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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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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17.1.2017 – The Libertarian Institute (** B H K)

Audio: Nasser Arrabyee gives an update on the US-backed Saudi war in Yemen

Yemeni Journalist Nasser Arrabyee discusses the human suffering caused by Saudi’s war on Yemen: 60-70 thousand dead Yemenis; 3 million displaced from their homes; and 20 million facing starvation.

17.1.2017 – Deutsche Welle (** B P)

Yemen conflict all but ignored by the West

Atrocities are being committed against an innocent Yemeni population on a scale as serious as Syria and Iraq. But why doesn’t this story get as much media attention as those conflicts? Gouri Sharma reports.

But people close to the story say this example is just a reflection of how the war in Yemen is covered by the global media.

Yemen and the western media

It's not that the conflict isn't covered, but when it is, news outlets tend to focus on the 'Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia versus the Shia Iran proxy war' narrative which overlooks the country's deepening humanitarian crisis.

It's a complex political situation and those closest to it - the local journalists - have been forced to stop telling the story because of the dangers they've been facing

Afrah Nasser, an independent Yemeni journalist who is based in Sweden, told DW: "When western news outlets cover Yemen it's often 'parachute journalism.' This is mainly because it's been hard to access Yemen and if you want to get in you have to get permission from the Saudis and the Houthis. For foreign journalists, it's become hell to enter or leave the country and a trip that used to take a few hours might now take days or even weeks."

But Iraq and Syria, which has ranked as the world's most dangerous place for journalists for at least two years in a row, are considered more difficult for journalists to report from than Yemen, yet both countries receive much more media coverage.

Syria, Iraq more 'newsworthy'

Yemeni activists and journalists point to one other major factor as to why the country is kept lower down on news agendas. Many of the people attempting to get to Europe are from Syria and Iraq so western news audiences are more affected by the what's happening in those countries than what's happening in Yemen - news editors may not deem the war newsworthy enough for their audiences.

This is also related to the threat western countries feel they are facing. Dealing with the 'Islamic State' (IS) tops the list for western politicians. IS has claimed attacks inside Europe and such attacks could happen again. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been busy hitting inside Yemen - recently killing soldiers in Aden - but it's limited in its ability to hit in Europe or the US."

Coverage could also be affected by who is involved in Yemen - and who isn't. "Any journalist or researcher who tries to dig deeper into the situation will see it's a local conflict, especially when we talk about specific places like Taiz, a city in the south which has been living under siege for the past year and a half by forces loyal to the former president, along with the Houthi rebels who come from the north. If you compare that with the situation in Aleppo, you have Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. That's a more interesting story with international and regional powers," says Shiban.

Double standards

The UK, meanwhile, approved 3.3 billion pounds (3.7 billion euros) worth of arms to the Kingdom in the first 12 months of its bombardment of Yemen. So it may not make for good business sense for the corporate media in the US and the British mainstream media to cover a war and the negative impact it's having on civilian life when their governments are making huge profits from it.

"If there is one country in the world that has the most gross double-standards, it's the UK. As long as the Saudis are their ally, they can overlook any of atrocities committed by their friend. Yemenis' blood means nothing when Saudi's cash is on the table and if you're a foreign journalist, some big media outlets won't buy your story because they don't want to annoy the Saudis," says Nasser.

But amidst all the reasoning, the facts remain – by Gouri Sharma

15.1.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Situation Report | As of 15 Jan 2017

Key Figures

As of 11 January 2017, 15,658 suspected cholera cases have been reported in 156 districts.

A total of 180 out of 841 cases have tested positive for Vibrio Cholera, serotype Ogawa.

Overall, the epidemic curve shows a declining trend from week 51 onwards, while the attack rate remains high in some high risk districts.

Health response is underway through 26 Diarrhea Treatment Centres (DTC) in 24 districts; while WASH partners are undertaking response in 29 districts.

An additional $3 million is being allocated through the 2017 HPF reserve allocation to address outstanding gaps. and in full:

17.1.2017 – Bureau of Investigative Journalism (** B K P)

Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush

There were ten times more air strikes in the covert war on terror during President Barack Obama’s presidency than under his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen during Obama’s two terms, compared to 57 strikes under Bush. Between 384 and 807 civilians were killed in those countries, according to reports logged by the Bureau.

The use of drones aligned with Obama’s ambition to keep up the war against al Qaeda while extricating the US military from intractable, costly ground wars in the Middle East and Asia. But the targeted killing programme has drawn much criticism.

The Obama administration has insisted that drone strikes are so “exceptionally surgical and precise” that they pluck off terror suspects while not putting “innocent men, women and children in danger”. This claim has been contested by numerous human rights group. The Bureau’s figures on civilian casualties also demonstrate that this is often not the case.

The White House released long-awaited figures in July on the number of people killed in drone strikes between January 2009 and the end of 2015, which insiders said was a direct response to pressure from the Bureau and other organisations that collect data. However the US’s estimate of the number of civilians killed – between 64 and 116 – contrasted strongly with the number recorded by the Bureau, which at 380 to 801 was six times higher.

Obama also began an air campaign targeting Yemen. His first strike was a catastrophe: commanders thought they were targeting al Qaeda but instead hit a tribe with cluster munitions, killing 55 people. Twenty-one were children – 10 of them under five. Twelve were women, five of them pregnant.

Through 2010 and the first half of 2011 US strikes in Yemen continued sporadically. The air campaign then began in earnest, with the US using its drones and jets to help Yemeni ground forces oust al Qaeda forces who had taken advantage of the country’s Arab Spring to seize a swath of territory in the south of the country.

In Yemen, where there has been a minimum of 65 civilian deaths since 2002, the Bureau recorded no instances of civilian casualties last year. There were three non-combatants reportedly killed in 2016 in Somalia, where the US Air Force has been given broader authority to target al Shabaab – in previous years there were no confirmed civilian deaths.

In the final days of Obama’s time in the White House, the Bureau has broken down his covert war on terror in numbers. Our annual 2016 report provides figures on the number of US strikes and related casualties last year, as well as collating the total across Obama’s eight years in power: – by Jessica Purkiss and Jack Serle (with infographics) and also

17.1.2017 – Voice of America (** B P)

Saudi Arabia Quietly Spreads its Brand of Puritanical Islam in Indonesia

Since 1980, Saudi Arabia has been using education to quietly spread Salafism, its brand of puritanical Islam, in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. The two main arms of this effort are LIPIA and scholarships for higher education in Saudi Arabia.

Salafism is an ultra-conservative reform movement that advocates a return to Koranic times. LIPIA teaches Wahhabi Madhab, a strain of Salafi Islam expounded by the medieval Sunni theologian Ibn Taimiyah.

“Saudi alumni” are now visible in many arenas of Indonesian public life, holding positions in Muhammadiyah, the Prosperous Justice Party, and the Cabinet. Some have also become preachers and religious teachers, spreading Salafism across the archipelago.

The effects of Saudi Arabia’s massive soft power exercise on the Indonesian citizenry are just starting to become clear.

The nexus of Saudi educational diplomacy is the religious attaché, a special office affiliated with its embassy in Jakarta. The office grants scholarships for students to study in Saudi Arabia, although the current attaché, Saad Namase, refused to confirm how many students were involved.

“The Saudi religious attaché is the most important post in Jakarta,” said Abshar-Abdalla, who now runs the Liberal Islam Network. “It is the portal for all Saudi efforts to influence Indonesian culture.”

The attaché’s office also pays the salary of prominent Salafi preachers and supplies Arabic teachers to boarding schools across Indonesia, according to Din Wahid, an expert on Indonesia Salafism at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta.

