Yemen’s Government demands UN action regards Houthi violation of deal

The looted funds were supposed to be used to pay salaries of public workers. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 June 2020

Yemen’s Government demands UN action regards Houthi violation of deal

  • The militants looted the central bank in Hodeidah city
  • Houthis are delaying fuel and food shipments at the Hodeidah port

DUBAI: Yemen’s government has demanded UN action against Iran-backed Houthi militants for violating the Hodeidah deal, state news agency Saba New reported.
Yemen’s Economic Council – a state advisory body composed of cabinet members – said the militants looted the central bank in Hodeidah city and were delaying the fuel and food that arrive at the Hodeidah port.
The looted funds were supposed to be used to pay salaries of public workers, who have not received payments for months, according to the report.
This money will now “feed the militia’s pointless war,” the council said.
On Wednesday, Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani said Houthis are looting and extorting the private healthcare sector.
Complaints from medical staff living in areas under Houthi control reveal additional taxes on owners of hospitals, private clinics and medical workers in the private sector, Al-Eryani said.
“Houthi militia, after destroying public health sector … went to impose additional taxes on private hospitals and clinics, drug manufacturers and stores on basis of military effort,” he added.
The militants have left the public without a defense against diseases but equipped the hospitals where their leaders and personnel stay with the highest technologies, Al-Eryani said.


Dubai changes coronavirus test requirements for entry

Updated 27 October 2020

Dubai changes coronavirus test requirements for entry

  • Visitors from the UK and Germany may either present a valid negative PCR test or take it upon arrival in Dubai
  • PCR tests are valid for 96 hours and each passenger in Dubai must present a printed version either in in English or Arabic

DUBAI: Dubai has changed COVID-19 test requirements for entry for tourists and residents returning from specific destinations, Emirates said in a statement posted on its website.
UAE residents returning from Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the UK and the US, specifically New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and Seattle need to either present a valid negative coronavirus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or take it upon arrival in Dubai.
Meanwhile, tourists coming from the aforementioned destinations must present a valid negative PCR test, but do not have to test again at arrival.
Visitors from the UK and Germany may either present a valid negative PCR test or take it upon arrival in Dubai.
Individuals transiting Dubai from above mentioned destinations meanwhile do not need to provide a PCR test in Dubai unless its required by the final destination.
But residents and tourists coming from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, specifically California, Florida, Texas, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe must take two PCR tests.
The first test must be done before a passenger’s departure, and the second test upon arriving in Dubai. Meanwhile, transiting travelers must have a valid negative PCR test and all requirements for their final destination.
PCR tests are valid for 96 hours and each passenger in Dubai must present a printed version either in in English or Arabic.