Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 307 - Yemen War Mosaic 307

Yemen Press Reader 307: Die Welt sieht weg – Saudis sperren Reporter aus – Zvilisten als Kämpfer – Studie: Humanitäre Hilfe – BBC ist parteiisch – Katarkrise – Lage im Jemen, Medien – Cholera
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Why is the world looking away? - Saudis' flieght and journalist ban on Yemen – Civilians as fighters – DEC: Humanitarian survey – BBC's partisanship – Qatar crisis – Yemen situation and media – Cholera ­– 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

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp12b Emirate: E-mails des Botschafters / Emirates: Ambassador's e-mails

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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These figures are already outdated

4.6.2017 – Talking of the Soul (** B H K)

‘Why is the world looking away’? Gisela Hofmann on Yemen

I’d like to write about the current life of the citizens in Yemen. I can report what I am constantly being told by my friends as, for myself, it is not possible in the current situation to return to Yemen: Sanaa airport is under Saudi-led Coalition imposed blockade and it has also been partially destroyed by airstrikes..
The biggest problem posed by the siege is that for Yemenis there is no way to let vital relief supplies and aid be brought into the country.
If you run a finger on the map, throughout the whole country, you realise that the important main roads, transport routes and sea ports have been destroyed. This means that the urgent transport of aid and relief supply to the suffering people, to hospitals and distribution of safe, drinking water to villages is impossible or extremely difficult.
People outside the cities are abandoned and can depend exclusively on themselves.
Nobody looks, takes care of the population as military strategies are in the foreground. With few exceptions, there are no foreign embassies and/or diplomatic representatives in the country.
It is close to impossible for the people of Yemen to flee elsewhere. Even for families living abroad it is difficult to care for the loved ones gripped in the famine-cholera-aggression- torn homeland. Flights to and from Yemen are virtually close to zero and escaping to neighboring countries requires money which Yemenis do not have.

Like in any given war, the simple, common people are those suffering the unthinkable.
Primarily children, sick people and the elderly.

The children of our friends-family have been out of school for months in a row out of fear of air-raids, or because schools were closed or teachers on strike having received no salary for over eight months.

A friend’s daughter contracted hepatitis caused by contaminated water. In order to receive immediate medical treatment, the family had to sell the last personal possessions. The treatment lasted longer than normal because the child was malnourished. Malnutrition maims the immune system of weakened children making them more prone to diseases.
The father of the little girl had to donate his own blood to treat her and has, since then, been donating regularly to help others in need.The current situation allows many families to virtually just vegetate, exist, nothing else. A graceful life is no longer possible.
Schools, hospitals have shut down: government personnel have been out of salary for eight – nine months.
In the meantime, prices are soaring. A bottle of gas costs five times as much as compared to the beginning of 2015. Most people cannot afford it any longer: they use what they can to make a fire.
Speculation is rampant: some much-needed items must be bought exclusively in dollars cutting off most of the population.

There are those who have lost everything because of an airstrike: home and loved ones. Yemen is in a constant mourning.

The world is wrapped in silence, passively supporting these eight-hundred days of war crimes against the Yemeni population. Syria and Iraq have overshadowed the plight of Yemenis.

A termination of the aggression is imperative. If I look at the situation of Yemen I feel anger along with an inexpressible sadness, because I see what this country has become – by Gisela Hofmann

Comment by Judith Brown: A story from the heart. This is what I feel about Yemen. The ordinary people are not fighting, do not want war, and they do not support any of the armies militias countries airforces that are attacking them - they just want to work, study, eat, sleep without bombs dropping around them, to live without fear. Things that most of us in the west take for granted.

2.6.2017 – IRIN (** B H K P)

UN flight ban reduces Yemen access at critical time

Now, just as a cholera epidemic threatens to spiral out of control, IRIN has learnt that the nominal government of Yemen and its Saudi Arabian-led backers have moved to prevent journalists and human rights workers from travelling on UN chartered flights to the capital, further reducing coverage and access at a critical moment.

“The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease, and death as the world watches,” said O’Brien. But that’s just the point: Are we able to watch?

Press access is severely curtailed across Yemen by numerous parties.

Against that backdrop, the Saudi-led coalition’s latest interference with UN flights to Sana’a essentially prohibits foreign journalists from reaching many of the areas hardest hit by malnutrition and airstrikes, or even from reporting on Houthi violations.

UN officials and diplomats confirmed the obstruction campaign to IRIN, and journalists and human rights researchers said months-long attempts to get into Sana’a have been stymied, in some cases at the last minute.

Sick or injured Yemenis in and around Sanaa are unable to leave the country for treatment without risking an arduous and uncertain trip south. For journalists and investigators, the commercial ban has meant the UN is effectively their only path into the most populated parts of Yemen.

It’s not the first time UN flights have been curbed.

The ban, said Iona Craig, a British journalist who has travelled in and out of Yemen for years, "all but rules out coverage in Houthi/Saleh territory by international media – so that's cholera, civilian casualties in airstrikes, and hunger".

One French TV crew provided IRIN with a detailed summary of its attempts to enter the country, beginning last November.

I just think [the Saudis] are trying to minimise coverage of what's happening in northern Yemen, and they are trying to silence advocacy," said one UN official based in Yemen who spoke to IRIN about the flight ban on condition of anonymity. "Journalists coming in means there will be more scrutiny of the impacts and consequences of the war, and giving a voice to the people of Yemen."

The cholera outbreak is the latest crisis that reporters have struggled to cover, even before the most recent restrictions.

Taiz, besieged by Houthi-Saleh forces and the site of ferocious fightingthat claimed the lives of al-Hudhaifi and al-Absi, often goes without substantial coverage in the international media – by Samuel Oakford

2.6.2017 – BBC (** B K)

Yemen war: Professionals drawn into battle for Taiz

With a relatively well-educated population of 300,000, Taiz was the cradle of the "Arab Spring" protests in 2011 that eventually forced long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power to Mr Hadi, who was then his deputy.

Today, the city's many professionals have been drawn into a struggle for survival, as Houthi fighters and allied security units loyal to Mr Saleh besiege their homes.

The Popular Resistance militiamen drove the rebels out of most of Taiz over the next few months with the help of a Saudi-led multinational coalition backing Mr Hadi.

But they were unable to stop the rebels from blocking roads into the city and preventing deliveries of basic supplies.

Despite two years of virtually uninterrupted fighting and bombardment that has devastated Taiz, neither side has been able to break the deadlock.

From the other side of the frontline, senior Houthi fighter Ahmed Amin al-Musawa says the decision of Taiz's residents to take up arms is "the best thing we have achieved in the war".

"They have started to say to al-Qaeda: 'Get out of Taiz, we will defend our city.' This is a major gain."

Colonel Abdo Hamoud al-Sagheer of the Yemeni army denies that al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups are present in Taiz, and disagrees that weapons will help the city - By Sumaya Bakhsh

My comment: Weapons certainly will not help the city – and there is so much evidence that Al Qaeda is present in the city and fighting against the Houthis alongside the so-called „Popular Resistance“ that this colonel's statement really is a joke,

1.6.2017 - Disasters Emergency Committee (** B H)

Agulhas Applied Knowledge: Disasters Emergency Committee Yemen Crisis Appeal - Independent phase one review (May 2017)

In December 2016, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) issued a ‘Yemen Crisis Appeal’ that has raised GBP 23 million to date. Of this, the DEC has already distributed GBP 10 million among its members. This report looks at the initial use of this funding. The DEC and its members intend to use the report’s findings to inform the next phase of operations.

This report is based on a rapid, light touch review in which we – an Agulhas team – conducted two brief field visits in the south of Yemen, had conversations with staff in Yemen and the UK, and reviewed programme documentation. We interpreted our findings with reference to the Core Humanitarian Standard and focused on themes that are relevant to the wider portfolio only (as such, the report does not cover issues that are specific to individual programmes or organisations).

While it is too early to assess the impact of DEC-funded work, we can confirm that implementing organisations provide relevant humanitarian products and services in priority fields, such as water, health and nutrition, to people with clear and pressing needs. They are aware that access often depends on the approval of Yemen’s (de facto) authorities, and similarly aware of the risks – including the risk of imposed targeting bias – that this engagement entails. Once organisations have gained access to hard-to-reach communities, they often opt to provide multiple types of support rather than single-service interventions in communities in which only a single organisation provides humanitarian support. This is appropriate.

We found areas that could be strengthened in the next phase of the DEC response, and made six recommendations that apply to at least some of the organisations involved. The most important recommendations relate to: and full report:

5.6.2017 – Medialens (** B P)

The BBC Has Betrayed Its Own Rules Of Impartiality’: Yemen, Saudi Arabia And The General Election

A key function of BBC propaganda is to present the perspective of 'the West' on the wars and conflicts of the world. Thus, in a recent online report, BBC News once again gave prominence to the Pentagon propagandaversion of yet more US killings in Yemen. The headline stated:'US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, says Pentagon'

Mentions of such atrocities were notable by their absencein 'mainstream' media coverage of Trump's recent trip to Saudi Arabia where he signed trade dealsworth around $350 billion.

None of this grim reality was deemed relevant to Trump's signing of the massive new arms deal with Saudi Arabia. BBC News focused instead on inanities such as Trump 'to soften his rhetoric', 'joins Saudi sword dance' and 'no scarf for Melania'. But then, it is standard practice for the BBC to absolve the West of any blame for the Yemen war and humanitarian disaster.

British historian Mark Curtis poses a vital question that journalists fear to raise, not least those at the BBC: is there, in effect, collusion between the BBC and UK arms manufacturer BAE Systems not to report on UK support for the Saudi bombing of Yemen, and not to make it an election issue? Curtis also notes that the BBC has not published any online article about UK arms being sold to the Saudis for use in Yemen since as far back as January. This, he says, is 'misinforming the public, a disgrace'. He also rightly points out that the BAE Systems Chairman, Sir Roger Carr, was also Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust until April 2017

On the wider issue of 'mainstream' media coverage of foreign policy, the political journalist Peter Oborne notes that: 'Needless to say, the British media (and in particular the BBC, which has a constitutional duty to ensure fair play during general elections) has practically ignored Corbyn's foreign policy manifesto.'

But, as Oborne notes, this important change has not been fairly represented in media coverage. In particular, on Yemen and Saudi Arabia: 'it is deeply upsetting that the BBC has betrayed its own rules of impartiality and ignored Corbyn's brave stand on this issue.'

We challenged Andrew Roy, the BBC News Foreign Editor, to respond to Oborne's observations. He ignored us (here and here). Roy's silence is especially noteworthy given that he had once promised: 'If there is a considered detailed complaint to something we've done, I will always respond to it personally.'

Mark Curtis gives a damning assessment of BBC reporting on foreign affairs, particularly during the general election campaign. Noting first that: 'One aspect of a free and fair election is "nonpartisan" coverage by state media.'

Indeed, our newspaper database searches reveal that, since the election was called on April 18, there has been no significant journalistic scrutiny of May's support of Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen.

My comment: The BBC is just one example, an absolutely typical one. Read this and you will learn a lot about „mainstream“ media in general – whether in the US, in Britain or in Germany.

5.6.2017 – LOBELOG (** A P)

[on the Kuwait crisis, events, comments: cp12a]

What’s Happening in the Persian Gulf

In its official statementexplaining this move, Riyadh noted Qatar’s “grave violations” against Saudi Arabia and Bahrain:

The statement offered no evidence in support of these charges, only one of which (Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood) is well documented. The charge that Doha has been aiding Houthi militants in Yemen is particularly interesting given that Qatari soldiers have been participating in, and reportedly suffering on behalf of, the Saudi-led, anti-Houthi military coalition. In response, Qatar’s government declared that there was “no legitimate justification” for this move and argued that it was an effort to “impose guardianship” on Qatar and thus was a “violation of its sovereignty.”

This is a fast-developing story, but certain core elements of it appear to have taken shape.

A History of Shaky Relations

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have had a love-hate relationship for over two decades

The immediate cause of the diplomatic break can be traced back to the 2011 Arab Spring. Unlike Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which quickly opposed any revolutionary movements that threatened established Arab autocracies, Qatar decided to bet on the revolutionaries and used some of its vast fossil-fuel wealth to support them.

There’s one other elephant in this room, which is Qatar’s support of the Al Jazeera network. The Saudis and Emiratis in particular have long criticized the news channel for promoting Muslim Brotherhood voices and for criticizing the policies of other Gulf states. After announcing the diplomatic cut off on Monday, Riyadh shut down Al Jazeera’s local offices.

This is not the first time these tensions have come to a boiling point.

The Washington Factor

Monday’s diplomatic crisis also has roots in President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Riyadh. During his trip, Trump fully embraced the Saudis’ anti-Iran, anti-political Islamist view of the region, and that support has emboldened the Saudis to take a harder line against Arab states that deviate from their foreign policy aims:

“You have a shift in the balance of power in the Gulf now because of the new presidency: Trump is strongly opposed to political Islam and Iran,” said Jean-Marc Rickli, head of global risk and resilience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. “He is totally aligned with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, who also want no compromise with either Iran or the political Islam promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Additionally, it’s hard to avoid connecting Monday’s events with revelations over the weekend about the hacking of Yousef al-Otaiba’s personal email. Emails leaked to The Interceptand Huffington Postshow that Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the U.S., who was once profiled by Huffingtonfor his “extraordinary influence” in Washington, has been lobbying the Trump administration to break America’s long-standing alliance with Qatar. From Huffington’s report on the leak:

In the near term, it may be difficult for the Qataris to move around, to export their natural gas, and even to obtain food, since much of Qatar’s imported food comes overland via the Saudi border. Indeed, there are already stories of people making runs on Qatari grocery stores.

In the longer term, it will be difficult for the Saudis and others to completely isolate Qatar internationally. The Qataris have good relations with several international and regional powers

The ultimate Saudi goal here is as yet unknown. Riyadh may want Qatar to sever its relations with Iran altogether and/or take tangible steps to divest itself of any ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. It may want Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera. Or it may want something more drastic.

he Saudis are quite clearly identifying Qatar’s current emir and his predecessor as the problem, and there’s an unsubtle message there for others in Qatar who might be interested in finding a solution. The Saudis allegedly attempted to interfere in Qatari dynastic politics once before. - by Derek Davison

3.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B P)

Why Saudi rulers need foreign approval

A century ago, it was Gertrude Bell who helped empower Saudi's first king. Now, as Saudi continues living in its colonial bubble, it's Ivanka Trump

Shortly after the heavy guns of the Emirati and Saudi-controlled media fired their salvo at Qatar, their Gulf neighbour lay in a smouldering ruin, unable to host anyone or anything, let alone a World Cup. At least, that was how they fondly imagined it.

The claims were hysterically inflated: Qatar funded all the terrorists; Qatar could not be allowed to “sabotage the region”; Qatar must choose sides over Iran. Finally, the emir of Qatar was reminded of the fate of Mohamed Morsi.

The threat to topple the head of state of a fellow GCC member was not even made anonymously. It was made by the man whose job it is to represent Saudi interests in the US. Salman al-Ansari, the president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee, tweeted: “To the emir of Qatar, regarding your alignment with the extremist government of Iran and your abuse of the Custodian of the two sacred mosques, I would like to remind you that Mohammed Morsi did exactly the same and was then toppled and imprisoned.”

This is now front page news in the Saudi press.

The hacking of Qatar News Agency on 24 May was just the starting pistol. Within minutes of the hack at 12:14 am, Al Arabiya TV and Sky News Arabia quoted the text of the fake material. Within 20 minutes, the networks ran analyses, implications, quotes and tweets.

According to the Qatari authorities, between 12:51 am and 3:28 am, the networks managed to find 11 politicians and analysts to interview on-air. Fast work for a duty editor “reacting” to a story in the middle of the night. He deserves a raise.

Another strange coincidence: all of this was preceded by 14 different op-ed pieces in the US press about the danger to regional stability that Qatar represented. This, again, is puzzling because it has been years since anyone bothered to write opinion pieces about Qatar in the US media.

So it's clear what happened. This was a premeditated assault. What is less clear is why, and why now ?

Motive one: Finish the job Motive two: Buying insurance Motive three: Disappearing act Histories and boomerangs

Exhuming this stuff is mind-bogglingly dangerous for any thinking member of the Saudi royal family. Where, for instance would the House of Saud be without British Imperial endorsement?

The Kingdom of Two Faces

Nor has modern Saudi Arabia overcome its addiction to foreign women. If King Abul Aziz needed the recommendation of Gertrude Bell, it seems that his grandson needed the recommendation of another foreign woman, Ivanka Trump.

Bin Salman and Bin Zayed are stuck firmly in the colonial era. They are tribal rulers, paying for protection, and draining the region of resources. They can plot, and they can topple, but they cannot govern and they cannot stabilise. They do not have a vision for the region. They have eyes only for themselves. That is why I am remain optimistic that out of the havoc they are wreaking, a new, autonomous and modern Arabia will, eventually, emerge. - by David Hearst

1.11.2016 – US Institute of Peace (** B P)

Deep Dive 1: Yemen

In light of the complex ongoing war in Yemen, RNW Media and The PeaceTech Lab convened a group session to share experiences and thoughts on what can be done. Researchers and representatives of NGOs, funders, and government agencies with experience and interest in Yemen came together in a 5-hour roundtable on 11/1/16 to discuss current conditions, activities, and possibilities for peacebuilding and humanitarian work in Yemen. After reviewing the current conditions on the ground, the group discussed their current activities in humanitarian relief, development, conflict resolution, and countering violent extremism—as well as prospects and challenges for future engagement.