Beyond the attaché’s office, several Saudi Arabian universities directly offer scholarships to Indonesian students.

One reason the Indonesian government is unlikely to present roadblocks to Saudi cultural expansion is its precarious annual Hajj quota, according to Dadi Darmadi, a UIN researcher who focuses on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

“We were just granted 10,000 extra Hajj permits this year, which is still a drop in the bucket considering Indonesia’s population of 203 million Muslims,” said Darmadi, “I think Indonesia would hesitate to antagonize Saudi Arabia and prompt cuts to that hard-won quota.”

Although Saudi-educated preachers in Indonesia might be causing a subtle rightward shift in national ideology, a more immediate concern is whether Salafi teachings encourage terrorism or extremism.

“By and large, I think not, because official Salafism is quietist, or apolitical, in order to preserve the authority of Saudi royalty in its homeland,” said Wahid. “That being said, when this ideology migrates back to Southeast Asia, all bets are off.”

Wahid’s point is that, for all the resources Saudi Arabia is directing towards Indonesian students, it remains to be seen how exactly Salafi ideology evolves in its new Southeast Asian context. “There are three ‘flavors’ of Salafi ideology: quietist, political, and jihadist. We don’t know what exactly it looks like in Indonesia. All we know is that it’s here, and it’s growing.” – by Krithika Varagur

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Same moves in Malaysia & Singapore too.

3.1.2017 – Infosperber (**B K)

Wer die vielen Waffen für all die Kriege liefert

Weltweit verkaufen die USA doppelt so viele Waffen wie Russland. Es folgen andere Nato-Staaten. Das zeigt die neuste US-Statistik.

Ohne Waffen gäbe es keine Kriege. Jahrelange Kriege wie in Syrien, dem Irak, im Jemen oder im Südsudan wären nicht möglich, wenn nicht alle Seiten auf direkten oder verschlungenen Wegen grosse Waffenlieferungen bekämen. Woher stammen zum Beispiel die Waffen für Daesh und den selbst ernannten islamischen Staat, und woher das Geld dazu, fragte der Zürcher Finanzprofessor Marc Chesney am 23. Dezember 2016 auf Infosperber.

Über die weltweiten Waffenverkäufe sind einigermassen verlässliche Zahlen jetzt wieder auf dem Tisch. Es sind Zahlen der US-Regierung, die der «Congressional Research Service», der zur Library of Congress gehört, kurz vor Weihnachten veröffentlicht hat mit dem Titel «Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015».

Das Material ist ergiebig und Medien und Politiker müssten sich darauf stürzen. Hier einige Schlüsselzahlen.

Anteile der wertmässigen Waffenexporte in alle Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländer im Jahr 2015. Quelle: U.S. Government

Die grössten Waffenkäufer

Länder, die viele Waffen kaufen, behalten diese nicht alle für sich, sondern schleusen einige davon zu wirklichen oder vermeintlichen Verbündeten in Kriegsgebieten. Im Jahr 2015 waren unter den Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern die grössten Waffenkäufer (aufgrund abgeschlossener Verträge):

17,5 Milliarden Dollar: Katar

11,9 Milliarden Dollar: Ägypten

8,6 Milliarden Dollar: Saudiarabien

5,4 Milliarden Dollar: Südkorea

4,7 Milliarden Dollar: Pakistan

4,6 Milliarden Dollar: Israel

4,1 Milliarden Dollar: UK.A.E.

2,2 Milliarden Dollar: Irak

Details über die Art der Waffen und die Entwicklung des internationalen Waffenhandels seit 2008 im Bericht des «Congressional Research Service» vom 19.12.2016. – von Urs P. Gasche (mit Infografiken)

cp2 Allgemein / General

18.1.2017 – Al Araby (* B H K)

Yemen: Going to a warzone is no 'adventure'

Travelling to MSF's projects in Yemen

After almost 24 hours of travel, I arrived to Aden airport: tired and sleepy, but my mind conscious of the many things I would encounter.
Bomb on my first day

On my first day I went to visit MSF’s hospital in Aden. At around 8am a strong blast shook the hospital.
A few minutes later the emergency siren started ringing, alerting everyone that an influx of patients had started to arrive.

The hospital team (except for a handful of international staff members), are all from Yemen. They have family and friends living near the area where the bomb blast happened.
They are used to emergencies – and happily stayed extra hours.
When the patients started to arrive, every person in the hospital left what they were doing, regardless of their positions, and went to help.
Over the course of the day, the medical team managed to handle the stream of patients and dead bodies. Their sense of community and selflessness left me in awe.
As always, I focused on covering and documenting the events. As the day came to an end, I realised how my little contribution may give me a sense of purpose for the rest of my life.
Turning roads into battlefields

On my seventh day in Yemen, I visited an MSF-supported hospital in Atturba town, in the south of Taiz governorate.

It’s very clear to me after my short trip that the real heroes are the Yemeni people, who struggle to survive an endless war; for them, it’s not a temporary adventure... It’s their daily reality – by AbdelHalim AbdAllah

18.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K P)

Hmm. UN repeats same "10,000" statistic every few months when actual is higher. Trying to make statistic stick as official/final one?

17.1.2017 – OCHA Yemen (A H K)

The closure of the #Sanaa airport in #Yemen is denying thousands of people access to life-saving healthcare abroad

17.1.2017 – Fars News (A P)

Yemen War: The Dirty Campaign Has Turned Victims into Aggressors and Aggressors into Victims

As previously, the vast majority of mainstream media outlets and observers, which focus on debates over class and race, or the unraveling of domestic coalition and Trump Tweets, will pay little or not attention to this never-ending crisis.

Likewise, America’s moral collapse will continue under the Trump presidency. Many good people will try, but there will be no reconstruction of meaning, no end to the war. Quite the contrary, there will be all the new lies, all the new deceits, all the new UN manipulations basically to blame Iran for the mess, whose most dangerous activity at the time, we all know, is fighting terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Which brings us to this conclusion, that the rise of Trump will bring with it a larger humanitarian crisis, not just to Yemen, but also to Iraq, Syria, and the rest of the region.

My comment: An Iranian point of view.

17.1.2017 – RT (* B H K)

Film: "Saudis bilden System pathologischer Menschenhasser": Humanitäre Situation im Jemen außer Kontrolle

Die UNO nennt die humanitäre Situation im Jemen die schlimmste weltweit. In nur einem Jahr wurden über 400 Zivilisten getötet und über 7000 verletzt. Der größte Faktor war dabei Luftangriff der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Koalition. Einige Mitglieder des UNO-Sicherheitsrates verkaufen Waffen an diejenigen, die systematisch Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen begehen. Die saudisch geführte Koalition ist ein System pathologischer Menschenhasser.

17.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A K)

About 3,000 landmines removed from Saadah

The Yemeni National Army has removed about 3,000 landmines from al-Bukua district in Saadah governorate.

The Yemeni army managed to liberate vast areas of al-Bukua district and captured a lot of military equipment, supplies and vehicles.

The use of landmines by forces of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh has caused numerous civilian casualties and hinders the return of families displaced by the fighting.

My comment: “President” Hadi fighters having invaded Saada province from the North.

17.1.2017 – Muftah (* B K)

It Is Time to Start Prosecuting Those Who Use Water as A Weapon of War

Earlier this month, reports emerged that Damascus’ water infrastructure had become another casualty of the civil war in Syria. News of disruptions to the city’s water supply garnered much media attention and brought the use of water as a weapon of war to the forefront.

The tactic is, however, nothing new.

Using water as a military weapon is a war crime. The time has come to begin prosecuting those responsible. Being held accountable may lead groups engaged in these illegal acts to think twice before attacking infrastructure that is vital to civilians – by Farah Hegazi

My comment: In how many Yemeni cities, water supply broke down because of Saudi air raids? How many water wells, how many water drills Saudi coalition air raids had hit already?

