Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 248 - Yemen War Mosaic 248

Yemen Press Reader 248: Cholera–Süden und Norden: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft–Rückblick auf 2016–Terroristen eingeflogen?–Huthi- und andere Verbrechen–Luftangriffe töten Zivilisten–Kämpfe

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Cholera – South and North, Past, Present and Future – Looking back at 2016 – Terrorists airlifted to Yemen? – Houthi and other war crimes – Air raids killing civilians – Heavy fighting – and more

My comment to images above: The Saudis had declared the whole Saada province a “military target”. It is remarkable how often Saudi coalition air raids are targeting civilian residential houses in remote villages, killing the inhabitants, often sleeping at night. This is demonstrating to everybody, really to everybody, that he and his family are not secure at all and can share this fate every day. And it is remarkable that especially in the countryside of Saada province use cluster bombs, thus increasing the disastrous and terrifying effect of their bombings. All this is mere terrorism. Wikipedia defines “terrorism” as: “Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence (terror or fear) in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim”. And that’s exactly what is happening there every day – the Saudis’ intention is to pull the population out. Thus, the Saudis and their coalition simply proof to be terrorists – as do the US, which from the first day on had been supporting this war. And the US – be aware of that – not only supported the Saudi aerial war in general, but also in special, that means in targeting single residential houses in the country side – by the US personal at least approving the targeting lists day by day in the Saudi command center as by refueling the Saudi jets on their single attack missions.

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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29.12.2016 – WHO (** A H)

Weekly update: Cholera cases in Yemen

The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen has released the latest figures on cholera cases in the country. Since the last update, 1089 new suspected cases of cholera and 1 additional death have been reported.

As of 28 December, a cumulative total of 12 733 suspected cases of cholera, including 97 associated deaths have been reported across all affected governorates, with a case–fatality rate of 0.76%. To date, 163 stool samples have tested positive for Vibrio Cholerae 01.

The affected areas include 135 districts in the governorates of Abyan, Aden, Al-Bayda'a, Al-Dhale'a, Al Hudaydah, Al Jawf, Amran, Dhamar, Hajjah, Ta'izz as well as Sana'a City. Recent cases have also been reported for additional districts in Ibb, Lahij, Raymah and Sana'a governorates.

The majority (nearly 60%) of cases and deaths reported so far have been in the governorates of Aden, Ibb, Ta'izz and Al Hudaydah.

The cholera taskforce, led by WHO in partnership with the Ministry, UNICEF, OCHA and other partner organizations, has conducted prevention and intervention efforts to curtail the spread of cholera, although new cases continue to be reported.

WHO has mobilized medical supplies and furniture to rehabilitate treatment centres in Al Hudaydah and Raymah governorates, in addition to treatment centres in Ibb, Hajjah and the Al Sabeen Hospital in Sana'a.

27.8.2015 – Jacobine (** B C P)

Ghosts of the Left

Few remember that Yemen once had vibrant movements and a powerful left.

The British left southern Yemen in defeat. They were unable to quell a major anti-imperial insurgency during the Aden Emergency, and in the fallout of their withdrawal, the Marxist-Leninist cadre outflanked their allies to create the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen.

Unlike the British reign, however, the memory of leftist rule in Yemen has largely been forgotten. How did religious militancy, through Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and now ISIS, come to define our perceptions of southern Yemen less than five decades after the National Liberation Front’s victory?

Current nostalgia for the PDRY explains much about the present situation in Yemen, a situation colored by discontent with the terms of Yemeni reunification and, especially since 2007, the emergence of a South Yemini nationalism as an ideological articulation of longstanding grievances over the lack of democratic and economic rights in the country.

Saleh also quickly began to implement cultural policies in the South that he had previously used to neutralize dissent in the North.

Part of this approach meant fueling the rise of Sunni Wahhabi religious rhetoric growing in popularity in the Gulf. The rebirth of religious doctrine, as disseminated by reactionary elites linked to the Gulf monarchies, further served to neutralize left-wing thought in the region.

The consequences have been particularly severe in countries like Yemen, where they have prepared the ground for reactionary religious politics. Following years of unrest, they have also begun the creation of new forms of religious militarism, although Yemenis still broadly reject groups like Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS.

This is an important point for international observers, particularly in North America and Many of Yemen’s current social dysfunctions, then, are not a result of inherent problems in Yemeni society; they have been fanned by Saleh and his allies in order to silence the insurrectionist politics that once dominated the country, and threatened to engulf the entire Peninsula, in the decades prior to his rule. Their hegemony will be impossible to overcome without making space for the ideologies and platforms that have been meticulously suppressed in Yemeni society.

Interestingly, the backlash to this repression motivated the creation of various factions now at war with each other. The Houthis began as a Zaydi Shi’a cultural revival organization called the Believing Youth, which arose in direct reaction to the increasingly Sunni fundamentalist character of Yemeni society.

Northern tribes reacted to the sociocultural climate by falling back towards a Shi’a identity that seemed to have been overthrown with the creation of the YAR. And in the South, nationalism for the now defunct PDRY began to grow as its avowedly secular cultural politics were unraveled, with particularly grave consequences for southern women.

These nascent ideological trends solidified in 2007 when a revolt by retired army officers seeking their pensions spread across the South, eventually coalescing into Al-Hirak, known domestically as “the Southern Movement.”

Al-Hirak’s local committees vary in their positions, from desiring outright independence, to local autonomy, to increased federalism in the broader state. However, they are unified in their nostalgia for the PDRY.

Despite its authoritarianism, there was a degree of redistribution, state protection, and most importantly, economic stability that was lost with its collapse. Its existence also provided at least a hope that serious alternatives to authoritarian and monarchical capitalism could take hold on the Arabian Peninsula.

That is precisely what makes Al-Hirak, and indeed most democratic movements in the country, so frightening to greater powers in the region. Religious militants dominate news stories, and factor heavily into strategic considerations, in part because they are useful in marginalizing the potential strength of democratic politics in the country.

The Arab Spring was a moment at which Yemeni society began to revive brutally repressed ideologies and political movements in response to new conditions. It was as if the revolutionary possibilities that have been carefully pushed out of Yemeni society since the beginning of its post-colonial period had come roaring back, with particularly strong consequences for younger movements like Al-Hirak.

Criticisms that the US-Saudi bombings are serving to only fragment Yemeni society, and subverting these new possibilities by empowering jihadists, miss the point. Saudi King Salman has every interest in seeing such an outcome. Movements like Al-Hirak are built on a cultural memory of Yemenis, particularly in the South, pressing for a genuinely democratic politics that countries like Saudi Arabia have absolutely no interest in seeing realized on their borders.

It is more palatable for them to see a potential allegiance between forces as diverse as those who engaged in the National Dialogue Conference, which included the Houthis, tribal revolutionaries, Al-Hirak, and various leaders of civil society, made impossible by an imposed war. The alternative would be another PDRY potentially exporting revolution to the Gulf Cooperation Council.

As was the case forty-eight years ago, no one has any interest in seeing Yemeni democracy succeeding and influencing its neighbors. The question going forward is how movements like Al-Hirak are going to secure their objectives against the wishes of greater powers like Saudi Arabia and the United States.

The unfortunate trend of Yemeni history points to further conflict, and it is unknown how prolonged warfare will continue to shape forces on the ground. Progressive alternatives remain elusive – by Bilal Zenab Ahmed

My comment: A good article, very worth to be read in full: A history of the left in Yemen, the development of Southern Yemen and the relationship between South and North, the oppression of the South by the Saleh regime after the unification, and the consequences for the situation of today.

cp2 Allgemein / General

2.1.2017 – AP (* A H)

Yemen's children starve as war drags on

As the first light of dawn trickles in through the hospital window, 19-year-old Mohammed Ali learns that his two-year-old cousin has died of hunger. But he has to remain strong for his little brother Mohannad, who could be next.

He holds his brother's hand as the five-year-old struggles to breathe, his skin stretched tight over tiny ribs. "I have already lost a cousin to malnutrition today, I can't lose my little brother," he says.

They are among countless Yemenis who are struggling to feed themselves amid a grinding civil war that has pushed the Arab world's poorest nation to the brink of famine. The family lives in a mud hut in northern Yemen, territory controlled by Shiite Houthi rebels, who are at war with government forces and a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition.