Key takeaways included that all work on the ground must focus on “ultra-local” modes of operations; access is extremely difficult; the media scene is underdeveloped and fragmented; and financial instability is a major issue. At the same time, attendees agreed that there are several avenues with great untapped potential, including local government, the private sector, and a large youth population eager to improve their quality of life and contribute to their communities. The report reviews these findings in further detail, then notes possible areas for future discussion.

The Hadi coalition is a fragmented alliance of convenience, with little loyalty to Hadi or his government. It is likely to fracture quickly once conditions shift. The Houthi/Saleh coalition is more cohesive, with less self-interested goals and a sense of popular legitimacy for a significant portion of Yemenis. This situation complicates the question of who will ultimately gain power after the war, especially as separatist Southern Movement elements have grown stronger over the course of the conflict.

    1. Media In general, Yemenis do not feel safe expressing their political views. The constitution allows freedom of expression, but within restrictive laws. Nearly 50% of women said they and “people where they live” were afraid to speak openly about politics. 55% of people with a postsecondary education said the same (a very high number), reflecting pressure on intellectuals and thought leaders from within communities. Though the law was liberalized in 2013, little has changed in terms of how the state manages media because the new mechanisms haven’t been funded and implemented.

      The media structure is not optimal for communicating with Yemenis and disseminating their messages. Yemenis rely first and foremost on friends and family for information, followed by television (54%), radio (25%), and then the internet and newspapers trailing behind. In particular, private radio stations have grown since 2012, and internet access has grown exponentially (from 3% in 2010 to 25% today—and 62% with mobile phones), including in rural areas. There is room to grow in some of these areas, as 69% of Yemenis report having a television in their home, and 34-36% have access to radio. (These numbers are low for the region. They are, however, higher than the cited figures regarding where Yemenis go for information—and much higher than the rate at which those polled said they’d consulted such channels in the previous day.)

      However, social media has “power beyond its reach.” While relatively few Yemenis use social media, it can still serve as a tool for understanding local issues and audiences, and for identifying “interlocutors that can help you convey your messages.” Network analysis of the Yemeni Twittersphere identifies “hidden influencers” who may not have broad numeric reach, but who have high-quality contacts and readers, giving them greater leverage. (These include Hisham al-Omeisy (@omeisy), Ahmed Jahaf (@A7medJa7af, and Hooria Mashhour (@Hooria_Mashhour), the former Human Rights Minister.)

      [more subjects!!] and in full:

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

5.6.2017 – Anadolu (** A H)

Cholera death toll in Yemen rises to 676: WHO

More than 86,400 suspected cases of cholera recorded in war-torn Yemen

At least 676 people have died since a cholera epidemic broke out in war-torn Yemen in late April, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a Twitter post on Monday, WHO said more than 86,400 suspected cases of cholera had been registered in 19 Yemeni provinces.

3.6.2017 – UNICEF (** A H)

Film: #Yemenon verge of disaster

- suspected #cholera cases soaring. We must act now to save children's lives

4.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A H)

Film: UN sounds alarm over rapid spread of cholera in Yemen

The UN children’s agency, UNICEF, says an estimated three to five thousand people contract the infectious disease every day. The agency adds that seventy thousand cases have been reported in the past month and this could be doubled every two weeks unless more aid is delivered. UNICEF’s Middle East director says the cholera epidemic could reach beyond Yemen and that’s why the neighboring countries should be concerned as well. Impoverished families of Yemen can’t even afford traveling to areas where free treatment is provided. Saudi Arabia’s devastating war, which is in its third year, has also annihilated much of Yemen’s medical infrastructure.

6.2017 – Launchgood (** A H)

Emergency Campaign: Yemen Cholera Outbreak

Help us raise money for medical supplies and medication for those who are suffering with Cholera in Yemen!

Yemen Aid and Supplies Over Seas

This LaunchGood campaign will be in cooperation with Yemen Aid, a non-profit 501c3 humanitarian organization based in the Tri-state area of the United States, and Supplies Over Seas, a Kentucky-based nonprofit humanitarian organization that meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities around the world.

Details of our campaign:

Yemen Aid and Supplies Over Seas will be working together to send a 40ft container shipment to the southern province of Aden. Aden is currently the only functional and safest port opened during the ongoing war. We (Yemen Aid) will be working with Supplies Over Seas to help coordinate with hospitals in the United States through SOS's database of medical and hospital centers in the United States for the necessary medical supplies.

A typical container holds 6 – 8 tons of supplies and equipment conservatively valued at $150,000-$350,000. This means that you will be helping to pay for the shipping of aid, costs of documentation and other certification for shipment, including freight costs.

We will be distributing aid based on need. As the shipment arrives in Aden, we will distribute necessary aid to Sana'a, Aden, Abyan, Ibb, Taiz, Lahj and Hodeidah.

How You Can Help!

You can help by donating, sharing the campaign link with your friends and encourage them to donate and share! One post on Facebook and Twitter can make a difference.

2.6.2017 – WHO (** A H)

#Cholera continues to spread in #Yemen.

Over 73,700 suspected cholera cases and 605 associated deaths have been reported in 19 governorates.

2.6.2017 – DPA (** A H)

Unicef: Zehntausende Menschen im Jemen an Cholera erkrankt

Im Jemen sind durch einen Ausbruch der Cholera in den vergangenen Wochen nach Unicef-Angaben rund 70 000 Menschen erkrankt. Etwa 600 Personen seien bereits an den Folgen der Krankheit gestorben. Unicefbefürchtet, dass die Zahl der Erkrankten in den kommenden zwei Wochen auf bis zu 130 000 steigen könnte. Cholera verursacht starken Durchfall und Erbrechen und ist besonders für Kinder, Alte und Kranke lebensbedrohlich. Viele Menschen haben kaum Zugang zu Trinkwasser und sanitären Anlagen in dem bitterarmen Land auf der arabischen Halbinsel.

3.6.2017 – Aljazeera (** A H)

'Nearly 600 cholera deaths' in Yemen over past month

An estimated 70,000 cases of cholera have been reported by UNICEF in Yemen, with nearly 600 people dying over the past month, as the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate.

The UN agency, which provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, said on Friday that the already dire situation for children in Yemen was quickly turning into a disaster.

He gave warning that "the number of suspected cases is expected to reach 130,000 within the next two weeks" in the Arabian Peninsula country.

UNICEF said at least 10,000 cholera cases were reported in the past 72 hours alone.

Cappelaere described harrowing scenes of children who were barely alive - tiny babies weighing less than 2kg, fighting for their lives at one of the few functioning hospitals he visited.

"But they are the lucky ones. Countless children around Yemen die every day in silence from causes that can easily be prevented or treated like cholera, diarrhea or malnutrition," he said. and UNICEF statement (already reported in YPR 306):

31.5.2017 - World Health Organization (* A H)

Map: Yemen: Cholera Attack rate Per 10,000 Population (From April 27 - 31 May 2017) and in full:

28.5.2017 - World Health Organization (** A H)

Weekly Epidemiological Monitor, Volume 10; Issue no 22, 28 May 2017

The current cholera outbreak in Yemen, started in October 2016, showed a sign of decline in the first three months of the year. An upsurge of cases and deaths were recorded from 27 April 2017. As of 28 May 2017, a cumulative total of 88,849 suspected cholera cases including 657 associated deaths (CFR: 0.73%) were recorded from 261 districts in 19 governorates across the country since the beginning of the outbreak in 2016 .

During this period from 27 April to 28 May 2017, when a spike in cases were reported, a total of 62,977 suspected cholera cases including 537 associated deaths were reported by the government from 261 districts of 19 governorates.

Over 376 stool samples were tested positive for Vibrio Cholerea during this second wave of the outbreak. The outbreak continues to spread at an unprecedented speed throughout Yemen, and over 80% of the districts are affected within a very short period. Only 7 of the 23 governorates in the country recorded over 75% of the new cases and deaths that includes- Amanat Al-Asimah, Hajjah, Al -Hudaydah, Amran, Sana’a, Taizz and Al Mahwit. The capital city of Sana’a and its ten districts reported over 21% of all new cases and 6% of all deaths.

Although the overall case fatality rate is still below the acceptable standard of 1%, at least 81 districts recorded over 1% case fatality rate during the last five weeks alone. The source of the current upsurge of cholera cases is presumed to be associated with the contaminated water and food sources combined with poor sanitation and hygiene practices.

The MoH with the support of WHO and other partners have scaled up the multi-sectoral response interventions to slow down the spread of the outbreak. and in full:

cp2 Allgemein / General

5.6.2017 – Think Progress (* B H K P)

Yemen is descending into total chaos, and Trump is making it worse

Crisis is not coming, it is not looming, it is here today — on our watch.”

Yemen was already in turmoil before Donald Trump became president, but conditions in the country have become worse in the last few months. Trump’s cordial relationship with the House of Saud hasn’t been helping.

Trump’s tacit endorsement — or willful ignorance — of Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen are on another level. In announcing a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia last month, Trump specifically praised the country and its regional coalition for taking “strong action against the Houthi militants in Yemen.”

As a result, the conditions in Yemen have been steadily deteriorating.

Trump’s silence on human rights abuses has given Saudi Arabia further license. - by Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani

4/5.6.2017 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Yemeni Media Union Renews Call for Lifting of Media Embargo on Yemen The Yemeni Media Union called on Sunday for the United Nations and the international community for urgent humanitarian intervention aimed at lifting the siege and media embargo imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen. “The continuation of the media embargo means further blackout and the disappearance of the truth about the Saudi crimes against Yemen and its humanitarian repercussions, thereby rings the alarm while the UN remains incapable of carrying out its humanitarian mission in Yemen in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.” In a statement issued by the Yemeni Media Union, it mentioned that the United Nations has issued a comprehensive ban on journalists from visiting Yemen and covering war as confirmed by the International Press Network (IRIN) in its latest report. The text of the statement:

2.6.2017 – Oxford Analytica (B P)

Yemen’s southern spat may strain intra-Gulf relations

Salafi militias trained by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are fighting the Saudi-backed government (registered only)

2.6.2017 – Committee to Protect Journalists (* B K P)

HRDs, Journalists, & Online Activists undertake their work in a dangerous environment

Human rights defenders in war-torn Yemen undertake their work in a dangerous and hostile environment as they face human rights violations at the hands of all parties to the conflict. Journalists and online activists undertake their work under threat to their safety as pubic freedoms including freedom of assembly in addition to freedom of expression remain severely restricted.

The side event aimed at highlighting how serious violations and abuses of international law have continued throughout the fighting and urge support for the UN High Commissioner's call for an international, independent investigation into civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen, a call repeatedly made by national, regional and international civil society organisations.

On 02 October 2015, the council adopted HRC resolution 30/18, a deeply flawed resolution, drafted by Saudi Arabia, a party to the conflict that ignored earlier calls for an international inquiry and instead endorsed a Yemeni national commission. In August 2016, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in concluding that the Yemeni commission was not acting in accordance with international standards, said the "commission did not enjoy the cooperation of all concerned parties and could not operate in all parts of Yemen," and "has not been able to provide the impartial and wide-ranging inquiry that is required by serious allegations of violations and abuse." At the mid of 2017, an adequate independent international investigation had yet to be established.

Organised by: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR): A discussion of threats to Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, & Online Activists working in Yemen's dangerous environment.

2.6.2017 – Richie Allen (unrated B K)

Film: Amber Rudd "The Wholesale Slaughter In Yemen Is OK As It's Good For British Industry."

2.6.2017 – World Economic Forum (* B H K P)

Yemen is poised to become a failed state. Here's why

The current situation is so complex precisely because it is hard to untangle from what came before it.

“Effectively, you have a number of conflicts inside other conflicts that are inside other conflicts,” Baron explains. “It’s debatable what the ultimate root of the conflict is.”

Baron shares his concerns. “What you’re looking at is a lost generation – even if you put aside those in need of humanitarian aid, you still have tons of kids out of school, growing up in an environment where the few available jobs are largely found behind the barrel of a gun.” And the consequences of that will be felt far beyond Yemen’s borders. “The fall-out from the conflict will likely unsettle the region – if not the world – for some time.” - by Simon Torkington

Remark: Overview article.

2.6.2017 – Fars News (* B K P)

UN Could End Saudi War Crimes in Yemen - It Just Doesn't Want To

UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould-Cheikh Ahmed is particularly quick to fault the people of Yemen and the resistance group of Ansarollah for their unwillingness to enter into peace talks!

Ahmed claims, “Yemenis are paying a price for their needless delay,” which is far from the truth for the following reasons:

1- It is important not to lose sight of the fact that peace talks and ceasefire proposed by the UN failed because the aggressors – the Saudi-led and US-British sponsored coalition bombing the country – wanted them to fail. This criminal policy mirrors precisely the start of the bombing campaign itself. A month after the bombing began, it was revealed that “Operation Decisive Storm” had been initiated just as Yemen’s warring parties were on the verge of signing a power-sharing agreement that could have ended the political crisis and war.

6- Rather than condemning this dirty war, the UN stands fully behind its rich member, one of the world’s most repugnant regimes. Through its deafening silence and even offering top seat at the Human Rights Council, the UN has made it clear that it stands with its friends in Saudi Arabia. But the world body surely needs to hold the Saudi regime to account for what it does in its name.

As is, the UN has fueled this conflict through complicity and double standards which breaks its own laws. It is in violation of a number of international obligations, including its own Charter and its common position on Western arms exports and intervention, which is to look the other way.

In between, the West’s alliance with the Saudi dictators – who, chillingly, refuse to rule out subsequent attempts to acquire nuclear weapons – does not receive the scrutiny it deserves. It’s not simply about the tragic war on Yemen, human rights, or Western traded votes to ensure the Saudis were elected on to the UN Human Rights Council. It is also about Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi ideology and consistent threat to Western security: the regime is at the epicenter of international extremism.

My comment: Iranian view, author not named, hitting the spot in many aspects.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1a Cholera

5.6.2017 – Sanaa Center (* B H)

Addressing Yemen's Most Critical Challenges: Practical Short-Term Recommendations

Executive Summary:

As part of the “Rethinking Yemen’s Economy” initiative, the Development Champions Forum met in Amman, Jordan, between April 29 and May 1, 2017, to discuss practical interventions necessary to address the multiple and varied economic challenges facing Yemen. These challenges were identified within three main, if overlapping, categories; the food security crisis, the problems faced by the banking industry, and the collapse of basic service delivery.

In regards to the food crisis, the Development Champions’ recommendations called on the international community to move quickly in fulfilling all aid pledges. The champions also emphasized that aid should be cash-based rather than in-kind assistance whenever possible. They called on all parties to the conflict to work towards removing the logistical and financial obstacles affecting the importation and distribution of food and medical supplies, and to urgently improve the management of major commercial entry points, such as the ports of Hudaydah and Aden.

Regarding the banking sector, the Development Champions’ called on all parties to work towards a united and functioning Central Bank of Yemen (CBY), and stressed on depositing all public revenues in CBY accounts. The champions recommended that international aid funds should be directed to support Yemen’s foreign exchange holdings, in order to facilitate food and medicine imports.

Regarding public service delivery, the champions recommended to focus support on empowering local authorities and building their capacity in service delivery, as well as engaging the Yemeni diaspora in supporting critical service sectors and encouraging international and local NGOs to provide keys services where required.

and document in PDF:

4.6.2017 – MONA Relief (A H)

.@monareliefye's crew distributing today in Sanaa 100 Ramadan food baskets provided by our donor @AishaJumaan and more photos here:

4.6.2017 - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Yemen: Humanitarian Dashboard (January - April 2017)

From January to April 2017, national and international humanitarian partners have reached millions of people with some form of direct humanitarian assistance or protection across Yemen. This has been accomplished despite continued conflict and access constraints into and throughout the country, imposed by the parties to the conflict.

In the face of a resurging cholera outbreak, lack of funds has limited the response in these first four months of the year. The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan has received 23.7 per cent funding against the 2.1 billion appeal. and in full:

4-6-2017 – Aljazeera (* A H)

Ramadan in Yemen: Fasting by day, starving by night

The holy month has been tarnished in war-torn Yemen, where 17 million people are staring at famine.

"I am exhausted and thirsty because of walking, and I have been fasting without a good breakfast," Fatima told Al Jazeera, her eyes filling with tears.

"I used to live with dignity in my house, and Ramadan was my best month. The war has deprived us of joy every day. Last Ramadan was fine, but this one is very tough. We fast in the daytime and starve in the night."

Throughout the Muslim world, Ramadan is meant to be a joyful and spiritual occasion. But in war-torn Yemen, there is little room for joy these days.

"It is Ramadan, and I am up to my neck in poverty," Fatima said. "I need food for my family and I need to pay the 20,000 rials [$80] for house rent. I have two ceaseless worries: hunger and eviction."

Abdulatif al-Hubaishi, the owner of a grocery shop in Sanaa, said that the demand for food items from his store has been very low this Ramadan.

