Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 206 - Yemen War Mosaic 206

Yemen Press Reader 206: UN-Menschenrechtsrat versagt: Keine unabhängige Untersuchung der Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen – Saudische Außenpolitik – Humanitäre Krise – MONA Relief – Verhungernde Kinder

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Failure of UN Human Rights Council: No independent investigation of war crimes in Yemen – Saudi foreign policy – Humanitarian crisis – MONA Relief – Starving children – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

Cp1a Am wichtigsten: UN-Menschenrechtsrat versagt / Most important: Failure of UN Human Rights Council

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Weiteres / Most important: More

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

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13c Zentralbank / Central Bank

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

Cp1a Am wichtigsten: UN-Menschenrechtsrat versagt / Most important: Failure of UN Human Rights Council

29.9.2016 – Reuters (** A P)

U.N. fails to set international probe on Yemen war crimes

The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday declined to set up an independent inquiry into abuses in Yemen, instead calling on a national inquiry to investigate by violations by all sides, including the killing of civilians and attacks on hospitals.

The move disappointed activists, who, along with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, had called for an independent probe, especially into air strikes by a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the Yemeni government.

The Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry reports to Hadi.

"For now Saudi and its allies, like the U.S., have shown they can still block efforts at the U.N. to ensure accountability for war crimes in Yemen," Salma Amer, U.N. Advocacy Officer at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies said in a statement.

The 47-member rights council adopted a resolution brought by Arab countries that asks the United Nations to provide "substantive technical assistance and advice, including in the areas of accountability and legal support".

This should enable the Yemeni probe to "complete its investigatory work concerning allegations of violations and abuses committed by all relevant parties in Yemen".

Senior U.N. officials had seen the Yemeni issue as a test of the council's credibility after it also backed away a year ago from launching an independent inquiry.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, said last month that the national probe lacked impartiality as it focused on alleged violations committed by Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and had not worked in pursuing perpetrators.

His deputy, Kate Gilmore, urged the rights council to launch an independent inquiry, saying the Yemeni inquiry "will fail to contribute to the direly needed cohesion and stability, and to promote justice and accountability".

The European Union withdrew a stronger Dutch-led text hours before the Arab resolution was adopted by consensus. Britain, an ally of Saudi Arabia, had blocked the Dutch-sponsored draft within the EU, a U.N. official said on condition of anonymity.

The Dutch resolution would have sent a U.N. fact-finding mission to Yemen to report back on violations in March 2017.

The EU delegation said the amended Arab resolution was a "reasonable compromise text and the European Union could support the resolution" – by Tom Miles

Comment: The headline is right: UN fails – again, and totally. That is absolutely disappointing, disgusting and ridiculous at the same time. Absolutely nothing has changed compared to the times before. Everybody knows that this Hadi government’s commission is absolutely partisan and never will seriously investigate any Saudi coalition air strike. Even UN officials clearly had stated that. Absolutely disappointing also is the behavior of EU (see YPR 205, cp7). The Saudis making the rules for themselves – in the UN Humanitarian Council. – And the so-called “Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry” is little more than a Saudi tool to hide own war crimes. - Later, the headline was changed to: "Activists cry foul as U.N. decides against Yemen rights probe" - the first was better, we are not in the Sports section here.

Comment by Judith Brown: Reuters is more negative about the outcomes than the Guardian newspaper. Indeed it is a sad day for Yemen but I guess many in high places will be breathing a sigh of relief.

Comments by Jamila Hanan: UN resolutions have been enabling the starvation of millions in #Yemen and are now supporting the whitewashing cover up of genocide.

This is how the UN gives legitimacy to perpetrators white washing their own crimes. (National Commission is Saudi led investigation).

#UN should stop writing resolutions regarding #Yemen they do more harm than good.

#Saudi investigation into #Yemen war crimes was always a joke better forgotten. Now UN is going to assist, giving the jokers credibility.

... these UN backed investigations allowing perpetrators to investigate themselves are writing into history fabricated distortions of truth.

I've always believed no investigation is better than an investigation carried out by the perpetrators with the intention of burying truth ,

29.9.2016 – AFP (** A P)

Bid for international Yemen war probe fails at UN

A group of European states, led by the Netherlands, then spearheaded a push at the UN Human Rights Council for a resolution setting up an international inquiry.

Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military coalition in support of the Yemen's government against Iran-backed Huthi rebels, has been staunchly opposed to such a probe.

In the end, the EU-backed resolution was scrapped, leaving only a competing and far milder text on the table, drafted by Sudan.

That resolution, which was adopted without a vote on Thursday, mandated Zeid's office to enhance cooperation with Yemen's own National Commission on the conflict.

Rights groups including Amnesty International have described that commission as feckless, one-sided, and lacking the expertise needed to conduct a credible inquiry.

But before it was adopted, Thursday's resolution was beefed up to say that -- while assisting Yemen's own investigation -- UN experts should be "collecting and preserving information to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged violations and abuses."

Zeid was instructed to provide his own reports on the conflict, presumably using information gathered by his own staff.

Comment: “In the end, the EU-backed resolution was scrapped, leaving only a competing and far milder text on the table, drafted by Sudan.” What an evil joke! Sudan itself is party in this war, as ally of Saudi Arabia, or clearer: Sudan is depending on Saudi money, and sends its soldiers to this war; and there is never told whether these Sudanese soldiers are going voluntary or not. And: Just imagine Sudan’s own Human Rights’ situation to imagine how absolutely bizarre this whole story is. Sudan itself is one of the worst violators of Human Rights worldwide – sitting in this council and itself issuing texts concerning Human Rights violations by its own paymaster. And the “international community” thinks this to be a quite normal procedure.

30.9.2016 – Huffington Post (** A P)

U.N. Fails To Agree On Independent Inquiry Of Human Rights Abuses In Yemen

Good news for the Saudis and not-so-good news for the civilians of Yemen: The United Nations Human Rights Council voted Thursday to establish a national inquiry into human rights abuses in Yemen with the help of a U.N. technical assistance team.

The decision is a major blow to the attempt, led by the Netherlands, at a resolution that would instead require an international inquiry into the atrocities unfolding in Yemen. This is the second year in a row that the council managed to agree only on a national inquiry, which tends to be one-sided and ignorant of the degree to which people are suffering.

The Netherlands withdrew its text on Yemen during the deliberations on Thursday and instead compromised on the draft resolution, which called for the national inquiry and was put forward by the council’s group of Arab states.

This decision comes as a relief to Saudi Arabia and the Arab states, which want to avoid international meddling into a conflict that they have a major stake in.

Meanwhile, the team from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights working on Yemen is “disappointed” in the outcome, Mohammad Ali Alnsour, special assistant to the high commissioner, told The Huffington Post. “We did not have any say in the final text. It was a package deal so basically we have to live with it,” he said.

The resolution asks that the U.N. technical assistance team provide an oral update of its findings at the next council session in March and then put together a written report of human rights violations in time for next September’s session.

The OHCHR Yemen team just did this, and it wasn’t easy. It delivered a report recently about the situation on the ground after several months of investigating and found that Yemeni representatives were difficult to work with and didn’t meet the international standards for data collection.

Alnsour anticipates that the U.N. assistance team will face the same uphill battle in receiving credible information from the Yemenis this time around, he added – by Willa Frej

Comment: This article shows even more how absurd the Council’s bew decision is. They ask for something which already had done and which already had the clear result that this Hadi government’s commission does not work.

30.9.2016 – Common Dreams (* A P)

Capitulating to Saudis, UN 'Shamefully' Backs Compromise Probe Into Yemen Crimes

The United Nations' capitulation to the Saudi Arabia government is being decried as "shameful" by international human rights and aid organizations, after the Gulf monarchy successfully lobbied the UN's Human Rights Council (HRC) to drop its bid for an independent, international investigation into potential war crimes being committed inYemen.

After days of backroom negotiations, the HRC announced a compromise agreement on Thursday, under which UN investigators will be deployed in Yemen to work alongside an existing probe. The Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry will report to the Saudi-backed Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is currently in exile.

The resolution, brought by Arab states, was adopted over a more forceful text put forward by the Dutch delegation.

The Dutch resolution would have sent a U.N. fact-finding mission to Yemen to report back on violations in March 2017.

The Arab resolution was adopted despite documented war crimes and targeting of civilians in Yemen by the U.S.-backed military coalition

Many noted that the fact that Saudi Arabia had a hand in the negotiations, even as it continued its assault on Yemen, undermined the credibility of the international body. "Let's be clear about what that means," HRC continued, "the Saudi-led coalition was bombing civilians in Yemen while they were negotiating the text of the resolution. Parties to a conflict cannot be allowed to dictate the terms of a resolution in order to block meaningful international scrutiny of their own actions. It undermines this Council and its commitment to accountability." – by Lauren McCauley and another article by Sott Net:

29.9.2016 – A P (* A P)


The revisions came only after the European Union floated a rival text seeking greater U.N. oversight. That EU text was subsequently dropped, paving the way for the consensus vote

The resolution stopped short of launching an independent inquiry which could also investigate the Saudi-led military coalition whose airstrikes have led to the deaths of hundreds of Yemeni civilians.

Saudi Ambassador Faisal Bin Hassan Trad called the consensus resolution a vote of confidence in the Yemeni government.

"It's a political message in fact, to support the government against those who made the coup in Sanaa," he said in a phone interview. "They have given the government of Yemen a very political support: 'We still trust you, we still believe you can work to continue your work to protect human rights in Yemen.' "

Trad said that the deployment of U.N. rights experts to provide technical assistance and capacity-building to the domestic investigative body, the Yemeni National Commission, "would indeed enhance the work of this commission to conclude its investigatory work."

U.S. Ambassador to the council Keith Harper called the resolution "much stronger" than another Arab-led one last year, saying Thursday's resolution has "a more substantial reporting mandate and a credible international component that will aid in determining the facts in human rights violations and abuses."

