Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 267 - Yemen War Mosaic 267

Yemen Press Reader 267: Berliner Konferenz–Statistik: 1 Jahr Bombenkrieg–Iran und Huthis–USA betanken Saudi-Jets–Trump und Strategie der Saudis–Hodeidah–Blutige Realität vor Trump–Krebspatienten

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Berlin Conference on Yemen – Statistics: One year of bombing war – Iran and Houthis – US refueling Saudi fighter jets – Trump and Saudi strategy – Hodeidah as military target – The bloody reality of pre-Trump era – Cancer patients–The “Left” and wars – The trauma of war (German) – 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

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Mokha / Theater of War: Mokha

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / 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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2.2017 – Berlin Conference: Forgotten War Crimes in Yemen (** A)

#Berlin Conference on the forgotten Wa rCrimes In#Yemen.
Registration Necessary.via email

US backed Saudi-led Aggression on Yemen committed war crimes against Yemeni people…

Legal evidence & silence of the international institutions

Some aspects:

Aggression on Yemen from the international law perspective

Silence of the world escalates the USSaudi aggressions brutality

Aggression Crimes from the perspective of international humanitarian law

Mass death in “internationally banned bombs” fields

Economic siege on Yemen ... organized crime

Rising inflation

GDP contraction

Standard deficit

Liquidity war

Transferring the central Bank to Aden City

Food security

Humanitarian repercussions

14.2.2017 – Legal Center (*** B K)

Statistics of civilian casualties and damages of civilian facilities during one year of the aggression

March 26, 2015 until March 25, 2016


It has been one year for the starting of the war that led by Saudi Arabia on Yemen, they targeted women, children and elderly civilians and caused mass destruction to all civilian, industrial and service facilities. It changed the features of life in Yemen, caused the displacement of more than four million civilians, and have become homeless.

Casualties were many; in addition to the blockade of (air, sea and land) and prevent the entry of medicine and food to people who depend on all their needs from abroad. Twenty governorates of the Republic were subjected the bombing of land and sea, artillery rockets and cluster bombs in contrary to all international conventions and norms, which are considered as violation of international humanitarian law and human rights.

Legal center for rights and development - Republic of Yemen - has monitored the violations of coalition forces against civilians and civilian facilities in Yemen during one year (from March 26, 2015 until March 25, 2016). The bombardment continues until now, it has resulted in those airstrikes and missiles, modern bombs the killing and wounding of thousands civilian casualties including children, women and men, and the destruction of thousands of civilian facilities.

Over one year of the aggression ( from March 26, 2015 until March 25, 2016) the period covered by this statistical report - Legal center for rights and development has monitored and documented the crimes and violations that were committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance against civilians in Yemen.

The center also documented the destruction and damages of thousands civilian installations including (houses, governmental facilities and hundreds of hospitals, mosques, schools, roads , bridges, historical, archaeological and tourist facilities, sports and other facilities and monuments, which are protected under the laws of celestial and international laws, which were the targets of raids that launched by Saudi Arabia and its alliance on the various governorates of the Republic of Yemen.


We depend on field visits and visit the sites that were bombed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in documenting and collecting the incidents of the report, conducting interviews with victims, their relatives and witnesses, field and media monitoring. In addition to, the documentation of the victims and damages with photos, videos and reports of official bodies in the different sectors and to verify all this information. The Center through its staff in the various governorates of the republic following the developments and results of the aggression including crimes that were committed by Saudi Arabia aircraft and its alliance, which deliberately target and kill civilians and destroy public and private facilities and infrastructure.

-The numbers in these statistics are preliminary numbers, which is the legal center for rights and development could documented, monitored or verified, with the assurance of the actual numbers of civilian facilities, destroyed or damaged by the shelling are actually more than what was documented in this report.

-This report contains of statistics of civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian facilities caused by Saudi Arabia and its alliance airstrikes on Yemen within one year. It has been divided into two parts. The first part of the casualties and the second part of the destruction of civilian facilities.

Part I:(statistics of casualties during one year of the aggression )

- This section contains of (39) statistics. It contains the statistics of civilian casualties in Yemen (General statistics for all the provinces that were bombed, the statistics of civilian casualties per month; as well as, the statistics of civilian casualties including children, women and men) in each province, which were bombed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance throughout the year of the aggression. It contains two types of statistics; each type was detailed as follows:

PART II / statistics of civilian installations targeted by the aggression during one year.

Section I: statistics of civilian facilities that were destroyed and damaged because of the aggression (statistics of installations according to the month). It includes general statistics and 13 statistics, each statistic contains the civilian facilities that were destroyed and damaged during a month.

Section II: statistics of civilian facilities that were destroyed and damaged by the bombing on Yemeni provinces (statistic of installations according to the province). It contains general statistic for the province and (19) statistics for the provinces that were bombed during the aggression.

Section III: Statistics of civilian facilities that were destroyed or damaged by the aggression in each province during one year of bombing (statistic installations). It contains general statistic and (26) statistic, each statistic contains the civilian facilities that were destroyed and damaged in each province.

14.2.2017 – Carnegie Endowment (*** B K P)

Iran’s Small Hand in Yemen

Iranian support for the Houthis has been marginal and does not shape their decisionmaking as much as local alliances and conflict dynamics do.

Claims of Iran’s influence over the Houthis have been overblown. While the Houthis do receive some support from Iran, it is mostly political, with minimal financial and military assistance. However, since the Houthis took control of Sanaa, the group has increasingly been portrayed as “Iran-backed” or “Shia,” often suggesting a sectarian relationship with the Islamic Republic. Yet until after the 2011 upheavals, the term “Shia” was not used in the Yemeni public to refer to any Yemeni groups or individuals. The Houthis do not follow the Twelver Shia tradition predominant in Iran, but adhere to the Zaidiya, which in practice is closer to Sunni Islam, and had expressed no solidarity with other Shia communities.

Although Iran sees cooperation with non-state actors as an integral part of its foreign policy to protect and expand its influence in the region, its support for the Houthis has been marginal. The military support Iran has provided to the Houthis since at least 2011 has largely been limited to training and mostly channeled through Lebanese Hezbollah.

Consistent with Iran’s history of transporting weapons to the horn of Africa, reports have noted a flow of weapons for a while from Iran in the direction of Yemen and Somalia, but it remains unclear if those were intended specifically for the Houthis. Others allegations of specific arms transfers to the Houthis have been difficult to verify. The near-complete sea blockade Saudi Arabia has upheld since the beginning of the military intervention in March 2015 has made smuggling weapons into the country quite difficult. Reports that Iran is smuggling weapons to the Houthis through Oman have been denied by the Sultanate and appear implausible given the long distance the weapons would have to be transported overland through territory the Houthis do not control.

The most effective support the Houthis have received is in the field of media. Al-Masirah, the Houthis’ television channel, is broadcast from Beirut with Hezbollah assistance.

What is clear is that whatever support the Houthis received from Iran, it was not decisive for the Houthi’s power grab in the Yemeni capital in September 2014. American diplomatic sources, backed by credible Iranian analysts, have also claimed that the Iranians tried to discourage the Houthis from taking over Sanaa; advice the Houthis chose not to follow. Another important factor that enabled the Houthis to mobilize was Saudi Arabia’s March 2014 decision to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in the wake of the coup against Mohamed Morsi in Egypt in 2013. With that, the Yemeni Islah Party—a large part of which is made up of members of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood—lost its main supporter.

Once the Houthis took control over Sanaa in September 2014, Iran used the opportunity to expand its relationship with the group. With Western states increasingly isolating the Houthis, the latter welcomed Iranian offers to cooperate in severely needed infrastructure projects, including restarting regular flights between Tehran and Sanaa and sending humanitarian aid to Yemen—initiatives that did not materialize due to the military intervention. Nevertheless, Iran undeniably wants to make political gains from its relationship with the Houthis, as is clear from the bold statements coming from Tehran.

The conflict in Yemen is first and foremost a conflict between the Saleh-Houthi alliance and the Saudi-backed Hadi government. While Iran’s financial investment in the Houthis remains limited, its regional antagonist Saudi Arabia is engulfed in a war it cannot win, with devastating financial losses. Iran can merely point to the humanitarian crisis the war has caused in Yemen and insist on a diplomatic solution to make political profits from the war.

But for now, Yemen is not a priority on Iran’s foreign policy agenda, and what the Iranians do provide has not bought the Houthis’ unconditional loyalty. But as the United States increases its involvement in Yemen and the White House inflames its rhetoric against Iran, Yemen may develop into a battleground for the escalating tension between Washington and Tehran and push the Houthis into Iran’s corner – by MAREIKE TRANSFELD

14.2.2017 – Military (** B K)

2 Years Into Yemen War, US Ramps Up Refueling of Saudi Jets

Saudi Arabian coalition jets bombing Houthi rebel sites in Yemen increasingly turn to U.S. Air Force tankers for refueling support almost two years after the conflict began.

Since April 2015, the Air Force has logged 1,778 tanker sorties for the operation, Air Forces Central Command spokeswoman Capt. Kathleen Atanasoff told on Tuesday. That includes 1,069 over the past year, an increase of 360, or 50 percent, from the 709 in the previous period.

"These operations are ongoing, with aircraft refueling occurring daily," Atanasoff said in an email.

The service's tankers such as KC-135 Stratotankers and KC-10 Extenders participated in 7,564 refueling "events" with coalition aircraft, with "about 54 million pounds of fuel off-loaded in support of Saudi operations in Yemen," Atanasoff said.

Refueling numbers are tracked by the command but, unlike statistics on strikes and sorties against the Islamic State and the Taliban, aren't publicly released via the command's airpower summary factsheets.

U.S. Central Command officials have said the U.S. provides only refueling support to Saudi coalition aircraft. "We have not provided any kind of intel to carry out strikes," Maj. Josh Jacques, media chief at CentCom, told at the time. Despite the U.S.'s quiet role in the war, it has become a target of critics, according to William Picard, executive director of The Yemen Peace Project, a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 in response to the growing humanitarian crisis.

"U.S. refueling missions have become a focal point for those who oppose America's involvement in this war," Picard said Tuesday in a statement to

"The Yemen Peace Project is part of a large coalition of U.S.-based and international advocacy organizations calling for an end to U.S. logistical and material support for the Saudi-led intervention," he said.

"The U.S. has been, and continues to be, a crucial participant in the U.N.-sponsored peace process," Picard said. "Its military role in the conflict undermines that process and perpetuates hostilities. This war is driving one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the world." – by Oriana Pawlyk


14.2.2017 – Antiwar (** A K)

US Continues to Increase Involvement in Saudi Air War in Yemen

US Refueling Allows Saudi Bombers to Stay in the Air Longer

The US doesn’t necessarily like to brag about their involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, given the massive civilian death toll of the Saudi airstrikes and the growing international disquiet about the humanitarian crisis the war has led to. Still, US involvement is increasing, not decreasing.

New data from the Air Force showed a 50% increase in the number of in-air refueling sorties US planes have flown in the past year, over the first year of the war, with officials confirming over 7,500 “refueling events” with Saudi planes, transferring 54 million pounds of fuel.

This has been common in US-backed air wars, as the US has much more in-air refueling capacity than other nations. The refueling allows Saudi warplanes to remain in the air over Yemen much longer without going back to refuel, letting them launch more strikes.

All of this just adds to American complicity in the massive number of civilians the Saudi airstrikes have killed, which was already a problem because the Saudis were flying American-made planes and dropping American-made bombs. That the US is also directly fueling the planes just further undercuts the claims the US is trying to broker peace in Yemen – by Jason Ditz

13.2.2017 – UN (** B H)

Film: Yemen: Silent Pain

Civil war rages on in Yemen, with a catastrophic impact on civilians. For Najeeb and his family, daily life is its own battle for survival amid air strikes and gunfire

My comment: Now it’s not just a civil war, it’s war in which foreign powers are involved.

13.2.2017 – Yemen Data Project (*** B K)

According 2 out of 10533 airstrikes on #YEMEN, 8906 (85%) on civilian targets & a mere 1627 (15%) on military target

2017 – Yemen Data Project (*** B K)

The Yemen Data Project is an independent data collection project aimed at collecting and disseminating data on the conduct of the war in Yemen, with the purpose of increasing transparency and promoting accountability of the actors involved. In the absence of official military records from any of the parties to the conflict, the Yemen Data Project was founded in 2016 with the overall goal of contributing independent and neutral data to increase transparency over the conduct of the war and to inform humanitarian response, human rights advocacy, media coverage and policy discussion.

The Yemen Data Project is a not-for-profit project and is contributed to by international and national security, human rights, humanitarian, and academic experts. The project and all activities are independently funded to avoid any partisan affiliation.


The data has been collected through open sources and cross-referenced using a wide range of information. These include local and international news agencies and media reports; social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other video footage, and WhatsApp; reports from international and national NGOs; official records from local authorities; and reports by international human rights groups. Where independent reporting is not available, the data has been cross referenced with sources from opposing sides to the conflict as to ensure the reporting is as accurate and impartial as possible.

The dataset lists target category and subcategory for each incident, apart from incidents where no information on the target is available. The target category chosen for each incident refers to the original use of the target, e.g. a school hit by an airstrike is referred to as a school building, with no further assessment on its use at the time of the airstrike or the circumstances that led to the airstrike.

As the data is collected using open sources and as there is a general lack of transparency from the parties to the conflict, as well as a lack of independent reporting on the ground, the data presented has been verified and cross-referenced to the extent possible. It is important to note, however, that due to the context of the current situation in Yemen there are significant challenges in accessing independent sources for verification of incidents. The data presents our best current understanding of the incidents included and are reported in good faith.

The data has been collected with the purpose of creating a statistical overview of the impact of the aerial bombardments in Yemen, especially in regard to geographical spread and its targeting. The data does not include casualty figures, neither combatants nor civilian, as in the current context of Yemen casualty monitoring presents significant challenges. There is a wide variation in the quality of casualty recording, much of which is highly politicised, and it has not been possible to independently verify such claims.


The first data collection project by the Yemen Data Project focuses on the aerial bombardments in Yemen from March 2015 to August 2016 and includes detailed data on all air raids conducted by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which also includes participation from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. The military coalition is backed by the United States and the United Kingdom with the US providing intelligence and logistical support, and the US and UK also having their military personnel deployed in the Saudi command-and-control centre for coalition airstrikes.

The dataset lists the date of incident, geographical location, type of target, target category and sub-category, and, where known, time of day. Each incident indicates a stated number of air-raids, which in turn may comprise multiple airstrikes. It is not possible to generate an average number of airstrikes per air-raid as these vary greatly, from a couple of airstrikes up to several dozen per air-raid.

To download the full database click here (csv)

[The data is published in csv-format. Import it to Microsoft Office Excel, LibreOffice Calc or Google Spreadsheet to view it in a readerfriendly format.]

13.2.2017 – RT (** B P)

Jemen im Fadenkreuz des US-Militärs: Trump steigt auf saudische Strategie ein

Washington plant eine Ausweitung seiner Unterstützung für die saudische Militärintervention im Jemen. Diese nützt bisher Al-Qaida. Dennoch scheint auch der neue US-Präsident in seiner Aversion gegen den Iran für Riads Einflüsterungen empfänglich zu werden.

Die erste von Donald Trump als US-Präsident autorisierte Kommandoaktion von US-Spezialkräften sorgt weiter für politischen Wirbel in Washington.

In den Augen von Karen Greenberg, der Direktorin des Zentrum für Nationale Sicherheit der Fordham Universität, wird die "Gewinner-Mission" (O-Ton Trump) jedoch langfristig AQAP nutzen. Sie bezeichnet den Einsatz als vermeintlichen Segen für al-Qaidas Propaganda.

Militäraktionen, die den lokalen Kontext ignorieren und in hohen zivilen Verlusten resultieren, wie dies bei dem Kommandounternehmen der Fall war, das von der Trump-Regierung am 29. Januar genehmigt worden war, sind im Kampf gegen al-Qaida kontraproduktiv. So heißt es zumindest in einer zu Monatsbeginn veröffentlichten Analyseder International Crisis Group (ICG). Anzumerken ist in diesem Zusammenhang, dass der Einsatz bereits von der vorherigen Administration vorbereitet wurde. Aus operativen Gründen erteilte Präsident Obama diesem zum Ende seiner Amtszeit jedoch kein grünes Licht mehr. Das Militär wollte angeblich eine mondschwache Nacht abwarten, die aber erst in die Amtszeit von Trump fiel, berichtet die New York Times.

Durch geschickte Bündnispolitik sei es AQAP den Analysten in West Point zufolge dabei gelungen, sunnitische Stämme auf seine Seite zu ziehen. Durch seine Strategie der "unsichtbaren Hand" ("al-yad al-makhfi") sei das Terrornetzwerk in der Lage, insgeheim Städte und Gebiete zu kontrollieren, die formal lokalen Stämmen unterstehen. Beispielhaft nennen die US-Analysten die Hafenstadt al-Mukalla, die AQAP ein Jahr lang offen beherrschte, bevor die Dschihadisten kampflos abzogen, um Truppen der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate zu weichen.

Es sind vor allem AQAP-Kämpfer, die auf dem Boden an vorderster Front für die saudische Allianz die Kohlen aus dem Feuer holen. Die Terrormiliz sei immer stärker in das Gefüge der saudischen Invasionstruppen eingebettet, heißt es in auch in der ICG-Studie.

Bereits im April vergangenen Jahres wies die International Business Times auf den Erfolg des Wirkens der "unsichtbaren Hand" hin. Geräuschlos, so schreibt das Blatt, regiere AQAP weite Landstriche durch Stellvertreterkräfte. Um die Bande zu sunnitischen Stämmen zu stärken, heirateten Al-Qaida-Mitglieder gezielt in prominente Familien ein.

Dank der von Riads Kriegskoalition herbeigeführten humanitären Katastrophe sei das Terrornetzwerk in der Lage, die Herzen und Köpfe der örtlichen Bevölkerung für sich zu gewinnen, so das US-Magazin, indem es soziale Hilfsleistungen bereitstellt.

Schon ein halbes Jahr zuvor kam die BBC nicht um die Feststellung umhin, dass die Dschihadisten von Luftschlägen derselben Länder – Saudi-Arabien und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten – die ihnen normalerweise feindlich gegenüber stehen, unterstützt werden. Wobei die Zielauswahl für Luftangriffe in den Händen der US-Militärs liegt.

Faktisch agieren die saudisch geführte Koalition und AQAP im Jemen als Verbündete. Augenscheinlich wurde dies, als Riad im Sommer 2015 mit Abd al-Wahhab al-Humayqani einen Mann als Delegierten zu den unter UN-Schirmherrschaft stehenden Friedensverhandlungen nach Genf schickte, der von US-Behörden als "globaler Terrorist" eingestuft wird, der AQAP als Rekrutierer und Finanzier diene.

