Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 296 - Yemen War Mosaic 296

Yemen Press Reader 296: Hilfeappell–Konflikte im Süden, Aden–Lebensmittelkrise–Vergessene, hungernde Kinder–Gefangene der Huthis–Westen, UN und Jemen–Saudische Palastintrigen–Trump: Ewiger Krieg

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Appeal for help – Quarrels in the South, Aden – Food insecurity – Forgotten, starving children – Houthi’s detainees – The West, the UN and Yemen – Saudi palace coup – Trump: Forever war – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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29.4.2017 – Jamila Hanan (** A H)

This is Sohor Jaber she is 7 months old, weights 3.4 kilos should weigh 5.6 kilos. She needs 40 days treatment in nutrition clinic... (photo)

Sohor's parents could not afford to stay there so with many tears left her there, and now she has no-one to care for her...

...we need to raise $1200 for this child to complete 40 days treatment at the nutrition center,with her mum,and keep this family together... before @AhmadAlgohbary is raising funds,can accept donations via Moneygram (online) or Western Untion (need to call in to branch) only

... Details to donate: Ahmed Abdulatef Hasan Al-ghabri, Yemen Phone: 00967772393839 Just let him know trans number, name, amount, via DM

26.4.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (** B H K)

Read this story to understand the Saudi coalition donation to help #Yemen (look at image)

27.4.2017 – The Economist (** B P)

A report from Aden: In its third year of war, Yemen risks fragmentation

The president has no country to rule

Taking on responsibility for the south as part of the Saudi-led coalition to take Yemen from northern Houthi rebel forces, the UAE has established at least six operating bases across southern Yemen. While the Saudis bombed from the air, the Emiratis put thousands of troops on the ground, trained perhaps 30,000 Yemeni fighters in and out of the country to fight the Houthis and al-Qaeda and pumped $2bn into projects designed to revive a battered and neglected land. “Southerners will never again be governed by Sana’a [Yemen’s capital in the north],” says Reyad Yassin, a former foreign minister and Yemen’s ambassador to Paris, on a visit to the UAE. Even the bottled water is called “South”.

United in resentment of the north, southerners agree on little else. Formally, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a general from the southern province of Abyan, rules over all the territories the coalition has recovered. Yet signs of his power are almost as hard to find in the south as in the rebel-held north.

Mr Hadi still controls the country’s central bank, and hoards some 400bn Yemeni riyals (about $1.6bn) he recently had printed in Russia. But local governors find ways to diversify. Frustrated at Mr Hadi’s reluctance to hand over Hadramawt’s share of Yemen’s oil revenues, its governor—like his al-Qaeda predecessors—levies duties at Mukalla port.

For Mr Hadi, Aden, 550km (350 miles) west, is an even more urgent challenge.

Mr Hadi’s son now inhabits the presidential palace in Aden (Mr Hadi himself spends most of his time in Saudi Arabia), but in the rest of the city the governor, Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, has asserted control. Much of the police force he has raised comes from his home province of Dali, north of Aden, whose tribesmen massacred Mr Hadi’s Abayan tribe in 1986. “I override the president for the benefit of the city,” Mr Zoubaidi explains.

Amid the ruins, old vendettas have resurfaced. Over 3,700 people have been killed in the battles for Aden since 2015, say local doctors. In contrast to Mukalla’s well-swept streets and whitewashed walls, rubbish and graffiti abound. Marginalised under northern rule since 1990, Aden had long found so.

Southern secessionists maintain what order there is. Young men bristling with guns careen in pickups along pavements. Some officials now feel confident enough to move around Aden without bodyguards. But although the South Yemen flag is more common, al-Qaeda’s ensign also appears on alley walls.

The Emiratis are beginning to tire of their bickering wards. Officials who hoped that Aden would be a model for the rest of Yemen now fear that leaving the south on autopilot might only condemn the country to instability.

Remark: More reports in cp6.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Spill the beans, bro. Ex Aden governor Al Zubaidi accuses #Yemen's @HadiPresident of recruiting al-Qaeda fighters.

27.4.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (** A H)

State of Food Insecurity in Yemen, April 2017

The EFSNA has been the first nation-wide household survey conducted in Yemen since the escalation of conflict in 2015. It is the main data source of the latest Yemen Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released in March 2017 and was jointly conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Yemen Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC), in close partnership with the Yemeni authorities. The assessment represents 95 percent of the entire population. A total of 6,711 households were interviewed in November 2016, out of which 66 percent resided in rural and 34 percent in urban areas.

The IPC is an evidence-based approach using international standards that allow comparability of food security situations across countries and over time. Previous data and trend analysis were used to estimate the food security situation in the governorates not covered by the EFSNA.

Sixty percent of Yemen’s population facing food crisis and emergency

An estimated 17 million Yemenis are food insecure and require urgent humanitarian assistance to save lives and protect livelihoods according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which is largely based on data from the Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA). Approximately 10.2 million people are in crisis and 6.8 million in the emergency phase. At national level, the population falling into the Emergency and Crisis phase has increased by 20 percent since the previous IPC analysis in June 2016. and full report: and

26.4.2017 – Save the Children (** B H K)

Yemen's forgotten children: The urgent case for funding education and child protection

Children’s lives have been torn apart after two years of brutal armed conflict in Yemen. They have been bombed, starved and denied the chance to go to school with a staggering 10.3 million children in need of humanitarian and protection assistance.

As the war continues, children’s prospects of survival are being diminished day-by-day. Over 4,000 children have been killed or injured as a direct consequence of the conflict, while every ten minutes a child under five dies due to preventable causes, including malnutrition. An estimated half a million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition if they do not urgently receive appropriate treatment.

The conflict has disrupted every aspect of daily life, and the most vulnerable groups, which includes children, continue to pay the heaviest price. More than a million children are currently internally displaced and double that number are out of school, meaning a quarter of school-aged children are missing out on an education. This is having a devastating impact on their futures and the future of Yemen.

In spite of clear violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Laws committed during the past two years by all parties to the conflict, a lack of accountability has resulted in a complete disregard of international standards associated with the protection of civilian lives and infrastructure.
Humanitarian access is routinely hampered, which continues to have a negative impact on the health, protection and well- being of children throughout the country. Schools have also regularly been attacked – currently, more than 1,600 schools remain damaged, occupied or closed – which has contributed to the ongoing crisis in the education sector.

Despite the magnitude of the humanitarian and protection crisis, the international response to date has been wholly inadequate. The 2016 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen was only 60 per cent funded, and at time of writing, funding for this year’s plan is just 14 per cent of the US$2.1 billion required.

In particular, education and protection are seriously underfunded. Of the US$108.7 million requested for the two sectors in 2017, only US$6.3 million has been pledged.9 Funding for food security and nutrition is crucial. But in order to ensure children’s current and future development, well- being and safety we must also invest in education and protection. We have to learn the lessons of other conflicts and fund interventions in these areas now, before we lose a generation of psychologically scarred and uneducated children. and the full report: =


31.3.2017 – Save the Children (** A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Response Situation Report, March 2017

Since mid-March 2015, conflict in Yemen has spread to 21 of Yemen’s 22 governorates prompting a large-scale protection crisis and compounding an already dire humanitarian crisis brought on by years of poverty, poor governance, conflict and ongoing instability.

• The total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is 18.8 million or 70% of the population, including 10.3 million children.

• 7,684 people including 4,773 civilians have now been killed, and over 42,553 injured of whom 8,272 are civilians.

• Conflict has affected the lives of approximately 3 million internally displaced people and returnees including 1.6 million children. 2 million people remain displaced.

• 17 million people are food insecure including 6.8 million who are severely food insecure.

• More than 6.2 million children are in need of protection assistance.

• 14.5 million people lack clean water and sanitation, including 8 million children.

• 24.3 million people (90% of the population) lack access to electricity through the public grid.

• More than half of the health facilities assessed in 16 of the 22 assessed governorates in Yemen are closed or partially functioning due to the conflict, leaving over 14.8 million people in need of basic healthcare including 8.1 million children

• As of 12 March 2017, a total of 23,506 suspected cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea/cholera (33% are children below 5 years), including 198 confirmed cases and 108 associated deaths have been reported (11 cholera and 97 Acute Watery Diarrhea).

• 4.5 million children and pregnant or lactating women are in urgent need of nutrition services to treat or prevent malnutrition. This includes 1.1 million pregnant or lactating women and 2.2 million children under the age of five who are acutely malnourished – of whom 462,000 children are severely acute malnourished.

• Approx. 2 million of the 7.3 million school-aged children in Yemen do not have access to education. This includes 513,000 IDP children. According to the Education Cluster, as of February 2017 ,234 schools have been totally destroyed, 1,265 partially damaged, 143 are currently hosting IDPs and 9 are currently occupied by armed group. and the full report:


27.4.2017 – The Sun (** A H)

Heartbreaking photos of malnourished kids reveal suffering of seven million starving in Yemen’s ‘forgotten war’

The tiny boys and girls are too weak to cry, their bulging eyes symptoms of severe malnutrition after years of fighting devastated the already poverty-stricken country.

They were pictured at the Swedish hospital in Taiz, one of the few remaining clinics in the war-ravaged city (with photos)

26.4.2017 – Al Araby (** B P)

Over 16,000 Yemenis 'abducted by Houthis' since 2015

More than 16,000 people have been abducted by Houthi rebels since the group seized control of the Yemeni capital in 2014, a new report suggests, with thousands still missing as the war surpasses its second year.

Civilians, activists, academics and politicians remain under Houthi arrest in undisclosed locations around the war-torn country, according to the newly-published Rights Radar report entitled Yemen: Victims Behind Bars.

Thousands of victims remain behind bars in more than 480 new Houthi-controlled prisons that have opened since their move to capture territories, including high-ranking government figures.

“The number of detainees who are still in Houthi prisons in Sanaa alone reached 4,414 by the end of 2016,” the reports adds, noting some of the senior prisoners included in the list are the country’s former defence minister, General Mahmoud al-Subaihi and the current President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi’s brother, General Nasser Mansour Hadi.

Figures suggest that 227 former government buildings, 27 medical clinics, 49 university buildings, 99 public and private schools, 25 sport clubs, 47 judicial buildings and 10 private citizen homes have been converted into prisons, where "torture and abuse" are said to take place.

"The case for missing persons and detainees is a huge one in Yemen for the thousands of families that do not know where their relatives are," Rights Radar founder, Khalid al-Hammadi told The New Arab.

"Those that are detained in Houthi prisons suffer from torture and abuse and are denied their basic rights. They have no legal representation and are held without charge."

More than 200 minors are also said to be detained by the Houthis as international human rights organisations continue to accuse the rebel group of recruiting child soldiers across the country.

Rights Radar gathers information using a network of internal reporters situated across 18 of Yemen's provinces, although The New Arab could not independently verify the data – by Sana Uqba

and this is the full report:

26.4.2017 – Rights Radar (** B P)


A Human Rights Report about Detention Cases in Yemen


The armed Houthi group launched the worst massive detention campaign in the two and half years since its takeover of Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, along with other governorates. The campaign was fought against their opponents from politics, academia, .human rights organizations, and the media According to human rights organizations, the core values of the national legislation including the constitution, laws, and the rights granted by international treaties and agreements ratified by Yemen were all violated by practices of the Houthi militia and its ally the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Credibale human rights sources informed Rights Radar that the Houthi group and former president Ali Saleh created 484 new detention centers, as well as using the dozens of official prisons of the security authorities in the capital Sanaa and in the provinces which are under its controling in Yemen. The amount of people abducted and detained by the Huthis group is estimated in 16,804 detainees since Houthi rebels’ takeover the capital, Sanaa, on 21 September 2014 until the end of March 2017. It transferred 484 of government and private buildings into detention camps for its opponents, including 227 government buildings, 27 medical clinics, 49 university buildings, 99 public and private schools, 25 sport clubs, 47 judicial .buildings and 10 private houses of citizens.

After its control over Sana’a on September 21, 2014, the Houthi militia immediately enforced an oppressive policy against its opponents in order to silence the voices critical of its armed and violent approaches to take over power. They carried out massive raids on headquarters of political parties, media institutions and houses of their opponents. They launched a large scale detention operation targeting hundreds of politicians, ministers, people working in the media, university academics and youth activists The Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) in Yemen, which consisted of ten Yemeni human rights non-governmental organizations, issued reports of various cases of arrest since September 21, 2014. The Houthi-Saleh militia kidnapped 9,949 people during the period from September 21, 2014 .until April 30, 2016 According to Rights Radar sources and other human rights organizations, the Houthis and Saleh arrested more than ten thousand people in over two years. The kidnapping and arrest operations are still targeting their political opponents and people critical to their movement, according to human rights sources According to government sources, the number of detainees who are still in Houthi prisons in Sana’a alone reached 4,414 detainees by the end of 2016. The detainees include politicians, people working in the media, youth activists, and laborers, according to Khaled Hussein al-Yamani, Yemen’s permanent representative to the United Nations. and short film (Arabic):

My comment: Horrible, and of course a through ball for anti-Houthi propaganda: . Well, the Saudis should put their own house in order first.