Comment: The Saudi representative’s interpretation is right. And that is what makes this story even more disgusting as it is well known that this Hadi government never will seriously investigate any Saudi air strike. And the US statement just is a deception of a stupid public which wants but of course should not get any real investigation – so that the US can support even more weapons to the Saudis.

Comment by Yemen Peace Project: You wouldn't know it from passive-voiced AP piece, but UK & US actively blocked IHL investigations in #Yemen.

29.9.2016 – Fox News (A P)

UN rights council seeks greater monitoring of Yemen abuses

The Human Rights Council has called for greater U.N. monitoring of rights abuses in war-torn Yemen, but overlooked calls for an independent probe of abuses amid airstrikes by a Saudi-led, Western-backed coalition blamed for the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

The 47-member council approved by consensus a resolution brought by Arab states that included late revisions Thursday, after the European Union floated a rival text. The EU text was withdrawn when the Arab draft was amended.

Comment: The headline is really misleading. But the text makes clear the main point: “The EU text was withdrawn when the Arab draft was amended”. Can anyone tell me why??

29.9.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

Saudi Arabia agrees compromise on inquiry into Yemen abuses

Instead of an independent inquiry, UN investigators will be attached to Yemeni inquiry, which some say is substandard

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states have fended off the threat of an independent UN-sanctioned inquiry into human rights abuses in Yemen, but have been forced to accept that UN investigators will be tasked with documenting rights violations.

The tortuous compromise, after days of behind-the-scenes negotiations at the UN human rights council in Geneva, was described by Human Rights Watch and the EU as a limited step forward. Others said it represented a flagrant failure of accountability.

Salma Amer, the UN advocacy officer at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, said the text “puts Saudi Arabia’s desire for impunity above the need to protect the people of Yemen”.

The compromise deal struck on Thursday will involve UN investigators being attached to an existing Yemen national commission inquiry into human rights abuses. The commission has been condemned as partial, slow and failing to meet acceptable international legal standards.

The UN high commissioner for human rights is also tasked with presenting an oral update on the situation in Yemen to the human rights council at its next meeting. The original European draft was tougher. It instructed the office of the high commissioner to “dispatch a mission to monitor and report on the situation of human rights in Yemen”.

Speaking on behalf of the EU after the resolution was adopted, Slovenia’s representative to the UN in Geneva, Vojislav Šuc, described the text as a “good and reasonable compromise”.

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said: “Members of the human rights council which are party in this conflict have abused the UN rules to deflect accountability.

“This is another failure by the top human rights body which shamefully accepts the membership of Saudi Arabia, one of the most brutal and cruel repressive states in the world, and allows it to dictate resolutions.” – by Patrick Wintour

Comment: Much bla bla around actually almost nothing. Why, at first, there should be necessary any “compromise” with – also according to the UN itself – the greatest violator of Human Rights and civilians’ killer in this war? – Disappointing: The statements of NGOs like Human Rights Watch, Save the Children, when speaking of “a step into the right direction”. Compare this to the statement of HRW itself before the council’s session (see below). This is a strange wording anyway. Imagine you see somebody lying in the street, victim of a traffic accident. Well, and you do not simple pass by, but “make a step into the right direction”. Just one step into his direction, before passing by. And then think to be good and helpful.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well here is the result - Saudi Arabia has accepted some UN investigators. I guess they will be hand picked to make sure they follow the Saudi line.

Comment by Shireen Al-Adeimi: While we're at it, why don't we allow Houthis, AlQaeda, ISIS, and all warring parties in #Yemen to join this sham of an investigation?

29.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

An int'l investigation will expose ALL violators in #Yemen inclu Houthis. Saudis claim Houthis are biggest violator, yet blocking probe!

29.9.2016 – RT (A P)

Film: Human Rights Council withdrawns independent probe into Yemen war crimes

An EU-backed resolution demanding an independent inquiry into human rights violations during the Yemeni war has been withdrawn at the UN Human Rights Council. Instead, to activists’ discontent, a weakened “reasonable compromise” text has been adopted.

30.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (* A P)

OHCHR: Nat'l Comm lacks impartiality #Yemen gov: OHCHR refused we dictate reprt; most heinous crimes were by Houthis (look at text in image; clearly hitting the spot)

30.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (* A P)

@YemenPeaceNews nicely sums up HRC decision here - corrupt #Yemen nat'l comm picked over indep int'l inquiry (look at text in image; clearly hitting the spot)

29.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Saudi also cites & sponsors #Yemen-is exclusively documenting Houthi violations, to divert attention away from own.

29.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Already watered down int'l inquiry Dutch proposal blocked in favor of clearly corrupt nat'l commission, AGAIN

29.9.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (* A P)

Mixed reactions after an int'l investigation into war crimes committed in #Yemen botched yet again by Saudi at UNHRC (text in image; black humour!)

29.9.2016 – Samuel Oakford (A P)

For the second year in a row, an alternate resolution on Yemen has been killed at the UN Human Rights Council. A Saudi-drafted text remains.

30.9.2016 - Haykal Bafana:

"For Sale" : That should be the new UN motto.

30.9.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

UN Turns Blind Eye on Yemen Human Rights Abuses by Declining Inquiry

"It is unacceptable that, after 18 months of conflict in Yemen, the Human Rights Council is still failing to protect Yemeni civilians and is instead turning a blind eye to the human rights violations perpetrated by all parties to the conflict," Sajjad Mohammad Sajid said. "The job of the Human Rights Council is to send a strong message that the lives of civilians matter, and that those responsible for the killing of civilians should be punished — for the second time in this conflict it has failed."

30.9.2016 – Oxfam (A P)

UN Human Rights Council yet again fails Yemeni civilians

In reaction to today’s UN Human Rights Council decision not to set up an independent inquiry to investigate human rights violations by all sides to the conflict in Yemen, Sajjad Mohammed Sajid, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen, said:

“It is unacceptable that, after 18 months of conflict in Yemen, the Human Rights Council is still failing to protect Yemeni civilians and is instead turning a blind eye to the human rights violations perpetrated by all parties to the conflict.

"With more than 3,900 civilians killed and 6,900 injured by airstrikes and indiscriminate shelling, a national inquiry is clearly insufficient. All parties need to be held accountable for the human rights violations against civilians.

"The job of the Human Rights Council is to send a strong message that the lives of civilians matter, and that those responsible for the killing of civilians should be punished - for the second time in this conflict it has failed."

Notes to editors:

Comment: Please use serious figures of victims.

And also realize what big sh.. you can be told in this matter:

29.9.2016 – Government of Egypt (A P)

Egypt calls for investigating human rights violations in Yemen

He added that the Egyptian delegation wished that the report, introduced by the high commissioner, took into account more than 800 systematic human rights violations, mentioned in an earlier report. Such violations should drive the international community to assume its responsibility in Yemen. (MENA)

Egypt's permanent representative to the UN Amr Ramadan asserted on Wednesday that the Egyptian mission shares the same view of an independent expert on Sudan, who believes significant progress in human rights was achieved in the Arab country.

Comment: The headline sounds good, doesn’t it? But it’s just the opposite: NO independent investigation, supporting just this ridiculous self-investigation by the Saudi puppets.

Having this in mind, it is just shocking also to read what had been told by various speakers in the HRC’s general debate session:

29.9.2016 – UN Human Rights Council (* A P)

Human Rights Council holds general debate

Saudi Arabia, speaking on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council, said there was justification for establishing a commission of inquiry on Yemen because the international community had done a good job so far. Ensuring accountability for human rights violations was important and the Gulf Cooperation Council invited the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to cooperate with the Yemeni National Commission and provide it with technical assistance. The Gulf Cooperation Council invited the international community to step up its financial support to Yemen’s legitimate institutions.

Arab Commission for Human Rights welcomed the cooperation of the Council with the peaceful revolutionary demands in Yemen. The Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry had to deal with many challenges, particularly in the areas where armed militias were present. It called on the Council to provide technical assistance to promote the work of the Commission.

Human Rights Information and Training Centre drew attention to the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Yemen, including bombings and destruction of civilian areas. Most civilians had perished because of crimes committed by Houthis. There were reports of 60 people who had suffered torture, more than 4,000 who had been imprisoned and many who had disappeared.

Association of World Citizens said that the law on the establishment of the national human rights institution had not yet been adopted by Yemen due to the paralysis of its Parliament. Yemen was in dire need for civil society organizations to report on the widespread human rights violations. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should recommend the establishment of the national human rights institution in accordance with the Paris Principles and provide it with technical assistance and capacity building.

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies was deeply concerned about the sharp increase in the number of persons killed in Yemen. The ongoing blockade imposed by the Houthis contributed to the deterioration of the situation in the country.

Comment: Go through the text by “search”. Yemen is matched 77 times. What you can read is a catastrophe mostly at all. – Just take the last statement cited above. “Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies … The ongoing blockade imposed by the Houthis contributed to the deterioration of the situation in the country”: Who actually blocks the country??? – Or above: “Human Rights Information and Training Centre …. Most civilians had perished because of crimes committed by Houthis.” What???? This must be a report from a country where no air raids take place, but from Yemen????

And this was before the commission’s decision:

29.9.2016 – Human Rights Watch (** A P)

International investigation on Yemen key to Council’s credibility

In this Council’s 10th anniversary year, there has been much discussion about impact: about whether its resolutions can produce not just outputs, but effect real change for those who face violations in countries around the world. Otherwise, why are we here?

This debate could not be more acute than in the case of Yemen.

One year ago, the Council had the opportunity to put in place an independent international investigation into civilian deaths and injuries in the country, an opportunity to bring meaningful scrutiny to the conduct of a conflict that is costing lives. The Council failed to do so.

In his recent report, the High Commissioner again appealed to this Council to do what it should have done a year ago: create the independent, international mechanism that is so desperately needed.