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1

18.1.2017 – Your Abilities (A H)

In our efforts to share the voices from those working on the ground in #Yemen another hearbreaking story has reached us:
''Yemen Sadiq Saif Ahmed who had a family of 8 members, died before two days.
Do you know what happened to him? Cold killed him
Sadiq was one of those forced to be displaced from the war in Taiz.
He is no longer with his kids. He left them, yes he left them in a makeshift tent to face the difficulties of life alone without a father caregivers or a place to stay in.... Your abilities org in Sana'a participated to help his family, as well our support will never ever stop to help such innocents (photos)

18.1.2017 – Red Cross (A H)

Massive humanitarian needs in Yemen as conflict continues

As Yemen approaches marking two years since the start of the conflict, the country faces one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. Around three million people -ten percent of the population- have been displaced, and ten million are uncertain of how they will provide food for themselves.

Over the past year, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has worked against challenges and recurring security incidents in Yemen and was able to help around three million people across the country. Still, millions of Yemenis lack access to safe water and health care services and without an end to the conflict, no amount of assistance can cover the massive needs in Yemen.

Highlights of ICRC's work in Yemen in 2016:

Benefited more than 3.3 million people through activities in water and sanitation

Supported monthly 20 key primary health centers across Yemen, providing medications and medical supplies for the direct benefit of 292,457 individuals

Distributed food rations including rice, beans, lentils, oil, tea and sugar to 210,430 people in 21 districts

Supported in garbage collection, ensuring a safe and clean environment for more than 90,000 people

Visited 6 places of detention, monitoring the living conditions of more than 11,000 detainees

Provided more than 1,920 body bags and 45 retrieval kits to authorities and arms carriers =

18.1.2017 – Logistic Cluster (A H)

Yemen Operation Overview Infographic - January - December 2016

18.1.2017 / 31.12.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen operation: Facilitation of logistics services to the humanitarian community, January - December 2016 and in full:

Yemen: Protection Cluster Achievements (Jan - Dec 2016) and in full:

17.1.2017 – World Bank (* A H)

New Yemen projects to help 9 million people with basic health and nutrition services and work opportunities

The World Bank Group announced today two new grants for Yemen totaling US$450 million to provide emergency support for the most vulnerable segment of the population in all of the country’s 22 governorates. The new grants from IDA, the Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, will finance two nationwide projects aimed at providing vulnerable women and children with access to critical health and nutrition services, income opportunities for the poorest households, and the essential social services that millions of Yemenis rely on.

“It is vital that children do not miss out on critical vaccinations and nutrition, and that communities across Yemen have the income support and access to services to meet their basic needs,” said Hafez Ghanem, World Bank Group Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. “It is also essential that the institutions that provide these basic services are preserved – so that when peace arrives, Yemenis are ready to rebuild their lives and country.”

A US$250 million grant will expand the ongoing Emergency Crisis Response Project to provide income opportunities for two million highly impoverished Yemenis, including women, youth and internally displaced people. The grant will further strengthen the Social Fund for Development (SFD) and the Public Works Project (PWP), two key Yemeni institutions that deliver services at the community level, now critical for building up the resilience of Yemenis to cope with the impacts of the ongoing conflict.

“Over the past two decades the SFD and PWP have improved the lives of millions of Yemenis but the conflict has impacted their ability to operate,” said Afrah Al-Ahmadi, World Bank Senior Social Protection Specialist. “These projects, which have been supported by IDA over the past 20 years, will provide the funds that will allow these critical institutions to resume and expand services, while creating opportunities for larger-scale employment”.

A second US$200 million grant will fund the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project which aims to maintain the capacity of the existing health systems, while providing health and nutrition services to an estimated 7 million Yemenis. As a result of the conflict, less than half of Yemeni health facilities are still functional, and increasing pockets of preventable diseases are emerging and malnutrition rates are soaring. The health and nutrition project announced today builds on IDA’s support to the health sector over the past 15 years. =

17.1.2017 – World Bank (* A H)

Preserving Institutions in Yemen that Help People Now and Will Be Vital for Future Recovery

Yemen has been plunged into crisis after two years of conflict, with millions of Yemenis suffering economic hardships and a lack of basic services.

The World Bank has managed to leverage its longstanding partnership with two Yemeni institutions to support the most vulnerable despite the conflict, and now expanding its programs to reach the entire country.

The Bank has committed to making sure these vital institutions, the Social Fund for Development (SFD) and Public Works Project (PWP), are able to function now during the crisis, staying intact to support the resilience of the local communities and social infrastructure critical to Yemen’s recovery when the fighting stops.

The Bank launched the Emergency Crisis Response Project (ECRP) in August 2016, with US$50 million in grants from IDA, the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries. The project is now being expanded with another US$250 million from IDA. The funding will allow the SFD and PWP to retain their core staff and hire others so that they can more than double the number of districts they are working in across Yemen. Along with the expanded staff and reach, the new funding will allow the programs to benefit around two million Yemenis. and by Reuters:

17.1.2017 – AP (* A H)

$2 billion in aid sought for hardest-hit in Yemen civil war

About $2 billion in urgent aid is needed this year to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable victims of Yemen's civil war, or about 10 million of the country's 27 million people, the resident U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday.

The Arab world's poorest country has been in the grip of a civil war since 2014, when Shiite Houthi rebels and allied forces swept down from the north and captured the capital, Sanaa. A Saudi-led coalition has been helping government forces battle the rebels for nearly two years.

"Yemen faces a dramatically bad future" without the needed aid, Jamie McGoldrick, head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, told The Associated Press.

Last year's appeal for $1.8 billion in aid for Yemen's most vulnerable, then about 8.6 million people, was only 60 percent funded, he said.

"I don't think this is enough, given that Yemen is a very critical emergency on the global stage," he said in an interview in Jordan. "I don't think it has gotten the (appropriate) attention. It has almost been a secret, a hidden emergency, and I think that is unfortunate, it's unfair."

McGoldrick said the Yemen aid appeal for 2017 will be launched early next month in Geneva.

On Monday, McGoldrick told a news conference in Yemen that the civilian death toll of the war has reached 10,000.

He said Tuesday that he believes even this estimate is low.

McGoldrick said a previous figure of 7,400 deaths was based on reporting from the health facilities that still function in Yemen, or about half the number that operated before the war. As a result, data collection has been incomplete, he said.

"When you speak to activists and you speak to others on the ground, they say that even the figures we quoted yesterday (Monday) are far underreporting" the death toll, he added.

In addition, many more are indirect victims of the conflict, including those who suffer from chronic diseases, including high blood pressure and diabetes, and are unable to get treatment, McGoldrick said. For example, a cancer clinic in Sanaa that used to treat 30,000 patients has closed, he said. Inevitably, those suffering from chronic disease "will die sooner than they should," he said.

He also noted that more than 400,000 children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition – by Karin Laub

17.1.2017 – US Agency for International Development (A H P)

United States announces $76 million in humanitarian assistance for Yemen

Today the United States announced more than $76 million in new humanitarian assistance to respond to the urgent needs of the Yemeni people throughout the country, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Yemen to nearly $404 million since 2015.

As part of this additional funding, the U.S. Government will contribute $68 million to the UN World Food Program's (WFP) emergency operation to augment support for the needs of six million vulnerable Yemenis.

U.S. funding will also help prevent the spread of cholera by supporting health and hygiene programs throughout the country. Additionally, an earlier contribution to WFP to provide mobile cranes for the Al Hudaydah Port will arrive soon, improving the capacity of the port to receive humanitarian and commercial supplies.

