Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 294 - Yemen War Mosaic 294

Yemen Press Reader 294: Hilfsaufruf–Schulen und Unterricht–Al Kaida und Stammesführer–USA: Angriffspläne-Saudi-Arabien, Wahabismus u. USA–Verbrechen d. Huthis–Asiris Interview: Propaganda absurd

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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Houthi-Verbrechen / Houthi crimes: cp5

Asiri interview: cp15

16.4.2017 – UN Children's Fund, Save the Children, Education Cluster (** B H K)

Yemen: Education status - Presented to Education Cluster Forum, April 2017

2 M Out of school children representing 27% of the children at the age of schooling

1,693 Schools No. of affected schools (damaged, closed, IDPs, armed groups)

Schools totally damaged: 234; partially damaged: 1265; hosting IDPs: 143 [Taiz gov.: 76); occupied by armed groups: 24 (Taiz gov. 21). and in full: and


16.4.2017 – Reuters (** B E H)

Wartime economic crisis threatens education of millions of Yemeni children - U.N.

Two years of war may deprive a generation of Yemeni children of an education, the U.N. warned this month, putting them at greater risk of being married off or recruited as child soldiers.

Months of unpaid salaries have affected over three-quarters of the impoverished country's teachers, meaning up to 4.5 million children may not finish the school year, UNICEF Representative in Yemen Mertixell Relano told a press conference in the capital Sanaa. "At the moment we have more than 166,000 teachers in the country that have not received a salary since October last year. This is more or less 73 percent of the total number of teachers in the country," Relano said. "Those children that are not in school, they are at risk of being recruited (for military service), or the girls might be at risk of being married earlier," she added. The crisis largely began last year when the internationally-recognized government shifted Yemen's central bank out of Sanaa, which is controlled by the armed Houthi movement with which it is at war.

Seven months of salaries remain in arrears, public sector employees in Houthi-controlled northern lands say, making travel to work and paying for basic necessities more difficult. "Money is the backbone of life," lamented Hoda Al Khoulani, a teacher at a children's school in Sanaa. Without it, I don't think anyone can live and there will be suffering. We're almost begging." – by Noah Browning =

16.4.2017 – VG (** B T)

Yemen's al-Qaida: Entered agreement with tribal leaders not to attack the West

In an interview, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) explains that it is halting international operations and tells why the group currently do not welcome foreign fighters.

Throughout the winter and spring, VG has carried out fresh investigations into Anders Cameroon Østensvig Dale (38), a Norwegian who travelled to Yemen in 2011 and subsequently allied himself with AQAP, where it is said that he received training in bomb-making.

In the question-and-answer exchange – carried out through representatives for al-Qaida- and AQAP-linked newspaper al-Masra – the group also provides up-to-date information about their inner workings.

‘My friend told me that there are now very few foreign members of AQAP – only five over the past five years,’ the al-Masra representative writes on behalf of a person referred to as one of the leaders in the group.

Agreement with local tribes

During the exchange with VG, AQAP provides the following reasons for this:

• Due to the extreme ideas of the Islamic State (IS), foreigners/non-Yemenis have forgotten al-Qaida’s message and their outlook has become contaminated. As a result, they are no longer coming and/or are no longer welcome.

• Foreigners walk out into the streets and are difficult for AQAP to control. As a result of this, they become a target, and for this reason they are not welcome.

• In order to control areas of Yemen, AQAP has entered into an agreement with local tribal and religious leaders. This agreement entails an understanding that the group will not carry out international operations for as long as it remains in place. Implicit to this agreement is the notion that the group currently has no need for foreigners who are able to return to the West in order to carry out terrorist activities, including those such as Dale from Norway.

‘Local leaders dictating’

‘This is highly interesting,’ says Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

She has tracked and analysed AQAP over several years, including its various media products and other parts of the group’s activity and messaging, such as their poetry as a «weapon of jihad». She has also carried out extensive field work in Yemen.

Kendall's assessment is that the messages can be trusted to come from AQAP sources in Yemen.

‘This confirms my own conclusions about how AQAP operates these days - it focuses heavily on addressing local concerns and building local alliances. The agenda of global jihad is gradually grafted onto this, but it all starts very local. What is new here is the observation that this kind of local collaboration has reached the stage where it is the local leaders dictating to AQAP, at least with regard to international operations,’ Kendall explains.

‘AQAP is basically keeping its powder dry’

In an unusual way, this may actually show that drone strikes do play a role – however limited – as a deterrent. Local tribal leaders clearly do not want to incur US wrath, given the devastation this could bring, she argues.

‘It seems that this is something AQAP has also accepted in order to survive, and part of that deal is not to attack the West. The takeaway from this would then be that the US should be extremely careful when choosing targets in Yemen. If the tribal leaders understand that they are included in the targeting anyway, it could lead to a serious backlash with regards to AQAP being released from the current deal about not plotting against the West. AQAP is basically keeping its powder dry’, Kendall says – by ERLEND OFTE ARNTSEN

Comment by Judith Brown: This is a truly great article and I really recommend reading it for those who want to understand how tribal men and Al Qaeda are really just versions of the same entity. It describes the structures and history in the three areas where AQAP has its widest presence - Shabwa, Bayda and Abyan, and describes the way that Tribal traditions, government influences, migration, interact but all in the background of what is perceived as unfairness and lack of investment, and how groups like Al Qaeda wax and wane in these interactions. Highly recommended.

17.4.2017 – Buzzfeed (** A K P)

Pentagon Clashes With Civilian Aid Workers Over Planned Military Assault In Yemen

Aid groups warned the Defense Department in a meeting that the assault could “precipitate famine” in parts of the country, already suffering after two years of war.

The Pentagon advanced its case for a controversial US-backed military assault on a strategic port city in Yemen last week to a room of State Department officials and skeptical humanitarian aid groups, BuzzFeed News has learned.

The Defense Department is in favor of providing logistical and intelligence support for an ambitious operation led by the UAE military to retake the Houthi-controlled city of Hodeida. But key bureaus inside the State Department and the US Agency for International Development oppose the initiative, believing it will trigger a full-blown famine in the country by closing the port where most of the humanitarian aid in the impoverished country enters.

During the meeting on Thursday, convened at the request of aid agencies, a Pentagon official tried to ease those concerns by floating the possibility that the operation could be “clean” and result in the Saudis taking full control of the port in “four-to-six weeks.”

But aid groups view that forecast as wildly optimistic and fear that the Pentagon is attempting to understate the complexity of the mission in order to win support for it inside the Trump administration.

It’s unclear where that four-to-six week figure came from. One senior Pentagon official who wasn’t present at the meeting told BuzzFeed News that such expectations were unrealistic — and that retaking the port “could take months.”

Last month, the National Security Council scheduled a meeting to address a memo sent by Mattis to the White House saying that “limited support” for the Hodeida operation would help push back against a “common threat,” The Washington Post reported.

The meeting of US officials and aid groups last week took place at the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom. US officials informed aid groups that their humanitarian concerns were being debated at the highest levels of government. But one aid group left the meeting with the belief that the US is intent on going forward with the operation despite the objections.

The Pentagon declined to comment on upcoming operations.

Late last year, Barack Obama’s White House rejected an Emirati proposal to help recapture the Hodeida port due to concerns about the difficulty of repelling well-equipped Houthi rebels and fears that it would exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation.

At the time, the Pentagon’s push for White House approval failed due to opposition from USAID and some divisions inside the State Department, namely the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

“USAID has always said this operation would take a country that’s been on a knife’s edge of famine for the past two years and tip it over,” Jeremy Konyndyk, who left USAID as director of foreign disaster assistance in January, told BuzzFeed News.

Other areas of the State Department, such as the Near East Affairs Bureau, are more supportive of the operation, said a former US official.

These same battle lines over the operation exist within the Trump administration, but the interagency power dynamics have shifted significantly.

Meanwhile, the civilian agencies that previously pushed back against the Defense Department’s proposal are lacking leadership due to vacancies left by Obama-era political appointees. The White House has yet to appoint an administrator for USAID or assistant secretaries for Democracy, Rights and Labor and Population, Refugees and Migration – by John Hudson and Paul McLeod

16.4.2017 – New York Post (** B P)

How Saudi Arabia dangerously undermines the United States

Iran is our external enemy of the moment. Saudi Arabia is our enduring internal enemy, already within our borders and permitted to poison American Muslims with its Wahhabi cult.

Oh, and Saudi Arabia’s also the spring from which the bloody waters of global jihad flowed.

Iran humiliates our sailors, but the Saudis are the spiritual jailers of hundreds of millions of Muslims, committed to intolerance, barbarity and preventing Muslims from joining the modern world. And we help.

Firm figures are elusive, but estimates are that the Saudis fund up to 80% of American mosques, at least in part. And their goal is the same here as it is elsewhere in the world where Islam must compete with other religions: to prevent Muslims from integrating into the host society.

The Saudis and their fellow fanatics in the oil-rich Gulf states have used those riches to drag Muslims backward into the past and to spread violent jihad.

The best argument for alternative energy sources is to return the Saudis to their traditional powerlessness.

I’ve seen Saudi money at work in country after country, from Senegal to Kenya to Pakistan to Indonesia and beyond. Everywhere, their hirelings preach a stern and joyless world, along with the duty to carry out jihad (contrary to our president’s nonsense, jihad’s primary meaning is not “an inner struggle,” but expanding the reach of Islam by fire and sword).

Here’s one of the memories that haunt me.

Another phenomenon I’ve witnessed is that the Saudis rush to plant mosques where there are few or no Muslims, or where the Wahhabi cult still hasn’t found roots. In Senegal, with its long tradition of humane Islam, religious scholars dismiss the Saudis as upstarts. Yet, money ultimately buys souls and the Saudis were opening mosques.

And jihadi violence is now an appealing brand.

But our real problem is here and now, in the United States. Consider how idiotic we’ve been, allowing Saudis to fund hate mosques and madrassas, to provide Jew-baiting texts and to do their best to bully American Muslims into conformity with their misogynistic, 500-lashes worldview. Our leaders and legislators have betrayed our fellow citizens who happen to be Muslim, making it more difficult for them to integrate fully into our society.

Why did we let this happen? Greed. Naivete. Political correctness. Inertia. For decades, the Saudis sent ambassadors who were “just like us,” drinking expensive scotch, partying hard, playing tennis with our own political royalty, and making sure that American corporations and key individuals made money. A lot of money.