Let’s be clear about what that means: the Saudi-led coalition was bombing civilians in Yemen while they were negotiating the text of the resolution. Parties to a conflict cannot be allowed to dictate the terms of a resolution in order to block meaningful international scrutiny of their own actions. It undermines this Council and its commitment to accountability.

An international investigation is the only means to bring credible, impartial scrutiny to the conduct of all parties to this conflict.

This time around, no one can say: we did not know. If human rights truly do prevail over politics in this place, the way forward should be clear. Can anyone credibly suggest that Yemeni civilians will be better protected without an international mechanism?

Comment by Judith Brown: Absolutely. The denial of wrong and the blocking of an investigation to find out seem to be part of the pattern in the war on Yemen.

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Waiteres / Most important: More

30.9.2016 – Al Monitor (** B K P)

Riyadh's bold gamble

King Salman has instituted the most ideological, sectarian and assertive foreign policy in modern Saudi history. After decades of caution and risk aversion in Saudi Arabia, the king and his senior team have emerged as bold gamblers.

A year and a half after Salman decided to launch Operation Decisive Storm to halt Shiite Houthi rebels from taking over all of Yemen, Saudi Arabia has become engrossed in the most intense sectarian regional conflict with its historic rival Iran to date. Saudi-Iranian tensions are greater today than ever, and the cost to the entire region is deadly.

The Saudi decision to go to war 18 months ago was rushed and poorly thought through, with little concrete planning for how to achieve a decisive victory. The alliance to defeat the Houthis and their ally former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was hastily put together and lacked two critical players: Oman and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the war is damaging the kingdom's image in the West.

The kingdom's chief cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh, declared that Iranian Shiites are “not Muslims” and said that they worship the ancient Zoroastrian religion of pre-Islamic Iran. Such rhetoric about Shiites as unbelievers harkens back to the early days of Wahhabism. One senior Saudi official, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, called the Iranians liars and slanderers for calling for changes in the administration of the hajj. Both Tehran and Riyadh are pouring gasoline on the sectarian fires in the Islamic world.

There is little evidence of second thoughts in Riyadh about its high-stakes diplomacy and rhetoric.

There are hints that the Saudis want an even more ideological and existential battle with Iran.

Saudi foreign policy had for decades been cautious and risk averse.

With Salman's brothers thus having avoided costly foreign adventures and high-risk interventions, it is a significant departure to move to an ideologically driven sectarian agenda with high-risk adventures like the Yemen war. – by Bruce Riedel

29.9.2016 – Save the Children (** B H)

Vergessene Krise: Im Jemen verhungern Kinder

Im Jemen leiden immer mehr Kinder und Babys an Mangelernährung, viele sterben, weil die Krankenhäuser so gut wie keine Medikamente mehr haben und das Gesundheitssystem zusammengebrochen ist. Die verzweifelten Familien klagten Mitarbeitern von Save the Children, dass sie sich oft nicht einmal mehr die Anreise zu einem Krankenhaus leisten können, geschweige denn die notwendigen Medikamente.

Dr. Abdullah Thabit leitet die bei Mangelernährung zuständige Abteilung des Al Sabeen Mutter- und Kinderkrankenhauses in der Hauptstadt Sanaa. Er erzählt: „Am Samstag sind Zwillinge wegen des Medikamentenmangels gestorben. Die Situation ist äußerst kritisch, täglich kommen mindestens drei weitere mangelernährte Kinder aus dem ganzen Land zu uns. Wir haben aber keine Zimmer für sie, keine Medikamente und zu wenige Ärzte. Das Krankenhaus kann sich keine weiteren Ärzte mehr leisten, weil die Löhne an die enorm gestiegenen Lebenshaltungskosten angepasst werden mussten.“

Der Klinikleiter Dr. Hilal AlBahri bestätigt, dass man die Patienten bitte, sich ihre Medikamente anderweitig zu besorgen. „Aber viele können sich das nicht leisten, also gehen sie wieder fort und wir wissen nicht, was mit ihnen und vor allem ihren Kindern geschieht.“

and film

30.9.2016 – Save the Children (** A H)

This is what Yemen's children are going through right now. We refuse to let the world forget them

?.2016 – Go Fund Me (** A H)

Mona Relief Organization is a Yemeni Registered Charity No: 177/2015
Veritas Consulting was entrusted with the organization's fundraising efforts.

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24.9.2016 – BBC (** A H)

Film: Starving Yemen (30 min)

The silent killer in Yemen's ongoing conflict is starvation. Nawal Al-Maghafi travels to the city of Hodeida - while it is being bombed by Saudi-led forces.

cp2 Allgemein / General

30.9.2016 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Gulf of Aden Security Review

[Events day by day, from Sep. 30 backwards]

?.9.2016 – Soundcloud (* B K P)

Dr. RS Karim Interview with Pippa Jones on Talk Radio Europe

30.9.2016 – US Department of State (* A K P)

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Reconciliation and Accountability in Yemen

This is the announcement of funding opportunity number, DRLA-DRLAQM-17-020.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.345

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

A. Project Description

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that support the DRL policy goal to promote accountability for abuses committed during the current conflict in Yemen.

DRL’s objective is to create a record of human rights abuses to support community reconciliation and inform future transitional justice processes. Program approaches could include, but are not limited to: documentation of human rights violations during the conflict, including oral history, archiving, and legal assessment, analysis, and documentation; training for local partners on human rights documentation methodology and tools; strategies to engage women and marginalized groups in documentation and emerging and future transitional justice processes, both formal and informal; and foster greater coordination and information sharing among civil society organizations in Yemen, including the development of networks for information sharing. Partnership with local organizations is strongly encouraged.

DRL is conscious of the ever-changing security situation. Applications must realistically address the challenges and limitations the applicant would likely face implementing this program, both within the current context in Yemen and in anticipation of a further evolving landscape. With this in mind, applicants are requested to submit a security plan in order to demonstrate situational awareness and preparedness. Security plans must address safety for in-person events and recruitment for said events, as well as means to secure online activities or communications. Applicants will also be required to include contingency plans for proposed activities.

Projects should have the potential to have an immediate impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms, and should have potential for sustainability beyond DRL resources. DRL’s preference is to not duplicate past efforts, but instead support new and creative approaches. This does not exclude from consideration projects that improve upon or expand existing successful projects in a new and complementary way. DRL also strives to ensure its projects advance the rights and uphold the dignity of the most vulnerable or at-risk populations.

Comment: Looking at the role of the US in the Yemen conflict and the role of the US in preventing an independent investigation of war crimes in Yemen at the UN Humanitarian Council this looks like a bad joke. – I did not know that the US State Department has such a “Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor”. That’s really Orwellian speech.

30.9.2016 – Der Freitag (* B K)

Der Ungerechte und Verdeckte Jemenkrieg

Jemen bleibt standhaft. Die Jemeniten schwören sich, sich bis zum letzten Bluttrupfen zu verteidigen und den Invasionisten unter Jemenerde zu begraben. JEMEN bleibt"Grabstätte der Invasionisten".

Die UNO und der Weltsicherheitsrat schauen zu und schweigen auch. Nicht mal eine Verurteilung.

Deutschland und Europa schauen zu und schweigen ebenso.

Die ganze Welt schweigt.

Man kann sagen, Saudi-Arabien hat mit ihrem Öl-Geld die ganze Welt schweigen lassen – von Dr. Mohamed Abdullah

Kommentar: Einmal eine Stimme direkt aus dem Jemen auf Deutsch, während Krieg und Dauerbombardements schon 18 Monate andauern.

29.9.2016 – La Marea (* B K P)

Hakim Almasmari: “El mundo ignora la guerra en Yemen gracias al dinero de Arabia Saudí”

El editor del diario Yemen Post denuncia la catástrofe que sacude al país desde hace un año y medio.

“Sólo hay cada vez más civiles que pagan con sus vidas el precio de la guerra. Lo que se necesita es una solución ya”.

29.9.2016 – Fars News (* B K P)

Saudis Unable to Impose Hegemony over Yemen through Bombing

American writer Ian Williams says Saudi Arabia is not able to win the hearts and minds of the people of Yemen by bombing their cities and killing their beloved ones.

In an exclusive interview with FNA, Mr. Williams, a major foreign policy analyst in the United States, discussed his viewpoints regarding the legality of the Saudi war on Yemen and the underlying reasons for the continued belligerence in the region.

Why hasn’t its military intervention in Yemen received a firm response by the Security Council and the international community?

A: The Saudis’ financial power and its importance to stabilizing other repressive regimes in the region is such that it can count on regional support for its moves, and even with reservations expressed by others, it can continue. It can also pretend that it is acting at the invitation of the “legitimate” government of Yemen even though there has to be some doubt about which government has any legitimacy. However, the reckless bombing of civilian targets clearly violates international humanitarian law whether invited or not. The current talks are clearly designed to fail since both the venue, KSA, and the aim, the restoration of Hadi, is not acceptable to the Houthis.

KSA is operating on a reflex. Its analysis is fatally flawed and influences the West. Instead of seeing the Houthi revolt as an indigenous revolt and the conflict as a civil war, it sees it as a surrogate. The Wahhabi regime is concerned that the Houthi revolt would set an example for its own repressed Shiite population. It simplistically regards the Houthis as Shiite and then compounds that by assuming that since they are Shiite, it means they are proxies for Iranian foreign policy. They feel encircled and so feel they have to lash out.

Nothing about the Saudi intervention in Yemen shows signs of long-term strategic planning or foresight. It is reflexive and counterproductive behavior. They cannot commit ground troops without disaster, so since they feel they “have to do something” they rely upon air power. Conflict after conflict shows that you cannot win hearts and minds with bombing and strafing.