Grundsätzlich sei der Aufstieg des militanten Islam im Jemen auf dessen substantielle Finanzierung durch die Saudis während der letzten Jahrzehnte zurückzuführen, schreibt Julie Chernov Hwang vom Middle East Institute in ihrem 2012 erschienenen Buch Peaceful Islamist Mobilization in the Muslim World: What Went Right. Darin konstatiert sie das historische Interesse des wahhabitischen Königshauses an einem "schwachen und gespaltenen Jemen, über den es ein starken Einfluss ausüben kann".

Washington auf Eskalationskurs

Um den weiteren Aufstieg al-Qaidas nicht zu befördern, so die aktuelle Empfehlung der International Crisis Group, müsse von der Sichtweise Abstand genommen werden, wonach es sich bei den Huthis um iranische Stellvertreter handelt, die Teil einer "schiitischen Agenda" in der Region wären.

Das saudische Königshaus bemüht diesen Narrativ, um im Westen und unter den Golfstaaten Verbündete zu finden. Da diese einen wachsenden iranischen Einfluss in der Region fürchten, stößt Riad damit auch auf offene Ohren. Zugleich macht sich AQAP diese Sichtweise zu eigen, um sich sunnitischen Stämmen als Schutzmacht gegenüber iranischen Machtgelüsten und Teherans angeblichen Stellvertretern in Form der Huthis anzubieten.

Tatsächlich ist der Einfluss des persischen Landes im Jemen im Vergleich zu Saudi-Arabien verschwindend gering, wie selbst eine in Foreign Affairsveröffentlichte Auswertung von Telekommunikationsdaten ergab. Bei den Huthis handele es sich nicht um iranische Erfüllungsgehilfen, hatte selbst das Weiße Haus nach Beginn des so genannten Sturms der Entschlossenheit erklärt.

Mit dem Einzug von Donald Trump ins Oval Office hat sich nun offenbar eine andere Sichtweise durchgesetzt. Um Irans vermeintliche Stellvertreter im Jemen zu bekämpfen, erwäge seine Regierung, die Drohneneinsätze auszuweiten, mehr Militärberater zu entsenden und mehr Kommandoaktionen durchzuführen, berichteteForeign Policy vor einer Woche unter Berufung auf Regierungsberater und Kongressmitarbeiter.

Innerhalb der neuen Regierung gebe es das Verlangen nach einem "sehr aggressiven" Zurückdrängen Irans im Jemen, so ein auf Anonymität bestehender Berater von Trumps nationalem Sicherheitsteam. Die USA könnten sich dementsprechend direkter am Kampf gegen die Huthis beteiligen – von Sebastian Range

Wie der britische Guardianberichtet, erwägt das Pentagon sogar die formale Einstufung Jemens als Schlachtfeld des US-Militärs, um die Durchführung von Operationen zu beschleunigen.

15.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A K P)

Arab Coalition rules out declaration of port city as military zone

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition on Monday ruled out that it declared the port city of al-Hudeidah as a military zone, Reuters reported.

However, the Arab Coalition has recently intensified its strikes against military positions of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Media outlets reportedly citied that the Arab Coalition were preparing to take over the port city of al-Hudeidah after the Houthis targeted a Saudi frigate lately of January.

My comment: LOL.

14.2.2017 – PARS Today (** A E H K P)

Saudi-Arabien verhindert die Ankunft von fünf Schiffen mit Kraftstoff für Jemen

Saudische Kräfte haben am Sonntag die Ankunft von fünf Schiffen mit Ölderivaten in die Provinz al-Hadida im Jemen verhindert.

Jemenitische Quellen meldeten, dass drei Schiffe mit Ölderivaten, die in den Hafen al-Hadida vor Anker gehen wollten, von Saudi-Arabien aufgehalten wurden.

Des Weiteren hielten saudische Kräfte zwei weitere Schiffe mit Ölderivaten, die im Hafen von Ras Isa in der Stadt Salif vor Anker gehen wollten, auf.

Saudi-Arabien verhindert seit zwei Jahren durch Boden-, Luft- und Meeresbesatzungen die Einfuhr von Waren und Lebensmitteln in Jemen.ünf_schiffen_mit_kraftstoff_für_jemen

13.2.2017 – Alwaght (** A K)

Saudi Arabia to Bomb Yemen’s Hodeidah despite UN Warning

Saudi Army warned the residents of Hodeidah city in Yemen that the city will be targeted by airstrikes in next few days.

Saudis warned the citizens in their southern neighbor country that the city will be considered a military zone to be bombarded and they better stay in their homes.

Just a few days earlier, the UN had warned Saudi regime against attacking the port city saying any such measure could trap civilians and hamper aid efforts.

The statement issued by the Saudi-led coalition threatened that civilians in Hodeidah should "remain in their homes and avoid clashes" and that the city would be declared a military zone from 10 a.m. on Monday until further notice.

Hodeidah is the main port city in Yemen currently under the control of Yemeni army. It is considered the main entry point for food and aid cargos to the country that is under a Saudi imposed embargo.

The United Nations said on Friday the Saudi-led coalition had intensified air strikes on Hodeidah, possibly trapping civilians and hampering a humanitarian operation to deliver vital food and fuel supplies.

Remark: Air raids at Hodeida cp16.


13.2.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

Saudi led-coalition announces Al- Hodeidah governorate in western #Yemen as a military target.The city now is under heavy bombing. SOSYemen

and (!!)

13.2.2017 – Reuters (* B K P)

ADVISORY - Story on Yemen's Hodeidah withdrawn

The story headlined "Arab coalition declares Yemen's Hodeidah a military zone" is wrong and is withdrawn. The coalition says it did not issue such a statement. There will be no substitute story.

My comment: What you really can believe that the Saudi coalition is telling? Here AFP, also cited by an Emirati media:

14.2.2017 – AFP (** A K P)

Arab coalition declares Hodeidah a military zone

A Saudi-led coalition has declared Yemen’s Hodeidah city a military zone, urging civilians in the Houthi-held Red Sea port to stay in their homes, days after the United Nations warned that air strikes could trap civilians and hamper aid efforts.
The military coalition of mainly Gulf Arab states said in a statement late on Sunday civilians in Hodeidah should “remain in their homes and avoid clashes” and that the city would be declared a military zone from 10 am (0700 GMT) on Monday until further notice.

The United Nations said on Friday the Saudi-led coalition had intensified air strikes on Hodeidah, possibly trapping civilians and hampering a humanitarian operation to deliver vital food and fuel supplies.

13.2.2017 – Press TV Iran (** B K P)

Saudi Arabia seeks to impose its will on Yemenis: Pundit

Saudi Arabia, which has been engaged in a relentless bombing campaign against Yemen since March 2015, has declared the country's western port city of Hudaydah a military zone.

Jamal Wakim, from the Lebanese International University, believes declaring Hudaydah a military zone is a part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to pressurize Yemenis into bowing to its pressure.

“But of course this will have severe humanitarian consequences for Hudaydah and for Yemen in general because it is through Hudaydah and other ports that the Yemenis are getting subsidies and supplies,” the academic told Press TV in an interview on Monday.

However, he said, the humanitarian consequences of the situation in Hudaydahwill push the Yemenis to retaliate in kind.

Wakim also noted Riyadh has stepped up its aggression against Yemen after recent attacks by the Houthi Ansarullah movement and allied army units on Saudi’s military positions in the country’s south.

He also ruled out the possibility of any action by the international community against Saudi Arabia "given the support it enjoys from Western countries."

The academic went on to say that Saudi Arabia is seeking its objectives within the geopolitical strategy of the United States and its allies to contain this "greater Eurasia" project which includes Iran, Russia and China.

“That is why they consider what is going on in Yemen a mere collateral damage that should be endured by the Yemenis in order to submit to the will of the Saudis,” he stated. =

Comment by Judith Brown: The port of Hodeida has been declared a military zone. That means everything there is considered a legitimate target for bombing raids. Saada has been destroyed completely by these tactics. It has consequences for the rest of Yemen as this is the port through which most food and humanitarian aid are imported, and where the unloading cranes were destroyed in 2015. I am so distressed.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (** A K P)

Saudi aggression deprives Yemen of oil supplies

The US-backed Saudi-led coalition held five oil tankers heading to Hodeida province, an official told Saba on Monday.
The tankers, which carries gas and diesel, were designated to reach Ras Isa and Hodeida ports.
The aggression's move intended to hinder the oil derivatives supplies from reaching the Yemeni people, the official said.

14.2.2017 – TAZ (** B K P)


Die allerersten Opfer in Trumps „Kampf gegen den Terror“ sind Nawaar und die anderen Jemeniten, die an diesem Tag getötet wurden, allerdings nicht. Bereits in den Tagen zuvor hatte der frisch gekürte US-Präsident mindestens zwei Drohnenangriffe im Jemen abgesegnet. Laut dem Pentagon wurden dabei „mutmaßliche Al-Qaida-Terroristen“ getötet. Ob das stimmt, weiß niemand.

Das Neusprech der US-Regierung bezüglich ziviler Opfer ist zum politischen Alltag geworden. Auch nach jener blutigen Operation hieß es aus Washington, dass lediglich 14 Al-Qaida-Kämpfer getötet worden seien. Über Nawaar und die zahlreichen anderen Opfer verlor man kein Wort. Stattdessen beklagte US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence via Twitter den Verlust eines Soldaten. Er bezeichnete ihn als „Helden“, der im Kampf gegen den „radikalislamischen Terror“ gefallen sei.

Alltag unter Obama

Ungewohnt viele Medien berichteten kritisch über das jüngste Massaker. Das überrascht, schaut die westliche Öffentlichkeit doch meist weg, wenn es um den Jemen geht. Dass sich das nun ändert, hat gewiss mit der allgemeinen Berichterstattung zu Trump zu tun. Dabei sind derartige Ope­ra­tio­nen im Jemen, einem Land, wo die Vereinigten Staaten offiziell gar keinen Krieg führen, nichts Neues. Zum Alltag wurden die klandestinen Einsätze nämlich unter ­Barack Obama, dem dieser Tage viele Menschen nachtrauern.

Die plötzliche Betroffenheit ist geradezu scheinheilig: Für viele Menschen im Jemen, in Afghanistan und in Somalia, die das Privileg der US-Staatsbürgerschaft nicht genießen, ist der Tod durch Drohnenangriffe und andere geheime Operationen des US-Militärs längst Alltag geworden.

Im Gegensatz zu seinen Vorgängern machte Trump schon sehr früh deutlich, dass er nicht nur „Terroristen“ jagen und töten werde, sondern auch deren Familien.

Eine ähnliche Meinung teilt auch Michael T. Flynn, Trumps Nationaler Sicherheitsberater, der nun zurückgetreten ist. Noch vor wenigen Jahren war Flynn ein Kommandeur der Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), einer Abteilung, die unter anderem auch für die Geheimoperationen im Jemen verantwortlich ist.

Flynn, der im Irak und in Afghanistan stationiert war, etablierte in dieser Zeit die berühmt-berüchtigten nächtlichen „Durchsuchungen“, bei denen mutmaßliche Aufständische und militante Kämpfer aufgespürt und getötet wurden – gemeinsam mit ihren Familien. In vielen Fällen traf es die Häuser unschuldiger Zivilisten. Journalisten dokumentierten immer wieder die Massaker der Elitesoldaten. Vor allem in Afghanistan trugen deren Taten dazu bei, dass die Einheimischen Sympathien für die aufständischen Taliban entwickelten.

Der Zynismus des „Muslim Ban“

Ähnliches droht dem Jemen. Laut UN wurden dort in den Jahren 2014 und 2015 – also schon unter Obama – mehr Zivilisten durch US-Drohnen­angriffe getötet als durch Angriffe von al-Qaida. Dass Trump auf solche Angriffe weiterhin setzen wird, ist nur allzu offensichtlich.

Donald Trump und seine Regierung werden in allen laufenden Konflikten eine eskalierende Rolle spielen. Bereits die ersten drei Wochen seiner Amtszeit haben dies mehr als deutlich gemacht. Umso zynischer ist sein „Muslim Ban“, der hauptsächlich Menschen aus jenen Staaten, in denen die USA seit Jahren Chaos stiften, die Einreise verweigern soll.

Dennoch sollte die Zeit vor Trump nicht vergessen werden. Viele Befugnisse, die der US-Präsident nun hat, wurden ihm durch seinem Vorgänger auf dem Silbertablett serviert – von Emran Feroz!5383259;m/

13.2.2017 – Spiked Online (** B K P)


This devastated nation shows the US was never a force for peace.

In Western elite circles, however, the unfolding catastrophe in Yemen fails to signify. It is intermittently reported, of course, and hands are perfunctorily wrung, but its meaning is carefully managed, restricted, obscured. A half-blind eye is turned. Yemen is alternately reduced to a victim of Saudi, Gulf-state iniquity, or seen as a site of internecine Sunni-Shia strife.

All of which makes sense, because to see clearly what is happening in Yemen, to face up to the US and the UK’s complicity in the barbarising of the region, shatters two aspects of the same fantasy, two narrative themes that sustain the West’s self-image: that the US and its allies are a stabilising, peace-providing force in the world; and that Donald Trump’s presidency somehow marks an end to the Good Old Days of ethical, democracy-bringing, humanitarian interventions.

That’s why the devastation of Yemen can’t be allowed to mean too much. It represents the unwelcome, unpalatable reality of America’s role in the world, the intrusion of facticity upon the fantasy. It shows that there really were no Good Old Days. It shows that the pre-Trump era was just as marked by instability, and clueless, warmongering interventionism as Trump’s critics expect his foreign policymaking to be.

You can see this denial of reality, this fantasy, in the thinking of those who insist we are entering a terrifying, dangerous new era. You can see it in CNN’s insistence that Trump is about to sow a ‘new world disorder’. ‘America’, its op-ed contends, ‘always looked to for stability, continuity and as a guarantor of the liberal world order, now could become under Trump one of the most disruptive global forces’.

you can see it in all those who conclude, as one commentator does, that ‘[Trump’s] election makes the world a more dangerous place and also a more uncertain place’.

Yet it is a myth that the US and its allies were ‘a guarantor of the liberal world order’, a myth that they were ‘defenders of liberal democracy’, a myth that Trump’s presidency augers a more dangerous, uncertain, hateful world. It is one exploded by the reality of US-led, Western interventionism, from the NATO-fronted, EU-justified antagonising of Russia along its western border, to the unravelling and destruction of Iraq, of Libya, of Syria, of Afghanistan, and so on. And today, it is one exploded by the ruination of Yemen.

For the US and its allies haven’t been defending liberal democracy in Yemen, or bringing peace and stability. No, they’ve been fuelling the conflict, militarily supporting its Saudi-led escalation, legitimising the sky-falling destruction. Right from the start of Yemen’s most recent troubles in 2011, when long-time US ally in the war on terror, President Saleh, was under severe pressure following Yemen’s own Arab Spring, the US and friends have ruthlessly pursued their own regional agenda, regardless of how destabilising and disordering it proved to be.

Guiding Yemen into the post-Arab Spring future, then, was the dead hand of the US and Saudi Arabia. But, as in Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya or Syria, this attempt to direct proceedings from on high, to order the affairs of a whole people from without, ran up against the reality of such an abstract operation: the resistance and recalcitrance of actual Yemenis.

Hadi and his limited forces drew what legitimacy and authority they had, not from Yemeni society, but from the ‘international community’ of the US, Saudi Arabia and allies. Hadi represented the ‘international community’ against a significant section of the Yemeni populace. So when the Houthis took advantage of Hadi’s hollow rule, sweeping into the capital of Sanaa in September 2014 while Hadi fled to Riyadh, the response when it came was not a surprise: it was a continuation of the attempt to order the region according to Saudi and US interests.

So it was, six months after Hadi had been turfed out of Yemen, that the Saudi regime — backed, armed and assisted by the US, the UK et al — began its brutal bombing campaign.

News reports of the destruction, of Saudi-bombed funerals, of US-droned civilians, have done nothing to alter the West’s involvement in fuelling the conflict.

Yemen is the truth of the pre-Trump world order. It is the blood-soaked reality of Western intervention, the bombed-out riposte to the fantasy of certainty and stability now peddled by those clinging to their moth-eaten fantasies of moral superiority.

one thing’s for sure: the pre-Trump world order was every bit as destabilising and destructive as that expected of the post-Trump world order – by Tim Black

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12.2.2017 – Reuters (** A H)

Yemen cancer patients struggle to survive war shortages

Thousands of cancer patients in Yemen are being forced to seek life-saving medicines on the black market as the health system buckles after two years of war.

The conflict between the armed Houthi movement and a Saudi-led military coalition has killed over 10,000 people and triggered a slow-motion economic collapse, forcing health staff to work without pay and undercutting patients' ability to afford their own treatment.

For patients of the National Oncology Center, who often wait hours to receive their chemotherapy treatment, hope has evaporated along with their livelihoods.

"There are no pensions any more, how are we supposed to pay?" pleaded Mohamed El Shamaa, a gaunt leukemia patient, reclining limply as he received chemotherapy via an intravenous tube.

"Most people seek charity - some give and others say they can't help. Now, some people seek help from mosques. I'm one of those people," he said.

With the Iranian-allied Houthis controlling the main population centers, imports of badly needed food and medicine have been hampered by the Saudi-led coalition's near-blockade on one of the country's main ports, Hodeidah.

Medicine shelves at the oncology center are bare, and desperate patients have to scour the black market, according to the facility's vice president, Abdelwahab El Nahmy.

"Since the fourth quarter of 2016, we ran out of all the medications we have in storage and the patients now suffer from lack of availability and are forced to search for it in the local market for higher prices."

Official funding meets only 30 percent of the center's needs, El Nahmy said – by Noah Browning

6.2.2017 – Boiling Frog (** B K P)

Film How the Left Killed the Anti War Movement

Once the home of the anti-war movement, under Barack Obama the Left advocated a continuation of war and mass murder by using the political expediency of humanitarian interventionism. In this episode of The Geopolitical report, we unpack how establishment Democrats have continued the wars begun by President George W. Bush and expanded them into Syria and Yemen through illegal proxy wars and an ongoing and intensified drone campaign across the Middle East. Now that Donald Trump is president and the wars continue, the antiwar movement will emerge from the shadows and reveal its hypocritical political coloration. Links, sources and show notes here.

26.12.2016 – Teleakademie (nicht eingestuft B K)

Film: Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert - Das Trauma des Krieges [Tele-Akademie]

Kriege sind unmenschlich. Sie traumatisieren die Betroffenen und stellen jedes menschliche Maß, ja die Menschlichkeit an sich zutiefst in Frage. Kriege entstehen aus Zuschreibungen und Abgrenzungen, die der realen Welt aufgezwungen werden: der „Westen“, der „Osten“, die „Russen“, „die Israelis“… Sie teilen die Welt in Freund und Feind. Wer Kriege plant und führt, so Franz Ruppert, ist nicht in seiner Identität. Durch Kriege versuchen die Täter, auch die Identität ihrer Opfer zu zerstören und sie dazu zu zwingen, sich mit ihren gedanklichen Konstruktionen zu identifizieren. Es entstehen soziale und nationale Traumata. Krieg mit Krieg zu bekämpfen, damit endlich Frieden ist, ist eine Illusion, die die gesamte Menschheit teuer bezahlt. Was also wäre die Alternative?

cp2 Allgemein / General

14.2.2017 – Roland Hedayat / Kate Kurtz (A K P)

Civil war? Are the Saudi and the GCC etc Yemeni? Who drops the cluster bombs? Nobody saw any Iranian, not even any stooge. False narrative

It's another horrific regime change

Too horrific to resist exposure. Therefore covered in multiple layers of smoke screens. "civil war" one of them

14.2.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy / Aisha (A P)

Depressing how whole world talks about humanitarian catastrophe w/o pointing out Saudi & proxy #Yemen gov't role in exacerbating crisis.

