Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 196 - Yemen War Mosaic 196

Yemen Press Reader 196: Mörder können keinen Frieden geben – Jemenitische Söldner der Saudis – Separatisten im Süden (Hirak) – Saudis und Extremismus – Demokratie und Arabien – Penetranz – u. a.

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Killers can give no peace – Saudis’ Yemeni mercenaries – Southern separatists (Hirak) – Saudis and extremism – Democracy in the Arabian world (German) – Penetrance (German) – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

8.9.2016 – Near Eastern Outlook (** B P)

Yemen: ‘Killers’ Can Give No Peace

In a supposedly ‘landmark’ development, the U.S secretary of state John Kerry and his Saudi counterpart announced, in the last week of August, the new plan, having a “fair and sensible approach” about restarting negotiations in Yemen

The spuriousness of this “new ” plan can be gauged from the fact that while the chief strikers (Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies) were “properly consulted” and taken into confidence with regard to the new plan that inevitably requires the Houthis to surrender, the Houthis were not involved, nor were they invited to discuss their country’s future. Even the so-called “internationally recognized” government, which is sitting in exile in Saudia, was not represented in the talks that took place among the U.S, Saudi Arabia, U.K. and other Gulf allies, leaving the space wide open for the Saudia led coalition to design their imperialist designs.

Needless to say, and in an unsurprising a manner, just when the “new plan” was revealed, Houthi rejected it.

The formation of a quadrilateral committee consisting of foreign ministers of the U.S., Britain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates in Jeddah means failure of all military and political measures taken by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen during the past 18 months and also a few months of political negotiations in Kuwait.

While this explains why Saudi Arabia and its regional and extra-regional allies have finally come round to the idea of a national unity government, there is still a lot of ambiguity surrounding the plan. For instance, it is not yet clear as to what Saudia and the U.S. think of the ‘unity government.’ The Houthis and Ansarullah forces seem to be working towards the establishment of a unity government to use it as a means to take Yemen out of Saudi Arabia’s control. On the contrary, this government appears to Saudia Arabia yet another opportunity to extend political influence. With such varying perceptions and divergent interests involved, the biggest challenge for Kerry is to reconcile these conflicting positions.

With Yemenis being asked to accept the “new plan”, which is nothing but a virtual invitation to give in to Saudi Arabia’s imperialist whims, and with attacks within Saudi Arabia increasing, what we can expect to see happening in the near future is Saudi Arabia having to concede more concession, which the House of Saud is traditionally disinclined to give, and leave the space well open for the Yemenis themselves to decide their future among themselves, for as long as the ‘killers’ continue to dictate terms of peace, true peace would remain an illusion only – by Salman Rafi Sheihk

7.9.2016 – Aljazeera (** A K)

Saudi-led offensive in Yemen faces dangerous new phase

Riyadh is pushing to extend the conflict into key areas of the country where Houthi rebels will offer much resistance

When young garage mechanic Aidaroos Saleh heard the familiar ping of his smartphone, he could never have imagined the journey on which the incoming message would take him. In a matter of weeks, Saleh, 22, went from fixing cars in his adopted country of Saudi Arabia to the battle front of his southern Yemen homeland.

The message was an official communication, a call to arms for Yemenis in Saudi Arabia to join a fighting force that would “defend Aden” — the southern Yemeni city that descended into civil war in mid-March. Four months after he responded to the message in April, the young fighter sat cradling an AK-47 assault rifle between his knees in the scorching heat of Aden.

“They promised us salaries and medical care abroad if we got injured in Yemen,” he said, wearing glasses, sandals and a mawaz, which is like a sarong. He and his cohort received neither.

Those who joined up were sent to the Saudi border town of Sharurah — in the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert — where they should have received military training to prepare them for deployment in Aden.

But Saudi Arabia’s plan to send Yemenis rather than its own soldiers in to fight hit a major setback almost immediately. In a direct reflection of Yemen’s political rifts, which trace back to country’s north-south civil war of 1994, the hundreds of southerners earmarked for the battle of Aden refused to take part in training with their reviled northern countrymen.

“They were all Ali Mohsen’s men,” said Saleh, in reference to Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who was once one of Yemen’s most powerful military commanders, until he was forced to flee to Saudi Arabia

After arriving in Aden during the holy month of Ramadan, the men were sent to the front lines. “Our training was on the battlefield,” said Saleh, chuckling, now a veteran of numerous battles in Aden, Lahij and Abyan provinces. But almost five months after signing up, the men have yet to receive a salary. “Sometimes I’ve even had to buy my own bullets.”

Despite the lack of pay, he said he would do it all again. “We came to defend our city and the south, and we won.”

In recent days the remaining 5,000 northern Yemenis who stayed in the Saudi desert for training have crossed the border. Amid much anticipation of the next chapter in this war — the coalition’s attempt to push the Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces out of Sanaa — Yemeni troops, once again supported by coalition tanks, armored personnel carriers, helicopters and heavy weapons, are amassing in the province of Mareb, to the east of the capital.

But the battle-hardened men of the Decisive Salman Battalion say they will never cross the boundary that separated North and South Yemen until unification in 1990. The southern fighters share a hatred for the north and the Houthis, whom they see as little more than a front for the former president. The blood that has been spilled in the current conflict has cemented that animosity and provided their motivation for fighting.

“It is our mission to free this side of the country,” said the colonel, who graduated from the navy academy of the former socialist state of southern Yemen. “It is the northerners’ mission to free their side,” he said, referring to the fighters in Mareb preparing for battle. “Even if I gave them orders to fight in the north, they would not go.” – by Iona Craig


8.9.2016 – Iona Craig (A K P)

Mass mutiny on cards after new southern recruits who signed up to fight in Saudi were taken to Wadia & told they'll fight in Marib and Saada

Southern recruits say they've been screwed over by the Saudis and there's no way they'll fight in the north, or alongside Ali Mohsen's men.

As I wrote last year. Hell would have to freeze over before most southerners would fight in north or with Mohsen men

and on the same subject:

7.9.2016 – Alwaght (** A K)

Weakened Saudi Regime Recruits Yemeni Mercenaries to Repel Cross Border Attacks

The Saudi regime has recruited more than 5,000 Yemeni mercenaries to help repel growing retaliatory attacks by Yemeni forces inside the kingdom's border regions.

This new mercenary unit will be trained to fight alongside Saudi border guards who are finding it difficult from stopping Yemeni forces penetrating from northern Yemen into Saudi Arabia’s southern Najran province.

The newly-recruited mercenaries are expected to be operate along the Najran Saudi-Yemeni border.

According to reports, two batches of 400 and 500 mercenaries have already left Aden to an Eritrean island en route to the Saudi border province of Najran.

The trained mercenaries are reportedly familiar with the terrain and are therefore expected to protect Saudi territory from regular retaliatory attacks carried out by Yemeni forces in response to unabated Saudi bombardment of the war-torn impoverished country.

Comment: Saudis have all the latest arms and weaponry and... they simply have to rely on others to use them.
Their army is close to nihl and Yemenis just need money (this is what mercenaries are for).
Saudis are not getting the message: they are not capable of running a war. They just know how to carpet bomb.

This is the site of Hirak, the Southern Yemeni separatist movement:

Southern Hirak (** A K P T)

and the newest (fighting terrorism):

Comment by Judith Brown: This is the news from the southern part of Yemen, Aden and surrounding districts. They are taking on Al Qaeda and it looks like some success, although AQ still has a presence and some successful assassination attempts. The news is from the local militia Al Hirak. They refused to join the Yemen army because they want separation from the north. Look at the flag - it's the flag of South Yemen - or the new name, Southern Arabia. They are not loyal to Hadi who wants a United Yemen

25.8.2016 – New York Times (** B P)

Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both
the Arsonists and the Firefighters’

Critics see Saudi Arabia’s export of a rigid strain of Islam as contributing to
terrorism, but the kingdom’s influence depends greatly on local conditions.

The idea has become a commonplace: that Saudi Arabia’s export of the rigid, bigoted, patriarchal, fundamentalist strain of Islam known as Wahhabism has fueled global extremism and contributed to terrorism. As the Islamic State projects its menacing calls for violence into the West, directing or inspiring terrorist attacks in country after country, an old debate over Saudi influence on Islam has taken on new relevance.

Is the world today a more divided, dangerous and violent place because of the cumulative effect of five decades of oil-financed proselytizing from the historical heart of the Muslim world? Or is Saudi Arabia, which has often supported Western-friendly autocrats over Islamists, merely a convenient scapegoat for extremism and terrorism with many complex causes — the United States’s own actions among them?

Those questions are deeply contentious, partly because of the contradictory impulses of the Saudi state.

In the realm of extremist Islam, the Saudis are “both the arsonists and the firefighters,” said William McCants, a Brookings Institution scholar. “They promote a very toxic form of Islam that draws sharp lines between a small number of true believers and everyone else, Muslim and non-Muslim,” he said, providing ideological fodder for violent jihadists.

Yet at the same time, “they’re our partners in counterterrorism,” said Mr. McCants, one of three dozen academics, government officials and experts on Islam from multiple countries interviewed for this article.

Whatever the global effects of decades of Saudi proselytizing, it is under greater scrutiny than ever, from outside and inside the kingdom. Saudi leaders’ ideological reform efforts, encompassing textbooks and preaching, amount to a tacit recognition that its religious exports have sometimes backfired. And the kingdom has stepped up an aggressive public relations campaign in the West, hiring American publicists to counter critical news media reports and fashion a reformist image for Saudi leaders – by Scott Shane

Comment: Saudi Wahabism had created this sort of terrorism. The only problem for the Saudis is that this terrorism has turned against themselves, because they themselves are hypocrites when looking at their own stone age Islam. Saudi royal family likes to live like Western new-rich, wants to earn money and more money, makes Mekka an Arabian Las Vergas, makes allies with US to stay in rule. The religious, political concept anyway is absolutely the same (see cp8, Mufti of Mekka praying for success of the terrorists and all Shiits, Jews, Christians to be killed).

6.9.2016 – Consortium News (** B P)

America and the Plague of ‘Moral Idiocy’

When it comes to applying rules of international law and ethics, the U.S. government and its mainstream media operate with stunning hypocrisy, what might be called “moral idiocy,”

There are likely two main reasons why the Geneva Accords have had so little influence on behavior: hypocrisy and ignorance.

As to hypocrisy, it is the case that, except in rare instances, there are no serious consequences for violating the law.

Yet, as it turns out, these were not serious efforts except when applied to the defeated and the weak. For the strong, it is one thing to enact an international law, it is another thing altogether to apply it to oneself or other strong states.

As to ignorance, to date it is obvious that the politicians and soldiers who wage war, or who are responsible for the arming and training of allies who do so, do not regard seriously, and in some cases are not even familiar with, the Geneva Accords

And that is the important point. We can safely say that when it comes to waging war, or for that matter, aiding and abetting others doing so, the accepted behavior of both soldiers, statesmen, and diplomats is that called moral idiocy.

Moral Idiocy is not something this writer, creative as he is, has simply made up. It is a real concept in psychology that has been around for over a century. However, in our increasingly relativistic societies, it has fallen into disuse.

