Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 229 - Yemen War Mosaic 229

Yemen Press Reader 229: Luftkrieg–Humanitäre Lage–Kinderehen–US-Drohnenkrieg–Trump und Jemen–Al Kaida im Jemen–Initiative von US-Außenminister Kerry: Waffenstillstand?–Schwere Kämpfe

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Aerial war – Humanitarian situation – Child marriages – US drone war – Trump and Yemen – Al Qaida in Yemen – US Sec. of State Kerry’s initiative: Cease fire? – Heavy fighting – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Waffenstillstand? / Most important: Cease fire?

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 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13c Finanzen / Finances

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Ex-Vizepräsident Bahah / Former vice-president Bahah

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

16.11.2016 – Singhji (** B K P)

Film: Yemen A Saudi Led Human Tragedy

My comment: A good introduction.

16.11.2016 – AP (** B K)

Yemen war raises questions of war crimes against civilians

Rights groups and U.N. officials say the U.S.-backed coalition has often either deliberately or recklessly depended on faulty intelligence, failed to distinguish between civilian and military targets and disregarded the likelihood of civilian casualties.

Experts say some of the strikes amount to war crimes.

"The Saudis have been committing war crimes in Yemen," said Gabor Rona, a professor teaching the laws of war at Columbia University. He pointed to "indiscriminate targeting, that is, attacks in which the attacker makes no effort to distinguish between combatants and civilians." And he warned that American personnel helping the coalition "may also be guilty of war crimes."

The strikes in Abs were notable: The original target was a small checkpoint manned by two rebel fighters on a highway far from any frontline. Three missiles were fired on the highway and one at the hospital. Of 21 people killed, none was a combatant. Moreover, the hospital itself was on the coalition's own computerized list of sites that should not be targeted.

Each strike that day was carried out with a Paveway guided missile system, built by an American company and sold to Saudi Arabia — a sign of how the United States has become mired in Yemen's war. Washington and its allies have sold billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia for the campaign, and the U.S. military has been providing it with intelligence, satellite imagery and logistical help.

Washington underlines that it does not make decisions on strikes, and it calls on the coalition to investigate any claims of violations. "U.S. security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check," National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in October.

The coalition denies neglect, saying it does its utmost to avoid civilian casualties and noting the rebels often operate among civilians.

But critics say the American and international backing and lack of independent investigation have given Saudi Arabia and its allies a free rein.

"We believe that the coalition understood that ... it has a green light to commit more massacres in Yemen," said Abdel-Rashed al-Faqeh, the head of Muwatana, one of Yemen's most prominent rights groups.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the U.N. human rights office have also reported possible war crimes by the Houthi rebels, citing their shelling of civilian areas and basing their fighters in schools and other civilian locations.

But the scope of the air campaign has brought widespread destruction. Warplanes have hit medical centers, hospitals, schools, factories, infrastructure and roads, as well as markets, weddings and residential compounds. The Yemen Data Project, for example, documented nearly 60 strikes on medical facilities, most of them in the Houthi heartland in the north, though it says it does not track casualty figures because of how difficult it is to verify events on the ground.

The coalition, which says it investigates claims of civilian casualties, has made nine investigations public. In most cases it said the strikes were against a justified military target.

If any attack typified the rush to hit without regard for civilian casualties, it was the Oct. 8 attack on a funeral in Sanaa.

As the campaign began in early 2015, the coalition focused on Houthi military targets largely based on information from Hadi's government.

But as time went on, targeting relied more on tips coming from hundreds of agents and informants paid by the coalition.

A senior Yemeni army official close to Hadi's Riyadh-based government said the informants often provide inaccurate information, rely on rumors or call in strikes to get revenge on personal enemies.

He and another top official said decisions on strikes are taken hastily without enough verification or assessment of likely civilian casualties.

Since the air campaign began, the U.S. has authorized some $7.8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia. In 2015 alone, Saudi Arabia purchased $25 billion in arms from the U.S., Britain, France and other countries, according to Control Arms, a New York-based group that tracks the arms trade.

The U.S. also been providing intelligence on targets through American military advisers posted at the Joint Combined Planning Cell, or JCPS, in Riyadh.

But the U.S. military never provided "direct or implicit approval of target selection or prosecution," Central Command said in a statement.

he U.S. pulled out dozens of personnel from the joint planning cell in June. Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood said fewer than five personnel were needed. After the funeral strike, the U.S. said it would review its assistance further.

Nabeel Khoury, a former U.S. diplomat in Yemen and now a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, attributed the reduction to the criticism over civilian deaths.

"Yes, the official line was we are providing intelligence, but this is targeting. The only intelligence Saudis want is for targeting," he told the AP. "In the end, the decision to fire is Saudi, but because of the American support to this war, it is hard to deny U.S. responsibility." – by Maggie Michael and Ahmed Al-Haj and see also (for the raid at Abs) and film:

My comment: This article still is very soft. The figure of victims stated here is a joke, even the UN now states much more. – All this not just “might be” war crimes, all this definitely is. – That civilian targets were hit intentionally, is obvious when looking at what and in which quantities was hit. – And, once again: For the Yemen war, there is not legitimacy at all also in hitting military targets: The Saudi war in Yemen is a WAR OF AGGRESSION, targeting everything whether civilian or military is a war crime in that case.

15.11.2016 – Almanar (**A K)

600 Days of Saudi Aggression on Yemen: Civilian Casualties Surpass 30,000

A statistical survey of casualties and damages 600 days after the brutal Saudi aggression on Yemen shows that the civilian casualties have reached 30,746 people.

The survey, conducted by Yemen’s Legal Center for Rights and Developments, showed that 11,403 civilians were killed by the Saudi-led coalition, including 2,458 children and 1,811 women.

The Yemeni center said that 19,343 civilians have been injured since the start of the aggression in March26, 2015, including 2,253 children and 1,906 women.

380,366 is the number of destroyed homes, the center said adding that 15 airports, 13 ports, 148 stations and power generators, 237 water tanks and networks, 282 stations and communication networks and 1,289 bridges and roads have been destroyed by the Saudi aggression.

The number of governmental facilities destroyed since the start of the Saudi air campaign reached 1,553 according to the survey.

674 Mosques, 719 schools and institutes, 263 health facilities, 201 archeologist sites, 100 sport facilities, 108 universities and 20 media facilities have been destroyed by the Saudi aggression, the Legal Center for Rights and Developments said in the survey.

Meanwhile, the center put at 5,193 the number of destroyed commercial establishments. It added that 641 food stores, 476 food tankers, 515 public markets and malls, 294 fuel stations, 254 factories, 216 fuel tankers, 179 poultry farms and 1,376 agriculture fields have been targeted and damaged by the Saudi-led coalition strikes.

31.10.2016 – Save the Children (** A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Response Situation Report, October 2016

Since mid-March 2015, conflict in Yemen has spread to 21 of Yemen’s 22 governorates prompting a large-scale protection crisis and com- pounding an already dire humanitarian crisis brought on by years of poverty, poor governance, conflict and ongoing instability.

• The total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is 21.2 million – or 82% of the population, including 9.9 million children.

• 7,054 people including 4,125 civilians have now been killed, and over 36,376 injured of whom 7,207 are civilians.

• Conflict has affected the lives of approximately 3.2 million internally displaced people and returnees including 1.4 million children.

• 14.1 million people (52% of population) are food insecure - including 7 million who are severely food insecure.

• More than 7.4 million children are in need of protection assistance.

• 19.4 million people lack clean water and sanitation, including 10.2 million children.

• 24.3 million people (90% of the population) lack access to electricity through the public grid.

• 600 Health facilities have been closed due to the conflict, leaving over 14.1 million people in need of basic healthcare including 8.3 million children.

• 71 cases of Cholera have been confirmed and 8 people have already died as of 1st November. WHO estimates that 7.6 million people live at high risk areas in 15 governorates.

• 2.2 million children are in need of nutrition assistance including 1.5 million children under the age of five who are acutely malnourished – of whom 370,000 children are severely acute malnourished.

• Around 27% (approx. 2 million) of school age children in Yemen do not have access to education. The conflict has forced at least 350,000 additional school-aged children out of school, adding to the 1.6 million school-aged children who were already out of school before the conflict. The Ministry of Education reported that 2,108 educational facilities across the country have been directly affected by the conflict. During most of the 2015/2016 school year, UNICEF reported 1,600 school closures across the country. and in full:

Save the Children Humanitarian Response, Yemen (Updated: October 2016)

Despite the incredibly difficult circumstances for our 400 national staff in Yemen – many of whom have been displaced themselves due to ongoing airstrikes and damage suffered to their homes – we are responding to the dire humanitarian crisis with Food Security and Livelihoods, Child Protection, Nutrition, Health, WASH and support for Education programming in eight of the affected governorates.
Since May 2015 we have reached over 1,150,092 people, including nearly 652,644 children and in full:

16.11.2016 – United Nations Population Fund (** B H)

Families increasingly resort to child marriage as Yemen’s conflict grinds on

Last year, Ayisha was married at only 13 years old. She delivered a baby several weeks ago – a girl.

“My family forced me to get married and took me out of school,” she told UNFPA while recuperating from childbirth. She was crying; the new reality of her situation weighed heavily on her.

“What is the future I want for my baby?” she asked bitterly. “I would force her to get married, just like they did to me.”

Ayisha is far from alone. A recent assessment by UNFPA and the Italian aid group INTERSOS indicates that families in Yemen may be increasingly resorting to child marriage as the conflict drives them deeper into poverty and desperation.

Conflict “pushing” marriage on families

Child marriage has long been a scourge in Yemen, one of the few countries in the region without a legal minimum age of marriage. In a 2013 survey, nearly 32 per cent of women, aged 20 to 24, said they were married before reaching 18, and more than 9 per cent were married younger than 15.

Attempts to set 18 as the minimum marrying age collapsed with the outbreak of the conflict last year. And today, child marriage rates could be much higher.

Child marriage is a coping mechanism. Parents marry off their daughters to be relieved of the cost of their care, or because they believe a husband’s family can offer better protection.

Under the conflict, women’s and girls’ welfare has deteriorated in every sense. Judicial and social institutions have broken down, and 1.83 million children have lost access to schools, including over 830,000 girls. Without an education or social protections, many child brides have nowhere to turn.

