Source: Yemen’s Forgotten War
Other News From Yemen:(Reuters)
Yemen’s PM, exiled government return to Aden
Yemen’s Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and several of his ministers traveled to Aden Wednesday from exile in Saudi Arabia, two months after loyalist forces pushed Iran-backed rebels out of the city.
“The government has moved its base from Riyadh to Aden,” as has been referred by government spokesman Rajeh Badi.
There was no indication that President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi — who fled Yemen in late March when the Shiite Houthi rebels closed in on his refuge in the southern port — was set to return.
Saudi-Led Coalition Pounds Yemen Rebels Near Central City
The Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels pounded the insurgents’ positions Thursday with heavy artillery fire on the outskirts of the central city of Marib, part of their push to retake the capital, Sanaa.
The heavy bombardment came hours after the rebels, known as Houthis, aired footage on their satellite television channel purporting to show a Saudi soldier held as a prisoner of war. A top al-Qaida leader in Yemen meanwhile praised the campaign against the Houthis and called for Islamic rule in the Arab world’s poorest country.
Yemen and the scandal of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia (Guardian.co.uk & Sputnik)
UK Arms Supplies to Saudi Arabia ‘Quietly’ Fuel Yemen Conflict
Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring said that Yemen descended into a humanitarian disaster putting its people at risk of famine and the UK is materially involved through its export of arms and military support to the bombing campaign.
“Yemen has descended into a humanitarian disaster putting its people at risk of famine and the UK is materially involved through its export of arms and military support to the bombing campaign,” Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring said.
Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab coalition engaged in anti-Houthi airstrikes at the request in March of Yemen’s exiled president.
“There is a paradox at the heart of the [UK] government’s approach to Yemen,” Goldring noted, contrasting Britain’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen with its arms supplies to Saudi Arabia.
Oxfam urged Britain to suspend its arms shipments and military support to Saudi Arabia, as well as for an investigation into the involvement of UK weaponry in the attacks. The organization said the UK must also reaffirm its condemnation of attacks that target civilians and help resolve the conflict diplomatically.
The United Nations estimates the death toll in the five-month campaign at about 23,300, with four out of five Yemenis displaced and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
Yemen’s leaders praised the UAE’s role in liberating Aden and other parts of the country from the Houthi rebels.
Armed with high-tech Western weaponry, Gulf Arab soldiers are fighting with newfound determination against what they see as the expanding influence of Iran, their non-Arab and Shi’ite Muslim arch-foe, in a war that has ravaged Yemen for six months according to Channel News Asia.
The oil-producing province of Marib has become a key battlefield between Iranian-allied Houthi militia and a coalition of Yemenis and Emirati, Saudi and Bahraini troops. Marib forms a gateway to the Yemeni capital Sanaa 120 km (75 miles) to the west, which the Houthis seized last year.
Mindful of similar sectarian-fueled conflicts fragmenting other Arab states such as Iraq and Syria, the Gulf Arab and Yemeni fighters see their common cause in Yemen helping to revive a sense of Arab solidarity.
The coalition wants to restore a Yemeni government ousted by the Houthis in March, a development seen by the Sunni Gulf Arab states as a sign of Shi’ite Iran’s expansionist intentions. Tehran denies providing military support to the Houthis.