Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 318 - Yemen War Mosaic 318

Yemen Press Reader 318: Innere Machtkämpfe u. Weg zum Krieg – Schwierige Friedenslösung – Rolle der Frauen im Jemen – Lobbyversuch der Emirate – USA u Terroristen – Saud. Luftangriffe – Cholera
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Internal power struggles and the path to war – Difficulties of a peace solution – The role of Yemeni women – Emirates loobbied Obama government – US, terrorists and killings – Saudi coalition air raids – Cholera – and more

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 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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30.6.2017 – Al Araby (** B P)

Yemen's war: A story of internal power struggles and foreign intervention

Since the 2011 uprising, Yemen has become a battleground for internal and external warring factions, and escalating foreign intervention.

Yemen is likely to see greater foreign involvement in its civil war, especially in light of a record breaking - though recently in doubt - arms deal with Saudi Arabia. As events continue to escalate, it is critical to understand the failed Yemeni Uprising of 2011, which helped lay the foundations for the current unrest.

The Yemeni Civil War, which now includes US-Saudi involvement, has grown out of unresolved tensions between existing elites over the course of decades, that exploded shortly after Arab Spring protests came to Yemen in 2011.

By June 2011, when Saleh was injured in a rocket attack and a temporary ceasefire was called in Sanaa, established parties such as Al-Islah began to take control of the "change squares". Al-Islah and other elites, such as those from oppositional tribal networks, pushed out grassroots activists with superior organising, funding, experience, divisive religious rhetoric (especially when it came to gender segregation), and more straightforward physical intimidation.

At the same time, armed groups including the Houthis, and tribes in the provinces of Arhab and Nihm, began to take territories across the country. They feared that a rapidly changing political order would mean that they would be sidelined in favour of military elites such as Ali Mohsin al-Ahmar, and highly influential tribal leaders like Sadiq al-Ahmar of the Hashid Tribal Confederation.
Further south, Islamist militias linked to AQAP took the provincial capital of Zinjibar, several months after Saleh recalled military units to crack down on protests in Sanaa and Taiz. The US responded with intensified drone strikes and covert operations.

Saleh finally signed a GCC initiative in November 2011 that transferred powers to his former Vice President Abdu Rabbu Mansur Hadi. Saleh was promised immunity, and Hadi would be president during a transitional period.
In December 2011, the remaining youth movement, the Houthis, and Hirak, a movement of southern nationalists that grew out of pension protests half a decade earlier, staged a Life March from Taiz to Sanaa in opposition to the deal, but it was simply beyond their control.

In February 2012, Hadi was confirmed as president in an election where he was the only candidate, with the Houthis, Hirak, and many independents boycotting.

Hadi moved against Saleh loyalists in the military and over a dozen institutions, and also led the National Dialogue Conference from March 2013 to January 2014. Tellingly, the youth and grassroots movements that drove the original protests weren't invited.

Following the NDC, Hadi stoked existing antagonisms even further by extending his mandate for another year, and being unclear on how he would implement the NDC frameworks.

Hadi's decision to lift fuel subsidies in July 2014, following pressure from the International Monetary Fund, was likely the point of no return. The Houthis took advantage of public outrage to organise protests with demands for fresh subsidies, criticised the NDC process, and demanded a new government.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2017/6/30/war-in-yemen-internal-power-struggles-and-foreign-intervention

My comment: It is important to remind that the so-called “Gulf Initiative” which the Hadi government – as does the UN – declare to be one pillar of all solutions in Yemen, from the very beginning onwards never was capable to be a solution. It was imposed on Yemen by foreign forces (the Gulf States and the US), and from the very beginning it was clearly rejected by large parts of the Yemeni society, as the Houthis. And, also very important, it excluded large parts of the Yemeni society – from the very beginning. From the first day on, it was evident that it could not work.

30.6.2017 – Critical Threats (** B P)

A potential resolution to the Yemeni political crisis, which sparked the civil war, will not deliver long-term stability or end local conflicts.

A potential resolution to the Yemeni political crisis, which sparked the civil war, will not deliver long-term stability or end local conflicts. Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia may have made progress in reaching a political settlement to the Yemeni civil war. The elite-brokered deal is almost certainly occurring independent of the UN-led process, which has largely collapsed.

Rumors of an elite-brokered peace deal persist, though the solutions discussed do not include addressing underlying grievances in Yemen. President Hadi replaced three governors associated with the Emirati-backed Transitional Political Council for the South following the return of rumors of a deal. Hadi seeks to consolidate power and made similar replacements the last time serious rumors of negotiations between the UAE and Saleh surfaced. The Hadi government deployed several brigades from Aden to multiple fronts of the civil war, including units originally tasked with a counterterrorism and security mission.

The former fourth regional military commander, who has jurisdiction over these troops, claimed this order came from civilian leadership. These deployments may be an attempt to accelerate military gains ahead of a potential political settlement that would likely exclude President Hadi. Former Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, a likely candidate to replace President Hadi, is reemerging as a public figure in Yemen and has held high-level meetings with Saudi and Emirati officials. Former president Saleh is also reactivating his patronage network likely to position his son, Ahmed Saleh, for a senior leadership role in a future Yemeni government.

UN-led efforts to negotiate a ceasefire collapsed. The al Houthi-Saleh government designated UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed persona non grata in early June. The UN process collapsed due to distrust within the al Houthi-Saleh block over Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s partiality and because his mission was to deliver a ceasefire, not a political resolution. The al Houthi-Saleh faction believes that Saudi Arabia has coopted the UN in this process.

The burgeoning humanitarian crisis created by the protracted civil war will weaken state institutions and the Yemeni population for the years to come.

Hadi government forces are struggling to hold territory seized in early 2017 beyond the pre-1990 North-South Yemeni border.

Saudi King Salman’s decision to appoint his son, Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince affects the Yemeni civil war.

The participation of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the civil war allows the group to insinuate itself further in Sunni communities. AQAP militants participated in a Hadi government offensive against al Houthi-Saleh-held areas of eastern Taiz city, central Yemen, in early June. AQAP likely highlighted its participation in the offensive to promote its narrative that it is liberating Sunni populations from Shia control.

An elite-brokered deal that does not address underlying grievances or include key power brokers will not end the local conflict in Yemen. The persistence of popular grievances and the mobilization of Sunni populations in Yemen facilitates AQAP’s expansion. The failure of the UN-process may have allowed Russia to position itself as a mediator in ongoing negotiations between former President Saleh, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia – by Maher Farrukh

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/yemen-situation-report/2017-yemen-crisis-situation-report-june-30

6.2017 – Safer World (** B H K P)

“Women nowadays do anything”. Women’s role in conflict, peace and securityin Yemen

This study brings together the findings of qualitative research conducted in Ibb and Aden by the Yemen Polling Center (YPC) in cooperation with the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) and Saferworld. It looks at the impact of the war on women and their families in these two regions, particularly in terms of security-related issues, and the roles women play or have played in the conflict as well as in the building of security and peace.

Our research reveals that the war has had many complex consequences for Yemeni women, who have been severely affected by the violence that has spread through the country, including in gender-based forms. It has had a socioeconomic impact, as many women have been left responsible for running households and taking care of children by themselves. Displacement, the absence of income and basic services, the impact of the conflict on overall family health, the security and education of their children, and the proliferation of small arms are only some of the issues that have put women under psychological strain and at physical risk

At the same time, women have been active agents in the political, conflict and security dynamics in both governorates. While only rarely engaged in direct combat, many women have contributed to the ‘war effort’ in other ways, including preparing and delivering food and water to fighters, nursing the wounded, manning checkpoints, fundraising and encouraging their husbands and sons to fight. On the other hand, women have led and participated in peace building initiatives. They have contributed greatly to humanitarian efforts, particularly through first aid, child protection and psychosocial support within the community. Throughout the conflict, women have also been integral in developing strategies to secure their safety and that of their families,to provide for their children’s needs, and to contribute to the well-being of the wider community.

Key findings

Women are having a positive impact in sustaining community cohesion and promoting peace at the local level through diverse strategies, including within their families, in humanitarian work, psychosocial support and in civic life. Participants in our research offered a holistic understanding of peace, which they saw as not only being about ending the war but also about ensuring access to basic services, including security Women’s roles in relation to peace and security during this conflict have not always aligned with preconceptions about their roles in Yemeni society. Some women in Aden report that the war has empowered them and made them stronger, more resilient, and more self-reliant than before, highlighting how conflict can affect gender roles in positive as well as negative ways At the same time, the conflict has also had an isolating impact on women, as a gendered understanding of risk obliges women to stay at home. Women identified several security obstacles to their public participation, including: checkpoints, restrictions by their families due to security concerns, threats posed by armed groups, and the resurgence of restrictive gender norms promoted by conservative groups.

Security and livelihoods emerged as women’s biggest concerns. Te proliferation of weapons and armed groups and the general sense of lawlessness were the most often cited security concerns. Unemployment, inflation, currency depreciation, shortages inessential goods and the threat of losing the head of household were significant worries concerning livelihoods. Women displaced by the war are the most vulnerable and are often excluded from community protection mechanisms.

Child protection also emerged as an important area of concern, with participants citing random shootings and unexploded ordinance, recruitment into armed groups, exposure to violent political and religious ideologies, and drugs as worries.

Participants reported that the war had negatively affected women’s mental health, especially in Ibb. While in Aden the war is seen to be over, people in Ibb feel that they are still experiencing the worst of the conflict.

Community cohesion also suffers more strongly in Ibb, where respondents described an increase in divisions due to political and sectarian rhetoric. In contrast, in Aden the conflict has largely been understood as one between ‘outsiders’ (Ansar Allah/Saleh forces) and the community.

Women’s understanding of their contributions to peace varied according to their specific experiences. In Aden women’s activities such as preparing and delivering food and water for fighters, nursing the wounded, manning checkpoints, and – in a small number of cases – even taking up arms were cited as contributions to peace.

Participants identified opportunities for women’s participation in peacebuilding, including: campaigns against violence and the bearing of arms; awareness-raising campaigns about community peace and education, particularly engaging youth; promoting the inclusion of women across all levels of decision-making, including in the security sector; psychosocial support within their communities; and child protection initiatives.

Local women-led initiatives need direct financial and institutional support, including from the international community in areas not directly related to humanitarian efforts. Capacity-building in technical and practical subjects should also be offered in areas such as psychosocial support, child protection, conflict transformation, and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) – by Marie-Christine Heinze and Marwa Baabbad

https://www.academia.edu/33605246/Women_nowadays_do_anything._Women_s_role_in_conflict_peace_and_security_in_Yemen?auto=download

= http://carpo-bonn.org/en/staerkung-der-rolle-von-frauen-in-frieden-und-sicherheit/ and the full document http://carpo-bonn.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Heinze-Baabbad-Women-nowadays-do-anythingupdate.pdf

My comment: Seriously, how it is possible not to mention Saudi Arabia – and that means: the whole aerial war) with not a single word? Search results: Saudi: 0. Aerial: 0. Bomb: 0. USA: 0. Blockade: 0. Why main features are suppressed? The „conflict“ which the authors are mentioning quite often did not fall from the sky. This “crisis” is – as often quoted – “man-made”.

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12.2016 - Literature Review (* B H P)

Women’s role in peace and security in Yemen. Literature ReviewThis literature review provides an overview of women’s interactions with peacebuilding efforts in Yemen, in view to informing current strategies on how to enhance their role. In doing so, it considers questions in regard to women’s political participation in the past; the impact of conflict on women’s lives; the social norms governing women’s activism; and examples of women’s involvement in peacebuilding processes. - by Marie-Christine Heinze

http://carpo-bonn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Heinze-Womens-role-in-peace-and-security-in-Yemen-Literature-review.pdf

30.6.2017 – The Intercept (** B P)

HACKED EMAIL SHOWS UAE AMBASSADOR LOBBYING THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE ON YEMEN WAR

PART OF KEEPING close relationships with serial human rights violators, as the U.S. does, is the constant pressure from those governments to ignore their reported abuses. That dynamic was on full display in a hacked email exchange between the United Arab Emirates’ influential ambassador to the U.S. and a top Obama national security official. The sometimes testy back-and-forth between allies, which was obtained by The Intercept, shows how friendly foreign governments lobby the White House on human rights, and how the White House sometimes pushes back.

During the exchange, which took place in June 2016, the UAE’s Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba tries to convince Robert Malley, then a top Middle East advisor to President Barack Obama, that human rights reporting critical of the U.S.-backed bombing coalition in Yemen was unfairly biased.

In the exchange, Otaiba tried to persuade Malley that reporting by the British-based news agency Reuters was unfairly biased. Otaiba focused on a Reuters report that said Arab monarchies had pressured then-U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon into removing the Yemen coalition from a U.N. list that shames countries for killing children.

At the time, Louis Charbonneau, the lead journalist on the Reuters story, had accepted a job to become U.N. director at the New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch and would leave Reuters the following month. The link to Human Rights Watch alone was enough to convince Otaiba that the report was hopelessly biased.

Charbonneau, the former Reuters journalist, told The Intercept that his story was “unassailable” — calling it “meticulously researched” — and noted that Ban had essentially confirmed it. “The facts speak for themselves,” Charbonneau said, “whether or not some diplomats like it.” – by Alex Emmons

https://theintercept.com/2017/06/30/uae-otaiba-emails-rob-malley-human-rights-watch-saudi-arabia/ and adopted by Qatari media: http://www.gulf-times.com/story/555199/UAE-envoy-lobbied-White-House-to-ignore-rights-vio

Comment by Judith Brown: Wow this is a very important document about the lobbying of members of the Saudi led coalition concerning human rights violations in Yemen.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155689684498641

24.6.2017 – Free Thought Project (** B K P)

The US Gov’t Killed More Civilians This Month Than All Terrorist Attacks in Europe Over the Last 12 Years

In the last 12 years, terrorist attacks in Europe have killed 459 civilians. The U.S. killed at least 472 civilians in Syria, just in the last month.

Every time a terrorist attack occurs in Europe, it is met with an abundance of media coverage, and each victim is mourned by the public on a grand scale. However, the concern for the loss of innocent life appears to be almost nonexistent when the United States kills more civilians in one month than terrorist attacks in Europe have killed in the last 12 years.

A group monitoring the Syrian conflict reported on Friday that airstrikes launched by the United States-led coalition in Syria have killed 472 civilians from May 23 to June 23.

In the last 30 days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the provinces with the largest death tolls were Deir Ezzor with 222 civilian deaths, including 84 children, and Raqqa with 250 civilian deaths, including 53 children. The Observatory also noted that the latest figure is more than double the previous month, which was around 225 civilian deaths.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/us-killed-more-civilians-europe-terrorist-attacks/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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2.7.2017 – WHO (** A H)

To date, 252,816 suspected #cholera cases and 1560 associated deaths have been reported in 21 governorates in #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/WHOYemen/status/881575133617549312

2.7.2017 – WHO (* A H)

Twenty ambulances, 100 cholera kits and 128k bags of IV fluids have arrived in Hudaydah, #Yemen, as part of a 403 ton shipment sent by WHO (photo)

https://twitter.com/WHOYemen/status/881566309108023297

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1.7.2017 – Reuters, APA (** A H)

Schon mehr als 1.500 Menschen an Cholera gestorben

Im Jemen sind an der seit Wochen grassierenden Cholera-Epidemie nach Angaben der WHO schon mehr als 1.500 Menschen gestorben. Bis Ende Juni seien 246.000 Verdachtsfälle registriert worden, sagte Nevio Zagaria, der Vertreter der Weltgesundheitsorganisation im Jemen. Jeden Tag infizierten sich in dem Bürgerkriegsland 5.000 Menschen neu mit der Krankheit, die schweren Durchfall und Erbrechen auslöst und durch Flüssigkeitsverlust zum Tode führen kann. Die WHO rief zu mehr internationaler Hilfe auf.

http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2017-07/jemen-weltgesundheitsorganisation-cholera-ausbreitung = http://www.salzburg24.at/zahl-der-cholera-toten-im-jemen-auf-1500-gestiegen/apa-1436900954

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1.7.2017 – AP (** A H)

WHO: Cholera Death Toll in Yemen Rises to 1500

The World Health Organization says a rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed 1500 lives since April and is suspected of sickening 246,000 people.

WHO representative in Yemen Dr. Nevio Zagaria said in a news conference in Sanaa on Saturday that the number of suspected cases in the country's second outbreak of cholera in six months has multiplied tenfold in the last two months.

