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The siege of Taiz..stories told by suffering

On his journey to monitor human stories of the suffering of its heroes, unarmed civilians from the city of Taiz, he reviews the story of a truck owner who was sniped while he was passing his way on the Jabal Saber line, in addition to another painful scene, of a displaced girl “”fetching water in one of the alleys in the city, who lives with her family in one of the city’s alleys. The shantytowns, which are not suitable for human habitation, live in them, a father, his wife, and 8 of his children.

Photographer Anas Al-Hajj says, “One day I was at the air defense front in Taiz, looking for families living in the lines of fire. A five-year-old girl arrived at a hospital and she died as a result of sniping by the Houthi militias stationed on Tabab Al-Silal.”

He continued, “I could not talk to the girl’s father, who was heartbroken from sadness and oppression due to the separation of his lonely, and when I contacted them a few days later to visit the place where the girl Ghufran was sniped, we went to the Najd area in the Salh district east of the city through which long tunnels pass, and next to the road are cement barricades. , Ghufran’s father told me and said that his daughter who left has been waiting for 7 years for her arrival, because his wife no longer gives birth, then she became pregnant in the first year of the war to be taken by a sniper’s bullet 4 years after she came to this world.

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A Yemeni human rights report revealed that more than 17,326 civilians were killed or wounded in Taiz Governorate, at the hands of the Houthi coup militia, during the period from March 2015 to the end of 2020, including 3,916 children, 1,527 women and 1,053 elderly people.

The report issued by the Taiz Human Rights Center indicated that documented figures and statistics indicate that 3,590 civilians, including 761 children, 347 women and 289 elderly people were killed, and 13,736 others, including 3,155 children, 1,180 women and 764 elderly, were injured as a result of the bombing and sniping carried out by the Houthi militia during the six years of its war on Taiz.

In parts of Taiz, the city in war-torn southwest Yemen, snipers lurk in the streets and open spaces. Civilians there say the bullets come from unknowingly and without warning.

Qais al-Ramadi says he was always aware of the looming danger. He used to move between houses and take cover in the walls during his travels with his children around the city.

But when he heard the shot that killed his son last week, it was too late. The bullet went through the back of six-year-old Muhammad and exited his chest.

Daoud Al-Wahbani (22 years), a journalism student from the city of Taiz, was recording a report for the Taiz News Network – which is run by amateurs – when an explosive device killed one of his fellow reporters and his closest friend. dilapidated building. The explosive device, which Daoud believes was detonated by a Houthi fighter from a distance, caused the entire building to fall on the head of his friend, whose body was found under the rubble.

“At this moment, I screamed loudly, and it was an unnatural scream,” Daoud says. “He was such a friendly brother to me. I could not refuse him a request. It was the first time I had cried like this. I cried so loudly that people in the street heard me.

Saadeh talks about a horrific murder that occurred in front of her and she could not erase it from her memory. She said in tears: “My neighbor and I were sitting when we heard a whistle and saw something burning. She and I jumped and when we arrived we saw.” Her son Ramzi is headless, and her other son Azzam shouts and his foot is amputated as he calls for his mother He says, “Mother, help me, I am bleeding. Her child, Sinai, was lying on her face and injured in the neck. Ahlam came to help in the rescue, with a nine-month-old girl in her hand. Then the third shell came and shrapnel entered Ahlam’s back and came out of her chest. Ahlam died and her daughter’s foot was amputated.” I went looking About my children and I don’t know when I was injured in my hand and in my feet, I was just running and running trying to save.”

“I have lost hope now,” Noha says. “At first I had hope, but after all that I’ve seen, I’ve lost it. Now I think if there was peace for one day, I might not be here to see it, all I see for now is death.”

“Everything has changed here,” says Noha Qaid, a 22-year-old charity worker who grew up in the city. Her family’s home is located in the Salah area, which is now considered one of the front lines of the ongoing battles, and her family is among the families who have been displaced from the city.

“The worst thing to do here is to walk the streets, there are gunmen everywhere, death is everywhere, there is no culture, but death.”

When you approach the accidents of death, you hear the voice of the ordinary citizen groaning, empty except from his pain, and despite the horror of his tragedy, his moan remains low, unable to rise above the noise of the conflicting parties, each of which claims a connection to the ordinary citizen.

