Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 242 - Yemen War Mosaic 242

Yemen Press Reader 242: MonaRelief–Jemen nach dem Krieg-Allgemeine Lage-Krankenhäuser–Tödliches Patt-Streubomben–Vertriebene Frauen–Westliche Heuchelei–Schulen–Kulturerbe – IS-Angriff, 49 Tote
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Mona Relief – Yemen after the war – Current state and future prospects – Hospitals – Deadly stalemate – Cluster bombs – Displaced Women –Western hypocrisy on Syria and Yemen – Schools in Yemen – Cultural heritage – IS attack, 49 killed – 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

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(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

IS-Angriff: cp6 / IS attack: cp6

18.12.2016 – Huffington Post (** A H)

Breaking al-Saud’s blockade – Yemen’s unspoken heroes

To assuage Riyadh, the United Nations has agreed to place this poorest nation of Southern Arabia under complete lock and key, forbidding any and all imports to offer relief to civilian populations. For 21 long months Yemen has withered away by design. Yemen’s famine, Yemen’s suffering, and Yemen’s hopelessness were organised to serve Saudi Arabia’s agenda in the region – a despicable new weapon of war, a new treachery played out to break a nation’s resolve to exercise political self-determination.

But there are those whose determination has proven greater than any blockade … step in the Mona Relief Organisation, Yemen’s very own blockade runners.

A Yemeni-based grassroots charitable organisation for humanitarian relief and development, the Mona Relief Org. is one of the very few organisations to deliver critical aid to war-stricken Yemenis, at a time when Yemeni’s feel they have been abandoned by the international community.

Independently run by two friends Fatik Abdullah Al-Rodaini a Yemeni Journalist in Sana’a and Dr Riaz S Karim a humanitarian in London, those two inspiring characters have radically changed Yemen humanitarian landscape.

Bold, outspoken and fiercely committed to serving those whose voices were stolen away, Dr Karim and Al-Rodaini have been hailed Yemen’s unspoken heroes – the carrier of social resistance and community spirit worthy of recognition.

Having witnessed first-hand how their work and dedication offered hope when there was none, I cannot help but decry mainstream’s apathy towards those men and women who have fought tooth and nail for a people to be given the courtesy of their dignity.

Born out of necessity in April 2015, the Mona Relief Organisation has already made its mark in Yemen by offering the poorest and most vulnerable critical aid.

“While most relief agencies remain unable to do anything due to the complete land, air and naval blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and their allies, and also being bogged down by politics, forced to play a game of cat and mouse with security issues in order to keep their operations going, the Mona Relief organisation has defiantly outsourced its funding, calling on private donations to prevent any form of political hijacking,” Dr Karim explained from London.

“The Mona Relief organisation has been defiant and adamant that no Saudi-run blockade or other logistic impediments would keep their team from distributing the food, medicine in Yemen. The Mona ground team in Yemen goes where no organisation wishes to go and delivers much needed critical aid in the most difficult of circumstances and most of the time under non-stop bombardment,” stressed Fatik Al Rodaini from his office in Sana’a.

Only recently, the Mona Relief distributed critical aid to thousands of people in one of the poorest cities in Yemen: the western seaport of Hodeidah, a famine flash-point.

To date, the Mona Relief has been able to feed over 7 Million people. Where most charities have been bogged down by logistics, Yemen’s blockade runners have braved Saudi Arabia’s targeted bombing of aid convoy, al-Qaeda’s threats and resigned-President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s death squads – by Catherine Shakdam

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/breaking-al-sauds-blockade-yemens-unspoken-heroes_us_58573b87e4b0630a25423428 and the website of MONA Relief: http://monarelief.org/

2016 – Yemen War Info (*** B K)

[The main Yemen air raids in photos; graphic]

http://www.yemenwar.info/October2016.php

19.12.2016 – The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (** B E K P)

Yemen after the War

On October 14, 2016, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and b’huth, the Dubai Public Policy Research Center, co-hosted the workshop “Yemen After the War,” at the AGSIW offices in Washington, DC. The workshop examined challenges and opportunities in a post-conflict Yemen. Participants in the daylong event included subject matter experts from diverse academic, professional, and national backgrounds. The discussions evaluated the daunting obstacles currently hampering efforts to achieve a cessation of hostilities, as well as the challenges related to planning for what the discussants unanimously concluded would be a lengthy recovery process following the conflict. The workshop was divided into three sessions. The first focused on designing a lasting peace and an inclusive transition, the second reassessed the role of the international community and the private sector in Yemen, and the third provided an opportunity for participants to make concluding remarks and offer recommendations for the best way forward.

The recommendations that were put forth may be viewed as the essential building blocks of a potential action plan that proposes politically feasible and economically sustainable solutions and serves as a foundation upon which Yemen’s future can rest. These recommendations do not advocate for a particular sequence of measures. They do not favor or give precedence to a political resolution of the conflict over comprehensive structural economic reforms or vice versa. The workshop participants reached a consensus that political reconciliation will not succeed unless it is accompanied by economic incentives that convince all segments of Yemeni society that they are stakeholders in a collective endeavor. In that spirit, inclusiveness, both political and economic, is the fundamental requirement for a stable and prosperous Yemen. [full report below]

http://www.agsiw.org/yemen-after-the-war-2/ and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLGqk-YrlxE

19.12.2016 – Jadaliyya (** B K P)

Quick Thoughts: Sheila Carapico on The Current State and Future Prospects of War in Yemen

To learn more about the impact of this under-reported conflict Jadaliyya turned to Sheila Carapico, a leading Yemen specialist and Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond

Jadaliyya (J): What are the objectives of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen?

Sheila Carapico (SC): The initial objective of what was advertised as “Operation Decisive Storm” in late March 2015 was to restore the Saudi-backed interim government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to presidential power. More broadly, in the historical sweep of relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic(s) of Yemen, the Saudis were pursuing a longstanding goal of exercising hegemony over its restive, populous southern neighbor. Bear in mind that Riyadh opposed the anti-colonial struggle in South Yemen and supported the Zaydi imamate against republican free officers in the north during the 1960s, advanced the career of ‘Ali ‘Abdallah Salih, opposed Yemeni unity in 1990, mocked the Yemeni electoral process, favored Southern secessionists in 1994, and perennially bankrolled opposing factions. In other words, populism, democratic openings, and mass uprisings have always terrified Gulf royalties. With good reason. The House of Saud and its brethren among the oil monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were panicked by citizen uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011, but all the more fearful of the sustained popular protests in their Yemeni backyard.

The effort to reinstate what Saudi King Salman, his son Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, and international sycophants deem the “internationally recognized” client Hadi government has been an abysmal failure, and instead has contributed to internecine bloodshed and even provoked blowback into the Kingdom itself.

So, for more than a year the objective seems to be to starve Yemen into submission. The naval blockade, supplemented by bombing of hospitals, ports, bridges, and other infrastructure, has prevented imports of essential foods, fuels, and medicines and stunted delivery of basic social services like electricity and water. Numerous accounts including this report in The Guardian by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and this one by Fergal Keane of the BBC indicate that deaths and injury from trauma pale in comparison to suffering from malnutrition, deprivation, and preventable diseases.

J: What is the current state of negotiations to end the Yemen conflict?

J: Do you expect Yemen to survive this conflict as a unified polity?

SC: No. It is more likely to blow apart. A few years ago, the Southern Movement (Hirak) was a unified separatist or irredentist force seeking re-separation. That threatened to re-divide the polity “united” in 1990 as the Republic of Yemen through a merger of the Yemen Arab Republic (YAR) in the north and People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY) in the south. Then, for some months in 2011 the youth, north and south, seemed nearly unanimous against `Ali `Abdallah Salih’s military dictatorship. However now the historic south is riven by Jihadists and others, against the socialist legacy of the PDRY, and of the popular uprising of 2011. Even a clean re-division between north and south now seems implausible. There are deep divisions within many regions of the former YAR and PDRY.

Also, of late the rhetoric of sectarianism has superseded the political divides between progressives and reactionaries, and between southerners and the northern majority. Ten and twenty years ago Yemenis identified as Socialists or Islamists or members of the ruling General People’s Congress, Salih’s party. Nowadays Salafists and Zaydis, respectively, speak in denominational terms of Sunni vs. Shi`a identities and animosities, and that discourse has become normalized.

J: What are the main obstacles to bringing this conflict to an end, and what do you anticipate to be the main challenges once this conflict is over?

SC: The Arabian Peninsula is divided between the dominant monarchies and city-states of the Gulf, whose opulence depends on millions of indentured Asian migrant laborers; and the disempowered farmers, traders, and ordinary people concentrated in the populous southwest of the Peninsula. This conflict will not be “over” while misogynistic, exploitative regimes remain central to the global political economy. It is driven in large part by the oil-for-arms bargain between North Atlantic powers and the carbon exporters on the Arab coast of the Persian Gulf.

If and when the fighting stops, the challenge will be nothing short of completely rebuilding a decimated national infrastructure and economy. It is also difficult to imagine undoing the damage to fragile marine and agricultural ecologies wrought by so much wanton destruction.

J: What is the US role in this conflict?

SC: The United States is a party to the conflict, and complicit in war crimes. President Obama found himself, perhaps unwittingly, in the role of arms-merchant-in chief to the Saudi Kingdom and its Gulf cousins. The United States is also directly involved in combat operations, chiefly through in-air refueling of fighter-bombers and participation in the naval blockade, and indirectly through surveillance, training, and other forms of technical support. Moreover Washington – where, according to the Washington Post, the “Saudi government and its affiliates have spent millions of dollars on U.S. law, lobby and public relations firms” to spread its message – tends to parrot the Saudi narrative about the war. Thus we hear consistent references to the “Iranian-backed Huthi rebels” and “legitimate concerns about Huthi aggression.” Between diplomatic cover, weapons transfers, direct assistance to the military campaign, and propaganda-sharing, it should come as no surprise that many Yemenis refer to the US-Saudi war that is destroying their lives.

http://reviews.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/25716/quick-thoughts_sheila-carapico-on-the-current-stat

19.12.2016 – Disasters Emergency Committee (** A H)

Yemen hospitals on the brink of closure as health system collapses leaving 8 million children without access to healthcare

Yemen’s health system is on the brink of collapse, according to the Disasters Emergency Committee, which is running an emergency fundraising appeal for the war-ravaged country.

At least 1,219 children have died as a direct result of the fighting but now a chronic lack of medical supplies and staff has caused an additional 10,000 preventable deaths since the start of the war– the invisible casualties of the Yemen crisis.

More than 270 health facilities have been damaged as a result of the conflict and recent estimates suggest that more than half of 3,500 assessed health facilities are now closed or only partially functioning. This has left eight million children without access to basic healthcare, according to the UN.

There are also critical shortages of qualified staff throughout the country, with many doctors and staff either leaving Yemen or forced to flee their homes and being internally displaced.

Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save the Children who was in Yemen last week, says: “Even before the war far too many Yemeni children were dying of preventable causes. But now, the situation is even worse and every ten minutes, one Yemeni child dies from preventable killers such as diarrhoea, malnutrition and respiratory tract infections – it’s a disgrace. More than that, it’s an avoidable tragedy.

“With parents losing their jobs and livelihoods owing to the chaos of war, many told us they have to sell belongings, such as jewelry, vehicles, gas canisters and land, just to be able to afford the trip to hospital, while others have taken out loans. Once there, they often can’t afford the cost of the medicines their children urgently need or the medicines simply aren’t there.” Hilel Mohammed al Bahri, Deputy Manager of Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sana’a, has seen a 300% increase in the price of most medicines since the war began in March 2015 making them unaffordable to hospitals and most families.

He says: “We have a lack of medicines and salary for doctors and employees. We count on income from the patients who pay small fees. But if we need maintenance or a spare part for our hospital equipment, we don't have the money. We can only put babies under nine months in the ICU. We don't have room for the older babies. We have only 20 beds for ICU units yet we are the only children's hospital in the area.”

With increasing need but few beds and incubators, many babies and children are being turned away from facilities or like at Al-Sabeen Hospital, are being placed alongside children with highly-infectious conditions such measles in the same open wards because the hospital lacks space and equipment for an isolation unit.

DEC member charities such as Save the Children, Oxfam and the British Red Cross are responding to this dire humanitarian crisis.

To make a donation visit: www.dec.org.uk, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-hospitals-brink-closure-health-system-collapses-leaving-8-million-children

19.12.2016 – E-International Relations (** B K P)

Deadly Stalemate in Yemen

The contestants in Yemen’s war are locked in a deadly stalemate that is dragging the country into a humanitarian nightmare. The damage incurred by the war on Yemen’s physical infrastructure and social fabric will take a long time to repair, even in the event of a political settlement. The war has hardened the positions of the various contestants and deepened Yemen’s political and social divides. Yemen will likely remain unstable and effectively divided for some time despite efforts to reunify the country. In the northern highlands of Yemen, the Houthi organization and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdallah Saleh remain firmly rooted despite daily bombardment by the Saudi Air Force and the lack of financial resources to pay even military salaries. In the east and south is a Saudi-backed coalition of groups that oppose the Houthi and Saleh but that can agree on little else. Neither side is capable of winning the military contest nor, it seems, of successfully negotiating a settlement.

The Contestants: The Houthi

Ali Abdallah Saleh

The Opponents of the Houthi

In the south and east of Yemen is a diverse set of actors united only in their enmity to Saleh and the Houthis. In fact, these groups are not really united: accusations of treason fly between them daily, while the best adjectives to describe the southern and eastern groups are incompetent and corrupt. President Hadi is the erstwhile leader of the south and east, but he lives in Riyadh because he cannot even secure his own home, and few in the south and east actually support Hadi (Salisbury 2016, p. 2).

The southern governorates of Aden, Lahj, and Dhalia are home to those that support secession and the reestablishment of an independent southern state.

The Saudis

The Saudis see Yemen as a potential threat, both as a strong state and as a failed state. As a strong state, a hostile Yemen threatens the Saudis. The Saudis spent the entire Cold War supporting the north against the communist south because the Saudis feared communism was a threat to their regime. Then, during the Yemeni civil war of 1994, the Saudi supported the communists in the south against Ali Abdallah Saleh in the north because Saleh was too close to Saddam Hussein. Saleh supported the Iraqi cause, or at least declined to join the American coalition against Iraq, in the Gulf War.

On the other hand, the Saudis also fear Yemen’s descent into chaos. Yemen’s poverty and instability could easily implode across the long desert border between the two countries. Finally, forces hostile to Saudi Arabia, such as al-Qaeda, find in Yemen a safe haven when the Yemeni state cannot control its territory.

In the current conflict, the Saudis fear a strong united Yemen allied with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival

The United States

The Americans are caught between the need to assure the Saudis that the United States understand Saudi security concerns after the nuclear deal with Iran, and the fear that the Saudi military campaign is detrimental to Yemen’s stability (Stewart 2016). For the Saudis the central threat is Iran; for the Americans the central threat is al-Qaeda. The US wants a stable state in Yemen, regardless of who governs the state (Salisbury 2016, p. 9). In their initial expansion southward, Houthi forces relentlessly attacked al-Qaeda strongholds in al-Beidha and successfully dislodged al-Qaeda from the area (Salisbury 2014). Hadi’s government tried to do the same, but failed. And though the Houthi parrot Iranian anti-Americanism, the Houthi have largely avoided direct confrontation with the Americans. The Americans could live with a Houthi dominated government. For the Saudis, al-Qaeda and Yemeni stability are secondary for the moment; their primary concern is Iran or a government hostile to Saudi interests (Abi-Habib and Al-Kibsi 2015)

References – by Charles Schmitz, teaches in the Department of Geography at Towson University, Baltimore, MD, and is an affiliated scholar with the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.

http://www.e-ir.info/2016/12/19/deadly-stalemate-in-yemen/

Comment: Who is who in the current war on #Yemen. Article is structured around many pro-Coalition sources, yet, it is interesting as a base to understand the timing of events and the shifting of movements locally and internationally.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1207351182651243

19.12.2016 – Reuters (**A K)

Saudi-led coalition to stop using British-made cluster munitions in Yemen

A Saudi-led Arab coalition will halt its use of British-made cluster munitions in Yemen, the Saudi government said on Monday, after 20 months of war in which thousands of civilians have been killed and injured in air strikes.

