Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 279 - Yemen War Mosaic 279

Yemen Press Reader 279: Hungersnot: Größte humanitäre Krise seit 1945 – Al Qaeda und Jemenkrieg–Hadi und Emirate–Medikamentenschmuggel–Berliner Konferenz–Saudi-Luftangriff auf Markt, 22 Tote
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Famine: Greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945 – AQAP and Yemen war – Strife between Hadi and Emirates – Smuggling anesthetics to Yemen – Berlin: Conference on Yemen – Saudi cleric in Syria – Saudi air raid at market, 22 killed – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16a Saudische Luftangriffe: Kokha / Saudi air raids: Kokha

cp16b Saudische Luftangriffe: Sonstige / Saudi air raids: Other

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Küste / Theater of War: Coast

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Luftangriff auf Markt: cp16a / Air raid at market: cp16a

11.3.2017 – Spiegel Online (** A H)

In Afrika drohen 20 Millionen Menschen zu verhungern

Uno-Nothilfekoordinator O'Brien hat einen dramatischen Appell an den Weltsicherheitsrat gerichtet: Wenn keine Hilfe kommt, droht im Jemen und in den afrikanischen Staaten Südsudan, Somalia und Nigeria die "größte humanitäre Katastrophe".

Stephen O'Brien hat vor Kurzem die Krisengebiete in vier Ländern besucht: Er war im Jemen, im Südsudan, in Somalia und in Nigeria. Seine Eindrücke schilderte der Uno-Nothilfekoordinator nun vor dem Weltsicherheitsrat - verbunden mit einem dramatischen Appell.

"Menschen werden schlicht und einfach den Hungertod sterben", sagte er laut einer Mitteilung vor den Diplomaten. Es sei ein "kritischer Punkt in der Geschichte der Vereinten Nationen" erreicht. Die Internationale Gemeinschaft stünde vor der "größten humanitären Katastrophe" seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 1945.

O'Brien bezifferte das Elend in den vier Ländern in Zahlen: Rund 20 Millionen Menschen droht seinen Angaben zufolge dort der Hungertod - sollten sich die Vereinten Nationen nicht zu einer größeren Hilfsaktion entschließen.

"Die Lage für die Menschen in diesen Ländern ist schrecklich, und ohne eine große internationale Reaktion wird sie noch schlimmer", sagte der Brite. "Alle vier Länder haben eine Sache gemeinsam - den Konflikt. Das bedeutet, dass wir (die Uno) die Möglichkeit haben, weiteres Elend und Leiden zu verhindern." Rasche Hilfe und auch finanzielle Hilfe seien nötig, da noch die Gelegenheit bestehe, das Schlimmste zu verhindern.

http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/uno-nothilfekoordinator-stephen-o-brien-warnt-20-millionen-droht-hungertod-a-1138321.html und von NTV: http://www.n-tv.de/politik/20-Millionen-Menschen-drohen-zu-verhungern-article19741564.html und Kurzfilm von SRF: http://www.srf.ch/play/tv/srf-news/video/hungersnot-in-afrika-und-im-jemen?id=a9f7b4a6-37f0-4aa1-845e-1194529fdaf9

Mein Kommentar: Warum kommt Jemen in der schlagzeile nicht vor? Es sind noch mehr als 20 Millionen: 9,6 Millionen in den drei afrikanischen Ländern und 14,1 Millionen allein im Jemen. Und gerade dort ist die Krise Menschenwerk. Ohne die Politik der USA und der Briten gäbe es sie dort nicht.

11.3.2017 – BBC (** A H)

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid "a catastrophe".

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.

Mr O'Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.

"We stand at a critical point in history," Mr O'Brien told the Security Council on Friday. "Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations."

"Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.

The pictures were among the most shocking of last year: emaciated children, clinging on to life with what little strength they had left. Four-year-olds not bigger than infants. And mothers unable to do anything to stop their children dying.

It is thought a child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from a preventable disease, while half-a-million children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

The UN estimates some 19 million people - or two thirds of Yemen's population - is in need of some sort of humanitarian help following two years of war between Houthi insurgents and the government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

What's hampering aid?

Continuing fighting, lack of rule of law, poor governance, under-development.

A naval embargo imposed by the Saudi-led coalition, fighting around the government-controlled port of Aden and air strikes on the rebel-held port of Hudaydah, have severely reduced imports since 2015.

A lack of fuel, coupled with insecurity and damage to markets and roads, have also prevented supplies from being distributed.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39238808 and by The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/11/world-faces-worst-humanitarian-crisis-since-1945-says-un-official?CMP=share_btn_tw

My comment: And simply look at the infographic: “People facing severe food insecurity: Northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia together 9.6 million; Yemen: 14.1 million. Let it sink in, that’s man made – US and UK made, to be honest.

11.3.2017 – Sky News (** B K)

Film: What has caused the famine in Yemen?

Journalist Iowna Craig explains the crisis in Yemen.

http://news.sky.com/video/what-has-caused-the-famine-in-yemen-10797826

10.3.2017 – Atlantic Council (** B K P T)

US Strikes on Al-Qaeda in Yemen Not Separate from Ongoing Civil War

The United States has launched more than 40 air strikes since March 3 on suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, more air strikes than all of 2016. The Trump administration hopes to boast of progress in stopping the advance of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has seen significant gains since the outbreak of Yemen’s war nearly two years ago. Doing so could bolster the administration’s emphasis on stopping “radical Islam.”
But viewing those strikes as separate from the ongoing war, as rhetoric from the White House clearly implies, fundamentally misunderstands the country’s sprawling conflict and misreads the reasons behind AQAP gains that directly stem from a war that the United States is supporting.

The war in Yemen, now approaching its second anniversary, is rooted in domestic conflict over the shape and scope of the political transition following the forced resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh as a result of Yemen’s 2011 uprising. Foreign actors have been deeply involved.

For reasons related more to the US-Saudi relationship than to American national security, the United States provides direct aid to the coalition of Saudi-led forces waging war on Hadi’s behalf, including material, intelligence, and the mid-air refueling of Saudi jets on bombing missions. The extent of engagement has already made the United States a de facto, if not quite de jure combatant in this war. This position intensified recently when the United States sent the USS Cole destroyer to patrol the Red Sea coast after ballistic missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled areas targeting a Saudi frigate in the Red Sea.
Saudi Arabia insists that the core dynamic of the Yemeni war is the regional struggle between Iranian and Saudi Arabia influence. Iran vocally supports the Houthis, but evidence of Iranian material support is dramatically overstated. Yet it was the war itself—and the Saudi-advanced narrative—that produced sectarian tensions that had not previously existed. This sectarian rhetoric plays directly into the hands of AQAP and the Islamic State offshoot now established in Yemen, both of which advance that same sectarian rhetoric about the need to stop Shia aggression against Sunnis. Fighters aligned with the Islamist Islah party and the Houthis themselves have now also adopted the poisonous sectarian rhetoric.

But Iran’s support for the Houthis—whatever its extent—has not translated to direct command-and-control from Tehran. Furthermore, Iranian support for the Houthis is qualitatively different from direct Saudi military involvement in the civil war. There is a deep asymmetry in the internationalization of the conflict and US involvement in aiding the Saudi coalition and in targeting AQAP directly only makes that asymmetry more pronounced.

Trump and some in his administration have aggressively advocated for the destruction of radical Islam and apparently see Yemen as a terrain on which that victory might unfold. Through the lens of a civilizational clash, he imagines that the United States can use its advance warfare technology to pick off AQAP leaders and thus weaken and eventually defeat the organization. This approach largely assumes that it can do so as a separate project from aiding Saudi Arabia in its efforts to restore Hadi to power.
But the drone strikes and ground raids are unlikely to weaken an expanding AQAP, particularly as the narrative that resonates with Yemenis is one that accuses the United States of supporting the destruction of the country.

AQAP will continue to flourish in the spaces created by the war. They may even continue to fight on the same side as Saudi Arabia against the Houthi-Saleh alliance, as they did in Hadramawt. The Trump administration, like the Obama administration before it, seems to want it both ways: to defeat the Houthis (even though that war is expanding AQAP’s base), and to defeat AQAP. The big mistake is to imagine that the latter is a distinct conflict from—and can be accomplished with no reference to—the ongoing war – by JILLIAN SCHWEDLER

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/us-strikes-on-al-qaeda-in-yemen-not-separate-from-ongoing-civil-war

11.3.2017 – Middle East Monitor (** A P)

UAE puts pressure on Yemen president over his ties with Islamists

The United Arab Emirates put pressure on Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to stop cooperating with the Yemeni Reform Party, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, intelligenceonline.com revealed early this week.

According to the website, Abu Dhabi is concerned with the ties between the Islamist party and the Yemeni government, which is part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition that includes the UAE.

The website also said that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz had personally intervened to sort out the problem.

Reportedly, the UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan invited Hadi for discussions on 27 February in the wake of the battles that erupted in January to seize control over Aden Airport.

During the meeting, which was attended by security and military leaders, Al-Nahyan informed Hadi about his reservations on the relationship with the Reform Party, which Al-Nahyan said is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Nahyan claimed that 14 leaders of the Reform Party, which is part of the coalition of the Yemeni government, have links to Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula. This despite the fact that Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are ideologically opposed.

The report said that Hadi pledged to discuss the issue with the Reform Party and if such claims were proved true, he would ask for sacking them.

Meanwhile, the report said that Hadi’s son, who is the leader of the presidential protection unit, was severely criticised during the meeting as the UAE claims he conceded wide swathes of land in the south to Al-Qaeda.

This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170311-uae-puts-pressure-on-yemen-president-over-his-ties-with-islamists/

11.3.2017 – Yemen Press (** B E H)

Report ... Yemen and smuggling anesthetics

War on Yemen divided into military and economic which had significant repercussions in exacerbating health and humanitarian conditions on Yemen, giving the opportunity to drugs smugglers take advantage of the opportunity to support local markets for drugs.

As information indicates from the Ministry of Health in Yemen, shipments of anesthetics have entered in the Yemeni markets without any control by the competent authorities of the Ministry of Health.

According to the information that most of these valleys contraband entered Yemen on behalf of the Ministry of Health without customs and tax-exempt and all charges but they did not give to the ministry stores and to stores but some traders.

And a Yemeni official sources said that in light of the war and despite the maritime interdiction and ground and aerial imposed by the coalition, however, the drug smuggling is witnessing a revival, where those processes are common across the traders belonging to the alliance of aggression from the ports controlled by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi forces.

And of contraband drugs on the market under the brand name "midazolam" (midazolam) Swiss, and he belongs treatment to Alpinzdaaziban family, which has a Calming and hypnotic effect, where linked to their own brain receptors, which activates the "Gamma Amnoputrik acid" which owns the influential receptors work sedative, and it may cause treatment addictive psychologically and physically; do not distract therapy only as a specialist.

As well as Valium (Aldaaazibam), and is the first drug discovered drugs sedative Lesser known Balbnzodaazaban, and Xanax is the trade name and the most prevalent drug alprazolam name, and is part of the drugs group benzodiazepines drugs, which also include diazepam and flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) and Alooxazibam and temazepam.

The war in Yemen and the imposition of the blockade of the main reasons for the spread of anesthetics shipments in the domestic market, according to medical sources said more such pharmaceutical industry Swiss and Turkish and Indian to hit the Yemeni government and its inability to show a black necks and local markets.

According to a security source, that some of the drugs dealers, regardless of the interests of the Yemeni people, for their own personal interests and for the purpose of trade carried out these illegal steps.
And the health ministry has formed a committee to oversee these markets Bmcharkt security forces to take over this case to take to pharmacies and stores, and pharmaceutical markets, for the inspection of these drugs and confiscated and impounded at the Ministry of Health stores, which will then cashed free of charge to patients and, according to government hospitals needs therefore, and also it will take legal action against the perpetrators of such violations.

Since 50% of the smuggled drugs in the Yemeni market of unknown origin and unsafe quality and effectiveness, and along with the health consequences are detrimental to the national economy and the pharmaceutical industry, and weak purchasing power of the Yemeni citizen because of the aggression and the blockade pays to buy cheap goods, therefore, patients are buying smuggled drugs because of the lower prices compared with medicines of Almsrahp.

http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/report-yemen-and-smuggling-anesthetics.html

My comment: Saudi propaganda made an odd anti-Houthi, anti-Iranian propaganda piece out of that (http://sites.alriyadh.com/en/article/1156752/Iran-exports-death-to-Yemen-and-Al-Houthi-sells-it-to-citizen-as-a-medicine, see YPR 278). Here now the facts by Yemen Press. This seems to be a Google translation from an Arabic text.

10.3.2017 – Neopresse (** A K P)

Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen – Stoppt den Völkermord!

