Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 228 - Yemen War Mosaic 228

Yemen Press Reader 228: Cholera–Luftkrieg–Zerstörung der Wirtschaf –Krieg: profunder Überblick–Hungersnot–Schulen–Islamischer Staat (IS)–England unterstützt Saudis weiter–Kämpfe, Luftangriffe

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Cholera – Aerial war – Obliterating Yemen’s economy – Profound war overview – Famine – Schools – Islamic State (IS) – Britain continues supporting Saudis – Fighting and air raids – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp16a Saudischer Luftangriff auf Tankwagen / Saudi air raid at fuel trucks

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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14.11.2016 – World Health Organisation (** A H)

Situation report: Acute watery diarrhoea / Cholera

The numbers of cholera cases in Yemen continue to increase, sparking concerns of a significant outbreak. To date, there are 4119 suspected cases, of which 86 cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing in Sana’a City, Aden, Amran, Al Hudaydah, Al Bayda'a, Lahj, Ibb, Hajjah, Taizz, Al-Dhale’a and Sana’a governorates.

Eight deaths due to cholera have been confirmed in Aden, Amran, Sanaa, Hajjah and Ibb governorates, as well as 58 deaths due to acute watery diarrhoea (AWD).

The cholera outbreak in Yemen was announced by Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MOPHP) on 6 October 2016 in Sanaa and Al-Bayda'a governorates. WHO estimates that 7.6 million people live in high risk areas in 15 governorates, with projected case estimates up to 76,000 people.

WHO has supported the establishment of 26 diarrhoea treatment centers (DTC) in eleven governorates, providing them with diarrhea disease kits (DDK), IV fluids (ringer lactate), oral rehydration salt (ORS), IEC materials, case management guidelines as well as incentives to the medical and nursing staff. The goal as per the integrated plan is to open 60 DTCs in the 15 at-risk governorates.

A joint Health and Water and Sanitation Cholera Task Force continues to monitor and coordinate an integrated strategic humanitarian response, with a leading role from the MoPHP, local water authorities, as well as WHO, UNICEF and a number of partner NGOs, such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Action Contre la Faim (ACF).

WHO has trained 240 medics and paramedics to strengthen surveillance case detection, reporting, prevention and response to the cholera outbreak.

On 21 October, Health and WASH clusters issued an appeal totaling US$ 22.2 million to implement the integrated cholera response plan to contain the spread of acute watery diarrhea/ cholera in Yemen. Of the US$ 8.6 million required by the health cluster, contributions totaling US$1.7 million (20% of requirements) have been received by WHO. An additional $4 million has been pledged. and main chart only:

My comment: The WHO needs US$ 22.2 million for this extremely important work – the equivalent of 2 ½ hours Saudi aerial war against Yemen – the costs as they are 24 hours round the clock since 600 days now. – And there were just 2.241 suspected cases two weeks ago:

14.11.2016 – Reuters (** A H)

Yemen's suspected cholera cases double to 4,000-plus: WHO

Yemen is at risk of a significant cholera outbreak with the number of suspected cases doubling within 12 days to over 4,000, the World Health Organization said.

The outbreak in a country ravaged by a 20-month war that has killed thousands was declared by Yemen's Health Ministry on Oct. 6. By Nov. 1 there were 2,070 suspected cases, rising to 4,119 by Sunday.

"The numbers of cholera cases in Yemen continue to increase, sparking concerns of a significant outbreak," the WHO said in a report on Monday.

Cases confirmed as cholera by laboratory testing rose to 86 from 71 on Nov. 1. Eight people have died in the outbreak, as well as 56 from acute diarrhoea.

The WHO said the largest cholera caseload was in the governorates of Taiz and of Aden, the site of the government's temporary capital.

But deaths due to cholera have also been confirmed in Amran, Sanaa, Hajjah and Ibb, and there are 29 "hot" districts in the country, with 11 governorates affected so far, the report said.

The U.N. estimates the cholera caseload in Yemen could end up as high as 76,000 across 15 governorates – by Tom Miles

13.11.2016 – Legal Center (** A K)

Der Stand nach #600_Tagen
Statistik der Opfer und Zerstörung durch die saudischen Angriffe im Jemen (image)

The outcome of #600_Days_
Statistics of casualties and damages that caused by Saudi aggression in Yemen (image)

13.11.2016 – New York Times (** B H K)

U.S. Fingerprints on Attacks Obliterating Yemen’s Economy

The Saudi-led coalition is hitting civilian targets, like factories, bridges and power stations, that critics say have no clear link to the rebels. In the rubble, the remains of American munitions have been found.

But instead of defeating the rebels, the [Saudi coalition aerial] campaign has sunk into a grinding stalemate, systematically obliterating Yemen’s already bare-bones economy. The coalition has destroyed a wide variety of civilian targets that critics say have no clear link to the rebels.

It has hit hospitals and schools. It has destroyed bridges, power stations, poultry farms, a key seaport and factories that produce yogurt, tea, tissues, ceramics, Coca-Cola and potato chips. It has bombed weddings and a funeral.

The bombing campaign has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest country, where cholera is spreading, millions of people are struggling to get enough food, and malnourished babies are overwhelming hospitals, according to the United Nations. Millions have been forced from their homes, and since August, the government has been unable to pay the salaries of most of the 1.2 million civil servants.

Publicly, the United States has kept its distance from the war, but its decades-old alliance with Saudi Arabia, underpinned by tens of billions of dollars in weapons sales, has left American fingerprints on the air campaign.

Many strikes are carried out by pilots trained by the United States, who fly American-made jets that are refueled in the air by American planes. And Yemenis often find the remains of American-made munitions, as they did in the ruins after a strike that killed more than 100 mourners at a funeral last month.

The sweeping destruction of civilian infrastructure has led analysts and aid workers to conclude that hitting Yemen’s economy is part of the coalition’s strategy.

“The economic dimension of this war has become a tactic,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. “It is all consistent — the port, the bridges, the factories. They are getting destroyed, and it is to put pressure on the politics.”

The air campaign’s civilian toll has led to calls by some American lawmakers to postpone arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

A Country in Chaos

The difficulty in just getting to Yemen demonstrates how much the war has upended the country.

But the damage and suffering caused by the war were everywhere.

Beggars displaced by the fighting thronged our car, pleading for money and food. Buildings destroyed by airstrikes dotted the capital.

The conflict has split the country:

But in the areas we visited in Yemen’s northwest, the rebels were firmly in control, their gunmen running checkpoints alongside police officers who had joined them. In Sana’s Old City, posters of “martyrs” killed in the war covered entire buildings. Trucks with mounted machine guns, carrying fighters, occasionally sped by.

‘What’s Missing? Everything!’

On an expanse of rocky ground near the town of Khamer northwest of the capital, where they have been since fleeing their homes last year, hundreds of families have built shelters out of canvas, plastic sheeting and mud bricks. Most survive on charity, eating rice and bread cooked on mud stoves fired with wood or garbage.

While the war spawned Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, aid workers say coalition bombings of critical infrastructure have exacerbated it.

The coalition has also bombed key bridges, including the main one between the port and the capital, forcing truckers to take long detours.

“It is an all-encompassing, applied economic suppression and strangulation that is causing everyone here to feel it,” Mr. McGoldrick said. “The collapse of the economy is starting to bite very hard.”

The suffering is clear in the capital.

“What’s missing? Everything!” said Manal al-Ariqi, a doctor in Sana’s main pediatric hospital. “We lack medical staff, nurses and medicine.”

The Economic Wreckage

The destruction in Yemen could cripple its economy long into the future, and it is unclear how the country will rebuild.

“They have hit many factories on the basis of suspicion, but we never get the real reasons,” said Abdul-Hakeem Al Manj, a lawyer at the Sana Chamber of Commerce and Industry who is helping businesses document the strikes with an eye toward future prosecution. “Any institution that has a big hangar, they hit it directly.”

Some businesses said they suspected they were targets only because they continued to operate after the Houthi takeover.

“For Saudi Arabia, we are all Houthis,” said Haroon al-Sadi of the state-owned Amran Cement Factory, which once employed 1,500 people before it was bombed twice.

Plant workers showed us the remains of munitions they had collected, including pieces of at least one CBU-105, a cluster bomb unit that contains 10 high-explosive submunitions. They are manufactured by Textron Defense Systems of Rhode Island – by Ben Hubbard

Comment by Judith Brown: We don't even need to guess at it. When you read what is happening, how it is happening, you soon can see the full picture. What an appalling man this Barak Obama is - maybe a new man at the helm might even be better. Who knows. For Yemen, it can't be much worse.

and also:

14.11.2016 – The American Conservative (* B K P)

The U.S. Remains Deeply Complicit in the War on Yemen

The atrocious U.S.-backed war on Yemen hasn’t ended. The New York Times reports on the use of U.S. weapons sold to the Saudi-led coalition to attack critical infrastructure and purely civilian targets.

The damage to Yemen’s economy and infrastructure from the bombing campaign has been severe, and the strikes on bridges and ports in particular have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis by making it even more difficult to offload and deliver what little food and medicine still make it to the country. The attacks on these targets are not accidental. Even if they were, they would still be violations of international law, but they are even worse. The bombings of bridges and ports were done on purpose as part of the coalition’s effort to starve the population, and the attack on the funeral hall earlier this autumn was obviously a deliberate strike carried out without regard for the civilians that were sure to be present there.

The article is a fairly good report on the conditions in the country, but it still understates the importance of the U.S. role in the conflict. There are undoubtedly “U.S. fingerprints” on the bombing campaign, but there is more to it than that. If the coalition didn’t have U.S. refueling, weapons, and intelligence, and the contractors to service the coalition planes, the bombing campaign wouldn’t be practically impossible to continue. The point is that the administration could rein in the coalition’s war relatively easily, but for over a year and a half has chosen to enable it despite extensive evidence of war crimes and the disastrous humanitarian situation in the country – by Daniel Larison

13.11.2016 – WND (*** B K P)

Yemen: Come see the paradise

Anthony C. LoBaido traveled to the Arabian Peninsula as a journalist and photographer. This is his third column on the heartbreaking war currently raging in Yemen, one of the world’s poorest nations. LoBaido’s first installment can be read here. The second can be reviewed here.
If a picture were ever worth 1,000 words, then millions of words could be written about the images listed above. Impoverished Yemen is the southern neighbor of Saudi Arabia – one of the world’s richest nations. Yemen faces a war-induced famine threatening the lives of 14 million of its citizens. Added to that is the recent cholera outbreak. Yemen was already a disaster before Sunni-led Saudi Arabia launched its war on the mostly Shiite Houthi tribesman in that ruggedly beautiful nation. Yemen has been called “the most beautiful nation you’ll never get to see.” In a cosmic turn of karma, Saudi Arabia, according to Forbes, might be heading for bankruptcy and has begun the unusual process of pawning its priceless “Crown Jewel” via an initial IPO.

How bad are things in Yemen? features a Super Bowl-level archive of Yemen articles that can be deconstructed here. Along the way, we’re told that much of what we think we know about the war in Yemen is just plain wrong. Read about that here. Why the U.S. is helping this war go on is addressed here. Zero Hedge blames the entire mess on the U.S. 2003 invasion of Iraq. Read about that here.

