Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 249 - Yemen War Mosaic 249

Yemen Press Reader 249: Waisen in Sanaa-Wie das Geld Jemen aushungert–Kampf um Sanaa–Lebensmittelunsicherheit–Khat und Lebensmittelkrise–Hunger in Taiz–Verhältnis Saudis&USA–Luftangriffe, Kämpfe

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Sanaa orphanage to be closed? – How finance is starving Yemen – Front line battle for Sanaa – Food security alert – Khat and food crisis – Hunger at Taiz – US-Saudi relation – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Söldner / Mercenaries

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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(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

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt5.1.2017 – Aljazeera (** A H)

Yemen's orphans face 'catastrophe' as fighting rages

The capital's main orphanage may have to close due to lack of funding, forcing hundreds of children onto the streets.

Hundreds of Yemeni orphans may be forced onto the streets due to a lack of government funding, the head of the country's largest orphanage has said.

The Dar Ri'ayat al-Aytam orphanage in Sanaa has been struggling with a lack of funds since Houthi rebels captured the capital in autumn 2014, and the situation has worsened in recent months.

Abdullah al-Hindi, the head of the orphanage, said that almost two years of war had decimated the economy, and there have been severe cuts to public spending.

"The orphanage is at threat of closure and the children could face loss and displacement unless there are immediate solutions from National Salvation Government and well-wishers," he told the Reuters news agency.

"If more money isn't made available soon the orphanage will close and some of Yemen's most vulnerable children will be homeless," al-Hindi added.

Fadel al-Qahtani, a child living at the orphanage, spoke of dire conditions, adding that on most nights, the more than 800 children housed there would go hungry.

"We used to have complete meals, including stew, fruit and meat - there were even extras to go around. But now, we don't get anything other than rice," he said.

My comment: Who is to blame? The Sanaa government if it does not all which is possible. Those who had destroyed the infrastructure and block imports have to be blamed in any case.

4.1.2017 – Naked Capitalism (** B E K P)

Matthew Cunningham-Cook: How Finance Is Starving Yemen

The region surrounding the Bab el-Mandeb–the Horn of Africa–is a hot spot at the center of global production, and a site of ongoing neoimperialist assault. Exemplifying the ongoing, multiple and converging crises that humanity faces, what happens there is of deep import to us all.

The facts on the ground are this: Nearly four years of upheaval culminated in a nationalist revolutionary militia, the Houthis, seizing the capital in 2015, demanding recognition as Yemen’s civil government. The Houthis have a primary demand: an end to US and Saudi imperialism in the Middle East. They have denounced the Saudi government, and particularly the Saudis’ family ties to al-Qaeda and Salafism-Wahhabism more broadly.

It appears the Saudis have a plan for complete extermination. Their murderous campaign is being led by King Salman’s son, 31-year old defense minister and second deputy crown prince Mohamed bin Salman al Saud, who among other things happens to be buddies with both President Obama and the patron of leading ISIS/Al-Qaeda theocrat Mohamed AlArefe.

While mass starvation deepens, the bombing continues.

It’s a cruel war with no beneficiaries outside the leaching fingers of the Saudi royal family and the boardrooms of Lockheed, Boeing, General Dynamics, and Raytheon–but those actors combined are far too powerful in today’s world to be stopped by a ragtag band of poverty-stricken Yemenis like the Houthis.

None of this humanitarian catastrophe would be possible without the craven role played by the media in London and New York, which has vastly underreported the scale of Saudi atrocities , the pressing and desperate nature of the pending mass starvation, and, most importantly, the cynical and criminal role played by the arms manufacturers, making a literal killing yet again off of death and destruction.

Mainstream human rights organizations, while recognizing the scale of the problem, resort to “both-sides” critiques that fail to recognize that both the famine and the ongoing bombing-related destruction are products of Saudi aggression: it is the Saudis that are exclusively bombing, and the Saudi bombing of Yemen’s agricultural infrastructure–combined with the Saudi naval blockade–precipitated the mass starvation now.

Also vastly underreported is the crucial role of the shutdown of Yemen’s Central Bank in Sana’a and the firing of the neutral central bank governor, Mohammed Awad bin Hammam, a brave man who during the course of the war has prevented complete famine from emerging. Until now.

Mass Starvation by Finance

Mohammed Awad bin Hammam had served under Ali Abdullah Saleh, the US-backed dictator who ruled from 1979 until 2011 (and is now aligned with the Houthis), and under Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi

When Hadi resigned in January 2015 as the Houthis approached, bin Hammam stayed. The governor is widely respected, even earning praise from the usually taciturn IMF.

Of chief complaint to the Saudis is that bin Hammam had continued to pay the salaries of civil servants and soldiers who may be Houthis. That bin Hammam was also continuing to pay the salaries of civil servants aligned with Hadi has been shunt from view.

What is indisputable is that bin Hammam is a neutral actor attempting to make the best of a bad situation. The central bank in Sana’a was the only institution capable of paying salaries across the country and preventing the rise of famine.

In September, Hadi sacked bin Hammam and ordered that the central bank be moved to Aden, where his puppet government resides. Bin Hammam had begged that Hadi hire a Big 4 audit firm to review the practices of the Central Bank–in particular, any wavering on neutrality–before attempting to move the bank to Aden. Hadi and the Saudis demurred. The Aden bank is incapable of getting food into Yemen, which has resulted in the end of wheat shipments–a disaster of Biblical proportions, inflicted on Yemen’s most vulnerable civilians, in particular 2.2 million children.

Despite the desperate pleas of bin Hammam, the IMF, Wall Street and the Treasury Department appear to have recognized the Aden bank as the sole monetary authority in the nation, making the Saudi-Hadi gambit 100% successful so far. More ordinary concerns, like the starvation of 7 million people, have not risen to the level of concern for Masters of the Universe. John Kerry has emphasized a defunct “peace process” which include the preconditions of the Houthis leaving Sana’a and giving up all of their heavy weaponry (lambs to the slaughter, etc. etc.) while letting the fact that a child dies every ten minutes in Yemen due to this vile blockade go unmentioned.

Were the IMF or the Treasury Department to declare the Sana’a bank a legitimate monetary authority, it is likely that food shipments could begin immediately. The Aden bank has nowhere near the level of technical expertise (nearly all of the civil servants appear to have remained in Sana’a) needed to be able to bring food in–nor is it clear that the leaders of the Aden bank would like to. The Saudi military has suffered setback after setback on the battlefield, and mass starvation is the response by Riyadh to this string of defeats–starve ‘em out.

In July, the bin Hammam-led Central Bank of Yemen was cut off from access to $260 million in foreign currency–stored in Yemen rather than abroad–because international financial institutions were refusing to cooperate with it. This means that the currency must travel by plane to be deposited in a foreign financial institution–at great expense to an impoverished nation. It is unclear–but highly, highly unlikely–that the bank has been able to deposit these funds successfully in the succeeding months.

At this point, it is apparent that the Treasury Department and the IMF are actively working to undermine the–again, neutral–Sana’a bank. The problem is that the private financial sector does not have faith in the creditworthiness of Yemeni institutions, a faith that could be easily granted–and in fact, is the oft-ignored mission of–the IMF. Given the US’ extensive support for the war thus far, Treasury involvement in propping up the Aden bank at the expense of the San’a bank is guaranteed. The bait and switch reveals itself: as Obama finally cancels some arms exports to Saudi Arabia–an acknowledgement of the barbaric nature of this war–the US financial apparatus and the IMF agree with the sacking of the neutral central bank governor and replacing him with a puppet determined to starve the nation’s people until Saudi victory.

So far we’ve concluded that the Saudi-led war, naval blockade, and IMF/Treasury-assisted financial blockade in Yemen is 1) destructive and depraved; wretched, and 2) that these vile attacks on the Yemeni people could not have happened without the active support of the United State government, the country most of you, dear readers, live in.

So who is standing up to say “Enough!” of this deadly aggression, and “Stop!” to the genocide of a people? – by Matthew Cunningham-Cook

My comment: A very good background article, please read in full.

4.1.2017 – BBC (** A K)

Film: Yemen conflict: The front line battle for capital Sanaa

The BBC's Nawal Al-Maghafi has been granted access to the front line of the Yemen army's battle for the capital Sanaa, which has been controlled by Houthi rebel fighters since 2015. and in Youtube:

Coment: Embedded with the Yemen Army (Coalition's side), this is BBC's covering of the retake of #Sanaa. A retake which started in July 2015 and still is retroceding. Both sides accuse the other of planting landmines (30.000). We agree on the final part of these 3 minutes reportage: Yemenis are caught in between and deserve so much more.

Comment by Judith Brown: A very interesting report for Nawal Maghafi who is herself of Yemeni extraction and here she is 'embedded' with the troops that she calls the Yemen army here - but of course there are two Yemen armies - this one the army paid for by Saudi Arabia. She also did an exclusive interview with Saleh recently, so she manages to get stories other reporters don't get from all perspectives in this terrible war. As she pointed out, it's the ordinary Yemeni citizens that are paying the real price for this stalemate war.

4.1.2017 – Famine Early Warning System Network (** A H)

Yemen Food Security Alert, January 4, 2017

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. In addition to the impact of conflict on household livelihoods, market functioning, and humanitarian access, the deteriorating macroeconomic situation is affecting the private sector’s ability to import food. In a worst-case scenario, where food imports drop substantially for a sustained period of time or where conflict persistently prevents the flow of food to local markets, Famine (IPC Phase 5) is possible. To prevent this worse-case scenario, appropriate action is necessary to ensure that commercial food trade continues given that the country’s high import dependency significantly limits the degree to which humanitarian response can ensure local food availability. Additionally, improved humanitarian access is needed so food, health, WASH, and nutrition assistance can continue and increase.

Since the onset of conflict nearly two years ago, oil and gas exports from Yemen have been well below pre-conflict levels or suspended. The decline in these exports, which contributed 45 percent of total government revenues in 2014, and a reduction in foreign investments and donor-supported development projects, have driven a rapid decline in Yemen’s foreign reserves (MPIC, March 2016). While the official Yemeni rial to US dollar exchange rate has only depreciated 16 percent since the start of the conflict in March 2015, parallel exchange rates have depreciated much more substantially (42 percent according to MPIC, Nov 2016). Historically, the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) has supported imports of fuel and food through lines of credit at the official exchange rate. However, this support was suspended for fuel in 2015 and for rice and sugar imports in early 2016. In December 2016, major wheat importers reported that they would no longer be able to continue wheat imports into the country, given financial challenges relating to both the CBY and the private banking sector. While WFP reports that imports to date have remained adequate to ensure local food availability, possibly due to an increase in overland, informal trade, a major reduction of food import levels, as indicated by wheat traders, would significantly and immediately impact food insecurity given that Yemen relies on imports to meet over 90 percent of its cereal supplies (FAOSTAT).