Berliner Konferenz dokumentiert „Vergessene Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen“

Unter dem obigen Titel veranstaltete eine Initiative jemenitischer Bürger am Samstag, den 25. Februar 2017 in Berlin eine Konferenz, die die schauerliche Tatsache eines fortdauernden Völkermordes im Jemen demonstrieren und diesen beenden helfen sollte.

Nachdem die Gäste die Nationalhymne Jemens und eine wunderbare Rezitation aus dem Koran gehört hatten, erklärte Abdullatif Elwashali in seiner Einführung, daß der Jemen unter einer völligen Blockade des Landes durch die Koalition unter saudischer Führung leidet; die Nahrungsmittelversorgung im Land ist vollkommen unzureichend, Schulen und Krankenhäuser werden durch moderne Kampfjets mit Präzisionswaffensystemen bombardiert; auch die lebenswichtigen Häfen des Landes sind betroffen. Die Zivilbevölkerung leidet, während die Welt schweigt, weshalb der Krieg auch „der vergessene Krieg” genannt wird. Die Konferenz solle dazu dienen, das zu verändern. Die Teilnehmer und die Welt sollten an die Opfer dieses Krieges erinnert werden.

Als erster Redner trat Dr. Werner Daum auf, ein ehemaliger deutscher Diplomat, der inzwischen im Ruhestand ist. „Kein Volk hat mich so berührt, wie das jemenitische: Offenheit, Stolz auf das eigene Land ohne Überheblichkeit, sicheres Ruhen in sich selbst”, sagte Daum, der sechs Jahre lang im Jemen gelebt hat.

„Was die Zeit des Nationalsozialismus angeht, kann sich ein Jemenit kaum vorstellen, was das bedeutete. Im Jahre 1945 begannen die Nürnberger Prozesse gegen die Hauptverantwortlichen für die Verbrechen des Nationalsozialismus”, so Daum. Es ging um den „Tatbestand des Angriffskrieges”. Er fuhr fort: „Seit 1945 gilt ein nicht gerechtfertigter Angriffskrieg als Kriegsverbrechen, das mit dem Tode zu bestrafen ist. Das gilt auch heute im Jemen: dieser Krieg ist nicht gerechtfertigt; die Verantwortlichen in Saudi-Arabien und den Emiraten sind Kriegsverbrecher.”

Er betonte, daß die furchtbare humanitäre Situation im Jemen schlimm sei; noch schlimmer aber sei die Zerstörung des Kulturerbes im Jemen: „Kulturerbe, das zerstört wird, kann nicht wieder ersetzt werden. Wenn der Damm von Marib von den Saudis zerstört wird, werden 3.000 Jahre Geschichte schlicht und einfach vernichtet.”

Daum kam auch auf die Berichterstattung zu sprechen: „Wir hören immer, es ginge um einen Konflikt zwischen Saudi-Arabien und Iran; doch dafür gibt es keinen einzigen Beweis … Wenn nicht über die Wirklichkeit berichtet wird, dann hat das seine Gründe. Weltweit ist die Pressefreiheit nicht mehr gewährleistet, doch nicht, weil diktatorische Regierungen sie nicht mehr gewährleisten, sondern weil ein Klima herrscht, in der nur noch eine einzige Wahrheit existieren darf.”

Dann griff er den Historiker Francis Fukuyama direkt an, der vom „Ende der Geschichte” geschrieben hat, an dem sich das Reich einer säkularen Religion auf der Welt etabliert habe, das nie wieder in Frage gestellt werden dürfe. Daum schloß mit den Worten: „Auch wenn diese Konferenz keinerlei Medienwirkung haben wird, hoffe ich, daß wir diesem Versuch den Schleier entreißen können.”

„Ein wenig Hoffnung” war der Titel von Hussain Sharafs Präsentation. Über die Auswirkungen des Krieges auf die Wasserversorgung sprach als nächstes Dr. Taha Al-Washali, Research Fellow für Wasserversorgungstechnik am UNESCO-Institut für Wasser-Ausbildung in Delft. Anschließend sprach Dr. R.S. Karim, Mitbegründer von Mona Relief (Jemenitische Organisation für humanitäre Hilfe und Entwicklung, London). Dr. Karim schloß: „Wenn eine Militärmacht absichtlich das Leben von Kindern zerstört, dann kann man nur noch eines tun: Kämpfen. Jeder Vater wird kämpfen. Jede Mutter wird zur Tigerin. Der Jemen darf nicht zu einer weiteren vergessenen Krise werden. Der Krieg im Jemen ist nicht der vergessene Krieg dieses Jahrzehnts; er ist die Schande unserer Generation.”

Als letzte Rednerin sprach Hassna, eine angehende Studentin, über die Kriegsverbrechen und das Leiden der Frauen und Kinder.

Das Schweigen über die Grausamkeiten im Jemen war während der Konferenz wiederholt Gegenstand der Diskussion und wurde noch durch die beschämende Tatsache unterstrichen, daß außer EIR und der Neuen Solidarität keine Vertreter von Presse und Medien anwesend waren – und das, obwohl die Veranstaltung in einem Konferenzsaal im Gebäude der Zeitung Neues Deutschland stattfand.

http://www.neopresse.com/politik/kriegsverbrechen-im-jemen-stoppt-den-voelkermord/

Mein Kommentar: Diese Konferenz wurde von der deutschen Presse ansonsten völlig verschwiegen – einschließlich das Neue Deutschland, in dessen Gebäude sie stattfand.

10.8.2016 – Yallalabarra (** B P T)

Video Portrait: Abdallah al-Muhaysni, the man who heads the US backed Aleppo offensive

Abdallah al-Muhaysni is an extremist Saudi cleric who has in the last 18 months become the most influential personality among all the Jihadist factions in Syria. He was the man behind the formation of Jaish al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) in March 2015, an alliance of Jabhat al-Nusra (Alqaeda in Syria), Ahrar al-Sham & five other factions. The alliance can be credited with the Jihadist takeover of Idlib, Jisr al-Shughour, Ariha and al-Mastumah. In October 2015, due to internal disagreements, Jaish al-Fateh was suspended temporarily. Muhaysni managed to revive the alliance in April 2016 which was to have a string of military successes in Southern Aleppo leading up to the events of the last week where they launched their biggest campaign yet. Using thousands of suicide fighters – recruited mainly as a result of Muhaysni’s campaigning – and VBIEDS, they have had some success overtaking the Syrian Army’s military colleges in Ramouseh.

This blogpost will comprise a collection of Muhaysni video clips which I added subtitles to and posted on twitter. For more information on the man, refer to this article in the LA Times: Meet the Saudi cleric who’s rallying Syrian rebels.

When in May Jaish al-Fateh successfully took over the town of Khan Touman, he issued a video message from the town in which he to promised step on the necks of the Russians and the Iranians:

The following videos show the very sectarian nature of his ideology:

Here are two videos in which he explains how Muslim businessmen can guarantee themselves a place in paradise with money:

One of Muhaysni’s most successful recruitment tactics involves promising young men 72 virgins in paradise if they get killed in battle. Here is an example:

This next one is a classic. It again deals with the 72 virgins. He gave this talk to the fighters just before the beginning of the latest Aleppo campaign:

Another recruitment tactic is to convince the men that the Shia fighters will have their way with the Sunni women in the towns or cities they are attacking. Here is an example:

After having seen what kind of human being Muhaysni is and the extremist Jihadist ideology he promotes, think about how absurd and contradictory it is that the US, a country which claims to be fighting terrorism, is backing his Jaish al-Fateh in the battle of Aleppo. How ridiculous and embarrassing is it that the US, which itself was a victim of terrorism on September 11, 2001, is supporting an alliance which includes the very group that killed 3000 Americans on that day? Boggles the mind. – by Iowando59 (with videos)

https://yallalabarra.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/video-portrait-abdallah-al-muhaysni-the-man-who-heads-the-us-backed-aleppo-offensive/

and https://twitter.com/walid970721/status/840519580405682176

and

4.3.2016 – Los Angeles Times (** B P T)

Meet the Saudi cleric who's rallying Syrian rebels

As a wide array of Syrian rebel factions mustered late last week to bust the government’s siege of Aleppo city, Muhaisini rallied their men.

surely one of the stranger figures to emerge from the Islamist-dominated opposition against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Suleiman Muhaisini, 29, is nothing less than a one-man jihadi superstar, the lynchpin of a media empire aimed at fulfilling the political, funding and legal requirements needed for an Islamist state on Syrian soil.

A powerful presence on Twitter (one account has more than 355,000 followers), he also has a dedicated channel on the messaging service Telegram with more than 32,000 subscribers.

He appears on a weekly online talk show called “Syria in one Week.” During the month of Ramadan, he was featured on “Daymah,” a program where he played host to clerics, military commanders and others — many of them Syrians whose Islamist bona fides were established well before Muhaisini came to the country.

He is also reportedly a masterful fundraiser.

As the general judge of the Army of Conquest, he routinely adjudicates between the opposition’s frequently bickering factions, and even once tried to reconcile between the Nusra Front and its onetime ally turned nemesis, Islamic State.

Perhaps the main reason for his success is that “he’s been right in the thick of things,” said Beirut-based Syria analyst Sam Heller in an interview on social media.

Muhaisini’s upbringing and early career betrayed no sign of the international jihadist salafist leader he would become.

The son of a famed reciter of the Koran and wealthy businessman who is still posted at a mosque in Saudi Arabia, Muhaisini was born in the city of Buraidah in Saudi Arabia

The biography on his website says he began working toward his doctorate at the Um al-Qura University, where he wrote a dissertation on “The Treatment of Refugees of War in Islamic Jurisprudence.”

But “the market of jihad had begun… so I would go to Syria for jihad and… supporting our brothers in the Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham,” wrote Muhaisini.

By 2013, he had become the face of a major fundraising campaign, “Perform jihad with your money,” aimed at supporting “Islamist brigades.”

It brought him to the attention of the Saudi authorities, he claimed, who harassed him to stop collecting money and banned him from travel. Nevertheless, some time between August and October 2013, he was spirited out of the country to Syria via Kuwait and Turkey.

Some, however, question Muhaisini’s account of strained relations with Saudi Arabia. The pro-Assad Lebanese newspaper Assafir alleged in a 2014 report that Muhasini’s fundraising campaign, widely advertised in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and elsewhere, was a front allowing the governments of those countries o support Islamist factions, including the Nusra Front.

The money, the paper said, was funneled to organizations headed by Saudi individuals close to the government, and had come through banks in the country.

Whatever the source of the money, it has made Muhaisini immensely popular -- and a leader whose words are obeyed – by Nabih Bulos

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-syria-saudi-cleric-20160803-snap-story.html

cp2 Allgemein / General

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11.3.2017 – Asharq A-Awsat (A K P)

Yemeni Officer: 4 Lebanese ‘Hezbollah’ Members Caught in Ma’rib

Major-General Ahmed Hassan, commander of Third Military Zone, revealed that the Yemeni military intelligence has opened an expanded investigation with four Lebanese, recently caught in Ma’rib, affiliated to “Hezbollah” and providing support to Houthis and Saleh.

Hassan added that they are still detained by the national army and are being investigated for more information. When the investigation is complete, they will be directly sent to prisons in a number of regions.

He preferred not to reveal what has been mentioned in the investigations, but stressed that the army is keen to obtain all the required information.

This is the second declared incident showing “Hezbollah” involvement in Yemen. In mid-October 2015, military investigations revealed that Lebanese leaders affiliated to “Hezbollah” and Iranian leaders were involved in smuggling huge amount of arms into Yemen.

http://english.aawsat.com/s-alabyad/news-middle-east/yemeni-officer-4-lebanese-hezbollah-members-caught-marib

My comment: let’s wait for further information. The Iranians “smuggling huge amount of arms” are as “huge” as these 4 Hezbollah members. Look at cp1, article by Atlantic Council.

11.3.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

Saudi Arabia incapable of fighting powerful states: Fmr. Diplomat

Saudi Arabia, which is not capable of attacking countries able to fight back, is committing war crimes in the impoverished Yemen, says former US diplomat in Saudi Arabia Michael Springmann.

“The Saudis apparently cannot conduct a modern war and they can’t conduct a war against someone that is able to fight back,” he told Press TV on Saturday.

“The Americans are more deeply involved than ever because the Saudis apparently can’t either fight Yemen,” the former diplomat noted.

“They (the Saudis and their allies) are targeting one of the poorest countries in the world and using cluster bombs on them in Sana’a province,” said.

“Cluster bombs have been banned by 119 countries in the world, yet Saudi Arabia and its close connection – the United States and of course Israel – love to use cluster bombs,” he said, adding that the Saudi bombing campaign against civilian targets is “outrageous.”

According to the analyst, the number one terrorist state of course is Saudi Arabia that "sponsors the wars in the Middle East, sponsors the attacks on Arabs and Muslims."