In addition, more than $6 million of the newly announced assistance will go to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) =

My comment: The US made US $ 115 billion selling weapons to Saudi Arabia alone in Obama’s 8 years. The US supported the war and kept it running. So, what is $ 2,70 per Yemeni compared to that???

17.1.2017 – Sky News (A H)

Film: #ICRC helps thousands of families in the under-siege & war-zone city of #Taiz get bread everyday.

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

Siehe / Look at cp18

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

19.1.2016 – Al Sahwa (* B)

Crimes, violations committed by Houthis across Yemen

A monitoring report issued by the media Center of Yemen Youth Revolution

Monday, January 01, 2017

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh committed 1502 crimes and violations in al-Hudeidah governorate during 2016. The crimes included murders, abductions, tortures of detainees until death, storming and looting of houses, deportation of families, storming of mosques, looing cars and trading stores, and creating training camps.

The crimes in details:

[and from other governorates]

My comment: By an Islah party media with an evident propaganda bias, with real background anyway.

18.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Eyewitnesses: civilian killed in clashes between a gunman and security elements central Ibb city

18.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K P)

Yemen tribesmen keep Supporting army with 1000s of trained fighters to fight US-backed Saudi invaders. Dhammar, Jan 18. Graduation (photos)

Yemen tribesmen Supporting army with food&money not only fighters to fight US-backed Saudi invaders. Bani Hushaish, east Sanaa, Jan 18. (photo)

18.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Dhamar: a third person dies under Houthis torture in prison

A local source said on Tuesday that a civilian was killed under the torture in one of the prisons of the Houthi militants and Saleh forces in Otoma district western Dhamar governorate, central Yemen.

The source told Almasdaronline that the Houthis had kidnapped Khalid Mohammed Haidar few weeks ago on charges of fake accusations, and hid him in one of their prisons in the area.

“Recently, the Houthis had informed the deceased person’s family to collect his body, and the family found signals of torture on the body”.

18.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis storm into three mosques in al-Hudeidah

Militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday stormed into three mosques in al-Zaideyah district of al-Hudeidah governorate.

Local sources told Alsahwah Net that the Houthis ransacked the contents of these mosques, brunt their books and replaced them with Houthi books and booklets.

The Houthis threaten imams and preachers of the mosques that they would be detained if the Houthi books and booklets were touched. They also asked them to teach these books.

The Houthis replaced most of the mosques' imams and preachers of Sana'a and bring in Houthi imams and preachers in an attempt to impose their ideologies.

They also stormed into mosques, threaten those imams who do not follow their instructions and directions.

My comment: from an Islah Party media. Take into account that the Saudis have spread their religious Wahabi books all over the Islamic world.

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

PSPC meets number of Mokha District' sheikhs and social figures

President of Political Supreme Council Saleh Al-Sammad met on Wednesday at the presidential palace in Sana'a number sheikhs and social figures of Mokha District.

He confirmed that the massacres committed by the aggression in Mokha are shocking but the fixed and strong will community there has foiled aggression plans, pointing out that the world today is suffering from Saudi Arabia and its negative role, as we are suffering from through its American plan which is implementing in Yemen.

Al-Sammad directed the National Salvation Government to evaluate the overall situation in Mocha district in the soonest and to provide the deprived people there with the needed humanitarian assistance.
For his part, the member of the Supreme Political Council Sultan Alsamei confirmed that this meeting with Mokha people representatives is a recognition and appreciation of their heroic role in facing the aggression and the challenges they bravely passed over despite the barbaric destructive weapons that targeted the district, Mokha citizens proved that they are able to face the aggression and to continue the challenge to reach the victory.

My comment: Pro-Saudi Hadi forces claim to have advanced up to 10 km to Mokha city (look at cp17).

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets Russian charge d'Affaires to Yemen

The meeting dealt with the aspects of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and ways of strengthening them and the international efforts to reach a political settlement in Yemen

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Bomb explodes in Ibb, No casualties

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets charge d'affaires of UNICEF office

The nomination papers of the new UNICEF representative to Yemen were submitted, during the meeting, as well as the discussion of the UNICEF office activity and expanding its programs.
Sharaf renewed his call to the UN offices operating in Yemen to return to work in the capital Sana'a and resume their tasks, confirming the keenness of the National Salvation Government to provide all aspects of support and necessary facilities for the success of their performance.

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President meets Ans district's sheiks, dignitaries

l-Sammad hailed the positions of the district's sheikhs and all sons of Dhamar province and their efforts in maintaining the social peace and security and the unity of the internal front and their sacrifices in defending the homeland and its dignity.

17.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K P)

From only one tribe Bani Hushaish east Sanaa, The second 1000-group of trained fighters join army to fight US-backed Saudi invaders Jan17 (photo)

18.1.2017 – RT (* A K P)

Films: Machine guns, RPGs & kids: Yemen female fighters stage massive anti-Saudi 'peace rally'

More than 3,000 women staged a demonstration today in Sanaa to protest against Saudi Arabia's involvement in the conflict in Yemen. The pro-Houthi women, who packed the Sanaa football stadium, carried banners that urged Yemeni women to “fight for peace”, while chanting for victory and marching carrying machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. and

17.1.2017 – Daily Mail (* A K P)

Yemen's female fighters carry their toddlers, rocket launchers and machine guns as they show off their weapons at anti-Saudi rally

Yemeni female fighters took to the streets carrying their toddlers, rocket launchers and machine guns to send a powerful message to the Saudi-led coalition who have played a part in a two-year war that has claimed 10,000 civilian lives.

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Foreign Minister stresses on collaborating FM staff efforts as one teamwork

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf held an extensive meeting today with the ministry staff during which he called on the ministry' diplomats and administrative staff, who are still abroad without tasks, to return to the country because they did not work against their country and nothing will prevent them to return. He also ensured the safety of their return with all facilities , pointing out that the general amnesty resolution include the others staff and the seducers as well who want to return to their home .

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

18.1.2017 – Amnesty International (A P)


The fate and whereabouts of two members of Yemen’s Baha’i community remain unknown following their arrest on 11 January. They have been denied contact with their families and lawyer, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Heshmat Alah Ali Mohammad Sabet Sarvestani and his son-in-law Nadim al-Sakkaf have been arbitrarily detained without charge and subjected to enforced disappearance since 11 January. They have been held incommunicado in an unknown location without access to their families or lawyers, raising fears they might be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. [at Aden]

[PDF]Yemen: Two men forcibly dissapeared: Heshmat Alah Sarvestani and ...

18.1.2017 – Adengad (A E P)

Protesters cut the main road and are demanding their salaries regardless and chanting against the legitimate government

Retired chanted angry slogans against the legitimate government and they have to cut off a main road the old city of Aden, demanding their salaries pensions.

The protesters blocked the road near Aden Mall tour and chanted anti-government demanding their salaries.

The road remained closed for more than half an hour before he got an official motorcade passes by force of arms after the publicity in the faces of retirees.

He retired and including dozens of women that they did not receive their salaries months ago and that all government promises regardless salaries turned out to be false.

Marched dozens of retired later towards Mashiq palace to protest there.

