Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 189 - Yemen War Mosaic 189

Yemen Press Reader 189: Jemen-Krieg ist US-Aggressionskrieg - Krieg gegen Kinder - Hadi-Regierung und Zentralbank - Saudis erkaufen sich Ruhe – Luftangriffe (u.a. historische Moschee) und Kämpfe

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Yemen War is an US war of aggression - War on children - Hadi government and Central Bank - Saudis buying silence – Air raids (heritage mosque) and fighting – 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

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Zentralbank / Central Bank

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

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

24.8.2016 – Reader Supported News (*** B K P)

US Okay With Surgical Strikes on Yemen Hospitals

Waging genocidal war on a defenseless country was never so baldly and honestly put on any agenda for talks among US secretary of state John Kerry, representatives of Saudi Arabia’s dictatorship, and their mutual allies, even though they are all engaged in an endless genocidal war on Yemen. This war is a war of aggression, started by Saudi Arabia in March 2015, with crucial US blessing, participation, personnel, and ordnance. The US has been a willing, guilty partner and enabler in 18 months of military atrocities in a one-sided war that everyone involved knew – or should have known – was a pure war crime based on a paranoid delusion.

American participation in this war of aggression was a war declared by press release from the National Security Council on March 25, 2015, another example of the imperial presidency’s ability to act by fiat without fear of serious objection from the public, the media, or even Congress:

The fundamental crime in Yemen is waging a war of aggression, which encompasses all thesubsequent war crimes including bombing civilians, using cluster bombs, bombing hospitals, bombing food supplies, and trying to starve a population to submission or death. Yemen, with a population of 26 million people, was the poorest country in the region even before it was attacked. What the US supports and sanctions against Yemen makes any US complaint about Russian actions in Crimea sound like howling hypocrisy.

For all that the Saudis frame their war on Yemen as a defense against a threat from Iran, there has never been any credible evidence of any credible threat to Saudi Arabia from any element of the miniscule Iranian presence in Yemen.

By 2015, American hands were already bloody with the US drone assassination program

Terror bombing, an example of which is Saudi pilots flying American planes dropping American bombs on defenseless Yemeni civilian targets, is probably not the terrorism Secretary Kerry wants to discuss – ever – with the Saudis and their allies, never mind other weapons suppliers like France and the United Kingdom.

The US is at war with Yemen, in support of the Saudi-led coalition that launched its undeclared war of aggression on March 26, 2015.

The US Congress has never debated, never authorized US participation in a war of aggression against Yemen – by Willliam M. Boardman =

24.8.2016 – ABC (*** B H K)

Film: The War on children

It's a playground for international powers, but in Yemen it's children who are dying from bombs, bullets and hunger. Sophie McNeill reports from the war zone.

This is a Free to Air broadcast-quality copy (576i 50Hz) of the original episode which is also available freely on the ABC's website. Property of Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Middle East Correspondent Sophie McNeill travels to Yemen to report on a war that has now claimed more than 6500 lives, many of them children, in just 17 months.
Civilians make up nearly half of all casualties and, according to the UN, they have been deliberately targeted by the US-backed Saudi coalition. Hospitals, schools and homes have been bombed. Nearly 3 million people have fled their homes; 14 million are going hungry; 1.3 million children are severely malnourished.
The hospitals, the schools, public buildings have not been spared in this war and that’s been a tragedy,”the UN’s Jamie McGoldrick tells Sophie McNeill in the capital Sana’a.
McNeill and cameraman Aaron Hollett travel under heavy security to the capital Sana'a and surrounding towns amid rising expectations of the conflict intensifying. They get out just before Saudi-led forces step up their bombing raids and push their troops closer to Sana'a.
As McNeill discovers, hospitals confront not only a steady stream of casualties amid a constant threat of air strikes, but also a lack of equipment and drugs. Thousands of dialysis patients are at risk; there are no medicines for 40,000 cancer patients. =

24.8.2016 – New York Times (** A K)

Deadly Hospital Bombing Highlights an Escalating War in Yemen

The past three weeks have seen an escalation in the conflict in Yemen — and in reports of civilian casualties — after peace talks among the warring sides broke down and Saudi Arabia resumed a blistering air assault in areas surrounding Yemen’s capital, Sana.

Ms. Sancristóval said Doctors Without Borders had pulled approximately 550 personnel from its facilities in northern Yemen, although the group would continue to provide medical supplies and funding to the hospitals.

Comment: Long and sound article, overview on the bombings in Yemen in the last weeks.

24.8.2016 – Reuters (** A E H P)

Exiled Yemen government risks humanitarian catastrophe with decision on central bank

In Yemen's war of attrition, the Saudi-backed exiled government has now decided that the central bank is an easier target than the capital, shielded from its troops by 60 kilometers (40 miles) of daunting mountains teeming with fighters.

A decree this month to cut the bank from the outside world is aimed at using economic pressure to vanquish the Houthi fighters.

It means the Houthis may struggle to pay state employees, including teachers, doctors and the soldiers from an army that mostly fights on their side in the civil war.

But it also means that millions of people in territory controlled by both sides will become poorer, and a country that imports 90 percent of its food may have no way to feed itself.

Diplomats, economic experts and employees of the central bank itself say the move risks destroying the lifeline for millions of impoverished Yemenis and pushing the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country to the edge of starvation.

"There is a trend ... that what could not have been achieved by military means can be achieved through the economy, through an economic war," Rafat al-Akhali, a former cabinet minister, told Reuters.

The moves against the central bank were part of a new strategy: to "allow the economy to fail, and that's going to put more pressure on the Houthis" and their ally, ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, he said.

Yemen's central bank, under veteran governor Mohamed Bin Humam, is one of the last state institutions to survive the rift that split the country when the Houthis took over the capital

Sources in Hadi's administration have said the president was looking to name a new board for the central bank and a new governor to replace Bin Humam, and to relocate the bank to the southern port city of Aden, which is under government control.

Farea al-Muslimi, an analyst with the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, said action against the central bank would cut "the only artery" holding the country together.

"It is ridiculous to think that you can clone the central bank so quickly in Aden," Muslimi said - by Sami Aboudiand Noah Browning

25.8.2016 – Al Bab (**A E P)

Weaponising Yemen's economy

With the military conflict in Yemen at an impasse, a battle has now broken out between the two rival governments for control of the country's Central Bank. The squabble threatens to exacerbate an already dire economic situation because the bank is the source of wages for state employees and also provides credit guarantees for imports – including food.

The Central Bank is one of the few national institutions that has continued functioning throughout the war, paying state employees (including the military) regardless of which side they are on.

The bank is located in the capital, Sanaa, which is under the control of the Houthis and supporters of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Although the bank's governor, Mohammed Awad bin Humam, seems to have been trying to steer a middle course, the Houthi/Saleh side has benefited disproportionately according to Reuters – partly because they control most of the population centres and have most of the army on their side, but also because the Houthis transferred thousands of their militiamen to the state payroll after seizing the capital.

The rival government headed by Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has accused the Houthis of squandering the bank's reserves on their war effort and, earlier this month, it asked international financial institutions to freeze Central Bank assets held in banks outside Yemen – by Brian Whitaker

Comment by Judith Brown: An article by the insightful Brian Whittaker on the way that the Central Bank of Yemen is now being drawn into the war; the victims of course will be ordinary Yemeni people.

? - Wikileaks (**B K P)

Cables and other documents from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Buying Silence: How the Saudi Foreign Ministry controls Arab media

The oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its ruling family take a systematic approach to maintaining the country's positive image on the international stage. Most world governments engage in PR campaigns to fend off criticism and build relations in influential places. Saudi Arabia controls its image by monitoring media and buying loyalties from Australia to Canada and everywhereinbetween.

