Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 320 - Yemen War Mosaic 320

Yemen Press Reader 320: Trump u. Salman fachen Weltbrand an – Saudi Arabien sperrt Jemen für Journalisten – Blackwater und VAE – Cholera – Separatisten demonstrieren in Aden – Luftschlag tötet 8
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Trump, Salman fan the global flames – Saudi Arabia blocks Yemen for journalists – Blackwater and Emirates – Cholera – Separatists rallying at Aden – Saudi air raid kills 8 – 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

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Söldner / Mercenaries

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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6.7.2017 – Tom Dispatch (** B P)

Two Impulsive Leaders Fan the Global Flames

The Middle East. Could there be a more perilous place on Earth, including North Korea? Not likely. The planet’s two leading nuclear armed powers backing battling proxies amply supplied with conventional weapons; terror groups splitting and spreading; religious-sectarian wars threatening amid a plethora of ongoing armed hostilities stretching from Syria to Iraq to Yemen. And that was before Donald Trump and his team arrived on this chaotic scene. If there is one region where a single spark might start the fire that could engulf the globe, then welcome to the Middle East.

As for sparks, they are now in ample supply. At this moment, President Trump’s foreign policy agenda is a package of contradictions threatening to reach a boiling point in the region. He has allied himself firmly with Saudi Arabia even when his secretaries of state and defense seem equivocal on the subject. In the process, he’s come to view a region he clearly knows little about through the Saudi royal family’s paranoid eyes, believing staunchly that Shia Iran is hell-bent on controlling an Islamic world that is 85% Sunni.

Trump has never exactly been an admirer of Iran. His growing hostility toward Tehran (and that of the Iranophobic generals he’s appointed to key posts) has already led the U.S. military to shoot down two Iranian-made armed drones as well as a Syrian jet in 12 days.

No one should be surprised by any of this once Trump inserted himself, tweets first, in the violent and crisis-ridden Middle East. After all, he possesses an extraordinary capacity to create his own reality. He seems to instinctively block out his failures, and rushes headlong to embrace anything that puts him in a positive light. Always a winner, never a loser. Such an approach seems to come easily to him, since he’s a man of tactics with a notoriously short attention span, which means he’s incapable of conceiving of an overarching strategy of a sort that would require concentration and the ability to hold diverse factors in mind simultaneously.

Given this, he has no problem contradicting himself or undermining aides working to find a more rational basis for his ever changing stances and desires on matters of import. These problems are compounded by his inability to connect the dots in the very complex, volatile Middle East where wars are raging in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, or to assess how a move on one diplomatic or militaryfront will impact a host of inter-connected issues.

The Iran Factor

Let’s examine how complicated and potentially treacherous all of this is. In the early days of the Trump administration, an outline of its Middle Eastern strategy might have appeared something like this: the White House will pressure the Sunni Arab states to commit their cash and troops in a coordinated way to fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) under the leadership of the Pentagon. Along with this, the State Department and the Pentagon would explore ways to break Moscow’s military and diplomatic alliance with Tehran in a bid to end the Syrian conflict and bolster the fight against ISIS.

ISIS Targets Shias, Whether Iranian or Saudi

The Saudis Target Qatar

To complicate regional matters further, the first crisis of the post-Trump visit involved not Iran or Shias but Qatar, a tiny Sunni emirate adjoining Saudi Arabia. Its transgression in Saudi eyes? It has had the temerity to maintain normal relations with Iran across the Persian Gulf.

The Saudis’ Big Problem With a Tiny Neighbor

Worse yet, policymakers in Washington failed to notice a fundamental flaw in the sectarian terms in which Saudi Arabia has framed its rivalry with Iran: a stark Sunni versus Shia clash. Tehran refuses to accept such a playbook. Unlike the Saudis, its leaders constantly emphasize the common faith of all Muslims.

On this issue, Iran’s record speaks for itself. With cash and weapons, it has aided the Palestinian group Hamas, which is purely Sunni since there are no Shiites in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank. It has maintained cordial relations with the transnational Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic movement that originated in 1928 in overwhelmingly Sunni Egypt. The Saudis, once its prime financial and ideological backer, fell out with the Brotherhood’s leadership in 1991 when they opposed the stationing of U.S. troops on Saudi soil on the eve of the First Gulf War.

Since then, the Brotherhood has renounced violence.

A Formula for Disaster

In retrospect, it’s clear that the four members of the anti-Qatar axis rushed into their drastic action without assessing that tiny country’s strengths, including the soft power exercised by its pan-Arab al-Jazeera satellite TV network.

So far nothing has turned out as the Saudis (or Trump) anticipated. Qatar is resisting and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has flatly refused to withdraw his troops from the emirate, increasing the Turkish military presence there instead.

From all this, an overarching picture emerges: that the impulsive Donald Trump has met his younger counterpart, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, equally impulsive and blind to even the medium-term consequences of his aggressive initiatives. In addition, in an autocratic monarchy without free speech, elections, or representative government (and with an abominable record on human rights violations), he lacks all checks and balances. The shared obsession of the prince and the president with Iran, which neither of them is able to comprehend in its complexity, has the potential for creating a true global crisis. If anything, the pressure on Trump in his imagined new world order is only increasing to do the Saudis one better and push a regime-change agenda in a big way when it comes to Iran. It’s a formula for disaster on a breathtaking scale – By Dilip Hiro

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176303/ = http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/two_impulsive_leaders_fan_the_global_flames_20170706

6.7.2017 – Almrasel (** B P)

Document: Saudi Arabia isolates Yemen from the world and directed to prevent the entry of journalists and researchers

A document obtained by the correspondent Net, that Saudi Arabia prevented the United Nations to issue any visas to Yemen to journalists or researchers before obtaining the approval of the government of Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi.

The document is a letter addressed to the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs dated June 30, and it is noteworthy that the letter was issued by the National Defense Operations Center of the Saudi Ministry of Defense and not the leadership of the coalition waging war on Yemen.

The letter addressed to the United Nations that the need to attach copies of visas to the Yemeni territory of each passenger, both the passport holders of the United Nations or others, in addition to not allow the travel of journalists or researchers and others to enter Yemen without the consent of the Government of Hadi.

It was also noteworthy that the Saudi instructions to prevent the entry of journalists and researchers to Yemen came days after reports accusing the coalition of blocking the truth in Yemen by preventing journalists from finding the facts and to know what is happening through them from entering Yemen.

On June 23, CNN reported that the US-led coalition forces prevented the entry of journalists and correspondents of the channel to Yemen to cover the humanitarian situation.

The US channel accused coalition forces of trying to hide the truth from the world about the threat of famine threatening Yemen.

The channel broadcast a report monitored by the correspondent Net, addressing the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the outbreak of cholera in Yemen and the approaching famine.

The report revealed that the coalition forces stressed the relief organizations and health organizations not to accompany journalists and journalists in their teams that want to enter Yemen, adding that "the coalition forces do not want to see the world such images" The intention is the pictures presented by the report on the channel of the humanitarian situation and health To whom.

The report said the US channel that the coalition prevented the media from entering Yemen confirms that the famine threatening Yemen was managed and manufactured deliberately and did not occur for natural reasons.

The channel pointed out that after two and a half years of war on Yemen, which is described as "silent war," the coalition forces to prevent the entry of journalists belonging to the channel to Yemen.

Coalition forces deliberately do not let journalists go to Yemen in order not to tell the world that Yemen is close to famine, she said.

http://www.almrasel.net/?p=21240 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%2Fwww.almrasel.net%2F%3Fp%3D21240&edit-text=

7.7.2017 – Lobelog (** B K P)

Erik Prince to Prince bin Zayed: The Private Military Connection

Despite their recent entries into dirty wars in Libya, Yemen, and Syria, Persian Gulf states have had very little in the way of their own effective, military forces. They traditionally have had to depend on outside states for weapons, training, and manpower.

The Emiratis went a step further and brought in none other than Erik Prince to train Christian mercenaries to go after Islamic enemies. The UAE has not only utilized private security contractors to bolster its own ability for self-defense but has used them to engage in foreign wars and, potentially, domestic repression. Gone are the days when tiny kingdoms worked clandestinely with the CIA to fund people like Osama bin Laden or negotiate tricky hostage deals. Now only a handful of Emiratis on the front lines are dying alongside their hired guns.

None of this should come as a surprise. In 2011, The New York Times broke the story that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi hired Erik Prince, co-founder of the Blackwater private security firm, to put together an 800-member battalion of foreign troops.

When Prince appears in high level meetings, you can be sure an army of contractors and trainers aren’t far off. Foreigners working for the UAE, as part of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis in Yemen, have played a prominent role.

On the Ground in Yemen

Although some dispute that those foreigners now serving in the UAE military are mercenaries in the Geneva Conventions sense of the word, those hired by the UAE are clearly nothing like private security contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

In late 2015 the Middle East Eye reported that Mike Hindmarsh, a former senior Australian army officer, is publicly listed as commander of the UAE’s Presidential Guard.

Foreigners have been taking casualties on behalf of the UAE.

Regardless of the unit, hundreds of foreigners are fighting for the UAE in Yemen.

Foreign soldiers are far from the only kind of foreign contractors the UAE uses. Knowledge International LLC, which operates near Washington, DC’s Reagan National airport, reportedly facilitates $500 million a year in sales of military training and equipment to the UAE.

Nor is Yemen the only country where the UAE is relying on contractors.

It was thought that Erik Prince fell out of love with the Emirates after two major exposes in The New York Times and decided to fall in love with the Chinese government to develop Africa.

But Erik Prince is back. He’s not only pitching colonial capitalism in DC. He’s huckstering ex-SF-led armies of sepoys to wrest Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and perhaps, if he is ever able to influence likeminded hawks in the Trump administration, even Iran back from the infidels – by David Isenberg

http://lobelog.com/erik-prince-to-prince-bin-zayed-the-private-military-connection/

Comment: This is an excellent read to know more about the dark, dark side of the United Arab Emirates.
Black. Blackwater

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1426909480695411

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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7.7.2017 – World Health Organization (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 7 July 2017

[Total number of killed: 1678; of infected: 291.500; registered victims only, the real figure must be much higher]

Highlights

• From 27 April to 6 July 2017, 291 554 suspected cholera cases and 1 678 deaths (CFR: 0.6%) have been reported in 95.6% (22/23) of Yemen governorates, and 86.5% (288/333) of the districts.

• For the first time since the beginning of this outbreak second wave, four cases have been reported in Say’on governorate. All were adults. Two of these cases were confirmed with rapid diagnostic tests.

Geographical distribution of cases

The four most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah and Amran with 47.4% (138 279/291 554) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017. Amran, Al Dhaele’e and Al Mahwit governorates had the highest attack rates (20.2‰, 19.4‰ and 19.2‰ respectively), and Raymah, Hajjah and Ibb governorates the highest case fatality ratios (1.4%, 1.0% and 1.0% respectively) (see table).