Despite the government's announcement over a month ago they started the salaries of its staff exchange processes, but thousands are still without salaries until today. and translated:

17.1.2017 – Haberler (A T)

Yemen Police Nab Alleged Senior Daesh Terrorist

Police in Yemen's city of Aden on Tuesday arrested a senior member of the Daesh terrorist group believed to have been responsible for recruiting suicide bombers, according to a statement released by Yemen's counter-terrorism agency.
"The suspect had been recruiting young people from local mosques and through social media," the statement read.
The suspect, whose full name was not given, was arrested within the context of operations conducted under the supervision of a Saudi-led anti-Daesh coalition.
"The suspect confessed to recruiting 25 people for Daesh, including five suicide bombers who have since carried out suicide attacks in Aden," the police statement read – by Ahmed Al-Haj = and by Xinhua:

17.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A T)

Yemeni security officer assassinated in Shabwah

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

18.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen Foreign Minister Sharaf: UN asked us to facilitate a visit for its envoy Ould Shaikh,we asked4 itinerary,issues to discuss

My comment: Sanaa government minister. Visit: To Sanaa.

17.1.2017 – Al Araby (A P)

Yemen UN envoy pushes for peace in Hadi meeting

The UN envoy to Yemen held talks with country's President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday

The roadmap provides for a new unity government in Yemen and a rebel withdrawal from the capital and other cities.

"A peace agreement, including a well-articulated security plan and the formation of an inclusive government, is the only way to end the war that has fueled the development of terrorism in Yemen and the region," Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement.

"I asked the president to act swiftly and engage constructively with the UN's proposal for the sake of the country's future."

"The current political stalemate is causing death and destruction every day. The only way to stop this is through the renewal of the cessation of hostilities followed by consultations to develop a comprehensive agreement."

Under the proposal, Hadi's powers would be dramatically diminished in favour of a new vice-president who would oversee the formation of the interim government that will lead a transition to elections.

Comment by Dr. Karim: I have absolutely no faith in @OSESGY ... You cannot brush your teeth in Riyadh and gargle in will never work!

17.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Presidential source praises meeting held between Hadi, UN Envoy

Director of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's office Abdullah al-Alimi affirmed Ould Cheikh Ahmed gave Hadi assurances that terms of references; the GCC-brokered initiative, outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and the UN Resolutions on Yemen, will be taken into consideration.

Al-Alimi cited that President Hadi stressed that Yemen's presidency will not deal with any solutions or proposals which will ignore these terms of references.

17.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

UN envoy to Yemen ends a short visit to Aden and no progress appears

President Hadi stressed on holding to the government notes on the roadmap put forward earlier by the UN envoy to put an end to the fighting in Yemen, that is escalating since more than twenty months.

This could be a signal that the UN has made no changes or amendments to the roadmap which was rejected earlier by the pro-Hadi government.

My comment: Earlier reporting YPR 254. – All the points Hadi stresses as important are as outdated as the Roman Empire, after nearly 2 years of Saudi interference. And, that must be evident: “the GCC-brokered initiative” limited Hadi’s term to two years = ended Feb. 2014; the “outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference” extended for just one more year = ended Feb. 2015; so what, Mr. Ex-president??

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

18.1.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Iran's Zarif wants cooperation with Saudi over Syria and Yemen

Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

"I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work together to put an end to miserable conditions of the people in Syria and Yemen and Bahrain and elsewhere in the region," Mohammad Javad Zarif told the World Economic Forum.

"Iran and Saudi Arabia were able to actually stop impeding the process of the presidential election in Lebanon. We have a success story," Zarif said in Davos on Wednesday – by Dmitry Zhdannikov and film by Press TV Iran (interview)

18.1.2017 – Bahrain Mirror (A P)

Rouhani: Our problem Concerns Saudi Arabia's Interference in Yemen & Bahrain

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that his country did not seek to cut relations with Saudi Arabia, it was the Saudis themselves who broke relations.

In a press conference held in the presidency building in Tehran to mark the first anniversary of the implementation of a historic nuclear deal, Rouhani stressed that "Saudi Arabia has itself created problems by attacking neighboring countries" expressing his wish that "Saudi Arabia stops its aggression in Yemen, interference in Bahrain and support of terrorism."

"We don't have a bilateral problem with Saudi Arabia. Our problems concern Saudi Arabia's aggression in Yemen, its interference in Bahrain, its interference in the region," he indicated.

President Hassan Rouhani concluded saying "we used to hold talks with Saudi Arabia on continuous basis, but the execution crime of Sheikh Al-Nimr and relations' cut of Saudi Arabia led to tensions between the two countries."

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

18.1.2017 – Step Feed (A P)

Saudi Arabia and Trump have the same goals, says Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has expressed optimism about the new U.S. administration taking office on Friday.

"Our interests align," Adel Al Jubeir said this week, according to media reports.

Jubeir's comments come just three days before Trump, whose campaign rhetoric was decidedly anti-Saudi and Islamophobic, takes office.

"The objectives we want to achieve are the same," he said. Jubeir explained that Saudi Arabia and Donald Trump's administration may have some disagreements "on how to get there," but they don't disagree on "what needs to be done."

Jubeir also said that Saudi Arabia welcomes Trump's plan to "restore America’s role in the world."

Jubeir pointed to several key issues where Trump's policies and that of the kingdom resonate.

"Wanting to defeat ISIS, absolutely," he said. "Wanting to contain Iran ... absolutely."

He said when it comes to geopolitical issues (Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran) and also with matters of energy and finance, the kingdom and Trump's government are aligned.

Despite Jubeir's confidence, Trump's rhetoric has not always appeared to fit neatly with the Saudi agenda.;c=stepfeed

My comment: Wait and see. Fighting fire with arsonists will not be the best idea.

18.1.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Backed by @BarackObama @AmbRice44 @AmbassadorPower, #Saudi monarchy lashes women educators referring to

17.1.2017 – Reuters (A E P)

Saudi Binladin seeks extension on 10 bln riyal Grand Mosque financing

Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) is negotiating with banks an extension of up to two years on a 10 billion riyal ($2.7 billion) Islamic credit facility used to pay for building work at the kingdom's Grand Mosque in Mecca after delays to the project, banking sources said.

Contractors in Saudi Arabia have had to deal with delays to projects and late payment after the government trimmed spending to adjust to the impact of lower oil prices.

Banking sources said SBG had asked for an extension until the end of 2019 for the syndicated facility, used as working capital to fund the expansion of the Grand Mosque, which houses the Kaaba, which Muslims face towards when praying.

The sources said the project had been delayed to allow the government to defer some of its spending plans, as well as because of changes to the project's scope and to some of its contractors – By Hadeel Al Sayegh and Tom Arnold

17.1.2017 – Najran Scream ( A P)

Sporadic sources confirm news of the capture agent sergeant "war" in a brotherly country, before leaving for Germany # # and will be handed over Saudi (photo)

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

19.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Yemen Ambassador in USA: Donald Trump puts Yemen as priority

The Ambassador of Yemen in Washington, Ahmed Awadh ben Mubarak, said on Wednesday that the US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed to him that Yemen file will be one of his priorities.

In a twitter post, ben Mubarak said that he has met with the US President-elect in a presidential ceremony for the members of the diplomatic missions.

It is noteworthy that the administration of President Obama has failed in the Yemeni file, with the US Secretary of State John Kerry telling Sky News network that the Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi has made a mistake by rejecting the UN-drafted roadmap to resolve the Yemeni crisis.

My comment: Hadi government ambassador. What a Trump is telling in passing at a presidential ceremony. – The Obama government has failed in the Yemen file? Well, it actually did. But the explanation given here is more than ridiculous.

18.1.2017 – Vice News (* A P)

Film: Fueling Yemen’s war

Fueling Yemen’s war

A congressman calls out the US for potential war crimes in Yemen

Yemen’s civil war between Saudi-backed government forces and Iranian-backed rebels has left thousands dead since 2015.

The U.S. military has played a key role in the conflict for much of that time, supporting Saudi warplanes with intelligence and refueling even as their bombs have reportedly killed civilians.

