Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 254 - Yemen War Mosaic 254

Yemen Press Reader 254: Wie viele tote Zivilisten?–Amnesty, HRW über saudische “Untersuchungen”–Hunger, humanitäre Krise–Waffenverkäufe an Saudis und Jemen–HRE-Report 2016–Briten & Jemen 1962-70

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How many civilians killed in Yemen? – Amnesty, HRW on Saudi own „investigations“ – Famine, humanitarian crisis – Arms sales to Saudi Arabia and suffering in Yemen – HRW Yemen 2016 report – Britain’s covert war in Yemen 1962–1970 – 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 Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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16.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (** B K)

Over 60,000 Yemenis civilians killed so far by US-backed Saudi war criminals

Heath facilities not function to document

60,000 Yemeni civilians killed so far by US-backed Saudis Not only 10,000 Listen why? UN chief in Yemen speaks here


Arrabyee is referring to (AP, English, below):

16.1.2017 – Zeit Online (* B K)

10.000 Zivilisten im Jemen getötet

Seit Beginn des Machtkampfes im Jemen sind nach UN-Angaben etwa 10.000 Zivilisten getötet worden. Mindestens viermal so viele seien verletzt worden, sagte Jamie McGoldrick von der UN-Nothilfebehörde Ocha. Bisher waren die Vereinten Nationen von etwa 4.200 Opfern ausgegangen, die tatsächliche Zahl liegt möglicherweise noch deutlich höher.

Die Zahlen basieren auf Listen von Gesundheitseinrichtungen, jedoch ist die medizinische Infrastruktur durch den Konflikt stark eingeschränkt. Viele Krankenhäuser oder medizinische Zentren sind laut einem Bericht von Ocha (pdf) nicht funktionsfähig, außerdem seien bis September vergangenen Jahres 13 Gesundheitsmitarbeiter getötet und mehr als 30 verletzt worden. Aufgrund dieser schwierigen Datenlage und der Tatsache, dass viele Zivilisten überhaupt keinen Zugang zu medizinischen Einrichtungen haben, ist die aktuelle Zahl ziviler Opfer vermutlich höher. und Film von euronews, mit Goldrick-Pressekonferenz:

Mein Kommentar: Sicher ganz beträchtlich höher.

16.1.2017 – AP (* B K)


The United Nations' humanitarian aid official in Yemen said Monday that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' Jamie McGoldrick told reporters the figure is based on lists of victims gathered by health facilities and the actual number might be higher. This announcement marks the first time a U.N. official has confirmed such a high death toll in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest nation. Earlier, the U.N. reported 4,200 civilians were killed in the war.

My comment: Yes, Nasser Arrabyee is certainly right that the figure of victims is much higher than the figures which are officially given. The figure of about 4.000 is ridiculous, somewhat frozen since more than a year. Also 10.000 is not true. I had made an estimate (trying to calculate) and even got more than the 60.000 estimated by Arrabyee. I must find my old calculations again, was about 100.000. Sometimes ago, and war did not stop.

16.1.2017 – Amnesty International (** A K)


The Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), published a series of legal conclusions in August, October and December 2016 surrounding specific air strike incidents where concerns have been raised that international humanitarian law (IHL) may have been breached. Amnesty International has reviewed all publically available legal and factual conclusions and in response, has written today to Lieutenant General Mansour Ahmed Al-Mansour, legal advisor to the JIAT, to express the organization’s concern the JIAT’s investigations appear to be falling short of international standards including those of transparency, independence, impartiality and effectiveness.

Amnesty International has also sought further information regarding the JIAT’s methodology and mandate.

Amnesty International has also reviewed and evaluated responses made by General Ahmed al-Asiri regarding the organization’s findings on the coalition’s use of UK-manufactured cluster munition.

Mandate: It remains unclear what the JIAT’s mandate is, what it will do with its findings, whether it will identify possible perpetrators, how it will ensure prosecution of those suspected of criminal responsibility for crimes under international law, or whether it is mandated to identify systematic patterns of violations.

Authority: It is unclear what powers the JIAT has to subpoena witnesses, obtain relevant documents and other evidence, ensure co-operation from government officials and members of armed forces of coalition members; and whether it has the authority to require coalition members to suspend from duty officials involved in the matters it is looking into; whether its recommendations are binding vis-à-vis coalition members and if there is a committee to oversee the implementation of these recommendations. If these powers are indeed absent, it would be a serious shortcoming undermining the prospect that the JIAT could help ensure truth, justice and reparation for victims and their families

Transparency: Information regarding the JIAT is not readily available publicly and its methodology remains unclear. Amnesty International is concerned that the following information is not public: the qualifications of its members, detailed information on its terms of reference and a detailed timeline of its work to date (published and unpublished) or a work plan. Amnesty International has not been able to find a detailed explanation of the standards that the JIAT has followed in monitoring, reporting and verifying alleged violations.

Impartiality: The JIAT does not outline the criteria set out for the selection of the incidents to date. Amnesty International fears that the JIAT’s legal and factual conclusions thus far indicate a greater willingness to absolve the coalition members of responsibility. The JIAT does not state what its sources are, how it cross checks factual information and whether it interviewed victims, witnesses and medical staff. To Amnesty International’s knowledge, the JIAT has not investigated a single cluster munition attack to this day. = and in full:

and also on JIAT:

16.1.2017 – Human Rights Watch (** B K)

Letter to Saudi-Led Coalition Joint Incidents Assessment Team Regarding Yemen Investigations

I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to express our concern that the Saudi-led coalition’s investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), is failing to meet international standards regarding transparency, impartiality, and independence, and to seek further information regarding JIAT’s ongoing investigative work.

Since March 26, 2015, Human Rights Watch has documented 17 coalition attacks involving internationally banned cluster munitions and 61 apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes that caused civilian loss of life and property, including attacks that may be war crimes. The United Nations, Amnesty International, and Mwatana, a leading Yemeni human rights organization, have documented dozens more apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes.

Since August 2016, JIAT has released the initial results of investigations into 14 coalition attacks, releasing about a paragraph on each strike. While JIAT recommended the coalition pay reparations to victims of three of these attacks and that appropriate action be taken against officers involved in two, Human Rights Watch is unaware of any concrete steps taken to put a reparation process in place or to hold individual officers accountable for possible war crimes. JIAT’s methodology, including its verification of information, the choice of incidents investigated, investigations of acts by non-coalition parties to the conflict, and the status of its recommendations vis-à-vis coalition members, has not been transparent. While the coalition admitted using cluster munitions, claiming to have done so in compliance with international law, to date, JIAT does not appear to have examined a single attack involving cluster munitions.

In 10 of the 14 strikes JIAT investigated, JIAT absolved the coalition of responsibility for alleged violations, often reaching different factual and legal conclusions than the UN or human rights organizations that had documented the same strikes. Below, we outline factual and legal discrepancies between JIAT and Human Rights Watch in five strikes that both Human Rights Watch and JIAT examined, as well as questions for JIAT regarding these discrepancies and JIAT’s overall work. Other organizations, including Amnesty International and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), have also come to different conclusions than JIAT following their own inquiries into other strikes JIAT investigated.

15.1.2017 – RT (** A H)

Film: Famine Threat: 2mn people face risk of mortality, emergency in Yemen – report

President Obama's last months in the Oval office have been marked by one more achievement - in December the US suspended its arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid concerns over civilian casualties in Yemen. The conflict in Yemen has created the largest food security emergency in the world, according to a new report.

14.1.2017 – RT (** A H)

'No food, no medicine, no money’: Yemeni town faces mass death by starvation

Nearly 19 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN, but the worst of the civilian impact of the two-year civil war in the country has fallen on the district of Tuhayat on the Red Sea coast.

As RT’s Arabic-language crew visited the area, they witnessed scenes of chaos – as locals scrambled to acquire food – and quiet desperation, with many residents swollen with hunger, waiting for outside help, or resigned to their fate.

Salem is an eight-year-old boy, though like many in similar struggling areas around the world, he looks small enough to be mistaken for a toddler.

“We have no energy left, and I have no money with which to treat my child,” says his mother, admitting that the boy is severely malnourished, just one of more than 1.5 million children suffering from the same fate in the country, according to the United Nations.

Fishing used to be the prime source of subsistence for villagers here, prior to the break out of the full-scale civil war between the insurgent Shia Houthis, and the incumbent Sunni government in early 2015.

The area remains under control of the Houthis, but the Saudi-led international coalition, which is supporting the Sunnis, who constitute just under half of the population, has blockaded the coastal areas.

The Saudis have repeatedly fired on fishing boats operated by the locals, saying that some have been used on weapons runs to supply the rebels, even if keeping them moored on land means that innocent civilians will die.

Abdallah and Taga are two brothers, who have become so weak – their skeletons are clearly visible underneath the skin – that they have suffered bone damage, and can now only crawl.

“It is very difficult for us, as we are invalids, and we have no money. Sometimes we get a little, and then we can get tea and bread – people help us, but not very often, and not very much,” says Abdallah.

Jamal Wakeem, professor of history and international relations at the Lebanese University in Beirut, says that the Saudis are purposefully worsening the humanitarian crisis to achieve their political aims.

“This is a conscious strategy of the Saudis, they have been trying to exert economic pressure,” he told RT from Beirut, saying that it equates to "genocide." and film:

14.1.2016 – Talk Radio Europe Pippa Jones Show (** B K)

Audio: Dr. Razim Karim and Hisham Al-Omeisy talking about Yemen

12.1.2017 – Human Rights Watch (** A K P)

World Report 2016: Yemen Events of 2016



Cluster Munitions


Indiscriminate Attacks

Attacks on Health and Restrictions on Humanitarian Access

Children and Armed Conflict

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Arbitrary Detention, Torture, and Enforced Disappearances

Women’s Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity


Key International Actors


Human Rights Watch has documented 58 apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes since the start of the campaign, which have killed nearly 800 civilians and hit homes, markets, hospitals, schools, civilian businesses, and mosques. Some attacks may amount to war crimes. These include airstrikes on a crowded market in northern Yemen on March 15 that killed 97 civilians, including 25 children, and another on a crowded funeral in Sanaa on October that killed over 100 civilians and wounded hundreds more.

Repeated coalition airstrikes on factories and other civilian economic structures raise serious concerns that the coalition deliberately sought to inflict damage to Yemen’s limited production capacity. Human Rights Watch investigated 18 apparently unlawful strikes, some of which used US or UK-supplied weapons, on 14 civilian economic sites. The strikes killed 130 civilians and wounded 173 more. Following the attacks, many of the factories ended production and hundreds of workers lost their livelihoods.

