Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 246 - Yemen War Mosaic 246

Yemen Press Reader 246: Bisher 250.000 saudische Luftangriffe-"Popular resistance" schießt und plündert in Taiz-Humanitäre Lage-Verbrechen der Huthis-Luftangriffe, schwere Kämpfe-Süd und Nord
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Up to now, 250,000 Saudi air raids – "Popular Resistance" shooting and looting at Taiz – Humanitarian situation – Houthi crimes – Saudi air raids and heavy fighting – South and North – und mehr

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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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

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28.12.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (** A K)

642 day Of #Saudi crimes in #Yemen. 250000 of airstrikes on Yemen.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1215915625128132/?type=3

28.12.2016 – Middle East Eye (** B K)

Shooting and looting: 'Liberated' Taiz residents say they have lost everything

Families forced to flee fighting in eastern districts of Yemeni city say their homes have been ransacked by advancing Popular Resistance fighters

On 17 November, al-Askri was declared liberated by the Popular Resistance, which was formed to fight the Houthis after Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi was exiled in 2015.

But a day later, Hwaidi received confirmation of the news he had been dreading.

“Salem, who had been guarding the other house, phoned me and told me that thieves had broken into my house and looted everything inside it. They even broke off the doors of the rooms,” Hwaidi told Middle East Eye.

“I spent more than 15 years building this house, and then my sons completed the building, and now we have lost everything at once,” he added.

Hwaidi said he had his suspicions about who had looted his house but preferred not make accusations because of fears of reprisals: “I will pray for revenge. May Allah take revenge for me on the thieves.”

He added that he had lost all hope that Yemen would ever be peaceful again.

Salem, the guard who had remained in al-Askri, told MEE that resistance fighters had been responsible for widespread looting in the area.

“The fighters of the resistance used shelling to break the doors of houses and looted everything inside.”

Salem said he had persuaded the fighters not to enter the house that he had been guarding by telling them that there were women and children inside.

He added that he preferred not to be identified by his real name because of security concerns.

“I cannot trust either the Houthis or the resistance to control my city, as both of them do not care about the civilians,” he said.

Other residents from eastern areas recaptured by the resistance have also complained of looting and say that they have been unable to recover their belongings even when they have been able to locate them.

Resistance leaders in Taiz admitted that looting in recaptured areas had been a problem but said that there was little they could do to protect houses because their most trusted soldiers are still busy fighting.

But many residents of the eastern neighbourhoods forced out by the recent fighting are unable or unwilling to return to their homes now that the resistance has regained control.

Salem said that discontent with the resistance would grow if it failed to provide basic security and take action against looters.

“We live in areas under the control of the resistance, so the resistance is responsible for us, and it has to protect our houses and return our belongings, even if the thieves are not members of the resistance,” he said.

Fears about looting have also spread to Houthi-controlled areas of Taiz, where some residents told MEE they considered the Houthis to be their guards.

Anas al-Samei, a resident of Taiz's al-Hawban neighbourhood said he did not want to see the area become a conflict zone or fall under the control of the resistance.

“When the Houthis took over al-Hawban in March 2015, they did not loot our houses, but if the resistance liberates it, its fighters will loot and destroy our houses," Samei told MEE.

Despite the war, daily life has continued in many areas under Houthi control with police stations, schools, hospitals, courts and other public institutions functioning normally, prompting further concerns about the advancing resistance fighters.

In the old city of Taiz, televisions, washing machines, tables, sofas, beds and all kind of furnishings can be found on sale for less than half of their original price.

While some families sold their possessions for economic reasons, most is assumed to be the spoils of looting.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-taiz-looting-2054344058

My comment: This article is placed prominent here as it claiming “Houthi crimes” against civilians is a special topic of anti-Houthi propaganda. Well, the anti-Houthi militia are by no means better or in some places even worse. – This seems to be a typical phenomenon of militia, which ones ever, where ever in th e world. They are brutalized by fighting, they live in a world in which only arms give power, self-confidence and superiority. And there are no other valid authorities at all – a sort of anarchy where those having guns can take all they want.

Comments by Judith Brown: This clearly demonstrates what I have been saying throughout the war. The militias in Taiz who are fighting each other both have culpability for the slaughter of civilians and the destruction of property. These disgusting anti-Houthi militias have looted everything, just like the militias who attacked Aden in the 1994 civil war. I am not excusing the Houthi-Saleh alliance for their misdemeanours. I am just saying all fighting sides care nothing for Yemenis and care only for themselves and their disgusting killing campaigns.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155064299993641

A view of the situation in Taiz that just like Aleppo shows that the media perspective on Taiz does not give all facts. Clearly all 'sides' are disgusting in this terrible war - but when a war is as fierce as the Yemen war all warring factions only care about winning irrespective of the way civilians are suffering. And so the lack of respect for international law gets more extreme - but in any case it is laughable to suggest that war can ever be 'moral' and guided by principles. It's always murder, destruction and dispossession for God's sake. The way to remain civil is simply to stop all war. So many people in Yemen have lost everything.

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

29.12.2016 – UN Children's Fund (** A H)

Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 - Yemen

Total people in need: 18.8 million

Total children (<18) in need: 9.6 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 9.8 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 6.9 million

2017 programme targets

Nutrition

323,000 children under 5 affected by SAM admitted for treatment

4,528,000 children under 5 received micronutrient interventions

Health

5,342,000 children under 5 vaccinated against polio

1.07 million children under 5 received primary health care

WASH

4,068,000 affected people accessed safe water supply

654,000 affected people accessed basic standard hygiene kits

Child protection

571,000 children benefited from psychosocial support

1,347,000 people reached with information on protecting themselves from mines/unexploded ordnance/explosive remnants of war

Education

417,000 provided with access to education via temporary learning spaces, school rehabilitation and capitation grants

560,000 conflict-affected children received school supplies

Social protection

105,000 affected and extremely vulnerable people provided with humanitarian cash transfers

Almost two years of conflict in Yemen have left 18.8 million people – some 70 per cent of the population – in need of humanitarian assistance.2 After the United Nations-backed peace talks were suspended in August 2016, airstrikes and hostilities intensified and civilians are paying the price. Close to 4,000 civilians have died as a direct result of the conflict,including 1,332 children. At least 14.5 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation and 14.8 million have limited or no access to health services, compounding a cholera crisis that has put 7.6 million people at risk. The nutrition situation has deteriorated, with 3.3 million children and pregnant or lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition and more than 460,000 children under 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). The near collapse of national services has left an estimated 2 million children out of school. Almost 2.2 million internally displaced persons, nearly half of them children, as well as 1 million returnees and many host communities are also in need of assistance. Ongoing conflict and the deteriorating economic situation have put essential public services such as health on the verge of collapse, leaving children and women at even higher risk.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/humanitarian-action-children-2017-yemen and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/2017_Yemen_HAC.pdf

29.12.2016 – RAI Institute / Doctors Without Borders (** B H)

Yemen: The Needs are Great

The current war in Yemen is on the cusp of its second year. The roots of this war arguably predates the official ‘start date’ of March 2015, and situating this war’s beginnings tends to rely on where one’s ideological positions lay. Yet, regardless of one’s positions, what is abundantly clear, and should not be in dispute, is the great costs on the Yemeni civilians. More than 10,000 people are estimated to have died, with hundreds of thousands others who have been injured, maimed for life, or have been displaced from their homes.

The Yemeni population’s needs are great and the international community has utterly failed them.

This is an undeniable, glaring fact apparent to anyone who has been in Yemen.

The devastation of war has marked many parts of the country such as the north in the Saadah governorate, the city of Taiz in the south, or elsewhere where all armed actors — without exception — have harmed civilians and destroyed infrastructure.

The ramifications of the conflict have pierced all aspects of day-to-day life in the country. Its lifelines – the medical infrastructure, water, electricity, economy, transportation, to name only a few – already weakened by decades of neglect and corruption, are on the cusp of a major collapse. Absolute catastrophe has only been averted by the modest work of the few international NGOs able to operate in the country, but calamity has mainly been held at bay by the stubborn dedication and perseverance of the Yemeni people, who are determined to keep the country functioning as best they can.

The experience and work of one of these international NGOs offers us a sobering glimpse into the problems afflicting this old country. The medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started working intermittently in Yemen in 1986, and has been operating continually there since 2007. It has rapidly scaled up its activities in response to the eruption of all-out war and humanitarian disaster in mid-2015. MSF works in the north and south of the country, in 8 out of the 22 Yemeni governorates, on an array of issues that range from providing direct medical services such as complex surgeries and pediatric care to offering support in the form of financial incentives and/or training for the Yemeni Ministry of Health’s staff, as well as providing essential medical supplies like blood bags to blood banks.

The numbers recorded by MSF between March 2015 to September 2016 reflect the staggering scale of challenges facing Yemen: 289,574 patients received in emergency rooms; 127,304 outpatient general consultations conducted; 24,326 surgeries performed; 51,048 war and violence wounded victims treated; 19,868 deliveries performed; 19,862 children admitted to pediatric care for non-war related reasons; and more than 1,760 tons of medical supplies sent by MSF. MSF projects unfold across the frontlines of battles, and sometimes this has come with great risk. MSF health facilities alone were hit four times in the past year, some of these attacks resulted in the loss of life for both patients and staff, and ended imperative free health care for thousands of people.

This is incomparable to the challenges faced by Yemeni people daily, in which they commonly experience away from the fickle media spotlight, and the spotlight only pays scant attention when an impossible-to-ignore incident or significant situation arises – by Yazan al-Saadi, Doctors Without Borders

http://raiinstitute.org/ri-insights/politics/yemen-the-needs-are-great-2

25.–28.12.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (A H)

.@MSF:22,062 women gave birth in MSF hospitals since the beginning of the war in #Yemen.Unknown number of women couldn't make it 2 hospitals (photo)

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/814200190244712448

.@MSF: 27,370 surgeries were performed in MSF facilities since the beginning of the war in March 2015. The needs are great in #Yemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/msf_yemen/status/814199108038692864

Film: Yemeni patients at MSF surgery in Amman

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1056569281118026&id=365494296892198

27.12.2016 – Médecins Sans Frontières (** B H)

Yemen: Escalating conflict, escalating needs

Eighteen months of brutal conflict have plunged Yemen into a full-blown humanitarian emergency. After a short ebb in fighting brought on by recent peace negotiations, airstrikes and ground combat have fully resumed, with dire consequences for civilians. All armed actors involved in the conflict—including the Saudi-led Coalition and the Houthis—are conducting this war and carrying out indiscriminate attacks without respect for civilians or essential civilian infrastructure like hospitals.

Health facilities supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have not been spared. On August 15, an airstrike on the MSF-supported Abs Hospital in Hajjah Governorate resulted in 24 wounded and 19 deaths, including an MSF staff member. The UN reports that over 600 health facilities in the country have stopped functioning due to damage or lack of staff and supplies, jeopardizing access to health care for millions of people.

The impact of the conflict on people’s physical and mental health cannot be overstated. In addition to tens of thousands of war-related injuries, MSF teams regularly treat large numbers of patients for acute post-violence stress syndrome. Patients report generalized symptoms such as body pain, headaches, and chest pains related to the physical and mental trauma they have endured. According to UNOCHA, nearly three million people were displaced by conflict within the country as of September 2016.