"There has been a nearly 50 percent decrease in demand compared with last year," Hubaishi told Al Jazeera. "Even those coming to the store mainly buy sugar, flour and rice. Other items, like sweets, nuts and vegetables, are not in demand because the people can only afford the basics." - byKhalid Al-Karimi and Mohammed Al-Sameai

3.6.2017 – MONA Relief (A H)

Thanks God. @monareliefye2 distribute tomorrow 100 Ramadan food baskets in Sanaa funded by our great donor @AishaJumaan (photos)

3.6.2017 - World Health Organization, Health Cluster (A H)

Infographic: Yemen: Health Cluster Reached Beneficiaries with Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2016 and in full:

Infographic: Yemen: Health Cluster Dashboard (as of 30 April, 2017)

Health Cluster partners identified 14.8 million people in need of health assistance in the 2017 HNO. In light of access and security constraints, the 2017 Health Cluster response plan targets 10.4 million people in 2017, including the 8.8 million people identified as facing acute health needs in the HNO. According to Health Cluster analysis, the main causes of avoidable deaths in Yemen are communicable diseases, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions (together accounting for 50 per cent of mortality) and non-communicable diseases (39 per cent of mortality). As the health system has continued to collapse as a result of the conflict, people’s inability to access healthcare for these conditions is having a catastrophic effect. and in full:

Infographic: Yemen: Health Cluster Operaonal Presence in Yemen Crises 2015-17 and in full:

3.6.2017 – Nena News (B H)

YEMEN.Sette giorni in sette foto: il dramma della fame

Per una settimana vi proporremo ogni giorno una foto scattata dalla nostra collaboratrice Federica Iezzi a Sana’a. Sette foto per raccontare la vita quotidiana in un paese martoriato dalla guerra

Secondo i dati diffusi dall’Unicef i 22 governatori dello Yemen sono sull’orlo della carestia. Il prezzo del cibo è aumentato del 55% e il PIL è diminuito di quasi il 33%. Il numero di estremamente poveri e vulnerabili è notevolmente elevato: circa l’80% delle famiglie è in debito e metà della popolazione vive con meno di due dollari al giorno.

L’insicurezza alimentare è aumentata significativamente negli ultimi due anni. Sette su 22 governatorati sono in piena emergenza: Taiz, Abyan, Sa’ada, Hajjah, al-Hudaydah, Lahj e Shabwah.

Circa la metà dei bambini dell’intero paese è affetta da malnutrizione cronica - di Federica Iezzi

2.6.2017 – Yemen Updates (A H)

A mother committed suicide; she poisoned herself and her daughters, Eman 12yo & Areeg 9yo, because of poverty and helplessness! (photo)

2.6.2017 -MONA Relief (A H)

Film: Footage taken by @monareliefyeduring delivering food aid at al-Noor center for the blind in Sanaa. #Yemen

2.6.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A H)

There is a page we have been asked to share and we do it with pleasure. Check their work and, if you can, get involved.

The message received states:
''We are a Yemeni family in Germany with close friends & family in
#Yemen. The current very small NGO we are working with/raising money for is called Best Future Foundation (BFF) which is based in #Sanaa. We want to, in the future, raise funds for other such NGOs that can be trusted.
BFF is currently only giving food aid in sana'a, but we are planning to contact other organizations targeting other areas in the near future.'' referring to

1.6.2017 – World Food Programme (A H)

Infographic: UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 1 June 2017 and in full

31.5.2017 - World Food Programme (* A H)

Yemen mVAM Bulletin #22: May 2017 - Food security worsens across the country during the lean season, May 2017

Key points

Food consumption deteriorates in Al Mahwit,Dhamar and Sana’a.

More households in Aden are resorting to severe coping strategies.

More respondents are concerned about lack of income and the spread of diseases as a new spike in cholera cases is reported.

Situation update

As the conflict intensifies in Hudaydah Governorate,concerns are mounting over the possible humanitarian implications of an assault on Hudaydah City. Airstrikes targeted several coastal areas of southern Hudaydah Governorate this month. UNHCR is warning of the potential for more large-scale displacement,estimating as a worst case scenario that as many as half a million additional people might be displaced across Hudaydah Governorate,further increasing needs in an area that already hosts more than 100,000 IDPs and suffers from critical levels of food insecurity. and in full:

31.5.2017 - World Bank, UN Development Programme ( A H)

Yemen emergency crisis response project as of May 2017

The 24-month Emergency Crisis Response Project (ECRP) aims to mitigate the impact of the current crisis on local households and communities and assist their recovery from the bottom-up using local systems, capacities and institutions to progressively resume and scale-up service delivery. The project will achieve specific results in: 1) Increasing sustainable employment and livelihoods opportunities, including health and education; 2) Reviving the agricultural sector through support to key value chains.

The project has the following four components:

Women and youth have enhanced skills to be employed in education.

Community mid-wives and paramedics have enhanced capacities to provide good quality private health services.

Fishermen, coffee, and crop farmers are enabled to expand their production through the development of the value chain, usage of modern inputs and improved practices.

Oversight, reporting and quality assurance of project ensured.

The Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP) is funded by the World Bank and implemented across the 22 governorates of Yemen by UNDP in partnership with the Social Fund for Development and the Public Works Project. = and in full:

cp4 Kulturerbe / Cultural heritage

2017 – UNESCO (* B)

World Heritage Sites

Historic Town of Zabid, Yemen

Old City of Sanaa, Yemen

Old Walled City of Shibam

Socotra Archipelago

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

6.6.2017 – Yamanyoon (A P)

Yemen Wise People Meeting In The Capital Sana’a The meeting came as a response to the call of the Leader of the Revolution, Mr. Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, to the wise people of Yemen to have a brotherly and united meeting that includes representatives of all other political and social forces in order to produce a national historical document of Yemeni principles to face the aggression.

5.6.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Imbecilic move by Houthis announcing support for Qatar. All aside, shows zero political prowess. Locals pissed, Qatar member of Saudi led Co

5.6.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

VIDEO: Houthi militias ban Yemenis from performing Ramadan Tarawih prayers

Video footage have shown Houthi militias preventing Yemenis from performing Tarawih Ramadan prayers from several mosques across the capital Sanaa in recent days.

Mosque imams were told to sign pledges not to perform Tarawih, performed after evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, according to strict instructions that have been distributed by the Ministry of Endowments, currently under Houthi control which they control.

One video showed defiant Yemenis performing Tarawih in one of the mosques in Sanaa and were stopped and expelled on direct instructions of the militia leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi. (with film) =

Remark: Tarawih prayers:

4.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Yemen’s Ansarullah slams world’s inaction against Saudi war

The leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement has stressed that they will continue to resist Saudi Arabia’s aggression against their country.

Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi made the remark on Sunday during a televised speech in which he also noted that Riyadh’s onslaught is aimed at dividing the nation.

He went on to call on the people of Yemen to safeguard their unity against all external threats and challenges. Houthi further stressed that the nation is united with Ansarullah.

He also slammed the international community’s silence towards Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen which has now entered its third year.

3.6.2017 – Yemen Press (A P)

Fifth Lecture of Ramadan by AbdulMalik Al-Houthi, Entitled “The Devil is Dangerous Enemy”

In the series of lectures of Holy Month of Ramadan, Seyyed Abdul Malik Badruddin al-Houthi continued the lecture on the fifth day and the topic of the lecture was “The Devil is an enemy to you”.

5.6.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Saleh Defends Iran’s Interference in Iraq and Syria

Remark: The article also qutoes the „War on the rocks“ article which has a quite extreme propaganda bias, look at YPR 306, cp2. And see also:

5.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K P)

the Yemen al-Yawm television channel conducted an interview with former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who rejected claims that his allied Army and popular forces had received even a “single bullet from Iran.”

Saleh said the ballistic missiles, which the Army has been firing onto the Saudi soil in retaliation for the invasion are part of the strategic stockpile, which he had procured during his tenure.

The missiles, he said, have actually been bought by the very $60 billion, which he is being accused of misappropriating.

3.6.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

Ex #Yemenpresident Ali Abdullah Saleh's speech tonight sends a clear message to the U.S. government on terrorism. (text in image)

Ex #Yemenpresident Saleh in speech tonight reveals Yemeni ballistic missiles are under his control, and that his inventories are large. (text in iamge)

and more (Arabic):

3.6.2017 – Aden Network (A)

Ibb: A huge fire devours a black market for oil derivatives in the province and causes the burning of dozens of cars (photo)

2.6.2017 – Yemen Peace Project (* B P)


We're very pleased to publish the first of two guest posts on the tensions within the Houthi-GPC alliance. The author is an activist based in San'a, who writes anonymously for personal and professional reasons.

This article presents a perspective on the political situation in Yemen and the role of the conflicting parties within Yemen, particularly in areas under the control of the Houthis.

The emergence of a political and military alliance in San’a:

The political alliance in San’a between the Houthi movement/Ansar Allah and supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh arose because of the convergence of these two groups’ interests. After the Houthis took control of San’a, members of the General People's Congress Party (GPC) suffered from marginalization and dismissal, especially in administrative, security and military positions, despite the facilities provided by Saleh to the Houthis to enable them to take over San’a. The exceptions to this marginalization were GPC members from Hashemite families who were supportive of the Houthi movement.

The sectarian and political dimensions of pre-2014 Yemen laid the groundwork for this alliance. Ali Saleh's goal was to eliminate the reality created by 2011’s “February Revolution,” a goal that could only be achieved by eradicating the Islah party, the most prominent of the revolution's actors and the owner of the largest popular base. For the Houthi movement, the elimination of the Islah Party meant not only the removal of a political and military rival, but also the means to remove the influence of the Wahhabi doctrine from Yemen, a goal of the movement since the 1990s. Therefore, the interests of Ali Saleh and the Houthis first met in the elimination of the Islah Party, which entailed the physical removal of its members, mass arrests, and looting of their homes and properties.

Establishment of a Revolutionary Council in San’a:

The Houthi movement derives its nature and approach from the Iranian revolution, since the Houthi movement is Iran's instrument of expanding its influence in Yemen; it is, also, the product of intelligence work for decades. Thus, Ansar Allah started its coup with a “constitutional declaration” to establish a Supreme Revolutionary Committee that supervises and administers the popular and revolutionary committees throughout the country.

Establishment of the Supreme Political Council:

The failure of the Supreme Political Council:

The aim of the Supreme Political Council was to consolidate the partnership between the Houthi Group and the General People's Congress (GPC) in order to improve the efficiency of the state. However, the Houthi group was less mature, with no political wisdom. Rather than allow the Supreme Political Council to take over government functions, Ansar Allah kept their role in the government institutions through the Revolutionary Committees for fear that they would otherwise lose power to the GPC. As the Houthis continued to work through the Revolutionary Committees and the President of the Revolutionary Council, Muhammad al-Houthi, became increasingly involved in governance, the Revolutionary Council became a point of contention between the two parties.

The truth behind Ali Saleh’s position in the San'a alliance:

At first, Saleh's position on the Houthi movement was not clear. However, this has changed over time. In more than one speech, Saleh emphasized the depth of the partnership with the Houthis and that they are one front against “aggression.” Questions have been raised among the public: Is the San’a alliance real, or just a facade hiding behind it the total control of Ali Saleh?

The coup and its consequences:

Basically, the coup led by the Houthi movement failed due to the rejection of most of the Yemeni society; besides that, the role of the Arab coalition cannot be disregarded. However, another reason may be the Houthis’ failure to form a fascist military regime led by a higher military council, as happened in Egypt. The main reason is that Ali Saleh did not allow the Houthis to take over the elements of the military loyal to him; and the Houthis do not have effective military leaders who could carry out the military coup without the support of the GPC’s military commanders. Thus, the Houthis were forced to recognize the decisions of the House of Representatives, which totally controlled by the GPC.

Despite all the differences that beset this alliance, it shows a high degree of flexibility and ability to adapt and arrive at satisfactory settlements in the favor of the heavier side, which is that of the GPC.

My comment: A serious analysis of the Houthi / Saleh alliance – which looks quite strange when thinking of what had happened before – really would be necessary. But, this article is not reaching this goal. When reading it, you soon will realise that it simply is attached to the well-known pro-Saudi, pro-Hadi propaganda bias of Iranian interference and Houthis' lacking support in Yemen. The Houthis as an Iranian project – since decades – just is nonsense. The Iranians behind almost everything which is thought to be evil – well, why not also behind the Eastern Ukrainian separatists and the Mafia?? Nevertheless, there are some interesting informations, but that's it.

2.6.2017 – Pars Today (A T)

26 Tote und Verletzte bei Anschlag im Jemen

Bei der Explosion einer Bombe in einem Basar in der Provinz al-Dschauf im Nordwesten von Jemen sind mindestens sechs Menschen getötet und zwanzig weitere verletzt worden.

2.6.2017 – Reuters (A T)

Bomb blast kills six in northern Yemen market: officials

A bomb blast at a market in a northern Yemeni town killed six civilians and injured 15 others on Thursday night, security officials said.

Assailants planted an improvised explosive device at a market in al-Hazm northeast of the capital just as it was packed with shoppers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the motive for the attack remained unclear. and photos: and

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

5.6.2017 – demolinari (A T)

#AQAPmilitants ambushed Security Belt forces in #Lawdar#Abyanand hijacked their vehicle. 1 soldier killed, 1 wounded.

Abdullah Ahmed Nasser Al-Dhamji martyred in #AQAP militant attack on Security Belt forces in #Lawdar#Abyan. #SouthYemen (photo)

5.6.2017 – Jane Novak (A P)

Demo now in #Aden#Yemen(including & led by women as usual) for electric, salaries; live fire by security to disperse. Ongoing. (photos)

5.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

Young man shot dead by unknown gunman in Aden

4.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

A leader of Saleh's party killed by an explosive device in Hadramout

A prominent leader of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's party was killed when a roadside bomb exploded in his car in the city of Trim in Hadramout province, southeast of Yemen. and

2.6.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

The families gangs, its not a name of a new Hollywood film, Its the policy that the #Yemen legitimate gov is distributing spoils to follow (text in image)

2.6.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Film: Aden, the liberated city as the coalition calls it. or the temporary Capital of #Yemenas Hadi calls it. No water, No electricity

2.6.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen Qaeda/ISIS assassinated commander of presidential guards General Muhran Qubati tonight NAbyan south Yemen where these groups dominate. (photo)

2.6.2017 – Critical Threats ( A P )

Yemen Security Brief

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghir and Minister of Information Moamar Mutahar al Iryani called on the Yemeni media to refrain from criticizing members of the Saudi-led coalition on June 1. The statement may be a response to the Yemeni media’s criticism of Qatar and coverage of the feud between Qatar and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Councilin late May.[4]

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

5.6.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Houthis ban U.N. special envoy from Yemen for alleged bias

A top official in Yemen's armed Houthi movement said on Monday the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen was banned from returning to the country, accusing him of bias, according to the Houthi's Al Massira TV channel.

Saleh al-Samad, chief of a political council backed by the Houthis who control large areas of Yemen including the capital Sanaa, was also quoted on Twitter as saying that if the U.N. chose another envoy, "he should respect the people's will".

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam, referring to that tweet, said the U.N.'s envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, had abandoned his neutrality and did not respect U.N. resolutions.

Abdul-Salam gave no further details and did not say which U.N. resolutions he was referring to. and y AP:

My comment: There certainly is a bias, he is right. But that is not the envoy's fault, however, but is due to the UN Security Council. The council's totally one-sided resolution 2216 (mainly dictated by Saudi Arabia) forces him to be one-sided as well. - So far, also the objection that the envoy „ did not respect U.N. Resolutions“ is wrong. No, on the contrary, the ptoblem is that he respects the most important one, that is resolution 2216. And another envoy also would be obligedd to do the same. A new and really neutral resolution would be urgently required, - Anyway: A peace broker must be accepted by both sides. Remember, two years ago: Who forced the UN to release envoy Benomar??

Comments by Hussam Al-Sanabani: During many visits of Ould Cheikh to Sana'a, Saudi jets didn't stop bombing, Ould Cheikh heard these raids in every night he spent in Sana'a

Ould Cheikh's role was limited to pressure on #Yemento stop atacking KSA & not to broadcast videos of the operations carried out inside KSA

Despite the availability of humanitarian and moral obligation to open the Sana'a airport #Yemen, but the UN was unable to lift the blockade

This decision should have been taken since @OSESGYfailed to arrange the return of the national negotiating team to Sanaa #Yemena year ago.

5.6.2017 – AlMasirah TV (A P)

Film: The SPC President: The UN envoy to #Yemenwho came to bargain the Hodeidah port in exchange for salaries, becames an undesirable person (Arabic)

4.6.2017 – Nadwa Dawsari (* A P)

Dear @OSESGY: reopening Sanaa airport &payment of salaries should not be used for political bargaining. They r a given right.

4.6.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Yemeni government backs UN envoy’s plan for Red Sea port

The Yemeni government on Sunday welcomed UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s plan for the Houthi-held Red Sea port of Hodeidah in western Yemen.

During his visit to Sanaa last week, the UN envoy called for preventing any attack on the port, which has been the entry point for 70 percent of Yemen’s food supplies as well as humanitarian aid.

He also called for maintaining the independence of the central bank with a view to allowing it to pay salaries in the war-torn nation.

The government is fully ready to discuss the details of proposals related to arrangements for the withdrawal of militias from Hodeidah,” Yemen’s UN mission said in a statement cited by the official Saba news agency.

It called for forming a “technical committee of economists and financial experts to help the government find an appropriate and urgent mechanism to pay salaries and deal with revenues” from Houthi-ruled areas.

