Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 257 - Yemen War Mosaic 257

Yemen Press Reader 257: USA und Jemen–Jemen: Krieg, Katastrophe und Briten–Frauen im Jemenkrieg–Al Kaida im Jemen–Hunger–Trumps erster Drohnenangriff–Saudische Luftangriffe, Kämpfe um Mokha–u.a.

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US and Yemen – Yemen: War, catastrophe, and Britain – Yemeni women in the war – Al Qaida in Yemen – Hunger – Trump’s first drone attack – Saudi air raids, fighting for Mokha – and more

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Nihm / Theater of War: Nihm

cp17c Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Kämpfe um Mokha cp17a / Fighting for Mokha cp17a

24.1.2017 – Ron Paul Institute (** A K P)

Ron Paul Institute Reaction to the Trump Bombing in Yemen

That is why it was disheartening to learn that in his second full day in office, President Trump approved two drone strikes on Yemen -- a country with which we are not at war but have been bombing since 2002. US military action in Yemen is ostensibly aimed at ridding the country of al-Qaeda, and the weekend's victims were all said to be "al-Qaeda militants," but in fact US involvement in Yemen has been designed from at least 2015 to support Saudi Arabia's attack on and invasion of the country. After the Saudi-backed president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, was ousted by fighters of the Houthi tribe, Yemen's northern neighbor launched an all-out assault to return Hadi to power.
Saudi involvement in Yemen's internal governing crisis has cost more than 10,000 lives and has left the already impoverished country on the verge of mass starvation. Infrastructure is decimated and yet the Saudis -- armed with US-supplied weapons -- continue to pound Yemen in support of their preferred president.
It seems a textbook case of, at the least, being a conflict in which the US has no legitimate national security interest. But the neocons and the interventionist media have framed it in terms designed to appeal to more US involvement. We are fighting al-Qaeda, they claim.

But in Syria the US has been supplying al-Qaeda with weapons -- indirectly and possibly directly -- for years in hopes that they may succeed in overthrowing the secular Syrian government.

So Washington is not allergic to al-Qaeda when al-Qaeda is doing Washington's bidding.
And undermining the "we must attack al-Qaeda" justification is the fact that the Houthis under attack by Saudi Arabia -- backed by the US -- are mortal enemies of al-Qaeda. So while the US claims it is fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen, it is in fact most aggressively fighting al-Qaeda's enemies in Yemen.
Why is the US involved in such an incomprehensible mess? Iran!

It is falsely claimed (again by the neocons and other interventionists) that the Houthi movement is in fact an Iranian-sponsored proxy in Yemen and as such represents the leading edge of an Iranian plan to dominate the Middle East. While the Houthis do follow a form of Shi'ia Islam that is similar to that of the Iranians, the idea that they are an Iranian proxy is mere war propaganda.
In its actions in Yemen, the United States is backing a brutal Saudi dictatorship with a human rights record that makes Cuba look like Switzerland -- and which we now know was deeply involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. If there was ever a case to be made for keeping out of a Middle East crisis, Yemen is that case. But the United States government, subject to intense Saudi (and Israeli) lobbying efforts, is sucked in to the ongoing battle to change the Iranian regime.

Which brings us back to last weekend's drone strikes, said to have killed ten "militants." Of course they are all "militants" if they are killed by the US military.

President Trump is on record opposing any rapprochement with Iran and he claims that he will rid the world of "radical Islamic terrorism." Unfortunately he is likely misinformed by his own prejudices and misunderstanding of the region (and egged on by militarists in his midst), leading him to continue his predecessor's counterproductive drone warfare program – by Daniel McAdams, Executive Director, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

24.1.2017 – Middle East Eye (** A B K P)

War in Yemen: Why the UK should chair peace talks

There needs to be an immediate ceasefire and Saudi-Yemeni talks - the current siege and UK-backed military strategy is failing, as I saw in Yemen

Visiting Saada in north-west Yemen last week, the destruction was everywhere.

I visited a primary school where the worrying inconsistency of British policy over Yemen was on display. The headmaster showed me the remains of British and American munitions which, he said, had destroyed his school.

As they pick their way through the rubble of unexploded ordnance, there is a certain irony that the team working to defuse and make safe these munitions is led by a former British army officer and funded by the British taxpayer.

But within the grounds were tents as classrooms and text books largely paid for by the British taxpayer. The children came resolutely alive as they chanted anti-Saudi and anti-American slogans; another generation of hatred spawned among today’s Yemeni young.

Nearby I gingerly negotiated the rubble and fallen masonry of a bombed home and met one of the three survivors from a family of 27 who perished in a recent air attack. The family were not political activists but prosperous local hairdressers. Posters around the city in Arabic and in English said “British and American bombs are killing Yemeni people.”

In a nearby hospital, from which MSF (Doctors Without Borders) has withdrawn because of the dangers to their staff, I visited a ward coping with malnutrition – in my experience, one of the most upsetting but uplifting locations one can visit. A doctor working there quietly whispered to me that the British taxpayer was funding it.

Nearby I gingerly negotiated the rubble and fallen masonry of a bombed home and met one of the three survivors from a family of 27 who perished in a recent air attack. The family were not political activists but prosperous local hairdressers. Posters around the city in Arabic and in English said “British and American bombs are killing Yemeni people.”

In a nearby hospital, from which MSF (Doctors Without Borders) has withdrawn because of the dangers to their staff, I visited a ward coping with malnutrition – in my experience, one of the most upsetting but uplifting locations one can visit. A doctor working there quietly whispered to me that the British taxpayer was funding it.

Why Saudi coalition will almost certainly fail

We are supporting the military action of our close ally and friend Saudi Arabia. It is undoubtedly true that Saudi Arabia has wholly legitimate security interests which have been attacked from Yemen.

But the Saudi government and its allies, supported by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216, are effectively besieging a sovereign country. Blockaded by land, sea and air, Yemenis are not so much starving as being starved: a famine looms.

The tragedy for the Saudis is that they are pursuing a policy which is likely to defeat the very objectives which they are trying to secure. In Britain, we have learned the hard way that you cannot control the ground below from the air.

The appetite of members of the Saudi coalition to engage in Yemen will be greatly exceeded by the staying power of Yemen’s indigenous forces on the ground. These disparate Yemeni forces are united by hostility to Riyadh’s actions and now control most of the country.

Indeed, the internationally approved president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, is the only leader I have ever come across who has to make an official visit to his own country.

The tragedy for the Saudis is that they are pursuing a policy which is likely to defeat the very objectives which they are trying to secure. In Britain, we have learned the hard way that you cannot control the ground below from the air.

The appetite of members of the Saudi coalition to engage in Yemen will be greatly exceeded by the staying power of Yemen’s indigenous forces on the ground. These disparate Yemeni forces are united by hostility to Riyadh’s actions and now control most of the country.

Indeed, the internationally approved president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, is the only leader I have ever come across who has to make an official visit to his own country.

Britain has a role to assume

So what is to be done? We need an immediate ceasefire and Saudi-Yemeni negotiations. We need a replacement for the United Nations Council Resolution 2216. On Yemen, Britain holds the pen at the UN.

Of course this will all be extremely difficult. But in my discussions with Saleh, with the Houthi president, Abdullah As Samad, and with their canny foreign minister, Hisham Abdallah, two key points were made.

The first is that the Houthi-GPC alliance, despite British support for the Saudi position, will accept Britain chairing and mediating any Yemeni-Saudi negotiations within a UN structure. Indeed, such are the deep historic links of this region with Britain that our participation is sought.

Secondly, if there is a ceasefire then the Houthis will undertake to withdraw their forces and weapons from the Saudi border areas and accept a 20-kilometre demilitarised zone within Yemen.

Are the Houthis serious? Their sincerity should, at the least, be tested – by Andrew Mitchell MP, former British secretary of state for international development (2010-2012) and government chief whip. and also

My comment: A great article and a great initiative by a Tory MP – the great exception at London.

23.1.2017 – New Mathilda (** B H K)

SPECIAL FEATURE: As The Guns Fall Silent: Women And The War In Yemen

Women’s rights forms another frontier in war-torn Yemen

Karama is dignity

For Sara Ishaq, being in an airstrike is like having a fear of flying while your plane is in free-fall. It is all encompassing. The noise is inescapable, reverberating around you in its big, indiscriminate, shuddering mess.

“Your life is in somebody else’s hands,” she said. “Living in complete fear. There’s nowhere for you to go, nowhere for you to run. You’re just facing death.”

The time between hearing the sound of a rocket and its impact is the hardest. In those few seconds nobody knows where it might land.

Sara’s family have neighbours whose house has been bombed four times. After the dust had settled, Sara’s family would ask their neighbours why they had been targeted. Their neighbours didn’t know, “maybe somebody reported us,” they said.

When Sara returned to Sana’a from Scotland her family had been living under the airstrikes for two months. When she first heard the bombing she had jumped out of bed, running into the hallway, wanting her family to huddle together there. For the most part, her family sat where they were; they couldn’t see the point in hiding.

“It eventually became normal, a daily event,” she said. Now when airstrikes happen, Sara’s family go through the regular drills of opening windows and turning off the lights.

When an airstrike is imminent Yemenis open their windows so the glass panes don’t shatter. But then the suffocating clouds of smoke and dust roll into their houses.

The streets of Sana’a are full of shattered glass.

But the optimism of the revolution has been replaced by the fatigue of a conflict with no end in sight. “There’s been this huge divide within society,” said Sara. “People have been completely polarised.”

Families and society have been divided along old ethnic and sectarian lines. In such circumstances, it can be challenging to remain neutral.

“It’s really hard to be like ‘oh yeah, I understand where the Saudis are coming from’ while they are dropping bombs on us,” Sara said.

For Sara, the difficulty of representing the conflict since the revolution has only intensified. “I found it very easy to represent the revolution because it was very clear who the enemy was,” she said. “It was the state, it was the system, it was us versus them, whereas now it is everybody versus everybody.”

Representations by the media become one sided when access to all sides of the story are hindered by the physical hurdles of siege and blockade.

“It’s a very difficult time for anybody to represent this war with any real sort of accuracy,” said Sara.

Hope for a swift resolution to the war recedes as fast as the price of food, petrol and electricity has risen. During the hardships of the war, necessity has sometimes tempered tradition. Women are setting up charities, Sara said. They are creating foundations, cooking food for the poor, going out to fetch water from wells, queueing up to get petrol and documenting the conflict.

Yet at the same time the poverty brought by war has entrenched old stereotypes; with no money for university, young girls are married off.

“It is women who’ve really shone in this time,” said Sara. “I’m a feminist but in situations like these you really want to try and break stereotypes and that’s what I try and do in my work.”

Let’s ride a bike

Bushra created a Facebook event for Yemeni women, ‘Let’s Ride a Bike’. It was her act of resistance to the war, to the relentless monotony of life under the Saudi airstrikes. Eighty women signed up as attending.

“It was the first time for the Yemeni community to see Yemeni women on a bike,” Bushra said. Some driving by were shocked, some shouted out encouragement. Bushra photographed it all.

Bushra wasn’t long in the US before she was contacted by Code Pink, an anti-militarism social justice movement, to help campaign against a major arms trade deal between the US and Saudi Arabia.

Bushra’s response: “I was like ‘hell yeah’”.

“It’s not a Saudi war against Yemen. It’s a US and Saudi war against Yemen. It’s not because they just sell the weapons. No, they control the hits, the airstrikes and lead it – the US,” Bushra said. “They are leading the war.”

Women like us

Thana Faroq is a street photographer. She is not Halima, who stood in her half-collapsed house and told Thana how she arrived home with her children to find it this way. She is not Om Kalid, whose child was born in a tent holding 12 family members at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons because their house was destroyed. She is not Aman, a young girl who graduated from high school and wants to go to university, but can’t, because of the war. Thana Faroq photographs these women, tells their stories.

“They lack a very important right,” she said. “The right to speak up and not have anyone like me speak about them. Because they are the ones who know exactly what happened to them and what they are lacking.”

Thana had a photographic exhibition in Scotland last year, ‘Women Like Us’. It all harks back to a simple premise. “Women are not being heard enough,” she said.

Honey and silver

In 2011 Noon started tweeting about the revolution taking place in Sana’a. “Everyone was covering what was happening in Egypt, what was happening in Libya, hardly anyone was mentioning Yemen,” she said. So she did what many people were doing at that time, she created a hashtag, #SupportYemen.

For Noon, the continued reporting of atrocities from a country where loved ones live takes a toll. “This happens when I’m speaking with my aunt and I can hear in the background explosions and she’s like ‘yes they started bombing again’,” she said. “I cannot close my eyes completely because that’s my country, that’s my homeland, that’s where my friends and family live.”

Her attachment to Yemen notwithstanding, Noon still feels an obligation to be a force for change. It is about saying that women are not less qualified than men, that they don’t have less rights, that there is no shame to being a woman. In the midst of a country in conflict, she sees women going out and breaking the social norms that traditionally bound them.

The absence of justice

“I’m not a nationalist,” Sarah Jamal Ahmed said. “I am a person who wants to stay.” Sarah knows what being a non-nationalist Yemeni means to her. They don’t contradict.

“I would insist on saying, and a lot of people would not agree with me, the definition of peace, for women at least, is not the stop of gunfire,” Sarah said. If Saleh and Hadi reached a settlement tomorrow, if the bullets stopped flying and the bombs stopped falling that would not meet Sarah’s idea of peace. Women would still be at war.

“It’s the absence of justice to me,” she said of war. “That’s my personal definition.”

To Sarah, if a woman does not have access to a hospital, if she doesn’t have access to electricity, if she doesn’t have access to shelter she does not live in peace. If Yemen’s constitution does not recognise women as a separate entity, with inseparable rights and if women can’t express themselves freely, they do not live in peace.