They mention it privately but none of their publications say a word about Saudi's role Media does not either and uses Saudi narrative

14.2.2017 – Yemen Press (B P)

UAE deals with Saudi Arabia in the south of Yemen

The Alliance seeks to show the world and Arab public opinion that the differences that are spoken and went viral on media between fugitive Hadi and UAE forces in Aden are unfounded words, but what is seen in Aden in the ground is sharp disagreements that hit a storm packages, and these differences came in the time of the continuation of the war and the losses they are daily experiencing.

The differences between the fugitive Hadi and the UAE are not newly initiated, but rather are the differences that have been there since the first day of the aggression.

US-Israeli promises confronted with British dreams in the southern Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has been fighting on behalf of the United States and the UAE represent the west Fox, the Britain.

The Strategy for these countries when it comes to invade the region is quite different; Britain's strategy prefers plays tricks and political games instead of entering into the war directly, while the United States has always wished to intervene in wars.

14.2.2017 – Voice of America (* A K P)

Somali Official Says Somaliland Deal with UAE Corrupt, Illegal

Officials in Somalia and breakaway Somaliland took bribes in exchange for authorizing a United Arab Emirates military base in the port city of Berbera, according to Somalia's auditor general.

Auditor General Nur Jimale Farah is one of several observers questioning the propriety of the UAE base deal, which Somaliland's parliament overwhelmingly approved Sunday.

In an interview with VOA's Somali service, Jimale accused senior officials in Somaliland and the government of Somalia's former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of backing the deal for the sake of “illegitimate private gains.”

He also questioned Somaliland's right to reach an agreement with the UAE. Somaliland considers itself independent from Somalia, but is not recognized by any country.

“The deal has none of the legal provisions needed and did not go through Somalia's legitimate public procurement, financial institutions and the parliament. Therefore, it is corrupted and illegal,” Jimale said.

“We know that individuals within the leadership of Somalia and Somaliland were invited to Dubai and that they were corrupted with bags full of cash to sign the agreement,” he added.

Somaliland's representative to the UAE, Bashe Awil Omer, denied the bribery accusation. “It is baseless and we categorically deny it,” he told VOA. “If they have an evidence for such allegation, they should show to the public.”

Speaking to VOA on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on this issue, a senior official in Somalia's foreign ministry refused to deny or confirm the corruption allegations, but said neither the ministry nor the Somali cabinet was given a chance to discuss the UAE deal.

“We heard about the deal, which looked very secretive,” the official said. “It was not brought before the cabinet and the foreign ministry office. When we asked about it, we were told that the president and the prime minister's offices were dealing with it.”

Strategic importance of base

The agreement calls for the UAE to operate a base in Berbera for 25 years. Previously, Somaliland signed a deal with a UAE international port operator DP World. That deal would upgrade the port of Berbera, the largest in Somaliland.

Being part of a coalition that has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen, the UAE already has a military facility at Eritrea's Assab port for use. The Berbera base, which is only 90 kilometers from the shores of Yemen, will help it tighten the coalition blockade on the rebels.

Somali analysts say the base will be less of a headache for the UAE than the one in Eritrea, which is under United Nations sanctions.

Speaking at the parliament session, Somaliland's President Ahmed Silanyo said that the military base would benefit Somaliland and help create jobs.

In an interview with VOA on Monday, Somaliland Aviation Minister Farhan Adan Haybe said the deal has gone through all the Somaliland legal channels and therefore would be valid – by Mohamed Olad Hassan

14.2.2017 – Middle East Observer (* A K P)

Saudi, Djiboutian military talks on Yemen, Saudi military base in Djibouti

Saudi assistant defense minister Lt. Gen. Ahmed Abdullah Ayesh ended on Monday a surprise visit to Djibouti, where he met with Djiboutian defense minister Ali Hassan Bahdon.

During the visit, the two sides discussed ways to strengthen the relations between Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, which saw about a year ago rapid development against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Yemen, which borders with Djibouti.

Djibouti official news agency quoted the Djiboutian Defense Minister as saying that during the meeting they discussed ways to strengthen military coordination and cooperation between the two countries, pointing out that they had exchanged views on securing the maritime border between the two countries.

He also pointed to the need for cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Djibouti to achieve stability, ensure the security of the Red Sea, and to achieve stability in Yemen, stressing that the two countries will work in a more coordinated way on maintaining maritime security between them.

Bahdon stated that Djibouti had agreed in principle» to establish a Saudi military base on its territory overlooking the Red Sea, according to a statement by the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, Mahmoud Ali Hassan, last December.

On December 4, Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said to Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, “I took Saudi military leaders to some of Djibouti areas for Saudi Arabia’s military bases.” He explained that “the security, military and strategic draft of the accord is ready and the coastal areas that could host the base, be it military or naval, have been identified after Saudi military officers and officials explored some of the Djibouti areas.”

Youssouf then stressed that “there are no hesitations on the deal and the delay is purely technical as such matters do take some time, and there are no political reasons behind it.”

On Iran, Youssouf insisted that Djibouti has cut all ties with the Islamic Republic ever since it undermined the “legitimate government of Yemen” and after it supported the Houthi’s cross border attacks onto Saudi soil.

Both Djibouti and Saudi Arabia have a vested interest in securing the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa.

Egyptian diplomatic sources had revealed that Cairo started almost three months ago moves to stop the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Djibouti to build a Saudi military base at the entrances of the Gulf of Aden.

Cairo completely rejects this agreement based on the facts that these areas lie in what is considered ‘Egyptian diplomatic influence’, and fall within Egypt’s national security zone as an Egyptian strategic depth in the far south, according to sources.

14.2.2017 – Moyenne (A K)

"NorwegianHullClub has followed the recent developments in #Yemen closely".Asks 4 updates. Info coming frm US.Govt. (image)

Comment by Abdul Ghani: the only danger in the Red Sea area is from the #Saudi warships & fighter jets that are killing fishermen & destroying their boats

14.2.2017 – Defense News (B K P)

Film: Flashpoints off the coast of Yemen

Defense News Naval Warfare Reporter Christopher Cavas discusses the increasing threats and choke points from nongovernmental actors off the coast of Yemen.

My comment: The standard US narrative, which obviously hides so much of the story.

13.2.2017 – Anonhq (* B H K)

New Investigation Reveals U.S-Backed Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen Causes Most Destruction

The bombardments have exacerbated their already impoverished situation. The Guardian team visited several villages in the Al Hudaydah governorate.

“The war killed our only income, which was [me] working as a fisherman, and now we are jobless and hopeless. We are broken, we don’t have enough money, no food, nothing to eat, nothing to work with,” a resident named Al-Nahari in one of the villages in the Al Hudaydah Governorate said.

Another resident, Fatima, also narrated her ordeal. She takes care of her two grandsons in al-Hudaydah’s al-Mujelis village. Ali is 11 and Mohammed is 4. They both suffer from thalassemia, and their condition has been exacerbated by the lack of rich food. Fatima used to work on a Mango farm, but the constant bombardments in the area led to its shutdown.

“We have no money to treat my grandsons or to feed ourselves. Since we lost our jobs, we have no income and we have nothing to eat. Either we die from the bombing or from the hunger. My grandson needs treatment and also on the top of all that he needs to eat a healthy food, my grandson doesn’t know what the milk tastes like,” she said.

Fatima also blamed the world for turning a blind eye at what Saudi Arabia is doing in her country. “I blame the whole world for watching us dying and for their silence against the Saudi-led coalition,” she said.

A disabled 60-year-old woman living in al-Hajb village in the al-Almansoriah district named Saeeda, wept as she also narrated her condition to the team of journalists from the Guardian. Before the war, she was supported financially by her only son, who was working on a Mango farm just like Fatima.

“When the war started, he lost his job; my grandson looks for what is left from [our] neighbor’s food. Saudi jets scare me all the time and when I hear their sound in the air, I cannot even run away from my thatched hut [because] I’m disabled. Before the war, we were eating breakfast and lunch, we had $3 a day, the situation was safe, but now we don’t have anything, my son is jobless, our life was difficult but now it’s more difficult than it was, sometimes I wish I was not born in this life. Farms have been bombed, fishing boats too and diseases have become widespread; fever kills a lot of children,” she said.

A man named Gummai Esmail Moshasha, living in the village of Tihama, also told the team how he lost his family from the Saudi-led airstrikes on January 12, 2017.

The brutality in Yemen is beyond imagination. But despite the situation, the United States and its Western allies still supply Saudi Arabia with weapons. These weapons are being used to murder innocent people and must be stopped. – by Amando Flavio

13.2.2017 – True News (* A P)

Saudi Prince Awarded medal by CIA

The CIA awarding Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef for "fighting terrorism" is not sitting well with some, but Saudi Foreign Minister says "it shouldn't come as a surprise".

Remark: Already reported earlier. Here also reporting on Guterres visit to Saudi Arabia, more reporting at cp7.

13.2.2017 – UN Flüchtlingshilfe (* B K)

Film: Sa'da im Jemen: Eine Stadt an der Front

Seit fast zwei Jahren tobt im Jemen ein erbitterter Krieg, der Millionen Menschen in die Flucht getrieben hat. Mitarbeiter des UNHCR –

13.2.2017 – The National UAE (* B H K)

Awash with weapons, Yemen’s gun culture puts children in harm’s way

Yemen is one of the most heavily armed countries in the world, with the second largest civilian firearms ownership exceeding one weapon for every two citizens, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007. There are between 40 to 60 million weapons circulating in Yemen, estimated the UN Security Council in 2015.

In Yemen, guns are frequently seen fired at weddings and celebrations, and used for hunting and defence. They are also a symbol of power, wealth and manhood.

There have been several cases of stray bullets killing civilians at wedding parties in the past year, including a young girl who was shot in August. Manar Yasser Badhanwi was hit during a wedding in the Fowah area of Al Mukallah in Hadramawt province and died days later.

Yemen’s gun-control legislation has not been updated since 1992. The law banned the carrying of firearms in major cities but was never enforced until 2007. But the law does not designate which authority will ensure the control of arms proliferation.

Before the start of the war in 2015, the interior ministry seized weapons from civilians who did not have permission to own arms. Yemenis tried to avoid carrying weapons at that time, but that is no longer the case.

"Nowadays, there is no punishment for carrying weapons," said Naef Ibrahim, a social expert in the government education office in Taez.

"So many people are moving with their Kalashnikovs and this is the main reason for the increase in the number of victims of stray bullets. I think that the government has to revive the law of regulating the carrying of guns to decrease the casualties from stray bullets."

Parents must be held responsible for their children’s wrong ideas and behaviour about weapons, said Mr Ibrahim.

He stressed the need for parents to prevent their children from getting hold of weapons.

An arms trader told The National on condition of anonymity that there are no obstacles for the arms trade these days – by Mohammed Al Qalisi and from 2009:

13.2.2017 – (* A K P)

‘This Is a Country That’s in a Tremendous Crisis’

Janine Jackson interviewed Zaid Jilani about Trump’s Yemen raid for the February 3, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

It’s really interesting; US military, including Special Operations and drones, have been active in Yemen for years, stretching back even through the Bush administration, and certainly in the Obama administration. This raid was targeting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has grown considerably over the past few years, even though there’s an ISIS presence in Yemen now.

And part of the reason that it’s grown is because the Saudi-led coalition, which the United States mostly was supportive of, has been bombing the government in Yemen, which took power, basically, in a coup led by the Houthis. And the Houthis were opponents of Al Qaeda and also of ISIS, and so that civil war in Yemen between the Houthi-led government and the old government of Yemen, which is supported by Saudi Arabia and other countries, has opened up space for groups like Al Qaeda to grow, even ISIS to grow.

The US doesn’t want to directly fight the Houthis, who are basically Saudi Arabia’s enemies right now, but it does want to fight Al Qaeda. So that’s why we’ve seen this sort of action taking place on the side. But the larger situation in the country, that is one of the largest international crises with millions of people on the edge of starvation, seeing the civil war that doesn’t end and the Saudi involvement that doesn’t end. Regardless of whether we’re talking about one raid or another, it’s important to understand the larger situation in Yemen is an international crisis that wasn’t really resolved under the Obama administration, and certainly it looks like the Trump administration is not even talking about resolving that larger crisis, let alone approving raids like this, which, you know, are not too atypical for US policy in the past few administrations.

With respect to Tillerson, and he was just confirmed secretary of State actually yesterday, he was actually asked about this conflict, during his confirmation hearing, between Saudi Arabia and what’s happening in Yemen. And basically, he was asked about the use of cluster munitions in the conflict, and his response was something like, well, I mean we can help Saudi with some targeting and we can make sure they’re not hitting noncombatants and things. Which was remarkable, because that’s already what the United States has been doing, providing information that should be doing that. But a big part of the problem is that Saudi Arabia does not seem to have a whole lot of concern about that in the way that they’re prosecuting their war. It’s not a matter of giving them better information.

And, honestly, he seemed almost legitimately ignorant of the fact that the United States had been doing that, almost like he has paid no attention to what’s happening there, which is really remarkable for someone who, as of today, is now responsible for US diplomacy with Saudi Arabia and other countries. And it really shows that a lot of people I think may assume, maybe even I would assume, that the CEO of a large multinational corporation would be highly cognizant and aware of these issues, and respond to them intelligently, but that’s not always the case, and I think that’s certainly the case with how Tillerson responded to that question.

People should understand this is a country that’s in a tremendous crisis, that rivals probably only Syria in that region, a humanitarian crisis—and a crisis that could be ended should we see an end to the civil war, primarily the Saudi involvement; it would be really positive to see an end to that involvement. That’s something the United States could create. That would also create space for locals to be able to push back against groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS, and reduce the need or any desire for us to be even more militarily involved.

This has been going on for a couple of years now, and unfortunately it’s dropped off the map, because Yemen’s a very poor country and not a lot of countries have a lot of interests there, other than neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia. It’s important for people, whenever they address news events, to understand that we don’t live in year zero. There’s always a history and a context. = and audio

13.2.2017 – Fars News (* B K P)

The Vanishing Point of Morality: UK Refuses to End Complicity in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

The notorious war criminals and lawbreakers have chosen to put profits before people, domination before morality, sectarianism before civility, fanaticism before fairness, fake news before truth, and their own trivial interests before the unspeakable agonies of others.

So far, International Law has never stopped them in their pursuit of conquest or revenge. From the beginning of the war, the United States and the United Kingdom have assumed the power to provide arms and logistics to the Saudis, and to make decisions within the international system. An excellent illustration of that is the fact that the so-called International Law which governs the conduct of UN member states is nothing else but Western law. Independent nations with no veto power at the Security Council do not participate in its decisions, and in many instances, they are simply the victims, for the law recognizes them only as expendables.

If a poor country like Yemen, for instance, has been floated as a potential nation non grata, the only legal problem that arises is whether or not the invaders can claim compensation from those who support the Yemeni resistance diplomatically! Above all, American and European decision-making power is exercised in selecting what a targeted nation, or a group of nations, should do - in accordance with Western law and demands.

To demonstrate: A new report by the British media reveals that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has urged the UK government to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia even after Riyadh bombed a funeral in Yemen last October that killed over 140 people and sparked global condemnation.

It makes it plain that the British government, just like its American counterpart, is complicit in Saudi war crimes. Their ongoing arms supplies, logistics for bombing raids, and military siege continue to breed a profound humanitarian crisis, marked by thousands of civilian deaths and worsening food and medicine shortages. The war criminals block almost all food and medical aid from getting in, while bombing public infrastructure, including schools and hospitals. They then argue that all this massive heart wrenching barbaric violations could end if the Yemeni people yield.

As the new report exposes, the British government pays no attention to international calls for a halt in its weapons supply to the Saudis either.

The unprovoked war is a great test for public conscience in the West, where governments are unable to justify their operations, much less the slaughter of anonymous thousands, in terms that could be covered by any known law.

Endangering human life for profit and domination is a universal crime and the current state of criminality cannot last forever. It yields a monstrous toll if accurately conducted on a global scale, and it will herald a turning point nonetheless =

My comment: No sectarian polemics, please (not cited here).

13.2.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

Yemen to Never Invite US Ground Troops to Help Resolve Conflict - UN Envoy

Permanent representative of Yemen to the United Nations, Khaled Alyemany, said that Yemeni authorities will never invite American soldiers on the ground.

Yemen has no plans to request US ground troops to fight on its behalf in the country’s civil war, the permanent representative of Yemen to the United Nations, Khaled Alyemany, said on Monday. "We will never invite American soldiers on the ground," Alyemany stated during an Atlantic Council event in Washington, DC. "We will never invite Americans. And Americans, they understand that."

Khaled Alyemany also stated that the administration of former US President Barack Obama and the efforts of former Secretary of State John Kerry caused setbacks to the peace process in Yemen.

"The negative impact of Kerry was really devastating because we need now to recover the peace process from the point we had established in Kuwait," Alyemany said.

Remark: Hadi government at Aden.

13.2.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K P)

US Builds Up Red Sea Naval Presence with Two Arleigh-Burke Destroyers

The US Navy has decided to deploy two more Arleigh-Burke class destroyers in the Red Sea in order to fend off attacks from Yemeni Houthi rebels.

The US Navy is deploying the USS Laboon and the USS Truxtun to supplement the naval group that is already located in the sea between Africa and Arabian peninsula.

This decision comes about two weeks after the US dispatched another Arleigh-Burke destroyer, the USS Cole, to Bab al-Mandab Strait, the entrance to the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden, which became notorious after Somali pirate attacks in 2008.

The Pentagon currently refuses to confirm or deny the decision. The only comment comes from Christopher Sherwood, a Defense Department spokesman, who said that "the US Navy maintains a continuous combat-ready force within the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea to protect the free-flow of commerce, reassure our allies and partners and deter acts of aggression against our forces and our partners."

13.2.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A K P)

Iran-Allied Militias in Yemen Seek Preemptive Change in National Security Posts

Coup militias in Yemen, composed of loyalists acting under the command of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Iran-aligned Houthis, started implementing precautionary steps, notably overlapping and joining scattered units.

The buildup of combatants comes in preparation for an anticipated offensive in which pro-government forces seek to push into insurgency-held enclaves in Hodeida the capital of the Tihama region.

Hodeida’s anticipated offensive will be led by the Yemeni army, supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, and aims at restoring legitimacy.