The Carnegie Endowment writes:

Should the U.S. be involved in Yemen in any way, shape or form? Paul Craig Roberts, who served under the late and former President Reagan in the Treasury Department and was also an editor with the Wall Street Journal, recently wrote, “The United States has had an entire generation of people born into a war for which the purpose is inexplicable. Why this endless slaughter of women and children and endless columns of refugees overwhelming all of Europe desperately striving to escape Washington’s wars of world hegemony?”

How will this all play out? Yemen, now slouching toward peace, might find itself once again partitioned. (The history behind the North Yemen and South Yemen epoch is explained here:

Meanwhile, New York Magazine quotes a Clinton adviser who is now saying the U.S. should attack Iran to help Saudi Arabia.

The U.K. Independent published an article stating that Saudi Arabia had money to bomb and kill people in Yemen like pancakes, but the Saudis don’t have the money to pay 31,000 of their own foreign workers languishing in tent cities and broiling in the summer heat. That article can be read here.

Justin Raimondo’s “The Saudis, Hillary and the destruction of Yemen” is another must-read.

Raimondo writes:

“The very idea that Yemen – what is arguably the poorest country on the face of the earth – is a threat to the [Saudi] Kingdom’s ‘territorial integrity’ is a grotesque joke.

Paul Pillar explains the “logic” behind the whole mess in Yemen.

Knowing full well where his bread is buttered, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Yemen’s leader-in-exile, moved his nation’s central bank in a blow to the Houthi rebels —who no doubt would like a central bank of their own so they can play “Helicopter Ben” and print up their own batch of Monopoly-like “quantitative easing.” You can read that AP article here.

The only thing worse than the famine in Yemen is this: The “cluster bombs” made by Textron Systems in the U.S. are some piece of work.

When Hillary Clinton said, “America is great, because America is good” at the third presidential debate, she probably needed to first fly to Yemen and ask the children left with no arms how good and how great America is.

Why is this war ignored? Concerning this, the American Conservative says:

Saudi Arabia is not a favorite of human-rights advocates. Read about that here. Are U.S. and Saudi relations souring? Medea Benjamin asks if Western nations care more about Yemeni blood or Saudi Arabia’s oil money.

Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has exposed some significant economic problems for the Kingdom.

No primer for the Yemen conflict would be complete without deconstructing the whole “Everything you think you know about the war in Yemen is wrong” meme.

This school of thought goes something like this:

The Saudis have attempted religious colonization in Yemen. As the Dallas Morning News reported:

… The common threat from Saudi Arabia started in the late ‘70s. The Saudis tried to settle Wahhabis in Zaidi territory. It’s been a Saudi solution to their internal extremist problem. People who are even more extreme than the ruling, the dominant group in Saudi Arabia, to export it. So we saw that most vividly in the 1980s, when people like Osama bin Laden and his followers moved to Afghanistan and were financed, encouraged to do so by the regime in Saudi Arabia. We’ve seen it more recently in Syria, where they’ve done the same thing.

And in 1979 in Yemen … they sent someone who just tried to overthrow the Saudi regime, amazingly … But they let him out and said, ‘OK, off you go to northern Yemen,’ and he set up a madrassa, sort of an academy, which over the years became a hotbed of extreme Wahhabism, which the local Zaidis didn’t care for at all. And in reaction, they turned to Iran and asked for, really, not weapons or anything, but initially at least for instructors and literature. They thought they should get serious about their religion, and they sort of drifted more towards the sort of mainstream Iranian Shia variant.

Anyone interested in assisting with the famine in Yemen should check out the World Food Program’s website here. Save the Children’s Yemen page appeal is here. – by Anthony C. Lobaido

My comment: A very long and profound overview article, with a lot of quotation and links from / to most important articles (much more than quoted here).

13.11.2016 – George Khoury, UNOCHA (** A H K)

Challenging conditions in Al-#Hudaydah Seaport.

Only ships with cranes can offload container cargo. This port is lifeline 4 #Yemen's ecomomy

Comment by Judith Brown: The desperate situation in Hodeida. I've had reports that some ships wait to unload their cargo for weeks. That adds to the cost and makes shipping companies less likely to allow their ships to be used in the Yemen crisis.

My comment: These cranes had been bombed by the Saudi coalition. They are of greatest importance for getting food and other goods imported into Yemen. – Khoury’s statement is the answer to Saudi propaganda lies the Houthis would block imports of food to Yemen.

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14.11.2016 – Neue Züricher Zeitung (** A H)

In Jemen hungern die Menschen

Millionen Jemeniten sind gefährlich unterernährt. Rücksichtslose Kriegstaktiken verschärfen die humanitäre Not in einem bereits fragilen und unterentwickelten Land drastisch.

Der Krieg, in dem Zivilisten kaum geschont werden, hat ein ohnehin fragiles und armes Land in den Abgrund gestürzt. Die Uno geht von 1,5 Millionen jemenitischen Kindern aus, die an lebensbedrohlicher Mangelernährung leiden. Insgesamt sind sieben Millionen Jemeniten akut unterernährt.

Vor dem Krieg lebten die Bewohner Hudaidas von Landwirtschaft und Fischerei. Seit dem Krieg ist der Treibstoff jedoch immer teurer und schwerer erhältlich geworden, weshalb die Landwirtschaft eingebrochen ist. Fischer hatten schon vor dem Krieg Schwierigkeiten wegen der Überfischung durch ausländische Konzerne. Jetzt wird zusätzlich ihr Bewegungsradius von der saudischen Koalition limitiert: Die Saudi sagen, dass sie so Waffenschmuggel der Huthi-Rebellen unterbinden wollen, gegen die sie in Jemen Krieg führen. Die Fischerei existiert damit praktisch nicht mehr. Die Lieferung von Hilfsgütern wird zudem durch die Seeblockade der saudischen Koalition erschwert.

Die humanitäre Krise hat sich weiter zugespitzt, seit die jemenitische Zentralbank ins Kreuzfeuer des Konfliktes geriet. Diese hatte soweit möglich weiterhin Löhne an Beamte auf beiden Seiten ausbezahlt, obwohl sie sich in Sanaa und damit im Gebiet unter Kontrolle der Huthi befand. Im August forderte jedoch die von Saudiarabien unterstützte Exil-Regierung von Präsident Hadi internationale Finanzinstitutionen auf, der Zentralbank den Zugang zu Reserven auf ausländischen Konten zu verweigern. Im September entliess Hadi den weitherum als integer geschätzten Gouverneur der Zentralbank und verkündete, das Hauptquartier der Bank werde aus Sanaa in seine temporäre Hauptstadt Aden verlegt. Er wollte die Institution unter seine Kontrolle bringen und dem Zugriff durch die Huthi entziehen, legte damit aber faktisch eines der letzten noch halbwegs funktionierenden staatlichen Organe lahm.

1,2 Millionen Beamte, welche etwa 6 Millionen Jemeniten ernähren, sind seither ohne Gehalt. Zugleich sind die Kreditlinien der Zentralbank für Lebensmittelimporte versiegt. In Gebieten wie Hudaida ist die Lage besonders alarmierend, doch beschränkt sich das Problem nicht auf ein paar wenige Orte.

In Sanaa, so erzählt die Menschenrechtlerin Wamidh Shakir, nehme kaum mehr jemand das Auto: Man spare das Geld für Benzin, um Lebensmittel zu kaufen, verzichte gar auf Spitalbesuche. Die Leute ässen kleinere Portionen. Shakir meint, noch funktionierten die traditionellen Auffangnetze der Gesellschaft – von Monika Bolliger

And see this:

10.2016 – Yemen Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (** A E H)

Yemen Socio-Economic Update

Malnutrition in Yemen: Bleak Present and Dim Future


Malnutrition has been a serious problem in Yemen for decades, but now it has become a critical threat that exposes millions of Yemenis to famine and threatens the future of human and economic development. Almost 1 in 2 children under the age of five are irreversibly stunted and 16.3% suffer from acute malnutrition (wasting). These critical rates place Yemen among the seven worst states on the Global Malnutrition Map.

Malnutrition has several forms, including the transformation of people to skin and bones. It also blunts children growth and intellect, thus reflecting negatively on their productivity and income in the future. Acute malnutrition is increasing every day and pockets of hunger start to kill people in Tihama area (Hodeidah governorate and the western parts of Taiz and Hajja governorates), that is still awaiting relief.

In October 2016, preliminary estimates of the Nutrition Cluster revealed that 4.5 million people require malnutrition treatment or prevention services, with a 148% increase since late 2014.

However, only 52% of the funding requirements for nutrition component in the revised 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan was met as of October 2016. Unless funding is mobilized urgently, hundreds of thousands of children and mothers will suffer complications from malnutrition including illness and death.

In recognition of these risks, we have contacted several development partners to mobilize support and, in response, the World Bank prepares for an emergency program in health and for maintaining key service deliveries by $450 million and the European Union provided about $38 million. From this rostrum, we call on our donors to urgently respond to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen to secure sufficient resources to encounter malnutrition. and full report:

My comment: A lot of information and infographs.

And this:

13.11.2016 – Mala Mlasousi (** A H)

More photos of famine:

10 years I work in Yemen, I have not seen this tragedy, lives suffer from disease, hunger and thirst ... In your hands ... help them (photos)

13.11.2016 – Aljazeera (** A H)

Yemen's children struggle to study amid war

The conflict has shuttered most of the city's schools, forcing many to study in cramped, private houses.

Fifth-grader Amr Khalil, 12, sits on the floor with about 30 other students. He stares at his teachers, his mind too busy to think about the pain in his back from sitting on the uncomfortable floor.

Khalil is one of the thousands of students in the city of Taiz who now study inside private homes after their schools were damaged by fighting, transformed into shelters for families displaced by the war raging in Yemen, or used by Popular Resistance militias fighting against the Houthi rebel group.

He is a student at the Nema Rasam School where more than 2,000 students were forced out by the Popular Resistance, which uses the school as a centre. Now, Nema Rasam's students go to school in places that do not have the necessary equipment - not even chairs.

Due to violence and the closure of schools, more than 350,000 children were unable to resume their education in the past school year, bringing the total of out-of-school children in Yemen to over two million, according to UNICEF. The Nema Rasam school is one of 2,108 schools across Yemen that UNICEF believes can no longer be used as a result of the conflict.

Ahmed al-Bohairi, the head of the Educational Media and Studies Center in Taiz, told Al Jazeera that although Taiz city contains 206 public schools, only 37 were able to open this year due to the war. Private schools also exist in Taiz, but most families cannot afford them, especially given the economic crisis in the country.

Many students in Taiz did not enrol in school last year, as only 12 schools were working in the city in 2015, and about 468 were closed in the whole province. "The schools, which were partially damaged by the war [both in Taiz and rural areas], have reopened for study this year," Bohairi said.

According to a statement by UNICEF, on a normal day, the number of out-of-school children was over two million.