The death toll rose from 1300 as announced two weeks ago by WHO, which put the number of suspected cases at 200,000 at the time. The organization said that a quarter of those killed by the disease in the war-torn country are children – By AHMED AL-HAJ

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cholera-death-toll-yemen-rises-1500-115925174.html = https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-01/who-cholera-death-toll-in-yemen-rises-to-1500 and by the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/02/yemens-cholera-death-toll-rises-to-1500-says-world-health-organisation

2.7.2017 – International Business Times (* A H)
Film: Yemen cholera epidemic spreads with nearly 250,000 infected

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has infected nearly 250,000 people. The WHO warned of the unprecedented spread of the disease in the war-torn country. 1,500 deaths have been reported so far between April and June 2017 and every day an additional 5,000 new cases are reported. Almost half of all recorded cholera cases are children. Nearly 2 million children suffer from malnutrition, making them vulnerable for diseases.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GzVJnSJ6JE

1.7.2017 – ORF (* A H)

Film: Cholera breitet sich im Jemen weiter aus

In den vergangenen Monaten starben über 1.400 Menschen im Jemen an Cholera, hunderttausende sind erkrankt. Experten prognostizieren eine weitere Verschlechterung der Lage.

http://tvthek.orf.at/topic/Chronik/6353949/ZIB-1300/13936035/Cholera-breitet-sich-im-Jemen-weiter-aus/14081626

1.7.2017 – British Red Cross (*A H)

Film: In #Yemen, one in every 120 people are now suspected of having cholera. It is a massive public health crisis and it's only getting worse.

https://twitter.com/BritishRedCross/status/881150918623875078

1.7.2017 – UNICEF (* A H)

Film. #Yemen: Fathyah, an everyday hero, is going house to house to stop the spread of #cholera.

https://twitter.com/UNICEF/status/881044722063507457

2.7.2017 – Suhf Net (* A H)

20 people die of cholera in Mahabsha in Hajjah province

20 citizens have died from cholera in the past two months in Mahabsha district, Hajjah province. According to medical sources, 20 citizens died of the disease, out of the 1600 cases have been detected in the areas and the isolation of the Directorate of Mahabsha during the past two months. According to the sources, among the deaths were 12 cases in the isolation of Bani Haidan, declared by the Directorate of the region as a result of the spread of the epidemic among its population, and three children died as a result of the epidemic in the isolation of the miners, which was monitored dozens of cases of the disease.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/193491 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F193491&edit-text=

30.6.2017 – Frankfurter Rundschau (* A H)

Krieg und Cholera

Für die UN spielt sich im Jemen das „größte humanitäre Desaster der Gegenwart“ ab. Die Zahl der potenziell tödlichen Durchfallerkrankungen explodiert geradezu.

Im Jemen grassiert die derzeit schlimmste Cholera-Epidemie auf dem Globus.

Bis Ende August rechnet Unicef mit mehr als 300 000 Erkrankten, die Hälfte von ihnen Kinder.

Denn der Bombenkrieg von Saudi-Arabien und den Emiraten geht mit voller Härte weiter. Zehntausende von saudischen Luftangriffen haben die Infrastruktur und das kulturelle Erbe des Jemen ruiniert.

Cholera lässt sich mit Antibiotika, Desinfektionsmitteln und Infusionen relativ gut bekämpfen. Doch die Hälfte der jemenitischen Krankenhäuser ist kaputt, die verbliebenen total überlastet. Bei den Medikamenten fehlt es am Nötigsten. Die 30 000 Ärzte und Pflegekräfte des Landes haben – wie alle Beschäftigten des öffentlichen Dienstes – seit fast einem Jahr kein Gehalt mehr bekommen. Die Helfer bemühen sich in Sanaa und anderen Städten, die Trinkwasserversorgung wieder in Gang zu bekommen und die Bevölkerung in Grundregeln der Hygiene zu schulen. Am Mittwoch wurden 750 000 Infusionen eingeflogen, mit denen 10 000 Cholerakranke vor dem Tod bewahrt werden können. Weitere Frachtflüge sollen in den nächsten Tagen folgen – von Martin Gehlen

http://www.fr.de/politik/jemen-krieg-und-cholera-a-1305166

und vom selben Autor, derselbe Artikel, andere Auswahl:

30.6.2017 – Hannoversche Allgemeine (* A H)

Jemen – Humanitäre Katastrophe im Dauerzustand

Erkrankte, die keine Behandlung bekommen können, sterben binnen Stunden oder Tagen an einem dramatischen Flüssigkeitsverlust. Mindestens 1400 Menschen sind bereits Opfer der Seuche geworden, die sämtliche Regionen des Jemen erfasst hat. Jeden Tag stecken sich nach Schätzung der internationalen Helfer weitere 5000 Menschen an. Fernsehbilder aus den medizinischen Einrichtungen zeigen ausgezehrte Menschen und erschöpfte Ärzte.

Cholera trete besonders in Kriegsgebieten auf, erklärt Aref al-Da’ari, der stellvertretende Leiter vom Kuwait University Hospital in Sanaa, aber auch überall dort, wo Gebiete aufgrund von Blockaden schlecht erreichbar seien. Viele der Binnenflüchtlinge würden in überfüllten Zeltlagern leben, in denen sich eine große Menge von Abfällen und Fäkalien ansammelte.

Zwei Jahre nach Beginn des Bürgerkrieges ist ein Viertel der Bevölkerung stark unterernährt. Millionen haben keinen Zugang mehr zu sauberem Trinkwasser – von Martin Gehlen

http://www.haz.de/Nachrichten/Politik/Deutschland-Welt/Jemen-Humanitaere-Katastrophe-im-Dauerzustand

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1.7.2017 – Daily Times Pakistan (** A H P)

‘War crimes’ in Yemen

Let us be clear. The cholera outbreak in Yemen is tantamount to a war crime.

Since Saudi Arabia and its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council allies started bombing this impoverished nation -Yemen has found itself home to the world’s largest cholera epidemic, affecting some 200,00 and claiming the lives of around 1,300.

If a war crime has been committed — which we believe it has — this begs the question of who is to blame. Riyadh has been leading the campaign of terror. Indeed, the bombs and bullets that have been raining down on Yemen since 2015 are responsible for destroying the country’s water supplies. The rest, as they say, is history.

Yet it is not enough to pinpoint who is doing the bombing. We need to talk of collective responsibility. Which leads us to the United States and the matter of whether or not it has blood on its hands. We believe it has. And lots of it. It has, after all, been from the beginning a staunch supporter of the bombing of one of the world’s poorest countries.

As criminal as what is going on in Yemen is — we must not stop there in exposing the hypocrisy of putative western concern for the Global South, with Washington at the helm. The latter, has, after all, signed a major arms deal, close to $400 billion, with the Saudi kingdom. Which more than confirms that the US has lost any vestige of moral authority that it had carefully manufactured on the international humanitarian front. Similarly, we strongly condemn Saudi actions and future ambitions in the region.

It is against this backdrop that we commend the incumbent Pakistani government for not succumbing to Saudi pressure to join the campaign in Yemen. It is also against this backdrop that we warn our parliamentary leaders to tread very carefully the path of the Saudi-led Islamic Alliance. We say no to any possibility of having war crimes committed in our name – by Editorial Board

http://dailytimes.com.pk/editorial/01-Jul-17/war-crimes-in-yemen

30.6.2017 – ICRC (* A H)

A horrifying statistic: 1 in every 120 Yemenis are suspected to be sick with cholera – and up to 7,500 more people are falling ill each day.

https://twitter.com/ICRC/status/880815205642633217

Comment by Hisham Al-Omeisy. A horrifying statistic: 1 in every 120 Yemenis are suspected to be sick with cholera – and up to 7,500 more people are falling ill each day.

https://twitter.com/ICRC/status/880815205642633217

30.6.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (* A H)

Yemen: 6.8 million people on the brink of starvation; 240,000 suspected cholera cases

The rapid advance of Yemen’s triple emergency of conflict, cholera and famine has affected 20 million people, 6.8 million of whom are now on the brink of starvation.

The cholera epidemic sweeping across the country has infected 240,000 people and killed 1,475, according to the Ministry of Health. Some 40 per cent of the victims are children. According to the Government, the national case-fatality rate is now at 0.06 per cent. Some governorates have reported much greater fatality rates, the highest of which are in Ibb and Raymah governorates, at 1.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.

There is a high risk that the cholera epidemic will continue to spread, given the crippled health, water and sanitation sectors; conflict that prevents millions of people from accessing clean water; the onset of the rainy season; and people’s weak immunity levels due to food insecurity.

http://www.unocha.org/story/yemen-68-million-people-brink-starvation-240000-suspected-cholera-cases = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-68-million-people-brink-starvation-240000-suspected-cholera-cases

30.6.2017 – Islamic Relief (* A H)

Islamic Relief ramping up efforts to respond to cholera crisis in Yemen

Islamic Relief is ramping up its efforts to deal with the cholera crisis in Yemen

We have provided 60 tents for three hospitals in Sana’a, which can accommodate 300 patients.

One of these hospitals is Al Sabeen hospital which is receiving between 100-150 cholera patients a day who are being forced to share hospital beds. Staff here are working around the clock to treat these patients but haven’t received a salary for the past eight months.

Islamic Relief has also supplied cholera medicines

Islamic Relief staff on the ground met some of the many children suffering from the disease.

Rahaf Ibrahim

Rahaf IbrahimRahaf Ibrahim is three years and seven months old. She and her family were displaced from Raymah Governorate and are now living in Sana’a. She was suffering from malnutrition and then became sick with acute watery diarrhoea. Her mum, Iftikhar, took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with cholera and is receiving treatment alongside her older brother. Her other brother Mohab and mum and dad have all been treated for the disease and fortunately made a recovery. Iftikhar’s husband recently informed her that another son at home has started to have diarrhoea. Iftikhar is desperately worried about being able to care for her children. Her husband, like so many in Yemen, has no work and they are several months behind on the rent. She is worried that they will be thrown out of their house and they won’t be able to afford the treatment costs.

Nabeel Saleh Mohammed

Nabeel Saleh MohammedNabeel Saleh Mohammed (6) suddenly contracted acute watery diarrhoea and was in a lot of pain. His grandmother rushed him to hospital and he was unconscious by the time he arrived. She was beside herself with worry as she had no idea what was wrong with him. The doctor diagnosed cholera and he is now receiving treatment.

Looking around the hospital, the grandmother was very concerned She explained: “There are so many people who are suffering from this disease. The hospital is already full and many new patients are arriving every day. I hope my grandson and all the other children will get better soon. This conflict is making living conditions more and more difficult every day. I pray that it ends soon (photos)

http://www.islamic-relief.org/islamic-relief-ramping-up-efforts-to-respond-to-cholera-crisis-in-yemen/ = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/islamic-relief-ramping-efforts-respond-cholera-crisis-yemen

30.6.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A H)

Photos: NO beds, NO drugs and NO where to get treatment for cholera outbreak in Yemen. Hospitals are full of suspected cases-most of them are children.
Cholera is expanding too quickly and may will hit additional 300,000 in coming 2 months

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1419542261432133

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30.6.2017 – NPR (** A H)

How To Stop The World's Worst Cholera Outbreak

Despite these encouraging statistics, the risk for spread remains, and the ongoing civil war is battering the country's health-care infrastructure. Fewer than half of Yemen's hospitals and clinics are operating. Here's what specialists say needs to happen to quell this outbreak.

Treat sick people – fast.

Provide clean drinking water.

Get food to people.

Tell individuals what to do to prevent spread.

Protect the country's infrastructure.

In addition to the emergency measures put in place now, long term strategies to keep infrastructure systems, from health care to water sanitation, from crumbling further are needed. Fewer than half the country's hospitals and clinics are operating. The country's economy has collapsed, meaning people are unable to buy sufficient food, leading to malnourishment. There have also been reports of doctors and other health care workers not being paid in more than nine months.

Stop the war – by Rina Shaikh-Lesko

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/06/30/534873405/how-to-stop-the-worlds-worst-cholera-outbreak

My comment: Not to forget: Stop the Saudi blockade which is an obstacle to “Treat sick people – fast.” “Get food to people”.

30.6.2017 – Direct Relief (* A H)

Cholera Treatment Kits Provide Inexpensive, Yet Life-saving, Medical Aid to Those in Crisis

Direct Relief is shipping cholera treatment kits to Yemen

Using World Health Organization guidelines, Direct Relief designed a prepackaged kit containing all the necessary supplies to treat 100 cholera patients. Each kit has a wholesale cost of $5,500, breaking down to $55 per patient.

A severe case of the disease can become deadly within hours, but with access to safe drinking water and a few common medical supplies, such as oral rehydration salts and IV fluids, most of those who are infected can be easily treated.

Over 50 items are included in Direct Relief’s cholera treatment kit, each part of which works to: Rehydrate a patient – Rehydration is the cornerstone of cholera treatment.

The deadly disease is easily treatable, with the right supplies at the right time.

https://www.directrelief.org/2017/06/cholera-treatment-kit-crisis/ = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/cholera-treatment-kits-provide-inexpensive-yet-life-saving-medical-aid-those-crisis

28.6.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Map: Yemen: Cholera Attack Rate (%) Population (From 27 April - 28 June 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-attack-rate-population-27-april-28-june-2017 and in full https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/attackrate28june17.pdf

28.6.2017 – UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster (A H)

Maps

Yemen: Al Mahwit Governorate - Cholera Attack Rate with Population and Functionality of Water Source (28 Jun 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-al-mahwit-governorate-cholera-attack-rate-population-and-functionality-water-source

Yemen: Amanat Al Asimah Governorate - Cholera Attack Rate with Population and Functionality of Water Source (28 Jun 2017

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-amanat-al-asimah-governorate-cholera-attack-rate-population-and-functionality-water

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7.2017 – Aljazeera (* B H K)

Film: The war in Yemen explained in 3 minutes.

https://news.theffeed.com/the-war-in-yemen-explained-in-3-minutes/

My comment: Now, after the break between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Aljazeera’s reporting on Yemen is getting more critical (and simply better).

2.7.2017 – Belgian Association Human Rights and Development (* B K)

THE DANGER OF USING WHITE PHOSPHORUS ON THE LIVES OF CIVILIANS IN CONFLICT ZONES

The Belgian Organization for Human Rights and Development has warned of the danger of using white phosphorus on the lives of civilians in conflict zones, the use of white phosphorus has serious damage to human life. civilians. BAMRO has identified the use of phosphorus in several conflict zones in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and warns that this deadly weapon falls into weapons that pose a threat to white phosphorus destroying human life when it is Exposed to oxygen in the air and continues to catch fire until consumption or oxygen supply is interrupted. The chemical interaction can generate a very high temperature (815 ° C or 1500 ° F). White phosphate is used to generate fires and end lives. It makes it known that when the human comes into contact with the white phosphorus by breathing it for example even the bones are burned because it is rich in soluble fats and therefore penetrates into the human body. It can aggravate fragments of wounds even after treatment and can enter the bloodstream and leave several sequels. Wounds covered with bandages may flame again when exposed and again to oxygen. Air strikes using incendiary weapons are prohibited in civilian areas under Protocol III of the Convention on Conventional Weapons. Although the protocol contains restrictions on low fire weapons on the ground, all incendiary weapons causing terrible injuries. Protocol III prohibits the use of weapons "primarily designed" to ignite a fire or cause burns, but some countries believe that white phosphorus is not as harmful.

White phosphorus ammunition has been reported to have been used in at least seven conflicts between 2000 and 2016 in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Somalia, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen. In 2016, the Saudi Arabian alliance also used white phosphorus in Yemen.

http://bamro.org/en/articles/the-danger-of-using-white-phosphorus-on-the-lives-of-civilians-in-conflict-zones-137 and film (Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6luUtq0UvkM&feature=share

2.7.2017 – Fuad Rajeh (* B P)

Yemen Exclusive
-Criminals are being tasked with investigating their own crimes-- Saudi-led coalition probing civilian deaths from its airstrikes and the UAE its secret jails.
-Idiots are saying the world has forgotten the war in Yemen. Well, is it correct to say a killer, who killed an innocent, has forgotten their victim? The world is bombing, besieging and starving Yemen to death, not forgetting it.
-Stupid Houthi militants, who are obvious proxies and destroying everything in Yemen, are ruling and talking about nationalism, the public interests and saving and defending the country.
-An exiled, powerless government, which asked foreigners to attack Yemen, is saying it is protecting the Yemeni people and defending the national interests.
Such ironies expose how our world is dirty and how big powers and their regional proxies are treating us as idiots.
#Stop_Fucking_War

https://www.facebook.com/fuad.rajeh?fref=nf

1.7.2017 – Yemen Extra (A P)

Yemenis Launch a campaign on Twitter to expose UAE`s practice in its secret prisons in South

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/07/01/yemenis-launches-a-campaign-on-twitter-to-expose-uaes-practice-in-its-secret-prisons-in-south/

30.6.2017 – Geopolitics Alert (* B K P)

Why Is The Saudi Coalition Bombing Their Own Troops In Yemen?

Yesterday, Geopolitics Alert reported that the Saudi coalition had killed over 80 of their own troops via a series of airstrikes in the Yemeni province of Marib. At first glance, this would look like a “goof” on the Saudis’ behalf. But further information suggests this was a very deliberate act. An act which implies a deeper splintering of the Gulf Corporation Council’s operations in Yemen– specifically between Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. And of course, Qatar.

