Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 295 - Yemen War Mosaic 295

Yemen Press Reader 295: Mona Relief–Humanitäre Katastrophe verhindern–Angriff auf Hodeida wäre Katastrophe–Kinder im Jemen–Landminen–Hadi und Al Kaida–USA und Jemen–UN: Geberkonferenz für Jemen
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Mona Relief – Prevent a humanitarian catastrophe – Attacking Hodeida would cause a disaster – Yemeni children – Houthi landmines – Hadi government and Al Qaeda – Houthis’ “disappeared” and prisoners – US and Yemen – UN donors conference on Yemen – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp5a Huthi-Vrebrechen / Houthi crimes

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp7a UNO-Geberkonferenz / UN donors conference

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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UN-Geberkonferenz: cp7a / UN donors' conference: cp7a

4.2017 – Go Fund Me for Mona Relief (** B H)

Food & Medicine For Yemen Families

Please help me show the children in Yemen that the world has not abandoned them. Children are all of our futures, and how they grow up will reflect their own views on what is humanity. Let us set the example by doing - and show children the world can be a kind place, and most people are not in support of blocking humanitarian aid to them. I choose to believe the world's majority feels Yemenis' pain and hardship.
The most effective way to reach these children quickly is by donating to a charity located inside Yemen.
The benefit of donating though GoFundMe to a Yemeni charity is that nearly 100% of your money (minus small gofundme fee) is used to purchase life-saving food and medicine, that will be hand-delivered to the families in communities where children are suffering terribly from lack of food, warm clothing and medicine.
The caring people at Mona Relief Charity are defending children against the suffering inflicted on them (with photos)

https://www.gofundme.com/colourofwar and Mona Relief: https://www.monareliefye.org/ and https://twitter.com/monareliefye and https://twitter.com/monareliefye/status/856965684261203969

24.4.2017 – UNOCHA (** B H)

Yemen: We must act now to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe

Yemen is experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Close to 19 million people—two thirds of the population—need humanitarian assistance and protection. These people include more than 10 million extremely vulnerable Yeminis who require immediate assistance. A child under age 5 now dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes.

The crisis in Yemen is entirely man-made. The country has been grappling with the disastrous effects of a conflict that has forced millions of people to flee their homes, exacerbated chronic humanitarian needs, and killed or injured thousands.

This year, the UN and our partners launched an international appeal for US$2.1 billion to provide immediate life-saving assistance and protection to 12 million people in need. This funding would enable an effective and efficient humanitarian response in Yemen, but only 15 per cent has been received so far. This represents a catastrophic $1.8 billion funding gap.

The UN, Sweden and Switzerland will host a ministerial-level event on 25 April 2017 to address Yemen’s rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, the threat of famine and the urgent need for resources. The event aims to gather sufficient funding to end preventable and avoidable human suffering.

Funding is critical. But what if this major funding gap persists?

https://www.unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/yemen-we-must-act-now-prevent-humanitarian-catastrophe

24.4.2017 – UNOCHA (** B H K)

9 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN YEMEN

A brutal conflict is devastating Yemen, where two thirds of the population now need humanitarian assistance or protection in order to survive. The situation is deteriorating so quickly, it could reach a point of no return this year.

The humanitarian community requested US$2.1 billion for 2017 to meet Yemen’s most urgent needs. But by mid-April, barely 15 per cent of this appeal had been funded.

Here are nine facts you need to know about the crisis. (with photos)

https://unocha.exposure.co/9-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-yemen

25.4.2017 – IRIN (** A K P)

Threatened attack on Yemen port will trigger catastrophe, aid groups warn

Aid groups in Yemen are warning that an impending assault by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition on the rebel-held western port of Hodeida could tip the country into famine.

“It would be catastrophic, and the impact would be felt immediately,” said Caroline Anning of Save the Children. “Hodeida is one of seven provinces already on the brink of famine, and an attack could trigger it.”

The port, in the hands of Houthi rebels, normally handles more than 70 percent of all Yemen’s imported goods, including aid, food and fuel. Airstrikes in 2015 damaged four of the port’s five cranes, reducing capacity, but Hodeida remains the country’s lifeline.

“There is no viable alternative,” Anning told IRIN. “[Trucking aid] overland, airlifting, using other ports – there is nothing else that would be able to fill the current gap.”

Aid and human rights groups are ringing the alarm as a donor conference on Yemen opened in Geneva today, with the UN urging action to tackle what it describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Already, aid blockages mean agencies cannot keep pace with needs. According to the International Rescue Committee, it currently can take six months to get life-saving medical supplies from outside the country into health facilities in Yemen.

https://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/04/25/threatened-attack-yemen-port-will-trigger-catastrophe-aid-groups-warn

20.4.2017 – Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, Save the Children (** B H K)

“Every Day Things are Getting Worse” : The impact on children of attacks on health care in Yemen

New Report: UN Must List Saudi Arabia-Led Coalition for Violating Child Rights in Yemen

Warring parties committed at least 160 attacks on medical facilities and personnel over past two years, including deadly airstrike on children’s hospital. Attacks have contributed to closure of hospitals and worsened health conditions for children

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen must be named in the UN’s annual list of perpetrators of child rights violations for carrying out repeated attacks on medical facilities and personnel, a new report says today.

The report, by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and Save the Children, documents a series of deadly attacks on hospitals and medics over the past two years – and calls on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to add the Saudi Arabia-led coalition to his list of those responsible for grave violations of children’s rights in conflict.

In 2016 then-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefly listed the coalition for killing children and attacking schools and hospitals in Yemen, only to later remove it after pressure from Saudi Arabia. This year’s UN report on Children and Armed Conflict is due to be published in the coming months.

Appearing on the list is an international embarrassment for states and non-state actors, which can usually only be removed after meeting UN-verified benchmarks for ending and preventing violations.

In addition to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, other warring parties in Yemen have also been implicated in the 160 attacks on medical facilities and personnel over the past two years.

These attacks have contributed to damage and destruction of Yemen’s medical facilities, and worsened conditions for children’s health, the report said. Fewer than half of the medical facilities in the country are functioning, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The country is on the brink of famine, with 3.3 million children and pregnant or lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition and more than 460,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, according to OCHA. Every 10 minutes, a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes, according to UNICEF. Since 2014, the mortality rate for children under five has increased by nearly 20 percent, UNICEF said.

In one documented case, two infants in incubators reportedly died from a lack of oxygen after a pediatric hospital in Sanaa was damaged in an airstrike by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition.
Hospitals that remain open face severe shortages of medicine and equipment, in large part due to the de facto naval blockade imposed by the coalition on Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah, the country’s lifeline for food and essential supplies. Warring parties have detained aid workers and hampered the delivery of food and medicine by land.

In addition to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition (which consists of ten countries and gets support from the United States), parties to the conflict include Yemeni government forces and the Houthis (also known as Ansar Allah) and their allies. Watchlist also recommends that the United States and other UN member states immediately stop providing weapons to the coalition when there is a chance they may be used in attacks against hospitals and other violations.

Christine Monaghan, research officer at Watchlist, said: “The UN Secretary-General cannot bow to pressure from Saudi Arabia, but must hold the Saudi Arabia-led coalition responsible for repeated attacks on medical facilities and staff. They are leading to the closure of hospitals, compromising children’s access to treatment, and increasing rates of injury and disease.”

Grant Pritchard, interim country director for Save the Children in Yemen, said

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/every-day-things-are-getting-worse-impact-children-attacks-health-care-yemen-enar and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/2212-watchlist-field-report-yemen-lr.pdf and photo essay: http://watchlist.org/about/report/yemen/interactive/

20.4.2017 – Human Rights Watch (** B K)

Yemen: Houthi-Saleh forces using landmines

The Houthi-Saleh forces’ use of banned antipersonnel landmines in Yemen has caused numerous civilian casualties and hindered the safe return of civilians displaced by fighting, Human Rights Watch said today. The Houthis and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh should immediately cease using these weapons and observe the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, which Yemen ratified in 1998.

Houthi-Saleh forces have used landmines in at least six governorates since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began military operations in support of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in March 2015. Mines appear to have killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and disrupted civilian life in affected areas. Landmines continue to pose a threat to civilians long after a conflict ends.

“Houthi-Saleh forces have been flouting the landmine ban at the expense of Yemeni civilians,” Steve Goose, director of the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch, said. “Yemen prohibited antipersonnel mines nearly two decades ago and no authorities should tolerate their use.”

Human Rights Watch documented 10 incidents in which landmines killed or wounded people in Sanaa, Marib, Aden, or Taizz governorates (with photos)

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/20/yemen-houthi-saleh-forces-using-landmines and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-houthi-saleh-forces-using-landmines-enar and report by Sputnik news: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201704201052819946-yemen-mines-civilian-deaths/

24.4.2017 – Just Security (** B P T)

U.S.-Supported Government in Yemen Has Ties to Al-Qaeda

In their fight against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the government of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and its Saudi backers, have worked with local actors with suspected ties to al-Qaeda. Sometimes this means the targets being tracked by the US are actually cutting deals and getting their hands on weapons thanks to connections they have with the Hadi government and the Saudi-led coalition, to which the US provides support. Laying bare these thorny battlefield alliances in Yemen is crucial as the Trump administration considers stepping up US military involvement in the country.

Experts say that viewing this as a simple proxy war would be wrong, and would ignore the uncomfortable truths about who is really on each side.

The Trump administration’s controversial raid in January highlighted how treacherous the path is for the US because it revealed that while the US is fighting AQAP, those fighting the Houthis are sometimes finding it useful to team up with the terrorist organization.

That the ties between al-Dhahab, al-Qaeda, and the Hadi government are a bit murky reflect al-Qaeda’s strategy in Yemen, which is to infiltrate the local community and politics.

The fight against the Houthis has helped AQAP deepen these ties and grow even stronger. The terrorist group has seized the civil war as a political opportunity and thrived.

As it fights the Houthis, the Hadi government is attempting “to absorb armed factions within the state military architecture without clear institutional criteria,” Waleed Alhariri, who heads the New York office of the Sana’a Center, told Just Security. But Hadi is “striking deals and making unfiltered appointments that are based on loyalties and command areas difficult for the state to control.”

The result of this is AQAP is “arguably more powerful, resource-rich, entrenched, and operating with more institutional flexibility and adaptive capacity than ever before,” the Sana’a Center report says.

The International Crisis Group (ICG), agrees.

Seeing the battle lines clearly is helpful not just for crafting US strategy going forward but it also sheds light on how effective the US counterterrorism fight has been to date. Despite years of US airstrikes, al-Qaeda is so fully integrated into local power structures and political life that it’s hard for those fighting the Houthis not to rely on its fighters. This suggests that a military approach alone will do little to diminish AQAP’s grip in Yemen – By Kate Brannen

https://www.justsecurity.org/40200/yemens-complex-battlefield-includes-al-qaeda-links-allies = http://www.newsweek.com/trump-inadvertently-arming-al-qaeda-yemen-589384?piano_t=1

19.4.2017 – Al Araby (** B P)

Thousands of 'disappeared' under Yemen's reign of terror

Mimicking the regime they say they want to replace, Yemen's rebels are imposing a reign of terror, but life elsewhere in Yemen isn't much better,

Systematic kidnapping, torture and imprisonment are being used by both warring sides against political opponents as the rule of law is nowhere to be found in conflict-torn Yemen.

Forty researchers from the Social Fund for Development were abducted on April 14 while conducting a survey in Dharam governorate, accused of working for Western organisations, says Yousuf Aburas. He is a consultant for the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV).

They are thought to be held in Zaraga prison, in the centre of Al-Hada district, but little is known about their condition.

The Houthi-Saleh alliance last week declared a state of emergency, formally suspending the rule of law. "We were living in a state of emergency even before, but now they are making it legal by enforcing the state of emergency law," says Aburas.

In a recent report, the group documented more than 5,000 cases of enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention in 2016 alone, including that of 118 children and 20 women.

Politicians are targeted most, with 1,032 disappeared. At least 703 activists and 297 academics have been taken.
Moreover, 1,772 ordinary citizens are known to have been "disappeared".
The group warns that the real numbers are likely to be much higher, as abductees' relatives are often reluctant to report their missing family members for fear of reprisal.

The Houthis and Al-Saleh militias are thought to be responsible for 95 percent of these enforced disappearance cases, but the security forces of the internationally recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi are also guilty of at least 220 cases – by Paola Tamma

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2017/4/19/thousands-of-disappeared-under-yemens-reign-of-terror

Remark: More on this and similar themes, look at cp5a.

25.4.2017 – Lobelog (** B K P)

Trump and the Yemeni Quagmire

The Trump administration believes that the Houthis must suffer major blows before bringing them to roundtable talks for such a settlement. According to the Associated Press, US officials asserted that intensified military pressure on the Houthis is necessary for ending the Yemeni crisis

Saudi and Emirati sources believe that the Americans will take part in strikes on Yemen’s Red Sea infrastructure to weaken the Houthis and their allies of convenience in former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s camp.

The Trump administration is currently considering stepping up US support for an expected Saudi-UAE operation aimed at dislodging Ansarullah fighters from this port on the Red Sea’s Arabian shore. To be sure, the previous administration’s concerns were more than justified. Such an operation would surely come with immense costs for Yemen’s population and all actors involved in the combat.

The White House has yet to make a decision on Hodeidah, yet it should consider the risks of stepping up US support for a Saudi/UAE bombing of the Red Sea port. Backlash from the international community against the Saudis will sharpen if such an attack leads to the outbreak of mass famine across the war-torn country. Blame will go to the Saudi-led coalition—and by extension its Western backers—much more than to the Houthis or Iran.

Second, as the administration focuses on countering Salafist-jihadist actors in Yemen, chiefly al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), an exacerbation of the country’s humanitarian crisis could easily offer such nihilistic forces more fertile ground to expand and strengthen their influence.

The administration’s decision on Hodeidah will be one of the early and perhaps most important ones it will have to make regarding Yemen. Strong US support for the Saudi/UAE campaign to end Houthi control of the port would certainly enhance Riyadh and Abu Dhabi’s confidence in the White House as these Persian Gulf states view the conquest of Hodeidah as a major gain in a grander proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for influence near the strategic Mandeb Strait. Yet doing so poses major risks in terms of a widespread famine and the international community’s response to it, and the potential for AQAP and IS as well as the Houthis benefiting from the escalation that such on onslaught of Hodeidah could easily produce - by Giorgio Cafiero and Shehab al-Makahleh

http://lobelog.com/trump-and-the-yemeni-quagmire/

19.4.2017 – War on the rocks (** B K P)

Yemen: The Graveyard of U.S. Policy Myths

Yemen has become a graveyard of myths for understanding Middle East politics and U.S. foreign policy aims.

The conflict in Yemen — which is the site of ongoing human suffering — showcases the many flawed assumptions of U.S. policy in the broader Middle East, from a hyper-exaggerated focus on sectarianism to the fatal tendency to internationalize otherwise local conflicts. While receiving less attention than other wars in the Middle East and South Asia, Yemen’s civil war exhibits the accumulation of many missteps Washington has made elsewhere.

The U.S. commitment to underwrite the Saudi-led campaign through over $20 billion in arms sales, nearly 2,000 refueling missions, and ongoing moral support does more than merely expose the United States to charges of potential war crimes: It makes the United States a willing and accepting party to the sectarian justifications guiding the Saudi mission. Even generous interpretations of motive, which hold that the U.S. is supporting Saudi Arabia and other Gulf coalition members in an effort to assuage its partners over the Iran nuclear deal, rest on a sectarian fault line guiding the Saudi and U.A.E. intervention – by Kevin L. Schwartz

https://warontherocks.com/2017/04/yemen-the-graveyard-of-u-s-policy-myths/

21.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B P T)

US 'deep state' sold out counter-terrorism to keep itself in business

the national security bureaucracies of the US – which many have come to call the "Deep State" - have been selling out their interests in counter-terrorism in order to pursue various adventures in the region ever since George W Bush declared a "Global War on Terrorism" in late 2001.

The whole war on terrorism has been, in effect, a bait-and-switch operation from the beginning. The idea that US military operations were somehow going to make America safer after the 9/11 attacks was the bait. What has actually happened ever since then, however, is that senior officials at the Pentagon and the CIA have been sacrificing the interest of American people in weakening al-Qaeda in order to pursue their own institutional interests.

It all began, of course, with the invasion of Iraq – by Gareth Porter

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/us-deep-state-sold-out-counter-terrorism-parochial-interests-823825145

19.4.2017 – Counterpunch (** A K P)

US Moves Toward Major Intervention in Yemen

The USA, according to Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis, he who ordered the use of chemical weapons in Fallujah, Iraq, is about to take a major step towards direct intervention in support of the Saudi Arabia war on the Yemeni people.

Famine to the left of Bad Al Mandab, famine to the right of Bad Al Mandab, it seems a famine policy is being enacted by Pax Americana and its lackeys at the UN when it comes to the Horn of Africa.

So expect no mercy when it comes to the US military directly involving itself in Yemen.

And always off shore lurks the the US Navy’s Indian Ocean Fleet supported by its base at Diego Garcia, striking without warning anywhere they choose in Yemen, never mind the dead women and children by now in the hundreds of thousands.

The USA seems intent on going where history has proven only catastrophe awaits, into the tribal conflict in Yemen. As a result the world should expect half a million or more dead Yemenis in this war against the Houthi tribes and their supporters as well as untold starvation deaths of Yemeni children – by Thomas C. Mountain

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/19/us-moves-toward-major-intervention-in-yemen/

cp2 Allgemein / General

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26.4.2017 – Al Araby (* B H K)

Hodeida's looming battle will starve Yemen

Cutting of food supplies is becoming strategic line of attack in Yemen's ongoing civil war, with potentially disastrous consequences for civilians

The western backed and Saudi-led coalition has its sights set on Hodeida, Yemen on the coast of the Red Sea.
In the meantime, the US is fully poised to back what they say will be a UAE military takeover of the port city, currently under Houthi control. The UN, however, has warned against the intervention because it will cut off a vital lifeline for Yemen's civilians, potentially tipping the country into a full-scale famine.

Even more worryingly, the famine that looms on Yemen's horizon is a completely man-made situation. Targeting food is a military strategy; in Yemen food is a weapon of war.

Martha Mundy, a professor at the London School of Economics refers to this as a "scorched earth policy", as the coalition is targeting agricultural lands, roads and food trucks.

An attack on Hodeida by the Saudi-led coalition would effect a key entry point for international aid. The think tank International Crisis Group also warns that cutting off vital supplies to opponents will have a disproportionate effect on civilians.

Both coalition allies and rebels have both made efforts to stop aid in the past – by Sophia Akram.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2017/4/26/hodeidas-looming-battle-will-starve-yemen

26.4.2017 – Reuters (A K P)

Yemen govt seeks U.N. oversight of port: prime minister

The Yemeni government has proposed to the United Nations that it monitors the rebel-held port of Hodeidah to ensure that no arms are smuggled through it, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

A Saudi-led military coalition backing the internationally-recognized government in its war against the Houthi rebels has been preparing an assault on Hodeidah.

U.N. officials and a Russian deputy foreign minister on Tuesday warned against any attack on the Red Sea port, the aid lifeline for a country where millions of people are in desperate need of food to avert famine.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-port-idUSKBN17S2AX

My comment: That really is a ridiculous attempt to get control of this port.

25.4.2017 – BBC (unrated A H K P)

Audio: BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day’s events with explanation and reaction from those involved (50 min.; 6 days only)

[with interview with @AhmadAlgohbary on his work saving children's lives in #Yemen]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p050db9v

25.4.2017 – CBC Radio (* B H K)

What's it like raising a family in Yemen during the world's 'largest humanitarian crisis'?

How do you raise children in Yemen during what the United Nations has dubbed "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world"?

"To be honest with you, I have to lie a lot," Hisham Al-Omeisy, a political analyst and father of two in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, told As It Happens host Carol Off.

"They see some blood, and I know that people are dead, but I have to tell them, 'No, no, no, it's just an injury, don't worry, he's gonna be OK.'

"Whenever a bomb happens, I rush them to the basement, I open some music, I give them my cellphone and open some Disney videos on them, trying to keep them distracted and busy."

"It's a disaster. Yemenis do not want more aid. They want the UN to address the root causes that are basically causing the humanitarian crisis," Al-Omeisy said.

"If you do not address the root causes, there's no point in the aid and no amount is going to be sufficient and we're basically begging people to give us money that is not forthcoming."

What's needed, Al-Omeisy says, is a real commitment to negotiating peace in the region — something he doesn't believe Western nations are interested in doing so long as there's a buck to be made – with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas

(with interview in audio)

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.4084571/what-s-it-like-raising-a-family-in-yemen-during-the-world-s-largest-humanitarian-crisis-1.4084581

25.4.2017 – Reuters (* A K P)

U.N., Russia warn against assault on main Yemeni port

United Nations and Russian officials warned on Tuesday against any attack by Saudi-led coalition forces on the Houthi-held Yemeni port of Hodeidah, the aid lifeline for a country where millions of people are in desperate need of food.

The warring factions must ensure deliveries of food and medical aid to starving people, senior U.N. officials said at a donor conference in Geneva.

A Saudi-led military coalition is preparing an assault on Hodeidah, which lies on the Red Sea and is the point of entry for nearly 80 percent of Yemen's food imports.

"The Hodeidah port is a critical lifeline," Beasley told the conference. "Any disruption to the port would gravely hamper efforts to prevent famine."

Yemeni officials said earlier this month the government and its allies had positioned two brigades for a possible attack, one of them 230 km (140 miles) north of Hodeidah and the other 130 km (80 miles) to the south.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the conference Moscow could not accept what he called a blockade.

"There are also worrying rumors about an assault on Hodeidah and then a move on (the capital) Sanaa; this is something we cannot allow to happen," he said – By Stephanie Nebehay

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un-idUSKBN17R18K

24.4.2017 – Jalal Yaqoub (* A K P)

How much suffering must 28 million people endure to appease the gods of "legitimacy"?!

https://twitter.com/JalalYaqoub/status/856590970221211648

My comment: Crucial question. The “west” never really cared for people suffering.

24.4.2017 – UNDP (* B K)

Only in #Sanaa and during Jan-Feb, 233,586 explosive remnants have been removed and 1,788,869 m² has been cleared. (photos)

https://twitter.com/UNDPYEMEN/status/849225006840262656

Remark: The photos show remnants of Saudi coalition cluster bombs.