Al Hali (Al Hudaydah gov., 12 245 cases, 21 deaths), Bani Al Harith (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 8 004 cases, 10 deaths), Ma’ain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 7 800, 7 deaths) and As Sabain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 6 097 cases, 9 deaths) were still the four most affected districts.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cholera-outbreak-daily-epidemiology-update-7-july-2017 and in full: http://www.emro.who.int/images/stories/yemen/Yemen_epi_d_update_20170707.pdf?ua=1

7.7.2017 – APA (* A H)

Cholera breitet sich im Jemen aus

Sanaa. Im Bürgerkriegsland Jemen breitet sich die Cholera-Epidemie mit nie da gewesener Geschwindigkeit aus. "Einer von 103 Jemeniten ist bereits mit Cholera infiziert, jeden Tag kommen 7.500 neue Verdachtsfälle hinzu", sagte Andrea Reisinger, Leiterin der Abteilung für internationales Katastrophenmanagement des Roten Kreuzes, im APA-Interview. Humanitäre Hilfe ins Land zu bringen, sei schwierig.

Der österreichische Katastrophenfonds und der Lebensmittelfonds halfen mit insgesamt 1,5 Millionen Euro, die an das Internationale Komitee vom Roten Kreuz (IKRK) weitergeleitet wurden. Damit werden Krankenhäuser mit Medikamenten beliefert, Ärzte und Krankenschwestern trainiert und Chlor-Tabletten zur Wasserreinigung verteilt.

"Die Mitarbeiter des jemenitischen Roten Halbmondes bringen den Menschen richtiges Händewaschen bei und kontrollieren das Abwassersystem in Gefängnissen, wo Menschen auf engstem Raum zusammen leben", berichtete Reisinger. Das Rote Kreuz könne humanitäre Hilfe anbieten, doch letztlich seien politische Lösungen für den Konflikt gefragt, denn "wenn die Regeln des humanitären Völkerrechts missachtet und Krankenhäuser bombardiert werden, können Cholera und Hungersnöte leichter ausbrechen".

http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/welt/weltchronik/903085_Cholera-breitet-sich-im-Jemen-aus.html

7.7.2017 – New York Times (** A H)

Cholera spreads as war and poverty batter Yemen

But the war currently battering Yemen has damaged infrastructure and deepened poverty, allowing the disease to come roaring back. Cholera is also on the rise in the Horn of Africa because of long-simmering conflicts there. Yemen's African neighbours, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, have had a total of about 96,000 cholera cases since 2014, international aid groups say.

The crises in Africa, however, pale in comparison to the one in Yemen.

In October, the government stopped paying civil servants, prompting strikes from sanitation workers and leading to garbage pileups and septic backups. That contaminated the wells that many Yemenis rely on for water, providing the ideal environment for cholera to spread. The outbreak picked up speed in April, after dirty rainwater further polluted the wells.

Not everyone who is exposed to cholera will contract the disease. But in places like Yemen, where more than 14 million of Yemen's 27 million people lack access to clean water and 17 million do not have enough food, people are far more vulnerable — particularly malnourished children.

Making matters worse, the war has damaged 65 per cent of Yemen's medical facilities, denying more than 14 million people access to health care.

Cholera medications are supposed to be freely provided by Yemen's two competing administrations, but both have favoured their military efforts over public health, forcing many families to buy medications from private pharmacies. Acute cases also require families to buy diapers or carry their infected relatives to the toilet several times an hour.

The United Nations says it needs $2.1 billion for its work in Yemen this year, but it has received only 29 per cent of that amount despite repeated pleas for donations from aid groups.

Cultural issues have also aggravated the crisis, said McGoldrick, the U.N. co-ordinator. Many Yemenis do not seek help immediately after they show symptoms because "they just don't want to admit that they have cholera, because they think it makes them look dirty or poor," he said.

While more medicine and better treatment would help control the epidemic, Ramadan said, it will very likely continue as long as the war does.

"People will continue to get sick, and they will always be treated like cattle here," he said. "The international community should just make people stop fighting and help our hospitals." – by SHUAIB ALMOSAWA and NOUR YOUSSEF

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/world/middleeast/yemen-cholera-outbreak-war.html = https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/7412549-cholera-spreads-as-war-and-poverty-batter-yemen/

7.7.2017 – Yemen Today TV (* A H)

Film: Cholera continues to reap the lives of Yemenis and humanitarian organizations watching

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

5.7.2017 – World Health Organization (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 5 July 2017

Highlights

From 27 April to 4 July 2017, 275 987 suspected cholera cases and 1 634 deaths (CFR: 0.6%) have been reported in 91.0% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 86.2% (287/333) of the districts.

Geographical distribution of cases

The four most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah and Amran with 47.9% (132 265/275 987) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017. Amran, Al Mahwit and Sana’a governorates had the highest attack rates (19.3‰, 18.2‰ and 17.8‰ respectively), and Raymah, Hajjah and Ibb governorates the highest case fatality ratios (1.5%, 1.0% and 1.0% respectively).

Al Hali (Al Hudaydah gov., 11 749 cases, 21 deaths), Bani Al Harith (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 7 789 cases, 10 deaths), Ma’ain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 7 564, 7 deaths) and As Sabain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 5 971 cases, 9 deaths) were still the four most affected districts.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-cholera-outbreak-daily-epidemiology-update-5-july-2017 and in full: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Yemen_epi_d_update_20170705-1.pdf and also http://www.emro.who.int/surveillance-forecasting-response/outbreaks/weekly-update-cholera-in-yemen-06-july-2017.html and all former Updates: http://www.emro.who.int/yem/yemeninfocus/situation-reports.html

6.7.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (A H)

Infographic: Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot - Update on Cholera Outbreak and Response (July 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-humanitarian-snapshot-update-cholera-outbreak-and-response-july-2017 and in full: https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/20170706_yemen_humanitarian_snapshot-cholera_update.pdf

5.7.2017 – CNN (** A H)

276,000 potential cholera cases in Yemen, WHO reports

The death toll continues to rise in Yemen, where a cholera outbreak has been spreading for months, according to the World Health Organization.

There have been 275,987 suspected cholera cases and 1,634 deaths from the illness between April 27 and July 5, the WHO said in a statement Wednesday. Children under the age of 15 make up 41% of these cases, and people older than 60 account for 33% of the deaths.

"If you get caught early in the morning with this and you don't get treated by the end of the day, then you really have a problem," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said. "A weak elderly person could really be dead by the end of the day."

"The biggest challenge is reaching people," he said. "This is great. This is a major effort and a huge logistical effort, but people need to know that they can get there. People need to know that they can find these places."

Juliette Touma, UNICEF's regional chief of communications for the Middle East and North Africa, said: "What I kept thinking about was all of these children who couldn't actually make it to medical care because they live in the remote parts of Yemen and the rural areas where there are no facilities, or those who couldn't afford to pay,"

"As long as we have more reports and suspected cases of cholera, and as long as the number of suspected cases increases -- and it has been increasing by the day -- we can't unfortunately say there has been progress," Touma said. "There is a cure for cholera, we can cure it, and that is very much dependent on getting in essential supplies, but we need to get more. We need to get more dedicated personnel." – By Daniella Emanuel

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/05/health/cholera-outbreak-yemen-bn/index.html

5.7.2017 – UNICEF (* A H)

Fathya and the army of volunteers combating cholera in Yemen

UNICEF-supported community volunteers are playing a key role in raising awareness about how to prevent and respond to cholera. You can find them walking the streets in many villages, towns and cities, distributing posters and pamphlets and plastering them on the walls, particularly near water points where people gather to collect water. The four key messages they spread are: keep your water safe, wash your hands with soap, keep food safe, and how to handle a sick family or community member. These messages can help prevent cholera.

It is not an easy feat going around town the whole day in the hot weather, even more so during the fasting period of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Fathya Ahmed Faraj, 45, is one of over 16,000 community volunteers who have taken on the challenge to combat the cholera outbreak in their country. “We started to work a week before Ramadan. We normally start with the water points where people begin to gather in the morning. Before the dawn prayers start we will have covered five to six water points where we paste posters and even check the water tanks to make sure they are clean. Many people listen to us attentively and wash their containers before filling them up,” she says.

After the water points she and a friend head for the market that is teeming with people. Fathya says it is easier to get large audiences here. They then head to people’s homes, going door to door and giving people information leaflets.

Fathya often has a bunch of children following her. “These children listen to me at every stop,” she says.
“Allah will bless my efforts and answer our prayers to end this disease.”

Since the outbreak of cholera, community volunteers like Fathya have spread out, especially in hotspot districts, and have reached approximately one million people. In addition to providing counselling and education on cholera prevention, they also report and refer cases to the cholera treatment centres and demonstrate to families how to prepare homemade oral rehydration solutions.

UNICEF is working to equip Fathya and the army of volunteers with the skills and the right messages to communicate – by Bismarck Swangin and Moohialdin Fuad

https://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/yemen_96592.html

5.7.2017 – New Scientist (* A H)

Aid shipments aren’t enough to stop Yemen’s cholera epidemic

The arrival of a shipment of supplies from the World Health Organization on 2 July should help. It includes 20 ambulances, 100 cholera kits and 128,000 bags of intravenous fluid.

But doctorsin Yemen say this won’t end the epidemic. “More than half the health structures within the country are not functioning, and health workers haven’t been paid since August 2016,” says Ghassan Abou Chaar, head of the Médicins Sans Frontières mission to Yemen.

To bring the epidemic under control, action to prevent the transmission of V. cholerae through contaminated water is needed, says Chaar. “We’re currently in a situation of treating patients, but not limiting the spread,” he says.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23531335-000-aid-shipments-arent-enough-to-stop-yemens-cholera-epidemic/

My comment: Even more important: An end to war, an end to Saudi air raids, an end to Saudi blockade.

18.6.2017 – Aljazeera (** A H)

Film: Who is to blame for the cholera outbreak in Yemen? – Inside Story

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/unicef-10-million-yemeni-children-urgent-170706171616998.html (scroll below) and on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z_zPvfsg9k

cp2 Allgemein / General

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7.7.2017 – Die Zeit (* B H K)

"Es ist ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit"

Die Menschen im Jemen leiden unter den Folgen des Krieges. Nun breitet sich Cholera aus. Es gibt keine Sicherheit, sagt der jemenitische Journalist Mohammed al-Kadhi.

Mohammed al-Kadhi: In Taizz haben wir seit Ausbruch des Krieges 2015 die härtesten Kämpfe und die brutalste Gewalt erlebt.

