Yemen Debates the Presidential Leadership Council

A meeting of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council led by Rashad al-Alimi (Saba)
A meeting of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council led by Rashad al-Alimi (Saba)
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Yemen Debates the Presidential Leadership Council

A meeting of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council led by Rashad al-Alimi (Saba)
A meeting of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council led by Rashad al-Alimi (Saba)

Yemen will never return to its pre-war status quo, and the alleged good intentions of the Houthi militias can’t be relied upon, former Yemeni deputy foreign minister Mustapha Noman told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Noman said Houthis possess elements of power that enable them to impose their conditions.

The government failed to create a model accepted by the people, and the Presidential Leadership Council has not been able to give people hope after 120 days in power due to lack of improvement in services and security, said Noman, adding that the situation must be swiftly dealt with.

Noman is not the only official to criticize the Council, a group of independent Yemenis who do not execute any governmental work.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that Yemenis should realize the international and regional communities are preoccupied with other issues.

The current truce can be used to start serious talks about consultations or negotiations, said Noman, warning that the human tragedy produced by the prolonged war will increase, and the country will go into further divide.

A Yemeni source expressed similar remarks, saying Yemen needs first to secure the areas where the government and the Council operate.

He indicated that security should be a priority on the path to building a safe model for all Yemenis.

The formation of the joint security and military committee was at the forefront of the achievements, said the source, adding that presenting its vision of integrating the armed and security forces under a unified national administration may take a few months.

The source said that the only guarantee to move forward in building the model is to secure law enforcement, including anti-corruption officials, reform leaders, businessmen, and investors.

However, the source preferred to stress that the changes made by the Leadership Council in the government and the judiciary are related to the comprehensive trends to improve government administration, expand the base of partnership in decision-making and implementation, and rationalize it with all local, regional, and international forces and partners.

Improving the cabinet’s management, sharing expertise with the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and protecting the consensus among forces against the militias backed by the Iranian regime are outstanding achievements, said the source.



Israeli Strikes Reportedly Target Hezbollah Ammunition Depot in Lebanon

Lebanese army soldiers check the wreckage of a vehicle after an Israeli airstrike targeted the area near the village of Burj al-Muluk, some 18 kms from the town of Nabatiyeh on July 20, 2024.  (Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)
Lebanese army soldiers check the wreckage of a vehicle after an Israeli airstrike targeted the area near the village of Burj al-Muluk, some 18 kms from the town of Nabatiyeh on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)
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Israeli Strikes Reportedly Target Hezbollah Ammunition Depot in Lebanon

Lebanese army soldiers check the wreckage of a vehicle after an Israeli airstrike targeted the area near the village of Burj al-Muluk, some 18 kms from the town of Nabatiyeh on July 20, 2024.  (Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)
Lebanese army soldiers check the wreckage of a vehicle after an Israeli airstrike targeted the area near the village of Burj al-Muluk, some 18 kms from the town of Nabatiyeh on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)

Israeli strikes late on Saturday targeted a depot storing ammunition belonging to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, three security sources told Reuters.

The strikes on the town of Adloun, about 40 km north of Lebanon's border with Israel, set off a string of loud explosions heard by witnesses across the south of Lebanon.

At least four civilians in Adloun were wounded in the strikes, a medical source and a security source told Reuters.

Hezbollah said that its fighters fired dozens of rockets into northern Israel on Saturday, targeting a kibbutz for the first time in nine months in retaliation for an Israeli drone strike earlier in the day that wounded several people including children.
Also Saturday, Hamas said it fired rockets from Lebanon toward an Israeli army post in the northern Israeli village of Shomera in retaliation for the “Zionists massacres” in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has carried out such attacks form Lebanon over the past several months, but they have been rare.
Hezbollah’s attack with dozens of Katyusha rockets on the northern Israeli kibbutz of Dafna came few hours after an Israeli drone strike hit a car in the southern Lebanese village of Burj al-Muluk, and shrapnel from the missile wounded several people who were standing nearby. The state-run National News Agency said that the wounded civilians are Syrian citizens and they included children.

The Israeli military said that about 45 projectiles were detected crossing from Lebanon into northern Israel in three separate barrages. It said that some were intercepted, while others fell in open areas, causing no injuries, but triggering several fires in the Golan Heights.