Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 275 - Yemen War Mosaic 275

Yemen Press Reader 275: Hungersnot: Vermeidbare Katastrophe–USA verstärkt Jemen-Kampagne–US-Angriffe auf Al Kaida–Al Kaida: Anschlag auf Soldaten–Saudische Waffen für Al Kaida–Saud. Luftangriffe

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Famine: A preventable catastrophe–US enforces Yemen campaign – US raids at Al Qaeda – Al Qaeda: Attacks at soldiers in Southern Yemen – Saudi arms for Al Qaeda – Saudi air raids – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

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 Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp2 Allgemein / General

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5.3.2017 – Chronicle Live (B K)

Yemen: A beautiful, rugged, impoverished country that is being destroyed by conflict

Remark: A short overview on the war.

5.3.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy / BBC Radio 4 (not rated B K P)

Audio: Very honored to have been on @BBCRadio4 today with Dr. @Dr_E_Kendall to talk about #Yemen (listen from min 12:00>) [to be listened until April 3]

Original (Englisch) übersetzen

5.3.2017 – RT (* B K)

Film: ‘They destroyed our homes, injured our kids’: Sanaa residents speak of horror of Saudi bombings

Residents of one neighborhood in Sanaa say it has been hit by 37 bombs and rockets from the Saudi-led coalition since Riyadh began intervening in Yemen. They have nobody to help them in the dire situation, they told Ruptly news agency.

“Our homes were destroyed because of the aggression and we didn't receive help from anyone, no one provided us with mattresses, blankets or food. We have absolutely nothing left inside our houses. All this because of the aggression,” one resident said.

Another said their home was destroyed by three rockets during a raid.

“Once we were hit by the rockets we started running away and everything was destroyed. There was fire and then we were homeless and lost everything and it started raining. We lost everything because of this aggression,” she said. “What did we do to deserve this, to be shelled? They destroyed our homes and injured our kids.”

One man said almost three dozen houses have been destroyed by the coalition in the Al-Masanie neighborhood, and many survivors have nowhere to live now.

“Some people rented other houses and some other living in tents. Their situation is so bad especially since there is no income anymore. Those families' situation is miserable,” he said.

“The situation in this neighborhood is very bad,” another person said. “For more than a year they were targeted by rockets launched by fighter jets, which belongs to the alliance, the Saudi-American alliance. The houses were destroyed and people are living in a miserable situation.”

Since March 2015, when Riyadh sent its troops to prop up a pro-Saudi president ousted by rebel forces, an estimated 10,200 people have been killed in Yemen fighting. Up to three million were displaced, bringing the already-destitute Arab country to the brink of a humanitarian disaster.

Civilians in Yemen are suffering from a lack of basic supplies, including food, medicine, and fuel, partially due to a Saudi naval and air blockade. Civil rights groups say the Saudi intervention in the country may amount to war crimes. and film:

5.3.2017 – RT (* B K)

‘US Navy SEALS in Yemen shot everything that moved, including women & children’

The Yemeni people are saying: 'Where are the other powers in the Security Council? Why aren’t they standing up for the sovereignty of Yemen, when clearly it is in their best interest as well to do so,' Kim Sharif, Director of Human Rights for Yemen, told RT.

RT: Why is the Western media praising the US airstrikes, but failing to cover the alleged civilian casualties? The Western media was very vocal in its condemnation of civilian casualties allegedly incurred by Russia in Syria. What's the difference?

Kim Sharif: Well, there is a total hypocrisy as we now known by the international community. Complete hypocrisy and it is connected with geopolitical interest in the waters of the Yemeni Southern regions, in particular the Bab-el-Mandeb passage, which is very important to the whole world, as you know. It seems this campaign to attack the Yemen and kill civilians, and according to UN reports, 60 per cent of civilians are victims of the air raids by the Saudi-led coalition.

They deliberately target civilian areas. For example, 800 times schools have been hit. Why would someone hit schools? There is clearly a need to just kill as many people as possible and subjugate into having to accept a president chosen for them by the Saudi coalition, together with their masters who dictate to them what they should be doing. This business of the drone itself is a breach of the sovereignty of the state of Yemen. It isn’t allowed under international law.

People are saying this Al-Qaeda business seems to be the product and proxy of the US regime via its Saudi puppet in the Middle East. We now know… that Al-Qaeda and all of those involved in terrorism of 9/11 are none other than royal family of Saudi Arabia. The right thing to do is to attack Riyadh, not Yemen. The right thing is to send drones to Riyadh, not the South of Yemen – Shabwah and Abyan, and other parts like they have been doing. When the Navy SEALs landed in Shabwah a month ago they shot everything that moved: children, the victims were just women and children. And of course a Navy SEAL died in the course of that. This is a disaster for the international community.

The Yemeni people are saying: 'Where are the other powers in the Security Council? Why aren’t they standing up for the sovereignty of Yemen, when clearly it is in their best interest as well to do so, because they surely must have business interest, commercial interest to protect and preserve the sovereignty of Yemen for the purpose of preserving that international passage for the benefit of all.'

Unfortunately, if this situation is allowed to continue this way, it is highly likely that the passage itself will be in the hands of terrorist, because the terrorists are nothing other than Saudi proxies, as we know them.

They have different names. In Afghanistan they are called Taliban; in Somali they are called Al-Shabaab; in Arabic countries they are called Al-Qaeda or ISIS. They all belong to the Saudi regime; it is the Saudi regime that needs to be handled here – not killing innocent civilians in the south of Yemen.

4.3.2017 – RT (* B K P)

‘Yemen war is genocide’

No matter how many civilians are killed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the international community only condemns the crimes of the resistance, because they oppose Saudi Arabia, says Catherine Shakdam, Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies.

RT: Many humanitarian organizations accuse the coalition forces of deliberately targeting civilians, while the UN says the intervention puts the whole nation at risk of famine. Do you expect any condemnation from the international community if the reports are true?

Catherine Shakdam: No, it has always been the same song and dance, I would say, for the past two years now, where it doesn’t matter what happens in Yemen... how many civilians are being killed as a result of either Saudi-led coalition, or even the US [airstrikes]. When it comes to Yemen, the price of blood is quite cheap, and war crimes only seem to be important when they are committed by the resistance movement, because the resistance movement happens to be in opposition to Saudi Arabia. I don’t expect any condemnation... This has been the kind of trend that has taken place for the past years. So why would they change?

RT: Why is the Western media praising the US airstrikes, but failing to cover the civilian casualties?

Catherine Shakdam: It’s politics. There is a desire here to use this war in Yemen and try to portray it as a necessary war against terrorism. In [the case of the] Houthis – who are, by the way, just a tribe of northern Yemen – they are just members of the greater resistance movement in Yemen. So, to portray it as just being this one faction, leading an opposition rebellion against the state, is simply not true, not accurate; it is not based on facts. It is actually insanity. It is playing into this desire to obliterate Yemen. The Saudis want to impose their will on Yemen. The US is quite happy going along, because they are benefiting from this. They are making a lot of money from sending weapons to the Saudis.

They want to exercise control over the world oil route. They are hoping that the Saudis will basically hand this to them. That is a very interesting dynamic. Then if you look at Iraq and Syria, it is the same game at play, where terrorism is being used, where you have some kind of a game of smoke and mirrors with narratives being played out to the public, when really the reality is quite different. Yemen’s war is a genocidal war. We have known this for two years now. If you look at the degree of destruction; if you look at the casualties; if you look at the weapons that are being used against civilians systematically – this has been well documented. You cannot call this war a war of political restoration. You can’t call it anything else, but genocide of war and a crime against humanity.

4.3.2017 – Xinhua (A K P)

Yemeni VP urges army to join gov't forces against Houthi rebels

Vice president of internationally recognized Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on the Yemeni troops Saturday to join government forces against Houthi rebels.

The vice president, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, made the appeal in a meeting with commanders of government forces in the liberated city of Marib, said a statement carried by the government news agency Saba.

Still, large areas of Marib, the oil-rich province east of rebel-controlled capital Sanaa, are under Houthi rebel control.

The government forces are now stationing in eastern part of Nehm district, about 50 km northeast of the rebel-controlled capital, in military preparation backed by Saudi-led military coalition to storm Sanaa.

"We welcome the coming soldiers who will join the legitimate government and call on others to join our forces against Houthi rebels," the agency quoted al-Ahmar as saying.

Al-Ahmar's move came two days after another military mobilization call made by government foe of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is the main ally with Shiite Houthi rebels.