But they weren’t just like us. First of all, few of us could afford the kind of scotch they drank. More important, they had a deep anti-American, anti-liberty, play-us-for-suckers agenda.

And we let the Saudis exert control over America’s Muslim communities through their surrogates.

Saudi money even buys our silence on terrorism.

Decades ago, the Saudi royal family realized it had a problem. Even its brutal practices weren’t strict enough for its home-grown zealots. So the king and his thousands of princes gave the budding terrorists money — and aimed them outside the kingdom.

Osama bin Laden was just one extremist of thousands – by Ralph Peters

cp2 Allgemein / General

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Six years old Raghad refused an offer to be helped as charity or donor saying "if you want to help me buy my eggs", she plans to join school next year.

17.4.2017 – Int Policy Digest (* A P)

Are Yemenis Expecting a Breakthrough in their Civil War?

Steps towards the ascendancy of a new Yemeni leader and the withdrawal of Saudi-led coalition forces are in the works.

Currently, Yemenis express resentment towards Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government. Dismay is steadily increasing among the youth who have lived with civil war and chaotic unrest for years in a highly-divided country. Yemen’s resources and its economy are in shambles with a host of political actors from Sana‘a and Aden to the country’s interior dividing the impoverished country under their respective spheres of influence.

Interestingly, GCC interlocutors say that Yemeni presidential elections are to be held this Fall, leading to Hadi and prime minister Ahmad Obaid bin Dagher’s resignations. The Saudis and the Emiratis are frustrated with Hadi who appears more interested in his self-preservation then the welfare of the country after receiving significant GCC backing. This time, the name of a future Yemeni president who will be accepted by all parties will be significant and Yemenis hope the presidential elections will result in a new beginning for their shattered country.

Mohammad Salem Basindawa appears to be a conciliatory player. Basindawa, the former Prime Minister in the Hadi government in Sana‘a from 2011-2014, is now being seen as a “unifier” of various Yemeni factions. If Basindawa, with Gulf backing, seeks the presidency, the Yemeni presidential elections may help to galvanize several parts of Yemeni society based not only on bloodlines but also a way forward without having the country permanently fracture. In theory, this year’s presidential election will help to mitigate and reverse the multifaceted local, regional, and international wars

Basindawa is emerging as an acceptable future Yemeni presidential candidate by the Saudis and Emiratis as well as the Yemenis of all sects and political affiliations as well.

Basindawa has repeatedly named the Houthis as “brother leaders” and GCC states feel that the former prime minister may be in a strong position to achieve a national accord once Hadi leaves the political scene. – by Shehab Al-Makahleh

My comment: That would be a quite new information? It’s true?

Comment: This is interesting as Yemenis remember the high salary of the suggested new presidential candidate yet, according to the journalist (and not only) Hadi is out of the game and with the next elections coming (when??)

Comment by Haykal Bafana: The idea of ex PM Basindwa as new #Yemen president is completely bizarre & mind-boggling.

16.4.2017 – The National UAE (* B K P)

Talks could help degrade Iran's influence in Yemen

The prospect of increased Iranian support for the Houthis has gained media traction in recent weeks following the publication of two investigative reports by Reuters and Conflict Armament Research.

Iran is widely believed to be providing support to the Houthis, including arms shipments and military advice or training, but the recent reports suggested Iran may be considering or providing greater support.

The anonymous sourcing in the Reuters report makes it difficult to discern rhetoric from intent to act.

Regardless of the exact level of support, there is little doubt that the longer the war continues in its current form, the more entrenched the Houthi-Saleh and Houthi-Iran relationship will become. Iran probably sees involvement in Yemen as an efficient way to needle Saudi Arabia and the United States at the same time, and, given their current difficulties, the Houthis will take any international support they can get. This situation is not in the national security interest of certain Gulf countries.

The Houthis previously signalled they were ready to exchange allies for political rights during unprecedented direct talks with Saudi Arabia in March 2016. After agreeing to a border ceasefire during these talks – a major breakthrough in the war – the Houthis immediately came out with statements explicitly condemning Iran. These statements, along with the Houthi decision to engage in talks without Saleh, were widely read by Yemen experts as a Houthi willingness to give up their relationships with Iran and Mr Saleh under the right circumstances.

Over the following few months, as talks with the Houthis shifted from the Saudis back to the Hadi government, the momentum was lost. President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi replaced vice president Khaled Bahah with Ali Mohsen, an enemy of the Houthis, just before peace talks in Kuwait. The Houthis probably perceived their goodwill gesture of condemning Iran as having been met with a gesture of ill-will by the Yemeni government.

Such talks would not be easy: Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners would have to carefully manage their interests, especially as they diverge from the personal interests of Mr Hadi or Ali Mohsen, the vice president, and the Houthis would have to carefully manage Saleh and his loyalists. These could be difficult, or even insurmountable, obstacles.

Yet, in lieu of such diplomacy, we can expect ramped-up Iranian support in one form or another to the Houthis in concert with increased US support to the coalition. The additional Iranian support could help solidify the Houthi-Iran relationship beyond one of convenience. If that happens, the opportunity to diplomatically "turn" the Houthis – and prevent a long-standing Iranian presence in Yemen – may dissipate if it has not already – by Anthony Biswell and Elana DeLozier

My comment: A sound article by American pundits. I am astonished that it could have been published on an Emirati website – might-be this shows the differences between Emirati and Saudi positions. – Yes, stopping the Saudi / Emirati aggression against Houthi-held Yemen would be the best way to weaken any Houthi-Iran alliance.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is from a UAE source and I guess it has a particular perspective. Most academic sources in the West have concluded there is little material support for the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen. But of course there is rhetoric and also the possibility that in the future ties may be stronger.

15.4.2017 – Mint Press News (unrated B K P)

Film: Perspectives on Palestine, Syria, and Yemen - Abby Martin, Mnar Muhawesh, Rania Khalek

Oregon State University Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights hosted a panel discussion with independent journalists Rania Khalek, Abby Martin (The Empire Files), and Mnar Muhawesh (MintPress News) to discuss Syria, Palestine, and Yemen in a way the mainstream media refuses to cover.

Comment by Ben Norton: Excellent panel on Palestine, Syria and Yemen by some of the best journos today:

15.4.2017 – Acram Haider (* B)

My poem tonight is as below:

Favorite Dish.
Lies and lies
The sweetest dish
Served and sold
At diplomacy corridors
Lies are a must
Of major states
To disperse their fakes
Across the globe
To make the public all
Content and pleased.


Lies are your favorite dish – by Acram haider

Comment by Judith Brown: A powerful poem about control, war and lies. So important. Thank you Acram

18.3.2017 – El orden Mundial (* B K P)

Yemen: una historia de violencia

Analizar la situación actual de Yemen es tarea complicada. Al igual que tantos otros países de Oriente Próximo, Yemen atravesó con crudeza las revoluciones de las Primaveras Árabes, concluyendo en un periodo de inestabilidad política que acabó derribando al gobierno y desencadenando una serie de alzamientos militares que situaron al país en una efervescente guerra civil.

No obstante, hablar de que los pilares del gobierno yemení eran sólidos y antiguos o que la integridad política y religiosa de la sociedad del país se mantuvieron hasta que se desató la guerra civil sería mentir. La crisis yemení ha sido la explosión de un conflicto que venía arrastrándose desde la gestación del propio país y que si bien guarda similitudes con otros conflictos actuales de Próximo Oriente, como la lucha entre suníes y chiíes, tiene rasgos propios y esenciales.

Remark: Overview article in Spanish.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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18.4.2017 – Der Freitag (* B H K)

Die Hölle von Al-Qaza

Jemen: Die UNO warnt vor kriegsbedingter Hungersnot. Das Schicksal eines Dorfes zeigt, dass die in Wirklichkeit längst ausgebrochen ist

Der Besenmacher Taie al-Nahari kniet mit nacktem Oberkörper im Sand vor einer strohgedeckten Hütte im Dorf Al-Qaza, Gouvernement Al-Hudaida. Unter der Haut zeichnen sich die Knochen ab. Vor Beginn des Krieges im Februar 2015 war der 53-Jährige Fischer. Heute stellt er jeden Tag zwei Besen her und verdient damit umgerechnet einen Dollar. „Unsere Boote wurden von den Saudis bombardiert. Nun haben meine Familie und ich nicht mehr genug zu essen.“

Der Bürgerkrieg und die Luftschläge der Golfallianz sind die Hauptursache für eine Ernährungskrise, die sich nach Auffassung der Vereinten Nationen in diesem Jahr zu einer Hungersnot auswachsen könnte – 2,1 Millionen Kinder seien schon jetzt akut unterernährt.

Der ehemalige Fischer al-Nahari lebt in einer der am schlimmsten betroffenen Regionen. Auch wer noch über ein intaktes Boot verfüge, wage es nicht, zum Fischen hinauszufahren. Zu groß sei die Angst, von saudischen Jets bombardiert zu werden. Mit derartigen Angriffen soll das Hinterland der mutmaßlich vom Iran unterstützten Huthi-Rebellen zerstört werden, die nach wie vor die Hauptstadt Sanaa kontrollieren. „Viel haben wir als Fischer nie verdient, doch es reichte, um Mehl, Reis, Bohnen und Wasser zu kaufen. Jetzt sind wir ruiniert. Wir haben kein Geld, kein Essen, nichts, womit wir arbeiten könnten“, klagt al-Nahari. Ashwaq Ahmad Moharram, ein Geburtshelfer und Gynäkologe aus dem Nachbarort Al-Hudaida, meint: „Die humanitäre Situation ist in diesem Gouvernement am schlimmsten. Wer vorher arm war, ist nun noch ärmer. Wenn ich die Leute hier zu Hause besuche, finde ich oft nicht einmal die grundlegendsten Dinge des täglichen Lebens vor. Die meisten ernähren sich nur von Fisch und verkaufen, was übrig bleibt, um zu überleben. „Plötzlich schlug ein Geschoss in unserer Hütte ein“, erzählt Esmail. „Und ich rannte den Strand hinauf, um zu sehen, was passiert war. Aber ich fand nur noch einzelne Körperteile. Sie sind verbrannt oder zerrissen worden. Ich nahm in den Arm, was vom Körper meiner Frau übrig war. Ich weinte und schrie, aber es half nichts. Warum wird dieser Krieg nicht endlich beendet. Niemand bringt mir die zurück, die ich verloren habe.“ – von SAEED KAMALI, AHMAD ALGOHBARY

17.4.2017 – Sputnik News (* A H)

Yemenis Will Run Out of Food in Four Months Amid Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

There will be enough food for the population in Yemen only in the coming four months if the solution to the worsening military conflict in the country is not found, Magne Barth, the head of the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Moscow, said Monday.

remark: This already had been stated several times.