Yet for the women of Yemen the war won’t end, even as the guns fall silent – By Pat Griffiths (with photos)

23.1.2017 – Combating Terrorism Center (** B T)

Fighting the Long War: The Evolution of al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula

Abstract: The civil war in Yemen is providing an ideal operational environment for al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The war has acted as a catalyst for the organization’s evolution. AQAP is now focused on implementing a more covert strategy that allows it to expand its ties to local communities and to further enmesh itself within some forces battling the Houthis and their allies. These deepening ties with local communities and anti-Houthi forces mean that AQAP will be even more resilient and more difficult to combat.

The civil war in Yemen has been a gift to al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP, like all insurgent groups, thrives in environments where state authority is weak or non-existent, where poverty is endemic, and where opposition forces are fragmented. The months of unrelenting war in Yemen have amplified all of these conditions. AQAP is honing and refining its capabilities in multiple areas, and in what is a dangerous parallel with Syria, it is deepening its ties to local communities and enmeshing itself within the groups that oppose Yemen’s Houthi rebels and their allies.

Yemen’s political landscape is as complex and unforgiving as its rugged terrain. The country’s civil war mirrors this complexity. The civil war is not being fought by two parties but rather by multiple groups whose loyalties are often fluid.

AQAP, which is now better funded and armed than at any point in its history,a has implemented a three-point strategy. First, AQAP has realized that it cannot alienate those it seeks to govern by enforcing all aspects of its understanding of Islamic law. It is thus demonstrating its capacity to ‘govern’ and provide basic services, most particularly security. Second, AQAP is deepening its ties with Yemen’s tribes whose power has been enhanced by the civil war. Third, AQAP is enmeshing itself within some of those forces fighting against the Houthis and their allies. Concurrent with this three-point strategy and in support of it, AQAP is working to further develop its intelligence and counterintelligence cells. It is also developing its capacity to utilize what can be termed semi-conventional tactics on the battlefield.b

forces opposing the Houthis—especially in Taiz—are stretched thin and often suffer from shortages of money and materiel. As one commander of a militia based in Taiz explained, “when you are days, if not hours from being over-run, you do not care where the supplies or men come from or what their beliefs are so long as they can fight and are fighting the same enemy you are.” The commander added, “we can sort out al-Qa`ida after we’ve beaten the Houthis.”33

Looking Forward
Local support is fundamental to AQAP’s ability to sustain itself and to its expansion in Yemen. However, such support is, to a great extent, contingent on AQAP’s willingness to restrain itself and not alienate those it seeks to govern. The leadership of AQAP has incorporated the lessons learned during its defeats and setbacks in 2012-2014. This is evidenced by AQAP’s acceptance—at least for now—of the gradualist approach advocated for by its late leader, al-Wuhayshi, and accepted by, at least to some degree, its current leader, al-Raymi. Fighting the long war necessitates patience, time, and a far more nuanced approach to engaging Yemen’s tribes and the fragmented forces opposing the Houthis and their allies.

This strategy suggests that AQAP is currently focused on organizational growth in Yemen. While AQAP’s increasing attention to more parochial concerns likely means that it is less concerned with direct attacks against foreign targets, its adoption of what is a far more pragmatic path to growth should be of great concern to the region and the United States.m AQAP’s enmeshment within some anti-Houthi forces and its deepening ties with some tribal communities mean that it is even more resilient and harder to combat. This combined with the fact that the civil war in Yemen will likely continue—at least on a low level—for years means that AQAP’s future is more secure than ever – by Michael Horton

19.1.2017 – Middle East Monitor (** A H)

Amid US-UK backed war: ongoing food and health crisis in Yemen

Children get treatment at the Sabaeen hospital in Sanaa (photos)

cp2 Allgemein / General

24.1.2017 – Xinhua (B K)

Feature: Yemen peace seems far, Yemenis optimistic despite tragedies

"Warring parties do not care about us." This is a popular chat usually heard in the capital Sanaa when ordinary people meet up in the street, social meetings or the coffee shops.

Residents yearn to see the outcomes of the UN envoy's new round of efforts to end the war.

Yemen has become a Syria-alike theater of regional war, as what the United Nations Security Council was quoted as that "a Saudi-led Arab coalition of nine countries intervened militarily in Yemen to put internationally-recognized President Hadi's government back to power."

But what's actually happening is that a lot of poor Yemenis are being killed by airstrikes, internationally-prohibited cluster bombs and other munitions that targeted schools, hospitals, popular markets and residential quarters.

"We are suffering from daily killing, daily airstrikes and daily starvation," said Ali Motahar, 32, a factory worker lying at the hospital suffering from injuries sustained from an airstrike three months ago that hit near his home in the capital Sanaa.

"I count day by day to get recovered and exit the hospital, but my injuries were still serious,"Motahar said in a sad voice. "I'm optimistic of a new Yemen full with peace in the near future." – By Mohamed al-Azaki

23.1.2017 – NPR (* A K)

Audio: Yemen Sees Renewed Fighting Over The Weekend

Interviewy: Hisham Al-Omeisy

23.1.2017 – Haykal Bafana (B)

Arab Doublethink : This is the Saudi & UAE mentality on their ill-advised war on Yemen. WTFU (image)

21.1.2017 – Culture and Politics (* B K P)

Burying Bad News in the Killing Fields of Yemen

Both the UK and US governments are major backers of Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign.

The lawyers, Professor Philippe Sands QC, Professor Andrew Clapham and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh of Matrix Chambers, conclude in their comprehensive legal opinion that, on the basis of the information available, the UK Government is acting in breach of its obligations arising under the Arms Trade Treaty, the EU Common Position on Arms Exports and the UK’s Consolidated Criteria on arms exports by continuing to authorise transfers of weapons and related items to Saudi Arabia within the scope of those instruments, capable of being used in Yemen.

UK complicity & the targeting of civilians

Iona Craig, who won the 2016 Orwell Prize for Journalism, has investigated numerous Saudi-led airstrike sites in Yemen. In an interview on Channel 4 News in December, 2015, Craig asserted that during these strikes, which she said are a regular occurrence, the Saudi’s targeted public buses and a farmers market.

Remnants from a bomb that Craig pulled from a civilian home that killed an eighteen month old baby as well as a four old and their uncle, were American made. Craig at the time stated that she had not personally uncovered evidence of British made weapons but has since corrected this view in the light of subsequent events.

The fact that, as Craig stated, there are twice as many British made aircraft in the Saudi Royal air force than there are in the British Royal air force, and that the British train and supply them with weapons, is by itself, tantamount to the UK government being complicit in the deaths of innocent Yemeni civilians.

Double-tap strikes

Public relations

Facing mounting pressure from human rights groups, last month the Obama administration engaged in what was essentially a public relations exercise by announcing that the US government would halt the sale of precision-guided weapons to the Saudi regime. It’s likely the US government will attempt to get around this by selling them to other members of what is a multinational coalition.

Lying to parliament

Towards the end of July last year, the UK government stood accused of repeatedly misleading parliament about Britain’s role in Yemen – news that was buried until its release in the final hours of the last day of the parliamentary term.

Freedom of information

The British governments role in the country initially only came to light following a Freedom of Information request – By Daniel Margrain

22.1.2017 – Spiegel Online (A K P)

Alliierten gelingt Schlag gegen Rebellen und Al-Qaida

Mindestens 52 Huthi-Rebellen sind im Jemen von Regierungstruppen getötet worden. Bei US-Drohnenangriffen starben zudem vier mutmaßliche Al-Qaida-Kämpfer.

Mein Kommentar: Die Schlagzeile ist entlarvender als man zuerst meinen sollte: Die USA und der von den Saudis unterstützte Marionettenpräsident als „Alliierte“ auf dem jemenitischen Kriegsschauplatz – ja, genau so ist es tatsächlich. Es wird aber nie so gesagt.

22.1.2017 – Saba News (A K P)

Navy warns Saudi warships of using int'l waters to bomb civil targets

The Yemeni navy, coastal defense and coastguard warned the Saudi aggression's warships not to use of the international water lanes in the Red Sea to bomb civil targets in the country.
"The aggression's warships use the international water lanes to bomb civil targets, which pose a serious threat to international navigation in the Red Sea," a statement issued on Saturday said.
The Yemeni navy, coastal defense and coastguard affirmed readiness to respond to any bombing from the aggression coalition's warships under any circumstances.
They also warned merchant vessels of passing through the international water lane without operating the Long Range Tracking and Identification (LRIT) for safe navigation. and

My comment: “Yemeni Navy”: of Sanaa government. The statement is right: International shipping at Bab a-Mandab is not endangered by “the Houthis”, but by warfare – as these bombings by Saudi warships.

21.1.2017 – Post Crescent (A K P)

LETTER: Plight of Yemeni children appalling

It was with disgust that I read an article published in the Oct. 14 issue of The Week magazine titled, "Sanaa, Yemen; Children Starving." After reading it, I spent about an hour on the internet verifying the validity of the article, which covers the U.S. participation in the starvation of 14,000,000 Yemeni people, over half of that Yemen's population.

According to the U.N., hundreds of thousands of malnourished Yemeni children are at risk of dying of starvation even as we stuffed our bellies with Thanksgiving turkey.

After doing the research I felt nothing but contempt for those in our government who directed we join the Saudi-led coalition of the U.S. and U.K. in the blockading of sea ports in the areas where the Houthi rebels operate, thus denying food and medical supplies to civilians in that area.

In the same issue of The Week was a kettle calling the pot black article by Secretary of State John Kerry, who announced the U.S. has broken off peace talks with Syria and Russia due to their relentless bombing of an area home to 275,000 Syrian civilians including 100,000 children who are nearly out of food and water.

The hypocrisy of the two articles was not lost on me.

Perhaps our new president could buddy up to his new-found Russian friend (Putin) and strike an accord – America will quit starving the children of Yemen if Russia will quit bombing the kids in Syria – by Ed Hodges

My comment: Hodges is right – apart from the fact that in Syrian (and in Iraq, Mossul) the US is bombing as well. Thus, how an agreement with Russia should look like?

19.1.2017 – Le Figaro (* B H K)

Film: Yémen : comprendre un désastre humanitaire oublié, Le Figaro répond en direct à vos questions

Alors que les Nations unies ont revu leur bilan du conflit yéménite à la hausse avec plus de 10.000 morts et 40.000 blessés, la situation humanitaire ne cesse d'interpeler malgré l'indifférence générale. Pour comprendre un conflit complexe et les raisons d'un intérêt international irrégulier, posez en direct toutes vos questions à Georges Malbrunot, grand reporter au Figaro, et Jean-François Corty, directeur des opérations internationales de Médecins du Monde.

Participez à ce live et posez vos questions dans les commentaires en vous rendant sur Facebook. =

17.1.2017 – TRT World (* B H K)

Film: The War in Yemen: UN: At least 10,000 people killed since 2015

my comment: Overview. There have been killed much more people, look at cp1.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1

24.1.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A H)

'Yemen: Rehabilitation and Care Fund of People with Disability is issuing an urgent appeal to stop the aggression and save people in need of particular attention as affected by disabilities.
The Rehabilitation and Care directs an urgent appeal to all international agencies and humanitarian organizations – worldwide - to press for an end to Saudi Arabia's brutal aggression on Yemen.
Given the aggression has produced total, irreparable destruction to various vital institutions in the country and that crimes against humanity have been perpetrated against the Yemeni society in generally and in particular against people with disabilities, the Fund declared in a statement issued by a meeting of the Board of Directors on Sunday that the brutal and unjust aggression on Yemen caused significant setback and unprecedented for thousands of people with disabilities.
These very people live in deteriorated conditions and are now more than vulnerable.

The situation is beyond serious and disastrous carrying consequences for the entire population, in particular for people affected by disabilities who must take timely medications.
We call on government agencies and humanitarian organizations, all parties involved in the conflict to take moral and humanitarian responsibility towards the weakest: people with disabilities.
We ask for immediate action to halt the irreparable.

24.1.2017 – Sputnik News (* A H K)

Absolutely Unparalleled' Crisis: Save the Children Calls for Yemen Ceasefire

Speaking to Sputnik, Mark Kaye, Save The Children's humanitarian advocacy adviser for Yemen, said the scale of the crisis was "absolutely unparalleled" and suggested the UK and US governments were failing to prevent violations of Yemeni rights, with hundreds of thousands of minors across Yemen acutely malnourished and facing extreme deprivation on a daily basis.

According to United Nations estimates, over three million women and children suffer from malnutrition, of which 400,000 are children under the age of five.

"People across the country are affected, not merely those in rebel areas. The country's situation represents the world's largest humanitarian emergency at the moment.

"Children face starvation, and entire systems and structures are being wiped out. When I visited the country in November 2015, I visited a school that had been caught by an airstrike two days prior — the attack killed a teacher and several students, and blood was still drying in pools in the playground. The conflict started that year — things have not improved since I left," Kaye told Sputnik.

Despite the crucial role played by governments such as the US and UK in nurturing and sustaining the conflict, by providing consistently strong and apologetic diplomatic support and billions in arms and munitions, Kaye does not lay blame for the crisis entirely at the West's proverbial feet. Instead, he apportions culpability to the Saudi-led coalition, for "consistently" failing to meet minimum standards of international law to ensure civilians "aren't being targeted or hit indiscriminately, and landmines are not being laid in civilian areas."

However, Kaye concedes their work is a mere "sticking plaster, covering the cracks, providing the bare minimum of aid." The only way to prevent things worsening further, and ensure fewer children die on a daily basis, is for hostilities to "halt completely."

24.1.2017 – Mohammed Al Qadhi (A H)

Film: The growing phenomenon of child labor in Taiz

23.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A H)

Yemeni women join workforce as more become sole breadwinners

The conflict in Yemen has taken a devastating toll, particularly on the most vulnerable members of society; women and children who are forced to find alternative means to sustain and support their families in one of the poorest countries in the Middle East.

