Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 299 - Yemen War Mosaic 299

Yemen Press Reader 299: Erneuter Choleraausbruch – Wird Südjemen wieder unabhängig? – Israel im Jemenkrieg – Trump, Saudis und radikaler Islam – Hunger, Armut und Hodeida –und mehr
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New cholera outbreak – Independence for Southern Yemen? (German) – Israel in the Yemen war – Trump, Saudis and radical Islam – Emirati activities on Socotra – Hunger, poverty and Hodeida – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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8.5.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (** A H)

Ärzte ohne Grenzen befürchtet Cholera-Epidemie

Im Jemen sind nach Angaben von Ärzte ohne Grenzen hunderte Menschen an Cholera erkrankt.

Ein Sprecher der Hilfsorganisation sagte der französischen Nachrichtenagentur AFP, in den vergangenen drei Wochen seien mehr als 570 Menschen behandelt worden, bei denen der Verdacht auf Cholera bestehe. Man habe die Sorge, dass die Krankheit sich zu einer Epidemie ausweiten könnte. Nach zwei Jahren Krieg sei das Gesundheitssystem des Landes zusammengebrochen, viele Krankenhäuser seien zerstört.
Die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen berichteten sogar von mehr als 1.600 Cholera-Fällen in zwölf Provinzen, wie es im Nachrichtenportal Sabanews hieß. Ein Sprecher des jemenitischen Gesundheitsministeriums bestätigte, dass die Krankheit wieder ausgebrochen ist.

http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/jemen-aerzte-ohne-grenzen-befuerchtet-cholera-epidemie.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=742254

7,5,2017 – Medical Express (** A H)

Hundreds of suspected cholera cases in Yemen: MSF

At least 570 suspected cases of cholera have surfaced in war-torn Yemen in the past three weeks, sparking fears of a potential epidemic, Doctors Without Borders said Sunday.

The Shiite Huthi rebels put the number of cases at 1,681 in 12 provinces, including in the north and west of the country, according to the Sabanews.net website which cited their health minister, Mohamed bin Hafedh.

"We've treated more than 570 cases we suspect may be cholera over the past three weeks," Doctors Without Borders (MSF) spokesman Ghassan Abou Chaar told AFP.

"There are fears that the disease could turn into an epidemic. Two years into the war, the healthcare system has collapsed, hospitals are destroyed... and government employees' salaries have not been paid," Abou Chaar said.

He said MSF had seen a marked hike over the past week in suspected cholera cases in five provinces across the country.

A general strike in the capital Sanaa has also sparked sanitation concerns in the capital, as the streets began to flood with garbage at the weekend.

An official with Yemen's health ministry confirmed cholera had reappeared last week in Yemen, with cases reported in 10 provinces across the country.

Ministry spokesman Abdelhakim al-Kahlani told AFP two cholera-related deaths had been confirmed in Sanaa, three in the central Ibb province and four in the western Hodeida province.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-hundreds-cholera-cases-yemen-msf.html and by Press TV Iran http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/05/07/520957/Yemen-MSF-cholera-Saudi-Arabia and by Voice of America http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/05/07/520957/Yemen-MSF-cholera-Saudi-Arabia

My comment: More reporting on the newest cholera outbreak look at cp3. The Houthis are neither “Rebels”, nor “Shiite”, nor “Iranian-backed”.

6.5.2017 – Ruptly (** A H)

Film: Yemen: Hospital at breaking point as Cholera outbreak hits Sanaa

Patients lay in halls and gathered in makeshift open-air wards at the al-Sabeen Hospital Saturday, Sanaa, as a Cholera outbreak gripped the Yemeni capital.
Exceeding its full capacity, the al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital laid out a number of beds in its outer yard as a makeshift cholera ward.
SOT, Abdel Rahim al-Kahlani, Yemeni Ministry of Health spokesperson (Arabic): "The total number of cases has reached 1,350 cases in all provinces in Yemen, with two thirds of cases in the capital Sanaa. This is why you notice the overcrowding of the hospital with patients. Also, four new centres have been opened in the capital."
SOT, Salah Zaheeq, nurse (Arabic): "The difficulties we are facing; shortage in staff and in medication. Most of the medicines are registered outside the hospital; they cannot be found in hospitals."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DLiDHfX4hM and film by Al Masirah (Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2SNgaenBVw and film by Yemen Today (Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8JdfeFBBWg

7.5.2017 – Aljazeera (** A H)

Sanaa reels from 'more than 200 cholera cases'

Preventable disease blamed for several deaths as civilians continue to bear the brunt of two-year war in Yemen.

More than 200 cholera cases have been reported in Yemen's capital Sanaa as contaminated water and poor sanitation have led to a sharp rise in the transmission of the deadly disease.

Cholera is one of several risks to civilians, but a rapid advance of the disease would add a new dimension to an unfolding humanitarian disaster.

"In the last few days, we've received more than 200 patients with cholera," a nurse at the Jumhouri hospital in Sanaa told Al Jazeera on Saturday.

"Two patients died because they were in bad condition and they came here too late."

Khabar agency, a local news website, reported 10 deaths across the country on Saturday, citing information provided by the Ministry of Public Health.

Abdul Hakim Kahlani, the official spokesman for the ministry, told the website that there were three confirmed deaths in Sanaa, three in Ibb province and four in Hodeidah province.

The streets of Sanaa and its suburbs have been littered with piles of rubbish, and families living in close proximity have been some of the hardest hit.

Street cleaners have repeatedly called on the government to increase wages and a strike over pay has lasted seven months.

"We drink from a well that distributes water to the whole district," a resident told Al Jazeera.

"We never got sick in the past, but lately we've had a crisis with garbage in the city and it's caused severe diarrhoea and vomiting. It's horrible."

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/yemen-sanaa-reels-200-cholera-cases-170507043636328.html

7.5.2017 – Journal 21 (** A P)

Soll Südjemen wieder unabhängig werden?

In der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Koalition gibt es Risse: Die Emirate denken über einen Plan B nach, der das Land spalten könnte - wie zu britischen Zeiten.

Die Truppen der Emirate besetzen heute die Häfen und Flughäfen von Aden und von Mukallah.

Seit geraumer Zeit ist bekannt, dass es in den Emiraten einen möglichen Plan B für Jemen gibt. Er war für den Fall entworfen worden, dass Plan A, der von Saudi-Arabien initiiert wurde, misslingen sollte. Plan B konzentriert sich auf den südlichen Teil Jemens mit Aden im Zentrum.

Plan B geht davon aus, das die südjemenitische Bevölkerung – wahrscheinlich die überwältigende Mehrheit – für eine Trennung des Südens vom jemenitischen Norden eintritt. Die Vorstellungen, wie und wieweit sich die beiden Landesteile trennen sollen, gehen allerdings auseinander. Sollen der Süden und der Norden vollständig unabhängig werden, oder sollen beide Landesteile eine Föderation bilden? Auch die künftige Grenzziehung ist umstritten. Die Grenzen sind wichtig, weil die meisten der jemenitischen Erdöl- und Erdgasvorkommen in der südlichen Wüste liegen. Würden sie künftig dem südlichen oder dem nördlichen Staatsgebilde gehören?

Die Emirate, selbst an der Meerenge von Hormuz gelegen, zeigen ihr Interesse an der benachbarten Meeresstrasse, die durch die Enge von Bab al-Mandeb ins Rote Meer und weiter an den Suezkanal führt, indem sie grosse Projekte für Handelshäfen und für Marinebasen auf der Gegenseite der Enge an der somalischen Küste realisiert.

In Aden hat die Präsenz der Emiraten-Truppen mehrmals zu Zusammenstössen mit Pro-Hadi-Truppen geführt. Doch diese wurden bisher immer wieder beigelegt.

Doch der von den Emiraten offenbar initiiere Plan B missfällt den Saudis. Ihre offene Grenze zu einem „wilden“ Nordjemen der Huthis bliebe bestehen, und die Iraner könnten sich brüsten, ihren Freunden, den Huthis, zu einem Sieg verholfen zu haben.

Es ist deshalb nicht verwunderlich, dass die Spannung zwischen den Saudis und Präsident Hadi einerseits und den Emiraten andererseits zunehmen. Hadi wurde im Februar die Landung auf „seinem“ Flughafen in Aden verweigert.

Hadi setzte den Kommandanten des Flughafens ab und befahl dem Chef seiner Leibwache, Mahran al Qabari, den Flughafen zu stürmen. Es kam zu Gefechten zwischen der Leibwache und Truppen der Vereinigten Arabischen Emdirate. Riad griff versöhnend ein.

Im vergangenen Monat kam es zu einem weiteren Zwischenfall am Flughafen von Aden. Auch dem dem von Hadis Leibwache wurde die Landung verboten. Daraufhin entliess Hadi den Gouverneur von Aden, Aydarus al-Zubaidi und den Staatsminister seiner Regierung, Hani Ali Bin Braik. Beide sind Südjemeniten, die sowohl der Unabhängigkeitsbewegung wie auch den Emiraten nahestehen.

Nach der Entlassung am 4. Mai kam es zu Demonstrationen in Aden gegen die Absetzung der beiden Politiker. Die Demonstranten forderten Aydarus al-Zubairi auf, selbst die Macht in Aden zu übernehmen und die Unabhängigkeit der südlichen Hauptstadt auszurufen – von Arnold Hottinger

https://www.journal21.ch/soll-suedjemen-wieder-unabhaengig-werden

Mein Kommentar: Siehe unten cp6 und ausführlich zu den Ereignissen im Süden YPR 298, cp1 und cp1a. – Die Entlassungen der beiden Politiker durch Hadi datieren nicht auf den 4. Mai (das ist der tag der Demonstration in Aden), sondern auf den 27. April.

7.5.2017 – Yemen Extra (** A K P)

A squadron of Israeli F-16s Joined Saudi Coalition against Yemenis

According to Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri, the first Israeli F-16 warplanes have targeted a training center of notorious Houthi in northern Yemeni province ,Taiz.

“… in this crucial time we are in dire need of Tel Aviv’s military prowess to curb in Yemen. I hope this felicitous Israeli intervention in Yemen would harbinger a new dawn in Arab-Israeli partnership and the entire world shall witness the comradeship and amicable relation between the armies of kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Israel,”al-Okaz cited Maj. Gen. Al-Asiri as saying.

The Saudi regime and Israelis have entered into clandestine negotiations about the latter providing aerial assistance to the “Saudi-led Coalition”

On April 1 , two Israeli Air Force 747 aircraft Boeing carrying weapons, added Maj. Gen. Al-Asiri , landed in Khamis Mushait base in Asir in Saudi Arabia to assist the coalition in the war against [ Houthis].

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/05/07/a-squadron-of-israeli-f-16s-joined-saudi-coalition-against-yemenis/

Comment by Judith Brown: Well is this true? There have definitely been links between Saudi and Israel in this war and many recordings of meetings with high profile ministers and businessmen from Saudi and Israel. This is the first instance where there have been claims of Israeli direct involvement although Jubair the defence minister has been quoted as saying that Israeli assistance would be decisive. But this could so easily be a fake article. Has anyone any definitive evidence such as a quotation from a Saudi source?

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155505544198641

My comment to comment: However, the Saudis certainly would not reveal any Israeli assistance.

7.5.2017 – RT (** B P)

Saudi Exceptionalism: Trump hates radical Islam, except when you can make money from it

It’s hard to fully capture the irony — not to mention sheer repulsiveness — of Donald Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia the first stop on his inaugural foreign trip as US president.

The decision marks yet another rapid rhetorical turnaround for Trump. Candidate Trump was not a fan of the Saudi kingdom. In fact, he was not shy at all about calling Riyadh out in ways that his political opponents dared not dream of.

Trump’s righteous indignation and anger towards the Saudis dissipated almost immediately, however, upon taking office. This has been much to the delight of Washington neocons who have been eager to see more aggressive US policy toward Iran, Riyadh’s top regional foe.

As for all that money Clinton accepted? Well, Saudi cash is just fine if it lines the pockets of arms manufacturers Lockheed, Raytheon and BAE Systems. To quote Voltaire: When it comes to money, everyone is of the same religion.

The day after news broke of Trump’s impending visit to Riyadh, Reuters published an exclusive: Saudi Arabia, US in talks on billions in arms sales

Trump is, however, intent on reinforcing US ties with the Saudi kingdom in an effort to improve relations that had soured under Obama, due in part to the signing of the Iran nuclear deal. Of course, improving ties and trust will mean increased American support for Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing campaign in Yemen.

It’s clear that babies starving to death in Yemen hasn't had quite the same emotional effect on Trump as Syrian babies had when he needed a good excuse to bomb a Syrian air field based on inconclusive and flimsy evidence that American foe Bashar Assad had carried out a chemical attack on its citizens.

Perhaps the most ironic thing in all this is that Trump expects Americans to believe that partnering with Saudi Arabia is the best way to combat terrorism and Islamic extremism.

While in Riyadh, the American president will attend a gathering on the “threats of religious extremism." Will he not spare a moment during his time in the Saudi capital to have a look around him?

Trump has many times criticized the barbaric practice of beheading. Will someone tell him that in 2016, beheadings in Saudi Arabia reached their highest level in two decades?

These barbarities are carried out in the name of religion, but Trump, ever the crusader against Islamic extremism, doesn’t seem to care anymore.

In any sane world, we would care more about the fact that Saudi Arabia executes children than the fact that weapons manufacturers can earn billions of dollars from them in arms deals. In this world, however, we elect Saudi Arabia to the UN women’s rights commission — and manage to do so with a straight face.

When Trump told the American people his presidency would mean “America first” they probably didn’t think he meant American arms manufacturers first, everyone else second. When he said the US would spend less time entangled in foreign military conflicts, they probably didn’t envision his administration deepening its involvement in the region.

If you care at all about children starving to death and selling billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons to one of the most brutal and repressive regimes on earth, the only message Trump’s visit to Riyadh will send is that barbaric contempt for basic human rights is tolerable so long as you serve Washington’s financial and military interests.

So, maybe it’s America First after all. Just perhaps not in the way many of Trump’s supporters envisioned it – by Danielle Ryan

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/387471-trump-saudi-visit-weapons/

Eingebetteter MedieninhaltEingebetteter Medieninhalt6.5.2017 – #SaveSocotra (** B E H P)

The destruction of Socotra island by the United Arabic Emirates. All tweets with photos.

