Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Yemen update 10/04\2015.. Fighting rages on Yemen’s Red Sea coast

Sunday, October 4, 2015 19:57
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

Yemeni sources say Ansarullah fighters and allied army forces have captured a number of foreign mercenaries, including a senior US officer, while they were fighting for Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Fighting rages on Yemen’s Red Sea coast

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fierce battles raged between pro-government fighters clashing with Shiite Houthi rebels and allied military units along Yemen’s Red Sea coast Sunday, Yemeni security officials said.

The officials, who remain neutral in the conflict that has splintered the country, said the fighting took place between Bab al-Mandab — the strategic entrance to the Red Sea — and the port city of Mokha. They said the Saudi-led coalition is attempting to clear a path for the pro-government fighters toward Mokha.

Medical officials in nearby Taiz said at least 14 dead bodies from Houthi forces arrived from the front lines. Houthi officials said the rebels have destroyed six opposing tanks and killed multiple pro-government fighters.

Four civilians were shot dead near the front lines, security officials said, adding that it was not clear which side was the source of the gunfire.

On Saturday, Yemen’s Prime Minister Khaled Bahah visited an area near Bab al-Mandab after pro-government fighters pushed rebel forces out of the immediate area.

Meanwhile Saleh al-Samad, the head of the Houthi political council, said his group would carry out a “strong escalation” in the coming days, in a statement published by Yemen’s Houthi-controlled state news agency.

The Houthis have controlled the area near the strait for several months. They have been in control of the capital Sanaa since last September and are at war with the internationally recognized government as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists.

The United Arab Emirates military announced the death of another of its soldiers in Yemen, Khamis Rashid al-Abdouly. A statement said he died while being treated in Germany after succumbing to wounds sustained “at the battle for Marib.” It did not say when he was wounded.

The U.N. says at least 2,355 civilians have been killed in fighting in Yemen since March, when a Saudi-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the Houthis and their allied army units.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Yemen bombed nonstop by Saudi Arabia

Several killed as Saudi warplanes pound Yemen’s Sa’ada province

The Saudi economic disaster during its aggression on Yemen

Saudi Arabia Forces The UN To Drop Humanitarian Inquiry Into Yemen Atrocities

GENEVA — In a U-turn at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western governments dropped plans Wednesday for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties in the war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians in the last six months.

The change of direction came as the Netherlands withdrew the draft of a resolution it had prepared with support from a group of mainly Western countries that instructed the United Nations high commissioner for human rights to send experts to Yemen to investigate the conduct of the war.

That proposal was a follow-up to recommendations by the commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who detailed in a report this month the heavy civilian loss of life inflicted not only by the relentless airstrikes of the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia but also by the indiscriminate shelling carried out by Houthi rebels.

But in the face of stiff resistance from Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners, and to the dismay of human rights groups, Western governments have accepted a resolution based on a Saudi text that lacks any reference to an independent, international inquiry.

“The result is a lost opportunity for the council and a huge victory for Saudi Arabia, protecting it from scrutiny over laws of war violations which will probably continue to be committed in Yemen,” said Philippe Dam, deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Geneva.

To the consternation of human rights groups, the consensus approach coincides with evidence of sharply rising civilian casualties in Yemen. Mr. Hussein’s spokesman reported on Tuesday that the number of known civilian casualties since late March had risen to more than 7,217, including 2,355 people killed.

The civilian toll from airstrikes was “starkly underlined” by report s that more than 130 people had been killed at a wedding party in Taiz, the spokesman, Rupert Colville, said. The United Nations was trying to confirm what had happened, he said.Mr. Dam of Human Rights Watch was disappointed.

“This was the time to put the parties to this conflict under scrutiny for human rights violations,” he said. “Human Rights Council members have failed to send a clear message to Saudi Arabia and to the Houthis that they have to change the conduct of hostilities.”

Well yeah, what did you expect to happen after the UN named Saudi Arabia to head its human rights panel?

US deeply involved in Saudi war on Yemen: Analyst

The US government is “deeply involved” in Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression against Yemen, says an American author and analyst.

“It is beyond belief, the American government is deeply involved in the conflict; it provides intelligence, it provides weapons, it provides munitions, and it provides supplies,” Michael Springmann told Press TV on Sunday.

“They basically deny everything and if they are caught in a contradiction they do some weasel-wording and jump back and forth from the exact meaning of one word to the inexact meaning of another word,” he added.

“Basically violence has somehow got ingrained to the American government’s psyche,” he maintained.

The author of the “Visas for al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts that Rocked the World” made the comments when asked about Washington’s refusal to admit responsibility for backing Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen.

In a statement Friday, White House spokesman Ned Price said that though “shocked and saddened” by the civilian casualties, “the United States has no role in targeting decisions made by the coalition in Yemen.”

In a bid to return fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, into power, the Saudis launched a deadly war against their southern neighbor in March – without a United Nations mandate.

The death toll from the months-long aggression has now surpassed 4,600. The office of the UN human rights chief said last week that the Saudi-led coalition is responsible for the majority of the deaths.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also said that he is “deeply concerned” by the huge number of civilian casualties from the military campaign against Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement that deposed Hadi in February.

Saudi Arabia’s relentless bombardment has worsened the humanitarian situation in the poverty-stricken Arab nation.

Saudi airstrikes target food trucks in Yemen’s Sa’ada

Saudi Arabia’s deadly airstrikes in Yemen have continued with warplanes pounding the outskirts of the capital as well as a district in the northwest of the country.

Saudi jets on Sunday targeted the Fag Atan area, located in the mountainous outskirts of the capital Sana’a.

Saudi warplanes also struck trucks carrying much needed food supplies in the northwestern province of Sa’ada. At least three people were killed in the attack.

The Saudi fighter jets also bombed a border area in the same province.

Elsewhere, in the southwestern province of Ta’izz, Saudi jets carried out over a dozen airstrikes, hitting a presidential palace there. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army soldiers backed by fighters from the popular committees reportedly repelled at least three onslaughts by Saudi-backed militants in the strategic Bab al-Mandeb area in Ta’izz and killed tens of them.

Officials affiliated with the Houthi Ansarulah movement said their fighters had destroyed six tanks belonging to Saudi-backed militants in the area.

The Yemen Today TV channel aired footage showing the deployment of Yemeni forces in the Bab al-Mandeb area, refuting some media claims that Saudi-backed militants had taken control of the area.

Saudi forces kicked off their military aggression against their southern neighbor Yemen on March 26 in a bid to undermine the growing popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

About 6,400 people, including some 500 children, have reportedly lost their lives since March. A total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured.


Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.