In London, British defense minister Michael Fallon confirmed in parliament that the coalition had dropped "a limited number" of UK-supplied cluster munitions in Yemen.

Britain, a signatory to the international convention which prohibits use of the munitions, has been investigating whether the coalition dropped the BL 755 munitions in Yemen following an Amnesty International report in May.

"The government of Saudi Arabia confirms that it has decided to stop the use of cluster munitions of the type BL-755 and informed the United Kingdom government of that," said the Saudi statement, carried by state news agency SPA.

It was the first Saudi confirmation of the coalition's use of the cluster munitions.

Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri told Arabiya TV: "BL 755 bombs are used in a limited way and not in residential areas. We do not use the bombs in areas populated by civilians."

"This munition was used against legitimate military targets to defend Saudi towns and villages against continuous attacks by Houthi militia, which resulted in Saudi civilian casualties."

Assiri said the coalition, which is battling Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen, had not violated international law because it had not signed the cluster munitions convention.

Fallon stressed that Britain had sold the munitions to Riyadh in the 1980s, long before the 2008 convention.

"However, Saudi Arabia has now confirmed it will not further use BL-755 cluster munitions and I welcome that," he said.

(Reporting by Ali Abdelatti; Writing by Tom Finn; Editing by Gareth Jones)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN1481S5

19.12.2016 – The Telegraph (** A K)

Saudis confirm use of British cluster bombs in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has confirmed it has used British-made cluster bombs during its military campaign in Yemen.

A statement from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in in the country said BL-755 bombs had been used earlier this year "against legitimate military targets to defend Saudi towns and villages".

The admission came after a British government analysis indicating the UK-made munitions were used in the campaign in which Saudi-led forces are fighting Houthi rebels who rose up against the Yemeni government.

Saudi Arabia has now agreed to stop using the weapons, according to the statement.

The use of the controversial weapons has again turned the spotlight on Britain's support for the Saudis during a conflict which has seen at least 10,000 people killed and caused a humanitarian crisis for many – by Ben Farmer

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/19/saudis-confirm-use-british-cluster-bombs-yemen/

Comment by Judith Brown: Saudis have confirmed it. Is it enough after all their denials to just say they won't download it again?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155028937958641

My comment to comment: No, of course not. All these war crimes have been committed and stay in the Saudi balance. – The whole story once again shows what really you can believe from Saudi statements and claims: Nothing. Look here, Asiri denies that the Saudis are using cluster bombs: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-11-03/saudi-arabia-deny-using-british-cluster-bombs-in-the-war-in-yemen/

19.12.2016 – The Guardian (** A K P)

Saudi Arabia admits it used UK-made cluster bombs in Yemen

Confirmation by Saudi-led coalition raises pressure on UK government which has refused to curb arms sales to Riyadh

Saudi Arabia has finally admitted that it used UK-manufactured cluster bombs against Houthi rebels in Yemen, increasing pressure on the British government which has repeatedly refused to curb arms sales to Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia said it would cease to use UK-manufactured cluster bombs and that it had informed the UK government of this decision.

Ahmed Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, said: “It has become apparent that there was limited use by the coalition of the UK-manufactured BL755 cluster munition in Yemen.”

The decision to stop using the cluster bombs follows an internal Saudi investigation conducted in discussion with the UK. Saudi officials said it had only been completed last week.

The admission came in advance of a statement by Britain’s defence secretary, Michael Fallon, admitting that UK-supplied cluster bombs had been used by Saudi Arabian-led forces. Fallon told the House of Commons that a “limited number” of BL755 cluster munitions exported from the UK in the 1980s had been dropped by the Arab coalition.

He said he welcomed Saudi Arabia’s confirmation it would not use further BL755 cluster munitions and that Britain’s sales of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries would be kept under review.

The UK government has been prevaricating for months on the issue of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, its biggest market for weapons sales. Adding to the embarrassment, the UK is a signatory to an international treaty banning cluster bombs.

The prime minister, Theresa May, refused to answer when pressed by the Scottish National party in the House of Commons about when she first became aware that UK-made cluster bombs were used by Saudi-led forces in Yemen.

The UK government’s line is that there had been no confirmation about the cluster bombs until the Saudis completed their inquiry last week – by Rowena Mason and Ewen MacAskill

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/19/saudi-arabia-admits-use-uk-made-cluster-bombs-yemen

My comment: The development in the UK at cp10. It is evident that the Saudis just admitted the use of these cluster bombs when in Britain even the government investigation had made evident that the British cluster bombs had been used in Yemen And both, the Saudis as the British, even in admitting these facts did everything to downplay them. Asiris “limited use” just one thing, this also a lie.

And this is the Saudi statement:

19.12.2016 – Saudi Press Agency (*A K)

Coalition Forces supporting legitimacy in Yemen confirm that all Coalition countries aren't members to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

In response to allegations by Amnesty International that the BL-755 cluster munitions was used between December 2015-January 2016 in the vicinity of Al Khadra in Yemen, the Coalition Forces Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, made the following clarification:
First, it must be recalled that international law does not ban the use of cluster munitions. Some States have undertaken a commitment to refrain from using cluster munitions by becoming party to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Neither the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia nor its Coalition partners are State Parties to the 2008 Convention, and accordingly, the Coalition’s use of cluster munitions does not violate the obligations of these States under international law.
Second, the Coalition has conducted an inquiry into the use of cluster munitions in Yemen, including through dialogue with the British authorities and others. It has become apparent that there was limited use by the Coalition of the UK-manufactured BL-755 cluster munitions in Yemen. This munitions was used against legitimate military targets to defend Saudi towns and villages against continuous attacks by Houthi militia, which resulted in Saudi civilian casualties. In deploying this munitions, the Coalition fully observed the international humanitarian law principles of distinction and proportionality. Furthermore, the munitions was not deployed in civilian population centers.
Finally, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia confirms that it decided to cease usage of the UK-manufactured BL-755 cluster munitions. Thereafter, the Saudi Government has informed the UK Government about this decision.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1571875 and in Al Arabiya article: https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/12/19/Asiri-Cluster-munition-used-only-to-prevent-attacks-on-civilians.html

My comment: The statement was given by spokesman Asiri. – The admittance is going two steps forward, what else is told here is going two steps backwards again. “This munitions was used against legitimate military targets” is one lie, because. a) There are no “legitimate” military targets in this war at all (as it is a War of Agression), b) the places hit by cluster bombs in most cases were no military targets at all. – “to defend Saudi towns and villages” is a lie as a) the Saudis began their bombing war against Yemen about 10 weeks BEFORE the first Houthis attacks on Saudi territory and b) bombing villages in the hinterland not at all can have anything to do with “defend”, it’s simply aggression. – The Al Arabiya headline is: “Asiri: Coalition has stopped use of cluster munition”, one more lie: The article and statement clearly state that Saudi Arabia just “has decided to cease use of the UK-manufactured BL-755 cluster munitions”. That means all other cluster munition will be used further on.

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani (on Saudi’s own inquiry): How many times Saudi said the same? The outcomes of any internal inquiry is the same impudent results " It is the victims fault"

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/810983878835970048

19.12.2016 – DPA (* A K)

Krieg in Jemen

Saudiarabien bestätigt Einsatz von Streubomben

Eine von Saudiarabien geführte Militärkoalition hat in Jemen Streubomben britischer Bauart eingesetzt. Das teilte der britische Verteidigungsminister Michael Fallon am Montag im Parlament in London unter Berufung auf eine Untersuchung der Militärkoalition mit.

Zuvor hatte auch die staatliche saudische Nachrichtenagentur Spa berichtet, BL-755 Streubomben seien in Jemen zum Einsatz gekommen – doch nur «in eingeschränkter Art und Weise und zu einer begrenzten Anzahl» und nicht in von Zivilisten bewohnten Gebieten. Die Briten gehören nicht zur Militärkoalition, verkaufen Saudiarabien aber Waffen.

Fallon betonte, Grossbritannien habe seit 1989 keine Streubomben mehr nach Saudiarabien geliefert. Die eingesetzte Munition stamme aus alten Beständen und sei gegen «legitime militärische Ziele» eingesetzt worden. Die Saudi-geführte Koalition habe zugesagt, keine Streubomben des Typs BL-755 aus Grossbritannien mehr einzusetzen. «Wir heissen diese Ankündigung willkommen», sagte Fallon.

http://www.nzz.ch/international/nahost-und-afrika/krieg-in-jemen-saudiarabien-bestaetigt-einsatz-von-streubomben-ld.135716 = http://derstandard.at/2000049568259/Saudi-Arabien-bestaetigte-Einsatz-britischer-Streubomben-im-Jemen

Mein Kommentar: Die Saudis hatten bisher den Einsatz von Streubomben hartnäckig geleugnet. Das zeigt wieder einmal, was man von saudischen Behauptungen in diesem Krieg zu halten hat: Gar nichts. Und es war nur die britische Untersuchung (nicht, wie in der Meldung: Untersuchung der Militärkoalition), die dieses Zugeständnis erzwang. Zu Großbritannien siehe in cp10. – „«Wir heißen diese Ankündigung willkommen»: heißt im Klartext ja: Wir steigen euch nie aufs Dach, sondern kriechen euch immer nur in den Allerwertesten.

19.12.2016 – Reuters (** A K)

Saudi-led coalition to stop using British-made cluster munitions in Yemen: SPA

An Arab coalition fighting in Yemen said on Monday it would stop using British-made BL-755 cluster munitions in Yemen where thousands of civilians have been killed in 20 months of conflict.

"The government of Saudi Arabia confirms that it has decided to stop the use of cluster munitions of the type BL-755 and informed the United Kingdom government of that," Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

The coalition has used the munitions, which scatter bomblets across a wide area, in a limited way to protect its borders, the statement said – by Ali Abdelatti

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN1481S5

and like a comment to this, look at:

19.12.2016 – International Business Times (* A K)

If cluster bombs are not considered beyond the pale by the Saudi military then what is the likelihood that its personnel are doing everything in their power to avoid civilian casualties? It's not just the bombs that are deadly, it is the mindset that would allow their use in the first place. Is this really characteristic of a military campaign that the UK should be arming and supporting?

These latest revelations are a terrible confirmation of the awful conduct of Saudi forces. The bombs themselves could last years and could do severe damage for years to come. They are yet another terrible manifestation of a brutal war being fought by a brutal regime – by Andrew Smith, Campaign Against Arms Trade

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/british-cluster-bombs-falling-yemen-show-how-our-leaders-put-cash-before-conscience-1597258

19.12.2016 – Amnesty International (* B K P)

SAUDI ARABIA: IMMEDIATELY ABANDON ALL USE OF CLUSTER MUNITIONS

Saudi Arabia should immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions, destroy its stockpile and accede to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, Amnesty International said after the Kingdom’s surprise admission today that it used the inherently indiscriminate weapon in Yemen.

General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesperson for the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, stated today that it would cease use of UK-made BL-755 cluster munitions, confirming Amnesty International’s finding that this type had been used since at least December 2015. Amnesty International previously revealed the coalition’s use of UK, US and Brazilian-made cluster munitions in the conflict.

“It’s astonishing that it has taken this long for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition to formally admit that it used inherently indiscriminate cluster munitions in the Yemen conflict,” said James Lynch, Head of Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International.

“Of course we have already known this for months. Amnesty International and others gathered damning evidenceof how these weapons were killing and maiming civilians, including children, in farming villages in northern Yemen following their use earlier this year.

“This episode highlights the urgent need for an independent international investigation to look into the mounting evidence of violations of international law in Yemen and ensure accountability.
“The irresponsible and unlawful flow of arms to parties to the Yemen conflict has fuelled civilian suffering. All states must impose a comprehensive embargo on arms transfers that could be used by any of the warring parties.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/press-releases/2016/12/saudi-arabia-immediately-abandon-all-use-of-cluster-munitions/

19.12.2016 – BBC (** B H)

In pictures: Yemen's displaced women and girls

Yemen's war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement has devastated tens of thousands of lives through death, injury and displacement.

Women and girls constitute half of the 2.18 million people who have been internally displaced. Here are stories of some of them now living in the Dharwan settlement, outside the capital, Sanaa.

Grandmother Aliah complains about the scarcity of food, water and health care. She relies on her son-in-law's earnings of $4 (£3) per day to support three generations of the family who have all fled from Hudaydah province. An estimated 14 million people are considered food insecure and seven million severely food insecure, with malnutrition widespread.

Muna and Sakina from the northern rebel stronghold of Saada fled with their mother and three siblings to the Dharwan settlement last year after losing their father. The conflict has taken a harsh toll on civilians and an average of 75 people are either killed or injured every day.

For Safiah, life has changed irrevocably since the start of the conflict. She fled with her husband and five children from their home in Saada for the safety of a camp for displaced people in nearby Hajjah. The camp was subsequently attacked and she lost her son in the incident.

Seven year old Inaas longs to return home and play with her friends next door, but having lost her father she now has to help her newly widowed mother with daily household chores instead. More than 10% of Yemen's conflict-displaced households are headed by females, with almost 3% headed by girls under the age of 18.

"I send all my children to beg for food every day," says 50-year-old widow and mother of eight, Zahrah from Saada. Deteriorating conditions and prolonged conflict is forcing families without livelihoods to make particularly difficult decisions for their children, exposing them to risks of abuse and exploitation – Photographs by Mohammed Hamoud; captions by Shabia Mantoo, UNHCR spokesperson for Yemen (more stories, photos).

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-38305875

Comment by Judith Brown: Read and weep. This is so hard to understand, how the world allowed this to happen. Heartbroken. Devastated. And angry.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155028915903641

and more of that:

19.12.2016 – Red Cross (** B H)

In Yemen, a journey to the unknown

They came to Yemen from all over in search of a better life. However, those hopes have been jeopardized by a conflict that has raged since March 2015. We spoke to ten people now living in Sana'a to get a sense of the challenges they face.

ICRC tries to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable migrants by helping restoring family links, collecting and sharing thousands of Red Cross messages (Photos)

Umar Saleh Abdo, 40 years old, originally from Somalia

“Conflict forced me to flee home seeking safety. I had hoped for a chance to travel abroad through Yemen, but it was in vain. Eventually, I got used to my life in Yemen, after getting married and experiencing being safe. Unfortunately, now everything has changed, and I worry about losing my five children. I wish I could go back home.”

Brana Parbatelo, 27 years old, originally from Ethiopia

“It was a very hard trip. Ten years ago, I had to leave my country with my husband and my two children.” During the journey, Brana was separated from her husband and one of her children. “I know nothing about them until today.”