Socotra is considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea. In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna. They counted nearly 700 endemic species, found nowhere else on earth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socotra . All this is threatened now by the activities of the Emirates there. “President” Hadi has leased the island to the Emirates for 99 years. Look also: http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/09/most-alien-looking-place-on-earth.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2431857/The-lost-world-Socotra-remote-island-plants-20-MILLION-years-old.html and http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/06/socotra/white-text

UAE capture of #Socotra is part of wider plan 2 control intl. navigation route n Indian ocean

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860918177609523200

Watch the UAE damage in the marvelous island of #Socotra. #Yemen

UAE is destroying the Island of Happiness #Socotra. @UNESCO: Please watch what have they done! #Yemen (film)

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860918523496992768

Erfahren Sie mehr über die Insel Socotra und die Schäden,verursacht durch die VAE (film)

https://twitter.com/sami2016ar/status/860916901756776449

Geospatial maps show flagrant changes UAE R making in #Socotra.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860919465650860032

From 2015 - 2017:Great changes+damages in #Socotra due 2 UAE intervention:

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860917765615570946

UAE Violation of intl. laws of natural reserves 2 environment of #Socotra is beyond repair

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860918038404755456

UAE are damaging the unique environment of #Socotra with massive, indiscriminate construction

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860918245431422976

UAE built administration houses 4 its managers & workers near seaport (on the beach): crime

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860920905089810432

UAE built new gas station near Hadibo #Socotra: crime against UNESCO’s heritage site

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860917957337206784

UAE is responsible 4 building a slaughter house near seaport/Hadibo endangering Eco-system

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860920465887461377

Building a slaughter house on #Socotra is a threat 2 its fragile eco-system.STOP UAE

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860917743922536448

Irresponsible building of residency complex is a UAE's criminal footprint on #Socotra.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860917863560994816

#Socotra is not UAE territory. Stop the construction of the residential complex of Zayed

https://twitter.com/Bilquis66/status/860903466994216960

https://twitter.com/Bilquis66/status/860918032310427650

Huge Kuwaiti hotel is built on #Socotra despite #UNESCO protection! Stop such destruction

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860917777359671297

UAE built fences around land plots looted from locals.UNESCO: help them regain their paradise

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860919214168788992

The UAE buy the protected areas of #Socotra: Beaches-Delisha. UNESCO: Help us.

https://twitter.com/milena_bncr/status/860927715305811968

Upgrading fish factory: UAE serve their market depleting #Socotra waters! No benefit 2 locals

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860919009113501696

The UAE are depleting the waters of #Socotra: the fish is brought to the UAE supermarkets

https://twitter.com/Bilquis66/status/860903195161264128

Lies exposed: UAE not helping #Socotra with humanitarian aid.Local hospital with NO medicines

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860920467758120960

Administration of Hadibo hospital was replaced by newcomers: locals were fired #Socotra

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860918789998874624

UAE are taking advantage of the naivety of #Socotra people for their own benefit. Save them

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860918963399790593

Locals R forced 2 emigrate 2 UAE N search of low-paid livelihood.Stop UAE colonising #Socotra

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860919275229458434

UAE shipped armoured vehicles+military equip 2 #Socotra despite it is a #Unesco heritage site #SaveSocotra

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860917354234081280

UAE is colonizing #Socotra & butchering its eco-system

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/860917741901029376

Emirates block money transfers to Socotra

https://twitter.com/Bilquis66/status/860903120142053378

Die "sogenannte"humanitäre Hilfe" vernichtet das besondere naturalistische Erbe #Socotras

https://twitter.com/3agrab_11/status/860934646900678656

VAE belügt die Insel Bevölkerung,um diese zur Zerstörung ihrer eigenen Heimat zu benutzen.

https://twitter.com/YamanYa____Na/status/860927187314237444

VAE-Missachtung der Biodiversität Socotras = Verwüstung von enormer Größe!Schützt #Socotra!

https://twitter.com/faysalmudhish/status/860917905357189123

Bau von Fabriken in Socotra=Verletzung internationalen Gesetze der Naturschutzgebiete der VAE

https://twitter.com/YoSU1fSeHGTox3S/status/860915565870841857

US and Emirati plans on Socotra (text in image)

https://twitter.com/BsGcpBj5LKLFAKu/status/860914173810790401

UAE’s false-flag humanitarian operations in #Socotra are only meant to hegemonise the region

https://twitter.com/maddllock/status/860991159161802752 referring to http://wam.ae/en/details/1395299183510

5.5.2017 – Peace Direct (** B H K)

Peacewatch: Yemen, May 2017

Fears are growing that a key Yemeni port will soon be targeted as part of the conflict in Yemen. Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Expert provides their update on the war and its consequences on the Arabian peninsula.

The conflict in Yemen shows no sign of ending. The Saudi-led coalition continues its aerial bombardment, there are ground clashes on all active fronts, and land mines are still being planted. The UN peace process is ongoing with no tangible impacts so far: arms are still being sold, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State on the Arabian Peninsula are expanding, countless US drones fly overhead, and the humanitarian situation has brought Yemen to the brink of famine.

This catastrophe has nonetheless not stopped some Yemeni NGOs from carrying out their work. These include, for example, the Middle East Foundation for Development and Human Rights. The Foundation was established in Sana’a in 2009 as an independent NGO promoting peaceful coexistence and equality in Yemen.

Abdullah Allaw is Chair of the Foundation.

One area Allaw’s team has focused on is the west coast of Yemen, which is suffering badly from the humanitarian crisis.

Allaw says that extreme poverty is also spreading throughout the region, where most people do not participate in any trade other than fishing. “The daily food of most of the people who were interviewed was bread with tea, often without sugar,” he said. According to Allaw, residents depend on the sea for their livelihood, but the Coalition has repeatedly targeted their boats, making people reluctant to take to the water for fear of bombardment. Warning leaflets have been dropped by coalition aircraft asking fisherman and other people to avoid coastal areas and not go in to the sea. But the Coalition has still attacked after the warnings, and the airstrikes do not distinguish between civilian and military forces, which Allaw says do not actually exist in this area.

The foundation has made an urgent appeal to provide assistance to the population here, and called on all parties, including international humanitarian organisations and the Yemeni private sector, to intervene to save those at risk of starvation.

Allaw and his staff have also started to focus on the violation of socioeconomic and human rights, addressing questions of accountability for perpetrators. During the 26 months of the war, the organisation has documented all kind of violations using field visits, interviews, official reports and other investigative techniques.

The port of Hodeidah – a new front?

“We want peacebuilding and effective follow-up work to support a lasting agreement with collective and organised civil action. But as we start acting and mobilising, the Coalition has threatened to close the port of Hodeidah and start a new military front there, which will increase the suffering of Yemenis. We condemn this strongly,” Allaw says.

There is lots of fabricated news that the port has been used for arms smuggling, he adds. The Foundation has visited the port and found that large parts of it were destroyed. According to Allaw, officials there have done nothing for two years except wait for aid ships, and do their best to facilitate the work of the international agencies and the Yemeni commercial sector.

Allaw and the Foundation are deeply concerned that the accusations [of arms smuggling] will lead to more suffering and increase the challenges for humanitarian work, which at Al Hodeidah is carried out on the basis of all existing regulations on port and harbour operations, as well as the Coalition’s blockade and other rules. Moreover, UN staff and many other observers are present everywhere. The implications of targeting the port would be serious: it is already under siege, like the rest of Yemen, and this is a key factor in the country’s hunger. 70% of Yemeni supplies arrive from the port.

“Targeting Al Hodeidah will be a violation of all international conventions of civil ports as well as the Geneva Conventions. It will be another war crime against humanity and the Yemeni people,” Allaw concludes.

https://www.insightonconflict.org/blog/2017/05/peacewatch-yemen-may-2017/ = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/peacewatch-yemen-may-2017

cp2 Allgemein / General

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6.5.2017 – Haykal Bafana (B K)

772 days of Saudi's war "on Iran" in Yemen : Saudi Arabia has not captured, killed or injured even ONE Iranian. Not even one (text in image)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/860925173104607234

6.5.2017 – Documentaries Vault (not rated B H K)

Film: Yemen Under Siege [Documentary] 33:46 min.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IafGeI4ayMQ

5.5.2017 – RT (* B H P)

‘Saudi aid to Yemen – camouflage to conceal war crimes’

Saudi Arabia tries to play a public relations game to mitigate the growing international chorus of criticism against its war crimes in Yemen, and placate the real backers in Washington, says the director of the anti-war ANSWER Coalition, Brian Becker.

The director of the anti-war ANSWER Coalition, Brian Becker told RT that “what we are observing in Yemen is perhaps one of the greatest untold stories of human sufferings and catastrophe in the world right now.”

Becker said the situation is a consequence of the US-financed Saudi bombing campaign.

It is nothing short of a mini-Holocaust, a nightmare that plays itself out each and every day. What the Saudis are doing has been understood to be and labeled as war crimes and crimes against humanity by the UN,” he continued.

However, the US continually increases its military funding, he noted.

And unfortunately what we are witnessing is a decided shift and even more pronounced shift on the part of the US government under Donald Trump to support the Saudi war in Yemen. It is a terrible tragedy; it is nothing short of a war crime,” he added.

You can’t have a greater irony than that: Saudi Arabia, the Saudi royal family, it is a familial dictatorship that has its regional ambitions, very tightly connected to both the US government and I would also say to the Israeli government, is destroying Yemen and has destroyed a great part of Yemen and its civilian infrastructure and the lives of people. And then for the Saudis to turn around and offer philanthropy and charity,” said Becker.

It is proof positive that diplomacy under these circumstances, charity under these circumstances, is nothing short of prudery, in other words, it is a lie, it is a mask, it is a camouflage trying to conceal what the Saudis are actually doing to the people in Yemen,” he told RT.

According to Becker, Saudi Arabia “is playing a very carefully orchestrated calibrated media campaign.”

What the Saudis are trying to do is to play a public relations game to mitigate the growing international chorus of criticism against their war crimes and crimes against humanity and at the same time placate the real backers who are in Washington,” said Becker.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/387248-saudi-arabia-yemen-famine/

Comment by Judith Brown: So very true.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155490805638641

5.5.2017 – Mohammed Shami (* B K P)

#CNN continues to Mislead People on the TRUTH of their Atrocities in Yemen. (Link to the short TV rep is in the comments).

This is a perfect example of the US misleading the public opinion about their atrocities in #Yemen. Reasons include:

1. Report mentions what they call Houthi (Ansarullah / AH) control of the country as the base point of events. Truth: AH we're not just unhappy with Hadi; in fact he was an illegal president because he remained in power after his 2 only years had finished and didn't want to do any elections. Saudi and the US wanted him to stay because he executed their destructive federal split plans (detailed below).

Moreover, report does not event mention that A.H. had been attacked continuously before that, including murdering the most prominent figures of AH, viciously bombing their mosques, banning them from Governmental participation, etc (not to mention the 6 wars on AH between 2004 and 2010, where Saudi was a part of the last war in 2010. So events weren't just because AH didn't like exiled president! And happenings didn't start with AH controlling Capital Sanaa!

2. Related to previous point, report is not mentioning at all the US/Saudi project of splitting Yemen into 6 federal states. Division was serving regions where AlQaeda was present and at the same time applying an indirect siege on AH. It was to set the stage of an endless civil war; this was the point where AH had to use force to stop this destructive plot. Hence going into Sanaa.

3. Following going into Sanaa, Hadi and his gov resigned. AH asked him repeatedly to drop his resignation but he insisted, then fled to Aden. It was then that they had to put some control on the country with whatever resources they had.

4. The report mentions some of the crimes but does not clearly say Saudi was THE ONE who committed them. Instead, it misleads viewers by following photographs of crimes with the say that both parties (Saudi and Houthis are accused of war crimes and both are denying). Here comes several points: a) Saudi denies some but have repeatedly admitted horrible crimes nothing is done by UN or Int'l Community hence they are continuing their daily crimes for 3rd consecutive year!; b) AH have repeatedly asked for a neutral investigation and when pressured, the UN approved an investigation team headed by Saudi!; c) several neutral teams have visited on the ground and didn't find any evidence of AH committing war crimes while there are plenty of evidence on KSA committing crimes everywhere everyday.

5. The report is trying to project this as a conflict, not an aggression. It mentions accusations of Houthis being controlled by Iran but fails to mention the truth that there has been NO EVIDENCE for 2+ years of any Iranian control - only falsified allegations.

The US is down playing their role in this aggression here. They are trying to imply their role is only selling weapons and fuels to Saudi; and that is bad but not as bad as what KSA is doing to Yemen. The fact is the US IS leading this aggression, they have been planning for it to happen and they are following execution on ground moment by moment. The weapons selling and fueling is only a tiny part of their role in this merciless aggression and blockade.

https://www.facebook.com/mohamad.shami.33/posts/10154645023532217 = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1362858783767148

5.5.2017 – Los Angeles Times (* A H K)

In war-torn Yemen, battling a devastating food shortage depends on a key Red Sea port

Several local residents said any military operation to take the port, which was damaged by coalition strikes in August 2015, would hurt civilians more than the belligerents.

“This will be a disaster by all measures. We have 1 million people in the city, 2.6 million in the province around it, many of them refugees from other parts of Yemen,” Mustafa Bdeyr, head of the journalists union in Hudaydah, said in a phone interview.

“If something happens here, you can’t escape,” Bdeyr said. “They get us from the sky with planes, and ships in the water, and by land there’s fighting… we have nowhere to go.”

Yahya Kurd, a journalist,said in a phone interview that conditions in Hudaydah were already at the breaking point.

“There is no food. No water. No electricity. The prices are too high, and medicines… their prices are crazy,” he said.

Kurd said state employees in Hudaydah, like many other parts of the country, haven’t been paid since September in many cases.

The central bank in Sana, the U.N. says, has not been able to pay the country’s 1.5 million public servants, including teachers, nurses and doctors as a result of the economic blockade on the country.

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-yemen-houthis-port-20170505-story.html

My comment: Overview article, dealing with various points reported in different articles already.

5.5.2017 – Counterpunch (* B H K)

In Yemen, Shocked to His Bones

The situation stands poised to become dramatically worse with the apparently imminent bombing, by Saudi Arabia, one of the U.S.’ closest allies, of the aid lifeline which is the port of Hodeida.

Even if Hodeida is spared, reduced import levels of food and fuel from the Saudi-imposed naval blockade puts the price of desperately needed essentials beyond the reach of the poorest. Meanwhile prolonged conflict, dragged out by a regime that feels “time is on its side” and punctuated by deadly airstrikes, has displaced the needy to those areas where food insecurity is the highest.

The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, describes the present situation, two years since Saudi airstrikes escalated the conflict:

“The violent deaths of refugees fleeing yet another war, of fishermen, of families in marketplaces – this is what the conflict in Yemen looks like two years after it began…utterly terrible, with little apparent regard for civilian lives and infrastructure.

“The fighting in Hodeida has left thousands of civilians trapped – as was the case in Al Mokha in February – and has already compromised badly-needed deliveries of humanitarian assistance. Two years of wanton violence and bloodshed, thousands of deaths and millions of people desperate for their basic rights to food, water, health and security – enough is enough. I urge all parties to the conflict, and those with influence, to work urgently towards a full ceasefire to bring this disastrous conflict to an end, and to facilitate rather than block the delivery of humanitarian assistance.”

Time is on no-one’s side as regards the crisis in Yemen. As nightmare visions of living skeletons with bloated bellies and pleading eyes once more appear on the planet’s TV screens, we in the U.S. will have missed a vital chance to avert a world in which untold millions are to be shocked to their bones – by Kathy Kelly

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/05/in-yemen-shocked-to-his-bones/

6.5.2017 – The Nation (Pakistan) (A P)

Hazarding on Omani savoir-faire

It is no secret that the six leaders of the Gulf Coordination Council (GCC) countries hold widely disparate views on two issues: the extent of the Iranian threat, and how to resolve the conflict in Yemen.

With just weeks to go before the holy month of Ramadan, an agreement to return the port of Hodeidah to full-scale potential would be a godsend for the devastated Yemeni population.

