Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 230 - Yemen War Mosaic 230

Yemen Press Reader 230: Obama und Jemen–Krise des öff. Sektors & Lebensmittel –Hindernisse für den Frieden–US-Bomber für Katar–Kerrys Roadmap & Waffenstillstand–Artilleriebeschuss&Kämpfe in Taiz

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Obama and Yemen – Public sector crisis and food security – Obstacles to peace in Yemen – US fighter jets for Qatar – Kerry’s road map and ceasefire–Artillery Fighting at Taiz – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Waffenstillstand / Most important: Ceasefire

cp1b Am wichtigsten: Artilleriemassaker und Kämpfe in Taiz / Most important: Artillery massacre and fighting at Taiz

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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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18.11.2016 – Al Araby (** B K P)

Obama's abysmal track record in Yemen

As US President-elect Donald J. Trump's win takes over the news, current US President Barack Obama's destructive legacy in Yemen must not go unnoticed.
The Obama administration's foreign policy toward Yemen has been damaging and has largely contributed to the ongoing frenzied blood spill in the country. His policies inflicted devastating chaos on many levels in Yemen, for which the country is paying a heavy price.
In fact, Obama's record in Yemen is so dismal it even trumps his predecessor, Bush.

Bush's doctrine was characterised by his blind idealism in promoting democracy and security, and a dismissal of efforts to address the main drivers of violent extremism in Yemen. His pragmatic alliance with ousted Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh and his corrupt regime was a major failure in US policy in Yemen.

Obama's foreign policy in Yemen was in many ways an extension of Bush's. Despite his realism, it would have even more devastating consequences. Not only did Obama's approach pursue Bush's anti-terrorism strategy, he also made sure to expand the militarisation strategy.
Obama's policy - like Bush's - perceived Yemen as a land of terrorism, neglecting warning calls from the country's civil society and grassroots organisations that Yemen was increasingly becoming a land of poverty, illiteracy and poor governance. This, they warned, represented the perfect conditions for terrorist groups to thrive and recruit.
Nonetheless, Obama too, failed to comprehend Saleh's deceit and manipulation through the language of anti-terrorism.

Consequently, under Obama, the US doubled its security support to Yemen. In spite of that, Obama's approach to Saleh's "War on Terror" was ineffective, with no real gains; it simply allowed Saleh to milk more military aid for no great significant purpose. Recent global terrorist attacks with links to Yemen are just few examples to demonstrate that.

Part of Obama's extension of Bush's policy was the stepped up drone strikes campaign in Yemen.

When the 2011 uprising broke out, Obama's US policy in Yemen faced a crisis: How would the US handle losing a close ally in the War on Terror, in Saleh? It was time for Obama's realism to find new priorities in US policy in Yemen.
As the protests grew, the Obama administration had another setback in Yemen. During the 2011 uprising, Obama's foreign policy in Yemen was ill-made and was key in shaping an ill-formed model for a failing political transition.
He endorsed a power-transfer deal to Saleh, made by the Gulf Cooperation Council that guaranteed impunity to a dictatorship. This was a recipe for disaster, confirmed by the bloodbath we see in Yemen today.

Not long after the myth of the Yemen-model, the war broke out, pointing to the failures of US policy in Yemen. Today, Obama must be held responsible for leading the country to where it is today. He has contributed to the reckless expansion and militarisation of Saleh's forces, and the co-enabling of killing through its support for the Saudi-led coalition.

Despite the calls of human rights groups to independently investigate war crimes committed in Yemen, Obama has continued to authorise arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The most outrageous truth, though, is that under Obama US-made and internationally banned cluster bombs were used by US ally, Saudi Arabia, in Yemen against civilian areas.
And yet, Obama has failed to even rhetorically address this.

Obama's dismal failure in Yemen reflects the failure of a realist assessment of national interests. Yemenis see Obama as worse than any other American president – by Afrah Nasser

18.11.2016 – World Food Programme (** B H)

Special Focus Yemen: What does the conflict-induced public sector crisis mean for food security in Yemen? - November 2016

The conflict-induced crisis in Yemen has been devastating for the country, aggravating an already deteriorating economic performance. GDP dropped by 34.6 percent between 2014 and 2015. The public budget deficit almost doubled between the first half of 2015 and the first half of 2016. The currency exchange rate in the parallel market has been fluctuating and diverging from the official rate (YER250/ US$), reaching a record high of YER315/US$ in September 2016.

Since late July 2016, the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) has suspended public budget expenditures and domestic debt service. As a consequence civil servants, who represent 31 percent of the workforce in the country, have experienced irregular salary payments or complete salary cuts. The entire social protection system has collapsed, with a suspension of safety nets to 1.5 million beneficiaries through the Social Welfare Fund since the beginning of the crisis in 2015.

The conflict-driven public sector crisis in Yemen is now escalating. The decision of President Hadi on 19 September to move the CBY from Sana’a to Aden has created a host of uncertainties. The possible breakdown of the banking system and an inability to pay salaries would accelerate economic collapse and could tip large parts of the country into extreme food insecurity.

WFP estimates that the depth of hunger among the Yemeni population, measured by the aggregated household food energy consumption deficit, is almost double that of the pre-crisis period, pushing those who were already food insecure into a severe level of food insecurity. The current worsening of the crisis might triple the depth of hunger, leaving the population in need of twice as much food assistance as in May 2016. The food-insecure population is increasing as the situation deteriorates, and in the worst-case scenario, it is forecasted to reach 21 million people. and full report: =

17.11.2016 – Diwan (*** B P)

Obstacles along Yemen’s Path to Peace: Entrenched Interests and Revenge at the Local and Regional Level Obstruct a Final Solution

The regime rupture that began in 2006 expanded, leading to a tug-o-war completely fragmenting the State, rending obsolete the idea that power-sharing equations could secure the stability and continuity of the State. Furthermore, it is clear that in the absence of a clear total victory by one actor, or an alliance, there are no prospects for handing the country over to one political party or faction to govern over the entire country. This reality tends to provide sufficient reason for arguments supporting Yemen’s partition, even though such arguments run out of steam when we look at the fact the two state solution is not only unrealistic, but a recipe for a potential total fragmentation of the southwest of Arabia. This bleak forecast originates in an ill-drafted agreement singed November 2011 in Riyadh. Aimed primarily at averting, some said delay, a civil war. When the international community had the opportunity to reach a significant agreement, that would at minimum deal with reconciliation following the regime rupture, it simply settled for halting the momentum of the Arab Spring along Saudi Arabia’s southern front and kicked the can down to 2012. Regional powers relied on a highly naïve plan based on dialogue and restructuring of the armed forces and security agencies.

The poorly implemented transition agreement of 2011 clearly illustrated new challenges for organizing a Unity government, as political bargaining has failed to produce stability in a post-Arab Spring era.

The Actors

President Hadi is at the center of the political and military conflict today. He is no longer a simple interim figure at the mercy of the G10, he now believes the 600-day old fight against Houthis and Saleh has giving him a legitimate mandate to be an active participant in the negotiations over the transition process, no longer merely a domain for his patrons. The introduction of a new transition proposal threatens his survival, his legacy, which he never imagined would require a fight. The ‘interim’ president has surfaced as a highly underestimated political actor, previously known as the ‘ribbon VP’, and has now proven as highly disruptive as every other actor.

A point of leverage for Hadi today is the fact the ongoing war was initiated under the pretext of protecting his legitimacy as president, under the GCC Initiative of Nov. 2011. Further more, the Coalition had the UN Security Council enshrine the justification and goal of the Coalition’s military effort in Resolution 2216. Parallel to this narrative is the inevitable narrative of a proxy war to counter Iran’s growing influence in Yemen, which safeguards justification for a war against both Zaydi-Shia Houthi rebels and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh through Operation Restore Hope.



(Part II sections forthcoming) – by Diwan

My comment: Very interesting read

18.11.2016 – Defense Security Cooperation Agency (** A K P)

Government of Qatar – F-15QA Aircraft with Weapons and Related Support

Transmittal No: 16-58

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2016 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for F-15QA aircraft with weapons and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $21.1 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17, 2016.

The Government of Qatar requested to purchase seventy-two (72) F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft and associated weapons package; the provision for continental United States based Lead-in-Fighter-Training for the F-15QA; associated ground support; training materials; mission critical resources and maintenance support equipment; the procurement for various weapon support and test equipment spares; technical publications; personnel training; simulators and other training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total program value is $21.1 billion.

This proposed sale enhances the foreign policy and national security of the United State by helping to improve the security of a friendly country and strengthening our strategically important relationship. Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region. Our mutual defense interests anchor our relationship and the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) plays a predominant role in Qatar's defense.

The proposed sale improves Qatar's capability to meet current and future enemy air-to-air and air-to-ground threats. Qatar will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this aircraft, equipment, training, and support services will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Boeing Corporation of Chicago, IL.

My comment: More bombing in Yemen. The jusitification is ridiculous and hypocrite.

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Waffenstillstand / Most important: Cease fire

18.11.2016 – AFP (* A K P)

Arabische Militärkoalition verkündet zweitägige Feuerpause im Jemen

Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition im Jemen will für 48 Stunden die Waffen schweigen lassen. Die zweitägige Feuerpause werde am Samstagmittag um 12.00 Uhr Ortszeit (10.00 Uhr MEZ) beginnen, hieß es in einer Erklärung der Koalition, die die saudiarabische Nachrichtenagentur SPA auf ihrer Internetseite veröffentlichte. Die Feuerpause kann demnach verlängert werden, wenn auch die Huthi-Rebellen die Waffen schweigen lassen und Hilfslieferungen in belagerte Städte wie Taes erlauben. =

Mein Kommentar: Im Moment ist die Lage sehr verwirrend. Die Saudis hatten kurz zuvor noch erklärt, sie würden sich an den von US-Außenminister Kerry verkündeten Waffenstillstand nicht halten. „Präsident“ Hadi hatte gegenüber Kerrys Plänen völlige Ablehnung gezeigt. Die jetzige einseitige Waffenstillstandserklärung ist vielleicht (wie schon öfter, leider) nicht mehr als Theater.