Though staple foods currently remain available on local markets, elevated food prices and reduced income from sources such as farming, fishing, government salaries, and the private service sector have significantly weakened the purchasing power of many households. While recent data on food security outcomes is limited, WFP’s mVAM data and various rapid assessments suggest severe levels of food insecurity, in line with Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4), in western areas. Food security outcomes are likely most severe in Ta’izz, southern coastal areas of Al Hudaydah, and amongst IDP populations.

Levels of acute malnutrition also remain very concerning.

In a worst-case scenario, commercial traders will be unable to access the credit and hard currency required to maintain large-scale wheat imports. Food availability would therefore decline sharply and already poor food consumption and nutritional outcomes would deteriorate further. In this scenario, Famine (IPC Phase 5), and the associated levels of excess mortality, would be possible. Given that imports by humanitarian actors currently make up only 5 – 15 percent of total formal food imports into Yemen (Figure 2), it is very unlikely that the humanitarian community would have the capacity to fill the very large import gaps which would exist in this scenario. Given the severity of current food security outcomes, Famine (IPC Phase 5) could also occur if conflict cuts off populations from trade and humanitarian assistance for an extended period of time. and in full: =

3.1.2017 – SCIDEV (** A E H)

Khat cultivation fuels food crisis in Yemen

Cultivation of the narcotic drug khat uses about one-sixth of Yemen's agricultural area

It consumes more than one-third of the water used by the agricultural sector

Addressing the rise in cultivation is impossible during conflict, experts say

The cultivation of khat in Yemen has expanded during the ongoing crisis, with the plant now taking up about 15 per cent of agricultural land, according to figures released by the Yemeni Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. It was previously grown only on mountains and hills.
The ministry's statistics also confirm a large increase in khat trade within the country, as Yemenis’ annual spending on the addictive drug has reached about US$12 billion.
There are many confirmed health hazards of chewing the stalk and tender leaves of khat, in addition to the negative psychological, social, cultural and economic aspects of addiction.
The spread of khat cultivation is affecting food security in the country, at a time when Yemen is standing on the brink of famine, whose signs have already appeared in a number of provinces.
The recent figures released by the ministry indicate that khat has become the real crisis, increasing the severity of the worsening political and economic crises and “making about 82 per cent of the population in need of urgent aid,” according to Mustafa Nasr, the head of the Studies and Economic Media Center in Yemen.
The Ministry of Agriculture statistics confirm that the percentage of land used to cultivate khat has been increasing over the past three years. It has not seen the significant decline in areas cultivated that has been seen with other crops as a result of the ongoing crisis, or as a result of the absence of fuel, climate change and drought.
Khat now ranks first in the list of cash crops in Yemen,

My comment: This has been a problem for long.

3.1.2017 – Mohammed al-Qadhi (** A H)

Film: #Taiz is on the verge of starvation

as number of severely malnourished children sees an unprecedented increase!


3.–4.1.2017 – The Real News (** B P)

Films: Oil, Arms and Militant Wahhabism is the Basis of US-Saudi Relationship (two parts)

Medea Benjamin and Paul Jay examine how 115 billion dollars in recent US arms sales and a dictatorship that helps dominate the oil rich region is the reason for the lasting "friendship"

Medea Benjamin and Paul Jay discuss how Trump and Pence will look for ways to weaken Iran by abrogating the nuclear deal, reimposing sanctions, and a possible military attack all in alliance with Israel and Saudi Arabia

cp2 Allgemein / General

5.1.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

As Bombs Drop on Starving Children in Yemen, World Unforgivably Looks Other Way

Amid wall-to-wall media coverage of the war in Syria, especially around the so-called 'fall of Aleppo', a war involving war crimes by governments allied to Western powers is taking place in another part of the Middle East, in Yemen. Unfortunately, coverage of that war is sporadic, even as millions of people face the prospect of a famine-genocide.

Unfortunately, as Sputnik has already reported, most mainstream media coverage on the conflict in the Yemen has been "highly selective" and "palliative," owing to the inconvenient fact that Saudi Arabia is a major US ally, and receives weapons from several major Western powers, including the UK, Germany and Canada.
Yemen, human rights observers complain, has effectively been turned into the "forgotten conflict," and there is a danger that the country's humanitarian catastrophe may soon turn into a full-blown famine-genocide if the silence continues.

Meanwhile, in a highly cynical maneuver, the mainstream media has devoted hundreds of articles and thousands of hours-worth of coverage of the situation in Syria, where they continue to promote the 'fall of Aleppo' narrative, even while the city begins to rebuild and thousands of civilians return to the liberated city.
Last month, contributor Rebecca Gordon penned a disparaging piece about the looming Trump presidency and the prospects for international peace, effectively pushing the blame for President Obama's seven ongoing wars, including Yemen, onto the President-elect's shoulders. But it wasn't Trump that started the Yemen campaign, nor was he the one to sign multi-billion dollar weapons deals with a country openly engaging in war crimes. Some observers have marked their concern that Trump may side with Riyadh in its regional power struggle with Tehran, which has supported the Houthis politically, if not militarily. Others, however, remain hopeful that the President-elect may at least tone down US support for the Saudi monarchy.

Ultimately, the world will have to wait and see how the new administration handles Saudi Arabia and the war in Yemen. Unfortunately, it looks like it won't be the mainstream media's coverage of that conflict that pressures them to make any actual changes in policy.

My comment: This article hits the spot. – The article of Rebecca Gordon is not disparaging as Sputnik claims here; disparaging is the change of the headline the editors of Salon made when adopting this article: “Hey, President Donald Trump: Do you know where your bombs are falling?“ ( They had added „Hey, President Donald Trump “ – originally, Gordon clearly spoke to all Americans. Yes, all these bombs are America’s bombs. Up to now, not a single bomb is Trump’s bomb. Hundreds of thousands bombs up to now are Obama’s bombs. There had been 200.000 Saudi coalition air raids in Yemen alone – how many bombs just that will be? And they actually are: OBAMA’s bombs. And that is Gordon’s original article:

5.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (B H K)

Houthis deport 30,000 families from Taiz

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh have enforcedly deported about 30,00p families from Taiz.

The Coalition of Humanitarian Relief in Taiz said, in a report issued on Tuesday, that 29,858 families are in an urgent need to humanitarian assistance and shelters.

The coalition cited that 91 civilians were killed and 787 others were wounded during last December.

The report also registered 500 cases of cholera in different districts of Taiz. Therefore, 17 schools were closed down to avoid the spread of the disease.

It also warned from an imminent famine in Taiz due to the suspension of sending humanitarian assistances to the city of Taiz.

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh have been preventing the delivery of relief to the areas and villages of Taiz governorate.

My comment: The anti-Houthi side uses the situation at Taiz for anti-Houthi propaganda. For fighting, you always need two sides. The regime and Human Rights violations by the “Popular Resistance” also have been reported. And there are AQAP and IS as well on the anti-Houthi side; their games like crucifixions seem not be among the nicest. Taiz will need a special peace solution for itself. 30.000 deported families, this will be at least 120.000 people; how should this have worked to deport them? At which time? Many people have fled from the permanent shelling and fighting; have they been “deported”?

5.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Gunmen intercept travelers northern Lahj

The popular resistance spokesman in al Qabitah area, northern Lahj, have accused unidentified gunmen of assaulting the travelers in al Subhi area, between Lahj and Taiz, and said that the government forces and the popular resistance are not involved in those incidents.

"Unknown gunmen are setting up checkpoints in the al Sehr valley, west of al Qabitah, and assault the travelers, the last of which was an attack on Wednesday morning of a truck driver named Abdu Saleh Awad", the spokesman added.

My comment: That could be Houthis, but must not. The region is near the frontline. Assaulting travelers and taking money from them is a common “sport” of all those having power by guns.

4.1.2017 – RT (* B H K)

Film: ‘Yemenis are starving, Western arms manufacturers make billions of dollars’ ‒ Codepink cofounder

Yemen was ranked as the 6th most dangerous country in the world in 2016, with UNICEF estimating that a Yemeni child is killed every 10 minutes. Critics point out that US and UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia contribute to the bloodshed. Author, activist, and cofounder of Codepink, Medea Benjamin discusses Yemen’s humanitarian crisis with RT America’s Manila Chan.

4.1.2017 – Critical Threats (* A K P)

Gulf of Aden Security Review

[Events day by day backwards from Jan. 4]

4.1.2017 – Yemen on Twitter (B K)

Photo. Some of the dead Saudi army in #Yemen borders during the year 2016.

4.1.2017 – Jaddaliya (* B K)

Audio: The Unending War on Yemen with Sheila Carapico - A STATUS Interview

In this interview, Sheila Carapico discusses the yearlong Saudi Arabia-led and US-backed military attacks on Yemen. The interview was conducted by Shahram Aghamir on August 31, 2016.

Sheila Carapico is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond. Carapico is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in Modern Arabia (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and numerous articles and book chapters on Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula, and the region.

4.1.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (B K)

Photo: Mother and children in Sanaa

Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters

4.1.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (B K)

Photo: #Saada has been subject to daily airstrikes by the Coalition. Virtually nothing stands any longer

Naif Rahma/Reuters

4.1.2017 – Österreich 1 (* A H K)

Audio: Mittagsjournal

12:11 Krieg im Jemen

Im Jemen kämpfen seit September 2014 die Regierungstruppen des sunnitischen Präsidenten Mansur Hadi gegen die vom Iran unterstützten Houthi-Rebellen und andere Milizen wie Al-Kaida, die dem ehemaligen Staatschef Ali Abdallah Saleh die Treue halten – 7.000 Tote hat dieser Konflikt bisher verursacht, die Versorgungslage der Zivilisten im Jemen ist mehr als dramatisch, und eine politische Lösung scheint nicht in Sicht.

und zum Lesen:

4.1.2017 – Die Presse (* A H K)

Jemen: „Wir sehen in den Spitälern furchtbare Wunden“

Der Niederländer Ronald Kremer ist für Ärzte ohne Grenzen in einer Klinik in der jemenitischen Stadt Taiz im Einsatz. Der „Presse“ schildert der Arzt das unermessliche Leid der Zivilbevölkerung in dem weitgehend vergessenen Konflikt.

