The Saudi-led coalition revealed by Yemeni Army Spokesman
Yemen’s southern areas—which are controlled by the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US,—have been the scene of a security breach and protests against the coalition.
The Yemeni army’s spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Sarie confirmed that “the army and popular committees did not carried out any military operations in the province of Hadramaut during the past few hours.”These remarks are contrary to what was claimed by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that Hadramaut province was exposed to alleged attack.
“The aim of the enemy fabrications, as the Yemeni people know, especially the people of Hadramout, is the occupation,” the spokesman said.
He added that “the aggression coalition seeks to create excuses and justifications for sending more military forces to Hadramaut, which has never witnessed any confrontations since March 26, 2015.”
Sayoun city of Hadramout province on Thursday witnessed a civil disobedience in protest against the presence of the coalition forces along with forces of the exiled Yemeni presideny ,Hadi, which stormed the city early in last week.
“Those forces have entered the city under the pretext of securing the meeting of parliamentarians loyal to Hadi’s government and Saudi-led coalition,” residents told YemenExtra, while the residents expressed their rejection of the existence of those forces in the city.
On Wednesday, hundreds of citizens in Sayoun city and several districts of Hadramaut valley staged a large march, in which they expressed their full rejection of the coalition presence under the cover of Hadi and his government.
Yemenis also took to the streets of the southern provinces of Hadarmaut and Aden, voicing anger at the worsening economic situation in Yemen, including rising prices and the collapse of the national currency.
Hundreds of women , for their part, rallied to protest against resigned Hadi’ government, condemning the raising up of food supply prices and deterioration of currency in the southern provinces.
The Supreme Political Council (SPC) on Wednesday considered the meeting of several Yemeni parliamentarians, who reside in abroad and support the coalition against Yemen, in Sayoun city under protection of the coalition forces, as high treason.,directing the competent authorities to take necessary legal and constitutional measures, especially Article 125 of the Penal Code, against everyone who is proved to be involved in the meeting in any way.
Large formations of the coalition forces with various military vehicles and weapons entered from the border Al-Wadia’h crossing heading to Sayoun city of Hadramaut.
Southern rights activists as well as said that the big explosion that targeted Saudi military reinforcements heading to Hadramout province was an intentional action by militia of Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood), loyal to the coalition.
Prime Minister Dr. Abdulaziz bin Habtoor discussed with the United Nations Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande a number of humanitarian issues.
The meeting dealt with the medical air bridge to transport patients whose medical conditions require travel abroad for treatment and the proposed alternatives to alleviate their suffering as they travel from Sanaa to Aden and Sayoun airports.
Last year, All flights at Sayoun International Airport in Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramout were suspended and halted , leaving passengers, especially patients, stranded or scrambling for other options, according to local sources.
Notably, Yemeni detainees and the forcibly disappeared in the central person which runs by the coalition declared a hunger strike until all their demands were met.
Amnesty International says the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — a key partner of Saudi Arabia in a military war against and partial occupation of Yemen — and its paid fighters have been torturing captives at a network of clandestine prisons in southern Yemen.
The UK-based rights group further revealed in a statement that large numbers of Yemeni men had been subjected to enforced disappearance after being arbitrarily arrested by the coalition forces.
Amnesty , in addition, said in its statement that through an investigation it had conducted between March 2016 and May 2018 in the southern provinces of Aden, Lahij, Abyan, Shabwah, and Hadhramaut, it had managed to document the widespread use of torture and other forms of ill treatment in the coalition facilities, including beatings, the use of electric shockers, and sexual violence.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Salvation issued an official statement on the expansionist ambitions of Saudi Arabia in the two governorates of Al-Mahra and Hadramaut. The Ministry explained in the statement that “it is following up with the situation and realizing the real objectives of the Saudi Military campaign and the total siege imposed on Yemen since March 26, 2015. These objectives are no longer hidden to anyone, including the ambitions of Saudi Arabia in the governorates of Al-Mahra and Hadramout. Saudi Arabia is trying to extend an oil pipeline to the Arabian Sea and build an oil port on the coast in Al-Maharah province. This comes as an violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and international laws.”
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.