Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 259 - Yemen War Mosaic 259

Yemen Press Reader 259: Weizenvorräte am Ende–US, Saudis, IS und AQAP–Humanitäre Lage–Frieden außer Reichweite–Flüchtlinge aus Afrika–Keine Gehälter–Trump & Saudis, & Einwanderer–Briten u. Jemen

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Yemen’s wheat reserves down – US, Saudi, Al Qaida, IS in Yemen – UN: Humanitarian situation in Yemen – Yemen peace out of reach – – African refugees in Yemen – Unpaid state salaries – Trump and aid to Saudis – Trump’s refugees ban – Looking back: Britain and Yemen – Saudi air raids, heavy fighting at Mokha – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Mokha / Theater of War: Mokha

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Andere / Theater of War: Other

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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27.1.2017 – Reuters (** B H)

Yemen's wheat reserves down to three months supply: U.N. official

Yemen has roughly three months supply of wheat left to draw from, leaving the country exposed to serious disruption as a central bank crisis cuts food imports and starvation deepens, the top U.N. aid official in the country told Reuters.

A decision by Yemen's internationally-recognized government in August to move the central bank out of Sanaa, the capital city controlled by the armed Houthi movement with which it is at war, to the southern port city of Aden has triggered bigger hardships for Yemenis and paralyzed the bank.

Reuters reported in December that Yemen's biggest traders had stopped new wheat imports due to a shutdown in trade finance and no import guarantees from the central bank for some months.

Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, said the Arab peninsula's poorest country had only three months left of wheat stocks and that was also likely to be the case for other key food grains such as rice.

"If we have only got three months supply, there is a possibility there will be a gap for a period of time," he said on the sidelines of a Yemen aid forum in London this week.

"One of the big concerns is how do we get liquidity into the system to allow people like importers to bring in these key commodities?," he said. "What happens next, no one is quite sure."

The situation has become more desperate as many Yemenis face destitution after months of unpaid salaries.

"The economy has become part of the conflict equation," said McGoldrick.

Since the start of the year some wheat cargoes have been booked for Yemen as importers find ways around the payment freeze. But trade sources say it is not likely to make a major difference given the small quantities involved.

McGoldrick said an "informal economy" brought in some food, but it was not enough to meet the basic needs of the population.

Yemen's commercial sector was responsible for up to 90 percent of the country's imports and diplomats have also reiterated they must play a crucial role.

"The entry of commercial goods and humanitarian aid needs to keep flowing and this is the biggest threat," Antonia Calvo Puerta, head of the European Union's delegation to Yemen, told Reuters separately at the forum.

"We need to help the private sector to be able to do what they do best and for that we need a functioning (central) bank," she said, adding that wheat stocks were likely to be even lower than three months worth.

Puerta said "trust and confidence building" needed to be built before the two rival central banks could work together.

The U.N.'s McGoldrick said the Saudi-led coalition still had to be "convinced the problem is that big".

"Without the money, starvation is looming large," he said – By Jonathan Saul

23.1.2017 – Mint Press News (*** B H K P)

Strange Bedfellows: US, Saudi, Al-Qaida & ISIS Interests Align in War on Yemen

As Yemen remains entrenched in the protracted, multi-fronted military conflict led by Saudi Arabia and funded by the United States, socio-political dynamics and economic realities have evolved according to the needs of competing factions — often to the detriment of civilian populations. Yemen is a bleeding wound in the region, abandoned and shunned by the powers which profit most from the war waged by the Saudi-led coalition — namely, the United States and United Kingdom.

While the war on Yemen has brought a litany of suffering to Yemenis, it has also given rise to a flourishing black market. This shadow economy is tied up and firmly embedded in the terrorism inspired by Wahhabism, the dominant faith of Saudi Arabia for more than two centuries and the cornerstone of the violent jihadist movement embodied by al-Qaida and Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL in the West). It’s the nexus of terrorism which calls for the annihilation of all those who oppose its diktat.

AQAP has reportedly taken its cues from Saudi Arabia, serving as a proxy of war for the kingdom and its foreign patrons.

And with a weapons industry and political blank check that feed the Saudi military complex, the U.S. corporate empire sits at the very core of such dynamics.

Often overlooked by the mainstream media is the economic agenda carried out by Riyadh against its impoverished neighbor. Beyond the frenzied bombing of a nation and the systematic targeting of its institutions and infrastructure, has sat a cold determination to allow terrorist forces to usurp Yemen’s resources and capital.

The Saudi-led war on Yemen operates far beyond any military or geopolitical narrative. It’s steeped in breathing new life into the most inhumane of trades on which the Saudi economy depends: human trafficking, sexual exploitation, drugs and weapons smuggling, and Wahhabi terror financing.

Yemen has long been earmarked for complete annihilation so that the Gulf kingdom can achieve these ends.

“Behind the slaughtering of a people, Riyadh is really testing world powers’ patience and Western capitals’ propensity to rationalize genocide under such labels as ‘national security,’” Sheikh Shabbir Hassanally, a U.K.-based political analyst and commentator on Middle East affairs, told MintPress News.

The war on Yemen has become a struggle for national survival against state actors like Saudi Arabia and non-state actors like Daesh and AQAP. In this new paradigm of asymmetrical warfare driven by a neo-imperialistic agenda, the grand Wahhabist kingdom of Saudi Arabia has worked to anchor its caliphate’s economic system deep within Arabia, establishing a new, violent form of hyper-capitalistic imperialism through heinous exploitation.

With its territorial and national identity compromised by a rising narrative of sectarianism, tribalism, and regionalism, Yemen’s descent into socio-economic, political, and even sovereign instability has empowered radical elements within its borders. Groups like al-Qaida and Daesh have found an ever-expanding space in which to live and breed – by Catherine Shakdam =

My comment: A very long and sound article, only some thoughts could be cited here. Please read in full.

26.1.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (** A H)

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien Statement to the Security Council on Yemen , New York, 26 January 2017

Since my last briefing, the humanitarian situation in Yemen has further deteriorated while the armed conflict continues to intensify with daily airstrikes and armed clashes. In the last week we received reports of at least 365 conflict-related security incidents, up from 231 the previous week, and at least 100 airstrikes alone in Taizz governorate. During the last quarter of 2016, approximately 2,400 incidents consisting of airstrikes, armed clashes and shelling were reported throughout Yemen. This is a 12 per cent increase from the previous three months. Today, I am particularly concerned about civilians caught up in the cross-fire in Mokha, Taizz governorate’s coastal region. I have received reports that more than 5,000 families are fleeing.

It is clear, that in this fight the most affected are the ordinary Yemeni people who continue to suffer. Overall more than two thirds of the population – an alarming 18.8 million, as you heard – is in need of humanitarian and protection assistance, including an astounding 10.3 million Yemenis who require immediate assistance to save or sustain their lives. This is about the size of the entire population of Sweden and the numbers are rising. More than 2 million people are internally displaced. By 31 December, 7,469 Yemenis had been killed and 40,483 injured due to the conflict. The true number is likely to be higher as we only report cases by health facilities that are still functioning – a mere 45 per cent of those.

Overall, the plight of children remains grim, with a child under the age of five dying every 10 minutes of preventable causes. A grim illustration of the impact on children, are the airstrikes two weeks ago near a petrol station next to a school in Sana’a governorate’s Nihm district that resulted in the death of one school girl and injury to four others. A week earlier, on 3 January, a school was completely destroyed in Sa’ada governorate’s Safra district, reportedly – and luckily – without any child casualties. Since the hostilities began in March 2015, more than 1,400 children have been killed and over 2,140 injured. Another 1,441 children have been recruited by warring parties, some as young as 8 years old. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher.

Beyond the direct casualties of the armed conflict, there are also the so-called ‘silent deaths’ of Yemenis that go largely unnoticed and unrecorded. Girls, boys, women and men are dying of hunger and diseases that are easily preventable and treatable. Unfortunately, vital food commodities and medicines cannot be imported easily due to access restrictions imposed by all parties. People with chronic diseases, including high blood pressure and diabetes, who are not receiving life-sustaining treatment due to medical shortages are slowly dying.

The conflict in Yemen is now the primary driver of the largest food security emergency in the world. If there is no immediate action, famine is now a possible scenario for 2017. 14 million people are currently food insecure of whom half are severely food insecure. This means that Yemenis are not able to feed themselves adequately and are frequently forced to miss meals and eat food with poor nutritional value. At least 2 million people need emergency food assistance to survive. Again, the situation for children is especially grave. 2.2 million babies, boys and girls are acutely malnourished and almost half a million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. This represents a 63 per cent increase since late 2015. Children are going to bed hungry every night.

Shockingly, incidents of gender-based violence have reportedly increased by over 63 per cent since before the conflict.

Hudaydah port, Yemen’s main port through which 80 per cent of imports arrive and which was damaged in the conflict in 2015, has not been rehabilitated. A vessel carrying four WFP-procured mobile cranes has arrived in the Red Sea, but has been ordered by Saudi authorities to leave Yemeni waters and is now anchored 15 miles off Yemen’s coast. The vessel is awaiting the Coalition’s approval to berth at the port. These cranes will boost the port’s capacity in handling humanitarian cargo. Two of the cranes will be used exclusively by the UN – by WFP – and help expedite the timely delivery of vital humanitarian aid supplies. = and an article with short summary and typical western misleading headline: (famine is already there, Yemen not “may face” it)

My comment: A good overview on Yemen’s humanitarian situation. Please read in full. He clearly states: “Beyond the direct casualties of the armed conflict, there are also the so-called ‘silent deaths’ of Yemenis that go largely unnoticed and unrecorded.” And the last paragraph cited here show how many means Saudi Arabia uses to starve out Yemen and to increase famine.

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27.1.2017 – Frankfurter Rundschau (* A H)

Hungersnot im Jemen

Die Uno warnt vor einer Hungersnot im Jemen. Der Nothilfekoordinator fordert rasche Hilfe für das Konfliktland und spricht von der größten Nahrungsmittelkatstrophe der Welt.

Die UNO hat vor einer Hungersnot im Krisenland Jemen gewarnt. Nothilfekoordinator Stephen O'Brien sagte am Donnerstag vor dem Sicherheitsrat in New York, derzeit sei der militärische Konflikt in dem arabischen Land der "Hauptantrieb" für die größte Nahrungsmittelkrise der Welt. "Wenn nicht umgehend gehandelt wird, ist eine Hungersnot für das Jahr 2017 ein mögliches Szenario."

O'Briens Angaben zufolge sind derzeit fast 80 Prozent der jemenitischen Bevölkerung auf Nahrungsmittelhilfen angewiesen, mindestens zwei Millionen Menschen benötigen dringend Hilfe, um zu überleben. Besonders hart sei die Situation für die Kinder, sagte der Nothilfekoordinator der UNO. Derzeit seien 2,2 Millionen Kinder akut unterernährt - das sind 53 Prozent mehr als Ende 2015.

Insgesamt sei die Not der Kinder groß, sagte O'Brien. "Alle zehn Minuten stirbt ein Kind unter zehn Jahren an Gründen, die vermeidbar wären." Das Land ist fast vollständig von Importen abhängig. Besonders der während des Konflikts zerstörte Hafen von Hudaida und der geschlossene Flughafen der Hauptstadt Sanaa erschweren die Lage.,1472596,35113886.html

26.1.2017 – Al Ahram (** B K P)

Yemen peace out of reach

The current lack of interest in the US in promoting a settlement in Yemen has diminished hopes for peace and left the situation prey to the dynamics of a conflict between the various Yemeni parties and between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

However, last week UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed attempted to kickstart a new round of talks, beginning with a meeting with the internationally recognised President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed presented Hadi with new information regarding the Kerry plan that the latter had rejected in November on the grounds that it “rewarded the Houthi coup-makers,” a reference to the Houthi Movement that now controls most of northern Yemen.

Neither political forces in Aden nor Houthi officials in Sanaa have issued any official response to the new Ould Cheikh Ahmed proposal. There is no sign of a breakthrough that might end the stalemate on the ground.

The area of Maareb in North Yemen, inhabited by Sunni tribes, is not under Houthi control, and some of the tribes are collaborating with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the local franchise of the terrorist organisation.

AQAP also threatens most of the cities controlled by Hadi in the south of the country,

Most commentators say that in the unified Yemen that has existed since 1990, the Shafie Sunni population is roughly equivalent to the Zaidi Shia population.

Kamal Kateb, a former professor of history at the University of Aden, maintains that the reason behind the Ould Cheikh Ahmed proposal is that the recognised government has been unable to achieve a military breakthrough against the Houthis

Hadi’s forces backed by the Arab Coalition recently opened a new front on Yemen’s Red Sea coast in a bid to march on Sanaa. Commenting on developments on the ground, Ahmed Bilal, who fought with Egyptian forces in the Yemeni War in the 1960s, said that the war in Yemen could not be won in the air.

“This attempt is doomed to failure, just like the attempts to invade the capital from the east from Maareb or from the south from Taiz. Hadi and coalition forces have not even been able to wrest predominantly Sunni-populated Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, from Houthi-Saleh control in the two years since the aerial bombardments began. How are they going to recapture Sanaa,” Bilal asked.

“If there is no political solution, the humanitarian situation will worsen. This alone is a source of major pressure on the international powers and the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia.”

Saudi Arabia is under considerable stress due to its ongoing involvement in the Yemeni war.

“Ultimately, Saudi Arabia wants the war to end today, not tomorrow,” al-Atwani continued. “It realises that a stable Yemen is in Saudi interests, while a rocky Yemen jeopardises the vital interests of Riyadh.”

Bilal observed that Hadi’s forces were divided between southerners affiliated with the separatist Southern Movement, militias belonging to the Islah Party (the political wing of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood) and Shias “who have no place with Saleh”.

This division “is a major reason why Hadi’s forces have been unable to benefit from the Gulf countries’ air support – by Haytham Nouri

My comment: A very reasonable article, although it is published in Egypt’s semi-official newspaper website.

28.1.2017 – AP (** B H)


Migrants from the Horn of Africa are flowing into Yemen at ever growing rates despite the nearly 2-year-old civil war that has thrown the country into its own humanitarian crisis of hunger and displacement. The migrants - many, like Farrag, fleeing drought or poverty back home - are hoping to cross Yemen and reach neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

More than 111,500 migrants landed on Yemen's shores last year, up from around 100,000 the year before

The chaos caused by the civil war has raised migrants' hopes that they can slip through to Saudi Arabia, with no central authority keeping watch. However, the turmoil has also left migrants vulnerable to abuse and cruelty at the hands of the armed trafficking rings, many believed connected to and acting with protection from the multiple militias involved in the war.

After taking migrants' money as payment to transport them, the traffickers often demand more, sometimes even phoning their families in Ethiopia so they can hear the torment their loved ones are subjected to. Rape is so widespread that women carry contraception for fear of becoming pregnant.

The fate of migrants in Yemen remains a black hole. It is not known how many become trapped and abused, but officials from the IOM and other U.N. agencies believe it is widespread. It is not even known how many eventually make it to Saudi Arabia, as the kingdom does not release figures.

Authorities in southern Yemen have carried out forced deportations of migrants at least seven times, IOM officials said.

The migrants were rounded up, packed onto small boats - as many as 150 to a vessel - and forced out to sea, according to Yemeni security officials in Aden. "They were led like animals with nothing with them but water," said one senior officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

There is torture, rape, and we have seen severe cases of abuse where the migrants lose their lives," al-Makhzomi said.

Nearly 30 percent of the migrants who have sought IOM help to return home said they had been approached by one of the warring parties in Yemen - or by militant groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State group - trying to recruit them as fighters, de Boeck said. An estimated 9,000 migrants are being held in prisons, whether by the rebels or by opposing factions.

