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Yemen is dying – Collapsing health system – Yemen through Syrian eyes – UAE and Saudis at Horn of Africa – Air lifting terrorists to Yemen ? – heavy fighting – and more

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cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

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

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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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31.12.2016 – Alistair Reign (** B H K P)

Film: (16+) YEMEN Is DYING - Not A Single Nation Is Stopping The Saudi Royal's Genocide!

This report is a compilation of interviews and footage from the war raging in Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis left in its wake. [Advisory: 16+ For Images of War and Injury].

30.12.2016 – Washington Post (** B H)

‘Sometimes the baby dies, sometimes the mother’: Life and death in Yemen’s hospitals

Surviving even birth is a struggle in Yemen. After nearly two years of war, thousands of children and adults have died from easily treatable diseases, illnesses and injuries as the health-care system collapses.

The situation is deteriorating quickly. Vital drugs, vaccines and medical equipment often cannot enter the country because of an air, sea and land blockade imposed by the coalition. Because of a banking crisis, traders cannot afford to import wheat and other staple foods, triggering alarms that hunger and illness could soon worsen. Government medical workers have not been paid in four months.

The human fallout is visible at Al-Jamhuri Hospital, a large government facility built in 1950 that is tucked behind high walls in this northwestern city. Like every hospital in the country, it has been under heavy stress. Last year, an airstrike hit about 100 yards from its green front gate, killing 18 people and wounding 120.

That stress went into overdrive in August when coalition warplanes destroyed the Abs hospital, killing 19 people. It was the latest in a series of assaults on medical facilities that human rights activists say are war crimes. Doctors Without Borders, the medical charity that ran the facility, pulled out its international staff from six hospitals in northwestern Yemen.

Overnight, Al-Jamhuri became the only government hospital for the province and nearby areas, where 2 million people live.

At least 274 health facilities have been damaged or destroyed in the war, and 12 health-care workers have been killed, according to the United Nations. More than 14 million people, half of them children, lack access to basic health care.

“We are feeling the pressure from so many directions,” said Mohamed As Sowmaliye, the director at the Al-Jamhuri Hospital, who narrowly escaped an airstrike outside the city a day earlier as he traveled to the capital, Sanaa, to seek more support for the hospital.

Since August, three patients have died minutes before reaching Sanaa, Sowmaliye said.

The hospital has 160 beds but receives as many as 500 patients a day. Some are treated in beds in the hallways.

But they are the fortunate ones: They have somehow found the means to come to the hospital.

“The others — we don’t see them,” said Colette Gadenne, the Yemen head of mission for Doctors Without Borders. “They die very far from our eyes.”

The hospital has just one defibrillator. Ventilation machines and other vital equipment are broken down, including some of the incubators in the maternity war.

There is only one machine to sterilize surgical instruments in the entire hospital, and it does not work properly. The blood transfusion device needs repair. There are severe electricity blackouts, so the hospital operates most of the time on generators. Its biggest operating cost is fuel.

Spare parts from abroad are often delayed at ports for months at a time because of the blockade and bureaucratic inefficiency by the Houthis. But the hospital can no longer afford the items anyway.

Today, the hospital depends largely on meager fees from patients and assistance from international aid agencies. It owes $55,000 to the water department.

Al-Jamhuri is actually considered one of the better functioning hospitals in the country. Doctors Without Borders runs its emergency room, and the World Health Organization provides fuel and other support. “Without international assistance,” Sowmaliye said, “the hospital would have closed down.”

Scores of pregnant women have miscarried this year, unable to reach the hospital in time. Some bled to death along the way.

Nearly 600,000 pregnant women in Yemen today are living in areas without adequate or nonexistent health-care facilities, according to U.N. data.

Airstrikes force many to wait until the last minute to make the long and expensive journey to the hospital.

“Sometimes the baby dies, sometimes the mother dies,” Mudwahi said matter-of-factly, adding that in recent weeks three pregnant women had bled to death.

In the kidney dialysis unit, only five of the 12 machines are working. With 360 patients needing dialysis each month, the machines run round-the-clock.

“All the cases are chronic,” said Sultan Masood, the nursing supervisor. “If these machines stop, it will be like a mass death.”

“Sometimes I don’t eat in order to have money to come here,” Saleh said, his arm hooked up to a machine.

When Masood sees that a patient missed the appointment, he calls to find out why. There are usually two reasons: The road has been cut by airstrikes, or they can’t afford to come anymore.

“They end up dying in their homes,” he said – By Sudarsan Raghavan = =

Comment by Judith Brown: What a superb article describing the horrific state of Yemen's healthcare system today. It really needs reading to the end. As you read of one horrific story and can barely cope with the awfulness even when it is so far away, then your eyes scan down the next - and the next - and the next. If any woman deserves a medal it is this doctor pictured here. She is amazing.

31.12.2016 – Washington Post (** B P)

Ousted after the Arab Spring, a former dictator is back

Ousted during the Arab Spring uprisings, one of the Middle East’s wiliest politicians has risen up again. He is taking advantage of the chaos of conflict and the political inexperience of the rebels to deepen his influence, officials and analysts say.

Saleh was once a vital counterterrorism ally of the United States and Saudi Arabia, but they abandoned him in favor of the youthful revolutionaries who launched the mass protests that toppled him in 2012.

Today, he is one of the biggest obstacles to U.S. efforts to broker peace in Yemen and threatens Washington’s influence in the Middle East. American efforts to contain Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch, viewed by U.S. officials as the terror group’s most menacing affiliate, have dramatically been scaled back.

Saleh also stands in the way of Saudi Arabia, whose military is deeply involved in a campaign against the rebels.

Saleh is accustomed to confusion, crisis and fear. Some analysts say he thrives under such conditions.

For 33 years, he ruled with an iron fist over a country beset by rampant corruption and security threats, from a northern rebellion to a southern secessionist movement.

These days, portraits of Saleh remain visible across a capital battered by war, and he’s referred to as the “Godfather” in some circles. He regularly appears on his party’s TV channel, holding meetings and giving speeches.

A State Department official said Saleh “retains considerable influence in the country” and could “play a constructive role in bringing the conflict to an end, if he so chooses.”

Citing security concerns, Saleh’s office declined requests for an interview, but his advisers say he has no aspirations to rule again. Analysts say he might be trying to put his eldest son, Ahmed Ali, in position to take the country’s helm one day.

At the very least, Saleh’s actions suggest that he wants to remain a central political figure in the region, protecting his family, his legacy and billions of dollars amassed over his rule, according to U.N. investigators.

Of all the autocrats toppled in the Arab revolts, Saleh is the only one whose fate has not yet been resolved.

With his political party intact, and his loyalists in the new government, Saleh meddled behind the scenes, his critics say.

During his rule, Saleh, a secularist, fought six civil wars against the deeply religious-minded northern Houthi rebels, who have long viewed his regime as corrupt and blamed it for most of the country’s problems.

But Saleh made an unlikely alliance with the Houthis to survive.

Saleh meets regularly with Houthi leaders, securing the influence of his party through his political skills, and deftly uses social media. “He’s now in the strongest position since he left office,” said Riyadh al-Ahmedi, a Yemeni political analyst.

But tensions between Saleh and the Houthis appear to be growing. They have clashed over the governing of ministries, while Houthi officials have expressed displeasure at some of Saleh’s public statements, analysts and Western officials say.

Saleh’s aides and Houthi officials deny there is any friction, saying such reports were instigated by the Saudi-led coalition – By Sudarsan Raghavan

My comment: However – Saleh might be a quite contrarious figure, but – it should just be the Yemenis right to decide what a political influence he should have in the future or not. That’s democracy – even if a vote gives power and influence to somebody like Saleh, that’s it. Whether a political figure is standing in the way of the US or one of its allies, should not matter at all for pummeling a country up to bombing it to pieces. – And, as the article points out, Saleh even could play a positive role in achieving a peaceful solution for Yemen. And peace is what Yemen needs most in the moment.