Yemen’s Hadi government, along with the Saudis and Emiratis, has showcased its readiness to consent to a peaceful transferal of the city and port to a unbiased third party.
This party would be accountable for revamping damaged port facilities, allowing unrestricted entry to humanitarian relief organizations, and guaranteeing that the port would not be used for arms smuggling.

By exercising Omani savoir-faire to realize broader GCC goals in Yemen, and to see to it that the country is not a persistent basis of uncertainty and insecurity in the Arabian Peninsula, incongruent GCC views can finally reach a settlement.
Such an arrangement, if unobstructed, will also bring Yemen’s two-year old conflict to a peaceful inference. - by Arhama Siddiqa

http://nation.com.pk/columns/06-May-2017/hazarding-on-omani-savoir-faire

My comment: And again there is warmed up this idea of handing Hodeida port to a third party, thus accepting the Hadi / GCC propaganda of a greater arms smuggle through Hodeida. Now Oman should be the “third party”. The whole idea is odd; the main obstacle to Hodeida working as a port to bring relief, food and goods to Northern Yemen is the Saudi blockade and the Saudi threat to attack the city. – Such an idea to have a third party to control the harbour for preventing any arms smuggle in my opinion only would be reasonable if ANY further arms transfers to this theater of war would be blocked, that means on the other side also a stop of ANY further arms sales to ALL parties in the war as well, i. e. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar…

5.5.2017 – AWD News (* A K P)

What are American goals of establishing a military base in Yemen?!

From last 24 hours there reports are circulating about the United States building a new military base on the largest Yemeni Islands in the Red Sea.
Washington is trying to do this with complete secrecy and speed, but the satellite images and sources form within Yemen have revealed what is happening there.

Special sources told the Lebanese Newspaper ‘Al-Akhbar’ about the details of the operation and the mechanism of the American forces to quickly establish the base. The source confirm that the two American military planes carrying various equipment, including spying and intelligence monitoring, landed on one of the largest islands in the Red Sea.

The images show that the site is the Island of Hanish al-Kubra, which is 130 km from the city of Hodeidah and 40 km form al-Makha, whereas this came after the aggression coalition are in process of controlling the Islands of Socotra in the Arabian Sea and Bab al-Mandeb and Zaqer in the Red Sea.

After the arrival of US forces to the Island, a number of American experts installed radar, while as it must be reminded that the Island Hanish had been exposed during the first year of the war Air Strikes launched to force the fishermen leave the island and create situation for the coalition troops in early December 2015, and since then Hanish has become a closed military zone.

The importance of the site is that it is located in a vital area of great strategic importance in the Red Sea.

On the other hand, the sources say that the island contains military facilities built by the Yemeni army earlier in the nineties, making it a target for all parties to the conflict.

http://awdnews.com/political/what-are-american-goals-of-establishing-a-military-base-in-yemen

5.5.2017 – Alwaght (B K P)

What Emboldens Saudi Prince to Claim They Can Uproot Yemeni Resistance Forces?

Saudi Arabia is optimistic that if the battlefield weight gravitates towards the Ansarullah, the US will take action in favor of Riyadh. Perhaps this is why the Saudi defense minister is now talking about possibility of obliteration of Ansarullah and its allies in a short time while his forces have declined to even push back the opposite side from its positions in past two years despite the fact that the coalition forces are armed with modern military equipment and have the American intelligence support.

http://alwaght.com/en/news/96351

5.5.2017 – Geopolitica (* B K P)

TWO STRATEGIES AGAINST YEMEN

Although the United States has long been involved in Yemen under the guise of a counter-terrorist operation against Al Qaeda (indeed, part of the country is under control of the terrorists), in the long run, Washington aims to retain its control of this country and parallel deterrence of Iran..

Although the military actions go on and current relations with the US indicate possible escalation of the conflict, there are problems in Saudi Arabia connected with the split of political elites, since not all of them support the Yemeni adventure.

The United States is also not very interested in direct and indirect military intervention or support for Riyadh, which could negatively affect both the image of the White House and the possible future presence of the Americans in the region. Therefore, a negotiating process exists, which can stop or freeze the crisis, and also bring "their people" to key positions in the new government of Yemen.

In conclusion, it should be noted that far-fetched accusations towards Iran to support the Houthis (no specific proof of military assistance was provided for several years) are supported by disinformation campaigns in neighboring countries where the Shiite population lives - Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain.

For example, according to the Washington Post, the authorities of Bahrain accuse Iran of organizing terrorist attacks on its territory, while Western intelligence allegedly confirms the efforts of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to conduct training and training of Bahraini Shiites to conduct guerrilla warfare and manufacture of improvised ammunition. With reference to unknown analysts, the Washington Post notes that a network of pro-Iranian military organizations is being established throughout the Middle East, especially in Yemen, Iraq and Syria.

Given the recent statement by many senior US officials on the possible strengthening of sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, this campaign in the Western media serves as another demonization of this country, both in the context of the Iranian president's election and as a continuation of the further strategy of war by other means for attrition – by Leonid Salvin

https://www.geopolitica.ru/en/article/two-strategies-against-yemen

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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7.5.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A H)

It is really difficult to see families get out at night looking 4 food in garbage They are dying in silence without others knowledge

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/861333569934962688

7.5.2017 – Your Abilities (A H)

Many families in Yemen have no food 4 several days,hunger is destroyed them. We provided needy & displaced families with basic aids (photos)

Original (Englisch) übersetzen

https://twitter.com/Yourabilities_o/status/861328166492803073

To find food it's a grace for the little kids in Yemen. They are in a cataclysmic situation! Why they're facing the war? (photos)

https://twitter.com/Yourabilities_o/status/861323477340626945

7.5.2017 – MONA Relief (* A H)

Help Mona Relief to feed 1000 families in Ramadan

Mona Relief is one of the only 100% Yemeni driven Humanitarian Organisations in Yemen.

After 2 years of complete destruction of Yemen; some of us are still alive. The month of Ramadan is coming, where Yemen will have it hard to break the fast with no food and limited water. Mona Relief, a 100% Yemeni Organisation based in Yemen took the initiative with this campaign. With as simple as 25USD, you are able to feed a family with wheat, rice, sugar, cooking oil and dates - for a whole month!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-mona-relief-to-feed-1000-families-in-ramadan--2#/

7.5.2017 – UNOCHA (* A H)

19 million people need urgent humanitarian support in Yemen.

Two years of violent conflict have forced millions of people to flee their homes. Countless numbers of families are now on the brink of starvation.
Your donation can help them today. DONATE TODAY

https://unocha.raisely.com/yemencrisis

7.5.2017 – Norwegian Refugee Council (* A H)

Film: "We need a ramp up of the humanitarian relief which is not reaching many of the hardest hit people." said @NRC_Egeland to @BBCWorld. #Yemen

https://twitter.com/NRC_MiddleEast/status/861185543396347904

7.5.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini )(A H)

Another 320 hygiene kits funded by @iom_yemen were delivred today by @monareliefye to all patients at al-Jumhori hospital in Sanaa. #Yemen (photos9

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/861240514858954752

6.5.2017 – save the Children (* B H)

Film: Turn on the sound now and listen to this mum's powerful account of giving birth - during an airstrike in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/SaveChildrenYE/status/861099816411168768

7.5.2017 – Fatik Al-Rodaini (A H)

Film: Suspected cholera cases at al-Jumhori hospital n Sanaa receiving treatment on chairs due to lack of wards for patients.

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/861259036162969600

7.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A H)

87 deaths and infections of cholera registered in Mahweet

Al-Mahweet Media Center has quoted medical sources as saying that three deaths and 84 infections of cholera were registered in Mahweet governorate.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6630

6.5.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A H)

Yemeni hospital exceeds full capacity amid deadly cholera

As the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, is struggling with an unprecedented outbreak of cholera, its al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital is on the verge of breaking point, crammed with pandemic patients.

An overflow of cholera patients at al-Sabeen has pushed the facility well past its full capacity and into a health care crisis. On Saturday, patients, including many children, were laid down on halls and placed in makeshift open-air wards.

"The total number of cases has reached 1,350 cases in all provinces in Yemen, with two thirds of cases in the capital Sana'a. This is why you notice the overcrowding of the hospital with patients. Also, four new centers have been opened in the capital," said Abdel Rahim al-Kahlani, a spokesman for the Yemeni Ministry of Health.

Over two years of Saudi Arabia's full-scale war on the impoverished country have put more than half of all health facilities in Yemen in a state of complete or partial shutdown. Furthermore, there are critical shortages in medical doctors in over 40 percent of all districts, according to the health ministry (with film)

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/05/06/520808/Yemen-hospital-cholera-Saudi-Arabia-Sabeen

5.5.2017 – Al Araby (* A H)

New cholera outbreak in Yemen further strains medical services

A new outbreak in the Capital, Sana'a, has put even more strain on medical facilities.The situation is likely to get worse due to poor hygiene conditions in the capital.

One hospital in Sana’a received more than 80 suspected cases of cholera since Wednesday 3 May. Patients are receiving anti dehydration treatment in their own cars as there are not sufficient beds.

Fatik Al-Rodaini, a humanitarian worker, was in al-Sabeen hospital in the capita Sana’a to deliver hygiene kits to patients. He said that on Thursday alone the hospital received 60 suspected cases of cholera, now risen to more than 80, including many children and women.

"It is a horrible time," he told The New Arab.

According to Rodaini, more cases are expected due to the build up of garbage in Sana’a.

Public employees stopped collecting rubbish four days ago in protest for receiving their salaries for nine months.

The UN cluster on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) recorded a total of 1115 new suspected cases across a number of governorates, leading to 19 deaths according to a recent report.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/5/5/new-cholera-outbreak-in-yemen-further-strains-medical-services

5.5.2017 – Yemen Post (* A H)

Medical OUTBREAK: 218 new cases of Cholera disease in #Yemen capital alone as civilians die & pay price of war, while politicians ignoring. (document)

https://twitter.com/TheYemenPost/status/860502769664499712

5.5.2017 – Ayad (* A H)

Ministry of Health, today another 23 cases of Cholera infection 2dead and 399 suspected case

https://twitter.com/maddllock/status/860628479313944577

6.5.2017 – Various (A H)

Garbage problem in #Sanaa is reaching point of no return.
Street sweepers and garbage collectors have no received salaries in 7 months and, in the meantime, garbage spreads everywhere along with diseases.

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1364656376920722/?type=3

https://twitter.com/Fatikr/status/861011416349855744

https://twitter.com/omamjad90/status/860916691680858112

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/860943881034244097

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AKMnsVon2I (film)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icFUizYZDEk (film)

My comment: These photos used by “Yemen Updates” for anti-Houthi propaganda, as if there was no war with all its effects.

6.5.2017 – Al Masirah TV (* A H)

Film: Cholera outbreak in Mahweet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95bGS0TnKKU

5.5.2017 – Reuters (B H)

Photographing the tiniest victims of war and disaster

Reuters photographers are at the front lines of war and disaster, capturing images that can be disturbing, especially when they depict children swept up in humanitarian crises. Decisions to distribute these photos are taken seriously by Reuters. We understand that images of suffering children can produce powerful -- and, at times, negative -- reactions among viewers.

This photo essay tells the story of Jamila Ali Abdu, a girl in Yemen whose suffering through war, disease and hunger ended with her death this week from worms caused by malnutrition. Reuters aims to give our customers, including newspapers, websites and other news organizations, high-quality images from conflict zones that tell a story fairly and honestly while not shying away from what may be considered graphic. Our customers decide whether or not to use our images.

In Jamila’s case, a Reuters photo of the emaciated child went viral. The image of the dying girl, eye lids drooping as her will to live faded, put her at the center of coverage of Yemen’s civil war.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-backstory-tiniest-idUSKBN181202 referring to this Reuters report: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-malnutrition-idUSKBN17Z1GY

My comment: Why this article? Had there been any complaints about the photos of the dying girl? Why the Americans complain about such photos and not about the politics of their government which for a great part is responsible for children in Yemen dying like that???

5.5.2017 – RT (* A B H)

Yemenis face ‘life & death choice’ of treating sick children or feeding healthy ones – UNICEF to RT

As the battle in Yemen rages on, many parents are faced with the tough choice of treating a sick child or feeding a healthy one, a UNICEF representative told RT, following the tragic death of a seven-year-old who died of disease and malnutrition.

Children are paying an extremely high price in war-torn Yemen, with 90 percent in desperate need of humanitarian care, according to UNICEF. Almost half a million are at risk of starvation.

One of the latest tragedies to come out of the country is the death of seven-year-old Jamila Ali Abdu, who died of malnutrition after suffering from worms for two years.

Every time we went to a hospital they told us she had worms and bacteria. We couldn’t get anywhere and we are poor people and can't go to Sanaa or anywhere else," Jamila's father, Ali Abdu, told AP.

Heartbreaking footage showed the skeletal Jamila's final moments in a hospital bed, with her father at her side.

She was very sick and I tried to get her treated at the hospitals and nothing helped, and as soon as we had any amount of money I would spend it to get her treatment. We sold the furniture and we sold the sheep and everything else. I wanted a healthy life for Jamila but we weren't able to obtain it,” said Amal Ibrahim, Jamila's grieving mother.

Jamila's story is far from unique, however. (photos)

https://www.rt.com/news/387294-yemen-children-starving-death/

Comment by Judith Brown:

An excellent video about 2 minutes long please watch it if you can. Some very hard hitting comments about Saudi Arabia from head of aid agency. Pity that politicians in U.K. and USA don't say the same thing.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155490819503641

5.5.2017 – Aljazeera (* B H)

Film: Education ‘deeply affected’ by ongoing war in Yemen

The two-year civil war in Yemen, has destroyed much of the country.

Life is particularly hard for teachers and doctors trying to prepare children for life after the ongoing conflict.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Matheson explains.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/education-deeply-affected-ongoing-war-yemen-170505100840507.html

5.5.2017 – International Organization for Migration (* B H)

UN Migration Agency Ready to Respond to Heavy Rains and Flooding in Yemen

Natural disasters and pre-existing economic fragility are escalating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is working with communities in Yemen to help them better prepare for or prevent future disasters, while also carrying out its emergency response, early recovery, and stabilization activities.

Displaced persons and affected communities in Yemen continue to face increased insecurity, limited freedom of movement, restricted access to services (shelter, food, water, health and education) and a lack of livelihood opportunities. Torrential rains and flash floods triggered by two rainy seasons, March to May and July to October, have the potential to be devastating, compounding the damage caused by storms throughout the year.

“We need to be ready to support the population rendered more vulnerable by these natural catastrophes, in addition to the difficulties they are already experiencing in a country in conflict,” said IOM Yemen Chief of Mission Laurent De Boeck. “Without an effective early warning system, Yemenis will continue to suffer the impact of flooding and other natural disasters,” he continued.

Last year, IOM Yemen helped people affected by the cyclones Chapala and Megh by providing direct assistance, including water, food, shelter, and hygiene kits, to flood-affected households in Al Maharah, Socotra, Shabwah and Hadramaut.

http://www.iom.int/news/un-migration-agency-ready-respond-heavy-rains-and-flooding-yemen = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/un-migration-agency-ready-respond-heavy-rains-and-flooding-yemen

25.4.2017 – ZDF (* A H)

Film (1 min): Hungerkatastrophe im Jemen

Die Geberkonferenz in Genf soll die Weltgemeinschaft zu schneller Hilfe bewegen, denn der Bürgerkrieg im Jemen bringt eine schlimmsten Hungersnöte der Welt mit sich.