Tihama refers to Red Sea coastal plain of Arabia from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Bab el Mandeb Strait.

The fight for securing the key area of Hodeida is decisive for the overall armed conflict in Yemen. The fall of Hodeida will consequentially lead to the fall of the capital Sana’a currently under coup control.

Recapturing Hodeida spells the end of funds and arms supply reaching putschists, especially putting an end to the extended transgressions of Houthi militants unwarrantedly collecting state revenues and levies imposed on citizens.

Iran-funded militants have resorted to change security managers in about 30 Hodeidah directorates, appointing people mostly belonging to areas outside Hodeidah, particularly residents of Sa’ada and Sana’a.

The formation of insurgency promoted committees dubbed ‘general recruitment’, consisting of branches of a number of ministries and institutions directors, led by coup loyalists, sources close to the matter told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Pro-Houthi committees will be responsible for managing the city’s coastal resources and economies. The illegitimate entities seek to pose tariffs against commercial outlets, in addition to increasing direct and militarized recruitment of youths.

My comment: Beneath the Saudi propaganda wording, two facts seem to be obvious: The pro-Saudi forces plan to continue offensives along the coast towards Hodeida, and the Houthi / Saleh authorities take precautions. – Hodeida port is used as the main harbor for imports to Northern Yemen (food, fuel, medical equipment), Saudi propaganda as always emphasizes arms imports to the Houthis from Iran which at a whole just are marginal.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (* A H K)

Saudi warplanes target Yemeni civilians in Mokha: UN Human Rights

Extremely worrying reports suggest that civilians and civilian objects have been targeted, in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, over the past two weeks, in the southwestern port of Al Mokha in Taiz Governorate in Yemen, the United Nations human rights agency warned.
While the intense fighting – both ground fighting and airstrikes – made it impossible for UN Human Rights Office field monitors to access the area and to verify the number of civilian casualties, credible reports indicate that civilians were caught in an intolerable situation.
In at least one incident, on 22 January, 11 civilians were reportedly killed and four injured inside a house that was struck by (Saudi aggression) airstrike. According to reports, more than 200 houses have been either partially damaged or completely destroyed by the airstrikes, which also hit Al Mokha Port.
“Civilians were trapped and targeted during the Al Mokha fighting," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.
"There are real fears that the situation will repeat itself in the port of Al Hudaidah, to the north of Al Mokha, where air strikes are already intensifying,” Al Hussein said. “The already catastrophic humanitarian situation in the country could spiral further downwards if Al Hudaidah port – a key entry point for imports into Yemen – is seriously damaged,” he added.

12.2.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

Saudi Arabia serving UK, US agenda in Mideast : Commentator

A political commentator believes that Saudi Arabia has been “buttressed, defended, armed, enabled, and empowered” consistently since it became a “fountainhead” for US and Israeli policy throughout the Middle East.

“So it does not matter what the Saudis do, how many people they kill in Yemen, how many people they killed in Bahrain yesterday, how many people they killed in Qatif the other day or who they are empowering and killing not directly but indirectly in Syria, Iraq, Egypt or Libya,” Navid Nasr told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

He further asserted that the UK has got its hand dirty "really deep in what has been going on in Saudi Arabia" for a long time.

Therefore, he said, “this is not a new position for the UK to be in” and it is not about Boris Johnson and his personal shortcomings, but rather, "a systemic thing.”

Noting that none of Saudi Arabia’s actions matter because ultimately they serve the agenda of the United States and Britain, the analyst said the Saudis are going to remain in power as long as they are of any use to these countries.

Nasr further stated that the driving force behind the continued weapons sales to Saudi Arabia is both the profits for the arms manufacturers and the fact that Riyadh is advancing the US, the UK and NATO’s interests.

He also argued that the reason why there are no human rights atrocity stories coming out of Yemen is that the US and Britain want to make this war as “bloodless” and “antiseptic” as possible in order to serve their agenda.

My comment: Hardly to be said anything against this.

Comment by Judith Brown: Yes this is a proxy war with US destroying Yemen on behalf of UK and US

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1

15.2.2017 – El Pais (* A H)

El colapso de un sistema de salud tras 700 días de guerra

[Slideshow: Collapse of medical care at Taiz]

El conflicto en Taiz, Yemen, no se respeta la protección de civiles, hospitales y trabajadores sanitarios, y la atención médica vital es cada vez más inaccesible

14.2.2017 – UN Multimedia (* A H)

Audio: Yemen's health system is "on the brink of collapse": WHO

Yemen's entire health system is "on the brink of collapse" according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is deploying medical teams to help thousands of newly displaced civilians.

WHO Spokesperson in the country, Tarik Jašarević, said that after nearly two years of escalating conflict between government forces and Houthi rebels, 70 per cent of Yemen's health facilities are "completely destroyed."

Violent conflict in recent days in the coastal region around Al-Mokha City has driven around 8,000 people from their homes, and WHO teams are providing emergency care and supplies.

Jerome Longué asked Mr Jašarević for more details.

Duration: 2'34"

14.2.2017 – Presseportal / Entwicklungspolitik Online (* A H)

UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe: Dringend Spenden für Vertriebene benötigt
Jemen: 18 Millionen Menschen auf Hilfe angewiesen

Seit fast zwei Jahren tobt der Krieg im Jemen. Mit verheerenden Folgen für die Bevölkerung: Mehr als zwei Millionen Menschen sind bislang aus ihren Dörfern und Städten vertrieben worden. Insgesamt sind über 18 Millionen Jemeniten auf humanitäre Hilfe angewiesen.

Das Flüchtlingskommissariat der Vereinten Nationen (UNHCR) gehört zu den wenigen humanitären Organisationen, die im Jemen vertreten sind und die Menschen mit lebenswichtigen Gütern versorgen. Aktuell verteilt UNHCR unter anderem im Gouvernement Al Hudaydah Matratzen, Schlafmatten, Decken und Küchenartikel und stellt für rund 4.000 Vertriebene Notunterkünfte bereit.

Trotz des immensen Hilfsbedarfs ist die UNHCR-Hilfe im Jemen drastisch unterfinanziert. Von den benötigten 94 Millionen Euro sind bislang nur knapp über 695.000 Euro eingetroffen - weniger als ein Prozent des Bedarfs. Aufgrund der großen Finanzierungslücke ruft die UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe, der deutsche Partner von UNHCR, dringend zu verstärkter Hilfe auf.

Hilfe für Vertriebene und Flüchtlinge im Jemen:

UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe Sparkasse Köln-Bonn

IBAN: DE78 3705 0198 0020 0088 50 - BIC: COLSDE33

Stichwort: Nothilfe Jemen

Weitere Informationen und Spenden online unter: =

Mein Kommentar: Gebraucht wird etwa so viel, wie 11 Stunden saudischer Luftkrieg gegen den Jemen kosten – rund um die Uhr, seit 26. März 2015. – Die benötigte Summe ist eh lächerlich: etwas über 5 Euro pro Hilfsbedürftigem, wie weit kommt man denn damit???

14.2.2017 – Bernama from Emirati News Agency (A H P)

Emirates Red Crescent Sends Aid Convoy To Al Mokha In Yemen

Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), has sent a humanitarian aid convoy to the Yemeni city of Al Mokha as part of its continuous humanitarian support for the country, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
The convoys included food and sheltering materials.
The ERC also re-equipped the city's public hospital that had been damaged during the war.
According to WAM a consignment of medicines will be sent to the hospital as the medical staff members are expected to resume work Wednesday.
The beneficiaries thanked the United Arab Emirates for providing the much-needed humanitarian assistance, which would help lessen people's suffering.

13.2.2017 – International Planned Parenthood Federation (* A H)

Saving lives in Yemen

Amran is a small city about fifty kilometres north-west of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a.

More than 58,000 internally displaced people are living in Amran, according to one report from the Task Force on Population Movements. This is the highest number of displaced people in the country. Amran is one of the poorest areas, with very low health indicators.

IPPF's local member association is providing essential life-saving services to vulnerable groups. These are people are at risk of sexual violence and fatal illness and diseases. The Yemeni Association for Reproductive Health (YARH) is IPPF's accredited partner on the ground.It is ensuring help is prioritized for women and girls, especially those who are pregnant.

YARH, with Yemen's Ministry of Public Health Population, deployed a mobile medical team to Amran between September and November 2016. They treated approximately 600 internally displaced people, more than two-thirds of them women who mostly received pre and postnatal care,counselling,contraception and essential medical treatment.

The mobile team was made up of a female medical doctor and two midwives, two coordinators and a driver. They targeted displaced people in the three most remote areas: Khamir, Raydah and Kharif.

With support from UNFPA and the Yemei Women Union, we distributed a total of 1,000 dignity kits in Yemen. We also distributed clean delivery kits to pregnant women in need.

A low take up of family planning among these women is because of both a lack of awareness and a lack of access to reproductive health services. In our raising awareness sessions we placed great importance on child spacing and how this can improve maternal and child health. We also reached just under 2000 people in displaced communities, with information on breast feeding, nutrition and hygiene.

In other initiatives on the ground, YARH is also working together with people living with HIV and up-skilling service providers on delivering contraceptive implants in 8 of the 20 governorates of Yemen. Complimenting these activities are empowerment projects targeting youth friendly centers, youth leadership programmes and increasing access to comprehensive sexuality education.

Conditions are extremely tough – and dangerous – but we remain committed to serving the people of Yemen and doing all we can for their sexual and reproductive health. =

13.2.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A E H)

Dramatic changes in the US $ exchange rate to YR cause's price increase of imported food in #Yemen & it will double the risk of starvation

12.2.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A H K)

Film: Moch (#Makha) City sufferings and refugees. More than 1500 airstrikes in the past 30 days, forcing people out of their homes. With no way to earn living, human aids are becoming an urgency there.

12.2.2017 – IOM (A H)

Cooperation with MONA Relief (images)

@monarelief @iom_yemen

12.2.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

WHO responds to health needs of populations fleeing conflict in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, Yemen

As violent conflict continues in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, Yemen, more than more than 8000 internally displaced persons have fled to several districts of Al-Hudaydah governorate. WHO teams in the governorate are providing trauma care and primary health care services to newly displaced persons, and delivering medicines and supplies to health facilities.

“Hundreds of families have found themselves homeless overnight, many in need to urgent health care. As the influx continues, WHO teams in Al-Hudaydah governorate are on high alert, working to meet the needs of these people, including women, children and the elderly who are most vulnerable if exposed to life-threatening health risks,” said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Acting Representative in Yemen.

New arrivals to Al-Hudaydah are overwhelming already weakened health facilities and overburdening vulnerable host communities. Many displaced families are hosted in cramped accommodation, while others are living in empty buildings and open spaces. As a result of limited health services in their areas of origin, newly displaced persons are now increasingly prone to upper respiratory tract infections, skin diseases, eye infections and pneumonia. Cholera cases have already been recorded in Al-Hudaydah and this new influx of displaced persons may aggravate the problem, especially with limited safe water and latrines. Malaria and dengue transmission are also ongoing in the governorate placing internally displaced persons at increased risk, especially with the spread of mosquitos in districts where newly displaced persons are being hosted.

A WHO-supported mobile medical team has been deployed to affected districts in Al-Hudaydah governorate to deliver primary health services to newly displaced families and host communities. WHO has also delivered medicines and supplies to functioning health facilities sufficient to cover primary health care needs for 20 000 beneficiaries for 3 months. To ensure medical care for injured civilians, WHO has deployed a surgical team to Hays hospital in Al-Hudaydah to support trauma care services, and has provided trauma kits sufficient for 400 surgical interventions to 4 main hospitals. =

12.2.2017 – The Guardian (* B H)

Famine: what does it really mean and how do aid workers treat it?

Food crises are slow-moving and preventable, yet continue to plague populations across Africa and the Middle East

amine looms in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. The horrible, medieval fate of starving to death is once again a 21st-century reality. But what does the word famine actually mean and how do aid workers treat it?

For aid workers, famine is the extreme end of a long spectrum of what is know as food security – jargon for the level of physical and economic access a group of people have to adequate nutrition. A country should, ideally, be Food Secure. The next place on the spectrum is Food Insecure: these are countries where access to food is limited: people can’t buy enough food, or grow it, or the local markets can’t supply what’s needed. If this gets worse and worse again, if markets collapse, if people – especially children – start dying, then the country moves into Food Crisis.

Only then, if the situation is not controlled or responded to, following months of crisis and suffering, is the fifth and final stage is reached - the terrible state of famine. It is, of course, an emotive word. But for aid worker, it is also a highly technical one. It has taken years of discussion but now the WFP and others have a standardised definition.

There are three key conditions that have to be met. First, at least 20% of households must be facing extreme food shortages with limited ability to cope. In other words, one in five people flatly don’t have enough to eat (below 2,100 calories per day) on an ongoing basis.

Second, death rates must exceed two per 10,000 people per day. This means that twice as many people are dying daily as normal.

You don’t suddenly get malnutrition and die. You spiral slowly into death

And third, the prevalence of serious malnutrition (which is measured using the slightly confusing term Global Acute Malnutrition, the nutritional status of the entire population of the country/area in question) must exceed 30%.

In practice that means that one in three – usually children – are exhibiting the life-threatening symptoms of malnutrition’s most acute clinical manifestation, severe acute malnutrition – by Imogene Wall

31.1.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Government of Yemen (* A E H)

Monthly Market Monitoring Bulletin (January 2017)

Globally: The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) averaged 173.8 points in January 2017 and is at its highest value since February 2015 and as much as 16.4 percent above its level in the corresponding period last year. International prices of all major cereals strengthened in January as indicated by the FAO Cereal Price Index, which averaged 147 points in January, 3.4 percent above December 2016, and representing a six-month high. The benchmark US wheat price for Gulf averaged USD 201 per tonne, more than 7 percent up from December, but still 6 percent lower than a year earlier (FAO - FPMA February 2017).

Imported commodities: The January 2017 average prices of imported vegetable oil, wheat flour, rice, and sugar have increased by around 5%, 3.66%, 3.05%, and 2.31% respectively. At the same time, the monthly average prices of the imported wheat grains, wheat flour and sugar at the time of reporting period recorded 18%, 9% and 25% above their levels in the corresponding month last year respectively.

Locally produced Cereals: The January 2017 average prices of barley rose by 3.02 % and less than 2% for maize and millet compared to December 2016. Similarly, the monthly average prices of the locally produced cereals in January 2017 recorded 15% and 2 % below its levels for sorghum and barley and 1% above its levels for maize in the corresponding month last year.

Fuel Commodities a significant increase in the average prices of petrol by 70% and unavailability of diesel in Lahej, and neighboring governorates was due to the fuel crises in Aden, which started, in the second half of January 2017. The situation also negatively affected Taiz with an increase of petrol price up to 11.63% and 15.47% for cooking gas. The fuel crisis also contributed for the prices increase of fish by 30.04% in Lahej and by above 40% in Taiz.

Importation: The latest available data of importation during 2016, showed an amount of 1,613,910 metric tons of key basic food commodities (wheat grains, wheat flour, sugar, rice and cooking oil ) were imported through the port of Al Hodeidah, out of which wheat grains and wheat flour constitutes 1,157,280 tons. Moreover, 28,952 MT of wheat and wheat flour was imported through Mukalla port (November 2016) of which 19,034 MT wheat grains, 9,918 wheat flour.

Availability of food commodities in the markets: Except Taiz, key food and non-food basic commodities are relatively available in other target governorates. Average prices of most food and non-food commodities in Taiz city during January 2017 showed the highest increase compared to other target governorates. This will significantly affect the physical and economic access to basic food and non-food commodities, as it is a big challenge both due to limited quantities and in some cases total unavailability of food commodities in some of the local markets. Reportedly, the prices of fuel and food commodities in Hodeidah have significantly increased because of the ongoing conflict and the sharp increase of the US dollar against the YER. The exchange rate of YER against US dollar is 350 in Sanaa compared to 315 YER/US dollar in the previous week and months. and in full: =

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

15.2.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Houthi militias kidnap 300 civilians in Yemen, demand ransom

Local sources in Ibb governorate have revealed that the Houthi militias kidnapped 300 civilians, mostly elderly and children, in the town of al-Adeen.

Sources said that the kidnapped people were all civilians from the villages of Dbayeh and al-Meydan in Ramid District.

The kidnappings are said to be in revenge for the killing of Houthis commander Abu Abdulrahman Al-Alwi in the district last Friday, which reportedly happened during clashes with unidentified people. Sources said that the militants blew up a number of houses in the same area.

Militias raided the houses and drove out families by force before kidnapping civilians and taking them to an unknown destination. Sources also confirmed that residents of these villages are not armed and do not know the killer of the Houthi leader.

According to local sources, the militias looted a group of houses and continue to surround the village blocking its entrance and exit points. They noted that the rebels asked some mothers to give them gold in exchange for the release of their children. According to them, one woman gave up all her gold to ensure that her toddler son is released.

My comment: That sounds like one more piece of typical Saudi propaganda. If they had written 30 or less, might-be it could have been possible to believe it.

14.2.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

SPC discusses latest developments in local, international scene

The Supreme Political Council (SPC) held on Tuesday a meeting under the chairmanship of Deputy President of the SPC Qasim Labuza.
The meeting discussed the developments in the local and international scene.
The SPC stressed that it really wants a peaceful solution to the crisis to end all forms of aggression against Yemen and lifting the blockade as well as welcoming the efforts of the United Nations and its Newly-Secretary-General in this regard .
The meeting focused on the economic effects of the aggression on Yemen and the efforts of the government and businessmen to ensure the stability of the local currency exchange rate.
The meeting held the responsibility of the outgoing president Hadi and the so- Called Ben Dugher's government on the deterioration of economic conditions and stopping payment of salaries.
The Supreme Political Council condemned the declaration of the aggression of Hodeida as a military zone, stressing that it enters the overall targeting of Yemen and its infrastructure.

14.2.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen minister of information Ahmed Hamed visits martyrs cemetery in Sanaa today. Yemenis pay tributes in 1 week activities (photos)

14.2.2017 – Xinhua (* A T)

IS-claimed bombing kills 4 in Yemen

At least four people were killed and 10 others injured when an IS-claimed car bombing targeted a gathering of the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda on Tuesday, a security official told Xinhua.

The suicide attacker slammed his explosives-laden truck into an exhibition displaying photos of killed pro-Houthi fighters in the town of Radaa in al-Bayda province, causing casualties, the security source said on condition of anonymity.

The soldiers tasked with guarding and protecting the photos exhibition opened fire and detonated the car bomb before it reached its target, the source said.

Medical sources in the area confirmed to Xinhua that at least four people were killed and nearly 10 others injured at the scene.

The Yemen-based affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in the Houthi-controlled town of Radaa.

In a statement posted via its accounts in Twitter, IS-Yemen branch said Tuesday's attacker, who it identified as Abdullah Madhari, detonated his explosives-laden vehicle amid a gathering of Houthis in the Ahmadi club. =

14.2.2017 – New News (* A T)

Three, including child, killed in car bombing in Yemen’s Bayda

Three people, including a child, have been killed in a bomb attack in Yemen’s central province of Bayda.