16.4.2017 – Your Abilities (A H)

During Your Abilities Organization humanitarian missions in the last year 2016, we have provided 500 feed baskets for 500 families in Yemen.
Our organization participated to help the orphans, with food and clothes.

In addition we participated in different fields such as health and joined many events in Yemen.

On 2017, we have operated in several fields including, helping the displaced families and we saved many lives by providing them medical treatment.
As well as we paid the accumulated rents for many families and return them to their homes after they were removed from the houses by the owners .
With your support, we are looking to save many lives in Yemen.

16.4.2017 – Fuad Rajeh (A H)

Yemen: an employee burned himself Sunday after he found self unable to support 9-member family. Employees unpaid for a 7th successive month (photo)

16.4.2017 – Jamila Hanan (A H)

This was baby Mohammad travelling to #Sanaa hospital #Yemen yesterday with @AhmadAlgohbary took 7 hours. Tiny and very poorly,prayers needed (photos)

Latest update on Mohammad via @AhmadAlgohbary "doctor is running examination and tests for his brain and chest and will write up a report"

..they cant operate until infection cleared. This evening he had breathing difficulty + now taken to ICU. Prayers needed, for baby+ family

Update on baby Mohammad via @AhmadAlgohbary :They took some fluid from his brain,seems he has an infection,they r waiting on test results...

Sad news I'm afraid, despite everyone's best efforts, Mohammad died just recently. Thankyou to all who helped. Prayers for the family.

Also pray for @AhmadAlgohbary keeping hope for humanity alive in #Yemen, he says he's going straight back for Batol as soon as we have funds

Remark: Earlier reporting: YPR 292.

15.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A H)

Yemen fighting US-backed Saudi deliberate starvation by planting lands4food 30 poor families would be self-sufficient/project Haydan Saada (photos)

15.4.2017 – The Journal (A H)

Ireland gives a further €6 million in aid to alleviate suffering in Yemen and Iraq

Ireland will provide €4 million to the UN Humanitarian Pooled Fund in Yemen in response to the needs of nearly 19 million Yemeni – two thirds of the population – affected by two years of civil war.

Comment: Thank you Ireland.
Peace is cheaper, though.
Peace would tackle famine, displacement, rising death-toll, illiteracy, poisoned crops, imposed siege.
Only peace can.

14.4.2017 – Doctors Without Borders (A H)

.@MSF provided life-saving healthcare to nearly 60,000 war wounded & violence victims in #Yemen since March 2015 (photos)

26.1.2017 – UN Children's Fund, Government of Yemen (A H)

Nutrition and Mortality Survey Report - Shabwa Governorate, Yemen - 14 to 26 January 2017

Shabwa Governorate contains 181 health facilities (16 hospitals, 29 health centers and 136 health units), however, 15% of these facilities are not functional due to the current conflict.

Agriculture, apiculture, fishing and fish canning, and oil extraction are the most important economic activities in the Governorates. However during the last two years, these sectors were negatively affected by the conflict.

The level of acute malnutrition in the Governorate was below 10% before the crisis. The Comprehensive Food Security Survey (CFSS) conducted in April 2014 indicated that global acute malnutrition (GAM) in the Governorate is 7.5% with prevalence of the severe type (SAM) of 1.1%.
During the crisis, the Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA) conducted in November 2016 indicated a prevalence of GAM of 11.8% with 2.1 SAM. Although SAM levels shown by EFSNA is similar to that in the neighbour governorate of Hadhramaut, GAM in Shabwa is almost half of that of Hadhramaut.

The national nutrition information system has shown that number of SAM admitted children increased from 3,448 (reported by 36 sites) in 2014 to 4,144 case (reported by 69 sites) in 2015 that in 2016 increased to 4,662 (reported by 100 sites)

The pre-crisis IPC that was made in September 2014 has classified Shabwa as Phase 4 (Emergency) governorate with estimation of 54% of households as food insecure. Shabwa still in phase 4 (as per the IPC of June 2016) but food insecurity increased to 64%. The EFSNA conducted in November 2016 indicate that 86% of Shabwa households are food insecure. and in full: and

Remark: In Hadi-held Southern Yemen.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

17.4.2017 – Yemen Post (* A P)

Political ESCALATION: Houthi assigned President AlSammad gives orders start legal actions against all #Yemen officials allied with Saudi (image)

18.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A P)

Locals displaced forcibly by Hoouthis in al Manabeha village of al Bayda

The militants of the Houthi group and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have evicted the residents of Al Manabha village of Qaifah district in northern al Bayda province, cenrtal Yemen, local residents said on Monday.

The residents told Almasdaronline that Houthi militants aboard military vehicles have raided the village, stormed the houses, and forcibly evicted the people on charges of supporting the elements of the Popular Resistance.

One of the residents said the Houthis had threatened if they insisted on staying in their homes, they would bomb the entire village.

"The villagers were forced to leave their homes and flee the village," he said.

18.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi gunmen abduct lawyer and mosque imam in Dhamar

A local source in Dhamar province, central Yemen, said that Houthis-Saleh militants kidnapped on Monday a lawyer of the Ministry of Legal Affairs and took him to an unknown area.

The source told Almasdaronline that the militants kidnapped the lawyer Abdullah Ghazi, while he was looking for one of his family’s members who abducted in the city.

“The militants also kidnapped Ibrahim al-Sufi, an imam and preacher of a mosque in Ans district southern the city, and took him to an unknown destination”.

17.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

#Yemen social media shocked by #Houthis'outrageous act as one of their men attacked a female student in #Sanaa for not repeating the slogan! referring to

17.4.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (* A P)

Sad attempts to silence dissent & voices criticizing Houthis et allies in Sana'a. You monkeys, we stood test of airstrikes & bombs. #Yemen

Houthis et allies forget that only reason people haven't gone after them is bcz they're busy dodging Saudi bombs & trying to survive. #Yemen

17.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A P)

Houthis kidnap 40 researchers of the Social Fund for Development in Dhamar

A local source in Dhamar province, central Yemen, said that the Houthis-Saleh militants abducted on Sunday 40 male and female researchers of the Social Fund for Development (SFD).

The source told Almasdaronline that the Houthis had stopped 20 cars carrying 40 researchers in Al-Hada district of Dhamar, who came to carry out studies of developmental and service projects in the area.

The source added that the Houthis kidnapped the researchers under the pretext that they are agents working for western organizations.

“However, efforts are being made by a number of social dignitaries in the district to release the researchers, whom were imprisoned in Zarajah region, center of al Hada.” The source added. and photo:

17.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A P)

Torture victims reveals horrific stories

The Abductees' Mothers Association held a hearing session about torture committed against abductees and detainees inside custodies of the Houthi-Saleh militias.

Nuha al-Waqidi, a member of the Abductees' Mothers Association in Marib, called the local and international organizations to move forward and put pressures on militias to release all abductees and halt show trials.

She appealed to all free people of the world to stand by mothers of abductees to release all abductees, thanking all people who expressed their solidarity with the abductees' case.

The abductees who were previously released from custodies of the Houthi-Saleh militais revealed horrific stories of torture practiced by the Houthi-Saleh militias.

17.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A P)

Houthis open fire on Hodeida prison detainees, hide the wounded forcibly – statement

A statement issued by the abductees' mothers in the Hodeida city, west of Yemen, said on Sunday that the Houthis-Saleh forces have opened the fire on dozens of detainees in the prisons, who have been on hunger strike since two weeks.

The abductees’ mothers staged a protest in front of the United Nations Office at Hodeida, protesting the incident.

The statement pointed out that four of the abductees were severely wounded, and "may die of the injuries, while their fate was still unknown."

“The security guards of Hunish prison in the Central Security Department opened the fire on Thursday morning April 6th on the barehanded inmates, in a dangerous precedent. The incident led to the injury of: Badr Khaled Murad, Ahmed Ali Yahya Darwish, Mohammed Qasim Mohammed Hariah, and Nurreddin Ali Mazriah”.

“The injured inmates were taken to a hospital without the knowledge of their families, and their fate is still unknown”. According to the statement.

The statement stressed that the prisoners have been carrying out a hunger strike since two weeks, in protest against the prevention of visits to them, the ill treatment, and hiding them from their families, which put their safety and lives in danger.

16.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Tribesmen confront Houthi militants tried to storm village in Dhamar

A local source in Dhoran district of Dhamar province, central Yemen said that the tribesmen of Athin village had confronted Houthi militants came to investigate with the locals in the area.

A resident of Athin village told Almasdaronline that the militants aboard two military vehicles came to the village to investigate the incident of beating Houthi militants with sticks by the residents of the area on Friday in al Hasan mosque.

“Earlier on Friday, a number of Houthi militants shouted their slogan “cry” before they were beaten and their weapons and daggers taken from them by the locals”.

"The tribesmen of Athin village confronted the militants and the military vehicles, and the clashes were about to break out, but a number of prominent figures and dignitaries intervened and forced the Houthi gunmen to retreat to avoid the armed confrontation in one of the largest villages of the Anas tribe”.

"The Houthis are trying to blow the situation up, after they had assigned sectarian preachers for the Friday sermons, despite the objection of the people." Added the source.

16.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

While the girl still kidnapped since 52 days, the Houthis release the perpetrator in Ibb

A source in Ibb province, central Yemen, said on Saturday that the authorities of the Houthis group had released a kidnapper of a girl, while she is still kidnapped by him.

Earlier, the Houthi authorities, which control Ibb province, have imprisoned Abdullah Zayed, who has been holding the young girl Eman Mohammed al Rashedi in his custody since 52 days, to force her marry his son.

17.4.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Film: Yemen: Houthis accused of silencing rivals using courts

Activists in Yemen have denounced the trial of dozens of people detained by the Houthi rebels as a travesty.

They say the Houthis are using courts to silence their opponents.

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports. =

17.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A P)

Houthis continue prosecuting 36 abductees

The Specialized Penal Court run by Houthi-Saleh militias on Sunday continued prosecuting 36 abductees.

