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British government refuses to consider South Yemeni independence calls



ADEN – The recent statements by the British ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aron, regarding the attitude of his country’s government to Yemeni unity were reportedly disappointing to the so-called Southern Transition Council, which seeks the secession of South Yemen.

During an interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Thursday, the ambassador stressed that Britain stands by the unity of Yemen, and does not support any move for the secession of southern Yemen from the union.

“Our position is firm and united towards Yemen and its unity. This trend is not something that is managed in a secret manner,” said Aron.

He pointed that he had told Aidarous al-Zubaidi, head of the Southern Transitional Council, about that during a previous meeting between them.

The ambassador also indicated at a proposal submitted to the United Nations regarding the participation of parties that adopt the separation issue during the Sweden negotiations. The United Nations has not confirmed this, however.

On the call for holding a referendum in southern Yemen on the unity of Yemen, Aron said that the political and economic conditions and the current unrest do not allow such a referendum.

Aron stressed that “the solution in Yemen is to stop the war and pursue a political solution.”

Earlier in last year, al-Zubaidi called for a referendum on the secession of the south, but to no avail. He expressed his displeasure at being excluded from the negotiations held in Sweden in last December, describing what had happened as disappointing.

It deserves mention that, although the United Kingdom officially supports the unity of Yemen, they have actively supported the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen since the start of the war in March 2015. British support to the invasion forces and the Saudi-backed Hadi government has ranged from weapon sales to intelligence cooperation with Saudi bombing raids on Yemen.

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Yemeni army forces attack Saudi military positions in Najran (Video)



NAJRAN – Military media of the Yemeni army on Tuesday released video footage shows the army forces launching an overnight attack on Saudi military positions in Najran region.

The video showed the army forces attacking the Saudi-hired mercenaries’ positions in west of Reshahah area.

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Yemen has met all concessions of prisoner exchange agreement



SANA’A -Abdul Qadir al-Mortada, Chairman of the National Committee for Prisoners ‘ Affairs has confirmed that the national delegation has made all the concessions for the full implementation of the prisoner exchange agreement concluded in Sweden.

“We did not mind the implementation of a prisoner exchange agreement, but the other party is not ready for the implementation, and the United Nations knows it,” Murtada told reporters on Tuesday.

“We had hoped that the United Nations would be more transparent than we heard yesterday,” he added.

Last month, the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs presented an initiative that included an initial exchange in which a minimum of 1,000 prisoners from both sides are to be released on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, but the Saudi-led party ignored the initiative.

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Abdul Salam: Some humanitarian organisations are working with the invaders



SANA’A -The official spokesman for Ansurallah, Mohammed Abdel Salam, has accused international humanitarian organisations of working with foreign intelligence agencies for the benefit of the coalition countries.

He asserted that some of these organisations are being exposed all over Yemen.

Abdul Salam furthermore demanded that they prove their humanitarian motivation and adhered to “humanitarian works away from political, security and intelligence abuse”.

“Organizations and agencies working with international intelligence agencies are selling information, data and coordinates to the countries of aggression under the pretext of humanitarian action,” Abdel Salam said in a statement issued on Tuesday night.

“The Yemeni people are fully aware of the tricks of the suspicious organizations and no longer can be deceived by the crocodile tears and pretentions of being humane. These organisations have to realize that.”

“If you are keen to address the humanitarian situation, you have to accuse the one who imposes the blockade and cause this tragedy.”

“The alleged assistance of these organizations has not and will not cover the needs of nearly 30 million Yemeni people for food, medicine, essential and basic necessities,” he added.

“Your assistance, which you describe as humanity,is deprived of its true meaning of humanity if you employ intelligence, espionage and political manipulation.”

However, Mohamed Abdel Salam also said in return that he will welcome any impartial humanitarian action.

“We bless any impartial humanitarian work away from political abuse, security recruitment and the collection of information and data for the benefit of the countries of aggression,” he said.

Abdul Salam stressed in this context that the supporting of the coalition war and the provision of aid cannot came together.

“Those who provide weapons to the countries of aggression and cover their crimes are not qualified to offer humanitarian assistance and if they do so, they do it for inhumane purposes,” he said.

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