Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 200 - Yemen War Mosaic 200

Yemen Press Reader 200: Untersuchung der saudischen Luftangriffe – Unterernährte Kinder – Jemenitische Politik – Saudische Frauen – Deutschland, Saudis und Jihadismus – Wahabismus & Extremismus
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Eingebetteter MedieninhaltSaudi coalition air strikes examined – Malnourished children – Yemeni politics – Saudi women – Germany, Saudis and jihadism (German) – Wahabism and religious extremism – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp8a Wahabismus / Wahabism

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

16.9.2016 – NTV (* B K)

Krieg im Jemen: Bericht: Saudis bombardieren Schulen

Mehr als 8600 Luftangriffe fliegt die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition seit Kriegsbeginn 2015 im Jemen. Auf Zivilisten nimmt die saudische Führung dabei offenbar nur wenig Rücksicht. Nach einem neuen Bericht sind ein Drittel ihrer Ziele zivil.

Die Luftangriffe der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärkoalition im Jemen haben offenbar viele zivile Einrichtungen wie Schulen, Krankenhäuser oder Moscheen zerstört. Der britische "Guardian" berichtet von mehr als 8600 Luftschlägen seit März 2015. In 3577 Fällen seien militärische Einrichtungen getroffen worden; 3158-mal habe es sich allerdings um zivile Einrichtungen gehandelt - das wäre gut ein Drittel. In 1882 Fällen war keine genaue Einordnung möglich.

Der "Guardian" beruft sich in seinem Bericht auf Zahlen des "Yemen Data Project". Dabei handelt es sich um eine Gruppe Wissenschaftler und Menschenrechtler, die der Militärkoalition Verstöße gegen die Menschenrechte vorwirft.

http://www.n-tv.de/politik/Bericht-Saudis-bombardieren-Schulen-article18661786.html

Kommentar: Wenn man sich ansieht, was bisher angegriffen und getroffen wurde, dann muss man an dem „Drittel“ doch sehr zweifeln: der Prozentsatz der Angriffe gegen zivile Ziele ist sicher wesentlich höher. Weiter ist sicher, dass die durchschnittliche Zerstörung pro Angriff bei den Angriffen auf zivile Ziele wesentlich höher ist, da es hier meistens um Angriffe auf den Bereich von dicht besiedelten Ortschaften geht. Unklar bleibt auch, wie überhaupt „militärische Ziele“ sicher definiert werden können.

Man beachte das doppelte einschränkende „offenbar“: Wozu steht das hier? Die Tatsachen sind längst bekannt – seit Beginn des saudischen Luftkriegs vor über 17 Monaten. Wir dürfen sicher sein, dass selbst bei ausgesprochen windigen Vorwürfen gegen Russland in Syrien ntv auf einschränkende Zusätze gerne verzichtet. – Und lesen Sie bitte weiter, wie immer ist die Berichterstattung auf Englisch um Klassen besser:

16.9.2016 – The Guardian (** B K)

One in three Saudi air raids on Yemen hit civilian sites, data shows

Exclusive: Pressure on UK and US roles in war set to increase as survey shows school buildings and hospitals among targets

More than one-third of all Saudi-led air raids on Yemen have hit civilian sites, such as school buildings, hospitals, markets, mosques and economic infrastructure, according to the most comprehensive survey of the conflict.

The findings, revealed by the Guardian on Friday, contrast with claims by the Saudi government, backed by its US and British allies, that Riyadh is seeking to minimise civilian casualties.

The survey, conducted by the Yemen Data Project, a group of academics, human rights organisers and activists, will add to mounting pressure in the UK and the US on the Saudi-led coalition, which is facing accusations of breaching international humanitarian law.

Saudi Arabia disputed the Yemen Data Project figures, describing them as “vastly exaggerated”, and challenged the accuracy of the methodology, saying somewhere such as a school building might have been a school a year ago, but was now being used by rebel fighters.

The independent and non-partisan survey, based on open-source data, including research on the ground, records more than 8,600 air attacks between March 2015, when the Saudi-led campaign began, and the end of August this year. Of these, 3,577 were listed as having hit military sites and 3,158 struck non-military sites.

Where it could not be established whether a location attacked was civilian or military, the strikes were classified as unknown, of which there are 1,882 incidents.

The Yemen Data Project has chosen to focus exclusively on the impact of the air campaign, rather than fighting on the ground, citing the difficulty of gaining access to frontline fighting and impartial information.

One of the most problematic findings of the survey for Saudi Arabia is the number of reported repeat attacks. While some attacks on civilian sites can be explained away as mistakes or being the location of military camps in densely populated areas such as Sana’a, repeated strikes on school buildings and hospitals will add to demands for an independent investigation.

Staff at the Yemen Data Project said they adopted rigorous standards, using news reports aligned with both sides in the conflict and crosschecked against other sources, such as social media, non-governmental organisations and evidence on the ground.

According to the project, the Saudi-led coalition hit more non-military sites than military in five of the past 18 months. In October 2015, the figures were 291, compared with 208; in November, 126 against 34; December, 137 compared with 62; February 2016, 292 to 139, and March, 122 compared with 80.

Over the course of the war, the survey lists 942 attacks on residential areas, 114 on markets, 34 on mosques, 147 on school buildings, 26 on universities and 378 on transport.

“Where independent reporting is not available, the data has been cross-referenced with sources from opposing sides to the conflict to ensure the reporting is as accurate and impartial as possible,” the project said.

Given the general lack of transparency from parties to the conflict and a paucity of independent reporting on the ground, the data had been verified and cross-referenced to the greatest extent possible, it added.

The number of civilian casualties is not included, because much of this area is highly politicised and it has not been possible to independently verify claims – by Ewen MacAskill and Paul Torpey

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/16/third-of-saudi-airstrikes-on-yemen-have-hit-civilian-sites-data-shows?CMP=twt_a-world_b-gdnworld

Comment: I clearly doubt that only about 1/3 of the raids have hit civilian targets, having looked at all reports and especially all terrible photos of the victims and destructions. Doubtful also remains how the authors were able to identify “military targets” and differ them from civilian ones. Evidently, also the average impact is much larger when civilian targets are attacked, as they mostly are in densely populated areas, villages and towns. Military targets in many cases will be in blank space, whether on a road or during combat.

“Where independent reporting is not available, the data has been cross-referenced with sources from opposing sides to the conflict to ensure the reporting is as accurate and impartial as possible”: it is very doubtful whether any reliable data of Saudi air raids and their impact ever could be obtained from the Saudi and Hadi government side, as treatment of this subject always has showed. If there do exist clear attributable film and photo evidence, this would be sufficient anyway. Thus, I fear quite a lot of well documented Saudi air raids against civilian targets just has been omitted by the report.

Comment by Judith Brown: The pressure is increasing - now I think it's only a matter of time until the British government is forced to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154717254778641

Comment by Jamila Hanan: Considering how many bombs they drop on empty mountains to even out the statistics, this is shocking

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/777037485234847744

My comment at Judith Brown: Looking at Mr. Blunt and cronies (see cp10), I still fear you are too optimistic…

16.9.2016 – The Guardian (*** B K)

How Saudi Arabia's airstrikes have hit civilian life in Yemen

In March 2015 a Saudi-led coalition began bombing Houthi rebels who had forced Yemen’s president into exile. Analysis of a comprehensive, open source data survey of the campaign shows airstrikes have regularly hit civilian, economic and cultural sites. The air campaign has recently intensified after the collapse of a patchy ceasefire.

Where have the air raids targeted?

The Houthis were pushed out of Aden in July 2015 and have lost ground near Marib but their territory has generally not changed during 18 months of bombing.

What have the air raids targeted?

Intense periods of bombing during the campaign tend to coincide with specific military and political setbacks for the coalition. TheYemen Data Project database shows that these escalations then increase the number of incidents involving non-military sites. A missile strike on UAE troops serving with the coalition in Marib in September 2015 was the cue for a major change in tempo, which saw the first bombing of Sana’a’s historic old city. Several months followed where air raids involving non-military sites outnumbered those involving military targets.

The database lists over 8,600 separate incidents that, according to its methodology, may each involve multiple strikes and aircraft. Each attack’s primary target is classified as either military, unknown or one of several non-military categories based on the original or general purpose of a building or place. Incidents involve sites such as school buildings, hospitals, mosques and marketplaces. A single marketplace in the flashpoint district of Sirwah in Marib governorate has been hit 24 times. The coalition maintains its attacks are targeted only at pro-Houthi forces whom they say use civilian infrastructure for military purposes.

Where have civilians borne the brunt?

In Saada, the coalition declared the whole governorate a military target but data shows air raids hit mostly non-military sites.

Yemen’s most heavily-bombed region is Saada governorate, the heartland of Zaydi Islam to which the Houthis adhere. In May 2015, the coalition dropped leaflets declaring all of Saada a military target and advising residents to leave. Incidents involving non-military sites in Saada outnumber hits on military targets three to one in the database.

In Taiz, civilians have suffered for the governorate's strategic importance

Large numbers of civilians have died in several high-profile incidents in Taiz, which the Yemen Data Project lists as the governorate with the second highest percentage of attacks involving non-military sites. It straddles the former north-south frontier from Yemen's days as a partitioned state, which the frontlines of the current conflict resemble. The Houthis have support in the governorate but it is not universal. Taiz city has been under Houthi siege – maps, infographs, photos) – by Paul Torpey, Pablo Gutiérrez, Glenn Swann and Cath Levett

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2016/sep/16/how-saudi-arabias-airstrikes-have-hit-civilian-life-in-yemen

16.9.2016 – The Guardian (** B K)

'After an hour the plane came back': repeated airstrikes take toll on Yemeni civilians

People say their lives have been turned upside down since Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels began last year

At 6am on Saturday 13 August, Ahmad Arfaj, a primary school teacher in Yemen’s Saada governorate, returned home from the local mosque after performing the dawn salah, the first of his five daily prayers. A friend accompanied him to his doorstep.