De Boeck, the IOM chief in Sanaa, said that trafficking in human organs is also on the rise – BY MAAD AL-ZIKRY AND MAGGIE MICHAEL

26.1.2017 – Reuters (** B E H P)

Unpaid state salaries deepen economic pain in Yemen's war

Already suffering grievously under nearly two years of civil war, many thousands of Yemeni state workers now face destitution as their salaries have gone largely unpaid for months.

The immediate reason is a decision by the internationally-recognized government to shift Yemen's central bank out of Sanaa, the capital city controlled by the armed Houthi movement with which it is at war.

Underlying the bank's move to Aden, the southern port where the government is based, is a struggle for legitimacy between the two sides. The result is to deepen economic hardship when four-fifths of Yemen's 28 million people already need some form of humanitarian aid, according to U.N. estimates.

"I sold everything I have to cover the rent and the price of the children's school and food. I have nothing left to sell," said Ashraf Abdullah, 38, a government employee in Sanaa.

"Salaries have become a playing card in the war, and no one cares about the fate of the people who die of starvation every day," the father of two told Reuters.

The administration in Aden says it had to move the bank in August because the Houthis had looted the funds to pay soldiers and fighters waging war against it - a charge the group denies.

It has promised to pay salaries to public servants even in the main population centers which are mostly in Houthi hands. Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher said it had sent off a payment on Wednesday but banking sources say this covers only December, and four months of wages remain unpaid for most employees.

The crisis has affected tens of thousands of employees in Sanaa alone, a source in the Civil Services ministry said.

It is unclear how many of the 250,000 employees registered nationwide before the Houthis seized Sanaa in 2014 have received incomplete salaries - as a large proportion in government-held areas have been paid.

Nor is the number of public workers appointed by the Houthis after their rise to power, estimated in the tens of thousands.

The government denies it is trying to undermine support for the Houthis - whom it calls "coup militia" - by impoverishing state workers living under their rule. Instead, it accuses the Houthis of obstructing the payments and insists they be the ones to disburse the funds.

Diplomats and analysts worry about the consequences of transferring the bank away from its veteran staff in Sanaa.

"The new central bank in Aden remains unequipped - on the basis of manpower alone - to handle the duties that its predecessor institution did," said Adam Baron, a Yemen expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations – By Noah Browning =

Remark: There had been many articles on the problem of the Central Bank and the impact of its remove to Aden for economy and people.

26.1.2017 – Stop the war coalition (** A P)

Will Trump End U.S. Support for the Saudi-Led War upon Yemen?

Following President Trump’s inauguration, many questions are posed about the future direction of US foreign policy. During the election campaign, when questioned on the Middle East, Trump reiterated his opposition to, the Iraq war; US intervention against Assad rather than ISIS; and to the use of US ground troops where local states ought to intervene. Perhaps such shifts will lead him to withdraw support for the Saudi-led war upon Yemen?

In an extended interview with the New York Times in March of last year, Trump stated that “I’m not isolationist, but I am ‘America First’”. Intervention is then not ruled out, but measured first by internal US criteria.

Yet it is difficult to be certain. Throughout his campaign Trump made a point of distinction that US policy should be characterised by “unpredictability”. He objected to actions being announced beforehand, such as withdrawal from Iraq, or the current assault upon Mosul. He believes that concealing US intervention is an essential part of US tactics. We can then assume that much of what is to come will not be CC’d in advance. Or as he put it in an ABC news interview on 25th January 2017, “I wanna let the action take place before the talk takes place”.

In that interview he further said, “We have spent right now $6 trillion in the Middle East. And our country is falling apart … It’s been our longest war. We’ve been in there for 15,16 years. Nobody even knows what the date is because they don’t really know when we did start. But it’s time. It’s time”. This would seem to strongly suggest opposition to substantially committing new ground forces, or commencing any new war.

Yet it is difficult to be certain. Throughout his campaign Trump made a point of distinction that US policy should be characterised by “unpredictability”. He objected to actions being announced beforehand, such as withdrawal from Iraq, or the current assault upon Mosul. He believes that concealing US intervention is an essential part of US tactics. We can then assume that much of what is to come will not be CC’d in advance. Or as he put it in an ABC news interview on 25th January 2017, “I wanna let the action take place before the talk takes place”.

In that interview he further said, “We have spent right now $6 trillion in the Middle East. And our country is falling apart … It’s been our longest war. We’ve been in there for 15,16 years. Nobody even knows what the date is because they don’t really know when we did start. But it’s time. It’s time”. This would seem to strongly suggest opposition to substantially committing new ground forces, or commencing any new war.

But it is necessary to be guarded. In his election campaign, and in the ABC news interview, he reiterated his support for “safe zones in Syria”, whilst refusing to elaborate on the military procedure to secure these. And his major concern before and after the election has been Iran. He has characterised the Iranian nuclear deal as “one of the most incompetent deals of any kind I’ve ever seen”. He has spoken frequently about the supposedly malign rise of Iranian influence, in the ABC interview he said “Iran is taking over Iraq”.

On the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), he has focused on their vulnerability, and their wealth. In the NYT interview, he said “If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection I don’t think it would be around”.

A Huffington Post/YouGov poll in December 2016 revealed that of those who voted for Clinton, 36% regard the KSA as “friendly or an ally”, as against 38% who regard it as “unfriendly or an enemy”. Amongst those who voted for Trump, 25% regarded it as “friendly or an ally”, as against 59% who regard it as “unfriendly or an enemy”.

If President Trump wishes to end the war he has a simple expedient at hand. He can end US refuelling of the Saudi-led coalition planes. According to former Pentagon official, Pierre Sprey, this action would mean that planes would be confined to flying 5 to 15 minutes runs, instead of the current 1 to 3 hour runs. Obviously this would drastically reduce the scope of coalition bombing.

It seems unlikely Trump will do this. Despite the distancing, Trump still supports the KSA. In a Fox News interview, 4th January 2016, he said “…Iran, they’re looking to go into Saudi Arabia. They want the oil. They took over Yemen. I would want to protect Saudi Arabia”.

As Iran appears to be one of Trump’s main concerns in the Middle East he will want a settlement in Yemen which the Saudis can support. Two actions this week reinforce this. On January 22nd, the US carried out drone strikes inside Bayda province, Yemen. On the day after, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced arms sales to the KSA worth $525 million. Obviously the President could have stopped these, had he wished to – by Stephen Bell =

26.1.2017 – Telesur (** A P)

Helping Refugees Also Means Stopping the Wars Which Make Them

Trump, it seems, will not ban all Muslims. He’ll only ban Muslims whose countries and homes we are bombing.

It will be, in the words of Trump, a “big day for national security.” National security is a bit of a lie, a bit of a dog whistle to the United State’s white citizens – both the poor who imagine themselves as owning this country, and the very rich who in fact run this country.

For the former, its meaning is that their day-to-day safety rests on the lack of safety of others – especially those Brown and Muslim. “National security” means the erasure of entire societies in North Africa and Southwest Asia, and slamming shut ports of entry to those wars’ human debris.

It also means building a wall, supposedly to keep out the Mexicans and Central Americans upon whose land the Southwest of the United States was built and upon whose labor entire industries in the contemporary South rest.

For the rich, “national security” is the security of their wealth.

National security, more bluntly, is a lie which always goes hand-in-hand with a truth, the actual result of the U.S.’s pursuit of security for the wealthy: national insecurity for countries on the U.S. target list. These seven nations which supposedly are repositories of human insecurity are actually victims of the inhumane US security state.

Iran, a “security threat” for its non-existent nuclear arsenal, is under sanctions from the only country in history to use nuclear weapons to annihilate cities, and the holder of a myriad of nuclear bombs and missiles.

To label Iraq or Iraqis as security threats is just an obscenity. Iraq is wracked with U.S.-induced chaos,after a decade of sanctions followed by a war of aggression which killed hundreds of thousands of people, at least.

In Syria, U.S. arming continues amidst the pursuit of “national security.” Over 1 year ago, the Washington Post reported on a US$1 billion-per-year “secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria

For as Rabie writes, the war “is destroying the social fabric of the Syrian people, the culture of Syria, and of course destroying the idea of a future. Most people are trying to leave the country.” More so-called national security threats when they reach U.S. shores.

In Yemen The war has taken place primarily to prevent any sort of national-popular unity and to encourage the continued fracturing of the country, especially along Shi’ite-Sunni lines, setting in motion vicious circles of social schisms, sectarianism, devastation, and de-development.

The Executive Order will lean heavily on Islamophobia to bolster the measure within public opinion. It may partially exempt those facing “religious-based persecutions,” under the assumption that Christians, Jews, and others are not safe under Muslim-majority government.

Still, this does not really seem to be a Muslim ban. Muslim-majority countries that are loyal imperial outposts – Jordan, Saudi Arabia – are exempt. The listed countries are those upon whose people the U.S. has warred for almost 40 unceasing years. The number of refugees from these wars number in the millions.

After destroying their homes and countries, Trump wishes to forbid them entry to ours. This policy is savage and unacceptable. The borders ought to be open. Refugees are welcome here. The wars which make them and the men who make those wars are not – By: Max Ajl

Comment by Reza Aslan: A Christian fleeing discrimination in Yemen would be given entry, but a Shia facing death and starvation would not. pointing to his own article on CNN:

Comment: Look at image.

Comment by Trita Parsi: Iranians are by far largest group affected by Trump's Muslim ban. Ironic since there's more Americans in ISIS than Iranians... (infograph)

26.1.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B C K P)

The UK's century-long war against Yemen

Britain has waged war repeatedly to keep the country weak and divided and ensure Saudi dominance of the peninsula

Britain is backing a Saudi invasion of Yemen that has cost thousands of innocent lives. It is providing advanced weaponry to the Saudis, training their military and has soldiers embedded with them, helping with targeting of air strikes.

This is true of today. But it also describes exactly what was happening during the 1960s, in a shameful episode which Britain has, like so much of its colonial past, effectively whitewashed out of history.

In 1962, following the death of Yemeni King Ahmad, Arab nationalist army officers led by Colonel Abdullah Al-Sallal seized power and declared a republic. The royalists launched an insurgency to reclaim power, backed by Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel and Britain, whilst Nasser’s Egypt sent troops to support the fledgling republican government.

In his book Unpeople, historian Mark Curtis pieces together Britain’s “dirty war” in Yemen between 1962 and 1969, using declassified files which – despite their public availability and the incendiary nature of their revelations - have only ever been examined by one other British historian. British involvement spanned both Conservative and Labour governments, and implicated leading members of the British government in war crimes.

Just as today, the side under attack from Britain clearly had popular support – as British officials were well aware. Christopher Gandy - Britain's top official in Yemen’s cultural capital, Taiz - noted that the previous regime was "unpopular with large elements and those in many ways the best", describing it as "an arbitrary autocracy".

Dirty war

At first, Britain’s role was primarily to support and equip Jordan’s involvement in the war. Just as today, it was British-supplied fighter jets carrying out airstrikes on Yemen, with British military advisors embedded with their allies at the most senior level. This involvement stepped up a gear in March 1963, however, when Britain began covertly supplying weapons to the royalist forces themselves via their Gulf allies.

The following month, says MI6 biographer Stephen Dorrill, millions of pounds worth of light weapons were shipped from an RAF station in Wiltshire to the insurgents, including 50,000 rifles. At the same time, a decision was taken by Britain’s foreign minister (shortly to become prime minister) Alec Douglas-Home, MI6 chief Dick White and SAS founder David Stirling to send a British force to work directly with the insurgents. But to avoid parliamentary scrutiny and public accountability, this force would be comprised of mercenaries, rather than serving soldiers. SAS soldiers and paratroopers were given temporary leave to join this new force on a then handsome salary of £10,000 per year, paid for by the Saudi Prince Sultan. The same time as these decisions were taken, Douglas-Home told parliament that “our policy in Yemen is one of non-intervention in the affairs of that country. It is not therefore our policy to supply arms to the royalists in the Yemen”.

British officials also knew that their insurgency had no chance of winning. But this was not the point, for as Prime Minister Harold Macmillan told US President John Kennedy at the time: "I quite realise that the loyalists will probably not win in Yemen in the end but it would not suit us too badly if the new Yemeni regime were occupied with their own internal affairs during the next few years". What Britain wanted, he added, was "a weak government in Yemen not able to make trouble”.

The third war

So the current British-Saudi war against Yemen is in fact the third in a century. But why is Britain so seemingly determined to see the country dismembered and its development sabotaged?

Strange as it may seem, the answer is that Britain is scared of Yemen, the sole country on the Arab peninsula with the potential power to challenge the colonial stitch-up reached between London and the Gulf monarchies it placed in power in the 19th century, and who continue to rule to this day.

As Palestinian author Said Aburish has noted, the “nature of the Yemen was a challenge to the Saudis: it was a populous country with more than half the population of the whole Arabian peninsula, had a solid urban history and was more advanced than its new neighbour."

The potential power of a united, peaceful, Yemen was also highlighted by Kennedy Trevaskis, Aden’s High Commissioner in 1963-4, who noted that, if the Yemenis took Aden, "it would for the first time provide the Yemen with a large modern town and a port of international consequence" and "economically, it would offer the greatest advantages to so poor and ill developed a country".

A peaceful, united Yemen would threaten Saudi-British-US hegemony of the entire region. That is why Britain has, for over 80 years, sought to keep it divided and warring – by Dan Glazebrook

Comment by Judith Brown: An article by Dan Glazebrook. Of course imperial powers (and I guess our leaders see Britain that way still despite our diminishing place in the world) interfere. But surprisingly Yemeni people loved the British and. When I was in Yemen I was held in high regard as a 'Britisher'. But not so now - our terrible cooperation in this disgusting war had tarnished the British reputation. I hope the change is not permanent. The politician Andrew Mitchell who has just been to Yemen said that he met with hostility there simply because he was British. As so many have suffered so much in this war, and young men have had their futures stripped from them, it does not bode well for U.K. We must follow what Andrew Mitchell says and try the be a REAL honest broker relating to Yemen. We hold the pen on Yemen at the UN and we need to get the unfair 2216 changed to a petition for peace instead of a prescription for killing and destroying Yemen. We need to find a way to get the Saudis off the hook so that they can find a way to honourably stop bombing Yemen day after day. In his words, Yemen is not starving, it has s being starved and the British government is complicit. All must change or I fear for our future, our British future. Yemeni policy is a catalyst for extremism and violence - let's change it before it is too late.

cp2 Allgemein / General

29.1.2017 – Tasnim News (* B K P)

Saudi War on Yemen A Human Rights Embarrassment to US, UK: American Analyst

An American political commentator decried US and Britain for getting entangled in a Saudi-led war against Yemen, saying the arms sales to Saudi Arabia have brought international censure and “human rights embarrassment” to Washington and London.

In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Brian M Downing deplored the US and Britain for being “ensnared in a human rights embarrassment as their weapons cause death and destruction in civilian areas” of Yemen.

Mr. Downing is a national security analyst who has written for outlets across the political spectrum. He studied at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago and did post-graduate work at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs.

“The US has little geopolitical interest in Yemen, nor has Britain since it withdrew from Aden in 1967 after a 128-year presence. Yet both are involved in the present conflict, albeit largely behind the scenes. They are ensnared in a human rights embarrassment as their weapons cause death and destruction in civilian areas. The attention of both Washington and London, and most of the world as well, is elsewhere,” Downing explained.

“Criticism in the US and Britain is muted because of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its (Persian) Gulf allies. The trade is doing well. Indeed, Saudi and Qatari purchases have almost tripled in the last few years. This brings money to the West and gives Sunni princes considerable influence in western capitals, especially in Washington where defense industries constitute an important lobby and bestow generous contributions upon malleable politicians,” he added.

“Such emoluments aside, no leader, regardless of their position on human rights, can ignore an export market that brings in tremendous revenue and creates high-paying jobs. This is especially so as China and Russia are eager to supplant the West as arms suppliers in-chief and position themselves to gain influence in the (Persian) Gulf at America’s expense. Tragically, then, western arms will continue to flow and voices of protest will remain muted,” the analyst deplored.