4.3.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (B K P)

Der Jemen am Abgrund: Die vergessene Katastrophe

"Die Kampfjets bombardieren wahllos Wohnhäuser und Zivilisten", sagt der Gemüseverkäufer Sultan Awad: "Hier, gleich nebenan, da haben sie meinen Nachbarn, seine Frau und seinen Enkel getötet."
"Ab drei Uhr nachmittags sind die Straßen leer", erklärt Said Hassan. "Die Leute eilen nach Hause, weil sie Angst vor den Bomben haben."
Die beiden Männer leben in Taizz. Die Stadt im Südwesten Jemens befindet sich einem der am heftigsten umkämpften Gebiete des Landes. Taizz wird von den Huthi-Rebellen belagert. Viertel, in die die Rebellen eindringen können, werden von saudi-arabischen Kampfjets bombardiert.

"Unsere Leben sind zerstört", klagt dieser Mann aus der Hauptstadt Sanaa. "Wir hausen unter einer Plane, ohne Küche oder Toilette. Wir haben nicht mal Decken für die Kinder. Die Lebensmittel, die wir erhalten, reichen gerade so, um nicht zu verhungern."
Inzwischen sollen sieben von zehn Jemeniten auf Nothilfe aus dem Ausland angewiesen sein. Das wären knapp 20 Millionen Menschen. Aber diese Nothilfe, sagt William Spindler vom Flüchtlingshilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen, könne nur sehr schwer ins Land gebracht werden, weil Häfen umkämpft und Flughäfen außer Betrieb seien. UN-Angaben zufolge sind 3,3 Millionen Menschen akut unterernährt und vom Hungertod bedroht, vor allem Kinder.
"Kinder verhungern bereits", sagt die UNICEF-Beauftragte für den Jemen, "vor allem dort, wo wir nicht hinkommen. Außerdem bricht das Gesundheitswesen zusammen. Wir schätzen, dass im vergangenen Jahr mindestens 10.000 Kinder an Krankheiten starben, die man hätte behandeln können." – Von Jürgen Stryjak

Mein Kommentar: Etwas oberflächliche Einführung. – Die Stimmen der Menschen sind authentisch.

3.3.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A K)

Yesterday they helped, today they want you to be their crimes' partner in return! (look at image)

4.3.2017 – Al Jazeera (A P)

Film: Yemen: Protesters march as US intensifies air strikes. Interviewy: Stephen Zunes

2017 – Handicap International (* B K)

What are cluster bombs?

Although cluster bombs have been banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2010, they have been used on multiple occasions over the last two years in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, and Sudan. Cluster bombs have killed and maimed thousands of civilians, who are overwhelmingly the main victims. But what exactly are these weapons?

A cluster munition (or cluster bomb) is a container filled with small explosive bombs called “sub-munitions.” This container may be a shell, rocket, missile, or other device. Dropped from an aircraft or fired from the ground, it opens in the air and releases the sub-munitions. This scatters a carpet of bombs over a large area without any degree of accuracy.

Cluster bombs kill, injure, and maim people and cause serious psychological trauma. Up to 97% of recorded victims are civilians – in other words, almost all victims are civilians. Up to 40% of sub-munitions do not explode on impact: either they are too light or the ground is too soft, or a technical fault prevents them from exploding.

While still active, these sub-munitions are as hazardous as anti-personnel landmines. They can explode at any moment, triggered by even slight movements. They render whole areas uninhabitable, prevent social, and economic life from returning to normal, and displace people from their homes.

These explosive weapons pose a threat to civilians, sometimes for decades after a conflict has ended. =

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

5.3.2017 – British Red Cross (* A H)

Yemen Crisis Appeal

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has devastated millions of people’s lives.
Right now, more than half the population don’t have enough food. Almost a quarter face starvation. Families are living with no water or electricity.
With your support, we can bring vital help to people in desperate need. Please donate now. and film:

5.3.2017 – Sophie McNeill (A H)

I was at Al Sabeen in #Yemen last July & we saw kids die of starvation. 7 months later its still happening.. World ignoring warnings

5.3.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A H)

Film: National Foundation for Cancer Control in Hodeidah calls on organizations to provide medicine

5.3.2017 – Middle East Eye (A H)

UN crosses front line to Yemen's besieged Taiz for aid delivery

An eight-tonne shipment of medical equipment successfully delivered on Friday contained trauma and pneumonia kits, emergency medicine

The UN health agency on Saturday said it had delivered eight tonnes of medications to hospitals in Taiz, the third-largest city under siege in Yemen's war.

It marked the first time since the start of the conflict that the United Nations negotiated access by direct route to Taiz, crossing Yemen's frontline to distribute the vital medical supplies, the World Health Organisation said in a statement.

"The truck arrived in Taiz City yesterday. The medicines have been distributed to hospitals today," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP.

The shipment contained trauma kits, emergency medicine, various types of intravenous fluids and pneumonia kits.

5.3.2017 – Press TV Iran / AFP (* A H)

Footage exposes harrowing ravages of Saudi war

New footage of haggard adults and skeletal minors shows routine Yemeni existence roughly two years into Saudi Arabia’s invasion of the impoverished country.

The video, shot by the French news agency AFP at Thawra Hospital in the western Hudaydah Province on Saturday, came less than a week after the UN relief aid chief warned Yemen was facing a “serious risk of famine.”

Locals are seen using jerrycans for water storage amid acute shortages. A woman is seen holding up a baby with an extended belly, while a local points to lesions across another person's body.

Inside the health facility, medical staff are struggling to sustain malnourished infants, and adults are seen scattered around in morbid states.

Speaking during a visit to Yemen's port city of Aden on Tuesday, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien said seven million people in the country did not know where their next meal was coming from.

Of that figure, almost 3.3 million, including 2.1 million children, are suffering from acute malnourishment, he said. Nineteen million out of the country’s 26-million-strong population are in pressing need of humanitarian assistance, O’Brien added (with film)

5.3.2017 – Your Ability (A H)

Mohammad, who suffered from kidney failure, died. May Allah have mercy upon him. His hope was to live and study. He waited for others to save his life. Due to the seige and the stopping of the work in the public kidney hospital, he was unable to go to a private hospital. The price of surgery in the private hospital was too expensive. Mohammad died but there are many people are suffering and are unable to do anything (photos)

4.3.2017 –IOM Yemen (A H)

Because of the war collapsed infrastructure in Yemen

The water does not come Afrom the tap at home as we used

Most areas get water as in the picture below (photos)

4.3.2017 – Yamanyoon (* A H)

Authority of Al-Thawra General Hospital Launches a Distress Call

The authority of Al-Thawra General Hospital in Hodeidah governorate launched a distress call on Saturday due to lack of the amount of free medicines in the authority’s stores, which are issued to low-income families and the poor at the hospital.

Al-Thawra General Hospital called upon the leadership of the local authorities, international organizations and all concerned to intervene quickly and supply the power plant with diesel permanently. Electricity is what maintains the authority going as well as various medical sectors. It also called for needed medicines that must be provided expeditiously. and film:

4.3.2017 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (* A H)

Film: #Yemen: Starvation & Malnutrition haunt the country.
2,1 million children are malnourished and other 7 million are in danger: one child dies every ten minutes in Yemen. Most of the times of preventable diseases which cannot be cured due to the land-air-siege isolating the country from the outside world.

3.3.2017 – iMMAP (A H)

Map: Yemen: Nutrition Cluster SAM Rate Classification March 2017 and in full

3.3.2017 – iMMAP (A H)

Map: GAM Classification March/2017 - Yemen and in full

3.3.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (* A H)

UN Relief Chief: Action Now Can Avert Famine in Yemen

At the end of a five-day mission to Yemen, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said there is still time to avert famine and alleviate the suffering of millions of Yemenis.

Mr. O’Brien undertook the mission to assess the humanitarian situation in Yemen a week after UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are at risk of falling into famine if action is not taken now, while two counties of South Sudan are in famine. In Yemen, US$2.1 billion is required to meet the urgent humanitarian and protection needs of 12 million people in 2017.
With only US$63 million – or 3 per cent of the requirement – received, Mr. O’Brien encourages donors to contribute now so that life-saving humanitarian programmes can be implemented immediately.

“We need more than funds. We also need all parties to the conflict to immediately facilitate timely, full and unimpeded humanitarian access,” Mr. O’Brien said. “More suffering and the specter of famine is encroaching on the very people the parties claim to be fighting for – the time is now to prove their seriousness. This includes access to cities, ports and the reopening of airports and airspace.”

