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Yemen - The deployment of armed forces on the strategic island of Maon in Bab al-Mandav has been approved

Yemen - The deployment of armed forces on the strategic island of Maon in Bab al-Mandav has been approved

Brigadier General Tariq Saleh, an armed militia commander and nephew of the late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, admitted that his forces, backed by the UAE, are stationed on the strategic island of Maon near Egypt in Bab al-Nadav, where there is a secret air base currently under construction.

A report by the AP news agency published late last month claimed that the UAE was building a "secret air base on the strategic island of Maon in the Bab al-Mandab Strait".

However, Saudi Arabia, which leads Arab allied forces in Yemen, has denied reports of the presence of UAE forces in the Yemeni islands of Socotra and Maon.

The official Saudi news agency, Spa, quoted a coalition official as saying that "there is no truth in the news that there is a presence of UAE forces in the islands of Socotra and Maon."

Information coming from a website that tracks the movement of ships shows that at least two ships owned by UAE have sailed to the island since it was published in May by the AP news agency about the construction of the base.

The UAE has not responded to repeated requests for comment about the base. However, the Saudi-led coalition later acknowledged the presence of "equipment" on the island in the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Although no country has announced its connection with the air base under construction, the cargo movement linked to the construction of a huge 5.6-kilometer runway across the island is linked to the UAE. Legislative Yemeni officials have demanded an official inquiry into the base.

In an interview published in the Arabic-language news site of the Russian news agency Sputnik, on Monday, Saleh admitted in the presence of his national resistance forces on the island.

Saleh said, "We have forces belonging to the Yemeni Coast Guard… located on the island of Maon, and there is also a small force of Arab coalition forces on the island represented by Saudi forces. The route was established to provide future logistical support to joint forces on the west coast of Yemen, or any other side."

He added that the island of Maon "is a Yemeni island and will continue to belong to Yemen."

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Report: Houthis in Yemen continue to deploy naval mines in Red Sea 

According to reports online, a network of naval mines was planted on the sea floor in relatively shallow waters about 15 meters deep 

Recently, the Arab coalition forces of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which are operating in the area of the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, discovered another naval minefield, according to reports online. The minefield was discovered in the southern part of the Red Sea adjacent to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which is one of the naval chokepoints through which the majority of maritime trade between Asia and Europe passes, and thus is a vital route for world trade.  

The minefield included a network that was planted on the sea floor in relatively shallow waters (about 15 meters deep) located several hundred meters from the coast. The network included 200kg mines that were attached to one another. Each mine was equipped with a sensor that activated the mine if it detected changes in the electromagnetic stream and/or acoustic sound resulting from the passage of ships. The mines that were discovered were dismantled.   

The minefield is suspected of being laid by the naval force of Yemen's Houthi rebels that are operating against the regime in Yemen as well as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The Houthis are a terrorist organization operating under the auspices of Iran, which finances the group's operations and provides it with equipment. In recent months, Hezbollah helped establish eight new bases for the organization's naval force and trained dozens of Houthi fighters while setting up a new naval commando force for the organization.     

In recent years, dozens of naval mines planted by the organization have been discovered in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. The laying of naval mines by the Houthis is a significant threat to both military and civilian ships operating in the area, including Israeli merchant ships heading to or from Asia that pass through the Red Sea. 

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Saudi-led Coalition Intercepts Houthi Drone

Saudi Arabian air defenses intercepted and destroyed an armed drone launched by Yemen's Houthi group towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, state television said on Monday.

It cited the Saudi-led military coalition, which has been battling the Houthis for over six years, as saying it was taking operational measures to protect civilians from such assaults.

On Sunday, Saudi state media said a drone rigged with explosives fell on a school in the kingdom's Aseer province but that no injuries were reported.

The Iran-aligned Houthis have frequently launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities in the war. 

