Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 194 - Yemen War Mosaic 194

Yemen Press Reader 194: Saudis, Hauptsponsor des Jihadismus - Jemens Kulturerbe vernichtet – Verletzungen der Pressefreiheit – Beihilfe bei Kriegsverbrechen – Humanitäre Krise und Zentralbank
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Saudi Arabia, main sponsor of Jihadism - Yemen's cultural heritage is erased – Violations of press freedom in Yemen – The law of aiding and abetting war crimes – Humanitarian Crisis and Central Bank

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

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(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

2.9.2016 – Foreign Policy (** B P)

Der Hauptsponsor des Jihadismus (II)

uf Druck Berlins schließt Saudi-Arabien zum Jahresende seine Bonner Auslandsschule (König-Fahd-Akademie) und schwächt damit die deutsche Jihadistenszene. Der Schritt, den Riad diese Woche angekündigt hat und der Form nach aus völlig freien Stücken vollzieht, geschieht zu einem Zeitpunkt, zu dem der jihadistische Terror auch Deutschland zu treffen droht. Er zeigt, dass die Bundesregierung sich über die Funktion saudischer Bildungs- und Missionseinrichtungen als Nährboden für Jihadisten vollständig im Klaren ist: Die König-Fahd-Akademie gilt Fachleuten als "Nukleus" der Bonner Jihadistenszene, die zu den zahlenstärksten und aktivsten in Deutschland gehört. Lokale Behörden hatten ihre Schließung schon 2003 gefordert, waren allerdings an Interventionen des Auswärtigen Amts zugunsten des Bündnispartners Saudi-Arabien gescheitert. Gleichgerichtete Institutionen unterhält Riad in aller Welt - mit identischen Konsequenzen: Immer wieder folgt der Verbreitung des spezifisch saudischen Islam ("Wahhabismus") die Entstehung jihadistischer Organisationen, die die wahhabitische Ideologie weitgehend übernehmen und ihr lediglich eine Gewaltkomponente hinzufügen. Berlin setzt seine Zusammenarbeit mit Saudi-Arabien dennoch ungebrochen fort.

http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/59432

2.9.2016 – Middle East Eye (** B K)

How Yemen's past is being erased, one air strike at a time

Yemen's vibrant heritage and centuries-old architecture count among the victims of the country's war,

Saudi bombers have not merely targeted civilians during the 18-month war in Yemen. They have struck time and again at the country's thrilling architectural heritage, inflicting untold destruction.

Not even the old city of Sanaa – continuously inhabited for more than 2,500 years and a UNESCO world heritage site – has been spared. Its old quarter, which is every bit as as priceless and unique as those in European cities such as Venice and Florence, has also been targeted by planes from the Saudi-led coalition.

We spoke to Yemen’s director of antiquities, Mohannad Ahmad Al-Syani, who graduated in archaeology from the University of Sanaa 30 years ago. He told us that "75 archaeological sites have been hit by the Saudi-led coalition or bombing by al-Qaeda."

And he accused Saudi Arabia of destroying ancient sites which have played no military role: "These are not places where you can hide weapons or militants," he said, adding that several sites were hit "by 10 to 15 air strikes at a time, so we are not talking about a mistake".

Al-Syani gave as an example the Marib dam, which was one of the engineering wonders of the ancient world.

We witnessed for ourselves the destruction which has taken place inside the old city of Saada, one of the most ancient and important in the north of the country, whose earthen architecture is very characteristic of Yemen.

The trail of destruction encompasses ancient cities, museums, mosques, palaces and ancient archaeological strikes. Although Saudi bombing has inflicted the worst of the damage, it is by no means the only offender. Houthi shelling has inflicted widespread damage, including in the old city of Taiz.

Some experts accuse the Saudis of being driven by similar motives to IS and al-Qaeda. "The same obscurantist ideology by which Islamic State justifies its destruction of cultural heritage sites appears to be driving the Saudis’ air war against the precious physical evidence of Yemen’s ancient civilisations," wrote Nishant Choksi in The New York Times.

"There is no other explanation for why the Saudi-led offensive should have laid waste to these irreplaceable world archaeological treasures." - by Peter Oborne and Nawal al-Maghafi (with photos)

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/how-yemens-past-being-erased-air-strike-air-strike-609240671

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a brilliant article. Please take time to read it and watch the videos. Peter Obourne has done Yemen proud with his passion about the wrongs of this war. He interviews a middle class woman reduced to begging even though her children have degrees. He compares the Old City to Venice and asks why there is no outcry st the damage being caused there. What a pity the ordinary people of the world aren't asked to watch this and vote on whether US UK and other countries should supply them with more and more dreadful weapons.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154676076923641

2.9.2016 – International Federation of Journalists (** B P)

Yemen: YJS reports more than 100 press freedom violations

Dozens of murders, abductions, disappearances, jailings and assaults added to a grim toll of more than 100 press freedom violations in Yemen in the first half of 2016.

Among the attacks documented by the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) in its report covering the six-months up to the end of June 2016 were:

In its report the YJS claims the Al Houthis and Saleh were responsible for the majority of violations (65%) with unidentified gunmen responsible for 15% of cases. Governmental agencies and security forces related to the internationally-recognised government committed 7% of cases, while the militant Salafist group in Taiz committed 6 %.

Other abuses were carried out by the Arab coalition (5%), and armed followers of the southern movement (1% ) and members of al-Qaeda in Hadramout (1%).

http://www.ifj.org/nc/fr/news-single-view/category/news/article/yemeni-journalists-syndicate-launches-its-6months-report-and-observed-100-cases-of-violation-in-the/ and also https://www.nuj.org.uk/news/yemeni-journalists-syndicate-report-extensive-press-freedom/

1.9.2016 – Just Security (** B P)

The Law of Aiding and Abetting (Alleged) War Crimes: How to Assess US and UK Support for Saudi Strikes in Yemen

US and UK support for Saudi-led military operations in Yemen have received significant attention recently due to reports of strikes that damaged or destroyed hospitals, schools, and other infrastructure vital to the civilian population. When international lawyers consider the rules that apply to such assistance, the so-called law of State responsibility consumes most, if not all, of the attention (see Miles Jackson and my accompanying post that does a deep dive into that area of law). Given the allegations that some Saudi-led coalition operations may amount to war crimes, it is relevant to consider another specific area of international law: the law of aiding and abetting war crimes. Importantly, as I explain below, that area of law is likely broader in its attribution of vicarious liability for assisting States than the law of State responsibility. It should be a centerpiece of any discussion of this topic.

One clarification is necessary at the outset. In this analysis, I make no assessment of the alleged actions by the Saudi-led coalition or any reported instance of US or UK support. This post discusses the generally applicable legal framework that might apply. My discussion therefore also has relevance for all sorts of other situations as well, including reported Russian support related to the Syrian government’s alleged war crimes, reported Iranian support related to the Houthis’ alleged war crimes, and State support for terrorist organizations elsewhere.

War crimes

Aiding and abetting war crimes

Mitigation measures

or now, the important point is this one for States contemplating assistance to another State or non-State armed group: there is substantial legal risk that aiding and abetting liability for war crimes would be found under international law even absent any intent or purpose to promote the crimes – by Ryan Goodman

https://www.justsecurity.org/32656/law-aiding-abetting-alleged-war-crimes-assess-uk-support-saudi-strikes-yemen/

Comment by Judith Brown: A very important document that must be read even though it is long and written in not easy to understand legalese. Please circulate and also use it when discussing this matter with your MP

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154674909613641

31.8.2016 – Middle East Eye (** B H)

Dying for dollars in Yemen: 'I can hide from shelling, but I cannot flee from cancer'

Foreign currency reserves in Yemen have been cut to a third of their pre-war levels. Cancer sufferers are among those paying a heavy price.

The economic stability of any country depends on its foreign currency reserves: when most of its national income grinds to a halt because of war, then a monetary crisis usually follows.

Yemen used to depend on fuel exports to supply it with cash from abroad; some foreign currency also came through embassies. When conflict broke out, the full-time production of fuel stopped. Most embassies in the capital Sanaa closed their doors.

Now Yemen is dependent on money transfers from overseas, donations from international aid organizations and foreign currency reserves to import food and other basic commodities.

McGoldrick said in mid-August that the “depletion of foreign currency reserves in the Central Bank has resulted in the difficulty for importers to obtain lines of credit, making it nearly impossible for government entities to maintain basic social services”.

That Central Bank, based in Sanaa, is currently under the control of the Houthis, who captured the capital in September 2014. Its governor, Mohammed bin Humam, was appointed before the current conflict erupted and has not sided with any group in public.

An anonymous source within the bank, who is not authorized to speak to the media, told Middle East Eye that the country could not provide the necessary social services.

“Yemen's national income has stopped since the beginning of the war in March 2015,” he said. “If the international organizations and other countries will not help us, then Yemen will go to economic ruin soon.”

The source at the bank told MEE that the Central Bank spent its foreign currency reserves during the last 16 months on basic commodities, including wheat, rice and sugar, as well as to service its foreign debt.

The source added that the situation was worsening daily: the Central Bank stopped supporting medication and fuel last year and cannot support the basic commodities for next year.

The Houthis were not to blame for the economic crisis, the source said, as they alone cannot solve the crisis, although they run much of the country and are currently responsible for paying public sector salaries. Most public projects, such as the building of offices, roads and schools, have been halted. There has been no annual budget set for 2015 and 2016.