Some fear the school closures could put children in danger. " Children who are out of school are at risk of recruitment to fight, " said UNICEF Yemen Representative Julien Harneis. Since the Yemen conflict escalated in March 2015, the United Nations has verified that 1,210 children, some as young as eight years old, have been recruited to fight – by Nasser Al-Sakkaf

14.11.2016 – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (**A T)

The Islamic State is present in Yemen and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. That reality may well lead U.S. policymakers to see Yemen as a front in the counter–Islamic State fight. That would be a mistake. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains the real threat in Yemen, and international counterterrorism efforts ought to focus on that group, despite its skillful efforts to stay below the radar. The Islamic State needs a footprint in Yemen so that it can claim to be a global Salafi-jihadist movement. The group’s assertion that it is the legitimate authority over Muslims requires that it actively develop a presence across the Muslim-majority world. Yemen is critical terrain for the Islamic State because of its position on the Arabian Peninsula—the birthplace of Islam— and the al-Qaeda presence there. While the Islamic State is unlikely to be able to establish a solid base in Yemen, it will retain a meaningful presence there that will support its narrative and compete with al-Qaeda for leadership of the global Salafi-jihadist movement. It will almost certainly lose that competition in the long run, however – by Katherine Zimmerman = and full report: (Yemen on p.24 ff.)

cp2 Allgemein / General

14.11.2016 – on Twitter widely used in tweetstorm (A K P)

Saudi Coalition’s 10 big reasons to control Yemen (infographic)

And comment by Judith Brown: I think they have missed out the sale of goods from Saudi Arabia to Yemen. Just like in Palestine where the Israelis stop good entering Palestine except via Israel boosting the Israeli economy, the sale of good to Yemen via Saudi Arabia will boost the Saudi economy.

14.11.2016 – Ben Hubbard (A K)

This, from the site of the Great Hall, where a funeral was bombed last month, is from a 500-lb Paveway laser-guided bomb (photo)

11) Left is a US-made BLU-108 cluster munition, found at Yemeni government-owned cement plant that once employed 1,500 people (right) (photo)

13) Part of a US-made guidance system for a 500-lb bomb used on Alsondar factories, which make water pumps and pipes (photo)

14.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A K)

Saudi war on Yemen completely unlawful, unjustified: Analyst

Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen is “completely unlawful and unjustified” by any measure, says an international lawyer.

“This belligerent attack on a sovereign state by Saudi Arabia is nothing short of completely outrageous and the support Saudi Arabia has received from the United States and from the UK is equally outrageous,” Barry Grossman told Press TV in an interview on Monday.

He also stated Yemen war was originally justified on the basis that the Houthi Ansarullah movement presented a threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity which is “quite absurd”.

He went on to say it is clear that the Saudi war on Yemen is entirely concerned with maintaining a puppet government in the impoverished Arab country.

The analyst further lashed out at the United States and Britain for their continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite the large number of civilian deaths in Yemen.

“So the whole thing is a mess, it is another shining example of the way the Atlantic World basically engineers military interventions which violate international law. They intervene politically in ways that make sure it is not an even fight and they do nothing to correct the situation except occasionally complain about so-called human rights abuses and complain about the number of casualties which they themselves are responsible for,” he stated.

Grossman further noted the United Nations has never passed a resolution authorizing the use of force in Yemen

14.11.2016 – Yemen Times (* B P)

“Yemen has the right to establish political and economic relationships with Iran.”

Mohammed Tahir Anaam is a politician, religious scholar, founding member of Yemen’s first Salafi party (Al-Rashad) as well as its Supreme Committee member, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, and a former member of the National Dialogue Conference. Upon his return from a long trip in which he visited a number of countries including Russia and China, The Yemen Times sat with Anaam to ask about details of his journey, which he said it aimed to tell the truth about the ongoing war against Yemen. The war in Yemen is not a sectarian one, it was not and it will not be categorized as what is called “Sectarian War”. It is a foreign aggression led by Saudi Arabia which itself is trying to drag the Yemenis into sectarian wars.

The Gulf States media such as Wesal TV and other Saudi-owned channels are attempting to give the war a sectarian, territorial, south/north face. There is a methodological plan to spread these themes in order to extend the war for years, killing everyone and destroying Yemen.

This is a well-known plan; any colonizer who wants to destroy a country will use the Divide and Conquer method. Sadly, Yemenis are also to be blamed for playing into Saudi plans.

Saudi Arabia is trying to stop Yemen from becoming politically independent by saying it’s going to be under Iran’s control. Since long time ago, it has insisted that Yemen is politically and economically under Iran’s control. Saudi Arabia is spending dozens of billions of dollars on buying the sheikhs loyalties.

With regards to Iran, it is the right of Yemenis to establish a relationship with Iran similar to their relationship with Saudi Arabia and any other states. We are not part of the Saudi-Iranian disagreements, and if there is any disagreement between them, they must resolve it away from Yemen. There are four powers in Yemen; The General People’s Congress, The Houthis, The Islah Party, and The Southern Movement. If these stakeholders get united in favor of the country, they will mobilize thousands of people to end the war on Yemen, and none of these stakeholders can be excluded from the rule.

The only solution to end the war is to make a roadmap in which all the four sides participate and create a national salvation government. Then 90 percent of the fighting will stop. This can only be achieved if Saudi Arabia stops its intervention in Yemen, and Hadi and his government are forgotten – by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki

Comment by Judith Brown: An interview with a Yemeni scholar on the Yemeni war. Interesting especially as this man was educated in Saudi Arabia and is a Salafist.

14.11.2016 – RT (A K P)

#600Days of siege & genocide: Twitterstorm calls for an end to Yemen conflict

Social media users have created a Twitterstorm to draw awareness to the war in Yemen. It has now been more than 600 days since Saudi Arabia intervened (see images)

13.11.2016 – Antiwar (* A K)

Saudis Deliberately Targeting Civilian Infrastructure in Yemen WarNYT: Saudis Systematically Target Yemen's Economy

Since the March 2015 Saudi invasion of Yemen, Saudi-coalition airstrikes have killed a preposterous number of civilian bystanders, and repeatedly hit places like schools and hospitals across the country. While the Saudis are forever downplaying such incidents, the reality of the Saudi air war is becoming increasingly apparent. It is a war not against the Shi’ite Houthi movement, but against Yemen’s population and economy.

Even sources like the New York Times are starting to take notice that this is less an anti-rebel campaign and instead a war of systematically obliterating Yemen’s already bare-bones economy, targeting anything and everything and claiming “suspicion” if asked about it.

Indeed, as much attention as blowing up a hospital gets, in many cases the more harmful strikes are against places like food processors and basic industries, whose destruction exacerbates chronic food shortages in the nation and ensures that any post-war reconstruction will be arduously slow.

And while historically Saudi Arabia has had the lobbying clout to be untouchable in Congress, recent votes aimed at blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia have been getting a surprising amount of support. It’s still not enough to block the sales, not yet anyways, but the trend is clearly going against the Saudis – by Jason Ditz, November 13, 2016

13.11.2016 – International Red Cross (* A K)

Our teams are often on the ground to document and assess damages inflicted on civilian infrastructure in conjunction with the conflict (photo)

My comment: They do the job which the so-called “International Community” (which actually is the enlarged “West” of US, vassals and allies) is refusing to do: an international, independent investigation of war crimes in Yemen. The results of this ICRC investigations will be important when really once a day such an international investigation will be coming.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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14.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A K)

Film: 8 Yemenis killed in Saudi bombardment of Ibb

In the latest attack, Saudi warplanes targeted an oil tanker in the town of Yarim in Ibb province, killing at least eight people and injuring nine others. Saudi fighter jets also bombed the city of Nihm in Sana’a province with internationally-banned cluster bombs. There has been no report of casualties for the second attack yet. Saudi Arabia has been pounding Yemen since March 2015. Over 11-thousand-four-hundred Yemenis, many of them women and children have been killed in the attacks. Interviewy: hussain Albukhaiti.

14.11.2016 – Down to Earth (* B H)

Yemen: Water and energy in times of war

Water production has been seriously hampered as fewer public wells are operational due to war damage, lack of maintenance and unavailability of fuel

The continued unrest in Yemen is eating away at basic services. Now all basic public infrastructure—electricity, water and sanitation—is in a state of collapse. The 33 Water and Sanitation Local Corporations in the country—the main service providers—have been badly affected. In most cases, the staff has been working for long periods with­out regular pay. The current stock of diesel, required to run the groundwater pumps and treatment facilities, with the Corporations is very thin—at only about 240,000 litres or eight per cent of capacity. Water production has been seriously hampered as fewer public wells are operational due to war damage, lack of maintenance and unavailability of fuel. In 2014, for instance, there were 80 wells in production in the capital Sana’a. In 2015, this figure dropped to 55 wells. This has meant serious shortage of water and highly infrequent supplies. To keep the struggling Corporations afloat, the water charges had to be raised three to six times the price four years ago.

People have now stopped relying on public water supply systems.

The demise of public water supply is mirrored in an even more dramatic collapse of energy services. The current fuel shortages lead to long electricity blackouts, affecting food storage, hospitals, traffic systems and schools, and leaving people to cope with the sweltering heat – by Frank van Steenbergen

14.11.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Yemen: Emergency Dashboard, November 2016 and in full: =

14.11.2016 – TRT (* A H)

Film: The War In Yemen: Conflict puts school system in ruins

The war in Yemen puts school system in ruins. TRT World's Ben Said takes a closer look.

13.–14.11.2016 More images of starving people (A H)

13.11.2016 – World Food Programme (* A H)

The EU Supports WFP Logistics Operations In Yemen

The European Commission’s Directorate for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has contributed €2.3 million (approximately US$2.5 million) to support air and sea transport services in Yemen, run by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

As the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, WFP manages a Special Operation to support the humanitarian community logistics coordination, information management, provision of fuel and temporary storage facilities.

“The EU contribution will enable WFP to address one of the main challenges hampering an appropriate response to the needs of millions of Yemenis,” said WFP Yemen Country Director Torben Due. “More than 80 percent of the population in Yemen are estimated to be in need of humanitarian support and WFP logistical assistance is essential in helping other humanitarian organizations operate in the country.”

WFP activated the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in May 2015 to provide safe and reliable air transport services to both humanitarian workers and cargo to facilitate the response to the crisis in Yemen.

“Since the eruption of hostilities in March 2015, humanitarian needs in Yemen have increased significantly due to massive displacement, unemployment and the impact of the conflict on people’s lives. The humanitarian community in the country requested WFP to establish UNHAS, which is key to addressing the most urgent humanitarian needs in the country,” added Due.

Over the past two months, UNHAS has transported 1,297 passengers from 56 organizations between Sana’a, Djibouti and Amman.

“It is of great importance that aid workers are able to travel safely in and out of Yemen in order to ensure timely delivery of humanitarian aid to people in need,” said head of office of EU Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) in Yemen Christophe Reltien. “With these funds, we are able to provide safe and reliable transport to hundreds of aid workers.”

My comment: Dear EU, what about no more supporting the Saudi aerial war destroying roads and bridges, thus the aid workers easily could

13.11.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A H)

#Yemen hasn't faced like this tragedy before , 80% of ppl in my neighborhood [in the city of Dhamar] are starving ,what about other neighborhoods?

