Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 203 - Yemen War Mosaic 203

Yemen Press Reader 203: Eine Ärztin in Hodeida – Yaras Geschichte – Sunniten greifen Wahabismus an – Hungersnot – Saudische Luftangriffe mit vielen Toten – USA, GB: Weiter Waffen an Saudis - u.a

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A female doctor at Hodeida – Yara’s story (German) – Sunnites against Wahabism – Famine – Saudi air raids, many victims – US, UK: Arms sales to Saudis continue – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13c Zentralbank / Central Bank

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

Siehe auch Saudischer Luftangriff auf Hodeida, cp16a

See also Saudi air raid at Hodeida, cp16a

22.9.2016 – BBC (** B H)

One woman's lonely struggle against famine in Yemen

After two years of war in Yemen and a Saudi-led blockade lasting 18 months millions of people are slowly starving - some are already dying for lack of food. One doctor in the Red Sea port city of Hudayda is doing all she can to save them.

In her 20 years as a doctor Ashwaq Muharram has never seen things so bad.

For years Muharram worked for international aid organisations, but most of them left when the fighting began in March 2015, and those that remain have drastically curtailed their activities.

So she now distributes medicine and food out of her own pocket, using her car as a mobile clinic.

I spent two weeks with Muharram, visiting towns and villages near Hudayda, and witnessing things that I too never thought I would see in Yemen.

The bombs and the blockade pose a double threat to Muharram's patients.

"If you don't die from an airstrike, you're going to die from being ill and from starvation," she says. "And the hardest way to die is dying from starvation."

Having loaded up the car with medicines, we drive to Beit al-Faqih, 100km (60 miles) south-east of Hudayda. The village was once prosperous, growing bananas and mangoes for export but today the exports have stopped, most workers have lost their jobs.

Travelling with Muharram from one village to the next, again and again we come across children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. To put it bluntly, they are starving.

Malnourishment affects the immune system and makes children far more likely to fall ill. But at the same time it is becoming more difficult for them to get treatment.

Muharram herself is inconsolable. "Who is responsible for Shuaib's death?" she asks. "The war is responsible! But he will be considered a victim of hospital neglect. Thousands like him are dying. Do they have to be killed by an airstrike to be acknowledged as victims of this war?"

Though Ashwaq Muharram was able to save a child's life, more than million other children continue to starve across Yemen – By Nawal al-Maghafi

22.9.2016 – Global Voices (** A H K P)

Ein 10-jähriges Mädchen und sein Aufruf an den Westen für Frieden im Jemen

Yara ist ein zehnjähriges Mädchen aus Sanaa, der Hauptstadt des Jemen, die aktuell von Huthi-Rebellen kontrolliert wird. Seit sie achteinhalb ist, rauben ihr nachts die Geräusche von Kampfflugzeugen, Raketen und Bombenexplosionen den Schlaf.

Vor Kurzem entschied sie, dass es endlich an der Zeit war, etwas dagegen zu unternehmen. Also machte sie ein Video.

„Ich möchte nicht sterben”, sagt sie in ihrer Videobotschaft, die sie mit dem Handy ihrer Mutter in ihrem Zimmer aufgenommen hat. „Ich möchte mein Leben zu Ende leben. Ich möchte Ärztin werden. Oder Ingenieurin”, erzählt sie vor der Kamera. „Ich möchte erwachsen werden und etwas in der Welt bewirken.”

Yara bestärkte ihre Eltern, das Video auf YouTube, Twitter und Facebook zu teilen. Innerhalb einer Woche hatte es bereits mehr als 15.000 Klicks.

Yaras Videobotschaft ist auf Englisch, um auch Zuschauer in Großbritannien und den USA anzusprechen – den Ländern, die Yaras Meinung nach die Möglichkeit haben, den Konflikt zu beenden.

„Ich will, dass Amerika aufhört, [den Saudis] zu helfen, damit der Krieg enden kann”, erklärt sie in einem Skype-Interview aus Sanaa. „Wenn [die Amerikaner] den Krieg gegen den Jemen nicht beenden können, möchte ich wenigstens, dass sie aufhören, die Saudis zu unterstützen und ihnen Waffen zu verkaufen, damit der Krieg aufhören kann.”

Yara erinnert sich noch an die Nacht, als die Luftangriffe begannen. Sie erinnert sich zurück, wie ihre Familie sich anfangs an die tagtäglichen – und nächtlichen – Luftangriffe gewöhnte. „Wir schliefen alle zusammen in einem Zimmer im Untergeschoss. Unsere Rucksäcke waren gepackt und standen bereit – mit Geld und unseren Pässen.”

Auch heute schläft Yara noch neben ihrer Mutter, ihrem Vater und ihrem Bruder im Untergeschoss. Auch ihre Rücksäcke stehen nach wie vor gepackt bereit für den Fall, dass die Familie flüchten muss – von Stephen Snyder

22.9.2016 – The Independent (** A P)

For the first time, Saudi Arabia is being attacked by both Sunni and Shia leaders

The Saudis step deeper into trouble almost by the week. Swamped in their ridiculous war in Yemen, they are now reeling from an extraordinary statement issued by around two hundred Sunni Muslim clerics who effectively referred to the Wahhabi belief – practiced inSaudi Arabia – as “a dangerous deformation” of Sunni Islam. The prelates included Egypt’s Grand Imam, Ahmed el-Tayeb of al-Azhar, the most important centre of theological study in the Islamic world, who only a year ago attacked “corrupt interpretations” of religious texts and who has now signed up to “a return to the schools of great knowledge” outside Saudi Arabia.

This remarkable meeting took place in Grozny and was unaccountably ignored by almost every media in the world – except for the former senior associate at St Antony’s College, Sharmine Narwani, and Le Monde’s Benjamin Barthe – but it may prove to be even more dramatic than the terror of Syria’s civil war. For the statement, obviously approved by Vladimir Putin, is as close as Sunni clerics have got to excommunicating the Saudis.

Although they did not mention the Kingdom by name, the declaration was a stunning affront to a country which spends millions of dollars every year on thousands of Wahhabi mosques, schools and clerics around the world.

Wahhabism’s most dangerous deviation, in the eyes of the Sunnis who met in Chechenya, is that it sanctions violence against non-believers, including Muslims who reject Wahhabi interpretation. Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban are the principal foreign adherents to this creed outside Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The presence in Grozny of Grand Imam al-Tayeb of Egypt was particularly infuriating for the Saudis who have poured millions of dollars into the Egyptian economy since Brigadier-General-President al-Sissi staged his doleful military coup more than three years ago.

What, the Saudis must be asking themselves, has happened to the fawning leaders who would normally grovel to the Kingdom?

“In 2010, Saudi Arabia was crossing borders peacefully as a power-broker, working with Iran, Syria, Turkey, Qatar and others to troubleshoot in regional hotspots,” Narwani writes. “By 2016, it had buried two kings, shrugged off a measured approach to foreign policy, embraced ‘takfiri’ madness and emptied its coffers.” A “takfiri” is a Sunni who accuses another Muslim (or Christian or Jew) of apostasy. Who are the real representatives of Sunni Muslims if the Saudis are to be shoved aside? And what is the future of Saudi Arabia? Of such questions are revolutions made – by Robert Fisk

cp2 Allgemein / General

22.9.2016 – Geopolitics (B K P)


The West is allowing the abuses of Wahabbists against Yemen for as long as the House of Saud, and its allies, continue to serve their geopolitical interests in the Middle East.