As the Central Bank cannot provide Yemeni banks with dollars, so traders and importers of basic essentials have resorted to the black market to buy the US currency – by Nasser Al-Sakkaf

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/dying-dollars-how-yemen-s-economy-falling-apart-2104664911

cp2 Allgemein / General

4.9.2016 – Oped News (* B H)

The Red Wet Children of Yemen – by Michael Galli

[Overview article: Yemen war; children; US weapons]

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Red-Wet-Children-of-Ye-by-Michael-Galli-Killing_Yemen-160904-691.html

4.9.2016 – Wessel de Cock ( B K P)

Argument of the story Volkskrant featured is that we should stop seeing Yemen conflict as Saudi-Iran war

https://twitter.com/djehoety/status/772429900108234752

3.9.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A K P)

US, UN becoming political wing of Saudi war on Yemen: Activist

Press TV has conducted an interview with Hussain al-Bukhaiti, an activist and political commentator, about the leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement censuring the United States for providing logistical support and political cover for the Saudi bombardment campaign against Yemen.

So I think that the United Sates is the one that has given the Saudis the green light to start this war and as John Kerry said in his latest meeting in Jeddah, he said that any peace in Yemen must respect Saudi security and he talked about the [Persian] Gulf security and he has not mentioned in his statement about the Yemeni people, about the 10,000 people who were killed directly by Saudi airstrikes and other 10,000 children who died because of the blockade.

So I think it is so clear to everybody that the United States is the one who started the war, the United States is the one who can stop the war, and what they did as well at the beginning of the war, they have enforced the Saudis to lead the Human Rights Panel side by side with the British and that happened straightaway after many attacks and many strikes on civilian targets in Yemen.

Most of the international community is part of this war and we have seen that when Saudi name and Saudi-led coalition was put inside the blacklist for violating the rights of children, it was the United States, Britain and other European countries that have [put] pressure on Ban Ki-moon and he admitted that in his statement and as well in many interviews.

So the international community as well has enforced 2216 UN Security Council resolution and the main goal of it is to force the blockade and as well they have welcomed the Saudi effort in Yemen and this 2216 has came after the war on Yemen.

So all these and as well with the direct help of the United States and as well with the direct help of our neighbors have enforced this blockade and we know that one of the articles in this 2216 has insisted on a ban and blockade for weapons that would reach Yemeni army and the Houthis

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/03/482992/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-US-AbdulMalik-alHouthi-UN-Saudi-aggression-airstrike

3.9.2016 – Yemen Online (* B P)

The lure of power in Yemen

In Yemen the picture is particularly complicated. Here it is far from a clear case of two opposing forces slogging it out between themselves. No less than six main combatants are engaged in the conflict, and the separate motives of each create a tangle of competing ambitions and a criss-crossing of the Sunni-Shia boundaries.
To list the six antagonists: first, the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels; then the lawful president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi; next, AQAP (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular); followed by IS (Islamic State); then, Saudi Arabia; and finally – most surprising of all, perhaps –Yemen’s previous long-serving president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Adding even more complication to a desperately complex situation is the astonishing alliance between Saleh, backed by the Yemeni security forces that have remained loyal to him, and the Houthis.

Saleh’s sights are clearly set on ousting his one-time deputy, President Hadi

What of the other combatants? By Neville Teller

http://yemenonline.info/special-reports/1030

Comment: The Houthis are NO Shia (how often this must be repeated??), and the Iranian interference is highly overrated.

2.9.2016 – Janes (* A K P)

Saudi Arabia downplays border war casualties

Videos recently released by Yemen's Ansar Allah group suggest the Saudi military is not reporting all the casualties it is suffering in what appear to be escalating raids on its southern border.

The absence of dead bodies seen in the footage shot inside many of these positions suggests the Saudi defenders retreated before they were overrun, although large quantities of spent casings beneath some .50 cal heavy machine guns suggest there was resistance.

Nevertheless, the videos together showed 14 different dead bodies dressed in Saudi military uniforms.

n what appears to have been the worst incident for the Saudi military, one video released on 26 August showed from a distance a militarised Toyota Land Cruiser carrying many Saudi soldiers who were apparently attempting to flee a battle. Close-up footage then showed what appeared to be the same vehicle, now stationary, with eight bodies wearing Saudi military uniforms in and around it – by Jeremy Blinnie

http://www.janes.com/article/63406/saudi-arabia-downplays-border-war-casualties

2.9.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A K)

Saudi Arabia achieving no gains in Yemen: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Catherine Shakdam, a Middle East expert, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military aggression against Yemen.

Shakdam: No whatsoever and the Saudis have been quite clever in the way that they have constructed this, this narrative war where they have boots, the UN silence, they have made sure that they continue to buy weapons from Western powers which means that Western capitals have had, to some degree, to sit by and watch Yemen burn because they are making a lot of money out of it and it is actually fitting within their own foreign policy agendas in terms of crushing popular movements and trying to basically impose a certain political rhetoric in the Middle East.

I do not think that any Western capital who is like to see political self-empowerments in the Middle East especially not in Yemen because Yemen is a very geostrategic country in the Middle East.

http://217.218.67.231/Detail/2016/09/02/482859/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Houthis-war-military-UN-Middle-East and as a film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CtPCarQ4TQ

2.9.2016 – Anadolu (A K P)

Gov’t, Houthis exchange prisoners in Yemen’s Maarib

A total of 24 political detainees were released Friday in a prisoner swap between forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Manour Hadi and the Shia Houthi militia in Yemen’s eastern Maarib province.

Saleem Alaw, coordinator of a local NGO, said that each side released 12 of the other’s detainees in line with an agreement reached earlier.

"The swap took place in Maarib province, which was recently captured by pro-government forces," Alaw said, adding that the exchange was conducted under the supervision of the Yemeni Red Crescent and local tribal sheikhs.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/gov-t-houthis-exchange-prisoners-in-yemen-s-maarib/639999

2.9.2016 – Christian Science Monitor (* A K P)

In Yemen war, could surge in violence rekindle diplomacy?

Rising civilian casualties have stirred efforts in the UN and the US Congress to address Yemen's 'forgotten war.' But the path to real progress still lies with the parties to the conflict.

But whatever plans and pressures are brought to bear on the conflict, the key to success still lies with the Yemenis themselves.

The Kerry proposal “addresses main concerns, breaks the stalemate, and has a good phased plan,” says Hisham al-Omeisy, a political analyst in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. “Unfortunately … parties involved trying to carve wiggle room may botch [the plan] in doing so.”

"The new proposal actually has good prospects if fully accepted by all parties and adhered to,” he says. “But Yemenis know that no matter how good a proposal is, it's the various parties’ commitment that will define the success rate…. So to be honest, prospects are still grim."

Now there is some attention to Yemen, we would like to continue to push” for a political solution, says Hassan Boucenine, the country director of MSF France, who has spent a year and a half in Yemen.

“Do we really want to have a rogue Yemen, a destroyed country that will turn like Somalia?” asks Mr. Boucenine, contacted in the southern port of Aden, adding that peace talks “must” resume – by Scott Peterson

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/0902/In-Yemen-war-could-surge-in-violence-rekindle-diplomacy

Comment: Overview article. I cannot agree that the Kerry “peace proposal” should be a positive move bringing anything really new. It' still the old concept of splitting the Yemeni parties in 1. and 2. class.

2.9.2016 – Salon (* B K P)

Despite 10,000 civilian casualties in Yemen — 13 per day — U.S. reaffirms support for Saudi Arabia

U.N. warns of "appalling levels of human despair" in Yemen, while the U.S. stands by its "key ally" Saudi Arabia – by Ben Norton

http://www.salon.com/2016/09/02/despite-10000-civilian-casualties-in-yemen-13-per-day-u-s-reaffirms-support-for-saudi-arabia/

Comment: Overview article, facts described here already variously reported.

2.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Mwatana @mwatanaen is one of very few neutral #Yemen Human Rights orgs. They get my vote for #HumanRightsTulip2016

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/771720322999525380

2.9.2016 – IPS News (* B H K)

Yemen’s Children Deserve Better

If Western media outlets possess the power to shed light on injustice and ultimately aid in the eradication of warfare and conflict, why has Yemen’s crisis not been considered an issue worthy of international attention?

It is time to question the “strategic” silence.

In an so-called effort to eradicate the threat “Houthi” extremist rebels pose, a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia and militarily supported by the United States and the United Kingdom have waged war against Houthi rebel forces in a bid to”protect” Yemen and its people.

In reality, it appears the atrocity and devastation these unlawful airstrikes have inflicted on the people of Yemen has resulted in exactly the opposite. The Saudi-Led coalition’s definition of “protection” has led to nothing short of an outbreak of chaotic destruction.

As the US and the UK continue to sell weapons to the Saudi-led coalition and ongoing bombings, killings, and corruption ceases to discontinue, Yemen’s Children are left scarred by the threats of exploitation and violence.

In many ways, Yemen has consequently developed into a new breeding ground for child soldiers – by Rose Delaney

http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/09/yemens-children-deserve-better/

Comment: Overview article.