11.2016 – WHO Yemen (A H)

At least 10,000 children might have died last year from preventable diseases. Across #Yemen, 7.4 million children need basic health care (photo)

13.11.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (* A H)

Infographic: .@MSF in #Yemen between March 2015 and Sept 2016

13.11.2016 – Shireen Al-Adeimi (A H K)

For 600 days, prosperous Arab states have been bombing #Yemen using American & European weapons, US/UK intelligence & US refueling. Outcome? (maps, infographs)

13.11.2016 – UNICEF (* A H)

1000s of children in #Yemen had died since the conflict escalated in Mar2015 from preventable diseases, far more than from bullets & bombs (see image: 600 health facilities do not work anymore)

13.11.2016 – WHO Yemen (* A H)

To date, 4119 suspected #cholera cases have been reported, of which 86 have tested positive for Vibrio cholerae in 11 governorates. #Yemen (photo)

My comment: The figures increase and increase… Look where from the people take their water here.

13.11.2016 – Mohammed Al-Asaadi (A H)

Now this is in my home village in Ibb. Conflict, poverty, severe food insecurity and collapsing health system kill children.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a picture of a victim of famine from a different area in Yemen - Ibb. This is probably the most fertile place in Yemen - it has a lot of rain in summer - but still we have pictures like this. Wake up world.

13.11.2016 – Kuwait News Agency (A H P)

Islamic NGOs to meet in Istanbul to aid Yemen

13.11.2016 – Judith Brown (A H)

Photos. These are even more photos of the famine engulfing Yemen today. This is a man made famine - caused by the Saudi embargo and embargo assisted by U.K. and USA.

Aljrahee region, Hodeidah province, Yemen and

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Almasdaronline condemns kidnapping colleague Yousuf Ajlan, calls on unions put pressure to release him

Almasdar Media Foundation condemned the kidnapping of the former journalist of Almasdaronline Yousuf Ajlan by the Houthi and Saleh militia.

Yousuf Ajlan was kidnapped by the Houthi and Saleh militias on 15 of last October from his house in the capital Sana'a on the charges of working for Almasdaronline, although Ajlan has stopped working after the Houthis have stormed the office of Almasdaronline in March 2015.

Despite the repetitive appeals of his relatives, who have been trying for the past period and are still trying to persuade the Houthi group's leaders to release him, all these appeals and endeavors were in vain in spite the passage of one month after on his kidnapping, and all they hear are only vague promises and he was not released.

In a press release issued on 14 November 2016, the Almasdar Media Foundation calls on the coup authorities in Sana'a to immediately release Ajlan, and hold them fully responsible for his safety.

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A)

Civilian killed in clashes among Houthi gunmen in Ibb governorate

A local source said on Monday that a civilian was killed when clashes broke out among Houthi gunmen in Mudhaikhira district of Ibb governorate middle of Yemen.

The clashes broke out between two Houthi groups following a dispute over financial royalties collected by both groups from Mudhaikhira market.

14.11.2016 – Hussam Al Sanabani (A)

Yemen airports schedule for tomorrow. Only one flight to Sana'a airport for ICRC employees. End the blockade now (image)

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Ibb: Houthi official kidnaps civilian, demands lands in exchange

A local source said on Saturday that the Houthi appointed Deputy Governor of Ibb governorate, middle of Yemen, has forcibly kidnapped a civilian and detained him in his house, asking his family to give up a land in exchange for his release.

It is worth mentioning that the Houthis have broken into Al Salahi's house few days ago, assaulted his wife and tampered with the house when he was not home at the time.

13.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

Yemen tribesmen Keep supporting army with Fighters to defeat US-backed Saudi invaders. Nov 12 Taiz central (photos)

13.11.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A E)

Someone explain to me how is it the Houthis still manage to run Sheikh Hamid Al Ahmar's KFC & Baskin-Robbins outlets in Yemen capital Sanaa?

It is bizarre to me that in this Yemen war, I can still get Kentucky Fried Chicken (original or crispy : both available) & American ice cream, albeit sold with the slogan "Death to America".

I guess it shows the Houthi slogan is more flowery rhetoric than concrete ideology. Like the American motto "In God We Trust".

Comment by Judith Brown: Something amusing in this bizarre and cruel war. Sheikh Ahmar is linked to Islah party who currently are killing each other and lots of civilians at the same time. But joined in business.

13.11.2016 – Saba Net (A)

Police arrest 30 accused in crimes of robbery

The police and the popular committees arrested 30 accused of robbery crimes over the past month in the capital Sanaa.

12.11.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Tensions escalate between Saleh and Houthis

The ousted Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has taken a step back from forming a government that he had agreed upon with Houthi militias, media sources reported.

Saleh had many conditions before forming the government, according to the sources, which included wanting all the governmental institutions to be freed in order for the government to manage its institutions without the interference of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee that he also asked to be dismantled.

The Supreme Revolutionary Committee - also referred to as the Revolutionary Council - is an interim body in Yemen formed by the Houthis.

He reportedly wanted the Houthis to provide the needed clarification regarding the two billion dollars that were withdrawn a few months ago from the Central Bank.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well the only thing that keeps the Houthi-Saleh alliance together is the Saudi attacks on Yemen.

My comment: Al Arabiya of course is a Saudi propaganda media, and we can hardly see what really is behind of that story.

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

13.11.2016 – Saadaldeen Talib (* A P)

Hadhramaut prepares for 'HADHRAMAUT CONFERENCE' To achieve longstanding aspirations of freedom from hegemony and determine it's future (photos)

My comment: Not only Yemen could break into two, also the South of Yemen could in itself.

13.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A H P)

Popular Demonstration in AdenAden governorate citizens out in the streets, this evening yesterday , in an angry public protests for electricity outages , water, and the deterioration of services in the provinces.A local sources said that, hundreds of protesters gone to the streets and set fire and blocked each other with stones and garbage barrels, demanding the departure of Hadi forever. Most of the protests were concentrated in the districts of Dar Saad , Sheikh Othman , Al Mansoura, led to cut number of roads links between this districts with other. local sources confirmed that , a protester was injured by shrapnel in Al Mansoura, by gunmen shot towards the protesters.Power plants and water pumping fuel stopped about a week ago, more than 75% of the generating capacity of the power for the service, domestic water supplies stopped since Friday.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

14.11.2016 – AFP (A P)

Kerry in Oman for Yemen peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Monday in Muscat, Omani state media said, for talks expected to focus on efforts to end Yemen’s 19-month conflict.

ONA news agency said Kerry will be in the Gulf sultanate for two days, in one of his last trips as secretary of state before President Barack Obama’s administration ends on January 20.

He is scheduled to hold talks on Monday with Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi and to meet ruler Sultan Qaboos.

Kerry has been pushing for a settlement of Yemen’s deadly conflict, which escalated with the military intervention of a Saudi-led coalition to support the government against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in March 2015.

Comment by Judith Brown: Kerry talking to Oman about Yemen today. Pity he didn't do it last year.

13.11.2016 – Yemen Update (* A P)

Majority of people has lost confidence President Hadi and Houthis alike to bring forth a peaceful solution to the crisis (photos, result of poll)

Comment by Judith Brown: So sadly true. The people who are fighting all want peace but on their own terms - except Hadi who will no longer have any power as soon as peace arrives, so he wants war at any cost.

13.11.2016 – Al Arabiya (* A P)

British ambassador to Yemen writes to Al Arabiya: ‘Time for dialogue’

Last week UN Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed handed over his roadmap for peace to the warring parties in Yemen.

Of course, this roadmap is not intended to be a final version of the agreement. It is a tool designed to bridge the gap between the parties. Both sides will need to engage constructively with the UN Envoy to negotiate the details and reach a settlement. No conflict is resolved easily, and all parties will need to make some difficult compromises.

But they must do so for the sake of all Yemenis.

The roadmap is based on the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the internationally agreed framework for a negotiated solution. The Resolution was never intended to relieve the Hadi government of its responsibility to negotiate, or to provide for the surrender of one side to the other.

The terms of the roadmap […]

The UN Envoy and his roadmap have the full support of the international community. In one of his first acts, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brought together US, Saudi Arabia and Emirati Foreign Ministers in London to discuss how best to support the UN process and progress peace.

The long list of demands put forward by the Houthi militia and Saleh loyalists, on top of the concessions already offered to them in the roadmap, are completely unacceptable. Let us be clear. This is not constructive engagement with the Special Envoy. This is an attempt to derail the UN process and to humiliate anyone who has opposed them. Those who block peace and recklessly prolong this conflict will be held fully responsible by the international community and the Yemeni people. The time for fighting is over. Now is the time for dialogue, negotiation and compromise – by Edmund Fitton-Brown, United Kingdom’s ambassador to Yemen

My comment: Britain is partisan in this conflict and thinks it could play the role of peace broker. This does not work. That is clearly visible from his wording and the last paragraph cited here. – Yes, there is time for dialogue now. Partisanship in the way as it is expressed here is not helpful.

13.11.2016 – Saba Net (A H)

Worrying humanitarian situation in Hodeida, coastal areas: OCHA

Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen (OCHA), George Khoury, expressed deep concern about high rates of malnutrition in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida governorate and neighboring coastal areas.
Khoury said Hodeida and the coastal areas were considered among the most affected areas in Yemen and were classified as disaster areas.
OCHA delegation paid a field visit last weekend to Hodeida to keep a close eye on the humanitarian situation and to consider ways to strengthen relief operations in Hodeidah and the other neighboring coastal areas.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

15.11.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* A P)

Saudi Arabia: Prosecution for Forming Human Rights Group

Short-Lived Organization Closed Under Pressure in 2013

Saudi prosecutors filed criminal charges against two activists in late October 2016, for “forming an unlicensed organization” and other vague charges relating to a short-lived human rights organization they set up in 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. None of the alleged “crimes” listed in the charge sheet resemble recognizable criminal behavior, and none of them took place after October 2013.

The defendants, Mohammad al-Otaibi and Abdullah al-Attawi, formed the Union for Human Rights in 2013, but they were unable to obtain a license for the group because Saudi Arabia generally did not allow independent non-charity nongovernmental organizations at that time.

“There is no justification for Saudi Arabia’s prosecution of activists for simply forming groups to call for human rights,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

13.11.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi ambassador Misfer Alghaseb #Afganistan funded staged protests #Kabul & blocked Shia gatherings (document)

13.11.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A H P)

Breaking: #Saudi ministry of health @SaudiMOH blocks health services for millions of stateless @Refugees should act (document)

13.11.2016 – Arab News (A E P)

Tourism creates 1.3 million jobs for Saudis

Statistical and survey studies conducted by the Tourism Information and Research Center of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) showed that the tourism sector is one of the largest job-generating economic sectors.
It ranks second in terms of providing jobs to Saudis after the banking sector, according to a report in Aleqtisadiah, a sister publication of Arab News.
Job nationalization ratios in the sector exceeded 28 percent, indicating that the direct job opportunities in the tourism sector until the end of 2015 amounted to 841,000 jobs, while indirect jobs amounted to 420, 000, bringing the total to 1.261 million jobs.
The studies forecast, according to the working paper submitted by Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al-Nashmi, director general of the National Center for Tourism Human Resources Development (Takamul) in Jeddah, at the Human Resources 2016 forum, that jobs will reach more than 1.182 million direct jobs and 591,000 indirect ones, a total 1,773,546 jobs by the end of 2020. =

Comments: If you are a woman, a small reminder: forget about 'fly and drive'

In the meantime they destroyed over 50 archaeological/historical sites in #Yemen.
They should not be allowed to even think of tourism: World Tourism Organisation should ban them from receiving ONE visitor.