These abuses include the illegal use of cluster bombs manufactured, sent and delivered from the democratic United States and the great United Kingdom, to kill or maim Yemeni civilians, and turn the country’s infrastructures into a big pile of rubbles.

Beyond that, it is the destruction of Yemeni culture which supersedes all other military objectives in that part of the Middle East.

Comment: Overview article, mainly based on an article and interview by Christine Bierre, Chief Editor of Nouvelle Solidarite, the newspaper of the French political party Solidarite & Progres.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

22.9.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (* A H)

Situation now in Hodeidah #Yemen @Channel4News @jrug whilst @BorisJohnson acquaints himself with details they die. Photos via @Fatikr

Ppl in Hodeidah in western #Yemen need help to be fed and not be killed by Saudi regime. Pix from Al-Tuhita area.

22.9.2016 – The American Conservative (* B H)

The Starvation of Yemen Continues

Yemen’s dependence on food imports was well-known before the war began, and when the intervention started many people that understood the situation warnedthat escalation of the conflict would produce the humanitarian disaster that has since unfolded. Blockading a country where many people already suffered from food insecurity was guaranteed to lead to the horrible conditions that prevail across much of Yemen today, but that is what the Saudi-led coalition has done for the last eighteen months with the approval of our government. Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is arguably the worst in the world, and it was made that way over the last year and a half mostly by the deliberate actions of the Saudis and their allies.

The civilian population in Yemen is at risk from both the bombing campaign and the slower, less visible strangulation of the blockade

U.S. client states are creating famine conditions in one of the world’s poorest countries, and they are doing so with the assistance and blessing of our government. The starvation of the population is by far the most destructive and cruel part of the Saudi-led war on Yemen, and it is unfortunately the part that receives comparatively little attention in what little coverage of the war we do get. This report is an important exception to that, and I recommend that you read all of it – by Daniel Larison

22.9.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A H)

Omar is the youngest wounded receiving healthcare at MSF Emergency Surgical Hospital in Aden now. His father, Yasser, said that the family was in a wedding celebration in an area that was close to the front lines in Taiz when Omar was wounded because of a shrapnel. Yasser hospitalized his child to the nearest hospital in Tor-Albaha but it did not have enough facilities to deal with Omar's abdominal wounds so he had to take him all the way to MSF hospital in Aden. Omar arrived to the hospital on September 7th where he received emergency surgical care. He is now in the in patient department and is getting better (photos)

21.9.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (* B H)

Video: Mokthtar, landmine victim in Yemen, tells his story

Mokthtar was treated at the MSF hospital in Aden, Yemen, and later fitted with a prosthetic leg. He's since become a counsellor for patients recovering from similar injuries.

21.9.2016 – The London Economic (* B H)

Reflections of a Year in Yemen

Yemen Country Director Giorgio Trombatore recently completed his first year managing the International Medical Corps team in Yemen. Based in Sana’a, he is responsible for a country team of more than 150 staff members and for programmes in Aden, Taizz and Sana’a – funded by the European Union – that provide humanitarian assistance to those in need. These are his reflections of the challenges he has faced to direct International Medical efforts to support tens of thousands of civilians caught up in a civil war that seems to have no visible end in sight.

When I first arrived here a year ago, it was common to have the night disturbed by buildings shaking from bombs being dropped all around us.

I’m here to lead on projects which are funded by the European Union, and when I travel to a meeting I know I will see destroyed buildings and pass through check-points manned by armed young soldiers barely into their teens. I’m no longer concerned when the frontline gets closer to Sana’a, no longer shocked by air strikes or ground operations across the country.

Often everything is so strangely quiet. When the weekend comes, this place is especially noiseless. Only the hum from our generator breaks the peace of the Fajatan suburb. When I look over the rooftops to the town below, I see kids playing in the streets and cats searching for food in the debris.

On my routine visit to the central prison of Sana’a I found myself thinking about what it is like living in a country at war – where events unfold by the hour but lives feel almost brought to a halt.

Now I am part of this, I eat with these people, I see them struggling and I cannot help but sympathise with their plight. It is human. It is natural to feel that way. After all, it is a very human reaction to adapt to the realities in which you live – by Giorgio Trombatore

21.9.2016 – Save the Children (* B H)


Hunger has hit babies and children the hardest.

Now, a third of all children under five are acutely malnourished – around 1.3 million youngsters – and with no end to the conflict in sight, these numbers are likely to get worse.

When mothers who are malnourished themselves are no longer able to breastfeed their babies, they have had to resort to alternatives.

Things like plain water or unpasteurised animal milk which can lead babies with especially low immune systems to infection, diarrhoea and – at worst – death.

Yemen’s health system is on the edge of collapse.

So even when families can get their poorly children to the few health facilities still functioning, there aren’t enough medical supplies or electricity to run life-saving incubators and other machines.

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

22.9.2016 – UNESCO (B K)

UNESCO Director-General calls for the protection of Yemen’s heritage after new damage to historic houses in Old Sana’a

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, expressed renewed concern following reports of human casualties and heavy damage to historic buildings in the Old City of Sana’a in Yemen, which was hit by an air strike on 20 September 2016.

“I am distressed by news of air strikes on heavily populated areas in the Old City of Sana’a. I deplore the tragic loss of human life and the new, additional damage to Yemen’s irreplaceable cultural heritage. This is a blow to the identity and history of Yemen, which can only deepen the suffering of its people,” said the Director General.

“Once again, I call on all parties to refrain from targeting cultural heritage sites, and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The protection of heritage is inseparable from the protection of human life, and this violence must stop now.” she added.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

22.9.2016 – Qantara (* B P)

Lockruf der Macht

Noch während des "Arabischen Frühlings" sah sich Jemens damaliger Präsident Ali Abdullah Salih einer breiten Protestfront gegenüber und musste schließlich zurücktreten. Doch seine skrupellose Bündnispolitik könnte ihm erneut zur Macht verhelfen.

Im Jemen – so wie fast überall im Nahen Osten – findet ein Kampf des Islams gegen sich selbst statt. Während die fundamentalistisch-sunnitische Herrscherfamilie in Saudi-Arabien und die ebenso kompromisslosen schiitischen Revolutionshüter im Iran ihren mörderischen Streit ausfechten, definiert die Grenzlinie zwischen der schiitischen und sunnitischen Islamauslegung den Konflikt – wie auf vielen Schlachtfeldern der Region.

Im Jemen ist die Angelegenheit allerdings besonders kompliziert. Hier kämpfen nicht einfach zwei gegnerische Kräfte gegeneinander. Hier sind nicht weniger als sechs Hauptakteure am Konflikt beteiligt. Die Motive jedes einzelnen Akteurs erzeugen ein Wirrwarr an konkurrierenden Zielen und einen Zickzackkurs durch sunnitische und schiitische Positionen.

Im Einzelnen handelt es sich um folgende Antagonisten: Die vom Iran unterstützten Huthi-Rebellen, den rechtmäßigen Präsidenten Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, "Al-Qaida auf der Arabischen Halbinsel" (AQAP), den "Islamischen Staat" (IS), Saudi-Arabien und – ziemlich überraschend – den ehemaligen, langjährigen Präsidenten des Jemen, Ali Abdullah Salih. Dieser wurde 2012 im Zuge des "Arabischen Frühlings" aus dem Amt gedrängt. Auch er will künftig wieder eine führende Rolle in seinem Land spielen.

