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April 15th, 2015  
Yemen Watch - News, Updates & Discussions.
6 children dead in Yemen as Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits school

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Saudi Arabia accused of killing 40 including children in air strike on Yemen refugee camp

Dozens killed in airstrike at refugee camp in Yemen
April 25th, 2015  
Saudi Prince Rewards Pilots With Bentleys For Bombing Yemen

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men and a member of the Saudi royal family, vowed Tuesday to give a Bentley luxury car to 100 pilots who served in Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen.

In his Arabic-language tweet, Prince Alwaleed wrote, “I congratulate our leaders on the success of Operation Resolute Storm and the start of Operation Restoring Hope. To recognize the one hundred participating Saudi pilots, I am pleased to give them 100 Bentley automobiles.”

The cost of a luxury-brand Bentley typically begins at around $180,000.
April 25th, 2015  
Saudi Arabia has declared the end of "Decisive Storm" operation against Yemen, and announced the beginning of a new phase dubbed "Operation Restoring Hope," Saudi state TV says.

Saudi Arabia has “ended Operation Decisive Storm based on a request by the Yemeni government,” and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, said Saudi government spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri on a televised broadcast on Tuesday. He added that the Saudi naval blockade on Yemen would stay in place and the Saudi forces would continue targeting Ansarullah movement Houthi fighters. According to a Saudi military statement, the next phase of the operations would be aimed at commencing political talks and delivering aid, and will start on Wednesday. The airstrikes had successfully removed, “threats to Saudi Arabia's security and that of neighboring countries," another statement by the Saudi defense ministry said. Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 -- without a UN mandate -- in a bid to restore power to Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh. According to reports, about 2,800 people have been killed during the aggression.

PressTV-Riyadh declares end to Decisive Storm
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April 25th, 2015  
Iran official warns against further strikes in Yemen

Hours before Saudi Arabia officially announced the end of Operation Decisive Storm, the military operation against the Houthis in Yemen, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein-Amir Abdollahian expressed his optimism “that due to our efforts,” a cease-fire would be reached in the coming hours.

The cease-fire has been reached, and as is the case with most wars in the region, both the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition are celebrating their victory. So are the Iranians, who raised the stakes so high during the past three weeks that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is known for being cautious in his speeches, warned Riyadh that its nose was going to be rubbed in the mud of Yemen.

According to an Iranian official who spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “If this war continued for a few days more, it would have been very difficult to reach a cease-fire.” He explained, “Ansar Allah was keen not to take the battle to another stage. Yet if the Saudis continued this way, they would cross the red lines they drew for themselves. This is what was conveyed to the Saudis through mediators.”

The source revealed that Oman played an important and effective role in bridging gaps between the warring parties. He said, “Oman offered to host any future dialogue,while its foreign minister and his team tailored an initiative that should be a road map for a solution in Yemen. This initiative, along with Iran’s message to Riyadh, created an environment appropriate for a cease-fire.”

Iran conveyed a serious message to Saudi Arabia, that the Houthi movement is capable of responding to Saudi coalition air raids on Yemen inside Saudi Arabia through its mid-range missiles and anti-aircraft rockets that had not yet been used. A Houthi source in Sanaa told Al-Monitor over the phone that the group’s leadership decided to adopt what it called strategic patience in an attempt not to make a consensus difficult. “It’s not our objective to hit the Saudis or attack posts inside Saudi Arabia. We did it back in 2009, and we are capable of doing it today,” the source added. “What we want is going into a dialogue and ridding our country of al-Qaeda, and that’s why we didn’t stop advancing from one city to another, despite the war on us.”

This is the message the Iranians conveyed through a third party April 21, while Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Marzieh Afkham revealed in a press release that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a phone discussion with US Secretary of State John Kerry over Yemen. Some media reports suggested Kerry told Zarif the United States is interested in containing the situation and will convince Saudi Arabia to cease fire and in return will help in the political dialogue.

Abdollahian told Al-Monitor, “While the 27-day war that Saudi Arabia launched on the people of Yemen will remain a dark point in the history of the region, the resistance and patience shown by the people of Yemen was a turning point.” He added, “Iran exerted serious efforts to end the war and the humanitarian tragedy taking place in Yemen. Iran backs a political path and stresses the importance of dialogue.”

He added, "The kingdom’s raids actually target Yemen’s infrastructure and the people who are fighting against the terrorists.”

Abdollahian also denounced as “totally baseless” the allegation that Tehran is providing arms to the Houthi movement's Ansar Allah fighters, saying that the presence of Iran’s naval forces in the Gulf of Aden falls within the framework of international regulations. “Iran’s policy is to help promote peace, security and stability in Yemen and the whole region,” he said.

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Oman has done a great job
April 25th, 2015  
Iran defense minister: Saudi Arabia will fail in Yemen

At a security conference in Moscow on April 16, Hossein Dehghan, Iran’s defense minister, said, “The Saudi government, which undertook this military invasion with the help of America and Israel and intelligence help from some regional countries, not only will not achieve its own illegitimate goals, but has provided the grounds for its own collapse and irreparable failures and a similar fate of that of Saddam [Hussein] is awaiting it.”

He added, “The Saudi government should know that by supporting financially, logistically and by training of takfiris and terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucuses, and attacking Yemen while preventing humanitarian aid, will not turn it into an important country in the region.” Dehghan said that Saudi Arabia will become an important country in the region when it can unite Muslims and bring together the different sects, given that they are the custodian of the two holy mosques in Islam.

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April 25th, 2015  
Saudi Arabia’s deepening isolation in Yemen

In an unusual and stinging rebuke, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif this week rejected Saudi Arabia’s request to join its military campaign in Yemen.

