Yemen on Verge of 'Largest Famine' Ever if Saudi-Led Blockade Continues

12 Novembre, 2017, 11:17 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Two of the sources said the number of accounts affected could run into the hundreds

Among them were 11 princes as well as ministers and wealthy tycoons.

"It will not be like the famine which cost 250,000 people their lives in Somalia in 2011".

Lebanon's Future Movement party, which is headed by Hariri, demanded on Thursday that the prime minister returns from the kingdom immediately in its sharpest statement yet over his leave of absence. Those arrested could not be reached for comment. In the second quarter, it had posted a tiny profit. But he may be forced to compromise to salvage the economy.

Amusement park operator DXB Entertainments rose 2.2pc after it said it would obtain a subordinated loan of 700 million dirhams ($191 million) from majority shareholder Meraas. The kingdom and America had long supported him as a bulwark against Hizbullah.

"The situation that was already catastrophic is just getting worse", she said.

The prince is racing the clock. Insiders said the accusations were based on evidence gathered by the intelligence service.

No one imagined the crown prince would go so far. The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is controlled by moderate President Hassan Rouhani's administration.

Some royal watchers said tensions were laid bare during family meetings over the summer.

The plan, dubbed Vision2030, is seen as Mohammed Bin Salman's flagship policy and his success will likely be tied to that of the reforms he is implementing, according to analysts. Although he said he was stepping down because his life was in danger-he denounced Iran and its powerful Lebanese ally, Hizbullah-there was little to disguise the Saudi hand in his statement. An outpouring of anti-Israeli sentiment might, only a few months ago, have provided a rallying cry for those determined to oust the Crown Prince.

The al Wadea border crossing, linking Saudi Arabia with territory in eastern Yemen controlled by the Saudi-backed government, was reopened on Thursday, a Yemeni official and witnesses said, letting food and other supplies across.

In terms of long-term impact, Bin Salman's consolidation of power creates a previously unseen level of political instability that could affect the Saudi economy. The royal family acquiesced and by September the Crown Prince had rounded up and jailed religious and intellectual opponents.

The cholera epidemic had abated in recent weeks with the number of cases slowing amid a major push to fight the disease.

Nasser al-Tayyar tied to one of Saudi Arabia's largest travel agencies.

Decisions have mostly come through consensus.

The U.S. has also accused Iran of supplying ballistic missiles to the Houthis, charges denied by the rebels, who insist they produced the missile used Saturday on their own. Prince Mohammed has smashed that conservative status quo in an act, he no doubt believes, of creative destruction. He has tightened a military alliance with Israel, all but declared war on Iran and prepared Lebanon as the first scene of this war - with Hezbollah as the first target.

So the two have been working together: close diplomatic cooperation, intelligence sharing and perhaps more.

In September he announced that Saudi women will be given the right to drive. The idea of a Saudi-Israeli alliance is still deeply controversial in both countries, but details are starting to leak out. The public listing of national oil company Saudi Aramco, planned next year, is its centerpiece. "Confrontations will widen with Iran's unchecked expansion", Abdulrahman Al Rashid, a prominent columnist for the newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, wrote on Nov 7.

Even some admirers ask whether his reach exceeds his grasp. Kingdom Holding, the investment vehicle of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was also detained, rebounded 1.2pc. "I still can't absorb the greatness of what has happened", Jaber said in a Twitter post.