He further criticized the US and Britain for their role in providing the Saudi kingdom with logistical and military support to freely conduct airstrikes against civilians in Yemen.

“The United States and the United Kingdom are the countries that have a horrible history of saying one thing for peace, truce and justice and at the same time they arm terrorist states, they arm aggressive rogue states and they believe that they can make money doing this and they can gain influence by controlling these aggressive states,” Springmann said.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/03/11/513902/Saudi-Arabia-Yemen-US-UK-Springmann and interview in film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGXnchh4s2M

11.3.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

US and Saudi military committing genocide in Yemen: Analyst

Myles Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday

US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that "somewhere between four and 12 casualties" resulted from the raid.

“Would US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel have taken full responsibility for the Yemen raid if a US Navy SEAL was not killed? Not likely. This was an embarrassment for the US military machine because it lost one of its own as well as some heavy equipment,” Hoenig said.

“The loss of civilian life is the kind of collateral damage that is always acceptable to them in such an operation. What made this different was only the death and injury to navy personnel,” he added.

“It didn’t matter that an 8-year old US citizen was killed, or that they weren’t attacking a terrorist compound but a village that had targets inside, or that every piece of livestock was killed or that they had to bring in helicopter gunships for support that shot anything that moved,” he stated.

“The survivors of this massacre are ready for the next time the Americans come to their village and they justifiably have revenge on their mind. It wasn’t that they came and attacked identified militants, but of the number of civilian murdered. Noor Al-Awlaki, the 8-year old victim, for example, was shot in the neck and left to bleed out,” the analyst said.

“This was President Trump’s first military action. We shouldn’t blame him for how it went down but for ordering it. What they did in Yemen was just a continuation of what President Obama had been doing. But the question is why is the US militarily involved in Yemen to begin with? Why is the US supporting Saudi Arabia in its war against the Yemeni people?” he asked.

“Considering that this was an Obama war, it’s also easy to see why there has been no real coverage in the media for the genocide being committed by the US and Saudi military, with the US sending in psychopathic murderers on special missions. It’s only when it goes bad and Americans are killed or injured that the Western and US media care,” Hoenig concluded.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/03/11/513848/Why-US-media-not-covering-genocide-in-Yemen

10.3.2017 – RT (A P)

Our country has become a playground for terrorist groups like ISIS, Al-Qaeda - Ex-President of Yemen (with film)

Former Prime Minister and former President of South Yemen – Ali Nasir Muhammad is on SophieCo to discuss this.

Sophie Shevardnadze: I will start with a quote by the chief executive of Oxfam, Mark Goldring, who said that, “Yemen is being slowly starved to death… the cranes in the ports were bombed, then the warehouses, then the roads and the bridges. This is not by accident. It is systematic.” Do you think that Saudi Arabia wants to win the war by starving the opponent?

Ali Nasir Muhammad: Well, in fact, Yemen has experienced more than 60 years of wars and conflicts, both in the South and in the North, before the unification in 1990 and after the unification. But this current war in Yemen is one of the most atrocious in Yemen’s history. I spoke out against it at the very beginning of the hostilities. Violence breeds violence. I demanded that the parties sit down and use the language of dialogue rather than resort to violence. The war has by now killed or wounded dozens of thousands and has left some 21 million people in dire need of humanitarian aid. The war was a devastating blow to children and women, it has destroyed Yemen’s economy and its military capabilities. Right now we demand that this war should be stopped.

https://www.rt.com/shows/sophieco/380098-muhammad-terrorist-region-isis/

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

11.3.2017 – The National AE (* B H)

Yemen’s children suffer untold psychological damage

While it is hard to quantify the psychological trauma suffered by Yemeni children, it represents a familiar story of the emotional damage inflicted on young people in the region’s ongoing conflicts.

And across Yemen, words such as "surrender", "sniper", "shoot", "enemy", "kill", "Kalashnikov" and "arms and ammunition" can often be heard as children play together.

They can also be seen imitating their surroundings in their games, with some making their own replica assault rifles with discarded cans or wood.

Wael Hasan, a psychologist working in Taez, said the children often speak the language of fighters while interacting with one another. He said this is an indicator that they need psychotherapy to help them overcome the traumas of war — such as death, violence and fear — that they are struggling to grapple with.

"There are less than ten psychologists in Taez province and it is difficult for all the affected people to get proper treatment," said Dr Hasan.

He called on international organisations to "focus on the victims of psychological trauma and open centres to help victims for free".

Dr Hasan also warned that the next generation of Yemenis will suffer serious consequences if children today, who are dealing with psychological problems, are not helped.

Bed-wetting is a key symptom of trauma in children, and one faced by many Yemeni children

Taez city’s residents cannot avoid hearing the sounds of the war that surrounds them, especially when the Houthis launch shells into residential areas in the city.

Unicef, together with other humanitarian groups, has provided child protection services in Yemen such as psychosocial support and helping children and families deal with the effect of conflict and displacement.

But the conflict is just the latest in the Middle East and North Africa to affect a generation of young people.

More than 70 per cent of Syrian children suffer from "toxic stress" – a severe form of psychological trauma that can cause permanent and irreversible damage, a study by charity Save the Children said in March.

And in Gaza, the UN estimated that nearly 400,000 children needed psychological support after Israel’s brutal assault on territory in the summer of 2014 – by Mohammed Al Qalisi

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/yemens-children-suffer-untold-psychological-damage

11.3.2017 – Saba Net (A H)

State hospital in Hodeida distributes food baskets to its staff

Al-thorah General Hospital Authority in Hodeida distributed food baskets to its staff.
Head of the Hospital authority, Dr. Khalid Ahmed Suhail explained that this initiative aims to help employees and ease their suffering caused by the difficult economic conditions imposed by the US- backed Saudi aggression coalition.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458601.htm

10.3.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (* A H)

USG/ERC Stephen O’Brien Statement to the Security Council on Missions to Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Kenya and an Update on the Oslo Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region

I turn first to Yemen. It’s already the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and the Yemeni people now face the spectre of famine. Today, two-thirds of the population – 18.8 million people – need assistance and more than 7 million are hungry and do not know where there next meal will come from. That is 3 million people more than in January. As fighting continues and escalates, displacement increases. With health facilities destroyed and damaged, diseases are sweeping through the country.

I spoke with people in Aden, Ibb, Sana’a and from Taizz. They told me horrific stories of displacement, escaping unspeakable violence and destruction from Mokha and Taizz city in Taizz governorate. I saw first-hand the effects of losing home and livelihood: malnourishment, hunger and squalid living conditions in destroyed schools, unfinished apartments and wet, concrete basements. In the past two months alone, more than 48,000 people fled fighting, mines and IEDs from Mokha town and the surrounding fields alone. I met countless children, malnourished and sick. My small team met a girl displaced to Ibb, still having shrapnel wounds in her legs while her brother was deeply traumatized. I was introduced to a 13-year-old girl who fled from Taizz city, left in charge of her seven siblings. I spoke with families who have become displaced to Aden as their homes were destroyed by airstrikes living in a destroyed school. All of them told me three things: they are hungry and sick – and they need peace so that they can return home.

I travelled to Aden on the first humanitarian UN flight, where I met the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Yemen. I also met with the senior leadership of the Houthi and General People’s Congress authorities in Sana’a. I discussed the humanitarian situation, the need to prevent a famine and to better respect international humanitarian law and protect civilians. I demanded full, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access. All counterparts promised to facilitate sustained access and respect international humanitarian law. Yet all parties to the conflict are arbitrarily denying sustained humanitarian access and politicize aid. Already, the humanitarian suffering that we see in Yemen today is caused by the parties and proxies and if they don’t change their behaviour now, they must be held accountable for the inevitable famine, unnecessary deaths and associated amplification in suffering that will follow.

Despite the almost impossible and terrifying conditions, the UN and humanitarian partners are not deterred and are stepping up to meet the humanitarian needs across the country. In February alone, 4.9 million people received food assistance. We continue to negotiate access and make modest gains. For instance, despite assurances from all parties of safe passage to Taizz city, I was denied access and retreated to a short safe distance when I and my team came under gunfire. Yet, we managed to use this experience to clear the path for reaching people inside Taizz city with a first humanitarian truck delivery of eight tons of essential medicine on the Ibb to Taizz city road since August 2016. We will not leave a stone unturned to find alternative routes. We must prevail as so many lives depend on us, the full range of the humanitarian family.

For 2017, the humanitarian community requires US$ 2.1 billion to reach 12 million people with life-saving assistance and protection in Yemen. Only 6 per cent of that funding has been received thus far. An international ministerial-level pledging event is scheduled for 25 April, but the situation is so dire that I ask donors to give urgently now. All contributions and pledges since 1 January will be counted at the event.

I continue to reiterate the same message to all: it is only a political solution that will ultimately end human suffering and bring stability to the region. And at this stage, only a combined response with the private sector can stem a famine: commercial imports must be allowed to resume through all entry points in Yemen, including and especially Hudaydah port, which must be kept open and expanded. With access and funding, humanitarians will do more, but we are not the long-term solution to this growing crisis.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/usgerc-stephen-o-brien-statement-security-council-missions-yemen-south-sudan-somalia and in film: http://webtv.un.org/live-now/watch/security-council-briefing-by-the-under-secretary-general-for-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-7897th-meeting/5195656068001

10.3.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (* A H)

Business Guide: North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia: Prevent Famine and Support Response

CRISIS OVERVIEW

Pooled funds are considered to be one of the most efficient mechanisms of humanitarian financing as they reduce transaction costs and allow for a better prioritization of assistance among different organizations. They enable humanitarian partners operating in countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict to quickly deliver flexible and effective life-saving assistance to people who need it the most. You can contribute to two main types of pooled funds:

MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO A POOLED FUND

More than 20 million people in North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia are facing famine or a credible risk of famine over the coming six months. Some 1.4 million children are currently at imminent risk of death from malnutrition. To avert a major humanitarian catastrophe the United Nations and its partners must massively scale up efforts now. To do this, humanitarian operations in the four countries require more than US$5.6 billion in 2017, of which at least US$4.4 billion are required urgently.

COUNTRY-BASED POOLED FUNDS (CBPF)

A Country-Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) is dedicated to a specific country. Funds are allocated to UN agencies, national and international NGOs and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations based on thorough in-country consultations and prioritized to meet top humanitarian needs and priorities. To contribute to individual funds for Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, please go to the links below:

Yemen Link does not work!!!

To find out more about contributions to and allocations from pooled funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia please click: https://gms.unocha.org/content/cbpf-contributions

IN-KIND AND SERVICE SUPPORT

The United Nations urges donors to make cash rather than in-kind donations for maximum speed and flexibility, and to ensure the most appropriate aid is delivered effectively to those most in need.

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLANS

A Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is developed for any humanitarian crisis that requires humanitarian assistance. It builds upon a humanitarian needs overview which provides an analysis of the magnitude of the crisis and identifies the most pressing humanitarian needs.

Yemen: http://bit.ly/YemenHRP2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/business-guide-north-east-nigeria-south-sudan-yemen-and-somalia-prevent-famine-and and as full PDFs, without links. https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/2017-03-10-Business%20Guide%20for%20Four%20Famines.pdf = http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/2017-03-10-Business%20Guide%20for%20Four%20Famines.pdf

10.3.2017 – US Agency for International Development (* A H)

Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #7, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that nearly 65 percent of the population in Yemen is facing food insecurity due to the lack of access to affordable and quality food commodities. The number of food-insecure people in Yemen has increased by 3 million from August–February, bringing the total to 17.1 million food-insecure people as of February 21.

Food prices increased in January amidst food and fuel shortages, which could exacerbate the already dire food security situation, according to USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP).

As of March 1, escalated conflict along Yemen’s western coast had displaced more than 48,000 people from and within Ta’izz Governorate, including at least 25,000 people from Al Mocha and Dhubab districts, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Humanitarian agencies have scaled up response operations across six governorates in recent weeks.