Cluster Munitions

Human Rights Watch has documented the coalition using internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 16 attacks that targeted populated areas, killing and wounding dozens.

Human Rights Watch has identified six types of air-dropped and ground-launched cluster munitions in multiple locations in Yemen, including those produced in the US and Brazil. Amnesty International has further documented the use of UK-made cluster munitions.

In May, the Obama administration suspended transfers of cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia after reports of their use in civilian areas in Yemen. Textron, US-based manufacturer of the CBU-105, announced it would stop production of the weapon in August.

Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and other coalition states are not party to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. At a meeting in Geneva on May 19, a Yemeni official said the Hadi-led government is considering ratifying the convention following use of the weapons in Yemen.

Key International Actors

The US has been a party to the conflict since the first months of fighting, providing targeting intelligence and in-air refuelling. In May, the US said it had deployed some troops in Yemen to aid the United Arab Emirates and its own campaign against AQAP. In October, the US responded to Houthi missile launches, which the Houthis later denied, against US warships with multiple strikes at Houthi-radar sites.

The UK was “providing technical support, precision-guided weapons and exchanging information with the Saudi Arabian armed forces,” according to the UK Ministry of Defence. The UK also prepared first drafts of all UN Security Council resolutions on Yemen. The Security Council issued resolutions on the crisis in February and April 2015.

Foreign governments have continued to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite growing evidence the coalition has been committing unlawful airstrikes. US and UK lawmakers, whose governments altogether approved more than $20 billion and $4 billion worth of weapons sales, respectively to Saudi Arabia in 2015 alone, have increasingly challenged the continuation of these sales. Human Rights Watch called on all countries selling arms to Saudi Arabia to suspend weapons sales until it curtails its unlawful airstrikes in Yemen and credibly investigates alleged violations.

26.8.2016 – Arms Treaty Monitor (** B K P)


The continuing transfer of arms to Saudi Arabia in 2015, given the Yemen crisis, shows that a number of States Parties are not meeting their legal obligations under the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

In March 2015 a long-running political crisis in Yemen erupted into full-blown conflict. A coalition of countries, led by Saudi Arabia, began aerial bombing in Yemen with an aim of restoring the government which had been deposed when Houthi rebel forces seized control of the capital city. The conflict has raged for a year, and there is increasing evidence of serious violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) by all parties to the conflict.

At least 22 ATT States Parties and Signatories have continued to authorise licenses or carry out arms exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015. Major exporters include France, the UK, and the US.

Several countries have clarified or changed their policies regarding arms exports to Saudi Arabia, including the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

In this Case Study, ATT Monitor outlines the context into which arms are being transferred, provides an illustrative summary of the arms transfers taking place between ATT States Parties and Signatories and Saudi Arabia, and questions whether these deals violate legal obligations under the ATT.

The transfer of arms and ammunition to Saudi Arabia in particular is fuelling the conflict. Saudi Arabia was among the biggest markets for arms exporters during the past decade, and in 2014 became the largest importer of defence equipment worldwide. Many exporters to Saudi Arabia are States Parties or Signatories to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

This case study investigates the extent of arms transfers to Saudi Arabia by ATT States Parties and Signatories between the Treaty’s entry into force (in December 2014) and 1 February 2016. It pays particular attention to licences authorised and transfers made after the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen began on 26 March 2015.

Many States have not provided up-to-date information on their arms transfers during 2015. The paucity of data in the public domain means that it is not possible to present a comprehensive picture of trade between ATT States Parties and Saudi Arabia during this time. It is likely that evidence of more transfers will become available. However, this case study still demonstrates that Saudi Arabia has remained a significant market for arms exporters since the ATT entered into force.

The study does not focus on the supply of arms to Houthi forces and their allies in Yemen, who have been subject to arms embargoes imposed by the United Nations (UN) Security Council since April 2015, and the European Union (EU) since June 2015. There is no evidence that the Houthis and their allies are receiving arms from States Parties to the ATT. They are believed to source weapons via:

Homemade munitions

Battlefield seizures and unsecured stockpiles

Diversion from Yemeni national forces

Illicit arms transfers (reported but not yet confirmed).12

This case study outlines the context in which arms are being transferred. It provides an illustrative summary of arms transfers and licence authorisations to Saudi Arabia since the ATT entered into force.13 Finally, it questions whether these deals violate legal obligations under the ATT. It does not examine whether States are additionally breaking regional or national laws.


The above evidence raises serious concerns that some ATT States Parties and Signatories are adopting a ‘business as usual’ attitude regarding transfers to Saudi Arabia. Several States Parties appear in direct violation of legally binding Treaty obligations by continuing to supply arms to Saudi Arabia where there is a clear risk that they will be used in breach of international law in Yemen.

States Parties must comply with their legal obligations and live up to the Treaty’s objective of reducing human suffering. Given the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the widely-reported unlawful use of weapons in the conflict raging there, it is inconceivable that lethal military equipment can continue to be authorised for export.

The first years of the ATT’s entry into force are the time in which a new norm is established against the reckless transfer of arms. If properly implemented, the ATT could have a significant impact in helping end the desperate suffering in Yemen. For that to happen however, States Parties must ensure that they fulfil their Treaty obligations. and full report:

13.2.2007 – Mark Curtis (** C)

The covert war in Yemen, 1962-70

An edited extract from Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses

In September 1962, the Imam of North Yemen was overthrown in a popular coup. Imam al-Badr had been in power for only a week having succeeded his father who had presided over a feudal kingdom where 80 per cent of the population lived as peasants and which was controlled through bribery, an arbitrary and coercive tax system and a policy of divide and rule. The coup was led by Colonel Abdullah al-Sallal and a pro-Nasser, Arab nationalist group within the Yemeni military, which proclaimed the Yemen Arab Republic. The Royalist forces supporting the Imam took to the hills and began an insurgency, supported by Saudi Arabia and Jordan, against the new Republican regime, while Nasser’s Egypt deployed troops in North Yemen to shore up the new Republican government.

Britain soon resorted to covert action to undermine the new Republican regime, in alliance with the Saudis and Jordanis. The declassified files are interesting in showing that British officials were completely aware that they were – by any standards of moral behaviour, which were irrelevant to British planners in this case as in others – supporting the ‘wrong’ side. For example, Christopher Gandy, who was Britain’s top official in Taiz in North Yemen and Britain’s top official there, noted shortly after the revolution that the rule of the previous Imam ‘has made the Imamate unpopular with large elements and those in many ways the best’. The ‘monopoly of power’ was ‘much resented’ and was exploited by the new, Republican government by appointing into office people from ‘classes, regions and sects previously neglected in the distribution of power’. Gandy described the Imam’s rule as ‘an arbitrary autocracy’ while the Republicans were acting collectively through a new government, and were ‘much more open to contact and reasoned argument’. Gandy actually recommended recognition of the new Yemeni regime, saying that it was interested in friendly relations with Britain and that this was ‘the best way to prevent an increase’ in Egyptian influence. But he was overruled both by his political masters in London and by officials in neighbouring Aden, Britain’s then colony. One of Gandy’s arguments was that if the Royalists were to restore themselves in power they would now have to make themselves popular, which would ‘in its turn embarrass us in Aden and the Protectorate’ – where Britain was supporting similarly feudal elements against strong popular, nationalist feeling.

Remark by Mark Curtis: The brutal, unknown UK covert war in 1960s #Yemen killed up to 200,000 and involved constant lying by UK ministers

My comment: Resembling the British role in Today’s Yemen war. On Western interference in the past, also look at cp18.

cp2 Allgemein / General

17.1.2017 – Iblagh News (B H K)

Film: War Crimes of Saudis in Yemen

Remark: Short film, 1:30 min.

16.1.2017 – Mohmed Alduhbani (not rated BK)

Film: A Yemeni student in USA have benefited from one of his university events to exposes the Saudi crimes on #Yemen

16.1.2017 – Deutsche Welle (* B H K)

Film: Yemen under siege

The conflict in Yemen has received relatively little global attention. For almost two years, a Saudi-led coalition has been conducting air strikes in the country. Millions of people are at risk of starvation.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A H)

MSF aid plane arrives in Sana'a

A cargo plane of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived late on Monday in Sana'a international airport.
The plane carries with 38 tones of medical and therapeutic assistance to be distributed to the hospitals MSF works in throughout the country, MSF spokesperson Malak Shaher said.
Another MSF plane will reach Sana'a in the coming weeks carrying a therapeutic aid for dialysis patients, she added.

15.1.2017 – Yemen Hashtag (* A H)

In Saadah more than 585 new patients with cancer due to dropping banned weapon by Saudi warjets #Saudi criminality continues in #Yemen

15.1.2017 – l4Yemen (A H K)

#Yemen: The closure of #Sanaa airport is denying an estimated 20,000 people access to life-saving healthcare abroad.

My comment: From UNOCHA bulletin (look at YPR 252), just a reminder.


15.1.2017 – Living Yemen (B K)

Just A Reminde rOf How The 'closed sky' enforcement Started in 2015:with TheBombing Of The Airport Itself. (photo)

15.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV

Film: Famine in Mahweet widens

15.1.2017 – Xinhua (A H)

Malnutrition among children in Yemen reaches all-time high:UNICEF (photos)

14.1.2017 – Arab 24 (A H)

Film: The Representative of UNICEF in Yemen Dr. Meritxell Relaño held a press conference, calling for an end to the abuse against children who lost their right in life, education and were robbed from the joy of a healthy life away from the disputes, she also highlighted the most prominent services and achievements of the UNICEF during 2016 and future plans in 2017 for the children in Yemen.

Remark: At Sanaa.

14.1.2017 – Hona Almasirah (A H)

Film: The suffering of babies born in the seventy Hospital in Sana'a as a result of the use of internationally prohibited weapons by the aggression

13.1.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (A H)

Map: Yemen 4ws Partners Coverage based on Food Security and Agriculture Cluster activities - December 2016 and in full: =

10.1.2017 – World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (A H)

Map: Yemen - Emergency Livelihoods Assistance: Total number of Beneficiaries Targeted/Reached by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Partners - December 2016 and in full: =

10.1.2017 – World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (A H)

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

2013 – UNICEF / Republic of Yemen etc. (** A E H)


The Yemen National Social Protection Monitoring Survey (NSPMS) is a household longitudinal survey with a nationally representative balanced sample of 6,397 households (of an initial sample of 7,152). Each household in the balanced sample was interviewed on a quarterly basis during a 12-month period between October 2012 and September 2013.

The NSPMS was designed and implemented by UNICEF Yemen and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) in collaboration with the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG/UNDP) and the local consultancy firm Interaction in Development.