Comment: Poverty, famine, families displaced, injured who cannot be cured, desperation deriving from war.
And war itself. Only war for over 600 days.

15.11.2016 – The Guardian (** B K P)

How the US justifies drone strikes: targeted killing, secrecy and the law

For decades the US condemned targeted killings, characterizing them as assassinations – but it was unclear what distinguished America’s drone campaign from the killings it historically rejected as unlawful

Over just a short period in early 2016, in other words, the United States deployed remotely piloted aircraft to carry out deadly attacks in six countries across central and south Asia, north Africa, and the Middle East, and it announced that it had expanded its capacity to carry out attacks in a seventh. And yet with the possible exception of the strike in Somalia, which garnered news coverage because of the extraordinary death toll, the drone attacks did not seem to spark controversy or reflection. As the 2016 presidential primaries were getting under way, sporadic and sketchy reports of strikes in remote regions of the world provided a kind of background noise – a drone in a different sense of the word – to which Americans had become inured.

Senior officials in the administration of President Barack Obama variously described drone strikes as “precise,” “closely supervised,” “effective,” “indispensable,” and even the “only game in town” – but what they emphasized most of all is that the drone strikes they authorized were lawful.

In this context, though, “lawful” had a specialized meaning. Except at the highest level of abstraction, the law of the drone campaign had not been enacted by Congress or published in the US Code. No federal agency had issued regulations relating to drone strikes, and no federal court had adjudicated their legality. Obama administration officials insisted that drone strikes were lawful, but the “law” they invoked was their own. It was written by executive branch lawyers behind closed doors, withheld from the public and even from Congress, and shielded from judicial review.

Secret law is unsettling in any context, but it was especially so in this one. For decades the US government had condemned targeted killings, characterizing them as assassinations or extrajudicial executions. On its face, the drone campaign signified a dramatic departure from that position – a departure that demanded explanation, at the very least. It was far from obvious what distinguished American drone strikes from the targeted killings the United States had historically rejected as unlawful. Nor was it clear how these targeted killings could be reconciled with international human rights law, with a decades-old executive order that bans assassinations, with the constitutional guarantee of due process, or, for that matter, with domestic laws that criminalize murder – by Jameel Jaffer

15.11.2016 – Omar Shamshoon (** A P)

How will President Trump handle Yemen?

Surprisingly Donald Trump brought up the Yemen war relatively often, although his positions on the issue were all over the place. He used the Yemen crisis to attack Obama, to use it as an example of America being taken advantage of by its allies, to denounce the Iranian nuclear deal, and in a rare instance also to express skepticism about who America was supporting.

These kind of “Saudis should pay us" statements were the most typical throughout his campaign. In other occasions he had suggested the US-Saudi relationship would be less necessary due to fracking, and also thought Yemen’s fall was part of an Iranian scheme to encircle Saudi Arabia to take over its oil.

Trump has sometimes been portrayed as “anti-Saudi” for his Twitter feuds with Prince al-Waleed bin Talal and his attacks on the Clinton Foundation donors, though he does not characterize himself as such, and had often played up his business relations with Saudi Arabia. Despite his skepticisms of the Syrian opposition, he is also very hostile to Iran. Most notably are his endless attacks on the Iranian nuclear deal.

President Trump remains a wild card. His Yemen policy will depend on who is in his Administration. He will likely try to find a way to get “benefits” for continued American support to the Saudi-led coalition as he has previously stated (such as having the make greater contributions to the anti-IS coalition or refugees). If John Bolton becomes his Secretary of State as he is rumoured to be I do not expect a great divergence from the current policy (now the news says Rudy Giuliani, I stand by what I said). One of Trump’s advisors, Walid Phares, has said that a Trump Administration plans to register the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group which would complicate things if it extends to include the Islah party.

Trump along with other Republicans has also had better relations with the Egyptian government and military establishment, Sisi was the first world leader to congratulate him on his victory. Trump may therefore be more likely to view the Yemen conflict through their lens, which has appeared more inclined towards a political settlement but still supportive of the Hadi government. By extension, a Trump administration may also be more inclined towards the Emirati view of the view of the conflict, which has recently been more focused on combating terrorist groups and is suspicious of Islah. Some of the Egyptian and Emirati-backed allies in Eastern Libya are hoping to benefit from a Trump presidency, so perhaps their Yemeni allies in non-Islah factions such as the Southern Movement may try to do so as well. However, many Emiratis have a low opinion of Trump and have boycotted his products and businesses in response to his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country, and so relations may become difficult. Trump has also been supportive of JASTA which is strongly opposed by the GCC and its allies – by Omar Shamshoon

My comment: The best article I found on this subject, which will be of great importance for Yemen. The article contains quite a lot of links.

16.11.2016 – The Cipher Brief (** B K T)

AQAP's Opportunism in Yemen: Benefit or Bust?

Noteworthy is the relative unhindered freedom of movement the Yemeni government and Saudi coalition forces have allowed operational AQAP cells in Yemen. Yemen’s civil war has spawned a de facto, unspoken alliance of convenience between AQAP and the Yemeni and Saudi governments, two of the group’s long-time opponents. This symbiotic collaboration underscores a harsh reality: AQAP has become an indispensable ally in mobilizing anti-Houthi forces to defeat the Houthis.

AQAP had become a critical component in the mechanics of effectively rallying Sunni tribal militias against the Houthis. The group became firmly embedded with Sunni tribal militias through political and military alliances formed in the eight-month interregnum, which began with the fall of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government in Sana’a and ending with the securing of its provisional capital of Aden in July 2015.

During this vacuum of government security and services, AQAP established a crucial, albeit paradoxical, role in restoring Hadi’s government. Despite fighting the Yemeni government for two decades, AQAP recruited, trained, and mobilized a volunteer anti-Houthi force to supplant the defunct Yemeni military and defend Hadi’s territories. The militant group provided dawa’a (social services), trained local militias, and spearheaded joint attacks against the Houthis in northern, central, and eastern governorates. AQAP essentially became a key force multiplier for anti-Houthi forces in northern, central, and eastern governorates.

Furthermore, throughout the Yemeni civil war, AQAP’s de facto truce with Yemeni and Saudi forces offered the militant group a respite, thereby enabling them to establish wilayat (provinces) in Hadramawt, Abyan, Shabwah, and Lahij governorates.

Sunni tribes and SM militias were unnerved by AQAP’s rapid annexation of territory and unsolicited governance.

Following the liberation of Aden, the Saudi coalition steamrolled through the remaining AQAP controlled governorates. In April, the coalition teamed up with Sunni tribesmen and SM militias to free territories in Lahij and Hadramawt from the jihadist’s control. In mid-August, Yemeni and coalition forces coordinated with the SBF to liberate AQAP’s territories in Abyan.

AQAP and its remaining allies were offered two choices: integration or elimination. Coalition forces and the SBF currently permit AQAP to fight alongside anti-Houthi forces in the central and northern governorates of al-Bayda, Taiz, Ibb, and Ma’rib. Yemeni security forces and the SBF killed two AQAP district commanders and arrested 19 AQAP governorate and district commanders. U.S. direct action operations eliminated 14 AQAP governorate and district commanders. SM militias arrested an AQAP district commander and killed another mid-level commander. Local tribesmen terminated two AQAP governorate commanders. The Saudi coalition executed one mid-level commander.

Whether history will judge AQAP’s political and military opportunism in Yemen’s civil war as its most damaging self-inflicted wound is unclear. What is clear is that the downside of its opportunism has far outweighed its short-term gains – by Joshua Koontz

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Waffenstillstand? / Most important: Cease fire?

(Späteste unten / Latest below)

15.11.2016 – Albawaba (A P)

Kerry expected to meet Houthis in Oman’s Muscat to discuss political solutions to war in Yemen

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Muscat on Monday to hold discussions with Houthi rebels, in a new attempt to reach a political solution to war-torn Yemen.

A high-ranking Yemeni official told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that Kerry's visit to Oman was made to recover "lost time" in Yemen's political negotiations.

The U.S. official is expected to meet with a delegation representing Houthi rebels, headed by Mohammed Abdul Salam. The visit falls within efforts by the outgoing U.S. Administration to reach a political compromise in Yemen, before the end of President Barack Obama's term on January 20.

Meanwhile, Abdul Salam said the Houthi delegation will meet with the U.S. Secretary of State, adding that the latest road-map presented by U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, "could represent an adequate platform for serious discussions that would guarantee a solution" to the crisis.

In the same context, well-informed sources said that the meeting between Kerry and Houthis' official spokesperson Abdul Salam will be held in the presence of Oman's Foreign Affairs Minister Youssef bin Alawi.

15.11.2015 – Reuters (* A K P)

Ab Donnerstag sollen die Waffen ruhen

In Jemen sollen ab Donnerstag die Waffen schweigen. Darauf hätten sich die Huthi-Rebellen und die von Saudiarabien angeführte Militärkoalition arabischer Länder geeinigt, sagte US-Aussenminister John Kerry am Dienstag in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Alle Konfliktparteien seien zudem übereingekommen, sich bis Ende des Jahres um die Bildung einer Regierung der nationalen Einheit zu bemühen. =

15.11.2016 – Reuters (** A K P)

Kerry announces Yemen cessation of hostilities to start November 17

The armed Houthi movement and Saudi-led military alliance fighting in Yemen have agreed to observe a cessation of hostilities from Nov. 17, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

Both parties have also agreed to work towards forming a unity government, he added.

The country's near 20-month war has pitted the Iran-aligned Houthis against the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, killing more than 10,000 people and displaced more than three million.

Speaking after talks in Oman, which is close to the Houthi group, and the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition supporting Hadi, Kerry said he had presented the parties with a document calling on pushing a proposed peace deal that included a call for a ceasefire.

He said the Houthis have agreed to "abide by the terms of the April 10 cessation of hostilities beginning on Nov. 17, provided the other party implements the same commitment and thus far the Emiratis and the Saudis...they have both agreed to try to move forward with this."

He was referring to a ceasefire that began in April and lasted until the end of August when U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended in disagreement

Kerry also said the parties "have agreed to work towards the establishing a new national unity government in a safe and secure a goal towards the end of the year".