Documents reveal the extensive efforts to monitor and co-opt Arab media, making sure to correct any deviations in regional coverage of Saudi Arabia and Saudi-related matters. Saudi Arabia's strategy for co-opting Arab media takes two forms, corresponding to the "carrot and stick" approach, referred to in the documents as "neutralisation" and "containment". The approach is customised depending on the market and the media in question.

The initial reaction to any negative coverage in the regional media is to "neutralise" it. The term is used frequently in the cables and it pertains to individual journalists and media institutions whose silence and co-operation has been bought. "Neutralised" journalists and media institutions are not expected to praise and defend the Kingdom, only to refrain from publishing news that reflects negatively on the Kingdom, or any criticism of itspolicies. The "containment" approach is used when a more active propaganda effort is required. Journalists and media institutions relied upon for "containment" are expected not only to sing the Kingdom's praises, but to lead attacks on any party that dares to air criticisms of the powerful Gulf state.

One of the ways "neutralisation" and "containment" are ensured is by purchasing hundreds or thousands of subscriptions in targeted publications. These publications are then expected to return the favour by becoming an "asset" in the Kingdom's propaganda strategy.

The "neutralisation" and "containment" approaches are not the only techniques the Saudi Ministry is willing to employ. In cases where "containment" fails to produce the desired effect, the Kingdom moves on to confrontation. In one example, the Foreign Minister was following a Royal Decree dated 20 January 2010 to remove Iran’s new Arabic-language news network, Al-Alam, from the main Riyadh-based regional communications satellite operator, Arabsat. After the plan failed, Saud Al Faisal sought to "weaken its broadcast signal".

Comment by Grace Walk: Now we know how #Yemengenocide news is muzzled and removed from global MSM.

cp2 Allgemein / General

24.8.2016 – Archy World YS (unrated B K P)

In Yemen, a year of war?

This conflict has frequently been described as a confrontation by proxy between Riyadh and Tehran. Yet in reality, the Islamic Republic of Iran seems to stand back. Merely some verbal provocations and probably for financial assistance, it has obviously not done its support for Houthi a central issue of his diplomacy. Meanwhile, members of the regional coalition does not necessarily share the same interests. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar maintain various relations with the former regime of Saleh, the southern secessionist movement, active since the 1960s, and the Muslim Brotherhood. The coming to power of King Salman in Riyadh has led to mitigate the anti-Muslim Brotherhood offensive across the region in 2013. Conversely, the Emiratis maintain their pressure on this part of the Islamist field while continuing to host on their territory Ahmed Ali Saleh,

Comment: Overview article. Bad translation.

24.8.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Saudi-Arabien: Außenminister der USA und Englands beraten mit ihren Amtskollegen aus sechs Anrainerstaaten des Persischen Golfs über Jemen

In der saudischen Hafenstadt Dschidda kommen am Mittwoch (heute) die Außenminister der USA und Englands mit ihren Amtskollegen aus sechs Anrainerstaaten des Persischen Golfs zusammen.

Im Mittelpukt der zwei-tägigen Beratungen der acht Außenminister, an denen auch der UNO-Sondergesandte für Jemen, Ismail Ould Scheich Ahmed, sowie der russische Vizeaußenministner für den Nahost, Mikhail Bogdanov mit teilnehmen, steht die Jemen-Krise.

Wie aus den Diplomatenkreisen verlautete, wollen sich die Teilnehmer mit dem Friedensvorschlag von Scheich Ahmed befassen.ßenminister_der_usa_und_englands_beraten_mit_ihren_amtskollegen_aus_sechs_anrainerstaaten_des_persischen_golfs_über_jemen

Kommentar: Alle sind Verbündete in diesem Krieg. Um wirklichen Frieden geht es hier nicht.

24.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (* B K)

Saudi Arabia waging war of conquest in Yemen: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed former US Senate foreign policy analyst,James Jatras, and political commentator, Jihad Mouracadeh to discuss the mounting civilian casualties in Yemen.

Jatras believes that the primary blame for civilian casualties in Yemen should be placed on Saudi Arabia which is launching a “war of conquest” in that country.

He went on to say that al-Qaeda and the Daesh Takfiri terrorists are the ones who are benefiting from the Saudi campaign in Yemen.

The analyst noted that even though the United States makes a big fuss about war against terrorism, it is not concerned about the situation in Yemen, because it is playing “geopolitical games” in the war-torn country.

Jatras further noted that the United States insists on treating Saudi Arabia as a “valued ally” despite it being one of the most “troublesome” countries in the world.

According to the analyst, there is a tendency to give the Saudis a “free right” because of the kind of influence they have in Washington both for their weapons purchases and also through their lobbying and PR campaigns.

23.8.2016 – Berghof Foundation (A P)

Yemen: Sixth Consultation Meeting to support the political process in Yemen

From 16 to 19 July 2016, the 6th consultation meeting of Yemeni Eminent Personalities took place in Lebanon. The meeting was facilitated by the Berghof Foundation; it was organized in coordination with the Office of the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General to Yemen and with kind support from the German Federal Foreign Office.

The group consisted of 20 eminent Yemeni personalities with diverse political affiliations, from different social components and various geographical areas. In order to allow for a constructive and open-minded discussion, the participants were asked to engage in the discussions on a strictly personal basis- not as official representatives of parties, groups or regions.

The meeting focused on the political dialogue of Yemeni parties and components that is due to take place after the signing of an agreement in the ongoing UN-led negotiations of the conflict parties.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

25.8.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 24 August 2016

Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, UNHRD has supported 6 Partners responding to the crisis by sending 452.7 MT of critical relief items, equipment and medical supplies to Djibouti and Yemen. Most recently, UNHRD dispatched 35 metric tons of medicine to Hoedida on behalf of WHO. =

24.8.2016 – Reuters (* B H)

Middle East, North Africa conflicts threaten two decades of health gains: research

The Arab Spring uprising and subsequent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have lowered life expectancy in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, jeopardizing two decades of health gains, experts said on Wednesday.

Between 2010 and 2013, Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt lost some 3 months of the average person's life expectancy, while the war in Syria has erased 6 years off average life expectancy, they said in a research published in The Lancet Global Health journal.

"Life expectancy decline is traditionally regarded as a sign that the health and social systems are failing," said Ali Mokdad, a professor at the U.S.-based University of Washington, who led the research.

"The fact that this is happening in several countries indicates there is an immediate need to invest in health care systems," he said in a statement.

Comment: This article reflects a typical Western hypocrisy. For many countries, much more important than “an immediate need to invest in health care systems" would be to stop all these wars and bombings which are destroying the health systems; wars and bombings, which have been started, fueled, and equiped by Western countries and their allies themselves in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan. With greetings from Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan and the MSF team in Yemen.

24.8.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Map: Yemen: Access Constraints as of 22 August 2016 =

24.8.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Yemen - Taizz Governorate; Access Constraints as of 22 August 2016 =

23.8.2016 – The American Conservative (* B H K)

The Worsening Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen

It can be difficult to fathom the scale of the humanitarian disaster in Yemen. The country’s infrastructure has been devastated, its health system is in ruins, more than three million people have been displaced internally, and half the country’s population is on the verge of famine or close to being so. 14 million people are considered “food insecure.” In terms of the sheer number of people at risk from starvation and preventable diseases, Yemen is now pretty clearly the worst humanitarian crisis on earth, and it has reached this point in just the last seventeen months since the Saudi-led intervention began. The blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition is most responsible for making the crisis as bad as it is.