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute-sendungen/videos/hungerkatastrophe-im-jemen-100.html

19.4.2017 – UN Development (* B H)

Yemen: a nation on the brink of famine

Yemen is considered one of four countries in the world currently facing the threat of famine. Over two years of continuous war have created the conditions for widespread hunger in the country of 27 million.

According to the latest UN data, almost 60 percent of Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from, and 6.8 million people are in a state of acute malnutrition.

A functioning and stable national banking system is vital in a country where 90 percent of staple foods are imported. The blocking of international financial transactions also led to a liquidity crisis for both US dollars and local currency.

As a result, civil servants and public sector workers who deliver critical social services, such as healthcare, have not been paid since August 2016. This undermines the humanitarian response but also severely affects individual purchasing power as 30 percent of Yemenis depend on government salaries and pensions.

Without income, families are unable to purchase food. More than half of Yemeni families are buying food on credit.

Two years of conflict has destroyed much of the industrial and manufacturing sector, including oil production which accounted for over half of Yemen’s exports in terms of GDP and employed many workers. In addition, 70 percent of Yemen’s small and medium businesses have laid off half of their workforce.

We partner with sister UN organizations and the World Bank, with additional funding from donors such as the EU, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States, to help people get back to work and become self-sufficient again. Our cash-for-work activities, worth US$342 million, aim to restore purchasing power and inject cash into the local economy – By: Lei Phyu (with photos)

https://medium.com/we-the-peoples/yemen-a-nation-on-the-brink-of-famine-4c48ed15e7c1

31.3.2017 - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Infographic: Yemen: Organizations 3W Operational Presence (as of 31 March 2017) [EN/AR]

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-organizations-3w-operational-presence-31-march-2017-enar and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yemen_organizations_3w_operational_presence_as_of_31_march_2017_eng.pdf and https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/yemen/infographic/yemen-organizations-3w-operational-presence-31-march-2017

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

8.5.2017 – NYU Abu Dhabi Institute (B K)

The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Yemen and Its Consequences

NOTE: This is an internal talk to NYUAD community only

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabian led-coalition aerial bombardments in Yemen and the ensuing civil strife have resulted in a humanitarian crisis that has left thousands dead, tens of thousands wounded, and millions displaced. In addition to the damage done to human lives and infrastructure, the fighting has threatened Yemen’s unique cultural heritage. A great number of pre-Islamic and Islamic sites, monuments and museums housing Yemen’s treasures, have been severely damaged or destroyed, despite international efforts to provide protective no-fly zones.This talk provides information on the archaeological and historic importance of Yemen, and on the current state of damage done to its cultural heritage.

Speaker: Lamya Khalidi French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), CEPAM, University of Côte d’Azur

http://dubaieye1038.com/arab-coalition-takes-part-in-discussions-on-yemen/

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

7.5.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemen calls UNESCO to protect Socotra Island from dredging by occupying UAE forces

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463999.htm

7.5.2017 – Saba Net (A T)

Saudi-paid saboteurs arrested in Bayda

Security agencies arrested a number of Saudi-paid saboteurs in Bayda province, a security official told Saba on Sunday.
Explosive devices were confiscated from the arrested who were plotting to target people and public facilities to destabilize security and stability in the province, said the official.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464007.htm

6.5.2017 – Josepjho1221 (A P)

Governor of Amran directed to transfer 68% of the revenues of the province to the Secretary of his treasury! While the rest turned to the Finance Office !!

Gross corruption (document)

https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/860933833830649856

6.5.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

GPC's affiliates doubt #Houthis' plan to prepare lists of Republican Guard top leaders,to send them to Saada for trainings,is a trap! (images)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/860941270478401536

6.5.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

In Sanaa,#Houthis killed a bride on her wedding night w/ a gunshot during a clash w/ her family who refused to subject to a blackmail

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/860937920882122753

5.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthi militias commit 188 violations in al-Mahweet during April

The Houthi-Saleh militias committed 188 crimes against civilians in al-Mahweet governorate during April.

A report which has been recently issued by Mahweet Human Rights Organization, revealed that the militias abducted 64 persons, most of them are teachers and activists, affirming that 11 persons were also forcedly disappeared.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6568

My comment: The figures cannot be verified. Certainly, there are violations by the Houthis. The bias of this article (as all about the Houthis by Islah Party's Al Sahwa website) is propaganda. And this propaganda seems to invent or create “ Human Rights Organization” quicker and more than rabbits are able to proliferate.

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

Siehe / Look at cp1 (Journal21) and cp12 (Emirates)

8.5.2017 – Alwaght (* A K P)

UAE-Saudi Disputes Emerge Further as Yemen War Unfolds

The Saudi-Emirati discords in Yemen are not something new, but the two have tried to conceal them during the three years of the anti-Yemeni war. Now it appears that their differences have more room to emerge to the public as the military campaign majorly against Ansarullah movement is reaching a dead end.

Fresh reports suggest that the UAE has established contacts with the figures close to the Southern Movement, which predominantly struggles for full secession from Yemen or at least a high degree of autonomy in the south.

Hadi has strongly come against separation of the south from the country, however.

The recent dispute between the UAE and the fugitive Yemeni president saw a surge after Abu Dhabi officials sponsored a conference in Hadhramout, a province in extreme south of Yemen, on April 22. The conference was administered by the province's governor Major General Ahmed Saeed bin Brik, who holds close ties with the UAE.

The conference finished with a statement calling on Hadi to declare Hadhramaut an autonomous region. The sources familiar with the final statement have said that the document maintained that if the Hadhramaut people conclude that the union with the north cannot serve their interests, they reserve the right to withdraw from it.

The organizers of the meeting called the event as a supplement to the national peace process but the analysts cast doubt on their agenda, arguing that such branding is meant to reduce the sensitivity to the real Emirati objectives in the war-ravaged country.

On the other side, the political figures and tribal leaders close to Saudi Arabia in Hadhramaut officially announced boycotting the conference in the southern province. Riyadh officials declined to officially comment on the meeting. The experts noted that the conference laid bare the scale of differences between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on Yemen’s future, though they are members of anti-Yemeni military campaign.

It was at the heels of this gathering that the Riyadh-based Hadi sacked Aden's governor al-Zubaidi and a couple of local officials also close to the UAE, a measure that faced strong reaction from the Emirati officials. The Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan, the head of general security for the emirate of Dubai, in a Twitter post said that removal of Hadi is a Persian Gulf, Arab, and international demand.

Meanwhile, Hadi has accused Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the Emirati armed forces, of “behaving like an occupier of Yemen rather than its liberator,” the Middle East Eye website reported.

The disputes are taking place while the fresh UAE steps have begun to call attention and arouse the ire of the Saudis.

The observers maintain that the UAE leaders have concentrated their efforts on materializing their aims in southern Yemen as they see no clear outlook for end of the three-year-long aggression against Yemen. This by itself sends into spins the Saudi officials who after 26 months of relentless bombing campaign not only declined to make gains in north but also see the south slipping out of their control.

If this trend continues, the two Arab allies risk facing a collapse of their alliance in Yemen. This makes the upcoming Aden developments decisive; something also understood by the German Ambassador to Yemen who tweeted that “all eyes are on Aden now.”

http://alwaght.com/en/News/96591/UAE-Saudi-Disputes-Emerge-Further-as-Yemen-War-Unfolds

7.5.2017 – Aleteja TV (* A K P)

Emirates utilize Salafist Brigades to fight in Yemen

Received "Abu Abbas", the leader of the Salafist Brigades Adel Abdu rakish, officially Alkdhh front of militias Mansour Hadi in Taiz governorate (south-west of Yemen).
According to the Media Center of the forces of Maj. Gen. Hadi 17 militia on Saturday that the brigade handed positions Front Alkdhh to "Abu Abbas" Brigades spent under an agreement assigning positions in front Mqubnp to his soldiers, and both fronts in the south-west of Taiz.
The Brigades, "Abu Abbas" is an armed formation in Taiz, led by Salafi leader, nicknamed the name of the Brigades, a fair rakish, one integration center students who left in 2014, after two rounds of Saada war in the far north of the country.
For his part, close to the "Abu Abbas" Brigades source reported that military reinforcements obtained battalions in the past two days, coming from the city of Aden (south) from the leadership of the Saudi alliance of aggression. In a hint of it for Emirati leaders who are in the southern city.
The source added, preferring not to be named, for "Arabic 21", that "the reinforcements is cars and medium and light weapons, as well as ammunition."
This is not the first time that "Abu Abbas" receives military aid from the UAE, which is described as "a prominent ally in Taiz."
It is also the only military formation in this city, which has a sophisticated military armored vehicles acquired during the last period of the UAE.
http://aletejahtv.org/permalink/163195.html and in trasnlation: https://nenosplace.forumotion.com/t125604-emirates-utilize-salafist-brigades-to-fight-in-yemen

5.5.2017 – Gulf News (*A P)

Yemen needs to prepare for an inclusive future

The massive protest march in Aden on Thursday against the dismissal of the governor by the country's president illustrates the strong sense of marginalisation that many Yemenis in the south of the country feel.

Despite the ongoing civil war and the almost overwhelming humanitarian crisis, Yemenis need to prepare for an inclusive future in which all parts of the country can share in the government of the country.

This inclusion might include the Al Houthi rebels if they give up their links with #Iran and if they accept the principles contained in the accord and United Nations peace initiatives. But there are also large groups in the south of the country that have worked with the legitimate government headed by President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who should not be marginalised.

The southern groups have backed the Saudi-led coalition and the legitimate government in the fight against the rebels. So it was disturbing when Hadi sacked two significant politicians from the south, Minister of State Hani Bin Braik and the Governor of Aden Aidarous Al Zubaidi.

As the civil war continues, the Saudi-led coalition has been able to start helping the Yemenis to rebuild their ountry in areas that have achieved some stability and peace. The #UAE element of the coalition forces won considerable success with the coalition's Yemeni allies in recapturing large areas of Hadramout and the provinces around Aden, which had fallen into anarchy during the long political crisis and ensuing civil war.

The #UAE helped support the creation of substantial Yemeni brigades of 11,000 Yemeni soldiers from Hadramout and another with 14,000 soldiers from Aden and three provinces.

Subsequently, the #UAE has been instrumental in helping local communities restore their infrastructure, rebuild important facilities like hospitals and schools, and retrain people so that they seek employment and start to recreate more stable lives. The long-term stability of #Yemenhas to lie in the hands of the Yemenis, and the coalition is playing an important role in fostering the stability that will help build an inclusive future for all Yemenis – by Editorial Board

http://gulfnews.com/opinion/editorials/yemen-needs-to-prepare-for-an-inclusive-future-1.2022344 = http://menafn.com/1095454780/Yemen-needs-to-prepare-for-an-inclusive-future

My comment: There still is missing a clear opinion of the UAE on the claims of the Southern Movement (Hirak), the question of a secession of Southern Yemen, the question of a new government for this new South Yemen state, the future role of the Hadi government as a “legitimate” government of Yemen (or not), the future cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the “coalition” fighting against the Houthis. – This editorial certainly was written in a very close connection to the Emirati government, stating its actual position, which more or less is excluding to clearly hit all the open problems, still trying to stay quite vague. Thus, in a very propagandistic manner generally praise the “engagement” of the UAE in Yemen (which of course means not to mention their main engagement, i.e. bombing half the country into ruins).

6.5.2017 – Le Monde (* A P)

Le risque d’une sécession du sud du Yémen grandit

En manifestant dans le port d’Aden, le mouvement sudiste, parrainé par les Emirats arabes unis, s’oppose ouvertement au gouvernement.

Le Yémen a fait un pas vers la partition, jeudi 4 mai, à Aden. Des milliers de manifestants se sont rassemblés place Al-Ouroud pour acclamer l’ex-gouverneur de la ville, le séparatiste sudiste Aidarous Al-Zoubeidi. L’homme a été appelé jeudi par des figures du mouvement sudiste Al-Hirak à prendre la tête d’un conseil politique, chargé d’administrer la région et de la mener vers l’indépendance.

Cette manifestation est un défi au pouvoir du président Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi, qui avait démis le gouverneur par décret, le 27 avril, ainsi qu’un ministre : le salafiste – et séparatiste sudiste lui aussi – Hani Ben Boureik. Le président Hadi se trouve aujourd’hui en Arabie saoudite et on imagine mal comment il pourrait, à brève échéance, revenir à Aden, où le rapport de force n’est pas à son avantage.

Il appartient désormais aux Emirats arabes unis, principal protecteur du sud du Yémen, de décider si le conseil dont M. Al-Zoubeidi a pris la tête se mue en gouvernement alternatif et rejette l’autorité de M. Hadi.

MM. Al-Zoubeidi et Ben Boureik, principaux relais des Emirats dans le Sud, avaient maintenu jusqu’ici une alliance difficile avec le président Hadi – par Louis Imbert

http://www.lemonde.fr/proche-orient/article/2017/05/06/le-risque-d-une-secession-du-sud-du-yemen-grandit_5123393_3218.html

6.5.2017 – Yemen Peace Project (A P)

Yemen's fabled government to assert its power over Aden via electricity, which until now it has failed to provide.

https://twitter.com/YemenPeaceNews/status/860630638793302017

referring to Prime Minister Bin Dagher:

I will launch this Sunday in the interim capital of #Aden the power plant of 60MWt funded by #Qatar to relief ppl's suffering during summer.

https://twitter.com/ahmedbindaghar/status/860629044622225408

6.5.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

Tense in #Yemen's Aden city. Saudi/Hadi-appointed Aden governor arrives with team of American or British armed security men, like this one (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/860841794547982336 and also https://twitter.com/SUHFNET/status/860846619306143744

7.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Rallies of Yemenis receive Aden's new governor

Thousands of Yemenis line up in streets of Aden to welcome the recent-appointed governor Abdul-Aziz al-Maflahi.

Deputy Prime Hussein Mohammed Arab and other ministers and officials of the local authorities also received al-Maflahi in Aden Airport.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6628

My comment: Cheering propaganda by Islah Party media.

6.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Headquarters of Islah party in Aden stormed

Gunmen on Friday night stormed the headquarters of the Islah party in Aden, burnt it and managed to escape.

Eyewitnesses told Alsahwa Net that masked gunmen shot fire in air, stormed into the headquarters and then fled.

The media official of the Islah party in Aden Khalid Hadian affirmed that the gunmen came in three cars, and abducted an officer of the headquarters.