MSF calls on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians and medical structures and personnel, allow the sick and wounded unhindered access to health care, and guaranty the delivery of aid to those in need.

MSF works in 11 hospitals and health centers in Yemen and provides support to 18 hospitals or health centers in Taiz, Aden, Al-Dhale’, Saada, Amran, Hajjah, Ibb, and Sanaa governorates, employing nearly 1,600 staff members, 82 of whom are international staff. From March 2015 to the end of November 2016, 55,127 war-wounded patients were treated in MSF facilities across Yemen, and 27,370 surgeries were performed.

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/yemen-escalating-conflict-escalating-needs = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-escalating-conflict-escalating-needs

cp2 Allgemein / General

29.12.2016 – Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (* A K P)

Yemen at the UN - November 2016 Review

Summary

In November, United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he had reached an agreement between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Houthi movement to end the fighting in Yemen. He did so, however, without obtaining the agreement of the internationally recognized government of Yemen, one of the war’s main belligerent parties. The ceasefire was almost immediately violated and quickly failed.

The opposition Houthis and allied forces of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced the formation of a new government in Sana’a. The move was seen as an attempt to redress public outrage at the opposition’s brutal, corrupt and inept governance, as well as shore up the strained Houthi-Saleh alliance. The result is a government with a sprawling array of ministerial portfolios with vast overlaps of responsibility and authority. While the UN Special Envoy to Yemen called the move “a concerning obstacle to the peace process”, a position shared by various Security Council member states, the council as a whole was unable to agree to a statement in this regard.

Meanwhile, the country’s humanitarian crisis continues unabated. New and more precise UN data than previously available estimated 18.8 million Yemenis require humanitarian assistance and 10.3 million are in acute need. The dramatic drop in food imports is accelerating the onset of catastrophic famine, there is spreading cholera outbreak, and 2016 looks set to end with the international community having committed only slightly more than half the money necessary to fund the UN’s emergency humanitarian response plan for Yemen.

http://sanaacenter.org/publications/item/65-yemen-at-the-un.html

30.12.2016 – Deutsche Welle (B K)

Syrien und Jemen - klaffende Wunden des Nahen Ostens – von Diana Hodali

http://www.dw.com/de/syrien-und-jemen-klaffende-wunden-des-nahen-ostens/a-36877943

Mein Kommentar: Überblicksartikel, recht oberflächlich hingeschrieben, z. B. „Der Iran kämpft immer noch an der Seite der Huthis“: Der Iran kämpft überhaupt nicht im Jemen.

29.12.2016 – Nachrichtenspiegel (* B K)

Jemen: Testgebiet von Natowaffen – ein Augenzeugenbericht

[English below]

. Was die Bürger selbst erleben, schilderte mir Herr Algoffi selbst:

Jemen ist eine Stämme Gesellschaft, in der es 2 große Stämme gibt, die Stammesgesetze mehr beobachten, als sie religiöse Glauben beobachten.Diese zwei Stämme sind Hashid und Bakeel innerhalb dieser Stämme Hunderte von kleineren Stämmen, und die jemenitischen Leute sind multi religiösen Überzeugungen, die Mehrheit sind Muslime, Zaidi, (moderate Shaeet) und Shafee (moderate sunnitische) und jüdischen glauben. Alle haben friedliche Koexistenz und Wohlstand für mehr als 1000 Jahre genossen. Im Jahr 1978 plante Saudi-Arabien eine Ermordung und tötete unseren beliebtesten und respektierten Präsidenten Ibrahim Al Hamdi. Und sah ein langes Programm von Wahabismus des Jemen, die Radikalisierung der Gesellschaft und begann Trennung zwischen den Menschen zu schaffen, speziell Zaidi und Juden. Aber es bevorzugte Shafee. Im Jahr 2011 wollte Saudi-Arabien Jemen bis 6 Staaten nach religiösen Überzeugungen und der natürlichen Ressourcen zu teilen, um die Kontrolle über Jemen zu nehmen, was die Zaidi Menschen ausgrenzen, so widersetzen sich die Leute das. Dann wollte sie einen Diktator Hadi mit Gewalt installieren. Dann begann alles im großen Krieg gegen uns

Also, it is a tribes society, where there are 2 major tribes that observe tribal laws more than they observe religious beliefs. These 2 tribes are Hashid and Bakeel within these tribes hundreds of smaller tribes, and the Yemeni people are multi religious beliefs, the majority are Muslims, zaidi, ( moderate Shaeet) and Shafee (moderate Sunni), and Jewish believe. All have enjoyed peaceful coexistence, and prosperity for more than 1000 years. However, in 1978, Saudi Arabia planned an assination and killed our most loved and respected president Ibrahim Al Hamdi. And stared a long program of Wahabbism of Yemen, which radicalisation of the society, and started to create division between the people specially Zaidi and Jews. But, it favoured Shafee. In 2011 Saudi Arabia wanted to divide Yemen to 6 states according to religious beliefs and natural resources in order to take control of Yemen , which further marginalise the Zaidi people, So, the people resist that. Then, it wanted to install a dictator Hadi by force. Then , it started all over major war against us. It destroyed 100% of our infrastructure which took us more than 54 years to build. It has been attacking with Neutron bomb, nuke like bombs, cluster bombs, white phosphorus bombs, chemical bombs, unknown bombs that destroys human’s flesh from inside (like unseen flesh eating and destroying things ) people who were affected by this strange weapons were sent to Russia for treatment, (we thank Russian people for their humanity ) Saudi Arabia has been supporting sectarian violence, and extremists, and radical Islamsts in Yemen. They attacked our mosques, schools, and markets. We are in self defence only. We do not need war we need peace. We are under blockade, we have major starvation in some parts of Yemen, we need to left the blockade so food and medical aid can come in. We need help. Saudi Arabia buys its weapons from all over the world, and from the British and USA. Thanks

So liest man es selten im Westen. Die Meinung eines einfachen Bürgers, der täglich Berichte aus dem Jemen schickt (siehe Abdullah Algoffi),

Lauschen wir noch ein wenig dem Augenzeugen:

https://www.nachrichtenspiegel.de/2016/12/29/jemen-testgebiet-von-natowaffen-ein-augenzeugenbericht/

28.12.2016 – Huffington Post (* B P)

The Jews of Yemen - Surviving Saudi Arabia’s grand religious cleanse

Yemen’s war today has been brushed under the infamous Shia-Sunni divide, this old schism western capitals have claimed has plagued the Islamic world and bathed a region in fires and in wars for 14 long centuries.

But there is no sectarianism in Islam – not in its tenets, not in its traditions, not in its legal system and certainly not on the lips of its clerics. Sectarianism you see was spoken on and from Riyadh’s pulpits so that a region would learn to speak oppression and isolation, apostasy and self-righteous bloodshed.

But those tenets are not those of Islam, they are those of Wahhabism. The same Wahhabism western capitals have insisted on calling friend for its clergy wields many great riches … how fickle indeed those who claim to fly Liberty’s flag.

Before the sound of your silence Yemen’s religious pluralism has been exploded and communities as old as time itself sit on the verge of complete annihilation. How much of our collective History will the Kingdom of al-Saud claim before you realise that your future was literally stolen from under you?

For several decades now – since 1962, if one wants to be precise – the kingdom has run a vengeful campaign against Yemen’s religious pluralism, reshaping this once proud, and tolerant nation of Arabia to its own vengeful image – by Catherine Shakdam

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-jews-of-yemen-surviving-saudi-arabias-grand_us_58642247e4b04d7df167d2ac

My comment: Yes, it’s true that Saudi Arabia tries to reshape Yemen to its own vengeful image” – no, it’s not true that there has been no sectarianism in Islam apart from Wahabism – that simply is historical misrepresentation.

Comment by Judith Brown: An interesting article - though the tolerance of Yemeni communities has been tested in the past few decades - and it seems this has happened to some extent all over the Middle East.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155065728293641

28.12.2016 – Cartoon Movement

Yemen war machine (Cartoon) – by Emad Hajjaj

http://www.cartoonmovement.com/cartoon/35918

28.12.2016 – Tasnim News (* B K P)

US-Backed Saudi Crimes in Yemen Hidden from American people: Pundit

A senior political analyst based in Detroit highlighted Washington’s widespread support for Riyadh’s onslaught on Yemen and said the Saudi-led coalition’s ongoing crimes in the Arabian Peninsula country are being hidden from the American people.

The following is the full text of the interview:

Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik Shabazz, (1925-1965) said in 1964 in reference to his travels throughout Africa and the Middle East that same year, that in countries where political and economic progress was being made the women were being encouraged to participate fully within society. In contrast, he noted, the countries where there was no progress, women were also being held back socially. Malcolm X had traveled twice that year to Saudi Arabia. Without mentioning the name of the country, it is almost certain that Saudi Arabia was at least one of the 17 states he had visited in 1964-65.

The situation in Yemen is atrocious. This war, which I mentioned, is being coordinated by Washington, remains hidden from the American people. Pointing out the Saudi-PGCC role in Yemen and other states in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf exposes the crimes being committed not only by Riyadh but also its supporters and allies. The genuine peace-loving organizations and states in the world should be persistent in their activism in solidarity with the people inside Saudi Arabia. The regime is being propped-up by the West and its cohorts in the region. There are many things which can be done in the metropolitan capitals such as the US, UK, and the EU states to demand an end to foreign aid and economic collaboration with states which routinely violate the basic human and civil rights of its citizens and residents.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2016/12/28/1279901/us-backed-saudi-crimes-in-yemen-hidden-from-american-people-pundit

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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30.12.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

@monarelief and @AKF_Social distributing food aid now in al-Husinia area of Hodeidah. More pix will be posted later (photos9

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/814741292781539329

30.12.2016 – DPA (* A H)

Sterben im Vergessenen: Die verheerende Hungerkrise im Jemen

Das Welternährungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (WFP) schätzt, dass rund 31 Prozent der Kinder unter fünf Jahren im Jemen an Unterernährung leiden. Nach Angaben des Kinderhilfswerks Unicef sind es 2,2 Millionen Kinder. Erst kürzlich appellierte die zuständige Unicef-Verantwortliche für den Jemen, Meritxel Relano, an die Weltgemeinschaft, den Kindern zu helfen. Die Unterernährung habe einen Höhepunkt erreicht, sagte sie. Der Gesundheitszustand der Kinder sei noch nie so schlecht gewesen.

"Wir hatten ein gutes Leben", sagt Umm Mohammed, "mein Mann arbeitete als Fischer. Aber der Krieg hat alles zerstört." Wegen der Kämpfe und der Luftangriffe der saudischen Koalition sei es zu gefährlich zu fischen. Das Einkommen fiel weg. "Denn die Luftangriffe unterscheiden nicht zwischen Zivilisten und Kämpfern."

Mit ihrer Familie lebt Umm Mohammed in der Provinz Hudaida im Westen des Jemen. Die Region wird ebenso wie große Teile des Nordens von den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen kontrolliert. Hudaida gehört zu den ärmsten Regionen des ohnehin schon bitterarmen Jemen. Viele Menschen arbeiteten als Fischer oder Bauern. Aber Kämpfe und Belagerung machen das Leben zu einem täglichen Kampf auch für die Zivilisten.