The NSPMS was developed under the technical guidance of a multisectoral committee including representatives of the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), the Social Welfare Fund (SWF), the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, the Ministry of Public Health and Population, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and Sana’a University.

The survey had two key objectives:

to provide up-to-date data on how the poor and vulnerable have coped since the 2011 crisis; and

to produce evidence on the targeting of the SWF cash transfer programme and to assess its impact on some developmental indicators.

The NSPMS provides data on the SWF, living conditions, water, sanitation, education, child nutrition, child and maternal health, child protection, work and income, livelihoods and food security.

2016 (older) – Red Cross (* B K)

The scale of damage #Saada described by @ICRC "US-Saudi intensified bombings to everything" #Saada_Tragedy

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

16.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis abduct journalist in Sana'a

Houthi militias on Sunday kidnapped a journalist from the heart of the capital Sana'a, local sources told Alsahwah Net.

According to the sources, the Houthis intercepted the journalist Haitham Awan, the administrative and financial manager of al-Wahdawi newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Nasserist Unionist People's Organization

The General Secretariat of the Nasserist Unionist People's Organization denounced the abduction, holding the de facto authorities responsible for the abduction, and calling for swiftly identify the detention place of Awan and release him.

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A)

Police seize 40 kilos of Hashish in Capital

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemen, UN discuss humanitarian situation in Sa'ada

The governor of Sa'ada Mohammed Jaber Awadh discussed on Monday with the director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, "OCHA" George Khoury the humanitarian situation in Sa'ada province.
At the meeting, the Governor said that aspects of service in the province, such as health, education, food and shelters are in an emergency and catastrophic situation and are in dire need for help.

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President of Supreme Political Council meets Deputy Prime Minister and the Head of the Forensic Science University

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

SPC President meets Sana'a, Dhamar, Baidha governors

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Security services arrest three terrorists

The Security Services and popular committees arrested on Monday in Ra'ada district of Baidha province three al-Qaeda terrorists.

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Police dismantle bomb in Hodeida, no casualties

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

General Amnesty sub-committee approves to release 223 of pro-aggression

The sub-committee of the General Amnesty in Sana'a Capital decided to Monday in its session to set free 223 of pro-aggression aggression against Yemen.
In a meeting chaired by the Secretary-General of the local council of the capital Sana'a, Amin Mohammed Jumaan called on the security services to summon the guilty elements to justice in order to complete their tasks.
He called on the released to turn the page of the past and open a new page. He sent a message to those who are still fighting alongside with Saudi-US coalition to take advantage of the resolution of the general amnesty.

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Baidha's general amnesty sub-committee releases 25

The Sub-committee of the General Amnesty in Baidha province set free on Monday 25 of Pro-Saudi aggression.
" This is the third batch of the pro-Saudi aggression" said Fadhl Amer.
Fadhl added that the sub-committee would release others in stages.
He called on the pro-aggression to come back to their province so as to serve the public interest of the country.

16.1.2016 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K)

1000s of Yemen tribesmen Joining army to fight against US-backed Saudi invaders. From all over Yemen. Jabal Sharak south-west Sanaa Jan 15 (photos)

16.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Yemen frustrated all Saudi goals in Bab-el-Mandeb: Yemeni official

The president of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council says all attempts by Saudi-backed militants to advance in Yemen’s southwestern coastal areas near the Bab-al-Mandeb Strait have been thwarted.

Speaking to the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen television, Saleh al-Samad said the mercenaries are fighting with the support of Riyadh and on behalf of Israel.

The battle in the western coastal areas “is not with the mercenaries, nor Saudi Arabia, it is a battle with Israel, primarily,” he said.

He added that Saudi Arabia is too weak to launch such a wide military campaign against Yemen without Israel’s support, pointing to recent meetings between Saudi officials and a number of Israelis.

Referring to Israel’s expansion policy, Samad said Israel buys islands in Eritrea and Somalia with the aim of gaining control of the strategic waterway of Bab-al-Mandeb.

He also said that Saudi Arabia was the US and Israel’s next target of Yemen.

He accused Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen’s former president who asked Saudi Arabia to launch war on his home country, of attempting to subjugate the Yemeni people by playing the economic card, in an apparent reference to the embargo that had been imposed on Yemen by Riyadh.

He also rejected allegations of a dispute between the Houthi Ansarullah movement and the General People’s Congress Party, saying that the blood of the two had been merged in the battlefields and that it was impossible for any dispute to erupt between them.

My comment: The assumption that the battle in the Western coastal region is “with Israel, primarily,” and that Saudi Arabia “is too weak to launch such a wide military campaign against Yemen without Israel’s support” simply is bullshit. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest arms importer and has a coalition with quite many other states, does not need Israel at all. – Extreme bullshit also is the assumption “that Saudi Arabia was the US and Israel’s next target of Yemen”. Neither the US nor Israel would be interested at all in destabilizing Saudi Arabia. The Saudi dynasty is ally to both and guarantees them not to be attacked from the heart of Arabia (if we let aside AQAP and IS, the infants of the Saudi rulers) and fully supports their geostrategic policies in the region – Saudi Arabia in reality even backing Israel’s policy against the Palestinians – would could Israel even get more??

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

PM discusses economical situations

Prime Minister Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor met with members of the economical commission to discuss a number of issues relating economic situations.

15.1.2017 – Le Figaro (unrated P)

Au Yémen, l'ancien président Saleh reste l'incontournable faiseur de rois

Six ans après le début d'une révolte contre son pouvoir, l'ex-chef d'État reste au centre de la scène politique du pays ravagé par la guerre.

Ses ennemis saoudiens veulent sa peau. Les rebelles houthistes, ses alliés, ne lui font qu'à moitié confiance. Et pourtant, l'ex-président Ali Abdallah Saleh, 74 ans, reste l'incontournable «parrain» de la crise yéménite. Six ans, jour pour jour, après le début des manifestations hostiles au vieil autocrate qui régna pendant 33 ans sur ce pays le plus pauvre de la Péninsule arabique, l'omniprésence de Saleh sur la scène politique locale est l'un des signes les plus patents de l'échec de la révolution yéménite. Un soulèvement lancé dans la foulée des révoltes tunisienne et égyptienne, qui fut lui aussi rapidement «kidnappé» par les islamistes.

«Saleh ne peut être ignoré, affirme un observateur yéménite, joint au téléphone. Il se comporte comme s'il était resté le président en exercice du ... – par Georges Malbrunot

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15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A)

Police size 93 kilograms of Hashish in Sana'a

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen

Foreign Minister Hisham Shafaf met here on Sunday with head of the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in Yemen, George Khoury.
The meeting dealt with the issues relating to the office's activity and how to enhance and facilitate its tasks to enable it to provide further services.

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM visits Russian embassy in Sana'a

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah paid a visit on Sunday to the headquarters of the Russian Embassy in the capital Sana'a.
During his visit, Sharaf met with Chargé d'affaires of the embassy and discussed with him a number of issues of mutual interest and the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
The meeting also dealt with the situation in Yemen and the Russian constructive and positive role in bringing peace and lifting the siege on the Yemeni people.
This visit came to refute the false rumors promoted by a number of TV channels and media of the Saudi aggression.

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemen tribes declare mobilization against Saudis

Chieftains and sons of Eyal Serieh district of Amran province declared a mobilization in the province to confront the US-backed Saudi aggression war against the Yemeni people.
The declaration was announced Saturday in an open meeting attended by the security director of Amran province, Brigadier Mohamed al-Mutawakel, and other senior local council officials.

15.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen PM Bin Habtoor: Gov of national salvation came via parliament No legitimacy for groups linked with Qaeda/ISIS

Yemen PM Bin Habtoor: We will not hand over data of central bank to groups linked with Qaeda/ISIS. Our revenues exceed 400 billion YR.

14.1.2017 – Fars News (A K P)

Official: Yemeni Army Asks Egypt, Russia for Military Cooperation

A senior Yemeni military official announced that the country's army has called on Egypt and Russia to increase their military cooperation and send advisors to Yemen.

"The Yemeni army's units loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh (and allies to Ansarullah) have asked the Egyptian army to send a number of military advisors to cooperate with Yemen and provide it with experience in the war against terrorism," Ramzi Abdollah, also a senior member of Yemen's Socialist Party, told FNA on Saturday.

He added that the Yemeni army commanders have also urged the Russian army to enhance its cooperation with Sana'a and send a number of military advisors to the war-hit country, saying that they have also called on Moscow to deploy its fighter jets in Yemen to be used in the war against terrorism.

The demand was raised a few months after the Egyptian Air Force withdrew from the Saudi-led Coalition of countries attacking Yemen after a 12 month-long operation.

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

16.1.2017 – AFP (A T)

Yemen: Suspected Qaeda attack kills four soldiers

Four soldiers were killed and three wounded in a suspected Al-Qaeda attack on a checkpoint in southern Yemen, a security official said Monday. “Terrorist elements on Sunday evening attacked… soldiers at a checkpoint” in the town of Loder in Abyan province, the official told AFP, requesting anonymity.

“The exchange of fire lasted half an hour, killing four soldiers and wounding three along with an undetermined number of dead and wounded among the attackers,” he said. = and by Al Sahwa:

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A H K)

UN: Blockade on Yemen Sana'a airport unacceptable

The United Nations Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick reiterated on Monday that the blockade imposed on Sana'a international Airport is unacceptable because it causes much suffering for the Yemeni people .
This came at a press conference held in Sana'a prior to his leaving for Brussels, Geneva and London in order to launch the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen for the current year 2017.
In addition, he said that the United Nations is making efforts to ensure humanitarian access to all those who need it unconditionally.

16.1.2017 – UN News Service (A P)

UN envoy in Yemen meeting with President, senior officials to push for greater aid access

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is today in Aden, highlighting the need for a truce to allow in humanitarian aid and move along the peace process.

“We are encouraging the parties to commit to restoring the 10 April Cessation of Hostilities and take immediate measures which will prevent further deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation,” the Special Envoy said referring to an agreement by Yemeni parties in 2016, but whose terms and conditions have since been violated.

“The current political stalemate is causing death and destruction every day,” the UN Special Envoy said. “The only way to stop this is through the renewal of the Cessation of Hostilities followed by consultations to develop a comprehensive agreement.”

“Yemen's political elites have a responsibility to shield people from further harm, protect their country's future and commit to a peaceful settlement,” he continued.

Earlier today, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in the eastern Yemeni city for meetings with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr and Foreign Minister Abdel Malik Mekhlafi, according to a UN spokesperson.

The visit follows a week of meetings with senior officials from the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar in Riyadh, Muscat and Doha, respectively.