Muna Alsheik, 40 years old, originally from Somalia

After her brother died in Ethiopia, Muna and her two sons decided to leave. She looked back on the long journey to Yemen, where she broke her leg. “I spent three hours on the beach with pain in my leg. I haven’t been able to walk ever since.” During the trip, one of her sons disappeared. “I have no news about him. Now, I have nothing to do but wait and hope that my grandson lives in peace, and has a better life.”

https://www.icrc.org/en/photo-gallery-journey-migrants-Yemen

15.12.2016 – The Independent (** B K P)

It was bizarre to watch Samantha Power at the UN conveniently forget to mention all the massacres done in America's name

So there was Samantha Power doing her “shame” bit in the UN. “Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit?”, America’s ambassador to the UN asked the Russians and Syrians and Iranians. She spoke of Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica “and, now, Aleppo”.

Odd, that. For when Samantha talked about “barbarism against civilians” in Aleppo, I remembered climbing over the dead Palestinian civilians massacred at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Beirut in 1982, slaughtered by Israel’s Lebanese militia friends while the Israeli army – Washington’s most powerful ally in the Middle East – watched. But Samantha didn’t mention them. Not enough dead Palestinians, perhaps? Only 1,700 killed, including women and children. Halabja was up to 5,000 dead. But Sabra and Chatila certainly “creeped me out” at the time.

And then I recalled the monstrous American invasion of Iraq. Perhaps half a million dead. It’s one of the statistics for Rwanda’s dead. Certainly far more than Srebrenica’s 9,000 dead. And I can tell you that Iraq’s half million dead “creeped me out” rather a lot, not to mention the torture and murders in the CIA’s interrogation centres in Afghanistan as well as in Iraq. It also “creeped me out” to learn that the US president used to send innocent prisoners off to be interrogated in... Assad’s Syria! Yes, they were sent by Washington to be questioned in what Samantha now calls Syria’s “Gulags”.

Funny old world. Samantha, God bless her, didn’t mention Gaza, where quite a lot of Palestinian children have been killed by the Israelis. Nor Yemen, where America’s head-chopping allies are now dissing the Shiites and have killed almost 4,000 civilians – by Robert Fisk

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/samantha-power-un-us-ambassador-america-syria-aleppo-massacres-srebrenica-rwandan-genocide-bizarre-a7476556.html

My comment: One of the best articles about western hypocrisy – in the case of Yemen and all countries, where westerners or western allies slaughter themselves.

Comment by Judith Brown: Robert Fisk at his cynical best exposing Samantha Power at her cynical worst. She has done NOTHING for Yemen where maybe 200x the numbers of people suffering in Aleppo are doing so because of the decisions of her country. And let me say another thing about the media coverage. Despite the fact that the people of Aleppo clearly have NOT reached famine level, on the day of the DEC appeal launch the news was all about Aleppo with not a mention of Yemen. So guess which charity people decided to support? This is not a competition between two lots of suffering people. It is just to put the silence in context.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155025046573641

22.9.2016 – Global Partnership for Education (** B H K)

Civil society’s efforts to revive a war-ravaged education system in Yemen

A view from the ground show the enormous need to give children hope through education

War has had a direct impact on the already fragile public sector in Yemen, and the effect on the education system has been particularly devastating.

Despite the remarkable strides in expanding access to basic education and improving gender equality over the past few decades 1, since the 2011 uprising, the pre-existing challenges facing the education sector continue to grow.

For example, gender disparities have widened, enrollment rates and retention rates have decreased. After the escalation of the conflict, 3,600 schools were closed and half of all school-age children were out of school (3.4 million).

Although schools re-opened in November 2015, over 1,600 schools remain closed due to insecurity, damage to infrastructure or because they are being used as shelters by displaced people (see UNOCHA and UNICEF).

According to the ministry of Education, the damage to educational facilities has affected 1,430,875 students and school curricula for the academic year 2014/2015 were not completed in 4,503 schools. Additionally, many teachers were displaced leaving classrooms empty. 2

Partners assess the damage

During a local education group (LEG) meeting held in Amman, Jordan in early January 2016, a representative of the ministry of Education presented several photos of schools before and after the conflict.

Many audience members broke into tears; they knew the amount of effort poured into every brick and every desk, and the hope these schools represented was completely destroyed in mere seconds.

Of course, the complexity of wartime politics is beyond the comprehension of the boys and girls who simply wish to go to school and play safely in their neighbourhoods.

Along with the intense psychological trauma, boys are more likely to fall victim to killing, maiming, arbitrary detention or recruitment by armed groups, while girls are particularly at risk of early marriage and gender-based violence (UNOCHA).

Resilience to resume teaching and learning

Despite the crisis, the importance and power of education prevails, largely due to the work of dedicated Yemeni teachers and aid workers as well as support from devoted partners such as UNICEF and the Global Partnership for Education.

Students continue to study and live in the same classrooms. Teachers gather displaced children around trees and give classes when they can, and older students volunteer to teach younger ones in the most difficult environments.

Throughout the conflict, the efforts of civil society have been critical in ensuring education is prioritized.

The essential role of civil society

The Yemeni Coalition for Education for All (YCEA) for example has maintained a strong presence in the country since its formation in 2009. Organizations like YCEA have a vital role when it comes to policy-making and sector planning - particularly so during times of crisis.

The coalition, a member of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and supported by the Civil Society Education Fund, comprises over 50 civil society organizations and teachers’ unions, and calls for free, compulsory, quality education for all.

During the war, it has implemented ’Back to School’ advocacy campaigns at national and local levels, voicing the needs of children and their parents, marginalized groups, and displaced persons.

More funding is needed to bring children back to school

Education in emergencies gets too little funding – by Sawsan Al Refai

http://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/civil-societys-efforts-revive-war-ravaged-education-system-yemen

18.12.2016 – Washington Post (** B K)

"Why is the world so quiet?" Yemen suffers its own cruel losses, far from Aleppo.

Over the past 21 months, thousands of civilians have died in the fighting in Yemen, and a humanitarian crisis is escalating. But Yemenis - aware of their country's status as one of the world's oldest repositories of civilisation, dating back centuries before Christ - voice equal outrage about cultural losses. Armed groups, including radical Islamists, have damaged or destroyed ancient mosques and churches. Museums have been looted. Airstrikes have targeted historic sites that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognises as unique.

The attacks are widely considered an affront to Yemen's national pride and identity, delivered by neighbours rich in oil revenue and international support but comparatively poor in cultural heritage. The bitterness threatens to complicate peace efforts, while the destruction jeopardises future tourism revenue, vital to rebuilding the nation.

"The scars will take a long time to heal," said Mohannad Ahmad al-Syani, who runs the government body that oversees Yemen's antiquities and museums.

By Syani's count, about 85 historic sites have been "directly or indirectly targeted" by one side or another since war erupted in Yemen in March 2015

"None of the parties show any kind of respect for the historical value of these sites," said Radhiyah al-Mutawakkil, the director of Mwatana, an independent Yemeni human rights group that has identified 17 cultural and architectural gems that have been damaged or destroyed.

For much of its existence, Kawkaban has been a stronghold of the Shiite Zaydi sect, to which the Houthis belong. The Zaydi rulers fought back numerous foreign invaders over the centuries. When civil war erupted in the 1960s, the citadel was one of the last Zaydi holdouts, eventually surrendering to the new government. That time, too, the town was bombarded, but less catastrophically, residents said.

In interviews, residents said no Houthi or Saleh loyalist fighters had ever been based here. A walk around the town revealed no sign of weapons depots or military activity.

Rebels did occupy other historically significant sites targeted by coalition jets, including a centuries-old dam in the northern city of Marib and the al-Husaini mosque and a notable military museum in the southern port city of Aden, Mwatana researchers said.

Abdul Malik Alagri, a senior Houthi political official, denied that the rebels were using cultural sites as bases or to store weapons. He said Saudi Arabia was targeting historical structures "out of hatred and envy because they have no history or cultural heritage."

Syani disputed those claims, citing Marib as an example. When he complained that rebel artillery units were being positioned near historic sites, he said, he was told that they were there to protect the country's heritage.

"This has really troubled us," he said. "Any armed presence can be used as an excuse for an attack. But it's hard to convince the fighters that locating in or near historical locations is wrong."

In the south, militants from al-Qaida and the Islamic State have destroyed tombs, mausoleums and churches, mirroring the targeting of shrines by their comrades in Syria and Iraq. In Hadramout province, at least 13 historic religious sites dating back hundreds of years have been destroyed, Syani said.

Last year, Islamist extremists used hoes and bulldozers to destroy the ancient Bajabar tomb and a suicide car bomb to decimate centuries-old homes in the walled city of Shibam, a UNESCO heritage site known as "the world's oldest skyscraper city" because of its mud-brick high-rise structures. In Lahij province, militants destroyed the 800-year-old tomb of a Sufi saint.

As he talked about the destruction, Syani's voice cracked. Then he angrily questioned why the wrecking of Yemen's culture hasn't received the same attention as the plundering of mosques, churches and medieval sites by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

"Why is the world so quiet?" he said, shaking his head – by SUDARSAN RAGHAVAN (with photos)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/why-is-the-world-so-quiet-yemen-suffers-its-own-cruel-losses-far-from-aleppo/2016/12/18/0b13e0ab-b19d-447d-b93b-6c2807a5067d_story.html = http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/87732608/yemens-losses-why-is-the-world-so-quiet

Comment by Judith Brown: This is the story of the destruction of kawkaban - a 40 minute drive from Sanaa. We used to drive to the small market town of Shibam, nestling at its foot, and walk up the ancient pathway to the top. We knew a man there who owned a hotel. Sometimes we would stay there and he would escort us on amazing walks. When I heard Kawkaban was one of Saudis victims, it shocked me. I had dreamt that one day I would take an adventurous grandchild or two there, so that they could learn to live the Yemen I know. Now I have to say it is the Yemen I knew, and my descendants will never see it in its glory. Let's hope one day it can be partially restored at least so that the achievements of humanity are not the evilness of man's destruction, but the glory of man's creation. Inshallah

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155028902303641

cp2 Allgemein / General

20.12.2016 – Southfront (A K)

Map: Military Situation In Yemen On December 20, 2016 (Map Update)

https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-yemen-on-december-20-2016-map-update/

19.12.2016 – Strategic Culture (* B P)

Yemen: It Was A Very Bad Year

Meanwhile the Yemen government is having problems dealing with the tribal politics and corruption in the areas it controls. In Taiz Province, for example, several of the dozen or more local pro-government militias have recently expelled the officials the government appointed and replaced them with local men. This is all a protest the lack of economic support for pro-government communities in Taiz. The locals complain that the salaries of local civil servants have not been paid since July, even though other government controlled provinces have been paid. The locals accuse the government of corruption in this, and other cases. The restive tribes wonder who is getting all the money the GCC is handing over to the government.

The Arab coalition is being forced to deal with many of the problems that caused the civil war in the first place. The biggest problem is controlling the dozens of major tribes, many of them demanding more money, weapons and attention than the Arab coalition members are willing or able to provide. Then there is the corruption. The Arab coalition works through the tribal leaders, who are often corrupt, even with their own people. Giving payroll cash to tribal leaders to pay their militiamen often causes problems as the money mysteriously disappears and the tribal leaders blame the Arab coalition or anyone else. Then there are the local rivalries as well as the separatist (divide the country in two) sentiments among many southern tribes. Of course, the separatists want to have the oil, which is in the middle of the country. Meanwhile long-standing tribal feuds often cause pro-government tribes to refuse to follow orders or get distracted actually fighting with a rival tribe. Then there’s the issue of unity, or lack of it, among the pro-government tribes. The fighting drags on because the Shia tribes are much more united than the more numerous Sunni ones.

The reality is that the Shia tribes of Yemen also look out for themselves at the expense of others, as do most of the other tribes in Yemen. There is much talk of curbing corruption in Yemen but little interest in doing that equally with everyone. In other words every tribe has their own list of grievances and things that must be put right. The fundamental problem in Yemen, and many other nations worldwide, is lack of trust and willingness to compromise.

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/yemen/articles/20161219.aspx

My comment: This is largely pro-Saudi, anti-Iranian article, but it contains a quite serious passage on a subject which often is neglected: The role of Yemeni tribes and tribalism, worth a read.

18.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A)

150Taiz Popular Resistance wounded to fly to Turkey for treatment

The Yemeni government said it had completed the necessary arrangements for the travel of 150 wounded members of the Popular Resistance of Taiz to Turkey to receive treatment.

According to the Media Office of Taiz governorate, "this group will travel to Turkey as a first batch".

"The 150 wounded are expected to leave within the few coming days, after showing their medical files to the Turkish Medical Committee, which will soon arrive in Taiz".

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87257

My comment: “Popular Resistance” anti-Houthi fighters. But on Hadi and Popular resistance read http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-taiz-rival-governments-888607796

18.12.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Saudi Arabia, U.S. play down reports of curbs on military support

Saudi Arabia and the United States on Sunday played down media reports that Washington had decided to limit military support, including planned arms sales to the kingdom, over its war in Yemen.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Riyadh had not been officially informed of such decisions, which he described as contradicting the reality, while visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the issue related more to a long procurement process than restrictions on military support.

U.S. officials have said Washington decided to curb backing for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen, including halting the supply of some precision-guided munitions, because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties.

Jubeir, speaking in Arabic, told a joint news conference with Kerry: "This news that has been leaked contradicts reality. The reality is that converting regular bombs to smart bombs would be welcome because smart bombs are more accurate.

"The kingdom has received nothing official from the American government in this regard," he said in answer to a question on reported delays of U.S. weapons supplies.

Kerry appeared to play down the reports of delays to weapons supplies, suggesting procurement was often a slow process, and adding he had worked hard to move sales "forward"

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudiarabia-yemen-idUSKBN1470LB

My comment: The US wants to keep its “friendship” with Saudi Arabia – which includes support for the slaughter in Yemen.

Comment by Judith Brown: Of course Al Jubeir is probably right. Obama and his mates say one thing to the media and do the opposite. They can't resist the notion of encouraging Arabs to kill other Arabs. It's probably a sick joke to say they have cut down arms sales to any evil regime in the Middle East. Or perhaps having my hopes let down so often in this terrible war is making me too cynical.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155033888483641

and in full:

18.12.2016 – US State Department (A P)

Joint Press Availability with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/12/265750.htm

Comment by Sharmine Narwani: So much ass-kissing here, hard to determine whether Kerry or Jubeir stinks more. I call Kerry. Americans should hang their heads in shame.

https://twitter.com/snarwani/status/810648414690177024

18.12.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Saudi Arabia denies U.S. moves to curb military support over Yemen

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir denied on Sunday reports that the United States had decided to limit military support, including a planned arms sale, to the kingdom.

U.S. officials have said Washington decided to curb backing for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen, including halting the supply of some precision-guided munitions, because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties.

Jubeir, speaking in Arabic, told a joint news conference with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: "This news that has been leaked contradicts reality. The reality is that converting regular bombs to smart bombs would be welcome because smart bombs are more accurate."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudiarabia-yemen-idUSKBN1470LB

My comment: There can exist lies with a lot of truth behind. Yes, the US really does not stop supporting the Saudi war in Yemen at all.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

20.12.2016 – SRF (* A H)

Audio: Erika Widmer: Drei Monate für MSF in Jemen

Seit bald zwei Jahren ist Krieg in Jemen. Seit 14 Jahren leistet die gelernte Kinderkrankenschwester Erika Widmer Einsätze für Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF). Zuletzt in Jemen, obwohl sie im Pensionsalter ist. Susanne Brunner hat sie getroffen.