“I have no choice but to start a small project to secure my children’s future and their daily needs. My husband was killed in the war against the Houthis, God damn them all”, said a Yemeni woman working in a tiny kiosk she owns selling small items.

Presently, Yemeni women face a myriad of challenges in order to provide the emotional and financial support that their siblings and families need. This is bravely carried out amid extensive devastation caused by the militias.

“I’m supporting my son and daughter so that they can live in dignity. I have resorted to selling cards after the Houthi rebels killed their father,” another woman told Al Arabiya.

My comment: A longer article on this subject, Here by a Saudi (known as fighter for women’s rights) media.

23.1.2017 – Stop the war on Yemen (* A H)

Film: 666 days of Saudi crimes on Yemen siege Starving people in Yemen. Yemen's babies starve as the forgotten war UN

22.1.2017 – TRT (* A H)

Film: Laura Silvia Battaglia with update on TRT World on conditions in Sana'a Yemen

23.1.2017 – Comitato Nour 'ama e cambia il mondo '(A H)

Ali 10 years, Yemen ... spends his days playing amid mounds of debris, hoping not to get a bomb, dreaming of some food and a better world, where the responsible adults of events going on, defend and protect children. not only with sterile treaties. but in deed!! ComitatoNour on the side of ali and all children abused and ignored in the world!! (photos)

23.1.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Weekly update: Cholera cases in Yemen, 23 January 2017

The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen released additional figure for the ongoing outbreak of cholera. Since the last update on 10 January 2017, 1866 new suspected cases of cholera have been reported; no additional deaths were reported. The weekly trend of reported cholera cases remains unchanged although a decrease in the reported cases have been observed in a number of the affected governorates. Poor accesses to health care services along with limited active case-findings due to insecurity are severely compromising the effectiveness of the ongoing response operations.

As of 18 January, a cumulative total of 17 334 suspected cases of cholera, including 99 associated deaths were reported across the country, with a case-fatality rate of 0.6%. Of these, 189 cases were laboratory-confirmed for Vibrio cholerae 01.

The affected governorates are Abyan, Aden, Amran, Al Hudaydah, Al-Bayda'a, Al-Dhale'a, Dhamar, Ibb, Hajjah, Lahij, Raymah, Sana'a, Ta'izz, Al Jawf and Sana'a City. The majority (65%) of the new cases were reported from 5 governorates, namely; Abyan, Al Hudaydah, Ibb, Lahaj, and Ta'izz. =

23.1.2017 – Save the Children (* A H)

Yemen – Tiny fragments of hope

Khadija* used to walk an hour and a half to collect water from a dirty well.

“The water in the old well was not clean and was unhygienic,” she says. “I could even see the larvae and the mosquitoes in the water and the well was always open and not protected, so my family was suffering from sickness like diarrhoea and vomiting.”

Khadija* lives in a small village in Bani Qais district in Northern Yemen.

She and her family are totally dependent on breeding sheep and producing fodder to feed the animals, as the only source of income for the family.

Save the Children has been working in the region to provide health and nutritional support to people living in remote areas where even the most basic health care services are not available.

With the support of the Dutch Government, Save the Children has recently rehabilitated a well in Khadija’s village, and constructed a well cover and an automatic solar system which enables the locals to access water far more easily.

“We can see a big difference between the old well outside the village and the rehabilitated one,” Khadija explains. “The water is clean, we are healthy, and the people can easily access the water any time day and night.”

It’s one of 19 wells that have been reconstructed to provide clean flowing water throughout the district (with photos)

My comment: A wonderful work. – Until Saudis will bomb it (They quite often specially bomb water facilities).

23.1.2017 – The Guardian (* B H)

UK accused of failing to defend rights of Yemeni children against daily violations

Head of Save the Children urges British government to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to protect children in Yemen facing extreme deprivation

The British government should increase diplomatic efforts with Saudi Arabia to defend children facing a desperate situation in Yemen, the head of Save the Children has said.

Speaking on his return from Yemen, where civil war and a sea blockade has pushed the country to the brink of famine, Kevin Watkins said there had been a “singular failure to deploy British soft power to defend children’s rights that are being violated on a daily basis”.

Watkins, Save the Children’s chief executive, said he came across districts in which 40% of children were acutely malnourished, double the proportion recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a food emergency. He said the time had come to “turn up the volume” on British efforts with the Saudis.

“The Saudis are utilising British aerospace systems, they have been granted licences for £3bn of military equipment. They are a major UK ally and yet there has been a singular failure to deploy British soft power in defence of children’s rights that are being violated on a daily basis.

“While the UK has been effecting some quiet diplomacy which has made a difference, the time has come to turn up the volume on diplomacy and make it clear that countries that indiscriminately bomb schools, conduct humanitarian blockages and deprive children of life-saving food and medicine – that these are operating outside the values guarding the UK’s foreign policy.”

Watkins said the plight of the country’s children had been exacerbated by a “de facto humanitarian blockade” by the Saudis.

“What you see are kids with kwashiorkor [a severe form of malnutrition], with distended bellies and misshapen heads.

“These are kids in an absolute desperate situation. I visited hospitals with intensive care units for young babies, where there is inconsistent electricity, where incubators are broken and where trained staff are unavailable because they haven’t been paid for four months.

“This has been exacerbated by what is de facto a humanitarian blockade from the Saudis, which incidentally is a war crime. It is exacerbated by high levels of bombing. It is being exacerbated by the economic collapse, which is also due to the conflict.”

Watkins also visited a girls secondary school in a residential area in Sana’a, which had been partially destroyed by bombing, he said.

“This is a country with one of the biggest gender gaps in education in the world. This is destroying the educational infrastructure in a country with deep need for education for girls and for young people in general.” – by Karen McVeigh

23.1.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A H)

Photos: Child labour in Yemen

Yemeni children sell household objects to customers at Salt Bazaar in capital Sanaa, Yemen

21.1.2017 – Rasa171a (* A H)

Film: Al Hudaydah: A child dies as result of medicine shortage caused by US-Saudi siege on Yemen

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

23.1.2017 – New Scientist (* A K)

A no-strike list may shield Yemen’s ancient treasures from war

structures such as the Great Dam of Marib, the pre-Islamic walled town of Baraqish and the old cities of Sana’ and Zabid — both World Heritage Sites – have been damaged.

“There was no reason to attack a residential centre that is a World Heritage Site as well,” says Bijan Rouhani, vice president of the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

Despite protests from UNESCO, some strikes seem to have targeted historic sites that are of no strategic value, says Peter Stone, chair of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield, an NGO that seeks to protect cultural property in time of conflict.

To ramp up the pressure, academics from the University of Oxford’s Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project are producing a cultural heritage list which they say the US Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) will put forward to the Saudi-led coalition to use as a no-strike list. It should be ready in a few weeks.

Spectacular new discoveries

“Yemen stands out as needing our help,” says Robert Bewley of EAMENA, which is documenting ancient sites across the region using Google Earth — a “phenomenal source that is transforming how archaeologists do their work”, says Bewley.

The Arabian peninsula is an archaeological jewel, according to St John Simpson, a senior curator at the British Museum in London. “It has one of the highest densities of archaeological sites and a very long history of urban civilisation with ancient infrastructure, palaces and temples.”

Will armed forces listen?

Between 400 and 2,000 sites will make it onto the suggested no-strike list. Whether the combatants will pay heed is another matter.

“We have got some relatively good evidence that these lists work,” says Stone, citing NATO aerial strikes in Libya in 2011 which managed to avoid some important monuments.

The USCBS says today’s military has the scope to spare cultural property “as never before” because of precision aerial bombing techniques.

Anna Paolini, director of UNESCO’s regional office in Doha, Qatar, says that UNESCO sent a list of World Heritage sites to the coalition when war broke out, and reminded them of their obligations under the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

“It’s really difficult to say whether it has had any effect,” she says.

My comment: Certainly, such a list would not be a bad thing. – But, a “no-strike list” (listing whatever) automatically includes the right to strike all other targets which are not on this list. How to justify that? Stating this could not be the goal of anyone… It should be clear that the only real solution only could be a total end of the war. – And the Saudis already had shown that they a) did not care for the UN World Heritage site list – b) did not care for heritage sites at all – c) did not care for the “no-strike-list” they were given by the US, bombing important infrastructure that was listed there.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Foreign Affairs Ministry confirms its appreciation for the efforts made by the UN envoy to end the aggression on Yemen With regard to the forthcoming briefing of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations before the Security Council, to be held on Thursday, 26 January 2017, in New York, the Ministry expressed its hope that his statement reflects the real situation in Yemen which clarifies the position of the Supreme Political Council and the Government of National Salvation to achieve equitable peace on the country.

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President meets PM, FMThe meeting discussed the results of visit of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed during the period of January 23 to 24.

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets Russian Chargé d'affaires and

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets Resident Coordinator of the United Nations for Yemen

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf met on Tuesday UNICEF Resident Representative for Yemen Julian Harns.
At the meeting, Sharaf delivered Harns a letter in order to deliver it the UN Secretary General for increasing good offices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to end the aggression and lift the siege, and immediately lifting the restrictions on the Sana'a International Airport to in particular.
The meeting also discussed ways to enhance UNICEF's role in alleviating the effects of the comprehensive aggression and blockade on Yemen and

24.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Syndicate Sana'a University's Faculty continues strike

The Syndicate of Sana'a University's Faculty stressed on Tuesday that it will continue the strike which professors of the university started it three weeks ago.

In a statement, the syndicate pointed out that a number of attempts were made by the Houthi-appointed presidency of Sana'a University to end the strike, indicating that it failed to end it.

The syndicate on the mid of December gave the Houthis an ultimatum of two weeks to pay their salary arrears of four months, but the Houthis did not respond to the demands of the syndicate.

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh threatened the teaching staff of Sana'a University with detention if they carried a comprehensive strike. However, the professors and staff of Sana'a University started their strike.

My comment: By anti-Houthi Islah media. The reason of the strike, the lack of payment, is due to “president” Hadi’s maneuvers relocating the Central Bank from Sanaa to Aden – leaving the North of Yemen without any working financial authority.

24.1.2017 – Adengad (A)

Businessman from the south: the brother of Abdul-Malik al-Huthi looted my property in Sana'a (

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Police foils planting bomb attempt in Baidha

24.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis assault mothers of detainees

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh on Monday assaulted mothers of detainees held by the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Association of Detainee Mothers affirmed that mothers of detainees were assaulted while they were carrying out a march in front of the United Nations Mission Office in Sana'a.

The association stated that thousands of detainees have been languishing in custodies of Saleh and the Houthis for approximately two years without any chargers or trials.

It also cited that 70 persons were tortured to death inside private custodies of the Houthis and Saleh.

Remark: By Islah Party media.

23.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K P)

Yemen tribesmen of Bani Hushaish east Sanaa Keep supporting army with raisins&nuts &trained fighters against US-backed Saudi invaders.Jan23 (photos)

23.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K P)

Yemen tribesmen of Arhab north Sanaa supporting army with thousands of trained fighters against US-backed Saudi invaders. Monday,Jan 23,2017 (photos) and

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Parliament speaker meets leaders of Southern Yemen's provinces

Parliament speaker Yahya al-Raei' on Monday said that the small projects, the US-Saudi aggression against Yemen and the presence of the occupying forces in some southern provinces are proving the attempts to re- divide Yemen.
This came upon his meeting with leaders of the Southern Yemen's Provinces, civil society organizations, academics, sheikhs and tribal figures at the Parliament.

He called on all Yemeni people to preserve the unity of Yemen.
The leaders of the Southern Yemen's provinces confirmed their adherence to the unity of Yemen and its land, pointing that all the people of Yemen have touched good and well-being, development and economic revival, social and cultural under a United Yemen.
They confirmed the importance of choosing national leaders as governors and deputies as well as taking into account of the curriculum of schools and universities.

My comment: The South officially is under the control of pro-Saudi Hadi government. The Southern separatists are keen foes of the Houthi / Saleh government. What southern leaders this should have been here?

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A E H P)

Workshop on development of food security in Hodeida begins

A workshop financed by the European Union (EU) on the project to develop Information Systems on Food Security began on Monday in Hodeida province.
The workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation aims to update the seasonal assessment for the environmental agricultural area Red Sea and Tihama scope
At the opening, the governor of Hodeida, Ahmed Hassan al-Hejj stressed that food security is a priority for the Yemeni government, stressing that there are many challenges to face food security.
He stressed the need to adopt future programs and projects to ensure the development of the agricultural sector. He expressed the will of the provincial leadership to ensure the success of the project.
He highly appreciated the role of the EU in financing the project and the role of the Organization (FAO) in implementing and providing technical support to the program to enhance food security and improve nutrition in the Yemen.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A E H P)

WFP delivers documents cranes of Hodeida port

Officials of Hodeida province received on Monday documents of four Tadano cranes by the World Food Programme (WFP).
Hodeida governor Hasan al-Hejj said on Monday that the new cranes would positivity contribute to overcome problems due to the closure of ports by the US-Saudi aggression against Yemen.
The governor expressed his readiness that he would facilitate the work of the WFP, calling the importance of rapid intervention to provide food and treatment of the Yemeni people, who are suffering as a result of the unjust blockade and the brutal aggression against the country.
Mr. Ramiro Lopes Da Silva, Assistant Executive Director, Operations Services Department of the World Food Programme emphasized the urgent need to provide these cranes in activating the work of the ports to facilitate the entry of food, which covers affected requirement.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Supreme Political Council discusses Ministry of Defense military plans

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K)

Awareness activity to avoid mines held in Hajjah

Executive Center To Deal With Mines held on Monday an awareness activity about avoiding risks of mines, shells, remnants of wars and Saudi aggression air strikes in Hajjah province.
The activity was organized in six districts.
Around 49,928 persons benefitted from the activity.
The activity was kicked off on Jan. 1 and will last until 28 Jan.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Leader of revolution committees attends tribal meeting in Amran

The leader of Revolution Committees, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi attended a large tribal meeting and a military parade in Amran governorate.
The event, which took place in the directorate of Shahara, aimed to support front lines against the Saudi aggression war against the Yemeni people.
The event was attended by Amran governor Faisal Ju'man and many senior social figures.
In the meeting, leader al-Houthi praised the steady stance of the tribes of Amran in confrontation the Saudi aggression war, condemning the war crimes committed by Saudi regime against the Yemeni civilians.
Meanwhile, the tribal leaders vowed to continue to support the army and the front lines with all weapons and fighters until the victory be achieved over the arrogant Saudi aggression.