In a meeting with President Hadi, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he discussed the key elements of a comprehensive agreement, based on consultations in Kuwait, which would help bring an end to the war and Yemen's return to a peaceful and orderly transition.

“I asked the President to act swiftly and engage constructively with the UN's proposal for the sake of the country's future,” Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said, stressing that a peace agreement, combined with a well-articulated security plan and an inclusive government formation is the only way to end the fighting.

According to the UN spokesperson, the Special Envoy will travel to the capital city of Sana'a in the coming days to share the same message with the Representatives of Ansar Allah and General People's Congress. =

and as reported by Saudi media:

16.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

During the meeting, Chiekh Ahmed accepted Hadi’s changes and his request for the agreements from the National Dialog to be put in place. The National Dialogue was a transitional dialogue process from 2013 to 2014, as part of the Yemeni crisis reconciliation efforts.

National Dialogue was a key part of the agreement brokered by the UN and the Gulf Co-operation Council that saw long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh hand over power to Hadi in November 2011 after an uprising.

My comment: Is Hadi aware of the facts that a) the “agreement brokered by the UN and the Gulf Co-operation Council” had fixed a 2-years term for Hadi as president (ending Feb. 2014) and the “National Dialog” had extended his term for just one more year (ending Feb. 2015). Thus, Hadis request “for the agreements from the National Dialog to be put in place” actually means what???

16.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

16.1.2016 – Anadolu (A P)

UN Yemen envoy heads to Aden bearing new peace plan

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN’s special envoy to Yemen, will head to the southern city of Aden on Monday where he will meet Yemeni government officials with a view to restarting the country’s stalled peace process, a government source told Anadolu Agency.

The source, speaking anonymously as he was not allowed to talk to media, said that during his visit Ahmed planned to meet with President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi.

It is uncertain whether Ahmed plans to present his interlocutors with a new peace plan after government officials rejected an earlier roadmap proposed by the envoy last October.

Ahmed has repeatedly stressed that any peace proposal must recognize the "legitimacy" of Hadi’s presidency.

The envoy’s visit comes within the context of a regional tour that has already brought him to Saudi capital Riyadh, Qatari capital Doha and Omani capital Muscat, where he has briefed local officials on his ongoing peace efforts.

As it currently stands, Ahmed’s plan calls for the appointment of a new Yemeni vice-president (to whom presidential powers would eventually devolve), the withdrawal of Shia Houthi militants from capital Sanaa, and the formation of a national unity government that would include Houthi elements.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

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17.1.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Photo: Butchers of #Yemeni children & women are angry of being criticized for their crimes in the world.

16.1.2017 – Qantara (* B P)

Saudi-Arabien – ein problematischer Verbündeter

Saudi-Arabien ist ein wichtiger, wenn auch umstrittener Wirtschaftspartner des Westens. Sebastian Sons, Saudi-Arabien-Experte der "Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik", beschreibt in seinem neuen Buch faktenreich und spannend, wie das Land tickt, wo die politischen Probleme liegen und wie der Westen mit ihm umgehen sollte. Von Sabine Balk

Saudi-Arabien galt für den Westen jahrzehntelang als Stabilitätsanker im Mittleren Osten. Diese Rolle gerät jedoch ins Wanken, beschreibt Sons. Saudi-Arabien ist in die vielen Konflikte der Region in oft undurchsichtiger Weise verstrickt, was unser Misstrauen gegenüber dem Land verstärkt. Die Lebensweise der Saudis, geprägt durch ein erzkonservatives Islamverständnis, ist dem Westen fremd und wirkt archaisch. Der sunnitische Wahhabismus reglementiert das Leben in der Monarchie, die zugleich Gottesstaat ist, bis ins kleinste Detail.

Dabei bleibt uns aber verborgen, dass sich in der saudischen Gesellschaft seit einigen Jahren ein fundamentaler Wandel vollzieht, meint der Autor: Die Jugend, die zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung ausmacht, will Veränderung und sich aus dem engen Korsett der strengen Regeln befreien. Sie lotet in den sozialen Medien wie Facebook und WhatsApp die Grenzen aus. Wer jedoch Kritik am Königshaus oder am Klerus übt, überschreitet eine rote Linie und es drohen drakonische Strafen.

Nicht nur im Inneren, sondern vor allem von außen sieht sich das saudische Herrscherhaus seit der arabischen Revolution 2011 massiv bedroht. Mit dem Sturz der Diktatoren Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunesien und vor allem mit Hosni Mubarak in Ägypten verlor Saudi-Arabien seine wichtigsten Bündnispartner und musste den Aufstieg der verhassten Muslimbrüder mit ansehen. Die Muslimbrüder sind den Wahhabiten ideologisch ähnlich, doch sind sie republikanisch und somit antimonarchisch geprägt. Ägyptens Mubarak hatte die Muslimbrüder jahrzehntelang im saudischen Sinne bekämpft und war vom großen Bündnispartner mit finanziellen Hilfen und Investitionen reichlich belohnt worden.

Der Autor plädiert für eine "andere Politik" Deutschlands gegenüber Saudi-Arabien und fordert eine "kohärente Strategie". Zuerst gehe es darum, gemeinsame Interessen zu definieren wie etwa Stabilität im Mittleren Osten oder die wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit. Diese sollte Deutschland intensivieren, anderswo aber eindeutig Position beziehen. Sons fordert etwa den diplomatischen Druck auf Saudi-Arabien wegen seiner Menschenrechtsverletzungen zu erhöhen. Dazu gehöre es Waffenlieferungen einzustellen. Zudem müsse sich Deutschland für politische Reformen und eine Annäherung an den Iran stark machen. – von Sabine Balk

16.1.2017 – Reuters (A E)

Saudi-Arabien will Milliarden in Ökostrom investieren

Der Ölgigant Saudi-Arabien will seine Energieversorgung breiter aufstellen und in den kommenden Jahren bis zu 50 Milliarden Dollar in Ökostromprojekte investieren.

Die ersten Ausschreibungen würden in den kommenden Wochen starten, kündigte Energieminister Chalid al-Falih am Montag auf einer Konferenz in Abu Dhabi an. Vorgesehen ist demnach eine Kapazität von zehn Gigawatt, was etwa sieben bis acht modernen Atomreaktoren entspricht. Geplant sei auch der Bau von Stromtrassen in den Jemen sowie nach Jordanien und Ägypten.

16.1.2017 – CNN (* A H)

The Saudi women afraid to go home

"This is it," Arwa said as she sat in the US immigration office on the outskirts of Houston, Texas last month. Having fled Saudi Arabia two years earlier, her 7 a.m. appointment would reveal if her application for asylum had been successful or whether she would be forced to leave America.

"What I really want is just to live normally without fear and not have to pretend to be somebody else, that's all I ever want," Arwa told CNN on the eve of her appointment.

"What really scares me is that I wouldn't get this asylum, and I would be returned and I would die young, and that I would lose everything that I tried to build, that I would just fail."

Leaving her home and Saudi Arabia were against the wishes of her father, who is also her legal guardian, and doing either could have landed her in jail.

Every woman in Saudi Arabia, regardless of age, has a legal male guardian, often a father or brother or son. Guardians have the power to make a range of critical decisions on a woman's behalf. Women need to get their permission to travel abroad, marry and sometimes to work or access health care.

The guardianship system is "the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the country," Human Rights Watch said in a report released in July.

The report helped inspire a social media campaign among Saudi women calling for an end to the system.

Throughout the summer Saudi women began tweeting, detailing the injustices of the guardianship system -- risking the wrath of their guardians and the government in doing so.

They got noticed. In September, the country's most senior religious authority, the Grand Mufti, described the social media campaign as a "crime targeting the Saudi and Muslim society." But they haven't stopped.

CNN previously spoke to five Saudi women involved in the campaign. One of those women, Moudi, has since left Saudi Arabia and, like Arwa, has decided to seek asylum in the US. Moudi recently began her asylum application

Arwa argued that as she had publicly renounced Islam, had questioned and challenged the country's guardianship system, and had left her home and the country without the appropriate permissions from her guardian, it would not be safe to return.

She told CNN she feared being punished at home for bringing shame to her family and for not obeying her father, and was fearful the state would prosecute her if she did not return to Islam – by Donie O'Sullivan (with film) and only film:

Comment by Isaac Cohen: The brave women that spoke in this piece both have Twitter. You should follow them both @dndnma @Moudhi90 Dana's account is deactivated currently. Hopefully she'll be back soon

15.1.2017 – DPA (A P)

Yemeni jailed for 21 years in Saudi for insulting Islam and monarchy

A Saudi court has sentenced a Yemeni resident of the kingdom to 21 years imprisonment for questioning and insulting tenets of the Islamic faith and insulting the kingdom's rulers, according to a judgement made public on Sunday.

The unnamed Yemeni citizen had escaped the death penalty that traditional Islamic law imposes for apostacy by recanting his views in court, the judgement said.

The court found that he had insulted Islam, Muslims and the companions of the prophet Mohammed, called Saudi Arabia's rulers oppressors, and described a revered collection of accounts of the prophet's life and sayings as superstitions.

He had also described the founder of the Kingdom's puritanical school of Sunni Islam, Mohammed Abdul-Wahhab, as a "takfiri" or an extremist who declares other Muslims to be infidels, the ruling said.

14.1.2017 – Borderless News Online (* A P)

Brother of Saudi prisoner: My brother never hurt anyone

In Saudi Arabia — a U.S. ally — 28 people, mostly Shiites, were arrested in 2013 and charged with “spying” for Iran — a common charge levied against religious minorities in Saudi, a country that exports a radical brand of Islam to countries worldwide. The brother of one prisoner insists that his brother is innocent.

Borderless News Online spoke with Mohammad Al Taleb, the brother of Badr Al Taleb, one of the men arrested. Mohammad lives in Germany. Badr was arrested in Mecca. Badr and the 27 others arrested were originally given death sentences. According to Mohammad, the death sentences were lifted a month ago and replaced by sentences to varying years of imprisonment. Badr’s sentence, 20 years, will be the longest out of all the prison sentences.

Mohammad, thank you so much for agreeing to speak with me. Why was your brother accused of spying for Iran?

My brother was on his way home from work, when a police officer asked to look at his cell phone. Saudi has a heavy police presence, and it’s common for them to do this. So he allowed them to look at his phone, and they viewed his texts. In a conversation with a friend, one of them had briefly mentioned the government. The officer then arrested him. It was clear he was a Shia due to his name, and so they then accused him of spying for Iran.

How are Shias treated in Saudi?

