What you don’t know about the lifeline of Yemenis!
Hodeidah city, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis, has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, war .
The National Delegation headed by Mohammed Abdulsalam concluded a three-day official visit to Brussels, in which they met with some officials in the European Union.
The Delegation held a number of important meetings with members of the European Parliament to discuss the developments of the coalition against Yemen and its political, humanitarian, economic and military impact. They, also, discussed progress of the Stockholm Agreement, Hodeidah’s situation, the Prisoners exchange and the cease-fire in Taiz.
The Delegation presented a number of suggestions to reach comprehensive solution in Yemen, pointing out at the same time that any solutions other than a political solution wont last for long.
Mohammed Abdulsalam, said on Thursday, on response to the pro-aggression forces demands, that “bypassing Stockholm agreement to demand a political or security role without a comprehensive political solution is a miserable attempt to obstruct the solution in Hodeidah,” adding that “there are parties their interests and survival in power depends on the continuation of the aggression against Yemen.”
“The aggression is using the economic war, hunger and humanitarian needs to bend the Yemenis to pass their plots and unjust projects in Yemen, to control its resources and its important location,” said Abdelsalam during Brussels visit.
The Australian government continues to approve sales of weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, despite growing international concern over alleged war crimes in Yemen.
Defense chiefs were questioned at a senate estimates hearing on Wednesday as to why they had not stopped the weapons sales or applied sanctions to the kingdom.
Paid fighters ,loyal to the coalition ,meantime, continued their breaches of the ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah province by targeting several populated areas and homes and property of citizens.
A military official told YemenExtra that the paid fighters fired more than 63 artillery shells on residential areas and citizen’s property in al-Faza area of al-Tuhayta district and the July 7 area.
The paid fighters also fired from medium machine guns on Hodeidah Airport, the 50th Street and al-Shajan area, as well as targeting citizens’ homes western al-Durihemi city with a 23 caliber machine gun.
Governor of Hajjah province Hilal al-Sufai praised the constructive positions by the tribes and sheikhs of the province in confronting the coalition and its paid fighters.
During his meeting with several sheikhs of the province, the governor stressed on the importance of facing challenges and difficulties experienced by the country.
Sufai affirmed that the state is obliged to maintain security and stability in all areas that under its authority and will not allow anyone to shake the security.
A southern newspaper quoted residents from Lahj province, southern Yemen, as saying that paid fighters loyal to the coalition in Marib province had jailed their sons after being recruited for fighting with the coalition against the Yemeni army forces.
Al-Ayyam newspaper reported on Thursday that the fate of young recruits has remained unknown for months after they tried to return to their areas and refused to participate in fighting on the fronts.
The recruits’ relatives in Toban and al-Hutta districts of Lahj on Wednesday carried out a protesting vigil, during which they called on the exiled Hadi’s government and Islah Party paid fighters to release the recruits.
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.