15.11.2016 – US Department of State (** A P)

Remarks, John Kerry, Secretary of State, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates [Press Conference]
November 15, 2016

The combined purpose with that was to try to kick the Yemen negotiations, peace process.

And our sense is that – and most of the parties we talk to agree – in fact, all the parties we talk to agree that there’s no military solution. So if that’s the fact, you’ve got to get into: What is the political solution?

We’ve worked very closely with Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN special envoy. We’ve been consulting with him every day, step of the way. But the purpose here was to try to figure out if we could break this deadlock and move the process forward. I met yesterday with Yusuf bin Alawi, the foreign minister of Oman, who’s been very helpful and engaged in this. Also had a long meeting with and dinner with His Majesty King – Sultan Qaboos. And they have together been very instrumental in helping to see if we can find a way to break the deadlock.

So I in fact met personally with the Houthi last night. I met with the basic Houthi negotiating delegation that came here in order to meet with me – came there in order to meet with me. And we met into the wee hours of the morning, until about 2:30 in the morning, and laid down a document, a short program for trying to move the negotiations forward. The Houthi, by agreement last night, took it under advisement until this morning – I told them I’m coming here; it was critical for my conversations with Mohammed bin Zayed – Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, to be able to have an answer and see whether we can move forward. The Houthi did provide an answer and did agree to – quote – “abide by the terms of the April 10th cessation of hostilities,” beginning on November 17th, provided the other party implements the same commitment. Thus far the Emiratis and the Saudis – I talked to Mohammed bin Salman today, and I – Crown Prince, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and I talked with, obviously, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed here, and they have both agreed to try to move forward with this. They believe that it makes sense.

QUESTION: So who’s on board with this now? The Houthis, Omanis?

SECRETARY KERRY: The Houthi have agreed. The UN envoy is very supportive of wanting to do this. We are on board, the coalition, so to speak. The Saudis and Emiratis. And the Houthi have agreed, for the first time, publicly, to sign on to sending representatives to the de-escalation and coordinating committee, and to accept the roadmap, including the sequencing that is in the roadmap presented by the envoy, as a basis for negotiations. And they support a negotiated comprehensive settlement to resolve conflict in Yemen based on the framework that’s laid out in the roadmap.

So we hope to work – they have agreed to work towards the establishment of a new national unity government in a safe and secure Sana’a by targeting as a goal sort of towards the end of the year. And the key now is to get everybody on board, actually sitting down and doing this meeting. That’s the key. So --

It’s – well, we have to have the final pieces, but I’m very hopeful that this can really come together, and has the potential to be a real turning point in this conflict, providing that everybody does their part, which is always key in these challenges. But it’s a first big step, and as Sheikh Tahnoon thought it was potentially a real breakthrough, providing the pieces come together.

15.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A K P)

Yemenis agree on truce beginning November 17: Kerry

Warring sides of the conflict in Yemen have agreed on a swift ceasefire agreement starting in the coming days, US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Kerry said on Tuesday that both the Houthi Ansarullah movement and an alliance of militants loyal to Yemen's former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who fight under the support of Saudi Arabia, had agreed to a cessation of hostilities starting on November 17.

Kerry, who was speaking to journalists in the United Arab Emirates, said the two sides had also agreed to work for the establishment of a unity government by the end of the year.

Kerry embarked on a regional tour on Monday meant for resolving the conflict in Yemen and Syria. In his first stop in Oman, he held talks with senior officials of the Sultanate in a bid to use their influence on Yemen's Houthi fighters. Oman is the only Arab country in the Persian Gulf region that has refused to contribute to Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign against Yemenis. Kerry then flew to Abu Dhabi for talks mostly centered on Syria.

Kerry’s bid to find a solution to the crisis in Yemen comes months after the United Nations failed to clinch an agreement between representatives of the Houthis and Hadi at the end of months-long negotiations in Kuwait.

15.11.2016 – Voice of America (* A P)

End to Yemen War Could Soon Be Reality

Yemen's armed Houthi movement and a Saudi-led military alliance have agreed on supporting a solution for the conflict in Yemen based on the framework laid out to establish a new Yemeni national unity government by the end of the year.

The Omani road map, based on an initiative by Kerry, calls for Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to hand power to a less divisive deputy in exchange for the Houthis withdrawing from Yemen's main cities.

Kerry spoke Tuesday at the end of a visit to the United Arab Emirates and said he is very hopeful this agreement will come together and added the talks have “a potential to be a real turning point.”

Kerry also said he had a "very constructive discussion" with Yusuf bin Alawi, the minister responsible for foreign affairs, before also talking about the bloody and desperate situation in neighboring Yemen with Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

The absolute monarch and Kerry discussed the importance of peace talks and getting a framework in place. In the past, neither side was willing to stop fighting.

The U.S. official said he Houthi agreed "for the first time publicly" to send representatives to de-escalation and coordinating committee and to "accept the road map including the sequencing that is in the road map presented by the envoy as a basis for negotiations." – by Steve Herman

15.11.2016 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Kerry announces Yemen truce, FM says 'not interested'

Yemeni government says it is not "interested" in Kerry's truce announcement, accusing US secretary of interference.

Speaking after talks in the United Arab Emirates, Kerry said that he had presented the rival parties with a document calling on pushing a proposed peace deal that included a call for a ceasefire.

Referring to a truce that began in April and lasted until the end of August, Kerry said the Houthis had agreed to "abide by the terms of the April 10 cessation of hostilities beginning on November 17, provided the other party implements the same commitment and thus far the Emiratis and the Saudis ... they have both agreed to try to move forward with this".

Kerry said all parties to the conflict had also agreed to work to set up a Yemeni national unity government by the end of the year.

However, Mekhlafi contradicted Kerry's comments and accused the US secretary of state of interference.

"The government was not aware of, nor is it interested in what Secretary Kerry announced, which represents a desire to scuttle peace efforts by trying to reach an agreement with the Houthis apart from the government," Mekhlafi wrote on his official Twitter page. and another article from the Gulf: and more reporting by AFP: and The Guardian:

15.11.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Yemeni government says not interested in Kerry's truce announcement

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi said on Tuesday his government was not interested in a ceasefire and unity government announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry aimed at ending the country's nearly 20-month conflict.

"The government was not aware of nor is it interested in what Secretary Kerry announced, which represents a desire to scuttle peace efforts by trying to reach an agreement with the Houthis apart from the government," Mekhlafi wrote on his official twitter page.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Doesn't matter if #Yemen gov knew or didn't. Real Q is, does Saudi know? Are they fully on board? Convincing other parties pointless if not.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Note : "Yemen government" = Riyadh talking. Essentially, Saudi Arabia agrees with Kerry's Yemen plan but uses its other mouth to diss Kerry.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well Hadi doesn't want to stop killing his fellow countrymen.

Comment by Dr. Karim: The Saudis dropped former Yemeni president Hadi from any future political settlement They chewed him like sugar cane and spit him like fibre

My comment: What will be the sense of a truce if one party tells it “was not interested in a ceasefire”?

15.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (* A P)

Yemen FM: Kerry's statement "media ado", government not contacted on Muscat meeting

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul Malik Al Mikhlafi said that the US Secretary of State John Kerry did not contact the Yemeni government, and that his statement on an agreement between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia is "media ado and an action against peace."

In remarks to Aljazeera TV channel, the head of the Yemeni government delegation to the peace talks said the government did not know anything about Kerry's statement on a cease-fire and a formation of a national unity government agreement.

Al Mikhlafi was surprised at Kerry's remarks noting that "the Yemeni Government is not concerned with any agreement that does not involve the United Nations and that is away from the agreed terms of references. The Yemeni government was not also invited to negotiate any of these issues, nor did it meet any local or international party."

"We were not informed about Muscat meeting; and any attempts to agree with one party is doomed to failure," added Al Mikhlafi.

"We want peace in our country, but the peace has its ways and specific references. Peace cannot be imposed.

My comment: “Peace cannot be imposed”: it seems you simply do not want “peace” but “supremacy”. By blocking all real peace efforts, might-be Hadi government is more or less out of the game now.

16.11.2016 – Arab News (A P)

Hadi Govt Says Kerry Proposal Rewards Houthi Terror

“The government of Yemen is not aware of the statements made by Mr. Kerry and does not consider itself committed to them,” said Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel Malek Al-Mekhlafi.
Remarks attributed to Kerry “are a bid to derail peace efforts and a bid to reach an agreement with the Houthis without the government,” he said. “I believe the current US administration is incapable of providing any guarantees to any party and what Kerry has said is no more than a media bubble at our people’s expense,” Al-Mekhlafi told Al-Jazeera television.

My comment: The Hadi government wants Saudi terror to be rewarded.

16.11.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Yemen FM: Kerry’s remarks on ceasefire do not concern us

“These remarks are an attempt to thwart peace efforts by reaching an agreement with the rebels and circumventing the legitimate government,” Al-Mekhlafi said in a post on Twitter.

“The US administration wants to achieve an accomplishment before the end of its mandate through an unfounded agreement,” he told Sky News Arabia.

15.11.2016 – Yemen Hadi government foreign ministry (A P)

Remarks from the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Dr. Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi (look at image)

Comment by Judith Brown: Very interesting - the peace plan seems to have bypassed Hadi and his 'government' altogether.

15.11.2016 – Middle East Monitor (* A P)

Source: Hadi is softening on Yemen peace plan

The Yemeni government has allegedly softened its criticism of the current UN peace plan, a senior government official told Gulf News yesterday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the Yemeni government has formed political, security and military committees to assess the peace plan and report their final decision to UN envoy Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed.

“The government has apparently changed its mind and agreed to consider it. They should not have rejected it in the first place if they knew they would bow down to pressure.”

President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and his government initially vehemently rejected a fresh peace plan that proposed a unity government and demanded Hadi relinquish his powers to a new vice-president. Under the deal, the Houthis would withdrawal from major cities and the handover weapons to a third party.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a very one sided media outlet that is very pro Hadi. It is only a minority of Yemenis who support Hadi - he can't even use Yemeni bodyguards because he can't trust any of them not to kill him. If Middle East Monitor is saying Hadi is softening, maybe there's a bit of hope.

15.11.2016 – Yemen Update (A P)

.@JohnKerry met with Houthis in #Oman w/o their partner Saleh's GPC delegates. Both Saleh's & Hadi's teams are not informed. #Yemen 2/3

My comment: Interesting that the Saleh party also was not informed. Can such a truce really work?