During the best of times, many Yemenis struggled to make ends meet. Now they can barely feed themselves.

Mohammed's father works seasonal farming jobs that pay only a few dollars a day. Mohammed dropped out of school after the war began and scrapes by on occasional construction and farming work. Before the war, they could afford to eat beef or chicken once a week, but now they are lucky to have some fish with lunch. Their diet mainly consists of bread, rice and tea.

Earlier this month, Mohammed and his brother made the hour-long journey, over a bumpy and unsafe road, to the nearest hospital, in the town of Abs. Mohannad's condition, which began with diarrhea, had been worsening for the past two years, but they couldn't afford treatment.

Some 2.2 million children suffer from malnutrition across Yemen, according to the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF. That includes 462,000 who, like Mohannad, are afflicted with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), which makes them especially vulnerable to otherwise preventable illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia.

UNICEF is supporting the treatment of 215,000 children suffering from SAM and has provided vitamin supplements to millions more, said Rajat Madhok, the agency's spokesman in Yemen. But "this lifesaving work remains hindered by the shortage of funding and limited access to areas caught in the fighting," he said.

The war has taken a heavy toll on the country's health facilities - By MAAD AL-ZIKRY =

2.1.2017 – The Iran Project (* B K P)

Yemen 2016 in retrospect

Ceasefires were declared and broken, negotiations were kicked off and halted, civilians were targeted and amore that 11,500 were killed, cross-border attacks continued, and Saudi-led coalition air strikes were carried out indiscriminately. Deaths, injuries, diseases, destruction, and famine are some of the repercussions of the war on Yemen. In 2016, political and military developments failed to bring about an end to the Saudi-led aggression. Here’s a brief look at Yemen’s 2016 year in retrospect.

1.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (B K)

Deadly Saudi War on Yemen in 2016

Film: The year 2016 witnessed some of the most brutal Saudi attacks on its southern neighbor. The indiscriminate invasion of Yemen has triggered strong political and military retaliatory measures by the Yemeni people. Press TV’s correspondent, Mohammed al-Attab has taken a closer look into last year’s developments in Yemen.

1.1.2017 – Tweetstorm for Yemen Jan 1, 2017

2.1.2017 – Fars news (* A T)

Military Official: US, S. Arabia, Turkey, Islah Party Collaborating to Transfer Terrorists from Syria to Yemen

A senior Yemeni military official underlined that the US spy agencies, Saudi Arabia, Islah party and Turkey are involved in transferring the terrorists from Syria to Yemen.

"Turkey has now started a new round of exporting terrorists who have failed in their mission in Syria to Yemen in coordination with the US spy agencies and Saudi Arabia," a senior member of the military council of Tai'z, Rashed Abdullah al-Maweri, told FNA on Monday.

He also revealed collaboration between certain political parties in Yemen with Saudi Arabia to transfer the terrorists, and said, "Before this, leaders of Islah party had transferred tens of Yemeni terrorists from Syria to Yemen."

Lebanese media reported in October that Riyadh has resorted to hiring the terrorists in Syria to repel the Yemeni army and Ansarullah's attacks.

Al-Akhbar reported that the Saudi spy agency has started hiring the terrorist groups operating in Southern Syria following the recent advances of the Yemeni army in the bordering areas and in Jizzan, Najran and Asir provinces.

Security sources in Southern Syria told the Lebanese daily that the Saudi spy agency is hiring 3,000 to 4,000 terrorists in the region to transfer them to the Saudi-Yemeni border regions to fight against the Abdullah Saleh and Ansarullah forces.

They added that Jordan and Saudi Arabia have resumed training for the terrorists stationed in Southern Syria since late August. The training is done in the Jordanian army bases in Northern Jordan and the Saudi bases at the two regions of Arar and Hafr al-Baten in the Northeastern parts of Saudi Arabia, according to the sources.

1.1.2017 – Alalam (* A T)

Tens of Al-Qaeda Terrorists Transferred from Aleppo to Aden by Turkey

Yemeni security sources disclosed that a Turkish plane has transferred tens of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Syria's Northern city of Aleppo to Yemen's Aden and evacuated wounded pro-Saudi militias to medical treatment centers outside the country when returning to Turkey.

"The Turkish airplane landed at Aden International Airport to transfer the pro-Saudi mercenaries wounded in the Yemeni forces' offensives in Ta'iz province for treatment in Turkish hospitals," the Arabic-language al-Ahd news website quoted informed sources as saying on Saturday.

The sources noted that some 150 al-Qaeda terrorists stepped out of the plane as soon as it landed, adding that they had been relocated from Syria's Aleppo to Aden.

Then when the Turkish plane was preparing to fly back home, a sum of 158 wounded pro-Saudi militias went on board to be transferred to Turkey.

and answer by Nasser Arrabyee: The story of transferring 150 Qaeda/ISIS terrorists from Aleppo to Aden is right. Some of them are Yemenis. They arrived Aden last week by Turkish airplane.

My comment: This is a matter which is controversially discussed on the social media even among those who certainly are no friends of the Saudis and their Yemeni puppet government. – Look at first report in YPR 246, cp2, and this report on so-called “Popular Resistance” forces for medical treatment to Turkey:


31.12.2016 – Haykal Bafana (A K)

You know, a Turkish plane did land in Aden. But Al Masirah got it wrong. It picked up 150 "Yemeni resistance fighters" & flew them to Turkey

31.12.2016 – Almasirah TV (B K)

Film: Sanaa after 21 month of war =

Comment by Judith Brown: I'm sharing this because it's Saada; one of the two worst cities in this Yemen war; Taiz has suffered an appalling ground war but Saada has suffered more aerial bombs in 21 months than any other place in the world throughout the history of the world. It's that bad. So think about Baghdad, Serbia, Vietnam, Gaza, and think of Saada: except for the few weeks of the Kuwait peace talks it has been bombed every day since 26th March 2015 till today. They even bomb the ruins. There is very little news getting out of Saada to the West and this is from Al Masiriya, the Houthi television channel, you don't need Arabic to see the destruction.

1.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A K)

‘Map of Control’ in Yemen

Yemen bids farewell to 2016 with its territories controlled by different parties, while the legitimate forces succeeded in liberating some regions, other parts have remained under the control of Houthis and supporters of Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The map of control of Yemeni territories:

Azal Province

(Governorates of Saada, Amran, Sanaa –the capital and the governorate – and Dhamar)

All the governorates of Azal’s province have remained under the control of the Houthi militias and the rebellion supporters of Saleh – except for a number of sites in Saada’s governorate, the stronghold of Houthis – the Yemeni National Army has carried out military operations in Amran and Sanaa to target the rebellion militants.

In Saada, the Yemeni army has succeeded in liberating the border port of Alab and most of the Mandaba region of the directorate of Baqim in Saada province, northern Yemen; considered a strategic point as it tops villages of Sahar and road of Baqim, Abwab al-Hadid, Jabal al-Shaer and the other regions controlled by the Houthis.

As per the Capital Sanaa controlled by militias, the Yemeni National Forces reached to its eastern gates after capturing and imposing control in the Naham. This front has witnessed clashes between the two parties close to Bani Hashish’s region dominated by the Houthi Militias and Saleh’s supporters. On 6 August, the National Army launched a military campaign for liberation, which kicked off from Naham aiming at recapturing the Capital.

Sabaa Province

(Governorates of Ma’rib, Al Jawf, Al Bayda)

The National Yemeni Army backed by the Arab Coalition Forces has completely recaptured the city of Ma’rib, capital of Saba’, the southern entrance of Sanaa including oil and gas fields, except for parts of Al-Sarwah, which remained under the control of rebellion militias.

The Yemeni forces have also controlled 85% of Al-Jawf region including many areas in the north of the governorate, with the biggest geographical surface. However, militias still control al-Matma, al-Zaher, Al-Shaab, al.-Masloub and many other regions.

As per Al Bayda governorate, it still witnesses violent clashes between the National Army and the rebellion militias, which control the majority of the governorate’s regions except for a number of sites.

(and more)

My comment: Quite interesting, though of Saudi propaganda wording.

Comment by Judith Brown: Saudis view of what is controlled by who - but in truth the areas there is little in Yemen controlled by anything but brutal savage war. Sadly.