Describing the current conflicts in Yemen as the third civil war in the Arab country, Mr. Downing said the conflict has been mainly triggered by “Saudi dissemination of intolerant Salafist beliefs – a creed whose more militant form inspires al-Qaeda and ISIL fighters.”

He further touched on the political situation of the Saudi royal family, saying, “The Saudi princes are widely involved with foreign affairs in and out of the Middle East but are reluctant to use their own troops – probably owing to concerns about their effectiveness, nepotism in officer corps and general staff, and the public's likely response to even moderate casualties. They are not eager to show the world, especially Iran, how feckless their lavishly equipped troops are.”

28.1.2017 – ARD (* A H K)

Film: Jemen: Der vergessene Krieg (11.12.2016)

Im Jemen tobt ein Bürgerkrieg, in den sich Saudi-Arabien und weitere Golfstaaten einmischen. Ein Krieg, auf den die Welt nicht schaut, in dem Tausende ihr Leben verloren haben, Hunderttausende auf der Flucht sind, Millionen hungern.

28.1.2017 – Klar sehen (* A H K)

Film: Der vergessene Krieg im Jemen - Hunger- & Kriegsleiden aufgrund illegalen Krieg Saudi Arabiens ...

Mein Kommentar: Als „Dauerfakenewssendung“ markiert: Geht es schon los mit der Zensur im Internet???

27.1.2017 – International Business Times (* B P)

Beheadings, hangings and firing squads: the death penalty is alive and kicking in the Gulf

Britain sees executors such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait as vital allies after Brexit.

Abbas al-Samea, a school teacher, was shot dead in Bahrain last Sunday (15 January 2017), even though he had an alibi from the school where he taught. He was executed by firing squad along with two other men, who all said police interrogators subjected them to torture, including electric shocks, beatings and sexual assaults, in order to obtain false confessions.

Sami Mushaima signed a confession document that he could not read; he was illiterate. The third man, a teenager, Ali al-Singace, was only 18 at the time of the alleged offence. He had been harassed by police since the age of 15. When he refused to work as an informant, they savagely beat him.

All the men were from opposition families, and even if they were not politically active themselves, it looks like they were targeted to punish their families.

The final insult – and breach of international law – was preventing the families from burying the bodies in a place of their choosing, leading to a ghostly procession of three empty coffins through Bahrain's streets.

Bahrain's executions were the first since 2010. Soon after, Kuwait followed suit, hanging seven people on Wednesday (25 January) – the country's first executions since 2013.

The parallels do not stop there. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia share a tendency to use the death penalty against political opponents, and people accused of involvement in protests calling for reform. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait share an appalling view that children should face the death penalty. In January 2016, the Saudi authorities executed Ali al Ribh.

This should matter to those of us in the UK, Europe, and US because our governments are close allies with all of these Gulf countries. Although the UK has abolished the death penalty domestically and is committed in principle to opposing its use around the world, British politicians are quite happy to do business in the Gulf, which is seen by some as a vital market once Britain leaves the European Union.

When there is so much business to be done, human rights seem to be taking a back seat. The UK provides assistance to the police in Saudi Arabia and death row guards in Bahrain, but this proximity has done little to make their security forces stop torturing suspects into making false confessions or putting protesters on death row.

This active assistance for security forces in the Gulf means that the UK has a responsibility to work against the death penalty and related human-rights abuses. The government – from the prime minister down – must make it crystal-clear that handing down death sentences to political opponents, torture victims and children is unacceptable, and would result in this assistance being shut off. Anything less risks leaving Britain complicit in some of the worst excesses of the death penalty – By Maya Foa, Reprieve

27.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy / Galina (A H K)

Hadi's gov't falsely claims Sana'a airport closure due to fighting being a "few kilometers away". Absolute lie. Fighting 65KM away.

More #AlternativeFacts from Hadi gov't. Humanitarian orgs systematically call for Sana'a airport to be reopened for aid & medevacs

26.1.2017 – Almasdar News (*/** B K)

Tracked Warcrimes by the US backed, Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

(Note: The following article was sent to us directly by the Houthi ( Ansarullah) Media Relations Department. We are just sharing it.)

Legal evidence & silence of international institutions

In the twenty-sixth of March 2015, under the pretext of bringing back legitimacy to Yemen, which is supposed to be represented by outgoing President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled to Riyadh requesting military intervention; to “re-impose his authority and legitimacy”; and to protect Yemen and Yemenis from what he called the Houthi aggression.

All the above, was According to what was said by decision-making circles in Saudi Arabia, and published by the Saudi news agency, quoting Hadis which was addressed to the leaders of the Gulf cooperation Council, dated March 24, 2015. Hadi, demanded in his message to intervene quickly to save what he called a tragic situation that experienced by Yemen. Based on the principle of self-defense Stipulated in Article (51) of the UN Charter, and based on the Charter of the League of Arab States, & the Arab joint defense Treaty.

Exiled President also asked in the alleged message published by the Saudi news Agency to provide all necessary means and measures of support, including military intervention to protect Yemen and its people from the continued Houthi aggression, & deter expected attacks at any hour on the city of Aden and the rest of the southern regions.

While resigned President Hadi acknowledged during an interview with Abu Dhabi TV, dated January 6, 2016, that he never knew about the "Decisive Storm" operation, he was informed on what was happening in the city of Ghaida while heading to Oman.

All that, after being told by the Americans that no one would intervene militarily in Yemeni affairs, contradicting the announcement made by the Government of Saudi Arabia that the military operation was a response to Hadis request.

Aggression on Yemen from the international law perspective

Through the study of justifications put forward by Saudi Arabia and its allies to wage their aggression on Yemen, based on the formal request of the fugitive, outgoing president Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi (as its expression), and dropping it on international law, this aggression is a clear violation of international law and contrary to evidence of texts, in particular paragraph ( 4) of Article (2) of the UN Charter, which prohibits the use of force in relations between states and reads as follows:

The twenty most brutal massacres committed by coalition countries

These Barbaric, Brutal, Shocking massacres, and through a closer look at the places that have been targeted, which varied between popular neighborhoods heavily populated, markets, camps of displaced people, schools, factories, civilian facilities, and even reached weddings & funeral halls, confirms beyond any doubt, that the US-UK backed Saudi-UEA led coalition is practicing killing & genocide against the entire Yemeni people and in a premeditated & deliberate way.

Aggression Crimes from the perspective of international humanitarian law

According to a study by the International Committee of Red Cross about the customary international humanitarian law in (rule 1):

“One of the basic rules of international humanitarian law is required & must be keen by all parties, is to always "distinguish between civilians & combatants," especially at the level of "directing attacks only against combatants", and the inadmissibility directed towards civilians ever”.

In addition to a similar distinction rule between "civilian objects" & "military targets", where these rules constitute an integral part of one of the basic principles, that is, (the principle of distinction).

Moreover, intentionally directed attacks on civilians who are not taking part in hostilities, either it was directly or against civilian objects, a War Crime. It also prohibited to wage disproportionate attacks, which are attacks that could cause loss in life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects accidentally, or causing both things at the same time, as the damage is excessive comparing to the concrete and direct military advantage that may be achieved by it, So launching a disproportionate attack is a War Crime.

Mass death by internationally banned bombs and explosives

At the time the US-UK backed Saudi-UEA-Led aggression coalition on Yemen did not satisfied with, targeting civilians intentionally with heavy-weight missiles & bombs, and even reached a level of savagery and criminality somewhat overwhelming desired in making greatest destruction possible, in addition to trying to Harvest the largest number of victims, The US-Saudi coalition & their allies used the worst & most deadly internationally banned weapons, starting with Thermobaric bombs, which are equivalent in the destruction it make the nuclear weapons, reaching to phosphorous, gas, & fissile cluster Bombs – By Rune Agerhus

Comment by Judith Brown: A report from the Houthi administration on massacres in Yemen. Most of these have been confirmed in other reports from other sources. The language is obviously polemic.

26.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Years later, #Yemen's horrific events will be in history books & you'll need to explain why you ignored atrocity. So #StandWithYemen now.

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (* A K)

Yemen confirms air navigation safety at Sana’a Int’l Airport

Yemen’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday confirmed the air navigatin safety at the Sana’a International Airport in the capital to receive humanitarian aid, in a statement received by Saba.
In the statement, the ministry renewed its call to the international community and the United Nations to put pressure for immediate end to the Saudi-led aggression war against the Yemeni people and lift the air, sea and land commercial blockade imposed by the Saudi aggression on the Yemeni people since two years ago, which has caused widespread famine among millions of Yemenis.
The ministry also denied propaganda circulated by the Saudi-paid mercenary media about the safety of the Sana’a international airport, which the ministry said the Saudi-paid propaganda aims to make Yemenis suffer more from the ongoing food shortage and push them to starve to death.
“The airport is completely ready to receive all humanitarian aid planes, import food and medicine and airlift patients overseas to receive medical treatment,” the ministry reaffirmed.

Remark: By the Sanaa (Houthi / Saleh) government.

23.9.2015 – Consortium News (* A K) P)

Warum schweigt der Westen über den Krieg im Jemen?

Die Anthropologin Martha Mundy beklagt das Schweigen der großen Mächte über den Krieg im Jemen. Sie erinnert an die Herausforderungen, die dieses Land für Saudi-Arabien und Israel bietet.

Was steht auf dem Spiel im Jemen, wenn weit mehr systematische Verstöße gegen die Genfer Konvention als in jedem anderen Krieg, den die westlichen Mächte in letzter Zeit gegen die arabische Welt (Irak, Syrien, Libyen und Gaza) unterstützt haben, mit solchem Stillschweigen beantwortet werden?

Wie ein israelischer Beamter des Außenministeriums hervorhob, sind die Grundsätze des internationalen Menschenrechts, die im Jemen systematisch verletzt werden, genau jene, auf die sich die UN-Körperschaften, die westlichen Medien und die Nichtregierungsorganisationen berufen, wenn sie Israel Kriegsverbrechen in Gaza vorwerfen.

Mit anderen Worten: Mit ihrem Schweigen und der Unterstützung für die Bombardierungen durch die Koalition akzeptiert die internationale Gemeinde die Abschaffung jedes rechtlichen Bezugsrahmens für den Kriegsfall.

Dies ist ein hoher Preis für den Sieg in einem Konflikt, der anscheinend so unbedeutend ist, dass es fast keine Presseberichterstattung darüber gibt.

Wie wird uns dieser Konflikt erklärt? Sprecher der westlichen Regierungen behaupten, dass eine Miliz (Ansar Allah) die Hauptstadt übernommen und die legitime Regierung ins Exil vertrieben hat. So erachtete der Weltsicherheitsrat (minus Russland) als Verfechter von „Legitimität“ es als lebenswichtig, die frühere Regierung wieder einzusetzen, obwohl die Masse der jemenitischen Nationalarmee auf die Seite der Ansar Allah-Bewegung übergelaufen ist, die selbst eine substantielle Basis in Sanaa und im Norden des Landes hat. Das ist bekannt. Aber selten werden wir daran erinnert, dass vor einem Jahr unter der Schirmherrschaft der Vereinten Nationen ein politisches Abkommen („Frieden und nationale Partizipation“) von Ansar Allah und anderen jemenitischen Parteien unterzeichnet wurde – daraufhin der UN-Vertreter entlassen [1] und ein anderer ernannt wurde und man die politischen Diskussionen mit der Ansar Allah-Bewegung beendete und ein Militärbündnis einsetzte, um die „Legitimität“ im Jemen wiederherzustellen.

Da diese Koalition nicht nur bei der Zerstörung des Jemens, sondern auch des Rechts selbst mitmacht, wäre die Fortsetzung politischer Verhandlungen mit Sicherheit ein günstigerer Preis gewesen.

Was noch steht auf dem Spiel, dass die Koalition ungehindert sechs Monate lang zum Klang des weltweiten Stillschweigens bombardieren durfte?

Geht es nur ums Geld? Offensichtlich können Saudi-Arabien (mit mehr britischen Flugzeugen als die britischen Streitkräfte) und der Golf-Kooperationsrat (GCC) eine Menge Medien, Waffen und Menschen einkaufen. Dennoch geht die Unterstützung durch die USA, Frankreich und Großbritannien für die Koalition über das hinaus, was man – selbst heute – mit Geld kaufen kann. Also was noch steht auf dem Spiel?

Der Versuch einer Antwort:

Die Franzosen, die die Seeblockade ermöglichen, haben immer noch eine Basis in Dschibuti. Sie erlaubt es ihnen, als Spieler im globalen Netzwerk (mit Diego Garcia und 1400 US-amerikanischen Überseebasen), das seit den Zeiten des Kalten Krieges ausgeweitet wurde, weiterhin beteiligt zu sein. Dschibutis Hauptaufgabe liegt heute vermutlich nicht über, sondern unter Wasser: die Überwachung der Kommunikationsleitungen zwischen China, Asien und dem Westen, die auf dem Meeresboden liegen. Obwohl Besucher in Dschibuti möglicherweise nur französische Kampfschwimmer sehen, die tauchen, um die Kabel zu kontrollieren, muss es eine weitergehende Zusammenarbeit mit israelischen Unterseebooten geben, die im Roten Meer patroullieren.

Die Franzosen, die die Seeblockade ermöglichen, haben immer noch eine Basis in Dschibuti. Sie erlaubt es ihnen, als Spieler im globalen Netzwerk (mit Diego Garcia und 1400 US-amerikanischen Überseebasen), das seit den Zeiten des Kalten Krieges ausgeweitet wurde, weiterhin beteiligt zu sein. Dschibutis Hauptaufgabe liegt heute vermutlich nicht über, sondern unter Wasser: die Überwachung der Kommunikationsleitungen zwischen China, Asien und dem Westen, die auf dem Meeresboden liegen. Obwohl Besucher in Dschibuti möglicherweise nur französische Kampfschwimmer sehen, die tauchen, um die Kabel zu kontrollieren, muss es eine weitergehende Zusammenarbeit mit israelischen Unterseebooten geben, die im Roten Meer patroullieren.

Diese Koalition soll die erste Übung einer „schnellen Einsatztruppe“ des Golf-Kooperationsrates (engl. GCC) sein, die diskret von israelischen und US-amerikanischen Offizieren beraten wird – von Martha Mundy

and English version:

23.9.2015 – Consortium News (* B K P)

Yemen as Laboratory: Why is the West So Silent About This Savage War?

What is at stake in Yemen that far more systematic violations of the Geneva Conventions than in any of the recent wars which Western powers have supported in the Arab world (Iraq, Syria, Libya and Gaza) are met with resounding silence.

By its silence and support for Coalition bombing in Yemen, the international community completes the erasure of legal reference in war.

That is a big price to pay for success in a conflict seemingly so minor it receives virtually no press coverage.

How is the conflict explained to us? Spokesmen of Western governments state that a militia movement (Ansarallah) took over the capital forcing out the legitimate government. Thus, as upholders of ‘legitimacy,’ the UNSC (minus Russia) judged it vital to reinstate the earlier government, even though the bulk of the Yemeni national army came over to the side of the Ansarallah, itself with a substantial popular base in Sanaa and the north. This is evident. But rarely are we reminded that a year ago, under UN auspices a political agreement (‘Peace and National Participation’) was co-signed by the Ansarallah and other Yemeni parties, only for the UN representative to be fired, another appointed, political discussions with the Ansarallah movement terminated, and a military Coalition assembled to reinstate ‘legitimacy’ inside Yemen.

As the Coalition has gone on to destroy not only Yemen but law itself, surely continuing political negotiation would have been a lower price to pay?

Why was it not?

So what else is at stake that the Coalition has been left to bomb for six months to the sound of world silence?

Is it just money? Obviously Saudi Arabia (with more British airplanes than the British army) and the GCC can buy a lot of media, weapons, and people. Yet the support of the US, France and the UK to the Coalition goes beyond what money can buy, even today. So what else is at stake?