Yemen War: Three Main Entities

The conflict in Yemen involves many parties, militias, and components. But it can be simplified by putting the major forces into three camps: the resistance front, the Saudi-led coalition, and sunni takfiri groups like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS. Although, the lines frequently blur between AQAP and members of the Saudi-led coalition.

The resistance front includes Ansarullah (aka the Houthis), the Yemeni Republican Guard, and other forces opposed to the Saudi-backed government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. This front is very united around a common goal: expel the invaders and foreign influence, then workout any differences later.

The Saudi-coalition on the other hand is not as united. In fact given recent events, it’s hard to even call it the “Saudi-coalition” any longer. It might be more accurate to refer to it as the GCC-led coalition.

Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen

Yesterday, a coalition plane bombed over 80 troops in Marib province; troops who technically belong to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in support of exiled President Hadi. The targeted troops belonged to a faction called al-Islah or the Reform Party– which has direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. Al-Islah is essentially opportunistic and tries to remain somewhat of a populist party for Yemeni sunni tribes and salafists; as kind of a more palatable alternative to the takfiri extremists like AQAP.

Over the years, al-Islah has enjoyed considerable support from Saudi Arabia in several forms. In the Saudi ultimatum issued to Qatar, the list of demands included severing ties with certain members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Reports suggest that the plane which bombed al-Islah fighters yesterday did in fact belong to the Saudis. This implies that the Saudis are further severing ties to any political parties linked with the Muslim Brotherhood– which they’re desperately trying to pin on Qatar. And forge some kind of thinly-veiled alliance with the UAE– who adamantly opposes al-Islah.

Today leader of Yemen’s al-Islah Reform Party, Khaled Al- Ansi, responded to the airstrikes. He denounced the Saudis’ role in Yemen calling it an occupation and invasion. He also criticized the Saudi aggression against Qatar. A striking new development, the first of its kind. What will the repercussions be on the battlefield? Will Saudi aggression against al-Islah divert their attention from Ansarullah? Will al-Islah realign their troops with AQAP?

Saudi-UAE Power Struggle

While quiet about the attack, Saudi outlets are however reporting today that Saudi-backed President Hadi is appointing three new governors in the Yemeni provinces of Shabwah, Hadhramout, and Socotra. It’s no coincidence the deposed governors of all have strong ties to UAE leadership in Yemen. Making it clear that any rift between the Emirates and Saudis in the southern “capital” is starting to overflow into the rest of the country.

The ‘Saudi-Coalition’ is Falling Apart

At this point, the coalition against Yemen is desperate to seem as though they’re holding themselves together. But as the rift between the Saudis and Emirates in Yemen deepens (and the Saudis-UAE against Qatar), a broader conflict between Dubai and Riyadh almost seems inevitable. Possibly militarily on a micro level within Yemen, but likely economically and diplomatically on a macro regional level.

The airstrikes on al-Islah troops along with the deposing of UAE-influenced leadership in Yemen, suggests that the Saudis are willing to take a much more aggressive stance to exert dominance over their so-called allies in the UAE and (previously) Qatar – by Randi Nord

http://geopoliticsalert.com/saudi-coalition-bombing-troops-yemen

30.6.2017 – Jamestown Foundation (* B K)

Yemen’s Houthi Missiles Keep Saudi Arabia Mired in Conflict

Missiles launched at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi fighters have proved wildly inaccurate as regards their targets but largely effective in terms of their media impact, frustrating Saudi claims to have eroded the fighters’ capabilities. Indeed, concerns over Yemen’s missile stockpiles have proved a key concern for Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies ever since longtime Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to relinquish political power in November 2011 in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

A key goal of the Yemeni political transitional period was to remove ballistic missile stockpiles from the hands of the Yemeni Republican Guard (YRG), a self-contained elite military force that reported directly to Saleh and fell under the commanded of his son and purported heir, Ahmed. When those efforts failed, the Saudis attempted to destroy the stockpiles militarily, a move that has been only somewhat effective and has contributed significantly to the current conflict.

Operation Decisive Storm

By April 2013, the Hadi government had successfully removed Saleh’s relatives from their positions and dissolved the YRG, merging the nearly two-dozen constituent brigades into a smattering of new units, some under the conventional military chain of command and others reporting directly to the president.

This apparently successful restructuring masked a growing power vacuum created by the failed transitional process, which formally ended in early 2014. Over the following months, Yemen’s rudderless government teetered toward insolvency and found itself increasingly unable to govern. By the summer of 2014, many former YRG units — including the missile brigades — were in mutinous disarray over unpaid bonuses and salaries (al-Araby al-Jadid, September 9, 2014).

The downward spiral came to a sudden halt in September 2014, when the Houthi takeover of Sanaa injected new life into Yemen’s crumbling armed forces.

In mid-December 2014, Yemeni media reported that Houthi fighters had approached the gates of the Faj Attan base, home to Yemen’s fixed ballistic missile systems (al-Jazeera, December 11, 2014). Although the government initially denied that there was any reason for concern, by late January 2015, Yemeni media was reporting that the Houthis had possibly taken over the base (al-Bawaba, December 11, 2014; IINA, January 21, 2015).

Saudi Arabia feared it would be the intended target of any captured missiles. As early as November 2014, there were claims that the Houthis had transported mobile missile systems to their northern strongholds along the border and pointed them toward the Kingdom (Yemen Press, November 27, 2014).

In March 2015, GCC states, led by Saudi Arabia, launched an aerial bombing campaign named Decisive Storm, intended to counter the perceived threat of the Houthi “armed buildup including heavy weapons and missiles on the borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” (Embassy of Saudi Arabia, March 26, 2015). Yemen’s ballistic missile systems were among the campaign’s primary targets.

In March and April 2015, massive amounts of ordnance were dropped on Faj Attan, where missiles were stored in underground depots protected by a thick layer of rock (al-Araby al-Jadid, May 23, 2015). The coalition also claimed to have targeted mobile missile systems.

The bombing campaign ended on April 21, with Saudi Arabia declaring it a success. GCC military leaders estimated that 80 percent of Yemen’s armed forces’ 300 missiles had been destroyed, an assessment that proved to be highly inaccurate. [3]

Houthi Response

The GCC’s aerial and technological superiority meant that Operation Decisive Storm quickly rendered Yemen’s fixed ballistic missile systems ineffective. YRG-Houthi forces countered this asymmetry by employing mobile missiles as insurgent weapons, emphasizing mobility at the expense of accuracy and magnifying their importance in the informational realm.

YRG-Houthi forces launched their first Scud missile toward Saudi Arabia on June 6, 2015.

As with Iraqi forces 25 years before, YRG-Houthi missiles have largely missed their targets, but YRG-Houthi forces still capitalize on media coverage of the launches — the ability to launch missiles amidst sustained GCC military efforts to deprive them of these very capabilities undermines the credibility of GCC claims regarding the conflict.

The media arm of the YRG-Houthi Missile Forces is active in publicizing new systems and distributing videos of claimed launches. The successful modification of S-75 SAMs and Scud-type missiles is meant to convey a magnified image of domestic production capabilities, even though none of these modified missiles appears to have yet struck a target.

The Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which many expected to be brief and decisive, has turned into a war of attrition with no clear end in sight. Nearly two years after declaring that the majority of Yemen’s missile systems had been neutralized, Saudi Arabia faces an adversary whose military resilience is regularly demonstrated through its missile launches – by Lucas Winter

https://jamestown.org/program/yemens-houthi-missiles-keep-saudi-arabia-mired-conflict/

My comment: This article stays inaccurate in several aspects. A) Most countries have military power which could be turned against its neighbours. That’s also the case with the relation of France and Germany, or Turkey and Greece, or Tunisia and Algeria. It is a matter of politics that nothing happens. Changes of government or greater “regimes changes” do not make any change here. It is just odd that the fact that Saudi Arabia pushed to power down the YRG /Houthi missile force claiming it was a threat to Saudi Arabia is reported uncommented as if it would have been a normal claim. A politics like this simply is a proof that Saudi Arabia claimed to have the right to determine the politics of neighbouring countries.

The Saudi aerial war – from the first day on – not just aimed at this YPR / Houthi missile force. Here, the author simply is wrong or deliberately misleading. From the first day on, the attacks aimed at quite different targets. The very first raid attacked Sanaa airport (and hit a residential quarter instead).

30.6.2017 – Words in the Bucket (* B H P)

WHY PEACE IN YEMEN COULD DEPEND ON WOMEN

Women's vital role in peacebuilding benefits all.

In the case of Yemen, men and boys represent the majority of direct victims of armed conflict and forced recruitment, and they are four times more likely to be killed during a conflict. On the other hand, women and girls have become particularly vulnerable when it comes to access to health services, nutrition, gender-based violence and education.

According to Evelyn Thornton and Tobie Whitman, two experts in conflict resolution, women tend to “suffer more and die in proportionally greater numbers than men from human rights abuses and sexual violence, the breakdown of social order, the lack of medical care, and the consequences of economic devastation”.

Yemeni women often experience the double burden of being the family’s main provider while retaining their expected role of primary family caretaker, in a perverse effect that forms part of the feminization of poverty.

The economic scarcity created by the war also tends to disadvantage girls in particular. They are the first ones to be taken out of school to save the family some money through child labor or early marriage.

Women a as peacebuilding force

In the end, “practitioners cannot sustainably increase women’s involvement and achieve gender parity without betterengagement of male champions and persuading skeptical men and women about the significance of gender in conflict and peacebuilding. Neither men nor women can create peace and security without the other.”

Indeed, the participation of women and men in the peacebuilding effort has been shown to be incredibly beneficial. Peace processes with significant female involvement are notably perceived as being more legitimate and are proven to be more sustainable than those who do not.

The inclusion of women in peace processes can help consolidate wartime gains and lead to greater female participation in society at all levels as it strengthens their position as decision-makers, which, in turn, provides substantial benefits to the society as a whole.

Finally, a 2015 quantitative study showed that peace processes which included women had a higher chance of success.

Why women should be more included in peace talks

However, to this day, Yemeni women remain largelyexcluded from peace talks.

they were often relegated to unofficial roles with minimal impact in the substance of the negotiations themselves and often sufferedfrom smearing campaigns aimed at discrediting their authority.

Yet, for all these obstacles, women in Yemen are leading the effort for peace. Already in 2011, they were key players in the organisation of the Yemeni revolution, and they successfully participated in the subsequent National Dialogue Conference obtaining the guarantee of a 30% quota of female political representation.

Moreover, many important Yemeni women have played an active part in promoting freedom, human rights and peace

A report by Saferworld and Oxfam laid out the different ways women could be more included in the peace negotiations.

Beyond direct representation as members of a women’s delegation, single delegates or observers, women can also bring an important contribution to the conversation through consultation methods

Therefore, political and military players in the conflict should embrace the participation of women to the peace process and should include these promising and young women to the negotiating table. For ignoring women “risks not only women’s rights but also the general failure of peacebuilding as an enterprise,” and the stability of the Middle Eastern region as a whole. – by Guillaume Biganzoli

http://www.wordsinthebucket.com/yemen-a-mans-war-a-womans-peace

30.6.2017 – The American Conservative (* B H P)

Yemen Is Suffering from the World’s Worst Cholera Epidemic

Yemen’s cholera epidemic is the worst in the world.

Yemen is suffering from multiple humanitarian disasters, and each one contributes to the next.

All of these disasters could have been avoided, all are man-made, and the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention bears significant responsibility for causing all of them. This did not have to happen, and it isn’t happening by chance or some random misfortune. All of this has been deliberately done to Yemen for over two years by wealthy states and their Western patrons. The U.S. has been a chief enabler and supporter of the governments most responsible for causing the disaster now engulfing the people of Yemen.

Despite the fact that it is experiencing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Yemen remains shockingly neglected by the outside world. The funding needed to provide food and medicine to the starving and the sick is woefully inadequate, and delivering aid is seriously hampered by the coalition blockade and fighting on the ground. Media coverage is minimal when we consider the vast scale and severity of the crisis, and only some of that can be attributed to lack of access to the country. There seems to be no sense of urgency in any of the governments that have helped to wreck and starve Yemen, and because so few people are even aware of their governments’ role in creating the horrific conditions there there is little or no political pressure to force a change in policy. That needs to change quickly to prevent the worst-case scenarios of massive loss of life from starvation and disease – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/yemen-is-suffering-from-the-worlds-worst-cholera-epidemic/

30.6.2017 – Oxfam (* A H K P)

Oxfam calls for Yemen ceasefire

Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director, said: “Yemen is on its knees after two years of war. For many people, weakened by war and hunger, cholera is the knockout blow.

“Civic workers have not had their salaries and many people have lost jobs and livelihoods in a local economy that has been devastated. Yemenis have lost what little resilience they had to cope with this “triple threat” of hunger, disease and insecurity. Governments that are arming the parties to this conflict are complicit in every civilian death from war, hunger and now disease.

“The war in Yemen could not be better designed to harm as many ordinary people as possible, as fundamentally as possible. It is hard to imagine how much more Yemen can take before it collapses entirely.”

War has had a crippling effect on Yemen’s people, their livelihoods and their infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the world is selling more in arming the Saudi military than it is spending on Yemen’s humanitarian appeal. In 2016, Saudi Arabia spent $2.979 billion on arms transfers from the world’s major arms exporters. As of this month, many of those same governments had given just $620 million toward the $2.1 billion UN appeal for Yemen. Byanyima said, “it is unconscionable that the value of arms sales is outstripping the humanitarian effort almost five-fold.”

https://www.oxfam.org.nz/news/oxfam-calls-yemen-ceasefire = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/oxfam-calls-yemen-ceasefire

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2.7.2017 – Yemen Updates (A H)

In Hodeidah,people die not only from hunger&disease,but from high temperatures,too. Dermatological diseases & deaths on a daily basis (photos)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/881580116232589312

My comment: Medicines lacking because of Saudi blockade.

2.7.2017 – Your Abilities (A H)

@Yourabilities_o have distributed food baskets 4 several poor & desperate families in Al-Jubeen district, Raimaa province (photos9

https://twitter.com/Living_Yemen/status/881626993208512512

2.7.2017 – World Health Organisation (* A H)

400 tonnes of life-saving health supplies arrive in Yemen

Twenty ambulances, 100 cholera kits, hospital equipment and 128 000 bags of intravenous fluids – these are just some of the supplies which arrived in Hodeida, Yemen, Friday as part of a 403 tonne shipment sent by the World Health Organization (WHO). An additional 10 ambulances were delivered through the Port of Aden three weeks ago with 10 more due to arrive in coming weeks.

“We needed a special kind of ship to carry the ambulances and luckily we found one in the region,” explained Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Representative in Yemen. “It was absolutely enormous. But so are the needs in Yemen right now. So we loaded as many supplies as possible onto it, including some therapeutic feeding items that our sister agency UNICEF will use for children suffering from malnutrition.”

Getting medical supplies to vulnerable people across Yemen is no easy task, with active conflict, damaged port infrastructure and logistical difficulties impeding access. The flow of medicines into the country has dried up by more than 70%. (photos)

http://www.emro.who.int/yem/yemen-news/400-tonnes-of-life-saving-health-supplies-arrive-in-yemen.html

1.7.2017 – Doctors Without Borders (* A H)

In the operating room: Yemen, Day 15

School is out for the summer in Yemen, but the cholera outbreak and ongoing civil war show no signs of slowing down. Anesthesiologist Kariantti blogs.

Schools have ended for the holidays in Yemen, which is good - because now we can use a school nearby as a Cholera Treatment Center.

Yes, you guessed it, there is no sign of the cholera epidemic slowing down. Quite the opposite.

So far we have received 216 patients altogether, many of them arriving in a state of shock.

We are constantly in shortage of beds for them, but now in the school we will have up to 100 beds. This will be a great improvement, but it has taken a lot of resources and meant long nights for the team working on it.

But we still have a long way until the school will be ready to receive cholera patients. For now we will have to make do with tents.

Child patients

Days are getting slower in the operating theatre, and the ICU was even empty for a few hours.

It seems that people are perhaps avoiding the hospital in fear of cholera. But yesterday it all changed.

We received three new patients with gunshot wounds, most of them children.

One was a seven-year-old girl, shot in the abdomen. She was operated last night and she had multiple perforations in the bowel, which Dr. Ali was able to close.

Today she was already somewhat better.

But the ICU was full again as well as the female IPD, because we had also received many other emergency cases. So now, it was us who were running out patient beds.

After some negotiating we were able to arrange a bed for one patient in another ward.

Battle to save the girl – by Kariantti Kallios

http://blogs.msf.org/en/staff/blogs/msf-in-yemen/in-the-operating-room-yemen-day-15

1.7.2017 – The Journal (* B H)

'Picking leaves from the trees': How locals in Yemen are surviving on the brink of famine

LOCALS IN THE Yemeni city of Taiz are cutting up small rations of bread, and picking leaves to put in soup, as the country teeters on the brink of famine, the Red Cross has said.

Irish aid worker Ciaran Cierans, who has been in Yemen since October 2016, said that it is the “most challenging” situation he has dealt with during his 12 years of work as an aid worker.