2.9.2016 – East Online (* B P)

The difficulties of media in overing the war in Yemen

Nowadays, no foreign journalists are on the ground to document the war. “Authorities from both sides don’t let foreign correspondents in. Just Yemenis and their families. Moreover, there is just one air company that flight in the country, and it’s the Yemenia airways. It doesn’t accept any online booking and non-Yemenis passengers. Moreover, you have to pay cash.” “Even if you manage to land in Sanaa or in Aden and the authorities don’t turn you away, traveling across the country is risky and difficult.The chances of being kidnapped by al-Qaeda or ordinary thugs remain high.”

Without international media reporting from the country, only Yemeni journalists can newsgatherer. However, they work with a limited autonomy and the specter of being imprisoned or worse is always upon them.

“Depends on where you are. If you’re coving news from Houthis controlled areas, you’ll put more emphasis on the terrible Saudis’ bombings. While, if you work in Aden, you will target the Houthis atrocities. In the government forces’ zones, also al-Jazeera and al-Arabya operates. The first one support Muslim brotherhood, while the second one is pro-Gulf states policy. The bottom line is: unbiased is an illusion.”- by Matteo Lattoraca

http://www.eastonline.eu/en/opinioni/open-doors/the-difficulties-of-media-in-overing-the-war-in-yemen

Comment: This article mentions just one problem related to media coverage from Yemen. And there actually has been reporting of foreign journalists from Yemen. Thr much more relevant fact is the connection of Western media to US foreign politics and it's interests. This has been reported several times, also by myself: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/medien-und-propaganda-vergessener-jemen (German) and English summary: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160607/1040934463/mainstream-media-coverage-yemen.html.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

4.9.2016 – Judith Brown (* B H)

Water distribution in Yemen. I may add that much of this free water that keeps ordinary Yemenis alive is paid for by private Yemeni donors. That's Yemen for you. A place that we should admire and learn from (38 photos)

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154678561033641 = https://www.facebook.com/HPFHGGI/posts/1456214221059100

3.9.2016 – Malak Shaher (A H)

2/6 The IDP mother who carried her daughter for 4 hours 2 the hospital as she had no money for transportation #Taiz

https://twitter.com/MalakShaher/status/772121156329562112

4/6 The boy who lost his legs when shelling hit his family's house in #Aden last year. His father is holding him

https://twitter.com/MalakShaher/status/772124104661032961

5/6 Patients were getting their dialysis sessions while hearing that a patient died as there was no bed 4 him #Yemen

https://twitter.com/MalakShaher/status/772125874757963776

6/6The displaced woman who is suffering from cancer & who told me she "lost hope that she would get treatment #Saada

https://twitter.com/MalakShaher/status/772126922566430720

3.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

UNs 1.8Bil HRP request, barely addressing "urgent" needs of only 65% of 21Mil need aid in #Yemen ..lowered to 1.63B!

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/772092301501947904

Comment: $ 200 million = cost of one day Saudi aerial war against Yemen.

3.9.2016 – Haykal Bafana ( A K)

Cutting #Yemen capital Sanaa off from the world : Airport closed & #Saudi jets destroy 2 key communications hubs. Internet access degraded.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/772201852008095744

2.9.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Infographic: Yemen: Emergency Dashboard, July 2016

http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/ep/wfp286566.pdf = http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/wfp286566.pdf

2.9.2016 – USAID (A H P)

Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #15 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

USG contributes an additional $189 million to support relief activities in Yemen

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-complex-emergency-fact-sheet-15-fiscal-year-fy-2016 and original: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/09.02.16%20-%20USG%20Yemen%20Complex%20Emergency%20Fact%20Sheet%20%2315.pdf

Map: Active USG Humanitarian Programs in Yemen (Last Updated 09/02/16)

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/09.02.16%20-%20USG%20Yemen%20Complex%20Emergency%20Program%20Map.pdf

Comment: USAID – one important task: support in US arranged regime changes.

2.9.2016 – Shapban (A H)

1000s of #Yemen-is are stranded @ #Saudi border crossing of al-Wadiyah. Some are going for #Hajj & others want to run from war

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/771893287447830528

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / See cp1

3.9.2016 – UNESCO (A K P)

UNESCO Director-General condemns the destruction of a 9th century old mosque of Bani Matar in Yemen

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has condemned the destruction of a 9th century mosque located in Bani Matar, Sana’a Governorate. Several reports from the General Organization of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) and the General Organization for the Preservation of Historic Cities (GOPHCY) in Yemen, notably, have confirmed the destruction of the mosque by an air strike on Thursday 25 August 2016.

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_director_general_condemns_the_destruction_of_a_9th_ce/

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

3.9.2016 – Fars News (A T)

Ex-Yemeni President Escapes Assassination Attempt

Media outlets reported that former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has escaped attempted assassination by the Saudi-backed forces.

Sada Aden news website claimed that similar to the 2011 assassination attempt, Saleh survived again after he was attacked in al-Saleh mosque in Sana'a.

A source close to Saleh told the website that the former president's bodyguards could foil the attack.

8 people, including the mosque's prayers leader, were arrested after the assassination attempt, Sada Aden reported.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950613001244 und mehr Details noch bei Pars Today: http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i14452-jemen_ali_abdullah_saleh_entging_terroranschlag

2.9.2016 – Reuters (* A K P)

Yemen's Houthi leader says U.S. provides political cover for Saudi strikes

The leader of Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi faction accused the United States of providing logistical support and political cover for Saudi-led air strikes in the 18-month Yemeni conflict.

In his first published interview since the start of the civil war, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi also told the Houthis' quarterly magazine his group was open to a peaceful solution of the conflict, in which at least 10,000 people have died.

"The United States plays a major role in the aggression ... including logistical support for air and naval strikes, providing various weapons ... and providing complete political cover for the aggression, including protection from pressure by human rights groups and the United Nations," he said.

In his interview, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said his opponents did not understand the meaning of real dialogue.

"The hurdle facing negotiations and dialogue is that the other party wants to achieve through the talks what it wanted to achieve through war, not understanding that the path of dialogue and peace is different to the path of war," he said – by Mohammed Ghobari

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN11818G

Comment: You even must not like the Houthis to realise taht he is fully right.

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

4.9.2016 – Xinhua (* A T)

Roadside bomb blast kills 6 soldiers in Yemen's Aden

An explosion struck a police checkpoint in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Sunday, killing six soldiers and injuring at least five others, a government official told Xinhua.

Unidentified attackers detonated a roadside bomb at the checkpoint in Sheikh Othman district of Aden province, causing huge blast that rocked the area, the Aden-based government source said on condition of anonymity.

"The roadside bombing resulted in the killing of six pro-government soldiers who were positioned in the area with their armored vehicles," the source said.

Witnesses confirmed to Xinhua that heavy gunfire took place after the explosion and several ambulances rushed to rescue injured people.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday's roadside bombing

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-09/04/c_135660509.htm

3.9.2016 – AFP (A T)

Three soldiers dead as ‘dismantled’ bomb explodes in Yemen market

Three Yemeni soldiers were killed Saturday when a mine they had “dismantled” and taken away in their vehicle blew up as they stopped in a marketplace, a security official said.

Seven other people including three civilians were wounded in the blast in Huta, capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda militants, according to the official.

The soldiers had “dismantled” the mine planted by suspected militants on a road on the edge of Huta and placed it in the back of their vehicle, he said, declining to be named.

The device exploded when they stopped at a market in the city, he added.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/09/03/Three-soldiers-dead-as-dismantled-bomb-explodes-in-Yemen-market-.html an images: https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/772140231088754688

3.9.2016 – Shapban (A T)

fighting over salary payment b/t members of resistance in Taiz leaves one dead, scores injured.

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/772162614206009347

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

4.9.2016 – Tasnim News (A P)

US Peace Plan for Yemen Meant to Reorganize Saudi Forces: Ansarullah Negotiator

A senior member of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, who is involved in UN-brokered peace talks to resolve crisis in the war-torn country, described a new US-proposed peace plan as a ploy to help Saudi Arabia escape more defeats and reorganize its military forces near Yemen.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Hamid Razzaq said Yemen's Supreme Political Council has not formally received the recent US-proposed plan so far, but referred to the initiative as a way to reduce pressure on the Saudi military forces, who have suffered heavy defeats in the war on Yemen.

The so-called peace plan is not a solution indeed, but a ploy to pull the Saudis out of an impasses and help them re-deploy forces along the southern Saudi border provinces, including Najran, Jizan, and Asir, he warned.

Razzaq also argued that Saudi Arabia will definitely breach the peace plan and start to accuse Yemenis of obstructing the peace talks as soon as their forces are stationed along the southern borders.

http://www.aryanews.com/NewsFeed/1421661/US-Peace-Plan-for-Yemen-Meant-to-Reorganize-Saudi-Forces-Ansarullah-Negotiator

4.9.2016 – Albawaba (A P)

UN Special Envoy to Yemen kicks off renewed efforts for Yemen peace talks

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed kicked off a new regional tour on Saturday to revive the frozen Yemeni peace talks.

Informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the UN envoy should be expecting hard negotiations with the rebel delegation, currently present in Oman, particularly when tackling two subjects: the restart of peace talks and an agreement on a new truce to stop the fighting.

The delegation is stuck in Muscat after the international collation had closed the Sana’a international airport, expect for flights carrying humanitarian aids.