The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) began weekly flights between Djibouti and the city of Aden, Aden Governorate, during the first week of March, providing an additional access route for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

On February 22, the UN requested $4.4 billion by April to meet the emergency food needs of an estimated 20 million people at risk of starvation in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, and South Sudan. The $1.7 billion request for Yemen is a component of the $2.1 billion funding request for the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) released by the UN on February 8. The 2017 HRP was approximately 6 percent funded as of March 10.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-complex-emergency-fact-sheet-7-fiscal-year-fy-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/03.10.17%20-%20USG%20Yemen%20Complex%20Emergency%20Fact%20Sheet%20%237.pdf

and

Infographic: Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 03/10/17)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-active-usg-programs-yemen-response-last-updated-031017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/03.10.17%20-%20USG%20Yemen%20Complex%20Emergency%20Program%20Map.pdf

10.3.2017 – MONA Relief (A H)

Food aid was delievered to Jewish community's members in Sanaa for the second time. Thank u donors for supporting our work in #Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/monareliefye/status/840222016804442113

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/840219933220962305

9.3.2017 – Humanitarian Relief (A H)

We have just distributed emergency aid to 500 families in Sana'a and Amran of #Yemen as a first step of reaching 5000 families in two weeks (photos)

https://twitter.com/IHHen/status/839816484234883072

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

10.3.2017 – TRT (* B K)

Film: Showcase: Cultural heritage vanishing in Yemen

It's been almost two years since the war in Yemen broke out. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and millions do not have enough to eat. Yemen's religious and cultural heritage is also being destroyed. One of the worst affected cities is Taiz. Most of the artefacts in its national museum have been damaged, while valuable history is being lost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHfqwZj5OGY

10.3.2017 – Yemen Today (B K)

Film: Two years of the Saudi aggression targeting Yemeni historical monuments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvXTnCuPNMA

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

12.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Three Houthis killed in clashes with Otuma tribesmen in Dhamar – source

Three militants of the Houthi group were killed in clashes erupted on Friday with tribesmen from Otuma district in Dhamar province, central Yemen, after the Houthi militants have tried to arrest a popular resistance leader in the area.

A group of Houthi militants stormed on Friday al Nasefah area of Mekhlaf Bani Bahr region in Otuma trying to arrest a popular resistance leader, which led to the outbreak of clashes with the tribesmen, according to informed sources.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/89520

12.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthis storm female teachers homes over demanding salaries in Dhamar – locals

Local residents in Dhamar city, central Yemen, said that a number of the Houthis-Saleh militants stormed on Saturday the houses of a number of female teachers in the after they had protested in demand of their salaries.

This is the second time the militants storm the female teachers’ houses, and threaten them of dismissal from the government service, according to the locals.

The locals told Almasdaronline that the Houthi militants have come on a number of military vehicles and stormed the teachers’ houses, after they had staged a protest to demand salaries, and declared a teaching strike until receipt of their full dues.

In this regard, the senior Houthi leader in the Education Office Abdul-Karim Al-Habsi threatened the female teachers of losing both their lives and jobs, if they continued to strike and protest.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/89524

12.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A)

27 persons killed, injured in a gunman grenade attack in Ibb –reporter

Seven persons were killed and at least twenty others injured when a gunman threw a grenade on the people praying in a mosque in Ibb province, central Yemen.

A gunman named Ameen Ghalib Abdo had thrown a grenade on the people during their prayer at Khanbasha villahe mosque in Mudhaikhera district of Ibb province. According the Almasdaronline reporter.

“Seven persons were killed and at least twenty others, some seriously, injured, and were taken to the hospitals in al Hawban area, in eastern Taiz city”.

According to the information obtained by Almasdaronline reporter, the gunman was having a dispute with the Khanbasha village people, and the sources confirmed that the gunman was killed in clashes with other people tried to arrest him after the incident.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/89522

Remark: Seems to have been no act of “terrorism”, but a massacre because of a private strife.

10.3.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen: Legal Battle in Sana’a Disputing Regulations Issued by Pro-Saleh Lawmakers

Houthi politician in Yemen Saleh Ali al-Sammad, head of the Supreme Political Council within the insurgency-led self-styled state, ordered the revoking of all rules issued by ministers loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A set of regulations and appointments were passed and made when Saleh was in office that Sammad considered unlawful and beyond the lawmakers’ jurisdiction.

Sammad’s announcement unleashed a legal battle exclusive to the self-proclaimed state led by putschists.

Addressing disputed Prime Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour, Sammad annulled all bylaws drafted or passed by Habtour’s Sana’a-based ‘government of national salvation.’ Hires made by the Saleh-assembled government were also repealed.

http://english.aawsat.com/2017/03/article55369069/yemen-legal-battle-sanaa-disputing-regulations-issued-pro-saleh-lawmakers

My comment: Let’s wait for better information whether this is a new Saudi propaganda story or more.

and

11.3.2017 – Adengad (A P)

Alsamad eliminates all decisions of ministers of the deposed government in favor of the coup (document)

Alsamad canceled in favor of the so-called head of the political council of all decisions issued by affiliates of Ministers in favor of the deposed government Habtoor coup, where the prevailing state of tension of the capital Sanaa between the parties to the coup.
According to the attached note from the Alsamad to Habtoor, to freeze all decisions and appointments issued by the ministers affiliated to the ousted Saleh.
The live state controlled by the coup leaders in Sanaa institutions, war and large-appointments between the rebels and the conference because of the ongoing ministries administrators Huthi control (image: document)

http://adengad.net/news/248925/ and https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fadengad.net%2Fnews%2F248925%2F&edit-text=

Remark. ??

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

10.3.2017 – ArrahMah News (* B P)

Hadi uses Al Qaeda as doll to secure his power

Recently, the governor of Hadramauth accused the Hadi government had formed a coalition with Al Qaeda. Adel Ba Haeed was appointed governor of Hadramaut by Hadi, but after one and a half years he has accused the prime minister Khaled Bahah to cooperate with al-Qaeda and that the former Prime Minister of Yemen was misleading domestic and international public opinion and had deliberately left the Hadhramaut to Al-Qaeda.

For instance, they supported the Houthis in conflict with Salafi Wahabi Al Qaeda […] in 2014 and plans to use it for the bloody history of pitting Houthis and Saleh in Sana'a.

And after Saleh had been successfully deposed, he and his son plan to compile all the losing side to jointly fight the Houthi with international support, especially Saudi and the US who will not let Houthis hold the government and would prefer Hadi.

After all, now Hadi is using Al Qaeda as a proxy in order to get additional support in gaining power in Yemen. Therefore, he chose to close the eyes on the activities of Al-Qaeda and to let the terror group rampant until eventually there will be someone who gives him support by funds, logistic and military to combat Al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Al Qaeda is not a direct threat to Hadi and his son, the same as in the case of former President Saleh earlier. Al-Qaeda is a threat to US and western countries, therefore it is an opportunity for him (Hadi] to get support, sympathy and strength to threaten and accuse all local authorities that they are using al Qaeda to undermine Hadi regime.

Hadi originates from Abyan, and this governorate also is known as a nest of Al Qaeda.

Abyan governorate is like a hotel with a revolving door, one day under the control of Al Qaeda and the second under the control of government Hadi.

On 12/28/2015 Hadi appointed Naif Al-Qaisi as governor of Al-Bayda, when it was known that Naif Al-Qaisi was supporting Al-Qaeda. Even the US Treasury imposed sanctions to him in May 2016.

The second person who entered Hadi government who also is very well known as an activist of Al Qaeda is Abdulwahab Al Humikani. He is the general secretary of Al Rashad Salfi party. In December 2013, the US added his name to the sanctions list of supporters of Al-Qaeda.Nevertheless, Hadi still choose Al Humikani to become members of the national dialogue and after that he was selected again by Hadi as a member of the Geneva conference on Yemen.

https://arrahmahnews.com/2017/03/09/hadi-gunakan-al-qaeda-sebagai-boneka-untuk-amankan-kekuasaan/ and translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=id&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Farrahmahnews.com%2F2017%2F03%2F09%2Fhadi-gunakan-al-qaeda-sebagai-boneka-untuk-amankan-kekuasaan%2F&edit-text=

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

10.3.2017 – Stephen O’Brien, UN Relief Chief (A H P)

Humanitarian suffering caused by parties- if they don’t change they must be held accountable for inevitable famine, deaths, suffering #Yemen

https://twitter.com/UNReliefChief/status/840293471051214848

Comments:

You know, aid without addressing causes of humanitarian crisis, is kinda like pouring grain into a pierced sack..and hole is growing.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/840337285321236480

He did though ... "parties" :

https://twitter.com/mkearley2008/status/840339391310643200

What bloody parties!? People are dying right and left and "political correctness" a priority now! No wonder culprits emboldened.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/840341312012464129

Thank you, Hisham @omeisy - the UN's dance around the issue is incredibly frustrating.

https://twitter.com/shireen818/status/840337744316551168

who is besieging Yemen? Who is attacking sea &airports? Who is attacking factories &economic factory?Saudi

https://twitter.com/Mohamedben1810/status/840318746472402945

@UNReliefChief sometimes clarity is the solution of any issue, in #yemen we have enough hypocrisy.

https://twitter.com/janoubona_arabi/status/840302195023179777

@UNReliefChief your unclarity at this point makes you unfortunately one of those parties.

https://twitter.com/janoubona_arabi/status/840300489686298627

10.3.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

UN envoy to Yemen: New peace plan ensures Hadi’s survival

A new peace plan to be launched by the UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismael Ould Cheikh, would allow for Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to remain in power and the formation of a national unity government, political parties in the country have said.

According to the sources, the plan involves four main clauses:

Hadi to remain in power to oversee a transitional period

Abolishing the position of vice president that is currently held by General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar

The formation of a national unity government

Houthi militias to hand weapons to army battalions, with the latter relocating to Sanaa

The sources added that Ould Cheikh will present the new plan during his current tour of the region which includes a mechanism and a roadmap to implement United Nations Resolution 2216.

Ould Cheikh is due to meet Hadi and a number of Saudi officials in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170310-un-envoy-to-yemen-new-peace-plan-ensures-hadis-survival/

My comment: The deadlock will go on.to point 4: “to hand weapons to army battalions, with the latter relocating to Sanaa”: The greater part of the Yemeni army, loyal to former president Saleh, is allied to the Houthis, and thus army battalions already ARE at Sanaa.

10.3.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

GCC supports Ould Cheikh efforts in Yemen

The Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General said that the GCC supported the efforts of the UN Envoy to Yemen after his meeting on Thursday.

Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani discussed the current political, security and humanitarian situation in Yemen with Ismail Ould Cheikh and the envoy’s efforts to mediate peace between the warring sides.

The two sides reviewed the efforts of the UN Envoy to pursue the peace consultations and push the political process forward in Yemen on the basis of the GCC initiative, the outcome of the national dialogue and the UN Security Council International Resolution 2216.

Alzayani reiterated the GCC support to the efforts of the UN envoy to pursue the peace consultations in Yemen, stressing the keenness of the member states on achieving stability in Yemen and ensuring humanitarian relief aid reaches the Yemeni people in order to alleviate their suffering.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/03/10/GCC-supports-Ould-Cheikh-efforts-in-Yemen-.html

My comment: Business as usual. “stability in Yemen” as understood by GCC = stabile Saudi supremacy in Yemen; “ensuring humanitarian relief aid reaches the Yemeni people”: a simple lie when thinking of the Saudi blockade.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

11.3.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A)

#Saudi Monarchist Naser Nawaf Naser AlSaud, great nephew of @KingSalman fires his AK47 inside city ht he holds #US visa

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/840394118924771328 referring to film: https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/840394118924771328

10.3.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Photo: Today: #Saudi Monarchy militarizing football matchs to spread fear among young people

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/840298850938163200

9.3.2017 – In the Now (A P)

Film: Saudi cleric says using Photoshop is against Allah, what about Snapchat filters?

https://twitter.com/IntheNow_tweet/status/839943895584669696

Comment by Sarah Abdallah: Photoshop is forbidden but dropping bombs on millions of #Yemen's children is perfectly permissible according to Wahhabi charlatans like him

https://twitter.com/sahouraxo/status/840246319155417088

9.3.2017 – Zaid Benjamin (A P)

Film: Saudi Cleric Abdulaziz al-Fozan who calls for gender segregation even in hospitals of his country appears in a free-mixing ceremony in Spain

https://twitter.com/zaidbenjamin/status/840106223357718528 = https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/1157003444428236/

My comment: Yes, he is it, in the beginning standing on the very left (seen from the observer), showing up twice again. Look at this: https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2013/06/16/Cleric-denounces-fatwa-barring-Saudis-to-visit-sin-city-Dubai-.html and parts of it here: https://twitter.com/ff_uc4/status/839995825237458944

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

11.3.2017 – RT (* B K P)

Neuer Drohnen-König: Trump überflügelt Barack Obama

Noch während des Wahlkampfs präsentierte sich der neue US-Präsident Donald Trump als Gegner neuer militärischer US-Abenteuer. Selbst die NATO bezeichnete er als obsolet, auch wenn diese Bemerkung oft falsch interpretiert wurde. Zumindest beim militärischen Drohnen-Einsatz stößt er jedoch selbst den bisherigen Weltrekordhalter Barack Obama vom Thron. Foreign Policy verweist darauf, dass durch die Trump-Regierung innerhalb einer Woche mehr Luftschläge im Jemen autorisiert wurden, als in einem beliebigen Jahr unter der Regierung Obama. Dem offiziellen Kampf gegen islamistische Terroristen wurde dadurch jedoch jeweils ein Bärendienst erwiesen. Nach Angaben der International Crisis Group ist der jemenitische Al-Kaida-Ableger nun „stärker als je zuvor“.

https://deutsch.rt.com/international/47549-drohnen-konig-trump-obama-jemen-saudi-arabien/

11.3.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Hundreds of Yemenis protest 'Muslim Ban 2.0' in San Francisco

Yemeni Americans hold protests across country to denounce Trump's travel ban, hundreds demonstrate in San Francisco

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/hundreds-yemenis-protest-muslim-ban-20-san-francisco-1668257421

11.3.2017 – Salon (* A K P)

State Department approves weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, indicating more war in Yemen

The State Department approved resuming the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, according to the Washington Post, reversing a decision made during the final months of the Obama administration. The approval paves the way for a deal with the Saudis that would give them precision guided munitions and would be worth roughly $390 million.