He said: “Food prices have also significantly increased, partly due to difficulties getting supplies into the country. Food staples such as wheat have doubled in price if compared with pre-crisis levels.

With no food entering the country, our food stocks are stretched to meet the daily increasing needs.

The Red Cross created partnerships with local bakers to provide bread to some 13,000 families and, across the 45 bakeries, bread is given to over 70,000 people every day.

“The bread was meant to supplement other food items,” Cierans said. “But on a recent round of visits, we found that this bread was all that most people were eating.

Collecting the bread has proved fatal for some, in a city under constant shelling.

Cierans said: “We have also had people killed on their way to collect the bread.”

Due to financial constraints however, the bread programme will finish in August. Cierans said that it is very costly to keep running, but it is hoped that a means will be found to extend it.

The plan now is to distribute food parcels to a further 12,000 households, which would contain the essential requirements for a family of six.

“The food parcel should actually cover most of their dietary needs, however it won’t cover everything,” he said – by Sean Murray

http://www.thejournal.ie/yemen-crisis-3471628-Jul2017/?utm_source=shortlink

1.7.2017 – Your Abilities (A H)

@Yourabilities_o team distributed foods, clothes & sweets 4 some displaced families on the camps located in Hamadan district. 01/07/2017 (photos)

https://twitter.com/Yourabilities_o/status/881192272922103808

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme (A H)

UN World Food Programme Welcomes Japanese Contribution to Address Food Insecurity in Yemen

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$4.5 million contribution from the Government of Japan, to help WFP fight the devastating food crisis in Yemen, building on the US$12.99 million grant contributed by Japan earlier this year

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/un-world-food-programme-welcomes-japanese-contribution-address-food-insecurity-yemen

22.6.2017 – UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster (A H)

Maps

Yemen: Hygiene Promotion (22 Jun 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-hygiene-promotion-22-jun-2017

Yemen: Latrine Rehabilitation or Construction (22 Jun 2107)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-latrine-rehabilitation-or-construction-22-jun-2107

Yemen: Water Storage Disinfection at Community Level (22 Jun 2107)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-water-storage-disinfection-community-level-22-jun-2107

Yemen: Water Storage Disinfection at Households Level (22 Jun 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-water-storage-disinfection-households-level-22-jun-2017

Yemen: Water Trucking (22 Jun 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-water-trucking-22-jun-2017

Yemen: Hygiene Kit Distribution (22 Jun 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-hygiene-kit-distribution-22-jun-2017

14.5.2017 – UN Children's Fund, iMMAP, Nutrition Cluster (A H)

Map: Yemen Nutrition Cluster: Operational Presence as of 14 May 2017

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-nutrition-cluster-operational-presence-14-may-2017 and in full https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/4w_map_yemen_nc.pdf

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

2.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Media Personalities Call for Adopting a Unified Strategy Against Enemy of Yemen

The Director General of Al-Masirah Channel Ibrahim al-Dailami called for adopting a unified media strategy to confront the evil empire, as well as the developments and the battle that the Yemeni people are dealing against the forces of arrogance.

This came during the opening ceremony of the ninth session of the General Assembly of the Union of Islamic Radio and Television in the Iranian city of Mashhad on Sunday.

The course, which was launched under the theme “the scene of satisfaction: the source of unity and Islamic civilization”, is attended by more than 210 media institutions, including 133 television channels and about 500 media personalities representing 35 countries.

The assembly is held by Federation of Islamic Radio and Television in the difficult political, security, economic and cultural conditions of Arab and Islamic world.

http://newnewss.net/?p=7210

1.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen foreign minister Sharaf met today in Sanaa with both WFP and UNICE representatives in Yemen about Cholera & starvation (photo)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/881168591802040320

30.6.2017 – New News (A K P)

Yemeni Defense Minister Warns Saudi-led Coalition

“Our warning today to the forces of aggression is imposed upon us by our religious, military and political faith, especially at this stage in which we have the initiative and control over all theaters of combat operations”, the Defense Minister said during an inspection visit to the heroes of the army and the popular committees today in Dhubab and Hamir districts of Taiz province.

http://newnewss.net/?p=7078

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

2.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

AIDROUS AL-ZUBIDI: We are the ones who came to Aden and our demands are legitimate

The head of the southern transitional council, Eidros al-Zubaidi, said that the Yemeni unity was not successful, stressing that it is the right of southerners to demand the independence of their country, explaining that thesouthern resistance is from Bahadi resort to Aden.

Al-Zubaidi said in an interview with Al-Hurra television on Friday evening that the demands of southerners are legitimate and fair.

"The southern resistance is from Bahadi to Aden," he said.

Al-Zubaidi said that the southerners had a problem with them in Yemen and that they considered themselves from the Arab south, which he said was an independent state with a link to Yemen.

Zubaidi said the south had embarked on a peaceful struggle in 2007 to this day to demand independence from the north.

Zubaidi stressed that the rising demands for independence in the south today is not aimed at Hazem storm, explaining that the demands of southerners support the work of the coalition in Yemen .

Zubaidi called on the Arab alliance to reconsider its allies in Yemen, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/193838 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F193838&edit-text=

2.7.2017 – MbKS15 (B)

Pictures showing members of the #Saudi SOF [Special Operation Forces] operating in #Yemen

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/881553529109975040

My comment: One photo with Hadi’s vice president Mohsen.

2.7.2017 – New News / Yemen Press (* A P)

Saudi Arabia puts southern leaders under house arrest and southern movement threatens for an armed confrontation against the Hadi [government]

Political sources in the Saudi capital Riyadh said that a number of southern leaders who were recently sacked by the traitor Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi were subjected to house arrest inside a hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

According to the newspaper of Aden al-Ghad, former governor of Hadramout Ahmed Saeed bin Brik and governor of Shabwa Ahmed Hamed Lemels and governor of Socotra Salem al-Sakhtari were subjected to house arrest inside the Novotel Hotel in Jeddah after the withdrawal of passports from them.

While the southern movement loyal to the UAE threatened to use weapons to confront the traitor Hadi and his government after the decisions of the latter to isolate the governors of southern governorates of the members of the Southern Council of the transition.

“We have not laid down our weapons yet, and the blood of our martyrs has not dried up, and the wounds of our victims have not been healed, and the battlefields have been consumed and the gunpowder has been inhaled, ready to defend our dignity and our love and addiction”.

The Southern Movement and the “Transitional Political Council” had waited 24 hours since the decisions that overthrew its members and issued a statement rejecting those resolutions and refusing to apply them.

The Southern Council said in a statement on Friday, addressing his supporters, “The leadership of the Southern Transitional Council in your mandate and in response to your appeal confirms its categorical rejection of the presidential decisions issued on this morning, the twenty-ninth of June and consider it was not and will not deal with it and will remain the situation on what is with the Conservatives.”

http://newnewss.net/?p=7175 = http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/saudi-arabia-puts-southern-leaders-under-house-arrest-and-southern-movement-threatens-for-an-armed-confrontation-against-the-hadi.html

2.7.2017 – Yemen Press (A P)

Saudi Arabia and the UAE and sharing alleged legitimacy in the southern provinces

There is no compromise in the mercenary crisis over sharing the vacuum in the southern provinces.

This time, officers in Saudi Arabia withdraw the passports of three of the mercenary leaders who were appointed in the so-called transitional council in the south and held them in a hotel under house arrest while the military agenda in the governorates of Shabwa, Hadramout and Aden are scrambling for attempts to impose governors.

A military gathering of groups refusing to enter official buildings or even deal with them.

Behind this crisis is the Saudi-UAE dispute over the management of the tools and has reached a dead end.

Hani Ben Brik, who is calculated on the United Arab Emirates, is a military figure with the Saudi-based Hadi groups, as well as in Shabwa, Hadramout, Abyan and Aden.

Al-Zubaidi, who was appointed by the Emirati officers, called the transitional council and is costly in this crisis, said that Hadi arrived in a deserted, weak and lonely way to Aden, and that the UAE language only says to its Saudi neighbor that it is time to share the alleged legitimacy.

A division through which the leaders calculated on the reform and cancel decisions of recent appointments and acceptance of the administration of the United Emirates alone and across the agendas calculated in the provinces where the presence of invading forces.

It is a matter of concern for Saudi interests, which are also looking for gains through the installation and expansion of their agendas.

In the midst of this conflict, Aden and the southern provinces are experiencing security disturbances and constant clashes between the tools of the Saudi-American aggression.

http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/saudi-arabia-and-the-uae-and-sharing-alleged-legitimacy-in-the-southern-provinces.html = http://newnewss.net/?p=7185

1.7.2017 – Yemen Updates (* A P)

The Southern Transition Council threatens to declare armed rebellion against the government in Aden.. (photo)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/881214979986345988

30.6.2017 – Suhf Net (* A P)

Southern leaders under house arrest in the Kingdom and their passports were withdrawn

A number of southern leaders recently dismissed by President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi have been placed under house arrest in a Saudi hotel in Saudi Arabia, reliable political sources said.

According to the sources who spoke to the newspaper "Aden tomorrow," the former governor of Hadramout , Ahmed Said bin Brik, governor of Shabwa Ahmed Hamed Meles and Governor of Socotra Salim al-Sanktari for house arrest inside the Novotel Hotel in Jeddah after the withdrawal of passports from them.

The sources said that these leaders were prevented from meeting any other officials or visitors.

The sources pointed out that a number of these leaders asked for a meeting with President Abderbo Mansour Hadi, but this request was rejected and disrupted by the leaders loyal to Ali Mohsen al- Ahmar controlled the Office of Hadi.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/192783 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F192783&edit-text=

30.6.2017 – Muftah (* A P)

The United States Is Complicit in the UAE’s Network of Secret Prisons in Yemen

https://muftah.org/united-states-complicit-uaes-prisons-yemen/#.WVZBTOlCSUk

Remark: Abridged article, this subject reported earlier at YPR 314, 315, 316, 317.

and

30.6.2017 – Omanaa (* A P)

The involvement of officials in the legitimacy of the administration of secret prisons violate human rights in Marib

The website "Update Net" that he received a medical report of one of the enforced hideouts, which was kept in secret prisons run by officials linked to the Brotherhood party in Marib.

The medical report of the Marib Military Hospital included the symptoms of a person suffering from torture, swelling in the middle of the top of the head with a diameter of 5 cm, bruises, and surgery and incisions.

Moreover, the existence of secret prisons in which torture and inhumane violations are committed against detainees or those who are under enforced disappearance is considered an offense in accordance with the law of the country and international law.

http://m.omanaa.net/news59036.html and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fm.omanaa.net%2Fnews59036.html&edit-text=

30.6.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Transitional Political Council for the South President Adayrus al Zubaidi criticized internationally recognized Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi for marginalizing southern leadership by replacing the Hadramawt, Shabwah and Socotra governors in a June 29 statement. The Emirati-backed council rivals the authority of the Hadi government in southern Yemen. Al Zubaidi called on southerners to organize in Aden city on July 7, the anniversary of the south’s failed 1994 war of succession, to advocate for southern independence. The Southern Movement in Shabwah governorate also condemned the decision and called for a meeting in Ataq city, central Shabwah, on June 1. Prominent southern politician Saleh al Jabwani praised President Hadi’s decision to remove southern governors affiliated with the Transitional Political Council for the South, calling it a step in the right direction.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-30-2017

30.6.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

The most prominent of what the President of the Southern Transitional Council on Al-Hurra American channel

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/192582 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=ar&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F192582

30.6.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Bahah toured the streets and coast of Mukalla and activists ridiculed the legitimacy of refusing to return to Yemen

Activists and citizens of Mukalla took pictures of former Deputy Prime Minister Khaled Bahah on Friday morning while touring the streets of the city of Mukalla. The pictures, which were widely circulated, show that he visited the center of the city and met a number of citizens and had a local breakfast known in the city of al-Bakhari. And visited the Muqla Street and met a number of those present there and exchanged greetings with them on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Bahah arrived a few days ago to the city of Mukalla, capital of Hadramout province, from Saudi Arabia . On the other hand, the mockery of a number of activists from the government of Sharia, which refuses to return to Yemen and would prefer to continue in Riyadh hotels (photos)

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/192218 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/?hl=de#ar/en/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F192218%20(Https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F192218)

My comment: Vice president and prime minister, not deputy prime minister.

and

30.6.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

Not many of #Yemen's politicians can do this : Khaled Bahah has tea at a streetside cafe in Al Mukalla city, Hadhramaut (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/880674332443381760

But posing in public in Yemen as a man of the people does require precautions. Like, at least 4 guards armed with Kalashnikovs (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/880711752392093698

Remark: Former vice president, discharged by “president” Hadi, now came back to Yemen as an ally to the Emirates.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1

28.6.2017 – IRIN (* B P)

Two cheers for UN transparency

From buying vaccines to leasing helicopters, the UN agreed more than 30,000 contracts worth a total of $17.7 billion last year. But if you want to know more – which pharmaceutical companies sell most to which UN agency, for example – you have some work to do. That’s because, to the annoyance of open data advocates, the information is public but not machine-readable: The tables in the UN’s annual procurement report run over 387 pages of a 739-page PDF.

https://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2017/06/28/two-cheers-un-transparency

My comment: That’s also interesting for Yemen; remember that food and medicines delivered by UN organizations to Yemen had been outdated and rotten when arrived.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

2.7.2017 – RT (* B P)

Neue Nahost-Realität: Die saudi-israelische Allianz gegen den Iran

Was sich lange unter dem Radarschirm der westlichen Medien entwickelt hat, manifestiert sich jetzt endgültig als Realität. Es ist die Allianz zwischen dem wahhabitischen Königreich Saudi-Arabien und Israel gegen den gemeinsamen Feind: die islamische Republik Iran.

Doch mit der US-Invasion des Iraks 2003 und dem Sturz der Taliban in Afghanistan Ende 2001 befreiten die USA unabsichtlich die Barrieren für die Ausweitung des iranischen Einflusses im Nahen Osten. Von unterschiedlichen Motiven getrieben, fanden sich plötzlich beide Parteien auf der gleichen Seite der Geschichte. Zwar gibt es noch immer Reibungspunkte, wie etwa die Ankündigung der USA, den Saudis Waffen und Kriegsgerät für über 100 Milliarden US-Dollar liefern zu wollen, aber sowohl in Syrien als auch bezüglich des Irans laufen die Interessen Israels und Saudi-Arabiens zusammen.

So kam es, dass im Mai 2016 das erste Mal überhaupt eine öffentliche Veranstaltung stattfand, wo hochrangige Personen des öffentlichen Lebens wie Prinz Turki ibn Faisal, ehemaliger Geheimdienstchef und Botschafter Saudi-Arabiens in den USA, und Yaakov Amidror, ehemaliger Sicherheitsberater von Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu, sich zu einem Gespräch einfanden. Damit war der Damm gebrochen.

Während des Weltwirtschaftsforums im Februar 2017 in Davos zeigte sich die ehemalige israelische Außenministerin und aktive Parlamentsabgeordnete Tzipi Livni, deren Vater Mitglied der zionistisch-terroristischen Untergrundorganisation Irgun war und gegen die in Belgien wegen möglichen Kriegsverbrechen ein Haftbefehl vorliegt, neben dem Prinzen Turki ibn Faisal. Eine bis dato noch nie dagewesene Zurschaustellung der Kooperation zwischen Israel und Saudi-Arabien. Nur zur Erinnerung: es ist die gleiche Tzipi Livni, die erst jüngst für einen Regimewechsel in Damaskus plädierte.

Kaum überraschend also, dass nun Ende Juni der israelische Regierungsapparat Saudi-Arabiens König Salman aufrief, den durch einen Palastcoup in die Thronfolge gesetzten jungen Mohammed bin Salman nach Tel Aviv zu schicken und den israelischen Ministerpräsidenten Netanjahu nach Riad einzuladen. Sollten sich König Salman und sein Sohn Mohammed bin Salman, der für den Krieg in Jemen und die Syrien-Politik verantwortlich war und ist, dazu durchringen und dem israelischen Aufruf folgen, dann entstünde eine Allianz zwischen mächtigen, bis an die Zähne bewaffneten Extremisten im Nahen Osten.

https://deutsch.rt.com/meinung/53290-saudi-israelische-allianz/

2.7.2017 – The Independent (A P)

Saudi Arabia's King Salman orders newspaper to suspend columnist who praised him too much

The newspaper published an apology late on Saturday after a writer compared Salman to God

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered an over-enthusiastic columnist to be suspended from his job after he equated him with God, Saudi media reported on Sunday.

King Salman has frequently been lauded by columnists in local media, in traditional deference to authority, since the 81-year-old assumed office in 2015.

But Ramadan al-Anzi's column in al-Jazirah newspaper describing King Salman as "Haleem", or forbearing, and "Shadeed al-Eqab", strict in punishment - both terms associated in Islam with God - appeared to have gone too far.