In der Provinz Taizz leben insgesamt rund vier Millionen Menschen. Das Gebiet gilt als strategisch wichtig, weil es das Tor zum Süden markiert. Die Huthis wollen Taizz also mit aller Macht unter ihrer Kontrolle behalten, damit sie so einen wichtigen Durchgang zum Süden des Jemen besetzen können. Die Regierung will Taizz aus den gleichen Gründen unter ihre Kontrolle bekommen.

Es gibt zu wenig Nahrungsmittel und kein sauberes Wasser und Trinkwasser mehr. Die Menschen sind gänzlich abhängig von den Lieferungen der lokalen und internationalen Hilfsorganisationen. Die Huthis haben die Hilfsgüter anfangs konfisziert. Jetzt gibt es zwar immer mal wieder Pakete mit Nahrungsmitteln und Hygieneartikeln, aber sie sind bei Weitem nicht ausreichend.

Wir haben auch in Taizz Cholera-Patienten, Dutzende Menschen sind infiziert.

Der Krieg hat entscheidend dazu beigetragen, dass die Epidemie nicht mehr einzudämmen war. Schon zu Beginn des Jahres haben Hilfsorganisationen vor einer Katastrophe gewarnt. Cholera wird ja vor allem durch verseuchtes Trinkwasser verbreitet. Durch den Krieg ist die Wasserversorgung stark beeinträchtigt, das Gesundheitssystem ist komplett zusammengebrochen. Der Staat ist quasi bankrott und kann die Löhne seiner Angestellten nicht mehr bezahlen, auch nicht die Honorare der Ärzte in den wenigen noch erhaltenen staatlichen Gesundheitseinrichtungen. Cholera lässt sich eigentlich gut behandeln. Doch im Jemen hat sie katastrophale Folgen, vor allem für die Kinder. Jeden Tag erkranken Hunderte Menschen daran.

Im Jemen findet sich derzeit alles, was die Verbreitung der Krankheit befördert.

die Luftangriffe treffen immer wieder neben Schulen und Wohnhäusern auch Krankenhäuser und medizinische Zentren, auch gibt es viele Plünderungen. Die Huthis haben viele zivile Einrichtungen in Militärlager umfunktioniert, wo sie ihre Soldaten trainieren, darunter auch Kinder. Deswegen zielen die Angriffe auch auf diese Einrichtungen.

Die Lage im Jemen ist ein Desaster. Hier ereignet sich einer der schlimmsten Kriege dieser Tage – und die ganze Welt schaut nur zu – Von Andrea Backhaus

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-07/jemen-krieg-cholera-epidemie-interview/

6.7.2017 – Al Masirah TV (* B K)

Film: The effects of destruction and devastation caused by the crime of aggression on the city of Haradh

Air strikes raging the city, installations, houses and human beings Nearly 200 civilians have been martyred.

Targeting the aggression of the city displaced more than one hundred and fifty thousand people, see where they went and Mahalm have lost all the elements of living here, information march confirms that thirty thousand families are distributed in a number of displacement camps!

The air strikes hit about 60 schools, meaning that more than thirty thousand, the total students of the city were affected, continuing to teach in the news was! Educational staff is also displaced.

More than one hundred and fifty service facilities hit by the Air Force and even the city's public and private hospitals, hotels and restaurants were also excluded from targeting, and everything was bombed here, even mosques.

The information of this report comes from the local authority.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_9gb63Dtwg = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/883052551473647617

Remark: Almost nobody of the 120.000 people of Hard still is there. A ghost town. Please read: http://www.yemenpress.org/yemen/he-visits-harad-and-midi-and-writes-this-is-one-of-the-biggest-crimes-saudi-arabia-forgotten-in-yemen.html

6.7.2017 – Al Araby (* B P)

It's time for Washington and Riyadh to defuse the war hysteria

The ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the devastating Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, the bellicose rhetoric towards Iran, the fracturing of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the regional involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war, are all increasing the probability of regional war.
This conflict may pit Gulf Sunni states against each other, or Saudi Arabia and the United States against Iran.
It is time for Riyadh to rein in the rashness of its new Saudi Crown Prince and walk back from the precipice. Similarly, Washington must act now to re-examine its unproductive war hysteria rhetoric.

American policymakers should articulate a persuasive argument in favour of convincing Gulf Arab allies to resolve their tensions and to end the illegal siege of Qatar.

Continued instability and tribal feuds in the Gulf undermine American ability to design a long-term counter-terrorism strategy. This is made even more urgent by the expected defeat of the Islamic State and the inevitable search for a post-IS regional architecture. Engaging Iran, particularly over Yemen and Syria, would help outline a more visionary approach.
Citizens of the Arab world have suffered much in the past half-decade, and another war would be the last straw in the worsening devastation of the region. The Yemen war, the Saudi economic and political aggression against Qatar, and the ensuing regional instability have severely undermined the Arab world's hopeful plans for economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation – by Emile Nakhleh

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2017/7/6/washington-and-riyadh-must-defuse-the-war-hysteria

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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6.7.2017 – Yemen Hope and Relief (* A H)

Yemen Hope and Relief is founded by Ahmad Algohbary who, having lost many of his friends to the war in Yemen, and especially his best friend, felt he had nothing left to live for, until he started to help others.

This is Ahmad talking about his sad loss, before he began his relief work:

Donate

Now Ahmad wants to grow this work to help save more lives and relieve the suffering of some of those in greatest need in Yemen. In order to register his new organisation in Yemen, he needs to make an initial deposit in a Yemen bank account of $5,000, which will then be spent on his aid work. Please help Ahmad to grow his work and raise enough funds to register Yemen Hope and Relief as an organisation.

Western Union or Moneygram

You can send money directly to Ahmad via either Western Union or Moneygram. For Western Union payments, you have to call in to one of their branches since they are not currently taking payments online for Yemen, you can find your nearest branch here: http://locations.westernunion.com/

The only details you need to make a payment via Western Union or Moneygram are Ahmad’s name (note it must be spelled exactly as stated below, Ahmed with an ‘e’ as that is how it is written on his id card), the amount, and the country to which is being sent. If location is asked for you may specify ‘Sanaa’.

Send to: Ahmed Abdulatef Hasan Al-ghabri
Location: Yemen
City: Sanaa
Telephone: 00967772393839

Once the transaction has been completed, so that he can pick up the funds in Yemen you will need to notify Ahmad of:

the transaction number;

the amount sent;

the name of sender;

the country from which it was sent.

Please send this information to yemenhopeandrelief@gmail.com and if possible please tweet a direct message to @AhmadAlgohbary and/or @JamilaHanan to let them know you have sent a donation, so that they can confirm receipt. (Don’t worry if you are not on Twitter, we will be checking emails anyway, just we want to make sure that no donation goes astray).

http://yemenhopeandrelief.org/

and

7.7.2017 – Hands International (* A H)

Yemen Hope and Relief

Yemen Hope and Relief is founded by Ahmad Algohbary who, having lost many of his friends to the war in Yemen, and especially his best friend, felt he had nothing left to live for, until he started to help others.

Ahmad wants to do more and wants grow this work to help save more lives and relieve the suffering of some of those in greatest need in Yemen.

At first Ahmad began to go out with his camera visiting the people suffering in Yemen, to capture real life stories and share them with the world.
When Ahmad began to tweet the stories of suffering, people started to offer to send money to help those people in his stories, which marked the start of Ahmad’s aid efforts.

HANDS International has decided to support Ahmad in this great humanitarian work of relieving the human suffering in Yemen.

We need your support in way of financial donations for us to continue this work of helping the needy.
When making donation please select Yemen Hope and Relief as a campaign from the drop down list to ensure your donation goes for your chosen campaign. You can pay by PayPal or Debit / Credit Card.
For online donations please click here
If you want to pay by cheque please make your cheque payable to HANDS International, write name of the campaign Yemen Hope and Relief and post it to:
HANDS International
483 Green Lanes
London N13 4BS
UK

http://www.handsinternational.org.uk/search/label/Projects%20in%20Yemen?m=1

6.7.2017 – AFP (* A H)

Yemen famine risk rising as cholera diverts resources: UN

Aid groups have pulled resources from the fight against malnutrition to battle cholera in Yemen, raising the risk of famine as they struggle to find funds, a UN official said Thursday.

"Humanitarian organisations have had to reprogramme their resources away from malnutrition and reuse them to control the cholera outbreak," the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, told a press briefing in the capital Sanaa.

"And if we don't get these resources replaced, then using those resources for cholera will mean that food insecurity will suffer," he said.

McGoldrick said much of the $1.1 billion (981,500 euros) in aid pledged by donor governments in April to deal with the crisis had yet to be disbursed, leaving relief agencies struggling to find funds.

"We're trying to do our best, but it's very much beyond what we can cope with," he said.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has described Yemen as the "largest humanitarian crisis in the world".

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4671272/Yemen-famine-risk-rising-cholera-diverts-resources-UN.html and film of Press Conference at Sanaa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43GoipQrrX8

and

6.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (A H)

Film: UN humanitarian coordinator talks about dire situation in Yemen

UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick, has held a press conference in the Yemeni capital to shed more light on the dire humanitarian situation in the war-torn country. His remarks come as many in Yemen blame the international silence for the ongoing Saudi blockade on the country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGGOYxrNwW4

6.7.2017 – Yemen Extra (* A H)

We Can Not Act as Health Authorities in Yemen as It Faces Collapse: UN Coordinator in Yemen

“The United Nations and humanitarian organizations working in Yemen can not act as health authorities in a country that is in a state of collapse which has contributed to the spread of cholera,” said Jamie McGoldrick, resident coordinator for humanitarian affairs in Yemen.

McGoldrick said at a press conference held today at the UN Office in Sana’a that what humanitarian affairs in Yemen are attempting to get done is target the most vulnerable to alleviate their suffering from current conditions, famine and cholera.

He noted that the United Nations is trying to communicate with the international community of donors to urge them to support the collapsed services sector and help strengthen its capabilities in the country, as well as try to compensate salaries through consultations with donors .. “These efforts continue”, he stressed.

Moreover, he pointed out that the cholera disaster has diffused far more than the capacity of the Yemeni health sector to respond as 45 percent of the health and medical facilities do not have the potential to work at full capacity.

http://sahafatak.net/show702079.html

6.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A H)

UNICEF: 10 million Yemeni children need urgent help

Most children in Yemen lack medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh water, sanitation and education, UN body says.

About 10 million children in Yemen are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to UNICEF, as the country copes with the war between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Houthi rebels.

In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Thursday, UNICEF's Yemen office said that most children in Yemen lacked basic medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh drinking water, suitable sanitation and education.

The World Food Programme said more than 17 million Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from.

Also on Thursday, Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said at a press conference in the capital Sanaa that aid groups in Yemen have pulled resources from the fight against malnutrition to battle the cholera outbreak in the country, raising risk of famine as they struggle to find funds.