31.12.2016 – Yemen Post (B K)

64 Shopping markets DESTROYED by Saudi airstrikes during west backed #Yemen war killing over 1000 civilian shoppers inside markets (photos)

Comment by Judith Brown: How does this help to get rid of terrorists? Markets, warehouses, grain silos, chicken farms, other farms, irrigation plant, ports and unloading cranes, roads and bridges for food distribution - there's a pattern here. Is this genocide ?

29.12.2016 – Alwaght (* B K)

Yemen 2016: Winner, Looser of Unjust War

When it comes to the war on Yemen, victory seems a long shot for both sides at first glance. With the Saudi-led aggression pounding the country, and terrorists attacking on the ground, Ansarullah fighters along with the Yemeni army may appear to be on the losing end. However, looking closer at the generalities and specificities of this war would tilt the balance in favour of the Yemeni resistance. In 2016, Saudi Arabia was heavily affected by its brutal campaign against neighbouring Yemen.

With around 250,000 active-duty military personnel, its manpower is considerably large.

However, it lacks experience. Despite being heavily equipped and armed, the Saudi army has not engaged in successful combat experiences.

Hence, what has resulted in Yemen is an experimental war, in which the Saudis tested their military capabilities and tried out relentless strategies.

Initially, the so-called Operation Decisive Storm consisted of aerial strikes, a naval blockade, and later the deployment of ground forces to Yemen. On 21 April 2015, the Saudi Defense Ministry declared the end of airstrikes and announced Operation Restoring Hope. However, not only have airstrikes continued since then, but they have also been indiscriminate in bombing fighters and civilians alike. Yemeni resistance then led to cross-border fighting.

The experimentation disregarded the tenets of international humanitarian laws as well as the conducts of war.

Power vs. Motivation

The second year of the war saw no tangible outcomes for the Saudis, aside from the severe damage and human losses inflicted upon Yemen. Militarily, that is, Saudi Arabia was only extending the aggression in temporal terms. Now as 2016 nears its end, the kingdom will again have to deal with a set of unfulfilled goals in a war that has taken too long and has cost too much.

The Saudis amassed support from various Arab States in addition to US political and logistical backing.

For many, the outcome of the battle seemed predestined to be in favor of the Saudis as they stood before an unlikely opponent: the Arab world’s most impoverished nation. The discrepancy remains clear; the Saudis are heavily armed and supported by world powers, while the Yemenis are outnumbered and have access to less advanced military equipment not to mention far less in quantity. However, the Yemeni resistance has two key elements that are contributing to its resilience: motivation and guerilla warfare strategies.

Unachieved Goals

Like the war entered 2016, it is also far from ending along with it. The assumption that Saudi Arabia would win the war singlehandedly has diminished.

Unforeseen Repercussions

The extension of the war on Yemen into Saudi territory is proof that the capabilities of Yemeni fighters had been undermined. This has dealt a blow to Riyadh’s morale and image as in 2016 they were defeated multiple times.

Every war has its price but the war on Yemen is draining the Saudis’ budget. Figures show that the Saudi’s venture in Yemen has negatively reflected on its 2016 and 2017 budgets

Yemeni Resilience

This year was like the one before it. Yemenis did not surrender before the brutality of the Saudi regime. The people remained supportive of the revolutionary forces resisting against this aggression. Concurrently, the resistance comprising the Yemeni army and Ansarullah, backed by friendly logistical support, has been growing both in number and power.,-Looser-of-Unjust-War =

31.12.2016 – Deutsche Welle (B K)

Syria and Yemen - gaping wounds in the Middle East

It was supposed to be a short war, but it has turned into one with no foreseeable end, and has been a tragedy for people in Yemen, the poorest Arab country. Thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, and 21 million of the almost 26 million Yemenis are dependent on emergency aid. When truce negotiations failed in August 2016, Saudi bomber aircraft destroyed the main bridge in the harbor of Houdeidah. This was the main route for aid transport into Sana'a.

According to UNICEF, a child dies of malnutrition every 10 minutes in Yemen. "The hunger crisis in Yemen is also a result of the economic crisis. There is food, but the people simply cannot afford it anymore," says Schwenck, who recently visited Yemen. "The war is worsening the situation," and people in Yemen have given up all hope of peace, he adds. The power vacuum that has been created also offers IS new areas of activity, while al Qaeda has already been active in Yemen for a long time.

The war is costing Saudi Arabia a fortune, despite Riyadh receiving financial and military support from Washington. The US felt obliged to placate the Saudi royal family after it signed a nuclear treaty with Iran, Saudi Arabia's archenemy – by Diana Hodali

My comment: Overview, somewhat superficial.

17.10.2016 – RT (* B K P)

Film: Lies, Mistruths and Mass Murder in Yemen

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on Yemen. Journalist and Author, Peter Oborne talks about the potential war crimes in Yemen that could be getting covered up by the government.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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2.1.2017 – Living in Yemen on the Edge / Your Ability (A H)

We are not ready to lose Mayasa: internally displaced with 3 carcinomas.
She is more than an innocent victim of the war: she - every second - is fighting for her life. As if thousands of bombs continuosly fell on her.
If you cannot help, please share this tweet. We cannot lose Mayasa.

Film: Today, this video for Mayasa during treatment at the hospital and

My comment: One victim of war and blockade, did not get medical treatment before it was too late for her.

2.1.2017 – Mona Relief (A H)

.@monarelief and .@AKF_Social distributing now food aid for the forth day in Hodeidah to most needy ppl there. @monareliefye #Yemen (photos)

2016 – Abs Yemen (* A H)

A national, humanitarian, developmental and non-for-profit, we operate in various areas in Yemen especially in the deprived rural areas located on the coast of Tehama.

Since we were founded in 1996 we have been working to create a better living standard for women, youth and children, through Living Standards Improvement programs and enhancing civil, social and political rights programs as well as offering humanitarian, healthcare and protection assistance to vulnerable citizens and gender-based violence victims while partnering up with local and international civil society organizations in accordance with quality and excellence standards.


This sector works on multiple and diverse programs. All represent on the improvement of the standards of living of communities. Since Abs Development Organization believes in the importance of women's, youths' and children's development and supporting of civil society capacities, as well as, the application of the democratic process, human rights and development, it has taken transparency and credibility principlesin the embodiment of partnership with the government, international organizations and local communities. Its management has depended on the sustainable and comprehensive development as the approach of it.
Development Sector consists of several programs which are shown in Figure 1. Development Sector is one of the services sectors in Abs organization and it meets the needs of the community through three major programs

Humanitarian & Health

Education remained a top priority for the organization since education is the key in reducing poverty and promoting human development, to facilitate primary education in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals.

Abs Development Organization see its role in the education sector in supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Education in the implementation of the national strategy for the development of basic education and the global objectives stated on Education for All.

1.1.2017 – Judith Brown (B H)

Film: This is what it's like to be a baby caught up in war.

My comment: This is an older film, victim of Saudi air raid.

12.2016 – Al Masirah TV (A H)

Film: You don't need words to see the suffering of this sick woman denied adequate treatment because of the war. Another victim. =

Remark: Patients of dialyse in hospital.

1.1.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

Again from Hodeidah .@monarelief & .@AKF_Social distributing now critical aid 2 most needy ppl n al-Jarbah area western #Yemen @monareliefye (photos)

1.1.2017 – Hakim Almasmari (A H)

Forgotten #Yemen war: Old homeless man freezing in pain with no blanket to cover cold feet. 1 of millions suffer in poorest Mideast nation (photos)

1.1.2017 – Ahlam Ahmed (B H)

3 million of Yemeni children deprived of education (photos) =

30.12.2016 – WHO Yemen (A H)

WHO has delivered 3 trucks carrying medical furniture to rehabilitate the #diarrhea treatment centres in Al-Hudayda, Rayma & Dhamar (photo)

26.12.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Map: Yemen - Livelihoods Restoration: Number of Beneficiaries Targeted/Reached by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Partners - November 2016 and in full:

26.12.2016 – World Food Programme (A H)

Map: Yemen - Emergency Food Assistance: Number of Beneficiaries Targeted/Reached by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Partners - November 2016 and in full: =

16.12.2016 – Disasters Emergency Committee (* A H)

Film: A special message from Jon Snow

Jon Snow dropped in the Disasters Emergency Committee headquarters to film a special message about the Yemen Crisis. Here, he gives us some background and detail on the #YemenCrisis.