18.11.2016 – Reuters (** A K P)

Coalition to start 48-hour truce in Yemen: agency

A Saudi-led military coalition will start a 48 hour ceasefire in Yemen's war at noon (0900 GMT) on Saturday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The truce will be extended if Yemen's Houthi movement shows commitment to it and if the group allows humanitarian aid into areas under siege, the news agency reported.

My comment: Better than nothing, if it would be true and not mere propaganda. Anyway, that is a quite strange reaction to Kerry’s peace initiative. Might be this is just a propaganda plot to avoid international critics for having rejected Kerry’s plan and the ceasefire Kerry had proclaimed.

Comment by Mohammed al-Kibsi: Every time Saudi promises ceasefire in #Yemen it does the opposite escalating fighting and intensifying airstrikes back 2 using cluster bombs

Comment by Hussam al-Sanabani: Hadi ask for Two more days before he accept Kerry road map 4 peace in Yemen. Why? He need 2 control more lands in Taiz as negotiation cards

My comment to comment: Doess this announcement of a 48-hours ceasefire really mean that Hadi had accepted Kerry’s road map? I do not think so.

Comment by Judith Brown: The Houthi-Saleh alliance and the Saudi-led coalition had already agreed to a truce but Hadi was reluctant, then he agreed, then changed his mind. Now the coalition has agreed a truce not sure if this means with Hadi's agreement or not.

Comments by Hisham Al-Omeisy: So basically, Saudi slammed Kerry's proposal, sets own terms, and making it impossible for Houthis to accept ceasefire. Peachy.

Oh, and Saudi sets ceasefire pre conditions that Houthi's lift Taiz blockade & attend border de-escalation meet. Utter audacity.

Saudi ceasefire: We'll continue impose blockade, flyovers, starve & terrorize you, and you lift Taiz siege & surrender border, agree?

Saudi-led coalition says ceasefire 48hrs will commence today at noon & based on Hadi's request!? Says no lifting of imposed blockade.

18.11.2016 – Reuters (* A P)

U.N. says working for Yemen peace talks after Kerry's plan

The United Nations said on Friday it was working with Saudi Arabia to try to bring Yemen's government to peace talks after it rejected a plan brokered by the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the Saudi-led coalition, that backs the government in its fight against the Houthi group, supported a ceasefire plan that the Houthis have agreed to.

But President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's administration rejected Kerry's move, complaining that it played into the hands of the Houthis and sidelined the government.

"We are working very closely with Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region that can influence (the parties to the conflict)," U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a news conference in Geneva.

My comment: What should be the sense of all that? Why Kerry’s plan is quickly buried once Mr. Hadi and / or his Saudi master rejected it?

18.11.2016 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

Military Operations in Yemen to Stop Once Yemeni Gov't Requests

Military operation in Yemen could be stopped only after the request of legitimate Yemeni government, according to Ahmad Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudi-led coalition has not received any request from the Yemeni government to halt military operations in Yemen, and once such a request is made, then the coalition will comply with it, Ahmad Asiri, a spokesman for the coalition, told Sputnik on Thursday.
"No request of a ceasefire came forward from the legitimate Yemeni government and once such a request is made, we will commit to it, the Yemeni government is the only party that can decide this matter and we support the legitimate government in cooperation with the international community," Asiri said. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the conflicting sides in Yemen had agreed on stopping all military operations on November 17 and that they would work on forming a government of national unity before the end of this year, however internationally recognized Yemeni government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said that it is not "interested" in the Kerry deal.

My comment: Dissing John Kerry by the extreme – and what the US will do now?

17.11.2016 – Der Standard (AP)

Jemen: Schwierige Suche nach Einigung für Waffenruhe

Trotz Ankündigung einer erneuten Waffenruhe im Jemen durch US-Außenminister John Kerry scheint es bisher keine entsprechende Einigung der Konfliktparteien zu geben. Die regierungsnahe jemenitische Nachrichtenagentur Saba berichtete, Kerry habe sich bei Präsident Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi für die Interpretation seiner Aussagen vom Dienstag entschuldigt. Kerry hatte in einem Interview gesagt, dass am Donnerstag eine erneute Waffenruhe für das Bürgerkriegsland beginnen werde.

Zu dieser sehr dubios erscheinenden Entschuldigung im Englischen mehr.

18.11.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

US apologies for Kerry’s remarks on Yemen

The United States yesterday apologised to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi following Secretary of State John Kerry’s falsely-announced remarks about the ceasefire agreement which was held between Yemen’s Houthi rebel group and the Saudi-led coalition.

Hadi said in a statement on his official website that he has met with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tim Lenderking and the US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller to discuss peace opportunities for the Yemeni issue.

According to the statement, Lenderking and Tueller have expressed their appreciation of efforts Hadi made to solve the Yemeni issue over the past years.

The US’ representatives have apologised, on behalf of the Secretary of State, following Kerry’s remarks which they said were taken out of context by the media.

My comment: This either is propaganda or the US Secretary of State office must have got crazy – being humiliated by a Saudi puppet and even apologizing to him.

17.11.2016 – Hawa Al Yemen (* A K P)

Arabia officially announced its refusal to cease-fire in Yemen

Abdallah al-Mouallimi, the Saudi delegate to the United Nations, said that the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia will not abide by a truce-fire announced by John Kerry.

The "landmark", that there is continuous consultation between America and the Arab Coalition on all Yemeni issues, including the prospects for a ceasefire, stressing that the ceasefire appropriate if approved by the Government of Hadi, and we hope that the changes occur on Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi's remarks.

He had been in Yemen peace plan rejected by Hadi and his government in Riyadh and the intransigence shown great towards it.

17.11.2016 – Süddeutsche Zeitung (* A K P)

Hoffen auf die Waffenruhe

Die international anerkannte Regierung des Landes lehnte die Feuerpause laut ihrem Außenminister Abdelmalek al-Mekhlafi allerdings ab; sie sei nur eine einseitige Erklärung Kerrys, an der die Regierung nicht interessiert sei.

Mekhlafi war nicht konsultiert worden, es war nicht klar, ob Kerry andere Mitglieder der Regierung einbezogen hat; das Verhältnis zwischen Mekhlafi und Präsident Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi gilt als äußerst gespannt.

Die Regierung […] beharrt darauf, dass eine Resolution des UN-Sicherheitsrates vollständig umgesetzt werden müsse, die nicht nur vorsieht, dass Präsident Hadi die Autorität über das gesamte Land zurückerhält, sondern auch dass die Huthis alle erbeuteten Waffen abgeben und sich aus den von ihnen eroberten Gebieten zurückziehen – von Paul-Anton Krüger

Mein Kommentar: Die Hadi-Regierung möchte keinen Frieden, der die Patt-Situation widerspiegeln würde – sondern alleinige Kontrolle. So gibt es keinen Frieden.

17.11.2016– Süddeutsche Zeitung (A P)

Chance in letzter Minute

Saudi-Arabien hat den Schlüssel in der Hand; als Führungsmacht der Militärkoalition kann es Präsident Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi beiseitedrängen und den Weg freimachen für eine neue Übergangsregierung in Jemen. Allerdings muss es auch Druck auf die von Iran unterstützten Huthis geben – von Paul-Anton Krüger

Mein Kommentar: Die Houthis haben keine Rakete auf Mekka abgefeuert. Hier wird saudische Propaganda nachgeplappert.

17.11.2016 – Al Araby (* A K P)

Yemen's rebels okay peace deal amid detainee abuse outcry

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have confirmed that they will stick to a US-sponsored peace deal as fighting in the country continues unabated.

"The United States bears the historical and moral responsibility for aggression in Yemen, regardless of why it wants to stop this war,” rebel spokesperson Mohammed Abd al-Salam said in a TV interview with al-Masirah.

“We are aware that the US is leading the war, the war was declared by Washington and the Americans are represented by Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”

According to the terms of the ceasefire, a truce will begin from dawn on Friday.

Fighting continued in various parts of the country regardless of the truce, with government troops now controlling parts of western Taiz.

17.11.2016 – Inner City Press (* A P)

On Yemen, ICP Asks UK Of Hadi Rebuffing Ceasefire, Not Meeting UN Envoy

While in Yemen the Houthis and ex-President Saleh's GNC both announced agreement to a ceasefire, in Riyahd exiled president Hadi indicated he did not agree. The UN on November 16 admitted to Inner City Press that Hadi did not even meet with UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

On November 17, Inner City Press asked UK Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft if this was his understanding of Hadi's position. Tweeted video here.

Inner City Press: Any idea if President Hadi is for the ceasefire or not for the ceasefire, in your understanding?
Amb Rycroft: So last I heard, President Hadi was not for the ceasefire brokered by Secretary Kerry, who was in the region recently. We commend his efforts, his energy, his continued momentum throughout his mandate, including on this important issue. I think he’s made a huge amount of progress by getting that ceasefire agreed, but I think not by President Hadi and indeed not by the government of Yemen, as things currently stand.
Inner City Press: Does President Hadi not want to meet with the UN Envoy? Because some people had said that he went to Riyadh and was unable to meet with Hadi?
Amb Rycroft: I hadn’t heard of that. I was aware that President Hadi had taken some persuasion even to receive the roadmap, never mind to engage constructively on it. But we call on him, and indeed all of the parties in Yemen, to engage constructively on the roadmap, which is a good, final offer from the Special Envoy of the UN, which I think has the full backing of the Security Council. I certainly hope so. And our draft resolution, which sets forth that support by the Security Council for the Special Envoy and his roadmap, as well as for other things like the Cessation of Hostilities and the humanitarian access that continues to be in play, and we will keep that out there as a way of moving in the right direction on Yemen towards a political agreement.