Comment by Judith Brown: And not only is Saleh a dictator but his right hand man during his dictatorship is Hadi voted in as interim president for a fixed term of two years in February 2012. He didn't recall parliament whilst he was in control of Yemen and ruled as - a dictator. His term finished in February 2014 but he decided to cling on to power, without a mandate - and as he was unpopular - the people who still liked Saleh didn't like him because he wasn't Saleh and the people who didn't like Saleh didn't like him because he was part of Saleh's corrupt government. And now the two dictators are struggling to rule Yemen. The army sided with Saleh so Hadi had to ask his powerful neighbour to bomb his own citizens in order to save them. Hadi really has no fans except international rulers and even some of them don't like him too much - he sacked his deputy Bahah because the GCC leaders preferred dealing with Bahah rather than Hadi. So whilst this story is in fact true - it's only half of the truth. But I guess that's how newspapers are.

29.12.2016 – Al Jumhiriya (** B H K)


As a Syrian, I was certainly consumed with what was happening in Syria.

Eventually, I found myself working with the international medical organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as part of its regional communications team based in Beirut.

Through MSF, I recently found myself dispatched to Sana’a to support the field communications team for the span of nearly three weeks. Truthfully I had no idea what awaited me. I was nervous.

The parallels with the Syrian experience were abundant.

The tales are many. The medical staff that still come to work despite not being paid for months. The parents who offer soft comfort to children terrified of the sound of airstrikes. The patients who have lost limbs yet are nevertheless determined to walk the long road to recovery and a sense of normalcy. It goes on and on. Overall, there was a quickness by the people I met to open up their lives, make jokes in the most difficult circumstances, and empathize with the struggles and difficulties facing communities outside of Yemen, particularly Syria.

It is the latter aspect, the empathy, which really struck me. It was evident when I mentioned my origins to the Yemenis I spoke with. Usually I am weary to say I’m Syrian to non-Syrians because the reactions in the last few years have been predominately negative – chiefly the pity. Yet in Yemen, the reactions were not of pity, but sympathetic camaraderie. Immediately I was faced with expressions of sadness over what’s happening in Syria, great understanding of the calamities befalling its people, and a real heartfelt hope for the better. This coming from a people facing a destructive conflict in one of the poorest countries in the world, where vital infrastructures are collapsing under the weight of decades of neglect and massive challenges.

I was in awe and humbled by this expression of dignified solidarity.

Reflective of Syria as well, Yemen is fraught with the dominance of warring narratives produced and diffused by more powerful organizations, actors, and/or entities which also are backed by powerful regional and international forces.

As what we have witnessed in Syria, Yemenis who do not prescribe to the absolutism of ‘us’ vs. ‘them’, are being stifled and crushed, with little to no solidarity or support from within and outside of the country.

Yemen is not as widely covered as Syria for many reasons. This cannot continue. Yes, the intensity of violence and destruction is larger in magnitude in Syria and has been going on for longer, but this does not justify one bit the general failure to spotlight and display concern for the Yemeni experience. The suffering in Yemen whether directly by the hands of all armed actors without exception or indirectly due to the ramifications of warfare cannot be ignored.

The people in Yemen – like the people in Syria — need help and they are not getting it and they absolutely deserve to get it.

Ultimately, if I have a simple message as a Syrian to all the Yemenis I have met or haven’t met and for others to hear: We are unified in our misery, my friends, and despite that, I really do believe that just like in Syria, you and we will pick up the pieces together once the bullets and bombs have been silenced, and we will move forward towards something better – by Yazan Al-Saadi v

2.9.2016 – War on the Rocks (** B K P)

WEST OF SUEZ FOR THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Bases on the Horn of Africa serve Emirati power projection ambitions

Though Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have cooperated in major security ventures such as the Manama intervention in 2011 and the Yemen war since 2015, the two leading Gulf Cooperation Council military powers are also competitors. In terms of population, oil production, and defense spending, Saudi Arabia is by a considerable margin the larger of the two, but the Emirates are determined to punch well above their weight. In Yemen, the objectives of the two Gulf States are slowly diverging, with the Saudis backing Islamist militias against the Houthis in the north, whilst the United Arab Emirates is focused on countering AQAP in the south of the country.

In the Horn of Africa region there are signs of competition as well. Saudi Arabia patched things up with Djibouti by October 2015, with Saudi access restored to the airfield at Camp Lemonier and with Djibouti receiving Saudi-donated patrol boats, helicopters, weapons, and ambulances. In March 2016, discussions were underway between Riyadh and Djibouti for the signing of comprehensive bilateral security agreement including the return of a long-term Saudi military base to Djibouti.

The Emirates appear to be adopting a broader-based approach to the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and Indian Ocean region.

Somalia is a case in point. In early May 2015, the United Arab Emirates expanded its long-running train and equip partnership with Somalia’s counterterrorism unit and National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), opening a new U.A.E.-funded training center in Mogadishu where Emirati special forces operators have trained several units of Somali commandos.

The United Arab Emirates has also wooed Somalia’s regional rival, the autonomous Somaliland region. In May 2016, Dubai Ports World won a 30-year contract to manage the port of Berbera and expand it into a regional logistics hub, breaking up Djibouti’s virtual monopoly on Ethiopian freight via the Doraleh Container Terminal through the joint development by Somaliland and Ethiopia of the Berbera Corridor as an alternative logistics route. The United Arab Emirates is also said to be seeking access to the Berbera port and airstrip to support its operations in Yemen, and may provide Somaliland with a financial aid package and an Emirati-built military training center.

In Puntland, an autonomous region in northeastern Somalia, the United Arab Emirates also paid for the Puntland Maritime Police Force to be established in 2010, with anti-piracy training provided by a succession of private security companies, a cause for some controversy. The PMPF operates bases in Bosaso, Puntland’s primary port on the Gulf of Aden coast, and Eyl on the Indian Ocean coast. The PMPF air wing operates three UAE-donated Ayers S2R Thrush aircraft and an Alouette III helicopter. The UAE also finances and trains the Puntland Intelligence Agency. When the Gulf Coalition naval blockade sought to interdict Iranian weapons smuggling to the Houthis, the Emirati investment in Puntland and Somaliland seems to have paid off, shutting off known Iranian transshipment points like Bosaso and Berbera.

The UAE’s “west of Suez” moment?

In combination with the development of a closer military relationship with Egypt and Sudan, the construction of a major decades-spanning power projection base in Eritrea will give the United Arab Emirates a leading role in the protection of the Suez and Bab el-Mandab sea-lanes. The United Arab Emirates could begin to emerge as a powerful actor in the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and western Indian Ocean. Like prior trading empires from the Portuguese to the Omanis, the United Arab Emirates is aiming to become an important player up and down Africa’s eastern seaboard, mixing hard military power with soft-power approaches.

The development of large and well-armed Yemeni forces at the Assab base also points to a second way that the United Arab Emirates could become a major influence on the local balance of power. Within just a few months the United Arab Emirates trained and equipped a few thousand mobile infantry mounted in MRAPs and armed with advanced anti-tank weaponry.

A final implication could be the strengthening of the Emirati deterrent posture against Iran. The Yemen intervention was indirectly aimed at Iran, an effort by the Gulf states to prevent what they view as an Iranian-backed Houthi movement from taking over Yemen. The Emirati naval and air base at Assab was critical in blockading the Houthi-held ports on the Red Sea and preventing Iran from resupplying the rebels.

