Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 292 - Yemen War Mosaic 292

Yemen Press Reader 292: Hungersnot im Jemen–Trump, Saudi-Arabien und Jemenkrieg–USA, Briten ermöglichen saudischen Bombenkrieg–Schicksale jemenitischer Studenten–Katar und Terrorismus–und mehr

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Famine in Yemen – Trump, Saudi Arabia and Yemen war – US, UK enabling Saudi aerial war – Fates of Yemeni students Qatar and terrorism – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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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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Katar / Qatar: cp14

10.4.2017 – ITV (** A H)

'Pockets of famine' already exist in Yemen, ITV News learns

Parts of Yemen are now in famine, according to a United Nations World Food Programme report seen by ITV News.

Doctors and aid workers here confirmed the assessment and told us there is no doubt the official statistics are lagging behind the reality on the ground.

Famine is officially declared only when specific statistical conditions are met.

But in rural Yemen, now in it’s third year of war, accurate data collection is virtually impossible.

Many poor communities here are extremely remote, hours from the nearest tarmac road.

Half of Yemen’s medical facilities are out of action, many have been bombed.

Few people can afford to travel to hospital for medical care.

No written population records are kept, thousands of children do not attend school, the dead are buried quickly in accordance with local custom - and whole sections of Yemen’s population are beyond the authorities’ reach.

The report, by the United Nations World Food Programme, outlines the official hunger statistics (known as IPC’s) for March this year.

It states: "The situation continues to deteriorate by the day; together we are facing down the very real threat of a conflict-induced famine.

"Even though there is no statistical confirmation of famine in Yemen a number of UN agencies and partners concur that pockets of famine already exist."

In one small and remote village visited by ITV News, 10 children have died this year from hunger or illness.

Village elder Mohammed Ali Ismail told us: "We always feel that we are alone because no help, nobody asks about us, no organisation visits us."

A senior humanitarian worker told us: "The IPCs are meaningless here."

Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world – by Paul Tyson (with many photos)

My comment: Even the UN must confess “famine” – what they try and try to avoid…


10.4.2017 – ITV (** A H)

These are the cries of Yemen's starving

As ITV News learns "pockets of famine" already exist in Yemen, Correspondent Neil Connery visits the country facing the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

The screams hit you first. They echo out from the small room in this mountain village clinic.

They are the cries of Yemen's starving in what is the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

Inside the centre in Beni Haydan in northern Yemen, a dozen severely malnourished babies lie on two rusting beds.

At times their cries of pain are piercing.

Saida's fragile 17-month-old body bears the signs of acute hunger. Her sister tries to comfort her but the pain of malnutrition is too much.

Jamelia is cradled by her sister Khula. She tells me her family have nothing.

"Our father is sick. We can't feed her, she just cries all the time," she said.

Beside her is Huda. Her mother tells me she was like this since birth.

"We are so scared. What can we do? We have nothing," she said.

This is one clinic in a remote village which is supported by the charity CARE International.

The chaos and desperation is a glimpse of the scale of what is happening across Yemen.

The room next door is crammed with mothers and children.

Volunteer Ahmed Baker says the needs are overwhelming.

"The humanitarian situation is terrible because of the war. There's no food or medicines due to the blockade," he said.

In these remote communities trying to collect accurate figures is virtually impossible.

But aid agencies believe famine has now arrived in parts of Yemen.

As Yemen's war continues, famine now haunts. Prayers aren't holding back this country's descent into darkness – by Neil Connery (with photos and film) and parts of film: and another film by ITV: and film by ITV: 'Sadly people are dying already, but more will die': @careintuk chief Laurie Lee on #Yemen's dire situation:

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11.4.2017 – ITV (** B H)

Fears military action in Yemen will worsen humanitarian crisis

Nadia and Fatima are exhausted and beyond despair. The fragile sisters lie next to each other on a bed in their remote village home.

Nadia, four, summons the strength to cry while six-year-old Fatima lies weakened from hunger.

Their bloated bellies and wasted bodies reflect the reality of the famine now affecting parts of Yemen.

Their mother Leila has run out of hope. She's frightened and feels helpless.

"If my girls need food, we will not find it, there's nothing. They will die from hunger. We don't have money to cure them, no money to feed them," she said.

"My daughters are like this because of hunger. They have no medicine and no food."

"I am very tired. I cry, I cry so much, I never stop crying. I never sleep," she said.

Hodeidah Hospital sees those who can afford the means to reach here. But they're a tiny fraction of those now starving in rural areas.

Doctor Musra Mohammed says 25%-30% of children in Hodeidah suffer from severe malnutrition. She believes the levels have now reached a famine.

"It makes me cry. It makes me very angry because I can't do anything for them. I try to help them but I can't achieve what I want to do," she said.

More than 70% of Yemen's food and supplies come through Hodeidah's port. But it's cranes have already been bombed by the Saudi-led coalition in the war.

The port and this city of half a million people is now in a state of fear over plans by the coalition to launch a full scale assault to try to break the deadlock in a war now entering it's third year.

The UN and aid agencies are warning that the consequences for the whole of Yemen will be catastrophic if there's military action in Hodeidah – by Neil Connery (with photos and film) and film also here:

My comment: Thank you, ITV.

10.4.2017 – War on the rocks (** B K P)

Doubling Down on America’s Misadventure in Yemen

While all eyes are focused on Syria, the United States is busy making extremely bad situation in Yemen even worse. In the wake of the recent Washington visit of Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Trump administration has significantly increased its support for the Saudi-led military campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. But lacking clear objectives, a plausible theory of victory, or an exit strategy, neither the United States nor Saudi Arabia is playing a winning hand in Yemen. While there may be opportunities in Yemen and elsewhere in the region for U.S. cooperation with the Sunni Arabs in containing Iran, siding with Saudi Arabia and its partners in Yemen’s civil war has implicated America in a strategically ill-conceived and morally reprehensible military campaign and risks dragging the United States into a quagmire.

The Trump administration has articulated three primary priorities in the Middle East — aggressive action against Sunni terrorist groups, increased efforts to counteract Iranian influence, and improved relations with traditional regional allies and partners. At first glance, an escalation of U.S. military involvement in Yemen checks all three boxes: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is al-Qaeda’s most dangerous franchise. Iranian influence in Yemen is expanding. U.S.-Saudi relations are emerging from the rough patch of the latter years of the Obama administration. For a new president eager to project a stronger image of the United States, doubling down on the Saudi-led effort to crush the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seems like a good bet. And what could be more enticing to Trump than succeeding in Yemen where the Obama administration failed?

Dancing to the Saudi Tune

While America’s overriding strategic priority in Yemen is to defeat and destroy AQAP, the top Saudi priorities were, in the private words of one senior Saudi prince, “Iran, Iran, and Iran.” Saudi diplomacy deserves credit for persuading successive U.S. administrations that safeguarding America’s security interests in Yemen could be safely outsourced to Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states. U.S. interests would have been better protected had Washington heeded the advice of Hans Morgenthau to “never allow a weak ally to make decisions for you.”

Do No More Harm

The U.S. government has little understanding of Yemen’s complex tribal society and even less ability to affect internal Yemeni politics. However, Washington does have a keen interest in avoiding three disastrous outcomes. The first is state collapse, which would worsen Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe. The second is the emergence of a Yemeni Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula. And the third, which is the most important from the standpoint of U.S. security, is the creation of an AQAP safe haven from which further attacks against the U.S. homeland could be organized. All three outcomes — and, paradoxically, an expansion of Iranian influence in Yemen — appear closer today than two years ago, when Saudi Arabia and their coalition partners embarked on their benighted military adventure with no clear political strategy for how to end it.

Give Peace a Chance

History has shown that the longer localized Middle East conflicts fester the more likely they are to metastasize into geopolitical contests which empower and embolden the most radical actors.

A key to halting the further growth of sectarianism and radicalism in Yemen and the chaos which feeds extremism is to de-escalate the fighting and to negotiate a comprehensive peace based on a formula for power sharing that is acceptable to the country’s warring factions and tribes.

Unfortunately, multiple iterations of U.N.-led peace negotiations have faltered in large part because Riyadh has been unwilling to accept a compromise that would give the Houthis a larger political stake.

Washington’s core strategic objective in Yemen, therefore, should be to leverage U.S. assistance to Saudi Arabia and their coalition partners in the war against the Houthis to achieve an immediate de-escalation of the fighting.

When You’re in a Ditch and Want to Get Out

U.S. policy toward Yemen has failed catastrophically. Allured by the prospect of scoring a huge win against Iran and global jihadists and showing there was a new sheriff in town, the Trump administration, which had an opportunity to perform a mid-course correction, forgot the first law of holes and, as a result, is driving U.S. policy into a deeper ditch. By catering to the Saudis in Yemen, the United States has empowered AQAP, strengthened Iranian influence in Yemen, undermined Saudi security, brought Yemen closer to the brink of collapse, and visited more death, destruction, and displacement on the Yemeni population. Ratcheting up U.S. military support for the quixotic, inhumane, and dangerous pursuit of Saudi Arabia’s anti-Iranian agenda in Yemen, in the words of Talleyrand, “would be worse than a crime, it would be a mistake.” – by Perry Cammack and Richard Sokolsky =

4.4.2017 – Silent Crow News (** B K P)

Trump, Saudi Arabia and the War on Yemen

Trump to Strengthen U.S. –Saudi Alliance to Confront the Iranian Threat in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis within the poorest country in the Middle East. However, Trump is seeking an even closer relationship with the Saudi Monarchy. The Saudi Monarchy is an important part of Washington’s goal of dominating the Middle East for its natural resources, one that benefits its corporations that range from arms manufacturers to big oil companies. One other important factor to consider is Israel’s security which plays an important part of U.S. foreign policy in the region. Saudi Arabia is a vassal state, one that has a long history of supporting terrorists such as the Islamic state, al-Qaeda and others who have wretched havoc across the Arab world killing innocent men, women and children. Saudi Arabia is also one of the worst human rights violators in the world especially against women.

They are agents of chaos, or one might call “useful idiots” to counter Arab governments and resistance movements (Yemen, Syria, Iran, the Palestinians and Hezbollah) not aligned with U.S. and Israeli interests.

Saudi Arabia hailed a “historical turning point” in U.S.-Saudi relations after a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the two leaders’ shared view that Iran posed a regional security threat

Targeting Yemen to Fight “Iranian Influence”?

Wikileaks obtained documents ( that was published on December 9th, 2009 titled ‘Who Are The Houthis, Part Two: How Are They Fighting?’ detailed where the Houthi rebels obtained their weapons according to various political analysts, a British diplomat and NSB Director Ali Mohammed al-Ansi:

12. (S/NF) contrary to ROYG claims that Iran is arming the Houthis, most local political analysts report that the Houthis obtain their weapons from the Yemeni black market and even from the ROYG military itself. According to a British diplomat, there are numerous credible reports that ROYG military commanders were selling weapons to the Houthis in the run-up to the Sixth War. An ICG report on the Sa’ada conflict from May 2009 quoted NSB director Ali Mohammed al-Ansi saying, “Iranians are not arming the Houthis. The weapons they use are Yemeni. Most actually come from fighters who fought against the socialists during the 1994 war and then sold them.”

Trump’s accusations that Iran is supporting the Houthi rebellion are baseless. An important note to consider is that Iran is mentioned in the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) report which was produced in 2000 by the Neoconservatives during the George W. Bush Administration. The PNAC report said that “retaining forward-based forces in the region” is essential for U.S. security interests concerning Iran:

Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests in the Gulf as Iraq has. And even should U.S.-Iranian relations improve, retaining forward-based forces in the region would still be an essential element in U.S. security strategy given the longstanding American interests in the region

Iran’s threat to Washington is that it has an enormous amount of oil and other natural resources.

Trump is doing what every administration has done in the past whether Democrat or Republican and that is to support Iran’s long-time adversaries, Saudi Arabia and Israel and isolate Iran that will allow the U.S. to dominate the resource-rich region. The U.S. and its allies have been preparing for a possible war against Iran since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Trump wants to Fight ISIS with one of the Main Sponsors of Terror, Saudi Arabia

For Trump, Iran is a major threat in the Middle East, not the dictatorship of the Saudi monarchy that has continuously bombed Yemen causing a humanitarian crisis with more 10,000 civilian casualties and counting. Trump’s policy towards “Islamic militants” in the Middle East is “aggressive” according to an article by, an online U.S. military news site titled ‘Trump’s ramped up bombing in Yemen signals more aggressive use of military’:

Washington and its Close Ties to Saudi Oil

Washington has a long history with Saudi Arabia.

Trump will build a closer relationship with Saudi Arabia despite the fact that is committing war crimes against Yemen and has supported terrorist organizations committed to overthrowing the Syrian government. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he wants to defeat the Islamic State, but Saudi Arabia is not a good partner to take on the terrorists because historically speaking, they have armed and supported terrorist organizations for a long time.

Washington and Saudi Arabia is a strategic alliance. Besides, Washington does like a good dictatorship that follows its marching orders, after all, the Saudis do have an abundance of oil that feeds the Military-Industrial Complex and provides enormous profits for U.S. oil companies. The Saudis long-time support of terrorism also advances Washington’s agenda to create wars and regime change in the Middle East. Washington has a vested interest in Saudi Arabia and that is why Trump will keep the alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia intact, a move that advances Washington’s agenda and that is something that the establishment (or the swamp) would not disagree with – by Timothy Alexander Guzman =

7.4.2017 – BBC (** B K P)

Audio: “The US and the UK are the main enablers of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen”

Former diplomat, Nabeel Khoury says without the support of the US and the UK, Saudi Arabia would be hard-pressed to continue their military campaign in Yemen.

10.4.2017 – Al-Fanar Media (** B H)

Yemeni Youth Speak: “We Are Stranded”

Trapped, isolated, and often forgotten. That is the situation of many Yemeni youth, wherever they live, who are seeking education and, ultimately, employment.

Their universities have been bombed. If they attended universities abroad, their families can no longer afford to support them and their government scholarships have stopped coming. (A government official recently published a statement saying such funding will start up again. Many students remain skeptical.)

Young people inside Yemen who can speak English or another second language face high barriers in applying for foreign scholarships. Many of the embassies, nonprofit organizations and testing centers that administer scholarships have closed and their staff have fled.

Here we let six Yemeni youth speak for themselves.

In the Yemeni Highlands: Displaced, But Still Hopeful

Two years ago, when 22-year-old Haneen Mahmoud had to leave her house near the airport in Taiz, a city still on the frontline of Yemen’s conflict, she thought she would be back at home and in her classes soon.

Now she is still far from the university she was attending, Taiz University, and living in her grandmother’s house with her mother and two sisters in Ibb city. One of her sisters has had to change schools three times in the two years since the family’s displacement.

Her father, a doctor, was out of work for a year. Now he works with an international non-governmental organization in Taiz, about three hours away, and the family hasn’t seen him since June.

A Painful Arrest in Pakistan

When Sayyaf Amer thought about quitting his studies in Peshawar, Pakistan, he got a very clear message from his family: “Don’t come back to Yemen, do anything to complete your studies in Pakistan, or else find another country to move to.”

Amer is close to completing his master’s degree in communication engineering at University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. He only needs $1020 more. Like other Yemeni students abroad, he has faced difficulties because the Yemen government halted scholarship payments.

Stuck Halfway to a Degree

Hadeel Alawami has two wishes. The first is to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. The second is to see her family leave Yemen.