On November 16, Inner City Press again asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson about the failures of Ban's or Saudi Arabia's envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. From the UN's November 16 transcript:

Deputy Spokesman: Well, at this stage, like I say… like I told you yesterday, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has been travelling throughout the region. I believe, in more recent days, he's been in Amman, Jordan. But before that, he had been in Sana'a and in Riyadh, talking with the different parties. There are assurances on different sides. I don't want to characterise at this point the position of the Hadi Government. That's really for them to describe. But he has had good discussions with Saudi officials and others. We've been in touch with people throughout the region. We'll have to see whether a cessation of hostilities takes hold tomorrow, but we've been very encouraged, including by Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts. And what we'll do is see what happens tomorrow and react accordingly. But there have been some good signals on… by various sides – by Matthew Russell Lee

Comment by Robert Kormoczi: Just now watching on Al Jazeera Hadi's Foreign Minister saying "We were not included in the talks, this is not a ceasefire but a surrender, we are in control of most of Yemen and parts of Sana'a." And he is obviously making this statement from Riyad!! If they are in control, then why the f..k are they not back in Yemen?!

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: End of war means end of Hadi & Co bid to eradicate all. They stay relevant long as it continues, hence botching peace by all means.

Comment by Nabeel Koury: #Hadi Gov't refusal of Kerry's peace plan is an indication KSA is not serious about it Hadi cannot act without their approval #Yemen suffers

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Dr @khoury_nabeel cuts to the chase and is right. But part of me kinda hoping KSA (ie Saudi) leading Hadi out to dry as saboteur.

17.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K P)

Yemen ex-President Saleh: Yemen is committed to cease-fire We hope to start dialogue with Saudis. In meeting todayNSanaa with media (photo)

17.11.2016 – Aljazeera (* A K P)

Yemen: No ceasefire deal with Houthis

Foreign minister says US secretary of state's ceasefire plan no agreement but just "a declaration which means nothing".

Yemen's foreign minister has reaffirmed his government's decision to reject a ceasefire offer by John Kerry, the US secretary of state, a day after heavy fighting between government troops and opposition forces in various parts of Yemen left 51 dead.

The Arab coalition and Houthi fighters agreed to a temporary cessation of hostilities starting on November 17.

Shortly after the announcement, Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi, the foreign minister, said his government was not interested in the latest ceasefire plan involving the Houthis.

He repeated the government's stance on Thursday, saying there was no agreement but just "a declaration which means nothing".

"We have rejected the agreement because there is no agreement in principle," Mekhlafi told Al Jazeera.

"We have only a declaration that means nothing. It's an agreement between Kerry and the Houthis.

"We have our own reasons to refuse it because it doesn't commit to the international agreement and gives a lot of power to the Houthis, more than what the Yemeni people accept. Houthis are a minority in the country." and film by Aljazeera:

My comment: And what will the US government do now? Accept to be dissed by Saudis puppets from Riyadh?

Cp1b Artilleriemassaker und Kämpfe in Taiz / Artillery massacre and fighting at Taiz

18.11.2016 – Der Standard (A K)

Zahlreiche Tote nach heftigen Kämpfen im Jemen

Bei heftigen Kämpfen in der südjemenitischen Stadt Taiz sind offenbar viele Menschen getötet worden. Wie Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) am Freitag berichtete, seien am Vortag allein in die von der Hilfsorganisation betriebenen Krankenhäuser der Stadt 21 Tote und 76 Verwundete gebracht worden. Sie hätten vor allem Knochenbrüche, schwere Verbrennungen, offene Wunden und innere Verletzungen gehabt. Im umkämpften Taiz hatten regierungstreue Kämpfer am Donnerstag eigenen Angaben zufolge ein Stadtviertel von den aufständischen Huthi-Rebellen erobert. Dabei seien fünf Huthis gefangen genommen worden. MSF berichtete außerdem von einer Explosion auf einem Marktplatz, bei der auch ein Wachmann der Klinik getötet worden sei.

Mein Kommentar: Keine „Explosion“, sondern Artilleriebeschuss der gegen die Huthis kämpfenden Milizen der sog. „Popular resistance“.

17.11.2016 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Yemen army retake parts of eastern Taiz

My comment: Yemen army = pro-Hadi fighters.

18.11.2016 – Alwaght (* A K PH)

The militants fighting for the Saudis to forcefully reestablish the resigned former Yemeni government, killed at least 24 people in their latest aggression.

The mercenaries launched a mortar attack on a bazaar in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

The attack occurred on Thursday in the Suftail area of Hawban District, situated to the northeast of Ta’izz City, the provincial capital, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network cited local health officials as saying.

Some 27 others were also injured as the projectiles hit the densely-populated bazaar.

The militants fighting for the Saudis to forcefully reestablish the resigned former Yemeni government, killed at least 24 people in their latest aggression.

The mercenaries launched a mortar attack on a bazaar in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

The attack occurred on Thursday in the Suftail area of Hawban District, situated to the northeast of Ta’izz City, the provincial capital, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network cited local health officials as saying.

Some 27 others were also injured as the projectiles hit the densely-populated bazaar.

17.11.2016 – Almasdar (** A K PH)

[Graphic 18+] Saudi-led forces commit new massacre in Yemen after attacking Taiz

The Saudi-led Coalition committed a new massacre on Thursday when they launched a ferocious artillery bombardment at the city of Ta'iz, killing and wounding more than 50 civilians.

According to Yemen-based Al-Masirah News Agency, the Saudi-led Coalition and their allies launched several artillery shells towards the densely populated Softal Neighborhood of Ta'iz, hitting a popular market during its peak hours on Thursday.

At least two dozen civilians were killed and another 27 were wounded by this heinous attack on Thursday.

This latest massacre by the Saudi-led Coalition comes just hours before the Yemen ceasefire comes into effect at midnight (Sanaa Time).

The Saudi Ministry of Defense has yet to comment on this latest massacre and they will unlikely take blame for what happened, given their previous history – by Leith Fadel (with graphic photos) and photos also at and films: and and and and

My comment: “Saudi-led forces” here, “Saudi Mercenaries“ in the following: Certainly this ist he so-called „popular reistance“, militia affiliated to Islah-party, (in the moment) still alongside with “president” Hadi and fighting against Houthi / Saleh forces

Comment by Judith Brown: More markets bombed. Do they think that only militias visit markets ? This is routine now to bomb food distribution and production sites - markets, roads and bridges, food warehouses, grain silos, water plant, farms, unloading cranes at ports, trucks carrying food. It's little wonder that Yemen is gripped by famine.

17.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (* A K PH)

Saudi Mercenaries Commit a New Massacre in Taiz

Mercenaries of the US-backed Saudi coalition has committed a new crime today Thursday by bombarding densely populated neighborhoods.

At least 50 Yemeni citizens have been killed and others injured by the artillery bombardment carried out by Saudi mercenaries in the region of Sufantel, central Taiz, military source reports.

The Saudi American shells directly targeted a civilian house, perpetrating a new massacre against Yemeni civilians in Sufantel region, source confirms.

About 7 are killed and 11 are suffering severe wounds which have been carried into Al Rafai hospital, Taiz, pointing out that the rescue and recovery operations are still continuing and ongoing.

18.11.2016 – Hussam Sanabani (A K)

Film: Very Graphic. He was asking What was her guilt? She was buying bread. This was in Taiz wholesale market where there is Daish


19.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

A Crime Against Childhood in Taiz

Pictures : “Riham ” a child martyrdom by the bombing of the mercenaries and wounding five citizens on a neighborhood in Al Gomlah ,Taiz (Graphic)

17.11.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (A H K)

1. On the 1st day of the ceasefire @MSF facilities in #Taiz received over 70 war-wounded and 20 dead, of which one was an MSF staff member

18.11.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (** A K)

Yemen: 76 wounded and at least 21 dead in Taiz on the first day of the newly announced ceasefire

On Thursday 17 November, the first day of the newly announced ceasefire in Yemen, after intense clashes 76 war-wounded patients were admitted to MSF-managed or supported emergency rooms in Taiz on both sides of the front-line. Twenty one people were dead on arrival. Most of the patients were suffering from fractures, severe burns, open wounds and lacerations, and internal injuries.

"Sadly, one of our colleagues who worked as a watchman at the MSF trauma centre in Taiz was killed whilst he was off duty when a blast hit a local market," said Djoen Besselink, MSF's Head of Mission in Yemen. "This is another heartbreaking example of a hardworking citizen affected by this ongoing conflict. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends."

Fighting has been intense in Taiz over recent days, and the hospitals on both sides of the front-line have received a continuous influx of war-wounded civilians and fighters. and by The Independent

18.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

Photojournalist killed in building blast mined by Houthi militias and Saleh forces in Taiz

Photojournalist Awab Al Zubairi was killed in a mine explosion planted by the Houthi militias and Saheh forces in a residential building in Taiz.

According to sources in the field, a mine explosion planted by the militants in one of the buildings has led to the death of the photojournalist Awab Al Zubairi in Askari neighborhood eastern Taiz city.

Before retreating from the neighborhoods that were controlled later by the national army and the Popular Resistance fighters, the Houthi militias and Saleh forces have planted improvised explosive devices in the ways and buildings at the eastern part of Taiz city. the photojournalist Awab Zubairi was working for Taiz News Network covering the clashes in Taiz and publishing the news on affiliated pages on social networking sites.

The mines have claimed lives of a number of citizens and members of the national army and the Popular Resistance after taking control of Askari, Jahmaliah, and Qasr areas. and see also


17.11.2016 – Abdulkader Alguneid (A K PS)

A major problem facing ppl who return2 their homes, in liberated #Taiz neighborhoods is landmines&poppy traps implanted by Houthi/Saleh men (photo)

18.11.2016 – Yemen Updates (A K PS)

Heavy random shelling by Houthi/Saleh forces on residential areas in Taiz. Dozens are reportedly killed & injured in the past 2 hrs.