The source said the delegation would sit with Ould Cheikh on two main conditions: their return to Sana’a to consult with Houthi leaders, and the lift of airspace restrictions imposed on the capital.

The source quoted a member of the rebel delegation as saying: “We want to speak with our leadership and he (Ould Cheikh) won’t allow us.”

But, observers say that Houthi rebels would end up meeting with the UN envoy.

Yemeni political activist Baleegh Al-Mekhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the US was determined to hold a new round of Yemeni talks, expected in Oslo and that under military pressure, Houthis and Saleh will end up, as usual, meeting with the UN envoy to revive the peace process.

http://www.albawaba.com/news/un-special-envoy-yemen-kicks-renewed-efforts-yemen-peace-talks-880248

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

2.9.2016 – National Council of Resistance of Iran (A P)

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir: Iran is not respecting international law.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeirsaid on Friday that Iran is not respecting international law when it continues to back the Syrian regime, the Lebanese Shiite militant group and political party Hezbollah and Yemen’s Houthi militia group, urging Tehran to change its policies.

“We see Iran intervening in Syria and supporting Hezbollah and the Houthis, and it is behind some of the operations threatening national security of the region,” Jubeir, who is currently visiting Japan, said.

http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/terrorism-fundamentalism/21013-saudi-foreign-minister-adel-al-jubeir-iran-is-not-respecting-international-law

Comment by Judith Brown: A view from an Iranian dissident group on the Yemen war. Like everyone else, more interested in power and blaming 'the Other' than in saving Yemen and the lives of its citizens.

Comment: The Saudi foreign minister is no credible witness for this at all – Saudi Arabia interfering in many countries of the Middle east, spreading Wahabism worldwide, supporting terrorism on a great scale.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154676117118641

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

3.9.2016 – Business Insider (* B E)

Saudi Arabia's oil industry has an overlooked risk

The Saudis' campaign in Yemen could pose a risk to its oil sector.

Notably, the RBC Capital Markets team also argued last year that the Saudi campaign in Yemen could also add additional pressures on its finances as it increases security spending.

The kingdom, the largest military spender in the Middle East, has increased defense spending to record levels.

In her latest note, Croft argued that "continuing in Yemen will make it difficult for the Kingdom to achieve its belt tightening goals."

The bottom line is that Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen comes with certain overlooked risks to its oil sector, including the vulnerability of its oil infrastructure and pressures on its finances – by Elena Holodny

http://www.businessinsider.de/saudi-arabia-oil-facilities-and-yemen-campaign-2016-9?r=UK&IR=T

27.2.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

Saudi Arabia sentences a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-sentence-man-to-10-years-in-prison-and-2000-lashes-for-expressing-his-atheism-on-a6900056.html

cp9 USA

Siehe / See cp13a

2.9.2016 – Sputnik News (* B K P)

On Wednesday, US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that the US government was offering its condolences to civilians in Yemen killed by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.
Independent Institute Center for Peace and Freedom Director Ivan Eland told Sputnik that the US apology was meaningless as long as the sale of bombs and other war-making weapons and materials to the Saudis and their allies in the Yemen conflict continued.

“If this were a critical war for US vital interests, apologizing for ‘collateral damage’ on civilians would at least be something,” Eland remarked. “The United States supporting the predictable indiscriminate and brutal bombing by the Saudi-led coalition is even more misplaced.”

The civil war in Yemen was peripheral to US security concerns, Eland pointed out.

“The [rebel] Houthis get some assistance from Iran, but even US officials are skeptical that they are controlled by that country [Iran],” he noted. “Even if they were, their [Iran’s] control of Yemen is not strategic to the United States.” California State University Professor Emeritus of Political Science Beau Grosscup told Sputnik that US policymakers saw no contradiction between selling bombs to the Saudis that killed civilians in indiscriminate air strikes and expressing their condolences for the victims of those attacks.

“Since the world is framed in a nation-state system, the United States sees no conflict between offering condolences to one nation-state [Yemen] while it sells arms to another [Saudi Arabia], since they are two independent sovereign entities.”
http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20160903/1044916629/us-bombs-yemen-civilians-killings.html

2.9.2016 – Consortium News (* B K P)

Belated Pushback on Saudis’ War on Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels has created a humanitarian crisis, with opposition finally emerging in Congress to the U.S. assistance in the bloodbath

In return for Riyadh’s agreement not to oppose the nuclear deal with Iran, Washington has backed Saudi Arabia’s bloody intervention with diplomatic support in the United Nations, military intelligence and aircraft refueling assistance, and an open-ended weapons pipeline. U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia during the Obama years have amounted to $48 billion, three times the total under George W. Bush.

In June, Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed international concerns about the carnage, telling an interviewer, “I think the Saudis have expressed in the last weeks their desire to make certain that they’re acting responsibly, and not endangering civilians.”

But the Obama administration’s support for Saudi Arabia’s criminal policies is at last beginning to trouble many legislators on Capitol Hill.

“The dynamic has changed,” says Naiman, crediting antiwar activists in Congress and private organizations. “Criticism of Saudi Arabia is not taboo anymore. We have changed perceptions, and we are on the playing field in a way we never were before.” - by Jonathan Marshall

https://consortiumnews.com/2016/09/02/belated-pushback-on-saudis-war-on-yemen/

1.9.2016 – US Department of State (* A P)

John Kirby, Spokesperson, Daily Briefing, Sep. 1.

MR. KIRBY: What I can tell you is that Saudi Arabia remains a key ally and partner in the region. The United States continues to support a defense – a strong defense and security relationship with Saudi Arabia. The Secretary talked about this a little bit when we were in Jeddah a week or so ago. And we obviously understand and share concerns by members of Congress about the damage to civilian infrastructure and to innocent civilian lives in Yemen as a result of Saudi-led coalition operations. And that is also something that the Secretary raised with counterparts in Jeddah when we were there.

QUESTION: But particularly if there’s a concern about damage to civilian infrastructure and civilian casualties, there must be also a concern that that could be being done in the hands of U.S. weapons by the Saudis.

MR KIRBY: Well, again, I can’t speak to the specifics of every tactical strike or mission that the Saudis take and what equipment and material they’re using. Obviously, we have a strong defense relationship with Saudi Arabia, which results in foreign military sales of quite a bit of articles of defense-related equipment. There’s no question about that. And there are – as you well know, there are what we call end-use agreements on these kinds of things. We do – we stipulate, and when we have concerns, we express those concerns.

And we have had concerns with the conduct of some coalition operations in Yemen and we’ve not been bashful about expressing those privately or publicly. And as I said, I can assure you that the Secretary raised those concerns with Saudi leaders when we were in Jeddah. But this is – we’re aware of the concerns. Actually, we share some of those concerns. But I couldn’t speak for the exact manner in which there will be or won’t be any changes to the defense relationship. That’s something that we have to work out, so --

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2016/09/261531.htm#SAUDIARABIA

Comment: US support of Saudi Arabia fully continues.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

Siehe / See cp1

4.9.2016 – Ständige Publikumskonferenz (A P)

Programmbeschwerde: Tagesthemen bietet Show statt Nachrichten

http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/sendung/tt-4689.html

Am fraglichen Tag berichtete TT zwar über einen Bombenanschlag mit mehr als 50 Toten im Jemen, zu dem sich der IS bekannt habe. Nicht jedoch wurde über die hohe Anzahl von Opfern des völkerrechtswidrigen Krieges der Saudis gegen Jemen informiert, deren Bombardements von Tag zu Tag zunehmen und an diesem 29. August einen neuen Höhepunkt erreichten.

Umfassende und vollständige Informationen über diesen Krieg, den die „königlich“-saudische Blutsäuferbande aus durchsichtigen Gründen gegen „Aufständische“ im Jemen führt, einen Krieg, in dem nach UN-Angaben in diesem August mehr als 4000 Menschen umgebracht wurden, erspart ARD-aktuell dem deutschen Publikum weitgehend. Bereits in einigen früheren Programmbeschwerden hatten wir auf die unvertretbare Zurückhaltung der ARD-aktuell-Redaktion im Hinblick auf die saudischen Verbrechen hingewiesen und dagegen protestiert, dass Tagesschau und Tagesthemen sich damit anpasserisch gegenüber der Berliner Regierungspolitik verhalten. Auch die Tagesthemen am 29.8. betreiben nur Eventberichterstattung über ein aufsehenerregendes Attentat, anstatt über den weit fürchterlicheren Krieg zu informieren. Schweigen über das mörderische Wüten der Saudis und ihrer Kumpane aus den Emiraten ist Teil des ARD-Trends, „prowestlich“ zu agitieren.

https://publikumskonferenz.de/blog/2016/09/04/tagesthemen-bietet-show-statt-nachrichten/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

4.9.2016 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Bahrain urged to end prosecution of leading rights activist Nabeel Rajab

Human Rights Watch called on countries who 'support peaceful activism' to call for Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/bahrain-urged-end-prosecution-leading-rights-activist-nabeel-rajab-1488249321

2.9.2016 – ALSDDY (A P)

Film: Bahrain : Police Armoured Vehicle Shoot Cameraman Directly With 56mm Tear Gas Projectile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i72PaCTqtH4

Film: Bahrain : Heavy Clashes Turn To Battle Between Resistance Movement and Riot Police

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f78bTM-89ac

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

3.9.2016 – NZZ (* A K P)

Produktion von Streubomben in den USA eingestellt

Wegen Absatzschwierigkeiten nimmt der letzte amerikanische Hersteller die umstrittene Munition aus dem Sortiment. Das Weisse Haus hatte eine Lieferung nach Saudiarabien untersagt.