Der niederländische Arzt Ronald Kremer arbeitet in der jemenitischen Stadt Taiz in einer Frauen- und Kinderklinik und koordiniert die Nothilfeprogramme für Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) im Jemen. In den vergangenen zwei Jahren war er sechsmal dort im Einsatz. „Es ist ein Desaster, und ich muss sagen, ich bin auch sehr pessimistisch, nachdem ich jetzt zwei Jahre in diesem Land Erfahrung gesammelt habe. Die Situation wird einfach nicht besser“, sagt er in einem Telefongespräch mit der „Presse“.

Mehr als 600 medizinische Einrichtungen wurden zerstört oder beschädigt. Für den Arzt gehört Beschuss zum Alltag.

„Wir sprechen von Bomben und Granaten. Wir sehen in den Spitälern furchtbare Wunden. Es gibt auch viele Verletzte durch Scharfschützen. Es ist einfach unglaublich, wie massiv diese Bombardierungen und dieser Raketenbeschuss sind.“ Diese Wunden sind nicht die einzigen Folgen. „Das Erste, das man sieht, sind natürlich Kriegsverletzte. Aber dazu kommen viele chronische Krankheiten wie Diabetes.“ Es ist ein Krieg in einem ohnehin armen und medizinisch unterversorgten Land. Ärzte ohne Grenzen haben auch 200 unterernährte Kinder in Behandlung. Eine weitere Folge des Konflikts im Jemen.

ft ist das Problem für die Patienten, die Spitäler sicher zu erreichen. „Die Frauen kommen zu den Geburten in unser Krankenhaus, denn sie wissen, dass wir bei Komplikationen Kaiserschnitte machen können. Aber wenn die Wehen beginnen, trauen sich die Frauen nachts nicht zu kommen, sondern erst am Morgen, wenn es draußen sicherer ist.“ Kremer macht am Telefon eine Pause: „Manchmal ist es dann schon zu spät.“

Der Arzt ist frustriert über das geringe internationale Interesse auch in den Medien. Es ist, sagt er, „als hätte man diesen Krieg im Rest der Welt einfach vergessen“. – von Karim El-Gawhary

4.1.2017 – Live UA Map (A K)

Map: Who rules where in Yemen.

3.1.2017 – RT (A H K)

#SOS_YemenGenocide: Tragic photos of war-torn country shared online

As Yemen continues to be ravaged by war, its people on the verge of mass starvation, social media users are urging the world to take notice and help the Yemenis in their silent plight. (photos)

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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4.1.2017 – Yemen Updates (A H)

Dialysis center in Al-Jumhori hospital in #Sanaa,the only center for Dialysis in #Yemen,that receives 168 cases daily, at breaking point! SOS (image)

4.1.2017 – Judith Brown (A H)

Photo: This is such a sad picture of war. A boy who is of the age where he should be at school and having fun with his friends - possibly in a bus - and taking on the role of a man. Two bags - one has vegetables. Are they to sell to make some money for his family - or has he managed to buy some vegetables to take home to his family. A look of stress and exhaustion. This is what war looks like for the ordinary person who has to live trapped in the middle of it.

an remark by Abu Al Motazz: Those are not vegetable s Judith. Those are empty plastic bottles and cans. Poor people in my country and in Sanaa City, like this young boy collect plastic bottles and cans from garbage to sell them for few cents in order to have some money for bred. This has significantly increased recently due to the banking sector restrictions ba Hadi and the coalition countries preventing businessmen from receiving credits abroad for buying basic food for the Yemen market as well as preventing public institutions from paying monthly salary for public servants that benefit about 1.2 million people with there families. Moreover, this caused state inability to provide operational budgets for public services such as education and health. All these contribute now in increasing numbers of students dropouts, and tens of thousands of the middle class families are forced to send their kids to such horrible situations as adults have no choice no to generate income in a market that lost hundreds of thousands of the jobs. Sadly, this is all a result of the Saudi and its coalition help to the people of Yemen.

4.1.2017 – Human Needs Development (A H)

Photos: With funds of #ComitatoNour for second month, Human Needs Development Organization-HND distributed the food of Food Project in the capital of Yemen, Sana'a. Best thanks for Comitato Nour and its team. =

3.1.2017 – The American Conservative (* B H K P)

Yemen Is Being Starved to Death

The AP reports on the horrible and worsening conditions in Yemen.

The coalition’s responsibility for creating these conditions is even greater than the article states. In addition to a punishing blockade that has been in place for almost two years, the coalition has bombed major ports, roads, and bridges that are all critical to bringing in food and other aid. The “legitimate” Yemeni government led by Hadi announced that the central bank was being moved to Aden last fall. That had the effect of rupturing one of the last national institutions left, and it made it much harder for importers to arrange financing to bring in necessities. Shortly before the end of the year, major trading companies halted wheat imports into Yemen as a result of Hadi’s central bank decision, which made the already dire situation in the country even worse. The Hadi government and its coalition and Western backers have inflicted all of this on the civilian population of Yemen for more than twenty-one months in the service of an atrocious war effort that has failed in all of its stated objectives.

Yemen is suffering one of the worst man-made disasters of this century. The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen threatens millions of people with death from starvation and preventable disease, and yet the U.S. continues to support and enable the coalition war effort that bears a huge share of the blame for creating famine conditions in one of the world’s poorest countries. Unless something is done immediately to lift the blockade and bring in food to stave it off, Yemen’s famine will only grow more severe – by Daniel Larison and as reflected by Sputnik:

3.1.2017 – The Water Channel (* B H)

Audio: Yemen-Water and Electricity in a Time of War

Wars start and stop on account of geo-political interests. In the meantime, common men and women struggle to fulfill basic needs such as food, water, and electricity. Here is an appeal to stop the ongoing war in Yemen, by water engineer and Yemeni citizen Musaed Aklan.

Produced by: Musaed Aklan, Water and Environment Centre, University of Sana’a

3.1.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

Faces of ppl in those pix telling you more about their real situation and their pain &suffer. Pix by taken @monareliefye #Hodeidah (photos)

3.1.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini / MONA Relief (A H)

.@monarelief's ground crew has just arrived in Sanaa from Hodeidah after a 6-day campaign of food distribution funded by .@AKF_Social

In al-Durehimi area of Hodeidah in western #Yemen @monarelief crew distributes 100s baskets of food funded by @AlkhairGlasgow (photos)

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A H)

MSF to continue providing healthcare for Yemen

The Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Tuesday confirmed that it would continue to provide healthcare for the Yemeni people according to medical ethics followed by the worldwide.
The MSF expressed its hope that the New Year will bring a peace for Yemen, the statement of the MSF said in a statement, Saba got a copy of it.

3.1.2017 – HPFHGGI (* A H)

People are subject to queues for water. This is #Yemen.
We are sharing the work of local NGO helping the people of #Taiz. Here is their message:
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cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

5.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Security dismantle TNT bomb in Ibb

dismantled a TNT explosive bomb planted on the main road of Ibb governorate

5.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Security services dismantle 2 bombs in Bayda

dismantled two explosive bombs planted on two regular roads in two districts of al-Bayda province

5.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

More enthusiastic Yemen young people joining secret camps for training, then go fight US-backed Saudi invaders. Pic. Wed Jan 4 Sanaa (photo)

4.1.2017 – Al Monitor (* B P)

How long can Yemen's Houthi-Saleh alliance last?

Tensions between Houthi rebels and their ally, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have escalated since their formation of a self-proclaimed joint government Nov. 28. The process wasn't easy to begin with, and challenges continue to threaten the tenuous arrangement.

The biggest problem facing the newly formed, large government is its lack of legitimacy because no country has recognized it.

Despite heavy international pressure for both sides to resolve their differences, the Houthis and Saleh have declared their National Salvation Government, with a parliament known as the Supreme Political Council. Disputes were expected, due to the nature of the parties' alliance: united by war and divided over politics. They are not natural allies; the Houthis fought numerous civil wars against Saleh when he was in power.

The distribution of ministries between Saleh's party and the Houthi party was significant, as it reflected each party’s priorities. Houthis wanted the ministries related to education, while the General People’s Congress (GPC, chaired by Saleh) sought the more profitable ministries such as telecommunications, oil and other technical ministries. Houthis also took the Interior Ministry, while the GPC took the Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry.

Internally, the new government’s formation is considered a late attempt to legitimize the alliance between Houthis and Saleh in the areas under their control, as Yemenis had gotten used to calling these two parties the "de facto authority.”

Efforts toward legitimacy will face obstacles such as the collapsing economic situation, an empty bank treasury and a lack of resources such as oil exports. Other factors won’t help either, such as the formation of groups that exploited the war, governmental institutions’ inability to collect money from people and the presence of corrupt figures within the popular committees Houthis formed.

With time, it became harder to disband the committees and the network of beneficiaries, for fear that would lead to a clash between the Houthis and Saleh's GPC. Therefore, the National Salvation Government was formed for the purpose of distributing the spoils of war between the two parties, amid heated competition over the state’s positions and funds.

The National Salvation Government formation is a milestone in relations between Saleh and the Houthis, which started as merely a common goal and enemy. Their goal was to undermine the transitional political process Hadi had begun in 2012, but each had a different reason: Houthis could use the power of arms to get more from politics and elections, which would normally only give them a few seats in parliament, while Saleh sought to assert that the 2011 revolution against him failed.

Saleh and the Houthis also have a common partisan nature. They hail from the same region, predominated by Zaydis, who have monopolized Yemen rule for hundreds of years. Saleh represents the tribal side of the Zaydi areas in Yemen, and Houthis reflect the religious aspect of the same region. Consequently, they developed common enemies. Also, Hadi constitutes a threat for both of them because he reflects the political rise of different Yemeni regions like the south, thus breaking the Zaydis’ monopolization of the rule.

Tensions between Saleh and the Houthis broke out when the latter attempted to expand their influence into Saleh’s regions through tribes supporting him or through army camps. The disputes were mainly lightly armed skirmishes due to their conflict over Sabaha Camp in south Sanaa in February 2015.

Tensions persisted between the Houthis and Saleh until Operation Decisive Storm began in March 2015. It was then that a second alliance phase began, and it was governed by necessity and common feelings of danger. The two parties appeared united. But it was not long before tensions resurfaced when Houthis began negotiating with Saudi Arabia and ignored Saleh. He thus called on his supporters to amass on the first anniversary of Saudi Arabia's strikes.

Houthis were furious because this move exposed Saleh’s public strength, which they do not have. However, tensions were restricted to the media and only became clearer and worse during the Kuwait negotiations – by Maysaa Shuja al-Dee

My comment: This is a clear anti-Houthi and anti-Saleh article. Already very often there has been written about tensions between Houthis and Saleh and his party. If there were, these tensions did not escalate at all. – The new Sanaa government does not lack “legitimacy” because of lacking international recognition; legitimacy only can depend on the countries own conditions, never on any foreign recognition. – The Supreme Political Council is not the parliament as the author writes; that simply is rubbish. – The Houthis did not and do not “represent Iran in the regional context”, what simply is Saudi rubbish propaganda.