Although Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has personally approved the sale, a lengthy interagency process will still take place and approval by the National Security Council is also needed. The deal was originally halted back in December of last year, after critics expressed concerns over the large numbers of civilian casualties in Yemen.

“Urging the Saudis to end the war while continuing to provide the weapons they’re using is like trying to persuade a friend not to rob a bank while driving his getaway car,” Tom Malinowski, who served as the top human rights official at the State Department under President Barack Obama, told the Washington Post – by Charlie May (with film)

http://www.salon.com/2017/03/11/watch-state-department-approves-weapons-sales-to-saudi-arabia-indicating-more-war-in-yemen/

My comment: Malinowki is hitting the spot. That’s a brilliant description of the US-Saudi relationship when looking at the Yemen war. And add this to the story, the pistol he had held into the bank officers face I had given to him just before.

10.3.2017 – Rare (A P)

Rand Paul on Yemen: Are U.S. interventions doing more harm than good? Are we actually any safer?

In a hearing for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered a much-needed critique of the interventionist foreign policy pursued by the bipartisan establishment in Washington for the better part of two decades.

Paul used U.S. intervention in Yemen — a war many Americans do not even know our government is fighting — as the launching pad for his argument. Central to Paul’s comments, posed as a question to Dr. Dafna H. Rand of the National Defense University, who was testifying, is the issue of whether the United States’ present foreign policy is dictated more by what we can do than what we should do.

“The United States has the technical ability to kill anyone anywhere anytime,” Paul began. Yet, he continued, “just because we can doesn’t mean we should, and I think we don’t have enough discussion about the practical ramifications of whether or not we kill more terrorists than we create.” He continued:

I think Yemen is a perfect example of this. We’re supplying the Saudis with bombs, refueling the planes, picking the targets. I assume that we didn’t pick the target of a funeral procession, but we wounded 500 people and 140 people — I say “we;” the Saudis did it, but with our armaments. You think that Yemenis don’t know where the bombs are coming from?

http://rare.us/rare-politics/issues/foreign-policy/rand-paul-on-yemen-are-u-s-interventions-doing-more-harm-than-good-are-we-actually-any-safer/ and in film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V5Dwkz-_-I

10.3.2017 – Real Clear World (A P)

Film: Rubio: Ungoverned Space In Yemen Is al-Qaeda's Newest Safe Haven

Rubio: Ungoverned Space In Yemen Is al-Qaeda's Newest Safe Haven

At a Senate Foreign Relation Commitee hearing Thursday in Washington, Sen. Marco Rubio made the case that the U.S. needs to come up with a grand strategy to solve the chaotic civil war which is giving al-Qaeda a new base in Yemen. He also considers Iran's position supporting the rebel Houthis.

“What is our strategy with regards to Yemen? And I think should be driven by our national interest, which I think you would -- anybody on the panel would disagree, are twofold. One is the counterterrorism aspect of it. From everything I have seen, and testified here today, al-Qaida in Yemen is the new Fatah, in many ways. It is now the core area where you see al-Qaida actually being able to prosper, create anchor, and -- and establish. And they have deep links to Yemen that go back a tremendous amount of time, and they take advantage of an ungoverned space.
So that's first and foremost. We don't want Yemen to be an ungoverned space, because ungoverned space is the breeding ground for al-Qaida, and ISIS before them.

So that's our first interest, and the other, which we shouldn't ignore, is the question that Senator Menendez has asked, and I know a lot people have asked, and that is, what is the Iranian intention in the region? And so there's this, all this discussion about are the Houthis under the command and control of the Iranians?

But in the case of the Houthis, there -- I don't think there's any debate that they are receiving substantial amount of assistance from the Iranians, and that the level of assistance immediately correlates into actions.

But in Iranian geopolitical views, that they probably prefer the situation that's there now, than they would any sort of power sharing. They're not involved in this because they are concerned about ethnic minorities not having a voice in government. They're involved because they see the opportunity to create a beachhead of influence, and they bring on the periphery of who they view as their strategic rival for dominance in the region. And they want this to be protracted.

http://www.realclearworld.com/video/2017/03/10/rubio_ungoverned_space_in_yemen_is_al-qaedas_newest_safe_space.html

My comment: A repetition of well-known propaganda of a great interference and important role of Iran in Yemen by this senator, coming close to babble in some parts. Rubio is labeled as a now hope of neocons (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Rubio). What a politics could be expected to come out of statements like this – and others which were to be heard on this hearing? The US in large part seems to be quite self-reference and will lead to an even more war-mongering and threatening politics.

10.3.2017 – US Senate (* A K P)

Hearing for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy

Gerald M. Feierstein (already linked in YPR 278): http://www.foreign.senate.gov/download/feierstein-testimony-030917 and of this link does not work. http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/resolving-the-conflict-in-yemen-us_interests-risks-and-policy-030917p

Article on this hearing, already linked in YPR 278: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-senate-committee-discusses-yemen-new-approach-or-old-policies-2027824386

10.3.2017 – US Senate (* A K P)

Hearing for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy

Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington , D.C.

The Iranian-backed Houthi offensive has significantly undermined U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

Governance in Yemen has been a longstanding problem. But the Houthi offensive in late 2014 knocked President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi from power at a time when the U.S. was counting on his government to act as a vital counterterrorism partner.

The U.S. government has long recognized Iran as one of the Houthis’ two key backers.

That warning proved to be accurate, as the Houthis made significant gains just over two years later. The U.S. and its allies have intercepted multiple Iranian arms shipments reportedly intended for the Houthis. 2 And senior U.S. officials have repeatedly referenced Iran’s ongoing assistance. Late last year, Reuters reported that “Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis,” including “missiles and small arms.

Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his supporters have worked to undermine President Hadi’s’s government.

Former President Saleh and his son have allied with the Houthis to thwart any chance of having a stable political process inside Yemen. The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Saleh and two Houthi military commanders in 2014, describing them as “political spoilers.”5 Saleh became “one of the primary supporters of violence perpetrated by” the Houthis as of the fall of 2012, and has provided them with “funds and political support.”6

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is attempting to build an Islamic state in Yemen.

AQAP isn’t just an “affiliate” of al Qaeda; it is al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda has deep roots inside Yemen.

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/030817_Joscelyn_Testimony.pdf and of this link does not work. http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/resolving-the-conflict-in-yemen-us_interests-risks-and-policy-030917p

My comment: Joscelyn’s strength evidently is the Al Qaeda subject. His interesting statement is cited in parts in cp14 below. On the Houthis and Iran he simply echoes the standard Saudi and neocon propaganda.

10.3.2017 – US Senate (* A K P)

Hearing for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy

Dr. Dafna Rand, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University, Washington , D.C.

Defining America’s Interests in Yemen, and Designing a Strategy to Achieve Them In order to best secure our interests, ending this conflict is paramount. Yet finding a strategy to achieve this objective has been challenging. The United States has supported the Saudi-led military Coalition in its efforts to restore the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi even as we have urged regional leaders, with the United Nations, to seek a negotiated settlement. At the same time, we have tried to confront the growing threat from terrorist groups in Yemen.

While the United States has not been a member of the Saudi Arabian-led Coalition in a formal sense, we have directly supported its military operations. Many aspects of the Coalition operations can be linked directly or indirectly to U.S. training, cooperation, and assistance, and certainly many Yemenis blame us for the conflict’s tragic toll. In spite of this involvement, the United States has had uneven influence on the Coalition’s strategic military decision-making throughout the war, and has been unsuccessful in convincing our partners to accept various power-sharing agreements.

Two years into this war, this strategy – offering a U.S. imprimatur and assistance without exercising meaningful influence – has not achieved the desired goals: ending the conflict and restoring to Yemen a sovereign government presiding over a unified security apparatus. In 2016, recognizing this fact, the former administration was re-evaluating the strategy, and wisely focusing more on defensive support to the Coalition coupled with shuttle diplomacy.

Yet some are now advocating that we significantly increase our assistance to the Coalition – including by directly facilitating new offensives into Houthi-controlled areas of the country such as Red Sea ports, including Hodeidah. About 90 percent of UN food assistance and 70 percent of Yemen’s pre-war commercial food imports have entered Yemen through Red Sea ports.1

This would be a serious mistake. Pouring more fuel on the fire risks rapid escalation – for our partners, to be sure, but also for us. While some advocate an escalatory offensive to tame the Houthis, deter Iran, and end the war, the more likely scenario is a greater quagmire, with more lives lost and even greater Iranian support for the Houthis. Even if the Coalition were willing to use a strategy of punishment against the Yemenis living in the north, the Houthis would be unlikely to submit. They may come to negotiations in a weaker position in the short term; however, over time, as they always have, they will retreat and then re-emerge – more empowered and ready for the next round.

For the United States, our own direct involvement in an escalation could invite a classic security dilemma. While our intent may only be the defense of our allies, the Houthis and Iran may perceive such support as a direct threat, inviting the greater likelihood of attacks against our own ships in the Red Sea. Even to those who welcome an offensive U.S. military confrontation with Iran, this is not the most direct or wise way to challenge Iranian ambitions in the region.

Instead of supporting escalation, we should continue the difficult work of refining our strategy, putting America’s goals, interests, and values first. We should:

Ending the Conflict Is an Urgent Policy Objective: Three Consensus Conclusions

Calibrating our Strategy

Because the endurance of this conflict is generating one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, enabling Iranian meddling, and tangibly benefiting AQAP and other terrorists, investing in ending this war is an urgent national security interest and should continue to be our chief policy priority.

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/030917_Rand_Testimony.pdf and of this link does not work. http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/resolving-the-conflict-in-yemen-us_interests-risks-and-policy-030917p

My comment: Many good ideas, but she does not put in question the partnership (even calling it “friendship”) with the Saudis.

10.3.2017 – The Independent (* B K P)

Yemen is a complicated and unwinnable war. Donald Trump should stay out of it

The Trump administration’s first counter-terrorism operation was a failure for the US and much worse for the Yemeni villagers who are dead, wounded, homeless and have seen their livestock, on which they depended for their livelihoods, all killed

The Trump administration is making its first radical policy change in the Middle East by escalating American involvement in the civil war in Yemen. Wrecked by years of conflict, the unfortunate country will supposedly be the place where the US will start to confront and roll back Iranian influence in the region as a whole.

To this end, the US is to increase military support for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and local Yemeni allies in a bid to overthrow the Houthis – a militarised Shia movement strong in northern Yemen – fighting alongside much of the Yemeni army, which remains loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

If ever there was a complicated and unwinnable war to keep out of, it is this one.

Despite Saudi allegations, there is little evidence that the Houthis get more than rhetorical support from Iran and this is far less than Saudi Arabia gets from the US and Britain. There is no sign that the Saudi-led air bombardment, which has been going on for two years, will decisively break the military stalemate. All that Saudi intervention has achieved so far is to bring Yemen close to all out famine.

But at the very moment that the UN is warning about the calamity facing Yemen, the US State Department has given permission for a resumption of the supply of precision guided weapons to Saudi Arabia. A bizarre element in Trump’s decision to take the offensive against Iran in Yemen is that the Iranians provide very little financial and military aid to the Houthis. Saudi propaganda, often echoed by the international media, speaks of the Houthis as “Iran-backed”, but Yemen is almost entirely cut off from the outside world by Saudi ground, air and sea forces

In the event [US raid at Yakla village, Jan. 29] , the White House and the Pentagon have so far hidden fairly successfully from any real examination of the destruction of this remote Yemeni village, perhaps calculating that no independent journalist could make the dangerous journey to the site of the attack. But a lengthy on-the-spot report by Iona Craig, entitled “Death in al Ghayil" and appearing in the online investigative magazine The Intercept, convincingly rebuts the official version of events, little of which appears to be true – by Patrick Cockburn

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/yemen-war-donald-trump-us-military-iran-middle-east-isis-counter-terror-operation-william-owens-seal-a7622471.html = http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/13/why-trump-should-stay-out-of-yemen/

11.3.2017 – Morning Star (A P)

Reprieve Slams Yemen Whitewash

LEGAL action charity Reprieve slammed yesterday the Pentagon’s whitewash of the botched January raid on Yemen that left dozens of civilians and one US soldier dead.