15.12.2016 – Oxfam (* A H)

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #33, 15 December 2016 ‐ Bi‐weekly

Reports of Yemen’s biggest traders stopping the imports of new wheat due to a crises at the central bank is alarming in a country that millions are suffering acute malnutrition. A halt on wheat imports can further plunge the Yemeni population to a worryingly catastrophic hunger that will inevitably lead to a widespread starvation. Punishing naval and air blockade and the destruction of port facilities continue to hamper the flow of vital supplies such as food, fuel and medicine. The Yemen imported 90% of its food supplies prior to escalation of the conflict. In November 2015, the country imported enough food supplies to meet demands. In October 2016, the imported food covered only 40 per cent of the demands. If the plunging trends of food imports continue unabated, in four months food imports will come to a complete halt. and in full:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

3.1.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi militias abduct journalist Tayseer al Samei inTaiz

The Houthi and Saleh militias have kidnapped the colleague journalist Tayseer al Samei in Khadir district, southeastern Taiz, central Yemen.

Informed sources told Almasdaronline that gunmen belonging to the Houthi and Saleh militias have abducted on Monday al Samei when he was passing through one of their checkpoints in Khadir and took him to one of their detention places.

2.1.2016 – Al Sahwa (A P)

About 1000 violations committed against children, women in al-Dhala'a

A human rights report has revealed that militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh committed grim crimes against women and children in al-Dhala'a governorate during the period between March 20 , 2015 and December 31, 2016.

The report issued by the Awareness Center for Media and Human Right cited that more than 1286 violations were committed against children and women during 21 months.

The report reiterated that the violations including murder, injury, abduction, enforced deportation, deprivation of education, destroying of schools and health facilities.

My comment: There seems to be a large-scale propaganda campaign trying to ascribe all imaginable evil to the Houthis. Yes, obviously crimes against humanity are committed by the Houthis – as do all militia in Yemen, those fighting against the Houthis are not any better. It’s a phenomenon that seems to happen everywhere when the power of civil authorities is shrinking and the only power is the one of armed groups. Exactly the same had happened in Ukraine – whether these militia were Ukrainian nationalists or anti-Ukrainian separatists. Civilian authorities must get power back. The Hadi government as merely Saudi puppets (apart from its lacking legitimacy) already seems to have absolutely failed in this aspect. The government at Sanaa – having been given legitimacy by the parliament – still seems to be on the brink. They must struggle to achieve superiority over all gun-related power. – It is quite interesting that this propaganda article also is listing people killed by Houthi shelling. Well, the anti-Houthi fighters are shelling relentlessly as well. And there are the Saudi coalition air raids, heavier than any shelling could be. And that’s of course not worth mentioning for this pro-Hadi propaganda. – The mentioned “Awareness Center for Media and Human Right” seems to be just another fake Human Right organization of pro-Hadi propaganda. In English, it is mentioned just in this article – and nowhere else. – Figures given by Hadi propaganda are fake anyway. – And, one point more: if there are so many violations of Human Rights and war crimes by the Houthis, it is quite strange why up to now it’s the Saudi side and its puppet Hadi government who heavily refuse any international investigation of war crimes in Yemen – while the Houthi side heavily claims it. Well, there are the Saudi coalition air raids compared to which all other war crimes are second class – but that of course is no subject for propaganda.

2.1.2016 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Professors of four Yemeni universities start strike

Academics and staffs of four Yemeni universities on Sunday started strike in protest at not having their salaries paid for four months.

Sources of the Yemeni University Coordination Council said that the council took a decision to conduct a strike in nine universities, pointing out that only professors of four universities took part in the strike.

Professors of Sana'a University on Sunday wore red badges, stressing that they will continue a partial strike until Thursday and that they will escalate their demands to a comprehensive strike next Saturday.

After four months of not having their salaries paid, the Houthis who run Sana'a University and other institutions threatened academics with detention if they conducted a strike.

My comment: Sanaa and which other universities? Well, the fact that they did not get any more salaries mainly is the fault of the Hadi government’s maneuvers concerning the remove of the Central Bank to Aden.

2.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Defense Minister, Chief of Staff discuss developing army trainings

Defense Minister Maj. Gen Mohammed Nasser al-Atefi discussed on Monday with the Chief of Staff Maj. Gen Mohammed al-Aghmari the role of the military colleges in the aspects of rehabilitation and training.
The meeting also discussed the role of the military colleges in developing fields of military science and other fields.
The defense minister said that the next stage would experience more attention, especially in qualitative field for the higher military academic and military colleges as being a core of the future work of the armed forces.

2.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Vice-President of the Supreme Political Council Dr. Qasim Labuza met on Monday with Taiz governor Abdo al-Janadi.
At the meeting, Labuza and al-Janadi discussed health and educational conditions in Taiz and the level of service delivery to the citizens.
The officials also addressed measures that should be taken to alleviate the effects of the US-Saudi aggression against the Yemen people, as well as the all-out blockade on the province in particular, and Yemen in general.

2.1.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Sana'a governor opens new educational office

2.1.2016 – Saba Net (A H)

Ntl Center for Blood Transfusion calls for blood donation

The National Center for Blood Transfusion on Monday called on citizens to donate blood to cover hospitals needs

2.1.2016 – Saba Net (A)

Police seizes foreign smuggled goods

The Police and popular committees seized foreign smuggled goods on three cars in Hais district of al-Hodidah province on Monday, a police official told Saba.
The cars carried 602 boxes of cigarettes , 146 boxes of pesticides.

2.1.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemen children's Federation demands Peace: "Save Our Lives from Saudi Aggression"

The General Federation of the Yemeni Children staged a celebration activity here in the capital Sana'a aimed to reach their voices to the world, demanding peace for Yemen.
"Save Our Lives from Saudi Aggression War," the children shouted.
The celebration came under slogan: "The Yemeni Children Demand Peace for Yemen, but World Seems Not Believe In."

2.1.2016 – Saba Net (A P)

TNT explosives captured in Sana'a

Security services and popular forces in Sana'a province arrested a group of people in possession of hundreds of TNT explosive bars, a security official said on Monday.
The group's members were arrested on Sunday in Bani Matar district with at least 540 TNT explosive bars in their possessions.
Investigations revealed that the seized explosives have been stolen from an army warehouse, according to the official.

2.1.2016 – Saba Net (A T)

Two al-Qaeda members were killed in an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) in Baidha province, a security official said Monday.
The terrorists "Ibrahim Saleh al-Wahashi and Omar Wahashi" were trying to plant the IED in Baidha city, when it blew up.
Both were killed at the scene immediately, the official said.

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Vice-President discusses financial situation and field victories

Vice-President of the Supreme Political Council Dr. Qasim Labuza chaired a meeting on Sunday to discuss the financial situation and the field victories in the different fronts.
In the meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor and Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Aatefi and Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Ali al-Moshki, Dr. Labuza listened to a briefing from Finance Minister Dr. Saleh Shaban.
Dr. Shaban reviewed the urgent operational procedures taken by his Ministry to address the cash crisis and pay the state employees' salaries, as well as enhancing the revenues and facing the economic war being waged on Yemen by the US-Backed Saudi aggression.
Speaking to the meeting, the defense minister touched upon the victories and field progress that have been achieved by army and popular forces in the different fronts.
The vice-president urged to speed the application of modern electronic services in the financial work to continue providing cash and ease the burden on citizens.
He hailed the important successes achieved by the government in a short period from the declaration of its overall program, especially in the financial side.
Dr. Labuza said that salaries will be disbursed to all the state employees and members of the army and security in all provinces.
He also directed the Defense Ministry in coordination with the Finance Ministry to prepare a comprehensive plan to combat tax and customs evasion so as to contribute the support of the public finance revenues.

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Electricity minister discusses energy problems in Hodaydah

Minister of Electricity and Energy, Lutf al-Jarmouzi met here with Hodaydah governor, Hasan al-Hayj on Sunday to discuss the electricity and energy problems in the Red Sea province of al-Hodaydah and ways to solve them.