5.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A H P)

Houthi rebels fail to provide food for detainees

The Houthi rebels have failed to provide food for hundreds of detainees at a prison in the capital Sana'a, the UAE-based al-Etihad newspaper received a document which affirms their failure.

The document sent by Director of the Criminal Investigation Apparatus to the General Director of the Sana'a Security provided that they lack to essential food, water and gas, pointing out that the number of the detainees exceeds the capacity of the prison.

The document also warned that the lack to food would result in chaos inside the prison which includes hundreds of detainees who have been seized for months without charges or trials.

My comment: That could be true and is a relentless propaganda article nevertheless. Of course, those holding them are obliged to feed the detainees. But that are the Saudis who block a great part of food imports to Houthi-held Yemen, thus having created an enormous lack of any foodstuff there. And this lack of food still has been increased by financial maneuvers (relocation of Central Bank) by Saudi’s puppet government in Aden. So, who actually is to blame??

4.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

1000s of new Yemen fighters Joining battlefields to fight US-backed Saudi invaders. Graduation/ Sanaa/ Wednesday Jan 4/2017 (photos)

4.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen security forces Kick off new year by declaring bew plans for more security measures in all over Yemen. Defying Saudi war criminals (photos)

My comment: They also should stop the arbitrariness of Houthi militia.

4.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A )

Houthi leader injured and security guard killed by unidentified gunmen in Dhamar

4.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Yemeni tribesmen march to express support for army

Yemeni tribesmen have staged a rally in the capital Sana'a to reaffirm their support for Ansarullah fighters and allied army units that are fighting back against Saudi Arabia’s aggression. As Press TV’s Sana’a correspondent reports the participants vowed to fight to the end against the Saudi aggressors who’ve recently ramped up their airstrikes on Yemen.

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Vice President of SPC meets Russian chargé d'affaires

Vice President of the Supreme Political Council (SPC) Dr. Qasim Labuza met on Wednesday with chargé d'affaires of the Russian Federation embassy to Yemen.
The meeting dealt with the efforts and international exerted efforts to resume the peace talks and the recent developments in the international position on peace in Yemen as well as the Russian role which is a reliable that seek stability and peace in the world.
The meeting also touched upon the repercussions of the Saudi-catastrophic aggression

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets WFP acting resident representative

Foreign Minister said that the ministry works to overcome the difficulties and facilitate the work of all international organizations accredited in Yemen,
He stressed the need of the return of those organizations to work in Yemen, especially after the creation of appropriate conditions of returning of all missions to work inside the country.

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Transport Minister discusses with WFP acting resident representative support Hodeida port rehabilitation

The meeting dealt with the possibility of renovating the fixed cranes at the port and purchase of large cranes which destroyed by the US-Saudi aggression warplanes on the port. In addition to maintenance roads and bridges between Sana'a and Hodeida provinces.
The meeting reviewed the difficulties facing the transportation food and humanitarian aid provided by the WFP for Yemen's provinces, in particular Taiz province.

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Vice President of SPC meets Moral Guidance Department director

Vice President of the Supreme Political Council Dr. Qasim Labuza stressed on Wednesday the importance of the Moral Guidance Department of the Armed Forces' role in mobilizing members of armed and security forces and popular committees to strongly continue to confront the Saudi brutal aggression that breaching all norms of the international laws.

3.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K)

Houthi militias ‘recruiting children’ in Yemen

Houthi militias forcefully recruited more than 450 children from al-Mahwit governorate west of Sanaa, in December, and sent them to war fronts despite their parents’ reluctance, it has been revealed.

Local sources say Houthi rebels in al-Mahwit governorate recruited children less than 13 years of age and sent them to various fronts, mainly Nahm.

Meanwhile tribal sources told that Houthi militias recently opened camps to train hundreds of children in Mahwit, adding that other camps were also established in Amran.

They also said these children are either told they will be given weapons or kidnapped from their parents. According to them, dozens have been killed and their bodies returned to their families in Nahm. Yemeni human rights sources estimate that Houthi militias recruited around 10,000 children during 2016 alone – By Kamel al-Matri

3.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K)

Houthi militias recruit children by force

Militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are recruiting children by force in districts of Malhan and Jabal al-Mahweet of al-Mahweet governorate, local sources told Alsahwah Net.

The sources affirmed that Secretary General of al-Mahweet gathered last month 50 children, claiming that they would attend a cultural course organized by the Houthis, but the children were surprised as they were sent to fighting fronts.

The sources said that children refused to join the Houthi fighting fronts, but they were sent by force.

My comment: Yes, the Houthis (as the anti-Houthi militia as well) are recruiting children. Whether by force, I would imagine this is a propaganda story. And look once again that you not at all can trust any figures of pro-Saudi pro-Hadi propaganda: 50 children in Mahweet in December? 450? That’s a little difference.

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A P)

Subcommittees of General Amnesty free 117 collaborators in Baidha, Sana'a

The Subcommittee of the General Amnesty in Baidha province freed on Tuesday 80 of collaborators with the aggression forces.
The Subcommittee of the General Amnesty in Sana'a province also freed 37 of collaborators with the aggression forces.
During their release, the released expressed their happiness to return to their homes
and their pledge to return to the right path.
The released rejected their fighting with the sons of the Yemeni people and the killing innocent women and children, calling all other collaborators outside the country to apply for a general amnesty and live in peace among their families in Yemen.

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Akram Attia sworn in on Tuesday before the President of the Supreme Political Council (SPC) Saleh al-Sammad on the occasion of his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister at the National Salvation Government

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Deputy PM meets chairman of Yemeni Club to coordinate with BRICS

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Police dismantle explosive device in Ibb

Police found and dismantled explosive device in front of Ibb University's gate, a security official told Saba on Tuesday.

3.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Journalists Union condemns abduction of journalist Tayseer Alsamei and demands his release

The Yemeni Journalists Union has condemned the abduction of the journalist Tayseer Alsamei and called on the Houthi group to release him immediately.

The Union also held the Houthi group fully responsible for the live and safety of journalist Alsamei, who was kidnapped yesterday by Houthi gunmen in Khadder area, south of Taiz city, and was taken to one of their prisons

Remark: look at YPR 248, cp5.

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

National media defeats Saudi high-price-paid propaganda: Forum

Baydha University organized Tuesday a forum on the role of the national media to confront and expose Saudi aggression media propaganda against Yemen.
During the seminar, Dean of the Administrative Sciences Faculty, Professor Hevd Allah Al-Sabahi spoke about aspects of the role played by the national media during the current phase experienced by the country under the continuing Saudi aggression war and all-out siege.
He reviewed the honor role of the national media in revealing and exposing the Saudi-paid aggression propaganda.
The discussion, which attended by senior university professors and senior international relations' researchers, concluded that the national media in relying on ground facts has defeated the Saudi aggression high-price-paid propaganda.

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (*A P)

Interior minister orders to integrate popular committees into police apparatus

Interior minister Mohammed Abdullah al-Qawsi ordered the quick integration of the popular committees into the police apparatus.
The order made on Monday during a meeting chaired by the minister with the senior leaders of the interior ministry.
The move aims to enhance security and stability of the nation.

My comment: “Popular committees” is Houthi fighters. Thus, the Sanaa government makes a similar move as the Hadi government in 2015: Hadi had integrated militia fighting against the Houthis into his army. – Integrating militia into the police is a very doubtful measure anyway: this also formally gives them power to control and detain civilians. It only could be successful if the Houthi militia is strictly integrated into the police apparatus and the police hierarchy, forcing them to strictly adhere to the law. I think, having integrated them into the army would have been better.

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

3.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K)

Arms Sent from Aden to Houthis Confiscated

The Yemeni Popular Resistance seized on Monday a truck loaded with thermal rockets and RPG missiles on their way from Aden to Houthi rebels in the capital Sana’a.

The seizure of the weapons led to a controversy, after the man who transferred them said he had an official permit to carry out his mission.

Ibrahim Al-Halimi, commander of the military area where the arms were confiscated, said the truck contained anti-armored thermal missiles, several RPGs in addition to mortar rockets. The commander asserted that the truck was transferred to a safe area, refusing to give any details about the identities of the driver and his assistant.

The office of Yemeni Interior Minister Major General Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Qawsi denied on Monday the ministry had issued a permit for the truck to cross the checkpoints without being searched.

The ministry formed an investigating committee to look into the case of the loaded truck and to examine whether it actually carried arms, the party that facilitated its exit from Aden, in addition to the party that sent it. =

My comment: A somewhat strange story. The Houthis actually have plenty of that stuff. It seems still quite uncertain where the arms really should go to. I think it’s more probable that this just was a try to make money, the one paying the best price getting these weapons.


2.1.2017 – Saleh Khalid Saleh (A P)

Ministry of interior affairs and local authorities of #Aden exchange accusations indirectly over weapons smuggling to #Houthis.

Comment by Judith Brown: Now this is an interesting post together with the last one that blamed weapons smuggling on Iran. This one describes a slanging match between groups who blame each other for smuggling weapons. Isn't it funny how in war the weapons get through even when food and medicine doesn't.

3.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

President Hadi directs handle cases of prisons' inmates

President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi has directed judges and heads of courts to immediately visit prisons and detentions to handle different cases of inmates.

Yemenis protested lately of last December in the port city of Aden to immediately release prisoners and detainees who are held in prisons and police stations without being referred to courts.

My comment: Well, this article shows that arbitrary detentions take place in a larger scale in the Hadi controlled areas.

3.1.2017 – AFP (A T)

Viele Tote bei Kämpfen im Jemen

Bei blutigen Auseinandersetzungen mit Al-Kaida-Kämpfern und schiitischen Houthi-Rebellen sind im Jemen am Dienstag 16 Soldaten der Regierungstruppen getötet worden. Die Regierung teilte mit, dass zudem 15 Al-Kaida-Kämpfer und neun Houthi-Rebellen getötet worden seien.

Elf Soldaten wurden nach Angaben der Provinzverwaltung getötet, als ihre Einheit in einen Hinterhalt von Al-Kaida-Kämpfern geriet. Der Vorfall ereignete sich laut Sicherheitskreisen östlich der Küstenstadt Shakra. Zunächst war von fünf getöteten Soldaten die Rede gewesen. Bei dem Vorfall wurden nach offiziellen Angaben 15 Al-Kaida-Kämpfer getötet. Es sei den Al-Kaida-Kämpfern gelungen, zwei Militärfahrzeuge und Waffen zu erobern. = und

Mein Kommentar: Der Schlagzeilenmacher beim Kurier war wohl nicht ganz im Vollbesitz seiner geistigen Kräfte, vgl. Schlagzeile und Artikel.

