Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 187 - Yemen War Mosaic 187

Yemen Press Reader 187: US-Rückzug: Irreführende Nachrichten - Rückzug von Ärzte ohne Grenzen - Großdemonstration in Sanaa, von Saudis bombardiert - Clinton und Saudis - Britischer Waffenhandel

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US withdrawal: Misleading news - Withdrawal by Doctors Without Borders - Great rally at Sanaa, bombed by Saudis - Hillary Clinton and Saudis - British arms sales - and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

20.8.2016 – Common Dreams (** A K P)

Breaking from Saudi Arabia!!! Two-Month-Old Misleading News

This Reuters exclusive is getting a lot of careless attention. Here’s what a careless reader learns:


From that headline, particularly the use of the present tense, you might assume that the US is in the process of withdrawing its Yemen-related staff from Saudi Arabia, perhaps in response to the Saudi war crimes earlier this week.

But here’s what the story actually reports: the staff withdrawal happened in June, and was in no way a response to this week’s war crimes.

In spite of the fact that this “exclusive” — which has since been reported by other outlets with similarly misleading headlines — describes two month old news, it nevertheless obscures that fact with its editorial choices, as here where it suggests the move “reduces,” in present tense, staff numbers, or the headline which hides that, in fact, the US already withdrew these staffers.In spite of the fact that this “exclusive” — which has since been reported by other outlets with similarly misleading headlines — describes two month old news, it nevertheless obscures that fact with its editorial choices, as here where it suggests the move “reduces,” in present tense, staff numbers, or the headline which hides that, in fact, the US already withdrew these staffers.

I’d also suggest that reports about what non-uniformed US personnel are doing in Yemen’s immediate neighborhood would be a better gauge of the support we’re giving Saudi Arabia beyond refueling their aistrikes, the latter of which has not stopped at all.

It’s not until the last line two paragraphs of the story that we learn what this misleading news is really about:

The reality remains that the US, even the overt uniformed operations, continues to provide key support to Saudi Arabia’s war, and therefore to its war crimes. Selling it more arms in the wake of these most recent war crimes only doubles down on the complicity – by Marcy Wheeler

20.8.2016 – Buzzfeed (** A K P)

This Is Why Doctors Without Borders Is Pulling Out Of Northern Yemen

The international aid organization said they could not trust assurances from the Saudi-led coalition that their medical facilities would be safe from aerial bombing.

Doctors Without Borders announced it would evacuate staff from hospitals in Northern Yemen, blaming the decision on “unreliable” assurances from the Saudi Arabian-led coalition that airstrikes would not continue against medical facilities.

There have been at least four attacks on hospital facilities supported by Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, in the past 12 months.

[a detailed look at the four Saudi attacks against MSF hospitals in Yemen and the withdrawal of MSF from Northern Yemen. See YPR 186] - by Rose Troup Buchanan

18.8.2016 – The American Conservative (** A K P)

In Response to Indiscriminate Saudi Bombing, MSF Evacuates Northern Yemen

This is another devastating blow to the people living in northern Yemen. Not only have the Saudis and their allies grossly and repeatedly violated international law with their bombing of civilian targets for well over a year, but they have struck so many hospitals that they are now forcing a major aid group out of the area. That deprives injured and sick Yemenis of essential medical care that is made all the more necessary by the frequent indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas by the coalition, and it further cuts off this part of Yemen from an outside world that was already mostly ignoring its plight. The next time that the Saudis bomb a school or a residence or a factory or some other building filled with noncombatants in this part of the country, the wounded won’t be able to rely on MSF’s help. It needs to be stressed that this is not MSF’s fault. The blame lies squarely with Riyadh, its allies, and its Western patrons that have committed and enabled the crimes that prompted this decision. Doctors Without Borders were put in an impossible situation by the reckless and criminal behavior of the Saudi-led coalition, and have understandably refused to wait around for the next “accidental” bombing of one of their facilities.

Perhaps MSF’s decision will draw more attention to the catastrophe unfolding in Yemen, and perhaps that will prompt more criticism of the administration’s indefensible policy of support for this war. I hope that is the case, but in the meantime the people of Yemen, and especially northern Yemen, are in even greater danger than before. - by Daniel Larison

cp2 Allgemein / General

19.8.2016 – Codepink (A P)

CODEPINK Announces Saudi Arabia Campaign

Speakers and attendees of the Saudi Summit announce new campaign to end U.S. support of Saudi atrocities!

22.8.2016 – Kurier (* B K P)

Jemen: Ein Krieg, den die Welt übersieht, eskaliert

Bombardierte Krankenhäuser, Hungersnöte, Tausende Tote. Während die Augen der Weltöffentlichkeit auf Aleppo gerichtet sind, eskaliert im Süden der arabischen Halbinsel erneut ein Konflikt, dessen Gräuel dem syrischen Bürgerkrieg um nichts nachstehen. Im Jemen liefern sich die schiitischen Houthi-Rebellen seit Jahren erbitterte Kämpfe mit den sunnitischen Regierungstruppen und deren Unterstützern. Seit März 2015 bombardiert eine Militärkoalition aus arabischen Staaten, die von Saudi-Arabien geführt wird, die Rebellen mit Kampfjets – von Armin Arbeiter

Kommentar: Übersichtsartikel.

21.8.2016 – Deutschlandfunk (B K P)

Audio: Hunderttausende demonstrieren im Jemen - Was ist da los? - von Carsten Kühntoppäge-Deuts/Hunderttausende-demonstrieren-im-Jemen-/Deutschlandfunk/Audio-Podcast?bcastId=21554262&documentId=37264494 =

22.8.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen on Table of Gulf-U.S.-British Discussions in Jeddah

Efforts to resolve the Yemeni crisis are expected to witness a wide range of activities next week, starting in the city of Jeddah, on the Red Sea coastline, and ending in New York.

Saudi sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that a meeting of the quadruple committee (Saudi Arabia, Emirates, U.S., Britain) will be held in Jeddah next Thursday, preceded by another Gulf-U.S.-British meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Yemeni file.

According to the sources, the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in addition to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart Boris Johnson, would attend the talks on Yemen.

The sources added the meeting will also be attended by U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

A Yemeni minister speaking on conditions of anonymity told Asharq Al-Awsat that the issue of the Yemeni Central Bank will be at the table of discussions.

Kerry will arrive in Saudi Arabia next Wednesday on a two-day visit to meet with his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir and a number of Saudi officials – by Abdul Hadi Habtoor

Comment: For being honest, all participants apart from the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen are partisans in the Yemen conflict. Thus „peace“ will less be a theme, „victory“ will be more.

22.8.2016 – The Hindu (* B K P)

Such a long silence on Yemen

By deciding to send in more tanks and armaments to Saudi Arabia at a time when the kingdom faces severe international criticism for rights violations in Yemen, including the killing of children, the U.S. was unmistakably sending a message that it’s with Riyadh in this war.

The only thing that prevents further advances of the Houthis is Saudi bombing and a blockade of Yemen. So the Saudis would prefer staying the course, at least till they put together a credible force on the ground that could defend the Hadi regime, now based in the southern city of Aden. But during its course, the Saudis, given the profundity of their campaign and little regard for human cost, will push Yemen further into anarchy.

Though the U.S.’s oil dependence on Saudi Arabia has come down in recent years in the wake of the shale oil boom, the geopolitical and economic aspects of the “special relationship” are ever more significant.

Saudi Arabia is too big a market for any arms exporting country to ignore.