The lawyers of the defense said they withdrew from the court after a member of the defense Esam al-Radwani was assaulted after he was threatened by the prosecution and some people existing in the court.

The Houthi-affiliated court has been holding sessions since last April 8 for 36 detained opponents of the Houthi-Saleh coup in Sana’a, amongst them are academicians, with charges of “supporting the enemy” (the Saudi-led Arab Coalition)

During the court sessions, the prosecutors loyal to the Houthi recommended the harshest penalties for the 36 detainees, some of the penalties expected to include more death sentences. The 36 persons are being arbitrarily detained for more than two years, and being subjected to physical torture.

16.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A P)

Rights Radar condemns Death penalty against Yemeni journalist

Rights Radar condemns the death penalty for the Journalist Yahya Abdul-Raqeeb al-Jubaihi, 60, issued by a court controlled by the Houthi rebels and its ally the former Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sana’a, the capital.

Other 16 journalists are still being detained by the Houthi rebels in secret prisons with no fair trails for two years

The Houthi-affiliated court has been holding sessions since last April 8 for other 36 detained journalists, who are opponents of the Houthi-Saleh coup in Sana’a, amongst them are academicians, with charges of “supporting the enemy” (the Saudi-led Arab Coalition). Similar to al-Jubaihi, their hearings lack the basic and conditions of the fair trial.

During the court sessions, the prosecutors loyal to the Houthi recommended the harshest penalties for the 36 detainees, some of the penalties expected to include more death sentences. The 36 journalists are being arbitrarily detained for more than two years, and being subjected to physical torture.

Rights Radar calls on the Houthi-Saleh forces to release the arbitrarily detainees and immediately end their trials, particularly the 36 detainees whose court hearing started last Saturday for fear of other death sentences similar to the journalist al-Jubaihi.

During the court hearing, some of the detainees said – according to a video recording obtained by Rights Radar – that they were subjected to the worst kinds of torture inside the Houthi prisons during the last two years. They say that their false confessions used by the prosecutors were forcefully extracted during the interrogators under severe torture.

Rights Radar is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that monitors, promotes and defends human rights in the Arab world.

15.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Reporters Without Borders says Houthis arrest 10 journalists under appalling conditions

16.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A E P)

Houthi rebels launch large-scale levies collection from merchants in Saada province

The Houthi rebels launched a massive levies collection campaign from the merchants and shopkeepers in the southern province of Saada, far north of Yemen.

The Houthi militants were deployed in Saada city and in the various districts after they had announced launching a campaign to collect money to finance the group's fighters on the various fronts, Almasdaronline reporter in Saada said.

The reporter added citing merchants and shopkeepers that the gunmen passed on them and handed each of them an empty envelope written on it: "the convoy of supply for the army and the popular committees," in addition to the slogan "be a partner in making the victory", and a blank to write the name of the merchant.

“The gunmen involved in collecting the levies tell the shop owners that those who do not pay will be added in the "supporters of aggression" list”.

The merchants and shopkeepers in Saada complain of repeated levies collection and are forced to pay to protect themselves.

The levies collection comes amid recession plagued by the commercial sector and the weak purchasing power of the citizens. and this seems to illustrate it:

16.4.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A E P)

This Tax Office Seventy Round House Boss!

Reel Wait for the video! Thus the Houthis treat the people of the people! (photos9

15.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthis abduct two local authority officials from Hamdan north of Sanaa

The witnesses told Almasdaronline that the Houthis abducted the Director of Education Office Saber Hussein and the member of the local council of the district Abdullah Hussein al Dahak from the government complex without giving reasons.

The witnesses added that the Houthis-Saleh forces took the local officials to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, the residents and local authority officials of the area had held the Secretary General of the Local Council Atef al Musali responsible for the abduction, and confirmed that the kidnappers were carrying out their duties and had nothing to do with the recent events.

15.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi militias storm villages, abduct civilians northern the capital Sana’a

The militants of the Houthi-Saleh forces had stormed a number of villages in Arhab district north of capital Sana’a, and abducted some civilians.

Local sources told Almasdaronline that the militias have stormed the villages of Hayas, Mamera and Bani Bahsh in Diban region during the past two days, abducted two civilians, and took them to an unknown destination.

“The militants came aboard military vehicles and were led by the prominent Houhti figure Ameen al Asadi.”

The Houthi militias attempted to abduct more civilians, but they could not.

15.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi militants assault, abduct a Republican Guards officer in Dhamar city

A local source in Dhamar city central Yemen said that the militants of the Houthi group and the forces loyal to former president Saleh have abducted a colonel officer after assaulting him on charges of belonging and working for the pro-government forces.

The source told Almasdaronline that the militants assaulted the officer with the riffle heels in front of his two kids and wife at al Jamea checkpoint in the entrance of the city, before they abduct him into an unknown destination.

The source said that the officer, Almasdaronline refrains to mention his name, belongs to Anis area and a member of the former Republican Guards forces of Saleh’s son Ahmed, was taking his wife to a hospital in the city before being abducted.

17.4.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

Supreme Political Council, Supreme Economic Council hold meeting over state's equipment

A meeting of the Supreme Political Council and the Supreme Economic Council held on Monday approved supplying of all state's equipment to the Central Bank of Yemen and collecting it in cash.

17.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Hodeidah governor meets UN humanitarian officials

17.4.2017 – Pars Today (A P)

Große Demonstration gegen saudischen Angriff im Jemen

Tausende Jemeniten sind am Sonntagnachmittag in Sanaa aus Protest gegen die saudischen Luftangriffe auf die Straße gegangen. Die Demonstranten forderten den Abzug der saudischen-Söldner. Sie verurteilten die Politik der USA und Saudi-Arabiens in ihrem Land und in der Region und schreien Parolen dagegen.

Sie forderten außerdem den Prozess gegen den jementischen Ex-Präsidenten, Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi. Sie forderten die Staaten der Welt auf, mit Druck auf die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Kriegskoalition die Angriffe gegen Jemen zu stoppen.ße_demonstration_gegen_saudischen_angriff_im_jemen

16.4.2017 – New News (A P)

Massive Demonstration in Sana’a Denounces Saudi Agents, Fifth Column

Thousands of Yemenis called in a mass rally, in the capital Sana’a, on the Supreme Political Council running the current government in Yemen to declare a state of emergency.

On Sunday afternoon, Sana’a witnessed a mass rally organized along the Al-Matar (airport) road, north of the capital, to denounce the fifth column and the agents of the Saudi-led coalition, waging its three-year long war on Yemen.

The massive demonstration was organized under the slogan “Against Saudi agents and fifth column”, in which various political forces against the Saudi war and hundreds of tribal and social aspects participated in.

The demonstrators chanted several slogans against Saudi-paid agents and the fifth column and the event included a number of speeches stressing the need to unite the internal front to face the Saudi war, its spies and the fifth column.

“This is our land and country, it is the duty of any patriot with honor and dignity to protect his land and sovereignty of his country”, says a Yemeni sheikh named Anaam in his speech to the masses.

“Only a traitor with no self dignity accepts to sell his land and his people”, he continues”. by Saba Net:

My comment: This seems to have been a propaganda rally to support the trials and death sentence against supposed “traitors” and “fifth column” (political opponents), look below and reporting in YPR 293, cp5.


16.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Millions of Yemenis Taking to streets of Sanaa now Against US-backed Saudi aggression and its agents, traitors, and 5th column (photos) also films:

Comment: You can see the Houthi parols and the horse symbol of Saleh’s GPC party.

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

17.4.2017 – Yemen Post (A P)

#UAE SETBACK: Top south #Yemen businessmen boycott (UAE sponsored) Hadramout conference deciding fate of region & announce loyalty to Saudi (image)

17.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Tension between the Presidential Security Forces and checkpoint soldiers in Aden ended

A security source in the southern Aden city, Yemen’s interim capital, said on Sunday that calmness had returned to Al-Alam checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the city, after last night's tension between troops of the Presidential Security Forces and the military personnel of the checkpoint.

The source told Almasdaronline that the traffic was normal again, and a number of vehicles were allowed into and out of the city.

The source pointed out that a dispute broke out between the checkpoint soldiers and a brigade of the Presidential Security, preferring not to disclose the reasons behind it.

“The dispute had been resolved, and the tension between the two parties ended”. Added the source.

My comment: These tensions will have ended just in this very case, there will me more tension of this sort soon.

16.4.2017 – Adenalghad (A H)

Picture: citizens eat from garbage drums in Aden

16.4.2017 – Government of Yemen (A P)

General foundations and principles and Objectives

Education is a profession and a message; the teacher is the cornerstone of the reform and development of education; the educational system works to strengthen the link between Theory and Practice; Education and self-education is a tool for continuous learning; information technology is an essential doorway to achieve educational and academic goals.(Article 3, paragraph k)

Considering, recognizing and satisfying learners’ needs and discovering, enhancing, and directing learners’ tendencies is a key factor in improving the process of education and learning. (Article 3, paragraph L)

The educational system is an integrated and balanced system that meets the needs of the community and development plans of human forces and enriches the information and mental and psychological capabilities of learners so that they can face life consciously and knowledgeably. and in full: and

My comment: Hadi government. Nice when the Saudi puppet master has destroyed hundreds of schools.

cp7 Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

12.4.2017 – Tehran Times (* B P)

Saudis Seek Nuclear Program To Keep Pace With Iran – Interview

Professor Paul Pillar, who was CIA intelligence analyst for 28 years, says Saudi Arabia has been eager to keep pace with Iran in developing nuclear program.

The Saudis have been interested all along in developing a nuclear program, and keeping pace with Iran involves part of their motivations. It would be difficult to attribute any change in the pace of Saudi research, one way or another, to conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear agreement with Iran. There are too many other variables, and not enough time yet gone by since conclusion of the JCPOA, to reach that kind of judgment.

There does not appear to be any inclination among Western governments to make an issue of Saudi nuclear activities. That situation might change if the Saudi program were to get well beyond the very preliminary stage it is in now, and especially if there were indications of any Saudi moves to acquire nuclear weapons. =

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

18.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Saudi clerics legislate fighting Houthis in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars renewed yesterday calls for fighting against Houthis in Yemen, stressing that it is “religious obligation,” Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The council explained that Saudi youth should combat the Houthi rebels and the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen, to prevent them from implementing their plan of dividing the country into different demographics.