A Father and a Student in Malaysia

Three days before AbdelAziz Al-Raimi was scheduled to go to Malaysia to start working toward his Ph.D., Houthi forces entered Sana’a, Yemen’s capital city. The Sana’a airport was closed. He got to another airport in Yemen, Hadhramaut, and managed to fly to Kuala Lumpur by a circuitous route that included Doha and Kuwait.

Arriving in Malaysia did not end Al-Raimi’s struggle, though

For a Saudi-born Yemeni, an Education Cut Short

Mona Alsamey, now 22, grew up in Saudi Arabia. But she longed to study in her homeland, Yemen. She managed to make it—but only for seven months.

Now she is back in Saudi Arabia with her family, including her three brothers and seven sisters. Her Yemeni parents have lived in Saudi Arabia for 35 years. When she first asked to go to Yemen, her father initially refused, since it would involve her traveling and living alone.

An Aspiring Dentist in Russia

Marwa, a 26-year-old Yemeni student attending a university in Moscow, left her family in Yemen to study dentistry seven years ago, after receiving a government scholarship. As the only daughter of her parents—she has two brothers—she says it was a tough decision to make – by Sabah Hamamou

Comment: A must read on students' situation in #Yemen with school being bombed, no funds, no grants, no food, constant airstrikes, families divided, death

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11.4.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall / Haykal Bafana (* B K)

#Yemen #Smuggling: Fed up locals in #Mahra confiscate weapons on a beach east of al-Ghayda. Big ships unload at sea into small fishing boats (photo)

#Yemen : Weapons smuggling in "Saudi-liberated" Al Mahra province, bordering Oman. NOT through Houthi-run Hodeidah port in the Red Sea.

On the contrary, Saudi Arabia & allies persist in falsely claiming Houthis smuggle arms via Yemen's Hodeidah port.

I'll speak slowly: Houthis get weapons the same way Sanaa gets 32 flavors of Baskin-Robbins : From your MFin allies.

2 years of this Saudi war, and ALL Baskin-Robbins & KFC shops in Sanaa remain open & full of ice-cream. It is the wildest #Yemen mindfuck.

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (* A H K)

US-Saudi Aggression prevents three ships entering territorial waters

The US-Saudi aggression coalition blocked on Tuesday three ships carrying foodstuffs from entering the territorial waters, a shipping official told Saba.
The official added the coalition of aggression prevented the three vessels loaded with food from entering the territorial waters, and forced them to move away from the port of Hodeida. and photo:

11.4.2017 – ARD (* B H K)

Film: Jemen: Bilanz eines schmutzigen Krieges

Seit den ersten Angriffen unter der Führung Saudi-Arabiens gegen Huthi-Rebellen vor zwei Jahren kamen über 10.000 Zivilisten ums Leben. Das Land steht vor dem Kollaps. =,weltbilder6064.html

10.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

US-Saudi war criminals stopped this Yemeni huge ship with over 1 million barrels of oil on board. Over 2 years! referring to: (photos9

10.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A P)

Pulse of Yemen: A small news on UAE willing to grant passport to some Yemenis generates good comments.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed ordered the granting of citizenship to the people of Socotra residing in the United Arab Emirates and granting citizenship to some residents of Aden and Hadramout. What is the purpose of this process ?

The most striking part of the brief news? Comments coming from Yemen:

- Don't believe all those rumors. They use this propaganda because they know the people mentality and they have a mission to obey the West to achieve their targets against the Arab world... The wisdom say " what goes around, comes around. " Time will come

My comment: UAE more and more putting hands on Socotra island.

10.4.2017 – Get Up Stand Up (* A H)

Yemen survival tips (links)

10.4.2017 – Orient XXI (* B K P)

Pourquoi la guerre au Yémen ?

[Article in French on the war against #Yemen.
From the Arab Spring to the heritage of Ali Abdullah Saleh (president of Yemen for 33 years), Yemen in terms of regional conflict and the impunity of Saudi Arabia]


Cette guerre est particulièrement complexe, ce qui explique qu’elle est très souvent ignorée par les médias. Elle se comprend notamment comme le résultat d’une rivalité entre l’Iran, qui soutient les houthistes (par ailleurs appartenant à une branche du chiisme, le zaydisme), et l’Arabie saoudite qui soutient donc Hadi. Chaque pays souhaite assurer sa puissance à l’échelle du Moyen-Orient et cette compétition se fait au détriment de la population yéménite. Mais cette lecture régionale est insuffisante, car l’implication de l’Iran reste marginale et c’est essentiellement les rivalités entre les élites yéménites qui expliquent la guerre. La fin des bombardements saoudiens serait donc sans doute insuffisante pour arrêter la violence.


La guerre est en effet tout d’abord un héritage laissé par Ali Abdallah Saleh qui a été président pendant trente-trois ans. Il a divisé sa société pour mieux régner et monopoliser le pouvoir. En réaction, les régions du nord et du sud ont contesté son régime, ce qui a fragilisé le sentiment d’appartenance nationale. L’échec économique et la corruption ont de plus favorisé une défiance et des conflits interpersonnels et entre tribus qui s’expriment dans les combats actuels.


Par ailleurs, différents Yéménites ont intérêt à ce que la guerre se poursuive. Ils bénéficient de l’économie de guerre ou alors le chaos leur permet de s’imposer. L’un des effets de la guerre est de conduire à la division du pays entre Nord aux mains des houthistes et Sud contrôlé par Hadi – de LAURENT BONNEFOY,1800

10.4.2017 – Yemen Press (* B K P)

Saudi-led Coalition kill 30 Journalists in Yemen Since March 2015

Saudi air strikes have killed more than 30 journalists in Yemen, who last one was Abdullah Mo`aid, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information, in latest violations against Press freedom in Yemen.

According to Abdullah Sabari, president of Union of Yemeni Journalists, Saudi-led Coalition killed 30 journalists, 3 were working for Al Masirah Channel, one for Yemen Today, three for Yemeni Channel, one for an Independent media, and 22 were working in the War Media.

” Eight journalists have been injured as a result of direct targeting, three have worked to Al Masirah, one to Yemeni Channel, and 5 have worked to Independent media, Union of Yemeni Media confirmed that to YemenExtra.

Saudi-led Coalition have destroyed 7 Media institutions in Yemen, Al Sabri said to YemenExtra, adding ” Saudi air strike ruined Al Masirah Channel office in Sa`dah, northern Yemen, Yemen Today Channel, Sheba Channel, Hajjah, Hodeida, and Al Masirah Radio, Stores of 26 September journal as well.

Also, Saudi-led Coalition have destroyed two media institutions in Partially, as well as three houses of journalists smashed by Saudi air strike.

The Saudi-led Coalition Stopped channel broadcast 7 Yemeni channel, which have been Opposing the war on Yemen, plagiarizing others, blocking ” Youtube’s Al Masirah”, and surely disable Facebook of some activists.

Now, after two years of bombings, the Press freedom under being violated daily by Saudi-led Coalition, and Abdul Al Ma`aid will not the last one, Sabri point out.

9.4.2017 – Tasnim News (* B K P)

US Arms Used by Saudis against Entire Region, Even Russia: Australian Prof.

A senior political analyst based in Australia underlined that the Riyadh regime, which is “the biggest single customer” of US arms in the world, is using them against the entire region and even the Russian government.

Professor Tim Anderson, a lecturer of political economy at the University of Sydney, said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency:

The brave Yemeni people are 'invisible' to much of the international community. This is the deep racism of an imperial, neo-colonial world. Those big powers do not see others as full human beings.

How could they do this, while they sell arms to the Saudis to carry out these greatest of all crimes? The imperial powers must either demonize or ignore and bury, the subjects of their power plays.

Far more tears are shed for a few people killed in London or Paris, than for the many thousands in Yemen. And now they face starvation, due to Al Saud's financial sabotage of Yemen's payments system.

There has been a great continuity in US policy and arms sales to the Saudis: from Bush to Obama to Trump.

Those with money often believe they have power, and that they can do as they wish. It is this arrogance, and not mere stupidity, that leads them to underestimate the resistance of united peoples.

When the ambitions of arrogant men are frustrated, they have difficulty in understanding or learning from their mistakes. The Saudi regime is a strange and paranoid creature.

Its social and political base is vulnerable. That is why they both serve and cling to the big powers.

9.4.2017 – OpEd News (* B H K)

Famine & Endless War Today--WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

What's it like living next door to War-Torn Yemen? (Part 4): The Sequal 2-plus years-On: Famine & Endless War

Several years back I felt that I needed to type out a set of documents from the silent side of the border of Yemen--namely the Dhofar region of Oman. This is the region where I live and work and which borders Yemen. However, mo there is still a buffer of many hundreds of kilometers from this region and most of the ongoing war or conflict led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These human catastrophes are mostly now being carried out largely (but not exclusively) in the far-distant Houthi held regions of Yemen

Now, again I feel a new set of documents need to be published on: What's it like living next door to War-Torn Yemen? The following is the first of this new series as yemen faces the worst famine in its history.

Two factors lead me to again tackle this topic. First, the United Nations has called on all countries of the world to aid the famine victims in Yemen. The youngest of the Yemeni population are the hardest hit and are dying at an alarming rate even as bombings continue in Yemen. One recent visitor to Yemen on behalf of peace groups noted, "The U.S. is arming the Saudis, that have led to the catastrophic situation in Yemen where one child is dying every single 10 minutes." So, this story must be told and retold until Americans comprehend it.

Second, President Trump appears to be expanding and accelerating the USAs involvement in the region. Just look at what he did in Syria last week. One long-time Middle East observer has noted: "The U.S. has been incinerating people for years with drone strikes, killed over 200 people in Mosul just recently." Meanwhile, he same has been going on in Yemen--first in the last months of the Obama Administration (who set an armament selling record with the Saudis) and now under the new Trump administration.



Here in Oman, the government continues to accept the treatment of casualties from the Yemeni civil war in its hospitals, but at the same time it is expelling many illegal workers in Oman. Among some of these workers targeted for expulsion are included Yemeni nationals, some whom have been working here for years.


9.4.2017 – Anadolu (* B K)

Landmines add to plight of war-ravaged Yemenis

According to the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations, a total of 615 people have been killed and 942 others injured by landmine explosions in the past two years.

"Landmines have killed 101 children and 26 women," the coalition's executive director, Muther al-Bazekhi, told Anadolu Agency.

He said 527 disabilities were also reported due to landmine explosions in the war-ravaged country.

"Large numbers of landmines are still planted in several provinces without maps to clear them," he said. "This remains a permanent threat to the lives of Yemenis."

The Yemeni government accuses the Houthi rebels of planting more than 250,000 anti-personnel and anti-vehicle landmines across Yemen.

The government says that its forces have managed to clear only 40,000 landmines.

The highest number of fatalities by landmine explosions was reported in Yemen’s third largest city of Taizz.

“Landmines have killed about 160 people in Taizz,” Army Colonel Taher al-Mekhlafi, who heads a demining team in the city, told Anadolu Agency.

He said more than 110 people were also injured by landmine explosions in the city.

Al-Mekhlafi accused the Houthis of planting different types of landmines in provinces under their control – By Zakaria al-Kamali

7.4.2017 – BBC (* B K P)

Audio: “The US and the UK are the main enablers of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen”

Former diplomat, Nabeel Khoury says without the support of the US and the UK, Saudi Arabia would be hard-pressed to continue their military campaign in Yemen.

7.4.2017 – BBC (* B K P)

Audio: “Saudi Arabia overreacted to reports that Iran was involved in Yemeni conflict”

Gulf Analyst, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, says Saudi Arabia exaggerated Iran’s involvement when deciding to intervene in Yemen.

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11.4.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A H)

Hey world Please read this&feel it Some families in my city Dhamar r eating from the garbage at night so that no one knows abt them

11.4.2017 – UN Population Fund (A H)

Statement attributable to UNFPA Director for the Arab States Regional Office, Dr. Luay Shabaneh, on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

The alarming level of food scarcity in Yemen is putting the lives of 352,000 pregnant women at risk, and could harm the health of 2.2 million women of childbearing age, who are in urgent need of assistance and protection.

In a country with one of the highest maternal death rates in the Arab region, lack of food, poor nutrition and eroding healthcare could mean an increase in premature or low-birth weight babies and severe postpartum bleeding, making the process of giving birth more life threatening.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is extremely concerned about the health and protection of women and girls in Yemen, especially those who are pregnant as access to food and basic services remains beyond reach for many.

UNFPA is scaling up its efforts, and appealing for $22.1 million under the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan to meet the urgent sexual and reproductive health needs and respond to gender-based violence.

11.4.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen (* A H)

On 9 April, despite long-standing humanitarian access restrictions, I was able to enter Taizz City and gain a first-hand impression of the humanitarian situation.

Compared to the last time I was in the city over 9 months ago – and in spite of its current status as an active conflict zone – markets seemed busier with more people, more vehicles were on the roads and many more shops and restaurants were open. Local relief committee members and hospital managers stressed that a recent reduction in the fighting has allowed some semblance of normalcy to return to this hard hit city, allowing some of the partially functioning hospitals to conduct minor repairs.

However, they also stressed that lives are being lost to preventable diseases. Hospitals and feeding centers struggle to cope due to problems with salary payments, insufficient essential supplies, and lack of medicines. Increasing malnutrition rates, particularly in children, are worsening the already difficult humanitarian situation.

I now call on parties to the conflict to build on the momentum of this recent visit by helping to establish a predictable and regular access mechanism to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to people in need across Taizz. I further call on them to ensure that the mechanism does not only cover Taizz City but also helps to improve humanitarian access to the rural areas in the governorate, where the need is also great. = and

11.4.2017 – Norwegian Refugee Council (* B H)

Yemen: An extreme situation for women

Since the war in Yemen started two years ago, women have been pushed to the margins of political influence in the country. GenCap Advisor Deborah Clifton says the situation has gone from bad to worse. Within this context, Deborah Clifton is working as a Gender Advisor through GenCap. She advises the wider humanitarian community in the country, under the umbrella of the Humanitarian Response Plan.

"Women here are telling me that they are being marginalized more and more. You see how the war has made life more difficult for everyone, but for women this is extreme. In a climate where women were already restricted and excluded, the rhetoric against women's participation is growing. Women, and also many men, are concerned about the growing resistance to women's involvement in public arenas and decision-making," says Deborah Clifton.

She works along with the Yemen Gender Network, made up of UN, NGO gender focal points, government ministry gender focal points and civil society. The group works to increase attention to gender-related issues and gaps in the humanitarian response, and that women are included and listened to when humanitarians carry out their mandate.

In addition, they advocate for women's rights towards media and entities with various degrees of power.

"Men have gone to war and are fighting, it is more important than ever that we, the women, are heard when we put our concerns forward. We see the suffering, we have lost loved ones, our situation gets worse every day. People say that now is not the time to think about women or gender issues, but actually, taking our concerns seriously is more important now than ever. We want this war to stop, we want an end to this suffering," says Dr. Husnia Al Kadri from the Gender Studies Department at Sana'a University.

"The situation is terrible, teachers have not been paid for over 6 months, and we hear stories of children fainting at school because they have not eaten breakfast," says Dr. Husnia – by Alvhild Strømme (with photos) =

11.4.2017 – AFP (* A H)

Uno warnt vor «Massensterben» in Nigeria und Jemen

Die Vereinten Nationen haben wegen der Hungerkrise in mehreren afrikanischen Ländern und in Jemen vor einem «Massensterben» gewarnt. Dafür verantwortlich machten sie unter anderem fehlende Hilfe. Im westafrikanischen Nigeria, am Horn von Afrika und in Jemen bestehe das zunehmende Risiko eines «Massensterbens» durch Verhungern, sagte ein Sprecher des Uno-Flüchtlingshilfswerks UNHCR, Adrian Edwards, in Genf. Diese humanitäre Krise «hätte verhindert werden können», sagte Edwards. Nun sei sie «unausweichlich».