15.11.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

Yemen's Houthi group said on Wednesday it was ready to stop fighting and join a national unity government

Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of the political council of the Houthi's Ansarullah group, said Saudi Arabia had also agreed to end its involvement in the war - though there was no official confirmation from Riyadh.

"Ansarullah's position has been and still is with stopping the war and the establishment of a national unity government that incorporates all political components," Bukhaiti told Reuters, responding to a question on Kerry's announcement.

"The new thing is in the position of Saudi (Arabia), which has agreed in principle to stop the war as one of the parties to the conflict," Bukhaiti added – By Mohammed Ghobari

15.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (* A P)

Yemeni National Delegation Arrives in Sana’a

The Yemeni national delegation arrivd, today Saturday, in the capital Sana’a coming from Oman.

The official spokesman for Ansarullah, Mohamed Abdel Salam, announced on his page on “Facebook” news of the delegation’s return by saying, “With the help of Allah Almighty we arrived coming from the Sultanate of Oman and with us are a number of wounded people, politicians and religious scholars who have been prevented to return by the brutal Saudi American aggression to the homeland.”

Abdul Salam expressed his thanks and appreciation “for the efforts made by the Sultanate of Oman to facilitate the return to the homeland,” noting that the delegation was back without the intervention of the United Nations, “which has been unable to secure the return of the national delegation of Kuwait since the end of consultations.”

He explained that a number of the wounded in the massacre committed in Al Kobra hall in Sana’a will leave on an Omani plane for treatment in Sultanate of Oman.”

15.11.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Breaking: Major general Ahmed Ali Al - Aswal Ex- Yemen army Commander in chief arrived to Muscat To set the ball rolling for peace in #Yemen

15.11.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

GPC party led by ex Yemen president Ali Abdullah Saleh agrees with Yemen peace proposal by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Houthis too.

15.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

From 6 am Nov 17: Kerry deal: No Saudi airstrikes on anyplace of all Yemen. No 'Houthi' missiles on any Saudi city or land.1

Kerry deal for ending Saudi war in Yemen: 'Houthis' Withdrawing from Najran, Jaizan&Asir. Saudis&UAE withdrawing from south&Mareb.2

Kerry deal for ending Saudi war in Yemen: Oman would guarantee Houthi&allies US would guarantee Saudi&UAE&allies.3

16.11.2016 – Aljazeera (** A K P)

Film: Is peace in Yemen possible?

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said a ceasefire will take effect on Thursday, but will all sides honour the deal?

US Secretary of State John Kerry is now hoping to change that, with less than two months left in his term.

Kerry says the Houthis, a group of Shia rebels that control the capital Sanaa and large swathes of the country, have agreed to a ceasefire beginning on Thursday.

But Yemen's Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi says his government is not interested in a ceasefire or political talks with the rebels.

So, why isn't Yemen's government interested in this truce? And how can this deal be implemented on the ground?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Adam Baron - Yemen analyst with the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Sama'a al-Hamdani - Yemen analyst.

Hakim al-Masmari - Editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post newspaper.

16.11.2016 – Al Araby (* A K)

Yemen sees heavy fighting as peace hopes shatter

Just a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry's peace initiative failed, heavy fighting broke out in Yemen with fresh assaults by pro-government forces.

Heavy fighting has erupted between warring factions in Yemen, after a peace deal between Houthi rebels and the government broke down on Tuesday.
Most of the fighting took place in the north and west of Yemen with 51 dead.
Loyalists of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi launched an attack on three fronts to recapture the coastal town of Midi and nearby Haradh, the officials said.
Fifteen loyalists and 23 rebels were killed in the fighting, the officials said.
"Our military operations will continue until we push them out," said army Colonel Abdul Ghani al-Shubaili, whose forces had air support from a Saudi-led Arab coalition.

My comment: That is the answer of the Hadi “government” to Kerry’s peace plan and cease fire.

15.11.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A E K)

@JohnKerry should announce a multi-billion direct aid to #Yemen to pay off war damages he caused. #Yemen needs $300 billions 2 rebuild

My comment: A more realistic estimate might be $ 180 billions. Otherwise, he is right.

cp2 Allgemein / General

16.11.2016 – CCTV (* B K P)

Film: The Heat— Yemen In Crisis 11/16/2016

[TV discussion]

16.11.2016 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (* B K P)

Yemen at a Crossroads: End the War or Watch It Metastasize

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ignited hopes again this week that Yemen’s protracted war may come to a negotiated end, when he announced upon arriving in Abu Dhabi that both the armed Houthi insurgency and the Saudi-led military coalition have agreed to a cessation of hostilities to begin November 17. Whether this comes to pass remains to be seen, given the initial response from Yemen’s foreign minister, who claimed that his government was “not aware of, nor is it interested in what Secretary Kerry announced.”

Nevertheless, Kerry’s assessment that “there’s really an urgency to trying to end this war” is spot on, not only because of the humanitarian catastrophe the war has spawned, but also in view of the ominous signals emanating from Yemen in recent weeks that suggest an effort is afoot to expand both the geographic scope of Yemen’s war, and the roster of direct combatants.

As a senior U.S. administration official traveling with Kerry said in Oman this week, those efforts failed, because “neither side in past weeks has been willing to stop fighting.” If they see things differently this time, the situation may have reached a crossroads. But for this to happen, Saudi Arabia and the United States will need to make it clear to the persistently recalcitrant Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi that his obstruction of a negotiated settlement will no longer be tolerated.

Persuading all parties to the conflict to agree to the cessation of hostilities immediately becomes even more important given recent events, including the first U.S. direct military engagement in the Yemen war.

Such a scenario invites a question: Who would benefit from dragging the United States into this war? On the face of it, it’s difficult to see that the Houthis would gain by adding U.S air power to that of Saudi Arabia and other coalition members that have been pounding its forces for over a year and a half. It is much easier to imagine that the Houthis’ closest allies, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Iran, would welcome the prospect of direct U.S. engagement in the war.

Add to this volatile mix the very real likelihood that the leadership of Iran will seek to test the resolve of the new U.S. president early in his first term, and the prospects of Yemen’s war metastasizing grow more troubling. The initiative Kerry announced this week to halt hostilities and resume political negotiations may represent the last, best opportunity to prevent the conflict from morphing into a problem of much greater magnitude and complexity – by Stephen A. Seche, executive vice president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, and previously U.S. ambassador to Yemen

My comment: Yes, Seche really might be right that Kerry’s initiative might be the last chance to prevent the Yemen war from metastasizing. He’s right when describing the role of “president” Hadi. – When thinking who could be interested in pulling the US even more into this war (the US really already is in this war, from it’s very beginning), why looking around two corners at ex-president Saleh and Iran and not straight at those who directly would profit, that’s Saudi Arabia and the Hadi government?

16.11.2016 – International Business Times (B K)

Middle East Conflict: Why Is Saudi Arabia Attacking Yemen? Important Questions Surround Houthis And Civil War In Sana'a

My comment: A rather short introduction to the conflict and the war.

16.11.2016 – Al Arabiya (* A K)

Arab coalition intercepts boats carrying weapons to Yemen

Arab coalition helicopters and naval units intercepted two boats off the port of Salif, north of the Hudaydah governorate in the Red Sea and forced them to stop for inspection and found arms, ammunition and modern telecommunications equipment on board.
This comes two days after the coalition's air force destroyed two boats at the entrance of the Salif port for smuggling weapons to Houthi militias.
According to the media center of the popular resistance in the Hudaydah governorate, the smugglers who were on the two boats were interrogated and confessed that they were on their way from Iranian regional waters to the Yemeni Salif port to deliver the load to the Houthis.
Surveillance and investigative operations revealed that militias are using a number of islands, such as Zagar and Hanish, to smuggle arms and equipment with the help of Iran.
After the coalition forces imposed their control on these two islands earlier this year, the militias used the Kamaran island, which is close to the Hudaydah port and which is the only inhabited island.
Iranian smuggling ships either unload their cargo in these islands or in militias' boats in the sea to later be transferred to western shores in Yemen.
A number of western reports revealed that arms have been smuggled through the area of Zabab, 30 kilometers north of Bab al-Mandeb, and the Mocha port, 60 kilometers north of Bab al-Mandeb and west of the Taiz governorate. Arms have also been smuggled through Hudaydah such as through al-Khoukha which is 90 kilometers north of Bab of al-Mandeb and through the major Hudaydah port.
And most recently, smuggling operations were detected through al-Salif port which is 70 kilometers north of the Hudaydah port.
According to local and international reports, smuggling operations included thermal rockets, ammunition, spare parts and huge missiles that were unloaded from Iranian ships in the middle of the sea in the Gulf of Aden on medium-sized boats which most of the time unloaded in the Mocha and Hudaydah ports despite the surveillance imposed by coalition forces on the western shores of Yemen.

My comment: Whatever is true in this. it is possible, or not.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / See cp1

16.11.2016 – Qasim Alshawea (A H)

Zaal Alhishe is nonger with us: kidney disease killed her a few months ago. Due to the embargo imposed by KSA, no food and medical aid are allowed to enter Yemen. The husband told me: "My wife 'Zaal' was bedridden, suffering in pain until she died" ...... This is the story of Yemen: thousands like her remain suffering and waiting their turn to die (photo)

16.11.2016 – World Health Organization (* A H)

WHO mission to Al-Hudaydah discusses urgent health needs

A joint United Nations mission to Al-Hudaydah governorate was conducted to learn more about the health situation in the governorate, discuss urgent health needs and partnerships for an integrated response, including cholera outbreak interventions.

As part of the mission, WHO Deputy Representative in Yemen Dr Akjemal Magtymova visited the Port of Al-Hudaydah, Al-Thawra and Al-Olofi hospitals, as well as the Action Contre la Faim cholera treatment centre.

Dr Magtymova and representatives from OCHA and United Nations agencies discussed with national authorities ways of facilitating United Nations consignments to hospitals and health facilities, which are in urgent need of life-saving medicines and supplies.

