Yemen update 10/24\2015.. 8 Saudi princes want King Salman ousted
1 killed, several injured in Saudi bombing of Sa’ada
8 Saudi princes want King Salman ousted: Report
72% of Saudi Death Sentences are for NON VIOLENT Crimes
Arab Emirates Captain Hadif Humaid Al Shamsi Murdered in Yemen
S.Nasrallah to Israel, US, Takfiris & Al Saud: We’re People of Jihad, Resistance
On the Saudi tyranny, Sayyed Nasrallah condemned the violations committed by Saudi Arabia against sanctities in Yemen, and the massacres committed by the Al Saud in front of all the world.
He also condemned Riyadh’s suppression of the resolute, patient people of Bahrain who are insisting on achieving their rights in freedom, sovereignty and dignity, no matter how much repression and terrorism they are getting. Sayyed Nasrallah called for an investigation into the horrible massacre of Mina and not to forget this great tragedy that happened because of the negligence of the Saudi regime.
UN envoy: No time to waste for Yemen peace talks
United Nations: The UN special envoy for Yemen said Friday he would begin working immediately with the government and Al Houthi militia leaders to determine an agenda and date for peace talks, but warned a “catastrophic” humanitarian crisis loomed.
Esmail Ould Shaikh Ahmad told the Security Council that Al Houthis and backers of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh had “clearly committed” to carrying out council resolution 2216, which calls for a negotiated withdrawal by the rebels “from Yemen’s key cities and a surrender of all heavy weapons to the state”.
He said the Yemeni government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi — which last month backed away from UN-sponsored talks in Oman, demanding that the rebels first withdraw their forces — had agreed to send a delegation to the upcoming negotiations.
No date for the talks has yet been set.
The Security Council separately issued a statement calling on “all Yemeni parties to resume and accelerate United Nations-brokered inclusive political consultations” and to engage in the talks in “a flexible and constructive manner
UK Weapons ‘Probably’ Used in Yemen Amid Saudi War Crimes
The British government has been accused of potentially being complicit in Saudi war crimes after a UK Foreign Office (FCO) minister admitted that Saudi forces were “probably” using British-made weapons as part of the country’s intervention in Yemen.
When asked on the issue during a parliamentary debate on the matter, foreign office minister Tobias Ellwood said, “I can probably confirm that they [British manufactured arms] probably have been used.”
“We sell arms to Saudi Arabia — they are using weapons systems which we then sell. The more pertinent question is are they being used responsibly or not and that is the more important question and we need to make sure they are used in that responsible matter,” Ellwood said according to a Sputnik report.
The response sparked a backlash from Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen, who said the government was “far too relaxed about the horrible civilian death toll in Yemen” and called on London to ensure that its weapons weren’t being used to carry out war crimes.
“The government has previously said that it simply relies on Saudi Arabia’s ‘assurances’ over the proper use of UK-supplied weapons by its forces in Yemen, but how can this ever be good enough? ”
“Mr Ellwood only needs to read our recent report on Yemen — with its evidence of the reckless nature of the Saudi-led coalition’s bombing campaign in Yemen — to set off the alarm bells.”
“Instead of sitting back and hoping for the best over Saudi Arabia’s use of our weaponry in the blood-drenched conflict in Yemen, he [Mr Ellwood should be suspending all further arms exports to Saudi Arabia and announcing an urgent investigation into whether UK arms have been killing civilians in their hundreds in Yemen.”
Foreign Office’s Approach to Human Rights ‘Disturbing’
AI recently released a scathing report on the actions of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, accusing Riyadh’s forces of having an “appalling disregard for civilian lives” while claiming to have secured significant evidence that war crimes were committed as part of the ongoing military assault.
This comes after the UK Foreign Office was heavily criticized by a House of Commons Select Committee for admitting that human rights had slipped behind securing trade deals in its order of priorities.
The committee, chaired by Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, said it was “disturbed” by the government’s admission that human rights had been downgraded, and blamed a lack of funding to the FCO as a contributing factor to the situation.
Blunt agreed with the sentiments of David Mepham, the UK Director of NGO Human Rights Watch who said that reducing the priority of human rights would damage the UK’s international reputation.
“This unwillingness to fully champion rights and fundamental freedoms runs counter to the best traditions in this country’s history and weakens the UK’s global standing and influence,” he said.
UAE Acknowledges More Army Death in Yemen
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) acknowledged on Friday that its army has sustained more casualties in Yemen.
An Emirati soldier named Hamoud Saleh al-Ameri succumbed to the injuries he received last September in Yemen’s Ma’rib province, the UAE army announced on Friday.
Al-Ameri was undergoing treatment in Germany.
Earlier this month, an official Emirati report said that the fatalities of the UAE military men killed in clashes with the Yemeni forces had risen to 70.
“Most of the fatalities are related to the Yemeni missile strikes on an arms depot in the Central parts of Ma’rib province on September 4 that left 54 Emirati soldiers killed,” the UAE Center for Studies and Information Dissemination said.
The UAE government, however, declined to announce the exact number of the Emirati soldiers injured in Yemen.
On September 4, the security sources revealed that the Yemeni forces killed a sum of 300 foreign troops, including 54 UAE soldiers, in their attack on al-Safer military base in Eastern Yemen.
The death toll of the UAE, Saudi and Bahraini officers and soldiers killed in September 4′s arms depot blast at a military base in al-Safer in Ma’rib province stood at 300, Yemeni security sources said.
The revolutionary forces in Yemen said they fired a rocket at a weapons cache in a camp used by “the Saudi-led aggressors” in Ma’rib area.
The Yemeni sources noted that high death toll of the foreign troops was the result of the ballistic missiles blast caused by Yemeni missile attack.
On Oct 6, some 18 UAE guards of Yemen’s former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah were killed in rocket-propelled grenade attacks on Bahah’s hotel in the port city of Aden.
Yemen’s former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah escaped to Saudi Arabia once again after 18 of his UAE guards were killed in the rocket-propelled grenade attacks on his hotel in Aden.
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