Rep. Ted Lieu, a colonel in the Air Force Reserves from Malibu, has been on a sometimes-solitary quest to make the White House answer for its role.

“That is morally outrageous,” he told Josh Hersh in an interview. “If the U.S. was doing this with our own pilots, dropping bombs on civilians, they’d be getting court-martialed right now.”

18.1.2017 – Ted Rall (B K P)

Cartoon: Disastrous legacy

17.1.2017 – Russia Insider (* A P)

After Trump Rips Merkel Kerry Suddenly Thinks US Officials Should Not 'Step Into' Politics of Other Countries

US Secretary of State undertakes a total transformation

Kerry told CNN it was "inappropriate" for Trump to criticize Merkel in interview to Bild because it means "stepping into the politics of other countries".


This would be the same Kerry who demanded the presidents of Syria step down, told Brits to vote against Brexit, picked the winner of post-election haggling in Afghanistan and paid tribute to anti-government rallies in Ukraine?? (To name only a few of the worst.)

It's almost as if Kerry is not against Americans meddling, but against Americans who have a different worldview from him meddling.

Except unlike Kerry Trump was not even truly interfering. He neither condemned Merkel in moral terms, neither he dictated a course of action to her. He merely expressed his opinion her politics have been wrong for Germany -- which is far less than what Kerry has done on numerous occasions – by Dean Parker

My comment: What a joke!! Interesting also from the Yemeni point of view. And dean Parker really hits the spot: “It's almost as if Kerry is not against Americans meddling, but against Americans who have a different worldview from him meddling”.

16.1.2017 - Der Freitag (*B K P)

Meryl Streeps Rede gegen Donald Trump

Meryl Streep kritisiert Donald Trump, er soll einen behinderten Journalisten nachgeäfft haben. Als Obama und Clinton Tausende zu Behinderten machten, fiel ihr nichts ein

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

18.1.2017 – Cowbridge Today (A P)

Ogmore MP’s concern for people in Yemen

Chris Elmore, the MP for Ogmore, is pressing the Government to do all it can to help the people of Yemen.

In the Commons, the Ogmore MP said 40 million people in the country, more than half the population, are going hungry.

He said: “In the capital, Sana’a, residents have resorted to scavenging rubbish dumps for scraps of food.”

Mr Ellwood said it is vital for the UK to gain full access to Sana’a, but that unfortunately it is in the hands of the Houthis rebel faction.

He said: “We are unable to utilise the airport, which would be the best way to get aid into the country, because of disagreements that are taking place.

My comment: Ellwood’s response is debunking and ridiculous, clearly showing that he and the British government are party in this conflict; “unfortunately it is in the hands of the Houthis rebel faction”. Anyway, this is not the reason why there is no or difficult access to Sanaa airports. That’s because of the Saudis are blocking this airport since 6 month – a fact which Ellwood of course does not mention. This blockade lifted, there would be access to Sanaa airport, whoever is ruling there.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

17.1.2017 – RT (A P)

"Bombardierungspraktikum" - Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik würdigt saudische Piloten im Jemen

In einem kürzlich veröffentlichten Analysepapier der BAKS zum Einsatz der saudischen Luftstreitkräfte im Jemen heißt es im schönsten Beamtendeutsch:

Der letzte Auslandseinsatz vor dem arabischen Frühling war 1991 gegen den Irak, doch auch in den Jahrzehnten davor war das saudische Militär wenig im Einsatz. Seine Operation im Jemen hat unter anderem diese Funktion: Sie dient nicht nur den saudischen Piloten als Bombardierungs- und Aufklärungspraktikum, sondern auch der Koordinierung von verschiedenen Einheiten am Boden – und der Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Staaten.

Auf diese Wortwahl muss man/frau [bei der Verfasserin handelt es sich um die Senior-Analystin Florence Gaub] erstmal kommen: Die Bombardierung von zumeist zivilen Zielen im ärmsten Land der arabischen Welt als "Bombardierungspraktikum" zu bezeichnen, hat durchaus etwas Makaberes bis Zynisches an sich. Völlig falsch ist diese Einschätzung anderseits auch wiederum nicht, eingedenk der Tatsache, dass die von den Saudis ins Visier genommenen schiitischen Huthis kaum über Waffen zur Luftverteidigung verfügen. Von den zerbombten Krankenhäusern und Schulen ganz zu schweigen.

Doch das Analysepapier der BAKS geht noch einen Schritt weiter. In beinahe euphorischen Worten wird die massive Aufrüstung der absolutistischen Monarchie gefeiert:

Mein Kommentar: O mein Gott.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

17.1.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Film: Expats in #Kuwait Abdulla port refinery protest unpaid wages for months

18.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Clashes between Regime Troops and Protestors in Bahrain Continue: Photos

The clashes between the regime troops and the protesters continued on Wednesday in various Bahraini cities and towns, including Sitra, Diraz and others.

17.1.2017 – Ali Hadi Al-Musawi (A P)

Film: Incredible scenes from #Bahrain as people line up to offer their condolences to the families of the 3 young men executed by the regime

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp1

18.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K)

Iranian-made rockets captured by Yemen's army

The Yemeni army has managed to captured new sites in the area of Nihim, Sana'a governorate, and seized Iranian-made rockets which were used by forces of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Spokesman of the Popular Resistance Abdullah al-Shandaqi told al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper that the Yemeni army backed by the popular resistance managed to capture weapons and other milit

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

17.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K)

Photos of the ongoing joint maritime exercise "AlFulk 2" between Royal #Saudi Naval Forces & #Sudanese Naval Forces


17.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K)

Saudi forces & Sudanese mercenaries hold naval landing maneuvers in preparation for a new adventure. Well give it a try, #Yemen is virulent (photo)

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

18.1.2017 – UN (* A H)

Yemen: Ongoing humanitarian crisis adding to migrants woes, says UN migration agency

Highlighting the plight of migrants from the Horn of Africa arriving in Yemen – which itself has seen more than 2.1 million people internally displaced due to ongoing conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis – the United Nations migration agency has called for additional support for the vulnerable.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), up to 12,000 migrants, every month, are arriving onto the shores of the Gulf of Aden country with hopes of making their way to Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had reported that, as of mid-November 2016, some 105,971 people – migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees – had arrived in Yemen from the Horn of Africa. Most of those coming were from Ethiopia (88,667) and Somalia (17,293). Women and children were at particular risk of sexual violence and human trafficking.

Among its efforts to support both the internally displaced as well as migrants in Yemen, IOM has been running direct assistance programmes for displaced children, providing them with psychosocial support to ease the stress and effects of the conflict.

17.1.2017 – International Organization for Migration (* A H)

Over Two Million Yemenis Displaced by Conflict: IOM

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen caused by the ongoing conflict over the past 22 months has led to the internal displacement of over 2.1 million Yemenis. It is also complicating an already difficult situation for thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa attempting to cross the country on the way to Saudi Arabia.

A high-ranking delegation from IOM earlier this month visited Sana’a, Yemen to assess and support IOM Yemen’s efforts to aid displaced Yemenis and migrants in the country.

Carmela Godeau, IOM’s Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa based in Cairo, and Mohammed Abdiker, Director of IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies, visited a settlement of displaced Yemenis in Sana’a and met local partners working with IOM to provide health care and non-food items to help displaced families cope with winter weather.

The delegation also visited one of the 31 Child Friendly Spaces that IOM has opened in Yemen. These provide direct assistance to displaced children. They aim to ease the stress and effects of the conflict on children, in addition to providing awareness-raising sessions and psychosocial support for traumatized children.