4.1.2017 – Reuters (A T)

Three Yemeni soldiers killed in offensive against al Qaeda: sources

At least three soldiers were killed in clashes with al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen in an operation launched by the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi, security sources said.

They said at least 10 other soldiers were wounded when troops were ambushed east of the coastal city of Shuqra on Tuesday. Intense clashes were continuing on Wednesday.

My comment: There had been killed 11 soldiers.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

3.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

UN Envoy to meet President Hadi in Aden

It is set that the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will meet President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden during the next few days.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed will also meet Omani and Saudi officials in Muscat and Riyadh.

A government source told the London-based Alhyah newspaper that the Yemeni government has not received a reply from Ould Cheikh regarding its demands to amend the UN roadmap.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed will resume his efforts on peace talks with Yemeni different parties, media outlets reported last week.

3.1.2017 – Inner City Press (A P)

@SwedenUN UNSC Program for Jan. #Yemen & #Burundi in footnotes, some not even there: #WesternSahara? #IKEA? (image)

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Putting #Yemen In the footnotes, this is how Sweden overhaul it relation with Saudi after they stood up for human rights in Saudi.

2.1.2017 – Huffington Post (A P)

UNHRC decay needs urgent treatment

Antonio Guterres, who replaced Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general on January 1 should immediately treat the decay in the UN Human Rights Council.

The whole of the UN is stained by the UNHRC’s ineffectual response to the humanitarian disaster in Syria, its inexcusable disregard of systematic Christian persecution, the membership of serial human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia and its trifling support for women’s rights.

In October Saudi Arabia was re-elected to the UNHRC, without a heed for Amnesty International’s 2015-16 report detailing severe human rights violations by the kingdom – by Ida Lichter

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

5.1.2017 – The Independent (* A E P)

Saudi Arabia flogs foreign workers for burning bus protest over unpaid wages

Hundreds of foreign workers, who need to send earnings home to their families, waited more than six months for pay

A group of foreign construction workers who staged a protest about unpaid wages have been sentenced to 300 lashes and four months behind bars in Saudi Arabia.

Video from the protest in April shows a row of buses belonging to their employer, Binladin Group, set ablaze by the angry men, who claimed had not been paid for six months.

Authorities confirmed at the time that seven buses were set alight.

In the courtroom in Mecca, some of the protesters were reportedly sentenced to four months in prison and 300 lashes for destroying public property and inciting unrest during the demonstration. Others were given a lesser sentence of 45 days’ detention.

Workers employed by the Binladin Group and Saudi Oger were left waiting for their wages after a collapse in oil revenues left the kingdom unable to pay the private firms it had contracted to undertake major building projects.

The government had earlier said that it would pay its arrears to private firms by the following month, Middle East Eye reported.

But on 22 December, Finance Minister Mohammed Aljadaan, after releasing the 2017 budget, said money owed to the private sector would be paid “within 60 days”.

The majority of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia come from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Many send the majority of their earnings to families in their home country, who rely on them to get by – by Charlotte England

My comment: And what the West will do now?

4.1.2017 – Alalam (* A E P)

Saudi Arabia to Lash, Jail Foreign Workers over Unpaid Wages Protest

Saudi Arabia has sentenced dozens of foreign construction workers to lashes and jail for a protest held several months ago over unpaid wages.

A court in Mecca on Tuesday sentenced some of the workers to four months in prison and 300 lashes for staging the protest, during which public property was destroyed, and for allegedly inciting unrest during the demonstration. Others were jailed for 45 days.

The workers, employed by the Binladin Group and Saudi Oger, had not been paid for months following a fall in the kingdom’s oil revenues, which made Riyadh unable to pay private firms it had contracted to do building projects.

The unpaid workers had reportedly set fire to several buses belonging to the Binladin Group in Mecca last April, Saudi daily Arab News said.

Saudi Arabia, once known for its extravagant public spending, has been severely hit by the plunge in global oil prices. Petrodollars constitute the main part of the kingdom’s income.

Several protests by unpaid foreign workers have been reported across Saudi Arabia over the past months.

4.1.2017 – Ali Al Ahmed (A P)

Photo: #Saudi Monarchy newspaper @alhayat_ksa published this xenophobic cartoon today by @nasser_khames depicting expats as rats

4.1.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Saudi Arabia: ‘Gay porn’ on TV show sparks Twitter storm

Saudi TV channel apologises after live broadcast of 'sex act' between two men denounced by viewers as 'dirty' and 'against religion'

3.1.2017 – Huffington Post (* A E P)

Saudi Arabia in the Crucible: A Conversation with Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Special insights as to the likelihood of sweeping change can be gleaned from Saudi Arabia’s own longtime proponents of social reform, who have seen high hopes dashed before. Prominent among them is Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, who served as General Manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel during its formative years, after a memorable stint as editor-in-chief of the pan-Arab daily Asharq Alawsat and its sister news magazine, Al-Majalla. Over a four-hour discussion, we explored the relationship between the Kingdom’s planned economic overhaul and the reform of Saudi religious and educational institutions. We discussed the potential role of nascent civil society organizations in fostering change, and what Americans and others might be able to do to strengthen their hand. Finally, we touched on what changes Saudi reformists hope to see in American policy toward Saudi Arabia under the Trump Administration, and how Saudi relations with Israel and Jews generally might be encouraged to improve.

He stressed that he was expressing his own personal views.

Al-R: one had the ability to reform only one of the three universities, it should be Al-Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, because that is our political capital.

What does it mean to “reform” these institutions? The challenge of doing so goes well beyond removing incendiary paragraphs in textbooks, which are minimal. This is about supplanting a retrograde ideology with a modern, tolerant one. In my country, supporters of such a shift use the term “Al-Islam al-Wasati” (centrist Islam) to describe what they are seeking.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Whoa.... KSA's Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Wahhabism a "retrograde ideology" which Saudi Arabia must replace with "modern, tolerant" Islam.

My comment: Interesting interview and insight into Saudi Arabia – of course containing a great bulk of propaganda. I don’t think Wahabism can ever change.

3.1.2017 – Abbas Kadhim (A P)

#Saudi govt. spends SR 2.7 billion to pay off electricity bills for "VIPs". Ordinary people don't qualify for such generosity. referring to

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

4.1.2017 – The Daily Caller (A H)

Obama Extends Amnesty For Yemenis

The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which protects people from certain nations from deportation, has been extended for two years for Yemeni immigrants.

TPS beneficiaries are not eligible to receive lawful permanent resident status or a “green card,” but they can live in the U.S. free of risk of deportation, and receive work permits, welfare, drivers licenses, and social security.

TPS is an a form of executive amnesty and administered through the DHS and can be continually renewed – by Alex Pfeiffer

5.1.2017 – Die Presse (A P)

USA überstellen vier Guantanamo-Insassen nach Saudi-Arabien

Das Gefangenenlager leert sich. Bis zu seinem Amtsende am 20. Jänner will Obama die Zahl der Insassen von einst 242 auf 40 reduzieren. Trump protestiert.

Die USA überstellen trotz Protesten des künftigen Präsidenten Donald Trump in Kürze vier Insassen des umstrittenen US-Gefangenenlagers Guantanamo nach Saudi-Arabien. Regierungsvertreter kündigten dies am Mittwoch an. Bis zu 15 weitere Gefangene sollen noch folgen, bevor Präsident Barack Obama sein Amt am 20. Jänner an Trump abgibt. Sollte alles nach Plan verlaufen, würden dann noch etwa 40 Menschen in dem umstrittenen Militärlager auf Kuba einsitzen.

Mein Kommentar: Nach Saudi-Arabien: das ist ja wohl ein schlechter Scherz.

4.1.2017 – Tagesspiegel (A P)

Obama will weitere Guantanamo-Gefangene entlassen

US-Präsident Barack Obama will wie geplant weitere Guantanamo-Gefangene entlassen - und ärgert damit seinen Nachfolger Donald Trump.

Mehrere der 23 verbliebenen Insassen stammen aus dem Jemen. Wegen der instabilen Lage in dem Bürgerkriegsland wollen die USA aber keine Häftlinge dorthin schicken.

3.1.2017 – RT (* B K P T)

Film: Noam Chomsky: Yemen: The most extraordinary terrorism campaign in history

Film: Noam Chomsky - Jemen - Die außergewöhnlichste Terrorismus Kampagne der Geschichte (deutsche Untertitel)

3.1.2017 – The American Conservative (* B P)

Obama’s Misguided Indulgence of U.S. Client States

Obama has been a great one for chiding client states while simultaneously showering them in weapons and aid. Like his supposed “disdain of military force,”Obama’s willingness to “marginalize” some U.S. clients is mostly imaginary. Until the recent abstention on UNSCR 2334, the Obama administration had done much less to pressure Israel on settlements or anything else than previous administrations did, and at the same time it kept increasing the flow of weapons and aid for eight years. The story with the Saudis and the other Gulf states is much the same: some very mild, generic criticism combined with unprecedented levels of arms sales and completely uncritical backing of a reckless, atrocious war in Yemen. When the clients complain about the mild criticism, the Obama administration responds by giving them even more support, so one has to assume that some of the complaining is feigned in order to extract more benefits. As for Egypt, Obama did very little to protest the military coup and subsequent dictatorship despite the fact that he was obliged by U.S. law to suspend military aid. Once again, the client government bridled at the minor effort at protest, and then Obama yielded to try to placate them. Far from telling these governments “hard truths” and forcing them to face up to them, the Obama administration has mostly coddled and catered to these client states’ wishes.

The nuclear deal with Iran would seem to be the one big exception to all this, but that is somewhat misleading. In that case, Obama wasn’t stopped from pursuing the deal on account of the whining clients, but he nonetheless thought that he had to “reassure” them with more weapons and promises of support anyway – by Daniel Larison

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

3.1.2017 – Government of Ireland (A H P)

Minister Flanagan and MoS McHugh announce €2 million in funding for Yemen

Minister Flanagan warns Yemen is at risk of becoming a failed state

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh TD, today announced that Ireland will provide a further €2 million in humanitarian funding to meet urgent needs in Yemen resulting from a civil war that has intensified since March 2015. =

My comment: That’s about US $ 0,08 per capita, added to US $ 0,16 from Ireland from 2016. Yemen already IS a failed state – and the European Community had contributed to pull Yemen into this situation by various support for the Saudi interference.

Comment by Judith Brown: It's a bit late to talk of risk when there is no bank two governments two armies and over ten million starving people who are bombed from the air by their belligerent neighbour on a daily basis.