18.11.2016 – Mohammed Basha (A K PS)

Jalal III, a former Republican Guard "Made in #Yemen" APC, seized by the [Sa'leq Brigade] a Resistance unit in Taiz. Photo by @Basha__

cp2 Allgemein / General

18.11.2016 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Gulf of Aden Security Review

{Events day by day, backwards from Nov. 18]

18.11.2016 – Muslim Press (* B K P)

A Persian Gulf Meat Grinder: The Unfortunate Plight of Yemen

In an interview with Muslim Press, Professor Matthew Crosston said it is not at all likely that the US will listen to Human Rights Watch and stop supplying arms to the Saudi Arabia.

Muslim Press: Dr. Crosston, do you regard Saudi airstrikes on Yemen as war crimes?

Matthew Crosston: This is a difficult question in practical realpolitik terms because the reality is that the international community has in the vast majority of cases declared war crimes long after events have transpired. The situation in Yemen is quite revolutionary (no pun intended) in that the attempt is being made to determine and declare actions as war crimes in the middle of an ongoing conflict. In essence, this effort is an attempt to use a war crimes declaration as a method of conflict resolution, because the hope is that if such a declaration is made then it will act as a deterrent on some of the more reckless or hyper-aggressive initiatives conducted by the Saudi Air Force.

It is not, however, a difficult question in moral, rules of war terms.

The two main issues that have been at the forefront of criticizing Saudi initiatives are the need to be able to distinguish between civilian and military targets (this is what makes hospitals almost universally off-limits world-wide) and to assess the feasibility of certain military maneuvers based on the likelihood of civilian casualties. It is clear that not all Saudi airstrikes have considered these two criteria seriously and at times could be accused of recklessly disregarding them.

Further muddying these unclear waters is just what happens from here with this understanding. The violation of the rules of war and the failure to adhere rigidly to the Geneva Accords, for example, do not automatically result in the affirmation of a war crimes accusation. The uncomfortable and distasteful aspect of ‘politics’ WILL play a role in that and my guess is that given who Saudi Arabia’s allies are at the moment in this conflict it will be able to avoid any formal charge of war crimes.

MP: How do you evaluate the support of Western countries, especially the US, for Riyadh’s war on Yemen?

MP: Russia has called for a thorough and unbiased investigation into a Saudi airstrike that killed over 140 people at a funeral in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a, urging punitive measures against all those responsible for the attack. What’s your take on this?

MP: Stephen O'Brien has warned that more than two million people, including 370,000 children, were suffering from malnutrition across the war-torn country. What role do you think the UN plays in the Saudi aggression on Yemen?

MP: Human Rights Watch says the US should stop supplying arms to the Saudi Arabia instead of calling on Riyadh to halt its deadly airstrikes on Yemeni civilians. Is that likely to happen?

MP: Does Saudi aggression on Yemen get enough media coverage?

MP: Saudi Arabia has rejected responsibility for Yemen's woes. What could you say about this?

My comment: For my opinion, he stays somewhat vague and does not want to take a clear position.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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20.10.2016 – Muslims in Need (* A H)

Yemen In Need

One of the world's deadliest yet least reported conflicts

A war that has killed more than 10,000 people in addition to wounding more than 35,000 innocent civilians. Yemen today is a shattered country, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and restrictions on food and fuel imports have led to 21 million people being deprived of life-sustaining commodities and basic services, 80% of the population in Yemen is in need of aid.3.1m Yemenis are internally displaced, while 14 million people are suffering from food insecurity, 1.5m malnourished children, women and nursing mothers. Help feed Yemen, Help save a life.

£25 for a monthly food parcel
Please donate generously.

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A H)

Over thousand food baskets delivered to IDP in Marib

Local authorities delivered more than one thousand of food baskets were delivered to poor internally displaced people (IDP) in the central province of Marib, local officials told Saba on Saturday.
The aid was provided by the World Food Programme in association with the Islamic Relief Organization.
The targeted IDP numbered more than 1110 families in sereval areas of Harib al-Karamish district.

18.11.2016 – US Agency for International Development–USAID (A H P)

Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2 Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Between 7 million and 10 million people in Yemen are experiencing at least Crisis—IPC 3—levels food insecurity, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). Although ongoing humanitarian assistance has likely prevented a further deterioration of food security in many areas and data is limited, FEWS NET cautions that households in areas where the impact of conflict on livelihoods and humanitarian access have been most severe could possibly experience Catastrophe— IPC 5—conditions between October 2016 and May 2017 and in full:

Map: Active USG Humanitarian Programs in Yemen (Last Updated 11/18/16) and full:

My comment: Overview, report of humanitarian situation and humanitarian help by the USA. Please keep in mind that USAID one the one side provides humanitarian help, on the other side it is an instrument of US foreign policy, also used for supporting regime changes in other countries.

18.11.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

Hi guys, I have just arrived in Sanaa now after a 5-day of food distribution in Hodeidah in western #Yemen. More pix will be posted later (photos)

17.11.2016 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Cholera update, Yemen, 17 November 2016

The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen has reported additional cholera cases in the country.

To date, 4825 suspected cases of cholera, including 61 associated deaths were reported in Aden, Amran, Al Hudaydah, Al-Bayda‘a, Al-Dhale’a, Ibb, Hajjah, Lahij, Ta’izz, Sana’a City and Sana’a governorates. Of these, 89 cases have been laboratory-confirmed as Vibrio cholerae 01.

While acute watery diarrhoeal diseases are endemic in Yemen, the ongoing conflict has stretched the capacity of the national health systems.

WHO is working with the Ministry of Public Health and Population, UNICEF and other partner nongovernmental organizations on the ground to coordinate the overall response to this outbreak through a joint Health and WASH taskforce. In view of the current outbreak, surveillance for acute watery diarrhoea has been enhanced in all governorates of the country, 21 cholera treatment centres have been established so far in the affected governorates, training on case management has been conducted, and provision of essential supplies such as IV fluids, oral rehydration solutions and water chlorination tablets have been made.

WHO is also supporting social mobilization and health education campaign among citizens to raise their awareness on prevention of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases through enhancing hygiene.

More than 7.6 million people are currently living in areas affected by the current outbreak.

17.11.2016 – Mohammed Al-Asaadi (A H)

.@SFDYemen continues #Cash4Work programme targeting 60k households in #Yemen. People get paid for work they do for their own or communities (photos)

17.11.2016 – Khalsa Aid (A H)

Yesterday we funded the food rations in war torn #Yemen through @monarelief We are grateful to amazing Mona volunteers.

17.11.2016 – Farah Abdessamad (A H)

In 1 week, 4 wells & 2 community gardens rehabilitated for #foodsecurity and #resilience in #Hajjah (photo)

17.11.2016 – UNDP Yemen (A H)

#Yemen #Hodieda 450 youth started a 30-day cash for work focusing on restoring services such as rehabilitating and cleaning (photos9

15.11.2016 – Huffington Post Canada (* A H)

A Journey To The Frontline For The Sake Of Children In Yemen

Recently, UNICEF gained a rare access to Razeh district in Yemen's northern governorate of Saada along the country's border with Saudi Arabia. Razeh has witnessed intensive fighting, including some of the fiercest airstrikes and shelling in the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

Many health facilities around the country and in Saada, including the hospital in Razeh have been damaged in the conflict. Having been cut off by the conflict, the local population in Razeh finds itself in desperate need of health care. This was why a UNICEF team headed for the frontier district to assess how it could help the Razeh hospital resume its critical operations.

Claude Dunn, a Canadian, is the Chief of Field Operations for UNICEF Yemen. He led the team and writes about the journey and what he saw.

It was not long before we were at Razeh. The town looked battered. A visit to the town's hospital was even more saddening. A part of the Razeh hospital had been reduced to rubble. It was heartrending to walk over the debris of a building that was once a lifeline to the ill and ailing. Another portion of the hospital building was partially damaged. This part was something that could be repaired and brought back to use. That is why during my visit, we confirmed that UNICEF will first support rehabilitation of the partially-damaged hospital building. We also agreed to soon reopen the nutrition unit and rehabilitate the water and sanitation facilities, including toilets.

Even as I sat writing this in the evening, having returned to the UNICEF office in Saada, which also doubles as our residence, in the distance I could hear muffled sounds of bombs. The ominous sounds continued punctuating the otherwise quiet night, until sleep overcame me. As we took the return journey to the capital, Sana'a, my thoughts were with the children of the country, particularly the ill and infirm who have nowhere to go.

It's not just Razeh hospital that needs urgent attention.

For me and my colleagues, our immediate mission is to save lives. But for that to happen in earnest, the conflict has to end. During the visit to Razeh, I saw very few such encouraging signs – by Claude Dunn, Chief of Field Operations for UNICEF Yemen

14.11.2016 – World Food Programme (* A H)

WFP Yemen Situation Report #24, 14 November 2016

In Numbers

21.2 million (82 percent of population) in need of humanitarian assistance (2016 Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview)

14.1 million food insecure of which 7 million severely food insecure (June 2016 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis)

2.18 million internally displaced and returnees (HCT Task Force on Population Movement, 11th Report, October 2016)

87,520 refugee and migrant arrivals in Yemen from the Horn of Africa in Jan-September 2016 (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat/ UNHCR)


Against critical resourcing challenges, WFP continues to deliver urgent food assistance to hard-to-reach and conflict-affected areas. In October, WFP reached Marib governorate for the fourth consecutive month, assisting more people than ever before (36,800 people in six districts, including Marib City). WFP also reached 1,600 people from the heavily conflicted district of Nihm in Sana’a governorate despite formidable security challenges. Taking advantage of local supply networks, WFP is assisting Taizz city through its commodity voucher (Commodity Vouchers through Traders’ Network—CVTN) programme.