My comment: Of course they agree. Because this plan takes Hodeida from the Houthis – thus this would be a success for the Hadi government without doing anything.

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

4.6.2017 – Pars Today (A P)

In seiner Ansprache anlässlich des 28. Jahrestags des Dahinscheidens des Gründers der Islamischen Republik Iran, Imam Khomeini(r.a.), im Imam-Mausolem betonte der geehrte Ayatollah Khamenei:

Die saudische Militärpräsenz im Jemen ist unlogisch; warum soll ein fremdes Land Truppen in den Jemen schicken, um dem Volk dort seinen Willen aufzuzwingen, das Ergebnis ist Schande.

Selbst wenn die Saudis mit milliardenschwerem Waffenkauf versuchen, die USA auf ihre Seite zu bekommen, werden sie scheitern. Sie werden gegenüber den Menschen im Jemen keinen Erfolg haben, bekräftigte das geehrte Revolutionsoberhaupt.

Der geehrte Ayatollah Khamenei wies dann auf die Intrige der Feinde bei der Anstachelung der Stellvertreterkriege in den Ländern der Nahostregion hin

4.6.2017 – IRNA (A )

Leader strongly criticizes Saudis' attrocities in Yemen

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei strongly condemned Saudis bombardment of the defenseless people of Yemen, saying that the Saudi rulers would not win the war even if they continue their bombings for the next 20 years.

'This is a crime against a defenseless and innocent people and would have no conclusion,' added the Leader while addressing a huge gathering of mourners at the late Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum in southern Tehran, where they gathered to commemorate 28th anniversary of the sad departure of the Father of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini.

Ayatollah Khamenei also slammed military presence of the Saudi Arabia in Bahrain.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

4.6.2017 – Sputnik News (* A T P)

London Terror Attac ks: Why we need to talk about Wahabism and Saudi Arabia

It is time for an honest conversation about Wahhabism, specifically the part this Saudi-sponsored ideology plays in radicalizing young Muslims both across the Arab and Muslim world and in the West, where in the UK people have just woken up to another terrorist attack in which innocent civilians were butchered and injured, this time in London.

The US, British and French governments can no longer credibly claim to be serious about fighting terrorism or religious extremism while cozying up to what is a medieval kleptocracy in Riyadh.

The Saudis have long enjoyed diplomatic and political support from successive British governments, based on its largesse as the biggest customer of UK arms sales

There are also the billions in Saudi investmentinto London, especially in the city’s lucrative property market.

Money, as everyone knows, buys influence, including political influence

Three terrorist attacks in the space of three months carried out in the UK, in which civilians have been slaughtered, is an unacceptable price to pay for a foreign policy which at best is informed by cognitive dissonance and at worst sheer unadulterated mendacity.

Western governments cannot have it both ways; they cannot expect to defeat terrorism and protect their citizens while continuing to refuse to grasp the issue by its roots. The world is dealing with a malignant ideology, one that whether associated with Daesh, Nusra, or Saudi Arabia is the same. That this ideology has grown in traction in recent years is now self-evident, thus begging the question: what are we going to do about it?

Make no mistake: the head of this Salafi-jihadi snake resides in Riyadh.

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5.6.2017 – Iyad el-Baghdadi (A P)

URGENT: @LoujainHathloul, Saudi women's rights activist, detained yesterday by Saudi authorities right after her return from a trip abroad

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5.6.2017 – ALQST ( A P)

BREAKING: #Saudiauthorities detained @LoujainHathloulat Dammam airport, arriving on int'l flight at 1300 GMT yesterday June 4 (photo) and see also

1.6.2017 – BBC (* A P)

Flying without a man: The mysterious case of Dina Ali

A trip taken by a young Saudi woman - and her unwilling journey back to her home country - opened up a debate about Saudi laws which require females to get permission from male relatives before they travel or undertake a host of everyday tasks.

BBC Trendinghas now pieced together the timeline behind the mysterious story of Dina Ali Lasloom, the debate about Saudi Arabia's guardianship law and what has happened to her after she was made to return.

According to a number of people who have spoken to Trending, Lasloom was attempting to escape an arranged marriage. In the video, she claimed the authorities in Manila prevented her from boarding a connecting flight, and took her passport.

On Twitter activists, who saw Lasloom's video were trying their best to draw attention to her predicament.

One was the prominent Saudi feminist Moudi Aljohani, who fled her home country eight months ago, and is now seeking asylum in the US.

Guardianship derives from a particular interpretation of Islamic law - and in Saudi Arabia, women are required to get the permission of a male relative if they want to do a number of things, including get a passport, travel abroad or marry.

Activists say that upon arriving in Saudi Arabia, Lasloom was first taken to a women's detention centre in Riyadh.

According to Washington-based Saudi women's rights scholar Hala Aldosari, the detention centres are similar to prisons.

What we do know, according to both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, is that at present Lasloom is believed to have been moved from a detention centre to a shelter - a place, according to activists, with better conditions where women are moved to if they can prove that they are in danger at home.

"Dina Ali is by no means the only Saudi woman who found herself in this tragic situation," says HRW's Ahmed Benchemsi.

And the chatter around Saudi's guardianship rules seems to be prompting some changes in the country.

Since she was taken to Riyadh, none of the activists BBC Trending spoke to have heard from Dina Ali Lasloom. But most agree that her case is unlikely to be the last to trigger a debate about guardianship. - Blog by Kayleen Devlin, Reporting by Fahima Abdulrahman and audio (23 min):

Awamiya siege in social media (earlier reporting in earlier YPRs):

cp9 USA

For the US and the GCC-Qatar crisis look at cp12a

5.6.2017 – Lawfare (* A P)

The $110 Billion Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia is Fake News

I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

Moreover, it’s unlikely that the Saudis could pay for a $110 billion deal any longer, due to low oil prices and the two-plus years old war in Yemen.

Finally, just as the arms deal is not what it was advertised, so is the much-hyped united Muslim campaign against terrorism. Instead, the Gulf states have turned on one of their own. - by Bruce Riedel

2.6.2017 – Wallstreet Journal (* A P)

CIA Creates New Mission Center to Turn Up the Heat on Iran

Trump administration moves to make Middle Eastern country a higher priority target for American spies

he Central Intelligence Agency has established an organization focused exclusively on gathering and analyzing intelligence about Iran, reflecting the Trump administration’s decision to make that country a higher priority target for American spies, according to U.S. officials.

The Iran Mission Center will bring together analysts, operations personnel and specialists from across the CIA to bring to bear the range of the agency’s capabilities, including covert action. In that respect it is similar to a new Korea Mission Center that the CIA announced last month to address North Korea’s efforts to develop long-range nuclear missiles.

The CIA didn’t publicly announce the new Iran organization. The agency declined to comment – by Shane Harris

2.6.2017 – Foreign Affairs (unrated A P)

Why Trump and Francis Diverge on Saudi Arabia

The Vatican Opposes Riyadh's Regional Dominance

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2.6.2017 – RT (* B T)

Film: Foreign students in US embrace ISIS by the 100s – report

Hundreds of students of Kuwaiti and Saudi origin living in the US, primarily on government scholarship, have withdrawn from their studies to advocate for Islamic State and its barbarous project, according to the Institute of Gulf Affairs. How can these students be dissuaded from abandoning Western values and embracing Islamic State ideology? Ali Al-Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs and a Saudi analyst and activist, joins RT America’s Manila Chan to explain the findings.

2.6.2017 – Human Rights Watch (* A K P)

Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

President Trump has announced a $110 billion weapons deal to Saudi Arabia, doubling down on US support for a Saudi-led coalition military campaign in Yemen that has resulted in numerous violations of the laws of war. The United States shouldn’t be rewarding Saudi war crimes with more weapons. We need your help: Call your senators and tell them to vote for bipartisan Senate Joint Resolution 42 blocking the sale of weapons that could be used by Saudi Arabia to commit more abuses. Time is running out! (with video)

2.6.2017 – (A P)

Petition: Donald Trump Cease Weaponry Sales to Saudi Arabia

2.6.2017 – Yemen Watch (B P)

“They’re killing my cousins and my family members and my friends in Yemen,” Al-Silwi said. “I felt like I’d betrayed my own people. Now I realize that America isn’t as innocent as I thought when it comes to my country, when it comes to Yemen.”

Nearly 50,000 Yemeni-born Americans live in the U.S. according to the 2014 American Community Survey, although Yemenis estimate a much higher number. Now, this tight-knit community is conflicted over whether U.S. involvement in the war helps or hurts their home country. … some condemn the U.S.-Saudi coalition as violating human rights - By Mallory Moench

25.5.2017 – New York Times (* A E P)

Big Payoff After Blackstone Courted a Saudi Prince

A little over a year ago, the private equity titan Stephen A. Schwarzman sat down with Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the kingdom’s largest sovereign wealth fund, in hopes of expanding their relationship.

Mr. Schwarzman’s company, the Blackstone Group, already counted Prince bin Salman’s Public Investment Fund as a major client. But the American financier now had a bold new idea: Court Saudi money to invest in projects like tunnels, bridges, airports and other sorely needed infrastructure improvements, predominantly in the United States.

That investment vehicle, which Blackstone plans to double in size, represents a new focus for the firm. More important, the fund — announced during Mr. Trump’s visit to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and a summit meeting of global chief executives that Mr. Schwarzman attended — dovetails with a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative the Trump administration has promised, to be fueled by government partnerships with the private sector - By KATE KELLY and LANDON THOMAS Jr.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

5.6.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

My best friend was killed by a terrorist – I can't work for the Saudi regime any more

I’ve worked to spin Saudi policies to the world, but I’m quitting after Martyn Hett’s murder. The UK must end its support for the terror-propagating kingdom

So what does all this have to do with the callous murder of 22 people in Manchester last week? Well, it requires us to look into the ideology that drove that sorry man to commit such an act. The Saudi-sponsored brand of Islam known as Wahhabism is widely considered to be the source of much extremist thought. In the words of the world’s largest Muslim youth organisation, it is characterised by antipathy – at times violent – towards Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and even other Sunni Muslimswho do not share the Wahhabis’ rigid and authoritarian view of Islam.

For more than fifty years, Saudi Arabia has systematically propagated a supremacist, ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam among Sunni Muslim populations worldwide,” read the official statementreleased by the Indonesian Muslim youth movement Gerakan Pemuda Ansor ,the day after my friend was killed. “The Wahhabi/ultra-conservative view of Islam – which is embraced not only by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but also by al-Qaida and Isis – is intricately wedded to those elements of classical Islamic law that foster sectarian hatred and violence.”

A week after the attack, I returned to my workplace and knew I had to leave my job. Enough. When I signed up to a consulting job in public diplomacy for the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs I was unaware of what I was taking on, but 18 long months of compromising my morals have taken their toll.

The experience will haunt me: my complicity in extolling the virtues of Saudi Arabia’s baby steps towards gender equality, in extending Saudi commiserations over the deaths of young gay people in the Orlando bombing, in offering explanations for the bloody war in Yemen. The fact that it took the murder of my closest friend to take the leap into the dark is unfortunate, but in the few days since I have felt nothing but relief at the prospect of an unfettered future. Be more Martyn. - by Alastair Bealby

5.6.2017 – The Independent (* B P T)

This is what Theresa May refused to tell you in her schoolyard sermon on terror

The Prime Minister is going to have her ‘embarrassing conversations’ with Britain’s Muslims, who have no power to switch off the evil ideology which Wahhabism represents. She does have that power – but she won’t use it

Was that really the best Theresa May could do? It was the same old tosh about “values” and “democracy” and “evil ideology”, without the slightest reference to the nation to whom she fawns – Saudi Arabia, whose Wahhabist “ideology” has seeped into the bloodstream of Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Tony Blair used the same garbage language when he claimed – untruthfully, of course – that the 7/7 London bombings had nothing to do with Iraq.

May needs to talk to us about the “difficult conversations” she must have with the Saudis and their Gulf allies, not to Muslim British citizens. But she is too gutless, too cowardly, to deal with the Gulf Arab autocrats to whom she sells weapons, whose principal Arabian dictator, the head-chopper-in-chief, is so worthy of our mourning that May’s predecessor lowered the British flag to half-mast on his death.

Yes, to confront this Salafist-Wahhabi state and Gulf citizens’ financial contributions to Isis would be a “difficult conversation” indeed for Theresa May.

And still May will not say what she knows to be true: that Britain can no longer expect to go on foreign adventures and be safe at home.

It is, of course, well past time to change our foreign policy in the Middle East. - by Robert Fisk

4.6.2017 – Jeremy Corbyn (A P)

We need to have some difficult conversations, starting with Saudi Arabia & other Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology (more text in image)

4.6.2017 – Sky News (A P)

Jeremy Corbyn's comments about Saudi Arabia tonight are very important. You can listen to them yourself here:


and also

Corbyn on Iraq War 2003: It will set off spiral of conflict, hate, misery. And will fuel wars on future generations

4.6.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

UK Defence Secretary Fallon : "London Bridge attackers are only defending themselves.” (see image!!)

4.6.2017 – The Intercept (* B P)


NEW FIGURES RELEASED by British Parliament show that, at a time when U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s ties to Saudi Arabia have become an election issue, conservative government officials and members of Parliament were lavished with money by the oil-rich Saudi government with gifts, travel expenses, and consulting fees.

Tory lawmakers received the cash as the U.K. backs Saudi Arabia’s brutal war against Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made the U.K.’s uneasy alliance with the Saudis an election issue, with voters going to the polls on June 8. The Tories’ ties to Saudi Arabia, Labour leaders charge, have resulted in record weapons sales and a reluctance to criticize human rights abuses.

While Tory politicians have defended the arms sales to Saudis as a move to shore up Britain’s allies in the region, Tory members of Parliament have collected £99,396 ($128,035) in gifts, travel expenses, and consulting fees from the government of Saudi Arabia since the Yemen war began.

The kingdom’s financial ties to Tory parliamentarians are detailed in the register of financial interests, a disclosure published by Parliament – by Lee Fang

My comment: The saudis know how to buy. And I am astonished how cheap these parlamentarians are.

3.6.2017 – The Wolfian (* B K P)

Whilst everyone obsesses about Brexit, in Yemen people are dying – and the UK is complicit

The thought of an election which is likely to strengthen the Conservative hold on the UK terrifies me. Not only because I have no doubt that the UK itself will be worse off as a result but also because of what we have already seen of Conservative foreign policy.

I make no apology for saying that the UK is complicit in the deaths and suffering of civilians in Yemen. It is true of course that the UK gives aid to Yemen. At the donor pledging conference in Switzerland in April this year (where the UN appeal for $2.1 billion was partially met by pledges of $1.1 billion), it was reported that the UK made the highest pledge of around $173 million, a not insignificant sum. (Those pledges however have yet to be turned into hard cash and this is hardly the time to renege on such promises.) But there is a great paradox here. Despite overwhelming evidence of IHL violations, the UK has continued to supply vast quantities of arms to the Saudi-led coalition.

Whilst there has been some publicity in recent months, Yemen has received very little attention by comparison to the situation in other countries and is seen by many as the ‘forgotten war’. When you take into account that it has been officially designated as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, no wonder Yemenis feel forgotten – by Julie Maxon

2.6.2017 – Herald Scotland (* A P)

Time to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia on false pretexts

Whenever I find myself in discussions or writing here about Britain’s arms trade with Saudi Arabia, I almost always come across the same arguments wheeled out from among those opposed to any ban. First and foremost is that if the UK didn’t flog the Saudis their weapons of mass destruction, then they would simply buy them from someone else, putting British jobs on the line. Putting aside the purely moral argument over selling arms, as Andrew Smith, a spokesman for Caat has made clear, arms sales don’t just provide military support, they also send a message of political support for the buyer.

Anyone who doubts this need only look at a 2013 Foreign Affairs Committee report into arms exports to Bahrain. “Both the government and the opposition in Bahrain view UK defence sales as a signal of British support for the government,” the report concluded. While this might have been about Bahrain, it applies just as readily to Saudi Arabia and any other country buying UK arms.

Another factor worth considering for those putting forward the “jobs” argument. s that while the arms export trade may have been booming under the Tory Government, the number of jobs created by exports has been falling steadily for years. Other industries would be more than willing recipients of the kinds of government support given to defence deals, and many of the same engineering skill sets are required in other sector. There are those too who will always refer to oil as the crucial factor, but often they forget than in this regard and in a shifting marketplace the Saudis depend more on Western buyers than many realise.

For those in favour of arms deals with the Saudis, their jobs or oil argument usually runs in tandem with another that claims our intelligence sharing with Riyadh helps keep Britain’s streets safe from terrorism. In this regard we really do need to take a long hard look at ourselves and start by realising that Saudi Arabia is already bound by international law under UN resolution 1373 to work with the UK and other states to help prevent terrorist attacks – by David Pratt

31.5.2017 – Newsweek (* A P)


The results of a government-sponsored inquiry into the sources of funding for Islamist militant groups operating in the U.K. may be kept hidden forever due to the nature of its findings, the U.K.'s Home Office has said, according to local media.