So it’s clear that the international community won’t do much to stop the Saudis from pounding Yemen. No matter how hard the U.S. may talk about human rights, it won’t raise a finger against the Saudis. None other than U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged earlier this year that he had taken off Saudi Arabia from a UN list of countries/militias that kill children after Riyadh threatened to defund UN programmes.

But will these financial threats, Western-supplied weapons and diplomatic protection be enough for Saudi Arabia to shape the future of Yemen? How long can Riyadh continue a disastrous war at a time when its own border security is worsening and economy struggling with low oil prices? Besides, it’s not easy to shape Yemen’s politics from outside

If the Saudis and their partners in this war take the right lessons from this history, they should pull out of Yemen at the earliest, leaving the Yemenis to decide their future – by Johny Stanly

Comment: Overview article.

21.8.2016 – Israel Defense (B K)

The Iranian Influence in the War in Yemen

In August 2016, several media sources have reported the first use of Iranian Zelzal-3 missiles by the Houthis in Yemen. Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay analyzes the effect of the missile threat to the military balance of the war

It is not clear how many missiles Houthi forces currently have in their arsenal. Yemen’s military was believed to have had 300 Scud missiles when the conflict began – most of which fell under the control of Houthi rebels and allied troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president. Some previous estimates of Yemen’s missile arsenal from defense analysis groups were much smaller.

Yemen is believed to have several different types of Scud missiles of both North Korean and Soviet origin. During 1994’s civil war between southern separatists and the forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, both sides used Scuds.

Major General Nasser Al-Tahri, Deputy Commander-in-chief, revealed that the military of Yemen acquired information confirming the cooperation of several Iranian experts with Houthi rebels to gear up Scud missiles.

According to some reports, Iran has armed its allies with Zelzal-3 missiles: Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad regime in Syria and now the Houthi rebels in Yemen – by Shaul Shay

Comment: The so-called „summary“ sums up the well-known propaganda as often heard from the Saudi side.

21.8.2016 – RT (* B K P)

'News blackout prevents Americans from knowing what is happening in Yemen'

Barack Obama was betting that whatever the Saudis did in Yemen would not backfire inside of the US, Said Sadek, political sociologist, told RT.

RT: What will the withdrawal of some U.S. staff mean for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen?

Said Sadek: It is symbolic. You have to remember that the United States had sent 45 advisers and we had almost one year and a half of fighting and there was no decisive conclusion of this war. You have to ask why did the Americans support the Saudis in Yemen in the first place? They wanted to allay the fears of the Saudis that they had abandoned them and went for Iran and replaced the alliance with Tehran. So they let the Saudis do what they wanted in Yemen and gave limited support behind the wings. The coalition that is fighting in Yemen is armed with US weapons, as well as weapons from Qatar, Emirate pilots, and still it is indecisive.

RT: The U.S. also says it's selling more than a billion dollars' worth of tanks, armored vehicles and other equipment to the Saudis. How does that square with the notion of reducing help for the coalition?

SS: Of course they will not reduce anything. They are just saying such things for the domestic situation in America because not many people are aware as to what is happening in Yemen in the international media. The US is protecting Saudi Arabia from criticism in the United Nations, and among human rights organizations. So symbolically [the US] was doing some advising work and at the same time selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. They appear to be independent and separate from what is happening in Yemen. No, they are involved totally in Yemen.

21.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

In essence, this is the Saudi war on Yemen. Doing the same thing over & over, hoping for a different result. Einstein calls it insanity.

21.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K P)

Yemen's Houthis, Hadi loyalists swap 30 prisoners

Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi have exchanged nearly three dozen prisoners captured during clashes between the two sides.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Houthis had released 15 men in exchange for as many inmates freed by Hadi loyalists in the al-Maton district of the northern al-Jawf Province, located approximately 110 kilometers north of Sana’a. The prisoner swap was conducted on Saturday evening following mediation by local tribes, the Arabic-language television network al-Masirah reported.

21.8.2016 – Aljazeera (* B E K)

Film: The economic damage of Yemen’s war

Yemen's ongoing war has already damaged the country's weak infrastructure. And in places like the port city of Hodeida, the resulting impact on the economy is hurting low-income families the most. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid explains. =

20.8.2016 – New Observer (** B K P)

Yemen: The Hidden War

The war in Yemen—despite being marked by repeated and extensive war crimes committed by the U.K. and U.S.-supplied Saudi Arabian-led side—has hardly been covered by the controlled media.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama authorized the supply of over $100 million of weapons—including illegal cluster bombs—to the Saudis to keep the air campaign going, and also personally directed massive numbers of U.S. drone strikes inside Yemen.

The British government has also emerged as one of the largest arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia, and openly expressed support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen. In January 2016, it emerged that UK military advisors were assisting Saudi personnel in the selection of targets, as well as supplying material and targeting support for the bombing of Yemen.

Predictably—as U.S. military intervention has caused everywhere else in the Middle East—the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians by both the Saudi strikes and the American drone attacks, have driven hundreds of thousands of Muslims into the arms of the Islamists, so that AQAP and ISIS now control at least a third of Yemen.

The U.S. and U.K.’s military intervention has not come about to support “democracy”—because none of the sides are democratic, and least of all Saudi Arabia, which has sharia law as its constitutional foundation.

The attacks on the Houthi rebels are purely motivated by the accurate belief that that group is opposed to Israel, and, therefore, like all Arab states opposed to Israel (such as Saddam’s Iraq, Assad’s Syria, Gadaffi’s Libya, and so on) must be destroyed.

There is no other reason for the U.S. and U.K.’s military intervention in Yemen, as no side is actually worthy of support on its own.

The end result of this conflict will be—and already largely is—a further upsurge in support for the Islamists, and even more “refugees.”

Once again, the U.S. and U.K. governments, driven solely by their short-sighted and self-defeating biased foreign policies, are creating a whole new human tragedy for which Europe is likely to pick up the tab.

Comment: Overview article. The reason given here for Western intervention „The attacks on the Houthi rebels are purely motivated by the accurate belief that that group is opposed to Israel,“ is nonsense anyway. The Houthis are far away from Israel and have their own problems. The main reason for western intervention in Yemen just is that they are interested in comforting the Saudis. The Saudis are main allies of the West and the main customer for arms sales.

20.8.2016 – Reuters (A P)

In apparent response to the Houthi show of force on Saturday, ambassadors from the G18 group of nations that has backed UN peace talks to end Yemen’s civil war issued a statement condemning “unconstitutional and unilateral actions in Sana’a”.

The group of ambassadors repeats its concern that actions taken by elements of the general people’s congress and the Houthis as well as their supporters are making the search for a peaceful solution more difficult,” the envoys added in a statement posted on the US embassy’s Facebook page.

Comment: „Houthi show of force“ look at cp5. Of course, the US want to follow their old way concerning Yemen. These peace talks as they had been hold before hardly had anything to do with peace talks but really were a „how we press Houthis to fully surrender“.

20.8.2016 – US embassy to Yemen (A P)

G18 Ambassadors' Statement on Yemen

The Group of Ambassadors repeats its concern that actions taken by elements of the General People's Congress and the Houthis as well as their supporters are making the search for a peaceful solution more difficult by unconstitutional and unilateral actions in Sanaa. These actions only increase the divisions in Yemen and will not address the political, economic, and security problems that are causing such widespread suffering throughout the country. We also express our concern about the escalation of violence and reiterate our call on all parties to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities. We call on all parties to deal responsibly with the efforts of the UN Special Envoy and to adhere to the references for a peaceful solution; the GCC Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference, and relevant UNSC resolutions including 2216.