Shias can be easily identified through their names, as well as through different funeral ceremonies. Sometimes, police arrest people who they see reading books written by Shia scholars. Saudi Sunni clerics regularly declare fatwahs (Islamic statements of opinion) calling for the deaths of Shias. In October 2015, cleric Mohammad Al Barrak tweeted in support of an attack by ISIS shooting and killing five people at a Shiite mosque in the Saudi city of Siahat.

“Shiites are a minority in our country who differ with us in religion and its principles. Their practice of their religious rituals is an attack on Islam and its great personalities. They should be prevented from practicing their rituals,” tweeted Al Barrak, who is a respected Saudi scholar.

How are prison conditions for your brother?

Since being imprisoned, Badr has lost more than 85 pounds. When my sister-in-law saw him, she said that it looked as though he was all skin. She told me that he had cigarette burns on his hand. He has been hit in the face with a shoe by a security guard.

Despite having been imprisoned for over three years, Badr was only aloud his first phone call to me (his brother) and our sister around two and a half months ago. Before, he was only allowed to call his wife. He is typically only allowed to make phone calls that last for around two minutes.

He has not even been allowed to meet with a lawyer. The lawyer responsible for the case of these 28 men ended up leaving Saudi because he was not allowed to meet with any of the defendants, and therefore would not be able to properly defend them in court. Shiites imprisoned are often not given enough time with lawyers – By Tara Abhasakun

14.1.2017 – Walid (A T)

Film: Muhaysni today sent a message to the men of Wadi Barada. A Saudi inciting Syrians to take up arms against fellow Syrians & kill them

12.1.2017 – Pittsburgh Post Gazette (* A P)

Saudi Arabia is suddenly allowing a lot more fun

As part of a shock therapy to overhaul the deteriorating economy, the government is relaxing the rules on having fun in the ultra-conservative society — and also plans to make some cash from it. The kingdom is hardly synonymous with entertainment: religious police order music to be silenced and citizens usually travel to Dubai or Bahrain when they want to catch a movie or a show. Now the plan is to turn cheering people up into an industry.

Anmar Fathaldin, a Saudi who runs a ticketing website called Lammt, can’t wait because he will “make more money,” and have more things to do with his family. He doesn’t expect everything to change, though.

“When I travel it’s to live a normal life,” said Mr. Fathaldin, 28, whose business has focused on the occasional comedy show or “intellectual entertainment” at universities. “I can walk with my wife without her having to cover up, we can attend live music events or we can go to the beach with the children. This won’t happen here.”

The changes are part of Vision 2030, the blueprint for a post-oil economy dropped on Saudis in April by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

When it comes to fun, it states that by 2020, there will be more than 450 clubs providing a variety of cultural activities and events. The target is to double household spending on recreation to 6 percent — that would be higher than the 4 percent the U.S.

The authority sponsored events in the kingdom’s biggest cities and in 2017 plans to expand its activities to other regions.

While that represents some sort of revolution for Saudis, it’s still overshadowed by one of the strictest brands of Islam.

Most weekends and holidays, there’s bumper-to-bumper traffic on the King Fahd Causeway heading to more liberal Bahrain. About 5 million cars crossed the 15-mile bridge in 2015, according to the kingdom’s statistics bureau. Dubai is a favorite destination for artists and filmmakers who cannot show their works at home.

Things have not always been so strict. In the 1980s, concerts by Arab and local artists were popular. By the early 2000s, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice that runs the religious police had been given a freer hand. The cops roamed malls and restaurants, arresting unmarried couples found in the same car or eating together and ordering waiters to turn off the music – by Donna Abu-Nasr and Deema Almashabi / Bloomberg News

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14.1.2017 – Adam H. Johnson (A H)

i see we've moved on to the "harvesting the blood of the poor" stage of late capitalism (photos)


13.1.2017 – Business Insider (A E H)

For $8,000, this startup will fill your veins with the blood of young people

Comment by Nash: .@businessinsider wasn't expecting this to end up literal but ok (look at photo)

My comment: Self-cannibalizing capitalism. Wait another 20 years.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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16.1.2017 – The Telegraph (* A P)

Exclusive: Britain's 'confused' Yemen policy is increasing the risk of UK terror attack, warns Andrew Mitchell

Britain is increasing the likelihood of a terrorist attack on UK soil if the Government does not rethink its "confused" policy in Yemen, a former International Development Secretary has warned.

Andrew Mitchell, speaking on his return from Yemen, said Britain's support for the Saudi Coalition "will stoke a further generation of terror" and lead to "threats to Europe."

Mr Mitchell, who is the only British politician who has visited the country for two years, said the Government's policy of selling arms to the Saudi led coalition, while at the same time providing millions of pounds in aid, was "contradictory and inconsistent."

He told the Telegraph that the UK was in danger of becoming "complicit in the destruction of a sovereign state" and warned that young people in Yemen were at risk of becoming "radicalised" against Britain.

Speaking in his London office, Mr Mitchell said: "The Government need to have a serious think about the the future of our policy. Yemen is not starving, Yemen is being starved and Britain is part of a coalition that is blockading this country by both land and sea."

"People are horrified about what is happening and we are stoking hatred in this generation and particularly the next generation."

However, Mr Mitchell said he was not in favor of an arms embargo because "the Saudi's will buy them from somewhere else."

He said: "It's about how they are used and we have influence over the Saudis. We need to persuade the Saudis there's another way of protecting their security and stop Yemen being pounded back into the Stone Age."

"We are supporting President Hadi, who has virtually no support in Yemen and is the only President I have ever come across who has to make an official visit to his own country." – by Laura Hughes and in film from BBC:

My comment: I do not agree in the point of selling weapons to the Saudis.

Comments by Shireen Al-Adeimi: UK MP Andrew Mitchell on his visit to #Yemen: Several great points with two unfortunate conclusions. Thread:

1)UK policy in #Yemen is contradictory (send bombs & aid) 2)UK may be "complicit in the destruction of a sovereign state" -both great points

Unfortunately, MP Mitchell also argues that “radicalized” Yemenis will pose “threats to Europe." He also does NOT want to #StopArmingSaudi

Speaking of terrorists, Saudi coalition (includes UK & US) had no problem working with alQaeda last year. BBC … #Yemen

So thanks MP Mitchell for calling for the UK to stop supporting Saudi, but I wish you’d gone further & called for the UK to #StopArmingSaudi

15.1.2017 – Huffington Post (* A K P)

Next Month Campaigners Will Put UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia On Trial

The controversy has made its way to Whitehall, where growing opposition from NGOs and parliamentarians has forced government ministers to concede that Saudi forces have used UK cluster bombs in their onslaught.

The legality of these exports is the subject of a Judicial Review that is being heard next month, following an application by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

On paper, UK arms export licensing criteria are very clear. They say that licences should not be granted if there is a “clear risk” that equipment might be used in violation of International Humanitarian Law. By any reasonable understanding this should end all arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

The application for the review focused on clear, compelling and widespread allegations of Saudi Arabia violating international humanitarian law. It also raised serious questions about the process behind the decision that allowed them to be licensed in the first place.

This will be the first time UK arms exports have been examined in this way, and the outcome will be critical. If the application is successful then it will set a vital precedent and could be instrumental in changing UK arms export policy.

Regardless of the outcome, we have already how weak and broken UK arms export controls really are. A brutal dictatorship can create a humanitarian catastrophe, kill thousands of civilians and flout international law, and the UK continues arming it. Instead of following its own rules on arms sales, the government has prioritised arms company profits over human rights.

The issue goes wider than Saudi Arabia. A recent investigation by CAAT and the Independent found that the UK government is the second biggest arms export in the world. Two thirds of these arms are going to the Middle East, with many going to countries on the UK’s own human rights watch list.

We are always being told that the UK stands for human rights and democracy, but it is actively pouring weapons into some of the most oppressive and unstable regimes in the world.

Whatever happens next month it won’t be the end of the debate. As long as terrible crimes are being committed with UK weapons and with our government’s support, this campaign will continue. It’s not just the arms sales that need to end, it is also the hypocrisy and the mindset that has allowed them to happen in the first place – by Andrew Smith, spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

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17.1.2017 –Propagandaschau (A P)

ARD und ZDF verschweigen auch HRW-Jahresbericht 2016 zum Krieg im Jemen

Überall dort, wo geopolitische und ökonomische Interessen des Westens mit militärischen Mitteln durchgesetzt werden sollen, kommen regelmäßig Berichte, Interviews und Meinungen von HRW oder AI ins Spiel, um die deutsche Öffentlichkeit mit dem Mittel der Emotionalisierung für Krieg und andere Völkerrechtsverbrechen vorzubereiten. Berichte dieser Organisationen, die direkt oder indirekt die eigenen Verbrechen thematisieren werden hingegen totgeschwiegen.

Am 12. Januar veröffentlichte HRW seinen Jahresbericht 2016 über die Lage im Jemen.

Der Bericht von HRW wurde in ARD und ZDF mit keinem Wort erwähnt. Er wurde in allen Hauptnachrichtensendungen genauso totgeschwiegen wie der Besuch von der Leyens in Riad oder die regelmäßigen Massaker unter jemenitischen Zivilisten durch saudische Kampfpiloten in US-Kampfflugzeugen mit US-amerikanischen und britischen Bomben.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

17.1.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Film: Big day for #Egypt
The happiness of Egyptians as their superm court rejects government attempt to give islands to #Saudi_Arabia

16.1.2016– Russia Insider (* A P)

Why Saudis Tried to Spread News Russia's Yemen Ambassador Was Killed in Raid

Fake news. Wishful thinking

A spectacular news hit English tabloid sites Friday. The Russian Embassy in Yemen was breached by gunmen who went on a shooting spree killing the Ambassador dead.

Yemen had become Russia's Benghazi humiliation.

Except promptly Russians denied the news. There had been no raid and no assassination.

Now why would Saudi journalists want to spread/believe this bit of fake news?

This is very easy to understand. The Russian embassy in Yemen is located in its capital Sanaa. Sanaa is under the control of the Houthi-Hadi coalition which Saudi Arabia which backs a rival US-engineered government is at war with.

Correspondingly western powers have closed their embassies but Russia has kept its open which obviously grants a measure of legitimacy to Hadi who maintains he remains Yemen's rightful president.

So in imagining that gunmen had stormed the Russian embassy in Sanaa and executed the ambassador the Saudis were engaging in that most human failing -- wishful thinking. Specifically the Saudis were fantasizing that their enemies have begun to turn on each other, and that Russians will now regret not closing their diplomatic mission to Sanaa along with western powers – by Adam Hill =

15.1.2017 – Deutsche Welle (* A P)

Bahrain executes three, despite protests

Bahrain has executed by firing squad three Shiite men convicted over a 2014 bomb attack that killed three policemen. Activists warn that civil unrest could ensue in the Gulf state, which hosts the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Bahrain said the executions proceeded Sunday despite protests by majority Shiites and warnings from human rights advocates that resorting to the death penalty would destabilize the Gulf region.

