Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 251 - Yemen War Mosaic 251

Yemen Press Reader 251: Gedicht: „Zerrissen“–Kinderschicksal und Schule–Krieg und Hunger–Das Scheitern der Saudis–Briten und Golfstaaten–Saud. Luftangriffe–Schwere Kämpfe am Bab al-Mandab–u.a.

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Poem: “Torn apart” – A boys destiny and education – US/Saudi war fuels hunger – The failure of Saudi Arabia – Britain and Gulf States – Saudi air raids – Heavy fighting at Bab al-Mandab – 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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Bab al-Mandab / Theater of War: Bab al-Mandab

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Andere / Theater of War: Other

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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7.1.2017 – Acram Haider (** B H)

Torn apart

The poem i have just written ( Torn Apart), is dedicated to the Children across Yemen. Yesterday, i have been in contact with Beatrice De Philippis , a very gentle Italian lady who has found such a talented singer to sing it.

(Torn Apart)

I'm departed
I'm alone
Homeless and frown
Looking for peace
Shelter and relief
At mom's lap
But I don't have
As she is dead
And my dad too
My brothers and sisters
Just only two
Unjust bomb
Shattered them
Into two.

My home is gone
All we have;
I used to walk
Within my small garden
Behind my house
To fresh my eyes
To smell some roses
But none I found
Only shots,
Smell of powder
Spread on ground.

'O' my dad!
Forget I won't
How long you toiled
To build our nest
To give us rest
'O' my mom!
Forget I won't
Your shining smile
Singing to us
Melodious songs
Prior to bed
Forget I won't
Your delicious cakes
At cold nights
Your fresh lemonade
At hot daytime
Who looked after me?
After you passed.

'O' my friends,
Whom I missed, I lost
I long to meet them all
Where have they gone?
The leaves fell down
Gone and blown.
But I still remember them;
When we stood
In front of mast
To acclaim our flag
Fluttering so high.
How long we swam
At the village pond
How long we spent
Touching moments
Schools' yards nearby
Playing football and 'I Spy'
I'll never forget
When we played
With mud
Covering our faces
At rainy days
Laughing and running
Chasing and chased.

Get back my mom
Get back my dad
Get back my friends
Redeem my joy
I need them all
For now and then
But all have gone
I'm departed
I'm alone
Homeless and frown.

Acram Mothana Haider, Yemen, Ibb, 05/01/2017

Comment by Judith Brown: Acram is an amazing poet that just says exactly what should be said. Thank you

7.1.2017 – UN Children's Fund (** B H)

For one child education is solution to Yemen violence

Before the conflict in Yemen escalated, 10-year-old Fahd lived peacefully with his family in the northern city of Sa’ada. His routine was to wake up every morning, go to school, play with friends in the evenings and go back home for dinner and do his school homework.

All this changed when the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015 and swept through the streets of Fahd’s home area. He recalls being woken up by the sounds of bombs and bullets. His father immediately ordered the whole family to get into the car and they fled to their village home.

Fahd remembers how chaotic it was on the road with scores of civilians fleeing in the midst of the deadly bombardment. After driving for some distance, Fahd’s father decided that it was not safe to continue driving any further and so they abandoned their car and started to trek to their village.

“My feet were swollen after walking for one hour. I asked to go back but my father said I could be killed,” said Fahd.

After two days of walking, they arrived at the village. There wasn’t enough space to accommodate all of them so the men, including Fahd, had to sleep out in the open. “I couldn’t sleep at night. I always wondered what would have happened to our house, our school and my friends,” he says.

Fahd thought it would just be a brief stay in the village and then they would return to Sa’ada to resume their normal life. It has now been a year and a half and the war continues without an end in sight.

A few weeks after they fled, Fahd’s father returned to Sa’ada to pick up some of their belongings. He was shocked when he found their house had been flattened. They had lost all of their possessions. Their life’s belongings lay there in the rubble.

Fahd had asked his father to bring back his school books, toys and his bicycle. This was not to be. His distraught father returned to the village the same day to deliver the shocking news. “I went to the back of our makeshift house in the village and wept in silence. My father came to check on me and he too started to cry,” said Fahd.

Education is the solution

Fahd is keeping his hope alive. He dreams of becoming a civil engineer because he wants to rebuild his city and country.

He hopes to return to Sa’ada when the situation improves to continue with his schooling.

“I want to connect with my friends again, I want to play with them once again, I wish war would end and everything would go back like it was before,” is Fahd’s message to the world.

Fahd believes education is the solution to Yemen’s constant conflicts. “Educated people should understand that wars are bad,” he said.

When he was told that some of the leaders of the warring parties are educated people, he promptly responds, “But most of the fighters are not.”

Fahd is one of 1.4 million children who have been displaced by the current conflict in Yemen and now struggle to survive far away from home. To ensure such children don’t miss out on education, UNICEF is supporting the Back-to-School campaign which includes renovating nearly 700 damaged schools, providing school materials and mobilizing parents and communities to send their children to school. Teachers are receiving training on psychosocial support to help students cope with the horrors of the conflict.

If Yemen’s current generation miss out on school, the long-term consequences are bleak. Investing in education and protection must be prioritized if children like Fahd can realize their dreams for a better Yemen now and in the future – By Bismarck Swangin

5.1.2017 – Alternet (** B H K)

U.S.-backed Saudi War in Yemen Fuels 'Largest Food Security Emergency in the World'

U.S.-backed bombing has killed thousands of Yemenis and pushed millions to the brink of famine.

A prominent famine monitor created by the U.S. government has acknowledged that the U.S.-backed war in Yemen has fueled the "largest food security emergency in the world." And acording to its analysis, the catastrophic situation only continues to get worse.

Since March 2015, the U.S. has supported a Saudi-led coalition that has bombed Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition has also intentionally targeted food production and the agricultural sector in its bombing campaign in Yemen, in what a leading expert has described as a "scorched-earth strategy."

The war has plunged Yemen into what the U.N. has characterized as one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

In a report released in December, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network warned, "Conflict in Yemen is the primary driver of the largest food security emergency in the world."

According to the group's report, hunger in Yemen is getting worse. Although there is limited access to data, the food security and nutrition data available from the governorate of al-Hudayda, one of Yemen's largest urban centers, suggests that hunger is on the rise.

The whole western half of Yemen, the more populated part of the country with the large urban centers, is in IPC Phase 3: Crisis, according to the monitor. A large strip on the western coast, including the major cities al-Hudayda and Taizz, is in IPC Phase 4: Emergency.

In the upcoming months, between February and May, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network estimates that large swaths of the country will also be plunged into emergency status, including the capital, Sanaa, along with the Saada, Hajja and Shabwa governorates.

Human rights groups have documented a vast array of atrocities committed on both sides of the war. The U.N. has nevertheless repeatedly reported that the Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition is responsible for nearly two-thirds of civilian casualties, whereas the Houthis and allied pro-Saleh militias have been responsible for less than one-fourth.

A blockade the coalition imposed in early 2015 has also fueled the humanitarian catastrophe. The blockade was ostensibly created in order to prevent foreign actors from arming the Houthis and pro-Saleh militias. Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have accused Iran of arming the Houthi-Saleh forces. The extent to which Iran is involved in the conflict is debated, nonetheless, and has often been exaggerated.

Growing hunger is an enormous problem in Yemen, but it is by no means the only one. A public health crisis has also taken thousands of lives. The coalition has bombed scores of hospitals and medical facilities in Yemen.

Every week, more than 1,000 Yemeni children die due to preventable diseases — an average of one child every 10 minutes — according to UNICEF.

Cholera, which had nearly been eradicated, is also on the rise on Yemen – by Ben Norton

My comment: A good overview article.

6.1.2017 – The Independent (** B P)

Saudi Arabia’s dream of becoming the dominant Arab and Muslim power in the world has gone down in flames

Saudi Arabia’s military pressure on Assad served only to make him seek more help from Russia, precipitating intervention which the US was not prepared to oppose

As recently as two years ago, Saudi Arabia’s half century-long effort to establish itself as the main power among Arab and Islamic states looked as if it was succeeding. A US State Department paper sent by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in 2014 and published by Wikileaks spoke of the Saudis and Qataris as rivals competing “to dominate the Sunni world”.

A year later in December 2015, the German foreign intelligence service BND was so worried about the growing influence of Saudi Arabia that it took the extraordinary step of producing a memo, saying that “the previous cautious diplomatic stance of older leading members of the royal family is being replaced by an impulsive policy of intervention”

What it did not foresee was the speed with which Saudi Arabia would see its high ambitions defeated or frustrated on almost every front. But in the last year Saudi Arabia has seen its allies in Syrian civil war lose their last big urban centre in east Aleppo. Here, at least, Saudi intervention was indirect but in Yemen direct engagement of the vastly expensive Saudi military machine has failed to produce a victory. Instead of Iranian influence being curtailed by a more energetic Saudi policy, the exact opposite has happened.

In the US, the final guarantor of the continued rule of the House of Saud, President Obama allowed himself to be quoted as complaining about the convention in Washington of treating Saudi Arabia as a friend and ally.

Nothing has gone well for the Saudis in Yemen and Syria.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is being blamed inside and outside the Kingdom for impulsive misjudgments that have brought failure or stalemate. On the economic front, his Vision 2030 project whereby Saudi Arabia is to become less wholly dependent on oil revenues and more like a normal non-oil state attracted scepticism mixed with derision from the beginning. It is doubtful if there will be much change in the patronage system whereby a high proportion of oil revenues are spent on employing Saudis regardless of their qualifications or willingness to work.

Protests by Saudi Arabia’s ten million-strong foreign work force, a third of the 30 million population, because they have not been paid can be ignored or crushed by floggings and imprisonment. The security of the Saudi state is not threatened.

The danger for the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the other Gulf states is rather that hubris and wishful thinking have tempted them to try to do things well beyond their strength.

Previously Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states had worked through allies and proxies but this restraint ended with the popular uprisings of 2011. Qatar and later Saudi Arabia shifted towards supporting regime change. Revolutions transmuted into counter-revolutions with a strong sectarian cutting edge in countries like Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain where there were Sunni and non-Sunni populations.

Critics of Saudi and Qatari policies often demonise them as cunning and effective, but their most striking characteristic is their extreme messiness and ignorance of real conditions on the ground.

Experts on in Syria argue about the extent to which the Saudis and the Qataris knowingly funded Islamic State and various al-Qaeda clones. The answer seems to be that they did not know, and often did not care, exactly who they were funding and that, in any case, it often came from wealthy individuals and not from the Saudi government or intelligence services.

The attempt by Saudi Arabia and Gulf oil states to achieve hegemony in the Arab and Sunni Muslim worlds has proved disastrous for almost everybody – by Patrick Cockburn =

Comments below, The Independent:

W: when will the West wake up and realise that the major terrorist state in the world is Saudi Arabia and that they fund the spread of Wahhabiism across the globe.

It is this ideology which is behind the spread of Islamic terror as well as providing the beliefs which further inflame some Muslims into anti democratic, women's and human rights behaviour.

The Wahhabis must be confronted head on with their mosques closed and their imams expelled.

Saudi Arabia should be treated as we do the Russians and will do again with Iran- ie they need to face sanctions - their investments and property seized and their leaders face the ICC of Justice.

Until this monstrous, corrupt, beheading, lashing regime is confromnted head on there can be no peace

F: Indeed the only significant difference between Isis and Saudi Arabia is that the Saudis actually run a country, rather than pretend to run one. Their Islamofascist ideology is pretty much identical.

M: Mr Cockburn paints a very different picture than the MSM.
My local newspaper says the Saudis are making great progress towards restoring the legitimate government of the Yemen, and are very close to unconditional victory over the terrorists supported by Iran, a 'state sponsor of terror' (according to the US/UK/EU). The Saudis are also supporting the innocent, unarmed, peaceful, pro-democracy activists in Syria (i.e., al-Qaeda and the Daesh) who are being brutally murdered by the evil Syrian, Russian, and Iranian regimes.

Since my local newspaper relies on documentaries from the recently defunct studio in Cairo, and Mr Cockburn is actually present and sees for himself, a few of the readers of the Independent believe him instead of the governments of the US/UK/EU; however, as Thrasymachus explained, TRVTH is whatever the government says it is.

3.4.2016 – RT (** B C P)

British collusion with sectarian violence: Part one

In the first of a four-part series, Dan Glazebrook and Sukant Chandan look at the recent spate of revelations about the involvement of British security services in facilitating the flow of fighters into Syria.