Comment by Jane Novak: US, others condemn Houthi Saleh political moves (ruling council) & not #KSAcoalition's latest airstrike atrocities

Commant by Zaynata Beeha: only enemies of democracy would spew such verbal filth. People of the Yemen have the right to choose: they did

Comment: This statement really is not helpful for any peaceful solution, just trying to beware a status quo keeping ex-president Hadi in the race.

20.8.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

G18 ambassadors: Houthi actions hindering peace process in Yemen

A group of countries, which have pledged support to a Gulf-sponsored initiative for Yemen, said on Saturday that the Iran-backed Houthi militia and allied forces are hindering peace in the crisis-hit country.

The group, often referred to as G18, is made up of ambassadors hailing from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, permanent Security Council members, in addition to Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Japan and Egypt.

The G18 backs the GCC Initiative for Yemen, which was signed in 2011 to help extricate Yemen from its post-Arab Spring crisis by peacefully transferring power from the country’s long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh to his former vice President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

“Unconstitutional and unilateral actions” by Houthi militias and their allied forces belonging to the deposed president Saleh are “making the search for a peaceful solution more difficult,” the G18 said in a statement.

Comment: Of course the Saudis and Emiratis appreciate this statement. This „G 18“ was one-sided from the very beginning. And Saudi air strikes killing and destroying is nothing to take position against.

20.8.2016 – BBC Newshour (** A K P)

Film: Yemen protests

Comment by Elisabeth Kendall: For an excellent report of what's going on in #Yemen, listen to 1st 12 mins of @bbclysedoucet

20.8.2018 – BBC (* A K P)

Audio: 'Unless a Yemeni kid washes up on the shores of Europe, nobody is going to pay attention'

Bombs have fallen close to a massive protest in Yemen against deadly air-strikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition. Hisham Al-Omeisy, a political analyst and father of two young children living in Sana'a, was at the protests and told Newshour what happened.

20.8.2016 – Deutsche Welle (A K P)

Jemen vor schweren Zeiten

Die Aussicht auf ein Ende des Bürgerkriegs im Jemen wird immer unwahrscheinlicher. Während die Huthi-Rebellen die Macht im Staat anstreben, ziehen sich US-Militärberater und Hilfsorganisationen aus dem Land zurück.

Kommentar: Der Artikel ist offenbar eine Zusammenstellung aus verschiedenen Meldungen und Berichten. Betraut war damit wohl ein Praktikant an seinem ersten Tag, wenn man Überschrift und Schlagzeile liest. „Jemen vor schweren Zeiten“: die hat der Jemen schon längst, schlimmer kann es kaum noch werden. - „ Während die Huthi-Rebellen die Macht im Staat anstreben“: Die Huthi sind keine „Rebellen“ mehr, die „Macht teilen sie z. Zt. mit der Partei von Ex-Präsident Saleh. - Die US-Militärberater und die Hilfsorganisationen in einem Atemzug zu nennen, als würden sie im Jemen eine vergleichbar positive Funktion ausüben, ist absurd. Das kommt einer Propaganda für US-Militär im Jemen nahe. Und: Aus dem Jemen wurden gar keine Amerikaner abgezogen, sondern aus Saudi-Arabien. - Hilfsorganisationen: Es geht derzeit um eine (Singular!!).

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

22.8.2016 – The Peninsula Qatar (A H)

QR1.6m donated to 2,465 orphans in Yemen

Islamic Dawah Organisation has distributed QR1.6m to 2,465 orphans in Yemen sponsored by Qatari philanthropists within the framework of the ‘Orphan Sponsorship’ project it has implemented in Arab and African countries.

Comment: The air force makes them orphans, then charity donates.

22.8.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Infographic: UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 19 August 2016 =

21.8.2016 – Dubai Eye (A H)

People with disabilities benefit from UAE relief aid in Yemen

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has distributed 352 relief packages to people with special needs in the Mukalla city in Yemen.

The donations include food, blankets and other essential materials.

Comment: How many people in Yemen are disabled now because they were mutilated in a Saudi coalition air raid?

20.8.2016 – The UN Times (A H K)

Last week, Saudi-led coalition destroyed Hodeidah bridge, #Yemen.90% of @WFPfood to Sana traveled across the bridge (image)

Comments by Samuel Oakford: US specifically instructed Saudis not to destroy main bridge that carries aid in #Yemen. Saudis attacked it 3 times

This, on Pentagon no-strike list given to Saudis, was hit on Thursday, destroyed Friday. Another bridge on Saturday. and

20.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A H)

Imagine that : Under Saudi jets, Yemeni medics had to deliver by Caesarean twin babies from their dead mother's womb. They are heroes to me.

17 Aug : Baby twins delivered safely from Yemen woman killed by Saudi airstrike. Not one headline in Western media.


cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

21.8.2016 – Frankfurter Rundschau (* A B K P)

Jemen erneut unter Beschuss

In Jemen wird wieder bombardiert, seit die Friedensgespräche in Kuwait vor zehn Tagen gescheitert sind. Millionen Menschen gingen am vergangenen Freitag in der Hauptstadt Sanaa auf die Straße, um nach anderthalb Jahren Krieg, 6800 Toten und Verwüstungen in allen größeren Städten Frieden für ihr Land zu fordern. Das Armenhaus der Arabischen Welt steht vor einer humanitären Katastrophe – und einer kulturellen

Die Liste der Verluste durch saudische Luftangriffe und Jihadisten-Attentate wird lang und länger.


Nach dem Urteil von Mohammad al-Sayan, dem Antikenchef des Jemen, erleidet seine Heimat derzeit die gleiche ideologisch-religiös getriebene Kulturzerstörung wie Syrien und Irak. Die saudischen Kampfjets wollten möglichst viele vorislamische Kulturzeugnisse ausradieren, weil die Hardliner des wahabitischen Islam sie als „Götzenanbetung“ verurteilen, argwöhnt – von Martin Gehlen,1472596,34657762.html

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

21.8.2016 – Reuters (* A K P)

Yemen's ex-president says could work with Russia to 'fight terrorism'

A newly-formed governing council in Yemen could work with Russia to "fight terrorism" by allowing Moscow use of the war-torn country's military bases, Yemen's former president said on Sunday.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, a former counter-terrorism ally of the U.S. who was toppled by mass protests in 2011, told state-owned channel Russia 24 that Yemen was ready to grant Moscow access to air and naval bases.

"In the fight against terrorism we reach out and offer all facilities. Our airports, our ports... We are ready to provide this to the Russian Federation," Saleh said in an interview in Sanaa.

The ex-strongman may lack the clout to implement such an offer. But officials from the party he heads now run a political council that controls much of the country along with the Houthi movement allied to Iran.

21.8.2016 – Al Bab (* A K P)

Ex-president Saleh offers ‘all Yemen’s facilities’ to Russia

In a TV interview today, Yemen’s ex-president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, appeared to invite Russian military intervention in the country’s conflict. He talked of reactivating old Yemeni agreements with the Soviet Union and offfered “all the facilities” of Yemen’s bases, ports and airports to Russia.

Saleh seemed to be advocating something similar to what happened in Syria, where Russia and Iran joined the conflict on the Assad regime’s side under the guise of fighting terrorism. A video of the interview is here, with a transcript in Arabic here.