Nun hat in den USA der letzte Hersteller von Streubomben beschlossen, die Produktion einzustellen. Der Grund sind Absatzschwierigkeiten, wie ein Sprecher des Herstellers Textron mit Sitz in Rhode Island gegenüber dem Magazin «Foreign Policy» diese Woche bestätigte. Dazu mögen auch die Bemühungen um das weltweite Verbot solcher Waffen beigetragen haben – von Peter Winkler

http://www.nzz.ch/international/amerika/folge-des-blutbads-in-jemen-produktion-von-streubomben-in-den-usa-eingestellt-ld.114641

1.9.2016 – Mother Jones (* A K P)

This American Company Is Finally Getting Out of the Cluster Bomb Business

On Tuesday, Textron Manufacturing Systems announced that it is ceasing production of the controversial CBU-105, citing reduced orders, a volatile political environment, and international weapons treaties that negatively affect the "ownability" of its shares. "Historically, sensor-fuzed weapon sales have relied on foreign military and direct commercial international customers for which both executive branch and congressional approval is required," Textron said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. "The current political environment has made it difficult to obtain these approvals."

The announcement comes three months after Textron's CEO defended the weapon in a Providence Journal op-ed amid ongoing protests at the company's Rhode Island headquarters. Around the same time, the Obama Administration blocked the transferof cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in a rare display of unease over the growing civilian death toll in the Saudi Arabia-led war against Shiite rebels in Yemen – by Bryan Schatz

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/textron-cluster-bomb-manufacturer-ending-production

2.9.2016 – Sputnik News (* B K P)

US Selling Bombs Used to Kill Yemen Civilians Despite Low Stakes in Conflict

The US government continues to sell bombs to Saudi Arabia used to kill civilians in Yemen in a conflict that is not even important to Washington and at a cost that outweighs American interests, analysts told Sputnik.
Earlier this week, the Pentagon approved a $40 million contract to sell bomb parts to Saudi Arabia and three other countries after US lawmakers urged the White House to stop arms sales to Riyadh given the toll of Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen civilians.

“The United States is selling a coalition of some of the worst human rights-abusing nations, weapons and providing other valuable assistance in a conflict that is unimportant to the American national interest,” Independent Institute Center for Peace and Freedom Director Ivan Eland told Sputnik.
http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20160903/1044916629/us-bombs-yemen-civilians-killings.html

2.9.2016 – UPI (* A K P)

PKL Services gets $495 million Saudi F-15 support contract

U.S. Air Force deal covers Royal Saudi Air Force's F-15 S- and SA-type aircraft.

PKL Services has been awarded a $495 million U.S. Air Force contract for work on the Royal Saudi Air Force's F-15 fleet.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract covers maintenance, upgrade and training of the Saudi Strike Eagle S- and SA-type fighters.

Work will be performed and has an estimated completion date of August 2021. The contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2016/09/02/PKL-Services-gets-495-million-Saudi-F-15-support-contract/6161472825516/

Comment: That's what the Saudis need for bombing Yemen. But Yemen is not even mentioned in this article.

1.9.2016 – Arab News (* A K)

Saudi Arabia buys high-tech China drones

Saudi Arabia has signed a contract with China for the purchase of an unspecified number of pterodactyl planes, also known as Wing Loong or medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned drones, according to a report in Al-Watan newspaper.
The Chinese unmanned drones are modeled after MQ-1 Predator; they have surveillance capabilities and are able to carry two air-to-ground missiles.
According to the Global Times, the Kingdom is the first Arab country to obtain such types of drones, which were developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/978446/saudi-arabia

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / See cp6

cp15 Propaganda

4.9.2016 – Arab Times (A P)

Dreams of the bats not ‘achievable’ in Yemen

IS IT not time yet for Yemen to loosen up on the vain Houthi-Saleh bet on the element of time that has been always against them since the start of the crisis?

After one year and a half of war, during which the rebels tried to spread their fictitious control over the southern gate of the Arabian Peninsula to make it the entry point for Iran into the area, it has been proven by blood that this Arab nation is not an easy prey for anyone, even some of its children.

IS IT not time yet for Yemen to loosen up on the vain Houthi-Saleh bet on the element of time that has been always against them since the start of the crisis?

After one year and a half of war, during which the rebels tried to spread their fictitious control over the southern gate of the Arabian Peninsula to make it the entry point for Iran into the area, it has been proven by blood that this Arab nation is not an easy prey for anyone, even some of its children.

The coalition countries will never allow repetition of the Lebanese experiment, as well as betting on illusionary considerations such as those based on its political system and sectarianism which transformed Lebanon into a farm ruled by Hezbollah that has direct links with Iran, let alone the recurrence of Syria’s experiment towards regional political balances.

The dreams of bats will never materialize, as long as the majority of Yemenis believe they are engaged in a conflict that will determine the destiny of their country against the minority — those who decided to allow themselves to become tools in the hands of Arab’s enemies in history, such as Iran’s regime - by Ahmed Al-Jarallah, Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

http://www.arabtimesonline.com/news/dreams-bats-not-achievable-yemen/

Comment: Nice propaganda, which really not even has a new idea of a new and better propaganda story.

3.9.2016 – WAM ( P T)

UAE plays a key role in fighting Al Qaida: paper

The UAE has played a significant part in the growing victory in the fight against Al Qaida in southern Yemen, a local newspaper said in an editorial on Saturday.

"Its forces have been a key part of the military successes, but just as important has been the UAE’s commitment to getting immediate short-term aid to where the suffering Yemeni people need it, and also the long-term task of rebuilding civil society. The UAE consistently demonstrated these skills in the July 2015 recapturing of Aden, which was followed by retaking of Mukalla this April and then in last month’s success in Abyan province," the English-language paper The Gulf News wrote.

The UAE, it went on to say, is a major partner in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which supported the Yemeni army in this month’s success in liberating the entire coastal province of Abyan from Al Qaida and its allies in Daesh (ISIL) after more than five years of lawlessness and terrorist control of the province.

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/[Emirates]/1395299469106.html

Comment by Judith Brown: Without doubt UAE takes a more postive position in attacking AQ than Saudi Arabia. But it is am stake to imagine that AQ in Yemen is on the run. It's power is now being challenged - having been given free reign to do as it will by Saudi Arabia - but it is still very dominant in the 'old South' of Yemen and much stronger than before this dreadful war started.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154676125498641

2.9.2016 – The Telegraph (A P)

The bloody battle in Yemen shows Iran is intent on dominating the Middle East

The position of the Shia Houthi rebels, on the other hand, is less transparent. The cold hand of Iran is more prevalent in this war than is generally understood, a perception that General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), would not wish changed. One rare admission by Tehran that it was involved in the conflict came in March when Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said that Tehran was willing to help Houthi rebels “in any way it can, and to any level necessary" against the Saudi-led coalition.

Tehran is also suspected of being behind the Houthis’ recent rejection of a U.N. peace plan in favour of creating its own “supreme political council” to challenge the legitimate government. More alarming is the role Iran is suspected of playing in advising the Houthis on battlefield tactics.

The support, therefore, that the Houthis enjoy from their northern neighbour Iran is very real, be it political, propaganda, psychological, hands-on training, specialist advisors, weaponry, sanctuary or financial support. Without it, the rebel cause would probably slump.

Moreover, Iran’s involvement in Yemen must be seen in the broader context of its strategy of challenging the existing Middle East order by generating unrest, which then allows it to manoeuvre an advantage through the resulting uncertainty. - by Graeme Lamb, Retired Lt. General, former head of UK Special Forces

Comment by Judith Brown: An article written by someone who clearly knows little about Yemen, it's religion, it's politics, and it's political allegiances. And someone who simply doesn't care that the people of Yemen are being killed, reduced to poverty and starvation, and their lives, futures, and history destroyed

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154676084593641

Comment: It seems to be the fate of such British retired Lt. Generals, at least those having been „special advisors“, to fully back their government's politics of supporting Saudi Arabia, whatever happens, including the lucrative arms sales – backing it by just repeating the well-known Saudi propaganda. For another example, look at: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/britischer-ex-general-auf-eliten-egotrip. Lt. General Lamb now stresses the Iranian interference. Just compare Iranian to Saudi interference in Yemen – who is bombing the country since 17 month? This funny ex-general not even mentions the Saudi coalition air raids. It's just difficult to take him serious. - Yes, the Iranians have tried to deliver weapons to the Houthis, even if they deny it. But: their possibilities to do that are very limited, and the Houthis only can have got small amounts of weapons by that way. Compared to the bulk of arms Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies do receive from the West, it is almost nothing. Why looking at an ant and an elephant and getting upset about the ant??

And there is something else. How important the Iranian support for the Houthis ever should be, neither the author nor The Telegraph publishing his outpours wasted any thought on the question whether the unwillingness to accept the influence of a rivaling power in a smaller neighbouring countries gives any right to interfere also and to bomb this country to ruins for 17 month now. Just imagine – what this Lt. General, what „The Telegraph“, what the British government would have told if Russia would bomb to ruins at least half of Ukraine, or all parts of the country which are controlled by an US-influenced government, because it does not accept the US influence in that country? Would Lamb and the British government treat this as a thing not worth any thought and any word?? I really doubt – and again Lamb by his piece reveals the extremity of Western hypocrisy, of Western double standards, of Western double moral.