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President meets PM, Finance, Oil, Defense ministers

President of the Supreme Political Council convened a major meeting with Prime Minister Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor and ministers of Financial, Oil and Defense ministries.
The meeting took place late on Saturday.
During the meeting, Finance Minister Saleh Shaban briefed President al-Sammad with latest measures adopted by the ministry to overcome the financial difficulties and means to provide financial liquidity to the central bank.
Meanwhile, Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Thiyab bin Maeli briefed the president with latest measures adopted by his ministry to develop mechanism that can led the ministry to overcome difficulties imposed by the aggression's all-out economic blockade.

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Dozens of artillery shells seized in Hamdan

Security services and popular forces seized a quantity of artillery shells in Hamdan district of Sana'a governorate, a security official said Sunday.
The seized shells were found in a house in al-Mnaqab village includes 14 B-10 shells, 35 mortar shells (120 mm) and 53 mortar shells (82 mm).
The security official said that investigations are underway to identify those are involved and bring them to justice.

2.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Source: schoolboy killed in clashes among Houthis in Thamar

A 7 year-old child was killed on Saturday in Wesab as Asfal district of Thamar governorate, central Yemen, in gunfire among gunmen, according to a local source.

The source told Almasdaronline that gunmen led by the so-called Mohammed al Haddad fought with other gunmen belonging to Lutf al Hadda family over a dispute on a land ownership.

2.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Houthis kill civilian in Dhamar and locals vow to revenge

A local source stated that one civilian was killed and another one injured on Sunday by the Houthi and Saleh militants in Jahran district of Dhamar governorate, central Yemen.

The source told Almasdaronline that Fuad al Aswadi was killed and Abdullah al Aswadi injured when the Houthi militants opened the fire on the civilians in Talhama village in Jahran.

The incident came after the Houthis have stormed the houses in the village on the pledge of pursuing wanted persons, but didn't specify names.

Fuad al Aswadi, Islahy party local leader, objected to the storming of the houses, but the Houthis immediately shot him dead, according o the source.

"The Houthis fled the area after the incident to avoid the reaction from the people of the village".

2.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Witnesses: Houthi militants wage abduction campaign against civilians northern Sana'a

The Houthi militants and the forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh waged on Sunday an abduction campaign against the civilians at Hamdan district, north of the capital Sana'a, eyewitnesses said.

The eyewitnesses told Almasdaronline that a number of military vehicles carrying dozens of militants have stormed Madam village of Hamdan and abducted five civilians, while the campaign was still ongoing.

1.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A)

Ibb: Rights group documents 85 crimes in December

Crimes committed by militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh has sharply increased, causing unprecedented insecurity and disorder.

No one-day passes without occurring crimes in every areas of this governorate.

According to Rasad Organization for Rights and Freedoms, 85 crimes were committed in the governorate of Ibb during December, 2016 alone.

The crimes committed by militias of the Houthis and Saleh during December included murder, attempted murder, looting of lands and taking over private and public properties.

The report also mentioned that civilians were kidnapped and tortured until death, and that houses of civilians were occupied. and

My comment: Crimes like these mentioned are committed by all militia in Yemen. “Rasad Organization for Rights and Freedoms” seems to be little more than a pro-Saudi propaganda mouthpiece anyway.

1.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen Ex-President Saleh: 2017 would be complete victory over US-backed Saudi aggression as steadfastness & defiance in 2015&2016.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

2.1.2017 – Al Siasi (A P)

Yemen’s ousted Saleh voices anger at peace efforts

Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh responded to UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed's preparations for a draft resolution on the conflict by making statements that reject the agreement’s basic points.

Saleh said he rejects the Gulf initiative, the outcome of national dialogue, the proposed federal system and UN Security Council Resolution 2216 which are the basic references for any settlement to the Yemeni crisis.

He added that he rejects these references because they serve what he described as “foreign agendas that are no longer acceptable.”

Meanwhile, sources familiar to the matter said the international envoy will this week resume efforts to prepare for a new round of talks.

The sources said that it's likely for Ould Cheikh to hand the Yemeni government the amended roadmap and specify the date when committees that monitor the ceasefire return to South Dhahran to supervise an upcoming truce.

The roadmap which Ould Cheikh had proposed was met by criticism by the Yemeni government as it claimed it abandoned the basic requirements for a solution and legitimized the Houthi coup.

My comment: Saleh is simply right, whether you like or dislike him. It’s true that the Gulf Initiative and the UN Security Council Resolution 2216 from the very first day on were ““foreign agendas”, as stated by Saleh. The outcome of national dialogue simply is outdated by the war which began afterwards and which totally changed the political setting of the country. Saleh also is right when rejecting “the proposed federal system”, that is the federal system as proposed by the Hadi government in 2014 and already rejected by the Houthis and Saleh affiliates at that time, because it was misused by Hadi to weaken his political foes by the way the federal entities were to be shaped. Anyway, a federal system will be the only hope to preserve the unity of Yemen, the unity between North and South – not misused by a dirty tricky president, but meeting the needs of all political forces, after models like Switzerland, Germany or Austria.

30.12.2016 – Yemen Updates (A P)

#UN envoy for #Yemen back with a new peace deal next week!

Comment by Judith Brown: I'm getting fed up with talk and no action whilst Yemenis DIE

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

2.1.2017 – AJ+ (* A P)

Film: Saudi women are killing it in this video clip where they ask for equal rights. #Iammyownguardian

1.1.2017 – Hureyaksa (A E)

50.000 Pakistani workers have left Saudi Arabia because of wage crisis (photo)

27.12.2016 – Daily Mail (* B P)

Satellite images show how Saudi's King Salman has lavished MILLIONS on his Moroccan hideaway including helicopter pads and tent the size of a circus big top despite austerity measures for his people

The retreat in Tangier is one of the 80-year-old ruler's favourites

Images from October show new buildings, a palace and several helipads

Work revealed as Saudi Arabia suffers economic hardship due to fall in oil prices

One of the 80-year-old ruler's favourite hideaways, the sprawling complex is surrounded by 1,500m of wall, staffed by 30 members of the Moroccan royal guard, has its own medical facilities and top-notch restaurant-style kitchens.

When the king, who has reigned for two years, visited in summer, around 100 cars were on standby to chauffeur the royal entourage around town.

Details of the latest construction work were revealed by an anonymous member of staff, according to the New York Times.

Given the volatile economic climate in the Kingdom, which has also led to higher utility bills, such lavish spending might be questioned – by Nick Enoch (photos)

cp9 USA

1.12.2017 – Alalam (A K)

No US Aircraft Carriers Now Deployed; None Expected in Middle East for Months

For a rare couple of months, there will be no US Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East.

But it's not only the Middle East whose waters are calmer: For the next week, there will be no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world, Fox reports.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and its naval entourage, which had been deployed in the Middle East for the past seven months, returned to the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia December 30.

Its replacement, the USS George H.W. Bush, is still held up in the shipyard, and is unlikely to depart for its next mission before the end of January, according to Defense News. The gap could last as long as two months. There was a similar carrier gap in the Middle East last fall, but a French carrier stepped in to fill it. According to Fox, this is the first time there has not been a US aircraft carrier in the Middle East since 2007, and the first time since World War II that there has not been a single US carrier deployed anywhere in the world.

The US has not left the region entirely, of course. Officials told Fox a large Navy assault ship staffed by thousands remains in the region, as do US jets and helicopters. The USS Eisenhower was used to launch airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria from the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea for much of 2016.

My comment: The world will not miss it. Remember the US still refuel Saudi jets for bombing Yemen.

1.12.2016 – Huffington Post (* A P)

New Poll Underscores Frailty Of U.S. Relationship With Saudi Arabia

President-elect Donald Trump has encouraged rising anti-Saudi sentiment as part of his general message that Muslims should not be trusted.

Forty-seven percent of Americans think Saudi Arabia, a U.S. partner since the 1940s, is unfriendly or an enemy, according to a new survey conducted by The Huffington Post and YouGov.

Voters who supported President-elect Donald Trump are especially wary. While Hillary Clinton voters are split about Saudi Arabia ― 36 percent consider it friendly or an ally, and 38 percent say it’s unfriendly or an enemy ― 59 percent of Trump voters say the nation is unfriendly at best. Americans younger than 30 are the least likely of the age groups surveyed to see it as friendly.