Edwards machte neben der seit langem andauernden Trockenheit und den Konflikten in den betroffenen Ländern die unzureichenden finanziellen Hilfen aus dem Ausland für das Ausmass der Katastrophe verantwortlich.

11.4.2017 – UNCHR (* A H)

UNHCR says death risk from starvation in Horn of Africa, Yemen, Nigeria growing, displacement already rising

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

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning today that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing. This warning is in light of droughts that are also affecting many neighbouring countries and a funding shortfall that has become so severe that an avoidable humanitarian crisis in the region, possibly worse than that of 2011, is fast becoming an inevitability.

Already displacement is rising, forcing us to upgrade our displacement estimates for 2017.

In all, some 20 million people in these countries are in areas affected by drought, 4.2 million of whom are refugees.

In this context, the risks to children can be particularly great.

In Yemen, which is experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with almost 19 million people in need of humanitarian help, around 17 million people are food insecure. Food needs are being cited as the lead factor in displacement at three quarters of all locations where there are internally displaced people.

UNHCR is scaling up efforts with its partners.

Our operations in South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen are today funded at between 3 and 11 percent. It is now urgent that the shortfalls be addressed.

11.4.2017 – Reuters (* A H)

Risk of mass starvation rapidly rising in Africa, Yemen, U.N. warns

The risk of mass starvation in four countries -- northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - -is rapidly rising due to drought and conflict, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Some 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among young children, it said.

In South Sudan alone -- where the United Nations declared famine in some areas in February -- "a further 1 million people are now on the brink of famine", UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said.

"We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing," Edwards told a news briefing.

"This really is an absolutely critical situation that is rapidly unfolding across a large swathe of Africa from west to east," he said.

A preventable humanitarian catastrophe, possibly worse than that of 2011 when 260,000 people died of famine in the Horn of Africa, half of them children, "is fast becoming an inevitability", Edwards said. Overall the United Nations has appealed for $4.4 billion for the four countries but has received less $984 million or 21 percent to date, Jens Laerke of the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said – By Stephanie Nebehay and by Aljazeera: and by The Globe and Mail (with photos):

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11.4.2017 – Reuters (* A H)

Grains piled on runways, parking lots, fields amid global glut

CHICAGO Iowa farmer Karl Fox is drowning in corn.

Reluctant to sell his harvest at today's rock-bottom prices, he has stuffed storage bins at his property full and left more corn piled on the ground, covered with a tarp.

He would rather risk potential crop damage from the elements than pay the exorbitant cost of storage elsewhere.

"That's how poor people do it," said Fox, who has been farming for 28 years. "You do what you have to do."

Farmers face similar problems across the globe. World stockpiles of corn and wheat are at record highs. From Iowa to China, years of bumper crops and low prices have overwhelmed storage capacity for basic foodstuffs.

Global stocks of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans combined will hit a record 671.1 million tonnes going into the next harvest - the third straight year of historically high surplus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That's enough to cover demand from China for about a year.

In the United States, farmers facing a fourth straight year of declining incomes and rising debts are hanging on to grain in the hope of higher prices later. They may be waiting a long time: Market fundamentals appear to be weakening as the world's top grain producers ponder what to do with so much food – By P.J. Huffstutter and Karl Plume

10.4.2017 – Aljazeera (* B H)

Film: Yemen civilians caught in Taiz fighting

The province of Taiz has been a focal point of Yemen’s civil war since it began two years ago.

It lies between territories held by Houthi rebels in the north and government-controlled areas in the south.

For the people caught in the middle, it’s simply compounded the hardship of an already difficult life.

Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports.

10.4.2017 – Deutsche Welle (* B H)

Der in Vergessenheit geratene Bürgerkrieg

Im Jemen herrscht nach wie vor Bürgerkrieg. Das Land muss mittlerweile als gescheiterter Staat angesehen werden, staatliche Strukturen sind kaum mehr existent, die Bevölkerung hungert. Doch von der internationalen Öffentlichkeit wird das Leid der Menschen kaum beachtet - der Konflikt in Syrien dominiert das Weltinteresse.

Immer wieder muss die Hilfsorganisation Care ihre Lebensmitteltransporte bei den jemenitischen Konfliktparteien spontan anmelden, um nicht selber zwischen die Fronten zu geraten. Der Konflikt zwischen der sunnitischen Regierung und den schiitischen Rebellen ist inzwischen so weit außer Kontrolle geraten, dass der Jemen als sogenannter "failed State" gelten muss, die staatliche Strukturen sind quasi nicht mehr existent. Doch die internationale Öffentlichkeit nimmt davon kaum Notiz. Marten Mylius ist der für den Jemen zuständige Koordinator von Care: "Und man muss natürlich auch sehen, dass die Bevölkerung von Tais, das war natürlich eine Stadt, die fast zwei Jahre einen Belagerungsring ausgehalten hat.#

Der Jemen, südlich von Saudi-Arabien gelegen, ist vor allem aufgrund des Syrienkrieges aus dem Blickfeld geraten, doch auch hier wird der Hunger als Waffe gegen die Zivilbevölkerung eingesetzt.

Syrien-Konflikt überlagert alles

Karl-Otto Zentel ist der Generalsekretär von Care Deutschland: "Ich kann mir eine Reihe von Gründen vorstellen, zum einen haben wir natürlich in Syrien eine ganz andere internationale Dimension erreicht, das zweite ist, dass es sehr schnell darstellbar war, so ein bisschen eine Schwarz-Weiß-Unterscheidung zu machen, klare Forderung der Politik zu sagen: Die Regierung da muss weg! Das war im Jemen nie der Fall und dann würde ich sagen: Da haben Sie viel Wüste, da haben Sie Oman und dann haben Sie das Meer. Das heißt, wir haben hier keine jemenitischen Flüchtlinge gesehen."

Ohne sichtbare Flüchtlinge also auch keine politische Diskussion hierzulande.

Spenden für den Jemen gehen drastisch zurück

Von den internationalen Zusagen über die Vereinten Nationen sind in diesem Jahr gerade einmal knapp sieben Prozent erfüllt worden, auch bei Care selbst ging die Spendenbereitschaft zurück, weil der Bürgerkrieg im Jemen in Vergessenheit geriet – Von Thomas Weinert

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10.4.2017 – Deutsche Welle (* B H)

Yemen aid workers: 'If ever there was a time for support, then it's now'

As a UN donor conference nears, aid workers warn the humanitarian crisis in Yemen could worsen without more international support. An attempted rebellion and Saudi-led military intervention has led to severe famine. International funding for Yemen is urgently needed in response to widespread malnutrition and limited access to medical care caused by the war in the country, representatives of an aid organization active in Yemen reported Monday in Berlin.

Roughly 17 million Yemenis are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, among them 7 million Yemenis exposed to extreme food shortages and almost 500,000 severely malnourished children under the age of five, aid organization CARE International reported. Ahead of a UN donor conference later in April, aid workers warned that more money was needed to stop the situation from spiraling further out of control.

"If there was ever a time for support from the international community, then it's now," said Marten Mylius, an emergency help coordinator with CARE.

Less than 10 percent of the $2.1 billion (1.98 billion-euro) aid package sought by the UN for 2017 has been funded, according to the most recent UN numbers. The funding target is based on the projected costs of supplying basic provisions like food, water and shelter by those in need as a result of the war - more than 60 percent of Yemen's total population, according to CARE.

Famine is a growing concern, representatives said. With South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, Yemen is likely to be a focal point of Western humanitarian help in the months ahead. The UN donor conference for the country is scheduled for April 25 in Geneva.

Ordinary Yemenis, and especially children, continue to bear the brunt of a bombing campaign CARE representatives criticized the use of food or medical access as forms of leverage, even as they avoided criticizing specific nations or groups. They called pointedly for the lifting of blockades and airspace restrictions.

"It's simply unacceptable," said CARE general secretary Karl-Otto Zentel. "It's unheard of that civilians severely injured in war are unable to be treated on location but can't be evacuated out of the country. These are unacceptable conditions." – by Steven Beardsley

Mein Kommentar: „Der Jemen[…] ist vor allem aufgrund des Syrienkrieges aus dem Blickfeld geraten“: Genau das bezweifle ich. Der Jemenkrieg ist vor allem deshalb in Vergessenheit geraten, weil es selbst mit der größten geistigen Akrobatik nicht möglich ist, ein Narrativ zu finden, bei dem der „Westen“ irgendwie noch halbwegs positiv erscheinen würde.

10.4.2017 – RT (* A H)

Film: Keine Öffentlichkeit für Jemen-Krieg: „Notwendigkeit des Handelns steht völlig außer Frage“

Auf der Bundespressekonferenz schilderten Helfer ihre Eindrücke aus dem kriegsversehrten Jemen. Vertreter von CARE verweisen darauf, dass die Bundesregierung einen Mehr-Parteien-Dialoge initiiert habe, um damit Friedensgespräche zu ermöglichen. Der Konflikt erreiche weniger Aufmerksamkeit als etwa Syrien, weil dort nach dem Eingreifen der „Sowjetunion“ eine ganz andere internationale Dimension erreicht sei. Zudem seien aus dem Jemen keine Flüchtlinge in Deutschland zu erwarten.

10.4.2017 – Domradio (* B H)

Hilfsorganisation Care: Krieg im Jemen bekommt zu wenig AufmerksamkeitSpenden und politischer Druck fehlen

Die Hilfsorganisation Care kümmert sich um Opfer des Bürgerkrieges im Jemen. Die Haupstadt Sanaa sei kaum noch wiederzuerkennen, erzählt Nothilfekoordinator Marten Mylius im Er hofft auf mehr Spenden für das Land.

Mylius: Ich habe auch vor dem Krieg im Jemen gearbeitet und gelebet. Und mich hat jetzt besonders bestürzt, wie stark sich die Lag eim Land verschlechtert hat. Es gibt in der Hauptstadt Sanaa keine Elektrizität. Die Menschen können ihre Kühlschränke nicht mehr anschließen, die Lebensmittel können deshalb nicht mehr vernünftig aufbewahrt werden. Es sind viele Einkommen weggefallen. Die wirtschaftfliche Lage im Land ist so schlecht, dass viele Menschen von Hilfslieferungen abhängig geworden sind. In den Straßen liegt der Müll rum, weil es fast keine Müllentsorgung mehr gibt. Das Wasser kommt nicht mehr durch die Leitung. Sanaa war einmal eine wunderschöne Stadt und heute kann man sie fast nicht mehr wiedererkennen. Es gab in den letzten zwei Jahren diverse Cholera-Ausbrüche. Das hat man ein bisschen unter Kontrolle gebracht. Am allerdringendsten ist jetzt, die Nahrungsmittelversorgung zu sichern. Sieben Millionen Menschen sind von einer Hungersnot bedroht. Die Menschen haben hier kein Einkommen, um sich Lebensmittel zu kaufen. Momentan gibt es auf den Märkten noch Früchte, Gemüse, Mehl, Öl - allerdings können sich die Menschen das nicht mehr leisten. Es wurden zum Beispiel Beamte nicht mehr bezahlt in den letzten sechs Monaten - das betrifft über eine Million Familien. Über eine Million Haushalte bekommen keine staatlichen Transferleistungen mehr. Da ist die Situation für die einzelnen Familien wirklich dramatisch. und von ZDF heute:

10.4.2017 – CARE (* A H)

CARE: Jemen vor Hungersnot, wenn nicht mehr Hilfe ankommt
Deutsche Interviewpartner aus Krisenregion zurückgekehrt

Über 17 Millionen Menschen im Jemen droht eine schwere Hungersnot, warnt die internationale Hilfsorganisation CARE. "Die Situation der Menschen ist katastrophal. Viele berichten, dass ihre Kinder kaum noch etwas zu trinken und zu essen haben. Wenn Krieg und Blockaden anhalten, ist eine Hungersnot unabwendbar", mahnte heute CARE-Generalsekretär Karl-Otto Zentel, der gerade aus dem Bürgerkriegsland zurückgekehrt ist, bei der Bundespressekonferenz in Berlin.

Mehr als 60 Prozent der Bevölkerung sind von Nahrungsmittelunsicherheit betroffen, rund 462.000 Kinder leiden unter akuter Mangelernährung. Menschen brauchen dringend Lebensmittel, Wasser und sichere Unterkünfte. "Die internationale Gemeinschaft muss jetzt mehr Gelder bereitstellen, um das Leben unzähliger Frauen, Männer und Kinder zu retten. Gemeinsam mit Konfliktparteien muss sofort an einer schnellen und nachhaltigen politischen Lösung des Konfliktes gearbeitet werden", so Zentel.

Knapp zwei Milliarden Euro werden benötigt um 12 Millionen Menschen im Jemen mit humanitärer Hilfe zu erreichen - davon sind bisher nur rund 6,6 Prozent finanziert. "Armut, Hunger und Vertreibung sind beispiellos. Je länger nicht gehandelt wird, desto gravierender werden die Auswirkungen für die Menschen im Jemen und letztlich auch die Stabilität des Landes und der gesamten Region sein."

9.4.2017 – Your Abilities (A H)

Most families in Yemen straggling to fight the famine and poverty which created due to the war.

Endless tears
Wafa Tawfiq is a mother for 6 kids, sold everything on her home only to feed her kids , her kids have been left school for this year , because the lack of money and difficult situation which her family lives with, her small kid is suffer of fat bags in his stomach and needs an urgent surgery.
Moreover, thousands families are living the same fate , waiting to be expelled from their homes simply they haven't paid the rent (photos) =

9.4.2017 – Meritxell Rexano, UNICEF Yemen (A H)

In #Yemen 166,000 teachers have not received a salary since October. How long more until the education system collapses? Education=Right

Comment by Beatrice de Filippis: Yet, they continue teaching, they wake up every morning and go 2work because of sense of duty Reminder to those who slept at the Arab Summit

9.4.2017 – ACTED Yemen (A H)

ACTED Yemen team prepare to distribute Cholera Prevention Kits (CPKs) to communities with suspected or confirmed cases of #cholera in #Yemen (photos)

5.4.2017 – World Foof Programme (* A H)

WFP Yemen Situation Report #28, 05 April 2017

As of 01 April 2017, WFP Yemen has launched to its new Emergency Operation (EMOP 201068). The EMOP will target 9.1 million beneficiaries, including 1.9 million with nutrition support on a monthly basis. The EMOP will last one-year and has an operational cost of USD 1.2 billion (April 2017- March 2018).

Given the increasing food security needs and massive funding requirement of USD 1.2 bn, WFP is appealing for additional financial support to ensure that life-saving emergency food and nutrition assistance can be scaled up and sustained.

WFP is currently finalizing its contingency plan which includes two scenarios in the event that access to Al Hudaydah Port becomes restricted. WFP has been testing its land routes in during the past week to ensure the transport of food across country.

The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen has released updated figures for the ongoing spread of Cholera.
Since the start of the outbreak in October 2016, a total of 23,506 suspected cases of Cholera, including 108 associated deaths, have been reported across throughout the country.

The UN rejected a request by the Saudi-led coalition to assume jurisdiction over Houthi-Saleh-controlled Al Hudaydah Port. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ spokesman, Farhan Haq, responded to the request stating that the major actors in Yemen cannot shift responsibility for the humanitarian crisis to others.