In the Russian TV interview, Saleh described Russia as “the closest kin to us”, adding that it has “a positive attitude” in the UN Security Council – by Brian Whitaker =

Comment by Hissham Al-Omeisy: Besides, Twitter a more serious platform where we tell ex presidents 'not yours to offer, stop taunting West'. and also y

Comment: With overview on the background.

20.8.2016 – Middle East Monitor (** A)

Houthis execute 14 Yemen Republic Guards

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition said on Friday that the Houthi rebels in Yemen have executed 14 soldiers from the Republic Guards.

The men were accused of being “cowards” during an assault against the Saudi city of Njaran, news agencies have reported. Sources have revealed that 60 Houthis were apparently killed in one day during an incident across the border with Saudi Arabia.

According to comments coming out of the General People’s Congress, ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for an “urgent” clarification from the Houthis about the execution of the soldiers that took place on Thursday.

20.8.2016 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

Al-Sammad: SPC formation meets Yemeni people's willThe President of the Supreme Political Council (SPC) stressed on Saturday that the formation of the Council came to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people and to take into account Yemen's interests above all other interests.
Saleh al-Samad said the SPC came also to fill the gaps that the Yemen's enemies are trying to disperse the People after their inability to achieve any progress on the ground.

"Do not you see the Yemeni people, these crowds which maybe equal the four times of four Arab Gulf States which they are involved in the aggression against Yemen, who are you to attack the Yemeni people, shame on those who see and hear the will of the Yemeni people by a group who cannot secure itself more than running the country, " al-Sammad said.
In the coming days, the government will be formed to unite all efforts to reach a stable situation, if possible, and to hold general elections, al-Sammad said, calling on the chairman of the parliament and Parliament's members to hold the parliament' sessions to participate in addressing these challenges.

20.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen Pres commander-in-chief Saleh Samad formed military&security committee from forces of ruling council

Comments by Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

SPC formed yet another "committee" instead of new cabinet/gov. Seems hesitant. Perhaps bcz G18 denounced as unilateral/disrupt move.

Also, some names in 13 members "Military & Security Cmte" ancd r questionable. Bad sign if this is pool SPC will draw from. Sigh. and

20.8.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A P)

Supreme Council Prs,Saleh AlSammad announcd n #Sanaarally #Yemen-i gov will be formed n days Unconfirmed Names (list of names in photo)

20.8.2016 – AliAlAhmed (A P)

@AmbassadorPowermeet the new president of #Yemenmr Saleh AlSemadi & his supporters in #Sanaa.

20.8.2016 – Deutschlandfunk (A P)

Großkundgebung für schiitische Rebellen

Im Jemen sind zehntausende Menschen auf die Straßen gegangen, um für die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen zu demonstrieren.

Die Demonstration galt auch als Signal der Unterstützung für den Regierungsrat der Huthi. Die Aufständischen hatten den Rat Ende Juli gebildet - gemeinsam mit Anhängern des gestürzten Präsidenten Saleh. und iehe Film, es sind deutlich mehr:

Kommentar: Es werden weit mehr als Zehntausende sein, siehe Fotos in den folgenden Artikeln. Wer einen neuen „Arabischen Frühling“ möchte, sollte sich das hier mal anschauen. - „Schiitische Rebellen“: Die Huthis sind keine Schiiten, sondern Zaiditen. Und sie sind keine „Rebellen“ mehr, sondern Regierungspartei.

20.8.2016 – Tagesschau (* A P)

Zehntausende demonstrieren in Sanaa: Rückhalt für Jemens Regierungsrat

[mit Kommentaren]

Kommentar von Marga Reta: "Die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen haben kürzlich einen Regierungsrat ausgerufen. International wird er abgelehnt."

Und - warum wird der international nicht anerkannt? Weil der - anders als die "Einheitsregierung" in Libyen - NICHT von der internationalen Gemeinschaft ausgesucht und eingesetzt wurde. Was die Menschen betrifft, die für diesen Regierungsrat nun demonstrieren - wen interessieren denn die? Die internationalen Politiker wohl nicht. "Wertegemeinschaft" mir graust vor dir.

20.8.2016 – Alwaght (A P)

Millions of Yemenis Rallied, Voiced Support for Supreme Political Council

Millions of Yemenis have rallied to show their strong support for a political body recently formed to run the country and to confront Saudi aggression against their country.

Huge gathering of people took to the streets of capital city of Sana’a before converging on a main square to support the Supreme Political Council, formed after the failure of recent peace talks with the Saudi side.

Supporters of the newly formed Supreme Political Council waved national Yemeni flags and chanted slogans like “We will sacrifice our souls and blood for the sake of Yemen,” as patriotic songs played.

They also carried placards with messages reading, “Reforms are the most efficient popular force in the face of enemies” in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia and former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. and see films: and

Comment by Gracchus Babeuf: You want an #ArabSpring? Try this for size. This one is real.

Comment by Judith Brown: Just about every group of Yemenis was represented in this huge demonstration in Sanaa yesterday - including this little Jewish Yemeni child - that was completely missed in the Western news media. They were demonstrating for their sovereignty - the right to choose their own politicians and against foreign interference and war. Some estimate that as many as four million people demonstrated and despite their poverty and lack of fuel many travelled into Sanaa to show their solidarity for peaceful governance. Please world listen to Yemeni people's voices and see for yourself what Yemen wants and needs.

20.8.2016 – BBC (A P)

Yemen conflict: Major pro-rebel demonstration in Sanaa

Large numbers of Yemenis have taken part in a demonstration in the capital Sanaa in support of Houthi rebels and their allies, who control the city.

Demonstrators backed a new governing council announced by the rebels.

Shortly afterwards, bombs were reported to have been dropped nearby by planes of the Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally recognised government. and film

Comment: You have to reach half the article to understand there have been casualties from the airstrikes of today. And no, it was not only pro-Houthi/Saleh supporters rally. #‎BBC‬serving its government's agenda

20.8.2016 – Voice of America (* A P)

Massive Numbers in Yemen March in Support of Rebels

Comment: Voice of #‎America‬still mentioning 'Shi'ite rebels'

Comment: Houthis neither are „Shiite“, nor „rebels“ any more. „Rebelling“ against whom? Hadi is no more president since Feb. 27, 2015. How there can be any „rebels“ against him now?

Comment by Judith Brown: The question in Yemen is this - which side are 'the Rebels'? This truly depends on where a person lives, what his or her politics is, what religious group he or she belongs to (although the later is a new phenomena in Yemen thanks to Wahhabi influence on Yemeni politics over the last couple of decades). So I guess the people who are demonstrating just want a government - which incidentally was denied them during the era of Hadi who ruled Yemen without referring to the parliament.

20.8.2016 – Reuters in The Guardian (* A P)

Shia Yemenis rally in support of Houthi governing council

Tens of thousands demonstrate on the streets of capital Sana’a as their leaders promise to form a full government

Tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in the centre of the capital, Sana’a, to show support for the Shia Houthi movement as the head of the group’s new governing council vowed to form a full government in the coming days.

As Houthi demonstrators packed Sana’a’s Sabeen Square waving Yemeni flags and chanting slogans, chairman Saleh al-Samad outlined the council’s plans for running the war-ravaged country following the breakdown of the peace talks earlier this month. “Economic affairs will be the priority of our work in the coming period,” he said.