The truth is, there were no intelligence failings over the Iraq war. In fact, the intelligence services had been carrying out their job perfectly: on the one hand, making correct assessments of unreliable information, and on the other, providing the government with everything necessary to facilitate its war of aggression. The Iraq war, then, represented a supreme example not of intelligence failure, but intelligence success.

Fast forward to today, and we are again hearing talk of ‘intelligence failings’ and the supposed incompetence of the security services to explain a debilitating Western-sponsored war in the Middle East: this time in Syria.

At his trial, Bherlin Gildo’s lawyers provided detailed evidence that the British government itself had been arming and training the very groups that Gildo was being prosecuted for supporting. Indeed, Britain has been one of the most active and vocal supporters of the anti-government insurgency in Syria since its inception, support which continued undiminished even after the sectarian leadership and direction of the insurgency was privately admitted by Western intelligence agencies in 2012. Even today, with IS clearly the main beneficiaries of the country’s destabilization, and Al-Qaeda increasingly hegemonic over the other anti-government forces, David Cameron continues to openly ally himself with the insurgency.

Is it really such a far-fetched idea that the British state, openly supporting a sectarian war against the Ba’athist government in Syria, might also be willfully facilitating the flow of British fighters to join this war? Britain’s history of collusion with sectarian paramilitaries as a tool of foreign policy certainly suggests this may be so. This history, in Ireland, Afghanistan and the Arab peninsula, and its role in shaping British policy today, will be the subject of the articles to follow – by Dan Glazebrook and Sukant Chandan

5.5.2016 – RT (** B C P)

British collusion with sectarian violence: Part two

The Gulf monarchies are the main facilitators of Britain’s support for sectarian death squads in the Middle East. This should be no surprise because Britain brought them to power precisely because of their sectarianism.

"What we want is not a united Arabia: but a weak and disunited Arabia split up into little principalities so far as possible under our suzerainty, but incapable of coordinated action against us” - so claimed a memorandum written by the Foreign Department of the British Government of India in 1915.

A more succinct summary of British policy towards the Arab world – both then and now - would be hard to find.

As we outlined in the first piece in this series, Britain’s weapon of choice in its attempt to destroy the independent regional powers of West Asia and North Africa in recent years has been its sponsorship of violent sectarianism. Its support for racist death squads in Libya not only achieved the destruction of the Libyan state, but also brought terrorism to every country in the region from Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria to Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon; whilst its training and equipping of death squads in Syria has been directly responsible for the rise of ISIS.

These forces, by setting Sunni against Shia, Muslim against Christian, and Arab against Black, are helping to bring about precisely that “weak and disunited Arabia” that the British officials in India dreamed of one hundred years ago.

Alongside the direct support and recruitment provided by British intelligence and the British government, one of the main conduits for arms and fighters has been the gulf monarchies: Qatar and Saudi Arabia in particular. That the Gulf States should play this role should, of course, be no surprise – as they were very largely the creations of the same British Government of India that wrote that memo in the first place.

Fast forward to the present day, and it is clear that the essence of the 1820 treaty – al Khalifa rule propped up by Western armaments, with foreign policy in the hands of the West – is still very much in place. Whilst David Cameron was proclaiming democracy (a euphemism for state collapse) for Libya and Syria, he was in Bahrain selling weapons to the Khalifas to suppress their own ‘Arab Spring’; whilst three years later the US fifth fleet would be firing hellfire missiles into Syria from its Bahraini base.

But British support for the al Khalifas has never been absolute; rather they built up the al-Thani clan as a ‘counterweight’ to the Khalifa in order to guarantee their continued dependence on the British. Up until 1867, Qatar had been essentially a semi-autonomous province of Bahrain, its government effectively ‘sub-contracted’ to the Al Thanis. In that year, however, a war between the Al Thanis and the Al Khalifas broke out; Britain intervened on the side of the Al Thanis, carving out Qatar out as a separate political entity and recognising the Al Thanis as its rulers. The border between the two countries was left devilishly ambiguous, and remained a running sore in Qatari-Bahraini relations right up until 2001; a “weak and disunited Arabia” indeed.

The relationship between Britain and the ruling families of Bahrain and Qatar continues to follow that same basic principle forged centuries ago, and now also extended to the US: whilst the ruling families act as regional agents of Western imperial policy, their rule is maintained by Western weaponry. Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the events of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’.

Qatar, meanwhile, was a lynchpin in not only the militarization of the ‘Arab Spring’ and its capture by violent sectarian forces, but also its ideological whitewashing. The Al Jazeera TV channel was established by the Qatari government in 1996, effecting to what amounted to a ‘brown-facing’ of the BBC Arabic channel, which was closed down the same year before transferring a large chunk of its staff to the ‘new’ station. Al Jazeera built its credibility across the region – and, indeed, the world – with its critical coverage of Western and Israeli attacks on Iraq and Gaza. But in 2011 it would use this credibility to serve as NATO’s propagandist-in-chief, amplifying and disseminating every lie it could get its hands on – from African mercenaries, to mass rape, to ‘bombing his own people’, to ‘impending massacre’ – in order to demonize Gaddafi and sell the case for war. It would be a war in which Qatar would play a major role.

Bahrain and Qatar are just two examples of the enduring alliances that the British government has cultivated over centuries as it groomed handpicked ruling families for their anointed role as agents of imperial policy. In exchange for a British guarantee of their absolute power domestically, they have provided military bases and have acted as willing agents for those tasks their patron was either unwilling or unable to carry out itself. Today, that means acting as an ‘arms-length’ distributor of both BBC propaganda and British violence, in far more ways than have been possible to articulate here (Qatar’s role in managing the various Muslim Brotherhood offshoots that have been destabilizing Syria, Egypt and elsewhere, for example, would need a full article in its own right). But even more significant than the British alliance with the al Khalifas and al Thanis is that that was established with the al-Saud family, the subject of our next piece. For it is this relationship, forged during the slow decline of the Ottoman Empire, that ultimately created a new multinational fighting force of fighters in the 1980s – the ‘database’ – that has been doing Britain’s bidding in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria ever since – by Dan Glazebrook and Sukant Chandan

Comment by Judith Brown: My story has been consistent - the wars in the Middle East are manipulated by the West trying to sectarians and Muslims against other Arabs and Muslims. And it appears that these authors think the same as me.

8.1.2017 – RT (** B C P)

British collusion with sectarian violence: Britain, Saudi Arabia & Afghanistan (Part 3)

The oppressive, sectarian and violent nature of the Saudi state and its foreign policy is increasingly coming under the spotlight, even in mainstream Western media.

Yet the reality is not, as it is so often portrayed, that 'civilized' Britain is somehow sullying itself by 'supporting' the Saudi rogues. On the contrary, the Saudis are merely implementing a barbaric policy made in the West.

From Syria to Yemen, wherever there is bloodshed and massacre in the Middle East, Saudi money and guns are never far away. But behind the Saudis lies Anglo-American power. The deal today - as it has been for over a hundred years - is that, in exchange for a Western guarantee of their own security, the Al Sauds effectively cede control of their country's foreign policy to the West. And the architect of that deal was the British state.

Before their alliance with the British, the Al Sauds were little more than murderous bandits, with little chance of achieving lasting power over any significant portion of the Arab peninsula.

Said Aburish, the biographer of the House of Saud, notes that whilst most Arabian tribes were settling or farming, Ibn Saud "was in the business of raiding other tribes to steal their camels, sheep and grain" - after which he typically "murdered all the men of the raided tribe to prevent future retaliation".

As a result, the Al Sauds were reviled by most Arabs and Muslims, their leadership not even totally accepted amongst their own tribe, the Ennezza. This hostility between the Al Sauds and the other Arabs was deepened by their adherence to a particularly sectarian interpretation of Islam, Wahhabi'ism, which rejects as apostates pretty much every Muslim who does not subscribe to their medievalist philosophy.

Yet it was precisely this divisive quality which appealed to British imperialism. The British empire of the nineteenth century - guided by the philosophy of 'divide and rule' - was always on the lookout for groups lacking 'native' support to back, as they would be eternally dependent on British support and therefore could be reliably trusted to act as imperial agents. Furthermore, such groups would be utterly incapable of uniting their people into any kind of independent polity - always Britain's worst fear within its colonial dominions.

According to the leading historian of the developing Saudi-British relations in this period, Jacob Goldberg, the British elevated Ibn Saud above “people who were religiously, politically and strategically more important”. But this was, of course, the point. For the British, his relative unimportance was his greatest asset, for it left him utterly dependent on the British. Unlike his rivals, such as the Hashemites, he had no other source of power or authority beyond his alliance of convenience with the (Wahabbi'ist) Ikhwan fighters.

Thus, two years after Ibn Saud and his followers conquered Riyadh in 1902 - burning to death 1,200 of its inhabitants, and enslaving many of its women as trophies of their victory - the British began paying a stipend to Ibn Saud. The payment was greatly increased in 1911, with Ibn Saud using the money, says Aburish, to "expand and subsidize the loss-making colonies of soldier-saints of the Ikhwan, or ‘brothers’. [These] were fanatics of the Wahhabi sect to which Ibn Saud belonged, who were to provide the backbone of his conquering forces and whose savagery wreaked havoc across Arabia."

Indeed, Ibn Saud conceived of himself as an agent of the British from the very beginning. Like others before, he sought the sponsorship and protection of an imperial power, any imperial power, and following his rejection by the Ottomans, wrote this to the British resident in the Gulf: “May the eyes of the British government be fixed upon us and may we be considered as your proteges”.

Says Aburish, "Rather than acting as a unifier of the Arabs, Ibn Saud afforded an outside power, Britain, the comfort of keeping the Arabs and Muslims divided and protected its commercial and political interests, which opposed an Arab unifier at the helm."

In the process, it is estimated that Britain's protege had publicly executed 40,000 people and had the limbs amputated from another 350,000 during his campaign to subdue the peninsula - that is a total of 8 percent of the population either killed or mutilated in order to realize Britain's desire that sectarian division should reign.

But for Britain - as, later, for the US - the choice of Ibn Saud as its Middle Eastern deputy has been a shrewd one, with the Saudis being the faithful enforcers of imperial skullduggery ever since.

Hegghammer summed up the various parties involved thus: “In Afghanistan…volunteerism [that is, the insertion of foreign fighters] was sanctioned by the USA, welcomed by the Afghans [fighting the government] and facilitated by the presence of a transit territory, namely Pakistan".

This formula – the foreign fighters, financed by Saudi Arabia, and infiltrated through the willing collaboration of Pakistan – is precisely the one which has been used against Syria in recent years, with Turkey in the Pakistani role. Thus does the British-created Saudi state continue to fulfill the imperial role assigned to it over 100 years ago.

As Aburish put it, “Britain created Ibn Saud to protect its Middle East imperial interests and to eliminate those who threatened them... Without the West there would be no House of Saud. The Saudi people or their neighbors or a combination of both would bring about its end”.

Remember that next time a Boris Johnson or a Joe Biden feigns innocence about the role of the 'dastardly' Saudis. Everything they do, Boris, they do it for you – by Dan Glazebrook and Sukant Chandan

My comment: This is the setting and the background of all the main external players of the Yemen war, the US as co-player and (in parts) successor of the UK to be added. – The forth part of this series actually could deal with the Yemen war – that would fit perfectly – where all this seems to culminate at one spot.

cp2 Allgemein / General

8.1.2017 – Fair Observer (* B K P)

What Lies Ahead for Yemen in 2017?

By all accounts, 2016 was a terrible year for Yemen.

It is likely that 2017 will prove to be even more of a divisive year. The Saudis appear to be showing no signs of stopping, and it would be a just assessment to say that they are committed to securing Yemen at all costs.

The Houthis and their ally, former strongman President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have little to lose personally for continuing their resistance. Political efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement under United Nations patronage have failed, meaning that their defeat in the conflict will more than likely signal the end of the road for their political ambitions at the least, and perhaps their continued existence at the worst.

Faced with such circumstances, the Houthis are likely to adopt a fight or die mentality in 2017. This is likely to take hold even more strongly as the rebels and their allies run low in funding and weaponry. Assuming there is merit in the alleged Houthi-Iran alliance—of which little evidence to substantiate it has surfaced—it is unlikely that Tehran will be able to save their brethren. This is because any effort by Tehran will need to overcome significant logistical barriers, as it must try to find a means of transporting arms to Yemen, which is nearly 2,000 km away and subject to a Saudi naval blockade.

However, the Saudis also face challenges. Coalition airstrikes have raised concerns over the breach of international law.

All in all, whichever way the conflict goes, the picture does not bode well for civilians. In this regard, perhaps Yemenis may take some solace in knowing that once rock bottom has been reached, the country can only rise.