Briefly, it means the “Inability to understand moral principles and values and to act in accordance with them, apparently without impairment of the reasoning and intellectual faculties.” The key word here is “understand.” It is not that moral idiots do not know, intellectually, that something called morality exists, but rather they cannot understand its applicability to their lives, particularly their professional lives – by Lawrence Davidson

7.9.2016 – Der Freitag (** B P)

Trügerische Fassaden

Arabien Nicht nur die Regierungskrise in Tunesien zeigt: Der islamischen Welt ist mit der Demokratie des Westens oft nicht geholfen

Ohne die evidenten Realitäten in der islamischen Welt zu verharmlosen, müssen wir uns fragen, ob der Begriff von Demokratie, der seit Jahrzehnten von westlichen Regierungen und Medien kreiert wird, ausreicht, jene Welt zum Positiven zu verändern. Besagtes Demokratiemodell besteht aus einem starren, nur wenige Koordinaten umfassendem Regelwerk von good governance. Demokratie ist demnach herzustellen, wenn sich die Bürger eines Landes frei in Parteien und Vereinen zusammenschließen und von Zeit zu Zeit ihre Favoriten frei und geheim wählen, wenn Exekutive und Judikative unabhängig sind und eine vom Staat nicht gegängelte private Medienlandschaft dominiert. Die ökonomische Seite dieses Reglements heißt schlicht: Anschluss an einen neoliberal grundierten Weltmarkt, der den freien Verkehr von Personen und Waren durchsetzt.

Dass dieses Demokratiemodell über keine sozialen Koordinaten verfügt, ist sein großer Mangel. Es bleibt emanzipatorische Versprechen schuldig. Wo auch immer – seit Jahrhunderten – auf der Welt um Demokratie gekämpft wurde, erhofften sich die Menschen, nicht nur hin und wieder ihre Wählerstimmen abgeben zu dürfen, sondern ihre Lebensperspektiven verbessert zu finden. So hat sich des westliche Demokratiemuster auch nur in Gesellschaften etabliert, in denen es gelang, einem Sozialstaat Geltung zu verschaffen. Wird der beschnitten, nimmt das Interesse ab, die formalen demokratischen Rechte und Pflichten wahrzunehmen. Sie erscheinen den Menschen dann inhaltsleer.

In Gesellschaften wie den arabischen, in denen noch nie ein demokratisches System in Verbindung mit einem zuverlässigen Sozialstaat existiert hat, erlischt die Begeisterung für eine formale Demokratie besonders schnell, weil man begreift, dass man sich in sozialen Fragen weiter an die traditionell dafür zuständigen Mächte wenden muss: die Instanzen der Religion – von Sabine Kebir


Was die Autorin hier schreibt, gilt freilich keinesfalls nur für die Arabische Welt, sondern überall.

Das völlige Ausklammern des gesamten sozialen Bereichs lässt die Demokratrie überall, auch bei uns, zu einem reinen Formalismus verkommen und ein System entstehen, das mit "Demokratie" tatsächlich immer weniger zu tun hat, wo Macht und Einfluss nur noch in der Hand einer kleinen Elite liegen.

Das war ja nicht immer so krass wie heute - erst die völlige Übernahme der gesamten Gesellschaft wie der Hülse "Demokratie" durch die neoliberale Ideologie und ihre Profiteure haben die westliche "Demokratie" zu dieser auch für die Araber unattraktiven Leiche gemacht, die sie heute ist.

Und die "Demokratie", so wie sie heute besteht, wird nicht nur für die Araber immer unattraktiver, sondern auch bei uns: Die Erfolge der Rechtsradikalen (AfD, Front National, FPÖ) zeigen das.

Eine Umkehr ist natürlich immer möglich, die "Demokratie" müsste noch keineswegs tot sein, die Änderungen müssten nach über 30 Jahren Neoliberalismus freilich recht drastisch ausfallen, um nur wieder eine soziale Demokratie / soziale Marktwirtschaft vergleichbar von vor 40 Jahren zu erreichen.

Da alles längst vom neoliberalen Mehltau zugedeckt ist und sich unter dem Diktat der angeblichen "Alternativlosigkeit" die politischen Richtungen so gut wie gar nicht mehr unterscheiden, gibt es auch mit jeder Neuwahl immer wieder dasselbe und der Weg in die Sackgasse wird weiter fortgesetzt.

Nennen Sie mir jemanden in Europa, der wirklich das Zeug hätte, das zu ändern - außer Jeremy Corbyn fällt mir niemand ein.

7.9.2016 – Deutschlandradio Kultur (** B P)

Mit Wiederholungen zum Erfolg: Das Prinzip Penetranz
In der politischen Rhetorik siegt nicht derjenige, der die besseren Argumente hat, meint der Soziologe Rainer Paris. Sondern derjenige, der sich am besten gegen fremde Argumente abschottet und auf unermüdliche Wiederholung der eigenen setzt. Eine wenig beachtete Technik in öffentlichen und politischen Auseinandersetzungen ist – wenn man sie denn so nennen will – die Argumentationsfigur der Wiederholung.
Das „Argument“ ist, sein früheres Argument oder die zuvor aufgestellte Behauptung einfach noch einmal und immer wieder zu wiederholen, egal was der andere gesagt hat: Ich habe Recht, weil ich Recht habe. Sachlich sowieso, aber vor allem moralisch. So sehr bin ich von meiner Wahrheit und meiner eigenen moralischen Überlegenheit überzeugt, dass ich alles, was der andere gegen mich vorbringt oder auch nur vorbringen könnte, getrost ignorieren kann.
In gewisser Weise sind solche Leute zu beneiden: Nichts und niemand kann ihnen etwas anhaben. Gentechnik ist des Teufels, und wer diese amerikanischen Lebensmittel mag, soll eben daran zugrunde gehen.
Als ich neulich im Supermarkt eine Gemüseverkäuferin fragte, ob sie vielleicht auch etwas Genmanipuliertes für mich hätte, war sie etwas verwirrt. Nicht nur, weil sie keine solchen Lebensmittel hatte (oder nichts davon wusste), sondern vor allem, weil ich bezweifelt hatte, wer hier die Manipulateure sind – von Rainer Paris

Kommentar: Nach diesem Schema läuft ein großer Teil des Umgangsmit dem Thema Jemenkrieg ab. Musterbeispiele hierfür sind auch in diesem Press Reader die „Argumentation“ der britischen Regierung (mehrere Artikel in cp10) , des saudischen Außenministers (mehrere Artikel cp15) wie der ganzen pro-saudischen bzw. pro-Hadi-Propaganda (bis zum Erbrechen in jedem YPR unter cp15).

cp2 Allgemein / General

7.9.2016 – Oxford Analytica (B K P)

Rival governments risk permanent division of Yemen

The collapse of peace talks and Huthi plans for a rival government bring Yemen a step closer to partition

Saleh gains more power

Viable de facto government?

Hadi's Yemen

Central Bank

Hadi's authority problem

Autonomous local allies

Absent leaders

Dysfunctional government

Southern autonomy drive


International response

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7.9.2016 – The Guardian (* B K)

Six major Saudi-led coalition attacks in Yemen in 2016 – timeline

[6 great Saudi air raids in 2016]

Comment by Judith Brown: Just six of the worst. But there are many other assaults, day after day, taking tolls of a few people, destroying property, including hospitals, schools, factories, roads, bridges, airports, ports, farms, warehouses, and amazing historical sites

7.9.2016 – Russia Insider (* B P)

'Mainstream' Is a Misnomer, What You're Reading Is Regime Media

Here's a mental exercise for you. First think of any issue of grave importance for the Washington establishment. Then ask yourself if US mainstream media was state-run would its coverage of it be any different from what it is now?

On the foreign policy side the media is more or less sweeping the Saudi war in Yemen under the rug by offering only very occassional and subdued critique -- which happens to mimick the reservations White House holds about this greatest humanitarian disaster of the present in private.

On Syria the mainstream offers constant barrage of propaganda for expansion of the regime change adventure (using conspiracy theories passed down by government officials) albeit the American people are apprehensive about the project and famously helped muffle it in the summer of 2013 when it looked like open US-Syrian war was imminent.

This really is the crux of it. On so many subjects the American public will be at least heavily divided but the 'mainstream media' will not fail to all line up on just one side of the issue -- the one which happens to be propagated by the Washington elites.

You would expect that a mainstream "people's media" would more closely reflect the attitudes of the public itself, but no, on any issue where the public and policy disagree the mainstream media in the US will take it upon itself to propagate to the people rather than talk for them.

Other nations have a different name for a press like that -- it's 'regime media'.

The situation in the US is no different. All big media players are instruments of the elites, the only difference seems to be that Americans are less aware of it – by Marko Marjanovic

6.9.2016 – Alternatives (* B P)

The Omrans of Yemen

Omran reminds me of children in Yemen. Unlike Omran, their photos and videos have not gone viral. Unlike Omran, mainstream media has not broadcast videos of them. Unlike Omran, there is not enough news coverage. Unlike Omran, a CNN anchor has not shed her tears. Perhaps because Yemen’s children are not making it to most of their news. If mainstream media, activists and even governments cannot help stop the bloodshed in Yemen, they can at least help by amplifying the cries of Yemen’s children.

At a time when governments and, sadly, activists are turning a blind eye to the crisis in Yemen, it is important to break the code of silence. The war has already happened and the conflict is ongoing, but what remain globally unheard of are the civilian causalities. What are the reasons behind the global code of silence on the conflict in Yemen? The graphic photos of injured and killed Yemeni children seem to be not enough to pierce the hearts of concerned international groups.

Photos that are far more graphic than Omran’s video have been circulated, but yet never trend globally on social media. Why is that the case?

I would assume that a number of Arab mainstream media outlets are either owned or financed by Saudi Arabia, Saudi corporations, or other Gulf governments that are part of the coalition. There must exist an incentive to not show the true picture of the conflict and the civilian causalities. Those are the same mainstream media outlets highlighting the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria— because it is politically safe and encouraged to do so.

On the other hand, Western media outlets are falling in the same trap – by Yusur Al Bahrani

6.9.2016 – BBC Newsnight (A K)

Nawal al-Maghafi has just returned from Yemen for @BBCArabic & @BBCOurWorld. Her report now on #newsnight

Comment by Judith Brown: A short message but an important one - please take a moment to listen.

6.9.2016 – Fars News (* B K P)

A Shameful Relationship: British Complicity in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

In Yemen, Saudi Arabia and its wicked coalition of regime changers - backed by the United States and Britain - fear the good, because the good are a constant reproach to their “consciences”.

Here, the international civil society never wonders to see them wicked, but they often wonder to see them not ashamed. The criminal hordes have done wicked things they are proud of. It means they have no “conscience.” It also means they have no remorse at all:
At a time when the UN’s High Commission for Human Rights says “the Saudi forces are responsible for a disproportionate amount of attacks on civilians,” and while members of UK’s parliament are debating whether to impose an arms ban on Saudi Arabia in light of the reports that its dirty war has indiscriminately targeted civilians and civilian objects, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is arguing that there has been no "serious breach" of International Law and International Humanitarian Law!