28.8.2016 – Saudi Embassy (A P)

Film: Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir Summarizes Yemen Crisis

During a joint press briefing with U.S. Secretary of State of John Kerry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 25, 2016, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir summarized the crisis in Yemen and achievements by the Saudi-led coalition to resolve

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxPe1aNcQnw&sns=fb = https://twitter.com/SaudiEmbassyUSA/status/769904609959747585

Comment: Achievements?? LOL.

Comment by Judith Brown: Wow this is a real bit of propaganda! Why if there are 'only' 50,000 Houthis do they drop $200 million every day on Yemen? Why have they not defeated the Houthis in 16 months of devastation? Why have they starved children, bombed hospitals, schools, farms, factories, roads, bridges, mosques, historic buildings, homes, refugee camps, ports, airports, museums, lorries, water plant, electricity plants, mobile phone masts, and still carry on day after day after day? He is as bad as Marc Regev in Israel. Weasel words.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154682549668641

25.8.2016 – Saudi Embassy (A P)

FM @AdelAlJubeir: We have been extremely careful and cautious in trying to minimize and hopefully avoid civilian causalities #Yemen

https://twitter.com/SaudiEmbassyUSA/status/768908538496163842

Comment: LOL. Just look around in Yemen.

25.9.2015 – Yemen Times (A P)

ADMITTING HOUTHIS ARE INSIDE SAUDI ARABIA, BRIG. GEN. ASIRI: “HOUTHIS ARE SACRIFICING THEIR LIVES JUST TO TAKE PICTURES NEAR THE BORDER”

[Interview with Saudi spokesman Asiri]

Houthis are posting videos and photographs of Saudi locations they claim they have taken control of, aren’t these evidences of their advancement into Saudi lands?

Some of their footage are real, only the footage are real, but their incursion claims are false. Sadly, Houthi militants risk their lives trying to take a photo in order to claim that they have taken over our lands. Unfortunately most of those who take these photos or videos get immediately killed by our forces. They basically sacrifice their lives

Houthis spread propaganda to compensate for their repeated loses in all fighting fronts, we assure everyone that the Saudi borders are fully secured and they have not infiltrated it, and all their claims are baseless.

http://www.yementimes.com/en/1875/intreview/5126

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

4.9.2016 – Khabar Agency (A K)

#Saudi airstrikes targeted paramedics in Hodeidah province

http://khabaragency.net/lasten71109.html

4.9.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

From the morning till now , 31 #Saudi air strikes targeted several places in Midi #Haja

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/772441624798461952

4.9.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

2 #Saudi air strikes targeted Ketaf watermarks in #Sadaa #Yemen It completely destroyed.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/772438862555734017

4.9.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

#Saudi air strike targeted a civilian home in Baqem district #Sadaa

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/772436553352224768

4.9.2016 – Crimes of Decisive Storm (A K PH)

Saudi Aviation committed late in the evening yesterday Saturday 09/03/2016 a heinous crime against farmers secure in their homes, where the pounding of their homes in five raids resulted in the martyrdom of a child and wounding 26 others, some seriously wounds of whom 24 are from the same family and two paramedics, where the first raid targeted livestock stables next to the house the second raid targeted monsters home was everyone's interest to escape targeting the third raid the house itself and the fourth and fifth of their house next door building, which led to the destruction of houses and the death of a child up to the moment where there were no sufficient information on the status of the rest and the killing of cattle and sheep in the stables and the missiles were hunting those family and paramedics from one place to another where Odtro to hide in a large hole caused by the second missile at the house (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1578323115797010

and the same raid:

4.9.2016 – Legal Center (A K PH)

3-9-2016

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

Casualties and damage:
#The_Capital_of_Sanaa
#AL_Sabeen_district
#Haddain_Neighborhood

On Saturday, at 9:00 P.M
-Legal center for rights and development documented the bombing of Saudi Arabia warplanes and its alliance by one airstrike on the houses of the civilian/ Ali Ali Qarba'. When the farmers heard the bombing, they went to the targeted house to rescue the victims. Then, the warplanes targeted the house once again when the rescuers where there.
-The house was targeted by 4 airstrikes and killed a child whose age 2 years old and caused the injury of 12 others including 3 children and 5 women.
-The airstrikes destroyed 4 houses, 5 bulldozer, 3 cars and 1 water tanker, 2 water pumps and killed more than 30 sheep Photos)

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=684686635015038&id=551288185021551

4.9.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

A resident's farm in Sanaa was hit yesterday by #Saudi jets. Almost everything there destroyed (photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/772477761885769728 and more photos https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/772450310958768132

and also

4.9.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

s of Sat #Saudi #UAE double tap 4strike on house&farm n Sabeen #Sanaa #Yemen kild2yrs child injrd12inc3kids&5women (photos)

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/772455047363960832

and

4.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

4-year old son killed women seriously injured of farmer Ali Kuray when US-backed Saudi bombed his house Sanaa (with graphic photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/772478290527387650

and

4.9.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Destruction of Qurba house behind Alsaben platform cozd by #Saudi jets #Sanaa #Yemen Child killd&15 injurd (photos)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/772431043009847300

and

4.9.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

Update: A child of 2 killed; 3kids+ 5 women+4men injured. Home, farm, live stock devastated. #Sanaa.

https://twitter.com/StopDestroYemen/status/772478649492709376

4.9.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

Sevral #US cluster bomb dropd by #Saudi #UAE on Gamaeil&Manduba Baqim N

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/772441722492227584 and also https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/772441075545993216 and film: https://www.facebook.com/881240811966559/videos/1092841737473131/

4.9.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

3 #Saudi air strikes targeted Communication tower in Alzaher district Alhudidah city

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/772437512480587776

4.9.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

WAR CRIME: Saudi airstrikes destroy 12 phone/internet towers this week in #Yemen seeking media blackout for attacks (photos)

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/772431117928587264

4.9.2016 – WeenAlEnfigarAlaan/Facebook (A K)

Film: Some pix of destroyed house in yesterday night Saudi-led bombing of Sanaa capital city

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1614096138883837

3.-4.9.2016 – Tweets Sanaa at night (A K)

Airstrikes intensifying in Sana'a now. Saudis must've removed mufflers from jets; screaming through night sky as they bomb.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/772152162625388544

#Saudi-led coalition shelling of #Yemen's capital started early tonight. 1st target hit was presidential palace

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/772101336053800960

I think six or seven Saudi airstrikes so far in past 15min on Sana'a. Those bombs are expensive yo, economize damn it! #Yemen

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/772153357247053824

It's very astonishing & devastating how fast the #Saudi jets have caused 6 explosions all over #Sanaa while I couldn't finish one tweet !!

https://twitter.com/drammarali/status/772161859193565184

8th explosion now. huge one in Sanaa, [and 7 before]

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/772153708524298240

8th airstrike.. can't endure this fear.. can't believe that we have to live this shit over and over again :(

https://twitter.com/Hanaalshowafi/status/772154247022514176

Sana'a,,,8 missiles in less than 15 minutes, sometimes they even attack more than 4 cities at once! It's like thay r attacking UK not Yemen

https://twitter.com/Hali_300/status/772154491437211648

#Saudi jets just rock presidential palace area #Sanaa with 10bombs causing huge explosions and panic among ppl especially women &kids

https://twitter.com/HishamAlRadhi/status/772155724529106944

Citizens say that the air strikes are on Nahddain, Haffa, Sabbain Square, Presidential palace. Houses there are shaking.

https://twitter.com/zaidaahmed/status/772155413580111872

3.9.2016 – Shapban (A K)

reports of ongoing #Saudi raids on the port city of Hodeida, west #Yemen

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/772156366203002880

3.9. 2016 - Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Airline Saudi aggression bombed a gas terminal in Sahar District Saada 03-09 – 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO2dg01QKVk

3.9.2016 – Yemen TV Today (A K PH)

Killed and wounded in bombing of the Saudi Air Aggression houses and three cars in Baqim, Sahar and Al Sufra Saada 03-09 – 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94cssU2FDsg

3.9.2016 – Khabar Agency (A K PH)

Yemen: More than 10 #Saudi airstrikes bombed #Taiz airport

http://khabaragency.net/lasten70973.html

3.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

3 Yemeni children killed 2day by US-backed Saudi war criminals bombing school in Haimah west of Sanaa.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/772088945064742912

3.9.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

#Saudi #UAE strike a home n Baqim #Saada N #Yemen kild&injrd4 1 entire family father,wife&heir little daughter

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/772098165134811137

3.9.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

At least 3 killed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemeni province of Sa'ada

At least three people, including a woman, have been killed in two separate Saudi aerial attacks against residential neighborhoods in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.

Saudi warplanes targeted a house in Baqim district south of Sana’a on Saturday, leaving a couple dead, Arabic-language al-Masirah television reported.

One more civilian was killed and four others injured when Saudi jets struck a civilian car in Wadi al-Jabal district.