“I went in to see and greet my family and I brought coffee and we preferred to drink it outside,” Arfaj said. “As I lean ed against the wall, the Saudi warplane hit my home.” His wife, four children and his brother’s wife were all killed .

“The rubble fell on me; one of my legs was broken. I had to crawl to shout for help,” Arfaj said. “I realised that my whole family had become martyrs, the home had collapsed on their heads. I could do nothing for them.”

To the long-suffering people of Yemen like Arfaj, the figures will not be a surprise. Over the past 18 months they have learned through bitter experience. In Arfaj’s case, a second strike hit the same place within an hour of the first strike, killing other members of Arfaj’s extended family as well as rescuers (photos) – by Saeed Kamali Dehghan

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/16/repeated-airstrikes-take-toll-on-yemeni-civilians

16.9.2016 – Aljazeera (* B K)

Iona Craig on: 1/3 Saudi air raids on Yemen hit civilian sites, data shows

Iona Craig on: 1/3 Saudi air raids on Yemen hit civilian sites, data shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtXPMJxo7m4

16.9.2016 – AP (** A H K)

Ravaged by conflict, Yemen's coast faces rising malnutrition

Even before the war, Hodeidah was one of the poorest cities in Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished nation. Now, the destruction of the port city's fishing boats and infrastructure by the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes over the past 18 months of war has deprived the townspeople of their prime livelihood.

The U.N. estimates that about 100,000 children under the age of five in the city and the surrounding province, also called Hodeidah, are at risk of severe malnutrition.

At Hodeidah's central hospital, the 12-bed unit for children with severe malnutrition has been fully occupied for months. Children reduced to skin and bone cry tearlessly as their mothers watch by their bedsides, unable to help.

Masbah, the mother of 5-year-old Salem Ali Salem, says her boy remembers only hunger.

"From the day I gave birth to him ... till now, we are suffering," said the mother of eight. "He got better for a short period of time and then he relapsed."

Salem's father is a fisherman and the family lives in Baqea, a village nearly an hour's drive from Hodeidah. That's where Ibrahim al-Kaali, a social worker, first saw him and helped bring him to the hospital in early September.

"When I first carried him, I was afraid of crushing his bones under the weight of my hands," said al-Kaali. Salem's family is just one of about 600 impoverished and desperate families in villages along Hodeidah's western coastline, he added.

Before the war, a fisherman could support his family on about 700 rials a day (about 2 dollars), feeding them fish, bread and rice. But with no fish and no money, the villagers' meals were mostly reduced to bread and tea for breakfast and a plate of rice for lunch, said al-Kaali.

"We have 20 Salems, this (situation) is prevalent all over Hodeidah," Ossan al-Abbsi, a pediatrician at the hospital, told The Associated Press, speaking over the phone like others interviewed for this story.

"There is an accelerating increase in the number of children suffering malnutrition," he said. "We used to have five cases while the rest of the beds were empty on any given day. Now, you can never find an empty bed in our unit."

Al-Abbsi says that even after the children improved enough to be discharged from hospital, their condition often deteriorated rapidly as their family struggled once more to feed them.

International agencies have classified Hodeidah among nine of Yemen's 22 provinces that are a step away from famine. A U.N. report in June said that in Yemen, "the highest malnutrition prevalence" is in Hodeidah.

Food prices in Yemen have soared by 60 percent, according to a June-September report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, which is being used by international organizations to measure food security.

Hodeidah used to have public markets with fresh produce and food items three times a week, while now they are only held once weekly because of fuel shortages, al-Abbsi said.

At least 12 villages along Hodeidah's coastline, including the one where Salem's family is from, have never seen any type of development projects, leaving them marginalized and underdeveloped, al-Kaali said.

When the conflict erupted, they suffered the most.

Ali Hassan Tanmina, a fisherman and a father of eight, said the airstrikes have made him fear the sea.

"We can't go to work to get food for our children," he said. "We are besieged by hunger."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ravaged-conflict-yemens-coast-faces-rising-malnutrition-055348338.html and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfzIfhdJ6Dw and an article by The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-yemen-war-uk-arms-video-shows-extent-child-malnutrition-crisis-a7311156.html

13.9.2016 – Quartz (** A H)

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen’s forgotten war

A young boy, his haunting eyes wide open, lies on a hospital bed in Houdieda, a port city in western Yemen. His lips are wrapped around his stick-thin arm, while a fly rests on his skeletal body. He is bare-chested and the outlines of ribs are clearly visible though his skin. A syringe lies on the sheets patterned with clouds and cartoons.

The raging civil war in Yemen, one of the world’s poorest nations, has been largely ignored in the deluge of news from the region. But a series of images of starving and malnourished children in Yemen show the nation’s mounting crisis.

The food crisis is particularly harsh for children – at least 370,000 suffer from severe malnutrition. “We’re talking about a 50% increase compared to the number we had earlier this year,” Mohammed al-Asaadi, a spokesman for the UN children’s agency in Yemen told Al Jazeera. Acute malnutrition, as evidenced in the frail children recorded in these photographs, has become a major cause of death for children under five in the country – by Neha Thirani Bagri (photos!!)

http://qz.com/781669/apple-is-punching-down/

16.9.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (** B P)

Saudi Wahabi regime helps Qaeda/ISIS to rule Yemen

On July 28th, 2016, and after Saudi princes thwarted Kuwait talks, the Houthi, Ansar Allah group and its allies and Saleh's party GPC and its allies officially agreed to form a supreme political council, that's ruling council to rule and fight the US-backed Saudi aggression.
With this, Houthi and Saleh became partners to rule in addition to being partners to resist Saudi invasion and occupation. Before March 26, 2015, Saleh and Houthi were still opponents but Saudi aggression on that day united them to fight external enemy but only the Houthi was on power.
On August 13th, 2016, the 301-seat House of Representatives held a historic session despite public Saudi threats to air strike them with the F16s. The HR ratified the 10-member ruling council (5 from Saleh 5 from Houthi) with 5 MPs more than the constitutional quorum which is half of the all MPs.
A total of 142 out of 275 MPs attended the session. The speaker of parliament Yahya Al Raye and all MPs started the session with one-minute mourning over 26 MPs who naturally died over the past period, announcing 26 seats vacant, which means the total number is 275 and not 301.
Some sick MPs asked relatives to carry them on sickness bed such as Rashad Al Shawari who came propelled by 4 of his relatives because of paralysis. One day before the session, the Saudi jets deliberately destructed all main roads leading to Sanaa to prevent PMs from 20 provinces from attending, and banned air flights from landing in Sanaa airport to prevent MPs outside Yemen from attending.
The MPs Yaser Al Awadhi of GPC and Sultan Same'e of Socialist party, were among 10 MPs who voted via TV circuit from Oman. A total of 154 MPs attended the second day's session when the chairman and members of the ruling council took the constitutional oath before the parliament.
The 12 late MPs took long time to repair the destructed roads or take more difficult and even longer roads to arrive in Sanaa. Observers called such a dangerous session of the parliament the "death" session.
The US-backed Saudi jets kept hovering over parliament and striking in some places in the city of Sanaa during the whole 90-minute long session.

3) Explain the Hadi’s appointment of Ahmar, and what it means for the government in exile?
Hadi's appointments have done nothing not from Riyadh but also his appointments over the 3-year term before Saudis intervened militarily.
For appointment of Ali Muhsen (Al Ahmar) as vice president, it made things even worse and more complicated to Hadi and international community. Muhsen is enemy number 1 of Houthi, Saleh and Hirak of the south. The 70-year old general is very close to Salafis from where Qaeda/ISIS come.

Hirak, the separation movement of the south. Hirak symbolic leaders are divided into many: Some work with Hadi, some with Saleh, some with Houthi, some with Saudi Arabia, some with UAE and some work with Qatar.

[and much more information about the political situation of Yemen] – by Nasser Arrabyee

http://narrabyee-e.blogspot.de/2016/09/saudi-wahabi-regime-helps-qaedaisis-to.html

16.9.2016 – CNN (** B H P)

The women tweeting for their freedom in Saudi Arabia

"I'm a dead soul in a living body and I hope that doesn't happen to my little sister," Sara, a Saudi woman, tells CNN.

Sara is one of a growing number of Saudi women who are challenging the country's male guardianship system using social media.

In Saudi Arabia, every woman has a male guardian -- often a father or husband, sometimes a brother or son -- who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on their behalf.

After speaking to dozens of Saudi women, Human Rights Watch found in July that the system is "the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the country."

The HRW report, which detailed how women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel, marry, and sometimes to work or access health care, was followed by a social media campaign, #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship.

By September, the Arabic version of the hashtag had taken on a life of its own, with women across the country risking the wrath of their guardians, or even persecution.

The women are being noticed. The country's most senior religious authority, at the start of September, the Grand Mufti, called the social media campaign a "crime targeting the Saudi and Muslim society," and said the guardianship system should stay.

Breaking free from an abusive guardian is very difficult, HRW found. Filing a police complaint against a guardian can be difficult.

"The practice of male guardianship in its many forms impairs and in some cases nullifies women's exercise of a host of human rights," Human Rights Watch said, including violating the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, which the country ratified in 2000.

