No change in coalition ‘peace strategy’ in Yemen
No change in coalition ‘peace strategy’ in Yemen
“Our peace strategy won’t change under any circumstances,” he said.
“The coalition seeks peace. The legitimate government of Yemen seeks peace. We’re trying to find a political solution.”
He welcomed any international efforts to restore peace in Yemen, saying this is in full accordance with the coalition’s principles to stand by the Yemeni people
He added that 544,037 civilians have been helped by the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) relief program in collaboration with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
In addition to ongoing humanitarian work in Yemen, three initiatives to combat cholera will be signed on Tuesday by the YCHO and KSRelief, Al-Maliki said.
Aid, such as food, housing, health care and fuel, has been delivered to rehabilitate infrastructure in various Yemeni governorates, he added.
The coalition gave permission 18,557 times for evacuation and humanitarian operations by land, sea and air from March 26, 2015, to Feb. 12, 2018, he said.
The coalition looks forward to more partnerships with various international relief agencies, he added.
Al-Maliki presented a slideshow of humanitarian efforts to reach out to needy Yemeni families in various regions, especially those still controlled by Iran-backed Houthi militias.
He accused the Houthis of recruiting Yemeni children and those of other nationalities as soldiers, despite global condemnation.
“This is a violation of humanitarian and international law,” he said, adding that Feb. 12 is Red Hand Day, or the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers.
“We call on all families and individuals in Yemen to care for children and not send them to fight with the armed Houthi militia, for they’ll be put on the frontlines,” he said.
“The coalition is working with the UN to help protect these children. Three weeks ago, 27 children were handed to Yemen’s legitimate army by the Red Cross. Before that, 52 children were handed over who had been participating in military operations,” he added.
“The coalition is working with international community to stop recruiting children to fight in Yemen.”
The coalition will also work with Yemen’s internationally recognized government to ensure that all humanitarian organizations are able to operate in the country, Al-Maliki said.
The Houthis have so far fired 95 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia, he added. Coalition forces have stopped several border-incursion attempts from Yemen, and six Houthi commanders have been killed in recent days, he said.
Noting military progress in various Yemeni governorates, Al-Maliki reaffirmed the coalition’s determination to support the country’s legitimate army in its efforts to liberate areas under Houthi control, and to defend the borders of Saudi Arabia.
He condemned Houthi attacks against private property, saying this shows that the militias have lost their humanity, do not respect international laws and conventions, and are desperate amid considerable losses in territory and military equipment.
Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah
- The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
- The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock
JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”