Die Familie lebe häufig nur von trockenem Brot und Wasser, erzählt Umm Mohammed. Hilfslieferungen mit Milch, Reis oder Öl erreichten sie nur selten. "Wann hört der Krieg endlich auf?", fragt die Frau verzweifelt. "Er hat uns nur Zerstörung und Hunger gebracht."

https://www.merkur.de/politik/sterben-im-vergessenen-verheerende-hungerkrise-im-jemen-zr-7180525.html

29.12.2016 – MONA Relief (A H)

.@monarelief crew have arrived in Al Hodeidah to distribute Al-Khair Foundation funded food to 1000's in the most affected areas (photos)

https://twitter.com/RSKarim1/status/814652670405386244

@monarelief's crew has just arrived n Hodeidah 2distribute food aid after our great project w/ Jewish community n Sanaa Thanku donors #Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/814605250246148096

29.12.2016 – Malak Shaher (A H)

Try living without water (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1217240691662292/?type=3

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (* B H)

MSF: women in Yemen face difficulties of getting health services due to war

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday that most women suffer due to the war that caused the deteriorating economic situation in Yemen.
In the MSF statement, Saba got a copy of it, that most women did not have the ability to bear transportation costs or lack of transportation itself or because of stopping nearly hospitals of their work that caused negatively affect on pregnant women.
The statement added that in Yemen no pregnant women can access today to hospitals to deliver their children under medical supervision to ensure their safety and their babies as well.
The statement said that despite the fact that some women readiness to go in a long journey to the nearest hospital, risks are lay in wait for those who try to reach hospitals that could be also behind fighting lines or roads are in danger of air raids.
Unknown number of mothers delivered their children at home in difficult conditions, most mothers. Many are subjected to the risk of dying from complication of childbirth, the statement added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451151.htm

2016 – World Food Programme (* A H)

Yemen Emergency

WFP has three main goals under its Yemen response

1) To deliver food to people affected by conflict, malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers
2) To provide emergency food assistance.
3) To help the humanitarian aid community by transporting fuel into the country.

Food assistance

In March, WFP reached a total of over 3 million people in 17 governorates with emergency food assistance. Nine of those governorates are in the grip of severe food insecurity at ‘Emergency’ level – one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) scale.

Logistics

Three WFP-chartered vessels arrived in Yemen’s port of Aden in July with life-saving food supplies for the most vulnerable and internally displaced people. These vessels marked the first shipload of humanitarian supplies to reach Aden since conflict erupted in Yemen in March.

Many road networks in the hardest hit areas of the country are still not open, making communities in conflict-areas inaccessible for humanitarian workers. The WFP- managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operates three flights a week between Djibouti and Sana’a for humanitarian workers. Since April, (UNHAS) has issued almost 1,300 passenger tickets and transported 7 mt of cargo between Djibouti and Sana’a.

How you can help

WFP urgently requires nearly US$285 million to provide much-needed food assistance until January 2017. It takes four months from the time WFP receives funds until food reaches the country and is in the hands of families who need it.

WFP is grateful to the donors who have contributed or pledged support to the Yemen response including Germany, the USA, UK, the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Please donate today and help get life-saving food reach families who need us the most.

https://www.wfp.org/emergencies/yemen/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618

29.12.2016 – Stop the War on Yemen (* A H)
Film: This is the war in Yemen. Destroying young lives [Starving children]

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155064575048641

29.12.2016 – HPFHGGI (A H)

Recently I received donations and, I distributed 1500 blankets for poor and displaced families in Sanaa. But there are still hundreds of poor families , orphans , displaced persons and Homeless who suffer from the cold of winter . We will work to provide them coats and blankets to protect them from the cold of winter .I hope everyone involved, even the amount of YR 1000 to support this campaign, which is working to help these poor people to donate contact with me 00967734260511 WhatsApp 00967771002112 (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/HPFHGGI/posts/1613762271970960 and https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155064575048641

29.12.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

http://monarelief.org/ todistribute food aid to most needy families n Hodeidah soon with the support of @AKF_Social Pix from our storages n Hodeidah (photo)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/814457253751361536

28.12.2016 – UN Refugee Agency / Living in Yemen on the Edge (A H)

Photo: Muna and Sakina were forced by violence to flee their home in the city of Sa’ada in Yemen last year, with their mother and three siblings. They found refuge at the Dharwan settlement, after their father was killed - he is one of more than 7,000 lives taken by Yemen’s brutal war. The conflict is dealing a harsh blow to civilians, with an average of 75 people killed or injured daily. UNHCR/ Mohammed Hamoud

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1215931571793204

28.12.2016 – United Nations Population Fund (* B H)

After marriage at age 9, a former child bride gets a second chance

Shukria was married off at just 9 years old. The wedding was arranged to settle a debt her family owed to a 50-year-old man. “He told my father he would forget the debt and give even more money if he could take me as his bride. So that is how I got married,” Shukria recounted.

From the first days, the marriage was a nightmare. “Three days after the wedding, he had sex with me,” she said. “The whole experience was horrifying; I did not know what was happening to me.”

As her husband’s second wife, she was the same age as some of his children – yet her childhood was over. She was forced to drop out of school to attend to domestic responsibilities.

Over the years, she had 10 children.

Starting fresh

“Shukria came to us seeking help for the injustices that she had succumbed to,” said Hayat Al-Kaynaee, head of a women’s centre in Ibb run by the Yemeni Women’s Union, a UNFPA partner.

“Many women like Shurkia in Ibb are denied resources and access to wealth for the mere reason that they are women,” she explained.

Women in Yemen are highly vulnerable, not only to abuses like child marriage, but also to poverty and violence. They have less access than men to medical care, property ownership, credit, education and training.

In 2013, UNFPA and the British Council launched the Springboard programme in Yemen. The programme, already operational in over 30 countries, aims to economically and socially empower vulnerable women. Trainers help women identify their personal and professional goals, then support them in developing the skills needed to achieve those goals.

The women’s centre helped Shukria join the Springboard programme.

Now 55, Shukria is completing her second year of university, majoring in Guidance and Psychological Support.

http://www.unfpa.org/news/after-marriage-age-9-former-child-bride-gets-second-chance

Comment: A remarkable story. A story of strength, unfavorable events, tragedies and yet, at 55, continuing to have the courage and ability, the nerve and determination to never - EVER! - give up.
Proud of you, Shukria.
Some people working behind this page are Sisters and we hug you tight.
We are with you

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1216016295118065

28.12.2016 – AFP (A H)

Photo: YEMEN - Children attend a class at a school that was damaged in a recent Saudi-led air strike in Taez. By Ahmad Al Basha

https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/814169296276426753

28.12.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

@monarelief distributing food aid, blankets & other thing to Jewish community in Sanaa We are always the best (photos)

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/814046220591235072

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/814028016414294016

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/814074501503844353

https://twitter.com/monarelief/status/814062840759861248

https://twitter.com/monarelief/status/814168125893738496

28.12.2016 – Human Needs Development (A H)

With ِfinancial support of anonymous Arab immigrants in Australia and China, Human Needs for Development-HND has distributed numbers of food baskets for the most affected displaced and poor families in the capital of Yemen, Sana'a.
Thank you DONORS for generosity. We could not make that possible without your help (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/HNDngoYE/posts/750286988456104

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

Infographics: Yemen: Humanitarian Pooled Fund Dashboard

The Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the critical needs of million of people affected by the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The Fund operates within the parameters of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), with the objective to expand the delivery of humanitarian assistance in partnership with national and international NGOs and UN agencies. Since the intensification of the conflict in March 2015, the HPF has channelled millions of dollars towards meeting critical life-saving needs, including through the provision of healthcare, clean water, sanitation services, food supplies or shelter materials.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-pooled-fund-dashboard-december-2016-enar and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/20161220_HPF_Dashboard_Final_Updated.pdf

20.11.2016 – Khaled Yahya (A K)

Sabreen a heartbreaking story Lost her father by a #Saudi air strike Months later #Saudi jets came back kill her mother & destroyed her house (photo)

https://twitter.com/kyemenson/status/800520755880529920

20.11.2016 – Khaled Yahya (A K)

Night of Jan-18 poor old man Husain Surmi from #Saadah #yemen lost 14 of his kids & grandkids by a #Saudi air strike tht tore them in pieces (photos)

https://twitter.com/kyemenson/status/800271110210277376

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

30.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthis transfer colleague Ajlan and 15 abductees to the Political Security prison for investigations

A human rights source said on Thursday that the Houthi group and the forces loyal to former president Saleh have transferred the colleague Yosof Ajlan, along with other 15 other abductees, to the Political Security Department prison in the capital, Sana'a.

The colleague Ajlan was being held in the al Thawra reserve prison, and before that was in the CID prison.

The source told Almasdaronline that the rebels took Ajlan and the others to the Political Security prison in order to investigate them, and they will be returned to the reserve prison.

It is noteworthy that the Houthis have kidnapped colleague Ajlan from his house in Sana'a in the 13th of last October on charges of working for "Almasdaronline", although he has stopped working at the website in March 2015, after the Houthis have stormed the Almasdaronline office.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87588

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K P)

Citizens send food aid convoy to army

The citizens of of Alqamh village of Dhamar province sent a food aid convoy to support the army and popular committees on the battlefield.
The citizens sent the convoy on Wednesday, confirming willingness to send more to defend the homeland and praising the victories of the army and popular forces.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451094.htm

29.12.2016 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Houthis commit 18,000 violations in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate

Militias belonging to the Houthi group and ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have committed nearly 18,000 human rights violations in the governorate of Hajjah alone, a rights group report reveals.

The report from the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations (Rasd) group said the types of violations ranged from major crimes like murders and forced disappearances to minor ones like abusing mosques to spread hate speech and propaganda.

The violations did not only target men but also affected women whose husbands were forced into Houthi prisons, leaving many of them to be the sole breadwinners of their families.

According to the group, Houthi militias have been burying many of the dead civilians into mass graves – some of them buried in the desert unmarked. All this while Houthi militias hold mass rallies for their fighters and allocating public funds as stipends for their families.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2016/12/29/Houthi-commit-18-000-violations-in-Yemen-s-Hajjah-governorate.html and https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-2119 and http://almasdaronline.com/article/87582

My comment: See below for next article. Look also at this article: https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2016/12/10/Houthi-militias-commit-14-000-human-rights-violations-in-2016.html.. This obviously shows that the figures used by this group – which seems to be a Hadi government propaganda department – hardly can be true.

28.12.2016 – Al Sahwa (* A P)

Houthis, Saleh continue committing crimes against Yemenis

Militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital Sana'a on Thursday broke into the Military Hospital in al-Sayah neighborhood and abducted a patient from the hospital.

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh in Taiz governorate on Thursday wounded the following persons in the area of Beir Basha:

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh in al-Baydha governorate on Friday broke into al-Tawheed Mosque and tried to abduct its preacher.