Present at the execution - Bahrain's first in six years - was a judge, a doctor and a Muslim cleric, said Bahrain's state news agency BNA, citing attorney-general Ahmed a-Hamdi.

The case dates back to a March 2014 bombing that killed three policemen, including an Emirati member of a force sent in 2011 by regional powers, notably Saudi Arabia, to put down months of Shiite-led protests inspired by reformist "Arab Spring" revolts.

Last Monday, Bahrain's high court rejected an appeal filed by the three against convictions for their alleged involvement in the attack in Bahrain's al-Daish area.

Terms of life imprisonment had been imposed on seven other defendants. and photos of the three here:

Comments by Bassem: When Western media reports from Syria they make sure 3 say "according to State Media" way 2 dilute the message, not when reporting from gulf (image)

It is important to note that Bahrain is one of the main donors to thinktank @AtlanticCouncil (image)

15.1.2017 – Reprieve (* A P)

Three executed in Bahrain – Reprieve comment

Three men were executed by firing squad in Bahrain this morning (15th) according to the Attorney General.

The three men executed were Ali Al-Singace (21), Abbas Al-Samea (27) and Sami Mushaima (42).

Commenting, Maya Foa, a director of international human rights group Reprieve, said:

“It is nothing short of an outrage – and a disgraceful breach of international law – that Bahrain has gone ahead with these executions. The death sentences handed to Ali, Sami and Abbas were based on ‘confessions’ extracted through torture, and the trial an utter sham.

“It would be shameful if the UK continued to support Bahrain’s security apparatus and Ministry of Interior in the face of such terrible abuses. The British Government must urgently review its close relations with the Kingdom, and make clear that it condemns these appalling crimes.”

“The execution of these torture victims was made possible by various actors in Bahrain’s criminal justice system, and the UK is providing assistance to all of them. In the last four years, the UK government has paid more than 5 million pounds to train Bahraini police officers, prosecutors, judges, prison guards in the death row prison where these men were held, and a supposedly ‘independent’ torture watchdog which declared one of these men was lying about his torture allegations without ever conducting a medical examination.”

Comment by Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions: #Bahrain executed Abbas al-Samea, Ali al-Singace, Sami Mushaima. Torture, unfair trial + flimsy evidence: these are extrajudicial killings

15.1.2017 – Has Hafidh (A P)

Film (graphic): Ali Singace's body after being executed by a firing squad. How much more innocent blood ought to be spilt in name of political interests? referring to

15.1.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Film: Social media postings show people demonstrating against today's executions in Bilad Al Qadeem, East Eker & Barbar #Bahrain (via @Reuters)

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

15.1.2017 – Publico (A P)

El rey saudí Salman agasaja a Felipe VI con una distinción y un banquete

King Felipe VI of #Spain received in #SaudiArabia with highest honour
(sale of 5 Corvettes warships means arming the Saudis)

El rey es recibido con los máximos honores en su primera visita oficial al país árabe desde que ascendió al trono. Le ha pedido al monarca saudí que siga confiando en las compañías españolas en las adjudicaciones que surjan

15.1.2017 – Pakistan Today (* A K P)

Spain’s King Felipe visits Saudi Arabia as warship sale mooted

Spain’s King Felipe VI is to meet Sunday with Saudi King Salman, local media said, during an official visit coinciding with talks to sell Spanish warships.

Felipe arrived late Saturday in Riyadh for a three-day stay. The Spanish foreign ministry said its minister Alfonso Dastis, and Public Works Minister Inigo de la Serna, would accompany Felipe during the visit.

Spanish media have linked this trip to a much anticipated deal to sell Avante 2200 corvettes for an estimated two billion euros ($2.1 billion). “We can only confirm that negotiations are very advanced to build five warships which would be sold to the Saudi navy,” a spokesperson for state-owned Spanish ship builder Navantia told a foreign news agency.

Spain is the seventh largest arms exporter in the world, and Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest buyers of military gear.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

15.1.2017 – Arab News (* A P)

Sudan thanks Saudi Arabia for helping lift sanctions

Sudanese officials have acknowledged that Saudi Arabia went the extra mile to help to lift US sanctions on Sudan, a north African country which seeks a strong relationship with the US and its allies in the Middle East.

US President Barack Obama ordered on Friday lifting of trade sanctions on Sudan, which was first handed down by the Bill Clinton administration.
King Salman telephoned Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir Friday night, congratulating him on the successful surgery he has undergone as well as the lifting of US sanctions on Sudan.
“For his part, Al-Bashir expressed thanks and gratitude to the king for his fraternal sentiments and to the Saudi government for the efforts exerted to back lifting the sanctions imposed on the African country,” said a report published by Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Saturday.

My comment: From a Saudi media. One hand washing the other: Thousands of Sudanese soldiers are fighting in Yemen for the Saudis, Sudan gets money and economic and political support from Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia gets political and military support from the Obama administration.

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Saudi UNHRC member pay their obligations for Sudanese mercenaries services in the war on #Yemen

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

14.1.2017 – Hamdi Rssam (A H)

200,000 displaced people in Al-Wazeah distract in #Taiz ,didnt recieve any help from #UN organizations. to whom relief funds go !!! (photo) =

31.12.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Somalia Task Force on Yemen Situation: Inter-Agency Update #22 (1 - 31 December 2016)

189 new arrivals, including 153 Somalis, 30 Yemenis and six Ethiopians have been assisted by UNHCR;

UNHCR supported 2,595 refugee and asylum-seekers with monthly school fees, through Action Africa Help-International (AAH-I), Gruppo per le Relazioni Transculturali (GRT) and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC);

Health care assistance was provided to 484 refugees and asylum-seekers by UNHCR and implementing partners Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and GRT;

Blanket cash assistance and business grants were provided to 1,046 households.

USD 39.3 million Requested for the Somalia Response Plan for Yemen Situation (JanuaryDecember 2016 and in full:

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

16.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A E)

Yemen government approves payment of December salary

The Yemeni government on Sunday approved the payment of December salary for all public servants in all Yemeni governorates, even governorates which are still run by the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The government approved the payment of December salary on the basis of the lists of December 2014, directing to remove the names added to these lists by the putschists.

Ghamdan al-Shareef, a secretary of Prime Minister told al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that the Houthis and Saleh still refuse to give the lists of public servants in the governorates run by them.

My comment: Wait and see.

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A E H P)

Private sector, UN official discuss lifting aggression blockade

Officials of the private sector met with Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, George Khoury, in Yemen.
In the meeting, the officials discussed UN efforts to lift the all-out blockade on Yemen that imposed by the Saudi-led aggression coalition.
The officials discussed possibilities to pressure the aggression countries to lift the economic siege and enable the Yemeni private sector to import goods to alleviate the suffering of the people.
The meeting took place on Sunday.
The officials stressed on the necessity for the UN cooperation to help the private sector to transfer cash liquidity from the local banks to foreign banks in order to facilitate importing goods and meets the basic needs of the Yemeni people.

30.12.2016 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Government of Yemen (A E H)

Monthly Market Monitoring Bulletin (December 2016)

Globally: Wheat export prices showed mixed trends in November but remained below their year-earlier levels. The benchmark US wheat (No.2 Hard Red Winter, f.o.b.) price averaged USD 191 per tonne, slightly down from October and nearly 10 percent below the corresponding month last year.
Imported commodities: The increasing prices of key imported food commodities in December are attributable to various socioeconomic factors including the recent shortage of hard currency to import. In the FSIS targeted governorates, average prices increased by 7.19% for Vegetable cooking oil, 4.31% for Faba beans, 3.38% for Wheat and 2% for Rice. The December prices are higher than pre-crisis era by 45.14% for rice, 43.88% for sugar and least 24.66% for Wheat flour.

Locally produced cereals: As a result of November 2016 harvesting season in almost all targeted governorates, the December prices of all locally produced cereals declined nominally. Nevertheless, the prices remained higher than the pre crises prices by 49.13% for sorghum, by 44.90% for millets, by 60.47% for maize and by 69.23% for barley.

Fuel Commodities: Diesel prices in all governorates remained stable while petrol prices declined with highest decline of 20.9% recorded in Hodeida followed by Taiz and Lahej Governorates by 16.23% and 13.47% respectively when compared to November 2016. Despite the decline of Petrol prices, when compared to pre-crisis period the prices are higher ranging from 16.67% in Hadramout to 72.0% in Taiz. December cooking gas prices in Taiz Governorate are higher by132.68% when compared to pre crisis era prices.

Importation: Traders have reportedly stopped or in a process of stopping wheat imports due to financing problems resulting from the Central Bank crisis and local banks difficulties to convert the local currency into US dollars, needed to make purchases, due to limited supplies of foreign currency. The impact of the stoppage may be witnessed in coming months with possibility of highly priced imported food commodities or unavailability in some markets if no mitigation measures are undertaken.

Availability of food commodities in the markets: Monitoring data from Sana’a City, Dhamar, Hajjah, Hodeida, Hadramout and Lahej markets generally shows availability of basic food and non-food commodities apart from unavailability due to seasonality factors. However, Taiz City in particular the physical and economic access to basic food and non-food commodities is a big challenge either due to higher prices, limited quantities and in some cases total unavailability of food commodities eg some types of fish. and in full: =

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp18

cp15 Propaganda

16.1.2017 – Israel Today (A P)

The Houthis have acknowledged that they receive the help of Iran

The commander of the missile units of the Yemeni Houthis Abu Muhammad , taken captive by Sunni coalition, said that Iran and the Lebanese group «Hizballa» actively participate in the civil war in Yemen.

According to him, Iranian and Lebanese experts provide the work of the secret military sites of Houthis. Thus, a field commander confirmed the conclusions of the reports prepared by independent experts.

It should be noted that Iranian sources a few months ago no longer hide the fact that the supply of weapons to the Yemeni Shiites. Thus, the IRNA news Agency in 2016, reported that Iran supplies to the Yemen rockets «zilzal-3», also standing on the armament of Hizbullah. and

My comment: Strange source (Russian Website named Israel Today), strange figure, post-truth Fake News.

16.1.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Iran in Yemen: See no evil, hear no evil

Saudi-Arabia in Yemen: See no evil, hear no evil, would exactly describe the position of the British government, and, a little bi less, of the US, French, Spanish… governments

Western leaders have displayed astonishing unwillingness to acknowledge the evidence of their own intelligence agencies and militaries concerning Iranian interference in Yemen and the region. Much more impressive is their astonishing unwillingness to acknowledge the evidence of Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen. The evidence for Iranian interference in Yemen is much more dubious.

