Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 312 - Yemen War Mosaic 312

Yemen Press Reader 312: Uranmunition im Jemenkrieg – Waffenbasar Jemen – Golfkrise und Jemen – Golf (Katar)krise – US-Senat billigt Waffendeal – USA und Saudis – Hunger als Kriegswaffe – Cholera
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Uranium munition in the Yemen war – Yemen an arms bazaar – The Gulf rift and Yemen – Gulf (Qatar) crisis – US Senate votes for saudi arms sales – US and Saudis – Famine as a weapon of war – Cholera – and more

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Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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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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16.6.2017 – Telepolis (** B K)

Setzt Saudi Arabien im Jemen Uran-Munition ein?

Fälle von Missbildungen bei Neugeborenen häufen sich - vor allem in den Haupt-Kriegsgebieten

Die Fotos von Neugeborenen mit schrecklichen Deformationen, die auf der Facebook-Seite Stop War On Yemen zu sehen sind, erinnern an die Bilder aus dem Irak Anfang dieses Jahrtausends. Auch dort trat dieses Problem gehäuft auf und wurde auf den Einsatz von Uran-Munition (abgereichertes Uran/depleted uranium, DU-Munition) zurückgeführt.

Jemenitische Ärzte haben bislang keine Erklärung für dieses Phänomen, stellten jedoch bereits im Frühjahr 2017 fest, dass es offenbar einen Zusammenhang gibt zwischen den Kampfhandlungen (siehe: Warum Krieg gegen den Jemen jetzt?), die vor allem in den Regionen Sa’adah, Sana’a, Ta’izz und Hudaydah stattfinden, und der Häufung von Fehlgeburten und den Missbildungen. Das ließ Anti-Kriegs-Aktivisten hellhörig werden, die sich an die Vorfälle im Irak erinnerten.

Ob das Militär Saudi Arabiens tatsächlich Uran-Munition einsetzt, ist nicht bekannt und wird - wenn überhaupt - erst nach Ende des Kriegs festzustellen sein. Unbestritten aber ist, dass das Königreich sogenannte Clusterbomben einsetzt, die eine panzerbrechende Wirkung haben. Was genau diese Wirkung erzielt, ist in dem Falle ein Geheimnis zwischen den Herstellern in den USA und Großbritannien und den Herrschen in Saudi Arabien.

Fakt ist, dass sich diese panzerbrechende Wirkung relativ einfach mit abgereichertem Uran erzielen lässt

Die Streubomben können auch - zusätzlich - mit Napalm oder Thermit gefüllt werden. Die Konzeption der Waffen ist so simpel wie verheerend: Die einzelnen Geschosse enthalten Mini-Bomben, z. T. Hunderte davon, die sich über eine Fläche von bis zu einem Hektar verteilen können. Etwa 5 - 30% dieser Mini-Bomben explodieren nicht sofort, sondern bleiben als Blindgänger liegen. Das bedeutet, dass dieses verminte Gebiet nur unter Lebensgefahr zu betreten ist. Das hat konkret zur Folge, dass die Bauern ihre Felder nicht bestellen können. So ist die Lebensmittelversorgung der Bevölkerung zunehmend gefährdet. – von Birgit Gärtner

https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Setzt-Saudi-Arabien-im-Jemen-Uran-Munition-ein-3745088.html und dazu auch https://detektor.fm/politik/uran-waffen-im-jemen and a graphic photo: https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/photos/a.1434086430220680.1073741828.1434084576887532/1689829657979688/?type=3&theater

16.6.2017 – Jamestown Foundation (** B K P)

Yemen: A Dangerous Regional Arms Bazaar

Yemen is the second most heavily armed country in the world after the United States. Before the current civil war began, there were an estimated 54 guns for every 100 residents. [1] Now, the number of small and medium arms in the country is far higher. Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are the primary external participants in the war, have flooded Yemen with weapons of all types. These weapons, which range from assault rifles to anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), are being provided to a range of disparate militias so that, in theory, they can fight the Houthis who control northwest Yemen. In reality, there are almost no safeguards in place to monitor the end-use of these weapons. [2] Consequently, many of them, including sophisticated medium arms like ATGMs, are sold on to whichever organization or individual will pay the highest price. [3]

Before the start of the conflict, Yemen was already a regional arms bazaar, but the country’s well-established smuggling networks have been reinvigorated by the influx of weapons. These networks have contacts throughout the region and move significant quantities of arms to Somalia and further afield, but it is not only Yemen’s arms dealers who are profiting from the inflow of weapons. Groups like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Somalia-based al-Shabaab are also benefiting – by Michael Horton

https://jamestown.org/program/yemen-dangerous-regional-arms-bazaar/

16.6.2017 – Al Monitor (** B P)

Gulf rift sends tremors through Yemen

No sooner had the Gulf-Qatar crisis begun than the internationally recognized Yemeni government announced June 5 it also was severing ties with Qatar, following in Saudi Arabia’s footsteps. This wasn't surprising, as the Yemeni government enjoys Saudi support.

The main forms of Qatari supportfor the Hadi government consisted of paying the salaries of Yemeni diplomatic staff for two years, in addition to providing what critics consider biased media coverage of the war in favor of the alliance and the government through media outlets like Al Jazeera in Doha and the New Arab in London, which is owned by a Qatar company.

Al-Islah, the main political party in Yemen opposing the Houthis, is close to Hadi and has been a proponent of Qatar. The party, which represents the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, was oppressed by Houthis, who raided the houses of its leaders and members and arrested some of them for political or sectarian ends. Therefore, most of the party's leaders and members left Yemen with the outbreak of the war. Many, including party head Mohammad al-Yadoumi, reside in Saudi Arabia.

On June 5, Al-Islah's leadership issued a statement supporting the Hadi government’s stance against Qatar. However, some other Al-Islah leaders and members live in Turkey, where Belqees TV broadcasts, and many support Qatar.

Consequently, a contradiction was blatant between the official stance of the party and the stance of its Turkey-based members and youths who are sympathetic to Qatar, as is the Turkish government. The Brotherhood’s support for Qatar explains Al-Islah members’ campaign against the UAE and its role in Yemen. However, they have avoided attacking or criticizing Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and the Brotherhood in Yemen have a deep-seated alliance. The party's founder and deceased leader, Sheikh Abdullah ibn Husayn al-Ahmar, received huge financial support from Saudi Arabia and helped the kingdom exert influence on northern Yemen's tribes. Saudi Arabia also funded religious institutes offering the equivalent of formal education in Yemen. Brotherhood members in Yemen controlled these schools from the time they were established in 1975 until they closed in 2001.

But relations between Al-Islah and Saudi Arabia grew frosty when the party participated in the 2011 revolution against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The repercussions of the Gulf-Qatar dispute will be felt in Yemen. Reconciliation is still out of the question at the moment. But the Yemeni battle is expected to become more heated in line with the tensions in the region, especially in the Gulf. The key players will be more active, as Yemen is now a battleground for proxy wars to strike UAE and Saudi forces.

The most perplexing question is how Qatar will deal with the Brotherhood's Al-Islah party in Yemen, which took an official stance against Qatar, even as many party members unofficially support it. The Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen tightly controls Qatari media outlets, and Qatar funds influential Yemeni Brotherhood media organizations. Against all odds, the Brotherhood remains a strong military power that is present across all Yemeni territories – by Maysaa Shuja al-Deen

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/06/yemen-brotherhood-al-islah-party-qatar-saudi-arabia.html

16.6.2017 – Lobelog (** A P)

The Siege of Doha

There are several things that I find confounding about the current conflict within the GCC:

First, as a member of the US policy team that first applied sanctions against Iran when our diplomats were being held hostage in Tehran, we drew the line at food and medicine. That has remained true in the succeeding 37 years. Despite all the onerous sanctions that the US has imposed against Iran over the years, which verge on economic warfare, there has never been a formal restriction on sales of food or medicine, including by US companies. The Saudi-UAE boycott, however, closed off food and medicine shipments to Qatar wherever possible, in the middle of Ramadan. I don’t know if this technically constitutes a breach of international humanitarian law, but it is certainly drastic by modern standards of political conflict.

Second, and related, it is striking that the attacks on dissident forces in Yemen have employed the same tactics. Access to food and medicine have been denied routinely in the name of military expediency, reducing the population to near starvation and subject to outbreaks of cholera and other epidemics. And these are neighbors, who physically resemble each other and who have long historical ties, but severe political differences. Family schisms are often the cruelest and most devastating of all.

The Saudi foreign minister, in Washington, said there was no blockade, since air and sea routes remain open. That is true, and Qatar agrees that it is a “siege” not a blockade. The Qataris are sufficiently wealthy to find alternative sources of supplies. They are not going to starve. But the fact remains that Qatar has traditionally imported up to 80 percent of its food via the ports and roads of its immediate neighbors, who slammed the door shut without warning. The inclusion of food and medicine is unusually draconian in this day and age.

Third, I am struck by the extreme nature of the demands placed on Qatar, and for that matter Yemen as well. Perhaps this is a bargaining position. We shall have to wait and see. But strict compliance with the demands as stated would constitute a substantial surrender of national sovereignty.

And all of this is done in the name of fighting terrorism? I always tell my students who are preparing for a career in international relations and foreign policy that if they are deeply disturbed by exorbitant displays of hypocrisy, they have chosen the wrong profession. Still, in light of the background and history of the ultra-wealthy Arab Gulf kingdoms, it is very difficult to accept at face value this newfound determination to defeat terrorism by humiliating a smaller neighbor whose differences consist primarily of alternative choices of distasteful proxies.

Stripped of its hyperbole, the Saudi-UAE siege appears to be a reckless act of coercion by two of the largest and wealthiest states in the region against a smaller, but also vastly wealthy state that chose an alternative political path.

The siege of Doha, together with the years-long assault on Yemen, seems to imply ambitions for a greater Saudi empire surrounded by vassal states that have no independent life beyond that bestowed upon them by their rulers, a sort of Gulf Colonial Concert.

The fact that this entire episode is the direct consequence of a popular uprising in the Arab world less than seven years ago, calling for the replacement of entrenched despotisms with more open, democratic institutions, is almost too painfully ironic to contemplate – by Gary Sick, a scholar at Columbia University, served on the National Security Council under Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis

http://lobelog.com/the-siege-of-doha/

16.6.2017 – The Real News (** A P)

Ignoring Humanitarian Pleas, Senate OKs Saudi Weapons Sale

The Senate approval of a new $510 million weapons sale to Saudi Arabia puts arms industry profits over Yemeni civilian lives, says Code Pink's Medea Benjamin

It was a very good coalition that came together to appose the weapons sales. Not only the peace groups, but also the humanitarian aid community that understood that the only way to stop the tragedy unfolding before our eyes, the human-made tragedy in Yemen, would be to stop the fighting.

Meda Benjamin: Yet, on the other hand you have the 1%, the military industrial complex, that is making literally billions and billions of dollars off of these sales. It is unfortunate that there were 53 senators who decided to vote against not only their constituents, but I would say against the national security of the United States, but to vote in favor of the corporate lobbies.

Aaron Mate: Yeah, Medea, on that point, there's a piece today on Alternet by Ben Norton which points out that three of those five Democrats that you mentioned, who voted in favor of the weapons sales, three of those five have received tens of thousands of dollars from the weapons industry.

Medea Benjamin: Well yes, and when we went into their offices after the votes to give them a message that the blood of the Yemeni people were on their hands, we did mention the money that they were taking from the weapons industries. Of course, if we looked at the Republicans, we would see a lot and perhaps even more money that they're taking from these industries.

Yet, to put the profits of the weapons industry over the lives of these Yemeni children is so atrocious and 53 of our members of the senate did that.

Aaron Mate: Medea, to coincide with this vote and I don't think it was a coincidence, you had this announcement from the US and Saudi Arabia that Saudi Arabia has agreed to this new multi-year, 750 million dollar training program to improve Saudi targeting with the aim of reducing civilian causalities in Yemen. The Trump administration billed this as a tangible example of Saudi Arabia taking actions to reduce civilian causalities. What do you make of that?

Medea Benjamin: If it were not so tragic it would be really laughable. The idea that the problem is training is ludicrous. The problem is the Saudi intervention in the internal affairs of Yemen. The United States has no business training the Saudis, equipping the Saudis, giving them any kind of support. The US should pull out and should force the Saudis to go to the negotiating table, and to let the Yemenis go to the negotiating table, and find a political solution to the problem in Yemen. Training has nothing to do with it. It is a question of a neighboring bully coming in and trying to dictate who will be in charge of a country that it has no business interfering in.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19336

16.6.2017 – Eurasian Review (** B H K P)

Feed The Hungry, Treat The Sick: A Crucial Training – OpEd

On June 15, 2017, the New York Times reported that the government of Saudi Arabia aims to ease the concerns of some U.S. legislators over U.S. weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis plan to engage in “a $750 million multiyear training program through the American military to help prevent the accidental killing of civilians in the Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen.” Since entering the war in Yemen, in March of 2015, the Saudi coalition’s airstrikes, with U.S. assistance, have destroyed bridges, roads, factories, farms, food trucks, animals, water infrastructure, and agricultural banks across the north, while imposing a blockade on the territory. For a country heavily dependent on foreign food aid, that means starving the people. At least seven million people suffer now from severe acute malnourishment.

U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led coalition has included providing weapons, sharing intelligence, targeting assistance, and aerial jet refueling. “If they stop the refueling, that would stop the bombing campaign literally tomorrow,” says Iona Craig, who frequently reports from Yemen, “because logistically the coalition would not be able to send their fighter jets in to carry out sorties without that help.”

The U.S. has also provided “cover” for Saudi violations of international law

How would the U.S. military train the Saudis to prevent the accidental killing of civilians? Would they teach Saudi pilots the military parlance used when U.S. drones hit an intended target: the pools of blood that sensors detect, in place of what was once a human body, are called “bugsplat.” If someone attempts to run from the site of the attack, that person is called a “squirter.” When the U.S. attacked the Yemeni village of Al Ghayyal, on January 29th, 2017, one Navy Seal, Chief Petty Officer Ryan Owen, was tragically killed. That same night, 10 Yemeni children under 13 years of age and six Yemeni women, including Fatim Saleh Mohsen, a 30 year-old mother, were killed. U.S. fired projectile missiles ripped apart Saleh’s home in the middle of the night. Terrified, she scooped up her infant and grabbed the hand of her son who was a toddler, deciding to run out of the house into the darkness. Was she considered a squirter? A U.S. missile killed her almost as soon as she fled. Will the U.S. train the Saudis to engage in U.S. exceptionalism, discounting the lives of alien others, giving priority, always, to so-called national security for the nation with the most weapons?

Over the past 7 years, I’ve noted a steady increase in U.S. surveillance of Afghanistan. Drones, tethered blimps, and complex aerial spying systems cost billions of dollars, apparently so that analysts can “better understand patterns of life in Afghanistan.” I think this is a euphemism. The U.S. military wants to better understand patterns of movement for its “High Value Targets” in order to assassinate them. - by Kathy Kelly

http://www.eurasiareview.com/16062017-feed-the-hungry-treat-the-sick-a-crucial-training-oped/

15.6.2017 – London Review of Books (** B K)

The Nazis Used It, We Use It

Alex de Waal on the return of famine as a weapon of war

But this year, it’s possible that four or five famines will occur simultaneously. ‘We stand at a critical point in history,’ the head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the former Tory MP Stephen O’Brien, told the Security Council in March, in one of his last statements before stepping down:

O’Brien had no illusions about the causes of the four famines, actual or imminent, that he singled out in north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. In each case, the main culprits are wars that result in the destruction of farms, livestock herds and markets, and ‘explicit’ decisions by the military to block humanitarian aid.

Yemen, however, is the biggest impending disaster. Don’t be fooled by pictures showing hungry people in arid landscapes: the weather had nothing to do with the famine.

The military intervention led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has strangled the country’s economy. Before the war, 80 per cent of Yemen’s food was imported, mostly through the Red Sea port of al-Hudaida. At Saudi insistence, backed by the US and the UK, the UN Security Council imposed a blockade on Yemen and while there’s an exemption for food, the inspection procedures are slow and laborious. Since Saudi aircraft bombed the container docks at al-Hudaida, all ships have to be unloaded the old-fashioned way, using derricks and stevedores. Roads, bridges and markets have been damaged or destroyed, slowing commerce to a crawl. The Bank of Yemen, relocated from the Houthi-controlled capital, Sana’a, to the enclave controlled by the recognised government, no longer pays salaries. The Houthi forces also impose their own blockades, laying siege to the highland city of Taizz. Food is the biggest weapon, and lack of food the biggest killer, in the Yemen war.