Militias of the Houthis in the capital Sana'a on Friday kidnapped the following persons

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh in the capital Sana'a on Sunday abducted six teachers and 25 students of Abu Bakar al-Sedeeq Quran Teaching Center in al-Hasabah while they were in al-Farisi Swimming Pool, and took them into private custodies.

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh in the capital Sana'a on Thursday shot fire on a civilian in Ali Abdul-Maghani street, kidnapped him and took him into an unknown destination.

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh in al-Baydha governorate on Friday conducted a storming campaign against mosques, and replaced their imams with Houthi ones.

757 crimes committed by Houthis, Saleh in al-Mahweet during November, 2016

A human rights report issued by Human Rights Organization in al-Mahweet

A monitoring report issued by the Media Center of Yemen Youth Revolution

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-2041 and also (from Ibb) http://almasdaronline.com/article/87549 and https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-2120 (varying figures, anyway)

My comment: Yes, there definitely are committed crimes by the Houthi militia, as is done by ALL militia in Yemen, all the anti-Houthi militia not being different. – The propaganda bias of this article is obvious, great caution is required – especially with all figures given by pro-Hadi/anti-Houthi propaganda. – This “Media Center of Yemen Youth Revolution” mainly seems to list up Houthi crimes or what they tell to be that – how serious ever this really is. Who knows more?

29.12.2016 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Association of Abductees Mothers: 70 detainees were killed after abduction

Association of Abductees Mothers has denounced the silence of local and international human rights organizations toward the crimes committed against detainees in Houthi custodies.

During a protest organized in front of the Political Security in Sana'a, it demanded the international community, particularly the United Nations, to form an independent investigation committee to probe into torture practiced against detainees.

The association affirmed that torture is still ongoing inside custodies of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Sleh, affirming that 70 persons were murdered after being abducted.

It also cited that detainees are used as human shields, and some of them died because they were not taken to hospitals after they were subjected to brutal torture.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-2121

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Security arrests 8 Saudi–paid collaborators in Amran

The security agencies on Wednesday arrested eight collaborators working with the US-backed Saudi aggression in Amran province, a security official told Saba.
The arrest came after monitoring and following-up their activity in collaborating with the mercenary commanders.
The accused were referred for investigation.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450996.htm

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

SPC, NSG discuss any initiative to halt aggression, lift siege

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451055.htm

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

SPC extends term of Al-Sammad, Labuza for four months

The Supreme Political Council approved on Wednesday to extend the presidential term of the Council's President Saleh Al-Sammad and Vice-President Qasim Labuza for four months.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450991.htm

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

PM hails Yemeni tribe's national role in confronting aggression

Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor praised the Yemeni tribe's leading national role in confronting the aggression and supporting the army and popular forces in the fronts.
During his meeting on Tuesday in Sana'a with a number of tribal, social, and cultural figures, Dr. bin Habtoor considered that role a source of pride for Yemen and its sons
He expressed his thanks to the Tribal Cohesion Council on its role and position against the aggression.
"In light of the current difficult circumstances experienced by the country, the tribe emerged as a powerful defender of the homeland when intellectuals' role towards the aggression disappeared," the premier said.
The prime minister expressed his confidence that the tribe requests the law and order and abides by it.
"The convergence between the tribal organization and the government is very important," Dr. bin Habtoor affirmed.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450974.htm

And as contrast:

28.12.2016 – Adengad (A P)

Sanaa tribes confirms rejection of the coup and its adherence to the legitimacy

Renewed major Yemeni tribes inhabiting the security belt in Sanaa refused to deal with the coup militias, and confirmed its adherence to the siding along with the legitimate government, noting that it is committed to the covenant that I made to the leadership of the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy, not to supplement the militia fighters in any of her children.

The media center for the resistance in a statement, said that the coup leaders have resorted to the use of some of their loyalists in order to influence the major tribes, and to persuade them to send their sons to fight with them, but those attempts ends in failure, as tribal elders refused to provide any kind of support to them.

http://adengad.net/news/237342/

My comment: As claimed by pro-Hadi Aden media, containing typical Hadi propaganda wording: “coup”, “legitimacy”.

28.12.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Oh look, everyone in newly anncd corrupt Houthi/Saleh Salvation gov't got new Lexus 570 ($95k) while ppl literally starving in Sana'a

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/814037453673811968

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

28.12.2016 – Gulf News (A E P)

Hadi visits oilfield, vows to boost production

Cash-strapped government sold 3m barrels of crude in July and used its profits to renovate dormant oilfields

Yemen President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Tuesday visited major a state-run oil company that manages oilfields in the province of Hadramout and ordered its officials to work hard to increase production.

The state-run Saba news agency reported that Hadi and senior officials visited PetroMasila company on Hadramout’s large plateau and laid the foundation stone of a 25MW natural gas power station that would put an end to long power cuts in Wadi Hadramout.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/hadi-visits-oilfield-vows-to-boost-production-1.1953095

28.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A T)

Unidentified gunmen murder Southern Movement leader in Aden

A Southern Movement leader was murdered by unidentified gunmen in Aden city, Yemen's interim capital, on Wednesday night, according to a local source in the city.

The source told Almasdaronline that the gunmen opened the fire on Hassan al Qarn, a member of Aden People's Gathering, and one of the founders of the Southern Movement in 2007.

So far, no party has claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, personal differences could be the reason behind the attack (photo)

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87546 and (photo) https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/814137273151266816

16.11.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P T)

Not sure how I feel about alHanaq leading resistance. Islah MP for Arhab, shady links to AQAP, Zindani.. (image)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/666246552785170432

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

FM denies receiving invitation to attend political consultations

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf denied on Wednesday what have been reported on some news media that the Political Leadership or the Government had received an invitation to attend consultations aimed at reaching a political settlement.

" Till this moment we had not received any official invitation to attend any consultations or meetings," said the minister to Saba.
The minister added that the political leadership blesses any initiative to reach a political settlement that includes a comprehensive cessation of the aggression against the Yemeni people and lift the siege on the country.
" "We are committed to the last road map given by the UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, as a basis for any coming meetings or consultations," said the minister.
The minister confirmed the need to comply with three points like comprehensive ceasefire that could succeed such meetings; and to lift land, sea and air blockade; and open Sana'a International Airport before civil and commercial air traffic as there is no justification for such a closure of the airport.
The Foreign Minister expressed his hope for the sponsors' states of the peace efforts in Yemen that Yemenis have a word in such future arrangements.
He said there would not be a peaceful settlement without preserving the rights of the Yemeni people; and without any decrease that could prejudice the sovereignty of Yemen and the dignity of the Yemeni people.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451061.htm

Remark. Foreign Minister of Sanaa government.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

29.12.2016 – Arabian Business (A E P)

Saudi Arabia to introduce tax on harmful products from Q2 2017

Government report also rules out income tax, increases 'expat levy' payable by sponsors

Saudi Arabia has announced a timeline for implementation of a tax on harmful products including soft drinks and cigarettes, and completely ruled out income tax on expats contrary to previous reports, according to an official document.

The Fiscal Balance Program 2020 report, published by the Saudi government last week, said the kingdom would impose a 50 percent tax on soft drinks and a 100 percent tax on tobacco and energy drinks from the second quarter of 2017.

The taxes were proposed by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in December 2015, but Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry only signed the agreement this month, the report said.

No other Gulf country has yet announced a date for implementation of such taxes, although they have been mulling them since 2012

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/saudi-arabia-introduce-tax-on-harmful-products-from-q2-2017-657808.html

29.12.2016 – Huffington Post (* B P)

Redacting Islam – Wahhabi cleric takes a sledge hammer to Islamic History to justify genocide

While religious pluralism and tolerance should always sit a cornerstone to any theological debate, Wahhabism’s systematic erosion of Islam, Islamic History, and Islam’s traditions are much too grave for anyone to stand for them any longer. There is interpretation and then there is desecration.

Wahhabism quite clearly sits in the latter category.

Understand here that I am not in any way, shape or for

For far too long Wahhabism has hidden behind the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad claiming sanctity against those who follow al-Muhammad. It stops now!

Wahhabism sits outside both Sunni and Shia Islam. Its theological existence is in fact so far removed from Islam’s school of thoughts that it lives on an island of itself, lost in a furious sea of monsters.

Don’t take my word for it. It was al-Azhar, one of the most authoritative Sunni institutions, in September 2016 that publicly rejected Wahhabism and cast its school of thought far from ahle Sunna.

Too much blood has flowed for any of us to pretend that Wahhabism deserves a place at the world religious table.

In between the calls for mass genocide, the rampaging, looting, raiding, warring and grand apocalyptic declarations, Wahhabism has already positioned itself a devolution of dizzying magnitude …. Daesh, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Nusra, the Taliban, AQAP … how many more acronyms before we learn to look at Riyadh as the very seat of religious annihilation?

Wahhabism breathes religious cleansing. Its very existence, the basis of its tenets and the nefarious wind in its sails are furious blades against all those who dare speak another faith, and pray a different fashion.

One has only to look upon the ruins of Najran in the Hijaz (now known as Saudi Arabia) where Arabia’s thriving Christian communities once stood, or Yemen’s disappeared Jewish heritage, or Iraq’s Yezidis’ massacre to appreciate the sheer insanity of the Wahhabi doctrine. And still many capitals insist on calling the kingdom a friend, a tactical partner, an ally even in the fight against terror.

But Wahhabism is Terror. Wahhabism is the embodiment of Terror. Wahhabism towers a tyrannical oppression onto humanity … it says so itself – by Catherine Shakdam

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/586501f1e4b014e7c72edfb7?timestamp=1483014651068

28.12.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Film: Gaddafi to Saudi King : "You were created by Britain and protected by America."

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/posts/1073320062796575

27.12.2016 – CNN (* A E P)

Cheap oil pushes Saudi Arabia into further budget cuts

Saudi Arabia has already been forced to tighten its belt. Now it's preparing for four more years of austerity.

Slammed by lower oil revenues, the kingdom's budget deficit swelled to 366 billion riyals ($98 billion) in 2015, and 297 billion riyals this year. It was forced to borrow money from international investors for the first time ever, raising $17.5 billion in October.

In response, the government has already slashed energy subsidies and cut wages for officials.

But in a new report -- the Fiscal Balance Program 2020, published over the weekend -- it warns of dire consequences if it doesn't press ahead with more dramatic measures.

"The government would find itself in a place of needing to cut capital spending by at least 90%, cut government operational spending by at least 30%, cut government wage bill by at least 30%, and substantially cut government retirement benefits," it said, if no further action were taken.

So here are some of the steps the government plans to take over the next few years:

1. Hike gas prices, again

2. Raise taxes

3. Soften the blow

Cutting subsidies and raising taxes risks damaging the economy and hurting lower income families.

So the government has also set out plans to boost the private sector, including an investment fund worth 200 billion riyals to help diversify the economy. The fund should help companies become more efficient – by Zahraa Alkhalisi

http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/27/news/economy/saudi-arabia-budget-balance-expat-tax-gas/

27.12.2016 – The Independent (* A P)

Saudi Arabia authorities use viral clip to identify and arrest partygoers

Those shown in the video face strict punishment for violating the country's rules on drinking and mixed socialising

Police have identified people shown partying in a viral video of a party, leaving those involved likely to face strict punishment.