In another airstrike, Saudi warplanes hit a civilian vehicle in Wadi al-Dhabian, wounding three people.

http://www.presstv.us/Detail/2016/09/03/483015/Yemen-Saada-Saudi-Baqim-Wadi-alDhabian

3.9.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

#Saudi #UAE strikes destroyd7home in Alhaymah SW #Sanaa #Yemen Unknown casualtis still under rubble

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/772144914540920837

is the same?

3.9.2016 – Maha Al-Thurairi (A K)

Saudi airstrikes hit a house of Kerbaa family in Al Sabeen District #Sanaa #Yemen. At least 3 killed and many injured including kids & women

https://twitter.com/MahaAlthurairi/status/772190492457111556

3.9.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

Child JUST KILLED after Saudi airstrike attacked family home in #Yemen capital Sanaa killing him & injuring over 20 (photo)

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/772226302757789696

3.9.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

2-9-2016

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

Casualties and damages (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=684116818405353&id=551288185021551

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets kill two in Baqem

Two citizens were killed on Saturday in a Saudi air raid in Baqem district of Sa'ada province, a security official said.
The hostile warplanes targeted a car in the district, killing the two and injuring two others, the official added.
Earlier, the Saudi aggression waged early Saturday an air raid targeted a house in the district, killing a woman and her daughter, the official said.
A number of family members were injured in the raid, the official pointed out.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439155.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raids kill two in Sana'a

A child was killed and two others injured in a Saudi air raid on al-Haimah al-Kharejeyah district of Sana'a province, a security official said.
The Saudi warplanes targeted al-Sabt School in the district with seven air raids, killing the two and injuring the two others, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439157.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets wage raids on Serwah

causing huge damage to citizens' properties

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439153.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch raids on Capital

ausing huge damage to public and private properties

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439151.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets wage raids on Sa'ada

The hostile jets targeted al- abkor area with five raids and Ahma area in Sahar district with one raid, the war jets targeted also Petrol station in bani Maaz area with one raid and Kahlan area, located in the surroundings of Sa'ada city with two raids.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439095.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets launches fourteen raids on Sa'ada, Najran

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439068.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets launch raids on al-Maslob

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439088.htm

3.9.2016 – Shapban (A K)

#Saudi warplanes over #Yemen's capital now

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/771983646622375936

massive explosion now rocks #Yemen's capital as #Saudi warplanes start bombing the city

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/771983939829391362

2nd explosion now in #Yemen's capital city as #Saudi-led coalition fighter jets continue airstrikes on the city

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/771987795904700416

3rd explosion now in #Yemen's capital city as #Saudi warplanes bomb the city

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/771989115608981504

3.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Not sure what they bombed, but took pic seconds after Saudi airstrike there. Yes, residential area. Sana'a (photo)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/771989689410682880

3.9.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

1 civlian killed, 7 wounded in Saudi-led airstrikes on 2 cars diff locations in Saada

https://twitter.com/StopDestroYemen/status/772027842561466368

2.-3.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K PH)

Jets in Sana'a now & friends placing bets on when/where bombs will drop. Refused to play bcz win chance low when airstrikes so random

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/771752491318992896

2.-3.9.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A K)

Film: Footage from last night's Saudi airstrikes in residential areas of Sana'a.

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/962025027259413/

2.9.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

[Film showing destructions by new air strikes]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrF1MLkNaW8

2.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launches ten raids on Sa'ada, Jizan

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439027.htm

2.9.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

1-9-2016

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

Casualties and damages (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=683855828431452&id=551288185021551

2.9.2016 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi aggression targeting installations and monuments in Bab Ar Radmah District 02 – 09-2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD1aVwYMZcM

2.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets launch raids on HodeidaThe Saudi war jets have waged a series of air raids on Hodeida province, a local official said Thuresday.
The war jets targeted Ras Essa area in al-Salif district, Hodeida international airport, marine base, coastal defense and maritime college with nine raids, the official added

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439008.htm

2.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raid kills man, injures eight in HodeidaA man was killed on Friday in a Saudi air raid in Hodeida province, local sources said.
The hostile warplanes targeted the Cultural Center in the downtown of Hodeida city, the sources said, adding that eight other people were injured in the raid.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439012.htm

2.9.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

2 guards killed, four artists wounded in Saudi-led airstrike on cultural center in Hodaidah #Yemen. Names, pix below

https://twitter.com/StopDestroYemen/status/771689285057667072 and https://www.facebook.com/WeenAlEnfigarAlaan/posts/1613287198964731 and https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/771709608347992065 (theater in cultural center) and films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VGmVkebUpw and https://www.facebook.com/881240811966559/videos/1091666177590687/

2.9.2016 – AFP (A K)

Mindestens neun Tote bei Luftangriff gegen Rebellen im Jemen

Bei einem Luftangriff der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärkoalition auf ein Haus im Jemen sind nach Angaben der Rebellen mindestens neun Menschen getötet und mehrere weitere verletzt worden. Der Luftangriff habe auf ein Haus nahe der Hauptstadt Sanaa gezielt, erklärten die schiitischen Huthi-Milizen am Freitag auf ihrer Website Sabanews.com. Bei den Toten handle es sich vor allem um Frauen und Kinder.

http://www.zeit.de/news/2016-09/02/jemen-mindestens-neun-tote-bei-luftangriff-gegen-rebellen-im-jemen-02164406

2.9.2016 – AFP (* A K)

Huthi rebels in Yemen said on Friday an air raid by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on a house northeast of the capital Sanaa killed nine civilians including women and children.

The raid hit a house in Maran village, "killing nine people, the majority of them women and children, and wounded others", the rebel-controlled sabanews.net website said.

The report accused the coalition of deliberately targeting the house and called for international intervention to "end systematic massacres and aggression" in Yemen.

It was not possible to verify the toll independently.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-rebels-say-coalition-air-raid-killed-9-civilians

2.9.2016 – Saba Net ( K PH)

Saudi raid kills nine in ArhabAt least five children and four women were killed on Friday in a Saudi air raid on Arhab district of Sana'a province, a local official said.
The official added the hostile raid targeted the house of Sadeq Mohammed al-Marrani in Marran area in the district. Some other people were injured in the raid.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439023.htm

2.9.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

Entire FAMILY of 9 killed today (5 children/4 women) by Saudi airstrike on family home in #Yemen region of Arhab.

Yemen family of Saleh Maranikilled this morning by US-backed saudis:5kids,mother,grandmother, 2sisters of motherARHAB

Father survived

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/771747044771913729 and https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=683880528428982&id=551288185021551 = https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/771756658938773504 = https://twitter.com/alezzisa/status/771726588832538624 and more https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/771773546389446656 and https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/771770712742821889 (images) and film: https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/771808557067038720 = https://www.facebook.com/881240811966559/videos/1091639680926670/

1.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets wage raids on MahweetThe Saudi fighter jets launched on Thursday a series of air raids on al-Masnoof area in Mahweet Mount district of Mahweet province, a local official said.
The hostile raids targeted Mahla and al-Masnoof area, leaving huge damage to a water storage and a water tank in the area, the official added.
He pointed out that the raids also caused damage to citizens' houses and their farms.
Before three days, the Saudi aggression hit Lahemah bridge, Souk village, a fuel station and a poultry farm in al-Qeta'a area and al-Taraf Mount in the province, he said.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news438956.htm

1.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Three rockets hit Capital downtownThe Saudi warplanes waged on Thursday raids on the downtown of the Capital Sana'a, a security official said.
The warplanes targeted al-Tahrir area with a rocket, the official said, adding the rocket did not explode.
Moreover, the hostile warplanes targeted a Police College street with two rockets, the rockets also did not explode, the official said.
A technical team of the Military Engineering Department was called to dismantle the rockets, he pointed out.
No casualities were reported in the raids.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news438955.htm

1.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Wednesday's raids kill two horsemen in CapitalTwo horsemen have been killed in Saudi raids on an Equestrian Wing at the Military college in the Capital Sana'a on Wednesday.
Ahmed al-Harazi of the Equestrian Capital Club and Ali Al-Bukhaiti of the Military College Team were killed in hostile raids, a statement issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports said Thursday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news438954.htm

1.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets launch raids on al-Ghai

caused huge damage to citizens' houses and their agricultural farms.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news438953.htm

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

4.9.2016 – Arab News (A K PS)

Yemeni forces near highway leading to Sanaa; bomb kills 3

The Yemeni Army and its allies in the Popular Resistance committees on Saturday reached the outskirts on route linking Sanaa and Marib after taking control of the mountains and highlands overlooking the region, military sources said.
In Taiz, the army and the committees defended their territories against an attack by the Houthis around the 35th Brigade, Madrat, Al-Han Mount and Al-Sayahi area west of the southwestern city.
Sources in the committees also reported a failed infiltration attempt by the Houthis into Sharaf Assalo, an area located south of Taiz.
The recent clashes led to the killing of 29 Houthis, while one pro-government fighter was killed, the sources said. At least 17 fighters from the pro-government camp were also injured.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/979751/middle-east

Comment: here: successes claimed by pro-Hadi forces, labeled “Yemeni forces” here.

4.9.2016 – AFP (A K)

Yemen cross-border shelling kills Saudi woman

Cross-border shelling from Yemen killed a Saudi woman on Sunday and wounded two other citizens, the kingdom's civil defence agency said.