Rather than condemning this dirty war, the United States also stands fully behind its Saudi vassals. Secretary of State John Kerry makes this shameful relationship abundantly clear: “We have made it clear that we stand with our friends in Saudi Arabia.” Mind you, the supply of military advisers underlines that this is no passive acquiescence in what the Saudis are doing either: The British and American governments are directly involved - through long-standing, pre-existing arrangements.
Worse yet, the harm-doers in London and Washington insist that killing, maiming and inflicting mass suffering in Yemen is truly comely. That with such crimes, the more blood, the more horror there is, the more imposing they are, the more picturesque, so to speak; that these crimes are not shameful and disgraceful - all horror aside. They are even legal and justified, they say, as all the arms the Saudis have received thus far (to the tune of $110 billion), the British and American governments are running them through legal and international channels.
Like it or not, these reckless arms sales are the main driving force behind massive humanitarian and refugee crises, not just in Yemen, but also in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Documented instances by various international rights groups and aid organisations, including the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Human Rights Watch confirm all this and more.

All told, don't expect emotive calls for an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia any time soon, much less international scrutiny or British and American governments being held to account to what they are doing in the name of War on Terror and “humanitarian” intervention in Yemen. That will never happen. You will never see a policy and strategy of preventing wars in London and Washington either.
The “saviours of humanity” don't have a policy that is based on human rights around the world; a policy that says stop arming and aiding repugnant regimes like Saudi Arabia which is bombing and killing civilians in serious violation of International Humanitarian Law. This is an incontestable fact. The world needs to know that Yemen is a human-made disaster, a condemnable dirty war, and that the fingerprints of the United States and Britain are all over it.

Comment: It’s not stated who wrote this text. Anyway, he /she just is right. Now, it is published on an Iranian website. I don’t like the Iranian regime either, using such a text for it’s own propaganda goals. But, in this case: The simple facts are with the author, with the Iranians in this case. They do not need to invent any propaganda, they just can let speak the facts for them.

Comment by Judith brown: Iran thinks the same as me about the British arms sales to the despotic regime of Saudi Arabia.

6.9.2016 – Judith Brown (B K)

All sides are recruiting children, and in Taiz they have trained a woman's fighting unit. Of course most armies do recruit women all over the world - and the U.K. army recruits 16 year olds believe it or not. As schools are bombed to bits or used by the military or internally displaced, teenage children have no work, no money, and the only employment in Yemen now is fighting with a militia or an army - there is no choice in careers in a land gripped by a vicious war. But those who criticise one 'side' for using women and children obviously have a political position. It isn't mine. All fighting sides are behaving disgustingly. I hate them all. Children should be safe and enjoying education. All children. and see also and

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A H)

UNICEF medical assistance plane arrives at Sana’a International Airport

A UNICEF plane laden with medical assistance arrived on Wednesday at Sana’a International Airport delivering vaccines for children under one year of age.
Director of Vaccines Department at the Ministry of Public Health and Population, Taha Ahmed Al-Eqari, told Saba that the UNICEF has provided two shipments of vaccines for children less than a year old, noting that the first shipment arrived on Tuesday carrying six tons of pentavaccine with 360,000 doses.
The second shipment weighs six tons containing 140,000 doses of children pentavaccine and 400,000 doses of measles and rubella, he said.
Al-Eqari added that the shipment includes 3.6 tons of doses for oral polio vaccines, affirming that the Ministry will distribute this medical assistance to the governorates.

Comment: The Saudis block Sanaa air port for all commercial and passenger flights for weeks now.

7.9.2016 – Crimes of Decisive Storm (A H K)

Images: Famine in Yemen, new photos from Hodeida region

7.9.2016 – Tweets on MONA Relief (* A H)

.@monarelief to distribute tomorrow food aid &dignity bags to families affacted by flood in Amran in northen #Yemen

Please donate generously to @monarelief, the only organization getting through the blockade to help #SaveYemen. <3

Million thanks to @monarelief volunteers who always helping me to succeed in our mission. #Dhamar

These people are heroes. They have given #Yemen so much hope and have restored my faith in humanity. #SaveYemen

7.9.2016 – World Health Organisation (B H)

WHO has trained more than 2500 health workers on operating the disease early warning system

7.9.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 06 September 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. =

6.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (B H)

9.8 Mil ppl in #Yemen lost access to water due to conflict. In Taiz alone, @UNICEF_Yemen helped 220k ppl get water.

7.9.2016 – Pars Today (A H)

'Ärzte der Welt' wollen Mitglieder aus Yemen abziehen

Die Nicht-Regierungsorganisation 'Ärzte der Welt' meldete am Dienstag, dass sie ihre Aktivitäten im Yemen abbrechen und ihre Mitglieder von dort abziehen wolle.

Seit der Unterbrechung der Friedensgespräche am 6. August, sind die Auseinanderstetzungen und Luftangriffe im Yemen stärker geworden und machten humanitäre Hilfsleistungen nahezu unmöglich, hieß es in einer Erklärung dieser Organisation, deshalb habe man den Abzug seiner Mitglieder beschlossen.'ärzte_der_welt'_wollen_mitglieder_aus_yemen_abziehen

6.9.2016 – EFE (A H)

Doctors of the World NGO abandons Yemen due to degradation of the conflict

A medical NGO announced Tuesday that it would be leaving Yemen due to the intensification of the conflict.

Doctors of the World released a statement saying it would be abandoning its mission in Yemen due to the difficulty and danger it posed to its volunteers.

6.9.2016 – AFP in Le Monde (A H)

Médecins du monde évacue son personnel du Yémen

L’organisation humanitaire Médecins du monde (MDM) a pris la décision mardi 6 septembre de cesser provisoirement ses activités et d’évacuer son personnel du Yémen, en raison d’une intensification des combats et des raids aériens « depuis la suspension des négociations de paix le 6 août ».

Avant cette évacuation, une équipe était installée dans la capitale, Sanaa, rappelle l’organisation non gouvernementale. « Des cliniques mobiles étaient équipées pour aller au plus près des enfants, des femmes et des hommes qui ne peuvent se déplacer », précise-t-elle.

Dans un communiqué, MDM « appelle la communauté internationale à se mobiliser pour obtenir l’arrêt des bombardements et l’accès sans entrave aux populations ».

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

7.9.2016 – RT (A K)

Krieg im Jemen: Reine Frauenbrigade der Huthi-Kämpfer veranstaltet Parade in Sanaa

Die reine Frauenbrigade der Huthi-Kämpfer hat gestern in Saana vor einer Schule eine Parade veranstaltet. Hunderte von Frauen, die sich den Huthi-Kämpfern angeschlossen haben sollen, traten teilweise schwer bewaffnet mit Maschinengewehren und Panzergranaten sowie voll verschleiert auf. Am Ende der Parade sollen die Kämpferinnen von Unterstützern Nahrung und Goldschmuck erhalten haben.

Kommentar: Ball flach halten:!ut/p/c4/FYlBDoAgDMDe4gfY3Zu_UG_DbbpIhhkg3xfTS5vCDgPDV0-smg0TrLAdOsceqrNIIFbjUcReciKsbJG9SRDH9ruOE5sRl86Xw3Mv0wcNidwu/

8.9.2016 – Al Arabiya (A K)

Houthis recruiting women to fight in Yemen war

A source close to Houthi militia leaders told the Arabic website of Al Arabiya News Channel that the military parade was attended by hundreds of women and is the first public appearance revealing the formation of a women’s militia unit.

The source also revealed that several training camps for women have been set up in several provinces.

Yemen’s ambassador to the US, Ahmed Awad Binmubarak called the move “a step that is alien to the traditions of Yemeni society.”

“It’s against all the Yemeni norms.” Binmubarak told Al Arabiya English, hoping that issue of recruiting women and children to fight will lead the international community to put more presure on the Houthis to end the war – by Rua’a Alamari


7.9.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A K)

Houthis recruiting women to fight in Yemen war

A rally took place yesterday afternoon in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a by pro-Houthi female fighters.

Locals have reported that Houthis have been secretly recruiting girls and women to fight for them on a large scale for months, but this is the first time an all-female armed rally has taken place.

Footage has been released online of girls and women marching – most them wearing full burqas – holding machine guns.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well so what? Most armies have female soldiers. U.K.has women soldiers fighting at the front line (see below). And Islah has a corps of female fighters in Taiz ( ). Get real. This isn't news. And if you have a choice of sitting at home waiting for a bomb to kill you or going out to attack the enemy that maybe has killed your mother, your son, what would you do? This is a disgusting war.

And look here: UK to lift ban on female soldiers serving in close combat frontline roles,

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

Siehe / See cp1

7.9.2016 – Shapban (A P)

protests in Aden, south #Yemen demanding governor resigns for failure to provide basic services

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

7.9.2016 – WQatar News Agency (A P)

GCC Secretary General Meets U.N. Envoy to Yemen

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed developments in Yemen and means of promoting U.N. efforts and the international community to push the political process forward in line with the Gulf initiative, outputs of the national dialogue, and Security Council Resolution 2216.

Comment: The “Gulf initiative”, the “national dialogue” are concepts just having fitted for a pre-war Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 is totally one-sided and has helped to prologue war in Yemen for 16 month now. When finally there will come something really new??

7.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Wide displease and anger among Yemenis over UN envoy to Yemen as Saudi agent.

6.9.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Vorschlag für 72-stündigen Waffenstillstand im Yemen

Der UN-Gesandte für den Yemen, Ismail Ould Scheich Ahmed, hat der Verhandlungsdelegation in Sanaa einen Vorschlag für einen 72-Stünden Waffenstillstand vorgelegt.

Die Delegation in Sanaa antwortete ihm, dass jegliches zukünftige Abkommen, das Thema des Postens des Präsidenten für eine Einheitsregierung enthalte.

Die Delegation forderte auch die Verurteilung der Blockade des Flughafens von Sanaa durch den UN-Gesandten.ür_72_ständigen_waffenstillstand_im_yemen

Kommentar: „Verhandlungsdelegation in Sanaa“ = Delegation der Huthis und der Partei von Ex-Präsident Saleh, sitzt seit den gescheiterten Friedensgesprächen von Kuwait im Oman fest, da die Saudis den Flughafen von Sanaa blockieren. Das Treffen mit Ahmed fand ebenfalls im Oman statt.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

7.9.2016 – Badische Zeitung (* B P)

Von wegen Versöhnung

Die Wallfahrt Hadsch wird vom gewaltsamen Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten überschattet.

Der Hadsch zählt zu den faszinierendsten religiösen Ereignissen der Erde. Millionen von Muslimen reisen Jahr für Jahr aus allen Himmelsrichtungen nach Saudi-Arabien, um in die Geburtsstadt des Propheten Mohammed zu pilgern. Doch inzwischen wird der Hadsch völlig überlagert vom Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten.