"Saudi Arabia is lying to the world," said Jana, one of the Saudi women who spoke to CNN. "Nothing is changing." – By Donie O'Sullivan

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/16/world/saudi-arabia-male-guardianship-campaign/index.html

15.9.2016 – German Foreign Policy (** B P T)

Wie man Jihadisten fördert (II)

Deutsche Innenpolitiker nutzen die ersten Anschläge und die zunehmenden Aktivitäten von Parteigängern des "Islamischen Staats" in Deutschland, um massive Verschärfungen bei der Überwachung von Flüchtlingen zu verlangen. Flüchtlinge, deren Identität "nicht zweifelsfrei feststeht", müssten "an der Grenze festgehalten werden", fordert der bayerische Innenminister Joachim Herrmann (CSU). Die "Überwachung von Telekommunikationdaten" solle noch stärker ausgeweitet werden, erklärt der Vorsitzende des Innenausschusses des Bundestages, Ansgar Heveling (CDU). Gleichzeitig trägt die Bundesregierung dazu bei, eine zentrale Grundlage für das Erstarken des Jihadismus aufrechtzuerhalten - indem sie weiter mit dessen bedeutendsten staatlichen Förderern kooperiert, vor allem mit Saudi-Arabien. Das Land verbreitet über Schulen, Hilfswerke und Auslandssender seit Jahrzehnten seinen wahhabitischen Staatsislam, dessen ideologische Ausformung mit derjenigen des Jihadismus weitgehend übereinstimmt; daher tragen saudische Auslandsinstitutionen regelmäßig zur Entstehung jihadistischer Milieus bei. Dies gilt auch für Syrien, wo die Bundesregierung ihrerseits salafistisch-jihadistische Organisationen begünstigt hat. In Nordsyrien strebt, wie Experten berichten, gegenwärtig Al Qaida die Gründung eines Emirats an, von dem aus Terroranschläge in Europa geplant werden sollen. Als eine wichtige Etappe auf dem Weg dazu gilt die Schlacht um Aleppo.

http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/59441

cp2 Allgemein / General

16.9.2016 – Pars Today (* B K P)

American arms and hypocrisy in Yemen

Under the fundamental rule of International Law, Saudi Arabia and other US proxies have no right to bomb Yemen. They have no authorization from the UN Security Council and they are not acting in genuine self-defense. They offer no explanation. Without UN mandate, they have no right to act as unilateral cop or in alliance with others to strike Yemen.

Into the argument, it is wrong to assume that the airstrikes, supported by the US government, are peripheral. They are central to the balance of power within the Arab world, to tensions within the region, and are at the core of fears in the global oil market. That said, the campaign has failed to affect regime change in the war-torn country. That’s the nature of any illegal war. Calling it anything even close to a proxy war against Iran is deceitful too, since the Saudis aren’t acting by proxy, and meantime, the popular forces - that are formed of Ansarullah movement and a dozen other large groups who altogether set up the popular committees - and army of war-ravaged Yemen are no proxy of Tehran.

Yemen’s war is a war of political enslavement and religious indoctrination – talks of democracy, and institutional legitimacy have been but distraction thrown at certain gullible public, by an accommodating media. Twice-resigned, runaway President Abde Rabbo Mansour Hadi could not have possibly warrant such a furious military storm.

Why would foreign powers even attempt to rescue this pale figure of a politician’s presidency, if not to serve their own interests?

http://parstoday.com/en/radio/middle_east-i26677-american_arms_and_hypocrisy_in_yemen_yemenis_united

Comment: Iranian viewpoint – the selected excerpts are remarkable anyway.

14.9.2016 – RT (* B K)

Framing the Civil War in Yemen w/ Bushra Al-Fusail

Bushra Al-Fusail, feminist Yemeni photographer and co-founder of “FRAME Yemen” joins us in studio to discuss the brutal war in Yemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra7mpJnZ2aw

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

16.9.2016 – The Post Athens (* B H)

Yemeni graduate student recounts experience of war in home country

Abdulqader, a first-year graduate student studying international development studies, is from Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. She fled from Yemen when the coalition attacked and crossed borders into Oman, before staying in Malaysia until Yemen grew safer.

“You will not believe … how people suffered there,” Abdulqader said.

Abdulqader had friends and relatives who died in the Yemen attacks. She said she was afraid she would die from fear before any bomb would kill her.

Being the oldest of her siblings, Abdulqader convinced her family to leave the country in June 2015 until it was safe to return. Despite the guilt and worry she felt for her family, she said she did not want to become another “number in the victim data.”

While in Malaysia, Abdulqader said she had nightmares about bombs every night. She and her family would become scared when the wind would slam windows and doors shut.

Her family, missing Yemen, decided to take the risk to return home after five months.

Abdulqader traveled to the United States and has not seen her family since. She said when she came to Ohio University, she realized Americans did not know much about the conflict in her home country.

“In the beginning, I was sad because we are dying in another part of the world and nobody knows, or nobody cares because they don’t know,” Abdulqader said. “I can’t blame them.” – by Jessica Hill

http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2016/09/ohio-university-yemen-student

16.9.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Infographic: UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 14 September 2016

http://unhrd.org/sites/default/files/yemen_snapshot_as_at_14.09.2016.pdf = http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yemen_snapshot_as_at_14092016.pdf

16.9.2016 – Church Times (* B H)

Millions ‘acutely undernourished’ as Yemen faces humanitarian crisis

The OCHA goes on to describe some of the effects of the Yemen war. It quotes partner groups as saying that “nearly 3 million people require urgent nutrition assistance. About 2.1 million people are currently acutely malnourished, including 1.5 million children, of whom 370,000 are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.”

The high level of needs is being driven by “a range of interconnected security and economic forces. In addition to the conflict, availability of essential food commodities has been limited by difficulties in importing enough food due to on-going congestion at ports, as well as damage to local agriculture.” High fuel prices and damage to roads and bridges caused by the war are driving up transport costs.

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2016/16-september/news/world/millions-acutely-undernourished-as-yemen-faces-humanitarian-crisis

15.9.2016 – UNICEF (* B H)

From sitting on the floor to the top of the class in Yemen

In Yemen’s marginalized Muhamasheen community, children and their families live in poverty on the edge of society, facing discrimination every day. Rania is determined to overcome these obstacles, working hard to stay at the top of her class in school.

Rania, currently in Grade 8 at Al-Seddek School in Aden, is an incredible 13 year-old girl. Despite many challenges and pressures such as marginalization and poverty, she has continued to attend school, even in the throes of Yemen’s ongoing conflict. Although she is called names by other students and sometimes has to sit on the floor when the room is full, she is currently top of her class.

Rania’s family are members of the marginalizedMuhamasheen community, who are stuck at the bottom of the social spectrum in Yemen. Job prospects are low for the people in this community, and when they are able to find work, it is mostly as day labourers with little job security. Even during the current conflict, these social norms prevail.

Rania’s father is currently unemployed, and her mother works as a maid. Between her mother and grandmother, they try everything they can to ensure Rania gets the best possible start in life.

UNICEF is currently running its annual Back2School campaign to help as many students as possible return to regular classes. The ongoing conflict continues to wreak havoc on children’s education, and this initiative provides catch-up classes, learning materials and temporary learning spaces in areas where schools have been destroyed or damaged by fighting. – by Ansar Rasheed

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/yemen_92760.html = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/sitting-floor-top-class-yemen

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

15.9.2016 – get Up Stand Up (B K)

Film: What remains from Dhamar Regional Museum #Yemen leveled-to-ground by #US-#UK-#Saudi coalition

https://twitter.com/riseup75/status/776405251704225795

Comment: This museum was totally destroyed in 2015 by a Saudi air raid. It was deliberately targeted, it was the only building around.

Comment by Judith Brown: What ha s a museum to do with war. This is just as bad as the Taliban destroying the statues at Bamiyan. It's cultural destruction, which is a speciality of Wahabbism.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154713948898641

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

16.9.2016 – Sputnik News (A K P)

Arab Coalition Again Bans Houthi Negotiators From Returning in Yemen From Oman

The Saudi-led coalition annulled on Friday its Thursday decision to allow negotiators representing the Shia Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah, from Oman to Yemen, continuing more than month-long blocking their arrival, a source in the Sanaa airport told Sputnik.
A delegation of Houthi rebels and their allies loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been stuck in Oman since August where it went after failed peace talks with the Yemeni government hosted by Kuwait. On Thursday, a Houthi source told Sputnik that the Saudi-led coalition would allow an UN plane to bring negotiators back in Yemen on Friday. However, the source in the Sanaa airport reported that the flight was indefinitely delayed after the coalition had revoked the flight permission.
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160916/1045371092/arab-coalition-yemen-houthis.html

15.9.2016 – Khabar Agency (A K P)

#Saudi-led threatens to shoot down the UN plane that supposed to take #Sanaa delegation from #Oman to #Yemen

http://www.khabaragency.net/lasten71934.html

23.5.2015 – Middle East Eye (** B K)

Houthi arms bonanza came from Saleh, not Iran

Claims Iran is supplying the Houthis with weapons ignore the fact the group was already flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh

the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively around the idea that it is a proxy war between Iran on one side and the Saudis and United States on the other.

News stories on Yemen in recent months have increasingly incorporated a sentence or even a paragraph invoking the accusation that Iran has been arming the Houthis and using them to gain power in the Gulf.

Like most popular myths the dominant narrative of the Houthi movement as Iranian proxy in Yemen is based on a kernel of truth: the Houthis share the Iranians’ dim views of American intentions in the Middle East and have sought to take advantage of the Hezbollah model to enhance their political-military effectiveness.

