Weekly Media Summary Dec , 16 , 2019


President stresses the depth of Yemeni-American relations
President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi stressed the depth of the distinguished relations that link Yemen with the United States of America in various aspects and fields through a strategy of cooperation and partnership in the face of the interventions that destabilize the security of Yemen, the region and the international navigation. These interventions are represented by the Houthi coup militias and backed by Iran and elements of extremism and terrorism with their various names.
During his meeting with the Ambassador of the United States of America to our country, Christopher Henzel, the president pointed to the efforts made by the government due to its keenness and commitment to implement the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement. The steps of the agreement are embodied in the return of the government to Aden and its provision of services represented in electricity, water, health services, improvement of hygiene, payment of salaries, and other steps that are important to complete the terms of the Riyadh Agreement.  
King Salman: We continue to support the Yemeni people and their government
The Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz, confirmed the coalition's continued support to the Yemeni people and their government.
In his opening speech at the Gulf Summit today in Riyadh, King Salman, appreciated the efforts of the Yemenis, especially the government, to reach the Riyadh agreement. He stressed the importance of a political solution in Yemen according to the three references.
Parliament Chairman praises the Egyptian role
Chairman of the Parliament, Sheikh Sultan Al-Barakani, praised the great role of the Arab Republic of Egypt in supporting our country in various fields.
During his meeting with the Egyptian ambassador to Yemen, Ahmed Farouk, the Speaker of Parliament reviewed the developments of the situation on the national front, noting the efforts made to end the coup, activate state institutions and bring peace.
Al-Barakani discussed with the Egyptian ambassador ways of enhancing relations and cooperation between the two brotherly countries and the prospects for their development. He wished the ambassador success in his mission and in developing and strengthening the relations between the two brotherly countries.


Prime Minister stressed the importance of developing humanitarian work
Prime Minister, Dr. Moeen Abdul Malik, stressed the need to develop humanitarian work in Yemen, and to move to the stage of providing income sources and enabling societies to produce. He pointed out that this will only come through joint planning and unification of priorities during the next stage.
This came during his meeting in the interim capital of Aden, with the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen, Sebastian Trives.
Dr. Moeen Abdul Malik indicated that the government has set priorities for the stage of economic recovery, job creation and production, and is open to working with the United Nations to accommodate these priorities within the 2020 humanitarian response plan.
The Prime Minister praised the role of the United Nations and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen in supporting government efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis caused by the war sparked by the Houthi coup militia.
Militias storm a village and arrest 120 civilians
Houthi militias stormed a village in Dhamar governorate, killing one resident and arresting 120 others.
Government sources stated that the Houthi militias bombed the village of Al-Masqara east of Al-Hada directorate, and carried out a military campaign consisting of more than 300 armed men. The militias attacked the village, raided the homes of citizens and kidnapped more than 120 of its residents from inside their homes, most of them were children and took them to prison. 
The sources pointed out that since the start of its military campaign the militia has established more than 60 new points at the entrances and exits of Obadiah area surrounding the village of Al-Masqara.
Government calls for strict stands towards Houthi crimes
Human Rights Minister, Muhammad Askar, called on the international community to take strict and firm positions towards the practices, crimes and violations by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.
Askar considered that keeping quiet regarding Houthi crimes is a serious matter that helps the Houthis persist their violations against society and legitimacy.
He reviewed violations and Houthi human rights crimes in Yemen that include killings and recruitment of children, torture of detainees, displacement of opponents, bombing of homes and places of worship, crimes of lynching, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, looting of funds, imposing levies and royalties and confiscating salaries.

Demining 4,536 mines in a week

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center's project for clearing mines (Masam) demined 4,536 mines during the first week of December, planted by the Houthi militia.
In a statement, the center stated that it had demined 24 antipersonnel mines, 372 anti-tank mines, 4,139 unexploded ordnance, and one explosive device. 
It pointed out that since the beginning of the project 115,930 landmines have been dismantled after they had been planted by the Iranian backed Houthi militias. They were planted in the lands, schools and homes, and the militias tried to hide them in various forms and methods, which killed and injured a large number of children, women and the elderly.

The army destroys 1,750 mines in Sa’ada

The engineering teams of the National Army destroyed large quantities of mines and explosive devices in Maran Front, Sa'ada governorate, which were planted by the Houthi coup militia at the outskirts of Al-Malahit market.
The head of the media center in the Maran axis, Captain Adel Al-Qudsi, explained that the Houthi militia planted large quantities of internationally banned anti-personnel mines and imported and locally manufactured explosive devices, noting that there are many minefields that the engineering teams are still working to destroy which will constitute an obstacle for citizens to return to their homes.