Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 235 - Yemen War Mosaic 235

Yemen Press Reader 235: 150.000 Luftangriffe-Hungerkrise-UN und Jemen-Taiz im Jemenkrieg-Familien in der Falle des Krieges-Spaltung in Nord und Süd-Kinderbräute-Wikileaks Jemendokumente-Kämpfe

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150.000 air raids - Starvation crisis - The UN and Yemen - Taiz in the Yemen war - Families in the trap of war - Division between North and South Yemen - Child brides - Wikileaks Yemen files (German) - Fighting - and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

1.12.2016 – Dr. Karim (** A K)

The sheer number of the operational sorties conducted by the Saudi military since March 2015, namely 150,000

Comment: Let’s make a few calculations. Today, ca. the 620. day of Saudi aerial war. Average cost of the aerial war per day, estimate: US $ 200 million. Air raids per day: 242. Cost per air raid: US $ 826.440. That’s where the Saudis give their money for, that’s what is important to them. The whole Saudi propaganda of humanitarian help, “King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center”: bullshit for dummies.

1.12.2016 – The American Conservative (** B H K)

The Starvation of Yemen Continues

The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen continues to be largely ignored. One reason for this is that the near-famine conditions that exist throughout much of the country and the deaths that result from them are invisible in official accounts of how many have been killed by the war. Many of the war’s victims are killed by hunger or preventable disease, and yet the warring parties have caused their deaths all the same. The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is every bit as terrible as any in the world, and it is probably the worst of all in some respects, but because the victims are largely cut off from the outside world their plight remains mostly unknown. Even when it is made known, it tends to be greeted by indifference because the people suffering are perceived to be on the “wrong” side or because it is an embarrassment to the U.S., Britain, and their client governments.

The starvation of Yemen’s civilian population is one of the greatest man-made disasters of this century, and it has been brought about in large part by U.S.-backed clients as they pursue a senseless and atrocious war against one of the world’s poorest countries. When the starvation of Yemen occasionally receives some decent coverage, there is barely any mention of the responsibility of the Saudi-led coalition and its Western patrons for helping to create these horrible conditions. The coalition and its Western backers, including the U.S., are not the only ones responsible, but they bear the largest responsibility because they are the ones that have been blockading the country and devastating its infrastructure and ports with bombs, and they were the ones that escalated and prolonged the war for all this time.

Except for a brief surge of attention a few months ago, the war and the U.S. role in enabling it have received very little scrutiny or criticism.

Obama has helped to cause a humanitarian crisis that threatens the lives of tens of millions of people, and he has created countless new enemies for the United States for the sake of “reassuring” a group of despots. As we begin to consider his “legacy,” support for the war on Yemen should be ranked as one of his worst and most inexcusable errors – by Daniel Larison

11.2016 – UNOCHA (** A H)

Crisis Overview

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate almost one and a half years after the escalation of conflict in March 2015.The escalation amplified an already existing protracted crisis, which was characterised by widespread poverty, conflict, poor governance and weak rule of law, including widely reported human rights violations.

Yemen was already the poorest county in the Middle East when the crisis escalated. Men, women, and children were already facing a humanitarian crisis, stemmed from years of poverty, poor governance, and instability, including widespread violations of human rights. The situation has only worsened in the past year and the speed and scale of the deterioration is alarming. The economy is near collapse, public and private services have all but disappeared, and Yemenis have lost most of their livelihoods and have depleted most of their saving. Yemen has turned into a protection crisis where the average citizen is facing tremendous hardships and the most vulnerable populations are struggling simply to survive.

More than 19 months since conflict escalated have left an estimated 18.8 million people in need some kind of assistance or protection in order to meet their basic needs, including 10.3 million who are in acute need. This represents an increase of almost 20 per cent since late 2014 and is driven by increases across key sectors. The 18.8 million people in need estimation is lower than the 21.2 million cited for 2016. These changes do not reflect an improvement in the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen, but rather a further tightening around priorities based on a rigorous analysis of evidence.

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1.12.2016 – Fars News (** A P)

Made for Defeat: UN’s Unhappy Verdict on Yemen’s New Government

These are strange times. Instead of criticizing Saudi Arabia and its allies for waging an illegal war on Yemen, the United Nations has criticised the formation of a new government in Sana’a!

Worse still, instead of using its influence to drain the swamp that is the Saudi-led war on the poorest country in the Arab world, the UN has equally criticized the Houthi Ansarullah movement for helping to form the “national salvation” government.
The “national salvation” government was sworn in on Tuesday after the Ansarullah movement and their allies announced its formation on the previous day. The new government replaced the Supreme Political Council, which was established by the Houthis and the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh earlier in the year.
Here, the Ansarullah movement has given assurances that the new government will not hinder UN-brokered peace talks in any way. It has made clear that this has nothing to do with the alleged “narrow ambitions" either, but with Yemen’s national interests above partisan ambitions, taking immediate steps to end political divisions and addressing the country’s security, humanitarian and economic challenges. This should be music to UN's ears. On the contrary:
In reality, the United Nations, which has always backed Saudi Arabia in the conflict and has even given Riyadh a top seat at the Human Rights Council, knows next to nothing about Yemen - one of many gaps in its education. Yet when it comes to Yemen’s new government, the world body is onto something. No doubt the UN-sponsored peace talks qualify as “great” in the sense that they mean well. That they have gone nowhere, however, is indisputable - at least if their job is to bring the war to a diplomatic conclusion.
The UN’s unhappy verdict - that “the new government is a new and unnecessary obstacle for the talks” – is self-defeating. It never takes into account the interests of the Yemeni people, much less their rights to self-determination. In other words, this is never about support for democracy and self-determination, but everything about what the United States and Saudi Arabia want in Yemen – the only thing that the UN is willing to endorse: regime change.
The verdict applies equally to other theatres of conflict as well, largely overlooked by the UN, that in recent years have engaged the attention of war-party Washington, a list that includes conflicts in Syria and Libya. This includes the resulting body count as well. Granted, the UN has demonstrated an impressive aptitude for taking sides on all these complex military fronts. It represents a staggering failure.
By that standard, having been at the service of war criminals and regime changers for virtually the entire twenty-first century, the United Nations is still looking for its next failure in Yemen. And however strong the disinclination to concede that the UN could be right about anything, its verdict on Yemen’s new government qualifies as apt.

My comment: You might be critical to Iranian media objecting that they just transport propaganda of the Mullah regime. Well, I will not disagree. But as far as the Yemen war – and the politics of the UN and the West supporting Saudi Arabia and equal regimes – is concerned, Iranian media do not have great problems to stay serious and honest. They just can keep to the facts – just the facts are giving the Iranian media ideal points of attack – almost daily. So just read it.

1.12.2016 – BBC (** B K)

Yemen conflict: Terror of life under siege in Taiz

In parts of Taiz, in south-western Yemen, snipers haunt the streets and open spaces. Civilians there say bullets come from nowhere, with no warning.

A vicious ground war has brought terror to the streets of Taiz, Yemen's third-largest city and one of its most brutal conflict zones.

Access to international monitors and journalists is rare. Residents who spoke to the BBC by phone described snipers shooting at ordinary citizens, landmines exploding under children's feet and shells falling, relentlessly and indiscriminately, on homes.

On one side are members of the Zaidi Shia Muslim Houthi rebel movement and security forces loyal to the country's longtime former leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. They seized control of much of north-western Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, in early 2015 and forced the internationally recognised government into exile.

On the other side are soldiers loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and predominantly Sunni Muslim southern tribesmen and separatists. With the help of a Saudi-led multinational coalition, they have driven the rebels out of much of the south, but have been unable to break the siege of Taiz.

For more than a year, the Houthis have besieged government-controlled districts from their positions around the city. They have been accused of indiscriminately shelling residential areas and medical facilities and restricting deliveries of aid.

Meanwhile, the pro-government fighters who control the heart of Taiz are alleged to have tortured, kidnapped and summarily killed their opponents.

Both sides, but particularly the Houthis, have been accused of using snipers against innocent civilians.

Mwatana, an independent Yemeni human rights monitor, said in an extensive report on Taiz in August that it had found "appalling, grave human rights violations" in the city, including "killing, maiming, attacking medical staff and... military recruitment of children".

Landmines are also a constant fear for the civilians trapped in Taiz. As the front lines shift, the fighters leave mines in their wake, burying them in the shallow dirt and hiding them in empty buildings.

Brief truces have brought respite to some parts of Yemen, but in Taiz they only worsen the violence, said residents and analysts.

Both sides in Taiz have routinely ignored nationwide truces to pursue local battles and there is little confidence that another would bring a halt to the ground war.

Mwatana, the Yemeni rights group, said in its report the Houthis were responsible for "the majority of indiscriminate and bloody attacks launched on residential areas" in the city – By Joel Gunter & Sumaya Bakhsh

Comment by Judith Brown: A BBC report of the situation in Taiz - which without doubt has he worst ground war in Yemen and it has been like this for well over a year. It is horrific. As well as the Houthi-Saleh alliance fighters not named here include Islah (Muslim Brotherhood), Abu Abbas Brigades (includes some Salafists), al Qaeda, and a group that call themselves Sa'alik Brigades that are said to include foreign fighters. There has been a report by Amnesty this week that the anti-Houthi forces are brutally controlling medical care in Taiz; this is probably the Sa'alik Brigades that local people have advised me are very extremist by nature. Whatever else happens, the war continues in Taiz. There is some way in for goods from the south over the mountains, and there is the possibility of the Saudi order coalition dropping humanitarian aid into Taiz but most of the time it seems they prefer to drop bombs - which is another danger as well as the ground bombardment.

30.11.2016 – Washington Post (** B H K)

In Yemen’s war, trapped families ask: Which child should we save?

The family of Osama Hassan faced a wrenching choice as his tiny body wasted away. Should they use the little money they had, in a time of war, to take the 2-year-old to a hospital? Or should they buy food to feed their other children?

His family chose food.

“There’s nothing we can do for him,” Sadek said. “I know he’s going to die.”

Every day children are perishing in rural Yemen, where two-thirds of the nation’s population lives. Parents are forced to decide between saving their sick children and preventing healthier ones from following the same perilous route. Cemeteries in this desperately poor and rugged stretch of villages in the northwest contain the bodies of children who have recently died of hunger and preventable diseases. Most are buried in unmarked graves, their deaths unreported to authorities.

The more fortunate are taken to a hospital, often hours away on broken roads. Survival, though, is bittersweet. Families are often bankrupt after paying for medical care, and the children return home to the same cycle of war-induced poverty and malnutrition.

Yemen’s 20-month-old civil war has brought the country closer to famine.

The U.N. Children’s Fund estimates that 370,000 Yemeni children are severely malnourished and facing death, and 2 million are in urgent need of help.

“This is an entire generation that’s at risk here,” said Erin Hutchinson, Yemen director for the aid agency Action Against Hunger.

The Houthi administration is struggling financially as the war strangles the economy. And the United Nations has raised less than half of its appeal to international donors this year as Yemen remains in the shadow of Iraq, Syria and other crises.

“You’ve got two levels of a blockade, really,” said a senior U.N. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid jeopardizing relations with the rebel government. “The blockade which is the result of the [Saudi-led] coalition, an economic blockade of the country. Inside that blockade, you have some elements of the [Houthi] authorities who are making life so incredibly complicated. The medical response is not as effective as it could be.”

“There’s a malnutrition crisis in the country,” the official added, “and yet the overall government approach seems to show no sense of urgency.”

Mohammed Albukhaiti, a Houthi political official, denied the allegation. He blamed the crisis on the Saudi-led coalition, saying that it “has stopped many medicines from coming into the country and [is] selective in what they allow to enter.” The coalition has publicly blamed the Houthis for Yemen’s humanitarian woes. – By Sudarsan Raghavan

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a heartbreaking choice - as desperate as Sophie's Choice. There is no money. Hospitals have to charge or they cannot offer care. Family members and neighbours - traditionally used to helping each other out - can no longer afford to do so as they too are starving. Desperately sad.

30.11.2016 – Al Araby (** B P)

Fractured unions new and old: South Yemen independence day

Comment: Independence means two entirely different things for the north and the south in Yemen today

Today marks the 49th anniversary of South Yemen's independence from the British colony.
The anniversary should symbolise a time for rejoicing at the triumph over colonial rule, but instead it reflects the growing and contesting realities across Yemen.
Ever since the Southern Movement (Hirak) began in 2007, South Independence Day has become a time where the question of unity versus partition in the country manifests itself profoundly. The tension is all the more present given today's ongoing conflict.
Independence Day is of conflicting significance to the south and the north of Yemen, illustrating the rift between the two regions and the path towards partition the country finds itself on.

On one hand, as a continuation of the same spirit of liberty and the struggle for independence against the Brits, a great deal of the south takes the occasion to continue raising calls for independence from their latest virulent foe, the north; especially in the wake of Houthi takeover of the capital Sanaa in September, 2014.
One Adeni blogger writes, "after Ansar Allah's [the Houthis] coup against president Hadi's legitimacy, his detention and forcing him to resign, the southerners - even those who are pro-unity and were anti-secession - are totally convinced that people in the North don't believe in unity as they couldn't tolerate that a Southerner president [Hadi] would rule them.