17.4.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A E P)

#Saudi Electricity Co. will reduce its workforce by 54% or more than 20K employees

16.4.2017 – Gulf News (A E P)

ATM to feature cultural tourism as GCC invests in multibillion dollar projects

According to the research, compiled by Colliers International, Saudi Arabia is ready to invest up to $2 billion

Saudi Arabia and Oman will lead the GCC’s multibillion dollar investments in cultural tourism with a series of projects to develop new world-class cultural attractions, according to a report published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), taking place from April 24-27, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

According to the research, compiled by Colliers International, Saudi Arabia is ready to invest up to $2 billion, one of the highest commitments of any government to cultural tourism in the region, with a number of projects and targets set out under Saudi Vision 2030.

Under the vision, by the year 2030, Saudi Arabia will increase the number of public and private museums from 155 to 241, increase the number of Unesco World Heritage Sites from four to 10, and increase the number of archaeological sites suitable to visit from 75 to 155. In addition, the kingdom will increase the number of archaeological heritage sites from 10 to 28 and increase the number of activities and cultural events from 190 currently to 400 annually.

My comment: While they destroy the cultural heritage at Yemen. – And a tourist woman who had been raped in Saudi Arabia will be jailed and flogged. Happy vacation!!

16.4.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A H)

Watch how this #Saudi man is beating his old parents!
In case you cannot differentiate between Islam & Wahhabism:
You're not allowed in #Islam to say "Fie" to your parents.
in #Wahhabism freely you beat them! (film) referring to

15.4.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A)

#Saudi Clansmen, strategic partners of @EUintheGCC, destroy a sculpture because it looks like a cross (photo)

15.4.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Saudi preacher who killed his daughter released

Eight-year sentence reduced as manslaughter, sexual assault charges dropped

The lawyer added that he had also appealed the ruling under the private rights that made his client Fayhan Al Gamdi, a self-proclaimed preacher, pay Luma’s mother, his ex-wife, SR1 million in blood money, explaining that his client was under moral and material duress to accept the reconciliation deal.

Under Saudi laws, the mother had the right to ask for blood money instead of the death penalty for the defendant.

“The Court of Appeals has decided to release my client on bail and to refer the private laws case to a lower court to review it,” Al Khunaizan said.

Comment: By paying the blood-money to the mother of child, a father can be released after killing his children. This is Saudi Wahhabia:

13.4.2017 – The Daily Beast (* A H P)

Saudi Woman Abducted at the Airport

Dina Ali Lasloom was looking for freedom. Instead she was detained thousands of miles from home, beaten, wrapped up like a mummy, and sent back to the kingdom.

The story of Dina Ali Lasloom is the story of a struggle that feels as insurmountable as it does desperately urgent. This is a story of religious theocracy meeting royal patriarchy. It is the story of Saudi womanhood, denied.

As has been reported by activists of a movement called Saudi Arabian Female Empowerment (SAFE), Dina was a passenger of Philippine Airlines flight PR 669 from Kuwait to Manila. What is clear is that she made it to Manila, arriving at 3:30 a.m. Monday. But it appears that Philippine airport officials at Terminal 2 had been instructed ahead of time by the local Saudi embassy to extract her. While still in transit for an 11 a.m. flight to Australia, Dina was off-loaded at Terminal 2. At this point, Philippine security officials confiscated her passport. We know this because Dina told us herself, over her last video to the world, as she desperately pleaded for help. Eyewitnesses in Terminal 2 also began to report stores of a Saudi woman having her documents confiscated. Then Saudi men from the embassy appeared.

The last seen video of Dina was taken by a witness, and it depicts her screaming “that is not my father” as Philippine officials attempt to hand her over to the Saudis.

Detained in the lounge, activists report that Dina was viciously beaten, bound by her arms and legs, wrapped in a sheet, and had her mouth duct-taped shut. She was then kidnapped by Saudi men and put on a 10:30 p.m. Saudi Airlines flight from Terminal 1 back to Jeddah.

In Jeddah, Saudi activists report that Dina was seen at arrivals being rolled off in a wheelchair. Her fate remains unknown.

Such is the overwhelming power of the patriarchal Saudi system that no amount of outrage is likely to secure Dina’s release any time soon.

Already fundamentalist Saudis have taken to social media demanding that Dina be killed for “dishonoring” her family.

This is what it means to be a Saudi woman today.

Shame on the Saudis and shame on the Philippines. Enough. Enough with using religion to silence, deprive, beat, and kill. Enough with the backwardness. Enough with the darkness – by Maajid Nawaz

My comment: Earlier reporting YPR 293, cp8; YPR 292, cp8.


16.4.2017 – AP (* B H P)

A Saudi woman's plea for help exposes risks runaways face

A young Saudi woman's plea for help after she was stopped in an airport in the Philippines en route to Australia where she planned to seek asylum has triggered a firestorm on social media and drawn attention to the plight of female runaways.

For runaway Saudi women, fleeing can be a matter of life and death, and they are almost always doing so to flee male relatives.

Under Saudi Arabia's conservative interpretation of Islamic law, a male guardianship system bars women from traveling abroad, obtaining a passport, marrying or even leaving prison without the consent of a male relative.

The mystery around what triggered Dina Ali Lasloom's cry for help has only added to concerns for her safety. In a video that has gone viral, the 24-year-old says her passport was taken from her at an airport in the Philippines on her way to Australia last week.

Women's rights advocates in Saudi Arabia say Lasloom was ultimately forced to board a plane to the kingdom with two of her uncles, who flew from Riyadh to stop her. They said authorities then took her to a women's shelter because of the attention around her case.

She cannot leave, however, without a male guardian's permission. Activists say only officials and relatives can contact her there.

Although there are no public statistics on how many Saudi women attempt to flee abroad, the issue has gained attention through a number of publicized cases. This despite gains made in recent years for Saudi women, including the right to run in, and vote in, local elections in 2015 and a government effort to increase women's participation in the workforce.

Women who have managed to flee abroad say they were barred from marrying or forced into marriages. Others have told rights groups that male relatives were abusive and confiscated their salaries.

"Many of them, they just want to be free," said Moudi Aljohani, who fled last year and is seeking asylum in the U.S.

A Human Rights Watch report released last year on guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia found that even with greater opportunities for women in the kingdom, a woman's life rests largely on "the good will" of her male guardian.

Powerful clerics in the kingdom support male guardianship based on a verse in the Quran that says men are the protectors and maintainers of women. Other Islamic scholars argue this misinterprets fundamental Quranic concepts like equality and respect between the sexes. Most Muslim-majority countries do not have similarly restrictive guardianship laws – By AYA BATRAWY

and also

11.4.2017 – Dr. Taleb Jawad (A H P)

Tweets in the Dina case:

and also:

16.4.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi clansmen arrest a female physician 4going 2 airport 2meet #DinaAli kidnaped by #Saudi & Filipino officials referring to:

16.4.2017 – A Rahman (A P)


As a doctor I am in solidarity with my colleague Ala

I am honored to put her picture in my account

I ask doctors and the health sector to stand with their colleague (photo of Alaa)

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

16.4.2017 – Tasnim News (* B K P)

US Major Funder of Saudi War on Yemen: American Activist

A prominent anti-war activist based in California highlighted the US support for the war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and said Washington is “the major funder” of Riyadh’s bombardment of civilians in the Arabian Peninsula country.

“The United States is playing a very important role in supporting Saudi Arabia in these war crimes,” Cindy Lee Miller Sheehan said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency.

The full text of the interview is as follows:

even though the Saudis are leading the bombardment, the United States is a major funder of the effort and has used bombs to target civilians in the country. I am not sure why there is so much indifference to the disaster in Yemen by the international community. I just know that most people in the United States, for example, either don’t know about it or are conditioned to believe that the US only slaughters people for very good reasons.

Saudi Arabia plays a pivotal role in the region in making sure the oil keeps flowing to the United States, so in response, the US is allowing the Saudi murderous regime to perpetrate these crimes against the Yemeni people.

There is absolutely NO excuse for allowing the people of Yemen to starve for the power mad Saudi royals.

Everybody knows that the Saudis are also brutal to their own people, especially women, and the USA should cease to support and ally with the Saudi monsters.

This latest attack [at Syrian air base] had come after a US strike killed over 200 civilians in Mosul, Iraq and an escalation of the US-led war against the people of Yemen. The “justification” given for the cruise missile attack in Homs is the government of Assad used chemical weapons against Syrians in Idlib and the alleged attack was launched from Shayrat Air Field. So far, the only “proof” we have seen of this attack is from inherent liars in US politics and their rubber-stampers in the propagandist global media. Additionally, this is also the only “proof” we have that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is a “bad-guy.”

These false “humanitarian” justifications smack of Iraqi WMD, babies being thrown out of incubators by Iraqi troops in Kuwait and the old adage that came from an officer during the US-led war against the people of Vietnam: “We have to destroy the village to save the village.”

Parenthetically, we would like to take this opportunity to point out that many neo-conservative and neo-liberal pundits are now praising Donald Trump and calling him, “presidential” because of his unethical and illegal attack in Syria. What does that say about the US that a president has to join the long line of vicious murderers to gain legitimacy and respect?

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

16.4.2017 – Business Insider (B H K)

David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for England, talks to Business Insider about the crisis we're ignoring in the Middle East, and how non-governmental organizations can help. Following is a transcript of the video.

I think if I had to pick one conflict that’s not getting coverage, it would be in Yemen. That is a country where 25 million people in total in the population, 20 million are in humanitarian need. They are suffering in the midst of a very severe conflict but also a range of other poverty and climate factors that are aggravating the situation and it's a complicated situation but it’s one that is not getting any media attention and so it doubly demands the attention of NGOs like mine.

I think foreign news is being squeezed across the news spectrum. (with film)

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

17.4.2017 – The East African (B E K)

Attention shifts to Somalia in bid to protect maritime trade

There is a growing momentum within the region and the international community to stabilise Somalia, especially after the change of leadership in Mogadishu and the war in Yemen.

The war in Yemen has an impact on the Bab el-Mandeb Strait - a key gateway to almost all maritime trade between Europe and Asia.

Since its narrowest point is only 29km across, ships have been forced to sail closer to the Somalia coast.

Piracy is creeping back, mainly due to devastating famine and the increased unemployment – By FRED OLUOCH

16.4.2017 – Fars News (A P)

Harassment against People in Bahrain Intensifies, Authorities Ban Memorial Ceremony of Top Cleric

Yemeni reports said the campaign launched by the Bahraini security authorities against the Shiite majority in the country is intensifying as more arbitrary measures are being taken.