But the assumption that the Houthis have been looking to Iran to train their troops or supply their need for weapons ignores the most basic facts of their ascendance. The Houthis built up their military forces from virtually nothing to as many 100,000 troops today through a series of six wars with Yemeni government troops. In the process they have not only become much better trained, but have acquired a vast pool of arms from Yemen’s black market. A United Nations Experts’ report earlier this year cites estimates that Yemen is awash with 40 to 60 million weapons. The Houthis were also getting a continuing stream of modern arms directly from corrupt Yemeni military commanders from 2004 through 2010.

And in their eagerness to conform to the general theme of an Iran vs US-Saudi proxy war in Yemen, the media’s treatment of alleged Iranian arms to the Houthis has ignored the fact that the Houthis had forged an alliance by early 2014 with a far larger source of arms: former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It was that alliance that propelled the Houthis into power last September, not their ties with Iran.

The Houthis were able to take one Yemeni military facility after another without a fight and enter the capital easily.

In the process, the Houthis acquired a new bonanza of weapons that had been provided by the United States over the previous eight years.

In light of the reality that the Houthis are already flush with American arms that may be worth as much as hundreds of millions of dollars, the flurry of media excitement over the US Navy sending another warship to intercept an Iranian flotilla of arms is an odd bit of burlesque that ought to be in an embarrassment – by Gareh Porter

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/houthi-arms-bonanza-came-saleh-not-iran-1224808066 and see also https://yemenfightsback.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/iran-backed-houthis-fact-or-fallacy/ , presented in YPR 98, Most important

8.5.2015 – Al Monitor (* B P)

Is Iran really to blame for Yemen conflict?

The Houthis have been able to make impressive advances because they reflect in large part the genuine grievances of many Yemenis, regardless of sect. They have also proven themselves to be shrewd pragmatists and have made the most out of an alliance of convenience with former President Saleh. Hence, it is not only an exaggeration to attribute Houthi gains to supposed Iranian support, but it would also be disingenuous given the reality of the conflict inside Yemen.

This is first and foremost a Yemeni civil war, in which Saudi Arabia and other states have unwisely chosen to dramatically intervene. Furthermore, alleged direct Iranian intervention in Yemen not only contradicts Iran’s intrinsically defensive posture in the region — which many US policymakers and institutions have acknowledged — but also greatly overstates Iran's capability to influence events in Yemen in such a decisive way.

As the Yemen attack shows, Saudi Arabia’s regional strategy is bent on using Iran as a scapegoat to justify its own aggressive policies. These policies appear geared at maintaining and expanding uncompromising Saudi hegemony across the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. However, by aiming to preserve authoritarian governance in Yemen and further marginalizing vast segments of Yemeni society, Saudi Arabia is only damaging its own interests and opening the door for violence to spill over into its own territory. The Saudis should be cognizant that, just as it is with other crises in the Middle East, the only solution to the Yemeni conflict is a political solution based on addressing the concerns of all parties involved – by Seyed Hossein Mousavian

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/05/iran-saudi-houthis-yemen.html

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

16.9.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen’s Islah Party: ‘We Rectified Political Confusion by Renouncing Muslim Brotherhood’

A prominent Yemeni leader at al-Islah party attributed the renunciation of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood to what he called “political confusion” for some political powers in the region.

In a phone call with Asharq Al-Awsat, Yemen’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Dr. Mohammed al-Saadi, who is also the assistant secretary-general for political affairs at al-Islah party, said that the statement was released to rectify this confusion.

The party announced in a statement issued on its official page on Facebook that “no organizational or political relations link us to the international organization of Muslim Brotherhood, especially that the priorities of al-Islah as a political party are patriotic, and all the efforts exerted with its Yemeni partners lie in ending Yemen’s current crisis so that it can carry out its normal political path.”

The party’s declaration raised doubts as social media has been witnessing for the past two days a long debate on this announcement given that the party had announced in 2013 that it did not belong to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Yemeni Political Analyst Najib Ghallab, who wrote a book in 2010 on Yemen, said that al-Islah party was “more developed because it was a partner in the regime and was a major ally for Saleh in the security and civil authority; thus, doors were open for the party, which contributed to their understanding of the authority’s techniques more than anybody else, and showed their ability to deal with politics in a more rational way than any other Islamic movement linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.” – by Badr Al-Qatani

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/09/article55358448/yemens-islah-party-rectified-political-confusion-renouncing-muslim-brotherhood

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this not surprisingly is being announced in a Saudi newspaper. Islah has changed its identity. Muslim Brotherhood is considered a terrorist group by UAE so they have decided they will no longer be Muslm Brotherhood - no doubt under pressure from their funders Saudi Arabia. It's a bit like the Nusra Front saying it is not Al Qaeda.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154715913453641

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

17.9.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Washington Suggests 72-Hour Ceasefire in Yemen as Iran Continues Arming Rebels

Washington has made a proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen with a possibility of extension, during a two-day visit by a U.S. high-ranking official to Muscat.

Asharq Al-Awsat learned from Yemeni and U.S. diplomatic and political sources that U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon paid a visit to Oman on September 8 and 9, and held talks with a delegation of rebels to discuss the points that Secretary of State John Kerry had initiated in Jeddah.

A source at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen told Asharq Al-Awsat that the new points in the U.S. position was the proposal to hold a 72-hour ceasefire.

Shannon met with the Houthi team, officials of the allied General People’s Congress (GPC) party and a Omani mediator in Muscat, to discuss how to end a war that has killed over 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million.

The source did not reveal what was the response of the Yemeni parties regarding the U.S. proposal.

Informed Houthi sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the insurgency negotiating team in Oman accepted the proposal.

However, the sources said the rebels had placed conditions for reviving U.N. sponsored peace talks.

Houthis said any procedures linked to their pullout from Yemeni cities and handing over their arms should come hand in hand with other measures, such as the discussion of the future of the presidency and the national unity government, the sources said – by Arafat Madabesh and Saeed al-Abyad

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/09/article55358476/washington-suggests-72-hour-ceasefire-yemen-iran-continues-arming-rebels

Comment: What is 72 hours??

16.9.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

Obama, UAE Prince Agree on Need for Immediate Ceasefire in Yemen

US President Barack Obama and the United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan agreed on the necessity of ending the renewed conflict in Yemen immediately, the White House said in a press release.
https://sputniknews.com/us/20160917/1045394986/obama-uae-prince-ceasefire-yemen.html

Comment: Babbling and fueling war at the same time.

17.9.2016 – Alwaght (A P)

US’s Letter to Iran Bid to Pull Saudi Arabia out of Yemen Crisis

The time in no way is going in favor of the Saudis as Yemen's Ansarullah movement and its allies are making advances both in southern Saudi Arabia and in some key fronts inside Yemen, and it is becoming clearer that the kingdom finds no exit to escape the war.

In such conditions the published reports suggest the US is trying to get Iran's approval to discuss Yemen peace and make concessions to Ansarullah in a bid to pull Al Saud regime out of the Yemeni war quagmire.

According to the news outlets, the Americans have sent a letter to the Iranian embassy in the Omani capital of Muscat through the Omani officials, demanding dialogue with Tehran over Yemen.

Iran's Fars News Agency (FNA) has reported, quoting an informed diplomatic source, that Washington handed over the message to the Omani government just before John Kerry's recent visit to Saudi Arabia to present his peace plan for Yemen to the Saudis. The date was said to be exactly August 12.

http://alwaght.com/en/News/67838/US%E2%80%99s-Letter-to-Iran-Bid-to-Pull-Saudi-Arabia-out-of-Yemen-Crisis

15.9.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Iranian agency: US contacted Tehran to hold secret talks on Yemen

The US sent secret letters to Iran asking it to partake in talks to determine the fate of Yemen, Iran’s Fars news agency said.

Fars quoted an informed source as saying: “On 12 August US Secretary of State John Kerry sent a message to the Iranian Embassy in Muscat (via the Omani government), suggesting that US-Russian-Iranian negotiations begin to determine the fate of the war, without any mention of Saudi Arabia.”

Iran has not responded to the letters, the source said. “The Islamic Republic did not welcome the letters and did not respond to them yet.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160915-iran-us-contacted-tehran-to-hold-secret-talks-on-yemen/

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / See cp1, cp8a

17.9.2016 – Xinhua (A E P)
Saudi Arabia to establish company to upgrade capacity of holy sites

Saudi Arabia has agreed to form a company to develop and increase the capacity of the holy sites in Mecca and Medina, local Al Eqtisadiya news website reported Saturday.

The proposed company, which will be owned by the government, was approved days after the kingdom announced the success of the hajj season that brought together more than 1.8 pilgrims.

The company will be in charge of enhancing the efficiency of utilities and services such as electricity, water, air-conditioning and cleanness. It will work to separate the routes of pedestrians and vehicles.

To generate money, the company will invest in the holy sites to be tourist attractions throughout the year, especially the religious archaeological sites.

The company is expected to generate thousands of job opportunities for local manpower.

The company is part of many initiatives the country are adopting to get ready for post-oil era by implementing various economic and investment projects.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-09/17/c_135692774.htm

Comment: Turning Mekka into a tourist site – Saudis already did a lot to achieve that. - 1,8 million pilgrims I would think.

15.9.2016 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (* B H P)

73rd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: Highlighting Saudi Arabia’s Deplorable Violations

Next week, Saudi Arabia will be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding its progress in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). ADHRB submitted its own assessment to the Committee, which highlights a total failure by Saudi Arabia to protect even the most basic rights of the child. Read ADHRB’s full submission here.