With this magnified support for Hadi, and, as stated by the former colonel and founder of Hirak, and the Yemeni Retired Military Consultative Association, Nasser al-Noubi, "with this coup, unity was over".
Houthi brutality at the beginning of the war in Aden in the name of fighting Islamic State did not leave room for southerners to cling to unity, according to the Adeni blogger. As a result, the bloodshed of Houthis and of Saleh's forces in the South during the ongoing war caused the grievances of southerners to intensify, and demand secession from the "northern" government in Sanaa.

And on the other hand, in a delusional manner, in the north, ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi leaders are taking the opportunity this anniversary - particularly in light of the Saudi-led coalition strikes hitting the country - to mobilise northerners and southerners alike in standing united against the new "coloniser" (the Saudis) and fight back.

Ever since the 1994 civil war in Yemen, the rift between the North and South has been growing ever deeper. Following the north's win over the south, the country has suffered from multifaceted local cleavages.

The fragmentation process is occurring across two dimensions: fighting on the ground, and in the political corridors of diplomacy. In today's conflict, the Hirak in Aden is in the hands of a coalition of separatist militia, jihadis and Salafists, orchestrating their secession – by Afrah Nasser

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: A must read. This is something completely sidetracked by main political players as well as UN peace process. A ticking bomb.

1.12.2016 – Pamela Geller (** B H)

10-Year-Old Sally’s Story: Child Bride, Raped, Beaten – Legal Under Islamic Law

Here is the story of a young girl living under Islamic law — the horror is unimaginable.

What is telling is that this little girl’s account is reported at Aljazeera. You’ll never see news like this in the ideologically leftwing mainstream media, or taught on college campuses. The sanction and respect the left demands of Sharia law norms this misogyny.

Sally as-Sabahi used to love playing the make-believe marriage game with her brothers and sisters.

For a little girl living in a single room down a back alley of Old Sanaa, imagining the new wedding clothes, make-up and party for her school friends was a thrilling way to escape the daily grind of poverty.

So when her mother showed her the real-life snow white dress and sparkling jewellery she promised would be hers, 10-year-old Sally had no problem agreeing to marry the man her parents had chosen: Nabil, her 25-year-old first cousin, for whom Sally would be a second marriage.

Sally recently won a divorce from Nabil after her story made headline news in local media and became the focus of a national debate that has polarised Yemeni society.

“I don’t call it marriage, I call it rape,” said Shada Nasser, a lawyer who has worked on several child marriage cases.

Nojoud Ali al-Ahdal, who was herself raped and beaten by her 30-year-old husband when she was nine years old, was the first of only three Yemeni child brides to win a divorce. But the practice of child marriage affects millions in Yemen.

The International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) found that just under half of all girls in Yemen are married before they are 18 – classified as underage by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Yemen is a signatory.

With no legal minimum age for marriage, a study by Sanaa University found that in some of Yemen’s regions half of all girls are married before the age of 15.

Robbed of a childhood’

“The greatest problem facing Yemeni women today is child marriages,” said Wafa Ali of the Yemeni Women’s Union. “These early marriages rob the girl of the right to a normal childhood and education. The girls are forced to have children before their bodies are fully grown.”

Many girls suffer repeated miscarriages or end up with complications brought on by the trauma of forced sex, said Dr Arwa Elrabee, a leading gynaecologist.

In April a local women’s rights group reported that 12-year-old bride Elham Shuee had died three days after marrying a man in his 20s. The girl suffered a rupture of the womb caused by sex, said Majed al-Mathhaji, a spokesman for the Sisters Arab Forum.

Last September, another 12-year-old, Fawziya Abdullah Youssef, bled to death during three days of child birth – her body, doctors said afterwards, was simply too small to cope – by Pamela Geller

My comment: This ever existing problem of Yemeni society has been aggravated by the war.

30.11.2016 – Wikileaks bei Der Wächter (** B K P)

WikiLeaks veröffentlicht 500 Dokumente, die “Bewaffnung und Finanzierung” jemenitischer Truppen durch USA nachweisen

Am Freitag ließ Julian Assanges Enthüllungsplattform WikiLeaks mehr als 500 Dokumente von der US-Botschaft in Sanaa (Jemen) an die Öffentlichkeit durchsickern.

Die Dokumente erstrecken sich über einen Zeitraum von 2009 bis zu den Ursprüngen des jemenitischen Bürgerkriegs im Jahre 2015, indem sie Hillary Clintons Jahre als Außenministerin sowie einen Teil von John Kerrys Amtszeit umfassen.


25. November 2016

Heute, am Freitag, dem 25. November, veröffentlicht WikiLeaks die Jemen-Dateien…

Die Jemen-Dateien sind eine Sammlung von mehr als 500 Dokumenten, die von der Botschaft der Vereinigten Staaten in Sanaa, Jemen, stammen. Die Sammlung umfasst mehr als 200 E-Mails und 300 PDFs und beschreibt ausführlich offizielle Dokumente und Korrespondenzen, die das Amt für militärische Kooperation (OMC) betreffen, welches sich in der US-Botschaft befindet. Die Sammlung erstreckt sich über die Periode von 2009 bis kurz bevor im März 2015 in Jemen der Krieg ausbrach. Diese Zeitspanne deckt sowohl Hillary Clintons Amtszeit als Außenministerim (2009-2013) ab, als auch die ersten beiden Jahre der Amtszeit von Minister John Kerry.

Julian Assange sagte: “Der Krieg in Jemen hat dazu geführt, dass innerhlab des Landes 3,15 Millionen Personen vertrieben wurden. Obwohl die Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten die meisten der Bomben zur Verfügung gestellt hat und tief in die eigentliche Kriegsführung verwickelt ist, sind englischsprachige Berichte über den Krieg auffällig selten.”

Jemen ist von erheblichem strategischem Interesse, indem Jemen einen schmalen Engpass zum Roten Meer sowie zum Suez-Kanal kontrolliert, den täglich 11% des weltweiten Erdöls passieren. Zusätzlich grenzt Jemen (nach Norden) an Saudi-Arabien und (nach Osten) an Oman, und es hat Zugang zum Arabischen Meer, durch das weitere 20% des weltweiten Erdöls von der Straße von Hormus passieren (einschließlich des Öls von Saudi-Arabien und Iran). Saudi-Arabien versucht einen Hafen in Jemen zu kontrollieren, um die mögliche Beschränkung seiner Öl-Verschiffungen durch den Iran entlang der Straße von Hormus zu vermeiden, oder durch Länder, die seine anderen Öl-Verschiffungen entlang des Roten Meeres kontrollieren.

Die Jemen-Dateien bieten eine dokumentarische Beweisführung, dass die USA jemenitische Truppen in den Jahren bewaffneten, ausbildeten und finanzierten, die dem Krieg vorausgingen. Die Dokumente enthüllen unter anderem die Beschaffung von vielen verschiedenen Waffentypen wie Flugzeugen, Schiffen, Fahrzeugen sowie Vorschläge für Sicherheitskontrollen der Seegrenzen und die Beschaffung von amerikanischen Biometrie-Systemen durch Jemen.

Eine US-Präsenz verblieb bis Februar 2015 in dem Land, als die USA ihre Botschaft aufgrund der anhaltenden Unruhen zwischen verschiedenen Parteien des Landes schlossen. Der Krieg brach nur einen Monat später aus.

Mit anderen Worten: Clinton und Kerry verfolgten in Jemen eigennützige Interessen. Wenn sie Republikaner wären, würden die liberalen Medien selbstverständlich diese “Krieg-für-Öl”-Geschichte ausschlachten. und hier die Erklärung von Wikileaks:

Alle Dokumente:

Alle e-mails:

Ein Beispiel für die Ausrüstung der Armee:

cp2 Allgemein / General

1.12.2016 – Khalid Ahmed Alradhi (A K)

Coalition leaflet (stay away from "Military" &commercial ships) &when warships get hit they say it was "relief" ship (photo)

My comment: True! That’s the main bias of Saudi propaganda related to air raids.

1.12.2016 – Ian Bremer (B)

The Arab world 5% of world population 45% of global terrorist attacks 58% of world refugees 69% of battle-related deaths (UNDP)

1.12.2016 – Assessment Capacities Project (* B H K)

Crisis Overview 2016: Humanitarian Trends and Risks for 2017

The Crisis Overview 2016: Humanitarian Trends and Risks for 2017, outlines the countries where needs are greatest, and growing, as we approach the end of 2016.

Based on our weekly Global Emergency Overview (GEO), and four years of data on humanitarian needs across 150 countries, we have identified ten countries where humanitarian needs are likely to be highest in 2017, as well as four that merit attention as they face a potential spike in needs. We also consider the humanitarian situation in the northern triangle region of Latin America, where the wide-ranging humanitarian impact of pervasive gang violence is chronically underreported.


The ten countries identified to be in highest humanitarian need in this report are those that have consistently been at Level 3 (Severe Humanitarian Crisis) in the ACAPS GEO for the 12 weeks preceding the report (mid-July to early October), and that we consider likely to be facing worse situations in the coming year.

[Yemen: p. 43–45. Overview on the situation, war and humanitarian crisis]. and in full: (download) and

1.12.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (** A H)

Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (as of 31 October 2016)

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30.11.2016 – Talking of the Soul (* A H K)

War is boring

Some days back I was told: ‘War is always war. This is the world and we can’t change it. You people waste your time. Sorry, you are boring me’.

‘I have a feeling we are working for nothing’.
‘Exposing the aggression against Yemen, you mean?’
‘I know: I have the same feeling all the time. With everything I do.’
‘But why?’
‘Because we cannot change the world and we cannot stop anything happening around us.’
‘Do you think we can’t?’
‘I also think the opposite: I am a human being and have no alternative than continue fighting in my own way. With what I can.’
‘Yes, I know.’


These are our conversations, at times.
You lost over 30 family members during the aggression against Yemen. You are strong, yet, this we will never be able to change: thirty people of your family will never come back.
War is boring.

‘I just came back last night from a private trip to Hodeidah. Most of the people are living a miserable life.’
‘I think it’s something like hell on earth, like the last stage prior to hell.’
‘Something like that. Poverty is overwhelming people there. Beggars are everywhere: people literally run after the cars in the streets to get some money. It was not an easy trip because to get from Sanaa to Hodeidah, many parts of the road are destroyed, whether by airstrike or lack of maintenance, but mainly it’s airstrikes which have destroyed the bridges.’
‘What did you see in Hodeidah?’
‘People are just suffering. Airstrikes, poverty, hot climate, lack of electricity, food, water and medicine. Hodeidah has become a dark city in most of its parts. Whole families gather on the road between Sanaa and Hodeidah, begging those who travel. You know ” Khamis bani Saad”? The agony starts from there and covers most parts of Hudaida Governorate.’
‘You mean it stretches for almost 80 kms?’
‘Exactly. You will start finding poor people as you are approach step by step the ports city. Yesterday (26 November, A/N) 16 were killed in Hudaida by Saudi Airstrikes. Most of them were children and women.’
‘Yes, they targeted homes…Mohammed, what about Hodeidah?

It has been so for over a year: fishermen have been targeted over and over again. Many bodies have never returnt. Families starve, the port of Hodeidah has been crumbled to pieces and the air-land-sea siege is blocking aid from entering Yemen.
People will continue to beg for 80 km on the side of bombed roads, rushing to cars and emaciated families will be consumed by famine. But war is boring.

30.11.2016 – Libertarian Institute (not rated B K P)

Audio: 11/30/16 Nasser Arrabyee on the Saudi-led war in Yemen

Yemeni Journalist Nasser Arrabyee discusses why Saudi Arabia has failed to win the war in Yemen despite killing and injuring 50,000 Yemeni civilians.

30.11.2016 – Shafaqna (* B K P)

Shafaqna speaks to Tasnim News Agency on Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s ambitions in the region

Earlier this week Catherine Shakdam – Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies’ Director of Programs spoke to Tasnim News Agency on Yemen.

Following is the transcript of the interview:

“Saudi Arabia has bought its political allies’ silences. If you consider that Yemen’s war is actually a genocidal war carried out by the most brutal, vindictive and reactionary theocracy ever to have graced the pages of History, silence is now a war crime, and I would personally argue a crime against humanity. Saudi Arabia is at war not only against the people of Yemen, against an entire people’s sovereign right, and right to political self-determination. Although it has been presented as a war of political restoration, the main goal was always to turn Yemen into a Saudi province – another jewel to add to the crown of al-Saud.

The Kingdom is attempting to raise a grand Wahhabi empire at the heart of Southern Arabia for its natural resources and geography would guarantee its power for decades to come.

Yemen is geo-strategically invaluable.

With Yemen, Saudi Arabia has learnt war – a war fought by proxy: mercenaries. The real question Western capitals sought to ask themselves is: what happens when Riyadh will have ambitions of its own against its Western friends?

Saudi Arabia has become a dangerous and belligerent power animated by a violent and dogmatic ideology: Wahhabism.

The West’s silence is anchored in the insane belief that it can still control its patsy: Terror that it can still play imperialism to revive its dying economic system.

I would say that the West’s silence speaks volume of its hypocrisy and grandstanding on such principles as human rights, democracy and national sovereignty.

The United Nations has no real authority anymore. I think this was best demonstrated this year when Saudi Arabia blackmailed the UN into removing its name from the human rights violators blacklist. The UN has become a slave of capitalism and its funders’ abilities to leverage money for political influence.