22.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A K P)

Human Rights Ministry: 10,000 children were recruited by Houthis

Abdul-Hafeez said that the number of recruited children is increasing, stressing that militias of the Houthis and Saleh commit a lot of violations in the areas run by them and most of them are not known for media outlets and human rights organizations.

Meanwhile, Scores of child corpses were delivered to al-Mahweet governorate during the few past days.

My comment: Islah Party propaganda media. Human Rights Ministry: from Aden government. Both sides do recruit children (the Houthis do more).

22.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A K P)

Scores of child corpses delivered to al-Mahweet

Dozens of children who are sent by the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are often brought back to their families as corpses.

Al-Mahweet governorate is considered a significant training center of the Houthis. Hundreds of people were sent to fight to the side of the Houthis and Saleh and were brought back as corpses.

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

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

It is worth mentioning that the Houthi Movement recruited thousands of children and involved them in different fronts without the knowledge of their families. Those families who objected were threatened with punishment

My comment: From Islah Party propaganda media.

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

PM meets leadership of GFYWTU

Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor, met on Sunday with Secretary General of the General Federation of Yemen Workers' Trade Unions (GFYWTU) Ali Bamehison and a number of the Union's members.
The meeting discussed the situation of workers, particularly with regard to salaries, wages and the efforts exerted by the government to pay salaries of the state staff, the public and mixed sectors and workers.
Dr. bin Habtoor confirmed that the government is working hard to provide the cash liquidity to cover the necessary requirements, including the salaries and wages.
The secretary general of GFYWTU reviewed the difficult living conditions experienced by the staff and workers due to the delay in disbursing their salaries.
Bamehison affirmed that everyone understands the difficult and exceptional conditions being witnessed by the homeland due to the Saudi aggression and siege.
He appreciated the clarifications presented by the prime minister about the government's efforts to overcome the current challenges and to provide cash needed for the disbursement of the salaries and wages of employees and workers

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President opens expanded meeting of Sana'a western districts and photos:

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

UN envoy leaves Sana'a

24.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemen FM: Ould Cheikh's meetings in Sana'a contradict his obligations

The Yemeni government officially protested the meeting of the UN Special Envoy Esmail Ould Cheikh with people who were appointed by ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh as ministers.

Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi told the government-run Saba News Agency that the meeting of Ould Cheikh with some people in Sana'a contradicted his obligations.

Ould Cheikh held a meeting with Hisham Sharaf who was appointed by Saleh as a foreign minister.

My comment: By Islah Party media. “Yemen FM“ is „president“ Hadi’s FM. – An odd piece of propaganda; Ould Cheikh was at Sanaa for speaking to Houthi / saleh representatives; Hisham Sharaf being the one who is in charge of foreign relations; so what? – That he and others were “appointed by ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh as ministers” is propaganda bullshit. Even as Saleh had a great influence on these appointments (as head of one of the two parties involved) all these ministers were confirmed by parliament, thus the preconditions of the constitution were met. And that’s quite different to the case of this Aden “Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi”, whose appointment never was confirmed by parliament – what is required by the Yemeni constitution. – And, finally: There are no “obligations” for the UN Special Envoy that he might not speak to certain people.

23.1.2017 – UN News Centre (* A P)

More than words, ending Yemen crisis needs results, UN envoy says, concluding mission in capital

The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, today concluded a mission to Yemen with a call for a comprehensive political settlement of the crisis and the restoration of the cessation of hostilities, and underlined the need allow access of civilian commercial aircrafts to and from Sana’a airport.

“It is mandatory that the parties end the violence to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people and pave the way for a peacefully negotiated settlement,” said Mr. Cheikh Ahmed.

In his meetings, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged his interlocutors to enter into detailed discussions on the withdrawal of forces and handover of medium and heavy weapons.

“There is an urgent need for Ansar Allah and the General People's congress to provide a well elaborated plan on security, withdrawal and handover of medium and heavy weapons,” he said, noting that the plan constitutes an essential part of the comprehensive peace agreement which is the UN is aiming to implement.

“What we need at this stage is more than words, what we need is commitment and results. Delays in providing the plan will result in delays to achieving peace and allow for more deaths and further economic and humanitarian deterioration,” he added.

Further, the UN Special Envoy called on all relevant actors to take necessary measures to lift restrictions on civilian commercial aircrafts to access Sana’a International Airport.

Restrictions on travel in and out of Sana’a airport have prevented scores of Yemenis from receiving badly-needed medical treatment and have also left many others stranded outside the country.

“This cannot continue,” he stressed, calling on the Government of Yemen to “allow the resumption of commercial flights to Sana’a without further delay and for all parties to ensure the safety of the airport and air traffic.”

Comments by Galina: What a farce the UN makes of its own charter & a mockery of the art of diplomacy. #Yemen being brutally starved by this puppet government

UN & all who believe in diplomacy must do away with these false equivalencies. Start with #Yemen: Saudi&Co maintain the blockade

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

National delegation meets UN envoy for Yemen

The National delegation met on Monday with the UN special envoy for Yemen Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
The national delegation reiterated its position adhering to comprehensive suspension of the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen.
The national delegation also reiterated to lift the unjust blockade on the country at the forefront on Sana'a International Airport to allow citizens' movement to and from Yemen as well as transfer the injured people due to the US-Saudi aggression against the country for treatment.
The national delegation pointed out to the extreme suffering encountered by the Yemeni sick and wounded who are stranded at some airports because of the continued blockade and the closure of airspace in front of flights.


The national delegation highly and positively and responsibly stressed the all efforts in this regard and the latest of which was a positive side made by the UN initiative that putting it on ground for discussion taking clarification and explanation its notes in exchange for the intransigence of the other party and the aggression countries that they rejected all these efforts, as well as their refusal to deal with international and UN initiatives that would alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, both on the human, economic or health level.
The national delegation clarified that the other party and the aggression countries made an escalation and complexity of the standard of living and the economic and humanitarian situation on the Yemeni people.
The other party and the aggression countries prevent commercial traffic and looting of income and wealth of the country's oil and gas for the benefit of a handful of clients and mercenaries at the expense of millions of beleaguered and oppressed people of Yemen. =

Remark: “National delegation” = Houthi / Saleh delegation.

23.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

UN, Ansarullah reach consensus on holding fresh Yemen talks

The United Nations and Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement have reached an agreement to restart a new round of peace talks with negotiators from the resigned government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to end the nearly two-year-old conflict in the Arab country.

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said on Monday that he had recently met with Ansarullah and the General People's Congress leaders, and the two sides had agreed on talks in the Jordanian capital city of Amman on the formation of a ceasefire committee before the UN-sponsored peace talks later this year, Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported.

Yemeni sources say the talks on the ceasefire committee will last a week, and UN experts in addition to representatives from the Ansarullah movement and the Saudi-backed former Yemeni regime will head to Saudi Arabia once a truce agreement has been struck in Amman.

The UN envoy said earlier that the talks in Jordan would deal with the technical aspects of the ceasefire committee, and political issues are excluded from the forthcoming negotiations.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Foreign Minister meets UN Special Envoy to Yemen

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf met on Monday the Special Envoy of Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ismail Ould Cheikh.
The meeting dealt with ways to strengthen efforts to achieve peace and pushing negotiations that serve the Yemeni people and reach peaceful political settlement satisfactory for all parties.
FM confirmed that the Republic of Yemen represented by the Supreme Political Council, the government and the Yemeni people are supporting the national negotiation delegation and seeking for peace that ensure bloodshed stop and the end of the aggression and lift the siege imposed on the Yemeni people as well.
The meeting also stressed on the necessity of reopening of the Sana'a International Airport and bringing life and security to Yemen at all levels socially and economically to ensure the promotion of peace and security at the regional and international levels .
Sharaf also stressed that the Yemeni people are looking forward to the New Year and political changes in the world to bring peace to Yemen and ending the aggression and commencing a real and serious negotiations based on an effective political partnership.
For his part, Ould Cheikh briefed Foreign Minister on his talks with the national negotiations delegation, wishing these good efforts to continue and to be supported by all to facilitate his tasks.

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM confirms support of SPC, Gov't to all peace efforts

Foreign Minister Hisham Saraf confirmed on Saturday that the Supreme Political Council (SPC) and the National Salvation Government support all peace efforts aiming to preserve security, stability and sovereignty of Yemen.
"Moving towards peace does not mean a surrender," Sharaf said during opening a training course organized by the Diplomatic Institute at the Foreign Ministry in cooperation with Youth Government.
There will be a strong and solid stance against all forms and directions of the aggression war aiming to destabilize the internal front, he added.
Sharaf affirmed that the solution will be Yemeni along with a Yemeni-Saudi dialogue leads to stop all interventions that stir up war between Yemenis, as well as considering the crimes committed by the aggression and claiming for compensation whether through peaceful solutions or through international courts.
He also stressed that Yemenis will not accept any form of guardianship on Yemen.

Remark: Foreign minister of the Sanaa government.

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

UN envoy arrives in Sana'a

The special envoy of Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ismail Ould Cheikh, arrived on Sunday in Sana'a on a visit lasting several days.

22.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

UN Envoy arrives in Sana'a

The UN Special Envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Sunday arrived in Sana'a in an attempt to resume peace talks.

Well-informed sources told Alsahwah Net that Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sana'a coming from Djibouti.

The sources said that Ould Cheik was set to arrive in Sana'a last Wednesday to meet a delegation of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, but the visit was delayed because the Houthis put conditions which were rejected by Ould Cheikh.

They spelt out that the putschists conditioned to resume the operation of Sana'a Airport and holding a meeting with the Foreign Minister appointed by Saleh and the Houthis, but these conditions were refused.

My comment: This the version by anti-Houthi Islah Party media.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

24.1.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A T)

Confirmed: #ISIS terrorists who blow themselves in #Jeddah last week were part of #Saudi terrorist catch & release program (photo)

24.1.2017 – Times of India (A K)

Indian stuck in war-zone along Saudi-Yemen border asks to be rescued

An Indian, who has got stuck in the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border, has appealed to be rescued as the place where he is staying is being bombed.

Vijay, who is from Tanuku, West Godavari in Andhra Pradesh, also sent a voice message to this reporter saying that he was living in dangerous conditions. "This place is being bombed every day. I want to be rescued from here," Vijay said in the voice message.


24.1.2017 – The Statesman (A K)

Sushma extends help to rescue Indian stuck at Yemen border

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday extended help to rescue an Indian national reportedly stuck at a border near war zone Yemen.
"We will do our best to rescue him," Swaraj tweeted, responding to media reports that an Indian national named Vijay, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, has been stuck at Saudi Arabia-Yemen border due to bombing in the area.
Vijay was sent to Saudi Arabia by an agent from Palakollu in West Godavari to work in a hospital.

23.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Sudan’s Bashir visits Saudi Arabia, holds talks with King Salman

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held talks in Riyadh with Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.

During the talks, both leaders discussed means of enhancing bilateral relations in various fields and reviewed the developments on regional and international arenas.

Saudi King Salman and Sudan’s President Al-Bashir attended the signing ceremony of a framework memorandum of understanding on the Kingdom’s grant to finance a project for providing drinking water in rural areas.

My comment: Money from Saudi Arabia for the Sudanese regime, Sudanese soldiers for Saudi Arabia to fight in Yemen.

23.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A K P)

Closer look at Saudi’s new ‘Eagle Fighter’ jets

The skies of Saudi Arabia will soon witness the new addition to its navy’s arsenal: The F15 – SA jets that will be known as the “Eagle Fighters”.

The jets are expected to be launched at a ceremony next Wednesday which will be attended by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz at King Faisal Air Force academy celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding.

The Eagle Fighters will join a growing Saudi Royal Air Force fleet after a deal was penned with the United States in 2012 for the purchase of 84 units.

The F-15s are one of the newest aircrafts models in the world and incorporate very advanced devices in warfare technology. The aircrafts will operate with digital technology and the plane can be loaded with both conventional and modern arsenals.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed Saudi Arabia’s will to strengthen its military and defense capabilities through the modernization of its armed forces, led by the Royal Saudi Air Force, and its desire to own the latest aircraft technology in the world. and see also

My comment: Just delivered from the US – for more bombing in Yemen.

23.1.2017 – Dr. Ali Alrabieei (A P)

'#Shias are not moslem and also not just kuffar but they are most pagan of all religions and they are the new version of the old majous" referring to

22.1.2017 – Moudhi (A P)

200 days of #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen campaign,200 days of women tweeting for their freedom and basic rights

21.1.2017 – Europapress (B P)

Esta es la situación de los Derechos Humanos en Arabia Saudí

[Human Rights in Saudi Arabia]

La situación de los Derechos Humanos en Arabia Saudí ha sido uno de los temas más comentados de los últimos días con motivo del reciente viaje del Rey Felipe VI y una delegación del Gobierno al país, con el objetivo de cerrar acuerdos diplomáticos y empresariales con la Monarquía que encabeza el Rey Salman.
La estricta y particular legislación saudí es entendida como intolerante en numerosos aspectos del día a día de la población del país, según critican numerosas ONG y colectivos pro-Derechos Humanos. ¿Cuál es la situación de los Derechos Humanos a día de hoy en Arabia Saudí?