Lack of legal protections and bad practices paint a dark picture of Saudi Arabia with regard to child rights, despite obligations under the CRC. ADHRB therefore urges the Government of Saudi Arabia to engage constructively in the upcoming session and to take the following steps towards ensuring the rights of children inside and outside of its borders:

http://www.adhrb.org/2016/09/73rd-session-un-committee-rights-child-highlighting-saudi-arabias-deplorable-violations/ and full report:

09.2016 – Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (** B H P)

Alternative Submission to Saudi Arabia’s Third Periodic Report: 73rd Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Saudi Arabia is a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world. Violations against individual rights make no exception in the case of minors, who are often targeted in relation to their free expression and assembly in the Kingdom. Minors continue to face corporal punishment and have in some cases, been sentenced to death on crimes committed as minors. Girls are particularly vulnerable to violations, lacking sufficient protections due to pervasive discrimination against women and girls and the ongoing prevalence of early marriage. Saudi Arabia has yet to ratify the two Optional Protocols (OP) to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) relating to the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. The latter OP has instead been completely ignored in Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military campaign in Yemen, which has brutally and indiscriminately targeted Yemen’s civilian population with total disregard for the special protection demanded by international law for children in armed conflict.

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CRC/Shared%20Documents/SAU/INT_CRC_NGO_SAU_24684_E.pdf

8.9.2016 – Reuters (* A E)

Exclusive: Saudi Oger faces huge debt restructuring as rescue talks collapse

The Saudi Arabian government has ended talks aimed at saving construction giant Saudi Oger, which is now facing the prospect of a multi-billion-dollar debt restructuring to stave off collapse, according to sources aware of the matter.

Oger, owned by the family of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, was one of two mega-contractors charged with implementing the grand infrastructure and development plans of the kingdom, building everything from defense installations to schools and hospitals.

The fall in oil prices since mid-2014, and the consequent sharp state spending cuts, have weighed heavily on the kingdom's construction industry but in particular Oger, given its size and reliance on government contracts.

The numbers are stark: the government owes Oger about 30 billion riyals ($8 billion) for work it has completed, according to a Saudi-based source with knowledge of the matter, in a sign of the strain on state finances.

This huge backlog of payments has left Oger struggling to meet its obligations, including 15 billion riyals of loans, billions of riyals owed to contractors and suppliers, and 2.5 billion riyals to workers in back and severance pay, according to the source and a second Saudi-based source – by David French, Tom Arnold and Katie Paul

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-oger-restructuring-idUSKCN11E153

Comment by Judith Brown: Oh oh. Saudi isn't paying its workers - stories are rife of Indian workers who have not been paid for months and are starving. And it isn't paying its bills. This company is owed $18 billion US and is likely to collapse. And Saudi can't afford to pay them. How is it managing to pay for its weapons of war? It seems to me the British government would be throwing a lifeline to KSA if it stopped providing weapons so that it could get its economic affairs in order.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154717316818641

cp8a Wahabismus / Wahabism

17.9.2016 – Epoch Times (* A P)

Imam schockt mit Hetzpredigt in Mekka: Dschihadisten sollen „bösartige Christen besiegen“

In Mekka hielt der wichtigste Imam des Islam eine Schockrede. Er bat "Allah" den Dschihadisten einen weltweiten Sieg über die "bösartigen Christen" zu schenken.

„Oh Allah, schenke Sieg, Ehre und Macht unseren Brüdern, den Dschihadisten im Jemen, in Syrien, im Irak, auf der ganzen Welt. Lass sie triumphieren über die verräterischen Juden, die bösartigen Christen und die unzuverlässigen Heuchler!,“ hetzte der Imam Abdurrahman ibn Abdulaziz as-Sudais, in Mekka vor Hunderttausenden Pilgern.

Abdurrahman ibn Abdulaziz as-Sudais ist aber nicht irgendein Imam oder ein verrückter Dschihadist, sondern der Imam der wichtigsten Moschee des Islam, die sich in saudiarabischen Stadt Mekka befindet. Er ist Salafist und Wahabit und gilt bei sunnitischen Muslimen als einer der verläßlichsten und populärsten Interpreten des Korans.

http://www.epochtimes.de/politik/welt/imam-schockt-mit-hetzpredigt-in-mekka-dschihadisten-sollen-boesartige-christen-besiegen-a1935804.html und auch http://www.katholisches.info/2016/09/13/imam-der-heiligen-moschee-in-mekka-oh-allah-schenk-den-dschihadisten-auf-der-ganzen-welt-den-sieg/

Kommentar: Der Anfang des Artikels in „Katholisches“ nutzt diese Geschichte freilich zu einer billigen antiislamischen Hetze. Dass das, was dort steht, Unsinn ist, geht deutlich aus den drei folgenden Artikeln hervor.

15.9.2016 – RT (* A P)

From religion to politics, Saudi Arabia feeling chill of isolation

At the end of August, a meeting of Muslim clerics and scholars convened in the Chechen capital of Grozny to forge a consensus on the subject of ‘who constitutes a Sunni.’

Sunnism, the 200 or so Sunni clerics from Egypt, South Africa, India, Europe, Turkey, Jordan, Yemen, Russia warned, “has undergone a dangerous deformation in the wake of efforts by extremists to void its sense in order to take it over and reduce it to their perception.”

The Grozny participants had gathered, by invitation of the Chechen president, to make “a radical change in order to re-establish the true meaning of Sunnism.”

If their final communique was any indicator, the group of distinguished scholars had a very particular message for the Muslim world: Wahhabism - and its associated takfirism - are no longer welcome within the Sunni fold.

In one fell swoop, Wahhabism, the official state religion of only two Muslim countries -Saudi Arabia and Qatar - was not part of the majority Muslim agenda any longer.

The radical sect, borne in the 18thcentury, deviates from traditional Sunni doctrine in various ways, most notably sanctioning violence against nonbelievers - including Muslims who reject Wahhabi interpretation (takfirism).

Saudi Arabia is the single largest state contributor to tens of thousands of Wahhabi-influenced mosques, schools, clerics and Islamic publications scattered throughout the Muslim world – many of them, today, feeders for terrorist recruitment. By some accounts that figure has reached almost $100 billion in the last three decades or so.

In Grozny, conference participants made reference to this dangerous trend, and called for a “return to the schools of great knowledge" outside Saudi Arabia – in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.

Saudi officialdom took to social media to express their outrage. Saudi royal, Prince Khalid al-Saud, warned that the event represented “a conspiracy that openly targets our country and it's religious standing, specifically.”

For the Saudis, the bad news kept on coming. – by Sharmine Narwani

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/359409-religion-politics-saudi-isolation/

16.9.2016 – Huffington Post (* A P)

A window into Wahhabism: Al Jazeera presenter calls for a grand religious genocide on live TV

“Go to Damascus and the areas which support Bashar al-Assad, and curse his father … and [exterminate] those areas” … those were the words of one television presenter this September.

“Why don’t you go displace them all and curse the ones who gave birth to them and [exterminate] them all?” Those were the questions an Al-Jazeera’s presenter asked his guest during a live show, de facto rationalising the very narrative used by Terror.

Media today have allowed for Wahhabism to stretch its wings and invade the narrative – polluting the air with its vengeful and genocidal rhetoric.

What will it take for the world, and more particularly the Western world, to finally open its eyes to the fury it has welcomed into its fold and dared to call friend?

Faisal al-Qasem would like to see all Shia Muslims, Alawites and other pesky religious minorities gone. By gone I mean dead. By gone al-Qasem means massacred in the most vicious and barbaric manner possible.

For those of you still unclear on what al-Qasem is championing allow me to put it to you in a more direct way. Al-Qasem is promoting Daesh’s very agenda, only wearing nicer clothes and from behind a veneer of respectability – by Catherine Shakdam

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-window-into-wahhabism-al-jazeera-presenter-calls_us_57dbd4f9e4b053b1ccf297bd?

Comment: It is known that Aljazeera English quite differs from Aljazeera Arabic. This is a good example – which should let us ask the questions the author asks here. – Wahabism is state religion in Aljazeera’s country Qatar.

Comment: Terrible. Appalling. Gives you the shivers. A must read.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1110995728953456

9.9.2016 – First Post (* A P)

Islamic conference in Chechnya: Why Sunnis are disassociating themselves from Salafists

The world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, reported that an international Islamic conference was organised in Grozny, a city in Chechnya with more than 100 top Muslim clerics from all around the world. The agenda was to take an uncompromising stand against the growing Takfiri terrorism that is playing havoc across the world.

The globally renowned Sunni Islamic scholars and clergy unanimously took a stand that the Takfiri terrorists, who loudly claim to belong to 'Sunni' Islam, are not from among the Ahlus Sunnah (the Islamic terminology for the mainstream Sunni Muslims in the world).

Addressing the conference, leading Sufi Sunni scholar and the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayeb, defined what is meant by 'Ahlus Sunnah' or Sunnism.

Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayeb allegedly excluded the “Salafists” from the term of Ahluls Sunna (Sunnis) stating that Salafists –also known as Wahhabis – are not from among the Sunnis.

Though this report has not received the media attention it deserved, it should be caught up as one of the most underlying news emanating from the Muslim world.

Over 100 Islamic clerics from around the world, including India, have attended this anti-Takfirism Sunni conference in Chechnya. They concluded that Salafism/Wahhabism, the state religion of the Saudi Kingdom flourishing in almost all Muslim-populated courtiers because of the massive Saudi funding, is not the part of mainstream Sunni Islam.