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Houthis Say Drone Launched at Saudi Airport

Yemen's Houthis said on Monday they had launched a drone at Saudi Arabia's Abha airport, according to a post on Twitter by a spokesman of the Iran-aligned group.

The was no immediate confirmation of the attack by the Saudi authorities.

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Report: Houthis in Yemen continue to deploy naval mines in Red Sea 

According to reports online, a network of naval mines was planted on the sea floor in relatively shallow waters about 15 meters deep 

Recently, the Arab coalition forces of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which are operating in the area of the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, discovered another naval minefield, according to reports online. The minefield was discovered in the southern part of the Red Sea adjacent to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which is one of the naval chokepoints through which the majority of maritime trade between Asia and Europe passes, and thus is a vital route for world trade.  

The minefield included a network that was planted on the sea floor in relatively shallow waters (about 15 meters deep) located several hundred meters from the coast. The network included 200kg mines that were attached to one another. Each mine was equipped with a sensor that activated the mine if it detected changes in the electromagnetic stream and/or acoustic sound resulting from the passage of ships. The mines that were discovered were dismantled.   

The minefield is suspected of being laid by the naval force of Yemen's Houthi rebels that are operating against the regime in Yemen as well as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The Houthis are a terrorist organization operating under the auspices of Iran, which finances the group's operations and provides it with equipment. In recent months, Hezbollah helped establish eight new bases for the organization's naval force and trained dozens of Houthi fighters while setting up a new naval commando force for the organization.     

In recent years, dozens of naval mines planted by the organization have been discovered in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. The laying of naval mines by the Houthis is a significant threat to both military and civilian ships operating in the area, including Israeli merchant ships heading to or from Asia that pass through the Red Sea. 

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Houthi TV airs fundraising campaign for Hamas Rockets to be 'fired towards Tel Aviv'

Source: Al-Masirah TV (Yemen)

Al-Masirah TV (Houthis-Yemen) aired a video titled: "From Yemen... Fire Your Rocket Towards Tel Aviv" on June 8, 2021, as part of "the Popular Campaign to Support Palestine." In the animated video, money bills enter a collection box, which is connected by electric wires to a rocket launch-pad. A Qassam rocket is launched, overpassing Yemeni and Palestinian flags, and hits an iron-made dome marked with an Israeli flag. The dome is completely destroyed.

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Saudi-Led Coalition Says Wants to Prepare for a Peace Process in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said on Thursday it has stopped carrying out attacks near Sanaa or any other Yemeni city because it wants to prepare the political ground for a peaceful settlement.

The statement, made by the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition and published by the Saudi state media, followed media reports of an attack on an armored division belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthis near the Yemeni capital.

The spokesperson, Turki al-Maliki, denied the report, adding that "no military operation has been carried out in the vicinity of Sanaa or any other Yemeni cities over the past period (..) with the aim of preparing the political ground for a peace process." 

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Yemen Houthis Gear up for Sanaa Airport Reopening, Sources Say

Yemen's Houthi administration has started renovating Sanaa airport, two industry sources said, as the group that controls most of northern Yemen prepares for a possible reopening of the facility under U.N.-led peace efforts.

A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has controlled Yemen's air space since 2015, when the alliance intervened against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that ousted the internationally recognized government from the capital, Sanaa.

The coalition's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it had agreed to reopen air space and allow the airport to resume regular operations.

The industry sources told Reuters that construction work had begun in some parts of the airport, which has been closed since 2015 except for U.N. flights.

It has been targeted dozens of times by coalition airstrikes over the last six years. The military alliance says the facility is used for arms smuggling.

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Pentagon chief, Saudi crown prince discuss regional security, Yemen war

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday and emphasized U.S. commitment to helping Saudi Arabia defend its territory and people, the Pentagon said.

Austin and Prince Mohammed discussed regional security, particularly efforts to end the war in Yemen, and "ongoing bilateral efforts to improve Saudi Arabia’s defenses," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, who have controlled most of northern Yemen since 2014, have kept up cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia and are pressing an offensive to seize Yemen's gas-rich Marib region.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis ousted a Saudi-backed government from the capital Sanaa. The Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system and foreign aggression.