Hamad town in Bahrain has become the latest town in the country targeted by the authorities' repressive measures, Bahrain Mirror reported.

According to information, the authorities summoned a number of Shiite clerics four days ago.

Officer Turki Al-Majed informed Sheikh Ali Rahma, Sheikh Ali Al-Jufairi, Sheikh Hussein Marzouq and Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sayyad that holding a memorial ceremony for Shiite religious authority Sayed Mohammad Baqer Al-Sadr is "forbidden by higher orders."

These summoned clerics protested against this decision and inquired about the reason behind taking such a measure. Al-Majed stated that it is banned since Al-Sadr is not a Bahraini figure. They argued that Saddam Hussein is also non-Bahraini but he was commemorated in Bahrain on multiple occasions.

Al-Majed, however, refused to listen and obliged them to sign a pledge in that regard, so that they could be released.

15.4.2017 – Shia Waves (A P)

Film: Security forces in Bahrain have cracked down hard on people protesting the country’s hosting of the Formula One race, which they say serves to distract world attention away from the government’s large-scale rights violations.
Protest rallies took place in the Bilad al-Qadeem suburb of the capital, Manama, the western Nuwaidrat Village, as well as on the Sitra Island, likewise situated in the country’s west, on Thursday, according to the Sitra Media network.
Security forces were deployed to all protest sites and attacked the demonstrators to break up the rallies, according to the network, which reports on political and human rights activism in Bahrain and the authorities’ treatment of the campaigners.
Pictures were also circulated across social media showing protesters burning the race’s tickets.
The Bahraini regime is notorious for its lack of tolerance of political opposition and exercising discrimination against the country’s Shia majority.

cp13a Flüchtlinge / Refugees

16.4.2017 – AFP (A H)

Photo. At a camp for internally displaced people in #Taiz#Yemen on Jan11, 2017.
Ahmad Al Basha / AFP

15.4.2017 – Oxfam (A H)

Internally displaced Yemeni girls, Nour, 7, and Samar, 8, living in a camp with their family after fleeing the violence.
“We miss our home. We are tired of moving from one place to another looking for safety”. Yemen is on the brink of famine after several years of devastating conflict. Photo by Hind Al-Eryani / Oxfam.

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

16.4.2017 – Hiiraan (* B E)

Lessons for Somalia: DP world in Yemen and what that means for Somalia.

In 2008 the Yemeni government signed a deal with DP world (The UAE based government owned port management company) in which the operation and control of Aden’s strategic port would be taken over by DP world. The agreement stipulated a 220 million dollar investment for the development of the port. It is also worthy of knowing that part of the agreement was to increase the container volume of the port from the existing volume of 500,000 containers annually to 900,000 containers annually.

The Yemeni government announced among jubilant citizens that the agreement and development of the port would bring an economic surge (sounds familiar?).

Four years later, the opposite of what was stipulated happened. In 2011, the container volume of the port fell from its original 500,000 per annum to a mere 130,000 which was followed by a surge to 212,000 in 2012 compared to the promised and agreed upon increase from 500,000 to 900,000.

This was followed by an anti-corruption investigation that concluded that DP World did not honor the agreement in which it was a party to in 2008. This lead to DP World returning Aden’s port to the Yemeni government after weeks of strenuous negotiations which ended up with the Yemeni government having to pay 35 million dollars to DP World for basically destroying its port – By Hassan Nur =

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

18.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

US drones bomb al-Qaeda locations in Abyan province

US drones have launched several raids airstrikes on presumed locations of Ansar al-Sharia elements, a local branch of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in Mudiah district of Abyan province, southeast of Yemen, a local source said.

The source told Almasdaronline that the raids targeted the organization's sites, but gave no further details.

16.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A T)

Broadcast organization belonging to the Al-Qaeda channel broadcasts scenes of assassinations and bombings against officers and personalities of Aden and Abyan warning: graphic (video removed by youtube)

15.4.2017 – Bassem (B T)

Qatar state TV anchor @kasimf of @AlJazeera openly called on rebels to ethnically cleanse and wipe out shia civilians few months ago (film; Arabic)

15.4.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

New #alQaeda newspaper out yday complains of atrocities in #Yemen by both Houthis & #UAE-supported Security Belt forces incl prison torture (image9

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Once again, Al Qaeda in Yemen has absolutely no complaint whatsoever against Saudi Arabia. Do you sense a pattern?

cp15 Propaganda

17.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Houthis ‘depriving millions of Yemeni children of education’

Millions of Yemeni children risk missing out on proper education due to the Houthi militias’ refusal to pay the salaries of hundreds of thousands of schoolteachers in the rebel-controlled areas, the Yemeni government said on Monday.
“Of the more than 300,000 teachers in the country, over 130,00 in the rebel-held territory have not been paid salaries in months,” Yemeni Education Minister Abdullah Lamlas told Arab News.
“Since the government has decided to relocate the central bank from Sanaa to Aden, Houthi militias have been using the teachers as pawns, refusing to pay their salaries and thus undermining the entire education process and endangering the future of the new Yemeni generation,” he said.
He added that over the past two years, Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh have denied Yemen’s children the right to education and placed them in harm’s way by recruiting them by force.
He said the coup militias also changed the school curriculum to instill sectarian ideology into the students’ minds.
“Houthis have deprived more than 2.5 million students of the right to education, in addition to shelling, raiding schools and turning them into military posts and weapons deposits. They destroyed more 1,700 schools since they have turned against the legitimate government,” said Lamlas – by HANI HAZAIMEH

My comment: Absurd propaganda, which a) blames the Houthis for the effects of the Hadi government’s political maneuver of relocating the Central Bank to Aden (often reported here), b) blames the Houthis for all the destructions of schools in the war, which mostly are the effect of the Saudi coalition aerial war, c) blames the Houthis alone for what all militia and military do during this war, i. e. recruiting children and misusing schools for military purposes.

17.4.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Yemen’s scholars continue condemnation of Al Houthi crimes against mosques

A number of scholars of Republic of Yemen continued their condemnation and denunciation of heinous crimes being committed by Al-Houthi and Saleh's coup militias against mosques in Yemen, and the most recent one was targeting Koufel Mosque in Sarawah in the province of Marib, where a number of worshipers were killed in a terrible scene.

My comment: This seems to be a propaganda campaign; the Saudi coalition had destroyed 716 mosques just by aerial bombing in this war.

17.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Hadi stresses importance of national unity

President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi has exalted huge exercise by Yemenis for defending their country.

16.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

UAE efforts to boost development and improve humanitarian conditions commended: paper

The UAE has been taking extraordinary efforts to boost development, improve humanitarian conditions and restore normal life in crisis-hit Yemen, commented a UAE daily.

"The Emirates Red Crescent’s sponsoring of the treatment of 53 injured Yemenis affected by the Yemeni war at Indian hospitals is the latest in a series of such generous activities it has initiated," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Monday.

"The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, will bear the cost of 42 health companions who will travel along with the injured to ensure that their health and psychological conditions are met within the psychological and moral support programme provided by the ERC in such cases.

"The ERC has also signed an agreement with a local contractor and the Directorate of Public Health and Population of Rudum District, Yemen’s southern governorate of Shabwa, to fund restoration and maintenance of a healthcare centre in Arqa town.

"The continuing atrocities by the Houthi militias are aggravating the situation and leading to immense suffering of the Yemeni people.

"There can be no doubt that the humanitarian and health situation in the country has reached catastrophic levels primarily due to the intransigence of the militias who prevent the entry of relief aid and medicines to the various Yemeni regions.

"According to Dr. Mohammed Askar, Yemen’s Deputy Minister of Human Rights, about 37,888 Yemeni citizens have been killed and injured by the rebel Houthi-Saleh militias in their war against the state. Of these 811 women, 1,002 children and 9,160 men were killed, and some 27,077 people were injured by the rebels.

"In more brutal moves, the Houthi-Saleh rebel militias have also destroyed the country’s infrastructure and converted schools and hospitals into military installations and training centres.

"As Askar points out, the Houthi-Saleh militias destroyed 29,422 buildings, including 3,556 public properties such as schools, hospitals, water systems, power grids and telecommunications networks. They blew up 25,865 homes, shops, vehicles, farms and factories.

"That’s not all. The human rights violations by the Houthi-Saleh militias continue in varied other ways. They have inflicted mass punishment, including starvation, blown up houses and in inhumane ways besieged cities to block delivery of food aid and humanitarian relief to helpless civilians.

"Yemen’s internationally-recognised government is absolutely right in demanding that the United Nations Security Council designate the rebel Houthi militia and militias headed by their ally, the now-deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, as terrorist organisations.

"The council should immediately enforce its resolutions on Yemen

My comment: A propaganda roundup. Now they simply seem to add all the official figures of damages done by the Saudi coalition air raids to the Houthis.

16.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Deputy Secretary General of YSP: ‘Peace Doesn’t Mean Impunity for War Criminals’

Deputy Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) Dr. Mohammed al-Mekhlafi stressed the need to bring those who committed war crimes before the courts.

Mekhlafi noted the importance of distinguishing between criminals as individuals and the social force that led them to war.

The former Minister of Legal Affairs in the Yemeni government of national accord said that the state monopoly on arms eradicated terrorism.

My comment: Nice. Start with the Saudi leadership.

16.4.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Arab Coalition’s priority in Yemen is to protect civilians: Asiri

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen considered sending in thousands of troops, but decided against this approach to minimize casualties, coalition spokesman General Ahmed Asiri told Al Arabiya News’ general manager Turki Aldakhil in a special interview aired on Sunday.

“The coalition’s course of action consisted of two options: either a conventional air campaign, followed by a comprehensive ground operation on all Yemeni territory, with forces entering Yemen and occupying all areas. But this approach would have proven costly,” Asiri explained.

“It did not happen for several reasons: First, there would have been be a large deployment of ground forces which would have resulted in a large number of civilian and military casualties. One of the objectives of the coalition is to rid Yemeni civilians of the Houthi rebel presence in their daily lives.”

He added: “There are around 100,000 Saudi forces stationed on the border that could have occupied Yemen in a few days, but we wanted to support legitimacy in Yemen with the least possible losses on both sides. We are like a technical team in a hostage situation.”
Asiri said that the coalition forces preferred to go with a more patient and drawn-out approach because “it puts the militia under pressure.”