Although evolved out of military necessity to support the Yemen war, the development of Assab might mark the beginning of a more purposeful, considered phase of Emirati military expansion – by Alex Mello and Michael Knights =

cp2 Allgemein / General

31.12.2016 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Gulf of Aden Security Review

[Events day by day, from Dec. 30 backwards]

31.12.2016 – Afrah Nasser (* B K P)

Yemen’s 2016, the Year of Massive Atrocities

For million of Yemenis, the year 2016 is certainly marked by the prolongation of massive atrocities; including the world’s apathy over the atrocities in Yemen. As 2017 begins, Yemen’s war enters its third year; and no end seems in sight for my home country, except more suffering lying ahead.
Yemenis could have found some glimpse of hope in the start of next year if they were not living under a blockade, if they were not being bombed at funerals, schools, hospitals, or if they were not dying in a slow death manner with preventable diseases as the health care system fell apart, or if they were not starving to death, or if they were not internally being uprooted from their homes, or even if their outcry was not falling on deaf ears.
This fills me with rage. My rage is one without scream or tears; it’s beyond me. How can one of the world’s poorest nations handle the hell of being caught between the Saudis’ power-machine and the Saleh-Houthi alliance’s aggression, as if life was not already harsh in Yemen? Even before the ongoing war in Yemen, nearly half of Yemen’s population were living under the poverty line. I vividly remember growing up in Sana’a and fantasising having milk and nuts which we couldn’t afford or having only yoghurt and bread for lunch for many years. Yemen was repeatedly ranked at the bottom in the Human Development Index. Yemen even failed to achieve decreasing the hunger rate, which was one of the UN’s millennium goals.

I lost count of my relatives, friends and friends’ relatives who have died in the wake of the catastrophic humanitarian situation. I am even terrified of what the future holds.

I know what wrong Yemenis have done. Our fault is that we are poor who are torn between saving our sick children or feeding the others, let alone of extensively televising and tweeting our tragedy like in other places, i.e. in Aleppo.

The UN says that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world, and Yemenis will tell you it is worse than bad - it’s hell on earth. Innocent civilians are trapped in unwinnable, pointless and endless war – the Saudis won’t ever accept a defeat by one of the world’s poorest countries and the Saleh/Houthis’ alliance would fight till the last drop of blood and won’t surrender ever. What’s even more tragic is that London and Washington keep ignoring calls of halting arms sales and support to the Saudi-led coalition that is enabling the killing in Yemen. Only a miracle can end this war. The year 2017 can hold an end to Yemen war if that miracle was realised - only if the international community’s morality and conscious were awaken demonstrating more efforts to stop the war and proving that Yemenis’ lives have a value – by Afrah Nasser

30.12.2016 – Press TV Iran (* A T)

Turkey plane transfers Daesh terrorists from Aleppo to Yemen: Report

Yemeni sources say a Turkish plane transporting scores of Daesh Takfiri terrorists has landed in the Aden International Airport in southern Yemen.

Yemen’s al-Masirah news website reported that the plane carried 150 terrorists who were evacuated from Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo after Syrian government forces fully retook control of the city.

On December 22, the Syrian army said Aleppo had completely returned to government control after the last batch of civilians and militants were evacuated.

Yemeni security sources said the terrorists landed in the airport that is under the supervision of Emirati forces, who are taking part in the Saudi military campaign against Yemen, the report added.

The Turkish plane, al-Masirah said, will take to Turkey 158 Saudi-backed mercenaries, who were injured in recent fighting with the Yemeni army and popular committees in Yemen’s province of Ta’izz. The injured are to receive treatment in Turkish hospitals.

Turkey is said to be among the main supporters of militant groups in Syria and stands accused of training and arming Takfiri elements and facilitating their passage into the country. =

Comment by Judith Brown: This is exactly what I knew was happening. The foreign fighters in Taiz must have been brought to Yemen somehow. I guessed that one of Saudi Arabia's allies was responsible. Here seems to be the proof.

Comment: Liberated #Aden. and it's not the first plane

My comment: I was in doubt about that report, but having noticed Judith Browns statement, I think it actually could be real. But, up to now (Jan. 1 in the morning), still the Al Masirah report and the Press TV Iran report based on it seem to be the only sources. Might be, any more reports and proofs will show up. What about plane spotting in Turkey and in Aden? This really would be a great story then. Anyway, one point I think cannot be true: The “rebel” fighters at Aleppo were no Daesh, but Al Nusra what actually is Al Qaida. For Yemen, not much better anyway, but please stay correct in reporting.

30.12.2016 – Huffington Post (* B K P)

Speaking up against Yemen’s War - The Genocide we don’t talk about

But for all the fury armies have deployed, for all the blood and the destruction which befell nations, silence has been the one constant that has engulfed Yemen, and in darkness plunged a people whose only fault was to declare itself free.

For all the ink which has flowed on Syria calling on the world nations to speak against civilians’ deaths and communities’ tragic fate for it fitted a particular political narrative, not a whisper has been spared on Yemen.

While Britain has decried Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged war crimes – which crimes have yet to be documented and asserted, silence has deafened over Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s planned genocide against the Yemenis.

Much can be said of the hypocrisy of nations …

Much remains to be said over those powers which offer not just cover but lead to those who wish to dispense death as a liberation over nations. Saudi Arabia it needs to be emphasized has been a grand dispenser of death – a theo-fascist reaper whose ambition has been to drown people in war so that their cries for freedom and democracy would be muffled in blood.

Yemen remains our greatest shame since we have failed to hear the cries of the innocent …

That of course your media and your heads of state will never admit. How could they when wanton murder and hysterical air raids have fatten Britain’s bottom line and allowed for the Crown’s military complex to thrive under the influx of Saudi petrodollars.

Greed today has become a euphemism for genocide.

How much more before war capitalists can deem themselves satisfied?

How many more lies will have to be weaved before Yemen’s pain can be told and truths laid bare as to the nature of this conflict?

For nearly two years this one country of southern Arabia has suffered an onslaught of such violence that its very national identity has been bathed in the blood of the innocent.

As world nations have gathered in support of Saudi Arabia Yemen was earmarked for annihilation under an unlawful humanitarian blockade, courtesy of the United Nations … still it is Yemen’s Resistance Movement that was accused of betrayal.

Still the world cries out “famine” as if forgetting that it was its institutions that engineered such a plague.

For the United Nations to decry Yemen’s suffering while manning the blockade reeks of hypocrisy and moral dissonance.

Rebellion they all say … betrayal they all have called in support of Riyadh’s hegemonic ambitions.

But can there be betrayal in self-defence?

Was it not London that sold Riyadh cluster bombs and chemical agents?

Was it not Britain’s war experts who sat in the kingdom’s war room and from behind a computer screen played life and death with women and children?

Hospitals, funeral halls, mosques, churches, temples, museums, market places, hotels, UNESCO protected sites, homes, farms, arable lands, power grids, factories …. Everything that once stood is now in rubbles.

And still Britain’s government plays political deflection. Before Yemen’s blood Sir Michael Fallon rationalised murder as a necessary evil. He argued before Parliament this December that cluster bombs were used against “legitimate military targets” and therefore did not constitute any real violation of international law.

As we prepare to pull the curtain on 2016 I believe we ought to reflect on what it is we are leaving behind, so that maybe we would learn not to repeat in our errors, misgivings and otherwise laggings.

By all accounts 2016 has been a year of bloodshed, terror and suffocating violence – whether political, or religious; hatred, bigotry and prejudices have ruled over world affairs, tyrannical in their radicalism, vindictive in their self-righteousness.

But for all the fury armies have deployed, for all the blood and the destruction which befell nations, silence has been the one constant that has engulfed Yemen, and in darkness plunged a people whose only fault was to declare itself free.

It is freedom Yemen has cried from its mountains and its valleys! It is Yemen’s freedom the world has denied so that a house, that of al-Saud could add another capital to its dominion.

It is national sovereignty and religious freedom Yemen has raised as a shield against the miasmas of fanaticism, and still the world turned away arguing political restoration over popular legitimacy.

For all the ink which has flowed on Syria calling on the world nations to speak against civilians’ deaths and communities’ tragic fate for it fitted a particular political narrative, not a whisper has been spared on Yemen.

While Britain has decried Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged war crimes – which crimes have yet to be documented and asserted, silence has deafened over Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s planned genocide against the Yemenis.