The victims of the coalition’s blockade often go unnoticed by the outside world, and there is scant awareness of the responsibility that the coalition and its Western backers have for creating this calamity.

This report includes brief descriptions of two such children: […] These children and hundreds of thousands more like them are in mortal peril largely because of the Saudi-led intervention backed by our government. We do not yet know the full extent of the horrible damage this war is doing to the civilian population of Yemen, but it is likely to be much worse and even more appalling than it seems right now – by Daniel Larison

23.8.2016 – Dr. Karim (A H)

Little IMTIAZ is 2 but she weighs as much as a new born... she died 2 days later! (images)

23.8.2016 – Al Araby (* A H K P)

Thousands of Yemenis 'stranded' after Saudis close Sanaa airport

Yemen's Transportation Ministry says 7,600 Yemenis are unable to return home after a Saudi-led military coalition ordered the closure of the international airport amid stepped-up air raids against Houthi rebels.

The rebel-controlled ministry said on Tuesday that many were receiving medical treatment abroad and in neighbouring Arab countries.

The Saudi-led coalition grounded flights into and out of the rebel-held capital of Sanaa earlier this month as it launched a wave of air raids following the breakdown of peace talks.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Unable to travel abroad & seek medical help too. Saudi continues closing airport despite humanitarian pleas

Comment: How dare they. The sick. The injured. Those who lost connection flights and visas due to #Saudis' shameless abuse: all of them stranded. People who sold land to travel and find treatment. Those who cannot return home and have no money/visa to stay abroad. Everything lost.

31.7.2016 – UNICEF (* A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report

Yemen’s situation is negatively impacted by halt in the peace negotiation, ongoing hostilities and worsening economic situation. The escalated conflict, higher prices of fuel and basic goods, and a considerable cash shortage are deeply affecting national systems – particularly the health system. Enormous humanitarian needs in Yemen are expected to increase in the coming months.

Despite challenges in humanitarian access, particularly in Taiz governorate and border locations, UNICEF and partners continued providing supplies across the country and mobile teams reached over 43,000 children, pregnant and lactating women with health and nutrition services.

During July, UNICEF’s water trucking capacity increased granting access to safe water to more than 32,000 people (16,000 children) in communities not connected to the public water network. In addition, over 30,000 people (50 per cent children) benefited from the rehabilitation of rural water projects.

Yemeni children are paying a great price of the current conflict, not only with over 2,700 children killed and injured but also because of the devastating consequences of the deteriorating economic situation and declining public services. National systems are on the verge of collapse, especially the health system. The prices of the basic food basket in June were the highest in the last six months, while the prices of cooking gas, diesel and petrol increased significantly by 119 per cent, 78 per cent and 123 per cent respectively, higher than pre-crisis prices.

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / See cp15

24.8.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

#Saudi#UAEdestroyed ov 1100yrs old Prophet Shoaib mosque #Sanaa#Yemen (images)


24.8.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

HISTORY Attacked: Saudi airstrike destroys historical (Shuaib Mosque) in Bani Matar, near #Yemencapital today (images)


4.8.2016 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

PHOTO: Saudi-led coalition destroys over 1100 year old Prophet Shoaib Mosque in #Danaa#Yemen

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: One of many things that Saudi bombs & can never be repaired..our heritage. They share hateful ISIS mentality.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

25.8.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen foreign ministry Says that ambassadors appointed by Riyadh-based persons don't represent Yemen

Yemen foreign ministry Condemns appointments of ambassadors to represent Yemen from Riyadh hotels.

25.8.2016 – Financial Tribune (A P)

Tehran’s Backing for Yemen Council Hailed

Yemen praised Iran for endorsing the establishment of its Higher Political Council, describing the formation of the council as a major step toward restoration of peace in the Arab country.

Speaking to Tasnim News Agency in an interview published on Tuesday, Mohammad Abdul-Salam, spokesman for the Ansarullah movement and chief negotiator in the UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait, said he held a meeting with Iran's ambassador in Sana'a and the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Persian Gulf Bureau to talk about the region's latest political developments.

The senior Yemeni official noted that he has thanked the Islamic Republic for acknowledging a recent national compromise in Yemen and formation of the Higher Political Council, which he hailed as a milestone in achieving peace and relieving the pains of Yemenis.

Abdul-Salam also stressed the need for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen through political approaches, calling for efforts to organize "national institutions" to address the humanitarian and economic challenges caused by enemies and their mercenaries.

Comment: To be honest: This is a political support.

24.8.2016 – Iran Review (* A P)

Yemen and its Political Future

After about two years, the Yemeni parliament convened and passed the decision for the establishment of a political council to run the country’s affairs through a majority vote.

The council was actually established in the void created after the resignation of the country’s former president and government, and is expected to provide grounds for the presidential election and formation of a national unity cabinet in a matter of four months.

The main reason behind the establishment of this council was the failure of negotiations among various political sides in Kuwait with analysts believing that the failure of Yemen peace talks was a result of interference by Saudi Arabia in the course of Kuwait talks.

The council is duty-bound to provide grounds for holding of the presidential election within three months, but in case of any security problem, the council can run the country’s affairs for a full period of six months. The recent million-strong demonstration by Yemeni people in the country’s capital, Sana’a, proved that the Supreme Political Council enjoys widespread popular support and it is on the basis of this support that it can provide necessary grounds to hold the presidential election. As a first step, Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, which has replaced the government, must also formulate necessary military mechanisms to prevent continuation of Saudi Arabia’s air raids against the people of Yemen – by Hassan Hanizadeh

24.8.2016 – Shapban (A P)

Saleh again: I am willing to put it writing that I will retire politics if #Saudisstops its aggression on #Yemen& sanctions are lifted

Comment: he already pomised to leave politics in 2011. He ought to leave politics and the country giving way to peace – as puppet president Hadi should.

24.8.2016 – Summer Nasser (A H P)

This is Mohamed Al-Thahiri, kidnapped & tortured for 8 months in Sanaa by Houthis. He is now fully paralyzed (image)

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

25.8.2016 – Shapban (A)

#UAE-run security in Aden kills bus driver after squabbling @ checkpoint

25.8.2016 – Shapban (A)

#Yemen-#UAE-backed local authority in al-Shahar,Hadramout uses #al-Qaeda technique & flogs sinners & public OK w/ it

24.8.2016 – Shapban (A P)

#Yemen's southern clerics who signed #Saudipact

23.8.2016 – Shapban (A P)

Hadi ministers meet in Aden in the presence of the press & talk openly about plans to split from north #Yemen

Hadi info. minister known as Najwa minister [#al-Arabiya anchor he's obsessed with] calls for 'brave' decisions to split from north #Yemen

Hadi interior minister: I hope war in north #Yemenwill last for longer until we, in the south, can fix our situation and split

23.8.2016 – Shapban (A P)

#UAE-puppet & #Yemen's state minister Hani Bin Burick accuses #Saudiof supporting and funding terrorism

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

25.8.2016 – Deutsche Welle (* A K P)

Gewalt und Willkür im Jemen: UN fordern unabhängige Ermittlungen

3800 Tote, 6700 Verwundete: Alle Kriegsparteien im Jemen verstoßen gegen Völkerrecht und Menschenrechte, hatten die UN schon jüngst berichtet. Ihr Menschenrechtskommissar Al-Hussein dringt auf Konsequenzen.

