobilization to back the army in deterring the coalition and its paid fighters in all frontswhereas the participants affirmed readiness to make more sacrifices in defending the homeland and its security and stability,calling the Yemeni tribes to move to strengthen the fronts with money and fighters for confronting the coalition’s palns that target the Yemeni people.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.