23.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K)

Ongoing Preparations to liberate Hodeidah

The Emirate newspaper of Albyan has quoted sources of the Arab Coalition as saying that Hodeidah Port will be liberated during the few upcoming days, exactly after the liberation of Khalid Bin Al-Waleed military camp in Taiz.

The sources told Albyan that the United States was briefed, during the visit of Secretary of Defense James Mattis to Saudi Arabia this week, on the significance of liberating Hodeidah.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6194

My comment: Write “liberate” in “”. And:

21.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A K)

Media: Coalition's sources confirm the launch of the operation of Hodeida's "liberation" in the few coming days!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/855483580948107265 referring to https://www.instagram.com/p/BTKBRT3jPD4/

25.4.2017 – Amnesty International (* B H K)

Yemen: Mounting fears for civilian safety as Hodeidah offensive looms

Fears are growing for the safety of civilians in the strategic western port city of Hodeidah amid reports that a major offensive by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is due to get under way soon, said Amnesty International as UN states meet at a donor conference in Geneva on 25 April.

As well as putting civilian lives at grave risk, an assault on the country’s fourth most populated city that seriously disrupts the functioning of the port risks cutting off a crucial lifeline to a country that is 80% dependent on imports exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation.

“As the frontline steadily shifts north along the Red Sea coast and the risk of an assault on Hodeidah city and surrounding areas looms, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, as well as Huthi-Saleh forces and other parties, must refrain from carrying out indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks. It is vital that they take all feasible precautions to ensure that the civilian population is protected. This includes giving residents effective advance warning of any attacks, and allowing time for them to evacuate safely.”

The likelihood of a major operation in Hodeidah also underscores the need for the international community to suspend all transfers of arms, munitions, military equipment or technology and logistical support to all parties to the conflict for use in Yemen.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/04/yemen-mounting-fears-for-civilian-safety-as-hodeidah-offensive-looms/ = http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/press-releases/mounting-fears-for-civilian-safety-as-hodeidah-offensive-looms-in-yemen and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-mounting-fears-civilian-safety-hodeidah-offensive-looms

19.4.2017 – Al Araby (* A K P)

Will Hodeida become Yemen's next tragedy?

Hodeida is a city already devastated by poverty, but as the fighting edges closer, there are concerns that a fresh humanitarian crisis is looming

A recent military push by the Saudi-backed Yemen government forces in Taiz could be the prologue to a potential attack on Hodeida's Al-Khawkhah port, located 60km from the government-held Mokha port.

This development puts Hodeida at a genuine risk of an all-out attack, given its proximity to the current scene of the fighting. Hodeida - a city already devastated by poverty - is now anticipating military clashes.

Today, Hodeida is a potential Aden-like tragedy. It could face a similar destiny if the Saudi-led coalition gives the green light for their forces in Yemen to set the city alight and drive the Houthis out.

attacking Hodeida would only give rise to unprecedented humanitarian tragedies. International aid organisations have cautioned against any likely attack on Hodeida, emphasising that this development would disrupt vital supplies to millions of people in northern part of the country.

Due to its significance, Hodeida port is deemed a key factor in ending the war in Yemen. On Monday, Mohammed Abulahoum, a high-profile politician and the head of Justice and Development Party in Yemen, made four points to resolve the conflict in Yemen. One of them addresses the issue of Hodeida port.

In addition, the airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition would not be adequate to free this city from the Houthis. As long as this is the case, it is likely that Hodeida awaits a chapter of violence, unless diplomacy comes swiftly to the rescue. – by Khalid Al-Karimi

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2017/4/19/will-hodeida-become-yemens-next-tragedy

My comment: The author is right that an attack at Hodeida would be a disaster. – It is always easy to recognize whether an author is generally pro-Hadi / pro-Saudi or not. Why Karimi cites the propaganda spread by Mohammed Abulahoum? He just repeats the senseless Saudi and Hadi gov. claims on Hodeida. Why should the Sanaa government retreat and let the Saudi alliance in?

2017 – Hurst Publishers (* B H K P)

Yemen Endures: Civil War, Saudi Adventurism and the Future of Arabia – Book by Ginny Hill

Why is oil-rich Saudi Arabia involved in a costly and merciless war against neighbouring Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East? Why, with billions of dollars of British and American weapons, have the Saudis lost the upper hand to the Houthi rebels?

In this first authoritative account of the present conflict, Ginny Hill delves into a country still dominated by the pernicious influence of career dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who masterminded patronage networks that kept the state weak, allowing conflict and inequality to flourish. After three decades, he was forced from office by street protests in 2011. In the chaos following his departure, civil war and regional interference plague the country. While the Saudis battle the Houthis—whom they believe are backed by Iran—ISIS, Al-Qaeda and separatist groups compete to exploit the broken state.

This fascinating portrait of modern Yemen vividly reveals the key personalities and events of the last thirty years, and how—despite everything—Yemen endures.

Ginny Hill is a visiting fellow in the Middle East Centre at the LSE who has covered Yemen for more than a decade as a journalist and policy advisor. She founded the Chatham House Yemen Forum and recently served on the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen. Hill has worked for al-Jazeera English, the BBC, Channel 4 News and ITV. http://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/yemen-endures/

Comment by Peter Salisbury: Spoiler alert: this book is amazing

https://twitter.com/MENAPPete/status/788389124051009536

24.4.2017 – Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (B K)

Treaty president calls for immediate end to landmine use in Yemen

The President of the international treaty banning anti-personnel mines has expressed deep concern after reports published this week seem to indicate that armed non-state actors in Yemen have made use of landmines.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/treaty-president-calls-immediate-end-landmine-use-yemen

19.4.2017 – AFP (A P)

Yemeni protestors march on key port to demand humanitarian zone

A group of Yemeni protestors set out from rebel-held capital Sanaa Wednesday on a 225-kilometre (140-mile) march to call for unrestricted aid deliveries to the war-torn country.

The "protest for bread" marchers will head for the Red Sea port city of Hodeida -- also controlled by Iran-backed Huthi insurgents -- which is the main entry point for aid deliveries to rebel-held areas.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170419-yemeni-protestors-march-key-port-demand-humanitarian-zone

25.4.2017 – AFP (A H P)

'March for bread' protestors reach key Yemen port

Yemeni protestors reached the Red Sea city of Hodeida Tuesday, ending a weeklong march from the capital to demand the rebel-held port be declared a humanitarian zone.

Some 25 protestors made the 225-kilometre (140-mile) walk, dubbed the "march for bread", to call for unrestricted aid deliveries to Yemen, where Iran-backed Huthi rebels have battled government forces allied with a Saudi-led Arab coalition for two years.

Protestors waved flags emblazoned with loaves of bread and chanted slogans demanding the port be spared in the war, which the United Nations estimates has killed more than 7,700 people and left millions struggling to find food.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170425-march-bread-protestors-reach-key-yemen-port

24.4.2017 – Al Araby (A H P)

Yemen: A #breadmarch to save Hodeidah port

Hundreds of activists embarked on a five-day march to a besieged port in Yemen to demand the establishment of a humanitarian zone in Hodeidah and allow in aid.

The five-day protest march – branded the #breadmarch – began on Wednesday when Yemeni activists left the UN's Yemen headquarters in the capital Sanaa.
The activists and civilians taking part in the protest are demanding the establishment of a safe zone in Hodeidah, which would allow desperately needed aid to enter the country.

The hundreds of activists were joined by civilians who took part in the arduous 200 kilometre march from Sanaa to Yemen's west coast – by Paola Tamma and Gehad Quisay

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/4/24/yemen-a-breadmarch-to-save-al-hodeida-port

25.4.2017 – Vice news (* A H P)

Film: Yemenis fight for survival with “March for Bread”

Yemeni protesters completed a week-long 186-mile march Tuesday to call out restricted access to aid. The “March for Bread” kicked off in Sanaa, the nation’s capital, and ended in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida

https://news.vice.com/story/yemenis-fight-for-survival-with-march-for-bread

Comment by Judith Brown: Short video but needs as man as possible to view - Yemenis are human like you.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155462257408641

22.–23.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Torches and candles march Joins protest for bread to Hodiedah key port

A new protest march of "torches and candles" has joined the "protest for bread" march heading to the Red Sea port province of Hodeidah to demand a humanitarian zone in the port city.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462681.htm

Popular bread march arrives in Bajil, en route to Hodeidah port

Participants in the "Popular bread" march arrived in Bajil city on Saturday afternoon, four days after they left the capital Sanaa on their way to Hodeidah port city to demand the world to preserve the port as a humanitarian zone.
The participants held banners reading : "Not to close, not to target Hodeidah port… Not to starve the Yemeni people, Not to commit genocide."

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462765.htm

20.–24.4.2017 – Belal Yemen (A H P)

demonstration of bread. Starting walking by legs from #Sanna to #Hodedia to tell the world don't destroy the port of #Hodedia

https://twitter.com/B_yemeni120/status/855164120487874560

The second day for the march. The distance between #sanna and #Hodedia is 220K..

https://twitter.com/B_yemeni120/status/855391302820782080

The bread march for the forth day.

The Bread March On 5th consecutive day walking from #Sanaa to #Hodeida port. They are now 20 km away from #Hodedia's city.

https://twitter.com/B_yemeni120/status/856182349624639488

The bread march is finally arrived to #Hodeidah

https://twitter.com/B_yemeni120/status/856528519605751808

https://twitter.com/B_yemeni120/status/856856681040551938 (all with photos / films)

20.–24.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (* A H P)

Yemen Bread March! Started now in Sanaa. Walking to Hodeida port. Demanding: not to close port Not to starve Not to kill humans (all with photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854633913901355008

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854634088015290370

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854634240037801985

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854635870632255489

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854636129039118336

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854636270915637248

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854636390008721409

Yemen Bread March! Thousands of Yemenis walking from Sanaa to Hodeida port Against US-Saudi starvation, weaponizing food!

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854762818192670720

Yemen Bread March, Walk day and night from Sanaa to Hodeida port against US-Saudi starvation weapon, against blockade and genocide

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855290372024541185

Yemen Bread March! Continues! Thousands of Yemenis walking from Sanaa to Hodeida port (350km) to protest US-Saudi starvation weapon.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854995510859616256

Yemen Bread March! Walking the walk from Sanaa to Hodeida Outcrying US-Saudi use of starvation as weapon against Yemeni humans ( 2nd day)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855061477732081664

Yemen Bread March! Hero welcome everywhere they pass! More & more join the March on the way from Sanaa to Hodeida. Now in Manakha, 2nd day!

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854997814438494208

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854997316985643010

Yemen Bread March! Lighting up the lights to walk at night, April20, ( 2nd day) Haraz. Against US-Saudi starvation weapon.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855289718736535552

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855062298393583617

Yemen Bread March! Lighting up the candles and torches to walk tonight to Bajel. All outcrying: stop starvation Genocide Blockade

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855467364460228609

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855467163926188032

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855467004815441921

Yemen Bread March! Arriving now in Bajel, very close to the final destination: Hodeida port to say to WORLD: Stop US-Saudi starvation

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855787264542113792

Yemen Bread March! Continues the 4th consecutive day.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855731901381914624

Yemen Bread March! Getting closer&closer to Hodeida port! More&more joining the March on the way! All against US-Saudi starvation weapon

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855774482333618176

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855774479074684928

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855774319343001602

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/855774317946318854

Yemen Bread March! Outraging against US-Saudi horrors, Brutality, use of starvation as weapons against Yemen humans for more than 2 years (all tweets with photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856171799570259969

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856171416173121536

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856170370306539523

Yemen Bread March Against US-Saudi starvation On 5th consecutive day walking from Sanaa to Hodeida port. They are now 20 km away from city

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856169062480662529

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856168813452242944

Yemen Bread March! Reaching final destination ( Hodeida port)later today,after 6 days of walking from Sanaa ( 350km).

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856401843546705921

Yemen Bread March arriving Hodeida port after6days of walking from Sanaa

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856404281263611904

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856403998018064384

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856402960385007617

Hodeida MUST BE Declared humanitarian zone. Yemen Bread March demanding. At 5 pm today, press conference, communique at Hodeida port.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856492217648721924

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856511600525758465

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856510540981694465

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856508350145671168

22.4.2017 – Yemen Extra (A H P)

The march of popular bread headed towards the port of Hodeidah reached Khamis Bani Saad area in the province of Al-Mahweet amid a popular crowd reception.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/04/22/the-foot-bread-march-reaches-khamis-bani-saad-area-in-al-mahweet/

Yemen Bread March. Continues to denounce US-Saudi war crimes,blockade,starvation. Visiting Henood neighborhood where 100s bombed to pieces

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856796113160069120

Yemen Bread March Arriving in Hodeida port is NOT THE END! Further steps being taken to increase pressure on US-Saudi war criminals.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856782712799186944

24.4.2017 – Transconflict (* B K P)

Working to stop the war in Yemen - interview with peace activist Sam Walton

On 3 April 2017 Sam Walton made headlines when he attempted to carry out a citizen’s arrest of Saudi Arabian Major General Ahmed al-Asiri in London.

Walton, a British Quaker activist, explained the reasoning behind his actions to Ian Sinclair.

http://www.transconflict.com/2017/04/working-to-stop-the-war-in-yemen-interview-with-peace-activist-sam-walton-244/

23.4.2017 – American Herald Tribune (* B K P)

Yemen and the Saudi Blood-soaked Box of Tricks

Despite humanitarian disaster and ongoing warfare resulting in escalating casualties in Yemen, one of the major tributaries of warfare in the region is the utter denial of Saudia Arabia in its full involvement. So much is clear anytime somebody linked to the Saudi regime opens their mouth to comment on the matter.

Such was evident when Saudi Arabia's chief humanitarian director claimed his country's military campaign in Yemen was not an aggression. Speaking in an interview with RT (Russia Today), Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabiah, who is the Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRELIEF) said Riyadh"did not actually attack" the country. He noted that the air campaign which has contributed to the deepening chaos in Yemen according to various rights groups, has in fact been provoked by the failed political process in the war-torn state.

The reality is far grimmer – by Saurav Dutt

http://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/war-on-yemen/1630-yemen-saudi-blood-soaked.html

21.4.2017 – IRIN (* B H K)

Can the international community save Yemen?

To avert famine in Yemen, the international community needs to close a yawning aid gap at a pledging conference in Geneva next week. Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. More than 17 million people are currently food insecure, of whom 6.8 million require immediate food aid. But out of the $2.1 billion needed, only $314 million has so far been received from donors – an alarming 85 percent aid shortfall. But aid alone won’t cut it. NGOs warn that there also needs to be action to end the conflict between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels. Instead, there is a looming battle for Hodeida, the entry point for an estimated 70 percent of Yemen's food imports. The Gulf states appear to be preparing a ground offensive, which will include Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces – better known as the Darfuri “Janjaweed” militia – against the port city (look out for IRIN’s upcoming story on Sudan’s military role in Yemen).

http://www.irinnews.org/news/2017/04/21/mass-graves-torture-and-big-battle-yemen-cheat-sheet

21.4.2017 – Ahram (* B K)

Yemen: No escape from war

Is there still hope for peace in Yemen? The answer is no time soon

No matter what the future of democracy will be, the war must end first and humanitarian aid must be delivered thereafter. This would be followed by building confidence that leads to serious consensus to guarantee a permanent peace in Yemen. But all this seems too difficult for the time being – by Haitham Nouri

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/20238.aspx

20.4.2017 – Al Monitor (* B H K)

Yemen’s cultural capital Taiz torn by conflict

Taiz province is in crisis — a crisis that is threatening to undermine its position as the cultural capital of Yemen.

Taiz is the base of civil political work, and most political party leaders and founders hail from it. It also boasts high literacy rates among its citizens.

The inhabitants of Taiz, which is 205 kilometers (127 miles) south of Sanaa, live in a constant state of fear as a result of the civil war

Jalal al-Din al-Khoulani, a consultant at the United Nations Development Program, told Al-Monitor over the phone from Taiz, “Taiz has become a city ravaged by war and the Houthi blockade.”

Armed Houthis and other resistance factions have complicated the lives of relief organizations, which now face difficulties reaching people in need.

To gain more influence and militants, the armed factions gradually took over large parts of the city and worsened the security situation. These factions agree that they’re fighting the Houthis and Saleh, but they disagree on the gains and regions of control, and they do not answer to Hadi.

Many armed factions share control of the city, such as the Popular Resistance faction, al-Abbas Brigades, Hasm Battalion and al-Qaeda, among others. This has led to disputes and rampant chaos.

Unlike other Yemeni districts under the control of Hadi’s government, which has a trained army, the future of Taiz looks foggy with the armed factions’ control and the absence of official Yemeni forces or any semblance of a state – by Ahmed Alwly

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/yemen-taiz-cultural-capital-suffer-armed-factions-war.html

20.4.2017 – Voice of America (* A H K)

Childrens' Rights Groups Urge UN Chief to Blacklist Saudi Coalition for Yemen Attacks

Two children’s rights groups are calling for the U.N. secretary-general to put Saudi Arabia on a U.N. blacklist of countries that violate children’s rights, for its military actions in Yemen.
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, and Save the Children, issued the appeal Thursday at the launch of a new joint report on how the destruction of Yemen’s health care infrastructure is harming children in that country.
“In Yemen, medical facilities and personnel are being systematically attacked as a tactic of war, preventing children’s access to health care,” said Christine Monaghan researcher for Watchlist and the author of the report.

http://www.voanews.com/a/children-s-rights-groups-urge-un-chief-to-blacklist-saudi-coalition-for-yemen-attacks/3818884.html

20.4.2017 – Jordan Times (* B H K)

The starved children of Yemen

Yemen — the forgotten war, abandoned land and forsaken community of the Arabs — is the high point of this horror show.

Overshadowed recently by brutality in Syria, Iraq and Libya, Yemen has now poked its skinny neck and weary head above the landscape of Arab moral devastation.

It warns us that it may soon make the shift from simply experiencing a wasteful and painful war to being a great moral and political crime whose damages will reach many other countries soon.

This is because virtually the entire country may be plunged into famine if the Port of Hodeida in the north is attacked by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.

The deeper tragedy is that Yemen’s situation is totally manmade, reflecting policy decisions in Saudi Arabia, Arab allies, the United States, UK, France and other governments — including some UN Security Council members, ICG reminds us — that have weaponised the economy, shattered Central Bank operations that have almost stopped salary payments and other routine economic transactions, and reduced imports into a country that gets 90 per cent of its basic commodities from abroad.

Millions of families that have sold belongings and borrowed to the limits of their abilities will soon reach a point of collapse where they have to decide who in the family gets food or not, who receives medical care or not, who lives for another few weeks or not.

It is particularly cruel that Yemen’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens bear the brunt of the current fighting.

Millions more will suffer acute malnutrition.

This desperate, helpless, hungry underclass — without rights or any escape from a guaranteed life of poverty for generations to come — will do anything just to survive, and retaliate against their tormentors who robbed them of their citizenship and their humanity.

They might support any extremist or terrorist group that employs their sons as foot soldiers for $200 a month, join any criminal gang that offers them illicit income, or set out on a frantic refugee trail to seek another week, perhaps a month, even half a year of continued life, somewhere, anywhere, but not in their own ancestral land where they are doomed due to no fault of their own.

Syria, Libya, and Iraq have shown us unambiguously how desperate, dehumanised people will behave in such situations.

Yemen will be next if we let the war drag on, the assault of Hodeida occur, and our sense of conscience and collective peace-making remain frozen in the face of a criminal war of choice whose vulgar acts on all sides will one day prod an army of starving and orphaned Arab kids to scale the walls of the mightiest walled sushi palace.

Most of the world’s news media, including many Arab media, will not cover the assault on Hodeida.

So the poor who were invisible in life will also remain invisible in death. Only their ghosts will come back to haunt us one day. There is nothing in the world more frightening than the ghost of a starved child seeking retribution – by Rami G. Khouri

http://jordantimes.com/opinion/rami-g-khouri/starved-children-yemen

My comment: Remarkable, from a Jordan media!

20.4.2017 – BBC (* A K P)

Saudi 'should be blacklisted' over Yemen hospital attacks

The UN should put Saudi Arabia back on a list of violators of children's rights because of attacks on hospitals in Yemen, two rights groups say.

In a report, Save the Children and Watchlist detail how attacks on hospitals and doctors, and the blocking of aid, are affecting children.

Houthi rebels are criticised as well as the Saudi-led coalition.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39651265

20.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B K)

Shelled and burnt out: The mosques wrecked by war in Yemen

Worshippers take comfort in their faith as dozens of buildings are reduced to rubble, house troops or used as sniper positions

The attacks on mosques have also drawn protests. The Program of Communication with Yemen's Scholars is a pro-government NGO which coordinates with religious sheikhs. On 11 April, it organised demonstrations in Taiz, Marib and Aden provinces against the targeting of mosques.

The protest organisers only condemn the Houthi fighters, who it says have destroyed more than 750 mosques across Yemen - despite the fact that pro-resistance forces have also been responsible for some of the damage.

Sabri Aqlan, the religious sheikh in Taiz city, told MEE that, in the eyes of Islam, killing a Muslim is worse than destruction of the Kaaba and mosques. It is only to be expected, he says, that fighters who kill civilians will also destroy mosques.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/war-yemen-despite-destruction-mosques-muslims-faith-remains-strong-1396433938

My comment: This article just accepts the anti-Houthi propaganda of the Houthis having destroyed 750 mosques. This simply looks like attributing all 716 mosques destroyed by the Saudi aerial war (which is not even mentioned in this article (just: “pro-resistance forces have also been responsible for some of the damage”… whow!!) to the Houthis.

20.4.2017 – National Interest (* B K P)

America's Yemen Crisis Is Bigger than Just Yemen

With all this chaos in the background, America’s war against Al Qaeda and ISIS is under threat. On the one hand, Washington wants to preserve its alliance with the Gulf states, who are fighting to save their irretrievably lost transition agreement. As a former U.S. Defense Department official pointed out in the Atlantic recently, when Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed visited the United States last month, the red carpet was well and truly rolled out.

Yet, on the other hand, Washington can’t afford to let Yemen’s chaos prolong indefinitely, lest ISIS militants cash in on the instability and lawlessness, just as they lose territory in Syria. In August of last year, a UN report said that both Al Qaeda and ISIS have already begun to gain a foothold in the southern and eastern parts of the country.