Auf 22 Seiten listet der jüngste Lagebericht der Vereinten Nationen die Verbrechen aller Kriegsparteien im Jemen auf: Seit März 2015 wurden demnach mindestens 3799 Zivilisten getötet und 6711 verletzt. Sämtliche beteiligten bewaffneten Gruppierungen hätten sich schuldig gemacht, beklagte der UN-Hochkommissar für Menschenrechte, Said Raad al-Hussein (Artikelfoto) in Genf. Eindringlich forderte er eine unabhängige internationale Untersuchungskommission, um die Verantwortlichen für Gewalt und Willkür vor Gericht zu bringen.

Den Konfliktparteien werden willkürliche Angriffe auf Zivilisten zur Last gelegt. Dazu gehörten Bombardierungen von Wohngebieten, Märkten, Krankenhäusern und Schulen. Zivilisten seien mit Streubomben und Landminen sowie von Heckenschützen getötet worden. Verurteilt werden auch die Rekrutierung von Kindersoldaten, mutmaßliche Drohnenangriffe der USA und die Verfolgung von Bürgerrechtlern.ür-im-jemen-un-fordern-unabhängige-ermittlungen/a-19502015

Comment: Es sind viel mehr Tote.

25.8.2016 – United Nations Human Rights (A K P)

Zeid urges accountability for violations in Yemen

In light of the gravity of alleged breaches of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Yemen, and given challenges faced by the national commission of inquiry, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called on the international community to establish an international, independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations in Yemen.

In a report mandated by the UN Human Rights Council and released today, the UN Human Rights Office has laid out a number of serious allegations of violations and abuses committed by all sides to the conflict in Yemen, highlighting in particular their impact on civilian lives, health and infrastructure.

Comment by Iona Craig: Given recent UN action (see Saudi blacklisting fiasco) on Yemen chances of it happening or being independent = slim.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Cute. Neither Saudi nor airstrikes mentioned. Told ya frenzied airstrikes last night sign of growing impunity

25.8.2016 – AP (A K P)

UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence

The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday called for an international investigation of rights abuses and violence in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands of people, as he insisted that a domestic panel set up to look into violations has not been up to the task.

The call from Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein came as his Geneva office released a 22-page report chronicling abuses on both sides in the conflict, which pits the internationally recognized Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, against Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies.

In a statement, Zeid's office said he "called on the international community to establish an international, independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations in Yemen," noting in particularly "challenges" faced by the national panel set up under President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — notably, security concerns.

Mohammad Ali Alnsour, who heads the Middle East and North Africa section of the U.N. Human Rights office, said a recent report by the national panel focused on alleged violations by the Houthis, and said a "more objective, more comprehensive" report of rights violations by all sides was needed. =

Comment: the Hadi government's panel just looking at Houthis' crimes is a joke, as everybody could know from the start.

25.8.2016 – Reuters (* A K P)

Transparency, accountability, needed on Saudi air strikes in Yemen: U.N.

The United Nations human rights office called on Thursday for more light to be shed on the Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen and for violations including attacks on protected sites like hospitals to be punished.

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition are responsible for "the single largest part", some 60 percent, of the 3,799 civilians killed since March 2015 and it has committed other violations that may contravene international law, it said in a report.

Though the coalition had shared findings from its own internal investigations, "more transparency" was needed, Mohammad Ali Alnsour, chief of the Middle East and North Africa section of the U.N. human rights office, told a briefing in Geneva.

"The compensation of the victims is an important element but it is not the only element. We think there should be a kind of accountability and these violations not to be repeated again," he said.

Houthi rebels and allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who rule the capital Sanaa, have carried out rocket and mortar attacks on residential areas and used landmines, the report said. These also constituted documented violations that should be addressed.

The rebels had imposed sieges on the northern town of Taiz and control the Red Sea port of Hodeida, it said.

"All sides are responsible (for violations). There was targeting of civilian objects ... like markets, like wedding ceremonies, hospitals, facilities that really under international humanitarian law is protected and have a special kind of legal protection," Alnsour said – by Stephanie Nebehay and by Aljazeera:

Comment: There are actually much more victims of the war and the air raids as given by the UN.

25.8.2016 – Almasdar (* A K P)

UN accuses Saudi, Houthis of violating international law in Yemen

Mohammad Ali Alnsour, chief of the Middle East and North Africa section of the U.N. human rights office, told a briefing in Geneva that “more transparency” was needed to have a complete overview of the situation in Yemen.

“The compensation of the victims is an important element but it is not the only element. We think there should be a kind of accountability and these violations not to be repeated again,” he said.

The report however also accused Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh of having conducted rocket and mortar attacks on residential areas as well as using landmines.

“All sides are responsible (for violations). There was targeting of civilian objects … like markets, like wedding ceremonies, hospitals, facilities that really under international humanitarian law is protected and have a special kind of legal protection,” Alnsour said.

The U.N. however refused to declare that either warring side had committed war crimes.

“We are investigating, monitoring the violations but we cannot decide that this a crime or not, this is for a tribunal or for a specific body to decide. We cannot have this assertion that there is a crime or war crime,” Alnsour said – by Paul Antonopoulos

24.8.2016 – Oman Daily Observer (A P)

Sultanate’s role in solving Yemen issue vital

UN special envoy hailed Oman’s efforts and its positive role in settling the dispute in Yemen and expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Sultanate’s government under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. In a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the United Nations (UN) for Yemen, said that his recurrent visits to the Sultanate are due to the positive and neutral role played by the Sultanate on this issue, especially the Sultanate facilitated many consultations we had in Muscat.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

25.8.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Film: This is how #Saudisocial police behave with Saudi women.

25.8.2016 – Almasdar (A K P)

Saudi Arabia to exceed Russia, France in defense spending

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is expected to increase their defense spending from $48 billion last year to $52 billion by 2019, IHS Janes Defense analysts reported on Monday.

This $4 billion surge in Saudi Arabia’s defense spending is expected to surpass both Russia and France, leaving only China and the United States above this oil rich Gulf nation.

Comment: Other figures here: Saudi Arabia already exceeding Russia and France in 2015.

23.8.2016 – Press TV News (A P)

Film: Saudis put restrictions on Yemeni pilgrims

23.8.2016 – Katehon (* B K P)

Saudi Arabia has suffered a crushing defeat in Yemen. The conflict appears to be only unpromising for them. Houthis and troops loyal to ex-president Saleh firmly hold North Yemen and are conducting military operations in the province of Najran on Saudi territory. South Yemen is experiencing intermingled control by Saudi coalition troops, Arabian Peninsula al-Qaeda, ISIS, and southern Yemeni separatists.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia has also been defeated in Syria. It failed to oust Bashar Assad and since the reorientation of Turkey towards Russia and Iran, the Saudi position has become more precarious.

The intervention in Yemen and the war in Syria are largely competing projects (at least some sources are trying to present it in this way). It should be understood that the Saudi Kingdom is now facing a fierce struggle among its elites.

Thus, there are two opposing groups in Saudi Arabia: one is completely pro-American; the other is quite aggressive and expansionist but without sufficient support from the United States. Whose project and foreign policy initiative will fail first will determinate who wins this Arab "Game of Thrones.”

cp9 USA

25.8.2016 - ITV ( A P)

John Kerry pledges $189 million in new US aid for Yemen humanitarian crisis

Kerry said the international response to Yemen's civil war had fallen short of the region's needs, and pledged a renewed political and security approach to resume talks.

The secretary of state said the new "fair and sensible" plan calls for a unity government and a transfer of heavy weapons from the Houthi rebel group to a third party.

Comment: the sum is the cost of one day Saudi aerial war. - „Unity government“: that's what the Houthis always asked for and the Hadi / Saudi side refused it. - „ransfer of heavy weapons from the Houthi rebel group“: can you tell me why just the Houthis and not also all other militia – like the so-called „popular resitance“ fighting against the Houthis should transfer their heavy weapons?? The US, Kerry is just partisan in this war, as peace broker the US just is defective.

