Coalition says Yemen rebels of hindering food imports

Fifteen cargo ships carrying food and fuel and authorised by the coalition still waiting to dock in Hodeida

Riyadh: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s internationally-recognised government accused Iran-backed rebels of delaying vital food and other imports through a major Red Sea port.

“Al Houthi militiamen, who control the port of Hodeida, continue to hinder the unloading of commercial cargo ships loaded with essential goods, food and humanitarian aid for the Yemeni people,” a coalition spokesman said.

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Iran Is Smuggling Increasingly Potent Weapons Into Yemen, U.S. Admiral Says

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The top American admiral in the Middle East said on Monday that Iran continues to smuggle illicit weapons and technology into Yemen, stoking the civil strife there and enabling Iranian-backed rebels to fire missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia that are more precise and far-reaching.

Iran has been repeatedly accused of providing arms helping to fuel one side of the war in Yemen, in which rebels from the country’s north, the Houthis, ousted the government from the capital of Sana in 2014.

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6 Alleged Somali Pirates in Yemen jail since 2009 Plead for Help

6 alleged Somali pirates who are currently jailed inside a prison at the Yemen capital, San’a plead for help from the Federal government of Somalia, the group said in an interview with Horn Observer.

Yemen navy arrested the alleged pirates off the coast of Yemen in 2009 where they were later arrested at a prison in Mukala. Later Yemen court sentenced them to death and were transferred to San’a, the capital, before the Houthis rebels took over the city.

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Yemen’s Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeidah attacked

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen’s main port at Hodeidah.

“We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything,” he said.

In a televised speech, the leader also said his group’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/

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Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi boat for planting naval mines

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has destroyed a boat with engineers on board who were planning to plant naval mines, Sabq local news reported on Monday.

The military boat of Houthi militias was trying to enter sea areas under the control of the Yemeni national forces in the Red Sea west Yemen, a source confirmed to the online portal.

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Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/

CMF: Guidance on Maritime Security Transit Corridor

The following information from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) relates to transits through the Gulf of Aden, Bab Al Mandeb (BaM), Southern Red Sea, and associated waters.  It does not replace any previous guidance.

Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters.  The multiple types of risks and the broad expanse of ocean on which these attacks can occur dictate that Naval Forces must be used in the most efficient manner possible.  To assist in this, CMF is establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC).

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85% of Yemen under government control

Iran’s dream of gaining a foothold in Yemen has failed, says Bin Dagher

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Al Mukalla: The prime minister of Yemen has said that his forces have taken control of 85 per cent of Yemen territory thanks to massive air and logistic support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

At a meeting with Saudi, Emirati, Sudanese and Bahraini military officials in Aden, Ahmad Obaid Bin Dagher said the government of president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has denied Iran all means to have a foothold in Yemen and purged Al Houthi, Al Qaida and other militant groups from most of the country, vowing to mount a new push to wrest the capital from rebels.

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Royal Saudi Navy Chief: Bab al-Mandeb and Red Sea security paramount

The commander of the Saudi Royal Navy stressed the importance of maritime security in the southern Red Sea, strait of Bab al-Mandab and the Gulf of Aden.

Vice Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan al-Sultan commended the role and efforts exerted by the Arab Coalition countries led by the Kingdom to maintain the security of these important water ways and counter the Houthi threat to international maritime traffic.

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Source: http://english.alarabiya.net/

Yemen rebels warn ally Saleh will pay in war of words

The allies traded accusations this week of back-stabbing in televised speeches

Sana’a: Yemen’s Al Houthi rebels on Wednesday warned ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, their main ally in the country’s war, that he would “bear the consequences” after calling the Iran-backed rebels “militias”.

Fears are now mounting that violence could break out in Sana’a around a rally scheduled for Thursday to mark 35 years since the founding of Saleh’s General People’s Congress party.

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UN accuses Al Houthis of derailing aid efforts in Yemen

World body says relief material being hijacked in many cases and pushes for political solution to crisis wracking Yemen

United Nations: UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator, Jaime McGoldrick, has accused Al Houthi insurgents and troops loyal to deposed president Ali Saleh of derailing relief work in Yemen in the areas they are still controlling, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.

According to the agency, McGoldrick said that, for months, humanitarian agencies have had to put up with delays on the part of Al Houthi rebels in facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid workers into Yemen, leading to serious hurdles in the delivery of assistance and the hijacking of aid vehicles.

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