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has worsened since the conflict escalated in March 2015. Today, nearly 19 million people – or more than two-thirds of the population – need humanitarian assistance and protection. “More than 7 million people in Yemen do not know where they will find their next meal.
Almost 500,000 children under 5 years of age suffer severe acute malnutrition. A child dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes,” O’Brien said.

At the start of the mission, Mr. O’Brien flew on the first UN humanitarian flight to Aden. He travelled to Sana’a, Ibb and Taizz governorates, but was denied passage at a checkpoint on the road from Ibb to Taizz city, despite having received assurances of safe passage by all parties for all stages of the mission. “I was outraged that humanitarian efforts to reach people in need were once again thwarted by parties to the conflict,” he said. On 3 March, however, a humanitarian truck carrying eight tons of medicine and medical equipment arrived in Taizz city from Ibb, the first since August 2016. Yemenis need this to be followed with more sustained humanitarian access to all areas in need.

Among the many people affected by the crisis that Mr. O’Brien visited were mothers with their sick and critically malnourished children in hospital wards, displaced people living under extremely difficult conditions in Ibb and Taizz governorates after fleeing fighting in Mokha and Taizz, as well as affected people in the Craitor neighborhood of Aden.

In his meetings with authorities, Mr. O’Brien discussed the humanitarian response, respect for international humanitarian law, and the need for humanitarian access, as well as for commercial imports and flights alongside aid to ensure the needs of Yemenis can be addressed. =

3.3.2017 – International Committee of the Red Cross, Thomson Reuters Foundation (* B H)

Famine in Africa and the Middle East: a preventable tragedy

As the spectre of famine looms over several countries in Africa and the Middle East – with many millions of people suffering severe food insecurity and increasing numbers facing starvation – alarm bells are warning of a humanitarian mega-crisis unprecedented in recent history. While the situations in the four countries primarily affected – South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen – are all distinct, the overall scale of acute humanitarian needs in different places at the same time is immense.

This appalling scenario forces some hard, albeit obvious, questions. Why does it take the declaration of “famine” and media images of people starving to death to wake the international community up to the dreadful suffering that has been unfolding in these countries for many years already, and that humanitarian organisations have for the most part been struggling to alleviate? Why is this happening at all? Moreover, what, if anything, can be done about it?

The truth is that these tragic situations are all, in differing degrees, man-made and all are to a large extent preventable.

The main cause of hunger – and of wider humanitarian need – in all four countries is protracted (and intractable) armed conflict. All are characterised by asymmetric warring parties, particularly fragmented and multiplying non-state armed groups; by a widespread lack of respect for even the most fundamental rules of international humanitarian law; and by a lack of any viable political solution to end them. In addition, all of these armed conflicts have regional repercussions, which in the case of northern Nigeria are being felt across the entire Lake Chad region.

In the absence of political solutions, there is clearly an urgent need not only for donor generosity and more humanitarian aid, but also ensuring that it reaches the people who need it most. This means ensuring better humanitarian access and proximity to the people directly affected, on both sides of frontlines. And this, in turn, means that both military forces and armed groups must meet their legal obligations to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian relief supplies to all those who need it.

The basic message is simple: better respect for the rules of international humanitarian law and for the principle of humanity is the single best way to reduce suffering in war.

Strengthening compliance with humanitarian law and preventing violations is therefore a fundamental prerequisite to achieving better protection for people affected by armed conflict.

For the ICRC, this entails engaging with all parties to conflict – no matter how challenging this may be – in an effort to gain acceptance and access to people in need.

The onus is of course on those who wage war and those who support them to prevent these humanitarian crises from becoming even bigger tragedies, and ultimately to show the political will required to end the conflicts. Responding only when people are already dying of hunger will inevitably be too little, too late. – by Yves Daccord =

2.3.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

WHO airlifts cholera and tuberculosis medical supplies to Yemen

A plane carrying 8 metric tonnes of cholera kits and tuberculosis medicines provided by WHO and the Global Fund has landed in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
The cholera kits include anti-diarrhoeal treatment for 12 000 people, as well as cholera laboratory equipment and rapid diagnostics tests.
Part of the airlift coming from Djibouti are also anti-tuberculosis medicines procured by Global Fund on behalf of national health authorities across the country.
Since the cholera outbreak was declared in October last year, there were 21 790 suspect cases, including 103 deaths. Out of those sample that were tested 193 were confirmed for cholera.
WHO and national health authorities with support from health partners established 26 diarrhoeal treatment centres in the most affected governorates and deployed rapid response teams along with medical supplies to detect and respond to suspected cases.
This response led to a significant decrease of cholera cases in recent weeks with only 5 governorates reporting suspected cases from 15 in October.
Airlifted cholera supplies will be used not only in case of resurgence of cholera but also to treat other diarrhoeal diseases in the treatment centres. =

2.3.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

WHO conducts cross line delivery of essential medicines and medical supplies to Taizz enclave, Yemen

A World Health Organization (WHO) truck carrying more than 8 tonnes of essential medicines and medical supplies has arrived safely in Taizz enclave, Yemen, where more than 350 000 people are in urgent need of health care services. This is the first cross line delivery of essential medicines and medical supplies since the beginning of the conflict.
The shipment contains trauma kits, emergency medicines, various types of Intravenous fluids and pneumonia kits, complementing a delivery of similar items received from Aden earlier this week. The supplies will be distributed to the main hospitals in the enclave, including Al-Thawra, Al-Jumhoori, Al-Tawaon and Al-Mothafar.
Health facilities in the outskirts of the Taiz governorate, equally challenged by the increase of patients due to the influx of internally displaced persons, while struggling with the general decline of health services, also received medicines and medical supplies earlier this week. “For nearly 2 years, the humanitarian crisis in the Taizz enclave continues to deteriorate, with grave consequences for the health of the population. There is a growing need for life-saving health care services in the enclave, as well as in other parts of the country,” said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Representative in Yemen. “Health facilities are increasingly unable to cope with the burden of disease, and this delivery of medicines and medical supplies will alleviate some of this burden for the coming weeks. Further shipments will be required to keep up with the growing health needs of the population.” WHO and OCHA are negotiating and advocating on a continuous basis for uninterrupted and unconditional access for distribution of medicines and medical supplies across the country, including for the districts of the Taizz enclave where cross border deliveries are required. =

1.3.2017 – Yemen Press (* B H)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a deepening health crisis in Yemen, which is under Saudi military aggression, saying lack of funds is putting millions of Yemenis at risk of disease and malnutrition.

Nevio Zagaria, WHO’s acting representative in Yemen, said in a statement on Thursday that nearly 15 million Yemenis lacked access to essential health services.

“With more than 14.8 million people lacking access to basic healthcare, the current lack of funds means the situation will get much worse,” media outlets quoted Zagaria as saying.

The WHO official said that about 4.5 million Yemenis, including 2 million children, need assistance in treating or preventing malnutrition, a 150-percent increase since late 2014.

“We urgently need resources to help support the health system as a whole, and are calling on donors to scale up their support before more innocent lives are lost unnecessarily,” Zagaria noted

The agency says only 45 percent of Yemen’s health facilities are fully functional and accessible.

According to WHO, highly-specialized medical staff have left the country, and the health workers that have remained have not received regular salaries since September.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

5.3.2017 – Xinhua (A P)

Public sector employees of Houthi rebels gather to protest against suspension of their monthly salaries for five months in Sanaa, capital of Yemen, on March 5, 2017 (photo)

5.3.2017 – Yamanyoon (A P T)

Foreign Ministry Strongly Condemns US Military Intervention

A Foreign Ministry official strongly condemned on Sunday the United States direct military interventions over allegations of combating terrorism that violate the Yemeni national sovereignty.

“Yemen is a sovereign country and it has elected a parliament, a member of the international community and is committed in combating terrorism,” the official said in a statement to Yamanyoon.

“The national salvation government, the army, security and popular committees are able to eliminate terrorist groups and combat them on the ground along with their false religious ideology,” said the officials.

The official stressed on the importance on rooting out Al-Qaida and Daesh through a comprehensive system, which includes the military, security and intelligence actions and also put an end to the terrorists’ sources.

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets newly-appointed UN official in Yemen

The minister denied reports circulated by aggression media about recreating children, reaffirming that the Yemeni National Salvation Government is committed to international laws and that Yemen is full of men who are responsible to defend the nation.
The minister strongly rejected using civilians as a human shield by Saudi aggression forces.
The minister invited UN officials and humanitarian agencies to visit Yemen to closely inspect the Saudi war crimes against Yemeni civilians.