Was die ohnehin komplexe Lage noch unüberschaubarer macht, ist die erstaunliche Allianz zwischen Salih, dem die jemenitischen Sicherheitskräfte weiterhin loyal ergeben sind, und den Huthis, deren chronische Konflikte zu den Aufständen und letztlich zur Teilung der Nation führten. Die Verbindung zwischen Salih und den Huthis ist nicht mehr als eine Zweckehe – Von Neville Teller

Kommentar: Zwar ist Saleh in der Tat eine sehr berechnende und machtgierige Figur, die mit allen Mitteln an die Macht zurückwill – der Artikel beschränkt sich aber leider über weite Teile mit der Wiederholung sattsam bekannter Stereotype aus westlichen Darstellungen, die z. T. an die saudische Propaganda angelehnt sind. Das trifft hier vor allem für die (im Grunde hier völlig wertlosen) näheren Angaben zu den Huthis und zur Rolle Irans zu. Der Artikel wird über weite Teile der Lage im Jemen überhaupt nicht gerecht.

22.9.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Yemen rebels accuse detained American of spying

School head is accused of passing on coordinates for Saudi air strikes

Yemeni rebels and their allies charged on Thursday that an American detained in the capital this week had provided target coordinates for air strikes by their foes in a Saudi-led coalition.

“Here is the American spy Peter Willems, director of the Exceed Language Center,” a member of the rebels’s Revolutionary Committee, Nayef Al Qanes, tweeted alongside a photograph of the detained school head.

“He was arrested in Sana’a after it was established that he was providing coordinates” to the coalition, Qanes added.

The same accusation was levelled by a close aide of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose supporters in the army helped the rebels capture Sana’a in September 2014.

“He was providing information and coordinates to the coalition,” tweeted Ebrahim Saryi, chief of staff of Saleh’s powerful son Ahmad.

Comment: Nothing can be excluded, it does not sound very probable anyway.

21.9.2016 – Shapban (A)

one billion dollars in ransom demanded for release of #American teacher kidnapped in #Yemen yesterday.

Comment: See reporting YPR 202, cp5.

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

22.9.2016 – AFP (A P)

Jemenitischer Regierungschef kehrt aus Exil zurück

Aden (AFP) Der Regierungschef des Jemen ist aus dem Exil in die jemenitische Hafenstadt Aden zurückgekehrt. Ministerpräsidet Ahmed bin Dagher flog am Donnerstag gemeinsam mit sieben Ministern vom saudiarabischen Riad in die südliche Hafenstadt Aden. Von dort war sein Vorgänger Chaled Bahah vor rund einem Jahr nach Saudi-Arabien geflohen, nachdem er einem Bombenanschlag entgangen war.

22.9.2016 – Al Araby (A P)

Yemen prime minister returns to government's temporary domestic capital

Yemen's exiled government returned to the temporary capital city of Aden on Thursday, months after it fled to neighbouring Riyadh.

Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher said his return home is "final", just a day after Houthi rebels celebrated their two-year hold on the capital Sanaa.

Seven ministers joined the prime minister on his flight back to the southern port city - his first voyage since his predecessor Khaled Bahah fled Aden in October last year after surviving a bombing attack along with ministers.

Bin Dagher said his return follows a decision by Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to relocate the country's central bank from Sanaa to Aden.

But the president himself has not made any suggestions of returning to Yemen.
However, some of his 32 ministers are expected to leave Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh for Marib, a region largely controlled by the Houthi rebels.

21.9.2016 – Shapban (A P)

official in Aden threatens use of "#ISIS & #Al-Qaeda" against state minister if he doesn't cooperate and source:

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

22.9.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* A K P)

Urgent Need for International Inquiry on Yemen

Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, write to urge you to support the High Commissioner’s call for an international, independent investigation into civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen, a call repeatedly made by national, regional and international civil society organizations.

Over the course of the conflict, the council has missed critical opportunities to address alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Yemen. On 2 October 2015, the council adopted HRC resolution 30/18, a deeply flawed resolution, drafted by Saudi Arabia, a party to the conflict, that ignored earlier calls for an international inquiry and instead endorsed a Yemeni national commission. A year later, the High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded that the national commission was “unable to implement its mandate in accordance with international standards.”

Despite mounting violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Yemen, no state party has conducted credible investigations that meet international standards. State parties to an armed conflict have an obligation to investigate alleged war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

The Yemeni commission appointed by Presidential Decree No. 13 (2015) has not delivered on its mandate to investigate violations committed by all sides. In our assessment, the commission’s mandate and work has failed to comply with international standards, including those of impartiality, independence and effectiveness.

22.9.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Rights groups seek international probe into war crimes in Yemen

International campaign groups urged the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday to launch an international investigation into alleged war crimes in Yemen, including the killing of many civilians in air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.

A year ago, the Council gave the Yemeni national independent commission of inquiry, which reports to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, time to document violations by all sides in the conflict, after the Netherlands dropped its push for an international probe.

But that commission has failed to conduct a credible probe, essentially laying blame only on Iranian-allied Houthi rebels and militias aligned with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, said a report by the U.N. human rights office issued last month.

Groups including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies issued a joint letter to the Council's 47 member states voicing deep concern ahead of a vote next week on abuses perpetrated in the war.

"The resolution will be a litmus test of the Human Rights Council and its capacity to engage meaningfully and effectively to meet the real needs of civilians on the ground faced with potential war crimes and violations of international human rights law," said John Fisher of Human Rights Watch - By Stephanie Nebehay

22.9.2016 – Foreign & Commonwealth Office / US State Department (A P)

Communiqué on the Situation in Yemen

The Foreign Ministers of the UK and Northern Ireland, USA, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE met to reaffirm their commitment to a resolution to the conflict in Yemen.

Following on from the meetings held in London on 19 July and in Jeddah on 25 August, the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates met in New York on 21 September 2016 to reaffirm their commitment to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Yemen and alleviating the humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people. The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Yemen attended the meeting and briefed on the latest developments and challenges in the peace process.

The Foreign Ministers expressed their full support for the Special Envoy and his proposed roadmap to reach a comprehensive agreement, which is based on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, UN Security Council resolutions and statements, including resolution 2216 (2015), as well as the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference. The proposed agreement, with sequenced security and political arrangements, will provide a solid foundation to bring an end to the armed conflict and foster stability for the Yemeni people. The Foreign Ministers stressed the importance of the Yemeni parties working closely with the Special Envoy and coming urgently to an agreement on this basis. =

Comment: Blab la bla. Partisans in war playing the role of peace brokers. Better let a donkey sing at the opera.

21.9.2016 – Ravinder Singh (A P)

We sell billions worth of arms to states like Saudi Arabia & then we have the nerve to seek peace in Mid East? Utter nonsense!!

21.9.2016 – Department for International Development, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (A H)

High Level Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen, 21 September 2016: Co-hosts statement

On 21 September, we hosted an international meeting on the forgotten crisis in Yemen. Over 18 months into the current conflict, the humanitarian situation is not receiving enough international attention, the international response is critically underfunded, and the international humanitarian delivery system is yet to deliver effectively.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the most serious in the world and it is having a devastating impact on civilians. Millions of Yemenis no longer have enough money to buy food and other essential goods. The economy and public services, especially the health system, are collapsing severely exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. Access for essential imports and humanitarian staff and supplies continues to be severely constrained.

Today, we agreed that the international community must act now to bring an urgent step- change in the humanitarian response on the ground and avoid a further deterioration of the humanitarian crisis. We urged the parties to the conflict to reaffirm their commitment to the peace process facilitated by the United Nations. We called upon all sides to uphold their responsibilities and obligations under international humanitarian and human rights laws, and to take all necessary steps to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure; to allow safe, rapid, and unhindered access for humanitarian staff and supplies; and facilitate access for essential imports of food, fuel, and medical supplies to and within Yemen.

