Al-Houthi rents out the premises of the Al-Saleh Foundation after looting them

English - الثلاثاء 18 أكتوبر 2022 الساعة 06:29 م
Sana'a, NewsYemen:

 Sources in Sana'a revealed to NewsYemen that the Houthi militia, the Iranian arm in Yemen, has liquidated all funds and deposits of the Al-Saleh Social Foundation for Development and disbursed them completely during the past five years, specifically since January 2018, after they were completely seized.

Al-Saleh Social Foundation for Development is one of hundreds of civil organizations that the Houthi militia has seized and looted since its coup on September 21, 2014. It completed the process of controlling all the rest of those organizations after its complete monopoly in power following its assassination of the former President of the Republic, President of the General People’s Congress, Ali Abdullah Saleh and his companion Aref Al-Zoka in December 2017.

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 Iran's arm was not satisfied with looting property, it changed the name of the institution to Alshaab Foundation, which is the same action it carried out with regard to changing the name of the Al-Saleh Mosque located in the Al-Sabeen area in Sana'a, which was built by President Ali Abdullah Saleh at his own expense, where the militia changed its name to Alshaab mosque.

The sources clarified that the policy of Iran’s arm towards the Al-Saleh Foundation began with the appointment of a new administration for the Foundation from some of its leaders and elements, which, from the first day, embarked on the process of excluding the Foundation’s cadres and employees and replacing them with affiliate elements and the school bags project for needy students, as well as projects to support the health and service sector into special projects that distribute their services to the militia’s elements. The families and relatives of the leaders of the Iranian arm enjoy the lion’s share of those projects, whether they are financial or in-kind aid.

It adds: The Houthis then seized the foundation's funds, which were in banks, as they did with many charitable associations, institutions and civil organizations that were working in Sanaa and the militia's areas of control, including the Canaan Association for Palestine, which was headed by Saleh's nephew, Brigadier Yahya Muhammad Abdullah Saleh, who confiscated the association's funds that were spent on projects and donations for the Palestinians.

According to the sources, the total financial deposits of the Corporation at the time of the Iranian arm’s control over it were more than five billion riyals, in addition to in-kind and real estate assets that the Houthis seized and disposed of, including the Corporation’s headquarters, which is located in Al-Misbahi Roundabout in Sana’a, which consists of several floors equipped with all equipment and the capabilities of charitable and development projects, in addition to the Foundation’s warehouses in Sana’a and the rest of the governorates under the control of militias.

Renting the headquarters and real estate of the company

 The sources say that the Iranian arm, after it ended the looting and theft of money and deposits that were in the accounts of the Al-Saleh Banking Corporation, leased the headquarters of the Corporation and its real estate to commercial projects belonging to Houthi leaders.

 According to the sources, the militia rented the institution’s main headquarters located in Al-Misbahi tour in Sana’a for a physiotherapy center secretly affiliated with one of the Houthi leaders, even if it was registered in the names of other people, noting that the amount of rent for the headquarters amounted to (25,000) dollars per month, which raises a lot of suspicions, and questions about the ability of the center to secure such a monthly amount.

In the same vein, the militias rented some warehouses that belonged to the Al-Saleh Foundation.

Al-Saleh Foundation is back in action

 Although all its assets, deposits and money were looted by the Houthi militias, the Al-Saleh Foundation for Social Development, whose board of directors is chaired by Ambassador Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, has resumed its charitable and development activities in the liberated governorates, where it launched its humanitarian and charitable activity in a number of Yemeni governorates to contribute to securing livelihoods for the displaced, the most needy families and help them to meet the requirements of the holy month of Ramadan.

In this context, the Foundation has launched during the past years a number of projects in the governorates of Marib, Aden, Al Dhale’, Taiz and Shabwa, most notably projects to help the needy, the poor and the displaced who are living in a tragic situation due to displacement.

The projects of Al-Saleh Social Charitable and Development Foundation were not limited to the interior of Yemen, but its activities extended to the poor and needy Yemeni families abroad who were displaced by the war and unable to return to their homes in Yemen.

For the third year in a row, the Al-Saleh Foundation has distributed cash and in-kind aid to the needy members of the Yemeni community stuck in Egypt from the sick, the disabled and the poorest, as the total in-kind aid distributed there amounted to 23 tons of food, in addition to sums of money that benefited about 5,000 people, ( 1000 families).

This project is an extension of an initiative previously announced by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, since 2015, which targeted those stranded due to the suspension of flights to Yemen, as well as patients and critical cases, and targeted families in need and the most difficult during the past years.

Al-Saleh Social Foundation for Development is one of the most prominent non-governmental organizations that was established in 2004 and its board of directors is chaired by Ambassador Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh.  The objectives of its establishment focused on being an active partner in the sustainable development process by establishing and supporting various development programs and projects, most notably poverty alleviation projects, improving the standard of living of individuals and groups in the local community, developing and building the capacity of the local community, and raising the health, educational, social and cultural level of the community, in addition to supporting the capabilities of women and empowering them economically.

Since its establishment in 2004, the Foundation has implemented many charitable and development projects, most notably the Ramadan food distribution project to the poor and people with special needs, the adhahi meat project, the date distribution project, and the iftar project, which targeted three million and 800 thousand beneficiaries of orphans and orphans in care homes, and the disabled.  In associations, juvenile delinquents and delinquents in homes, patients in hospitals, street children in the safe childhood center, blind and blind people in residential centers, psychiatric patients in sanatoriums, as well as inmates of central correctional facilities, university housing students, and students of the Higher College of the Holy Qur’an. The Foundation’s projects also included  Eid clothing project, group marriage projects, orphan sponsorship, distribution of uniforms, school bags and water coolers, health and educational projects and programs.