HR minister meets newly-appointed UN official

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K P)

Tribesmen of Hodeidah announce mobilization to face Saudi aggression

Tribesmen of Salif district in Hodeidah port city announced on Sunday mobilization to support front lines to face US-backed Saudi war aggression and their war crimes against the Yemeni people.
The tribesmen of Salif confirmed in a protest rally their steadfastness in confrontation the Saudi war aggression for the sake of defending the homeland.

4.3.2017 – FAZ u.a. (A P)

Film: Tausende protestieren gegen Bombardierungen der saudi-geführten Allianz

Tausende haben in Sanaa, der Hauptstadt Yemens gegen die Bombardierungen der saudisch-geführten Allianz demonstriert und gleichzeitig ihre Unterstützung für die Houthi-Rebllen ausgedrückt.

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

5.3.2017 – Hussam Al Sanabani (A P)

Saudi coalition refuses to hand over Aden airport & port in #Yemen to Hadi. While fighting the rebels In order to restore Hadi Legitimacy

Comment: don't get surprise very simple. Hadi is just a used tool by saudi to execute their agenda which dedicated to saudi by usa.

6.3.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (* A T)

Soldaten bei Al-Kaida-Angriffen getötet

Im Jemen sind bei Angriffen der Terrormiliz Al-Kaida mindestens elf Soldaten getötet worden.

Nach Angaben aus Sicherheitskreisen kamen sechs von ihnen an einem Kontrollposten in der Provinz Abjan ums Leben und die anderen in der Provinz Hadramaut.

5.3.2017 – AP (* A T)

Yemen security officials say al-Qaida kills 11 soldiers

Yemeni security officials say that al-Qaida militants have killed 11 soldiers in two separate attacks.

They say that the Sunday attacks killed six troops at a security checkpoint in the southern coastal city of Shukra in Abyan province, and another five in the province of Hadramawt.

5.3.2017 – Reuters (* A T)

Suspected al Qaeda militants kill 6 Yemeni troops, civilian - official

Suspected al Qaeda militants opened fired on a Yemeni military checkpoint in the southern province of Abyan on Sunday, a security official and residents said, killing six troops and a civilian.

The attack comes after the United States launched several days of air strikes against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the global militant group.


5.3.2017 – DPA (* A T)

Six Yemeni soldiers killed in suspected al-Qaeda attack

Six government soldiers were killed Sunday in an attack by suspected al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen, a local security official said.

The attackers targeted a security checkpoint near Zinijbar, the capital city of the southern province of Abyan, the official told dpa on condition of anonymity.

So far, there has been no claim of responsibility.

5.3.2017 – Aden Now (A T)

Al-Qaeda terrorists launched mortar attack on the point of the hock Abyan province in southern Yemen (photo)

4.3.2017 – Adengad (A P)

In a new scandal .. Government grants are distributed among the foreign officials

Deployment of activists on social networking sites and documents students on scholarships to study abroad names appear.

The show documents published widely on the new scandal for a legitimate government in Yemen, which included the sons of some traders, officials and influential figures close to the government ofPresident Hadi names. ( )

4.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

Casualties in a terrorist attack on security checkpoint in Hadhramount

A number of pro-government forces tribesmen were killed and injured in Hadhramout governorate in eastern Yemen in an attack waged by extremists early Friday.

A local source in Hadhramout has told Almasdaronline that extremist militants in Daw’an district waged a sudden attack at 0300am on Khailah checkpoint of the so-called Tribal Security Belt with automatic guns, and 4 tribesmen were killed and two others injured in the clashes that lasted for nearly an hour.

“The two sides used light automatic guns, hand grenades, and RPGs”.

The source pointed that the assailants, believed to be linked with terrorist groups, retreated and fled to an unknown destination.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

5.3.2017 – Tasnim News (A P)

Ending Cruel Siege on Yemen Precondition for Peace Talks: Ansarullah Spokesman

The spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah Movement underlined that the movement’s stance on peace negotiations is unchanging and that putting an end to the Saudi-led aggression is a precondition for any talks.

According to Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah TV, Mohammed Abdulsalam said resumption of peace talks with the Saudi-led coalition hinges on the realization of some preconditions, including the end of the cruel siege on the Arabian Peninsula country.

“Our firm stance continues to be what was signed in Muscat about cecassion of acts of aggression…,” the Yemeni spokesman said.

In remarks released on Friday, the Ansarullah political council chief, Saleh al-Samad, said no measures have been taken to resume peace talks and that recent developments in the political arena and battlefields signal dangerous escalations. =

4.3.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President: Our hands always extend for dialogue

The president of the Supreme Political Council said our hands always extend for peace and dialogue before and after aggression.
"We have never been an obstacle in the way of dialogue. We have made a lot of concessions," said Saleh al-Sammad in an interview conducted by Egyptian al-Badil newspaper on Thursday.
He said the UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed showed mismanagement of the negotiations and adopted the other party's visions and attitudes, mostly the Saudi regime. "Therefore, there is no sign at all for political solutions currently," he said.

He hoped that Egypt's leading role will return in the region. "We are still counting on Egypt to play prominent role in restoring security and stability in the region."

Remark: Sanaa government.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

5.3.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Saudi Arabia Is Changing: Socio-Cultural Transformation and Yemen War

Something is happening in Saudi Arabia. The country is undergoing real change. Many commentators have written about it, but in some instances their observations have been based on a one-off visit comparing what they've just seen with the biases they've learned—without context or history.

I am by no means an expert on Saudi Arabia, but as someone who has visited the country over four dozen times in the past four decades and who has been able to conduct polling across the Kingdom for the past decade and a half, I want to share some conclusions from my just completed visit as well as some of my most recent public opinion polls.

In a real sense, Saudi Arabia is a new country that has always been changing. In the early 1950's, for example, the population of Riyadh, the capital, was in the tens of thousands. By 1980, when I made my first visit, it had grown to one million. Today Greater Riyadh is approaching seven million souls. There have been times when the city looked like a massive construction site with buildings or other infrastructure projects going up everywhere. Saudis have joked that their national bird was the crane.

Rapid urbanization came with a price. As rural people flooded into newly expanded urban areas, many experienced culture shock feeling a need to cling to the purity of the "old ways"—a not unexpected response.

With each passing year subtle but real changes have occurred. Some were the result of the tens of thousands of Saudis who studied abroad; others flowed from the transformations in daily life and social and economic relations that resulted from urbanization; still others reflected the impact globalization especially on Saudi youth. In any case, today's Saudi Arabia is not the one I first visited a generation ago, with many Saudis living lives and connecting to the outside world in ways unimaginable to their grandparents. Traditions, however, remain and this is enough for some in the West to dismiss the country's culture as frozen. It appears that if change doesn't come at our pace, dressed in Western garb, and isn't done "our way"—it's not real change.

But even beyond this slow and steady evolution there is something new and significant taking place in the Kingdom. There is today a conscious and deliberate effort by Saudi leadership to speed up this process of transforming their society and to challenge some elements of the traditional culture that stand in the way of moving the country forward. Some of the impetus behind this effort is, no doubt, due to the need to move beyond dependence on oil revenues and government subsidized employment. Another important factor is the coming of age of a new generation of leaders who want to modernize their country, but to do so while being respectful of its traditions. Threading this needle is important since a significant segment of the population remains conservative and the young leadership is not inclined to totally upend the social order creating disruptive instability – by James J. Zogby,%20Socio-Cultural%20Transformation%20and%20Yemen%20War%20By%20James%20J%20Zogby.htm

My comment: The author does not take into account that all these changes which have happened in the past decades or still are to happen did not effect the Wahabi ideology and the Wahabisation of the whole country at all. Modern technics used in all parts of daily life, urbanization, a modern appearance of the whole country, still are – and according to the ruling classes and a great majority – should 8and really up to now can) be combined with a primitive ideology. Thus, "Socio-Cultural Transformation " is staying just on the surface.

5.3.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Film: True face of #SaudiArabia | #Wahhabi on Wesal_TV: "We'll find pleasure in torturing the sick & children of #Yemen" (Arabic)

2.3.2017 – The Economist (* B E P)

Making way for pilgrims: The destruction of Mecca

The Middle East’s largest building project has effaced 1,400 years of Islamic history

Skyscrapers soar above Islam’s holiest place, dwarfing the granite Kaaba far below. Diggers flatten hills that were once dotted with the homes of the Prophet’s wives, companions and first caliphs. Motorways radiate out from the vast new shrine. Local magnates are as keen to build as the government. Jabal Omar Development, a consortium of old Meccan families, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to erect two 50-floor towers on the site of the third caliph’s house. Such is the pace that for a time the holy city’s logo was a bulldozer.