Money! It is always money which makes the wheels of Western politics turn! What surprised me most was the public’s apathy. If we can expect politicians to behave ruthlessly, to see such a broad desensitization before human suffering is troubling. If crimes against children cannot prompt people to rise-up in anger one needs to wonder what will.” – interviewy: Catherine Shakdam

30.11.2016 – Riyadh Vision (* A K)

Yemen army removes over 30,000 mines

Yemeni army source said they removed 36,000 landmines which Houthi militias and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh had planted in the Marib province.

Brigadier General Sheikh Zayd Thabet, chief of the military engineering unit in the national army, told reporters that thousands of the mines they found date back to the era of World War II, in addition to other Russian and Iranian-made mines and locally-produced mines, adding that they have so far destroyed 6,500 mines.

A recent Yemeni human rights report said 47 civilians were killed in Marib while 98 others were injured by these mines.

Popular resistance sources had said Houthi militias and forces loyal to Saleh have planted more than 40,000 mines in different areas in Taiz since March 2015. Human Rights Watch said in a report that 23 people were killed and 56 others were injured in Taiz by these mines.

Official sources in al-Jawf province had said that the rebels planted more than 30,000 mines in the province (photos)

My comment: There have been several reports on landmines deposed by the Houthis. Yemen army, here: Pro-Saudi army of president Hadi.

30.11.2016 – RT (* A P)

Interview zum Jemen-Konflikt: Saudi-Günstling el-Hadi untergräbt mögliche Friedenslösung

Im Jemen haben die Huthis eine Gegenregierung gebildet. Dies erschwert die UN-Bemühungen, eine Einheitsregierung zu bilden. Sicherheitsanalystin Miriam Goldman Eps beschreibt im RT-Deutsch-Interview die Rolle des von Saudi-Arabien unterstützten Ex-Präsidenten el-Hadi.

Die Huthi-Bewegung hat am Montag bekanntgegeben, eine eigene Regierung des "Nationalen Heils" im Jemen gebildet zu haben. Im Interview mit RT Deutsch erklärte die Sicherheitsanalystin Miriam Goldman Eps, dass die Huthis mit dieser Initiative auf den rivalisierenden Präsidenten Abd Rabbo Mansour el-Hadi reagiert haben. El-Hadi, so Goldman Eps, wolle Zeit schinden und sei nicht bereits, die Macht mit anderen politischen Kräften teilen.

Die Bekanntgabe des neuen Kabinetts unter dem ehemaligen Gouverneur von Aden, Abdel Aziz bin Habtur, das 42 Mitglieder umfasst, könnte eine entschiedene Reaktion der Regierung des rivalisierenden Ex-Präsidenten el-Hadi zur Folge haben. Dieser kämpft gemeinsam mit seinen Verbündeten aus Saudi-Arabien, Katar und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten seit mehr als eineinhalb Jahren gegen die in den "Revolutionären Komitees" organisierten Huthi. Diese wiederum unterhalten ein Bündnis mit dem Vorgänger von el-Hadi, dem Ex-General Ali Abdullah Salih, der wie die Huthis der schiitischer Konfession angehört.

Seit Februar 2015 versuchten die Vereinten Nationen, zwischen den Huthi und Ex-Präsident el-Hadi-Regierung zu vermitteln. Die UN-Gespräche hatten zum Ziel, die Bildung einer künftigen Einheitsregierung auszuhandeln.

Im Gespräch mit RT Deutsch gibt die Nahost-Sicherheitsanalystin der Risikoberatungsgesellschaft Le Beck, Miriam Goldman Eps, ihrer Einschätzung Ausdruck, dass die neue Regierung die von den UN gebilligten Verhandlungen nicht behindert.

"Sie wird die entstehenden Fragen in Bezug auf die Bildung einer Einheitsregierung jedoch weiter verkomplizieren", fügte die Expertin hinzu.

In Bezug auf die rivalisierende Regierung el-Hadis kommentierte sie:

Die Kritik von Präsident el-Hadi wirkt etwas komisch. Die Huthis haben der UN-Roadmap für einen Frieden zugestimmt. Die el-Hadi-Regierung hatte diese zunächst abgelehnt und akzeptierte sie später nur in ihren Grundzügen.

Auf die Frage hin, warum el-Hadi diese Entscheidung traf, erklärte die Sicherheitsexpertin:

Es scheint so, als hoffe el-Hadi, dass er mithilfe der neuen Präsidentschaft Trumps in den USA seine Macht wiederherstellen könne. Die Roadmap der UN hingegen würde el-Hadis Position schwächen. Unter anderem müsste er Macht an einen neuen Vize-Präsidenten abgeben.

Laut Medienberichten handele es sich im Jemen um einen konfessionellen Konflikt. RT Deutsch fragte Miriam Goldman Eps, was ihrer Meinung nach der eigentliche Grund für die Auseinandersetzungen in Jemen sei.

Es wäre falsch, den Krieg im Jemen per se als Konflikt zwischen Sunniten und Schiiten zu beschreiben. Im Kern ist es ein Disput um Territorien und Einfluss. Dieser steht im Schatten eines Regionalkonflikts zwischen Saudi-Arabien und dem Iran. Obwohl der Iran die Huthis von Anfang an unterstützte, hat sich die Entschlossenheit in Teheran mit der Zeit schrittweise verstärkt. Dass sich der Konflikt mit Saudi-Arabien, das militärisch massiv intervenierten, immer mehr verschärft, ist eine selbsterfüllende Prophezeiung.

Für Goldman Eps kann es in dem Konflikt nur eine friedliche Lösung geben. Riad werde seinen Einfluss nicht mehr auf das gesamte Land ausweiten können – von Ali Özkök

30.11.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Saudi lead coalition chosen #Yemen west coasts 4 next battle. Humanitarian aid org will leave soon. More suffering for the exhausted people

29.11.2016 – Brookings (B K)

Yemen: Ceasefires and Lost Opportunities

Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011, Yemen has reeled from one political shock to another. Its authoritarian leader President Ali Abdullah Saleh was ousted from power by popular pressure but his successor, Mansour Hadi, has failed to win the support of his country. Houthi rebels took power in Yemen in September 2014 and by March the following year, President Hadi was forced into exile in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Since then, the country has imploded further as the Saudi-led coalition has fought the Houthi rebels, who are widely believed to benefit from Iranian arms and financial support. This form of external influence by outside Gulf actors has exacerbated the conflict in a state that has struggled to hold together its national fabric under decades of authoritarian rule.

The principal victims of the conflict in Yemen are not the armed forces on either side, but ordinary people.

Even if short ceasefires offered a sufficient window for humanitarian and relief agencies, or could be extended, there is one significant obstacle in the way: resources for help.

Unfortunately, in its present manifestation, the Yemen ceasefire formula isn’t likely to end the conflict or even protect Yemeni civilians as they continue to be targeted and displaced. The situation may get much worse under a Trump administration, particularly if such efforts are unsupported and aid assistance is cut – by Beverley Milton-Edwards =

My comment: Yes, the ceasefires are useless in the way they had been up to now. – No, equalizing Iranian and Saudi interference in Yemen is a very blatant bending of reality.

29.11.2016 – Rasa171a (* B H K)

Film: Hodeidah port in #Yemen was Completely destroyed by US-Saudi airstrikes;completely disable

29.11.2016 – Baraa Shiban (B K)

Once a lively neighborhood in Taiz The Saleh forces have bombed it to ruins (photo)

11.2016 – CNN (* B K)

Film: Introduction to the Yemen War and Crisis

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

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1.12.2016 – Tagesschau (* A H)

Film: Millionen Kinder unterernährt: Hungerkrise im Jemen

Über den schlimmen Krieg in Syrien gerät ein anderer Konflikt in der Region fast in Vergessenheit: der im Jemen. Dabei leiden in dem armen Land mehr als 14 Millionen Menschen Hunger, mindestens drei Millionen Kinder sind unterernährt – Von Volker Schwenck, ARD-Studio Kairo, zzt. Sanaa = =ürgerkrieg-im-jemen-das-leiden-der-bevölkerung/vi-AAl1DSZ =

Mein Kommentar: Wo seid ihr denn die letzten 20 Monate gewesen?

1.12.2016 – Democracy Now (* A H)

Yemen: Number of Suspected Cholera Cases Increases amid War

In Yemen, the number of suspected cholera cases is growing amid the ongoing war between Houthi rebels and the ousted Yemeni government backed by U.S.-supported, Saudi-led airstrikes. This is U.N. official George Khoury.

George Khoury: "So far we have 7,700 suspected cases of cholera in 12 governorates in Yemen. We have an increase of 27 percent in the number of suspected cases as compared to last week, although the case fatality rate is declining and that’s thanks to the response by the humanitarian partners."

1.12.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

.@monarelief delivers today 453 orphans at al-Rahmah foundation for human development towels & dignity kits funded by @iom_yemen (photos)

I cant live without helping our ppl in #Yemen Here is my best moment ever. Pix taken today by @monareliefye at al-Rahmah Foundation

Pix taken by @monareliefye during aid distribution today at al-Rahmah Foundation in Sanaa.

At al-Rahmah Foundation in Sanaa @monarelief was able to help 453 orphans there.. Thank u @iom_yemen for your support #Yemen @monareliefye

12.2016 – The Lancet (A H)

Protecting public health in Yemen

We strongly support Abdulrahman A Al-Khateeb’s (Oct 15, p 1877) and The Lancet’s (Oct 15, p 1852) call for humanitarian assistance in Yemen.Since 2015, the conflict has rapidly reached the severity and scale shared only by Level 3 emergencies in Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan. To put this into perspective, only 47% of the UN’s 2016 response plan was funded, leaving a shortfall of US$868 million to cover the basic needs of 14 million people.

1.12.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

From January to October 2016, national and international humanitarian partners have reached more than 5 million people with direct humanitarian assistance across Yemen's 22 governorates. This has been accomplished despite the access constraints that continue to be imposed by the parties to the conflict.
The cholera outbreak, declared in early October, is affecting 15 governorates; humanitarians are responding with health, water, and sanitation interventions to treat and contain the spread of the disease.
The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan has received 57 per cent funding against the 1.6 billion appeal to date. and in full:

30.11.2016 – World Food Programme (* A H)

Passengers Transport Overview - Djibouti – Aden - Djibouti, November 2016

Due to the lack of access by air to the city of Aden, Yemen, the Logistics Cluster coordinates and facilitates passenger movement via sea on a WFP-chartered vessel, which also serves as an emergency rescue and evacuation vessel.
Additionally, cargo transportation on board of the same vessel is also facilitated.
Since May 2016, a regular schedule and booking system has been in place, with weekly rotations between Djibouti and Aden. The schedule has been designed so to allow passengers to easily connect with UNHAS flights on Djibouti route to and from Sana’a.
A snapshot containing additional information can be found at .
Pending availability of resources and based on needs, the service will be maintained through 2017.

From May to November 2016, 30 voyages took place between Djibouti and Aden, transporting a total of 553 passengers on behalf of 23 agencies.

The vessel currently under contract, VoS Apollo, will go dry docking in the UAE in early December, until mid-January. To ensure continuity of the service during this period, WFP has chartered a sister ship (VoS Triton). The new vessel will be operational from 4December 2016. and in full: =

30.11.2016 – Living Yemen etc. (* A H K)

Once again, twin born distorted by #KSA_USA_UK international banned bombs in #Hodeidah (graphic photo) = =

My comment: That’s due to depleted uranium ammunition. Pictures similar to this one had been shown from Yemen already before, and also already in 2012:

29.11.2016 – Mohammed Al Rumim / Judith Brown (A H K)

This afternoon I was surprised when this simple street dock worker saw a amputated foot and the scars in his entire body, and when I asked him what you got you to my knowledge that the day laborer only and is not resistant answered as a result of a landmine exploded planted by militia # Alihuta_saleh and injury last week in Aljehmlah area during his porter and relocation of residents of one of the houses there. # Taiz (photo) and

My comment: The Houthis have placed lots of landmines at Taiz. This is the effect.

29.11.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (B H)

@MSF: More than 1,760 tonnes of medical supplies were used to treat 1000s of people in #Yemen since March 2015 (photos)

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

1.12.2016 – The National UAE (A K P)

Upcoming Abu Dhabi conference aims to protect cultural heritage in armed conflict

An international conference aimed at protecting cultural heritage during armed conflicts will take place in Abu Dhabi on December 2 and 3.

The "Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage" conference is an initiative by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and French President Francois Hollande. It will be held under the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) at the Emirates Palace.

"The UAE and France are cooperating to do justice to endangered world cultural heritage and help Unesco in protecting cultural assets," said Jack Lang, President of Paris-based Arab World Institute, personal representative of President Hollande and a former French Minister of Culture. "We are cooperating with our friends in the UAE to conserve the memories of people, as well as to ensure that the conference will succeed in coming up with bold resolutions to combat illicit trade in antiquities and facilitate the restoration and protection of endangered assets in war zone."

The conference will be attended by a number of leaders, international experts and representatives of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) and other organisations.

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Ironically Hadi will participate in this. A man who cause endanger talk about safeguarding.

My comment: This is a bad joke. The UAE as member of the Saudi coalition is destroying cultural heritage in Yemen on a great scale since 20 month. – And, will Saudi Arabia also participate? They not also destroy cultural heritage by bombing Yemen – they also do this by sacking and by bulldozers in their own country destroying Islamic heritage which does not fit to Wahabism (also look at cp8, last two links).