The challenge for Trump would be in reconciling his Saudi alliance with the fact that the Saudi-backed Hadi government is no longer in a position to rule. Backing the aimless Saudi operation—whether verbally or militarily—will only make Iranian interests in the country more deeply entrenched, and the conflict unending. If Trump wants to get rid of militants in Yemen, he’s going to have to find a way to bring the Middle East’s Cold War rivals to agree on a government – by Mohamed Zeeshan

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/americas-yemen-crisis-bigger-just-yemen-20281

19.4.2017 – End Yemen Siege (* B H K)

Film: Yemen ... Nation under war and siege for two years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnxqlrkl-BM

18.4.2017 – Janes (* A K)

Coalition's failure to secure Mocha coastline indicates limits of planned offensive on Yemen's Hodeidah

Houthi resistance in Mocha district is preventing coalition-backed local forces from exploiting their military gains along the southern Red Sea coastline.

Capturing the major port city of Hodeidah will be a challenging task. A Hodeidah offensive will cause substantial civilian casualties, severe and widespread damage to property and infrastructure, and exacerbate the already severe risk of famine across north Yemen.

Without US combat support, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are unlikely to commit sufficient ground combat forces to reinforce fragmented local forces in a successful offensive on Hodeidah. Consequently, Operation Golden Spear is likely to prove a slow and indecisive operation, unlikely to alter the balance of the conflict. – by Ludovico Carlino

http://www.janes.com/article/69611/coalition-s-failure-to-secure-mocha-coastline-indicates-limits-of-planned-offensive-on-yemen-s-hodeidah

17.4.2017 – Democracy Now (* B H K)

Peace Activist Kathy Kelly: Yemenis Are Facing Twin Terrors of Aerial Bombings and Starvation

For more, we continue our conversation with Kathy Kelly, coordinator of the Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. Kathy Kelly has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize twice. She is among 20 peace activists who are on day five of a week-long vigil and fast in front of the United Nations to protest the ongoing U.S. support for the Saudi bombing of Yemen and the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports.

We continue this conversation, Kathy. We began by talking about what the Pentagon has called "The Mother of All Bombs," the largest bomb, non-nuclear bomb, ever dropped in the world. The U.S. just dropped it in Afghanistan. And now we’re going to why you’re in front of the U.N. Talk about your fast.

(Interview)

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/17/peace_activist_kathy_kelly_yemenis_are

18.4.2017 – RT (B H K)

Yemen crisis: ‘Made in the USA’

The crisis in Yemen, in no small measure, is made in the USA and NATO countries, explains historian Gerald Horne. As ever, US foreign policy in Yemen is incoherent just as it is confused in Syria where it is pursuing a similar harebrained policy, he added.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/385168-yemen-us-saudi-arabia/

18.4.2017 – Publico (* B K)

Yemen: dos años de guerra estéril silenciada

[Overview article, Spanish, two main points are: Armas "made in Spain" en Yemen; El fin del conflicto en Yemen, un horizonte lejano

http://www.publico.es/internacional/yemen-anos-guerra-esteril-silenciada.html

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1

25.4.2017 – Saudi War Crimes (* A H)

Infographic: We reached #1 in the Guinness Book of Horrors of History.
Words fail. We know we will lose many in the days to come.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1668850033410984/?type=3

25.4.2017 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (* A H)

ECHO Factsheet – Yemen – April 2017

Facts & Figures

over 18.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance

2 million internally displaced persons

1 million returnees

17 million people food insecure (IPC phases 3 and 4)

6.8 million severely food insecure (IPC phase 4)

14.8 million people in need of basic health care

US$ 2.1 billion requested by the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/echo-factsheet-yemen-april-2017 and in full: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/yemen_en.pdf = http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yemen_en_1.pdf

25.4.2017 – International Committee of the Red Cross (* A H)

Yemen: As situation deteriorates, ICRC doubles its aid budget

The ICRC's director for the Middle East, Robert Mardini, has said the humanitarian situation in Yemen is deteriorating fast and a massive international effort is needed to relieve the suffering. The ICRC has announced it's stepping up its operations and doubling its budget for the country this year to 90 million dollars. It's estimated that 70% of the population in Yemen is in need of some form of humanitarian aid.

"The needs are massive and time is short. Famine threatens. At the root of the suffering is the ongoing conflict. It's ripping the heart out of the country. Only 45% of medical facilities are functioning. International humanitarian law is being flouted with civilians and civilian infrastructure paying the price," said Mr Mardini.

"Another major issue that needs to be dealt with are the severe restrictions placed on the import of goods and the movement of such goods and medicines within the country. Yemen depends on imports. People are suffering and dying not just from the fighting, but from from chronic illnesses and disease. We need to see this stranglehold relaxed. It'll help greatly in the relief of the peoples' suffering.'

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/yemen-situation-deteriorates-icrc-doubles-its-aid-budget = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-situation-deteriorates-icrc-doubles-its-aid-budget

25.4.2017 – UNOCHA (* A H)

ADDRESS AND PREVENT FAMINE IN FOUR COUNTRIES

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are experiencing famine or the risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and their humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required.mmediately.

http://interactive.unocha.org/emergency/2017_famine/

24.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A H)

#YemenChildren are copying role models amid the society's distorted view of life,due to the absence of proper education environment (photos)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/856561058722525184

24.4.2017 – WHO (A H)

There's a critical shortage of specialized health staff There are no longer any doctors present in 49 out of 276 districts

https://twitter.com/WHO/status/856549647850102784

24.4.2017 – Mohammed Al-Qaidhi (* B H)

Film: #War in #Taiz leaves severe damage to sports institutions as sportsmen & children risk finding entertaining alternatives.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/856533117833797633

24.4.2017 – Times of Oman (* A H)

Omani’s solo aid trek to Yemen

Nasr Al Jadhamy recently did what many considered impossible, single-handedly transporting 55 tonnes of aid provided by people in Oman to neighbours across the border in famine stricken Yemen.
Not only did Al Jadhamy collect goods such as rice, milk powder, diapers, blankets and clothing, he went all the way to the Yemeni town of Seiyoun in the ancient valley of Hadhramaut to ensure the items he’d so painstakingly collected reached those in dire need.

“I have plans to make another trip to Yemen before Ramadan, because the people there are suffering,” said the 43-year-old. “God-willing I will make it happen.” – by Gautam Viswanathan

http://timesofoman.com/article/107693/Oman/Omani%27s-solo-aid-trek-to-Yemen#disqus_thread

23.4.2017 – WHO (* A H)

Over 220 tonnes of essential medicines and medical supplies are being distributed to 11 governorates from WHO warehouse in #Hudaydah, #Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/WHOYemen/status/856202067702140930

My comment: Everything like that would come to an end with the Saudi coalition attack at Hodeida.

24.4.2017 – Jamila Hanan (* A H)

Dua'a

Dua'a is an 8 month old baby girl in Yemen in need of malnutrition treatment. This is the campaign to save her (with photos)

https://storify.com/JamilaHanan/dua-a and https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/856507737911570432

We don't need any more for baby Dua'a @AhmadAlgohbary has all we need now. Thankyou those who donated, and those who were going to....

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/856609352693805056

Also, yes I do vouch for Ahmad, would trust with my life, wonderful guy, known him 2 years now, see his timeline for evidence of his work

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/856060021758623744

he's doing amazing work, true hero (supported from people abroad who are sending donations - not everyone forgot Yemen)

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/856108448987086848

....those who wanted to donate, please save donation for next poorly child, there are many in need, we hope to help save more insha'Allah

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/856609740041986052

2 ways to donate, either Moneygram (accepts online payment) or Western Union (you have to call in to a branch for Yemen donations)....

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/856058363477733378

details for payment: to: Ahmed Abdulatef Hasan Al-ghabri country: Yemen city: Saada Tel: 00967772393839 DM trans. no. to @AhmadAlgohbary

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/856059026056065024

22.4.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A H)

saving a kid life is the best thing happened in my life This is Jamal before&after receiving http://treatment.Photo by me in Saada #Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/855908760736460800 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-s5rl_ZrHo and https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/856988744573997056

22.4.2017 – Jamila Hanan (A H)

.but once @AhmadAlgohbary reached the village all was worth it to find little Batol still alive alhamdulillah... (photos)

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/855904739921453056

Alhamdulillah this beautiful little girl,Batol,is now in the nutrition clinic thanks to @AhmadAlgohbary and all who donated + shared #Yemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/855905860572393474/photo/1 and https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/852980822290440193 and https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/status/854711986466287616

25.4.2017 – Norwegian Refugee Council (* B H)

Escalating fighting and hunger threaten millions in Yemen

Donor governments that are meeting today to discuss Yemen’s crisis need to pledge generously to avert famine and massive loss of lives. “The world needs to ramp up aid to Yemen at this critical moment, when millions of people are at risk of dying of hunger,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

NRC today joins other humanitarian agencies on the ground in Yemen in warning that an escalation in fighting -- especially around the port of Hudaydah—will undermine efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the country on the brink of famine.

Yemen is dependent on imports to meet the basic needs of the population for food, fuel, and medicine. Before the conflict, around 80% of imports arrived via Hudaydah port. There is growing concern that fighting might disrupt the imports.

“If the fighting worsens and cuts the lifeline through the port of Hudaydah, the survival of millions of civilians is at risk,” said Egeland.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/escalating-fighting-and-hunger-threaten-millions-yemen and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen_DonorsConference-NRC.pdf

24.4.2017 – International Committee of the Red Cross (* B H)

Yemen: Conflict has catastrophic consequences for health care

The people of Yemen, young, and old, are suffering catastrophic consequences because of the country’s two year conflict, and nowhere is that more visible than in the health care system.

The United Nations describes Yemen as the world’s single largest humanitarian crisis: almost 19 million of Yemen’s 24.4 million people need humanitarian assistance.

The pressure on Yemen’s remaining hospitals, the difficulty of reaching them because of the conflict, and the shortage of medicines, mean people with chronic illnesses, like farmer Ali Qaid, find it almost impossible to get the vital treatment they need. Ali has travelled over 200 kilometres to Al Thawra hospital in Hodeidah because he needs dialysis (with film)

http://www.icrcnewsroom.org/open.asp?ID=1507&title=Yemen__Conflict_has_catastrophic_consequences_for_health_care or http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-conflict-has-catastrophic-consequences-health-care

24.4.2017 – Oxfam (* A H)

Yemen on the Brink of Famine: Oxfam Fair Share Analysis April 2017

The number of people in need as a result of Yemen’s conflict continues to rise, but the international aid response has failed to keep up. International donors should immediately commit to fully funding the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. As the tables in this briefing show, some donor governments are pulling their weight, while others are not.

Aid alone, however, cannot solve Yemen’s crisis or put the country back on its feet. All sides and their international backers should stop the de-facto blockade and the conflict that are pushing Yemen towards famine.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-brink-famine-oxfam-fair-share-analysis-april-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-brink-famine-oxfam-fair-share-analysis-april-2017

21.4.2017 – Oxfam (* A H)

Yemen on the brink: conflict is pushing millions towards famine

Two years of brutal conflict in Yemen have led to what the UN describes as the worst humanitarian situation on the globe. Airstrikes and fighting have forced over 3 million people from their homes. 60 percent of the population - 17 million people - are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, with nearly 7 million people now facing the spectre of famine.

A country collapsing

Unable to buy food or medicine (with photos)

https://www.oxfam.org/en/crisis-yemen/yemen-brink-conflict-pushing-millions-towards-famine and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-brink-conflict-pushing-millions-towards-famine

24.4.2017 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (A H)

Map: Yemen – Food insecurity and population displacement - DG ECHO Daily Map | 24/04/2017

http://erccportal.jrc.ec.europa.eu/getdailymap/docId/2051 and http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-food-insecurity-and-population-displacement-dg-echo-daily-map-24042017

23.4.2017 – Ben Norton (* A H)

Yemen facing “world’s largest humanitarian crisis” amid US/Saudi war, UN warns again and again

http://bennorton.com/yemen-largest-humanitarian-crisis-world-un-us-saudi-war/

18.–25.4.2017 – UN Humanitarian Organisations (* A H)

WHO Director-General’s statement to high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Nearly 19 million people in Yemen are in desperate need of assistance. This is a country that has been battered by conflict for more than two years. This is a country that, before the conflict intensified, was already extremely vulnerable following years of poverty, political unrest, and weak rule of law.

Since the conflict intensified, some 325 attacks have been verified on health facilities, schools, markets, roads, and other infrastructure, added to the challenges and the population’s many causes of misery.

The outbreak of cholera that began in October 2016, causing nearly 24,000 cases, has slowed, thanks to prompt intervention. WHO and its multiple health cluster partners established 27 centres for cholera treatment and expanded an electronic early warning system for outbreaks from 440 sites in 2015 to nearly 2000 sites last year.

Health needs go well beyond the prevention of outbreaks. Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer are killing more people than bullets and bombs. Medicines that keep these conditions manageable are simply not available in sufficient quantities. Since March 2015, when the fighting began, the flow of essential medicines into the country has dried up by nearly 70%.

The disruption of essential health services has been severe. WHO estimates than fewer than 45% of health facilities are fully functioning. Nearly 300 have been damaged or destroyed. Most health workers who have fiercely stayed at their posts have not been paid regular salaries since August 2016.

Large swaths of the population are on the brink of famine. Between famine and death from starvation lies disease. Infections that a well-nourished body wards off become deadly in severely malnourished people, especially children and pregnant women.

The current WHO approach has three main objectives, which involves collaboration with multiple partners.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2017/pledging-event-yemen/en/ and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/who-director-general-s-statement-high-level-pledging-event-humanitarian-crisis-yemen

Yemen needs broad support to stop the crisis

Fragile, impoverished Yemen already ranked among the world’s poorest countries when political transition erupted into all-out war two years ago. To make things worse, the country is also suffering the largest food security crisis worldwide. It will take far more than emergency aid to address one of the worst food and humanitarian emergencies in recent memory.

Yemen’s deepening crisis has reversed decades of hard-won development gains, with civilians paying an appalling price.

On 25 April, the United Nations and its agencies will launch an appeal for US$2.1 billion with a call on donors to step up as they haven’t done so far: A Humanitarian Response Plan launched in February, targeting 10 million people with planned resources of US$1.9 billion, has fallen woefully short. It’s currently just 16.5 percent funded.

What will it take to halt this escalating catastrophe?

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2017/4/24/Yemen-needs-broad-support-to-stop-its-crisis-/ and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-needs-broad-support-stop-crisis

Yemen Conflict - Donor Update (April 2017)

Medical supplies are chronically in short supply despite extensive support from WHO and Health Cluster members, further complicating the delivery of life-saving healthcare in the country. Almost 14.5 million people, including two million internally displaced, lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services, increasing the risk of infectious diseases such as acute watery diarrhea, malaria and scabies.

In 2017, the health cluster requires US$322 million for its response activities in Yemen, of which WHO requires US$126 million. As of April 19, the health cluster is only 4.5% funded, and WHO is only 3.4% funded.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-conflict-donor-update-april-2017 and http://www.who.int/hac/crises/yem/appeals/who-donorupdate-april2017.pdf

Joint UNICEF - WFP Press Release: Race against time to save millions of lives in Yemen

The continuing violence in Yemen is fuelling one of the worst hunger crises in the world, with nearly 7 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from and in desperate need of food assistance. Nearly 2.2 million children are malnourished, including half a million who are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death if they do not receive urgent care and specialized treatment. “When a country reaches a stage of famine, it means many lives have already been lost. We should never reach a point where we see children dying of starvation and bereaved mothers mourning their loss on television screens,” http://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/race-against-time-save-millions-lives-yemen and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/joint-unicef-wfp-press-release-race-against-time-save-millions-lives-yemen-enar

and 82 photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bg30u1gpk2lvt9z/AABgxhhpCpb7M47f5zCB4fPLa?d

and films: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vxepxkmaqoz3dj0/AAAe2H4apmPgGNAAxvem2P00a?d

Overview of CERF Funding to Famine Prevention (as of 24 April 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/overview-cerf-funding-famine-prevention-24-april-2017

Infographic: Yemen CERF-funded response in 2015-2017 (as of 24 April 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cerf-funded-response-2015-2017-24-april-2017

Famine in the spotlight at FAO Council

Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, FAO Directory-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the opening of the UN agency's Council.

"If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months," the Director-General said in his opening address. "Famine does not just kill people, it contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that endures for decades."

Council members will be briefed on the extent of the hunger crises, and the steps required to prevent catastrophe, during the week-long session.

http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/882610/icode/ and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/famine-spotlight-fao-council

UNDP calls for increased support for resilience in Yemen

Supporting urgent humanitarian relief with development action pivotal for lasting peace

As the international community convenes for a pledging conference on Yemen tomorrow, the United Nations Development Programme urges strong support from international partners to ease the suffering of the people of Yemen.

The High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Response in Yemen, to be held tomorrow in Geneva and co-hosted by the United Nations, Switzerland and Sweden is an important opportunity to raise awareness and advocate for the people affected by this crisis, while mobilizing urgent resources in support of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. It is also an unmissable chance to promote respect of international humanitarian and human rights law, while advocating for an urgent cessation of hostilities and a political solution for Yemen.

While not interfering with immediate, life-saving responses, the event is simultaneously an important opportunity for the international community to ensure that development engagement contributes to building resilience and reducing vulnerability in the medium and longer-terms.

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2017/04/24/undp-calls-for-increased-support-for-resilience-in-yemen-/ and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/undp-calls-increased-support-resilience-yemen

Yemen - Shipping Update (23 April 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-shipping-update-23-april-2017 and http://www.logcluster.org/document/wfp-yemen-port-situation-update-23-april-2017

Averting Famine in Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen (with photos)

http://stories.undp.org/averting-famine and http://reliefweb.int/report/nigeria/averting-famine-northeast-nigeria-somalia-south-sudan-and-yemen

Yemen: Emergency Dashboard, April 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-emergency-dashboard-april-2017 and http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/ep/wfp291716.pdf

Map: Nutrition Cluster GAM Classification April/2017-Yemen

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/nutrition-cluster-gam-classification-april2017-yemen and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/yemen/infographic/nutrition-cluster-gam-classification-april2017-yemen

Reports, Maps and Infographics

Map: Food Security and Nutrition Cluster priority districts for 2017 YHRP

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/food-security-and-nutrition-cluster-priority-districts-2017-yhrp and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/yemen/infographic/food-security-and-nutrition-cluster-priority-districts-2017-yhrp

Infographics: Yemen: Governorate Dashboard by Hub (as of March 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-governorate-dashboard-hub-march-2017-enar and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/node/144155

FAO Yemen Situation Report - April 2017

Severe food insecurity continues to threaten 17 million people, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis.

A total of 6.8 million people, about a quarter of the population, are living under ‘emergency’ levels (IPC Phase 4) of food insecurity. Another 10.2 million people are now in a state of ‘crisis’ (IPC Phase 3).

Two governorates, Taiz and Al Hudaydah are particularly at risk of famine in the absence of urgent humanitarian and livelihood assistance. Pockets of famine may emerge if they are not prioritized for assistance.

Almost 2 million households are in need of emergency agricultural support.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/fao-yemen-situation-report-april-2017 and in full: http://www.fao.org/emergencies/resources/documents/resources-detail/en/c/882067/ and http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/FAOYemen_SitRep-April2017.pdf

Yemen - Shipping Update (19 April 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-shipping-update-19-april-2017 and http://www.logcluster.org/document/wfp-yemen-port-situation-update

Yemen Nutrition Cluster Bulletin, Issue 1, Jan-Mar, 2017

Overview of the Nutrition Situation as of 31 March 2017

The prevalence of acute malnutrition in Yemen has continued to increase over the past three years. The severity of the nutrition situation in Yemen varies by both district and governorate. Acute malnutrition shows higher rates in the densely populated Northwest of the country, along the Red Sea coastline and following the Arabian Sea coastline into Abyan governorate. Currently available data shows that 4 of the country’s 22 governorates have critical nutrition situations, either in the whole governorate or partially (see map 1), exceeding WHO classifications of a critical situation (GAM > 15 percent).

Due to a worsening health, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene situation, it is expected that nutrition situation in Yemen will deteriorate further taking into account the ongoing conflict, especially in vulnerable groups such as children under five years and women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years).

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-bulletin-issue-1-jan-mar-2017 and http://nutritioncluster.net/yemen-nutrition-cluster-bulletin-issue-1-april-2017/

Map: Yemen: Schools Hosting IDPs (28 February, 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-schools-hosting-idps-28-february-2017 and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/node/143986

Map: Yemen: Schools Hosting IDPs (31 January, 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-schools-hosting-idps-31-january-2017 and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/node/143987

Map: Yemen: Education Cluster Achievements 2016

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-education-cluster-achievements-2016-enar

Infographic: Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot - The human dimension of the crisis (April 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-snapshot-human-dimension-crisis-april-2017-enar and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/node/143976

24.4.2017 – Oxfam (B H P)

Yemen needs both aid and peace to avert famine

https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-04-24/yemen-needs-both-aid-and-peace-avert-famine

20.4.2017 – Reuters (* A H)
'Famine-like conditions' in areas of Yemen: WFP

"Famine-like conditions" have been detected in areas of Yemen, although an official declaration of famine has yet to be made, the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) told Reuters on Thursday. "There are famine-like conditions in the country (Yemen)," WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told Reuters in response to a query.

Such conditions prevail in parts of Taiz, Hodeida, Lajh, Abyan and Sadaa, although access is difficult, she said, speaking from WFP headquarters in Rome.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-hunger-idUSKBN17M2GV

My comment: Why do they not finally speak of “famine”? It’s still comforting the Saudis.