Saudi media reported that the king had ordered that action be taken against the newspaper, but no specifics were given. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-king-salman-newspaper-columnist-praise-suspend-compared-to-god-a7819651.html

and

2.7.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Saudi columnist suspended for praising king with God-like attributes

Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has called for the suspension of a columnist after he published a piece that praised him with God-like attributes.

The Saudi monarch also ordered action against Al Jazeera, the Saudi daily that published the column on Friday, Saudi news site Sabq reported.

In a letter to Information Minister Awad Bin Saleh Al Awad, King Salman said that he was shocked by the headline and some of the expressions in the column that contained excessive words and descriptions of praise, including attributes that God used for Himself or to describe Prophet Abraham.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-columnist-suspended-for-praising-king-with-god-like-attributes-1.2051892

2.7.2017 – Tehran Times (B P)

Scholar predicts Bin Salman will intensify war on Yemen

A professor of political science at Georgetown University is of the opinion that Mohammed bin Salman, who was suddenly promoted to the second ranking person in the Saudi Kingdom, will intensify war against Yemen and assert a tougher policy toward Iran.

A: The appointment of Muhammad bin Salman to the position of crown prince was widely expected. Therefore, the change cannot be characterized as a coup. It is more like a generational change with younger princes replacing the remaining and old sons of Abdul Aziz. This is especially the case as bin Salman has effectively been running the country since his father became king.

The appointment of Bin Salman means that Saudi Arabia's hardline approach towards the war in Yemen as well towards Iran will continue, and so will its push to expand its influence in the Arab world, especially the Persian Gulf region. Relations with Iran, in particular, could seriously deteriorate as Bin Salman might increase destabilizing efforts inside Iran.

Prince Bin Salman has tried very hard to portray himself as America's best ally. It also seems to have indicated that he might be able to help resolve the Palestinian dispute and bring peace between Israel and Arabs. Therefore, the United States seems to have a positive view of him. However, there is no direct connection between President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/414714/Scholar-predicts-Bin-Salman-will-intensify-war-on-Yemen

1.7.2017 – Bild (* B P)

WARUM DIE SCHEICHS PLÖTZLICH PROBLEME HABEN: Saudi-Land ist abgebrannt

Saudi-Arabien steckt in der Ölkrise. Die eingeleiteten Wirtschaftsreformen könnten zu einer Öffnung des Landes beitragen.

Es ist kein Geheimnis: Die Öl-Monarchie muss drastisch sparen.

Die saudische Wirtschaft leidet unter der Abhängigkeit vom schwankenden Ölpreis wie kaum eine andere. Die scheinbar unendlichen Einnahmen aus der Ölförderung konnten lange Zeit über den wirtschaftlichen Stillstand und eine – zumindest für einen Teil der Gesellschaft – menschenfeindliche Innenpolitik Politik hinwegtäuschen.

Mohammed bin Salman, häufig als MbS abgekürzt, muss nun auf die Ausgaben-Bremse treten: Im vergangenen Jahr klaffte im saudischen Haushalt ein Minus von beinahe 100 Milliarden Dollar.
Der bislang eher unbekannte junge Kronprinz ist der Initiator der „Vision 2030”, ein ambitioniertes Projekt, das die Wirtschaft des Landes grundlegend verändern soll. Die Unabhängigkeit des Staates von den Einnahmen aus Ölexporten ist das Ziel.

Das wirtschaftliche Reformprogramm hat bereits zu Steuererhöhungen und Einsparungen geführt und wird von MbS, der auch Vorsitzender der wichtigsten saudischen Wirtschaftsorganisation ist, rasant vorangetrieben.

Modernisierung mit Grenzen

Das Land soll außerdem für Investoren aus dem Ausland wesentlich attraktiver gemacht werden. Damit will man die Zahl der Arbeitsplätze im Land möglichst verdoppeln. Der Energiesektor soll zugunsten von Erdgas, Atomkraft und erneuerbaren Energien umgebaut werden.

Für Madawi al-Rasheed, saudi-arabische Professorin an der London School of Economics (LSE), gehören diese Alimente zum autoritären Staatsapparat dazu: „Mohammed bin Salman wird begrenzt persönliche Freiheiten zulassen, aber gleichzeitig jede kritische Stimme zum Schweigen bringen.“ Es sei in Diktaturen üblich, für eine „kontrollierte Bespaßung“ zu sorgen, schreibt Sie auf dem Online-Portal Middle East Eye über den häufig als „Modernisierer“ gepriesenen MbS.

Reformen in der Innenpolitik?

Ob sich das ultrakonservative Königreich mit den angestrebten Wirtschaftsreformen auch gesellschaftlich modernisiert, ist fraglich.

Weinberg zu BILD: „Es ist sehr unklar, wo der Thronfolger in Bezug auf Frauenrechte steht, wie er mit Andersdenkenden umgehen will und ob er endlich die Hetze gegen religiöse Minderheiten unterbinden wird.“

Der goldene Käfig der Öl-Scheichs

Die alten Scheichs fürchten sich vor Unruhen in der Bevölkerung, die bislang wohlversorgt bei Laune gehalten werden konnte. Für ein Leben in diesen Verhältnissen verzichtet die Bevölkerung auf Forderungen nach politischer Mitbestimmung. Schweigen im Luxus-Käfig.

Ob die neue Generation sich weiterhin mit der Rolle der königstreuen Passiv-Bürger zufrieden geben wird, bleibt abzuwarten. Zwei Drittel der Saudis sind unter 30.

Partner bei der Terrorbekämpfung?

Die Religionsschulen Saudi Arabiens gelten wegen der dort gelehrte Islam-Interpretation als Brutstätte des ISIS-Terrors

Saudi-Arabien ist lange ein Partner westlicher Staaten in der Terrorismusbekämpfung, gleichzeitig bereitet das Land mit seiner wahabitischen Islaminterpretation den ideologischen Boden für den sunnitischen Dschihadismus

Bringen die Wirtschaftsreformen politische Freiheit?

Die Sparmaßnahmen zeigen deutlich: Mit der Faulenzerei, die der Öl-Boom gewährte, ist es vorbei. – von Janis Just

http://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/saudi-arabien/die-saudis-52296194.bild.html

Mein Kommentar: Einführung im Bild-Stil, gar nicht einmal ganz schlecht. Die aggressive Außenpolitik, die kritischste und gefährlichste Seite des saudischen Kronprinzen und seiner Politik, bleibt aber ganz außen vor.

1.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi clansman & ex intelligence chief Turki Faisal speaks to #Iranian opppstion #Paris. His Arabic is poor (film)

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/881202218459967488

30.6.2017 – Deutsche Wirtschafts-Nachrichten (* B P)

Bürgerkriegs-Gefahr: Machtkampf in Saudi-Arabien

Der Machtkampf in Saudi-Arabien spitzt sich zu.

Es gibt eine Reihe von Hinweisen darauf, dass die Spannungen zwischen verschiedenen Fraktionen innerhalb des saudischen Königshauses wachsen. König Salman hatte erhebliche Umwälzungen im Reich verursacht, als er seinen Sohn Mohammed Bin Salman zum Kronprinzen und damit zu seinem Nachfolger ernannte. Er riskiert damit die Spaltung seiner Königsfamilie, was militärischen Folgen nach sich ziehen könnte. Nach Angaben des Council on Foreign Relations stehen die saudischen Sicherheitskräfte nicht unter einer vereinten Befehlsführung. Es gibt keine Einheit der Führung. Dies bedeutet, dass das Militär im Falle eines internen Konflikts in verschiedene Teile zerfallen könnte, die sich anschließend gegenseitig bekämpfen.

Der deutsche Nahost-Experte Andreas Krieg vom King’s College London, der an der Ausbildung von britischen Offizieren an der UK Defence Academy mitwirkt, sagte den Deutschen Wirtschafts Nachrichten: „Es gibt momentan auf jeden Fall Spannungen zwischen Anhängern des entmachteten Mohammad bin Nayef und Anhängern von Mohammad bin Salam. Es ist auch richtig, dass Bin Salman einen sehr guten Draht zu den Sicherheitskräften hat. Die Anerkennung und Prestige, die Bin Nayef dort genießt hat sich Bin Salman noch nicht verdient. Die prekäre militärische Situation im Jemen hat Bin Salman dort nicht geholfen – ganz im Gegenteil: er wird als unfähig betrachtet.

https://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2017/06/30/buergerkriegs-gefahr-machtkampf-saudi-arabien/

27.6.2017 – Al Araby (** A P)

Violence erupts following Saudi demolition of historic Shia homes

Clashes have erupted between Saudi security forces and Shia gunmen after the demolition of centuries-old homes in the Shia town of al-Awamiya.

Saudi Arabia is demolishing centuries-old homes in a Shia town, leveling a historic district that officials allege has become a hideout for local militants.

The destruction has sparked shoot-outs in the streets between Saudi security forces and Shia gunmen and stoked sectarian tensions that resonate around the region.

The violence in the Shia town of al-Awamiya, which is centered in the Sunni kingdom's oil-rich east coast, adds a new source of instability at a time of increasing confrontation in the Gulf.

Bulldozers began demolishing al-Awamiya's historic district on 10 May, with plans to tear down several hundred homes.

At least six security officers, six alleged militants and a number of civilians have been killed in al-Awamiya's skirmishes, shootings and bombings this year.

Violence flared as government contractors began tearing down the town's historical center.

The old district is known as al-Mosawara, Arabic for the "walled fortress", named for its 400-year-old walls that protected the area from raiders.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki told AP that "terrorists in al-Awamiya... have increased their armed violence" since the start of the "development project in al-Mosawara".

Security forces patrol the town's streets in armoured vehicles, frequently coming under fire from militants. Police say a South Asian construction worker was killed by an improvised explosive device targeting the demolition team.

Activists say security forces frequently open fire in the streets. A two-year-old boy died when shots were fired at his parents' car, a shooting that activists blamed on police.

"It's collective punishment," Ameen al-Nimr said of the situation in al-Awamiya. He left the town in late 2011 at the height of protests there and now resides in the UK.

The demolition is "erasing the identity of the area and its history", he said.

Three United Nations experts on cultural rights have also criticised the demolition, saying the "destruction erases the traces of this historic and lived cultural heritage".

They said in a statement that the Saudi government has "ignored our concerns" and its only response "has been these violent actions".

Riyadh says the district's roughly 500 houses are being demolished because they do not comply with safety standards. It also accuses Shia militants of using al-Mosawara's narrow alleys as "a safe haven" to "plan and carry out their terrorist operations".

Al-Awamiya, a town of 25,000-30,000 residents, has long been a flashpoint of tensions with the kingdom's Shias, who complain of discrimination at the hands of Saudi Arabia's ultra-conservative Sunni clerics.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/6/27/violence-erupts-following-saudi-demolition-of-historic-shia-homes

Remark: Many links in earlier YPRs, starting with May 10. Western media cared little to zero.

21.6.2017 – Huffington Post (A P)

How Saudi Arabia's 'Family Tax' Is Forcing Indians To Return Home

A new 'dependent fee', levied by Saudi Arabia from 1 July, has set alarm bells ringing for 41 lakh Indians currently resident in the kingdom.

According to a report in The Times of India, some families from Hyderabad, who have lived in Saudi Arabia for over 10 years, have planned to return home since the new 'family tax' was imposed. The rule stipulates that non-Saudis residents will have to pay 100 riyals for each family member living with them per month. This means a man resident with his wife and two children would have to shell out 400 riyals each month. Currently at 50 riyals, the dependent fee is half of this revised amount.

But that's not all.

The tax is going to go progressively higher by 100 riyals every year, until it reaches 400 riyals in 2020.

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/06/21/how-saudi-arabias-family-tax-is-forcing-indians-to-return-hom_a_22494498/

Remark: 1 Rial = ca. 0,25 US$.

24.6.2017 – Middle East Monitor (B P)

Saudi Prince Reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be King

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan al-Saud, who lives in Germany, has revealed what he claims are the US conditions for helping Mohamed Bin Salman to become King of Saudi Arabia before his father’s death, thenewkhalij.org reported on Friday.

Writing on Twitter, Khalid said that he had received the information from an informed source within Saudi Arabia’s ruling family.

The alleged conditions include “absolute obedience to the US and Israel and carrying out whatever they ask him to do.” Three other conditions, claimed Khalid, are stated in return for helping Bin Salman take the throne before the death of his father: “Working to settle all Gaza residents in north Sinai as an alternative homeland and Saudi Arabia along with the UAE will afford the needed funds; getting rid of Hamas and whoever supports it; and getting Sanafir Island from Egypt.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170624-saudi-prince-reveals-us-conditions-for-mohamed-bin-salman-to-be-king/

My comment: I think this is little more than a rumor, and a wrong one. The king is old, he is ill and suffers from dementia. It will not last a long time until he dies and Prince Salman would become king automatically. And he in fact is ruling the country today already. And after the coup putting is cousin aside his position still is not really secure. Putting his father aside now also only would weaken his own position still further. – And, even more, these supposed American condition simply do not sound realistic anyway.

19.5.2017 – The Telegraph (* B P)

What is Wahhabism? The reactionary branch of Islam from Saudi Arabia said to be 'the main source of global terrorism'

In July 2013, Wahhabism was identified by the European Parliament in Strasbourg as the main source of global terrorism.

Wahhabism has become increasingly influential, partly because of Saudi money and partly because of Saudi Arabia's central influence as protector of Mecca.

In the 1970s, with the help of funding from petroleum exports and other factors, Saudi charities started funding Wahhabi schools (madrassas) and mosques across the globe and the movement underwent "explosive growth".

The US State Department has estimated that over the past four decades Riyadh has invested more than $10bn (£6bn) into charitable foundations in an attempt to replace mainstream Sunni Islam with the harsh intolerance of its Wahhabism. EU intelligence experts estimate that 15 to 20 per cent of this has been diverted to al-Qaida and other violent jihadists.

The movement now has worldwide influence inspiring the ideology of extremists worldwide.

Wahhabism today

The exclusivism of Ibn Taymiyah combined with the use of violence advocated by modern ultra-Wahhabists such as Al Qaeda, Isil and Boko Haram, have now given rise to cells of activists outside Saudi Arabia, ready to commit terrorist outrages such as the ones seen in Beirut, Paris, Brussels and Lahore.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/29/what-is-wahhabism-the-reactionary-branch-of-islam-said-to-be-the/

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

2.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

#RSAF EF-2000s, from the 10th Sqn, will take part in exercise #RedFlag 17-4 at Nellis AFB from Aug. 14 to 25, 2017

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/881474450516049920

Among the participants will be #USAF F-22As from the 94th FS & #RSAF F-15SGs from the 428th FS

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/881517512294379520

My comment: Saudi air force participating in an US Air Force exercise – complicity of war criminals.

30.6.2017 – Politico (* A P)

Trump administration wants to rally world to stop ‘four famines’

President Donald Trump has long insisted that other countries should share more of the financial burden in tackling global emergencies. Now, a crisis involving four potential famines in Africa and the Middle East may test whether foreign governments will heed his demands.

Food and water shortages, caused by conflict as well as climate, are threatening to tip parts of Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan into famine, risking at least 20 million lives.

In the coming days, the White House is planning to rally other governments to do more to prevent the calamity, several Trump administration officials told POLITICO. The officials declined to offer details, but one likely forum for the president to make such a push is next week's G-20 summit in Germany.

“This administration wants to demonstrate our global leadership,” said Garry Hall, senior director for international organizations and alliances at the National Security Council. “This is right in the president’s agenda. It makes America great because America is good. It’s in our national DNA.”

It’s not clear, however, whether other governments will listen to an American president who has proposed gutting the U.S. foreign aid budget and rattled even longstanding allies with his isolationist streak – by Nahal Toosi

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/30/trump-wants-rally-to-stop-famine-240141

My comment: Another proof how erratic and zigzag Trump’s foreign policy really is. And what an odd image of the US and its role this government has.

30.6.2017 – Consortium News (* B P)

How Israeli/Saudi ‘Alliance’ Plays Trump

As novices to the world of Mideast intrigue, President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are being led by Israel and Saudi Arabia into a dangerous confrontation with Iran

The Israeli web site Debka, though not always reliable in some respects, nonetheless, occasionally, can give useful glimpses into the Israeli calculus: Here it is expressing somewhat unusual enthusiasm, even open rapture, about a recent political event:

“The Saudi king’s decision to elevate his son Mohammed bin Salman … is not merely the internal affair of the royal hierarchy, but a game-changing international event. The king’s son is ready to step into his allotted place in a new US-Arab-Israeli alliance established by President Trump in May”.

“A game-changing international event”? Why exactly are these Israelis so excited; why should the elevation of bin Salman, known by the initials MbS, be such a game-changer?

On the face of it, not much has changed. Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s (and his father’s) obsession with Iran is well known.

Debka does espy something new in the strategic situation. And they may be right. Ostensibly, on the surface, things may look the same, but two dynamics seem to be conflating that may account for official Israel’s high excitement.