Unlike their blunt statements on war crimes in South Sudan, UN and aid agency statements on Yemen are muted: it’s hard to escape the conclusion that they feel unable to criticise Security Council decisions. While the famine deepens, the British and American navies persist in enforcing the blockade and diplomats at the Security Council discuss how they could recalibrate the embargo. All are in danger of becoming accessories to starvation.

Western humanitarianism was compromised once counter-terrorism enabled the overruling of humanitarian principles by security dictat, as Peter Gill explains in Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges: How Foreign Aid Became a Casualty of War.

Drawing on a long Anglo-American tradition of economic warfare and blockade, the counter-humanitarian trend in London and Washington is both morally distasteful and practically stupid. When international aid fails to feed the hungry and treat the sick, extremist projects flourish. If security strategists and xenophobes think that humanitarian crises will burn themselves out at a safe distance they are mistaken: the biggest demographic outcome of famine has always been migration – the Gulf countries are learning this lesson, as millions of Yemenis cross their borders. The threat to the values of the humanitarians coincides with dramatic demands on their knowledge and skills. Their best strategy is to take the initiative and propose that starvation be added to the list of crimes against humanity – by Alex de Waal

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n12/alex-de-waal/the-nazis-used-it-we-use-it

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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17.6.2017 – WHO (** A H)

Since 27 April 2017, more than 151,400 suspected #choleracases and 1,054 associated deaths have been reported in 20 governorates in #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/WHOYemen/status/876145247893561346

17.6.2017 – New News (** A H)

Death Toll from Cholera Rises to 1028 in less than Two Months in Yemen

WHO has declared that cholera has killed 1028 people since re-deploying the disease on last April,27.WHO is reported that 14675 infected cases has recorded till today including 1028 death case in 20 Yemeni province .

Hajja province is the most harmful province . 163 death cases are recorded, then Amran province is the second rank with 113 dead cases.

http://newnewss.net/?p=6595

16.6.2017 – The Health Mobilisation (** A H)

~150000 cases of AWD
1028 died of diarrhea and #cholerawithin couple of weeks in #Yemen..
Siege is still strictly imposed by #Saudicoalition and the world is silent .... (photos)

https://www.facebook.com/The.H.Mobilization/posts/1919926948292705

Comment by Judith Brown: Harrowing made made holocaust

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155631895238641

16.6.2017 – Yemen Post (* A H)

NATION in TEARS: 1002 dead by #Choleraepidemic in 2 months, mostly children, as world & #MSMsilent at #Saudiblockade on war torn #Yemen

https://twitter.com/YemenPostNews/status/875445121629794304

15.6.2017 – WHO Yemen (** A H)

Daily epidemiological update: 15 June 2017

From 27 April to 14 June 2017, 140 116 suspected cholera cases and 989 deaths (CFR: 0.7%) have been reported in 87% (20/23) of Yemen governorates, and 83% (278/333) of the districts

[with infographic, map: figures by provinces

http://www.emro.who.int/images/stories/yemen/Yemen_epi_d_update_20170615.pdf and also at https://twitter.com/WHOYemen/status/875443006735699968 (infographic only)

16.6.2017 – NPR (** A H)

Cholera Ravages Yemen

War-torn Yemen is now being convulsed by cholera.

Over the past six weeks, more than 124,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported. To put this in perspective, there were only 172,000 cases reported globally to the World Health Organization for all of 2015. To be fair, many cholera cases go unreported each year, but by any standard the current outbreak in Yemen is huge.

"And geographically it is expanding," says Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, the country director for the International Rescue Committee, based in the capital Sanaa. "It's not a small area. It's almost the whole country." Cases have now been reported from 20 of the country's 22 provincial governments. The IRC, along with other international aid groups and WHO, is attempting to set up treatment centers for the growing number of people suffering from the violent form of diarrhea. Left untreated, cholera can cause victims to lose so much fluid so quickly that it can kill them within a matter of days or even hours.

"There is nowhere in the country you can say this place is better than another," says Hussein. "Every family is suffering from something whether it's cholera or lack of food, having child soldiers in the family or having someone go join the rebels or the military. There's been a whole collapse of the social life."

And there's no end to the suffering in sight – by Jason Beaubien

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/06/16/533247315/cholera-clobbers-yemen

16.6.2017 - UN Human Rights Council (** A H)

World community must solve Yemen water crisis to halt spiralling cholera outbreak – UN experts

Yemen and the international community must act urgently to provide safe drinking water to halt a spiralling cholera outbreak, UN human rights experts have warned.

“We welcome the efforts being made to mitigate the outbreak, but it is critically important to address the underlying problem of unsafe water supplies, which has a negative impact on the enjoyment of the right to health by the population, in particular children and those in most vulnerable situations,” said Léo Heller, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation, and Dainius Pūras, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on health.

“We urge all stakeholders to strengthen the initiatives to build and repair infrastructures and to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation,” the experts said.

The Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation warned that the lack of good quality, reliable drinking water forces people to get supplies from alternative, unsafe sources. “They are having to buy water from private sellers who use uncontrolled and unreliable sources, such as unprotected wells, exposing them to water-borne diseases such as cholera and other diarrheal diseases,” he said.

The experts added: “Children are at particular risk of contracting water-borne diseases from these unsafe supplies, although the whole population is vulnerable. The spread of cholera has been exacerbated by the breakdown of water and sanitation systems.”

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=21764&LangID=E = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/world-community-must-solve-yemen-water-crisis-halt-spiralling-cholera-outbreak-un

16.6.2017 – Yemen Today (* A H)

Film: More than 70 dead of cholera at Dhama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RioxHA4pBLY

16.6.2017 – AlMasirah TV (* A H)

Visit of humanitarian organizations of the Cholera Center in Qahzah, Saada

After repeated calls by the Health and Population Office in Sa'ada governorate to raise the coordinates of the sites of the health centers concerned with the reception of cholera patients, a number of organizations have seen the extent of the damage caused by the US-Saudi incursions at the Qahzah health center,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFGjWK0wY9M

16.6.2017 – The National Scotland (* A H)

Scots Oxfam worker tells of 'desperate times' as cholera outbreak grips Yemen

Jenny Lamb, from Aberdeen, returned from the impoverished nation at the start of the month after heading Oxfam’s efforts to provide much needed sanitation to the 25 million strong population.

The public health engineer has been with the international charity for more than a decade, responding to disasters around the world.

However, she says Yemen is among the most complex environments in which she has worked, with a cholera epidemic now compounding need driven by poverty, famine and war.

Lamb, above, told The National: “Originally we thought we would have 100,000 cases in six months, but we now have 125,000 and it is widespread.

“There are still the stark issues of famine and conflict. You’d think Yemen would have enough to cope with. Times are desperate.”

Lamb, who will return to Yemen next month, is working to provide clean water and toilet facilities in both urban and rural areas, including remote mountain communities. This includes providing solar-powered water systems as well as more basic supplies such as rehydration salts and chlorine.

These, however, are in short supply, with blockades reducing the volume of medical supply imports by two-thirds since the start of the conflict in 2015, and Oxfam is now exploring the option of sending a charter flight of goods to ease the need.

But ongoing fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces, as well as the Saudi-led coalition that supports them, means there are still “real challenges in terms of security and access”. - by Kirsteen Patterson

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15351204.Scots_Oxfam_worker_tells_of__desperate_times__as_cholera_outbreak_grips_Yemen/

15.6.2017 – Mintpress News (** B H)

Saudi Blockade Triggers Massive Cholera Epidemic In Yemen, Claiming One Life Each Hour

Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and its continuing blockade of Yemeni ports has virtually collapsed the country and basic necessities are in dangerously short supply. Now, Yemen finds itself unable to treat a rapidly growing cholera outbreak that claims the life of one civilian every hour.

While cholera is normally treated both easily and inexpensively, the Saudis’ ongoing blockade and repeated bombings of civilian infrastructure – particularly hospitals – have crippled Yemen’s health system, making it unable to respond to the cholera crisis. Since Saudi Arabia first invaded, more than 270 health facilities have been damaged or destroyed. Most of Yemen’s estimated 3,500 health facilities are closed or barely functioning.

The spread and severity of the outbreak has also been affected by a compromised immune system response caused by the widespread famine – another result of the blockage and ongoing war. More than half of all Yemenis lack adequate access to food.

But the Saudis are unlikely to face much international backlash for their role in creating the cholera crisis, despite the fact that they are using the blockade of humanitarian aid as a weapon against the Yemeni people. Thanks to the Saudis’ controversial placementon the UN human rights council, they are unlikely to face retaliatory measures for their war crimes, especially since Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva serves as the chairof a key panel of “independent” experts on the UN Human Rights Council.

And while the Saudis are the main culprit behind the unprecedented catastrophe now unfolding in Yemen, their most prominent ally – the United States – has not only aided the Saudis, but has moved to take a more direct role in the destruction of Yemen – by Whitney Webb

http://www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-blockade-cholera-epidemic-yemen/228883/

15.6.2017 – AFP (** A H P)

Yemen cholera toll nears 1,000 as 'humanity loses out to politics'

The death toll from a cholera outbreak is approaching 1,000 in Yemen, a war-devastated and impoverished country where "humanity is losing out to politics", a senior UN official said Thursday.

"Time is running out to save people who are being killed or being starved and now you have cholera as well adding to that complication," said Jamie McGoldrick, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen.

"We are struggling because of the lack of resources. We need some action immediately," he said at a press briefing in the Jordanian capital.

McGoldrick gave updated figures of more than 130,000 suspected cases of cholera and over 970 deaths, with women and children accounting for half of the numbers.

"What is heartbreaking in Yemen is that humanity is losing out to the politics," said McGoldrick.

He said a $2.1 billion humanitarian response plan for Yemen for 2017 had only been 29 percent funded.

The cholera outbreak on top of famine in Yemen was "an indication to how things are falling apart with only 50 percent of health services" operational.

"We need resources, we need money and we need them now to address the famine and to address the problems of cholera."

http://www.france24.com/en/20170615-yemen-cholera-toll-nears-1000-humanity-loses-out-politics

15.6.2017 - World Health Organization (* A H)

Weekly update - Cholera in Yemen, 15 June 2017

The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen has recorded a total of 29 562 suspected cholera cases and 172 associated deaths during the period 5 to 12 June 2017.

Since the outbreak started in October 2016, a cumulative total of 140 116 suspected cases of cholera and 989 associated deaths have been reported across the country. The overall case-fatality rate is 0.7%, however, it is higher (3.2%) among people aged over 60.

While cholera is endemic in Yemen, the country has experienced a surge in cholera cases since 27 April 2017. Cholera has affected around 268 districts in 20 governorates across the country. More than half (49.5%/ 69 306) of the suspected cholera cases have been reported from 4 governorates –Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah.

WHO and health partners are actively supporting the Ministry through a cholera task force to improve cholera response efforts at the national and local levels.

http://www.emro.who.int/surveillance-forecasting-response/outbreaks/weekly-update-cholera-in-yemen-15-june-2017.html = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/weekly-update-cholera-yemen-15-june-2017

14.6.2017 - World Health Organization (* A H)

Map: Yemen: Cholera Attack rate Per 10,000 Population (From 27 April - 14 June 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-attack-rate-10000-population-27-april-14-june-2017 and in full: https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/140617_attackratefinal.pdf

cp2 Allgemein / General

16.6.2017 – RT (* B K)

Film: Saudis ‘commit war crimes’ & ‘are not held to account’ – researcher

Despite the US being the foremost arms dealer to Saudi Arabia, the impact of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on war-torn Yemen have increasingly led the US Senate to question US culpability in the humanitarian nightmare. Kristine Beckerle, Yemen researcher for Human Rights Watch, joins RT America’s Manila Chan to discuss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx5vQcUAsrQ

16.6.2017 – Teen Vogue (* B H K)

Yemen's Famine Is a Major Crisis

And the U.S. is helping back a war that has contributed to the problem.

Yemen has been called “the world’s next great refugee crisis,” and for good reason: The civilians that aren’t being hit by weaponry the U.S. has provided to Saudi Arabia are dying from famine or preventable diseases, such as cholera.

After two years of war, aid groups have issued repeated warnings about the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, calling it a “pressure cooker.” The World Health Organization approximates that there are 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, with 10.3 million as having “acute” or immediate needs. More than 7 million of those people are facing food insecurity, with another 8 million are facing a shortage of clean water and sanitation.

The obvious violence against civilians by Saudi-led forces include airstrikes on funerals, schools, homes, and other civilian targets – by Azmia Vagane

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/yemens-famine-is-a-major-crisis

My comment: Overview article.

Comment by Judith Brown: Well at least it's news about Yemen although rather naive - the writer doesn't know too much about Yemen or the allies of United States. The people of Yemen cannot escape and therefore can't become refugees - this makes starving them to death as the world's best kept secret much easier. And of course ISIS have always been fighting as a proxy for USA - that is not a new or sarcastically suggested situation but facts on the ground, hidden from American people. And British people too.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155631946848641

16.6.2017 – Press Gazette (* B K)

Journalist shot while reporting from Yemen warns media are 'coming up against a war machine' in the country

Yemeni journalist Abdulaziz Muhammad al-Sabri details the dangers of reporting in his country. Interview by Laura Silvia Battaglia.

“The Houthis confiscated these from me,” he said. “They confiscated all my equipment. Even if I wanted to continue working, I wouldn’t be able to.”

Al-Sabri is a Yemeni journalist, filmmaker and cameraman, and a native of Taiz, the city that was briefly the bloodiest frontline in the country’s civil war. He has worked in the worst hotspots, supplying original material to international media like Reuters and Sky News.

“I have always liked working in the field,” he said. “And I was really doing good work from the start of the 2011 revolution.”

But since the beginning of the war, the working environment for Yemeni journalists has progressively deteriorated.

Said al-Sabri: “In Taiz and in the north, apart from those working for al-Masirah, the Houthis’ TV station, and the pro-Iranian channels, al-Manar and al-Alam, only a few other journalists are able to work from here, and those few, local and international, are putting their necks on the line.

“You’re lucky if you can make it, otherwise you fall victim to a bullet from the militias, attacks, kidnappings. Foreigners are unable even to obtain visas because of the limitations imposed by [Abdrabbuh Mansour] Hadi’s government and the coalition.

The official excuse is that the government ‘fears’ for their lives, since if they were kidnapped, imprisoned or died in a coalition bombardment, it would be the Yemeni government’s responsibility.” - By Freddy Mayhaw

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/journalist-shot-reporting-from-yemen-says-media-industry-is-coming-up-against-a-war-machine-in-the-country/

Comment by Judith Brown: This man is from Taiz where there is very strong anti-Houthi-Saleh alliance sentiments, although it is true that they have harrasssed journalists all over Yemen. Others have been killed due to 'double tap' strikes by Saudi Arabia. It is a very dangerous occupation in Yemen.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155631911128641

16.6.2017 – New Mathilda (* A P)

Amnesty Attempts To Water Down And Suppress Its Own Position On Yemen

The international human rights giant appears to be wavering on human rights abuses in the Middle East, writes Michael Brull.

On May 21, New Matilda published a story on human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) urging Australia to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Since publication of the story, a media representative of Amnesty responded by urging New Matilda to take down the story from the internet, and edit it without publicly identifying the changed position.

Michelle Dunne Breen, External Affairs Adviser and Media Adviser for Amnesty, contacted myself and New Matilda owner and editor Chris Graham, submitting her edits to the original article which was published. This new version removed most of the statement that Amnesty provided to New Matilda, significantly weakened Amnesty’s stance on the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, removed a reservation I expressed about Amnesty’s original position, and adopted an ambivalent position on the blockade on Yemen.

When seeking to take down and then edit the story, Breen claimed that the original article – which reprinted Amnesty’s entire statement – “represents us inaccurately and needs to be taken down until amended” - by Michael Brull

https://newmatilda.com/2017/06/16/amnesty-attempts-to-water-down-and-suppress-its-own-position-on-yemen/

15.6.2017 – Stop the war on Yemen B H K)

Film: The Al Hudaydah harbor, life vessel

With its dockside machinery destroyed in an air strike at the beginning of Yemen's 20-month-old war, the major Red Sea port of Hodeidah is struggling to unload food and fuel needed ever more urgently by a population riven with hunger and disease.

https://www.facebook.com/StopTheWarOnYemen/videos/681637622006437/

15.6.2017 – Oil Price (B E K)

Yemen War Threatens Crucial Oil Chokepoint

The Bab al-Mandan strait, which facilitates the transfer of 4 million barrels of oil to Middle Eastern markets everyday, has become increasingly contentious over the past few weeks as an international navel coalition grows its presence in the area.

"Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted that there are still risks associated with transits through these waters,” the leadership of the Combined Maritime Forces, which boasts vessels from 31 nations, said on Monday. The U.S.-led group is based in Bahrain and guards the Gulf of Aden - By Zainab Calcuttawala

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Yemen-War-Threatens-Crucial-Oil-Chokepoint.html

My comment: What is totally missed in the West: The West has supported this war by taking side, by partisanship, instead of trying to bring it to a quick end.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1a

17.6.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (* A H P)

2017 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for #Yemen, written BEFORE cholera outbreak, still only 29% funded half way into year planned for (June) (infographic)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/876147593474187265

17.6.2017 – Your Abilities (A H)

Preparing the 5th Phase of distribution foodstuff in the coming days 4 poor families and orphans.we're thankful to who Helped our campaign (photos)

https://twitter.com/Yourabilities_o/status/876229499507101696

17.6.2017 – Adel Hashem (A H)

We help the most affected #IDPsin #Yemen.Pix of our last @HndOrgYEproject aimed to provide IDPs with food baskets in #Sanaa.Thx donors (photos)

https://twitter.com/AdelHa11/status/876144651656450049

16.6.2017 – Morning Star (* B H)

Famine worsens as cholera hits Yemen

Humanitarian resources eaten up in fighting deadly disease
MORE Yemenis could starve to death this summer as the cholera outbreak in the country runs down vital aid resources, the United Nations warned yesterday.
UN Yemen aid chief Jamie McGoldrick said that 923 people have died in the outbreak, which began last October, and there were 124,002 suspected cases — one in 200 people.
He warned that grim total could double by September.
Efforts to fight cholera have pulled resources away from battling famine — with the UN saying it wouldn’t be able to keep food flowing in past September.

That’s the result of over two years of war, with a Saudi Arabian-led coalition bombarding the country with British and US-supplied weapons in a bid to put their man Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi back in power and defeat the Houthi rebels that ousted him.
Almost 15 million people have no safe water or sanitation, which Mr Faite blamed on “the attacks on and lack of maintenance of water and sewage systems in addition to the severe restrictions on the import of critical goods such as spare parts and fuel.”
Those restrictions are part of the coalition’s war plan. Late last year, Oxfam GB chief Mark Goldring described how “first there were restrictions on imports — including much-needed food. When this was partially eased the cranes in the ports were bombed, then the warehouses, then the roads and the bridges.
“This is not by accident — it is systematic.”

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-767e-Famine-worsens-as-cholera-hits-Yemen

16.6.2017 - US Agency for International Development (A H P)

Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

[Overview over the humanitarian situation]

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-complex-emergency-fact-sheet-11-fiscal-year-fy-2017 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/06.16.17%20-%20USG%20Yemen%20Complex%20Emergency%20Fact%20Sheet%20%2311.pdf

Map: Yemen Active USG Programs for Yemen Response (Last Updated 06/16/17)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-active-usg-programs-yemen-response-last-updated-061617 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/06.16.17%20-%20USG%20Yemen%20Complex%20Emergency%20Program%20Map.pdf

My comment: USAID has been misused by the US government for regime change activities in various countries.

15.6.2017 - UN Department of Public Information (A H P)

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 15 June 2017 - Yemen

Mr. McGoldrick warned that humanity is losing to politics and called on the parties to the conflict to end tactics which inflict suffering on the Yemeni people and contribute to the collapse of critical services, such as the health sector. More than 1 million civil servants haven't been paid for nearly a year.

Since the beginning of the year, 2 million more people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, pushing the total past 20 million.

On average, 4 million people have received food assistance each month since the beginning of the year, but funding is running out. Unless donors provide fresh funds, the food pipeline is at risk of breaking in September and the prospects of famine will be a reality.

Of the $2.1 billion required for the Yemen response plan, it is only 29 per cent funded.

https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/db170615.doc.htm

My comment: Words, words, words, on a daily basis.

15.6.2017 – New York Times (* A H)

Unicef Steps In to Pay Yemen’s Doctors as War and Cholera Rage

Desperate to halt the cholera crisis afflicting Yemen, Unicef has taken the unusual step of paying the country’s doctors and nurses, who have not received salaries in months.The regional director for Unicef, Geert Cappelaere, said on Thursday that Yemen’s health workers are crucial to the effort to combat cholera and that they should not be expected to work for free.

Their normal pay has been disrupted by the civil war that has raged since March 2015 between the Saudi-backed government and the country’s Houthi rebels and their allies.

Mr. Cappelaere said Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency, started paying the health workers about four weeks ago. The agency is borrowing the money from an emergency fund to provide medical workers with about 70 percent of what they ordinarily would be paid. The money, which he described as daily stipends, has already amounted to millions of dollars – by Rick Gladstone

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/world/middleeast/yemen-cholera-united-nations.html

My comment: „Their normal pay has been disrupted by the civil war“: No, it had been disrupted by the political maneuvres of the US-backed „president“ Hadi crushing the Yemeni Central Bank. Of course, NYT does not want to tell that. - And: This no more is just a „civil war“.

15.6.2017 - World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster (A H)

Map: Yemen: Access Constraints as of 15 June 2017

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-access-constraints-15-june-2017 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/yem_lc_op_accessconstraints_a3l_20170615.pdf

11.6.2017 - UN Population Fund, Protection Cluster (* A H)

Yemen: GBV Sub-cluster Dashboard #3 - Analysis of Indicator Data, reporting period: 1 to 31 May 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-gbv-sub-cluster-dashboard-3-analysis-indicator-data-reporting-period-1-31-may and in full https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/maydashboardgbvfinal_0.pdf

14.6.2017 – Al Araby (* A H)

Less than 30 percent of pledged Yemen aid delivered, says UN

Less than 30 percent of international aid pledged for Yemen this year has been delivered, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

Donors in April pledged close to $1.1 billion to the war-torn country, to alleviate what the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has called the "largest humanitarian crisis in the world".

Despite the scale of the calamity, "only 25 percent of aid pledged to the UN refugee agency and 29 percent of aid pledged to the UN's humanitarian response plan have been delivered so far," UNHCR's Yemen spokesperson Shabia Mantoo told AFP.

Some 19 million people are in need of aid in Yemen, with 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance to "save or sustain their lives", according to the UN.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/6/14/yemen-receives-less-than-30-percent-of-pledged-aid

12.6.2017 – Oxfam (* B H)

Yemen: The story of a war-affected people, strong in the face of adversity

A moving first-hand account of the effects of the terrible conflict Yemen has been suffering for the past few years, but a call to remain hopeful, however, that peace will arise after the war’s darkness. This entry posted by Sajjad Mohammad Sajid, Oxfam Yemen’s Country Director, on 12 June 2017.

After a 14-hour boat journey from Djibouti, the view of Aden city in the early morning was a magical sight. At first, life in the city looked normal:

The second day after our arrival, we travelled to Lahj with the Aden team. Our conversation kept switching between the work Oxfam does in Aden and other Southern governorates, and the destruction passing before our eyes, a terrible witness of the conflict Yemen has been suffering for the past few years.

Oxfam is there
In such a volatile and insecure environment,
Oxfam continues to provide water, improved sanitation and basic hygiene assistance to more than 130,000 affected individuals in Lahj governorate. The team sometimes travels for more than two to three hours to reach the target location. Community engagement is thus key to deliver assistance. Our staff along with community based volunteers consults affected community as well as key leaders to identify the intervention. The affected community not only participates in water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities, but also works closely with host communities to ensure that social harmony is maintained.

Hunger is rampant
The impact of war and conflict in Aden and surrounding governorates is very high. More than two million people were affected since the beginning of the crisis. Food insecurity in Lahj, Abyan and Al Dhale is rising and remain among the governorates in Yemen with high food assistance need - by Sajjad Mohammad Sajid

https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/17-06-12-yemen-story-war-affected-people-strong-face-adversity

2.-11.6.2017 – UNICEF (A H)

Yemen Nutrition Cluster Dashboard, January to May 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-dashboard-january-may-2017 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20NC%20Achievemnet%20v4.pdf

Map: Yemen Nutrition Cluster MAM Gap Analysis (as of 31 May 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-mam-gap-analysis-31-may-2017 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20Nutrition%20Cluster%20MAM%20Gap%20Analysis%20%28as%20of%2031%20May%202017%29v2.pdf

Map: Yemen Nutrition Cluster PLW Gap Analysis (as of 31 May 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-plw-gap-analysis-31-may-2017 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20Nutrition%20Cluster%20PLW%20Gap%20Analysis%20%28as%20of%2031%20May%202017%29.pdf

Map: Yemen Nutrition Cluster SAM Gap Analysis (as of 31 May 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-sam-gap-analysis-31-may-2017 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen%20Nutrition%20Cluster%20SAM%20Gap%20Analysis%20%28as%20of%2031%20May%202017%29v2.pdf

31.5.2017 - World Health Organization (A H)

Yemen: Snapshot of Health Facilities based on Reported Deaths and Injuries (19 March 2015 - 31 May 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-snapshot-health-facilities-based-reported-deaths-and-injuries-19-march-2015-31 and in full http://applications.emro.who.int/docs/YEM/COPub_YEM_2017_19865_EN.pdf

31.5.2017 – Oxfam (* A H)

Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #44, 31 May 2017

Cholera is another calamity for Yemenis, Yemen reports some 2000 cholera cases or suspected cases daily since the start of the second wave of cholera which started from 27 April

The pro-Houthi government has started to pay the civil servants salaries in cash and food vouchers and they will pay April’s salary and then will pay the previous months. The salary will be paid 20% in cash, 50% food vouchers and 30% to be deposited on the servant’s account at the post office .

Food Security

During the reporting period, we started the mobilization process in targeted villages in Matwalah and Al-Bataria sub-districts under DRA Project and we selected 4 Program Operation Committees (POCs) with 50% of women representation. Meanwhile, W4 Program Monitoring Committees (PMCs) through election by community in targeted villages where 760 people participated in the election of program committees whose members were given one day training on their main roles and responsibilities. Also, we completed the registration process for 317 HHs as first round of YJR3.

Cholera response: We conducted tests of water quality in three ice factories and four water treatment stations in Abs. 90 m3 of treated water has been provided to AWD/Cholera affected cases in CTC established in Abs

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/oxfam-yemen-situation-report-44-31-may-2017 and in full http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Oxfam%20Yemen%20External%20SitRep%20%2344%20as%20of%2031%20May%202017.pdf

31.5.2017 - World Food Programme (* A H)

Yemen Market Watch Report, Issue No. 13, May 2017

Highlights

  • Prices of food and fuel commodities slightly rose in May 2017, with much increase on cooking gas prices. All prices in May continued to be much higher than in pre-crisis time.

  • The cost of the minimum food basket marginally increased in May compared to the previous month, and 33% higher than in pre-crisis period.

  • Generally, the poor supply and scarcity of food and fuel commodities persisted in May 2017.

  • Abnormally low level of demand by consumers observed during the first two weeks of Ramadan.

  • According to Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) methodology, in May 2017, wheat flour persisted to be under alert situation, vegetable oil fall back to stress status, red beans improved to alert status, and that of sugar continued to be at crisis level. The ALPS indicator for the cost of the minimum food basket remained at alert status.

Macroeconomic Situation

The combined multi-faceted impact of the prolonged conflict and the widespread outbreak of cholera has put Yemen at a grave risk of worst and biggest humanitarian disaster in the world. Although recent studies revealed that over 17 million Yemenis are facing hunger including seven million people are in need of urgent emergency food assistance, humanitarian response has been very low due mainly to severe constraints of aid resources because of poor funding levels. Out of the 2.1 billion US dollars needed for the humanitarian operations in Yemen in 2017, as of the first week of June 2017, only a quarter of the total amount has been received from donors.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-market-watch-report-issue-no-13-may-2017

26.5.2017 – Oxfam (* B H)

The victims of this crisis are the millions of people who were forced to flee their homes and are now displaced in their own country. They are the ones who suffer the most and who will continue to suffer if the war is prolonged. Facing starvation, malnutrition, fear, insecurity, lack of opportunities, income, and disease outbreaks such as cholera, their daily lives have become miserable. Droughts, floods and extreme weather add further misery.

Every time we visited displaced families, we felt completely lost, speechless and blank. How did they and many others managed to come this far with the extraordinary difficulties they have been facing for the last 24 months. How did they move forward while living under gusts of wind that shatter their shelters which are made of plastic bottles, leaves, and bush trees? The heavy rains ultimately swamp everything, forcing them to pick up the pieces and reconstruct new shelters from scratch.

Fateema,* a 12-year-old girl takes care of three siblings younger than her. Their father died during the conflict and their mother no longer lives with them. There are many families like Fateema’s, where children head the household.

Food insecurity is very high among these people. The challenge to survive and thrive is an enormous burden on these young children. Securing meals everyday is their top priority where there is hardly any unskilled or appropriate job available.

Crisis can make someone very strong but to be resilient in these circumstances reveals some extraordinary courage. Fateema, like many others, has that courage to stay in the open field in a makeshift tent along with her siblings. She also stitches clothes and sells them to nearby families to get money for food - by Arvind Kumar, Oxfam Yemen’s Humanitarian Program Coordinator

https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/17-05-29-yemen-resilience-face-starvation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

17.6.2017 – Yemen Press (B K P)

More Than 800 Days of War On Yemen…United Nations

http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/more-than-800-days-of-war-on-yemen-united-nations.html

The Hodeidah Port is the Main Vessel of Living for Yemenis

http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/10905.html

My comment: Die-hard slogans by the Houthi side.

17.6.2017 – Yemen Updates (A)

#Houthis' check points hold trucks carrying Eid's necessities. They already paid customs duties upon arrival at port of Hodaydah! (photos)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/876164535115186176

My comment: What we never are told: How long these trucks really are hold; whether all of them or only some and at which time they can continue. - Reports like this one smell like propaganda. Look at cp15.

17.6.2017 – Tasnim News (A P)

Saudi Arabia ‘Mother of Terrorism’: Yemeni Envoy Yemen’s ambassador to Syria denounced Saudi Arabia as the mother and chief state sponsor of terrorism in the world, saying Yemeni people are fighting off mercenaries spawned by the Riyadh regime.

In an interview with Tasnim at Iran’s embassy building in Damascus, Naif Ahmed al-Qanis expressed solidarity with the Iranian nation over the recent terrorist attacks that killed 17 people in Tehran.

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/06/17/1438462/saudi-arabia-mother-of-terrorism-yemeni-envoy

16.6.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P

Mothers of abductees in #Sanaa, using the plates & spoons, protested against holding their relatives by #Houthisduring Ramadan! #Yemen

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/875654285081456641 referring to film: https://twitter.com/abduteesmothers/status/875375796298420224

16.6.2017 – Risk Intelligence (A)

Number of airstrikes in Hudaydah at zero after UN talks. City clashes continue to occur between opposition groups & Houthi militia

https://twitter.com/riskstaff/status/875642178298458114

My comment: Doubtful until other reports will come.

16.6.2017 – New News ( A T)

Security services with the popular committees dismantled two explosive devices in Al-Baida

http://newnewss.net/?p=6503

16.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K P)

Saudi paid mercenary GPS coordinator arrested

Security services and popular committees arrested a man recruited by enemy Saudi forces to report GPS coordinates in the provinces of Hajja and Hodeidah, a security official told Saba late on Thursday.
The arrested is a member of Muslim Brotherhood party of Islah has admitted reporting GPS coordinates of Mastaba market in Hajja and Zaydiyah prison in Hodeidah, in which the aggression warplanes had hit them accurately and killed a number of Yemeni citizens.
The official said the arrested man’s confessions will be published through state media.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467098.htm and also http://newnewss.net/?p=6507

16.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Houthi-Saleh forces kidnapped a former Islah parliamentarian in Rada’a, al Bayda governorate on June 15. Al Houthi militias also claimed to arrest a former tribal leader loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Salehin southern Sana’a city on June 15. Al Houthi fighters also arrested 80 of his supporters. Unconfirmed reports identified the arrested leader as a member or former member of the Sanhan tribe, to which Saleh belongs.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-16-2017

and

15.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi militias kidnap former Islahi parliamentarian from Rada'a city

The Houthis militants and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have kidnapped a former member of the parliament from the Islah party in Rada'a city in al Bayda province, central Yemen.

