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Martyred President Saleh Al-Samad Brought Unity and Security to Yemen

President Al Samad, “the man of peace,” as he was described by the UN special envoy for Yemen Mr. Martin Griffiths. He was the man of determination: a profound personality mixed between a high qualified politician and a humble and pure-hearted Yemeni loved by all sort of citizens.

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On Thursday the 19th of April 2018, Saudi-led aggression assassinated the Yemeni President Saleh Al Samad in Al Hudaydah, Yemen with three airstrikes on his car after delivering his speech to the people.

The Yemeni wisdom and courage — which is known historically for thousands of years and mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, other Holy books, and other historical remains — were embedded in the personality of the martyr president Al Samad.

President Saleh Al-Samad: “The Man of Peace”

On the 15th of August 2016, President Al-Samad was elected by the Supreme Political Council which is a coalition of all the political, tribal, and other Yemeni entities standing against the Saudi-led coalition. He was recognized by the Yemeni Parliament after delivering his presidency oath on the 16th of August 2016 which gave him the legal legitimacy of being the president of Yemen. This legitimacy was blessed by the Yemeni people through a massive demonstration supporting the newly established government and the new president Saleh Al Samad while denouncing the Saudi-led aggression.

The demonstration took place in Sana’a on the 20th of August 2016 and annually on the same date in 2017 and 2018. Huge numbers of people from different governates gathered in their capital city delivering to the world a clear message: “we are the Yemeni people who have all the rights to determine our destiny and future. We are the Yemenis whatever you would like to call us. We are choosing our leaders: not the king of Saudi Arabia or any other imperialistic power in the world could make us give up our rights.”

Despite the difficulties because of the aggression and the blockade, President Al Samad worked hard to revive Yemeni institutions including security and Yemeni industries in both civilian and military. The achievement of the historical Yemeni hero President Al Samad was undeniable even by the international entities.

Striving for Public Security in a Country Rife with Conflict

Let’s look at one example. According to a mapping of the Yemen conflict from 2017 by the European Centre of the Foreign Relations, the Yemeni Army and the National Committees — which are under the Yemeni government in Sana’a led by President Al Samad — control the majority of northern Yemen which contain the bulk of population density. Those who live in these areas from Sana’a, Dhamar, Ibb, Amran, Saddah, Hajah, Hudaydah, and so on are the Yemenis who live under one institutional functional government. This government provides them security. The only suffering is because of the deliberate attacks and airstrikes conducted by the Saudi-led aggression in addition to the shortage of food, medicine, fuel, and other human necessities due to the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition.

Other areas under the so-called legitimate government supported by the Saudi-led coalition are divided between many different groups controlling different territories such as Alqaeidah territories in Taiz, Abian, Almukalah, Shabwa, and Albaydah. This also includes mixed-control areas between the Southern Movement and Alqaeidah in Aden and Saiown. To top it off, southern Yemen also has various troops from the Saudi-led collation from Emiratis, and Sudanese (the Janjaweed which are the troops convicted by the ICC because of rape and other war crimes in Darfur, south of Sudan).

Those areas in the south are suffering from the absence of institutions and security. In addition to that, all these different terrorist organizations frequently fight each other.

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen was in Sana’a recently and met with all the Yemeni politicians there, including President Al Samad. He couldn’t, however, visit any of the areas that the Saudi-led coalition and their local different groups and mercenaries control as a result of this chaos in these areas.

Despite the Saudi coalition claiming these areas are under their control, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen revealed the reason he did not visit these areas on his official Facebook page. He said that these areas are not secure.

Maintaining Peace and Security in Northern Provinces

Many other delegations from Europe are operating in Sana’a and many international organizations are working as well in the territories which are under the control of the real Yemeni government in the north. This is because Sana’a has the existence of the security and the institutional Yemeni government under the presidency of the historical martyr and hero Saleh Al Samad.

The Saudi-led coalition’s main purpose in this war is to destroy this existence of a national and sovereign Yemeni state and let the country enter into a chaotic situation with many different groups easy to be controlled and fighting with each other. This is the case in the areas which are occupied by the Saudi-led coalition.