Much can be said of the hypocrisy of nations …

Much remains to be said over those powers which offer not just cover but lead to those who wish to dispense death as a liberation over nations. Saudi Arabia it needs to be emphasized has been a grand dispenser of death – a theo-fascist reaper whose ambition has been to drown people in war so that their cries for freedom and democracy would be muffled in blood.

Yemen remains our greatest shame since we have failed to hear the cries of the innocent … By the end of November 2016, the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies asserted that Yemen’s war claimed 15,000 civilians, notwithstanding those lives that were forfeited in battles, notwithstanding those tens of thousands of souls which were spent in famine and sickness.

Yemen, like its institutions has been exploded, ripped apart and set fire to so that the kingdom would erect its Wahhabist will, and in fanaticism bind nations. But Yemen has resisted …

As I have written many times already Yemen has resisted a grand Resistance … a resistance rooted in the belief that a people belongs to the land that carries its forefathers and saw rise a civilization of inspiring beauty.

Yemen you must learn, speak of Time itself. Immovable and true under Arabia’s sky, Yemen echoes of humanity. Its lands, its shores, its mountains saw many sunrises … the sun has yet to set on its jewel of Southern Arabia.

That of course your media and your heads of state will never admit. How could they when wanton murder and hysterical air raids have fatten Britain’s bottom line and allowed for the Crown’s military complex to thrive under the influx of Saudi petrodollars.

Greed today has become a euphemism for genocide.

How much more before war capitalists can deem themselves satisfied?

How many more lies will have to be weaved before Yemen’s pain can be told and truths laid bare as to the nature of this conflict?

For nearly two years this one country of southern Arabia has suffered an onslaught of such violence that its very national identity has been bathed in the blood of the innocent.

As world nations have gathered in support of Saudi Arabia Yemen was earmarked for annihilation under an unlawful humanitarian blockade, courtesy of the United Nations … still it is Yemen’s Resistance Movement that was accused of betrayal.

Still the world cries out “famine” as if forgetting that it was its institutions that engineered such a plague.

In late October Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council that more than 21 million Yemenis — 80 percent of the population — are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

“Over 2 million people are malnourished nationwide, including 370,000 children who are severely malnourished,” O’Brien said. That is an increase of 65 percent compared to the year before the conflict began.

Those numbers are but a pale reflection of reality. Reality is too unpalatable for any of you to bear … I should know having witnessed first-hand what it is to live under-siege.

For the United Nations to decry Yemen’s suffering while manning the blockade reeks of hypocrisy and moral dissonance.

Rebellion they all say … betrayal they all have called in support of Riyadh’s hegemonic ambitions.

But can there be betrayal in self-defence? Can there ever be betrayal when one is defending one’s land, one’s sovereign right, and one’s inherent right to political self-determination?

Would it not be more accurate to say that if betrayal indeed there is, it has come by way of London, Washington, Paris … since it is they, that sold the kingdom its weapons of war?

Was it not London that sold Riyadh cluster bombs and chemical agents?

Was it not Britain’s war experts who sat in the kingdom’s war room and from behind a computer screen played life and death with women and children?

Hospitals, funeral halls, mosques, churches, temples, museums, market places, hotels, UNESCO protected sites, homes, farms, arable lands, power grids, factories …. Everything that once stood is now in rubbles.

And still Britain’s government plays political deflection. Before Yemen’s blood Sir Michael Fallon rationalised murder as a necessary evil. He argued before Parliament this December that cluster bombs were used against “legitimate military targets” and therefore did not constitute any real violation of international law.

In other words, murder is only ever a matter of political perspective – by Catherine Shakdam

30.12.2016 – Al Araby (* B K)

Two years of all-out lawlessness plagues Yemen

Two years have gone by, and Yemen's people are still besieged by violence, food insecurity and deadly diseases

After two years of war, Yemenis are frustrated that the peace talks have made no positive difference on the ground. This has led the people to be skeptical about the value of diplomatic debates. They have grown cynical about peace talks between the warring sides in Yemen.

Today, the country is divided, exhausted and destroyed by the two-year conflict.

Security, food and medication are hard to find. Salaries, services and safety no longer exist. People have been bearing the war tragedies for the last two years. This is definitely attributed to the lawlessness which began in April, 2015. Almost a single day does not elapse, without deaths or injuries.

Yemen's present is bleak, and bloodshed has become the norm. The basic services that its government maintained prior to April 2015 are all but a memory.

Yemen today exists without a functioning Central Bank, and its people are struggling with a war on two fronts; both economic and military.

2015 and 2016 have left grim memories of war. As a new year begins, the future of the country remains ambiguous. Yemenis now pleadingly ask: Will peace draw nearer in 2017? – by Khalid Al-Karimi

Comment by Judith Brown: How can the world sit by and let this happen? And they don't even sit by. They sell weapons. Disgusting unimaginably terrible weapons. As if Yemen is a trial ground for all the nasty bombs that the world now manufactures - in the name of peace and profit.

Comment: That looks like a somewhat pro-Hadi government article.

30.12.2016 – Stratfor (* B K P)

An Arab Alliance Stretches Across the Red Sea

Gulf states have created a loose alliance structure in northeastern Africa, one that weakens their opponents and strengthens themselves.

The rationale behind the GCC’s (Gulf Cooperation Council) interest in northeast Africa is fairly straightforward. Gulf states are compelled to improve their relationships with these countries for security purposes. Installing bases in, and enhancing military ties with, these countries gives Gulf states an added layer of protection against conventional military attacks. (In fact, the United Arab Emirates has already begun to develop military installations in Eritrea.)

The conflict in Yemen, moreover, gives Gulf states a reason to desire added oversight of the affairs of Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia, which have little control over the arms and people that pass through them and end up in places like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Another concern is that if Gulf States — which are, of course, Sunni — do not reach out to these African countries, then Iran, their Shiite rival, will.

The GCC is also interested in northeastern Africa for its agriculture.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt also disagree on the prospect of supporting Islamists, something Saudi Arabia is more willing to do when it benefits Riyadh — as it does in Yemen. The United Arab Emirates, however, has been steadfast in supporting Egypt, particularly when it comes to Egypt’s treatment of Islamists at home and in countries such as Libya. This explains why relations between the two have been warm since 2013.

So far, the GCC’s strategy has been relatively successful. While Sudan and Saudi Arabia have long had a healthy economic relationship, Sudan tended to patronize Iran for its security needs. But that is no longer the case.

Gulf states have thus created a loose alliance structure in northeastern Africa, one that weakens their opponents and strengthens themselves

But for all their agreement on these specific foreign policy goals, the member states tend to pursue the goals differently, cultivating diplomatic, security and trade ties in ways that best suit their individual interests, even when dealing with the same country. These differences are on full display in northeast Africa, an overlooked region that presents as many risks as it does opportunities for Gulf states. =

30.12.2016 – Yemen Post (B K)

Taiz CITY ERASED by war: 2070 civilians killed in 1 #Yemen city during 21 months of Houthi clashes/rocket attacks & Saudi airstrikes (photo)

My comment: “Houthi clashes”? Only “Houthi-Popular Resistance clashes” would make any sense.

22.12.2016 – Ahram (* B K P)

Yemen 2016 — Four scenes

Four scenes encapsulate the situation of Yemen at the end of 2016 against a backdrop largely shaped by ongoing warfare and ongoing failure in peace efforts. Operation “Storm of Resolve”, launched by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in March 2015, has progressed very slowly and has yet to achieve significant advances in the areas under Saleh-Houthi control in Sanaa, Saada and Taiz. Peacemaking efforts were marked by collapse at four junctures in 2016: The Kuwait talks, the Houthi-Saudi talks in Abha and Dhahran, and the “Kerry Plan”. In the south, the US-led war against Al-Qaeda appears to be faring better, although that campaign has elicited criticism, both regionally and internationally.

SCENE 1 - As the year moved into autumn, the Houthi movement and its ally former President Ali Abdullah Saleh formed a de facto government in Sanaa.