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

24.1.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran

Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump's short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East.

While many countries around the world listened with concern to his protectionist inaugural address, Gulf Arab officials appear optimistic. They see in Trump a strong president who will shore up Washington's role as their main strategic partner in a region central to U.S. security and energy interests.

In Gulf Arab eyes, that involves above all checking what they see as a surge of Iranian support for paramilitary allies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon and for fellow Shi'ite Muslims in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province.

It also means overlooking for now rhetoric about uniting "the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism" in an address that critics said echoed George W. Bush's "crusade" against terrorism, a phrase which, for Muslims, evokes barbarous campaigns by medieval Christians against Islam.

Saudi Arabia in particular appears relieved at the departure of Barack Obama, who it felt considered Riyadh's alliance with Washington less important than negotiating a deal in 2015 to neutralize Iran's nuclear program.

The relationship is a pillar of the Middle East's security balance. But it has suffered since Riyadh took issue with what it saw as Obama's withdrawal from the region, and a perceived inclination towards Iran since the 2011 Arab uprisings – By William Maclean

23.1.2017 – Veterans Today / Fars News (* A K P)

Trump escalates War in Yemen

First Drone Strikes: Can Trump Write off Yemen This Time?

To substantiate: A pair of US drone strikes in Yemen’s Bayda Province have killed at least 10 people over the weekend, according to Yemeni officials, marking the first drone strikes to be conducted under President Trump, who was inaugurated on Friday.

Washington claims the drone strikes killed Al-Qaeda operatives. Washington also claims the Trump administration has not yet laid out a clear policy on the war or the drone strikes. This is far from the truth. On the same day, a school just outside Sana’a was also hit by a Saudi-led, US-backed coalition airstrike. Four American-made missiles hit the Guards School building north of the capital.
A reminder that the US is still increasingly embroiled in Yemen, targeting the Ansarullah movement on the pretext of fighting Al-Qaeda. The War Party provides the bombs and the refueling planes in mid-air. American forces also provide the intel. Indeed, this bombing campaign could not happen without the United States. It is wild to say the new US administration is not at war in Yemen today. The Sunday drone strikes left no doubt about it.
At this time though, our concerns might seem inflated, even outlandish. But in light of the recent developments, they appear ever more prescient; that under Trump and in the absence of a negotiated settlement, Yemen is poised to spiral further into chaos, in which more civilians will be killed and more civilian infrastructure will be hit.

For this, the new president of the United States and his team have already joined in the ongoing war against the poorest country in the Middle East. They have joined in the Saudi-led blockade along with support ships, cargo ships, special forces and predatory drones.
This is while the predatory imperial offensive is illegal, indeed criminal under International Law. The criminal hordes have no right to interfere in Yemen’s internal affairs; they have no case for self-defense; they hit civilian structure which has no military value; and they have the thinnest of pretexts.

If President Trump decides to join the failed war on Yemen with full force, he will let Obama off the hook for one of the worst foreign policy blunders of his presidency - By Ian Greenhalgh =

My comment: No author’s name given. This is from an Iranian media, but nevertheless it’s right.

23.1.2017 – Samuel Oakford (* A K P)

Trump's State Department has today approved arms sales worth nearly $2 billion to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Kenya (see image)

23.1.2017 – Reuters (* A K P)

U.S. approves possible $525 million military sale to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of 74K Persistent Threat Detection System Aerostats to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $525 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Monday.

It said the prime contractor was not known and the cost included related equipment, support and training – by Eric Beech and (images)

23.1.2017 – CNN (* A P T)

US orders first drone strikes under Trump

The US carried out "targeted drone strikes" in Yemen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, killing a handful of al Qaeda militants, according to a US official and the Pentagon.

The strikes were aimed at al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and were the first such strikes to take place under President Donald Trump.

The strikes, which were later confirmed by the Pentagon, did not require Trump to sign off on them. Under then-President Barack Obama, the authority to order such strikes in Yemen was devolved to the four-star commander of US Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel.

The strikes killed five al Qaeda operatives and took place in the town of al Bayda, according to Pentagon spokesman US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis – By Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne

Remark: More at cp14.

23.1.2017 – Middle Al-Monitor (A P)

Democrats urged Obama to cease Yemen war role before Trump took over

Twenty-five House Democrats unsuccessfully wrote to President Barack Obama earlier this month to urge him to end US support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen before Donald Trump took over.

The Jan. 13 letter, led by habitual Yemen war critics Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and John Conyers, D-Mich., raises concerns that the United States is abetting “war crimes” by supporting Riyadh’s imprecise bombing campaign. It goes on to argue that the fight against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels is doing little more than fueling terrorism.

“These airstrikes — which have killed children, women, doctors, newlyweds and funeral mourners — are likely war crimes,” the letter states. “We respectfully ask you to do the right thing before you leave office and stop the US refueling of Coalition aircraft that strike civilian targets in Yemen.”

Trump himself has said little of substance about the war in Yemen, but is expected to support the Saudis against their regional foe, Iran — as long as Riyadh pays up – by Julian Pecquet

20.1.2016 – Council on Foreign Relations (* B K T)

Obama’s Final Drone Strike Data

As Donald Trump assumes office today, he inherits a targeted killing program that has been the cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy over the past eight years. On January 23, 2009, just three days into his presidency, President Obama authorized his first kinetic military action.

Throughout his presidency, I have written often about Obama’s legacy as a drone president, including reports on how the United States could reform drone strike policies, what were the benefits of transferring CIA drone strikes to the Pentagon, and (with Sarah Kreps) how to limit armed drone proliferation. President Obama deserves credit for even acknowledging the existence of the targeted killing program (something his predecessor did not do), and for increasing transparency into the internal processes that purportedly guided the authorization of drone strikes. However, many needed reforms were left undone—in large part because there was zero pressure from congressional members, who, with few exceptions, were the biggest cheerleaders of drone strikes.

On the first day of the Trump administration, it is too early to tell what changes he could implement. However, most of his predecessor’s reforms have either been voluntary, like the release of two reports totaling the number of strikes and both combatants and civilians killed, or executive guidelines that could be ignored with relative ease – by Micah Zenko

My comment: In the meantime, Trumps first drone strike: cp14.

9.12.2016 – Shadowproof (* B K P)

Obama’s Legacy: Human Cost Of Eight Years Of War

President Barack Obama declared during his second inauguration speech, “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” However, one of the main legacies of Obama’s presidency may be that his administration further institutionalized a framework for a global “war on terrorism” with no end in sight.

In a report released on December 5 on the “legal and policy frameworks” for pursuing war, Obama suggests the frameworks show the U.S. is capable of defending its interests at home and around the world in a manner consistent with the “laws, values, and traditions” that are a “source” of America’s “greatest strength.”

There are six “theaters” of war, which the report highlights: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. It omits Pakistan, where the CIA has launched drone strikes, as well as countries in Africa, like Mali.

How many civilians have died as a result of these wars? How many civilians have been displaced and turned into refugees, as a result of U.S. warfare in these countries?

The report does not address the human cost of the global “war on terrorism.” It does not suggest whether any goals or objectives in this endless war have been achieved over the past 15 years. Instead, with the ominous election of Donald Trump looming over the country, the report serves as a document capable of insulating the Obama administration from criticism that officials may have gone too far in expanding the presidential power to wage war and carry out “national security operations.”

The track record of the U.S. in “theaters” of war is to pursue war policies, which aid in destabilization and spur the rise of extremist groups that become enemies of the U.S. These enemies provide the U.S. justification for expanded war efforts and touch off a deadly cycle that guarantees countries transform into failed states that may never be hospitable for humanity ever again – by Kevin Kosztola

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

24.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#RSAF ZE114/703 TSP Tornado carried a Storm Shadow missile during its test flight today at Warton — by: @GClaridgeking (photo)

My comment: British-Saudi complicity in pictures. For Storm Shadow, read here: That’s for bombing Yemen even more.

23.1.2017 – Peoples’s World – Morning Star (* B K P)

Making Billions From Saudi Arabia’s War Crimes

Ignoring its own export rules, the government has prioritised arms company profits over Yemeni human rights,

IN two weeks’ time, the High Court in London will consider a case that could set a vital precedent and be instrumental in changing British arms export policy.

On February 7-9, following an application by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), judges will be examining the legality of arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

For almost two years now, Saudi forces have inflicted a brutal and devastating bombing campaign on the people of Yemen.

Right at the outset of the bombing, the then foreign secretary Philip Hammond pledged to “support the Saudis in every practical way short of engaging in combat.” Unfortunately the British government has stayed true to his word. One major way in which it has done this is through the sale of arms.

Despite the destruction, and despite its appalling human rights record at home, Saudi Arabia is by far the largest buyer of British arms.

The arms sales haven’t slowed down; in fact Britain has licensed over £3.3 billion worth of arms since the bombing began. These include Typhoon fighter jets, which have been used in the bombardment and missiles and bombs that reports by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have linked to attacks on civilian targets.

Last month, Saudi forces even admitted to using British-made cluster bombs, one of the cruellest and most deadly weapons that can be used in warfare. When bombs are dropped they open up in mid-air to release hundreds of sub-munitions. Their impact is indiscriminate. Anybody within striking area is very likely to be killed or seriously injured.

The bombs were exported in 1988, but the lifespan of weapons is very often longer than that of the political situation they are bought in. How will the billions of pounds’ worth of weapons being sold now be used and who will they be used against? If Saudi forces are using them, then they clearly aren’t doing all they can to minimise civilian casualties. It tells you everything you need to know about the character of the bombardment.

Of course the relationship is nothing new and the problem is institutional rather than party-political. For decades now successive British governments of all political colours have armed and uncritically supported the Saudi regime.

One outcome of this cosy partnership has been a high level of integration between British and Saudi military programmes. There are around 240 Ministry of Defence civil servants and military personnel working to support the contracts through the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Programme and the Saudi Arabia National Guard Communications Project.

The political consensus seems to be shifting though, with the Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrat front benches — and many Tory backbenchers — all calling for arms sales to be suspended while an independent investigation into their legality takes place. This is definitely a welcome change, and has gone a long way in shifting the terms of the debate.

But, even if it is taken up, it can not be enough unless it is complemented by an end to future arms sales and a meaningful change in foreign policy.

Instead of following its own rules on arms sales, the government has prioritised arms company profits over human rights – by Andrew Smith, spokesman for Campaign Against Arms Trade =

23.1.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

UK funds parliament of Bahrain as it halts reforms and backs executions

British government used overseas aid fund, according to documents released under freedom of information law

The British government is using a multi-million pound aid programme to fund Bahrain's parliament while the Gulf country bans opposition parties, reverses human rights reforms and carries out executions, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Funding for the parliament, which critics say is a "rubber-stamping" body for the kingdom’s ruling family, was revealed in a breakdown provided under the Freedom of Information Act.

The funding, which is part of the Foreign Office's £2m "technical assistance" programme in the country, supports officials in the Council of Representatives despite internal concerns from advisers that it could be used as PR “fig leaf" over human rights concerns.

The revelation that the UK is funding the parliament comes as the Gulf state reverses key rights reforms and carries out executions in the face of international condemnation.

Maya Foa, a director of Reprieve, told MEE: “The British government says it opposes the death penalty, but it is working with Bahrain’s parliament where politicians are encouraging the King to execute prisoners like Mohammed Ramadhan, who has always insisted on his innocence and was tortured into making a false confession – by Jamie Merrill

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

24.1.2017 – AWD News (B K P)

It is worth noting that Djibouti has agreed to allow Saudi Arabia to have its military base in this strategic country that is situated on the Horn of Africa. Djibouti has around 94% of Muslim population and carries a strategic advantage of being situated in the Gulf of Aden and at the southern entrance of the Red Sea. The Foreign Minister of Djibouti Mr. Muhammad Ali Yosuf says that his country currently hosts American and French military bases and the Saudi base intends to resist the Iranian influence in Yemen.

United Arab Emirates is also trying to stay on the top in this race by increasing its military presence in the region. It should be noted that UAE is one of the most significant Saudi Ally in the region and has chosen, the Djibouti neighbor, Eritrea for its military base. If this race for power prevails then for sure this may lead to a bigger chaos and war in the region.

24.1.2017 – Rori Donaghy (A P)

Very surprised and shocked to learn Emirati professor @Abdulkhaleq_UAE was arrested by UAE state security on 16th January.

Defending UAE not enough for @Abdulkhaleq_UAE and local sources say he was detained by state security for comments about free expression.

23.1.2017 – Shia Waves (A P)

Film: Protests continue in Bahrain days after execution of Shia activists

A week after the ruling regime in Bahrain executed three young activists, protest rallies continue to be held in the Gulf country.
According to Mirat al-Bahrain website, in one of the rallies held in Sanabis, a village near Manama that is the hometown of the three, people from all walks of life condemned the crime committed by the Al Khalifa regime.
The protesters carried pictures of the three martyrs and chanted anti-regime slogans.
In Akar district, southeast of Manama, the demonstrators clashed with security forces, who used tear gas and shotguns to disperse them.

23.1.2017 – Amnesty International (A P)

Bahrain: Postponement of Nabeel Rajab’s trial for sixth time is blatant harassment

In response to the news today that the Bahraini authorities have postponed the verdict in the case of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab, Samah Hadid, Deputy Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International’s Regional office in Beirut said:

“The Bahraini authorities must stop playing games with Nabeel Rajab’s freedom. He has been arrested and released repeatedly over the past five years and has been banned from leaving the country. By postponing his trial for a sixth time today they are cruelly stringing him along as punishment for his peaceful activism. Their refusal to release him from custody in December despite a court order suggests this is part of a deliberate strategy to harass him.