A tentative answer:

The French, who are facilitating the naval blockade, still have a base in Djibouti. It allows them to continue as players in a global network (Diego Garcia and 1400 US overseas bases) expanded from the days of the Cold War. Today, Djibouti’s major function may be not just above, but under, water: to watch the communication cables, which pass between China, Asia and the West that lie on the sea bed.

The Coalition is meant to be the first exercise of a GCC ‘rapid deployment force’ advised discreetly by Israeli and American officers. Such coordination in the attack of an Arab country is novel – by Martha Mundy

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27.1.2017 – Alexandre Faite, red Cross (A H)

War surgery seminar aims to guide Yemeni surgeons to save many lives using basic resources while suffering from medical shortage” #Yemen (photo)

27.1.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A H)

Film (Arabic): More than 50% of the population of the Directorate Udayn in Ibb under poverty line

27.1.2017 – UNICEF Yemen (* A H)

Film. Listen to #Yemen children (subbed in Eng). 3.1M displaced & many lost homes. 2M kids out of school. Numbers are huge considering pop is 27M.

Children driven from their homes and their schools and their families and friends - and they found themselves displaced in search of safety

27.1.2017 – Red Cross (A H)

Despite the tense situation, @ICRC was able to distribute bread for 250.000 people in besieged #Taiz. and (with film: Arabic)

27.1.2017 – Alexandre Faite, Red Cross (A H)

Back from the town of Dhubab, behind the frontline on Red Sea coast, to assess potential humanitarian needs arising from military offensive (photos)

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Brave of @ICRC_ye chief in #Yemen to visit area where intense fighting/bombing now. To all orgs putting life on line to help us, thank you.

26.1.2017 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (A H)

Map: Yemen Crisis - Humanitarian Overview - January 2017 - ECHO Daily Map | 26/01/2017 and in full: =

26.1.2017 – Your Ability (A H)

Update on Little Mayasa from Your Ability Organisation:

'Your Abilities organization was able to do the necessary preparation and blood transfer to prepare the child Mayasa Mohammed Hayel to eradicate tumor cancer from the stomach, which is the second operation for her.
The first operation was to eradicate tumor cancer from her eye, and will continue to determine the pernicious tumor.
We hope from God to make her get well soon and a successful opearation. We will be with her until she recovers her health and her sight .
Thank God and then thanks everyone who followed this case with us and all who take part in her treatment. (photos)

My comment: One onf the many who need medical treatment abroad – and cannot get it because the Saudis block Sanaa airport since 6 month now.

26.1.2017 – US Agency for International Development (* A H)

Yemen Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #5 Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Key developments; US humanitarian founding and in full:

26.1.2017 – US Agency for International Development (A H)

Map: Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 01/26/17) and in full

25.1.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Yemen: Humanitarian Dashboard (January - December 2016)

From January to December 2016, national and international humanitarian partners have reached 5.6 million people with some form of direct humanitarian assistance across Yemen's 22 governorates. This has been accomplished despite continued conflict and access constraints imposed by the parties to the conflict.

Lack of funds has also limited the response. The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan received 60 per cent funding against the 1.6 billion appeal to date. and in full:

11.1.2017 – IHH (A H)

Aid delivered to 550,000 people in Yemen

IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has distributed food, ‘udhiyah meat, water and healthcare aid to 551,300 people in Yemen during the year 2016

The economic and social structure is a wreck due to current conflict and political instability in Yemen. Government has been unable to deliver service to the people for quite some time now. Therefore IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation carried out aid operations in Yemen, which faces a serious humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing conflict.

In this regard IHH has reached out to 551,300 people in total through the distribution of 20,000 food hampers including baby formulas, of 150 tons of flour, 1,300 shares of udhiyah meat, of water supplies to 300,000 residents.

This month IHH will reach to another five thousand people to delivery emergency food hampers. The foundation will moreover set up medical clinics in certain areas, which shall be identified accordingly, to deliver healthcare service to the residents. =

9.12.2016 – Doctors Without Borders (* A H)

Film: Yemen: Aden Boat logistics

Ravaged by war, Yemen is facing a humanitarian crisis
More than 1,500 Doctors without Borders (MSF) staff support or work at 30 medical centres throughout the devastated country
But medics need medical supplies

My comment: Impressive. And always in danger to be bombed by the Saudis who pretend to secure shipment in these waters while they already had bombed many smaller fishing and refugee vessels.

5.7.2016 – UNICEF Yemen (* A H)

Film: The deterioration of healthcare in Yemen

Many hospitals in Yemen were destroyed due to the conflict. Some doctors and nurses had no choice but to use caves as healthcare centers to provide healthcare to the people in Sa'ada city.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

29.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A)

Houthis blow up eight houses in Ibb

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh on Sunday blew up a number of houses in Hazam al-Odain district, Ibb governorate.

Local sources told Alsahwah Net that the Houthis were preparing to blow up other houses in al-Odain district.

Militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday deported the residents of al-Duhaimeyah village in Hazam al-Odain after the Houthis attempted to prevent the Houthis from abducting four civilians.

Militias of the Houthis and Saleh committed over 154 violations and crimes in Ibb during last December alone, rights group reported.

My comment: By anti-Houthi Islah Party media.

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

Army's salaries for September 2016 to be paid: Defense Minister

Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser al-Atifi said the salaries of the army forces for September 2016 will be paid next week, in a statement received by Saba on Saturday.
The minister said his ministry is paying more attention and care to the army affiliates and pledged to improve all situations of the military institutions and troops, particularly during this critical moment where the nation has been facing the most barbaric Saudi aggression war since two years against the Yemeni people.

My comment: The end of payments by the state was a consequence of Hadi’s Central Bank maneuvers. Now, the Houthi / Saleh side seems to pay the military first. What about the civil employees and the retired?

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Prime Minister receives Chief of IOM mission in Yemen

The meeting touched upon the project of fighting against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS disease, which funded by the Global Fund to fight the three diseases, and the current cooperation between the organization and the Ministry of Public Health and Population in this aspect.
The prime minister confirmed the government's support to the IOM activities in Yemen, including the cooperation in the implementation of the project to fight those diseases in the targeted areas.

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

SPC calls Int'l community to lift air embargo on Sana'a Airport

The Supreme Political Council (SPC) called on Saturday the international community to lift the air embargo imposed by the Saudi-led aggression coalition on Sana'a International Airport and to end all forms of unjust siege on Yemen.
In its meeting, which was chaired by Vice-President Dr. Qasim Labuza, the council confirmed that the blockade has affected the lives and rights of citizens and expanded the circle of poverty and need and is a disgrace to the silent and complicit international institutions.

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Security services dismantle IED in Baidha

The IED was planted in the public road linking between Hamat Sarar and al-Manaseh areas in the district, the official explained.

27.1.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Leader of Revolution declares mass mobilization to defend Yemen

Leader of the Yemeni Revolution, Sayyed Abdul Malik al-Houthi, on Friday declared mass mobilization to defend Yemen against the US-backed Saudi aggression war.
"The US-backed Saudi aggression regime seeks to push the Yemeni people to lose their dignity and independence in order to directly dominate them and our country,” leader al-Houthi said in a lecture about the mass mobilization broadcasted by the state satellite televisions late on Friday.
The leader calls for “the public mobilization with awareness to defend the country against the two-year long unjust US-Saudi aggression war that aims to split the Yemeni nation and territories.”
“We are in the face of the enemy and have come to the most dangerous stage ... The enemy is keen to achieve any progress now on the Yemeni soil to give it as a gift to their backer, the US President Trump,” the leader said.
The leader warned that the enemy today concentrate its aggression war on the Red Sea coasts and some front lines, particularly Nehm area, calling for the national army forces and popular committees to do their national duties to defend the nation. and also

My comment: The headline of the Press TV article – not mentioned in the article again – would be propaganda nonsense.

27.1.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* B P)

Yemen’s Saleh has never been gone in order to ‘return’ to the political scene

Names, places, events and dates circulate the mainstream Yemen analytical discourse, but one very important man is almost never spoken about: ex-President Saleh.

Saleh’s ‘resignation’ and the coup

Any lasting hopes for a democratic Yemen were shattered when Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected as President in a one-man poll. The former vice president “won” 99.8 per cent of the votes.

Hadi’s leadership was weak, and he showed little initiative to honour the revolutionary spirit to create a fairer system. His weakness in blocking the Houthi takeover of Sana’a in 2014 effectively enabled it to happen, and although arguably he was not given enough time to do anything about it, corruption within the system was never fully addressed.

Some of the initial supporters of the coup rejoiced at the fact that a man — Hadi — with such proximity to the Saleh regime is, to all intents and purposes, no longer actually in power, but “rules” from exile in Riyadh. Many have tried to deny that Saleh had a connection with the Houthi coup and pressed on the fact that the Houthis fought six wars with him as president, along with being among the protestors during the Arab Spring. They looked past the fact that Saleh was not a man of principle, but a man of self-interest, and the Houthis, whose primary interest was to succeed in their power grab, knew that they would not have been able to do anything without his assistance.

Saleh’s underground support network

Last weekend, Al-Jazeera released a report exposing Saleh’s money-laundering activities. It revealed that Saleh’s son, Khaled Ali Abdullah Saleh, conducted a series of money-laundering schemes for his father in five countries, to bypass sanctions that were put in place against the former dictator in November 2014. Saleh senior transferred his bank accounts and overseas shares to Khaled, who then established an investment company in the UAE.

The international community

Saleh has also attempted to pull diplomatic strings with regional and global powers. By forming a strategic alliance with the Houthis, he guaranteed himself Iranian support by proxy. However, this wasn’t enough, and he has worked hard to get the support of the Kremlin, a task he underestimated.

Saleh has also been included in peace negotiations despite the fact that he is no longer ruling Yemen. It is arguable that as a primary instigator of violence and instability, communication with Saleh to find a political solution is necessary. However, this must be done within the context of holding him accountable as a corrupt dictator and war criminal. All of the past UN-brokered peace talks have enabled Saleh’s self-proclaimed legitimacy and have placed little to no tangible emphasis on his accountability. The fact that the UN Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, included Saleh’s GPC in a peace deal proposal to end the violence and form a unity government further proves that his attempts to force himself back into the Yemeni political system are working.

Before Saleh stepped down, he warned that, without him, Yemen would “turn into another Somalia.” We can see now that his statement was not a warning, it was a threat – by Diana Alghoul

My comment: Very critical to Saleh. In any case, he and his followers still are a very important political force which could not be excluded from a peace solution. The author claims that Saleh should be held accountable for his crimes as a dictator. But with this pretense, Saleh never would give up. Even if this might be imperfect – let him go into exile and don’t ask anything else.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well I'm not a fan of Saleh though he has his fanatical supporters in Yemen, but balanced by an equal number that do not like him, and with good cause - although anyone who stays in power for 33 years inevitably has to have a network of manipulation and corruption. But he was for so long 'our' dictator and that enabled him to stay in power. So of course the corruption outlined in the Al Jazeera programme is true. But at least Saleh has stayed in Yemen and is guarded by other Yemenis. On the other hand Hadi cannot stay inside Yemen and stays in Riyadh or in an Emirati warship guarded by his Emirati guards. Hadi is the one unifying factor in Yemen - everyone almost hates him except his small coterie of supporters who no doubt have hopes that the international community will 'restore' him as president and they will be rewarded for their loyalty. They rely on the support of America. But in the peace talks that will have to happen one day maybe he can be the fall guy, the one whom Saudis Americans and British can say fooled them and caused them to go along with the war. But this article by a very pro Hadi group operating from U.K. I think is a very biased anti Saleh tirade. Yes it's true. But Saleh has supporters and he has to be part of the peace plans. Hadi is irrelevant and even a few months ago the Saudis and UN considered sidelining him to get a peace solution, but it came to nothing.

26.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A H P)

Houthi gunmen loot WFP aid trucks heading to al Baidha

The Houthi militants have looted aid trucks provided by the WFP to the people affected by war in al Baidha governorate, central Yemen, according to local sources.

The sources told Almasdaronline that the Houthi militants have stopped trucks loaded with humanitarian aides and were on the way to the people affected by the war in Thi Naim district in al Baidha governorate, and took them to their warehouses.

A humanitarian relief source said that the aides, that included necessary foodstuff, were supposed to be distributed to 2800 families in the area.

It is noteworthy that the Houthi militias have earlier confiscated a number of aid trucks provided by international organizations for those affected by war in several governorates

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K P)

Tribesmen meet to reinforce front lines

A large tribal meeting was held in al-Jawf governorate to declare a tribal mobilization to reinforce front lines against the US-backed Saudi aggression war against the Yemeni people.
The meeting, held on Wednesday evening, attended by tribal chieftains and son of the governorate tribes.

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

28.1.2017 – Terror Monitor (A T)

#AlQaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (#AQAP) Claims Killing A Belt Forces Cmdr & 3 Soldiers In Lawder, #Abyan Province. #TerrorMonitor (image)

27.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Gunmen assassinate high-ranking officer in Marib

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday assassinated the chief of Ibb Traffic Police Col. Abdul-Wahab Sha'alan while he was in a barbershop in the town of Marib.

Local sources affirmed that three persons in security uniforms fired five shots on Sha'alan and escaped, pointing out that local residents saw the gunmen on a vehicle and thought that they were pursing criminals.

Sha'alan had left Ibb with the aim of joining the Yemeni army in Marib, but he was assassinated, media sources told Alshwah Net.

Security services in Marib could arrest a number of cells which had connections to the Houthis and ousted President Ali Saleh and which were operating to destabilize the governorate of Marib which is run by the legitimate government.

27.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Endowment Minister: Restricting moderate political movements serves terrorism

The Endowment and Guidance Minister Dr. Ahmed Ateyah has called for exerting more efforts to fight terrorism inside and outside Yemen.

In an interview with Rushad Satellite Channel, he said that moderate Islamic movements should be given chances to take part in the fight against terrorism, calling to differentiate between different movements.

He indicated that restriction against the political Islam has contributed in the growth and expansion of terrorist groups.

"Though some political Islamic movements took part in political process an democracy, they are excluded by those who claim that they fight terrorism" he added.

"The continuation of restriction will be in favor of terror and violence groups".

He said that Iran has a project which aims to harm Arab countries, warning against the politicizing of school curricula on the basis of sectarianism.

My comment: Minister of Aden Hadi government. What groups does he refer to? Is Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood) actually restricted by the Hadi government? I don’t think so. – The last paragraph is pure propaganda bullshit. “the politicizing of school curricula on the basis of sectarianism” is most extreme in Saudi Arabia; the IS caliphate schools almost use the very same texts.

26.1.2017 – Southern Hirak (A P)

Want to know why there's a conflict in #Yemen? Why North Yemen insist on "Unity or Death" It all comes down to taking #SouthYemen resources (image)

My comment: Southern separatists’ view.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

O’Brien address: Look at cp1

27.1.2017 – Inner City Press (A P)

Film: innercitypress 'any discussion of right violations by #Saudi bombing in #Yemen ?' @OlofBSkoog : 'Not really'

27.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

What's missing from mainstream is fact Saudi backed #Yemen gov't continues to shoot down peace plans to end war

27.1.2017 – AWD News (A P)

The United Nations lost its credibility in Yemen

"The visit of UN special envoy for Yemen to Sanaa was out of political pressure," said a spokesman for Ansar Allah, stressing that the reputation of the United Nations is missing in Yemen.
Mohammed Abdulsalam, the spokesman for Ansar Allah, criticized the UN performance in solving the Yemeni crisis politically and said the United Nations lost its honor and prestige in Yemen, and the only thing that is matter to these international organizations is ‘the censorship of Saudi crimes in Yemen.’

“The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, visited Sanaa to put political pressure on Ansar Allah at a time when invasion and offensive were increased,” he added.