In October, WFP reached 3.8 million people (2.9 million through GFD and 813,216 through CVTN) in 18 governorates. WFP reached 3.2 million people (2.4 million through GFD and 791,992 through CVTN) in 18 governorates in September. and in full: =

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

18.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Ibb: girl kidnapped for rejecting Houthi militant, her father imprisoned

Local residents said that the Houthi and Saleh militants kidnapped on Thursday a girl in front of her family after she has refused to marry a Houthi member in Alrdmah district of Ibb governorate, central Yemen.

The residents said to Almasdaronline that the Houthi gunmen have broken into her house in Alselfah village, beaten up her mother, and forcibly took the girl towards the capital Sana'a, days after they had kidnapped her father Saad Ahmed Mogali, who was imprisoned for the same reason.

The residents noted that the Houthi leader, who is the girl's cousin also, Fares Mohammed has forced her uncle to let her marry him after having the back up of the powerful Houthi leader Shujaa Al Farah.

18.11.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

Fears grow for the 16th journalist abducted in Yemen this year

Former website editor was taken from his home a month ago by Houthi militia

A journalist was abducted in Yemen more than a month ago and has not been heard of since, according to reports carried by the website, al-Masdar online, which he used to edit.

A militia group arrived at the home of Yousuf Ajlan in the capital Sana’a on 15 October and took him away. His family fear for his safety.

He is thought to be held by representatives of the Houthi, the pro-Iranian Shia-led movement that controls most of northern Yemen and is engaged in a bitter struggle with pro-government forces backed by Saudi Arabia.

Ajlan, who has covered abuses by security forces, drone strikes and Yemeni Guantanamo detainees, was briefly abducted in 2015, say his concerned colleagues. He had not worked since for the website.

Ajlan’s disappearance brings the number of journalists abducted in Yemen to 16 this year, according to the Yemeni Journalist Syndicate – by Roy Greenslade

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemen, Russia discuss supporting health sector

Director of the Presidential Office Mohammed Abdul-Qadir Al-Junaid discussed on Thursday with the acting ambassador of Russia to Yemen Andrea Chirnovel means to support the health sector in Yemen.
The meeting reviewed the disastrous humanitarian situation in Yemen due to the Saudi-led aggression, specially situation of the health sector which is in the loom of entire collapse because of direct airstrikes against health facilities and the imposed siege on Yemen.

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Supreme Political Council Extends General Amnesty Period

The Supreme Political Council extended period of general amnesty granted to mercenaries for further two months.
The political council called on the mercenaries to take advantage of the decision and come back home to the motherland.
The decision was made on Wednesday.

My comment: This “General Amnesty “ and this announcement badly fit to the arbitrary detainments committed by the Houthis, as reported by HRW (see YPR 229). Who really counts on this “General Amnesty”, must be quite naïve.

17.11.2016 – Middle East Eye (* B P)

Yemen: Houthi rebels accused by HRW of child torture, deaths in detention

The group said it had documented two deaths in custody and 11 cases of alleged torture, one of a child.

It said they were among hundreds of reported cases of arbitrary detention by the Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies - renegade troops loyal to ousted strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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

“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 HRW.

17.11.2016 – AFP (* B P)

Menschenrechtler werfen Rebellen im Jemen Folter und willkürliche Festnahmen vor

Die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) hat den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen Folter, willkürliche Verhaftungen und das Verschwindenlassen von politischen Gegnern vorgeworfen. Seitdem die Rebellen im September 2014 die Kontrolle über die Hauptstadt Sanaa übernommen hätten, seien HRW hunderte Fälle von willkürlichen Festnahmen gemeldet worden, teilte die Organisation am Donnerstag mit. HRW könne zwei Todesfälle in Haft und elf Fälle mutmaßlicher Folter belegen. In einem Fall sei das Opfer ein Kind gewesen [voller Bericht, englisch, s. YPR 229] =

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

Siehe / See cp1a

17.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (* A P)

Yemeni army "not to allow southern forces celebrate November 30 anniversary in Mukalla

Commandership of the Second Military Region in

Hadramout governorate southeastern Yemen stated on Wednesday that they will not allow the Southern Movement factions to commemorate the November 30th anniversary in Al Mukalla city, the governorate centre.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the commandership said that the circumstances in Mukalla city do not allow staging any public function to commemorate the November 30th anniversary or any other public events in Hadhramout.

''The decision in this issue was taken by the governorate security committee, and it is final'' the statement added.

The Second Military Region also pointed out that organization of any public event or function in Hadramout is not permitted, and ''we warn everyone from organizing such events, the purpose of which is to cause chaos in the country''

It is worth mentioning that The Southern Movement factions, that call for separation of the south from the north, were planning to commemorate the 30th of November, which is the anniversary of expelling the last British soldier from southern Yemen in 1967.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / See cp1a

17.11.2016 – UN Security Council (* A P)

Delegates Call for Stronger Strategic Partnership between United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Fighting Extremist Ideology

Speakers Reject Terrorism Link with Any Specific Religion, Culture, Nationality

Speakers in the Security Council this morning called for a stronger strategic partnership between the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on peace and security, particularly in relation to countering extremist ideology.

The relationship between the two organizations was invaluable, given the magnitude and complexity of global challenges, Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said during a meeting that also heard from OIC Assistant Secretary General Hameed Opeleyeru and Columbia University professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne.

Mr. Opeloyeru described OIC and United Nations objectives as broadly similar, both organizations being devoted to the cause of international peace, security and development. The OIC was a natural partner of the United Nations in countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism. Having adopted the Convention on Combating International Terrorism in 1999, the OIC had been among the first to formulate a clear and principled position against terrorism, he pointed out.

Among many such initiatives, he continued, the OIC was developing narratives to counter extremist ideologies by elevating credible and authentic religious voices supporting tolerance and non-violence. It had established the Centre for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding for that purpose and to expose the reality of terrorist groups claiming to belong to the Islamic faith. The OIC looked forward to further engagement with the United Nations in addressing the immediate and future challenges facing the Muslim world, he added.

Mr. Diagne cautioned that, in the sound and fury of the violence unleashed in the name of religion, one might lose sight of the fact that it had its roots in the promotion of human values. He said the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue must focus on the universal values that made human coexistence possible, including respect for universal human rights. Describing pluralism as a cornerstone in the promotion of peaceful coexistence, he said it was the authentic response to extreme violence. The OIC and the United Nations had a shared belief in advocating the unity of the human community and full respect for pluralism, he said, pointing out that Islamic texts also evoked pluralism. A core principle of Islam was that humankind was the lieutenant of God on earth and should therefore ensure the continual renewal of Creation, he emphasized.

Following those briefings, Council members affirmed the importance of enhancing United Nations-OIC cooperation in conflict prevention and counter-extremism, as well as the need for a comprehensive global counter-terrorism strategy supported by all regional partners. In that regard, most speakers stressed the importance of fighting terrorism, not only through security efforts, but also through development initiatives, conflict-resolution measures and the dissemination of voices challenging extremist ideology, including prominent religious voices.

Speakers including the representatives of Angola, Uruguay and Malaysia encouraged the OIC to enhance efforts to promote tolerance within its various member States and around the world. In that regard, France’s representative highlighted the importance of all fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of expression. Many speakers underlined the importance of ensuring that terrorism was not associated with any one religion. =

My comment: I think it would be worth to investigate the role Saudi Arabia is playing in the OIC. It would be a joke to call for cooperation in counterterrorism if Saudi Arabia as one of the greatest sponsors of terrorism world-wide could get a white-washing ticket on behalf of OIC.

17.11.2016 – Inner City Press (* A P)

Exclusively, Inner City Press is informed that despite Bna Ki-moon's teams constant refrain that his decision to remove the Saudi-led Coalition from the UN's Children and Armed Conflict annex for Yemen, this will not happen during Ban's remaining 50 days as Secretary General. The report is finished, Inner City Press is told, if it is reopened now it would be an even worse precedent, allowing others to lobby to get off the list at any time. The decision will await March, and Ban's successor.

So Ban Ki-moon's sell-out of Yemen and its children is complete, it is concludedBy Matthew Russell Lee

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

18.11.2016 – AliAlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi Monarchy cleric & textbook author Alfawzan says husbands must divorce wives F they do not cover their faces referring to

17.11.2016 – Lobelog (* B K P)

Saudis Face Foreign Criticism But No Domestic Backlash over Yemen

Interviews this month with Saudi business executives, academics, government officials, and political commentators made clear that the people mostly regard the Yemen campaign as a war of necessity, not a war of choice. Even those who deplored the collateral damage to Yemeni civilians mostly agreed that Saudi Arabia was obliged to take action to protect itself against further encirclement by its archenemy, Iran. Some said they understood why the bombing campaign started and don’t worry much about it because it doesn’t affect them.

In reality, the campaign is about Iran, which in Saudi Arabia’s view is not just supporting the Houthis, who practice a form of Shia Islam, but is a hostile force encircling Saudi Arabia through Arab proxies. If the Houthis succeed in taking over Yemen, Saudis argue, a hostile Iran will have de facto control over Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

The government here has also had some success in depicting the Houthis as enemies not just of Saudi Arabia but of Islam. When the Houthis in early November fired a missile in the general direction of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastal region, Riyadh said it was aimed at the Holy City of Mecca. That claim drew considerable skepticism from sophisticated Saudis, but it was persuasive to the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, which issued a strong denunciation. “It is an attack on all Muslims around the world because of the reverence and status of the holy city for all Muslims,” OIC Secretary General Iyad Madani said. The OIC resolution received extensive coverage in the Saudi press.

The official Saudi Press Agency also distributed a statement by the Federation of Universities of the Islamic World condemning the “heinous crime committed by Houthi coup leaders, and their supporters, armed sponsors and instigators.” It was hardly necessary to spell out who those might be.