In another speech broadcast on Houthi-run television, Samad ordered the Houthi delegation at peace negotiations in Muscat not to speak with the UN envoy leading the talks, saying they should first return to Sana’a for consultations with the council. “The hand of peace is still outstretched,” he added.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Lame, @reuters. Very lame. | "By Reuters in RIyadh" : Shia Yemenis rally in support of Houthi governing council

Comment by Ben Norton: Surprise, the article propagating the misleading sectarian narrative on Yemen was reported from inside Saudi Arabia

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: "Shia Yemenis"!? Seriously? Guess article author/byline, "Reuters in Riyadh", explains ridiculous headline. #Yemen

Comment: What is wrong. There WERE casualities by the Saudi air raid (3 killed, 9 injured)

20.8.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

3 civilians killed,9 injured in Sanaa massive rally by Saudi-led airstrikes not worth mentioning in any media #Yemen

Comment: More in cp16 here and in YPR 186, cp 16 on top

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

21.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen ex-president: Saudi aggression nullified UN 2216&GCC initiative& Hadi has no legitimacy

Comment: Saleh. When he is right, then he is right.

21.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

2216 not just stick in mud, but will also be remembered as accursed resolution okayed bombing #Yemeninto oblivion.

21.8.2016 – Mark Springer (A K P)

Fermon: "UN Resolution does not allow force 4 implementation".

Comment: UNSC Res. 2216.

Fermon: "Hadi calling 4 foreign intervention in Yemen was done in violation Yemeni constitution & was not legitimate".

21.8.2016 – Jane Novak (A K P)

#UN res 2216 is pushing #Yemen war sides to con't war instead of toward peace as humanitarian crisis exacerbates

Comment: Thank you, Jane. That's what I tell since more than a year.

20.8.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

Yemeni Rebels refuse to meet UN envoy in protest against Saudi coalition actions

The delegation of Yemeni rebels who participated in the peace talks, refused to meet UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed,in protest against the refusal of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia to let the Oman plane, on which the delegation had to return to Sanaa more than ten days ago, pass, according to a source.

The delegation is still in the Omani capital of Muscat. The UN Envoy is expected to arrive there on Sunday, the source added.

19.8.2016 – Rare (* B K P)

The UN is botching another war, and the Mideast’s poorest country is paying the price

Yet the most substantive effort by the Security Council to resolve the conflict – Resolution 2216, passed last year – is having the opposite effect. Rather than pushing both Yemeni government representatives and Houthi officials towards compromise, it is enabling the worst instincts of both.

In the resolution, the Security Council demands “immediately and unconditionally” that Houthi militants withdraw from the territory they’ve occupied, return weapons and institutional control to the state authorities, free all political prisoners they have in their custody, and “cease all actions that are exclusively within the authority of the legitimate Government of Yemen.” In short: instead of being a neutral arbiter, the Security Council has thrown all its support behind the Yemeni government.

State sovereignty is a bedrock principle for the United Nations, so demanding that an irregular militia outside of state authority stop acting like a state is a reasonable thing to do.

The problem is that the civil war in Yemen is not an ordinary conflict. In Yemen’s case, the Houthis are not a movement struggling to maintain an anti-government insurgency, but a governing entity themselves. Whether we like it or not, the Houthis are the sole authority in some of Yemen’s major cities, including the capital, Sanaa. The Security Council’s formula for Yemen refuses to take this reality into account, surpassing it with the ideal rather than the possible.

Resolution 2216 was passed at a time when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the rest of the Gulf states were just beginning their military campaign to drive the Houthis out of Sanaa. In March 2015, President Hadi had the momentum, and the Security Council likely calculated that Houthi fighters would opt to meet their unconditional demands if the alternative was military defeat.

A year and a half later, the situation has markedly changed. It’s time for the Security Council to pass a new resolution that takes these new realities into account. Unilateral surrender is no longer an option, and the Security Council should stop wasting its time trying to attain it. If they continue to do so, they’re only throwing gasoline on a fire – by Daniel DePetris

Comment: Definitely wrong in a mayor point: „President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, … is the legitimately elected president of the country, and his government was established pursuant to other Security Council resolutions that were created to ease the country’s transition“: No, and no. Hadi WAS „the legitimately elected president“, his term expired, and no international recognition can prolongate it. His whole government is illegitimate, as according to the constitution it must be approved by the parliament. Hadi just had discharged the vice president and the government which had been approved by the parliament and high-handed appointed new people without any approval by parliament.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

21.8.2016 – Islam Times (* B K P)

Yemeni Activist: Saudi Arabia Behind All Crises in Yemen, Bahrain and the Region

Ahmed ِِAl-Moayyad, political analyst and commentator, and a member of one of the organizers, Sheba for Democracy and Human Rights in an exclusive interview with Bahrain Mirror, said, "The major reasons for what is happening in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are all linked to one another in terms of the conspiring party."

"The official Saudi outlets are not showing the reality of what is happening in Yemen with the Yemeni people, but it is rather promoting an image that is completely contradicting to reality in terms of politics. The media blackout is also apparent when it comes to the reality of the crimes occurring in Yemen. These crimes, military ones, are uncountable; the Saudi bombarding does not distinguish between military or civilian targets," he further told Bahrain Mirror.
Moreover, he stressed that Saudi Arabia is trying to occupy Yemen and impose its political ruling on it, and that is why it is trying to defeat the Yemeni people to bow for it.
Having said that, Mr. Moayyed clarified the situation by saying that "Saudi Arabia is dealing with Yemen exactly as the Israeli enemy is dealing with the Gaza Strip, through the blockade and media blackout, lack of sovereignty and dignity."

20.8.2016 – Malaysian Mirror (A H)

Sexually abused Philippine worker dies in Saudi Arabia

A Philippine worker, who was allegedly raped by her Saudi employer, has succumbed to her wounds while in a coma.

Philippine Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III said in a radio interview from Jeddah on Friday that 35-year-old Irma Avila Edloy died at the King Salman Hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, because of severe injuries.

20.8.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

#SaudiArabia : #Yemenexpat in KSA jailed 42 months. Crime :Supporting Houthi leader Sayyid Abdul Malik Al Houthi.

cp9 USA

21.8.2016 – Antiwar (A P)

Congressmen Increasingly Critical of US Support for Saudi War in Yemen

Senators Aim to Stop Major New Arms Sales to Saudis – by Jason Ditz

Comment: This had been reported before, see various YPR.

21.8.2016 – Tasnim News (* B K P)

US Turning Blind Eye to Saudi Crimes in Yemen: American Academic

Following is the text of the interview with Daniel Chirot, Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at University of Washington.

The US considers Saudi Arabia an important ally and has always closed its eyes to abuses committed both inside the Kingdom as well as to what the Saudis are doing in Yemen. None of this is new.

As for the UN, it does not do anything that is opposed by one of the big powers on the Security Council.

All the big arms sellers, including a peaceful nation like Sweden, will sell to anyone willing to pay unless a country is considered an enemy, a potential enemy, or an ally of an enemy. The US is a very big arms seller and its companies make money selling arms.

Part of the violence in the Middle East is certainly due to outside involvement, not just in arms sales, but in direct involvement. But people in the Middle East should not assume that this is the only, or even main cause.

I have no doubt that big power intervention, including arms sales, makes things worse, but it would not be correct to say that this is the only reason for conflicts. It is the general situation in the Middle East that drives arms sales, so these are really more a symptom of problems than a direct cause. =

21.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

US Not Serious In Stopping Saudi War On Yemen: Ex-US Diplomat

The United States is not serious in stopping Saudi Arabia and its war of aggression against the people of Yemen, according to J. Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat in Saudi Arabia.