This is the combination that may be provoking such Israeli excitement: The ambition and opportunism of two young crown princes, coupled by their desire to restore Sunni authority (and the obedience of subordinate states) by mobilizing the Sunni world in a “jihad” against Iran and “terrorism,” must be music to some Israeli ears.

And this is the rabbit hole down which President Trump has fallen. It matters little whether the primary motive for Trump’s Riyadh fiesta was pecuniary, or whether it was triggered by son-in-law Jared Kushner’s ambitions. Either way, Trump has embraced pushback against Iran (and seemingly, regime change, as Rex Tillerson has implied). In fact, Trump seems to be surrounding himself more and more with anti-Iranian advisers. He seems to like the notion of leading an alliance of the U.S., Israel and the two Crown Princes pushing back against Iran and its “terrorism.”

What interest of America will be served by intruding into these ancient animosities? MbS, MbZ and Netanyahu may be American “allies,” but their interests are not America’s. The former might be happy for America to spill its blood in fighting their fights. But why should Trump want to do that? – By Alastair Crooke, former British diplomate

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/01/how-israelisaudi-alliance-plays-trump/

My comment: Otaiba played a main role in a scandal in Malaysia (look at cp12 below) and in preparing the Qatar crisis (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/leakers-share-new-email-dump-targeting-top-arab-diplomat-and-us-foreign-policy-elites_us_5934450be4b0c242ca252468).

30.6.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Appeals court throws out lawsuit over drone strike deaths

A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by the families of two Yemeni men allegedly killed as innocent bystanders in a U.S. drone strike in 2012.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington upheld a lower court's finding that it lacked the authority to question decision-making by the government over the missile strike.

The case began in 2015 when the families of Salem bin Ali Jaber, an imam, and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, a police officer, filed a "wrongful death" suit against the U.S. government, then President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials.

They claimed the deaths were collateral damage in an August, 2012 Hellfire missile attack by a U.S. drone in the eastern Yemeni village of Khashamir targeting three extremists, court papers said.

Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who wrote the decision, also issued a rare separate opinion calling for greater oversight over the drone program.

She said the legal doctrine preventing courts from reviewing the decision-making by the president and Congress in foreign policy or national security matters may be "deeply flawed" because it blocks any court supervision of the use of sophisticated new military technologies like drones.

"Of course, this begs the question: if judges will not check this outsized power, then who will?" said Brown, who was appointed to the appeals court bench by Republican former President George W. Bush. She called congressional oversight "a joke -- and a bad one at that." – by Andrew Chung

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-yemen-idUSKBN19L2PJ

30.6.2017 – The Hill (* A P)

Judge in drone case: Congressional oversight of the military is 'a joke'

But the author of the court's decision, Judge Janice Rogers Brown, also wrote a concurring opinion in which she lamented that congressional oversight of the military is a “joke” and concluded that “our democracy is broken.”

“We must, however, hope that it is not incurably so,” she continued. “This nation’s reputation for open and measured action is our national birthright; it is a history that ensures our credibility in the international community.

“The spread of drones cannot be stopped, but the U.S. can still influence how they are used in the global community — including, someday, seeking recourse should our enemies turn these powerful weapons 180 degrees to target our homeland. The Executive and Congress must establish a clear policy for drone strikes and precise avenues for accountability,” wrote Brown, who was nominated to the court by President George W. Bush.

“In short, El-Shifa controls the court’s analysis here and compels dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims,” Brown wrote in the decision. “To borrow a closing line, ‘Under the political question doctrine, the foreign target of a military strike cannot challenge in court the wisdom of [that] military action taken by the United States.

“Despite their efforts to characterize the case differently, that is just what the [P]laintiffs have asked us to do. The district court’s dismissal of their claims is [a]ffirmed.’ ”

In a statement Friday, human rights group Reprieve, which is working with Faisal bin Ali Jaber, said Brown’s comments in her concurring opinion suggest the case is worthy of Supreme Court review – by Rebecca Keel

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/340270-court-dismisses-drone-killing-case-as-judge-laments-democracy-is-broken

30.6.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

New York's Yemeni Muslims on Trump's unblocked travel ban: 'It's petrifying'

As Donald Trump's oft-promised travel ban finally comes into effect after a number of legal battles, members of communities in the US set to be hit by the ban fear what it will mean for the futures of both their families and themselves.

For those in the Yemeni community there, they’re worried about what Mr Trump’s policy will mean for friends and family hoping to flee to the US from war and disease. They’re worried about their own futures, too. And, they’ve already begun to feel the effect the President’s rhetoric has had on the attitudes of the American people.

Many are confused by Mr Trump’s ban. For those born and raised in the US, they note that they are just as much American as the President, hijab or not.

The narrowed version of the ban blocks travellers from those countries for 90 days, and suspends the US refugee programme for 120 days. The Supreme Court outlined certain exceptions though – individuals with “bona fide” connexions to the US are exempt, which includes family ties, work, and education.

The State Department has defined a close familial relationship as being a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step-siblings and other step-family relations. Late on Thursday the department also reversed a decision that originally said fiances were not considered aa close familial relationship.

A department cable said grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law “and any other 'extended' family members” are not considered close family.

Asked how barring grandparents or grandchildren makes the United States safer, a senior US official did not directly answer, instead pointing to Mr Trump's guidance to pause “certain travel while we review our security posture” – by Clark Mindock, Mythili Sampathkumar

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-travel-ban-muslims-new-york-respond-fear-yemenis-brooklyn-a7815621.html

29.6.2017 – Politico (* B P)

Saudi Arabia’s New Crown Prince Is a Bumbling Hothead. Trump Needs to Treat Him Like One.

President Donald Trump, like a star-struck teenager, has been swooning over King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his 31-year-old son and new crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, known to U.S. diplomats as MBS. Since FDR, American presidents have been enamored by Saudi royals, but in this case the infatuation may be downright dangerous. The young prince who would be king might not only get his own country into heaps of trouble, he could also drag the United States down with it.

It’s not just Trump who’s been heaping praise on the new crown prince. MBS has also been hailed by the likes of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the German foreign minister, the International Monetary Fund and the head of the World Bank. As the architect of Vision 2030, a galactically ambitious plan to transform and diversify the Saudi economy, MBS is seen as a potentially modernizing, dynamic and risk-ready monarch who has broken with the cautious traditionalism and risk-aversion of aging Saudi kings.

But one thing is already stunningly clear when it comes to his handling of foreign policy: In two short years, as the deputy crown prince and defense minister, MBS has driven the Kingdom into a series of royal blunders in Yemen, Qatar and Iran, and he has likely overpromised what Saudi Arabia is able and willing to do on the Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking front. Far from demonstrating judgment and experience, he’s proven to be reckless and impulsive, with little sense of how to link tactics and strategy. And sadly, he’s managed to implicate and drag the new Trump administration into some of these misadventures, too.

We don’t blame the crown prince for snookering Washington into its schemes and designs—this is almost entirely the fault of a White House that seems naively to believe Riyadh and the Sunni Gulf coalition are critical to helping the United States achieve its three key Middle East goals: destroying ISIS, rolling back Iran and delivering Arab-Israeli peace. Based on Saudi behavior since King Salman and MBS came to power in 2015, it’s not at all clear that Riyadh can deliver on any of these objectives. – By AARON DAVID MILLER and RICHARD SOKOLSKY

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/29/saudi-arabias-crown-prince-trump-foreign-policy-215321?cid=apn

29.6.2017 – Wikileaks (A P)

While western feminists complain about Trump revealing Brzezinski's facelift here is what US bombs have been doing to girls' faces in Yemen (photo)

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/880596484894457856

22.6.2017 – Just Security (* B P)

The Potential Legal Implications for the U.S. in the AP’s Disturbing UAE Torture Scoop

There’s no possible way to cover all of the important legal, policy, and political implications of the claims in the AP story in a single piece. Instead, my analysis starts by asking—and trying to answer—three questions:

Do any of the allegations in the AP story suggest a violation by US forces of US domestic or international law?

Would the detainees have any remedy available to them under US law?

What options would the US government have if it seeks to assert jurisdiction over any of these detainees, going forward?

III. Now What?

That leaves the forward-looking question—now what happens? It appears from the AP’s reporting that at least some of the detainees are of continuing value to the United States, such that the US government may continue to play a role in their detentions/interrogations, and perhaps even seek to have some detainees transferred stateside (or, possibly, to Guantánamo). If the detainees were indeed tortured while in UAE custody, that will significantly complicate any effort to prosecute them in a US civilian court, since not only will statements elicited during those interrogations not be admissible, but it’s quite possible that subsequent evidence will also have to be excluded because of the taint of the original torture. (A criminal prosecution might also put the US government in the position of having to turn over more information about its involvement in the UAE interrogations than it would care to.)

That leaves either the status quo or military detention, whether at Guantánamo or elsewhere. Neither should be especially attractive as a policy matter; allowing these detainees to continue to languish in UAE detention sites in Yemen with full knowledge (if not affirmative exploitation) of their circumstances reflects very badly, to say the least, on the United States’ own reputation in the international community. Moving them to Guantánamo may fulfill a campaign promise, but opens the door to habeas litigation that could also raise thorny legal and factual questions about US involvement.

Needless to say, there’s more to be said about all of the above. And just to say overtly what should already be implicit: it’s more than a little callous for the United States to insinuate through its actions that it has no problem with torture of terrorism suspects by othercountries, just so long as we can deny direct responsibility while still receiving any intelligence benefit. But it’s not yet clear whether that position will actually lead to legal liability for the US government or those US officials involved in this scandal. That doesn’t mean that the reported US role in this scandal was lawful (in many ways, it likely wasn’t), or that it doesn’t warrant moral, ethical, and political condemnation (it does). It just means that, before fully assessing the potential legal consequences, we will need to know much, much more about this disturbing and alarming story. Here’s hoping there are enough members of Congress who are as bothered by this story even half as much as I am… – By Steve Vladeck

https://www.justsecurity.org/42428/u-s-law-implications-aps-disturbing-uae-torture-scoop/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

1.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

UK's Jeremy Corbyn: Halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Labour Party leader condemns use of UK weapons by Saudi Arabia in Yemen war, and calls for the suspension of arms sales.

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Corbyn said: "We have constantly condemned the use of these weapons by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and called for the suspension of the arms sales to Saudi Arabia to show that we are wanting a peace process in Yemen, not an invasion by Saudi Arabia. "I'm totally shocked by the war in Yemen. Totally shocked, by the bombardment that's taken place, by the killings that have happened, by the cholera outbreak that's now rife. And the numbers who are affected, the numbers who have already died," Corbyn said.

Corbyn said the Labour party had called on the previous British government to suspend its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and would continue to do so in the next.

"We have already put that resolution to parliament in the last parliament. We'll continue to do that when there's a new parliament formed after this general election. Our policy of the Labour Party is unchanged," he said.

The Labour leader also touched on alleged instances, revealed in two separate investigations last week, of forced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture and abuse by troops backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Yemen.

"All of those allegations have to be investigated, and the evidence has to come forward," said Corbyn.

"And arms sales policy has to reflect that we do not believe those countries that commit abuses of human rights or kill civilians with the use of those weapons should continue to receive British arms." (with interview in film)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/uk-jeremy-corbyn-halt-arms-sales-saudi-arabia-170701075449744.html and also by The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-saudi-arabia-arms-sales-yemen-famine-civilian-killed-a7818481.html

28.6.2017 – Aljazeera (* B P)

UK activists demand end to Saudi Arabia, UAE arms sales

Rights group and legal experts say arming Riyadh and Abu Dhabi makes the UK complicit in alleged war crimes.

Campaign groups and legal experts have called on the UK to end arm sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies, warning that continuing to do so may be in violation of international law.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) said British manufactured weapons sold to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt were being used to carry out abuses in Yemen and Libya.

"[AOHR] is calling on the UK government to review its role in the sale of arms to a number of Arab governments that are known for gross human rights violation," the statement read.

In the past three years, the UK has approved arms export licences to Saudi Arabia worth $4.7bn, $1.6bn to the UAE, and $208m to Egypt.

During that period, the countries have been involved both directly and indirectly in conflicts in Libya and Yemen, where they face accusations of war crimes and other abuses.

Speaking at a news conference accompanying the AOHR statement, Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) said the UK was complicit in alleged Saudi-led coalition abuses in Yemen.

"UK-made fighter jets are flying over Yemen, where they are being flown by UK-trained personnel and dropping UK-made bombs. The UK could not be any more complicit, " he said.

"We believe that the UK’s conduct in arming and supporting this brutal bombardment has not just been immoral, it has also been illegal."

CAAT is awaiting the verdict of a judicial review it lodged in February, which is aimed at halting British arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Under both British and EU law, export licences must not be granted if there is clear risk that weapons could be used to contravene international law.

Human rights lawyer Sue Willman, who was also present at the event, said the UK was reluctant to accept the scale of evidence proving its weapons were being used to commit violations.

"The [UK] must deny export if it is clear that military technology might be used in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian law," she said.

"I think the lesson of the CAAT case is that even when there’s overwhelming evidence of abuses, the UK government continues to claim that there’s no evidence, and then insist on filing secret evidence, making it harder for us to challenge it." – by Shafik Mandhai

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/uk-activists-demand-saudi-arabia-uae-arms-sales-170628091937167.html

My comment: Now, after the break between Qatar and the Gulf States, Qatari media suddenly care – what about Qatari participation in the Saudi coalition air raids in Yemen before, and British arms sales to Qatar at that time??

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

1.7.2017 – DPA (* B K)

Italy’s Poorest Produce Arms For Use Against Impoverished Yemen

In a place where the youth unemployment rate hovers around 60 per cent, RWM Italia, a subsidiary of Germany's Rheinmetall Defence, is a welcome source of work, and operates one of the area's last surviving industrial sites in the town of Domusnovas.

"Nobody here in likes war or weapons, but the RWM factory is something we will defend to the last man," the mayor of the 6,000-strong municipality, Massimiliano Ventura, told dpa. "It provides livelihood for the entire province."

The plant produces anti-landmine systems, warheads and electronic fusing systems, Rheinmetall's website says. A company spokesman told dpa he could not give any more details, due to the confidentiality of the business and contractual obligations.

RWM lists Saudi Arabia as one of its customers in its annual report.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) say the Italian-made arms are being used for airstrikes that have killed civilians there.

The latest report came two weeks ago from Yemeni NGO Mwatana. It sent Italian news agency ANSA pictures of fragments of explosives bearing RWM Italia production codes, and said they came from an October 8 raid on the Houthi district of Bajil, in which six people died, including four children.

"We have a reasonable estimate that in 2016 Italy exported about 20,000 bombs or bomb parts [to Saudi Arabia] worth several hundreds of millions of euros," Maurizio Simoncelli of the Italian Network for Disarmament said in a press conference at the Italian parliament last week.

Simoncelli is part of a coalition of pacifists, environmentalists, Focolare Catholic movement members and ethical finance groups that want to stop Italian arm sales to the Saudis and reconvert the RWM plant to peaceful uses.

RWM Italia's 2016 annual report shows that business is booming, with profits rising threefold from 2015 to 12 million euros (13.7 million dollars), and mentions plans to expand the Domusnovas site, currently employing about 80 people.

The Italian government seems to have been aware that its link to the conflict can look bad. It initially suggested RWM's sales to Saudi Arabia had been authorized by Germany. Berlin denied it, and Italy's foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni - who is now premier - later admitted that export licences had been issued by Rome.

He argued that Saudi arm sales were legal as long as the European Union and the United Nations had no embargo in place.

https://www.albawaba.com//editorchoice/italy%E2%80%99s-poorest-produce-arms-use-against-impoverished-yemen-991524

1.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#UAE CP @MBZNews handpicked imam says goatee beard is #Jewish. That explains a lot

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/881169488481316865

30.6.2017 – Wall Street Journal (* A P)

U.A.E.’s Ambassador to U.S. Linked to 1MDB Scandal

Documents show companies connected to Yousef Al Otaiba received $66 million allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd

The scandal swirling around a Malaysian state investment fund allegedly defrauded of billions of dollars has entangled the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S., according to court and investigative documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Companies connected to Yousef Al Otaiba, the ambassador, received $66 million from offshore companies that investigators in the U.S. and Singapore have said contained funds misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd, the documents show.

There have been no public disclosures as to the purpose of the transfers, and Mr. Otaiba declined to comment on them – By Bradley Hope and Tom Wright

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-a-e-s-ambassador-to-u-s-linked-to-1mdb-scandal-1498864605?mod=e2tw

My comment: Otaiba played lobbied the Obama government (look at cp1 above) and in preparing the Qatar crisis (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/leakers-share-new-email-dump-targeting-top-arab-diplomat-and-us-foreign-policy-elites_us_5934450be4b0c242ca252468).

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

3.7.2017 – Gulf News (* A P)

Qatar crisis, the war on terror and regional turmoil

The Hamas connection affected Doha’s foreign policy, making it a great source of irritation for Gulf countries

http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/qatar-crisis-the-war-on-terror-and-regional-turmoil-1.2052213

My comment: Emirati website with propaganda bias.