Reprieve lawyer Jennifer Gibson, who represents the families of some of the victims, said: “President Trump’s government has conducted a secret, internal review and determined they don’t count as innocents.”

“A secret, internal review that contradicts eyewitness accounts, reclassifies innocent children as combatants, and underestimates the number of dead is simply not good enough,” she said, urging a public inquiry.

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-db08-Reprieve-slams-Yemen-whitewash

9.3.2017 – The Hill (* B K P T)

Yemen raid and airstrikes put 'forgotten war' back in the spotlight

While Trump appears to want to show his strength against the best organized of the al Qaeda affiliates, his counterterrorism push threatens to entangle the United States in a complex war that could have serious blowback on national security.

Amid the news, one might easily miss the type of article in the local Yemeni press that tells a vastly different interpretation of US counterterrorism efforts. A small story in the Yemen Press, an outlet affiliated with the Islah party (a Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood affiliate), describes how the U.S. airstrikes, in fact, support the Houthi-Saleh rebels.

It told of tribal fighters supporting "popular resistance forces" in regaining territory in Abyan after they witnessed rebel forces being backed by U.S. airpower. Articles in Arabi 21 and Al Shabaka tell a similar story, while others report that the strikes actually targeted Houthi fighters, in concert with the anti-Iranian shift in U.S. policy.

While accusations regarding U.S. motivations are patently untrue, the story highlights the way in which either political forces manipulate counterterrorism efforts, how they are misconstrued by the Yemeni public or both. As the United States escalates its military involvement in Yemen beyond its current support to the Saudi-led coalition, parties to the conflict will increasingly view it as taking sides in the war.

To ordinary Yemenis, a U.S. bomb that kills a friend, family or tribal member — whether or not it is dropped in the conduct of a counterterrorism operation — is still a bomb. When I asked a Yemeni friend from the country's south about the U.S. campaign against AQAP, he said, "It's stupid. The United States does not know how to differentiate between al Qaeda and normal Yemenis."

In their minds, America will be to blame and the blowback on U.S. interests may increase.

Trump has made clear his intent to take on terrorism in the Yemen theater, doubling down on military engagement in the face of public and congressional criticism of his involvement in the conflict. The political and social complexities, the human cost, and the potential backfiring of continued operations should give the White House and Congress pause – by Tarek Radwan

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/defense/323280-the-gray-area-between-counterterrorism-and-the-war-in-yemen

9.3.2017 – Ted Lieu, Member of Congress (A P)

53 members of Congress to Tillerson: Use diplomacy to open #Yemen's ports to humanitarian aid. Read the letter:

https://lieu.house.gov/sites/lieu.house.gov/files/Letter%20to%20Tillerson%20from%20MoCs%20re%20Yemen%20Crisis%20030917.pdf

10.3.2017 – Oregon Live (D)

From Yemen with love: Reed professor's coffee sign brews a global friendship

„Thank you, Lucia Martinez, for supporting Yemen," the anonymous givers wrote on a note inside the yellow parcel shipped by the carrier DHL. "Greetings from the coffee land," they finished a smiley face.

"I just started crying," the 34-year-old English and humanities professor said when she opened the box.

In a little more than a month, the simple gestures of goodwill traversed the globe from war-torn Sana'a, the ancient Yemeni capital near the base of the Arabian Peninsula, to Reed.

"You can't process it," Martinez said of the story. "It's impossible."

It all started with a tweet – by Andrew Theen

http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2017/03/from_yemen_with_love_reed_prof.html

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

11.3.2017 – CBC (A P)

Walked across Quebec-New York border after first trying to come to Canada legally

Two Yemeni sisters who illegally crossed into Canada last month say they're caught in bureaucratic limbo in Ottawa after a government official confiscated their only piece of identification.

The women, aged 20 and 18, crossed illegally from the U.S. on Feb. 22 with the hopes of avoiding being deported to Yemen — which is currently embroiled in a civil war — under an executive order from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The two women are Yemeni citizens, but have lived their entire lives in the United Arab Emirates and have never been to the country, they said.

"I want to be a doctor, because it's my dream. So I choose Canada," said the older of the two sisters, whom the CBC has agreed not to identify due to concerns about their personal safety – By Trevor Pritchard

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/yemen-women-refugee-document-confiscated-1.4019894

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

9.3.2017 – Yörük Isik (A K)

Ship of Interest: Danish flag vessel Marianne Danica transits Bosphorus en route to Jeddah carrying weapons & ammo from Burgas to #Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/839989750647967744

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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11.3.2017 – Aljazeera (* A H)

Yemen's other refugee crisis

New campaign aims to highlight the problem of asylum-seekers fleeing into Yemen from Africa.

A new campaign is aiming to shed light on a lesser-known side of Yemen's humanitarian crisis: the trend of refugees fleeing into the country.

The campaign - launched last month by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR - aims to raise awareness, including through the song Dangerous Crossings, in which prominent Somali, Ethiopian and Egyptian artists warn of the dangers of sea crossings to Yemen.

"To leave like this is tragic / To stay away heart-breaking / But despite the risks, the desperate tide rises / Like an unlucky child fallen from the nest / Far from home and everything familiar / How many tears will you cry?" states the song, released last month via social media.

"[Those fleeing into Yemen] are aware there is a conflict, but I just don't think they know how bad it is," Shabia Mantoo, a spokesperson at UNHCR's Sanaa office, told Al Jazeera. "Yemen is a very generous country and people have traditionally sought protection here."

Yemen is currently home to more than 270,000 refugees and asylum seekers, predominantly from Africa, according to UNHCR. In 2016, at least 117,000 more arrived, the agency said.

The influx has alarmed humanitarian workers in Yemen, where the war-ravaged infrastructure is already under heavy strain. The ongoing war has killed thousands of people, displaced millions and brought the country to the brink of famine.

Amid the sharp decline in safety in Yemen, the massive refugee influx - which comes amid deteriorating conditions in the refugees' countries of origin - is alarming, Mantoo said.

"They don't have enough information. They are misled by smugglers and traffickers about what lies ahead," she said. "They are making incredibly dangerous journeys across the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, and then arriving in the middle of a warzone."

Women and children are at particular risk of sexual violence and exploitation by human smugglers along the way, aid workers say. Refugees have reported experiencing various kinds of trauma during their journeys, including being robbed, shot at by militias, forced into labour or deprived of food and water.

Once in Yemen, some refugees travel elsewhere, including other Gulf countries, in search of work. For those who remain in Yemen and wish to claim asylum, the process can take up to five years. In the meantime, work opportunities are limited in the war-torn country – by Sophia Akram

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/yemen-refugee-crisis-170307094750333.html

10.3.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (* A H)

Renewed fighting displaces tens of thousands more across Yemen

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler to whom quoted text may be attributed at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Intensified hostilities across western and central Yemen continue to force tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, with many now struggling to cope in abysmal conditions. More than 62,000 have been reported to be displaced within the last six weeks.

On Yemen’s western coast, recent fighting in Taizz governorate has left more than 48,400 people displaced. The majority, some 35,226 people, have fled within Taizz or to neighbouring Hudaydah (9,822). Others have also been displaced to the nearby governorates of Ibb (1,068 people), Aden (900 people), and smaller numbers to Al Dhale’e, Lahj, Abyan and Shabwah.

Most of those displaced are in dire need of assistance and have found shelter in communal and public spaces, including schools and health facilities, whilst others are living in unfinished buildings or even out in the open.

A number of those displaced, including many children, have been reported as suffering from malnutrition, while others are distressed and in need of psycho-social assistance. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in areas of displacement are also leading to outbreaks of diseases, including skin ailments.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with partners, has quickly responded to the needs of the newly-displaced people from Taizz, including through the provision of shelter and relief items for those that arriving in districts of Hudaydah and Ibb.

UNHCR’s relief assistance - including mattresses, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen sets and buckets - has so far reached over 14,000 people, whilst emergency shelter kits and tents have also been provided to cover the needs of more than 18,000. Additional distributions are planned, which will assist over 3,800 newly-displaced individuals from Taizz.

With fighting still ongoing, UNHCR continues to advocate intensely for access within Taizz itself to reach people in need.

Local host communities are also stretched to capacity and buckling under the strain of hosting additional, newly displaced populations. Not including the tens of thousands newly displaced, the governorates of Taizz, Hudaydah and Ibb are cumulatively hosting 25 per cent of Yemen’s total internally displaced population between them, or 504,258 individuals.

Elsewhere in central Yemen, the recent escalation of conflict in Dhamar Governorate, which borders Sana’a, has left thousands newly displaced. Triggered by a dispute in the governorate’s Utmah district, hostilities have forced more than 13,902 people from their homes across the governorate. Several sub-districts to which people have been displaced remain inaccessible, so the total number of those displaced may be much higher, and 6,978 IDPs among those recorded displaced, are now attempting to return home.

Main roads to the district currently remain blocked, hampering access to the population in need. Significant damage to civilian infrastructure has also been reported. The lack of adequate health facilities in the district also means that injured civilians can only seek treatment in a general hospital, which is 85 kilometres away.

Many of those displaced from the fighting are now in urgent need of food, shelter and medicine and lack adequate water and sanitation facilities. A number of women are also reporting psychological distress and malnutrition. UNHCR is currently mobilising to reach displaced families in the governorate.

With international support for the humanitarian response in Yemen severely lacking, UNHCR is immensely concerned about being able to respond to new and ongoing displacement across Yemen. With UNHCR’s 2017 budget for Yemen so far funded at only 7 per cent,

http://www.unhcr.org/news/briefing/2017/3/58c270074/renewed-fighting-displaces-tens-thousands-across-yemen.html = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/renewed-fighting-displaces-tens-thousands-more-across-yemen

10.3.2017 – UNCHR (* A H)

Displaced Yemenis face dire conditions after latest violence

Renewed fighting has displaced more than 62,000 people in recent weeks, with many facing malnutrition, disease and inadequate shelter.

As the battle for control of the Red Sea port of Mokha on Yemen’s west coast raged around them last month, Amina* and her family knew the time had finally come for them to flee for their lives.

“We faced danger from both the sky and the land. We hid at home for most of the time, but when we were nearly killed and our house damaged by the fighting, we just had to leave,” the 28-year-old mother of three said.

Together with two neighbouring families, Amina, her husband and their children crammed themselves into a vehicle that would take them to safety, splitting the US$180 cost between them. A journey that would normally take two hours lasted four times as long as they had to stick to back roads to avoid the fighting.

“We couldn’t take anything with us – no food, clothes or any belongings because there was hardly any space for the people. So we left with nothing,” Amina explained.

They made their way some 150 kilometres north to the town of Bayt al Faqih in the neighbouring Hudaydah governorate, where Amina and her family have been staying in an apartment provided by the local community for the past several weeks.

Intensified hostilities across western and central Yemen have forced more than 62,000 people from their homes within the last six weeks, including 48,400 from the west coast governorate of Taizz, where Mokha is located, UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday (March 10).

Most of the displaced are in dire need of assistance and have found shelter in communal and public spaces, including schools and health facilities, whilst others are living in unfinished buildings or out in the open,” Spindler told reporters.

A number of those displaced, including many children, have been reported as suffering from malnutrition, Spindler said. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in areas of displacement are also leading to outbreaks of diseases.

UNHCR and its partners have responded swiftly to the needs of those displaced from Taizz to Hudaydah and others across the country, providing shelter and emergency relief items which many recipients reported as being the only humanitarian assistance they have so far received.

However, fighting is currently hampering access to more than 35,000 people displaced within Taizz governorate itself, and UNHCR is calling for the resumption of humanitarian access to the area while trying to mobilize a response with all national actors on the ground.

http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/latest/2017/3/58c271124/displaced-yemenis-face-dire-conditions-latest-violence.html = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/displaced-yemenis-face-dire-conditions-after-latest-violence

9.3.2017 – International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen: Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM) - 13th Report - Governorate Profiles - February 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-task-force-population-movement-tfpm-13th-report-governorate-profiles-february and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/13th_tfpm_governorate_profil.pdf

Yemen | Task Force on Population Movement | TFPM 13th Report - Dashboard - March 2017

From December 2016 to January 2017 the TFPM observed an overall decrease in the conflict-related displacement of 15,876 individuals (-0.79%). On the other hand, there has been an overall increase in the conflict-affected return population of** 21,222** individuals (+2%). Food was reported as the top priority need among 75% of identified IDP locations and 51% of returnee locations.

Key Findings

55% of IDPs are children.