Drei Monate lang war Erika Widmer als medizinische Koordinatorin in Jemen im Einsatz. Die Pflegefachfrau hat Erfahrung mit solchen Einsätzen, sie war im Irak, in Afghanistan, im Südsudan, in Burma oder Myanmar, in Tschad. So gefährlich wie in Jemen war aber noch kein Einsatz. Moderation: Susanne Brunner

https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/tagesgespraech/erika-widmer-drei-monate-fuer-msf-in-jemen

19.12.2016 – Your Ability (A H)

The completion of the first surgical operation for the child Mayassa to remove the tumor, and we will work hard to remove the other cancers (photos)

https://twitter.com/YourAbility_org/status/810984203831672832

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A H P)

UN official: Humanitarian Response Plan only receives 58 percent of funding in Yemen

Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations in Sana'a Jamie McGoldrick said Monday the humanitarian response plan for Yemen for 2016 only received 58 percent of the funding.
The funds were estimated at 943,900,000 USD out of 1,63,000.000 USD which have negatively impacted on the ability of relief organizations in responding to the worsening humanitarian situation in the country, McGoldrick said.
"It has been completed to prepare the humanitarian needs document for 2017 which requires a new funding. As a result of the large increasing of those who are in need of humanitarian assistance in the past nine months,'' he added.

The UN official talked about the humanitarian needs document for 2017 which would be launched later, including a universal human appeal.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450124.htm

19.12.2016 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A H)

Food is not enough to save his life.
Children need medicines, proper care, constant medical check ups, dental care, a home: children of#Yemen have nothing of this.
Just bombs.
Stop the war on them (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1207415472644814/?type=3

19.12.2016 – Judith Brown (A H)

A project in Sanaa to provide warm clothing to the children. At getting on for 8000 feet high it can be very cold in the winter months, even a frost at night and this year there have been photos of snowfall. So these coats are badly needed. And this made me smile - don't they look gorgeous? I know many are living in makeshift tents and their lives are precarious but they are still beautiful. Let's hope for peace (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155029057178641

19.12.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (* A H)

Remembering Yemen's Children and Supporting Doctors Without Borders

A personal campaign sponsored by zeynep tufekci Thank you for visiting this fundraising page I have set up to support the work of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)—especially in Yemen.

Over the past year, we've seen a steady stream of pictures of malnourished and injured children trapped in Yemen’s horrible war. The New York Times describes Yemen as “mired in conflict, with rebels holding the capital and Saudi Arabia bombing them, with American help.” The United Nations says that “acute malnutrition rates among children under 5 have reached 31% -- more than double the emergency threshold of 15%.

Yet, there is little to no attention to the many millions of victims in this country, already impoverished before this hellish war.

When prospects for the political settlements that are needed, for Yemen and the region seem at times hopelessly remote, at least we can support the few brave organizations working on the ground, trying to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of victims. War is hell and nobody deserves it, least of all children.

I will match donations made through this page up to $15,000. Can we collectively raise $30,000 before the year is over? I don’t know. Is it a crazy goal? I don’t know.

Doctors Without Borders uses these donations to deliver urgent medical care including treatment for malnutrition, emergency surgery, and lifesaving vaccinations for people around the world.

Thank you for your support. This donation is tax deductible in the United States. You can learn more about MSF by visiting www.doctorswithoutborders.org.

http://events.doctorswithoutborders.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=3834

19.12.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A H)

U.N. Offices Boost Presence in Aden

Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen Abdul Raqeeb Saif Fateh said that the legitimate government in Yemen has received confirmations from the United Nations including reinforcing its offices in Aden, starting from the end of December.

The legitimate government has pledged not to intervene in the work of these offices and to allow them to carry out their activities in all Yemeni provinces after moving to Aden, which boosts humanitarian efforts in the country, according to Fateh.

The Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Yemeni legitimate government aimed at activating many partnerships with different organizations and institutions supporting humanitarian efforts, including the United Nations, King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aids and U.A.E. Red Crescent in order to provide services for all Yemenis.

Despite the fact that al-Hudaydah city falls under the control of Houthi militias, the Yemeni Minister pointed out that the legitimate government, represented by Ministry of Local Administration, has launched an appeal so it can be urgently aided from starvation.

He confirmed that the Arab Coalition, Kuwaiti and U.A.E. Red Crescents and King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aids have directly delivered aids to this city – by Asma Al-Ghabiri

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/12/article55364131/u-n-offices-boost-presence-aden

My comment: There hardly can be objections when the UN and humanitarian organisations open offices at Aden. That certainly would help to bring humanitarian help to the South. It of course would be critical if for that they would give up their offices at Sanaa, what would mean an obstacle for bringing humanitarian aid in the North. And generally that would mean that the whole action just would have been a political measure – showing support to “president” Hadi and his “government”.

19.12.2016 WAM (B H)

UAE offered AED6 bn in foreign aid to Yemen from 2015 to 2016

From April 2015 to November 2016, the United Arab Emirates has provided nearly AED6 billion (US$1.6 billion) in foreign aid to Yemen as part of its efforts to provide development, security, stability and peace in Yemen.

The assistance, offered in line with the UAE's humanitarian and development response towards the crisis in Yemen, covered three sectors, mainly development, humanitarian, and charitable aid, and aimed to help Yemen overcome its current crisis and maintain its stability and territorial integrity.

The UAE provided urgent humanitarian assistance worth AED1.8 billion ($507.3 million) which represented 30.5 per cent of the total assistance provided to Yemen in the period under review. The assistance included food, medicines, medical supplies and equipment, and ambulances.

Development assistance was worth AED4.1 billion ($1.2 billion).

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international-aid/1395304874555.html

My comment: Destroying and starving out the country and at the same time giving relief, does not make much sense.

18.12.2016 – Mona Relief / Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

@monarelief distributing now blankets to vulnerable families &IDPs in the capital Sanaa. More pix will be posted later #Yemen @monareliefye (photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/810461049870831621

Salam guys, I have just finished distributing blankets to most needy families& IDPs in the capital Sanaa. #Yemen @monarelief @monareliefye (photos)

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/810493771372777473

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/810535934332665856

When its cold in #Yemen .@monarelief goes in with warm hearts! Distributing blankets to the most vulnerable IDP's in Sana'a today! (photos)

https://twitter.com/monarelief/status/810577396814544896 and https://twitter.com/monarelief/status/810576635913236481

Pix taken by @monareliefye show you the real situation of IDPs in the capital Sanaa. They just need everything and they have nothing.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/810568055927476224

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

20.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Prime Minister: Ministry of Finance Responsible to Manage and Defend the Country Financial Issues

Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz Saleh Bin Habtoor he held a meeting today with the Minister of Finance Saleh Shaaban and the financial, administrative and technical leaderships of the ministry. The Premier confirmed that the Ministry of Finance is the only responsible institution in the country to manage and defend the financial issues of the country.
He stressed that the ministry should resume its work and manage its financial functions and apply laws and regulations concerning the financial issues, in accordance with the rights ratified legislations.
He pointed to the importance of this sovereign ministry role to face the current challenges because of the aggression and the blockade.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450229.htm

20.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen parliament Condemned terror acts in Jordan And assassination of Russian ambassador in Turkey.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/811213892466700288

My comment: Be aware that there is an actively working parliament in Yemen – but it is with the government in Sanaa, not with “president” Hadi.

20.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Prime Minister meets MSF's Int'l president

Prime Minister Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor met here with visiting International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Dr. Joanne Liu.
The meeting took place on Monday, during which the officials reviewed humanitarian cooperation between Yemen and the MSF and means to expand health cooperation to cover all the Yemeni provinces, including desert and coastal areas.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450161.htm

20.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Health Minister meets head of Doctors Without Borders

Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Mohammed Salem Bin Hafeez met with visiting International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Dr. Joanne Liu and managers of the Dutch, Spanish, French and Swiss MSF's organizations.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450165.htm

19.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Speech of Sayyed Houthi on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad in 1438 AH

[in full lenghth]

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58173&lang=en

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Parliament Speaker Meets Iranian Chargé d' Affaires

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450135.htm

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A)

Security agencies seized 6 tons of expired medicines

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450063.htm

18.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A)

Houthis storm village, kidnap a civilian western Sana'a

Local sources stated that militants of the Houthi and Saleh forces have stormed al Masajed village in Bani Matar district, western Sana'a, on 4 military vehicles and kidnapped a civilian called Najib Rajah.

"Last week, the Houthis stormed the same village and broke into the house of Mohammed Mahdi Jaber, who is displaced in Marib city, east of Sana'a, and took the tenant out of the house by force".

The sources added that the militants had also kidnapped the school principal Nabil al Harmli in the area before they release him after a week, forced nine families to leave their houses, broke into other civilians' houses, and assaulted ladies as well.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87256

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets Iranian Chargé d'affaires in Yemen

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah, met on Sunday with charge d'affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Yemen Mohammad Farhat.
The two sides discussed developing and enhancing the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.
In the meeting, the foreign minister pointed out that the Supreme Political Council and the salvation government extend a hand of peace to lay the foundations of security and stability and to reach an honorable political settlement preserves the rights of the Yemeni people.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449981.htm

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah met here on Sunday with the newly-appointed resident representative of UNHCR for Yemen Ayman Gharaibeh.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450003.htm

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

SPC's President visits SCER's headquarters

President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh Al-Sammad visited on Sunday the Supreme Commission of Elections and Referendum (SCER).
During his visit, Al-Sammad held a meeting with the SCER's leadership, which discussed the Commission's situation and planes and the progress of work in the electronic electoral register program.
The meeting emphasized the importance of the resumption of the Commission's works and its programs and overcoming the difficulties and obstacles that hinder its work
Al-Sammad confirmed that the commission will receive all the support and attention of the Political Council within the framework of the joint coordination to enable the SCER to restore its full activity so as to achieve the interests of Yemen and Yemeni people.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449993.htm

My comment: The Sanaa government is planning elections for 2017.

29.11.2016 – International Federation of Journalists (*A P)

Yemen: concerns raised over tortured journalist’s deteriorating health

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today joined its affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS), in expressing its concerns over the worsening health of a kidnapped journalist who has been tortured in captivity.

Editor of the online site Alislah AbdelKhalee Omran was kidnapped on 9 June 2015 by the Houthi rebels at the Dream Land Hotel in the capital, Sana’a, together with 8 other colleagues. Reports said they were working from the hotel as they felt safer and could use electricity without interruption.

Omran remains captive in the “political security” prison in Sana’a and, like the others, has been subject to repeated torture, a lawyer’s group which visited them in the prison reported.

The journalist’s family recently told the YJS that Omran suffers from severe pain in the spine, back and that his health keeps deteriorating.

“The YJS condemns this cruel treatment towards Omran and the other kidnapped journalists,” said the union in a statement. “We demand a quick medical intervention for Omran and that he is transferred to the hospital to receive the necessary medical care".

http://www.ifj.org/nc/en/news-single-view/backpid/1/article/yemen-concerns-raised-over-tortured-journalists-deteriorating-health/ = https://www.ifex.org/yemen/2016/11/29/tortured_journalist_health_deteriorating/#.WFkIMgC8DW5.facebook

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

18.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen colonel Nasser Saleh,head of security in Shabwa,killed by Qaeda/ISIS bombing his car in capital of province Attak tonight (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810524217221451780

18.12.2016 – Tagesschau (* A T)

Selbstmordanschlag auf Soldaten

Nun kam es bei einer Kaserne in der Stadt im Südjemen erneut zu einem Selbstmordanschlag. Viele Soldaten wurden getötet.

Bei einem Selbstmordanschlag auf eine Kaserne in der jemenitischen Hafenstadt Aden sind mindestens 49 Soldaten getötet worden. Dutzende weitere Menschen wurden verletzt, viele von ihnen schwer, teilten die Behörden mit.

Ein Attentäter sprengte sich in der Nähe einer Militärbasis in die Luft, wo sich die Soldaten versammelt hatten, um ihren Sold abzuholen. Wie der Chef der Spezialeinheiten in Aden, Nasser Sarea, sagte, hatte sich der Attentäter unter wartende Soldaten vor seinem Haus gemischt. Sareas Haus liegt unweit des Militärstützpunkts Al-Saulaban im Viertel Al-Arisch im Nordosten der Stadt. Bilder vom Anschlagsort zeigten Blutflecken und verstreute Schuhe der Opfer auf dem sandigen Boden (Fotos, mehr unten)

Inzwischen bekannte sich die Terrormiliz "Islamischer Staat" (IS) zu dem Attentat.

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/jemen-anschlag-113.html und von AFP: http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/2016-12/jemen-selbstmordattentat-anschlag-kaserne

18.12.2016 – Reuters (** A T)

Suicide bombing kills soldiers in Yemen, claimed by Islamic State

A suicide bomber killed at least 49 soldiers gathered to receive their monthly pay in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday, officials said, as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials said at least 60 other troops were wounded in the attack, which occurred near al-Sawlaban military base in Aden's Khor Maksar district, where another Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up a week ago killing 50 soldiers.

In a statement posted via its Amaq news agency, IS said Sunday's attacker, who it identified as Abu Hashem al-Radfani, detonated an explosive vest amid a crowd of soldiers.

It posted what it said were pictures of the attack, one showing young man wearing a white vest as he stood next to the black and white Islamic State flag.

The jihadist group put the death toll at more than 70.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN147053 and http://in.reuters.com/article/yemen-security-claim-idINKBN1470B5

18.12.2016 – AFP (** A T)

48 Yemeni soldiers dead in IS-claimed bombing

A suicide bomber from the Islamic State group killed at least 48 Yemeni soldiers in Aden Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks against recruits in the country's second city.

Military officials and medics said dozens more were wounded in the attack that targeted a crowd of servicemen who had gathered to collect their salaries near a base in northeastern Aden.

"The number of those killed has risen to 48, while 84 others were wounded," Aden health chief Abdel Nasser al-Wali told AFP.

Wali had initially given a toll of 40 dead, warning that the number was likely to increase due to "critical cases."

The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who blended in among soldiers crowding outside the house of the head of special security forces in Aden, Colonel Nasser Sarea, in Al-Arish district, near Al-Sawlaban base.

Sarea said the bomber "took advantage of the gathering and detonated his explosives among them".

Images from the blast scene showed blood stains and scattered shoes across the sandy ground.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement that a "martyrdom seeker" had gotten through security checkpoints before blowing himself up – by Saleh Al-Obeidi

https://www.yahoo.com/news/least-30-yemeni-soldiers-killed-aden-suicide-bombing-055624295.html = https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/33601313/at-least-30-yemeni-soldiers-killed-in-aden-suicide-bombing/#page1

18.12.2016 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A T)

#Aden: death toll at 49. Expected to rise

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1206116296108065

18.12.2016 – Middle East Eye (* A T)

Suicide bomber kills at least 49 army conscripts in Yemen's Aden

The conscripts had been queuing in front of the house of General Nasser al-Anbouri, head of the armed forces in Aden, when the bomber struck on Sunday morning.

Local news site Aden al-Ghad reported that thousands of soldiers and army conscripts had been waiting in the area at the time of the blast.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/suicide-bomber-kills-least-49-army-conscripts-yemens-aden-194689804

18.12.2016 – Terror Monitor (A T)

#IslamicState Releases Picture Of Suicide Bomber Abu Hashem Al-Radfani Who Attack Military Base In #Aden (photo)

https://twitter.com/Terror_Monitor/status/810467091618865152

and photos

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810374885113479168 (lining up, before attack)

https://twitter.com/AdenNowNews/status/810511446429798400

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810476548159668224

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810472447896121345 (graphic)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810373615162159104

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810376968021610496

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810378965059825665

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810380199514742785

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810384727840591872

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810384840939937793

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810384959118704641 (graphic)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810385146390183936 (graphic)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810424434595168256

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810424485153214465 https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/810424323659939840

https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/810432390267043840 (graphic)

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/810493771372777473

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

19.12.2016 – CRI (A P)

Die Vier-Parteien-Gespräche zur Jemen-Frage haben am Sonntag in der saudi-arabischer Hauptstadt Riad stattgefunden. Dabei forderten die Außenminister der Vereinigten Staaten, Großbritanniens, Saudi-Arabiens und der Arabischen Emirate dazu auf, einen sofortigen Waffenstillstand und politischen Dialog im Jemen zu schaffen.