Austin "noted Saudi Arabia’s recent successes in defeating Houthi attacks on the Kingdom" and thanked the crown prince for working with U.S. special envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking to end the Yemen war, Kirby said.

Last month, Lenderking criticized the Houthis for not engaging seriously in stalled efforts to secure a ceasefire. He also urged the coalition to remove restrictions on all Yemeni ports and airports.

More than 100,000 people have been killed in the war, most of them civilians, and millions of Yemenis rely on humanitarian assistance to survive.

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An unprecedented attack by the Houthi militias against the Saudi army

This morning, a huge attack by hundreds of Houthi terrorists began in Yemen. More than 200 Saudi soldiers and mercenaries were killed near the Jizan border. 
The Houthis now occupy 40 positions and destroy 63 vehicles, killing 200 Saudi forces, including mercenaries.
This very heavy attack continues.

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Saudi-led coalition destroys explosives-laden drone, Claim Earlier Houthi Border Attack "Fabricated"

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said early on Sunday it destroyed an explosives-laden drone headed towards Khamis Mushait launched by Houthi militia in Yemen, Saudi state TV al-Ekhbariya reported.

In a tweet early on Sunday, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree stated that an operation targeted Saudi Arabia's King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait with explosives-laden drones, and the hit was accurate.

The coalition earlier dismissed as "fabricated" video footage issued by the Houthi movement on Saturday purportedly showing an incursion by its fighters into a Saudi Arabian border area on the frontlines. 

Houthi-run Al Masirah television cited a military source as saying more than 80 Saudi soldiers and Sudanese "mercenaries" were killed or injured, while tens were captured in the operation near Al Khoubah in the southern Saudi region of Jazan.

"Claims by the Houthi militia about executing a military operation on the Jazan border are media fabrications," Saudi state television cited coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Malki as saying.

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Iran-Backed Houthis Claim to Have Attacked Saudi Border Frontline

Yemen's Houthi group issued video footage on Saturday purportedly of an incursion by its fighters into a Saudi Arabian border area on the frontlines in which Houthi-run media said Saudi soldiers were captured and killed.

The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition which has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi group for over six years did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Houthi-run Al Masirah television on Twitter cited a military source as saying more than 80 Saudi soldiers and Sudanese "mercenaries" were killed or injured, while tens were captured in the operation in the vicinity of Al Khoubah in the southern Saudi region of Jazan.