An exclusive report by The Guardian illustrated how far-reaching these measures are, with one source saying: “Full sectarian segregation is at the heart of the Iranian project in Syria. They are looking for geographical zones that they can fully dominate and influence.” That’s the way propaganda is most effective: Having PR agencies and their writers payed, bringing articles into Western media, than citing them as impartial and thus truthful western sources.

It took Israel decades for its settlements project to divide the West Bank into ungovernable cantons. These Iranian-engineered population shifts are happening before our eyes. Tehran must not be given carte blanche to do the same in Yemen, which is already facing a humanitarian catastrophe. The author really is making Iran responsible for Israel’s settlement policy in the West Bank! Absurd.

Iran’s self-proclaimed role in “liberating” Yemen is being ignored in the West. The smuggling of eye-watering quantities of heavy Iranian weaponry into Yemen passes without comment. The smuggling never reached more than a small scale, whatever Saudi propaganda tells. If you even would compare it to the weapons bought by the Saudis from all over the world this arms supply to the Houthis gets a lean runnel.

Meanwhile, the media and human rights groups have taken every opportunity to give intense coverage of allegations of humanitarian suffering resulting from actions by the Saudi-led coalition. And, what should be wrong about that?
The Kingdom is the primary source of humanitarian aid to Yemen, supplying hundreds of tons of food and emergency supplies, and billions of riyals of financial support. And the kingdom is the primary source of bombing, devastation, killing and injuring, spending not billions, but millions for humanitarian aid, but billions for bombing.

Yet specious Houthi allegations that the coalition has blocked aid are what the media has tended to focus on. They actually block everything, humanitarian aid just being a part of it.
In the case of Bahrain and Yemen, Iran-funded “opposition” entities have been waging an intense media campaign, vilifying Gulf leaderships and inciting human rights organizations against Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. “Iran-founded” alleges that this opposition is fueled from abroad and that the people by themselves would not protest at all. That’s a typical move of autocrats all over the world.
Dozens of Iranian and Hezbollah media channels have waged campaigns of hate speech and incitement to violence across the region. There is a need for systematic efforts to counter these dangerous lies and propaganda that are fueling and perpetuating civil conflicts. That really is a joke from a Saudi media, Saudi Arabia using radio channels for various Muslim countries to do exactly that, and is financing and supporting Wahabisation, what always means conflict and sectarian strife, in all Muslim countries.

Yemen’s central position on the world’s shipping routes, and its position as the gateway between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, give this nation tremendous strategic importance. In light of Iran’s dominant position across a huge swathe of territory stretching through Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean, allowing Iran to consolidate a foothold in Yemen would have catastrophic consequences for the region’s geopolitical balance of power. Thus, Saudi Arabia thinks it has the right to have its “boots on the ground” in a foreign sovereign country –supposing that then there would be security on the world’s shipping routes, and is allowed to achieve that by bombing and waging war? The security of world’s shipping routes is not endangered by any Houthi “rebels” but simply by war, as Saudi Arabia is waging.
Iranians are sick of their hard-line leadership, which is wasting billions exporting revolution overseas, leaving the nation impoverished. Saudi Arabia has spent US $ 100 billion for the Wahabisation of the Muslim world, much more than any other force had spent for foreign propaganda, the communist Soviet Union included – by Baria Alamuddin

My comment: A nice document of Saudi anti-Iranian paranoia. My comments in detail are in italics set behind the original text.

14.1.2017 – Galina (A P)

Saudi has bombed and blockaded #Yemen for nearly 2 years. Millions are starving, thousands need med care - and Saudi comes up with this: (photo)

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

17.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 16/1/2017 (full list): =

16.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 15/1/2017 (full list): =

15.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 14/1/2017 (full list): =

17.1.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

airstrikes just started in Sana'a. Just took this picture of bomb dropped by Saudi a second ago (photo)

Intense Saudi airstrikes on Sana'a now. While our kids in school. Saudis have zero disregard for human life let alone children.

Eyewitnesse photo East of the capital Sanaa, under #Saudi aggression raids (photo)

Saudi airstrike targeted al-Nahdyn Mount in the capital #Sanaa (photos)

17.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged a raid on the Al Nahdeen area south of the capital Sanaa

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter jets kill 6 citizens in Sa'ada

Saudi aggression fighter jets killed on Tuesday six citizens and two wounded in Haydan district of Sa'ada province, a security official told Saba.
The warplanes waged a strike on popular Souk in Maran area and left a number of the citizens died and wounded.
The official said the aggression war planes kept flying intensively over the area


17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Death toll of aggression massacre in Marran, Sa'ada, rises to seven

The death toll of the US- Saudi aggression warplanes' massacre in Marran area in Haidan district of Sa'ada province rose to seven civilians.
One of the injured who was targeted by the US-Saudi aggression died from his injuries, a local official told Saba.
Earlier, the US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged an air raid on a citizen's car which led the death of eight civilian and injured another.

and photos (very graphic)

and film: =

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplane launches 2 raides on Nehm

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched two airstrikes overnight on Nehm district of Sana'a province, a security official told Saba on Tuesday.
The airstrikes targeted Ghailamh area causing serious damage to public and private properties.

17.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Targeting the Travelers in Al Hodeidah

Citizen was killed and others injured, today, due to a raid of the Saudi American aggression warplanes on Al Kokah area in Al Hodeidah.

The security source said , the warplanes of the brutal aggression launched raid targeted tanker of citizens in Al Kokah area, which resulted in the dead of citizen and wounding others and

17.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Aggression Launching Series of Raids on the Provinces of Taiz and Marib

Warplanes of the US-Saudi aggression launched series of raids on the provinces of Taiz, Marib.

A local source said , the warplanes launched three raids and targeted Al Jadid area the directorate of Mokha western province of Taiz.

In Marib , aggression warplanes waged raids on Al Makdara area directorate of Serwah the sources add did not mention any damage or injuries .

16.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters bomb Houthi sites western Yemen

Eyewitnesses and local residents said that the fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched on Sunday several air strikes on the Houthis and Saleh forces sites in Hodeida governorate, western Yemen.

Eyewitnesses told Almasdaronline that the fighters launched on Sunday about 10 airstrikes on al Jbanah military site of the Coastal Defense camp near al Sham checkpoint.

The sources added that the fighters launched four other raids on Houthis locations in the Naval College in al Kathib.

The intensive air raids on the Houthis and allied forces sites in Hodeida come in coincidence with a government forces military operation, backed by the Arab Coalition forces, launched to liberate the western coasts of Yemen that overlook the Red Sea, and to secure the international navigation lines and Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

My comment: “to secure the international navigation lines and Bab el-Mandeb Strait” is a bad joke. Navigation is not endangered by the Sanaa government ruling in this region, but by war (as the coalition bombing is bringing it to that place).

and that is what they actually bombed:

16.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: bombing farm Gen. Mohammed Abdullah Saleh in Bajil Hodeidah

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

7 civilians killed, wounded in Saudi aggression airstrike on Jawf

Seven civilians, including women and children, were killed and wounded by Saudi aggression airstrike early Monday morning on Khab and Sha'af directorate in Al-Jawf governorate.
The killed civilians were two, and the injured were five.

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes launched strikes on Serwah district of Mareb province overnight, an official told Saba on Monday.

16.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Warplanes of Saudi Aggression Killing Two Children in Taiz

Warplanes of the US-Saudi aggression launched a raids on a residential neighborhood in the directorate of Al Tazia in Taiz .

A local source , dead two children and injuring their mother in a raid warplanes of Saudi American aggression where targeted a residential neighborhood in the directorate of Al Tazia . and film:

15.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

US-backed Saudi war criminals Use ( banned) cluster bombs to kill camels&sheep in Buka'a Saada &everywhere in Yemen. Not only humans. (photos)

15.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


- The warplanes of Saudi-led coalition launched 1 airstrike that targeted a civilian's car (Mohammad Jainah) in the public road.
- The airstirke killed 4 civilians and injured 3 others in #AlHajfa_area, in Moz'a district #Taiz

1- Saleh Ahmed Jainah
2- Hamoud Ebrahim Dohaim
3- Amar Mohammad Jainah
4- Ahmed Ali Resho (photos) and Saba:


15.1.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (* A K PH)

ystrdy10pm #Saudi #UAE strike targetd a car as they arrivd home n Alhjfah village #Taiz #Yemen kild7inc kids (photos)

and film by Almasirah TV:

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch 10 raids, dropping cluster bombs on Sa'ada

The US-Saudi aggression fighter jets launched 10 strikes on several area of Sa'ada province, using cluster bombs, a security official told Saba on Sunday.
The warplanes hit various areas of Baqim district seven times and waged two strikes on the public road in Maran area of Hayden district, as well as a raid on al-Sahlain area of Kutaf district, dropping cluster bombs.

the Saudi enemy fired missiles on different border areas of Monabah district, causing heavy damage to citizens' houses and properties.

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes wage 4 strikes on Sana'a

Saudi aggression fighter jets launched on Sunday four strikes on Khawlan district of Sana'a province, a security official told Saba.
The warplanes hit al-Arqaub area four times, causing heavy damage to citizens' private and public properties.

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched six airstrikes overnight on Serwah district of Mareb province, a locally official told Saba on Sunday.
Four airstrikes hit al-Hajlan area and two targeted Hailan area.
Meanwhile, the Saudi aggression's warplanes launched five airstrikes on the different areas in the same district.

15.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Fresh Saudi strikes claim 6 lives in northwestern Yemen

Saudi military aircraft have killed at least six people in attacks against al-Jawf Province in northwestern Yemen.

The Sunday raids also injured a number of people in the province’s al-Maton District, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.

Fighter planes also bombed the Haydan district in the neighboring province of Sa’ada as well as the port city of Mokha in the southwestern province of Taiz.