WFP is in the process of testing its two contingency plans should there be an access constraint at Al Hudaydah Port due an escalation of tension in the surrounding area. With 70 percent of imports for the country arriving through the port, any access constraint would have an immediate and negative impact on the delivery of humanitarian supplies across the country. and in full:

4.2017 – You caring (A H)


For: Haifa Ahmed, San Francisco, CA, Organizer: H. Ahmed

I have uploaded a photo that doesn't belong to me, and to some that may seem cruel and myself trying to get attention and I understand that. But this is where this particular family of 9 is heading, 6 daughters and 2 sons, their father has had multiple strokes and cannot work anymore their sons 1 in his early 20's is trying his best to help as much as he can, youngest son is just a child, the girls in this family are the doing the best the can with only one graduating from college she has taken every job opportunity available to her in such hard times. Her younger sisters still in college are doing their best with taking internships wherever possible to help them get to the next level. Their Family is barely making it, the are in extreme debt and I am personally afraid for their safety as those that they owe debt to may become aggressive in the near future.
I am trying to help this family pay off their debts, to ease the worries of their children, all the while give them some hope to continue to chase their dreams and continue working towards their goals to get themselves and their family out of this unfortunate situation.
This campaign it to try to save a family near and dear to me to help them from becoming a stastic due to this war. If you can find it in your heart to share or donate to this cause I'd greatly appreaciat it.
May all those that share or donate find love, happiness and peace.

17.3.2017 – UN Dispatch (* A H)

The “Four Famines,” Explained

Hunger will be the humanitarian disaster of 2017.

How is food security measured and “Famine” Declared?

Food security can be measured by a variety of different factions. On the international level, organizations use what is called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification to determine the level of food insecurity in a specific area

It is level 5 – catastrophe – that is an actual famine. This means that 20 percent of households are facing extreme food shortages, 30 percent of the population faces acute malnourishment and there are 2 hunger-related deaths per 10,000 people per day.

The other two important categories are phase 3 (crisis) and phase 4 (emergency), which are the forbearers of this most extreme classification.

South Sudan




Across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia is Yemen, which the Famine Early Warning System Network calls “the largest food security emergency in the world.” A new report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization highlights that 6.8 million Yemenis are currently facing food emergency status with another 10.2 million in crisis. The numbers represent a 21 percent increase in hunger since June 2016, but also highlights how continuing food insecurity since the conflict there started in 2015 can compound over time.

More than the other conflicts examined here, Yemen also demonstrates the human consequences when food access becomes a weapon of war. In particular the port city of Hodeidah is a highly contested area by both the rebel Houthis and Saudi Arabia who is leading the Hadi-backed coalition. Prior to the war, 80 percent of all imports entered through the port. With Yemen heavily dependent on imports for most things, including 90 percent of its food, the continuous attacks on the port by both sides have crippled the food supply system without providing any real alternative.

Most Yemenis are facing increased food insecurity as food prices increase while wages decrease as a result of the war. But it is the estimated 2 million internally displaced persons who are most vulnerable. After having lost everything else, they are typically almost wholly dependent on food aid.

Why hunger will be the humanitarian crisis of 2017 – by Kimberley Curtis

15.3.2017 – Oxfam (* A H)

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #39, 15 March

According to the IPC analysis released on 15 March, 17 million people in 20 of Yemen’s 22 governorates are in ‘emergency' or ‘crisis' food insecurity phases and almost two‐thirds of the population are now facing hunger and urgently require life and livelihood‐saving assistance and this represents a 21 percent increase since June 2016.

USG/ERC Stephen O’Brien briefed the Security Council on his mission to Yemen where he said that Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and the Yemeni people now face the spectre of famine.

The UN and other agencies have expressed concern that fighting could lead to the destruction of Hodeidah Port and the severing of a critical lifeline for food, fuel and aid to Yemen’s northern governorates. Transporting supplies from Aden in the south, which is controlled by the Yemeni government to the north is very difficult.

In response to the food security crisis Oxfam has intensified our UCT for food security in the most vulnerable HHs in our working areas. During March 2017, we are distributing UCT and cash for work to 9,480 vulnerable households in Hajja, Taiz and Amran

With 3 million IDPs in Yemen, the 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, with many facing malnutrition, disease and inadequate shelter. This includes on Yemen’s western coast, where recent fighting in Taiz governorate has left more than 48,400 people displaced. and in full:

28.2.2017 – Oxfam (* A H)

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #38, 28 February 2017

Humanitarian Context:

Escalation of violence on Yemen’s Western Coast has resulted in significant civilian casualties and large scale displacement where over 44,000 people have recently fled the conflict throughout Taiz Governorate, including at least 25,000 from Al Mukha and Dhubab districts.

UN bodies remain concerned that fighting in and near ports, including the destruction of five cranes in Hodeidah Port is hampering the delivery aid in a country where seven million are facing severe food shortages. The UN has also warned that the country is on the brink of Famine and has called for decisive action by the international community to urgently fund the response.

With a cumulative number of 18,848 suspected AWD/Cholera cases and 99 deaths as of 31 January 2017, WHO warned that cholera cases have already been recorded in Al-Hodeidah and the new influx of displaced persons may aggravate the problem, especially with limited safe water and latrines. Malaria and dengue transmission are also ongoing in the governorate placing internally displaced persons at increased risk. In response to the cholera outbreak, Oxfam GB has reached 472,122 direct beneficiaries and 450,000 indirect beneficiaries through activities such as water trucking, construction of water pipelines, chlorination of water sources, cholera prevention trainings, stage drama events and hygiene awareness sessions focusing on cholera prevention through safe water storage and hand washing practices. and in full:

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

11.4.2016 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi leaders loot state, Endowments lands in Dhamar – exclusive source

An exclusive source in Dhamar city, central Yemen, stated Tuesday that leaders in the Houthi group and the forces loyal to former president Saleh have forcibly seized state lands.

The informed source told Almasdaronline that influential persons in the Houthi group have looted many costly lands in strategic locations belonging for the state and civilians.

“ A Houthi prominent figure and others have seized a vast land of al Qashlah military camp on the main street, and sold it to a businessman in the city for Yemeni riyals one billion.”

“They also looted lands belonging to citizens in Maghreb street, and other Endowments lands in the same area.”

The source pointed out that the Houthis used their tight control on the province and looted all lands of the state, in similar acts carried out by them in Ibb city, central Yemen. Added the source. (with document in image)

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President directs government to prepare general budget to provide employees' salaries

The President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Sammad on Tuesday directed the National Salvation Government to prepare the general budget and complete the constitutional procedures for its approval so as to collect revenues, and provide salaries for all the state employees.
During his meeting with members of the Supreme Political Council and the Cabinet, al-Sammad stressed the importance of supporting military fronts and provide their requirements as they are of budget priorities.
Saleh Al-Sammad also directed the government and the Central Bank of Yemen to work on finding alternatives to solve the liquidity problem such as supply card and cash wallet.
He urged the government to control and to reform the financial resources and expand its circle and collect all these resources through the official revenue agencies in accordance with the Constitution and the law and in accordance with the government's decision No. 2 to supply all parties to the Central Bank of Yemen and report thereon.
He stressed the importance of forming a higher economic council in the coming days, and launching a social solidarity.

The President also directed the government to activate the mechanisms and tools to combat customs smuggling and tax evasion and following them up; moreover, encourage the private sector and simplify procedures so as to enhance the national economy and providing services for the Yemeni people.
He pointed to the necessity of the government's commitment to transparency in clarifying sources of revenue collection according to a mechanism that ensures its supply to the state treasury represented by the Central Bank of Yemen and its disbursements in accordance with the laws and submit a monthly report on the progress of the government's work to the Supreme Political Council.

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM delivers UN Resident Coordinator urgent letter to UN Secretary-General

The letter refuted the allegations of Saudi Arabia in the port of Hodeida, and the escalation by the countries of aggression off the west coast of Yemen.
The port of Hodeida is the main lifeline for food and medicines for nearly 80% of the Yemeni people, as well as the entry of humanitarian aid from international organizations working in Yemen.
The letter confirmed that any targeting of the port will lead to a worsening of the humanitarian crisis the country experiences. In addition, a famine is increasing because of the siege imposed on the Yemeni people. The port closure represents an intention to commit a genocide crime against the entire Yemeni people.
He warned of Saudi Arabia- led coalition against civilians on the west coast of Yemen which represents a violation of all international conventions and humanitarian norms, especially international humanitarian law.
He also denied the allegations of the coalition on Iranian arms trafficking in Yemen and called on the Security Council to inform all members of this, called on the United States to prove these allegations.

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Two protest rallies against US-Saudi war crimes in Yemen

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Parliament speaker meets Iranian chargé d'affaires to Yemen

Parliament speaker Yahya Ali al-Raiee met with Iranian chargé d'affaires Mohammed Farhat on Monday.

10.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Decree of President of Supreme Political Council appointing Yemeni Fatwa Authority

The decree of the President of the Supreme Political Council No. (9) for 2017 appointing the Yemeni Fatwa Authority issued Monday.
Article 1 appoints the following scholars:
The religious figure : Shams al-Din Muhammad Sharaf al-Din as the head and Mufti for Yemen (and 5 members)

The last article of the decree stipulated that it shall be effective from the date of its issuance and shall be published in the Official Gazette.

10.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President of Supreme Political Council chairs an expanded meeting of Judicial Institution and Public Prosecution

10.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A H P)

In defiance2US-Saudi starvation weapon, Yemenis plant their lands for food. Old Sanaa city started "eat from what you plant" campaign, April 9 (photos)

10.4.2017 – Ana Yemeny (A P)

Protest to Demanded Russia to Hand over the Central Bank of Yemen

The Yemeni employees protested on Sunday in front of the Russian embassy in the capital city of Sana’a.

Protesters demanded Russia to hand over their dues to the Central Bank of Yemen, denouncing the handover of the second batch of Yemeni funds to the government in Riyadh,a local source reported.

10.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM meets Russian Chargé d'affaires to Yemen

During the meeting, the officials discussed an issue of the state employees' salaries that were received and blocked by fugitive Hadi and his group.
The minister called on the fugitive Hadi's group to implement the agreement approved by the United Nations and 18 countries sponsoring the political settlement in the country.
Sharaf said that the allegations about the weapons smuggling to the port of Hodeidah were baseless, and that aim only to pave the way for Saudi-led aggression coalition to commit new war crimes in Yemen's port of Hodeidah.

10.4.2017 – Fars News (A K P)

Commander: Yemen to Turn into Big Missile Power in 10 Years

A senior commander of Yemen's army underlined that his country will be among the region's most powerful states in manufacturing advanced missiles.

"Enjoying a wise leader and relying on its young people's scientific power, Yemen will turn into one of the superior missile powers in the region in 10 years," Abdolmalek Issa told FNA on Monday.

"Missile is the only deterrence power possessed by the army and the popular committees at the strategic level which has inflicted the most severe blows to the aggressive enemy and its mercenaries," he added.

10.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthi militias illegally prosecute 36 abductees

A Yemeni court run by the Houthi-Saleh militias on Saturday started illegally prosecuting 36 abductees in the capital Sana'a.

A rights source told Alsahwa Net that the judge threw false charges which included murder and acts of sabotages charges at the abductees.

The judge refused to give volunteering lawyers copies of the charges filed against the abductees, pushing some volunteering lawyers to leave the court.

During the session, the abductees complained that they were subjected to brutal torture inside prisons including pulling of nails and sever beating.

10.4.2017 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Prime Minister Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor met with a visiting delegation from the US-based International Medical Corps.

At the meeting, bin Habtoor praised the important role played by the leading aid group to support the health sector in Yemen.

Bin Habtoor reviewed the cooperation aspects with the US aid group as the head of the delegation briefed prime minister about the group’s humanitarian and medical activities in Yemen.

The meeting took place in the cabinet’s headquarters in the capital Sanaa on yesterday.

My comment: Habtoor still in office. –Remember that Ibb Houthi idiots had abducted International Medical Corps staff at Ibb for several days just a little time ago.

9.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K P)

Ministry of Information mourns Al Moayyed's death


9.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K)

Houthi group declares coup-government information deputy minister dead in fighting in al Mocha

9.4.2017 – Hamed Albukhiti (A P)

Photos of a protest of Yemeni employees in front of the Russian embassy in Sanaa

Photos: Foto von eine Mahnwache vor der russischen Botschaft, jemenitischen Personal in Sana ' a

9.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Sons of Sanaa confirm steadfastness against US-Saudi aggression

9.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Dhoran Ans tribes confirm readiness to fight US-Saudi aggression

9.4.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Security services dismantle 2 explosive devices in Bayda, Ibb

9.4.2017 – Saba Net (A)

Nine persons died in traffic accident in Saada

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

11.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

3 people killed in bomb explosion in al Dhale province - source

The source told Almasdaronline that an explosive device had exploded in front of al-Abjar Hospital on the public, and was targeting the convoy of Major General Ali Saleh Muqbel the commander of the 33rd Armored Brigade.

The explosion resulted in the killing of three people and injury of other unidentified people. The source added.

11.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A P)

Reports of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi stuck at the border with Saudi Arabia (others claim in Mareb) as the kingdom pressed Hadi and his ministers to leave Saudi Arabia while the United Arab Emirates refused to let them enter Aden.

10.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

HRM condemns attack on Abductees' Mother Association

Human Rights Minster has denounced assaults and beatings made by the Houthi-Saleh militias against mothers of the abductees in front of the Political Security's jails in Sana'a.

My comment: Minister of Hadi government.

10.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Parliament set to move to Aden

Yemen’s legitimate government, in a move to accelerate its restoration of state institutions, will transfer its Parliament to the interim capital of Aden, as well as start reconstruction projects and operations at Al-Mokha Port.
Mohammed Al-Shaddadi, deputy speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, said in statements to Asharq Al-Awsat, that the Yemeni Parliament will soon begin to work from the interim capital of Aden.
“The parliament will carry out its governing and executive duties within the coming days, and work is currently ongoing to prepare a conference room to hold sessions while the headquarters is being prepared for the general secretariat to resume duties,” he said.
The deputy said the parliament will carry out its work from Aden following a decision from President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Political analyst Mohammed Ismail also stressed the importance of completing steps to empty the occupied capital of Sana’a from Houthis.
The presence of Yemeni institutions in the interim capital of Aden is considered importance and critical, he said, noting that the decision to transfer the central bank to Aden, as well as the government previously, were also strategically important decisions.
Efforts to transfer other key institutions to Aden are also critical, he added. He said the Yemeni president has the right to transfer parliamentary sessions to other areas besides occupied Sana’a for certain reasons, especially as Aden has now emerged as the Yemeni capital. Such a move may continue for some time, and is key in that it will undermine attempts by rebels to destroy Yemen further, he said.
MPs are in support of the legitimate government, as are organizations and Arab and Islamic parliaments who are supporters of the legitimate government led by the government of President Hadi, he said. Meetings held by rebels in the Parliament in the capital of Sana’a are illegitimate and unconstitutional, due to lack of quorum and their occurrence under the supervision of insurgents.– by Mohammed Al-Sulami

My comment: The parliament still is at Sanaa, backing the anti-Hadi Sanaa government. – How many deputees had followed Hadi’s call to come to Aden; a handful who will play parliament? – The statement by “Political analyst” Mohammed Ismail is nice propaganda. The best: “Meetings held by rebels in the Parliament in the capital of Sana’a are illegitimate and unconstitutional, due to lack of quorum and their occurrence under the supervision of insurgents”. LOL. Hadi’s 15 or 20 deputees at Aden will meet the quorum?