11.3% of the total population of Yemen remain displaced or have returned to their areas of origin.

75% of conflict IDPs originate from four governorates: Taizz (25%), Hajjah (19%), Amanat Al Asimah (16%) and Sa’ada(15%).

74% of conflict returnees are located in four governorates: Aden (38%), Amanat Al Asimah (21%), Taizz (8%) and Lahj (7%). 70% of conflict IDPs are located in seven governorates: Hajjah (20%), Taizz (14%), Amanat Al Asimah (8%), Amran (7%), Dhamar (7%), Sana’a (7%) and Ibb (7%).

21% of the IDP population reside in collective centers (CC) or spontaneous settlements (SS).

84% Of IDPs have been displaced for more than one year.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-task-force-population-movement-tfpm-13th-report-dashboard-march-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/tfpm_dashboard_13th_report_v5.pdf

14.–16.2.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Infographics, Maps:

Yemen: In-Country Stocks and Pipelines (as of 1 February 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-country-stocks-and-pipelines-1-february-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/shelter_nfi_cccm_cluster-_stocks_and_pipelines-_14_february_2017.pdf

Yemen: Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster 3Ws (Who Does What Where) for January 2017

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-shelternficccm-cluster-3ws-who-does-what-where-january-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/shelter_nfi_cccm_cluster-_3ws_-_january_2017-_16022017.pdf

Yemen: Collective Centers and Spontaneous Settlements Hosting IDPs (as of January 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-collective-centers-and-spontaneous-settlements-hosting-idps-january-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/shelter_nfi_cccm_cluster-_collective_centers_and_settlements-_january_2017-_16022017.pdf

Yemen: Shelter / NFI / CCCM Cluster Dashboard for January 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-shelter-nfi-cccm-cluster-dashboard-january-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/shelter_nfi_cccm_cluster-_dashboard-_january_2017-_16022017_0.pdf

31.12.2016 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (* A H)

Republic of Yemen Fact Sheet December 2016

NEED ANALYSIS AND STRATEGIC DIRECTION FOR 2017

As outlined in the 2017 HNO, more than 4.5 million people require assistance with shelter, non-food items (NFIs) or management of collective centres in which they are living. This includes 3.9 million living in areas of acute need. Despite ongoing efforts, a large number of IDPs still live in severely concerning conditions, including in unfinished buildings, substandard shelters, schools, public facilities or in the open.
The 2017 Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster strategy envisions a comprehensive, governorate-tailored response that will target the most vulnerable families.
Assistance will be designed to incorporate protection analysis and complement the work of other clusters. Altogether, cluster partners will assist 2.2 million people, including emergency shelter for more than 1.1 million people and NFI solutions for nearly 1.9 million people. Support for collective centre management and solutions for those living in spontaneous settlements will benefit nearly 162,000 people. Support to minor rehabilitation of these public facilities will also benefit the host community. The 2017 plan is partially driven by additional needs that have emerged due to affected people’s depleted savings, lack of access to financial resources and saturation of available housing capacity. As a result, partners will pilot cross-cutting approaches such as the use of cash and vouchers, and working through multi-functional mobile teams.
The 2017 cluster plan will also focus more strongly on returnees than last year.
As of January 2017, about 1 million people are estimated to have provisionally returned to their areas of origin, compared to 17,000 at the time of the 2016 YHRP. With many returnees facing precarious conditions or living in areas of significant damage, partners aim to support their transition with a return package that will include vouchers for emergency shelter or basic relief items. Activities targeting returnees will also include direct support for rehabilitation of damaged houses. Finally, partners will work with national stakeholders to transfer knowledge, particularly on emergency shelter design and accommodation-type tailored CCCM approaches.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/republic-yemen-fact-sheet-december-2016 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yemen_shelter_nfi_cccm_cluster_factsheet_for_q4_2016_-_30_january_2017_0.pdf

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

10.–11-3.2017 – Terror Monitor (A T)

Photos published by IS, attacking Houthi positions in Al Bayda province, area Amer Qevh.

https://twitter.com/TerrorMonitorAR/status/840177268546785283

https://twitter.com/TerrorMonitorAR/status/840590567537012736

10.3.2017 – US Senate (* A K P)

Hearing for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy

Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington , D.C.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is attempting to build an Islamic state in Yemen.

AQAP isn’t just an “affiliate” of al Qaeda; it is al Qaeda.

The U.S. has killed a number of top AQAP leaders, but the group has effectively replaced them and likely retains a bench of capable fill-ins.

Al Qaeda has deep roots inside Yemen.

Osama bin Laden’s and Ayman al Zawahiri’s men first began to lay the groundwork for al Qaeda’s organization inside Yemen in the early 1990s, if not earlier.

The jihadists’ patient approach has clearly borne fruit. An unnamed U.S. military official recently explained that AQAP has “skillfully exploited the disorder in Yemen to build its strength and reinvigorate its membership and training.”10 This same official estimated that AQAP’s total group strength is in the “low thousands,” but warned that because many of its members are Yemeni “they can blend in with the tribes there.”

Some tribal leaders are closely allied with AQAP, so much so that they have been integrated into the organization’s infrastructure. This has led to an awkward situation in which some of AQAP’s leaders are also partnered with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Hadi’s government in the war against the Houthis.

AQAP has also benefitted from its longstanding relationship with Shaykh Abd-al-Majid al-Zindani and his network. The U.S. Treasury Department first designated Zindani as a terrorist in 2004, describing him as a “loyalist to Usama bin Laden and supporter of al-Qaeda.”16 In 2013, Treasury said that Zindani was providing “religious guidance” for AQAP’s operations.17 Zindani has been a prominent leader in Islah, which is a Yemeni political party affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Saudi Arabia and Islah have a lengthy history of relations, which had cooled in the not-so-distant past. However, as a result of the Houthis’ successful push across Yemen, Saudi Arabia has embraced Islah once again.18 Zindani himself has maintained friendly relations with the Saudis.19

Zindani is the founder of Al-Iman University, which has served as a jihadist recruiting hub. Some al Qaeda leaders have not always been happy with the elderly ideologue. But one letter recovered in bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound demonstrates why al Qaeda would not publicly criticize him.

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/030817_Joscelyn_Testimony.pdf and of this link does not work. http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/resolving-the-conflict-in-yemen-us_interests-risks-and-policy-030917p

cp15 Propaganda

11.3.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Air force launches ‘This is My Father’ exhibition in Taif

Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Otaibi inaugurated on Thursday the “This is My Father” exhibition organized by King Fahd Air Base in Taif.
The exhibition, supervised by King Fahd Air Base Commander Maj. Gen. Abdul-Latif Al-Shouraim, focuses on the role the military plays in defending the homeland.
The exhibition runs for one week and is expected to draw large numbers of people from Taif.
It offers information about military aircraft, ammunition and military equipment and weapons. The exhibit should spark pride in the hearts of the sons of the heroes of the Royal Saudi Air Force who are protecting the country and supporting the Yemeni people – by Mohammed Al-Sulami

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1066606/saudi-arabia and photos: https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/840552293628018688

My comment: To make it serious: “My father is a killer (of kids like me)” would fit better.

10.3.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Yemeni diplomat: What is happening in Yemen is a project run by Iran which aims to establish a sectarian state in Yemen

Yemeni ambassador to Britain Dr. Yasin Namaan said that what is happening in Yemen is a project run by Iran seeking to dismantle the national state in the region and establish a sectarian state, stressing that the coup militias in Yemen adhere to this destructive project which increases the suffering of the Yemeni people .
During a seminar organized by the European Council on Foreign Relations in London about Yemen, Dr. Namaan confirmed that this project is rejected by the majority of the Yemenis, pointing out that this project seeks to destabilize the situation in Yemen.
http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1600588

My comment: The “normal” propaganda. No, what happens in Yemen is no Iranian project. What the majority of the Yemenis actually reject Namaan hardly will know. Certainly, the great majority rejects the Saudi air strikes, this will be sure.

cp16a Saudische Luftangriffe: Kokha / Saudi air raids: Kokha

10.3.2017 – RT (** A K)

Saudischer Luftangriff tötet mindestens 26 Menschen in Jemen

Mindestens 26 Menschen starben bei einem Luftschlag auf einen Marktplatz in der jemenitischen Stadt al-Hudaydah. Weitere 20 Menschen wurden verletzt. Das berichteten lokale Ärzte gegenüber RT.

Neben 26 Zivilisten sollen auch sechs pro-iranische Huthi-Kämpfer getötet worden sein, berichtet die Nachrichtenagentur AFP.

Die Huthi-Kämpfer flohen angeblich in den Markplatz, um Schutz vor saudischen Luftangriffen zu nehmen. Kampfflugzeuge bombardierten die Positionen der schiitischen Huthis dennoch, die den sunnitischen Präsidenten Abedrabbo el-Hadi 2015 aus der Hauptstadt Sanaa vertrieben.

Eine Militärquelle mit Verbindungen zu Präsident el-Hadi, der mit saudischer Unterstützung seine Regierung nach Aden verlegte, sagte der Nachrichtenagentur AFP, dass die Huthis Zivilisten "als Schutzschild" missbrauchen.

https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/47527-17-tote-menschen-bei-luftangriff/ und von DLF24: http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/jemen-mindestens-26-tote-bei-luftangriff-auf-hafenstadt.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=719928 und Handelsblatt: http://www.handelsblatt.com/panorama/aus-aller-welt/jemen-dutzende-tote-nach-luftangriff-auf-markt/19503612.html

Mein Kommentar: Der letztgenannte Vorwurf ist absurd, wenn man sich die Situation vorstellt. – Saba News (und andere Quellen im westen) sprechen von mindestens 22 Toten.

11.3.2017 – AFP (** A K)

Strike on Yemeni market kills 26

An air strike by a Saudi-led Arab coalition on a market in Yemen killed 20 civilians and six rebels on Friday, medical and military sources said.

The aircraft tried to target rebels at a roadblock on the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port of Khoukha, but the fighters fled to a market where they were attacked, the sources said.

The attack took place at the entrance to a market selling the mild narcotic leaf qat, which is very popular among Yemeni men.

A military source close to Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi said that by fleeing to the market, the rebels had used civilians as “human shields”.

The rebel television channel Al-Masirah also reported the air strike, but give a slightly higher toll of 27 killed and said dozens more were wounded.

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/2078011/strike-yemeni-market-kills-26

11.3.2017 – Reuters (** A K)

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 22 in Yemen: official

At least 22 civilians were killed on Friday and dozens wounded when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a market in western Yemen causing a fire to break out, a local official said.

Missiles launched by fighter jets of the Arab alliance hit a market selling the mild narcotic leaf qat, which is popular among Yemenis, near the Red Sea fishing town of Khoukha.

Rescue workers on Friday night were battling a blaze in the market caused by the attack and pulling bodies out of the rubble some of which were burned beyond recognition, according to Hashim Azazi, deputy governor of Hodeidah province.

"All of those killed were civilians, none were holding weapons," said Azazi.

A coalition spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.

"The incident at Khawkhah resulted in a number of civilian deaths and injuries. We're deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life," UNHCR spokeswoman for Yemen Shabia Mantoo told Reuters – by Abduljabbar Zeyad and Mohammed Ghobari

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-hodeidah-idUSKBN16I072 and 22 also is reported by Yemeni Saba Net: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458592.htm

10.3.2017 – Middle East Eye (** AK)

Saudi-led air strike on market kills dozens in Yemen

Medical and military sources say 20 civilians and six Houthi rebels were killed near the Red Sea port of Khoukha

An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition on a market in Yemen killed 20 civilians and six rebels on Friday, medical and military sources said.

The aircraft tried to target Houthi rebels at a roadblock on the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port of Khoukha, but the fighters fled to a market where they were attacked, the sources claimed.

The attack took place at the entrance to a market selling the mild narcotic leaf qat, which is popular among Yemenis.

A military source close to Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi said that by fleeing to the market, the rebels had used civilians as "human shields".

The Houthi television channel Al-Masirah also reported the air strike, but give a slightly higher toll of 27 killed and said dozens more were wounded.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-led-air-strike-kills-dozens-yemen-1124287347

My comment: Objecting the rebels had used civilians as "human shields" is certainly odd for such a situation when these people just are running for their lives.

