KSrelief launches medical convoy to deliver aid to Yemen

Smoke rises after an airstrike hit an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday. (AP)
Updated 23 January 2017
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KSrelief launches medical convoy to deliver aid to Yemen

RIYADH/ADEN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on Sunday dispatched a convoy loaded with 17 containers of medical supplies and equipment to Yemen, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Royal Court and KSrelief Supervisor, said Sunday.
The convoy consisted of 11 containers carrying 279 types of medical supplies to the Republican Hospital in Aden and 25 types of medical equipment and supplies for the central medicinal and pharmacology storage units at the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Housing in Aden. It also included six containers headed to Marib General Hospital Authority containing 235 types of medical supplies.
He said another ground convoy to Taiz will take place soon. The Center delivers and monitors humanitarian assistance in coordination with local partners and UN organizations as well as the legitimate Yemeni government.
Al-Rabeeah urged the UN to carry out its responsibilities via its organizations operating in the Yemen to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. He said the Center monitors its assistance until supplies reach the beneficiaries.
Dr. Abdulraqeeb Al-Haidari, the Yemeni deputy assistant minister of Public Health and Housing, expressed the Yemeni government’s appreciations to King Salman’s humanitarian gesture.
“The medical supplies donated today by the Center come at a time when hospitals are in extreme need for such aid due to the negatively affected work of the Ministry of Health, hospitals and medical clinics, and halted medical services, resulting in the spread of diseases such as cholera and others,” he said.
“Such conditions requires intensified efforts in this regard and provision of medical assistance in order to reduce the volume of health crises.”
Meanwhile, Yemeni Premier Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher said the project of the coup d’état is approaching its end. The will of the Yemeni people will prevail in the end.
During a meeting in Aden on Sunday with defense and interior officials, bin Dagher said that “a great successes loom on the horizon.”
He noted the triumphs of the armed, security forces and popular resistance backing Arab alliance at the front line, especially at areas adjacent to Bab Al-Mandab Strait, a key maritime route connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
On the ground, heavy clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in Yemen killed at least 66 people in 24 hours, medics and security sources said Sunday.
Air raids by a Saudi-led coalition and fighting near the strategic Bab Al-Mandab Strait killed at least 52 Houthi rebels and allied troops loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the sources said.
Fourteen members of pro-government forces were also killed.
The rebels took their dead to a military hospital in Hodeida, a major western port city they control, a medical source told AFP.
The hospital received 14 dead on Saturday and 38 on Sunday, as well as 55 wounded rebels, the source said.
On the pro-government side, 14 soldiers were killed and 22 wounded, according to medics in the southern port city of Aden where President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government is based.
Coalition warplanes and Apache attack helicopters have been pounding rebels for several days in support of pro-Hadi forces attempting to retake the Red Sea city of Mokha, military sources said.
Pro-Hadi forces launched an offensive on Jan. 7 to retake the region overlooking the Bab Al-Mandab Strait. By Sunday, Hadi forces were within 10 km of Mokha, they said, but mines laid by rebel forces have slowed the offensive.


Sudan protesters plan march on parliament, more demos

Updated 19 January 2019
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Sudan protesters plan march on parliament, more demos

KHARTOUM: A group that is spearheading anti-government protests across Sudan on Saturday said it plans to launch more nationwide rallies over the next few days, including a march on parliament.
Protests have rocked Sudan since December 19, when the government raised the price of bread, and since then have escalated into rallies against President Omar Al-Bashir’s three-decade rule.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella group of trade unions, in a statement called for a march on parliament Sunday to submit to lawmakers a memorandum calling for Bashir to step aside.
“We are calling for a march to parliament in Omdurman on Sunday,” it said referring to Khartoum’s twin city where parliament is located.
“The protesters will submit to parliament a memorandum calling on President Bashir to step down,” added the association, which represents the unions of doctors, teachers and engineers.
Over the past month, protesters have staged several demonstrations in Omdurman, on the west bank of the Nile.
Officials say at least 26 people, including two security personnel, have died during a month of protests, while rights group Amnesty International last week put the death toll at more than 40.
The group spearheading the protests said there will also be rallies in Khartoum on Sunday, to be followed by night-time demonstrations on Tuesday in the capital and in Omdurman.
“And on Thursday there will be rallies across all towns and cities of Sudan,” the statement added.
On Friday, hundreds of mourners leaving the funeral of a protester had staged a spontaneous demonstration in the capital’s Burri district, while crowds of Muslim worshippers had launched another rally in a mosque in Omdurman, witnesses said.
Protesters chanting “freedom, peace, justice” have been confronted by riot police with tear gas at several rallies since the first protest erupted in the eastern town of Atbara on December 19 after the rise of bread price.
The government’s tough response has sparked international criticism, while Bashir has blamed the violence on unidentified “conspirators.”
Analysts say the protests have emerged as the biggest challenge to the veteran leader’s rule who swept to power in 1989 in an Islamist-backed coup.
The protests come as Sudan suffers from an economic crisis driven by an acute shortage of foreign currency and soaring inflation that has more than doubled the price of food and medicines.