A local source told Almasdaronline that the Houthi-Saleh militants had waited for the former MP Ahmad Abdulwli al Tashi at the Mosque door in the neighborhood which he lived at, and asked him to come with them in accordance with orders from the Houthi's supervisor in the region.

''The militants took him to one of their detention centers.''

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92019

and

16.6.2017 – Saba Net (A)

Criminal Mokhtar al Kushaybi, 80 elements arrested: official

Al Kushaybi and his men have committed two murder crimes and acts of looting and robbing in Hizyaz and Bani Huwat areas in the capital Sanaa, as well as they cut the regular road linking Sanaa with Dhamar province and not allowing citizens to travel through, the official told Saba late on Thursday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467100.htm

15.6.2017 – New News (A P)

The Speech of Mr. Abdulmalik Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi on the Event of the Meeting of Wise Yemen, 10 Ramadan 1438

http://newnewss.net/?p=6476

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

16.6.2017 – Mohammed Al-Haddar (A)

Cameras were installed lately in many junctions and streets of #Mukallaby #HadramiElite Forces to improve security. (photo)

https://twitter.com/haddar74/status/875967487229272064

16.6.2017 – Aljazeera (A P)

The flawed Yemen policy

A united Yemen is crucial to deter armed groups and organisations in the country.

This is a translation of an analysis on Yemen published in cooperation with the Al Jazeera Studies Center.

Yemen’s southern governorates are currently witnessing political and security unrest after Aden’s sacked governor, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, announced the formation of a transitional council for the region.

This development was viewed by many analysts as a new step towards the process of separating south Yemen from its north.

Such a move is not new in southern Yemen.

The southern Yemeni separatist council has triggered debate among Yemeni and Arabian Gulf circles. It has neither been supported locally nor by the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

The separation of southern Yemen would weaken the authority of the legitimate government in Yemen. It would also lead to the failure of the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s operations and ultimately the victory of Iran’s allies, represented by Houthis and Saleh.

Since the US expressed interest in partnering with Saudi Arabia in its war on terror, and as the upcoming summit, to be attended by US President Donald Trump and Arab and Islamic leaders, calls for a “new partnership to face extremism and terrorism”, it has become even more crucial to maintain the stability of Yemen.

http://tacstrat.com/index.php/2017/06/16/flawed-yemen-policy/

My comment: This is an already older article, apparently from the time still before the Qatar crisis began and when Qatar still was a close ally of Saudi Arabia in Yemen. - Publsihing and reading it today, is somewhat odd.

16.6.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A T)

KSrelief: Houthi Militias Target 3 Relief Trucks in Yemen with Improvised Explosive Device

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) said in a statement today that three KSrelief trucks were bombed while preparing to distribute food aid in Marib early Thursday.
"The competent teams in the Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen began to investigate the incident. Preliminary evidence indicated that an improvised explosive device was planted at the place where the trucks stopped," the KSrelief said.
The statement also said that the three trucks were bombed at 1:00 am on Thursday, when they were unloading food aid in Marib, Yemen. As a result of the explosion, the trucks caught fire destroying the food aid for Yemeni people which is part of the ongoing KSrelief aid program.

http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1640522

16.6.2017 – Arab News (A T)

Houthis hit 3 Saudi aid trucks in Yemen

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Assistance (KSRelief) said three of its trucks were blown up while preparing to distribute food aid in the Yemeni city of Marib early Thursday morning.
“Specialized teams in the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen have begun to investigate the incident. Preliminary evidence indicates that it resulted from an explosive device planted at the place where the trucks were parked,” it said.
The trucks were blown up at 1 a.m. as they stopped to unload food aid next to a warehouse.
Food and in-kind assistance was being delivered to Yemenis on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan as part of the ongoing KSRelief assistance program.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1115776/saudi-arabia and photos: https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/875490762716323845

My comment: That looks like Al Qaeda, for Saudi propaganda of course ascribing this incident to the Houthis has more propaganda impact.

16.6.2017 – New News (A T)

Two Dead and Three Injured in a Bomb Explosion in Dhale

Two people were killed and three wounded, Wednesday, when a roadside bomb exploded in front of a police station in Al-Wabah area north of the city of Dhale a security source said.

The explosive device blasted among a military crew consisting of less than five people, the incident resulted in two killed and the injury of another three,the source added.

http://newnewss.net/?p=6504 and by Critical Threats https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-15-2017

15.6.2017 – Mintpress News (A P)

Saudi-Backed Forces In Yemen Accused Of Torturing, Burning Young Girl

A number of residents in Taiz were shocked and disgusted to find the badly burned body of a young girl– no older than 15– yesterday.

http://www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-backed-forces-in-yemen-accused-of-torturing-burning-young-girl/228911/

15.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Clashes in Military Police camp over salaries deductions in Aden

A soldier was wounded in armed clashes between military police soldiers and the security personnel of the brigade’s commander over deductions in the salaries of the soldiers in the southern Aden city.

A source in the military camp told Almasdaronline that verbal quarrels broke out in the camp in al Tawahi city when the officer in charge of salaries payment made deductions in the soldiers’ salaries.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92012

15.6.2017 – Al Sahwa (A T)

Al-Qaeda attack thwarted in Hadramout

The leadership of the Second Military Region has revealed that it thwarted an al-Qaeda attack in the area of Dawa'an, Hadramout.

A military sources of the Second Military Region told Alsahwa Net on Monday that the terrorist group targeted the military checkpoint of the Martyr Fada'aq, using mortars and other weapons.

The source said that armed forces of the region quickly responded to the attack, pointing out that a soldier, Naeem al-Saqaf was killed.

In a statement, the Second Military Region affirmed that it managed to arrest three terrorists who tried to attack the military checkpoint.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-7794

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

17.6.2017 – Reuters (* AA P)

Yemen government agrees to U.N. Hodeidah plan, Houthis skeptical

Yemen's Saudi-backed government said on Saturday it agreed to a two-point plan advanced by the United Nations to ease suffering in the country's civil war, but the Iran-aligned Houthi movement remained skeptical.

On Thursday the U.N. Security Council urged the warring parties to agree on a U.N.-brokered plan to keep the Houthi-held port of Hodeidah out of the fighting and to resume government salary payments.

The U.N. has proposed that Hodeidah, a vital aid delivery point on the Red Sea where some 80 percent of Yemen's food imports arrive, should be turned over to a neutral party. The U.N. Security Council warned the Saudi-led Arab coalition, that is fighting the Houthis, against any attempt to extend the war to the port.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi said in a tweet his government renewed its acceptance of the proposals first made by U.N. Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in May.

But a spokesperson for the Houthis said the Security Council through its statements was encouraging the Saudi-led alliance to resume its strikes and that they reserved the right to respond to any aggression.

"We reaffirm that the army and local committees have all the right and legality to respond to the alliance," a statement by spokesperson Mohammed Abdelsalam said - By Mostafa Hashem and Mohamed Ghobari

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-hodeidah-idUSKBN1980G0?rpc=401&

16.6.2017 – UN (A P)

Jemen: Sicherheitsrat fordert Friedensgespräche

Der Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen hat eine Erklärung abgegeben, in der alle Parteien aufgefordert werden, eine friedliche Lösung für den Konflikt im Jemen zu finden.

Zudem forderte der Rat alle Parteien auf, das humanitäre Völkerrecht einzuhalten, die Sicherheit des UN-Personals zu gewährleisten und den Menschen einen sicheren und ungehinderten Zugang zu humanitären Mitteln zu ermöglichen.

Der Konflikt habe „verheerende Auswirkungen“ auf die Zivilbevölkerung und ohne politische Lösung werde sich die Situation weiter verschlechtern, heißt es in der Erklärung.

Mein Kommentar: Die deutsche Berichterstattung ist einmal wieder sehr dürftig. Man halte sich ans Englische:

15.6.2017 – What's in Blue (** A P)

Adoption of a Yemen Presidential Statement

The Security Council is set to adopt a presidential statement on Yemen, which focuses on the humanitarian situation and confidence-building measures. The UK, which is the penholder on Yemen, circulated an initial draft on Thursday 8 June. Following comments from several delegations, the UK presented a revised version on Monday morning (12 June), which was placed under silence. Since Monday there have been several requests for extensions of silence procedures, as well as the breaking of silence twice by two delegations followed by bilateral negotiations.

In the draft presidential statement, the Council stresses the importance of keeping all of Yemen’s ports functioning, including Hodeidah, described in the draft as a critical lifeline for humanitarian support and other essential supplies. Following further negotiations yesterday the draft text now states that keeping Hodeidah port functioning should be done “in line with the Special Envoy’s latest proposals for Hodeidah port and city.” This was proposed by Egypt in order not to give a signal that the Council accepted Houthi control of the city. The draft statement further calls on the parties to engage constructively with the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed on his latest proposal for increasing commercial and humanitarian shipments through Red Sea ports, including new arrangements for management of Hodeidah.

In preparing the draft statement, the UK consulted with several members, which allowed some members to provide early feedback. Following the draft’s circulation to Council members, suggestions for revisions were made on Friday by Egypt, Italy, Russia and Sweden, some of which were incorporated.

As a result of an Egyptian suggestion, language was added to the text expressing concern at the continued non-implementation of Council resolutions.

Italian and Swedish proposals generally sought to strengthen language on humanitarian issues, including on sexual violence and children.

However, Russia’s suggestion to eliminate in its entirety a paragraph calling on all member states to fully implement the arms embargo, and for Houthi and Saleh loyalist forces to cease firing ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia and endangering civilian populations, was not accepted by the UK and became a key point of contention in the negotiations. Russia broke silence on Tuesday, and repeated its call for the deletion of the paragraph, claiming it was unbalanced. The UK responded by removing the paragraph and circulating a new draft, which it placed under a short silence procedure that was extended at the request of Egypt until Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Egypt broke silence. It requested that the paragraph that Russia wanted to remove be retained and proposed several other changes similar to those it had made earlier but which had not been incorporated. This apparently included removing specific reference to the installation of cranes at Hodeidah port, to be replaced by more general language on increasing the port’s capacity. However, the final draft retains specific references to the cranes and includes the need for a “timely” installation. Egypt also made a proposal related to commercial carriers going through Sanaa airport. While the final draft still refers to increased access to Sana’a airport, language explicitly referring to the use of commercial carriers was removed in line with Egypt’s earlier proposal. It seems that Egypt argued that more general language would leave the Special Envoy more flexibility in his negotiations on increased access to the airport.

http://m.whatsinblue.org/479808/show/bdc6b24c12f5cb7753412b0af377e2a5/

My comment: Thank you for this article. It is the most interesting – the final statement is little more than a bad joke:

16.6.2017 – UN Security Council (* A P)

Security Council Issues Presidential Statement Calling on Parties in Yemen to Engage Constructively in Good-Faith Effort for Conflict Resolution

https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sc12873.doc.htm

and

15.6.2017 – UN (* A P)

Yemen: As humanitarian crisis deepens, Security Council urges all parties to engage in peace talks

Expressing grave concern about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a Presidential Statement calling on all parties to engage constructively and in good faith to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in that country.

In the Statement read out during a formal meeting by Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz of Bolivia, which holds the 15-nation body's presidency for the month, the Council expressed its continuing support for the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen in his efforts to bring the parties to negotiations with a view to swiftly reaching a final and comprehensive agreement to end the conflict.

Strongly condemning an attack on the Special Envoy's convoy during his recent visit to Sana'a, the Council called on all parties to comply with international humanitarian law, to ensure the security of humanitarian and UN personnel, and to allow safe and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies.

The Council expressed grave concern about the “devastating humanitarian impact” of the conflict on civilians and emphasized that the humanitarian situation will deteriorate in the absence of a political solution.

Sharing the Secretary-General's grave concern about the threat of famine in Yemen, as well as deep concern over a recent cholera outbreak, it called on all parties to engage with the Special Envoy's proposals for increasing commercial and humanitarian shipments through Hodeida and other Red Sea ports – proposals which, it said, would help build confidence with a view to a durable cessation of hostilities as a first step towards a resumption of peace talks under UN leadership.

The Council went on to call for immediate mobilization of funds pledged to Yemen at a conference in Geneva on 25 April and for all Member States to fully implement an arms embargo as required by relevant Council resolutions. It also called on the Houthis and forces allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to cease all attacks at Saudi Arabia.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56989#.WUNVomjyi00

Comment by Judith Brown: Futile call as long as weapons keep being sold in obscene quantities

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155631861053641

My comment: Read the last paragraph carefully. „It also called on the Houthis and forces allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to cease all attacks at Saudi Arabia“: Saudi Arabian attacks at Yemen – daily air raids – are quite ok for this rotten and hypocritical Council. - Continuing with „o fully implement an arms embargo as required by relevant Council resolutions“: That's an arms embargo only for one side of the conflict, while the US, the UK and others are piling arms sales on the other side of the conflict. - But as iit is, this statement of the Council is a support of Saudi propaganda: https://english.aawsat.com/asharq-al-awsat-english/news-middle-east/security-council-urges-houthis-cease-attacks-saudi-arabia

15.6.2017 – Reuters (A P)

U.N. Security Council urges warring Yemen parties to agree port control

The United Nations Security Council urged the warring parties in Yemen on Thursday to reach a U.N. brokered deal on management of the strategic port and city of Hodeidah and resumption of government salary payments as the country slides closer to famine.

The United Nations has warned a Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthis against any attempt to extend the war to Hodeidah, a vital Red Sea aid delivery point where some 80 percent of Yemen's food imports arrive.

"The Security Council stresses the importance of keeping all Yemen's ports functioning, including Hodeidah port, as a critical lifeline for humanitarian support and other essential supplies," the 15-member body said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the United States believed the port could be placed under the control of a third unnamed authority to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid - By Michelle Nichols

http://www.reuters.com/article/yemen-security-un-idUSL1N1JC1Y1?rpc=401&

My comment: There is no reason to hand Hodeida to any third party, apart from falling into the Saudi propaganda trap and presenting tghe Saudi side a great victory without any military risk. This is a dead end of peace efforts. The main importance is to guarantee Hodeida harbour and city staying free of any blockade, attacks and air raids. It's of main importance to supply Houthi-held northern Yemen – there is no reason not to keep Hodeida under the rule of the Sanaa government. The whole Security Council ia a personification of Hypocrisy – and it's a hypocrisy that kills.

15.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Russia objected to a United Nations Security Council draft statement on Yemen on June 15. The statement called for the stationing of international observers in al Hudaydahport and the opening of Sana’a International Airport for humanitarian purposes. Russia objected to a paragraph calling on al Houthi-Salehforces to cease ballistic missile strikes on Saudi Arabia. Russia also opposed a clause calling for the al Houthi-Saleh faction to enter dialogue with the United Nations to pursue a political settlement for al Hudaydah port.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-15-2017

18.6.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

UNSC statement is not neutral: FM spokesman

A foreign ministry spokesman said the UN Security Council statement No. S/PRS/2017/7 that issued on 15 June, 2017 was not neutral.
"The UNSC statement resorted to generalization when dealing with some parties and selectivity when choosing some issues as it was reflecting the policy of some power countries' interests," the spokesman said.
The spokesman called on the UNSC to adopt a resolution to stop the unjust Saudi-led aggression coalition war against the Yemeni people.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467226.htm

16.6.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (* A P)

Yemen foreign ministry: Yemen extends hands of peace for fair settlement&direct negotiations with Saudi Arabia.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/875861487121772544

Yemen foreign ministry: UNSC statement is not standing at equal distances from all conflicting parties

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/875861707738030080

Yemen foreign ministry: UNSC statement focuses on interests of some major powers.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/875861942568669185

Yemen foreign ministry: UNSC statement is based on outdated references like GCC initiative & resolution 2216.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/875862176531087362

Yemen foreign ministry calls UNSC to re-read the reality of what's going in in Yemen now,&issue resolution under chapter7 to stop aggression

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/875863703119437824

My comment: That is by the Houthi / Saleh government at Sanaa. And it is 100 % true.

16.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

UNSC liable for consequences of Saudi war on Yemen: Ansarullah

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has held the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) accountable for the consequences of the deadly Saudi aggression, stressing that the nation reserves the right to defend itself.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, the movement’s spokesman, said on Saturday that the UNSC issues statements that encourage the invader to continue its attacks and sieges, increasing the suffering of millions of Yemenis and dashing hope for a political resolution of the conflict, the al-Masirah television network reported.

The UNSC, which is in charge of preserving global peace, should know that the Saudi war supported by the US arms and financial aid, threatens international security, he added.