The numbers emerge after a year when traditional U.S.-Saudi alignment has looked surprisingly shaky.

The kingdom’s U.S.-backed campaign to restore the internationally recognized government of Yemen has become increasingly controversial as awareness spreads about the hundreds of civilians killed by Saudi airstrikes and the way terrorist groups have benefited from the war.

At a different political moment, there could be less cause for worry. Greg Gause, an expert on Saudi politics at Texas A&M University, told HuffPost the Saudi-U.S. partnership has never relied heavily on public or congressional approval. “I’ve never gotten the sense that people on Capitol Hill like Saudi Arabia. I think they’ve always been distrustful of Saudi Arabia on a number of counts,” Gause said. “They’re good liberals who don’t like Saudi policies on women, or they’re conservatives who, now that we don’t have the Cold War to keep us together, worry about Islam and some new enemy.

“There just isn’t a domestic constituency for Saudi Arabia in the United States… this idea that the Saudis have a lot of control in Washington ― I think it’s ludicrous, it’s part of our general propensity for conspiracy theory thought.”

As a result, Riyadh has always relied on the executive branch to recognize the national security value of U.S.-Saudi ties and keep relations warm, Gause said – by Akbar Shahid Ahmed and Ariel Edwards-Lewy

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

1.12.2016 – Europapress ( A P)

El Rey Felipe retomará en enero su viaje frustrado a Arabia Saudí, cancelado dos veces

El Rey Felipe retomará en enero su viaje frustrado a Arabia Saudí, cancelado dos veces

[Spain and Saudi Arabia: business friends.
King Felipe will be visiting KSA this January seeking business partners]
El interés principal de la visita del monarca a la rica monarquía petrolera radica esencialmente en respaldar a las empresas españolas con proyectos en curso en ese país o que aspiran a conseguir licitaciones. Es el caso del contrato --pendiente solo de su firma por parte de las autoridades saudíes-- para que la empresa pública Navantia construya cinco corbetas para las Fuerzas Armadas saudíes, por valor de unos 2.000 millones de euros y que garantizará carga de trabajo para los astilleros de San Fernando (Cádiz) por varios años.

28.12.2016 – Reuters (A P)

Detained Bahraini activist freed and immediately re-arrested

A leading Bahraini human rights activist who is on trial for tweets alleging rights abuses was to be freed on bail on Wednesday after months in detention, but was immediately re-arrested in a separate case.

Nabeel Rajab, one of the most prominent rights activists in the Arab world, tweeted that he had been released after a court session and would return to court on Jan. 23.

But hours later, Bahrain's public prosecutors said on Instagram that he would remain in custody while another investigation continued into his publishing "false and malicious rumors that undermine the prestige of the kingdom". They gave no further details.

cp13 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

1.1.2017 – Defense One (* B K P)

Obama’s Final Arms-Export Tally More than Doubles Bush’s

The Obama administration has approved more than $278 billion in foreign arms sales in its eight years, more than double the total of the previous administration, according to figures released by the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Many of the approved deals — most but hardly all of which have become actual sales — have been to Mideast nations, including key allies in the campaign against Islamic State militants and countries that have been building up their defenses in fear of a nuclear Iran.

Saudi Arabia has been the largest recipient, reaping prospective deals worth more than $115 billion, according to notices announcing the deals that were sent to Congress for approval.

“Nobody even comes close” for the number of deals and total value, said William Hartung, director of the Arms Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

Among the weapons approved for Riyadh: F-15 fighter jets, Apache attack helicopters, Blackhawk utility helicopters, missile interceptors, armored vehicles and bombs and missiles – by Caroline Houck

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

1.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A T)

Two Al-Qaeda Members Killed When Planting a Roadside Bomb in Baitha’a City

1.1.2017 – Fars News (A T)

Media sources disclosed that a number of terrorist groups have decided to forward their forces to Saudi Arabia and other Arab states in the Middle East after devastating defeats in the battlefields across Syria.

Waltir Net reported that recent advances of the Syrian army troops against militants in different parts of the country and in the meantime Turkey's overt retreat from its previous positions to topple President Bashar al-Assad have caused the terrorist groups to decide to leave the country for Saudi Arabia and other Middle-Eastern countries.

cp15 Propaganda

2.1.2017 – Pensinula Qatar (A H P)

RAF implements 38 water projects in Yemen

Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) implemented 38 water projects at a cost of QR3m across Yemen last year.
The projects included ten surface-water wells connected with water pumps powered with solar-systems or fuels, 17 ground-water wells, 10 ground tanks to collect the rainy water
The projects were financed by the Endowment Fund of Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani for Charity Works and donors from Qatar.
It was implemented in nine cities of Yemen faced severe shortage of drinking water. They included Sana, Capital of Yemen, Adan, Lahaj, Abin, Rima, Taz, Al Hadida, Al Zale and Al Hajaf.

Comment: Would anyone please explain that it's immoral to bomb #Yemen's water wells and then provide some sort of charity projects?
(Qatar is part of the Coalition bombing our country)

1.1.2017 – National UAE (A P)

Abu Dhabi think-tank looks at prospects for the Gulf as Trump presidency begins

Dealing with Iran, the conflict in Yemen and finding a viable outcome to the Syrian crisis are the main challenges the United States will face in the Middle East this year, according to a report by an American think-tank.

The 2017 Global Forecast by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies found that the US will also have to work on rebuilding its partnerships with its Arab allies and decide upon its level of commitment to the defence of the Gulf against Iran.

"I think the main question for the new administration (of Republican Donald Trump), one that seems less sympathetic to Iran than the outgoing one, is how it will deal with it," said Mishaal Al Gergawi, managing director of the Abu Dhabi think-tank, the Delma Institute.

"On one hand, many will welcome holding Iran accountable for regional expansion and its direct and indirect participation in various civil wars.

"The foremost challenge will be to regain trust and confidence of its allies and to regain that element of deterrence that it has lost among regional foes and enemies," said Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences.

"The new administration has to rebuild trust because US allies have problems in trusting it and believing it.

My comment: Julia Brown is right: The same old shit as always.

1.1.2017 – Yemen Update (A P)

Al-Subaihi,a senior military commander: Legitimate National Army has a military plan to"liberate" #Sanaa w/out a fight inside the city

Comment by Judith Brown: Oh yes????? Is he planning to use chemical or biological ware fare then, or just to continue with the starvation policy?

1.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Saadah governor: Yemen army capture Iranian-made weapons in Saadah

Governor of Saadah Hadi Tarshan has affirmed that Yemen army backed by the popular resistance took over the 101st brigade and captured Iranian-made weapons.

Tarshan told the Saudi-based Okaz newspaper that the army is preparing to take over all districts of Saadah, pointing out that military forces finished its training and will soon start fighting the Houthis in Saadah My comment: Saada is held by Houthi / saleh forces. This must be a governor without governorate who seems to like telling stories.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

2.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi coalition air raids Jan. 2, at 8:55 am

2.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


Place of Violation: Saada, Al-Hodieda, Hajja, Al-Dhal’a, Marib, Sana’a and Amran

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "War on Yemen"

Casualties and damages (full list):

1.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


- Place of Violation: Saada, AL-Hodieda, Taiz, Lahjj, Marib, Amran and Shabwa.

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "War on Yemen"

Casualties and damages (full list):

3.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition helicopters bomb Houthi sites

Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighters bombed on Monday sites for the rebels forces on the coastal line of al Mocha city, western Taiz.

A local source told Almasdaronline that the fighters bombed with five missiles gatherings for the Houthi militants and that casualties have fallen in the shelling.

My comment: “Houthi sites” – every site in Houthi held areas; “Houthi” = every human being there.

2.1.2017 – AFP (A K)

Neun Zivilisten bei Angriffen im Jemen getötet

Bei Angriffen im Jemen sind neun Zivilisten getötet worden, fünf davon aus derselben Familie. Wie loyal zum Präsidenten Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi stehende Militärs am Montag mitteilten, starben die fünf Familienmitglieder, als die Luftwaffe der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärkoalition ihr Haus in einem Dorf der Provinz Marib östlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa traf. Die gegen Hadi kämpfenden schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen bestätigten die fünf Todesfälle vom Sonntag auf ihrer Internetseite =

2.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

7 Yemeni civilians at least killed today when US-backed Saudi war criminals air-bombed 3 houses in Sakeen Saada north.

2.1.2017 – Xinhua (A K)

Coalition airstrikes kill 6 in Yemen's Saada

The Saudi-led coalition killed at least six civilians and wounded several others in airstrikes on Yemen's northern province of Saada on Monday, residents and rescuers told Xinhua.