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

1.12.2016 – Al Araby (A P)

Houthis go to China: Yemen's rebel delegation discuss peace-deal

A delegation of Yemeni rebels made a three-day trip to Beijing this week in order to discuss stability in the country.

Yemen's Masirah TV reports that the Chinese Foreign Ministry hosted a dinner in honour of the delegation from Ansar Allah, a rebel group led by the Houthis.

The delegation included Hamza al-Houthi, the head of the Houthi delegation at recent peace talks in Geneva; Mahdi al-Mashat, a party representative and Mohammad Abd al-Salam, a spokesperson for the rebel group.

According to official reports, the two parties met Director-General Deng Li to discuss the ongoing conflict, after a US-brokered peace deal broke down after only 48 hours. The US-backed Saleh government said they had not been made a part of the deal and had no plans to stick to its terms. and report in French:

My comment: from Houthi / Saleh gov. at Sanaa.

1.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen ex-president Saleh Not attending Castro's funeral after his party said he must stay in Yemen in such a situation

1.12.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Jemen: Große Versammlung der Bevölkerung am Jahrestag der Unabhängigkeit

Eine große Zahl der jemenitischen Bevölkerung hat sich am Mittwoch, dem 49. Tag der Unabhängigkeit ihres Landes, in der Hauptstadt Sanaa versammelt und und mit Parolen die kürzlich gebildete Regierung der Nationalen Rettung unterstützt.

An der Zeremonie nahmen der Vorsitzende des Obersten Revolutionskomitees, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, und eine Zahl von politischen Verantwortlichen des Landes und der Armee, sowie Vertreter der politischen Parteien und der zivilen Organisationen teil.ße_versammlung_der_bevölkerung_am_jahrestag_der_unabhängigkeit

1.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen gov to submit its program to parliament this week for confidence. Defeating US-backed Saudi aggression is top priority (photo)

1.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen Prime Minister Abdul Azeez Bin Hebtoor: We are with peace that would achieve freedom, dignity and independence of Yemen people (photo)

1.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Information Minster directs media efforts to confront US-Saudi aggression

Information Minister Ahmed Mohammed Hamid stressed on the importance of collecting all efforts to succeed media work to serve the interests of the country and enhance the solidarity, steadfastness in the face of the US-Saudi brutal aggression and their siege that imposed on Yemen.
In a broad meeting with the leaderships of the country's state media that held in the information ministry headquarters here in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, the minister was briefed with viewpoints, plans and activities of the media institutions and difficulties they face during carrying out their jobs.
The minister stressed on the need to formulate a ministry's agenda to ensure the success of the national salvation government's duties in the face of current difficult conditions and ways to overcome them.
In the meeting, Deputy Information Minister, Hashim Sharaf al-Deen, spoke on the importance to activate the media and provide a true picture of the events of Yemen to the world by using the most important worldwide foreign languages.
Sharaf al-Deen also stressed on the importance to unite the national media policy and adopt a unified message aimed at strengthening the national unity and steadfastness to confront the Saudi-American aggression and their unjust siege.

1.12.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Yemeni political parties vow to support new government

Political factions in Yemen have expressed full support for the newly-formed "national salvation government", vowing to help the administration accomplish its political, economic, security and military tasks for a final popular victory.

In a ceremony marking the 49th anniversary of South Yemen's independence from the British colonial rule in the capital Sana’a on Wednesday, the parties voiced their readiness to cooperate with the new government.

Head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammad Ali al-Houthi hailed the ceremony as a sacred occasion for the Yemeni people, saying it inspires the public to stand firm against any act of aggression on their beleaguered country.

President of the Karamat party, Abdul-Malek al-Hujari, also pledged support on behalf of all Yemeni political factions to the Supreme Political Council -- a coalition between the Houthi Ansarullah movement and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party, lauding the formation of the new government. =

1.12.2016 – TRT (A P)

Film: Khalid Ahmed Alradhi on Houthis forming government in Yemen

30.11.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

National salvation government convenes first meeting after sworn-in

Prime Minister Abdulaziz bin Habtour convened the first meeting of the newly-formed national salvation government here in the capital Sanaa to assume responsibilities.
The meeting was held on Tuesday after the new cabinet was sworn in before president of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad.
The ministers discussed the priorities of their task and preparation to launch their comprehensive policy to be submitted to the parliament next week.
The ministers stressed that their policy will rise from the nature of the current exceptional challenges of military, security, economic, political situations that the Saudi aggression alliance try to impose on the Republic of Yemen since the beginning of their pointless aggression in March 2015, as well as their systematic and comprehensive target against the capabilities and resources of the country, and forcing air, land and sea blockade.

1.12.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Saleh supporters have been given the defence, interior and foreign ministries and Al Houthis the portfolios of petroleum, finance, information, education and justice

1.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Supreme Political Council deplores negative reactions towards forming national salvation government

The Supreme Political Council strongly deplored some negative reactions made towards the formation of the National Salvation Government, saying the formation of the new government came in response to the will of the Yemeni people in the face of the Saudi aggression that targets the Yemeni people, their land and destroys all Yemeni resources.
The Political Council stressed in a statement received by Saba late on Wednesday that the formation of the government aimed to protect the state institutions from collapse, as well as preserving the security and stability of citizens and public tranquility of society and provide the needs and essential materials to keep the continuation of life of the people.
The Political Council expressed extreme surprise at the stances of the Arab League's secretary-general, as well as the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, saying their positions should be neutral and non-aligned to any party.

My comment: The last sentence is just true.

30.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

New government aimed at better serving Yemenis: Houthi leader

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says the newly-formed National Salvation Government is aimed at boosting efforts to run the country’s domestic affairs and better serve the nation, saying everyone must work to pave the way for an eventual popular victory.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the remarks on Tuesday on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of South Yemen’s independence from Britain in the 1960s.

“The formation of the National Salvation Government is of great importance as it will consolidate positions inside the country and efforts to provide service to the people,” he said, according to Yemen’s al-Masirah television. “Everyone should make efforts so the Yemeni people emerge victorious in the end.”

Houthi also urged the public to hold rallies in support of the new administration and ignore efforts made by certain parties to create division among the nation’s ranks.

In remarks made on the occasion of Yemen's independence day, Saleh Ali al-Sammad, the head of the former Supreme Political Council, said the current government was a “National Salvation Government in the real sense.”

“The government should present a national and exceptional plan in tandem with [both] the Yemeni men’s struggle on the battlefield against Saudi invaders and the exigencies of the new era and people’s demands,” he added.

and at Saba Net statements of Al Houthi: and president Al-Sammad: and former president Saleh:

30.11.2016 – Euronews (* A P)


Die einseitige Bildung einer Regierung im Jemen durch die Houthi-Rebellen ist von den Vereinten Nationen kritisiert worden. Der UN-Gesandte Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed erklärte, die Bekanntgabe der Regierung sei eine weitere Hürde für den Friedensprozess, die dem Volk in diesen schwierigen Zeiten nicht helfe.

Außerdem stehe der Schritt im Widerspruch zu den über 20-monatigen Vermittlungsbemühungen der UN in dem Bürgerkrieg. Ein Einwohner der von Houthi-Rebellen kontrollierten Hauptstadt Sanaa zeigte sich dagegen zufrieden (mit Film) und Film auch: =

30.11.2016 – Euronews (* A P)

Chorus of condemnation greets Houthi government in Yemen

The Gulf Cooperation Council, whose member Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition backing the internationally-recognised Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, also condemned the formation of the new government.

There have been similar statements from the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

[see earlier reporting in YPR 234, cp1c] and (with film) and film on yooutube.

1.12.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

U.S. State Department: Saleh, Houthi Government Violate Commitments

The U.S. has expressed concern over the announcement of Houthis and the General People’s Congress, established by Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, of forming a new government unilaterally, adding that this step lacks legitimacy and violates commitment to support and facilitate the peace process in Yemen.

An official at the State Department told Asharq Al-Awsat that this one-side step will not help in reaching a comprehensive and final solution to the Yemeni crisis that demands political negotiations and a unanimity from various parties.

The official added: “We are worried regarding what is being reported that the Houthis and General People’s Congress have announced forming a new government unilaterally without any legitimacy or support from the legal Yemeni government, not even under the framework of the peace process in Yemen. This step violates commitments taken by Houthis and General People’s Congress to support and facilitate the U.N. peace process in Yemen.” =

My comment: look at my other comments.

30.11.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: UN envoy, GCC critical of new Yemeni government

Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and its allies have sworn in their newly-formed government amid bloody aerial campaign by Saudi Arabia.

The formation of the National Salvation Government tasked with administering internal affairs and confronting the Saudi aggression was announced on Monday. It replaces the Supreme Political Council, a ruling body that was set up by the Houthis and the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in August. The Ansarullah movement has said the new government does not mean abandoning the United Nations-brokered peace process. However, the U-N special envoy to Yemen has called the move a setback to the peace efforts. It was also condemned by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, whose key member Saudi Arabia has been pounding Yemen for about 20 months.

29.11.2016 – Xinhua (A P)

The Arab League (AL) rejected as "illegitimate" the recently-announced government formation of Shiite Houthi group in Yemen, said AL chief on Tuesday.

AL Secretary-general Ahmed Aboul-Gheit strongly condemned Monday's unilateral declaration of a so-called "national salvation government" by the Houthi group and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh's party, according to a statement from AL spokesman Mahmoud Afifi.

"The move is an extension of the coup methodology that the Houthis do not want to give up," said Aboul-Gheit, warning that the step is a barrier to the peacemaking efforts in Yemen led by United Nations special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

"Such a step clearly shows which party blocks the way to reach a peaceful solution for the Yemeni crisis," said the AL chief.

Comment: The Arab League sided with the aggressors from Day 1: bombing #Yemen, to its members, is 'legitimate'

My comment: This comment is 100% true. Why the Houthis should “give up”? The AL takes Saudi whishful thinking as how reality must be. – The forming of this government has been made in several steps, this last step just 20 month after the beginning of the Yemen war, after the Saudis did not stop their bombing and interference for such a long period, after the failure of all peace efforts. Now, by forming this government the Houthi / Saleh side just claims to be at eye level with the Hadi government; who will be astonished about that and refuse that after 20 month of war? After all that time and after all what had happened, refusing the fact that both sides are standing at eye level just means to block peace.

And see the statement of the fierce Hadi-backing british ambassador in Yemen:

Weeks after agreeing to engage on UN roadmap, Houthi/Saleh side announce illegitimate 'government' which takes #Yemen further from peace

This move is destructive & unacceptable. Houthi/Saleh must stick to their word, avoid unilateral action and engage w/ UN process and

My comment: See above. – And on this ambassador: Look at the statement retweetet on his account the Sanaa funeral air raid Oct. 8: . As if a meteor had fallen from the sky. Just compare.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Illegitimate is the "Yemeni government" your UK government supports & your UK military helps Saudis bomb Yemen for. Lawless.

Comment by Jamila Hanan: How is it ok for a Brit to decide who is or isn't #Yemen legitimate gov over choice of Yemenis? Are we still living in the colonial era?

My comment to comment: Yes, he thinks so. Hanan hits the spot. Compare whether there are any official statements from Yemen, Africa, etc. on Brexit, pummeling Jeremy Corbyn, PM May illegal without elections etc.

And the same statement by Minister Tobias Ellwood, a fierce backer of the Saudi coalition:

30.11.2016 – Tobias Ellwood (A P)

Condemn formation of illegitimate govt by Houthis/Saleh loyalists.Takes #Yemen further from peace.Urge all parties to engage with UN roadmap

Comment by Jamila Hanan: Another white guy who seems to think we should keep bombing Yemen until they submit to the will of The Empire.

1.12.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Ankara erkennt Regierung der nationalen Rettung in Jemen nicht an

Die türkische Regierung wird laut dem Außenministerium in Ankara"Regierung der nationalen Rettung in Jemen" nicht anerkennen.

1.12.2016 – Anadolu (A P)

Turkey not to recognize Houthi government in Yemen

Formation of 'national salvation' government illegitimate, foreign ministry says

Turkey would not recognize the new government formed by Yemen's Houthi movement in the war-torn country, Turkish Foreign Ministry announced Thursday.

The ministry statement said the formation of a "national salvation" government was "illegitimate".

"It is clear that this illegitimate structure will not contribute to the efforts to find a lasting political solution to the problem in Yemen through the United Nations," the ministry added.

My comment: Why this government really should be “illegitimate”, nobody will be able to explain. “Because we just do not want it”, never could be a reason.

Comment by Dr. Karim: who is Erdogan to determine the legitimacy of Yemen's Governments???

30.11.2016 – Human Rights Watch (A P)

Yemen: Baha’i Man Arbitrarily Held for Months

End Persecution of Religious Minority

Authorities in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, should immediately and unconditionally release a Baha’i man arbitrarily detained for nearly four months and end persecution of the Baha’i religious community, Human Rights Watch said today.

Keyvan Qadari, 43, is the last of five dozen Baha’is detained after mass arrests on August 10, 2016. Most were released within days, but two other men were held until November 27, and then released. Qadari has not been charged, brought before a judge, or given access to a lawyer. The authorities have repeatedly refused to allow him to meet with his family, permitting only a single phone call in September.