Demolition, say officials, is the inevitable price of expansion. In 1950, before it all began, 50,000 pilgrims perambulated round the Kaaba, the heart of the haj ritual. Last year, 7.5m did so. Within three years, the authorities are planning to double that huge number. “There’s no other solution,” says Anas Serafi, an architect and member of the board of Jabal Omar Development. “How else could we absorb millions of pilgrims?” Casualties are a regrettable by-product: in September 2015, the world’s largest mobile crane toppled on the Grand Mosque, killing 107 pilgrims. But two weeks later more than 2,000 pilgrims were killed in a stampede, highlighting the dangers of a lack of space.

As Mecca’s custodian, King Salman bin Abdel Aziz sees both his prestige and his pocket benefit from the increasing traffic. Under the government’s transformation plan, revenue from pilgrimages will grow to compete with those from oil. Billions are being spent on railways, parking for 18,000 buses to transport pilgrims and hotels for them to stay in, heavy with gilded chandeliers. The McDonald’s golden arches gleam outside the gates of the Grand Mosque.

2.3.2017 – The Independent (A P)

Two transgender Pakistanis 'tortured to death' in Saudi Arabia

Pakistan human rights activists demand information from Saudi Arabia over 11 transgender people still in custody

Two transgender people were packed in sacks, thrashed with sticks and tortured to death, according to human rights activists.

Police allegedly killed 35-year-old Amna, and Meeno, 26, both Pakistanis, after raiding a house in Saudi Arabia and arresting 35 transgender people – by Peter Walker

cp9 USA

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6.3.2017 – (* A P)

Neuer Anlauf zum Einreisestopp: Dekret kommt angeblich am Montag

Nach dem gerichtlichen Stopp für ein von Donald Trump verhängtes Einreiseverbot in die USA soll an diesem Montag angeblich eine neue Version unterzeichnet werden. Das berichteten die "Washington Post" und "Politico" unter Berufung auf Regierungskreise.

Die Verfügung wird die überarbeitete Version des Einreisestopps sein, das US-Präsident Donald Trump im Januar unterzeichnet hatte.

Von dieser ersten Anordnung waren Menschen aus den sieben überwiegend muslimischen Ländern Iran, Irak, Libyen, Somalia, Sudan, Syrien und Jemen betroffen.

Unbestätigten Berichten der vergangenen Tage zufolge sollen Bürger aus dem Irak in der neuen Version ausgenommen sein.

Auch Doppelstaatler und Menschen mit dauerhafter US-Arbeitserlaubnis sollen angeblich nicht mehr betroffen sein.

5.3.2017 – AP (* A P)

President Trump expected to sign new travel ban order Monday

President Donald Trump is preparing to sign a revised executive order temporarily barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the nation's refugee program.

A White House official says plans to roll out the order are on track for Monday. The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the order ahead of the official announcement.

The new order has been in the works since shortly after a federal court blocked Trump's initial effort, but the administration has repeatedly pushed back the signing.

Trump administration officials have said the new order aims to overcome the legal challenges to the first. Its goal will be the same: keep would-be terrorists out of the United States while the government reviews the vetting system for refugees and visa applicants from certain parts of the world.

Trump's original orders temporarily blocked citizens of Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya from coming to the United States and put on hold the U.S. refugee program – by Julie Pace and Jill Colvin

5.3.2017 – Stephen Lendman (* A P)

Trump Increasing US Aggression

World conditions remain perilously unsafe under Trump. Hope for something better vanished in the early days of his administration.

Major media reports are always suspect. It remains to be seen if two discussed below prove true.

On Friday, ABC News said “(t)he Pentagon has quietly ordered new commando deployments to the Middle East and North Africa amid an unprecedented series of American airstrikes in Yemen,” according to unnamed counterintelligence officials.

Claims about combating ISIS and al-Qaeda are fabricated. Both terrorist groups and others are US creations, used as imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

Pentagon forces in Syria and other US war theaters are part of America’s imperial project, supporting, not combating terrorism, advancing aggression, not deterring it, The Times failed to explain – b y Stephen Lendman

6.3.2017 – Junge Welt (* A P T)

Trump lässt bombardieren: US-Präsident weitet militärische Einmischung im Jemen aus. Kommandeure haben freie Hand

Donald Trump hat den Streitkräften freie Hand gegeben, ihre Kriegführung im Jemen auszuweiten. Einer offiziellen Mitteilung des US-Verteidigungsministeriums zufolge wurden dort am Donnerstag und Freitag mehr als 30 Luftangriffe geflogen. Das waren fast ebensoviele wie im gesamten Jahr 2016. Beteiligt waren sowohl Kampfflugzeuge als auch unbemannte Flugkörper, sogenannte Drohnen. Nach Angaben von Pentagon-Sprecher Jeffrey Davis waren alle Ziele der Gruppe »Al-Qaida auf der arabischen Halbinsel« (AQAP) zuzuordnen. Über die Folgen der Angriffe sagte er nichts. Davis widersprach jedoch Berichten von Bewohnern, dass es auch zwei kurze Gefechte mit US-Spezialeinheiten am Boden gegeben habe.

Mehreren US-Medien zufolge soll Trump der Stationierung von Angehörigen der US-Spezialtruppen im Jemen zugestimmt haben. Auch für deren Einsatz gelte, dass die für die Region zuständigen Befehlshaber, vor allem General Joseph Votel als Chef des Central Command, weitgehende Handlungsfreiheit haben – Von Knut Mellenthin

5.3.2017 – Bloomberg (* A P T)

U.S. Military Deepens Yemen Role With Escalating Strikes Against Al-Qaeda Affiliate

More than 30 strikes over two days in southern provinces

Authority to carry out actions delegated to Central Command

The U.S. military is deepening its involvement in Yemen, with escalating counterterrorism strikes targeting an al-Qaeda affiliate that’s gained ground in the chaos of the country’s civil war.

Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, rejected tying the timing of the recent military actions to Trump taking office, saying planning “goes well back into last year,” as commanders worked with partner forces to develop the proposal.

The legal authority for carrying out the January raid and recent strikes “was delegated by the president through the secretary of defense” to U.S. Central Command, he told reporters – by

Nafeesa Syeed.

5.3.2017 – Sputnik News (* A P T)

Trump Adopts New Strategy to Counter Terrorism in Yemen

US President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to intensify the campaign against the terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen.

Experts believe that Trump's decision to ramp up efforts to halt the extremist group's expansion across war-torn Yemen is indicative of the president's willingness to defer to military commanders on national security.

The president has expressed full confidence in his military staff, which he referred to as "respected professionals" in an apparently slight against his predecessor, Barack Obama, who was criticized during his presidency for micromanaging military decisions.

James Carafano, foreign policy and defense analyst for the right-leaning Heritage Foundation, who advised the Trump transition team, warned that delegating authority is one thing, but presidents must be ready to be held accountable.

"In a sense, you put your personal reputation at risk," he said, as cited by "So if you delegate authority and then something goes wrong, because you hold the responsibility, the fault comes back on you."

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the changes to the US approach to attacking the terrorist group, pointing out that, unlike Obama, Trump relies heavily on input from military leaders.

"He chose these highly qualified individuals because he believes in their expertise and understanding of the issues," Spicer said.

5.3.2017 – New York Post (* A P)

Vets say they were duped into helping Saudi Arabia dodge payouts to 9/11 victims

Agents of the Saudi Arabian government are using US veterans as pawns in a scheme to gut a new law clearing a path for 9/11 families to sue the kingdom for its alleged role in the attacks, several vets complained in interviews with The Post.

“I joined the Marine Corps as a direct result of 9/11, so to be wined and dined by the very people I joined to fight against, that was sickening,” said Timothy Cord, who served as a Marine sergeant in Iraq.

Vets say the Saudi scam involves soliciting them to go on all-expenses-paid trips to Washington — including lodging at the posh new Trump hotel near the White House — to help pressure lawmakers into amending the recently passed bill, Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Trip organizers Qorvis MSLGROUP, however, are allegedly failing to disclose to participants that the Saudi government is funding the trips through some 75 paid foreign agents it’s hired across the US to oppose the law, which passed unanimously in September.