My comment: A happy time at the beach, at least for women!

cp9 USA

13.11.2016 – MbKS15 (A P)

The leaders of the Royal Land Forces # Arabia at the annual meeting of the American Saudi military cooperation in Washington, presented the equipment, and various programs (Photos) and

My comment: US complicity with Saudi and Gulf autocrats.

13.11.2016 – OZY (* A P)


What would you consider someone who’s killed more than 100 children? Disturbed? Mentally unstable? How about one of the greatest orators of all time? President Barack Obama has killed 7,548 people since taking office. The victims have mainly been in Pakistan and Afghanistan but also in Yemen, Somalia and Libya. Up to 894 of them have been civilians, including as many as 110 children. And Obama has done it while sitting in the White House.

These grim statistics come from the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s research into the U.S. drone-strike program. During his years in office, Obama sharply expanded the use of this counterrorism tactic, which began during the George W. Bush administration. What about POTUS 45? – By James Watkins

10.11.2016 – Council on Foreign Relations (* A K P)

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Versus Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia

Yesterday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) published an updated estimate of civilian casualties from U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Previously, the Pentagon had acknowledged just 55 civilian casualties for the air war that began in August 2014. The new CENTCOM estimate listed a total of 24 civilian casualty incidents, which “regrettably may have killed 64 civilians.” This makes the new official estimate of civilian fatalities 119.

Thus, using the U.S. government’s data, 12,354 airstrikes over 27 months have killed 45,000 ISIS fighter and just 119 civilians. This means that for every 103 airstrikes there is a civilian fatality, and for every one airstrike there are 3.64 IS fighters killed.

As I havewritten previously, this claim of nearly infallible target discrimination and weapon precision is simply unbelievable in a combat environment where civilians and combatants are so closely intermingled.

On July 1, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a “Summary of Information Regarding U.S. Counterterrorism Strikes Outside Areas of Active Hostilities.” That release claimed that between January 20, 2009, and December 31, 2015, there were 473 strikes that killed between 2,372 and 2,581 combatants and 64 and 116 noncombatants. Therefore, using the average of the range provided by ODNI, 473 drone strikes killed 90 civilians.

Or, 0.19 civilian is killed for every drone strike in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

And, 0.009 for every airstrike (almost all are manned airstrikes) in Iraq and Syria.

That means that airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia are more than 20 times more likely to kill a civilian than those in Iraq and Syria – by Micah Zenko

My comment: This is clearly showing that all these figures are mere propaganda inventions. That’s the result when a warring party inspects itself. We know that well from Saudi Arabia also.

12.4.2016 – Fact Check (* A K P)

U.S. Foreign Military Support

Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, made his remarks when CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked him about his statement to the New York Times that he might support Japan and South Korea having nuclear weapons. Here’s an edited portion of that exchange:

Let’s start with the easy part: what the United States spends on foreign military aid overall, and to these countries in particular.

Total foreign aid, of all kinds, was an estimated $35.3 billion in 2014, and $5.9 billion of that was military financing with another $105.6 million for international military education and training, according to State Department figures on foreign assistance (see Table 3b). Most of the military financing (75 percent) went to Israel and Egypt. That’s followed by Iraq, Jordan and Pakistan.

The countries Trump mentioned — Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany and South Korea — didn’t receive any foreign military financing, though Saudi Arabia received $10,000 for military education and training.

The small amount of military education and training money for Saudi Arabia has been requested by the Obama administration so that the country will be eligible for “a substantial discount on the millions of dollars of training it purchases through the Foreign Military Sales program,” according to a 2016 Congressional Research Service Report.

Michael P. Noonan, director of research and director of the Program on National Security for the Foreign Policy Research Institute, also pointed out that “all of those countries are big buyers of U.S. military equipment.”

The 2013 RAND report said that the United States’ ability to respond to national and global security threats, as well as the desire to keep international commitments and maintain relationships with allies, required “at least some forces in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia — but how much in each is less clear.”

Trump is entitled to his opinion that the U.S. “can’t afford” military spending in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany and South Korea. But the facts are that military spending in these countries is a relatively small percentage of total U.S. military spending and provides strategic benefits that cannot be quantified – by Lori Robertson

My comment: Interesting on behalf of Donald Trump after he is elected. – The article clearly is a try to whitewash US worldwide military “engagement” and interference, wanting to tell us that all this would be necessary “to respond to national and global security threats”. Including killing children and others in Yemen, I presume.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

14.11.2016 – The Guardian (** A P)

Saudis have not breached humanitarian law in Yemen, concludes Foreign Office

Campaigners criticise government after it admits UK defence personnel did not have access to all information required to decide Saudi attitudes to such laws

The Foreign Office has concluded there is no clear risk of serious Saudi breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen, even though it admits UK defence personnel cannot “form a complete understanding” of the Saudi-led coalition’s attitudes to such laws because they “do not have access to all the information required”.

Ministers have previously said that UK forces advising the Saudis on airstrike techniques in Riyadh are able to form an impression of attitudes to international humanitarian law.

The admission about the level of UK access to Saudi bombing techniques and planning comes in the government’s formal response to a report by two select committees – business and international development – recommending suspension of UK arms sales pending an independent UN-led investigation into the conduct of the 18 months of the Yemen civil war.

The recommendation led to rows between MPs across party lines, as some Labour MPs joined with Conservatives to stave off an attack on the UK defence industry, and the UK’s strategic relationship with Gulf states.

The government response to the report totally rejects the need to suspend arms sales. It says ministers are not opposed to an international inquiry but continue to believe the Saudis should be allowed to conduct their own inquiries first.

The largely predictable government response centres on its statement that it takes all allegations of violations of humanitarian law seriously, and regularly makes representations to the Saudi authorities, but has not concluded any such breaches have occurred in Yemen by Saudi Arabia to warrant the withdrawal of arms exports licences – by Patrick Wintour

My comment: Looking at what is happening since 20 month and at all the evidence the British government – as all the rest of the world – actually has, this sounds just crazy. It is evident they want to continue the arms sales to Saudi Arabia WHATEVER is going to happen – and that the British government – since colonial times – still has much more geopolitical interests in Yemen than it ever will let us know. Further link: and just listen to FM Boris Johnson on Donald Trump:

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14.11.2016 - The Independent (** A P)

Government rejects MPs' call to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia over alleged war crimes

The Government has rejected calls by two parliamentary committees for it to stop the sale of British bombs to Saudi Arabia’s armed forces in Yemen.

Two committees of MPs, the International Development and Business Committee, which sit on a parliamentary ‘super committee’ called the Committee on Arms Export Control (CAEC), released a joint report calling for the suspension of arms sales until a UN investigation had been conducted into the alleged atrocities.

The Government however rejected the call for the suspension of sales.

“We disagree with this recommendation. The Government is confident in its robust case-by-case assessment and is satisfied that extant licences for Saudi Arabia are compliant with the UK’s export licensing criteria,” the Government said in an official response.

“We continue to assess export licence applications for Saudi Arabia on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export licensingCriteria, taking account of all relevant factors at the time of the application.

“The key test for our continued arms exports is whether there is a clear risk that those exports might be used in a commission of a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

“A licence will not be issued for any country, including Saudi Arabia, if to do so would be inconsistent with any provision of the mandatory Criteria, including where we assess there is a clear risk that the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of IHL.”

The response was issued jointly Dr Liam Fox, Boris Johnson, Sir Michael Fallon, and Priti Patel.

Andrew Smith of Campaign Against the Arms Trade told The Independent: "The government is in denial about the devastating impact of the Saudi-led bombardment and its own complicity in it. This is a very weak response and makes clear that arms company profits are still being prioritised over the human rights and lives of Yemeni people.

"The evidence from the UN and others has been overwhelming, yet the government has refused to act. Johnson, May and their colleagues could stop the arms sales right now, but instead they are offering uncritical military and political support while helping arms companies like BAE to sell even more weapons." – by Jon Stone and also by Press TV Iran:

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

15.11.2016 – Xinhua (A K P)

Sudan reiterates support for legitimacy in Yemen

Sudan on Monday reiterated its support for legitimacy in Yemen together with its continued active participation in the Saudi-led Arab alliance against the Houthi rebel group in Yemen.

Joint talks between Sudan and Yemen were held in Khartoum on Monday, chaired by the Sudanese First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh and his Yemeni counterpart Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar who arrived in Khartoum on Sunday.

"The talks reviewed bilateral ties, joint issues and the situation in Yemen," Sudan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Obeid-Allah Mohamed Obeid-Allah told reporters following the talks.

"Sudan reiterated its support for the legitimacy in Yemen and continuation of its participation in the Saudi-led Arab alliance to restore legitimacy in Yemen," he noted.

As for Yemeni vice-president Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, he expressed his country's appreciation for Sudan's stance toward Yemeni issues.

"Sudan's participation in the Arab alliance to restore the legitimacy in Yemen is a stance that the Yemeni people will not forget," said al-Ahmar.

My comment: Sudan, well paid by the Saudis, is taking part in the Yemen war. “Legitimacy” just is a standard propaganda phrase for the Hadi government (the “legitimacy” of which had expired Feb. 27, 2015), “Yemen” in this report is just the Hadi government – in Riyadh. – Congratulations anyway for this ally – the Sudan regime has one of the world’s most terrible Human Rights levels.

15.11.2016 – Sudan Tribune (A P)

Sudan, Yemen talks kicks off in Khartoum

Sudanese and Yemeni senior officials have met in Khartoum on Monday and discussed the latest developments in the region, conflict in Yemen and issues of mutual interests.

On Sunday, President Al-Bashir received the Yemeni Deputy President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar who has arrived in Khartoum on a three days official visit.

Al-Ahmar handed President al-Bashir a letter from his Yemeni counterpart Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on the mutual interest issues.

On Monday, the Sudanese Yemeni officials kicked off talks, co-chaired by Sudan’s First Vice President, Bakri Hassan Salaih and the Yemeni Deputy President Mohsen al-Ahmar.

14.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Bahrain charges opposition leader during UK prince visit

The Bahraini regime has charged an opposition leader over what it calls inciting hatred.
The charge comes after Ebrahim Sharif, from Waad party, gave an interview to a foreign news agency during a recent visit by Britain's Prince Charles. In the interview, Sharif expressed fear that the prince’s visit to the tiny Persian Gulf island could whitewash an ongoing crackdown on the opposition there. Sharif also urged the Bahraini regime to reach a power-sharing agreement with political parties to overcome the worsening financial pressure from low oil prices. Prince Charles visited Bahrain on the last leg of his trip to the Persian Gulf. London is already under fire over its unconditional support for Manama amid the regime’s ongoing crackdown against its citizens

13.11.2016 – Al Araby (A P)

The UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs urged Donald Trump to be more involved in the Middle East, describing Obama's policy in the region as weak and counter-productive.