The strikes targeted the residential quarter of al-Hibal valley in Sakeen district three times, the sources said. Several houses were totally damaged.

Rescuers said several other dead bodies are still underneath the rubble and would be pulled out upon the stop of the warplanes' flying.

Comment: Useless to say: civilians. Useless to say: all because #Saada has been declared military zone hence, anything moving, breathing, is deemed enemy.


2.1.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

Today #Saudi #UAE double tap strike on a home in Saagain #Saada #Yemen killed 6 almost entire family (with photos)

more photos:

film by Yemen Today TV:

film by Almasirah TV:

2.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Two citizens were wounded Monday, one serious condition after a cluster bomb remnants Airline Saudi American aggression on a farm Directorate Baqim Saada.

According to a military source for the march it revealed that two citizens were wounded by the cluster bomb remnants of the Saudi American aggression explosion in one of the farms # Baqem district in Saada province, pointing out that the case of a critically injured.

2.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saada: Fighter jets of the Saudi American aggression waged three raids in directorate of Shada

2.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Warplanes of the Aggression Dropping Cluster Bombs

Warplanes of the Saudi aggression targeting the provinces of Yemen and used cluster bombs and forbden weapons .

Source said , the Saudi warplanes launched cluster bombs on Usaylan district of Shabwa province.

The source added ,the Saudi warplanes launched three raids on Al Hasn area , including a cluster bomb in Asilan directorate in the Shabwah governorate.

2.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Sanaa: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged five raids on the National Security building in the Sarif district

2.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets Saudi-paid mercenaries in Thubab, Taiz province

2.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launch raids on Nehm

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Monday three air raids on Nehm district of Sana'a province, a security official told Saba.
The hostile warplanes targeted Mahli and Bani Faraj areas, causing huge damage to public, private properties and citizens' houses.

2.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Monday two air strikes on Manakhah district west of Sana'a governorate, a security official told Saba.
The strikes targeted Rumah residential area of Haraz mountains in the district, causing large damage to citizens' houses and burned farms.

2.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Sanaa: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged five raids on the National Security building in the Sarif district

2.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Great, just the icing we need to top this desperate situation..Saudi fighter jets criss crossing Sana'a sky now.

1.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes kill 7 Yemenis in Hajjah, Ma’rib provinces

At least seven Yemeni civilians have been killed and nearly a dozen more sustained injuries after Saudi Arabia’s warplanes carried out aerial aggression on Yemen’s two provinces of Hajjah, to the northwest, and Ma’rib, to the center.

Saudi fighter jets carried out two airstrikes on a residential building in the Wadi Hobab area in the Sirwah district of Ma’rib on Sunday, killing at least five civilians and wounding several others, including women and children, Yemen's al-Masirah news website reported.

Elsewhere, in Hajjah's Hiran district, Saudi warplanes also bombarded two tanker trucks, killing at least two people and injuring seven others.

Separately, the Saudi regime also conducted a number of other airstrikes on Kataf district in the northern province of Sa'ada, and on the Manakhah and Sa'fan districts in the western province of Sana’a, but there was no immediate word on possible casualties or damage.

Late on Saturday, Saudi warplanes also killed at least one man and wounded three more people after they bombarded residential buildings in Hawzan area, where dozens of displaced families live, in Dhubab district in the western province of Ta’izz.

and film and photo, tankers in Hiran, Hajjah: =

1.1.2017 – Almasirah TV / Saudi war crimes (B K)

Film / Photos: Residents disarm cluster bombs in Kitaf area just by hand, Saada province and

1.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (B K)

Film: Bridges and infrastructure destroyed in Taiz province

1.1.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

It's tragic that while the world celebrates a new year, bombs fall on #Yemen #Saudi & #UAE warplanes air strikes on my city Dhamar #Yemen (photo)

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launches 3 airstrikes on Sana'a

Saudi aggression fighter jets lunched overnight three airstrikes on Nehm and Safan districts of Sana'a province, a security official told Saba.
The warplanes hit Naqil Bin Ghilan area in Nehm district twice and Fidli Mountain in Safan district once, causing serious damage to citizen's houses and farms. and

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression kills man in Taiz

Saudi aggression warplanes killed a citizen in overnight airstrikes targeted western Taiz province, an official told saba.
The airstrikes hit residential areas in Hawzan area in Dhubab district where dozens of displaced families lived in. Three more people wounded in the airstrikes.


1.1.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: heavy fighting rages, and coalition fighters bomb repels sites

The fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition renewed on Saturday waging air raids on the sites of the Houthi militants and Saleh forces in Dhubab district, west of Taiz governorate, southwest of Yemen.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the fighters launched two airstrikes on al Omari military camp and another raid on a checkpoint near the camp, hours after they have launched two raids targeting a site in al Omari Mount.

The aerial bombardment has resulted in casualties among the Houthis and allied forces, according to the source.

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two civilians martyred in fresh Saudi aggression air strikes on Hodaydh

Fresh Saudi-led aggression air strikes killed two citizens in al-Salif area of al-Hodaydah province on Sunday afternoon, officials and residents told Saba.
The strikes also injured several other citizens and damaged residential houses. and

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

9 shoppers killed, wounded in new Saudi criminal air strikes on Hajja

Saudi-led aggression air strikes targeted shoppers' vehicles loaded with goods in Hajja province on Sunday, killing and injuring at least nine shoppers, officials and rescuers told Saba.
Some of the injured were in critical condition.
The air strikes targeted the villiges' shoppers in Ahim area of Haradh district.
Several other shoppers were wounded in the fresh criminal air strikes, which also burned the vehicles, goods and foods. and

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Fresh Saudi aggression air strikes on Mareb, wounding civilians, damaging farms

Saudi-led aggression air strikes hit Makhdara residential area of Mareb governorate on Sunday evening, the latest in a series of air strikes against the area since early morning.
The strikes wounded dozens of residents and caused damage to houses and farms.

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

5-member family killed in Saudi aggression airstrikes on Mareb

A total of five-member family were killed and three others wounded, when Saudi aggression fighter jets hit their house two times on Sunday in Serweh district of Mareb province, an official told Saba.
The killed included husband, wife and their children, as well as other three children were critically injured and rushed to hospital.
The air strike targeted the citizen house of Mohammed Mohsen al- Mahabubi in Habab valley in the district. and and

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1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Al Dali: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged five raids on Nas Mount in Damat directorate

1.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saada: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged raid on kaitaf Camp

29.12.2016 – Kahlid Ahmed Alradhi (A K PH)

Sanaa: Hitting Aiban mountain for the 43546 times, 3 strikes in 5minutes! Nothing there except GSM telecom antennas (photos9

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

3.1.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: four civilians killed, children included, and others wounded in Houthis shelling in Taiz

Four civilians, three of them were children, were killed on Sunday by Houthi and Saleh forces fire in Taiz city.

3.1.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: Civilian killed, others displaced and Coalition helicopters bomb Houthi sites

A civilian was killed and three others, including two children, injured on Monday by the Houthis and allied forces selling on Bir Basha neighborhoods, western Taiz city, southwest of Yemen.

A local source told Almasdaronline that the residential neighborhoods in Bir Basha, Old airport, and Noor city, western the city, were under heavy artillery shelling from the Houthi elements stationing in Hathran area and Fifty Street.

3.1.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthis shell villages and government forces sites in al Dhal'

The Houthi and Saleh militias have waged a heavy artillery shelling and Grad rockets on the residential neighborhoods and the sites of the government and pro-government forces in Karish area northern Lahj governorate, south of Yemen.