In their recruiting pitch to vets, the Saudi lobbyists, who pose as veteran advocates, claim that JASTA exposes them as well as “150,000 [US] military personnel stationed in over 150 countries” to “retaliatory lawsuits” in foreign courts — even though international law experts note that JASTA deals only with the immunity of foreign states, and poses little if any risk to individuals.

Vets felt shock and anger when they found out they were duped into doing “the Saudis’ dirty work,” as one put it – by Paul Sperry

4.3.2017 – Xinhua (* A K T)

News Analysis: U.S. raids mark shift in counter-terror strategy in Yemen

Nabil Albukiri, a researcher specialized in Islamist groups, said the latest raids either the one in January or those this month marked a major change in the US war on terror in Yemen while expecting further direct US military intervention in the country.

However, Albukiri downplayed the impact of direct foreign military intervention to fight militant groups in Yemen.

"Actually, military interventions make terrorism change from a containable and individual problem into a very complicated and community phenomenon especially in Arab and Muslim countries," Albukiri said.

"Saying the U.S. war on terror is counterproductive is not new. The US has had many experiences in this context including the war in Afghanistan. The result is clear: terrorist groups, latest ISIL, are continuing to grow and strike," he added.

Yaseen Al-Tamimi, a political analyst and writer, said the death of the US navy seal in the January's raid has triggered wide criticism of the US counterterror efforts and "now the US administration is apparently seeking to cover its failure and escape criticism through launching more raids in Yemen."

Ahmed Noman, an expert at the Red Sea and East Africa Research Center, said the U.S. is picturing AQAP as an extremely dangerous group in order to intervene and then restore its status and role in the region amid increasing Russian influence.

"The results from the latest huge U.S. intervention were so modest with a small number of militants killed. And that is why I say the U.S. is just seeking to make Yemen an open arena for counterterror operations or an alternative place for show after it has lost influence in Syria primarily because of Russia," Noman elaborated – by Fuad Rajeh

4.3.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P T)

US steps up commando deployments to Yemen: Report

The Pentagon has quietly ordered fresh deployments of Special Operations troops to the Middle East and North Africa as the US intensifies its military engagement in Yemen, according to a report.

The moves signal that the US military appears to be launching a more aggressive campaign against al-Qaeda in Yemen, as well as Daesh in Syria and some regions of North Africa, ABC News reported, citing former and current military officials.

A veteran of 20 years of secret military operations said the administration of President Donald Trump has broadened the authority for more such operations overseas.

"Authorities have changed in special operations' favor with the new administration," he told ABC News. "We're doing work on the bad guys."

"The increased counterterrorism operations are compensating for the absence of a Yemeni counterterrorism capability and highly restricted operations under the Obama administration," retired Army Special Forces Col. Mark Mitchell told the network.

The US will continue with unannounced deployments of American commando units from the Army's Delta Force and Navy SEAL teams, officials said.

3.3.2017 – The Real News (* A K T)

Film: Trump Admin. Moves from Direct Support to Direct Bombing in Yemen

US support for the Saudi-led invasion in Yemen has escalated to include US airstrikes on Al-Qaeda, says CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin

3.3.2017 – NBC (* A P T)

Yemen Strike Kills Al Qaeda Bombmaker, Officials Say

The U.S. has hit Yemen with more than 30 airstrikes in less than 48 hours, and the al Qaeda targets killed include an expert bombmaker, according to two U.S. defense officials.

The death of Mossad al-Adani, al Qaeda's emir of Abyan governorate and an explosives expert, is a "blow to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," according to the officials.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the targets for all of this week's strikes have been developed over the past several months, and that AQAP has "more American blood on its hands" than ISIS and other terror groups

A defense official said the total number of AQAP fighters in Yemen is in the "low thousands."

Why has the pace of attacks picked up if the targets already existed?

A U.S. military official said that the overall objective and mission in Yemen did not change since President Trump came to office — it is still to eliminate AQAP's safe haven in Yemen and to eradicate the terror group. But, the official did acknowledge that the tactics have become more aggressive under President Trump and that giving Gen. Votel authority to approve strikes and targets himself makes the mission more efficient.

"Under President Obama we were focused on taking out the leadership and we didn't put boots on the ground," said the official. "Now we are focused on going after the leadership and the entire network." – by COURTNEY KUBE

4.3.2017 – Los Angeles Times (* A K P)

Trump steps up airstrikes against Al Qaeda in Yemen; more ground raids could follow

Trump’s decision, just six weeks into his presidency, intends to reverse the largely unchecked expansion across southern Yemen of the group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The willingness to expand counter-terrorism operations inside war-torn Yemen was the latest signal that Trump is more willing to defer to military commanders on national security policy than President Obama, who was criticized publicly by three of his four Defense secretaries and privately by uniformed officers for micromanaging the military.

The aerial bombardment is expected to continue into the coming week. Trump is also considering granting more latitude to U.S. military commanders to conduct operations in Yemen, including more airstrikes and ground raids.

The delegation of authority could be seen as a way for Trump to insulate himself from responsibility when operations go awry – by W.J. Hennigan and see also

4.3.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A K T)

Dear American SEAL : Next time you land in #Yemen's Shabwah desert to whack Al Qaeda, please do not leave @HoneyStinger litter (photo)

3.3.2017 – Salon (* A P)

The bigger question behind Trump’s botched Yemen raid: Why are we being dragged into yet another war?

Trump was acclaimed as "presidential" for his tribute to Carryn Owens. But why was her husband sent to Yemen?

Here’s a free idea for members of the mainstream political press: Instead of falling all over themselves to declare Donald Trump “presidential” after a speech in which he cynically used the widow of a Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen almost five weeks ago as a political prop, maybe the media could instead use its power and influence to start a debate over the wisdom of staging commando raids in that war-torn and unstable nation in the first place.

Such a conversation might be less fun than debating the optics of Tuesday night’s speech. On the other hand, it could lead to a reduction in the number of young widows of service members, to say nothing of saving lives in Yemen. Everybody wins! Except for Trump, who will have to find another way to satiate his unquenchable ego.

According to the Daily Beast, however, we might be in line for more scenes like Tuesday’s, if only because the president plans to loosen Obama-era restrictions on approving such actions by giving military commanders more authority to order them without consulting the White House:

In declared war zones, U.S. commanders have the authority to make such calls, but outside such war zones, in ungoverned or unstable places like Somalia, Libya, or Yemen, it can take permissions all the way up to the Oval Office to launch a drone strike or a special-operations team.

Trump’s subsequent defense of the Yemen raid, and discussion of accelerating other counterterrorist operations, shows his White House will be less risk averse to the possibility of U.S. — or civilian — casualties – by Gary Legum

3.3.2017 – Stars and Stripes (* A P)

Navy SEAL death in Yemen raid not undergoing larger review

A more in-depth investigation into the death of the Navy SEAL during a controversial U.S. military raid in Yemen has not been ordered, despite being announced earlier this week, defense officials said Friday.

On Monday, the White House and Defense Department said that three separate military investigations were underway into the Jan. 29 raid, including a more in-depth review into the death of Senior Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.

However, as of Friday, the commander-directed investigation, known as a “15-6,” had not been requested.

The 15-6 investigation could review the actions before, during and after the raid and could include disciplinary recommendations. Central Command official would not speculate Friday on whether a 15-6 would be requested for the Yemen raid, but he said a commander could request one at any time – by Tara Copp

3.3.2017 – New York Times (* A P)

Trump may give the Pentagon more authority to conduct raids

“It is reasonable for the White House to determine which decisions they need to be part of and which ones they are comfortable deferring to the Pentagon,” said Derek Chollet, an assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration. “But a president has to think very carefully about this, because he may choose to delegate authority, but he cannot absolve himself of responsibility.” and also

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

4.3.2017 – Almasirah TV (A P)

Film: The Berlin Yemen Conference: Vergessene Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

5.3.2017 – New Straits Times (A P)

6 foreigners, 1 M'sian nabbed for suspected links to terror groups: IGP

Khalid said on Feb 26, the Special Branch's Counter-Terrorism Division had also arrested four Yemeni men in Serdang and Cyberjaya, Selangor.

Khalid said the men are suspected of having joined a rebel group in Yemen.

Preliminary investigation revealed that they had also been involved in a syndicate forging travel documents.

My comment: Joining the Houthis = a crime in Malaysia?