The United States' engagement in the Middle East is "positive and its withdrawal and disengagement is counterproductive," a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Sunday, in controversial remarks that urge further US interference in the turmoil-hit region.

The UAE urged US president-elect Donald Trump to increase his country's involvement in the Middle East and adopt an "overarching strategy" towards developments in the area, to counter eight years of President Barak Obama's "weak" policy.

Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash maintained that "Washington's weight and influence remains more important than ever".

Barack Obama's administration’s policy in withdrawing from the region has been "a recipe for unremitting chaos and violence", he said, pointing to crises across the region, mainly Iraq, Syria and Libya, which have spiralled out of control and fuelled extremism.

Breaking "this cycle of discord and instability requires difficult decisions, collective action and a continuous search for constructive solutions," Gargash said.

Under Obama, relations between Washington and Gulf Arab states turned frosty with US overtures towards their regional rival Iran.

My comment: Certainly not. Obama is not at all less interfering in the Middle East: He just is less direct, is more relying on drones and proxies like saudi Arabia. US Arms exports to the Middle east have increased a lot during his presidency.

8.5.2015 – Consortium News (* A K P)

Saudi Cash Wins France’s Favor

Saudi Arabia wields enormous influence in the West not only because of its oil power but also its ability to lavish billions of dollars or euros on sophisticated weapons systems, a bonanza of cash that has turned the head of French President Hollande

Why did French President François Hollande fly into Riyadh this week to show support for Saudi Arabia’s bloody attacks on South Yemen and to reassure King Salman that Paris will demand tough terms in any nuclear deal with Iran? It’s the same reason Willy Sutton robbed banks: that’s where the money is.

Last year Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates spent more than $100 billion on weapons. That’s real money, even to a country as big as France.

President Hollande visited Saudi Arabia just one day after attending the signing ceremony for a $7 billion contract by France’s Dassault Aviation to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets and air-to-air missiles to Qatar. That deal in turn followed a $6 billion agreement in February with Egypt’s military regime — a close ally of Saudi Arabia — for the sale of a frigate warship, missiles and another 24 Rafale fighters.

In the Middle East, arms sales have replaced oil as the grand prize. But until the United States and its European allies wean themselves from dependence on both, we will all remain hostage to the perverse policies of a few kingdoms that care nothing for democracy, human rights, or American strategic interests – By Jonathan Marshall =

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

? – Doctors Without Borders (A H)

Film: A year ago, the number of internal displaced people in #Yemen was estimated at around 2 million people. 20 months into the war today, the number has increased to 3 million according to OCHA.
The situation has worsened for thousands as they lack the basic needs. Humanitarian actors need to scale up their support.

14.11.2016 – Voice of America (* A H)

IOM: African Migrants Deported From Yemen Under Deplorable Conditions

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports Yemeni authorities are deporting hundreds of migrants from the Horn of Africa to Djibouti under deplorable conditions.

IOM does not assist governments in the forcible deportation of migrants but spokesman Itayi Viriri says the IOM is a humanitarian organization and as such cannot turn a blind eye to the desperation of people who have been expelled from a country such as Yemen and are in need of assistance.

Viriri told VOA Yemeni authorities are forcibly deporting migrants, mainly from Ethiopia, who have been languishing in detention in sub-standard conditions with little food, water or medical care. He said a boatload of 82 Ethiopian migrants was unceremoniously dropped off last week in a small coastal town about 30 kilometers from Obock in Djibouti.

“These people are in a really desperate situation. They are left out in the open and... what we see, I mean the condition of the migrants who are deported basically were in very bad conditions, dehydrated, without enough to eat, barely enough clothes on their backs.”

Viriri said Djiboutian authorities confirm at least 24 migrants have died in recent weeks due to deportation conditions – by Lisa Schlein

Comment by Judith Brown: These migrants are still arriving hoping for jobs with some armed groups - as if there aren't enough Yemenis doing this. But they are now being deported. I don't think anything is pretty in Yemen at this moment in time.

13.11.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (A H)

@MSF provided +127,000 general consultations for internal displaced people in #Yemen Humanitarian actors need to scale up their support (photos)

31.10.2016 – International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Map: Yemen Situation: Regional Refugee and Migrant Response – Population movement out of Yemen (as of 31 October 2016) and in full: and at

Map: Yemen Situation: Regional Refugee and Migrant Response: Arrivals from Yemen into the Horn of Africa - as of 31 October 2016

Since conflict erupted in Yemen in March 2015, Yemenis, Somalis, national returnees and people of other nationalities have fled Yemen into the Horn of Africa, namely Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

90,112 arrivals from Yemen to the Horn of Africa

An additional 90,880 people have fled Yemen into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Oman and in full: and at

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

13.11.2016 – Hana Alshowafi / Judith Brown (A E)

Black market fuel at very high costs. Controlled by militias who make profits to pay for the war (photo) and

13.11.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A E P)

Governmental Pursuits to Redirect Yemeni Funds to the Banking System

The National Bank of Yemen has announced that it will issue on Sunday USD funds in the local market to be sold in a public auction—this step aims at providing a monetary liquidity of the current currency which is undergoing a tough condition in Aden and Sana’a.

The bank, in a statement issued on Friday, announced that upon the request of specialized governmental parties there will be an auction for traders, companies, exchange stores and commercial banks.

According to Reuters, USD20 million will be issued in the auction but the bank remained discrete regarding the worth or source of these funds.

Economists affirmed the importance of governmental banks’ approach to sell USD funds in the public auction since this contributes in returning the liquidity to the banking system. They attributed the current liquidity crisis to great funds being traded outside the banking system.

Since three months, Yemen has been suffering lateness in paying salaries of public employees 1,200,000 employees earning YER75 billion per month.

The new administration of the Yemeni Central Bank stated that Houthis have spent billions for war reasons—this actually compelled the government to transfer the headquarters and its operations to the temporary capital.

Yemen is undergoing a first of its kind financial crisis since the Houthis’ seizure of the capital and hurdling oil exporting and the arrival of foreign investments and aid.

Furthermore, the World Bank approved to issue a financial portfolio of urgent intervention worth USD400 million to provide food, medicine and basic needs for residents.

My comment: “President” Hadis new Central Bank at Aden, see YPR 227, cp13c.

13.11.2016 – AP (A E P)

Proteste wegen ausstehender Löhne

Hunderte Angestellte haben am Sonntag in Sanaa ihre Löhne eingefordert. Wegen finanzieller Engpässe zahlen die Behörden des zerrissenen Landes seit Monaten keine Gehälter.

Im von einem Machtkampf Jemen sind Hunderte Angestellte wegen nicht gezahlter Löhne auf die Strasse gegangen. In der von den Huthi-Rebellen kontrollierten Hauptstadt Sanaa und in der Hafenstadt Aden forderten sie am Sonntag die seit drei Monaten nicht mehr erhaltenen Lohnzahlungen ein. Sicherheitskräfte der Huthi, die Sanaa im September 2014 überrannt hatten, trieben Dutzende Demonstranten auseinander. Zudem verstärkten sie ihre Präsenz, um neue Proteste zu verhindern.

Wegen finanzieller Engpässe haben die Behörden seit drei Monaten keine Gehälter mehr zahlen können. Lange Stromausfälle und der Mangel an Benzin erschweren das Leben vieler Menschen in den beiden Städten zusätzlich.

13.11.2016 – AP (A E P)


Hundreds took to the streets of Yemen's capital Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden to protest a liquidity crunch that has prevented authorities from paying salaries for the past three months.

Security forces loyal to the anti-government Shiite Houthi rebels dispersed dozens of protesters in Sanaa on Sunday. They also maintained a heavier than usual presence throughout the capital in anticipation of renewed protests.

Lengthy power outages and fuel shortages have also added to the suffering of many in Sanaa and Aden – by Ahmed Al-Haj

Comment by Judith Brown: Since Hadi decided to move the bank to Aden no government employees have been paid.

10.2016 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Government of Yemen (* A E H)

Monthly Market Monitoring Bulletin (October 2016)

The market price data and information is collected from seven FSIS Programme target Governorates through the Governorate Focal Units (GFU) and FSTS in Sanaa city. The prices are collected from Hodeidah, Hajjah, Dhamar, Hadramout, Lahej, Taiz and Sanaa city markets. The prices are collected from at least three (3) representative market centers and average is calculated for each location. The Market monitoring bulletin provides tables and charts that show the monthly prices in the targeted Governorate markets. It also provides and allows the users to compare the current prices with the previous month and the pre-crisis average.

The FAO Food Price Index in the previous month (September 2016) rose by 2.9 % from August and 10% higher than same month last year. However, the FAO Cereal Price Index in the previous month (September 2016) declined by 1.9 % from August and 8.9 % below its year-earlier level.

The average price of wheat remained stable compared to September 2016 in all monitored markets except a decrease in Hadramout by 3.4% and an increase by about 1% in Hodeidah and Hajjah. However, the prices are still higher by 36.80% in Hajjah, 36.36% in Dhamar, 18.33% in Hodeida and 18.06% in Hadramout compared to the pre-crisis prices.

The average price of rice (both Basmati and non-Basmati) showed a declining trend in almost all monitored markets compared to September 2016. In Hajjah Governorate the prices sharply decreased for both basmati and non basmati by 17.18% and 27.78% respectively.

The fuel price showed an increasing trend in the last two weeks of October compared to the previous months. Average price of petrol increased by 9.14% in Sana’a city, 13.51% in Hodeidah and 3.13% in Hajjah compared to September 2016. At the time of reporting, there is shortage of supply in the official fuel stations in Sana’a city, which may trigger increased prices in the parallel markets. The average price of cooking gas in Taiz was 5475YER/18kg which is the highest compared to all monitored markets and 119% higher than the pre-crisis prices.

The retail price of live animals and in full: =

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / See cp1

13.11.2016 – Terror Monitor (A T)

#IslamicState Releases Pictures Shows Targeting The #Houthi Positions With Mortar Rounds At Mount Alib In #Qeefa Area (photos)

cp15 Propaganda

14.11.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat ( AP)

Yemen’s Bin Daghr: Houthi Militias Cannot Suppress Civilian Protests with Brutality

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Dagher said that the sudden disappearance of liquid cash from both Sanaa and Hodeidah Central Bank branches, in addition to the registered deficiency in the bank’s ability discharge the payroll of employees is a reason for great concern.

Citizens are directly affected by the delayed salaries. More so, civilian life has been rendered to absolute torment and difficulty by the Iran-backed militias who wreaked havoc over Yemen.

Hundreds took to the streets of Yemen’s capital Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden on Sunday to protest a liquidity crunch that has prevented authorities from paying salaries for the past three months.

Security forces loyal to the anti-government Houthi rebels dispersed dozens of protesters in Sanaa. They also maintained a heavier-than-usual presence throughout the capital in anticipation of renewed protests.

Demonstrations staged by soldiers and civilians were faced with Houthi cruelty and violations of civil rights, however, Mr. Dagher says that public rage cannot be diminished or overcome by brute force.