Before the storming, there were incitements in social media by activists affiliated with the Southern Movement, calling to burn headquarters and centers of the Islah party in Aden.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6629

6.5.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee / Ammar Aulaqi (A P)

Yemen southern separatists set fire to headquarters of Muslim Brotherhood party,after UAE buried "legitimacy" of Saudi puppet Hadi

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/860753468876894208

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/860761424863404032

Islah office in Crater district-Aden was set on fire last night. Another resentment sign that is growing across the South.

https://twitter.com/ammar82/status/860745615998943232

5.-6.5.2017 – Ammar Aulaqi (A P)

Reports that Aidroos Zubaidi, the new leader of Southern Hirak has been summoned to Riyadh tonight.

https://twitter.com/ammar82/status/860613553287516160

5.5.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

May 5, 2017

Hadramawt Governor Ahmed Said bin Brik threatened to secede from the Yemeni government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi if the government fails to achieve peace with the al Houthi-Saleh bloc. Bin Brik’s May 3 statement coincides with ongoing protests in Aden against President Hadi’s decision to remove Aden governor Aydarus al Zubaidi, a senior leader in the Southern Movement. Bin Brik did not mention the Aden protests.[1]

Al Islah, a Sunni Islamist political party, called for a comprehensive political union and a “just solution” to represent southern Yemenis on May 4. Islah neither endorsed the goals of the Southern Movement, its historical rival, nor condemned President Hadi’s removal of Southern Movement leader Aydarus al Zubaidi from his position as governor of Aden. The removal of Zubaidi sparked protests against the Hadi government in Aden this week. Al Islah also announced its support for President Hadi’s newly appointed governor of Aden, Abdulaziz al Muflahi. Muflahi plans to return to Aden on May 6.[2]

Former South Yemen president Ali Salem al Beidh called former Aden governor Aydarus al Zubaidi to express his support for the “Aden Declaration.” Protesters announced on May 4 that Zubaidi will lead a council to govern southern Yemen. Al Beidh has lived in exile in Beirut, Lebanon, since the reunification of Yemen in 1994.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-5-2017

[1] Aziz el Yaakoubi, “UAE builds up Yemen regional army but country fragments,” Reuters, May 3, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-emirates-idUSKBN17Z0LW; and “Governor of Hadramawt: demonstrations in Aden do not concern us,” Barakish, May 3, 2017, http://barakish.net/news02.aspx?cat=12&sub=23&id=469100.
[2] “Statement issued by the Islah party from the temporary capital of Aden,” Yemeni Islah Party, April 4, 2017, http://alislah-ye.net/news_details.php?sid=260; “Governor Muflahi: I’ll be in Aden on Saturday and I call for concerted efforts,” Aden Tomorrow, May 4, 2017, http://adenghd.net/news/257785/; and “Desknote: The Southern Movement Uprising,” Critical Threats, February 28, 2013, https://www.criticalthreats.org/analysis/desknote-the-southern-movement-uprising.
[3] “Phone call: President al Beidh congratulates leader al Zubaidi,” Aden Tomorrow, May 4, 2017, http://adenghd.net/news/257774/.

May 4, 2017

Protesters select Aydarus al Zubaidi as leader of southern Yemen; Saudi-Emirati-Yemeni coordination committee holds first meeting; AQAP militants attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in central Yemen; Hadi government forces claim to retake Camp Omari in southwestern Taiz governorate

Organizers of a demonstration against President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government announced that Aydarus al Zubaidi, the former governor of Aden, will lead a council to govern southern LOCATIONYemenTHE REPUBLIC OF YEMEN IS AN ARAB COUNTRY IN WESTERN ASIA, OC...Yemen. Zubaidi will hold all powers necessary to administer and represent southern Yemen, according to a statement issued by the organizers of the protest in Aden on May 4. The announcement affirmed that al Zubaidi will continue to cooperate with the Saudi-led coalition. The Hadi government has yet to respond. President Hadi replaced Zubaidi as the governor of Aden on April 27 following reports that the UAE, which supports Zubaidi and other leading Southern Movement figures, participated in negotiations with former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and Russia. Two million protesters from several southern governorates demonstrated in Aden in support of Zubaidi on May 4.[1]

The Trilateral High Committee, which aims to increase coordination between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the Hadi government, held its first meeting on May 4. Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen al Ahmar chairs the committee. The committee discussed the current security situation in Yemen and issued a statement thanking Saudi Arabia for its contributions to Yemen. President Hadi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz agreed to form the committee following a meeting on April 29.[2]

[1] “Demonstration # Aden delegate Zubaidi to declare a political leadership of the South - the text of the statement,” Barakish, May 4, 2017, http://barakish.net/news02.aspx?cat=12&sub=23&id=469139.
[2] “Trilateral High Committee to Underpin Coordination in Restoring Hope to Yemen,” Asharq Al-Awst, May 4, 2017, http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/trilateral-high-committee-underpin-coordination-restoring-hope-yemen; and “This is what was discussed by the Supreme Tripartite Commission between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and Yemen in its meeting today!,” Aden Lang, May 4, 2017, http://adnlng.com/news/68177/.

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-4-2017

May 3, 2017

Protesters from Lahij, al Dhaleh, Abyan, and Shabwah governorates traveled toward Aden on May 3 for the demonstration. The governor of Hadramawt emphasized his governorate’s independence from issues concerning Aden.[3]

[3] “Governor # Hadramout: Demonstrations # Aden do not concern us,” Barakish, May 3, 2017, http://barakish.net/news02.aspx?cat=12&sub=23&id=469100; “Hawtat Lahij rise up against the legitimate decisions of a major demonstration and festival mass (photographer),” Aden Tomorrow, May 3, 2017, http://adengad.net/news/257568/; “Daleh province procession begins to advance towards the capital of Aden,” Aden Tomorrow, May 3, 2017, http://adengad.net/news/257553/; “The start of a huge procession for the sons mudiyah district towards the capital of Aden,” Aden Tomorrow, May 3, 2017, http://adengad.net/news/257549/; “A large procession to the children of Shabwa and Abyan passes through the streets of Zanzibar in the way to Aden,” Aden Tomorrow, May 3, 2017, http://adengad.net/news/257546/; and “Source: parties of legitimacy and other representative of the brigade Zubaidi signed an agreement at the headquarters of the coalition under the supervision of Saudi and Emirati,” Aden Tomorrow, May 3, 2017, http://adengad.net/news/257529/.

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-3-2017

5.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Governor of Aden praises Turkey's assistances to Yemen

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6567

My comment: Hadi creature, not accepted by Hirak and a great part of southern public.

7.5.2017 – Yemen Updates (A T)

A violent explosion rocked Alshaikh area in Aden. Security source said men on a motorcycle threw a grenade & soldiers returned fire! (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/861313072987766785

5.5.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

Suspected al Qaeda militants bomb security building in Hadhramout

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90937

and

7.5.2017 – Adengad ( AT)

AQAP attacks a military camp in Wadi Hadramawt

Witnesses and a military source led by the second military area in Hadramout said that al-Qaeda elements attacked on Sunday evening an army camp in Wadi Hadramout.

According to the source of al-Ghad al-Ghad, al-Qaeda operatives attacked an army camp in al-Dulaieh area.

The clashes lasted about half an hour.

The sources said a violent explosion preceded the clashes.

There were no reports of casualties.

The news from another reporter

Al-Qaeda controls an army camp in Hadramout and detonates it

Local authorities in the Hadramout valley said that al-Qaeda seized control of an army camp in Al-Dalaa area on Sunday evening.

Members of the militant group attacked al-Dalaa camp of elite forces and clashed with soldiers inside.

A witness said al-Qaeda militants blew up a military barracks in the camp using dynamite weapons.

Al Qaeda militants launched their attack using a number of vehicles.

No information was available on the casualties

http://adengad.net/news/258254/ and in English translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fadengad.net%2Fnews%2F258254%2F&edit-text=

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

7.5.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

UN envoy on Yemen in new bid to revive peace talks

The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is on a new regional tour to push Yemen’s peace consultations which are stalled since late last year, even as alarm grows over the humanitarian crisis in the country.

According to Yemeni sources, the envoy will meet Yemeni and Saudi officials in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Sources close to the UN envoy revealed that work is underway to launch a new round of consultations during the coming month of Ramadan. The parties concerned hope that the new round would be the prelude to signing a peace agreement.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/05/07/UN-envoy-on-Yemen-in-new-bid-to-revive-peace-talks.html

7.5.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H P)

Statement on behalf of the humanitarian coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick on the need to ensure funding and humanitarian access into and throughout Yemen

Humanitarian funding is urgently needed to save lives across Yemen. With urgency, I call on Members States to fund the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. All commitments made during the pledging conference in Geneva need to materialize at once. While Yemen awaits for peace, humanitarian action is saving lives every day across the entire country.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/statement-behalf-humanitarian-coordinator-jamie-mcgoldrick-need-ensure-funding-and

7.5.2017 – Noto Wahabism (* A P)

Film: No joke: Swedish FM Margot Wallstrom defends Saudi Arabia's election to #UN_Women—because they will "learn something about women."

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/1213406565454590/

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL. I think It’s Wallström who has a lot to learn, for example this: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2017/5/2/hundreds-of-tortured-bangladeshi-women-flee-saudi-arabia

5.2017 – POMED (* B P)

Breaking the Cycle of Failed Negotiations in Yemen

Yemen’s conflict is complex and multi-faceted. On the surface, it is a power struggle among the political elite, but it is also driven by long-term frustration with the ruling elite’s corruption at the expense and marginalization of the majority of the Yemeni population. These grievances drove the 2011 youth uprising, have helped fuel the ongoing war, and must be addressed to bring lasting peace.

More than two years of UN-led negotiations to end Yemen’s war have failed. This failure is a result of an elite dominated process between opposing sides unwilling to settle their differences and concede power. To end the conflict and create a lasting peace, these talks must include representatives from all aggrieved regions and parties.

Peace talks should also include negotiations on the division of Yemen into federal regions that establish a fair balance of power and resources and address key regional grievances that have helped fuel conflict.

Reaching political agreement will take time. It is critical in the interim to work with government institutions at the local level to provide a basic level of governance and stability. Strengthening local government will help defuse some tension, build trust in national political negotiation processes, give local actors a sense of ownership and responsibility, and help restore faith in nonviolent political processes – by Nadwa Al-Dawsari

http://pomed.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/PolicyBrief_Nadwa_170505b-1.pdf = https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/breaking-cycle-failed-negotiations-yemen

Comment: Nadwa Al-Dawsari is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Project on Middle East Democracy. Very vocal against Saleh, Houthi and Iran's interference in #Yemen (evidence yet to be found), supporter of Yemen turning into a federation of regions, writes her point of view on how to move on from the stalemate of the country's multi-faceted war.
Bearing in mind the above, the paper is interesting, though one sided..

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1364171173635909/?type=3

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

9.5.2017 – Fars News (A P)

Iranian DM Mocks Saudis' War Rhetoric against Iran as "Bluff"

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan described the Saudi officials' war rhetoric against Tehran as a "bluff", and advised them to come out of the Yemen quagmire first.

Noting that the Saudi officials are not aware of the meaning of what they speak about, General Dehqan said, "We advise them not to adopt a stupid measure but if they do and make any aggression, I believe that nowhere in Saudi Arabia would remain safe, but Mecca and Medina."

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri lashed out at Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman for his comments against Iran, stressing that Riyadh is acting as the US and Zionists' mercenary to take hostile measures against the Islamic states.

"The lies uttered by certain Saudi officials against Iran and the independent regional states are nothing new. Unfortunately, the Saudi regime is carrying out hostile acts against certain the Islamic states in the region for the sake of the US and the Zionists," Jazzayeri said.

He referred to Saudi Arabia's destructive war in Yemen, its pressures on the Bahraini people and its support for the terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and said all these events show that the Zionists (who influence Riyadh) want the region to further be entangled in clashes.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960219000374

8.5.2017 – Allgalgaduud ( AP)

Saudi kingdom will be destroyed if Riyadh does anything ‘ignorant’

Following Saudi deputy crown prince’s comments about moving the battle to Iran, Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says if the Saudis do anything stupid, the Iranian army will hit back and destroy all of the kingdom — apart from Mecca and Medina.

Dehqan gave the warning in an interview broadcast on Arabic-language Al-Manar TV on Sunday in response to remarks made by Saudi deputy crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said any battle between Riyadh and Tehran would take place on Iranian soil. “We will work to have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia,” prince Mohammed had said.

“We warn them against doing anything ignorant, but if they do something ignorant, we will leave nowhere untouched apart from Mecca and Medina,” said Dehqan.

He referred to the Saudi bombing campaign on Yemen — in which over 12,000 people have died — and said the Saudis think they can do anything because they have an air force.

http://allgalgaduud.com/2017/05/saudi-kingdom-will-be-destroyed-if-riyadh-does-anything-ignorant/

7.5.2017 – Alwaght (A P)

Iranian General Slams Saudis for implementing Israeli, US Policies

A senior military commander in Iran has dismissed the recent Saudi deputy crown prince's remarks against the Islamic Republic.

Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri the deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces added that the Saudi regime is implementing the hostile policies of the US and the Israeli regime in the region.

Speaking on Sunday he noted that, “There is nothing new with false claims made by some Saudi officials against Iran and independent countries in the region. Unfortunately, the Saudi regime carries out hostile measures against some Muslim countries in the region on behalf of the US and the Zionists.”

http://alwaght.com/en/News/96608/Iranian-General-Slams-Saudis-for-implementing-Israeli,-US-Policies

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

8.5.2017 – Süddeutsche Zeitung (* A H P)

Weniger abhängig

König Salman lockert das für Frauen geltende Vormundschaftsrecht.

Dieses Vormundschaftsrecht hat König Salman nun Ende vergangener Woche gelockert - gänzlich abgeschafft ist es jedoch nicht. Von nun an sollen Frauen ihre Rechte gegenüber allen staatlichen Institutionen wahrnehmen dürfen, ohne vorher die Zustimmung eines männlichen Verwandten oder des Ehemannes einzuholen.

Universitäten und Krankenhäuser, Gerichte und Ämter müssen Frauen nun per se offenstehen, aber auch im privaten Sektor sollen sie eigenständiger agieren können: Die Gründung von Firmen oder die Aufnahme einer beruflichen Tätigkeit etwa braucht keine Genehmigung mehr durch den Mann – von Moritz Baumstieger

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/frauen-in-saudi-arabien-weniger-abhaengig-1.3494217

Mein Kommentar: Mal abwarten, was in der Realität tatsächlich geschieht. Der Journalist Al AlAhmed schätzt die tatsächliche Bedeutung eher gering ein (s. unten zum englischen Text). Für wesentliche Dinge brauchen auch nach der neuen Rechtslage Frauen immer noch die Zustimmung ihres männlichen Vormunds.

6.5.2017 – Gulf Insider (* A H P)

Saudi king orders that women no longer need a man’s permission to travel, study or make police complaints

Saudi Arabia to give women more control over their life choices by relaxing male guardian system is welcomed as another small step for women in the kingdom.

local media reported this week that King Salman has issued an order allowing women to benefit from government services such as education and healthcare without the consent of a male guardian.

This means women could, in some circumstances, study and access hospital treatment, work in the public and private sector and represent themselves in court without a guardian’s consent, according to Maha Akeel, a women’s rights campaigner and a director at the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

He said: ‘Now at least it opens the door for discussion on the guardian system.

The order made by King Salman, pictured, is the latest in a series of steps to include more women in the workforce to help diversify the country’s economy and reduce its reliance on oil

The system of male guardianship, which requires women to obtain permission from a father, husband, or son to travel, study or marry is an impediment to realising women’s rights, say rights groups

http://www.gulf-insider.com/saudi-king-orders-women-no-longer-need-mans-permission-travel-study-make-police-complaints/

Comments by Ali AlAhmed: when U examine #Saudi @KingSalman order on allowing women to access services without male approval U get nothing

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/860345620976070658

Women are still required to receive male approval for most things

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/860346113886482432

6.5.2017 – Al Araby (A P)

Trump a servant of Allah, according to Saudi cleric

A Saudi cleric has found himself in hot water after he publicly made a prayer for 'servant of Allah' Donald Trump to advance the interests of Muslims.