"We're trying to do our best, but it's very much beyond what we can cope with," he said (with film)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/unicef-10-million-yemeni-children-urgent-170706171616998.html

6.7.2017 – UN Development Programme (* A H)

European Union and UNDP support social protection for community resilience in Yemen

The project, to be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and local communities, will help struggling households to earn income to buy food and other essentials; keep some of the remaining healthcare facilities open and provide more psychosocial support to affected civilians.

The main results under this commitment are expected to:

Give 42,000 people much-needed cash in return for helping to rebuild around 45 health facilities, including women, youth and those internally displaced by the conflict. The cash-for-work programme will indirectly benefit around 250,000 people;

Invest in solar energy for at least 80 health facilities affected by fuel shortages and electricity cuts; and

Mobilize local networks, including teachers, to identify adults and children in conflict-affected areas who need psychosocial support and refer them to adequate treatment

The EU and UNDP will work together across the 21 governorates and one municipality in Yemen, in response to the latest conflict.

For more than two years, UNDP has worked with communities affected by the growing humanitarian crisis, including through projects to increase food production; support small and micro-businesses; train women as community health and nutrition workers and train NGO staff on working in conflict contexts.

http://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2017/07/05/european-union-and-undp-support-social-protection-for-community-resilience-in-yemen-.html = http://www.ye.undp.org/content/yemen/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2017/07/05/european-union-and-undp-support-social-protection-for-community-resilience-in-yemen-.html

6.7.2017 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (* A H)

Yemen: Combatting Severe Malnutrition with Clean Water

With the support from EU Humanitarian Aid, the aid group Relief International provides water, nutritional supplements and healthcare to thousands of war-affected people in Yemen.

Hajjah governorate is one of the worst-affected places in Yemen. Water shortages have caused outbreaks of skin disease because people do not have enough water to wash; contaminated water supplies have led to high rates of diarrhoea and indirectly caused malnutrition – especially among children. There are only 10 health workers for every 10 000 people.

Relief International has been working to save lives in Yemen since 2009.

Noora*, 32, lives with her husband and their four young children Aisha, Maher, Rahman and Hana’a. They used to live in Hajjah, a city in north-western Yemen, but as a result of the war they fled to a small village in the mountains.

I met Noora while she was seeing the medical staff at one of the mobile health clinics run by Relief International in partnership with EU Humanitarian Aid. She told me she has visited the mobile health clinics, in two locations nearby her village, regularly for the past several months. This time her children were sick with fevers and coughs.

Since the war escalated in 2015, Noora and her family, like many others who have fled the fighting, have found themselves in dire circumstances. Her husband was their sole source of income as women in rural Yemen are usually not permitted to work. He used to sell fresh produce but lost his business when the area he used to transport his goods became too dangerous to travel through because of the war.

Three months ago, Noora brought her children to one of the mobile health clinics. They regularly had urinary tract infections and diarrhoea because they were drinking unclean water. Noora had a scabies skin rash because the family did not have enough water to wash with. The three youngest children were suffering from malnutrition and the youngest daughter, Aisha, was severely malnourished.

Relief International provided Noora’s family with water containers to store water in their house so they would always have water for washing, as well as a ceramic water filter so they would always have clean drinking water. They were also given a wash basin, soap, and detergent, which Noora can use to wash her children and their clothes. After two rounds of medication provided through the mobile health clinics, Noora’s scabies disappeared.

Relief International provided regular nutritional supplements to the children over a period of several months until they recovered and are now at healthy weights. Relief International staff also vaccinated Aisha against common diseases.

Noora did not breastfeed any of her children and instead used milk powder formula, believing it to be better - a commonly held belief in Yemen. The formula is more expensive and often mothers dilute it to make it last longer. Furthermore, it is regularly mixed with unclean water.

Each mobile health clinic is staffed with a midwife for reproductive healthcare. The midwife at one of the mobile health clinics provided Noora with maternal and new-born healthcare. She explained the importance of breastfeeding, especially when the safety of the water cannot be guaranteed.

All of Noora’s children were born at home with the assistance of a “Jidda” – a traditional birth attendant, who often does not have specialised knowledge or experience of assisted deliveries. If Noora and her husband choose to have more children, she will now be able to give birth with a trained midwife and modern medical supplies and equipment in one of the health facilities supported by Relief International through EU Humanitarian Aid.

The mobile health clinics have meant that families like Noora’s, who had to travel great distances to the nearest facility, can now access healthcare regularly.

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-combatting-severe-malnutrition-clean-water

5.7.2017 – Witness Worldpressphoto (* B H)

Stories to See: Born in a Prison

As photographer Thana Faroq stood in the court hall of southwestern Yemen, she could feel all the eyes in the room on her. Even though she was not one of the women facing prison charges, the presence of her camera made her feel like the most suspicious character in the room.

It was her first time in the courts, attending the hearing of women who were prisoners for different charges. One of them was crying out loud. When the hearing ended and the security officer led the women back to their cells, Thana says her mind wandered: What was behind those walls? What sort of stories remained untold? Did these women have children?

She was intrigued enough to get access to a prison in Al Hudaydah

“The moment I stepped into the prison, my eyes were stoned with all the children I found there. There were so many and even more questions came to my mind. Were these children born here? Have they seen the sea, or played with the sand and made funny sculptures?”

The children’s living conditions were heartbreaking, according to Thana. In some cases, children were packed together in one room sleeping in whatever was available to them. Basic needs, like food, were also in limited supply. Their mothers, whether they were innocents, victims or guilty, couldn’t do much to help them, either – by Thara Fanoq (photos), Jennifer Noland (Text)

https://witness.worldpressphoto.org/stories-to-see-born-in-a-prison-2e7928c25ce

5.7.2017 – Qasim Al-Shawea (B H)

1000+blind Ppl n Yemen are homeless&hopeless amid fears2 live n a center especially after airstrikes hit their center,Thnx (photo)

https://twitter.com/Living_Yemen/status/882687157722374144

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster (A H)

Infographic: Yemen: Passengers Transport Overview - Djibouti – Aden - Djibouti, June 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-passengers-transport-overview-djibouti-aden-djibouti-june-2017 and in full http://www.logcluster.org/document/passengers-sea-transport-overview-june-2017

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

7.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (* B P)

Media under attack in Houthis’ Yemen: 21 journalists dead, 18 missing

Media freedom has been under severe attack in Yemen in the wake of repeated targeting of media personnel by militias in the country.

A report by the Journalists Syndicate in Yemen showed a 30 percent rise in the number of attacks against the press during the first half of this year, Al Arabiya reported.

A total of 130 attacks were registered compared with 100 during the same period last year. About 200 journalists were at the receiving end of abuses. They also suffered from violation of rights and were subjected to abductions and arbitrary detentions, and even murder.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/07/07/Houthi-violations-against-journalists-amount-to-21-dead-and-18-missing.html

My comment: Saudi media. Saudi Arabia, the vindicator of press freedom. LOL. Freedom for all and Raif Badawi.

6.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthi-Saleh militias continue torturing abductees

The Houthi-Saleh militias continue torturing abductees and detainees held in their prisons in those governorates which are still run by them.

An informed source told Alsahwa Net that a student is being currently tortured by the Houthi-Saleh militias.

The source affirmed that the student Abdullah Haidrah was transferred to a cell and is being tortured brutally, pointing out that he was asked to confess that he is a member of al-Qaeda.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-8259

6.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Health of senior Yemeni journalists badly deteriorates

The Yemeni Journalist Syndicate on Tuesday said that the health of the senior journalist Abdul-Raqeeb al-Jubaihi has badly deteriorated inside the prison due to malnutrition, mistreatment and deprivation of being treated.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-8258

6.7.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A)

Amazing day w/ hundreds of aspiring kids competing @TEDxKidsSanaa to be young #TEDx ambassadors. Much talent & hope. They're #Yemen's future (photos9

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/882918662184808449

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/882920006786351106

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/882921558968348672

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/882925424422117377

and see tweets at https://twitter.com/TEDxKidsSanaa

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

7.7.2017 – AP (* A P)

YEMENIS RALLY IN SUPPORT FOR SECESSION OF COUNTRY'S SOUTH

Thousands of supporters of Yemen's secessionists have rallied in the southern city of Aden, backing a new group that advocates for autonomy of the country's south.

The group is led by the city's former governor, Aidarous al-Zubaidi. He addressed his supporters on Friday from behind a large bullet-proof glass box, accusing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government of failure.

Al-Zubaidi says he will not "remain silent" but can shoulder responsibility in securing and running the south.

A counter-rally in support of Hadi was held in the Khor Maksar district, underscoring Yemen's growing divisions since the outbreak of the civil war in 2015 – by Ahmed Al-Haj

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_YEMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-07-16-06-11

7.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Thousands protest for independence in south Yemen

Thousands of Yemenis demanding secession rallied in the streets of Aden on Friday, waving the flag of the formerly independent south in their third protest since May.

Protesters marched through central Aden, Yemen's second city and home to the war-ravaged country's government.

They chanted their support for the South Transitional Council and demanded the independence of south Yemen, which was an independent state until 1990 when it was unified with north Yemen.

The South Transition Council, an autonomous body aimed at overseeing self-governance among southern provinces, was declared in May and is not recognised by the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

The 26-member council includes the governors of five southern provinces and two cabinet ministers.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/thousands-protest-independence-south-yemen-1726887313

7.7.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Yemen Security Brief

The president of the Transitional Political Council for the South, Aydarus al Zubaidi, announced an effort to consolidate the southern political and security structure at a rally for southern independence on July 7. The Transitional Political Council, which formed in May 2017, aims to form a southern Yemeni polity. Al Zubaidi also affirmed the Council’s prohibition of Muslim Brotherhood activities in the south. [1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-7-2017

7.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Film: Yemen: Southern Movement demonstrations in Aden, Islah proscribed

Southern Movement demonstrations in Aden, Islah proscribed, Hakim Almasmari analysis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P_qZ-bXB4g&feature=youtu.be

7.7.2017 – Various (A P)

South Transitional Government demo today in#Aden (photo)

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/photos/a.961595153893515.1073741828.961126490607048/1426647790721580/?type=3&theater

South Transitional Council at demo for self-determination. Sacked officials in heart of Aden w/ the ppl ..while Hadi is in Riyadh (photos)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/883320692883808256

https://twitter.com/demolinari/status/883329720368062464

First 3 pics of Southern Transitional Council demo in Aden today, last pic of pro Hadi one. Popularly elected legitimate #Yemen prez? Right (photo)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/883309660857667585

A huge crowd an hour ago in Al Mualla main street in #Aden for 7 July demo demanding for independent state in #SouthYemen. (film)

https://twitter.com/haddar74/status/883284280058814464

I expected the number of UAE supporters and the movement in Aden to reach 50,000, not more than 10,000 despite early mobilization.