If confirmed, the attack would further complicate attempts by the United Nations and the United States to establish a ceasefire in a conflict widely seen in the region as a proxy war between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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US intercepts huge weapon shipment from Iran to Yemen
The US Navy took over a cargo ship in the Red Sea sailing to Yemen, allegedly was on its way to arm Houthi rebels in Yemen. Teheran denies responsibility for fears of violating arms embargo on Iran. This shipment is one of many caught arms dealing over the long standing Yemen war. This shipment was caught in Arab sea, while the US and other countries are increasing their efforts to end the war in Yemen. The horrifying amount of weapons indicates the war is not close to its end.
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The Houthis - who are they?
Organization home: Based in Sa'ada, Yemen Ideology - Jihad, Zaidi, Shiite. It was established in the 1990s as a religious youth movement, and in 2004 changed its name to the Houthi Rebel Movement. Founder of the organization - Hussein Badr al-Din al-Houthi Place of activity - Yemen Summary The Houthis, known by their official name, Ansar Allah (Partisans of God) - are a Yemeni Shiite terrorist movement backed militarily and politically by Iran. In 2015, it succeeded in overthrowing the government in Sanaa, and in 2016 the organization announced the formation of a government. The Houthi movement began its journey by preserving tribalism in northern Yemen, and in protest of U.S. intervention in the Middle East. The Houthis received training and military equipment from the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). According to the Saudi ambassador to the United States: "The first thing the Houthis who went in to occupy Sana'a did was to release the Mash'am and Hezbollah operatives from prison." The Iranian ship Jihan was the first ship seized with weapons intended for the Houthis on their way to Yemen. The Houthi movement is known for its hatred of the West, which includes the movement's motto: "God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse to the Jews, victory to Islam." Source: Nziv.net
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Report: Marines landed in Yemen
A number of local media outlets claim that a base in the Saudi-controlled area has become an "American-British-Zionist-controlled area of control" A report from the media in Yemen tells of the arrival of U.S. naval forces including officers earlier this week at al-Gaida International Airport in the Maharajah area under Saudi control and coalition forces. The article claims that the goal is control between as part of an "American-British-Zionist" plan. According to the same sources, this is the second shipment of American and British forces arriving at the airport that began in January this year. According to them, it seems that the base is becoming a military base. The presence of Western forces in the region was first revealed when US Ambassador to Yemen Christopher Hansel visited the airport in December. Source: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
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U.S. Official: Iran Provides Yemen's Houthis 'Lethal' Support
Iran's support for Yemen's Houthi movement is "quite significant and it's lethal," U.S. special envoy on Yemen Tim Lenderking said on Wednesday, as he called a battle for Yemen's gas-rich Marib region the single biggest threat to peace efforts. Lenderking told U.S. lawmakers that Iran supports the Houthis in several ways including through training, providing lethal support, and helping them "fine-tune" their drone and missile programs. "Unfortunately all of this is working to very strong effects as we see more and more attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - and potentially other countries - more accuracy and more lethality. So this is a great concern to us," Lenderking told a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. "Iran's support to the Houthis is quite significant, and it's lethal," Lenderking added. Source: Reuters 🇮🇱 IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! 🇮🇱
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U.S. says Iran giving Yemen's Houthis 'significant' and 'lethal' support
Iran's support for Yemen's Houthi movement is "quite significant and it's lethal," U.S. special envoy on Yemen Tim Lenderking said on Wednesday, as he called a battle for Yemen's gas-rich Marib region the single biggest threat to peace efforts. Lenderking told U.S. lawmakers that Iran supports the Houthis in several ways, including through training, providing lethal support and helping them "fine tune" their drone and missile programs. "Unfortunately all of this is working to very strong effects as we see more and more attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - and potentially other countries - more accuracy and more lethality. So this is a great concern to us," Lenderking told a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. "Iran's support to the Houthis is quite significant, and it's lethal," Lenderking said. Source: Reuters
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Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi explosives in the Red Sea: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen foiled an imminent Houthi attack on Saturday, destroying an explosive-laden boat in a southern part of the Red Sea, Saudi state TV reported. It also quoted the coalition as saying that the Iran-aligned Houthis "continue to threaten maritime shipping lines and global trade". Source: Reuters
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Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi explosive-laden boat in Red Sea The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen foiled an imminent Houthi attack on Saturday, destroying an explosive-laden boat in a southern part of the Red Sea, Saudi state TV reported. It also quoted the coalition as saying that the Iran-aligned Houthis “continue to threaten maritime shipping lines and global trade”. Source: Reuters ?? IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ??
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Less than 10 Jews live in Yemen today, the Yemenite Jewish community used to be over 50,000. 13 Yemenite Jewish had to leave Yemen due to the civil war. Now there’s less than 10 left. Reports say the Iranian supported Houthi rebels are now controlling big portions of Yemen. The Jewish community moved to Cairo but refused to move to Israel according to “Times of Israel” report. Most Yemenite Jews moved to Israel after it was founded and due to increasing antisemitism after the independence war in 1948. Since 2014 when the Houthis rose to power in most of Northern Yemen, one of their chants was “Death to the Jews” as they teach Jewish hatred in elementary schools. Source: Walla News!
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