“Sanaa authorities showed their capacity for righting wrongs when they released several dozen members of the Baha’i community arbitrarily detained in August,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “But the rights abuse will persist so long as Keyvan Qadari remains wrongfully detained.”

“Arresting someone on the basis of their religious beliefs or compelling them to give up those beliefs as a condition of release is an abuse of the right to freedom of religion,” Whitson said. “If they want to show their commitment to basic rights, the Houthis should allow Yemen’s Baha’i community to practice their beliefs.”

29.11.2016 – Religion News (* B P)

Yemen’s Baha’is keep the faith amid conflict and crackdown

For 11 days in August, Ruhiyeh Thabet al-Sakkaf and Nafheh Sanai al-Sakkaf say they were forced to share a jacket and a damp cell at Yemen’s National Security Bureau after armed officers stormed a multifaith youth event the sisters-in-law were facilitating and arrested 65 men, women and children.

“They raided us how they would raid a terrorist cell, with masked gunmen shouting, ‘Quiet! Sit down! Nobody move!’” Ruhiyeh said.

Ruhiyeh and Nafheh are members of the Baha’i Faith, which emphasizes peace, spiritual unity and service. Previous Yemeni regimes have been suspicious of the few thousand Baha’is who live in the overwhelmingly Muslim country.

Now, with conflicts raging across the region, members of the minority faith are facing new levels of discrimination and persecution from the Houthis, an Islamist group that rose to prominence after seizing control of Yemen’s northwest in 2014.

Ruhiyeh says that as a condition of their release, the young girls — most of them Muslim — who attended the event in early August were forced to sign pledges stating they would not communicate with Baha’is or engage in any Baha’i-inspired social work.

Nafheh and Ruhiyeh signed similar pledges about social work when they were released, with an added clause that they would only practice their religion at home.

“My faith is a pledge to God that I must serve my fellow citizens and my country. It’s a belief thing,” Ruhiyeh says she told a guard, to no avail – By Brian Pellot

29.11.2016 – Afrah Ateiq (A)

Seized weapons in #Sanaa in an apparent plan for widespread assassinations. How much more suffering till the world sits up and takes notice? (photos) = = and film


28.11.2016 – Saba Net (A)

Criminal cell arrested in capital Sanaa, explosives, weapons, counterfeit currency seized

Security agencies and People's Committees arrested a criminal cell in the capital Sanaa and were found in their possession of large quantities of explosives, weapons, ammunition and counterfeit currency.
A security official said in a statement to Saba on Monday that after process of monitoring and follow-up, the security agencies and people's committees managed to capture the cell.
The members of the cell were referred to the public prosecution as preliminary investigations were underway which revealed that the cell has been associated with arms dealers.
The official also said that the investigations were still ongoing to find out who was behind this cell to catch them and bring them to justice.

28.11.2016 – Saba Net (A)

Security, popular forces seize 25Kg hashish in al-Bayda

The quantity of hashish were found in possession of three people on board of a vehicle when it was inspected at a security checkpoint in Malah area.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1

1.12.2016 – Mpeacemaker (A P)

Hadi maybe legitimate president for Saudis, coalition, US/UK/EU/UN. Problem is he is not for majority of Yemenis. Yemen belongs to Yemenis

My comment: His term ended Feb. 27, 2015.

1.12.2016 – Southern Hirak / Mukalla Now (AT)

#Aden #CounterTerrorism Unit seize stockpiles of explosives including C4, used by #Yemen fanatics to assemble #VBIED targeting #SouthYemen relating to (photos)

1.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen intelligence colonel Salem Yasser was killed by Qaeda/ISIS NShabwah south where such groups expand coz of US-backed Saudi aggression

1.12.2016 – Judith Brown (A P)

Well this says a lot about sectarianism in Yemen, its supporters and detractors. Here the South Yemen flag is being burned. By whom I don't know. In other situations the Yemen flag is burned and the South Yemen flag waved in defiance (photo)

30.11.2016 – Southern Hirak (* A P)

Rally for Independence on anniversary of South Yemen Nov 30 1967 Independence Day

Tens of thousands of people from all parts of South Yemen flocked to Aden to rally for independence from unity with North Yemen, on the day they mark and celebrate the 49th anniversary of the famous November 30 national independence day.

Many courageous southerners sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom from the 129 years of occupation by the British, which end on this day in 1967.

Yet again, southerners find themselves facing the same and much harsher challenges today, with the North Yemen occupation of South Yemen. Southerners like their forefather’s are determined to see off any form of oppression and strive to exercise the right of freedom of choice.

In order to enforce unity, in 1994 North Yemen launched a war on the seceding South Yemen. Since then, thousands of southerners have been killed and the whole of South Yemen became the spoils of war. Furthermore, over a thousand civilians (many children, women and the elderly) were brutally killed and thousands injured (many with life changing injuries) in the recent North Yemen coup and invasion of South Yemen between March and August 2015.

Southerners rally today to remind all parties to the conflict in Yemen, they are expecting to be included in any peace talks, and their demand for a referendum to be included in any peace agreement, exercising freedom and choice over their own future, is essential in order to achieve and maintain long term peace (photos) and

My comment: By Hirak, the Southern separatist movement, which is rallying for an independent South Yemen state. You can see lots of flags and symbols of the former South Yemen state. And Northerners mock about photos of a Hirak rally at which also Saudi and Bahrain flags have been shown (photo): The gap within Yemen has been enlarged by the war and the Saudi coalition interference and bombings.

and also

30.11.2016 – Arab24 (A P)

Yemen- Southern Yemen Independence Day Celebration in Khor Mkasar

(with film)

30.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

PM and other ministers return to Aden day after Houthis government formation

The Prime Minister of Yemen Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr returned on Tuesday to Aden city, the temporary capital of the country, from Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh, three days after President's Hadi's return to the same city.

An official in the government confirmed to Almasdaronline that bin Daghr and other ministers arrived to Aden city on Tuesday evening.

Early Tuesday, bin Daghr attended a meeting in Riyadh with the people of Hadramout and Shabwa governorates, in which he stressed that the solution in Yemen begins with the establishment of the six-regions federal state based on justice, equality and equitable distribution of wealth and power.

My comment: Go and back, go and back, go and back, resembling children’s games. – And: “the solution in Yemen” certainly not begins by introducing a concept which already had been refused before the war – it just begins by stopping bombing and fighting. This statement just shows that the Hadi government is living in never-never land and not in reality.

29.11.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K)

The 4th military district commander in Aden: 1000s of soldiers are ready 2 'liberate' Bab AlMandab & Taiz seacoast. B.S mercenary liberate?

29.11.2016 – Nisma Mansoor Alozebi (A P)

From today's carnival, the 49th anniversary of #SouthYemen independence. Photo credit : @ahmedalqadi001 #Yemen #Independenceday #Aden (photos)

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

1.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Film: Saudi lead coalition war crimes reports & ending #Yemen blockade demands were professionally handled by UNSC

1.12.2016 – Sputnik News (* A P)

Yemeni President Refuses to Adopt Peace Plan Proposed by UN

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi gave a letter to UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed with a government’s denial to adopt a peace plan proposed by the United Nations, local media reported on Thursday.

The letter was given during a meeting between Hadi and Ahmed that took place in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, the Saba news agency reported.
The president also thanked the UN envoy for his efforts, adding that the government is ready to take part in the peace process. The plan implied retirement of Hadi and his vice-president in exchange for Shia Houthi rebels’ withdrawal from the seized territories. Ahead of the Ahmed’s visit, the Yemeni government called on the envoy to change the plan returning back to UN Security Council resolution 2216 implying withdrawal of Houthi forces from the seized territories without any preconditions.

My comment: The greatest obstacle to peace: This man who wants to continue playing “president” in a Riyadh luxury hotel, although his term definitely had ended on February 27, 2015. And what will happen now?

Comment by Miriam Goldman Eps: Condemns new Houthi government in one breath, rejects UN proposal in the next.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Prez Hadi & #Yemen gov't rejected UN peace proposal AGAIN yesterday before leaving Aden & going back into exile. No int'l condemnations!

Still waiting for UN envoy, eloquently condemned Houthis derailing peace process, to condemn Hadi & gov't rejecting peace proposal.

and by a Saudi media:

2.12.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Ould Cheikh Receives Response from Yemen’s Hadi

U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed received on Thursday a letter from Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Aden as part of a new endeavor to solve the conflict in the country.

Hadi’s letter included the response of his government to a roadmap previously proposed by the U.N. envoy.

Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency said the government’s response to the roadmap of Ould Cheikh was meant to correct the path and enable success of peace efforts in Yemen, according to the specific terms of references.

After his meeting with Hadi, Ould Cheikh said: “There is no peace solution in Yemen outside the legitimate framework which is represented by President Hadi.”

The U.N. envoy also stressed the need to bring peace based on the terms of reference stated in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s initiative, its executive mechanism and the outputs of the comprehensive national dialogue.”

Although not made public, Ould Cheikh’s plan implied the retirement of Hadi and his vice-president in exchange for the Houthi’s withdrawal from the seized territories.

My comment: If the UN envoy really is so imbalanced – what he certainly is as he must keep to the conditions set by the UN security council and its imbalanced Yemen resolution 2216 – peace will stay impossible.

1.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

UN Envoy to Yemen meet Hadi today in Aden. Hadi reject any deal didn't include him as a president. @OSESGY UNSC only admit legitimate gov .

After the meeting both guest " Hadi & @OSESGY jumped out of Aden. Hadi to UAE & UN envoy to Kuwait. People of Aden can sigh freely

My comment: A political stalemate due to UNs imbalance in the case of Yemen. A stalemate which means more war, destruction and killing.

1.12.2016 – Gulf News (* A P)

UN envoy lands in Aden to meet Yemen president

Visit comes after Hadi snubbed him in Riyadh earlier this week

United Nations envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Shaikh Ahmad on Thursday arrived in Yemen’s port city of Aden to convince the internationally-recognised president and his government to change their stance on his latest peace plan, local government officials said.

President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is currently based in Aden, has strongly opposed the plan that demands him and vice-president to step down and hand over their powers to a new vice-president in exchange for Al Houthis withdrawing from cities under their control and handing over arms to neutral army units.

Ahead of Ould Shaikh Ahmad’s visit to Aden, Yemen’s government urged the UN envoy to change the plan’s terms as to comply with the UN Security Council resolution 2216 that obliges Al Houthis to pull out of cities and allow the government to return to Sana’a before making any political arrangements.

Hadi refused to meet the UN envoy in Riyadh earlier this week in protest against the plan and vowed to step up military operations to recapture Al Houthi-held provinces including Sana’a and Taiz.

On Thursday, Abdullah Al Alami, Hadi’s chief of staff, tweeted that the UN envoy received a paper from the government detailing “violations” his plan contained.

1.12.2016 – Xinhua (* A P)

UN envoy in Aden to discuss roadmap with Yemen president

A government source close to Hadi told Xinhua "the government will submit a clear response letter to the UN envoy containing all the details and the unacceptable points in his roadmap."

Last month, Yemen's legitimate and internationally-backed government reaffirmed its strong refusal to the peace plan of the UN envoy who suggested the formation of a government with Shiite Houthi rebels.

Yemen's presidency office described "Ould Cheikh's roadmap as far from solving the crisis and its contents bare seeds of war in the country."

Hadi's government rejected any discussions with the Shiite Houthis and their allies about the future of the country's presidency.

The UN roadmap called for naming a new vice president after the withdrawal of the Shiite Houthi rebels from the capital Sanaa and other northern provinces, and handing over all heavy weapons to a third party.

The UN plan also suggested forming a new government that will be formed from the two-warring sides and would not be led by President Hadi who would transfer his power to the new vice president.

My comment: The most crazy: Hadi's government rejected any discussions with the Shiite Houthis and their allies about the future of the country's presidency.

30.11.2016 – International Peace Institute (* B P)

Lost in Transition: UN Mediation in Libya, Syria, and Yemen

The violence in the Middle East obfuscates the fact that there exists also a story of peace efforts across the region—a story of small successes, big frustrations, setbacks, and failures. Through these efforts, UN mediators have sought to achieve the often irreconcilable goals of ending violence while facilitating a political transition and reconciling the parties.

Building on the findings of papers previously published by IPI on UN mediation in Libya, Syria, and Yemen, this report draws crosscutting lessons for ongoing and future UN mediation in similarly complex and violent political transitions. These lessons are organized around five key challenges that mediators confront:

Mandate: Much of the success or failure of a mediation depends on the mandate. While mediators do not necessarily need a clear mandate from the beginning, their success depends on unequivocal support from the Security Council at certain key stages of their mediation. This lack of clarity and the perception that the end result—political transition—was a precondition for negotiation frustrated the processes in Libya and Syria.

Impartiality and inclusivity: It is neither possible nor always necessary for mediators to be completely impartial, but they must make proposals agreeable to the parties—a particular challenge during political transitions. Regarding inclusivity, every mediator is forced to make choices about who to include, and though any deficiencies generally involve leaving key actors out, sometimes a less inclusive process could have worked better.

Entry and consent: Finding a favorable entry point—a moment when the conflict is “ripe” for resolution—is a challenge for mediators.


Leverage: The greatest challenge UN mediators faced in leveraging power is that they represented a multilateral organization made up of many member states with competing agendas. But mediators who are UN insiders can also work the system in their favor. There are also other forms of leverage available to them, such as personal prestige and informational power.