Leading Bravely and Wisely in the Most Difficult Times

The assassination of President Al Samad is only one of many examples of the hatred and instability project that the Saudi-led coalition are having for Yemen. One month before the assassination of President Saleh Al Samad, in one of his public speeches he said:

“If Saleh Al Samad is martyred, the next day his kids have to go back to their village because they will not have any place to sleep here, and this is great blessing from God.”

He said that indicating that he is not leaving any material property for his kids and he is willing to give his life for his country.

Rest in peace brave man, you left for your six kids, for all Yemenis, for all free men and women in the world, and for the history an inspiration immortal memory of a legend, a hero, and a martyr Saleh Al Samad, who led his people bravely and wisely in the most difficult times.

Abdulsalam Al-Dhahebis billede.Written by Abdulsalam Al-Dhahebi

Abdulsalam Al-Dhahebi is a Swedish citizen from Yemen. He is a human rights activist in Sheba Rights for Democracy and Human Rights. (www.shebarights.org) He is following the Yemeni situation and working on promoting the idea of establishing an international commission of inquiry in Yemen.

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Yemen’s Army spokesman: “Abu Dhabi no longer safe today”

The official spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces has threatened UAE-backed forces with retaliation.

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Sana’a, Yemen (YRW) –  “Abu Dhabi is no longer safe and is in the range of Yemeni missiles,” said the spokesman of the armed forces, Brigadier General Sharaf Ghaleb Luqman.

Brigadier General Luqman called on investors in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to take these comments seriously.

He stressed that the escalation of the UAE on the west coast would be met with a stronger and unexpected escalation by the army and the popular committees.

On the battle of the West Coast, Brigadier General Luqman explained that the army and the popular committees were able to recapture  most of the sites that fell days ago in the hand of  the invaders.

Luqman denied what the media of the US/ Saudi aggression were winning. He added that all that is published in the media of aggression is a mock victory.

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History of Yemen: YRW chief editor on Sputnik Radio

YRW chief editor gives in-depth summary of the past and current history of Yemen.

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Brecht Jonkers, Editor-in-Chief here at the Yemen Resistance Watch, joined in on Sputnik Radio to give an in-depth summary on the history of Yemen. From when Yemen was known as the Sheba Kingdom, till today. Jonkers explains the current political climate of Yemen, and how Ansarullah, or commonly known as the “Houthis” in the west, are not funded or backed by Iran at all, contrary to popular belief.

The podcast can be heard below:

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CNN Shamefully Accuse Defenders of Yemen for “Pouring fuel on Fire that is Already Raging”

Liberal-mouthpiece CNN is playing the war drums again.

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Liberal-mouthpiece CNN published  an article about the latest Yemeni acts of self-defense, titled “Why Houthis have added fuel to fire with missile attacks on Saudi Arabia”claiming that further escalation of the 3-year long war of terror and aggression against Yemen is due to the “Houthis” adding “fuel to the fire” by retaliating with 7 ballistic missile attacks.

This does not come as a surprise, considering that the American mainstream media, despite political affiliation, are all following the official government doctrine considering the US support for the Saudi regime in the war against Yemen.

On the other hand, it also comes as a minor surprise considering the fact that CNN atleast tries to paint itself as the “good guy” in US mainstream media. The author of the article, Nic Robertson, is a well-known propagandist for coalition wars of aggression against multiple states in the Middle East.

In one report, Robertson blatantly accuses legitimate President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for being the “president of Syria who unleashed his war machines against his own people“, a sentence overused by US media and politicians to legitimize their efforts for regime change in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Saudi regime is leading a coalition of mostly Arab countries under the full support of the US, UK and France along with their allies, bombing Yemen under the pretext of rolling back the gains of the Houthis (aka Ansarallah) and bringing back to power the fugitive President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

The Saudi-led coalition began bombing Yemen in March 26,  2015, creating a humanitarian crisis and famine conditions in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest nation. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or injured.

And the missile attacks against the hermit kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a legitimate act of self-defense against conventional acts of aggression.

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