Comment by Galina: And day is night. Saudis claim they are in #Yemen to "protect civilians" while it starves & bombs them. Enough. Really. Enough.

My comment: Asiri had told exactly the same already sometimes ago. How much the Saudis care for civilians, you can see here: (scroll to part 3). And the Saudis keep their own military at the border out of Yemen not because they “preferred to go with a more patient and drawn-out approach”, but because they want to keep own losses low; they prefer to use mercenaries instead. – the most ridiculous ever: “We are like a technical team in a hostage situation”: anyway, shooting the hostages.

This is part of a longer interview, which is given here:

16.4.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A P)

EXCLUSIVE: General Asiri exposes Iranian plot to strike Saudi Arabia from Yemen

In an interview with Al Arabiya General Manager Turki Aldakhil this week, General Ahmed Asiri, the spokesman for Arab coalition forces fighting in support of the legitimate government in Yemen, revealed the existence of an “Iranian plot to strike the security and stability of Saudi Arabia.”

This plot would have been initiated from the Yemeni border, which prompted Saudi forces to move to protect the kingdom’s territory, Asiri said, referring to the military intervention launched by Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab countries in 2015 codenamed Operation Decisive Storm.

The coalition are battling against Houthi militias and bolstering Yemeni government forces after a Houthi takeover of the capital Sanaa and surrounding areas in recent years.

Asiri said that Iran had aimed to employ “local militias to implement their scheme.”

The emergence of Iranians in Yemen came about through Tehran’s "support of Houthi militias with funding and weaponry in the six wars [that former President Ali Abdullah Saleh fought against them since 2004 until his overthrow in June 2011].”

Despite frequent Houthi and Iranian military disclosures and the confirmed use of Iranian weaponry, Tehran officially denies claims from Gulf states and the US that it is supporting the Houthis.

Asiri said Saudi intelligence had found that "Houthi fighters are bankrolled $100 per day" by Iranian sources.

He also said that reports of "a Hezbollah training presence in Yemen to discipline Houthis to attack Saudi Arabia and carry out suicide operations inside the kingdom" also emerged from the intelligence.Confronting the Iranian plot and also

My comment: Constructing a cause for the Saudi intervention in Yemen, where there is none. Playing the Iranian tune again. Anyway, this would be a quite now interpretation of international law. Compare: NATO will bomb Eastern Ukraine to the ground, as Russia could use this region as a base for attacks against NATO and allies. – And US media willingly adopt this odd propaganda:

And more:

16.4.2017 – Defence Pakistan (A P)

General Asiri: Egypt Offered to Send 40,000 Soldiers to Yemen

In an Interview with Alarabiya, the Saudi General Asiri who is the official spokesperson of the Arab coalition said that "Egypt offered to send about 40,000 soldiers to Yemen to participate with the coalition"

My comment: Really or Asiri phantasy? Egypt still will remember the Yemen war in the 1960ies.

16.4.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Asiri says his London attacker faces trial in UK court

The man who threw an egg at Saudi Arabia’s General Ahmed Asiri in London in March is facing trial in a UK court, the general said in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel’s general manager Turki Aldakhil.

Comment by Sam Walton (the London “attacker”):

I did not know I'm facing trial for citizens arrest of war criminal Maj Gen Asiri. Sounds like bullshit to me.

My comment to comment: It’s bullshit like everything Asiri told in this interview (look at two articles above).

2. Comment by Sam Walton: Also, I didn't throw an egg. Not even #fakenews, just more #Saudi lies. Great to know they are so vulnerable.

16.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

KSRelief provides health services to Yemeni people

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) has provided health and medical services to Yemeni civilians in the crisis-hit country.
The KSRelief carried out health and medical projects in Yemen and in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, and in Jordan at the Jordanian Red Crescent Hospital in Amman. It also provided services in Sudan in cooperation with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society.
Center officials say they are committed to treat Yemeni patients and to provide care for their relatives until their return to their country. They are establishing medical clinics in Abkh province in the Republic of Djibouti and running it to provide medical care for Yemeni refugees in the camp that cares for more than 2,550 refugees.
The center also implemented health projects to treat injured civilians in Yemen – by MOHAMMED AL-SULAMI

My comment: Bomb them, kill them, hurt them, crush their life to ruins, then take a few to comfort them, and make a great propaganda of it. That’s the main tactics of the main belligerents:

16.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

54 injured Yemenis to receive treatment at Indian hospitals at expense of UAE

My comment: at first bomb and injure ten thousands, than pay hospital for 53, make a great clamour about it, so everybody hears it. – Why in India? Healtcare, hospitals, doctors a re much cheaper there.

16.4.2017 – The National UAE (A P)

UAE offers a helping hand to the island of Socotra

When a powerful cyclone struck Yemen's Socotra in November 2015, killing three people and injuring about 100, the UAE came to the rescue of the islanders, offering them whatever they needed.

The effort had nothing to do with politics. Nor was it just for show. It was purely a humanitarian effort.

Since then, the UAE's humanitarian efforts and initiatives have been in full swing, helping the people of Socotra. This has prompted some to suspect the UAE’s motives. However, those who think – and have been spreading the rumour – that it is seeking to "occupy" the island need to consider some facts.

Some critics see this as the UAE's attempt to occupy Socotra, but clearly there is no basis for this idea – by Khalid Al Karimi

My comment: Exactly what they deny in the last sentence cited here seems to be the case (earlier reporting).

Comment: Emirates strike back.
This is a good PR exercise trying to polish their altered reputation.
Emirates DO have ambitions in Socotra, do have ambitions in Southern Yemen, the same way they have ambitions in the Horn of Africa. Check where they are building bases, how active they are in bombing Yemen just to mention the latest facts

16.4.2017 – Saba New net (A P)

Al-Faisal stresses importance of integrating Yemen into GCC

Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Turki al-Faisal has stressed the importance of integrating Yemen into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and granting it full membership, albeit gradually.
He pointed out that security and stability of Yemen is an integral part of GCC states', asserting that the GCC States should give priority for investment in Yemen and provide opportunities for Yemenis to work in the GCC States.

My comment: By the Hadi government’s new agency. Nice. “Investment” in Yemen in these days is in bombs.

16.4.2017 – Times of Israel (A P)

Yemeni minister says fate of country’s remaining Jews unknown

Moammer al-Iryani says Houthi rebels, who control capital Sana’a, engage in ethnic cleansing of Jews, approximately 50 of which remain in country

Yemen’s information minister said his government was unaware of the fate of the country’s remaining Jews, most of whom reside in the Houthi rebel group-controlled capital of Sana’a, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

Speaking to an Israel Radio reporter on the sidelines of a conference on the civil war in Yemen in Paris, Moammer al-Iryani also said that the Houthis view the country’s remaining Jewish population as an enemy and that the Houthis were engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing that included ridding Yemen of its Jewish community.

Approximately 50 Jews remain in Yemen, with 40 living in Sana’a in a compound adjacent to the American Embassy. Despite the ongoing civil war, they have refused to leave the country.

The Iranian-backed Houthis, who took control of large parts of the country in an offensive beginning in 2015 alongside forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, have long incited against Jews and Israel, as the group’s slogan is: “Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allahu Akbar.”

My comment: The Hadi government even misuses Yemeni Jews for anti-Houthi propaganda. The discrimination of Jews in Yemen and their exodus began long before Houthi rule and has little to do with the Houthis. The Houthi anti-Jewish slogan refers to the state of Israel, not to a diminishing minority in Yemen itself.

16.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar has affirmed that Yemen and the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are facing a Persian project which targets the Gulf States and the Arab countries as a whole.

PM said, In a speech which was delivered by Information Minister Muamar al-Eryani in behalf of him in the Arab World Institute in Paris, that Iran is clearly works to export what it is called the Islamic revolution to ruin other countries.

My comment: What ever Iran does export or not, in the moment we see many countries ruined by the export of Saudi Wahabism – and Yemen actually is ruined by a special manner of Saudis “exporting” bombs.

16.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Information Minister: Houthi militias created media outlets run by Tehran

Information Minister Mumar al-Eryani has said that the Houthi-Saleh militias repressed all media oultets after they carried out their coup, pointing out that they created a network of media outlets which is run by Iran and Hezbollah.

In a symposium held by the Arab World Institute in Paris, thanked Saudi Arabia led by King Salman for supporting Yemen's public and private media outlets and the journalists after the coup

My comment: Look at it: “Houthi militias created media outlets run by Tehran” and: “thanked Saudi Arabia […] for supporting Yemen's public and private media outlets”: LOL.

15.4.2017 – Arabian Veritas (A P)

#Saudi Arabia has donated $78 million to fund education for children in #Yemen (photo)

Comment: Where is the logic in bombing schools, bombing children going to school, starving a nation with inhuman, barbaric imposed siege, blocking aid and a supposedly donation of 78.17 mln dollars for education in #Yemen?

My comment: The logic is: propaganda. As here: . Keep in mind: US $ 200 is the daily cost of Saudi’s aerial war in Yemen.

15.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

Yemen demands terrorist designation for rebel Houthi-Slaeh militias

Yemen's internationally-recognised government has demanded that the United Nations Security Council designate the rebel Houthi militia and militias headed by their ally, the now-deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, as terrorist organisations, and immediately enforce its resolutions on Yemen and Resolution 2216 in particular, Yemen's official state news agency, SABA, reported today.

About 37,888 Yemeni citizens have been killed and injured by the rebel Houthi-Saleh militias in their war against the state. Of these 811 women, 1,002 children and 9,160 men were killed, and some 27,077 people were injured by the rebels, Dr. Mohammed Askar, Deputy Minister of Human Rights, told a conference held last night to discuss the current situation, developments and the future of peace in Yemen.

Among those injured are 3,875 women, 3,334 children and 19,868 men, Askar said.

Moreover, the Houthi-Slaeh rebel militias destroyed the country's infrastructure and converted schools and hospitals into military installations and training centres. "The Houthi-Saleh militias destroyed 29,422 buildings, including 3,556 public properties such as schools, hospitals, water systems, power grids and telecommunications networks. They blew up 25,865 homes, shops, vehicles, farms and factories."

Further detailing the Houthi-Saleh militias' human rights violations, Askar noted that the rebels inflicted mass punishment, including starvation, blowing up houses and besieging cities to block delivery of food aid and humanitarian relief to civilians.