27.4.2017 – Dissident Voice (** B K P)

The Shame of Killing Innocent People

On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack. One leaflet read:

Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the suffering of our gracious Yemeni people. Join your legitimate government in favor of the free and happy Yemen.

And another:

The control of the Hodeidah port by the terrorist Houthi militia will increase famine and hinder the delivery of international relief aid to our gracious Yemeni people.

Certainly the leaflets represent one aspect of a confusing and highly complicated set of battles raging in Yemen. Given alarming reports about near famine conditions in Yemen, it seems the only ethical “side” for outsiders to choose would be that of children and families afflicted by hunger and disease.

Yet the U.S. has decidedly taken the side of the Saudi-led coalition

Iran may be providing some weapons to the Houthi rebels, but it’s important to clarify what support the U.S. has given to the Saudi-led coalition

In light of these findings, the leaflets fluttering down from Saudi jets on the beleaguered city of Hodeidah, encouraging residents to side with the Saudis “in favor of the free and happy Yemen” seem exceptionally bizarre.

UN agencies have clamored for humanitarian relief. Yet the role the UN Security Council has played in calling for negotiations seems entirely lopsided.

Speaking on December 19, 2016, Sheila Carpico, Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond and a leading Yemen specialist called the UN Security Council sponsored negotiations a cruel joke.

These negotiations are based on UN Security Council resolutions 2201 and 2216. Resolution 2216 of 14 April 2015, reads as if Saudi Arabia is an impartial arbitrator rather than a party to an escalating conflict, and as if the GCC “transition plan” offers a “peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people, including women.”

Although scarcely three weeks into the Saudi-led intervention the UN’s deputy secretary-general for human rights said that the majority of the 600 people already killed were civilian victims of Saudi and Coalition airstrikes, UNSC 2216 called only on “Yemeni parties” to end the use of violence. There was no mention of the Saudi-led intervention. There was similarly no call for a humanitarian pause or corridor.

The UN Security Council resolution seems as bizarre as the leaflets delivered by the Saudi jets – by Kathy Kelly

26.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B P)

Saudi palace coup: The sequel

When King Abdullah died on 23 January 2015 and his half-brother Salman came to the throne, his son, Mohammed bin Salman had nothing in place. He was a minister of state and advisor to his father, but he was unknown in Washington and he was only 29 years old. A callow youth.

The first in a four act opera to install Mohammed on the Saudi throne began then.

Act One: Royal flush

Act Two: Son rise

King Salman kicked his brother Prince Muqrin out of his role of crown prince, put his nephew, Bin Nayef, into the post and made his favoured son, Mohammed, deputy crown prince.

Act Three: Decrees of Separation

Now comes Act Three. On Saturday, King Salman issued 40 decrees. The most important one was to restore Mohammed’s popularity by reestablishing the financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that Vision 2030 had slashed. Mohammed was bizarrely given credit for this, although it was his decision to cut the allowances in the first place. This was further to diminish the role of his cousin Bin Nayef in all this.

Act Four: Bringing the house down

Act Four? We have yet to know the fate that awaits the Crown Prince bin Nayef.

The Arab people from the Atlantic to the Gulf have changed. They have shed blood, lost homes, families, jobs, and their liberty. Thousands are in jail. Thousands more have drowned in the Mediterranean. Millions have been displaced. They are no longer awe struck by their absolute rulers with their absolute privilege and absolute wealth. And they are prepared to fight for basic human rights.

The House of Saud with all its court intrigues, with Abdullah merging into Salman and then Mohammed, has not changed. Access to power depends on the family tree. It makes a difference whether you are a brother or half-brother.

Ministerial portfolios are still handed down from father to son like goods and chattel. Professionals are still replaced with placemen. The family puts enormous power in the hands of one man. It makes gigantic mistakes in Yemen and Syria. And it is still, with its unimaginable wealth, a house of cards – by David Hearst

23.4.2017 – Tom Dispatch (** B K P)

The Chameleon Presidency

Presenting the Trump doctrine: 'forever war'

Trump’s enthusiasm for war is the logical endpoint of a grim process started years ago by his predecessors in the White House.

That new ruling reality of our American world should, in turn, offer a hint about the nature of Donald Trump’s presidency. It should be a reminder that as strange as his statements, tweets and acts may have been, as chaotic as his all-in-the-family administration is proving to be, as little as he may resemble anyone we’ve ever seen in the White House before, he’s anything but an anomaly of history. Quite the opposite.

Like those generals, he’s a logical endpoint to a grim process, whether you’re talking about the growth of inequality in America and the rise of plutocracy or the form that American war-making is taking under him.

When it comes to war and the US military, none of what’s happened would have been conceivable without the two previous presidencies. None of it would have been possible without Congress’s willingness to pump endless piles of money into the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex in the post-9/11 years; without the building up of the national security state and its 17 (yes, 17!) major intelligence outfits into an unofficial fourth branch of government; without the institutionalization of war as a permanent (yet strangely distant) feature of American life and of wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa that evidently can’t be won or lost but only carried on into eternity.

None of this would have been possible without the growing militarization of this country.

In other words, however original Donald Trump may look, he’s the curious culmination of old news and a changing country. Given his bravado and braggadocio, it’s easy to forget the kinds of militarized extremity that preceded him – by Tom Engelhardt =

cp2 Allgemein / General

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29.4.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K)

US admiral says power of Yemeni Houthi fighters growing

A US Navy commander says the military power of the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen has increased and Houthi fighters are now in possession of weapons they did not have before Saudi Arabia started a war on their country.

Referring to those capabilities, Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, a commander of US Naval Forces Central Command, told Reuters earlier this week, “These weapons didn’t exist... before the war. There was no explosive boat that existed in the Yemeni inventory.”

29.4.2017 – Tasnim News (* B K P)

US Support for Saudi Aggression on Yemen Reinforced under Trump: Ex-UN Official

A former UN official and professor of international law highlighted the US role in “tragic situation” in Yemen and said Washington’s support for Riyadh’s aggression on the Arabian Peninsula country has increased under the presidency of Donald Trump.

“Since the presidency of Donald Trump, the US has reinforced its support for Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen,” Richard A. Falk said in an interview with Tasnim News Agency.

“The nature of this aggression is a flagrant violation of the UN Charter and of international law,” said Falk, who has served as the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.

The following is the full text of Interview: Falk: It is a sad and tragic situation, and reflects the inability of the international community to respond effectively and consistently to even the most severe humanitarian crises when, as here, major geopolitical obstacles exist. The role of Saudi Arabia in creating and aggravating this crisis in Yemen is central, and given Saudi leverage within the UN as reinforced by the backing of the United States, paralyzes all UN efforts to respond on behalf of the victimized Yemeni population. All in all, what the Yemen situation underscores is the primacy of geopolitics in the Middle East, which is mainly responsible for this terrible ordeal of human suffering being experienced by the civilian populations of several societies in the Arab world.

Comment by Judith Brown: This man Richard Falk always talks sense on Middle East issues. Well worth a read.

28.4.2017 – Common Dreams (* B H K P)

The World's Wealthy Nations Are Failing Yemen

Antonio Guterres, U.N.’s Secretary General, has informed that international donors have pledged $1.1 billion in aid for Yemen. Rather than a humanitarian action, this pledge only underscores the responsibility that big powers have had in the crisis that has all but devastated that country. Paradoxically, among the countries that have now pledged support are some that have actively contributed to the ravage of Yemen.

One has the distressing impression that civilians, mostly children, have become pawns in a deadly chess game between warring factions. As Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s Director for the Mideast and North Africa told Associated Press, “There is no single country in the world where, today, children are suffering more than in Yemen.”

The recent $1.1 billion pledge for war-torn Yemen by international donors raises important questions. Can anybody imagine what that sum would have done for that country before the conflict? How many schools, children’s playgrounds, health centers, hospitals, and roads could have been built? Instead, foreign intervention in Yemen has left a ravaged country. Have we humans become so inured to other people’s suffering that we cannot think straight? – by César Chelala

28.4.2017 – Critical Threats (* B K P)

Yemen situation report

Russia is mediating negotiations for a political solution to the Yemen conflict outside of UN channels as a means to secure naval bases in

The UN seeks to prevent the Saudi-led coalition’s planned offensive on al Hudaydah port as a starting point for a comprehensive ceasefire

The al Houthi-Saleh bloc’s use of attrition tactics is exacting a toll on Saudi Arabia’s armed forces.

The Southern Movement’s grievances with the internationally recognized Yemeni government in Aden threaten to fracture President Hadi’s base.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) may be providing governance by proxy in parts of Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city.

U.S. counterterrorism partners in Yemen have not capitalized on anti-AQAP tribal mobilization.

28.4.2017 – The Guardian (* B H K)

This Yemeni city risks becoming the next Aleppo. Will America be complicit?

Those urging greater escalation underestimate the risks on the ground. Taking Houdeidah will be much tougher than Saudi and Emirati military planners admit. Before taking the port, coalition forces will encounter a string of small and well-defended Houthi-held cities. Houthi forces are well-equipped, prepared for house-to-house fighting, and willing to inflict maximum losses. Saudi airstrikes will cause heavy civilian losses – a propaganda win that Houthi forces and their allies are betting on.

Even if a success, it is unlikely that such an offensive would force the Houthis to the negotiating table. An attack would harden the Houthi’s resistance to a political dialogue. Any perception of increased US involvement would strengthen the Houthis’ claim to the mantle of leading the resistance to foreign interference, bolstering recruitment and mobilization.

The low likelihood of military success would surely come at great humanitarian cost. Houdeidah’s port is Yemen’s lifeline, receiving approximately 80% of the aid that keeps its war-weary population alive. An attack would cause more civilian deaths and displacement, and further reduce access to food, safe drinking water, and medical care – by Maged Al-Madhaji

28.4.2017 – Al Masira TV (A K)

Film: 12 Yemeni fishermen were on 3 fishing boats when Saudi coalition warship kidnapped, tortured them. Fishermen after their release

26.4.2017 – Junge Welt (* A H K P)

Krieg rechnet sich: »Geberkonferenz« für den Jemen

Schnelle, unbürokratische Hilfe? Die ist im Jemen zur Zeit leider kaum zu leisten. Erst kürzlich hat sich Idriss Jazairy, ein UN-Sonderberichterstatter, der sich mit den negativen Folgen einseitiger Zwangsmaßnahmen befasst, ungewohnt heftig über die Seeblockade beschwert, die Saudi-Arabien vor zwei Jahren eigenmächtig und unter Bruch völkerrechtlicher Normen gegen die jemenitischen Häfen verhängte. Die Bevölkerung des Landes ist in puncto Versorgung mit Nahrungsmitteln, Medikamenten und Treibstoff zu 80 bis 90 Prozent von Einfuhren abhängig, die vorwiegend per Schiff abgewickelt wurden, bis Riad die Blockade einrichtete und damit zugleich die Lieferung auch der lebensnotwendigsten Güter drastisch einschränkte. Diese sei eine Hauptursache »der von Menschen gemachten Hungersnot« im Jemen, urteilt Jazairy – und weist darauf hin, dass sie sogar Hilfslieferungen der Vereinten Nationen verhindert.
Nicht grundlos hat das EU-Parlament, das sich – machtlos, wie es ist – zuweilen zur moralischen Instanz aufschwingt, schon im Februar 2016 zu einem Waffenembargo gegen Saudi-Arabien aufgerufen. Die Bundesregierung hat sich souverän darüber hinweggesetzt und Riad im Laufe des vergangenen Jahres die Lieferung von Kriegsgerät im Wert von mehr als einer halben Milliarde Euro genehmigt. Die saudischen Streitkräfte nutzen deutsche Kampfflieger und deutsche Munition, um den Jemen in Schutt und Asche zu legen. Inzwischen liefert die Bremer Lürssen-Werft auch noch Patrouillenboote an Saudi-Arabien, die nach offiziellen Angaben eingesetzt werden können, um Schmuggel zu verhindern – das heißt im konkreten Fall, um die Seeblockade zu erzwingen. Auf gut 1,5 Milliarden Euro wird der Verkaufspreis beziffert. Für das profitbewusste Deutschland rechnet sich Riads Krieg: Die Gewinne, die deutsche Rüstungsfirmen eiskalt aus ihren Deals mit Saudi-Arabien ziehen, dürften das humanitäre Trostpflästerchen, das Berlin der gequälten, verhungernden jemenitischen Bevölkerung mit generösem Gestus gewährt, weit übersteigen. Aus der Perspektive der Waffenschmieden sind die 50 Millionen Euro aus Steuergeldern gut investiert. – von Jörg Kronauer

26.4.2017 – (B H K)

UN sagt Hilfe zu: Darum hungern 17 Millionen Menschen im Jemen

Auf einer UN-Sitzung haben die Mitgliedsstaaten beschlossen, Hilfsgelder in den Jemen zu schicken. Werden die Gelder eine humanitäre Katastrophe aufhalten können? [kurzer Überblick]

Mein Kommentar: Recht oberflächlich. Der saudische Bombenkrieg wird nicht einmal erwähnt. Stattdessen ist von „Bürgerkrieg“ die Rede.