SCENE 2 - In early November, Yemen’s second capital Aden was the stage for a mass political rally in support of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, marking a major transformation in the political course of the south. Until this point, mass demonstrations and rallies in the south had been monopolised by the Southern Cause.

SCENE 3 - The city of Taiz remains under siege for the second year running. No progress has been made to drive back the Houthi-Saleh forces that surround the city.

SCENE 4 - In the war against Al-Qaeda in Yemen, it was announced that, on 24 September 2016, Al-Qaeda commander Abu Khaled Al-Sanani and four of his guards were killed during US drone strikes in Maareb.

In sum, 2016 has drawn to a close with no sign on the horizon of a settlement, an immanent end to the civil war and communal peace for the Yemeni people. In fact, the behaviour of the parties on the ground suggests that peace is still long out of reach. Moreover, the fact that the Yemeni conflict is related to and, indeed, at the heart of the regional conflict between Riyadh and Tehran means that it is caught in that dilemma that offers only two choices: Either a comprehensive solution or a comprehensive mess – by Ahmed Eleiba

Comment by Judith Brown: There are some good points in this Cairo news report, but it is a simple one-sided perspective. For example where it talks about renewed support for Hadi, that was after he closed the central bank in Sanaa and promised to open it in Aden - raising hopes of southern independence. Most of the quotations are from the Hadi side - there is no voice of the Houthi-Saleh alliance. And of course the biggest part of the population lives in the north. And as for the embargo and the critical humanitarian situation it is ignored. But it is the most important news story in the world today.

My comment to add: And the statement that there are parts of Al Qaida cooperating with the Houthis and the Saleh party are quite absurd. Parts of Al Qaida in reality are cooperating – with the Saudis and the so-called “Popular resistance”.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

31.12.2016 - Famine Early Warning System Network (* A H)

Food security outcomes deteriorate in Al Hudaydah

Conflict in Yemen is the primary driver of the largest food security emergency in the world, with 7 to 10 million people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), or worse, and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Of this total, at least two million people are in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and face an increased risk of mortality.

Though data is limited, food security and nutrition data from the governorate of Al Hudaydah suggest a recent deterioration in outcomes. For example, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) admitted to treatment programs has increased by roughly 40 percent compared to 2014 and 2015 levels. Similarly, WFP’s mVAM surveys suggest a rise in the governorate’s median reduced coping strategies index (rCSI), as well as an increase in the percentage of the population with a poor food consumption score. Given this deterioration, FEWS NET estimates Al Hudaydah is now facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity.

Large-scale food assistance, including WFP’s assistance to an average of 3.5 million beneficiaries per month during the months of September and October 2016, is playing an important role in mitigating food insecurity in many areas. However, it is not sufficient to meet Yemen’s current needs. In addition to ensuring humanitarian access to conflict zones, more resources are needed to support the continuation and expansion of humanitarian response within the country.

In December 2016, major wheat importers reported that they would no longer be able to continue wheat imports into Yemen, given financial challenges relating to both the Central Bank of Yemen and the private banking sector. While imports to date have remained adequate to maintain relative price stability for wheat flour between October and November 2016 (WFP), food import levels require close monitoring in the coming weeks given that the country’s high import dependency. =

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A H)

Food aid distributed to IDP's in Mareb

The operating unit of the internal displaced persons (IDPs) in Marib province distributed food aid for the IDPs in Jabal Murad district on Saturday.
The campaign targeted 703 poor families.
The aid provided by the world food program in association with with Islamic relief organization.

30.12.2016 – NPR (* A H)

Amid Brutal Civil War, A Rare Glimpse At Life In Yemen

PR's Ari Shapiro speaks with New York Times journalist Ben Hubbard who recently visited Yemen with photographer Tyler Hicks. Hubbard talks about what he saw and what Yemen is like today for its citizens.

HUBBARD: This is a country that I don't think historically has a lot of particular anger towards the United States, but that is definitely growing.

It's quite easy for Yemenis to go to the ruins of buildings that have been destroyed or places that have been strucken, dig around in the rubble and find fins and things from guidance kits. So the Yemenis are very aware of this, and I think there's - you know, there's definitely a lot of anger that the U.S. has provided so many of these munitions to Saudi Arabia.

SHAPIRO: When you left the capital city Sanaa, you went into the country side and found places where people had fled and had camped out. These were not typical refugee camps. What did they look like?

HUBBARD: They really looked like squatter camps in a lot of ways. This is not a country - I think, you know, when a lot of people hear the term refugee camp, they sort of picture a large, you know, rather organized area put up by the U.N. or something where you have matching tents kind of organized in rows. This is not like that at all.

These are basically just groups of people who moved out of parts of the country that were being heavily, heavily bombed and just kind of had to cobble together whatever sort of shelter that they could. So sometimes they, you know, build little huts out of mud, or they gather wood. Or they grab - gather pieces of cloth and string them up. Or sometimes they can actually get their hands on a real tent.

And the conditions are really, really terrible where, you know, even people that used to have jobs don't have jobs anymore. So a lot of times they resort to begging in the local towns. And then they, you know, use the little money that they can collect to buy ingredients for meals.

HUBBARD: The worst part is really in the rural areas. I mean there's definitely - you know, you definitely see a lot of children. And you know, most - I think pretty much every medical facility that we visited, they were accepting cases of malnourished children. So you know, there's been a lot of these terrible images that have come out, and they're not particularly hard to find once you get into the country.

People living in rural areas who are sort of living on the margins as it was, and then this war comes along and makes everything that much harder - by the time that they're able to get to actual medical facilities, they've been on the road for a long time. =

30.–31.12.2016 – Dr. Karim (A H)

Food is a human right not a weapon of war! .@monarelief distributing Al-Khair Foundation funded food in #AlHodeidah #Yemen Now! (photos)

30.12.2016 – Fatik Al-Rodaini / MONA Relief (* A H)

Here we are,in our fifth campaign in Hodeidah @monarelief with the support of @AKF_Social distribute critical food aid in al-Husinia (photos)

@monarelief food distribution started today in Al Hodeidah, Thank you Al-Khair Foundation for funding the Rahma Project! (photos)

30.12.2016 – Human Needs Development (A H)

A moment of peace, solidarity and faith in humans restored.
Overjoyed to be sharing this message from Human Needs Development NGO in #Sanaa.
''With funds of #ComitatoNour for second month, Human Needs Development Organization bought Food Project baskets food which will be distributed in the coming few days. Thank you Comitato Nour for support (photos) =

30.12.2016 – World Food Programme (* A H)

Yemen mVAM Bulletin #17 - December 2016: Negative coping levels increase among IDPs and suspension of salaries persists

DPs are more frequently resorting to borrowing and eating cheaper food than last month, and they continue to have the highest levels of food insecurity

After two months of deterioration, the national mean Food Consumption Score (FCS) has improved slightly, but gains remain limited mostly to the governorates of Hadramaut, Dhamarand Sana’a and among non-displaced households

Lack of wages and basic necessities continue to aggravate household food security and in full:

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

30.12.2016 – yemen Post (B K)

16 Historical sites DESTROYED by Saudi airstrikes on #Yemen over 21 months of (west backed) war ending 1000s years country history forever (photos)

My comment: Certainly much more than just 14.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

FM: SPC, Govt supports any peace initiative to end aggression, lift siege

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf affirmed that the Supreme Political Council (SPC) and the Salvation Government supports any peace initiative to end the aggression war, lift the siege and lead to a peaceful political solution.
This came during a meeting on Saturday, which gathered the foreign minister and the chargé d'affaires of the Russian Embassy in Yemen.
The meeting discussed the international efforts and endeavors for the resumption of political talks.
Sharaf valued the position of Russia, which rejects the aggression and siege on Yemen.
For his part, the Russian official reaffirmed his country's rejection of any military solution in Yemen, stressing that the solution should be political and peaceful.

