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Embassy of the Republic of Yemen Berlin Weekly Media Summary 2020-9-7

Weekly Media Summary

2020-9-7

Al-Hadhrami, German diplomat discuss Houthi military escalation

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad al-Hadhrami has said Houthi militia exploits Stockholm Agreement and the ceasefire in Hodeida as an impulse for military escalation in other areas.

We will not accept continuation of this matter, he confirmed In his meeting with German Charge d’ Affairs Jan Krauszer in Yemen on Sunday, al-Hadhrami confirmed keenness of the government of Yemen to reach inclusive and sustainable peace in accordance with the agreed upon references.

He pointed out that Houthi militia stubbornness and its continuous war on Yemeni people are the real challenge hindering efforts of the UN envoy to Yemen.

He made it clear that the militia is working on undermining the UN mission supporting Hodeida agreement and commit many violations reported to the UN Secretary General as violations threatening the ceasefire.

He stressed making probe into the killing of colonel Assulaihi and relocating the mission’s premises to a neutral place in Hodeida to be able to work freely and to ensure ending its term of mission successfully in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2452.

Foreign Minister warned of Houthi militia’s continuous trick regarding Safir Oil Tanker Issue and setting impossible conditions before arrival of the UN technical team to the tanker.

For his part, the German diplomat renewed his country’s position for supporting Yemen, its security, and unity and support to UN efforts for inclusive and sustainable peace in Yemen.

Info Minister warns of Houthi enlisting of the poorest to the warfronts

Yemen’s Information Minister has warned of the Houthi exploitation of the poorest people by enlisting them to warfronts with the government.

Muammar al-Eryani said “the appeal by Noaman al-Hodheifi, the chief of the National Union for Promoting the Poorest –Yemenis of African descent – to the international community to stop the Houthi ‘ethnic cleansing’ of these ‘marginalized Yemenis’ reveals an aspect of the disaster that Houthis have brought upon this part of the Yemeni society.”

“This appeal also came a few months after the Houthi leader inaugurated what he called “a National Program for Caring About Descendants of Bilal” a seemingly welfare program for the desperately poor black Yemenis but, in reality, a means to lure them to the warfronts.”

The Yemeni government demands moving the headquarters of the UN mission to a neutral location in Hodeidah

From Yemen Foreign Ministry page on Twitter:

  1. The United Nation’s Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA) has become restricted and dependent of the mercy of the Houthi militia. Continuing its work in such a situation became useless. 
  2. The Houthi militias continue to undermine the implementation of the provisions of the Hodeidah Agreement and the work of the UN mission, restrict their freedom and moving, and they refuse to remove the mines, to open the corridors for humanitarian help or to allow the UN patrols to move inside the city.
  3. The Mission was unable to investigate the Houthi targeting of the government liaison officer, Colonel Muhammad al-Sulayhi, who is supposed to be protected by the mission, because the Houthis refused to investigate and bombed the observation point where the targeting was carried out to undermine any investigation by the United Nations.
  4. The Houthi militia’s violations of the ceasefire in Hodeidah have dramatically increased, reaching in July 2020 7378 violations, resulting in 97 human losses, of which 14 were martyrs and 83 wounded, including 3 civilians.
  5. The Houthis continued to use Hodeidah as a platform for attacks by drones, booby-trapped boats, and remote-controlled attacks, as well as exploiting the Hodeidah agreement for mobilization in the governorates of Al-Jawf and Marib.
  6. The Yemeni government demands strongly
  7. a transparent and comprehensive investigation into the criminal targeting of Colonel Al-Sulayhi
  8. moving the headquarters of the UN mission to a neutral location in Hodeidah
  9. securing the work of the UN mission to ensure the mission’s implementation of its mandate specified by Security Council Resolution 2452.

The National Army forces achieved strategic victories on various fronts

The official spokesman of the armed forces, Brigadier General Abdo Majali, confirmed that the National Army forces achieved strategic victories on the fronts of the governorates of Al-Jawf, Ma’rib, Al-Bayda and Al-Dhalea.

Brigadier General Majali said that the armed forces were able to liberate strategic areas,