We agreed that humanitarian agencies should urgently scale up operations in Yemen in line with global commitments.

Comment: Hypocrisy at it’s best: Priti Patel is British Secretary of State for International Development, that means she is member of the government fueling Yemen war by arms exports and other support for one side in the conflict (look at cp10).

21.9.2016 – UNOCHA (A H P)

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien Remarks at High-Level Event on the Humanitarian situation in Yemen

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world. Over 12 million Yemenis are in desperate need of life-saving assistance; basic services and the economy are in near total collapse. Livelihoods have been destroyed, the price of basic goods has skyrocketed; imports of food, fuel and medicines are severely limited.

We are now reaching 4.2 million Yemenis every month. Despite this progress, we continue to experience immense challenges in reaching people in need as the conflict drags on.

Providing protection and assistance to vulnerable people is at the centre of all our planning and our actions. Humanitarian actors must be provided safe passage to reach the most vulnerable, and civilians must be able to leave conflict zones and access safer areas where assistance can be provided. This notwithstanding, the only solution to the suffering in Yemen is a political solution. We must never forget that. =

Comment: And thanking the UK – for supplying bombs???

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

22.9.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A T)

2 Saudi Women Trying to Join Qaeda in Yemen Receive Jail Sentences

21.9.2016 – Middle East Eye (* A E P)

Saudi and foreign workers unite to strike over unpaid wages

The Eastern Province governor has told hospital staff to keep striking despite Saudi Arabia officially banning all trade union activity

Staff at a prestigious private hospital in Saudi Arabia entered the fourth day of an open-ended strike on Wednesday in protest over wages not being paid for almost four months.

Two doctors, one American and the other British, and two nurses, one Saudi and the other Jordanian, told MEE more than 1,200 staff at Saad Specialist Hospital in the eastern city of Khobar have not been paid since May.

Despite trade union activity being strictly banned in Saudi Arabia the staff have organised an ongoing strike that began on Sunday which they said would only end once all workers were paid what they were owed.

“It’s a pay up or we’re not going back to work situation,” the American doctor said on condition of anonymity, fearing they would be sacked for speaking out. “Initially people were concerned about striking. But once they reached their breaking point they stopped caring. So far there hasn’t been any issue [with authorities over the strike].”

Strikes in Saudi Arabia are rare but the hospital strike is even more notable as both Saudi and foreign employees have worked together to protest the unpaid salaries.

“It’s very unusual for Saudis not to be paid,” the British doctor said on condition of anonymity. “I have been here six years and it’s the first time I have heard of it – by Rori Donaghi

Comment: A glimpse at Vision 2030.

21.9.2016 – Der Freitag (* B P)

Die Ideologie wirkt weiter

Den Haag Die Islamisten zerstören das kulturelle Erbe der Menschheit. Sie sind nicht die Einzigen

Die gezielte Zerstörung von Kulturgütern ist ein Kriegsverbrechen, so steht es im Statut des Gerichtshofs. Wie die Chefanklägerin Fatou Bensouda sagt, fallen Angriffe auf religiöse und historische Gebäude „in die Kategorie jener Verbrechen, die die Wurzeln eines Volkes zerstören“, da sie zu dessen Identität gehören. Das Verbrechen ist jedoch noch größer, denn Orte wie Timbuktu und Palmyra gehören zum Weltkulturerbe. Wer sie zerstört, stellt die Identität der Menschheit in Frage. Dies aber ist gerade das Ziel der Zerstörer. Sie lassen den geschichtlichen Menschen nicht gelten; alles, was sie sich nicht selbst zurechtgelegt haben, soll vernichtet und durch ihr eigenes Welt- und Menschenbild ersetzt werden. Da nützt es nicht viel, einen Einzelnen anzuklagen, denn die Ideologie wirkt weiter. Sie wäre auch dann nicht unwirksam, wenn die malischen Milizen und der IS besiegt würden, denn ihre Quelle ist der von Saudi-Arabien propagierte Wahhabismus.

Den Wahhabismus kann man von innen und von außen begreifen. Von innen ist er eine Art islamischer Frühprotestantismus. Alles, was die ursprünglich reine Lehre zu überdecken scheint, wird angeprangert.

Letztlich ging es darum, dass ein Glaube an Gräber zwar nicht bestand, aber entstehen könnte. Denn das gehört zur wahhabitischen Lehre, dass auch jede Versuchung ausgemerzt werden muss. Deshalb war es in Saudi-Arabien zeit-weilig verboten, Musik zu hören – von Michael Jäger

cp9 USA

22.9.2016 – International Business Times (* A P)

Saudi Arms Deal Backed By US Senators Who Got Cash From Weapons Contractor That Will Benefit

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bipartisan initiative to suspend a $1.15 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia, clearing the way for a massive resupply of the Kingdom’s military as it continues its incursions into neighboring Yemen. The victory over lawmakers who were trying to stop the deal will benefit General Dynamics — a defense contractor whose employees and corporate executives have spent millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions in the lead-up to the vote.

The approval of the arms deal comes at a pivotal time for General Dynamics, which manufactures the armaments at issue. Last quarter, its combat division experienced a 7 percent dip in sales, and the company has been slashing jobs at its Ohio tank manufacturing center.

General Dynamics has been spending big on politics in recent years. Since 2008, the company has pumped over $1 million dollars into both Democratic and Republican senatorial campaigns.

The top three Senate recipients of General Dynamics donations in the 2016 election cycle — Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, Michigan Democrat Gary Peters, and Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed — all voted to push forward the deal. Some senators who have received sustained contributions from General Dynamics over the years, however, voted against the company's interests, including Sen. Murphy and Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders.

According to federal records reviewed by International Business Times, the company spent nearly $7 million on Washington lobbying in just the first half of 2016 – by Avi Asher-Shapiro and David Sirota

22.9.2016 – Al Monitor (* A P)

Senate tacitly endorses US role in Yemen war

The upper chamber voted 71-27 to shelve an effort from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have blocked a $1.15 billion proposed sale of tanks and other weapons.

"We now have a war in Yemen, and yes we are directly involved in that war," Paul said. "And yes, this is a vote not just about weapons; this is a vote about whether we should be at war in Yemen."

"This smells, this looks, this sounds like war," Murphy said. "We are providing the ammunition. We are providing the targeting assistance. The planes couldn't fly without US refueling capacity. American pilots may not be actually pulling the trigger to drop the bombs, but we're doing pretty much everything else that is necessary for this war to continue."

Opponents, led by the Republican majority leader, offered a fierce resistance. Blocking the sale, said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would convince Saudi Arabia and other nations in the region that "the United States does not live up to its commitments."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the effort "ass-backwards" when Saudi Arabia is fighting against militias that have received Iranian weapons and other assistance. He pointed out that most members voted against the Iranian nuclear deal, which unblocks billions of dollars in assets that Iran can use to pursue its military objectives.

And Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., insisted that the tanks wouldn't be used in Yemen but rather are for Saudi Arabia to protect itself from rocket launches and incursions by Houthi fighters across the Saudi border – by Julian Pecquet

Comment: The statements of the opponents of Paul and Murphy really are odd. Paul simply had said the truth: US is at war with Yemen and responsible for what happens there.