26.1.2017 – UN Security Council (* A P)

Viable Peace Proposal within Reach of Both Parties to Yemen Conflict, despite Heavy Fighting, Special Envoy Tells Security Council


Special Envoy Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed recalled that during a meeting hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister in Riyadh on 18 December 2016, senior officials from Oman, United Arab Emirates, United States and the United Kingdom had concluded with calls for a rapid cessation of hostilities. “We are committed to ensuring that the upcoming cessation of hostilities will be durable and provide real relief to the Yemeni people,” he said, adding that his office had completed preparations for a five-day planning meeting to develop a joint implementation plan.

Welcoming Yemen’s commitment to send representatives to the planning meeting, he said the Riyadh meeting had called for the parties to work urgently with him on the basis of proposals, adding that he would continue to consult with them in order to bring their views respective closer. The proposals were based on the outcomes of meetings in Kuwait, and were consistent with both the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and Security Council resolution 2216 (2015), offering a path back to an orderly transition, based on the national dialogue outcomes, he said.

He went on to state that, while Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress had accepted the road map as a basis for consultations last November, their unwillingness to discuss security arrangements seriously did not help to advance peace. He expressed disappointment over their decision to appoint a parallel government, and urged President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to commit himself to consultations based on the proposals, since his repeated criticism of the road map would only slow Yemen’s progress towards ending the war.

“There is a clear path out of the violence,” he said, emphasizing that his proposals reflected the concerns and needs of both sides, and took Yemen’s political, security and social situations into consideration. They would provide a return to peace and the resumption of a peaceful transition, he said, calling on the parties to demonstrate the statesmanship to engage with him on the basis of the proposals. I hope Yemeni leaders will be able to see the impact that this tragedy has had on the country, make the bold decision to commit to a political solution and put an end to the senseless violence.”

Also briefing, Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that 18.8 million people — two thirds of the population — required humanitarian and protection assistance, and 2 million were internally displaced. People were perishing from hunger and restricted access had kept much-needed assistance from reaching them. The conflict was now the primary driver of the world’s largest food-security emergency, he said. Gender-based violence had increased by more than 60 per cent since the start of the conflict.

He asked the Council to call for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities,

Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany (Yemen) expressed readiness to work with the Secretary-General in seeking a solution to the conflict. Since the Houthi coup, the Government had rejected bullying and supported national dialogue, he said, emphasizing that upholding international resolutions would end the coup and restore peace. For its own part, Yemen was committed to peace and did not support efforts to legitimize the coup, he said, recalling that Sana’a had accepted the Special Envoy’s plan on the de-escalation committee in December 2016, while the coup leaders had rejected it.

A collective punishment was now being exerted against Yemenis, with coup leaders stealing State resources, he said.

Elbio Rosselli (Uruguay) expressed support for ending the conflict and resuming negotiations. Condemning indiscriminate attacks, he said stability depended on commitment on the part of regional stakeholders and those with influence over the parties. There was no room for double standards, he said, emphasizing that if air strikes were condemned in Syria, they should also be condemned in Yemen. =

My comment: A partly bizarre piece of theatre. The UN envoy to Yemen is bound to a former inadequate SC resolution which hinders him to find a realistic new approach to the problem. The humanitarian situation is terrible, as O’Brien tells to the SC. Yemen is only represented by one side of the conflict; this representative labels his own party as “Yemen” and is spreading his party’s propaganda. And just the representative of tiny Uruguay simple tells the obvious truth nobody else there wants to see.

26.1.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A P)

Cartoonist Sammer Alshameri expose @OSESGY role in #Saudi war on #Yemen (image)

26.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis: Ould Cheikh met Hisham Sharaf as foreign minister

Militias of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh has stated that the UN Special Envoy to Yemen met Hisham Sharaf as a foreign minister, not as an official of the General People's Congress.

Ould Cheikh had remarked that he met Sharaf as an official of the General People's Congress, pointing out that the international community only recognize the legitimate government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

My comment: Well, he actually IS Foreign minister. For the propaganda nonsense the Hadi government is making because of that meeting look at YPR 258, cp7.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

27.1.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Breaking: #Saudi Monarchy forces bomb Shia city of Awamya, the old city that dates 2000 years back. Wire services are silent

26.1.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Film: This is how #Saudi social police behave with Saudi women.
Social police or religious police is the one who looks people to not do anything (Clothing, marketing,...) against al-saud belif.

cp9 USA

Siehe cp1 / Look at cp1 ( US, saudis, und terroists; Trump and Saudis; Trump's "muslim ban")

Siehe / Look at cp14 (US attack at houses)

27.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K)

More photos of #RSAF 12-1003 #F15SA loaded with 2000lb GBU-50 & 500lb GBU-49, Jan 26 — by: Stijovich

RSAF 12-1002 #F15SA during a test flight at Palmdale, Jan 26 — by: @ShorealoneFilms

RSAF 12-1003 #F15SA carrying 2000lb GBU-50 & 500lb GBU-49 enhanced dual-mode bombs during flight testing, Jan 26 — by: @ShorealoneFilms

My comment: US-Saudi complicity in images.

26.1.2017 – Konjunktion (* A K P)

USA: Wieder 1,85 Milliarden für Waffen an Saudi-Arabien und Kuwait genehmigt

Bislang hat wider Erwarten der neue US-Präsident Donald Trump einige seiner Wahlkampfversprechen umgesetzt bzw. eingeleitet. Ein wichtiger Aspekt seines Wahlkampfs jedoch scheint bei ihm in Vergessenheit geraten zu sein: die Finanzierung und Waffenlieferungen an das Regime in Riad. Während er die damals noch im Weißen Haus sitzende Obama-Administration zurecht scharf wegen der Waffengeschäfte mit Saudi-Arabien kritisierte, scheint er sich nicht mehr so recht daran erinnern zu wollen – jetzt wo er selbst im Oval Office sitzt. Am Montag gab nämlich das US-Außenministerium das erste Waffengeschäft bekannt, das von der neuen Regierung genehmigt wurde. Umfang und Empfänger: 1,85 Milliarden US-Dollar für Saudi-Arabien und Kuwait:

Die Verkäufe, sobald sie finalisiert sind, umfassen 525 Million US-Dollar für Beobachtungsballons nach Saudi-Arabien; 400 Millionen US-Dollar an Hubschrauberbewaffnung und Luft-Luft-Raketen nach Kuwait; und 400 Millionen US-Dollar für die Wartungsunterstützung für Großbritanniens Flotte von C-17 Frachtjets. Am Donnerstag, dem Tag vor Trumps Amtseinführung, hatte das Außenministerium dem Kongress mitgeteilt, dass es sich darauf vorbereit, Kenia für 418 Millionen US-Dollar Propellerhilfsflugzeuge und Begleitwaffen zu verkaufen, aber öffentlich wurde das Geschäft erst am Montag gemacht. Das seltsam aussehende Flugzeug, bekannt als Air Tractor 802L, wird wahrscheinlich von den kenianischen Kräften verwendet, um die terroristische Gruppe al-Shabab zu jagen.

Anscheinend sieht auch Trump kein Problem darin, der saudischen Diktatur Waffen zu liefern, die dann gegen die Houthis in Jemen eingesetzt werden.

Natürlich wurde das Geschäft mit Saudi-Arabien und Kuwait noch von der alten Obama-Administration eingefädelt. Aber trotzdem muss man festhalten, dass Trump, trotz seiner richtigen Aussagen im Wahlkampf, dass Riad den Terrorismus unterstützt und als Erfüllungsgehilfe/Proxy der USA in der Region dient, scheinbar nichts dagegen unternehmen will. Es wäre eine Leichtigkeit gewesen, diese 1,85 Milliarden zu stoppen bzw. erst einmal einzufrieren und Verhandlungen darüber zu führen. Leider führt er Stand heute die Versorgung des Regimes in Riad fort.

Man darf gespannt sein, ob Trump sich dazu erklärt – warum er wider seinen Äußerungen, die er im Wahlkampf getätigt hat, handelt. Oder ob er zukünftige Waffenlieferungen verhindert. Ich glaube nicht daran.

29.1.2017 – T-Online (* A P)

Ein Bundesgericht in New York hat den von US-Präsident Donald Trumpverfügten Einreisestopp für Migranten und Flüchtlinge in Teilen ausgehebelt. Richterin Ann Donnelly gab eine Notfallanordnung heraus, die die Ausweisung der Betroffenen zunächst verhindert.

28.1.2017 – Spiegel Online (* A P)

Trump verhängt Einreisestopp für sieben muslimische Staaten

US-Präsident Donald Trump lässt bis auf Weiteres keine Flüchtlinge aus Syrien mehr ins Land. In den nächsten 90 Tagen dürfen überhaupt keine Menschen aus sieben mehrheitlich muslimischen Staaten mehr in die USA kommen.

US-Präsident Donald Trump hat ein Dekret unterzeichnet, das die Einreise von Flüchtlingen und Muslimen in die Vereinigten Staaten massiv einschränkt. Er begründet den Schritt mit der Sorge vor "radikalen islamischen Terroristen".

Konkret sieht das Dekret mit der Überschrift "Schutz der Nation vor der Einreise ausländischer Terroristen in die Vereinigten Staaten" folgende Maßnahmen vor:

In den nächsten 90 Tagen darf kein Staatsbürger aus sieben mehrheitlich muslimischen Staaten in die USA einreisen. Das gilt auch für Leute, die ein gültiges Visum besitzen. Es handelt sich um den Irak, Syrien, Libyen, Somalia, den Jemen, den Sudan und Iran.

Fünf dieser sieben Staaten - Irak, Syrien, Libyen, Somalia, den Jemen - hat das US-Militär in den vier Wochen seit Jahresbeginn bombardiert.

Zukünftig will Trump bei der Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen generell Christen gegenüber Muslimen vorziehen.

In seinem Dekret begründet Trump den Einreisestopp mit den Terroranschlägen vom 11. September 2001. Die Flugzeugentführer stammten aus Saudi-Arabien, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten, Ägypten und dem Libanon. Keines dieser Länder steht auf der Liste der sieben Staaten. Keiner der Terroristen war damals als Flüchtling in die USA gekommen. und auxh und!5378714/ und

28.1.2017 – Die Welt (A P)

Iran lässt keine Amerikaner einreisen

Nach dem von US-Präsident Donald Trump verhängten Einreisestopp für Iraner lässt die islamische Republik nun ihrerseits keine Amerikaner mehr ins Land. Dies teilte das Außenministerium in Teheran nach einem Bericht der Nachrichtenagentur IRNA mit.

«Das ist eine Beleidigung des iranischen Volkes», schrieb das Ministerium demnach. Obwohl der Iran das amerikanische Volk sehr schätze, werde auch Teheran politisch, juristisch und konsularisch reagieren.

28.1.2017 – Stern (A P)

UNO fordert Trump zur Fortsetzung der Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen auf

28.1.2017 – Mother Jones (* A P)

A Federal Judge Just Issued a Stay Against Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban"

A federal judge in Brooklyn issued an emergency stay Saturday night against President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the United States with a valid visa to remain.

The ruling—a stunning defeat for Trump at the end of his first week in office—protects from deportation refugees or visa holders who were detained at American airports since the signing of so-called "Muslim ban." It also protects those in transit when the emergency ruling was filed.

A federal judge in Brooklyn issued an emergency stay Saturday night against President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the United States with a valid visa to remain.

The ruling—a stunning defeat for Trump at the end of his first week in office—protects from deportation refugees or visa holders who were detained at American airports since the signing of so-called "Muslim ban." It also protects those in transit when the emergency ruling was filed.

28.1.2017 – The Hill (* A P)

Trump's visa ban also applies to dual citizens: report

Those who hold dual nationality in the seven countries banned from entering the U.S. by President Trump will also be barred from entering the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The Journal said it got an advance look at a statement by the State Department that the refugee ban extends beyond just citizens of Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen, but also to people who may originally come from those countries but have a passport from another nation or dual nationality.

The newspaper offered the example of an Iraqi person entering the U.S. on a British passport would also be banned, though British citizens don't normally require a visa to enter the country – by Brooke Seipel

28.1.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move

Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington's visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump.

"While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

"The restrictions against travel by Muslims to America... are an open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular and will be known as a great gift to extremists," said the statement, carried by state media.

29.1.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Houthi-run authorities in Yemen capital condemn Trump ban

A decision by President Donald Trump to temporarily ban Yemeni citizens from traveling to the United States is "illegal and illegitimate," authorities controlled by the Iran-allied Houthi group in Yemen's capital said. The Houthi-controled news agency SABA quoted a foreign ministry source as saying the ministry was aware that such action is the sovereign right of the U.S. government.

But "the source said emphatically that any attempt to classify Yemen or its citizens as a possible source of terrorism and extremism was illegal and illegitimate."

28.1.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Yemen 'dismayed' by Trump's immigration order: official

Yemen is "dismayed" by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to temporarily ban its citizens from traveling to the United States, saying that the country was a victim of attacks itself, an official said on Saturday.

"We are dismayed by the decision to unilaterally ban, even for only a month, travel to the United States for people holding Yemeni passports," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity

My comment: “Yemen” here: The US-backed Hadi government.

28.1.2017 – Borzou Daraghi (A P)

Breaking: Iraqi parliament to discuss retaliatory blocking of visas for all Americans, including contractors & journalists (MoFA source) and

28.1.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

In Middle East, U.S. travel curbs seen as unjust, insulting

In the Muslim-majority countries affected by the restrictions, some would-be travelers planning family visits, work trips or seeking a new life away from war said they no longer wanted to go to the United States.

"It's not fair and it's not right to portray huge groups of Arabs and Muslims as possible terrorists," Najeed Haidari, a Yemeni-American security manager for an oil company in Yemen, told Reuters a day after U.S. President Donald Trump put a four-month hold on refugee arrivals and temporarily barred travelers from war-torn Syria and six other mainly Muslim nations.

"This is a stupid, terrible decision which will hurt the American people more than us or anybody else, because it shows that this president can't manage people, politics or global relationships," Haidari added.

In Baghdad, Bayan Adil, a doctor working in the Iraqi Health Ministry who applied for a U.S. visa to attend a medical seminar, said Iraqi academics should visit Europe instead of the United States, where they were no longer welcome.

"Trump's decision is unfortunately a humiliating insult not only for us as academics but for all Iraqis," she said.

Her comments were echoed by Abd Al-Jafar, a 43-year-old university professor in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, who said he had been trying to travel to the United States for doctoral studies.

"This decision, if implemented, will be a disaster," he said. "I have work in Sudan and have no desire to emigrate to the U.S., just to study there. This decision is illogical."

In Beirut, Joumana Ghazi Chehade, 34, a refugee from Yarmouk in Syria living in the Lebanese capital's Burj al-Barajneh camp, said the decision would "destroy a lot of people."

"It's our right to fear for our children's lives. This decision is wrong. Of course we're not going to go blow anything up ... All we are asking for is security and freedom." – By Eric Knecht and Maher Chmaytelli

26.1.2017 – Antimedia (* A P)

The U.S. Had a Plan to Topple All 7 Countries on Trump’s Refugee Ban List

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Although such a refugee ban is welcomed by many frightened Americans due to the overplayed hype that the media has reported on the threat of refugees sweeping into western nations, these Americans cannot turn their attention away from the hand America has had in creating these refugees in the first place.

Clark’s list of countries is not an irrelevant conspiracy theory. These countries have seen heavy interference from the United States in the last decade or so.

is the American public even aware that American troops are stationed in Sudan? American troops can go there, but refugees fleeing a brutal conflict can’t come to the United States?

It’s not really clear why Iran is on the list, other than the fact that Trump opposes the Iranian nuclear deal and has a love affair with Israel, Iran’s number one nemesis. Internally, Iran is not embroiled in any significant military conflict (for the time being), something Trump may look to change.

In essence, the countries kept off the list are the ones that arguably create the problem, yet the countries on the list are the ones that have to deal with the problem. Sound fair?