27.4.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

Saudi Arabia uses money to silence world over Yemen crisis: Analyst

Press TV has talked to Kim Sharif, director of Human Rights for Yemen, as well as Jihad Mouracadeh, political analyst, to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Sharif believes Saudi Arabia is using its money to silence the international community over the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen.

“The international community with the greatest respect is nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. This in history will be studied as a time of the age of hypocrisy because that is was it is. Everyone is being silenced with [Saudi] petrodollars,” she said.

She also noted there is a “grotesque abuse” of UN resolutions in order to subject the Yemenis to the will of the world’s most brutal dictators (with interview in film) and

27.4.2017 – World Politics Alert (not rated B K)

How All Sides of Yemen’s War Are Weaponizing Hunger and Creating a Famine

Hodeida, the country’s busiest and most important port, is responsible for 80 percent of northern Yemen’s imports. If the Saudi-led coalition proceeds with an offensive against Houthi and pro-Saleh forces ensconced in the port, it will cut a lifeline sustaining the bulk of Yemen’s population, including in the capital, Sanaa. ... – by Joost Hiltermann, April Longley Alley (subscribers only)

26.4.2017 – Ayad (A K P)

#Yemen MFA minister Hisham Sharf Warned, attack Hodaydah port will lead to disrupt red sea Commercial Ship Movement

My comment: Sanaa government minister. What he tells here is obvious, the West believing Saudi propaganda simply neglects it: Fighting in the Red sea region disturbs international shipping. And it’s the Saudi side attacking there from the sea.

27.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K P)

Leaflets in Hodeida urge residents to join government and resistance forces – residents

Local residents in Hodeida city, west of Yemen, said they found leaflets believed to have been dropped by Saudi-led Arab Coalition aircrafts into the city’s residential neighborhoods and streets at dawn on Wednesday.

The leaflets urge the city residents to join the government forces and popular resistance in the war against the Houthi militants and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who control the city and its seaport.

The leaflets tell the residents that the Houthis' control of the city prevents the flow of the relief aids to them.(with 1 photo) and also (more photos) and

My comment: Preparation of the attack.

27.4.2017 – Yemen Times (* B H K P)

Is Yemen part of the equation?

With severe drought and famine devastating much of the Horn of Africa it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Local governments seem incapable of mastering any form of forward strategy when it comes to water capture and management, and so yet we receive fitful news of the havoc being wreaked on both man and beast. Whilst the priority needs to be saving lives, when the worst is past legitimate questions should be asked about the near total absence of any contingency and foresight planning.
Already the region is stretched in regards to resources, with many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) left vulnerable and largely neglected. In recent months the numbers of refugees have risen still further, this time with Somalis and others fleeing conflict-ravaged Yemen.

As things stand there is likely to be a constant stream of people fleeing Yemen, making their way to Djibouti, Somaliland, Puntland and other possible places of perceived safety.

Should Yemen remain unstable the situation for the Horn will remain problematic. It is imperative that any policy towards the Horn of Africa factors in Yemen with a view to normalising the situation. Until this is done it is extremely unlikely that any meaningful peace will be established, one that allows cordial interaction across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea – by Mark T. Jones

19.–26.4.2017 – United States Institute of Peace (* B K P)

Beneath the Saudi-Iran Proxy War in Yemen, Part 1&2

Looking at the maneuvers by Iran and the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen from afar, the battlefield looks a lot like a black-and-white contest for regional power. But as the U.S. considers escalating its role in the conflict—and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis visits Riyadh this week—it is essential to understand how local realities can get lost in a proxy war.

The conflict in Yemen is generally portrayed as a fight between the Iranian-backed Houthis, a Yemeni Zaidi Shia sect that controls the capital in an alliance with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the internationally recognized government aligned with the Sunni regimes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The longstanding internal conflicts, in turn, have been altered by Saudi Arabia’s lethal air campaign against the Houthis, supported to varying degrees by the U.S., and the Houthis’ use of increasingly potent weapons that the U.S. says come from Iran.

Internal Ruptures

But even the areas under the control of each side continue to face internal ruptures. While the Houthi-Saleh alliance appeared to be more cohesive, disagreements exist, and they have their own history of internecine fighting. A power struggle between the “national salvation” government and the Supreme Political Council, which was created in August, emerged early on.

The separate government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi continues to struggle to gain control over the areas under its authority. Elements of the southern separatist movement, Hirak, have grown stronger and are quietly cementing their dominance over local political structures in the south.

And all these divisions have been compounded by the proliferation of armed groups that hold and control territory, and by the competition over money, arms and political support from foreign powers.

The strategic clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Yemen masks multiple layers of conflict underneath that have deepened—and in some ways altered—the country’s fractures in local politics, society and security.

So while it’s important for the U.S. and its partners to seek a political solution at the highest levels, work also needs to be done on the underlying conflicts to dampen the lure of extremist groups and to ease humanitarian conditions.

Yemeni partners of the U.S. Institute of Peace urge more support for local-level efforts. These could help address causes and symptoms of the conflict that have grown more complex and bitter in recent years, with deepening foreign military intervention. The profound changes include: – by Sarhang Hamasaeed

26.4.2017 – Atlantic Council (* B K P)

The Endless Battle in Taiz

Taiz is the site of the longest-running battle ground in the Yemen war, which began when Houthi forces took over the city on March 25, 2015. Initially, the Houthis were confronted by peaceful demonstrations which they repressed heavily, killing six demonstrators in the process. The situation rapidly developed into armed conflict when the war erupted after the Houthis invaded the south, prompting the Saudi-led coalition to launch a counteroffensive on March 26, 2015. Taiz is centrally located in Yemen, and is the country’s third most populous city. Although large parts of Taiz were reportedly liberated from Houthi dominance, the “Taiz liberation operation” was never launched with serious intent.

Given this context, it’s understandable that Taiz became a center of opposition and rebellion against both the central government and the Houthi-Saleh alliance. Its opposition became even more politicized against the Sanaa government during the Saleh period, from 1978 to 2012. As the Houthis, allied with Saleh and the northern militias, have tried to take control of Taiz by besieging and bombing it, Taiz residents have turned against them.

The coalition was eager to start the war in Taiz to exhaust the Houthi-Saleh forces, but it does not have any vision of how to end this battle. In the long-term, Taiz and the political dissatisfaction it represents will continue to upset any chance of stabilizing Yemen. The only way forward is for the warring parties to address the underlying reasons for the war: political marginalization, favoritism, and inattention to the people’s needs. Taiz is the longest-running and most heated battle in Yemen and there is no end in sight, since those in power are determined to thwart all attempts to end the war by military or political means – BY MAYSAA SHUJA AL DEEN

27.4.2017 – RBB (* B K P)

Jemen: Wie können Krieg und Hunger beendet werden?

Am Donnerstag beginnt in Berlin die G20-Konferenz unter dem Titel "Eine Welt ohne Hunger". Im Fokus dabei: Die Entwicklung des ländlichen Raums. Doch es gibt Länder, in denen ist so eine Entwicklung gar nicht möglich, weil Bürgerkrieg herrscht. Krieg und Hunger sind oft eng miteinander verbunden. Das ist auch im Jemen so. Die UN-Geberkonferenz hat dem arabischen Land Milliardenhilfen in Aussicht gestellt. Doch der Bürgerkrieg wird trotzdem weiter toben. ARD-Korrespondent Jürgen Stryjak mit einem aktuellen Bericht aus dem geschundenen Land.

Mein Kommentar: Überblick.

25.4.2017 – RBB (* B H K)

Audio: Jemen: Gibt es überhaupt eine politische Lösung?

Der Jemen, eines der ärmsten Länder der Welt, versinkt seit Jahren in Gewalt und Chaos. Grund ist ein lang anhaltender Bürgerkrieg, unter dem vor allem die Zivilbevölkerung leidet. Prof. Günter Meyer von der Uni Mainz ist ein ausgewiesener Kenner des Landes. Im Gespräch mit Irina Grabowski erklärt er, wie Saudi-Arabien den Krieg gegen die Huthi weiter anheizt und spricht über die Frage, ob eine Geberkonferenz vor diesem Hintergrund überhaupt einen Sinn hat.

Mein Kommentar: Zwei kritische Anmerkungen: Die Houthis sind weder eine „Minderheit“ noch „Rebellen“.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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29.4.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B H)

Film: Medicine shortage threatening lives of cancer patients in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Yemeni ports continues to take a heavy toll on ordinary people. Restrictions on the entry of medicines are now putting the lives of thousands of Yemeni cancer patients at risk in Hudaydah province. Press TV’s Mohammed al-Attab has visited a healthcare center in the western Yemeni province and filed this report.

28.4.2017 – Jamila Hanan (A H)

Wonderful news from @AhmadAlgohbary on little Batol, first photo before treatment, other after just 6 days of treatment (photos)

Remark: Earlier tweets in thread.

28.4.2017 – Jamila Hanan (A H)

Good news from @AhmadAlgohbary back from visiting clinic, passed on recently raised funds to family of baby Dua'a now in treatment.

Remark: Earlier tweets in thread.

28.4.2017 – Alistair Reign (* A H)

Film: Yemeni-based Humanitarian Organization - Mona Relief Is Feeding Families.

Please visit our GoFundMe campaign raising funds for Mona Relief:
The Colour of War is a not-for-profit organization. and also

28.4.2017 – PBS (* A H)

In Yemen conflict, preventable diseases are a deadly side effect for children

“In the last two years, more children have died from preventable diseases than those killed in the violence,” said UNICEF Representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano.

In February, the World Health Organization, working with local and religious officials, launched a campaign to vaccinate 5 million children under 5 to prevent polio from re-emerging. For the most part, Yemen has been free of polio since 2009 but has reported a handful of cases in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The disease can cause irreversible paralysis – BY LARISA EPATKO (with photos)

Comment by Judith Brown: This is so worrying. With so little food about starving children are especially vulnerable to disease

27.4.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B H)

Abortion in war time: How women break taboos in Yemen

Women who need an abortion face strict laws, social disapproval and a lack of medical services

Abortion is practically forbidden in Yemen, a taboo practice which takes place amid secrecy and which no one discusses. Usually it is only allowed early in the pregnancy if the mother's health is at risk, if there is a risk of congential defect or in cases of rape.

Only during the past decade have society and Islamic sheikhs started to accept abortion on these grounds. Women who terminate their pregnancy without what Yemeni culture regards as good reason are criticised.

In peacetime, family planning in Taiz was difficult: health centres were scarce and many poorer families were unable to pay for medical prescriptions. The country also has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Middle East (see chart) and one of the higher total fertility rates in the region with an average of 3.77 births per woman.

Medical professionals report that more women now want abortions – but drugs and medical care are harder to find – by Amal Mamoon and Nasser Al-Sakkaf

27.4.2017 – Fund Ly (* A H)

Human Solidarity in Yemen

From Larry Specht

I am raising funds to support the work of Human Solidarity in Yemen, a grass-roots volunteer organization fighting starvation in a country torn apart by civil war.

Funds will go directly to one of the founders of Human Solidarity in Yemen, noted journalist, Mohammed Al-Asaadi, and will be used for food and medical supplies for Yemenis who are beyond the reach of traditional international relief programs. The BBC recently wrote about Mohammed and his fellow activists and the human tragedy unfolding in Yemen.

Examples of what your contribution will mean to desperate families in Yemen:

$10 can buy drinking water for a family of 4 for two weeks.

$20 will provide food for a family of 4 for one week (flour, cooking oil, salt, tea, sugar, beans and vegetables).

$50 can buy food for a family of 5 for two weeks.