3.1.2016 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Source: two soldiers killed in landmine explosion in al Baidha

The Houthies and Saleh forces, who control the area, have planted dozens of landmines in Mokairas, al Soma'a, al Zaher, Thi Naim, and Qaifa districts

2.1.2017 – Gulf news (A K PS)

Yemen army liberates military post in Saada

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

2.1.2017 – AFP (A K)

Vier Zivilisten, drei davon Kinder, wurden - ebenfalls am Sonntag - getötet, als Rebellen die drittgrößte jemenitische Stadt Taes im Südwesten mit Granaten beschossen. Das verlautete von Seiten der Behörden und von Krankenhäusern.

2.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Continue Gaining Victories Over Saudi-Paid Mercenaries

2.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces capture on sites in Jawf

2.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills 2 mercenaries in Taiz

1.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Saudi Militias Set New Record of 78 Defeats in 1 Week

The Yemeni army and popular forces managed to defeat the pro-Saudi mercenaries nearly 80 times in different warfronts over the past week, while the Western media have not mentioned even one.

1.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

[Video]: Apache helicopters AH-64 # Arabia continues to reap the Houthi fighters in spots inside # Saada province, in the progress of the forces of the Yemeni national army.

Remark: Yemeni national army here: Saudi-backed “president” Hadi army.

1.1.2017 – Ruptly (A K)

Film: Yemen: Pro-Hadi forces seize control of Houthi supply line after heavy fighting – reports

Forces loyal to ousted President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi were reportedly able to seize control of a Houthi supply line after a fierce battle with Houthi fighters, in Nahm Governorate on Sunday.

1.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: heavy fighting rages, and coalition fighters bomb repels sites

1.1.2017 – Daily Motion (A K)

Film: Fighting continues in south-western Yemen (Taiz)

1.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

At least two Yemeni civilians sustained injuries after Saudi border guards opened fire on a valley in the Shida district in Sa'ada.

1.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Houthi fire from Yemen kills Saudi soldier


1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills dozens Saudi soldiers in Najran


31.12.2016 – Yemen War (A K PH)

Film: Yemen forces ( Houthis _ Ansser Allah / Army ) destroyed a Saudi military vehicle loaded with weapons In Najran

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenary armored vehicles destroyed in Serwah

30.12.2016 – Yemen I Syria (A K PH)

Film: The Houthis show weapons seized from the Saudi mercenaries. The area of Servakh, in the province of Marib.

1.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils attempted infiltration by Saudi-paid mercenaries in Shabwa and

1.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Houthis failed to lift blockade on fighters in Shabwah

2.1.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: 1st footage of #Houthi attacking #Saudi army base S #Jizan 31/Dec/2016 several #KSA soldiers kild/injrd

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

2.1.2017 – Gulf news (A)

Cargo overload blamed in tragic sinking of vessel carrying dozens of Yemenis off remote island of Socotra

A government committee established to investigate the sinking of a cargo vessel that was carrying dozens of Yemenis off the remote island of Socotra has found that a cargo overload was behind the tragic incident.

In its final investigative report, submitted to prime minister Ahmad Bin Daghar in Aden on Sunday, the committee said the capsized boat was carrying 400 bags of wheat, 400 bags of bran, 1,000 cartons of beverages, marble, ceramics 13 small boats.

Twenty-nine passengers out of nearly 60 are still missing and the government believes they either perished at sea or were taken by international commercial ships.

2.1.2017 – Daily News Egypt (A)

Egypt frees 72 fishermen in Yemen: Egyptian Embassy in Yemen

Another 49 fishermen were also freed last week after they were kidnaped in Yemen by Houthi rebels

Egypt was able to free 72 Egyptian fishermen who were detained in Yemen. They are set to start returning to Egypt on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Embassy in Yemen.

Egyptian ambassador to Yemen Youssef Al-Sharqawy, who resides in Saudi Arabia, said in the statement that the embassy was regularly contacting the Yemeni authorities to coordinate the fishermen’s safe return to Egypt.

Last week, Egypt was also able to free 49 fishermen that were kidnapped in Yemen late November by Houthi rebels. Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zaid said in a statement that Egyptians who are staying in Yemen should stay away from conflict areas. and

2.1.2016 – Al Sahwah (A)

The Yemeni authorities have released 72 Egyptian fishermen who were held in al-Mahrah governorate. The fishermen were seized because they illegally fished in Yemen's territorial water.

The Egyptian Ambassador to Yemen Yousuf al-Sharqawi said on Monday that 72 fishermen were released from al-Mahrah governorate.

He affirmed that the fishermen will start on Monday the return to their country, pointing out that that he was in constant contact with the Yemeni authorities.

The Yemeni authorities seized the Egyptian fishermen lately of December 2016 as they illegally entered Yemen's territorial water without permissions.

My comment: These 72 were detained by the Hadi government authorities, while 49 other had been detained by the Houthi / Saleh government authorities. Remarkable is the wording in both reports. In the Egyptian report: “detained” by Hadi authorities and “kidnapped” by Houthi / Saleh authorities; “seized” by both in Al Sahwah’s report.

1.1.2017 – Aljazeera (A)

Slaughter of rare turtles in Yemen 'alarming'

Hundreds of endangered turtles have been killed in recent weeks, with some sold to restaurant customers as goat meat.

At least 250 critically endangered turtles in a national protectorate in Yemen have been killed by humans within the past month, according to area residents and officials.

Sharma Protectorate, a nesting place for rare green turtles, is a two-hour drive east of Mukalla, the capital of Yemen's eastern Hadramout province. Visitors to the protectorate have been wreaking havoc: snatching one turtle after another, slaughtering them, taking their meat and leaving behind eggs and viscera to decay.

"The killing of the turtles has increased at an alarming scale," Sheikh Amen Bakhwar, a turtle conservationist and the head of the Environment Friends Association in Addis al-Sharqia district, told Al Jazeera.

Months of turtle hunting has left the area stinking of carrion and has turned its beaches on the Arabian Sea into a hub for stray dogs – by Saeed Al-Batati =

Comment: It is obviously terrible but people are hungry. People have little food. Restaurant owners do not have much money to buy meat to serve. It's a vicious circle. It's a story of desperation and abyss.
War hits all aspects of life: wildlife included.
In Rome, during WWII, there was not a cat in sight: it was food.
And Al Jazeera could well document the crimes committed by the Saudi-led Coalition, for a change..

Comment by Judith Brown: War and particularly hunger drives anyone to gather any food where they can. Much of the whole Yemeni population is at risk of extinction but it is ignored. Unless something is done to get more food to the hungry and establish a means of Yemenis working legally this sort of activity will continue.

29.12.2016 – Authentic Yemen (*)

Photos: The Historical town of Zabid - Hudaida Governorate.

This city is dated back to the 8th century AD, and classified by the UNESCO as one of the endangered World Heritage Sites in the year 2000. =

19.12.2016 – Yemen Peace Project (* B H)

Last Jewish family in Raydah: We wish we could stay, but…

Only one Jewish family opted to remain in Raydah. Saʻid al-Naʻati, 55, father of six children and caretaker of his 90-year-old mother, hasn’t yet made up his mind. “It’s my call [whether to emigrate],” said al-Naʻati. “Maybe I’ll travel, maybe I’ll stay.”

Al-Naʻati had his own reasons for opting to stay when he could have left with his neighbors a year ago. But the current situation in Yemen, devastated by two years of war, could soon force his hand. “It has to do with eking out a living. There’s no more living because of the crises and because I no longer have a job,” said al-Naʻati, who used to make jackets out of fur and sell them in the local market. “Now, we have sold half of our belongings [to survive],” he said. The war has rendered millions of Yemenis jobless, and caused rampant inflation. Over one million government employees—upon whose salaries an estimated nine million people depend—have not been paid for four months now. “Everything is expensive and there’s no longer income,” al-Naʻati complains.

The emigration of al-Naʻati’s fellow Jews has also made his life harder. “Our hope has been to stay,” al-Naʻati said. “With the extinction of Yemenite Jewry, however, one can’t live alone as a Jew [among Muslim people] because our religion doesn’t allow it.

Intermittent attacks against Jewish communities have been among the factors contributing to increased emigration in recent years.

Yemen’s Jews are indigenous to the region. Archeological records show that Judaism has been practiced in southwestern Arabia since at least the second century BCE

Culturally, Yemeni Jews have much in common with Yemeni Muslims, but they also maintain their own unique traditions and religious beliefs – by Shuaib Almosawa

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-247: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-247: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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