It’s one thing to want to keep your country safe from infiltrating terrorists; it’s another thing to stay silent about the atrocities your military is committing abroad and to ignore the numerous suspicious countries that have escaped such a ban. If your military can go somewhere to wreak havoc, that nation’s civilians should be allowed to come to you.

Additionally, keep in mind that Trump’s proposal may also be illegal – by Darius Shahtahmasebi

26.1.2017 – Alternet (* A P)

Trump Bars Refugees from Muslim-Majority Countries as America Bombs and Destabilizes Them

Civil rights organizations have loudly condemned the president's newest executive orders.

Most of the countries targeted by the order are presently being bombed by the U.S., while, in the others, the U.S. has fueled political instability.

[country by country]

Civil rights groups condemned the Trump administration's harsh crackdown on refugees and migrants, emphasizing that they are frequently fleeing U.S.-fueled violence and instability.

"These new policies will build on existing infrastructure, primarily impacting people who have fled from countries that the United States has bombed or invaded, as well as those whose local economies have been destroyed by our military operations and trade policies," Jewish Voice for Peace's Network Against Islamophobia said in a statement harshly condemning the news of Trump's planned executive orders.

"Decades of racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic policies and discourses around national security, the War on Terror, and immigration have laid the groundwork for this nightmare set of policies designed to target, profile, surveil and ban people due to their religion, race, national origin or legal status," the statement added. "We cannot let this stand." – by Ben Norton

25.1.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

President Donald Trump is bombing four of the seven countries from where he's restricting immigration

Plans for new executive orders are latest in string of the decrees

President Donald Trump is expected to restrict the issuing of visas to people from seven Middle East and north African countries—of which his military is currently bombing four.

Mr Trump tweeted he was planning a "big day" on national security matters on Wednesday and is also thought to be preparing to ban Syrian refugees from entering the US, until the State and Homeland Security departments finalise a new, stricter vetting process.

Countries subject to the temporary visa restrictions are said to be Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Sudan and Somalia. The US military is fighting Isis terrorists in the first four states, and carried out an airstrike in Somalia as recently as September last year.

Nihad Awad, the national executive director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, condemned the initial media reports of President Trump’s immigration orders – by Jon Sharman

Comment by Ian Bremmer: Trump to block visas to anyone from Iran Iraq Libya Somalia Sudan Syria Yemen 9/11 bombers from Saudi Arabia 15 UAE 2 Egypt 1 Lebanon 1

and more articles on Trump’s “muslim ban”:

and statements by UNHCR; IOM, Human Rights Watch:

28.1.2017 – Bloomberg (* A P)

Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties

His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey (map) and look also at

28.1.2017 – Sebastian Meyer (A P)

Lawyers drafting habeas petition in Terminal 1 at #JFK right now for Iranian and Yemeni detainees (photo)

26.1.2017 – Huffington Post (* A P)

If Your Main Protest Against Trump’s Muslim Ban Is ‘Saudi Arabia,’ You’re Doing It Wrong

True critics of discrimination don’t suggest it would be OK if only it were aimed at more people.

With President Donald Trump expected to shortly announce restrictions on Muslim entry into the U.S. over fears of terrorism, critics have rushed to point out that several countries whose nationals have been linked to terror attacks on U.S. soil are not on the reported list of nations whose citizens will no longer be able to visit American shores. They mention Egypt, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and ― especially ― Saudi Arabia.

This gotcha criticism may seem like the way to challenge Trump’s claims that he’s saving America (and to show off some foreign policy smarts).

But when the president’s policy rests on barely veiled religious discrimination, opponents should not be bargaining over the details.

The nations reportedly left off the list have been the true global sources of terror, they argued. Many highlighted the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi citizens.

For those who pay close attention to the U.S. government’s foreign policy, bringing up Saudi Arabia in particular is good fun. It’s a chance to challenge U.S. orthodoxy and note its problems. It allows observers to underscore the hypocritical side of American statements about encouraging democracy and tolerance in the Middle East, highlight capitalism’s disregard for ethics (the Saudis are major arms buyers with ties to Trump’s business empire), and boost arguments for less U.S. engagement around the world (what good has it done if even citizens of a U.S.-aligned nation become radicalized?).

But there’s a darker aspect to this game. Saudi-bashing is a favorite tactic of the Islamophobia movement that Trump has now elevated to the White House.

Whatever satisfaction that kind of attack gives the critics, it provides no aid to the millions of people ― refugees separated from their families, anti-ISIS allies abandoned in dangerous countries ― that the Trump administration is moving to discriminate against – by Akbar Shahid Ahmed

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Siehe / Look at cp1

1.2017 – Campaign Against Arms Trade (* A P)

Lobby Parliament

Blood on our hands: call for change

2 minutes: Email your MP

10 minutes: Write a personal letter

One day: Join our lobby of Parliament

27.1.2017 – The Scotsman (A P)

Oxfam fights to stop British-made bombs devastating lives in Yemen

Oxfam has launched its “Red Line for Yemen” campaign, asking people in Scotland and throughout the UK to call on the Government to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia. We are asking for your help to stop British-made bombs falling on Yemen, and fuelling the crisis for millions of people living in the Middle East’s poorest country.

Oxfam’s campaign talks about a red line with good reason. There is always a line that must never be crossed – and, in this case, it’s called the International Arms Trade Treaty. Oxfam supporters campaigned for many years for this Treaty, which should help stop massive human suffering by banning irresponsible arms sales. When the UK Government draws a red line, as it did helping to set up the Arms Trade Treaty, it loses all credibility and moral authority if it then crosses that red line itself. By allowing the sale of British bombs to the Saudi-led coalition, the UK undermines its own ability to urge other countries to uphold their obligations under the Treaty and other similar international agreements.

We are grateful to the Scottish MPs who are pushing hard for an end to arms sales that fuel the Yemen crisis. We are now asking our supporters, and anyone who agrees with us on this crucial issue, to write to their MP asking them to demand that the UK Government suspends arms sales to Saudi Arabia – by Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam, Scotland.
26.1.2017 – Jim Waterson (A P)

Theresa May: "The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in attempt to remake the world in our own image are over."

My comment: Did she really tell that? That’s really post-truth: They daily do it – not only in Yemen, but in many other countries too.

27.1.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Ministry of Defence finds ‘staggering violations of humanitarian law’ by Saudi coalition forces in Yemen

The Ministry of Defence has said it has noted 252 alleged violations of international humanitarian law carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war.

The Government declined to say whether UK-made weapons had been used in any of the tracked incidents, the logging of which which came to light as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request from the BBC – by Bethan McKernan

My comment: the consequences? Nothing.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: 1,000's of crimes to only 252 "alleged" violations & "potential" breaches of humanitarian law! Watering down?

My comment to comment: Yes, of course. Be aware that in the responses to a parliament inquire the British government had been informed of much more than 252 Saudi war crimes.

26.1.2017 – Parliament (A P)

Urgent Question on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, asked an Urgent Question on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Minister for the Middle East and Africa, Tobias Ellwood, responded on behalf of the Government.

Watch Parliament TV: Urgent Question on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

Read current Parliamentary material in Topics: International Affairs

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available in Hansard online three hours after they happen.


26.1.2017 – Parliament (*A P)

Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Ochil and South Perthshire) (SNP)

(Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Yemen, from a humanitarian perspective and on diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr Tobias Ellwood)

The UK supports the Saudi Arabian-led coalition military intervention, which came at the request of the legitimate President Hadi. […]

As we have said in the past, where we see ourselves at the moment is that we fully support the continued sales of arms to Saudi Arabia.

My comment: Ellwood, that two sentences – the very first and the very last of his statement – are what really matters. All the rest is blabla. And that exactly is what the Saudis take notice of:

26.1.2017 – The National Scot (* A P)

Government attacked for ‘non-answers’ on Yemen arms sales

THE Government is giving “non-answers” on its role in the Yemen conflict despite claims of more than 250 possible war crimes, MPs heard yesterday.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry hit out at Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood following reports that the Ministry of Defence is tracking more than 250 allegations of human rights violations by forces led by Saudi Arabia in the crippled nation.

Yesterday Thornberry pressed the Government on the MoD reports and accused Ellwood of repeating “non-answers” for months on end.

She said: “Every debate, every month, now every year, we ask the same basic questions and every time the minister – whose name is now, I’m afraid, synonymous with the Yemen conflict – stands there and gives us the same non-answers, and we have had the same today.”

Thornberry went on: “We need to once again ask this government what it is doing to end the conflict in Yemen. He talks about the need for a political solution. When is he going to present our resolution to the UN?

“When are we going to get proper investigations into alleged violations of international humanitarian law?

“Why are we continuing to sell Saudi Arabia the arms to wage this conflict, and ultimately when are we going to bring the suffering of the people of Yemen to an end and then get the humanitarian aid to them that they need?”

Ellwood conceded the progress of aid into Yemen was “cumbersome and slow”, but said efforts were being made, adding: “The sooner the people of Yemen recognise themselves that there is no military end to this but there must be a political solution, the sooner we can get even further amounts of aid into the country.” – by Kirsteen Paterson

My comment: Ellwood in response, bubbling senseless phrases as always – just playing to win time in which his government can continue selling more arms to Saudi Arabia.

26.1.2017 – Herald Scotland (A P)

SNP calls for immediate ceasefire in conflict in Yemen

The SNP has called for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict in Yemen, saying it is "vital" to the lives of millions of Yemeni people.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh said the Government should use a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to press for an immediate cessation in hostilities.

and film:

26.1.2017 – Tasmina Sheikh MP (A P)

Film: Asked an Urgent Question on the situation in Yemen this morning ahead of the UNSC meeting today- UK must back a ceasefire and end arms sales

25.1.2017 – The Ferret (** A P)

UK trained war crimes investigations unit led by the ‘Butcher’

The UK Government trained a controversial war crimes investigations unit led by a man accused of complicity in torture and dubbed the ‘Butcher’.

A freedom of information request has revealed the Ministry of Defence delivered training sessions to Saudi Arabia’s Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT).

JIAT investigates alleged war crimes in Yemen but it has been accused of whitewashing incidents and of failing to get facts right.

Its legal advisor and spokesman is a controversial military figure from Bahrain called Lieutenant General Mansour al-Mansour.

Dubbed the ‘Butcher’, Al-Mansour has been branded a “serial violator of human rights” for his role as a military judge in Bahrain following pro-democracy protests in 2011 during the Arab Spring.

He prosecuted hundreds of protesters including academics, writers and journalists, often handing down life imprisonment sentences.

Many people claimed they were innocent but tortured in custody and force to make confessions alleging that Al-Mansour ignored their allegations.

“With Mansour, the UK has trained a serial violator of human rights to investigate violations of humanitarian law. Mansour’s role in JIAT speaks to its absence of credibility as a body, and is an insult to his Bahraini victims and to the civilians of Yemen. The UK must end its support of white-washing mechanisms in the Gulf.”

Amnesty International also has concerns over investigations into alleged war crimes carried out by JIAT.

The human rights group said it had documented at least 34 coalition air strikes in Yemen since March 2015 that appear to have violated IHL including attacks on schools.

The Foreign Office response to the FOI request about JIAT said: “The UK has supported the development of the Coalition JIAT and through the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delivered two training sessions in Saudi Arabia on the process of investigating alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law.”

It continued: “The first training session for the JIAT took place from 22-24 May 2016, and delivered training to a delegation of Saudi military personnel at the Officers Club, King Abdul Aziz Road, Riyadh.

“A subsequent training session, JIAT Workshop Targeting and Investigations, took place 18-22 September 2016 to provide guidance to the JIAT on continuing and improving the investigative process, seeking specifically to understand how JIAT has conducted its investigations to date; to assess learning cycles and behaviour since the first workshop and ongoing remedial action within the Coalition; and to offer as much advice as possible on investigations to date and JIAT process going forward.”

JIAT has been at the centre of controversy after regularly clearing the Saudi-led coalition of any wrongdoing – by Billy Briggs

My comment: A really enormous scandal, but not treated as such. The story already had been revealed earlier:

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

28.1.2017 – Newsweek (* B P)

How much longer can Oman be an oasis of peace in the Middle East?

Oman has tried to cut itself off as much as possible from these two troubled neighbors. So far, it has managed to avoid being sucked into the sort of conflict that has blighted nearly every other country in the Middle East. Oman has managed to stay out of disputes, maintaining good relationships with Western allies and other Middle Eastern countries, including Iran. And it has managed to fend off threats from ISIS and other extremist groups.

The country’s efforts at staying out of the region’s wars have paid off.

The biggest threat to Oman’s stability is the person who helped secure it—the country’s leader, Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The longest-serving Arab ruler still in power, the sultan has governed Oman for 46 years but is now in declining health.

Tolerance for all religions has proved crucial to Oman’s stability. Under the constitution, people of all faiths are free to practice their religion, provided that it doesn’t disturb the public order.

This religious freedom partly explains why the country’s Sunni Muslims, who make up as much as 45 percent of the population, according to some estimates, haven’t been as vulnerable to rhetoric from extremist Sunni groups like ISIS.

Qaboos does not deserve all the credit for this. Oman is the only Arab country with a majority Ibadi Muslim population. Ibadism is a relatively small denomination that is moderate in its teachings. Sunni militants in ISIS or Al-Qaeda would consider them apostates, a sin they would punish by death—making it unlikely that Ibadi Muslims would join extremist groups.

The stability of Oman has sometimes helped Qaboos act as a broker between opposing sides.

Qaboos has nevertheless built strong defenses to prevent militants from infiltrating the country.

When the sultan dies, extremists are likely to look toward taking advantage of any power vacuum or vulnerabilities his successor might have.

As the young people of Oman face an uncertain future, they’re sure of one thing: They want to avoid the violence and chaos that afflicts their country’s neighbors – BY MIRREN GIDDA

26.1.2017 – Italy UN New York (A P)

#UNSC #Yemen stands for immediate, effective humanitarian assistance to all For this, cessation of hostilities is indispensable #ItalyUNSC

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani:

#Yemen calls for immediate stop of hypocrisy asking #Italy to halt arm sale to #Saudi.

My comment: Sanabani is simply right.

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Siehe / Look at cp1

27.1.2017 – Deutsche Welle (* B H)

Film: Trotz Krieg ist Jemen ein Ziel für Flüchtlinge

Etwa 12.000 Migranten kommen jeden Monat vom Horn von Afrika im Jemen an. Sie wollen nach Saudi-Arabien, obwohl keiner weiß, ob sie ihr Ziel jemals erreichen.ür-flüchtlinge/av-37301316

27.1.2017 – International Organization for Migration (* A H)

IOM: Yemenis and Migrants Caught Up in Crisis, Need Urgent Assistance

IOM is preparing to receive up to several hundreds of migrants in Al Hudaydah governorate, Yemen, trying to get out of harm’s way and escape the conflict.

Since late March 2015, when the conflict first erupted, IOM has been responding to the needs of vulnerable and stranded migrants in Yemen.

While the focus of IOM’s in-country partners remains on the growing number of vulnerable Yemenis internally displaced from Taizz to Al Hudaydah, migrants like Mohammed – a 14 year old from Ethiopia – are injured or killed alongside Yemenis, as the conflict enters its third year.

Mohammed’s Story

Mohammed wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia to work and save money. He left home with some friends – not telling his relatives. He covered several hundred miles, while hungry and thirsty. He risked drowning in the sea as he crossed from Djibouti to Yemen.

Upon arrival in Yemen, Mohammed and his friends were abducted by a thriving smuggling network based near Mokha in Taizz, a governorate on the west coast, which has been a conflict hotspot for more than a year. The smugglers abused Mohammad physically and only released him once they had extorted money from him and his friends.

Still in the vicinity of Mokha, which has recently become a major point of clashes, Mohammed and his friends were seriously injured by a violent explosion. An ambulance brought six of them, including Mohammed, to a hospital in Al Hudaydah.