$100 can by food for a family of 5 for a month.

For more information on Mohammed and his humanitarian work, see his Twitter page

remark by Mohammed Al-Asaadi: This is a personal initiative to help the poorest in rural areas of #Yemen. My friend Larry Specht and I work on..

27.4.2017 – Doctors Without Borders (A H)

@MSF treated +60,000 war wounded and violence victims in #Yemen since March 2015 (photos)

27.4.2017 – Food Security Cluster (A H)

Infographic: Food Security Cluster Famine Prevention Operations, April 2017 and in full: and

27.4.2017 – Adel Hashem (A H)

Photos: What I just seen in a street here in the capital of Yemen, Sanaa. A woman who was crying hopelessly and begging to get some money to purchase food to feed her children who are starving NOW. =

27.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A H)

This father holding a child while placing him on a newly donated wheel chair is the emblem of the 40.000 (must be more) injured in the war against Yemen.
The Yemeni Fund for People with Disabilities in Sanaa has been struggling throughout the war with NO funds (and no salaries), an exploding data bank of over 100.000 registred cases of people in need of help and, fundamentally, the inability of helping anyone the way it is supposed to be done.
We never met anyone as kind hearted, caring as the people who work behind the scenes to make a day like today a special one: the distribution of wheel chairs.
While you might be thinking of changing your car, we need wheelchairs, crutches, hearing aids, orthopedic shoes, artificial limbs. (photos9

26.4.2017 – US Agency for International Development (A H)

Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #9, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

International donors participate in high-level pledging event for Yemen crisis on April 25

USG agencies commit an additional $94 million in humanitarian funding for the Yemen response

UN officials warn parties to conflict against launching a military offensive in the vicinity of Al Hudaydah Port, noting humanitarian concerns and in full

26.4.2017 – US Agency for International Development (A H)

Map: Yemen ‑ Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 04/26/17) and in full

26.4.2017 – (* B H)

‘Writhing with hunger’: The poorest country in the Middle East on the brink of a catastrophic famine

The sheer scale of the deprivation is staggering: of Yemen’s 25.6 million people, almost 19 million are in urgent need of assistance, according to the United Nations.

For more than two years, Yemen has been in the grip of a conflict between a Saudi-led military coalition and Shiite rebels that has driven the Arab world’s poorest country to catastrophe.

But the conflict has been overshadowed by the war in Syria — which has generated a far larger refugee crisis — according to humanitarian workers.

All UN mediation attempts and seven declared ceasefires have so far failed – by Mega Palin

Remark: overview article on the humanitarian situation.

26.4.2017 – Theirworld (* B H)

World is failing to help' Yemen's war-scarred children back into school

Hundreds of schools have been bombed or closed - but the international community has not done enough to support education, according to Save the Children.

International leaders are failing to help reopen schools and get children back into education in Yemen, according to a charity.

Save the Children said education continues to suffer greatly due to the ongoing war, with little international financial help - despite 1660 schools having been bombed or closed.

Many more schools are at imminent risk of closure because teachers have not been paid for six months.

The charity said "not one single dollar" of the estimated $36.5 million needed for a United Nations appeal to help education in Yemen had been delivered.

As international donors met in Geneva this week, Save the Children said the world is abandoning Yemen’s children in their hour of greatest need.

Grant Pritchard, the organisation’s interim Yemen director, said: “During this one-day donor conference another six children will be killed or injured - the unacceptable cost of the world’s failure to act.

"As famine looms closer, funding for food and nutrition is vital for saving children’s lives right now but they also need safety and a future. =

26.4.2017 – World Food Programme (* A H)

WFP Yemen Shipping Update - 26 April 2017

During the past month, the number of vessels arriving into Al Hudyadah has remained constant, as has the pace of discharge and number of vessels at anchorage. There has been no rapid increase nor decrease. As demonstrated in the table found at the bottom of the second page, there has been a delay the arrival of more than 50% of the expected vessels. and in full: =

26.4.2017 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (* B H P)

Humanitarian Implementation Plan Yemen (ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2017/01000) - Last update: 25/10/2016 Version 1

The present Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) was prepared on the basis of financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2017/01000 (Worldwide Decision) and the related General Guidelines for Operational Priorities on Humanitarian Aid (Operational Priorities). The purpose of the HIP and its annex is to serve as a communication tool for ECHO's partners and to assist in the preparation of their proposals. The provisions of the Worldwide Decision and the General Conditions of the Agreement with the European Commission shall take precedence over the provisions in this document.

A year and a half since the escalation of the conflict, Yemen has turned into the number one humanitarian crisis in absolute numbers of people in need.

ECHO's Integrated Analysis Framework for 2016-2017 identified extreme humanitarian needs in Yemen. The vulnerability of the population affected by the crisis is assessed to be very high.

1. Context – 2. Humanitarian need – 3. Humanitarian response. Last update: Oct. 2016 and in full: =

13.4.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (* A H)

GPC briefing note: Four famines

More than 20 million people across four countries risk facing starvation and water shortages within six months. The GPC briefing note provides an analysis of protection risks and concerns in all four countries. Collective, concerted and coordinated efforts are of utmost importance in the famine response.

The Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM), a technical working group of the Protection Cluster, that engages in dedicated displacement and return tracking with a view to inform the humanitarian response in Yemen, reported that there are almost 2 million IDPs and 1 million IDP returnees in Yemen as of 1 February. The on-going conflict remains the main cause of displacement in the country, causing severe food insecurity among the displaced, returnee and host populations. Yemen was declared by the Famine Early Warning System as “the largest food security emergency in the world.”15 A report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation highlights that 7.3 million Yemenis are currently facing food emergency status with another 10.2 million in crisis. This figure represents a 21 per cent increase in hunger since June 2016, compounded by the on-going conflict in the country that started in 2015. = and in full: =

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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29.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

14 journos stand before the Public Prosecution Office in #Sanaa, #Houthis authority, today, on charges of demanding their salaries! (document)

28.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen President Samad speaking in Yemen Grand Mosque in Friday sermons: We have a great project& this is why the world fight us (photo)

27.4.2017 – New News (A H P)

Minister of Transport sends a letter to the international and human rights organization

Minister of Transport Zakaria Yahya al-Shami said in a letter ,Mersad get a copy, to international humanitarian and human rights organizations that the port of Hodeidah,which more than 80 percent of the Yemeni people depend on, is subjected to a suffocating sea blockade and obstructing access to food, medicine and oil derivatives by the US-Saudi coalition.

“There is no outlet for more than 80 percent of the Yemeni people to import their basic living necessities and their requirements for medicine and medical supplies except the port of Hodeidah, the minister said.” the port subjected to a suffocating sea blockade and the methods of blocking access to food, medicine and oil derivatives”.

27.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

AMA demands to release paralyzed abductee

The Abductees' Mothers Association on Wednesday carried out a protest in front of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sana'a, demanding to release the abductee Jamal al-Mamari who was paralyzed inside a jail of the Houthi-Saleh militias.

28.4.2017 – Al Araby (* A H P)

Yemen's Houthis announce food rationing system to appease protests

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Yemen's Houthi-controlled Sanaa issued commodity cards allowing government employees to buy basic food items from two shops in the capital on Wednesday.

“The card requires a number of suppliers so that the consumer can compare and choose between the goods, but a limited number of suppliers creates a near-monopoly that employees will be subject to,” said an economic analysist interviewed by local media – by Paola Tamma

26.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (* A E H P)

#Houthis'salaries plan:State's employees will receive 50% as ration coupon;30% in cash;20% transferred to the postal savings account!

26.4.2017 – #Houthis' authority in #Sanaa grants 7000 cars of the popular committees customs exemptions! (document)

and comments:

7 thousand cars?! Yemen is starving. 8 Month employees no salaries. They buy cars with such a huge number. And you do not speak to cut the row and provoke sedition? (document)

The crime of this collusion and in this circumstance and under any pretext that deprive the state treasury of at least 7 billion riyals (document)

28.4.2017 – New News (A P)

The Main Points of Sayed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi’s Speech at the Anniversary of the Martyr Leader 23.4.2017

26.4.2017 – Al Araby (* A H P)

Hundreds of aid trucks 'seized by Houthis' in Yemen

Two hundred trucks containing humanitarian and medical aids for 12 districts in Yemen's besieged city of Taiz were reportedly seized by Houthi forces earlier this week.
They were part of a UN aid convoy that recently left the port of Hodeida and included rare dialysis drugs for Taiz's al-Thawra Hospital.
Houthi rebels have reportedly blocked aid convoys aimed at territories that they do not control.

At the same time aid-carrying vessels are being denied entry to the port of Hodeida by a de facto naval blockade by the Saudi-led coalition.

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

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28.4.2017 – AP (* A P)

Yemen's president fires minister, Aden governor

Yemen's internationally backed president has fired a Cabinet minister and the governor of the southern port city of Aden, two figures known to be close to the United Arab Emirates, a key member of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen since 2015.

The firing late Thursday of Minister of State Hani Bin Braik and Aden Gov. Aidarous al-Zubaidi appears to be the latest chapter in a stand-off between President Abded Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the UAE.

Relations between Hadi and the UAE have been tense over allegations by the Yemeni president that the Emiratis are offering patronage to southern Yemeni politicians campaigning for secession as well as what he sees as UAE violations of his country's sovereignty – by Ahmed Al-Haj

Comment by Judith Brown: This is an important announcement - Hadi and UAE are in a stand off and it has created tensions between KSA and UAE. How the UAE responds to this will be interesting.

Comment by Shuaib M. Almosawa: Hadi thinks that UAE (a member of10+ coalition bombing Yemen 4 over 2 years)is now violating "country's sovereignty"

28.4.2017 – Xinhua (* A P)

Yemen in major cabinet shakeup

Saudi backed Yemeni President Abdu-Rabbu Hadi on Friday fired a cabinet minister along with the governor of the southern port city of Aden, creating anger among pro-secession southern politicians and supporters.

In a presidential decrees, Hadi sacked Maj.-Gen. Aidarous Zubaidi as Aden governor, and replaced him by Abdulaziz al-Mufleihi.

Yemen’s Minister of State Hani Buraik was also fired and forwarded for investigation.

Observers said that the decrees targeted the two southern officials who are considered as the most powerful figures in Aden and key UAE-allied military commanders.

According to the observers, the standoff and odds between Saudi-backed Yemen President Hadi and UAE have just reached boiling point.

UAE-backed Governor of Aden Aidarous Zubaidi held an exception meeting with his team hours after Hadi’s decree but no details have been revealed yet.

Suspected UAE fighter jets hovered early Friday over Aden’s airspace and sporadic clashes occurred in Aden.

Citizens in Aden fear further escalations as a result of Hadi’s presidential decree.

Hadi’s decisions to remove UAE-loyal Aden governor created anger among leading secessionist leaders and supporters who called for anti-Hadi demonstrations in the country’s southern regions. =

28.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

Four Ministers Appointed, One Dismissed by Presidential Order in Yemen

28.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

President Hadi appoints Aden governor, reshuffles government

The Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued on Thursday evening several republican decrees, including ministerial reshuffles in the government of Ahmed bin Dagher, state media said.

President Hadi issued a decree appointing Abdul Aziz al-Maflhi as governor of the southern Aden city, the interim capital of Yemen, following Eidros al-Zubaidi, who was appointed an ambassador in the Foreign Ministry, Saba news agency reported. and and

28.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

President Hadi dismisses State Minister Hani ben Brik, sends him to investigation

28.4.2017 – Ammar Aulaqi (A P)

Hani Bin-Brayk, the face of pro-UAE Salafis. Has been acquitted as minister today... Brayk is 20K men strong.. let's see how this unfolds (photo)

Anti-Hadi factions in the south are still in shock mode. They will not confront now but will retaliate when the time is right.

Expect a bitter escalation between Hadi & UAE soon. UAE's message to all factions in the south: "If you're not with us, you're against us".

28.4.2017 – Al Araby (* A P)

Protests in Aden after Hadi drops UAE-allied governor

Demonstrators gathered in Yemen's temporary capital on Friday to protest against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's decision to dismiss two prominent UAE-allied southern figures, including Aden's governor Major General Aidaroos al-Zubaidi and a cabinet minister.

Dozens participated in a protest held on the main road in Aden's Maala neighbourhood on Friday afternoon, raising banners and chanting slogans rejecting the unexpected dismissal of al-Zubaidi and cabinet minister, Hani Ben Breik.

Hadi announced the "bold" orders on Thursday evening, causing a stir among local supporters of the two officials.

Both al-Zubaidi and Ben Breik held close ties with the United Arab Emirates, which has been active in Yemen's southern region since intervening as part of a Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in the country.