A video shows a group of men and women partying in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's second city. Doing so risks prosecution by the country's "morality police", who strictly enforce laws that prohibit socialising between men and women and the buying or drinking of alcohol.

The footage was posted online last week and quickly gained the attention of the public, being viewed hundreds of thousands of times. But it also grabbed the attention of the police, who established a special task force to identify the people shown in it.

The chief suspect, a Jordanian, was arrested while trying to flee the country, according to local reports. He has since admitted to organising the party.

Three female guests from Lebanon have also been questioned and admitted to being a part of the event.

The case has since been referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution, which will decide whether or not to press charges. Police are still looking to identify other people in the video – by Andrew Griffin

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-party-jeddah-video-youtube-mixed-alcohol-drinking-dancing-a7497131.html

26.12.2016 – Middle East Eye (* B E P)

One woman’s journey to make Saudi Arabia your next holiday destination

Businesswoman Salwa Hamad is trying to change perceptions of Saudi Arabia by showing people its hidden wonders

When you think about "holiday destinations," Saudi Arabia probably does not come to mind. But Salwa Hamad, the founder of Haya Tours, is hoping to change that.

Middle East Eye met with Salwa at her new office in Riyadh, which is adorned with beautiful photography, colourful travel brochures, traditional handcrafts, and a "Best Tour Operator" award taking pride of place. It is a far cry from the simple room in her house where her business began six years ago.

For much of the outside world, Saudi is synonymous with human rights abuses. More recently, its been criticised for its role in regional wars. Salwa explained her irritation over things like the driving ban on women, but she is adamant that change is happening and she tells her clients the same.

“Look at me, I’m a woman and I’m working and travelling all around. When I was in government I got the same salary as my male colleagues," she emphasises.

On the destruction of heritage sites in the name of religion, Salwa said the government does not sanction it and that it is extreme individuals who send out brainwashed young men to do such things. Her solution to this is better education about Islam.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/one-woman-s-journey-make-saudi-arabia-your-next-holiday-destination-tours-cultural-757229407

My comment: Well, good luck for her. But, be honest: All people just should be warned to visit such a Wahabist country. And, a good joke: “Her solution to this is better education about Islam”. Better than what? Keep ion mind how official “education about Islam” in Saudi Arabia looks like: https://www.facebook.com/100013099545142/videos/219498805163436/

And that certainly is the perfect addition to this article – people stay at home or go where ever you want, but not to Saudi Arabia:

28.12.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

@BarackObama backed #Saudi Monarchy arrests a woman for training on diving with a man in Jeddah

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/814114611221975040 referring to https://twitter.com/ajelnews24/status/814020173258752000

cp9 USA

28.12.2016 – National Interest (* B K P)

Pulling Back Now Won’t Absolve American Involvement in Yemen

Unfortunately, the administration’s decision to dial back its support is too little, too late.

Pulling back now won’t absolve American involvement in Yemen while the sales allowed under the restrictions will continue to pour gasoline on an already raging fire. The Foreign Military Sales program oversees the approval process for every proposed weapons sale. Despite its mission statement to “strengthen the security of the U.S. and promote world peace,” it’s hard to see how enabling the destruction of Yemen accomplishes either of those goals.

The ban, which targets only precision-guided munitions, doesn’t call into question much of the roughly $112 billion of weapons sold to Saudi Arabia already during the Obama administration. Nor will it stop current U.S. operations refueling Saudi coalition planes on all their bombing missions. It won’t stop the U.S. from sharing intelligence or from helping the Saudi coalition with targeting guidance. And importantly, it won’t hinder arms sales to any of Saudi Arabia’s coalition partners like the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, or Kuwait—all of which received the green light on major arms transfers within the past two months.

Measures with more traction and real power to cramp the air campaign against Yemen have faced stiff resistance from Congress and the White House.

In the end, the Obama administration’s proposed arms sale ban is at best a weak attempt at “virtue signaling” – an effort to distance the United States from an ugly war it has no real justification for supporting. At worst, the ban obscures the fact that the United States continues to fan the flames of conflict through its arms sales. A better approach would be for the Foreign Military Sales program to shut off the flow of American weapons to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners. This approach wouldn’t end the war in Yemen, or magically bring peace and stability to the region. But it would ensure that the United States isn’t underwriting illegal and counterproductive conflicts. And that is a good place to start – by A. Trevor Thrall, senior fellow at the Cato Institute

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-skeptics/pulling-back-now-wont-absolve-american-involvement-yemen-18874

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

28.12.2016 – Politics (* A P)

It's time for May to come clean on precision-guided munitions sales to Saudi Arabia

Last week, the SNP's leader at Westminster, Angus Robertson, questioned Theresa May on Saudi arms sales and the Yemen conflict, asking her: "What will it take for the UK to adopt an ethical foreign policy when it comes to Yemen?" May responded by saying that when breaches of international humanitarian law are alleged, "we require those to be properly investigated." But Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and numerous media outlets have not only provided evidence of such violations, in some cases personally delivering information to key ministers, but also linked some of these attacks to UK weapons. Cluster munitions are important, but only a small part of the alleged violations.

So where do the other "required" investigations stand? May and her government will have an increasingly tough time deflecting such questions and avoiding serious scrutiny.

Earlier this month, two Parliamentary committees wrote to foreign secretary Boris Johnson requesting an urgent review of the government's position on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and an immediate suspension of arms sales, pending a fully independent investigation of possible war crimes. This can not come soon enough for the Yemeni civilians who have already suffered so much – By Priyanka Motaparthy, senior researcher in the Emergencies Division at Human Rights Watch

www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2016/12/28/the-uk-s-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-shames-the-government

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a serious issue. The committee that controls arms exports did reports in September both stating that they had seen evidence of war crimes from credible sources. We should not be continuing with the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia as long as this continues.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155061220068641

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

28.12.2016 – Bloomberg (A P)

Iran's Gulf Ally Said to Signal Rapprochement With Saudis

Oman said to speak to Saudi Arabia about anti-terror alliance

Saudi deputy crown prince said to plan a trip to Oman

Oman told Saudi Arabia it will join a Saudi-led military alliance, the kingdom’s official news agency reported, a sign that Iran’s closest ally in the region is ready to improve its ties with the kingdom.

Oman’s defense minister sent a letter to Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announcing the decision to join the Islamic Military Alliance Against Terrorism, the Saudi Press Agency said. The prince will go to Oman in the coming weeks to pave the way for a visit by King Salman, according to a person familiar with the matter. The king’s trip would help re-establish security, military and economic cooperation, the person said on condition of anonymity.

Oman’s ties with Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council have been strained because of its close relationship with Iran, the kingdom’s biggest regional rival.

“From a political standpoint it’s a Saudi win bringing in Oman back to the GCC fold,” said Ghanem Nuseibeh, founder of London-based consulting firm Cornerstone Global Associates. “It will give Saudi greater regional influence and greater geological leverage.”

Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousef Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, in an interview with Egypt’s Al-Akhbar newspaper published this week, said his country “has common interests with everybody, but each country has its own ways of achieving these interests and goals.”

The Saudi-led military alliance is a reference to an anti-terror coalition formed last year at the initiative of Prince Mohammed, King Salman’s son, to face security threats against Muslim nations – by Riad Hamada, Alaa Shahine, and Glen Carey

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-28/iran-s-gulf-ally-said-to-signal-rapprochement-with-saudi-arabia and by Saudi Press Agency: http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1575099

and these headlines misunderstand it claiming Oman would join the Saudi coalition in the Yemen war. http://en.alalam.ir/news/1904170 and http://www.albawaba.com/news/neutral-no-more-oman-joins-saudi-led-coalition-fighting-yemen-920018

Comment: This goes against the Omani constitution which clearly states the Sultanate cannot join military actions if not on the basis of peace keeping. Unless the world has gone totally crazy, we presume Bloomberg should check (as we are doing)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1216035205116174

My comment: This Islamic anti-terror alliance is mainly an odd Saudi propaganda plot. Why Oman bends to this, is hard to imagine.

Comment: While Arabic media is claiming Sultan Qaboos has passed away (no confirmation yet) it is good to remind that the Islamic Saudi alliance is made of 30 countries. Less than 1/3 is currently involved in bombing #Yemen

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1217256894994005/?type=3

Comment to comment: Another fake news: No more reports that Sultan Qabus had died. On this fake news, look at https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/814619549748301824 and https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/814554775618519040

29.12.2016 – AP (A P)

In Bahrain woman's slaying, accusations of royal involvemen

The slaying stunned the small island of Bahrain: A young mother gunned down in the street as her 6-year-old son watched from inside their car.

But who carried out the killing of 28-year-old Shiite woman Eman Salehi has become an even bigger controversy as activists abroad allege a member of Bahrain's Sunni royal family serving in the military pulled the trigger.

The accusation goes to the heart of lingering unrest on the island off the coast of Saudi Arabia, now five years on from its Arab Spring protests and in the grips of a renewed government crackdown on dissent.

"If you say it involves the military, it involves the king," said Said Yousif Almuhafdah of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. "No one wants to mention that."

It's unclear what sparked the Dec. 23 shooting. Salehi, known for her piercing blue eyes and friendly demeanor, worked as a sports journalist for Bahrain's state-run television broadcaster.

That night, her car was stopped in the Bahraini city of Riffa, a community popular with members of the ruling Al Khalifa family and the military. A man shot Salehi once in the head, then immediately turned himself into authorities – by Jon Gambrell

https://apnews.com/2953927324104da39e155573e6512840/In-Bahrain-woman's-slaying,-accusations-of-royal-involvement?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

28.12.2016 – Die Welt (A P)

Bahrainischer Bürgerrechtler Radschab bis zu Prozessbeginn aus Haft entlassen

52-Jähriger wegen Kritik an Militärkoalition im Jemen angeklagt

Ein Gericht in Bahrain hat die Freilassung des prominenten Oppositionellen und Menschenrechtlers Nabil Radschab angeordnet. Bis zum Prozessbeginn am 23. Januar dürfe er das Land jedoch nicht verlassen, verlautete am Mittwoch aus Justizkreisen. Der unter Gesundheitsproblemen leidende Radschab war Mitte Juni festgenommen worden.

https://www.welt.de/newsticker/news2/article160658075/Bahrainischer-Buergerrechtler-Radschab-bis-zu-Prozessbeginn-aus-Haft-entlassen.html

but

28.12.2016 – RT (A P)

Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab released on bail, immediately rearrested

Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison on bail, following a seven-month pre-trial detainment over a series of tweets, but was ordered back into custody over separate investigations.

Rajab’s lawyer, Jalila Sayed, confirmed the activist would stay in prison, AP reported.

"Nabeel is overall weak because of so many health problems he started facing, including heart problems and other physical issues,” she said. "He's under tremendous stress because of this length of detention."

Rajab was arrested on June 13 on charges of “spreading false information and rumors with the aim of discrediting the State” for tweeting and re-tweeting statements that criticized the actions of Bahrain’s forces in Yemen.