24.8.2016 – Real News (* B K)

Film: Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen To Quell Demonstrations for Democracy

The Saudi-led coalition is not just trying to deter Houthi leaders; they want to ensure that pro-democratic Yemeni demonstrations don't touch the rest of the Arabian peninsula, says Bilal Zenab Ahmed of

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / See cp1

30.9.2016 – UN News Centre (* A H)

UNICEF completes mobile health campaign aimed at children and women in Yemen

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that, along with its partners, the agency has completed a drive reaching more than 600,000 children under five years old and some 180,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women in conflict-torn Yemen with critical health and nutrition services.

“We have increased our geographical reach to all parts of the country as well as increased the number of times we do the integrated outreach. This has resulted in delivering medical assistance to the most hard-to-reach communities especially those most affected by the conflict”, said Julien Harneis, UNICEF Yemen Representative, in a news release yesterday.

The 24-29 September nationwide campaign consisted of a package of health and nutrition services including vaccination, vitamin supplementation, deworming, screening for malnutrition and treatment for childhood infections, as well as antenatal and postnatal care for women.

More than 34,000 health workers supported by 880 supervisors and monitors spread across Yemen’s 333 districts used about 10,000 vehicles and other means of transportation such as motorcycles, donkeys or simply walking long distances on difficult terrains to reach children and women in far-flung corners of the country, the agency said.

30.9.2016 – Xinhua (* B H)

Feature: Humanitarian crisis worsens amid peace stalemate in Yemen

"I don't think the word 'human' applies to the people in western Yemen who lack all basic services," Ibrahim Al-Kala'e said while describing the suffering in Hodeida province.

"All people living in the coastline areas don't have access to any basic services -- no food, no hospitals, no clean water, no education and no jobs," he said. "All we have is a highway."

Hodeida has the highest rates of poverty and malnutrition in Yemen.

Abdullah Ahmed, a father to one kid, said all families in his village of Al-Dhukair are coping with harsh conditions as war has deepened their suffering.

The embargo by the Saudi-led coalition, as part of the bombing campaign launched in early 2015, has deprived the country of all supplies.

The coalition also has been targeting boats in the Red Sea where Hodeida people used to make a living. Locals said they can't go fishing anymore after airstrikes targeted boats several times since the war escalated.

Fatik Al-Roudaini, founder of Mona Relief, said "the main reason for aggravation of the humanitarian crisis is the continued embargo and airstrikes."

He said the situation in Hodeida is heartbreaking. "Many families live in straw houses but they don't have anything inside," he said. "They have nothing. No food, no furniture. Nothing, but hope." – by Fuad Rajeh

29.9.2016 – Channel 4 (* B H)

Film (trailer): Yemen's babies starve as the forgotten war continues
Yemen's babies starve as the forgotten war continues

This five month old baby is on the brink of starvation, like hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen's forgotten war = and another trailer

and longer (5 min.) and see photos and

Comment: Why always just “on the brink of”? This baby actually IS starving.

29.9.2016 – Spiegel Online (* B H)

Fotos: Unterernährung: Jemens Kinder verhungern

"Mangelernährung unter Kindern ist ein chronisches Problem im Jemen", sagt Mohammed al-Assadi von der Kinderrechtsorganisation Unicef. "Die Kinder zahlen einen hohen Preis für den Konflikt."

29.9.2016 – Xinhua (* B H)

Humanitarian situation worsens as 26 million Yemenis face starvation

The impoverished Arab country of Yemen is now one step closer to famine, according to a United Nations (UN) report.

People here wonder how much more suffering can 26 million Yemenis bear?

At Al-Sabeen, a state-run maternity hospital in Sanaa, a ward dedicated to childhood malnutrition treatment received 26 emergency cases this month alone.

Fifteen-month-old Ali Saleh is one of the patients. Stick-thin and suffering from persistent diarrhea and vomiting, he was diagnosed with severe malnutrition.

His parents, unable to afford enough food themselves, are also suffering from malnutrition.

"Even the milk they purchased for the child was either expired or spoiled due to poor storage and absent electricity, a typical phenomenon characteristic of wars and blockades," said doctor Abdullah Hajash, who also has to cope with lack of medicine and equipment.

"Malnutrition cases are on the rise, often leading to death, but a small number of patients sometimes recover," he said.

The maternity hospital, located in the south of Sanaa, is in bad shape, its walls full of fissures and most of its windows smashed, after hundreds of almost daily airstrikes on security and military camps and the presidential palace nearby.

On the ground inside Yemen, the situation remains dismal.

The economic situation further deteriorated following Hadi's decision last month to relocate the headquarters of the central bank from the Houthi-held capital Sanaa to the government's temporary southern capital, Aden.

Most state employees have not yet received their August salaries.

And thousands of private sector employees have lost their jobs as many businesses closed due to the economic blockade and ever worsening fuel and power shortages.

Almost all bridges in the northern cities were hit, as were many other vital service facilities, such as hospitals, schools, highways and shops, depriving residents of water, food and electricity.

Many families in Sanaa subsist on just one meal a day.

Women and children can often been seen rummaging garbage in search of scraps of food.

Mosques have opened their doors to impoverished families in need of food and shelter, as many families cannot afford to rent a house and sleep on the streets instead – by Mohamed al-Azaki

29.9.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 28 September 2016

Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, UNHRD has supported 6 Partners responding to the crisis by sending 504.47 MT of critical relief items, equipment and medical supplies to Djibouti and Yemen. Most recently, UNHRD dispatched 35 metric tons of medicine to Hoedida on behalf of WHO. =

29.9.2016 – WAM (A H P)

ERC distributes 4,000 food parcels in Abyan

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has begun the implementation of its relief programme in a number of cites and areas in the Governorate of Abyan.

ERC teams have distributed 4,000 food parcels to the underprivileged families in areas in Abyan Governorate. Local officials said that the areas were in a severe need for the UAE aid and ERC programmes in the governorate and other areas. =

Comment: bread for the ones and bombs for the others.

23.9.2016 – Roberto Lenardiono (B H)

Film: Yemen's Children Continue To Starve And Die-Yemen war (+18)

Comment: This film is a few months old but the message is just the same. Nothing has changed.

18.8.2016 – MONA Relief (* B H K)

Film: Yemen at War - The Sound Of Your Silence

Directed and executed by Catherine Shakdam, Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies

7.7.2016 – Save the Children (* B H)

Film: Forgotten Crisis Forgotten Children

Today in Yemen, nearly 8 million of children are going hungry, over 2 million are not attending school and more than 8 million are without access to even basic medical care. Millions of children are caught up in Yemen’s war, Nearly 1,000 innocent children have been killed and thousands more have been seriously injured. But this is only part of the story.
Today, nearly 10 million children in Yemen require humanitarian assistance, making it the highest number of children in a single country that need help anywhere in the world. This includes 1.3 million children now suffering from acute malnutrition as the spectre of famine looms large over the Middle East’s poorest country.

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

30.9.2016 – Citylab (* B K)

The Destruction of Yemen's Historic Tower Houses

Air strikes are damaging the country’s urban heritage.

A number of these Sanaa houses are among the at least 75 historic sites that have been damaged since the beginning of the war. In June 2015, coalition strikes destroyed five houses. In September 2015, 10 members of the same family were killed in a strike that pummeled the tower house in which they lived. And earlier this month strikes hit the headquarters of the National Security Bureau, damaging neighboring homes.

Lamprakos says that the destruction of houses in such a dense and cohesive area threatens the city’s broader structure. “The houses are part of an integrated urban fabric,” she says. “They are grouped around gardens, which lie at the heart of religious complexes. The bombings leave gaps in this fabric, endangering buildings on either side and making the damage potentially progressive.”

Lamprakos notes that until the current conflict, three and a half decades of sustained conservation activity had taken place, with architects, engineers, builders, craftsmen, and advocates dedicating themselves to the work. “The old city has become a source of local pride,” she says. “It represents a living building tradition that sustains the historic structure.”

Unlike many preserved historic cities in Europe and the United States, Sanaa’s old city has not been gentrified. The Yemenis who live there are often poor, and rent rather than own. The lack of wealth among the area’s residents could make it even harder to return structures to their former glory after the conflict, not to mention survive it in the meantime.

“In times of conflict, the first priority is human life,” says Lamprakos. “But when the historic fabric of the city is targeted, it’s the soul of a people, of a community, that’s being targeted – by Marione Kirk

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

29.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Yemen declares new locally designed ballistic missile

Yemen’s Army on Thursday announced a new locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile to be used immediately in battle fronts, the army’s command said in a statement received by Saba.
The new weapons have large destructive and effective powers.
The new missile, Sumood, is a 4-meter long and 555mm diameter. It weighs a ton and has the capacity of carrying 300 kilograms of warheads.
The missile has a range of 38 kilometers. It includes 10.000 shrapnel. and films: and and and photos:

Comment: “10.000 shrapnel” – is this really something to be proud of??

27.9.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P9

Ousted Yemeni president vows to see Saudis prosecuted for ‘war crimes’

Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has vowed to prosecute the rulers of Saudi Arabia in international courts, accusing them of carrying out war crimes, reported on Monday.

Saleh also revealed the name of the Saudi official in charge of the Yemeni file, Prince Mohamed Bin Nayef. He said that Bin Nayef knows every single detail regarding Yemen and accused him of inciting King Salman to carry out the current “aggression” in the country.

Referring to the Saudi defence minister, Saleh said that Mohamed Bin Salman is a young man and has no hostility against Yemen. The ex-president noted that the problem is with the current Saudi ambassador to his country, who he described as a “big hypocrite” who has provided “paid-for” false reports. He claimed that the ambassador divides the money between himself and the informant who collected the false information.

Although he vowed to prosecute the Saudi rulers over what he said are “war crimes”, Saleh proposed to talk with them on condition of a halt to air strikes and the lifting of the maritime and ground siege

Comment by Judith Brown: Well glad someone is saying this - not that I support this corrupt cheat.