Additional failure. (photo)

https://twitter.com/JosephJo1221/status/883355365215264769

#Live #Now the arrival of members of The Southern Transitional Council to the square of demonstrators in #Aden city

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/883321481249337344

#Aden security director arrives to square of demonstrations to support The Southern Transitional Council & reject #Yemen Unity (photo)

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/883316926012850177

Eidros Zubaidi, commander of the Southern Movement, who always speaks on behalf of the people of the South, delivers a speech behind the glass bulletproof! (photo)

https://twitter.com/ArabAffairsTV/status/883338996318781441

Aidarous al-Zubaidi, southern transitional council chief, outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda , #ISIS &#Houthis in South #Yemen.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/883338199090724864

UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council announces banning and criminalizing Muslim Brotherhood activities in South Yemen.

https://twitter.com/SalehAlBatati1/status/883327181048250368

6.7.2017 – Comparforex (A P)

South Yemen leader accuses Muslim Brotherhood of turmoil

In the first Southern Transitional Council meeting based in Aden yesterday, president of the council and former Aden governor Aidarous Al-Zubaidi accused the Islah party – which is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood – of spreading turmoil in Yemen.

Al-Zubaidi claimed that the Islah party has formed an alliance with Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to influence policies in South Yemen. President Zubaidi added that the Muslim Brotherhood does not have any support in the south of Yemen.

The transitional political council in southern Yemen is a United Arab Emirates supported political infrastructure that it is contested by Hadi.

http://comparforex.com/south-yemen-leader-accuses-muslim-brotherhood-of-turmoil/

7.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

The General People's Congress in Aden declares its position on the "Southern Transitional Council"

The party said in a statement that it is still on the Covenant as a national party biased to the causes of the flame and the nation and is consistent in the line of constitutional legitimacy represented by President Abderbo Mansour Hadi and his legitimate government, supported locally and region of the Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates .

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/197746 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=ar&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F197746

Remark: The Southern section of president Hadi’s former party, while the larger section of the GPC in the north is loyal to ex-president Saleh.

6.7.2017 – Al Araby (* A P)

Yemen's south prepares for demonstrations as secessionists gain momentum

Southern separatists in Yemen are preparing for a massive mass rally on Friday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the country's reunification.

Local sources told The New Arab that supporters of the Southern Transitional Council - headed by UAE backed General Aidarous al-Zubaidi - are planning to hold demonstrations in the southern port city of Aden.
Locals in the surrounding provinces of Lahj, Dali and Abyan have already reportedly started the long march south to arrive in Aden for Friday's rally.

The demonstration comes amid a dispute between southern secessionists and the exiled UN-recognised government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

In a speech at a meeting of the Southern Transitional Council in Aden on Wednesday, Zubaidi said the council could continue to demand secession for southern Yemen.
He also warned the Hadi government that his supporters' patience was "running low".
The Hadi government has accused Zubaidi of "supplementing the Iranian and Houthi power grab" to increase the power of the southern front.
This followed accusations from Zubaidi that the Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin al-Ahmar supports "terrorism".
Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr has urged calm and asked southerners to "continue supporting Hadi until Allah finds an end to the Yemen crisis".

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/7/6/yemens-south-prepares-for-demonstrations-as-secessionists-gain-momentum

6.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Supporters of Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadiwill hold a counter-march in response to a demonstration advocating for southern independence in Aden city on July 7.

Former Shabwah governor Ahmed Lamlas, whom President Hadi dismissed on June 28, and Aden Security Chief Shalal Shaye’a visited the Transitional Political Council’s headquarters to express their support. Emirati-backed Yemeni security forces have deployed in Khormaksar and al Mualla and will prohibit the carrying of firearms. Demonstrators are busing into Aden from numerous southern governorates.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-6-2017

6.7.2017 – Adengad (A P)

Aden's security chief Brigadier General Shalal Ali Shaya arrived in Aden on Thursday morning

Immediately after arriving in the city from the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, he went directly to the headquarters of the Transitional Council of the South to congratulate him on the steps taken by the Transitional Council

http://adengad.net/news/266190/ 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%2Fadengad.net%2Fnews%2F266190%2F&edit-text=

6.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

The Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council is resuming its meetings today in the capital Aden

The Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council resumed on Thursday, July 6, its working sessions for the second day in a row at its permanent headquarters in the capital of Aden, headed by the President of the Southern Transitional Council, Major General Idriss Qasim Al-Zubaidi.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/196456 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%2F196456&edit-text=

6.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Clashes erupt in Hadi-controlled Aden, southern Yemen

Violent clashes erupted in the city of Aden, currently under the control of Saudi-backed Yemeni ex-president Hadi, in the streets around “May 22 Stadium” based in Sheikh Uthman district.
The militias are still engaged in collision up to this moment, local source reported to NewNewss.
Initial tolls indicate the injury of five individuals as a result of the clashes.
The southern city of Aden under the control of the so-called “Yemeni legitimacy”, which is backed by the Saudi-led coalition, frequently struggles for internal peace and stability.

http://newnewss.net/?p=7444 and also https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/883042380932317186

6.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

The Hadi government deployed military police to al Dhabab, western Taiz city on July 5. The security forces are tasked with protecting government facilities and facilitating the payment of government salaries. Protesters demanding their salaries rioted in the streets of Taiz city on June 27.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-6-2017

5.7.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Yemen Security Brief

The Transitional Political Council for the South held its first session in Aden on July 5. The Emirati-backed council rivals the authority of the internationally-recognized government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The council is planning a demonstration advocating for southern independence on July 7, the anniversary of the south’s failed 1994 war of secession.

President Hadi may be forming a Saudi-backed southern council to counter the Emirati-backed Transitional Political Council, according to unconfirmed reports. President Hadi dismissed three southern governors affiliated with the Transitional Political Council on June 28.[1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-05-2017

6.7.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A P)

Southern Transitional Council holding meets in Aden since yesterday & organizing demo tomorrow calling for South self determination. #Yemen (photos)

https://twitter.com/omeisy/status/882968557004390400

6.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Rising tension now in Aden south Yemen where occupier UAE is installing its own president for the south refusing Saudi puppet Hadi (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/882988298456768512

Saudi war planes flying over low in now in Aden south Yemen where UAE installing its president refusing Saudi puppet Hadi.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/882980107379511297

My comment: Zubaidi still is not installed as president, this seems not to be true.

5.7.2017 – Al Monitor (* B P)

In Aden, Yemeni activists still live in fear

Two years after Houthi rebels were expelled from Aden, Yemenis are fleeing the port city as militias and extremists are increasingly targeting activists, intellectuals and anyone opposing their views.

Aden’s openness has declined amid the takeover of extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda and the Salafists.

Tawakkol Karman, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist, told Al-Monitor, “The situation of freedom of expression, thought and belief has become horrendous in Aden. Extremists have blended into the Security Belt Forces that are funded and managed by the United Arab Emirates and that control the security situation in south Yemen. These forces are keeping mum about the murders and they might even be giving the operations their blessings.”

The Security Belt Forces were founded in spring 2016. They are officially affiliated with Yemen’s Ministry of Interior, but their funding and command come from the UAE. Human Rights Watch said that these forces have strayed too far from the Yemeni government’s authority, and they control at least two unofficial detention centers in Aden and have tortured and arrested many people.

Most ministers of the Yemeni government live in Riyadh, and their absence has fed the weakness of this government and encouraged the rise of militias and extremists clamping down on freedoms and religious beliefs.

In March 2016, four armed men attacked a home for the elderly in Aden, killing four Indian nuns, two Yemeni employees, eight elderly residents and a guard.

Nasma Mansour, a civil engineering student at the University of Aden, told Al-Monitor, “Murder in Aden has become commonplace and is given strange justifications. I know somebody who was killed for being reportedly gay.”

She added, “Activists have been leaving Aden one after the other. The situation is tense, and my family has forbidden me from leaving the house because of the dangerous situation.”

Mansour said that freedom of thought in Aden “is long gone. If you criticize religious groups, you are an atheist. If you criticize the weak local authority, you are definitely an Islah Party member [in reference to the party’s affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood]. If you attack the Southern Movement — an armed faction seeking the independence of south Yemen — then you are an agent and advocate of Saleh. The accusations against activists are ready-made and each party is willing to go to extremes against its opponents.”

Failure to instill order and security in Aden reflects how hard it will be for Hadi to keep his promises of regaining control of all the cities that the Houthis took over.

Activists in Aden accuse Islamists of waging war on them. It is difficult though to pin down the party responsible for the attacks, given the numerous armed groups such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, IS’ Yemen wing and the prevalent Salafists.

Hadi’s grip on Aden is loosening, while extremists and armed militias are gaining ground. The situation worsened after Aden’s governor, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, was dismissed April 27. Hadi’s decision sparked the Southern Movement’s secession calls, in the hope of establishing a self-rule authority in south Yemen, which had been an independent state until 1990 – by Ahmed Alwly

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/yemen-civil-war-militias-target-activists-aden.html

Comment by Judith Brown: Aden was a very tolerant city before the war. For example churches were kept in good condition, and even in the 1994 civil war when one church was damaged by extremist militias fighting on the side of North Yemen it was repaired. The statue of Queen Victoria still sat in a small park and the cemeteries from the British occupation were kept in perfect repair. Women could go out alone without fear and it was not seen as tarnishing their reputation. More women did not feel the need to cover their faces, but if they wanted to cover for their own personal reasons that was tolerated too. Music concerts with modern music were regularly held and well attended by the cities youth. Friends tell me that tolerance has gone - the battles for control are between Salafists supported by UAE and troops supported by Hadi paid by Saudi Arabia. Hardly enough to give any resident confidence in Aden's future - but it was that tolerance and unique character that the secessionists wanted to preserve. It seems all solutions to Aden's current woes do not point to a more tolerant future. Sadly. And here we have one example of this.

https://www.facebook.com/judith.brown.794628/posts/10155703053163641

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

6.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Saudi Security Officer Killed in Qatif in Eastern Province Amid Tensions

A Saudi special forces officer has been killed and three others injured in the kingdom’s eastern region, where the Riyadh regime has launched a heavy-handed crackdown against the Shia Muslim population.

The attack occurred on Thursday morning in the oil-rich and Shia-populated Qatif region in Eastern Province, Saudi news site Sabq reported.

No further details were immediately available regarding the incident.