9.4.2017 – AFP (A T)

Yemen police foil suicide attack on Aden checkpoint

Yemeni authorities released footage on Sunday of the killing of a would-be suicide bomber moments before he detonated his explosives at a checkpoint in the southern city of Aden.

In the video posted online, Aden’s anti-terrorism squad documented its surveillance of the assailant as he approached his target on Saturday in the Tawahi district of the port city.

The video shows the alleged bomber dressed in military fatigues and armed as he walked towards the checkpoint, before an officer shot him dead after getting a tip off from agents in a watching car.

Other officers arrived and quickly stripped off an explosive belt worn by the man whose body was lying in a pool of blood, the footage showed. and also and photo

4.2017 – Southern Hirak (* B K P)

Yemens War Background

Yemen: A New Invention

The Southern Movement 2007

War in 2015- present

Like in 1994, in the early part of March 2015 Ali Saleh's northern yemeni forces entered South Yemen to reinforce its unity by force. Only this time the houthis were the sidekick rather than the islahis. Islahis were supportive of the coup before Decisive Storm.
Southerners from the Southern Movement formed the Southern Resistance (SR) with the blessing of the Yemeni President Hadi. Southerners seen this as an opportunity to prevent the invasion and achieve independence rather than protect unity.

Limited to side arms and kalashnikovs SR bravely fought the coup. While northern forces had heavy artillery, unsuited to protect a country from invasion, but more to ensure control over its own civilians, particularly in the south. A battle of David and Goliath.
Before the coalition got involved SR was successful in slowing down the coup forces with many brave soles martyred in the process. As a result coup forces finding themselves limited, they fired at civilian southerners indiscriminately, resulting in massacres with significant proportions of children, women and the elderly being killed. Yet the SR were persistent and continued to strive.
Although the Arab Coalition forces involvement was not to help free South Yemen, it did saved lives in South Yemen, like NATO saved lives in Bosnia. Had coalition forces not stepped in on 26th March with air support, we would be talking about a genocide rather than the massacre of southerners.
Air support hindered North Yemen coup forces from carrying out the intended genocide and limited them to indiscriminate shelling of homes and anything that moved.
The coalition's involvement strengthened SR chances of achieving control, which in turn revived believe in southerners in restoring an independent South Yemen.

Many will tell you that it's a war of sects and regional differences. The reality: what sparked this war was southerners response to the coup invasion who had been humiliated to point where this war was a blessing for them to turn what was a dream into a reality.
In hindsight, had southerners been given the right to choose their own destiny, would there be a war today?. Marib being the expectation, coup forces took the whole of the north without a single shot fired. The Coalition wouldn't have taken Aden or any part of the south without the Southern Resistance. The Coalition wouldn't have got involved if south did not resist, like the north did not resist.

Stealing southerners thunder

The vast majority of northerners and their sympathizers will always deny and suggest different than this war being about the north reinforcing unity.
No northerners assisted southerners with their resistance. Clearly showing how southerners have no value. Only after the Coalition intervened, the only governorate that initiated a resistance was Taiz. There is an argument of whether this resistance is not representative of Taiz majority. Unlike the south, It only formed after coalition intervention, because only then they could see some benefit from fighting.
When SR and Coalition recaptured Al-Anad over a third of the POWs were from Taiz. 62 of the 152 captured were from Taiz. The rest of POWs were from all other parts of the north. Only 22 were houthis. Is Taiz resisting or a party of the coup. The numbers captured shows they played the biggest part in the coup.
Had the south been allowed to choose it's own destiny following the 1994 war, Ali Saleh would not have had any reason for northern people to see the need for him to stay in power. The south was the spoils he brought to them. The vast majority of northerners are party to this ideology. Ali Saleh held power by holding the south. A position and power he clearly still wields today and for the same reason.
So people can say what they want, the reality is: there would be no war without forcing unity on the south.

Is North Yemen Pro Arab Coalition

North Yemen has nearly three decades of networks, contacts.. that it has built, which it is using successfully, manipulating the media to the extent they count the number of kills they committed themselves on southerners, as their own deaths and committed by the Coalition.

The Future

What will happen when the Arab Coalition resolve their differences with North Yemen? Southerners know too well this means they have the green light to turn their attention back on South Yemen and finish what they started in March 2015. Where North Yemen killed over 2000 southern civilians in the space of 4 months.
Stopping the Arab Coalition will not stop this war, in fact it will be even bloodier and there will be little or no coverage about it.

My comment: View of South Yemen separatists (Hirak).

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

10.4.2017 – Moudhi and others (A H P)

Saudi woman fleeing Saudi Arabia detained in Phillipines airport. Developing situation.

Dina Ali was on her way (legally) to Australia, wanted to apply for asylum. Detained during transit, apparently at behest of Saudi embassy.

She claims that her family will hurt or even kill her if she's returned to Saudi Arabia. Unclear under what legal basis she's being held.

Precedent: Hamza Kashaghri, detained without warrant by Malaysian authorities and returned to Saudi Arabia. Was in transit to New Zealand. (longer text in image)

Philippine's authorities are violating international law and human rights by arresting a woman who fled her abusive family

#SaveDinaAli I just received this video, her uncles just arrived in Philippines , they are going to murder her, please help

SA doesn't only ban adult women from traveling without male permission they hunt them down if they do.

She will die at the hands of her vengeful family she would have brought shame to them by escaping Saudi if we can't save her.

This should not happen in the 21st century. Not only do other countries stand doing nothing they collaborate to keep women in this prison.

#SaveDinaAli this is happening now in Philippines airport they want to send her back to people who wants to kill he

Saudi government blocked Amnesty's petition calling to save Dina. Saudi internet users must use VPN (image)

Avaaz petition:

Photos of boarding cards

Dina Ali Salloum.

Kuwait - Manila.

Manila - Sydney.

With all sorrow, we convey to you the news of the deportation of Dina Ali to Saloum in a brutal way to Saudi Arabia

"Wrapped with adhesive tape around her mouth, hands and feet, then covered with shrapnel and forcibly took her to the plane (text in image)

They tied her hands and feet and stuffed her mouth with duct tape and wrapped it in a sheet.

Dina Ali Salloum ..

Dina will arrive at King Khalid International Airport at 11 pm today (image)#

8.4.2017 – Financial Times (A E P)

Moelis chosen as sole independent adviser on Saudi Aramco IPO

Moelis & Co has been chosen as the sole independent adviser for the planned initial public offering of Saudi Aramco, according to three people familiar with the process, scoring the New York boutique investment bank the biggest equity advisory mandate to date.

Winning the hotly contested mandate represents a coup for the independent firm, which was founded by veteran dealmaker Ken Moelis in the midst of the financial crisis in 2007. Other banks are still in the race to underwrite the offering. Saudi officials hope to turn the state-owned oil group into the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, which they believe could carry a valuation of about $2tn.

Comment: #Saudi Aramco picks #Israel-linked banker
Last year, Moelis hired Shlomo Yanai, a retired Israeli military officer, to join the firm as a senior adviser. Yanai had earlier been offered the directorship of the Israeli spy agency #Mossad by Netanyahu.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

11.4.2017 – Democracy Now (* B K P)

Does Trump Stand to Profit Personally Off the Wars He's Escalating in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia?

Does President Trump stand to personally profit off the wars he is escalating in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and beyond? That’s the question many are asking, after it emerged that Trump has personally invested in Raytheon, the military contractor who makes the Tomahawk missiles used in the U.S. strike on a Syrian airbase last week. Raytheon’s stocks briefly surged after the attack. Overall, the stocks of defense contractors, such as Boeing and General Dynamics, have increased since Trump’s election, further fueled by his promise of a "historic" 10 percent increase in U.S. military spending. For more, we speak with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. His latest book is "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex."

WILLIAM HARTUNG: Well, as far as we know, he may still have shares in Raytheon, as reported in his financial disclosure. Of course, as with all things Trump, there’s a black box here, because he’s not reporting his tax returns, he hasn’t done a blind trust. As you said, virtually anything he does, not just in the military sphere, could benefit him, his family, his inner circle financially. And the only way to deal with that is release the tax returns, that people have demanded, and have a true blind trust that’s not run by his family. But it’s—no question, it’s an outrage to have the commander-in-chief profiting from a military contract in the middle of a conflict, however small the amount may be. And the fact that he’s not willing to disclose his current position, in some ways, makes it even worse.

11.4.2017 – The Hill (* A P)

Lawmakers tell Trump to get approval for military action in Yemen

A mostly Democratic group of 55 House lawmakers has delivered a letter to President Trump telling him he should get congressional approval if wants to expand U.S. involvement in the Yemeni civil war.

“As U.S. Representatives, we take seriously the right and responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of force, or to refuse to do so, as mandated by the Constitution and the 1973 War Powers Resolution,” they wrote.

“We expect that any direct military actions pursued by the administration against the Yemeni Houthis be brought before Congress for consideration and authorization for approval before they are executed.”

The delivery of the letter — signatures for which were gathered starting last month — comes at a time when debate over congressional authorization of U.S. military actions is peaking.

Lawmakers renewed calls for Congress to authorize military actions after Trump ordered a U.S. missile strike against a base used by the Syrian government amid that country’s civil war.

The letter was organized by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.). The rest of the signatories were Democrats – BY REBECCA KHEEL

10.4.2017 – The Hill (* A K P)

Tired of conflict in the Middle East? Too bad, Trump’s on the warpath

Meanwhile, in Iraq and Syria, civilian casualties caused by U.S. airstrikes have skyrocketed.

The spike in civilian causalities has many concerned that this is just the sign of things to come, as the Pentagon is still in the middle of its major review of U.S. policies in Iraq and Syria. A loosening of the military’s rules of engagement in these theaters — a notion Trump championed during the campaign — would lead to even further death and destruction for innocent civilians.

As Americans are force fed soap operatic coverage of the Russia scandal and the palace intrigue of the president and his cloistered, bizarre inner circle, President Trump is following through on one of his most pernicious campaign promises and contradicting another. Even if the bombing of Assad’s forces does not lead to further military escalation in Syria, the administration is already expanding the U.S. footprint in the region.

For a war-weary American public, this escalation should be deeply troubling and, if current trends hold, will lead to a diminishment of America’s security, economy and image around the world. Escalation in Syria could very likely also lead to a larger regional conflagration with Iran and/or Russia, both of which have vastly superior militaries compared to the Assad regime. Moreover, it sends an ominous sign to the people of the region, already devastated by decades of war and conflict, that this is just a prelude for what’s to come – By Adam Gallagher

My comment: Not to forget: Yemen!

10.4.2017 – The American Conservative (* A P)

The War on Yemen and Trump Administration Cant

Rex Tillerson has just told the most transparent lie:

On the eve of a critical visit to Moscow at a time of high US-Russian tensions over Syria, the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, appeared to go even further, saying his country would come to the defence of innocent civilians “anywhere in the world” [bold mine-DL].

Coming from Trump’s Secretary of State, that is an especially risible statement. The U.S. continues to support the atrocious Saudi-led war on Yemen. That war has not only claimed the lives of thousands of civilians from indiscriminate bombing, but it also threatens the lives of millions of people with impending famine brought on in large part by the coalition blockade and their attacks on the country’s infrastructure. The Trump administration has been only too happy to increase support for the coalition’s campaign beyond the extensive support they were already receiving under Obama, and the horrific effect the Saudi-led intervention is having on the civilian population doesn’t matter to them at all. The administration is not just indifferent to the killing of innocent civilians in Yemen, but like its predecessor actively enables it. Many Yemeni civilians have also been killed in U.S. strikes on supposed AQAP targets and many Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed as a result of the anti-ISIS bombing campaign.

No one seriously believes that the Trump administration is concerned with protecting the lives of civilians in war zones. If anything, they are even less careful about sparing civilian lives than previous administrations. So what we have here is the Secretary of State offering up the most dishonest cant imaginable. When Trump administration officials say such preposterous things, they should face demands to explain why they continue to enable the cruel Saudi-led war and the famine that has followed from it – by Daniel Larison


11.4.2017 – Just Security (* A P)

The Trump Administration Fails Tillerson’s Test

In recent weeks the Trump administration has approved the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain and warmly welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House, ignoring the failure of both the Bahraini and Egyptian governments to address serious human rights abuses. Now the administration seems poised to notify the Senate of its intention to sell new weapons to Saudi Arabia, reversing an Obama administration decision in December that suspended the sale because of Saudi attacks on civilians in Yemen.

But these moves, which ignore the human rights abuses happening in those countries, fail to meet a standard articulated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at his confirmation hearing in January. At that hearing, he rightly said, “Our leadership demands action specifically focused on improving the conditions of people the world over, utilizing both aid and economic sanctions as instruments of foreign policy when appropriate.”

If this is the test, then the weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and the unconditional embrace of Egypt’s Sisi run counter to the objective of improving conditions for the people in those countries. In the Saudi case, the test is how Saudi Arabia will use our weapons, and what steps its government is taking to protect civilians affected by military operations.

At issue is a proposed $300-million sale by Raytheon of its “Paveway” munitions guidance systems, which a Trump administration official said would be used to “convert thousands of dumb bombs into smart bombs.” This official previewed the administration’s rationale in these terms, telling The Washington Times: “While we’re very concerned about Saudi actions in Yemen in terms of the civilian casualties, we believe a more accurate partner is a more effective partner and results in fewer casualties.” He went on to say, “If they’re going to drop stuff, it should be precision-guided rather than dumb.”

But Saudi violations in Yemen cannot simply be addressed by solving gaps in technology.

Since the Saudis joined the military conflict in Yemen two years ago, the government has used weapons purchased from U.S. companies in a series of ill-considered military operations that have resulted in scores of civilian casualties.

The resumption of arms sales to Bahrain, the embrace of Egypt’s Sisi and now the prospect of new arms sales to Saudi Arabia are part of the Trump administration’s broader retreat on human rights. The president seems almost allergic to mentioning global human rights concerns.

If the administration’s default position is to downgrade public attention to human rights issues, then we must pay even greater attention to actions the administration takes in its bilateral relations with countries that are committing serious rights abuses. Until we see a marked improvement in the ways Saudi Arabia is operating in Yemen, the sale of munitions guidance systems to Saudi Arabia should not go forward – By Michael Posner =

10.4.2017 – Buzzfeed (* A K P)

Lawmakers Demand Review Of Saudi Bombings Before Massive Arms Sale

The inquiry could unearth uncomfortable facts about US-Saudi coordination in the two-year conflict in Yemen.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding that the Trump administration provide a detailed account of Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen, including instances of potential war crimes, before approving the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of precision-guided bombs, BuzzFeed News has learned.

The request, detailed in a letter signed by 31 members of the House of Representatives, could push the United States to disclose sensitive details about when and where the Saudi military ignored Washington’s instructions to avoid targets that resulted in civilian casualties.

Congress must “ensure that the [Royal Saudi Air Force] has the ability to avoid civilian casualties before the U.S. sells them any additional air-to-ground munitions,” said a draft of the letter addressed to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The demand follows a decision by the State Department to resume the sale of precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia as the Trump administration beefs up support for the Arab monarchy’s military campaign in Yemen.

The White House is expected to announce final approval for the arms sale in the coming weeks, a move that would then trigger a formal notification to Congress and allow lawmakers to review the transfer.

If the Trump administration agrees to brief lawmakers on instances where Riyadh ignored Washington’s warnings about civilian targets, the information won’t necessarily become public, a congressional aide said. “It’s likely this information would be revealed in a classified facility and lawmakers would be prohibited from making it public,” said the aide.