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

30.9.2016 – Shapban (A P)

met several businessmen today. they believe Hadi is planning to split the south. I agree.

sad enough 2 of them had heart attacks when central bank was relocated to Aden.

30.9.2016 – Shapban (A P)

#Yemen's ex #PM Haidr al-Attas says #UK officials told him they're supporting splitting south Yemen from its north

#Yemen's ex #PM Haidr al-Attas says #US officials voiced willingness to host conference for southern leaders to discuss splitting the south

30.9.2016 – AP (A T)


Yemeni security officials say that suspected militants have gunned down a senior security official in the southern city of Aden.

The officials say that gunmen shot to death Col. Ali Awwad, head of intelligence in the Buraqa district as he was leaving his house on Friday and fled the scene on a motorbike. The killing comes less than 24 hours after suspected militants killed another top security official at the Aden airport.

The Islamic State affiliate in Yemen claimed responsibility in Twitter postings – by Ahmed Al-Haj

29.9.2016 – Terror Monitor (A T)

# Yemen security forces in Aden # Announces adjust the weapons store belonging to one of the leaders of the organization of the Islamic state (photos)

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

UN-Menschenrechtsrat versagt siehe cp1a / Failure of UN Human Rights Council see cp1a

29.9.2016 – AP (* A P)

NGO denounces UN for not halting attacks on hospitals

The U.N. Security Council came under sharp criticism Wednesday for its failure to implement a resolution aimed at protecting medical facilities and staff in conflict zones from Syria to Yemen and Afghanistan.
The U.N.'s most powerful body held a meeting on health care in armed conflict that by coincidence began just hours after two hospitals on rebel-held Aleppo were bombed, highlighting the lack of action to protect them.
Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, blamed the failure on "a lack of political will _ among member states fighting in coalitions, and those who enable them.'' She told the council that the failure is evident in hospital attacks since the resolution's adoption in May which have left civilians in war with "less, if any, access to life-saving medical care.''
"Many attacks ... are brushed off as mistakes,'' Liu said. "We reject the word 'mistake'. We denounce the deliberate and systemic failure of states to avoid attacking hospitals and to appropriately control their conduct of hostilities.''
In both Syria and Yemen, four of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council "are implicated in some way in these attacks,'' she said, a reference to Russia, the United States, Britain and France. =

Comment by Judith Brown: Four out of five permanent members of the UN Security Council are implicated in the bombing of hospitals according to this report.

29.9.2016 – Esanum (A K P)

Ärzte-Organisationen fordern Schutz vor Angriffen auf Krankenhäuser

Die Hilfsorganisation Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) und das Internationale Komitee vom Roten Kreuz (IKRK) fordern von den Vereinten Nationen, Angriffe auf Krankenhäuser und medizinisches Personal zu unterbinden.

Der UN-Sicherheitsrat habe “schlicht versagt” bei dem Versuch, die Lage in Syrien, im Jemen und anderswo zu ändern, sagte MSF-Präsidentin Joanne Liu am Mittwoch in New York. “Es kann nicht länger gewartet werden. Setzen Sie Ihre Versprechen in die Tat um.”

Die Organisationen erklärten, vier der fünf Veto-Mächte im höchsten UN-Gremium – neben Russland, dass das syrische Regime stützt, die USA, Großbritannien, Frankreich und China – seien in die Attacken auf “irgendeine Weise verwickelt”.

28.9.2016 – United Nations Office at Geneva (A P)


KATE GILMORE, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, introducing the report on Yemen, said that a year and a half since the intensification of the conflict in Yemen, the situation had deteriorated further, bringing devastating effects for the population.

Yemen, speaking as a concerned country, said that the report suffered from certain shortcomings. Yemen had notified the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to rectify the report by using the information provided by the Government. However, that information was not taken into account. The report failed to state that the challenges faced were the result of the coup carried out by the Houthis. The High Commissioner’s report was politicized and needed a professional review. The Government of Yemen had demonstrated positive cooperation with the Council and the Office and it expected a non-biased take on the events in the country. A presidential decree had extended the mandate of the national committee to investigate human rights violations, and it needed technical support in order to carry out its mandate. The international community needed to call for an end to the attacks and crimes carried out by the Houthi militia. It needed to listen to the voices of the victims of that militia. The most heinous crime against the people of Yemen was the coup, destruction of the social fabric and the spread of hate speech and terrorism.

Comment: “Yemen” is Hadi government. Of course, there are no Saudi coalition air strikes. This puppet governments’ statement is ridiculous.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

30.9.2016 – Alwaght (A P)

Saudi Crown Prince Visit to Turkey Raises Questions

Saudi Crown Muhammad Bin Nayef has visited Ankara as the Turkish regime violates international laws by hoisting its flag inside Syrian territory north of Aleppo

20.9.2016 – The Sun (** B H)

SEX slaves captured by ISIS terrorists are being sold at sickening auctions in Saudi Arabia – a key UK ally – Sun Online has been told.

The horrifying discovery was unveiled when a jihadi was killed in fighting at the town of Al-Shirqat, which was taken over by the terror group in 2014.

Members of the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Units, a state-sponsored militia fighting to liberate the town, recovered his mobile phone and claimed to have found horrifying images of the sickening trade.

The Arab nation is part of the international coalition fighting Islamic State alongside the UK and US but wealthy Saudis have been accused of sponsoring the terror group for years.

A spokesman for the PMU told Sun Online: “Our investigation officer was appalled at the set of images involving what we believe to be an Iraqi Yazidi (an ethnic minority in the region) woman taken as sex slave.

"Images were of the auction in Saudi Arabia of the woman and sexually explicit materials of the fighter and the woman in a hotel.

"Location data was observed on the image file as enabled by default on many smart phones.

An 18-year-old Yazidi sex slave who escaped ISIS claims she was sold in an international auction.

The teenager, Jinan, was abducted from her village in Northern Iraq last year when ISIS troops stormed her village and took her prisoner before torturing and sexually abusing her and the other captives in the terror group’s stronghold of Mosul.

She said said dozens of women were being held in a large room, and it was not only Iraqis and Syrians trading women but also Saudis and Westerners, whose actual nationality was not clear.

Potential buyers, she wrote in her book 'Daesh's Slave' would inspect the women "like livestock".

The Saudi Ministry of Justice has been approached for a comment – by Sam Webb

Comment: Horrific. Saudi Arabia, the West’s best ally and the ideological father of all this. There also is reported that Yemeni children are sold as sex slaves to Saudi Arabia.

cp9 USA

30.9.2016 – Bloomberg (A H P)

Sept. 11 Widow Sues Saudi Arabia Following Congress Override

A woman widowed when her husband was killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 sued the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia just two days after Congress enacted legislation allowing Americans to sue foreign governments for allegedly playing a role in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

Stephanie Ross DeSimone alleged the kingdom provided material support to al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden, in a complaint filed Friday at a U.S. court in Washington. Her suit is also filed on behalf of the couple’s daughter. DeSimone was pregnant when Navy Commander Patrick Dunn was killed.

DeSimone, who is suing for wrongful death and intentional infliction of emotional distress, is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

The case is DeSimone v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 16-cv-1944, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington) – by Andrew M Harris

29.9.2016 – The Intercept (A P)

The FBI Wanted to Target Yemenis Through Student Groups and Mosques

The FBI envisioned infiltrating mosques and Muslim student associations to look for young Yemenis to serve as informants, according to an internal presentation obtained by The Intercept.

The document suggests that agents scour Facebook “to find individuals who are dramatically increasing their levels of piety — that’s the demographic you want.”

“Since we’re looking for young people re-engaging with their Islamic faith,” it continues, “the local MSA [Muslim Student Association] is a great place to start.”

The 24-slide presentation, prepared for a Source Development Unit in the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence, is titled “Responding to the Yemeni Threat: Scenarios for CHS Development,” using the bureau’s lingo for informants, which it calls “confidential human sources.” – by Cora Currier and also at

29.9.2016 – Real Clear World (* B K P)

The “End State” Fallacy: Setting the Wrong Goals for War Fighting

In broad terms, efforts to control the “end state” of conflicts have almost always failed. Serious wars almost inevitably change the states involved in ways that none of the participants ever anticipated. They change social structure, economics, and interactions between different ethnic, sectarian, and other groups within society. Political stability and effective governance is often difficult to impossible to achieve, and anger, revenge, and opportunism create major patterns of post-conflict instability.

The United States is the major global military power, but it now faces a world in which it can—at best—exert sustained influence, and cannot possibly control the end state of a given conflict it is involved in. In the real world, conflict termination almost never has an “end state.”

Regardless of what happens between now and January, the next Administration will face the need to deal with either sustained fighting, or years of post-conflict effort to bring some form of stability to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.

Yemen has not suffered as much from war as have Iraq or Syria, but it began with a far lower standard of living and far worse prospects of development. As a result, Yemen was far more vulnerable to the impact of war – by Anthony Cordesman

Comment Very similar to the author’s article presented in YPR 204.

30.9.2016 – Qantara (A P)

Saudi-Arabien kritisiert neues US-Gesetz zu Anschlägen vom 11. September

Saudi-Arabien hat ein neues US-Gesetz für Klagen im Zusammenhang mit den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 scharf verurteilt. Es sei ein Grund für große Besorgnis, teilte das Außenministerium in Riad am Donnerstag
mit. Ohne Änderungen drohten ernste Konsequenzen.

Der Kongress hatte am Mittwoch mit großer Mehrheit ein Veto von Präsident Barack Obama überstimmt und ein Gesetz verabschiedet, mit der Angehörige der Anschlagsopfer den Golfstaat auf Entschädigung verklagen können. Hintergrund ist, dass 15 der 19 Attentäter aus dem Königreich kamen.