23.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A H)

We posted about her, we loved her, we tried to share her story, to help and, though we know she is in a much better place now, we are devastated in acknowledging there is an additional angel in heaven since yesterday.
Mayasa, the 9 year old girl who was internally displaced and had 3 carcinomas to struggle with, passed away in the night between Friday and Saturday morning. (photos9

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1349513961768297

21.4.2017 – Care (A H)

UN pledging conference on Yemen: “Urgent funds needed to prevent total collapse”

Ahead of the ‘High-level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen’ in Geneva on 25 April, CARE asks international governments to urgently scale up financial support for millions of people on the brink of famine in Yemen.

http://www.careinternational.org.uk/un-pledging-conference-yemen-%E2%80%9Curgent-funds-needed-prevent-total-collapse%E2%80%9D

21.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A H)

The germ farms of tuberculosis in Taiz's Tuberculosis Center have been stormed & stolen!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/855482713918373893 referring to https://twitter.com/azishahari/status/855418350113095682

20.4.2017 – Human Needs Development (A H)

We today's morning helped Sulyman, 11 years, who had a tear in his left eye and needed an urgent surgery. We helped him with all surgery costs that his family couldn't pay. The surgery was done successfully & Sulyman can live like his friends.
Best thanks to the kindest souls of Comitato Nour for funds. (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/HNDngoYE/posts/812679702216832

19.4.2017 – Comitato Nour (A H)

Pls help Arej 9 yo she needs injections for growth hormone deficiency Comitato Nour 'ama e cambia il mondo ' (photo)

https://twitter.com/thyra2013/status/854675456905367552

20.4.2017 – WHO Yemen (A H)

WHO has delivered 3 cholera kits and medical furniture to rehabilitate the diarrhea treatment centre in Al-Mahweet governorate, #Yemen. (photo)

https://twitter.com/WHOYemen/status/855064277111144448

20.4.2017 – El Pais (* B H)

Yemen, un país en la UCI

Tras dos años de conflicto, se acrecientan las necesidades médicas y humanitarias en el país más pobre de Oriente Próximo

[Overview article, Spanish)

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/04/19/planeta_futuro/1492608434_367422.html?por=mosaico

18.4.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A H)

This is the burial of baby Mohammad who sadly died following a difficult start in this life in Yemen: malnutrition and brain condition requiring an urgent operation that the local hospital was not able to provide. Ahmad Algohbary https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary crowd funded to raise money for his operation, but Mohammad died from an infection before the operation could take place. https://twitter.com/JamilaHanan/statu...
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Ahmad can be seen holding Mohammad before he is buried.
His family have given permission to share this video.
Ahmad would like to thank everyone who donated and asks for paryers for Mohammed's family and all the children in Yemen who are suffering too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YMVv6zcqIM

18.4.2017 – Their World (* A H)

Unpaid teacher salaries mean millions of Yemeni children may not finish school year

Three-quarters of the war-torn country's teachers have not been paid for seven months - meaning many cannot afford to travel to work or pay for basic necessities for their families.

Two years of war may deprive a generation of Yemeni children of an education, the United Nations has warned.

That puts them at greater risk of being married off or recruited as child soldiers for a conflict which has killed at least 10,000 people.

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.

http://theirworld.org/news/unpaid-yemen-teacher-salaries-may-leave-children-out-of-school

18.4.2017 – SMEPS Yemen (A H)

After this training #Women #coffe #farmers will train others n #coffee farms to enhans farming skills 4 good & high qality prodaction (film)

https://twitter.com/SMEPSYEMEN/status/854291183832641536

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

26.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Yemen: 20 senior members of Saleh’s party deflect, join Hadi

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170426-yemen-20-senior-members-of-salehs-party-deflect-join-hadi/ and http://english.aawsat.com/abdul-hadi-habtoor-and-saeed-al-abyad/news-middle-east/yemen-20-senior-members-salehs-party-turn

Comment by Judith Brown: https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155462284008641

26.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Tribesmen arrest 7 Houthi militants attacked Hamadan village north Sana'a

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90711

18.–25.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

[International contacts of Sanaa government]

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462318.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462389.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462407.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462781.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462983.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462311.htm

18.–25.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

[Tribes, rallies, population in favour of the Sanaa government]

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462980.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462977.htm

25.4.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Psst, in case you missed, street momentum against tyrannical & corrupt Houthi et allies picking up in Sana'a. Crackdown to silence.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/856829274254389249

and comments:

to describe houthis as tyrannical is so amusing and sad, yes they have their share of mistakes, but Tyrannical!

https://twitter.com/al7outhius/status/856838544119222279

Apparently some Yemen 'expert' analysts need 2 b reminded of Afash's kleptocratic, nepotistic, subervience 2 wahabi kingdom 4 33 yrs. 1

https://twitter.com/indivisbleyemen/status/856856889719652354

24.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Ministry of Justice in #Sanaa issues a circular to the judges in the favor of the unpaid State's employees concerning rent disputes! #Yemen

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/856597527969267712

24.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemeni parliament condemns UAE smuggling of rare birds and rare plants of Socatri island

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856532495910801408

24.4.2017 – Saba Net (A E P)

President inaugurates third exhibition of inventions, first engineering exhibition of projects at Sana'a University

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462942.htm

24.4.2017 – Ms Jwaahr (A E P)

Minister of Finance Saleh Shaaban suspends pensioners' pensions and directs the suspension of all accounts of the Insurance and Pensions Authority in the Central Bank and all other banks (image)

https://twitter.com/MsJwaahr/status/856508953152417792

23.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Photo: One of the #Houthis' billboards in #Sanaa : "The culture of readiness for martyrdom and sacrifice is what protects the nation"!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/856070981466640384

24.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Leader of Revolution Abdul Malik al-Houthi said the only choice for the Yemeni people is to resist, wage jihad against all US-Saudi aggression and interferences into the internal affairs of Yemen.
http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462866.htm

23.4.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

US, Israel two sides of same coin, trying to destroy Yemen: Houthi

Leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, says the United States and the Israeli regime are two sides of the same coin and together they seek to destroy Yemen through a brutal military campaign launched by Saudi Arabia.

http://presstv.com/Detail/2017/04/23/519173/Yemen-AbdulMalik-Badreddin-alHouthi-US-iSrael-Saudi-Iran and by Tasnim News: https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/04/24/1388236/us-attacking-opposed-nations-by-spreading-iranophobia-yemeni-official and the speech in full: http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/seyed-abdul-malik-houthi-reveals-the-intentions-of-america-and-israel-in-the-region.html

22.4.2017 – Yemen Post (A P)

Hall of SHAME: Houthis appoint 19 year old boy as #Yemen presidential advisor! (phoztos)

https://twitter.com/TheYemenPost/status/855912348619612160 and for this, also (Arabic only) https://twitter.com/SultanetZman/status/856281509329850370 and https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/856375494434066433 and https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/855851585892737024

20.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemen welcomes any Int'l peace initiative

An official of the Supreme Political Council welcomed any international position to support a political and negotiating solution in Yemen, in a statement received by Saba on Thursday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462521.htm

20.4.2017 – Alalam (A P)

Disabled People Protest against Saudi War on Yemen outside UN Office in Sanaa

http://en.alalam.ir/news/1955894 and photos: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1666020760360578

19.4.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

FM welcomes US official statements over Yemen

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462480.htm

My comment: Mattis’ statements at cp9. There really is no reason to welcome these statements.

19.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A)

Sporting activities in Yemeni capital Sanaa this week, despite more than 2 years of bombing, blockade, starvation by US-Saudi war criminals (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854615488512626688

18.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Yemen’s General People’s Congress rejects UN report on Saleh’s wealth

The Yemeni General People’s Congress Party led by ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, rejected Monday allegations made in a United Nations report that Saleh had corruptly amassed nearly $60 billion during his rule.

The party’s Secretary General, Aref al-Zouki, handed over the objection letter to Jimmy McGoldrick, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Yemen, the party’s website reported.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170418-yemens-general-peoples-congress-rejects-un-report-on-salehs-wealth/

18.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A P)

Houthis and ally Saleh speak with Iran about possible battle

The Foreign Minister of the Houthi government in Yemen has stressed that the group’s chief aim is a “just and honourable peace” for the country, Eremnews.com has reported. Hisham Sharaf made his comments in a meeting with ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the acting Iranian ambassador in Sanaa, Mohamed Farahat, on Monday, at which a possible battle at Hodeidah was on the agenda.

The officials apparently discussed the military threats of the member states of the Arab coalition on the western coast of Yemen, including the announcement of Hodeidah as a closed military zone. They noted the repercussions of such a measure, pointing out that it worsens an already bad humanitarian situation due to the “aggression and continuous siege” by the Saudi-led coalition.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170418-houthis-and-ally-saleh-speak-with-iran-about-possible-battle/

18.4.2017 – Yemen Post (A P)

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

https://twitter.com/TheYemenPost/status/854147896190611457

cp5a Huthi-Verbrechen / Houthi crimes

25.4.2017 – Gulf Today (A)

Houthis confiscate medicines in Taiz hospital

Houthi-Saleh militias have confiscated medication and renal dialysis equipment from the Al Thawra Hospital in the Taiz governorate in Yemen, a criminal act that threatens the lives of hundreds of local patients with kidney failure.
“The pro-coup militias have confiscated about 1,800 bottles of dialysis solution, 10,200 packages of sodium bicarbonate and 200 filters used to disinfect dialysis machines,” the Yemen News Agency, SABA, reported.

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/384c5ea4-ece0-4f57-832d-7e4b3ce0c600.aspx and http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/yemen-health-ministry-condemns-militias-looting-medical-aid-coup-leader-calls-bloodshed

My comment: The pro-Hadi side is the same: Film: Armed elements of mercenaries loot the TB control center in Taiz, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QrhOD6sNVs

24.4.2017 Committee to Protect Journalists (* B P)

Collapse of state institutions leaves Yemeni journalists vulnerable

A journalist dies mysteriously in Yemen after receiving threats because of his work, and the resulting autopsy raises more questions than answers. A columnist in the same country is sentenced to death on espionage charges in an opaque trial.

CPJ is unable to determine in either case whether the journalist was deliberately targeted for his journalism. But the gravity of both cases, combined with the dearth of information and absence of any semblance of investigation or due process of law on the ground, highlights the treacherous and murky environment in which Yemeni journalists do their work.

The atmosphere of intimidation is such that even carrying equipment such as cameras in Sanaa is a risky endeavor, one journalist, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CPJ, adding that while he walked with a colleague in Sanaa recently a group of Houthi forces accosted them at the sight of their cameras, saying they would "smash their heads" if the two colleagues were journalists. The journalist said that colleagues in Houthi-controlled areas work furtively, especially if they require noticeable photo or video equipment, and that while reporting a recent video feature the crew filmed all outdoor scenes using mobile phones and left the scene quickly – By Justin Shilad

https://cpj.org/blog/2017/04/collapse-of-state-institutions-leaves-yemeni-journ.php

21.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Trial of Yemeni journalist sentenced to death resumed

The lawyer of the journalist Yahya al-Jubaihi has affirmed that the Appeal Court in Sana'a commenced its sessions on Wednesday.

The lawyer Yahya al-Bukari made clear that the case of al-Jubaihi has become a case of public opinion and was strongly condemned by civil society and human rights organizations at local and international levels

Al-Bukari affirmed that most syndicates, federations, lawyers and advocates expressed willingness to join the defense of al-Jubaihi.

The Specialized Penal Court last week issued a death sentence against the journalist Yahya Abdul-Raqeeb al-Jubaihin on charges of spying to what is the prosecution called " the enemies".

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6137

23.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

IJU condemns death sentence against Yemeni Journalist

The International Jurists Union (IJU) has condemned the death sentence issued against Yahya Abdul-Raqeeb al-Jubaihi, pointing that the verdict violates the right to freedom of information guaranteed in the International Convention for Civil and Political Rights

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6192

23.4.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A P)

Film: The Specialized Criminal Court reviews the implementation of the lifting of the immunity of the children of Al-Ahmar 23 - 04 - 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voZbzYE-fFw

24.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A H P)

Yemeni minister: Houthis prevented aid entering Taiz

Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief Abdul-Raqib Saif Fateh has accused Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh of banning the entry of 200 relief trucks to the besieged Taiz province in central Yemen.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170424-yemeni-minister-houthis-prevented-aid-entering-taiz/ and

24.4.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A H P)

#Houthi/Saleh militias in Hodeidah are holding 200 locomotives carrying aid 4 #Taiz (photo)

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/856578614388809730

Remark: Any reports by relief organizations? Not found yet. As always in articles like this with a clear propaganda bias, there is no more background information, answering questions like: Who actually did it? Why he did it? How long this will last? – It seems these stories are told to justify an attack at Houthi-held Hodeida.

22.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

#Houthis use the tear gas against detainees leading to many suffocation & fainting among prisoners!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/855687084602003456 referring to http://yemen-press.com/news95271.html

22.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

#Houthis & Saleh plunder 70% of the State's land properties in Hodeidah (image)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/855703216578809856

21.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthis-Saleh militants abduct university professor in Sanaa

The union source, who preferred anonymity for security reasons, told Almasdaronline that the militants abducted Prof. Ahmed Muqbel, Professor of Islamic Studies at Sana'a University's Faculty of Education.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90582

Remark: I could not get more information on this man.

21. 4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

#YemenChildren:Sajad al-Mutawakel. #Houthis offer the resistance in Taiz 10mYR or releasing 10 prisoners to hand over his dead body! (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/855480751298666500

19.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

14 Althawra Newspaper journalists, writers, poets & artists are being prosecuted by #Houthis as they demanded their dues!!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/854765233201655812

20.4.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

Al-Houthi militias begin elimination campaign against Saleh's men in Yemeni provinces

The assassination of Brigadier Wadah Al-Shahtari, the nephew of the ousted Saleh, and the director of security in Al-Mahweet province, Brigadier Saleh Abdul Ghani, in an ambush yesterday came in response to the threat launched by Al-Houthi rebel leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi to eliminate what he called the fifth column of the ousted Saleh and General People's Congress, its partner in the coup; a number of observers asserted that ousted Saleh is unable to respond to this action.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1618512 and by Asharq Al-Awsat http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/houthis-accused-assassinating-pro-saleh-commanders-yemen and Yemen Updates https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/854652891361140737 referring to https://www.suhf.net/yemen/132241

My comment: Claimed by Saudi media; doubtful.

19.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* B P)

Over 3,000 Yemenis held in Houthis prisons

More than 3,000 Yemeni detainees continue to suffer in Houthi prisons, the Sana’a-based Association of Abductees’ Mothers reported yesterday, noting that the group runs 484 prisons.

According to a report by the association titled “Human Rights Violations in Yemen”, the Houthis arrested some 3,928 people in total.

The report pointed out that the abductions continue to be committed against Yemenis, explaining that the whereabouts of 160 enforced concealment cases have not been identified yet.

It said there were 818 cases of torture in prison including 99 in which the victims were “tortured to death”.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170419-over-3000-yemenis-are-held-in-houthis-prisons/

19.4.2017 – . Abdulkader Alguneid (* A P)

Details of Gamal Al-Ma'amary torture.

I was with him in the same cell in the same jail for three months, starting on August 12, 2015

#Houthi men kidnapped him in the #Sanaa capital of #Yemen while he was with his wife and three daughters in a hotel, on March 13, 2015 and forcibly disappeared him in a house

They burned him with cigarettes and electrocuted him on skin and inside mouth

How did they get him paralyzed?

They put a Shawl between his armpits, and dragged him on the floor by a torturer standing at his head while another one pulled at his ankles then they kept going down and upstairs.
A third one kept kicking at his buttocks all the time.

Three days later, they castrated him:

The last time I saw him, was months later when I was asked to move from my new cell to examine him.

He was a pile of flesh that ached and cried

He is still in jail, until now – by Dr. Abdulkader Alguneid

https://www.facebook.com/abdulkader.alguneid/posts/1515220835157226

19.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

In Dhamar:The mothers of the kidnapped people condemn the #Houthis' practices of torturing detainees to death! (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/854651790108786689 referring to http://yemenmonitor.net/Details/ArtMID/908/ArticleID/17598

19.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Abducted Eman returned to her family by tribal mediation – source

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90513 cv

18.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Syndicate of Journalists condemns the #Houthis' storming of the journalist Ahmed al-Nu'mi's house in Hodeidah & abducting his father! (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/854426614272315395

18.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A)

Houthi fighter snipes mother in front of children (Taiz)

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6069

18.4.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A P)

Houthis militas besieged AlAfira village in #Taiz city 4days then forced civilians 2 leave their homes without stuff (photos)

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/854303672066600960

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/854303503141011456

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/854303389966102528

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/854303260706050048

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/854303138861527040

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

26.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Hadi exalts Russians support to Yemen

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6301

26.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Government source: Strategic projects to be implemented in Marib

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6277

My comment: Promises.

26.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Security forces return 32 prisoners escaped in Taiz – source

A security source in al Turba area of Taiz province, southeast of Yemen, said on Monday that the security forces managed to return 32 prisoners who had fled the al Shabaka prison on Sunday.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90714

24.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

#Yemen legitimate gov't,backed by coalition, offers the port of Aden & Mukalla alternative to the port of Hodeida for better aid delivering.

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/856575691520966657

My comment: That is propaganda, the goal of which is to justify the planned attack at Hodeida. But, as often told, this would not work: 1) There is no capacity at Aden and Mukalla ports. 2) From there, nothing would reach the North of Yemen.

24.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

PM Bin Dagher, meets with the ambassadors of #Yemen in GCC & Europe countries:the ultimate goal of all Yemenis & diplomats "to end the coup" (photos)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/856589688869715972

My comment: Keep in mind: Peace is NOT the main goal.

24.4.2017 – New News (* B P)

UAE Seeking to Establish Dominance over Yemen’s Strategic Socotra Island

Yemeni sources have revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is trying to establish control over the strategic island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea, which resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi had rented out to the Persian Gulf kingdom for nearly a century.

The sources, requesting anonymity, said numerous Emirati envoys had already been sent to the island, and were paying large amounts of cash to local authorities, influential figures and tribal leaders to win their approval.

http://newnewss.net/?p=4806

24.4.2017 – Albawaba (* A)

Powerful blasts kill 10 Yemeni soldiers in Aden

Explosions struck a military camp in Yemen's southern Aden city on Sunday, killing at least ten soldiers, according to a Yemeni military source.

Powerful blasts took place inside a weapons depot in Jabal Hadid area in southern Aden, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

No information was yet available about the cause of the blasts. http://www.albawaba.com/news/powerful-blasts-kill-10-yemeni-soldiers-aden-966446 v

23.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (* A T)

Series of bombings rocking Aden South Yemen where Qaeda/ISIS has upper hand over divided occupation forces of Saudi and UAE (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856061064101986308

20soldiers at least killed by series of bombingsNmilitary base in Aden south Yemen where Qaeda/ISIS has upper hand over divided Saudi-UAE (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856062608616677377

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856066118250897409

Death toll rises to over 30 After series of bombings in military base in Aden south Yemen where Qaeda/ISIS seek to rule alone (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856068657033740290

Qaeda/ISIS car bomb was behind the explosions in the military base in Aden south Yemen 2day where over 30 Saudi-hired soldiers were killed (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856083532111904768

and

23.4.2017 – Aden Now (* A T)

A terrorist attack targeting the Jabal Hadid camp in Khomxar and news about a car bomb targeting a gathering of soldiers and officers and preliminary statistics on the martyrdom of more than 30 (photos)

https://twitter.com/AdenNowNews/status/856074799495483393

and another explanation of the event here:

22.4.2017 – Demolinari (A)

Explosions during transport of mines at Jabal Hadid camp in #Aden killed and wounded at least 20 soldiers this morning. (images)

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/856079696022216704

23.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Hadramout conference rejects secession projects

The final statement of Hadramout conference held Saturday in al-Makula has renewed the rejection of any secession projects, stressing that importance of solidarity, unity and consolidation between people of Hadramout.

The conference emphasized the commitment to the federal regions project approved by the National Dialogue Conference concluded in 2013.

In a statement, the conference, thanked the role of the GCC States, particularly Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in supporting Yemen.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6195

My comment: That sounds like a simple pro-Hadi propaganda event.

26.4.2017 – Nadwa Dawsari (A P)

Feeling accomplished, Hadramout governor dancing to celebrate announcing Hadramout an independent federal region (photo)

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/857240161658294274

23.4.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A)

Film: Armed elements of mercenaries loot the TB control center in Taiz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QrhOD6sNVs

24.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Demonstrations in #Aden to protest against the constant power outage!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/856564963053318144 referring to https://twitter.com/AlAraby_Gulf/status/856561627084095488

23.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Angry people block roads this morning in Aden south Yemen in protest over deterioration of service like electricity (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856399942201561088

22.4.2017 – Nadwa Dawsari (A P)

N Conference today, an alliance that represent most political factions n Hadramout,announced Hadramout an independent federal region.

https://twitter.com/Ndawsari/status/855868846397411330

22.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A)

11officials & activists were prevented from traveling from #Aden Airport! People avoiding Aden Airport bc of the annoyance they face!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/856048575096250368 referring to https://www.suhf.net/yemen/136119

19.4.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A P)

Photo: A citizen of Aden was killed by security forces

https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/854763539864616967

18.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemeni Minister of Interior Inaugurates Joint Operations Center in Aden

Yemeni Minister of Interior and deputy prime minister, Hussein Mohammed Arab inaugurated on Monday the center for joint operations for leadership and governance in the temporary capital Aden.

The minister stressed on the importance of providing the leaders of armed and security forces with necessary support to enhance the administrative work which represents the basis for true leadership. This, according to the minister, will enable the officials and leaders in taking the right decisions.

http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/yemeni-minister-interior-inaugurates-joint-operations-center-aden

18.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

PM rules out cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister has affirmed that rumors of cabinet reshuffle were promoted by the Houthi-Saleh militias with the aim of covering their setbacks.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6071

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

26.4.2017 – AFP (* A P)

UN eyes new Yemen peace talks by end of May

A new round of peace talks between Yemen's warring sides should begin by the end of May, the UN mediator said Wednesday, as alarm grows over the country's humanitarian crisis.

UN special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told AFP that negotiations were underway to stave off a feared military attack on the vital Red Sea port of Hodeida, in what he hoped would be a first step towards a ceasefire.

Averting an attack on Hodeida -- the main entry point for desperately needed aid to Yemen -- could allow "a real cessation of hostilities and to go back to the talks," he said.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170426-un-eyes-new-yemen-peace-talks-end-may

24.4.2017 – UNDP (* A H)

UNDP calls for increased support for resilience in Yemen

As the international community convenes for a pledging conference on Yemen tomorrow, the United Nations Development Programme urges strong support from international partners to ease the suffering of the people of Yemen.

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2017/04/24/undp-calls-for-increased-support-for-resilience-in-yemen-.html

24.4.2017 – Reuters (* A H P)

Gulf states must donate to avert famine in Yemen: U.N.

The top United Nations humanitarian official called on Monday for Gulf countries to help avert mass starvation in Yemen, where two years of war have left millions at risk of famine.

Stephen O'Brien, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, spoke in an interview a day ahead of a major conference where the U.N. is seeking $2.1 billion for Yemen this year.

The world body has received only 15 percent toward that appeal, none of it from regional countries, U.N. records show.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-un-idUSKBN17Q1C6

23.4.2017 – The Hill (* A P)

Saudi Arabia elected to UN women's rights commission

Saudi Arabia was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women’s main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality, according to the U.N. website.

The organization’s executive director slammed the election, which occurred in a secret vote during the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council.