Die spirituelle Dimension des Hadsch wird jedoch mehr und mehr verdunkelt – von regionalen Machtkonflikten, Kriegen und wachsenden Spannungen zwischen Schiiten und Sunniten. Den Ton setzte dieser Tage Irans Revolutionsführer Ali Khamenei. In einem Frontalangriff sprach er Saudi-Arabien die Fähigkeit ab, den Millionen-Ansturm auf die heiligen Stätten Mekka und Medina kompetent zu managen. Er beschuldigte das Königreich, für die Massenpanik im vergangenen Jahr verantwortlich zu sein, die mehr als 2400 Pilgern das Leben kostete. Den Weltkreis der Muslime rief der Ayatollah auf, dem saudischen Königshaus die Autorität über die heiligen Stätten zu entziehen und den Hadsch neu zu organisieren.

Die Kontroverse zeigt, um das Verhältnis zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten ist es so schlecht bestellt wie lange nicht mehr. Iranische Pilger sind 2016 erstmals seit drei Jahrzehnten nicht mehr in Mekka dabei, genauso wie die schiitischen Houthis aus dem Jemen – von Martin Gehlen

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

7.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A H)

US-backed Saudis prevent Yemenis from Hajj to Mecca for the second year. Violating heaven& earth laws! (photos)

7.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Top Saudi cleric to Iranian supreme leader: You are not Muslims, you are sons of Majoos.

7.9.2016 – Sputnik News (*A P)

Saudi Imam fordert in Live-Sendung Ermordung von Schiiten, Juden und Christen

Ein führender Saudi Imam appelliert bei dem täglichen Gebetsdienst für die Ermordung von Schiiten, Juden und Christen, wie ein Video aus der saudi-arabischen al-Haram-Moschee, dem weltweit größten islamischen Gotteshaus, zeigt. Die USA unterstützen indes weiterhin Riad mit militärischer Ausrüstung.

„Oh Allah, erteile unseren Brüdern, den Mudschahedin (Dschihadisten – Anm. d. Red.) Sieg, Würde und Ermächtigung“, betet der Imam auf Arabisch. „In Scham (Syrien) und dem Irak und überall. Oh Herren der Welt, ermöglicht ihnen den Sieg über die gottlosen Rafida (Schiiten).“
Das Gebet wurde auf dem ägyptischen TV-Sender Al-Qahera Wal Nas live übertragen. „Ermöglicht ihnen den Sieg über die verräterischen Juden und über die gehässigen Christen und die nicht vertrauenswürdigen Heuchler“, singt der Imam das Gebet weiter. „Oh Allah, erteile ihnen Sieg, Hilfe und Kraft.“
Kommentar: Unsere besten Freunde (zumindest nach Obama, Hillary, Kerry und Co.).

7.9.2016 – Sputnik News (* A P)

Amid Surge In US Weapon Sales To Saudi Arabia, Top Saudi Cleric Calls For Killing Of Shia, Christians And Jews

Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir appeared on CNN on Tuesday, lecturing Syria on human rights, as Riyadh continues to bomb civilians and hospitals in Yemen.

Video of a daily prayer service at the Saudi Arabian Masjid al-Ḥarām, the largest mosque in the world, reveals a top Saudi imam calling for the killing of Shia Muslims, Jews, and Christians. This as the West continues to send billions of dollars worth of military aid to Riyadh.

“O Allah, grant victory, dignity and empowerment to our brothers Mujahideen (Jihadists) in Yemen,” the imam sings in Arabic. “In Sham (Syria), and Iraq, and everywhere. O Lords of the Worlds grant them victory over the godless Rafidah (Shia Muslims).”

The prayer was broadcast live on Egyptian TV channel Al-Qahera Wal Nas.

“Grant them victory over the treacherous Jews, and over the spiteful Christians, and over the untrusted hypocrites,” the imam intones. “O Allah, grant them victory, help and strength.”

6.9.2016 – Bassem (* A P)

New video of Saudi Imam of Mecca's Grand Mosque calling for the killing of Shia, Jews, and Christians during prayer (Film)

5.9.2016 – Shapban (A P)

#Saudi Prince spends €15 mln in Disney Land in #Paris to celebrate his graduation from university

cp9 USA

7.9.2016 – Reuters (* A K P)

Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found.

The report, authored by William Hartung of the U.S.-based Center for International Policy, said the offers were made in 42 separate deals, and the majority of the equipment has yet to be delivered. Hartung told Reuters the report would be made available publicly on Sept. 8.

The report said U.S. arms offers to Saudi Arabia since Obama took office in January 2009 have included everything from small arms and ammunition to tanks, attack helicopters, air-to-ground missiles, missile defense ships, and warships. Washington also provides maintenance and training to Saudi security forces – by Yara Baroumy

7.9.2016 – Washington Times (* A P T)

U.S. struggling to contain al Qaeda in Yemen

The United States is struggling to contain al Qaeda’s formidable terror cell in Yemen, despite a devastating aerial campaign coupled with an extended American military presence on the ground, according to the White House’s top counterterrorism official.

The battle against the jihadi terror cell, known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been overshadowed by the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, National Counterterrorism Center chief Nick Rasmussen said Wednesday.

The Yemen group “is still something we find ourselves focused on,” Mr. Rasmussen said during a counterterrorism symposium in Washington, D.C.

But dislodging the terror cell, which is widely seen al Qaeda’s best-financed and most-dangerous faction, has been a challenge that American and allied intelligence agencies have yet to solve.

U.S. military and intelligence officials are “struggling to keep up” with the group’s activities in the region, as well as their intent to strike at targets in the West, Mr. Rassmussen said. The biggest hurdle facing the American intelligence officials is their lack of visibility into the war-torn nation – by Carlo Munoz

6.9.2016 – Oxfam (* B K P)

$1.15 billion arms sale threatens countless lives in war-torn Yemen

Oxfam urges Congress to say no to a deal with Saudi Arabia that will only fuel the fighting and bring more suffering to people.

The US government’s planned sale of $1.15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia couldn’t be a worse idea for the people of Yemen. Although the warring parties in Yemen bear responsibility for a conflict that has killed and injured over 10,000 civilians, displaced over 3 million people, and dragged half the population into hunger, foreign governments offering support and weapons to those parties also bear responsibility as they have legitimized the conflict, shielded the parties from criticism, and enabled them to continue fighting.

With Yemen’s economy on the verge of collapse and prices of food, fuel, and medical supplies skyrocketing, the US government says it wants to end the war there. But by selling arms to Saudi Arabia and refueling its jets on bombing runs, the US is sending a very different message, enabling the conflict to continue by putting more tanks on the battlefield.

6.9.2016 – Daily Kos (* A P)

#StopArmingSaudi: Four Reasons It’s Plausible to Try

A key hurdle to engaging more people in obstructing the Administration’s proposed arms deal with Saudi Arabia has been convincing them that it is politically plausible to try to do so.

Outside of the Pentagon-industrial complex, few would argue that sending more weapons to Saudi Arabia is an exemplary idea. In December, no less a validator than Farah Pandith of the Council on Foreign Relations, who was the first State Department special representative to Muslim communities, called for Saudi Arabia to face consequences if it did not stop promoting extremism. – by Robert Naiman

6.9.2016 – The Intercept (** B K)

NSA: Inside Menwith Hill
The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing – The narrow roads are quiet and winding, surrounded by rolling green fields and few visible signs of life beyond the occasional herd of sheep. But on the horizon, massive white golf ball-like domes protrude from the earth, protected behind a perimeter fence that is topped with piercing razor wire. Here, in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base. […]

Over the past decade, the documents show, the NSA has pioneered groundbreaking new spying programs at Menwith Hill to pinpoint the locations of suspected terrorists accessing the internet in remote parts of the world. The programs — with names such as GHOSTHUNTER and GHOSTWOLF — have provided support for conventional British and American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But they have also aided covert missions in countries where the U.S. has not declared war. NSA employees at Menwith Hill have collaborated on a project to help “eliminate” terrorism targets in Yemen, for example, where the U.S. has waged a controversial drone bombing campaign that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths. The disclosures about Menwith Hill raise new questions about the extent of British complicity in U.S. drone strikes and other so-called targeted killing missions, which may in some cases have violated international laws or constituted war crimes. Successive U.K. governments have publicly stated that all activities at the base are carried out with the “full knowledge and consent” of British officials. […] Menwith Hill’s previously undisclosed role aiding the so-called targeted killing of terror suspects highlights the extent of the British government’s apparent complicity in controversial U.S. attacks — and raises questions about the legality of the secret operations carried out from the base – by Ryan Gallegher

Anmerkung Paul Schreyer: Die USA benötigen für Ihren weltweiten Drohnenkrieg Stützpunkte in verschiedenen Ländern, nicht nur Ramstein in Deutschland (zur Legalität der Nutzung siehe hier), sondern, wie in diesem Artikel beschrieben, auch Menwith Hill in Großbritannien. Über die zentrale Rolle dieses Stützpunktes im Drohnenkrieg wurde die Öffentlichkeit lange getäuscht. Ebenso wie die deutsche, steht auch die britische Regierung in der Mitverantwortung für die US-Drohnenmorde.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

7.9.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

Theresa May claims selling arms to Saudi Arabia helps 'keep people on the streets of Britain safe'

Theresa May has staunchly defended selling arms to Saudi Arabia despite the country facing accusations of war crimes, insisting close ties “keep people on the streets of Britain safe”.

Jeremy Corbyn called on the Prime Minister to halt those sales because of the “humanitarian devastation” caused by a Saudi-led coalition waging war against rebels in Yemen.

In the Commons, Mr Corbyn linked weapons sales to the ongoing refugee crisis, which he said should be Britain’s “number one concern and our number one humanitarian response”.

But, in response, Ms May pointed out she had called on Saudi Arabia to investigate the allegations about Yemen when she met with the kingdom’s deputy crown prince at the recent G20 summit in China.

The Prime Minister dismissed Mr Corbyn’s suggestion that “what happened in Saudi Arabia was a threat to the safety of people here in the UK”.

Instead, she said: “Actually, what matters is the strength of our relationship with Saudi Arabia. When it comes to counter-terrorism and dealing with terrorism, it is that relationship that has helped to keep people on the streets of Britain safe.” – by Rob Merrick

Comment: It’s grotesque and for no penny better than the Cameron government. Mrs. May 100 % adopts and repeats the odd propaganda of the Saudi foreign minister, as if he had written her statement. See cp15 below, The Telegraph. That’s what Britain is now. And make it clear: Armying the Saudis for waging war in Yemen has nothing to do with keeping “"people on the streets of Britain safe" – on the contrary, the longer the Saudi war in Yemen lasts, the more terrorists will arise there, just waiting to come to the UK.

Comment by Shireen Al-Adeimi: Arming #Saudi (AKA those who work w/ terrorists) keeps "people on the streets of Britain safe"

7.9.2016 – BBC Newsnight (A P)

Those changes to the parliamentary report on UK arms sales to #Saudi Arabia, spelled out by @ggatehouse (film)

7.9.2016 – BBC Newsnight (A P)

An attempted whitewash? Here's how MPs' report on UK arms sales to Saudi changes if amendments accepted (see GIF)

7.9.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

MPs poised to call for suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Draft report says it seems inevitable that weapons supplied by UK involved in breaches of international law in Yemen

MPs on the UK’s influential cross-party committee on arms export controls are poised to call for a suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but a group of mainly Tory MPs is likely to press for amendments to water down any criticism.