The investigation was reportedly authorized by former Prime Minister David Cameron during his Conservative administration's bid to convince the Liberal Democrat opposition to approve British airstrikes against positions held by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria in December 2015. The Liberal Democrats were satisfied and, the following month, British intelligence began looking into how foreign entities transferred funds to promote radical ideology in the U.K. According to a report published Wednesday in The Guardian, however, the Home Office not only declined to disclose any information regarding its findings, it suggested it may never do so, due to the "very sensitive" nature of the results. which are believed to contain references to Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the U.K. and known sponsor of ultraconservative Wahhabist Sunni Muslim ideology around the world – by Tom O'Connor

And just a reminder:

15.2.2008 – The Guardian (C P)

BAE: secret papers reveal threats from Saudi prince

Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents revealed yesterday.

Previously secret files describe how investigators were told they faced "another 7/7" and the loss of "British lives on British streets" if they pressed on with their inquiries and the Saudis carried out their threat to cut off intelligence.

Prince Bandar, the head of the Saudi national security council, and son of the crown prince, was alleged in court to be the man behind the threats to hold back information about suicide bombers and terrorists. He faces accusations that he himself took more than £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE – by David Leigh and Rob Evans

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

3.6.2017 – Haykal Bafana (B P)

FREE DUBAI : Yes, #Dubaihosts 500,000 Iranians, 8000 #Iranfirms & $300B of Iran investments, but we urge #SaudiArabia : Don't bomb us. (photos)

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FREE DUBAI : Did you know #Iranis so pervasive in #Dubaithat the #UAEArmy is trained to speak Persian? (image) referring to

3.6.2017 – AP (A P)

Bahrain hackers post threats on minister's Twitter account

31.5.2017 – Amnesty International (* A P)

Bahrain heading for ‘total suppression’ of human rights as secular opposition group banned

Bahrain’s dissolution of a major political opposition society is the latest troubling move in its blatant campaign to end all criticism of the government, Amnesty International said.

The secular National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) was dissolved today after having issued a statement in February, saying that Bahrain was suffering from a “constitutional political crisis” amid continuous human rights violations. The group was subsequently charged with “advocating violence, supporting terrorism and incitement to encourage crimes and lawlessness”.

“By banning major political opposition groups, Bahrain is now heading towards total suppression of human rights,” said Lynn Maalouf, Director of research at Amnesty International’s Beirut Regional Office.

3.6.2017 – Middle East Monitor (B P)

Russia’s role in Yemen: political negotiator or opportunist?

In a bid to secure key naval bases in Yemen, Russia is introducing itself to the conflict as a political negotiator. Sidestepping the United Nations (UN) framework and failed attempts to gather warring parties to the negotiations table, Russia’s intervention may trigger a dangerous new dynamic into an already complex and volatile conflict.

President Vladimir Putin’s intention is clearly more than about fighting terrorism and bringing peace to the region. Russia wishes to secure basing rights for its navy fleet in Aden and assist in securing the waterways for the Red Sea ports.

Diplomatic meetingsin Russia have triggered a strong alliance with the UAE, a major actor in the Yemen war, responsible for funding many armed groups fighting the Houthis. The UAE and Russia agreed to form a strategic partnership for the Middle East. According to Russian and Arab officials, the focusis to begin with the turmoil in Yemen.

Although Russia has open access to enter Yemen, whether it will use this opportunity to be a political negotiator or an opportunist is yet to be seen.

There is no indication that Russia will take on a military function in Yemen or whether it will maintain a political discourse – by Khalil Dewan

My comment: Highly speculative, with an evident anti-Emirati bias.

2.6.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A K P)

The Kuwaiti defense minister visits his forces within the borders of Yemen, praising that their role is proud of every Kuwaiti citizen. (photos)

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

Siehe / Look at cp1

5.6.2017 – Judith Brown (* A P)

This is bizarre. UAE and KSA have been at loggerheads for over a year over the Saudi support for Islah militias in Yemen that are in effect Muslim Brotherhood. And they are still being supported as far as I know. But here Saudi and UAE seem to be on the same side. Saudi and Qatar and Turkey have all equally been linked to Al Qaeda and other Sunni extremist groups - including ISIS. What does cause friction is Al Jazeera TV - critical of other Arab regimes from time to time but never critical of Qatari policies. Well, we await the outcomes. As for Yemen - Hadi does everything Saudi tells it to. No surprise there then.

5.6.2017 – NTV (* A P)

Schließung aller Grenzen: Nachbarn brechen Beziehungen zu Katar ab

Die Emirate starten eine diplomatische Offensive gegen Katar. Sie schließen sämtliche Grenzen und weisen Bürger Katars aus. Begründet wird die Abwendung mit Katars Haltung zu terroristischen Milizen. Der Iran zeigt sich besorgt, aber auch schadenfroh.

Das Emirat Katar ist überraschend von seinen Nachbarn isoliert worden. In einer offenkundig konzertierten Aktion brachen Bahrain, Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und auch Ägypten alle diplomatischen Beziehungen zu Katar ab.

Grund für diese Maßnahme sei Dohas "anhaltende Unterstützung des Terrorismus im Jemen und in Syrien", so die Begründung Saudi-Arabiens. Das berichtet der Sender Al-Arabiya. Bahrain wirft Katar vor, Vereinbarungen und Grundsätze des Völkerrechts eklatant verletzt zu haben - "ohne Rücksicht auf Werte, Gesetze oder Moral". Zudem soll das Land Medien aufgestachelt und terroristische Gruppen im Iran unterstützt haben. Ägypten erklärte: "Katar hat die Ideologie von Al-Quaida beworben und Anhänger des Islamischen Staates sowie terroristische Operationen im Sinai unterstützt."

Die unmittelbaren Nachbarn des Emirats erklärten alle Landes- sowie Luft- und Seegrenzen für geschlossen. Die saudische Luftfahrtbehörde verbot nach eigenen Angaben allen katarischen Maschinen die Landung. Zudem untersagte sie allen in Saudi-Arabien registrierten Luftlinien Starts in Richtung Katar, wie die staatliche saudi-arabische Nachrichtenagentur SPA meldete. Katars Flugzeuge dürften zudem Saudi-Arabien von Dienstag an nicht mehr überfliegen. Auch Bahrain stoppte alle Flüge von und nach Katar. Das Land hat seinen Bürgern dem Bericht zufolge verboten, nach Katar zu reisen oder dort zu wohnen.

5.6.2017 – Tagesanzeiger u. a. Schweizer Medien (* A P)

Nachbarländer stoppen Luftverkehr mit Katar Diplomatische Krise auf der arabischen Halbinsel: Das Emirat ist überraschend von seinen Nachbarn isoliert worden. Auch der Flugverkehr ist betroffen.




Fünf arabische Länder haben am Montag ihre diplomatischen Beziehungen zu Katar abgebrochen. Bahrain, Ägypten, Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate gaben bekannt, dass sie ihr diplomatisches Personal aus Katar zurückziehen würden. Später verlautete auch von der international anerkannten Regierung im Jemen, dass sie ihre Verbindungen zu Katar gekappt habe. Saudi-Arabien teilte mit, dass katarische Soldaten aus dem laufenden Krieg im Jemen abgezogen würden, wo die Saudi-Araber eine Koalition gegen schiitische Huthi-Rebellen anführen.

Katars Diplomaten müssen auch Bahrain, Ägypten, Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate auf deren Wunsch hin verlassen. Die Entscheidung der Länder vom Montag vergrössert die Kluft zwischen Golfnationen wegen Katars mutmasslicher Unterstützung für islamistische Gruppen und seiner Beziehungen zum Iran. Katar hat bestritten, extremistische Gruppen zu finanzieren. Das katarische Aussenministerium teilte am Montag mit, es gebe «keine legitime Rechtfertigung» für den Entschluss der Länder.

Inzwischen wollen auch Libyen und auf die Malediven nicht mehr diplomatisch mit Katar zusammenarbeiten. Von dem Vorgehen ist auch der Luftverkehr betroffen.



Aus Sydney meldete sich US-Aussenminister Rex Tillerson zu Wort. Er ermahnte alle Beteiligten, die Probleme zu lösen. «Wir möchten die Parteien ermutigen, sich an einen Tisch zu setzen», sagte Tillerson, der sich gerade auf Auslandbesuch in Australien befindet. Es sei wichtig, dass der Kooperationsrat der Arabischen Staaten des Golfes (GCC) vereint bleibe.




Auch die von Saudiarabien angeführte Militärkoalition, die seit März 2015 Luftangriffe auf mutmassliche Stellungen von Aufständischen im Jemen fliegt, schloss Katar aus. Grund dafür sei die Unterstützung des Emirats von «terroristischen Organisationen im Jemen, darunter al-Qaida und Daesh (die Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat)», hiess es in der Erklärung, welche die amtliche saudische Nachrichtenagentur SPA verbreitete.



5.6.2017 – Pars Today (* A K)

Teilnahme Katars an Luftangriffen der von Saudi-Arabien geführter Kriegskoalition gegen Jemen beendetührter_kriegskoalition_gegen_jemen_beendet

5.6.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

Jemen verkündet Abbruch diplomatischer Beziehungen zu Katar

Die Regierung von Jemen hat den Abbruch der diplomatischen Beziehungen zu Katar verkündet, berichtet der Sender al-Arabiya am Montag.

Mein Kommentar: Die Hadi-Regierung, die ihren saudischen Herren in allem folgt.

5.6.2017 – Haaretz (A P)

Palestinians Confirm: Top Hamas Officials Have Left Qatar at Country's Request
A report from beginning of week said senior Qatari official asked Hamas that its contacts with the West Bank be made through its leadership in Gaza, not from overseas

5.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Qatar hits back as Saudi, Egypt, UAE cut diplomatic, transport ties

Qataris told they must leave Saudi, as Egyptians in Qatar grow wary of potential repercussions

Qatar has slammed the decision of three Gulf states, Egypt and the Maldives to sever ties with it on Monday, saying they were "unjustified" and aimed to put Doha under political "guardianship" as Turkey called for dialogue.

A split between Doha and its closest allies is likely to have repercussions around the Middle East, where Gulf states have used their financial and political power to influence events in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and where there are significant US miltiary interests.

The diplomatic fallout also threatens the international prestige of Qatar, which is set set to host the 2022 World Cup. For years it has presented itself as a mediator and power broker for the region's many disputes.

Economic disturbances

Saudi Arabia has called on international companies to avoid Qatar, raising the prospect that it might try to make foreign firms choose between doing business in Qatar and obtaining access to the much bigger Saudi economy.

Economic disturbances loomed immediately, with the Qatari stock index sinking 7.6 percent in the first hour of trade. Some of the market's top blue chips were hit hardest, with Qatar National Bank, the country's largest bank, dropping 5.7 percent.

Remark: This is a good overview article; the headline is misleading however.

5.6.2017 – RT (A E)

Oil seesaws after Qatar shunned by Arab neighbors over alleged terrorism links

5.6.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Leaders and markets react to Gulf diplomatic rift

US urges Gulf states to resolve differences, as Tehran says moves against Qatar will not help bring Middle East peace.

Asked about the coordinated moves against Qatar, US Secretary of StateRex Tillersonurged the Gulf countries to resolve their differences.

Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East and is set to host the 2022 football World Cup.

Tillerson said that he did not expect the rift "to have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified fight against terrorism" regionally or globally.

"All of those parties you mentioned have been quite unified in the fight against terrorism and the fight against Daesh [ISIL] and have expressed that most recently in the summit in Riyadh," he added, referring to a recent Arab-Islamic-American summit in the Saudi capital during US President Donald Trump's first foreign trip.

5.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Gulf crisis: Can Turkey save Qatar?

Is Turkey about to pitch another foreign policy curveball in the Middle East?

5.6.2017 – Newsweek (* B P)


what’s the dispute about and how did we get here?

Qatar has long faced criticism from its neighbours over its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization that opposes the hereditary monarchies of countries including Saudi Arabia, and was deposed from government in Egypt in a military coup led by current President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi in 2014.

Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s President in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, before his ousting was a key factor in the 2014 rift. The rift was smoothed over when Doha expelled some Muslim Brotherhood members.

Despite denials that it funds terrorist groups, Qatar is a key financial and political supporter of Hamas in the West Bank, and is home to exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

It has been accused of facilitating funding of extremist Sunni groups fighting in Syria, including the former Al-Qaeda affiliate known as Al Nusra Front. (It has since reportedly cut ties with Al-Qaeda and is known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.)

Trump’s public show of support for the Saudis, with whom he authorized a $110 billion arms deal, may have emboldened the kingdom to take a tougher line with Qatar, according to experts – by Tom Porter

My comment: Again, just „forgtting“ that Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are as bad terrorism sponsors as Qatar.

5.6.2017 – The Economist (* A P)

A family feud: Saudi Arabia cuts off Qatar

The kingdom is raising tensions with its immediate neighbours as well as with Iran and Yemen

There are broader and older grievances at play, rooted in geopolitics and the place of Islam in politics. For decades, Saudi and Emirati officials have blamed Qatar, which protrudes like a sore thumb from the western Gulf, for breaking ranks with the Saudi-dominated six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

For all their ambition, the Al Thanis have little appetite for confrontation. Qatar’s foreign ministry has meekly expressed “deep regret” at the severing of ties.

But the isolation is unlikely to end soon. Saudi Arabia has yet to define its demands for restoring ties, and Qatar can expect little solace from other Arab states. Most of them are likely to welcome Qatar’s comeuppance.

Historically, Qatar looked overseas for protection against Saudi bullying. The British kept the Saudis from extending their rule to its coastal protectorates in the 1920s. More recently, Qatar has reached out to an unlikely assembly of Israel, Iran, Turkey and America for support. Of late, though, its alliances have seemed to fray. Israel has deepened its security relationship with Qatar’s rivals, the UAE, and to a lesser extent, Saudi Arabia.

American support may also be less certain. Qatar hosts the largest American base in the Middle East, al-Udeid. Located on the road to the Saudi border, Qataris have long viewed it as their best defence against invasion by land. But many Qataris now fear that America under Donald Trump might be less a regional referee than a Saudi cheerleader.

5.6.2017 – Think Progress (* A P)

The Qatar diplomatic crisis could disrupt Trump’s vision for the Middle East

This makes things a bit more messy.

But despite Tillerson’s confidence that all will turn out well, the news seriously complicates Trump’s previous vision for the Middle East: namely one in which a united Gulf Arab (and Sunni) front would counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. Trump has previously called for the creation of an “Arab NATO” to do exactly that; in a speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month, Trump made that vision even clearer.

It is this vision for the Middle East that may have spurred the Gulf countries to take action against Qatar. They may have seen Trump’s rhetoric towards Iran, his cabinet full of Iran hawks, and his silence on human rights abuses in the Gulf — in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in the last week in particular —as a green light to push forward with their agenda.

The irony is that Monday’s news could throw a wrench in Trump’s plans for a unified front against Iran. “Numerous Saudi and UAE attempts to rally the Muslim world against Iran over the years have faltered,” noted Daragahi.

It’s hard for the United States to simply cut ties with Qatar, given that it hosts the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East. The Al Udeid Air Base serves as a base for U.S. military flights to over 20 countries, including Iraq and Syria, and a potential rift in U.S.-Qatar relations could affect the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda in the region.

But already, forces in Washington have been arguing that the military base is at risk. - By Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani

5.6.2017 – Slate (* B P)

How Trump Made the Qatar Situation Worse

It was far more complicated than he could have imagined.

In short, like many of the problems that President Trump has confronted or aggravated, Qatar is a lot more complicated than anyone knew.

And, though tensions between Qatar and the other Arab countries have been simmering for nearly a decade, Trump—perhaps accidentally—triggered this new escalation.

Trump thought he would unify and strengthen the Sunni leaders when he spoke to them in Saudi Arabia last month.

Trump’s speech there, too, was a disaster, though of a different sort, heralding a new U.S. policy of taking the Sunni powers’ side in their sectarian wars against Shiite powers, especially Iran. What Trump clearly did not foresee was that his speech would also deepen a wedge among the Sunnis—and, possibly, intensify the conflicts in the region.

Trump’s visit changed the calculus. His speech emboldened the main Sunni powers not only to step up their confrontation with Iran and its “proxies” but also to cut off Qatar. - by Fred Kaplan

5.6.2017 – Vanity Fair (A P)


A major shake-up in the Middle East presents fresh worries for the war against ISIS.

The sudden shake-up underscores the multiple fault lines running through what Trump has clumsily referred to as “the Muslim world,” and makes clear that Trump’s much-praised trip to Saudi Arabia was not a panacea for longstanding tensions and competing interests among Gulf countries. - by Kia Makarechi

5.6.2017 – CNN (B P)

Qatar hosts largest US military base in Mideast

One of Saudi Arabia biggest allies, however, is the United States, which also happens to maintain its biggest concentration of military personnel in the Middle East at Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.

The sprawling base 20 miles southwest of the Qatari capital of Doha is home to some 11,000 US military personnel.

The US Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provides command and control of air power throughout Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and 17 other nations.

The base, which boasts one of the longest runways in the Persian Gulf at 12,500 feet, is a strategically important facility that can accommodate up to 120 aircraft – by Brad Lendon

5.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Tension in the Gulf: How the Arab world and global leaders reacted

Russia, Turkey and India all call for calm as crisis deepens

5.6.2017 – BBC (* A P)

Qatar row: What's caused the fall-out between Gulf neighbours?

But the problem is that Qatar is just too bold, too often.

The core issue presently is Qatar's support of Islamists around the Middle East region, which emerged quite evidently during the Arab Spring. This is as much a result of the personalised politics of Qatar's foreign policy and elite bureaucracy as it is an active decision by Qatar to support Islamists.