3.1.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A C H)

400,000 Yemeni babies missing in Israel

Israel last week made public a database of 400,000 Jewish Yemeni children that have disappeared since the 1950s, the Times of Israel reported.

When mass migration from different parts of the world into Israel began in the 1950s, there were many cases of babies being kidnapped from hospitals and refugee camps. This was especially common amongst Yemeni Jews. Babies were usually put up for adoption either inside Israel or abroad.

The Israeli authorities usually refused to investigate further and dismissed the cases. It was very common that the Israeli authorities would claim the kidnapped babies died in the hospital and close the case.

Bodies were not shown to the parents and locations of burials were not given. Many suspected that this was part of a conspiracy to ensure the Ashkenazi branch of Judaism, which is mostly followed by Jews of a European heritage, remains the most dominant in Israel.

“For close to 60 years, people did not know the fate of their children, in a few minutes any person can access the pages containing all the information that the government of Israel has,” Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said.

This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

4.1.2017 – Live UA Map (A)

Yemen map: There are rumours that Oman has already shut down its border posts with Yemen, which may indicate a new development (with map)

3.1.2017 – Brookings (* A P)

Is Oman aligning with the Saudis on Iran?

Saudi Arabia and Oman are improving their scratchy relations to strengthen Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) unity. There is likely to remain some distance between Riyadh and Muscat on regional issues, however, especially regarding the war in Yemen.

Late in December, Oman formally joined Saudi Arabia’s multinational Islamic military alliance, formed in 2015.

Oman has long had a policy of trying to deescalate tensions in the Gulf between Iran and the Sunni gulf monarchies.

The Saudis want Oman to be more aligned with the rest of the GCC on Iran.

Joining the Islamic military alliance is a gesture toward Riyadh by Qaboos. It is expected to help set the stage for a visit to the Sultanate by King Salman in the new year.

Oman has not joined the Saudi coalition at war in neighboring Yemen. The Omanis have kept open channels to the Houthi rebels and the supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh

The Sultan has been quietly trying to find a way to end the war with a cease-fire and a new, inclusive, national government. The Saudis are also looking for an honorable solution to what is an increasingly expensive quagmire.

MBS is the key. Any settlement that opens up the question whether the war was a terrible mistake will raise the culpability and responsibility of the war’s architect. A formula that leaves the prince and his succession prospects unaffected is tough to envision – by Bruce Riedel

cp13a Mercenaries / Söldner

23.11.2015 – Al Monitor (* B K P)

Sudan gets $2.2B for joining Saudi Arabia, Qatar in Yemen war

Saudi Arabia’s disastrous military campaign in Yemen has been a source of humiliation. In an effort to prevail against the Houthi rebels, Riyadh has reached out to Sudan and other African nations for on-the-ground support. Ultimately, Saudi Arabia’s ability to secure a commitment from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) must be analyzed within the context of Sudan’s domestic problems, which have left the country on the verge of total economic collapse.

Since 1997, US-imposed sanctions on Sudan’s central bank have weakened the country’s access to global financial markets and hard currency.

These dismal conditions have led officials in the capital of Khartoum to seek financial assistance from its Gulf Arab allies.

Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have indeed provided a crucial financial lifeline for heavily sanctioned Sudan.

But support for Sudan is not being delivered without strings attached.

Khartoum is now paying for the aid by fighting in Yemen. In the past several weeks, hundreds of Sudanese officers and soldiers have joined the roughly 1,000 SAF troops already fighting there. In October, Sudanese Defense Minister Awad bin Auf said, “There are 6,000 fighters from special forces, ground forces and elite troops ready to participate when requested by the leadership of the coalition. … Even if more troops and military contribution is needed, we are ready for any developments.”

Sudan joined Riyadh’s coalition despite having spent several years strengthening ties with Iran.

Last year, however, Sudan's relationship with Tehran took a new turn. In September 2014, Sudanese authorities closed Iranian cultural centers in Khartoum and other locations, citing Iran’s alleged efforts to spread Shiism in Sudan. In reality, Sudan’s tiny Shiite minority poses no true threat to the regime, and the closure of the cultural centers can be explained only within the context of Sudan's geopolitical pivot toward Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis, of course, impose no human rights litmus test for their partners in their Yemen intervention.

The price Sudan pays for this financial lifeline is participation in Yemen’s escalating civil war – by Giorgio Cafiero =

My comment: It looks whether I missed this article in 2015.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

3.1.2017 – CBC (* A H)

University of Ottawa student uses holidays to deliver aid to Yemeni refugee camp

Zein Ahmed raised $10K to buy hygiene items for refugee camp in Djibouti

While many university students headed home for the holidays, a biomedical science student from the University of Ottawa decided to use her time to travel thousands of kilometres away to deliver aid to Yemeni refugees at a camp in Djibouti.

Before her trip, Zein Ahmed raised $10,000 — mostly through an online campaign — and she credits the generosity of strangers for the campaign's success.

"We only had a short period of time to do this," said Ahmed during an interview just before leaving Ottawa.

"It just shows how the Ottawa community has such a big heart."

Ahmed, however, has a very personal connection to the story.

Ahmed said the real crisis has been among the thousands of people forced to live in refugee camps, which is why she came up with the fundraising campaign to donate aid and build awareness.

"I'm a little nervous," she said during a call this week. "I'm not sure what to expect."

But she already knows she doesn't want this to be the last of her efforts to help the refugees.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

1.2017 – Nanyang Technological University (* B T)

CTTA: Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2017

2016 saw the so-called Islamic State (IS) in retreat following sustained bombardment and military attacks and airstrikes by the US-led coalition as well as Russian and Syrian forces.

Even so, the terrorist threat posed by IS and its decentralised networks in 2016 shows no sign of abatement. Throughout the year, IS‘ active worldwide networks demonstrated the ability to plan, direct, train, recruit and radicalise from abroad, operating with impunity and surpassing the threat from Al Qaeda‘s old guard.

The stage is therefore set for 2017 to be a portentous and decisive year for IS and countries afflicted by the threat of terrorism.

In Yemen, AQ through its franchise, AQAP, adopted a similar strategy; it has been willing to share power with local governing institutions resulting in its rapid expansion across four out of 21 provinces in the country; all provinces are in the south, with Hadramaut being the largest province (Masi 2016). The execution of this strategy was seen when AQAP, after taking over control of the country‘s third-largest port city, Al Mukalla, withdrew from the area, and said in a statement that the withdrawal was for the benefit of the populace – to protect them from the consequences of a battle (Finn and Hafez 2016).

Such efforts to localise the group‘s rhetoric and embed the group within the local population are seemingly effective and have contributed to IS‘ consolidation in Yemen.

AQAP is also using different names in Yemen such as Ansar Sharia (Supporters of Islamic Law), Abna‘ Hadhramout (Sons of Hadhramout), Abna‘ Abyan (Sons of Abyan) as a ‘cover‘ for its local activities (Al-Batati 2015). The localisation of AQAP is also manifested in these groups. In this regard, AQAP seeks to obscure its terrorist identity through these alternate groups whilst involving locals to pursue its goal of establishing strict governance based on Sharia Law in Yemen.

Although IS is expected to be defeated in the coming months, it will not be without military capability as seen in its recent capture of Palmyra and strong resistance in Mosul.

Many foreign IS fighters may return to their countries of origins or to more ‘hospitable‘ wilayats like Yemen, Sinai, the Khorasan and Mindanao (Philippines) where their presence will heighten the threat levels for these countries and their neighbours.

Al-Batati, S., 2015. Al-Qaeda in Yemen launches a 'hearts and minds' campaign. Middle East Eye, Accessed 15 November 2016.

Aljazeera. 2016d. Yemen: Houthi, Saleh council formation criticised by UN. Accessed 15 November 2016.

Finn, T. and Hafez, A., 2016. Al Qaeda in Yemen confirms retreat from port city of Mukalla. Reuters. Accessed 15 November 2016.

Masi, A., 2016. Al Qaeda Winning Hearts And Minds Over ISIS In Yemen With Social Services. International Business Times. Accessed 15 November 2016

3.1.2017 – Fars News (B T)

Arab Analyst: ISIL Plans to Target Saudi Oil Facilities, Sends Message to Erdogan through Attack on Turkey's Resorts

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, warned that ISIL intends to take revenge from Saudi Arabia and Turkey and plans to attack against Saudi oil facilities, adding that the terrorist group's attack on Turkey's resort towns bore a vital a message to Ankara.

"(ISIL ringleader) al-Baghdadi has called for attacking the oil facilities and interests of the countries which are members of the anti-ISIL coalition and inflicting a large casualties on them," Atwan wrote on Tuesday.

He said al-Baghdadi's order was directed at Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab countries or Libya.

Atwan referred to the recent developments in the region after the Syrian and Iraqi armies and their allies' victories against the ISIL and the terrorist group's plots to revenge, and said, "Turkey may sustain the most damage of this development; specially after it joined the anti-ISIL war after years of delay."

3.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (* A T)

Film: Al Kazmi / Com.officer in Hadi army, reports ISIS fight along Saudi coalition & No such thing fighting terrorism in Aden #Yemen

3.1.2017 – AP (* A T)

Yemeni troops attack al-Qaida militants; 26 die in battle

Yemeni security officials say pro-government forces attacked al-Qaida militants in the country's south, killing 15 jihadis but losing 11 of their own troops.

The officials say the fighting began when security forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels elsewhere in the country, on Tuesday attacked an al-Qaida stronghold in the Marakasha mountains in Abyan province, east of the southern city of Aden.

The area has long been a militant haven – by Ahmed Al-Haj =

cp15 Propaganda

5.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen to Brief Guterres on Tehran’s Violations

Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations Khaled al-Yamani revealed his country’s intention to submit to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres a file on Iran’s violations and meddling in Yemen’s internal affairs.

“We will brief Guterres on Iran’s violations very soon, especially that international security and safety is among his major concerns,” al-Yamani told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

He said that Yemen’s security and safety should be part of the U.N. Secretary General’s priorities in order to end arms smuggling operations and violations of Yemen’s sovereignty.

Al-Yamani added: “We will hinge on the decisions reached by Yemen’s Sanctions Committee, pursuant to resolution 2140 (2014), which put Ali Abdullah Saleh and Abdul-Malik al-Houthi on the list of those wanted for obstructing settlement acts in Yemen.”

Among the powers of this committee, he explained, is to review Iran’s interference in Yemen’s affairs.

Yemen’s Ambassador to the U.N. pointed out the committee’s investigation in the number of vessels seized while attempting to smuggle arms to Houthis.