The draft committee report said it seemed inevitable that breaches of international law by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen had involved arms supplied by the UK, and that this would mean Britain was in violation of its own legal obligations.

The draft report says: “The weight of evidence of violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition is now so great that it is very difficult to continue to support Saudi Arabia.”

The outcome of Wednesday’s vote will largely depend on who turns up at the meeting and whether a form of wording can be found to keep all sides on board. At least one Labour MP is sceptical of the case for an arms ban, but equally a Conservative MP on the committee, Helen Grant, has been angered by the evidence of the Saudi-led coalition bombing hospitals and a residential complex. – by Patrick Wintour and BBC:

7.9.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

Stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia while war crime investigations take place, MPs tell Government

The Committee on Arms Export Control said there was a 'weight of evidence' of violations

Britain should halt the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia while accusations of war crimes against the country are investigated, the committee charged with scrutinising arms exports has said.

In a leaked draft report the Committee on Arms Exports Control, which comprises 16 MPs from four parties, said it was likely British weapons had been used to violate international law.

“The weight of evidence of violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition is now so great, that it is very difficult to continue to support Saudi Arabia,” the report, which was leaked to the BBC’s Newsnight programme, says – by Jon Stone

7.9.2016 – The Sun (* A P)

Leaked report urges Britain to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia as it ‘seems inevitable’ they are committing war crimes in Yemen with UK weapons

According to BBC Two’s Newsnight, the Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls said in a draft report: “The weight of evidence of violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is now so great that it is very difficult to continue to support Saudi Arabia while maintaining the credibility of our arms licensing regime.”

It added: “The weight of evidence is now so great that the UK should suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen until an independent and international inquiry can establish the truth.”

The programme quoted the draft report as saying it “seems inevitable that any violations of international law by the Saudi-led coalition would involve arms supplied by the UK”.

It adds, according to the programme: “While doubt and uncertainty about IHL compliance in Yemen exists, the default position of the UK should not to be to continue to sell weapons.” – by Alain Tolhurst

7.9.2016 – Save the Children (A P)


Kirsty McNeill, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children, said: “We welcome the Committee’s report which says the UK should suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia and back an international inquiry to establish the facts around alleged violations of international law in Yemen.

5.9.2016 – Oxfam (A P)

UK arms to Saudi Arabia: Yemen has become a free-fire zone

5th Sep 2016

In reaction to today's debate in Parliament on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its military action in Yemen Josephine Hutton, Oxfam's Middle East Programme Manager said:
"There is ample evidence that the rules of war are being flouted by all sides in the conflict. Yemen has become a free-fire zone where hospitals, schools and homes are seen as fair game - regardless of who is inside them.
"The Government has a very simple decision to make, comply with its own law that requires it to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia in these circumstance or remain in denial and continue to be party to a war that has led to the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians."

6.9.2016 – Iona Craig (A P)

Leaked report from Commons committee of arms export controls to @BBCNewsnight calls for a suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Comment by Judith Brown: Don't get excited. It's only a report.

6.9.2016 – Tasmina Sheikh MP (A P)

Film: We need an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia now & an investigation of allegations of breaches of IHL in #Yemen

Comment by Judith Brown: Tasima - a great woman! Would make an excellent Defence Secretary.

6.9.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

Mass Civilian Deaths in Yemen Not Enough to Halt Saudi Arms Sale for Johnson

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has asserted that an estimated 4,000 dead Yemeni civilians, killed by the Saudi military, is not a significant enough breach of international law to impose an arms ban on Riyadh.

Comment: Already reported YPR 195. Even the UN admits now that there are 10.000 civilians killed in Yemen – a figure which also still is much too low.

7.9.2016 – Tbias Ellwood (A P)

#Yemen ppl doNOT live humanitarian catastrophe, thanks to Saudi milit intervention, says @Tobias_Ellwood (see image)

Comment by Jamila Hanan: When is a famine not a famine? When UN fails to admit it because their blockade resolution caused it #Yemen

5.9.2016 – Campaign against arms trade (A P)

Foreign Secretary is putting arms exports to Saudi Arabia ahead of human rights

Boris Johnson refuses to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia despite widespread allegations that Saudi forces are breaking international humanitarian law in Yemen

UK has licensed over £3.3 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since bombing of Yemen began in March 2015

Campaigners to protest outside parliament in opposition on Wednesday 07 September

7.9.2016 – Paddy Ashdown (A P)

To claim there is no chance that UK weapons have been used in war crimes in Yemen represents the triumph of self-deception over the evidence

2.8.2016 – Channel 4 (A P)

Yemen’s forgotten war: former minister on British involvement

Film: Desmond Swayne, a minister in the Department for International Development until last month, explains how Britain is assisting Saudi Arabia with both weapons and training.

Comment by Sarah Leah Whitson: watch @desmondswayne twist himself into knots defending #UK complicity in #Saudi crimes in #Yemen

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

5.9.2016 – France Diplomatie (A P)

Yemen – Attack on an army camp in Marib province (September 5, 2016)

France condemns the attack on September 5 on a military base in Marib province that took the lives of at least 20 soldiers.

We offer our condolences to the victims’ families.

France stands with the Yemeni people and authorities at this sad time. It reiterates the urgent need to achieve a political solution, the only thing that can keep the security situation from further deteriorating and make it possible to effectively combat terrorism.

To this end, we reiterate our full support for the efforts of UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Comment by Judith Brown: A totally useless article. There are two Yemen armies - one paid by KSA and notionally aligned with Hadi - and the other original army is loyal to Saleh and allied to the Houthis. Who would know what this article meant if they were not regular followers of Yemen news? For the record, they mean soldiers from the new Saudi financed so called Yemen army.

Comment: Just look at the right side at which events in Yemen there was a statement by “France diplomatie”. Apart from the Saudi air raid at the MSF hospital, France did not care for any civilians killed by Saudi air raids in Yemen.

7.9.2016 – ALSDDY (A P)

Bahrain : Heated Violent Clashes Disowned From All The Tyrants & Dictators Of The World

Kingdom Of Bahrain : Sunday (September 4, 2016) AlEker Village South of the Capital Manama. Violent Clashes Between Angry Resistance Movement & Protesters With Riot police

7.9.2016 – ALSDDY (A P)

Bahrain : Riot Police Armoured Vehicles Attack Protesters Heavily With Multiple Tear Gases

Kingdom Of Bahrain : Monday (September 5, 2016) Nuwaidrat Village South of the Capital Manama

6.9.2016 – Stephen Lendman (A P)

Bahraini Political Prisoner Nabeel Rajab Speaks Out

The US-supported despotic Bahraini regime repeatedly targeted Rajab and other human rights defenders for their redoubtable activism - murdering some, mass imprisoning others on trumped up charges no legitimate tribunal would uphold.

Rajab is unjustly detained under harsh conditions, facing longterm imprisonment on fabricated charges of spreading “false or malicious news, offending a foreign country (meaning Saudi Arabia for criticizing its genocidal war on Yemen), and offending a statutory body.”

He’s been confined in isolation for the past three months. Surprisingly he got New York Times op-ed space to express his views, writing from prison where he’s detained - “all because of my work as a human rights defender,” he explained, adding he’s not alone.

4.9.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* A P)

Bahrain: Release Rights Activist, Lift Travel Bans

Bahrain should immediately stop the prosecution of prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who faces up to 15 years in prison solely for charges that violate his right to free expression. Rajab’s trial resumes on September 5, 2016, on charges that include criticism of Bahrain’s participation in Saudi Arabia-led military operations in Yemen. Authorities have rejected repeated requests to release him on bail.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

7.9.2016 – Aachener Nachrichten (* B K P)

Rüstungskritiker klagt: Wer Waffen liefert, wird Flüchtlinge ernten
Millionen Menschen sind auf der Flucht. Vor allem vor Kriegen. Viele suchen den Weg nach Mitteleuropa. Die Bundesregierung beklagt das. Doch trägt sie an der Massenflucht nicht auch eine Mitverantwortung, so, wie es der Koalition am Mittwoch von Linken-Fraktionschef Dietmar Bartsch im Bundestag vorgeworfen wurde? Ein Gespräch mit dem Rüstungskritiker und Bestseller-Autoren Jürgen Grässlin.
Herr Grässlin, einer der Leitsätze der deutschen Bundesregierung in der Flüchtlingspolitik ist die Forderung, Fluchtursachen zu bekämpfen. Gleichzeitig sind die deutschen Waffenexporte im vergangenen Jahr deutlich gestiegen. Passt das zusammen?
Grässlin: Nein, überhaupt nicht. Wer Waffen liefert, wird Flüchtlinge ernten. Deutschland steht beim Verkauf von Großwaffensystemen wie Panzer, Militärhelikopter oder Kriegsschiffe hinter den USA und Russland weltweit auf Rang drei der Exporteure. Das Gleiche gilt für den Bereich der Kleinwaffen, also für Pistolen, Maschinenpistolen und Sturmgewehre. Diese Waffen werden auch an Staaten geliefert, die Menschenrechte verletzen und Kriege führen.
Nennen Sie bitte ein Beispiel.
Grässlin: Die Türkei ist solch ein Fall. Im Konflikt mit den Kurden setzt Ankara vor allem Kleinwaffen ein, die von der deutschen Firma Heckler & Koch, dem europaweit führenden Hersteller von Handfeuerwaffen, entwickelt worden sind und von den Türken in Lizenz produziert werden. Über eine Millionen Kurden haben im Verlauf des langwährenden Bürgerkriegs auch wegen des Einsatzes dieser Waffen die Region verlassen. Sie sind großteils nach Mitteleuropa und vor allem nach Deutschland geflohen.

Kommentar: Aus dem Jemen kommen nur deswegen so wenige, weil der Weg nach Europa über Land durch die Saudis blockiert ist.

7.4.2016 – Middle East Eye (* A K P)

Chinese drones: Cheap, lethal and flying in the Middle East

Iraq, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have bought armed drones from China, widening the use of such weapons in regional conflicts

China has been aggressively marketing the CH-4, which bears a striking resemblance to the US MQ-9 Reaper and has similar capabilities.

Where the US has refused sales, China has stepped in: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egyptare now believed to operate variants of Chinese armed drones.

Unlike the US, China has not signed the international Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT, meaning it has fewer restrictions on the sale of drone technology.

The US has attempted to maintain its drone advantage by limiting sales. China has no such qualms.

And while a US Reaper costs up to $30m each, some armed Chinese drones sell for as little as $1m.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are believed to have used the drones in their war in Yemen. While there are not verified reports of drone attacks, evidence of their use includes satellite photographs, as well as images of a drone resembling a CH-4 shot down by Houthi fighters.