Moreover, Qatar argues vociferously that it does not support Islamists because the state prefers to, but because such groups like the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood enjoy significant public support.

Either way, the UAE in particular, but also Saudi Arabia, do not agree at all with this approach of emboldening Islamist groups around the region. They tried to get Qatar to stop doing this in 2014, but, a few concessions aside, the broad tenor of Qatar's foreign policy approach did not change.

Otherwise, particularly under the leadership of the former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar sought to carve out a unique niche for itself and its policies, such as augmenting relations with Israel or Iran, and rejecting the wider consensus of the regional group of the monarchies, the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador to Doha from 2002 to 2008 to try to pressure Qatar to curb its individualistic tendencies. This approach broadly failed too.

What now?

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the leaders of this current move, will not want to fail again. And their position is strong, while Qatar's is weak.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are emboldened. Leading the intervention in Yemen in 2015 displayed a newfound desire to truly lead on matters of regional security.

The argument to President Trump may be compelling: with US help, Qatar might be persuaded to evict Hamas leadership from Doha and genuinely cut back on funding Islamist groups.

It seems that the time of Qatar's individualistic foreign policy may be up – by Dr David Roberts, lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London.

My comment: Yes, Qatar is a sponsor of terrorism. But this article totally neglects that the Saudis and the UAE are no better and are great terror sponsors as well.

5.6.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Yemen cuts diplomatic ties with Qatar - state news agency

Yemen's internationally recognised government cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of working with its enemies in the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, state news agency Saba reported.
"Qatar's practices of dealing with the (Houthi) coup militas and supporting extremist groups became clear," the government said in a statement.
It added that Yemen supported a decision by a Saudi-led coalition fighting for more than two years to oust the Houthis from the capital Sanaa to remove Qatar from its ranks announced earlier on Monday.

My comment: It's not „Yemen“, it's just the Hadi government. They always follow their Saudi masters – even by repeating their odd propaganda on Qatar as having supported the Houthi / Saleh side.

Comment by Nadwa Dawsari: Too bad. Now who wil pay lavish salries #Qatarused 2 pay 4 babies &relatives f #Yemenofficials apointd n diplomtic cord over last 2 years?

5.6.2017 – Sputnik News (* A P)

5 Arab states cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen on Monday decided to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Bahrain was the first state to make an announcement. According to the official statement published by the Bahrain News Agency, Manama’s move has been motivated by Doha’s persisting attempts to destabilize situation in Bahrain.

“Due to the insistence of the State of Qatar in further destabilizing security and stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain and interference in its affairs, continuing the escalation and incitement media and supporting armed terrorist activities … the Kingdom of Bahrain announces the severance of diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar,” the statement read.

Bahrain gave Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave the territory of the kingdom. Also, Manama suspended air and sea communication with Doha and banned citizens of Qatar from visiting Bahrain, and prohibited its citizens from living and visiting Qatar.

The UAE said in a statement Monday it had cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar because of its support for the Islamist movement of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The UAE took these decisive measures in connection with … the continued support and financing and harboring of terrorist, extremist and sectarian groups led by the Muslim Brotherhood,” the UAE government said in a statement quoted by the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Riyadh and Cairo made similar statements while Saudi Arabia and Egypt also suspended air and sea communication with Qatar.

“The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt has decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar because of the continued hostility of the Qatari authorities towards Egypt,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said.

Simultaneously, the Saudi-led coalition has announced the cancellation of the Qatari participation in the military operation in Yemen citing Doha’s support of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Sanaa accuses Doha of supporting radical groups in Yemen, according to Al Arabiya news channel.

Yemeni government cuts diplomatic ties with Qatar,” the Al Arabiya broadcaster said in its breaking news dispatch. “Yemeni govt also confirms Arab coalition suspends Qatar’s participation.”

The conflict between Qatar and its neighbors occurred one week after the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, when the Qatari news agency posted a speech on behalf of the country’s emir in support of building relations with Iran.

At the summit, Saudi Arabia on behalf of all the guests condemned Iran for its hostile policies and threatened with an adequate response. Later, the official representative of the Qatari Foreign Ministry said that the agency’s site was hacked, and the speech on behalf of the emir was published by hackers and has nothing to do with the Qatari leader.

However, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain considered this refutation to be unconvincing and continued to insist that the words about the normalization of relations with Iran really belong to the emir.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday it rejects the Arab Gulf states’ accusations of its interference in other countries’ domestic affairs following the severance of diplomatic ties with Doha by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

“The State of Qatar is an active member of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf [GCC], respects its charter, respects the sovereignty of other states and does not interfere in their internal affairs, and also fulfills its obligations to combat terrorism and extremism,” the ministry said. and by RT: and by Press TV Iran:

5.6.2017 – Moon of Alabama (* A P)

Beautiful: GCC Tears Itself Apart. Saudis, UAE, Bahrain Break Qatar Links

Can tiny, terrorist-backing Qatar withstand the pressure of its larger, terrorist-backing neighbors?

All sea- and airspace have been closed for Qatari traffic and the land-routes severed. All Qataris will have to leave those countries within 14 days. Qatari diplomats were given just 48 hours.

The immediate consequences are huge. Some 37 million passengers cross through Doha each year. But Qatar Airways now has to fly through Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish airspace to reach Europe. (If the situation persists the UAE owned Emirates Airways will likely order a huge bunch of new planes.) Half of the food in Qatar comes via Saudi Arabia through Qatar's only land border. 600-800 trucks per day can no longer pass. The 19 flights per day between Doha and Dubai are called off. Oil prices rose some 1.6% and the Qatari stock exchange tanked.

The reasons for the immediate spat are manifold. It has only little to do with Iran.

The Saudis accuse Qatar of supporting terrorists. That is like Britain accusing the U.S. of imperialism, or the mafia cutting ties with the mob over gangsterism. As Joe Biden remarked (vid) when still Vice President, both Wahhabi countries, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have been funding and fueling terrorism in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. But the Saudi view is that the more "liberal" Qatar is simply supporting the "wrong" kind of terrorists.

The Qatari government and its mouthpiece Al-Jazeera installed and supported the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. The Saudis put that government down by financing a military coup against it. Qatar is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood government of Turkey. It is supporting the Palestinian Hamas, also a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate. Qatar is financing various al-Qaeda aligned groups in Libya, Syria and Afghanistan. The Taliban have their only diplomatic mission in Doha. Until recently the Saudis have been financing ISIS. They are now mainly back at financing various other Jihadi groups in Syria under CIA control. The UAE is sponsoring the Libyan general Hiftar who is fighting Qatari supported al-Qaeda aligned groups. The Saudis are making nice with Israel and have no interest in the Palestinian cause which Qatar supports.

The current standoff between Qatar and other Arab countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council were enabledby the Trump administration:

The linch pin of all this is the Saudi war on Yemen. The Saudis support the Hadi puppet government of Yemen and two years ago aligned the other Gulf states, including Qatar, to fight against the Houthi in north Yemen. They accuse the Houthi of receiving Iranian support. There is zero evidence for that claim.

The war and the coalition have failed -by Moon of Alabama =

5.6.2017 – Pravda (* A P)

Breaking ties with Qatar: A strange Arab conflict

Pravda.Ru requested a commentary on the subject from Boris Dolgov, senior researcher at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, candidate of historical sciences.

"First of all, it must be said that disagreements, even confrontations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have existed before for a long time. These are Islamic ideological differences, because Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saudi Arabia adheres to the Wahhabi ideology in its interpretation of Islamic dogma.

"Speaking of politics, Qatar was supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere. Presently, as is known, the Muslim Brotherhood proceeded to terrorist actions in Egypt. Qatar continues supporting them, albeit covertly. In Syria, Qatar also supports Islamist groups that stick to the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Saudi Arabia also supports Islamist groups, but the ones that do not stick to the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. There were incidents in Saudi Arabia when members of the Muslim Brotherhood would be arrested and accused of acting against the security of the country. This is happening in Bahrain now as well.

"This is an old conflict that has now aggravated. I do not think that it will dramatically change the state of affairs in the Middle East, because these contradictions have existed before. Nothing is going to change considerably in the military situation in the Middle East either.

"Diplomatically, the decision to break off diplomatic ties is very important, given the fact that Qatar is a member of the Council of Cooperation of the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. This will have a very significant economic and political influence." -

5.6.2017 – Egypt Independent (A P)

Yemen, Libya follow four Arab countries in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar

Meanwhile, Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed al-Dyeri said his government took the same decision due to frequent assaults from the Qatari government against the Libyan people.

He added that this boycott also shows solidarity with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE — these countries decided to cut relations with Qatar on Monday a dawn, considering it a state that sponsors terrorism.

My comment: From the Libyan point of view, this could have been a reasonable decision – but in 2011 already, as at least since that time Qatar had supported terrorists in Libya. But it's odd when Libya does it now – following Saudi Arabia, which had sponsored terrorists in Libya as well. Thus, if Libya really would break diplomatic relations to those who had sponsored terrorism in Liby, they should cut diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia as well – and with the UK also.

5.6.2017 – AP (A P)


5 p.m.

An Iranian official says his country can export food to Qatar by sea, as Saudi Arabia and three other nations move to isolate the gas-rich nation after severing diplomatic ties and accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Qatar relies on food trucked in from Saudi Arabia across its sole land border. Al-Jazeera reported that trucks carrying food for Qatar are now lining up across the border, unable to enter the country.

4:30 p.m.

Iran says rising tensions among its Arab Gulf neighbors threaten the interests of everyone in the region and has called for "political and peaceful methods" to resolve the crisis.

4:15 p.m.

Maldives has announced it is severing diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups.

It joined Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday and began withdrawing its diplomatic staff.

4:10 p.m.

Egypt's foreign ministry says it has given the Qatari ambassador in Cairo 48 hours to leave the country and ordered its own envoy in Doha to return home, also within two days.

3:50 p.m.

Following suit, one of Libya's three rival governments has announced cutting diplomatic relations with Qatar, after four Arab countries severed ties.

3:40 p.m.

Turkey has voiced its "sadness" over the Gulf Arab states dispute with Qatar and said it was willing to work to normalize ties.

2:30 p.m.

Al-Jazeera is reporting that trucks carrying food for Qatar are now lining up across the border in Saudi Arabia, unable to enter the country amid a diplomatic row between it and Arab nations.

1:15 p.m.

The head of Iran's influential parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy says the differences between Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the result of U.S. President Donald Trump's recent visit to the region

and more

5.6.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Qatar diplomatic crisis: All the latest updates

5.6.2017 – ZDF heute (** A P)

Nachbarländer brechen Kontakt zu Katar ab

Die Nachbarstaaten Katars haben überraschend ihre diplomatischen Beziehungen zu dem Wüstenstaat gestoppt. Katars Diplomaten sollen ausreisen. Zusätzlich zog auch Ägypten Konsequenzen. Der Vorwurf: Katar unterstütze Terroristen.

Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, Bahrain und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate haben ihre diplomatischen Beziehungen zum Emirat Katar überraschend abgebrochen. Saudi-Arabien schloss zudem die Grenzen zu dem Nachbarland, "um die nationale Sicherheit vor Gefahren durch Terrorismus und Extremismus zu schützen", wie die amtliche Nachrichtenagentur SPA berichtete.

Das ägyptische Außenministerium warf Katar vor, "Terrorismus" zu unterstützen und schloss alle Häfen und Flughäfen für Schiffe und Maschinen aus dem Emirat. Die Länder stoßen sich daran, dass Katardie islamistische Muslimbruderschaft fördert. Außerdem wird der Golfstaat beschuldigt, Pläne des Erzrivalen Iran zu unterstützen.

In einer Erklärung der staatlichen saudiarabischen Nachrichtenagentur hieß es, Katarverbreite die Botschaften zahlreicher Terrorgruppen über seine Medien. Dazu zählten neben der Muslimbruderschaft auch Al-Kaida und die Extremistenmiliz Islamischer Staat (IS). Damit solle die Stabilität in der Region gestört werden.

Auch die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition, die seit März 2015 Luftangriffe auf mutmaßliche Stellungen von Aufständischen im Jemen fliegt, schloss Katar aus. Grund dafür sei die Unterstützung des Emirats von "terroristischen Organisationen im Jemen", hieß es in einer Erklärung.

Das bahrainische Außenministerium teilte mit, innerhalb der kommenden 48 Stunden müssten alle Diplomaten Katars das Land verlassen. Darüber hieß es aus Katars Nachbarländern: Bürger aus Katarhätten nun zwei Wochen Zeit, aus den drei anderen Golfstaaten auszureisen. und von RT: und von Neues Deutschland:

Mein Kommentar: Die Vorwürfe, dass Katar den Terorismus unterstützt, sind vollkommen berechtigt. Nur: Saudi-Arabien und auch die Emirate unterstützen den Terrorismus genauso.

5.6.2017 – Epoch Times (* A P)

Terrorismus-Vorwürfe: Vier Länder brechen alle Beziehungen zu Katar ab

US-Außenminister Rex Tillerson rief die Golfstaaten auf, ihren Streit beizulegen. Er ermuntere die Beteiligten, sich an einen Tisch zu setzen „und die Differenzen anzusprechen“, sagte Tillerson in Sydney. Es sei wichtig, dass der Golf-Kooperationsrat „geeint bleibe“.

4.6.2017 – AFP (A P)

Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen expels Qatar: statement

Comments by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Great! #Yemenbombed into oblivion bcz of "Iran", we'll now probably be nuked bcz of Qatar "support for Houthis, AQ, ISIS, MB,.." everyone?

So Islah party, #Yemenvice president, noble laureate Tawakol, and whole Brady Muslim Brotherhood Bunch outlawed now? Many guillotines set.

5.6.2017 – Haykal Bafana (* A P)

Note : ALL these mutual accusations between Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia about supporting terrorists will ALL be factually correct.

5.6.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain break diplomatic ties with Qatar over 'terrorism'

Saudi Arabia said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as extremism, reasoning that was echoed by Bahrain

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, in the region’s most serious diplomatic crisis in years.

Saudi Arabia on Monday said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as terrorism and extremism. The kingdom also pulled all Qatari troops from the coalition fighting the ongoing war in Yemen.

The official state news agency, citing an official source, said Saudi Arabia had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar “proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.

Saudi Arabia cut all land air and sea contacts with Qatar “and urges all brotherly countries and companies to do the same.”

Bahrain’s foreign affairs ministry issued a statement early Monday saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital of Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.

The ministry’s statement said Qatari citizens needed to leave Bahrain within two weeks and that air and sea traffic between the two countries would be halted.

Bahrain blamed Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain” for its decision.

The UAE’s state news agency WAM reported the Emirates cut ties and gave diplomats 48 hours to leave the country, citing their “support, funding and embrace of terrorist, extremist and sectarian organisations”. and by the Nation and by Al Araby: and by Reuters,

And the explanation is as follows:

5.6.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A P)

Reasons why Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar on Monday morning, following a spat in diplomatic rift in the Gulf region in recent weeks.

Saudi Arabia

According to the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia has taken this decision as a result of “ serious and systematic violations committed by the authorities in Doha over the past years with the aim of creating strife among Saudi internal ranks, undermining its sovereignty and embracing various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region.”

Among the extremist groups Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of supporting and harboring were the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaeda, by means incitement through its media channels.

“Qatar has also supported the activities of the Iranian-backed terrorist groups in the Qatif province of Saudi Arabia and in neighboring Kingdom of Bahrain. It has also financed, adopted and is harboring extremists who seek to destabilize unity at home and abroad. It has used the media that seeks to fan internal strife. Saudi Arabia has also been made aware that authorities in Doha have supported Houthi militias even after the declaration of the coalition to support the legitimate government in Yemen,” the statement added.


In a statement, the UAE announced its full support for the Saudi stance towards Qatar, saying the Gulf state has threatened stability and security in the region, and has manipulated and shirked responsibilities and agreements made with the Gulf states.

Closing of borders

Saudi Arabia has closed air, land and sea borders with Qatar. The UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have closed both air and sea borders with Qatar. Also, the Arab coalition has said it has suspended Qatar’s participation in all efforts to restore legitimacy in Yemen.

The coalition said it severed all ties with Qatar given the latter’s dealings with militias and its support of al-Qaeda and ISIS as reasons behind the decision, a statement read.

My comment: All the mutual accusations of supporting terrorism – those from Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar AND VICE VERSA certainly ALL ARE TRUE.

And these are the reactions by Qatar (following articles):

5.6.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Qatar: 'No justification' for cutting diplomatic ties

Arab countries' decisions led by Saudi Arabia are founded on 'baseless' allegations, Qatar foreign ministry says.

Reacting to the fallout, Qatar explained that the decision was in "violation of its sovereignty", vowing to its citizens and hundreds of thousands of residents that the measures would not affect them.

"The measures are unjustified and are based on claims and allegations that have no basis in fact," the statement said, adding that the decisions would "not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents.

"The aim is clear, and it is to impose guardianship on the state. This by itself is a violation of its [Qatar's] sovereignty as a state," it added.

Remark. With a situation overview.

5.6.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Gulf diplomatic crisis: Qatar's reaction in full

Read Qatar's full response to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cutting diplomatic relations.

The following statement was posted online in Arabic by the Qatari foreign ministry on Monday.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar expressed its deep regret and surprise at the decisions by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain to close their borders and airspace, and sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, bearing in mind that these measures are unjustified and based on false claims and assumptions.