Rajab, a prominent human rights activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), has repeatedly advocated freedom of expression and debate. He has organized numerous protests against the Bahraini regime since 2011 and has been in and out of jail.

https://www.rt.com/news/372069-activist-rajab-bahrain-released/

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

28.12.2016 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

Film: Control Arms: UN Arms Treaty collapsing in Yemen

An international campaign group says many of the countries that supported the UN Arms Treaty two years ago are now violating it, especially in relation to the war on Yemen.The warning has been issued by Control Arms, which is a coalition of over 100 international organizations, formed to uphold the treaty. The group said leading supporters of the treaty, including the US, Britain, and France, are breaching it by persisting arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The UN Arms Treaty requires signatories to ensure weapons they sell are not used to violate international humanitarian law and commit genocide or crimes against humanity. But Control Arms said arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia are ignoring the overwhelming information on violations of human rights and the laws of war in Yemen. The Saudi aggression on Yemen has so far left over eleven-thousand Yemenis dead, most of them civilians. – Interviewy: Catherine Shakdam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EhZS10BMPI

27.12.2016 – Inter Press Service (* B K P)

Arms Trade Treaty Falling Down in Yemen

Two years after the UN Arms Trade Treaty entered into force many of the governments which championed the treaty are failing to uphold it, especially when it comes to the conflict in Yemen.

“In terms of implementation, the big disappointment is Yemen,” Anna Macdonald, Director of Control Arms, a civil society organisation dedicated to the treaty, told IPS.

“The big disappointment is the countries that were in the forefront of calling for the treaty – and indeed who still champion it as a great achievement in international disarmament and security – are now prepared to violate it by persisting in their arms sales to Saudi Arabia,” she added.

However many countries, including the United Kingdom, United States and France, that have signed up to the Arms Trade Treaty continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite this violating their commitments under the treaty.

Currently 90 UN member states are parties to the treaty, which Macdonald says is a relatively high number for such a new and complex treaty, but the goal remains universalisation, she adds. The treaty entered into force on 24 December 2014. However while the U.K. and France have ratified the treaty, the U.S. has only signed the treaty.

Parties to the treaty are obligated to ensure that weapons they sell will not be used to violate international humanitarian law, commit genocide or commit crimes against humanity.

The U.K.’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia has been the subject of intense debate in British parliament – By Lyndal Rowlands

http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/12/arms-trade-treaty-falling-down-in-yemen/

23.12.2016 – Defense Security Cooperation Agency (* A K)

Kuwait – Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits

Transmittal No: 16-40

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits and related equipment, and support. The estimated cost is $37 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 20, 2016.

The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible total sale of seven hundred and fifty (750) JDAM Tail Kits (two hundred and fifty (250) for 500-pound bombs, two hundred and fifty (250) kits for 1,000-pound bombs, and two hundred and fifty (250) kits for 2,000-pound bombs). Sale also includes two (2) 500-pounds and two (2) 2,000-pounds JDAM Load Build Trainers spares, support equipment, repair and return, and other associated logistical support. The estimated cost is $37 million.

This proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally which continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. Kuwait plays a large role in U.S. efforts to advance stability in the Middle East, providing basing, access, and transit for U.S. forces in the region.

This proposed sale improves Kuwait’s capability to deter regional threats and strengthens its homeland defense. Kuwait will be able to absorb this additional equipment and support into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support does not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The proposed sale does not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Kuwait.

The sole-source contractor is the original equipment manufacturer, Boeing, Chicago, Illinois. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

There is no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/kuwait-joint-direct-attack-munition-jdam-tail-kits

My comment: Christmas shopping for Kuwait (buying Christmas presents for Yemen). The same ridiculous Copy & Paste justification as always. For better bombing Yemen.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

28.12.2016 – Fars News (A K)

Saudi Regime Halts Paying Mercenaries in Ma'rib

A senior Yemeni military commander disclosed that the Riyadh government has cut the wages of its mercenaries in Ma'rib province.

"The pro-Saudi militias have revised their military plots after sustaining heavy defeats from the Yemeni forces, including cutting the salaries of their mercenaries in Yemen's Ma'rib province," Senior Ansarullah Commander Hesam Qais told FNA on Wednesday.

He reiterated that Saudi Arabia has halted its financial and logistic aids to some of its mercenaries after they were badly defeated by the Yemeni forces.

"Saudi Arabia has stopped sending financial aid and foodstuff to pro-Hadi militias due to its grave budget deficit," Qais said.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951008000885

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

29.12.2016 – UNOCHA (A H)

Humanitarian snapshot (IDPs)

https://twitter.com/alasaadim/status/814564528281227265

11.11.2016 – Malak Shaher (A H)

The photo was sent to me by Mazen-the man on the motorcycle-That's how they fled #Saada.The trip took them 24 hours

https://twitter.com/MalakShaher/status/797131005274492928

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

29.12.2016 – AFP (A T)

Örtlicher Al-Kaida-Chef im Jemen getötet

Bei einem offenbar mit einer US-Drohne verübten Angriff im Jemen ist gestern ein örtlicher Al-Kaida-Chef getötet worden. Nach Angaben jemenitischer Sicherheitskräfte griff die Drohne ein Fahrzeug an, das in Saumaa in der zentralen Provinz al-Baida unterwegs war.

Der „Emir“ der Nachbarstadt Loder, Dschalal al-Seydi, und sein Leibwächter wurden demnach tödlich getroffen.

http://orf.at/stories/2373045/= http://www.zeit.de/news/2016-12/29/jemen-oertlicher-al-kaida-chef-im-jemen-getoetet-29233806

29.12.2016 – AFP (A T)

Drone strike kills local Qaeda chief in Yemen

A drone strike in Yemen likely carried out by U.S. forces Thursday killed a local Al-Qaeda chief and his guard, a security official said.

The strike hit a vehicle at Sawmaa in Al-Bayda province, killing Jalal al-Seydi, who was the "emir" of Al-Qaeda in the town of Loder, in the neighboring southern province of Abyan, the official said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4074158/Drone-strike-kills-local-Qaeda-chief-Yemen.html and by Xinhua: http://www.china.org.cn/world/2016-12/29/content_40008589.htm

29.12.2016 – The Guardian (* B T)

'A more dangerous long-term threat': Al-Qaida grows as Isis retreats

Group has been seeking to build support across Islamic world – from south Asia to Africa – through outreach instead of fear

So dominant has Isis become in the realm of jihadist lore, that you could be forgiven for thinking that its precursor has been relegated to a mere footnote.

… resurgence of al-Qaida, at a time when Isis is in retreat in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Quietly, and more through soft power rather than harsh atrocity, al-Qaida is trying to mount a revival.

The three locations of the US strikes two months ago are significant. Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria are all key strategic zones where Isis has either failed to make significant advances or, in the latter case, is on the retreat.

Another key battlefield has been Yemen, where, in perhaps the most striking unintended consequence of the Saudi-led military intervention in the country, al-Qaida was able to run a mini-state on Yemen’s coast for many months.

The substantial and strategically situated port city of Mukalla provided the group with a revenue of an estimated $2m a day. A 2015 US government report estimated that al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP), the Yemen-based affiliate, could muster at least 4,000 fighters, four times the total a year previously. The group has also built ties with southern Yemenis, who have felt marginalised by the country’s northern elite for years.

“We may be facing a more complicated al-Qaida, not just a terrorist organisation, but a movement controlling territory with happy people inside it,” said a regional diplomat who follows Yemen – by Jason Burke

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/29/a-more-dangerous-long-term-threat-al-qaida-grows-as-isis-retreats

Comment by Judith Brown: Exactly. The rise and rise of al Qaeda started with the Yemen war. When al Qaeda were openly fighting alongside the Saudi led coalition and Saudi Arabia was said to be involved with the al Qaeda take over of Mukalla and much of Hadramaut. And now they are still there, under the radar in Syria, Libya, and Iraq and this is one of the very few stories in the media that are exposing this threat. So why exactly are we on the same side as Saudi Arabia in this disgusting war on Yemen?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155064307683641

28.12.2016 – Fars News (A T)

Al-Qaeda Smuggles Weapons to Aden

A road accident unveiled smuggling of weapons and explosives to Aden by Al-Qaeda.

A vehicle was exploded in an accident in Arqoub road as and the ammunition that it was carrying blasted.

The exploded vehicle was heading from al-Baydha province to Aden province, when the blast took place as a result of the accident.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951008000885

cp15 Propaganda

29.12.2016 – Ali Hadi Al-Musawi (A P)

Getting paid $26,500 per month to lobby for #Saudi is the surest way to develop a myopic view of the conflict in #Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/ahmusawi/status/814440214957608960

Hey @trtworld -- how about mentioning that this "Middle East analyst" @os26 is also a paid #Saudi lobbyist?

https://twitter.com/ahmusawi/status/812558610056286208 referring to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bEY53f19JE

28.12.2016 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Saadah governor: Iranian factories operate in Saadah

Governor of Saadah Hadi Tarshan has said that Iran set up factories for manufacturing weapons, landmines and explosives in some areas of Saadah, pointing out that they trained Houthis to make them.

He accused Iran of committing crimes against Yemenis for two decades, stressing the importance of prosecuting Iran due to its involvement in genocides against the Yemeni people.

He reiterated that the army removed more than one thousand landmines from the area of al-Buqua and Alib and seized other developed weapons.

The Yemeni National Army revealed last week that Iranian experts work with militias of the Houthis and Saleh, stressing that an Iranian expert was killed as airstrikes of the Arab Coalition targeted Houthis in the front of Haradh.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-2040

My comment: This seems to be a governor without governorate, as Saada province is controlled by the Houthi / Saleh government at Sanaa. – A new story to claim Iranian interference in Yemen, without any proof and probability. – Yes, there is an own arms production in Northern Yemen. Up to now, the pro-Saudi propaganda always had denied its existence claiming that the arms for Houthi / Saleh forces were imported from Iran. Now, they made a new story of it. – A bad joke: “stressing the importance of prosecuting Iran due to its involvement in genocides against the Yemeni people”. Which involvement this should be? The only matter you could label as “genocides against the Yemeni people” are Saudi air strikes and Saudi blockade.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes continue raids on Yemen

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes continued bombing Yemen's provinces during the last few hours, targeting citizens and their properties (list)

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451112.htm

29.12.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

28/12/2016
Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damages (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=749153785234989&id=551288185021551

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes continue raids on Yemen

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes continued bombing Yemen's provinces during the last few hours, targeting citizens and their properties (list)

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451043.htm

28.12.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

27/12/2016
Targeting and bombing civilians by the warplanes of Saudi Arabia and its alliance

Casualties and damages (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=748648605285507&id=551288185021551 and by Yamanyoon: http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59026&lang=en

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression jets launch two raids on Serwah

The US-Saudi aggression fighter jets waged on Thursday two strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province.
On another hand, the Saudi-paid mercenaries' artillery shelled intensively houses and farms of citizens in al-Rabeah Valley, the airport and Habab Valley.
The hostile raids and shelling caused big damage to citizens' property.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451096.htm

30.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

8 Houthi gunmen killed in Coalition airstrike in Saada governorate

A local source in Saada governorate, the stronghold of the Houthi group far north of Yemen, said that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighters launched on Thursday an airstrike on a Houthi military vehicle.

