Here is what you don’t know about the coalition-controlled Yemeni parts !
The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, took control over the Yemeni province’s seaports and airports, using them to deploy hundreds of troops in the region.
Five of coalition’s paid fighters were killed and six others wounded by a landmine explosion in Hawaran district of Bayda province.Sources told YemenExtra that the paid fighters were killed while trying to rescue the wounded of another explosion in the area.
Bayda is witnessing raids and bombings that al-Qaeda is said to be responsible for these events, which are located on land controlled by coalition paid fighters.
Deadly clashes erupted in al-Aqlah district in Shaba province, eastern Yemen, on Thursday morning, between Saudi-led coalition rival paid fighters. The clashes broke out between Islah party paid fighters and pro-UAE tribal forces called the “Shabwanian elite forces”.
Many demonstrations have been organized against the coalition . In November, the coalition’s soldiers killed at least two people during a demonstration.
Dozens of protesters called for the release of the detainees and the forcibly disappeared in the UAE prisons in Aden.
The protesters described the presence of the coalition in the southern provinces as an occupation.
Sam international organization for Rights & Liberties has called for an international committee to investigate the execution of 23 forced detainees in prisons run by the UAE forces in the southern port city of Aden.
The Geneva-based organization, which monitors the human rights situation in Yemen, has called for an investigation into the abhorrent practices of torture against detainees.
An official in the so-called Peaceful Movement Council in southern Yemen, Salwa Ben Brik, described what is going on inside the illegal UAE-run prison of Bir Ahmed in Aden. He described the situation as unjust and stressed that it must not be tolerated.
According to Ben Brik, the hunger strike at the Bir Ahmed Prison is a message that the prisoners are trying to bring to all, demanding the speeding up of their trial, or their release if they are not found guilty of any charges.
It is noteworthy that the UAE runs secret prisons in the city of Aden and detain hundreds of citizens and hide their fate from their relatives where they are subjected to various kinds of torture.
Three employees were dismissed and 11 others suspended on Thursday from an oil refinery firm in Aden.The move came a day after the oil workers union took strike action, demanding their financial rights to be paid.
A gunman was killed on Thursday in clashes between the so-called “security belt” paid fighters backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the so-called ” public security” of Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood) in Dalea province, southern Yemen.“Medium and heavy weapons were used during the clashes,” Yemen Press Agency correspondent said.He explained that the UAE-backed paid fighters opened fire from all their positions on the security administration loyal to the Islah Party.The correspondent did not mention any reason for the outbreak of clashes.
Saudi Arabia is facing mounting opposition in areas it occupies in Yemen, leading US daily the Wall Street Journal has reported.
Many view Saudi presence and its alleged development projects as a pretext for the kingdom to entrench its control in the country by controlling Yemen’s highly vulnerable infrastructure, the paper said.
“We are under Saudi occupation. We don’t need the Saudis,” it quoted former deputy governor of al-Mahra Ali bin Salem al-Huraizy, who has helped organize protests against the Saudi presence in the past.
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.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
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.