The shelling at 2:00am local time (1100 GMT) in the southern Jazan region killed a woman and wounded a man and his son, according to the agency's spokesman Major Yehia al-Qahtani.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cross-border-shelling-kills-saudi-woman and also by KUNA: http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2530424&language=en

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills two Saudi soldiers in Rabu'ah

Two Saudi soldiers were shot dead on Saturday in Rabu'ah city in Asir region, a military official said.
The army and popular committees pounded a military vehicle in Rabu'ah city in Asir with a guided missile , the official added.
The army and popular committees pounded Saudi gatherings in the northern area of Khubah in Jizan region, he pointed out.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439156.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Riyadh's hirelings bombs Serwah

They also targeted Serwah district with 70 shells and Katyusha rockets, which caused significant damage to the citizens' properties, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439093.htm

2.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missile force fires Zelzal on hirelings in Mareb

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Friday Zelzal-2 rocket on hireling gatherings in Mareb province, a military official said.
The rocket targeted al-Selselah al-Baidha area in Nehm district. The rocket hit its target accurately. A number of hirelings were killed or injured in the bombing, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439021.htm

3.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Many hirelings killed and injured in Taiz

The official confirmed many of the mercenaries were killed and wounded in the failed sneak attempt.
The army and popular committees destroyed military mechanism belonging to the mercenaries in Khpop east in al-Mtharba district .

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439077.htm

2.9.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K PS)

Yemen’s National Army Meets Militia Attacks Head-On in Taiz

Fierce clashes pitting forces supporting the internationally recognized government against insurgency militia (mostly composed of Houthis) on Taiz’ western battlefront in Yemen renewed on Thursday.

Featuring the contribution of pro-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh militants, insurgency militia attempted to retake bands of land previously lost to legitimacy forces.

Militias reportedly suffered great losses among their ranks in the process of attempting to restore control over lost strongholds, local sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

National Army and Popular Resistance, both backing Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s government, had made advances in the field recapturing multiple sites. Most fronts, previously keeping a defensive state, have shifted to offense.

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/09/article55357625/yemens-national-army-meets-militia-attacks-head-taiz

Comment: Yemeni National Army, here: Hadi government troups.

3.9.2016 – Yemen Live UA MAP (A K PS)

Yemen: Dozens of Houthis militants captured trying to enter the southern borders of Saudi (photos)

http://yemen.liveuamap.com/en/2016/3-september-yemen-dozens-of-houthis-militants-captured-trying/comments

2.9.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Yemeni Army rains missiles in southern Saudi Arabia

The Yemeni Army’s “Rocket Battalion” launched several Qahir-1 ballistic missiles into southern Saudi Arabia on Friday night, striking the Saudi Army’s defenses at a military base in Al-Ta’if.

Video footage of the Yemeni missile strike in Al-Ta’if was captured by the Military Media, a broadcasting wing for Hezbollah:

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/video-yemeni-army-rains-missiles-southern-saudi-arabia/ and films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R3KbCmEeFs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1uCgZjgmBM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i84VSJbwSRA

Comment: Yemeni army, here: loyal to ex-president Saleh, allied to the Houthis.

2.9.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Army, Popular Forces Capture Several Military Bases in Saudi Arabia's Assir Province

The Yemeni army and popular forces managed to take control of a number of Saudi military bases in the kingdom's Assir province.

The captured Saudi military bases were located to the West of the city of al-Rabou'a in Assir province.

Scores of Saudi forces were killed and injured in fierce clashes with the Yemeni army and popular forces.

On Wednesday, the Yemeni army and popular forces hit the Saudi military positions in the kingdom's Assir province with a Zalzal-3 ballistic missile in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes on residential areas across Yemen.

The Yemeni missile attack inflicted heavy losses on the Saudi troops in Najran province.

Early reports indicated large casualties on the Saudi forces in the missile attack. The Saudi army and its coalition members have lost, at least, over a hundred troops each time they have come under a ballistic missile attack by Yemen.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950612000764

3.9.2016 – Al Araby (* A K)

Yemen's Houthi rebels unveil 'new and improved' ballistic missile

A new and improved ballistic missile is now in the possession of the Yemeni rebels, a rebel-affiliated television in Yemen has claimed, in conjunction with the escalation on multiple fronts in the country's ongoing civil war that has drawn in an intervention by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states.
The Sanaa-based military manufacturing division controlled by the rebels unveiled the Burkan-1 (Volcano-1) ballistic missile, a locally upgraded Soviet-made SCUD, on Friday, according to a report carried by the Houthi-affiliated Al-Masira TV.
The upgraded missile has a range of over 800 km, the report claimed, and can hit further inside Saudi Arabia to repel the "aggression," said Al-Masira, in reference to the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting the rebels alongside the internationally recognised government.
https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/9/3/yemens-houthi-rebels-unveil-new-and-improved-ballistic-missile

2.9.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemen Pounds Saudi Base with New Long-Range Missile with 800km Range

Yemen's long-range home-made missile dubbed as Barkan-1 (Volcano-1) hit deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to the kingdom's massacre of civilians in the impoverished nation.

Barkan-1 has a range of 800 kilometers and is a new generation of Yemen's domestically-made missiles, Yemen's Defense Ministry announced in a statement on Friday.

The Yemeni defense ministry did not mention the exact location of the targets that Barkan-1 missile has hit.

It, however, said that the warhead of Barkan-1 missile has been designed to destroy the Saudi military base structure with respect to the materials used in their construction.

On Wednesday, the Yemeni army and popular forces hit the Saudi military positions in the kingdom's Najran province with a Zalzal-3 ballistic missile in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes on residential areas across Yemen.

The Yemeni missile attack inflicted heavy losses on the Saudi troops in Najran province.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950612000793

2.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missile force launches new missile on Saudi territory

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Friday a new ballistic missile on Saudi territory.
The ballistic Burkan-1, a Volcano, is a type of Scud missiles it has been modernized and modified to reach more than 800 KM, Its warhead weighs half a tons, its length of 12.5 M, its diameter 88 CM and its total weight is 8 tons.
The Burkan's warhead is designed to bomb huge military bases. It has been modernized locally at the Missile Research and Development Center of the missile force unit of the Republic of Yemen.
The missile launch came in response to the continuous aggressive airstrikes and siege on Yemen, according to a statement issued by the missile force of the army and popular committees.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news439018.htm

2.9.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

Ballistic missile launchd by #Yemen army #Houthi into King Fahd airbase in Taif W #Saudi was modified Scud C range 800km

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/771636427993915393

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

4.9.2016 – Reuters (A E)

Yemen's Aden oil refinery resumes operations

Yemen's 150,000 barrels per day Aden oil refinery resumed operations on Sunday after being shut for more than a year as the conflict in the country worsened, an industry official at the refinery said.

"The refinery is back online and is refining 66,000 tonnes from the 1 million barrels it received from the Dabbah port it had in storage from before," the source told Reuters adding the refinery was now operating at half of its processing capacity.

Power stations in the southern city of Aden have struggled to access fuel since exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's forces drove the Iran-allied Houthi group out in July last year.

"Now the refinery can begin supplying to the power stations, and be used for other domestic purposes," the official added.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-oil-idUSKCN11A0RR

4.9.2016 – Terra (A E)

Yemen LNG says pipe blast to cut exports by four cargoes

The closure of the Yemen LNG terminal, after its feed pipeline was blown up on Friday night, is expected to cut its super-cooled gas exports by about four cargoes, the operator said in a statement.

Gunemn blew up the 38 inch gas pipeline that links Yemen's block 18 to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Balhaf on the Gulf of Aden in retaliation for a U.S. drone attack that killed at least five suspected al Qaeda militants hours earlier.

"Yemen LNG confirms the sabotage," Yemen LNG, which is run by France's Total , said in a statement late on Friday.

"Production has stopped but the loss of production is expected to be limited to four cargoes as the LNG plant was due to shutdown on April 15 for annual maintenance."

http://en.terra.com/news/news/yemen_lng_says_pipe_blast_to_cut_exports_by_four_cargoes/act471680

Comment: Fuel being exported from Southern Yemen, while the whole country urgently needs fuel by itself.

3.9.2016 – Aljazeera (not rated P)

Film: Yemen’s media battleground - AJ Listening Post


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2LtxaRc_0Q

2.9.2016 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (A)

Desert Locust Bulletin 455 (September 2016)

General Situation during August 2016 Forecast until mid-October 2016

The Desert Locust situation remained very serious in Yemen during August. Another generation of breeding occurred, causing hopper bands to form in the interior and on the southern coast; however, the situation remained unclear because it was not safe to carry out surveys. At least one swarm reached northern Somalia, eastern Ethiopia and perhaps Djibouti. Control operations were initiated in Pakistan and Ethiopia. There remains a risk that more swarms could form in Yemen and move to the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea coast. All countries should remain extremely vigilant.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/desert-locust-bulletin-455-september-2016 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/DL455e.pdf and also http://www.fao.org/ag/locusts/en/info/info/index.html

Comment: Yemen as origin of locusts, affecting neighbouring countries: This also is a consequence of the war, which made it impossible to fight locusts.

30.8.2016 – Mohammed Al-Asaadi

Money laundry our way! Central Bank of #Yemen recirculates damaged bank notes due to shortage in liquidity.

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/770635166331133952

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-193-yemen-war-mosaic-193

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-193: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-193:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / andhttp://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

23:17 04.09.2016
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