He said that it monitored the mechanisms and forms of smuggling in Yemen or via the coastal areas controlled by Houthi militias, including those captured in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

Al-Yamani confirmed that the reports will be resubmitted to Guterres, while holding former U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon responsible for not halting Iran’s actions, especially after being briefed on all the reports.

“We did not attack Iran nor did we send arms to Iranian cities. No Arab country in general and Gulf country in particular worked on inciting any of the Iranian factions against the Iranian regime. Therefore, we do not accept any interference by Iran in the internal affairs of regional countries.”

He said that if Iran wants to coexist with other countries in the region, it could always decide to discuss different matters with them instead of imposing its expansionist policies – by Said Al-Abyad

My comment: A new person in charge, and quickly again confronted with the same old propaganda shit. Will they also confront Guterres with the “Saudi violations” in Yemen? Compared to Saudi violations, Iranian ones are like an ant standing beside an elephant. – “We did not attack Iran nor did we send arms to Iranian cities.” is really a good joke when looking at Saudi coalition air strikes. Who did attack Yemen? Who sent arms worth US $ 115 billion to Saudi Arabia within the last 8 years? – Another joke: “that if Iran wants to coexist with other countries in the region, it could always decide to discuss different matters with them instead of imposing its expansionist policies”: What about the Saudi way “to discuss different matters”? It is spelled “200,000 airstrikes”. According to the author, this will not be “imposing its expansionist policies”.

5.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

On footsteps of ISIS, Houthis blow up mosques

On footsteps of ISIS, militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh blew up a 29 mosques and turned out 146 others to military barracks and depots for weaponry.

According to an official report issued by the communication program held between Yemeni religious scholars and the Saudi Ministry for Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, 29 mosques were destroyed by the Houthis since they took over Yemen and until the early of 2006.

The report affirmed that the Houthis turned ground floors of mosques to heavy and medium weapon depots. They also turned courtyards of mosques to places for breaks and military training.

The report disclosed that there are Houthi-Iranian arrangements aiming to target mosques, pointing out that the Houthis brought in press photographers of Iranian TVs to cover the blowing up of Dar al-Hadeeth Center (An Islamic Teaching Center) in north of Saadah in 2014.

The report stressed that contents of mosques including microphones, carpets and others were looted by the Hothis, indicating that they also replaced imams and preachers of mosques with Houthi ones by force.

My comment: There is no further information given: Destroyed by what? By shelling during fighting? Destroyed or more or less damaged? Presumably both. With the intention to destroy a mosque in special? Within which period? The only example mentioned is from 2014, before the beginning of the war. And especially this certainly is a quite bad example: Dar al-Hadeeth Center had been founded with Saudi billions at Damaj in Saada province within the Zaidi population with the intention to pummel Zaidism and to spread Wahabism and Salafism among the Zaidi population. To encounter this threat, the Houthi movement had been founded in the 1990s – as a political-religious movement in it’ beginning. Damaj was like a Wahabi thorn in the Yemeni Zaidi flesh – the conflict finally got violent and became the beginning of a never-ending civil war, which morphed to the war we now have today.

Of course, the beheading of Zaidism by Wahabi indoctrination through Damaj would have resulted in a Saudi superiority about Yemen not only in the field of religion, but also politically. – In wars like these both sides misuse buildings like mosques as weapons storehouses, for military meetings etc. That’s not only the Houthis. – And, one more figure when looking at the 29 mosques destroyed by the Houthis – in which period, I would like to know – : Between March 25, 2015 and November 14, 2016, Saudi air raids had destroyed and damaged 675 mosques in Yemen. To be added those destroyed by shelling of anti-Houthi fighters and those deliberately blown up by AQAP and IS.

4.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Lol. Example of Saudi coalition propaganda, Military expert analysis: Hadi forces are 25 km from Sana'a seaport (film)

Comment by Beatrice de Filippis: LOL. Everyone knows Sanaa is famous for its seafood and corniche and roll of the waves...

LOL. Everyone knows Sanaa is famous for its seafood and corniche and roll of the waves...

Comment: Just because Saudis +GCC are trying to invade #Yemen does not mean the geography can be adapted to the news and propaganda. This is hysterical (the war, absolutely, no)

4.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen: Concerns Over Changes in Educational Curricula on Confessional, Sectarian Bases

Yemen’s rebel groups are about to introduce core amendments to school programs on “confessional bases”, well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

The sources said that the Houthi rebels were attempting to amend school curricula to better reflect their own ideologies and distort the confessional and sectarian balance that prevailed in Yemen for many centuries.

According to the sources, the newly appointed minister of Education in the rebels’ government in Sana’a, Yehia Badruddine al-Houthi, is seeking to implement major changes in the educational programs by removing some religious texts (Prophets’ sayings) and replacing them with other texts that better expose Houthis’ beliefs.

Simultaneously, Prime Minister of Yemen’s legitimate government, Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, ordered the printing of new copies of school books, after several years of halt in book printing, amid concerns over the future of the educational system in the wake of Houthis’ control over the Education Ministry’s administrative body.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Yemeni Minister of Education in the legitimate government, Dr. Abdullah Lamlas, said that the government would not amend any of its school programs, but would print new copies of books in March and November as usual for the first and second terms of each year.

The minister noted that amendments sought by the Houthis were based on confessional criteria, and did not benefit Yemeni students.

“Those changes are totally unacceptable”, he said.

My comment: That’s great that a Saudi media objects to anyone else “Changes in Educational Curricula on Confessional, Sectarian Bases” – that’s Saudi Arabia having the worst sectarian school program you could imagine, using school books teaching violence against infidels:

3.1.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Yemen's PM congratulates Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on 2nd anniversary of assuming reins of power

Dr. Ahmed Obaid bin Dhughr, Prime Minister of Yemen, has congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the 2nd anniversary of assuming reins of power.
In a cable to the monarch, bin Dhughr lauded the qualitative graph change of relations between the two neighboring countries witnessed over the last two years during the era of the King of Determination.
Bin Dhughr said that the Kingdom has stood steadfast against terrorism and in favor of all Arab and Islamic causes, citing the determination storm and the restoration of hope in support for Yemeni people in response to their leadership's stress to face the coup by Houtis and forces loyal to deposed president Ali Saleh, foiling their plot to become an Iranian-made dagger in the waist of the Arab Gulf states and peoples.
He expressed the pride and gratitude of Yemen, Arab and Islamic nations for the historic positions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as leader of the Arab Coalition for the legitimacy in Yemen, describing him as a true Arab leader who would never neglect an Arab group feeling grievance or pain.

My comment: What a stupid propaganda. Killing scores and bombing a country into ruins should be a “qualitative graph change of relations between the two neighboring countries witnessed over the last two years”. Well to Dagher the bombing war is “support for Yemeni people”.

3.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Saudi Embassy in Cairo: Houthis Violated International Laws by Recruiting Children

Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Cairo issued a statement on Sunday, in which it stressed the Kingdom’s support to Yemen’s legitimate government and its keenness to protect human lives since the early beginning of the Yemeni conflict.

The statement noted that Saudi Arabia has always abided by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216 and by agreed ceasefire.

It added that on several occasions the Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has stressed the Kingdom’s support to the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and to the end of violence in the war-torn country, while highlighting Saudi Arabia’s right to defend itself.

“Despite Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the U.N. resolution and to the agreed truce, the Houthi-Saleh group did not respond to such initiative, but used the truce to steal humanitarian aid and intensify their aggressions on the Yemenis and on the Kingdom’s territories,” the statement added.

Houthi and Saleh-aligned militia in Yemen perpetrated 75,382 violations against civilians and public properties in the first half of 2016, according to the statement. =

My comment: This statement contains nothing new at all. The old propaganda lies (“Yemen’s legitimate government”; “Saudi Arabia’s right to defend itself”; fancy fake figures of Houthi / Saleh “violations against civilians and public properties” – by Saudi Arabia, the human rights giant and greatest killer Yemen had seen in the last decades. And “recruiting children” from the headline had been an old Saudi propaganda story – while actually both sides do that.

3.1.2017 – Iran Front Page (A P)

Is Saudi Arabia in Retreat after 650 Days of War on Yemen?

In recent months, Saudi Arabia has been showing signals of retreat from the war it waged nearly two years ago on the impoverished people of Yemen.

According to a Farsi report by Kayhan, 22 months after the beginning of Saudi invasion of Yemen, on the eve of the anniversary of Saudi king’s coronation, which is called “Allegiance with Salman”, Adel Al-Jubeir, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, announced that his country prefers political solutions in Syria, Libya and Yemen!

He stated that due to previous experiences in dealing with security challenges, increasing terrorism, and foreign interventions in Saudi Arabia affairs to undermine its domestic security, King Salman of Saudi Arabia is trying to adopt a stable, moderate policy toward regional issues.

My comment: I simply don’t believe anything of such statements anymore. I simply lable this as propaganda.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

4.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


- Place of Violation: Saada, Hajja, Sana’a, Shabwa, Taiz and Lahjj

3.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


- Place of Violation: Saada, Al-Hodieda, Hajja, Al-Dhal’a, Marib, Sana’a, Sana’a Capital, Shabwa, Taiz and Lahjj

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "war on Yemen"

Casualties and damage (full list):

5.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes launch series of raids on various areas in Najran, Jizan, Sa'dah

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched a series of raids on various areas in Najran,Jizan,Sa'dah governorates, a military official told Saba on Thursday.
In Najran, the warplanes targeted AL shrfa area five times.
In Jizan, the airstrikes hit kamr village in AL khoba area two times, as well as one more raid on kaem Zabed and three raids on ALtoal border area.
In Sa'dah, the air raids targeted Wadi Aljbara valley in Kotaf district, causing heavy damage to property of citizens.

5.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

When friends in London call looking for comfort but I have to deal with airstrikes (11 airstrikes in past hour or so). Sana'a

14th airstrike today on special forces camp in Sana'a. 16754th on same camp since start of war. Got too many bombs & just offloading?


5.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Sana’a : US _Saudi aggression warplanes waged ten raids on the Special Forces camp in Al Sobah area

5.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters bombards rebels in Taiz

The fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched on Wednesday ten raids on the Houthi and Saleh forces sites in Kahbob area, east of Bab el-Mandeb Strait of, southwest of Yemen.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the strikes destroyed three armored vehicles and two heavy machine guns, and killed a number of Houthi militants and injured others.