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A T)

IED dismantled in Baidha

Explosives experts dismantled an improvised explosive device (IED) in Rada'a district of Baidha province, a security official said Saturday.
Security services and popular committees found the IED planted next to a house.
The security agencies and popular committees will spare no effort to safeguard citizens and their properties, promote and enhance security and stability in the country, the official said.

31.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A)

Islah leader murdered by an improvised explosive device in Ibb

Local sources of Almasdaronline said that Fahd Mohsen al Hashidi, leader of the Islah party in Ibb governorate, was murdered near his house by an explosive device at Jiblah district, southwestern Ibb city, central Yemen.

Al Hashidi was the Islah party leader in Al Wagash area of Jiblah.

It is believed that the Houthi and Saleh militia was behind the assassination, according to many sources, especially since this assassination came after an earlier failed assassination attempt against the Islah leader Sheikh Mujib Marzeh at the same district, in which the locals arrested the culprits, but were immediately released by the Houthi and allied militants.

31.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A)

Deceased journalist Mohamed al-Absi's family under threat

The family of the deceased journalist Mohamed al-Absi have received threats if they do not bury the body and close the investigation file about the circumstances of his death.

A relative of journalist al-Absi told Almasdaronline that "we have received a number of calls from unknown numbers advising us, in a threatening form, to bury the body and close the investigation file".

According to the source, who requested anonymity, al-Absi's family are seriously considering burial of the body, especially after the threats received in the recent days.

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

31.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Aden university ask for help to stop plundering its lands by armed groups. Another sad news from what so called liberated areas in #Yemen

My comment: Publishing any „Houthi crimes“ is a beloved job of „president“ Hadi and Saudi propaganda. But their own militia are not any better. Behaving like this is not typical Houthi, it’s typical for any militia in a situation when there is a lack of any other power.

30.12.2016 – Arab 24 (B)

Film: Yemen- The internal conflict threatens the historical legacy in Aden

The city of Aden in southern Yemen was the capital of the Arabian Peninsula, and the first city built along the line of European cities with the same pattern and style. Aden removed the class differences through the coexistence of different races, colors, sects and religions, which contributed to the intermingling of languages and dialects among residents, but these positives began to disappear gradually because of the threats and conflicts between the different Parties inside Yemen.

30.12.2016 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A)

Aden port submit merchants looting complaints in "liberated" areas at southern parts of #Yemen to Aden security director asking for help (photos)

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

31.12.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen ex-president Saleh: After two years of unjust war on Yemen,talk about so-called references is provocations&betrayal of Yemen blood1

Yemen ex-president Saleh: Talking about Dividing Yemen to regions is only provocation & betrayal of Yemeni sacrifices

Yemen ex-president Saleh: GCC Initiative is dead now after2years of unjust war on Yemen.Though it's essence was implemented by handing power

Yemen ex-president Saleh: The UN 2216 was a war resolution

My comment: When he is right, he is right. Any peace negotiations need a completely new base.

31.12.2016 – Al Sahwa (A P)

UN Envoy hands over amended roadmap to Yemeni parties

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will resume his efforts on peace talks with Yemeni different parties, government sources told the Emirati-based Albyan newspaper.

The sources affirmed that an amended roadmap will be handed over to the government and the putschists next week.

The Quartet meeting (United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) held in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, made amendments to UN roadmap regarding Yemen on the basis of the Yemeni government's request.

According to Alsharq al-Awsat newspaper, the meeting held two weeks ago affirmed that the powers of the Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi will not be transferred until parties commence to execute the security and political steps mentioned in the U.N. roadmap.

My comment: “The Quartet meeting (United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates)” is just a meeting of four warring parties fighting on one side in the Yemen war – playing the role of peace brokers what they simply cannot be. Thus their allegations to change any UN “roadmap” simply should be void.

31.12.2016 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Ban Ki Moon: Yesterday it was his last day in the office. He will forever remembered as the #UN SecGen that removed #Saudi from blacklist of states/armed groups that kill & maim children in armed conflicts.
#Yemen, #Syria, #Iraq

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

30.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Saudis Invite Iranian Diplomats for Talks on Hajj Return

Saudi Arabia has invited regional rival Iran to discuss a return of its nationals to next year’s hajj after Iranians were excluded from the pilgrimage following a major diplomatic row, reports stated Friday.

The Al-Hayat daily reported that Riyadh’s pilgrims minister, Mohammed Bentin, had opened discussions with more than 80 countries, including Iran, to work out the details of the 2017 hajj.

“Iran’s hajj delegation was invited to come to the kingdom” for preparations, the paper said.

The Arab News daily said Riyadh would welcome pilgrims for hajj and the smaller Umra rite “irrespective of their nationalities or sectarian affiliations, including Iranian pilgrims”.

Hajj revenues have been reduced in 2016 due to the small number of pilgrims who visited Mecca this year. Only about 1.8 million faithful took part in this year’s hajj, after last year trajedy in Mina when hundreds of pilgrims dead.

Iranians this year stayed at home after tensions between Riyadh and Tehran boiled over following the deadly stampede during the 2015 pilgrimage.

Iran says it lost 464 people in the crush outside Mecca.

They were among more than 2,300 people killed in the worst ever disaster to strike the hajj.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

31.12.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi Monarchy arrests tweep @Nedal_147 over tweets (photo).

30.12.2016 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Musical concerts must be pre-approved by #Saudi monarchy, document shows (photo)

30.12.2016 – The Independent (A P)

Saudi Arabia jails man for a year after he publically called for end of male control over women

Man said he launched campaign after finding some 'female relatives were facing injustice at the hands of their families'

A Saudi man has been jailed for a year after he called for an end to the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom's male guardianship system.

The unnamed man was also fined 30,000 riyals (£6,500) after being convicted of "inciting to end guardianship of women", the daily Okaz newspaper reported.

He was arrested while putting up posters inside mosques which called for the government to abolish strict rules giving men control over women.

The man admitted to pinning up posters in several mosques and said he solely launched an "awareness campaign" after finding some "female relatives were facing injustice at the hands of their families," the daily newspaper said, according to the AFP news agency – by Samuel Oborne

cp9 USA

30.12.2016 – Counterpunch (* B K P)

Selling Death: US Weapons Kill a Yemeni Child Every 10 Minutes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children of Yemen.

Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too.

Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

Since 2014, Yemen has been wracked by a civil war — a war that’s been exacerbated by intervention from Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally. Since 2015, the Saudis have been pounding this nation, the poorest in the Middle East, with cluster bombs and explosives.

And the U.S. has been helping, selling the Saudis advanced weapons and providing intelligence and logistical support.

This nearly two-year-old bombing campaign has killed thousands of innocent Yemenis and sparked a severe humanitarian crisis.

The only way to end the humanitarian crisis is to end the conflict. That means pushing harder for a political solution and calling for an immediate ceasefire. Until that happens, the United States should stop its military support for the Saudi regime.

Selling weapons to a repressive regime should never be allowed. And today, when these weapons are leading to the death of a Yemeni child every 10 minutes, the sales are simply unconscionable. The time to stop them is now – by MEDEA BENJAMIN = =

30.12.2016 – Truth Out (* B P)

A Year of US Militarism

One of the most alarming developments in US foreign policy in 2016 was the ratcheting up of the new iteration of the Cold War. Looking back across US foreign policy in this last year of Barack Obama's presidential tenure, other weighty developments include the ongoing proxy war in Syria, the US-supported Saudi-led bombing in Yemen, US use of drones and manned bombers in Libya, US bombing in Iraq and Afghanistan, unprecedented US military aid to Israel, US special operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen, US saber-rattling against China in the South China Sea, and steps toward normalization of relations with Cuba.