Relations between Saudi-backed Hadi and the UAE have been tense in recent months, over allegations by the Yemeni president that Abu Dhabi is offering patronage to southern Yemeni politicians campaigning for secession.

Meanwhile, military commanders and officials, including ambassadors and other governors representing the majority of Yemen's other provinces supported the decision.

28.4.2017 – Adengad (A P)

Calls for popular protests to reject the decision to dismiss Zubaidi from office

The head of the Supreme Council of the Southern Community in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, Shaikh Abbas Saneej Al-Shaeri, called for speeding the march of the people of the south towards the capital of Aden. Arab Alliance.

"The march to Aden must be accompanied by a full combat readiness and security for all the people of the south in preparation for the great potential that your southern leadership will announce from the capital," he said in an urgent statement.

Al-Shaeri confirmed that the southern community will accept the full financial and political support of any decision taken by Aideros al-Zubaidi as the supreme commander of the southern resistance, the only victor in the war, including the decision to unilaterally disengage from one side. The blame and embarrassment today has become unjustified as before. Defeat the Yemeni occupation army and the militias of the Houthi Magi.

Remark: Calls for #Yemen's pro-South secession to rise up vs Hadi's decree yesterday sacking pro-South Minister & #Aden Governor

28.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Political activist close to UAE ruling family admits here that Qaeda/ISIS men r appointed as ministers&governors in Aden referring to

28.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Riots and clashes in Aden south Yemen after Saudi-installed gov appointed governor linked to Qaeda/ISIS. (photos)

28.4.2017 – Taiz News (A P)

Watch the video ... The sons of Aden with the big voice "The sleep is no longer legitimate today" .. in today's demonstration

Comment: if so called Prez Hadi is not welcome or wanted either in North /South #Yemen what this war is all about then???

Comment to comment: It’s about Saudi rule in Yemen.

27.4.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Tension rises between Saudi-hired forces&UAE-hired forces in Aden south Yemen after UAE forces arrested senior military official loyal to KSA

27.4.2017 – Mohammed al-Qadhi (A P)

Tension is mounting in #Aden following #Hadi changes !

27.4.2017 – Iona Craig (A P)

Hadi's presidential decree tonight = thinly veiled declaration of war on leading secessionist and UAE-loyal figures in Aden. Expect trouble.

27.4.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

In Aden & elsewhere in #Yemen, Saudi Arabia & the UAE are busy buggering each other via their Yemeni proxies. It is a ridiculous spectacle.

Aden governor Al Zubaidi sacked by "president" Hadi. New one : Abdul Aziz Al Miflahi, sentenced to death 1974 by South #Yemen Communists.

27.4.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

From Riyadh, Hadi appoints Abdul Aziz al-Muflehi as a governor of Aden and ousts Emirati man Eidros Zubaidi.

Breaking: A Saudi plane take (Mehran Qubati) from Aden to Riyadh following hours of detention at Aden airport. #Yemen

This comes after, The arrest of Mahran al-Qubati, the 4th brigade commander "Hadi & KSA man" in Aden airport after his return from Cairo.

Warplanes flying in the skies of Aden after the spread of various armed factions in the airport

The withdrawal of gunmen and the opening of streets in the vicinity of Aden airport.

Abyan governor survives assassination attempt when he was in the way to Aden.

28.4.2017 – Anadolu (A P T)

Yemeni provincial governor survives assassination bid

Recently-appointed governor of southern Abyan province comes under fire while en route to Aden

28.4.2017 – Cairo Portal (A P)


A member of Aden International Airport revealed details of what happened on Thursday after Brigadier General Mahran al-Qubati, commander of the fourth brigade, was seized with a presidential protection shield by security forces close to the UAE.
The employee said according to the site "Yemen 24", he was a witness to what happened on Thursday afternoon by officers and members of the UAE at the airport of Aden International when the arrival of the plane, which was taken by Brigadier General Mehran al-Qubati, where the anti-terrorism team and a lightning team aircraft, and we look at the scene and We know what will happen. As soon as Al-Qabati came down, the UAE Lt. Col. Abu Abdullah spoke to him. "I came back from where I came from Aden airport to Riyadh and return from Riyadh to Aden and not from Cairo? and in original:

27.4.2017 – Yemen Press (* A P)

UAE Ends Hadi's Legitimacy While Media Talks about Ben Burik As the President of Hadhramout

Hadhramout conference under the auspices of UAE declared the province an independent state having the right to leave the confederation whenever Hadhramout state deems necessary. Mansour Hadi and his Prime Minister have no place or power but only to swallow the bitter pill. Let alone, the so-called government was not allowed to attend week-long conference.

In fact, declaring Hadhramout an independent region is not what bothers Hadi being pro-federal state system as a forward step in dividing Yemen. Moreover, leaving Hadi out of Hadhramout political game patch-working his Saudi-made-up legitimacy, Hadhramaut governor and newly-declared president of the region, Ahmed Ben Burik issued a decree rejecting any appointments or decisions by Hadi government and has been disseminated to the local authority.

Anwar Al-Tamimi, a Yemeni political analyst based in Hadhramout, in a statement to Sputnik on Monday, said "Hadhramaut leadership awaits Hadi government positive reactions to "Hadhramout Inclusive Conference" decisions otherwise Hadhrami would have no way but to take unilateral action to find possible solutions based on the status quo and without the need for confrontation with the central government. This conference sends a clear message to the Aden government that Hadhramout will not be silent or get involved in the ongoing conflicts. The province runs its affairs for years and now considers self-determination in accordance with the current reality and not based on the outcome of the national dialogue- Sanaa 2014.

My comment: This contradicts the pro-Hadi reports about this conference (YPR 295, cp6).Let us wait for more information. But it is true, look at the first paragraphs of this article:

27.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Aden police seizes Shiite-promoting books container heading to Sanaa

The Police Department of the southern Aden city, the interim capital of Yemen, said on Wednesday they had seized a container loaded with pamphlets promoting the Shi'ite thought, on its way to the Houthis group in the capital Sanaa.

The police said in a statement that the soldiers of the al-Arish checkpoint had seized the “container loaded with pamphlets, slogans, cards and medals promoting the lost thought of the Shiite, before unloading it in the stores of a merchant in al-Arish area of Khor Maksar district”.

My comment: That’s democracy Hadi style: Shia is a matter for police and military.

26.4.2017 – Saleh Khalid Saleh (B P)

Abyan, Lahej, Dalea' governors warn of resignation, Aden's governor threatens that he'll take to the streets protesting against Hadi's gov.

After two years of Aden liberation,no power,water shortage,high prices, closed courts . This what #Aden is like now.

26.4.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Abu Zar'a, a commander in Hadi forces, Considered the state institutions in Mocka as a war spoils. Today he looted Mocka oil facility

28.4.2017 – New News (A P)

UAE Moving for Illegal Occupation of Yemen’s Socotra Island

The source, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, said that Abu Dhabi has through multi-mission delegates currently occupied the Island and it has attracted more officials, dignitaries and sheikhs in different ways where ‘political money’ is first.

The source also added that the UAE has succeeded in buying loyalties of influential figures in the Island by tempting them with money and luxury cars, in addition to organizing visits and trips to Abu Dhabi to meet with Crown Prince Mohammd bin Zayed.

27.4.2017 – Fars News (* A P)

UAE Moving for Illegal Occupation of Yemen's Socotra Island

A news source revealed in detail of moves of UAE in the aggression coalition against Yemen led by Saudi Regime, just to illegally control the most important and largest islands of Yemen in the Indian Ocean.

The source, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, said that Abu Dhabi has through multi-mission delegates currently occupied the Island and it has attracted more officials, dignitaries and sheikhs in different ways where ‘political money’ is first.

The source also added that the UAE has succeeded in buying loyalties of influential figures in the Island by tempting them with money and luxury cars, in addition to organizing visits and trips to Abu Dhabi to meet with Crown Prince Mohammd bin Zayed.

Comment: Occupation and war do not come only through bombings. There is a subtler way and it's unfolding now, right in front of our eyes


27.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A P)

An urgent message from #Socotra:
''Yesterday a group of tourists/Emirates investors arrived to Socotra with their Rotana jet.
The UAE do not allow local Socotran agencies to bring tourists but they can bring their own people.
The guides and all workers in tourism are protesting today against Emirates authorities: they brought cars and guides from Emirates without caring and respecting the local community and environment .
We were living in peace and the Gulf interferred in our affairs' (photo)


26.4.2017 – Trade Arabia (* A P)

UAE group to develop mega city in Yemen

My comment: At Socotra island, which Hadi had given to the Emirates for 99 years.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

28.4.2017 – Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General (A H P)

After #Aid4Yemen conference, we now need 3 things: access, access & access, so aid workers can reach people in need

Comment by Haykal Bafana: No. What you need to do is to stop selling for Saudi money the UN's silence about the criminal war on Yemen

28.4.2017 – Reuters (A P)

U.N. issues ultimatum as millions face starvation

he United Nations issued a blunt ultimatum on Friday - if donors fail to pour more money into Africa and Yemen then aid workers might have to choose which of the starving millions live or die.

"We are going to have to make life challenging decisions as to who will receive food and who will not," said David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP).

"This is not a decision that we look forward to making, but that is the reality, the graveness of the situation," Beasley told a conference at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

29.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A P)

Emirates considering truce on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan and in view of the next round of peace talks scheduled for the end of May.
Emirates referred to the deteriorating humanitarian situation as a reason of concern

27.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Urges New Round of Talks before Ramadan

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed expressed his hope for a new round of peace talks between Yemen’s warring parties before Ramadan month.

The Envoy told AFP that currently, things are at the preliminary stage, but time is also a real constraint and he aims to finish all of this before Ramadan, or the end of May.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed added 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 the first step towards a ceasefire. He explained that prevention of an attack on Hodeida could allow “a real cessation of hostilities and to go back to the talks.”

When asked about concerns of the coalition that the port may be used to smuggle weapons, Ould Cheikh Ahmed told AFP: “We believe that any military operation on Hodeida will have major humanitarian consequences and could lead to a very high level of civilian casualties.”

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Elephant in the room, UN insist on Hadi legitimacy. No legitimacy 4 him after February 21, 2014. #Yemen|is are the source of legitimacy here

26.4.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Switzerland expresses readiness to host Yemeni negotiations

Switzerland's Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has stated that his country is ready to host Yemeni peace negotiations between the Yemeni government and the Houthi-Saleh militias.

28.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen FM: Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s Intentions are ‘Good’ but ‘Insufficient’

He underlined in this regard that Houthi insurgents and supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh should accept the peace process and acknowledge the three pillars of negotiations, including the agreed ceasefire.

“We are always seeking to establish peace and to end this war and the people’s sufferings,” Al-Makhlafi told Asharq Al-Awsat during a phone conversation.

My comment: Back to square 1. These “three pillars of negotiations” the Hadi government is insisting on were one-sided, they would guarantee a total supremacy to the Hadi government: reaching victory just by political means. Look at:

28.4.2017 – Al Monitor (* A P)

In shift, Saudis seek political solution for Yemen port

Hoping signs of progress in talks with Houthi rebels come to fruition, Riyadh is now looking away from military plans and considering a political solution to take a strategic Yemeni Red Sea port.

Amid signs of possible progress in negotiations with Yemen's Houthi rebels, the Saudi-led coalition is now looking for a political solution rather than a military operation to take Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah, former US officials who work on Yemen said.

The possible breakthrough could avoid a military escalation to take the Houthi-held strategic port that some US and UN experts feared could exacerbate famine in Yemen after two years of civil war have made millions of people dependent on humanitarian aid.

"It seems people are backing away from the idea of a military operation," former US Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein told Al-Monitor April 27, referring to the Saudis. "And [they] are thinking more creatively about how do we achieve this objective without having to resort to military [solutions] and breaking a lot of crockery."

A political solution to the Hodeidah port could also prove to be a confidence-building measure that could help make way for renewed political talks to try to find a political resolution to Yemen's two-year civil war, diplomats said. – by Laura Rozen

My comment: Be aware that they just speak of “A political solution to the Hodeidah port”, not of a political solution for Yemen. Thus, this seems to be nothing new: The Saudis just want to put their hand on Hodeida by political means, with help of the UN, as they asked since weeks.

26.4.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Ousted Saleh,on his personal FB account, shows willingness to collaborate with parties,incl KSA,to establish a comprehensive peace in #Yemen referring to

26.4.2017 – Common Dreams (* A P)
Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women's Equality

Who let the Saudi fox in the hen house?