The example of Colombia, which not so long ago was a crime-ridden country famous for drugs and murder, is a useful reminder.

If Columbians were able to rehabilitate their country once it hit rock bottom, Yemenis could do the same in 2017 – by Omar Mashjari

7.1.2017 – Yemen cruel (not rated B K)

Film: Saudi war on Yemen =

7.1.2017 – RT (* A H K P)

Film: Ein Schandfleck westlicher Berichterstattung: Humanitäre Katastrophe im Jemen spitzt sich zu

Im Jemen ereignet sich eine humanitäre Katastrophe. Die Mangelernährung ist laut UNICEF auf einem neuen Höchststand. Knapp 2 Millionen Kinder leiden an Unterernährung. Alle 10 Minuten stirbt mindestens ein Kind.

Beim Krieg im Jemen handelt es sich um einen Schandfleck der westlichen Mainstreammedien. Die westlichen Regierungen wollen nicht, dass die Medien über ihre Beteiligung am Krieg berichten.

8.1.2017 – Noto Wahabism (* B K)

Film: The Western media sometimes calls the war in Yemen the "forgotten war." But it is not forgotten, it is conveniently, intentionally ignored.
That is because it is the West's allies waging this war, and Western weapons fueling it. It is also because Yemen is fighting back and it appears they are winning.
The price Yemen pays for this war is high, but higher still because they fight in the shadows of public opinion. Help shine light on this conflict to help end it. Help spread the word.

7.1.2017 – Truth Out (* B K P)

Children Starve as US-Backed Coalition Violates Human Rights in Yemen

As mass starvation and deaths increase in Yemen, the US and UK, two of the Saudi-led coalition's primary backers, ought to cease violations of international law and halt support for the coalition.

The Yemeni civil war has been deemed the "forgotten war," overshadowed in Western media by the Syrian crisis. The situation on the ground is bleak

Civilians in Yemen have borne the brunt of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.

Families are forced to choose between using money to save one starving child on the brink of death by taking him to a hospital, or using the same money to buy food to keep their other healthier children alive, only to remain in a cycle of starvation and desperation no matter what they choose.

Violations of international humanitarian law were cited by the UK Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry of the Labor Party as motivation to withdraw UK support for the coalition.

These passionate invocations and alleged commitments to international humanitarian law from figures on all ends of the UK political spectrum to defend their opposing stances are in stark contrast to the debate raging on international humanitarian law in the United States. Last spring, Donald Trump sparked outrage when he stated, "The problem is, we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so soldiers are afraid to fight" and argued that the US ought to "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." What good, however, is an ostensible respect for humanitarian law when it is invoked by figures, such as Boris Johnson, simply to justify ongoing support for a careless and destructive coalition responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians?

Trump's violent and concerning comments display a blatant disrespect for humanitarian law. Though he has claimed he wishes to pursue a noninterventionist approach when it comes to military involvement abroad, Trump's erratic and extreme engagement with Iran, viewed by Saudi Arabia as a key backer of the Houthi rebels, could lead Trump to make decisions (come January 20, 2016) that further destabilize the situation. Though the Houthi rebels' role extends far past that of "Iranian puppets," Trump's track record does not reflect an ability to consider the nuances of global diplomacy.

Furthermore, what value does the respect for humanitarian law invoked by figures, such as the UK shadow foreign secretary, have when this respect cannot be used to successfully rally her party to support ceasing assistance to a destructive and failing coalition?

Given the nonresponse of US and UK governments to such humanitarian pleas, it seems that in contemporary political discourse, international humanitarian law is being viewed as a mere trope -- a theatrical device deployed in the context of political arguments.

Public awareness of the civil war in Yemen must increase in order to reduce tolerance of stances taken by figures, such as Donald Trump, who seek to actively violate humanitarian law, as well as stances taken by the likes of Boris Johnson, who has claimed to have respect for humanitarian law through his words, but has shown blatant disregard for it through his actions. – By Carly A. Krakow

7.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (not rated B K P)

Film: Islam and Life - Saudi destruction

While the sovereignty of a country is being violated, very few people have spoken against this. Why are people and countries around the world selective in their raising of concerns? Is the suffering in one country more important than in another? Or is the political significance of geopolitics the determining factor in human suffering?
There is no doubt that regardless of whether you follow the Islamic faith or any other faith or in fact no faith, you cannot argue that the humanitarian needs of a population of people is less important than any other nation.
Yet it is this precise logic that Saudi Arabia has been able to use with the help of its allies, America and Britain, to starve the people of Yemen.
It is looking more and more obvious that Saudi Arabia has been given carte blanche to cause whatever destruction it wants in order to pursue hegemony in its neighborhood and fostering sectarian killings around the world.

6.1.2017 – SOS Yemen (* B H K)

Film: YEMEN, THE FORGOTTEN WAR (message in a bottle)

In September 2014 the Houthis took control of Sana’a, Yemen's capital, proceeding Southward and Westward.
As a response to the Houthi advances, a Coalition led by Saudi Arabia and including, at the time, 9 partners, started an air-campaign to restore the government of President Hadi who, at the time, had already resigned and fled to Saudi Arabia.
Since the night of March 26 2015 the entire country has been under daily airstrikes which have not differentiated between military and civilian targets.
The country has been put under air-land-sea siege rendering it impossible to provide the population with any form of aid and assistance.
All the infrastructure of Yemen has been destroyed: airports, sea ports, roads, hospitals, schools, government buildings.
As of December 2016, according to the Legal Centre for Rights and Developments in Sanaa, the outcome of the brutal aggression has been:

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter MedieninhaltSiehe / Look at cp1

8.1.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini / MONA Relief (A H)

.@monarelief distributing food aid today to IDPs in Hareeb al-Qaramish area of Marib governorate. We go where no one dares to go (photos)

KEEPING GRANDMA WARM:@monarelief keeping a grandma of 4 disabled grandsons comfortable for winter by distributing blankets and Dignity kits (photo)

WHERE THERE IS A WHEEL THERE IS A WAY! The 4 disabled grandsons.. @monarelief to buy wheelchairs for them (photo)

@monarelief to deliver critical food aid to Bani Saad and other areas of Al-Mahweet.... Plans are already underway! (photo)

9.1.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (* B H)

EU and FAO team up to address alarming food insecurity in Yemen

Partnership to directly assist 150 000 people and strengthen early warning information

With 14 million people food insecure in strife-torn Yemen, the European Union (EU) has committed 12 million euros in support of FAO's efforts to tackle rising hunger.

EU funds will be used to provide a better understanding of the magnitude of the current situation and avert a deepening crisis, while providing immediate agricultural support to more than 150 000 people to help them rapidly improve food production and nutrition.

In Yemen, agriculture plays a critical role in food security. This is especially true for those living in rural areas of the country, where insecurity and isolation mean food and other forms of humanitarian assistance are intermittent. Agricultural assistance can provide critical relief and is crucial for tackling the disturbingly high levels of malnutrition.

"This is one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. People's access to food is rapidly worsening and urgent action is needed," said Salah Hajj Hassan, FAO Representative in Yemen.

"The EU's contribution will greatly strengthen our ability to collect critical data on food security so that swift action can be taken to avert a further deterioration in the situation. It will also boost efforts to build the resilience of farmers and herders, especially women, by helping them to increase the value of their agricultural production," he added.

The project will support income-generating activities, such as backyard poultry rearing, dairy production, and beekeeping. Beneficiaries will also have opportunities to boost their incomes by learning how to improve their farming techniques, and about food processing, packaging and marketing.

Farming communities will also learn about proper and efficient irrigation systems to mitigate against the risks of water scarcity, drought and climate changes. The installation of solar pumps will ensure the provision of power to supply water for farming households suffering acute fuel shortages.

Support to the early warning system will include enhancing the collection, analysis and management of nutrition and food security data, and translating alerts into swift response to any emerging crisis.

Further funds urgently needed for Yemen

In Yemen, FAO works closely with all partners to provide emergency agricultural livelihoods support. The organization's efforts are helping to address the acute food insecurity and malnutrition situation, protect and restore agricultural livelihoods, and strengthen the resilience capacities of the most affected members of the population.

However, much more is needed to avert a deepening hunger crisis. In 2017, FAO requires USD 48.4 million to make key emergency agricultural livelihoods interventions that will assist more than 3 million of the most vulnerable food and nutrition insecure people in the country under its Emergency Livelihoods Response Plan (ELRP). = and film:

Remark: For UN and Yemen, look at cp12.

Comment: If you do not halt the war immediately, stop selling arms, intervene against the aggressors, bring the country to immediate elections, nothing will change.

8.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A H)

Film: Famine hits 4 districts in Yemen

8.1.2017 – Aljazeera (* A H)

Starving Yemenis resort to eating rubbish

Millions of people have borne the brunt of Yemen's civil war, nearly into its third year. Massive food shortages have gripped the Arab world's poorest country, with the World Food Programme estimating that around 14 million Yemenis are food insecure, half of whom are classified as severely food insecure.

Yemeni economist Ahmed Shamakh told Al Jazeera that the war has driven Yemen towards a severe famine.

"Development has ceased in the country. Businesses have also shut down. This has largely contributed to augmenting the deterioration of the food situation in Yemen," Shamakh said. "Additionally, the conflict has cost a lot of Yemenis their daily jobs … Today, some civilians in Yemen do eat from the rubbish and take the leftovers they find at restaurants. This helps them survive."

The economic situation for Yemeni families also worsened late last year, after the country's internationally recognised government relocated the Central Bank of Yemen from Houthi-held Sanaa to Aden, a move aimed at dealing the rebels an economic blow. However, the repercussionshave affected all state employees, who have not received their salaries in months.

"If the status quo goes on unchanged, the food insecurity issue will be more worrying," Shamakh said. "This will lead to further security imbalances and robbery of public and private properties."

Back in Sanaa, 12-year-old Bashar has become another victim of Yemen's food crisis.

"I go out to the street every day, asking people for aid. Some give money, and some do not," Bashar told Al Jazeera, noting that he begs and searches through rubbish for food to feed his family. "I have four siblings. My father died many months back."

The United Nations has estimated that more than 370,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, while more than two million are out of school due to the ongoing war.

The humanitarian crisis has prompted some local initiatives to help mitigate the suffering of the neediest Yemenis. In Sanaa, the Hand in Hand youth programme coordinates with supportive restaurants to get food aid distributed.

However, not all families are willing to ask for aid.

"Some families would prefer to die than to ask others for food," Hamadi said – by Khalid Al-Karimi and Mohammed Al-Sameai

7.1.2017 – MONA Relief / Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

@monarelief's ground crew distributing 2day blankets funded by a Kuwaiti donor & hygiene kits funded by @iom_yemen to IDPs in Sanaa (photos)

7.1.2017 – WHO Yemen (A H)

WHO has trained 20 community midwives in Hadramout governorate on providing maternal and newborn health care services (photos)

Comment by Judith Brown: Well that's good although of course Hadramaut is probably least affected by war than other places in Yemen, where so many women are now unable to reach hospital to give birth, or has no birth attendant to assist her.

15.12.2017 – UNICEF (* A H)

Film: Every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen - 360 video

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

9.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

PM discusses mechanisms to strengthen partnership with private sector

9.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Vice-president meets Lahj governor

8.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis militias commit 1502 crimes in al-Hudeidah

Militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh committed 1502 crimes and violations in al-Hudeidah governorate during 2016, a report issued by a local human rights group said.

Rasad Human Rights Organization affirmed that the militias killed nine civilians and kidnapped 452 others including politicians, lawyers, judges, activists, teachers, students, farmers and others.

The report cited that seven female lawyers and activists were abducted, pointing out that they also deported 405 persons by forces.

The crimes included murders, injuries, torture, abductions, looting, storming and other violations.

Civilians were murdered, and eight persons were tortured to death, pointing out that dozens of children were also among the abductees.

While dozens of kidnapped persons are not known were they are detained, others are subjected to physical and mental torture in the Houthi custodies.

Many families can't report to human rights organizations about the abductions of their relatives because they fear of being punished by the Houthis.

Militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh also carried out dozens of storming, lootings, occupation of private and public institutions, mosques and trading shops.

My comment: Yes, there are committed crimes by the Houthi militia. Summing-up articles like these giving high figures and attributed to obscure Human Rights organizations (which seem to have been created for propaganda purpose only; labeled “local” here, but also given as reference for other provinces) seem not to be serious. This report is published by an Islah party media – the credibility of which for subjects like this I think to be very low. I was in doubt whether I should place this article at cp15 Propaganda – what it actually is – but finally decided to place it here. Thus let’s look for better reports.