US-Außenminister John Kerry betonte auf der anschließenden Pressekonferenz, der Krieg im Jemen hätte bereits zu zahllosen zivilen Opfern geführt und die humanitäre Krise verschlimmere sich aktuell noch weiter. Dazu sollten alle Konfliktparteien zusammen eine Einigung über einen Waffenstillstand und den politischen Dialog erzielen.

http://german.cri.cn/3185/2016/12/19/1s259337.htm

18.12.2016 – Pars Today (A P)

Außenminister Saudi-Arabiens, der USA, VAE, Englands kommen zu Beratungen über Jemen zusammen

Außenminister Saudi-Arabiens, der USA, der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate(VAE) und England, Adel al-Dschubeir, John Kerry,Abdullah bin Zayed Ale Nahyan und Boris Johnson, kommen am kommenden Sonntag in Riad zusammen, um über einen Ausweg aus der Krise im Jemen zu beraten.

Bei den Beratungen, an denen auch der UNO-Gesandte für Jemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, soll der UNO-Fahrplan für Jemen erörtert werden.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i20755-außenminister_saudi_arabiens_der_usa_vae_englands_kommen_zu_beratungen_über_jemen_zusammen

Mein Kommentar: Es sollte klar sein, dass es sich hier um eine reine Show-Veranstaltung handelt. Alle vier Außenminister bzw. ihre Staaten sind im Jemen Kriegspartei, die sich als Vermittler und Friedensstifter aufspielen.

18.12.2016 – AFP (* A P)

Kerry hopes for new Yemen ceasefire in 2 weeks

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the hope in Saudi Arabia on Sunday that a new ceasefire in the Yemen conflict could be agreed within two weeks.

On his last visit to the kingdom as secretary, Kerry said the United States will work with Britain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to achieve a new pause in the fighting, which would be the eighth ceasefire attempt since hostilities escalated early last year.

The group of four nations, formed previously to focus on Yemen, "hopes that within two weeks it might be possible to achieve" a pause in fighting, Kerry told reporters at a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir.

"The failure to achieve a lasting cessation of hostilities is disturbing to all of us," Kerry said.

Previous ceasefire attempts collapsed when new fighting broke out.

Washington's top diplomat leaves office in January at the end of President Barack Obama's presidency.

But he said the US will "remain engaged" in the search for peace in Yemen.

"We think we've found a path that can move forward," Kerry said.

"And we invite the parties, President Hadi, the Huthis and their supporters, both sides, to take advantage of this moment".

Yemen's Tourism Minister Mohamed Qubaty told reporters that Kerry is a "lame duck" attempting "a shot from across 50 yards to score a goal at the last minute."

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/kerry-hopes-for-new-yemen-ceasefire-in-2-weeks/article/481965

18.12.2016 – Deutsche Welle (A P)

Washington presses Riyadh for Yemen peace

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed hope that a new ceasefire agreement in Yemen will be reached soon. Meanwhile, Saudi officials denied media reports that the US was limiting military support to the kingdom.

http://www.dw.com/en/washington-presses-riyadh-for-yemen-peace/a-36819629

My comment: The headline tells pro-US propaganda giving the image of an US action against the Saudis, an image that just is odd.

My comment: I don’t think that this is more than a politician’s rhetoric bubbles. And the Yemeni minister (from Saudi-backed Hadi government) certainly is right. And that is what Saudi propaganda tells: http://direct.arabnews.com/node/1026161/middle-east

18.12.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Kerry also said that he agreed in talks with Jubeir and other Gulf Arab foreign ministers to push for a "cessation of hostilities, which we all will work on in the next several days with hopes that within two weeks it might be possible to achieve it ...".

"Our immediate priority is to end the bloodshed and that's why reestabilishing the ceasefire is so critical," Kerry told the news conference.

"We think we've found the path to move forward and invite the parties, President Hadi, the Houthis and the supporters of both sides to take advantage of this moment to try to come to the table and to try to frame an end," he added.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudiarabia-yemen-idUSKBN1470LB

My comment: He is just telling lies. “"Our immediate priority is to end the bloodshed” – then you really would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia and refueling Saudi jets.

and in full:

18.12.2016 – US State Department (A P)

Joint Press Availability with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/12/265750.htm

And that is the final communique, a document of hypocrisy and hubris:

18.12.2016 – US State Department (* A P)

Communique on Yemen

The Foreign Ministers of the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates met today along with the UN Special Envoy and the Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs. They discussed the October 23, 2016 proposals conveyed by UN Special Envoy and endorsed by the Ministers. In reaffirming the proposals, the Ministers emphasized several key points:

The UN proposals, that include the sequencing of political and security steps, represent an outline for a comprehensive agreement whose details will be settled in negotiations.

Those proposals set forth issues to be negotiated by the parties and the Ministers emphasized the operative measures do not take effect until all parties have signed a comprehensive agreement.

The transfer of presidential authorities will not take place until the parties begin implementation of all political and security steps.

The Ministers agreed to provide full support to the parties and the negotiations until an agreement is achieved.
The October 23 UN proposals include seven key elements:

Sequenced security steps and necessary withdrawals

Appointments for the political transition

Resumption of consultations with the UN based on the GCC Initiative and Implementation Mechanism, the National Dialogue Outcomes, UN Security Council resolution 2216 and other relevant resolutions

Additional withdrawals

Signing an agreement

Donors conference

The national unity government starts a political dialogue to finalize the electoral roadmap and draft constitution.

The Ministers urged the Yemeni government in advance of negotiations to engage on the basis of the UN Special Envoy’s proposals. They welcomed the November 16 endorsement of the Roadmap by the Houthis and elements of the General People’s Congress and called on them to engage urgently on the basis of the UN Special Envoy’s security plan.
The Ministers urged all parties to agree to reinstate a cessation of hostilities based on the April 10 terms and conditions. The Ministers urged all parties to immediately agree to a cessation of hostilities that will be put in place two weeks after representatives of the parties arrive in Amman to begin planning and preparations for the cessation.
The Ministers expressed determination to increase the flow of commercial and humanitarian assistance to Yemen through Hudaydah and requested that the United Nations develop a plan for increased port functionality that includes enhanced inspections that accelerate the provision of increased aid to reach the Yemeni people.
The Ministers expressed condolences for the deaths of Yemeni soldiers and the importance of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement to prevent security vacuums that can be exploited by terrorists.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/12/265752.htm

20.12.2016 – WAM (A P)

GCC welcomes Yemen Quartet for Peace

The Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, has welcomed the meeting of the Yemen Quartet for Peace, which was held in Riyadh.

GCC Secretary-General, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, said in a statement that the GCC supports the efforts of the committee members to achieve peace in Yemen, and explore ways of resuming negotiations among conflicting parties there.

Mr. Al Zayani added that the GCC stresses its support for brotherly Yemen, and hopes that the quartet's efforts will result in a cease-fire and delivery of humanitarian relief assistance to Yemeni people in all provinces to alleviate their suffering.

He added that the GCC countries commend the United Nation proposed initiative which will be the basis for the resumption of negotiations in order to reach a political solution.

The meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, United States and United Kingdom, in addition to Oman's foreign minister and the UN Special Envoy to Yemen.

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international-gulf/1395304914230.html

My comment: What a wording! The “Yemen Quartet for Peace“ is nothing more than the representatives of states which are a warring party in Yemen, and nothing “for peace”. It’s interesting anyway that they recommend the UN proposed initiative, which “president” Hadi had rejected. What about Hadi now?

19.12.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen’s Quartet Seeks New Ceasefire within Two Weeks

[giving some more information]

Meanwhile, Gulf diplomatic sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that participants at the quartet meeting have stressed Houthi rebels must present guarantees of their commitment to withdraw from occupied cities and to hand over their arms.

The sources added that participants also hoped to reach an agreement over a new ceasefire in Yemen within a period of two weeks, provided that representatives from both warring parties attend a coordination meeting on this matter.

He noted that the meeting has issued a joint communiqué, focusing on the need to abide by UNSCR 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcome of national dialogue.

Jubeir stressed that Riyadh would keep calling on the international community to impose severely deterring sanctions on Iran, for its continued intervention in the region and its backing of terrorist cells inside the Kingdom – by Abdul Hadi Habtoor and Adhwan Alahmari

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/12/article55364120/yemens-quartet-seeks-new-ceasefire-within-two-weeks and see another Saudi media, Saudi Gazette with the headline: Jubeir: Iran’s meddling in region must be stopped:

: http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/jubeir-irans-meddling-in-region-must-be-stopped/

My comment: The whole quartet is warring party in Yemen, their demands are and stay one-sided, again fully adopting the Saudi and Hadi government view. I had commented on this point often now: Why the Houthis (and only they) should “withdraw from occupied cities and hand over their arms”? That would be just giving supremacy to Hadi’s expired “government”. And the three points “UNSCR 2216, the Gulf Initiative and the outcome of national dialogue” are either totally one-sided from the beginning and thus an obstacle to peace, or outdated at least since the beginning of the war, and pre-war times and pre-war circumstances no more can be restored.

Comment by Judith Brown: What a cheek. Saudis meddling is far more destructive - a million times worse.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155028918298641

18.12.2016 – AP (A P)

US SECRETARY OF STATE DISCUSSES YEMEN WAR ON SAUDI TRIP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi King Salman and others Sunday to discuss the war in Yemen, a visit to the kingdom that likely will be his last as America's top diplomat.

Any tensions weren't immediately visible as Kerry held meetings with the king, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and other royalty in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

"In turbulent times, it's good to have solid friends," Kerry told journalists Sunday night. "That's why the United States' partnership with Saudi Arabia is rightly so valuable."

Kerry earlier joined diplomats from Britain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates to speak with Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the United Nations special envoy to Yemen.

Kerry said he hoped to have parties involved "within two weeks" to agree to terms earlier set out by the U.N. But he and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir offered few specifics on how that would be accomplished, especially as the U.N. has proposed sidelining Saudi-backed President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and giving the rebels a share of power - concessions the kingdom strongly opposes – BY ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI AND JON GAMBRELL

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SAUDI_ARABIA_UNITED_STATES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-12-18-09-15-36

18.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Congratulations @OSESGY you have new impressive pictures for your photo album collections. #Yemen still under blockade (photos)

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/810572997643927552

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

20.12.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

Saudi Arabia set to execute 150 people for second year in row

Kingdom uses secret courts to impose death penalties on drug offenders, juveniles and political prisoners, says human rights group Reprieve

Saudi Arabia is on course to execute 150 people or more, for a second consecutive year, becoming one of the most frequent users of state executions to carry out judicial sentences, figures compiled by the human rights group Reprieve show.

The group also claims its figures show the kingdom is increasingly using secret courts to impose the death penalty on drug offenders, juveniles and political prisoners.

Many Gulf states use the death penalty and there is concern that executions are becoming the “new normal”. The Reprieve figures show 150 people have been executed this year, close to the 2015 high of 158, and way above the 2014 figures of 87.

Reprieve also suggested that although Saudi Arabia was the Gulf state most likely to use the death penalty, other states such as Kuwait were lowering the age at which the death penalty can be used.

Reprieve also finds that a large number of those killed were “state security” cases, involving people tried in secret courts – this includes political dissidents, and people who were tortured into “confessions”.

Many of those executed were arrested for drug offences, including quite a few foreign nationals, some of whom could well have been trafficking victims.

In January Saudi Arabia executed 47 people all in one day.

The numbers include juveniles – raising fears for those children who remain on death row, including Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher, who were arrested in relation to protests. Al-Mahroon was arrested aged 17 in 2002. Ali al-Nimr will turn 22 next week – by Patrick Wintour

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/18/at-least-150-people-executed-in-saudi-arabia-for-second-year-in-row and by IBT https://www.yahoo.com/news/saudi-arabia-executes-more-150-143400877.html

19.12.2016 – Reuters (* A H P)

UN Tells Saudi Arabia To Stop Stoning And Executing Kids

The Committee on the Rights of the Child also condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes on Yemen.

A U.N. human rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia on Friday to end “severe” discrimination against girls and to repeal laws that allow the stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes in Yemen, which it said had killed and maimed hundreds of children, and its “use of starvation” as a tactic in that war against Iran-backed Houthis.

The committee’s 18 independent experts examined the kingdom’s record of compliance with a U.N. treaty protecting the rights of people under the age of 18.

Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, who led a Saudi delegation to the committee’s review, told the body that sharia, Islamic law, was above all laws and treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child. But the kingdom had the political will to protect children’s rights, he said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/saudi-arabia-stoning-executions-children_us_57f77373e4b0e655eab373aa

My comment: This UN committee has no influence at all. – A state putting any other law higher than human rights should have no right to stay in the UN Human Rights Council. And be aware that Saudis are speaking of “sharia” but just mean their strange Wahabi interpretation (or better: misinterpretation) of sharia.

18.12.2016 – Shuaib Al Mosawa (A)

Saudi offered to treat 77 Yemenis who were injured in today's IS attack. It didn't issue a condolence statement as it just did to Jordan's.

https://twitter.com/Shuaibalmosawa/status/810587534849929216

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: The same offer was made after they targeted funeral hall in Sana'a #Yemen. Saudi Kiils the victim & walks in his wake.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/810593954282487813

My comment to comment: And, how many of the funeral hall victims already had been treated in Saudi Arabia? They just tell it for PR purposes, and do nothing.

18.12.2016 – Reuters (A E P)

Responding to a question on whether Saudi Arabia was reconsidering its investment strategy over risks in the United States related to Donald Trump's election and potential lawsuits under the U.S. Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA, Jubeir said:

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has tremendous investments in the United States and we review those investments on a regular basis. There are issues associated with risk, but our objective is to increase those investments. We won’t decrease them."

Jubeir also said he had spent time in the United States recently to try to get to know the policies and positions of the next administration.

He also said he had dealt with Congress to press for amendments of the JASTA law, which grants an exception to the legal principle of sovereign immunity in cases of terrorism on U.S. soil, clearing the way for lawsuits seeking damages from the Saudi government.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudiarabia-yemen-idUSKBN1470LB

and in full:

18.12.2016 – US State Department (A P)

Joint Press Availability with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/12/265750.htm

My comment: Reporting on Saudi plans to decrease investments in US look at https://de.sputniknews.com/wirtschaft/20161217313804591-saudi-arabien-investitionen-usa/ (German only).

16.12.2016 – CHRIO - Mission Manitoba - Canadian Human Rights International Organization (* A P)

As Saudi Arabia is taking care, universally, of Human Rights at the UN, we ask you to join the cause and to speak for those who are behind bars, with a death penalty sentence in the Kingdom of the 'enlighted':

Take a stand for human rights by taking action! Help save 3 Saudi boys who have been sentenced to be executed for taking part in protest during the Arab Spring.
We ask you to take action by doing two things immediately!
Write A Letter:

Ali Al Nimr, Dawoud Al Marhoon and Abdullah Al Zaher are 3 Shia citizens who were arrested for taking part in protest during the Arab Spring. These are brave boys who took a stand to protest against discrimination and oppression and protested for equality not only for themselves they took a stand for their communities. They were minors at the time of these protest and have been given the most extreme sentences one can imagine. They have been sentenced to be executed for the simple act of protesting. They were tortured and forced into signing false confessions. They have not been given a fair trail and the evidence that was used against them were the confessions extracted during torture.