Dr Khalid Suhail, the Director of Al-Thawra Hospital – the main referral hospital (receives around 1500 patients every day) – acknowledged WHO support in running hospital services. In discussion with the WHO team, it was agreed that WHO would collaborate with Al-Thawra hospital to scale up emergency obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric emergency services. Dr Magtymova also visited the WHO-supported therapeutic feeding centre and discussed root causes of malnutrition, including poor breastfeeding practices and lack of knowledge on infant and young child feeding.

“It was heartbreaking to see the suffering of malnourished children and the agony of their mothers next to them. Having met and listened to the story of one-year-old Fatima, I kept thinking 'If only Fatima’s mother had a chance to introduce additional nutritious food into the rations of Fatima early in life, her child would have been in the playground instead of lying in a malnutrition ward," said Dr Magtymova. =

16.11.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini / MONA Relief (A H)

Real time pix from Zabid of Hodeidah in western #Yemen @monarelief distributes food aid with the support of @Khalsa_Aid 4 the 5th time (photos)

More pix of @monarelief's mission in Zabid city of Hodeidah with the support of @Khalsa_Aid and @iom_yemen #Yemen @monareliefye (photos)

Today, @monarelief carried out2projects n Zabid #Hodeidah,food aid funded by @Khalsa_Aid while dignity bags were funded by @iom_yemen (photos)

.@monarelief will distribute @Khalsa_Aid funded food in 5 different areas of Hodeidah. Aid distribution ongoing! (photo)

Thank u .@RaviSinghKA & .@Khalsa_Aid for supporting .@monarelief's projects in #Yemen to feed #Yemen-is Pix taken in Zabid of Hodeidah

16.11.2016 – Yemen Today TV (A H)

Film: Saleh Social Foundation for Development continues to implement the relief campaign in Hodeidah 16-11 – 2016

My comment: Yemen Today is Saleh’s TV channel. During more than 30 years cleptocratic rule, Saleh had pulled a lot of money out of the country. What you see in the film is just giving back a little bit of it.

15.11.2016 – UNICEF (* A H)

Unconditional cash grants are a lifeline for a mother in Yemen

A beneficiary from the marginalized community receives her monthly financial support provided by UNICEF - 21,500 Yemeni Rials (US $100).The unconditional humanitarian cash transfer programme was launched in two governorates of Yemen – Amanat Al-Asima and Taiz

The Mahwa neighborhood in Taiz city is a slum packed with overcrowded shanties. It is not the kind of place suitable for a healthy living. But it is amazing how people survive here amidst disease and deprivation. It is said here, with irony, that empty stomachs are the only free space in Mahwa. At night thousands of families sleep on the ground under the open sky.

It is in Mahwa that Aisha has been living with her children – a boy and three girls. As members of the marginalized Muhamasheen community, they have had a sparse and simple life, but they have been happy. Aisha always enjoyed a warm family atmosphere with the small income she made from selling vegetables.

But when Yemen’s conflict escalated, it gave rise to fear and uncertainties. Soon it took away Aisha’s only source of income, and with it, her smile. Like many others who lost their jobs when the conflict began, Aisha found herself with no means to sustain her family.

For Aisha, who also has to buy medicine for a chronic kidney affliction, there seemed to be no options.

Then a piece of good news changed everything for Aisha and her family. They were granted monthly assistance from Yemen’s ongoing Cash Assistance Program, supported by UNICEF.

With the cash assistance she received, Aisha was able to provide for her family’s basic needs and buy medications for her kidney. She also hopes to one day resume her old business selling vegetables once the situation stabilizes. In the meantime, she plans to start another small enterprise to sustain her family – By Hanan Albehery

15.11.2016 – UNICEF Yemen (A H)

Lawzah, from Ibb, defeated cholera. Her infected sisters survived but her friend died. We're working nonstop to contain the outbreak.

15.11.2016 – International Red Cross (A H)

No power and no school benches. Tutored in the dark and in a stairway to maximize safety. Welcome to school in #Yemen (photo)

15.11.2016 – Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (* A H)

Yemen battles a cholera outbreak against the backdrop of war

ACTED launches a response to cholera on the ground, distributing hygiene kits and teaching families and health facilities about cholera prevention.

Cholera has broken out in Yemen, a war-torn country in no position to accept further strain on its already fractured health, water and sanitation system. Only 45% of health facilities are functioning and the already deteriorating water system has been compromised by a year and a half of conflict, leaving three in four Yemenis in need of WASH support. At least 7.6 million people are estimated to be living in affected and at-risk areas. As of November 7, there were 84 confirmed cases of cholera and even more who are suspected to have contracted the illness. In Al Hudaydah, Ibb and Al Dhale’e governorates, for example, areas where ACTED works heavily, there are a total of 23 confirmed cases and at least 773 people who are feared ill.

While the situation is highly concerning, the coordinated and early response initiated by the humanitarian community, the UN, and the Yemeni government is a promising start to curb the spread of the disease and the additional suffering it threatens to cause. Through funding from OFDA and the European Union, and in coordination with the WASH cluster, ACTED has joined this response, integrating cholera awareness raising and prevention messaging into all ongoing hygiene promotion trainings, both within communities as well as in eight health facilities in Al Hudaydah, Raymah, Sa’adah, and Al Jawf. This has been complemented by distributions of hygiene kits and informational pamphlets on cholera, as better hygiene is key to preventing the transfer of cholera bacteria, which are spread through the ingestion of contaminated water. =

14.11.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan - Funding Status (As of 14 November 2016) [EN/AR] and

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

17.11.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* B P)

Yemen: Abusive Detention Rife Under Houthis

Houthi and other Sanaa-based authorities in Yemen have arbitrarily detained, tortured, and forcibly disappeared numerous opponents, Human Rights Watch said today. Among the hundreds of cases of arbitrary detention reported by Yemeni groups since September 2014, Human Rights Watch recently documented two deaths in custody and 11 cases of alleged torture or other ill-treatment, including the abuse of a child.

The authorities should free those wrongfully held immediately, end detention without access to lawyers or family members, and prosecute officials responsible for mistreatment, Human Rights Watch said. The authorities should also promptly implement an amnesty for political detainees they announced in September.

“The conflict with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition provides no justification for torture and ‘disappearance’ of perceived opponents,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The Sanaa authorities put themselves at risk of future prosecution if they don’t account for the people who are wrongfully detained and return them to their families.”

In August and September 2016, Human Rights Watch interviewed five former detainees and 19 relatives and friends of those detained in Sanaa and elsewhere in Yemen.

Since August 2014, Human Rights Watch has documented the Sanaa-based authorities’ arbitrary or abusive detention of at least 61 people. The authorities have since released at least 26, but 24 remain in custody and two died during detention. Families have not been able to learn the whereabouts of nine more men, who have seemingly been forcibly disappeared. Many people appear to have been arrested because of their links to Islah, a Sunni opposition party, but students, journalists, activists, and members of the Baha’i community have also been arrested and detained for apparently politically motivated reasons.

The following cases are based on 24 interviews that Human Rights Watch conducted between August and September 2016, including with 5 former detainees and 19 family members and friends of people detained. Pseudonyms have been used in most cases to protect the identity and the security of family members and victims.

16.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Week after kidnapped, young man killed by Houthis in prison in Sana'a

The Houthi militants and Saleh forces killed a young man in their prison in Sana'a a week after they have kidnapped him from his house , according to a statement released by his family on Wednesday.

In a statement to the attorney general, the family of Waleed Ali Al Ebbi stated that the Houthi militants have killed their son in the prison of the Criminal Intelligence Department, after they have forcibly kidnapped him from his house last Thursday.

The family added that the Houthi group informed them on Tuesday that the dead body of their son was in the hospital mortuary, claiming that their son "has committed suicide by shooting himself on the head by a handgun".

The family has held the Houthi field leader and supervisor in the Criminal Intelligence Department Abu Raed responsible for the death of their son, saying that the Houthi justification that their son committed a suicide is "unreasonable".

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

NGO organizations condemn Saudi aggression airstrikes against civilian cars

The Supreme Council of the civil society organizations condemned the targeting of citizens trucks by the US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes in the directorate of Yarim of Ibb governorate last Monday.

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Ibb University condemns Saudi aggression airstrikes against Faculty of Medicine

"It is the second time the Saudi-American warplanes targeting the faculty, which clearly indicates the arrogance and malice of the Saudi-led aggression that aims to destroy the educational infrastructure of the Yemeni people," the university said.

15.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen parliament Repeatedly,called 2day International community to take responsibility for stopping US-backed Saudi war crimes.

My comment: Just be aware that the parliament is still working and that it is the only political body in Yemen that had kept any sort of “legitimacy” originating from before 2014/2015.

15.11.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Aggression infiltrators try to split GPC national alliance with Ansarullah : Saleh

Former President of Yemen, the president of General People's Congress party (GPC), Ali Abdullah Saleh, said that those who were trying to split GCP national alliance with Ansarullah are only the aggression infiltrators.
In an article published on his official Facebook, Saleh said that those who were trying to split the national alliance and cast doubt on the credibility of this alliance between the GPC and Ansarullah work in behalf of the aggression and their schemes aiming to harm the nation's unity, the revolution, the republic.
He went on saying that at least one can described those aggression mercenary infiltrators as absurd persons.
Saleh concluded his article as saying that those mercenary infiltrators and collaborators are not member of each party, no GPC nor Ansarullah.

My comment: This refers to an article in Saudi media Al Arabiya (reported YPR 228) about growing tensions between GPC and Houthis. Or / and to the following article:

15.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Saleh's GPC party leader killed in clashes with Houthi militants central Ibb city

Sultan Aqeel, prominent General People's Congress party leader, was killed in Ibb city central Yemen in armed clashes between his security guards and other militants backed by the Houthi group at Al Daleel bus station.

Following his death, fierce fighting broke out between the two sides using light and medium weapons, while the local residents started to leave the area and the schools closed after the clashes continued for a second day amid a state of terror.

The militants also blocked the public highway linking between Ibb city and Alshol area and Upper Udain street. Two civilians were seriously injured in the clashes.

The clashes between Aqeel family and others belonging to Al Baadani and Al Sayani families have broke out because of a dispute over royalties and financial blackmails which aggravated to armed confrontations.

My comment: Things like that really are disgusting. How this country ever will get peace?