8.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Activists to launch solidarity campaign with detained journalist

Yemeni activists and media professionals are to launch tonight a solidarity campaign with the detained journalist Saleh al-Ka'edi who has been being detained by militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh for over 500 days.

During his period in the prison, al-Ka'edi was subjected to all sorts of physical and mental torture. He was also deprived from being visited by his family and was further enforcedly disappeared for eight months.

Remark: By Islah party media. He must be released, there is no question about. I would like to know what an “activist” is.

8.1.2017 – Anadolu (A K)

Landmine kills 5 civilians in western Yemen

Many others injured when a truck hits landmine in Taiz province, official says

At least five civilians were killed and many injured when a truck hit a landmine in Taiz’s Al-Taziya district Sunday, according to an official source.

"A civilian truck carrying civilians and goods hit a landmine in al-Rabii area," the spokeswoman of the national human rights committee in Yemen, Ishraq al-Maqtari told Anadolu Agency.

"The truck was traveling from Al-Hanaya area, in western Taiz province," she added.

A source, asking for anonymity due to security reasons, told Anadolu Agency that "the Houthi militia and their allied forces had planted dozens of landmines around the entrance of Taiz province in the last three days."

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President directs Govt to study ending foreign fishing permits

President of the Supreme Political Council directed on Sunday the National Salvation Government to quickly study ending all foreign fishing permits in Yemeni territorial waters and to assess the damage resulting therefrom.
This came during the inauguration of the Livelihoods Support Project, which is implemented by Al-Ekhlas Fishery Association in Hodeida province and financed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Al-Sammad also directed the government to establish programs to develop fishing techniques for Yemeni fishermen, calling the private sector to invest in this area locally and directly within the national investment projects.

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President opens building of COCA's branch in Hodeida

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President visits Al-Bahjah Center for Disabled Children in Hodeida

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President pays inspection visit to naval base in Hodeida

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Capital's local council, UN official discuss humanitarian situation

Secretary-General of the capital's local council Ameen Juma'an discussed on Sunday with the UN Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick the humanitarian situation in the capital Sana'a.
The meeting touched upon the difficulties and problems facing the capital in various fields, especially in the relief and humanitarian side and the health and water sectors in light of the continuing aggression and the unjust siege on the country and the influx of displaced people to the capital.
Juma'an hailed the humanitarian role of the UN organizations at the level of the ten districts of the capital, calling for providing further support, especially in the current difficult conditions.
McGoldrick commended the local authority's cooperation in facilitating the UN organizations' relief work in the capital, confirming the UN's readiness to provide more support in some important sectors during the coming period.

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Police dismantle IED in Amran

The police and popular committees on Sunday dismantled an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by unknown people in Amran city of Amran governorate, a police official told Saba.

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K T)

Security confiscates large quantities of weapons in Sana'a

Security agencies and popular forces confiscated on Sunday large quantities of weapons and ammunition in Arhab district of Sana'a province, a security official said.
The security services and popular forces raided a house of a Saudi-paid mercenary in al-Rajwa area and found 122 Katyusha rockets and a Ford car carrying a rocket Launcher, as well as dozens of tank and R.P.G shells and ammunition.
The investigation is ongoing to find out who are behind these acts to catch them and bring them to justice, the official added. and film:

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

PM lauds security services' role during Saudi aggression

He also lauded the security services' significant efforts to control various crimes in the country.

He said that the aggression's forces and mercenaries could not been able to achieve any breakthrough in the border front.

He indicated to the terrorist and sabotage acts taken place in Aden and the southern provinces, saying such acts were "clear evidence for the nastiness and failure of the project of the aggression and its mercenaries" in there "They deliberately vacuumed the institutions and the security services, and replace their cadres with militias that do not grasp anything."
The Prime Minister stressed that the Government of National Salvation would provide all support to the Interior Ministry and its various bodies to be able to maintain the country's security and stability.

8.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P T)

Yemen interior minister Mohammed Kawsi: 1492 terrorists were arrested 1719 terror attacks were foiled

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM sends letter to his US counterpart, Kerry

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hisham Sharaf Abdullah affirmed that Incidents of violence, extremism and terrorism do not differentiate between one country and another, as those incidents pose threat to international peace and security, urging the international community to stand to combat terrorism.
"What is going on in the United States of violence caused by extremist ideas and that was the same thing happening in Yemen, as there were countries and known groups in the region stand behind terrorism, finance it and spread its thoughts," minister Sharaf said in a letter he sent on Saturday to his US counterpart, John Kerry.
Sharaf called the US and the international community to work together to eliminate such terrorist incidents that hinder development in the world.
In the letter, Sharaf also offered condolences to Kerry and the US people over Friday shooting at Florida Fort Lauderdale airport.

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets Iranian Chargé d'affaires to Yemen

The two sides discussed enhancing bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and reviewed the latest development on the Yemeni arena and the region in general.
Minister Sharaf, during the meeting, reaffirmed the steady and continuing stance of the Supreme Political Council and the salvation government to move forward on the peace course, peaceful solution and political settlement that meet the aspire of the Yemeni people and preserve their rights.

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Police dismantle IED in Ibb

The police and popular committees on Saturday dismantled an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by unknown people in front of a police station in Ibb governorate, a police official told Saba.
The IED was planted near a hotel in front of the police station of Mashwara area in downtown the provincial capital city, Ibb.

7.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Faculty of Sana'a University start comprehensive strike

The faculty of Sana'a University started on Saturday a comprehensive strike after they conducted a partial strike for several days.

The administrative board of the Yemeni Professor Syndicate cited, in a statement, that the Supreme Council of Faculty Coordination in the public universities decided to carry out a comprehensive strike.

The statement praised the success of the partial strike during the past days, calling the teaching staffs of Sana'a University to cooperate for the success of this comprehensive strike.

The Yemeni Professor Syndicate on the mid of December gave the Houthis an ultimatum of two weeks to pay their salary arrears of four months.

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh threatened the teaching staff of Sana'a University with detention if they conducted a comprehensive strike.

My comment: This is an article by an anti-Houthi (propaganda) website. The question remains: Who is to blame for the fact that these professors had not been paid? It’s mainly “president” Hadi for his maneuvers when relocating the Central Bank to Aden.

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Security dismantles 1,677 IEDs over past year: Ministry statistics

Security services have dismantled 1,677 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in several governorates over the past year, an interior ministry's statistics showed on Saturday.
The bombs were planted in popular markets, mosques, schools, security checkpoints, barriers, camps, targeting security and military officials and citizens.
A total of 123 accused of planting the bombs were arrested, according to the statistics.

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President sends condolences on death of grand/ Abd al-Rahman al-Huthi

President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Sammad sent condolences on the death of grand/ Abdul al-Rahman bin Hassan bin Hussein al-Huthi , who passed away on Friday at the age of seventy years.

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Leader of Revolution sends condolences over death of grand religious scholar al-Houthi

Leader of the Revolution, Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi on Saturday sent a cable of condolences over the death of grand religious scholar, Abdul Rahman bin Hassan bin Hussein al-Houthi, who passed away on Friday at the age of seventy years.

7.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen President Saleh Samad Visiting today harbor of Hodeida west,where US-backed Saudi war criminals prevent commercial ship from entering

Yemen President Saleh Samad Put foundation stones for a number of development projects in coastal city of Hodeida despite Saudi aggression (photo)

Yemen President Saleh Samad Attended today students graduation ceremony in the university of Hodeida west of the country (photo) and film:

Yemen President Saleh Samad Inspecting harbor of Hodeida west of the country,where US-backed Saudi war crimes(blockade) continue to starve

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Tribesmen meet commander of revolutionary committee, vow backing army

Tribes of Bani Matar district of Sana'a governorate met with commander of the Revolutionary committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, in a mass tribal meeting to support the national army and popular forces.
The meeting took place on Saturday.
In the opening meeting, the tribesmen reaffirmed their stance to stand by the national army and popular committees, vowing to continue their support for the front lines with money and fighters until victory against Saudi aggression war be achieved.
The Revolutionary Committee's commander al-Houthi praised the honorable positions of the tribes in support the front lines with fighters and money.
General Director of the directorate of Bani Matar Abdul Latif al-Lamathi attended the meeting along with senior tribes' chieftains.


7.1.2016 – Hamed Albukhiti (A P)

Sanaa: Pictures of the conclusion of the supplement fronts Festival held by the sons of the tribe, "Bani Matar" Brphi pan-fighting fronts to respond to aggression graduation

7.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

brother of Yemeni student arrested in Russia kidnapped

The residents told Almasdaronline that the Houthi militants kidnapped on Friday Saleh Hamdan Ghasis, brother of Abdullah Hamdan Ghasis, a Yemeni student in Russia detained on charges of the possession of qat.

The sources pointed out that the Houthi militants stormed the house of Ghasis in Razih district and took him to an unknown destination

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

8.1.2017 – Aden Now News (A T)

A bomb explosion moments before Bkhalaf qat market in the city of Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province in southern Yemen was no information about the victims until the moment (Photo)

7.1.2017 – WAM (A)

Governor of Socotra lauds UAE role in reconstruction of the island

The construction of the Zayed Residential City-1 in Socotra, funded by the Emirates Red Crescent, is among the most important projects launched to shelter families affected by Cyclone Chapala and Cyclone Megh, said Major General Salim Abdullah Alsocotri, Governor of Socotra.

During an inspection tour of the site of the project, he praised the UAE and its humanitarian agencies for funding and carrying out such vital development and service projects, the Yemen News Agency reported.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well I do hope they aren't over developing this exquisite island. Yemen had been an amazing protector of this most precious place - one of the top 10 UNESCO sites in the world. Now given to UAE on a long lease. Sadly.

Comment: The Hadi “government” had rented Socotra to the UAE for 99 years.

7.1.2017 – Arab 24 (* A H)

Film: Yemen: Life returns to normal in Mukalla after the security situation improved.

A state of calm prevailed in the city of al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut province southeast of Yemen and life returned to normal after the National Army forces of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by the Arab coalition forces entered to the city and Al-Qaeda elements evacuated after a fierce battle that lasted for 48 hours.

My comment: A pro-Hadi source, of course painting a nice pictury. Anyway, Al Kaida could come back every day.

7.1.2017 – Nabeel Khoury (B P)

"liberated" Aden is a mess & not a good example for rest of #Yemen. Liberators, donors & Yemen Gov't: Poor leadership & no management skills referring to: (in Arabic)

7.1.2017 – AA (A T)

Suicide bombing kills 6 soldiers in S. Yemen

Six Yemeni soldiers were killed and another 20 injured Saturday by a suicide bomber that targeted a checkpoint in southern Abyan province, according to a local source.

“A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in Al-Wadea District,” a local source anonymously told Anadolu Agency due to security concerns.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. and

7.1.2017 – Ibrahim Khader / Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Not sure whts mor funny, Hadi's thursday decrees (appointng 10 deputies) violating NDC outcomes or tht NDC members accepting decrees

Funny how UN is not condemning "unilateral" actions & appointments by Hadi's gov't..esp when friggin illegal.

6.1.2017 – (* A E)

Yemen To Export First Crude Since August

Yemen may export its first crude oil shipment since August later this month, according to fixture list data showing Glencore has booked an oil tanker, to dock in Yemen on January 15.

The 2-million-barrel very large crude carrier the Universal Brave will dock at an unnamed Yemeni port and its destination afterwards has not been disclosed.

The war-torn country, which used to get the bulk of its export revenues from oil, has not officially exported any in the past four months or more, although, Argus Media suggests that unofficial small cargoes may have been shipped from its coast.

Yemen has reserves estimated at about 3 billion barrels of crude but has been a relatively small producer – By Irina Slav and

Comment: Yemenis will not see one cent of any of this: the operation is run by the government in exile.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

8.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Government forces wage military operation against thieves and bandits in al Jawf government

In al Muaimirah area of al Muton district, which is under the control of the government forces.

"Two elements of the military and security forces were killed and others injured".

The sources stated that heavy and light weapons were used in the operation, and the vandals were deterred, the road reopened, and the governments forces controlled the situation.

Some of those who lost their interests after freeing the areas from the Houthi control have started doing vandalisms in order to stir chaos, according to the sources.

8.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

We continue to urge all parties in #Yemen to seek a peaceful resolution.¹

¹ Translation: We're letting Saudi continue bombing Yemen.

Comment by Inga B.: I see you are fluent in the language of diplomatic BS.