14.1.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A K)

''14 January 2017, 1 pm
+++ It happened AGAIN. Our beautiful family infrastructural project in Al Faza, on the Red Sea coast, has again been BOMBED a couple of hours ago in the very heart if it, around Al Bawaba (the big door), for the THIRD TIME. Thanks God there are no human casualties, still we are in deep sorrow, cause human efforts, beauty and hope continue to be the UNJUSTIFIED TARGETS we predominantly witness in this war...
Are our efforts and those of all Yemenis all useless at this point? Is there anything we can di more to stop the bombing of UNTOUCHABLE PLACES? Is this what war is all about? The total annihilation of good people (the innocents and their helpers, doctors, teachers, aid workers), life saving places (hospitals), children's safe (to be) sanctuaries (schools), country infrastructures (roads, bridges, ports, water points etc) and industries, the development and hospitality sectors (hotels and resorts like ours?). There is no even safe place to celebrate love or grieve the dead...
If interested to help denounce this violation, a report as of October 2016 is available and previously shared with relevant ministries. The report is to be updated by tomorrow as a team has departed from Sanaa to the site to document and take immediate actions on those damages that could led to more, in the hope of no more bombing.+++ =

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills 37 Saudi mercenaries in Shabwah

A total of 37 Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and 23 others wounded when that army and popular forces repulsed an attempts by mercenaries to infiltrate toward Osaylan district of Shabwah province overnight, a military official told Saba on Tuesday.

Remark: On Shabwah, also see below: Both sides claimed successes.

17.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and popular committees targeted groupings of Saudi aggression mercenaries in the Al Markaz in the area border

17.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Three civilians killed, others wounded in Houthis bombing on a bus northern al Dali'

Eyewitnesses said that three civilians were killed and three others wounded on Monday by Houthis shelling on a public bus carrying passengers in Murais area of al Dali' governorate, Southern Yemen.

The eyewitnesses told Almasdaronline that an artillery shell fired by Houthis stationing in al Tahami mountain has targeted a bus for Raha Public Transportation Company which resulted in the death of three passengers and injury of three others.

The witnesses pointed out that the shell exploded near the bus, but the casualties were caused by the shell shrapnel.

17.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Source: government forces attack Houthis sites in Nhim, eastern Sana'a

My comment: And again and again and again.

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

A total of six citizens were killed from two families when US-Saudi aggression warships discriminately fired on coastal village of al-Moijr in Taiz province early Tuesday morning, an official told Saba.
The shelling targeted citizen's houses in Shabat Hafeeth and Mahmod Hafeeth, destroying both houses and injuring five people.
Most of the killed were children and women.
Rescue operation to search for possible survivors from underneath rub is underway.

and (having reported more victims):

17.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi vessels target southwestern Yemen, kill 10


16.1.2017 – Yemenaq (* A K PH)

Taiz .. More than 15 victims from one family by the bombing of the two houses in barges Mqubnp

Press sources, said that 16 civilians have fallen victim, was killed by shelling with heavy weapons targeted the village Directorate Mqubnp, to the west of the city of Taiz, the evening of Sunday, January 16 / December 2017 a second.

And according to some sources, that the bombing was carried out by naval barges stationed off the coastof Mokha Directorate, and it targeted Almwaijer village in Shamir.

According to the "Arab position" were killed by the bombing six civilians, and wounded more than 10 others, noting that the victims were from the same family, pointing out that the shelling targeted two houses for "Hafiz Abdel Mawla Shamiri" and his brother , Hafez.

According to the site, the victims included a woman and five children, while still victims under Annagaz houses. and films: and

16.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Asir: Yemeni Shells Hit Saudi Soldiers, Military Vehicles at Al-Shabakah Site in Alab Border Passage

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army and popular Committees achieve more victories

16.1.2017 – Anadolu (A K PS)

Clash kills 34 in southeastern Yemen

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

At least 34 were killed and 16 others wounded Monday during clashes between pro-government forces and Shia Houthi militiamen in Yemen's southern Shabwah governerate, according to the Information Center.

The pro-government center’s spokesman, Macid Amir el-Harisi, told Anadolu Agency that 23 of those killed were Houthi militants, and 11 were pro-government forces.

Since late last month, the army has been conducting a major operation aimed at recapturing parts of the governorate.

and from the same place by the other side:

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills tens of Saudi-paid mercenaries in Shabwa

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

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

16.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Army Losses in All Battlefronts of Yemen

(Saudi border region)

16.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dozens of Dead and Wounded Among the Mercenaries in Asilan

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army hits Saudi mercenaries in Baidha

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces kill Saudi mercenaries in Mareb

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces repulse mercenaries' infiltration in Mareb

16.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Al Juof : army artillery and popular committees targeting gatherings of mercenaries in the Al Bitha area directorate of Al Masloub

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces continue victories in various fronts

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' infiltration in Taiz

15.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Al-Jawaf: Yemen's army liberates 97% of al-Mutoon district

My comment: “President” Hadi’s army.

15.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Al Jawf: 30 Houthi militants and 9 government soldiers killed, and airstrike kill tribal leader

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi mercenaries' shelling kills 6 citizens in Jewf

At least six citizens were killed and 15 wounded when Saudi-paid mercenaries fired on Sunday indiscriminate Katyusha rockets on a popular Sawq in al-Maton district of al-Jawf province, an official told Saba.
The indiscriminate pounding left killing and wounding among the citizens and heavy damage to citizens' private and public properties. and film:

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army recaptures new military bases from enemy Saudi troops

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The Saudi enemy fired missiles on different border areas of Monabah district, Saada province, causing heavy damage to citizens' houses and properties.

15.1.2017 – Yemen Today (A K PH)

Film: Saudis shelling Al Sufra directorate, Saada province

15.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shells Saudi bases in Najran, Jizan


14.1.2017 – AP (A K)

Saudi soldier killed by cross-border fire amid Yemen war

Saudi Arabia says a soldier has been killed by cross-border fire from Yemen amid the kingdom's campaign against Shiite rebels there.

The Interior Ministry announced early Sunday the soldier's death in the kingdom's Najran region as a result of shelling and intensive fire Saturday afternoon.

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

40 Saudi-paid mercenaries killed, wounded in army attack at Bab al-Mandab Strait and

16.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Red Sea Bab al-Mandab Strait under national army's control: President

President of the Supreme Political Council reaffirmed to the nation and Arab world that the Red Sea Bab al-Mandab Strait is under complete control of the national army and popular forces.
The Saleh al-Sammad's remarks came in a televised interview conducted by the pan-Arabist satellite television channel, Al Mayadeen, late on Sunday.
The battle in the western coast showed the Saudi-paid aggression's military failure in the internal front, afterward the aggression turned against our national economic through targeting the Yemeni Red Sea port outlet, he said.
However, the president underscored the aggression's victories are unreal and are only fabricated by its media.
He saluted the great victories made by the army and popular forces throughout front lines and praised the grand popular resistance and steadfastness by the Yemeni people.

My comment: Both sides totally contradict each other on the Bab al-Mandab battle and who controls this region, look at the other side now:

15.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

President Hadi praises advances made by Yemen's army

President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has praised advances made by Yemen's army in different fronts of fight in Taiz governorate.

Hadi insisted that the military operations would go on until the liberation of Taiz governorate as a whole.

On Sunday, Hadi contacted Governor of Taiz Ali al-Mamari, calling all political parties and movements to unite and support the army in all fronts.

15.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Government forces control Dhubab district center southwestern Taiz

My comment: the other side tells different.

14.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Saudi forces thwart infiltration attempt on borders

but look at

14.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Yemeni fighters Inside Rabuah city south Saudi Arabia. While US-backed Saudi jets bombing the city in an attempt to get them out. (photo)

14.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Military official: Dhubab was totally liberated

Deputy Chief of General Staff Ahmed Saif has said that the national army totally liberated all the area of Dhubab, pointing out that the Houthis no longer have any existence near the international shipping lane of Bab Elmandeb.

He spelt out that the local authorities of Dhubab will return in the few hours to practice their tasks with the Yemeni legitimate government, indicating that most of population displaced as the Houthis took over the area.

but look at

14.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Saudi mercenaries False allegations of controlling Dhubab contrary to the news coming from there, that Saudi still raids on Dhubab #Yemen

14.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Several Saudi-Backed Militias Killed in Yemeni Forces' Offensives in Ta'iz Province

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

17.1.2017 – Luzerner Zeitung (A)

"Unendlicher Reichtum" im antiken Jemen

AUSSTELLUNG ⋅ Das antike Südarabien im heutigen Jemen stand im Westen für "unendlichen Reichtum". In einer Sonderausstellung zeigt das Basler Antikenmuseum ab Mittwoch rund 90 Exponate aus dem Reich der mythischen Königin von Saba.

Beweise, dass die märchenhafte Königin wirklich lebte, die mit einer reich beladenen Kamelkarawane nach Jerusalem gereist sein soll, um dort König Salomo zu beschenken, gibt es nicht, wie Museumsdirektor Andrea Bignasca am Dienstag vor den Medien sagte. Erwähnung findet sie indes in Bibel, Koran und rabbinischen Schriften.

Die Ausstellung "Glückliches Arabien? Mythos und Realität im Reiche der Königin von Saba" im Antikenmuseum Basel zeigt jedoch auf, dass die Geschichte über den unendlichen Reichtum einen konkreten Hintergrund hat: Das antike Südarabien hatte eine blühende Landwirtschaft und die Kontrolle über wichtige Krawanenwege.

Südarabien war der Ursprungsort der sogenannten Weihrauchstrasse.;art46444,945472

15.1.2017 – BBC News (A)

Yemen: "Life in the midst of all the death”

Yemeni city of Taiz holds an exhibition of war relics turned into reminders of peace.

? – History Commons (* C)

Context of '1954-1970: CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood Ally to Oppose Egyptian President Nasser'

This is a scalable context timeline. It contains events related to the event 1954-1970: CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood Ally to Oppose Egyptian President Nasser.

1954-1970: CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood Ally to Oppose Egyptian President Nasser

In 1954, Egyptian President Gamal Abddul Nasser’s nationalist policies in Egypt come to be viewed as completely unacceptable by Britain and the US. MI6 and the CIA jointly hatch plans for his assassination. According to Miles Copeland, a CIA operative based in Egypt, the opposition to Nasser is driven by the commercial community—the oil companies and the banks. At the same time, the Muslim Brotherhood’s resentment of Nasser’s secular government also comes to a head. In one incident, Islamist militants attack pro-Nasser students at Cairo University. Following an attempt on his own life by the Brotherhood, Nasser responds immediately by outlawing the group, which he denounces as a tool of Britain. The following years see a long and complex struggle pitting Nasser against the Muslim Brotherhood, the US, and Britain. The CIA funnels support to the Muslim Brotherhood because of “the Brotherhood’s commendable capability to overthrow Nasser.” [BAER, 2003, PP. 99; DREYFUSS, 2005, PP. 101-108] The Islamist regime in Saudi Arabia becomes an ally of the United States in the conflict with Nasser. They offer financial backing and sanctuary to Muslim Brotherhood militants during Nasser’s crackdown. Nasser dies of natural causes in 1970.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-253: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-253: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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