At its first weekly meeting after the episode, the Saudi cabinet—the official governing body, with King Salman presiding—denounced the “dangerous development” and said that whoever “supports this transgressing group, provides it with weapons and smuggles ballistic missiles and weapons to it is considered a firm partner in the attack on the sanctities of the Islamic world, a clear party in planting sectarian strife and a key supporter of terrorism.”

In fact, the strongest criticism of the war has come from outside the kingdom – by Thomas W. Lippman

Comment by Nasser Arrabyee: Saudi people Are so oppressed that they never Protest.

16.11.2016 – Oil Price (A E)

Are The Saudis About To Reveal The Best Kept Secret In Oil?

One of the oil world’s longest and best kept secrets may finally be revealed. Saudi Arabia is preparing to unveil how much oil it holds, a closely guarded state secret that has been kept quiet for decades.

The decision to bring such important data to light comes as Saudi Aramco is preparing to partially privatize its assets, an IPO that could bring in some $100 billion. The IPO will be a monumental event, one that the Wall Street Journal says could offer Wall Street some of the largest fees in history. – by Nick Cunningham =

cp9 USA

Siehe / See cp1

18.11.2016 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

Support of Saudi Arabia's Bloody Yemen Intervention Could Land US in the Dock

The US may be guilty of war crimes by supporting the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen; but for its part, the Saudi-led coalition has certainly committed war crimes, Gabor Rona, Law Professor at Columbia University, told Radio Sputnik.
"Attacks are being either specifically directed at civilians, in other words, individuals who are not targetable under the rules of law, or at the very least the attacks are indiscriminate in the sense that the attackers are not taking sufficient precautions in order to distinguish between combatants and civilians," Rona told Radio Sputnik.

"In either case, whether the attacks on civilians are deliberate or merely negligent, the result of a failure of precautions, it's a war crime."

Rona said that the US could also be guilty of war crimes, depending on the extent of its involvement in the coalition.
"While the Saudis seem quite clearly to be guilty of war crimes, the Americans may be guilty of war crimes." "I'm not sufficiently appraised of the facts, but if in fact Americans are providing intelligence with the knowledge that the Saudis are committing either deliberate attacks on civilians, or attacks that fail to distinguish between civilians and combatants, then Americans too could be held criminally liable for aiding, abetting and assisting in the commission of those war crimes because they have reason to know that those crimes are occurring," Rona said. Under international law, the US is permitted to conduct a war crimes trial in the first instance. If it doesn't, the Geneva Conventions regulating armed conflicts actually require states to either prosecute or extradite for prosecution people who have committed "grave breaches" of the Conventions.

However, the state is likely to be unwilling to prosecute if an agent of the state has committed a war crime. In this case, international tribunals can take jurisdiction.
"Since Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the US are not party to the Rome Treaty that establishes the International Criminal Court, that order would have to come from the UN Security Council," Rona said. It remains to be seen if the US will face censure for its actions in Yemen or elsewhere. However, by pretending to the role of "world policeman," Washington has a particular responsibility not to engage in human rights violations. "The US, perhaps more than any other country cannot afford to develop a reputation for flouting the laws of armed conflicts because the US holds itself out to be not only a prime arbiter but a setter of standards," Rona said (with audio)

17.11.2016 – The Washington Institute (A K P)

Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

If the United States more openly addressed the wider strategic threat posed by Iran's role in Yemen, it could convince its allies in the Saudi-led coalition to modify their controversial military tactics, reduce civilian suffering, and support a serious peace effort.

This underlying conflict in the region, of which Yemen is only one theater, can be summed up succinctly as a struggle between Iran and its various mainly subnational allies on the one hand, and a regional coalition led by Saudi Arabia and other GCC states on the other, with Turkey and Israel as "partial" players

While my conversations with the top Saudi leadership document their fear and dislike of Iran and Shia Islam, I do not believe the kingdom seeks to drive the region into a sectarian conflict. But such a conflict could arise inadvertently from its efforts to contain Iran if not better coordinated with the United States.

Under such circumstances, ending the very limited American military and diplomatic support for the GCC is unlikely to end the war or humanitarian crisis. Both the GCC states and the Houthis and their Iranian ally will fight on. But more American recognition of, and willingness to actually help deter, Iranian advances could generate willingness by our Arab friends to modify their tactics (especially aerial bombing), try harder to reduce civilian suffering, and support any serious peace effort.

That might not end the conflict, depending on how Iran reacts, but it could limit the extent of violence and humanitarian disaster, aid in the common fight against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, give the United States more leverage in the region, and avoid a descent into Syria-like chaos in Yemen or beyond – by James Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq

My comment: Dramatically spoken, this obviously is a “bullshit” article. However the threat by Iran in the Middle East really is or not, in Yemen it is minimal. Thus, looking at Iran only can play a minimal role for the Yemen crisis and the Yemen war. – “I do not believe the kingdom seeks to drive the region into a sectarian conflict”: That is exactly what they are doing for decades now – and not only in the “region”, but elsewhere as well. Look at Saudi-financed religious propaganda and radicalization in almost every Muslim country, whether in Algeria, Kosovo (had been reported), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia… – “the very limited American military and diplomatic support for the GCC” is a ridiculous stance. What about the arms supplies, and the US diplomatic support for Saudi Arabia in the UN Security Council has been and is substantial. – The author is not at all critical to the Saudi aerial war at all; his sentence “generate willingness by our Arab friends to modify their tactics (especially aerial bombing)” is a nonsense as a) any such “modification” did not take place in the last 20 month of this aerial war, b) such a “modification” generally is an impossibility by itself. The author behaves like asking a women not to be fully but just a little bit pregnant.

17.11.2016 – Neopresse (B P)

Politik über Prinzipien: Die gefährlichen Waffenlieferungen der USA

Das US-Außenministerium stellte den Verkauf von ungefähr 26.000 Gewehren an die Philippinen ein, nachdem US-Senator Ben Cardin seine Bedenken über Menschenrechtsverletzungen äußerte, die mit dem von der philippinischen Regierung geführten Kampf gegen den Drogenhandel im Zusammenhang stehen würden. Wider besseren Wissens, könnte man denken, die USA haben eine neue moralische Politikleitlinie bezogen oder warum sollten sie sonst auf ein derartig lukratives Waffengeschäft verzichten?

Währenddessen läuft der Rekordwaffendeal von mehr als 60 Milliarden-US-Dollar mit Saudi Arabien ungebremst weiter. Obwohl die Saudis nun auch nicht gerade als ein Land bekannt sind, wo Menschenrechte groß geschrieben werden, gab es hier von der US-Seite augenscheinlich keinerlei Bedenken hinsichtlich des Deals. Auch nicht seit dem Zeitpunkt, als Saudi-Arabien „F-15 Kampfjets“ und „Apache-Hubschrauber“ zu dem Zweck einsetzte, um die Zivilbevölkerung im Jemen zu bombardieren.

Der Mangel an echten, konsequenten moralischen Grundsätzen untergräbt die Glaubwürdigkeit und den Status der USA als selbsternannter globaler Führer – von Martin Podlasly

11.2016 – US Department of State (B K)

2016 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Yemen

Over the past 50 years, Yemen has been plagued with a number of conflicts (1962-1969; 1970-1983; and 1994) that have resulted in a significant and deadly legacy of landmines and UXO. Prior to the 1990 unification of North and South Yemen, landmines were laid which still remain.

From 1997 through 2015, the United States invested more than $25.9 million in CWD programs in Yemen.

From October 2014 through December 2015, the Department of State supported the work of the following implementing partners:

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

18.11.2016 – Morning Star (* B K P)

Arms Exports subsidised by up to GBP 142 million a year

THE British government is subsidising the arms trade by up to £142 million a year, a report revealed yesterday, as it was accused of complicity with the “ongoing destruction of Yemen.”

The report, by Sipri — a research body specialising in conflict — for the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), exposes the “huge overall level of government support” for the arms industry.

Some £10 million is spent on support which includes lobbying by the Prime Minister with up to £73m being used to subsidise export credit guarantees, the study reveals.

The report argues that export subsidies are the result of a desire to maintain the domestic arms industry rather than the Ministry of Defence’s claim that it saves them money. CAAT spokesperson Andrew Smith accused the government of “pulling out all stops to support companies that arm some of the most oppressive regimes in the world.”

The organisation says that Britain has licensed £3.3 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, including aircraft, missiles and tanks since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015.

British company BAE Systems is reportedly in talks to sell more fighter jets to the Saudis with the support of the government – by Steve Sewwney

16.11.2016 – Middle East Eye (* B P)

Arming Saudi's campaign in Yemen debases UK foreign policy everywhere

The decision to continue arming Saudi Arabia shows that the UK government is in denial about the devastating impact of arms sales.

There is a growing international pressure on Saudi Arabia and the coalition forces to end the air strikes, which have been responsible for the majority of deaths in the ongoing civil war.

The devastation they have unleashed has been immoral, and there is a compelling and growing body of evidence that makes it clear that international humanitarian law has been violated.

The UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon, has called on permanent members of the UN Security Council to do everything they can to secure peace. He is not the only one, with the European Parliament, Amnesty International and others calling for greater political pressure and an international arms embargo against Saudi Arabia.

One place where their calls have fallen on deaf ears is Whitehall. Despite growing parliamentary opposition and media scrutiny, government ministers have used every excuse they can to continue arming and supporting the Saudi regime.

The UK has backed the bombing since day one, when the then Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond pledged to “support the Saudis in every practical way short of engaging in combat.”

It’s a promise he’s stayed true to, with high level political support and over £3.3bn worth of arms being licensed to Saudi forces, including fighter jets and bombs.

Regardless, the government has stuck to the line that the arms exports are legitimate and above-board. This week it released its response to the committees report, in which it said it was “confident in its robust case-by-case assessment and is satisfied that extant licences for Saudi Arabia are compliant with the UK’s export licensing criteria".