Bin Daghr added that it is time for Houthis to lean towards realizing a peace settlement for the war-torn country, which could only manifest through coup gunmen withdrawing from chief territory such as Taiz and Hodeidah.

Turning in arms is also a predominant factor to realizing a political peace solution, as Houthis and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh loyalists are requested to surrender all illegal artillery to a third neutral party, so that the arm power gets to safekeeping and is never raised again against the national institution and public.

Okaz newspaper commented on Yemen, saying that despite all attempts and initiatives undertaken by the Kingdom, other Gulf States and the United Nations to extinguish the flames of the Yemeni crisis and restore the missing security and stability, Houthi intransigence and continuous deception of supporters of ousted Saleh have thwarted any attempt, initiative and effort for solving the crisis.

The paper called on the international community to take a tough stance against Houthi militias and ousted Saleh loyalists.

14.11.2016 – National Yemen (A P)

Endless Lies: Iran and Houthi Partners’ Fabrications

The harmony between the Iranian media and media run by the Houthis allied with former president Ali Saleh is remarkable and reveals a dedication to exporting illusions to their audience in Yemen and beyond.

The philosophy of fabrications and daily lies can be seen and read regularly in Iranian media outlets also the Houthis and their allies. As a result, a large group of Yemeni activists including Houthi youth have launched a massive media campaign using hashtags denouncing the Iranian regime’s interference in Yemen’s affairs.

“We all understand that the Saudi Arabian-led coalition’s purpose is to protect Yemen and its people from the continuing aggression of the Iran-backed Houthis and to help Yemeni counterterrorism,” concluded Salam.

“Would you please stay away from Yemen and let them decide their way for peace?” Iskander Al-Asbahi asked in reference to Iranian involvement – by Fakhri Al-Arashi

My comment: This is really odd propaganda. Just look what is written here about the goals of the Saudi coalition and foreign interference. Iranian interference: Cheerleading for Houthis, a very limited arms supply: terrible; Saudi interference: 600 days of relentless bombing, described as “protect”. – And, by the way: The Hashtag: No matches at Google, Twitter, Facebook.

14.11.2016 – National Council of Resistance of Iran (A P)

Iran: Khameneis Plan einer Besetzung Mekkas durch jemenitische Söldner

In einer Rede, die von dem staatlichen Fernsehsender „Ofogh“ gesendet wurde, enthüllte Mullah Mehdi Ta’eb, ein Khamenei nahe stehender Geistlicher, auf die Region bezogene Pläne des Regimes; er sprach über eine Besetzung Saudi-Arabiens und Mekkas durch Regime-Söldner im Jemen. Ta’eb ist der Leiter des Hauptquartiers von Ammar, dem Zentrum, in dem die in Zivil gekleideten Agenten ausgestattet werden, die bei der Unterdrückung populärer Proteste und Demonstrationen sowie der Folter an Gegnern des Regimes und ihrer Hinrichtung eine zentrale Rolle spielen.

„Gott hat euch einen Segen gesandt; er heißt Jemen. Wißt ihr, wohin die Jemeniten gehen? Sie wollen das Haus Gottes besetzen. Sie haben eine Million Mitkämpfer; niemand von ihnen wird von der Front zurückkehren, sie sind standhaft. Seine Exzellenz (Khamenei) pries in Eid al-Fitr ihren Führer; er nannte ihn den weisen und tapferen Führer der Jemeniten. An dem Tag, an dem die Saudis den Jemen angriffen, sagte Herr Seyyed Abdulmalek: Wir werden hoffentlich nahe am Haus Gottes ein Gebet sprechen; d. h.: Er will dorthin vorrücken. Ihr sollt aber wissen: Die ganze Geschichte von Syrien, dem Jemen, Bahrain, ... das alles hängt von euch ab (den Mitgliedern des IRGC),“ sagte Ta’eb. (Staatliches Fernsehen „Ofogh“ am 7. November)

Mein Kommentar: Und, was soll jetzt damit bewiesen werden? Dass die Houthis Mekka besetzen wollen, oder dass Ta‘eb ein Großmaul und ein Dummkopf ist?

13.11.2016 – Arab News (* A P)

It’s the Houthis who are starving Yemenis, Ms. Amanpour

Recently, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Saudi-led Arab coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri. During the interview, she showed him a heart-wrenching photo of a starving Yemeni woman without providing any details about the picture, like where and when was it taken.

using an old, irrelevant picture to attempt and embarrass a military spokesperson. Indeed, the international community should remember it is the Saudis who had been feeding starving Yemenis for a long time.
More importantly, let us not forget that it is the Houthis who have put their own countrymen in harm’s way, and who are until today blocking crucial aid and food from coming into the country – by ABDULATEEF AL-MULHIM , retired commodore of the Royal Saudi Navy.

Comment by Judith Brown: Another bit of Saudi propaganda. In fact I was disappointed that this interviewer didn't do any background research herself. The photo is not from 2014. It has been circulating a few months. The woman is from Hodeida where the port has been bombed by Saudi Arabia, and ships cannot unload their cargos. The local people used to work by fishing - they can't do so now as they are bombed if they do - or by growing and processing food but distribution roads are bombed, farms are starved of irrigation water because of bombing of water plant, and food factories are bombed with a disaster out effect on the local economy. This poor girl had apparently had some digestion problems for 2 years but made worse by diarrhoea which after 2 months had turned her into a skeleton. She could not afford to go to a hospital because of the situation until an agency finally found her and arranged for her treatment. And by the way Taiz which is under siege by the Houthis does have a way in on its southern flank (via Aden) - it's not great and there are still major shortages - and there are no pictures of famine victims from Taiz at the moment - although the civilians there are caught in a terrible ground war plus Saudi bombs. So this piece of propaganda is just not true.

13.11.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houhtis Face National Rage in Aden

Yemeni cities are undergoing a national rage due to delayed salaries in the past three months by the Houthis, which are accused by the Yemeni government of robbing billions from the Central Bank of Yemen before being transferred into the temporary capital Aden.

Local sources and witnesses in Sana’a told Asharq al-Awsat that Houthis suppressed the protests sparked to demand the delivery of delayed salaries. Moreover, Houthis and pro-coup academics assaulted members in the Yemeni Teaching Union Coordinating Council in Sanaa University.

The assault coincided with intensive meetings held by academics in Sanaa University to consider protests escalation due to collapsing economic conditions since months. Academics accused the University President Fawzi al-Sagher, appointed by the Houthis, of reaching the meeting hall accompanied with armed people.

However, Sanaa University’s Vice President Dr. Mohammed Shoukri resigned after Houthi militias assaulted his colleagues in the Yemeni Teaching Union Coordinating Council.

Abdullah Abu al-Ghaith, representative of academics in Sanaa University, told Asharq al-Awsat that the assault took place in the presence of the university president who stood still and did not give orders to his accompanying armed people to arrest the offender.

Ghaith added that this is a proof that Houthis reached a deadlock in districts ruled by them—their actions mean that they failed to face these protests with reasonable excuses.

Teaching unions in the nine public universities started on Thursday a unified protest to demand their delayed salaries.

Comment by Judith Brown: Look at this propaganda. They are protesting at the lack of wages throughout Yemen that occurred after Hadi moved the bank to Aden. The Houthis are not the focus of national rage - except in Saudi eyes. How can the Houthis be held responsible for Hadi's actions? The central bank in Sanaa had paid people in all of Yemen until it was moved.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

14.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list):

14.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

About 45 Saudi American Rockets Target Villages in Jizan

A helicopter belonging to the US-backed Saudi coalition targeted today Monday Al Namir village as well as the regions of Al Sawda, Al Dhukan and Wadi Jarah with nearly 25 rockets.

About 45 Saudi American rockets have been launched by the helicopter targeting the mentioned regions after the Yemeni army and popular committees took control over villages and large areas in Jizan, military source confirms.

14.11.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A K PH)

1 hour ago: 6 rounds of airstrikes on #Hodeidah University. Saudis hate knowledge


14.11.2016 – Saudi Arabia war Crimes (A K PH)

Photos: effects of the devastation in the Faculty of Medicine Building Hodeidah province after being targeted by the airline Several raids this afternoon. and film by Almasirah TV:

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Air strikes launched on bordering Houthi sites, killing dozens

A local source in Sa'ada governorate, the stronghold of Houthi group, said that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighters have launched several air strikes targeting locations of Houthi militants and Saleh forces in the areas bordering the Saudi Alkhawbah area.

This bombing came two days after fierce fighting has flared up between Houthis and Salah forces from one side and the Saudi army on the other side.

Dozens of Houthi dead bodies, killed by the air strikes, were coming back to Saada governorate, while others are still missing, the source added.

My comment: ???

13.11.2016 – Almasirah TV (* A K PH)

Film: destructions in Saada province

14.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Cluster bombs were fell on different parts of Saada governorate by the US-Saudi aggression's warplanes overnight, a security official told Saba on Monday.

13.–14.11.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary from Dhamar (A K)

#Saudi air strikes on my city Dhamar woke me up now , jets are hovering over the city now , #Yemen . My house is shaking . God save us .

13.–14.11.2016 – Sanaa at night (A K)

Now : Large explosion in #Yemen capital Sanaa. I don't hear any Saudi jets. Interior Ministry did publish warning about "Islah-led" plots.

2nd large explosion. I can hear the Saudi jet now.

14.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

US-backed Saudi Fighter jets continue to commit heinous crimes against Yemen and Yemeni on a daily basis. Here are some of his crimes he committed yesterday Sunday 13of Nov. 2016Sana’a: waged a raid on Snhan area Five raids on Alkhuddari mount Bani Hashish directorateSaada: US-backed Saudi Fighter jets waged several raids one launched a car for a citizens in the road link between departments of Mnabh and Qataberwounding four civilians, including women and children in a rocket attack on Haydan districtMarib: waged a raid on Sirwah DistrictNehm: Fighter jets waged a raid on Maswarh areaShabwa: Warplanes waged a raid on Haid bin Aqeel areaJizan: Fighter jets waged Two raids on Aldhrh site

13.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A KPH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list):

14.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes strike food-carrying trucks in Dhamar, kill 3 civilians

US-Saudi aggression warplanes killed three citizens in Dhamar province early Monday morning, an official told Saba.
The warplanes targeted by two raids two trucks transporting foods in Nomarh area of Ans district, burning both trucks and killing three citizens, including one of the trucks' driver.
Meanwhile, one of the two vehicles' drivers survived himself when he jumped from the vehicle, minutes before his truck was air struck and also minutes after the first truck was struck, the official added.


14.11.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary / Hussain Albukhaiti (A K)

Yesterday's #Saudi jets strikes on a truck loaded with empty yogurt cups in my city Dhamar #Yemen 3 ppl killed (photos) and and film:

13.11.2016 – RT (A K)

Film: New evidence Saudi-led coalition is using banned cluster bombs in #Yemen –HRW

13.11.2016 – Saudi War Crimes (A K PH)

See pictures Saudi aggression is pounding home the Sawan area in the capital Sanaa . and film:

13.11.2016 – Almasira TV (A H)

Film: Najat family of raids Saudi American aggression targeting their home area Sa'wan Sana'a 13/11/2016

13.11.2016 – Sabah Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets wage raids on Serwah, targeting residents, farms

Saudi aggression fighter jets waged late on Saturday four air raids on different areas in Serwah district of Marib province, an official told Saba.
The raids targeted Heilan, al-Makadra and al-Rabiah areas in the district, causing damage to people's properties and farmlands.
The Saudi-paid aggression mercenaries, meanwhile, bombarded citizens' houses and farmers in the same area.