The mainstream Indian Sunni scholars have recently begun to refute the literature that has been compiled and disseminated in the country with a view to indoctrinating the radical Wahhabi ideology among Indian Muslim masses, particularly in Kashmir.

In its report on the issue, the Arabic-language daily Ray al-Youm has told that that the Sunni conference has created a storm of anger among pro-government clerics in Saudi Arabia.

According to the report, several Saudi clerics accuse the Sunni-oriented conference of being an attempt by the Russian government to deepen the gap between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

“It is not prudent to ignite crises and trigger misadventures of political nature, as well as intellectual affiliations and sloganeering, to demonize the Muslims and thereby widening divisions,” the council said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency – by Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

http://www.firstpost.com/world/islamic-conference-in-chechnya-why-sunnis-are-disassociating-themselves-from-salafists-2998018.html

26.8.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Al-Azhar: Extremism is Caused by Forsaking True Sunni Islamic Teachings

In a speech to Muslims worldwide and the West, Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb had renounced all radical takfiri-inspired actions, saying that such deeds are in no way related to the teachings of Islam’s fundamental Sunni sect.

El-Tayeb said that reasons behind the extremism the Muslim nation is experiencing are the wide-spreading perversion rest in misrepresented and depraved teachings going around which scar the Sunni sect’s true image.

The top Muslim scholar then confirmed that the sole salvation and solution for such an abomination is the true interpretation and abiding by the true Sunnah teachings of prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and companions.

The head of Egypt’s top Islamic institution had long stressed that major religions, including Islam, forbid shedding blood of the innocent, and assaulting or terrorizing them. “In Islam, deviating from that is a major crime and corruption on earth, which Islam orders to counter and protect society of its devastating effects,” he said.

“In Islam, preaching about God is defined to be through wisdom and rational conversation that does not insult others or their beliefs. The Quran states that there is no compulsion in religion,” El-Tayeb was cited earlier Sunday – by Waleed Abdul Rahman

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/08/article55357180/al-azhar-extremism-caused-forsaking-true-sunni-islamic-teachings

Comment: That article refers to the Grozny conference. The Saudi medium just peculates that the extremism Tayeb is speaking against just is the Saudi Wahabism, an ideology of which IS and Al Qaida just is a still more radical offspring. In this Asharq Al-Awsat article the Saudis want to give the impression they of course are standing on the right side, and that the extremism Tayeb is speaking about would not have anything to do with them. Well, it definitely has (see articles above). That’s exactly Saudi Wahabism which in Tayeb’s opinionhad been “Forsaking True Sunni Islamic Teachings “. Remember that just a few days ago another scholar from Al-Azhar, Ahmed Karima, had slammed Wahabism and the Saudi war in Yemen in special (http://alwaght.com/en/News/66928, presented in YPR 197, cp2).

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

16.9.2016 – BBC Newsnight (* A P)

Crispin Blunt on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Gabriel Gatehouse interviews Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, about continued UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0481zgm

Comment: Disgusting. His real aim is to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia as long as ever possible.

Comment 1 by Judith Brown: Firstly. There is NO justification by the United Nations for military intervention against Yemen in UNSC resolution 2216 nor any other, and it would be impossible to get this type of resolution. This is a straightforward lie. Secondly Hadi was not the democratically elected leader - he was elected as interim president for a 2 year term in February 2012, and his term had expired in February 2014 and in Yemen his continued presidency was a contested issue. Almost all of the Yemen army backed the Houthis, as did the tribes Hadi had ruled as a dictator and did not convene parliament on one occasion after taking over the presidency. There is no provision in the Yemeni constitution for a president (if that is what he was) to call in a foreign fighting force to kill Yemeni people. And the extent of the bombing in Yemen does not justify the bombing - the Yemen nation is being killed starved and destroyed to save it??? Come on this can't be a reasonable response, even if a reason could be found that legalising the bombing, rather than invented reasons.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154717286023641

Comment 2 by Judith Brown: Well would you believe it. Here is Crispin Blunt saying that if we aren't allowed to sell weapons to Yemen then we should CHANGE THE LAW!!!!! Are we a democratic nation? To be blunt Mr Blunt this is a decision of the British public - we do after all live in a democracy - and it is not up to you. Let's vote on it.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154717264953641

15.9.2016 – Ian Katz, BBC Newsnight (* A P)

@crispinbluntmp sys if UK stops selling Saudis laser guided bombs they might buy less accurate bombs and cause more civil deaths #newsnight

https://twitter.com/iankatz1000/status/776541120834789376

@crispinbluntmp on arms to Saudi: "If courts decided we were in breach of the law we wd have to look at whole legal framework" #newsnight

https://twitter.com/iankatz1000/status/776541710755266561

.@crispinbluntmp: It would be "an act close to insanity to have a blanket suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia" #newsnight

https://twitter.com/iankatz1000/status/776540662384693249

See Judith Brown on Blunt: This is an very disingenuous statement by Blunt. He is on a committee that authorises sales of weapons on behalf if the UK government. It is their job to ensure arms sales are within the law. They should stop sales now. Instead he refers to a court case by CAAT at the end of this year or January challenging the legality of sales to KSA. This means more of Yemen will be destroyed and more people killed. It is a shocking denial of his responsibilities and the responsibilities of the U.K. government.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10154713942068641

Comment: It is evident that Blunt is part of the fraction which in any case want to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

15.9.2016 – Bahrain News Agency (A P)

Efforts to achieve peace in Yemen discussed

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi received a phone call from British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tobias Ellwood.
They discussed bilateral relations as well as British and international efforts to achieve peace in Yemen on the basis of the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2216, the GCC Initiative and the National Dialogue outcome.
The British minister reiterated his country’s support to constitutional legitimacy in Yemen, looking forward to achieving peace on the basis of the international resolutions.

http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/745081

Comment: If Britain really wants to “support constitutional legitimacy in Yemen”, they were obliged to support the parliament and the new Houthi / Saleh governing council at Sanaa. Otherwise, they just support an expired ex-president still labeling him as “president” – until ebdlessly?

15.9.2016 – Buzzfeed (* A P)

Leaks Made Consensus On Saudi Arms Sales “Impossible”, Says Committee Chair

A parliamentary committee has concluded that no new licences should be granted for Saudi arms sales until an investigation has been carried out, but another says the issue should be left to the courts – by Alan White

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/mps-are-divided-over-whether-britain-should-stop-selling-wea?utm_term=.oedrNWgKx#.kfageEJ9V and another shorter article by Defense News: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/report-triggers-uk-spat-over-weapons-sales-to-saudi-arabia

Comment: Another large and good article on the parliament debates in UK on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, many articles already listed in YPR 199.

15.9.2016 – Medact (A P)

Medics say stop arms sales to Saudi!

‘ Just thought it might interest you to know that myself and my organisation Medact have written this letter as a condemenation of the medical community in the UK of the UK selling arms to Saudi .

UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia have been directly involved in the destruction of Yemen’s health system and the targeting of hospitals and other health facilities in Yemen.On Wednesday 21 September, the Medact Arms and Militarisation group will be handing in a letter calling for an embargo on these arms sales to Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, who is responsible for licensing arms sales. Liam Fox himself studied medicine and worked as a GP.Read the letter here, and please add your name by filling in the form below it.

Share widely, with #healthpeace #stoparmingsaudi #letmetreatmypatients . STOP FUELLING THE YEMEN CONFLICTE and all UK arms sales to Saudi ArabiaIt is now over a year since the recent outbreak of armed conflict in Yemen began, forcing 2.4 million people to flee their homes, and leaving over 22 million people in need of humanitarian support. The conflict has killed over six thousand people, and left the health care system on its knees.Humanitarian agencies are struggling to respond and the country stands on the brink of famine.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/living-in-yemen-on-the-edge/medics-say-stop-arms-sales-to-saudi/1110560188997010

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

15.9.2016 – Telepolis (* B K)

Auch Saudi Arabien startet Kampfdrohnenprogramm

Es wird eng an Syriens Himmel: Mindestens sechs Staaten lassen in Syrien Drohnen fliegen und töten

Die Mehrzahl jener Staaten, die in Syrien mit unbemannten Flugzeugen töten, verhält sich hinsichtlich ihrer Drohnennprogramme wie ihre Drohnen selbst: leise und unauffällig. Darüber, dass es die Liste jener Staaten, die in Syrien unbemannt töten, noch länger werden könnte, haben nun arabische Medien berichtet. Der nächste mögliche Player am syrischen Himmel: Saudi-Arabien. Dessen Regierung soll in China mehrere Kampfdrohnen bestellt haben.

Produzent der Drohnen ist der chinesische Rüstungshersteller Chengdu, dessen Kampfdrohne Pterodactyl, auch Wing Long genannt, nach eigenen Angaben nicht nur zur Überwachung eingesetzt, sondern auch mit Boden-Luft-Raketen und Laser-gestützten Bomben bestückt werden kann. Vorbild für die Entwicklung der rund zehn Meter langen Drohne ist die Predator-Drone der US-Armee, mit der die Vereinigten Staaten vor allem einen Großteil ihrer Angriffe in Pakistan fliegen. Letztes Jahr hatte China bereits CH-4-Kampfdrohnen an das irakische Militär geliefert (Irakische Regierung führt erste chinesische Kampfdrohne vor).

Hinweise darauf, dass Saudi-Arabien sich um die Anschaffung von Kampfdrohnen bemüht, gibt es bereits seit mehreren Jahren. In einer 2011von WikiLeaks veröffentlichen Botschaftsdepesche berichtete ein Vertreter der US-Botschaft über ein Treffen des damaligen US-Botschafters James Smith mit dem damaligen stellvertretenden saudischen Verteidigungsministers Prince Khalid bin Sultan.