"The rebel militias also kidnapped and detained 16,804 rights activists, journalists and academicians. Of these 13,938 people were victims of arbitrary arrests."

The rebels also recruited children, minors and women to further fuel their aggression on legitimacy in Yemen, Askar stressed.

The Paris conference brought together Arab and non-Arab ambassadors, experts and representatives of the civil society and the media. =

My comment: It seems whether the Hadi propaganda simply ascribes all the victims and destructions of the Saudi coalition air raids to the Houthis and the Saleh forces. Look here. . – The labeling of “Houthi-Saleh militia” is a propaganda joke. The Houthi fighters are a militia. The “Saleh militia” simply is the greatest part of the regular army, which stayed loyal to ex-president Saleh. It would be much more serious to describe a great part of “president” Hadi’s fighters as a “militia”: they were recruited to fight during war times. And, the so-called “popular resistance” fighting against the Houthis also just is a “militia”.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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17.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen16/4/2017 (full list):

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16.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen15/4/2017 (full list):

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15.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen14/4/2017 (full list):

17.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A K)

Al-Dailami airbase in #Sanaa is under the coalition's fire. Fighter jets and airstrikes shook the city! (photo)

17.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression launches eight raids on Sa'ada

17.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes wage seven raids on Mokha and

17.4.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Violent Raids on the Yemeni provinces

16.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression launches 5 air raids on SaadaThe US-backed Saudi aggression launched five airstrikes on Saada province overnight, a security official said on Sunday.
Four of the airstrikes targeted Al Sabhan area in Baqem district, causing severe damage to the houses and farms of the citizens.
The other airstrike hit al-Malahidh area in al-Dhaher district, the official said.

15.4.2017 – News2Tor (A K PH)

#Yemen: #Saudi fighter jets waged +34 strikes on al-Dawd Mountain, Jizan. In Saada a child was seriously injured by a cluster bomb. Apr 15 (photos)

15.4.2017 – Yemen Today (A K PH)

Film: The tragedies of aggression are renewed in the neighborhood of Atan in the capital 15 - 04 – 2017

15.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes waged strike on Marib

US-Saudi airstrikes hit Marib

US-Saudi warplanes hit Marib

15.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression fighter jets continue barbaric strikes on several provinces

15.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Tens of Sudanese soldiers killed by US-Saudi airstrikes in Mokha

Tens of Sudanese soldiers were killed in US-backed Saudi air strikes soldiers on two their military vehicles in Mokha district of Taiz province, a security official told Saba on Saturday.
The raids hit the vehicles, killing and wounding dozens of the Sudanese soldiers, the official added.


16.4.2017 – Tasnim News (A L PH)

Sudanese Troops Killed in Saudi Airstrike on Yemen

Yemen’s defense ministry said Saudi-led coalition’s fighter jets mistakenly targeted Sudanese troops and mercenaries of fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in Yemen, killing a large number of them.

The ministry said that tens of Sudanese soldiers and mercenaries of Hadi were killed or injured in the attack that took place in al-Mokha area in the west of Taiz province.

The coalition aircraft targeted the mercenaries by mistake while trying to provide air cover for them in their assault on Khalid ibn Walid military base.

Remark: Friendly fire.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

17.4.2017 – The Tower (A K PS)

Yemen Clears Naval Mines Planted by Iran-Backed Rebels in Strategic Waterway

Yemen’s government launched a military operation on Sunday to clear naval mines planted by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in and near the strategic Bab al-Mandeb strait, Al Arabiya reported. The mines are “believed to have been sourced from Iran” and “threaten fisherman and residents of island near the coasts of Midi [in northwestern Yemen]” as well as “international navigation in the Bab al-Mandeb strait.”

My comment: “Yemen” = Hadi government. And in the other paragraphs, repwating the well-known Houthi / Iran propaganda.

17.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army kills, injures Saudi-paid mercenaries in Mocha

17.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army destroys five military vehicles in Thubab

17.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A K PS)

Saudi maritime forces destroyed #Houthis' boats and capture their crews when attempting to penetrate Saudi's territorial waters! (film) referring to


17.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#RSNF Al Sadiq-class patrol boat engaged with 3 #Houthi boats attempted to sail into the #Saudi territorial waters off Jazan coast (photos)

17.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

National Army liberates strategic camp

Commander of the Fourth Military Region Fadhal Hassan has said that the National Army backed by the resistance and Arab Coalition liberated the very strategic camp of Khalid Bin Al-Waleed located in Taiz.

In remarks to the Saudi newspaper of Okaz, Hassan said that scores of the Houthi-Saleh militias were killed and others including leaders were captured.

He also said that the army also took over a main raid linking between the governorates of Hodeidah and Taiz, pointing out that Houthi rebels are besieged in districts of Mawza'a and al-Wazeyah.

He further mentioned that that the military operations would continue to cleanse the area of al-Barah and Maqbnah from the militias.

Meanwhile, the Arab Coalition's forces intensified their raids targeting gatherings of the Houthi-Saleh militias in the districts of Luhaiah and al-Dhahi in the north of Hodeidah, as well as other districts in Duraihimi in the south of Hodeidah.

The Arab Coaltion's raids in the south-east of Midi have resulted in the deaths of many Houthi and Saleh militiamen, the sources affirmed. and also

17.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army bombs two military vehicles in Mokha

17.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

The fighting escalates near the Hodeida-Taiz highway

The fighting escalated Sunday between the pro-government forces and the Houthi-Saleh forces near the main highway linking the provinces of Hodeida and Taiz, west and southwest of Yemen.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the pro-government forces had waged a widespread offensive on the locations of the Houthis and allied forces east of Mozza district, and shelled their sites on the main road linking Taiz and Hodeida.

“Similar bombardment also targeted the tightly besieged Khaled camp”.

“The fight jets of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition also launched five raids on Houthis’ sites in Khalid camp and 4 raids on al Mocha crossroads, killing 7 militants, injuring 8 others, and destroying equipment”.

Meanwhile, the pro-government forces engineering teams cleared dozens of landmines during the past hours from the vicinity of Khalid camp and in the areas eastern Mozza, paving the way for the pro-government forces advancement to the camp. Added the source.

16.4.2017 – Sputnik News (A K)

Blast Kills Saudi Arabian Patrol Guard at Yemeni Border - Reports and also

16.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenary commander killed in Mokha

A military official said on Sunday that Saudi-paid mercenary commander Abdul Ghafoor Al Subihi and a number of his bodyguards were killed in Mokha city of Taiz province.
The official said in a statement to Saba that Al Subihi and dozens of his bodyguards were killed in clashes with the national army and the people's committees in mokha.
The official noted that the aggression mercenaries sustained considerable human and material losses in the past two days of clashes.

16.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee and other (A K PH)

Yemeni fighters taking control over new positions in Jaizan south Saudi Arabia April 15, 2017 (film, photos)

15.4.2017 – AFP (A K)

25 Tote bei Gefechten um Militärcamp im Jemen

Bei heftigen Kämpfen um ein strategisch wichtiges Militärcamp im Jemen sind nach Angaben von Militärs und Ärzten seit Freitag 25 Soldaten und Rebellen getötet worden. Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition flog Luftangriffe auf das von den schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen gehaltene Camp 30 Kilometer östlich der Hafenstadt Mokka am Roten Meer. Die von Saudi-Arabien und der Militärkoalition unterstützten Truppen des jemenitischen Präsidenten Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi versuchen seit Tagen, das Militärlager Chaled Ibn Al-Walid einzunehmen.

15.4.2017 – AFP (A K)

Yemen fight for Red Sea base leaves 25 dead

At least 25 soldiers and rebels have died in clashes around a key military base near Yemen's west coast, military and medical sources said Saturday.

Loyalist forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched an assault to seize the Khaled Ibn Al-Walid base from Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies who had controlled it for over two years, military sources said.

After seizing a mountain overlooking the camp in recent days, forces loyal to internationally recognised president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi had advanced on the camp from two directions, they said.

The camp, one of the biggest in Yemen, is 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the government-held Red Sea town of Mokha which pro-government forces retook in February.

It sits on a key road linking Mokha to the Huthi-controlled port city of Hodeida and third city Taez, which is under rebel siege.

Nine rebels were killed and two others wounded in twin coalition air strikes targeting three vehicles bringing reinforcements to the camp, military and medical sources said.

They added that a further 12 rebels and four soldiers were killed in fighting overnight.

15.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A K PS)

With Coalition's air support, Yemeni Army, Popular resistance storm western gate of Khalid Camp

The Yemeni army and the popular resistance, backed by the Arab coalition's air strikes, stormed the western gate of the Khalid bin Walid camp last night amid fighting with the coup Houthi and Saleh militias.

They are advancing to storm the eastern gate to reach the centre of the camp.

Yemen Official News Agency (SABA) quoted a military source as saying that the Arab coalition jetfighters targeted reinforcements of the coup militias at Mokha Mafraq and the eastern gate of the Khalid camp in Mowaza Directorate, west of Taiz, which resulted in the destruction of five vehicles owned by the militias.

The source added that dozens of the militias were killed and injured during the ongoing clashes.

15.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Houthi-Saleh forces shell the eastern neighborhoods of Taiz with heavy artillery

Local residents in Taiz city, southwest of Yemen, said that the Houthi Saleh forces launched on Friday night heavy artillery shelling on the residential neighborhoods east of the city.

The residents told Almasdaronline that violent explosions have rocked the neighborhoods of Da'wa and Kulaaba, and a number of shells hit the houses of the civilians, while no information on the casualties was available.

Meanwhile, night battles between the pro-government forces and the Houthis-Saleh forces have renewed in al Arbaeen Street and Kulaba neighborhood.

The Houthis and allied forces also launched artillery shelling on the positions of the pro-government forces in al Kadaha area of al Maafer district, west of the city.

On Friday evening, the pro-government forces announced the killing of one of its soldiers and injury of five others.

15.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

the Saudi paid mercenaries waged a heavy rocket shelling on different areas in Serwah district, Marib province, causing heavy damage to citizens' houses and farms, the official added.

Pro-Houthi / Pro-Saleh reports and films:

Pro-Saudi / Pro Hadi-reports:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

16.4.2017 – Faszination Ferne (*)

Film: Reisebericht Jemen (98 Min.)

15.4.2017 – Yemen Ibb

Film: Images from Ibb province

2012 – UN (* C)

Yemen's Hunger Crisis

[32 photos from 2012]

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-293 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-293: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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