The Houthi official also stressed that the deterioration of the health situation in Yemen with the outbreak of Cholera is “a source of shame” for the body that claims to be promoting human rights.

He further held Saudi Arabia responsible for the stalemate in talks between Yemen’s warring sides, the siege on Yemen and Sana’a Airport activities.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/06/17/525557/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia

16.6.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

Notes to Yemen’s Government on Statement of Security Council

Yemen’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi announced that his country’s government will send a letter to the Security Council to express its reservations on the statement the latter had issued Thursday on the Yemeni crisis, especially in regards to the role played by the legitimate government in pushing forward to reach peace and stability.

In a phone call with Asharq Al-Awsat, Mekhlafi said that the Yemeni government was counting on the issuance of a stronger statement that “identifies all errors and the management of the insurgents in some cases and refers positively to the Yemeni government.”

Mekhlafi pointed out that the government calls for more pressure to be put on Houthi and Saleh militias in this aspect to approve the new proposals of UN Envoy to Yemen that the legitimate government has welcomed earlier, “which we believe is a step to restore confidence and lead to the return to peace talks.”

https://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/notes-yemens-government-statement-security-council

My comment: This is rather odd as the UNSC statement is totally in favour of the Hai government. But they claim 100 %, not only 95 % support.

15.6.2017 – Inner City Press (* A P)

On Yemen, ICP Asks UK If UNSC Statement Gives UN Hodeida Role, "Discussions Continue"

When UN envoy on Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed took questions on May 30, Inner City Press asked him about the call to re-open the Sanaa airport to commercial traffic. He replied with a proposal to open it one day a week, video here, and said he hadn't been able to talk about it with the Houthis (with whom the UN and UK said that he had spoken). Now on June 15, hours before the UN Security Council was to formally adopt a Presidential Statement on Yemen, Inner City Press asked the Council's penholder on Yemen, the UK's Matthew Rycroft, if the Statement puts the UN in Hodeida port. Video here. From the UK transcript: Inner City Press: Is the UN going to be in Hodeidah port? - By Matthew Russell Lee

http://www.innercitypress.com/yemen277fishy061517.html

15.6.2017 – New News (A P)

Diplomatic Sources Confirm the Dismissal of Secretary-General of United Nations, his Envoy to Yemen “Ismail Ould Sheikh”

Diplomatic sources in New York, confirmed at Almaideen T.V channel that Secretary-General of United Nations Antonio Guterres decided definitively to dispense with the mediation of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as his representative in Yemen.

Sources confirmed that the decision to dismiss Ould Cheikh will not announce before nomination of a new envoy to Yemen .

The decision to dispense came after rejection of dialogue between leaders in Sana’a and Ould Cheikh , it came at a time when Ould Cheikh confirmed that his visit to Saudi was successful and that efforts are continuing to reach a peaceful solution in Yemen.

http://newnewss.net/?p=6483

My comment: Looking at the Security Council statement, I doubt. Wait and see.

17.6.2017 – Al-Bab (* A P)

Saudi Arabia elected to UN body promoting workers' rights

In a grotesque development earlier this week, Saudi Arabia – a world leader in the exploitation of migrant workers – won a seat on the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The ILO is a United Nations agency "devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights", according to its website. It promotes "decent work for all women and men" and looks into complaints about violations of international labour rules.

As a member of its governing body, Saudi Arabia will be involved in setting ILO policies and establishing its budget and programme of activities.

On Monday, at the organisation's annual conference in Geneva, the kingdom was elected for a three-year term with 168 votes out of a total of 253 votes cast.

This adds a further notch to Saudi Arabia's growing influence in branches of the UN which are supposed to be protecting people's rights.

Last October, despite its long history of abuses, the kingdom was re-elected to the Human Rights Council for a third three-year term. The British government was among those suspected of supporting its nomination.

In April, Saudi Arabia was also elected to the UN's Commission on the Status of Women – with support from at least three EU countries – by Brian Whitaker

http://al-bab.com/blog/2017/06/saudi-arabia-elected-un-body-promoting-workers-rights

My comment: This shows once again and even more how rotten the whole UN is.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

17.6.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

King Salman receives Presidents of Pakistan and Yemen, Speaker of National Assembly of Kuwait

http://sites.alriyadh.com/en/article/1159974/King-Salman-receives-Presidents-of-Pakistan-and-Yemen-Speaker-of-National-Assembly-of-Kuwait

My comment: While Saudi Arabia tries to blackmail Pakistan in the Qatar crisis:

14.6.2017 – Express Tribune (* A P)

Are you with us or with Qatar, Saudis ask Pakistan

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1434933/gulf-diplomatic-crisis-us-qatar-saudis-ask-pakistan/

My comment: Blackmailing other states – that's Saudi foreign policy.

16.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B P)

Salman vs Nayef: Rumours and ramblings in Saudi’s game of thrones

Whispers abound about power grabs, comebacks and sinister plots in the Saudi royal family. If and when any came to pass, they will have serious repercussions beyond the kingdom

Mohammed bin Salman’s sudden and unexpected rise to eminence under his father’s umbrella is still intriguing many observers inside and outside Saudi Arabia, with rumours circulating that he is plotting to jump the queue to kingship and oust his cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, with the approval of King Salman.

When he became king in 2015, Salman completely ignored the Committee of Allegiance, established by the late King Abdullah to regulate succession, and the latter’s wish that Salman respect the succession plan that he had put in place before he died.

With no legal restrictions on royal prerogatives in an absolute monarchy, Salman reshuffled the royal household with no challenges, but this prompted ramblings and rumours about current royal rivalries.

One rumour focuses on the rivalry between the two Mohammeds. It states that Mohammed bin Salman is about to oust his cousin, bin Nayef, in a bid to ensure that he inherits the throne immediately after his father’s death.

This rumour draws on the sudden rise of 33-year-old bin Salman, who is currently consolidating power and achieving global visibility through a series of interviews in respectable international media and regular visits to the US. The rumour capitalises on some facts and amplifies them, thus adding a political dimension to the power struggle among senior royalty - By Madawi Al-Rasheed

https://medium.com/@MiddleEastEye/salman-vs-nayef-rumours-and-ramblings-in-saudis-game-of-thrones-522e2ef1f28c

17.6.2017 – Sunday Times (* A P)

Trade talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia mark a historic first

Saudi Arabia and Israel are in talks to establish economic ties, a dramatic move that would put the Jewish state on a path to normal relations with the bastion of Sunni Islam and guardian of the two sacred Muslim cities.

Arab and American sources said that the links would start small: allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf, for example, and letting El Al, the national airline, fly over Saudi airspace.

However, any such progress would bolster the alliance between Iran’s two most implacable enemies and change the dynamics of the many conflicts destabilising the Middle East.

The possibility of closer ties with Israel would partly explain why Saudi Arabia and its allies have imposed a sweeping blockade on Qatar, in an effort to…(registered only) - By Michael Binyon and Gregg Carlstrom

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/e3436a84-52b8-11e7-9c77-dc4d2ab46f4b

17.6.2017 – Haaretz (* A P)

Israel, Saudi Arabia Are Reportedly Negotiating Economic Ties

Ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, two of Iran's staunchest enemies, would start small, The Times reports

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Saudi Arabia and Israel are negotiating the establishment of economic ties, The Times reported on Saturday.

The British daily quoted Arab and American sources as saying that the first steps toward ties between two of Iran's staunchest enemies would start small, including allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf and letting Israel's El Al airline fly over Saudi airspace.

But it also cited sources close to Saudi Arabia as saying that improved relations between the two countries are nothing more than wishful thinking on the part of the White House in the wake of President Trump's promise to reach the "ultimate" peace deal in the Middle East.

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.796215?utm_content=%2Fisrael-news%2F1.796215 and, abridged: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/148097-170617-saudi-arabia-and-israel-holding-talks-to-establishing-diplomatic-ties

17.6.2017 – Der Standard (* A P)

Raif Badawis Frau: "Wir sind des Wartens müde"

Die Frau des saudi-arabischen Bloggers Raif Badawi hat anlässlich des fünften Jahrestags seiner Verhaftung zu seiner Freilassung aufgerufen. "Fünf Jahre reichen", sagte Ensaf Haidar laut übersetztem Redetext bei einer Veranstaltung am Samstag in Tübingen. "Wir sind des Wartens müde, ich und meine Kinder". Badawi war 2012 festgenommen worden, sein Blog wurde gesperrt. 2014 wurde er wegen angeblicher Beleidigung des Islam von der saudischen Justiz zu zehn Jahren Gefängnis und 1.000 Stockhieben verurteilt. Er hatte sich in seinem Blog für Gleichbehandlung aller Menschen unabhängig von Religion und Weltanschauung eingesetzt.

http://derstandard.at/2000059403218/Raif-Badawis-Frau-Wir-sind-des-Wartens-muede

17.6.2017 – The Independent (* B P)

Five years on, with no word on imprisoned dissident Raif Badawi, his family waits

“Our life is... all about waiting. We are waiting. And it's been a long time, with these five years passing by slowly for us,” says wife of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

Today, 16th June, marks the five year anniversary of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s imprisonment. Arrested in 2012 for “insulting Islam through electronic channels,” in 2014, after appealing a seven year sentence, he was resentenced with a stiffer punishment: ten years in prison, 1000 lashes, and a fine of over £266,000 – making this the midway point in his incarceration.

Badawi is subject to two further penalties to be enforced upon his release: a ten-year travel ban, and a ten-year ban on engaging in electronic, visual and written media. This means he will spend another ten years apart from his family – his wife, Ensaf Haidar, and three children, who were granted political asylum in Canada in 2013 – by Phoebe Braithwaite

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/campaigns/voicesindanger/five-years-on-with-no-word-on-imprisoned-dissident-raif-badawi-his-family-waits-a7793751.html

17.6.2017 – Arab News (* A K P)

First stage of Saudi drone factory complete: KACST

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has announced that the first stage of a drone factory in Riyadh is almost complete.
KACST’s Supervisor General of Special Programs Khaled Al-Hussan, who is overseeing the Saudi drone project, said that the factory is projected to manufacture drones suitable for military and civil purposes, scientific research, urban planning and security.
One of the drones that will be manufactured at the facility is the Saqr 1 drone which is made of carbon and glass fiber and is equipped with a satellite communications system. The drone can fly within a range of 2,500 km for 24 to 48 hours.
When it comes to who will use the drones, Al-Hussan told Arab News that “Taqnia Aeronautics is the party concerned with marketing and determining the market demand for the projected drones.”
KACST has also produced another three drones of medium size — the Saqr 2, 3 and 4. The units were first developed in 2012 with a total of 38 built as of August 2014.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1116351/saudi-arabia

15.6.2017 – ABNA 24 (* A P)

Saudi regime storms Shias mosque in Al-Awamiyah / Pics

At least 31 civilians have been injured by Saudi snipers in al-Awamiyah village in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, which is mostly populated by Shiite Muslims.
Sometimes, the bullets were shot aimlessly, and at times, they targeted civilians in their houses.
Some of the wounded were hit only because they lived in the Shiite-populated district.
Situated in the Qatif region, al-Awamiyah village has been under siege by Saudi military since 36 days ago and the defenceless people are shot in the streets.
Saudi forces also hit mosques. Sheikh Ahmad Mahmoud Mosque in Al-Diyah Al-Awamiyah district is one of the mosque which Saudi forces didn't respect and and stormed it.
Many of the injured have been transferred to Qatif’s central hospital, while a number of them are reportedly in critical condition.
The Saudi snipers have been deployed on the roofs of the buildings in al-Awamiyah to target the civilians. (photos)

http://en.abna24.com/news/bahrain/international-community-disregards-bloody-crackdown-in-bahrain_836609.html and (text only) http://ifpnews.com/exclusive/snipers-injure-scores-civilians-saudi-arabias-qatif/

Awamiya siege on social media:

https://twitter.com/nimramen/status/875803084454330368

https://twitter.com/nimramen/status/875623098547970048

https://twitter.com/nimramen/status/875629117957324804

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

16.6.2017 – Foreign Policy (* B P)

Trump Is Letting America Get Pushed Around by Saudi Arabia

But there is another critical issue raised by this dust-up between U.S. allies, namely: who decides? Specifically, who decides when the United States should put its own interests at risk in pursuit of even the most legitimate policy goals?

In this case, the Saudis and their partners blindsided the United States. With no warning, they aggressively isolated Qatar, imposing a blockade on a U.S. security partner that hosts over 10,000 American troops. Their action risks complicating the conduct of U.S. military air operations in the region coordinated from the Al-Udeid Air Force Base, and undercuts a longstanding U.S. goal of increased unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.

Compounding the damage, the anti-Qatar coalition has articulated vague demands that amount to a total capitulation from Qatar before they will resume normal relations.

So the Saudi, UAE, and Egyptian rap sheet against Qatar is one we share. But given our other interests at stake, it was unreasonable for them to launch an uncoordinated economic assault on Qatar and lay down maximal demands that have little hope of being met in the short term.

Secretary of State Tillerson has led U.S. efforts to mediate a way out of the dispute.

But because of the Saudi-led coalition’s tactics, the dispute has unnecessarily highlighted differences between the United States and this other group of allies. It has forced us to assert that no other nation can dictate to the United States how we will address such disputes. The uncoordinated isolation campaign has already harmed our interests by driving Qatar deeper into Iran’s arms – by Daniel Shapiro

https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/16/trump-is-letting-america-get-pushed-around-by-saudi-arabia/

My comment: A typical US mainstream media article, not at all putting in question the US-Saudi relationsship, the Saudi role in supporting terrorism, the US role in the Middle East. It's just: The US must lead and decide, not the allies in the region.

16.6.2017 – RT (* A P)

US-Senator Paul packt über Saudi-Arabien aus: Unsere Waffen werden beim IS landen und im Jemen töten

Der republikanische US-Senator für Kentucky, Rand Paul, hat den US-Waffendeal mit Saudi-Arabien am Dienstag im Senat in Washington DC auf Schärfste verurteilt. Er erklärte, dass Saudi-Arabien die „Nummer eins im Exportieren der dschihadistischen Philosophie“ sei und die Religion des Islam weltweit verderben würden. Die Waffen würden nicht nur im Jemen eingesetzt, sondern auch möglicherweise beim IS landen, erklärte er.

Paul kündigte an, dass er, zusammen mit dem US-Senator für Connecticut Chris Murphy, einen Gesetzentwurf einreichen werde, der zukünftige Waffenverkäufe davon abhängig macht, ob die Saudis ihren Militäreinsatz im Jemen fortsetzen. Er erwähnte die verheerende Hungersnot im Jemen, die droht ein „biblisches Ausmaß anzunehmen“, und sagte, die Situation „wird zwar ohne Ihre Erlaubnis herbeigeführt, aber mit Ihren Waffen“.
Er warnte außerdem davor, dass die Waffen bei der Terrororganisation Islamischer Staat landen könnten. Außerdem bestehe die Gefahr, dass Saudi-Arabien sie gegen Protestler einsetzen würde und sie Leute für das Erheben ihrer Stimme mit „Enthauptung oder Kreuzigung“ bestrafen. (mit Film)

https://deutsch.rt.com/kurzclips/52470-saudi-arabien-us-waffen-is-jemen/ und Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_LReJXZgtY

15.6.2017 – Bernie Sanders (* A K P)

Film: Why do we continue to sell billions of arms to Saudi Arabia and give a pass to a monarchy that perpetuates the devastating war in Yemen?

https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/875455813095227392

15.6.2017 – Wilson Center (B P)

The Trump Administration Embraces the Saudi-Led War in Yemen

President Trump enthusiastically promised Saudi Arabia wholehearted support for its campaign to roll back Iranian influence in the Arab world during his visit to Riyadh May 20-21.

The risk is high that the Trump administration will now be blamed for making the world’s worst humanitarian crisis even worse. Hodeida is the main gateway for delivering desperately needed relief supplies into the mountainous interior where millions of Yemenis are suffering from famine as a result of the war that has laid waste to much of the country’s infrastructure and health facilities and taken 10,000 lives. The battle over Hodeida is certain to close down its port for months.

Even Trump’s military advisers have been counseling the Saudis to strive for a political solution rather than a military victory, just as former President Obama did previously to great Saudi dissatisfaction.

Meanwhile, it is far from clear Trump regards Yemen of special importance. In his Riyadh speech to leaders of 50-plus Muslim nations, he called for “responsible nations” to work together to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria but said nothing about the even worse one unfolding in Yemen – by David Ottaway

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/the-trump-administration-embraces-the-saudi-led-war-yemen

My comment: A typical US mainstream article adopting US views.