Anfang dieses Jahres berichteten Medien hingegen über einen weiteren möglichen Drohnen-Lieferanten: Israel. "Saudi Arabien kauft israelische Drohne über Südafrika. Diese Drohnen kommen später zerlegt aus Südafrika nach Saudi-Arabien, wo sie wieder zusammengebaut werden", zitierte die Jerusalem Post einen anonymen saudischen Whistleblower – von Fabian Köhler

http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/49/49439/1.html

31.8.2016 – Armament Research (* A K)

Research Report No. 6: Spanish C90-CR rocket launchers & Alhambra hand grenades in Yemen

The report examines two products from the Spanish defence firm Instalaza S.A. which have been identified in the hands of Houthi rebel forces during the ongoing conflict in Yemen. These two weapons – C90-CR series rocket launchers and Alhambra series hand grenades – are not known to have been held in the inventory of the Republic of Yemen Armed Forces. However, they are in service with Saudi Arabia and were most likely obtained by way of battlefield capture.

It is reasonable to suggest that the capture of the weapons as outlined in this report likely represent only a fraction, albeit perhaps one significant for its types, of the total inventory of Spanish weaponry in Houthi rebel position. It is also reasonable, therefore, to anticipate that Yemeni forces may come into contact with more of these weapons in future.

Both the Alhambra series grenades and, in particular, C90-CR series rocket launchers will prove useful to Houthi forces.

In the mid-1990s, Instalaza, along with various other Spanish defence sector companies, exported significant quantities of materiel to Saudi Arabia. This included a number of C90-CR rocket launchers; according to a confidential source in Spain, some 5000 C90-CR series weapons were delivered to Saudi Arabia in the early 1990s. Such weapons are not known to have been exported to other countries in the region.

A number of Instalaza hand grenades have been observed during the recent conflict in Yemen. There are indications that these may have been exported from Spain to Saudi Arabia in 2004, as evidenced by a report.

It is clear that Spanish weaponry, specifically C-90 series rocket launchers and Alhambra hand grenades, have been acquired by Houthi rebels, almost certainly by way of battlefield capture. These were likely obtained from either materiel supplied to the armed forces of Yemen by Saudi Arabia, or by direct capture from KSA forces – by Yago Rodríguez Rodríguez with N.R. Jenzen-Jones

http://armamentresearch.com/research-report-no-6-spanish-c90-cr-rocket-launchers-alhambra-hand-grenades-in-yemen/ and full report: http://armamentresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ARES-Research-Report-No.-6-Spanish-C90-CR-Series-Rocket-Launchers-Alhambra-hand-grenades-in-Yemen-web.pdf

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

15.9.2016 – International Organization for Migration (B H)

Focus: IOM Migration Response Centers in the Horn of Africa and Yemen

Together with its partners, IOM has established a network of Migration Response Centers (MRCs) in the Horn of Africa and Yemen to identify and project migrants in need, and to build the capacity of governments to respond to protection challenges of in mixed migration contexts.

Established in strategic locations along the key migratory routes, MRCs provide individualized, direct assistance to migrants in need, but they also establish systems to timely identify and refer migrants in need to the specialized services they need.

https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/DMM/MAD/Focus-IOM-Migration-Response-Centers-in-the-Horn-of-Africa-Yemen.pdf

cp15 Propaganda

17.9.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A P)

Yemen official lauds Kingdom for exemplary Haj services

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been providing all pilgrims, including Yemenis, all services and facilities to ensure that they perform Haj with comfort and ease, said Yemeni undersecretary, Ministry of Guidance and Endowments.

“Over 21,000 Yemeni pilgrims were granted Haj visas this year, thanks to the Saudi government. Houthi rebel groups put up some obstacles in an attempt to prevent Yemeni pilgrims from performing Haj. They delayed processing of Haj documents and suspended banking services. However, the legitimate government in Yemen overcame these difficulties and foiled all plots hatched by Houthi rebels to stop pilgrims, although many of the pilgrims were blackmailed and mistreated by Houthis during their travel,” he said.

Over 130 persons who lost one or more members of their families in the war against Houthi rebels performed Haj. In addition, more than 150 men who were injured while fighting alongside the legitimate government troops were allowed to perform Haj this year. Most of them were treated at Saudi hospitals.

Hadiya Ghalees, a Yemeni human rights activist whose son was killed in Taaz, said she was happy to perform Haj and be among pilgrims but was sad at the same time at the conflict that has torn Yemen apart.

“We thank the Saudi government for everything they do for pilgrims and all the facilities they provide to protect and guard the safety of all pilgrims,” she said – by Mishary Al-Yazidi

http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/yemen-official-lauds-kingdom-exemplary-haj-services/

but look at this here:

17.9.2016 – Haidar Sumeri (A P)

Film: Head of #Yemen's hajj delegation refuses to shake hands with #Saudi's King, the slaughterer of thousands of Yemenis.

https://twitter.com/IraqiSecurity/status/777099806376333312

Comment: The man wearing the typical Yemeni turban.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression launches raids on Razeh

The Saudi-led aggression on Saturday waged raids on Razeh district in Sa'ada province, a security official said.
The hostile warplanes targeted al-Hajlah area with two raids causing a burn a number of cars, the official added.
Some citizens' houses were also damaged by the raids, he said.
He added that the Saudi aggression launched three raids on Bani Owair area in Sehar district in Sa'ada and a Security building in the downtown of Sa'ada city two raids.
The warplanes waged five raids on Kahlan area in the vicinity of Sa'ada city, the official said.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440530.htm

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-led aggression continues raids on provinces

The Saudi-led aggression continued to wage raids on several provinces during the past 24 hours, a military official said.
The Saudi warplanes targeted a car in al-Watada in Khawlan of Sana'a province, killing 10 in an initial toll, the official added.
The warplanes also targeted four raids on Naqel Yasleh area in Sana'a, he said.
The Saudi warplanes waged each of Amran Cement plant and Bait Badi area in Amran province with an air raid, the official said.
He added the Saudi-led aggression launched two raids on Serwah district in Mareb province, killing five people in Wadi al-Zagan area in the district.
Two people were killed in a Saudi air raid in Gawl Gamer area in Sa'ada province, the official said, adding that the Saudi aggression waged raids on al-Omar area in Munabah district in Sa'ada.

{and more raids]

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440513.htm

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes raid Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440482.htm

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes raid Hodeidah

The enemy fighter jets launched 11 strikes targeting the 10th brigade and two more air attacks against Hodeidah airport, said the official.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440479.htm

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression jets wage raids on Sana'a

The Saudi aggression fighter jets launched late on Friday four air raids against Blad al-Rous district of Sana'a province, an official told Saba.
The war jets targeted Naqil Yasleh mountain highway four times, causing large damage in the public road and people's property., said the official.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440462.htm

17.9.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

16-9-2016

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

Casualties and damage (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=690896164394085&id=551288185021551

16.-17.9.2016 – Tweets Sanaa at night (A K)

Saudi jets soaring now over the sky of the capital Sanaa. The ugly night just has begun. #Yemen

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/776832927942451200

numerous #Saudi airstrikes tonight n #Yemen's capital. about an hour ago. unclear where in the city.

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/776843230239399937

16.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression continues to wage raids on Capital, some provinces

The Saudi-led aggression war jets have waged a series of air raids on the Capital Sana'a and some provinces, a military official said Friday.
The Saudi war jets targeted Sana'a international airport with four raids, the official added.
The hostile war jets launched raids on several areas in Baqem district in Sa'ada province, the official said, adding that telecommunications network in Alaf area in Sehar district was hit with an air raid.
He said that the Saudi-led aggression also targeted al-Hasamah area with two air raids and Namesah bridge in al-Dhaher district in Sa'ada with two air raids.
The aggression waged four raids on Wadi al-Zagan area in Serwah district in Mareb province, the official added.
The hostile war jets lunched nine raids on Haradh district in Hajjah province, he said.
In Jizan region, the Saudi war jets targeted al-Dukhan military site with nine raids.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440418.htm

16.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raid kills two in Sa'ada

Two citizens were killed on Friday in a Saudi air raid in Sa'ada province, a security official said.
The Saudi-led aggression warplanes targeted Gawr Gamer area in Gamer district in Sa'ada , killing the two citizens in an initial toll, the official added.
He said that the warplanes launched two raids on al-Omar in Munabeh border district and al-Manzalah area in al-Dhaher border district in Sa'ada with an air raid.
The Saudi enemy pounded a citizen's house in al-Maqrani area in Haidan district with a rocket causing huge damage to the house.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440434.htm

16.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression wages raids on Serwah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440421.htm

16.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi raid kills five people in Serwah

Five people were killed on Friday in a Saudi air raid on Serwah district in Mareb province, a local official said.
The official added the hostile warplanes targeted the house of Ali Nasser al-Duwesha in Wadi al-Zagan area in the district, killing Ali Nasser al-Dawesha himself and his four other relatives.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440440.htm

16.9.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

15-9-2016

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

Casualties and damage (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=690695371080831&id=551288185021551

16.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression air strikes kill, wound 15 citizens in Khawlan

At least 15 citizens were killed and wounded when a Saudi aggression air strike struck their cars in Khawlan district of Sanaa province on Friday, a security official told Saba.
The official said the strike targeted the car of one of the area citizen, causing large damage to nearby cars and houses, killing and injuring up to 15 residents.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440425.htm

and

16.9.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Today,#Saudi jets targeted a civilian car in Khawlan #Sanaa & killed 13 including 3 children #Yemen 2 kids survived