21.9.2016 – US News (* A P) Senators Struggle With Geography to Support Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Intervention

Two longtime senators leaned on questionable geographic analysis Wednesday as part of their successful defense of a $1.15 billion proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

The Strait of Hormuz would be threatened if Houthi rebels had taken over all of Yemen before Saudi Arabia launched a military intervention last year, they agreed before leading colleagues to shoot down a bid to block the arms sale.

But the shipping bottleneck actually separates Iran and an Omani peninsula hundreds of miles north of Yemen, where Shiite rebels and backers of a deposed and formerly U.S.-supported strongman are resisting a Saudi-led campaign that has killed many civilians.

The misidentification came from a surprising pair: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has specialized in foreign policy matters as a senator.

McCain brought up the strait as part of his argument that Yemeni rebels are friendly with Iran, and that therefore it's intolerable to allow them to control the poor south Arabian nation.

“Could I ask again from the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, suppose that unimpeded the Houthis, the clients of the Iranians, had taken over the country of Yemen,” McCain said to Corker. “What would that do? Would that indeed pose a threat to the Straits [sic] of Hormuz, where they are already harassing American naval vessels? – by Steven Nelson

Comment: be aware of McCains arguments: “his argument that Yemeni rebels are friendly with Iran, and that therefore it's intolerable to allow them to control the poor south Arabian nation” that means he thinks the US has the right to intervene by force anywhere in the world if a state’s foreign policy – or the foreign policy a movement in any state would adopt if coming to power – contradicts US interests. Should Russia do the same in Honduras and China in Canada?? He really thinks the US must have more rights than any other nation.

21.9.2016 – Common Dreams (* A P)

"Indifferent to Yemen's Misery," Senate Approves Massive Saudi Arms Deal

A bipartisan resolution to block the $1.15 billion weapons sale failed 71-27

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dismiss a bipartisan bill that would have blocked a massive $1.15 billion weapons shipment to Saudi Arabia, to the dismay of peace groups and rights advocates who have called on the U.S. to end its support for the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen.

The bipartisan resolution to block the weapons sale failed 71-27, with two senators not voting.

During the floor debate, many of those in favor of the weapons sale echoed Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who declared: "This is a sale that benefits us." Although even Corker admitted Saudi Arabia is not a "perfect ally" and that many civilians had been killed in Yemen, he argued that the massive sale of new weapons should be approved because it will benefit the U.S. economically. Corker further claimed that arming the Saudi regime serves U.S. geopolitical interests by pushing back against the Iranians, who support the anti-Saudi Houthi factions in Yemen.

Voting in favor of the arms deal were right-wing senators such as Corker and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) alongside several centrist Democrats, such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

"The very fact that we are voting on [this resolution to block the arms sale] today sends a very important message to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia that we are watching your actions closely and that the United States is not going to turn a blind eye to the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children," Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said during the floor debate – by Nika Knight

Comment: LOL to Sen. Franken’s statement. Saudi arms sales had 71 % majority. And the Saudis told “Thank you” and “Fuck you” by bombing Hodeida the same time, killing scores (see cp16a).

21.9.2016 – Salon (* A P)

Senate rejects bill blocking U.S.-Saudi arms deal; rights groups applaud “growing dissent” on Yemen war crimes

Sen. Rand Paul condemned the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia. He noted the war in Yemen is killing large numbers of civilians and fueling extremism. Sen. Paul also pointed to Saudi Arabia’s horrific human rights record, its executions of peaceful activists who were arrested as minors and its extreme repression of women — including the harsh punishment, such as lashing, of women who were raped.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on the other hand, opposed the bill. He joined several other lawmakers in arguing that the U.S. should help Saudi Arabia in order to “balance the power” in the Middle East against Iran. Corker also claimed that U.S. weapons can help the Saudi monarchy “fight terrorism.” – by Ben Norton and another aticle by Mother Jones:

21.9.2016 – Consortium News (* A P)

Obama Promises to Shield Saudis on 9/11

September 21, 2016

President Obama is vowing to veto a bill that would let families of 9/11 victims sue the Saudis for their alleged role in financing the terror attack, a move that 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser condemns and Congress may override.

In a time where groups like ISIS are stomping around the globe decapitating people, ramming busses into crowds, and mowing down people in nightclubs, everyone (apparently except Barack Obama) agrees that we need to stop terrorism in its tracks. One effective way to stop terrorists is to attack them at the root of their enterprise: their terrorist funding. It goes without saying that the largest benefactor of terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is the incubator for global jihad. Saudis build madrassahs where fiery Imams like the late Anwar Awlaki preach hate, print and distribute school books that teach violence against infidels, and pay large sums of protection money to terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.

Notably, the Saudi role in radical jihad does not stop at underwriting terrorism — it carries into logistical support of individual attacks, as well. This logistical role is how the Saudis are linked to the 9/11 attacks.

Contrary to what President Obama says about the “28”-page chapter (actually 29 pages that Obama admitted to never reading), there is plenty of “there” found — and it’s called EVIDENCE of the Saudi financial and logistical support of the 9/11 hijackers who were embedded inside the United States. See end note below for this specific evidence – By Kristen Breitweiser

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

23.9.2016 – The National Scot (* A P)

Oxfam: End Saudi arms sale to protect Yemen

OXFAM last night urged the UK Government to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia, as ministers pledged more aid to ease suffering in Yemen caused by the war the arms are fuelling.

“But while one part of the UK Government generously gives aid another part continues to license the supply of arms that fuel this war and add to the suffering of people in Yemen.

“The government needs to join itself up, end the supply of military support and work to bring this war to an end.”

23.9.2016 – The Scarborough News (* A P)

Boris Johnson rejects calls to back inquiry over 'Saudi human rights breaches'

But speaking to Channel 4 News from New York, where he is at the UN, Mr Johnson rejected the pleas. He said: "I don't happen to think that is the way forward. "I'm not going to hide my concern about this, because I am concerned about it, but as things stand at the moment we don't think there are breaches of international humanitarian law. "In fact I think it's a great mistake to try and draw some equivalence between what is happening in Yemen and what is happening in Syria. The two things are really very different."

He said the Government is "deeply concerned" at a recent airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition which killed at least 19 civilians, including children. But Mr Johnson dismissed calls for a UN inquiry, insisting that instead the Government is " using a very, very wide variety of information sources about what is happening to acquaint ourselves with the details" about the allegations.

Comment by Judith Brown: My God is he human? Or is he just a war machine ? If they were not worried about the outcome they would certainly back an international inquiry - the denial proves they know what the outcome will be.

and look at

22.9.2016 – Channel 4 (A P)

"I'm not going to hide my concerns about this." @JRug asked Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson about British arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Comment by Hillary Benn, Labour: Boris Johnson refusing to back an independent inquiry into alleged breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen. Why?

22.9.2016 – British Government – Department for International Development (A H P)

Priti Patel drives new international action to tackle the forgotten humanitarian crisis in Yemen

International Development Secretary announces additional support to the humanitarian crisis and pushes for new action on humanitarian efforts on the ground.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel co-hosted a high-level meeting on Yemen at the UN General Assembly (21 September) to secure urgent and concrete action on one of the worst and most forgotten humanitarian crises of our time.

The event brought together Ministers from across the world and UN bodies to agree a step change in the humanitarian effort on the ground, and to raise new financial support for critical humanitarian supplies, such as food, water, shelter and nutrition.