The State Department declined to comment on the draft letter before it is formally submitted to the agency. Congressional aides are still seeking additional signatures for the list of 31 lawmakers – by John Hudson and by Reuters:

A reminder:

25.3.2015 – John McCain (A P)


U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement on Saudi Arabia leading an international coalition conducting air strikes against Iranian-backed separatists in Yemen:

“Saudi Arabia and our Arab partners deserve our support as they seek to restore order in Yemen, which has collapsed into civil war.

“We understand why our Saudi and other Arab partners felt compelled to take action. The prospect of radical groups like Al-Qaeda, as well as Iranian-backed militants, finding safe haven on the border of Saudi Arabia was more than our Arab partners could withstand. Their action also stems from their perception of America's disengagement from the region and absence of U.S. leadership.

“A country that President Obama recently praised as a model for U.S. counterterrorism has now become a sectarian conflict and a regional proxy war that threatens to engulf the Middle East. What's worse, while our Arab partners conduct air strikes to halt the offensive of Iranian proxies in Yemen, the United States is conducting air strikes to support the offensive of Iranian proxies in Tikrit. This is as bizarre as it is misguided – another tragic case of leading from behind.” and also at

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

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11.4.2017 – Reprieve (* B P)

UK allies among world’s worst executioners – report

While the overall trend towards fewer executions is welcome, it’s disturbing that certain governments are increasingly using the death penalty as a means of crushing dissent. Many of those with the worst record on executions are countries which British Prime Minister Theresa May has been actively courting in recent weeks – including Saudi Arabia, where juveniles face beheading and crucifixion, and Bahrain, where political protesters have been executed on the basis of forced ‘confessions.’ The UK government must not let the trade agenda trump concerns for human rights. Mrs May must condemn the use of the death penalty as a tool of oppression.

11.4.2017 – The National Student (* B K P)

In Yemen, Britain is complicit in the very crimes for which we castigate Assad

Yemen, which has been engulfed in what is nominally a civil war since early 2015.

In fact, and much like Syria, to call it a civil war is to do truth an injustice; it is, rather, a world war in microcosm. Local factions include (but are not limited to) the insurgent Houthi rebels, allies of the corrupt former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, one of the lesser-known ‘victims’ of the Arab Spring; government forces loyal to incumbent President Addrabuh Mansour Hadi; al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and Islamic State.

I say that the conflict lacks traditional Cold War appeal, yet in truth it is reminiscent of the worst aspects of that conflict.

That the world is so easily enraged by atrocities and war crimes being committed in Syria is somewhat surreal to those of us who strive to look beyond the headlines, for the people of Yemen can tell many stories of ordeals at least as cruel and vicious as those inflicted upon the people of Idlib.

This is not to make the best the enemy of the good; rather, it is a reminder that our hysteria is selective, and that true evil is camera-shy.

It is a conflict to which we should be offering nothing but condemnation. And yet, our government is amongst those leading the effort to prosecute it. This is despite the fact Parliament (and the US Congress) have never held a meaningful vote on the issue, hiding behind a technicality. We are not, they say, at war in Yemen; we are merely lending support to the wars of other people. Yes, the Saudis may use our planes and our bombs. We might give them targeting information. We might train their pilots. We might refuel their jets. We might even indulge in the odd drone strike. Last month, the US carried out 45 airstrikes in just eight days. But we are not at war in Yemen.

This is nonsense. It is British weapons that are being used on the people of Yemen, British ‘advisors’ helping plot the bombing raids from Riyadh, British diplomats making the excuses for a campaign indiscriminate killing on the part of our dear, sinister allies.

We’re told that our relationship with Saudi Arabia is essential. We’re told it’s fantastically successful, that it’s incredibly lucrative and that we reap huge gains by its sustenance. Moreover, we are told of the importance of trade in general, and of being open and outward looking, and of spreading our values around the world. It was in aid of this image that Theresa May visited the kingdom of fanatics and grotesques earlier this week, where she found time to weigh in on a debate about Easter eggs. She said nothing of Yemen or the atrocities committed there daily. Some glib fools praised her apparent refusal to don a headscarf, and on another day, in other circumstances, this gesture might have been worth something. But our continuing subservience to these stunted monarchs has never been a matter of fashion. Like the rivers and tributaries of black gold which so entice us, our chains to the Saudi oligarchy run deep.

So it is that, at a time when we are complicit in war crimes, our Prime Minister can return from the culprit’s lair having committed us to even closer defence ties and contracts.

Doubtless these are worth some considerable amount of money. You might then think that the very least we could do, having secured these contracts for the small price of driving the people of Yemen to famine and disease, is to spend some of our profits on alleviating the suffering there. We might, as it were, do something to clean up the mess we’re complicit in creating. We might, for example, lead a vocal and passionate and committed international campaign to provide the basic medicines and foodstuffs — and they are so staggeringly basic; 14.4 million people have been denied clean drinking water by the Saudi naval blockade — the people of Yemen so desperately need.

And we might pursue these ends at least as deliberately and with no more compromise than that with which we defend our support of Saudi Arabia’s actions.

But, of course, we don’t. And we won’t. And we might one day ask why it is that these people are so lame and unresponsive to our values and good intentions, and become incensed by their ignorance and their intolerance of our ways.

Well, the answer is already there, for those with the wit to see it – by Benjamin Mercer

11.4.2017 – Democracy Now (* A P)

Working to stop the war in Yemen: Interview with peace activist Sam Walton

Why did Sam Walton try to arrest a Saudi general, and what impact did it have? Walton, a British Quaker activist, explained the reasoning behind his actions to Ian Sinclair.

Sam Walton: Al-Asiri is a senior adviser and spokesperson for a regime that routinely carries out executions, locks up journalists and tortures dissenters. It's a regime that would never allow the kind of protest I took part in, let alone allow the publication of an article like this.

Al-Asiri is the frontman for the Saudi military and a spokesperson for the terrible bombardment of Yemen.

Saudi forces haven't just shown a total disregard for international law and human rights, but also for the truth. In November 2016 al-Asiri told ITV that Saudi forces had not been using cluster bombs in Yemen, only for the UK parliament to later admit that they had.

It's a sign of how warped Whitehall's priorities are when a man like al-Asiri, a senior adviser to one of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the world, can be welcomed and invited to meet with MPs and whitewash his crimes to prestigious think-tanks. If real justice is to be done, then governments like the UK's need to stop putting arms sales ahead of human rights and call for people like al-Asiri to be arrested and investigated for war crimes.

SW: The UK's complicity in the destruction has been so absolute that it only made me more determined to stop the General. How could I ignore him when the government of the country I live in has offered political and military support for the appalling war that he and his colleagues have waged?

In fact, it's not just been supportive – it's played an utterly central role.

IS: Some people dismiss activism as something that doesn’t make a difference, arguing that “nothing ever changes”. However, your action seems to have made a big impact already?

SW: As I’m sure you’ve seen on the internet, some people are wrong.

The Saudis have a contempt for democracy and get very upset by any form of protest against them. It’s frankly pathetic that the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to grovel an apology for the incident. He should have defended our democratic protest and demanded an apology for al-Asiri’s guards interrupting the citizen’s arrest. His behaviour does show our government’s dedication to pursuing arms sales at the expense of the rule of law, human rights and ultimately the humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding in Yemen right now – driven primarily by a Saudi bombardment using British weapons. What is amusing is that we wouldn’t have known about Boris’ apology if the Saudi’s weren’t so thin skinned and press released it in a desperate attempt to save face.

All in all we’ve caused a diplomatic incident, made the British foreign secretary apologise, disrupted the core purpose of a prime ministerial visit, and made news headlines across the world criticising the Saudi bombardment of Yemen and British arms sales to them. Not bad work for a couple of hours work from less than a dozen people – by Ian Sinclair and Sam Walton

10.4.2017 – Culture and Politics (* B P)

21st Century Victorian Holocausts

Author Milan Kundera’s aphorism that “the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”, might well have been written for the starving, poor, sick, mentally ill and disabled whose suffering the vast majority of the political-media class are attempting to wipe from the pages of history.

One rare exception is the Daily Mirror who occasionally report on the plight of world’s “unpeople”.

Historical continuum

The ethnic cleansing of the poor by stealth is not, of course, limited to British citizens but forms an integral part of an historical continuum that extends throughout the world. The Nazi Genocide was an extreme version of the ruling classes attitude towards ‘undesirables’.

The symbiosis that exists between the UK government, M15/6, the vice-chair of the BBC Trust and British arms manufacturer, BAE Systems (ie the industrial-military complex or ‘Deep State’), is a contemporary expression of how this ‘conscious cruelty’ is being played out in relation, for example, to the killing fields of Yemen.

UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia exceed the amount given in aid to Yemen by a factor of ten and is indicative of how imperial power, whose corollary is the industrial-military complex, is actively complicit in a famine that is engulfing the country. As Chris Murphy, citing a Huffington Post article, put it: “I feel like a broken record, but please read this – we are plunging Yemen into famine – on purpose.” Even the Economist concedes that famine which is menacing millions of people throughout the country, is a consequence of war, not drought.

Not only is the UK government providing the Saudi regime with the BAE bombs that are being dropped on Yemeni civilians but, as historian Mark Curtis has shown, it has a long collaborative history of training and funding Jihadist Islamist groups in its various proxy wars in countries that include Libya, Iran, Pakistan, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Bosnia. The famine in Yemen is directly linked to the UK governments collusion with radical Islam as part of its strategy to extract resources from the country.


In essence, the poor and weak are viewed by imperial power as nothing more than expendable objects to be dehumanized, stigmatized and exploited as part of the imperial game of profit maximization. Whether it’s the culling of ‘useless eaters’ in Britain, the historical asset-stripping of Africa, the contemporary conflicts in Syria and Iraq or the famine in Yemen, the principles and objectives are invariably the same – the theft of resources, the exploitation of the poor and weak and the undermining of basic human rights.

These ideas would not have come as any surprise to the politicians of the Victorian era who would have shared with Tory Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green, Chancellor, Philip Hammond and Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, an ideological commitment towards ending ‘welfare dependency’ and promoting ‘humanitarian interventionism’ and the ‘responsibility to protect’. Then, as now, lofty sounding morals are regularly evoked.

In essence, nothing has changed. The ruling class attitude towards the poor and sick who suffer as a result of the political consequences and actions of those who rule over them, is as deeply embedded today as it was a century and a half ago – By Daniel Margrain

9.4.2017 – Daily Record (* A P)
Brown-nosing, blind eyes and plenty of brass neck from desperate Prime Minister happy to schmooze with dictators

We shouldn’t really be surprised. First she’s holding hands and skipping round the White House with Trump, now she’s getting all chummy in the desert with the Saudis.

There are no depths too low for a Prime Minister facing Brexit.

The show must go on after the loss of the nice, peaceful marketplace on our doorstep and Theresa May’s prepared to hang on to any alternative trade options, no matter how much it compromises our integrity.

Brown-nosing and blind-eye turning have become official manoeuvres in international relations. So last week she flew out to schmooze one of the world’s most brutal regimes. Let’s be BFFs with Saudi Arabia. What could go wrong?

She claimed she wanted to be an inspiration to oppressed Saudi women. Jolly good, Mrs May. That’s the stuff. Send a message loud and clear: We don’t deal with tyrants. And how exactly did she plan to do that?

Not by publicly challenging the dictatorship on a human rights record among the worst in the world. Not by insisting that women be freed from the shackles of second-class citizenship. Not by demanding an end to the murderous assault on neighbouring Yemen using British-made bombs and weaponry.

No, May is leading by example, by being a powerful Western woman who didn’t wear a headscarf when she met King Salman. Wow. That’ll show them. Especially as the King seemed to struggle to make eye contact with our PM. See? We’re breaking new ground here.

But as May says: “It’s in our British national interest to have good relations around the world so we can trade around the world. That brings jobs and prosperity.”

So apologies to the 21million innocent Yemeni war victims, the 80 per cent of the population who are now in need of humanitarian assistance – BY LESLEY ROBERTS

8.4.2017 – Donatelle Rovera (* A K P)

#UK MOD (Defence Ministry) tracking 257 alleged international law breaches by #Saudi coalition in #Yemen , while selling + #weapons to Saudi (see image)

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11.4.2017 – Propagandaschau (A P)

Kristina Kaiser verbreitet im ZDF erneut Propaganda über den Krieg im Jemen

Es gibt wohl kaum ein besseres Beispiel, um die systematische, vorsätzliche und menschenverachtende Propaganda in ARD und ZDF auch für Laien deutlich zu machen, als die Unterschiede in der aufgebauschten Aleppo-Kampagne und dem dröhnenden Schweigen zum westlich unterstützten Massenmord in Mossul oder den Bombardements im Jemen.

Die evidente Kriegspropaganda in ARD und ZDF beginnt mit der Tatsache, dass der Krieg im Jemen quasi komplett ausgeblendet wird und endet, wo in den seltenen „Berichten“ die westliche Unterstützung für das regelmäßig als „Bürgerkrieg“ bemäntelte saudische „Bombardierungspraktikum“ (Zitat: Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik) totgeschwiegen wird.

Im folgenden Beitrag von Kristina Kaiser wird Saudi-Arabiens Rolle dann zwar halbwegs korrekt dargestellt, doch die westliche Unterstützung für das saudische Bomben wird komplett unter den Teppich gekehrt, während gleichzeitig auf eine iranische Unterstützung der Rebellen hingewiesen wird.

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10.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A P)

Officers from #Saudi & #Turkish Land Forces begin joint command & control exercise 'Desert Wolf 2017' in Ankara (photos)

My comment: Disgusting. IS / Al Kaida sponsors in Syria.

9.4.2017 – BBC (* A P)

Should Pakistan ex-army chief lead Islamic military alliance?

The appointment of Pakistan's former army chief General Raheel Sharif to head a 39-country Saudi-led military alliance of Muslim countries to combat terrorism has set off intense debate in Pakistan and in the region.

The alliance is seen by many observers, but in particular by Shia Muslims in Pakistan and the Middle East, as a new Saudi-inspired Sunni block to counter Iran's growing influence among Shias in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

After months of silence from Gen Sharif, Pakistan's defence ministry has now said that both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have come to an agreement on his posting.

So far at least there does not seem to be an army made up of soldiers from any of these 39 countries and what exactly Gen Sharif will do in Saudi Arabia has not been disclosed.

But Pakistanis are anxious given that 20% of the population are Shia, there are large numbers of Shia officers and soldiers in the army - which has never faced sectarian unrest - and memories of the horrors of the 1980s when Saudi Arabia and Iran were accused of fighting a proxy war on Pakistani soil live on.

Each state, it was alleged, funded and supported militant Sunnis and Shia respectively in Pakistan to kill each other – By Ahmed Rashid

8.4.2017 – The Nation Pakistan (A P)

Middle Eastern temptations

It is hardly surprising to see the eruption of a heated debate in Pakistan over the decision of General (retired) Raheel Sharif (GRS) to become head of the so-called Islamic Military Alliance which is cobbled together by Saudi Arabia. Many Pakistanis are concerned about the possible fallout of this new adventure while the country is still profusely bleeding because of her old Afghan adventure. It is particularly so as the Middle Eastern adventure has the potential for taking the sectarian divide in the country to a new level.

Pakistan has a history of military relations with Saudi Arabia in terms of providing training facilities and deploying troops for purely defensive purposes. But this time round it’s going to be a new ball game altogether due to the following monumental political and geo-strategic changes in the Middle East.