Das Gesetz macht den Weg für Klagen gegen Saudi-Arabien in den USA frei, weil es bei Anschlägen auf amerikanischem Territorium eine Ausnahme vom Grundsatz der staatlichen Souveränität macht. Die Regierung in Riad hat wiederholt den Verdacht zurückgewiesen, dass sie die Attentäter vom 11. September unterstützt haben könnte. und auch

29.9.2016 – Telepolis (* A P)

9/11: Teilsieg für Opferangehörige, die gegen Saudi-Arabien klagen wollen

Niederlage für Obama: Der Kongress überstimmt sein Veto gegen ein Gesetz, das Klagen gegen das Königreich vor einem US-Gericht ermöglicht

JASTA hat es in sich. Ausgeschrieben heißt das Gesetz "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act", also Gerechtigkeit für die Finanziers von terroristischen Akten. Gezielt ist es gegen Saudi-Arabien und seine Verwicklungen in die Anschläge vom 9. September 2001. 15 der 19 Attentäter hatten die saudi-arabische Staatsbürgerschaft.

Gestern haben sowohl der Senat wie das Repräsentantenhaus JASTA mit eindeutigen Mehrheiten verabschiedet. Im Senat gab es nur eine Gegenstimme (97-1) und im Repräsentantenhaus war der Sache ebenfalls sehr deutlich (348-77). Das heißt es gab einen breiten Konsens über Parteigrenzen hinweg, bei den Demokraten und den Republikanern, und das mitten im Wahlkampf.

Für den Präsidenten ist das ein peinliches Ergebnis, wie es das Weiße Haus auch äußerte, wobei man die Schuld an der Peinlichkeit den Abgeordneten zuschob. Obama hatte nämlich ein Veto gegen das Gesetz eingelegt. Das wurde gestern pulverisiert - zum ersten Mal in seiner zu Ende gehenden Amtszeit überhaupt wurde ein Veto von ihm überstimmt

Die Sicherheit der US-Truppen im Auslandseinsatz stehe auf dem Spiel, lautete ein Argument der Regierung

Obama warnte ebenfalls, dass das Gesetz wichtige Partner auf Distanz zu den USA bringen könnte.

Die Kongressabgeordneten sahen das anders – von Thomas Pany

30.9.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Saudi foreign ministry condemns passage of U.S. Sept. 11 law

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry condemned the passage of a U.S. law that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue the kingdom for damages, calling it a matter of "great concern" in a statement on Thursday.

"The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States," said the Saudi statement, which was carried on state news agency SPA after a day of stony silence from Riyadh.

The foreign ministry expressed hope that the U.S. Congress would correct the legislation "to avoid the serious unintended consequences that may ensue," without elaborating on what the consequences might be.

But Saudi officials who had lobbied against the bill stopped short of threatening any specific retaliation if the law was passed.

The Saudi riyal fell against the U.S. dollar in the forward foreign exchange market on Thursday after the law was passed.

Analysts said a successful lawsuit against the Saudi government would be unlikely at best, but speculated that the uncertainty surrounding the legal implications could negatively affect bilateral trade and investment with a major ally.

"The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States," said the Saudi statement, which was carried on state news agency SPA after a day of stony silence from Riyadh.

The foreign ministry expressed hope that the U.S. Congress would correct the legislation "to avoid the serious unintended consequences that may ensue," without elaborating on what the consequences might be.

But Saudi officials who had lobbied against the bill stopped short of threatening any specific retaliation if the law was passed.

The Saudi riyal fell against the U.S. dollar in the forward foreign exchange market on Thursday after the law was passed.

Analysts said a successful lawsuit against the Saudi government would be unlikely at best, but speculated that the uncertainty surrounding the legal implications could negatively affect bilateral trade and investment with a major ally – by Katie Paul and by Sputnik News:

30.9.2016 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Saudi Arabia calls on US to 'correct' 9/11 legislation

Senators who voted for override are already voicing concerns about JASTA, saying they are willing to reconsider it

Saudi Arabia called on the United States to “correct” the bill that allows 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts to avoid its “dangerous” consequences.

An unidentified Saudi foreign ministry official told Saudi news agency SPA on Thursday that he hopes wisdom will prevail in Congress to amend the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override a presidential veto on the bill. JASTA passed unanimously in the House of Representatives earlier in September, but President Barack Obama vetoed it, fearing that it would undermine international relations.

Citing foreign-policy experts, the Associated Press said Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies can retaliate against the bill by pulling billions of dollars from the US economy and decreasing counterterrorism cooperation.

Dr Ronald Stockton, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, said civil litigation should not be used as a means to address foreign-policy controversy.

“This undermines the power of the government to work out arrangements under very difficult circumstances,” he told Middle East Eye. “I think this is going to cause serious harm.”

"If you go back to the 1980s, you can probably find that the Saudis were giving money to Osama, but so were we; that was American policy," he said.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

29.9.2016 Middle East Eye (* A P)

Corbyn calls for end to UK 'arms bazaar' policy in Middle East

Speaking to MEE, Labour leader calls for powers for Parliament to control arms sales to Saudi Arabia and oversee deployment of special forces

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded a root-and-branch review of Britain’s alliance with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the brutal Saudi interventions in Bahrain and the Yemen.

Speaking to Middle East Eye, Corbyn called for a fundamental change in Britain’s relationship with the Middle East, establishing a foreign policy based on democracy rather than military interventions. The Labour leader said that Britain’s relationship with the Saudi monarchy should focus on human rights - not arms sales.

“We have got to look again at the whole arms relationship with Saudi Arabia and look again at the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia, sustained by the supply of arms largely, but not exclusively, from Britain which is used... both in Bahrain and in Yemen. Bahrain has now had significant Saudi involvement for quite a long time to prop up the regime there,” Corbyn said.

He said Britain was “incredibly selective” on human rights issues. “We sign up of course to the Universal Declaration, the European Convention and we do have the Arms Export Control Committee in Parliament, but we are actually very selective about this and we’ve done precious little about Saudi Arabia for a very long time." – by David Hearst and Peter Oborne

29.9.2016 – Sputnik News (A P)

Labor government to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia: Party leader

The Labor government would halt the arms sales to Saudi Arabia that is allegedly using the weaponry to increase tension in Yemen, the leader of Labor Party Jeremy Corbyn said Wednesay.
Corbyn stressed that conflicts like the ones in Yemen or Syria should have a political rather than military solution.

Comment by Judith Brown: YES!! 26 million reasons to vote for Jeremy and Labour.

29.9.2016 – British Government (A P)

Human Rights Council 33, statement delivered under Item 10, 29 September, 2016

UK statement delivered during the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council under Item 10.

The UK thanks the High Commissioner for his report on Yemen. The humanitarian situation is dire and we remain extremely concerned about the impact of the conflict. Human rights violations and abuses continue on a large scale, including reports of the use of child soldiers, attacks on journalists and human rights defenders, and arbitrary detentions. We are also concerned by the destruction of civilian infrastructure and the lack of progress on improving women’s rights. The UK fully supports the UN’s efforts to bring about a political solution to the conflict.

We positively note the report of the Yemeni National Independent Commission of Inquiry and encourage further cooperation between the Yemeni government and the UN to help strengthen the protection and investigation of human rights. It is vital that all parties take constructive steps to improve the situation.

Comment: Positively noting the report of the Yemeni National Independent Commission of Inquiry is a bad joke. This commission by no means is independent, it is just a Hadi government’s alibi to prevent an independent investigation on wars crimes in Yemen. Saudi air raids do not exist for this commission. This Yemeni commission now has come under heavy criticism by UN officials: This statement by the British government now is a clear step backwards trying to prevent an independent investigation to be installed. Today, on Friday, the HRC will decide about that. British government tells: Not necessary.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

29.9.2016 – Weekly Ahram (A P)

Eritrea: Out of isolation?

For a quarter of a century Eritrea remained an isolated country after its independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s.

Asmara’s isolation increased after the EU imposed sanctions against Eritrea under the pretext that it is cooperating with the Somali Shabab Al-Mujahideen militant group, formerly affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Over the past two years, however, some positions have shifted.

The UAE leased a small port on the Eritrean coast to convert it into a logistics naval base as part of the war effort of the Arab alliance.

The naval base allowed Eritrea to expand its relations with Gulf states

According to Berouk Mesfin, an Ethiopian researcher at the African Institute of Security Studies (ISS), the Asmara regime views rapprochement with the Gulf as a royal gateway to the entire Muslim world, especially in Africa – by Haitham Nuri

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

30.9.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A K)

Omani truck with weapons for Houthis seized in Yemen

Local sources in Yemen have reported that an Omani truck that contained weapons for Houthi militias was seized in the Marib province in central Yemen last night.

Local resistance forces noticed the truck and stopped it for inspection. They found thermal rockets, along with ammunition. The weapons were covered with electronic devices in an attempt to mask the delivery.

The driver then admitted to receiving the delivery from Sarfait port, a settlement in Oman’s Dhofar Governorate, before driving westwards towards Yemen.

Comment: Compare, a truck full of weapons against just the last deal:

30.9.2016 – Sputnik News (* B K)

Norway's Controversial Arms Export to Warring Countries Under Scrutiny

Despite its image as a peaceful country, Norway seems to make the most of its arms export to warring countries. Meanwhile, pressure has been rising on Norway to put a stop to its controversial weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition that is waging a war in Yemen.

A network of 50 Norwegian organizations, including Save the Children, the Christian Council of Norway, Red Cross Norway and the Norwegian Peace Association, demanded a thorough investigation of Oslo's weapons sales to countries that engage in the Yemeni civil war.