13.11.2016 – Sabah Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage raids on Nehm

Saudi aggression fighter jets launched air raids on Nehm district of Sanaa province overnight, an official told Saba on Sunday.
The raids targeted Badin area, causing great damage to citizens' farms and properties.

13.11.2016 – Sabah Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets launch strikes on Saada, Jizan

Saudi aggression war jets waged a series of strikes on Saada and Jizan provinces overnigh

? – Vice News (* B K)

Film: How a cluster bomb works and why the munition is making #Yemen's humanitarian crisis worse.

14.11.2016 – World Military Updates (* A K)

Film: UAE Deploys Mirage 2000 Jets To Support Yemen Ops

United Arabian Emirates has deployed nine Mirage-2000 Jets To Eritrea's Assab airport for supporting military operation in Southern Yemen.
The United Arab Emirates has deployed a combat air group that also includes two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, two Bell 407 helicopters, one Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, and two Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop airliners, according to Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery show.
All these jet fighters were there at the airport on 20 October, IHS Jane’s reported today.
Moreover, this combination of aircraft is only in service with the UAE air force, which has about 40 Mirage 2000-9EAD jets and operates the Northstar Aviation 407MHR armed version of the Bell helicopter.

cp16a Saudischer Luftangriff auf Tankwagen / Saudi air raid at fuel trucks

14.11.2016 – Reuters (*A K)

Yemen air strike kills 14 in attack on fuel trucks: medics, residents

At least 14 people were killed in central Yemen on Monday in air strikes on fuel trucks by the Arab coalition fighting in the country, medics and witnesses said, with the coalition saying the vehicles were carrying rebel military supplies.

The medics and witnesses said at least 11 other people were wounded in the Monday morning attack in which two tanker trucks parked on a road linking the town of Yarim in Ibb province with the provincial capital, Ibb, were hit.

A medical source at Yarim hospital said the facility received the bodies of 10 people, including one soldier. The official said 15 wounded people were also brought to the hospital, some of them in serious condition.

The official later said that three other people had died.

Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asseri, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said the convoy was en route from Ibb province carrying ammunition and other supplies for Houthi and allied forces near Taiz city.

The attack occurred at about 2 a.m. (2300 GMT Sunday), he said.

"There is a huge network of smuggling those weapons moving around. They try to camouflage ... We were tracking them and when they stopped in the area of the 55th Brigade of the Republican Guard we attacked them in the night," he said.

"It was so late at night that it was only the smugglers and the Houthi rebels around those vehicles," he said.

Asseri added it was possible the trucks were carrying fuel in addition to ammunition and weapons.

My comment: Sounds like the general Asiri explanation.

14.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A K PH)

Yemeni casualties of Saudi war revised up

At least eight civilians have been killed in Yemen in two new Saudi airstrikes that targeted the country’s province of Ibb.

Yemen’s al-Masirah news website said that nine civilians were also injured in the Saudi airstrikes, which targeted Ibb at dawn on Monday.

A local source said the airstrikes targeted two oil tankers in Ibb’s Yarim district, adding that rescue and recovery operations were still ongoing and that casualties could rise.

14.11.2016 – Saudi Arabia crimes in Yemen (* A K PH)

Saudi aviation bombed the enemy tankers and foodstuffs in August, and the fall of 17 people among the dead and wounded.

He cited eight civilians and wounded nine others were wounded in the initial statistical result of raids launched by the Saudi Air Aggression Ibb Governorate at dawn on Monday, November 14, 2016 AD.

He told a news source that the airline aggression targeted Bgartin tankers and foodstuffs in the Circle Line Directorate of Yarim.

The source confirmed that the raids aggression led to the death of eight people and wounding nine injured varying degrees of severity, adding that rescue operations and recovered the victims are still continuing until this moment (graphic photos)

14.11.2016 – Sept 21 (* A K PH)

Air raids have caused a Saudi American aggression dawn on Monday yarim district martyrdom and wounding 17 civilians, including a businessman.

Local sources reported that the airline aggression launched two raids targeting vectors goods and food items and ration in the eastern and the western ring-ring of the city EDTA of the martyrdom of eight citizens and wounding nine others.

The sources said that the raid targeted a tanker carrying flour substance led to the martyrdom and burned the driver and his assistant, and a number of workers and businessman Abdul Rahman Alsnfani in the eastern ring road, while the second raid caused the burning of six tankers carrying food in the Western Ring Road of the city (with graphic images)

and photos in better quality:

14.11.2016 – Saudi war crimes (* A K PH)

Pictures of the massacre of the Saudi Air Aggression in # of Yarim day before dawn ..


Abdulrahman Ali Abdullah Alsnfani / dealer.

Ali Ali Saleh al-Izzi / agent.

Sufian Saleh al-Jaafari / agent.

Osama Ahmed Mohammed Saba / driver.

Muhammad Ali ALKHAWLANY / agent.

Younis Mohammed Saleh beau / Auto engineer.

Akram Saleh Ali / truck driver.

Charred body / truck driver.

Charred body / truck driver.

Headless body.

Body of a soldier.

Dismembered corpse.

Dismembered corpse.

The charred body of a child.

14.11.2016 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Dozens of dead and wounded raids Saudi aggression on trucks and a gas station in Yarim 14-11 – 2016

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

15.11.2016 – Almasdar News (A K PH)

Houthis hit Saudi command center in Najran

PressTV have reported that Yemeni forces have fired two ballistic missiles in counteroffensives against the southwestern Saudi Arabia region of Najran, hitting targets that included a Saudi military command center, which hosted the largest number of Saudi troops in the region.

The Saudi command center was hit by a Tochka missile on Tuesday, as well as Zalzal 3 missile at the Rajla military base there.

Al-Masirah television have not reported whether there were casualties.

and the opposite:

15.11.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A K PS)

Ballistic missile fired from Yemen toward Najran intercepted

My comment: So what???

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Mareb: Deaths fall in fierce fighting in Serwah

The government forces backed by the Popular Resistance are fighting fierce battles against the Houthi militias and Saleh forces in Almukhadirah area west of Serwah district of Marib governorate. three soldiers of the government forces were killed

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: Child killed, others injured by Houthi forces bombing, fierce battles

The confrontations between Government Army and Popular Resistance from one side and the Houthi militants and Saleh forces from the other side intensified in the eastern neighborhoods of Taiz city, while Houthi artillery bombing is ongoing on the residential neighborhoods.

the 12-years-old Fathi Sadek was killed by a Houthi sniper in Al Frawesh area of Sabir district while Abdullah Said Taha was wounded in Alhabil area south of Taiz city by the Houthi artillery bombing.

[more fighting at Taiz]

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces announce killing 23 Houthi militants, including field leader

In the outskirts of Midi and Haradh cities in Hajja governorate, northwestern Yemen.

My comment: That would mean they had invaded northern Yemen from Saudi Arabian territory and have opened a new front there.

14.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenary artillery hit farms, homes in Marib

US-backed Saudi-paid mercenaries` artillery shelled Harib al-Karamish district of Marib province overnight, an official told Saba on Monday.
The enemy artillery also intensively and indiscriminately targeted al-Hamadah villages in the same district, causing large destruction to citizens` houses and farms.

14.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Shells Target Emplacements and Gatherings of Saudi Soldiers

Yemeni Missile Force Pounds Saudi Al Hamdan Site

Saudi Mercenary Killed in a Sniping Operation in Shabwa

14.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills, wounds 15 mercenaries in Marib


14.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dead and Wounded in the Ranks of Mercenariesrepel an attempt to creep hypocrites of the Saudi aggression in the Al_mkdra area, in Mareb.

14.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Albaidha: Houthis siege Hemah Sirar village, try to advance in Qurayshiah

14.11.2016 – Southfront (A K PH)


Die Huthi-Saleh Allianz hat die Kontrolle über mehrere strategische Dörfer in der Region al-Khobeh übernommen und Dutzende saudische Soldaten getötet und dessen militärische Ausrüstung zerstört.

Kommentar: dazu die folgenden Meldungen, z. T. mit Fotos, in Englisch.

13.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Military Media Distributes Scenes of Operations in Jizan

The Yemeni military media distributed new scenes today Sunday revealing one of the largest military operations carried out by the Yemeni army and popular committees in Jizan. The operation led to four Saudi villages as well as Saudi military sites under Yemeni control. Scenes also documented the material damage inflicted by the Saudis and their dead bodies on the battlefield (many photos)

and also at

13.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

US Abrams tanks&Bradley vehicles being seized or destroyed By Yemen army fighters south of Saudi Arabia (photos) and and

and totally contradicting:

13.11.2016 – Middle East Eye (A K PS)

Yemen: Scores of Houthis killed near Saudi border and also at

13.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Military Vehicles Destroyed in Shabwa (with photos)

13.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army's artillery bombs gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Marib

Army shells Saudi military gatherings, sites in Jizan and see also (photos)

Mercenary's armored vehicle destroyed in Lahj

Army guns down Saudi soldier, hitting Alib headquarters in Asir

Army shells mercenaries in Taiz

14.11.2016 – Anadolu Agency (A K PS)

Violence kills 10 in south-western Yemen

In a statement, the pro-government forces said seven Houthi militants were killed in clashes across the south-western Taiz city.
“A pro-government fighter was killed and three others were injured in the confrontations,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, two civilians were reportedly killed and two others injured when Houthi rebels shelled a residential district in eastern Taiz.

13.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Killing Two of a Mercenary Aggression in Taiz

13.11.2016 – Fars News (* A K PH)

Yemeni Army Hits Saudi Arabia's Military Positions in Ta'iz, Lahij, Jizan Provinces

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

2010 – Dean Henderson (* C)

Fortress Persian Gulf

(Excerpted from Chapter 5: Persian Gulf Rent-A-Sheik:Big Oil & Their Bankers…)

Following the Iranian Revolution the US more overtly displayed its willingness to lean on the Saudi monarchy.

During the 1979 border war between North and South Yemen US Secretary of Defense and Trilateralist Harold Brown pressured the Saudis to supply $390 million worth of US weapons to North Yemen where US advisers were running the show. The conflict underscored the vulnerability of the oilfields of the Kingdom to the kind of nationalist rhetoric coming from the neighboring South Yemen government.

There are 6,000 Americans working in the Saudi Arabia arms industry. Many hold key positions. This figure does not include US troops whose numbers have steadily increased since the mid-1980s and took a quantum leap during the US war with Iraq in 1991. Another neo-colonial policy disallows licensing of high-tech arms production outside NATO and Pacific Alliance countries. Spare parts for GCC weapons systems are available only on a strict US schedule. These technological dependencies insure a perpetuation of the oil for arms quid pro quo which the Four Horsemen, the US defense establishment and the international bankers wish to impose upon the GCC –by Dean Henderson

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-227: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-227: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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