7.1.2017 – UN Security Council (A P)

Press Conference by President of Security Council on Work Programme for January (3 January 2017)

Asked why the “forgotten”, but “bloody” conflict in Yemen was listed in a footnote to the Council’s January schedule, he responded that the body hoped to take the matter up on a date that would make it possible to be briefed on progress in the political process. He expected that would happen sometime in January.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

9.1.2017 – ntv (* B E P)

Wüsten-Wirtschaft vor dem Absturz: Saudi-Arabien träumt von Zeit nach dem Öl

Mit dem Öl-Boom wurde Saudi-Arabien zu einer der stärksten Wirtschaftsnationen der Welt. Doch inzwischen muss das Königreich an seine Reserven gehen. Und die größte Herausforderung steht der Wüstenmonarchie noch bevor: die eigene Jugend.

Die Arbeitslosigkeit in Saudi-Arabien steigt unaufhörlich an, das Einkommen der Haushalte sinkt rapide. Das Königshaus reagiert drastisch, friert die Staatsausgaben ein und lässt ausländische Gastarbeiter nicht mehr ins Land. Doch den Verfall der saudischen Wirtschaft können die Maßnahmen nicht aufhalten. In einem Modellszenario der Analysten von McKinsey sieht die Zukunft von Saudi-Arabien düster aus. Mit einem radikalen Wandel der Wirtschaftspolitik wäre das jedoch anders, schreibt das McKinsey Global Institut in der Analyse im Dezember 2015. Ein paar Monate später bahnt sich dieser Schritt tatsächlich an.

Der stellvertretende Kronprinz Mohamed bin Salman ist der neue starke Mann Saudi-Arabiens und er kündigt im April 2016 eine große Wirtschaftsreform an: die "Vision 2030". Angesichts des Preisverfalls beim Öl und der steigenden Staatsverschuldung soll die Wirtschaft in den kommenden 14 Jahren unabhängiger vom Öl werden. Derzeit erwirtschaftet das Land rund 90 Prozent seiner Einnahmen durch Öl-Exporte.

"Um die Transformation zu schaffen, muss Saudi-Arabien den Schritt vom aktuellen regierungsgeleiteten Wirtschaftsmodell zu einem mehr marktbasierten Ansatz schneller vollziehen", analysiert McKinsey. Die vom stellvertretenden Kronprinzen Mohamed bin Salman ausgegebenen Ziele lesen sich entsprechend weitgreifend - die Maßnahmen radikal.

Die amerikanische Denkfabrik Brookings spricht im Zusammenhang mit der jungen - und kritisch denkenden - Bevölkerung von einer "tickenden Zeitbombe" als "Mutter aller Probleme". Neben dem Haushaltsloch, regionalem Terrorismus und hohen Staatsausgaben. Zwar sei eine junge und gut ausgebildete Generation auch ein möglicher Treiber von Fortschritt, gelinge deren Integration in den Arbeitsmarkt jedoch nicht, könne dies zu Unruhe führen.

Die Wirtschaftsreform in Saudi-Arabien ist eine von oben verordnete Reform.

Mark Mobius sieht die Probleme daher eher in der Bevölkerung selbst.

"Mohamed bin Salman steht ganz klar im Kern des Geschehens", sagt AHK-Geschäftsführer Oehms. "Die Regierung hinterfragt derzeit bisherige Muster."

"Die Ziele sind zwar teilweise enorm ambitioniert und vielleicht auch unrealistisch", sagt Oehms. "Aber der Ansatz als solcher ist nachvollziehbar und alternativlos.

7.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A T)

Saudi police clashes with wanted Extremists group in Al Nasim neighborhood Riyadh


7.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A T)

7.1.2017 – Noto Wahabism (* A P)

Film: #Al_Saud: True sponsors of terrorism
Saudi backed TV channel MEMRI TV thanks the Turkish officer who killed the Russian Ambassador & urges that Iranian & Iraqi Ambassadors should be next!

“And I hope that soon all the Arab countries will assassinate the (Russian) orthodox pig Crusader ambassador. We thank this officer of the Turkish riot police for causing that pig of an ambassador to die like an animal. I hope that will be the lot of all the ambassadors in the 57 Islamic countries. Oh Allah, may we see one of them die each day. […] Kill them all. I hope that this Russian ambassador will be followed by the Iranian ambassador, the Iraqi ambassador and the Lebanese ambassador. I hope so!”

My comment: Whow! That’s really heavy. That’s Saudi ideology. Be aware that there is absolutely no freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia. If speeches like this one here on TV are not fined (Saudi style: 1000 lashes, 10 years in jail) means that they are fitting to the ideology of the state. Our best friends in the region. Nice.

cp9 USA

9.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A T)

Global War on Terror? Tsk! We need Global War on save Americans from Americans. Those darn terrorist toddlers :) (see text in image)

7.1.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (* A P)

If #Russian hacking to influence #US elections is concerning then #Saudi #Qatari cash to do the same must be prosecuted

.@icontherecord shld uphold its duty 2 by reporting all foreign funding 2 influence #US elections, especially frm #Saudi & Qatari monarchies

My comment: So true!

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

8.1.2017 – Get up Stand up (B K P)

.@MikeGapes wrong analysis sir. We just want #UK #MPs to know that we are aware of #Britain's complicity in #Saudi warcrimes in #Yemen (text in image)

8.1.2017 – The45Storm (A P)


Since 2010 the Tory Gov. has licensed 5.6BILLION of arms to #Saudi who are bombing the shit out of #Yemen

My comment: the critics is right. Here: MP Ruth Davidson as a representative of Western hypocrisy.

4.1.2017 – Human Rights Watch (* A K P)

Theresa May Should Come Clean on UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The admission by the UK government that the Saudi-led coalition used UK-made BL-755 cluster munitions during the armed conflict in Yemen, comes months after Amnesty International and British media outlets reported that these weapons had been used in the country.

Since March 2015, the UK has approved £3.3 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia, according to the London-based Campaign Against Arms Trade. Yet in November, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office concluded, despite considerable evidence to the contrary, that there was no "clear risk" of serious Saudi breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen.

Over the course of the war, Human Rights Watch has documented numerous coalition strikes that destroyed homes, markets, schools, civilian factories, and hospitals.

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

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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

7.1.2017 – Huffington Post (* A P)

Kulturkampf predigen, aber Waffen liefern: Gabriels zweifelhaftes Verhältnis zu Saudi-Arabien

Am Freitag wählte SPD-Chef Sigmar Gabriel gegenüber dem "Spiegel" drastische Worte: Von einem Kulturkampf gegen den Islamismus und einer Null-Toleranz-Politik sprach er. Salafistische Moscheen wollte Gabriel verbieten und Hass-Prediger ausweisen lassen.

Gabriels Beitrag zur Debatte fiel am Freitag kämpferisch aus. Aber man kann Zweifel anmelden, wie sehr der Bundeswirtschaftsminister zu seinen Worten stehen kann.

Denn, so schreibt der Journalist Fabian Köhler auf seinem Blog, der SPD-Chef unterhalte in seiner Position als Wirtschaftsminister beste Beziehungen zu dem Staat, der wie kein anderer Salafismus und islamistische Gewalt verbreite.

Gemeint war das Königreich Saudi-Arabien. Die Herrscher am Persischen Golf missachten nicht nur die Menschenrechte, sondern führen auch einen brutalen Krieg im Jemen - mit Waffen, die sie von der Bundesregierung geliefert bekommen. Unter Wirtschaftsminister Gabriel wurden Waffenexporte nach Saudi-Arabien in Höhe von fast 1 Milliarde Euro genehmigt.

Zu diesem schon zweifelhaften Verhältnis kommt hinzu, dass Saudi-Arabien im Syrien-Krieg Gruppen finanziert hat, die nach Einschätzung von Beobachtern teilweise radikal ausgerichtet sind

Außerdem stehen religiöse Organisationen aus Saudi-Arabien im Verdacht, mit Billigung ihrer Regierung deutsche Salafisten zu unterstützen.

All das hat Gabriel bisher nicht davon abgehalten, weiter Waffengeschäfte mit Saudi-Arabien abzuschließen. Zu Beginn seiner Amtszeit als Bundeswirtschaftsminister hatte Gabriel angekündigt, Waffendeals mit Staaten, die nicht zur EU oder Nato gehören, stark einzuschränken.

Die Rüstungsexporte stiegen trotzdem weiter. An Saudi-Arabien wurden weiterhin Waffen geliefert - auch wenn Gabriel Bedenken äußerte.

Eine Null-Toleranz-Politik oder gar ein "Kulturkampf" sieht anders aus – von Leonhard Landes und hierzu auch

Mein Kommentar: Gabriel, wie er im Buche steht. Der schlechteste Kanzlerkandidat, den die SPD je hatte (seit 1863).

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Siehe / Look at cp1 (RT series on Britain)

8.1.2017 – Dawn (A P)

Raheel Sharif appointed chief of Islamic military alliance, confirms Khawaja Asif

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Friday confirmed the recent development that former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif was made the chief of 39-nation Islamic military coalition formed to combat terrorism.

Speaking during a talk show at Geo TV, Asif admitted that an agreement in this regard was finalised few days back; however, the defence minister said he didn’t have much information at the moment about the details of the said agreement.

Asif said that the decision to appoint Gen (retd) Raheel, who retired in November 2016, was taken after taking the incumbent government into confidence.

He was of the opinion that formation of such an alliance is a good step, as the “Muslim Ummah is in a spot of bother right now and needs unity among its ranks”.

The headquarters of the Saudi-led coalition would be based in Riyadh.

Pakistan had initially found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics as Saudi Arabia named it as part of its newly formed military alliance of Muslim countries meant to combat terrorism, without first getting its consent.

However, after initial ambiguity, the government had confirmed its participation in the alliance, but had said that the scope of its participation would be defined after Riyadh shared the details of the coalition it was assembling. and also

My comment: This is not the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen, but a 39 states “coalition” fighting terrorism installed by Saudi Arabia in 2015, more a propaganda joke than a reality.

8.1.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Former Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif to lead 'Muslim Nato'

Flood of criticism greets general’s appointment as commander of Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism

Pakistan’s retired army chief has agreed to become the first commander of the “Muslim Nato”, a fledgling military alliance of mostly Sunni Islamic states led by Saudi Arabia.

The announcement led to a flood of criticism of Raheel Sharif, a general who until recently had been lauded for his three years leading Pakistan’s half a million-strong army.

The Pakistani defence minister, Khawaja Asif, revealed on television that Sharif would become the first commander-in-chief of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), a proposed coalition of 39 countries that will have its headquarters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The IMAFT was announced in late 2015 as a foil against Islamic State and terrorism in general but it has not been supported by Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional nemesis.

Islamabad has long struggled to find a balance between Saudi Arabia, a rich patron that is home to thousands of Pakistani expatriate workers, and neighbouring Iran that hopes to sell gas to energy-starved Pakistan.

Analysts say the decades-long standoff between Sunni Saudi Arabia and predominantly Shia Iran has helped fuel sectarian conflict in Pakistan.

Both countries have been accused of supporting their own favoured militant groups in Pakistan, where the Shia minority has been the target of relentless attacks.

In 2015, Pakistan declined to join military operations against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen despite relentless pressure from Saudi Arabia, which has led the intervention in its impoverished neighbour.

But the plan to allow one of the most esteemed army chiefs in Pakistan’s history to take up command of IMAFT has been met with widespread criticism on social media.

The Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, a Shia political group, expressed concern over the appointment, which it urged Sharif to turn down.

Some hardline Sunni groups, including the banned Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, said they fully supported the development.

Hasan Askari Rizvi, a Pakistani defence analyst, cautioned that the IMAFT was not yet operational and it was unclear whether it would follow the model of Nato or something more like the United Nation’s peacekeeping operations – by Jon Boone

8.1.2017 – (A P)

Sending Pak general to lead Saudi-led coalition inappropriate: Retired Lt Gen Talat Masood

A senior Pakistani analyst believes that appointment of former Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif (R) as Saudi led coalition chief is not appropriate.
In an interview with a foreign news agency, Lieutenant General Talat Masood (R) said the whole coalition is controversial and heading an organization which does not have the full support of Muslim world is not a correct decision to be made.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has confirmed the recent development that Gen Raheel was made the chief of Saudi led coalition.
Lt Gen Talat Masood (R) said that this coalition backs Saudi Arabia which is fighting war in Yemen and has its own interests. “There are many countries which are backing Saudi Arabia, but at the same time there are also countries which are opposing Saudi Arabia in Yemen,” he noted.