It’s hard to sink to a greater depth of hypocrisy than voting Saudi Arabia onto a UN Commission charged with promoting women’s equality and empowerment.

How did the US Ambassador to the UN and the democratic champions of Europe vote? The ballot was secret, and is it any wonder that the UN representatives refuse to reveal their votes? What is undeniable, however, is that the Saudis could not have received 47 votes without support from the Western democracies.

For Saudi Arabia, a top U.S. ally, a position on the Women’s Commission is a way to further whitewash its image and keep the organization from shining a spotlight on Saudi abuses – by Medea Benjamin and by Zhe Independent:

26.4.2017 – San Diego Union Tribune (* A P)

Does Saudi Arabia deserve a place on the UN Women's Rights Commission?

Here are some of the responses from the international community:

In response to the tide of criticism, the Saudi Arabian government’s Bureau of International Communication and Media has been working overtime to counter the accusations. Their Twitter account — which seemed to only post sporadically before the controversy — has sent out a couple responses to France 24’s article covering the story.

And while we may never know which member nations voted for Saudi Arabia’s seat on the commission or why they did so, some have already started to speculate that money was somehow involved.

Neuer referenced a Wikileaks release in 2015, which indicated that Saudi Arabia sent money to Russia for a vote to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Neuer, in his report, argued that it is common for countries to “strike backroom deals to elect each other” on human rights bodies – By Anthony Berteaux and also

and also

27.4.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A P)

The maths of the UN voting system tell us that: (see image)

28.4.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

UK government refuses to deny voting to put Saudi Arabia on the UN Women's Commission

The British government has refused to deny that it voted in favour of Saudi Arabia's installation on the United Nations Women's Commission, after the Belgian Prime Minister apologised for his country's role in the secret ballot.

27.4.2017 – UN Watch (* A P)

Belgium’s Shame: PM “sorry” for helping get Saudi Arabia on UN women’s rights panel; scandal exposed by UN Watch

The Geneva-based UN Watch — the non-governmental human rights group which exposed the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia to its women’s rights commission — welcomed Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel’s statement of “regret” for helping elect the Wahhabist monarchy to the world body tasked with “empowering women” and “promoting gender equality.”

“Human rights activists everywhere ought to accept this rare apology,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, “provided that it is matched with a real commitment to ending the U.N.’s routine elevation of gross human rights abusers to influential human rights bodies, which only empowers the regimes, not the victims.”

Belgium’s disclosure of how it voted is likely to increase pressure on other countries to do the same, and it refutes diplomats’ claims that such information is obliged to be hidden from the public.

“Because we know there were at least four other EU nations who voted for Saudi Arabia, today we call on France, Sweden, Norway, and the UK, who are among the other members of the 54-nation U.N. Economic and Social Council. to likewise assume responsibility and express regret if indeed they backed Riyadh.”

26.4.2017 – UNRIC (* A H P)

Konferenz in Genf: Eine Milliarde für den Jemen

Die Vereinten Nationen haben auf einer internationalen Geberkonferenz für den Jemen etwa die Hälfte des Geldes zugesagt bekommen, das sie für die Unterstützung der unter Krieg und Hunger leidenden Menschen gefordert hatten. Die Teilnehmerstaaten versprachen in Genf, rund eine Milliarde Euro zur Verfügung zu stellen. Die Bundesregierung beteiligt sich mit insgesamt 105 Millionen Euro an humanitärer Hilfe und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.

UN-Generalsekretär António Guterres nannte das Ergebnis einen bemerkenswerten Erfolg. Er hatte zum Auftakt des Treffens um rund zwei Milliarden Euro gebeten und an das Gewissen der Weltgemeinschaft appeliert: "Wir erleben das Verhungern und die Verkrüppelung einer ganzen Generation." Er sei zuversichtlich, dass die gesamte Summe bis Jahresende zusammenkomme, sagte Guterres. und siehe auch

Bemerkung / Kommentar: Ausführlich auf Englisch in YPR 295, cp7a. – Und diejenigen, die hauptsächlich diese Krise verschuldet haben (USA, EU, Golfstaaten) spielen sich jetzt als Wohltäter auf.

28.4.2017 – Al Araby (A H P)

Nearly $1.1 billion was pledged by 48 Member States including the European Commission, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and four NGO/humanitarian organisations for humanitarian action in Yemen in 2017.

While well-wishers cheered the move, locals and analysts familiar with Yemen remained indifferent; aware of the country’s somewhat abysmal track record with international aid.

“The last time aid was pledged was before the 2011 revolution,” Yemeni economist Amal Nasser told The New Arab.
“The ‘Friends of Yemen’ conference pledged $7-8 billion to assist the country but very little was dispersed. This time however, it's a truly critical case.

“Of course, the aid will help but whether it's enough or not will be debated in the coming month,” Nasser says, referring to a fresh round of upcoming peace talks in May. “The truth is we don’t know where the money will go.”

25.4.2017 – Oxfam (* A H P)

International community yet again falls short of meeting Yemen’s dire need

In response to the US$1.12 billion pledged to Yemen during the high-level event today in Geneva, Oxfam says the international community has fallen short in its support for the Yemeni people. Despite wide recognition of the dire level of need in the discussions, only about half of the US$2.1 billion UN appeal for Yemen was raised - which even if fully funded would only have met the basics needs of 12 million of the 18.8 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian aid.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

28.4.2017 – Shafaqna (* A P)

Saudi to build hundreds of mosques to spread Wahhabism in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has approved a project to build hundreds of mosques with almost US$1 billion (S$1.39 billion) from Saudi Arabia, an official said Wednesday, worrying minorities who fear they could be used to spread Wahhabism.

The government plans to construct 560 mosques – one in every town in Bangladesh – as the secular administration woos extremist groups before elections.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought the funds from Saudi Arabia, which will provide the lion’s share of the US$1.07 billion cost, during a visit to the oil-rich state last year, said planning minister Mustofa Kamal.

The centers of worship – equipped with research facilities, libraries and cultural centers – would be a “model” for worshippers in the Muslim-majority country, said Shamim Afzal, head of the state-run Islamic Foundation.

“It is a perfect idea of spreading the true knowledge of Islam,” he said.

My comment: Horrible. And Western support to Saudi Arabia means support to this. The consequences are predictable. – ““It is a perfect idea of spreading the true knowledge of Islam,” this is bullshit. It’s Wahabism what will be spread.

And read this again:

30.12.2106 – Sydney Morning Herald (* B P)

We help pay for terrorism at the petrol pump

Saudi Arabia uses the proceeds of its oil exports to pay for, among other things, the missionary spread of the Islamic fundamentalist doctrine of Wahhabism.

This has spread like a cancer to scores of countries. It has poisoned traditional local interpretations of Islam and created the toxic climate for extremism and terrorism to grow.

"We feel that we are under attack from the growing influence of Wahhabists in Indonesia" preaching an alien literalist Islam, Monash University law professor and Indonesian national Nadirsyah Hosen tells me.

Considering the cost of Saudi-sponsored extremism to our security, to our social cohesion, to civilised values everywhere, even the cheapest oil price means that we pay for our petrol at an incalculably high price – by Peter Hartcher

27.4.2017 – Sputnik News (* B P)

Manufacturing Consent: UK PR Firm Hired by Saudi Arabia to Promote 'Muslim NATO'

An international public relations firm has been accused of complicity in whitewashing Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen, after signing a deal to promote the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, a Riyadh-dominated military bloc dubbed the "Muslim NATO."

The firm, Burson-Marsteller, was hired in March to shill the coalition, which was established in Riyadh in December 2015. It has 41 Muslim-majority member nations, and the stated mission of battling Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and combating Islamist militancy across the Middle East and North Africa.

Middle East analyst Dan Lazare previously told Sputnik the bloc effectively strengthens the Middle East's most repressive regimes, many of which have financed terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

While the firm is international, with Middle East offices in Riyadh and Jeddah, the firm's London headquarters leads the propaganda efforts. The firm has amassed a reputation for having despotic regimes as clients.

More generally, the UK is a key destination for repressive regimes in need of reputation management, due to a lack of regulation and high levels of opacity.

27.4.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Film: #Saudi- #Wahhabi cleric explains how to "properly" beat your wife.

After beginning to head #UN Women’s Rights Commission, Will be there any courses for young men to sign up for .. ?

19.3.2017 – Info Post (* A P)

19-Year-old Gang Rape Victim to Receive 200 Lashes and 6 Months in Jail in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian woman must be accompanied by a male guardian — typically relative — at all times in public. The rape victim violated this law by meeting a friend to retrieve a picture.

A 19-year-old gang rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and to six months in jail for the crime of indecency and speaking to the press.

Saudi Arabia defended a controversial verdict sentencing a 19-year-old gang rape victim to 200 lashes and six months in jail. The Shi’ite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating Saudi Arabia’s rigid Islamic Sharia law on segregation of the sexes.

The decision handed down by the Saudi General Court more than doubled her sentence last week. The court also roughly doubled the prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping her, Saudi media said.

The upholding of a decision to punish the victim triggered international outcry.

27.4.2017 –Arab Gulf Institute (* B P)

A Saudi Course Correction

On April 25 the Saudi government reached the one-year mark since the launch of its ambitious program of governmental reform, Saudi Vision 2030. Just days prior, King Salman bin Abdulaziz offered a course correction of sorts: a raft of proclamations shifting policies and shuffling government appointments. The changes map the difficult course the Saudi leadership is pursuing in a time of reduced oil prices, a prolonged military effort in Yemen, and a momentous generational transition in power. The personnel changes represent a frank acknowledgement of the need for new leadership on the Yemen portfolio, while hinting at a new base of political support among young royals. Meanwhile, the policy changes mark a surprising attentiveness to the opinion of a Saudi public finding its voice through social media.

Public signs of dissatisfaction include attention to the plight of low-ranking soldiers serving on the front lines, documented on social media. Soldiers serving in the Yemen campaign were exempted from the 2016 public sector cut in allowances, and were granted a two-month salary bonus in the recent royal decrees.

The Saudi course correction also included a significant personnel change in the Yemen portfolio – by Kristin Smith Diwan


27.4.2017 – Ahram (* A P)

Riyadh restores perks

In Saudi Arabia, a number of recent royal decrees have promoted young leadership and reinstated benefits and bonuses for government employees

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz issued a series of royal decrees 21 April reinstating income compensation and bonuses that were suspended for months, rewarding soldiers in the Yemen war, and appointing several young princes to government positions.

More than 35 decrees began with one to “restore all compensation, bonuses and benefits to civilian and military government employees” that were suspended for revision in September 2016 after global oil prices dropped.

The second decree granted “a two-month bonus for those on the frontlines in operations Storm of Resolve and Restore Hope at the ministries of Defence, Interior, National Guard and General Intelligence”.

The royal decrees were in response to popular demands to reform economic conditions on the one hand, and to improve interaction between the regime and the public on the other.

My comment: A quite positive view on Saudi Arabia which nearly could be labeled as “propaganda”. The Saudi regime just was afraid of the people’s discontent – and some Saudi princes and royals were shuttled into other positions.

26.4.2017 – DNA India (* B P)

The unholy Saudi-Israel nexus

It is the best kept secret in West Asia. The two most important partners of the United States in that region, Saudi Arabia and Israel, are covert allies. Officially, they despise each other. They don’t have diplomatic relations.

Saudi Arabia was an early backer of the Islamic State (ISIS) before the jihadists turned on the Saudi royals. Israel, so ruthless against Hezbollah (one of the Shia militias fighting ISIS in Syria), has been notably quiescent about the Islamic State.

The Saudis and Israelis have meanwhile stuck to an unwritten arrangement not to step on each other’s toes even if it means giving the jihadists of ISIS free rein.

Washington backs this self-serving arrangement – by Minhaz Merchant

26.4.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Man ‘sentenced to death for atheism’ in Saudi Arabia

Man identified by local media as Ahmad Al-Shamri, in his 20s, lost two appeals after being arrested on charges of blasphemy for social media videos in which he denounced the Prophet Mohammed

He was arrested on charges of atheism and blasphemy and held in prison before being convicted by a local court and sentenced to death in February 2015. and also

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

27.4.2017 – Hintergrund (* B K P)

Nur 100 Tage im Amt und schon ein Fall für Den Haag – wäre er Afrikaner!

Am 30. April 2017 kann Donald Trump auf die ersten 100 Tage seiner Amtszeit zurückblicken. Dabei gelang es dem bei Amtsantritt ältesten US-Präsidenten rasch, sich für den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof zu empfehlen. Eine kleine Einordnung jüngster Ereignisse.