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

Siehe / See cp1a

16.11.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A)

Film: Haji Mohammad Al Nuaimi, a victim of torture and kidnapping of hypocrites aggression in Marib 16/11/2016

15.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Source: PM and other ministers arrive in Mareb

The Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid ben Daghr accompanied by other ministers arrived on Tuesday in Marib city east of the capital Sana'a coming from the Saudi capital Riyadh, according to a government source.

This visit by the government delegation for Mareb city, which is the stronghold of the government forces, the Popular Resistance forces and the Saudi-led Arab Coalition Forces, comes as part of the arrangements conducted by the government to normalize the situations in the liberated governorates.

My comment: “from Riyadh”…

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe cp1 a/ See cp1a

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

15.11.2016 – Zerohedge (* A E P)

Saudi Arabias first attempt at engaging with the US president-elect, amounts to what is effectively a thinly veiled threat wrapped as a warning. As the FT reports, "Saudi Arabia has warned Donald Trump that the incoming US president will risk the health of his country’s economy if he acts on his election promises to block oil imports."

In a sign of the difficulties Mr Trump faces over his campaign pledges to create “complete American energy independence” from “our foes and the oil cartels”, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister pointedly reminded the president-elect that the US “benefits more than anybody else from global free trade”, adding, “energy is the lifeblood of the global economy”.

The veiled threat is obvious: should you proceed to stimulate and subsidize the US shale industry - whose resurgence under Obama drastically cut the amount of US oil imports - in a bid for energy independence, there will be consequences. And just like that we can add Saudi Arabia to the long list of countries - like China first and foremost - that is engaging in veiled threats that preserving the status quo is in the best interest of America.

“At his heart President-elect Trump will see the benefits and I think the oil industry will also be advising him accordingly that blocking trade in any product is not healthy,” Khalid al-Falih, who is also chairman of Aramco, the state-run oil company, told the Financial Times in Marrakesh, where he is leading Saudi Arabia’s delegation in UN climate talks.

The Saudi minister said that although the US imported millions of barrels of oil, it had also “benefited hugely” from being able to freely sell “significant amounts” of exported products. This free trade had underpinned a thriving refining industry and a shale revolution that had been able to “create a lot of jobs and value”, he said.

Appealing to Trump's patriotism, the Saudi added that “the US is sort of the flag-bearer for capitalism and free markets."

The gambit is risky: if Trump pushes hard with restoring shale production and providing economic benefits to US energy companies, which in turn would lead to a surge in global oil supply and a sharp drop in oil prices, Saudi Arabia - whose budget deficit has already soared in the past two years due to low oil prices - faces a financial, economic and social crisis.

The appeals continued: – by Tyler Durden and by Financial Times:

15.11.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A H)

Bach: Proud of our support to Saudi restrictions on women sports" 80% of Them suffer from osteoporosis

11.11.2016 – AFP (* B E)

Saudi Arabia owes billions to private firms after collapse in oil revenues

Finance minister admits that thousands of mainly construction workers from overseas have gone without pay for months

Saudi Arabia has admiited that it owes billions of dollars to private firms and foreign workers after oil revenues collapsed, the kingdom’s new finance minister said.

The arrears have left tens of thousands of foreign workers, chiefly in the construction sector, struggling for months while they await back pay.

“I don’t recall the exact amount now but its billions of dollars,” Mohammed Aljadaan told reporters on Thursday.

Analysis Third time's the charm? Opec members meet again to tackle low oil prices

As leaders plan to meet informally on Monday, some are hoping to reach a consensus but skeptics write it off as another chance for ‘photo ops’

“The ministry is now every day seeking to make thousands of payment orders,” he said.

The country’s council of economic affairs and development, headed by powerful deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, said on Monday the kingdom would pay the outstanding amount by next month.

Payments were delayed because of “the sharp decline in oil revenue and the measures taken by the kingdom to reduce spending on a number of projects,” the official Saudi press agency reported.

cp9 USA

Siehe / See cp1

16.11.2016 – Middle East Eye (* B K P)

Barack Obama's legacy: Warrior in the shadows

While closing the door on diplomacy, the Nobel prize winner enabled the most volatile region in the world today to load up on the latest weaponry.

Barack Obama, rather than becoming the emissary for global peace that the Nobel committee naively and foolishly believed he would be, became instead the warrior president.

As commander-in-chief, he eagerly embraced an emerging kind of war, one that is played in the shadows, with surrogates and drone strikes, a war that relies very heavily on special operations forces (SOF) carrying out clandestine missions in far flung corners of the globe.

It is a war that has helped to generate huge profits for the American arms industry. It is a war, we are told, that has killed thousands of terrorists but is responsible too for the deaths of thousands of civilians, many of them Yemeni victims of a brutal aerial campaign led by Saudi Arabia but supported with logistics and armaments supplied by the United States and the UK.

Bush authorised 50 drone strikes during his two terms.

In his eight years, Obama has authorised over 500 drone attacks, 10 times the number Bush approved. He has succeeded in killing 3,040 terrorists and 391 civilians, though it is hard, really, in the fog of drone strikes to know how the Pentagon arrived with such precision at those figures.

And while he was approving and conducting a policy of clandestine warfare and war via proxy, America was selling vast quantities of weapons to the Middle East.

In the same way the conflicts in this region are seemingly endless, Obama, the Iran nuclear deal aside, has spent precious little time attempting to resolve them with the art of diplomacy.

How reckless was it of him to enthusiastically encourage weapons sales with such zeal and so little restraint into such a dangerous neighbourhood?

It is left to his successor, a man who appears to know virtually nothing about the Middle East, to either inherit the mantle of a warrior who fights in the shadows or to come out bristling with all guns blazing – by Bill Law

16.11.2016 – Near Eastern Outlook (* B K P)

Yemen and YET another “False Flag” to Protect Saudi and US Interests in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia needs US support in Yemen because its adventures there have put the Saudi state itself at risk. The Yemen war has deeply damaged the Saudis, exposing the incompetence of both the military and the House of Saud—to the point that there is a risk it will cause a civil insurrection which will split the country in two. The eastern half, where Mecca and Medina are, wants to break away, as its inhabitants are from a completely separate tribal grouping to those of the eastern half, where the gilded rulers live.

The US took advantage of that situation to enter Yemen and make it the regional dirty tricks capital. It is not going to leave until it has found another, as we saw when it stayed in Georgia, with a president it was happy to get rid of, until it could start moving its operations to Ukraine using the same individuals.

The US still has a free hand in Yemen because the Saudis don’t have any other friends, apart from Bahrain, Qatar and Dubai, which are also run by despotic dynasties. Troops from those nations have fought alongside the Saudis in Yemen but have been no more effective than the Saudi troops, being nothing more than fodder for the Houthi’s cannons. So the US has no reason to leave, which is what made its sudden withdrawal after those documents were stolen all the more suspicious.

But the US still has to manufacture consent not only to stay there, but justify its previous actions to its own public. If they were undertaken as part of a friendly intervention, this would be one thing. If US ships are attacked by Iranian weapons, this transforms the opponent into a known enemy and forces the US to intervene as a combatant in its own right. It also deflects any attention from how we got to this point – which can be excoriating, as Tony Blair has recently found to his cost.

In Johnson’s time the US was expected to act unilaterally. Now it acts in partnership with other nations to cover its illegal acts – as if acting purely in response to their concerns, as a strategic partner, not from selfish motives of its own.

Any temporary lull in such interventions provides an opportunity for all sides to lick their wounds and prepare for the next stage in the fighting, or allows the PR machine to catch up with the game plan on the ground, especially in an election year. But the Saudis have violated all ceasefires to date, and will likely try to continue doing the same now and into the future. As reported by the NYT, “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.”

Now that the Clinton influence peddling scheme has been exposed in the wake of the US presidential elections Saudi donations will dry up, as will their blank check to get away with murder. The Saudis will have fewer well-connected friends in the US State Department. But this is unlikely to prevent any further adventures in Yemen: on the contrary, the Saudis will need them all the more to prevent further embarrassments within the US, while the US military needs them to prevent its own embarrassment.

Donald Trump has said several times that he doesn’t agree with the US spending all this money on all these foreign wars. Not only was a ramping-up of the Yemen conflict an attempt to support Clinton, it was an attempt to force Trump to support the military ad the general policy of fighting all these wars, should he be elected. Now that has happened, does anyone expect the military to just go home, with so many bases still in place and so many arms deals still being serviced? Trump can’t stop these things on his say-so, and is too much of a businessman to try and take on the whole capital structure of the US – by henry Kamens

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

15.11.2016 – Sputnik News (* A P)

UK Gov't Urges Riyadh to Inquire Alleged Humanitarian Law Violations in Yemen

The UK government called on the leadership of the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen to inquire into the allegations of violations of the International Humanitarian Law.

The UK government called on the leadership of the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen to inquire into the allegations of violations of the International Humanitarian Law.

The UK government on Monday called on the leadership of the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen to inquire into the allegations of violations of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) during the operation.
"We want to see the Saudi-led Coalition investigate allegations of breaches of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) which are attributed to them; and for their investigations to be thorough and conclusive," the government said in an official response to the Foreign Affairs Committee report. The report said that the members of the coalition know the military procedures during their operations better than other sides and could respond to possible violations more effectively.

My comment: This is Human Rights politics for idiots. Making big noise for nothing, calling the offenders to investigate themselves, and in the meantime continuing to sell further weapons for further bombing.

Comment: First we arm you, then we question you. Money first.

15.11.2016 – RT (* A P)

‘Profits prioritized over Yemeni lives:’ UK to continue arms sales to Saudis

The UK government has refused to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, rejecting calls by two parliamentary committees and human rights groups to cease its multibillion-dollar military exports, which critics claim are fueling the war in Yemen.

My comment: This is by RT. Already fully reported by British media, see YPR 228.

Comment by Judith Brown: Have they no shame? This my dear Yemeni friends is the reason why you are being killed. I don't think you are being disbelieved. And just an aside - I was at UWE today with other students in my research group - people who already have a degree and are intelligent and concerned. I described my research into the Yemen War and one fellow student asked the question- is this a historical war? And he was shocked when I said no, it is a current war. That is how the British media are dealing with the Yemen war today.