“Instead of flouting his rights to freedom of expression and depriving him of his liberty they should end this campaign of harassment, immediately and unconditionally release him and drop all the charges against him.”

23.1.2017 – Jakarta Globe (A P T)

Saudi Arabia to Assist Indonesia in Rehabilitating Terrorists

Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency, the General Intelligence Directorate or GID, has worked with Indonesia's National Counterterrorism Agency, or BNPT, to help the latter in its effort to prevent radicalization of Indonesian youths and rehabilitating former terrorists.

BNPT Chief Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius visited Saudi Arabia on Jan. 11-16 to strengthen relations between the two agencies and get top tips from the GID's deradicalization program.

"The visit should help up set up a counterterrorism program which includes deradicalization, from top to bottom," Suhardi said in Jakarta on Saturday (21/01).

Suhardi and other high-ranking BNPT officials also went to the Muhammad bin Naif Consultation and Guidance Center in Saudi Arabia to study rehabilitation of former terrorists and to learn from their experience of preventing Muslim groups from being radicalized.

"We exchanged various information and knowledge. We also saw how deradicalization is done by the Saudi government," Suhardi said.

The general added that the Indonesian government has been focusing on preventing the spread of radical ideologies in Indonesia as it poses great risks to the country's security and may damage the peaceful image of Islam — the majority religion in Indonesia.

Comment by Jason McKenzie, below: Saudi Arabia rehabilitating terrorists? Hahahaha. What a JOKE. Only ignorant morons would believe this to be anything but a complete farce. Saudi Arabia is one of the leaders in sponsored world terrorism and one of the worlds biggest violators of human rights and having them rehabilitate terrorists is like hiring a drug dealer to cure a junkie.

22.1.2017 – Reuters (A K P)

Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict

Egypt's National Defence Council on Sunday extended the military's participation in a Saudi-led operation in Yemen, the presidency said in a statement. It did not specify how long the extension would be for.

"The National Defence Council agreed during the meeting to extend the participation of the required elements from the Egyptian armed forces in a combat operation outside the nation's border to defend Egyptian and Arab national security in the Gulf, Red Sea, and Bab al-Mandab areas," the statement said – by Ahmed Aboulenein

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

23.1.2017 – Comitato Nour 'ama e cambia il mondo '(A H)

Yemen .. this is the home of Fatima, seven years severely malnourished, mom and dad are begging, on street corners, their house a buildup of debris and stones .. so you live in Yemen forgotten by the world !! ! (photos)

22.1.2017 – MSF Yemen (A H)

Civilians in #Yemen are paying the price of the war (photos: displaced people in Yemen)

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

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22.1.2017 – AFP (A T)

Vier mutmaßliche Al-Kaida-Kämpfer im Jemen getötet

Bei Drohnenangriffen im Jemen sind vier mutmaßliche Al-Kaida-Kämpfer getötet worden. Nach Angaben aus jemenitischen Sicherheitskreisen starben drei bewaffnete Al-Kaida-Kämpfer am Samstag, als ihr Fahrzeug in der zentralen Provinz Bajda von einer Drohne attackiert wurde. In derselben Region war demnach bereits am Freitag ein Militärausbilder von Al-Kaida bei deinem Drohnenangriff getötet. Die Angriffe wurden demnach von US-Drohnen geflogen.

22.1.2017 – Reuters (A T)

Three suspected al Qaeda members killed in drone strike in Yemen: officials

Three suspected members of al Qaeda's Yemen branch were killed on Sunday by what local officials said they believed were two separate U.S. drone strikes.

If confirmed, they would be the first such attacks since U.S. President Donald Trump assumed office on Friday.

In the first strike two men were killed when a missile hit the vehicle in which they were travelling in the al-Soumaa district of southern al-Bayda province, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The second strike, also on a car in al-Soumaa, killed another man suspected of membership in al Qaeda, according to one official and local tribal leaders.

The United States conducted dozens of drone strikes throughout Barack Obama's presidency to combat al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

The Trump administration has not yet laid out a clear policy on drone strikes, but Trump has said that he would support an escalation of the fight against Islamist militant groups.

22.1.2017 – AFP (A T)

Four Al-Qaeda members killed in Yemen drone strikes

Four suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed in drone strikes in central Yemen likely carried out by US forces, a security source said on Sunday. The source, asking not to be identified, said three ‘armed fighters of Al-Qaeda’ died when their vehicle was struck on Saturday in the Sawmaa region of Al-Bayda province.

A drone strike on Friday killed a local military instructor for Al-Qaeda in the same province, he said. and

30.1.2015 – The Jacobine (* B T)

Don’t Blame Islam

Al-Qaeda and ISIS are products of US and Saudi imperialism – by David Mizner

cp15 Propaganda

24.1.2017 – WAM / Gulf News (A P)

Mokha liberation a huge blow to Houthis: paper

In an editorial on Wednesday, The Gulf Today said, "The UAE Armed Forces, who effectively helped in liberating the city and the port of Al Mokha and also played a key role in other victories achieved by the army on various fronts, well deserve the lavish praise by Yemeni President, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

"The need to continue with such victories on various fronts until the coup militias are cleared from all governorates of Yemen should never ever be underestimated. The Houthi and Saleh militias have already been weakened in a number of Yemeni directorates. Yemeni tribes have understood that the Houthi and Saleh militias have put in place foreign agendas in a bid to destroy Yemen.

"The Arab Coalition has been providing relief to the Yemeni people through the humanitarian arms of its members, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The coalition has been contributing to the implementation of a series of charitable, development and reconstruction projects in Yemen, particularly in the areas of health, education, housing and public utilities.

"The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has also begun to meet the population’s needs in liberated areas by distributing food aid and relief assistance, especially to those displaced people from Mokha city.

"By continuing their deplorable actions, the Houthis are causing immense suffering to the brotherly people of Yemen. It is the intransigence of the Houthis that has prolonged the Yemen crisis.

The paper concluded by saying, "The only way out is for the Al Houthis to shun provocative actions and listen to the voice of reason to spare the Yemeni people further bloodshed."

My comment: Odd. Saudi air raids are no "bloodshed", because they simply are not even mentioned. - And the statement also makes clear that the Hadi / saudi side is not interested in a peaceful political solution, but just in a full victory: "The need to continue with such victories on various fronts until the coup militias are cleared from all governorates of Yemen should never ever be underestimated."

24.1.2017 – Defense News (A P)

Reality Check on Strategic Interests Behind Humanitarian Concerns in Yemen – by Barak Seener, CEO of Strategic Intelligentia and a former Middle East fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

My comment: A large mixture of older US neocon and Saudi propaganda bullshit.

24.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

President Hadi: The creation of Federal Yemen will be waived

President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has said that the creation of federal Yemen will not be waived, stressing that outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference is a project of all Yemenis.

During his meeting with the State Minister for Affairs of the National Dialogue Conference's Outcomes Yasser al-Ruaini, Hadi emphasized the importance of media in raising awareness among people regarding the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.

He indicated that the implementation of the National Dialogue Conference will lead to create of a federal Yemen which lies on justice, equality and rule of law.

My comment: Yes, federalism is the only chance to keep the unity of Yemen. No, certainly a new federal Yemen will not be the federal Yemen Hadi always is speaking of. Hadi’s federal Yemen is shaped the way to secure Hadi’s influence and power, not to diminish inner tensions. The “National Dialogue Conference” is pre-war, thanks to Saudi intervention it is as outdated as the constitution of the Roman Empire. A totally new approach – to a federal Yemen – is needed. Germany, Switzerland, Austria do not work the worst.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

24.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 23/1/2017 (full list): and (

23.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 22/1/2017 (full list): and (

22.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 21/1/2017 (full list):

24.1.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

pictures of the raids carried out by the Saudi Air Aggression pounding Al Sawad camp grating area more than 11 today morning raid Tuesday 24-1-2017 (photos)

another photo:

Today's bombardment by #Saudi air strikes on Alsawad (photos)

Aaand the Saudis are seriously pissed & now unleashing hell bombing Sana'a. Typical reaction witnessed past 2 years of airstrikes.

9 airstrikes on Sana'a and just past 15 friggin minutes. Fine, give them back Mocha, Saudi's obviously seriously mad.

14 airstrikes & counting. Frenzied fighter jets must be perplexed by why we, folks on ground being bombed, are laughing

and that’s what anti-Houthi propaganda makes of it:

24.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Arab Coalition's airplanes violently strike military camp in Sana'a

Airplanes of the Arab Coalition violently stroke on Tuesday al-Sawad military camp in the capital Sana'a.

Local sources told Alsahwah Net that the airplanes launched more than 12 strikes on the camp, pointing out that they targeted weapon depots.

0n Sunday, air fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition on Sunday intensified their strikes on military sites of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a, al-Hudeidah and Taiz.

These strikes coincides with advances made by Yemen's army in different fronts of Nihim and the western coast of Yemen.

They air fighters also targeted the area of Sirwah, the last strongholds of the Houthis and Saleh in Miarib governorate.

My comment: I think Saudi air raids had targeted al-Sawad camp for a felt 100.000 times already. There certainly is no more weapons deposit at all. The only goal of such a raid can be terrifying the population once again.

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression wages air raids on Shabwa

Warplanes of the Saudi-US aggression conducted Tuesday six air raids against the district of Usailan in Shabwa province, a local official told Saba.
The US- Saudi aggression warplanes launched five air strikes against the village of Hejr-Kahlan and another strike on the area of al-Saleem in the district of Usailan causing great damage to the citizens' farms. and

24.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

warplanes of the aggression waged raids in Usylan , Shabwah and raid in Al Hodidah province

23.1.2017 – Pars Today (* A K PH)

Acht Tote bei saudischen Raketenangriffen auf Jemen

Bei Luftangriffen der saudisch-geführten arabischen Militärallianz in den jemenitischen Provinzen Sa'da und al-Hudaida sind heute acht Menschen, darunter zwei Frauen, getötet worden.

Das berichtetet Press TV am Montag unter Berufung auf den Nachrichten-Fernsehsender Al-Masirah. Die Kampfjets flogen Angriffe auf zwei Privatfahrzeuge, die auf einer Hauptstraße in der Stadt Maran, in Sa'da, unterwegs waren. Dabei kamen sieben Zivilisten, unter anderem eine Frau, ums Leben. In der Provinz al-Hudaida wurde eine Frau bei einem Luftangriff auf ein Wohnhaus in der Region Al-Sayaliyah getötet.

Mein Kommentar: Zahlen schon veraltet, mindestens zehn Tote in Maran.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Update: Death tolls of aggression airstrikes on Sa'ada rises to 10

The death toll of the US-Saudi aggression warplanes on Marran area in Haidan district in Sa'ada province on Monday rose to ten and injured another.
A security official told Saba that the US-Saudi aggression warplanes targeted two cars in Marran, killing the ten aboard the cars. The injured is in serious condition.

Update: Death tolls of Saudi airstrikes on Sa'ada rises to 7

The death tolls of Saudi airstrikes hit Marran area of Sa'ada province on Monday morning rose to 7, a security official in Haidan said.
The airstrikes hit two cars in the areas and caused heavy damage to the nearby houses.

The aggression fighter jets launched a raid on Ghafer area of al-Dhaher district, causing heavy damage to citizens' houses (photos from earlier raid) and

24.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The warplanes of Saudi-led coalition launched (3) airstrikes that targeted 2 cars in the public road in #Maran area, #Haydan district, the airstrikes killed 11 civilians including 1 woman was pregnant in Ninth month and 1 child, injured 2 others in #Saada (some photos) =

and photos

and film: =

23.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Danger of US cluster bombs in Baqim area, Saada province

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression targets Souk al-Aqeq in Sa'ada, kills two, injures five

Two civilians were killed on Monday in the US-Saudi aggression raids in Sa'ada province, a military official told Saba.
The official added the US-Saudi aggression warplanes targeted Souk al-Aqeq in Kutaf district in Sa'ada, killing the two, one of them a Somali, and injured five others.
The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged five raids on al-Hasamah area in al-Dhaher district, causing huge damage on the area. and (photos)


24.1.2017 – Legal Center (A K PH)

The warplanes of Saudi-led coalition launched (3) other airstrikes that targeted Al-Aqeeq Market and killed 3 civilians, injured 5 others also the airstrikes destroyed 4 shops, damaged 18 others,15 houses and 1 mosque in #Ketaf_district #Saada (photos; also from raid above) =

and photos:

23.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

On Monday, Saudi warplanes pounded a residential building in the area of al-Sayaliyah in eastern Hudaydah, leaving a woman dead.

Local media reported that the Saudi jets bombed the Hudaydah international airport and a salt manufacturing plant among other sites in the province.

and film: =

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi enemy's jets wage four airstrikes on Serwah

The US-backed Saudi aggression fighter jets launched four strikes on houses and farms of citizens in Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official told Saba on Sunday.
The airstrikes hit Habab Valley and the public road in Serwah and resulted in the injury of a citizen, destroying a car and causing damage to several houses, the official explained. and

22.1.2017 – Abna (* A K PH)

45 Saudi aggression airstrikes hit Yemen provinces over past 24 hours

Two citizens were killed and many others injured in 45 air strikes by the US-Saudi aggression warplanes that hit several Yemeni provinces over the past 24 hour, officials said on Sunday (following raids for all provinces)

22.1.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A K PH)

More than 100 air strikes on Mocha, Wahajah and other villages between Mocha & Dhubab
Area is still with civilians (where can they go?). Airstrikes mainly this afternoon.