Comment by Stephen Snyder. Pro-Saudi columnist cites 9/11 as reason to punish Qatar. Remind me who was on those planes?

https://twitter.com/StephenProducer/status/881639922695892992

2.7.2017 – Anadolu (A P)

Top Bahrain, US diplomats discuss Gulf crisis

Al-Khalifa pushes need for Qatar to comply with demands of Saudi-led bloc in call

http://aa.com.tr/en/americas/top-bahrain-us-diplomats-discuss-gulf-crisis-/852937

2.7.2017 – Abbas Kadhim (* A P)

#Saudi, #UAE & #Egypt extend the deadline for #Qatar's response to their demands by 48 hours. Then what?

https://twitter.com/DrAbbasKadhim/status/881668939218137088 referring to https://arabic.cnn.com/middle-east/2017/07/03/qatar-list-demands-deadline-extended

2.7.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Gulf deadline to resolve Qatar rift approaches

Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept their demands is expected to expire on Sunday night.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the demands were made to be rejected, adding that the Arab ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-idUSKBN19N00H

2.7.2017 – Sky News (* A P)

Qatar ready to defend itself from Gulf neighbours

Gulf countries have imposed a blockade on Qatar and made demands seen as an infringement on the country's sovereignty.

http://news.sky.com/story/qatar-ready-to-defend-itself-from-gulf-neighbours-10934736

2.7.2017 – The Guardian (* B P)

Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure

The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatar’s conservative enemies want it shut down

n Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera – once heralded as the beacon of free Arab media that broke the hegemony of the western networks and reversed the flow of information from east to west for the first time since the middle ages – faces closing its doors for good.

On 23 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt subjected Qatar to unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions, followed by an aggressive blockade and threats of further action if Qatar fails to meet a list of 13 demands, one of which is to shut down the al-Jazeera network.

If Doha capitulates – and there are no signs it will – it will effectively have lost its sovereignty and become a vassal state of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Yet defying the deadline could lead to regime change in Qatar, or even war.

Whatever happens, it is a credit to al-Jazeera that, 21 years after its launch, it is still so disruptive and challenging to those in power.

The English face of al-Jazeera is one westerners have grown familiar with: the al-Jazeera English channel and website, high quality news and sophisticated documentaries focused on the developing world. Compared with alternative English-language international news channels, such as BBC World, CNN International, France 24, and Russia Today, most observers agree al-Jazeera English scores highly.

Beyond also being a 24-hour news channel, al-Jazeera Arabic (AJA) is a very different beast in terms of language, content and frame of reference to al-Jazeera English. This is hardly surprising given that they are aimed at entirely different audiences.

What makes Qatar’s neighbours uncomfortable about AJA is the channel’s success in forging a new political awareness among Arabs and raising issues, such as social justice and human rights. What they find particularly distasteful is the widely propagated view, shared by the Qatari leadership, that sooner or later Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas will come to power across the whole region, propelled either by revolution or democratic elections.

Since this is also an issue of concern for Israel and many others in the west, it is a point Qatar’s Arab neighbours have focused on, although since Hamas is popular with the Arab public it was not named in the list of demands.

The Arab regimes persecuting Qatar today – the counter-revolutionary axis in the region – are all vulnerable to being overthrown by popular revolution and replaced by Islamist groups, so seeing these same groups presented as legitimate political opposition on al-Jazeera and being allowed to agitate for political change represents a clear existential threat.

The counter-revolutionary axis expends significant resources suppressing and demonising many of the same individuals and groups – “terrorists” – to which al-Jazeera gives voice. The problem for them is that Qatar seems to be on the right side of history.

Arabs generally are fed up with their corrupt and useless unelected governments and are ready for any alternative in future, as long as it looks nothing like the past. Many Sunni Arabs, liberals and Islamists alike, find al-Jazeera’s democratic, Islamist discourse and optimistic vision of the future much more inspiring than the visions their widely hated and feared governments are peddling.

Qatar, of course, is also an autocratic government, but since it is so small and rich, normal rules do not apply to it. This is why it has shown no sign of giving in to any of the demands placed on it, even though the deadline expires on Monday – by Hugh Miles

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jul/01/demand-al-jazeera-closure-shows-how-much-enemies-fear-it

2.7.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/02/qatar-rejects-deadline-demands-saying-it-does-not-fear-military-action

1.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A P)

Qatar rejects list of demands from boycotting Gulf, Arab countries

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/07/01/Qatar-resorts-to-UN-Security-Council-right-before-the-end-of-the-Arab-deadline.html

1.7.2017 – Medium (* A P)

Gulf crisis set to escalate

The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday’s deadline that it complies with demands that would undermine Qatari sovereignty and humiliate Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at a time that he is riding high on a wave of Qatari nationalism sparked by the Gulf crisis.

Four weeks into the crisis, the demands appear to have been crafted for what is becoming a longer battle that the two Gulf states hope will end with Qatar, with or without Sheikh Tamim, adopting policies crafted in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have declared the demands to be non-negotiable, offered Qatar no face-saving way out of the crisis, and appear to have designed them to be deliberately insulting.

The Saudi-UAE-led coalition against Qatar is likely to further tighten the boycott of Qatar once the Monday deadline passes – by James M. Dorsey

https://medium.com/@mideastsoccer/gulf-crisis-set-to-escalate-b4d40932c1a9

2.7.2017 – TRT (A P)

Al-Thani und Putin haben telefoniert

Der Emir vo Katar, al-Thani und der russische Präsident Putin haben telefoniert.

http://www.trt.net.tr/deutsch/welt/2017/07/02/al-thani-und-putin-haben-telefoniert-762771

1.7.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row

stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-russia-idUSKBN19M3L3?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

1.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Leading #Saudi @Twitter personality calls for the killing of #Qatari Emir

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/881363170077573120 referring to https://twitter.com/WaleedDhafeeri/status/881202605044760576

1.7.2017 – Aljazeera (A P)

UN's Zeid: Call to shut Al Jazeera unacceptable attack

High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says Saudi-led campaign to close the network is 'extraordinary, unprecedented'.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/high-commissioner-zeid-raad-al-hussein-call-shut-al-jazeera-unacceptable-attack-170630111642647.html

30.6.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Qatar working with U.S., Kuwaitis on response to Gulf demands: minister

Qatar said on Thursday it was working with the United States and Kuwait to respond to a list of demands presented by Arab states who have accused Doha of supporting terrorism, an allegation that ignited a regional crisis between the U.S. allies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-idUSKBN19K103

30.6.2017 – New news (A P)

Qatar to Saudi Arabia: Provide Evidence of your Allegations

http://newnewss.net/?p=7067

29.6.2017 – MbKD15 (A P)

Another handful number of #Turkish APCs arrived at Al Udeid AFB, #Qatar -- It took them eight days to deploy ~10 APCs & ~50 personnel only! (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/880551877879910400

28.6.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

UAE crown prince asked US to bomb Al Jazeera, says 2003 cable

Diplomatic cable, published by Wikileaks, refers to Mohammed bin Zayed asking for Qatari channel to be targeted

Abu Dhabi's crown prince asked the US to bomb Al Jazeera as America was planning its invasion of Iraq, according to a diplomatic cable detailing his conversation with a top US state department mandarin.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/abu-dhabi-crown-prince-sanctioned-bombing-al-jazeera-2003-205191456

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

1.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

#LockheedMartin was awarded a $55.5M FMS contract to provide services, support & training for #SANG live fire ranges, ETC of June 14, 2022 (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/881067490851336192

Remark: Saudi Arabia National Guard.

1.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

#Sikorsky has been awarded a $3.8B FMS contract for #SaudiArabia's Black Hawk multi-year production effort, with ETC of June 30, 2022 (photos)

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/881058793391611904

Remark: Sikorsky, a Lockheed company.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

31.5.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees ( A H)

Somalia Repatriation Update 1 - 31 May 2017

During May: 414 from Yemen; 31,543 from Yemen since March 2015.

http://reliefweb.int/report/somalia/somalia-repatriation-update-1-31-may-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/57557.pdf

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

2.7.2017 – Terror Monitor (A T)

#AlQaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (#AQAP) Releases Video Accusing #US Of Supporting The #Houthis Against #Sunnis. (image)

https://twitter.com/Terror_Monitor/status/881474942398742529

2.7.2017 – Reuters (A T)

Two suspected al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strike

Two suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike while traveling on a motorbike in southern Yemen late on Saturday, residents said.

The men died on the outskirts of al-Wadei town in Abyan province, said residents who identified one of them as a local leader for the militant group called Ibrahim al-Adani.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN19N0BU

and

2.7.2017 – Josephjo1221 (A T)

The killing of Adel Ahmed Awad al - Husni by a US drone (photos9

https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/881610214327365633

1.7.2017 – Bloomberg (A T)

Militant Camp Hit in Yemen President's Home Village: TV Report

Warplanes believed to be from the U.S. struck an al-Qaeda militant camp in the home village of Yemen’s president, according to Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV, which is affiliated with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The local Aden Alghad newspaper said that a drone attacked a vehicle for the militants in the same district. No information about casualties was given.

The latest in a series of strikes by a U.S.-led coalition, this one -- in the al-Wadhee district, where President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi lives -- came hours after planes dropped leaflets on the city of Ataq. The leaflets called on residents to provide information on any of four al-Qaeda leaders, according to the al-Masdar news website – By Mohammed Hatem

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-01/militant-camp-hit-in-yemen-president-s-home-village-tv-report

1.7.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A T)

Last night, a jet dropped flyers in #Yemen's Shabwah province offering a reward of $14,285.71 for info on AQAP leaders, incl Qasim Al Raimi. (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/881218626694656001

This pidling reward for info on AQAP chiefs lists an Indonesia number this time. In Jun 2016, their number was Somali, with no reward offer. (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/881220626480082944

Whoever offered this reward must think Yemenis are dumbfoundingly daft : The US itself is offering a $5 MILLION reward for info on Al Raimi. (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/881219335490080769

30.6.2017 – Suhf Net (A T)

The publication of leaflets in Shabwa that monitors financial rewards for those who provide information about the most prominent al-Qaeda leaders - Sufism Net

Warplanes dropped paper leaflets in Shabwa province on Saturday, where they spotted money rewards for those who gave information about al Qaeda.

According to local sources, the fighters dropped leaflets heavily on the inhabitants of Ataq and surrounding areas, and announced five million Yemeni riyals to those who reported a leader of the organization (photo)

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/192769 and in translation https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=ar&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F192769

30.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP) spokesman Khaled Batarfi released the eighth video in his series “Stories of the Prophets” on June 30. Batarfi urged his followers to find strength from obeying God [2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-30-2017

cp15 Propaganda

2.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

US official: Riyadh and Abu Dhabi confront Iran’s expansion in Yemen

Vice president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US armed forces Jack Keane has lauded both Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed for confronting the Iranian expansion in Yemen and the Arab region.

“Thanks to each of the young leaders, Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, for standing against the strategy of the Iranian regime in Yemen,” Keen said in the annual general conference of the Iranian resistance in Paris.

“The Iranian regime strategy is based on getting US forces out of the region, and control of the region... Iran is moving steadily towards regional dominance, and we must stop it,” he added.

“We are meeting as people who respect freedom because of one reason, only for Iran to be free,” he said.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/07/02/US-official-Riyadh-and-Abu-Dhabi-confront-Iran-s-expansion-in-Yemen.html

My comment: US government and army propaganda on Iran is almost as paranoid and crazy than Saudi propaganda is, and willingly seems to fully adopt Saudi propaganda. Thanking the Saudi crown prince this way as done here is extremely odd; there is no “Iranian expansion” in Yemen at all. When thanking the Saudi and Abu Dhabi crown price for what they did in Yemen, Keane thanks them for the bombing war and the blockade. Well, let sack this!! – “We are meeting as people who respect freedom”, what a bullshit is this? The US ever having respected anyone’s freedom?? Prince Salman, who’s freedom he ever did respect, apart from his own one??

2.7.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A P)

We are reaching the height of stupidity and madness
Saudi newspaper Al Jazira issues an official apology after publishing a piece equating King Salman with Allah
via Faisal Edroos, journalist at Al Jazeera English (image)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1421094451276914/?type=3

2.7.2017 – The Arab Weekly (* A P)

Chances are good that if Saudi Arabia stopped its military support of the Yemeni government, the violence would continue unabated for the foreseeable future.

As for the issue of collateral damage, there is little doubt that the violence has taken a toll on the civilian population. Unfortunately, wars always do and modern warfare seems to be especially harsh.

However, the notion that Saudi Arabia is intentionally targeting civilians has very few supporters in the international community. Contrary to the claims of Senators Paul and Murphy and other critics, Saudi Arabia has taken many measures to minimise civilian casualties, including seeking and receiving the assistance of the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Arab coalition, under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, has thousands of sites that are on a no-hit list. The spokesman of the coalition admitted that mistakes have been made due to faulty intelligence and other factors but there is a big difference between mistakes and targeting civilians as a matter of policy.

Saudi Arabia is aware of the toll that the war has taken on the civilian population in Yemen. The Saudi government intervened in large measure because it knew that Yemen would not enjoy any semblance of peace or prosperity if it was to fall victim to not one but two militant, non-state actors: The Iranian-supported Houthi rebels in the north and the terrorist organisation al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the south-east.

Those two groups have shown repeatedly that they will subject the beleaguered people of Yemen to hardships and horrors to serve their own narrow self-interests. In addition, they demonstrated enmity towards Saudi Arabia by breaching the Saudi border and conducting guerrilla-style attacks against border areas and personnel.

There are three other aspects of this complicated conflict that have not received much attention in the West. The first is that several hundred Saudi civilians have been killed during the conflict, in addition to several hundred military personnel – by Fahad Nazer

http://www.thearabweekly.com/Opinion/8775/Mischaracterising-the-conflict-in-Yemen

My comment: That’s a fine propaganda article: Propaganda absurd. Just one thing: “several hundred Saudi civilians have been killed during the conflict”: All this happened just AFTER the Saudis had started their bombing war on Yemen; thus the Houthis having killed Saudi civilians cannot be any explanation for the Saudi bombing war. The first missile the Houthis shot against Saudi territory was fired about 10 weeks (June 6, 2015) after the Saudis began their bombings (March 25, 2015).

2.7.2017 – Emirati News Agency (A P)

UAE offers 53 school buses to Yemen

A consignment of 53 school buses, provided by the UAE in support of the educational sectors in Yemen, arrived in Aden today.

Mohammed Nasr Al Shazly, Under-secretary of the Governorate of Aden, thanked the UAE for the continuous support to the liberated areas in Yemen.

The UAE's assistance to the Yemeni educational sector includes construction, maintenance and furnishing of schools, as well as renovation of accommodations in the universities.

The UAE's aid to Yemen during the period between April 2015 and April 2017 reached AED 8 billion, of which, a total of AED 160.1 million was spent on revamping Yemen's educational sectors.

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302621323 and more of the same: http://dubaieye1038.com/uae-spends-over-aed-160-million-in-yemens-education-sector/

My comment: Again the typical humanitarian aid propaganda by those who have caused the most destructions and deaths in Yemen.

Comment: Then why bomb our schools?
Will these buses, in case of busy arbitrary arrests, be used to transfer suspects to UAE's secret prisons in the south?

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1421850151201344

2.7.2017 – Saudi Gazette (A P)

Yemen VP calls for all-party political bloc

Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh stressed the urgent need to create a broad political bloc comprising all political parties and national forces to support the internationally recognized legitimate government and the national army to achieve coordination and integration to push the process of completing liberation of the rest of the homeland.

During a meeting with the head of the General People’s Congress branch Abdul Wahid Ali Al-Qabli Nimran, the vice president called on the party, its leaders and national cadres throughout Yemen to play their required role in supporting the legitimacy, the national army and confronting the coup militias.

The Yemeni vice president urged the General People’s Congress leaders and bases in different provinces to confront the coup militias,

http://saudigazette.com.sa/world/mena/yemen-vp-calls-party-political-bloc/

1.7.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Saudi Arabia has 'no intention' of bombing civilians in Yemen, says head of kingdom's aid agency

KS Relief insists it's ‘here to help’ but UN says only solution to humanitarian crisis is ending the conflict

Saudi Arabia has “no intention whatsoever to bombard or kill civilians” in Yemen, according to the head of the country’s foreign aid agency.

Dr Abdullah al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS Relief) says he sees no conflict between bombing a country while claiming to be its biggest aid donor.

Dr al-Rabeeah insists Saudi Arabia is the “number one donor for aid and development in Yemen”, adding: “We’re here to help.”

More than 1bn (£202.4m) Saudi riyals have already been allocated for KS Relief’s operations in Yemen, where it is distributing food and humanitarian aid.

“Saudi Arabia is not the only country in a conflict and providing aid,” he told The Independent, pointing to Western programmes in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

“When there is a conflict there will be mistakes, but we account for our mistakes and apologise for them, and try to compensate those who have been hurt.

“But there is no intention whatsoever to bombard or kill civilians.”