15.6.2017 – Time (* B P)

Middle East Rifts Are Widening Amid a Global Power Vacuum

The lack of clear, uncontested international leadership is everywhere we look these days. This power vacuum is evident in the hollowing of the Western alliance, Europe's fragmenting politics, the fast-shifting balance of power in Asia and the impotence of governments in Latin America and Africa. Yet nowhere is the destabilizing impact of this trend more obvious, and pressing, than in the Middle East – by Ian Bremmer

http://time.com/4819562/middle-east-rifts-are-widening/

My comment: A strange article lamenting for US dominance. But it's mainly US dominance which has caused the chaos in the Middle East – and not the lack of US dominance.

15.6.2017 – The American Conservative (* A P)

The War on Yemen and the Senate Vote on the Saudi Arms Sale

The good news from Tuesday’s vote is that there is now much broader opposition to selling weapons to the Saudis when there is every reason to expect that those weapons will be used in Yemen.

There were a few honorable Republicans, including co-sponsor Rand Paul, who voted to disapprove the sale.

The bad news is that the resolution still failed. Resistance to shameful U.S. support for the war on Yemen started very late, and it is not growing as quickly as it needs to in order to provide Yemen with the help that its civilian population needs right now. Blocking arms sales to members of the Saudi-led coalition is an important start to helping Yemen, but when the country is in the grip of both famine and a rapidly spreading cholera epidemic there is much more that must be done quickly to address the severe humanitarian needs there.

There has not been a serious effort from Washington under the Obama and Trump administrations to seek an end to the conflict, and neither administration has done much of anything to pressure the Saudis and their allies to halt their campaign. Obama belatedly made a few half-hearted gestures at the end of his presidency, but they had no effect and they have been quickly undone by his successor. If there is to be any chance of changing that policy, the White House needs to start losing votes on these arms sales on a regular basis. - by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-war-on-yemen-and-the-senate-vote-on-the-saudi-arms-sale/

15.6.2017 – Alternet (* A P)

Arms Industry-Funded Democrats Vote to Help Saudi Arabia Continue Slaughtering Civilians in Yemen

Five Democratic senators joined Republicans in narrowly voting to approve Trump’s arms deal

Three of these Democrats have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the arms industry, which will be reaping an unprecedented windfall profit from Trump's record-breaking $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudi monarchy – by Ben Norton

http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/senate-democrats-saudi-arabia-arms-deal-bill-yemen

16.6.2017 – Axios (* B K P)

Report: U.S. acknowledges 20% of strikes outside active battlefields

The "U.S. government has acknowledged just 20% of the more than 700 strikes carried out since 2002" in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, according to a Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies investigation.

Why it matters: Those countries are not active battlefields for the U.S., but the U.S. has allegedly been launching strikes nonetheless and hitting civilians. "It's important there are constraints" holding a country accountable on striking civilians, one of the co-authors of the study, Alex Moorehead, told Axios, because otherwise — right now — the U.S. "lowers the threshold for their use of force," which other countries could start doing, too.

Plus, launching strikes in non-hostile areas is unlawful unless one of three conditions is met: getting permission from the country to attack, getting permission from the UN to attack, or if there is an imminent (that means seconds not hours) threat.

America's legal justification for launching strikes is vague: The U.S. has been claiming self-defense since 2010 when launching airstrikes against individuals in Yemen and Somalia, but the UN Charter sanctions using force against another country in self-defense, not against individuals, the authors write.

But the "war on terror" is complicating things; the Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to the UN has saidsince the U.S. is engaged in "armed conflict" with al-Qaeda, the U.S. "may target them with lethal force wherever they may be found." - by Shannon Vavra

https://www.axios.com/report-u-s-acknowledges-only-20-of-strikes-outside-active-battlefields-2441246481.html

My comment: There was more reporting linked in YPR 311. Vavra here refers to the main juridical questions. It is evident that the US claim about „war on terror“ cannot be legal in any way. Any state could claim this right, if it really would exist, starting with Northern Korea...

Comment by Judith Brown: Shocking but this is how war business is conducted.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155631954158641

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

15.6.2017 – The Guardian (B P)

BAE 'secretly sold mass surveillance technology to repressive regimes'

Documents reveal official concerns that deal with countries including Saudi Arabia could put UK security in danger, says BBC

BAE, Britain’s biggest arms company, secretly sold mass surveillance technology to six Middle Eastern governments that have been criticised for repressing their citizens, the BBC has reported.

The sophisticated technology can be used to spy on a huge number of people’s emails and mobile phones, triggering accusations from human rights campaigners that it is being used to silence or jail dissidents.

According to documents obtained by the BBC, the equipment has been sold in recent years to the governments of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Morocco.

The documents also reveal official concerns that the export of the technology could backfire and imperil the security of Britain and its allies, the BBC said – by Rob Evans

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/15/bae-mass-surveillance-technology-repressive-regimes

15.6.2017 – The Canary (A P)

These people tried to save lives. But the government is going to extraordinary lengths to prosecute them.

The government is going to extraordinary lengths to prosecute a group which disrupted one of the world’s largest arms fairs. The group of eight protesters were acquitted at Stratford Magistrates’ Court of highway obstruction in 2016 after successfully arguing they were trying to stop a greater crime taking place.

But the government, wanting to ensure that it’s business as usual for the arms trade, re-opened the case against them. And the case was heard at the High Court on 13 June.

https://www.thecanary.co/2017/06/15/people-tried-save-lives-government-going-extraordinary-lengths-prosecute-traffic-offence/

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

17.6.2017 – Telepolis (** B P)

"Es handelt sich um Missbrauch der Deutungshoheit"

Gellermann, Klinkhammer und Bräutigam im Interview über die Berichterstattung der Tagesschau – von Markus Klöckner

"Die Tagesschau blendet ökonomische und historische Wurzeln von Kriegen aus"

"Kriegsberichterstattung aus dem Jemen findet bei ARD-aktuell praktisch nicht statt"

Volker Bräutigam: Defizitär und desinformativ ist die Kriegsberichterstattung über Jemen. Da bombardieren saudische Flugzeuge gezielt einen Marktplatz, töten mehr als 120 wehrlose Besucher und verkrüppeln mindestens noch einmal so viele - und über dieses und ähnliche Kriegsverbrechen berichtet die Tagesschau kein Wort. Kriegsberichterstattung aus dem Jemen findet bei ARD-aktuell praktisch nicht statt.

Wenn ARD-aktuell über den Jemen berichtet, dann nennt die Redaktion das Geschehen bewusst unzutreffend "Bürgerkrieg", den angeblich die "Houthi-Rebellen" gegen die "Regierungstruppen" führen. Die Tagesschau informiert nicht einmal darüber, wer eigentlich in dieser verbrecherischen Luftkriegsallianz unter angeblicher Führung der Saudis Mitglied ist und sonst noch im Jemen bombt. Keinesfalls wird das Wesentliche mitgeteilt.

Die USA und Großbritannien haben ihre militärischen und geheimdienstlichen Spezialisten im Generalstab der Saudis, versorgen ihn mit strategischen Informationen und steuern ihn. Worum es in diesem Krieg wirklich geht, wird nicht mal angedeutet: Die USA sichern mit Unterstützung der Saudis ihre geostrategischen Interessen am Persischen Golf und im Arabischen Meer. Zugriff auf die wichtigsten Energielagerstätten der Welt, Kontrolle der Handelswege usw. Und die Saudis lassen sich bis an die Zähne bewaffnen und schulen für ihren Kampf gegen den großen Konkurrenten Iran. Dem soll es ans Leder gehen, sein Streben nach Mitsprache in der Region konterkariert werden. Mit allen Mitteln, einschließlich infamer Drohnen-Bombardements der USA im Jemen. Das verschweigt ARD-aktuell.

https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Es-handelt-sich-um-Missbrauch-der-Deutungshoheit-3741117.html?seite=2

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

Italien / Italy: cp13a

16.6.2017 – Kuwait News Agency (A P)

Italy hosts symposium on constitutional arrangements for post-war Yemen

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2619587&Language=en

My comment: I would think that's up to the Yemenis. And at the same time, Italy exports bombs to Saudi Arabia, which are dropped on Yemen (look at cp13a).

15.6.2017 – Stop War on Yemen (A P)

On the occasion of the 800 days of airstrikes on Yemen, several anti-war organizations in India, including the World Peace Movement and BRICS International Forum held a ceremony entitled “Stop the war on Yemen”.

https://www.facebook.com/Stopwaronyemen/posts/1449700575073164

15.6.2017 – Sinn Fein ( A P)

European parliament resolution on Yemen an important step but doesn’t go far enough – Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the European Parliaments vote in favour of a resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Speaking today, Lynn said;

“I welcome the resolution which highlights the humanitarian disaster and calls on EU member states to do more to help the people of Yemen.

“The ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been largely ignored in the West, while several EU countries continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia despite them being complicate in human rights violations in Yemen.

“This resolution reaffirms the EU’s commitment to an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, which must become a priority for all member States.

“It is regrettable that there is not a stronger condemnation of the Saudi led coalitions bombing campaign and the ongoing blockade of Yemeni ports, which has created a situation were 80% of the population of Yemen, some 21 million people are in urgent need of food medicine and fuel.

The role of American drone strikes in contributing to political instability in Yemen was not included in this resolution. This must be acknowledged.

http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/45043

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1

17.6.2017 – NPR (* B P)

Qatar's Crisis With Saudi Arabia And Gulf Neighbors Has Decades-Long Roots

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/06/17/533054129/qatars-crisis-with-saudi-arabia-and-gulf-neighbors-has-decades-long-roots

15.6.2017 - Washington Post (* A P)

The crisis over Qatar highlights Trump’s foreign policy confusion

It seems increasingly clear that the Saudis and Emiratis have bitten off more than they can chew. Despite its tiny size, Qatar is the largest producer of natural gas in the Middle East; it is wealthy and has friends.

The role of the Trump administration in the crisis has been both conspicuous and confusing. Qatar is a long-standing, albeit problematic, U.S. ally. It hosts a number of American university campuses and a vast U.S. military base that is critical to counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Syria. Yet Trump, fresh from his trip to Riyadh, seemed to giddily join the Saudi and UAE bandwagon.

This raised eyebrows for quite a few reasons. First, it's a bit much to single out Qatar for not doing enough to curb terrorism when similar accusations can be leveled at its neighbors, perhaps especially Saudi Arabia.

Moreover, Trump's own line seemed to contradict the far more cautious approach pushed by his lieutenants. From the onset of the crisis, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis counseled conciliation, not confrontation.- by Ishaan Tharoor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/15/the-crisis-over-qatar-highlights-trumps-foreign-policy-confusion/?utm_term=.b8c5b4f45ffe

17.6.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

'We do not trust them': UAE calls for western monitoring of Qatar

UEA foreign minister Anwar Gargash calls on ‘our western friends’ to establish monitoring system over Qatar’s alleged support of terrorism

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/17/uae-qatar-western-monitoring-anwar-gargash

17.6.2017 – AP (A P)

Twitter briefly suspends Al-Jazeera Arabic amid Qatar rift

San Francisco-based Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Among its top investors is Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the kingdom's royal family.

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/business/twitter-briefly-suspends-al-jazeera-arabic-qatar-rift-article-1.3254662?cid=bitly

16.6.2017 – National Union of Journalists, United Kingdom (* A P)

Stop attacking Al Jazeera, demands NUJ

Hundreds of jobs are threatened, families are at risk of being torn apart and TV stations, newspapers and websites risk closure following on from the current Gulf crisis. In response, the NUJ and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), demand Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners (including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Yemen) rescind calls on the Qatari authorities to close down and block Al Jazeera.
Fifty-five journalists from different Gulf states, working at Al Jazeera in Doha, are now under extreme pressure to leave or lose their nationality. The Saudi authorities have given their nationals two weeks to leave or lose their citizenship. Last week the authorities closed Al Jazeera's office in Riyadh and cancelled its operating licence. Jordan has followed suit by closing the Amman office. Members of the Israeli government have also joined the calls to shut the station and its online platforms.
In Saudi Arabia, the commission for tourism and national heritage has joined Bahrain in banning tourist destinations from airing Al Jazeera. Violations of these injunctions face fines up to SR 100,000 (€23,800), closure, revocation of tourism licenses, and even imprisonment. These draconian measures also include fines of up to $2700 for Saudi citizens caught watching Al Jazeera TV.
The crisis is being used as an opportunity to clamp down on reporting and the authorities have blocked other Qatari media and closed independent and critical news websites.

https://www.nuj.org.uk/news/stop-attacking-al-jazeera-demands-nuj/

Comment by Judith Brown: This Al Jazeera witch hunt by the GCC states is out of all proportion as well as being undeserved.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155631888733641

16.6.2017 – BBC (* A P)

Qatar crisis: Have Saudis gone too far?

The real long term cost of isolating Qatar may well turn out to be economic.

To attract business and provide jobs for their swelling youth population, the Gulf Arab states need stability and a business-friendly environment.

It is hard to see how this stand-off could do more to damage this.

The longer it persists, the deeper the wounds, not just to Qatar and its tiny, affluent population, but to the entire region – by Frank Gardner

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40297809

16.6.2017 – Daily Sabah (* A P)

Saudis must be bewildered by US actions

News that the Americans have signed an agreement with Qatar to sell $12 billion worth of F-15 fighters and that the U.S. Navy is preparing joint military exercises with the Qatar Navy must have come as a shock to the Saudi Arabian leadership who had been encouraged by U.S. President Donald Trump to gang up with the helpless United Arab Emirates (UAE) and poor Egypt to impose political and economic sanctions against Doha.

https://www.dailysabah.com/columns/ilnur-cevik/2017/06/16/saudis-must-be-bewildered-by-us-actions

Remark: Turkish media.

16.6.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A P)

Qatar intends to address the Human Rights Council in the case of its boycott. HRC still ignoring #Yemenblockade

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/875847431686062080

15.6.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Qatar says fighter jets deal shows deep U.S. support

A $12 billion deal to buy U.S. F-15 fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, despite President Donald Trump's repeated accusations that Doha supports terrorism.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-idUSKBN19611J?il=0

14.6.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Two U.S. Navy vessels arrive in Doha for joint exercise -Qatar news agency

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN195322

but

15.6.2017 – MbKS15 (A P)

FYI: USS Chinook & USCGC Baranof came to #Dohatoday for a routine port visit NOT for a joint exercise with #Qatar's Navy, said Cmdr. Urban

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/875433109461839872

15.6.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A P)

Qatar: Gulf crisis has no impact on World Cup

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170615-qatar-gulf-crisis-has-no-impact-on-world-cup/

14.6.2017 – Middle East Monitor (*A P)

Timeline: Arab Rift with Qatar

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170614-timeline-arab-rift-with-qatar/

9.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Qatar crisis: Coup attempts, the politics of revenge and the dream of becoming king

Gulf states claim they are besieging Qatar over Doha's support of terrorist organisations. The real motivations? Emirati revenge and a Saudi deputy crown prince who wants to be king

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/coup-attempts-politics-revenge-and-dream-becoming-king-1433657257

8.6.2017 – Voice of the Cap (* A P)

Saudi Attack on Qatar affirms its allegiance to Israel

http://www.vocfm.co.za/saudi-attack-qatar-affirms-allegiance-israel/

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

15.6.2017 – Tagesschau (* A K P)

Trotz Krise am Golf: USA verkaufen Kampfjets an Katar
Mitten im diplomatischen Konflikt um Katar haben die USA ein milliardenschweres Rüstungsgeschäft mit dem Emirat abgeschlossen. Der Golfstaat erhält US-Kampfjets vom Typ F-15. Saudi-Arabien und andere arabische Länder hatten die Beziehungen zu Katar abgebrochen.
Trotz der schweren diplomatischen Krise am Golf haben die USA den Verkauf von Kampfjets vom Typ F-15 an Katar besiegelt. Verteidigungsminister James Mattis unterzeichnete eine entsprechende Vereinbarung mit seinem katarischen Kollegen Khalid al-Attiyah. Der Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg zufolge handelt es sich um insgesamt 36 Maschinen. Hersteller Boeing lehnte eine Stellungnahme ab.
http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/katar-usa-kampfjets-103.html

15.6.2017 – Yemeni Cruel (* B K)

Film: Saudi war on Yemen pt 4. Weapon sales

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fepSy8UIDps

16.6.2017 – Avvenire (* A K P)

Yemen, bombe «italiane». Ecco le nuove prove

L’ultima è la Bahri Jedda. Il cargo saudita, salpato da Cagliari la settimana scorsa, secondo i radar sta consegnando in queste ore il nuovo carico: 2.000 bombe per i caccia della coalizione che martella lo Yemen. Il governo italiano non ha mai ufficializzato i nomi dei Paesi destinatari, ma un frammento recuperato sul campo conferma il contenuto di due anni di inchieste giornalistiche partite da "Avvenire". La sigla 'A4447', incisa su una scheggia indica che l’ordigno proviene dalla Rwm Italia, che ha sede legale a Ghedi (Brescia) e stabilimenti a Domusnovas, in Sardegna, ma che fa capo al gruppo tedesco Rheinmetall.