The State of Qatar has been subjected to a campaign of lies that have reached the point of complete fabrication. It reveals a hidden plan to undermine the State of Qatar.

Qatar is an active member of the Gulf Cooperation Council and is fully committed to its charter. Qatar respects the sovereignty of other nations and does not interfere in their internal affairs, and it has fulfilled its role in fighting terrorism and extremism.

It is clear that the media campaign of fabrications has failed to sway public opinion in the region, and among Gulf countries in particular, and this explains the continued escalation against Qatar.

That reasons were fabricated in order to take action against a brotherly GCC nation is clear evidence that there is no legitimate justification for such measures [...]

5.6.2017 – Doha News (A E P)

Qatar residents rush to stock up on food after border closed

As a peninsula that neighbors Saudi Arabia, Qatar relies heavily on its only land border to access food, as well as raw materials for its numerous mega infrastructure projects.

4.6.2017 – Haykal Bafana (* A P)

GCC update : Bahrain closes airspace & maritime waters to all traffic from fellow GCC member Qatar.

GCC update : Bahrain says it will be cutting off all ties with Qatar, blah blah blah.....

GCC Update : Flash now on @AlArabiya- Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain & Egypt have severed all relations with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia : All Qatari nationals must leave KSA within 14 days. UAE : Citizens banned from staying in, visiting or transit thru Qatar.

Flash on Saudi @AlArabiya: #UAEgives #Qatarambassador & diplomats 48 hours to leave.

5.6.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Qatar diplomatic crisis: How it affects air travel

Major airlines have suspended travel to and from Qatar amid diplomatic row - here are the details.

5.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Qatar airlines using Iranian air space after relations cut with Saudi Arabia, neighbors. (map)

5.6.2017 – AP (A P)

The Latest: Etihad airline suspends flights to Qatar

The Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad says it is suspending flights to Qatar amid a growing diplomatic rift.

Etihad said on its website Monday its last flights “until further notice” would leave early Tuesday morning.

Etihad gave no reason for the decision. It is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates.

4.6.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Breaking: leading political satirist & leaker says he has #Saudidocs planing Saudi creating #Qatariopposition referring to

4.6.2017 – Shuaib Almosawa (A P)

And Qatar role in the Saudi led coalition on Yemen to be ended for "collaboration with the militias"- that's Houthi / Saleh alliance

3.6.2017 – Reuters (A K P)

Qatar says six of its soldiers wounded on Saudi-Yemeni border

Qatar said on Saturday that six of its soldiers were wounded on the Saudi border with Yemen while serving in a Saudi-led military coalition fighting against the Iran-aligned Houthi group.

Qatar's defense ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency QNA that the six were injured "while conducting their duties within the Qatari contingent defending the southern borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Qatar and some of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members are currently embroiled in a dispute over purported remarks by the Qatari emir in which he is alleged to have criticized their policies and called for better ties with arch-foe Iran.

My comment: Qatar helping to defend the Saudi southern border, so Saudi Arabia can spare its own men – and Saudi Arabia badly slamming Qatar at the same moment.

3.6.2017 – Doha News (B P)

Qatar ranked the most peaceful country in MENA for ninth year in a row

Qatar has held steady as the region’s most peaceful country for the ninth year running, according to the latest edition of the Global Peace Index.

And for the first time in four years, its score improved, instead of falling.

However, the region as a whole got worse, according to index authors, the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Qatar ranked 30th out of 163 countries, up from 34th last year and among the most improved nations in the report.

It was also the only Arab nation to make the top 50 list. - by SHABINA S. KHATRI

My comment: By a Qatari media.

2.6.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

The UAE and Saudi Arabia continue deeply buggering each other in Yemen, while ganging up in a lunatic hysteria against Qatar on Iran.

This "Qatar loves Iran" led by Saudi Arabia goes on even as the UAE's economy continues much business with Iran, as does Oman & Kuwait.

3.6.2017 – The National UAE (A P T)
Qatar should stop funding terrorism, says leading opposition figure

My comment: A piece of Emirati propaganda against Qatar. Funny: The Emirati media praise a Qatari oppositional figure here, while any opposition in the Emirates is oppressed. - This man wants to found an opposition party in Qatar? Try the same in the Emirates abd look what happens.

2.6.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

These are the most prominent Qataris accused of financing terrorism

A few days ago, leader of the Libyan Combat Front Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam pointed fingers at Qatar and blamed it for arming armed militias in Libya, describing the move as a reflection of its unbalanced policy toward Libya.

Not only did this accusation come from the Libyan combat leader, but also from many figures and associations who have accused Doha of financing terrorist organizations in recent years. On Wednesday, the National Human Rights Commission in Libya urged the International Criminal Court and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to call for a comprehensive international investigation into Qatar’s political interference in Libya’s internal affairs. They have also urged authorities to look into the financial and military support by the State of Qatar to extremist groups in Libya through Qatari nationals.

Some of the most notable Qataris who have financed terrorists abroad are:

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Sublime irony, and grand hypocrisy. | #Saudi@AlArabiya_Eng: The most prominent Qataris accused of financing terror

My comment: Bafana is right. This article by a Saudi media is a bad joke, as Saudi Arabia is an even greater sponsor of terrorism.

While Qatar stresses its support for Yemen:

1.6.2017 – Gulf Times (A H P)

QRCS backs Al Thawrah Health Complex in Yemen for six months

Qatar Red Crescent’s (QRCS) mission in Yemen has commenced the operation of Al-Thawrah Health Complex in Al Thawrah District, Amanat Al Asemah, in co-operation with Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health & Population (MoPHP). The six-month project will cost $126,200, or nearly QR460,000, and is funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), QRCS has said in a press statement.

1.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

Saudi lobbyist 'threatens' Qatari emir with same fate as Egypt's Morsi

President of Washington-based Saudi lobbyist group 'reminds' Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of fate of Mohamed Morsi

The president of a US-based Saudi lobbyist group stated on Twitter that the emir of Qatar's alleged support of Iran and "insults" against Riyadh could see him suffer the same fate as Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi.

Salman al-Ansari, of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), sparked outrage by saying: "To the Emir of Qatar: regarding your taking the side of the extremist Iranian government, and your insulting of the custodian of the two holy mosques.

"I want to remind you that Mohamed Morsi did the same thing and ended up isolated and imprisoned." - by Nadine Dahan

My comment: Another regime change, Saudi style, showing up?

cp12b Emirate: E-mails des Botschafters / Emirates: Ambassador's e-mails

These e-mails also are imprtant for the Qatar crisis (cp12a), as they show one aspect of how the assault against Qatar was planned

3.6.2017 – Huffington Post (* A P)

Someone Is Using These Leaked Emails To Embarrass Washington’s Most Powerful Ambassador

HuffPost confirmed eight inflammatory D.C. insider email exchanges, including between Yousef Al Otaiba and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

A mysterious source contacted multiple news outlets this week to share emails between the influential ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Yousef Al Otaiba, and top figures in the American foreign policy community, including former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Behind the scenes, Otaiba ― an extremely powerful figure in Washington, D.C., who is reportedly in “in almost constant phone and email contact,” with Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law ― is seen pushing for the U.S. to close down its military base in Qatar and otherwise poking at issues that could drive a wedge between the U.S. and that Arab nation. He also says that his country’s de facto ruler is supportive of a wave of anti-Qatar criticism in the U.S. that the Gulf state last month called a smear campaign.

The anonymous leakers told HuffPost they sought to expose the UAE’s efforts to manipulate the U.S. government, and denied any allegiance to Qatar or any other government.

Regardless of the leakers’ intent, the revelations promise to heighten tensions between the two U.S. allies. If the UAE succeeds in damaging America’s decades-old partnership with Qatar, the result could dramatically undermine U.S. goals in the Middle East. The two American allies’ escalating rivalry could worsen conflict in war zones where they support different proxy forces – by Akbar Shahid Ahmed

and some mails here: and

2.6.2017 – Daily Beast (* A P)

Hackers Vow to Release Apparent Trove of U.A.E. Ambassador’s Emails

The hackers are offering a sample of alleged messages they claim demonstrate “how a small rich country/company used lobbyists to hurt American interests and those of it allies.”

A hacker group calling itself “GlobalLeaks” has begun distributing hacked emails stolen from the inbox of Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States and a man credited for cementing America’s close alliance with the U.A.E. in the war on ISIS.

The hackers reached out to The Daily Beast in email this week to offer a sample of the messages they claimed demonstrated “how a small rich country/company used lobbyists to hurt American interests and those of it allies.” The leaks, they said, “reveal how million of dollars were used to hurt reputation of American allies and cause policy change.” The leakers said they plan to publish the material themselves on Saturday.

The sample is comprised of 55 pages of documents that appear to have been printed out and recaptured by a digital camera. The leakers claimed the documents had been provided to them by a paid whistleblower embedded in a Washington, D.C., lobbyist group, though it’s clear from even a cursory examination that they were printed out from Al Otaiba’s Hotmail account. The earliest message in the sample dates to 2014, and the most recent is from last month.

Al Otaiba is a recognizable figure in D.C.’s diplomatic circles, who has been called “the most charming man in Washington,” so the full tranche of emails in the hackers’ possession is sure to include friendly exchanges between the ambassador and a raft of movers and shakers inside the Beltway.

The excerpts provided to The Daily Beast include several emails between Al Otaiba and former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who’s now a principal at RiceHadleyGates, an influential Washington consulting firm that counts companies like ExxonMobil as clients.

Whatever the leak is meant to accomplish—a distraction, perhaps, from weightier issues involving President Donald Trump and Russia—its contents fall short of the explosive revelations hinted at in the cover letter. Beyond the Gates emails, they include notes from an symposium on Islamic extremism, a proposed agenda for an upcoming meeting with the hawkish Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a note on the U.A.E.’s move to impose a tax on sugary soft drinks – by Kevin Poulsen

3.6.2017 – The Intercept (* A P)


THE EMAILS PROVIDED so far to the The Intercept show a growing relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the pro-Israel, neoconservative think tank called the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

On the surface, the alliance should be surprising, as the UAE does not even recognize Israel. But the two countries have worked together in the past against their common adversary, Iran.

On March 10 of this year, FDD CEO Mark Dubowitz authored an email to both the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al-Otaiba, and FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah — a former deputy national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney — with the subject line “Target list of companies investing in Iran, UAE and Saudi Arabia.”

“Dear, Mr. Ambassador,” Dubowitz wrote. “The attached memorandum details companies listed by country which are doing business with Iran and also have business with the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This is a target list for putting these companies to a choice, as we have discussed.”

FDD has been involved in shaping Mideast policy debate during the Trump administration, so it is likely that the UAE views it as an important conduit to pressure Trump to adopt its more hawkish line on Iran. David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the organization, was quoted last month as saying that the UAE is “ecstatic” about the Trump administration’s approach to the region.

“They have been looking for some time for an American partner to push-back against Iran,” he told “They are looking for America to turn rhetoric into action.”

Otaiba has also developed a close relationship with President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner – by Zaid Jilani and Ryan Grim

1.9.2016 – Al-Bab (* B P)

Qatar’s Christian crusaders

while there have often been complaints about Qatar’s support for militant Muslims its dubious links with non-Muslim religious groups have largely gone unnoticed.

Over the last decade Qatar has been working quietly with socially-conservative elements in the west to promote "traditional" ideas of family life. In doing so it has readily joined forces with Mormons and the more reactionary parts of the Roman Catholic church. It has also helped fund a right-wing think tank set up by a former leader of Britain's Conservative Party – by Brian Whitaker =

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

5.6.2017 – Sputnik News (A K P)

US State Department Oks $662 million sale of radar systems to Saudi Arabia

"Saudi Arabia intends to use these radars to support its border security requirements and modernize its armed forces with a more current capability to locate and counter the source of incoming ballistic artillery, rockets, and mortars," the release stated.


5.6.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

U.S. State Department approved a $662 million possible FMS to #SaudiArabiafor (26) AN/TPQ-53(V) radar systems and related support (document)

5.6.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

U.S. State Department approved a $750 million possible FMS to the Royal #SaudiAir Force for a blanket order training program (documrnt)

4.6.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

#SaudiNational Guard 1st Aviation Brig at Khashm Al-Aan receives the 1st batch of #BoeingAH-6SA Little Birds (photos)

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

13.3.2017 – Al Masirah TV (B H)
Film: The suffering of the displaced in Al-Mangoura camp in Abes under the pretext of aggression in its third year

Five Thousand people from the various border directorates and the northern governorates of the displaced are living here in the displaced camp in Mansoura. Directorate # Abs Absent tents taken by the displaced families The shelter does not protect the heat of the sun in light of the high temperature with the entry of summer and does not prevent rain showers when it is wet.
The life of misery and deprivation surrounds the afflicted camp and its inhabitants, while some live in the open, vulnerable to disease and famine, with the low level of care and support alleged by the humanitarian organizations, but only a few mortal remains.

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

2.6.2017 – Critical Threats (* A E P)

Yemen Security Brief

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government claimed that a plane carrying “tens of billions” of Yemeni riyalsprinted in Russia arrived at Aden International Airport on June 1. The Hadi government stated that it will use the money to pay salaries. It reported on a similar shipment on January 6 but did not pay salaries at that time. The Hadi government and al Houthi-Salehbloc have not paid public sector salaries for roughly nine months.[1]

2.6.2017 – Yemen Press (A E P)

The Arrival of a New Batch of Printed Currency in Russia to Aden

On Thursday 1st of June 2017, a plane landed at Aden International Airport carrying tens of billions of riyals.

According to Aden Times sources, the planes carries a new batch of Yemeni currency printed in Russia, amounting to 400 billion Yemeni riyals.

To be mentioned, earlier two batches of local currency reached there, amid the temporization of the government of the Traitor Hadi and non-payment of staff salaries and after the central bank moved to Aden in September last year.

My comment: Nothing of it will reach Northern Yemen.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

5.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

AQAP militants attacked al Houthi-Saleh forces in central Yemen on June 5. AQAP militants ambushed the al Houthi-Saleh troops near a security headquarters in Quraishi district, northwestern al Bayda governorate. AQAP and ISIS Wilayat al Bayda cooperate on a tactical level against al Houthi-Saleh forces in central Yemen.[5]

5.6.2017 – Khabar Agency (* A T)

The Islamic State Organization (Dahesh) in the state of al-Baidah in Yemen issued new pictures of military training for its members in a special camp in the Qayfa area of ​​Al-Bayda governorate.

The pictures show the elements of the organization are trained on sniping and shooting on various terrain between the mountains and trees and lake water, which reveals the acquisition of elements of different military skills.

The pictures also show many masked "Da'ash" fighters dressed in uniform during combat training and acquiring modern snipers and weapons.

The news agency "Khabar" earlier received information from tribal sources and local residents of the arrival of foreign elements of the organization, "Daash," to a tribal area in the middle of the provinces of Marib and Al bayda in eastern Yemen.

The sources explained at the time that elements of Arab and foreign nationalities, flowing with their families to the area of ​​Nkla in the province of Al Bayda, through the neighboring province of Abyan (photos) and in translation:

My comment: Where do they come from? Did nobody stop them to get there? The „Saudi coalition“ seems not to care.

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy: Here's a question, where is the Islamic State getting uniforms & sniper guns from? Though available, expensive & hard to come by in #Yemen


In pictures: ISIS training snipers for attacks in Yemen

Pictures show nine graduates of a sniper training programm in Qifah area, equipped with sniper rifles and ghillie suits.

Al Bayda, though mostly controlled by Houthis and Yemen’s Sana’a based Popular Committee, has recently seen an increase of Al Qaeda and ISIS led aussaults against the Yemenite forces. Imagesof previous attacks indicate that especially ISIS uses a widespread underground network for it’s operations in the region.

and also

4.6.2017 – Terror Monitor (* A T)

Publication of the organization of the # Islamic_State pictures training course for snipers for its elements in the region of Qayfa, Al Bayda province

2.6.2017 – Critical Threats (* A K T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP) militants attacked al Houthi-Saleh forces in Taizcity, central Yemen on May 31. AQAP snipers killed al Houthi-Saleh troops guarding a military camp near the Presidential Palace and al Salal hill in eastern Taiz city. AQAP acknowledged an attack in Taiz for the first time since November 2016, though AQAP militants have fought in Taiz throughout the intervening period. AQAP militants fight alongside the Abu Abbas brigade, a Salafi militia backed by the Saudi-led coalition that is leading an offensive to seize the Presidential Palace and surrounding area from al Houthi-Saleh forces.[2]

My comment: This of course is not mentioned by pro-Hadi / pro-Saudis sources praising „successes“ against the Houthis at Taiz. Look at YPR 306, cp17.

2.6.2017 – Critical Threats (* A K T)

Yemen Security Brief

AQAP released a five-minute video about a May 10 suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack on a Hadhrami Elite Forces base in Daw’an district, Hadramawtgovernorate, eastern Yemen. AQAP characterized the attack as revenge for crimes committed by the Hadhrami Elite Forces and framed the operation as the start of a “new phase” of AQAP’s fight against Emirati-backed forces in Hadramawt governorate.[3]

cp15 Propaganda

5.6.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemeni officials demand UN to help open besieged ports

Yemeni officials always demand the United Nations to pressure the Houthi-Saleh militias in order to end their blockades on Yemeni ports and airports.