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” Hillel Neuer said.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/un-treaties/330149-saudi-arabia-elected-to-un-womens-right-commission

and more articles:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/24/united-nations-elects-saudi-arabia-to-womens-rights-commission.html

http://globalnews.ca/news/3399546/saudi-arabia-un-womens-rights-commission/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-un-womens-right-commission-un-watch-middle-east-muslim-driving-clothes-a7698536.html

http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-top-women-rights-group-united-nations-criticism-588974

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/its-like-making-arsonist-fire-chief-saudi-arabia-joins-un-womens-group-1618314

Comment by Rafiq islam: Why is this any more ridiculous than US and its four thieves sitting on UN Security council with a veto power?

https://www.facebook.com/rafiq.islam.5201254/posts/1460265514043915

and

23.4.2017 – Maga Daily (A P)

United Nations Elects Saudi Arabia to Women's Rights Commission

Based on the voting math, at least five European Union member states would have had to vote for Saudi Arabia for it to win a seat on the commission.

http://magadaily.com/news/united-nations-elects-saudi-arabia-to-womens-rights-commission/

and

23.4.2017 – Hillel Neuer (A P)

Sweden's gender equality minister refuses to say if her feminist gov't voted for Saudis on UN women's rights body.

https://twitter.com/HillelNeuer/status/856787282690486272

22.4.2017 – UN Watch (* A P)

No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission, For 2018-2022 Term

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd — and morally reprehensible.”

“This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights,” said Neuer (with film)

Here were the results of the elections, with all 54 ECOSOC members voting:

It was a secret ballot, but the math tells us that at least 15 of the following democratic member states of the U.N. Economic and Social Council voted to elect Saudi Arabia to the U.N.’s women’s rights commission:

https://www.unwatch.org/no-joke-u-n-elects-saudi-arabia-womens-rights-commission/

23.4.2017 – Hillel Neuer (A P)

Saudi Arabia @UN campaign brochure: "We support empowerment of women at all levels, protection of women's rights in accordance with Sharia." (photos)

https://twitter.com/HillelNeuer/status/856281388399697920

25.4.2017 – Moudhi Aljohani (A P)

Film: My comment about @UN rewarding #SaudiArabia for their crimes against women ! #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen

https://twitter.com/Moudhi90/status/857109196847947777

25.4.2017 – RT (* B H P)

Awarding Saudi Arabia chair on Women's Rights Commission makes UN complicit in crimes

The Saudi Arabia that publicly beheads women and dangles bodies from cranes was just elected to the UN Women’s Rights Commission. This is not the punchline of a twisted joke, but the intergovernmental UN shaming itself. I could write extensively about the women right's violations and the human rights abuses by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or about the agencies that are helping to whitewash these human rights violations, but I would rather link you to an Independent article, which lists ten examples of human rights abuses by Saudi Arabia and another exposé about a PR firm accused of helping Saudi Arabia 'whitewash' its human rights record by deleting reference to its client after multiple challenges from a human rights group.

What I would really like to consider is the question: What on Earth is going on at the UN? – by Marwa Osman

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/386097-awarding-saudi-arabia-chair-womens/

20.4.2017 – Inner City Press (* A P)

On Yemen, NGOs Call on Guterres To Include Saudi Coalition in Annex, Of IOCA & Gamba

In advance of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres first Children and Armed Conflict report, at the UN on April 20 a detailed call to re-include the Saudi-led Coalition for its killings in Yemen was made by the non-governmental organizations Watchlist and Save the Children. Tellingly, the UN did not list the press conference in its Media Alert nor begin webcasting it - so Inner City Press live-streamed this Periscope, here. Inner City Press asked the panelists (Christine Monaghan, Sarah Ashraf and Laura Silvia Battaglia) and moderator Eva Smets if they had spoken with Guterres' selection as Special Representative, Virginia Gamba. Not yet, was the answer.

Inner City Press also asked about Guterres' holdover envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, his perceived pro-Saudi bias and if he has been open to NGOs on humanitarian issues. It seems not. As Inner City Press has reported and questioned Guterres' holdover spokesman Stephane Dujarric about, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has refused to make even the most basic public financial disclosure in the UN program. He is otherwise invisible too. So on April 18, Inner City Press asked the UN's holdover spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: – By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/yemen259fishy042017.html and

20.4.2017 – Inner City Press (A P)

#Yemen press conference incl on #Saudi airstrikes, UN has not put on its Webcast, so ICP Periscope

https://twitter.com/innercitypress/status/855063153440247808

20.4.2017 – AFP (* A K P)

UN urges Saudi coalition not to bomb Yemen port

The United Nations called Thursday on the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen not to bomb the rebel-held port of Hodeida, a key entry point for aid to the war-torn country.

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said Hodeida on the Red Sea, which is under the control of Iran-backed Huthi rebels, is a vital lifeline for Yemeni civilians threatened with starvation.

He said the coalition, which intervened in Yemen two years ago against the Shiite rebels, needed to take humanitarian concerns into account while pursuing its campaign.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170420-un-urges-saudi-coalition-not-bomb-yemen-port?ref=fb

cp7a UNO-Geberkonferenz für Jemen / UN donors‘ conference for Yemen

25.4.2017 – AP (* A H P)

UN chief says Yemen aid conference draws $1.1B in pledges

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/Y/YEMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-25-09-42-12

My comment: This is a good overview on the conference and the Yemen situation.

25.4.2017 – BBC (*A H)
Yemen aid summit seeks to pull nation from brink

A pledging conference to raise funds for Yemen is taking place in Geneva on Tuesday, amidst what the UN describes as "the world's largest humanitarian crisis".

But despite repeated warnings about a potential disaster in Yemen, the UN's appeal for $2.1bn to bring relief is only 15% funded. Aid agencies say government ministers gathering in Geneva for the pledging conference must now commit.

The UN has repeatedly called on Yemen's warring parties to keep Hudaydah open, amid fears the Saudi-led coalition may be preparing an all-out assault on the port to try to deal the rebels a major blow.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39694234 and another erticle: http://www.dw.com/en/major-pledging-conference-aims-to-bring-relief-to-yemen/a-38574635 and (shorter) https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2017/4/25/the-race-against-time-to-save-lives-in-yemen

My comment: The best (and cheapest!!) way to “pull nation from brink” is stopping Saudi aerial war and blockade.

25.4.2017 – UN News Center (* A H P)

Nearly $1.1 billion pledged for beleaguered Yemen at UN-led humanitarian conference

With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community today raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”

The aim was to bridge a funding gap in the 2017 humanitarian appeal of $2.1 billion. Prior to the conference, only about 15 per cent had been met.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), pledges were made by 48 Member States, the European Commission, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and four NGO/humanitarian organizations for humanitarian action in Yemen in 2017. “Now we must see the pledges translated into the scaled up action the people of Yemen need and deserve,” the Mr. Guterres said.

The next challenge to overcome would be to lift access restrictions throughout Yemen. Mr. Guterres urged parties of the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and allow unhindered movement of humanitarian actors to reach those in need.

Access is the key for the success of this pledging conference,” he said, calling also for the necessary infrastructure to be allowed to operate in normal conditions and for goods to be imported and distributed.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56625#.WQAcv9LyiUn

25.4.2017 – UN Web TV (A H P)

Film: High-level Pledging Event for Yemen: Closing Remarks - Media Stakeout (Geneva, 25 April 2017)

Stakeout by the UN Secretary-General and the Foreign Ministers of Sweden and Switzerland following the closing session of the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

http://webtv.un.org/watch/high-level-pledging-event-for-yemen-closing-remarks-media-stakeout-geneva-25-april-2017-/5410467305001 and see also http://www.unocha.org/yemen/high-level-pledging-event

26.4.2017 – UN Department of Public Information (A P)

Near-verbatim transcript of press stakeout by UN SG António Guterres, together with the FM of Sweden, Margot Wallström, and the FM of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, following the High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen, 25 April 2017

http://www.unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/(httpNewsByYear_en)/8E287DB589A54397C125810D005B5D83?OpenDocument = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/near-verbatim-transcript-press-stakeout-un-sg-ant-nio-guterres-together-fm-sweden

Comments: Mr #antonioguterres please STOP worrying!! just lift up the blockade on #yemen yemenies mothers will do the worrying

https://twitter.com/maddllock/status/856958282275180544

what's the benefits of collecting aids for #Yemen while the funders are the same who caused this humanitarian crisis ?

https://twitter.com/Ahmed2I3h44/status/856961646643875842

They spend 100s of billions to destroy Yemen over past 2 years & today bragging about donating few pennies for "relief"!

https://twitter.com/alradhi_/status/856982969021591553

"No supply will ever be enough to meet demand without ending the war, Saudi-led coalition’s blockade & corruption of factions"

https://twitter.com/asteris/status/857190394525831168

50 children died during the conference, every moment that passes while #Yemen under blockade is a disgrace on humanity #EndYemenSiege

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/856987030357782530

26.4.2017 – The Guardian (* A H P)

Yemen aid not reaching intended recipients, say activists on ground

UN secretary general António Guterres tells humanitarian donors conference war-torn country is facing ‘a tragedy of immense proportions’

Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy, a Yemen expert and research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, said she was very disappointed at the lack of recognition for the role of Yemeni people and civil society at the Geneva conference.

“I’ve read the statements coming from the UK, Sweden and others,” she said. “The supposition is that governments in the west and the Gulf will decide how aid is delivered, but organisations like ICRC and the Red Cross have very little capacity on the ground without local actors.”

She and others in the aid community called for more attention to be given for a political settlement and for both parties to be held accountable to international humanitarian law.

There was a disconnect between Saudi Arabia’s pledge of $150m and the “impunity of their actions in international law” she said. “It is the responsibility of the international community to ensure that disparity should not be taken lightly.” – by Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Karen McVeigh

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/25/yemen-humanitarian-appeal-un-antonio-guterres and similar https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/4/26/yemen-aid-not-reaching-those-in-need-say-activists

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Quoted here explaining there will be many more aid conferences to come if root causes of humanitarian crisis not addressed

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/856917780418920448

My comment: And “Yemen” only is represented by the Hadi government – that’s ridiculous (look at photo here: https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/856873996238950403 )

25.4.2017 – The Independent (* A H P)

As the world ignores Yemen, war tears apart the ancient country's social fabric

Several Yemenis and other observers of the conflict The Independent spoke with expressed disappointment that voices from the country were not at the forefront of Tuesday’s conference – and that a political solution to the conflict wasn’t the driving factor behind talks.

“We need the UN to commit to a timelined peace process in Yemen now. Aid is useless as long as the war remains. To help us is to end the war, not send shipments of guns, and hold a “sorry” conference every other year,” said Farea al-Muslimi, a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC.

“Saudi Arabia is going to make certain that Yemen does not completely break down. But as it stands, the country will remain in a situation of constant need,” Ms El Taraboulsi-McCarthy said. “Their interest in Yemen is solely asserting leadership and power in the Arab world. Those points have not made it into the pledging conference and our discourse about Yemen at all.

“Yemenis don’t want aid: they want peace and the opportunity to rebuild their country for themselves.” – by Bethan McKernan

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-saudi-arabia-civil-war-geneva-aid-summit-arms-sales-a7702021.html

25.4.2017 – Huffington Post (* A H P)

Yemen Summit Hailed As ‘Remarkable Success,’ But Millions Still Need Life-Saving Aid

“Yemen is at serious risk of plunging into famine ... We are in a race against time.”

Members of the international community pledged to meet just over half of the United Nations’ $2.1 billion appeal to support crisis-afflicted Yemenis at a summit in Geneva on Tuesday, which U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres declared a “remarkable success.”

But humanitarian workers issued swift reminders that while $1.1 billion in promised funds will “mean the difference between life and death for millions of people,” millions more will remain without desperately needed aid.

“Donors are leaving Geneva without having committed enough funding to meet the needs of just the 12 million most vulnerable” Yemenis, said Mutasim Hamdan, Yemen country director of the Norwegian Refugee Council. “I fail to grasp how the international community can see this crisis unfold without doing its outmost to limit the suffering that Yemenis are facing.”

When asked about the complicity of major donors that have supplied arms to warring parties in Yemen, Guterres reportedly responded: “The day in which there are no weapons sold to any warring parties anywhere in the world, it would be very difficult for war to take place.” – By Jesselyn Cook

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yemen-summit-aid_us_58ff5dbfe4b0c46f07825af7?section=us_world

24.4.2017 – Albawaba (* A H P)

Bombs, but also aid: Starving Yemen a victim of hypocrisy?

Rights groups and humanitarian organizations, however, have pointed out the apparent incongruity of the attendance at the conference of some countries implicated in the war.

“Several countries, including the US, the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, and Italy, are attending the event while they continue to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment to parties to the conflict,” the charity Oxfam said in a statement.

The “shameful contradiction” in the US and UK’s approach to Yemen was highlighted by Amnesty International in March, who said that the two countries’ arms sales to Saudi Arabia totalled more than ten times the amount that had been spent on aid.

“The USA and UK are fuelling serious violations that have caused devastating civilian suffering through multibillion-dollar arms transfers to Saudi Arabia that vastly overshadow their humanitarian efforts,” the group said – by Jacob Burns

http://www.albawaba.com/news/bombs-also-aid-starving-yemen-victim-hypocrisy-966838

25.4.2017 – UN Secretary-General (A H P)

‘Man-Made Crisis’ Has Robbed Millions of Hope, Dignity, Secretary-General Tells Yemen Pledging Conference, Stressing Urgent Need For Support

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ opening remarks to the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, in Geneva today:

It is my pleasure to co-chair this conference and to welcome you all today to Geneva. And if you allow me, I will begin with my own brief opening statements.

We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation. We must act now, to save lives.

Import restrictions and the destruction of port facilities have badly affected supplies of basic goods. Ongoing fighting could reduce imports of essential food, fuel and medicines even further. War has devastated the economy, destroyed health services, and forced 3 million people from their homes — leaving many being unable to earn a living or grow crops. Basic services have collapsed, placing millions at risk of disease and other threats.

Funding alone will not reverse the fortunes of millions of people in Yemen. Only a cessation of hostilities and a political settlement can bring about a permanent end to the conflict and the suffering of the Yemeni people.

Today’s conference must represent a moment of truth, when the international community takes decisive steps to significantly increase its support to Yemenis who have lost so much. I urge you to convert your participation here today into action to support the Yemeni people. Thank you.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sgsm18499.doc.htm = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/man-made-crisis-has-robbed-millions-hope-dignity-secretary-general-tells-yemen-pledging

25.4.2017 – UN Secretary-General (A H P)

Hailing Pledging Conference as ‘a Remarkable Success’, Secretary-General Calls for Unhindered Movement of Humanitarian Aid ao Reach Yemeni People in Need

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ closing remarks to the high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, in Geneva today:

And I am convinced that in the months to come — we are only in April — we will be able to gather the amounts of money that are necessary to fully implement our programme. I want to express my deep [gratitude] to all the Member States and to all the entities of the civil society, [non-governmental organizations], that have pledged and that have pledged so generously today.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sgsm18500.doc.htm = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/hailing-pledging-conference-remarkable-success-secretary-general-calls-unhindered

My comment: A lot of bla bla in the face of more than 2 years of UN failure.

25.4.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H P)

Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien - Remarks at the High-level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis today, including the very real risk of famine. I do thank you for coming today to demonstrate your solidarity, commitment and generosity to save lives and lessen the suffering of women, children and men caught in a conflict which is not their own.

Your support for the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is a manifestation of that solidarity.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-16

25.4.2017 – Yemen Extra (A P)

The Yemeni Foreign Ministry Calls on the Geneva Conference to Stop War on Yemen

The Yemeni Foreign Minister, Hisham Sharaf Abdullah, called on the participants in the Conference on Humanitarian Commitments for Yemen held today in Geneva to work and cease all measures and practices that are part of the economic war against the Yemeni people.

In his letters to the sponsors of the conference (Swedish and Swiss Foreign Ministers), the foreign minister called on not involving the economic system and the commercial movement in the political conflict, including preserving the value of the national currency and not to speculate it.

He also stressed on the importance of the conference to come out with a summons to address the disastrous humanitarian situation in Yemen resulting from the Saudi war.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/04/25/the-yemeni-foreign-ministry-calls-on-the-geneva-conference-to-stop-war-on-yemen/ = https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1668856603410327

Remark: Sanaa (Houthi / Saleh) government.

25.4.2017 – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – Swiss Government (* A H P)

Solidarity with famine-struck Yemen: Geneva donor conference pledges over 1 billion CHF for humanitarian assistance

“We are mobilising humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen and telling them loud and clear that they have not been forgotten”, said the head of the FDFA at the beginning of the donor conference in Geneva. At the conference organised by the United Nations, Switzerland and Sweden, 1.1 billion CHF was pledged to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen. These funds are urgently needed because Yemen is currently experiencing the biggest famine worldwide.

The donor conference drew more than 500 hundred participants, including delegations headed by ministerial-level officials, representatives of international organisations, non-governmental organisations and regional organisations, and delegates representing 73 states. The conference was organised by Switzerland and Sweden, together with the UN Coordination Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at the behest of the UN. It was hosted by the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, the head of the Swiss delegation, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, and Sweden's Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström.

Because the crisis in Yemen is largely man-made, in his speech Mr Burkhalter emphasised the underlying reasons of the humanitarian emergency and called on all parties to comply with international humanitarian law and to protect the civilian population and civilian facilities such as schools and hospitals.

https://www.admin.ch/gov/en/start/documentation/media-releases.msg-id-66466.html = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/solidarity-famine-struck-yemen-geneva-donor-conference-pledges-over-1-billion-chf and for Switzerland also https://www.eda.admin.ch/deza/en/home/news/dossiers/alle-dossiers/famine-afrique-yemen.html

25.4.2017 – Government of Sweden, Government of Switzerland, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (* A H P)

High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: Donors pledge $1.1 Billion to Help People in Urgent Need in Yemen

International donors today pledged nearly US$1.1 billion to help scale up lifesaving aid to millions of people in need in Yemen during a pledging event in Geneva, co-chaired by the United Nations, Sweden and Switzerland.

“We came here to mobilise humanitarian support for the people in Yemen and to send them a strong message of solidarity that they have not been forgotten,” said Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. He called for rapid, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian assistance for Yemen and underlined the need for all parties to abide by international humanitarian law.

For 2017, the UN and partners launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/high-level-pledging-event-humanitarian-crisis-yemen-donors-pledge-11-billion-help

25.4.2017 – Oxfam ( A H P)

Film: Join the Discussion: Yemen Aid Conference

WATCH: We were LIVE from the high-level pledging conference for humanitarian aid to Yemen that is taking place at the UN in Geneva. Governments have started making pledges to meet the $2.1 billion gap in aid – but will it be enough?
See what Yemeni humanitarians and the Oxfam team had to say about government commitments so far!

https://www.facebook.com/OxfamYemen/videos/1076652302499440/

25.4.2017 – UN Human Rights Council (* A H P)

Halt Yemen conflict now to save generation from famine and cut “alarming” child mortality - UN experts

Fighting in Yemen must stop now and the blockade of the country’s ports be removed, to allow people facing starvation to access food and life-saving medical supplies, say two United Nations experts on the day of a key fund-raising event for the humanitarian crisis.

“If no immediate action is taken, an entire generation could be affected by widespread famine,” says the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver.

“The deliberate starvation of civilians, in both international and internal armed conflict may constitute a war crime, and could also amount to a crime against humanity in the event of deliberate denial of food,” she stresses.

“All parties of the conflict are responsible for such criminal acts,” the expert said. In addition, it is the responsibility of the international community to protect civilians, in particular women and children, through humanitarian assistance in order to prevent human tragedy.”

The warning from Ms. Elver has been endorsed by Mr. Dainius Pûras, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=21528&LangID=E = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/halt-yemen-conflict-now-save-generation-famine-and-cut-alarming-child-mortality-un

25.4.2017 – FAO ( A H P)

Yemen: FAO Director-General calls for urgent action to avoid famine

A combination of food assistance and food production assistance is the only way to avoid famine in conflict-ridden Yemen where two-thirds of the population - 17 million people - are suffering from severe food insecurity, FAO Director-General José Graziano said today.

"As the conflict continues, food security and nutrition will also continue to deteriorate," Graziano da Silva stressed in his address

http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/882904/icode/

25.4.2017 - Médecins Sans Frontières (* A H)

Yemen: MSF statement at Geneva donor conference

With medical teams working across Yemen, we at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) witness on a daily basis the reality of the humanitarian crisis facing its people.

Millions of people across Yemen are in critical need of aid in order to survive

Faced with ever increasing medical needs, we have expanded our operations, reaching a budget of US$70 million last year.

To avoid total collapse, the healthcare system in Yemen desperately needs to be shored up

However, increasing funding for humanitarian aid cannot on its own alleviate the toll taken on the civilian population by the armed conflict. As donor countries gather today to pledge their financial support, they must also commit to stepping up diplomatic efforts to minimise the war’s deadly and destructive impact on the men, women and children caught up in it.

Facilitating humanitarian access to help aid organisations reach the people most in need is essential. Ports and airports must be reopened and international staff must be helped to enter the country.

http://www.msf.org/en/article/yemen-msf-statement-geneva-donor-conference = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-msf-statement-geneva-donor-conference

25.4.2017 – UN Population Fund (A H)

UNFPA Statement: High-level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Response in Yemen

The crisis in Yemen, which escalated two years ago, has now evolved into the largest humanitarian crisis in the world – resulting in a particularly heavy toll on women and girls, who remain one of the most vulnerable population groups at risk, particularly with regard to their health and protection. Against this backdrop and pressing humanitarian situation, UNFPA remains committed to protecting the rights of all Yemenis, particularly women and girls to ensure the extension of health, dignity, and protection during unsettling times. http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unfpa-statement-high-level-pledging-event-humanitarian-response-yemen

25.4.2017 – ARWA Rights (* A H P)

Subject: Humanitarian Needs in Yemen, Obstacles, Recommendations

Dear Mr. O’Brien,

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, write this letter to provide you with information regarding the humanitarian needs in Yemen and recommendations to obstacles that may stand in the way of a just and equitable distribution of humanitarian aid. Before we do so, we would like to thank you for your ongoing efforts to not only bring to light, but to alleviate, the massive civilian suffering caused by the armed conflict in Yemen. We also take note of and commend the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) continual improvements in the accuracy of its reporting in Yemen despite all the challenges and dangers posed by the conflict.

