Yemeni govt: Saving civilians from militia atrocities is our mission

Pro-government forces walk in the port of the western Yemeni coastal town of Mokha as they advance in a bid to try to drive the Shiite Huthi rebels away from the Red Sea coast, in this February 9, 2017 photo. (AFP)
Updated 18 February 2017

Yemeni govt: Saving civilians from militia atrocities is our mission

ADEN: The Yemeni government on Friday said that the efforts exerted by the Yemeni Army to liberate the western coastal areas from rebel control are proof of the government’s keenness to save citizens from Houthi-Saleh militia attacks.
The government said the “military advancements are part of the government’s efforts to protect its citizens.”
“Citizens in the western coastal areas are suffering from ongoing violations and threats to human rights from the Houthi-Saleh rebels,” the statement said, adding that these include forced conscription of youth and children, detentions, kidnapping, bombing of civilian houses and denial of aid to citizens.
The government stressed that the military advancements are strongly supported by the Arab coalition intent on having these areas liberated.
The government also said that humanitarian assistance coming through Al-Hudeidah Port, especially petroleum products and food items, is often seized and sold by rebel leaders on the black market; the money they get is used to fund their military activities. As a result, the residents of Al-Hudeidah province continue to suffer from lack of food and basic necessities.
The government also said it is working with the KSRelief and other humanitarian organizations to obtain necessary assistance for civilians. Work is also going on to revitalize important facilities in Al-Mokha and other cities located south of the Red Sea that were liberated.
2 UAE soldiers killed
Two Emirati soldiers have been killed while taking part in the Yemen war, reported WAM news agency on Friday.


Former finance minister Mohammad Safadi put forward to be next Lebanese PM

Updated 15 November 2019

Former finance minister Mohammad Safadi put forward to be next Lebanese PM

BEIRUT: Three major Lebanese parties have agreed on nominating Mohammad Safadi, a former finance minister, to become prime minister of a new government, the Lebanese broadcasters LBCI and MTV reported on Thursday.
The agreement was reached in a meeting on Thursday between outgoing Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, Lebanon’s leading Sunni politician, and senior representatives of the Shiite groups Amal and Hezbollah.
There was no official comment from the parties or Safadi. The broadcasters did not identify their sources.
Hariri quit as prime minister on Oct. 29 in the face of an unprecedented wave of protests against ruling politicians who are blamed for rampant state corruption and steering Lebanon into its worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.
Hariri remains caretaker prime minister for now.
Since quitting, Hariri, who is aligned with the West and Gulf Arab states, has been holding closed-door meetings with parties including the Iran-backed Hezbollah, which had wanted him to be prime minister again.
Lebanon’s prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim according to the country’s sectarian power-sharing system.
Mustaqbal Web, a Hariri-owned news website, said a meeting between Hariri, Ali Hassan Khalil of the Amal Movement and Hussein Al-Khalil of Hezbollah had discussed recommending Safadi for the post.
MTV said the government would be a mixture of politicians and technocrats. Mustaqbal Web said the type of government was not discussed, and neither was the question of whether Hariri’s Future Movement would be part of the Cabinet.
LBCI said the Free Patriotic Movement, a Christian party allied to Hezbollah, had also agreed to Safadi’s nomination.
They did not identify their sources.
Safadi is a prominent businessman and member of parliament from the northern city of Tripoli. He served previously as finance minister from 2011-2014 under prime minister Najib Mikati.
Prior to that, he served as minister of economy and trade in the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who was backed by the West. He held that post again in the Hariri-led Cabinet that took office in 2009.
Hariri had said he would only return as prime minister of a Cabinet of specialist ministers which he believed would be best placed to win international aid and steer Lebanon out of its economic crisis, sources close to Hariri have said.