UN envoy, Yemen president hold talks in Riyadh

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, center, holds talks with UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, first left, in Riyadh on Wednesday.
Updated 11 August 2017
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UN envoy, Yemen president hold talks in Riyadh

RIYADH: Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi held talks on Wednesday in Riyadh with UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
They discussed the latest developments in Yemen and prospects for achieving lasting peace in the war-torn country.
During the talks, Hadi praised UN efforts to help the Yemeni people. He also stressed the keenness of his internationally recognized government to achieve peace in accordance with the Gulf initiative, national dialogue and UN Security Council resolution 2216.
The resolution demands that all parties unconditionally cease fire, and that the Houthis withdraw from all areas seized during the conflict, and relinquish arms seized from military and security institutions.
Hadi accused the Houthis and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh of rejecting calls for peace.
This, he said, requires the international community to exert more pressure on them.
The envoy expressed appreciation for Hadi’s efforts to achieve peace and reduce the suffering of the Yemeni people.
The meeting was attended by Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi, Yemeni deputy premier and foreign minister. He said Hadi urged the international community to state an explicit position on the responsibility of the Houthis and Saleh loyalists in thwarting peace initiatives.
Al-Mekhlafi said the rebels do not care about the suffering of the Yemeni people.
Cheikh Ahmed also met Abdullatif Al-Zayani, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) secretary-general.
They discussed the latest political, security and humanitarian developments in Yemen.
Al-Zayani stressed the support of the GCC countries for the envoy’s diplomatic and humanitarian efforts. The secretary-general stressed the need for the international community and humanitarian organizations to help eradicate the cholera epidemic in Yemen.
Prior to Riyadh, Cheikh Ahmed was in Oman and Jordan. The next and final leg of his regional tour will be Sanaa, where he is due to meet Houthi and pro-Saleh representatives.
The envoy is reportedly expected to unveil a plan for the strategic Yemeni port of Al-Hodeidah. It will entail a Houthi withdrawal from the port, which will then be ceded to a neutral third party in exchange for the Saudi-led coalition halting military activities along Yemen’s western coast.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

  • The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.