28.4.2017 – True Activist (* B K P)

Americans Ignorant That U.S. Is Aiding A Genocide By Mass Starvation In Yemen

While Unicef’s statement and much of the mainstream media has called much-needed attention to the horrifying situation in Yemen, these reports have failed to address the United States’ role in Yemen’s plight. The media has instead chosen to use vague terminology such as “ongoing violence” and “administrative blockages” without taking a deeper look into the policies of our government that have lent support to an unconscionable treatment of civilians in Yemen.

ABC News touched upon the issue of hundreds of attacks in the country, while Unicef’s statement noted that “violence has made large parts of the country inaccessible to humanitarian workers, cutting off vulnerable children and families from urgently needed aid.” To understand why Yemen is in such peril, it’s critical to look further into the United States’ tangled web of foreign policy and how it affects this region – by Annabelle Bamforth

28.4.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

Photos: [April 27]: #RSAF F-15SA 12-1003 during a test flight at #Palmdale, loaded with Small Diameter Bombs — Pics: @ShorealoneFilms

My comment: US-Saudi complicity in photos.

28.4.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Exclusive: Trump complains Saudis not paying fair share for U.S. defense

President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

In an interview with Reuters, Trump confirmed his administration was in talks about possible visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel in the second half of May. He is due to make his first trip abroad as president for a May 25 NATO summit in Brussels and could add other stops.

"Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Trump’s criticism of Riyadh was a return to his 2016 election campaign rhetoric when he accused the kingdom of not pulling its weight in paying for the U.S. security umbrella – By Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland

Comment by Ali AlAhmed: Entire #Saudi media playing dead after @realDonaldTrump says they must pay for #US defending them

28.4.2017 – Muftah (* B K P)

Trump’s Middle East Policy Is Just a More Brutal Version of Obama’s

This is especially true when it comes to the campaign against ISIS, which was launched by Obama in 2014. Despite promises to review and change Obama’s anti-ISIS strategy, Trump has basically maintained his predecessor’s policies. The only substantive adjustment he has made is to increase U.S. firepower and decrease concern for civilian casualties.

the sheer number of casualties suggests a heightened disregard for protecting civilian lives.

Trump’s policies in Yemen reflect a similar intensification of Obama-era practices.

The pattern continues in Egypt.

Despite his promised “new foreign policy,” Trump has, thus far, succeeded only in making his predecessor’s strategies more deadly and indiscriminate. This brutal transformation will do little more than alienate those the United States claims to be helping and reward dictators and regimes that regularly violate human rights – by Matthew DeMaio

28.4.2017 – Huffington Post (* A K P)

A bipartisan group of senators urged the Saudi ambassador to have his government avoid bombing a port in Yemen that serves as the main entry point for humanitarian aid in a country that is on the brink of famine.

In a letter sent to Ambassador Khalid bin Salman on Thursday, the nine lawmakers asked the Saudi government to refrain from bombing the port of Hodeidah and called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire around the port.

The majority of food, fuel and medical supplies enters Yemen through the Hodeidah port, the lawmakers wrote. If the port is closed, they warned, parts of the Hodeidah, Taiz, Sa’ada and Hajjah governorates could slip into famine within three months or less.

“In short, a military campaign against Hodeidah would make a horrible humanitarian situation in Yemen catastrophic,” lawmakers wrote – By Jessica Schulberg and also

Comment: Could?? What about the ALREADY STARVING HALF A MILLION YEMENI CHILDREN? The 18 mln who are in desperate need of aid?

28.4.2017 – Rare (* A P)

Rand Paul: The U.S. should not fund Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen

American-built planes with American bombs were used by the Saudis to bomb a funeral procession in Yemen. Over 100 people were killed, and 500 mourners were wounded. Active duty American pilots have been refueling the planes dropping bombs across Yemen.

Sounds like war to me.

But when did we declare war on Yemen? When did Congress vote to authorize military force in Yemen? Who is the enemy, and why are we fighting them?

Let’s be clear: war was NOT declared by Congress, as the Constitution requires. Congress never authorized American participation in a war in Yemen. And yet, here we are, involved in yet another Middle East war.

We have an unfortunate habit of arming foreign nations, only to discover that these supposed allies may be creating more enemies for America than they are killing.

Not only are we selling the bombs to Saudi Arabia that they are dropping on Yemen, the president’s first military act was to send a manned raid of Navy Seals into Yemen.

In the upcoming debate, I hope the president will seriously consider the unintended consequences of getting us mired in yet another Middle East war – By Sen. Rand Paul

27.4.2017 – Bureau of Investigative Journalism (* B K P)

Trump's 100 days: US air campaign hammers Yemen with almost a strike a day

More US strikes have hit Yemen in President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined, as the US military takes full advantage of the White House designating parts of the country areas of "active hostilities".

In March and April alone the US carried out 80 air attacks with jets and drones - itself more than double the number seen last year.

There is limited reporting on the effects of these strikes because the areas hit are also the scene of fighting between the various factions embroiled in the ongoing civil war.

US Central Command's generals get to authorise strikes without running them through the White House security bureaucracy first.

27.4.2017 – Reuters (* B K P)

In Yemen conflict, a window into deepening U.S.-Gulf ties

After long seeking to distance itself from Yemen's brutal civil war, the United States under Trump now appears increasingly to see the conflict through the Gulf's prism of Iranian meddling, even as Washington prioritizes a parallel fight against al Qaeda.

Detailed discussions are under way within the Trump administration that would offer greater aid to Gulf allies fighting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels. Officials say that could included expanded sharing of U.S. intelligence.

In Saudi Arabia last week, Mattis compared Tehran's backing for the Houthis to its support for Shi'ite ally Lebanese Hezbollah, a view long espoused by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states who see links between the two groups.

"Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran," Mattis told reporters in Riyadh.

Iran rejects Saudi accusations that it is giving financial and military support to the Houthis in the struggle for Yemen.

For many U.S. and Gulf observers, the role of Iran is clear in the increasing sophistication of Houthi forces.

My comment: Overview on greater US involvement, based on following Saudi / anti-Iranian propaganda.

27.4.2017 – The American Conservative (* A P)

How Saudi Arabia Tricked American Veterans

The longstanding U.S. ally lobbies Washington with unwitting domestic surrogates.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and significant political capital trying to kill a brand-new law that would allow 9/11 survivors to sue the longstanding U.S. ally for its alleged connections to the terror attacks in domestic court. But the latest Saudi tactic—recruiting unaware American veterans to lobby their cause on Capitol Hill—crosses a line and may have run afoul of the law, say critics who have helped to expose the scheme in recent months.

According to records kept under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), multiple U.S. lobbying firms and individuals have disclosed contracts with the Saudi government to recruit veterans to spread the message on the Hill about the 2016 Justice Against State Sponsored Terrorism Act (JASTA) and its “unintended consequences,” including “potential liabilities arising for U.S. military, intelligence and diplomatic personnel.”

Veterans contacted by TAC—even those who went on the fully paid trips to DC involving free hotel rooms (many at the now-legendary Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue), meals, and nights out on the town—say recruits in many cases were misinformed about what JASTA really does, and furthermore, not told at all that Saudi Arabia, the country that would currently have the most to lose if JASTA remains intact, was behind it all - By KELLEY BEAUCAR VLAHOS

27.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* B K P)

Trump’s ‘temporary’ battlefields in Yemen and Somalia

Trump: One drone strike every 1.8 days, Obama: One every 5.4 days

The question we should be asking is, why now? The US administration has always claimed that Yemen and Somalia are battlefronts, where the law of war is applicable to legitimise use of force against associated forces of Al-Qaeda in self-defence. Is there now an emerging understanding within the Trump White House that Yemen and Somalia are not war zones and policies thus need to be tweaked?

To add even more complexity to the use of force in Yemen, the war-torn country may witness an escalation of military engagement in the immediate future.

The Middle East Monitor asked what the official US position was on Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. In an official response, Christopher Sherwood from the Office of the Secretary of Defence said, “Our role in the Saudi-led coalition is a non-combat role; any decision to broaden U.S military involvement will be made by the White House.”

If Trump’s targeting trend expands further, there is a risk of dismantling restrictions on the use of force as understood by the international community. At a time when drones have become the weapon of choice, it’s important for states to abide by historical principles and recognised international frameworks to avert the risk of denying the fundamental human right to life – by Micah Zenko

26.4.2017 – Democracy Now (* B K P)

Chomsky on North Korea & Iran: Historical Record Shows U.S. Favors Violence Over Diplomacy

Over and over again, there are possibilities of diplomacy and negotiation, which might not succeed—you can’t be sure if you don’t try them—but which look pretty promising, which are abandoned, dismissed, literally without comment, in favor of increased force and violence.

12.4.2017 – The Duran (* A P)

Film: “US helping spread Wahhabism all over the Middle East.” Jimmy Dore destroys Sean Spicer (Video)

Sean Spicer claims Hitler did not use chemical weapons (gas chambers??).

The Trump attack on Assad is making the entire White House look more stupid with each passing day.

Jimmy Dore takes Spicer to task for his ridiculous comments, and the White House’s dangerous run up to war with Syria and Russia.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

28.4.2017 – Morning Star (A P)

Activists Target Saudi Arms Profiteers

ANTI-ARMS trade activists protested outside weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin’s London HQ last night against its profiteering from “human catastrophe” in Yemen.

The arms giant produces many of the weapons and war machines sold by Britain and the US to Saudi Arabia, which is waging a brutal war on Yemen.

26.–27.4.2017 – Parliament (A P)

[UK Parliament:
Boris Johnson again rebuffs call by Emily Thornberry to establish new Human Rights probe in #Yemen]

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

26.4.2017 – Auswärtiges Amt (A H P)

Hungerkrise in Jemen: Deutschland sagt mehr als 100 Millionen Euro zu

Mein Kommentar: Mit schönen Grüßen von Rheinmetall und Heckler&Koch.

27.4.2017 – RT (A P)

Bundesregierung: Waffenlieferungen an Saudis und humanitäre Hilfe im Jemen kein Widerspruch

Auf der heutigen Regierungspressekonferenz fragte RT Deutsch den Sprecher des Auswärtigen Amts, ob es auch für die Bundesregierung einen Widerspruch darstellt, einerseits humanitäre Hilfe für die vom Hungertod bedrohte jemenitische Bevölkerung anzukündigen und andererseits auch autokratische Regime wie Saudi-Arabien mit Waffen zu beliefern.

Für den Sprecher des Auswärtigen Amts trifft der Vorwurf der Doppelmoral in diesem Zusammenhang nicht zu. Vielmehr plädiere die Bundesregierung für einen sofortigen Waffenstillstand (mit Film)

Mein Kommentar: LOL. – „Vielmehr plädiere die Bundesregierung für einen sofortigen Waffenstillstand“ hat mit der Frage nichts zu tun.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

28.4.2017 – New News (* A K P)

The reality of Egyptian Troops’ Participation in the War against Alohodeida Port

Major Gamal Mazloum, the military and strategic expert in Egypt, ruled out any ground participation of Egypt in the Arab coalition forces against Yemen, stressing that this was the attitude of the political leadership from the beginning.

Mazloum said in a statement to Sputnik on Thursday, April 27, 2017, that Egypt was already involved in the war on Yemen with the Arab coalition forces by sea and air forces, but did not participate in any of the ground forces due to the difficult conditions experienced by The country in its war against terrorism

27.4.2017 – Ahram (* A P)

An exceptional summit

The meeting of President Al-Sisi and King Salman marks the welcome opening of a new chapter in Egyptian-Saudi relations

The Riyadh summit that brought together the Egyptian president and Saudi monarch marks the end of an epoch and heralds a new phase in the “historic” and strategic relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

n light of statements of the US secretary of defense, it seems that Washington will concentrate its efforts in the medium term on containing Iranian influence, which raises the question of whether Egypt would be willing, in the context of Egyptian-Saudi relations, to play a leading role in such a looming confrontation with Iran. The answer to this critical question would bear on the course of Cairo’s relations with the Saudis, to whom Iran is an avowed enemy that must be dealt with, not necessarily militarily but by forceful actions by its Arab and international partners – by Hussein Haridy

27.4.2017 – Daily Pakistan (* A K P)

Yemen conflict: 5,000 Pakistani troops likely to join Saudi-led coalition

As many as five thousand troops of Pakistan Army would likely be joining Islamic Military Alliance to help Saudi Arabia safeguard its southern region which borders Yemen, it emerged on Monday.

Although the former military head General Raheel Sharif has already departed to Saudi Arabia after securing No Objection Certificate to head the 41-nation military alliance but reports are rife that a brigade of Pak Army would now be joining the alliance.