Saad bin Ghoniem said on Friday that he hoped God would take Trump under his wing and steer him in the right direction towards ending injustice against Muslims, prompting an online backlash.

"O Allah, Trump is one of your servants, you control him and his fate. Command him - willingly or not - to serve the best interests of Muslims and eliminate oppression done to them. Spare us from his evil deeds and guide him on the right path," Ghoniem tweeted.

The cleric's invocation for Trump to aid the Muslim world did not go down so well on social media with dozens of users harshly criticising the post.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2017/5/6/trump-a-servant-of-allah-according-to-saudi-cleric

5.5.2017 – Noto Wahabism (A P)

Women all over the world be happy! Saudi Arabia is defending you at the UN..! (photos from Saudi TV)

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/photos/a.446760528785868.1073741828.446357405492847/1210299702431943/?type=3

5.5.2017 – Daily Pakistan (A P)

Saudi army chief replaced on Raheel Sharif’s recommendation: report

A local newspaper made a stunning revelation regarding the role of former chief of army staff and head of Islamic Military Alliance General (retd) Raheel Sharif in change of top command of Saudi Arabia’s army.

The Daily Khabrain newspaper claimed that replacement of Saudi Arabia’s army chief was conducted following the recommendation of Raheel Sharif in order to develop better working relations with the alliance.

Before the formation of a proper army for Saudi-led alliance, Sharif wanted a motivated commander of Saudi Arabia’s ground forces who is able to defend the country from the front.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/saudi-army-chief-replaced-on-raheel-sharifs-recommendation-report/

5.5.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi Monarchy extremist grand mufti reportedly dead following a massive stroke. Had a stroke last year (photo)

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/860494807965237248

4.5.2017 – Turkish Minute (*A P)

11 Gülen sympathizers held hostage at Saudi hotel deported to Turkey

Eleven Turkish nationals who were reportedly detained in Saudi Arabia on March 15 have been kept in a hotel in Madinah for weeks, waiting to be deported to Turkey along with their family members, according to a letter sent to Turkeypurge.com.

The letter revealed that the victims, who have links to the Gülen movement in Turkey, were detained in four different cities and were later taken to Jeddah.

“They have not seen any judges, prosecutors. No accusations, nothing. Lawyers could not get involved. Their families got in touch with the United Nations. They sent several letters and emails. They had constant communication with the central UN office in Riyadh. The UN could not resolve the issue. Two days ago, the families were taken to a hotel in Madinah. They were not allowed to leave the hotel. And today at noon, the 11 detainees [F.Y.,E.O.,M.A.,İ.B.,U.T.,H.A.G.,Y.B.B.,B.B.,
A.E.,A.V.K.,Ş.Y.] together with their families were deported to Turkey,” the letter read.

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/05/04/11-gulen-sympathizers-held-hostage-at-saudi-hotel-deported-to-turkey/

2.5.2017 – Al Araby (* B H P)

Hundreds of 'tortured' Bangladeshi women flee Saudi Arabia

“They promised me a job as a nurse assistant,” she told Bangladeshi newspaper Bdnews24, “but when I landed, they assigned me as a house cleaner and forced me to take it. They tortured me throughout.”
Naseeba eventually managed to escape her ordeal after fleeing to the Bangladeshi embassy, where she is now staying in an overcrowded camp awaiting to return to her home country.
She is one of hundreds of Bangladeshi women that have fled their Saudi employers. The Bangladeshi embassy in Riyadh estimates that there are currently around 329 women seeking refuge inside the embassy awaiting to return. More than 500 were returned to Bangladesh at the end of last month.
There are also 74 women in the Bangladeshi Consulate General in Jeddah.
The escapees came with a range of horror stories of being mistreated. Many were lied to about their job role before arriving in Saudi Arabia. Stories of torture and sexual abuse are also all too common within the camps. Despite escaping, they are still not safe. Their lives are hanging on a thread while they are sardined inside camps, not knowing when they will be sent back home. Because the camps are so overcrowded, many women have fallen ill.
While devastating, the state of these women should not be of a shock. Saudi Arabia, along with other countries in the Middle East practice a controversial sponsorship system, commonly known as the ‘kafala’ system, a system built on institutional racism, which effectively makes migrant workers property of their employees – by Diana Alghoull

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2017/5/2/hundreds-of-tortured-bangladeshi-women-flee-saudi-arabia

7.12.2015 – Islam Hilmi (* B P)

Senior Saudi Salafi Cleric: ‘ISIS Is A True Product Of Salafism’

Sheikh ‘Aadel Al-Kalbani, former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca has announced that ISIS is the result of the Salafi version of Islam, and therefore there needs to be changes within the Salafi sect itself.

“ISIS is a true product of Salafism, and we must deal with it with full transparency.” This statement was made not by liberal Muslim elements, who regularly criticize Salafism, but by Sheikh ‘Aadel Al-Kalbani, former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and a Salafi himself, hence its importance. Al-Kalbani is not the first Salafi to come out against ISIS – other Saudis have condemned the organization’s conduct and operations – but Al-Kalbani has gone farther in his criticism: he has come out against the principles of the Salafi perception from which ISIS and its ilk draw, and has called for a rationalistic approach to Islam’s distant past and what it means for Islam today instead of a blind reenactment of it.

In two articles in the Saudi government daily Al-Riyadh, Al-Kalbani criticized elements in the Salafi stream for appropriating the truth and Islam and for permitting the killing of their opponents, and likewise criticized clerics and society that dared not come out against them. He stated that the call to blindly reenact the path of the Prophet Muhammad and of the forefathers of Islam stems from a faulty grasp of the essence of this path, and that Muhammad himself had rejected blind adoption of the perceptions of the past and blind following of the path of his predecessors, choosing instead a rationalistic approach appropriate for a changing reality. Al-Kalbani stated that clerics must take their heads out of the sand and move with the spirit of the times instead of rejecting and condemning any new idea.

This is not the first time that Al-Kalbani has challenged the mainstream Saudi clerics. He has harshly attacked suicide bombings, [1] published a fatwa permitting poetry,[2] and called for allowing women to drive cars.[3]

The following are translated excerpts from his two recent articles in Al-Riyadh:

http://islam.hilmi.eu/senior-saudi-salafi-cleric-isis-is-a-true-product-of-salafism/

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

5.2017 – Move ON

Petition: @IvankaTrump: Watch Yemen Famine Video, Press Dad to Spare Hodeida

To be delivered to Ivanka Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Watch the CNN video about famine in Yemen. Urge Dad to spare Hodeida & save Yemen from "biblical famine."

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ivankatrump-watch-yemen.fb52

7.5.2017 – The Free Thought Project (* B H K P)

US Foreign Policy is About to Kill 500,000 Children in Yemen — Media Silent

US foreign policy is playing a direct role in the starvation and murder of thousands of innocent civilians.

Historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter recently published an extensive writeup explaining the United States’ involvement in Saudi Arabia’s military interventions. Porter laid out the Saudi coalition’s “war strategy of maximizing pressure on the Houthi resistance by destroying agricultural, health and transportation infrastructure and by choking off access to food and fuel for most of Yemen’s population.”

“Equally important, however, the US has provided the political-diplomatic cover that the Saudis need to carry out this ruthless endeavor without massive international blowback,” Porter noted.

Human Rights Watch researcher Kristine Beckerle recently pointed out that the organization has found evidence of U.S.-supplied weapons at “apparently unlawful coalition attack” sites in Yemen, including weapons made by Raytheon – by Annabella Bamforth

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/us-foreign-policy-has-brought-80-of-the-entire-population-of-children-in-yemen-to-the-brink-of-death/

Remark: Overview article.

7.5.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Saudi Arabia Says Trump's Visit Will Help the Fight Against Extremism

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Thursday that an upcoming visit to the kingdom by U.S. President Donald Trump would enhance cooperation between the United States and Muslim countries in the fight against extremism.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, will be Trump's initial stop on his first international trip as president. The move signifies the new administration's intent to reinforce a relationship with a top ally in the Middle East, where the United States is leading a coalition against Islamic State and seeking to counter Iranian influence. Saudi Arabia is part of that coalition.

Describing the visit as historic, Jubeir said Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia would include a bilateral summit, a meeting with Arab Gulf leaders and another with leaders of Arab and Muslim countries.

"It will lead to, we believe, enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and Arab and Islamic countries in combating terrorism and extremism, and it will change the conversation with regards to America's relationship with the Arab and Islamic world," Jubeir said – by Yara Baroumy

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-usa-idUSKBN1802RQ =

http://time.com/4768378/saudi-arabia-trump-visit-terrorism-extremism/

My comment: LOL. Trump is giving the main arsonist the opportunity to set himself up as firefighter.

7.5.2017 – The Arab Weekly (* A P)

Yemen will likely be the focus of Trump’s Saudi visit

The role of Iran has become transparently clear for many US and Gulf observers.

US President Donald Trump’s plan to make his first official state visit to Saudi Arabia this month likely means the conflict in Yemen will factor heavily in talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as will the battle against the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups in the Middle East.

Trump’s engagement in the Mid­dle East and upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia have come as a relief to many Gulf leaders, who view his adminis­tration as more sympathetic to their grievances than the Obama admin­istration was.

“Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam and it is there that we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Mus­lims in their countries,” Trump said.

http://www.thearabweekly.com/News-&-Analysis/8391/Yemen-will-likely-be-the-focus-of-Trump%E2%80%99s-Saudi-visit

My comment: Hunting ghosts in Yemen

6.5.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K P)

Film: US supports Saudi Arabia for own economic gains: Commentator

John Steppling, an author and commentator, believes the United States is actively backing Saudi Arabia in its military aggression against Yemen, adding that Washington has always supported the “most repressive regimes” and the “leading human rights violators" in the world for its own economic interests.

“Saudi aggression the last 20 months against Yemen … has been aided and funded partly by the US. The Saudis are flying US made fighter jets, they are dropping US made munitions on the poorest Arab country in the world,” Steppling told PressTV in an interview on Saturday.

“So Saudis always get a pass, they have extraordinarily deep pockets and they are the number one purchaser of weapons from the United States,” he noted.

http://presstv.com/Detail/2017/05/06/520785/US-Saudi-Arabia-Yemen-weapons-sale-fighter-jet-Trump-munitions

5.5.2017 – New York Times (A P

Saudi Arabia and Israel Will Be on Itinerary of Trump’s First Foreign Trip

When President Trump announced Thursday that he would visit the centers of three great religions on his first foreign trip, his advisers presented it as a sign that the United States planned to marshal a powerful coalition against the forces of intolerance.

But Mr. Trump’s stops — in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome — are equally revealing as a contrast to the first trip to the Middle East made by his predecessor, President Barack Obama. The stark differences between that trip, in June 2009, and Mr. Trump’s later this month speak to how the world has changed in the last eight years and how this new president plans to confront it.

“Tolerance is the cornerstone of peace,” Mr. Trump said at a ceremony at the White House, in which he said he would go to “Saudi Arabia, then Israel, and then to a place that my cardinals love very much, Rome.”

White House officials said foreign leaders would be more willing to help the United States if disagreements over human rights and other issues were aired in private - By MARK LANDLER and PETER BAKER

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/us/politics/trump-to-visit-saudi-arabia-and-israel-in-first-foreign-trip.html

My comment: Tolerance? In Saudi Arabia??? LOL.

5.5.2017 – Sputnik News (A K P)

Washington lässt milliardenschweren Raketen-Deal mit Riad „auftauen“

Die US-Administration hat laut dem saudischen Außenminister Adel bin Achmed al-Dschubeir den Deal über den Verkauf von präzisionsgelenkten Fliegerbomben an Riad erneut in Gang gebracht, der zuvor unter der Präsidentschaft von Barack Obama eingefroren wurde.

„Die Trump-Administration hat den Deal wieder in Gang gebracht. Nun arbeitet sie daran, den Vertrag dem Kongress zur Erörterung vorzulegen“, sagte Al-Dschubeir, der sich zurzeit zu einem Besuch in Washington aufhält.

Wie die Agentur Reuters berichtet, handelt es sich dabei um Lieferungen in Höhe von mehr als einer Milliarde US-Dollar (etwa 915 Millionen Euro), darunter von panzerbrechenden Sprengkörpern und präzisionsgelenkten Fliegerbomben des Typs Paveway.

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20170505315645046-usa-saudi-arabien-raketen-deal/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

5.5.2017 – Der Freitag (A P)

Mrs. World

Merkel-Reise Die Kanzlerin hat sich für eine Partnerschaft mit Saudi-Arabien verwendet. Dies als Parteinahme für einen Player im nahöstlichen Krisenbogen zu werten, ist nicht verkehrt

Wogegen wenig zu sagen wäre, würde nicht sonst so getan, als verfolge man eine werthaltige statt einer interessengelenkten Außenpolitik. Wie das der Fall Saudi-Arabien konterkariert, ist schnell beschrieben. Es gibt das dringende Bedürfnis nach Partnerschaft mit einer nahöstlichen Regional- und Ordnungsmacht, deren Innenleben nicht übermäßig stört.

„Aktive Gestaltungsmacht“ lässt sich eben auch ausüben, indem sie delegiert und so Einfluss auf eine Krisenzone genommen wird. Was gelingt, wenn ein autoritärer Staat mit einer westlichen Demokratie nicht mehr konkurriert, sondern kooperiert. Das Verhältnis zwischen Riad und Berlin offenbart, wie sich deutsche Außenpolitik aus EU-Wertekontexten löst und als Angelegenheit einer europäischen Führungsmacht betrieben wird – von Lutz Herden

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/lutz-herden/mrs-world

Mein Kommentar: was möchte uns der Autor mit diesem seichten Artikel jetzt eigentlich wirklich sagen??

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Israel: cp1

6.5.2017 – Xinhua (* A P)

A senior official of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Friday that the Saudi-led Arab coalition will continue

UAE says Arab coalition vows to continue anti-Houthi mission in Yemen

A senior official of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Friday that the Saudi-led Arab coalition will continue its mission until the Yemeni people can decide their own future, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

The remarks were made by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum in a public speech on the 41st anniversary of the UAE Armed Forces Unification Day in the capital Abu Dhabi.

"Having accomplished strategic targets to thwart coup plans, the coalition has enabled legitimacy to return to Yemen, extending control over most of its territory and aiding the country to rebuild in liberated areas," he said.

"The coalition countries will continue their mission until the Yemeni people can decide their own future away from the terror, threats and intimidation of coup militants," the vice president added.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/06/c_136260735.htm and more of this speech at http://www.thenational.ae/leaders-of-the-uae-expressed-their-pride-at-the-uae-armed-forces-on-the-occasion-of-the-41st-celebration-of-the-armed-forces-unification-day and (speech in full: http://www.thenational.ae/leaders-of-the-uae-expressed-their-pride-at-the-uae-armed-forces-on-the-occasion-of-the-41st-celebration-of-the-armed-forces-unification-day

My comment: This speech is odd propaganda, and it looks inappropriate to draw any conclusions on the UAEs viewpoint on the events in Southern Yemen from that.