On Yemen: SUPPORTING TRANSITION: JAMAL BENOMAR IN YEMEN [that all refers to before the Saudi aerial war] and Yemen timeline = and full report:

29.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen foreign minister Hesham Sharaf: Ready to resume negotiations according to Kerry plan.

My comment: Houthi-Saleh government in Sanaa.

29.11.2016 – UN Secretary-General (A P)

Note to Correspondents - Statement attributable to the Secretary General's Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

The announcement by Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress on the formation of a new government in Sana’a represents a new and concerning obstacle to the peace process and does not serve the interests of the people of Yemen in these difficult times. Such unilateral actions contradict the recent commitments provided by Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress to the United Nations and to United States Secretary of State John Kerry in Muscat.

Yemen is at a critical juncture. The actions recently taken by Ansar Allah and the General People's Congress will only complicate the search for a peaceful solution. The parties must hold Yemen’s national interests above narrow partisan ambitions and take immediate steps to end political divisions and address the country’s security, humanitarian and economic challenges. New political arrangement should only be based on UN sponsored negotiations, and not unilateral actions by any side.

There is still a chance to pull Yemen back from the brink. The roadmap I presented to the parties recently offers such an opportunity. I ask the representatives of Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress to re-think their approach and demonstrate their commitment to the peace process with concrete actions. It is crucial to engage constructively in the peace process in order to reach a negotiated settlement that brings about a permanent end to military hostilities and enables the resumption of a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people. =

My comment: There permanently are “unilateral actions” by both sides. Now – as a precondition of any peace after 20 month of war – both main sides of the conflict are at the same eye-level to each other.

Comment by Judith Brown: Now don't get me wrong. Yemen needs government but probably both of them on offer are not going to do very much good. But let's hope. But what I really thought was the problem in Yemen at the moment isn't the poor governance but ITS THE WAR STUPID

Comments by Nasser Arrabyee: UN has been always giving a legal cover for US-backed Saudi war crimes in Yemen for more than 20 months now.

If UN wants really to stop US-backed Saudi war crimes against Yemen humans, they would repeal the resolution 2216

UN is unwilling&unable to stop US-backed Saudi war crimes in Yemen as long as it needs for the Saudi dirty money.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

1.12.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

Saudi woman pictured not wearing hijab faces calls for her execution

One social media user demands the Kingdom 'kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs'

A woman in Saudi Arabia pictured without a hijab is facing calls for her execution.

Some social media users reacted with outrage after the emergence of the image taken in capital city Riyadh, with one man calling for the state to “kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs”.

The photo was allegedly first posted by an account under the name of Malak Al Shehri, which has since been deleted, reports the International Business Times.

An unnamed student who reposted the image told the website that Ms Al Shehri had announced she was going out to breakfast without either a hijab or abaya; a traditional Saudi body covering.

The student said she started receiving death threats after posting proof in response to followers who had asked to see a photo – by Tom Embury-Dennis

My comment: Insane Saudi mentality, caused by 250 years of Wahabism.

1.12.2016 – Fars News (A)

Report: Saudi Government Computers Hit by Computer Virus Attack

Saudi officials said computer networks of the country's government agencies and installations, including the country’s transport sector, have recently been hit by a computer virus attack.

1.12.2016 – The Independent (* B T)

Saudi Arabia's terrorist rehab actually 'secret radicalisation programme,' Guantanamo prisoner claims – by Samuel Osborne

[already reported earlier by other media]

30.11.2016 – AFP (A P)

Let women drive, urges Saudi prince

An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince wants an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving, saying overturning the law was a matter of women's rights and economic necessity.

"Stop the debate: Time for women to drive," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account, @Alwaleed_Talal.

Alwaleed is an unusually outspoken member of the Saudi royal family who holds no political posts but chairs Kingdom Holding Co., which has interests including US banking giant Citigroup and the Euro Disney theme park.

He is a longtime advocate of women's rights in the Islamic kingdom, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive.

In conjunction with his short tweet, Alwaleed's office issued an unusually long statement late Tuesday outlining his reasons for supporting an end to the ban.

"Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity," Alwaleed said.

"They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion." – by Ian Timberlake

29.11.2016 – Josephjo1221 (A P)

[Only in Saudi Arabia men and women are separated also in a parliament (or pseudo-parliament like the “Shura”)] photo

25.8.2016 – Huffington Post (* B P)

The world religious heritage and the war against God

Much of the Judeo-Christian world has stood in silence as the Islamic world has burnt bright red under the hateful dogma of Wahhabism – which media still refer to as Muslim for they have failed to acknowledge its true nature.

Today this evil has laid waste the world religious heritage, one stone after the other, one holy site at a time – one silence after the other.

We have lost too much of our world heritage already for our silence to still offer cover to the abominable hunger of radicalism. We have stood helpless as the Taliban exploded Afghanistan Buddha, we have watched in horror as Palmyra Temple was brought down … how much more of our History are we willing to give up before our recollection of past events becomes but a vague concept?

The World Heritage cannot be measured in political or financial terms. Our past is inherently valuable for it stands a keeper of our global consciousness.

Radicalism it needs to be said, stands an enemy to all faiths, cultures and manners of thinking. Radicalism knows no border … radicalism only knows destruction and violence.

One organisation has stood in resistance and in denunciation of such abominable criminality – the Baqee Organisation.

Since Wahhabism first rose its head in the desert of Nejd (in Saudi Arabia) in the 18th century, Islam, Christianity, Judaism and all other religious denominations have suffered a veritable cultural genocide.

Over 7000 Islamic sites have been destroyed to assuage Wahhabis’ own sense of self-righteous bigotry - still the world has sat in silence. Firmly anchored in intolerance for they think their ideology holy, and pure, Wahhabi clerics have rationalised religious oppression and brutality, turning it into a well-honed system.

Amid the many crimes which were committed over the years al-Baqee cemeteryhas towered over all as it speaks of a hate so entrenched in itself it could never be defined other than in ideological absolutism.

As it lies in ruins, al Baqee came to represent Resistance – the call of a people against the injustice of radicalism, the need for a people to reclaim its History so that cultural and religious identity would not be lost.

We need not be silent and blind to injustice and radicalism.

We need not to see our faiths and traditions be forfeited for we failed to speak for each other.

We need to realise that as radicals’ armies march on, it is God they are trying to claim away from us. – by Catherine Shakdam and


1.8.2016 – Baqee (* B P)

Film: Saving our history

cp9 USA

1.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

[Dec. 1]: #RSAF F-15 Advanced Eagle (12-1004) returning from a test flight at Palmdale — by: @ShorealoneFilms (photo)

My comment: US-Saudi complicity in pictures.

1.12.2016 – RTE (A P)

Trump names retired general 'Mad Dog' Mattis as defence secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he will nominate retired US Marinegeneral James Mattis, who oversaw US war efforts in the Middle East, to be his defence secretary.

"We are going to appoint 'Mad Dog' Mattis as our secretary of defence," Mr Trump told a large crowd in Cincinnati, Ohio, referring by nickname to the general who headed the US Central Command, giving him authority over troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2010, the Washington state native was named to head the US Central Command.

That gave him authority over troops in Iraq, where he helped develop a counterinsurgency approach before overseeing the US withdrawal, and Afghanistan, where he implemented a troop surge.

It also gave him responsibility for an area including Syria, Yemen and Iran.

My comment: No good news for Yemen, the Middle east and wherever, I think.

1.12.2016 – Ken Klippenstein (A K)

CENTCOM tells me US troops "may be in Yemen" lol

My comment: Ridiculous as they are in Yemen for many month now.

1.12.2016 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Families of victims slam senators seeking to amend 9/11 law

The families of some victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are voicing opposition to proposed changes to a new law that allows them to sue the Saudi government over the attacks.

A group representing the families and survivors has accused Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham of “torpedoing” the law -- the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) -- under pressure from Saudi lobbyists.

"We have reviewed the language, and it is an absolute betrayal," said Terry Strada, national chair of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. "The president-elect has made his support for JASTA crystal clear, and there is zero risk that he will support this kind of backroom backstabbing of the 9/11 families."

The JASTA act became law in September after President Barack Obama's veto was overwhelmingly rejected by the US Congress.

McCain and Graham had proposed changes saying lawsuits can only be brought against countries that knowingly engaged in the financing or sponsorship of terrorism.

My comment: Saudi Arabia definitely IS one of those “countries that knowingly engaged in the financing or sponsorship of terrorism”.

29.11.2016 – Human Rights Watch (* A K P)

US: Suspend Saudi Arms Sales

Promptly Publish Findings of Yemen Conflict Review

The United States should immediately halt arms sales to Saudi Arabiafollowing numerous unlawful coalition attacks in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President Barack Obama. The review announced by the US government following the October 8, 2016 bombing of a crowded funeral hall should examine alleged unlawful airstrikes in which US forces may have taken part and its findings should be released publicly before Obama leaves office.

“While coalition forces bomb homes, schools, hospitals and funerals in Yemen, the United States continues to allow shipments of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia,” said Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “President Obama has one final chance to change US policy on Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the better by stopping weapons’ transfers immediately and reviewing possible participation of US forces in the coalition’s many unlawful airstrikes.”

Since March 2015, at least 4,125 civilians have been killed and 7,207 wounded in Yemen, the majority by Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes, according to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Houthis and their allies, including forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have also been implicated in numerous serious violations of the laws of war.

Human Rights Watch has documented 58 apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes, and 16 attacks involving internationally banned cluster munitions. The coalition used US-manufactured weapons in 21 of these apparently unlawful attacks, including two of the deadlier strikes – the March 15 attack on Mastaba market, which killed at least 97 civilians, and the October 8 attack on the funeral service in Sanaa, which killed at least 100 people and wounded more than 500. Both appear to amount to war crimes.

The repeated use of US-manufactured munitions in unlawful attacks in Yemen could make the US complicit for future transfers of arms to Saudi forces.

My comment: There have been killed much more people in the Yemen war than stated here. And all the victims of the consequences of air raids and of the Saudi blockade must be added anyway.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

1.12.2016 – British Government (A E)

Advice for pensioners in Yemen

Due to the security situation in Yemen we are currently unable to process some State Pension payments through the Yemeni banking system.

People who are affected should contact the International Pension Centre –

My comment: Thanks to “president” Hadi having fueled the banking crisis by his Central Bank maneuvers.

1.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K P)

Nice shot by @vodka_burner showing the #RSAF Tornado ZE114 parked next to the #RAFO Typhoons ZR410 and ZR411 at Warton (photo)

[Dec. 1]: #RSAF Typhoon 8022/ZK621 (CS052) on its first test flight at Warton — by: @AAL767 (photo)

My comment: British-Saudi complicity in pictures.

30.11.2016 – Real Clear Defense (* B P)

What Is the UK Doing in Yemen?

As the situation in Yemen quickly spirals into a humanitarian disaster, the UK must clarify its role in the conflict.

Britain, like the U.S., is intimately involved in the conflict. However, because it is providing capabilities to the Saudi-led coalition, rather than offering direct military engagement, public acknowledgement of this role is minimal.

the Government has rejected calls for a debate over the UK’s support of the Saudi-led coalition, especially with regards to weapons sales, even though those have gone through the roof since the bombing in Yemen started. While it seems clear that UK military assistance to Saudi Arabia is feeding directly into the crisis in Yemen, the British public remain largely unaware of the situation in the country.

There must be greater scrutiny and debate of this type of intervention, not least because it is increasingly obvious that it is not delivering the UK’s aims.

It is also clear, albeit less readily acknowledged, that the UK Government hopes training Saudi forces will help it to maintain its arms trade with Saudi Arabia. UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia amount to $3.9 billion, 45% of UK arms exports.

The UK’s intervention in Yemen is failing to achieve its aims. First, AQAP is much stronger.

The UK will continue to intervene in Yemen. The rise of AQAP and the value of exports to the coalition mean the Government will be reluctant to withdraw; however, it is hard to see the UK’s current course of action leading to any sort of success – by Abigail Watson, research officer at the Remote Control Project

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

30.11.2016 – Tagesschau (* B K)

Drohnenkrieg von Deutschland aus
Jahrelang hatte die Bundesregierung die Bedeutung der US-Basis in Ramstein für den Drohnen-Krieg heruntergespielt. Nun musste sie einräumen, dass von dort Drohnen-Einsätze überwacht und Livebilder ausgewertet werden. … Noch-Präsident Barack Obama hatte bei einem Deutschlandbesuch im Sommer 2013 gesagt, die USA benutzten Ramstein nicht als „Startpunkt für Drohneneinsätze als Teil der Antiterror-Aktivitäten“. Anderslautende Berichte seien falsch. … Der Linkspolitiker Hunko sagte gegenüber NDR, WDR und Süddeutscher Zeitung, die Bundesregierung sei durch die Kenntnis der Rolle Ramsteins nun „mit beteiligt an völkerrechtswidrigen extralegalen Tötungen“ durch Drohneneinsätze.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

30.11.2016 – Doha News (A P)

Doha News has become inaccessible to many in Qatar after both the nation's telecom providers apparently blocked the website early this afternoon.
Users who try to access DN via Ooredoo and Vodafone internet are met with “this site has been blocked” messages (image)

Comment by Nadia Belush: "Progressive" #Qatar blocks its own news websites. This is the same Qatar that the US media claims is promoting democracy in the Arab World.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

1.12.2016 – MbKS215 (A K PS)

Lockeed Martin awarded a $67.3 M contract to provide #RSAF with replenishment spares and incidental services for Sniper ATP, LANTIRN, and IRST systems

30.11.2016 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#RSAF F-15SA 12-1004 during a test flight at Palmdale, CA— by: @ShorealoneFilms (photos) and

My comment: US-Saudi complicity in pictures.