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Meanwhile, Yemen is stuck in a deadly stalemate. Peace talks are suspended, and the last truce that was reached collapsed due to violations by both sides. The Houthis left nothing for Taiz except and they did it by siege, mines, killing, kidnapping, bombing, and non-stop sniping, as if it was paying a tax of accumulating hatred and rebellion against darkness, outdated beliefs and unjust authority, and a revolution that was its first spark. .

Human rights reports confirmed that the effects of the Houthi militia’s siege on the city of Taiz are catastrophic on various conditions, including the social. A report issued by the Taiz Human Rights Center “in mid-June last stated that most of the condolences families live in a state of diaspora, where you find them divided at the level of one family between The Houthi control areas and the legitimate areas of control are very close, and despite that, years pass without members of the same family meeting each other as a result of the siege of the Houthi group, which tore the parts of the province and dispersed its people, and made the movement of movement within the scope of one directorate more like a long, expensive and, above all, fraught travel trip.

“Not a single day passes without a traffic accident that we see along this road or hear about it from eyewitnesses,” said Khaled Sufyan Al-Amri, an activist in the Al-Aqrod area. Regarding the number of deaths as a result of the overturning of transport vehicles along this road, Al-Amiri explains that the number of victims of passengers is up to ten people per month, their injuries vary between light and medium.

In the same way, goods are transported to the city through the “Hayjat al-Abed” port and a rug associated with the governorate of Aden, which the authorities repeatedly refuse to repair despite the fact that the owners and drivers of “diners and locomotives” periodically pay sums of money to the local authority with promises of reform! This led to a more than doubled price of food in the city, compared to nearby Houthi areas.

Osama Al-Tazi, owner of a grocery store in Tahrir, says, “The siege imposed by the Houthis and the costs of transporting goods to Taiz are very high, all of which led to high prices. The lack of business increases people’s poverty and high prices cause them to starve to death.

Prices rose in the besieged governorate, as a result of the significant increase in transportation and distribution fees for various food and consumer items arriving there. Fadi Al-Sharabi, a retailer, confirms that the tankers carrying goods from the port of Hodeidah (west), or the port of Aden (south), were passing through the eastern port before the siege, but today they are forced to use the southwestern port, which takes long hours, sometimes up to days, and it requires a special type of carrier to suit the rugged mountain roads.

According to Al-Sharabi, this resulted in a very large increase in transportation fees, which are being covered by the prices of foodstuffs provided to citizens, most of whom live below the poverty line, which has exacerbated the difficult humanitarian conditions.

In addition to the high price hike, the suffering of the siege has reached the majority of the governorate’s patients, especially those with chronic diseases such as cancer, kidney failure, diabetes, war-wounded and others.

And Nabil Al Hammadi confirms that thousands of people who live in the countryside of Taiz are receiving treatment in the city, as is the case of his sister, who suffers from kidney failure. This is why they are exposed to severe health and psychological damage, in addition to their difficult financial conditions and the difficulty of their frequent travel for long hours to and from the city.

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Pharmacist Dr. Muhammad Saif (30 years), visited his family last mid-July in one of the countryside of Taiz, and while passing through the Houthi militia points, he was lowered from the car he was carrying and taken to a place crowded with thorny trees. his body to ascertain the extent to which he carried a weapon or not.

He added, “The members of that point were not satisfied with that. They also searched my bag of clothes and my mobile phone, in which they found a WhatsApp conversation with a reference to the Houthis, so I was detained for an hour and they released me only after I paid a sum of money to the members of the point.”

He traveled to his village to celebrate his wedding, whose date is approaching Eid al-Adha 2021, and at the entrances to the city of Taiz, “a Houthi militia stopped him, asked for his card from among all the passengers and started a torrent of accusations He pulled him off the bus and took all his belongings. The self-made young man who works in Sana’a disappeared in a restaurant to provide for his family in the countryside of Taiz and to complete his happiness by marrying his cousin.

And after follow-ups from his family, they knew that their son was in the prison of Al-Saleh City, “but they do not know if he is now alive.

Expressing concern about what is happening there, international demands to lift the siege, and calls for investigations into humanitarian crimes there, all of which are nothing more than statements made by the international community, and every time – also – the residents of Taiz hope that these statements will turn into a real translation on the ground Indeed.


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