Relief trucks sent to Yemen’s storm-affected areas

The effort aims to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of Yemeni families affected by the tropical storm. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Relief trucks sent to Yemen’s storm-affected areas

  • The convoy carried 75 tons of basic foodstuffs to help the victims of the storm “Laban.”

JEDDAH: King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) sent three trucks loaded with supplies to Yemen’s Al-Mahrah governate through the Al-Wadiah border crossing. 

The convoy carried 75 tons of basic foodstuffs to help the victims of the storm “Laban.”

This assistance comes as part of the 286 projects in various fields provided by KSRelief equally to all the Yemeni provinces.

It aims to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of Yemeni families affected by the tropical storm. The storm hit on Sunday the coastal parts of Al-Mahrah causing heavy rainfalls accompanied by strong winds.  The city of Al-Ghaydah suffered the most from these conditions that caused widespread damage that affected the services and roads networks in addition to hundreds of houses.


Amnesty slams Iranian execution of two men charged of financial crimes

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Amnesty slams Iranian execution of two men charged of financial crimes

LONDON: After two men convicted of financial crimes were executed in Iran, Amnesty International has strongly criticized the Iranian regime.
Vahid Mazloumin and Mohammad Esmail Ghasemi were put to death after a trial Amnesty has called “grossly unfair.”
Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, said of the case: “With these abhorrent executions the Iranian authorities have flagrantly violated international law and once again displayed their shameless disregard for the right to life.
“Use of the death penalty is appalling under any circumstances but it is even more horrific given that these men were convicted after a grossly unfair show trial that was broadcast on state television. Under international human rights law, the death penalty is absolutely forbidden for non-lethal crimes, such as financial corruption.
“The shocking manner in which their trial was fast-tracked through Iran’s judicial system without allowing them the chance of a proper appeal is yet another example of the brazen disregard the Iranian authorities have for defendants’ basic due process rights.”
The duo were executed after being charged with “manipulating coin and hard currency markets through illegal and unauthorized deals” as well as smuggling. An unspecified number of other accomplices went to prison.
Iran detained Mazloumin, 58, in July for hoarding two tons of gold coins.
With Iran in the grip of a deepening economic crisis, authorities have carried out mass arrests of individuals whom they accuse of being “financially corrupt” and “saboteurs of the economy.”
According to Amnesty, the pair were convicted and sentenced to flogging, lengthy prison terms and eventually the death penalty after “grossly unfair summary trials.”
In August, Iran’s Supreme Leader approved a request by the Head of Judiciary to set up special courts to deal with crimes involving financial corruption. Since then, these courts have sentenced several people to death.
In a statement, Amnesty said the trials were unfair because defendants were denied access to lawyers of their own choosing, had no right to appeal against sentences of imprisonment during the process and were given only 10 days within which to appeal death sentences.