This came after an attack in the same region killed a soldier and wounded three others two days ago. The incident happened early on Tuesday, when the soldiers’ patrol vehicle was hit by “an explosive projectile” in al-Mosara, the old quarter of the town of Awamiyah.

http://newnewss.net/?p=7469

6.7.2017 – Awamiya siege on social media

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/883439285302689796

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/883442696177811456

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/883442696177811456

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/883361748484583426

https://twitter.com/AwamiaCom/status/883371996469395456

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/883071208375320578

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/883136182409986048

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/883137069941436416

https://twitter.com/AlahednewsEn/status/882880053209690112

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/882024889091330048

https://twitter.com/AngryQatifi/status/881971859251744768

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/882798335580569601

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/882798076863426560

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/882797853848072193

https://twitter.com/TheAlSadah/status/882779722735919106

6.7.2017 – Bloomberg (A E P)

Saudi Arabia Delays Energy-Subsidy Cuts

Kingdom seen raising energy prices later this year or in 2018

Subsidy reform is a key part of Saudi economic restructuring

Saudi Arabia, the biggest Arab economy, will probably delay plans to raise gasoline and other energy prices until later this year or early in 2018 amid an economic slowdown, according to four people familiar with the matter.

The government plans to raise energy prices in October at the soonest and most likely early next year

The government delayed the next round of price increases because it wanted to ensure that an increase won’t slow industrial activity, two of the people familiar with the matter said. The government is still assessing how much to raise prices to avoid hurting the economy, they said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-06/saudis-are-said-to-delay-energy-subsidy-cuts-amid-economic-pain

4.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A P)

US diplomat: New Saudi crown prince is Israel’s ‘dream come true’

An American diplomat said that appointing Mohammed Bin Salman as crown prince of Saudi Arabia was like a “dream come true for Israel”, Haaretz reported.

The former US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, said that the appointment of Bin Salman opens an unprecedented opportunity for Israel to improve its regional position and supports it in facing its strategic and security challenges.

Shapiro restated the fact that Bin Salman sees a link between Saudi Arabia and Israel’s interests and threats which will allow Tel Aviv to benefit.

Bin Salman’s hatred of groups, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, and his efforts to confront Iran led him to certain regional alliances, the former US envoy said. It is for this reason that Bin Salman has built strong relations with both the UAE and Egypt.

“This development could lead to the formation of an axis that includes the United States, the Sunni Arab states and Israel since they share common strategic interests and are prepared to confront extremist forces in the region,” he added.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170704-us-diplomat-new-saudi-crown-prince-is-israels-dream-come-true/

22.6.2017 – Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (* A P)

Mohammed bin Salman is the Future of Saudi Arabia

With power consolidated under MbS, Saudi Arabia is likely to see a continuation of the more assertive policies witnessed under his influence. These policies are shaped by both ruling inclination and regional and domestic circumstances. MbS has consistently demonstrated a willingness to seize the regional opening created by collapsing governments and the relative retrenchment of U.S. power in the region, informed by the perceived need to counter Iranian gains. These power projections have been accomplished by a remarkable partnership with the United Arab Emirates – probably the most significant development in Gulf politics in the past five years. This pairing has expanded the reach of Gulf influence in Egypt and Yemen, and in the recent jarring actions to neutralize Qatar as a regional competitor.

Emirati influence is also evident domestically, as the newly appointed crown prince draws upon Emirati expertise and example in diversification of the economy, and the construction of a new nationalism. The Emirati model makes for an imperfect fit in the kingdom, which has fewer resources to create new industries and a greater reliance on religion as a power base and cornerstone of legitimacy. Still the step toward a more nationalist posture, informed by Sunni leadership, is clear in the new national and transnational organizations crafted under MbS. Over time these may serve as a new vessel for Al Saud authority, diminishing their reliance on informal Islamist networks and to some degree even the religious establishment for legitimacy. Equally momentous will be the challenges of transitioning the economy outlined under Saudi Vision 2030, including the unprecedented step of privatizing part of Aramco – a move viewed anxiously by the conservative technocrats overseeing the Saudi economy.

In navigating these transitions internationally and domestically, MbS hopes to build on the traditional U.S.-Saudi partnership – by Kristin Smith Diwan

http://www.agsiw.org/mohammed-bin-salman-future-saudi-arabia/

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

7.7.2017 – The Hill (* A P)

Several amendments to the annual defense policy bill seek to curb U.S. support for the Saudi Arabia-led campaign in Yemen's civil war.

The amendments come as Saudi Arabia’s conduct in the war and the region at large comes under increasing scrutiny in Congress

Among the amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) filed Friday are three from Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.).

One of his amendments would prohibit funding from the refueling of aircraft being used by the coalition. Opponents of U.S. involvement have argued Saudi Arabia couldn’t prosecute the war without the U.S. help refueling their planes.

Khanna’s other amendments call for an inspector general report on whether the coalition has committed war crimes and require a certification that certain conditions have been met before the United States sells air-to-ground munitions to the coalition.

Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) has also filed an amendment to prohibit funds from being used to deploy U.S. troops to Yemen, while one from Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) would prohibit funds for any military operation in Yemen.

An amendment from Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) would require a U.S. strategy for Yemen that includes an assessment of the political and humanitarian situation in the country. Another amendment from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) would require a report from the Pentagon on whether Saudi Arabia and its partners are adhering to the no-strike list provided by the United States and progressing in their training on targeting capabilities.

Finally, an amendment from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) would prohibit transferring cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. A similar amendment was voted on last year and failed 204-216 – BY REBECCA KHEEL

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/341054-defense-bill-amendments-seek-to-curb-support-for-saudis

7.7.2017 – New News (A P)

America Lifts Ban on Hadi Government’s Accounts as Way of Providing Funds to Its Terrorists in Yemen

As part of America efforts to secure funds for its terrorists in Yemen, the US State Department has called for “lifting the ban on the Riyadh-friendly former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi government accounts.

The US Treasury Department lifted the ban on financial accounts for what it called “the Yemeni government,” without explaining the reasons and motives for the measure, Saudi Press Media quoted.

Idroos al-Zubaidi said in an interview with Al-Hurra television that Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and leaders of so-called “legitimacy” is supporting terrorism, the accusation that has been reinforced by dozens of intelligence reports in recent years.

Earlier ,The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on the end of June 2016 against six people who have efforts in raising funds for the “Daesh” and Jabhat Ansura’a “Takfiris Terrorist ” in the Arabian Peninsula, including officials in the government of the fugitive Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

US Treasury Department stated that ,one of the officials is Nayef al-Qaisi, who issued a decree by the fleet Hadi on December 28, appointed him as Albyda province governor . He is a senior official and financial supporter for AlQaeda as well obtained funds for it in the Arabian Peninsula from parties outside Yemen.
According to the US State Department, which at the same time classified Abdul Wahab Al-Humeikani on the list of terrorism,and one of the hands of the so-called “legitimacy.”

http://newnewss.net/?p=7515

My comment: This seems to refer only to the two Hadi government officials who had been listed as terrorist supporters only.

7.7.2017 – RT (* AP)

9/11-Anschläge: Laut Gerichtsbeschluss bleibt FBI-Bericht über saudische Verbindungen geheim

Laut einem US-Gericht muss das FBI Informationen über die Finanzierung der Anschläge vom 11. September 2001 nicht freigeben. Laut dem Beschluss findet das Informationsfreiheitsgesetz in diesem Fall keine Anwendung. Der FBI-Bericht beleuchtet die Verwicklung Saudi-Arabiens in die Anschläge.

Nachdem Journalisten versucht hatten, Verbindungen zwischen den mutmaßlichen Entführern der bei den Anschlägen des 11. September ("9/11") eingesetzten Flugzeuge und zu der Zeit in Florida lebenden Saudis aufzudecken, entschied eine kalifornischen Bezirksgericht nun, dass das FBI Informationen über die Finanzierung der 9/11-Anschläge zurückhalten darf. Das berichtete die US-Zeitung Herald Tribune am Mittwoch.

Die Vereinigung investigativer Journalisten namens Florida Bulldog ging möglichen Verbindungen zwischen in den USA lebenden Saudis sowie den 19 Männern nach, die in das Attentat involviert sein sollen. Von ihnen stammten 15 aus Saudi-Arabien. Laut FBI-Ermittlungen unterhielten saudische Staatsbedienstete enge Verbindungen zu den mutmaßlichen 9/11-Attentätern und finanzierten diese.

Florida Bulldog hatte im Juni 2016 Informationen der zuständigen FBI-Kommission eingeklagt. Im Februar dieses Jahres gab die Bundespolizei dann eine redigierte Version des entsprechenden Berichts frei.

https://deutsch.rt.com/international/53623-gericht-fbi-darf-details-11september-geheimhalten-keine-informationsfreiheit/

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

7.7.2017 – Gegenfrage (* A P)

Saudi-Arabien sponsert Terroristen in Großbritannien

Saudi-Arabien ist einem neuen Bericht der Henry Jackson Society zufolge der Hauptsponsor von Terrorismus in Großbritannien.

Ein neuer Bericht der Henry Jackson Society kommt zum Ergebnis, dass Saudi-Arabien islamistische Extremisten in Großbritannien finanziell unterstützt hat. Dies mutet etwas ironisch an, da der Wüstenstaat derzeit seinen kleinen Nachbarn Katar beschuldigt, Terroristen zu unterstützen.

Laut der Untersuchung der in London ansässigen Denkfabrik sei es aber in erster Linie Saudi-Arabien, das jede Menge Geld bereitstellt, um den Wahhabi-Islam in den Westen zu exportieren. Bereits seit den 1960er-Jahren unterstütze die Regierung in Riad diese Ideologie.

http://www.gegenfrage.com/saudi-arabien-sponsert-terroristen-grossbritannien/

Mein Kommentar: Ausführliche Berichterstattung auf Englisch YPR 319, cp1. – Der folgende Abschnitt (Der Bericht wurde bereits vor sechs Monaten fertiggestellt, wurde jedoch von Premierministerium Theresa May unter Verschluss gehalten. Angeblich befürchtete man in London, die saudischen Partner zu beleidigen und eine diplomatische Krise auszulösen) bezieht sich nicht auf den Bericht der Jackson Society, sondern auf einen von der Vorgängerregierung Cameron in Auftrag gegebenen Bericht.

7.7.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Theresa May accused of double standards over terrorism funding

PM enters G20 talks saying priority is to disrupt extremists accessing finance, but is criticised for position on Saudi Arabia

Theresa May will enter the G20 talks in Hamburg claiming that her priority is to disrupt terrorist groups from accessing finance, but facing criticism for failing to raise questions over Saudi Arabia’s role in funding extremism.

A string of opposition leaders, including Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, the Lib Dem’s Tim Farron, the Green’s Caroline Lucas and the SNP’s Ian Blackford, said May should use the summit to place direct pressure onto the Gulf state.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/06/theresa-may-accused-of-double-standards-over-terrorism-funding

6.7.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

Support for Saudi Arabia Makes UK Government 'Complicit in Destruction of Yemen'

The UK government is sitting on a report about foreign funding of jihadist organizations, which makes uncomfortable reading given the UK's close relationship with Saudi Arabia, Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade told Radio Sputnik.