“If the United States really wanted to stop Saudi Arabia and its war in Yemen, it will stop arming Saudi Arabia, it will stop sending money to Saudi Arabia, it will stop permitting Saudis to come to the United States. It could break diplomatic relations with Saudis,” Springmann observed.

“I think it is more of a political show game where you put a peanut under a cup, and you have several cups, and moves them on other tables and you have to guess where the peanut is,” the former diplomat said.

Springmann said Washington has made this “because it looks bad for the Obama administration and the Democratic Party when they are charged with continuing warfare around the world by groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.”

“I think that the US is still going to keep arming the Saudis, replacing the bombs they are dropping on Yemen. The United States continues its unconditional support for the Saudi regime and its wars…they have given more than a billion dollars [to the US] to buy weapons, to rearm, to replace the armament what’s been dropped on Yemen,” the analyst observed.

“So I feel this is simply a game being played for the front page of a big newspaper at some place rather than dealing with reality, ” he stated.

21.8.2016 – AP (A P)

Kerry then heads to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and Thursday for discussions on the conflict in neighboring Yemen. The talks will include Saudi leaders, counterparts from Britain and in the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the U.N. special envoy for Yemen.

20.8.2016 – New York Times (** A P)

Foundation Ties Bedevil Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign

he kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated more than $10 million. Through a foundation, so did the son-in-law of a former Ukrainian president whose government was widely criticized for corruption and the murder of journalists. A Lebanese-Nigerian developer with vast business interests contributed as much as $5 million.

For years the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation thrived largely on the generosity of foreign donors and individuals who gave hundreds of millions of dollars to the global charity. But now, as Mrs. Clinton seeks the White House, the funding of the sprawling philanthropy has become an Achilles’ heel for her campaign and, if she is victorious, potentially her administration as well.

Saudi Arabia has been a particularly generous benefactor. The kingdom gave between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Saudi Arabia also presents Washington with a complex diplomatic relationship full of strain - by AMY CHOZICK and STEVE EDER

19.8.2016 – Reuters (A K P)

U.S. says support to Saudi's Yemen campaign modest, no blank check

The Pentagon on Friday described its advisory support to Saudi Arabia's coalition campaign in Yemen as modest and "not a blank check," after a Reuters report disclosed it had withdrawn its military personnel from an advisory cell in the kingdom.

"Even as we assist the Saudis regarding their territorial integrity, it does not mean that we will refrain from expressing our concern about the war in Yemen and how it has been waged," spokesman Adam Stump said.

"In our discussions with the Saudi-led coalition, we have pressed the need to minimize civilian casualties."

Comment: That's ridiculous self-whitewashing. „ we assist the Saudis regarding their territorial integrity“: When the Sausi attacks began, Saudi territory was not attacked at all. The only side disregarding the „territorial integrity“ of another country were the Saudis and their US cronies in Yemen. - „The Pentagon on Friday described its advisory support to Saudi Arabia's coalition campaign in Yemen as modest“: Modest? Arms supply for many billions, refueling Saudi fighter jets, is „modest“??

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

21.8.2016 – The Guardian (** B K P)

How Britain is cashing in on the Middle East’s hunt for weapons

Human rights violations in Yemen by Saudi Arabia, the UK arms industry’s biggest customer, have thrown a stark light on the murky defence trade

Raytheon’s factories in Essex and Scotland produce the Paveway IV guided bomb which, according to its manufacturer, has been “put to the test in every major conflict” and proved itself “time and again, as the weapon of choice by the end users”.

One enthusiastic end user is Saudi Arabia, now the UK defence sector’s biggest customer, having agreed orders for £3.5bn of military hardware since the start of 2015. Saudi Arabia’s buying spree has been prompted, at least partially, by its intervention in neighbouring Yemen. For months, evidence has been emerging from the rubble of Yemen that UK-manufactured weapons – including Paveway bombs – have been used in the campaign.

It’s not just that the Saudis have used these weapons in Yemen: Human Rights Watch has determined that they have been used unlawfully and that the weapons used in the strikes were UK-produced,” said Kristine Beckerle of Human Rights Watch. The organisation has become so frustrated by the government’s refusal to acknowledge how UK weapons are being deployed in Yemen that it is releasing a video highlighting the impact they are having on a conflict in which at least 6,000 people have died.

However, in statements to parliament the Foreign Office has insisted that “the MOD assessment is that the Saudi-led coalition is not targeting civilians”, and that “there has not been a breach of IHL [international humanitarian law] by the coalition” - by Jamie Doward

Comment: Profound overview on British arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

19.8.2016 – The Independent (* A K P)

Theresa May should expel Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council, but that's not enough to absolve the UK

Despite international condemnation of the Saudi regime, it is Britain who still sleeps on the sofa, desperate to save its failing marriage

It is paradoxical that a country with one of the worst records is even party to an institution which sets and monitors human rights standards.

It is no surprise, then, that Amnesty International demands that the UK hold Saudi Arabia to account for “it’s appalling human rights record and the on-going war crimes in Yemen”. But will it do this by merely booting it out of the HRC?

The simple answer is “no”. Yes, the Saudis must go. Get them out. But if we continue our trade deals, our military support for the nation, then our Prime Minister's vote would amount to a meaningless exercise in political theatre – by Allan Hennessy

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

21.8.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Netherlands Rejects Unilateral Steps Taken by Coup Leaders in Yemen

Dutch Ambassador to Yemen Robert Petrie stressed his country's rejection and denunciation of the unilateral actions taken by the coup leaders, citing the formation of so-called political council as well as the call for a meeting of the House of Representatives. He described such actions as unacceptable steps that hinder peace efforts.
According to Yemen News Agency, which carried the story, the Dutch ambassador stressed his country's support for Yemen, the legitimacy in Yemen, the peace efforts and the return of security and stability.

Comment: The Netherlands, a fedel Western vassal of the US as well. Bombing a country to rubble seems to be less important than installing a new political process.

21.8.2016 – Tehran Times (* A P)

Russia’s role in Yemen conflict

Russia’s official recognition of Yemen’s “Supreme Political Council”, which is comprised of a coalition between the Ansarullah (Houthi) movement and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress Party, was a major blow to the House of Saud and Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who claims to be the Yemeni president.

There were a lot of evidence that Moscow’s approach on Yemen was changing and the House of Saud and its allies were hoping to persuade Russians to at least keep silent; in other words the Saudis tried to buy their silence.

However many political analysts, by considering new facts on the battle ground which is turning in favor of the Yemeni army and to the loss of forces loyal to Mansur Hadi, were expecting such a reaction from Russia.

Will the situation in Yemen change and to what extent? Is Russia really prepared to repeat its policies regarding Syria also in Yemen? It doesn’t seem so! - by Heydar Soheyli Isfahani

20.8.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Russia vows support for Yemen legitimacy

Abdulmalik Al-Mikhlafi, Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister of Yemen, met in Jeddah today with Mikhael Bugdanov, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister, who is also Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for middle east.
During the meeting, the Russian envoy declared that his country supports legitimacy in Yemen and that this position is unchangable as Russia is keen to see a united, secure and stable Yemen.
He said the two countries point of view of Russia and Yemen is identical as regards the support for the UN envoy for Yemen Ismael Ould Al-Cheich Ahmed to reach peace in Yemen according to the three references represented in the GCC initiative and its executive mechanism, the outcomes of the national dialogue and the resolutions of the UN Security Council, including resolution No. 2216. and by WAM:

Comment: Russia, now what? That are quite different claims from the Iranian and he Saudi / Emirati side.