The response was unsurprising, after all there is nothing new about UK governments providing uncritical support to the Saudi government.

There are serious questions about the influence of the Saudi Royal Family and arms companies interests.

The impact of this toxic relationship hasn’t just been to fuel the conflict by boosting and enabling the Saudi-led bombing, it has also debased UK foreign policy in the wider region.

It has led to a situation where the government is rightly calling on Russia to stop bombing civilian areas in Aleppo, while at the same time arming and supporting Saudi Arabia as it does the same thing in Yemen.

The previous steps the Saudi regime has taken to investigate itself prove how bad a policy it is. During the summer, and prior to Johnson’s speech, the Saudi-led coalition published its own report into the conduct of its forces.

Needless to say it was a whitewash – by Andrew Smith, spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

14.11.2016 – Middle East Monitor (* B P)

Britain's New Base in Bahrain Screams 'Business as Usual'

Last week Prince Charles visited to the Gulf to open a new British base in the brutal dictatorship of Bahrain

When examining Britain’s latest Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), published in November last year, it is clear that the government’s foreign and defence policy towards the MENA region entails leaning closer to the Gulf Arab states. The review stated that the GCC members “are vital partners for the UK in working towards sustainable, long-term regional stability, in addressing direct threats to the UK from terrorism, extremism and organised crime, and for our energy security.” It reiterated that Britain’s relations with the GCC are “broad and deep” and that “build[ing] a permanent and more substantial UK military presence to reflect our historic relationships, the long-term nature of both challenges and opportunities and to reassure our Gulf allies” is a priority objective in the way that the UK envisions its relations with the bloc.

More importantly, the heir to the throne opened a new military base during the visit to Bahrain; a British military base, the country’s first permanent military presence in the Gulf region since 1971. It will be used by the Royal Navy and Special Forces as a forward operating base and a place for planning, storing equipment for naval operations and accommodating naval personnel. Troops from the other services will also be using the facility, which has cost nearly £40 million, of which more than £30 million has been paid by the Manama government, with London paying the remaining £7.5 million.

Whatever the US decides to do, though, it looks as if it is business as usual as far as links between Britain and the GCC member states are concerned. Mutual interests will always take priority – by Diana Alghoul =

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

17.11.2016 – Metro (A P)

British woman ‘gang raped’ in Dubai faces jail for pre-marital sex

A British woman who was allegedly raped by two men in Dubai could be sent to prison for having sex outside marriage.

While the victim’s alleged attackers, both of whom are British, have flown back to Birmingham, she was arrested after reporting the incident and charged with ‘extra-marital sex’.

The 25-year-old is not allowed to leave the country and needs £24,000 in legal fees, The Sun reported.

A family friend told the newspaper: ‘They have taken her passport as lawyers thrash it out. She is staying with an English family but she is absolutely terrified.

‘She went to the police as the victim as one of the worst ordeals imaginable but she is being treated as the criminal.’

My comment: Make holiday almost wherever you want, but the Emirates (as Saudi Arabia) are no destinations for tourists.

16.11.2016 – Human Rights watch (* B P)

Six Monarchs, 140 Dissidents, One Rule: Keep Your Mouth Shut

Restrictions on Free Speech and Protest in Bahrain and the Foreign Policy Responsibilities of Western Governments

Zainab al-Khawaja is just one of 140 people Human Rights Watch profiled in a report on the Gulf states’ assault on free speech published in late 2016. She now lives in exile in Denmark with her sister Maryam, who is no less fearsome or eloquent in her criticism of the Bahraini authorities. Their father, Abdulhadi, is serving a life sentence on ridiculous terrorism charges after he led peaceful anti-government protests in 2011 as the revolutionary spirit and ideas of the Arab Spring rippled onto the Gulf peninsula.

Social media, smartphones and internet technology provided the Gulf’s dissidents and activist with a space to debate ideas and criticise their monarchical rulers, who were quick to respond to the challenge to their authority.

Gulf Cooperation Council rulers’ sweeping campaigns against activists and political dissidents have included threats, intimidation, investigations, prosecution, detention and torture. Bahrain, the UAE, and Kuwait have even withdrawn citizenship as a tool of repression. Cyberspace is now the preferred hunting ground of the Gulf states, and they have spared no expense in tracking their prey.

The 140 people we profiled in the report come from various sects and viewpoints

What most of these 140 people share is that they have been let down by the Western governments that champion free speech domestically, but for which foreign policy often amounts to little more than trade policy where the Gulf is concerned. This British government, for example, has been an ardent and vocal supporter of the Gulf states and has not called for the release of any of the imprisoned people included in the report.

The UK won’t even call for the release of the Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who is facing 12 years in jail for tweeting criticism of the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. Sadly he’s not the only dissident living through distinctly Orwellian times in the Gulf states – by Nicholas McGeehan

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / See cp1, cp9

18.11.2016 – MbKS15 (A K)

The #Kuwait Air Force has also ordered (8) conformal fuel tanks to be fitted on its new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

17.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (* A E P)

Central Bank Governor: "bank notes to be provided in two months"

Yemen Central Bank Governor, Munasar Al Quaiti, said on Thursday that there are determined efforts to print the banknotes and make them available, as well as paying the pending obligations and entitlements in the near future, or within no later than two months.

In a meeting with the Bank's Board of Directors in the interim capital Aden, south of the country, Munasar Al Quaiti said that the bank will ensure the availability of the banknotes and will activate the role of the State institutions so that the public revenues are supplied to the government account in Aden.

Al Quaiti added that the government has transferred the General Fund to the Central Bank in Aden, but the revenues are not flowing yet.

"The meeting discussed the work flow in the CBY headquarters, and the arrangements to be taken to reorganize and restructure the work, in addition to the relationship between the headquarters of the bank in Aden and its branches in other governorates," according to Yemen news agency "Saba".

The meeting also touched on outcomes of the Governor's visit to a number of companies specialized in printing banknotes and their offers , as well as the agreements signed on to print the banknotes, according to Saba news agency.

The meeting also discussed the outcomes of the communication with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), through its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and its regional office in Dubai, UAE.

Saba news agency also quoted Al Quaiti as saying: "there is a financing gap in the state budget, and the payment of salaries is the responsibility of the government, not the central bank, but the bank will cover the deficit upon the availability of financial liquidity."

My comment: This is the Central bank installed by “president” Hadi at Aden. The Central Bank mess just began when Hadi decided to replace the Central Bank from Sanaa to Aden, although international observers had stated that the Sanaa Central Bank had stayed neutral during the war and done its job quite well. And it had been Hadi who had refused this Sanaa Central Bank to do its job, when the Central Bank tried to get new banknotes printed by a Russian printing company. These new banknotes just had urgently been needed – now the Hadi affiliated Central Bank admitted that by having ordered bank notes by themselves.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

17.11.2016 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A T)

#AQAP seized parts of Aljahmalya district n #Taiz tody frm #Houthi & #Yemen army Graphic pics of reportd #POW bodies (graphic photos)

My comment: The fact that AQAP can seize parts of Taiz from the Houthis shows how strong there role in Taiz must be – and that AQAP is fighting alongside with Hadi forces and the so-called “Popular resistance” (which are Islah party affiliated militia, fighting against the Houthis and pro-preosident Hadi), being treated more than an ally than as enemy and terrorists.

Comment by Mohammed Khalid: Torturing and hanging ppl who sympthise with Houthi or those PW happen whenever they make any advancement

17.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

This is how Yemen Qaeda/ISIS Kill & hang people in Taiz central Yemen where these groups receive Money&weapons from US-backed Saudis. Nov 17 (photo, graphic)

16.11.2016 – Terror Monitor (A T

Photos: Ath_alasalamah organization publishes pictures fighters in the area Qifa in Al Baydah province. and more photos: and

cp15 Propaganda

18.11.2016 – Adel lahim (A P)

Falsification of mercenaries Saudi aggression This image for blast in #Sanaa on Jan 1, 2015, & claims it is of bombing Huthi today on #Taiz (phptos)

17.11.2016 – Prensa Latina (* A P)

Yemen: Islamic Countries Analyze Reprisals against Rebels

The Foreign Ministers Council of the 57 member countries was convoked for an emergency meeting in Mecca, the first meeting after the forced resignation of the secretary general, Iyad Madani, on October 31.
The Thursday session was under the leadership of deputy Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Nizar bin Obaid Madadni, given Madani's resignation because of a protest by Egypt.
Some of the delegates in the event said the extraordinary meeting was carried out, taking into account the recommendation made at the emergency meeting by the Executive Committee -held at ministers level- on November 5 in Jeddad, to analyze the launching of a ballistic missile to Mecca.
The military command of the 10 Arab-Islamic country coalition, headed by Saudi Arabia, accused the Houthi militias belonging to the Ansar Allah Movement and the soldiers of the Yemeni Army who are loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Official news agencies SPA (Saudi Arabia) and KUNA (Kuwait) reported the Shiite rebels and their allied were the responsible for the launching of the missile on October 27 to Mecca, though the ground defense system of the coalition, intercepted the missile.

The Foreign Ministers from the member countries of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (ICO) are discussing the possible reprisals against Yemeni rebel groups

My comment: There was no missile to Mecca, the Houthis had attacked Jeddah airport. Saudi Arabia is using its propaganda tale to manipulate and misuse the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).

17.11.2016 – Military (A K P)

After Yemen Missile Attacks, CO Tells Sailors to 'Be Prepared'

My comment: The US propaganda narrative of the Houthi attacks at US war ships warmed up again here.

17.11.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani / Farouk Hamza (A P)

Hadi set are pathetic desperate bluffers continue to fabricated everything including false Fotoshop of The Washington post

[A propaganda fake Washington Post site in bad English: Donald Trump should have apologized to president Hadi for Kerry’s peace plan] (photo) and

Al-Shelaimi as well as Hadi Saba news agency chilish fabricated DoS apology to Hadi the exile president.

