TRUCE: Break in Yemeni war reveals humanitarian crisis

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (nsnbc) – Colonel Sharaf Luqman announced that the insurgents accept the five-day-long truce that was proposed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Meanwhile, the international geopolitical positioning of regional and global powers in one of the world’s regions that is most sensitive to energy-security continues.

Colonel Sharaf Luqman told the Yemeni news agency Saba that the Houthi leadership has accepted the five day truce that is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 12. Luqman added that the army would, however, respond to any breach of the ceasefire committed by Al-Qaeda or Al-Qaeda associated militants.

Meanwhile, the geopolitical positioning in the region surrounding Yemen, that is subject to a blockade enforces by the Arab League endorsed, Saudi Arabia-led alliance continues. Iranian sources reported that Tehran would deploy a cargo ship, allegedly containing humanitarian relief, to the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeida and Sunday.

Saudi Arabia, for its part, denounces the deployment of the Iranian cargo ship as potential attempt to deliver arms to the Houthi insurgents. Saudi Arabia positions the Houthi as Iranian proxy. Tehran denies these allegations.

Image Source: "Bayt al-Faqih market" by Bernard Gagnon

Image Source: “Bayt al-Faqih market” by Bernard Gagnon

nsnbc has, meanwhile acquired evidence for the presence of several hundred Iranian “military advisers” among the Houthi brigades and has received information that substantiated, that both Tehran and the Houthi have ties to insurgents in south-eastern Saudi Arabia.

Being the poorest Middle Eastern Nation, the fate of Yemen is that it is located at the Arabian Sea and provides a basis for the control of two of the world’s most important international waters. That is, thePersian / Arabian Gulf, as well as the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. The ability to disrupt traffic through the Strait is equivalent to the ability to disrupt traffic through the Suez Canal.

Several EU member States, the United States, Iran, Russia, China, among others, have maintained a naval presence in the Arabian Sea under the guise of “anti-piracy operations” regarding Somalia. The geopolitical and strategic positioning increased since the eruption of the civil war in Yemen.

The consequences for the population of Yemen is potentially catastrophic. The country is importing some 90% of its food. The blockade has also led to increasingly severe shortages of medicines and other vital necessities.

The UN has, so far, failed to agree on measures which would guarantee compliance with international law, including measures that would prevent the shipping of weapons to any of the belligerent parties in Yemen while safeguarding that humanitarian aid is inspected and allowed into the country.

CH/L – nsnbc 10.05.2015

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