The UK made clear that the international community must do more to relieve humanitarian suffering in Yemen - where more than 80% of the country’s population are now in need of help - before it is too late. Children are starving, millions are too poor to buy food, hospitals and schools are collapsing across the country, and disease is rife due to unclean water and poor sanitation. and see also

Comment: Hypocrisy. She is member of an government really fighting for continuing arms sales to one party of that ravaging war.

22.9.2016 – Al Araby (* A P)

Britain must admit complicity in the destruction of Yemen

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee's farcical u-turn over suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, demonstrates a deeply immoral and irresponsible policy

That May should prioritise "the war on terror" over Yemeni civilians should come as no surprise, for across the world, leaders have placed fighting radicalisation above respect for the basic principles of human rights.

As British politicians continue to insist they are fighting terrorism, supporting a legitimate government, and acting in the best interests of the British people, bombs continue fall on civilian targets in Yemen.

All of this doesn't end in Yemen. Since 2010 two thirds of British arms sales have been made to the Middle East; sales that have made Britain the world's second biggest arms dealer after the US. In fact, the UK has sold weapons to 22 out of 30 countries on the UK government's human rights watch list. As we ramp up arms sales across the globe, the price we have paid for prioritising profit is the death, destruction and misery of thousands – by Amelia Smith

21.9.2016 – BBC (A P)

UK to increase aid to £100m to help war-torn Yemen

The UK is to increase the humanitarian aid it gives to Yemen to help millions who are suffering in the war-ravaged country, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has said.

She told the BBC that the government would spend an extra £37m this year, bringing the total to £100m.

It comes as the UK is facing criticism for selling arms to Saudi Arabia which could be used in Yemen's civil war.

Ms Patel said the UK has "a robust policy and position" on arms controls.

Last year the British government approved more than £3bn worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. and also by The Mail:

Comment: 100m to 3bn.

Comment: You know how much money has the #UK made out of Yemenis' blood??

Comment by Judith Brown: Appalling waste of British money, to send aid to a country where bombing is being encouraged and we areas sitting with a cruel embargo. £37 million is less than £2 for each person in critical need for ONE DAY ONLY.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / See cp 9, 10

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

21.9.2016 – Danish Refugee Council, Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (B H)

Map: Mixed Migration in the Horn of Africa and Yemen Region, August 2016

cp13c Zentralbank / Central Bank

22.9.2016 – Middle East Monitor (* A E P)

Houthis disable Yemen Central Bank computer terminals

Houthis disabled the computer terminals that were to be used by the new Central Bank headquarters in Aden, local news outlet Aden Al Ghad revealed today.

Bank workers were forced to leave work early as they could not pay salaries after the Houthis switched the system off from Sana’a.

Officials have said they are communicating with the Central Bank in Sana’a to convince officials there to enable the system.

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Dagher claimed that the decision to move the Central Bank is one that would restore the country’s economy.

Comment: That sounds not intelligent to me. The country will be more and more torn inro parts now. Apart from thet, Dagher’s statement is a joke.

Comment: We are still waiting for the bank to be ''transported'' to Aden.
A move which, according to the government in exile, would restore the country's economy.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

22.9.2016 – RT (A T)

US-Drohne liquidiert Al-Qaida-Anführer im Jemen

Im Jemen soll eine US-amerikanische Drohne den Anführer einer Al-Qaida-Zelle, Abdullah Sanaani, getötet haben, meldet Reuters. „Er wurde mit seinen Leibwächtern liquidiert, ihr Wagen ist komplett ausgebrannt“, gab ein Vertreter der Präsidialkanzlei des Jemen bekannt.

22.9.2016 – Reuters (A T)

Local Yemeni al Qaeda leader killed in U.S. drone strike: official

A senior leader of Yemen's al Qaeda branch was killed on Thursday in a raid by a U.S. drone strike in central Yemen, an official of the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said.

The official said Abdallah al-Sanaani, a regional commander in Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed along with his bodyguard while traveling in a vehicle in the al-Sawma'a district of al-Bayda province.

"He was killed, along with an escort, and the vehicle was completely burned," the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

cp15 Propaganda

22.9.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

UAE praises Saudi Arabia for restoring Arab unity

‘We appreciate the stances of King of Saudi Arabia that brought back the spirit of cohesion among Arabs,’ says Mohammad Bin Zayed

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are more than neighbours or members of the same union. The bonds that connect the two countries have become stronger and deeper in the face of the storm that is sweeping many parts of the Arab region and these became projected in the response from the emirates to Saudi Arabia’s 86th National Day.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, seized the opportunity of the Saudi National Day to praise the Saudi role in reviving the spirit of solidarity among Arabs and Muslims.

Shaikh Mohammed said that the 86th Saudi National Day “has deep meanings, the launch of Saudi Arabia’s march of giving and serving Muslims”, tweeted on his account.

“We would like to congratulate Saudi Arabia’s leadership and people on their National Day, and we appreciate the stances of King of Saudi Arabia that brought back the spirit of cohesion and solidarity among Arabs and Muslims,” Shaikh Mohammad said in a tweet.

“We celebrate this glorious occasion, and renew our solidarity with Saudi Arabia, and we join them in their determination as we look forward to a joint bright future,” Shaikh Mohammad tweeted – by Jumana Al Tamimi

Comment: The real danger comes from the UAE. With their polished image made of an oustanding PR and marketing campaign (all outsourced), they managed to sell themselves for what they are not: illuminated, compassionate, intelligent. Criminals, alike

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

22.–23.9.2016 – Tweets Sanaa at night (A K)

explosions now in #Yemen's capital city as #Saudi strikes start fairly early tonight.

Saudi airstrikes now. Too tired & very sleepy..brain calculating chances of bomb hitting home vs pain of crawling to basement.

Bed too warm & comfy. Guess will just take my chances with bombs & stay on 2nd floor. At least I can wave finger to pilot from here.

1:25AM now. Sleeping peacefully when suddenly jolted out of bed by Saudi dropping bomb next door. Literally.

That jerk just left! I had to travel all way to cold basement for two flimsy bombs! Stupid pilot, come back & make worth my trouble.

22.9.2016 – Crimes of Decisive Storm (A K PH)

At night, more than 6 raids by Saudis war criminal jets targeted al - Snyder coprariy company on bani al hareth, Sanaa on Yemen. Billions of dollars vanished and all facilities of company burned . Saudis lost in Syria and Iraq , so it want revenge in Yemen . But Yemeni nation never give up for Saudis war criminals (photo)

Al-Sunidar food factory and and film

22.9.2016 – Pars Today (* A K PH)

Fresh Saudi airstrike against Yemen leaves nine civilians dead

At least nine civilians, including women and children, have lost their lives when Saudi military aircraft launched an airstrike against a civilian area in Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.

According to the reports, an informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saudi fighter jets bombarded a residential building in the Razih district of the province early on Thursday, leaving nine people dead.

Another six civilians sustained injuries in the attack, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television reported. and

22.9.2016 – Yemen Post (* A K)

Entire family of 10 killed (6 children, 2 pregnant women) by Saudi airstrike attack on civilian home in #Yemen region Saada Thursday morning (photo is other raid) and photos (graphic): and film and film

22.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets wage raids on Sana'a

The Saudi warplanes on Thursday Dawn launched violent raids on the Capital Sana'a, a local official in Bani al-Hareth district said.
The Saudi-led aggression targeted al-Sundair Commercial Factories Group in al-Matar street in Bani al-Hareth district with five air raids, the official added.

Aggression launches raids on Belad al-Arous

causing huge damage on the main road and the public and private properties.

Saudi jets wage raids on Nehm

causing huge damage to agricultural land and citizens' properties.