19.8.2016 – ALSDDY (A P)

Films on situation at Bahrain:

Bahrain : Riot Police Repression Demonstration With Multiple Tear Gases

Bahrain : Very Dangerous Armoured vehicle Shoot and Hit Cameraman Directly With Multiple Tear Gases

Bahrain : Heavy Clashes With Riot Police APC Challenging The Government Authorities

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

21.8.2016 – Motley Fool (* A K P)

Can a Massive Saudi Arms Deal Help Save General Dynamics' Tank Biz?

Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: It might do a lot more than just "save" the business.

General Dynamics' (NYSE:GD)Lima, Ohio-based tank-building factory is back from the dead (the rest of General D was already doing just fine). But it's still a complicated situation -- so let me explain.

Last week, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency -- the arm of the Pentagon responsible for coordinating foreign arms sales -- announced that it has notified Congress of a big new order for Abrams main battle tanks for Saudi Arabia. According to DSCA, Saudi wants to buy 153 M1Al/A2 "tank structures" from General Dynamics.

That's great news for the workers, but what does it mean for investors? Actually, it's pretty good news for us, too. You see, currently, combat systems is General Dynamics' smallest business unit, with just $5.6 billion in revenue booked in 2015. At the same time, combat systems is the company's second-most-profitable unit, with an operating profit margin of 15.6% -- just behind the uber-profitable aerospace business that builds lucrative Gulfstream business jets.

Apply that 15.6% margin to the $2.2 billion in revenue coming Lima's way, and General Dynamics stands to make an extra $346 million or so in profit from these tank and APC orders. That's about $1.13 per share, or 12% of trailing profits.

Not bad work for just a couple of contracts, coming out of the company's smallest business unit. Not bad at all – by Rich Smith

Comment: That sounds absolutely crazy to me. This article shows the way many people think. I wish the author and his family, his kids (if he has) would be forced just to live at Saada for the next 12 months.

21.8.2016 – Mark Springer (A K)

David Wearing: entire production line for Pave 4, laser guided bombs, redirected to resupply KSA for war on Yemen.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

20.8.2016 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Map: Yemen: Shelter/CCCM/NFI Cluster 3Ws (Who Does What Where) for May 2016

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

21.8.2016 – Khabar Agency (A T)

#Yemen-i forces killed Abu Muslim Al-Jazaeri, the Envoy of #ISISleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to Yemen west of the city of #Taiz

cp15 Propaganda

21.8.2016 – CNN (A P)

US military distances itself from Saudi-led war in Yemen

The US military is distancing itself from the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen following airstrikes against civilian targets, including hospitals.

The United States has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia a planning team that was coordinating with the coalition air campaign and moved it to Bahrain. The move is intended to better coordinate with naval commandes in Bahrain, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said – by Steve Visser

Comment by Ben Norton: CNN literally makes things up in this article to services the interests of the Pentagon

Comment by Dr. Karim: Exposing media deception. @CNN just one many.

Comment: Yes, this article is deception of the reader, is propaganda for the benefit of US policy. They do not withdraw at all from supporting the Saudis and the Saudi aerial war. CNN propaganda knows that this would sound good to the public, thus they choose this misleading and even false wording.

20.8.2016 – WAM (A P)
Yemen PM hails UAE's role in Arab coalition

Prime Minister of Yemen, Dr. Ahmed Obaid bin Dhager, has commended the role of Arab Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, for its timely intervention to tackle the Houthi coup d'etat, and support the legitimate government of Yemen.

While meeting with the Governor of Aden, Major General Aidarus al-Zubaidi, in Riyadh, the Yemen's PM called for doubling efforts to bolster the security and stability in Aden and track down the remnant of subversive elements to eradicate them, citing the recent victories, of which the recent was the major army victory in Abyan governorate.

They discussed the security, economic and service situation in the governorate, especially oil derivatives, electricity, health and water.

Bin Dagher said that the government was exerting efforts to solve these problems through provision of permanent electricity in the governorate and solving other service problems.

Comment: Praising and hailing the Saudis and the Emirates is one of the main tasks of the Hadi government.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

22.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damages (full list):

22.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi Arabia hits another school in Yemen

Saudi pilots have launched yet another airstrike on a school in the Yemeni province of Ta’izz, with no information immediately available on possible casualties.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television, the air raid hit the al-Rawd school in the district of Dabab in western Ta’izz early on Monday.

[and overview, background]

and see

22.8.2016 – Alalam (* A K PH)

VIDEO: Saudi Arabian Air Force again Targets an School in Yemen’s Taiz

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television, the Saudis air raid hit the al-Rawd school in the district of Dabab in western Taiz early on Monday.

21.8.2016 – News Yemen TV (A K PH)

Film: Aggression warplanes kill more civilians 21 8 2016

21.8.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Huge explosions rocks Sadaa city ,#Saudijets still hovering till now.

2 #Saudiair strikes targeted a petrol station in Maran district #Sadaacity and

21.8.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

#Saudijets are over my city Dhamar now

21.8.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (A K)

Today we gathered to mourn the loss of our colleague & those who died in the airstrike that hit #AbsHospital

21.8.2016 – 14Yemen (A K)

Another bridge hv'been destroyed 2day by #Saudiaggression fighters between #Taiz& #Ibb

21.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damages (full list):

21.8.2016 – Jahaf (A K)

#Yemen: Saudi airstrikes hit Hodeidah international airport

21.8.2016 (night) – Shapban (A K

#Saudiwarplanes hovering over #Yemen's capital at this moment.

20.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets launch raid on al-Ghail
The hostile war jets targeted the house of Abdulwahid Qa'asham in al-Rodhi area in al-Ghail. The house was completely destroyed, the official added.

20.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression wages raids on Capital and and

22.8.2016 – Schweiz Magazin (* A K)

Jemen: Saudis greifen Demonstrationszug an

Die von den Vereinigten Staaten und Europa mit Waffen und anderem Kriegsmaterial ausgerüsteten Saudis haben in der Hauptstadt des Jemens, Sanaa, eine friedliche Pro-Houthi Demonstration mit 100.000 Teilnehmern bombardiert. Die Demonstranten hatten sich in Sanaa auf dem zentralen Platz versammelt, wo sie stolz den neu gegründeten "Obersten politischen Rat" einschliesslich der Mitglieder der Houthi-Bewegung bejubelten.
"Plötzlich begannen die Saudis die Bombardierung und das Publikum fing an zu laufen", so ein Zeuge gegenüber der BBC. "Die Menschen begannen zu schreien, und weil jeder sehr gut bewaffnet ist, begannen sie mit ihren AK-47 Maschinengewehren in den Himmel zu schiessen."
Mit den Bombenabwürfen wollte Saudi-Arabiens Kampjets die friedlichen Proteste unterbrechen und zielten auf Zivilisten. Hierbei handelt es sich ganz klar um einen Akt gegen das Völkerrecht und die Menschenrechte und kann als Kriegsverbrechen angesehen werden.

20.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets wage raids on Sa'ada

The hostile jets targeted on Friday the citizens' houses in Rahban district with three raids. The raid caused completely destroy to one of the home and damages other houses.
The official added the fighter jets also waged two raids on Ain area in Sa'ada province, Causing destroy to property of the citizens.

20.8.2016 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

Saudi jets bomb peaceful pro-Houthi rally in Yemen's capital

The move by Saudi Arabia in violation of international human rights law comes at a time when the United States has withdrawn support for the Riyadh-led coalition due to the rising civilian death toll.