Eight of the Houthi militants and the forces loyal to former president Saleh were killed in the air raid in Faut area of Hidan district

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87594

My comment: “Houthi gunmen”: doubt is necessary.

29.12.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

4 #Saudi air strikes targeted farms in Abs area #Haja city #Yemen

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/814476065909444608

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets wage raids on Sana'a

The US-Saudi aggression fighter jets launched a series of raids on separated areas of Sana'a province overnight, a security official told Saba on Thursday.
The hostile strikes targeted the districts of Sanhan, Bani Matar, Alhayma Addakheliya and Nehm, causing severe damage to private property and farms of citizens, the official explained.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451075.htm

29.12.2016 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Bomb dropped on Sana'a now. Can't hear jets. Hoping its very high altitude bomber & not navy fired missiles (less accurate).

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/814433878911881216

2nd bomb now. Still no jets. Could be land to land missiles too. Saudi testing weapons bought from global arms dealers on #Yemen now.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/814434351291187200

3rd bomb. Saudi seems to be targeting telecom towers on Ayban in south part of Sana'a. Yeah, continued destruction of infrastructure.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/814435435367776256

PS. Really sucks being on ground helplessly trying to triangulate where bombs dropped will be landing - esp when a chance on head.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/814438303265071104

29.12.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K PH)

3 large explosions in #Yemen capital Sanaa due to #Saudi airstrikes, after news a Saudi Apache helicopter gunship shot down in Najran, #KSA.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/814439261080616961

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two citizens were killed and four others wounded when the US- Saudi aggression fighter jets waged two strikes on Hamadan district of Sana'a province on Thursday, a security official told Saba.
The strikes hit a water digger in the same district, killing two citizens and wounding four others, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451163.htm

and

29.12.2016 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Airline Saudi citizen aggression kills and injures 2 Bgartin on water rig in Hamedan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmqP_3DuvcA

and photos

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1621454668150521 = https://twitter.com/I4Yemen/status/814580599671226368

29.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters bomb repels sites in Sana'a and Mocha

The fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have launched several air raids on the sites of the Houthi group and Saleh forces in al Mocha and Dhubab districts, west of Taiz governorate, southwest of Yemen, and other raids on military camps controlled by the Houthi repels in capital Sana'a.

Local sources told Almasdaronline that the coalition fighters launched late Tuesday evening three raids on al Amri military camp, southern Dhubab district, and a fourth raid on the repels gatherings north of al Mocha city, west of Taiz.

The raids came hours after the coalition fighters have bombed Khalid bin al Walid military camp with 17 missile.

In the capital Sanaa, local residents told Almasdaronline that the coalition fighters bombed on Wednesday Dhabwa and Raimat Humaid camps, southeast of the city, with more than 8 raids.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87551

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched on Thursday ten air raids on several areas in Sa'ada province, a local official told Saba.
The aggression warplanes targeted al-Saifi area in Kutaf district with five raids and an air raid on al-Sawh area in Kutaf, causing huge damage to citizens' properties.
The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged three raids on Mandaba area in Baqem district amid intense flight on the district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451155.htm

28.12.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Today at morning, 7 #Saudi airstrikes targeted army camp next to our house in Dhamar city #Yemen 3 ppl killed by rocket's shrapnel (photo)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/814102942659866624

and

28.12.2016 – News2Tor (A K)

#Yemen: #US-backed #Saudi warplanes launched seven strikes on Dhamar. The raids hit a #school and causing heavy damage to the houses. Dec 28 (photo)

https://twitter.com/News2Tor/status/814088027706458112

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets launch two strikes on Mareb

The Saudi aggression war jets waged two strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province overnight, an official said Wednesday.
The hostile strikes caused heavy damage to citizens' houses.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450975.htm

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Several raids on Sana’a Governorate

US-backed Saudi coalition fighter jets launched at the early morning several raids on a number of areas in Sana’a governorate.

A military source said, US _ Saudi aggression launched a series of raids on a number of areas in the Sana’a governorate and targeted plastics factory by three raids in Raema area.

Also , warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged a raid on Alsnana area directorate of Niham .

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59036&lang=en and also http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59074&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi war jets wage ten strikes on Sa'ada

The US-Saudi aggression fighter jets launched ten raids on several areas of Sa'ada province overnight, a security official said on Wednesday.
Four strikes hit Wald Masoud area of Sahar district and four others struck al-Buqa area in Kutaf district, dropping a cluster bomb, the official detailed.
The hostile war planes waged also a raid on Mandabah area of Baqim district and another one on Baqim's junction, in conjunction with a missile bombing on Qama'el area in the same district, according to the official.
The strikes caused heavy damage to citizens' houses and farms.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450976.htm and by Yamanyoon http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59173&lang=en (photo)

28.12.2016 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A K PH)

Children and women injured, today, by Saudis' cluster bombing a farm in #Saada (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1216061391780222

and

28.12.2016 – Zaid Ali (A K)

3 raids by US-Saudi coalition on #Baqam #Saada this morning, 2 r cluster bombs. 4 civilians injured:2 children&a woman (photos)

https://twitter.com/zaidalrazhi/status/814143438778232832 and film by Al Masirah TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mctdOtbmag = https://twitter.com/akram1_1/status/814240898506555392

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter jets wage 7 strikes on Dhamar

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched seven strikes on Dhamar province on Wednesday, an official told Saba.
The raids hit a school in western city of Dhamar, causing also heavy damage to the nearby houses.

www.sabanews.net/en/news450998.htm and http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59050&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

# Hajja : warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged a raid on the directorate Harth

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59044&lang=en

27.12.2016 – Al Masirah TV

Film: #Saudi air strikes destroyed fishermen's boats in Alkokha #Taiz #Yemen Watch how ppl are facing starvation after losing their only job

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyQ-IO_UUXI = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/813870518809935872

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

29.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Yemen army advancing in Najran south Saudi Arabia. 14 soldiers at least killed, Apache downed, 2 Abrams tanks destroyed only today (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/814531975235112960 and film by Almasirah TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knIN9THNpC8

30.12.2016 – Southfront (A K PH)

KARTENUPDATE: SAUDISCHE STREITKRÄFTE STOSSEN AUF HAUPTSTADT DES JEMEN VO

Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Streitkräfte stoßen in der Region Nihm nahe der jemenitischen Hauptstadt Sanaa vor.

Laut pro-saudischen Medienberichten durchbrachen “Regierungskräfte” die Verteidigung der Allianz Huthi-Salih, töteten bei einer Reihe von Feuergefechten 10 ihrer Kämpfer und rückten fast bis zu dem Verkehrsknotenpunkt Sanaa – Arhab vor.

Jedoch sind laut lokalen Quellen diese Ansprüche verfrüht und die saudischen Streitkräfte noch weit davon entfernt einen bedeutenden Sieg in dieser Gegend zu erlangen.

https://de.southfront.org/kartenupdate-saudische-streitkrafte-stosen-auf-hauptstadt-des-jemen-vor/

29.12.2016 – Southfront (A K PH)

ALLIANZ HUTHI-SALIH SCHLÄGT ANGRIFF PRO-SAUDISCHER MILIZEN AUF SANAA ZURÜCK

https://de.southfront.org/allianz-huthi-salih-schlagt-angriff-pro-saudischer-milizen-auf-sanaa-zuruck/

Mein Kommentar: Beide Seiten berichten völlig gegensätzlich, entsprechend auch ausländische oder auch mal dasselbe Medium.

30.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthis casualties fell in fierce battles against government forces in al-Jawf governorate

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87593

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces secure sites in Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451168.htm

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills 2 Saudi mercenaries in Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451166.htm

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills 8 Saudi soldiers, bombs 2 tanks in Najran, Jizan

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451165.htm

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shells mercenaries' gatherings in Lahj

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451164.htm

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army purges strategic sites in Mareb

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451153.htm

29.12.2016 – Pars Today (A K PH)

Jemenitische Kräfte beschießen saudischen Hubschrauber

Die jemenitischen Kämpfer haben am Donnerstag einen saudischen Kampfhubschrauber vom Tzy Apache in Nadschran südlich von Saudi-Arabien unter Beschuss genommen.

Der Beschuss erfolgte während eines Angriffs auf die Stellungen der jemenitischen Kämpfer, berichtete der TV- Sender al-Masireh heute.

Bei einem Angriff der Kämpfer auf den Stützpunkt in Nadschran wurde ein Panzer zerstört und die Insassen, darunter fünf saudische Soldaten, kamen dabei ums Leben.

http://parstoday.com/de/news/middle_east-i21460-jemenitische_kr%C3%A4fte_beschie%C3%9Fen_saudischen_hubschrauber

29.12.2016 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi Apache helicopter in Najran

Yemen's al-Masirah television reported that the chopper was brought down on Thursday as it was attacking positions held by the Yemeni fighters.

[and more Houthi / saleh successes]

http://www.presstv.us/Detail/2016/12/29/503975/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Najran and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451152.htm and http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451171.htm

29.12.2016 – Middle East Monitor (A K PS)

Yemen launches major offensive in Shabwa province

The Yemeni army began a massive offensive yesterday to retake areas in Bayhan and Asilan districts in the southern province of Shabwa, as fighting continue in the mountainous region of Naham northeast of Sana’a continued.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20161229-yemen-launches-major-offensive-in-shabwa-province/

My comment: “Yemen” and “Yemen army” is “president” Hadi’s army and militia.

29.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

27 Houthis, 11 government forces soldiers killed in confrontations western Shabwa

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87544

but

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' infiltration to Shabwah's Osaylan

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451167.htm

29.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Al Baidha: the battles flare in al Qurayshiah and 3 Houthis killed

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87550

30.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthi Snipers continue taking the lives of civilians, Taiz

The Houthi and Saleh forces snipers are going on taking the lives of the civilians all around Taiz governorate, southwestern Yemen.

A local source in the city told Almasderonline that Marwan Abdul Wahab AbdulRahman Nasr, 30 years old, was killed by a Houthi sniper in Alasaq hill of al Akarod district, southern Taiz.

The militia snipers prevented the people from doing their agricultural activities in al Akarod villages, and have intensified targeting the traffic in Haija Alabd road of al Ahkoom mountains, during the past 24 hours, according to the source.

It is worth mentioning that most of the snipers victims were women and children, and the number of the victims of the snipers in Taiz have reached nearly 20 dead persons and 49 wounded, according to human rights reports.

Almasderonline has reported the most notable crimes of the Houthi and allied forces snipers during this December all around Taiz governorate, as follows:

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87591

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Five Saudi-paid mercenaries killed in Taiz

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451100.htm

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shells mercenaries' sites in Thubab (Taiz province)

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451077.htm

29.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: 3 Houthis killed, military vehicle run over 3 sisters

Eyewitnesses said that three girls were severely injured on Wednesday when a Houthi vehicle run over them in al Hawan area, eastern Taiz.

The vehicle was driving too fast when it passed before a girls school crashing in three girls and they were taken to the hospital, two of whom were admitted to the ICU, according to one of the eyewitnesses.