According to Yemen’s official Saba news agency, the bombing was carried out near a checkpoint in the center of the town of Rada’ on Tuesday, when Yemeni soldiers fired at an advancing car, suspected of carrying explosives, to bar it from striking itself against a nearby sports and culture club.

The huge blast killed the assailant on the spot and claimed the lives of a fighter with one of the popular committee and a child. It also injured at least eight other people.

The explosives-laden car was heading to target the club, in which a ceremony was held in commemoration of martyrs from the Yemeni army and the Ansarullah movement.

The explosion also damaged a nearby school and shattered the windows of houses that were in the vicinity of the blast site.

14.2.2017 – AFP (* A T)

Yemen suicide car bombing kills 3: officials

A suicide car bomb attack in a rebel-held Yemeni town on Tuesday killed three people, including a child, and wounded eight others, a provincial official said.
The attack targeted a sports and culture club in the Houthi-controlled town of Radaa, he said, in the central province of Baida where Al-Qaeda fighters are present.
A security official said: “Houthi fighters opened fire on the car before it attacked the club, causing it to explode at the gate, leading to the deaths and injuries.”
A nearby school was also damaged, the source said. and by Saba Net:

and films:

and photos: = (graphic)

14.2.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A T)

#AQAP suicide car bomb behind Belkis school n Radda area n Bayda province killed Angam Albaadani n her home (photos)

14.2.2017 – Terror Monitor (A T)

#IslamicState Releases Pictures Shows Suicide Bombing In Rada’a City, Carried Out By Abdullah Al-Madhari (photo)

Comment by Haykal Bafana: AQAP suicide bomb in Rada' Al Baydha province. 1st of many, I hear: Saudi-backed army wants to "cleanse" Al Baydha of Houthis.

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

Ibb: Two Houthi leaders injured along with their body guards in explosive device bombing

A local source said that Two of the Houthis leaders and their guards were wounded on Monday when an explosive device was detonated near the gate of Ibb University in Ibb governorate, in central Yemen.

The incident came one day after clashes broke out between the university security guards and Houthis gunmen led by the son of Antar, a Houthi leader.

A source told Almasdaronline that Chief of the Central Security Ahmed al Jamrah and CID Director Mahmoud al-Assad of Ibb governorate, who were both appointed by the Houthi group, were wounded and taken to hospital for treatment.

Their injury, however, was not serious, according to the source and film:

13.2.2017 – Sozialismus Info (A P)

Jemen: Arbeiter demonstrieren vor Parlament gegen TOTAL und G4S

Sicherheitspersonal verlangt Löhne und die Verhaftung der Mörder ihrer Kollegen

Am 6. Februar demonstrierten rund einhundert ArbeiterInnen vor dem Parlamentsgebäude in Sana‘a, der Hauptstadt Jemens. Sie verlangten ihre nicht gezahlten Löhne und Gerechtigkeit für ihre ermordeten KollegInnen. Ihr eigentlicher Arbeitgeber TOTAL und das Sicherheits-Subunternehmen G4S haben über zweihundert ArbeiterInnen ihrer Lohnzahlungen von über einem Jahr beraubt. Die Unternehmen hatten 2015 die meisten ihrer ökonomischen Aktivitäten im Land eingestellt.

Die Sprechchöre der DemonstrantInnen gegen TOTAL und G4S verlangten nach den Lohnzahlungen und der Verhaftung der Mörder von drei ihrer KollegInnen. Diese waren im letzten Dezember von einer bewaffneten Gang niedergeschossen worden, welche undurchsichtige Verbindungen zur lokalen Unternehmensführung von TOTAL hat.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Prime Minister praises the National Media Front role

Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz Saleh Bin Habtoor praised on Monday the big and qualitative national role played by the National Media Front which is fighting the Saudi American aggression media and its propaganda and misleading news.
He emphasized that the National Front, despite the lack of potential media technologies compared to the potential and professional media tools of the enemy media, proved its strength and firmness to expose the criminal acts of the aggression against the people of Yemen .
In his meeting with executive office members of the Yemeni Journalists Union that joined the Deputy Prime Minister for Internal Affairs Akram Attia , Bin Habtoor praised the role of the union and its affiliates within the front face of aggression media, confrirming that he will support the union so that it could strengthen its national role.

He also called on all Yemeni anti-aggression journalists to continue their work and to perform their national duty with the same national spirit and historical responsibility, with a focus on unifying their position and stances that consistent with Yemeni leadership position.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Hampering fuel supplies from reaching Yemen is humanitarian crime: Oil minister, ICRC

Oil minister Dhiab Mohsen bin Muayly met here with the head of delegation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, Alexandre Faite late on Sunday.
The meeting discussed difficulties that put forward by the Saudi aggression to hamper fuel supplies imports from reaching the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
The minister presented to the ICRC head a petition over the continuing air strikes by the Saudi aggression regime against Hodeidah port and preventing the arrival of oil ships, warning of immediate humanitarian catastrophe due to the Saudi aggression intransigence.
Meanwhile, Mr. Alexandre stressed that his organization will do all efforts with the relative international authorities to facilitate the humanitarian operation for entering oil ships to Hodeidah port and prevent the humanitarian tragedy.

My comment: Look at cp1 for more information.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Amran governor, UNHCR discuss 2017 coordination plan to aid IDP

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Human Rights minister, UNICEF discuss humanitarian crimes committed by Saudis

Minister of Human Rights Alyaa Faisal met with UNICEF deputy resident representative Shirin Fakor to discuss the humanitarian situations and war crimes committed by the Saudi regime against the Yemeni people.
During the meeting, the minister called on the United Nations agency, UNICEF, to intensify its efforts and programs to address the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the aggression countries, especially in the southern provinces of Lahj, Abyan and Aden.
The minister also noted to the suffering of children of the northern Sa'ada province, which have been under daily fire from the Saudi aggression troops and warplanes, as well as being targeted by internationally-prohibited cluster bombs.

My comment: Pro Saudi / Pro-Hadi media had reported the Sanaa government would block UNICEF’s work. Nice propaganda.

14.2.2017 – New News (A P)

The Main Points of Asyed Abdulmalik Al-Huthi Speech at the Day of Martyrdom 10.2.2017

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

14.2.2017 – Hürriyet (A E P)

GE, Turkish company sign deal to support Yemen’s electricity infrastructure

GE has signed a deal with Çalık Enerji to support Yemen’s electricity infrastructure by supplying two units of its advanced TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine generators, the company announced in a statement on Feb. 14.
The units will generate up to 60 megawatts of electricity, helping to provide power quickly to meet the demand for electricity in Aden, according to the statement.
They were shipped from GE’s facility in Hungary to Yemen and are currently being installed for power delivery before the upcoming summer.
The project is being funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) for the Power Electricity Corporation (PEC) of Yemen’s al-Hiswa Power Plant, read the statement. “The al-Hiswa Power Plant is of strategic value to Yemen to help meet the growing requirement for reliable power to foster industrial growth and the daily needs of people in the community,” said Özgür Sarıkaya of Çalık Enerji.

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

President Hadi suddenly departs Aden to Saudi capital Riyadh

A governmental source said that the Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived on Monday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in a sudden visit, which comes a day after the interim capital Aden city, south of Yemen, has witnessed military developments and tension.

The source said that the visit lasts for “unspecified” several days.

My comment: I am not astonished at all. Hadi is not all secure in his own capital city.

14.2.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

Aden city, #Yemen : Fighter jets, suspected #UAE, swoop on multiple low flights over pro-Hadi (i.e. pro-Saudi) army camp late last night.

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Limited clashes erupt between militants and local official’s security guards in Aden, no casualties

Eyewitnesses said that limited clashes had broken out between militants and security guards of a local official near a public gathering on Monday in the interim capital Aden city, southern Yemen.

The eyewitnesses told Almasdaronline that militants belonging to al Tawilah area had refused to allow the Director of Crater District Khalid Seedo enter take part in the Aden heritage festival over a dispute between them and Seedo since a year.

The witnesses pointed out that Seedo was leaving home, but the militants kept provoking his security guards.

Limited clashes, then, broke out, but no casualties were reported from both sides or from the locals participating in the festival, according to the witnesses.

My comment: The Hadi government claims that 85 % of whole Yemen is under its control. LOL.


14.2.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

This hard-working camel Was killed Monday in the downtown of Aden south Yemen where Saudi-UAE invaders conflict, Qaeda/ISIS expand to rule (photo)

For earlier clashes at Aden airport, YPR 266, cp6, and here:

13.2.2017 – Al Araby (* A P)

Boiling tensions: Yemen's pro-coalition forces fight for Aden Airport

Inter-factional clashes erupted around Aden’s international airport on Sunday, prompting Saudi-led coalition Apache helicopters to fire a missile at a military vehicle, Yemeni security officials said, without confirming the number of casualties.

The attack marks the first time the Arab coalition intervenes militarily in power struggles between the forces from the presidential guards – led by President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s son – and a UAE-backed rival faction group.

“The fighting around Aden airport was not spur of the moment. There has been sporadic intra-factions since Aden liberation, it just escalated today,” local journalist Saleh al-Batati told The New Arab.

According to Reuters, three Yemeni soldiers were wounded in the clashes, however other outlets reported three deaths, without specifying identities.

Local sources confirmed the fighting erupted after the UAE-backed militia, which has controlled the airport since 2015, refused to relinquish control. However reports suggest the bloody clashes ended when President Hadi ordered the withdrawal of his forces from the airport and surrounding areas.

“The fighting was between factions loyal to Hadi and those loyal to UAE over taking control of Aden airport,” al-Batati added as he questioned the sustainability of the ceasefire agreement.

and film:

13.2.2017 – RT (A P) Aftermath of Saudi-led coalition's helicopter strike on Yemeni troops in Aden Intl Airport

Three Yemeni soldiers were injured after a helicopter gunship of the Saudi-led coalition reportedly shot at a Yemeni military vehicle near Aden International Airport.
The helicopter strike followed days of reported fighting at the airport between of the Saudi-backed forces.

Comment by Hassan Al-Haifi: Saudis and UAE are fighting proxy war in Aden using different factions of "Legitimate" exile government. This is midgets playing big powers.

15.2.2017 – Almasdar News (A )

Taiz: vegetables vendor killed in clashes between militants and pro-government forces

Eyewitnesses said on Tuesday that a civilian was killed in clashes between the pro-government forces and outlaw militants in the Central Market in Jamal Street, central Taiz city, southwestern Yemen.

The eyewitnesses told Almasdaronline that the vegetables vendor Jalal was killed at 7pm on Tuesday evening in the clashes.

The clashes have renewed between the pro-government forces in Taiz and the militants one day after similar clashes had erupted between these militants and the Qat venders, which resulted in the death of one civilians and the injury of two others.

Following the fall of casualties on Monday, dozens of residents of Taiz protested on Tuesday calling on the government authorities to pursue the perpetrators and protect the civilians’ lives.

My comment: Clashes in between anti-Houthi “resistance” at Taiz, see also at:

13.2.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A)

Rival factions clash with each other in the city of Taiz central Yemen where Qaeda/ISIS is expanding day by day (photo)


14.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A T)

Head of Islah party in Taiz escapes assassination attempt

Head of the Islah party in the governorate of Taiz Abdul-Hafez al-Faqeeh on Monday escaped an assassination attempt as gunmen shot fire on his car.

The guard of al-Faqeeh was wounded and taken to hospital and the perpetrators managed to escape.

Meanwhile, the Islah party denounced this assassination attempt and all other assassinations which were carried out against officials, military commanders and soldiers in Taiz.

The party demanded the local authorities of Taiz to swiftly identify the perpetrators and put an end to insecurity which the city of Taiz has recently witnessed.

Taiz is witnessing insecurity and instability as assassinations carried out by terrorists groups which are affiliated to the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abullah Saleh remarkably increased

My comment: That more looks like Al Qaida (quite strong at Taiz and also affiliated to Islah party and anti-Houthi fighters) and internal strife within anti-Houthi so-called “popular resistance”.

13.2.2017 – Ruptly (A)

Film: Yemen: Saudi-led coalition helicopter strike hits Yemeni troops in Aden – reports

Three Yemeni soldiers were injured after a helicopter gunship of the Saudi-led coalition reportedly shot at a Yemeni military vehicle near Aden International Airport on Sunday, according to reports.
The injured troops reportedly opposed the government's orders to have the head of airport security replaced by another official.

More reporting YPR 266, cp6.

13.2.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A P)

Unconfirmed report: UAE arrested the son of Hadi and brought him from Aden to Abu Dhabi

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

14.2.2017 – Al-Sahwa (A P)

UN Envoy demands Houthis to present proposals regarding surrender of weapons

The UN Special Envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Cheikh has again demanded the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh to present clear proposals regarding the surrender of their weapons and other security issues.

He affirmed that the putschists have not agreed so far to take part in a technical workshop which was set to be held in Jordon.

In a TV interview with the London-based al-Arabi TV, he spelt out that there is a consensus in the Security Council on the peaceful solution

He stressed that the solution in Yemen will be based on the terms of references which includes the UN Resolutions on Yemen, the GCC-brokered deal and the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference.

My comment: if he really spoke that way, this definitely shows the unwillingness of the UN to function as a neutral peace broker. He more or less demands one side in the conflict to capitulate, while the concessions which had been asked from the other side according to the last Kelly “roadmap” (Hadi to step aside and to give power to a new vice president) no more are mentioned. – And, more: Alle the three basiscs the UN envoy had mentioned – UN Resolutions on Yemen, the GCC-brokered deal and the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference – are totally one-sided and outdated, so that they are totally inadequate for any balanced peace solution (as often told also by me at these sites).

13.2.2017 – Sputnik News (* A P)

Yemen Government Seeking Meeting With Rebels in Jordan - Envoy to UN

A meeting between Yemen’s government and opposition representatives on a plan to end hostilities is being organized in Jordan, Yemen’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Khaled Hussein Alyemany told Sputnik.

Earlier in January, UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the Security Council that his office was ready to convene a meeting in Jordan.

"So far we are trying to get that meeting," Alyemany said on Monday. "Our intention is to push the Houthis to send a representative to the De-Escalation and Coordination Committee (DCC). So, hopefully if they send their representative then we can have meetings in Jordan to establish the monitoring of cessation of hostilities."

13.2.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

Yemen: UN Envoy Ready to Go to Russia if Invited to Discuss Country’s Conflict

Seeking the ways to resolve the conflict in war-ravaged Yemen, the country's permanent representative to the United Nations has expressed the willingness to talk on the ongoing crisis with Moscow.

Khaled Hussein Alyemany, Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told Sputnik that he is willing to go to Russia if invited for discussions on the conflict in his country as well as on relations between the two countries.

Alyemany noted that Yemen and Russia are strategic partners and have very good working relations.

13.2.2017 – UNO (A P)

Besuch in Saudi-Arabien: UN-Generalsekretär führt "konstruktive" Gespräche über Jemen und Libyen

Bei seinem Besuch in Saudi-Arabien sagte UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres, er und der Außenminister des arabischen Landes hätten "sehr wichtige und sehr konstruktive" Diskussionen über Möglichkeiten für zukünftige politische Lösungen für den Jemen und Libyen geführt. António Guterres befindet sich auf seiner ersten großen Reise als Generalsekretär, bei der er mehrere arabische Länder besuchen wird.

„Für umfassende politische Lösungen ist es unerlässlich, Menschen zusammenzubringen, ob in Libyen und dem Jemen über Syrien bis hin zum Irak", erklärte Guterres nach seinem Treffen mit Außenminister Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir in der saudi-arabischen Hauptstadt Riad.

Er bezeichnete Saudi-Arabien als „wichtige Säule der Stabilität in der Region und der Welt“ und wies auf die Kooperation mit den Vereinten Nationen bei der Terrorismusbekämpfung hin. und auch

Mein Kommentar: Die deutschsprachigen Berichte sind einmal wieder so knapp, dass man kaum versteht, worum es geht. Wesentlich besser auf Englisch. Sich hier mit dem saudischen Außenminister in einer Pressekonferenz zum Thema Jemen zu äußern, war unsäglich. Ebenso, die Saudis als „wichtige Säule der Stabilität in der Region und der Welt“ zu bezeichnen. Genau das Gegenteil ist der fall, verbreiten die Saudis doch ihre wahabistische Ideologie, die geistige Grundlage des islamistischen Terrors, weltweit und finanzieren islamistische Gruppen in vielen Ländern. „Kooperation [,,,] bei der Terrorismusbekämpfung“? Wie dumm ist das denn? Der Brandstifter als Feuerwehrmann?

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (* A P)

FM: What came in Al-Jubeir and Guterres conference is false

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf said that what is stated in the press conference of the Saudi aggression Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres is a barefaced lie and a failed attempt to mislead the media.
"It is a lie, and a continuation for the Saudi aggression Foreign Minister failed attempts to promote for a misleading media campaign funded by Riyadh leadership in order to deceive the Arab and world public opinion, which is trying to show Saudi Arabia as a dove of peace in the region". Sharaf said.
He said that the international conscience is in a deep sleep for two years because of the kingdom's oil money which bought the voices of the most of the Arab and international media.
He added that the Saudi Arabia killing in Yemen is not justified and if it is sincere in its fears of the Islamic Republic of Iran, why not engage in a battle or a military conflict with it. Also its allegations to restore a finished legitimacy to Hadi will not absolve them of the responsibility of killing more than ten thousand Yemeni citizen mostly women, children and elderly people and destroying the infrastructure that damaged the Yemeni economy with high costs reached $ 220 billion at end of January 2017 .
"Al-Jubair did not mention the responsibility and role of his country support for terrorism and extremist groups in different Yemeni regions which are funded by the Saudi Arabia."
Sharaf said.

My comment: From the Sanaa government. He is simply right.

12.2.2017 – UN Secretary-General (* A P)

Secretary-General’s press encounter with Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is an important pillar of stability in the region and in the world. But it is also a country that is living a transformational period with its agenda 2030, its vision for 2030, that corresponds with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that the United Nations are promoting everywhere in the world. I want to express my strong hope for the success of the transformational agenda of Saudi Arabia, strengthening its capacity to play a more and more important role as one of the pillars of multilateralism in today’s world.

Indeed there is very strong cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations and, as His Excellency the Minister said, that cooperation has been particularly important in relation to counterterrorism, enabling the United Nations -- and we will be also reforming our counterterrorism capacity -- enabling the United Nations to play an increasing role in supporting member states in developing the capacities and the tools that are necessary to fight terrorism effectively, and at the same time to fight the forms of violent extremism that feed terrorism in the world.

I would like to say that when one looks into today’s world, we see terrorism being [fed] by many aspects but there is one that is particularly worrying for me.

At the same time, I want to express my deep appreciation for the work that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has done helping the Syrian opposition to come together, to present a united delegation to the Geneva conference, this is a very important step for a political solution to be possible for the Syrian conflict.