7.5.2017 – Big Think (A)

Watch How UAE Plans to Drag Icebergs from Antarctica to Solve Its Water Shortage

What do you do if your nation has a severe water shortage and happens to be located in a bona fide desert? If you have the resources, you turn to technology, which is what a company in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates is looking to do. The country, which gets less than four inches of rain per year, could solve its issue with water scarcity by towing icebergs from Antarctica to its shores. The first such attempt will begin in 2018.

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/watch-how-a-country-plans-to-drag-an-iceberg-from-antarctica-to-solve-its-water-shortage

Comment: This is another proof of the total disrespect for the environment from the United Arab Emirates.
To solve their water issue, they are planning, starting from 2018, to bring Antartica's icebergs to the Emirates claiming it would also restore the Arabian Sea's biodiversity and bring tourism.
Someone, please, intervene. They are about to destroy the world and they started with #Socotra

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1364697396916620

My comment: What would be the problem doing so?

6.5.2017 – Almasdar News (A P)

UAE lifts two year long house arrest on son of former Yemeni president

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted the two year long house arrest of Yemeni Ambassador Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Informed sources told Arabic web site “Al Murasel Net” that Ambassador Ahmed Ali is no longer held in the UAE and has not been under house arrest for a short time.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/uae-lifts-two-year-long-house-arrest-son-former-yemeni-president/

6.5.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Iran Raps US Nuclear Stance as Provocative, Warns about Arms Race

A senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official has criticized the “provocative” nuclear stance adopted by the United States, saying the world is witnessing an arms race among nuclear powers.

The director general for political and international security affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Gholam-Hossein Dehqani, made the remarks in an address to the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Saturday.

“The existing nuclear weapons have already endangered international peace and security and the current world cannot deal with the beginning of a new round of arms race,” Dehqani said.

“That is the reason why any attempt at [unleashing] an arms race must be ended,” he added.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/05/06/520793/Iran-US--Dehqani-NPT-Conference-Nuclear-Weapons-Vienna

5.5.2017 – Wallstreet Journal (* B P)

For Arab Gulf States, Israel Is Emerging as an Ally

Sunni monarchies, led by Saudi Arabia, increasingly see the Jewish state as a partner in a common struggle against Shiite Iran

For decades, rejection of Israel—sometimes mixed with outright anti-Semitism—has been a defining theme of Arab politics, uniting bickering countries against a common foe.

But attitudes are beginning to change in some parts of the Arab world. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa, the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, a Saudi-based global organization that has been accused of spreading extremism, recently pointed to a lesson in coexistence from Islam’s past. “The neighbor of the Prophet [Muhammad] was a Jew, and when that Jew was ill, the Prophet visited him and gave him kind words,” said Mr. al-Issa, who is also a former Saudi minister of justice. “The hard-liners don’t wish to know that.”

This new tone toward Jews—and, to a lesser degree, Israel—is becoming particularly prominent in the Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia. For these wealthy Sunni monarchies, it is Shiite and Persian Iran that poses the most pressing current threat to their interests. They view the Jewish state—a foe of the regime in Tehran and its regional proxies, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia—as their de facto ally – By Yaroslav Trofimov

https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-arab-gulf-states-israel-is-emerging-as-an-ally-1494004246?mod=e2tw

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

5.5.2017 – Reuters (* A K P)

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales - U.S. sources

Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to the kingdom this month, people familiar with the talks told Reuters this week.

Saudi Arabia is Trump's first stop on his maiden international trip, a sign of his intent to reinforce ties with a top regional ally.

Lockheed Martin Co (LMT.N: Quote) programs in the package include a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system with several batteries, the sources said.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiations, which also include previously reported contracts or items under discussion for years. One such deal, an $11.5 billion package of four multi-mission surface combatant ships and accompanying services and spares, was approved by the State Department in 2015. Talks followed to hammer out capabilities, configuration and design for the complex warships but the deal has never gone to final contract.

The next step for the ships is likely a letter of agreement between the two countries, the sources said.

Also, more than $1 billion worth of munitions including armor-piercing Penetrator Warheads and Paveway laser-guided bombs made by Raytheon Co RTN.N are in the package, the sources said.

One of the people with knowledge of the sales said that as planning for Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia intensified in recent weeks, the arms negotiations also accelerated. Two U.S. officials said a U.S.-Saudi working group met at the White House Monday and Tuesday to negotiate the trip, as well as financing for military equipment sales and stopping terrorist financing – by Tim Stone

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms-exclusive-idUSKBN18124K = http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKBN18124K-OCATP?sp=true and by RT: https://www.rt.com/usa/387319-trump-saudi-arms-reuters/

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

4.5.2017 – International Organization for Migration (* B H)

IOM Yemen: The importance of needs assessments to assist vulnerable migrants in crisis

During February 2017, more than 2,800 migrants were registered in Yemen by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The migrants who had come to Yemen, traveled overland from Ethiopia through Djibouti and Somalia and took a relatively short, one or two hour boat ride to Yemen.

While some migrants’ stories were more harrowing than others, the majority of them had suffered a series of human rights violations.

Given the mixed nature of the migratory flows to Yemen, it is particularly important to conduct proper screening processes and assess migrants in need of assistance and protection in order to ensure the delivery of tailored services.

As the MICIC Guidelines indicate, assessments to determine migrant-specific vulnerability and needs that may arise from gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, or other characteristics, are crucial to ensure access to assistance without discrimination (Guidelines 11).

The IOM screening process reveals the diversity of the migrants’ personal backgrounds and their subsequent migration experiences.

In 2016, 21,000 migrants – most of whom had been in Yemen for less than a month – received some if not multiple forms of humanitarian assistance through the IOM Migrant Response Points in Aden and Sana’a and medical clinics. Mobile teams were furthermore present along the coastal roads – By Chissey Mueller, Migrant Assistance and Protection Officer, IOM Yemen

https://micicinitiative.iom.int/blog/iom-yemen-importance-needs-assessments-assist-vulnerable-migrants-crisis

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

Siehe / Look at cp6

7.5.2017 – Al Araby (A T)

Trigger warning: Al-Qaeda starts 'jihadi book club' in Yemen

Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has launched a book review contest in the besieged city of Taiz with promises that the top bookworm will land themselves a Kalashnikov rifle as their prize.

Members of al-Qaeda's promotional committee handed out flyers in the streets of the flashpoint city this week advertising the competition, The New Arab's Yemen correspondent reported.

"Conditions of the contest: You must carefully read and listen to our assigned book and audio material and summarise them in 30 pages," the flyer for the contests reads.

"Your review must not resemble any other contestant's work. If plagiarism is discovered both contestants will be disqualified," it said.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/blog/2017/5/7/trigger-warning-al-qaeda-starts-jihadi-book-club-in-yemen

4.5.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

May 4, 2017

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)militants attacked al Houthi-Saleh forces in al Bayda governorate, central Yemen on May 3. AQAP militants clashed with al Houthi-Saleh forces in the al Taffa area, central al Bayda. AQAP militants also detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting al Houthi-Saleh forces in Hamat Sarar, western al Bayda on May 3.[3]

[3] AQAP claims attacks targeting al Houthi-Saleh forces, Telegram, May 3 and 4, 2017

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-may-4-2017

cp15 Propaganda

7.5.2017 – World Tribune (A P)

Report: Women, journalists in particular, suffer constant abuse in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen

Life, for those who have survived, is incredibly difficult for women in Yemen living in areas controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, rights groups say.

Between September 2014 and March 2016, 459 women were killed and 1,281 injured in Houthi attacks, according to the Human Rights Information and Training Center.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said that 10,000 cases of violence against women were reported in 2016 alone.

The Houthis subject females to constant verbal and sexual harassment and prevent them from working or going to school, the groups say.

Women “have suffered the greatest share of abuse and harassment at the hand of militias in cities and areas under their control,” said Riyad Al-Kaabari, Yemen’s representative to the Arab League in Cairo.

http://www.worldtribune.com/report-women-journalists-in-particular-suffer-constant-abuse-in-houthi-controlled-areas-of-yemen/

My comment: Nice propaganda. The situation of women in Yemen is terrible, but that has nothing to do with the Houthis in special. – The fact that much more women had been killed by Saudi air raids and by diseases and famine, due to destruction of health care and Saudi blockade, of course is not mentioned here.

7.5.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Yemen’s implosion endangers global trade

The Yemen war is often regarded as a remote, localized conflict in Saudi Arabia’s backyard. But US military strategists warn that developments in Yemen pose a geostrategic threat to world trade and the regional balance of power.

For those concerned with global shipping, the Suez Canal and Bab Al-Mandab at either end of the Red Sea represent two vital chokepoints. The severing of either would have catastrophic consequences for world trade and energy security, not least because of the 4 million barrels of oil passing through the Mandab Strait each day.

In almost every global and regional war over the last 150 years, control of Suez and safe passage through the Red Sea was a strategic priority and sometimes a trigger of the conflict itself. Likewise, hegemonic control of the Aden coast and Mandab over the centuries often signaled who was the dominant world power.

The Houthis from the north and the Saudi-led coalition from the south are today battling for control of this coastal region. Even though the Houthis have been pushed back from the narrowest point of the Mandab Strait, their patrons in Tehran have given them military hardware that poses a lethal threat to shipping, including medium-range missiles, explosives-laden boats, mines and drone technology.

The largely indiscriminate nature of such weapons means it matters little whether you are a direct participant in the conflict or involved in commercial shipping. The threat is growing as the Houthis master the technology and Iran gives them more military hardware. By supporting the Houthis, Tehran clearly seeks to dominate Yemen and menace the Gulf states. But the ability to strike at a crucial global shipping corridor gives Iran new options – by Baria Alamuddin

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1096106/columns

My comment: A compilation of well-known odd Saudi propaganda. Saudi Arabia bears a great deal of responsibility for Yemen’s “implosion”. And the main threat to global trade is the war the Saudis brought into the Red Sea by bombing boats, by bombing targets at the Yemeni coast line, by shelling the coast from war ships. – Iran will not be a threat to free shipping in the Red Sea: This is the way Iranian oil is shipped to Europe as well. The Iranians are interested in free shipping there as well as others are. The article just hunts the Iranian ghosts of odd Saudi propaganda again.

7.5.2017 – The National UAE (A K P)

Photo: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed visits soldiers Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, visited soldiers injured while serving in Yemen, at Zayed Military Hospital on Sunday.

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/sheikh-mohammed-bin-zayed-visits-soldiers-injured-in-yemen---in-pictures

7.5.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Saudi aid to Yemen in two years stands at $8.2 billion

The Saudi foreign ministry published an infographics that shows the size of aid which the Saudi kingdom has provided to Yemen since April 2015 until April 2017.

Saudi Arabia has provided $8.2 billion during this phase. The amount has been divided on different sectors. The development sector received the biggest share worth $2.9 billion while aid to the legitimate Yemeni government was worth $2.2 billion.

Yemenis residing in the Saudi kingdom also received aid worth $1.1 billion. The value of humanitarian aid is $847.5 million and $1 billion was deposited in the Yemeni Central Bank.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/05/07/Saudi-aid-to-Yemen-in-two-years-stands-at-8-2-billion.html

My comment: Look at https://www.rt.com/op-edge/387248-saudi-arabia-yemen-famine/

6.5.2017 – Arab News (AP)

Saudi Arabia hosts 895,175 Yemeni, Syrian refugees as guests: KSRelief chief

Royal Court Adviser and General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, underscored the Kingdom’s leading role in humanitarian work and its commitment to the international humanitarian law, which corresponds to the teachings of Islam that call for the preservation of human dignity and sparing mankind suffering.

He said the Kingdom has been showing utmost concern for the humanitarian situation in Yemen, sending aid to all Yemeni provinces, including areas controlled by the Houthi militia, through KSRelief programs.
KSRelief carried out 127 projects in Yemen providing relief and humanitarian aid, as well as shelter, in addition to agricultural and water programs, Al-Rabeeah said.
KSRelief was able to reach everywhere in Yemen through 81 international and local partners; its programs place special emphasis on children and women projects, he said.
Al-Rabeeah said Saudi Arabia received 603,833 Yemeni refugees with their families who are allowed to move freely and work.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1095621/saudi-arabia and http://sites.alriyadh.com/en/article/1158790/KSRC-General-Supervisor-Saudi-Arabia-hosts-895175-Yemeni-Syrian-refugees-treating-them-as-visitors

My comment: Refugees? They are foreign workers, for foreign workers in Saudi Arabia look at https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/2017/5/2/hundreds-of-tortured-bangladeshi-women-flee-saudi-arabia . For Saudi relief propaganda, look at https://www.rt.com/op-edge/387248-saudi-arabia-yemen-famine/ . And the other member states of the Saudi “coalition” as well overstress they are helping Yemen as the great benefactors of mankind (one recent example: http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/qrcs-completes-2nd-phase-csf-medical-equipment-project-yemen ), while destroying and starving out the country.

6.5.2017 – The National UAE (A P)

Leaders of the UAE expressed their pride at the UAE Armed Forces on the occasion of the 41st celebration of the Armed Forces Unification Day

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said with the building of the Armed Forces, the UAE opened the widest possible horizons to consolidate its forces, ­strengthen its institutions and empower its citizens. "As the crisis in Yemen has entered its third year, the Arab coalition is confident of its ability to achieve its overall objectives," he said. "Having accomplished strategic targets to thwart coup plans, the coalition has enabled legitimacy to return to Yemen, extending control over most of its territory, and aiding the country to rebuild in liberated areas."

He said the coalition countries would continue their mission until the Yemeni people could decide their own future away from the terror, threats and intimidation of coup militants.

For Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the Armed Forces defend the country, safeguard the security of the Gulf, and combat the "evil forces" of terrorism and extremism.

"I salute our forces in Yemen, where they stand on the right side of history and sacrifice their lives to defend our brothers and sisters in Yemen, and to safeguard the country’s deep-rooted Arab identity and heritage," he said. "In doing so, they are cherishing the values of the UAE and the vision of our late father, Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the UAE."

He said that by responding to the call of duty in Yemen, the UAE’s soldiers were making history with their sweat and blood.

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/b36adf6e-b799-4dd0-9688-246309480853.aspx and full speech: http://gulftoday.ae/portal/b36adf6e-b799-4dd0-9688-246309480853.aspx

6.5.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A H P)

Delegation of Coalition backing legitimacy in Yemen meets international organisations at UN

A joint delegation of coalition leadership backing the legitimacy in Yemen and the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Works, met in Geneva several international organisations, notably the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

During the meetings, the delegation briefed them on the coalition's humanitarian and relief efforts to assist the Yemeni people in all governorates, protect the property and civilians in the Yemeni territory from the crimes of the coup militias.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302612466

My comment: Look at https://www.rt.com/op-edge/387248-saudi-arabia-yemen-famine/

6.5.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen: Houthis, Qaeda Swapped Prisoners

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that al-Qaeda terrorist organization in Yemen and Houthi rebels have swapped prisoners within the framework of continuous cooperation between the two groups.

He noted that such information has confirmed that Houthi rebels and supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh could resort to any means to fight Yemen’s legitimate government.

In remarks on the sidelines of a two-day workshop addressing the military, political and humanitarian challenges of the Yemeni conflict held in Washington on Thursday, the Saudi ambassador reiterated the Kingdom’s support to the legitimate government and all the people of Yemen, while stressing commitment to international laws and treaties.