4.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Friendly fire by Saudi jets on their mercenaries on Bihan Shabwah. #Yemen and

4.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: The story of the tragedy of Haj Abdullah proud family, who lost his family because of the crime of Saudi American aggression in Saada

4.1.2017 – Yemen Today (A K PH)

Film: Saudi raids targeting economic institution in Hwabh Bveban Amran

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes wage raids on Najran, Jizan, Sa'ada

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Wednesday a series of air raids on areas of Najran and Jizan regions and Sa'ada province, a military official told Saba.
The US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched five raids on al-Shurfa site in Najran, two air raids on Qamar village in al-Khubah, an air raid on Qaem Zabeed area in Jizan region, the official added.
He said that three raids were hit al-Tewal border crossing by the US-Saudi aggression warplanes.
The Saudi aggression waged an air raid on Wadi al-Abu-Jabarah area in Kutaf district in Sa'ada, causing huge damage to citizens' properties.
The US-Saudi aggression warplanes continued hovering in the sky of Sa'ada province.

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets launch 3 strikes on Nehm

Saudi aggression fighter planes waged three strikes on Nehm district of Sana'a province overnight, a security official told Saba on Wednesday.
The war planes hit the areas of Bin Naji, al-Asalat and Bani Shakwan three times, causing heavy damage to citizens' properties and farms.

4.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saada : warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged 5 raids on the Saber valley directorate Sohar

3.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Airline targeted Saudi American aggression, Tuesday, air raid houses in the city of Saada province Dhahian.

It led air strike by the airline aggression to citizens injured two wounds, one seriously, and destroying two houses were completely destroyed, and caused considerable material damage in neighboring houses in the property of citizens.


3.1.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

Saada province: Abdul Rahman waiting in pain for his only son badly injured by #Saudi #UAE strike his home (photos) and (with text in umage)

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes hit house in Nehm

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Tuesday an air raid on a house in Nehm district of Sana'a province, a local official told Saba.
The official added that the hostile warplanes targeted the house of the late Rajeh Yahya Farhan in Barran area in Aeyah Gutair area, causing the destruction of the house and damaged to the neighboring houses.

3.1.2017 8:35 am – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

US _ Backed Saudi Coalition Launched Several Raids on Saada and Hajja

The US _ backed Saudi coalition launched today several raids on Sana’a , Saada , Al Hodiada and Hajja provinces of Yemen .

A military source said: the warplanes of the US _ backed Saudi coalition launched a series of raids on the provinces of Saada and Hajja . Fighter jets of the Saudi aggression waged two raids on a school in Al Nashor area directorate of Al Safrah in Saada province .

Moreover, wraplanes waged a raid on Mustaba district in Hajja . Also, three raids targeted the costal defens in Al Hodedah , and a raid targeted Kamaran island.

The aggression waged two raids on Manaka directorate of Sana’a province.

3.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Fighter Jets Targeting the Citizens in Saada

Warplanes of the US-Saudi aggression launched on Tuesday morning raid on a citizens’ house in Dhahian city of directorate of Saada .

A military source said, the warplanes of the Saudi American aggression targeted home of citizens and resulted martyrs , two wounded and the destruction of two houses in Dhahian directorate in Saada province.

3.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters bomb repels sites in Marib and al Dhale' governorates

The fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched several air strikes on Monday on the Houthi and Saleh forces sites in Marib governorate, east of the capital Sana’a, and other sites in al Dhale' governorate, south of Yemen.

A military source in Sirwah district, west of Marib city, has told Almasdaronline that the Coalition fighters have launched two air strikes destroying two Houthi military vehicles in al Makhadirah region, southern Sirwah district killing a number of Houthi repels and injuring others.

In Muris also, northern al Dhale' governorate, the Coalition fighters have bombed military sites for the Houthi and allied forces in Nasah mount and destroyed two military vehicles.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Siehe / Look at cp1

5.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills 9 Saudi soldiers

5.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Mercenary Groupings Targeted in Asir Border Region

5.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

A ballistic Missile Targeting the Hypocrites in Bab Al Mandab


5.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

At least 10military vehicles destroyed & dozens of Saudi-backed forces killed by ballistic missile on Bab Al Mandab southwest of Yemen 2day

Terrorists recently airlifted from Syria r among 150 killed & injured by Yemen ballistic missile2day on Saudi-backed forces in Southwest Yemen and


5.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

#Yemen army Ballistic missile hit a Raid camp for Aleppo newly arrivals fighters in Sheab Al Jinn eastern to Bab Al Mandab

5.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: confrontations in al Mandab, government forces shell Houthi sites

4.1.2017 – Gulf News (A K PS)

Yemen forces capture key mountain near Sana’a

Attack on Al Hamra mountain in Nehim ousted rebel forces from their strongholds on Wednesday morning

My comment: “Yemen forces“: Saudi-backed „president“ Hadi’s army.


5.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces control new sites eastern capital Sana'a

but the other side contradicts:

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses attempt to advance in Nehm and

4.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

70 Saudi-Led Coalition Troops Killed in Yemen War in 2 Days

At least 70 Saudi-led coalition members from different countries have been killed by the Yemeni forces over the past 48 hours, FNA dispatches from Yemen said.

The military ranks and the nationalities of the coalition casualties is not clear yet, but reports indicate that several Saudi troops, including high-ranking officers, are among them.

4.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces achieve military gains in Shabwa and coalition fighters launch several raids and

and the other side contradicts:

5.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army secures new sites in Shabwa

5.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Ballistic missile kill many mercenaries in Shabwa

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army purges some sites in Usailan-Shabwa

3.1.2017 – AFP (A K)

Im Kampf gegen die Rebellen gab es in der Umgebung der Stadt Baihan in der Provinz Shabwa neue Kämpfe. Neun Aufständische und fünf Kämpfer der Regierungstruppen seien getötet worden, teilte das Militär mit. Baihan wird von den Houthi-Kämpfern kontrolliert.

Mein Kommentar: Mit den „Rebellen“ sind die Huthis gemeint, die freilich längst keine „Rebellen“ mehr sind, sondern Regierungspartei mit zugehöriger Miliz. Aber was tut man nicht alles für Propaganda.

4.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Najran:burning Abrams tank in Al Kathra port and killing its crew by an anti-armor

3.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Saudi-Backed Militias Fail to Take Control of Key Military Base in Najran Province

The mercenaries hired by the Riyadh government attempted to take control of a strategic military base in the city of Najran South of the kingdom, but failed due to the Yemeni forces' firm resistance.

The Saudi-hired mercenaries tried to capture the al-Shabakeh military base, but were defeated after hours of clashes with the Yemeni army and popular forces.

4.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Taiz: snipers of the aggression mercenaries snipe woman in Alahud district directorate of Asalo

4.1.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

Photo: This child from #Taiz Look! He was injured due to #Houthis shells

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires Zelzal-II missile on mercenaries' gatherings in Jawf

4.1.2017 – Yemen I Siria (A K PH)

Film: Yemen. Yemeni military and the Houthis are fighting with Saudi mercenaries in the province of al-Jawf.

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shells mercenaries' groupings in Mareb

4.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Yemeni forces fire missile at Saudi military boat in Red Sea: Report

Yemeni armed forces have reportedly destroyed a Saudi gunboat, which had dropped anchor in the Red Sea off the war-torn country’s southwestern coast.

The Saudi military’s gunboat came under a retaliatory missile attack by Yemeni forces off the port city of Mokha in Ta’izz Province on Wednesday, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shoots Saudi solider in Jizan and

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys mercenaries' military vehicles in Lahj and

4.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' attempt to progress in Shabwa

The army and popular forces foiled Saudi-paid mercenaries' attempt to advance on al-Saq area in Baihan district of Shabwa province overnight. and


3.1.2017 – Anadolu (A K PS)

Pro-govt forces make gains against Houthis in S. Yemen

Army launched wide-ranging campaign last week aimed at recapturing parts of Yemen’s southern Shabwah province

Aayid al-Jalali, a pro-government spokesman, told Anadolu Agency that the Yemeni army’s 26th Division had recaptured large swathes of territory in the province’s Al-Saq region.

"Our forces are now poised to take the Al-Safha area in the Harib governorate of neighboring Maarib province," he added.

3.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

This is How Yemeni fighters Arm themselves&breaking Saudi imposed siege. Yemenis keep seizing the most advanced US-made Saudi weapons (photo)

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces achieve more field progress

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets Saudi-paid mercenaries in Jawf

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills enemy Saudi soldiers in Jizan

3.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army forces hit US-Saudi mercenaries in Taiz and

3.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Scores of Saudi soldiers killed in Yemeni missile attack

A large number of Saudi soldiers have been killed in a Yemeni missile attack against a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Asir.

3.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Jawf: launch a rocket type of Zailzal 2 targeting groupings of mercenaries in Oukz area directorate of Al Maslob

3.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Targeting Groupings of Mercenaries, Sal Bod area

3.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Arab coalition strikes kill Houthi chiefs in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition forces killed two of the most high-profile Houthi militia commanders in Yemen’s Harad and Midi fronts in the city of Hajjah.
The two commanders have been identified as Abu Marwan and Abu Ayman. Both men were tasked with leading battles on the Midi front.
Two T72 tanks, Katyusha rocket launchers, missiles and ammunition warehouses were destroyed during two days on both fronts.

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4.1.2017 – Alwaght (D)

How Jews of Yemen Airlifted to Israeli Regime?

Yusef Yahya, a man from the Jewish sect of Yemen who still lives in Sana’a, has told Alwaght that the Jews of Yemen were invited by the Israeli regime to leave their country. “But we cannot live out of our country Yemen,” Yusef added. “We were born here and we grew up here, we cannot leave it in exchange for some money,” he continued.

He said: “it is right that some of us left Yemen to Israel due to the Saudi war and hostility against our country, but they are like those who jump from the frying pan to the fire.”

4.1.2017 – People’s Daily China (A)

Chinese escort fleets expel 4 suspected pirate boats in Gulf of Aden

The 24th and 25th Chinese naval escort flotillas fired warning shots on Jan. 1 to expel four suspected pirate boats attempting to approach a commercial vessel at high speed. The commercial vessel was then safely escorted to the east of the Gulf of Aden.

The escort team made plans to ensure the commercial vessels's safety beforehand. The vessel, named "Bob and Kate" and hailing from Panama originally, was an easy target because of its low freeboard and slow sailing speed.

The escort team found double hooks installed on the four offending boats, and discovered no fishing tools in the cabins besides a large number of oil drums and other items covered by quilts.

Pirate activities are reportedly on the rise in the waters of the Gulf of Aden

4.1.2017 – Arab 24 (A H)

Film: Yemen - A Yemeni girl creates success out of war’s rubble

Ferial, who lives in Taiz, trains girls in a small sewing factory in northern Aden, after the ferocity of the war and the deterioration of her father's trade forced her to leave her city and flee towards the governorate of Aden in search of safety and better chances to live, where Ferial takes from determination and persistence a way to reach her goals and objectives.

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-248: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-248: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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