“There is concern that drones lower the perceived risks of an operation, and therefore lower the barriers to entry for it," said Singer. "Policymakers may be more willing to use drones than risk putting pilots in harm's way."

And while drones offer safety for operators, leaked reports from the US drone programme suggest that up to 90 percent of those killed in drone strikes may be unintended targets, or "collateral damage".

Abdul-Rahim said there was a "substantial risk that drones could be used in Yemen" – by Michael Cruickshank

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

Siehe / See cp1

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

7.9.2016 – Shapban (A H)

more #African refugees pour into war-torn #Yemen (photo)

6.9.2016 – Inter Press Service (* A H)

Yemeni Refugees Still Stuck on Wrong Side of the Water

Some of those who went to Djibouti settled in a refugee camp that grew outside Obock, a small sun-parched town on the Horn of Africa coast. Facilities in the camp remain basic, though they now include a school started singlehandedly by an American missionary to provide Yemeni children and young adults with education, as well as something more intangible.

“Welcome to the Middle Ages,” 22-year-old Ali says with a smile as he lifts a hanging cloth acting as the entrance to an enclosed area, comprising a small central open area with a tent at either end, in which lives Ali, his mother and five siblings, two of whom go to the camp’s school where Ali volunteers as a teacher. Ali says his family knew a much better life in Sana’a, Yemen’s largest city, before his father was killed by a military plane’s bomb strike during fighting and the family fled.

The camp at its peak had about 3,000 people, now there are about 1,000. Refugees have started returning to Yemen, braving the ongoing fighting there.

Vecchione recounts how one day she told young school children to draw pictures for a class and by its end she found herself looking at scrawled pictures of the likes of bombed-out houses, dead people and boats being shelled—as refugees fled over the sea to Djibouti they were targeted by unknown forces on the Yemen mainland firing artillery at boats.

Many refugees are deeply traumatised, something the aid world can forget in its haste to deliver assistance, according to Vecchione.

“In the aid world things are done according to projects and programs, they’re not done according to individuals,” Vecchione says. “So the aid world can forget you’re dealing with someone who is traumatized and who needs special care, and needs a different way of handling.”

Djibouti’s government is often criticiz]sed for not doing enough to help large numbers of unemployed and impoverished in the country. But Vecchione notes how its Ministry of Education helped and cooperated fully with her when she undertook to take two groups of students to Djibouti City to complete exams, enabling them to progress to high-school and university in the future– by James Jeffrey =

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

7.9.2016 – AFP (A T)

USA töteten seit Ende August im Jemen 13 Al-Kaida-Kämpfer

Bei mehreren Drohnenangriffen haben die USA im Jemen in den vergangenen Wochen insgesamt 13 mutmaßliche Al-Kaida-Kämpfer getötet. Wie das US-Militärkommando Centcom am Dienstag (Ortszeit) mitteilte, wurden die drei Luftangriffe zwischen dem 24. August und dem 4. September geflogen.

Kommentar: Alle Getöteten sind auf jeden Fall mindestens „mutmaßliche Al-Kaida-Kämpfer“, Oma inklusive, auch wenn wie hier die Bekanntmachung nichts über die Identität der Getöteten mitteilte.

6.9.2016 – Reuters (A T)

U.S. strikes in Yemen kill 13 al Qaeda operatives: U.S. military

The United States killed 13 al Qaeda operatives in three counterterrorism strikes in Yemen from Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

All three of the strikes against the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula targets were conducted in central Yemen's Shabwah Governorate, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. It did not specify how the strikes were carried out or the identities of those killed and by Centcom

Comment: Those killed always are labeled as “Al Qaida operatives”, whoever he/she really is, grandma included.

Comment: ''The statement did not say how the strikes were carried out or give the identities of those killed.'' Enough said.

cp15 Propaganda

7.9.2016 – Bahrain News Agency (A P)

Bahrain's supportive stances towards Yemen affirmed

Shura Council Chairman, Ali bin Saleh Al Saleh, has reiterated the kingdom's firm stance in support of legitimacy in brotherly Yemen, stressing the Shura Council's support to Bahrain's participation in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to restore security and stability to Yemen.

Comment: The normal Saudi coalition’s propaganda wording. Be aware that the “legitimacy” of Hadi ended February 27, 2015 and the fact that all what the Saudi coalition had achieved is the total contrary of “to restore security and stability to Yemen”.

7.9.2016 – AP (A P)

Yemen says rebels forced children to carry arms

A Yemeni minister with the internationally recognized government Tuesday accused the country’s Shiite rebels of forcing children to fight in Yemen’s civil war, saying the rebels have recruited as many as 4,800 boys over the past six months.

Human Rights Minister Ezz Eddin al-Asbahi also said the rebels known as Houthis have killed about 1,000 civilians in the two-year conflict, and that more than 300 children have died – either because of gunfire or rockets.

Speaking from Cairo, Asbahi said an estimated number of 3,000 people have been detained by the rebels in areas under their control and that there are some 70 cases of torture inside Houthi-controlled prisons. His accounts and figures could not be independently verified, but both the Houthis and to a lesser extent, the pro-government southern fighters, have been known to recruit children to their cause.

Houthi media official Abdel-Rahman al-Ahnoumi denied the accusations and told the Associated Press that Asbahi’s statement was an attempt to “mislead” the international public opinion.

Comment: Blaming the Houthis to whitewash the much larger Saudi war crimes. The children soldiers theme again; the Saudis just kill the children when sleeping, playing, sitting in school etc.

Comment by Nasser Arrabyee: Who cares about Yemen children? It's much better for them all2carry guns&defend themselves than being killed asleep

7.9.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houthis Receive Weapons through Djibouti, Judicial Investigations Disclosed

Despite the naval blockade imposed by coalition forces in Yemen since the launch of “Decisive Storm” in March 2015, Houthi rebels and their ally ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are still receiving high-tech and numerous military weapons from different sources in order to continue their war against Yemeni citizens.

The siege was not tight on Yemen, because, and according to officials from the coalition forces, the siege was not imposed on Yemeni citizens, instead, it was imposed on Houthi rebels.

However, facts showed that countries in the region facilitated the smuggling of arms without taking into consideration the U.N. resolutions and imposed sanctions.

Moreover, information provided indicated that Ali Saleh and his Houthi allies were working earlier and preparing for a coup d’état through regional support and arm dealers, which disclosed the scheme that targeted Yemen and other regional countries and answered the question regarding people’s money put in the central bank’s treasury that are estimated to be around $5 billion dollars in addition to government revenues that are also estimated to be millions of Yemeni Riyals. – Funny: Houthis waging “war against Yemeni citizens”, when taking into consideration Saudi air raids.

Comment: Justifying the famine blockade, exploiting the arms smuggle from brazil (see YPR 195) for propaganda, spreading conspiracy theories on a Houthi “coup”, Central Bank and arms dealers.

Comment: This is what the National Yemen has to say on the 'scandal'. Starting from the fact that the siege, according to the paper, has been imposed exclusively on Houthis and that the war is mainly from Houthis with ex President Saleh on Yemeni people.

7.9.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Yemen foreign minister urges more support for fight against militia foes

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi on Wednesday urged the international community to step up its support of his government in its fight against the armed Houthi movement, and to help combat arms smuggling from Iran and elsewhere.

"We are grateful for the international support for Yemen and the legitimate government, but we need more, of course," Mekhlafi said to the German Council on Foreign Relations. "Above all, we need more pressure on the militias so that they take part in the peace process."

Speaking in Berlin, Mekhlafi reiterated his government was ready to compromise and form a government with the Iranian-allied Houthi movement if they would accept a U.N. proposal.

Mekhlafi said a national commission was studying all the deaths to determine responsibility, and rejected a call to launch an independent commission until that work was completed.

He said the government was willing to take responsibility for any mistakes that caused civilian deaths and said most the deaths were due to Houthi bombing.

Comment: This is rather odd. The Houthis took part in the peace process, and it had been the Hadi government which had blocked any progress of the peace talks by insisting that that Houthis had to surrender before anything else happened. It was the Hadi government who had rejected any Houthi claim and proposal to form a unity government. – “most the deaths were due to Houthi bombing”; ridiculous: never heard of Saudi air raids??

7.9.2016 – Moon of Alabama (* A P)

Steady Progress For Saudi Coalition In Yemen (Or Not?)

Gulfnews, October 6, 2015 - Al Houthis flee last bastion in Marib

Al Houthi militiamen who had been occupying large parts of Yemen fled their last bastion in Marib en masse on Tuesday, according to news reports, ...
Arabic language news outlets reported that coalition forces and the Yemeni Popular Resistance successfully retook the Al Zor area in the city of Sirwah, the last Al Houthi stronghold in Marib province.

Gulfnews, September 5, 2016 - Yemeni forces move to push Al Houthis out of Marib

Yemeni forces waged a fresh offensive on Monday aimed at driving Al Houthis out of their last bastion in the Marib province.

Government officials and army commanders speaking to Gulf News say the assault was backed by heavy air support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition, ...
“The national army and resistance forces attacked Al Houthi militants and Saleh’s forces in Serwah, their last stronghold in western Marib,” an official close to the governor of Marib told Gulf News on the condition of anonymity.

The town has been under Al Houthi control since their takeover of many parts of the country in 2015. =

7.9.2016 – Inter Press Service (A P)

U.A.E Stands By Conflicted Yemen

As unrest and chaos plague Yemen, the U.A.E is not waiting in silence. Recognising that in spite of being impoverished Yemen has always been strategically important for U.A.E and the region, the warfare and conflict will not only gravely affect the region itself but could also obstruct the future security of the Middle East as a whole.

Extremist forces continue to hinder Yemen’s development and block any path to peace for the strife-torn nation. However, the U.A.E is determined to put the threat radical armed groups pose to a halt.

According to a recent report issued by Emirates News Agency, WAM, the U.A.E has played a crucial role in the growing success in the fight against Al Qaida in Southern Yemen.

The U.A.E’s forces have not only been victorious in their attempts to eradicate the chaos inflicted by extremist groups, they have also placed a strong emphasis on providing aid to all civilians.

The Emirates News Agency, WAM, emphasises that “”it is just as important to root out the terrorists from their bases and bring Yemen’s coastal territories back to orderly government so that some measure of calm, normal business and social life can restart – by Rose Delaney

Comment: Already the headline is a senseless phrase: “Yemen” is just the Hadi government – which neither represents the North nor the greatest part of the South anymore.

7.9.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

‘Battle for power in Yemen no longer a local issue’

The Arab coalition’s air strikes against the ballistic missiles of Al Houthi rebels are a matter of utmost importance, since those missiles confirm that the rebels are striving to continue carrying out their crimes, said the UAE’s Al Bayan.

“It is impossible for Al Houthis and rebels to develop these kinds of missiles, unless they received highly advanced military and technical assistance, which are available to Iran and Hezbollah. This indicates that these parties are determined to ensure that the war continues by providing these smuggled missiles that may have been secretly produced in the north of Yemen. The time has come for those parties to confess that the battle for power in Yemen is no longer an exclusively local issue, rather, it is a regional and international conflict. The truth that has been revealed regarding the ballistic missiles calls for adopting all measures against Al Houthis and rebels in order to stop and prevent bloodshed.”

