Frontier Horizons is registered and licensed with Yemeni authorities with a branch in Sana’a. Having partnered with local Yemenis since 2001, we have adapted to meet the growing demands of Western multinational clients. We are able to provide Executive Protection, Security Emergency Response, Physical Guarding of Facilities and Property, and Crisis Management and Response. In addition, we also offer visa services and safe houses.
Population 28,059,770 (2017)
RECENT TERRITORY UPDATES
President Hadi and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rejected the formation of a transitional political council for the separation of southern Yemen on 14 May. A state of emergency was declared on 15 May in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa after a major outbreak of cholera. The minister of foreign affairs for Oman, Yusuf bin Alawi, reiterated Oman’s support for President Hadi’s internationally backed government during a meeting with Yemen’s deputy prime minister on 15 May. Negotiations between President Hadi’s government and Houthi rebels took place in Oman in an attempt by the United Nations (UN) to resume full peace talks. Human rights groups have criticised the USD 110 billion arms deal made by President Donald Trump and the Saudi Arabian government on 23 May. On 27 May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) encouraged all warring factions in the Yemeni conflict to release all wrongfully held detainees and to reveal the whereabouts of all prisoners who have forcibly disappeared. A Saudi drone was destroyed by Houthi rebels in the northern province of Hajjah on 14 May. The UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheickh Ahmed, highlighted deep concerns for his safety and that of UN workers in Yemen after his convoy was attacked as he travelled from the airport to the UN compound in Yemen on 22 May. A raid by United States (US) marines killed seven suspected al-Qaeda militants but also killed several civilians in the Marib governorate on 23 May. Forces backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regained control of Aden airport in the south of Yemen on 31 May.
The European Union (EU) maintained its belief that a political dialogue rather than military conflict is the only way that peace can be achieved in Yemen. The United Nations (UN) confirmed on 10 April that, with its partners, it has succeeded in completing a nationwide polio campaign for children in Yemen. Mertixell Relano, spokesperson for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen, announced that up to 4.5 million children will be unable to complete the school year in Yemen this year. Several hundred activists marched from the UN offices in Sanaa to the besieged port city of Hodeidah to advocate for the creation of a humanitarian zone in the city. The United Nations organised a conference on the 25th of April to help raise funds for humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Save the Children and Watchlist are advocating for Saudi Arabia to be placed on the UN’s list of children’s rights violators due to recent attacks on hospitals and doctors in Yemen. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was reported to have offered 40000 Egyptian troops to the Saudi-led coalition on 17 April for the conflict against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Twelve Saudi Arabian military officers were killed in eastern Yemen on 18 April when their helicopter crashed in Marib province. Four Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a U.S drone strike in Maarib province on 18 April. Jamie McGoldrick, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, called on 20 April for Saudi Arabia not to bomb the rebel-held port of Hodeida. Seven Yemeni soldiers were killed in Aden on 24 April when a shipment of landmines accidentally detonated. President Hadi and the Yemeni government vowed to reclaim the port city of Hodeida from Houthi rebels earlier this month. The Saudi-led coalition has confirmed the capture of a senior al-Qaeda commander as well as other militants from the group during counterterrorism operations in the city of Hadramout on 23 April. Houthi forces have been accused by Human Rights Watch for the use of illegal landmines which have killed hundreds of civilians throughout Yemen.
The Kuwaiti government launched a new project in Yemen named “Kuwait by your side” on 23 March. The spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed on 24 March that the agency has reached the besieged city of Mokha in the western governorate of Taizz. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) withdrew from the Al-Thawra hospital in Ibb on 23 March. A pro-Houthi court sentenced internationally- backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to death for high treason on 25 March. To mark the two year anniversary of the Yemeni conflict, mass rallies were staged in the Houthi held capital of Sanaa on 26 March. At least one hundred Saudi soldiers were killed or injured in two days during retaliatory attacks on military positions in south-west Saudi Arabia by Houthi forces. 42 Somali refugees were killed of the Yemeni coast when their boat was attacked by a helicopter on 17 March. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been permitted to construct a military base in the port of Berbera in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. The United Nations (UN) reported on 24 March that a third of Yemen’s 22 provinces are on the brink of famine. According to senior officials in the United States’ (US) government, Donald Trump gave permission to the US military to increase the number of raids and drone strikes it carries out in Yemen. The Pentagon reported at the beginning of March that it had carried out over 20 air strikes on various positions of al-Qaeda targets in Yemen. Four al-Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike in the province of Abyan on 29 March. The Yemeni government appealed to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Email Ould Shaikh Ahmad, on 6 March to apply pressure on the Houthi rebels in Sanaa to transfer state revenues to the central bank in Aden.
Yemen’s foreign minister, Hisham Sharaf, met with the World Food Program’s executive director in Sanaa to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 25 January, that it is analysing 252 allegations of humanitarian law violations by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The United Nations (UN) envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, called for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen on 26 January. Ten thousand people have now been killed by the Yemeni conflict according to the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. Intense fighting occurred in the port city of Mokha, as Houthi Rebels defend the city from pro-government forces. Five people were killed, including two children, in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia near a primary school in the Houthi controlled district of Nihm in northern Yemen. Counter-terrorism forces in Yemen arrested an Islamic State affiliate in the city of Aden on 18 January. Three al-Qaeda militants were killed by drone strikes carried out by the United States military, the first to be confirmed during Donald Trump’s presidency. Two crew members of a Saudi-led coalition warship died after an attack by Houthi rebels on the boat. The Yemeni government announced on 9 January, that they have resolved the problem of a lack of physical cash in the country after a plane carrying 200 billion newly printed Yemeni riyals was sent to Aden.
The Houthi-supported Yemeni government of Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtour won a vote of confidence from the Yemeni parliament on 11 December concerning the government’s programme to combat Saudi aggression in the country and to address the social, economic, and security problems in Yemen. A major funding appeal by British charities began on 13 December with the hope of improving the humanitarian situation in Yemen. The Scottish government donated GBP 250,000 to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s crisis appeal for Yemen on 13 December. King Salman of Saudi Arabia called for an end in foreign interference in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen on 15 December. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pledged on 29 December to hold a conference of humanitarian assistance for the ongoing Yemen conflict. An aid ship, operated by the Emirati charity Emirates Red Crescent, arrived in the port of Al Mukalla on 31 December with equipment to help stabilise electricity output in the southern region on Hadramaut. A ship travelling from Al Mukalla to the Yemeni island of Socotra capsized with nearly 60 people on board on 6 December. Oxfam warned in a report released on 6 December that Yemen is only a few months away from running out of food. The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack in the city of Aden on 10 December that killed 45 pro-government soldiers. Saudi Arabian troops were killed by sniper fire on 25 December in the Najran province of Yemen.Yemeni media reported on 30 December that around 150 IS fighters from Syria were transported to Yemen by a Turkish aircraft.