"It feels like there's a lot more scrutiny of the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia, but there's definitely also a lot more scrutiny that is needed," Smith said.

"If the Saudi government is in any way aiding, supporting or willingly ignoring those that are promoting violence, that are connected to violent groups or terrorism, that is something people in the UK have every right to know." (with Audio)

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201707061055298070-uk-saudi-arabia-jihadism/

6.7.2017 – British Mbassador to Yemen (A P)

Hello, and welcome back. This is the next instalment of answers to questions that you have put to us. We are really enjoying this opportunity to listen and learn from you which issues are important to you, and where we are not explaining ourselves clearly. We hope that these answers, along with others that we put up last time, are helping to illustrate what the British Government is doing and why. We will continue doing this for as long as it is useful – as always, though, we welcome any ideas you have to make it even better!

Firstly, please see the short video answer I’ve given to the question: “is there a plan for the British Embassy to re-open in Sana’a?” My answer also goes into why we closed in early 2015, what would need to happen for us to open again, and why we have not opened an Embassy in Aden. In short, it is all about a political settlement!

Best Wishes Simon

British Ambassador, Yemen

[10 questions and answers]

Q1: Will Saudi Arabia be held accountable for its crimes against civilians in Yemen? Or will Saudi money and arms deals exempt it from accountability?
Saudi Arabia is subject to the same levels of scrutiny and accountability for its actions as any responsible member of the international community.
We take very seriously the reports of alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by all parties in the conflict, including Saudi Arabia. It is important that all sides conduct thorough and conclusive investigations into incidents where it is alleged that IHL has been breached. The British Government monitors incidents of alleged IHL violations arising from airstrikes reportedly conducted by the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen using available information. In addition, Saudi Arabia has publically stated that it investigates reports of alleged violations of international humanitarian law (IHL), and that it will act upon their findings. They continue to release the outcomes of its investigations, which allows us all to make judgments on whether they are complying with IHL. As a result, we make an assessment on the approach and attitude of Saudi Arabia to IHL, which determines whether or not we continue to sell arms to them. We keep this situation under constant review.

https://www.facebook.com/UKinYemen/videos/1464440413594339/

My comment: A lot of bla bla.

5.7.2017 – London School of Economics and Political Science (* B P)

The conflict in Yemen is testing our commitment to the Women, Peace and Security agenda

challenge the legality of the UK’s contribution to the conflict in Yemen and, more broadly, its international commitment to women, peace and security.

The UK government has for years categorised Yemen as a ‘human rights priority country’ and its interventions in Yemen have for the most part corresponded with its WPS commitments, including supporting peace efforts and measures promoting gender equality and women’s rights through numerous fora. Although Yemen’s needs were enormous even prior to the war (it was ranked as one of the poorest countries in the Arab region and women in particular fared badly) there is no dispute that the war has dramatically worsened the conditions faced by the population, not least for women.

With no end in sight to the conflict, there has been increasing domestic and international criticism directed at the UK and US for supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia. Paradoxically, that fact would probably not have garnered much attention was it not for the Saudi military operations that have been widely condemned as violating international humanitarian law (IHL).

In light of the mounting evidence of systematic IHL violations, is there a legal obligation on the UK to suspend arms transfers to Saudi Arabia?

Common Article 1 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions (CA1) obliges States to ‘respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances’. This customary international law obligation requires States to ensure their forces respect the law and, arguably, to do everything reasonably in their power to ensure respect for the Conventions by others, including States engaged in conflict.

The military equipment supplied by the UK to Saudi Arabia in recent years includes aircraft and a significant arsenal of bombs; the likelihood that such weapon systems and weapons were used in some of the most troubling airstrike operations identified by the UN Panel is high enough to warrant caution.

This question lies at the core of a judicial review over the granting of export licences to Saudi Arabia currently pending before the UK High Court. The Government is heavily invested in the outcome: since March 2015 the UK and the US have together transferred more than US$5 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

In its submissions, the Government has not argued that UK manufactured weapons were not used by Saudi Arabia in the attacks that have given rise to allegations of IHL violations, as the Canadian Government did in a comparable case decided by the Canadian courts in January 2017. Instead, the Government’s argument appears to pivot on the claim that a ‘serious’ violation of IHL is synonymous with war crimes or grave breaches, a reasoning that has been rightly criticised. A war crime or grave breach is indeed a serious violation of IHL but the reverse does not necessarily follow since a serious violation of IHL is a broader notion that simply opens the door to individual criminal liability. The more appropriate test in assessing risk is the one already established pursuant to CA1.

Law and litigation aside, there is a larger question about existing UK policy that hovers unsteadily between providing humanitarian aid and injecting ever more arms into Yemen’s highly weaponised environment.

Suspending further weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia will not bring the conflict to an end. Nevertheless, it would send a strong message about the need for law compliance in armed conflict and, more importantly, it would present the UK with an opportunity to show through its actions that it is not only fully committed to the WPS agenda but that it intends to remain a global champion of the initiative in this time of international uncertainty and upheaval – by Dr Louise Arimatsu and Dr Kawkab Alwadeai

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/wps/2017/07/05/the-conflict-in-yemen-is-testing-our-commitment-to-the-women-peace-and-security-agenda/

5.7.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Terror funding report: Calls grow for release of 'sensitive' Home Office document 'pointing finger at Saudi Arabia'

Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron among voices urging prime minister to publish delayed inquiry thought to target major UK weapons buyer following latest terror attack on British soil

The leaders of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to allow the publication of a “sensitive” government report into terror funding in the UK which allegedly focuses on the role of Saudi Arabia.

Calls for the release of the Home Office inquiry into the sources of jihadi propaganda materials and funding are growing more vocal after Saturday’s terror attack in London Bridge, in which seven people were killed.

Speaking in Carlisle on Sunday evening, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn echoed Ms May's comments that the UK needs to “have some difficult conversations" - adding that they need to start with "Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology."

“It is no good Theresa May suppressing a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups. We have to get serious about cutting off the funding to these terror networks, including Isis here and in the Middle East.”

Writing in The Guardianon Monday, the Liberal Democrat leader also called for the report’s release – by Bethan McKernan

http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/terror-funding-report-home-office-saudi-arabia-jihadis-attacks-suppress-tory-uk-release-sensitive-a7773146.html

Remark: Earlier reporting http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/home-office-terrorist-funding-report-saudia-arabia-focus-not-publish-conservatives-government-a7766381.html

5.7.2017 – Parliament (A P)

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answers of 13 January 2017 to Question 58527, 1 March 2017to Question 64848 and 23 March 2017 to Question 68141, whether his Department has made an independent assessment of any of the eight airstrikes which were investigated by the Saudi-led coalition's Joint Incident Assessment Team to ascertain whether international humanitarian law violations have occurred.

Alistair Burt, Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

It is important that credible allegations of violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) are investigated and the Saudi-led Coalition has committed to doing this. The UK has not been directly involved in investigations undertaken by the Joint Incident Assessment Team, but has supported its development and delivered two training sessions in Saudi Arabiaon the process for investigating alleged IHL violations. The UK continues to believe that the Coalition has the best insight into its own military procedures and will be able to conduct the most thorough and conclusive investigations. The Coalition has publicly stated that any lessons learned will be acted upon.

My comment: The British government still tells that the Saudis are the best to examine their own war crimes.

5.7.2017 – Daily Politik (A P)

Film: Emily on the Middle East

Emily Thornberry gave an excellent, landmark speech in Parliament today (5 July 17), detailing Labour's view of what our country should be doing to advance peace in the Middle East and calling the government to account for seemingly having no plan at all other than "whatever Donald says". She also called for the publication of the report into the funding of terrorism which the Foreign Secretary and the Prima Minister seem unwilling to release. All the while taking digs at Boris Johnson and slapping down Tory interventions questioning Jeremy Corby's alleged support for Hamas. (FULL SPEECH)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2MbhdspvZw and read more https://www.facebook.com/TheDailyPolitik/videos/1255531664569023/

6.7.2017 – BBC (A P)

Film. #Saudi mosques should be closed says a Muslim on the BBC—as they teach #Wahhabism, where non-believers are seen as enemies.

https://www.facebook.com/NotoWahabism/videos/1270205959774650/

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

6.7.2017 – Middle East Institute (* B P)

Yemen War and Qatar Crisis Challenge Oman’s Neutrality

Oman is situated in a dangerous neighborhood, and the Arab Gulf country is not immune to transregional threats. The possibility of spillover from the war in Yemen, which shares a 187-mile border with Oman, represents the gravest menace to the Sultanate’s security, while the Qatar crisis threatens to fundamentally change the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) in ways that would leave Oman worse off.

Officials in Muscat fear that heightened instability in Yemen bodes well for extremist forces such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State (ISIS), which have been able to expand their presence in Yemen amid the state’s collapse. The threat of these actors transiting into the Sultanate’s southernmost Dhofar Governorate is unsettling. At the same time, despite the significant threat posed by potential spillover from the Yemeni civil war, Oman’s leaders have viewed the conflict in their neighboring country as an opportunity to secure Muscat’s close alliance with Washington, and promote the Sultanate’s grander foreign policy vision across the region.

Given the Sultanate’s traditionally neutral and non-interventionist foreign policy, Muscat’s decisions to keep Omani forces out of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and not join Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in severing ties with Qatar are unsurprising.

Though worsening chaos across Yemen has posed a severe threat to Oman’s interests, it has also offered Muscat an opportunity to pursue its geopolitical interests. After the Houthi capture of Sanaa in 2014, Oman sought to use its positive relations with all major parties in Yemen to position itself as a peace broker and diplomatic backchannel among the warring sides. In the grander picture, Oman has sought to strengthen its key alliances by playing its neutral role in Yemen.

Therefore, Oman’s top priorities are to help the Yemenis resolve their crisis diplomatically and to reverse the disintegration of a functioning state apparatus.

According to Arab Gulf interlocutors, Oman and Kuwait have worked in tandem to promote diplomatic solutions to the Yemeni crisis and the G.C.C.’s ongoing rift over Qatar, in which Kuwait’s emir is leading mediation efforts.

Oman’s Neutrality Causing Friction with Saudi Arabia

Not all are sympathetic to Oman’s stance on the Yemeni crisis. One Arab Gulf official stated that many in the G.C.C. view Oman’s position on Yemen as “negative neutrality.” Recent reports in the press, citing figures from the G.C.C., Yemen, U.S. military officials, and the Mujahedin-e Khalq, have alleged that Oman is on Iran and the Houthis’ side, and has provided Tehran with Omani land and port infrastructure to help arm Ansarullah.