17.11.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Iran Refuses to Attend OIC Emergency Meeting on Mecca Attack

The Iranian government has declined an official invitation to participate in an emergency meeting held by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on the level of foreign ministers to denounce Yemen’s Houthi militias attack against holy sites in Mecca.

Thursday’s OIC meeting comes upon a recommendation by the OIC executive committee to hold an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of member states in Mecca to discuss the attack and its repercussions.

Last month, Saudi Arabia said it had intercepted a ballistic missile some 65 kilometers from Mecca, noting that the missile had been fired from Yemen by Houthi rebels.

While no official statement has been issued by Tehran to clarify the reason behind its abstention from attending the meeting, well-informed diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the Iranian government has informed the OIC that it would not send a representative to the meeting.

The organization sent official invitations to all member states, including Iran, on Sunday.

Political analysts said that Iran was trying to avoid direct confrontation with OIC member states, as its role in arming Houthi militias was now obvious to all Islamic States – by Said Al-Abyad

My comment: There was no “Mecca attack”, the Houthis had attacked Jeddah airport, this attack is exploited by Saudi propaganda to fuel sectarian tensions in the Muslim world.

28.10.2016 – American Enterprise Institute (A P)

How Houthi activists hijack the human rights mantle

It has become a common strategy for political activists and even terrorists: Infiltrate a human rights organization, create a new one, or simply sponsor a conference to bestow legitimacy on a movement that, at its core, has nothing to do with human rights and everything to do with political advocacy.

It’s a playbook which many groups have embraced as part of a campaign to whitewash the Iranian and Hezbollah co-option of the Houthis in Yemen.

Consider, for example, the case of the Arabian Rights Watch Association (ARWA) – by Michael Rubin

Comment by Judith Brown: This is real black propaganda. It is actually true that those supporting the Saudi led coalition include USA and Al Qaeda - as reported by both BBC in Taiz and Al Jazeera in Aden at different points in the war. And it was well reported that Saudi Arabia and UAE were employing mercenaries from South America and North Africa, especially Sudan, although I think there is less use of mercenaries now. And those killed by the Houthis have included mercenaries from all over the Western world, who are often employed to lead the mercenaries. This is presented as an unrealistic claim but although it may seem far fetched to the uninformed there is nothing so strange as facts especially in this disgusting war. I'm not sure who this man is that they say is representing a Yemen human rights organisation. I really have no opinion on him. But I get my information from trusted sources with no political or military links and I know they are sadly facts on the ground. I wish it was otherwise.

Comment by Mark Springer: Looks like Saudi money is working. I know Mohammed al Wazir well. He is nothing more than a Yemeni American who cares for his country. He goes out of his way to not accept money from any outside sources, which is more than I can say for AEI. Calling him a Houthi or Houthi lobbyist is simply not true, but continues the claim made by the Saudi run press. The author has zero idea of how these international rights organisations work. He claims that multiple shell organisations are set up to promote groups like ARWA, fact is, existing organisations can and do let other groups use their time in front of the UNHRC. It is a common practice, yet the author makes it sound like something devious.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets wage raids on Shabwa

The Saudi aggression fighter jets waged two air raids on Asilan district in Shabwa province overnight, a security official said on Saturday, in a another breach to the ceasefire.
The raids targeted Heed Bin Aqeel area and al-Hjre in the district, causing huge damage to citizens' property and farms.

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launch 2 raids on Jawf province

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes resume striking capital Sanaa

US-Saudi aggression warplanes resumed air striking the capital Sanaa on Saturday, an official told Saba.
The planes struck al-Hafa residential area two times, damaging citizens' houses and smashing windows, as well as causing losses in public and private properties.

18.–19.11.2016 – Sanaa at night (A K)

#Sanaa is under heavy strikes
The true face of Saudis' peace restoration

Saudi airstrikes have resumed in Sana'a. Intense bombing now. I guess the ceasefire-ish ceasefire is over

18.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (ful list):

18.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Film: Yemen continues to be target of Saudi airstrikes

Shortly after the announcement of a US-brokered truce in Yemen on Thursday, Saudi Arabia began bombing several areas in the war-torn country. This, after forces loyal to former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi said they were not interested in the latest ceasefire plan with the Ansarullah movement. Press TV’s Mohammad al-Attab reports from Sana’a.

18.11.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

WAR not PEACE: 65 Saudi airstrikes attack 7 #Yemen regions today as war resumes hours after all sides agreed to end all military operations.

18.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition aircrafts bomb Houthis and Saleh forces site in Al Baidha

A local source told Almasdaronline that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition aircrafts bombed on Friday evening a military site for Houthi and Saleh forces in Al Baidha city central Yemen.

The source said the airstrikes targeted Dar Alnasr military site of the Brigade 26 Mika, formerly Republican Guards forces, and smoke was seen rising from the targeted site.

Eyewitnesses stated that the airstrikes have destroyed a tank and a BMB military vehicle.

My comment: Please compare to the Legal Center documentary (see above), reporting for Al Baida: (3 airstrikes): One airstrike targeted Thee Na'em district. Two airstrikes targeted AL-Nasr Archeological House in the city. Any photos, films: no.

18.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

More than 30 US-backed Saudi airstrikes only over Saada north Yemen since morning till now b4 sunset. Saudi war criminals "un-accountable"?

More13 airstrikes since now by US-backed Saudi war criminals' jets only on the area of Al Krad of Saada north Yemen.All cluster bombs

18.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Dozens of Yemen civilians killed&injured now in Taiz central by US-backed Saudi war criminals jets.

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K P)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launch 2 raids on Marib's Serwah district

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched two raids on Serwah district of Marib Province overnight, a security official told Saba on Thursday.
The raids hit Al-Ashgry Mountain in East of Serwah.
Meanwhile, the warplanes waged four raids in the past hours on several areas in the same district.

17.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list):

17.11.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi air strikes at villages Hreib Alqramc in Marib

18.11.2016 – Various (* A K)

[New appeared film from shortly after the Sanaa funeral attack, Oct. 8]


Images describes people tried to survive from the horrific attacks on funeral hall in Sanaa, survival's phone document the attack = =

17.11.2016 – Hussam Al Sanabani (A K)

Funeral hall martyrs 40 days anniversary of Saudi monstrous war crime (photo) and also at

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Taiz: Siehe / See cp1b

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Meanwhile, the aggression mercenaries continued missile strikes and artillery shelling on the homes and farms of citizens in Almoton district, Jawf province .

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missile forces bomb Saudi military locations

The missile forces of the national army and popular forces destroyed a number of Saudi military locations in Najran, Asir and Jizan provinces

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Many mercenaries killed and injured in Lahj

19.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army burns Saudi-paid mercenaries' vehicle in Taiz, kills crew

19.11.2016 – Reuters (A K)

Saudi soldier killed by missile from Yemen hours before ceasefire

A Saudi soldier was killed on Saturday by a missile fired by Yemeni rebels across the border into the kingdom's southern Asir province, the interior ministry said.

The attack came hours before the Saudi-led coalition that is supporting Hadi in the war, announced a ceasefire in a bid to end a conflict that has displaced millions of people and caused a humanitarian disaster.

The 48-hour truce is due to start at noon (0900 GMT) on Saturday.


18.11.2016 – Arab News (A K PS)

A soldier, Mohamed bin Ali Al-Hussain Al-Ja’afri, was martyred as the southern borders in Asir region were hit by rockets fired from Yemen. The soldier succumbed to his injuries in hospital, said a ministry spokesperson

18.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces: 30 Houthi militants killed in fierce battles in Hajjah

The government forces announced on last Thursday that 30 Houthi gunmen were killed in fierce confrontations in Midi city west of Hajjah Governorate, north-western Yemen.

The Fifth Military Region Media Center of the government forces posted in on Facebook that other 38 Houthi militants were also injured, pointing out that the Houthi leader Mohammed Ismail Al Bakili was killed in the confrontations.

18.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missiles forces hit Saudi gathering in Najran

The missile forces of the army and popular forces fired Katuysha rockets on gatherings of the Saudi soldiers in Najran province, a military official told Saba on Friday.
The rockets hit the gatherings in al-Haram and al- Shabakah military sites, hitting the targets accurately.

18.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repels mercenaries' offensive in Baidha

Many of Saudi-founded mercenaries were killed and injured when the army and popular repelled the mercenaries' attack in Thai Naim district of al-Baidha province, a military official told Saba on Friday

17.11.2016 – Euronews (A K)

Film: Tödliche Auseinandersetzungen im Vorfeld der Waffenruhe im Jemen

Nach 20 Monaten des Krieges, tödliche Zusammenstöße weiterhin Wut im Jemen vor einem geplanten Waffenruhe. In der Stadt Taiz, Kämpfe

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Taiz: Mercenaries' gathering bombarded in Al-Wazia'aih district, Taiz province

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army hits mercenaries` gatherings in Taiz

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, people's committees regain control over several military sites in Taiz

The army and popular committees succeeded to regain control over most of the sites from mercenaries of the Saudi-founded aggression in Al-Akrouth area east of Taiz governorate on Thursday, a military official told Saba.
The operation resulted also in the death and injury of dozens of mercenaries following fierce fighting. and also

My comment: There are reports pro-Hadi fighters and Al Qaida had got control over several quarters of Taiz (see YPR 229, and here in YPR 230 at cp14). So what? –

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shells Saudi military sites in Najran and also

17.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Ballistic missile hit mercenary sites north Medi desert and also

17.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Militry Sites Targeted in Jizan

17.11.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

A soldier might open fire during ceasefire, that is normal but not an air strike! Saudi do not respect truce in bani Hushish east of Sana'a

My comment: That’s definitely right.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-229: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-229: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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