Norway's yearly arms export constitutes 2.4 billion NOK (roughly $300 million), placing Norway in tenth place on the 2014 list of the world's biggest arms dealers. In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait were all among Mid-Eastern importers of Norwegian arms.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

29.9.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin | Issue 39 | 19 - 25 September 2016

Syrian and Yemeni refugees in Sudan

Sudan also hosts significant numbers of Syrian refugees and several thousand Yemeni refugees who have arrived in Sudan over the past few years. According to Government of Sudan estimates, about 100,000 Syrians have arrived in Sudan, predominantly in the greater Khartoum area, since 2011. Since the escalation of conflict in Yemen, UNHCR has recorded a growing number of Yemeni arrivals in Sudan, with 1,334 registered as of the end of August. The Government of Sudan regards Yemeni arrivals as brothers and sisters and visas are not required for their entry. Yemeni arrivals have access to UNHCR assistance and services, including targeted financial assistance to those identified as extremely vulnerable. and in full:

19.9.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

2016 Yemen Situation - Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan - Funding snapshot as at 19 September 2016

Comment: The total is less than the cost of a half day Saudi aerial war against Yemen.

30.9.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees

All documents for download:

cp13c Zentralbank / Central Bank

30.9.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A E P)

Film: people supporting Central Bank at Sanaa by paying cash

29.9.2016 – Crisis Group (** A E P)

Central Bank Crisis Risks Famine in Yemen

Efforts to move Yemen’s Central Bank will likely add to risks of insolvency and starvation, while complicating and deepening civil war divisions. Regional and international powers should rally round this critical institution and help revive UN-brokered peace talks.

The move appears to have no well-thought-out implementation plan and opens a host of uncertainties, including a breakdown of the banking system and continued inability to pay salaries that would accelerate economic collapse and could tip large parts of the country into famine. It will also vastly complicate prospects for a negotiated settlement and almost certainly encourage the Huthi/Saleh forces to escalate, including attacks inside Saudi territory. Not least, it will deepen the north-south political divide, making more difficult future efforts to negotiate a peaceful solution to the troubled relationship between these areas.

The economy has long been a weapon in the war.

There had been a tacit agreement between the sides to allow the Central Bank, run by veteran technocrat Mohammed Awad bin Humam, to perform its functions relatively free of interference. Diplomats and international economists agree that, under increasingly adverse circumstances, the bank has remained largely impartial, guaranteeing import of basic commodities, protecting the riyal’s value and paying public-sector salaries nationally. Without revenue from interrupted hydrocarbon exports, formerly approximately 70 per cent of the government’s budget, or donor support, however, the bank is rapidly approaching insolvency. Acute riyal shortages are interfering with its ability to pay salaries, and the Hadi government has blocked bin Humam from printing additional currency through a Russian company.

During the Kuwait talks, the Hadi government and its Gulf Cooperation Council backers turned increasingly critical of the Central Bank, accusing its governor of allowing the Huthi/Saleh forces to pilfer state coffers to fund their war effort. The heart of the issue is the monthly disbursal of 25 billion riyals (approximately $100 million) to the Huthi-controlled defence ministry. This notoriously opaque line item in the 2014 budget, which bin Humam has continued to implement absent a new budget, benefits the Huthis disproportionately, as they, like every group in Yemen before them, have likely stacked the ministry payroll with their loyalists.

Yemen cannot bear the demise of yet another opportunity to end the war. It has become a failed and divided state and soon could also be a starving one. One of its last functioning, technocratically-run institutions, the Central Bank, is in peril. Pulling back from what threatens to be even more severe fragmentation and suffering requires urgent steps:

A devastating economic war of attrition may still be avoided, but only if the sides agree to an immediate ceasefire and return to peace talks. =

Comment: BOTH sides had military paid by the Central Bank, not just the Houthis.

29.9.2016 – Reuters (* A E P)

New Yemen central bank governor says inherited bank with no money

Yemen's newly appointed central bank governor said on Thursday he had inherited a bank with no money, a dysfunctional monetary cycle and no working database but salaries would be paid nevertheless.

Monasser Saleh al-Quaiti told the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat that his appointment had come in time to prevent the rial currency from collapsing after mishandling had led to a depletion of reserves. He pledged to keep the bank independent.

"We have to reverse the situation... I was handed over a bank empty of money, a monetary cycle that was incapable of circulating and a database that was not existent," Quaiti said.

"We will solve the salary payment problem, despite the (insurgent) Houthis keeping the database, through information stored in the branches of the central bank in the governorates."

Quaiti said in the interview: "We had a good meeting with the IMF's Lagarde and she said the Fund would support the bank if the move paved the way for it to perform its duties, and the IMF and World Bank did not oppose our move." = and see image: , little cash money there

Comment: It does not really surprise me that this is a Central Bank without money. The whole idea of transferring the Central Bank, especially in war times like these, is a crazy idea from an economic viewpoint, it merely was tried for political reasons. – Madame Lagarde: Be aware that the IMF itself had stated that the (former) Sanaa Central Bank had stayed neutral during the war. What now is important: The Sanaa Central Bank’s Governor had asked for the help of the IWF to stabilize the Central Bank (, but he got no help (, in a misleading propaganda wording). Now, the split away new Aden Central Bank is promised help by Lagarde. The economic situation which could have led to the former refusal had not changed within 12 days. Thus, both decisions must be politically motivated. Well, that shows what the IMF really is: an instrument of the West’s geopolitical warfare.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this is a bit predictable. The outgoing governor of the Yemen Central Bank has been doing an amazing job and not surprisingly they had no money left as they have no exports and imports are very expensive. I think the international consensus was that he was doing a good job. Now the new appointee to head to bank moved to Aden is appointed by Hadi and hence the outgoing governor is bound to be criticised.

29.9.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A E P)

Yemen’s Central Bank Governor: ‘Even in Aden…We will be Independent’

Governor of Yemeni central bank Munser al-Quaiti said he will head directly to the central Bank’s headquarters the moment he arrives to Aden.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat: “It was necessary to be aware. I was handed an empty bank with a missing database. However, despite that Houthis are keeping the database, we will solve the salaries’ issue through the data recorded in the central bank’s branches distributed among several provinces.”

He confirmed his plan to activate the federal system in the bank after liberating it, just like U.S.A.

One week after assigning him as the governor of the central bank, al-Quaiti said it needs up till the end of this year so that the bank can initially achieve its goals.

He continued: “We do not want any performance; instead, we want the right performance for the central bank’s duties stipulated in law.”

The governor pledged that the bank will be independent in Aden, and he said: “We represent the Yemeni Republic, and we are responsible for all Yemenis.”

He said he is facing two problems. The first lies in the fact that there is no cash in the central bank treasuries, “we were able to fund economy with necessary liquidity, and this is the first mission for the central bank.”

The second problem is that there is a disabled monetary cycle since the communication channels in the monetary cycle lost confidence in the central bank – by Badr al-Qahtani & Abdulhadi Habtour

cp15 Propaganda

30.9.2016 – Yemen’s Houthis Follow Iran-Inspired Strategy for Recruiting Women, Children

The step up in recruitment, which kicked off two years ago after Iran-backed militants took over Sana’a, has been paralleled to a similar experience in the Middle East, the so-called Hezbollah group based in Lebanon.

Iranian strategy is evident in the approach Houthi militias employ for enrolling new members in the group.

Abdulsalam Mohammad, a Yemeni political analyst, explains that Houthis resorting to drafting women serves as clear evidence of the group’s direction towards radicalizing the community and eventually securing the insurgency’s control over it.

The Iran-inspired strategy works mainly on launching community male breadwinners into frontline cannon fire, leaving behind widows with no support at home and with hungry mouths to feed.

Widowed women, after recruitment, would be indoctrinated by Houthi ideology and raise orphaned youth to become a stronger military bulk replacing the older generation of father militants.

A report finds thousands of children in Yemen dying from direct involvement in the brutal war. The U.N. Children’s Fund says the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation is devastating their lives – by Bassam al-Qadi

Comment: Nice propaganda. By all means, parallels to Iran for claiming Iranian influence on the Houthis must be constructed. Recruiting women is not special “Iranian”, look at women in the US, UK, German, Israel armies for instance. – Child soldiers are recruited also by anti-Houthi fighters, once even president Hadi had posed with minor body guards. It is true that there are more children recruited by the Houthis than by other factions in Yemen. Saudi propaganda stresses these Houthi child soldiers again and again. Houthis recruit children, Saudis bomb them by air raids. – But the most strange sentence in this propaganda article is this: “A report finds thousands of children in Yemen dying from direct involvement in the brutal war.” – Well, the most of them die by Saudi air raids. And others are dying we could say “from indirect involvement in the brutal war,” due to the Saudi blockade and all its consequences.

30.9.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

UAE pledges continuous support to Yemen

Abdullah Fadhil Al Kaabi, from the UAE's Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, renewed UAE's support to the legitimate government in Yemen and praised its cooperation with all partners engaged in national and regional efforts to find solution to the crisis there.
The UAE also welcomed findings of the report, prepared last month by the Yemeni Independent National Commission of Inquiry on the status of human rights there and commended Yemen's cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Al Kaabi underlined resolutions by the Arab summits and other international organisations that stressed the necessity to implement the Security Council Resolution 2216 and other relevant resolutions, as well as the need to continue the GCC initiative, to adopt the outcome of the national dialogue and to support the UN call for a peaceful solution that maintains Yemen's unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, while rejecting any interference in Yemen's internal affairs or attempting to impose a fait accompli.
He further said that the efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen had not been successful because of hostilities by the Houthis and the deposed government.

Comment: The well-known standard propaganda again. – And backing this “Yemeni Independent National Commission of Inquiry” – which by no means is “independent”, but a tool of the Hadi government and thus of its Saudi puppet masters – means helping to prevent the installation of an independent inquiry of war crimes in Yemen, as actually happened, see cp1a.

