What’s happening in Yemen

Updated 03 April 2015

What’s happening in Yemen

War and peace: Riyadh has launched a military action to flush out rebels and stamp out those foreign elements that are in Yemen to ultimately create trouble for Saudi Arabia. War is evil, but it often becomes necessary to ensure lasting peace and stability.
Decisive Storm: KSA led this operation on March 26 backed by 10 countries at the request of Yemen’s government. Yemenis in general welcomed it.
Rare support: Riyadh earned global consensus and support including from the US, UK and France.
Coalition: UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Morocco and Pakistan joined the Kingdom to form a united force to crush the rebellion.
Why the crisis? Instability, chaos brought about by Houthi rebels to capture power, backed by Iran to keep the country on tenterhooks. Riyadh tried all possible means to restore peace before taking a decision to launch a military campaign.
Who this? Symptom of “regional mistrust,” Houthis are rebels who were crushed in the past. They take their name from Hussein Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, who led the first uprising in 2004. After he was killed in late 2004, his family led five rebellions before a cease-fire was signed with the government in 2010.
Dirty politics: Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former Yemeni president, only exacerbated the situation by aligning with Houthis to capture power.
Iranian reaction: Iran denies its involvement in the disturbances. Will it also deny stoking unrest in Iraq and Syria, apart from poking its nose in Western Region of Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain? It all backfired; it will meet same fate in Yemen.
The Saudi policy: The Kindom’s policy was always based on peaceful means to resolve to any crisis. It tried its best in Yemen before opting for this limited but a “decisive” military campaign.
What’s from here? Even if peace is restored in Yemen, the hegemonic and expansionist attitude of certain countries are not going to die down in near future. Riyadh is aware of this and is working on a long-term planning.


Egyptian ministry launches mobile app

Egyptian police guard in front of the new government district in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo, Egypt May 2, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Egyptian ministry launches mobile app

  • The app is available for Android users, and officials are working on making it available for iOS users as well, communications expert Ashraf El-Wardany told Arab News

CIARO: The Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs has launched Kallem Masr (Call Egypt), a mobile app to facilitate communication with citizens living abroad.
Nabila Makram, minister of immigration and Egyptian expatriates affairs, said the free app includes a monthly electronic magazine issued by the ministry in both Arabic and English.
The app is available for Android users, and officials are working on making it available for iOS users as well, communications expert Ashraf El-Wardany told Arab News.
Android users can download the app from Google Play. Its sections include questions and answers, contact us, complaints, an interactive map of locations of embassies and consulates, and a news section on the ministry’s activities.

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Android users can download the app from Google Play. Its sections include questions and answers, contact us, complaints, an interactive map of locations of embassies and consulates, and a news section on the ministry’s activities.

Islam El-Souissi, an Egyptian community leader in Rome, praised the app, saying “all Egyptians living abroad are expressing their great happiness” about it.
But some Egyptians who visited the app’s page on Google Play said it is not available in some countries such as Sweden. Others complained that they had problems logging in.