Question on the state of the Yemen negotiations:
Secretary-General: You know, I am a Catholic, and Catholics believe in resurrection. So if negotiations are dead, they can always resurrect. And I do believe that they need to for a very simple reason: the suffering of the Yemeni people.

Question on humanitarian aid in Yemen:
Secretary-General: First of all, one of the reasons I am travelling in the region, is exactly to be able to support our Envoy [for Yemen Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed] in his work. And his work is of course to try to do everything, in line with international law and with international resolutions, for a solution to be possible to end the suffering of the Yemeni people. Of course, we very much regret anything that is done anywhere in which humanitarian aid is diverted. Humanitarian aid is for the people that suffer. Humanitarian aid is for those that really need it and so we are very keen in always appealing to all parties to any conflict not to use humanitarian aid for purposes that are not humanitarian and we will always condemn any form of intervention that will lead for a deviation to take place.

Question on UN Envoy:
Secretary-General: My answer is very simple, our Envoy [for Yemen Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed] has my full support and I believe that he is doing an impartial work, that he is doing it in a very professional way, and independently of what other people may think, he has my full support. =

My comment: See earlier reporting in YPR 266. Disgusting and disappointing. Such a kowtow against one of world’s most suppressive anti-humanitarian regime that actually is one of world’s greatest terror sponsors just is dishonorable for any UN representative. Thus the Saudis also get a free pass for more bombing in Yemen and more interference in Syria.

14.2.2017 – Various (A P)

Critical comments to UN envoy

Ould Cheikh ignored the illegality of the decision of moving central bank from Sanaa to Aden and change the board

According to Saudi request Ould Cheikh delayed Geneva 1 for 3 days untill things on ground turn to its favor

UN envoy biased to the Saudi aggression, Yemenis see him as part of the problem, not a part to the solution on #Yemen

UN envoy Failed to raise the blockade on San'a airport and ignoring the suffering of millions

Weak & biased briefing of @OSESGY to UNSC Neglected humanitarian situation in #Yemen 26-Jan envoy to #Yemen @OSESGY plan is joint US-Saudi plot that ignores the committed war crimes

"Why former UN envoy Jamal bin Omar was replaced with Ould Cheikh? It was at US request

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

14.2.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Corrupt #Saudi Monarchy failed since 1932 to simply build storm drainage in spite of yearly floodings referring to

14.2.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

This tweet from Mohamed AlHumaidhi opposing the sale of #Aramco landed him in prison referring to

14.2.2017 – PSJ (A P)

Valentins Day in Saudi Arabia (see image)

14.2.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Photo of the day: #Saudi despot @KingSalman can bearly stand. 2 men hold him up

13.2.2017 – Aber Amr (A P)

#Saudi Monarchy's war on antiquities continues with destruction of Southern cultural heritage referring to:

Film: Namas Municipality demolished the center of the market fortress and before the roundabout trachea, Abha

and also: Forts in the South: The control towers and bastions of defense in time of war, and stores to save grain peacetime. It is abundant in all the villages and Tehama Sarawat

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

14.2.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

More flight tests at Plant 42, Palmdale for the #Saudi F-15SA with different weapons & configurations — by: Jim Mumaw (photos)

My comment: US-Saudi complicity in photos.

14.2.2017 – Kuwait News Agency (A P)

US Sec. of State Tillerson to focus on Yemen at G 20 germany meeting

My comment: That’s good or bad news?

14.2.2017 – Al Araby (A P T)

Al-Qaeda suspect in Yemen clouds Guantanamo Bay’s future

In its first case of dealing with terrorism, the Trump administration is now contemplating on what it should do with a suspected member of al-Qaeda.
A New York Times report released late on Monday sparked fears that he may be sent to the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

The case of the suspect, Abu Khaybar, who was captured last autumn in Yemen is now being taken to the current US Presidency. When Donald Trump was elected, it was clear from early on that he had no intention on completing the closure of Guantanamo Bay, a project started by former US President Barack Obama.

The levels of public information available on the potential Guantanamo Bay prisoner is currently as ambiguous as his future. Abu Khaybar is believed to be around 40 years of age and his nationality is believed to be Sudanese, and his "strong affiliations with al-Qaeda" have built up over the course of many years. It is estimated that he moved from Sudan to Yemen via Somalia in 2015, where he was then captured and held months later by an unknown country.

Within the Trump administration, there are growing levels of outward support to keep Guantanamo Bay Open.

14.2.2017 – Times Union (* A P T)

Letter: Question of morality lost in U.S. attack on Yemen

Officials have raised many questions about this action, including

One question was not asked: Was this act of killing human beings immoral or moral?

Are we, the American people, so numbed by the constant news of such killings that the question of morality has disappeared from our collective conscience?

Sister Francine Dempsey, Women Against War, Albany

14.2.2017 – Military (* A P T)

SOCOM Chief: Yemen Raid Wasn't Hastily Planned

Reports that the Jan. 19 special operations intelligence-gathering raid in Yemen that left a Navy SEAL and 30 local civilians dead and six more troops injured was a result of hasty planning are "absolutely incorrect," the head of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday.

Army Gen. Raymond Thomas briefly addressed reporters after speaking at the National Defense Industrial Association's Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference outside Washington, D.C. He declined to go into operational details but emphasized that such raids are common and infrequently reported.

Thomas told he does not categorize such operations as successes or failures, a hotly debated question surrounding the Yemen operation. He said discussion of the raid lacked the context of the frequency of such U.S. operations around the world.

"I don't think that there's awareness in the great American public that we're a country at war, that ISIL and al-Qaida are in countless countries," he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State. "That an operation like Yemen is what goes on any given night out there. And unfortunately it wasn't in that context."

Instead, he said the operation has only been reported and considered in terms of the death of Chief Special Warfare Operator Ryan Owens and the loss of an MV-22 Osprey that suffered a hard landing while transporting troops.

"But in context, I think America needs to know we're in a tough fight right now," Thomas said. "We're making progress, but unless we get governance on the backside of our military efforts, this is going to be a long struggle." – by Hope Hodge Seck

My comment: Mentioning as only losses the death of an US SEAL and the los of an airplane and justifying actions like this raid by claiming the US is a “country at war” is a reckless deception of the public. By that, you could justify anything.

14.2.2017 – Ali Al Ahmed (A P)

Ex dir of @fbi Louis Freeh met privately with ex #Saudi amb Bin Sultan at his house. After leaving FBI he got $1/2million from him

Remark: Look here:

14.2.2017 – T-Online (* A P)

Trump-Berater Flynn stolpert über Russland-Kontakte

Wegen unwahrer Äußerungen zu umstrittenen Russland-Kontakten ist der nationale Sicherheitsberater der neuen US-Regierung, Michael Flynn, zurückgetreten. Er habe eingeräumt, Vizepräsident Mike Pence irrtümlich unvollständig über ein Telefonat mit dem russischen Botschafter informiert zu haben.

Mein Kommentar: Sicher das Beste, was der US-Außen“politik“ passieren konnte.

14.2.2017 – CNN (* A P)

Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts

Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night.

His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.

My comment: Certainly the best thing which could happen to US foreign “politics”.

13.2.2017 – Huffington Post (* A K P T)

Blame Obama, Not Trump, For The Terrorism In Yemen

The Pentagon has launched an investigation into the raid and hopefully the answers to those questions are forthcoming. But whatever happened, Donald Trump is not responsible for the morass of instability and terrorism that the United States now faces in Yemen. The culprit is his predecessor, Barack Obama, who pursued an incompetent policy designed to appease the Saudis and ended up bequeathing to Trump a disaster.

Saudi Arabia is the Middle East’s foremost Sunni power while the Houthis are Shias backed by the region’s preeminent Shiite state Iran. It was another intra-Islamic fight, Sunnis versus Shias, the last thing America needed to involve itself in (again).

President Obama intervened anyway. Determined to mollify the Saudis, who were aghast over his deal with Iran, he agreed that American forces would assist by refueling Saudi jets and providing Riyadh with intelligence. In doing so, he ended up stranding himself in another interminable conflict that ran counter to American interests. Yemen is home to one of our most enduring enemies in the War on Terror: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

But they’ve mostly ignored it in favor of targeting the Houthis.

This is by design. Saudi Arabia considers its main nemesis to be not al-Qaeda (not at all: they’ve done much to bankroll Sunni extremism abroad), but rising Shiite power in the Middle East.

The Saudis, devoutly Sunni, have monitored all this fretfully, detecting Iran’s fingerprints everywhere. So when the Shiite Houthis expanded their presence in Yemen, Riyadh decided it was time to fight back, even if it came at the cost of a stronger AQAP.

It isn’t just that the Saudis have taken a relative kid-gloves policy towards AQAP; it’s that they’ve empowered them.

Why is Washington so incapable of absorbing the lessons of Iraq? How many more times do we need to learn that when we destabilize a Middle Eastern country it benefits the jihadists? Yemen was Saudi Arabia’s and President Obama’s electroshock patient: they manacled it, starved it, jolted it with endless airstrikes, and ultimately shattered it. They shouldn’t be surprised that Yemenis have responded by radicalizing. As an anti-terror strategy, it’s like pumping water into a room with one hand and trying to bucket it out with the other.

None of this is President Trump’s fault—count it among the many messes he inherited—but he does need to acknowledge just how counterproductive the Obama strategy in Yemen has been. What to do? Let’s begin by withholding further arms sales and logistic and intelligence support for the Saudis, pressuring them to end this dirty little war, and refocusing attention on the jihadists who threaten us all – by Matthew Purple

13.2.2017 – New York Daily News / Cato Institute (* A P)

How Trump Is Empowering the Saudi Destruction of Yemen

The Trump administration seems to have abandoned the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to the Saudi-led destruction of Yemen. In his first few weeks in office Trump approved a disastrous Navy SEAL raid in the interior, parked a guided missile destroyer with history in Yemen off its coast, and now might approve major arms shipments to Arab Gulf states currently under scrutiny for war crimes in the country.

Following a Houthi attack on a Saudi frigate, the U.S. Navy deployed a guided missile destroyer to the Gulf of Aden off the Yemeni coast in a misguided signal of solidarity with the Saudi cause. The Navy didn’t send just any guided missile destroyer-they sent the USS Cole. Al Qaeda targeted the Cole in an attack of the coast of Yemen in 2000 that killed 17 sailors. The Navy avoided deploying the ship to the Middle East ever since. Until now, that is, when they’ve parked it back on Yemen’s doorstep.

By taking such an assertive stance, Trump gave hope to the Gulf state coalition that he may increase American assistance in the coming months. According to the Washngton Times, quoting “sources close to the government in Riyadh,” the Saudi Foreign Minister in particular is “very, very up” about the developments and the prospect of American support. It seems the foreign minister’s optimism is warranted, with the White House also possibly approving an arms shipment of precision-guided munitions that Obama blocked in December. The precision-guidance kits in question would upgrade the bombs that Saudi Arabia and its friends are using to target Yemeni schools and hospitals.

While other Western nations debate cutting Saudi Arabia off completely from their arms exports in an effort to mitigate wanton destruction, it seems that Washington is just happy they’re buying American.

With an inexperienced hot-head at the Resolute Desk relying on an aide who believes we’re overdue for another global war, it’s hard to be optimistic about their commitment to diplomacy. We can only hope that somehow Trump’s love of a good deal will steer his administration towards more diplomatic action and less of a “shoot first, spin later” mentality – by John Glaser =

13.2.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

RSAF 2nd #F15SA batch has just departed from RAF Lakenheath to #SaudiAraibia (photo)

My comment: US-British-Saudi complicity in picures.

13.2.2017 – CJ Werleman (A P T)

Trump’s Yemen raid (text in image)

My comment: That’s western double standard, stupid.

8.2.2017 – Econospeak (* A P T)

The Scale Of Trump’s Yemen Botch

It is becoming clear that the scale of the botch by Donald Trump in Yemen in his first effort at a foreign military action is much greater than .first reported, as reported by Juan Cole. Right from the start we heard that people in the military were complaining about poor vetting of intel and how there was more military resistance than expected, with one American dying and three getting injured. There was the embarrassment of a bunch of civilians getting killed, with the latest estimate of those now as high possibly as 30. On top of this we had the absurdity of the whole thing being decided mostly over a dinner with Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner the main parties to it, although supposedly SecDef Mattis signed off on it, followed by the bizarre business of Trump not even going to the Situation Room for this his first military outing. Maybe he thought that since there were so many pictures of Obama there, and even with Hillary, that this is not something he wanted to do.

Of course there was pushback from the Trumpisti over this, claiming that the whole thing had been planned by Obama, who had just not quite had enough time (or maybe even guts) to finally sign off on it, and furthermore that some bad leaders of the target group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), were killed. The latter may be true, although as Juan Cole reports, the main target of the raid, AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimini, was not killed and has since put out an audio publicly mocking Trump.

But now Cole further reports (as have others) that Obama had apparently not decided to do the raid. It was long planned, but it was not just a matter of waiting for more intel. They thought it was not a wise effort, and indeed it has not turned out well.

Before just signing off on this as an unsurprising botch by our horrendous new president, I thought it might be worth looking more closely at the Yemen situation and also the policies of Obama and earlier presidents in connection with it. This ties to what I consider to be the worst thing that Obama did during his presidency, the drone wars.

So, big surprise, this is a horrendously complicated and tragic situation, one that obviously took a lot of attention from Obama while he was president, who apparently had managed to get the civilian deaths in the drone war against AQAP down to zero even as civilian deaths in the Houthi-Hadi war have grown, with the US involved through the Saudis on the Hadi side. But now Trump has really botched it, so much so that the Hadi regime says we are not to mess there, and this is an outfit that has planned direct attacks on the US. For all of what Trump claims he wants to do, this really is a massively serious botch, far bigger than was initially reported. Will he and his team learn anything from this? I do not know, but this one will not be easily fixed anytime soon.

Day later addendum: Juan Cole has now posted more from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, who sent people into the attacked village of Yakla five days after the attack. The number of dead civilians appears to be 25, including 9 children under the age of 13 and 8 women, one of them heavily pregnant – by Barkley Rosser =

My comment: Please do not try to whitewash Obama. There certainly was aplenty of civilian victims of his drone raids, in all countries affected.

14.2.2017 – NBC (A H P)

Yemeni Doctor and Family Stranded by Travel Ban Makes New Home in El Sobrante

An East Bay man and his family were subjected to a harrowing journey from their homeland of Yemen last month because of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Ebrahim Almurisi along with his wife and five young children were on a plane headed to the United States as the ban went into effect Jan. 27 and were turned around the minute they hit American soil.

Now Almurisi, an oral surgeon, is making a new home in El Sobrante. He recounted the long and disturbing trek he and his family were subjected to trying to get there, which included spending eight days in an Ethiopian airport with five young children – by Elyce Kirchner

13.2.2017 – KVAL (A H P)

'We are still a part of this community': Man from Yemen calls Eugene home

A man from Yemen who calls Eugene his home has a message for President Donald Trump.

Haythan Abladel, 23, is from Yemen but lives here in Eugene with his family.

“You are not making America great again," he said. "America was great before."

Abladel said his children are U.S. citizens, and he wants them to be able to get an education here.

But he says because he is not a U.S. citizen, he could get caught in between.

"We are still a part of this community," Abladel said. "A lot of Muslims have American values and Islam values are not in any way different from American values." – by Ashley Force

13.2.2017 – The Mercury News (A H P)

Yemeni refugee family arrives in East Bay after Trump travel ban nightmare

Airbnb offers free lodging in El Sobrante to help them settle in

A reminder:

10.2.2014 – The Intercept (** B K T)

The NSA’s secret role in the U.S. assassination program

he National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

The drone operator, who agreed to discuss the top-secret programs on the condition of anonymity, was a member of JSOC’s High Value Targeting task force, which is charged with identifying, capturing or killing terrorist suspects in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

His account is bolstered by top-secret NSA documents previously provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It is also supported by a former drone sensor operator with the U.S. Air Force, Brandon Bryant, who has become an outspoken critic of the lethal operations in which he was directly involved in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen – by Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

13.1.2017 – ARD Alpha (* B P)

Film: Alpha-Forum mit Prof. Dr. Ulrich Teusch
„Es gibt ein Trump-Narrativ, es gibt das Russland-Narrativ (…) Es gibt das Syrien-Narrativ und es gab im Vorfeld des Irakkriegs 2003 das Irak-Narrativ, es gab das Libyen-Narrativ usw. usf. Um das mal ganz deutlich zu sagen: Ich kann verstehen, dass sich Politiker Narrative ausdenken, wenn sie irgendetwas erreichen wollen. (…) Dass Journalisten Narrative akzeptieren und bedienen, halte ich für einen unglaublichen Verstoß gegen die journalistische Ethik. Ein Journalist, der sich einem Narrativ fügt, oder ein Journalismus, der sich einem Narrativ fügt, ist ein Widerspruch in sich selbst.“

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

15.2.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

UAE: We want a Mars colony within 100 years

UAE will partner with international institutions to spearhead the initiative

Comment: Maybe it's easier than colonising #Yemen

15.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

China to take part in reconstruction of Yemen

Ambassador of China to Yemen Tian Qi has expressed the readiness of China to take part in the reconstruction of Yemen.

In a meeting with President Abdrabbu Manasour Hadi, the ambassador pointed out that putschists in Yemen are still intransigent, and refuse to bide by peace or terms of references.

He also said that the wars waged by the putschists increased the suffering of civilians and caused economic crises.

For his part, Hadi highly appreciated the Chinese stances towards the Yemeni people, pointing out that the Yemeni government looks forward to the participation of China in reconstruction of Yemen and restore infrastructure.

My comment: That looks as if the general Hadi propaganda would have been put into the Chinese ambassador’s mouth. China would do well blocking further Saudi air raids against Yemen; in this case less will have to be paid for reconstruction.

14.2.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Tunisia affirms support for legitimate government in Yemen

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui yesterday reiterated his country’s support for the legitimate Yemeni government and its quest to restore stability and security.

Jhinaoui made his remarks during a press statement after a bilateral meeting with the Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdel Malak Abdeljalil Al-Mekhlafi, who is leading a delegation to the North African nation.

Al-Mekhlafi said the legitimate government of Yemen is committed to peace and the agreements which result from the national dialogue which involved all parties to the conflict, in addition to the UN resolutions to resolve the crisis.

14.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Yemen Witnesses a Humanitarian Catastrophe No Less Dangerous Than Syria’s Disaster: Russian Deputy FM and also


Jordanian poet and journalist Tayseer Salman al-Najjar appeared before the Criminal Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi on 18 January, and again on 1 February, facing charges of “damaging the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”, in connection with a comment he posted on Facebook. His next hearing has been scheduled for 15 February.