Secondo l’ong yemenita Mwatana, il numero di matricola (nella foto), trasmesso all’ufficio Ansa di Beirut, è stato rinvenuto a Der al Hajari, nella regione nord-occidentale di Hodeida. I caccia piombarono alle 3 di notte dell’8 ottobre 2016: almeno sei civili uccisi, tra cui 4 bambini. Nel gennaio scorso un gruppo di esperti incaricati dall’Onu di indagare sulle violazioni in Yemen aveva certificato l’uso delle bombe della Rwm Italia sulle aree civili, affermando che questi raid «possono costituire crimini di guerra». L’identificazione degli ordigni «è stata resa possibile - ha spiegato Mwatana - grazie all’analisi delle sigle».

Anche Giorgio Beretta, dell’Osservatorio sulle armi di Brescia (Opal) ha confermato ad Avvenire la corrispondenza della matricola Da anni la Rete italiana per il disarmo denuncia l’esportazione verso la coalizione saudita, impegnata dal 2015 in raid aerei per reprimere l’insurrezione Huthi e dei loro alleati (foto)

https://www.avvenire.it/attualita/pagine/yemen-bombe-italiane-ecco-le-nuove-prove and also by Ansamed http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/it/notizie/rubriche/cronaca/2017/06/15/yemen-ong-civili-uccisi-da-bombe-prodotte-in-italia_85fe9d2a-2cb2-49c8-a6d7-ceedc6e632c5.html

16.6.2017 – Movimento 5 Stelle (* A K P)

Bombe italiane in Yemen: fermiamo il massacro saudita

Bombe italiane vengono usate in Yemen. Da anni denunciamo l'esportazione illegale di armi alla coalizione saudita impegnata nella guerra civile in Yemen. Oggi l'Avvenire pubblica nuove prove di questa vergognosa compravendita. Il Ministro Pinotti deve rispondere! Al Parlamento europeo abbiamo denunciato la guerra per procura in corso in Yemen e abbiamo chiesto un embargo sugli armamenti verso l'Arabia Saudita. Ascolta e condividi la denuncia di Fabio Massimo Castaldo.

http://www.movimento5stelle.it/parlamentoeuropeo/2017/06/bombe-italiane-in-ye.html

15.6.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

Great to see the #Saudi-#Ukrainian jointly developed #An132D making its 1st international debut at the 2017 #ParisAirShow — Pics: Negrerie M (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/875440950125965313

cp13b Wirtschaft / Economy

16.6.2017 – London School of Economics and Political Science (* B E K)

The Battle to Control the ‘Commanding Heights’ of the Yemeni Economy

This memo was presented at a workshop on ‘Yemen’s Urban–Rural Divide and the Ultra-Localisation of the Civil War‘ organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 29 March 2017.

While most headlines track military battles for territory control the political battles to establish legitimacy, a much more hidden, yet no less destructive battle has been underway in Yemen – that of control over key economic resources and institutions.

The most visible conflict on the economic front has been the fight over control of the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY), which brewed for over 2 years since March 2015 until the internationally-recognised Hadi government officially replaced its board and relocated its headquarters from the Houthi–Saleh-controlled Sana‘a to Aden, which it designated as the temporary capital in March 2015.

As the banking sector slowly collapses due to the ongoing conflict, and with the erosion of the CBY’s supervisory and regulatory functions, the black market for currency exchange and international money transfers is flourishing.

Oil-producing regions, most notably Marib and Hadhramaut, present another contested economic resource. The Houthi–Saleh alliance has lost on this front, since it doesn’t have control over those regions. However, the natural resources of those regions are largely under the control of the local communities, rather than the internationally-recognised government, which is a clear sign of the fragmentation challenge awaiting Yemen even if the major war comes to an end.

Control over who imports fuel depends on control of the main ports. This leads to regular clashes and conflict between different local militia groups in Aden over the control of the port. It also explains why the Houthi–Saleh alliance is desperately fighting to defend the Port of Hodeidah, the last sea port it still controls. Ports are not only important for the import of fuel, but are also crucial for the last available revenue streams, customs revenue. In 2013, the year before the Houthis took control of Hodeidah, the port brought in 41 percent of all customs revenue, amounting to over $400 million.

Finally, the telecommunication sector is typically one of the few sectors that remains operating during conflict.

Contrary to how it is often portrayed in international media, the conflict in Yemen is not simply a regional proxy war. It is a ferocious fight between local warlords to gain control of key economic resources. Sadly, millions of innocent Yemenis are paying the price and falling victim to what has now become the largest humanitarian crisis in the world - by Rafat Al-Akhali

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mec/2017/06/16/the-battle-to-control-the-commanding-heights-of-the-yemeni-economy/

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

17.6.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* B T)

The US is failing to exploit tribal anti-AQAP sentiments in Yemen

The fact that AQAP is fighting the Houthis as a common enemy alongside the US-supported Saudi-led coalition throws up a paradox for alliances between warring groups and dynamics on the ground. The US is indirectly supporting armed groups which fight alongside AQAP, which directly undermines its counterterrorism operations.

Shabwa united against AQAP US Navy SEAL raids and drone strikes have taken a toll on Yemen’s tribal communities, leading to tensions over AQAP’s presence, particularly in Shabwa province. Civilian casualties have prompted Yemenis to hold negative view about the US, while still allowing AQAP to live among them and train in the province.

More than 1,200 people have been killed in US drone strikes since 2004, with 210 confirmed to be civilians and 49 children. Tribal leaders in Shabwa, led by Saleh Bin Farid Al-Awlaki, mobilised the community to form an alliance to fight and remove AQAP from the province in a bid to prevent US operations threatening the lives of “tens of thousands of civilians”.

In April, AQAP agreed to stop mounting attacks in the West in order to prevent US counterterrorism operations in Shabwa. This was unprecedented, and illustrated that the tribal leaders have some sway over the AQAP leadership. The agreement between Shabwa province and AQAP fell away as the terrorist group started calling for external attacks last month.

This strategy by the group has shifted the heavy-handed implementation of its goals toward instilling its cause within the social fabric of society. For example, AQAP claimed most recently that it collaborated with local tribes in a battle against the Houthis in Al-Jamajim area of Bayda.

This shows that AQAP is benefiting directly from the anti-Houthi fight and forming alliances that it may not have forged without a common foe, the Houthis. AQAP has positioned itself as the protector of Yemen’s Sunnis against the Shia Houthis, which would appeal to tribes across the country. The US and UAE should thus be cautious about where and which tribes are on the receiving end of counterterrorism strikes; getting it wrong could disrupt growing anti-AQAP sentiments.

It is becoming increasingly clear that AQAP is frustrated with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and has started to regard all of the Gulf countries involved against the Houthis as foes – by Khalil Dewan

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170617-the-us-is-failing-to-exploit-tribal-anti-aqap-sentiments-in-yemen/

17.6.2017 – AP (* A T)

US drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida millitants in Yemen

Yemeni officials say a missile fired by a U.S. drone has killed three al-Qaida militants who were driving in a vehicle in the country's south.

The officials say one of those killed in Friday's attack was an operative close to the al-Qaida leader in Yemen, Saad al-Awlaki. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the press.

The officials say the missile killed everyone in the moving vehicle and left their bodies charred. The strike happened in the southern province of Shabwa – by Ahmed Al-Haj

https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/feeds/canadian-press/world/a-us-drone-strike-kills-3-al-qaida-millitants-in-yemen/article35339670/

and 17.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A T)

Al qaeda suspects killed by US raid in carrying vehicle in Shabwa province

Two Al qaeda elements killed Friday evening in raid launched by US drone in Alnaqba area in Shabwa province, southeast Yemen as local source said.

The source said to Almasdaronline that the raid targeted armed car in Al naqba mountainous Haban district on Friday evening at 9:30, the shelling burned the car and killing two gunmen

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92034

16.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP) senior spokesman and former AQAP emir in Abyangovernorate Khaled Batarfi emphasized the importance of repentance and forgiveness in a seven-minute video released on June 15. The video is part of a new AQAP series on the “Stories of the Prophets.” Batarfi appeared in three AQAP videos this week.[2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-16-2017

16.6.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A P T)

Al-Qaeda condemns boycott against Qatar, stands with the Muslim Brotherhood

Al-Qaeda has released a new propaganda video condemning the current boycott of Qatar by neighboring Gulf and Arab countries.

In a new development that confirms the link between al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Qatari role in supporting the two, the latest propaganda titled “the mask has fallen,” broadcasted through its media subsidiary “Al-Sahab," condemned the decisions by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to cut ties with Qatar and rank individuals and designated as terrorists sponsored by Qatar.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula/Yemen (AQAP) leader Khalid Batarfi described the recently Qatar-linked terror list as a “war against Islam and Muslims” and called on all scholars, preachers and students of theology and various factions of Islamic movements and groups to “incite and encourage the jihad and dismiss nationalist patriotic sentiment”.

AQAP-Muslim Brotherhood links

Most of the leaders of AQAP were part of the Muslim Brotherhood and fought side by side in a number of fronts in Yemen.

Between 2011-2012 and at the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring, the Brotherhood showed hostile positions to Al-Qaeda, which was a step to lead the political scene in Yemen and access power, but the common relations returned again in 2014.

According to a specialist in the affairs of Yemeni Islamist groups and movements, who wished not to be named, the statement from AQAP comes mainly as a guide to Muslim Brotherhood members

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/06/16/Al-Qaeda-condemns-boycott-against-Qatar-stands-with-the-Muslim-Brotherhood.html

My comment: Of course, the bias of this article is Saudi propaganda against Qatar.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: This Saudi report directly accusing Islah Party in Yemen of collusion with Al Qaeda is the clearest sign yet that RIyadh is dropping Islah.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/875555067759386624

BUT : Empty talk. Saudi Arabia still fully allied with Islah militias in Yemen, even though Islah & Al Qaeda are 2 cheeks of the same butt.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/875556445122699264

15.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP) released two videos in a period of 24 hours. The second video features AQAP senior spokesman and former AQAP emir in Abyan governorate Khaled Batarfi. He criticizes the Saudi-led coalition for waging a war on Islam by including Islamic scholars on terror watch lists. This video is Batarfi’s second in one week. He condemned the recent U.S.-Saudi arms deal and urged Yemenis to continue fighting against forces aligned with the U.S. on June 11. AQAP propaganda seeks to advance a narrative that the group protects Yemen’s Sunni population against U.S.-backed forces and the al Houthi movement.[5]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-15-2017

cp15 Propaganda

18.6.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt are lodging a complaint to Qatar containing all the issues that caused the current crisis, in the hope that Doha will address those issues, said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

The four countries are sending a message that Qatar has gone too far and cannot continue its current policies, which include financing terrorism, he said at a press conference at the Saudi Embassy in London.
Al-Jubeir, in the presence of Saudi Ambassador Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz, said they do not seek to harm the people of Qatar, which is an ally in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had been left with no choice but to take measures against Qatar because it had not honored commitments it made in 2013 and 2014 to stop supporting extremism and terrorism, and to stop interfering and fueling conflicts in other countries, Al-Jubeir said.
Meanwhile, Iran continues to ignite violence by intervening in the affairs of countries in the region such as Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq, in clear violation of international laws and norms, he added.
Although he called on Tehran to stop its aggressions, interference and support for militias, Al-Jubeir expressed skepticism that it can change its behavior.
He said the Kingdom hosted the recent historic Arab-Islamic-US Summit with the aim of fostering dialogue between Arab and Islamic countries and their Western counterparts.
The Global Center for Combating Terrorism, recently launched by the Kingdom, can within six seconds pick up Internet messages and deal with them immediately, Al-Jubeir said, adding that Riyadh seeks to expand the Center’s capabilities.
GCC countries signed a memorandum of understanding with the US to combat terrorism financing, he said, adding that the aim is to expand the number of participating countries in the agreement.

Al-Jubeir expressed Saudi concern over the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and over the siege imposed by Houthi militias that is causing famine and hindering the arrival of medical and food aid.
Riyadh has allocated $800 million to alleviate suffering in Yemen via the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, which distributes aid through 81 humanitarian organizations, he said.
A conference hosted by the Kingdom in cooperation with the World Bank allocated more than $10 billion to reconstruction in Yemen, he added.
The Saudi-led Arab military coalition will continue its operations against rebels in Yemen, and work to lift the siege and reach the needy as soon as possible, Al-Jubeir added.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1116766/saudi-arabia

My comment: LOL, LOL. - And „The Saudi-led Arab military coalition will … work to lift the siege“ really is the best.

17.6.2017 – Riyadh Daily (A P)

Qatar plays double game with Iran, Houthis to flood Kingdom with arms

Qatar’s numerous shady dealings to help the Houthis acquire weapons and strengthen the ousted Yemeni leader, Ali Saleh, have come to light. Qatar used various investment and development projects as a front to carry out such deals.

In 2007, for instance, it had offered Saleh assistance to work on tourism projects in the city of Midy and develop its port, which is linked to the maritime border with the Kingdom.

The sources further said that the underlying objective of these projects was to smuggle arms. Qatar wanted to flood the region with arms, and then ship them partly to the Kingdom. Qatar was in league with Iran, which already has a thriving smuggling operation in the Red Sea, to target the Kingdom by establishing a strong footing in Yemen and countries of the Horn of Africa, the sources said.

http://sites.alriyadh.com/en/article/1159966/Qatar-plays-double-game-with-Iran-Houthis-to-flood-Kingdom-with-arms

My comment: This is an even ridiculous propaganda. In 2007, Saleh was best friend with Saudi Arabia.

17.6.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Coup Militias in Yemen Exploit Relief Convoys to Traffic Arms

Reports came in on Saturday on Houthi militias fighting in an insurgency alongside armed loyalists backing ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh taking over relief and humanitarian aid convoys of the World Food Program (WFP).

Convoys were taken in several Yemeni provinces, in what is believed to be a part of a larger arming plot underway.

Stolen trucks will be used to supply militiamen with weapons and explosives in addition to them being used for means of transporting armed men to battle zones, said the Saudi Press Agency.

Sources inside Yemen said that Iran-aligned Houthi militias have on multiple occasions resorted to seizing convoys, as well as 200 other vehicles carrying relief materials allocated to 12 directorates inside the province of Taiz.

At least 7 registered locomotives deployed to province of Hajjah carrying relief materials for displaced people have also gone missing.

Sources pointed out that Houthi criminal militia forcibly change convoy drivers, and then replacing content of relief materials with weapons and ammunition.

Other sources suggest that WFP trucks are being used to transport armed militants to besieged fronts in Taiz, Abas, and Medi, using the convoys for camouflage.

https://english.aawsat.com/asharq-al-awsat-english/news-middle-east/coup-militias-yemen-exploit-relief-convoys-traffic-arms

16.6.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

Yemen: Houthis ‘planned to starve’ detainees during Ramadan

The mothers of the kidnapped Yemenis alleged that the Houthi militants and forces loyal to ousted Ali Abdullah Saleh intend to starve detainees during Ramadan.

The Association of Mothers of the Kidnapped launched a rescue call to members of the Human Rights Council at its 35th session being currently held in Geneva, to save their sons from death in militia prisons and to use all legal and humanitarian means to release them.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/06/16/Yemen-Houthis-planned-to-starve-detainees-during-Ramadan.html

My comment: The protests of the mothers is one thing – what Saudi propaganda is making of it is the other. There is not a single prrof for the headline in the article itself.