The final decision regarding the number of soldiers and its terms of reference have not been finalised yet but it is being murmured that army chief General Qamar Bajwa in his Saudi Arabia visit decided to send the brigade in a bid to strengthen the alliance.

26.4.2017 – TAZ (* B P)

Somaliland und der Jemen-Krieg: Afrikanische Schattenseite

Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate setzen sich in Jemens hungerndem Nachbarland fest. Dort sorgt man sich, in einen Krieg verwickelt zu werden.

viele Menschen sorgen sich jetzt auch, in den Krieg im Jemen auf der anderen Seite des Golfs von Aden hineingezogen zu werden. Grund dafür ist der Bau einer Militärbasis der Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) im wichtigen Hafen von Berbera.

Die Vereinbarung über eine Militärbasis in Berbera kam, kurz nachdem DP World, eine internationale Hafenverwaltungsfirma aus Dubai, mit Somalilands Regierung einen 30-Jahres-Vertrag zur Verwaltung des Hafens Berbera unterschrieben hatte.

In Somalilands Parlament hat sich eine große Mehrheit für den Bau der Basis ausgesprochen. Die Gegner wurden von Soldaten aus dem Parlament geschleppt.

Berbera ist nicht die einzige Basis der Arabischen Emirate auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent. 2015 vereinbarten sie mit Eritrea die Modernisierung des Flughafens der Hafenstadt Assab am Roten Meer – von Ilona Eveleens!5404631/

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

26.4.2017 – UNCHR (* A H)

Film: Salwa is one of two million Yemenis who have been displaced by conflict

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

27.12.2016 – Human Guardians (* B T)

How Terrorism Gets Funded

A lot of assertions are brought up about how terrorist groups finance their operations in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Most of these assertions are wrong and exaggerations. That’s why we put in detail the costs of operating a terrorist group and the income out possible resources. It shows us that own resources, local taxes and criminal activities of terrorists are not enough to support military campaigns of ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and other countries. Terrorist militairy campaigns only are viable if there is a constant year over year stream of huge external funding.

Main Funding Source Terrorism

According to top US officials, the Washington Post and other newspapers the Wahhabi Gulf States: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Bahrain are the main Terrorist Sponsors accompanied by Turkey. The latter’s role is since the July 2016 coup unclear.

Wahhabi Gulf States

For big countries and oil-gas rich countries the earlier mentioned amounts are peanuts. It’s extremely cheap for these nations to use terrorists instead of regular soldiers of any army included those of Middle East countries. And very importantly: There are no own casualties for terrorism sponsoring countries! This fact is of an enormous political advantage. It has enabled countries to conduct wars as a marketing tool for specific interests, without being held accountable.

The five Wahhabi Gulf States not only provide funding but also weapons, logistical support as well as religious and moral support. They are the leading source of the murderous Wahhabi, Salafi, Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood terrorism in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Abusing the Islam religion for their selfish goals. Aiming to destroy Islam and replace it with Wahhabism driven sects.

Immoral Role: Western Politicians

Most politicians don’t like to hear the above, certainly not the Wahhabi Gulf State rulers. It’s an inconvenient truth – By Ton Jacobs

cp15 Propaganda

28.4.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

Yemeni government praises UAE, Coalition states on backing legitimacy

he Yemeni government has hailed the role of the UAE and the Arab coalition countries, led by Saudi Arabia in supporting the legitimacy, citing the sacrifices being made by the Yemeni people to put an end to the coup militias, score the final victory and restore the legitimate government.

The Yemeni news agency, Saba, quoted Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, while presiding over a meeting of the National Defence Council, as saying there is a need for all to fulfill their national and constitutional responsibilities in protecting the country and maintaining the security and stability in the various liberated areas.

My comment: praising the Saudi coalition is one of the main tasks of this puppet “government”, which might be called what ever, but certainly not can be labeled as “legitimacy”.

28.4.2017 – Saudi Gazette (AP)

Iran planned to take control of Yemen: Ambassador Al-Jaber

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Muhammad Al-Jaber said that Iran was planning to take control of Yemen with the aim of strengthening Al-Qaeda and Daesh (so-called IS), as it did in Iraq and Syria.

Speaking to Rotana Channel, Al Jaber said that the Decisive Storm Operation was launched to stop Houthi-Saleh militias from destroying the Yemeni people, eradicate Al-Qaeda and the Daesh group from Yemen, support the legitimate government and protect it from slipping into a civil war that will not end because of the Iranian interventions. and

My comment: Propaganda on the 100 % absurdity level.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is the sort of rubbish propaganda that Saudi Arabia reports - who believes this stuff? ISIS is supported by donors from Saudi, Qatar, Turkey, USA, but even a beginner in studies of ISIS knows they and Iran are sworn enemies. It just goes to show that they are desperate. Something thought up by their expensive publicity company maybe???

27.4.2017 –Reuters (A P)

Saudis say sending aid to all of Yemen including Houthi areas. Al-Qaeda and Daesh are greatest enemies to Shia; it was Saudi Arabia who promoted Al-Qaeda and Daesh until they turned against the Saudis themselves.

Saudi Arabia is distributing life-saving assistance throughout Yemen, including in the hard-hit areas held by Iran-allied Houthi rebels, sometimes by donkey or camel, a top Saudi aid official said on Thursday.

"Our programs have been reaching all regions of Yemen, I want to emphasize all regions, irrespective of who controls it," Abdullah Al Rabeeah, supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, told a news conference. and longer by Saudi Press Agency:

My comment: LOL. Saudi Arabia is blocking most of the supply (aid included) to Houthi-held areas.

Comment: We ask Reuters and anyone where has the help gone to 'Houthis areas'. We have seen nothing, we know of nothing and we need proof.

27.4.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Washington Policy Strikes Tehran Aspirations in Yemen

Realizing February statements made by US-based Yemeni diplomat, Washington strategy in Yemen shifted towards increased military cooperation with the Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the internationally recognized government headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Earlier in February, Yemeni Ambassador to the United States Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak told Asharq Al-Awsat that Washington’s policy is fixed on finding a political solution in Yemen. However that solution will not play into Iran’s expectations or compromise regional security, particularly Gulf safety.

When addressing the policy shift, Mubarak said that “it confirmed central interest in securing international navigation, which is a fundamental issue.”

The Trump administration is well aware of the depth of Iran’s interference in Yemen today, Mubarak told Asharq Al-Awsat in a phone call – by Badr Al-Qahtani

26.4.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Russians on Yemen: Only fight al-Qaeda

The Russian vision on affairs in our countries is part of the problem and not part of the solution. When it comes to crises, all the Russians see is one slogan “the war on terrorism” – everything else doesn’t matter to them.

They seek to cancel and marginalize any other real problem and sometimes these problems which Russia neglects are the reason terrorism flourishes.

However, let’s clarify the following. First of all, the war in Yemen was launched against terrorist groups that are affiliated with the Khomeini republic. These groups share the same ideology as Iran and they are armed by the latter, and they seek – upon Iran’s support – to target Saudi Arabia with missiles seeking destruction and death.

The Houthi group is evil, just like al-Qaeda and ISIS are. This is the case even if the Russians do not see this as clearly as we do – by Mashari Althaydi

My comment: LOL.

26.4.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A P)

Emirates paint has come to shame! Barrel paint and then turned the name of the hospital to the name of one of Zayed's children as they do in Aden (photo)

25.4.2017 – Middle East Monitor / New Khaleej (A P)

To contain Iran, America should start from Yemen

The Arabs concerned with the new American administration’s policies under Donald Trump believe that its approaches are still in their early stages and are still ambiguous. Therefore, they are cautious towards them and are patient, as the bitter experience with the past Barack Obama administration is still fresh in their minds.

Meanwhile, Iran used the negotiations and then the agreement to further exploit the Obama administration.

Therefore, observers say that the two clearest items in Trump’s strategy are absolute support for Israel and confronting Iran’s influence. Now, after the recent statements made by Secretary of Defence James Mattis, a third item could be reviving the old alliance with the Arabian Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia – by Abdulwahhab Badrakhan

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

29.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 28/4/2017 (full list):

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

28.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 27/4/2017 (full list):

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

26.4.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 26/4/2017 (full list):

27.–28.4.2017 – sanaa at night (A K)

Saudi jets are flying over Sanaa sky at the moment

27.4.2017 – Saudi War Crimes (A K PH)

Heavy shelling of several air raids by the Saudi aggression since the morning until now targeting Khalid bin Walid camp and the vicinity (photos)

27.4.2017 – Anadolu (A K)

Saudi-led coalition strikes SW Yemen; 9 Houthis killed

Houthis, allies yet to comment on reported air attack in southwestern Taiz province

26.–27.4.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

Sanaa under heavy attacks by KSA-led/US-backed coalition. and photo

and more: (photo)

26.–27.4.2017 – Saada at night (A K)

#Saudi jets are over Saada city now #Yemen It is hovering a lot today

26.4.2017 – News 2 Tor (A K)

Photo: #Yemen: #Saudi warplanes launched 5 air raids targeting properties and farms of citizens, as well as regular road in Saada province. Apr 26

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

28.4.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Film: The Sudanese janjaweed were hit by Saudi coalition jet friendly fire when trying to advance towards the mountain in a leaked video

Remark: This incident already happened some times ago.

28.4.2017 – Janes (B K PS)

Elevated threat to marine hulls, cargo, and port infrastructure in Saudi Arabia's Jizan province from Yemen-based insurgents

Marine risk around Jizan port is assessed to have increased from moderate to elevated, given the proximity of the attack craft to the Jizan terminal before its interception by Saudi forces and associated risk of collateral damage to shipping and surrounding civilian infrastructure.

The difficulty of targeting Saudi coalition naval assets operating in Saudi-Yemeni territorial waters, or well-defended coastal assets, increases the risk of opportunistic attacks by Houthi-aligned forces against easier commercial or civilian targets in Saudi territorial waters in order to threaten the Kingdom's economic interests.

In addition to further deployment of remotely controlled explosive craft, there is a growing risk of hijacking and kidnap of small craft and crew south of Jizan port, one-off use of anti-ship missiles from one of the small islands off Jizan coast, and potentially deployment of sea mines by Houthi-aligned forces – by Meda Al Rowas (subscribers only)

My comment: Just neglecting the main threat to international shipping in the region: The permanent Saudi attacks against the Yemeni coastline and against fishing and refugee boats in the sea. – This is a great bit of propaganda here.

28.4.2017 – New News (A K PH)

The Yemeni army and public forces foiled yesterday an infiltration for the aggression’s mercenaries toward Azaher district of Albayda province . Many of them were killed .

Military media has distributed scenes for tens of mercenaries were killed during the failed infiltration. As the military source pointed out that commanders of Alqaeda group were killed among the killed mercenaries .

*Scenes of the mercenaries’ dead bodies: and film

and by the other side:

28.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

11 Popular Resistance members, dozens of Houthis killed in fierce battles in al Bayda

28.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Eight government soldiers including an officer killed by Houthis Katysha missile in Marib

27.4.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Five civilians, including two children, wounded by Houthis’ shelling in Taiz and also at

27.4.2017 – AFP (A K)

Two Saudi soldiers killed patrolling Yemen border

in a rocket attack

Pro-Houthi / Saleh reports:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

28.4.2017 – Amnesty International (* B P)

Yemen Baha’i community faces persecution at hands of Huthi-Saleh authorities

More than 20 Baha’i men and women are at risk of immediate arrest by Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, said Amnesty International.

“The detention of Baha’is on account of their faith appears to be part of a wider crackdown on minorities by the Huthi-Saleh authorities, and is making entire families live in fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones – not to mention that they are a clear violation of Yemen’s obligations under international law”.

On 10 August 2016, 65 Baha’is, including six children, were arrested when armed officers in balaclavas from Yemen’s National Security Bureau, which works hand in hand with the Huthi authorities, stormed a Baha’i youth workshop in Sana’a. and,,,,YEM,,590897804,0.html

Comment by Judith Brown: The Baha'i community face problems from all fighting groups in Yemen. Not just the Houthis. They aren't likely to be welcomed with open arms by extremist militias of the Shia or Sunni variety.

My comment to comment: And they are oppressed in Saudi Arabia, in Iran and other Muslim states as well.

26.4.2017 – Geopolitics Alert (A P)

Twitter Censoring Coverage Of War In Yemen

Yesterday Geopolitics Alert published an article breaking down the war in Yemen. We explained what’s happening, why it’s happening, and who is involved. Well Twitter blocked the article. It didn’t contain any graphic or objectionable content, which means coverage of Yemen is probably what’s being censored.

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-295 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-295: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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