On Saturday, Minister of Local Administration Abduraqeeb Fatah demanded the UN to put pressures on the militias to end their siege on ports and airports of Hodeidah and Taiz.

He said that the open of these ports and airports will help deliver relief and assistances to needy people and displaced persons in different Yemeni governorates.

He said that a child dies every eight hours Hodeidah due to the lack of medicines, appealing to all human rights organizations to end their silence and put pressures on the militias to open ports, airports and roads.

My comment: What a stupid propaganda. Hodeida port is not „besiegd“ or „blocked“ by the Houthis – they simply hold it. It's the Saudi coalition who blocks this port since more than 2 years – and since months they prepare to besiege it. And it is the Saudi coalation who block all passenger and all commercial air connections to Sanaa airport since almost a year now.

4.6.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemeni CSOs slam briefing presented to UN Security Council

Over 25 civil society organizations have slammed what they called the bias of a briefing presented on Tuesday by Mwatana Organizations for Human Rights before the United Nations Security Council on Yemen's situation.

The organizations reiterated that Mwatana's briefing was biased, signaling out that it ignored gross crimes committed by the Houthi-Saleh militias

My comment: Pro-Saudi anti-propaganda. The statement of the Mwatana spokesperson at YPR 306, cp1. - Mwatana covers human rights violations by ALL parties in the conflict, thus this statement by „Over 25 civil society organizations“ (which ever these should be) is void. Saudi propaganda reacts quite thin-skinned when Saudi war crimes in Yemen are mentioned.

3.6.2017 – Arab News (A P)

King Salman named ‘Islamic Personality of the Year’

King Salman has been named the “Islamic Personality of the Year 2017” by the organizing committee of the high-profile Dubai International Holy Qu’ran Award (DIHQA). The honor was announced at a crowded press conference on Friday in Dubai.
It was conferred in recognition of King Salman’s services to Islam and Muslim causes in particular, as well as for his efforts to restore peace and security across the world.

Commenting on the honor, the well-known Saudi Islamic scholar Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan told Arab News that it was not a surprising that King Salman had been honored with such an award.
“King Salman has become a hero of all Muslims around the world and a symbol of freedom and prosperity… I sincerely feel proud to be a citizen of Saudi Arabia,” said Al-Hassan, who is also an author and TV anchor.

My comment: LOL, LOL, LOL.

2.6.2017 – Gulf News (A H P)

The world needs to stand by Yemen

Charity work done by the UAE and Emirates Red Crescent in the war-torn country is commendable

Since the outbreak of war in Yemen, Emirates Red Crescent Society has been one of the main organisations lending humanitarian care to Yemen, and with the recent spread of cholera, the group has partnered with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prevent further spread of the disease and to contain it.

Comment: UAE propaganda, Ramadan style. If, as stated by the article, Muslims need to stick together during the holy month of Ramadan, there is no reason why UAE and Coalition should be bombing and sieging #Yemen

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

5.6.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

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

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4.6.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabiaand its alliance in #Yemen 3 June 2017 (full list):

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3.6.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabiaand its alliance in #Yemen 2 June 2017 (full list):

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.6.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabiaand its alliance in #Yemen1 June 2017 (full list):

6.6.2017 – Sanaa in the morning

#Saudi air strike targeted Alnahdeen mountain #Sanaa

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5.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression warplanes launch 6 strikes on capital

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched six strikes on the capital Sanaa early on Monday, an official told Saba.
The strikes targeted Nahdayn mountains in Sabeen district, causing damages to several houses of the residents.

5.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (A K PH)

Saudi jets in heaviest Ramadan bombing of Yemen

Saudi warplanes have carried out the kingdom’s heaviest bombardment of the Yemeni soil since the onset of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, targeting the vicinity of the Presidential Palace in the capital Sana’a.

The aircraft pounded al-Nahdain Mountain in the south of the city five times early Monday, Yemen’s official Saba’ Net news agency reported. The strikes destroyed several residential buildings and inflicted other material damage, but there was no immediate word on possible casualties.

5.6.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A K PH)

Witnesses living close to Presidential Palace in #Sanaaconfirm 20 missiles were launched last night

Heavy airstriles shook #Sanaalast night hitting the presidential palace in Al-Nahdain.
Aircrafts are still hovering madly and on low altitude and it has been going on for days indicating that the air raids on Sana'a and the governorate of Saadah are intensifying..
What is happening is a result of the severe blows Saudis received lately from the Yemeni army in Saudi territory of Najran. Jizan and Asseer. 2q2

4.-5-6.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K PH)

Goal clearly to terrify civilians. No other explanation for jets screaming thru sky at low altitude & criss crossing over Sana'a for an hour

Bugger! Massive explosion from an airstrike in Sana'a now. Fighter jets screaming at low altitude nerve-racking.

# Sanaa raid of the Saudi air force on Mount Nahdeen ALAsbhi area. 2:09 am 5/6/2017

Violent explosion shakes #Sanaa

Few minutes ago. .. sana'a s still under airstrikes. The city is shaking violently. God help us, what a night! ! (photo)

Yet another airstrike now. Jets menacingly howling thru sky interrupted by ground shaking explosions of bombs dropped now ..horrific.

Relentless bombardment of Sana'a. Explosion from airstrike now knocked my windows open and made my kids whelp in pure terror.

Now in capital Sana'a, #Yemen(1am) : a massive blast heard in southern part of the city as Saudi fighter jets are flying over the sky.

Another airstrike by Saudi just heard in southern part of capital Sana, Yemen. Fighter jets are flying very low now.

Footage purportedly showing the moment Saudi airstrike hit southern part of capital Sana'a, #Yemen. posted by

Hour ago and now sana'a capital of #Yemen raining missiles in all hatred by warplanes Saudi and support to the #US & the United nations (photo)

4:53 am Sana'a time, Saudi Jets are Hovering again above Sana'a

5.6.2017 – Saudi War crimes (A K PH)

3 civilian farmers killed when Saudi airstrikes attacked a family farm today in Baqim, #Yemenregion Saada. (photos)

5.6.2017 – Saba Net ( K PH)

Aggression warplanes launch 3 strikes on Marib

5.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression warplanes launch strike on Dhamar

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched a strikes on Dhamar city early on Monday, an official told Saba.
The strike targeted Harran area, causing damages to several houses of the residents.

and how the other side reports it:

5.6.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Arab Coalition bombs weapon depots in Dhamar

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition has bombed weapon depots in a military camp located in the city of Dhamar.

The Houthi-Saleh militias use Dhamar as a military zone to launch its operations against Taiz, Hodeidah, al-Bayda and other areas.

4.-5-6.2017 – Dhamar at night (A K PH)

Almost 1 am in #Yemen
War planes hovering over #Dhamar

#Saudijets are hovering low over my city Dhamar now .#YemenWhat are they going to bombard now ? Children r sleeping now

Booom now . big explosion rocks my home #Dhamarcity #YemenMy brothers woke up again today

4.-5-6.2017 – Yemen at night (A K)

3 airstrikes by Saudi-led co. in Alkhukha #Hodeida, 7 airstrikes in Kataf & Baqam #Saadaand 5 airstrikes in Muzie #Taizin the past hours

4.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A K PH)

Saudi jets hit Yemen's cholera treatment center

As Yemen is struggling with a cholera epidemic, Saudi warplanes have reportedly stricken a health center treating cholera patients in the impoverished country’s extreme northwest.

The attack killed and injured a number of people at the facility in the Sa’ada Province, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported, citing the province’s health authority. and photos = =

and films: =


4.6.2017 – Tasnim News (* A K PH)

Saudi Fighter Jets Bombard Yemeni Medical Center The Saudi regime, in yet another attack against Yemeni civilians, mounted an airstrike on a medical center treating cholera patients in the northwestern province of Sa'ada, as the Arabian Peninsula country is suffering a cholera epidemic.

A number of people were injured in the airstrike hitting the medical center in Qahza on Saturday night, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network quoted a statement issued by health authorities in the province as saying.

The attack by the Saudi-led coalition also damaged the building and medical equipment, forcing the medical center to halt its treatment activities, according to the statement.

4.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression warplanes wages 9 strikes on Saada

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched nine airstrikes on several areas of Saada province overnight, a security official told Saba on Monday.

3.-4.6.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

War planes are still hovering the skies of #Sanaa. Have not stopped since dawn

4.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression warplanes hit Dhamar

US-Saudi aggression warplanes targeted Guards School in downtown Dhamar city early on Sunday.
The airstrikes left damages to several nearby houses.

3.-4.6.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary, Dhamar at night (A K)

#Saudi jets are around my city Dhamar now #Yemen it is hovering so low

Oh my god , children are crying now It is a really big explosion rocks our windows home and broke some of them .

#SaudiJets are coming back now and booom now , womens r getting out from their homes , I got out too .

My brothers woke up afraid of #Saudibombardment on my city Dhamar now .windows are broken and they are so scared . God save us (photos)

My young brother is 3 years old , he said that he doesn't want to die ,he wants to sleep (photos)

Shrapnels from yesterday's tocket ,I found them on the roof of home I am happy,because no one got hurt n my neighborhood Dhamar city #Yemen (photo)

3.6.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

Ten Airstrikes on Saada and Taiz

3.6.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

Terrifying screeching of coalition's fighter jets,scorching #Sanaa's sky since y'day, targeted several locations.3 huge explosions!

his is WHERE US-Saudi war criminals bombed today in Yemeni capital Sanaa ! (photos)

2 explosions now - both on Nahdayn mountain in Sabaeen district.

2.-3-6.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

Past midnight in #Sanaa Skies are filled with war planes

3.6.2017 – I4Yemen (A K PH)

At 4:30 pm yesterday #Saudiaggression fighter jets bombard the #Choleratreatment center in #Saadaprovince

2.6.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

#Saudi air strikes for 800 days on Harad area #Haja city has turned it into a "ghost city" Today it was bombard by 17 air strikes #Yemen

4.6.2017 – Yamanyoon (* A K PH)

In Attan 13 of Sheep died after Eating Plants Sheep died after a few hours of eating plants in Atan area, which was targeted by banned bombs, which revealed the results of the investigation of specialists with poison and chemicals after the area was subjected to continuous shelling of prohibited weapons by the alliance warplanes during the past period. While a shepherds graze his sheep, and after only a few hours, the shepherd is surprised by the collective death of his 13 cattle, which is bloated after eating the plant of Atan region. A team of biologists and chemists from the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Defense took a committee to the location of the incident to take samples of the plant, which specialists confirmed combined with toxic substances. Director of the Executive Center for dealing with mines in the capital confirmed that the results of the investigation confirms the use of aggression prohibited weapons thrown on the area of Atan and caused poisoning plant, considering it a war crime committed by the aggression against the land and the Yemeni citizen. and photos: and also

and film:

29.5.2017 – Yemen Press (A K PH)

US-Saudi War Crimes Continue in Ramadan: 4 Killed and 2 Wounded (PHOTOS)

The warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition perpetrated another war crime on Sunday night in Mawza’a district.

The airstrike rocked the district and resulted in a total of 6 victims, killed and wounded following another crime that killed two in the same district, local source reported to YemenPress.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

4.6.2017 – Yamanyoon (A K PH)

At least 380 of Sudanese _Paid Killing in Medi A military source said that, at least 136 Sudanese soldiers were killed in Medi desert, while 244 wounded, and dozens of military vehicles belonging to the alliance had destroyed the.

My comment: Certainly, exaggerated figures.

3.6.2017 – AlMasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: What the invaders did within six hours of the burning of plowing in Midi before their expulsion

3.6.2017 – Mohammed Al Qadhi (A K)

Film: Sniper bullet destroys the life of Ahmed al-Barihi, a resident of the neighborhood of Damina west of # Taiz

5.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

Militias aligned with President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’sgovernment seized Tashrifat military base in eastern Taiz city on June 5 after entering the base on June 2. Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s Republican Guard forces used Tashrifat as a primary coordination center for operations in Taiz. The Abu Abbas brigade, a militia backed by the Saudi-led coalition that has connections to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP), is leading an offensive to seize the Presidential Palace adjacent to Tashrifat military base. AQAP has claimed activity as part of this offensive.[3]

4.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Pro-government forces attack Houthis east of Taiz

The pro-government forces and Popular Resistance on Saturday launched an attack on the locations of the Houthi militants in the Kalaba area and the Special Security Forces camp east of Taiz city, southwestern Yemen,

3.6.2017 – Mohammed Al Qadhi (A K)

Film: Report today: the battle map in the camp and the presidential palace to the east of the city of # Taiz

3.6.2017 – Ruptly (A K)

Film: Yemen: Pro-Hadi forces battle Houthis for control of Presidential Palace in Taiz

Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi reportedly seized control of the Presidential Palace in Taiz, Saturday.

3.6.2017 – AFP (A K)

27 dead as Yemen army closes in on Taez palace

Yemeni government forces fought Saturday to capture a rebel-held presidential palace in the southwestern province of Taez after clashes that killed 27 people, medics and military sources said.

Medics at the rebel-controlled Thamar Government Hospital in Taez, Yemen's third city, said 19 Huthis had been killed in clashes over the past 24 hours.

Military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, reported eight soldiers dead during the same period as the army closed in on the presidential palace.

The palace is under the control of the Iran-backed Huthis who are allied with former soldiers loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

3.6.2017 – Yemen Conflict Maps (A K)

The situation east of the city of Taiz

Battles of the presidential palace and the camp of the ceremonies, new update 03/06/2017

3.6.2017 – Tasnim News (A K PH)

Yemeni Forces Retake Presidential Palace from Saudi Mercenaries in Taiz The Yemeni Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the army has managed to capture a presidential palace in the country’s southwestern city of Taiz from mercenaries of the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

During the operation, the Yemeni forces repelled a massive attack by the mercenaries, killing and injuring 37 of the Saudi-backed militants.

The Yemeni forces also captured al-Tashrifat military camp in Taiz in the counterattack, according to the report. and Fars News:

My comment: Heavy fighting at Taiz. „Yemeni forces“ and „Yemeni army“ do have quite opposite meanings in Iranian and pro-Houthi/Saleh Yemeni media on one side or pro-Saudi, pro-Hadi media on the other. It always stands for the fighters of the own side. Here is claimed a success for the Houthi / Saleh side. The Hadi / pro-Saudi side had claimed to have taken these places; now the Houthi / Saleh side had claimed to have retaken them again.

2.6.2017 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Yemen army gains control of strategic camp in Taiz

Yemen’s National Army on Monday took control of al-Tashrifat military camp in Taiz after days of fighting with Houthi militias.

The advancement comes after dozens of Houthi militias were killed and dozens arrested in continuing fierce battles with government forces inside a presidential palacein Yemen’s city of Taiz.

Government forces seized control of the western side of the presidential palace and other buildings nearby.

A week ago, government forces backed by air support from the Arab Coalition staged an attack against Houthi miltitas stationed inside the presidential palace. and by Almasdar Online:

My comment: The mayor role of Al Qaeda for this „success“ of course is not reported here (look at cp14). - Pro-Saudi reports just blame the Houthis for shelling at Taiz. This „success“ also seems to have been achieved by throwing sweets, or what???

Pro-Houthi / Pro Saleh reports, photos, films:

Pro-Saudi / Pro-Hadi reports:

3.6.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Details of the Trap against Sudanese Troops in Midi

On 22 .May , Sudanese troops who are fighting for Saudi Arabia against Yemen were sustained heavy losses in lives and their military vehicles as Yemeni army and public forces defeated their attack in Midi desert .Here are the details of how they fell in the Yemeni army’s trap (with film)

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

4.6.2017 – Beautiful Mosque

Al Saleh Mosque in Sanna - Yemen

The Saleh Mosque or Al Saleh Mosque is the largest and most modern mosque in Sana’a, Yemen. It lies in the southern outskirts of the city, south of the Al Sabeen Maternal Hospital. Inaugurated in November 2008 by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, it is named in his honor.The mosque, 27,300 square metres (294,000 sq ft) in size, has a central hall which is 13,596 square metres (146,350 sq ft) with an occupancy capacity of 44,000.The building cost nearly US$60 million to construct.Open to non-Muslims, the mosque is frequented by tourists, and promotes moderate Islam. Security measures include police and bomb-sniffing dogs (photos)

4.6.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A)

A hurricaine is coming to the Yemeni and Omani coast (photos)

2.6.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (A P)

In Socatra island 700 endemic species found nowhere else on earth,like dragon blood&cucumber tree Its rprtd some trees movd2 #UAEstreets (photos)

My comment: Plundering a natural heritage site by ignorants, and these tries certainly will die within a short time at these sites in UAE streets.

And also

8.5.2016 – Al Ittihad (A P)

Abu Dhabi Islands hosts 30,000 pairs of birds

According to the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) annual report on the Emirate's growing birds, the highest number of dandruff caterpillars was recorded in the Western islands with 13,500 pairs

Commnt by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Abu Dhabi Islands hosts " read as steals" 30,000 pairs of Socotra birds". #YemenThe neologisms of Al Etihadae newspaper

My comment: UAE media claiming Yemeni Socotra island as UAE's „Western Islands“.

2.6.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy

Met these three amigos driving a Mercedes 320 CLK in Sana'a. They're barely 8-9 yr olds. No one seemed to be bothered by this..!!? #Yemen (photo)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-306 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-306: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

08:52 06.06.2017
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