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression hits Hodeida Medicine Faculty

US-backed Saudi aggression launched one airstrikes on Medicine Faculty in Hodeida province, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The faculty building was greatly destroyed.
Also, the aggression's warplanes launched two airstrikes on al-Salif district in the same province causing huge damages to citizen's houses, the official added.

22.1.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

#Saudi air strike hit a abattoir next to my living room in a hotel in Alhudidah city

22.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Air fighters of Arab Coalition intensify strikes on Sana'a

Air fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition on Sunday intensified their strikes on military sites of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a, al-Hudeidah and Taiz.

These strikes coincides with advances made by Yemen's army in different fronts of Nihim and the western coast of Yemen.

They air fighters also targeted the area of Sirwah, the last strongholds of the Houthis and Saleh in Miarib governorate.

and by the other side:

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes launch 5 airstrikes on capital Sanaa

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched five air strikes on the Guards School north of the capital Sanaa on Sunday morning, an official told Saba.
The School locates in al-Jiraf area. The airstrikes caused large damage to nearby homes, private and public infrastructures.
The aggression warplanes, meanwhile, are continuing flying heavily and opening sound barriers over the capital since early Sunday morning. and

22.1.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

Good morning world! The capital Sanaa now is under heavy bombing by Saudi jets. 3 huge explosions were loudly heard in northern Sanaa.

Sanaa this morning (photo)

#Yemen #Sanaa: #Saudi aggression waged 3 air raids on Guard Academy This place was bombed 100s of times since the war began Exclusive Pic

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes hit Taiz, Mareb

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched on Sunday five airstrikes on Mocha district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Sunday.
The enemy's warplanes also launched one airstrike on Serwah district of Mareb province.
The hostile airstrikes caused heavy damage in citizens' houses.

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

24.1.2017 – Emirati News Agency WAM (A K PS)

Yemen army units, people’s resistance comb Al Mokha

Both the Yemeni Army units and the people’s resistance, with the support of the Arab Coalition air forces, continued to comb the city of Al Mokha to the west of Taez for remnants of the Houthi and Saleh militias.

The Yemeni News Agency, quoting a military source, said that the army managed to secure the Mokha-Taez road and cut off supplies to Mowazi province, which is under the control of the militias.

The battles continue on the Eastern and Northern entrances to the city, as the remnants of the militia have fallen apart and are fleeing towards Al Hudaida through the coastal area of Al Khoukha. Many of them are wounded or killed, the source said.

The source confirmed that army soldiers had surrounded the remaining elements of the militia in the middle of Al Mokha, while the Army’s engineering groups continued to dismantle the landmines that were planted by fleeing militia from areas of the city where they had been located.

Remark: Yemen army = Saudi-backed „president“ Hadi army. Both sides still contradict each other:

24.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

New footage from Mocha city today disproof Saudi propaganda of controlling the city referring to:

24.1.2017 – Bin Ghalib (A K)

Film: squares and the heart of the city of Mokha # # On the day lie and betray the hardest tournaments to express disbelief and hypocrisy and cowardice

Film (Al Masirah TV): a television report exposes the "lies" of media from the heart of the city of Mokha port today.

and film:

24.1.2017 - Al Masirah TV (* A K PH)

New film that refutes #Saudi #UAE CO forces claims they entered #Mocha port city W #Taiz SW #Yemen =

24.1.2017 – Hisham Al Omeisy (A K)

Fighting in Mocha in intense. Saudi & #Yemen gov embarrassed & desperate to take after pre emptive announced they secured.

Houthis still in Mocha. #Yemen gov & Saudi ancmnt is pure #Propaganda.

24.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Military sources refutes allegations control of the Saudi aggression on Mokha

Film: Yemen channel camera today refute the lies of the Saudi aggression and wandering in the port of Mokha

24.1.2017 – Almasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Mokha port, video reveals falsity of aggressors claims

Yemeni media war carried out on Tuesday a field trip in the port of Mokha southwest of Taiz to keep up with the great resilience in the face of aggression and to refute the allegations of aggression.

He denied media allegations that military aggression that dominated the port of Mokha, stressing that aggression wants to make up for the defeats in various fields as is his habit of lying. = =

24.1.2017 – AFP (* A K)

At least 40 dead in battle for Yemen port

Fighting for a key port city on Yemen's Red Sea coast has left at least 40 rebel and pro-government fighters dead, military officials said Tuesday.

Loyalist forces said Monday they had captured the port of Mokha, almost three weeks into an offensive to oust Shiite Huthi insurgents and their allies from Yemen's southwestern coast.

But they exchanged fire overnight with rebels still holed up in the port on Mokha's southwestern edge.

Clashes continued Tuesday on the southern and eastern outskirts of the city.

"Despite the significant human toll, the Huthis are still in the centre of Mokha," a military official told AFP.

Rebel snipers were reported to have slowed the loyalist advance.

At least 28 rebels and 12 pro-government fighters have been killed in fighting in the past 24 hours, military and medical sources said Tuesday.

That brought to nearly 200 the number of deaths on both sides since the offensive began.

Huthi forces had controlled Mokha since they overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014 and advanced on other regions aided by troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Forces supporting President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, launched a vast offensive on January 7 to retake the coastline overlooking the Bab al-Mandab strait.

The strait is a strategically vital maritime route connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Military sources said fighter jets and Apache attack helicopters from the coalition have been pounding the Iran-backed rebels and their allies.

A government official said the rebels had brought reinforcements to Mokha from neighbouring Ibb province, and that the fight for the town would take time.

24.1.2017 – Belga (* A K)

Yémen: les rebelles résistent à Mokha, au moins 40 morts

Les forces progouvernementales yéménites étaient engagées mardi dans de nouveaux combats avec les rebelles autour de Mokha (sud-ouest), au lendemain de la reconquête du port de cette ville sur la mer Rouge, ont indiqué des sources militaires.

Les combats, qui ont fait au moins 40 morts lundi, se concentraient mardi dans les périphéries sud et est de Mokha où les troupes loyalistes encerclaient les rebelles qui, aidés par des snipers, entravaient leur progression vers le centre-ville, ont ajouté ces sources.

Dans la nuit, des échanges de tirs ont opposé l'armée gouvernementale à des poches de résistance rebelles dans l'enceinte du port de Mokha, que les forces progouvernementales ont déclaré avoir reconquis lundi.

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A K PH)

Series of Saudi-paid botched infiltration attempts thwarted: official

The heroes of the army and popular forces managed on Tuesday to break 48-hour long infiltration attempts by the enemy Saudi-paid mercenaries in southwest of Taiz governorate, a military official told Saba.
The botched series of attempts took place towards the villages of al-Jadid and al-Kadaha.
Dozens of mercenary commanders and their Janjaweed mercenaries were killed and injured in the battles, as well as many of them were captured by the national army.
Tens of the mercenaries' military vehicles were destroyed.
The foiled mercenaries' attempts were heavily covered by Apache helicopters 300 airstrikes, in which white phosphorus bomb were dropped by the Saudi aggression warplanes on al-Mokha port city and the coastal area that links Dhubab district and the villages of al-Jadid and al-Kadaha.
The failed mercenaries ' attempts were also backed by the Saudi aggression warships.
The official also said that military Twin Otter planes participated in transfer live footage and pictures of their mercenaries' abortive attempts to the main military operating room led by senior officers and experts from the United States, Israel, British, Saudi and Emirati states at the Eritrea-based Asab air force base.

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Ballistic missile fired on mercenaries in Taiz

The army and popular forces fired a ballistic missile on gatherings of Saudi-paid mercenaries in Bab al-Mandeb area of Taiz province on Monday evening, a military official told Saba on Tuesday.
The missile hit the target accurately, leaving dozens of mercenaries killed or injured and huge explosions inside the camp.

24.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Saudi-Led Troops Fail to Control Bab Al-Mandab Region, Hundreds of Riyadh-Backed Militias Killed in Dhubab region

A senior Yemeni official said the Saudi-led troops have been doing their best to take control of Bab al-Mandab, but to no avail.

"The Saudi-led troops are conducting military operations with the support of the international intelligence services because Bab al-Mandab is highly-important for the US and its regional ally Israel," a senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA on Tuesday.

He, meantime, reiterated that the Yemeni navy has threatened to drown more Saudi-led vessels in Bab al-Mandab region.

The Yemeni commander reiterated that the battle with the Saudi-led forces have intensified in Dhubab and al-Mukha regions, and said, hundreds of forces loyal to former fugitive Yemeni President Mansour Hadi who enjoyed the aerial support of the UAE and Saudi fighter jets were killed in both regions.

He said that the Yemeni army and popular committees have also repelled a massive military operation by pro-Hadi troops aimed at advancing in Dhubab region near Bab al-Mandeb.

24.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

This hilarious propaganda attempt yesterday trying to show area taken from Houthis in Mocha when reality is red dot on 2nd image (photos)

Told you not to get too excited yesterday. Half of Mocha retaken by Houthis. Cheer up Saudi, I know you invested lots in media blitz (photos)

23.1.2017 – AFP (* A K)

Regierungstruppen im Jemen erobern Hafenstadt Mocha am Roten Meer

Im Jemen haben die Regierungstruppen die Hafenstadt Mocha von den Huthi-Rebellen zurückerobert. Die Armee gab am Montag die vollständige Rückeroberung der Stadt am Roten Meer bekannt. Ein Militärkommandeur sagte allerdings der Nachrichtenagentur AFP, dass am südlichen Stadtrand von Mocha noch gekämpft werde. Wie ein AFP-Reporter berichtete, wurde der Hafen von Soldaten durchkämmt. =

24.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Yemen's army entirely liberates port city al-Makha

The Yemeni army backed the popular resistance on Monday managed to entirely liberate the town of al-Makha and its port, a spokesman of Yemen's armed forces Abdu Mujali has stated.

Commander of Taiz Military Region Brig. Gen. Khalid Fadhel said that units of the army are combing the port.

Remark: “Yemen's army“ = Saudi-backed „president“ Hadi fighters.

24.1.2017 – WAM (A H K)

ERC distributes aid to Mokha in Yemen

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, yesterday began to meet the population's needs in liberated areas by distributing food aid and relief assistance, especially to those displaced people from Mokha city in Yemen.

The aid assistance included distribution of more than 2,000 food baskets in different areas. The recipients expressed their gratitude to the UAE and the ERC for their quick response to their living needs, and supplying urgently required aid. and film:

My comment: Thus, they are at the place. Where exactly?

23.1.2017 – Reuters (* A K)

Gulf-backed Yemeni forces push into Red Sea coast city: officials

Yemeni army forces backed by Gulf Arabs fought their way into the Red Sea coast city of al-Mokha on Monday, military officials said, pushing out Iran-allied Houthi militia.

The so-called National Army loyal to Hadi entered the port area on Mokha's southwestern edge, an army official said.

"Houthi forces began withdrawing this morning, and the city is nearly abandoned after most of its residents departed," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The city and the port under the control of national army."

A spokesman for rival army forces fighting for the Houthis could not be immediately reached for comment.

Army forces and a group of militias called the Southern Resistance launched an offensive on the Red Sea coast this month to deprive the Houthis of ports and to isolate them in the inland capital.

The smaller coastal town of al-Dhubab has been recaptured in the thrust, which has been backed by scores of air strikes and a small contingent of troops and tanks from the United Arab Emirates – by Mohammed Mukhashaf

23.1.2017 – AFP (* A K)

Yemen government claims to have seized Red Sea port of Mokha

Yemeni government forces captured on Monday the port of Mokha as they pushed to oust Houthi rebels from the Red Sea coastline, an AFP journalist said.
An official statement said government forces recaptured the whole city, but a military commander in the field told AFP that loyalists were still fighting the rebels on the southern outskirts of Mokha.

Government forces were combing the port, a journalist accompanying the troops said, almost three weeks after the loyalists launched an offensive against the Shiite insurgents and their allies on Yemen's southwestern coast.

Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi launched a vast offensive on January 7 to retake the Dhubab district overlooking the Bab al-Mandab strait, a key maritime route connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Warplanes and Apache attack helicopters from a Saudi-led coalition have been pounding the rebels in support of pro-Hadi forces, military sources said Remark: Gulf News adopts this report, just changing the headline: Key port town in Yemen liberated: Now well.

23.1.2017 – EFE (A K)

Yemen troops capture Red Sea city from the Houthi rebels

The Yemeni Army ousted Houthi rebels from a strategic city on the Red Sea coast on Monday, the state news agency reported.

Earlier, troops loyal to the internationally-recognized President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi began their advance on the urban zones and the port area of Mocha, a city captured by the Shiite-led Houthi organization at the end of 2014, said Saba news.

Saba said the victory announcement was made by Yemen army commander General Ahmed Saif al-Yafie.

The breach of the city limits followed three days of clashes in Mocha's outskirts that left more than 100 people dead, including 70 rebels.

Remark: “Yemen troops” = “president” Hadi army.

23.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K)

Reports that South Resistance forces backed by Saudi-led Co took Mocha, a key #Yemen port and strategic location long held by Houthis (photos)

23.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Strategic Red Sea port of Mukha not taken by Hadi loyalists

Meanwhile, the Yemeni Defense Ministry has roundly dismissed reports that Hadi loyalists have captured the port city of Mukha, situated 346 kilometers south of Sana'a.

A source in the ministry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Yemeni soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees had engaged in fierce skirmishes with the Saudi-sponsored militiamen in Dhubab district overlooking the Bab el-Mandeb strait, killing scores of the armed men.

The source added that Saudi military aircraft were supporting the pro-Saudi gunmen during the firefight, noting that there were dozens of African nationals among the Saudi mercenaries.