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

4.3.2017 – MbKS15 (A K)

#Boeing has been awarded a $46.4M contract to provide interim contractor support for the #RSAF F-15SA. Work to be complete by March 31, 2017

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

5. 3.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

Parliament Speaker meets gov't members to discuss financial situation

Parliament held session chaired by Speaker Yahya Ali al-Ra'e on Saturday, attended by Prime Minister Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor and cabinet to debate financial status quo.
Parliament stressed on the importance of collecting revenues to central bank to provide government with financial liquidity.
At the Parliament session, the prime minister said available financial possibilities are limited and his government is committed to the law.
Prime Minister also expressed government and Supreme political council condemnation over continuing procrastination and delay in paying salaries to of state employees by fugitive Hadi.
Prime Minister said that his government began to pay salaries to the army and improved their food supplies, and other state sectors will be paid soon.

Remark: Sanaa government and parliament.

4.3.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

FM: Political Council, gov't condemn postponing state employees' salaries by fugitive Hadi

Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah on Saturday expressed strong condemnation by the Supreme Political Council and the National Salvation Government over postponing salaries of the state employees by the group of fugitive Hadi.
In a press statement to Saba, the minister called on the United Nations and the 18 countries sponsoring the political settlement in Yemen, especially Russia, to pressure Hadi's group to fulfill its commitments to pay salaries of the state employees from the newly-printed 400 billion Yemeni Riyal that were recently printed by Russia and delivered to the Yemeni Central Bank in Aden.
The minister reaffirmed that lists of the state employees have been submitted to the United Nations in several occasions, including the recent official visit to Yemen by the USG/ERC for Humanitarian affairs, Stephen O'Brien.
Minister Sharaf stressed that Hadi group does not care of the suffering of the Yemeni people and instead is delaying payment of the state employees' salaries.

My comment: Foreign Minister of Sanaa government. What has happened here is a consequence of Hadi having installed a new Central Bank at Aden. The Hadi government up to now even was not able to pay its own employees and own military. There are protests and riots in Aden as a consequence.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp6, cp9

5.3.2017 – Fars News (* A T)

Al-Qaeda Receives New Saudi Arms Cargo in Southern Yemen

The al-Qaeda terrorists stationed in the Southern parts of Yemen received a new cargo of weapons from Saudi Arabia.

France 24 news channel quoted local Yemeni sources as saying that a truck carrying a large number of weapons and ammunition moved to the Lodar region in Abyan province and delivered its cargo to al-Qaeda.

According to the sources, the truck was loaded in one of the Saudi-led coalition bases in Ma'arib province and sent to the Northern parts of Abyan province.

The al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Shari'ah terrorist group received the cargo of weapons and ammunition, according to the report.

Earlier this week, a Yemeni intelligence source disclosed Saudi Arabia's attempts to reinvigorate al-Qaeda terrorist group in Abyan province through excessive arms shipments and aids.

"The al-Qaeda terrorists have received a cargo of weapons sent by the Saudi mercenaries stationed in Ma'arib, near Akad heights in Lodar city of Abyan province," the source told FNA on Tuesday.

According to the Yemeni activists in the Southern parts of the country, the forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (fugitive president Mansour Hadi's deputy commander of armed forces) have sent the arms to al-Qaeda after the terrorist group's recent defeats in different cities of Abyan province, the source added.

The al-Qaeda terrorist group is fighting against the Yemeni army and popular forces in Yemen, while multiple reports and documents show that the terrorists are operating for the Saudi army after working out a deal last year.

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (* A K T)

Army kills, wounds 36 Qaida and Daesh militants

The army and popular forces killed and injured 36 elements from Daesh and al-Qaida organization in a special military operation in southern province of al-Bayda overnight, a military official told Saba on Sunday.
The operation was carried out during fierce clashes launched by the army and popular forces against the terrorists and their hideouts in the villages of Hamat al-Hasm, Lukah, al-Eshash and al-Jamri in al-Kuraishiyah district.
The confrontations resulted in the killing of 17 terrorists and injuring of 19 other terrorists. =

Remark: “Army” = pro-Houthi party of the army under Sanaa control. ISIS / Al Qaeda are fighting against Houthis, and at some places they are associated to pro-Saudi / pro-Hadi forces.

4.3.2017 – Reuters (A T)

At least two killed in new drone strikes on al Qaeda in Yemen: residents

Drones fired missiles at suspected al Qaeda targets in two separate attacks in Yemen on Saturday, local sources said, in what appeared to be a third successive day of U.S. strikes against militants in the Arab country.

Tribal sources and residents said one of the pilotless aircraft unleashed its missiles on a vehicle traveling on the outskirts of the southern city of Ahwar, killing two suspected al Qaeda members inside.

Another fired at a crowd of suspected al Qaeda militants in al-Saeed, in the adjacent province of Shabwa, but there were no reports on casualties in that incident.

Asked to comment, a Pentagon spokeswoman said the U.S. military had conducted additional strikes on Friday night and would provide more details on Monday.

4.3.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P T)

US military action in Yemen could deal a blow to Saudis: Analyst

The US military operations in Yemen would potentially deal a blow to Saudi Arabia, which is carrying out its own airstrikes in the crisis-hit country, says a political analyst.

Dean Henderson, author and political analyst from Missouri, said a more aggressive military action against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula would indirectly help the Houthi Ansarullah movement, the primary target of Saudi airstrikes, which is fighting AQAP terrorists in Yemen.

5.3.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A T)

700 days of war in #Yemen. AQAP terrorists lived cozy in towns under Saudi air cover. 4 days of US airstrikes, & they flee to the mountains.

5 March 2017 : 45 airstrikes in total by #Saudi jets all over #Yemen. Not even ONE was on Al Qaeda terrorists.

5 March 2017 : 7 airstrikes by US jets & drones in #Yemen's Al Baydha & Shabwah provinces. ALL were on Al Qaeda terrorists.

Make a wild guess : Who are non-AQAP Yemenis cheering for today?

4.3.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A T)

In 1 week, 2 truckloads of arms & ammo sent from Saudi-controlled Marib army "looted" by AQAP militants in Abyan province. Riiight...

cp15 Propaganda

5.3.2017 – Saudi press Agency (A P)

Under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, international efforts being exerted to save Yemen children health deteriorating situation

Health situation in Yemen, particularly of children, has seen double deterioration since the Houthi militias and the forces loyal to deposed president Saleh usurped power in Sanaa, leading to a considerable drop in the country's general services, particularly in the health field, whereas they dared to prevent the delivery of medical aid and destroyed a number of medical facilities and institutions, official reports from there said.

The report, issued by the Security Council, documented violations of the militias using centralized hospitals, clinics and medical facilities for military purposes.

The report verified 59 incidents including attacks on 34 hospitals, in Aden and Taiz, attributed to rebels specifically, out of them six on medical facilities ten times in Aden and three health facilities in Taiz in 23 separate incidents.

Meanwhile, Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid is leading international efforts for the rehabilitation of hospitals and the health sector in Yemen, through organized programs for the provision of medical services affected by the chaos the coup has created in the country.

The Riyadh-based center has sent more than 58 trucks carrying more than 600 tons of medical and therapeutic supplies to all Yemeni provinces, starting with Aden and Marib.

Funded by the Center and in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), King Salman Center managed to open many centers as part of the therapeutic nutrition program and published several mobile teams providing medical treatment and following-up cases of acute malnutrition continuously. = = =

My comment: They blame the Houthis for the drop in the healthcare, as if there would be no Saudi air raids and Saudi blockade, which both up to now had the greatest impact on the Yemeni health system. For that, they refer to the UN report, as if this report would not broadly deal with these Saudi war crimes. And the Saudis are praised as the masters of humanitarian relief – what they up to now spent in this field is peanuts to what they had spent for destructing and starving out Yemen. But all this praise still seems not be enough: international humanitarian efforts even must take place “Under the leadership of Saudi Arabia“, as we are told here. And as it is trumpeted with minor variations by Saudi media. - And this bad propaganda piece also is spread by other Gulf media, with the headline changed (seems they do not appreciate Saudi leadership so much: . And by this way, this propaganda also arrived at Reliefweb:

And more fitting comments from Yemen:

6.3.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy / Amad Alghobary (A P)

Saudi-led Co: 'Houthis devastating #Yemen healthcare while Saudi is saving it.' Shameless propaganda. Read excerpts from recent UN reps (images)

Saudi's airstrikes on hospitals & infrastructure, restricting imports (incl drugs), besieging the sick, is "saving" #Yemen healthcare (images)

I don't have an explanation for this #Saudi has killed 2500 children in #Yemen And now it saves them. They kill and save at the same time ! (image)

4.3.2017 – Middle East Observer (A P)

Yemen’s Houthis violate truce, exploite children: Envoy

The Houthi militia in Yemen has violated truce in Yemen seven times with 4,500 breaches, breaking international law and further deteriorating the humanitarian situation.