29.11.2016 – Reuters (* A K)

Report: Arabian Sea raids on arms smugglers show Iran-Yemen link

When Western navies raided three dhows in the Arabian Sea this year, some of the weapons they found matched arms taken from Houthi rebels in Yemen, a report said, suggesting links between Iranian suppliers and the Yemeni war.

Two of the dhows, all of which were unregistered and therefore stateless, were manufactured by Al Mansoor, an Iranian shipbuilder whose yard is next to an Iranian Revolutionary Guards base, the report said, citing Iranian state records.

"Since 2012, Al Mansoor dhows have been involved in multiple cases of trafficking in heroin, cannabis, and more recently, weapons," British-based organization Conflict Armament Research said in its report on Wednesday.

"Analysis of the weapons suggests that at least two of the three deliveries were probably supplied with the complicity of Iranian security forces."

The report said some of the weapons captured in the raids on the dhows had sequential serial numbers of new weapons, suggesting they came from a national stockpile. Lot numbers from anti-tank weapons found aboard one of the dhows matched the production run of similar weapons said by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to have been captured from Houthis, it said.

No UAE officials were immediately available for comment.

The report also highlighted the role of Somali ports as transfer points, and said the warships HMAS Darwin, FS Provence, and USS Sirocco had seized more than 4,500 assault rifles, mortars, machine guns, and rocket launchers in a four-week period between February and March 2016.

"This report provides evidence suggesting Iran is playing a hand in supplying weapons to the conflict in Yemen," said Jonah Leff, the director of operations for the arms research group.

An Iranian official from the foreign ministry disputed the report's findings.

"It is not true and Iran has never provided weapons to Houthis or any other group in Yemen," the official told Reuters. "But we have always supported and will continue to support oppressed groups and nations." – By Katharine Houreld and see CAR reports here:

29.11.2016 – AFP (* A K P)

Report points to Iran arms 'pipeline' to Yemen

The analysis by Conflict Armament Research (CAR) is based on the seizure in February and March this year of weapons from dhows, traditional sailing vessels, in the Arabian Sea.

British-based CAR, which is primarily funded by the European Union, analysed photographs of weapons confiscated from the dhows by the Australian warship HMAS Darwin and the French frigate FS Provence.

The ships were part of a joint international task force that operates separately from the Saudi coalition.

HMAS Darwin seized more than 2,000 weapons, including AK-type assault rifles and 100 Iranian-manufactured rocket launchers, from the dhow bound for Somalia, CAR said.

The seizure by FS Provence included 2,000 assault rifles "characteristic of Iranian manufacture" and 64 Hoshdar-M Iranian-made sniper rifles, all of which were in new condition, CAR said.

There were also nine Russian-made Kornet anti-tank guided missiles, it said.

UAE forces within the Saudi-led coalition reported recovering in Yemen a Kornet which CAR said is part of "the same production run" as those on the dhow.

This "supports allegations that the weapons originated in Iran and that the dhow's cargo was destined for Yemen," CAR said.

French government sources said the dhow was headed to Somalia "for possible transhipment to Yemen," CAR said.

Light machine guns, suspected to be North Korean made, were found with the same serial number sequence on both dhows, "which suggests that the materiel derived from the same original consignment," the report added.

It also referred to the US Navy's seizure from a dhow in March of AK-type assault rifles, rocket launchers and machine guns which the US believed "orginated in Iran and were destined for Yemen."

Two of the dhows were made by Al Mansoor of Iran, CAR said.

Although their findings were "relatively limited," the investigators said their analysis "suggests the existence of a weapon pipeline extending from Iran to Somalia and Yemen". and also by The National AE: and by WAM:

My comment: This story shows how facts (smuggling of arms to Somalia) is faked by pressing it into a wanted propaganda agenda (Iran supplying arms to the Houthis in Yemen). Be aware that these articles are full of: “allegations”; “possible”, “suggests”, “likely”. – And the European Community is paying CAR. – Germanys Heckler & Koch G 36 gun in worldwide conflicts would be a very interesting subject for an EU funded investigation, anyway.

Comment by Judith Brown: It would be good to have more facts to verify these statements. There have been so many reports that have manufactured evidence concerning the Middle East - dodgy dossiers. The Houthi-Saleh alliance must be getting some munition replacements from somewhere and whilst some existed before and some have been sold to them by the Yemen army paid by Saudi Arabia according to reports and internal sources this war is so ferocious that there must be a huge need. The weapons to the Saudi led alliance are brazenly sold by the West especially USA and U.K. As if it didn't matter or as if it was desirable to kill with western weapons and only those sold by 'the Other' actually kill someone's child or son.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

1.12.2016 – UN Development Programme (A H)

Supporting Internal Displaced Persons in war-torn areas in Yemen

As a result of this unpleasant political processes deterioration, the poverty level increased dramatically and people in need of support increased beyond 80% of the total Yemeni population. Moreover, social basic services decline to the low levels ever and communities coping mechanisms were stretched to the extreme, especially in intensive war zones and rural areas. The daily airstrikes and the on-ground clashes have triggered over 3 million of the displacement population from their original areas, leaving behind their possessions; homes and sources of livelihoods. Hundreds of displaced households looking for safer areas and they had to settle in other communities or villages. In response to this catastrophic situation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank entered into a strategic partnership and secured financing of around USD 50 million to strength communities resilience through cash for work scheme, rehabilitation of basic essential social services and small businesses across the country under Emergency Crisis Response project .

In this connotation, about 11,000 households have been registered for cash for work scheme; about 230 out of 500 young women have been identified, trained, and employed as community health/nutrition workers and 2,581 pregnant and lactating women and children are enrolled in the nutrition interventions. The cash for work component of the project intended to support the IDPs to secure adequate shelter to protect their families and their health from the wide lack of essential basic social services. Through cash for work initiative, the project already provided temporary jobs to members of 266 families that include 1,312 individuals. Furthermore, the interventions focused on the rehabilitation and restoration of straw and clay shelters for each family using the locally available building materials, to protect the IDPs from the impact of hot weather and dust. Moreover, and as part of the intervention, it will also support the construction of water cycles supported with safe sanitation system for each four or five households in order to improve their health and the environmental situation. =

1.12.2016 – IOM - UN Migration Agency (A H P)

Film: Over 120 Somalis Evacuated from Yemen with KSrelief's Support

On 7 November 2016, IOM evacuated 127 Somalis fleeing the conflict in Yemen. The men, women and children arrived in Berbera, Somaliland, from Aden, Yemen on a boat organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with financial support from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief). This is the first evacuation under the one-year USD 10 million KSrelief-funded project implemented by IOM and UNHCR: "Increased Access to Safe Movement, Protection and Durable Solutions for Returnees, Refugees and Migrants Fleeing the Yemen Crisis." The successful operation paves the way for the planned evacuation of 2,500 Somali nationals who are still stranded in Yemen, which will be carried out over the next 7 months. IOM will organize evacuations by air to Mogadishu and by sea to Berbera.

My comment: I was uncertain whether this should have been paced at cp15 propaganda. International organisations taking Saudi money for their work and then hailing the Saudis. And for the Saudis, the money they pay for human relief for getting such a propaganda is just a grain of dust compared to the money the Saudis pay for their bombing campaign (look at cp1, first link).

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

29.11.2016 – Terror Monitor (* A K T)

#IslamicState Targeting #Houthi Positions With Heavy Weapons At Hamah Laqah Area In #Qaifah, #Bayda (photos)

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Oh yeah heavy weapons. Where does it comes from? Saudi lead coalition & their mercenaries are standing behind & support Al - Qaeda in #Yemen

My comment: Al-Sanabani is simply right. And, this news means that Al Qaida is fighting alongside the pro-Hadi and pro-Saudi fighters – well, once again.

29.11.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A T)

In Yemen, the Obama administration re-classified Al Qaeda as "moderate" forces fighting on behalf of the Saudi-supported legitimate govt.

Comment by Judith Brown: Is this really true????

9.8.2016 – Defense One (* B T)

This is the War Against al-Qaeda the Next US President Will Inherit

But for all the changes, the war is still being waged under the same 2001 authorization. Just last week, the Pentagon cited it as the legal reason it could conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Libya.

With past as prologue for the next commander-in-chief, here’s a short history of the war against al-Qaeda that the next U.S. president will inherit.

Yemen: 2002-present

Moving over to Yemen, where the first known American drone strike took place on November 3, 2002, killing an estimated six al-Qaeda fighters. U.S. operations in Yemen would remain relatively quiet until 2009, when the Obama administration began what turned out to be more than 230 drone strikes over the next seven years on fighters from the Arabian Peninsula branch of al-Qaeda (formed in 2007 when al-Qaeda Yemen merged with al-Qaeda Saudi Arabia).

AQAP is believed to have between 1,000 to 3,000 fighters, according to estimates from 2014. ISIS also claims a presence in Yemen, though recent estimates put their ranks in the low hundreds – by Ben Watson and see also

cp15 Propaganda

1.12.2016 – Gulf News (A P)

Al Houthis have no legitimacy to govern

It’s hard to fathom the thinking of Al Houthi rebels as they continue to defy international convention, United Nations Security Council Resolutions, anti-Gulf Cooperation Council efforts — and the will of the majority of the Yemeni people — as they and their allies form a new government in Yemen.

The move has been widely condemned by their rivals, the United States, and the international coalition of allied nations that are working on foot of those Security Council resolutions to restore the legitimate government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

For the past 20 months, this international coalition — of which the UAE is proud to be playing its part in support of our Arab brothers — has tried to bring reason and rectitude to the rebellious situation in Yemen, and it continues to work towards providing a stable and unified government that represents all of the Yemeni people — and not just the lawless and minority interests of those Al Houthis and their Iranian backers claim to represent.

This new Al Houthi regime — it is a stretch to call it a government as it fails to take into account the full make-up of the Yemeni people — is a slap in the face to the international partners who have consistently tried to bring peace to the nation, and their inclusion of former deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh merely resets the clock to a time of chaos.

Continue reading: =

My comment: A rather stupid propaganda piece – any arguments are replaced by loud railing. The matter of this article is really nothing. The new propaganda is combined with the old one: “For the past 20 months, this international coalition — of which the UAE is proud to be playing its part in support of our Arab brothers — has tried to bring reason and rectitude to the rebellious situation in Yemen, and it continues to work towards providing a stable and unified government that represents all of the Yemeni people”: “Arab brothers”, nice to kill them; “bring reason and rectitude”; by bombing and killing??; “providing a stable and unified government”: we just want our proxies to rule and that’s it.

1.12.2016 – Foreign Policy Association (A P)

Yemen: A Regional Problem With Regional Consequences

Since March 2015 U.S. allies, led by Saudi Arabia, have been increasingly involved in a military campaign in Yemen against the Zaydi Shia fundamentalist rebel movement known as the Houthis, and their ally, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemenis forced to flee their homes because of it.

Yemen’s collapsing state holds negative implications for international maritime trade, as the conflict is occurring near a major trading artery for the global economy, the Suez Canal-Red Sea shipping lane, and for regional security for countries on both sides of the Red Sea, including Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Aden.

The lack of a deep Yemeni national identity means that the incomplete fall of Saleh has seen multiple competing power centre re-emerge. Owing to the lack of national cohesion, events could yet see the country break up entirely, pushing nation building into to the far future. Militarily, NATO should therefore stay out of this bitter factional civil war between multiple sides. However, the Alliance should seek to mitigate the effects of the conflict at sea where international shipping could be affected by the belligerents or a fresh wave of piracy.


Yemen would be a highly unsuitable place for NATO intervention by air or on land. The interests of the Alliance at stake in Yemen are simply not high enough yet to justify intervening in what is essentially a civil war between Yemeni factions, aggravated by the sectarian struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The cost of maintaining peace and security in Yemen would be staggering at a time when the Alliance needs to focus on more urgent matters, such as deterring Russian adventurism in Eastern Europe.

This could change if there is an emergence of a jihadist emirate along the style of the IS caliphate declared in Iraq and Syria or the takeover of northern Mali in 2012. But for now, AQAP and IS in Yemen have not reached such threatening heights, while the arrival of NATO units to Yemen would merely provide targets of opportunity and ideological justification to the Sunni terrorist networks currently operating there.

What would be of great value in light of the demonstrated Houthi interest and ability to hit vessels passing through the Bab al-Mandeb strait is the creation of a new NATO naval task force modeled on its Somali predecessor to help deter future attacks and enforce freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb and elsewhere around the world – by Neil Thompson

My comment: A rather bad typical US propaganda article: The only thing what matters all over the world is our own interest. That’s in one sentence what the author is telling us. – Articles like this one tell us little to nothing about a country like Yemen and a lot about neocons’ psychology. – And they tell us what the NATO actually is: no more a defense alliance (if it ever has been that), but just a means to push own geopolitical and economical interests worldwide, by military force.