The fact remains that this appointment has been done by the approval of Pakistani government, so there seems to be sort of approval of military engagement against Yemen by this coalition.
One should be very careful while engaging in military operation in Yemen especially when there is no unanimity in the Muslim world specially regarding Yemen conflict,” said the analyst.
7.1.2017 – Global Risk Insights (* B P)

2017 Preview: Oman threatened as risks multiply

Since the Arab Spring and subsequent regional unrest, Oman has been increasingly touted as an island of stability. Despite being next door to the civil war in Yemen, Oman has sought to remain neutral, in line with its larger efforts to balance between neighbour Saudi Arabia and long-term partner Iran. While Oman has so far managed to weather the storm of violence and instability gripping much of the Middle East, 2017 will present a range of challenges that threaten to undermine the country.

Security situation increasingly complex

2017 began with a major move from Oman, with Muscat agreeing to join the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi forces in Yemen. This is a major departure from Oman’s largely non-interventionist stance, as well as an interesting shift in regional power dynamics. Given Oman’s longstanding relationship with Iran, the fact that it is joining the fight against the Houthis (whom Iran allegedly supports) is key, and a development to watch closely. It remains to be seen if this an indication of a more long-term geopolitical realignment, or rather a marriage of convenience given the instability on Oman’s doorstep.

Given Oman’s security concerns it is understandable that the government is taking a more proactive role in 2017. Oman has been largely spared the kind of refugee influx seen by the likes of Jordan and Turkey, in part because the government has heavily reinforced border control. Moreover, Oman has been acting as supply line for the Hadi government, sending aid, necessities and consumer goods over the border to bolster Yemeni efforts, as opposed to accepting refugees.

Oman’s small population means that should the country witness, even a moderate refugee influx, existing services and infrastructure will be quickly overwhelmed, especially since many parts of western Oman remain underdeveloped.

Economic slowdown undermines security spending

Oman faces increasing security costs just as the government announces an austerity budget.

Furthermore, Oman is still suffering from the downturn in oil prices

As a non-OPEC member, Oman is at the mercy of that organization

Oman faces growing succession crisis

The final ingredient in Oman’s 2017 troubles is the question of political stability and succession – by Jeremy Luedi

5.1.2017 – European Community – European Commission (A H P)

Statement by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the tragic situation in Yemen

The following press release was issued by the European Commission on January 5, 2017 12:00.

While global attention may be focused on other crises, the international community cannot turn a blind eye to the humanitarian tragedy in Yemen in 2017. The 20 months long armed conflict in the country has now killed more than 10 000 people, with civilians paying the highest price.

The EU is committed to helping the most vulnerable in need and not to let Yemen become a ‘forgotten crisis’.

The conflict has meant large-scale destruction of basic infrastructure, and the de facto blockade imposed on the country has resulted in a collapsing economy and a financial crisis which severely limits food, medicine and fuel imports, leading to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition.

The EU has already made available €120 million in humanitarian funding since the beginning of the conflict in 2015, €70 million of which in 2016. As the needs continue to rise I call on the international community to scale up support to cover humanitarian needs in Yemen.

In the name of humanity, all parties to the conflict must facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance into and within the country, to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and to enable humanitarian organisations to respond to the soaring and unprecedented needs.

I also call on all parties to the conflict to lift the de facto embargo on Yemen to allow for basic commodities to enter the country and to resume medical evacuations.

The EU reiterates its full support to ongoing efforts by UN Special Envoy Cheikh Ahmed to obtain a cessation of hostilities and a sustainable peace agreement.

My comment: Of course it is positive when the EU is making available € 120 million for humanitarian aid. – But, it must be said that the EU is one of those foreign powers which to a great are guilty and responsible for the whole Yemen crisis – having supported the Saudi aerial war against half of Yemen, fueled the war by selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, fighter jets dropping and bombs dropped on Yemen, war ships or parts of them for blocking Yemeni harbours to starve out the population, having given political support to Saudi Arabia and its war on Yemen (Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and others). – Thus, this EU statement must be labeled as a typical document of Western hypocrisy – or (what would not be better) as a document of a grotesque blindness, originating from an almost insane self-righteousness.

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

7.1.2017 – Dhanaan Media (A H)

Appeal for Somali refugees in Horn of Africa and Yemen

The international community is being encouraged to continue its efforts to stabilize Somalia as a means to help resolve the “protracted situation” of refugees from the country.

The appeal has been made by the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, speaking in Geneva on Thursday.

Around one million Somalis are registered as refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen region, while an estimated 1.1 million people are displaced within the country.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Affey recently concluded a visit to camps hosting displaced Somalis in Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen, as well as in Somalia.

He described their plight as a “protracted situation,” lasting more than two decades since the collapse of the country’s central government.

The Special Envoy was concerned that these people might be forgotten.

cp13b Finanzen / Finances

7.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A E)

End of financial liquidity crisis in Yemen

Yemen Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar has said that the crisis of financial liquidity was ended, affirming that the government managed to print national currency.

Bin Daghar called the Houthis to stop manipulating national resources and facilitate the Central Bank of Yemen to perform its tasks from the temporary capital, Aden.

"We allowed you (the Houthis) to run the bank from March 2015 to October 2016, but you wasted Yemen's reserves. You wasted $5 billing billion and YR2 trillion. You spent all these financial sums in your battles with the aim of taking over Yemen" Bin Daghar addressed militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Bin Daghar stressed that all salaries of public servants and military sector will be paid, demanding the Houthi putschists to hand over the national resources to the Central Bank of Yemen.

The internationally recognized government of Yemen has begun paying thousands of army and security forces three months’ salaries in arrears under tightened security measures.

Military and public servants have not been paid since September when the president of Yemen Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered relocating the headquarters of the central bank to the city of Aden to put an end to Al Houthis misusing the country’s reserves.

My comment: There is a lot of propaganda in this article.

1) “the crisis of financial liquidity was ended, affirming that the government managed to print national currency”: ca. one year ago, the Central Bank (still at Sanaa) wanted to have new bank notes printed by a Russian bank note printing company. The Hadi government blocked that deal.

2) “We allowed you (the Houthis) to run the bank from March 2015 to October 2016”: the Houthis never ran the Central bank. At sanaa, the Central Bank had continued working as before the war, with the same governor and personal, and was able to keep a neutral position.

3) “You wasted $5 billing billion “ and “You spent all these financial sums in your battles with the aim of taking over Yemen": that’s odd. There were no more new revenues coming in (No more oil exports; economy, jobs and tax income crushed because of the war, of Saudi air raids, of Saudi blockade; at the same time state expenditures increasing. Both sides got their military forces, including militia, paid by the Central Bank.

4) “demanding the Houthi putschists to hand over the national resources to the Central Bank of Yemen”: Any reason why they should do that? There does not even exist “the Central Bank of Yemen”. As there are two Central banks in Yemen: The Houthi / Saleh side never recognized the installation of a Central Bank at Aden and adhered to the Central Bank at Sanaa – which was neither closed nor transferred to Aden, as they tried to keep it working. The “Central Bank” at Aden in reality was newly installed, parallel to the Central Bank at Sanaa.

5) “stressed that all salaries of public servants and military sector will be paid”: before installing a new Central Bank at Aden, public servants the military sector of both sides had been paid. The Hadi government relocated the central Bank to get the money for their servants and military ALONE. In the north, also civil public servants still are waiting for their salaries, as the professors of Sanaa University (look at cp5). Will big-mouthed Dagher ever pay them?? 5) The effect of “president” Hadi’s policy which led to the creation of a second Central Bank at Aden was disastrous for Yemen in many respects, as had been reported already often.

8.1.2017 – Aden Now News (A E P)

New bank notes, printed in Russia, showing Saleh mosque at Sanaa (photo)

5.1.2017 – Mohammed Al-Asaadi (A E)

Rotten & rickety banknotes being recirculated as the country suffers from a severe cash crisis. It's a picture of #Yemen's national economy (photo)

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

8.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

AQAP mid-ranked leader killed by a US drone attack

A Leader in the Ansar al-Sharia, AQAP organization in Yemen, was killed on Sunday by a US drone attack in Maswara district of al Baida governorate, central Yemen.

Local sources told Almasdaronline that a US drone attack killed today Abdul Ghani Qasem al Rassas, a mid-ranked leader in the AQAP

7.1.2017 – Terror Monitor (A K T)

#IslamicState Targeting #Houthi Positions With B10 Cannon In Hamat Luqah Area In #Qayfa (photos)

My comment: IS / AQAP often fighting alongside pro Saudi / pro-Hadi forces against the Houthis.

5.1.2017 – Shireen Al-Adeimi (B T)

The US cannot fight terrorism in #Yemen by supporting allies who have no qualms working with the terrorists the US would like to eliminate (photo)

Comment by Judith Brown: From a BBC report last February. And things have only got worse.

cp15 Propaganda

9.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Last words of a dedicated Saudi sniper who died fighting Houthis

Naif Farhan al-Harbi was a skilled sniper who volunteered to be deployed on the southern front lines where he was later killed.

He had recently cancelled his holiday break at the last minute to return to the battle zone when he was killed by a missile. He had only recently handed his will to a friend, asking him “to publish the news of his martyrdom as a mark of respect to his two daughters”.

Al-Harbi joined the military police forces in 2009 after developing his skills as sniper. He then volunteered to join the Saudi armed forces’ Fourth Brigade.

In October, he was seriously injured during a rescue mission. But following a brief recovery period he decided to return to the frontlines. He requested an extension for his deployment, asking to be posted in the same military site, which is considered to be one of the most perilous positions on the Saudi-Yemen border.

Al-Harbi’s brother Ghazi spoke about the circumstances preceding his brother’s death and said as soon as his brother reached Abha airport on his way to Riyadh, he learned of a military mission to take place the next day. He decided to cancel his vacation and return back to the front lines.

Al-Harbi extended his apologies to his family eagerly awaiting his arrival. When back at the front lines, his car was blown up by a missile, killing him and another soldier, two others were injured.

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: The sniped sniper was not in a picnic & he is not the only father in both sides. Last words here: He got killed while he was going to kill.

8.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Arab coalition spokesman: Yemeni army now able to manage operations

Arab coalition spokesman Ahmed Asiri told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday that the Yemeni army has now become capable of managing operations in the country.

"The Yemeni army is still achieving progress on all fronts in Yemen," Asiri said.

"We've worked on targeting Houthi rebels while training the Yemeni army at the same time," he added.

Asiri also said that Iran had publicly admitted to smuggling arms to Houthi militias in Yemen.

My comment: Iran several times had denied to supplying any arms to the Houthis.

7.1.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Wide Collapse in Coalition of Houthis and Ousted Saleh

Tension between Houthis and their ally 'ousted Saleh' escalated openly. This was reflected in the sharing of ministerial positions in what they called the National Rescue Government, which was not recognized by any political entity in the world.
It turned out that Houthis took control of certain ministries (Education and Interior Ministries) in order to establish destructive thoughts coming from outside of Yemen into education, which was an act that did not receive any acceptance of the Yemenis. Meanwhile, the ousted Saleh was keen to take control of profitable ministries (telecommunications and oil sectors), which he worked for during his 33-year ruling period.
The coup militia started to collapse and panic, where gunmen started to flee the fighting fronts and return to their tribes in high numbers. This made Houthis and Saleh unable to prevent the collective escape from the battle fronts as they suffered heavy defeats.

My comment: A propaganda article mixing several stories. Tensions between Houthis and Saleh in regard to the ministries: an old story, warmed-up here. – the Houthis changing education, also a warmed-up story, which had stayed very imprecise and would be quite ridiculous as an objection by the Saudis anyway. Saudi school books and education are much more “destructive” (a phrase used here) as anybody else, the Houthis included, could introduce at all. – “did not receive any acceptance of the Yemenis”: I would like to see the results of the poll the Saudis had made in Houthi-held territory and learn how they managed to make it there. – The story of the Houthi fighters fleeing in panic back home I seemed to have missed even from the pro-Saudi sources claiming victories at the fronts.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

9.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

8/1/2017, Sunday

- Place of Violation: Saada, Marib, Sana’a, Taiz, Lahjj, Al-Jawf, Hajja, Al-Baitha and Al-Hodieda

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "war on Yemen"

Casualties and damages (full list):

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter jets continue furious strikes against citizens in provinces

US-backed Saudi aggression fighter jets continued barbaric strikes on several province, leaving dozens of martyrs and wounded and damage to infrastructure overnight, a military official told Saba on Sunday.

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8.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


- Place of Violation: Saada, Marib, Sana’a, the Capital of Sana’a, Taiz, Lahjj, Al-Jawf, Amran and Hajja

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "war on Yemen"

Casualties and damages (full list):

7.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


- Place of Violation: Saada, Marib, Sana’a, Shabwa, Taiz and Al-Hodeida

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "war on Yemen"

Casualties and damages (full list):

8.–9.1.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

#Saudi jets are over the capital Sanaa now #Yemen . God save us .

