The Yemeni army confirms fighting violent battles with the Houthis, and the United Nations is looking to maintain stability in Hodeidah Governorate

The Yemeni army said that during the past hours, its forces had fought violent battles with the Ansar Allah group (Houthis) on the southern and western fronts of the Ma’rib Governorate in eastern Yemen, and that the Houthis were killed and wounded in these battles. Meanwhile, the United Nations announced that it was discussing with the Houthis ways to raise the level of stability in Hodeidah Governorate.

The Saudi-led coalition said it had carried out 17 targeting operations against the Houthis in Ma’rib and Taiz on Monday.

For his part, the Houthi military spokesman said that their forces targeted a field operations room of the UAE in Usaylan, Shabwa, eastern Yemen, with a ballistic missile, which resulted in deaths and injuries.

“The UAE will remain a target for Yemeni missile and air forces as a strategic option,” Abdul Malik Al-Ajri, a member of the Ansar Allah political bureau, said in a tweet on Twitter.

He added, “The UAE cannot enter whenever it wants and exit whenever it wants, and there is no confidence in its commitments and statements regarding the Yemeni crisis,” as stated in his tweet.

And the Emirati-backed giants brigades announced a few days ago that they had completed their operations and secured the directorates of Shabwa governorate after their liberation from the Houthis, and had begun transferring their brigades to their lair with high readiness.

Iran and Israel

The former Yemeni Minister of Transport, Saleh al-Jabwani, said that the Iranian and Israeli projects in the region are facing each other, but in return they exchange services, as he put it.

Al-Jabwani warned the Giants Brigades of what he considered a service to the Israeli project by virtue of the normalization path between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.

He added that the Salafi and Yemeni background of the members of the Giants Brigades does not accept the division of Yemenis into southern and northern, as he put it.

United nations

Politically, the United Nations discussed with the Houthi group, on Tuesday, ways to raise the level of stability in the coastal governorate of Hodeidah, western Yemen.

The Houthis control most of this strategic province on the Red Sea, while the legitimate government controls some areas

The UN mission in Hodeidah said, in a statement, that the head of the mission and head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee in the governorate, retired (Irish) General Michael Perry, visited the Yemeni Red Sea Ports Company (which is under the control of the Houthis).

She added that Perry met members of the Redeployment Coordination Committee team representing the authorities in Sana’a (the Houthi group) and the director of the Ports Company (without identifying them), and this was followed by an introductory tour of the port of Hodeidah.

The mission explained that discussions revolved around the means required to raise the level of stability in Hodeidah, and the need to intensify efforts to remove mines, to protect citizens, children, women and men.

Beary, who took over the presidency of the UN mission about two weeks ago, called for the preservation of the Hodeidah ports in their civilian character, pointing out their importance to millions of citizens, according to the statement.

stifling crisis

In December 2018, the government and the Houthis reached an agreement regarding Hodeidah, and the exchange of prisoners and detainees on both sides, whose number exceeds 15,000.

However, negotiations have been suspended since March 2020, after the government team suspended its consultations following the killing of one of its officers who monitored the ceasefire in the governorate.

Waed Badeeb, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation in the internationally recognized Yemeni government, had confirmed yesterday that the losses incurred by the country’s economy in the war that has been going on for nearly seven years amount to about 126 billion dollars.

He talked about the escalation of inflation rates in the last period and the deterioration of the local currency exchange rate against foreigners by more than 300%, and pointed out that this led to a decrease in revenues and a deterioration in the standard of living of citizens, which caused a deepening humanitarian crisis that affected the lives and livelihoods of 80% of the population.

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