Asked about reports on Houthis’ armament of al-Qaeda in Yemen, Al Jaber said: “I have no established information on arm deals between the two sides, but I don’t rule out their involvement in such activities because they don’t respect international laws.”

On the other hand, the Saudi diplomat stressed that the Hodeidah port “needs to be under the control of the international community so that aid can be distributed to the Yemeni people.”

On Iran’s role in the Yemeni conflict, Jaber also criticized Iran’s “clear position… to destroy and undermine Yemen.”

He also accused Tehran of “supporting Houthis’ terrorism.”

http://english.aawsat.com/moaz-alomari/news-middle-east/saudi-arabia/saudi-ambassador-yemen-houthis-qaeda-swapped-prisoners

6.52017 – Arab News (A P)

Houthis selling Iranian weapons to Al-Qaeda, says Saudi diplomat

As Yemen’s war enters its third year, a two-day workshop addressing the military, political and humanitarian challenges of the conflict warned of Houthi ties to Iran and their impact on legitimate institutions in Yemen.

Saudi and Yemeni diplomats both echoed the urgency for a political solution, and invited the Houthis to the table as a political party and not an armed militia.
The conference in Washington, organized by the Gulf Research Center, featured Saudi and Yemeni officials, as well as US defense experts and former US ambassadors to Sanaa. The meetings took place on Thursday and Friday at the National Council for US-Arab relations, and at the Army Navy Club respectively.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber stressed the need for a fair political solution to the conflict. “We invite the Houthis to the negotiating table, and we are more than open to a political solution,” he said.
His invitation, however, was paralleled with heavy criticism of the Houthis as an armed militia, accusing them of “selling Iran’s provided weapons to Al-Qaeda in Yemen.”
Al-Jaber also lambasted Iran’s “clear position... to destroy and undermine Yemen,” accusing Tehran of “supporting Houthis’ terrorism.”
The Saudi diplomat defined Riyadh’s role as “non-discriminatory and non-sectarian,” stating that its aid “goes to all the legitimate parties in Yemen.”
He stressed that the Hodeidah port “needs to be under the control of the international community so that aid can be distributed to the Yemeni people.”

The Yemeni diplomat however sounded the alarm over the Houthis’ armament, saying that “for Yemen’s future, we can allow the Houthis as a political party but not as armed militia.” Mubarak offered heavy criticism of the Houthis, saying that “their leaders promote just as much extremism and violence as Al-Qaeda.”
In that capacity, Mubarak said Saudi Arabia’s decision to intervene was “the only option to prevent non-state actor from taking over Yemen.”
Former US Ambassador Gerald Feierstein stressed three goals for Saudi Arabia in Yemen. First is the “need to preserve legitimate Yemeni government,” and second is to “prevent further Houthi and Iranian expansion,” while the third goal is to protect the Saudi-Yemen border.

These goals were reiterated by the head of the Gulf Research Center (GRC) Abdulaziz Sager, who warned about letting Yemen “turn into another Lebanon with (a) violent non-state actor (Houthis) dominating the country’s security forces.” Sager said that the “coalition is trying to end the war but Iran is preventing it by financing violent non-state actors.”
In that context, Mustafa Alani, a defense analyst at GRC drew a red line for Saudi Arabia in Yemen, contending that the Kingdom cannot accept Houthi control over Yemen. “It would be a major strategic threat blocking all access to the sea,” he said.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1095206/middle-east

My comment: This speech reported in these two articles is a compilation of odd Saudi propaganda, great parts of which had been repeated again and again. The most exciting and more unusual propaganda claim – which had been taken for the headlines of both articles – is a close Houthi-AQAP cooperation; it is the most absurd as well. Houthis and AQAP are the most sworn enemies you could imagine. AQAP’s aim is the total extinction of the Houthis – mainly for religious reasons, a matter where any peaceful agreement would be impossible. Thus it is totally absurd to claim the Houthis would sell any weapons to Al Qaida – weapons which at once would be turned against themselves.

The rest is the well-known bullshit. Claiming the role of Saudi Arabia to be “non-sectarian” is very absurd; the role of Saudi Arabia is extremely sectarian where ever Saudi Arabia interferes – what in all cases means where they try to enforce their extremely sectarian Wahabite interpretation of Islam.

5.5.2017 – Gulf Research Center (A P)

Yemen Central Bank rep: #Houthis have circulated damaged Yemeni rials which led to inflation & bankruptcy of Yemen Central Bank (photo)

https://twitter.com/Gulf_Research/status/860492217563181060

My comment: This is a very absurd propaganda statement. There had circulated (and still are circulating) damaged old banknotes simply because there had not been printed new ones giving the opportunity to exchange the worn old ones. A reason of course was the war and the split in government. Remember that in 2016 the Yemeni Central Bank (before Hadi cloned a new one at Aden) wanted to have new banknotes printed but was blocked by the Hadi government. – Printing to much new banknotes could cause inflation; the stupid propaganda spread here claims that the lack of new banknotes would cause inflation – just for blaming the Houthis. In any economic system, the lack of currency only could cause deflation. – And in which way the fact that the banknotes circulating are worn and damaged instead of new could cause bankruptcy, ever will stay a secret of this man who certainly never will win the Economy Nobel Price.

5.5.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

FM calls Houthi-Saleh militias to surrender weapons

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik al-Mikhlafi has called the Houthi-Saleh militias to surrender their weapons and return to the political track.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-6566

My comment: They never had left the “political track”.And what for they should surrender weapons? The Hadi government tells the same senseless propaganda stories again, again, again & again.

5.5.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen: Houthi Militias to Scapegoat Saleh in Barter for Settlement Privileges

Houthi militias in Yemen have threatened to kill the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, stressing that he will be punished severely, reported the Saudi Press Agency SPA.

A broadcasting channel affiliated with Iran-aligned putschist leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi made a loud and clear threat to Saleh when airing a documentary on the assassination of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

Despite going hand in glove in their attempt at a power grab in Yemen, and to topple the internationally-recognized government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, serious disputes surfaced between Saleh loyalists and Iran-backed Houthis.

Saleh was accused of being directly involved in the assassination of Hussein al-Houthi, and that his actions will be put to account.

This is the first ever direct accusation or conclusion made on the case of Hussein al-Houthi, thereby informing Saleh and his armed loyalists—partaking in the Houthi-led coup — that there is no escaping punishment.

http://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/yemen-houthi-militias-scapegoat-saleh-barter-settlement-privileges

My comment: This article is taken as propaganda here, trying to distract the audience from the deep rift in the Saudi coalition and anti-Houthi forces in Yemen.

Comment by Judith Brown: Notice this is only in a Saudi news outlet. Propaganda I guess.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155490799428641

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

7.5.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 6/5/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/821722081311492/?type=3&theater

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

6.5.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 5/5/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/821223141361386/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

5.5.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 4/5/2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/820729631410737/?type=3

7.5.2017 – New News (* A K PH)

Saudi-led Coalition Warplanes Target Civilian’s House

The brutal warplanes of the US_Saudi alliance launched raids in Munqaba district of Taiz, the raids targeted citizen’ home and killed at least ten most of them were women.

[and more raids]

http://newnewss.net/?p=5230 = http://www.yamanyoon.com/?p=73122&lang=en and also https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/861338411793338369 and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVqiu464Vrg = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/vb.1127621230602273/1504318676265858/?type=2&theater

Corrected figure of victims:

8.5.2017 – Al Masira TV / Ahmad Alghobary (* A K)

A man and 4 children killed by 2 #Saudi air strikes,the second one was double-tap hit their home and injured 7 in Maqbana area #Taiz#Yemen (photos from film)

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/861695080029200385 and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-U-heXBR9w

and

7.5.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (* A K PH)

Breaking: New Saudi double tap raid, in Al-Burh, Taiz. #Yemen The second strike was on the paramedics while trying to aid the victims

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/861283133819416578

7.5.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)+#

Saudi warplanes hit cement factory in Taiz

The Saudi aggression fighter jets launched a strike a cement factory in Al Barah area of Taiz province, an official told Saba on Sunday.
Also, the fighter jets waged six strikes on the same area and other four on Mawza'a district, as well as three strikes on Al Amrai area of the same province, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464066.htm and film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVqiu464Vrg = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/vb.1127621230602273/1504318676265858/?type=2&theater

and that’s what the other side tells about it:

7.5.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

19 airstrikes kill 20 Houthis militants western Taiz – source

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition aircrafts launched on Sunday 19 air raids on Houthis-Saleh forces’ sites in Khalid military camp of Mozza and Maqbanah districts western Taiz city, southwestern Yemen.

A military source told Almasdaronline that the aircrafts had launched 10 airstrikes on an ammunition depot in Kamb al Sayara area and on reinforcements in the Resyan valley, as well as on sites near the al-Barh Cement Plant in Maqbanah district.

“The aircrafts also launched 6 air raids on the rebels’ sites in Khalid military camp, and 3 raids on their sites southeast of Mozza district”.

20 Houthi-Saleh militants were killed, 30 others wounded, and weapons depot and three military vehicles were destroyed in the aerial bombardment.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90992

7.5.2017 – News2Tor (A K PH)

#Yemen: #Saudi warplanes launched 3 raids on Mawza'a, 1 raid on near Al Waza'aih junction, and 18 strikes hit Khalid camp, Taiz. May 07 (photo)

https://twitter.com/News2Tor/status/861159609310072833

7.5.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Casualties in Coalition aircrafts raids in Midi, Haradh cites

The pro-government forces have declared that a number of casualties from the Houthis-Saleh militants had fallen in an aerial bombardment launched by the Saudi-led Arab coalition aircrafts in southern and eastern Midi city, northwestern Yemen.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/91000

6.5.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Three air Strikes on Ashurfa Area in Najran

http://newnewss.net/?p=5178

6.5.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Two Air-raids on Hajja Province

http://newnewss.net/?p=5192#

6.5.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two citizens killed in Saudi air strikes on Taiz

Two citizens were killed and five others wounded when Saudi warplanes waged a strike on Mawza'a district of Taiz province, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The strike hit a car, killing the two citizens and injuring the five others.
Also, the fighter jets launched three raids on the same district and another one on near Al Waza'aih junction, as well as 18 strikes hit Khalid camp in the same province, the official added.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463937.htm

6.5.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets wage raids on Serwah

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463926.htm

5.5.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi airstrikes hit Saada

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463848.htm

5.5.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition aircrafts bomb Khaled camp

The aircrafts of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition have launched seven air raids on Khaled camp, killing 11 Houthi militants and injuring 15 others.

The aircrafts also launched other five raids on the rebels’ sites in al Mocha crossroads, which resulted in the death of 5 militants and injury of 7 others, as well as the destruction of two military vehicles

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90936

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

7.5.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Al-Bayda: clashes renew, two civilians injured by Houthis shelling

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90986

6.5.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Violent battles, Houthis shell residential neighborhoods in Taiz

The fighting between the pro-government and poplar resistance forces and the Houthis-Saleh forces escalated on Friday night in northern and northwestern Taiz city, southwestern Yemen. http://almasdaronline.com/article/90973

6.5.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Serwah district, Marib province: the aggression mercenaries fired artillery and rockets to al- Rabiah, al-Matar area and Nawh valley.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463926.htm

5.-6.5.2017 – Mohammed Al-Qadhi (A K)

It is another hellish night in #Taiz. I am shaking because of the flying over shells rocking the city.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/860609196806602753

Fierce battles raging now north of #Taiz city as indiscriminate shells of the #Houthis fly over & hit at residential areas.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/860603496449658882

5.5.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saada province: Saudi rocket and artillery shelling targeted Al Sheikh area of Monabah district, causing heavy damage to houses of citizens and the main road

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463848.htm

Pro Houthi- / Pro-Saleh reports:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464075.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464073.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464052.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464059.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464060.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464009.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464006.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464004.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news464003.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463923.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463924.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463927.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463929.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463930.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463939.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463943.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463945.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463955.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463956.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463846.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463847.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463852.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463861.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463866.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463870.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463877.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news463879.htm

Pro Houthi- / Pro-Saleh films / photos:

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/861366136155373569

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/861316419006365696

https://twitter.com/maddllock/status/861340896792633345

Pro-Saudi / Pro-Hadi reports:

http://dailyarabnews.net/arab-coalition-intensifies-attacks-houthi-positions-taiz-midi-west-yemen/

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90990

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/05/07/Yemen-army-advancing-towards-Aqaba-mountains-in-Al-Jawf-governorate.html

http://almasdaronline.com/article/90936

http://www.arabstoday.net/en/314/yemens-army-restores-control-on-omari-camp-080922

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

7.5.2017 – ORF

Audio: Drei Freunde und ihr Blick über den Tellerrand

Zu Gast bei Johannes Schmidle in den „Ansichten“ sind heute die drei Freunde Matthias Wittrock, Edwin Matt und Tom Leiermann. Gemeinsam blicken sie über den Tellerrand hinaus.

Tom Leiermann hat es als Architekt zur Erhaltung der prachtvollen Lehmbauten der Stadt Shibam (einem Weltkulturerbe) in den Jemen verschlagen. Dort hat er eine Jemenitin geheiratet und ist so zum Insider in diesem ärmsten und streng konservativen arabischen Land geworden. Er schildert auch, wie er ferngesteuerte amerikanische Drohnen auf der Suche nach Al Kaida-Kämpfern in den Weiten der Region, in der er lebt, beobachten kann.

http://vorarlberg.orf.at/studio/stories/2841574/

Mehr:

http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/der-deutsche-architekt-tom-leiermann-arbeitet-an-der-sanierung-der-jemenitischen-weltkulturerbe-stadt-shibam-mit-leben-im-lehm-15548876

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/kulturdenkmal-jemen-neun-etagen-angst/1655648.html

http://www.weser-kurier.de/bremen_artikel,-Der-Jemen-ist-seine-zweite-Heimat-geworden-_arid,1547022.html#nfy-reload

6.5.2017 – Guernica

Thana Faroq: The Streets Are Not Empty

The photographer and visual storyteller on daily life during conflict in Yemen, the necessity of conversation, and why she’s not a war photographer.

Faroq, whose work has been published by the BBC, Al Jazeera, and Huffington Post, and commissioned by Oxfam, CARE, and the UN, knows the world cannot afford to turn away from Yemen. Her global audience has included exhibits in Yemen, the United States, France, Scotland, Canada, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Her genius lies in her ability to draw the viewer in. In the midst of war, Faroq reminds us, there are still moments of peace, connection, and wonder. Faroq is not painting a deceptively rosy portrait of a country at war so much as she is making life there visible and calling for its protection. Her photography is an implicit argument that not only do Yemeni lives matter, but the particulars of those lives do, too.

Faroq spoke to me via Skype from London, where she is pursuing a master’s in documentary photography and photojournalism at the University of Westminster —Joanna Naples-Mitchell for Guernica

https://www.guernicamag.com/thana-faroq-the-streets-are-not-empty/

5.5.2017 – Eurasia Review

Life After Guantánamo: Yemeni Freed in Estonia Says, ‘Part Of Me Is Still At Guantánamo’

http://www.eurasiareview.com/05052017-life-after-guantanamo-yemeni-freed-in-estonia-says-part-of-me-is-still-at-guantanamo-oped/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-298-yemen-war-mosaic-298

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-298 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-298:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

07:23 08.05.2017
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