9.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression Kills residents in Mocha

Dozens of civilians were killed and others wounded when Saudi aggression warplanes launched six strikes targeting residents near a water well in the residential area of Mocha coastal city in Taiz province, an official told Saba on Monday.
The air strikes took place late on Sunday.
The air strikes coincidently occurred with other heavy aerial attacks and continuing flying on neighboring Kahbob and Dhubab coastal areas. and

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter jets wage 5 strikes on Sana'a

Saudi aggression fighter jets launched on Sunday five strikes on Bani Hushish district of Sana'a province, a security official told Saba.
The warplanes hit al-Haiuf area five times, causing citizens' properties and farms, the official added.

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-aggression jets wage 5 raids on Serwah

The US-Saudi aggression fighter jets launched on Sunday five raids on Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official said.
The hostile raids targeted Makhdara area in the district.


8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes kill citizen

A Citizen was killed and two were injured in a raid by US-Saudi aggression warplanes on citizens' houses in Serwah district of Mareb province overnight, an official told Saba on Sunday.
The warplanes hit the houses in Habab Valley, killing Saleh Abdul Rab khairan, wounding two others in the district.
Meanwhile , the enemy warplanes launched a series of raids on several areas in the same district over the past hours.

8.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Lahjj : warplanes of the Saudi American aggression launched a raid on Khpop area

Al Jouf: Saudi American aggression warplanes waged a raid on Al Malah district

Taiz:warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged two raids on Al Amam camp

8.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters bomb Houthi military camp central Saada

The fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have launched several air raids on a military camp for the Houthis and Saleh forces in Saada city, far northern Yemen, according to eyewitnesses.

The witnesses told Almasdaronline that six air raids targeted on Sunday the Special Forces camp central Saada, the stronghold of the Houthi group.

And what Legal Center (link above) reported: (6) airstrikes targeted governmental facilities and destroyed (4) buildings in Saada city, Saada district.

8.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

US _ Backed Saudi Coalition Dropped Cluster Bombs in Saada

Warplanes of the Saudi American aggression dropped a number of cluster bombs internationally banned on a number of areas of Yemen.
warplanes of the aggression dropped two cluster bombs in Kalab Valley directorate of Al Thahir in Saada province, and launched five raids one of them were cluster bomb at Al-Sheikh area directorate of Munabiah.

In the same context ,aggression targeted cluster bombs on Shada directorate in Saada

8.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

The warplanes of the Saudi American aggression launched 5 raids on Alohaov district of Bani Hashish and the raids damaged a number of public and private property and caused a state of extreme fear among women and children.

7.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Launch Several Raids in Taiz

Brutal US-Saudi aggression launched on Saturday , several raids on Al Omari district in Taiz governorate.

Local source said , fighter jets of the Saudi American aggression launched a raid on the eastern area in Taiz and two raids on Al Omari area the directorate of Dubab in Taiz.

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression jets wage 9 strikes on Sa'ada, drop cluster bombs

Saudi aggression war planes launched on Saturday morning nine strikes on citizens' properties in several areas of Sa'ada province, an official told Saba.
The strikes hit a communications network in al-Ahmer Mountain in al-Safra district three times and other more three strikes hit farms in al-Anad area of Sahar district.
Moreover, the aggression fighter jets waged three other raids on citizens' houses and farms in Maran area of Haydan district, dropping cluster bombs.
The strikes caused heavy damage to citizens' properties and farms, the official added.

Yemeni child killed by Saudi air strike in Sa'dah, cluster bombs air-dropped

A child was martyred on Saturday after sustained multiple injuries from an air strike by Saudi aggression warplanes that targeted his family's home in Dahian city of Sa'dah governorate, according to a security official.
The air strike occurred on Tuesday, the official told Saba.
Meanwhile, the official said the enemy fighter jets dropped internationally-banned cluster bombs early Saturday on Kob Valley of al-Daher district and Mafrk Shada area.

Saudi airstrikes kill 2 people in Sa'ada

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched six airstrikes on Munabh district of Sa'ada province, killing two citizens, a local official said Saturday.
One of the airstrikes, which took place on Friday and targeted AL al-Shaikh area, hit a car and killed the two citizens.
The Saudi warplanes also hit Bagm district eight times, the official added.

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression war jets wage 3 strikes on Mareb

Saudi aggression fighter jets launched on Saturday three strikes on Sarweh district of Mareb province, an official told Saba .
The strikes hit al-Masadarah area twice and other riad struck Habab valley area, causing damage to citizen's houses and farms. =

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes strike Sana'a

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched five airstrikes overnight on Khawlan and Bani Hashesh districts on Sana'a province, a security official told Saba on Saturday.
The Saudi warplanes launched two air strikes on Shawkan area in Khawlan district and three airstrikes on al-Jamimah area in Bani Hashesh, leaving serious damage to citizens' properties.


7.1.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A K PH)

#Saudi #UAE strikes on Faied Alhathoori farm n Khaiwan area #Amran prov N #Sanaa #Yemen kild Faied little child&injrd9members of his family (photos)

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter jets kill 2 children, wound 9 women in Amran

Two children from one family were killed and nine women wounded when Saudi aggression fighter jets waged on Saturday five strikes on their home in Houth district of Amran province, an official told Saba.
The strikes targeted citizen's houses in Khaiwan area in the same district. =

and film:


7.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

11 Yemeni civilians including women&children killed now by US-backed Saudi war criminals bombing their house with 6 airstrikesNAmran north

8.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition airstrike kill 12 Houthis in al Haimah, Sana'a

Twelve militants of the Houthi group were killed on Friday in an air raid launched by the fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition on their car in al Haimah dirtict, western Capital Sana'a.

Almasdaronline reporter said that the coalition fighters launched three air raids in Bani Yousif area in al Haimah district, one of them hit the a car and killed 12 militants.

On the other side, the coalition fighters had launched on Friday two air airstrikes targeting rebels reinforcements while on their way to back the Houthi and Saleh forces in Harib Nihm front, eastern Sana'a.

The coalition fighters also launched two air raids on the Houthi and Saleh sites in Shawkan region, between Khawlan and Bani Hoshaish districts, eastern capital Sana'a

My comment: That’s the logic of pro-Saudi Yemeni media: Who has been hit, is a Houthi fighter. Look at the following articles, photos, films:

7.1.2017 – Xinhua (* A K)

Coalition airstrikes kill 12 in west of Yemen's capital

At least 12 villagers and rescuers were killed in a Saudi-led airstrike on a school and mosque on the western outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa Saturday morning, residents and medics said.

Nine villagers were killed in the first airstrike in Bani Yousuf village of al-Haimah al-Kharijyah district at dawn, a medical official told Xinhua, adding that a second strike hit the area minutes later as rescuers were hurrying to help, killing three of them.


7.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

Death toll from Saudi aggression airstrikes rise to 12 civilians

Death toll from overnight Saudi aggression air strikes on the outskirts of the capital Sanaa rose to 12 civilians, a security official told Saba on Saturday.
The air strikes targeted a school and a mosque in Bani Yousuf village of al-Haimah al-Kharijyah district west of the capital late on Friday.
Among the killed were three rescuers.

and Yamanyoon mentions even more killed:

7.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (* A K PH)

15 Civilians Killed by US-Saudi Airstrikes Hit Schools

Saudi aggression warplanes committed yesterday ,a heinous massacre of in Al Himah directorate of Sana’a governorate targeted civilians , where led to at least 20 of the civilians among of them children.

Local sources said, at least 15 citizens were killed and a dozen others were injured as the result of an initial of the Saudi aggression raids where targeted Al-Hussein Bin Ali School at Joseph area.

The sources said , the enemy warplanes deliberately after the first raids , targeted the Paramedics third raid causing rising the number of victims.

and photos:

7.1.2017 – Saudi Arabia War Crimes (* A K PH)

Photos: Sana'a governorate pictures of Alehimh_aldakhalih area
Photos bombing of the Saudi air strikes on a school and vehicles citizens have fallen victim to the bombing of the many martyrs and wounded civilians.


Legal Center (* A K PH)

Photos: 6-1-2017. The Massacre that is happened in Yemen Yesterday
Killed (9) civilians and injured (4) others by 1 airstrike targeted a civilian’s car in the public road next to Al-Hussien school in Bani Yousif area, Al-Haima interior district. = =

and more:

and films: and

and Yemen Post (A K)

Another School DESTROYED: Saudi airstrikes attack elementary school in outskirt #Yemen capital #Sanaa killing 5 civilians inside school (photos)

7.1.2017 – Midoa (B K PH)

Watch the moment of bombing Cairo castle in taiz #Yemen by saudi-led coalition Raid (Film)

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Bab al-Mandab / Theater of War: Bab al-Mandab

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

8.1.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (A K)

Mehr als 60 Tote bei Kämpfen

Nach Angaben des Militärs starben nahe der strategisch wichtigen Meeresstraße von Bab al-Mandab 55 Aufständische und 13 regierungstreue Kämpfer.

8.1.2017 – AFP (* A K PS)

Yemen clashes leave scores killed in battle for strategic strait

At least 68 fighters have been killed in two days of fierce battles between Yemeni forces and Shiite Huthi rebels near the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait, military officials said Sunday.

Government forces launched on Saturday an assault to recapture the coastal Dhubab district, just 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Bab al-Mandab which links the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Since then at least 55 Huthis have been killed in fighting and 72 others wounded, military and medical sources said.

Clashes since Saturday have also killed 13 loyalists forces, including an army general, Brigadier-General Abdul Aziz al-Majidi, a loyalist commander, told AFP.

Landmines planted by the rebels have slowed down the advance of government forces, military officials said. =

8.1.2017 – Gulf News (*A K PS)

Yemen army sets sights on Mocha after liberating Dhobab

A victory in Mocha would cut Al Houthi militants from a critical weapons supply source

Yemeni forces have closed in on a major Al Houthi military camp in Al Omari region after liberating Dhobab from the rebels and fighters loyal to the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an army commander has said.

Major General Fadhel Hassan, who is also the commander of Aden-based 4th Military Region, told Gulf News by telephone from the battlefield that government forces and allied resistance fighters completely ousted Al Houthi rebels from Dhobab and advanced deeply into Al Waziyia and Al Omeri regions in Taiz for the first time since early last year.

“We have completely pushed Al Houthis out of Dhobab and are advancing towards Al Omeri military camp,” he said.

Aimed at clearing the coastal areas in Taiz province from the Iran-backed Al Houthi rebels, government forces backed by Saudi-led coalition fighter jets launched Operation Golden Arrow on Friday and managed to advance dozens of kilometres into enemy-held territory bordering the Red Sea.

Army commanders say the operation aims to secure the strategic Bab Al Mandab Strait and cut arms supply routes to the rebels.

At least 30 Al Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to Saleh have been arrested.

“Most of the arrested fighters are from the Republican Guards. Our forces are fighting Al Houthis on the mountains of Al Omeri and Al Wazyia regions. We are determined to liberate from Al Houthis the entire coastal and other areas in Taiz.” Hassan said.

On Saturday, the army announced the death of Brigadier General Omar Saeed Al Subihi in Operation Golden Arrow.

Government forces now have their sights set on the port city of Mocha, where Al Houthi rebels get much of their weapons shipments from Iran – by Saeed Al Batati and by Bahrain News Agency:

My comment: “Yemeni forces” / “Yemeni army” = Saudi-backed “president” Hadi forces. – However, there is only very few arms shipment from Iran to Houthi Yemen.

But contradicted by the other side:

8.1.2017 – Tasnim News Agency (* A K PH)

Yemeni Army Repels Massive Attack by Saudi-Led Coalition in Taiz

Forces of the Yemeni army and popular committees managed to repulse a massive land, air and sea attack launched by a Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni province of Taiz.

The army units on Saturday repelled the massive attack mounted by the coalition forces and the Saudi mercenaries in Dhubab and Kahboub regions west of Taiz, the Arabic-language al-Ahed news reported.

A military source in Yemen said despite extensive air and sea support, the Saudi-led coalition’s attack on the two regions was foiled.

He added that the Yemeni army and popular committees also destroyed 15 military vehicles of the coalition forces in Dhubab and Kahboub.

My comment: “Yemeni army” here: The Yemeni army loyal to ex-President Saleh, fighting alongside the Houthis.

and also:

8.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Heavy losses of Saudi mercenaries, Bad el Mandab

Dozens of mercenaries vehicles destroyed, what kind of setback Saudi American aggression, especially after the killing of hundreds of mercenaries, including Subaihi operations commander.