Comment by Iona Craig: "In 12 months we made $20B selling arms to bomb your country. In return we'll give you $189M (< 1%) back in aid.

24.8.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Kerry tackles Yemen, Syrian conflicts in Saudi Arabia talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Saudi Arabia's powerful deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, into the early hours of Thursday morning on ways to end Yemen's conflict and resume peace talks between the warring sides.

Kerry arrived in Jeddah from Nigeria for discussions with Saudi leaders and other Gulf Arab states and will also update them on U.S. meetings with Russia addressing military cooperation in Syria, a senior U.S. official said ahead of the talks.

Kerry will meet Saudi King Salman later on Thursday. Afterwards, he joins foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and British Under-Secretary for the Foreign Office Tobias Ellwood, to explore ways to end Yemen's 16-month conflict, which has killed about 6,500 people, half of them civilians. and by Al Araby:

Comment by AliAlAhmed: Breaking absurdity: @JohnKerryhold extensive talks on #Yemenwithout a single #Yemeniin attendance

24.8.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Kerry to discuss Yemen, Syria with Gulf Arab states

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will present proposals on ending Yemen's conflict and resuming peace talks in meetings with Saudi leaders over the next two days, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

As Kerry landed in Jeddah for the talks with Saudi leaders and other Gulf Arab states, the U.S. official said he would update them on U.S. meetings with Russia addressing military cooperation in Syria.

A major focus of the Yemen talks, which will include British and United Arab Emirates officials, will be to try to end a 16-month conflict that has killed more than 6,500 people, about half them civilians. A Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen against Iran-allied Houthi rebels has come under increasing scrutiny for causing a large number of civilian casualties.

A senior State Department official declined to elaborate on Kerry's proposals.

"The multilateral meeting on Yemen is designed to share ideas and initiatives for getting the political discussions back on track and trying to get a political solution," the official said. It would also address getting aid delivered.

24.8.2016 – AFP (A P)

Kerry heads to Saudi on Yemen peace push

Top US diplomat John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia later on Wednesday to push for peace in Yemen after UN-brokered talks collapsed despite world concern over mounting civilian casualties.

Over two days, Kerry is to meet Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir and other Gulf ministers.

He will also meet UN Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and Britain's Under Secretary of State for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood.

Peter Salisbury, associate fellow at London's Chatham House think tank, told AFP there is "mounting pressure" from certain groups within the US government to see the war ended as soon as possible.

"However, the Americans are limited in their ability to produce a meaningful political settlement."

He said the current international approach, relying on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216, essentially demands surrender by the rebels who control the capital Sanaa.

"Demanding that they surrender unconditionally simply isn't going to work and my expectation is that, in a best case scenario, we will see many more months of war," Salisbury said.

He added that neither the rebels nor the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi is willing to make the necessary concessions for a peace deal. =

Comment: Kerry to „Push peace“ in Yemen, that's really ridiculous as the US pushed war in Yemen since the beginning, by supporting the Saudis.

Comment by Nasser Arrabyee: US needs to stop Saudi war crimes in Yemen Not only to stop backing such crimes.

23.8.2016 – Politico (* A K P)

The Mideast conflict Obama still could solve

Power’s tweet and the response to it were also a preview of the challenge Secretary of State John Kerry faces as he travels this week to Saudi Arabia, where his goal is to get the peace process for Yemen back on track. Among those set to meet with Kerry are the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and officials from other Saudi-allied Arab states involved in battling what they see as a serious threat from Iran.

Kerry has been "seized" with the issue of Yemen, a former administration official familiar with the topic told POLITICO, but he had wanted to give Ahmed time to maneuver. "The secretary's view was if that didn’t work, that if the U.N. couldn’t bring this thing to an end, he was prepared to jump in," the former official said.

Now Kerry’s in, and U.S. officials are hoping for a rare diplomatic success in a Middle East that has bedeviled President Barack Obama and damaged his foreign policy legacy.

The U.S. official who brushed aside the idea that the administration wanted to get a deal for Yemen before Obama leaves pointed out that the goal is to reach a settlement that can survive more than a few months – by Nahal Toosi

23.8.2016 – The Nation (* B K P)

Why Is the United States Abetting Saudi War Crimes in Yemen?

The Obama administration’s record-setting arms deals with Riyadh have strengthened extremists and led to greater regional instability.

Despite its supposed turn away from Gulf allies—and a pivot toward Iran, underscored by the considerable political capital expended to reach last year’s nuclear deal—the Obama administration has dramatically ramped up arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies in the Gulf. Since 2010, the administration has authorized a record $110 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia, according to theCongressional Research Service. Over the past six years, Obama and his aides have concluded deals for nearly $48 billion in weapons sales, according to a Reuters investigation of Saudi military spending—triple the $16 billion in sales under the George W. Bush administration.

In other words, Obama has not fundamentally changed the status quo between Saudi Arabia and Washington. While Saudi rulers frequently criticize Obama for “abandoning” his traditional allies in the Middle East, and shifting US foreign policy to be more friendly toward Iran, his administration has sold more weapons to the kingdom than any previous US president. Obama has publicly criticized Saudi Arabia and its leaders more frequently than some of his predecessors, and he has also reduced direct US involvement in the Middle East, before increasing it again gradually in the US war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – by Mohamad Bazzi

22.8.2016 – Samuel Oakford ( A P)
Reuters initially reports Pentagon lawyers advising Saudis in #Yemen. Now changed to say Pentagon distances itself: (see iamges)

18.8.2016 – Sott Net (* A K P)

Shameless Hypocrisy: U.S. condemns latest Saudi bombing of Yemeni hospital while continuing to supply the weapons

Monday's bombing by the Saudi-led coalition of yet another Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Yemen, which killed 11 people and wounded at least 19 more, earned a rare admonition of the Saudis by the U.S. State Department.
"Of course, we condemn the attack," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau uncharacteristically asserted.
Why the U.S. chose this particular MSF hospital bombingto step outside its usual deferral of reporters to the Saudi government to answer for egregious and deadly military blunders remains unclear.
Of course, welcome though this rebuke might be, the U.S. continues to supply the coalition with billionsin weapons and supplies, as well as providing refueling for Saudi jets.

Comment: Had already been reported, see former YPRs.

9.8.2016 – Defense Security Cooperation Agency (** A K P)

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - M1A2S Saudi Abrams Main Battle Tanks and M88Al/A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) Armored Recovery Vehicles (ARV)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for M1A2S Saudi Abrams Main Battle Tanks and M88Al/A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) Armored Recovery Vehicles (ARV), equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $1.15 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 8, 2016.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of up to one hundred fifty-three (153) M1Al/A2 Tank structures for conversion to one hundred thirty-three (133) M1A2S Saudi Abrams configured Main Battle Tanks and twenty (20) battle damage replacements for their existing fleet; one hundred fifty-three (153) M2 .50 Caliber Machine Guns; two hundred sixty-six (266) 7.62mm M240 Machine Guns; one hundred thirty-three (153) M250 Smoke Grenade Launchers;

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic regional partner which has been and continues to be a leading contributor of political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia's security and armed forces modernization.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The proposed sale will improve Saudi Arabia's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure. The addition of these tanks and recovery vehicles to the RSLF’s inventory will enhance Saudi Arabia's ability to support its soldiers in the field and to defend the Kingdom’s borders. Saudi Arabia will have no difficulty absorbing these vehicles into its armed forces.