Saudi warplanes lauch raids on al-Ghail

huge damage to citizens' houses and their properties.

Aggression airstrikes hit Serwah

causing huge damage to citizens' properties.

Aggression air raid kills 3 innocents in Qatabir

At least 3 people were killed on Wednesday by Saudi airstrikes on Qatabir district of Sa'ada province, an official said.
The hostile warplanes targeted a citizen's car on the main road three times in the district, he said.

Saudi jets launch raids on Sanhan, Bani Bahloul

Aggression wages raids on Usailan

causing huge damage to citizens' houses and their farms.

22.9.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

21/9/2016 Saudi coalition air raids
( Sana'a, Saada, Taiz, Marib, Hajja, Al-Hodeida, Al-Jawf, Shabwa and Lahjj)
Air raids, damages,casualties (full list by region):

21.–22.9.2016 – Tweets Sanaa at night (A K)

The terrified night of Saudi regime just has begun, Saudi jets roaming over the sky of the capital Sanaa now.

Huge explosion rocking the capital Sanaa now due to Saudi intense flying over the sky of the capital.

Again another huge explosion being heard loudly over the capital Sanaa as #Saudi jets continue flying over the city.

Third huge explosions rocking the capital Sanaa in less than10minutes, another night of terifying children & women in #Yemen just has begun.

Just count with me the number of explosions being rocking the capital Sanaa now due to Saudi bomardement n the city. 4th and 5th now.

massive explosion now n #Yemen's capital city as #Saudi warplanes start bombing. It's 1:02 in the morning.

21.9.2016 – Josephjo1221 (A K)

Cluster bombs targeted Aldhaher in #Sada'ah. N #Yemen

19.9.2016 – News of Yemen (A K)

Film: Caught on Camera 19/Sept/16, Impact of US made cluster bombs dropped by Saudi on Alramadiat in Saada province

21.9.2016 – Antiwar (A K)

Saudi-Led Warplanes Bombed Yemen Site Holding al-Qaeda Suspects

[The Houthis] added that in addition to al-Qaeda detainees, the site held suspected foreign spies, “including Americans.”

They added that the facility was totally unaffiliated with the Houthis’ military forces, which are resisting the Saudi invasion, but was rather part of a separate internal security apparatus that had been set up, primarily with an eye toward keeping al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS in check.

Saudi officials dismissed the claim, insisting they “only target military facilities in Yemen,” a claim which has demonstrably not been the case throughout the war – by Jason Ditz [related to the attack at National security Buidling and surrounding quarter, Sanaa, see XYPR 202]

cp16a Saudischer Luftangriff auf Hodeida / Saudi air raid at Hodeida

22.9.2016 – Der Freitag (* A K)

Jemen: Saudischer Luftangriff, Dutzende Tote

Luftangriff im Jemen: Ein Luftangriff der saudischen "Koalition" hat ein Wohngebiet in der Hafenstadt Hodeida getroffen. Ein Arbeiterwohnheim und ein privates Wohnhaus wurden zerstört.

Diesmal traf es eine dicht besiedelte Gegend um den Henoud-Markt im Distrikt Al Hawak (Al-Houk) in der Hafenstadt Hodeidah, der viertgrößten Stadt des Landes.

Dutzende von Menschen, nach den Berichten alles Zivilisten, kamen ums Leben. Es ist wohl noch zu früh, genauere Zahlen zu nennen. Von „mindestens“ 35 Toten spricht Albawaba, mit Bezug auf eine Meldung von Press TV Iran, die von „fast 50 getöteten Zivilisten“ spricht – von Dietrich Klose

22.9.2016 – RT (A K)

Jemen von Saudi-Koalition attackiert - mindestens 25 Tote

Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Koalition hat die jemenitische Hafenstadt Hodeida von der Luft aus angegriffen, berichtet die Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua. Nach vorläufigen Angaben sind bei der Attacke mindesten 25 Menschen umgekommen, 73 Verletzte wurden ins Krankenhaus geliefert. Die Kampfjets der Koalition sollen den präsidialen Palast angeflogen haben, wo sich die Leiter von Huthi-Rebellen aufhielten. Die Bomben hätten ein Wohnhaus in der Nähe getroffen.

und weitere deutschsprachige Meldungen, später, dürr und von Ahnungslosigkeit geprägt: und

22.9.2016 – AP (* A K)

Death Toll From Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen Reaches 32

Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels inYemen that hit civilian homes in a Red Sea port city have killed at least 32 people, officials said Thursday, raising the death toll from an attack a day earlier.

Sami Motair, a medical official at al-Thawra hospital in Hodeidah, told The Associated Press that scores of bodies were buried under at least three houses that the missiles hit in a neighborhood known as Indians Alley.

He said that he expects the death toll to rise as more bodies are uncovered, and stressed that conditions at the hospital were difficult as it was filled to capacity. Over 75 wounded were being treated.

22.9.2016 – Antiwar (A K)

Saudi officials initially claimed the attack targeted “rebel leaders,” but have since insisted the attack was “in error.” One Saudi general, however, insisted the attack was deliberate, and insisted they were sure everyone hit was part of a “Houthi meeting.”

Comment: The recording: “The neighborhood is home to some members of the Shi’ite Houthi movement, but they do not appear to have been the ones hit in the strike, which rather leveled homes belonging to people who simply worked in the government buildings in the presidential palace complex.” just is bullshit due to misunderstanding of Saudi propaganda speaking of Houthis having been targeted. It’s just a normal city quarter. There is a great distance between the Presidential (Republican) Palace and the living quarter which had been targeted. See:

22.9.2016 – Saudi Arabia war Crimes (* A K)


21.9.2016 – Reuters (A K PS)

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills at least 19 in Yemen: residents

At least 19 civilians were killed on Wednesday when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a house in western Yemen, according to residents, medics and a local official.

Fighter jets of an Arab alliance launched missiles on Wednesday at a presidential palace in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah occupied by leaders of the Iran-allied Houthi militia, a resident told Reuters.

A raid hit a house in a neighborhood populated by workers adjacent to the palace killing 19 civilians and wounding dozens, according to Hashim Azazi, deputy governor of Hodeidah province.

He said rescue workers were still pulling victims out of the rubble.

A Houthi leader, Ali al-Amad, said in a Tweet he had survived a raid on the presidential palace.

"The scene was awful. Body parts were mixed up with the remains of the house and blood filled the place," a resident told Reuters, declining to have his name published out of fear for his safety. =

22.9.2016 – AFP (* A K)

Saudi-led raids kill 20 civilians in Yemen rebel port: govt official

Saudi-led air strikes killed 20 civilians in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hodeida late Wednesday just hours after the rebels celebrated the second anniversary of their seizure of the capital, a government official said.

The raids hit the Suq al-Hunod district of the Red Sea port, the official in the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi which is supported by the Saudi-led coalition told AFP.

The strikes were also reported by the rebel administration in the capital Sanaa, which said there were civilian casualties but gave no specific toll.

The loyalist official said the residential neighbourhood was "probably hit in error."

He said the presidential palace in Hodeida was also hit.

Pictures from Suq al-Hunod showed residents combing the rubble under arclights in a search for survivors.

Children were among the dead photographed at a city mortuary.

Dr Khaled Suhail of Hodeida's Al-Thawra hospital said his facility alone received 12 dead and 30 wounded from the strikes.