Other visits allowed the IOM delegation to see the work of an IOM health clinic

IOM mobile health teams are operating in 18 of 22 governorates to deliver primary health care and provide referrals. IOM is particularly concerned by the increasing number of migrants arriving in Yemen – up to 12,000 every month – and is calling for support to provide food, shelter and protection and evacuate the most vulnerable. =

My comment: There has been a figure of 3 million of internal displaced people.

cp15 Propaganda

18.1.2017 – (A P)

ANGRIFFE BRACHTEN SEGEN: Jemen: «Der Krieg eröffnet dem Evangelium neue Möglichkeiten!»

Seit zwei Jahren herrscht im Jemen Krieg. Für die wenigen Tausend Christen im Land ist die Situation äusserst schwer. Und doch gibt es Konsequenzen des Krieges, die Segen gebracht haben.

Jamil (Name aus Sicherheitsgründen geändert), ein ehemaliger Muslim, der als Christ aus dem Jemen floh, heute aber immer noch regelmässig die Christen dort besucht und sie ermutigt, sieht im Krieg einen Segen: «Der Krieg hat uns auf das konzentriert, was wirklich wichtig ist, nämlich Christus nachzufolgen, selbst wenn es unser Leben kostet. Die Bibel spricht sehr klar darüber, was wir erwarten können; Leid ist Teil des christlichen Lebens. Deshalb warten viele jemenitischen Christen sehnsuchtsvoll auf die Wiederkunft Jesus. Wir haben so viel verloren, wir sehnen uns nach dem ewigen Frieden, den Jesus eines Tages – hoffentlich bald – bringen wird!»

«Flucht wurde zum riesigen Segen!»

Ein weiterer Segen des Krieges ist laut Jamil, dass die Christen im ganzen Land verstreut wurden und ihre Angst vor dem Evangelisieren verloren haben, auch wenn die meisten von ihnen aufgrund ihres Glaubens von den eigenen Familien ausgestossen wurden. «Es mag komisch klingen, aber der Fakt, dass viele christliche Familien flüchten mussten, ist zu einem riesigen Segen geworden! Es gibt jetzt überall im Land Christen, nicht mehr nur an bestimmten Orten. Und der Glaube wächst, weil wir Christen unsere Angst verloren haben. Durch die Krise und den Krieg hat Gott uns die Kraft gegeben, das Evangelium weiterzugeben, wo auch immer wir uns befinden.»

Verantwortung übernommen

Und noch etwas Gutes hat der Krieg bewirkt: Viele ausländische Christen verliessen mit Beginn der Luftangriffe das Land. Zuvor wurde die grosse Mehrheit der Hauskirchen von ihnen geleitet, weil die lokalen Christen einfach nicht dasselbe theologische Wissen und die gleichwertige Ausbildung hatten. «Jetzt sind die meisten Ausländer weg und es ist für uns an der Zeit zu leiten», erklärt Jamil.

Mein Kommentar: So etwas von daneben, dass es schon gar nicht mehr wehtut.

18.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Government intensifies communication with tribes around Sana'a

Director of the Morale Guidance Department Brig. Muhsin Khasroof has revealed that the Yemeni government has intensified its communication with tribes around the capital Sana'a.

He said that the tribes expressed readiness to support the internationally-recognized government and the Yemeni army, stressing that the next few days would be decisive in the front of Nihim, about 30 km away from the capital Sana'a.

He reiterated that the Yemeni army made significant gains in Nihim and al-Makha, indicating that the army is insistent to achieve all its goals and expel the Houthis.

My comment: They are trying this since more than one year. The Saudis having killed many tribes chiefs in the air raid at the Sanaa funeral on Oct. 8, the tribes were not quite “amused”. And the other side publishes photos of scores of tribesmen going to fight for the Houthi / Saleh side.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

19.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

US _ Saudi coalition fighters jets launched several raids on Saada, Taiz and Al Hodeidah.

In Saad’a, the aggression warplanes launched several raids in the different ares in the province. The aggression fighters jets targeted the civilians and their properties in Saad’a.
In Taiz , the aggression warplanes launched 4 raids on Mokha directorate of Taiz .

In Lahjj, two raids targeted the province .

In Al Hodeidah, the aggression warplanes launched several raids on different areas in the province.

18.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 17/1/2017 (full list): = and for Jan. 17 also

19.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes launch series of airstrikes against Sa'ada citizens

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes early morning of Thursday launched six airstrikes on two areas of Sa'ada governorate, a security official told Saba.
The targeted areas were al-Ramadiyat of al-Thahir district and Maran of Haydan district.
Several houses and farms were damaged in the aggression indiscriminate aerial bombardment.

19.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression airstrikes wound civilians in Sa'ada

At least two civilians were wounded when the US-backed Saudi warplanes indiscriminately raided Bakim district of Sa'ada governorate late on Wednesday, a security official told Saba on Thursday.
The strikes targeted Wadi al-Jabal valley, injuring the civilian villagers.
The aggression warplanes, meanwhile, continued flying for hours over the area.

19.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi airstrikes injure 4 citizens in Sana'a

At least four civilians were wounded early on Thursday when US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes struck the highway of Manakha district in southeast of Sana'a governorate, an official told Saba. and

18.–19.1.2017 – Dr. Karim (A K)

Sana'a under heavy bombardment right now!

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression wage 15 air raids on Sa'ada

The US-backed Saudi aggression launched 15 airstrikes on several areas of Sa'ada province overnight, an official told Saba on Wednesday.
The warplanes waged seven raids on various areas of Shada district and two others on Maran area, as well as two strikes on Jumah bin Fadhal area of Haydan district.
No causalities have been reported yet.
Meanwhile, the aggression fighter jets launched two raids on al-Fara area of Kutaf district and another one on al-Sabah area of al-Dhaher district, and kept flying intensively over the districts.

18.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Airline Saudi aggression re-bombed Hidan in Saada hours after the massacre netted seven martyrs 18-01 - 2017

18.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Wounded in the raid aggression Baqim and targeting bridges and suffering of Munabah, province of Saada

Where the injured citizen, on Wednesday, following two raids Airline Saudi American aggression on Baqem district of Saada province #.

The reporter said, "the march Net": The airline aggression launched two raids on mountain valley Directorate Baqim maintain injuring citizen seriously injured.

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes renewed its raids on several areas in Taiz resulted in the destruction of homes, facilities and roads.

18.1.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

3 #Saudi air strikes on Midi area #Haja city #Yemen

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression injures two civilians in Baqem

Two civilians were injured on Wednesday in two US-Saudi air raids on Baqem district of Sa'ada province.
A security official said that the US-Saudi aggression warplanes targeted Wadi al-Jabal area in Baqem .

The official added that the aggression warplanes intensified hovering in the sky of many district in the province and

18.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

US _Saudi aggression launched raids in Al _Harshiv area directorate of Niham

17.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film; Saudi air raid at tanker, Khokha, Hodeida province

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launch raids on Khawlan

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Tuesday three air raids on Khawlan district of Sana'a province, a local official told Saba.
The hostile warplanes targeted al-Arqob area, causing huge damage to citizens' farms.

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression warplanes wage raids on Serwah

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Tuesday two air raids on Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official told Saba.
The official added that the aggression warplanes targered al-Makhdrah in Serwah.

17.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

US-Saudi Aggression Waged Raids on Hajjah

17.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters bomb Houthis positions

The fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition had launched 12 raids on Houthis sites northern Dhubab and in al Mokha, Wajihah and al Kadaha areas.

and what really happened

17.1.2017 – Yemen Today (A K PH)

Film: raid targeted a car on Taiz Mokha Coast, 2 killed

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

19.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

Civilian martyred, 6 wounded, including 2 moms, in Saudi-paid barbaric artillery attack

At least one civilian was martyred and six others, including two mothers, were critically wounded when Saudi-paid mercenaries indiscriminately fired artillery and tanks on farmers' houses in several villages of Taiz governorate, officials told Saba on Thursday.
The indiscriminate attack targeted al-Arsoum villages of Tieziyah district.
Several houses were collapsed and many farms were burn to the ground in the barbaric due to the Saudi continuing aggression war crimes against the Yemeni people.