Comment by Dominic H.: .. hey #USAelection fodder ... just in case you see photos of dead babies in #Yemen... here's an answer why

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

25.8.2016 – British government (A P)

Minister for the Middle East visits Saudi Arabia for Yemen talks

Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, is in Saudi Arabia today for talks about the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

The talks follow meetings of the “Quadrilateral” group which met for the first time in London in July.

He will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as the UN’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Comment: Ellwood, incredible defender of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, denier of Saudi war crimes, ridiculous in his statements, but dangerous and bloody in the consequences.

24.8.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* A K)

Film: Stop UK Weapon Use in Yemen

24.8.2016 – Stop War (* B K P)

Yemen: The Forgotten Front in the 'War on Terror'

The suffering in Yemen is largely swathed in silence. This is despite, or perhaps because of, the huge British role in the conflict.

It would be no exaggeration to describe this conflict as a British war. Britain has sold over £5 billion-worth of arms to the Saudi dictatorship in recent years

This support has its roots in the vast interlocking business relationships that tie the British elite in with the ruling establishments in the Gulf. This has long been based of course in the exploitation of oil resources but now extends to arms sales and financial and investment ties which make the Gulf despots almost a part of the British establishment. This is hugely profitable to Britain’s rulers. The debt is paid in political support.
We can see it too in the support for the dictatorship in Kuwait and the other oligarchies, commitments which make a mockery of supposed British support for democracy and human rights. But this despotism is a lynch-pin of the Anglo-American order to be imposed on the Middle East. So full support is given to its aggressive, illegal and sectarian attack on Yemen and its people – by Andrew Murray

23.8.2016 – The Independent (* B P)

We need an honest assessment of Saudi Arabia's use of UK arms in Yemen

In a war such as Yemen’s there are plenty of uncertainties, but the one thing that we deserve to be clear about is that human rights have not been deliberately violated in the cause of a vicious, dirty proxy war with Iran

In return for selling the Saudi Arabian government vast quantities of armaments over many decades – some £3.3bn in value in the last year alone, much of it for the war in Yemen – Britain asked for comparatively little in return. One of the few conditions required of these deals was a commitment not to target civilians. The charge now is that the Saudis have breached that condition.

In practical terms, the onus for determining the extent of any war crimes by the Saudi-led coalition, and of the culpability of Houthi forces, rests with the British Government. For it is they who must determine whether the terms of our arms treaties have been breached, and whether arms supplies should be cut off. The responses by ministers have been confused and confusing.

This is a moment when the Anglo-Saudi relationship ought to be informed by an honest assessment of what has been happening to the UK armaments sold to Saudi Arabia for defensive use – Editorial

23.8.2016 – Iona Craig (A P)

@DesmondSwayne's claims Yemen bombings might be Houthi 'inside job' shows laughable desperation of UK govt trying to defend indefensible.

[see also discussion]

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: UK: Y single out, everyone selling arms to Saudi! - But you defend & make imbecilic stmnts, adding insult to injury.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

23.8.2016 – Propagandaschau (A P)

Claus Kleber hat eine freche Erklärung, warum ARD und ZDF nicht über den Jemen-Krieg berichten

Dass die transatlantischen Propagandasender ARD und ZDF den Krieg im Jemen weitestgehend totschweigen hat einen einfachen Grund: Es ist neben Syrien und der Ukraine ein weiterer Stellvertreterkrieg der USA mit tausenden Toten, Verkrüppelten und Vertriebenen.

Mehrfach haben wir hier in der Vergangenheit dokumentiert, wie ARD und ZDF systematisch mörderische Bombardements gegen Zivilisten oder Massendemonstrationen totschwiegen. Nun hat Claus Kleber nicht nur eine transatlantische Version der geopolitischen Hintergründe des Krieges, sondern auch eine hanebüchene Rechtfertigung, warum man nicht über die Vorgänge in dem geschundenen Land berichtet.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

24.8.2016 – Islam Times (A P)

Kuwaiti PM Wanted for Attending Pro-Yemen Conference

Abdulhameed Dashti, member of Kuwaiti parliament, said two arrest warrants have been issued against him, one through Interpol, for participating in the International Conference for the Support of the Yemeni People.
The two days International Conference for the Support of the Yemeni People was held in London on 20-21 August, 2016. Activists and journalists from Arab as well as other countries across the globe took part in the event to show solidarity with the Yemeni people against the Saudi-led aggression.
Dashti stressed those warrants were the result of Saudi pressure directed against his vocal opposition to the Kingdom’s aggressions in Yemen.

24.8.2016 – Russia Beyond The Headlines (* B K P)

Militärexperte: Jemen wird nicht Russlands neuer Stützpunkt

Medien berichteten, dass Jemens gestürzter Präsident Ali Abdullah Salih sein Land als Stützpunkt für Russlands Truppen angeboten habe. Darauf werde Moskau nicht eingehen, heißt es aus russischen Militärkreisen.

Russland hat nicht die Absicht, Kampfjets oder Militärtechnik im Jemen zu stationieren, wie RBTH aus Militärkreisen erfuhr. „Das Land befindet sich in einem Bürgerkrieg. Da wäre es nötig, nicht nur die Luftwaffe, sondern gleich das gesamte Militärkontingent dort zu stationieren, um unsere Soldaten zu schützen. Diese Entscheidung wäre sehr leichtsinnig und würde viele politische und militärische Probleme nach sich ziehen“, sagte die Quelle, die anonym bleiben wollte, zu RBTH.

Einige Medien hatten zuvor berichtet, dass der ehemalige jemenitische Präsident Ali Abdullah Salih Russland vorgeschlagen habe, Militärstützpunkte, Flughäfen und Häfen seines Landes zu nutzen.

and in English:

24.8.2016 – Russia Beyond The Headlines (* B K P)

Source: Russia has no plans to use air bases in Yemen

Moscow will not risk the political and military consequences of deploying aircraft and troops in Yemen, despite media reports that ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh has invited Russia to use the country’s bases and ports.

"This is another civil war-torn country," the RBTH source said. "You'll need to transfer not only the aircraft to Yemen, but also a military contingent to protect our soldiers. Such a decision would be reckless and would lead to a variety of political and military problems."

24.8.2016 – RT (** A K P)

Satellitenaufnahmen deuten auf Präsenz französischer Truppen im Jemenkrieg auf Seite der Saudis hin

Wie aus Satellitenmaterial, das jüngst auf Google Earth auftauchte, hervorgeht, scheint Frankreich stärker als gedacht in den militärischen Feldzug Saudi-Arabiens im Jemen involviert zu sein. Darauf deuten unter anderem neue Hangars auf einem Flugfeld nahe dem eritreischen Flughafen von Assab hin. Militärexperten schließen aus den Aufnahmen zudem auf eine beträchtliche Anzahl französischer Bodentruppen.

n jüngster Zeit wollten zahlreiche Beobachtereine stärkere Annäherung zwischen Paris und den Staaten des Golf-Kooperationsrates (GCC) festgestellt haben, die auch mit einer stärkeren französischen Präsenz in der Region einhergeht.

24.8.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A H P)

Film: #Bahrain: This is How Police Kill People With Automatic Shotguns

23.8.2016 – ALSDDY (A P)

Film: Bahrain : Youths Clash With Riot Police APC Loyalty To The Martyrs And Political Prisoners

Bahrain : Revolutionaries Spray Painting Martyrs Stencils On Their Villages Walls

Bahrain : Violent Clashes Loyalty To The Martyrs And The Political Prisoners

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

25.8.2016 – OUP Blog (* B K P)

The Arms Trade Treaty and exports to Saudi Arabia: “Now is the summer of our discontent?”