22.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

25 residents killed, 73 injured in Saudi aggression airstrikes on Yemen's Red Sea city

A total of 25 residents, including children and women, were martyred and 73 others wounded after Saudi aggression warplanes struck their residential quarter in the Red Sea port city of al-Hodayda, medical officials said on Thursday.
The air strikes took place on Wednesday night on al-Hunood quarter in downtown the city.
Among the victims, a whole family of five members, the officials told Saba.
Many homes collapsed and nearby hospital badly damaged.
Hospitals of the city made an urgent call for people to quickly donate blood to help fatally injured.

22.9.2016 – Reuters (* A K)

Death toll from air strike in Yemen rises to 26, sources say

The death toll from an Arab coalition air strike which hit a house in a residential area in western Yemen has risen to 26 people, medics and residents in the Houthi-held area said on Thursday, and the alliance said it was looking into the report.

Warplanes of the Saudi-led alliance launched missiles on Wednesday at a residential neighborhood in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah where Houthi leaders were staying, a resident and medical workers in the Houthi-controled area told Reuters.

The raid hit a house in a neighborhood populated by workers, according to medical services and local officials. Apart from those killed, 60 others were wounded, they said.

The deputy governor of Hodeidah province, Hashim Azazi, had earlier put the death toll at 19 civilians, but said rescue workers were still pulling victims out of the rubble.

A Houthi leader, Ali al-Amad, said in a Tweet he had survived a raid on the presidential palace – by Mohammed Ghobar

22.9.2016 – Aljzazeera (A K)

Yemen: '26 killed' by coalition air strike in Hodeidah

General Ahmed Assiri, the coalition spokesman, told AFP news agency the strikes had targeted "Houthi leaders" in Souq al-Hunod district.

"We had information that they were having a meeting, then we hit them," he said.

Assiri said the residential neighbourhood was "probably hit in error".

Comment: LOL.

22.9.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A K)

26 killed in Saudi coalition airstrike in Yemen

The raid hit a house in a neighbourhood populated by workers, according to medical services and local officials

The death toll from an Arab coalition airstrike which hit a house in a residential area in western Yemen has risen to 26 people, medics and residents in the Houthi-held area said today, and the alliance said it was looking into the report.

Warplanes of the Saudi-led alliance launched missiles yesterday at a residential neighbourhood in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah where Houthi leaders were staying, a resident and medical workers in the Houthi-controlled area told Reuters.

The raid hit a house in a neighbourhood populated by workers, according to medical services and local officials. Apart from those killed, 60 others were wounded, they said more photos)

22.9.2016 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Strikes target Houthi leaders in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Saudi-led Arab coalition forces have targeted a meeting of the leaders of Houthi militias inside the presidential palace in the city of al-Hodeidahin western Yemen.

The forces also struck the central security headquarters in Hodeidahon Wednesday. Casualties in both strikes are still unknown.

22.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Folks in Hodeidah trying to keep stray dogs away from Saudi bombed neighborhood till they collect shredded body parts of loved ones..

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

21.9.2016 – AFP (A K)

17 dead as Yemen loyalists battle rebels for heights

Heavy fighting between Yemeni government forces and Shiite rebels for control of the heights overlooking the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait has killed 17 combatants, the loyalist commander said Wednesday.

The waterway connects the Suez Canal and Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean beyond and is a major shipping lane.

"We launched an offensive which enabled us to recapture two mountains," loyalist commander General Fadhl Hassan told AFP.

"In 18 hours of fighting, which reduced in intensity this afternoon, 13 rebels and four of our men, one of them a colonel, were killed."

The rebels said on their website that they had taken several government-held positions and inflicted losses in the fighting.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

22.9.2016 – Index on Censorship (* D)

Artist Murad Subay worries about the future for Yemen’s children

On 3 September 2016, a group of Houthi rebels convened a meeting at al-Najah School in the al-Haima district of Bani Waleed, a local witness told Murad Subay, street artist and winner of the 2016 Index on Censorship award for arts, that the men entered the school without permission.

“We are not with any of the warring parties – we are caught in the middle,” the witness said.

Soon after, the school was destroyed in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led military coalition, killing one disabled student and adding 1,200 to the more than 3.4 million already forced out of education in the country as over 3,600 schools have been forced to close in the course of the war.

“Can you imagine? These are the soldiers of the wars to come,” Subay told Index. “Without education, these children could become tomorrow’s fighters and tools in the hands of extremists.”

At dawn on 4 September Subay travelled to Bani Waleed to create a mural on what remained of al-Najah.

The mural completed on 4 September depicts a child holding a hand grenade in place of a book, with the words “Children without schools” painted in English and Arabic.

When painting with fellow artists from the Ruins campaign – set up in May 2015 in collaboration with fellow artist Thi Yazen to paint on the walls of buildings damaged by the war – on 25 August, the group were arrested and interrogated by a local militia.

The last time he spoke with Index, Ruins had just completed a series of murals in front of the Central Bank of Yemen to represent the country’s economic collapse. Soon after the murals were finished, Houthi rebels defaced two out of the three works of art, writing “Samidoon” (صامدون), meaning “steadfast”, which is one of their slogans - By Ryan McChrystal

21.9.2016 – New Statesman (* B H P)

“Journalists are too scared to come”: Refugees on the forgotten war in Yemen

Hussein*, 28, is a film producer and dancer from Yemen who fled the country two years ago and has travelled through 11 countries to reach the Calais camp, where he has been living for just over a month. In a mixture of English and French, he tells me how groups of Houthi militia forcibly try to confiscate cameras and notebooks from both local and international journalists. He knows local journalists, friends of his, who have been threatened, tortured and even killed by Houthi forces.

He pulls out his phone and shows me a picture of his friend, Mohammed, who worked as a photojournalist, documenting brutality as a result of the war. Mohammed’s friends and family have not heard from him since April; the best-case scenario is that he is being detained, but Hussein seems pretty certain that he is dead. As a result, many who otherwise would have reported on the conflict have fled from besieged cities such as Sana’a, Aden and Taiz to the relative safety of the countryside in the north of the country, or have left Yemen altogether.

His friend Jamil, with whom he shares a tent, adds: “from other countries journalists [they are] too scared to come”.

He claims that there are only “five or seven” foreign journalists in the capital city, Sana’a and tells me about journalists from the UK, France and the US who, after spending days being held up by countless militarised checkpoints while trying to reach the main cities, are then interrogated and detained by Houthi forces. If they are let go, they are harassed throughout their visit by National Security officers – by Neah Shah

13.9.2016 – Gulf Center for Human Rights (* B H P)

Journalists at risk in Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Yemen for their human rights reporting

In a new report, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) aims to highlight cases of ongoing killings, attacks and threats against journalists and other media workers in four countries, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and makes recommendations to enhance their protection using international mechanisms including the United Nations system.

The report, “Risking Their Lives: Ongoing Attacks Against Journalists in Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Yemen”, says journalists in the four countries carry out their activities and advocate for human rights at great and imminent risk to their lives and have been killed, forcibly disappeared, subjected to threats and harassment, arbitrarily detained, tortured, had travel bans imposed on them and had fabricated charges brought against them. The cases presented in this report are illustrative and many more journalists, photographers, cartoonists and other media workers have been targeted in all countries.

Journalists have been caught in the crossfire of conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and have been directly targeted for their activities in defence of human rights in all countries including Bahrain by governments, armed extremists and militant groups. These attacks have remained with impunity leaving journalists working in all countries at grave risk while losing hope with the international community. With regard to journalists who have been murdered in these countries, not a single case has yet been brought to justice.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-202: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-202: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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