Arab coalition ‘taking necessary measures to secure Bab Al-Mandeb’

In this file photo taken on February 08, 2017, a member of the pro-government forces raises his weapon in the port of the western Yemeni coastal town of Mokha as the Saudi-backed troops advance in a bid to try to drive the Houthi rebels away from the Red Sea coast. (AFP)
Updated 02 August 2018
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Arab coalition ‘taking necessary measures to secure Bab Al-Mandeb’

  • Al-Maliki said the Houthis hostile approach could cause an environmental and economic disaster
  • He stressed that the measures taken by the alliance are in line with international law

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting in Yemen said the alliance, in coordination with the international community, has taken all necessary measures to ensure the freedom of navigation and international trade through the Bab Al-Mandeb Strait.
Coalition spokesman Colonel Al-Maliki said the alliance had assessed all the attacks committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in the strait and the southern part of the Red Sea
Last week the militia targeted two Saudi oil tankers off the Yemen coast, prompting the Kingdom to suspend oil shipments through the passage. Bab Al-Mandeb, which marks the entrance to the Red Sea, is one of the world’s most important supply routes.
Al-Maliki said the Houthis hostile approach could cause an environmental and economic disaster that would harm the interests of countries in the region and around the world.
He said the Arab coalition would continue its efforts to coordinate with the international community to preserve regional and international security and global stability.
He stressed that the measures taken by the alliance are in line with international law.
The Houthis have repeatedly targeted ships off the Yemen coast since the war started. The conflict was sparked after the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa in 2014 and attempted to seize large sections of the country.


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.