To avoid in future situations like the present one the Parliament needs to legislate and the relevant government ministries need to make rules for the foreign employment of persons who have served on high and sensitive security institutions of the country. It shouldn’t be free for all – by Afrasiab Khattak and look at photo for this alliance:

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5.4.2017 – Europapress (* A K P)

[''An extensive investigation clears the Spanish government: no Spanish arms have been used in the war against #Yemen'']

Una "investigación exhaustiva" del Gobierno descarta el uso de armas españolas en Yemen

Defiende que el materia de defensa vendido a Arabia Saudí pasa estrictos controles de uso y se prohíbe su reexportación

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

11.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A K)

Five Sudanese troops killed in Yemen war

Sudan has deployed hundreds of soldiers as part of the Saudi-led coalition in YemenThe Sudanese army said on Tuesday that five of its troops have been killed while fighting for the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi group in Yemen.

The army did not specify when the troops were killed. Sudan has deployed hundreds of soldiers as part of the coalition that is fighting the rebels who are allied with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in a war which the United Nations says has already left around 7,700 people dead and 42,500 wounded.

Khartoum joined the military alliance led by Saudi Arabia in 2015 after breaking decades-old ties with Tehran, which is accused of supporting the Houthis.

The Sudanese military has largely refrained from offering details of its operations within the coalition or of casualties it has suffered in the conflict so far.

But in an announcement late Tuesday the army said it had lost five troops in Yemen, including an officer.

"We have lost five martyrs including an officer, and 22 others have been wounded," army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed Khalifa al-Shami said in a statement.

Without offering details, he said Sudanese forces had completed on Tuesday their "first stage of duty" in Yemen and were now preparing to launch the second stage.

"Our troops in Yemen have captured all the areas targeted in the first stage, inflicted big losses on the enemy and are holding many prisoners of war," Khalifa said.

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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31.3.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster (A H)

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Yemen: In-Country Stocks and Pipelines (as of 1 March 2017) and in full: or

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Yemen: Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster 3Ws (Who Does What Where) for February 2017 and in full: or

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11.4.2017 – The Star (* B T)

Qatar behind state-sponsorship of terrorism: Fahmy

The little oil-rich Arab state continues to house and protect wanted financiers of Al Qaeda, Daesh, Al Nusra Front, Taliban, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Earlier this year U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis called Iran the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism.” It may be time to include the little oil-rich Arab state of Qatar on the top of the list since it continues to house and protect wanted financiers of Al Qaeda, Daesh, Al Nusra Front, Taliban, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups designated as terrorists by many countries and the United Nations.

In 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department named Qatari citizen Abdul Rahman Bin Umair Al Nuaimi as a “Special Designated Terrorist.”

Based on vetted and declassified information released by the U.S., Al Nuaimi, who once headed the Qatari Soccer Federation, transferred millions of dollars over a decade to Al Qaeda affiliates in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Lebanon. Al Nuaimi at one point ran a charity owned by a member of the Qatari royal family and donated $2 million a month to Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Khalifa Al Subaey, an Al Qaeda Qatari financier jailed for only six months in 2008 on terrorism charges and known for funding the mastermind behind 9-11, is once again raising money for terrorists in Syria and Iraq, according to a more recent designation by the U.S.

Those two dangerous men, Al Nuaimi and Al Subaey, are strolling freely in Qatar’s malls and posting photographs of their expensive cars flanked by rare falcons and tigers.

If the U.S. is serious about combating terrorism and arresting Hamza, who has released a number of audio recordings from unknown locations calling on his disciples to stage terrorist attacks on Western nations, then maybe they should be looking for him in Qatar — the first Arab country slated to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2022 – By MOHAMED FAHMY

11.4.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A T)

Film: Wahhabi preacher in #Egypt: #Copts are a criminal & heretic minority.

As long as MF Wahhabis are allowed to deliver hateful sermons across Egypt, the war on terror is just lip service.

10.4.2017 – Terror Monitor (A T)

Media sources: dead and wounded in a bomb explosion in the province of Dalea (photo)

10.4.2017 – Terror Monitor (A K T)

#AQAP Claims Killing & Wounding 10 #Houthi Fighters In Madhwaqain Area Of #AlBayda. #TerrorMonitor (see image)

9.4.2017 – Adengad (B T)

These pictures of the graves of the Jews located in the Directorate of Maala - Daka Biden, where the elements and supporters of ISIS a year ago to demolish and bury their graves

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11.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis recruit Somalis to target ships

The Houthi-Saleh militias have recruited Somali pirates to target to spark chaos in the Red Sea and endanger the international navigation, the Saudi Okaz reported, pointing out that the former Somaliland intelligence chief Abdi Hussein told the Voice of America radio about that.

My comment: That’s really ridiculous propaganda which now even attributed Somali pirate activities to the Houthis. I just miss Iran in this article.

11.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

PM: Federal state is the best suitable option for Yemen

Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar has affirmed that the creation of a federal state including six regions is the best option for Yemen.

During a meeting with tribal leaders and social figures of Hadramout Region, Bin Daghar emphasized that the federal state will ensure the sharing of power and sources amid all Yemenis fairly.

He stressed that the government led by President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi will go ahead to consolidating foundations of the federal state, pointing out that Hadi issued orders to the government to operate on basis of federal regions.

My comment: In general, I agree. But this here is a “false flag” operation: Hadi’s federal state was shaped as to cut his political foes, like the Houthis, not to bring inner peace. Have a look at the German, Swiss, Australian model.

11.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Report: Houthis exploded 75 mosques

The Houthi-Saleh militias exploded, bombed and looted 750 mosques, and kidnapped 150 imams and preachers of mosques, a report issued by Yemeni religious scholars stated.

The report affirmed that the Hotuhi-Saleh militias used mosques as weapon stocks and turned some of them into military barracks.

It further said that most violations against mosques were in the capital Sana' and Saadah, pointing out that some mosques were blown up with dynamit

My comment: How many mosques? – And, what for? That seems to be a simple propaganda trying to reattribute all mosques which had been destroyed by Saudi airstrikes.

11.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Hadi Calls Yemenis to Join Army to Conclude Liberation of the Country

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi has called Yemenis to integrate and unify their efforts in front of all hindrances.

“Remember, our greatest party and doctrine is Yemen, which gathers us all with our different spectrums, and our enemy is one; the insurgency, its militias, and those who are around them,” said President Hadi in a meeting with political leaders, state men, government officials, tribal leadership and dignitaries held in Riyadh Monday.

In the meeting attended by Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh and Prime Minister Ahmad Ubaid bin Dagher, Hadi warmly welcomed the attendants, especially those who arrived from battlefields, highlighting their fight to defend Yemen, a country that would never be a dwelling to Persians or to any new thought harming tolerant and moderate Islam Yemen has adopted throughout history.

“Yemen will never fall to Iran and its proxies, Yemen will never allow harming the land of the two Holy Mosques from its pure soil,” said Hadi.

He explained to the attendees the stages of the Yemeni crisis that started from Houthi-Saleh’s insurgency with Iran’s support.

“It is a coup against the Southern Movement’s peaceful struggle and against Peaceful Youth Revolution.”

“It is a rebellion against the Gulf Initiative, the National Dialogue Conference’s outcomes. It is an overthrow against the draft constitution, which reflected the NDC’s outcomes,” Hadi added.

“This is the real coup carried out by the three evils and their relatives: Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, Ali Saleh and Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, who financed the coup,” he stressed.

He reviewed his efforts in honoring his commitments on defending the project of Yemen that is stated in the constitution draft, as a solution for power and wealth partnership and realization for justice, security and stability.

He greeted and assured citizens who suffer miserable economic conditions as aftermaths of the coup of overcoming the crisis.

Hadi also called on Yemenis to unify efforts and join the army to restore the state and reconstruct it, urging them to socially integrate and remain vigilant until they liberate every part of the country from the rebels.

He directed a message to the Saudi-led Arab Coalition and thanked them all for their efforts in supporting Yemen.

“You presented the most valuable you have, your youth, whose blood merged with blood of our best youth for protecting Arabism, and Yemenis will never forget that.”

My comment: Hadi at his best. Time is lacking for a longer comment.

11.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Expected military operations to restore Hodeidah dismay Houthi rebels

The Yemeni port of Hodeidah has been suspended, after it recently became the only outlet for arms smuggling and financial funding the coup militia could obtain through controlling the movement of trade in the port, Deputy Minister of Transport Nasser Sharif said.
He also confirmed that efforts are underway to complete the opening of Al-Mokha Port. He also pointed out that the ministry is studying legal, administrative, technical and financial procedures to transfer the presidency of the Red Sea Ports Corporation to Mukha after the government’s approval.
The port of Hodeidah, controlled by the coup militia, is the only window for the militants and the remaining outlet to obtain their sources of income after the legitimate forces and the popular resistance with the support of the Arab coalition that liberated the ports of the Mukha and Midi on the Red Sea.
The Houthis control the most populous areas, which helped them collect taxes and customs from the people living in these areas. The bulk of the revenue comes from the imposition of increased customs and taxes on goods.
The militias of Houthi and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are currently active in inviting the tribes in order to mobilize the largest number of people to counter what they called “plots” of the Arab alliance in the western coasts, referring to the expected battle of Hodeidah.
The Houthis also organized many events in the provinces under their control, including Hodeidah, where they gathered a number of tribes under the banner “General Mobilization” to defend the port of Hodeidah.
The spokesman for the Yemeni army, Maj. Gen. Abdo Majali, said that the rebels are living in a state of panic with the start of the Arab alliance aircraft the preliminary fire operations to liberate the province, confirming that “the military operation will be carried out by land, sea and air.” – by Mohammed Al-Sulami

My comment: Propaganda in preparation of the attack at Hodeida.

10.4.2017 – Arabian Aerospace (* A P)

Growing controversy surrounds UK-supplied weapons in Yemen

Hysterical media coverage and calls for arms embargoes from charities such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, has put pressure on the UK Government to halt arms shipments to Saudi Arabia.
This would constrain the operational effectiveness of Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Tornados and Typhoons, which tend to rely on UK-supplied weapons, and would also affect some other air forces in the coalition.
Any such embargo would also be damaging for the UK, since Saudi arms purchases account for a third of Britain’s global arms exports.

The UK has strongly supported Saudi Arabia and its allies in the war in Yemen. Britain shares the Saudi view that Yemen must be stabilised in order to prevent the failed nation from being used to launch terror attacks against the west.

Britain has sold Saudi Arabia equipment and munitions, and has used British military personnel to help train Saudi forces in targeting, as well as to give “general advice” – including ways of avoiding civilian casualties.
Despite this, the United Nations has reported “widespread and systematic” attacks against civilian targets, which would be in violation of international law.
A different analysis might be that the relative inexperience of the air forces in the Saudi-led regional coalition has resulted in some inaccuracy, coupled with some poor targeting intelligence, resulting in significant collateral damage, and a relatively high civilian death toll.
There is also no doubt that the extent of civilian casualties has been highlighted and emphasised (and quite probably exaggerated) by the enemy propaganda machine, precisely in order to try and cut off the supply of weapons to the coalition.

A number of these weapons are legacy systems, supplied some time ago, and no longer being manufactured or sold. This includes the most controversial UK weapon that may have been used in Yemen, in the shape of the Hunting BL-755 cluster bomb.
The cluster bomb has not been exported since 1989.

Evidence of the use of BL-755 in Yemen is sketchy.

Many must be wondering what the fuss is all about. Cluster bombs are of little use in an air campaign like that being waged in Yemen and, in any case, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have plentiful supplies of more recently-supplied, US-provided cluster munitions

My comment: A western piece of propaganda. This is not just propaganda – looking at the victims, it is just cynical and the author has blood on his hands.

10.4.2017 – National Council of Resistance of Iran (A P)

How Iran Regime Is Pushing the Leads Into a Global Conflict

Iran’s Strategy to Sabotage World Trade

After taking Yemen’s capital two years ago, the Islamic Republic is now shifting its focus from land to sea.

Prepping for War

Ever since the Houthis took over Yemen’s capital Sanaa in late 2014, the Trumpet has emphasized that this was actually a victory for Iran. In the April 2015 issue, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “The Houthis’ takeover of Yemen was not just a grassroots revolution. It was a part of a deliberate and calculated Iranian strategy to conquer the Red Sea.”

These latest actions by the Houthi militia prove that Iran is making progress in controlling this waterway. Along with the uptick in its actions against naval targets through its Houthi proxy, Iran is directly exerting power over the southern Red Sea. Iran’s Strategy in Yemen

Gerald Flurry wrote in 2015 that the “Houthi takeover in Yemen proves that Iran is implementing a bold strategy to control the vital sea lane from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea”

My comment: Anti-Iranian propaganda in its most simple form: Iran is bad, bad, bad, and it is behind everything. For the “National Council of Resistance of Iran” look at: and

10.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

JIAT: Arab Coalition Reviews Rules of Engagement Based on Lessons in Yemen

Official Spokesman of Joint Incidents Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) Legal advisor Mansour al-Mansour confirmed that the Arab coalition forces that support legitimate government in Yemen are carrying out an inclusive revision for the rules of engagement it follows.

Mansour said that the revision is based on the lessons learned by the team, adding that it comes in the context of any military operation.

There is conflicting information on some incidents that has happened recently, including bombing Khokha market and targeting refugees in Hodeidah, noted Mansour in a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Mansour explained that the team has completed investigating 25 cases of those it received on war incidents in Yemen, adding that cases are still under investigation and follow-up.

Mansour told Asharq Al-Awsat that the team is comprised of 13 members from different Arab countries, who work independently and professionally and pursue the principle of transparency.

The coalition stressed its support for this team and confirmed that it respects and commits to the rules of the international humanitarian law and international human rights law and confirmed the adherence of the team’s leaders and members to these rules – by Nayef Al-Rasheed

My comment: This JIAT is little more than propaganda: its function is whitewashing the Saudi coalition – and to give a pretense to the Saudis’ western backers to block the installation of an independent international investigation.

10.4.2017 – Reuters (A P)

U.S. to confront those who commit crimes against 'innocents': Tillerson

The U.S. will stand up against anyone who commits crimes against humanity, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday, less than a week after Washington launched missile strikes in response to an alleged Syrian chemical attack.

"We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world," Tillerson told reporters while commemorating a German Nazi massacre committed in Italy in 1944.

My comment: LOL. Thus, the US must confront Saudi Arabia and it’s allies for the Yemen war – and the US must confront itself for Yemen as well and for innocents in 37 other countries since 1945.

Comment by Nasser Arrabyee: Good. But who would punish Trump for his crimes&his support for Saudi criminals & terrorists?

10.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Wins for Yemen govt. as port reclaimed

The Yemeni government also announced its reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed by Houthi and Saleh militias in liberated areas. Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr made the announcement on Friday during his attendance of the laying of the foundation stone for a number of reconstruction projects in Aden, the Yemeni Press Agency reported.
He noted that the “wheel of development has spun once again.”
He said strategic projects scheduled to be rebuilt will advance the interim capital of Aden and overcome the stage of destruction brought on by the war, with participatory efforts from its citizens who made tremendous sacrifices.
Nasser Sharif Al-Khamis, deputy minister of transport, also announced plans to secure and revive the strategic Al-Mokha Port, as well as all other ports controlled by the legitimate government. He said the port is expected to resume operations in the coming days.
Shami Mohammed Al-Dhaheri, a Saudi rear admiral and strategy analyst, said Al-Mokha is considered one of Yemen’s strategic ports. It is located about 100 kilometers from Bab Al-Mandab, while a number of important islands in international navigation, such as Hanish Islands, are located off its coast. The port is also considered the sea front of Taiz, and with main roads linked Al-Mokha to Al-Hodaida, it is pivotal to liberating Al-Hodaida Port.
According to Al-Dhaheri, 10 of Yemen’s 12 ports have been liberated – by Mohammed Al-Sulami

9.4.2017 – Embassy of Saudi Arabia (A P)

Statement by HRH Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom on the visit by British Prime Minister Theresa May

The visit this week by Prime Minister Theresa May, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has strengthened our historic friendship and revitalised our relationship at this important time in history.