16.6.2017 – Arab News (A P)

What Qatar’s role in Yemen tells about the Gulf crisis

Take Yemen. Exactly 10 years ago, a cease-fire between the government and the Houthis ended what is known as the fourth Saada war, named after the governorate the Zaydi revivalist group calls home.
The high-profile peace-broker was none other than Qatar’s then-Emir Sheikh Hamad bin-Khalifa Al-Thani, who traveled to Yemen himself. Qatar’s cosy relationship with Iran, at the time already accused by Yemeni government officials of backing and radicalizing the Houthis and incentivizing their armed insurgency, played an important role in placing Doha in the mediator’s seat.
By mid-June 2007, the Qatari peace plan had taken shape. It included temporary exile in Doha for key Houthi leaders Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, Abdul Karim Al-Houthi and Abdullah Al-Ruzami, as well as a joint committee with representatives from Qatar, the Yemeni government and the Houthis.

Yet the fighting in the north did not abate, and various Yemeni factions and government officials blamed the Doha Agreement for giving the insurgents equal standing to the government. The following year, when Qatar’s mediation appeared to bear fruit, the conflict resumed. Doha withdrew and failed to live up to its promises to invest in the areas most affected by the war.

Qatar found itself in a close relationship with the leadership of the Houthi militias, while at the same time backing their nemeses Islah, as well as Al-Qaeda – by Dr. Manuel Almeida, former editor of the English online edition of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1116206

My comment: Saudi propaganda against Qatar, now using the Yemen theme for it.

16.6.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

Film: “We are not warmongers, but if the drums of war call for it, we are prepared,” — Saud Al-Faisal

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/875781823061688320

15.6.2017 – Gulf News (A H P)

King Salman centre to tackle cholera crisis in Yemen

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief have signed an agreement for almost US$8.3 million (Dh30.48 million) to support the ongoing health response to the cholera outbreak in Yemen.

The support from the King Salman Centre will ensure that 7.3 million people in 13 priority governorates are reached with life-saving health services as part of coordinated efforts by all health partners to conduct prevention activities and provide treatment.

http://m.gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/king-salman-centre-to-tackle-cholera-crisis-in-yemen-1.2044203

Comment by Shireen Al-Adeimi: Oh look! Arsonists are pretending to be firefighters again.

https://twitter.com/shireen818/status/875385585623457792

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

17.6.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabiaand its alliance in #Yemen 65 June 2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/844123735737993/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

15.6.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabiaand its alliance in #Yemen15 June 2017 (full list):

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/843204729163227/?type=3

18.6.2017 - Press TV Iran (** A K PH)

Saudi bombing of Yemen market kills at least 24

Saudi warplanes have bombed a bustling marketplace in Yemen’s extreme northwest, killing at least 24 people, the al-Masirah television reports.

The aircraft hit the al-Moshnaq market in Sa’ada Province’s Shada’a District Saturday night as people gathered to buy staples for Eid al-Fitr, a festivity which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

The network said the casualty figure could rise because the aircraft kept bombing after relief teams arrived at the scene.

The report said some of the fatalities have already been identified as relief workers, who died trying to reach the marketplace amid continued bombing.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/06/18/525647/Yemen-Saudi-Arabia-Saada

and in local social media:

18.6.2017 – Hussain Albukhaiti (* A K PH)

25civilian kild several injrd by #Saudi#UAEreportdly double tap strike on Almashnag market n Shada NW #Saada (map)

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/876230898148048896

18.6.2017 – New News (* A K PH)

Shada popular market Massacre which committed by #Saudiaggression rises to 25 civilian martyrs #Saadaprovi #Yemen

https://twitter.com/AggressionY/status/876243395240501249

18.6.2017 – Saudi War Crimes (* A K PH)

New #Saudiairstrikes massacre on attacking a market at #Sadaprovince with at least 15 #civiliansbeen killed and injured .

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1689823741313613

18.6.2017 – Ahmed Jahaf (A K PH)

#Hajjah: 5 airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition on Haradh and Midi, the warplanes & reconnaissance aircraft still flying.... (map)

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/876175724004220928

18.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplane kill driver of vegetables vehicle

A Saudi warplane hit a vehicle carrying vegetables in Mawza district in Taiz province late on Saturday, killing the driver, a security official told Saba on Sunday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467224.htm

18.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Arab Coalition aircrafts bomb Houthis-Salih forces military camp in al-Bayda

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92067

17.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes hit Saada

US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched three air strikes on several areas of Saada province over the past hours, a security official told Saba on Saturday.
The air strikes targeted Maran area in Haydan district, Malahiz in Dhahir district and Kahlan camp.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467158.htm

17.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi coalition warplanes hit Attan in capital Sanaa overnight

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467160.htm

17.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi coalition carries out 10 air strikes on Medi, Harad

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467156.htm

17.6.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression coalition warplanes launch series of airstrikes on Mokha

Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes launched seven air strikes on the port city of Mokha over the past hours, a military official told Saba on Saturday.
The warplanes also targeted Tabat al-Sallal hilltop in Salah district.
The air strikes left damage to citizens’ properties and farms in the province of Taiz.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467155.htm

My comment: Mokha city is under Hadi government control, why the Saudis should bomb it?

and from the other side:

16.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Seven Houthis killed, 10 wounded by Coalition airstrikes western Taiz province - source

A military source said that seven militants of the Houthi group and forces loyal to former president Saleh were killed, and 10 others wounded in aerial bombardment launched by the aircrafts of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition on their sites in Mozza and al Mocha districts west of Taiz province in southwestern Yemen.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92020

16.6.2017 – Ayad (A K PH)

A poor man house in remote area got bombed and flattened by saudi coalition 4serious injuries/killing1 #yemenmokka (photo)

https://twitter.com/maddllock/status/875878491207675904

15.6.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (A K)

Today ,Harad area #Hajawas bombard by 18 #Saudiair strikes #YemenU turned it into a "ghost city" and you still bombing its destruction.

https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/875463665088176128

15.6.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A K PH)

3 air strikes on Nabiza mountain, #Taiz
2 raids on Serwah, #Marib

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1403968966322796

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

17.6.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

#YemenMilitary Forces revealed the capture of a Houthi mine team while trying to plant mines in the province of Al Jawf!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/876055186715947008

17.6.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

Look to the mattress and blood. Somaia 18yrs was killed by Houthis shell in #TaizWhile she was sleeping (photos)

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/876035169513242624

16.6.2017 – Yemen Updates (A K PS)

#HouthiCrimes continue; a young woman killed and many others injured as a result of #Houthis' shelling on a neighborhood in Taiz! (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/875871238387793921

13.6.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

Child Fuad, killed by #Houthiand Saleh sniper in Taizcity

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/874437239136301056

15.6.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A K PS)

Houthi Militias Shell Al-Thawra Hospital

Yemeni sources have described the condition in the dialysis section at Al-Thawra Hospital as totally paralyzed due to missiles and splinters that were launched on Tuesday from n area controlled by Houthis and Saleh.

A medical source reported to Asharq Al-Awsat that the patients – a minimum of 270 – will suffer terribly in case a center for dialysis was not provided soon. The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, added that the center of dialysis was totally destructed and the water tanks were destroyed but no human losses were registered.

Speaking about the reason behind the survival of patients, the source said that patients were standing in line in front of the center before the shelling started and they hadn’t yet commenced their dialysis sessions.

“They survived a massacre. Their late entrance to undergo dialysis was a miracle that protected them from an absolute death,” the source added.

https://english.aawsat.com/theaawsat/news-middle-east/houthi-militias-shell-al-thawra-hospital

and

15.6.2017 – Almasdar Online (* A K PS)

Houthis shell al Thawra Hospital, wound two civilians in Taiz

Al Thawra Hospital is the largest in the city, which receives the largest number of civilian casualties in the ongoing fighting flaring eastern the city, and the daily bombardment on residential neighborhoods by the Houthis.

The source told Almasdaronline that an artillery shell fired by the Houthis fell on the building of the artificial kidney department, when the patients were in there.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92011 and also http://almasdaronline.com/article/92021

17.6.2017 – Sputnik News (* A K)

Huthis im Jemen vs. Saudische Marine – bislang zehn Schiffe versenkt (A B K)

Die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen gehen gegen die Marine Saudi-Arabiens mit Erfolg vor. Nach Angaben der Emirate News Agency (WAM) wurde am Freitag ein Schiff mit medizinischen Hilfsgütern aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten (VAE) versenkt, schreibt Alexander Chrolenko, militärpolitischer Kommentator von Rossiya Segodnya, am Samstag.

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20170617316202204-huthi-jemen-saudi-arabien-schiffe-versenkung/

Mein Kommentar: An diesem Artikel stimmt sehr wenig. - Die Huthis haben bisher keineswegs zehn feindliche Schiffe „versenkt“. - Bei dem zuletzt angegriffenen Schiff handelt rs sich sicher nicht um ein Schiff, das Hilfsgüter geliefert hat – das ist eine Behauptung der Propaganda der Emirate – eine genaue Wiederholung von vor ca. einem Jahr. - Der Iran spielt im Jemen nur eine marginale Rolle; die Idee, hier hätte möglicherweise ein iranisches U-Boot eingegriffen, ist absurd. - Und, wieder einmal: „vom Iran unterstützt“ trifft für die Huthis nicht zu. Aber das hatten wir schon oft genug.

15.6.2017 – Emirati News Agency (* A K PS)

UAE medical aid ship attacked by Houthi militias off Yemen coasts

The rebel Houthi militias fired a missile at a United Arab Emirates aid ship carrying medical equipment while departing from the Yemeni port of Al-Mokha, the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said in a statement on Thursday.

The attack caused no damage to the vessel, but left one crew member injured, said the General Command of the Armed Forces, affirming that it is following up and tracking down those behind the attack.

The Command reiterated its warning against the danger posed by the Houthi belligerent activities and arms smuggling on the safety of international navigation in this vital part of the world.

The statement called upon the international community to exercise more pressures on the Houthi militias to comply with UN Security Council Resolution No 2216 on prevention of such criminal activities.

The UAE has been delivering urgent medical assistance to a number of governorates in Yemen to help contain the cholera outbreak.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302619307 and a neutral record of the attack: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302619314 and record by Critical Threats: https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-15-2017

My comment: It's war and a warship was attacked. Nothing less, nothing more. And again – exactly that had happened before! - Emirati propaganda labels this vessel as „medical aid ship“. There are exact rules of war how a medical aid ship has to look, for instance: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/vietnamkrieg-fotostrecke-106500.html

15.6.2017 – News of Bahrain (A P)

Bahrain condemns attack on UAE ship

The Kingdom of Bahrain has condemned the missile attack which targeted a ship belonging to the brotherly United Arab Emirates while leaving Al Mokha Seaport in Yemen.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirms that such a cowardly terrorist act is a flagrant breach of all international laws and norms and a dangerous threat to international navigation in a vital and strategic place for world security and peace."

http://www.newsofbahrain.com/viewNews.php?ppId=34520&TYPE=Posts&pid=21&MNU=2&SUB

My comment: Same procedure as every time. This is an odd propaganda as an attack on a war ship in war is an act of war and not of „terrorism“.

15.6.2017 – Anadolu (* A K)

Pro-govt forces, Houthis lock horns in Yemen’s Taiz

Fierce clashes and artillery exchanges erupted Thursday between pro-government forces and Shia Houthi militiamen in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz, according to a spokesman for the Yemeni military.

“Several army positions near Taiz’s Republican Palace came under Houthi attack on Thursday, leading to violent clashes,” Colonel Abdul Basset al-Bahr, an army spokesman, said in a statement.

“Ultimately, the attacks were repulsed,” al-Bahr added, noting that at least one Yemeni soldier -- along with an unspecified number of Houthis -- had been killed in the melee.

According to the army spokesman, Thursday’s clashes coincided with fierce artillery exchanges between the two sides, in addition to airstrikes against Houthi positions carried out by a Saudi-led coalition.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/pro-govt-forces-houthis-lock-horns-in-yemen-s-taiz/842561

Remark: Anadolu mostly always only refers to the Saudi-backed Hai army sources.

15.6.2017 – Fars News (A K PH)

35 Saudi Forces Killed, Wounded at Borders with Yemen

Yemeni military sources said that 35 Saudi military men were killed and wounded in two surprise attacks by Yemen's army and popular committees against their bases in Jazan region.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960325000528

Pro Houthi / Pro Saleh reports:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467225.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467223.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467159.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467157.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467099.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news467097.htm

Pro Saudi / Pro Hadi reports:

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92071

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92069

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92068

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

6.2017 – Fund Razr (B K)

Ibb Zoo Emergency Rescue Mission Yemen

Starving animals are escaping from their damaged enclosures in desperate search of food and being shot dead by local villagers at Ibb in destitute, war-torn Yemen. We've GOT to save them FAST

How can we possibly abandon these desperate Lions, Striped Hyenas, Baboons, Caracal, Camels, Horses , Geese and Peacocks, left to starve at defunct Ibb Zoo in the midst of a brutal civil war? How can we continue to witness them being shot dead one by one as they jump the fence and approach the village in fateful search of food?...With your vital help, we can keep them alive with emergency food and water and secure the enclosures for their own protection. By reviving Ibb Zoo we can then transfer some of the enduring Predators from overcrowded Taiz Zoo, south of Ibb and release them from the cruel confinement of their concrete prison cells to these open-range enclosures here at Ibb Zoo ! (with film)

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/IBBZOOEMERGENCYRESCUEnoshoot

16.6.2017 – Times of Israel (* C)

When Israeli doctors allegedly tested Yemenites for ‘Negro blood’

Lawmakers reexamine 20-year-old testimonies alleging medical experiments on new immigrants in 1950s, but make no demand for further action

Bllood samples drawn from Yemenites in the 1950s were tested to determine whether they had “Negro blood.” Photographs of children showed their organs marked. And 60 hearts were harvested from the bodies of new immigrants from Yemen post-mortem for purposes of medical research, in a project purportedly funded by the US.

The documents alleging medical experimentation on the new immigrants from Yemen were gathered in 1996-1997 by a Knesset-appointed investigative commission tasked with probing the disappearance of over 1,000 children in the so-called abducted Yemenite children affair. - by Marissa Newman

http://www.timesofisrael.com/when-israeli-doctors-allegedly-tested-yemenites-for-negro-blood/

Comment by Judith Brown: What a truly shocking story. Yemeni Jews who went to Israel on Operation Magic Carpet were not treated like human beings

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155631883648641

16.6.2017 – Jerusalem Online (* C)

Knesset committee: Shocking photographs reveal Israeli medical experiments conducted on Jewish Yemenite children

For years, testimonies have been heard but up until now, no evidence has been published to confirm them. On Wednesday, the Knesset Special Committee on the Disappearance of Children from Yemen, the East and the Balkans were shown photographs that seem to attest to medical experiments that were conducted on Yemenite children during Israel’s early years. In one of the photographs, naked children are seen with scribbles marking where their internal organs are located. (photos)

http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/in-israel/local/israels-medical-experiments-on-yemenite-children-exposed-29145

21.6.2015 – Yerusalem Net (* C)

The officer who saw behind the top-secret curtain

From supporting Yemeni Royalists to a proposal for the assassination Iran's Khomenei, former military intelligence officer Yossi Alpher had a behind-the-scenes look at some of the IDF's most classified operations; now he explains the covert strategies that guided Israeli intelligence for decades.

In those days, as is the case now too, Yemen was embroiled in a fierce civil war – between the Royalists (the Shia Zaidis, the Houthis of today) and the so-called Republican rebels, who were being supported by Egypt and the Soviets. Back then in the mid-1960s, however, the Royalists had the backing in fact of Saudi Arabia.

At the same time, a representative of Imam al-Badr, leader of the Royalists in Yemen, made direct contact with Mossad operatives in Europe and was even brought to Israel for a visit. The operation was conducted over a period of slightly more than two years, during which an IAF Stratocruiser cargo aircraft made 14 dangerous nighttime sorties from Tel-Nof to Yemen – a 14-hour round trip. From an altitude of some 3,600 meters, Egyptian weapons seized during the 1956 Sinai Campaign were accurately parachuted into wadis surrounded by high mountains controlled by the Royalists.

Alpher says that in order to carry out the initial parachute drops in the proper fashion, and to ensure that the equipment ended up in the right place and right hands, two members of Caesarea, the Mossad's special-operations division, were sent to Yemen in coordination with the British intelligence services. One of the Caesarea operatives fell ill on the way and was forced to pull out. The second made it to the drop site and guided the aircraft in for the initial deliveries.

Once everything was running smoothly, the Mossad stepped back and the logistics of the remaining drops were handled by the British.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4671127,00.html

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-311-yemen-war-mosaic-311

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-311 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-311:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/15/the-crisis-over-qatar-highlights-trumps-foreign-policy-confusion/?utm_term=.b8c5b4f45ffe

08:01 18.06.2017
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