According to Mohammed, two female migrants died and the other migrants from his group are still missing. While two migrants needed to stay in the hospital, a recovered Mohammed and three others were transferred to the prison in Al Hudaydah, which is where IOM met him and provided him with assistance.

Following this near-death experience at such a young age, Mohammed asked IOM to help him return home to Ethiopia. IOM is currently working to ensure that Mohammed and the migrants are part of an upcoming evacuation boat in early February. =

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

29.1.2017 – Al Sahwa (A T)

Weapon arm depot of al-Qaeda captured in Hadhramout

Security forces in Hadhramout governorate has managed to capture a weapon arm depot of al-Qaeda in al-Shahar town, in the east of Hadhramout.

The source affirmed that a great deal of arms including ammunition, explosives and landmines were seized from the depot.

Remark: Southern Yemeni, Hadi gov. security forces.

29.1.2017 – Reuters (* A T)

Alleged U.S. raid in Yemen kills 30 Qaeda members, civilians: officials

Helicopter-borne commandoes launched a raid in southern Yemen at dawn on Sunday that killed around 30 people including al Qaeda suspects and civilians, residents and local officials told Reuters.

Residents and officials as well as al Qaeda itself said the attack was carried out by the United States, which did not immediately acknowledge the operation.

The gunbattle in the rural Yakla district of al-Bayda province killed a senior leader in Yemen's al Qaeda branch, Abdulraoof al-Dhahab, along with other militants, the local witnesses said.

Medics at the scene said 30 people were killed, including 10 women and three children.

If confirmed, the raid would be the first in the country by the American military since Yemen descended into civil war nearly two years ago. It would also be the first such operation during Donald Trump's presidency.

In a message on its official Telegram account, al Qaeda mourned al-Dhahab as a "holy warrior" and other slain militants, without specifying how many of its fighters were killed.

"The operation began at dawn when a drone bombed the home of Abdulraoof al-Dhahab and then helicopters flew up and unloaded paratroopers at his house and killed everyone inside," one resident said, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Next, the gunmen opened fire at the U.S. soldiers who left the area, and the helicopters bombed the gunmen and a number of homes and led to a large number of casualties."

A Yemeni security officer and a local official corroborated that account. Fahd, a local resident who asked that only his first name be used, said several bodies remained under debris and that houses and the local mosque were damaged in the attack.

29.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

US drones killed 2 Yemen Qaeda/ISIS leaders ( Abdul Rauf&Sultan Dahab -brothers) in Baidha south east. Operation killed about 40 civilians

1American Marines soldier killed at least in US operation that killed 2 Qaeda/ISIS leaders along with 40 civilians in Baidha southeast Yemen

29.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Dead a soldier from the US Marines after military operation in the province of Al Bithah

29.1.2017 – AFP (* A T)

US raid kills Qaeda-linked Yemen tribe chiefs: sources

A dawn raid by US drones and helicopters Sunday killed three Yemeni tribal chiefs allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda as well as a number of civilians, tribal and local sources said.

Air-to-surface missiles and helicopter machinegun fire were also used in the attack on houses in Yakla district, in the central province of Baida, the sources said.

Brothers Abdulraouf and Sultan al-Zahab and Saif Alawai al-Jawfi were killed in the strikes carried out by drones and Apache helicopters, they said.

"There are casualties among the civilians that were in the targeted houses," said one source.

The tribal chiefs were known to be linked to Al-Qaeda, the sources said.

The Zahab brothers have two other Al-Qaeda brothers who were also killed in the past by drone strikes.

My comment: Meanwhile evident who were these "tribal chiefs" - seems to be really "Al Qaida". And up to 40 more civilians killed - that's US-like "war on terror".

26.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen colonel Abdul Wahab Shulan was assassinated2day by unknown gunmenN Mareb east where Qaeda/ISIS exploit Saudi-made chaos2expand&recruit (photos)

cp15 Propaganda

28.–29.1.2017 – Various pro-Saudi, pro-Hadi, anti-Houthi media (A P)

Yemeni PM Dagher :Houthi-led Putschists Embezzled over YR 300 Billion

Houthis exploiting businesses, banks: Yemeni govt

Houthis bombing mosques, schools and a future

Yemeni Government Accuses the Houthis of Blowing Up 299 Mosques

Houthi, Saleh militias destroying mosques, schools in Yemen

Houthis force fishermen of al-Hudeidah to smuggle weapons

Sanctions Committee: Son of Saleh is involved in money laundering

My comment: A range of articles poiting at war crimes and other criomes committed by the Houthis (and ex-president Saleh). All these objections are not new, had already been reported (also here at Yemen press reader) and now are repeated again. The source of all these new reports seems to be the Hadi government. Thus, this seems to be a propaganda campaign just in this moment. The reason for all this could be the talks of the UN envoy for Yemen with both sides of the conflict and his efforts for a new “road map” and new peace talks. By such propaganda, the Hadi government might try to influence international public opinion and to get a better stand in these future developments. – And, keep in mind: All these crimes in the Yemen war make it evident that an international independent inquiry in all war crimes in Yemen, committed by both sides, is urgently required. And, the Houthi side always had asked for such an inquiry – while the Saudi side always had rejected it, has used all diplomatic methods and pressures to prevent it. Well, just use your brain before you believe too much in propaganda.

27.1.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Demystifying Iran’s hegemonic aims in Yemen

It was during the 30th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which took place in Kuwait in December 2009, Iran’s attempts at destabilizing Yemen came into the spotlight, when delegates expressed their solidarity with Saudi Arabia over its struggle to repel Shiite Houthi rebels based in north Yemen from their territory.
These rebels were positioned along the edge of Saudi Arabia’s sensitive southern border, they entered Saudi territory in cross-border incursions, and breaching the sovereignty of the kingdom, they struck at targets in blatant acts of aggression.

With Saudi Arabia always having been viewed by the Iranian clerical regime as a rival in their bid for supremacy of the Middle East, constant threats have been made against the country by its founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, from the moment he had come to power, spouting anti-Saudi rhetoric from almost the instant he took over.

As far as the Iranians are concerned, with Yemen’s northern border adjacent to Saudi Arabia’s southern border, the Houthis make the perfect proxy force with which to hit out at the kingdom, using this border area as a springboard for armed incursions, in a bid to cause as much instability as possible.

Should Iran gain a foothold in Yemen, it could eventually setup naval bases along the Red Sea coast, from which it could receive continuous arms supplies via the sea, and by establishing ground forces in the area, it would become a direct threat to shipping, which has to pass through the Bab el-Mandeb chokepoint, in order to navigate the stretch of ocean from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden or visa-versa – by Tony Duheaume

My comment: A niece propaganda piece fully obliged to Saudi anti-Iranian propaganda. “hegemonic aims in Yemen“: at whom you would think first? Certainly not Iran; in the first place certainly Saudi Arabia (look at cp1), Britain as well (look at cp1). The Iranians up to now did not drop a single bomb at Yemen. – And, as so often, here as well the whole background of a story is put aside. Why did the Houthis revolt against the Saleh regime in 2004, what had been Saudi Arabias’s role in this conflict (Wahabisation of Yemen; support for the Saleh regime?). That would not fit to the author’s propaganda bias.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

29.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Warplanes of the Brutal Aggression Launched at Least 60 Raids in Taiz

[and other raids on jan. 28]

28.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen

Air raids and casualties, full list (39 killed) and (

27.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


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

Violator: #Saudi_led_Coalition "War on Yemen"

Casualties and damages (full list): and (,%202017.pdf)

26.1.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)


Place of Violation: Saada, Sana’a, Taiz, Al-Hodeida, Marib, Al-Mahweet, Hajja and Sana’a Capital

Violator: Saudi - led Coalition "war on Yemen"

Casualties and damages (full list): and (,%202017.pdf)

29.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Hajjah: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged three raids on the Sok bridge in the Bani Hassan district of #Abs

29.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Taiz: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged raids on Omari district of Dubab and one of them was cluster bombs

29.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Al Bitha : warplanes of the Saudi aggression waged two raids on Garama area in directorate of Al Shariah

29.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition fighters bomb Hodeida radio broadcasting tower

A fighter for the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have launched an air raid on a local radio broadcasting tower controlled by the Houthis and Saleh forces in the Hodeida coastal governorate, western Yemen.

Local sources told Almasdaronline that the fighter had targeted the Hodeida radio station tower, which was seized by the rebels who used it to incite violence.

“The radio station was run by the Houthi War Mobilization Committee” The sources added that the fighters also launched three raids on a farm used by the rebels leaders for meetings in al Moraweh district, eastern Hodeida city.

The coalition fighters also launched six air raids on military sites for the Houhtis and allied forces northern al Mocha city, western Taiz governorate.

and what really happened on the ground:

28.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

5 Yemeni salt-mining workers killed today by US-backed Saudi war criminals jets while working in Saleef area of Hodeida west of the country


26.1.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi American aggression targeted Radio Hodeidah, leaving considerable material damage

My comment: A radio tower is no military target. The pro-Saudi source claims that the Houthi side had “used it to incite violence”. That’s simply bullshit. Of course, the other side in a war uses the radio for it’s propaganda purposes. I remember the NATO attacks at Belgrade in 1999, when NATO fighter jets bombed Belgrade Radio, causing many deaths, with the “argument” of destroying the Belgrade regimes propaganda. Anyway, this attack largely was labeled a war crime later.


28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression airstrikes kill 2 citizens in Hodeidah

Two citizens were killed and three others wounded by an airstrike of Saudi aggression fighter jets on al-Saleef district of Hodeida province, a local official told Saba on Saturday.
The airstrike hit al-Malh mountain in the district, the official said.
The aggression warplanes launched also three raids on al-Saleef and five others on Hodeida International Airport, he added. and


28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

7 citizens, including 4 women, martyred in Saudi aggression airstrike

Seven citizens, including four women, were martyred and several others wounded in three airstrikes by the US-Saudi aggression warplanes late on Friday that targeted houses in the districts of Al-Wazieyah and Mokha of Taiz governorate, an official told Saba on Saturday.


28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes kill 9 women, children in Taiz

Three women and six children were killed overnight in Saudi aggression airstrikes in al- Wazeah district of Taiz province, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The strikes targeted the two families' homes in al –Ghaiel area in the district, injuring four others of the familes.

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes wage 7 strikes on Sa'ada

The US-Saudi aggression fighter jets waged on Saturday 7 strikes on Kutafand al-Dhaher districts of Sa'ada province, an official told Saba.
The fighter jets hit al-Hasamah area seven times in al-Dhaher and another one on Abu Juberah valley area in Kutaf. and

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression airstrikes hit citizens' homes in Serwah

The Saudi aggression fighter jets launched on Saturday four airstrieks on citizens' houses in Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official told Saba.
The hostile aircrafts waged two strikes on houses of citizens in al-Radmani area, one raid on Al Hajlan area and another one on Habab Valley, leaving large damage to residential buildings. and

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes hit citizens' houses in Mareb

Saudi aggression launched three air strikes overnight on citizen's houses in Habab valley in Serwah district of Mareb province, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The strikes destroyed two houses and partially damaged nearby homes.
Meanwhile, Saudi-paid mercenaries shells targeted the areas of Al-Haglan, Wadi Nawa and Wadi al- Rabieah in the district.

27.1.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: A field team removes internationally banned bombs in Saada province)

28.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A K PH)

Saudi warplanes kill 14 civilians in Yemen

Saudi warplanes have targeted a civilian vehicle carrying 14 passengers in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz, killing all of its occupants.

The charred bodies of the victims were discovered after the Saudi airstrike late on Friday.

Saudi airstrikes against civilian targets and urban infrastructure on Friday overall claimed the lives of 30 people and injured 10 others in Ta’izz, Sana’a, and Mareb provinces.


27.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

13Yemenis including3 women,6 children killed 2day by US-backed Saudi war criminals jets bombing their house in Waziyah Taiz central


27.1.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

3 women & 6 children killed by #Saudi air strike on their home in Alwazaea area #Taiz city #Yemen


27.1.2016 – Shuaib M. Almosawa (A K)

Local media reports say that 13 locals (apparently passengers)of ALWaziiyah district of Taiz were killed in a Saudi airstrike that hit a car


27.1.2017 – Almrasel / Saudi Arabia War Crimes (A K PH)

Airline Saudi aggression targeting a car carrying nearly 14 passengers in Alohaouk area in Taiz.

5 bodies found, the others certainly also were killed = and

and films: = (Al Masirah; reporting 18 killed)

27.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression launches airstrikes on Sa'ada, Najran

The Saudi Aggression launched on Friday six airstrikes on several areas of Sa'ada province, a local official told Saba.
The airstrikes targeted Atis and al-Atfain in Kitaf district and al-Malahidh area in al-Zaher district.
In Najran, the Saudi aggression launched two airstrikes on al-Shorfah and al-Bateh areas.

27.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes launch 2 airstrikes on Serwah

Saudi warplanes launched on Friday two airstrikes on Serwah district of Marib province.
According to a local official, the airstrikes targeted Habab valley and al-Makhdar areas.
Earlier, the aggression warplanes launched seven airstrikes on different areas in Hreib al-Qramish and Serwah districts.

27.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression destroys s in Hajjah

US-backed Saudi aggression struck overnight a vital bridge in Hajjah province, an official said on Friday.
The aggression warplanes launched two airstrikes Khaifah bridge in al-Aman area and destroyed it.


26.1.2017 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

images of the bridge, link between the provinces of Hajjah and Hodeidah, targeted by the Saudi Air Aggression = and film: and =

27.1.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Destructive comprehensive methodology: aggression interrupt the lives of civilians by targeting the Kasbah Bridge Beni Saad Al-Mahwit =

27.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression strikes power station in Sana'a

Saudi aggression warplanes targeted overnight a power station in Sanhan district of Sana'a province, a local official said on Friday
The power station in Dhabwa area was struck twice on and completely destroyed.

26.–27.1.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

I think #Saudi warjets hit Sana'a with cluster bombs many explosions from one airstrike. Saudi criminality continues in #Yemen

I think this brother is right : Loud & extended series of explosions just heard in #Yemen capital Sanaa.

Sanaa under heavy bombardment by Saudi jets

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

3 citizen killed, 4 wounded in Saudi aggression airstrikes on cars in Al-Baidha

Three citizens were killed and four others wounded in three air attacks launched by the US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes on two citizens’ vehicles travelling in Al-Baidha governorate on Thursday, an official told Saba.
The vehicles were targeted in the mountainous hilltop road of al-Saha area in Numan district.
The aggression warplanes, meanwhile, launched a series of airstrikes targeting the highway linking Al-Baidha with the neighboring governorate of Shabwa, damaging and cutting off several parts of the mountainous road.

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Civilian killed, 7 wounded in Saudi aggression cluster bomb on Red Sea Mokha

At least one citizen was killed and seven others, including a woman, were wounded in explosion of a cluster bomb dropped by a US-backed Saudi aggression warplane on Mokha district of Taiz governorate on Thursday, an official told Saba.
The cluster bomb was dropped on the Red Sea western coastal strip of the district.

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Driver, citizen killed, 4 wounded in Saudi aggression airstrikes in Shabwa

A driver and a citizen were martyred and four others wounded on Thursday when US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes targeted a car in Bayhan district of Shabwa governorate, an official told Saba.
The truck was targeted when travelling in Mukana regular road.

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi American Raids Target a Power Station in Sanhan, Sana’a

Fighter jets of the Saudi American aggression waged two raids on Sanhan district, Sana’a governorate.

The two hostile raids bombarded a power station in Dabwa reigon, leading to severe damage, security source reported.

Warplanes continued hovering over Sana’a governorate intensively.