On the occasion of the High Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, we would like to reiterate our shared concerns and provide some points for your consideration. As you stated in your updates to the U.N. Security Council, the difficulty in offloading cargo at Yemen’s ports, particularly Hodeidah port, is because of 1) inefficient port management, 2) financial disputes among shippers, 3) restrictions imposed by the Saudi-led Coalition such as the hampering of vessels’ access to Yemeni Red Sea ports, 4) the absence of clear lists of prohibited items, 5) restrictions imposed by the de facto authorities, and above all 5) slow offloading due to limited capacity at Hodeida port which was severely damaged by airstrikes in August 2015. Although a step in the right direction, the U.N. Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) established a year ago is having difficulty in ensuring a steady flow of commercial and humanitarian imports because the abovementioned restrictions remain in place. For example, World Food Programme mobile cranes which are arguably the most essential import to speed up offloading and thereby delivery of humanitarian aid, are being prevented from entry.

Given these challenges and based on our work on the ground, we believe the following recommendations should be taken into consideration:

Respectfully,

Arabian Rights Watch Association (US)

Human Rights for Yemen (UK)

INSAN for Human Rights and Peace (Germany)

Sheba for Democracy and Human Rights (UK)

http://arwarights.org/gov-advocacy/

25.4.2017 - Islamic Relief (A H P)

Do more to save lives in Yemen, urges Islamic Relief’s CEO

http://www.islamic-relief.org/do-more-to-save-lives-in-yemen-urges-islamic-reliefs-ceo/

25.4.2017 – US Agency for International Development (A H P)

United States announces additional humanitarian assistance for Yemen

Today the United States announced nearly $94 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Yemen, who have suffered through two years of civil war and are experiencing the largest food security emergency in the world. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to nearly $526 million since the 2016 fiscal year.

https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/apr-25-2017-united-states-announces-additional-humanitarian-assistance-yemen = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/united-states-announces-additional-humanitarian-assistance-yemen

My comment: never forget that the US made US $ 115 billion by selling arms to Saudi Arabia during 8 Obama years. Now a few peanuts for Yemen.

25.4.2017 – Sputnik News (A H P)

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said that European Union will allocate 116 million euros ($126.7 million) toward humanitarian relief efforts in Yemen.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201704251052986127-eu-yemen-aid/

My comment: Billions by arms sales to the Saudis and the Gulf states also made by EU states (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria).

25.4.2017 – Sputnik News (A H P)

Turkey to Allocate $1 Bln for Humanitarian Aid to War-Torn Yemen - Deputy PM

Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said that Ankara will contribute $1 billion for humanitarian assistance to ease the political crisis in Yemen.

https://sputniknews.com/africa/201704251052973634-turkey-yemen-aid/

My comment: This would be great, if it’s more than an announcement.

25.4.2017 – Stephen O’Brien (A H P)

Thank you so much to all donors for the $1.1 billion pledged in #Aid4Yemen. It will make a world of difference. #Yemen

https://twitter.com/UNReliefChief/status/856888106250895360

and 3 comments:

I sincerely hope the donors keep their promises.

It will not be working for yemen !!!!!! the first important think is stopp war and End yemen siege from the air and see

Please make sure it goes to the people in need not the corrupted people in the government who steals it.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

26.4.2017 – On the News Now (A H P)

Indian Woman Sold, Tortured After Entering Saudi Arabia on Housemaid Visa

She wants to return home, but her Kafeel [visa sponsor] is not allowing her to get back here,” Sameena Begum, the victim’s daughter, told TOI.

So the Kafeel does not want to send her back,” added the daughter, noting that her mother told her she was sold for 3 lakh, or 300,000 rupees (about $4,700).

http://onthenewsnow.com/news/indian-woman-sold-tortured-after-entering-saudi-arabia-on-housemaid-visa/ and also: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/hyderabadi-woman-sold-to-kafil-in-saudi-arabia-for-3-lakh-faces-torture/articleshow/58336652.cms

26.4.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Saudi Arabia sentenced teenage rape survivor to 200 lashes & jail time.. because you know, how dare she get raped!
Thanks again #UN, first for electing Saudi Arabia to Human Rights Council & now to Women’s Rights Commission. Bravo (cartoon)

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/photos/a.446760528785868.1073741828.446357405492847/1201254746669772/?type=3

26.4.2017 – AliAlAhmed (A P)

Supported by bigoted @Olympics #Saudi clansmen reject women physical education

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/857418029835198464 referring to http://www.alriyadh.com/1588847

25.4.2017 – Rana H (A P)

Film: Saudi "morality police" (religious police who "promote virtue & prevent vice") beat up women on the streets all the time.

https://twitter.com/RanaHarbi/status/856892788759252993

25.4.2017 – Rana H (A P)

Film: Saudi women who are victims of domestic violence can't file a lawsuit without their guardian's consent.. the ABUSIVE HUSBAND's consent

https://twitter.com/RanaHarbi/status/856895843760254977

My comment: The articles above show how serious it had been to vote Saudi Arabia to the UN Womens' Rights Commission.

26.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Saudis hire world's biggest PR firm to push 'Muslim Nato'

Campaigners accuse Burson-Marsteller of complicity in 'whitewashing' human rights abuses over deal with Islamic Military Alliance

An international public relations firm is facing accusations of complicity in "whitewashing" alleged Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen after signing a deal to represent a Riyadh-dominated military alliance dubbed the "Muslim Nato".

Middle East Eye understands that Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman hired Burson-Marsteller last month to wage a charm offensive on behalf of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism.

But the appointment of the firm has sparked anger among human rights campaigners – by Jamie Merrill

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/pr-firm-draws-criticism-over-saudi-deal-represent-muslim-nato-1485534964

25.4.2017 – Saba Net (A)

Saudi borders guards beat Yemeni civilian to death

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463004.htm

25.4.2017 – Wallstreet Journal (* A E P)

For Aramco Insiders, Prince’s $2 Trillion IPO Valuation Doesn’t Add Up

Valuation discrepancy raises new challenges for a deal already fraught with complexity

Officials at Saudi Arabian Oil Co. have told their superiors there is a hitch in the plans to take the state-owned oil company public: It is likely worth at least $500 billion less than the government previously suggested.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-aramco-insiders-princes-2-trillion-ipo-valuation-doesnt-add-up-1493064170

23.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Saudi Royal decree announces new appointments, restores benefits to government employees

Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced the appointment of Prince Khaled bin Salman as the new ambassador to the US.

Prince Khaled is an air force pilot who flew missions as part of the Saudi contribution to the anti-Daesh coalition. He replaces Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, who served in the post for just over a year.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1088886/saudi-arabia

Comment: Just a re-shuffle of princes and sons and relatives

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1350597178326642

23.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A P)

More to know about Prince Khalid bin Salman, #SaudiArabia’s new ambassador to the #UnitedStates (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/856088078389309440 and https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/855898274095652868

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Saudi Arabia announces new information minister. The former one could not lie fast enough per hour.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/855910142465986560

22.4.2017 – Hussam Al Sanabani (A K P)

King Salman exempted Gen Assiri the military spokesman and appointed him as Deputy Director of Intelligence.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/855883637195231233

22.4.2017 – Bloomberg (A P)

King Scales Back Austerity Plan That Set Saudis Grumbling

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman restored bonuses and allowances for state employees, scaling back an austerity program that generated criticism among citizens accustomed to generous state handouts.

The government said the perks canceled in September were reinstated because higher-than-expected revenue helped to drive down the budget deficit.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-22/saudi-king-restores-state-employee-bonuses-as-overhaul-broadens

Comment: The real reason is you need to keep the people quiet and calm to avoid inside malcontent.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1349713538415006

20.4.2017 – Washington Post (A P)

A young prince is reimagining Saudi Arabia. Can he make his vision come true?

Two years into his campaign as change agent in this conservative oil kingdom, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to be gaining the confidence and political clout to push his agenda of economic and social reform.

The young prince outlined his plans in a nearly 90-minute conversation Tuesday night at his office here. Aides said it was his first lengthy on-the-record interview in months. He offered detailed explanations about foreign policy, plans to privatize oil giant Saudi Aramco, strategy for investment in domestic industry, and liberalization of the entertainment sector, despite opposition from some religious conservatives – by David Ignatius

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/a-young-prince-reimagines-saudi-arabia-can-he-make-his-vision-come-true/2017/04/20/663d79a4-2549-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html

My comment: That sounds like propaganda for the father of the Yemen war. Disgusting article.

4.2017 – The USA News (* A P)

SAUDI PRINCE PLEDGES $32 BILLION FOR ISLAMIFICATION OF UNITED STATES

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, says he’ll pledge his $32 billion to advance the islamization of America.

This is a MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the information battle-space. Looks as if I will be keeping busy for quite some time.

The Saudis have spent billions already. 80% of the mosques build in America are Saudi funded.

Islamic groups working to impose the sharia are largely funded by the Saudis.

http://theusa-news.com/saudi-prince-pledges-32-billion-islamification-united-states-o4a-news-islam-muslim-satanism

Comment: Note: whatever he is promoting is not Islam. He does not represent Islam, he is not the voice of Islam.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1349499105103116

19.4.2017 – Moudhi Aljohani (A P)

Mariam Alotaibi is another victim of the Saudi's war on women (see image)

https://twitter.com/Moudhi90/status/854774641528799233

8.4.2017 – RFI / Editions Archipel (* B P)

L’Arabie saoudite est-elle un colosse au pied d’argile?

[' Is Saudi Arabia a colossus with a clay foot?']

C’est l’avis plutôt critique de l’avocat international Ardavan Amir-Aslani, qui conseille de nombreux gouvernements et parlementaires européens (notamment français) et moyen-orientaux. Il l’écrit dans son dernier livre, « Arabie saoudite, de l’influence à la décadence », en pointant l’archaïsme du gouvernement royal, l’absence de libertés fondamentales pour la population, le poids de la religion sur la vie sociale, les erreurs récentes de stratégie (guerre au Yémen), l’attitude paranoïaque face à l’Iran, et enfin, l’ambiguïté vis-à-vis de l’organisation Etat islamique. Pronostic de l’auteur : la chute des Saoud paraît inévitable.

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20170408-arabie-saoudite-amir-aslani-chute-saoud and more on the book: http://www.editionsarchipel.com/livre/maison-al-saoud/ and page 7 to 17: http://www.ecriture-communication.com/archipel/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/EXTRAIT-BAT_Arabie-Saoudite-de-l-influence-a-la-decadence_EXTRAIT.pdf

25.3.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Saudi reporter jailed for five years for anti-government tweets

Amnesty International condemned Saudi Arabia's decision to sentence Alaa Brinji for charges such as 'insulting Saudi rulers'

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-journalist-sentenced-five-years-anti-government-tweets-1573325710

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

4.2017 – Code Pink (* A P)

NEW YORK TIMES: DON'T IGNORE THE WAR & FAMINE IN YEMEN!

Please urge NYT editors for prominent coverage of the UN's famine warning for Yemen by signing our petition below!

http://www.codepink.org/nyt_yemen#_=_

24.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A P)

Will Riyadh’s new DC ambassador draw US deeper into Yemen war?

While the new Saudi ambassador to Washington, Khaled bin Salman, wants to convince the Trump administration to get more involved in the war in Yemen, history may deter the US administration.

Saudi Arabia is pressing the Trump administration to become more involved in supporting its war in Yemen. Bogged down in a quagmire of their own making, the Saudis want the United States to give them unqualified support. Fifty-five years ago, the Saudis pressed President John F. Kennedy to support them in another war in Yemen; Kennedy wisely deferred.

The architect of the current Yemeni war is the Saudi king's son, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, who is apparently also the darling of the Trump team. On April 23, the king promoted another one of his sons who is a former RSAF pilot, Khaled bin Salman, to be the Saudi ambassador to Washington. He will be the perfect interlocutor for a frank and candid discussion about the future of the Saudi-American entente – by Bruce Riedel

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/04/yemen-trump-saudi-arabia-military-operation-sanaa-faysal.html#ixzz4fCHZrka0

22.4.2017 – Sputnik News (* A P)

US 'Walking on the Razor's Edge' as Uncertainty Over Ties With Iran Looms

Earlier this week, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson harshly criticized Iran’s policy and the final agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. According to political analyst Dmitry Solonnikov, such criticism is a sign of Washington’s support for its allies in the region.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not achieve its goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Tillerson told reporters on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, the White House announced President Donald Trump had ordered a 90-day interagency review of the JCPOA that will evaluate Iran's compliance with the deal.

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201704221052883029-us-iran-nuclear-deal/

My comment: Facts? None. What else? Desire for confrontation.

20.4.2017 – Reuters (* A K P)

Weighing arms sale, U.S. seeks Saudi pledge on Yemen civilian casualties

The United States wants new commitments from Saudi Arabia to improve its targeting procedures to minimize civilian casualties in its part in the Yemen civil war as it weighs resuming sales of precision-guided munitions to Riyadh, U.S. officials told Reuters.

An announcement of the weapons sale had been anticipated last month, but objections by mostly Democratic lawmakers and human rights groups have complicated the matter, the U.S. officials and others close to the issue said.

"We want the Saudis to show that they are committed to use these things properly," said one U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-yemen-idUSKBN17M2ZK

Comment: You cannot give a pyromaniac matches.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1346826678703692

and

21.4.2017 – Just Security (* A K P)

US Seeks New Assurances from Saudis on Civilian Casualties—but is that even possible?

The Trump administration is reportedly seeking a new set of assurances from Saudi Arabia that it will minimize civilian casualties in its air campaign in Yemen—but would those assurances be credible? The effort to get new safeguards in place is now part of the process of determining whether to renew a sale of precision guided missiles to Saudi Arabia, Reuters’ Warren Strobel and Arshad Mohammed report.

In the case of the Saudis, however, a satisfactory reduction of the legal risk may be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in the current environment.

The Saudis have proven, time and again, to play fast and loose with the truth.

This leaves the U.S. administration in a difficult legal and political position – By Ryan Goodman

https://www.justsecurity.org/40173/seeks-assurances-saudis-civilian-casualties-but-possible/

My comment: LOL. There were 25 months time for this.

20.4.2017 – Al Araby (* A P)

US defence chief withholds Yemen promises in Riyadh rekindling

The US wants to see a "strong Saudi Arabia", Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, following talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh.
"It is in our interest to see a strong Saudi Arabia," the US defence chief said as he met Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, one of the most powerful men in Saudi Arabia.
Mattis - who is on his first official visit to the Middle East - hinted at a possible visit to the kingdom by President Donald Trump sometime this year.

Mattis' visit appears to be an attempt to mend ties with Riyadh, and show that the US will take a tougher line with Iran.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/4/20/us-defence-chief-withholds-yemen-promises-in-riyadh-rekindling

19.4.2017 – Democracy Now (A P)

Defense Sec. Mattis Hails U.S.-Saudi Relations as War Pushes Yemen to Brink of Famine

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the first stop on his week-long trip to the Middle East and North Africa. Speaking on the plane to reporters, Mattis hailed the U.S.-Saudi Arabia relationship.

Defense Secretary James Mattis: "We’re on our way. First stop, Saudi Arabia. As you know, this is a nation that has been a key security ally since 1944, when FDRand the king began this relationship. They remain a pillar of our security framework for the region and for American interests."

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/19/headlines/defense_sec_mattis_hails_us_saudi_relations_as_war_pushes_yemen_to_brink_of_famine

21.4.2017 – Digital Journal (* A K P)

U.S. may increase involvement to help Saudis in Yemen war

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met on Wednesday with Saudi officials. American officials suggested as the meeting took place that the U.S. might provide additional military and intelligence assistance to the Saudis.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/op-ed-us-may-increase-involvement-to-help-saudis-in-yemen-war/article/490799#.WPpUGC_BL-g.facebook

20.4.2017 – Newsweek (* A K P)

U.S. CONSIDERING MORE MILITARY ASSISTANCE FOR SAUDI ARABIA IN YEMEN’S CIVIL WAR

On Wednesday, as U.S. defense secretary James Mattis met with Saudi royals, American officials suggested that Washington might provide additional military and intelligence assistance to the kingdom’s fight in Yemen.

During his two-day trip to Saudi capital Riyadh, Mattis called for a political solution to the war that has lasted for more than two years. U.S. officials, quoted by the AP, added that military pressure would also be needed to help end the conflict.

http://www.newsweek.com/yemen-civil-war-us-saudi-arabia-airstrikes-houthi-rebels-587018 and by Sputnik News: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201704211052830639-us-support-saudi-yemen-fight/

20.4.2017 – Common Dreams / Mint Press News (A P)

Mattis Cites Iran As Reason US Will Assist Saudi Arabia In Bombing Campaign Of Yemen

http://www.mintpressnews.com/mattis-cites-iran-reason-us-will-assist-saudi-arabia-bombing-campaign-yemen/227051/

19.4.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

Iran’s defense chief rejects US claim of sending arms to Yemen

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has rejected the US allegation that Tehran is sending weapons to Yemen, saying the claims were made as Washington continues to supply arms to terrorists committing crimes in different parts of the world, including in Syria and Iraq.

Dehqan’s remarks came in response to US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, accused Iran of supplying missiles to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/04/19/518675/Iran-US-Yemen-Ansarullah-fighters-Hossein-Dehqan-Jim-Mattis

19.4.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Salman-Mattis meeting affirms convergence on security issues

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met in his office in Riyadh on Wednesday with US Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The meeting confirmed a convergence of approaches between both sides and a firm desire to continue joint efforts to achieve security and stability in the region.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/04/19/Salman-Mattis-meeting-affirms-convergence-on-security-issues.html

My comment: Saudi media. Saudis are main terror and jihadism sponsors. If you really think, there would exist “a convergence of approaches between both sides and a firm desire to continue joint efforts to achieve security and stability in the region”, then “Good Luck”, USA.

19.4.2017 – AFP (* A P)

Pentagon chief warns of Yemen 'Hizbollah'

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Wednesday of Iranian efforts to create a Yemeni militia "in the image" of Lebanon's Hizbollah, after talks with officials in Saudi Arabia.

Mattis told reporters of the need to overcome Iran's efforts "in destabilising yet another country and create another militia in the image" of Hizbollah.

Washington alleges that Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional rival, has shipped missiles to Yemen but Tehran denies the charge.

http://jordantimes.com/news/region/pentagon-chief-warns-yemen-hizbollah

My comment: The US seem to want war in Yemen now and war with Iran next, so it’s necessary to take fiction for facts.

19.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A P)

Film: #US Defense Secretary Mattis speaks with reporters following a meeting with #Saudi officials regarding regional security matters

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/854780382662840320

My comment: Please tell me why I did not place all this Mattis stuff at cp15 “propaganda”.

18.4.2017 – US Dep. of Defense (* A P)

Houthis Firing Iranian-Supplied Missiles into Saudi Arabia, Mattis Says

The United States and its allies and partners hope a U.N. team will negotiate an end to the conflict in Yemen, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today.

"We see Iranian-supplied missiles being fired by the Houthis into Saudi Arabia -- and this is something, with the number of innocent people dying inside Yemen, that has simply got to [be] brought to an end," Mattis told reporters on his plane while en route to Saudi Arabia.

The goal is for a U.N. team to try to resolve the conflict "politically, as soon as possible," Mattis said – By Lisa Ferdinando

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1155545/houthis-firing-iranian-supplied-missiles-into-saudi-arabia-mattis-says/

My comment: That’s like comedy. “Houthis Firing Iranian-Supplied Missiles into Saudi Arabia”: compare it to: “innocent people dying inside Yemen”: dying from what?? This is a strange disproportion. – And: “Iranian-Supplied” is taking propaganda for fact.

Comment: So: US is 'seeing Iranian-supplied missiles being fired by the Houthis into Saudi Arabia -- and this is something, with the number of innocent people dying inside Yemen, that has simply got to [be] brought to an end'.

What has to be brought to an end? Iranian missiles (they are Yemeni, by the way) or innocent people dying because of the siege, famine, bombardments, country in rubbles?

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1344721835580843

18.4.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Yemen war needs a political solution: U.S. defense secretary

A political solution through U.N.-brokered negotiations is needed to resolve the conflict in Yemen, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday as he made his first trip in the role to Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, officials have said the United States is considering deepening its role in the Yemen conflict by more directly aiding its Gulf allies, who are fighting Iranian-supported Houthi rebels.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mideast-mattis-idUSKBN17J1RA and by AFP: https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/35077920/us-wants-quick-return-to-yemen-talks-mattis/?cmp=st#page1

My comment: All this does not fit together. Mattis is like someone who wants to eat the cake and to keep it at the same time.

and

20.4.2017 – The American Conservative (* A K P)

Wrecking and Starving Yemen with Washington’s Blessing

The Secretary of Defense is considering more support for the atrocious, indefensible war on Yemen.

Mattis is gravely mistaken if he thinks that helping the Saudis pulverize Yemen is in America’s interest, and he is simply deluded if he believes that the war on Yemen is happening because of “Saudi Arabia’s resistance to Iran’s mischief.” The truth is that the Saudis and their allies are devastating Yemen mostly because of their gross exaggeration of Iran’s role in the country, and the U.S. is wrong to buy into their framing of the conflict. Providing more support to the coalition won’t hasten peace talks, but it will hasten the onset of famine and widespread loss of life.

In addition to his willingness to support an indefensible war, Mattis is making a serious error by allowing a preoccupation with Iran to distort his understanding of the conflict and the wider region – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/wrecking-and-starving-yemen-with-washingtons-blessing/

The Disgusting U.S. Support for the War on Yemen

The Pentagon is pushing for increased U.S. support for an attack on the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, despite the fact that this would exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the country and hasten the onset of famine:

The Saudi-led coalition has already brought Yemen to the brink of famine, and according to the World Food Program there is famine in some parts of the country right now.

The danger is that the Trump administration seems much more willing to indulge the Saudis and their allies in their Yemen campaign:

It is important to remember that Iran’s role in the conflict is minimal, and framing greater U.S. support for the war on Yemen in terms of signaling hostility to Iran just underscores how stupid our policy in Yemen has been and continues to be. Devastating and starving Yemen won’t do Iran the least harm, but it will cause the deaths of thousands and thousands of people who have never done us any harm. Continuing to do this not only makes the U.S. complicit in the coalition’s war crimes, but it also makes our country new enemies for no reason. It is a plainly monstrous and disgusting policy, and it is an enduring mark of shame on our country’s reputation that both the Obama and Trump administrations have supported this war – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-disgusting-u-s-support-for-the-war-on-yemen/

19.4.2017 – The American Conservative (* B K P)

The Perils of Reflexive Interventionism

Trevor Thrall warns of the dangers of automatic elite consensus in favor of military action:

The main tenets of that “basic doctrine” are that the U.S. must “lead,” “leadership” is exercised through “action,” and that “action” is almost always military action. It makes no difference if the action is necessary for U.S. security, so long as the U.S. is seen to be responding forcefully to some event overseas. There is never any serious question of whether military action is justified, since another default assumption of this view is that our government’s use of force is always justified if for no other reason than that it is ours. Likewise, there is usually no thought given to whether military action is legal, and even blatantly illegal military action receives support because these people take for granted that it is invariably the “right thing” to do.