Dr al-Rabeeah claimed the aim of the Saudi-led coalition is to “regain the will of the Yemeni people”, which he said had been “taken by force” by Houthi rebels, jihadi groups and troops loyal to the former President.

the organisation’s own website describes its mission as ensuring the provision of foreign aid in line with unspecified “national interests” – by Lizzie Dearden

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-yemen-bombing-war-crimes-civilians-king-salman-ks-relief-charity-aid-agency-a7818806.html

My comment: LOL. Might-be he even is right when his “we are here to help” strictly is confined to his KS Relief charity organization; if referring it to the Saudis in general would be a great bad joke. – He also is right when pointing to Western states leading war and sending humanitarian help in the same place in the same time. Well, that’s the same type of hypocrisy the Saudis can show so well. – Bombing the country into the ground for more than 2 years to “regain the will of the Yemeni people”, that is really odd propaganda.

1.7.2017 – Asharwq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houthis Unload Hodeida Funds in Anticipation of Legitimate Forces’ Advance

Houthi insurgents and supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh transferred the funds they have seized in several governorates in Tahama province, in anticipation of the advancement of the national armed forces and the popular resistance in the coming days.

The funds were seized through looting private institutions and selling government lands and properties.

Amounts confiscated by the coupists over the past period have been estimated at millions of dollars, through the selling of lands at low prices, in addition to the income coming from the Hodeida port, which is sent on a monthly basis to Sanaa.

Militias in the province of Tahama, in particular the governorates of Hodeida and Rimah, have received orders from the so-called Ansarallah group, according to sources close to the matter.

The sources added that those militias have been conducting looting operations in several cities, in anticipation of any advancement by the legitimate forces – by Said Al-Abyad

https://english.aawsat.com/s-alabyad/news-middle-east/houthis-unload-hodeida-funds-anticipation-legitimate-forces-advance

My comment: It has to be remembered that at Hodeida in the moment the Houthi / saleh government is the “legitimate force” which is in charge of state founds. – The article also is interesting in so far as it reveals that there still are plans (or at least threats) of the pro-Saudi force to attack Hodeida.

30.6.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A P)

King Salman Center for Relief started treating a Yemeni child lost two legs, one hand when a bomb fell on him in Taiz

http://sites.alriyadh.com/en/article/1160210/King-Salman-Center-for-Relief-started-treating-a-Yemeni-child-lost-two-legs-one-hand-when-a-bomb-fell-on-him-in-Taiz

My comment: Yes, this boy needs treatment. But, nothing ever will bring him back a normal life. And: By any Saudi media, this is an off propaganda misuse. It’s the Saudi who have caused most of all who are suffering like this boy. Be aware: Bombs do not “fall” (like apples from a tree, like meteors etc.) as the propaganda headline suggests, the y are dropped. And that are the Saudis who have dropped most in Yemen.

And the Emirati propaganda writes stories of exactly the same type:

30.6.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Care in India revives Yemeni woman’s dream to become a doctor

Bedridden for past two years after discontinuing her secondary school education, the visit to India for medical treatment is a double delight for Sameera Mohammad Hazza, a 21-year-old Yemeni woman. The long-awaited advanced treatment in the land of her favourite Bollywood movies has revived her dream to get well soon, continue her studies and become a medical doctor. She also hopes to meet at least one of her dream actors — Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan or Abhishek Bachchan (son of Amitabh) during her stay in India.

Hazza was the only woman among the second batch of 90 Yemeni patients who arrived in New Delhi for advanced medical treatment on June 22 as part of an Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) humanitarian initiative as announced by the UAE leadership to help Yemeni people.

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/uae-in-india/care-in-india-revives-yemeni-woman-s-dream-to-become-a-doctor-1.2051277

30.6.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Officials Praise Crown Prince’s Donation to Contain Cholera Epidemic in Yemen

A number of international officials praised the royal directive recently given to King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense to provide $ 66.7 million to fight the cholera epidemic in Yemen in response to the two appeals of both the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

British Ambassador to Yemen, Simon Shercliff, said on his Twitter account that the Saudi Crown Prince’s generous donation to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen is a great gesture that would provide the necessary funding needed by UNICEF and WHO in Yemen to overcome this miserable situation.

For his part, UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien welcomed on his Twitter this important announcement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the cholera epidemic fighting in Yemen, explaining that this donation can produce a great positive impact.

WHO Regional Director, Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, expressed his thanks to the Crown Prince for his noble gesture in the field of humanitarian action and his cooperation with the World Health Organization to combat the spread of cholera and reduce its complications in Yemen.

https://english.aawsat.com/asharq-al-awsat-english/news-middle-east/saudi-arabia/officials-praise-crown-princes-donation-contain-cholera-epidemic-yemen

30.6.2017 – dmarimqlm (A P)

Film: Shows the counterfeiting Al-Ghad channel Emirati Interview in the cities of Aden and began to thank the citizens of Saudi Arabia and Salman objected to him and said I thank the UAE only and Qatar

https://twitter.com/dmarimqlm/status/880837216980926464

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 1 July

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852969191520114/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 30 June

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852968991520134/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 29 June

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852968451520188/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 28 June

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852968161520217/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 27 June

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852968038186896/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 26 June

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852967478186952/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 25 June

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852960444854322/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

2.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 24 June

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/852952048188495/?type=3

2./3.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K PH)

Saudis war criminals jets are hovering and bombing now on Sanaa in Yemen

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1696165987346055

It's going to be one of those extra long nights. The #Saudi fighterJets are circling #Sanaa sky at the moment looking for a target to take.

https://twitter.com/Abdulghani72/status/881612493713543168

12:01am Sanaa time Jets still flying & loud

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/881619095090757633

Two airstrikes in #Sanaa about 40 minutes ago and they will not stop

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1421878391198520/?type=3

02:28 am Sana'a time, a new Saudi strike. jets are still hovering #Yemen

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/881656928820187140

The Second strike in the southern part of Sana'a #Yemen

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/881657499337752576

02:40 am Sana'a time, the 3rd strike. Huge blast. The targeted location is unknown

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/881660803484717058

3AM. I think bombing raid is over. But Drones buzzing in darkness of night now could mean a second wave after recon sweep. G'night.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/881665427625082880

04:28 am Sana'a time, another airstrik, jet roar become troublesome . 02:33 am the 5th airstrike.

https://twitter.com/HussamSanabani/status/881687528935489536

Awoken by more massive blasts now. Barely got an hour's sleep. Told ya drones were a bad sign. Frenzy of jets in sky & bombing now.

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/881687932314189826

Windows just cracked from pressure wave of last blast despite having open to absorb. 99th time to change windows bcz bombing. Sigh. #Yemen

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/881688506208317440

2.7.2017 – Sanaa at daytime

Again, fucking Saudi war plans are flying now #Sanaa

https://twitter.com/A7medJa7af/status/881544732190658560

2.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two US-Saudi air strikes attack Nehm

on Sunday.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468143.htm

2.7.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Alliance Warplanes Targets Citizens in Several Governorates

A number of citizens, including a child, were killed during the past few hours as a result of being targeted by the US-Saudi alliance warplanes and its mercenaries in a number of governorates.

http://newnewss.net/?p=7159

1.7.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

Now in #Yemen capital Sanaa : After ignoring us for a week, #Saudi jets scream low over our heads. No airstrikes yet.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/881102912944037888

1.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi warplanes attacks Saada

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468037.htm

1.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Citizen killed in Saudi airstrikes on Saada

A Citizen was killed when the US-backed Saudi fighter jets launched two strikes on Razah district of Saada province, a local official told Saba on Saturday.
The warplanes hit Burkan area, killing the citizen and destroying his car.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468046.htm and film: https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/vb.1127621230602273/1567824503248608/?type=2&theater

1.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes drops cluster bombs on Marib

The US-backed Saudi warplanes launched 11 raids, including four cluster bombs on various areas in Serwah district of Marib province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468056.htm

1.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets hit Nehm, Sanaa province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468058.htm and film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XHB8g3_PTM

30.6.2017 – New News (* A K PH)

Saudi-led Coalition Jets Targeted a House, Killed Nine in Taiz Province

On last Tuesday 27. June. 2017 , US-KSA fighter jets targeted a civilian’s house in Alhunishia area of Taiz province . Nine civilians were killed and injured another .

The aggression’s air strikes often target civilian population centers and the impoverished country’s infrastructure.

*Here are the pictures of the victims

http://newnewss.net/?p=7091

and

30.6.2017 – Saudi War Crimes (* A K PH)

The pictures of the massacre committed by the aircraft of the alliance of aggression against a Yemeni family yesterday in the Zul Bab area.

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1695219497440704 and film: https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/880911252230467584

2.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition aircrafts pound Houthi reinforcements in Taiz

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition aircrafts launched on Thursday six air raids on the Houthis-Saleh reinforcements in Maqbanah and Mozza districts in western Taiz. A military source told Almasdaronline that four air raids targeted the reinforcements in al Kamb area of al Barah region western Maqbanah, killing five militants and injuring 8 others, and destroying two military vehicles. The aircrafts also launched two air raids on reinforcements near the center of Mozza, which resulted in the killing of three militants and wounding five others.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92315

30.6.2017 – Al Masirah (* A K PH)

Film: During the 4 days of #EidalFitr US-Saudi have done massacres in #Yemen while #World & #UN #media#news 28-06-2017

https://www.facebook.com/StopTheWarOnYemen/videos/vb.319595141544022/691092214394311/?type=2&theater

29.6.2017 – Geopolitics Alert (* A K)

Saudi Arabia Just Killed 80+ Of Their Own Forces In Yemen Airstrikes

Saudi Arabia is dropping so many bombs on Yemen, they can’t even distinguish their own forces any more. Today in the Yemeni province of Marib, Saudi Arabia killed 80 of their own troops– including a senior military commander– in a series of airstrikes.

Yemeni military sources confirmed that “several raids” struck the troops on Marib’s Serwah front. Saudi-coalition warplanes have dropped dozens– if not hundreds– of bombs on various Yemeni provinces every day for over a week. Most of those airstrikes targeted various areas in Marib– an average of 60 each day.

http://geopoliticsalert.com/saudi-arabia-just-killed-80-forces-yemen-airstrikes

Remark: No other reports confirming this could be found.

17.6.2017 – o0_mb (A K)

Humanitarian appeal: Wife and children of brother Suffered serious wounds and burns

Because of the bombing of their house in the 50 street, Sanaa. Brother Tawfiq is unable to treat them (photos)

https://twitter.com/o0_mb/status/876150636835983362

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

3.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A K)

Saudi soldier killed near Yemen border

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170703-saudi-soldier-killed-near-yemen-border/

2.7.2017 – Albila Daily (A K PS)

Two injured in border shelling from Yemen, hospital hit

Several residential areas in the Saudi province of Najran were hit in border shelling from Yemeni territories, according to Almowaten newspaper.

A military projectile launched by Houthi rebels hit a hospital in Najran, causing material damage, but no casualties were reported.

Two other people sustained minor injuries in the shelling which hit another part of the city, said Najran Civil Defence Spokesman Captain Abdulla Said Al Fareai (photo)

http://www.albiladdailyeng.com/two-injured-border-shelling-yemen-hospital-hit-2/

2.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A K PS)

The National Army takes large quantities of mines in Sarawah

The engineering teams of the National Army have continued to clear mines from areas and sites in narcotics, the Red Zone and the Wadi Al-Deeq in Sarawah, west of Marib Governorate.

According to military sources in Sarawah, "September Net" that the forces of the National Army was able to remove large quantities of mines from the areas that were recently liberated west and north of Sarawah.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/193625 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ar&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F193625&edit-text=

Remark: “National Army“: president Hadi’s army.

2.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Serwah Positions under the Control of the Saudi-Led Coalition Denied :Spokesman of Yemeni Forces

http://newnewss.net/?p=7174

2.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

A civilian killed, a second house bombed by Houthis in al-Bayda

A civilian person was shot dead by militants of the Houthi group on Friday evening in Dhi Naim district as he was driving on the main road in al-Bayda province in central Yemen.

According to Almasdaronline reporter, a civilian person of Hadi Yafea was on his way to his area, driving on the main road in Dhi Naim, and was shot dead by a Houthi sniper when he stopped to repair his car.

The Houthi gunmen stationing at high positions on the mountains continued to shoot at everyone who tried to reach the place to take the dead body. According to Almasdaronline reporter.

On the other hand, the Houthi gunmen also bombed the house of Ali Mohammed Masoud al-Humeikani in al-Khalwa area of al-Zaher district in al-Bayda.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92319

2.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Two children killed by Houthis-Saleh forces in Taiz

Two children were killed in two separate incidents Friday by militants of the Houthi group and former president Saleh's forces in Taiz province in southwestern Yemen. A local source told Almasdaronline that Ahmed Salah al-Baadani, 12, was killed while inspecting their house in the Kalaba neighborhood east of Taiz by a Houthi sniper from the Central Security Forces camp.

In another incident, Alaa Ali Mohammed Ghanem, 7, was killed Friday morning after being run over by a military vehicle of the Houthis-Saleh militants in al Hadara Hanna village of al-Wazaiya district, west of Taiz.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92318

and

30.6.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

A child Ahmed was killed today by #Houthis sniper in #Taiz city #Yemen (graphic photos)

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/880869392229306368

2.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Three civilians killed, two wounded by Houthis shelling and gunfire in Taiz and al-Bayda

Three civilians were killed and two others were wounded Saturday by an artillery shelling and gunfire of the Houthi militants and forces loyal to former president Saleh in the cities of Taiz and al-Bayda in southwestern and central Yemen. A medical source told Almasdaronline that the Houthi militants had shelled a house east of Taiz, killing two civilians and two others were seriously injured.

In al-Bayda city, a Houthi militant shot dead a civilian person in the main road of the city, claiming he did not stop at a checkpoint, according to a local source. The person was killed immediately, while his children and wife were in the car, the source said.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92317

2.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Coalition air defenses intercepts ballistic missile launched by Houthis on Marib city

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92314

1.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Woman killed in mercenaries' shelling on Mokha

A woman was killed and a child was wounded by an artillery shelling of Saudi-paid mercenaries on Mokha district of Taiz province, a military official told Saba on Saturday.
The shelling hit Al Nawbah village in the district, causing heavy damage to houses of citizens

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468033.htm

30.6.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

Fighting persisted on the Yemeni-Saudi border between the Saudi-led coalition and al Houthi-Saleh forces. Al Houthi-Saleh forces shelled residential neighborhoods and coalition positions in Najran region, southwestern Saudi Arabia.

Hadi government-aligned ground forces killed 14 al Houthi-Saleh fighters, including four commanders, in Hayran district, central Hajjah governorate, northwest Yemen on June 29. Hadi government-aligned forces seized an al Houthi-Saleh weapons store in the attack.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-30-2017 and also http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/14-houthi-rebels-killed-in-w-yemen-clashes-army/852168

26.6.2017 – Basem Alabsi (A K PS)

21/6/2017 Houthis militias shelled public market& made a massacre which many civilians were killed &wounded in #Taiz (photos)

https://twitter.com/BasemAlabsi/status/879426859188060160

Pro-Houthi / Pro-Saleh reports:

http://newnewss.net/?p=7158

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468155.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468154.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468142.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468138.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468135.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468134.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468133.htm

www.sabanews.net/en/news468133.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468053.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468051.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468049.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468048.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468043.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468034.htm

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960410000839

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/06/30/1449390/dozens-of-saudi-mercenaries-killed-in-yemeni-army-s-counterattacks

Pro Hadi / Pro Saudi reports:

http://almasdaronline.com/article/92316

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

1.7.2017 – Badihi

Film: Impressions from beautiful Yemen

https://www.youtube.com/embed/LtFSVE4KXQg

29.6.2017 – IOM / UN Migration Agency (A)

Film: Youth of Peace IOM Yemen

Project in teaching documentary filmmaking, which targets migrants, refugees, displaced populations and communities in Yemen. The project will conclude with two films produced by the trainees and will be displayed in the cinema of Magical City of Sana'a and online. The main objective of the project is to enhance the integration of those vulnerable categories into the society and promote peace building in Yemen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-0gbZanKKA&app=desktop

6.2017 – Innovative Yemen

#Yemen needs ideas, bigger and better ideas...

#Yemen needs all of you and at this current stage it really does need the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently.
We need you to help us change things, to push #Yemen forward, and to allow your genius to solve #Yemen problems. We cannot use the yesterday to rebuild tomorrow.
#Ideation is our creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas to increase efficiency, and solve problems. Our purpose is to facilitate an#ideation process focused on #Yemen that comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.
let us work together on validating for #Yemen

Whether you’re a nonprofit, a high-tech startup, or an up-and-running company, we want to work with you to structure your value proposition to deliver against the appropriate funding options. Our commitment is to place you in front of the right people to secure non traditional funding.

http://www.innovativeyemen.org/

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-317-yemen-war-mosaic-317

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-317 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-317:

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

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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

07:39 03.07.2017
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