The execution of these 3 boys is a clear violation of UNCRC and Saudi Arabia must revoke the death sentences of Ali, Dawoud and Abdullah and free them immediately.

https://www.facebook.com/CHRIO.MISSIONMANITOBA/photos/a.1577289782581659.1073741828.1510132192630752/1699432507034052/?type=3&theater

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp7

19.12.2016 – News Wire (* B KM P)

Obama Becomes First Nobel Peace Prize Winner To Bomb 7 Countries

Barack Obama, the president who promised change, actually provided more of the same. As the 44th President of the United States prepares to exit stage left, he can congratulate himself on becoming the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to bomb seven different countries back to the Stone Age.

The president who preached hope also kept the military-industrial complex in fine fettle, selling a record $115 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the world’s most repressive regime, and destabilized entire regions, creating vacuums for terrorists to thrive.

As the United States renews a bombing and propaganda campaign in Syria, it seems like America’s penchant for waging war knows no bounds. During Barack Obama’s presidency, the U.S. bombed seven countries while supporting other destabilizing military actions throughout the Middle East.

Here’s a look at these seven countries and the effects of bombing. MPN reports:

http://yournewswire.com/obama-nobel-peace-prize-bomb-7-countries/

My comment: Sickening, but that’s just how it is. Obama = the greatest disappointment possible.

Comment: People outside #Yemen have no idea the level of expectations Yemenis had 8 years ago.

https://twitter.com/Living_Yemen/status/811228976089808896

19.12.2016 – RT (* A P)

Saudi Arabia lobbies to amend JASTA law which allows 9/11 victims to sue the Gulf state

Saudi Arabia has been pressing US legislators to make amendments to the controversial law that clears the way for lawsuits seeking damages from the kingdom regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the Saudi foreign minister.

Following an extended trip to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir told reporters on Sunday he has been trying “to persuade [US lawmakers] that there needs to be an amendment of the law,” the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), that legitimizes lawsuits by Americans regarding terrorist attacks committed on US soil.

We believe the law, that curtails sovereign immunities, represents a grave danger to the international system,” Jubeir said at a joint press conference with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, as cited by AFP news agency. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly expressed these views since the US Congress passed the legislation in September, overriding US President Barack Obama’s veto of JASTA. This time, however, negotiations on the matter have already been held, the Saudi minister said.

The question now becomes how do you go about amending the law,” he said.

Fifteen out of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people were Saudi subjects. The kingdom, however, has denied any ties to the hijackers.

The JASTA law allows attack survivors and relatives of attack victims to file lawsuits against foreign countries for acts of terrorism that kill Americans on US soil

https://www.rt.com/usa/370708-saudi-jasta-terrorism-change/

18.12.2016 – Christian Science Monitor (* A P)

Kerry discusses Yemen with Saudi king in one of his last trips

The Secretary of State's visit was intended to underline the alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia despite recent tensions.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi King Salman and others Sunday to discuss the war in Yemen, a visit to the kingdom that likely will be his last as America's top diplomat.

Kerry's trip, ahead of the inauguration of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, comes as diplomatic ties between the two longtime allies have been strained by the Iran nuclear deal championed by Democratic President Barack Obama and other issues.

Any tensions weren't immediately visible as Kerry held meetings with the king, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and other royalty in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

"In turbulent times, it's good to have solid friends," Kerry told journalists Sunday night. "That's why the United States' partnership with Saudi Arabia is rightly so valuable." – by Abdullah al-Shihri and Jon Gambrell

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2016/1218/Kerry-discusses-Yemen-with-Saudi-king-in-one-of-his-last-trips

My comment: Yes, this is the real reason of Kerry’s trip. He can achieve nothing more for Yemen – and he really seriously never wanted it. His words cited here are just one: demasking.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Britische Streubomben siehe auch cp1 / British cluster bombs also look at cp1

19.12.2016 – ITV (A K P)

British-made cluster bombs used in Yemen conflict, Defence Secretary confirms

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has confirmed British-made cluster bombs have been used by Saudi Arabian-led forces in the war in Yemen.

Sir Michael said the government had been informed "earlier today" by the Saudi administration that coalition forces had dropped a "limited number" of the munitions during the conflict.

He said he "welcomes" Saudi Arabia's new commitment to stop using British-made cluster weapons - known as BL-755s - in the war in Yemen.

Because of their extraordinary risk to civilians, cluster bombs were banned in an international treaty signed by Britain in 2008 that committed the country to preventing their use by other nations.

A claim that the BL-755 munitions were used in the Yemen conflict in January was first raised in the House of Commons in May after being reported by Amnesty International.

Repeated media reports - including by ITV News - in recent months have suggested cluster bombs made in the UK were being used in the Yemen conflict.

In October Saudi Arabia denied their use and claimed weapons seen by ITV News were relics from a previous conflict.

Sir Michael today confirmed to MPs the government raised the issue with the Saudi-led coalition, including the January incident, in the summer before hearing back from the Saudi government today.

"The coalition confirmed earlier today that a limited number of BL-755 cluster munitions exported from the United Kingdom in the 1980s were dropped in Yemen," Sir Michael told the Commons.

He said the Saudi government described their use as being against a "legitimate military target", but added: "Saudi Arabia has now confirmed that it will not further use BL-755 cluster munitions and I welcome that."

Sir Michael told MPs that Britain had not supplied Saudi Arabia with the cluster munitions since 1989.

He said the incident was in "complete contrast" to Russian and Syrian air strikes, claiming the Saudi-led coalition is prepared to "thoroughly" investigate allegations and take action – by Neil Connery (with film)

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-12-19/saudi-arabia-to-stop-using-british-made-cluster-bombs-in-yemen/ and The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/19/saudis-dropped-british-cluster-bombs-in-yemen-fallon-tells-commons and The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/michael-fallon-confirms-british-made-cluster-bombs-have-been-used-by-saudis-in-yemen-conflict-a7485106.html and BBC is very short: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38364694

19.12.2016 – International Business Times (* A P)

UK defence chief Michael Fallon claims British pressure made Saudi Arabia renounce use of cluster bombs

Saudi Arabia admitted using cluster munitions in Yemen, but also pledged to stop using the weapon in the future.

British defence secretary Michael Fallon was called to defend the relationship between the UK and Saudi Arabia as the Gulf country admitted using UK-manufactured cluster bombs in the conflict in Yemen.

A statement released on 19 December, to Saudi State news agency SPA, said the Saudi-led Arab coalition used cluster munitions in the conflict, but also decided to stop using the weapons in the future.

"We oppose the use of cluster munitions, we have made that very clear to the Saudi authorities," Fallon told the House of Commons. "As a result of our pressure, we now have an undertaking that Saudi Arabia will not use this weapons," he added.

The Saudi statement should not come as a surprise to the minister, as the British government's own analysisfound that Saudi Arabian forces have used UK cluster bombs in their bombardment of Yemen.

In May, an Amnesty International investigation found that cluster munitions made in the UK, in the 1970s, were being used in Yemen in the latest conflict, but UK Minister of Defence Procurement Philip Dunne and Fallon denied any UK-made cluster munitions had been used in Yemen. Fallon told MPs that his statement was based on the information the Saudis had at the time of the Amnesty probe.

The Yemeni prime minister of the rebel Houthi government Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour accused Britain of "participating in the bombing of Yemen people" and profiting from the humanitarian crisis – By Sofia Lotto Persio

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/uk-defence-chief-michael-fallon-claims-british-pressure-made-saudi-arabia-renounce-use-cluster-1597289

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Saudi is not a signatory to the treaty [ban on cluster bombs]. A Saudi excuse to use atomic bomb. How many treaties Saudi didn't sign?

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/811263904747835393

My comment: “British pressure”: LOL. And the following fits quite well:

20.12.2016 – Socialist Worker (* A K P)

Tories defend Saudi Arabia after it admits dropping British-made bombs on Yemen

General al-Asiri, admitted British-made BL-755 cluster munitions had been used. The bombs had been used in the cases detailed by Amnesty.

Tory defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon made an immediate statement to MPs. He gave no apology and there was no condemnation of Saudi Arabia.

Instead he assured MPs that, “Saudi Arabia is a key partner in our fight against terrorism. We depend on each other’s intelligence. It is essential for our own security that we keep our relationship with Saudi Arabia in good repair.

He added, “There is nothing to be gained from shunning or boycotting Saudi Arabia.”

Without a shred of evidence he claimed “Saudi Arabia is on the cusp of enormous social and economic reforms.”

Amnesty’s UK director Kate Allen responded, “This is not good enough. We need to see a total suspension of all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia that risk fuelling further atrocities in Yemen.

“If the Saudi-led coalition can use British-made cluster munitions against Yemeni villages, then we shouldn’t be surprised that it can also bomb homes, hospitals, schools and factories in Yemen.” – by Charlie Kimber

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/43863/Tories+defend+Saudi+Arabia+after+it+admits+dropping+British+made+bombs+on+Yemen

19.12.2016 – The Guardian (* A K P)

Saudi Arabia and UK-supplied cluster bombs: what do we know?

British government faces several difficult questions over what it knew about alleged use of munitions by Riyadh in Yemen war

The UK and Saudi Arabian governments may not have broken the law if it is confirmed that the latter’s forces have used British-supplied cluster munitions in Yemen, but there is likely to have been a breach of trust between the two governments, and British ministers and parliament.

It is not only the use of such weaponry by the Saudis that is under scrutiny, but the nature of the security relationship between the UK and the kingdom, particularly the degree to which Britain has influence over Riyadh’s conduct of the war in Yemen.

The British government will be asked how long UK-supplied cluster bombs have been used for and whether the government has withheld this information from parliament, in breach of an undertaking that MPs would be informed if UK inquiries concluded that cluster munitions supplied by Britain had been used.

If the Ministry of Defence concludes that UK weapons have been used, it will have to say whether the department was misled by the Saudis or ministers were misleading parliament. Given the highly complex, secretive and sensitive – and for the UK, profitable – relationship between the two countries, neither outcome is especially palatable.

In a letter dated 3 November to the Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake, the Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood may have been preparing the ground for an acknowledgement that the Saudis used cluster munitions, by saying this was not illegal.

The government is facing a court case next month about the legality of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in which cluster munitions may form additional evidence – by Patrick Wintour

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/19/saudi-arabia-uk-supplied-cluster-bombs-yemen-war-what-do-we-know

19.12.2016 – International Business Times (* A K P)

British cluster bombs falling on Yemen show how our leaders put cash before conscience

The UK government's backing for Saudi Arabia's bloody conflict has been shameful from the beginning

The news that even the British government's own analysis indicates that Saudi Arabian forces have used UK cluster bombs in their bombardment of Yemen may be shocking, but unfortunately it's not in the least bit surprising.

Until now the government has said there was no evidence of them being used in this particular conflict, while giving its usual empty assurances about how "rigorous" and "robust" UK arms export controls supposedly are.

Government ministers stress that the UK hasn't sold cluster bombs to the Saudi regime since the late 1980s, but that doesn't mean that those bombs aren't being used now. If they are, then it only goes to underline the point that once a weapon has been sold there is little if any control over where or when it will be used or who it will be used against.

Another point that should send a shiver through ministers is that cluster bombs are among the cruellest and most deadly weapons that can be used in warfare.

Despite the mounting death toll and the latest allegations, the arms exports have continued unabated

These exports will finally be given the scrutiny they deserve next February when the High Court reviews their legality following an application by Campaign Against Arms Trade – by Andrew Smith, Campaign Against Arms Trade

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/british-cluster-bombs-falling-yemen-show-how-our-leaders-put-cash-before-conscience-1597258

and Paul Tyson reminds:

19.12.2016 – Paul Tyson (B P)

Previous emphatic UK govt. denials re. British cluster bombs in #yemen include this from then Defence Procurement Minister Philip Dunne:

"Based on all the information available to us including sensitive coalition operational reporting we assess that..."

"...no UK supplied cluster weapons have been used...in the current conflict in #Yemen" (Def Minister Philip Dunne, 24 May 2016, Hansard)

https://twitter.com/Tyson585/status/810919051925057537 and https://twitter.com/Tyson585/status/810919449779912707 and https://twitter.com/Tyson585/status/810920034239451136

and

Cluster bombs, more UK govt. denials, this from @FCO on 18/5/16: "...none of these CM [cluster munitions] have been used in #Yemen and..."

"...no UK-supplied aircraft have been used to deploy CM in #Yemen" @tobias_ellwood (still a minister) does his bit

https://twitter.com/Tyson585/status/810944204725743616

https://twitter.com/Tyson585/status/810945229134172160

19.12.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

Michael Fallon to make statement on Yemen cluster bomb claims

Defence secretary to address Commons after Amnesty allegations that UK cluster munitions have been used by Saudis

Michael Fallon is to make a statement to the House of Commons about military exports following reports that UK-made cluster bombs have been used by Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen.

The defence secretary will make an oral statement on Monday afternoon, more than six months after the Ministry of Defence said it would urgently investigate allegations in an Amnesty International report that British cluster munitions had been deployed.

The UK is aiding Saudi Arabia with military training but is a signatory to the convention on cluster munitions, which prohibits their use or assistance with their use. Saudi Arabia is not a signatory to the international treaty.

The Guardian reported on Sunday that Fallon had seen government analysis indicating UK-made cluster bombs were deployed in the war, in which Saudi-led forces are fighting Houthi rebels who rose up against the Yemeni government.

A source said the defence secretary had known about the analysis for about a month, although it is understood no confirmation one way or the other has been received from Saudi Arabia, which publicly denies the allegations – by Rowena Mason

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/19/michael-fallon-commons-statement-yemen-uk-cluster-bombs-saudis and by Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/saudi-arabia-using-uk-made-cluster-bombs-in-yemen-fallon-to-confirm-10702271

19.12.2016 – Parliament (A P)

Film: House of Commons, Monday 19 December 2016 Meeting starts at 2.30pm

http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/c096f526-48ea-4c45-ac63-e12923d68d2c

18.12.2016 – The Guardian (* A P)

UK cluster bombs used in Yemen by Saudi Arabia, finds research

Analysis by UK government into use of banned munitions is believed to have been seen by defence secretary Michael Fallon

The British defence secretary Michael Fallon has seen government analysis indicating that UK-made cluster munitions were used by the Saudi-led coalition in the current conflict in Yemen, sources have told the Guardian.

It is understood the government’s own investigations back up media reports that such cluster bombs have been deployed in the war, in which Britain is helping to train Saudi forces. A source told the Guardian that Fallon is among the ministers to have known about the analysis for about a month.

But it is understood ministers have still not been given definitive confirmation one way or the other by Saudi Arabia, which has publicly denied the allegations and claimed that UK-made cluster bombs found are the relics of old conflicts.

The revelation is likely to increase calls on the government to reconsider exports of arms to Saudi Arabia, which have already grown since the US suspended a planned sale of precision-guided munitions last week.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/18/uk-cluster-bombs-used-in-yemen-by-saudi-arabia-finds-research and by ITV: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-12-19/british-made-cluster-bombs-used-in-yemen-government-analysis-reportedly-suggests/ and this was the ITV report on British cluster bombs in Yemen: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-10-26/itv-news-sees-evidence-british-made-cluster-bombs-used-in-yemen-attacks/

Comment by Judith Brown: This allegation was made months ago. Why is the statement only being made today? And are they going to stop selling weapons now ?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155028926888641

My comment: For Fallon and his priorities look at the following:

18.12.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

Government too busy protecting Saudi interests to protect Yemen population starving to death

Sir Michael Fallon protecting Britain’s multi-billion-pound trade with the Saudis is priority number one, two and three.