23.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Breaking mercenaries in Mokha and Dhubab despite air and sea support

23.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Saudi coalition media used a fabricated photos of controlling Mocha city to encourage their mercenaries to run after a mirage victory (photos)

23.1.2017 – Alymnysamy (A K PH)

these are pictures illustrative of control mercenary army and Red Line and the Green Line Committees [Houthis] (map)

23.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

#Yemen army launched ballistic missile targeted mercenaries reinforcements in Bab Al-Mandab.

Remark: “Yemen army“ = Army loyal to ex-president Saleh, fighting alongside the Houthis.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses mercenaries' advance in Taiz

The army and popular forces foiled on Monday attempt of Saudi-paid mercenaries to infiltrate toward northern Thubab district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Monday.
The mercenaries tried to infiltrate to al-Jadaid area. Dozens of mercenaries were killed and injured, including al-Qa'eda members and Sudanese soldiers.
The official said the aggression warplanes and Apache helicopters kept flying over the area to support the foiled attempt.
The mercenaries backed by Emirati, Saudi and Sudanese troops as well as al-Qaeda and Daesh militias have attempted many times to advance towards Kahbob and al-Omari areas over the last three weeks.
All their attempts were thwarted by the army and popular forces and killed hundreds of the enemy soldiers and crashed over 100 military vehicles, the official said.

My comment: The Sanaa government still denies Hadi army’s successes.

22.1.2017 – AFP (* A K)

Nearly 70 killed in fresh Yemen fighting

Clashes in Yemen killed at least 66 people in 24 hours, medics and security sources said Sunday, as pro-government forces pushed to oust rebels from a key stretch of coastline.
Air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and fighting near the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait killed at least 52 fighters among Shiite Huthi rebels and allied troops loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the sources said.
Fourteen members of the pro-government forces were also killed.
Forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi launched a vast offensive on January 7 to retake the Dhubab district overlooking the Bab al-Mandab, a key maritime route connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Coalition warplanes and Apache attack helicopters have been pounding rebels in support of pro-Hadi forces advancing towards the Red Sea city of Mokha, military sources said.
By Sunday, loyalist forces were within 10 kilometres (six miles) of Mokha, they said, but the offensive has been slowed by mines laid by rebels.
The rebels took their dead to a military hospital in Hodeida, a major western port city they control, a medical source told AFP.
The hospital received 14 dead on Saturday and 38 on Sunday, as well as 55 wounded rebels, the source said.

On the pro-government side, 14 soldiers were killed and 22 wounded, according to medics in the southern port city of Aden where Hadi's government is based. and by Xinhua:

22.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Other Yemeni outlets also reported that some Saudi frigates had on Sunday bombarded the Yemeni coastal cities of Zobab and Mokha, in the southwestern province of Ta'izz, using banned white phosphorous munitions. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage.

22.1.2017 – New York Times (* A K)

Renewed Fighting and Drone Strikes in Yemen Kill About 75

Renewed fighting in the Yemen conflict killed about 75 people on Saturday and Sunday, some of them in the first drone strikes launched during the new administration of President Trump, according to Yemeni news reports.

The government offensive was aimed at retaking from the Houthis the port city of Mokha, close to Bab el Mandeb, a strategic strait that connects the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean.

The government offensive reached within five or six miles of Mokha, a sleepy seaport once famous for its exports of the mocha variety of Arabica coffee beans, prized worldwide since the 19th century. The government has long accused the rebels of smuggling Iranian arms through ports on the Red Sea, including Mokha.

“The government forces have stormed an air defense camp southeast of Mokha town in Taiz Province,” said Abdo Abdullah Majili, a spokesman for coalition forces. “The town is within the range of our forces’ fire. We have killed a big number of Al Houthis and a lesser number of our soldiers were killed in the fighting.” – By SHUAIB ALMOSAWA and ROD NORDLAND

22.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

The battleships of the aggression launched bombardment using international prohibited phosphorous missiles since evening until this moment.

22.1.2017 – AFP (* A K)

Fast 70 Tote bei Kämpfen

Im Jemen sind bei schweren Kämpfen zwischen Regierungstruppen und Rebellen fast 70 Menschen getötet worden. Wie Vertreter der Sicherheits- und Rettungskräfte am Sonntag mitteilten, wurden bei Gefechten und Luftangriffen in der Region Mocha am Roten Meer seit Samstag mindestens 52 Kämpfer der schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen und ihrer Verbündeten in der Armee sowie 14 regierungstreue Soldaten getötet.

Vor zwei Wochen hatten die jemenitischen Regierungstruppen die Kontrolle über die strategisch wichtige Meerenge Bab al-Mandeb zwischen dem Roten Meer und dem Golf von Aden zurückerlangt. Die Huthi-Rebellen zogen sich daraufhin in die Hafenstadt Mocha 20 Kilometer weiter nördlich zurück. Am Sonntag kamen die Regierungstruppen bis auf rund zehn Kilometer an Mocha heran.!5376854/

22.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Yemen's army is engaging in fierce fight with militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in three coastal town of al-Makha in Taiz governorate, making significant gains.

Local sources told Alsahwah Net that the army stormed into parts of the town, affirming that the militias retreated to other areas.

The sources affirmed that Houthi militias are fleeing from al-Makha towards al-Khokhah after they were heavily stricken by air-fighters of the Arab Coalition.

Remark: “Yemen's army”: “president” Hadi fighters. The other side tells something different:

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces foil mercenaries' infiltration in Taiz

The army and popular forces foiled on Saterday attempts by Saudi-paid mercenaries in al-Jadaid area in Thubab district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba.
Dozens of the mercenaries died and injured, including al-Janjawaid mercenaries in the operation.
Meanwhile , the aggression warplanes and Apache helicopters kept flying over the area and bombing warships to support the botching attempt of the their mercenaries on the ground, the official said.

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills two Saudi-paid mercenaries, wounds four

in Bab al-Mandb area of Taiz province, and

Anyway, air raids in the region as preparation of further advance of the Saudi-backed forces:

22.1.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A K PH)

More than 100 air strikes on Mocha, Wahajah and other villages between Mocha & Dhubab
Area is still with civilians (where can they go?). Airstrikes mainly this afternoon.

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Nihm / Theater of War: Nihm

24.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

"At least 70 Riyadh-backed militants have been killed in fierce clashes with the Yemeni forces in Yam mountain in Sana'a region in the last two days," a local military source said.

The Saudi-hired mercenaries intended to penetrate into the Yam mountainous region in the Ninth district of Sana'a, but they faced the lethal resistance of the Yemeni forces.

The Saudi-backed militias have failed to advance in any important region in Sana'a after more than two years of war against the poorest Arab nation in the world.

24.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Repel Creep Toward Niham Directorate

Army and popular Committees repel creep of the hypocrites of the Saudi aggression toward Yam region directorate of Niham , northeast of the capital Sanaa.

A military source said , the Yemeni army forces and the popular committees repel crawl for hypocrites of the aggression, and adding, that the enemy losses heavy equipment .

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Zelzal 2 hits mercenaries in Nehm

24.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Commanders of Saleh captured by Yemen's army

The Yemeni army managed to capture a number of commanders loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the east of the capital Sana'a during the past 24 hours.

Remark: “Yemeni army“ = Saudi-backed „president“ Hadi fighters.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army crashes mercenary military vehicle in Nehm

22.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces regain control of sites in Nehm, kill 16 rebels


22.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A K PS)

Sana’a Airport in Yemen within Military Fire Range

Yemeni armed forces continue advancing across all battlefronts taking place at the insurgency-held enclave, Sana’a. Pro-government forces have recorded a considerable push into Sana’a’s Nihm district, local sources said.

The Sana’a airport is now brought into military fire-range, said Popular Resistance Abdullah al Sahndaqi told Asharq Al-Awsat. Houthi-led militias have been exploiting the Sana’a airport against the international community.

In exchange of allowing aid planes to land at the airport, militias want to have the green light on resuming ‘civil’ flights at the airport.

Renewed fighting in Nihm is both fierce and intense, al Shandaqi said.

“Pro-government forces have liberated strategic mountains overlooking the areas Harshafa and Daboua,” added al Shandaqi.

“At least 16 insurgency militants have been killed, and dozens wounded .. another seven were arrested, ” he said.

The Popular Resistance spokesman explained that the areas brought into government control oversees Sana’a’s eastern gates and will greatly aid in future endeavors to free the capital from insurgency hold. = and Gulf news on the same subject.

My comment: “Yemeni armed forces” = Saudi-backed Hadi forces. This side claims greater successes in Nihm region of Sanaa province, up to now denied by the other side:

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army seizes Saudi-paid mercenaries' sites in Nehm

The army and popular forces recaptured on Saturday three strategic sites from Saudi-paid mercenaries in Yam Mountains located in Nehm area between Mareb and Sana'a provinces, a military official told Saba.
Dozens of the mercenaries were killed and others wounded during the confrontations.


22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Tens of mercenaries killed in Nehm

The army and popular forces killed tens of Saudi-paid mercenaries in Nehm district of Sana'a province, a military official said Sunday.

cp17c Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

24.1.2017 - from Al Masirah (A K PH)

Film: Houthis storming village

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shoots dead three mercenaries in Najran

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys two Saudi military vehicles in Najran

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills many Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army repulses attempt to advance in the south of Kahbob in Lahj province

24.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

The army and popular forces aimed at on Monday Saudi mercenaries’ groupings in Murais area in Dhale’ province, a military source said .

In Najran , the Yemeni army and popular committees destroyed several Saudi army tanks at al-Sadis military bases and pounded the gathering centers of the Saudi army in military base al-Hamra.

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces hit mercenaries in Taiz

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Four mercenaries killed in Taiz

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army foils mercenaries' infiltration in Mareb

24.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Friendly airstrike targets mercenary commander, 6 escorts killed

Air raid from Saudi aggression warplane targeted a convoy of the senior commander of the western axis, Which run under the control of the aggression coalition, killing six of his escorts, a military official told Saba on Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. Abdul Ghani Al-Subaihi, was targeted in the friendly airstrike In Kahbob area of Lahj Province late on Monday. Many others were wounded in the strike.

23.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A K PS)

Yemeni army gains control of key Harad and Midi fronts

The Yemeni army, aided by Arab coalition forces and Saudi artillery, seized complete control over the coastal Midi and Harad fronts in the city of Hajjah, an Al Arabiya correspondent reported.
Seizing control over Harad and Midi is considered an important logistical progress for Arab coalition forces and legitimate Yemeni forces.
Houthi militias retreated 40 kilometers inside Yemen, according to an Al Arabiya crew that toured inside Harad.
Al Arabiya is considered the first television channel to accompany legitimate forces after they seized full control over the crossing and forced rebels to retreat.

My comment: “Yemeni army“ = Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters and mercenaries, „president“ Hadi army. Not yet confirmed by the other side.

23.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Film: AD channel correspondent channel & mercenaries leaders admit the fall of many deaths. Saudi media still denies.

23.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army targets Saudi-paid mercenaries' gatherings in Murais

in Dhale' province

22.1.2017 – Go News (A K)

Film: Yemen Update Go News (unrated A K)

My comment: Films, lacking any further information.

22.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

70 Saudi-Backed Militias Killed in Heavy Fighting with Yemeni Forces in Sa'ada

The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their advances in Sa'ada, Yemen, killing tens of Saudi-backed militias in two days of tough battling.

"At least 70 Riyadh-backed militants have been killed in fierce clashes with the Yemeni forces in Yam region in Sa'ada region in the last two days," a local military source said on Sunday.

The Saudi-hired mercenaries intended to penetrate into the Yam mountainous region in the Ninth district of Sana'a, but they faced the lethal resistance of the Yemeni forces.

The Saudi-backed militias have failed to advance in any important region in Sana'a after more than two years of war against the poorest Arab nation in the world.

22.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Yemeni forces kill, injure dozens in attacks on Saudi bases

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from Popular Committees, have launched heavy missile and artillery attacks against several Saudi border military bases, inflicting significant casualties and damage on them, a report says.

22.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

Three women killed in Houthi artillery shelling on public bus eastern Ibb

Local residents in Badan district, eastern Ibb governorate, central Yemen, said that Houthi militants in the area targeted on Saturday a public transportation bus with an artillery shell killing three women.

The residents told Almasdaronline that the three women died immediately while others injured after an artillery shell had hit a bus in Tho al Rikham village.

The residents pointed out that the Houthis stationing in Qutni al Atharib hill fired the shell.

22.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Government forces seize control of Houthis positions in al Jawf, fend off infiltration attempt

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces bomb military vehicle in Baidha

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills dozens of Saudi soldiers in Jizan

22.1.2017 – Yemen i Siria (A K PH)

Film: Houthis blew up a mine Saudi car in the district of al-Sarfa. Province Jizan, Saudi Arabia

22.1.2017 – Yemen i Siria (A K PH)

Film: Huthis attack on the Saudi position in the province of Jizan, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 17.

22.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries fired Katyusha missiles on citizens' houses in different areas of Serwah district, Marib province.

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

22.1.2017 – Acram Haider

Poem: Yemen, My Sweetheart

I love her, hard conditions,
ordeals so worst, though
,My love for her is instilled as milk,
By my mom, I used to drink
,If dwelling in, sustain for her, I will
,Even being away, long for her, I will.
,At last ,Love is invaluable
,If being asked: who's thy sweetheart?
."Yemen", I replied.

I do love her even if she puts on
Tattered cloth or old-fashioned one
Worn out by time
I do love her even tuberculosis,
She suffers from
Or small box veiling her body onn.

Under roof of my home, I reside with,
The more she moans, the more I groan.
Enduring all along till I got settled
In Room and Board.
If being asked: who's thy sweetheart?
"Yemen", I replied.


Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-256: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-256: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

Dieser Beitrag gibt die Meinung des Autors wieder, nicht notwendigerweise die der Redaktion des Freitag.
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Dietrich Klose

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