Comment: Turning upside down. The Houthi missiles “confirm that the rebels are striving to continue carrying out their crimes”; and what do the Saudi air raids confirm? Why they are not mentioned in this context? Remember that the Houthi missiles on Saudi border regions just began AFTER the Saudi aerial war. So what? – Why the author laments that “the battle for power in Yemen is no longer an exclusively local issue”: So what, whenever it had been? The Saudi bombing campaign was the worst possibility to make the Yemen war a “a regional and international conflict”. – Iran and Hezbollah “are determined to ensure that the war continues by providing these smuggled missiles” – what about the US, UK and many others provided a 1000 times more weapons to Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries, should it not be clear that they also 1000 times more ““are determined to ensure that the war continues”???

Comment by Judith Brown: The war in Yemen was an international issue from day one. There was a coalition of some 9 Arab states supported by at least USA, US, and France. We have read reports of huge weapons supply from the West to Saudi and its allies. What Yemen needs is a weapons embargo on all sides.

7.9.2016 – National Yemen (A P)

Saudi Arabia, GCC support legitimacy in Yemen – FM

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir reiterated his country’s and GCC States’ commitment to restore legitimacy in Yemen and support the Yemeni government in resuming its role in running the country.
In a situation where a rebellious power takes advantage of the political vacuum in the country, such as in Yemen, Saudi Arabia would be forced to protect its borders and citizens from all dangers, Al-Jubeir said during a symposium, organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House, in London.
The Kingdom was committed to meet the Yemeni government’s call to support the legitimacy in the country, he said, adding that his country was also forced to intervene upon the request of the legitimate Yemeni government to protect the country and deter the threats posed by the Houthi forces on Yemen and Saudi borders.
The Saudi minister also said that his country is also committed to the UNSC resolution 2216 to launch the political process in Yemen in order to end the ongoing war, noting that the Houthis can take part in the country’s political process if they negotiate with the legitimate government on the appropriate measures and requirements to restore security and stability in Yemen.

Comment: The legitimacy of the so-called “legitimate Yemeni government” ended February 27, 2015, and no foreign power nor the UN can extend it, whatever they declare.

6.9.2016 – The Telegraph (* A P)

UK must keep supporting Yemen campaign to prevent terror in West, says Saudi foreign minister

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, speaking exclusively to the Telegraph on Monday night, said it was “in Britain’s interest” to continue supporting the Saudis in the battle to prevent Yemen falling into the hands of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

“Yemen is a country that has been hijacked by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who are trying to overthrow the legitimate government,” said Mr Jubeir.

“It is in Britain’s interests to help restore Yemen’s democratically-elected government and prevent the country becoming a safe haven for terror groups to carry out a new wave of terrorist attacks attacks against Britain and other Western countries.”

He said cells of al-Qaeda terrorists were taking advantage of Yemen’s lawlessness to devise a new wave of terror attacks

Mr Jubeir denied claims by human rights groups that Saudi warplanes were deliberately targeting civilian facilities.

“Saudi Arabia is fighting a legitimate war,” he said. “We did not start this: the Iranian-backed Houthis started this. We have a situation where many of the claims being made about civilian casualties are not accurate. Whenever there are claims of inaccurate bombing we investigate them and take action where necessary. But many of the schools and hospitals that have been hit were no longer being used as schools and hospitals but as military centres by the Houthis.”

Mr Jubeir is visiting Britain to lobby ministers to continue supporting the Saudi war effort in Yemen as well as giving his backing to diplomatic efforts to agree a ceasefire in Syria’s long-running civil war – by Con Coughlin

Comment by Judith Brown: This man is quite crazy. KSA is funding Al Qaeda in Yemen and they have been fighting openly on the same side as the Saudi led coalition in Aden and Taiz. Since Saudi started bombing Yemen, the number of al Qaeda operatives has grown exponentially. UK should stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia in order to bring peace to Yemen and then the Yemen army will deal with al Qaeda - providing Saudi stops funding them.

And a comment to comment: He is not crazy he is fully realized what he is talking about. He is trying to tells them " be with with us or terrorism will reflects it's affects on your benefits .

Comment: Western-focused. Only the good of Europe is taken into consideration to justify this horror-war. This is how the Saudis manipulate the news. Fact innocent Yemenis are being slaughtered is not an issue here. Utterly disgusting.

Comments by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Region is Saudi's dominion, any challenges to its hegemony, presto war. #PT "No ambitions beyond its borders"

I think it sounded more like, "If you no sell bombs to Saudi, Saudi sends suicide bombers to you & West."

Comment: Repeating the Saudi standard propaganda. A new idea: The Saudi war in Yemen would prevent the West from terrorist attacks. That’s just a fairy tale since the Saudis fight the Houthis and Saleh army, their actions against Al Qaida and IS in Yemen are neglectable. – Quite wrong is the claim Saudi Arabia would lead a “legitimate war” in Yemen. That’s just a lie – the Saudi war is just a war of aggression – which furthermore never had been declared to any state according to the formal rules of declaration of war. – And, to be repeated once again, the Saudi aerial war deliberately DOES target civilians and civilian infrastructure, as just a glimpse at the consequences shows. And, another fairy tale is that many of the civilian structures hit would have been used as “military structures”: There never had been any proofs of that, on the contrary, also in case of independent, non-Yemeni witnesses there had been clearly stated that it was NOT. – And, the Hadi government no more is a “legitimate” government, since February 27, 2015, and, it is as “democratically-elected” as the government of former East Germany had been: One candidate, 99,8 % of votes, and: term over since long. And: Does this minister not even think it’s funny when Saudi Arabia is claiming to restore a “democratically-elected” government – what about a “democratically-elected” government for Saudi Arabia itself?

7.9.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

On Wednesday the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, defended his country’s conduct in the war in Yemen, denying the coalition ever intended to hit hospitals. “What interest do we have in killing Yemeni children?” he said.

But, at a lengthy private session with MPs, he admitted that Riyadh had been “behind the eight ball” in defending its role in Yemen. Jubeir also insisted the Saudis did not have the equipment to launch the kind of cluster munitions which human rights groups say have been found in Yemen.

He also promised that further internal reports would be published on individual allegations that coalition forces had bombed inappropriate targets such as schools hospitals or civilian areas. He insisted the Iranian-backed Houthis had “[bombed] hospitals and schools as weapons depots”.

At a session at the Chatham House thinktank, Jubeir claimed that the Iranians were spreading regional instability and Tehran would have to decide if it wanted to behave as a revolution or a nation state. “Iran assassinates diplomats, blows up embassies, smuggles weapons into neighbouring countries and supports terrorists,” he said.

Although the Saudi intervention in Yemen is seen as a shift to a more interventionist policy, the Saudi minister said it was also a response to demands to be more active in the region. “You can’t criticise us for not stepping up and then criticise us when we take action,” he said. “At present we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.” – by Patrick Wintour

Comment: Continuing propaganda. – ““What interest do we have in killing Yemeni children?”: I really don’t know – but you just do it. – “the Saudis did not have the equipment to launch the kind of cluster munitions which human rights groups say have been found in Yemen”: The little green men must have been there and placed them on the ground – well, I remember a film showing the cluster bombs falling from the sky during an air raid – aliens, certainly aliens behind all that. – “hospitals and schools as weapons depots”: Strange that at hundreds of photos not a single weapon is to be seen; the Houthis should have more weapons even than the Saudis if they would have been able to misuse all these thousands of destroyed civilian structures as arms depots; Saudi bullshit. – “Iran assassinates diplomats, blows up embassies, smuggles weapons into neighbouring countries and supports terrorists,”; the Saudis blew up the Omani embassy in Sanaa; the Saudis smuggle much more weapons to Syria and support terrorists since decades. Si tacuisses! – “response to demands to be more active in the region”: who the hell had demanded that? All the Yemenis who had been killed or whose houses were destroyed???

6.9.2016 – Channel 4 (* A P)

Powerful interview as @jrug of @Channel4News puts Saudi Foreign Minister on spot about Saudi war crimes in Yemen,AAAAAEabvr4~,Wtd2HT-p_Vh4qBcIZDrvZlvNCU8nxccG&bctid=5114484432001

and Jubeir also on CNN:

7.9.2016 – Christiane Amanpour (A P)

Saudi FM @AdelAljubeir: No change in policy towards Assad.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

8.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes target bridge in Mahaweet

The Saudi aggression warplanes destroyed Lhimah bridge in the main line of Alguenaos road in al-Katah area of al-Mahaweet province, a local official said.
The fighter jets lunched two raids on the bridge.

8.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi enemy jets raid Serwah, Marib

The Saudi fighter jets launched four air raids overnight against Serwah district of Marib province, a local official said Thursday.

The hostile warplanes targeted the house of a resident in Habbab area with one raid, causing fatally injuries among citizens and destroying the house.

The Saudi aggression airstrikes also bombed al-Tabba, al- Hamra and al-Rubaie areas in Serwah.

8.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi brutal airstrike kills 5 residents in Amran

At least five residents were killed and six others wounded when Saudi aggression's warplanes hit the home of a citizen in Amran province early on Thursday, a local official told Saba news agency.

The airstrike targeted the house near Najr popular market in the province's central city, razing the home to the ground and fatally damaged nearby houses and traders' shops.

"The continuing flying of the fighter jets hampered rescue team from attempts to hospitalize critical injured who succumbed to their wounds," the official said.

Following the deadly air attack, the residents reported more than 13 other air raids on the same area.

and, higher figure:

8.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

11 Yemenis killed by US-backed Saudi war criminals bombing house of Abdul Majid Zubairi in heart Amran city north this morning.

7.-8.9.2016 – Tweets, Sanaa at night (A K)

Now, intense Saudi warplanes soaring over the capital Sanaa. #Yemen

Again.. 1:55AM Saudi aircrafts flying now in the capital Sanaa.

House is shaking: massive aerial bombardments now in Sanaa. Plans to sleep change.

What the hell???? The Saudi jets screaming at low altitude and bombing Sana'a right now..

Sana'a under heavy bombardment the huge explosions heard loudly 00:17

The #Saudi killers came back again, it is 00:08 am & their fighter jets r bombing #Sana'a #Yemen capital killing& terrifying our kids.

Jets screaming back & forth sound lost criss crossing sky frantically & extensively. Haven't bombed for past 15min something is off.

You hear the hovering, missile releasing, way to target, boooom with soul & house shaking.. same question comes: is war ending soon?

Erm..drones circling over my neighborhood. Not cool. Want to paint "Civilian" on roof but @MSF did that w/ "Hospital" and got bombed.

The frenzy airstrikes h began,2massive explosions shaked t entire capital,Far f my place bu clearly heard, probably t southern part f Sana'a

The weather forecast for Sana'a right now : raining bombs & huge explosions

Intense airstrikes in Sana'a now. Whole darn capital is shaking from one explosion after another - courtesy of UK supplied bombs.