Once one accepts those core assumptions, it is extremely easy to approve of almost any use of force – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-perils-of-reflexive-interventionism/

19.4.2017 – The National UAE (A P)

US lawmakers ask Trump to approve armed drone sales to UAE and Jordan

A group of nearly two dozen American members of Congress have written to Donald Trump asking him to approve sales of armed drones to the UAE and Jordan after the Obama administration blocked the move.

In a letter obtained by The National, they say the two Arab countries are key allies in the fight against ISIL and in thwarting growing Iranian influence in the region.

In their letter, the 20 Republican and two Democrat members of the House of Representatives said the orders could be worth as much as US$1 billion (Dh3.67bn) to the economy, protecting American jobs as well as the country’s security. It was organised by Duncan Hunter, whose California district includes the headquarters of MQ-9 manufacturer General Atomics – by Rob Crilly and Taimur Khan

http://www.thenational.ae/world/americas/us-lawmakers-ask-trump-to-approve-armed-drone-sales-to-uae-and-jordan

My comment: We could have waited for this.

4.4.2016 – Strategic Culture (* B K P)

America's Insatiable Appetite for Foreign Bases

The Obama administration will be remembered for the extension of American military bases to the most far-flung parts of the world in a manner not seen since the early days of the Cold War.

The Pentagon, under Obama, drew up a plan for a worldwide network of military «hubs» with smaller dependent bases or «spokes» coordinating their activity with the hubs. One such hub is a large airbase being constructed by the United States in Erbil, in what is the all-but-declared independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq – by Wayne Madsen

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/04/04/americas-insatiable-appetite-for-foreign-bases.html

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

24.4.2017 – Catherine Shakdam (* B P)

Is Britain selling its soul to Saudi Arabia amid EU divorce?

Of all the MANY scenarios Theresa May could have envisioned to save Britain from forfeiting its positions as an economic superpower, the premier chose to pursue the one party that could, more likely than not, drag the country down the infamous rabbit hole, never to come out for air.

You may have guessed it; Ms. May is pushing for a rapprochement … in kind, with the grand Wahhabist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “So what,” you may say! – by Catherine Shakdam

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1668382923457695:0

22.4.2017 – RT (A K P)

‘Role model’? Fallon hails arms manufacturer who sold missiles to Yemen-bombing Saudis & Gaddafi

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has called missiles producer MBDA, known for controversial arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Libya’s Gaddafi government, a “role model” of cooperation, while unveiling multimillion deals between the firm and the UK government.

Addressing MBDA’s staffers in Stevenage on Friday, Michael Fallon praised it for building “a great reputation” supplying British armed forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, thanking the company for “sterling service.”

https://www.rt.com/uk/385660-uk-missiles-role-gaddafi-saudi-yemen/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

19.4.2017 – Defence Talk (* B K P)

Germany Sells Arms to UAE Despite Yemen Conflict

Germany has approved more major weapons deals with the UAE, including deliveries of high-caliber ammunition. The UAE is involved in a conflict in Yemen that has caused famine and humanitarian disaster.

Germany is supplying more weapons to belligerents in the Yemen conflict, even though the ongoing war in the Middle East’s poorest country has triggered a famine and a refugee crisis.

http://www.defencetalk.com/germany-sells-arms-to-uae-despite-yemen-conflict-69763/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

24.4.2017 – Wallstreet Journal (* B P T)

The Two Faces of Qatar, a Dubious Mideast Ally

Doha undermines U.S. security by sponsoring Islamic radicalism

Nearly all coalition airstrikes against Islamic State are commanded from America’s nerve center at Qatar’s al-Udeid Air Base, which also supports missions in Afghanistan.

But the host nation supports some of the groups the base is used to bomb. According to the State Department, “entities and individuals within Qatar continue to serve as a source of financial support for terrorist and violent extremist groups,” including al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate. Qatar has also supplied advanced weaponry to militants in Syria and Libya.

Doha poured billions into the radical Muslim Brotherhood government of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi

Qatar wields tremendous soft power on behalf of radical Islam through its state-funded Al Jazeera news channel.

Given President Trump’s forthright opposition to radical Islamic terrorism, it makes sense to ask whether the U.S. should continue leasing crucial military assets from a government that supports such ideology – By Charles Wald and Michael Makovsky

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-two-faces-of-qatar-a-dubious-mideast-ally-1493075654?emailToken=JRrydP5yZH2Qi90xacwg1FBtcrYPTuGATV7MaXfEf1HFqHXP5Ovky7g/htyquiaqREp37ssYqmc7QSyU2TY7B5fOxuAizQ==

25.4.2017 – Hindustan Times (* A K P)

Pakistan to deploy army brigade in Saudi Arabia: Reports

The Pakistan Army will send a brigade of combat troops to Saudi Arabia to strengthen defences along the kingdom’s vulnerable southern border in the face of threats from the Islamic State and Houthi rebels, according to media reports.

Following discussions with Saudi Arabia, Pakistan plans to send the brigade in response to a request from Riyadh, which “wants the troops as an emergency response force”, The National reported.

The brigade will be based in southern Saudi Arabia and will be deployed inside its borders to thwart possible attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Middle East Eye quoted its sources as saying. “It will not be used beyond Saudi borders,” one source said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan-to-deploy-army-brigade-in-saudi-arabia-reports/story-3PSDzYLttsdOI1VYPUjnmJ.html

My comment: Now Pakistan also is in this war, what ever we are told. Look also here:

19.4.2017 – Dawn (* A P)

Military alliance may be used against any terrorist outfit, says Saudi defence adviser

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday quoted an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s minister of defence, who is involved in assembling the new alliance, as saying that the coalition could take action against rebel groups and militias that pose a threat to member countries — a possible hint at Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are backed by Iran.

Major General Ahmed Asiri, the adviser to the Saudi minister of defence, was further quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying that the alliance is not specific in its objectives to confronting international terror groups like Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

The armed coalition was initially proposed as a platform for security cooperation among Muslim countries, and included provisions for training, equipment and troops, and the involvement of religious scholars for devising a counter-terrorism narrative.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1327956/military-alliance-may-be-used-against-any-terrorist-outfit-says-saudi-defence-adviser

20.3.2017 – The Diplomat (* A P)

Why Would Pakistan Send Combat Troops to Saudi Arabia Now?

Pakistan’s consideration of a combat troop deployment to Saudi Arabia would cross an important line.

Contrary to some assumptions that are viewing Pakistan’s deployment of its military to Saudi Arabia as a mere continuation of the country’s old traditional policy of supporting the Kingdom, the recently reported developments present a clear indication that Islamabad may have changed its policy thinking toward Saudi Arabia by keeping it close while making sure that the country doesn’t push away Iran, which in the long run can undermine Islamabad’s economic and security interests – by Umair Jamal

http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/why-would-pakistan-send-combat-troops-to-saudi-arabia-now/

24.4.2017 – 9 News (A H P)

[Australian] Govt pledges $10m aid for Yemen's starved
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/04/24/14/16/govt-pledges-10m-aid-for-yemen-s-starved and http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/humanitarian-assistance-yemen and https://www.care.org.au/media/media-releases/care-welcomes-vital-funding-yemen-food-crisis-worsens/ and https://twitter.com/Sophiemcneill/status/856354684319215616

My comment: These 10 millions are blood money, look at:

18.4.2017 – Human Rights Watch (* A P)

Australia: Suspend Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

Release Details on Weapons, Material Sold to Coalition Members

The Australian government should immediately halt military sales to Saudi Arabia following numerous unlawful Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Australia should also release details about military weapons and material it has sold to other members of the Saudi-led coalition carrying out the Yemen campaign and whether any Australian-made arms have been used in unlawful coalition attacks.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/18/australia-suspend-military-sales-saudi-arabia

23.4.2017 – New York Times (A P)

Outspoken Maldives Blogger Who Challenged Radical Islamists Is Killed

A liberal blogger who wrote satirical critiques of the Maldivian government and the spread of radical Islam died Sunday after being stabbed in the stairway of his apartment building.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/23/world/asia/yameen-rasheed-dead-maldives-blogger-dead.html

Comment: The population, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim, has traditionally been liberal in its interpretation of Islam, with women rarely covering their heads. But a more conservative strain of Islam has spread in recent years under the increasing influence of Saudi Arabia, which sends religious leaders to the Maldives and offers scholarships to Maldivian students to study at Saudi universities.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1350532761666417

20.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B K P)

The Gulf’s 'Little Sparta' has big military ambitions

The Emiratis are playing hardball with high-tech weaponry and guns for hire. In a region already in turmoil, that's a dangerous game to play – by Bill Law

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/gulf-s-little-sparta-has-big-military-ambitions-1331398998

and

6.4.2017 – The Economist (* B K P)

The Gulf’s “little Sparta”The ambitious United Arab Emirates

Driven by an energetic crown price, the UAE is building bases far beyond its borders

Berbera is but the latest of a string of ports the UAE is acquiring along some of the world’s busiest shipping routes. From Dubai’s Jebel Ali, the Middle East’s largest port, it is extending its reach along the southern rim of Arabia, up the Horn of Africa to Eritrea (from where the UAE’S corvettes and a squadron of Mirage bombers wage war in Yemen), and on to Limassol and Benghazi in the Mediterranean. Fears that Iran or Sunni jihadists might get there first—particularly as the region’s Arab heavyweights, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, seem to flounder—propel the advance.

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21720319-driven-energetic-crown-price-uae-building-bases-far-beyond-its

18.4.2017 – Egypt Independent (A P)

Saudi General backs off statement on Egyptian offer to send 40,000 conscripts in Yemen war

Major General Ahmad Asiri, the spokesperson of the Saudi-led military coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen, withdrew on Monday a statement he made recently that stipulated Egypt offered to participate in Yemen war with nearly 40,000 conscripts.

According to his clarification, he noted that what he meant was that Egypt has offered to participate with the aforementioned number of conscripts in forming a common Arab military force, as a part of a suggestion discussed at the Arab League; not to take part in the Yemen war.

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/saudi-general-backs-statement-egyptian-offer-send-40000-conscripts-yemen-war and http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/18/egypts-pledge-send-troops-not-context-yemen-war-saudi-general/ and on this, also http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960130000520

My comment: Sometimes even Asiri must correct his lies.

17.4.2017 – Dissident Voice (* B P)

Israel and Saudi Arabia: a Match Made in Heaven (or in Washington) – by Ricardo Vaz

http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/04/israel-and-saudi-arabia-a-match-made-in-heaven-or-in-washington/

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

Siehe / Look at cp11, 12.

25.4.2017 – Nachdenkseiten (* A K)

Heute verkündet das schwedische Friedensinstitut SIPRI seine jährlichen Daten zur Entwicklung der weltweiten Rüstungsausgaben. Auf den ersten Blick keine großen Veränderungen: Die Rüstungsausgaben steigen 2016 im zweiten Jahr in Folge um dieses Mal 0,4% auf 1,686 Billionen US-Dollar. – Die 10 Länder mit den höchsten Rüstungsausgaben sind: 1. USA 4. Saudi-Arabien, mit einer ölpreisbedingten geringen Reduzierung.

Alle Konfliktregionen (Osteuropa/Russland, Naher Osten, Ostasien) weisen überdeutliche Erhöhungen aus.

Die Zeichen der politischen Elite der Welt stehen auf ungehemmter Aufrüstung – fast könnte man sagen – auf eine Aufrüstung ohne Kontrolle

Waffen, die entwickelt und produziert werden, werden auch eingesetzt. Kriege, Interventionen und Konflikte werden sich ausweiten.

Reichen die 400.000 Toten in Syrien nicht aus, sind die täglichen Tausende von Toten und Verwundeten im Sudan als Anklage an das Gewissen und die Humanität nicht ausreichend? Sie klagen die Regierungen und die Profiteure dieses Rüstungswahnsinns an. Die Gewinne der zentralen Rüstungskonzerne sind 2016 um 10 bis 15% gestiegen – von Reiner Braun

http://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=37983

20.4.2017 – Reuters (* A K P)

Russia in talks to supply UAE with dozens of Su-35 jet fighters: TASS

Russia is in talks to supply "several dozen" Su-35 jet fighters to the United Arab Emirates, the TASS news agency quoted Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov as saying on Thursday.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN17M1VG

My comment: More bombing for Yemen.

cp13b Mercenaries / Söldner

20.4.2017 – Sudan Tribune (A K)

Sudanese military official visits wounded soldiers in UAE hospitals

The Sudanese military attaché in Abu Dhabi Thursday visited the Sudanese soldiers wounded during the military operations in Yemen treated at the Sheikh Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Several thousands of the Sudanese army troops and militiamen are taking part in the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen. But, Khartoum used to not communicate on the human causalities.

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article62245

cp13c Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

25.4.2017 – International Organization for Migration (* A H)

Humanitarian Catastrophe Looms in Yemen with Over 3.3 Million Displaced Since Crisis Began

Yemen has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. In total, 18.8 million people need humanitarian or protection assistance. Since 2015, of the 3.3 million people who have been forced to flee their homes to seek safety, two million remain displaced and nearly 1.3 million have returned to the governorates they originated from. With no end in sight for the conflict, displacement is set to continue to increase.

Today (25 April), the United Nations and the governments of Switzerland and Sweden host a High-level Pledging Event in Geneva, Switzerland, for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. Laura Thompson, the Deputy Director General of the UN Migration Agency, is attending this event.

http://www.iom.int/news/humanitarian-catastrophe-looms-yemen-over-33-million-displaced-crisis-began = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/humanitarian-catastrophe-looms-yemen-over-33-million-displaced-crisis-began

25.4.2017 – UNCHR (* A H)

UNHCR braces for further displacement as Yemen conflict intensifies

On the eve of a key pledging conference to address the crisis in Yemen, the UN Refugee Agency warns up to half a million people could be uprooted by worsening conflict.

Since bombs and shelling drove her from her home last year, Yemeni grandmother Hadiya has camped out in an unfinished building in this port city, with her family of 15 children and grandchildren.

“Our life is broken,” she said, of their desperate existence since fleeing the Red Sea governorate of Taizz. “We just want to live in safety and with dignity. We don’t want anything else.”

That hope seems remote. As the conflict intensifies on Yemen’s western coast, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is preparing for up to half a million more people like Hadiya and her family to be displaced.

UNHCR and humanitarian agencies are concerned, however, that recent military escalations in Taizz and Al Hudaydah governorates, could potentially displace up to half a million people, further exacerbating Yemen’s deep humanitarian crisis.

If hostilities intensify in Hudaydah, UNHCR is bracing for displacement of anywhere between 100,000 to half a million people. The estimates were made by a technical working group, the Task Force on Population Movement, which UNHCR co-leads with the International Organization for Migration in Yemen – By: Shabia Mantoo

http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2017/4/58fe21e44/unhcr-braces-further-displacement-yemen-conflict-intensifies.html

21.4.2017 – BBC (* A H)

Film: What is it like to be a stranger in your own country?

"The most painful thing is when you feel stable and suddenly you're out of your home."

Om Emad is just one of the over three million Yemenis the UN estimates have been displaced from their homes since war broke out over two years ago.

She had to leave her house in the city of Taiz and flee north to the capital Sanaa, not knowing what kind of future her family would face.

But her passion for Yemeni incense is helping her start a new venture from her kitchen – by Mai Noman.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-39656238

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Powerful piece by @mainoman on how the war devastates everything that's beautiful in our lives including ripping out from deep roots.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/856841811364638721

19.4.2017 – UNCHR (A H)

With 48K displaced by fighting in Taizz we've been proving urgent aid across the governorate incl. here at Al Ma'afer in southern Taizz (photos)

https://twitter.com/UNHCRYemen/status/854666013610315777

31.3.2017 – Danish Refugee Council (A H)

Map: Mixed Migration in the Horn of Africa & Yemen Region, March 2017

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/mixed-migration-horn-africa-yemen-region-march-2017 and

http://regionalmms.org/monthlymaps/RMMS%20Mixed%20Migration%20Monthly%20Map%20March%202017.pdf

31.3.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (* A H)

Yemen: Factsheet, March 2017

803,393 IDPs provided with NFIs since March 2015 to March 2017

134,149 Refugees and asylum seekers provided with health services since January 2016

190,491 IDPs provided with shelter assistance since January 2016

63,067 Refugee children enrolled in education since January 2016

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-factsheet-march-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/March%20Factsheet%20Yemen.pdf

31.3.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Somalia Repatriation Update 1 - 31 March 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/somalia-repatriation-update-1-31-march-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/03RepatriationUpdate1-31March2017FINAL.pdf

cp13d Wirtschaft / Economy

23.4.2017 – Adbulrahman AlEryani, Economic Development |Washington | Embassy of Yemen (A E P)

Central Bank of #Yemen meeting with the IMF. Main item on agenda: Technical support and Capacity building

https://twitter.com/eryaniar/status/856286004927483904

My comment: Hadi’s political project having caused so much pain in Yemen. Look here:

19.4.2017 – Fuad Rajeh (A E H P)

Yemen: another employe commits suicide-Dhamar city- amid exacerbating liquidity crisis. Employees havent received a salary for a 7th month

https://twitter.com/FuadRajeh/status/854757611547365377 and also http://almasdaronline.com/article/90539

20.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A E P)

Minister of Information Muammar al-Iryani said that only 1b YR had reached to the Central Bank of #Yemen out of 400b being printed in Russia

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/855167275346907136

My comment: Hadi government minister and Central Bank. That’s Hadi government effectiveness.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp1

24.4.2017 – Hakim Almasmari (A T)

After watching, I found 37 reasons why new #ISIS #Yemen video was produced/directed by western PR company. @BellPottinger is it yours?

https://twitter.com/HakimAlmasmari/status/856471540782772224

My comment: Link to video is missing.

24.4.2017 – Reuters (A K T)

Drone strike kills 3 civilians, four militants in Yemen: residents

Three Yemeni civilians were killed when a drone attacked four suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle in the southern part of the country, residents and a local official said on Monday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN17Q16P and also https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1668382596791061:0 and also by Sputnik: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201704241052948428-us-yemen-strikes/

22.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A T)

Coalition forces supporting legitimacy in Yemen arrests Al Qaeda militants

A number of Al Qaeda leaders and militants were arrested in the east of Yemen, the Coalition Command to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen said in a statement on Saturday.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302609929

18.4.2017 – Mehr News (A K T)

Two US drone airstrikes have killed at least seven suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, a security official said Wednesday.

"Two al-Qaeda leaders, Saleh al-Awlaki and Saeed Ba-Kadir, were targeted and killed along with five others in two separated US drone strikes in late night of Tuesday," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The strikes were on two cars in different locations.

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/124878/Two-US-drone-strikes-kill-7-al-Qaeda-suspects-in-Yemen

18.4.2017 – Almasdar News (A T)

Al-Qaeda in Yemen assassinates prominent Houthi commander

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/al-qaeda-yemen-assassinates-prominent-houthi-commander/

18.4.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

Infographic claims #AQAP killed 33 Houthi leaders & injured 3 in 12 months to Apr 2017 in Ibb (26 +3 injured), Sana'a (3), Rada' (4) (see image)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/854362401059352576

cp15 Propaganda

26.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Riyadh donates additional $150m to help Yemenis

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday donated $150 million (SR562 million) to the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) to boost its work in war-torn Yemen.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1090411/saudi-arabia and also http://english.aawsat.com/asharq-al-awsat-english/news-middle-east/saudi-arabia/saudi-arabia-donates-150-million-humanitarian-efforts-yemen

My comment: Peanuts for Yemen after bombing; this sum is the equivalent of 0,1 % of the cost of the 25 month bombing campaign.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well this is a drop in the ocean. The war apparently costs Saudi Arabia $200 million a day. So less in humanitarian aid - a one off - than the amount it would save by stopping the destruction for a single day. And so far it has bombed Yemen almost continuously for two years

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155462240533641

26.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A H P)

UAE donates $100 million to Yemen

The United Arab Emirates, UAE, on Tuesday donated US$100 million to support Yemen during 2017, and vowed unwavering support for the Yemeni people.

Since April 2015, the UAE has provided more than $2 billion to support humanitarian operations, development and reconstruction in various sectors including infrastructure, healthcare and housing across Yemen.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610474

My comment: Look at comment above. Positive to say: from the Emirati side, it’s less bombing and more relief.

26.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

The leader of Houthi militias, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, has reaffirmed his lust for power at whatever expense it comes, pledging his allegiance to Tehran, reported the Saudi Press Agency SPA.

In a Sunday televised speech broadcast, Al-Houthi pointed to the need to push more men to battlefronts and intensify recruitment campaigns across several governorates to increase recruitment.

Moreover, Al-Houthi also relied in waging his absurd wars on the loyalty of many Yemenis to the deposed Ali Abdullah Saleh, exploiting the poverty and destitution of Yemeni governorates in finding fresh cannon fodder among children and youths, said SPA.

http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/yemen-health-ministry-condemns-militias-looting-medical-aid-coup-leader-calls-bloodshed

My comment: When “president” Hadi tells almost the same, it of course is something very different.

25.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemeni think-tank anticipates US support to fight Iran in Yemen

Abaad Studies and Research Center, known as Abaad, has anticipated, in assessment, that the United States will support the Arab Coalition and the Yemeni government in order to liberate Hodeidah.

The Yemeni research center ruled out that the US will directly intervene

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6274

My comment: That’s 100 % bullshit.

25.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

PM praises efforts of GCC States' Ambassadors in Geneva

thanking them for their efforts in supporting relief, economic and human rights fields in Yemen.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6275

My comment: He forgot to thank them for bombing the country into rubble.

25.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Hadi, six governors discusses plan of liberating Hodeidah

Hadi directed the governors of Marib, Dhamar, Rayah, Saadah, Hajjah and Ibb to do best in order to ensure stability and security, and overcome all terror and security challenges posed by the Houthi-Saleh militias.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6276

My comment: “liberating” is a joke. These provinces are mostly Houthi-held.There are some governors without provinces.

24.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Yemeni President Urges Mayors to Support Forces in Battles

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi stressed on Sunday the importance of supporting the national army and the popular resistance in battles.