10.3.2017 – Legal Center (** A K PH)

#Today
10/3/2017
#AlKhukha_Massacre
The warplanes of #Saudi_led_coalition launched 1 airstrike that targeted the public market in Al-Khukha district #AlHodeida
The airstrike kill 22 civilians and injured 10 others as a primary outcome

Some of killed names:
1- Abdullah Abass Sheryan Razeq
2- Abdulrahman Saeed Salahi
3- Abdulmalik Saeed Salahi
4- Abdu Abdullah Omar Razeeq
5- Morseed Younis Abdu Daybalah
6- Mahmoud Mohammad Yahya Mer'i
7- Ahmed Mohammad Ahmed Sheryan
8- Nasr Ali Hassan Razeq
9- Mohammad Khaled Razeq
10- Abdullah Mohammad Ahmed Razeq
11- Bakari Zaid Taybakh

Some of injured names:
1- Mosher Saleh Al-Rahabi
2- Ali Saleh Ali Aziz
3- Anwar Ali Abas Al-Majdohi

There are many un-known dead bodies,they cant recognize them till now

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=787557664727934&id=551288185021551

Photos to be found here (very graphic):

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=787557664727934&id=551288185021551

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1648731078756213

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/pcb.1648729452089709/1648728998756421/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/Stormpacketscrimes/photos/pcb.1857962087794672/1857961241128090/?type=3&theater

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/840271286702112768

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/840253573548146688

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1649335802029074

films: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/videos/1648732838756037/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr78FTofcMQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B9E2ODokcM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5evl-VmFQtE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1wNihWKJUM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMonMg8jIyw

10.3.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy and others (A K)

.@UNReliefChief calls for opening Hodeidah, reiterates "only a political solution that will end suffering & bring stability to the region."

https://twitter.com/KateKizer/status/840294320217427968

Saudi's response was loud & clear, bombed hell out of Hodeidah tonight & targeted market knowing full of civilians. Impunity.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/840332475490525185

After 2 years of such bombings, killing thousands, tonight's massacre simply added to log. #Yemen-is don't expect action by int'l community.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/840328292737667073

cp16b Saudische Luftangriffe: Sonstige / Saudi air raids: Other

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

11.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A H PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 10/3/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/551288185021551/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/787765491373818/?type=3&theater and http://lcrdye.org/lcrd/Eng/PageDetails?id=1674 (http://lcrdye.org/userfiles/files/%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AC%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%B2%D9%8A/Reports%20center/Daily%20reports/2017/3/10-Mar-2017.pdf)

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

10.3.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 9/3/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/551288185021551/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/787333638083670/?type=3&theater and http://www.lcrdye.org/lcrd/Eng/PageDetails?id=1672 (http://www.lcrdye.org/userfiles/files/%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AC%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%B2%D9%8A/Reports%20center/Daily%20reports/2017/3/9%20Mar,%202017.pdf)

11.–12.3.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

Saudis war criminals jets are hovering and bombing on Sanaa in Yemen now

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1649104622052192

11.3.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Taiz: aggression warplanes waged raid on Omari schools in Dhubab district

http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=67333&lang=en

11.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi coalition airstrikes hit Nehm

The US-backed Saudi aggression coalition-fighter jets launched on Saturday two strikes on Nehm district of Sana'a province, a security official told Saba.
The war planes struck al-Manarah area twice, causing heavy damage to citizens' private properties, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458599.htm = http://newnewss.net/?p=3353

11.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launches 2 airstrikes on Mareb

Saudi aggression warplanes launched two airstrikes on Serwah district of Mareb province, a locally official told Saba on Saturday.
The airstrikes targeted al-Matar area and Hailan mountain.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458585.htm

Saudi aggression drops cluster bomb on Mareb

Saudi aggression dropped a cluster bomb on Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official told Saba on Saturday.
The cluster bomb was one of four airstrikes launched on Hailan Mountain in the district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458590.htm

10.3.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

3 #Saudi air strikes targeted 5 camels in Mokha area #Taiz #Yemen Even animals become a target !!!!

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/840220644025520129

10.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Woman, two children killed in Saudi strike in Hajjah

A women and two children were killed in an airstrike by the US-backed Saudi aggression jets Harad District of Hajjah province overnight, a local official told Saba on Friday.
The hostile raid targeted a citizen’s house in al-Mazraq area in the district, which led to killing a women and two children and injuring another child. http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458507.htm and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZH77E_vykA and photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1649336868695634

10.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression jets launch two raids on Serwah

The US-backed Saudi aggression waged two raids on Friday on Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official told Saba.
The aggression warplanes launched a raid on al-Matar area and another on Hilan Mountain in Serwah, the official explained.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458526.htm

10.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression jets drop two clusters bombs on Nehm

The US-backed Saudi aggression fighter jets dropped two cluster bombs on Nehm district in Sana'a province, a security official told Saba on Friday.
The official said that the aggression warplanes waged two strikes on the district, dropping internationally-banned cluster bombs, which led to severe damage in the private property and citizens' farms.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458520.htm

10.3.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Film: More raids with forbidden weapons at Munabah, saada province

New victims fall of internationally prohibited weapons that affect populated areas under international silence. Young Amina Ali Shareef Al-Sheikh from the people of the same directorate hit critical injuries following the aggression targeting homes in the area. Internationally banned weapons have caused burns in the body most honest I have ever been three days since the hit, but the poor Living situation her family contributed to the delay in arriving at a hospital in the capital of the province in addition to the rugged road and degradation as a result of the continued targeting by the aggression.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyuT9LEIUyA and photo: https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1301193019933725/?type=3&theater

My comment: What a hell for that girl. A Saudi made hell. Might be the Saudis could send her a basket of dates and afterwards praise themselves as humanitarian savers of Yemen.

10.3.2017 – Almasirah TV (* A K PH)

Film: Raid at Dhamar province, Feb. 25, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eao4fxtnbU

cp17a Kriegsereignisse: Küste / Theater of War: Coast

12.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition warplanes pound Houthis positions, air defense system intercept five Katyusha missiles - military source

The Fighter jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched on Saturday four air raids on the sites of the Houthi-Saleh militiamen in southern Mawza district in western Taiz province, southwestern Yemen. According to a military source.

At the same time, the fighting between the Houthis-Saleh militants and the pro-government forces are going on flaring in the areas located between Dhubab and Mawza districts, and in western Khaled camp, the source added.

The source also said that the air defense system of the Arab Coalition have intercepted five missiles fired by the Houthi militants on the pro-government forces sites in the area.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/89523

11.3.2017 – The National AE from AFP, AP (A K PS)

15 killed in fighting near Yemen Red Sea port

Seven Yemeni soldiers and eight rebels were killed in heavy fighting over the weekend near the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha.

The historic port was captured by government forces on February 10 as part of a major offensive launched in January to try to recapture Yemen’s 450 kilometre Red Sea coastline, which had previously been almost entirely in rebel hands.

But there have been repeated clashes over the past month both inland and north of the town as the Iran-backed rebels seek to take it back.

The latest fighting focused on the village of Yakhtul, 14 kilometres north of Mokha, which is currently in government hands, medical and security sources said Saturday.

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/15-killed-in-fighting-near-yemen-red-sea-port

and

11.3.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Eight Houthis killed, 13 others injured in clashes western Yemen

Eight militants from the Houthi-Saleh forces were killed on Friday in clashes and artillery shelling with the pro-government forces in the sites western Mawza district and northern al Mocha in Taiz province, western Yemen.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the clashes have expanded to “Hussi Salem and Dar al Shujaa” villages, along with artillery shelling exchanged by the two sides northern al Mocha.

At the same time, the pro-government forces stationing northern al Mocha have intensified the artillery shelling on the Houthis and allied forces western Khalid military camp and on their sites southwestern Mawza.

Eight militants from the Houthis-Saleh forces were killed and 13 others injured in the clashes and shelling, according to the source.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/89519

10.3.2017 – AP (A K)

Suspected rebel-planted mine hits Yemeni ship, kills 2

A Yemeni coast guard vessel on Friday hit a naval mine suspected of being planted in the Red Sea by rebels and the explosion killed two sailors and wounded eight, including the ship's captain, security officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief journalists.

It was the first such explosion of a naval mine since Yemen's civil war began. Saudi-led coalition forces combating Yemen's Shiite rebel forces, known as Houthis, had previously warned of the presence of naval mines planted by Houthi militants in the Red Sea – by Ahmed Al-Haj

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/nation-world/world/article137656853.html

My comment: That’s terrible and more of this kind could happen; anti-Houthi propaganda had made eight fisherman victims of this incident (look at YPR 278, cp2). And that’s what pro-Houthi-Saleh media report:

11.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression military boat exploded

A military boat of the naval Saudi aggression exploded after being hit by a sea mine off the west coast of Mocha in Taiz province, a military official said Saturday.
The boat's crew were killed or injured by the explosion.

www.sabanews.net/en/news458571.htm and by Fars News http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951221000358

My comment: there had been reports that a Yemeni boat was destroyed by a sea mine.

11.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi paid mercenary Brigadier General killed in Mokha

A military official confirmed on Saturday that Brigadier General, Saudi-paid mercenary Saleh Salam Zagalah, who worked as a reconnaissance officer, was killed in a unique military operation carried out by the army and popular forces in Mokha district of Taiz province.
The official also affirmed that Saudi-paid mercenary commanders Monassar Hassan al-Radfani and Marwan Najib al-Subaihai were also killed along with 13 other mercenaries in the operation.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458598.htm

11.3.2017 – Anadolu (A K)

Houthi attack kills top army commander in W. Yemen

A senior government commander was killed by a Houthi rocket attack in western Yemen on Saturday, according to a local military source.

Colonel Saleh al-Sobeihi was killed along with four other army officers after a Houthi rocket hit their vehicle east of Mocha port city, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Al-Sobeihi is the third senior military commander to have been killed in Houthi attacks since January – By Murad al-Erifi

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/houthi-attack-kills-top-army-commander-in-w-yemen/768941

cp17b Kriegsereignisse: Sonstige / Theater of War: Other

11.3.2017 – Yemen Conflict Map (A K)

# Yemen | Control in the Nehm Directorate - Sana'a governorate

Preliminary and approximate map

https://twitter.com/YemConfMaps/status/840554434052685826 = http://www.mediafire.com/view/91skr927sckcgsp/%D9%86%D9%87%D9%85_%D9%85%D9%81%D8%B5%D9%841.jpg

Updated on Saturday

11.3.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

Qatari, Kuwaiti Forces Clash with Yemeni Army Near Saudi Borders

The Qatari and Kuwaiti ground forces clashed for the first time with Ansarullah fighters and Yemeni army near the Saudi borders on Friday night.

Local sources reported that the clashes erupted in Saqam region in Jazan province near the borders with Yemen after the Yemeni army pushed back a Saudi aggression on bordering areas.

According to al-Yaman al-Saied news website, after the clashes, the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets pounded the Yemeni army's positions.

No report has yet been released ont the number of casualties on either side.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951221000390

11.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Marib province: the mercenaries' shelled different areas in Serwah district, causing heavy damage to citizen's houses and farms.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458585.htm

10.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

the Saudi paid mercenaries shelled with artillery different areas in Serwah district, Marib province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458526.htm

10.3.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Four military vehicles destroyed in Nehm

The army and popular forces destroyed four military vehicles belonging to Saudi-paid mercenaries in Nehm district of Mareb province overnight, a military official told Saba on Friday.
Five of mercenaries were killed and a military vehicle was destroyed in an ambush targeted them in Malh area, the official explained.
Three of the military vehicles were burned behind al-Manara Mountain by a military shelling, he added.
The official affirmed the killing of the mercenary leader Saddam al-Subaihi and five of his escorts during confrontations in the district.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458514.htm

10.3.2017 – A MTRZ (A K PH)

Photos distributed by military media today, showing that thee advance of the hypocrites in Nehm region [pro-Saudi mercenaries] had been broken

https://twitter.com/A_mtrz/status/839901568111640578 and more

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/840210236719923201

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/840210386884399112

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/840210589335080960

Houthi / Saleh reports:

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13951221001202

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/03/11/513926/Yemen-Houthi-Ansarullah-Hadi-Mukha-Taizz-Saudi-airstrikes-Sirwah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458601.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458581.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458600.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458568.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458514.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458523.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news458528.htm

Pro-Saudi / Pro-Hadi reports:

http://almasdaronline.com/article/89521

Houthi / Saleh films:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V0VpmuIOTY&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrgsIF3o3lU&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h15sAnY0diA&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3xGi2Z6Dew&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAOPyx33I_U&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueqrfbuxZTk&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI_AHNc47Zk&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlNJHy792hk&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcsT9F_TWw4&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvUl924dKwI&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnYgESVA304&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P87EDSOaHDM&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9_Z-EVHQcs&feature=youtu.be&a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiOUXua4x7Y&feature=youtu.be&a

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

11.3.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A P)

He appointed himself director of the Waqf in Aden and eliminates any earlier decision! As self-appointed Muhammad al-Huthi! (document)

https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/840670980578131969

11.3.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A P)

A simple form of bullying Huthi, racism and corruption is limited and a monopoly on them (document)

https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/840772111841054721

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-278-yemen-war-mosaic-278

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-278 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-278:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / and http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

07:53 12.03.2017
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