Additions by Paul Tyson: @HRW accuse UK Govt. of "blind acceptance of the #Saudi led coalition's wholesale unwillingness to investigate" civilian deaths in #Yemen

Human Rights Watch scathing on UK government response to #yemen report, say it "borders on the absurd"

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

29.7.2016 – Metula News Agency

Audio: L’Arabie Saoudite demande l’aide militaire d’Israël [Analyse radiophonique]

[Saudi-Israel military cooperation]

Juffa, interviewé par Jim Mosko sur Radio Judaica :
Selon plusieurs sources arabes et européennes, le nouveau ministre saoudien des Affaires Etrangères, M. Adel al-Jubeir, aurait affirmé que son pays "a impérieusement besoin de l’assistance militaire israélienne afin de vaincre les rebelles yéménites" soutenus par l’Iran.
Le Roi Salam est au courant, de même que le Qatar et les Emirats Arabes Unis. Les pilotes saoudiens de F-15 sont trop "inexpérimentés" pour imposer leur loi dans le conflit, ils ont déjà perdu 28 de ces appareils. Des avions qui devraient être utilisés pour assurer la suprématie aérienne et non les attaques au sol, pour lesquelles les F-16 sont plus efficaces.
Les aviateurs hébreux, eux, sont hautement qualifiés et ils ont fait leurs preuves face aux "milices palestiniennes et libanaises" aux yeux des Saoudiens.
En fait, cela fait déjà trois ans que la Ména affirme que des Israéliens aident et conseillent la monarchie et ses alliés face aux chiites yéménites, notamment grâce à leurs drones. Mais Riad désire une augmentation significative de l’implication de Jérusalem dans la confrontation avec Téhéran et ses supplétifs.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

15.11.2016 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

Money Talks as Spain Lifts Ban on Ammunition Supplies to Saudi Arabia

The Spanish government has lifted a restriction on artillery munition supplies worth €40 million ($43 million) to Saudi Arabia, El Pais newspaper reported. Previously, the shipments had been suspended due to the conflict in Yemen.

The deal was unblocked prior to a visit by Spanish King Felipe VI to the Saudi capital of Riyadh which ended on November 14.
Saudi Arabia is one the largest buyers of Spanish-produced military hardware. In 2015, Riyadh spent €546 million ($588 million) to buy Spanish military equipment, including A330 MRTT tanker aircraft. This was despite the fact that the European Parliament introduced a ban on military support for Saudi Arabia from European Union members. Military expert Gustavo Morales Delgado told Sputnik Mundo the move was "unexpected because Saudi Arabia is continuing to carry out strikes in Yemen, killing thousands of people."

"There are two ways Riyadh could use those weapons. First, Saudi Arabia will intensify the conflict in Syria, by supplying weapons to terrorists. Second, it could use them in the Yemeni conflict. But it is clear that those weapons will be used abroad anyway," the expert said.

Initially, Felipe VI’s visit to the Gulf kingdom was scheduled for January, but was cancelled after Riyadh executed 47 people. The Spanish monarch has been widely criticized in his country over his trip to Saudi Arabia.

However, at the moment Spain is interested more in weapons deals, rather than in observing human rights, according to Delgado.

My comment: Earlier reporting in YPR 227 (El Pais, Spanish, and Press TV Iran).

Comment by Judith Brown: Spain has capitulated to Saudi as well and sells weapons - even more.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

15.11.2016 – Sam Adam (A H)

IDPs are freezing? Thanks for watching us silently, 4us If any country members were persecuted like we've been through we'll stand with them (photo)

15.11.2016 – ETHSat (* A H)

Ethiopian 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. The migrants are mainly from Ethiopia.

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, according to a report by the Voice of America.

Viriri told VOA Yemeni authorities are forcibly deporting migrants, mainly from Ethiopia, who have been languishing in detention in substandard 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.

(Earlier reporting in YPR 228)

cp13c Finanzen / Finances

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A E P)

Vice president of political council reviews economic solutions

Vice-President of the Supreme Political Council, Dr. Kasim Labuza, held a meeting with the leadership of the General Authority for Post and Postal Savings and representatives of the Central Bank of Yemen.
The meeting reviewed a bundle of solutions, alternatives and executive procedures aiming at providing monetary liquidity to banks and stimulate trade moving and financial cycle.
Labuza stressed on the importance of creating a complementary relation between the state and private business houses to facilitate the suffering of the state employees and citizens because of siege imposed by the Saudi aggression war.
He called on speeding the process of finding the appropriate solutions that help to complete paying the state employees' salaries.

my comment: At Sanaa, Houthi/Saleh government.

16.11.2016 – Aden Now News (A E)

# Aden. State employees in Aden governorate cut off the main roads to demand their salaries regardless who has not acted in four months (photo)

15.11.2016 – New York Times (* A E P T)

Yemeni Bankers Get in Trouble Over a Customer, Al Qaeda

When fighters from Al Qaeda seized control of a stretch of southern Yemen in 2015, they looted millions of dollars from the central bank, spreading such fear that other banks shut down.

But during the year Al Qaeda reigned, Al Omgy Brothers Money Exchange kept running its business here in the coastal town of Al Shihr. It held accounts for the national oil company, disbursed salaries for the Yemeni government and earned the praise of local officials for providing needed services during a tough time.

And if members of Al Qaeda wanted to open accounts, too, well, the company could not really say no, according to Muhammad al-Omgy, who runs the money exchange with his brother, Said.

The United States was not impressed.

This month, the United States Treasury Department designated the brothers and their company as having provided “financial services to or in support of” Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is widely considered to be the terrorist group’s most dangerous branch. Any of their assets subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked, and Americans are generally prohibited from having transactions with them.

During an interview in his office here, Mr. Omgy acknowledged that his company had provided financial services to Al Qaeda. “We had no other option but to comply with them,” he said. “They were the rulers of the city.”

But he denied the Treasury Department’s charge that he was a Qaeda member, describing his ties to the group as a business relationship that had ended. “They withdrew their money before they left the city,” he said.

The case of the Omgy brothers is a small but telling account of the chaos that has engulfed Yemen, the southernmost country on the Arabian Peninsula and the Arab world’s poorest state – By SAEED AL-BATATI and BEN HUBBARD

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this is what the ignorant do I guess. Or maybe it's the evil ones who seem to be closing down all the financial institutions that actually work.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

16.11.2016 – Janes (A)

Attack damages LNG tanker off the coast of Yemen's Perim

THE Galacia Spirit, a LNG Spanish-flagged tanker vessel operated by Teekay Shipping Glasgow Ltd, was damaged when a small craft attacked it with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and small-arms near Yemen's Perim Island, which overlooks Bab al-Mandeb Strait, on 25 October, Reuters reported. Reports contained no details about any casualties. No immediate claim of responsibility was made.

15.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A T)

Daesh Kill Citizens in Al Baitha

Elements of Daesh ,today morning , November 15, 2016 committed acrime ,slaughter citizen in front of his family after storming his house in the province of Albaidaa in Yemen.

The local source: elements raided the house of Abdullah Alhahri and then have a slaughter in front of his family after storming his house in the village of Ashash of the province.

cp15 Ex-Vizepräsident Bahah / Former vice-president Bahah

15.11.2016 – Al Bab (* A P)

Former vice-president raises hopes for end to Yemen war

The war in Yemen has reached a point where all parties now want to halt the fighting, former vice-president Khaled Bahah said on Monday. But he warned that if they fail to seize the moment there may not be another opportunity for six months.

"We have to bring all parties [together] for discussion of that initiative," Bahah said.

"If the legitimate government or the other party in Sanaa have an alternative that is better than the solution brought by the UN they [should] produce it," he continued. "But there is no way other than that all parties have to come and negotiate to save the lives of others and to save the country from a complete dismantling if the war continues."

He added:

"I'm more optimistic that all parties have reached the break-even level where they have to go and sign a peace agreement, whether short or medium or long, but at least everyone would like to stop the war."

A key factor behind Bahah's optimism is the presidential transition in the United States which seems to be focusing minds. Because of the transition, any further peace efforts are likely to be delayed for months unless there is some agreement in the very near future.

If the prospects for a ceasefire have improved there are still many questions about how that might be translated into a sustainable peace. Bahah suggested an initial agreement could be signed by "the current conflicting parties" but pointed out that they do not represent the whole country. "Once that has been signed I think we have to create opportunities to include the others to be part of the political situation."

Beyond the war itself, one major issue is separatist activism in the south which, if mishandled, could lead to Yemen breaking up. "That has to be properly addressed," Bahah said, arguing that unity is "a spirit" and not something that can be imposed by force.

"We have unity of land but no unity of people ... We need to think in a different way. There is still a chance that we keep the country united if the past grievances will be completely and fairly addressed to solve the issue of the south and other marginalised groups (even in the north)."

"It depends on what any peace agreement will be and on who is going to represent a new government in future. That will have a reaction from people in the country, especially in the south ...

"If we are going to recycle the regime and bring in the same [leaders] we are doing a ceasefire rather than stopping the war. We have to be very careful that we select our new leaders where they could create hope. Hope is very important."

In that respect, it's crucial not to allow the old regime to be recycled. New faces are the only hope for a new kind of Yemeni politics and it's equally important to prevent old faces from making mischief on the sidelines.

The UN road map makes a move in this direction by specifying that 30% of ministers in any new cabinet should be women. The problem, though, is that a government of new faces might have trouble asserting its authority, since the newcomers would be unlikely to have much of a support base – by Brian Whitaker

Comment by Judith Brown: Bahah was sacked by Hadi - it was rumoured because Bahah wanted peace more than he did. And UAE has always admired Bahah and see him as a future leader - so no wonder he has a smile on his face as Hadi is sidelined by the peace talks.

My comment: Very interesting, please continue reading: What about ex-president Saleh and other “old faces”? There are more, do not forget Hadi, his vice-president Mohsen and others. – This article gives a quite positive impression of Bahah, not reporting his rather odd statements justifying the Saudi aerial war: justifying the unjustifiable and by that even lampooning the hundred thousands of victims. That’s just the same we heard from the Saudis – and also from the Ukrainians bombing Eastern Ukrainian towns and villages held by the “separatists”. Such justifications just are bullshit. – Bahah anyway now really seems to want peace. I refer to the following article:

15.11.2016 – International Business Times (* A P)

Amid fierce criticism over the Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign of Yemen, the country's former prime minister has told a London audience that Riyadh's role in the conflict is welcome and that Houthi rebels they are targeting do have a future in the country should they agree to peace.