For Saudi Arabia is now engaged front and centre in armed conflict in Yemen. Thus, it is not just the risk of a serious violation of IHRL that is at stake but also the risk of a serious violation of international humanitarian law (IHL) – the law that prohibits certain acts in armed conflict. This has significant implications for those exporting nations that are party to the ATT.

The first test that must be considered in assessing the potential for a serious violation of IHL to occur is easily met: there is clearly an armed conflict affecting a possible recipient of an arms export. Saudi Arabia is party to at least a non-international armed conflict with the Houthis, and arguably it is an international armed conflict against the regime that is, today, in effective control of much of Yemen.

The second test is to determine what violations might occur. The two customary law rules most relevant to Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign are distinction and proportionality in attack. These demand, respectively, that Saudi direct their bombs only against lawful military objectives, and in so doing, refrain from launching any attack that may be expected to cause excessive civilian harm in relation to the “concrete and direct military advantage anticipated”. - by Stuart Casey-Maslen

Comment: The Saudi/US war on Yemen is a war of aggression – that means, there are no „lawful military objectives“ at all. ALL targets, whether military or not, are unlawful. See cp1

cp13b Zentralbank / Central Bank

Siehe / See cp1

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

24.8.2016 – Josephjo1221 (B T)

ISIS elements in Taiz!

24.8.2016 – AFP (A T)

Drone strikes kill 7 Qaeda suspects in Yemen: security

Drone strikes killed seven Al-Qaeda suspects travelling in cars in provinces of southern and eastern Yemen on Wednesday, security sources said.

Three people died when a rocket fired from a drone struck their vehicle in a desert area of Marib province, east of Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa, a security source said.

Another security official said a separate drone attack in the southern province of Shabwa killed four suspects in a car on a road leading from provincial capital Ataq to nearby Nisab.

Comment: „Al-Qaeda suspects“, that is what we always are told, who ever eally was hit.

Comment by Shapban: conflicting reports about how many #al-Qaeda members were killed in yesterday's #US#droneattack in #Yemen: some say 11, others 7

24.8.2016 – Haberler (A T)

Yemen: Senior Al-Qaeda Militant Detained İn Aden

Yemeni police forces on Wednesday detained a senior al-Qaeda leader in the southern Aden city.
In a statement, police said the militant, identified as "Abu Azrael", was nabbed during a security operation in eastern Aden.
According to the statement, the militant was responsible for a spate of assassinations in the southern city. and by Xinhua:

23.8.2016 – Shapban (A T)

#UAEtroops publish video 4 criminal confessing he's member of assassination squad commanded by Aden Sec. Chief

cp15 Propaganda

21.8.2016 – Der Freitag (* A P)

UNICEF-Bericht und saudische Propaganda

Kinder im Jemenkrieg: Typisch für saudische Propaganda ist die Verfälschung eines UNICEF-Berichts über Kinder im Jemen. Niemand hat mehr gegen die Kinder im Jemen gewütet als die Saudis selbst

Dass das [Vorwurf des Einsatzes von Kindersoldaten] gerade von saudischer Seite geäußert wird, mag bizarr erscheinen, aber das ist genau die Art, wie diese Propaganda arbeitet.

So soll die Wiederholung dieses Vorwurfs gegen die Huthis von saudischer Seite eben nicht nur dazu dienen, den Gegner schlechtzumachen, sondern vor allem dazu, sich selbst vom Vorwurf weißzuwaschen, die Rechte von Kindern zu verletzen.

When speaking of the violation of children’s rights, Saudi propaganda likes to stress the objection against the Houthis recruiting child soldiers. The newest UNICEF report on children in Yemen ( again was taken as occasion to repeat this objection, AsmaAl-Ghabiri did so in Asharq Al-Awsat( The result just was flimsy propaganda. Why? - von/by Dietrich Klode

25.8.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (B K)

Asharq Al-Awsat Visits Damaged Historic Landmarks in South Yemen

Houthi militias and forces of the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh did not withdraw from Aden, Lahij and Dhale (in the south of the country) until they had already damaged, stolen and destroyed Yemen’s historic, spiritual and cultural landmarks.

Asharq Al-Awsat visited these cities and saw the destruction by the militias that have turned landmarks into barracks to settle in.

The first thing these militias had in mind when entering these cities was to control significant centers of economic and historic value and not a military one. In case they failed to attack some landmarks they would target them with rockets and missiles. The militias wanted to take revenge of the society that resisted them through bombarding vital constructions and buildings – by Mohammad Ali Mohsen

Comment: Is this more than propaganda? Which historical buildings really had been destroyed by the Houthis? Of course, there could be some. But the author was not able to name a single one. In any case, a great lot of historical buildings was destroyed by Saudi air raids. Of course, that is not mentioned by any word here. This makes this article a joke.

Comment by Judith Brown: Can you believe this? A Saudi newspaper criticises the militias in Yemen for destroying Yemen's cultural heritage. Whilst they have bombed historic site after historic site - the old city of Sanaa, the museum at Dhamar, the Al Qahira citadel at Taiz, the ancient city of Baraquish, the Al Hadi mosque that was from the times of the prophet pbuh, the old city of Saada, the Marib Dam, the Assad Al Kamal caves in Ibb, the ancient city of Kawkaban, the ancient city of Mahweet, altogether at least 52 ancient sites. How two faced can they get? Even in Aden the coalition was responsible for much of the destruction, such as buildings in the port of Aden from the British occupation, and ancient castles. I can't believe they have the cheek to report this as if they are innocent when they have unleashed destruction on Yemen's ancient monuments that Yemeni people have preserved so wonderfully over many centuries.

24.8.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Prime Minister Daghr says ‘Yemen needs to maintain its unity’

Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr stressed the need for the country to maintain its unity amid separatist protests in the south and the failure for reaching a breakthrough between its two warring sides.

Daghr stated that the issue of Yemen's unification as “complex” and one that will take time to tackle, and revealed that it was an issue that was addressed during the national dialogue conference.

“The political forces that attended the national dialogue agreed that Yemen needs to maintain its unity, though restructuring it is a necessity,” Daghr said in an interview with Egypt’s state-owned news site Ahram Online.

The Yemeni premier’s comments come amid demonstrations in the countries’ south calling for a secession from the Houthi-controlled north.

The Southern Mobility Movement, more commonly known as al-Hirak – ‘the movement’ in Arabic – advocates for a return of the independence of south Yemen.

23.8.2016 – Qatar News Agency (A P)

Yemen President: Pro-Coup Forces Seek to Copy Iran's Governance Experience

Yemeni legitimate President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi reaffirmed that the putschists, in the country, seek to import the Iranian experience, in government, to Yemen.

During a meeting with a number of Yemeni preachers and scholars, Hadi said that Houthis and ousted Saleh work to disseminate alien thoughts in Yemen, under the cover of regionalism and sectarianism, and to apply the agenda of the Iranian system of governance.

Yemeni president renewed his accusations to the militia of Houthi and Saleh, for conspiring against the draft of the new Federal Constitution of Yemen, which emerged from the National Dialogue Conference, in an effort to implement their racialist sectarian scheme.

Comment: Hadi no more is the „Yemeni legitimate President“. Playing again the Iranian card, not telling at all, what this „Iranian experience“ should be, or what „alien thoughts“ the Houthis would „disseminate“ in Yemen, or why their scheme should be „ racialist sectarian“. But what is clear: The Saudis, Had's own puppet masters, have spread their Wahabism, the most horrible sectarian scheme possible, in Yemen for many decades now. And with his new constitutio and it's new regional order, Hadi had tried to palm off the Houthis – and just failed. The Saudi intervention finally made obsolete all possibilities to discuss this constitution any further.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

25.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raids kill man in al-Sadda

A man was killed on Wednesday in Saudi air raids on al-Sadda district of Ibb province, general director of al-Sadda district said.
The Saudi airstrikes targeted the bridge linking between al-Sadda and al-Naderah districts, Akram al-Sayadi said.