This was his first court appearance since his arrest in December 2015. He was officially charged with “publishing information with the aim of damaging the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”, in connection with a comment he posted on his Facebook account in 2014. In this comment he praised the Palestinian resistance in Gaza and criticised countries including the UAE; he denies “insulting” the UAE. The hearing was adjourned to 1 February so that he could be represented by a lawyer. His next trial session has been scheduled for 15 February. On 3 December 2015, Tayseer al-Najjar, 43, was at Abu Dhabi airport, on his way to Jordan to visit his family, when he was approached by the authorities who told him he was banned from leaving the UAE and that he was to report daily to the security authorities. On the morning of 13 December 2015, he received a phone call summoning him to the Security Department in Abu Dhabi. He spoke to his wife on the phone at 7pm, just before entering the building. He was arrested shortly after.

My comment: Definitely NEVER fly Emirates!!!

14.2.2017 – Alwaght (A P)

Bahraini Security Forces Attack People Marking 6th Anniversary of Their Uprising

Bahraini security forces attacked people who held demonstrations in the country to commemorate the six anniversary of their uprising, started 14 February 2011.

Huge demonstrations were held in different parts of Bahrain on the sixth anniversary of a popular uprising back in 2011 when thousands of people were suppressed for demanding a removal of Al Khalifa dynasty from power.

Demonstrations began late Monday but continued on Tuesday morning when security forces were quickly deployed to crack down on the protests.

Several people sustained injuries on Tuesday morning as Bahraini regime forces fired birdshots and excessively used tear gas to disperse anti-regime protesters in the villages of Abu Saiba, Shakhourah, and Maameer.

A number of plainclothes forces also assisted regime forces in the suppression of a pro-democracy rally in the As Sahlah al-Fawqiyah region.

Clashes also erupted between protesters and regime forces in the northern village of Daih, though no immediate reports of casualties and arrests were available.

13.2.2017 – Shia waves (A P)

Film: Norwegian Official: Saudi Arabia is the kingdom of terrorism and involved in financing ISIS

The Norwegian Ambassador Carl SchiotzWibye has said in remarks cited by an American website of a Norwegian newspaper that Saudi Arabia has a strong influence on the spread of extremist ideology, but he is feared that the West turns a blind eye on this matter.
Wibye described Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom of terrorism, noting that it has used its oil wealth to finance the spread of Wahhabism in the world, stressing on the importance for Norway to be more mindful about this issue, suggesting a way to curb extremism, which may be through the revival of the Progressive Party’s proposal to ban non-participated regimes in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights from financing any political or religious institution.
The Norwegian official has no doubt that Saudi Arabia has participated in funding ISIS terror group, citing that the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

7.2.2017 – ARD (* A E H P)

Film: Albtraum im Märchenland – Moderne Arbeitssklavinnen in Dubai
Trungo ist 23 und hat noch nie in einem Flugzeug gesessen. Jetzt fliegt sie von Äthiopien nach Dubai – auf der Suche nach einer besseren Zukunft. Tausende junger Frauen, zumeist aus Afrika, gehen jedes Jahr in die reichen Golfstaaten, um dort als Hausangestellte zu arbeiten, denn in ihrer Heimat haben sie keine Perspektive. Doch was so hoffnungsvoll beginnt, endet meist als Albtraum. Die jungen Frauen sind die Sklavinnen des 21. Jahrhunderts. Wer versucht, sich gegen Repressalien und unwürdige Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen zu wehren, riskiert sogar sein Leben. Hilfsorganisationen versuchen, den Hausmädchen und Arbeitern zu helfen.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

15.2.2017 – MbKS15 (A K)

#Turkey's Minister of Defense: There is a proposed project to sell 5x Turkish-made warships to the #Saudi Navy

MoD: Otokar, Aselsan, & Roketsan will cooperate with #SA companies to manufacture vehicles, ammunitions, simulators, etc in Kingdom

2.2017 – IDEX UAE (* A K)

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, is the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.

IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.

Year on year IDEX continues to attract a growing wealth of international decision-makers from within the defence industry, alongside key representatives from governments, armed forces and the key military personnel. Strong representation from GCC and MENA countries make IDEX the prime platform to reach such an important audience.

Patronage and Organiser
IDEX is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and is organised by the IDEX LLC in association and with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces.
IDEX takes place biennially at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), which is centrally located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The IDEX exhibition takes over 100% of the state-of-the-art exhibition centre utilising 133,000sqm of event space.

1100’s of local and international defence manufacturers and contractors will fill over 35,000sqm of exhibition space running through the 12 exhibition halls, the concourse and the atrium.

IDEX continues to offer exhibiting companies the opportunity to demonstrate equipment and crafts. Daily choreographed displays will take place on the water and on the purpose-built demonstration track. In addition, exhibiting companies are invited to host private demonstrations of their vehicles and crafts.

NAVDEX, the Maritime Security Area features local and international exhibitors who specialise in naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts. Located on the dock edge, NAVDEX also features, on-water exhibits, daily demonstrations and visiting navy vessels.

IDEX Defence Conferences, the official conference of IDEX, is your ideal platform to meet away from the bustle of the exhibition halls with key decision makers from the government, military and defence industry, giving you the opportunity to discuss the biggest challenges the industry is facing and indentify the potential solutions.

Exhibitor list: and some photos:

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

14.2.2017 – Fars News (* A K)

S. Arabia Recruits 350 Comorian Militias for Yemen War

Informed sources disclosed that 350 militias have been sent from Comoros Island in East Africa to Saudi Arabia and then to Yemen to join the Riyadh-backed troops in the war on the poorest Arab nation.

According to the sources, Riyadh pays 1,000 euros to the Comorian militias every month to fight for the country in Yemen.

The sources said using the Comorian forces is part of the Israeli-US plan to recruit military men from different African countries, including Senegal, Djibouti and Eritrea, to fight against the Yemeni army and Ansarullah forces.

Sources said in September that Riyadh has transferred nearly 5,000 militants from a number of terrorist groups from Aden port to Eritrea's Assab port to go under military trainings and then be sent to the Saudi provinces bordering Yemen.

"The terrorists, some of whom are from the Al-Qaeda, will be dispatched to Najran, Jizzan and Asir provinces to fight against the Yemeni army and popular forces and prevent their further advances in Southern Saudi Arabia," the sources stated.

They added that the Yemeni forces' advances deep inside the Saudi territories have frightened the Saudi officials more than the ballistic missiles fired from Yemen.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

14.2.2017 – Reuters (* A E H P)

Yemen's Houthis set import cap, suspend dollar buying

The armed Houthi movement that controls much of Yemen is setting a cap on imports and temporarily banning traders from buying dollars in an attempt to stop the decline of the local rial currency, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The moves could aggravate a food crisis in the Arab country, already ravaged by war, hunger and disease.

The document was issued after a meeting on Monday in the capital Sanaa between the Houthis' deputy prime minister for economic affairs, Hussein Maqbooli, and representatives of banks, money changers and importers of wheat, flour, and fuel.

It said the trade ministry had been asked to set a ceiling on imports and to prepare a list of essential goods needed for the whole of 2017, suggesting a move to ration imports to cope with the financial crisis.

The meeting agreed that importers of wheat, flour, fuel products, telecommunications equipment and tobacco will "stop buying dollars for 30 days, and to oblige money changers not to sell or speculate", according to the document.

The Sanaa meeting came about following a sharp drop in the value of the rial, which was trading at 385 to the dollar in Aden and up to 330 in Sanaa. It had been around 310 for most of the past three months. The financial situation has became more chaotic since Hadi's government decided to move the central bank from Sanaa to Aden and name a new governor. The Houthis rejected the move, leaving two rival central banks operating in the country – by Mohammed Mukhashaf =

My comment: This mess was caused by several factors: The war itself, obstructing economy and the national income; the Saudi blockade, doing the same; the rising of prices and the crash of the Yemeni currency due to the breakdown of the economy; Hadis maneuvers to create a second central bank.

14.2.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (* A E H)

Price of small wheat sack jumped from YR6,000 to YR8,500. Vast majority couldn't even afford at 6K price. Famine looming in #Yemen

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp5, cp6, cp9

cp15 Propaganda

15.2.2017 – Al Sahwa ( AK P)

Medical sources:3500 Houthis killed in Dhamar

About 3500 Houthis including high-ranking have been killed since March, a medical source told the Saudi newspaper of Okaz.

The source said that more than 100 Houthis corpses were delivered to hospitals of Dhamar during the past few weeks.

It also said that the Houthis in collaboration with the former governor of Dhamar Hamoud Obad recruited dozens of children to involve them in their wars.

Deputy Human Rights Minister, Nabeel Abdul-Hafeez, had revealed that the Houthis recruited about 10,000 child as soldiers.

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

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

My comment: By Islah Party media. Both sides do recruit child soldiers. – The fugure of 3500 killed Houthis refers to the whole country, not just Dhamar province.

14.2.2017 – Kuwait news Agency (A P)

Arab Parliament supports UN, Arab efforts to solve Yemeni conflict

My comment: LOL. This multi-national Gulf states “parliament” is a joke in itself, as is what it states on Yemen.

14.2.2017 – Jim Early (A P)

The hashtag #ACSaudi was being used yesterday like the Saudis were a collective of Mother Teresa, Gandhi and Oxfam in the shape of a bunny.

14.2.2017 – Desert Rose / Moyenne / Denyse Woods (A P)

#King_Salman Relief Center establishes manufacturing artificial body parts centers in #Yemen.

'Destroy & Repair' from same address. What has this world come to? 6000 amputations since March 2015 #Yemen

Oh, this is too much. You blow people apart and then make the body parts for them? Give me a proverbial break. #Enough with #Saudi hypocrisy

13.2.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

The UAE provides a unique model for a better world: Klaus Schwab

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has said that the UAE provides a unique model through a combination of sublime human values and future vision to establish a better world. “We need to emphasise the importance of human values, like the UAE which has taken on three core values: respect for human dignity and cultural diversity, community service, and responsibility towards your children and your family, as part of its future vision." My comment: Oh my goodness. A better world of slavery (look at cp12 on Dubai).

13.2.2017 – Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Information Office (* A P)

Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen: Safeguarding Civilians Remains Foremost Priority

In a statement issued today, the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen restated its commitment to protecting civilians in Yemen and underscored the steps the alliance has taken to avoid causalities in an ongoing war zone. Among those steps, the Coalition has launched an independent assessment team, fostered active partnerships with relief organizations and focused on safeguarding Yemen's urban centers as part of a concerted effort to protect civilians and uphold international humanitarian law.

The Coalition's Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) is composed of military members, weapons experts and legal specialists in humanitarian rights. The independent group reviews reports of Coalition activities that are known to have led to civilian casualties, and offers recommendations for ways to avoid future incidents.

Among the instituted mechanisms, the Coalition said that it has adopted—and has been following—the policy to issue repeated warnings to Houthi militias and Ali Abdullah Saleh forces so that they can evacuate cities prior to a Coalition air strike. The Coalition also has heightened its emphasis on safeguarding critical infrastructure and, as a result, civilian lives in Yemen's urban centers.

The Coalition said that it works alongside United Nations agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross as part of a collaborative approach to minimize the possibility of harm to civilians, medical personnel, journalists and relief organizations.

The Coalition cited an August 2016 United Nations report that accused Houthi militias and coup forces of consistently violating the Geneva Convention by using civilians as human shields. Moreover, the Coalition stated that rebel forces use child soldiers and use revenge killings and illegal detentions to terrorize Yemen's population.

and, longer:

14.2.2017 – The New Arab (* A P)

Coalition’s priority is to protect Yemen civilians The Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition supporting the legitimacy in Yemen has made the protection of civilians its top priority and is taking all measures to minimize losses.
The coalition leadership, which reaffirms its commitment to international human rights and humanitarian law, has taken steps to protect civilians, members of medical units and humanitarian organizations as well as journalists.

An independent team formed by the coalition, consisting of top officials, military advisers and military, international and humanitarian law authorities, is working to assess incidents and accidents and investigation procedures.

The coalition forces that participated in the Operation Decisive Storm and are now participating in the Operation Restoration of Hope have an interest in restoring legitimacy to Yemen and shows a great concern for the lives of civilians, their homes and for the provision of their basic needs such as water, food, schooling, hospitals and others.
The coalition is also determined to protect existing infrastructure in Yemeni cities and towns that are in the crossfire of Houthi rebels.
Despite the fact that the Geneva Convention and the additional protocol warn against the use of civilians as human shields, Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces are still concentrated in residential areas.
Abdulrahman Berman, a lawyer with the Yemeni National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, said that Houthi rebels in Yemen are seeking revenge by using people as human shields.
As such, these rebels are legally and ethically accountable to the Yemeni people and the international community, he said.
The coalition has on several occasions, especially in conflict areas such as Saadah, evacuated civilians as soon as possible before launching airstrikes on hiding places of Houthis and other rebels.

My comment: This is odd propaganda. 85 % of Saudi raids are targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure. “The coalition forces […]shows a great concern for the lives of civilians, their homes and for the provision of their basic needs such as water, food, schooling, hospitals and others” and “The coalition is also determined to protect existing infrastructure” are Orwellian lies. – The “independent investigation team” is by no means independent, its main task is not investigation unless you think they investigate how to find opportunities to whitewash the Saudi coalition bombings. – An objection which is odd in most cases is that the Houthis would use civilians as “human shields”. a) How is labeled a “Houthi”? Not just fighters but all kinds of civilian employees, functionaries, officials. – b) Since former times, many military objects like camps and barracks are within towns and cities, surrounded by civilian structures. They had been used by the Yemeni army before the war, and they are still used now.

The coalition has on several occasions, especially in conflict areas such as Saadah, evacuated civilians as soon as possible before launching airstrikes”: That’s a lie. The Saudis were not on the ground; how could they have “evacuated” anybody? “Evacuation” Saudi style was dropping leaflets telling the population of a whole area (like Saada province), that the whole area had been declared a military target and would be bombed relentlessly. Thus, the Saudis think after such a leaflet dropping they would have the right to bomb everything and everybody there, because everything is a “military target”? Certainly not.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this hypocritical statement is disgusting. They do just the same as USA UK and Israel - bomb and kill with no consideration for the lives they are destroying.

13.2.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

US Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia for Use in Yemen ‘Bilateral Issue’

The issue of the United States selling arms to Saudi Arabia that it uses in the conflict in Yemen is a bilateral one between Washington and Riyadh, Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations Khaled Hussein Alyemany told Sputnik on Monday.

When asked whether the United States should continue to sell bombs to Saudi Arabia, Alyemany stated, "This is a bilateral issue with the Saudis."

Alyemany noted that investigations on violations of international law in Yemen are being conducted by the country’s government as well as the Saudi-led coalition.

My comment: Twice: LOL. – “Bilateral issue”? While the bombs are thrown at Yemen? Funny. – And, on investigations: Criminals investigating their own cases?

13.2.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

Khaled Alyemany [representative of Hadi government at UN] also stated that the administration of former US President Barack Obama and the efforts of former Secretary of State John Kerry caused setbacks to the peace process in Yemen.

"The negative impact of Kerry was really devastating because we need now to recover the peace process from the point we had established in Kuwait," Alyemany said.

Alyemany added that the relationship that between Yemen and the Obama administration was deceiving, because it started positively and then created problems.

"It was very positive and then started to be deteriorating by the time, and in the last moment of that administration we were just praying that this administration should not take further obstacles toward peace and should go in peace," the UN representative said.

When Kerry promised the Houthis during talks in Kuwait in August of 2016 that they would be a dominant part of the peace process and ultimate solution, he only caused more damage, and those talks failed, Alyemany added.

My comment: The Kerry plan would have granted the Houthi side an important role in the peace process and a former unity government –without such regulations how a “peace” should work? The Hadi side just claimed and claims to keep the cake alone, calling every idea that would not concede to this claim an “obstacles toward peace”.

13.2.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

FM al-Jubeir: Iran-Aligned Insurgents in Yemen Failed 70 Peace Initiatives

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir pointed out Sunday that coup militia’s refusal to accommodate international will and initiatives for peace in Yemen resulted in thwarting all efforts spent by United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

Iran-aligned Houthis and armed loyalists backing ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh continue to object to turning in paramilitary arms and weapons.

Jubeir shed light on actions speaking louder than words, particularly that the Iran-backed insurgency has continued to prove its unwillingness to cooperate and endless pursuit to demoralize international efforts. At least 70 initiatives have coup militias had overturned.

“We made many agreements with Houthis and factions led by Ali Abdullah Saleh, but none of the agreements were implemented by them. The Kingdom and the GCC went ahead to help Yemen and its government within the framework of the article 51 of the U.N. charter,” said FM Jubeir.

My comment: That really is odd propaganda. 70 initiatives? I really do not think there had been that much. And the Saudi / Hadi side always had insisted that the other side must fully surrender, thus blocking all initiatives for a balanced peace agreement. And Hadi, clinging to his “presidency”, blocked any power transfer to somebody else. – “The Kingdom and the GCC went ahead to help Yemen” – odd – by bombing the country into ruins???

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

15.2.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 14/2/2017 (full list): and ( )

14.2.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 13/2/2017 (full list): and ( ) and partly by Saba Net:

13.2.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The violations and crimes that are committed by Saudi Arabia and its alliance in Yemen 12/2/2017 (full list): and (,%202017.pdf )

15.2.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K)

Pix of Hodeidah seaport in western #Yemen after being hit by Saudi regime several times. Pix taken today by @monareliefye in Hodeidah

15.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Warplanes of Aggression Targeting Saada and Hajjah

In Hajjah , the warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged a raid on the farms of the citizens in Al Gar directorate of Abs , and the warplanes of the aggression waged raids east Midi City.

In Saada, the warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged three raids on different parts of the directorate of Kitaf.

15.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Fighters Jets of Aggression Waged 4 Raids in Marib and Taiz

In Taiz province the warplanes of the aggression waged four raids on the region of Yaktail in Al Mokha district and two raids on the Khalid camp in the directorate of Mozaiah.

In Marib: warplanes of the aggression launched two raids on Al mkdrah ,and dropped cluster bombs

14.–15.2.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K PH)

War Planes over #Sanaa

15.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

A source in the field stated on Monday that the fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have launched two airstrikes on Houthi-Saleh ammunition stores in al Baradeg site, western Maqbanah district of Taiz.

The source added that casualties were likely to have fallen in the coalition aerial bombardment.

14.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Taiz: aggression warplanes throws bombs flashlight batteries on Omari at Dhubab area

14.2.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Three martyrs in the heinous crime committed by a citizen of aggression targeting a car in the Saada region Dhouib

Fell three martyrs of civilians, as a result of the raid Airline Saudi American aggression, targeted a car in citizen # Saada.

The correspondent of "march Net" Saada local sources and the transfer of the martyrs were killed when a car Airline aggression citizen targeted in the area of the Directorate Dhouib # Haydan.

and (should be the same, different site stated):

14.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes kills three civilians in Sa'ada

Three citizens were killed in a Saudi airstrike in Baqam district of Sa'ada province overnight, a local official told Saba on Tuesday.
The Saudi fighter jets struck their car in al-Demnah area, wounding four other people.
The airstrike hit Al Qarrad area, causing heavy damage to citizens' properties and farms.