The United States has supported the Saudi coalition fighting the Houthi rebelsin Yemen since March 2015. This conflict is part of a regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

"If you talk to Yemeni Americans, they will tell you in Yemen this isn't a Saudi bombing campaign, it's a US bombing campaign," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in June, adding, "Every single civilian death inside Yemen is attributable to the United States." – By Marjorie Cohn

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

31.12.2016 – Herald Scotland (A P)

Salmond calls on May to abandon "knee-jerk militarism" and focus on humanitarian and political efforts abroad

ALEX Salmond has called on the UK Government to end its “obsession” with military intervention and adopt a more ethical foreign policy focused on humanitarian and political efforts.

In his own New Year message, the former First Minister called on Theresa May and her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to use 2017 to correct the error of their ways and adopt a wider strategy than “knee-jerk militarism”.

Mr Salmond, the SNP’s international affairs spokesman, said 2016 had seen a bloody end to the year with conflicts in Syria and Yemen continuing to rage and engulf the region, resulting in humanitarian disasters and a refugee crisis in both countries.

He emphasised how the UK Government had played a military role in both conflicts, providing arms to the Saudi Arabian regime, advising on military targets in Yemen and participating in coalition airstrikes in Syria.

The Gordon MP also pointed out how: – by Michael Settle

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

30.12.2016 – NZZ (* A P)

Krieg in Jemen: Oman beschwichtigt Riad

Das Sultanat Oman gelobt, sich aktiver an der von Riad geführten Front gegen Iran und gegen die Huthi zu beteiligen. Es dürfte ein Lippenbekenntnis sein.

Das Sultanat Oman hat bekanntgegeben, es sei bereit, sich der von Saudiarabien geführten Islamischen Militärallianz anzuschliessen. In einem Brief an den starken Mann in Riad, den Vizekronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman, beteuerte der omanische Verteidigungsminister al-Busaidi am Donnerstag, sein Land werde zudem auch am Feldzug der von Riad geführten Koalition gegen die Huthi in Jemen «teilnehmen». Im Aussenministerium in Maskat hiess es, man anerkenne mit diesem Schritt explizit die Führungsrolle Saudiarabiens.

Was sich zunächst ausnimmt wie ein Bückling Maskats vor der Übermacht Riads, ist in Wirklichkeit kaum mehr als ein diplomatisches Manöver Omans zur Aufrechterhaltung des schönen Scheins der Einigkeit am Golf und zur Besänftigung des wahhabitischen Königreichs. Oman nimmt im Konflikt zwischen den arabischen Sunniten und den schiitischen Iranern schon lange eine Sonderrolle ein und hat stets auf gute Beziehungen zu Teheran geachtet. Riad hatte die vierzig Nationen starke Islamische Militärallianz im Dezember 2015 nicht nur in der Absicht gegründet, seine Führungsrolle in der arabischen Welt zu konsolidieren, sondern auch, um ein Instrument gegen den iranischen Revolutionsexport in der Hand zu haben.

Dass Oman stets Wert auf gute Beziehungen mit Iran legte, irritierte Riad gewaltig. Immer wieder wurde Maskat gemassregelt

So manchem Beobachtern schien es allerdings, die Saudi drängten Oman in die Rolle des Sündenbocks, um vom eigenen Versagen in Jemen abzulenken.

Omans Knicks hat allenfalls symbolischen Wert. In Riad und in den Golfstaaten bejubelte man den «Schritt» Maskats zwar ausgiebig als eine Festigung der Einheit am Golf. Doch faktisch wird nicht viel geschehen.

Dass Oman seine Mittlerrolle am Golf trotz dem jüngsten Lippenbekenntnis weiterspielen wird, geht aus einem unscheinbaren Nebensatz im Statement des Aussenministeriums in Maskat hervor. Man werde, heisst es da, auch weiterhin allen «Brüdern und Freunden» die Hände reichen, um den Frieden und die Sicherheit in der Region zu stärken. – von Ulrich Schmid

30.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K)

#Kuwait's Minister of Defense visits the Kuwaiti Forces participating in #OpRestoreHope at King Khalid AFB (photos)

29.12.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Egypt's government approves deal to hand islands to Saudi Arabia

Opponents express anger that plan to give up control of Red Sea islands has been sent to parliament before final court ruling

Egypt’s government has approved a deal to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia and sent it to parliament for ratification, despite a legal dispute over the plan, according to state television.

The deal, announced in April, caused public uproar and protests by Egyptians who said the uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir belonged to their country.

The controversy has become a source of tension with Saudi Arabia, which has provided Egypt with billions of dollars of aid but recently halted fuel shipments amid deteriorating relations.

23.12.2016 – Government of Switzerland

Yemen: Switzerland reaffirms its commitment and appeals to warring parties

In view of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Switzerland is reaffirming its commitment to help the destitute civilian population by making an additional CHF 3 million available to the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) over the next 12 months. The money will be used to fund water, hygiene and nutrition projects.

A political solution to the situation in Yemen is needed to ensure a lasting peace. Switzerland is therefore supporting the work of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Switzerland is working with multilateral partners such as the ICRC, WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR, and carries out projects with bilateral partners including Oxfam, Save the Children and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

My comment: That’s about US $ 0,10 per capita a year. – And look at cp13a also.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

31.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K)

In 2016, the Royal #Saudi Air Force has received the following: (14) Hawk T.165, (11) Typhoon, (7) PC-21, (4) F-15SA, & (2) KC-130J (images)

My comment: 25 British, 7 Swiss [small planes; also look at cp12], 6 US.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

30.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K)

The #Saudi-led Coalition pays the salaries of more than 200,000 personnel from the #Yemeni National Army & the Security Forces

My comment: They refused to continue so.

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

31.12.2016 – Oxfam Yemen (A H)

Ali, 19 months old, was born in this tent, in a camp for displaced people where his family was forced to flee from their home because of the war.
Oxfam has been working in the camp since late 2015, providing humanitarian assistance to displaced people with safe drinking water and other life saving humanitarian aid. To (photo)

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp2

31.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A T)

4 al-Qaeda elements killed by US drone attack in al Baidha

Four elements of Ansar al-Sharia, branch of the AQAP in the country, were killed on Thursday by two US drone attacks in al Sawmah district, eastern al Baidha governorate, central Yemen.

A local source told Almasdaronline that the drone targeted two motorcycles carrying 4 al Qaeda elements in al Medmar area, and they were immediately killed.

My comment: Those killed by US drone attacks always are labeled as “al Qaeda elements” – just because of having been hit by a US drone,

cp15 Propaganda

30.12.2016 – Soos Fahad / Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

#KSRELIEF continues its charitable aid in #Yemen by providing various contributions to alleviate the suffering of Yemen (photo)

Stop Saudi aggression on #Yemen & Keep your money for yourselves you need it in your coming days.

My comment: Sanabani is right. Saudi relief in Yemen largely is for propaganda use to let forget the Saudi aerial war against Yemen. The US $ 5 million just cover little more than half an hour of Saudi aerial war against Yemen – 24 hours round the clock, since 645 days now.

30.12.2016 – Saudi Gazette (A P)

Oman’s decision to join Kingdom-led military alliance strengthens Gulf unity

SEVERAL analysts and political commentators have welcomed Oman’s decision to join a Saudi-led military alliance.

Oman’s defense minister sent a letter to Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense announcing the decision to join the 40-nation Islamic Military Alliance Against Terrorism, the Saudi Press Agency said.
The letter was handed over by Omani Ambassador to the Kingdom.

Prince Muhammad expressed his appreciation for the leadership of the Sultanate of Oman to support the efforts of Saudi Arabia in the coalition to fight terrorism.

Prince Muhammad will go to Oman in the coming weeks to pave the way for a visit by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, according to well-informed sources.

The King’s trip would help re-establish security, military and economic cooperation, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Remark: look at earlier reporting in YPR 246, cp12.

30.12.2016 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K P)

Yemen: Military Insurgency Officers Leave Sanaa to Join the Legitimacy

A number of military officers in the insurgency had left the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, to join the Yemeni army. The officers realized Houthis made Yemen a place for Iran to execute its plans in the region, according to Major General Ahmed Seif.