Saudi-led coalition fighter jets struck the Yemeni capital of Sanaa during a massive demonstration that attracted over 100,000 pro-Houthi rebels and supporters of the former President Abdullah Saleh.

But then the powerful moment of human dignity and expression turned tragic as fighter jets began bombing Yemen’s capital, including the area near the Presidential palace where protesters were assembled according to AP. The strike resulted in an “unknown number of casualties” according to the news agency although eyewitnesses say that at least three civilians were killed and dozens were wounded.

"Suddenly, they started bombing and the crowd started running. I basically bolted out of the area," said Hisham al-Omeisy to the BBC. "People started screaming… because everybody’s very well armed, they started shooting their AK-47s and their machine guns into the sky."

Dropping bombs in order to disrupt peaceful protests and target civilians is a novel act of against international law and human rights even for Saudi Arabia. (with film) and film: and by Saba Net: and images of injured: and of killed and

21.8.2016 – Truthdig (* A K P)

Saudis Bomb Yemen’s Capital City During the ‘Million-Person March’

The Houthi Ansarullah Movement that controls most of north and west Yemen staged what was by all accounts an enormous demonstration in the capital of Sanaa on Saturday. It may have been the single largest demonstration in the country’s history. While it was unlikely actually to have involved a million people, it did probably tens of thousands, and it showed how strong grassroots support for the Houthis is in the north.

The massive demonstration in Sab`in Park in downtown Sanaa was intended to send a signal to Saudi Arabia and its coalition that the Houthis are enormously popular in the north and that the General People’s Congress, the parliament of Yemen in its present form, shares in that popularity.

If so, Saudi Arabia did not get that message. Its fighter-bombers targeted downtown Sanaa in the midst of the demonstration, which arguably was a war crime (you aren’t allowed to endanger large numbers of civilians in war if you don’t have to) -by Juan Cole

20.8.2016 – Hussain AlBukhaiti (A K PH)

3 #Saudi#UAEStrikes on PSO [prison] building n #SaadaN #Yemen

20.8.2016 – Reports on air raids at Nehm (A K)

#Saudiwarplanes launch since this early morning more than 20 sorties in Nehim area of Sanaa in eastern #Yemen

#Saudiis now bombing with chemical weapons the villages of Qubarah, Khol Ali, al-Maadi, al-Masrat and al-Aqran in Yemen

More than 20 Saudi airstrik in Nehm east of Sana'a #WarCrimes Saudi used chemical weapons -Military source

Military source #WarCrimes#Saudi airstrik uses chemical weapons in Nehm east of Sana'a.

Yemen: Saudi Arabia uses chemical weapons in Nehm east of Sanaa - A military source

other reports claim #Saudiis not using chemicals n its ongoing shelling of villages n Nihm but toxic material that cause vomiting, fainting

not clear who is using alleged chemicals in ongoing bombing of villages in Nihm. Some allege #Saudiwarplanes, others claim #Saudiloyalists

20.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance.

Casualties and Damages (full list):

20.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance.

Casualties and Damages (full list):

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

21.8.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Commander: Yemeni Army Close to Winning Back Entire Dhale Province

emen's Dhale province is on the verge of being fully liberated as the pro-Saudi forces have sustained heavy losses and casualties in Ma'rib and al-Jawf provinces, a senior Yemeni military commander announced.

"The Yemeni army backed by popular forces purged terrorists from a large number of villages in the Southern and Western parts of Dhale province," Yemeni Army Commander Brigadier General Abdollah al-Setri told FNA on Sunday.

The Yemeni commander reiterated that seizing back of Dhale province will be a heavy blow to the Saudi-led coalition.

21.8.2016 – News Yemen TV and other, films(A K PH)

Jizan Ballistic missile hit mercenaries' gathering

Nagran Ballistic missile hits Saudi air defense camp

Yemeni fighters during break into Saudi posts in Shurfah, Najran

Taiz Tens of mercenaries killed

Taiz Mercenaries' supply line blocked

20.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires rocket on Saudi sites in Jizan

20.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Yemeni army advancing N Najran south KSA, Taking new strategic positions,seizing &destroying weapons ,Abrams tanks


20.8.2016 – Hussain Albuhkaiti ( A K PH)

Vivid film of Handful Barefooted #Houthifighters take new #Saudiarmy position around #NajranS #KSA

20.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army launches missile on Najran

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Saturday a ballistic missile on the air defense camp in Najran region, a military official said.
The official added the missile of Zelzal -3 type hit its target accurately, leaving huge losses in its ordnance.

20.8.2016 – Arab News (A K PS)

Houthi rocket attack kills Saudi, wounds 6 expats in Najran

A Saudi citizen was killed and six others were wounded when a rocket fired from Yemen hit a building in the southern border region of Najran on Saturday, the Directorate of Civil Defense said.
A Civil Defense spokesman in Najran said five of the wounded were Yemenis and one was a Pakistani expat.
A barrage of rockets, believed to have been fired by Shiite Houthi militants, hit the western part of Najran city at about 12:30 p.m., setting at least two buildings on fire, Al Ekhbariya online news said.

20.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets gathering of the mechanisms in Taiz

The army and popular committees targeted military vehicles carrying a machine gun 23 in West Allowazeia District , Which led to the burning .
A military official confirmed that a number of the hirelings were killed or injured in the confrontation.

20.8.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Missile Destroys Military Hardware, Kills Several Saudi Troops in Najran Province

A Yemeni ballistic missile hit the Saudi military camp in the Southern part of the kingdom, inflicting heavy losses on the Saudi-led forces in Najran province.

Saudi Arabia's Al-e Shahid military camp in Raqaba al-Sadis region in Najran province sustained heavy losses in Yemen's missile strikes.

Meantime, an Abrams tank of the Saudi army was destroyed in al-Sharafa region in the Southern part of Najran.

In Ta'iz province, tens of pro-Saudi forces were killed in fierce clashes with the Yemeni army and popular forces in the Western part of the city of Ta'iz.

The Yemeni army and popular forces also took control of Hija al-Abd road located between Ta'iz and Aden provinces, killing a large number of pro-Saudi forces.

20.8.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Popular Forces Target Saudi Army in Najran, Assir

Yemeni Popular Forces target Saudi military positions and destroy their military vehicles in Najran and Assir, South of Saudi Arabia

20.8.2016 – AFP (A K)

Cross-border rocket fire from Yemen kills Saudi

Rockets fired by Yemeni rebels into a Saudi border city on Saturday killed a Saudi civilian and wounded six others including a Pakistani man, the Saudi civil defence agency said.

Quoted by Al-Ekhbariya state television, the agency the five other wounded in the city of Najran were all Yemeni citizens.

Video footage posted on social networks showed two blazing buildings in the city centre.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

20.8.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat ( E P)

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr said that the government will halt dealings with the Central Bank in Sana’a after the Houthis dismissed two members of the board of directors and assigned two substitutes, describing this act as a breach of the constitution.

“This is an irresponsible political procedure that deepens national segregation in the country and increases the Houthis grip over the banking and financial system in Yemen,” added Daghr.

Yemeni news agency Saba reported that the legal authority represented in President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Yemeni government will from now on not deal with the central bank.

The authority also called on the central bank governor to reject the change in the board of directors, considering it illegal, and saying it contradicts with the Gulf initiative, national dialogue outcomes and U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216 – by Mohamed Ali Mohsen

Comment: The GGC initiative and UNSC resolution do not mention the Central Bank at all.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-186: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-186: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!) und / and

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