The Wall Street Journal reported that 648 civilians have been killed since the start of the Saudi airstrikes, which have hit hospitals, schools and a refugee camp. US officials have quietly begun to express reservations about the Saudi campaign targeting one of the poorest countries in the world.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who met with US President Barack Obama in Washington this week, warned that the Saudi attacks in Yemen could be a catalyst for a broader sectarian war. Adnan Abu Zeed reports from Baghdad that the Yemen war is deepening Sunni-Shiite animosity among Iraqis.

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah picked up Iran’s call for negotiations and an end to airstrikes. Ali Hashem reports: “On Iran’s readiness for dialogue, Nasrallah indicated that Tehran is ready to talk with Saudi Arabia, yet it is Saudi Arabia that is 'being stubborn because it has failed in all countries, in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and it is seeking a success before sitting down at the negotiation table.'”

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May 7th, 2015  
Iran Vows Response to Saudi Interception of Aid Plane in Yemen

An Iranian deputy foreign minister said that Tehran will respond against Riyadh after Saudi fighter jets blocked Iranian planes, including a consignment of humanitarian aid, from landing in Yemen.

"Saudi Arabia's behavior in besieging Yemen and preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid will not remain unanswered," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Sunday.

A few days earlier, Saudi warplanes refused an Iranian plane containing humanitarian goods landing in Yemen and forced it to return to Tehran.

"We are considering all options for helping the Yemeni people, the immediate delivery of humanitarian assistance and transfer of the injured (Yemenis)," Amir Abdollahian added.
May 7th, 2015  
Saudi airstrikes against Sana'a airport force Iran's aid plane to return

An Iranian cargo plane carrying medical aid and foodstuff for crisis-hit people in Yemen has been forced to return as Riyadh pushes ahead with its deadly airstrikes against the Arab state, Press TV reports.

Press TV has learned that the Iranian aircraft, which had earlier received permits from Omani and Yemeni aviation officials to cross into Yemen’s airspace, could not land at the international airport in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, as Saudi warplanes were violently striking the runway of the civil airport.

The development comes days after Saudi fighter jets intercepted an Iranian airplane, carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, and prevented it from entering the Yemeni airspace on April 22.

An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said the Saudi move came after the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) had obtained the necessary permission to fly in the Oman-Yemen route and send a plane in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in order to fly Yemeni patients back to Iran and distribute medical aid to the injured in the war-wracked country.
May 7th, 2015  
Iran summons Saudi diplomat over plane interception in Yemen

ISNA said two Iranian cargo planes carrying food and medicine to Yemen had been forced by Saudi jets to leave Yemeni airspace, one on Thursday and another on Friday.

"Unfortunately, Saudi fighter jets have blocked two Iranian planes, which were carrying wounded Yemenis who had been treated in Iran and also carrying humanitarian and medical aid, from landing in Yemen and forced them to return home," ISNA quoted an unnamed Iranian official as telling the Saudi diplomat.

Tasnim news agency said the foreign ministry also had complained to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) over Riyadh's blocking of the humanitarian aid sent to Yemen.

"The Iranian planes had the necessary permissions for flying the Oman-Yemen air route and had fully coordinated the plan with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies," it quoted deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as saying.

The International Red Cross described the humanitarian situation as "catastrophic."


Tehran welcomed Sunni-led Saudi Arabia's announcement on Tuesday that it was ending almost a month of air strikes against the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels allied to Tehran, saying the conflict in Yemen would fuel sectarian disputes in the Middle East.

Riyadh resumed air strikes and ground fighting a few hours later.

They said the air strike is over and after a few hours they resumed it ?
May 7th, 2015  
Iranian Plane Captain Asks to Be Sent to Mission Impossible in Yemen Again

TEHRAN (FNA)- The pilot of the Iranian cargo plane that was forced to return home after Saudi fighter jets bombed the Sana'a airport control tower and runway seven times to prevent his landing only moments before the final touchdown said he desires to fly to Yemen again to deliver his humanitarian cargo to the war-ravaged nation.

"Certainly, I will fly to Yemen if I find another opportunity. Of course my other colleagues also rival with each other over such an opportunity," Captain Behzad Sedaqatnia told FNA on Wednesday.

Captain Sedaqatnia's plane was bound for Sana'a International Airport on Tuesday but was intercepted by the Saudi fighters before landing in Yemen's airport. The Saudi fighter jets staged seven air raids on Sana'a airport which also set fire to an aircraft belonging to the al-Saeeda airlines to make the Iranian captain avoid landing.

The cargo plane was due to take humanitarian aid to Yemen and take several civilians, who were critically wounded in the recent Saudi bombings, back to Tehran to receive specialized medical treatment.

Also on Tuesday night, Sedaqatnia had told the Iranian state-run TV that "15 minutes after entering Yemen's airspace, Saudi fighter jets came to escort us insisting that we change our flight plan and go to Saudi Arabia".

"Then they once again warned us to go to Saudi Arabia and land in an airport there, but we refused," the captain added, saying that the Saudi fighter jets have even threatened to shoot the plane down and told him that the cargo plane had no other way, but to change the flight plan accordingly.

"But when we defied and approached the Sana'a International Airport, the Saudi warplanes targeted the airport with rockets and bombs, and when we found out that we couldn't land in there we decided to return," said the captain who went to the Omani capital, Muscat, to refuel the plane before returning to Iran.

Captain Sedaqatnia's plane was the third Iranian aircraft that was carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, but was intercepted by the Saudi fighter jets and made to return home.

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