During a meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Hadi urged mayors of Maarib, Hajjah, Dhamar, Raymah, Ibb and Saada to “exert maximum efforts in the field, join resistance fighters to check their condition and back them and unify efforts towards the noble purpose, which is liberating all provinces of the country from Houthi and Saleh rebels that are supported by Iran,” reported Saba Net.

http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/yemeni-president-urges-mayors-support-forces-battles

Remark: He adresses the mayors of the Houthi / Saleh held provinces. They will enjoy it.

24.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Education Minister: 1700 schools were damaged

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6217

My comment: Not mentioning who had destroyed the greatest part of them.

24.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Fatah: Seizure of 200 relief convoys is terrorist act

Minister of the Local Administration Abdul-Raqeeb Fatah has condemned the seizure of 200 relief convoys allocated to the governorate of Taiz by the Houthi-Saleh militias, affirming that such acts are terrorism.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6218

My comment: What crime ever that is, it’s certainly no “terrorism”.

24.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Hadramout celebrations the first anniversary of the liberation from AQAP.. (photos)

My comment: Poster showing Hadi and Saudi prince Salman… really great.

23.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Rights groups document 2723 violations in first quarter of 2017

The Yemeni Alliance for Monitoring Human Rights in Yemen registered 2723 violations during the first quarter of 2017.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6193

My comment: This sounds propaganda-ish to me.

21.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

10,000 violence cases committed against women since coup

The Saudi newspaper of Okaz has reported that 10,000 violence cases have been committed against women across different areas of Yemen since the Houthi-Saleh coup was conducted in September 2014.

The newspaper said that the violations included sexual and verbal harassment, rape and deprivation of work.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6136

My comment: This figure might be true. But what does it really have to do with the Houthis? Nothing. This happens, who ever is ruling the country. And it’s the war having brutalized the people even more. – And it’s a bad joke that a Saudi newspaper objects violence against women to others: look at your own country (for instance here in cp8, the first two articles).

22.4.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

UAE: Iranian interference cause of tension in region

Diplomat’s statement at Security Council debate also calls for resolving the conflicts in Syria and Yemen

The UAE has called for the resolution of conflicts in Syria and Yemen and said Iranian interference continues to cause tension and instability in the region. The debate was chaired by Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the US to the UN.

In her remarks, Haley emphasised the need for focus on Iran and Hezbollah as key threats to peace and security in the region

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/uae-iranian-interference-cause-of-tension-in-region-1.2015589

My comment: And again, and again, and again. Preparation of war against Iran.

22.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

IDB Implements Development Projects in Yemen Worth $364 Mln

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al Jaber said that the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) – which headquarter is in Jeddah, has implemented 31 development projects in Yemen worth $364.8 million (SR1.368 billion) in all Yemeni governorates.

http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/islamic-development-bank-implements-development-projects-yemen-worth-364-mln

My comment: That’s the value of less then 2 days (from 750) of Saudi aerial war. Peanuts.

22.4.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Saudi Arabia grappling with an image problem

Isolated incidents lay waste to all the goodwill generated by moves to empower women, free up the press and modernise education system.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has spent by conservative estimates tens of millions of dollars on western PR firms to shore up its global image. The amount of money allocated for such activity could possibly run into a lot more. While other countries adopt similar strategies, albeit on a much smaller scale, the kingdom in particular finds itself the target of negative media coverage on several fronts – by Tariq A. Al Maeena

http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/saudi-arabia-grappling-with-an-image-problem-1.2015452

Comment: Image problem the UAE call it. We have been clear from day One: No PR exercise can polish up the indefensible.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1349496768436683

20.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

New Evidence on Houthi Use of African Migrants as Human Shields

The legitimate Yemeni government has found new evidence on the Houthi militia’s involvement in “using displaced foreigners as human shields on the battle frontline.”

The government also found other evidence that confirms Houthi involvement in attracting non-Yemeni fighters from the Horn of Africa to join the frontlines after making them undergo intensive training.

Non-Yemeni fighters arrive in Yemen for different purposes. Some seek financial gains for participating in the fighting and others arrive with the goal of migration, but then find themselves recruited to fight after undergoing training by Iranian experts, premiership sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

http://english.aawsat.com/a-alghabiri/news-middle-east/new-evidence-houthi-use-african-migrants-human-shields

My comment: Seems to be propaganda, not evidence. – there might be some Africans fighting for the Houthis. However, the author never seems to have heard of Saudis’ mercenaries from Sudan? They count to many thousands.

20.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Yemeni women’s living conditions difficult under Houthis

The life of Yemeni women is exceedingly difficult because of the mounting violations and atrocities committed by the Houthi militias against them in the provinces controlled by the putschists, according to Human Rights reports.

Violations against women take the shape of verbal and sexual harassment, physical abuses, including rape and murder, as well as preventing them from working.

During a seminar titled “The Situation of Women and Children during the Armed Conflict in Yemen,” held on the occasion of the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, hosted recently by the UN in Geneva, Yemeni women activists highlighted the terrible violations committed by the militias against Yemeni women.

The Human Rights Information and Training Center in Yemen said that 459 women were killed and 1,281 were injured between September 2014 and March 30, 2016.

In its report to the plenary session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the center stressed that women and children have been subjected to serious violations by the Houthi militia and Saleh loyalists – by Mohammed Al-Sulami

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1086796/saudi-arabia

My comment: By Saudi media, any objections to others they would violate women’s rights seem to be quite odd propaganda. – Yes, life of women under Houthi rule is difficult and horrible. But that’s hardly the Houthis’ fault. It is due to: the war in general; the Saudi aerial war; the Saudi blockade; the brutalization of the whole society and men in special as consequence of the war – and in the whole Muslim world, women’s living conditions are becoming more difficult because of Saudi-sponsored Wahabisation. Such propaganda is shown by the Hadi government and it’s mouthpieces in Geneva puts reality upside down.

20.4.2017 – RT (* A P)

Tillerson warns 'unchecked Iran' could follow path of North Korea

The Trump administration is reviewing US policy towards Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced, accusing Tehran of sponsoring terrorism and violence and destabilizing numerous countries in the Middle East.

“Whether it be assassination attempts, support of weapons of mass destruction, deploying destabilizing militias, Iran spends its treasure and time disrupting peace,” Tillerson said, adding, “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea ‒ and take the world along with it.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/385342-tillerson-iran-many-threats/

My comment: This is paranoia. The US actually is at war, is thirsty for war. And all Tillerson objects to Iran even much better fits on Saudi Arabia.

19.4.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

In contrast, this is Saudi media - Mattis' words : Houthi rockets must stop. Saudi headline : Mattis promises end to Houthi rockets (look at images)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/854766321887846400

19.4.2017 – Al Araby (A P)

Saudi Arabia's humanitarian chief claims Riyadh 'never attacked Yemen'

The head of Saudi Arabia's official humanitarian aid organisation has defended Riyadh's military intervention despite the growing death toll from Gulf-led air strikes. Saudi Arabia's chief humanitarian director has claimed that his country "did not... attack Yemen" and that the ongoing military intervention is due to Houthi rebels takeover of the capital in 2014.

Speaking to the Kremlin-backed RT news channel, Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah, supervisor general of Saudi's government-run aid agency, argued that Riyadh's intervention in Yemen was not an act of aggression.

"I think we should look the truth. Saudi Arabia did not actually attack Yemen, we should look at the history of this conflict," the head of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief group said when questioned about Riyadh's role in the conflict.

Rabiah insists it is the Houthis - who represent "five percent" of the country's population according to his estimations - had "violated the will of the Yemeni people" by rebelling after the country's 2012 presidential election.

He insisted that Saudi-led intervention was necessary due to the failed political process that ensued after the 2012 ballot, which saw Riyadh-backed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi as the only candidate.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2017/4/19/saudi-arabias-humanitarian-chief-claims-riyadh-never-attacked-yemen and this is the RT site: https://www.rt.com/news/385231-saudi-humanitarian-chief-syria/ and the film of the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ_qTtEtaeg

18.4.2017 – Wallstreet Journal (A P)

Saudis Know That U.S. Power Can Bring Lasting Peace

Any apparent lack of resolve only encourages those who do not share America’s noble values.

The U.S. has been working closely with us for a long time to combat terror groups and to deter Iran and Hezbollah, often in ways the public doesn’t see. Our support has been critical, but there are certain definitive actions that only the U.S. can take, certain voids that only the U.S. can fill.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands by our American ally, as we invariably have. We appreciate the many sacrifices the American people have made in our part of the world, and we understand their fatigue with combat – By Abdullah Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudis-know-that-u-s-power-can-bring-lasting-peace-1492555452

Comment: A shameful article by the Wall Street Journal. This is propaganda. If you think the paper is considered elitarian, you understand why information is all biased.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1344729632246730

My comment: How the WSJ can adopt such a bad propaganda article? – “Any apparent lack of resolve only encourages those who do not share America’s noble values”: That’s comedy.

18.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemeni Media to Address the West in English

Yemen’s Information Ministry intends to launch an English newspaper and satellite channel to inform the international community of the violations and practices of rebels against the Yemeni people.

http://english.aawsat.com/saed-alabyadh/news-middle-east/yemeni-media-address-west-english and https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6139

My comment: More Hadi propaganda – that’s what the world really needs.

18.4.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Leading Yemeni politician suggests 4-point formula to end fighting

Mohammed Abulahoum, chairman of Justice and Building Party in Yemen, made a series of recommendations during his lecture at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.
“Enough of this fighting,” he told Arab News on Monday as he explained his proposals. “Now is the time to get to the table (for talks). Let us put our differences aside and let us go forward.”

Abulahoum reiterated that Yemenis have never counted Tehran as an ally.
“Iran has never been, and can never be, an ally of Yemen,” he said. “Our permanent allies have always been, and will always be, the Saudis and the Gulf states.”

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1086296/middle-east

My comment: Propaganda, not peace efforts.

18.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Vice President directs to prepare Mocha port

Vice President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi has said the legitimate government is committed to provide relief to Yemenis and end their suffering and oppression practiced by the Houthi-Saleh militias against them.

He ordered to facilitate the delivery of relief and assistances to all areas and prepare Mocha port to receive relief ships.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6070

My comment: The wrong name is stated here. – And again, the purpose of a statement like this is the propaganda preparation for attacking Hodeida port.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

26.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/815694671914233/?type=3

25.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 24/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/815132448637122/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

24.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 23/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.814604548689912.1073741838.551288185021551/814604695356564/?type=3

23.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 22/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/814003342083366/?type=3

22.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 21/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/813455885471445/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

21.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 20/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/813438468806520/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

19.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 19/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/813433772140323/?type=3

19.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 18/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/811689182314782/?type=3

18.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 17/4/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/811114715705562/?type=3

25.4.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: Saudi Air Aggression Bombing 3 Stone Crushers in Bagel Directorate, Hodeidah 25 - 04 - 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7-HmzEM8yE

24.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition airstrikes kill 9 Houthis, wound 15 others in Lahj province – source

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90713

23.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

13 Houthi casualties by Arab Coalition aerial bombardment in Haradh and Midi

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90616

23.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Arab Coalition aircrafts pound Houthis’ sites in Taiz – source

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90613

23.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

17 Houthi militants killed, 20 wounded by coalition fighters and battleships bombardment western Taiz

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90580

21.4.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: 4 martyrs and 10 wounded from the family of the Yemen channel today, as a result of the bombing of the air force aggression Atan 21 - 04 - 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQBAPhS7hOo

21.4.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A K PH)

Film: $ 2 million losses of Yemen 's channel today as a result of the bombing of the Saudi aggression in Atan 21 - 04 – 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aOXAnuUSL0

21.4.2017 – Gulf News (A K PS)

Coalition forces raid militias’ arms storage facilities

The Arab Coalition Forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen on Thursday launched more than 10 raids targeting weapons storage facilities of the coup militia in several mountain areas, followed by explosions and two further raids targeting locations with gatherings of the militias and their equipment, along the intersection of Al Ahiouq in Al Wazaiya Province,west of Taiz Governorate.

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/350a8c89-3926-4e05-85b5-b3642a3ac785.aspx

19.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Arab Coalition aircrafts bomb al Daylami airbase northern Sana’a – witnesses

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90512

18.–26.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

[More Reports on air raids]

4-26, Saada: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463097.htm

4-24, Saada: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462944.htm

4-24, Dhamar prov.: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462935.htm

4-24, Derwah: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462934.htm

4-24, Various: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462870.htm

4-24, Sanaa: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462855.htm

4-23, Various: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462775.htm

4-22, Marib: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462686.htm

4-21: Serwah: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462663.htm

4-20, Marib: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462529.htm

4-20, Saada: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462528.htm

4-19: Various: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462435.htm

4-18, Various: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462321.htm

24.4.2017, Saba Net (* A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression kills four civilians in Taiz

At least four civilians, including a woman were killed on Monday in two Saudi air raids on al-Magash area in Mawza'a district in Taiz province.
A local official told Saba that the US-Saudi aggression coalition warplanes hit two cars in al-Magash area, killing the four civilians.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462943.htm

23.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Enemy Saudi continues committing war crimes against Yemeni people

One airstrike wounded eleven civilians, including women and children, when it targeted the regular road in Burkan area of Razih district, Saada province.
Another two airstrikes hit the car belonging to a citizen in Bin Hazen area in Serwah district in Marib province. Also in Marib, the enemy warplanes dropped cluster bombs on the Directorate of Harib Karamish.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462775.htm and photos in the following links:

23.4.2017 – Khüsh Bakht (A K)

#Yemen: Saudi warplanes dropped cluster bombs on the Directorate of Harib Karamish, Marib province. April 23 (photo)

https://twitter.com/khussh_/status/856272302199189504

Saudi warplanes waged 2 raids and hit the car belonging to a citizen in Bin Hazen area in Serwah district in Marib province. April23 (photo)

https://twitter.com/khussh_/status/856271776829100038

Saudi warplanes raids wounded 11 civilians, including women and children, when it targeted the regular road in Burkan, Saada.April23 (photo)

https://twitter.com/khussh_/status/856271386758828032

23.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes bomb Serwah of Marib

The Saudi aggression warplanes bombed Serwah district of Marib province overnight, a local official said Sunday.
The warplanes launched two airstrikes on al-Matar area, al-Rabiah and al-Makhdara areas. No casualties were reported from the airstrikes.
On Saturday morning, the aggression's warplanes waged two airstrikes on al-Dhaiq area in the same district, in which several people were martyred and wounded.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462769.htm

22.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Citizen killed in two Saudi airstrikes on Marib

A citizen was killed and three other wounded, including children and women in two Saudi airstrikes on their house in Serwah district of Marib province, a military official told Saba on Saturday.
The warplanes hit the house twice in Al Dhaiqa area.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462708.htm

21.4.2017 – AHD News (* A K PH)

Saudi aviation continues to commit the heinous crime in Yemen

The toll of the crime committed by Saudi aviation in Taiz province increased earlier, and the bridge was targeted at the Directorate of Mukabneh west of the province to five martyrs.

While seven others were confirmed injured.

According to a local source, in the province that the two flights launched by the Saudi air force on Al-Barh bridge also resulted in the destruction of four cars for the citizens in full and there is serious damage to the vital bridge between the provinces of Taiz and Hodeidah.

In addition, the source confirmed that the Saudi Air Force renewed its raids, earlier, at the junction of Al-Wasa'iyah in the same governorate, which led to the death and wounding of a number of citizens, including children (photos)

http://al-ahd.net/2017/04/21/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B5%D9%84-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%A7/

20.4.2017 – Saudi War Crimes (A K PH)

Photos: Hajjah province. # Pictures of the bombing of the Saudi airliner on a truck to sell ice near a market in the Directorate of # Hiran.
The victims of the shelling were 3 martyrs and two wounded.
19/4/2017

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1666501366979184 and https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/854991233151897600

20. 4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A K)

#Sanaa's sky is busy since early morning;fighter jets'horrifying targeting &flying at low altitude,nonstop!Airstrikes shook the city! (photos)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/855043560516747269

18.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A K)

#Sanaa's sky has been busy with intense coalition's fighter jets movement since morning! (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/854320521651113985

18.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes continue raids on provinces

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462321.htm

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

26.4.2017 – AFP (* A K)

Saudi fire stops 'rebel boat bomb' from Yemen

The Saudi coast guard fired on an unmanned boat rigged with explosives, thwarting an attack on one of the kingdom's oil terminals that authorities on Wednesday blamed on Yemeni Huthi rebels.

The boat, sent from a small island off the Yemeni coast, was targeting a petroleum products distribution terminal run by Saudi oil giant Aramco when it was intercepted on Tuesday, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170426-saudi-fire-stops-rebel-boat-bomb-yemen and other reports: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-aramco-idUSKBN17S1PQ?rpc=401& and http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-foils-houthi-bombing-attempt-on-aramco-fuel-terminal and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-26/saudi-forces-foil-attempted-attack-on-aramco-oil-product-center

and films / photos:

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/857217972431147008

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/857085013975855105

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/857085387977748480

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/857086929610960897

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/857256755356737536

26.4.2017 – AP (* A K)

SAUDIS THWART ATTEMPTED ATTACK ON OIL FACILITY NEAR YEMEN

Pictures released by the ministry on Wednesday show a small, unmanned speed boat allegedly strapped with explosives heading toward the center. The ministry also published images of a large explosion in the water after strikes on the target by the Saudi Royal Navy.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_YEMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-26-10-11-13

24.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

A woman killed by landmine explosion, another civilian wounded by Houthis’ fire in al Bayda

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90663

24.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Two civilians killed, others wounded by Houthis missile in al Jawf

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90653

23.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

17 Houthi militants killed, 20 wounded by coalition fighters and battleships bombardment western Taiz

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90580

My comment: Security of shipping routes, Saudi style.

18.–22.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

[Houthi / Saleh claims of greater successes in Mokha]

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462382.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462684.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462676.htm

18.–25.4.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

[Supposed] Houthi shelling / sniping in Taiz, victims (photos)

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/856911684857991168

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/856804976789737472

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/855211801960644608

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/854385800821301248

24.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Prince Sattam bin Hathloul, a member of the #Saudi Army Special Military Police, in the front lines with #Yemen's National Army forces (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/856483792210591746

23.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Egyptian & U.S. navies launch exercise '#EagleSalute 2017' in the Red Sea. KSA, UAE, Kuwait, & Bahrain are participating as monitors (photo)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/856211037644877824

23.4.2017 – AFP (A K)

Yemen missile seriously wounds AFP photographer

A local photographer who works with AFP was seriously wounded in a missile strike on Sunday in southwest Yemen, his colleagues said.

Saleh al-Obeidi was in an armoured car with a pro-government officer when their vehicle was struck by a heat-guided missile near the government-held Red Sea town of Mokha, a journalist said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4437754/Yemen-missile-seriously-wounds-AFP-photographer.html

20.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

#Saudi-led Coalition spare no effort to remove all #Houthi-planted landmines aiming to help displaced #Yemenis return to their homes safely (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/855039421841911808

My comment: Removing Houthi landmines, while throwing bombs and cluster bombs on Yemen. “to help displaced #Yemenis return to their homes safely”?? LOL.

21.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Over 500,000 landmines planted by putschists in Yemen

A Yemeni military official in Aden said that 31,000 landmines were removed from the governorates of Aden, Lahj, Abyan and some parts of Taiz.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6140

20.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Five Saudi civilians injured in Houthis-Saleh shelling on Najran, saudi Arabia

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90540

20.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Two children seriously wounded by Houthis missile shelling on al-Rawda neighborhood in Marib

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90544

19.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Mercenaries' vehicle runs over 2 citizens in Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462422.htm

19.4.2017 – AFP (* A K)

'Friendly fire' downed Saudi helicopter in Yemen: sources

A Saudi military helicopter that crashed in Yemen killing 12 Saudi soldiers was likely hit by "friendly fire", military sources said Wednesday.

The soldiers, including four officers, died Tuesday when the helicopter went down in Yemen's Marib province, the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels said in a statement.

"As the Saudi helicopter was not identified by the ground operations centre, the air defence system was triggered automatically," a senior Yemeni military official said.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170419-friendly-fire-downed-saudi-helicopter-yemen-sources

18.4.2017 – Reuters (* A K)

Saudi military helicopter crashes in Yemen, killing 12 officers

A Saudi helicopter came down during military operations in Yemen on Tuesday, killing 12 officers aboard, Saudi media reported, and a Yemeni defense ministry news website said the cause was friendly fire.

The official Saudi news agency SPA quoted a statement from the Saudi-led coalition as saying the Black Hawk came down in Marib province, east of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saudi-idUSKBN17K1W0

18.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

Yemeni pro-government forces says Saudi helicopter shot down accidently by coalition air defense systems

The Yemeni government forces stated Tuesday that the Apache helicopter of the Saudi forces, which crashed in Mareb province eastern the capital Sana’a, was accidentally shot down the by the air defense systems of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90538

18.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

At least 30 mercenaries killed in Mokha

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462302.htm

18.4.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Army retakes control over sites in Mokha

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news462327.htm

Pro-Saudi / Pro-Hadi reports:

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90621

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90617

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90658

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610050

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90581

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90584

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90614

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90543

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90514

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

25.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A E P)

World Bank commits $816 mln to support Yemen

The World Bank has committed US$816 million to support emergency projects in Yemen, Yemen's official news agency SABA reported on Tuesday.

Of the total amount, $500 million will be to create a mechanism for funding and supporting food imports, $200 million will be dispersed as cash assistance to the poorest families, $80 million to support healthcare and nutrition, $36 million to enhance agriculture through the Global Food Security Programme, he agency said.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302610438

Comment by Judith Brown: Note the World Bank. This is a loan.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155462234588641

My comment: A loan really is nothing Yemen can need – and it really cannot afford it. The West who made billions and billions with arms sales to the Saudis simply will have to pay for all this mess.

18.4.2017 – Karima Al-Hadaa

The distinguished Yemeni artist Abdul Jabar Noman's artworks! Stunning morals & colors! "Art for art's sake" is, though!! (photos9

https://twitter.com/KarimaAlhadaa/status/854354493701591040

17.4.2017 – Helene Aecherli

Women as Symbols of Hope

That art catches my attention and stirs emotions I cannot really grasp, happens rarely to me. It is like falling in love: You cannot explain it, but you know when it is there. And then it makes you dizzy, it moves you and doesn’t get off your mind.
Such were my reactions when I discovered the paintings of India-born Yemeni artist Mazher Nizar - will say, his paintings of women (with photos)

http://www.helene-aecherli.ch/blog/item/women-as-symbols-of-hope

25.3.2014 – Fadhel Yazan (* B)

Film: all about yemen the best

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL1YFc9izW8

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-294-yemen-war-mosaic-294

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-294 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-294:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

22:45 26.04.2017
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