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‘UAE and Ye­men share a com­mon history’

MO­HAM­MAD BIN ZAYED STRESSES DEEP TIES EVEN AS UAE CON­TIN­UES TO RE­SPOND TO HU­MAN­I­TAR­IAN NEEDS OF THE YE­MENI PEO­PLE

- By As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

The UAE, along with Saudi Ara­bia and other mem­bers of the coali­tion, has been fight­ing for the past eight months, los­ing pre­cious lives in the process, to help free the Ye­meni peo­ple from the re­pres­sion of the Al Houthis. And they are do­ing a great job as more and more prov­inces are be­ing lib­er­ated and the le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment was able to re­turn to Aden to per­form its du­ties on Ye­meni land.

Lib­er­at­ing vi­tal and sen­si­tive ar­eas from Al Houthi con­trol, the UAE Armed Forces have played a cru­cial part in the Saudi-led coali­tion forces in Ye­men.

Com­mit­ment re­mains

The UAE has lost more than 70 sol­diers in the Ye­men cam­paign — he­roes who have laid down their lives to bring Ye­men back on its feet. Nev­er­the­less, its com­mit­ment to Ye­men re­mains as de­ter­mined as ever.

His High­ness Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, re­peat­edly told Ye­meni of­fi­cials and peo­ple the UAE will be with them un­til the mis­sion is ac­com­plished, pledg­ing in­ces­sant mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts to re­store peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity to Ye­men.

As the coun­try was re­ceiv­ing bod­ies of 45 Emi­rati he­roes who lost their lives to Al Houthi rock­ets in one day, Shaikh Mo­ham­mad said the UAE’s sup­port would re­main un­wa­ver­ing de­spite the loss of lives. “Such events will not de­ter us from car­ry­ing out our fra­ter­nal and hu­man­i­tar­ian duty to­wards our broth­ers, but will in­crease our re­solve and strength to achieve our se­cu­rity and hu­man­i­tar­ian ob­jec­tives,” Shaikh Mo­ham­mad said.

“Our Armed Forces’ he­roes in the battlefiel­d are more de­ter­mined to lib­er­ate Ye­men … we are with you un­til the mis­sion is ac­com­plished. Ye­men is not your coun­try alone, but we share com­mon history with you. We pray to Almighty Al­lah to bless our im­pend­ing vic­tory.”

“Since its par­tic­i­pa­tion in Op­er­a­tion Restor­ing Hope, the UAE Air Force has re­peat­edly bombed key Al Houthi en­camp­ments, heavy ar­tillery sites, and ar­ma­ment stores, play­ing a de­ter­min­ing role in fight­ing the mili­tia and forces loyal to the de­posed Ye­meni pres­i­dent Ali Ab­dul­lah Saleh,” said Gulf News in an ar­ti­cle two days ago.

The UAE’s ar­ma­ments, in­clud­ing fighter jets, Apache he­li­copters, ar­tillery and troops, are play­ing a cru­cial part in the op­er­a­tion.

Dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion of Aden, the UAE Armed Forces pro­vided suf­fi­cient ar­tillery cover for the Ye­meni troops to se­cure the city. The UAE also played a vi­tal role in re­claim­ing the air­port, which was re­con­structed af­ter vi­o­lent clashes left it se­verely dam­aged.

Af­ter lib­er­at­ing the city and its air­port, mil­i­tary fo­cus shifted to Ras Im­ran, west of Aden, and then to the Anad Air Base. The bat­tle to lib­er­ate Aden, which is the largest mil­i­tary base in the south of Ye­men, was a de­ter­min­ing move, with the city now serv­ing as a tem­po­rary cap­i­tal.

The UAE re­placed its troops in Ye­men early last month as the Arab coali­tion forces and their na­tional al­lies are fight­ing the fi­nal bat­tle to seize Taiz and end an Ira­nian-backed coup and re­store le­git­i­macy to Ye­men.

On the hu­man­i­tar­ian front, Emi­rates Red Cres­cent con­tin­ues to work hard to re­spond to the press­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian needs in Ye­men, pro­vid­ing food and re­lief ma­te­ri­als to more than 200,000 house­holds or ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple since Aden was lib­er­ated, a se­nior of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

“While con­tin­u­ing to as­sist in im­me­di­ate re­lief, we are work­ing for long-term re­sponses, in­clud­ing school re­build­ing, main­te­nance of health fa­cil­i­ties, liveli­hood re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and longer-term food as­sis­tance,” said Dr Mo­ham­mad Atiq Al Falahi, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Emi­rates Red Cres­cent.

Dr Al Falahi said food and re­lief parcels are be­ing dis­trib­uted to 4,330 Yem­ini house­holds on a daily ba­sis.

“Food and re­lief ma­te­ri­als have been dis­trib­uted to as many as 1.5 mil­lion Ye­me­nis since Aden was lib­er­ated,” he said.

Our Armed Forces’ he­roes in the battlefiel­d are more de­ter­mined to lib­er­ate Ye­men … we are with you un­til the mis­sion is ac­com­plished. Ye­men is not your coun­try alone.”

Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed

‘Se­cure ba­sic needs’

“The as­sis­tance is part of the UAE’s hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts to help al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of the broth­erly peo­ple of Ye­men,” he said.

Dr Al Falahi said its 170 ERC of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers were work­ing dili­gently on all hu­man­i­tar­ian fronts to se­cure the ba­sic needs of the Ye­meni peo­ple.

The UAE has be­come the world’s largest aid donor to Ye­men in 2015, pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid worth Dh744 mil­lion ($202 mil­lion) be­tween April and July — al­most half of the aid pledged by other coun­tries.

 ?? Courtesy: Emirates Red Cres­cent ?? Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence Re­lief aid be­ing dis­trib­uted in Aden. The Red Cres­cent has reached out to 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple.
Courtesy: Emirates Red Cres­cent Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence Re­lief aid be­ing dis­trib­uted in Aden. The Red Cres­cent has reached out to 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple.

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