1.12.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

UAE expresses deep concern over reports about Iranian arm shipments to Houthi militia in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates is alarmed and deeply concerned by ongoing reports regarding Iranian shipments of weapons to the Houthi militia in Yemen, said Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, according to WAM.
''Such activity would be a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2216 (2015) and 2231 (2015), and the UAE calls on the Security Council to take all measures necessary to demand that Iran comply with its obligations. These shipments are further evidence of Iran’s expansionist and destabilising behaviour in Yemen, fuelling the conflict and endangering Yemeni civilians and Yemen’s neighbours,'' said Ambassador Nusseibeh in a statement on Wednesday.
''Furthermore, the UAE believes that Iranian arms shipments are undermining the important work of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to reach a comprehensive agreement to end the conflict in Yemen, in accordance with the initiative of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the outcome of the National Dialogue Conference and its implementation mechanism, and the relevant Security Council resolutions,'' she added.

My comment: Nothing else was to be expected. There is no logic in all that: Lamenting about “Iran’s expansionist and destabilising behaviour in Yemen”, as if Saudi Arabia and the UAE would not have interfered and bombed there. Supplying arms to the Houthis (taken for granted that in many cases this objection stays doubtful) would be “fuelling the conflict and endangering Yemeni civilians and Yemen’s neighbours”, as if Saudis and UAE would not receive 10.000 times more weapons from the US, the UK and others. The same to the objection that “that Iranian arms shipments are undermining the important work of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen”. Thus, arm shipments to the Saudis and the USA undermine his work – 10.000 times more. Got it?

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

1.12.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list):

30.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Casualties and damage (full list): and half the day also by

1.12.2016 – Bellingcat (* A K)

Update: Bombed Water Desalination Plant in Al-Mocha, Yemen

Earlier this year, we examined attacks on Yemen’s water infrastructure by several parties to the conflict. An attack in January 2016 on the water desalination plant (Wikimapia) north of Al-Mocha was central to that open source survey. Earlier this month, new reports emerged that the water desalination plant was targeted once again by alleged airstrikes by the Saudi-led Coalition. This article reviews the situation at the plant in light of those new allegations.


Satellite imagery of October 28, 2016, confirms significant damage to structures on the premises of the Al-Mocha water desalination plant. It cannot be established with certainty that this damage is due to the reported airstrike(s) of January 2016, or of the reported airstrikes on October 1, 2016. The latter has been reported by opposing factions in Yemen’s war, though one claimed the warehouses were used as weapons storage instead of water-related purposes. This cannot be confirmed nor denied. Footage of another (set of) airstrike(s) on November 4 can be geolocated to the Al-Mocha desalination plant. It is not clear to what extent the water tanks have been damaged. In January this year, cracks were visible, but neither the October 1 nor the November 4 footage gives a clear view of the desalination plant.

Unfortunately, the alleged attack on the Mocha desalinisation plant is not an isolated in Yemen’s civil war. Earlier, we published a non-exhaustive list of attacks on water infrastructure that occurred in 2015. Water plays a vital role in war-torn Yemen. A staggering 13 million citizens — around half of Yemen’s population —struggle daily to find or buy enough clean water to drink or grow food, The Guardian reported in 2015. Bellingcat will keep on monitoring the Al-Mocha water desalination plant and will update accordingly if new incidents are reported or changes can be noticed through open sources – By Christiaan Triebert

Comment: #War on #Yemen: air-raiding the entire country with the excuse of targeting weapons storages.

My comment: The comment is hitting the spot.

1.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Just now, Saudi lead coalition targeted Naqil Yasleh road with a high explosive bomb. Some villages Kms away get harm.

My comment: The same road was targetes before ca. 1 week ago.

1.12.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

!@%+!! Saudi jets dropped massive bomb on Sana'a a min ago. Lots of weddings tonight. Bombs adding to bass. Ahoy!

1.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes kill 4 children of one family in Marib

Four children of a family were killed and four others wounded, including women and children, in an air raid by US- Saudi aggression warplanes on Habbab Valley in Serwah district of Marb province overnight, an official told Saba on Thursday .
The raid destroyed the home of citizen Hussein Saleh Mashtan , killing four of his children and critically injuring him and his wife, as well two others.
The injured were taken to the hospital in the capital Sanaa.

and film:

1.12.2016 – Al Masirah (A K PH)

Yesterday Survivers of Saudi coaltion bombing on house in Wadi Habab/#yemen =

1.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Warplanes Targeting Taiz by 4 Raids

The warplanes of the US - backed Saudi coalition launched 4 raids on Han and Al A sod Mountains in west of the city.

The aggression targeting the cities and the civilians in all governorate in Yemen.

30.11.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

7 Yemen civilians killed now by US-backed Saudi war criminals who bombed their house in Wadi Habab Mareb east of the country.

30.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Targeting Marib Province

Warplanes of the Saudi aggression launched in the early hours of Wednesday morning raid on Serwah.

A local source, said the fight jets of Saudi aggression waging a raid on Sirwah district in Marib.

29.11.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets wage 22 strikes on Saada

Saudi aggression war jets launched 22 strikes on several districts of Saada province overnight, a security official told Saba on Tuesday.
The strikes targeted Mandabah public market, al-Thabat and al-Takhaih areas in Bakim district.
Also further air strike struck al-Dhaher and al-Kama area of Kutaf district.
The strikes inflicted damage to citizens` private and public properties.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

1.12.2016 – Gulf News (A K PS)

Vice-President Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar, landed on Thursday in Marib city as the Yemeni army began sending heavy arms from Hadramout to battlefields in northern Yemen.

He was the last senior official to leave his base in Saudi Arabia.

He is to reside in Marib to lead the fight against Iran-backed Al Houthis in the rugged Nehim district and other places surrounding the capital, Sana’a.

A senior army officer from 37th Armoured Brigade in Hadramout’s desert district of Aber said on Thursday that the army began transporting some of brigade’s heavy arms to the city of Marib to reinforce government forces battling Al Houthis in Marib, Sana’a and Jawf.

Photos of long lines of vehicles carrying tanks leaving the brigade were widely circulated on social media and local media outlets.

Heavy fighting broke out in the northern province of Jawf on Thursday morning when government forces attacked the Al Houthi-allied Ham brigade north of Metoun.

Similar clashes erupted in Nehim district, outside Sana’a, as government forces liberated many mountains after killing six Al Houthis and injured many others and seized heavy machine guns, according to Abdullah Al Shandaqi, a spokesperson for Sana’a resistance.

1.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Girl Killed, five civilians wounded by Houthi snipers in Taiz

A girl was killed and five civilians were injured, including three children, on Wednesday by Houthis and Saleh forces snipers in different incidents in Taiz city, southwest of Yemen.

A human rights source stated to Almasdaronline that the girl Farah Abdulqawi Qaid was killed by Houthi and Saleh forces bombardment on Hubail Salman area, southwest of Taiz city.

The source added that the 43 years-old Jamal Ahmed and his 7 years –old son were wounded by Houthi sniper fire on their way home in Alaskary Neighborhood east of the city.

Two other girls were also seriously wounded while trying to bring water to their families in Aldhabab Valley area, the southern entrance of the city.

It is noteworthy that Abu Jebril, the Houthi supervisor in al Shaqab area, has asked the residents to evacuate their homes saying that they will bomb the area with heavy weapons.

1.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Shells Hit a Number of Saudi Military Sites in Najran and Jizan

1.12.2016 – News of Yemen (A K PH)

Film: New footage :Houthis and Yemeni army hit Saudi tank by using ATGM in Najran –Saudi

1.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Target Aggression’s Gunboats on the Western Coasts

1.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Mercenaries Killed and Injured in a Foiled Attempt to Advance

1.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Three Saudi Soldiers Shot in Kariss and Qaim Zabid Sites in Jizan

1.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Miliary Vehicle Destroyed in Taiz Governorate

1.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army artillery hit mercenary gathering in Lahj

1.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army hits gathering of mercenaries in Taiz

1.12.2016 – Live Leak (A K)

Film: Eurofighter ( tayphoon )hits scude missile before it Launches from Yemen

Houthi was filming the moment scude missile Launches to saudi Arabia when suddenly Eurofighter hits it before it Launches.

30.11.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Remarkable increase of Saudi casualties in the past 48 hrs. Power delusion vanish (photos)

30.11.2016 – Al AlAhmed / Hussam Sanabani (A K PH)

Yemeni forces captured Seqam mountain 3 miles away from downtown Najran, the capital of 2nd largest Saudi region

Sogam district in Najran are in the pipe to be totally under #Yemen army & militia control (film) and also this film

@HussamSanabani Yesterday video from Sogam & Saudi bluffer media still insist clashes are in the borders.

@HussamSanabani Saudi video of #Yemen army & militia fire traces toward Saudi troops only in Najran.

30.11.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

16 Houthi militants, 2 Popular Resistance members killed in Dhali

29.11.2016 – Judith Brown (A K)

These photos allegedly taken of Yemeni forces in southwest Saudi Arabia (photos) from

29.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dhala: At Least 6 Saudi Mercenaries Killed West of Mariss in Qatabah District

29.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dhala: At Least 6 Saudi Mercenaries Killed West of Mariss in Qatabah District

29.11.2016 – Fars News (A K PH)

A senior Yemeni commander disclosed that a large number of pro-Saudi mercenaries have fled the battlefield as the Saudi government has ceased its support for them.

"After the Saudi government stopped its financial support for the terrorists and militias loyal to the Saudi regime, a growing wave of the terrorists are leaving the Saudi-led Arab coalition military bases," Senior Ansarullah Commander Hossein Al-Houthi said.

Al-Houthi's remarks came as the Saudi media have resorted to censoring the news on the pro-Saudi forces' fatalities.

However, the Saudi media's silence about fatalities of the Saudi mercenaries has not worked as the social media are covering the developments with relevant videos and photos round the clock.

On Sunday, the Yemeni army and popular forces targeted and pounded the Saudi military bases in Assir and Najran provinces with missiles, killing and injuring several Saudi army troops.

My comment: There is a lot of propaganda on both sides, when successes are reported. The cut of payment for mercenaries and pro-Hadi militia really may have an effect. Wait and see. 29-11-2016

23.11.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Mercenary aggression snipe child

Mohammed bin Qais Alovndm Alrdma killed by snipers, mercenaries Saudi American aggression today in Taiz province.

A Local sources confirmed that , the child was seven years old died after a gunshot by a sniper mercenaries ,which they were at the home of Muhammad Ali Osman corresponding to the child’s home in the Salah Valley (photo)

My comment: It’s both sides sniping civilians at Taiz city and province.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

2016 – Alamy

936 Yemen photos

1.12.2016 – Ahram (* C)

Yemen in the 1960s

Nesmahar Sayed speaks to veteran Egyptian army officer Adel Massoud about his participation in the 1960s Yemen War and its implications for the present conflict in the country

HOSTILITIES IN YEMEN: “The hostilities were between Saudi Arabia and Iran, just like today but from a different perspective,” said Massoud. “Both agreed in 1962 to overthrow the republic in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and Iran opposed a republic that might act to topple the monarchies in these countries.”
“We prayed that the revolution in Yemen would succeed to increase Aden’s independence from the British. As a first lieutenant at the time, I was not aware of the importance of the Bab Al-Mandab [the Red Sea Straits] to our strategy, but our commanders understood it.”
“There were many parties to the confrontation between the Yemeni monarchy and the British, and Israel did not want to see Egypt’s army become stronger. As young officers, we believed we were aiding Al-Sallal in taking power in Yemen. On 28 September, I was the officer on duty in Dahshur, and suddenly I received orders from central command to prepare a battalion to go to Yemen. I telephoned the brigade commander at home, and he told me he was on his way to prepare a battalion.”

SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES: “In Yemen today the enemy is more brazen – it overthrew the regime. In the past when the regime was ousted we were happy and supportive of the Yemeni Revolution and the army against oppression. Today, we are trying to correct the coup though there is a perception that the conflict is one of Shiites against Sunnis, which is not correct.”
“Instead, the conflict in Yemen is a proxy war between Iranian interests and Saudi interests. Operation Decisive Storm should be viewed within the context of the overthrow of legitimacy, and Egypt’s participation in it is to support legitimacy in Yemen. Iraq is another example. This is not a matter of Shiites or Sunnis or Kurds, but instead is one of the interests of the US with Iran against the Syrians and Libyans to destabilise the Arab world.”
It was not the mountainous landscape that made Yemen so difficult, but rather the tribal allegiances that routinely changed. “The troops were stationed on top of a mountain that took seven hours to reach. The first third of the mountain was in the light, the second third was in low clouds, and the last third was in thick clouds. I arrived at around seven or eight in the evening, and a Yemeni colonel told me to come down immediately because I had been made a target for 45,000 riyals. He was warning me so I could get away“.

“Neither the East nor the West want our country to stand on its own two feet today, and this is why we have to pull ourselves up by our boot straps. Egyptians have incredible capabilities, but they need wise leadership. I would like to see everyone stand by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi because the domestic front needs to see a light at the end of the tunnel and feel real progress.”

My comment: Interesting, but ending with government propaganda.

29.11.2016 – Judith Brown

Sanaa. Heaven. At least, it was. I hope it can be so again one day (36 beautiful photos from Yemen)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-234: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-234: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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