The mercenary Dhubab, but the result was quite the opposite, where these mechanisms turned directly to the goals of the Army and People's Committees.

And it continued the process of targeting mechanisms, and was burned over 15 mechanism during the early hours of attempts mercenaries progress, to leave the mercenaries behind such large numbers of the burning mechanisms.

and more films: and and

and films by Yemen Today: and

8.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

This HOW US-made advanced Saudi vehicles ( about 20) being seized or destroyed by Yemen fighters in Bab Al Mandab Strait south west Jan7 (photos; from film linked above)

Yemen fighters Have now enough of US-made advanced weapons &vehicles daily left by cowardly Saudi soldiers&their mercenaries ( Jan7) (photos)

and the same contradicting reports the day before:

7.1.2017 – Voice of America (* A K)

Yemen Government Claims Crucial Advance in Battle on Red Sea Coast

Senior army commanders in Yemen said Saturday that government forces had liberated a key, rebel-held coastal district from Iran-backed Houthi rebels during a military offensive to protect vital Red Sea shipping lanes from rebel artillery and missiles.

There were conflicting reports late Saturday on casualties, with multiple regional news reports quoting military sources as saying about 20 combatants had been killed in the fighting that began Friday in Dhubab district. However, it was not clear whether government forces or rebel fighters bore the brunt of the losses.

"We have liberated almost all of Dhubab and Al-Wazyia regions," General Fadhel Hassan, commander of the government's regional forces, told the Dubai-based Gulf News.

Hassan said the Sunni force had been aided by airstrikes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition, which has been battling Shi'ite Houthis on behalf of Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and his internationally recognized government for nearly two years.

Hassan linked Saturday's advances to a new shipment of modern arms from the Saudi-led coalition.

For its part, the Houthi-controlled SABA news agency in Aden, seized by rebels two years ago, offered a significantly different account of Saturday's combat.

The agency described the government force at Dhubab as a unit of "U.S.-backed, Saudi-paid mercenaries" and said dozens in the government force had been killed and wounded when Houthi forces "foiled" the advance.

There have been no independent reports clarifying the outcome of Saturday's fighting.

My comment: At least, VOA looked at the statements of both sides, different to AFP (see following). Anyway, VOA adopts grotesque propaganda wording from pro-Saudi propaganda. 1) “Yemen Government”: there are two governments in Yemen; why pretend there is only one? 2) “liberated”: is propaganda wording, no news wording. 3) “Iran-backed” is stupid as Iran backing of the Houthis is negligible compared to US backing of Saudi Arabia and its Yemeni puppets. 4) Houthis are a ruling power in Northern Yemen, no more rebels, and Shiite they have never been. 5) “Hassan said the Sunni force had been aided by airstrikes”: VOA is making this war a sectarian Sunni-Shiite conflict. How that. And if, why the US is interfering, is the US Sunnite?

7.1.2017 – AFP (A K)

17 dead as Yemen loyalists attack rebels on Red Sea coast

Yemeni government forces attacked rebel positions on the Red Sea coast on Saturday sparking clashes in which six soldiers and 11 rebels were killed, a loyalist commander said.

The assault on the coastal district of Dhubab, just 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of the Bab al-Madab strait where the busy shipping lane enters the Arabian Sea, came after the government sent reinforcements from its headquarters in Aden.

The government and its allies in a Saudi-led coalition recaptured the strait in October 2015.

But the rebels still control nearly all Yemen's Red Sea coast to the north, posing what the coalition says is a threat to international shipping. =

My comment: AFP relying on pro-Saudi sources only. See the following reports as well:

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army secures hilltops in Taiz

A military official told Saba on Sunday that the national army and popular committees managed to recapture and secure hilltops in Habashi mountain in Taiz governorate from Saudi-paid mercenaries.
The operation took place overnight.

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mass collapse among Saudi mercenaries after top commander killed

killed Saudi-paid top mercenary commander Brigadier Omar al-Subaihi, the commander of the 3rd Brigade of the Red Sea Bab al-Mandab Strait, which led to mass collapse among mercenary ranks.

8.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Repel Large Creep in Taiz Province

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' infiltration in Taiz, kills senior mercenary commander

Dozens of US- backed Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and others injured when the army and popular forces foiled on Saturday mercenaries' infiltration toward southwest of Taiz province, a military official told Saba.
The operation took place in Dhubab city when the mercenaries waged attack on the army and popular forces' sites.
The national forces inflicted heavy loses among the mercenaries, killing dozens, including the mercenary commander of the 3rd Brigade, Brigadier Omar al-Subaihi.
Moreover, the army and popular forces destroyed 11 military vehicles belong to the mercenaries during the operation.
Meanwhile, the Saudi aggression fighter jets and warships covered for the botched mercenaries' attack. and film:


7.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: government forces launch large-scale military operation and free Dhubab

The government forces and popular resistance fighters waged today, Saturday, a large-scale military operation, while the Arab Coalition fighters launched several air raids on the Houthis and Saleh forces sites in Taiz governorate.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the government forces had cleared the mountains and villages in the northern part of al-Mandeb, al Amri Junction, and al Shabaka Mount, south of Dhubab, in conjunction with clearing Kahbob area in al madharebah district, western Lahj governorate.

The source added that the battles are now flaring in al Khazan mountains and in the outskirts of al Amri camp.

The source pointed out that dozens of the rebels were killed and injured during the fighting and in the airstrikes. It is noteworthy that the government and pro-government forces had launched at dawn on Saturday a military operation in three directions; Kahbob area of al Madharebah district, al Hariqiah in al-Mandeb, and al Mansoura of al Wazeiyah district, and are making progress in the three directions.

"The forces are advancing towards the al Mocha coastal city", according to the source.

On the other hand, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighters had launched three raids on the Houthi rebels sites in Kahbob area and three other raids on their sites in al Amri camp.

The government forces also captured 15 militants of the Houthi and Saleh forces in the military operation launched today in the southwestern coast of Yemen.

7.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: Government forces storm al Amri camp and 8 soldiers killed, including senior military commander

The government forces and the Popular Resistance fighters stormed today, Saturday, al Amri military camp northeast Dhubab district, southwest of Yemen, which is controlled by the Houthis and Saleh forces.

"The government forces had seized control of the entire Dhubab district as well as the mountains overlooking al Amri camp, and now we will continue to control the stronghold of the Houthi and Saleh forces".

7.1.2017 Aden Now (A K PS)

Front Bab al-Mandab Brig Saeed Omar Subaihi brigade commander killed (photo)

7.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#Yemen's National Army supported by the #Saudi-led Coalition Forces launch an operation to liberate #Taiz Governorate (Map)

Large convoy of tanks & armored vehicle heading to Al-Mukha district as part of supporting the #Yemeni National Army operations in #Taiz

Leclerc tanks, armored vehicles and Caiman MTV, and Oshkosh M-ATV Mine Resistant, and others, in addition to dozens of light armored vehicles

My comment: French, British and US military vehicles used in the Yemen war.

Coalition & #Yemeni Forces take control of Dhubab district, and continue to advance along #Taiz west coast and film:

Pictures of the Coalition Forces mobilized from Bab Al-Mandab (joint with #Yemeni Forces) to take control of #Taiz west coast

#Saudi-led Coalition Navy ships strike #Houthi positions at Al-Amri Military Camp south west of #Taiz (Film)

My comment: “#Yemeni Forces” = Saudi-backed Hadi army and militia.

And also compare these articles, relating to the offensive at the coast:

7.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K)

Top-ranking commander: We received modern weaponry from Arab Coalition

Commander of the Fourth Military Region Fadhal Hassan has revealed that the Yemeni army received modern weaponry from the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.

Hassan spelt out that these weapons will help the Yemeni army implement its future plans and liberate large swaths from militias of the Houthis and Saleh.

My comment: From the Saudi-backed army of “president” Hadi. Can anybody tell why arming the one side of the conflict should be allowed, while arming the other side should be a sacrilege which must be sanctioned by the UN??? That’s insane.

7.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Ta'iz Province: Saudi Arabia's Newly-Sent Weapons for Militias Fully Destroyed by Yemeni Forces

A senior commander of the Yemeni popular forces disclosed that a newly-arrived consignment of the Saudi weapons for the Riyadh-backed militias has been completely destroyed in Ta'iz province.

"The Saudi-backed mercenaries had received new weapons from Saudi Arabia through sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait; therefore the Yemeni army and popular forces pounded the militias and their new weapons in al-Jan military base in Ta'iz province near Bab al-Mandab with a ballistic missile which resulted in the destruction of all the weapons which were recently sent by Saudi Arabia," Senior Ansarullah Commander Abdollah Hesam told FNA on Saturday.

He noted that tens of Saudi-backed militias were killed and wounded in missile attack.

"The Yemeni missile unit attacked a battalion of the Saudi-backed militias who planned to advance towards Kahboub, killing and wounding a large number of them," Hesam added.

The contingent of Saudi-led forces arrived in the strategic region just two days ago, apparently for a major military assault on the Yemeni forces.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a story from Iran - a war story. It says all the weapons recently sent to the Taiz militias by Saudi Arabia have been destroyed. A bit hard to believe.

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Andere / Theater of War: Other

9.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army's missals hit US-Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

9.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Artillery hits US-Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

9.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenary commander injured in Taiz

9.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Jizan : Army and Popular Committees Target Groupings of Saudi Soldiers and also

8.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Quantum weapons provided to Yemen's army in Saadah

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition have recently provided quantum weapons to the Yemeni army's units in the governorate of Saadah.

Military sources told Alsahwah Net that the army was provided with stringer missiles which are a man-portable air-defense system that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Weird. Houthis have no air force. #Yemen's MB Islah party media claims Saudi Arabia has provided its Yemeni fighters with Stinger missiles.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this is a strange bit of news. I guess if Islah has been provided with weapons for taking down jets they'll sell them in Aden s markets. And who will buy them? There's only Saudi jets in the sky.

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The Saudi-paid mercenaries bombed different areas in the Serwah district of Marib province with artillery shells and missiles

8.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills Saudi soldiers, crushes vehicles

in the border provinces of Najran and Asir


8.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Najran : Army and Popular Committees Targeting Groupings of Hypocrites

8.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#Yemen CGS inspects the NA forces & meets with the Coalition Cdrs at #Maidi. This force will take part in ops to recapture #AlHudaydah (films)

8.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Al Jawf: Government forces and popular resistance repel Houthis attack


7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army recaptures areas in Jawf, kills 7 mercenaries

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Rocketry force hit enemy Saudi military bases in Jizan

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' infiltration in Lahj


7.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Artillery Targeting Groupings of Mercenaries in Lahj

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army bombes mercenaries'' military vehicle in Mareb

7.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Shelling kills 6 Saudi soldiers in Najran and and

7.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Repel a Large Creep and Kill Dozen of Mercenaries in Niham

7.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Asir: destruction of a Saudi military vehicles in Alncmh site and killing and wounding its Crew

7.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dead and Injured a Number of Mercenaries in Shabwa


7.1.2017 – Arab 24 (A K PS)

Film: Yemen- Yemeni army advance in Bayhan front

The Yemeni army continues to advance during their clashes with the Houthi groups in Usaylan District west of Shabwa Province, where there were clashes in western Directorate of Saq in Almuqaira and the Yemeni army advanced towards Aljandala and Soufa areas on Bayhan-Huraib road to liberate the remaining parts of Bayhan directorate.

8.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Updated map of the ongoing battles in the eastern part of Sa'dah Governorate. Green: #Yemen's National Army-held & orange: #Houthi-held

My comment: “#Yemen's National Army” = Saudi-backed “president” Hadi’s army and militia.

7.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Sources in Saada: two Houthi leaders killed in Shabwa

Sources in Saada governorate, northern Yemen, confirmed the killing of Abu Yousef Aoun, a Houthi group leader, with a group of fighters in Shabwa governorate on Friday.

6.1.2017 – Yemen i Siria (A K PH)

Film: Yemeni military and the Houthis attacked the Saudi mercenaries in Nahm area of Sana'a governorate.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

7.1.2017 – Mohammed Al Qadhi (A)

Film: Art exhibition out of gun ammunitions metals , boxes & other pieces of marbles or glasses of damaged buildings in #Taiz,#Yemen

2015 – Phoenix

Film: DOKU Terra X 51 Die Weihrauch Connection

9.12.2015 – ZDF/Die Anstalt (* B P)

Film: Saudi Arabien - Die guten alten Freunde - Die Anstalt 08.12.2015

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-250: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-250: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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