19.1.2017 – Mohammed Al Qadhi (* A K)

9 civilians killed & 7 others wounded tonight in a shelling by #Houthis at residential zone in #Taiz city, #Yemen and

18.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A K)

Houthi mortar fire kills nine civilians in Yemen’s Taiz

Mortar shells fired from the Houthi-held outskirts of Yemen’s third city Taiz killed nine civilians late on Wednesday, a medic and a loyalist military source said.

Activists based in the besieged city told Al Arabiya English that mortar shells landed on a residential district west of Taiz, which killed at least nine civilians and wounded eight. The wounded were taken to Al-Rawda hospital in the city.

A loyalist military source told AFP that the mortar shells struck one after the other in the city’s Al-Nour district – by Rua’a Alameri (with photo)

19.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Child killed, two others injured in Houthi landmine explosion in Lahj, southern Yemen

A child was killed and two others injured on Tuesday in a landmine explosion in one of the villages of Serb area in Karesh region, northern Lahj governorate, southern Yemen.

It is noteworthy that the Houthis and allied forces are accused of planting thousands of mines in all districts of Lahj when storming the governorate in 2015.

19.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Forty rebels and government elements killed in fierce battles in Shabwa governorate

18.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

About 35 Saudi mercenaries killed, 63 injured in Nihm (photos)

18.1.2017 Gulf News / – Middle East Observer (* A K PS)

Rebels turn to defensive tactics like planting landmines as troops get to within 10km of strategic town of Mocha

Yemen government forces and allied resistance fighters on Wednesday advanced deep into shrinking Al Houthi territory on the western coast and were battling the rebels 10 kilometers from the strategic Mocha town in Taiz province, army commanders, and state-run media said.

Government forces have, since January 6, seized control of a large swathe of land in the west, including Al Ameri military camp, the Dhobab district and the Jadeed region on the Red Sea.

Major Mohsen Khasrouf, the chief of Yemen’s Armed Forces Moral Guidance Department, told Gulf News on Wednesday that the government forces had pushed Al Houthis further towards Mocha. “The government forces have stationed roughly 10km south of Mocha. We seek to liberate the entire western coast in Taiz and Hodeida provinces from Al Houthis,” Khasrouf said.

The rebel forces have turned to defensive tactics like planting a landmines in large numbers to slow the government forces’ advances, a sign that the once powerful militia has lost momentum in the war due to heavy air strikes and losses incurred in clashes with government forces, army commanders said.

If the government forces overrun Mocha in the coming days, the rebel forces would have lost a major entry point for bringing in arms from Iran and other suppliers.

In the north, Khasrouf said a commander of a Republican Guard brigade loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed and two others captured in heavy clashes with government forces in Sana’a’s Nehim district. “The government forces kicked them out from two strategic hills in Nehim and seized a huge stash of arms including Russian Kornet missiles. Some of the seized arms are not in the country’s arsenal. This shows the rebels have received arms shipments from the outside,” Khasrouf said – by Saeed Al-Batati =

My comment: From pro-Saudi media, and with no guarantee!

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets Saudi-paid mercenaries' gatherings in Mareb

18.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Marib: Missile strike for the hypocrites of aggression on the homes and farms of citizens in Sirwah district

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shoots dead two Saudi enemy soldiers in Jizan

18.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Jizan: army artillery and popular committees targeting Romaih site by a number of artillery shells

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' attempt to advance in Baidha and

and from the other side:

19.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Al Baidha: 6 Houthi militants killed in popular resistance attacks

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries kill two women in Jawf

Two women were killed and a number of citizens were wounded when Saudi-paid mercenaries fired Katyusha missiles on a house in al-Maton district of Jawf province, an official told Saba Wednesday.
The mercenaries' missile bombing targeted Hadi Qaid's home in al-Farsha area in the district, killing two women and injuring other citizens. and

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression kills civilian, injures six in Taiz

A civilian was killed and at least six others have been wounded, including two women in a random shelling by Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz province.
A local official told Saba that militants of Saudi-paid mercenaries pounded al-Arsom village in al-Taezeyah, killing the civilian and injured four others.
In addition, Saudi-paid mercenaries randomly pounded residential villages in the northern outskirts of Taiz city and al-Ramadah Souk in Osaiferah area, injuring a woman. Many houses and buildings were affected due to the shelling.

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills, injures many Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces take Haraz fort in Taiz

18.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils attempt to advance towards Saber al-Mawadem, Taiz province

18.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Taiz: repel creep of the mercenaries aggression toward Alfruash area in Sabar Moadm directorate and casualties dead and wounded in their ranks and

17.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: government forces advance in western coasts

17.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

A child injured, four Houthi militants killed in Al Baidha

The spokesperson of the popular resistance in Thi Naim front, Mohammed al Amri, said that the 8 year-old Umm Alkhair Ali Ahmed was injured by a Houthi sniper stationing in Aldhabwah mount while she was coming back from school.

17.1.2017 –Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Target Saudi Sites in Najran, Asir, Medi

17.1.2017 –Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Repelled Attempt to Advance in Nehm

17.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Saudi mercenary Brigadier Al Sawadiy commander of 310 brigade was killed 2day after he tried 2 progress his troops at Yam mount, Nihm #Yemen (photo)

17.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries pounded houses and agricultural farms in several parts of Serwah, the official said.

17.1.2017 – AP (* A K)

Yemen officials say Houthi rocket kills 6 civilians

Yemeni security officials say a rocket fired by Houthi rebels has killed six civilians, including women and children, when it hit an area in southern Taiz province.

They say the Tuesday strike that also destroyed three old houses was part of broader fighting around the central city, Yemen's cultural capital.

17.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Yemen's army captures dozens of Houthis in western coasts

A military commander, Abu Zara'ah al-Mahrami, told al-Riyadh Newspaper that ten children were also captured while fighting to the sides of the Houthis.

16.1.2017 – R&U Videos (A K PH)

Film: Houthis attacking Saudi Army outpost

Najran district, Saudi Arabia| January 16th 2017

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

17.1.2017 – BBC (* A )

Film: Yemen: 'Life in the midst of all the death'

The Yemeni city of Taiz has been under siege since 2015 by Houthi rebels and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The city and its outskirts are littered with the remains of shelling, sniper fire and explosions.

But a group of youth volunteers from the Challenge Convoy have decided to take the daily reminders of death and turn them into reminders of life.

Coordinator of the Challenge Convoy Ebrahim al-Gabri says that they hope to turn it into a mobile exhibition that will visit other parts of Yemen, "including provinces that perhaps have been the cause of death for us, such as Saada and Dhamar, as a message of peace, a message of love".

Video produced by Sumaya Bakhsh and Suniti Singh

17.1.2017 – Doha News (D)

Yemeni woman fleeing war recounts ‘inspiring’ journey to Qatar

A Yemeni woman who moved to Qatar to escape a civil war at home has opened up about her journey in a new short film.

Mariam Al-Dubhani is now a journalism student at Northwestern University in Qatar.

In the film, she explains to one of her peers that she started making films and music in Yemen as a way of expressing herself and defying constraints society put on her.

After Fleeing shows the story of a married woman who fled from Yemen to Qatar and who possesses this courage and independence to face her life,” she said. (with film)

1.2017 – Authentic Yemen

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Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-254: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-254: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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