Maj-Gen Seif said that the officers understood the criminal actions that the militias are executing, and thus began a mutiny against the military orders. Seif welcomed their return to the armed forces.

He stressed that many Yemenis had been deluded and over time they understood that militias are violating their rights and destroying the country, doing all of that to create a totally linked center with Iran.

The Maj-gen pointed out that the return of those officers is important for all citizens to understand the reality, but it is more important to focus on liberating the country from the insurgents’ control.

Concerning security, the Yemeni government is setting a plan to maintain security in liberated cities, especially Aden, Yemen’s temporary capital. The plan also involves the ministry of interior, political security unit, and the army in coordination with Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

The government decided on this plan after several liberated areas announced a number of terrorist operations happening in them targeting vital locations and military and political leaders. Legitimacy military leaders believe that Houthis’ militias are probably executing these operations through their loyalists in the areas.

My comment: “Legitimacy”: Saudi propaganda labeling for Hadi government; “Yemeni army” = Hadi government’s army. – The Houthis responsible for terrorist acts in the South? That’s odd propaganda, as long as AQAP and IS are flourishing there.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a Saudi news outlet. I don't think too many are leaving Sanaa to join the army though there may be a few. But if any men from Sanaa are found anywhere outside Sanaa, they are forced to sign up as 'ghost' soldiers - they then return home and then Hadi's army gets money for that soldier from Saudi Arabia. There is so much corruption. But I guess that's war.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

31.12.2016 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#UAE Air Force Mirage 2000-9 has been heavily using 'AL TARIQ' guided bombs against targets along #Yemen's west coast during the past week (photos)

My comment: Just as a reminder that’s not Saudi Arabia bombing Yemen alone. It’s the Emirates as well – who make a great propaganda fuss for every humanitarian flyspeck they do in Yemen (

31.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (* A K PH)

Monitor Saudi aggression crimes against Yemen in the last day of 2016 (list), 2016/12/31 - 7:11 am Yemeni time and by Saba Net

31.12.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

- Place of Violation: Saada, Al-Hodieda, Sana’a, Taiz, Hajja, Al-Baidha, Shabwa, Marib and Ibb.
Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "war on Yemen"
Casualties and damages (full list):

30.11.2016 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

- Place of Violation: Saada, Al-Hodeida, Sana’a, Taiz, Hajja, Al-Baidha, Shabwah and Marib

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "war on Yemen"
Casualties and damages (full list):

1.1.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Shit It is 12:14 am , 1/1/2017 ,Sunday . Huge explosion rocks my house windows in my city Dhamar #Yemen #Saudi jets are over my city now

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes wage nine raids on Sa'ada

The US-backed Saudi aggression's fighter jets launched nine strikes on a number of areas in Sa'ada province, a security official told Saba on Saturday.
Three airstrikes hit al-Malaheedh area and another one struck al-Husama area of al-Dhaher district.
The hostile war jets waged two raids on al-Dewan area and two others on north al-Ghail area in Kutaf district, leaving large destruction in citizens' property.

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi airstrikes hit Nehm

Saudi aggression launched two air rides on Nehm district of Sana'a province overnight, a security official said Saturday
The airstrikes hit al-Sanani hill in al-Madfon area and main road in al-Asrat valley causing serious damages to the public properties and citizens farms.

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter planes launched on Saturday two strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province, an official told Saba.
The war planes hit al-Makhderah area twice.

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes strike Mareb

The American-Saudi aggression launched 4 airstrikes on houses and farms in Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official told Saba on Saturday.

31.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Raids on the Niham and Al Hodeidah

US-backed Saudi coalition launched on Saturday morning a raid on the northern area of the directorate of Niham, north of the capital Sanaa.

The source said ,the raid caused many material losses to property of the citizen. Also, the figther jets of the aggression two raids in the Al Jbana directorate of Al Salif, and Saudi missile attack different areas in directorate of Razih.

31.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

# Taiz:Warplanes of the raid Saudi American aggression on Omari Mount in Dubab

31.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

The warplanes of US-Saudi-led coalition launched 67 airstrikes and Saudi missiles bombardment on Saada, Taiz, Sanaa, Marib, Amran, Hajja, AlJawf, Thamar and AlBaitha

Injured 2 women during the bombing of Saudi Arabia warplanes and its alliance on civilians’ houses and destroyed them on their inhabitants, they also targeted and destroyed communication networks, roads, bridges, mosques, and civilian and service facilities.

31.12.2016 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

#Saudi air strike targeted a gym next to milk factory in #Hudaydah city #Yemen Photo by my friend Ali Shami and second photo:

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saada province: The Saudi aggression launched three airstrikes on the Al al-Saifi area of Sehar district, causing serious damage to the citizens' properties.

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

U.S.-Saudi warplanes launch 6 raids on Ibb

U.S.-Saudi aggression's warplanes waged six raids on Ibb province overnight, a security official told Saba on Saturday.
The strikes targeted Kah al-Jamah in al-Sabra district in separate time on Friday, causing large damage to public and private properties.

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes drop 3 cluster bombs on army's sites in Jizan

The Saudi aggression dropped overnight three cluster bombs on army the popular sites in al-Dood and Twaileq Mountains of Jizan province, a military official said Saturday.
The aggression warplanes also launched an airstrike on al-Dahrah village in al-Khwbh area in the province.
Meanwhile, the Saudi warplanes launched five airstrikes on al-Hasamah area in Dhaher district, Yasnim area in Baghm district and al-Saifi area in Sahar district.

30.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi American Raids Hit Tahama Development Building in Hodeidah

Fighter jets of the US-backed Saudi coalition waged a raid yesterday on Tahama Development building in Hodeidah governorate.

Flames reupted at the bombarded building in Al Hawk region, Hodeidah city, resulting in serious damage to the building, security source confirmed.

Ambulances and the civil defense hurried to extinguish the fire, where Saudi warplanes continued hovering intensively on a number of the governorate’s districts.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces storm Saudi military sites in Jizan and by Yamanyoon:

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroy enemy Saudi tank, 2 armored vehicles, kill their crews (Jizan)

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army snipers shot dead 2 enemy Saudi soldiers (Asir)

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces secure sites in Jawf

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mareb province: The Saudi-paid mercenary artillery hit intensively civilian areas of al-Makhdarh, al-Rbieah valley and Al Hajlan. and

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saada province: Missile bombing of the Saudi enemy targeted houses and farms of citizens in several areas of Munabah and Razeh districts.

31.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and popular Commitees Targeting Weapons Store

Military and popular Committees targeted, yesterday evening , weapons store at Rgela Camp in Najran

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi border guards kill man

A man was killed by Saudi border guards in Monabeh district of Sa'ada province, a security official said Saturday.
Ali Salem Ahmed, who is from Ayyash area, was shot on Friday and immediately killed by the Saudi border guards, the official said.

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulse mercenaries' infiltration to Nehm

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' attempts to advance in Shabwa


31.12.2016 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Yemen army liberates new positions in Shabwah

My comment: Translated to better understanding: Pro-Saudi Yemeni army of “president” Hadi occupied…

30.12.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces and Coalition fighters launch heavy attack on Houthis in Shabwa

31.12.2016 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Air defense downs Saudi reconnaissance plane

The air defenses of the Army and popular forces shot down a Saudi reconnaissance aircraft in Jizan province, a military official said on Saturday.
The aircraft was shot down on Friday near Mesha'al military base, while flying over the army and popular force sites.

30.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Two Saudi Soldiers Shot in Asir

30.12.2016 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Fire Flames Erupt at the Saudi Passport Center in Jizan

The Yemeni military media broadcast-ed scenes of a military operation involving the launching of three “Grad” missiles on Saudi mercenary groupings in Jizan.

Scenes also documented the eruption of fire flames from the inside of the Saudi passport building, confirming the success of the operation.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

2016 – I Picture

164 photos from Yemen for download

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-246: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-246: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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