25.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

War jets launch raids on Sa'ada, Jizan

25.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on al-Ghail

25.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damages (full list)

25.8.2016 – Hassan Al-Haifi (A K)

Just another KSA massacre: At least five martyrs raid at Baqim, Saada

25.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

On that note, couple of Saudi airstrikes now near Sana'a airport. Already bombed #Yemenfighter jets, passenger jets, so.. going for tarmac?

24.-25.8.2016 – Tweets Raids at Sanaa in the night (A K)

Raining MISSILES: 4 Saudi airstrikes in 10 minutes bombard #Yemencapital waking up 100,000s & still counting.

The capital Sanaa is under heavy bombing tonight by #Saudijets, I have heard till now 10+ huge explosions in just 6 minutes

5 #Saudiairstrikes just targeted alferqa gate .which is less than 100 m away from Azal hospital , god protects 100s of patients

Huge explosions rocked my house &wake up my kids .Sanaa under massive #Saudi bombardment

24.8.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

#Saudi#UAEdestroyed ov 1100yrs old Prophet Shoaib mosque #Sanaa#Yemen (images)


24.8.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

HISTORY Attacked: Saudi airstrike destroys historical (Shuaib Mosque) in Bani Matar, near #Yemencapital today (images)


24.8.2016 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

PHOTO: Saudi-led coalition destroys over 1100 year old Prophet Shoaib Mosque in #Danaa#Yemen

24.8.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

DIRTY WAR: 3 Strategic bridges in #Yemendestroyed in 48 hrs by Saudi airstrikes separating 100,000s families apart.

24.8.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Yesterday, 2 #Saudiair strikes targeted Alsada bridge in #Ibbcity (images) and film

24.8.2016 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In the governorate of Hajjah security source confirmed in a room to maintain operations, the Saudi aviation carried out two raids targeted "dispensary Glory" Directorate Mstbo, on Wednesday morning, and came back the same place targeting pm Drepettan strikes.

He added that so far there were no additional information on the legacy of aerial bombardment on the medical dispensary in question (image)

24.8.2016 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

He cited a number of citizens due to intense raids Airline Saudi aggression on the houses on the western side of the city of Taiz, sources reported that a number of citizens were martyred and others were injured by the raid targeted a house in the Old Airport neighborhood led to completely destroyed, many Almgeorh.oon houses and damaged about 15 raid were distributed the neighborhoods: the airport, al-Rubaie, west of the city, and Aljehmlah, lounge, on the eastern side of the city, on Tuesday evening.

24.8.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damages (full list)

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets launch raids on Serwah

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on al-Masloub, al-Ghail

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets launch raids on the Capital Sanaa and

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raids on Sa'ada

The Saudi warplanes waged on Tuesday air raids on al-Saifi area in Sehar district of Sa'ada province, a security official said.
The official added the Saudi warplanes targeted a house with four raids in al-Saifi area and destroyed it completely, the official added.
Moreover, the warplanes launched two raids on telecommunications network in Bani Bahr area in Saqain district which led the cut off the network in the area, he said.

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Ibb

23.8.2016 – Shapban (A K PH)

reports #Saudiwarplanes just hit al-Majd hospital in al-Mastaba district in west #Yemen

23.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Saudi bombed my hometown alSaddah again yesterday. Sana'a early morning too. UK MP saying Houthis ones doing it, w/ invisible jets..

23.8.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Saudi continues to demolish bridges & civilian infrastructure. Bridges in alSaddah bombed again last night. (images)

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

25.8.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Yemeni forces take strategic military position on Saudi soil

Yemeni forces have seized a strategic military position in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border city of Najran, inflicting heavy losses on the regime's forces in the ensuing clashes.

The Yemeni army backed by the popular forces and Houthi Ansarullah fighters conducted a surprise attack on the Saudi troops controlling Snipers’ Peak vantage point over the city of Najran and raised the Yemeni flag there.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television released footage on Wednesday showing Saudi forces hastily fleeing from the area, leaving behind their equipment.

During the operation, the Yemeni army and allied forces killed or injured an unspecified number of Saudi forces. They also destroyed and seized a tank and several armored vehicles as well as ammunition abandoned by the Saudi troops.

Comment by Judith Brown: Just going backwards in time - the Houthi-Saleh alliance are once more attacking southwest KSA like they did at the beginning of the war. They withdrew before the start of talks as a goodwill gesture, but it didn't work. So now they are back.


24.8.2016 – Almasirah (A K PH)

30 min #Yemenarmy video with spectacular views of Najran city, #KSA& ludicrous scenes of #Saudisoldiers fleeing.


24.8.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

#Houthitake #Saudiarmy post n Najran Armourd vehicles crashed while running away m 13:9 , images,

23.8.2016 – Yemen fights back (A K PH)

Film: Yemeni fighters break into Eastern side of Shurfah post overlooking Najran‬‎

24.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Hirelings pound areas in SerwahThe Riyadh's hirelings shelled on Wednesday some areas in Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official said.
The official added that the hirelings targeted randomly houses and farms in al-Matar, Nushor and Hailan areas causing huge damage to them.

24.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys tank, vehicle in Serwa

24.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army launches ballistic missile on Tadaween camp

The army and popular committees fired on Tuesday a ballistic missile on hireling gatherings in Mareb province.
The missile force fired a Qahir 1 rocket on Tadaween military camp in the province, a military official said.
The rocket hit its target accurately and made violent explosions in the camp, the official added

24.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys military vehicle and bulldozer in Jizan 23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires missile on al-Falaj camp in MarebThe missile force of the army and popular committees launched on Tuesday a missile on hireling gatherings and al-Falaj camp in the south of Mareb city.
The missile of Zelzal-3 type targeted hirelings and invaders operations room at the camp and hit its target accurately, a military official said.
He pointed out that hirelings and invaders incurred big losses.

23.8.2016 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

Qasem 65yrs killed due2 Houthis&Saleh militias in #Taiz22/8/2016

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills Saudi solider in Jizan

A Saudi soldier was shot dead on Tuesday by a sniper unit of the army and popular committees in al-Kars site in Jizan region, a military official said.
A Bradley vehicle was destroyed in al-Kars site in Khubah city in Jizan, the official added.
The army and popular committees pounded al-Shabaka military site in Asir region with a guided missile which led the destruction of an Abrams tank, the official pointed out.

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army control Shaibani and other sites in Assir.

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

132 hirelings killed and injured in Nehm

The army and popular committees foiled the hireling attempt to advance towards amount Hreem and al-Mellh area. Causing to 52 of the mercenaries were killed and 80 were injured in the attempt, the official added.

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills eight in Jawf

At least eight Riyadh's hirelings were killed on Tuesday by the army and popular committees near al-Aqaba east of al-Hazm city in Jawf province, a military official said.
The official added the army and popular committees pounded the hirelings' military vehicle with a guided missile which led the burning of the vehicle, killing eight.

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army launches rockets on JawfThe missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Tuesday barrages of Katyusha rockets on hireling gatherings in Jawf province, a military official said.
The Katyusha rockets targeted the governmental compound and the 115th Brigade camp in al-Hazm city in Jawf, the official added.
He pointed out the rockets hit their target, killing or injuring a number of the hirelings.

23.8.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi artillery pounded Shada and Munabah districts causing huge damage to houses and agricultural farms.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-188: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-188: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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