26.1.2017 – Tasnim News (A K PH)

Saudi Warplanes Continue to Use Banned Weapons in Airstrikes on Yemen

Saudi Arabia intensified its airstrikes on Yemen, using internationally-banned cluster bombs once again in its air assaults against the impoverished country

Saudi fighter jets on Thursday strafed al-Zabab region in the southwestern province of Taiz with 43 cluster bombs and white phosphorus munitions, a chemical weapon that can cause severe burns to civilians, the Lebanese news channel Al-Manar reported.

26.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi aircraft target various areas across Yemen

Scores of people lost their lives and sustained injuries as Saudi fighter jets targeted several areas in the al-Khazirah neighborhood of Mokha.

Saudi warplanes had earlier carried out six airstrikes against Jabal Abu an Nar mountainous area and al-Mizan al-Mehwari district east of Mokha, though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Also on Thursday, Saudi jets hit Khalid ibn al-Walid military base on the outskirts of Mokha. No reports of casualties and the extent of damage were available.

A broadcast transmitter in the al-Marawi'ah district of the western Yemeni Hudaydah Province was struck on three occasions as well.

Saudi military aircraft also bombed Hudaydah Airport, but no words on damage and casualties were reported.

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes launch 6 airstrikes on Nehm

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched six airstrikes on Nehm district of Sana'a province overnight, an official told Saba on Thursday.
The warplanes hit Eam Bran and AL-Hershafa areas, causing heavy damage to houses and farms of citizens.

26.1.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Photo: Today , #Saudi air strikes targeted Alsawad neighborhood #Sanaa city #Yemen

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes launch 3 airstrikes on Capital Sana'a

Saudi aggression warplanes launched three airstrikes on the capital Sana'a overnight, an official told Saba on Thursday.
The air raids caused heavy damage to the homes of citizens and public and private properties .

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Mokha / Theater of War: Mokha

29.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

Al Mocha: pro-government forces advance in cl Mocha and guerrilla war flares in a number of neighborhoods

A military source has said that the pro-government forces stared on Friday advancing towards the city of al Mocha on the Red Sea coasts, western Yemen, and have seized the security department and the government complex.

The source told Almasdaronline that guerilla war was flaring in al Bulaili, al Arok, and al Swais neighborhoods and the surrounding farms, in coincidence with the advancement of the tanks and armored vehicles.

“The pro-government advancement came under aerial cover from the fighters of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition and after clearing landmines networks”.

“The Arab Coalition fighters launched 12 air raids on the Houthis sites in the eastern and southern parts of the city”.

The source added that the fighters also launched six raids on al Mocha port, three on the government complex, other 3 on the security department, and other six raids on Houthis gatherings nearby al Saeed Complex.

On the other hand, the air defense systems intercepted two ballistic missile fired by the Houhtis and allied forces on the government forces sites in al Mawza area, southern Dhubab district.

28.1.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K PS)

Houthi-Saleh Militias Collapse in Taiz, New Locations Liberated in Mocha

Making new advances, Yemen’s army units announced freeing new locations at the key coastal area of Mocha from the control of coup militias and that were packed by Iran-aligned Houthis.

Located in the Taiz governorate, Mocha city has long been exploited by militants to smuggle arms. Coup militias are chiefly composed of Iran-aligned Houthis and armed loyalists fighting by the side of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Backed by Saudi-led Arab Coalition airpower, pro-government forces took a forceful push into putschists’ enclave in the Hodeidah Governorate.

Advances were seen across institutional complexes, Mocha’s eastern security district—areas put under pro-government control now undergo extensive mine sweeps, military sources said.

Army units revealed that, backed by coalition airstrikes, militia locations in eastern Mocha city were targeted. It is also worth mentioning that earlier this week the strategic port was announced fully liberated from the coup upperhand alongside a number of eastern city areas.

28.1.2017 – Middle East Eye (A K)

Yemen loyalists advance into Red Sea town of Mokha

Yemeni government forces have advanced into the Red Sea town of Mokha, but Shia Houthi rebels are still putting up fierce resistance, a military official said on Saturday.

Forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, captured the police headquarters and several surrounding streets late on Friday, the official said.

Deadly clashes have shaken the town since loyalist forces launched an offensive nearly three weeks ago to oust the rebels and their allies from the southern part of the Red Sea coastline.

Since Friday alone, at least 19 rebels have been killed and 23 wounded, a medical source in the rebel-held port city of Hudaida further north said. Eight loyalist troops have been killed and 13 wounded, medical sources in the government-held second city of Aden said.

The rebels' only escape route is to the north after loyalist forces surrounded Mokha from the east and the south, the military official said. The waters off the port are blockaded by coalition warships and Apache helicopters.

My comment: As claimed by the Saudi side. – And by the other side:

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Rocketry Force hit Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

The Rocketry Force of the Army and popular committees fired Katyusha rockets on a gathering of the US-backed Saudi-paid mercenaries in Dhubab area on Taiz province,a military official told Saba on Sunday.
The shelling hit the target accurately.

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces foil mercenaries' infiltration north Taiz

The army and popular forces foiled on Saturday two infiltration attempts by Saudi-paid mercenaries towards northern Thubab district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba.
The official said that dozens of the invaders and their mercenaries were killed or wounded and a number of their military vehicles were destroyed during their foiled attempts to advance toward al-Jadaid, al-Kadaha and al-Khadhra areas in north of Thubab district.
Meanwhile, the aggression fighter jets waged six raids on al-Amrai area in the same district.

28.1.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Foil Saudi Army's Attempt to Capture New Regions in Ta'iz Province

The Saudi troops were trying to pave their way into al-Jadid, Al-Kadaheh and al-al-Khazra regions in Ta'iz, but they were pushed back from their positions before they could take any meaningful action.

Several Saudi troops were killed and many more were wounded in their failed attempt to capture the new regions in Ta'iz province.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Yemeni army's air defense systems downed an Apache helicopter belonging to the Saudi-led troops in the coastal city of al-Mukha in the Western part of Ta'iz province in Southwestern Yemen.

28.1.2017 – NZZ (A K)

Iranische Drohne zerstört

Im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen ist laut Militärangaben eine Drohne iranischer Bauart zerstört worden. Das unbemannte Flugzeug sei kurz vor dem Start in der südwestlichen Hafenstadt Mocha von der Luftwaffe der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate vernichtet worden, sagte ein Kommandeur der jemenitischen Armee am Samstag nach Angaben der staatlichen emiratischen Nachrichtenagentur Wam.

Mein Kommentar: „Iranische Drohne“ ist Quatsch, um „Drohne iranischer Bauart“ geht es offenbar.

28.1.2017 – Reuters and Xinhua (A K PS)

UAE says it destroyed Iranian-built drone in Yemen: state news agency

The air force of the United Arab Emirates shot down an Iranian-made drone in Yemen, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday, quoting a Yemeni military officer.

It appeared to be the first time the coalition had accused the Houthis of deploying drones made by their regional arch-rival Iran.

"Yemeni forces ... spotted preparation to launch the plane from atop a light transport vehicle and coordinated and communicated with the UAE air force operating in Yemen, which did its part in dealing with the plane, destroying it with an air-to-land missile," WAM quoted the officer saying.

Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei added that the incident occurred in the area around the Red Sea port of al-Mokha, the scene of heavy fighting between Houthi and Gulf-backed Yemeni forces this week. and

My comment: Why such a report is broadly reported by all western media, while in other cases nobody is interested when the Houthi side reports having downed a Saudi drone?? Well, because of the fact that this drone is claimed to be Iranian made, those being a prove of Iranian arms support to the Houthis. What a strange double standard, as all these drones used by the Saudis all had been supplied (and got payment for) by Western companies.

28.1.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A K PH)

Latest Saudi propaganda on Mocha (one they claimed took over last week); "Houthis using human shields and Iranian drones in Mocha".

28.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

Yemen army spokesman: Great surprises to come soon on time,further defeats for US-backed Saudi aggression, Saudi Media:lies,hallucinations

27.1.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

All of this attack from ground troops, naval & air While Mokha remain steadfast in the face of aggression #Yemen (image)

27.1.2017 – Alexandre Faite, Red Cross (A H)

Back from the town of Dhubab, behind the frontline on Red Sea coast, to assess potential humanitarian needs arising from military offensive (photos)

27.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Ansarullah has also rejected the Saudi mercenaries’ claim that they have captured the Red Sea city of Mokha.

One civilian was killed and seven others were also injured when bombers targeted Mokha. Local sources report the use of banned cluster munitions in the attacks.

26.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Al Mocha: pro- government forces seize 170 Air Defense Brigade, surround the Houthis central the city

The pro-government forces seized on Thursday the 170 Air Defense Brigade eastern al Mocha city, western Taiz governorate, after violent fighting with the Houthi group militants and forces loyal to ex-president Saleh.

A military source has told Almasdaronline that the pro-government forces seized also weapons and ammunition left behind by the militias, including: thermal rockets, medium-range rockets, as well as other medium and light weapons.

“The pro-government forces had also set the first checkpoint in Jabal al Nar road, while their tanks were advancing towards the government complex and Khalid ben al Walid Military Camp, eastern the city”.

Earlier on Wednesday, the government forces seized al Mihjar area, eastern al Mocha city on the Red Sea coasts, western Yemen.

A field source told Almasdaronline that the pro-government forces had waged a violent offensive on Tuesday night against the Houthis and allied forces.

“Dozens of Houthis and allied forces elements were killed and others injured”.

It is noteworthy that the pro-government forces had earlier controlled the military Air Defense Base, near al Nar mount.

The government forces were also advancing towards the northern sites in the city to tighten the grip around the Houthi militants, central al Mocha city v

26.1.2017 – Emirati News Agency (* A K PS)

Yemeni army captures air defence base from rebels, east of Al Mokha

With the support of the Arab Coalition, Yemen's national army, has captured the air defence camp and continued its push in Al-Muhajir area, east of Al Mokha city, west of Taiz Governorate.

Yemen’s official news agency quoted a military source as saying, "The army launched a major offensive on Al Houthi militia and Saleh group's air defence camp. And with the support of the Arab coalition forces, the Yemeni army managed to storm and liberate the air defence camp from the coup militias, whose some fled, while others were killed and injured,"

The army units have continued their march towards the strongholds of the militia in Al-Muhajir area, where they have inflicted heavy losses on the lives and property of the coup militias, the source added.

The source noted, "Intense fighting is still raging in Al Belili area, east of the city of Al Mokha, between the army and the popular resistance on the one hand, and Al Houthi militia and Saleh group on the other hand," the source added.

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

26.1.2017 – AFP (* A K)

Yemen rebels mount resistance in key port city

Yemeni rebels are putting up fierce resistance in a key Red Sea port city where they are encircled by pro-government forces, military and health officials said Thursday.

Deadly clashes have shaken Mokha since loyalist fighters launched an offensive nearly three weeks ago to oust the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi insurgents and their allies from Yemen's southwestern coast.

Fresh fighting has left 20 rebels and seven pro-government fighters dead over the past 24 hours, with dozens more wounded, a hospital official said.

"The city centre is still in the hands of the Huthis, while the loyalist forces have taken up positions on three axes around the city and cut off the rebels' supply route between Mokha and Taez" further east, a military official said.

He said the rebels had "no choice" but to leave Mokha and head towards the rebel stronghold of Hodeida further north on the Red Sea coast.

The forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi are supported by Saudi-led coalition aircraft that have attacked a military camp and a rebel convoy in the past 24 hours, the military official said.

Nearly 230 rebel and loyalist fighters have been killed since Hadi's forces launched a vast offensive on January 7 to drive the Huthis from Yemen's southwestern coast.

Pro-government forces have succeeded in recapturing the Dhubab district north of the Bab al-Mandab strait, a key maritime route connecting the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Loyalist forces said Monday they had also captured the port in Mokha, but rebels are still holed up inside the city. and adopted by Saudi media:

and by Press TV Iran:

26.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A K PH)

Dozens killed as Yemeni Houthis clash with Saudi-backed militiamen

Dozens of people have been killed as Houthi Ansarullah fighters put up resistance against Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

An unnamed medical official said skirmishes raged in the Red Sea port city of Mokha, situated 346 kilometers south of the capital, Sana'a, over the past 24 hours, leaving 20 Ansarullah fighters and seven pro-Saudi gunmen dead. Dozens more sustained injuries as well.

A pro-Hadi militia commander asserted that Houthis are still in control of the city center, while Saudi-sponsored armed men have taken up positions on three axes around Mokha and wrested control over the road linking the coastal city to the provincial capital city of Ta’izz.

Nearly 230 people have reportedly died ever since Hadi loyalists launched an offensive on January 7 to recapture Mokha from Ansarullah fighters.

Meanwhile, scores of people lost their lives and sustained injuries as Saudi fighter jets targeted several areas in the al-Khazirah neighborhood of Mokha.

Saudi warplanes had earlier carried out six airstrikes against Jabal Abu an Nar mountainous area and al-Mizan al-Mehwari district east of Mokha, though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Also on Thursday, Saudi jets hit Khalid ibn al-Walid military base on the outskirts of Mokha. No reports of casualties and the extent of damage were available.

My comment: Thus, the advance of Saudi-backed forces to Mokha now also is confirmed by the pro-Houthi / Saleh side.

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

29.1.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Achieve Great Victories in Al Jouf and Taiz Battlefronts

29.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenary security leader killed in Abyan

29.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenaries killed in Taiz

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army artillery hits mercenaries in Taiz and

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army, popular forces purge sites of mercenaries in Dhalea

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Woman injured in mercenaries' artillery shelling on Jawf

A woman was wounded during artillery shelling of Saudi-paid mercenaries on al-Maslub district of Jawf province, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The artillery shelling targeted citizens' houses in Malaha area of the district.
Meanwhile, the Saudi aggression warplanes waged a raid on Malaha village in the same district and

28.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

15 Saudi-paid mercenaries killed in Nahm and

29.1.2017 – Almasdar News (A K PS)

Houthi artillery commander killed in coalition airstrike in Nehm northeastern Sana’a

28.1.2017 – Saba Net / Fars News (A K PH)

Najran: Saudi Arabia's Key Military Base Comes Under Yemeni Missile Attack and

and from the other side:

28.1.2017 – Anadolu (A K PS)

Saudi air defenses intercept missile fired from Yemen

28.1.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#UAE Mirage 2000-9 destroyed an #Iranian made UAV before being launched over Mokha area film)

27.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army capture five sites of mercenaries in Taiz

27.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army fires Uragan missiles on Najran province (Saudi Arabia)

27.1.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Yemeni forces seize five military bases of Saudi mercenaries

Yemeni army forces, backed by Ansarullah fighters, have gained control over five military bases belonging to Saudi mercenaries in Tai’zz Province.

Several Saudi-backed militants were reportedly killed on Thursday during the clashes with Yemeni armed forces in al-Wazi’iyah District of Ta’izz, where the bases are located.

The Yemeni fighters also repelled a militant attack in the Hamir area of Wazi’iyah District.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television, 16 Ansarullah fighters have been released in the course of a prisoner swap with the Saudi-backed militants.

27.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Pro-government forces artillery shell Houthis sites northeastern Sana’a

26.1.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

The pro-government forces fend off Houthi attack eastern Sana’a

and from the other side:

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi Foiled Attempt to Advance Towards Yam Mountains

The Yemeni army and popular committees repelled an attempt to advance by Saudi mercenaries towards Yam mountain series in Nihm.

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

18 Saudi-paid mercenaries killed in Taiz and

26.1.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army artillery hits Saudi-paid mercenaries in Jawf

8 Saudi-paid mercenaries killed, 12 wounded in Jawf army attack

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

26.1.2017 – Jennifer (A P)

Reports of @Twitter censoring #Yemen activists are trickling in. Please share your story so we cause a flood

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-258: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-258: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

29.1.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

US drones killed 2 Yemen Qaeda/ISIS leaders ( Abdul Rauf&Sultan Dahab -brothers) in Baidha south east. Operation killed about 40 civilians

1American Marines soldier killed at least in US operation that killed 2 Qaeda/ISIS leaders along with 40 civilians in Baidha southeast Yemen

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