With both countries embarking on new chapters, the United Kingdom through Brexit and Saudi Arabia through Vision 2030, the Prime Minister's visit has shown we will walk this path of change together.

The United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia are important strategic partners, and the wide range of issues discussed during the visit, from security to terrorism, to trade and investment, to education and women's sport, shows the strength and the depth of the relationship between our two countries.

There are currently 700 British companies already working in Saudi Arabia and discussions focused on the many opportunities that exist to broaden and deepen our trade, business and investment links through the Kingdom's Vision 2030.

Saudi Arabia also welcomes commitments given by the United Kingdom to participate in the delivery of our objectives set out in Vision 2030, and we look forward to working together in achieving these outcomes.

Both countries reaffirmed our commitment to fight terrorism and discussions focused on the importance of ensuring Saudi Arabia remains a strong and stable influence in a volatile and uncertain region.

Saudi Arabia's security and prosperity is also the United Kingdom's security and prosperity.

In the coming months we look forward to more high level visits to continue our work as we build on the success of Prime Minister's trip this week.

Comment by Sam Walton: #SaudiArabia's war crimes are the UK's war crimes if arms sold in knowledge of probable use in #Yemen

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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11.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 10/4/2017 (full list):

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10.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 9/4/2017 (full list):

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9.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 8/4/2017 (full list):

11.4.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Today,30 #Saudi strikes targeted several areas in Medi area #Haja #Yemen

11.4.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

#Saudi air strike targeted a Water well today in Hamdan area #Saada #Yemen Even water become targets.

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression launches three raids on Serwah

10.–11.4.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

As every day & since March 26, 2015. the same sounds I'm hearing almost daily. the sounds of Saudi jets which flying now over Sana'a.

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi flash bombs hit Sanaa province


10.4.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Sana’a : Aggression warplanes dropped 6 light bombs in Bani Matar district

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Somali refugee killed, citizens injured in Saudi air raids, shelling in Saada

A Somali refugee was killed and a number of citizens were injured from a series of air raids and machine-gun fire targeted a number of border districts in Saada province, a security official told Saba on Tuesday.
The official said the Somali refugee was killed and five cars were destroyed after the US Saudi aggression warplanes launched 14 raids since Monday morning on the main road in Baqim district, destroying a nearby house and injuring a child who was inside.
Also several other citizens were wounded in the air attacks.
The official added that a citizen was seriously wounded in the shelling from the Saudi border guards on al Hajlah area of Razih district.


10.4.2017 – Health Mobilisation (A K PH)

#Sada province: 2 injured by #Saudi airstrikes on a house at #Bakem district; one is a 8-years Yemeni child the other is Somalian child (photos) = and film:

and also:

10.4.2017 – NTH News (A K PH)

In pictures: two wounded, one of them a boy from Baqem and the other a Somali refugee with two flights of the aggression

On Monday, April 10, two wounded children, one of them children of Bagem and the other a Somali refugee, landed in two areas of the US-Saudi Aggressive Air Force targeting a house and the main road in Yasmin district of Baqem.

The name of the child: Nasr Mansour Nasser Mansour Kahil, who is 8 years old.

The US-Saudi Air Force launched four raids targeting the citizens' farms in the branch area of ​​the Kattaf Directorate, causing severe damage (with photos)

10.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes wage 11 strikes on Hodeida

The US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes on Monday waged 11 strikes on several district of Hodeida province, a security official told Saba.
The fighter jets hit a Kamaran island five times and five others on Al Khawkhah district, as well as a raid on Al Halay district, the official added.

10.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes launch 39 raids on Lahj, Taiz

9.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi airstrike on Sanaa Int'l airport

The US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes waged on Sunday a strike on a new building of Sanaa international airport, an official told Saba.
The strike caused large losses in the building.

9.4.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

Sanaa bombing of the Saudi air force on the new airport today (Photo)

9.4.2017 – Saudi war crimes (A K PH)

Photo: Fatima Saleem was a victim of #Saudi cluster bomb in #Saada , #Yemen [Date; Place?]

9.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (B K)

To everyone: please pay attention to these posters.
Make them circulate. Tell children to never, ever touch them and to inform an adult immediately.
Bomb remnants, unexploded ordnance, mines, cluster bombs: keep your children safe (photos)

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

11.4.2017 – New News (* A K PH)

Coalition Forces Tighten up All Its Fighters to the Western Coasts

Coalition Forces tighten up all its fighters to the western coasts, in addition to its heavy battleships and Modern Fighter Jets, as well as Apache tanks in a great try to progress even a small success so that it can be used as tool for military or political pressure in Yemen.

12.4.2017 – The National UAE (AK PS)

Yemen pro-government forces ‘retake areas in Mokha district’

Yemeni pro-government forces, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, on Tuesday recaptured areas in the north and east of Mokha district from the Houthi rebels, reported the UAE’s state news agency, Wam.

The official Yemeni News Agency quoted a military source as saying: "The military operations – which were launched on Tuesday morning – have made significant progress, retaking a series of mountains, including Al Nar Mountain."

The Iran-backed Houthis suffered heavy casualties and losses of equipment, with some rebel fighters fleeing the area, the source said.

"Fighting is still on to retake Khalid Camp, which is under siege by the national army on different fronts, with the support of the Arab coalition air power," he added.

11.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

9 Houthis-Saleh militants killed in Dowa mount eastern the capital Sana’a – sources

Sources in the field stated that 9 militants of the Houthis-Saleh forces were killed on Tuesday while trying to sneak to the locations of the pro-government forces western Dowa mount in Nehm district, northeastern capital Sana’a.

11.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Arab Coalition aircrafts launch 25 raids on Houthis-Saleh forcess’ sites in Lahj

The aircrafts of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition bombed Sunday the locations of the Houthis-Saleh forces in Kahboub area of al Madariba district in western Lahj province, southern Yemen.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the Arab Coalition aircrafts launched 25 air raids on their sites, while Apache helicopters targeted reinforcements coming from Moza district western Taiz.

"The bombardment resulted in the death of 12 Houthis-Saleh militants and injury of 18 others, while four military vehicles, a gun, and two rocket launching bases were destroyed."

The source added that the Houthis had taken their casualties to Moza district.

The coalition aircrafts also launched four air raids on Abu Musa al-Ash'ari military camp, and two other raids on the rebels’ sites in al-Jashah coast in Al-Khokha district, southern Hodeida province.

11.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries pounded rockets and artilleries at the houses and farms of the citizens in different parts of Serwah district, Marib prov.

10.4.2017 – AFP (* A K)

Yemen clashes: More than 40 dead in 24 hours

Warplanes from Saudi-led Arab coalition have pounded Houthi rebel positions east of Mokha, a military official saidClashes and air strikes in southwest Yemen have killed more than 40 soldiers, rebels and civilians over the past 24 hours, officials and medics said on Monday.

Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition have pounded Houthi rebel positions east of the Red Sea port of Mokha and other areas of Taiz province since Sunday, a military official said.

Clashes raged after the air raids in the Jabal al-Nar area east of Mokha and north of the city on the road to Hudaida, Yemen's main Red Sea port, the official said.

At least 17 rebels were killed in the air strikes and fighting, medical sources in rebel-held Hudaida said.

Hodeida is next target

The coalition-backed government says Hudaida is its next target in a months-long offensive aimed at pushing the Iran-backed rebels away from the country's lengthy Red Sea coastline.

Another 11 rebels were killed in air strikes on Kamran island and a base in Hudaida itself, the medical sources said.

Ten soldiers were also killed and 15 were wounded in the confrontations, said medical sources in Aden, the temporary base of the government as Sanaa remains under rebel control. =

Comment: Whatever you read, just remember: #Hodeidah is next.
Saudis have not given up their plan to take Hodeidah in order to reach #Sanaa.
Securing a life-line for the Yemenis through the port is a non-issue to Saudis. Yemen can starve to death.

10.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Tens of mercenaries killed in Taiz

Tens of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and others injured when the army and popular forces hit their gatherings in Dhubab district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Monday.

9.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A K PS)

Thirteen brigades prepared to liberate Hodiedah

Yemeni military sources have said that military operation to liberate Hodeidah will start soon in order to ensure the delivery of relief and humanitarian assistances to all people of the governorate and surrounding governorates.

The source affirmed that plans are made, asserting that 13 brigades backed by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition will engage in fighting.

My comment: Preparation for attack at Hodeidah port, which will have disastrous humanitarian consequences for the whole supply to ¾ of Yemeni population. For the same purpose, the occupation if islands in the Red Sea:

9.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A K P)

#Arab Coalition forces captured the Islands of Ocban-Fost-Balan-Zuqr-Hanish-Homer & besieged Island of Kamran off #Hudaydah coast / #Yemen (map)

9.4.2017 – MbKS15 (* A K PS)

Map: #Saudi-led coalition forces take control of eight islands off Al Salif & Al Hudaydah sea ports

9.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Missile force hits foreign invaders, mercenaries in Mokha

Houthi / Saleh reports: (film)

Pro Hadi / pro-Saudi reports:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

11.4.2017 – World watch Monitor (A H)

As a Christian woman in Yemen, life is about survival

Life in Yemen is not easy for a woman. Especially if you are a woman who has decided to become a Christian. Yemen is a tribal country, where leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal of that tribe, punishable by death. Nadeen (*), a born-and-raised Yemeni woman in her late 20s, became a Christian before the civil war broke out in 2015. She had to keep her new faith hidden as her family would probably disown her if they knew. Yemen ranks 9th on the Open Doors 2017 World Watch List of the 50 countries in which it is most difficult to live as a Christian.

It meant for Nadeen that she had to live her faith in isolation, as she could not meet with other Christians.

Not only can Christians not openly gather in Yemen, for her as a single woman it was especially hard to get away from the house.

“My family strictly controlled everything I did,” she says.

However, via Facebook she connected with other Christians living in her area. After finishing her studies, she found a job with a bank and was able to move more freely, allowing her to meet up with them.

That’s also how she met the man, also of the same faith, who is now her husband. Their wedding day did not have any references to their Christian faith: “As only Islamic wedding rituals are allowed in Yemen, I had an Islamic wedding that was arranged by the family,” Nadeen explains.

As she has decided to not tell her family of her faith yet, it is easier for her and her husband to stay in Yemen. Those who expose their faith often have to flee and to sever family ties.

11.4.2017 – Enca (A)

Hijacked Indian cargo ship rescued but 8 crew missing

Somali security forces have liberated an Indian cargo ship from the pirates who hijacked it, but only two of the ten-man crew were rescued, authorities in central Somalia said Monday.

Abdulahi Ahmed Ali, district commissioner for the pirate-hub region of Hobyo, told local press the "Al Kauser" ship had been held off the Indian Ocean coast near Yemen after the hijacking on March 31.

"We have the boat and two of the crew members but eight other members of the crew are still missing because the pirates took them off the boat," the commissioner said.

9.4.2017 – BBC News (A )

Nineteen crew members have been freed from a ship captured by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

9.4.2017 – First Post (A)

Indian and Chinese navies rescue ship off Yemen coast from Somali pirates

In a joint operation, the Indian navy and its Chinese counterpart on Sunday rescued a a bulk carrier ship OS35 off the coast of Aden which was suspected to have been hijacked by Somali pirates on Saturday. The latest pirate attack followed a string of attacks after years of calm. Early on Sunday, the Indian naval ships managed to establish contact with the container ship's captain who, along with his crew members, had locked themselves in a strongroom onboard, as per stand operating procedures.

An Indian Navy helicopter taking off from INS Mumbai carried out an aerial reconnaissance of the ship to "sanitise" the upper decks of the ship and trace the whereabouts of the pirates who could still be on board.

Comment by Stephen Snyder: Pirates. Quick response from India and China of #Yemen coast. US & Saudi nowhere to be seen.

16.2.2017 – Monde Orient (* B P)

Socotra, paradis perdu menacé par la guerre au Yémen

L’archipel de Socotra est distant de plus de 300 kilomètres des côtes yéménites. Alors que la guerre civile s’éternise en métropole, à Sanaa ou à Aden, Socotra continue d’être un havre de paix. Loin des balles et des mortiers, l’île reste néanmoins un enjeu au cœur du conflit. Depuis le début de la guerre civile au Yémen en 2014 et l’intervention de la coalition arabe menée par l’Arabie saoudite en 2015, les forces gouvernementales ont enrôlé 4 000 des 45 000 habitants pour combattre les rebelles houthistes. Loin des combats, le devenir de l’île alimente les rumeurs. Parmi elles, sa possible cession par le président yéménite Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Selon la chaîne de télévision al Mayadeen, Hadi aurait proposé aux Émirats arabes unis un bail de 99 ans sur l’île de Socotra en échange de son soutien dans sa guerre contre les Houthis.

Si une telle concession paraît improbable au premier abord, les efforts déployés par Abu Dhabi à Socotra attestent du grand intérêt des Émirats. Les habitants de l’archipel croulent sous les dons émiratis. Plus d’une trentaine d’avions en provenance de Dubaï ont déjà déversé matériels, nourriture et médicaments. Ces avions « humanitaires » sont en réalité affrétés sur ordre direct du président des Émirats arabes unis, Khalifa ben Zayed al Nahyane, par le biais de son organisation « philanthropique ». Preuve des liens forts qui unissent Socotra et les Émirats, le nouvel hôpital a été baptisé « Khalifa ben Zayed al Nahyane ». Encore en construction, la nouvelle ville touristique « Zayed Residential City » sera bientôt implantée au milieu du désert.

Comme le confie cet habitant de Hadiboh, la capitale de Socotra, les Émirats arabes unis accentuent leur présence sur l’île, signe d’un soutien accru au président pro-saoudien Hadi. Pour le journaliste yéménite Khalid al-Karimi ;

« La Zayed Residential City est l’un des nombreux projets économiques lancés par les Émirats dans le Sud du Yémen et à Socotra. On peut dire que la présence des émiratis est motivée par des opportunités de partenariats économiques, mais ce n’est pas une occupation. »

La succession de projets économiques d’Abou Dhabi fait surtout craindre aux insulaires l’invasion de touristes et la mort de leur patrimoine naturel – de Noé Hochet-Bodin

26.12.2016 – Le Matin Algérien (*B P)

Yémen : l'île de Socotra, un patrimoine mondial menacé par la guerre

L’archipel de Socotra, l’un des endroits les plus paradisiaques sur terre, classé patrimoine naturel mondial par l’UNESCO en 2008 pour son exceptionnelle biodiversité et en 2003 au titre de réserve de biosphère, est aujourd’hui menacé par la guerre menée par l’Arabie Saoudite et ses alliés au Yémen. Un SOS vient d’être lancé à toutes les organisations humanitaires internationales pour sauver l'archipel et ses habitants autochtones.

11.4.2017 – British Library Blogs (C)

The Hodeidah Incident: Britain’s ‘indiscriminate’ military action in Yemen in 1914

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-291 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-291: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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