30.9.2016 – Arab News (A P)

No peace deal in Yemen as long as Houthi militias exist: Al-Assiri

Coalition spokesperson Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said that the alliance will not accept any peace agreement in Yemen before disbanding the armed wing of the Houthi militias.
His remarks came after an offer by the Iran-backed group for a cease-fire made three days ago was rebuffed.
Al-Assiri’s said at a press conference organized by the Saudi Embassy in Berlin that despite the need for a political solution to the conflict, the Kingdom will not support an agreement that allows the Houthis to keep its militias.
He added: “Things are good now; day after day, the Yemeni Army is getting closer and closer to the capital. We do not expect significant operations in Sanaa because there are not a lot of forces in the capital; we go slowly but constantly.”
Al-Assiri pointed out that Saudi Arabia has rebuilt the Yemeni Army from scratch, and it is still committed to supporting it, but the Kingdom does not want to disturb the people of Yemen by deploying large numbers of Saudi forces in the country.
He added: “We carry out very limited military action in supporting the Yemeni Army. We do air support by targeting Houthi ammunition stores, and we are targeting their movements from time to time, but it is the Yemeni Army’s job.”

Comment: Now not even asking Houthis to hand over heavy weapons, but to totally disband their militia. “No peace without capitulation”: not knowing the difference between peace and capitulation? Of course, Asiri does not want peace, but victory. And he is taking for granted that Saudi Arabia has the right to determine what happens in the neighbouring country.

29.9.2016 – Gulf Times (A P)

State of Qatar backs legitimacy in Yemen

State of Qatar yesterday renewed support for the return of legitimacy in Yemen as the only way to ensure its security, unity and stability.
This came in Qatar’s speech by the Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva, Al Mohannad al-Hammadi, on the General Debate for the item (10) on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building- Report of the High Commissioner on Human Rights Situation in Yemen, before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 33rd regular session.
In this context, al-Hammadi stressed Qatar’s keenness to continue its efforts aimed at alleviating the humanitarian suffering of the Yemeni people by providing aid and facilitating their access in collaboration with the United Nations along with national, regional and international relief organisations.

Comment: And all the senseless well known propaganda repeated again.

29.9.2016 – Eurasia News (A P)

SETA: Saudi-Arabiens Außenminister zu Besuch über Türkei-Beziehungen und Naher Osten [VIDEO]

Der Außenminister von Saudi-Arabien, Adil el-Dschubair, hat mit der türkischen Denkfabrik SETA über die „Saudisch-türkischen Beziehungen: Ein kooperativer Ansatz in einer sich verstärkt transformierenden Region“ gesprochen. Die Rede vom neunten September in Ankara begleitete eine Frage-Antwort-Session, geleitet vom SETA-Generalkoordinator Burhanettin Duran.

El-Dschubair betonte die religiöse Verantwortung des Königreichs.

Die Ansätze Saudi-Arabiens und der Türkei bei der Bekämpfung von sektiererischen Tendenzen seien ähnlich, behauptete el-Dschubair. Diese stellen die Basis für eine strategische Beziehung zwischen Riad und Ankara dar, die in den kommenden Jahren ausgebaut werde.

Viele regionale Fragen brachte der Minister auf die Agenda. Er beschrieb die politischen Situationen aus der Sicht von Riad in Jemen, Libyen, Syrien, Irak und Iran, aber auch den religiösen Extremismus, Terrorismus und sektiererische Tendenzen.

Mit Blick auf Iran gab sich der Außenminister Saudi-Arabiens äußerst bedenklich. Seiner Meinung nach unterhält Teheran ein gewaltiges terroristisches Netzwerk.

In Sachen Jemen gab sich el-Dschubair zurückhaltend. Laut ihm war die saudische Königsmonarchie nicht bereit für einen Krieg im Land.

Kommentar: „Seiner Meinung nach unterhält Teheran ein gewaltiges terroristisches Netzwerk“: Es hat in Europa, den USA noch keinen einzigen von Schiiten begangenen Terroranschlag gegeben, was man von wahabitischen Sunniten nicht eben behaupten kann. – Saudi Arabien „nicht bereit für einen Krieg“ im Jemen? LOL – nachdem man mehr Waffen als irgendein anderes Land der Welt importiert hatte?

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

30.9.–1.10.2016 – Tweets Sanaa at night (A K)

NIGHT ATTACKS: Saudi airstrikes bombard heart #Yemen capital targeting presidential palace as 100,000s children wake up in fear.

Here we go again with weird bombs being tested on us. Saudi jets dropped bomb on Sana'a now with 3 consecutive explosions at impact!

Hello World.. Wake up please Sanaa under huge bombardment by Saudi aircrafts right now

WTF! This bomb was huge&freaking scary,it's like end of the world here in Yemen,someone has 2 stop those Saudi pigs

10.30pm local : #Saudi airstrikes in #Yemen capital Sanaa. 4 very large explosions in southern part of city.

4 Saudi airstrikes on Nahdayn hills of #Yemen capital Sanaa. Look at this map : Nahdayn is surrounded by houses.

Now 11:35PM Saudi aircrafts still flying over Sana'a

And back again now saudi jets fly over sky the capital of #Yemen at 11:37 p.m till now

Why do they have jets w/ terrible engine noise like these now. Isn't bomb explosions enough.

30.9.2016 – L4yemen

Saudi aggression bombards communication towers in most Yemeni provinces today,It seems they intend to eliminate our families w/out witnesses

30.9.2016 – Sputnik News (A K)

Houthi Commander Killed in Saudi-Led Coalition Attack in Western Yemen

A commander from the Shia Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah, was killed in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in the Taiz province in Yemen, media reported on Friday.

According to Sky News Arabia, the attack occurred in the village of Ar-Rabiya. Another seven militias were also killed in the airstrike.

Comment: be cautious about that. So often propaganda told us stories like that, when only civilians had been killed. This report certainly comes from a Saudi source.

29.9.2016 – The talking of the Soul (B K)

Just another message from Yemen

‘Good morning.
We did not sleep last night from the noise of warplanes and rocket explosions..
Sanaa’s sky has become a hotbed for the alliance of evil aircraft and our land is the final destination of missiles.
This is a war of extermination. It is a really a disaster sent from heaven to all of us.
The ambulance cars have become like taxis, driving around in the streets of Sanaa, moving the wounded and dead bodies, from one site to the other. Hospitals and graves.
And digging graves has become a profitable industry and business.

You know, my Dear, the Alliance of evil these last days has been using, in their air raids, a new kind of missile. Never used before. Never seen before.
We, somehow, know quite a bit about weapons (you know our history).
We never used it in our wars. It is different in the magnitude of the explosion and ability to destroy.

People in Yemen are being killed and destroyed with weapons, with hunger, disease and our poor country’s infrastructure is destroyed under the supervision of the United Nations, who are immoral international entrepreneurs at the end. Ours continues to be a forgotten war.

30.9.2016 – Al M TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi coalition air raid hits trveöers in Razeh district, Saada province

30.9.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full Llist):

29.-30.9.2016 – Hidham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Saudi fighter jets just arrived in Sana'a sky to show off renewed impunity after HRC ensured no int'l investigation into war crimes.

29.9.2016 – Pars Today (A K PH)

Fresh Saudi airstrikes kill 8 across Yemen

Yemen’s Saba News Agency said seven people were killed on Thursday when Saudi warplanes attacked houses and places of gathering in Razih and Shida districts of Sa’ada Province.

Several others were injured in the attack while locals reported multiple property damage.

Other reports said that one person died and two others sustained injuries when Saudi jets pounded areas in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Saudi attacks were reported in other areas across Yemen with no immediate reports available on the potential casualties.

29.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression wages raids on Mareb, Jawf

Saudi jets raid on Moton

29.9.2016 – Tweets Sanaa during daytime (A K)

Break is over guys, back to bombing. Saudi fighter jets just arrived in Sana'a. Guess done being bitter over #JASTA & now venting on

30.8.2016 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Saudi targets civilians in Yemen with Cluster bombs

Film: In addition to bombardment by artillery, missiles and airstrikes that often involve forbidden weapons, the allies’ jets every now and then drop tremendous numbers of these cluster bombs. Bombs that whatever color or shape it takes, yet their deadly effect in best chances makes it, because of their continuous threatening, the worst and most dangerous weapons used in the war against Yemen.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

30.9.2016 – The Financial Express (A K)

Bangladeshi expatriate among three injured by Yemen shells in Saudi Arabia

A Bangladeshi expatriate and two Saudi nationals were injured in a border shelling from Yemen.

The military projectiles, which were launched by the Houthi rebels, hit areas in the Governorate of Al-Tawal.

30.9.2016 – AP (A K)

Saudi Arabian Border Guard Killed by Shell Fired From Yemen

Authorities say a Saudi border guard has been killed by a shell fired from Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is battling Shiite rebels.

Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki said in a statement Friday that the attack happened Thursday in Saudi Arabia's Jazan province, which borders Yemen. Al-Turki blamed Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, for launching the attack.

29.9.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys mercenaries' armored vehicle, kills all aboard

The army and popular forces destroyed on Thursday a military armored vehicle belonging to Saudi-paid mercenaries in al-Jawf province

Missile force launches new locally designed ballestic missile on mercenaries in Nehm

The army and popular committees' missile force launched a new locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards gatherings of Saudi aggression mercenaries in Nehm district late on Wednesday, a military official told Saba.
The missile inflicted heaavy losses upon them and film:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

30.9.2016 – International federation of Journalists (A)

IFJ runs safety training for journalists and Media workers in Yemen

Seventeen journalists and photographers completed a two-day safety training yesterday in Sana’a/Yemen. The training was organised by the Yemen Journalists' Syndicate (YJS) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Participants received specialised training on risk management, safety procedures and first aid. With at least 6 deaths this year and multiple cases of violence, torture and abductions of Yemeni journalists the YJS General Secretary, Mohammed Shebeita, underlined the importance of safety training for local journalists.

“The YJS and IFJ are determined to provide journalists with the necessary safety skills and knowledge,” said Shebeita. ”This is especially important as most deaths, injuries or abductions have occurred against journalists without the safety awareness that could have saved their lives.”

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-205: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-205: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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