Khaled Bahah, said the Houthi militia, which seized the capital Sana'a in 2014, had been hiding heavy weapons within schools and mosques, which endangered civilians.

"We have seen that the Saudis are leading that effort that has been welcome and requested by the president at that time and during a long time of war.

"Yes we have some airstrikes that have hit wrong places based on some wrong information, I think from both sides. The government and the coalition have requested to have an investigation committee.

"We are sorry for what is happening and I think we have to go forward for stopping the war that could stop the catastrophe in the country," he said.

Khaled Bahah said: "There is no way that you can avoid it because the militia are not confronting you on boundaries. They are confronting you from the city, they launch missiles from the city and that is something that is not tolerated," he said.

"The last air strikes could drive all parties to a peace agreement, rather than pushing them away. Pushing them away could mean repeating the same mistakes and to avoid the same mistakes, it is better to stop the war." – By Brendan Cole

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

16.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list):

16.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters launch five airstrikes on Houthis and Saleh forces sites in Hodeidah

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighters launched on Tuesday several airstrikes on Houthis and Saleh forces sites on the Red Sea coastal line in Hodeida city, western Yemen.

A local source told Almasdaronline that the fighters have launched several airstrikes on the Houthi militants and Saleh forces in the Navy camp at Al Katheeb area northern Hodeida city, and a number of Houthi militias were likely to be killed and others wounded.

It is worth mentioning that The Arab Coalition has resumed its military operations in Hodeida city since last Monday by launching several air raids on Faculty of Medicine of Hodeida University central Hodeida city.

My comment: That’s in a city far away from every front – a city where the Saudi air raids had targeted the Faculty of medicine just a few days ago. Just two strikes at Hodeida city are confirmed (see Legal Center above).

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter planes wage 3 strikes on Bani Matar

Saudi aggression fighter jets waged three strikes on Bani Matar district of Sanaa province, an official told Saba on Wednesday.
The air raids hit Yazel Mount in the same district, inflicting residents` houses, private and public properties.

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets launch 2 strikes in Sanaa

Saudi aggression fighter jets waged two strikes on Shoub district of the capital Sanaa, an official told Saba on Wednesday.
The strikes targeted Aih corner areas in northeast of the capital and the other two strikes, causing citizens` houses, private and public properties.

16.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Waged a Raid on the Al Bitha Governorate

The fight jets of the US-Saudi aggression launched on Wednesday morning raid on the Al Bitha province southeast of the capital Sanaa.

Local sources indicated that, the warplanes targeted the directorate and damaged a number of citizens houses.

16.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

US-Backed Saudi Coalition Targets a Civilian House in Saada

[Nov. 15, 2016]

The Saudi American aggression committed a crime today resulting in the death of four citizens of the same family and wounded three others when fighter jets targeted a civilian house in the region of ,Mahdidh Baqim district,Saada governorate.

The names of the martyrs are:

Mohammed Yahya Nasser Agheili
Yahya Yahya Nasser Agheili
Nouralddin Hamoud Yahya Nasser Agheili
Mujahid Mohammed Ahmed Agheil

The wounded are:
Khalid Ali Agheili
Mabrook Mohammed Yahya Agheili
Naeem Mohammed Ahmed Agheili (photos, graphic) and film: =

15.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list):

15.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

US-backed Saudi war criminals Hit West Yemen of Hodeida with American cluster bombs. This one in the picture was dropped Tuesday (Nov. 15; photo)

15.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression war jets continue targeting Sa’ada

The Saudi-American warplanes continued on Tuesday targeting Sa’ada launching a series of air raids against different areas in the governorate.
A local source in Sa’ada made clear that the Saudi-American war jets launched 8 sorties against different areas in Kitaf district and 2 other sorties against two cars in Baqum district.

15.11.2016 – Saudi Arabia War crimes (A K PS)

Saudis jets are bombing Sanaa on Yemen (photos) and

15.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets wage strikes on Sanaa province

Saudi aggression fighter jets launched several strikes on Bani Bahlaul in Sanhan district of Sanaa province over the past hours

causing damages to citizens` properties and farms

16.11.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A K PH)

Photo: Osama: the only survivor of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Bajil, Hodeida.
The airstrike targeted Osama's home.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

16.11.2016 – AFP (*A K)

More than 50 dead in heavy Yemen fighting

Heavy fighting between government forces and rebels in north and west Yemen has left 51 dead, as a new peace efforts appeared to stumble, military officials said Wednesday.
They said forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have clashed since Tuesday with Shiite Houthi rebels and allied renegade troops in the country’s northwest, near the border with Saudi Arabia.
The fighting as loyalists launched an attack on three fronts to recapture the coastal town of Midi and nearby Haradh, the officials said.
Fifteen loyalists and 23 rebels were killed in the fighting, the officials said.
Elsewhere, nine rebels and four soldiers were killed in fighting on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Taiz, in southwest Yemen, military officials said.
Fighting in Taiz and its surroundings on Tuesday killed 39 people, including five civilians, 20 soldiers and 14 rebels, military officials said.

My comment: That is the answer of the Hadi “government” to Kerry’s peace plan and cease fire (see cp1a)

16.11.2016 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Saudi man, wife killed by projectile from Yemen

A Saudi man and his wife were killed on Wednesday after a projectile launched from Yemen landed in Jazan, southwest of Saudi Arabia.

The attack also left other family members injured, according to a report from Al Arabiya's correspondent.

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army and people's committees recapture new sites in al-Jawf


16.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Military Vehicle Destroyed by Yemeni Forces in Jawf

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shells Saudi military gatherings, sites in Jizan

16.11.2016 – Hussam Al sanabani (A K PH)

Photos: 3 Saudi soldiers were killed in last operations on Jizan & Najran .

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills, injures mercenaries in al-Buqa crossing point

Seven Saudi-founded mercenaries were killed and 21 wounded in an unique operation carried out by the army and popular forces in al-Buqa crossing point on Wednesday, a military official told Saba.

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missile forces target meeting of aggression hypocrites in Mareb

16.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Missiles Pound Saudi Military Sites in Najran

16.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Artillery Force Aims at Saudi Mercenaries in Taiz

16.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces control new areas in Midi coastal line

After fierce confrontations the government forces controlled on Tuesday sites that were under the Houthi and Saleh forces control in Midi city of Hajjah governorate, northwestern Yemen.

and just the contrary from the Houthi / Saleh side:

16.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries` infiltrations in Hajah

Dozens of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and others wounded in a failed attempt to advance that foiled by the army and popular forces in Hajah province, a military official told Saba on Wednesday.
The attempt aimed towards the Red sea port town of Medi.
The army and popular forces responded powerfully, firing back and foiled the mercenaries' attempt.
The operation resulted in killing of dozens of the enemies. and also with film:

16.11.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

The Military Media channel posted the aftermath of this Saudi attack, showing corpses lying around the Midi Desert after the pro-regime forces withdrew from this area.

15.11.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Continue Advances in Ma'rib Province, Kill 20 Pro-Hadi Militias

15.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenaries` artillery hit civilians, farms in Marib

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

15.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires ballistic missile on Saudi forces in Najran

targeted the gathering of the Saudi national guards in the base, inflicting heavy losses among the enemies

My comment: The Saudis claimed the missile was intercepted.

15.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces foil mercenaries` infiltration in Taiz

Tens of US-backed Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and wounded when they attempted to advance into some areas

and the same incident:

15.11.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Dozens of Saudi-funded mercenaries devastated in Yemen

According to al-Masirah Yemeni tv, Yemeni troops including their Houthi allies launched a mortar attack against a gathering of Saudi-funded mercenaries in the Dhubab district of the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz.

and quite the opposite from the other side:

15.11.2016 – Gulf News (A K PS)

Yemen government forces recapture new districts in Taiz

Second phase of Taiz operation begins and will focus on expelling Al Houthis from the eastern side and also to be found here:

15.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills, wounds Saudi soldiers in Jizan

Dozens of Saudi aggression soldiers were killed and wounded in artillery shelling carried out by the army and popular forces in Jizan province

15.11.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Watch Yemeni army Taking Saudi village of Dafina Jaizan Nov15. Saudis soldiers flee, leaving US Abrams&Bradley tanks


15.11.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Film by Al Masirah TV: Yemen military provides footage from Al Dafina - a Saudi village in Jizan now under Yemeni control.

and photos:

15.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Yemeni fighters Taking new Saudi village of Dafina N Jaizan south of KSA,In retaliation for US-backed Saudi war crimes against Yemen humans (photo) and more photos in his timeline, Nov. 15.

Yemeni fighters Arming themselves from the most advanced US weapons such as Abrams&Bradley. Saudi Dafina village, Jaizan south KSA, Nov 15 (photo) and more photos in his timeline, Nov. 15.

15.11.2016 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Houthi leader killed during clashes in Yemen

15.11.2016 – Almasdar (A K PH)

Dozens of Saudi-funded mercenaries devastated in Yemen

According to al-Masirah Yemeni tv, Yemeni troops including their Houthi allies launched a mortar attack against a gathering of Saudi-funded mercenaries in the Dhubab district of the southwestern Yemeni province of Ta’izz.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

15.11.2016 – AFP (B H P)

Arab region's young people not a 'liability': UN

Arab leaders must treat the region’s 100 million young people as an asset, not a liability, the UN’s youth envoy said in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

“This is a generation that is so willing to contribute,” but is beset by obstacles in the 22-nation region plagued by conflict since a wave of Arab uprisings demanding reform erupted after late 2010, Ahmad Alhendawi told the MiSK Global Forum.

Releasing figures from a forthcoming study, he said the region’s average age is below 25 – but the average age of Arab world politicians is 58.

“This region has the highest rate of youth protest if you compare it to all other regions in the world,” said Alhendawi, a Jordanian named to the post in 2013.

11.2016 – Judith Brown from AJ+ / Zinc

Film: Isn't this amazing!!! Yemeni engineers who are unemployed- here is an idea =

Film: Another idea for Yemen from Gaza. Come on Yemenis YOU CAN DO THIS. =

and take also this:

90% of the water in Gaza is undrinkable, but this man has a solution.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-228: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-228: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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