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/776803407822721024 and https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/776799427533148161 (al Watada area of Khawlan) and https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/776764977076170753 (all victims from one family and some relatives)

and images: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1582168415412480 and https://www.facebook.com/Classy.Yemeni/posts/897124877084361 and https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/776914471461806081 and https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=690865114397190&id=551288185021551

and films: 1) https://twitter.com/Allahim_ad/status/776851560668209152/video/1 = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1111285708924458 = https://twitter.com/I4Yemen/status/776890194465320960 and 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHP5rnEVqyU = https://www.facebook.com/881240811966559/videos/1106092162814755/ and 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXeaVGzQfFc and 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ps0-aHWXqc

16.9.2016 – Tweets Sanaa during daytime (A K)

Massively Huge v. close explosion now....Why cowards...why? #Sanaa, Yemen

https://twitter.com/StopDestroYemen/status/776724853869117440

#Saudi warplanes just arrived over #Yemen's capital after a long night of bombings

https://twitter.com/shapban/status/776662231945740288

15.-16.9.2016 – Tweets Sanaa at night (A K)

Can hear distant explosions & feel ground tremors. Jets passing us in south of Sana'a and bombing somewhere in northern part of city.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/776506457978265601

The capital Sanaa now is under heavy bombardment by Saudi jets. It is 22:32 PM in Sanaa now. Plz pray for #Yemen and its ppl.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/776504063978512385

The 3d bomb now,Mostly the northern part of t capital..Same targets same terror since 2015 2 million ppl living in Sana'a ya Saudi's monkeys

https://twitter.com/Hali_300/status/776504861496053760

2 #Saudi air strikes targeted #Sanaa airport #Yemen

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/776512323028529152

Massive explosions being heard loadly everywhere in the capital Sanaa following intense #Saudi airstrikes flying over the city.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/776505766257782788

I heard more than 10 explosions rocking the capital Sanaa in less than 7 minutes.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/776506166578966528

17.9.2016 – Il Resto del Carlino (* A K)

Caprari, bombe sulla fabbrica nello Yemen

L'azienda metalmeccanica modenese produce pompe idrauliche ed è nota in tutto il mondo

Stando a quello che si sa in merito, il bombardamento che ha colpito anche la sede yemenita della Caprari è avvenuto nella giornata di lunedì. Gli arei da guerra sorvolando la parte nord della città di Sana’a hanno colpito con le loro bombe tre differenti aziende, provocando, quasi inutile sottolinearlo, seri danni a tutte le strutture prese di mira. Centrate, appunto, la Caprari Pumps Yemen Ltd, specializzata nella produzione di pompe per acqua, il tubificio Alsonidar e il mattonificio Alsonidar.

"Siamo molto sorpresi dell’attacco – spegano Caprari e Alsonidar, come riporta sempre il sito internet modenaindustria.it –. Siamo qui per lavorare: ragione che ci ha sempre mantenuti al di fuori del conflitto politico in corso. Molto meravigliati invece delle motivazioni dell’incursione aerea uscite su tv e media che hanno indicato i luoghi attaccati come dediti ad attività militare. E questo nonostante la notorietà del nome Caprari nel mondo per serietà nella produzione di pompe per l’acqua, indispensabili alla vita della popolazione Yemenita. Il Gruppo Alsonidar, Caprari e meccanica Addafer, offrono la loro piena disponibilità a mostrare quanto effettivamente producevano in questi stabilimenti. Invitano inoltre tutte le istituzioni legali a visitare in loco le ditte bombardate, per verificare in modo diretto l’effettiva natura produttiva di queste fabbriche.

www.ilrestodelcarlino.it/modena/cronaca/caprari-yemen-1.2515575

Comment: The raid on this Italian factory at Sanaa had already been reported in YPR 198.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

17.9.2016 – AFP (A K PS)

Yemen govt forces battle Houthis on two fronts

Yemeni pro-government forces battled Shiite Houthi rebels on two fronts Saturday, including east of Taiz where they are struggling to break a siege of the southwestern city, military sources said.
“Five rebels and one of our soldiers were killed in the fighting” near Taiz, a local pro-government commander, Fadl Hassan, told AFP.
He said loyalist forces drove rebels and their allies from five hills in the Sharija region on the borders of Taiz and Lahj provinces.
“We are trying to break the siege (imposed by rebels) of Taiz,” Hassan said, adding that pro-government forces launched the operation from the eastern side of the city.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/985601/middle-east

17.9.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Commander: Saudi Arabia Begging Bahrain for Reinforcement to Fight Ansarullah in Border Regions

A senior military commander said Saudi Arabia has asked for reinforcement troops from the Bahraini army to fight and stop the Yemeni revolutionary forces crossing the border into the kingdom.

"Saudi Arabia has asked for help from Bahrain to fight along the border regions," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali al-Hamzani told FNA on Saturday.

The Yemeni troops have crossed the border into Saudi Arabia and captured several commander centers and bases in the last few weeks.

Al-Hamzani also added that the Saudi army's military positions in al-Tawwal region were badly damaged when they came under the Yemeni missile attacks.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950627000904

Comment: From Iranian media, hence, you understand the choice of terms such as 'begging'.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1111883642197998

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shelling hits gathering of Riyadh's mercenaries in Taiz

The army has fired artillery against a gathering of Saudi aggression mercenaries in Dhubab city of Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Saturday.
The shelling killed and wounded scores of them and destroying a number of military vehicles and equipment belonging to those mercenaries, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440471.htm

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army pounds Saudi enemy sites in Jizan

The missile force of the army and popular committees pounded on Saturday a number of Saudi enemy sites in Khubah in Jizan region, a military official said.
The artillery of the army and popular committees bombed Saudi gatherings in al-Shabaka and al-Khashan military sites causing the enemy material and human losses, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440526.htm

17.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army forces recapture sites in Lahij, repulse mercenaries

The army and popular committees forces repulsed an attempt by aggression mercenaries to advance towards Carish area in Lahij province, a military official told Saba on Saturday.
The army and popular committees forces repulsed the mercenaries' attempt in Al-Huyemi area of Carish and recaptured strategic sites in the area, the official said.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440477.htm

17.9.2016 – Alalam (A K PH)

Yemen’s war campaign has ended the rumors reports by pro-Saudi media about the fall of the Sirwah region by Saudi mercenaries in Yemen, Al-Alam News Network reports.

According to Al-Alam News Network, Yemeni army forces and the popular committees have regained the control of two positions of "Jebel al-Dukhan" and "Al-Rumaihi" and have killed the commander of Rapid Reaction Force (SBR) that affiliated to the former fugitive president.

In the meanwhile, heavy fighting have erupted between Yemeni forces and Saudi-backed mercenaries of former fugitive Yemeni President.

Failure in battlefield caused the invaders to make false claims of victory and psychological war, but war campaign linked to Yemeni forces released a documentary footage of Sirwah and other areas to end the all rumors of fall down of this region.

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1862584

16.9.2016 – Tony Toh (A K PH)

Yemeni fighters recovered a surveillance drone belonging to Saudi Coalition, recently dropped at #Najran (photos)

https://twitter.com/tonytohcy/status/776817267900239873

16.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army capture Saudi mountain military site of Jabal Dukhan in Jizan

The army and popular committees have achieved great victories against the Saudi aggression and their mercenaries over the past hours.
A military official told Saba on Friday that the army and popular committees have captured Saudi mountain military site of Jabal Dukhan in Jizan region after fighting that resulted in the killing of dozens of Saudi soldiers and inflecting heavy losses in their military equipment.
The commander of a Saudi rapid intervention force in Jabal Dukhan site was killed in the fighting, the official said.
Two Saudi soldiers stationing in nearby al-Hamra hilltop were shot dead by the army and popular committees' snipers, said the official, adding that the army and popular committees fired artillery and missiles against other Saudi military sites

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440443.htm

16.9.2016 – Aljazeera (A K)

Dozens killed in clashes around Yemen's besieged Taiz

Both pro-government forces and Houthis suffer losses as they clash in area overlooking strategic Bab al-Manbad Strait.

Dozens of people have been killed in heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in Yemen's war-torn central city of Taiz.

Sadeq al-Hassani, a spokesman for forces loyal to the country's exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, said on Thursday that 27 Houthis and 13 pro-government fighters were killed in clashes around Taiz, the AFP news agency reported.

On Wednesday, pro-government officials had reported that five Houthis were killed when loyalists backed by Arab coalition air strikes fought off a rebel assault in Kahbub, a mountainous area overlooking the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait at the entrance to the Red Sea.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/dozens-killed-clashes-yemen-besieged-taiz-160916082037206.html

15.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses attempt advance on al-Sabrain area

The army and popular committees repulsed on Thursday an attempt of the Riyadh's mercenaries to advance on al-Sabrain area in Khab and al-Sha'af district in Jawf province.
A military official said that a number of the mercenaries were killed or injured in the attempt.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news440356.htm

8.9.2016 – Smar (A K)

[Child killed by Houthi / Saleh shrapnel in taiz; graphic]

https://twitter.com/uiuiuiuiui110/status/776774788060774400

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

16.9.2016 – TRT

Film: Ancient art of brick making brings life to war-stricken Yemen

The war in Yemen is slowly destroying the old city of Sanaa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These men have remained loyal to the ancient art of building with mud bricks, keeping the tradition alive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sty-83DsxDw

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-199-yemen-war-mosaic-199

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-199: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-199:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

18:59 17.09.2016
Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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