My comment: At first I thought, well, I got this already: car at Baqem. Oh no, that was another raid just the day before, another car at Baqem, 7 killed…

13.2.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

During Operation Desert Storm E-3 AWACS flew 682 sorties, 303 of which were flown by the #RSAF

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saudi Remnants Kill a Child in Kasma Village, Sana’a

A child has been killed on Monday named Shehab Hussein Al Maqrabi by remnants left by the bombardment of the Saudi American aggression on Kasma village, Bani Matar district, Sana’a governorate.

The innocent kid was a shipherd and was taking care of his sheep when the people of the village heard an explosion that led to the death of the eleven year old immediately, local source reported.

The Saudi American aggression has waged several raids targeting the district in the past few days, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries (photo

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage airstrike on Sa'ada

The Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Monday an airstrike on Baqam district of Sa'ada province, an official told Saba.
The airstrike hit Al Qarrad area, causing heavy damage to citizens' properties and farms.

and more

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Saada: At Least 7 Killed and Injured in Baqim District

At least seven civilians have been killed and injured on Monday due to brutal raids waged by the Saudi American aggression targeting a citizen’s car in Baqim district, Saada governorate.

The barbaric raids resulted in the death of three and the injury of another four when aiming at their car in Damna region in Baqim district, Saada governorate, military source reported. and also


13.2.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A K PH)

Another attack by Saudi jets in #Yemen claimed the lives of 3 ppl in Saada and wounding 4 others in al-Dumna area of Baqim district.

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Taiz: Saudi American Raid Targets Hanah Region in Waziyah Distrct

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi airstrike hit al-Omeri school in Taiz

Saudi aggression warplanes launched an airstrike overnight on al-Omari school in Taiz province, an official told Saba on Monday.
The school was completely destroyed, and the nearby houses were damaged.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes launched 18 air strikes on Hajjah

Saudi aggression warplanes launched 18 air strikes overnight on Medi and Hardh districts, an official told Saba on Monday.
The targeting caused heavy losses in public and private properties.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression fighter jets launched three airstrikes on Serwah district of Mareb province overnight, an official told Saba on Monday.
The strikes hit different areas in the district, causing heavy damage to citizens' farms. and (mentioning cluster bombs dropped)


13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

3 civilians killed, others injured in coalition airstrikes near Hodeida port

Eyewitnesses in Hodeida city, western Yemen, said on Monday that 3 persons were killed and others injured in airstrikes launched by the fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition on a building nearby Hodeida port.

The witnesses pointed out that two airstrikes had targeted the Constructions building near the Hodeida port eastern gate in Jizan Street, which resulted in the death of its staff.

The ambulances rushed into the scene to take the injured persons to the hospital, added the witnesses.

Remark: This time it’s a serious report by this anti-Houthi media; and more:

14.2.2017 –Saba Net (A K PH)

Two citizens killed in Saudi airstrikes on Hodaida

Two people were killed in Saudi airstrikes on the telecommunications corporation office in Hodaida province overnight, an official told Saba on Tuesday.
At least six people were wounded in the strikes that hit the office twice. The building was damaged seriously and several cars were crashed, the official added.

13.2.2017 – NTH News (* A K PH)

Pictures of the massacre committed by the aggression targeting the building of the Office of Telecommunications in Hodeidah


13.2.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Pictures of targeting the construction building by US-KSA aggression’s warplanes with 3 air strikes . Two martyrs are killed and four are injured including the head of planning department “Muhialdeen” and the son of the construction head .


14.2.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Name:Noaman,22 years old. #Saudi jets killed him yesterday in his apartment next to the telecommunications company in Hudydah city (photo)

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launches 10 strikes on Hodeida

The Saudi aggression fighter jets launched 10 airstrikes on Hodaida province overnight, an official told Saba on Monday.
The warplanes launched four strikes on each of Zabid district and Qatabah area of Khukhah district, and two raids on al-Nakhail area of al-Daraihmai district, the official added.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi airstrike kills 6-member a family in Mokha

Six members of manager maternal and child center family have been killed when Saudi aggression warplane launched an airstrike on her house in Mokha district of Taiz province, a security official told Saba on Monday.
The manger of Maternal and child center in Mokha city Dr. Molook Mahiess has amputated one of her leg in airstrike.

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Fisherman killed in Saudi aggression airstrikes on Salif port

Saudi aggression warplanes launched an airstrike on al-Salif port off the Red sea in Hodaida province, killing one fisher man, an official told Saba on Monday.
The Saudi aggression warplanes also launched five airstrikes on al-Dohaimh Island of Hodaida province, causing serious damage to fishermens' boats, the official added.

13.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Arab Coalition attacks boats loaded with weapons in al-Hudeidah

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition has recently thwarted boats which tried to smuggle weapons through al-Hudeidah, a Saudi-based newspaper, Okaz, affirmed.

My comment: That’s what they always claim. They actually attack fishermen.

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Apache Warplanes Launches Dozens of Raids in Mokha District

the Aviation war Apache of the aggression launched dozens of raids on Mokha directorate over the past 24 hours.

Also, the Saudi American aggression waged raids east schools Al Omari directorate of Dubab.

The warplanes of the Saudi American aggression waged a series of raids on Mokha and led to casualties of citizens

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Jizan: warplanes of the Saudi American aggression dropped a cluster bomb on the Al Dud Mount

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition warplanes bomb weapon depots, kill 10 Houthis, injure several others in Shabwa

A military source said that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighter jets launched on Monday several air raids on weapon depots that belongs to the Houthi-Saleh fighters in Bayhan district in western Shabwa governorate, in southeastern Yemen.

The source told Almasdaronline that at least 10 Houthi militants were killed and others wounded in the air raids that destroyed the weapon depots in Shaab Hafr in western Bayhan district.

The airstrikes had also caused violent explosions, according to the source

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Mokha / Theater of War: Mokha

15.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

The missile units of the army and popular forces hit gatherings of US-Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Wednesday.
The mercenaries were targeted in southern Dhubab city and five others were killed in Salah quarter in east of Taiz city, the official added.

15.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Ballistic missile hits Saudi-paid mercenaries in Mokha

The army and popular forces on Wednesday fired Zilzal 2, the ballistic missile on gatherings of US-Saudi-paid mercenaries in Mokha port city in Taiz province, a millitary official told Saba.
The missile hit the target accurately in Wahajah area, killing and wounding dozens of the mercenaries. and also

15.2.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Twenty Houthi militants killed on Red Sea's coasts

The Arab Coalition on Monday killed twenty fighters of the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the governorate of al-Hudeidah, military sources told Alsahwah Net.

According to AFP, clashes on Monday renewed in Midi and Mocha in the north and south of al-Hudeidah respectively days after the Yemeni army took over the area.

14.2.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Still insist that mercenaries controls the entire of Mocha city. Well see this, one of you is lying. referring to /

14.2.2017 – Almasdar Net (A K PH)

Houthi forces ambushes multiple Saudi Coalition convoys in west Yemen

Houthi forces, alongside Saleh loyalists, ambushed three Saudi Coalition convoys in the Ta’iz Governorate on Monday and Tuesday, killing at least 15 fighters from the Saudi-backed Southern Resistance units.

The first ambush was carried out by the Houthi forces on Monday in the Al-Jadid area near the Mocha Port; this attack resulted in the death of at least 5 coalition fighters.

Two other surprise attacks were carried out in Dhubab District of Ta’iz, forcing the Saudi Coalition to halt the transfer of supplies to their frontline positions against the Houthi forces.

Since the Saudi-backed Coalition forces seized the Mocha Port last week, the Houthi fighters have increased the number of hit-and-run attacks against the enemy combatants inthe Ta’iz Governorate.

14.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Killed 20 of the mercenaries aggression in western Yemen

Nearly two dozen people have been killed in overnight clashes between fighters from the Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement and militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the country’s strategic western province of Hudaydah, military and medical officials say.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday that skirmishes in the Red Sea port cities of Midi and Mukha have claimed the lives of 14 Ansarullah fighters.

14.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees killing a number of Mercenaries in Taiz and Midi

The army and popular committees achieve many victories in the battlefronts of Taiz and the other provinces in Yemen .

In Taiz , the army and popular committees launched several of shells and aimed at groupings of mercenaries in Al Iamam camp in Dubab district . Also, the army artillery targeted gatherings of aggression mercenaries and killed number of them .

In Mokha district of Taiz , the army and popular committees targeted groupings of mercenaries and killed 7 of them and wounded others .

[and more in other regions]

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills seven Saudi-paid mercenaries in Taiz

The army and popular forces targeted Abaar and Salat areas in Thubab district in Taiz, killing the seven Saudi-paid mercenaries

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Targeting Groupings of Emiratis and Sudanese Soldiers

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Emirati, Sudanese soldiers killed in Yemen's attack off Mokha port

Dozens of Emirati and Sudanese soldiers, as well as many other Saudi-paid mercenaries, were killed and others wounded when the Yemeni national army and popular forces launched major attack on Monday on the enemy boats off the port city of Mokha, a military official told Saba.
The operation took place early morning, said the official.

13.2.2017 – Al Araby (A K)

Twenty rebels and government troops were killed overnight in clashes as warring parties pushed north along Yemen's western coast.

The renewed clashes in the coastal towns of Midi and Mokha, north and south of the major Red Sea port of Hodeidah respectively, erupted the day after government forces seized control of the area.

"The death toll this morning stands at 14 Houthi rebels and six troops" loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, a military source confirmed on condition of anonymity.

Hospital sources in Hodeidah confirmed at least eight dead.

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

15.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Dozens of Saudi soldiers in Jizan, Najran killed

15.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: child killed in Houthi shelling

A local source in Taiz have told Almasdaronline that the 14-year-old Helmi Abdo al Sagheer was killed on Monday in artillery shelling launched by the Houthi-Saleh militias on al Noor residential city, western Taiz.

14.2.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Hypocrites of aggression against innocent citizens of crimes in Al-Jawf

Targeting mercenaries Saudi American aggression targeting houses with artillery shells and Katyusha rockets at the Directorate of Matoun in Jawf province. Where mercenaries targeted a house belonging to Hassan Alkaroti wounding women and children.

15.2.2017 – Defence News (A K)

Houthi Militants Claim to Shut Down MQ-9 Reaper UAV Over Marib in Yemen

The Houthi forces claims their fighters shot down an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the northern Yemen province of Marib.

Iranian state media claims that Houthi forces shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States federal government. According to local activists, the Houthi forces shot down the plane with a guided missile as it was flying over the town of Al-Manin, which is located south of Marib’s provincial capital.

According to Yemeni military sources, the unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down while engaged in operations over the province’s Sirwah district.

At the crash site found the wreckage of the unmanned aerial vehicle with fragments looks to be a U.S.-built Hellfire missile possibly from a US MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper drone (photos)

and various, with photos = and by Saba Net

PHOTO: Image shows what looks to be a hellfire missile in the Marib wreckage, possibly from a US MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper drone.

looks like Houthi rebels possibly shot down a JSOC drone using GILGAMESH (photos)

More pictures

14.2.2017 – New News ( A K PH)

Films: Houthi / Saleh successes

Yemen Nehm Defeating an attack for the hypocrites in the Alqatab area

Houthi Jizan Targeting Alqanbor Saudi military base by artillery bombs 9 2 2017:

Targeting the military bases and the fortifications of the hypocrites, Alhan mountain

Houthi Targeting Alfaredha Saudi military base by mortars, Jizan

Houthi Najran Targeting Alhajla military base by artillery bombs

Houthi Najran Sniping a saudi soldier at Alfwaz area

Houthi Albuq Entrance Many of the Saudi soldiers and their mercenaries are killed

Houthi JizanTargeting the Saudi Qais center by artillery shells, causing a formidable fire

Houthi Aseer Targeting the Saudi military bases and their fortifications by shells B10 at the east:

14.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Najran: Killed and Wounded Saudi Mercenaries by the Shells of the Yemeni Forces in Khadra Border Cross

14.2.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Saudi-Backed Militias' Military Positions Come Under Yemeni Forces' Heavy Attacks

The Yemeni army and popular forces heavily pounded the positions of the Saudi-backed militants in Ta'iz and Hajjah provinces, killing several of them and destroying their military hardware.

14.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression intensively shelled Razah district of the same province, the official added.

14.2.2017 – Hona Almasirah (A K PH)

Film: Military maneuver of new trained fighters to join battlefields against US-backed Saudi invaders. Feb13

14.2.2017 – AFP (A K)

12 Saudis killed in recent Yemen border fighting

At least twelve Saudi soldiers have died on the southern border since late last week, according to an unusual series of official reports released as the country fights Yemeni rebels.

In separate dispatches since last Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has carried photographs of funerals for the “martyrs” it said had died “defending the southern borders.”

13.2.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

Children killed, injured in Houthi bombing in al Dali

Two children were killed while two others along with a woman were injured in bombing by Houthi-Saleh fighters, which targeted Qattbah city in northern al Dali governorate, in southern Yemen.

A local source told Almasdaronline that the Houthi-Saleh fighters fired on Sunday a Katyusha rocket from Damt city on Qattbah city.

The source said that the bombing has resulted in the killing of child girl Khansa Ahmed Saleh Ali, child boy Badr Ali Saleh al Hagari, and the injury of a woman and two other children who were immediately taken to hospital in critical condition.

It is noteworthy that Qattbah and Muris cities have been subjected to semi daily artillery and rocket shelling by the Houthi-Saleh fighters, which has led to the killing of number of civilians and destruction of homes and properties

13.2.2017 – Yemen Voice (A K PH)

Film: Yemeni Forces Destroy a Saudi Abrams Tank in Najran

13.2.2017 – Yemen I Siria (A K PH)

Film: Yemen. Yemeni military and the Houthis visiting Saudis in the al-Khadra province of Najran, Saudi Arabia.

13.2.2017 – Yemen War (A K PH)

Film: Yemen forces ( Houthis _ Ansser Allah / Army ) burning the Saudis Abrams tanks & military vehicles by lighters

13.2.2017 – New News Films (A K PH)

Films: Houthi Successes

The army and the public committees defeated hypocrits from the neighboring bases of Yam mountain

Targeting The Enemy Entrenchments In An Apex At Al Dokhan Mountain, Jezan

Houthi Burning a military vehicle behind Al Hamra hill and another at Al Jalah center,Jizan

Targeting the fortifications of the enemy with bombs B10 , Najran

Houthi Targeting groups of Saudi soldiers by artillery bombs, Al Dhaba military base, Najran

Targeting groups of hypocrits, and escaping many of them , Kwfel Camp

Targeting Saudi soldiers and their fortifications at the west of Al Dood mountain

Targeted Katyusha Rockets Kill Number Of Saudi Officers In Al Maqran

Houthi Targeting groups of hypocrits , Malh area, Nehm district

Houthi Burning a Saudi military vehicle at the communication center , Rajla mountains , Najran

Houthi Burning a military vehicle during defeating an attack toward Alab entrance

Groups Of Dissemblers Targeted By Artillery Bombs In Kouful Camp, Mareb

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army shoots dead Saudi solider in Jizan and

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys mercenaries' vehicle in Serwah and

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression intensively shelled Razah district of Saada province

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries fired artillery shells on citizens' farms in Serwah district, Marib prov.

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Army and Popular Committees Destroy weapons Store in Asir

[and more claimed successes]

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Destroy A military Vehicles of the Hypocrites in Taiz

13.2.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army hits Saudi military sits in Najran, Jizan, Asir and

13.2.2017 – Almasdar News (A K PH)

Houthi forces seize town near Saudi border

The Houthi forces, alongside Saleh loyalists, seized the town of Al-Kadhah in the Hudaydah Governorate on Sunday morning after a short battle with the Saudi Coalition south of the Kingdom’s Jizan Region.

In addition to seizing Al-Kadhah, the Houthi forces also advanced to the Al-Ma’afir District after taking full control of the Al-Kadhah Market. and also at

13.2.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

[Various claimed Houthi / Saleh successes]

Saudi Military Bases Sustain Heavy Losses in Yemeni Forces’ Artillery Attacks in Jizan Province

Saudi Arabia's Arms Depot Destroyed in Yemeni Rocket Attacks

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

14.2.2017 – Dawn (A H P)

Long time no 'sea'

“After being washed up ashore we realised that we had reached Sanaa, Yemen. We performed sajda to thank God that we were in an Islamic country,” says Mohammad Siddiq Ahmed Bhatti, who returned to Pakistan five days ago along with six other Pakistani fishermen after 11 years thanks to the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Pakistan government. – by Shazia Hasan

14.2.2017 – FAZ (* C)

Aus dem Land der Königin von Saba

Der heutige Jemen war in der Antike ein blühendes Reich an der Weihrauchstraße. Das Antikenmuseum Basel widmet der wenig bekannten und von Krieg überzogenen Region Südarabiens eine sehenswerte Ausstellung.

13.2.2017 – Yamanyoon (* C)

Yemen ,the Strings of Conspiracy

The beginning of implementation the conspiracy and war against Yemenis started when the prayers in mosques were targeted and killed . On Friday, the 20th of March 2015 more than one hundred were killed. Haj Mohammad Hussein was one of the victims. He is a man in sixty and a father of five sons and four daughters.
His wife has gone because of cancer .He became the responsible of bringing up their children and acting out the role of the father and the mother and as he was the eldest of four brothers and two sisters so he used to be the backer of everything.

On that day as it usual; Haj Mohammad was intended to go to pray in Alhoshhosh mosque in Aljeraf area in Sanaa , where he was every Friday praying. Despite it was far from his home but he went to it because it was close to his widow sister’s home , whom he visited every Friday after finishing his prayer ; to see her and her children and see if they need anything.

In that Friday, Haj Mohammed got ready and looked in his best , along with his sons, to go to pray with them, after he finished, he said to his daughters” I’m going to be back soon with my sister to have lunch with us”. – by: Shefa’a Abdullah. =

Remark: A family’s fate at the AQAP attacks at mosques at Sanaa, March 20, 2015.

2.2017 – The Culture Trip (D)

The Divinity Khat: Khat Farming And Its Consequences

Chewing the khat plant in Yemen is an age-old tradition and its growth plays an important role in the Yemeni economy. But the World Health Organisation classified the khat plant a drug of abuse in 1980 and its production has been highlighted as a major user of water: a resource in high demand in Yemen.

The khat plant plays a significant role in the social lives of Yemeni people. Some spend large proportions of their income buying the leaves, however: the khat farming industry employs a large number of Yemeni people.

One thing which is not somewhat a mystery, however, is the khat plant’s environmental impact. In 2003, Sana’a was the world’s fastest growing capital. Yemen’s increasing population continues to suffer from a considerable lack of water. The problem is exacerbated by the cultivation of the khat plant (among other pressing issues) which demands significant amounts of water for large-scale production.

The constantly-changing governing bodies of Yemen are weighed down with the task of finding a water source which can supply the increasing population numbers. One means has been highlighted: to end the consumption of the khat plant. But this enters Yemen into a new vicious circle, which necessitates the establishment of new employment – by

Elspeth Black

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-266: / Yemen War Mosaic 1-266: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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