The latest exhibit was Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon’s performance on The Andrew Marr Show seven days ago.

Fallon was booked after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had raised a murmur of
protest prior to a meeting with the Saudi king.

Whatever the reason for accusing the Saudis of operating a proxy war in Yemen, Johnson was right to say it.

There’s never anything wrong with telling the truth.

This however, may prove a difficult concept for Fallon if his latest TV appearance is anything to go by.

With a breathtaking disregard for the nous of the viewing public, Fallon explained that Johnson’s remarks were misreported.

Cobblers.

Their veracity had already been accepted by Number 10, who were peddling the line that these were Johnson’s views and not those of the Government’s.

Worse though, was to follow.

Fallon set out the Government position as follows: “Downing Street was asked what the policy is so far as Saudi Arabia’s right to defend itself and we’re very clear on that: Saudi Arabia is fully entitled to defend itself against missile attacks.”

As a glib affront to the truth, it put his remarks on Johnson firmly in the shade.

The facts are that Saudi Arabia, using weapons and munitions manufactured here and in the US, is accused of war crimes by charities, academics and by the UN.

The Saudis have aggravated a situation where millions are starving to death in a
neighbouring land.

Fallon made it clear that, in the midst of this devastating heartbreak in the desert, protecting Britain’s multi-billion-pound trade with the Saudis was priority number one, two and three.

Hopefully one day he will choke on his weasel words – by Mail Opinion

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/government-busy-protecting-saudi-interests-9477313

18.12.2016 – Tobias Ellwood (A P)

Reaffirmed support for #Yemen's political process with partners in #Riyadh. Peace talks the only way to bring an end to conflict (photos)

https://twitter.com/Tobias_Ellwood/status/810531929753841664

Comment: Ok, so can you stop helping refuelling Jets and bombing Yemen?

https://twitter.com/EternalYemenTO/status/810594156271771649

My comment: Ellwood, one of the most ruthless supporters of Saudi aerial war in Yemen, bubbling on a “political process”.

And this is still more Ellwood, his official statement, the hypocrisy of this man is hard to top: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/minister-for-the-middle-east-comment-after-meeting-of-quad-on-yemen

2.12.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

When a Saudi woman daring not to wear a hijab leads to calls for her beheading, maybe it's time the UK paid attention

Our Government has put business, arms and trades deals before human rights. It isn't ethical and it isn't fair

It’s now time for the International community to put pressure on the Saudi regime. It is scandalous that we are complicit in human rights violations perpetrated by a kingdom that continues to behead people for breaking their laws.

Our deafening silence in the face of multiple human rights violence in Saudi has gone on for too long. Our Government has put business, arms and trades deals before human rights, casually expecting the country to catch up with it in terms of equality. But when a woman appearing without a hijab on social media provokes calls for her to be killed and eaten by dogs, perhaps it’s time we took our fingers out of our ears and started listening – by Yasmin Ahmed

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/saudi-woman-no-hijab-beheading-killing-social-media-isis-womens-rights-human-rights-council-uk-a7452636.html

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

5.12.2016 – Jung und Naiv (B K P)

Film: Neue Fragen zur Rolle Ramsteins im US-Drohnenkrieg und die „Antworten“ der Bundesregierung
Wir wollten heute von der Bundesregierung wissen, ob Deutschland, das Boden für diese Kriegshandlungen zur Verfügung stellt, damit Teilnehmer der Drohnenangriffe ist. Nach welchem und wessen „geltenden Recht“ sollen die US-Drohnenangriffe rechtmäßig sein? Welche „Einzelfälle“ gibt es, wonach ein Drohnenmord mit dem Völkerrecht vereinbar war? Und: Welche, laut Auswärtiges Amt, „konkret am Völkerrecht orientierte Regeln“ der USA sind das? Kann man uns die nennen?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STqv600KN3k
cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

20.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K P)

The first Saudi-Ukrainian developed transport aircraft rolls out.....

The city Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology owns 50% of the plane's rights.

Ukraine's President @Poroshenko & @KACST's President inside the #AN132D cockpit during its Rollout Ceremony, today in Kiev

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/811167767277797376

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/811137112556896256

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/811179243048681472

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/811206921122353153

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/811185995400019968 (film)

19.12.2016 – The Globe and Mail(* A P)

Saudi arms deal heads to court in test over Dion’s authority

The federal government is defending its decision to export combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia by arguing in court that the Canadian Foreign Minister has such broad authority to green-light weapons shipments he could allow deliveries even if there was a real risk they could be used to commit human-rights violations.

The government finds itself on the hot seat this week over Stéphane Dion’s April granting of export permits for a $15-billion deal to sell weaponized armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, a country with an abysmal human-rights record that stands accused by a United Nations panel of violating international humanitarian law with repeated strikes that have killed civilians in neighbouring Yemen.

A lawsuit to block the shipments of fighting vehicles to Riyadh will be heard in Federal Court in Montreal with oral arguments taking place Monday and Tuesday – by Steven Chase

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/saudi-arms-deal-heads-to-court-in-test-over-dions-authority/article33360742/

19.12.2016 – Altreconomia (A P)

Yemen: il governo fermi le armi dall’Italia ai Sauditi

Rete disarmo scrive al governo Gentiloni. Chiede all’esecutivo di bloccare l’invio di bombe al Paese che da marzo 2015 guida la coalizione che sta facendo la guerra in Yemen. Seguendo così l’esempio e l’annuncio dell’amministrazione Obama

[Asking the Italian government to halt, with immediate effect, the delivery of Italian bombs to Saudi Arabia]

https://altreconomia.it/yemen-armi-italia-gentiloni/

18.12.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

AlSabah Monarchy removes Christmas tree from mall. Why is #US protecting them?

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/810505641517338624 referring to https://twitter.com/abdullahalsaleh/status/810466320877752320 (photo)

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

13.12.2016 – Tactical Report (A K P)

Saudi Prince Mohammad, Fincantieri and offers for military vessels

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, who also acts as Defence Minister, is said to have received offers from Fincantieri for military vessels including frigates and corvettes. The following 438-word report sheds more light on the subject and tells what about Prince Mohammad’s appreciation of Fincantieri and what about his reaction to its offers [article to buy]

http://www.tacticalreport.com/view_news/Saudi-Prince-Mohammad-Fincantieri-and-offers-for-military-vessels/5236

and

15.12.2016 – Unimondo (A K P)

Dopo la visita della Pinotti, Fincantieri propone ai sauditi navi da Guerra

Siamo stati tra i primi a darne notizia su Unimondo. Lei, o meglio il suo Ministero, lo aveva subito smentito minacciando querele. A loro dire la visita a Riyad e i colloqui col principe saudita e ministro della Difesa sarebbero stati solo “politico istituzionali”. Niente di commerciale né trattative per nuovi “accordi navali”. Lo aveva pure ribadito in parlamento. Ieri sera è arrivata una clamorosa smentita. Una nota stampa del sito di intelligence militare “Tactical News” annuncia infatti che il Vice Principe ereditario e ministro della Difesa saudita, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, ha ricevuto “offerte da Fincantieri per navi militari, tra cui fregate e corvette”.

Nel presentare la notizia, il sito mette in bella mostra proprio la foto della recente visita della ministra Pinotti a Riyad. Ci aspettiamo ora che la ministra genovese, dove Fincantieri ha il principale impianto di fabbricazione di navi militari, smentisca in Parlamento di aver parlato col principe saudita di “accordi militari”. Per i “contratti”, si sa, ci vuole un po’ più di tempo. La concorrenza con altri paesi europei – con i quali la retorica corrente parla di “cooperazione” – è agguerrita, ma i recenti contratti militari miliardari col il Qatar lasciano intendere che quanto si muove il “Sistema Paese” (che poi altro non è che la somma di Finmeccanica (Leonardo), Fincantieri, ministeri vari con la copertura finanziaria della Cassa depositi e prestiti e la benedizione di Confindustria) questi affari si riesce a strapparli ai concorrenti europei. Grazie anche alla cortina di silenzio che i maggiori media nazionali stendono sui crimini che i sauditi compiono non solo a casa loro ma soprattutto in Yemen – di Giorgio Beretta

http://www.unimondo.org/Notizie/Dopo-la-visita-della-Pinotti-Fincantieri-propone-ai-sauditi-navi-da-guerra-162123

My comment: German Minister of Defence visiting Riyadh, a few days later Italian Minister of Defence as well: two blond ladies courting for military cooperation and more, showing the ruthlessness of their governments and the inner European concurrence mentioned in the article.

12.12.2016 – Analisi Difesa (A K P)

Bilancio trimestrale positivo per Fincantieri

''Italian Fincantieri's contract with the Ministry of Defence of Qatar signed in June is the most significant commercial milestone in 30 years in the naval sector, amounting to about 4 billion euro for the construction of seven units and the provision of support services in Qatar for another 15 years after delivery.''

http://www.analisidifesa.it/2016/11/fincantieri-torna-in-utile/

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Siehe / Look at cp1

20.12.2016 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot - IDPs, returnees and host communities (as of December 2016)

The needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, both conflict and disaster-related, and of the non-displaced host community remain high in Yemen.
An estimated 2.2 million people are currently displaced, of whom 77 per cent are living either with host communities (1.2 million people) or in rented accommodation (480,000 people).(2) The rest are living in spontaneous settlements or collective centers. In addition, slightly more than 1 millionpeople have provisionally returned to their areas of origin, although the sustainability of these returns remains precarious.(2) Over 3,000 locations were assessed, about 90 per cent in IDP and host communities and 10 per cent in areas of return with host communities, across the 333 districts of Yemen. The results are an in-depth understanding of the needs of this vulnerable population.(3) This snapshot presents key assessment findings.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-snapshot-idps-returnees-and-host-communities-december-2016 and in fiull: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/hum._snapshot_dec2016.pdf

19.12.2016 – Red Cross (AH )

Mohammed’s dream, as an Ethiopian child migrant in #Yemen: “I wish I could study and be a pilot, but my father can’t afford it.” (photo)

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/810765362916655105

2.12.2016 – Mohammed Al-Asaadi (B H)

In #Yemen, more than 3million people are displaced by conflict-half of them are children. Suffering of an entire nation is underreported (photo)

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/804733247624278021

30.12.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen: Factsheet, November 2016

363,611 IDPs provided with NFIs since January 2016

151,649 Refugees and asylum seekers provided with health services since January 2016

116,515 IDPs provided with shelter assistance since January 2016

26,907 Refugee children enrolled in education since January 2016

The Office maintains a collaborative relationship with both the de facto authorities in the capital Sana’a and the Government of Yemen currently operating from Aden in the South to safeguard the protection space and improve access to basic services for people of concern across the country. Cooperation on the ground is challenged by the ongoing conflict and insecurity which impedes access to target populations and endangers humanitarian workers.

UNHCR leads the multi-sector response for refugees and asylum-seekers in Yemen, in urban settings and in Kharaz refugee camp, maintaining regular interaction with national and local authorities, international and national NGOs and with refugee community leaders.

As for the IDP response throughout Yemen, UNHCR leads the Protection and the Shelter/Camp Coordination and Camp Management and NFI Clusters. UNHCR also co-leads the Task Force on Population Movements (TFPM) with IOM to collect, analyse and disseminate data, trends and characteristics of internal displacement in Yemen. TFPM activities are essential to further understanding of internal displacement patterns, including the locations and specific needs of IDP families, to inform effective humanitarian response planning and resource mobilization.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-factsheet-november-2016-enar and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/UNHCR%20Yemen%20-%20Fact%20Sheet%20November.pdf

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt11.2016 – Government of Yemen (* A E H P)

Yemen Socio-Economic Update, No. (20) Nov., 2016

Introduction

Yemen’s economy has been undergoing lean years that weakened its powers and productive capacities and exhausted its physical, financial and human resources. To monitor the socioeconomic and humanitarian developments, the Economic Studies and Forecasting Sector at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC), in collaboration with UNICEF, has been issuing monthly Yemen Social and Economic Update since March 2015 in both English and Arabic. This issue No. (20) highlights a general and brief overview of the current socio-economic and humanitarian developments in Yemen.
Currently, the national economy of Yemen is facing a sharp contraction due to the financial and economic crisis and liquidity crunch that have paralyzed the economy and deprived 1.25 million public employees and their families of their main source of income. Suspension of oil and gas exports and limited donor support have resulted in expanded public budget deficit, which stood at YR1.59 trillion (equivalent to about US$7 billion) during January 2015-August 2016. Foreign exchange reserves have fallen to their lowest levels. Officially, the Yemeni Riyal has lost more than 30% of its value against foreign currencies by the end of 2016, compared to early 2015. This has caused inflation and worsened the suffering of Yemenis.
In parallel, unemployment rate has increased and food insecurity situation has worsened – today, more than 14 million people are food insecure. Yemen is facing an acute humanitarian crisis, where about 18.8 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance (OCHA, November 2016). Public institutions and social services providers, health in particular, in several areas of the country are unable to perform their functions. Several public institutions work only two days a week and social service facilities lack the minimum operational costs.
To alleviate the humanitarian suffering of millions of Yemenis, and women and children in particular, we call on the donor community to provide the support needed to sustain and recover basic social services and resume their support for social protection programs that were suspended from early 2015.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-socio-economic-update-no-20-nov-2016 and in full: http://fscluster.org/yemen/document/yemen-socio-economic-update-issue-20 = http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yseu20_english_v8_final.pdf

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp6

cp15 Propaganda

20.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Hadi says that legitimate government will free Taiz

The Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said Monday that the legitimate government and the Saudi-led Arab Coalition will work to free Taiz governorate, southwest of Yemen.

However, Hadi's statements were stated in a protocol context during his meeting with a group of "Taiz youth movement against the coup" in the interim capital Aden, southern Yemen, according to Yemen news agency "Saba'" "We will stand by Taiz and we free it as we have freed the neighboring governorates.

The priesthood and racist agendas will inevitably lose," added Hadi.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87309

My comment: He tells this since one and a half year now. – The Hadi government has been thrown out of Taiz by the “popular Resistance” militia, look at YPR 241, cp1. – And he always seems to invent more and more odd labels for the Houthis, now thát’s “priesthood” (he never seems to have heard of all the crazy Wahabi priests in Saudi Arabia who tell all Shia, Jews and Christians must be killed) and “racist” (there is a Houthi preoccupation against which races; I just remember racism in Saudi Arabia against black people). Stupid, more stupid, Hadi.

19.12.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A P)

Condition in Yemen alarming

UN reports on the humanitarian disaster show that 21.2 million people in Yemen need different forms of humanitarian aid and that 19.3 million of them do not have access to safe drinking water, 14.1 million suffer a shortage of food, and 2.2 million children suffer from acute malnutrition, said Abdur-Raqueeb Saif Fath, minister of local administration and chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen.

He was speaking here on Sunday at a preparatory meeting for a conference to support Yemen to be organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) next year.

Addressing the meeting, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with Middle East and Central Asia Rashid Khalikov said that seven million people in Yemen do not know from where they will get their next meal.

He said that only $150 million has been received from the total $1.6 billion pledged in 2016.