The eyewitness pointed out that the Houthi vehicle fled the area towards Softel hill, ignoring the crash and the girls.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/87545

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys 2 mercenary fighting vehicles in Mareb

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451086.htm

28.12.2016 – Gulf News (A K PS)

In the north, a government official told Gulf News on Wednesday that army troops backed by local tribesmen launched an offensive on Al Houthis’ last pockets in Marib’s Serwah district.

“The attack focused on Al Houthi military locations in Hilan and Al Makhdara regions under heavy bombing by the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets,” the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief reporters.

Similarly, other army troops killed at least two dozen Al Houthi fighters and arrested many others in the province of Shawba during an ongoing offensive on the rebels’ position in Bayhan districts.

On Tuesday morning, hundreds of army troops and allied tribesman marched towards Bayhan from neighbouring Marib province and other government-controlled territories in Shawba.

They seized control of strategic mountains and are currently battling the Iran-backed rebels on the western edges of Bayhan.

Rebel forces have planted thousands of mines in the battlefields to slow down the government forces’ advances.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/hadi-visits-oilfield-vows-to-boost-production-1.1953095

28.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Film: New footage 4 #Yemen army & militia sweeping, burning Bradley vehicle & destroying Hesco barriers fortress of Al-Safina Saudi site Asir.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/814192385102061568

28.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Film: Two #Houthi vehicles taken out by the Coalition's Air Force near the #Saudi southern borders

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/814155656110473217

28.12.2016 – Liveleak (A K)

Film: Close-Up of Houthi planted Anti-Tank Minefield in Yemen

Close up of a anti-tank minefield planted by Houthi forces in Yemen's nothern Saada province. The field was detected after a tank belonging to the saudi-backed forces hit a mine (photo)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e0c_1482913604

29.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army continues achieving field victories during the past hours

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451132.htm

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Great Victories in the Battlefronts Niham and the Border Battlefronts

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59034&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses two attempts to advance towards Serwah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451031.htm

Army repulses three attempts to advance towards Nehm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news451048.htm

28.12.2016 – Almanar (A K PH)

Yemen: Seventh Saudi-led Coalition Advance in Nahem Foiled, Heavy Losses Inflicted

Yemeni army and Popular Committees forces managed Wednesday morning to break down a major advance by the Saudi-led coalition forces towards Al-Madfoon region in Nahem province, a military source told Al-Massira TV.

Saudi-US aggression forces launched its Wednesday advance – the 7th in row – towards the area under a heavy aerial coverage by the Saudi air force, without being able to make any achievement.

http://english.almanar.com.lb/148403

and from the other side:

28.12.2016 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Yemen army gets close to Sana'a

A spokesman of the Yemeni army backed by the Popular Resistance Abdullah al-Shandaqi said on Tuesday that 17 Houthis were killed in violent clashes in Nihim district, east of the capital Sana'a.

He said that the army managed to liberate a number of positions including the site of Kayal al-Rabah, pointing out that the militias received painful blows in Nihim.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-%202063

My comment: “Yemen army” = Saudi backed “president” Hadi army and militia.

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dozen of Dead and Wounded Among Mercenaries Ranks in Niham

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59041&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Video … Army and popular Committees repel attempts for the aggression mercenaries toward Niham

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59048&lang=en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujHNfp4xQcg

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Army and Popular Committees Target Saudi Soldiers in Jizan

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59076&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Jizan: Yemeni Forces’ Artillery Targets Al Masfufa Saudi Military Site by Mortar Shells

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59070&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Jizan: Saudi Soldier Sniped in Shabakah Military Site

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59072&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Shabwa: dead and wounded in the ranks of mercenaries after failed attempt toward Usaylan

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=59053&lang=en

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The artillery and missiles of Saudi-paid mercenaries targeted citizens' houses and farms in various areas of Serwah district, Marib province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450975.htm

28.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces foil mercenaries' infiltration in Taiz

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news450977.htm

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

29.12.2016 – Southern Hirak (* B C K P)

Before unification, we were one people in two states, but after unification, we became two peoples in one state

Southern Hirak or the Southern Separatists Movement was established in 2007 demanding secession of South Yemen from North Yemen.

When the unification of South and North Yemen was declared in 1990, south Yemenis thought that they had finally succeeded in achieving their old slogans that called for safeguarding the Yemeni revolution, unity, and democracy. But that all fell apart when the north began immediately systematically marginalizing southerners and looting southern natural resources.
Civil war broke out in 1994 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemeni_Civil_War_(1994)
The economic and political gains accrued by Saleh and his allies in North Yemen after unification meant that they could not let the south slip from their hands under any circumstances so unity was then imposed by force.
Unity by force is an occupation of South Yemen.
After the war of 1994 the south was seen as "spoils of war" and the elite of the north can do to the south as they please. So Saleh and his allies from the Islah party (Muslim Brotherhood, Alqaeda) began a campaign of assassinations of southern leaders, military officers, and activists.
46 governmental and public sector institutions and establishments were forcibly seized, including the Monetary Authority and the General Establishment for Flour Mills.
More than 28 southern-owned factories were appropriated by northern government, including manufacturers of textiles, dairy products, and agricultural equipment.
11 mixed private-public and privately-owned production plants were also seized, in addition to around 33 state-owned farms with a total area of approximately 28,000 acres, scattered throughout the southern provinces. The 56,000 employees of these establishments were fired.
86 agricultural and service cooperatives were confiscated, in addition to properties owned by agricultural associations. Their members, who are estimated to number around 16,449, were in turn denied access. Similarly, the fishing fleet belonging to the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen was looted, having once been the second largest Arab fleet of its kind.
Stealing southern oil- there are 80 oil companies operating in South Yemen, mostly owned by northern figures, and were established under the direct orders of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
To make sure occupation of South Yemen was effective northern government disbanded the armed forces of the southern state and dismantled their capabilities, which were composed of 58 brigades and 14 battalions.
Mandatory retirement was forced upon 467,649 employees of the army, without giving them retirement benefits.
Confiscation of 42% of southern land specifically in Aden and the relocation of hundreds of thousands of northerners to the south in order to alter the demographic landscape of the south.
25 years of looting southern resources from oil and gas to agriculture and fisheries.
That's on top of constant killing of southerners and attacks on southern cities and villages by northern forces.
To top all of this,on the 19th March 2015 North Yemen invaded South Yemen, killing all in its way. A massacre never to be forgotten during the heat of the summer, thousands indiscriminately murdered, more severely injured, many children, women and elderly.

http://www.southernhirak.org/2016/12/before-unification-we-were-one-people.html?m=1

My comment: By Hirak Southern separatists.

29.12.2016 – Inter Press Service (A P)

Islamic Nations to Host Pledging Conference on Aid to Yemen

Responding to the crisis, the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is taking the lead in organizing a pledging conference for humanitarian assistance and development aid to one of the poorest countries in the Middle East devastated by a 22-month conflict which has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and caused considerable damage to homes, schools and medical facilities.

Addressing a preparatory meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 18, Rashid Khalikov, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with Middle East, said only $150 million had been received so far out of the total of about $1.6 billion pledged by international donors in 2016.

The proposed conference is being backed by the United Nations, the World Bank, the Yemeni government, member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and several international donors, including the US, Germany, Sweden, Japan and UK.

According to the OIC, UN findings in Yemen include: 21.2 million in need of humanitarian aid; 19.3 million with no access to safe drinking water; 14.1 million facing food shortages; and 2.2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition.

OIC Secretary General, General Yousuf Al-Othaimeen, said the aim of the conference “ is to find ways to support the Yemeni people” and the need to “bridge the huge gap in the required financing for humanitarian action in Yemen”.

The pledging conference is likely to take place in early 2017 but the venue is yet to be decided.

In an interview with IPS, OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Hesham Youssef, said the primary objective of the conference is to “convene the international community to help in addressing the needs of the people of Yemen, boost the capacity for urgent humanitarian response and address the medium-term developmental needs in Yemen.”

“However, other aspects will also be considered and we are currently discussing other issues that can be considered in side events on the margins of the Conference. We will also work on finding ways to coordinate aid effort more effectively“.

Excerpts from the interview – By Thalif Deen

http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/12/islamic-nations-to-host-pledging-conference-for-aid-to-yemen/

My comment: The OIC is fully supporting the Saudi propaganda line. This conference certainly above all will be a propaganda event and a demonstration of hypocrisy. The cheapest and most effective help for Yemen just would be a stop to Saudi air raids and Saudi blockade. As Youssef tells in the interview, the OIC also will be “ calling for a comprehensive national reconciliation” – just by adopting the three points the Hadi government claims to be its preconditions for “peace”: one-sided and obsolete pre-war (and failed) concepts.

29.12.2016 – WAM (A E)

Saudi Arabia and Yemen discuss electricity networks between the two countries

Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh, yesterday met with Yemeni Minister of Electricity and Energy, Abdullah Al-Akwa', and his accompanying delegation.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, the meeting touched on means of boosting bilateral cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and the mechanism for the implementation of bilateral connection between their two electricity networks.

The parties discussed cooperation in the field of training, studies and consultations, and the prospects for cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab-international/1395305266220.html

Comment by Judith Brown: Now we have it. Yemen was one of the first countries in the Middle East to develop an electricity network despite its lack of oil resources. And Saudi Arabia has destroyed its electricity network and is offering to sell its own electricity to Yemen. Does this remind you of the situation in Palestine, now dependent on Israel for its services, which are sold to the dependent country at inflated prices? Making the dependent nation dependent on its provider instead of being an independent country? Does this sound like the beginning of an annexation of Yemen to you, as it does to me?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155064289278641

29.12.2016 – Dawn (A P T)

Sailors’ fate

THE fate of a number of Pakistani sailors on board an Iranian vessel off the coast of Yemen remains shrouded in mystery. As reported in this paper on Wednesday, a shipping agent claims the vessel — en route to Dubai after unloading cargo in Egypt — came under missile attack on Dec 18 near the Yemeni port of Hodeidah. Out of eight Pakistani sailors on board, seven are reported to have died in the attack. However, the relevant authorities in Pakistan, namely the ministries of ports and shipping and foreign affairs, remain tight-lipped about the incident, which has added to the anxiety of the men’s families. Moreover, Iranian news outlet Press TV had reported on Dec 5 that at least six Pakistani sailors had been killed after Saudi warplanes allegedly attacked a vessel off the Yemeni port of Mokha. Are both these reports referring to the same incident? The conflicting details need to be reconciled so that the facts of the matter can be known. While it is true that Yemen is presently a war zone and details are difficult to verify, the government must make extra efforts to ascertain the fate of the missing sailors – Editorial

http://www.dawn.com/news/1305010

28.12.2016 – Dawn (A P T)

Attack off Yemen: families seek information about sailors’ fate

The families of three Pakistani sailors who reportedly died in a missile attack on a merchant ship off the coast of Yemen last week have been protesting outside the Pakistan Ports and Shipping office at Karachi’s West Wharf for the past few days. They are unhappy over the lack of information about the incident and the overall silence by the authorities on the subject.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1304948

2016 – Trading Economics (B E)

Yemen | Economic Forecasts | 2016-2020 Outlook

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/yemen/forecast

My comment: Who believes it... I think nothing is predictable in Yemen in the moment.

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-245-yemen-war-mosaic-245

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-245: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-245:

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/

09:30 30.12.2016
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