Holy shit , this explosion was very big .. the whole building was shaking, Saudi jets still hovering

Guys, it's dark after they bombed electricity grid, someone fire a flare to help them find whatever heck they still want to bomb. #Yemen

Again.. 1:55AM Saudi aircrafts flying now in the capital Sanaa.

7.9.2016 – Dr. Karim (A K)

at least 18 dead,wounded (incl kids,women) in Saudi-led airstrikes on house in MajrMarket #Amran #Yemen y'day names

Y'day night 2 confirmed dead at least 6 kids, 4 women many still under rubble. Names, ages below #Amran #Yemen and


7.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Dance&music center of Hodeida west Yemen. Nothing left after US-backed Saudi malicious bombardment this week (photo)

Comment: Look at the arms the Saudi foreign minister claimed to be stored in civilian structures by the Houthis.

Comment by Wizarat: The Saudi/Wahhabi attacked because they say it is un islamic according to their Sheikh US supports Saudi Bombings

7.9.2016 – Temen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Airline Saudi aggression aimed at the main water pumps in the capital,

7.9.2016 – Temen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Killed and wounded in raids Saudi aggression on Baqim and Razeh, Sahar and Wakitaf, Saada 07-09 – 2016

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression wages over 130 airstrikes in past 24 hours

Saudi brutal aggression launched over 130 air strikes over the past 24 hours against Yemeni territories, a military official told Saba news agency.
The airstrikes, 45 of them, concentrated on Saada province, hitting al-Majda, Mandaba, al-Sabhan areas in Bakim districts.
Also in Saada, the airstrikes hit the provincial government compound in the provincial capital city, as well as several other air raids against al-Dhahir, Malahidh, Husama, Shada, Buko and Kutaf districts.
Elsewhere in neighboring Jawf and Hajja provinces, the aggression waged several other air strikes against al-Ghail and Medi districts.
In the Red Sea port city of al-Hodayda, a citizen died after the airstrikes hit his home in Khokha district.
The Saudi aggression also launched over 60 airstrikes on Jizan following the Yemeni troops advance inside the enemy territories, said the official.

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression jets raid al- Ghayl

The Saudi fighter jets launched four air raids on al- Ghayl district of Jawf province, a local official said.
The hostile warplanes targeted al-bahath area with two raids, leaving a woman fatally injured and destroying the house.
The aggression also launched two raids on al-Mhjar area in the same province, he added.

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launch over 60 airstrikes on Jizan following Yemeni troops advance

The Saudi aggression's warplanes waged over 60 strikes overnight and yesterday against several sites in Al Khubah in Jizan, a military official said.
The strikes targeted al- Dfinah and al-Karn sites in al-Khubah with more than 60 raids, the official told Saba news agency.
"The air strikes came after Yemeni military units and popular committees' fighters carried out a unique military operation in the area that ended with the complete capture of all sites and the destruction of many of the enemy's military hardware," he told Saba.

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raid kills child in Sa'ada

A child was killed on Wednesday in a Saudi air raid in Sa'ada province, a security official said.
The Saudi warplanes targeted citizens' houses in Razeh border district in Sa'ada, the official said, adding four other people were injured in the raid.
Moreover, the warplanes pounded a school in al-Salah area in Sehar district with an air raid. The school was destroyed completely, he pointed out.
He added the hostile warplanes targeted also Wadi al-Jabal area in Baqem district with two air raids.

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression wages 28 raids on Sa'ada

The raids caused huge damage to citizens' houses, their agricultural farms and their trade shops. and film:

Comment by Judith Brown: Another Iranian report - but also lots of reports of the same incident from Yemen. This is a video of war planes and bomb damage in Saada. What on earth is left there to bomb. According to reports, they go back and bomb the same buildings over and over again - why?

7.9.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list):

6.9.2016 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi American aggression targeting tourist hotels in Harad District =

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

8.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army forces repulse mercenaries advance in Jawf

The army and popular committees forces repulsed an attempt by aggression's mercenaries to advance towards al- Ghayl district in Jawf province , a military official said Thursday.
The army and popular committees also repulsed a mercenary attempt to advance on al-Bahath area, which led to great losses in lives and materiel among them, he said.
The counter-attacks left at least fifteen of the mercenaries died and destroyed several armored vehicles belonged to them.

8.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Many mercenaries killed in Taiz

A number of Saudi-led mercenaries were killed and others were wounded in artillery shelling by the army and popular committees targeted their gatherings in al-Harijah village in Taiz province, a military official said Thursday.

The successful attack came when the mercenary soldiers tried to advance towards al-Mdararat village, but the army and popular committees repelled it, killed and injured scores of them, said the official.

The official also said that another army shelling on mercenary gathering killed and wounded many in Khpop South.

7.9.2016 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Pro-Hadi forces control key posts in Yemen’s Sirwah

Yemen’s national army and pro-government Popular Resistance committees have claimed control over a number of strategic locations in Marib governorate’s Sirwah, Al Arabiya News Channel reported a spokesman as saying on Wednesday.

Abdullah al-Shandqi, a spokesman for Popular Resistance committees, said about 35 of the rebels from the Iran-backed Houthi militias and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh have been killed following clashes in the area.

The committees are armed groups, which were formed in several Yemeni provinces during the Yemeni Civil War and after the attempted coup by the Houthis to topple the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in September 2014.

7.9.2016 – AFP (A K PS)

Film: Yemen's pro-govt. forces battle rebels for oil-rich region

Clashes continued on Wednesday between pro-government troops and rebels over control of an oil-rich region east of the Yemeni capital.

Comment: Each side claiming successes, see also:

7.9.2016 – Albawaba (A K)

Yemen forces seize two Saudi Arabian villages

Yemeni forces have reportedly seized two villages in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border province of Jizan amid Riyadh’s relentless military aggression against Yemen.

On Wednesday, Yemeni forces gained control over the al-Qarn and Dafinah villages in al-Khobe district, located 967 kilometers (601 miles) southwest of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, following fierce exchanges of gunfire with Saudi troops there, al-Masirah reported.

Tens of Saudi soldiers lost their lives during the bloody clashes, and scores of others sustained gunshot wounds. and film, Press TV Iran:

Comment: Yemen forces = Army loyal to ex-president Saleh and Houthis.

7.9.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemen: Popular Forces Take Full Control of Gov't Buildings in Ta'iz Province, Kill Over 50 Saudi Troops in Midi

Senior Yemeni popular commanders announced that their forces have taken control of several governmental buildings in the Southern part of Ta'iz province as other units killed scores of Saudi troops in heavy clashes.

"Many governmental buildings, including governor's office, that were controlled by the terrorists are now under Ansarullah's full control," Senior Ansarullah Commander Hossein al-Houthi told FNA on Wednesday.

The Ansarullah has asked Ta'iz governor to surrender himself because he had cooperated with the terrorist groups.

"The Yemeni forces took control of several military positions in the surrounding areas of the city of Midi near Jizan in Southern Saudi Arabia, killing at least 50 Saudi troops," al-Houthi added.

On Monday, the Yemeni forces tightened their grip on the Western part of Ma'rib province as the Saudi military bases in Jizan province came under their artillery attacks.

7.9.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi army fall in trap in Qulal Shaibani

7.9.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Saudi soldiers killed at military site in #Asir in #Saudi_Arabia

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils three attempts to advance in Jizan

A number of Saudi soldiers were killed or injured on Wednesday in three attempts to advance towards Khubah city of Jizan region, a military official said.
The attempts came after the Saudi soldiers tried to restore al-Qarn and al-Dafenah villages in Khubah, the official said.
A number of Saudi military vehicles were destroyed in the failed attempts by the army and popular committees he added.

7.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires ballistic missile against Saudi targets

The missile Unit fired a ballistic missile, Zilzal 2, against a gathering of Saudi aggression's mercenaries in Jizan region on Wednesday, a military official said.
The target was at the edge border of Saudi enemy.
Meanwhile, the missile unit also fired scores of rockets against Saudi enemy's military sites of Shabaka and Muntazah, as well as fired artillery against Saudi aggressor's soldiers in the Saudi villiage of Musafak.
The attacks inflected heavy losses among Saudi enemy, said the official.

7.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Yemen army took2villages of Karn&Duhynya N Khuba of Jaizan south KSA after more than 200 airstrikes failed2stop Self-defending fighters.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

7.9.2016 – Donaukurier von AFP (* A K P)

Bis 2030 sollen weltweit alle Streubomben-Blindgänger geborgen sein.

Bis zum Jahr 2030 soll es weltweit keine Blindgänger von Streubomben mehr geben. Darauf verständigten sich die mehr als hundert Mitgliedstaaten der Streubomben-Konvention.
Bis zum Jahr 2030 soll es weltweit keine Blindgänger von Streubomben mehr geben. Darauf verständigten sich die mehr als hundert Mitgliedstaaten der Streubomben-Konvention.
Bis 2030 sollen weltweit alle Streubomben-Blindgänger geborgen sein.

Die vereinbarte Frist zur Räumung der Blindgänger bis 2030 könne "der internationalen Gemeinschaft helfen, sich für eine Welt ohne Streubomben einzusetzen", sagte der Vorsitzende der Konvention, Henk Cor van der Kwast, nach den dreitägigen Beratungen der 119 Mitgliedstaaten in Genf.;art154776,3264122

Kommentar: Sehr schön. In Südostasien gibt es immer noch viele aus dem Vietnamkrieg. Ein erster Schritt müsste ja einmal sein, keine neuen abzuwerfen, wie es im Jemen geschieht.

7.9.2016 – Shapban (A P)

#Egyptian #Al-Azhar cleric Ahmad Karima: dead soldiers of #Saudi coalition fighting in #Yemen are in hell"

#Egyptian #Al-Azhar cleric Ahmad Karima: #Saudi & #UAE soldiers killed in #Yemen are not martyrs b/c they're aggressors"

#Egyptian #Al-Azhar cleric Ahmad Karima: #Yemen-is who are killed defending their country are martyrs

#Egyptian #Al-Azhar cleric Ahmad Karima: Sunni world is hijacked by #Saudi Wahabsim

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7.9.2016 – Living in Yemen on the edge, from Safer World

Film: Yemeni young people from Liverpool Arabic Centre have worked with filmmakers Optical Jukebox and Liverpool Arab Arts Festival to produce a revealing documentary, capturing how this far away conflict affects Liverpool’s Yemeni people on a daily basis, as they face constant anxiety for the well-being and safety of their friends, family and their beloved Yemen.

7.9.2016 – Market Wired (D)

Haitham Alaini -- Advocates for Lifting Yemen's Educational Needs

Plagued by poverty and illiteracy, Yemen's children face some of the harshest conditions in the world. Unstable power sources and lack of Internet connections severely limit students' access to learning material, and inhibits their abilities to gain technological skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Yemeni entrepreneur Haitham Alaini believes that new micro-technology, in the form of a thirty-five dollar computer known as the Raspberry Pi, may be the country's most formidable tool to bolster education and in turn, accelerate development.

Comment: A good idea, but a stop of the Saudi bombing campaign destroying schools should come first.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-195: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-195: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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