The rebels are also using children as human shields in their nefarious designs, Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the United Nations told a press conference Thursday that was attended by delegation from the Arab coalition.

The press conference also discussed the coalition’s efforts in Yemen.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

5.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 4/3/2017 (full list): and ( )

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

4.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 3/3/2017 (full list): and ( )

5.3.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

A Royal #Saudi Air Force E-3 AWACS caught on Google Maps flying south off the coast of Jizan Province (photo9

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi air strikes hit Sa'ada

US-backed Saudi aggression coalitions' fighter jets waged a series of strikes continually on different areas of Sa'ada province, a security official told Saba.
The warplanes hit the areas around of Sa'ada city four times and another one hit the main road in Burkan area of Razah district.

5.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Sana'a: Coalition fighter jets launch 12 air raid on Houthis sites

A military source said that the Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighter jets launched on Saturday 12 air raid on the sites of the Houthis-Saleh forces in Nihm district, eastern the capital Sana'a.

The source told Almasdaronline that the fighter jets have bombed sites, gatherings, and reinforcements for the Houthis and allied forces in Qutbain crossroad and Remada hill near Maswarah area.

The source pointed out that the raids destroyed a number of military vehicles and caused casualties

5.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

the Saudi-led Arab Coalition fighter jets have launched nine air raids on Houthis reinforcements and sites in Mawza and al Waziah districts.

Moreover, local sources told Almasdaronline that the fighter jets launched three air raids on Houthis sites and weapons store in Khalid military camp, which resulted in casualties.

Three air raids also targeted al Akamah area in Mawza district, and another raid on a military checkpoint in al Hamili bridge on the Taiz-Hodeida road.


5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Taiz province: the US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched an airstrike on AL-Knaea area in Mozaa district and also waged seven air raids on Rasean valley and AL-Barah , AL-Kasarah areas in Makbana district.
The warplanes also waged two raids on AL-Arish area in Mokha city and launched nine other airstrikes on Jozan mount and AL-Amrey schools in Dhobab district west of Taiz.

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi fighter jets wage raid on Dhamar

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes on Sunday launched a raid on Utmah district of Dhamar province, a local official told Saba.
The fighter jets struck al-Salaf area one time in the district.

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi fighter jets launch strike on Mareb

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes on Sunday waged a strike on Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official told Saba.
The warplanes hit citizens' house one time, causing heavy damage to the house.
Meanwhile, Saudi-paid mercenaries' artillery shelled various areas in the same district, the official added.

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US- backed Saudi aggression warplanes launch series of raids on Hodiedah

US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched a series of raids on Hodiedah province targeting public and private properties, a security official told Saba on Sunday.
The warplanes lunched three airstrikes on stones plant in Bajel district and four raids on Al-Salif district.
The official said the enemy warplanes also launched a series of raids on AL-Khokha district with constant flying of enemy spy drones over the area.

4.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes wage strikes, drop cluster bomb on Sa'ada

The US-Saudi aggression fighter jets on Saturday launched a series of strikes on districts of Sa'ada province, a local official told Saba.
The warplanes waged four strikes on Sa'ada city and other three strikes on a-Azqawl area of Saher district, including a cluster bomb.
Moreover, the aggression fighter jets struck al-Aqabah area three times in Haydan district and two strikes hit al-Amarah area of Kutaf district.
The official said that the strikes caused heavy damage to citizens' properties and farms. and and

4.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Four citizens killed in US-Saudi air strikes on Amran

Four people were martyred and six were seriously injured when US-Saudi warplanes waged two strikes on Amran province, a local official told Saba on Saturday.
The strikes hit a stone crusher in al-Marhah Mountain , killing four citizens and wounding six others, the official added.
The official denounced the continuation of the aggression coalition have been committing heinous crimes against the Yemeni people for two years under international shameful silence. = and also

and photos:

and films:

4.3.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Taiz: warplanes aggression waged raid at a gathering of women around the water well in Al Kinaiah area

4.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Girl killed in Saudi airstrike in Hajjah

A girl was killed in a Saudi airstrike on a house in Hiran district of Hajjah province, local official said on Saturday.
The airstrike targeted the house of Alallah Hairani in al-Zarra'a village, caused the death of "Fatima Alallah Hairani" and serious injuries of six other people.
The official said the Saudi aggression also launched a raid on "Abu Dawar School" in Mostaba district, leaving serious damage to the building.

4.3.2017 – Qatar News Agency (A K PS)

Arab coalition destroy weapons store for Houthi militias in Sana'a

The Arab Coalition jets destroyed last night a weapons store belong to Houthi and Ali Abdullah Saleh militias in the Yemeni capita, Sana'a.

Yemeni security sources said that the Arab Coalition launched four air raids on Al-Deilami airbase in Sana'a airport and destroyed the weapons store.

My comment: That’s going to be ridiculous (the propaganda, not what is happening on the ground). How many “Houthi weapons stores” there should be in Yemen? Pro-Saudi propaganda justifying air raids claims hundreds or even more. And if the bomb the same sites again and again… there still should be anything like a weapons store?

3.–4.3.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

Massive explosions rocking the capital Sanaa now, as Saudi jets continue flying over the sky of the city.

Three massive explosions till now.... Saudi War jets destroying our city... Sanaa — feeling sad

Just heard resonance of two mega blasts.. they sound far from Sanaa city center. Could this ugly war machine stop?

Four bombs dropped so far. Fighter jets targeting Daylami airbase, next to Sana'a airport in north of capital, for 999th time.

4.3.2017 – New News (A K PH)

6 Dead as US-KSA Aggression’s Jets Pound Northern Yemen with Cluster Bombs

At least six civilians have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets carried out fresh aerial attacks against residential areas in northern Yemen, using internationally-banned cluster bombs.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said five people were killed and ten others injured when Saudi military aircraft struck the al-Barkah area of the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, located 240 kilometers north of the capital Sana’a, on Friday afternoon, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

Saudi jets also launched a morning cluster bomb raid in the Hayran district of the northwestern province of Hajjah, located approximately 130 kilometers northwest of Sana’a, killing at least one person and injuring seven others.

Moreover, Saudi aircraft bombarded an area in the Mustaba district of the same Yemeni province, with no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage caused.

Saudi jets pounded the city of Sirwah, which lies about 120 kilometers east of Sana’a, as well, though no reports of casualties were available.

Remark: seems all to be March, 3.

5.3.2017 – Hona Almasirah (A K PH)

Film: Air raid destruction of roads in Saada province

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

4.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi mercenaries killed in Bab al-Mandab

Dozens of US-Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and other wounded in clashes with the army and popular forces on Saturday toward Bab al-Mandab district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba.
The mercenaries were killed in al-Omeri area in the district.
Meanwhile, four military vehicles of the mercenaries were destroyed by the national army in the operation, the official added. and

5.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

A child killed another injured in Houthis’ shelling southern Taiz

Local residents and a source have stated that a child boy was killed and another child girl injured in an artillery shelling launched by the forces loyal to the Houthi group and former president Saleh on al Aqrodh villages on al Misrakh district in southern Taiz, southwestern Yemen.

The source told Almasdaronline that the Houthis stationing at Habour Mount have shelled al Maqdhi village, which resulted in the death of the child Uday Aref Ahmed and the injury of a young girl called Nada Yaser.

The source added that the shelling was launched after the pro-government forces had fended off houthis’ attacks in the region.

In a relevant context, the Houthi-Saleh forces have launched an artillery shelling targeting the residential neighborhoods in Taiz city and Maqbanah district western the city.

5.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saada province: the different areas of Monabah district hit by US-Saudi rocketry bombing, causing heavy damage to citizens' houses, farms and destroying the public roads, the official added.

4.3.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Saudi air drop arms to their mercenaries pocket in Utmah, Dhamar, but it comes after the #Yemen army & militia controled that area (photos)

Houthi / Saleh reports: and and = =

Pro-Saudi / Pro-Hadi reports: =

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

4.3.2017 – Al Araby (* B K)

Ark of endangered species on the brink in Yemen

With Taiz wracked by conflict animals in the city's zoo, including rare species of lion, leopard, and tiger, face starvation. Campaigners, seeking to raise awareness, are increasingly desperate

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-274 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-274: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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