Thu 14-06-2018 03:37 AM

Surge plan in place in coordination with Arab Coalition to ensure protection for civilians, Hodeidah Governor tells WAM

ABU DHABI, 13th June, 2018 (WAM) -- Dr. Al Hassan Taher, Governor of Hodeidah, has emphasised that a surge plan for the rapid delivery of humanitarian aid has been in place side by side with the battle of Hodeidah, which is aimed to drive the Houthi rebels out of the strategic city.

Speaking to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the governor said the contingency plan, developed in coordination with the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, takes into account all potential scenarios the coup perpetrators may resort to over the coming days.

He pointed out that the plan includes the provision of precautionary measures to ensure protection for civilians in the first place, secure power supplies to avoid disruption or sabotage of power plants, as well as to ensure the influx of humanitarian assistance to the governorate through different methods.

Hodeidah Governor added that ad hoc task forces have started direct communications with Yemeni citizens in Hodeidah to deliver tips and messages on how to deal with possible future scenarios to ensure their safety.

He added that the citizens are eagerly awaiting the imminent elimination of the terror militias who have driven the country to the brink.

He explained that the citizens of Hodeidah have realised that getting rid of the Houthis' grip will ensure normalcy and stability in the governorate, and pave the way for developmental aid to flow into the governorate as has been the case with Aden, Marib, Socotra and other governorates.

The Houthi militias in Hodeidah are going through an unprecedented state of confusion, amid significant collapses in their front defence lines as a direct result of the sweeping advances made by the Yemeni Resistance backed by the UAE Armed forces, who are driving the rebels out of their pockets and bastions, causing them to flee the battlefronts en masse.

The Houthi militias have been using hundreds of civilians, including children and women, as human shields in an attempt to block the advances of the joint Yemeni Resistance Forces, who, on the contrary, are determinately resolute to liberate the city without endangering the civilians' lives.

Earlier, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, has stated that the Arab Coalition has prepared a large-scale and comprehensive surge plan for the rapid delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni Governorate of Hodeidah, and surrounding areas.

The Minister said that food and essential supplies have been stocked and prepared for immediate intervention. "We have ships, planes, and trucks with food supplies and medicine to address the immediate needs of the people," she said.

 

WAM/Hazem Hussein/Hatem Mohamed