Yousuf Al-Othaimeen, OIC secretary-general, said that the humanitarian issues will remain a top priority for the OIC in the coming years. The goal, he said, is to find ways to support the Yemeni people suffering because of the attacks mounted by the Houthi-Saleh militias against the legitimate authorities.

The conference to support Yemen will be organized by the OIC in cooperation with the UN, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and a number of international donors namely the US, Europe, Germany, Sweden, Japan and UK.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/condition-yemen-alarming/

My comment: What a bad propaganda plot. Those who for a very great part are directly responsible for all that misery lament about it and announce a PR show called “conference to support Yemen “ just to show how humanitarian they are. And meanwhile, (worldwide) a sum that equals a ¾ day of Saudi aerial war against Yemen has been collected.

18.12.2016 – KUNA (A P)

„Quality initiative“ needed für Yemen – OIC chief

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2582149&Language=en

My comment: Odd propaganda event. Saudi should stop bombing and pay for reconstruction (estimate US $ 150 billion).

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

20.12.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

19-12-2016
Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damage (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=744637699019931&id=551288185021551 and also a list by Yamanyoon: http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58105&lang=en

19.12.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

18-12-2016
Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damage (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=744117505738617&id=551288185021551

18.12.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

17-12-2016
Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damage (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=743662469117454&id=551288185021551

20.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Film: US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels #UAE Air Force F-16 Block 60 Desert Falcons during a combat mission against ISIS

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/811116371954270208

My comment: That’s what is happening daily in the aerial war against Yemen. That’s how it looks like.

20.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

warplanes of the US-Saudi aggression launched a raid on a coastal defense in Al Jbana area ,Hodeidah Governorate.

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58272&lang=en

20.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launches raids on al-Masloub

The US-backed Saudi aggression fighter jets waged on Tuesday two air raids on al-Masloub district of Jawf , a security official said.
The official added the aggression targeted citizens' houses with in Malha area in al-Masloub district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450226.htm

19.12.2016 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

Airline Saudi aggression crimes
More than 40 raid in the province of Saada since morning till now ..
And seven martyrs (2 women and 5 children) in the Maran area and two wounded

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1618056735156981/?type=3

and

19.12.2916 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

About Seven Killed, Including Children and Women, by a Saudi American Raid

About seven killed, including five children and two women, by the raids of the US-backed Saudi coalition on Maran region, Haydan district, Saada governorate. The violent raids also caused the injury of another two citizens.

Saudi fighter jets targeted civilian homes and their farms in the village of Al Jumaima, Maran region, leading to the death of five children, two women and the wounding of two others, local source confirmed (photos)

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58165&lang=en

and photos:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=744637699019931&id=551288185021551

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1202277939862843&id=881240811966559 = https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1618077458488242

and

19.12.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: #Listen to old man just after his house got raided 3 consecutive times by #US-#Saudi warplanes, killing 7 of his family, all women. 6 of the victims were little girls between age 1 year and 9 years old. His wife lost her leg.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx97ljReeec = https://www.facebook.com/mohamad.shami.33/videos/vb.687587216/10154224308602217/?type=2&theater = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1207599472626414 and film by Yemen Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgRR0z7UFBE

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression continues bombing Yemen's provinces

The Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Monday seven air raids on al-Zafen area in Thula historical district of Amran province, a military official said.
The official added the aggression warplanes targeted coastal defense in al-Jabana area in Hodeida province.
Another raid targeted a citizen farm in al-Joroba area in al-Husaineyah district in the same province, he said.
The Saudi aggression warplanes waged an air raid on al-Malahedh area in al-Dhaher district, an air raid on Marran area in Haidan district in Sa'ada province, he said.
In Lahj province, the aggression warplanes targeted Karesh area.
Moreover, the Saudi aggression warplanes also targeted al-Shurfa area in Nagran sector.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450101.htm

19.12.2016 – Crimes of Decisive Storm (A K PH)

Saudi air raids destroyed a farm at Bayt-al-Faqih directorate, Hodeida province (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1618087188487269 and https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1618118318484156 and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7f4YkfVuXI

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression launches 40 raids on Sa'ada

The US-backed Saudi aggression fighter jets launched on Monday 40 air strikes on several areas of Sa'ada province, a security official said.
The aggression launched 30 raids on different parts of al-Saifi area in Sahar district which left considerable damage to property and citizens' farms, the official added.
Eight raids were also hit al-Jamemah village, targeting citizens' properties without mentioning to casualties, he said
The official said the US-backed Saudi aggression jets targeted al-Sawh area in Kutaf district in Sa'ada.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450104.htm and http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58170&lang=en

19.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Saudi Arabia's national emblems marked on an #RSAF F-15S Strike Eagle, which represent 1,100 bombs dropped by this mad bird (photo)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/810773283117367300

and some of the comments below:

And with these 1,100 bombs, how many unarmed civilians killed by this 'mad bird'?

How many dead Yemeni civilians does that equate to then?

Guys ur madness is beyond the limit .#STOP murdering ur fellow Muslim brothers

how many "palm trees" before you guys see that it's not working? Stop this madness.

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage 5 airstrikes on Sana'a

Saudi aggression warplanes launched overnight five airstrikes on Sana'a province, a security official told Saba on Monday.
The warplanes hit al-Arah area of Hamdan district twice and al-Karan Mount of Bani Mater district three times.
The strikes caused serious damage to citizens' properties and farms.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450045.htm

and photos from al-Arah area of Hamdan district: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1618104945152160 or https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1618109705151684

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The US-baked Saudi aggression struck on Monday Nehm district of Sana'a governorate, a security official told Saba.
The aggression's warplanes hit al-Hanashat area, causing serious damages to citizens' houses, private and public properties.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450051.htm

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

8 Saudi aggression air strikes on Yemen

The US-backed Saudi aggression fighter jets launched eight air strikes on several governorates overnight, officials told Saba on Monday.
In al-Hodiadah province, the war jets targeted al-Jabanah area twice.
In Lahj province, the aggression jets raided Karash area.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450058.htm

18.12.2016 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi American aggression aimed Alberh cement factory in Taiz for the second time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9eKKf7-eNw

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression destroys telecom network in Amran

The US-backed Saudi aggression's warplanes destroyed on Sunday the telecommunications network in Azzafin area in Thula district of Amran province.
The aggression's fighter jets waged seven airstrikes on the network, destroying it completely, a local official told Saba.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449976.htm and film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdclApYaYyc

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two airstrikes hit Sana'a

The US-backed Saudi aggression launched on Sunday two airstrikes on Nihem district of Sana'a province, a security official said.
The airstrikes bombed a quarry in al-Hanashat area, causing great damage to the quarry and the nearby private properties.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449952.htm

18.12.2016 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi air raids at Saada province

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtv2HoUEes

The film also shows the following:

19.12.2016 – Saudi Arabia Crimes (A K PH)

Photos: On Dec. 18, a water rig in Almaahdhir area, Sahar district, Saada province was totally destroyed by four Saudi coalition air raids

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1202004893223481&id=881240811966559 and a film by Yemen Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbuCh2sNoJA

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launches 14 raids on Sa'ada

The Saudi aggression fighter jets launched 14 air raids on several areas in Sa'ada city, Sahar, al-Safrah and Majz districts of Sa'ada province overnight, a security official said Sunday.
The hostile jets struck Kahlan area on the outskirts of Sa'ada city seven times.
They also waged four air raids on al-Mhather area in al-Safrah district and two raids on Dhahian city, as well as one more raid on a citizen's farm in Sahar district, causing huge material damage.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449943.htm

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Dozens of airstrikes hit Sa'ada

The US-backed Saudi aggression launched overnight 36 airstrikes on Sa'ada province, a security official said Sunday.
The airstrikes hit several areas, including al-Tho'aban, Mandabah and AL Hamaqi in Baqim district, Khalf Kahlan in Sa'ada city and al-Manasah bridge in Mijz district.
Several people were wounded in the airstrikes.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449947.htm

18.12.2016 – Yemen Post (A K)

#Yemen: US-backed Saudi aggression launched overnight 36 airstrikes on Sa'ada. Dec 18

https://twitter.com/News2Tor/status/810461475189956612

18.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saada: fight jets aggression waged a raid on Kahlan camp

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58003&lang=en

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

20.12.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A K PS)

Clashes between army and Houthis in central Yemen

At least 22 have been killed after fighting escalated in Taiz last night, according to sources from the Yemeni army.

The national army and popular resistance made territorial advances in Taiz on the ground, with air support from the Saudi-led coalition. The Houthi and Saleh fighters were then surrounded, which led to the resistance forces killing 15 Houthi and Saleh militants.

This comes after media reports of the Yemeni government leaving Taiz, amid disagreements between local forces and the government. While local resistance forces have expressed their frustration at the lack of sufficient support they have received from the Saudi-led coalition and national army to secure their gains from Houthi and Saleh militia forces, local sources have informed MEMO that the national army remains in Taiz and the damage in relations between the local resistance and the army have been heavily exaggerated.

In Marib, the national army and allied tribes managed to push back the Houthi rebels from advancing into the Serwah district, around 20 kilometres from the Sana’a-Marib border and around 100 kilometres away from Sana’a itself. The national army retook Serwah from the Houthi and Saleh forces in September.

The main road that connects Sana’a and Marib runs through Serwah, which is why the Yemeni army prioritises keeping hold of it.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161220-clashes-between-army-and-houthis-in-central-yemen/

My comment: This report is based on Pro-Saudi, pro-Hadi sources, “national army and popular resistance” = “president” Hadi’s army and anti-Houthi militia.

20.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Great Victories for the Army and Popular Committees in Al-Jouf

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58240&lang=en

20.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries bombed citizens' houses in the districts of al-Masloub and al-Moton causing huge damage to them

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450226.htm

20.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Mercenary Supporting the Battles in Marib by Forces of Al Mahrah

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58257&lang=en

20.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires ballistic missile on mercenaries in Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450151.htm

20.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries attack citizens in Mareb

US –backed Saudi aggression mercenaries launched fierce attack with artillery and rockets on the houses and farms of citizens in Serwah district of Marb province overnight, an official told Saba on Tuesday.
The attack took place on Monday night and lasted until early hours of Tuesday, during which the mercenaries fired rockets and artillery Shells on the airport and Wadi Al-Rabiah residential areas, causing heavy damage to the citizens' properties.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450158.htm and by Yamanyoon: http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58253&lang=en

19.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

A farmer killed by Houthi sniper in al Dali' governorate

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87289

19.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Cleanse Air Defense Hill in Beer Basha, Taiz

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58154&lang=en

19.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Targeting Hypocrites in Taiz

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58118&lang=en

19.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthis bomb neighborhoods in Taiz and government forces sites in Lahj

The shelling resulted in the injury of a 5 year-old young girl and a 65 year-old man in Osaifirah area.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87290

19.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Mercenaries Killed and Injured in Jawf Governorate

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58150&lang=en

19.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Mareb: civilian killed, brother injured by Houthi shelling

The witnesses told Almasdaronline that the shell was fired by the Houthi and allied forces from their locations in Hailan Mount and hit a car on the public road, central al Kanab market, in Mad'ghal district.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87291

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Some Saudi-paid mercenaries killed in Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450094.htm

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills 18 mercenaries in Taiz

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450068.htm and by Yamanyoon: http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58118&lang=en

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missile forces hit enemy Saudi military bases in Najran

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450056.htm

19.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shells mercenaries in Mareb

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450047.htm

18.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Saada: Government forces advance, control Mandaba area

Military sources have said that the government forces seized control of all the sites overlooking Baqem district of Saada governorate

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87261

18.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces advance in Saada after battles against the Houthis

The government forces announced on Sunday seizing control of sites overlooking the center of 101 Infantry Brigade in al Buqe' area of Saada governorate

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87263

18.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Two Zelzal 2 Missiles Hit Saudi Mercenaries in Jawf

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58041&lang=en

18.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Destruction of a Saudi (BMP) in Nihm

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58054&lang=en

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Ballistic missiles hit Saudi-paid mercenaries in Mareb

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450013.htm

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets mercenaries' gatherings in Mareb

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450013.htm

18.12.2016 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: operations on the Saudi army in Najran and the targeting of their fortifications

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZkLuTeRydY

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army blasts 2 Saudi tanks in Najran

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450033.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450067.htm and by Yamanyoon: http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58032&lang=en

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires Sarkha missiles on mercenaries

in Lahj province,

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449953.htm

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Seven mercenaries killed, two injured in Taiz

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449969.htm

18.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

At Least Six Saudi Mercenaries Killed and Injured in Taiz

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=58045&lang=en

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces advance in battle fronts

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449956.htm

18.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces advance in battle fronts

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news449956.htm and also http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=57998&lang=en

18.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dozen of Mercenaries Killing and Injuring in Asir

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=57986&lang=en

18.–19.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani ( A K PH)

Film: New footage of #Yemen army shelling on Al-Shabakah military fortifications in Jizan.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/810579539487313920

Film: New footage of #Yemen army & militia taking AlGawiah site in Jizan. As usual Saudi troops flees after hearing 1st bullet.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/810950000784109569

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

19.12.2016 – Computer World (* A E)

Solar power is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity

Solar energy in some emerging markets is now half the price of coal-fired power and cheaper even than wind-driven projects

Unsubsidized solar power costs are beginning to outperform coal and natural gas and new solar energy projects in emerging markets cost less to build than wind turbines, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

The study, which includes the average cost of new wind and solar from 58 emerging-market economies, including China, India, and Brazil, determined that even though the cost of solar had been expected to eventually fall below wind, steeper price declines spurred that to happen far faster than analysts thought possible – By Lucas Mearian

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3151451/sustainable-it/solar-power-is-becoming-the-cheapest-form-of-new-electricity.html

My comment: Might-be a hope for Yemen – if there would be peace…

Comment by Judith Brown: Great news Yemen could lead the world in embracing solar power. On on you great Yemenis what an amazing nation of people you are.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155032253518641

18.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani

Tropical Cyclone Vardah is moving toward Socotra islands & Hadramout.#Yemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/810551140739858433

18.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani

Film: Saudi pamphlets ends up in the hand of this boy. He find them silly & only use them to play with his younger brother. Saying naughty words.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/810599184449552385

18.12.2016 – The National AE (* A P)

A war of words takes hold on social media in Yemen

Once the news of rebel defeat in Aleppo hit the headlines, social media users around the world became increasingly active, including those in Yemen, who have avidly followed the latest developments.

Yemenis have their own plight to think about, but this does not mean they are only preoccupied with their own misery. Their perspectives are divided on what is happening in Aleppo.

Politics and sectarian ideologies have not only fragmented people’s viewpoints, they have also fractured humanity.

Some social media users in Yemen view events in Aleppo as an inhumane massacre of innocent civilians.

Others think of it as a victory against "terrorist groups" and a seizure of their stronghold.

Pro-Assad Yemeni social media users have been euphoric at the major victory of the Syrian army in Aleppo. Some posts have stated that "Aleppo is a victory and it has been purged of ISIL".

However, Yemeni supporters of rebel groups in Aleppo account for the vast majority on social media in the country.

This war of words continues. A third category of social media users argue that Yemen itself is undergoing a tougher situation, and discussions should focus on the country’s plight rather than events abroad – by Khalid Al Karimi

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/a-war-of-words-takes-hold-on-social-media-in-yemen

My comment: The author of course is “pro-rebel” (rebels in Aleppo, not in Yemen!! Being a “rebel” is good in Syria and bad in Yemen). It’s no place to discuss Syria here; that these “rebels” mostly are Al Qaida is the true background of this.

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-241-yemen-war-mosaic-241

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-241: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-241:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / and http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

18:01 20.12.2016
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