Regardless of Muscat’s actual role in Yemen, from Riyadh’s point of view, Oman is a link in the chain of Iran’s Shiite/Zaidi allies on the Kingdom’s borders at a time when Tehran is more decisively asserting its regional influence. Following the historic passage of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, early negotiations of which were held in Oman, unbeknownst to Saudi Arabia, Saudi officials worry that growth of Muscat-Tehran relations will undermine the G.C.C.’s collective security from an ascendant Iran.

Signs of Saudi displeasure with Muscat came in December.

Trump Administration Wary of Oman’s Neutral Diplomacy

The Trump administration has also taken seriously accusations that Oman is working with Iran to arm Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

There are signs, however, that the Trump administration may not look favorably on the cordial relationship between Muscat and Tehran.

While the Obama administration highly valued and relied on Muscat’s “neutral” foreign policy, the Trump administration seems to have a different outlook toward Muscat.

With Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., and the Trump administration pushing for a tougher stance against Iran, Oman will face increased pressure to abandon its long-held neutrality, which has been invaluable to U.S. interests in the region – By Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik

http://www.mei.edu/content/article/oman-s-high-stakes-yemen

6.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Kuwaiti Monarchy police arrests expats for objecting to working for months without payment

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/883187654044549124 referring to https://twitter.com/alqabas/status/883048152537866240

5.7.2017 – Newsweek (* B K P)

Safe Bases: UAE’s Military Expansion in Africa

Two overseas Arab military garrisons are being established to secure a hold over one of the world’s most crucial chokepoints, right across the waters from Arabia.

The military expansion is a clear reflection of a need felt across the Gulf Arab capitals to regain control of their own security, due to the deteriorating security situation in a region that has been dramatically divided, even before the 2011 Arab Spring, that it is susceptible to the fast-changing global paradigm.

On February 12 this year, the United Arab Emirates secured a foreign military base 278 kilometers south of the Bab El Mandeb strait in the autonomous northern Somali region of Somaliland.

This comes less than two years after they negotiated to establish their first foreign military base in 2015 at Assab port in Eritrea, 106 kilometers north of Bab El Mandeb.

This effectively makes the UAE the eleventh member of an exclusive group of nations with military capabilities permanently stationed beyond their borders as well as giving it a choke hold over one of the world’s most strategic maritime routes – By Awad Mustafa

http://newsweekme.com/safe-bases-uaes-military-expansion-africa/

19.6.2017 – European Parliament (A P)

Parliamentary question

Question for written answer to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Barbara Matera (PPE)

More than 19 months of conflict have devastated Yemen, leaving 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian and protection assistance, including 10.3 million in particular need.

Even before 25 March 2015 when the conflict in Yemen escalated, the country faced enormous levels of humanitarian need, with, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 15.9 million people requiring some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance in late 2014.

Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East when the crisis escalated, and the situation has only worsened in the past year.

These changes do not reflect an improvement in the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen, but essentially point to the alarming speed and scale of the deterioration of that situation.

1. How can the EU provide help to deal with the alarming humanitarian crisis affecting the 18.8 million people in need in Yemen?

2. Why does Yemen’s situation not have top priority on the agenda of the international community, and especially of the EU?

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=WQ&reference=E-2017-004032&format=XML&language=EN

My comment: The second question is important. As your own government (and your own party) who they keep on close alliances with the US and with Saudi Arabia. This is the reason, this is the answer to your question.

5.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Pakistan Army to the GCC: No longer your gun for hire

Less than a year into his role, Pakistan's new army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, sets a fresh course for the country's defence diplomacy in the Middle East

Pakistan Army to the GCC: No longer your gun for hire

News that Pakistan chief of army staff General Raheel Sharif was taking over the newly formed, Saudi-instigated, Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) – nicknamed the "Muslim Nato" - has dominated the discourse in Pakistan over the past month.

The general impression since has been that the appointment of a Pakistani general to head what is primarily seen as an anti-Iran alliance gives credence to the view that Pakistan is a Saudi puppet.

News that Pakistan chief of army staff General Raheel Sharif was taking over the newly formed, Saudi-instigated, Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) – nicknamed the "Muslim Nato" - has dominated the discourse in Pakistan over the past month. The general impression since has been that the appointment of a Pakistani general to head what is primarily seen as an anti-Iran alliance gives credence to the view that Pakistan is a Saudi puppet – by Kamal Alam

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/pakistan-army-gcc-no-longer-your-gun-hire-1617896546

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp15

7.7.2017 – Washington Post (A P)

It’s not fair to blame this conflict on Qatar

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-not-fair-to-blame-this-conflict-on-qatar/2017/07/06/06b17d44-61af-11e7-80a2-8c226031ac3f_story.html

7.7.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Qatar: We have too much money to worry about what Saudi Arabia does to us

Finance minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi says huge state wealth means country can withstand sanctions

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/qatar-crisis-too-much-money-saudi-arabia-diplomatic-row-gulf-states-bahrain-uae-a7828271.html

7.7.2017 – New York Daily News (* C)

We always knew Qatar was trouble, as the 1990s escape of terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad showed

It has been true that Qatar has served as a sanctuary for leaders of groups that the U.S. or other countries deem to be terrorist organizations. That, however, is nothing new. It has been going on for at least 20 years — and one of those who had sanctuary was the mastermind of the 9-11 attacks.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/knew-qatar-trouble-article-1.3306729

7.7.2017 – Telepolis (* A P)

Katar-Krise: Saudi-Koalition droht weitere Sanktionen an

Nachdem die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Anti-Katar-Koalition nach dem Ablauf eines am Dienstagabend abgelaufenen Ultimatums erst verlautbart hatte, es werde vorerst keine weiteren Sanktionen geben, teilten sie gestern Abend mit, sich nun doch auf solche geeinigt zu haben. Wie die neuen Sanktionen konkret aussehen werden, ist noch nicht bekannt. Den Angaben der Koalition nach sollen sie aber eher die katarische Staatsführung als die Bevölkerung treffen.

Zur Begründung führten Vertreter von Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate und Bahrain an, die Weigerung Katars, die Forderungen zu erfüllen, sei ein Beleg dafür, dass das Land tatsächlich Verbindungen zu Terrorgruppen pflegt – von Peter Mühlbauer

https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Katar-Krise-Saudi-Koalition-droht-weitere-Sanktionen-an-3766975.html

7.7.2017 – Counterpunch (* A P)

The Attack on Al Jazeera

The march from fake news to no news is as straight and unbroken as the runway from Washington D.C. to Riyadh.

Tyranny knows no truth… just unbridled power and a drive to extinguish it whether by mob appeal or the slam of a prison gate. Today, we are witness to a unity of drive and purpose, in both West and East, where full scale attacks on debate and dissent have become very much the norm… with news outlets shuttered, journalists jailed and thinkers shamed.

Since its genesis, Al-Jazeera has served as much more than a mere signpost of speech or thought… popular or otherwise. Its existence, alone, stands as a safety valve against those closed societies that embrace repression as so much a check against the light of day of which they fear.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no autonomous media, nor does it endure political parties, unions or human rights groups. The government treats online journalists, writing for state approved news outlets, the same as it does print and broadcast journalists… subjecting them to exacting regulation and content based intimidation.

Although other demands were made of Qatar, it is clear that a prime focus of GCC and Egypt, in the staged diplomatic crises, is a desire to once again limit access to independent news sources by the region’s restive populations.

Indeed, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Saudi Arabia controlled almost all of the public dialogue through the purchase of most of the popular Arabic newspapers employing many of the region’s most respected journalists of the day – by Stanley L. Cohen

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/07/the-attack-on-al-jazeera/

7.7.2017 – RT (* A P)

Gulf Crisis: Pentagon Reaffirms ‘Strategic Security Partnership’, Mutual Interests with Qatar

Pentagon reaffirms ‘strategic security partnership’ & mutual interests with ‘terrorist funder’ Qatar

Washington still sees Qatar as a reliable and strategic partner in the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition, despite the ongoing blockade of the Gulf state by four Arab countries which have promised to intensify its sanctions regime over Doha’s alleged support of terrorism.

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis discussed the “deepening” of the “strategic security partnership” between Washington and Doha with Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid al-Attiyah, the Pentagon announced.

https://www.rt.com/usa/395534-pentagon-qatar-strategic-partnership/

7.7.2017 – Gulf Times (A P)

Qatar will stand up to neighbourhood bullies

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/555763/Qatar-will-stand-up-to-neighbourhood-bullies

Remark: From Qatar.

6.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A K P)

Arab Coalition destroys weapons shipment to militias on Kamaran Island

The Arab Alliance destroys a weapons shipment to the militia on Kamaran Island

The Arab coalition fighters destroyed several raids on Thursday night, a shipment of weapons for the militiasHouthi and Saleh on the island of Kamran off the port of Saleef in Hodeidah .

Military sources said the weapons that had been destroyed had been smuggled in fishing boats by sea to the headquarters of the militias for smuggling on the island of Kamran off the coast of the city of Hodeidah.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/197101 and in translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=ar&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.suhf.net%2Fyemen%2F197101

My comment: LOL. They had destroyed a water desalination plant there: look at https://twitter.com/B_yemeni148/status/882618590796681217 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iql8k3-Uo_g

6.7.2017 – Handelsblatt / Wirtschaftswoche (* A E P)

Kurzes Durchatmen vor der Eskalation

Die Blockade-Staaten haben ihre Sanktionen gegen Katar erst einmal nicht verschärft. Doch eine Lösung zeichnet sich nicht ab, der Konflikt wird eskalieren. Am Ende schaden sich alle Beteiligten selbst. Eine Analyse

http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/katar-krise-wirtschaftliche-folgen-koennten-verheerend-sein/20025466-2.html = https://app.wiwo.de/politik/ausland/katar-krise-kurzes-durchatmen-vor-der-eskalation/20025936.html

6.7.2017 – AliAlAhmed (A P)

.@MBZNews man & #Dubai police chief loony @Dhahi_Khalfan says #Qatari enmir Tamim is under house arrest

https://twitter.com/AliAlAhmed_en/status/883156602106372096 referring to https://twitter.com/Dhahi_Khalfan/status/883142380072861701

6.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

US State Department: Gulf crisis could intensify and drag for months

State Department spokeswoman says US is concerned that dispute has become an 'impasse'

US State Department: Gulf crisis could intensify and drag for months #GulfTensions State Department spokeswoman says US is concerned that dispute has become an 'impasse'

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-state-department-gulf-crisis-could-intensify-and-drag-months-1671303257

6.7.2017 – Reuters (A E P)

$1 billion headache for Airbus as Qatar cancels four jets

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-orders-idUSKBN19R287?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews

6.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Doha needs healthy, constructive relationship with Tehran: Qatari FM

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/05/527540/Qatar-FM-healthy-constructive-relations-Iran-Persian-diplomatic-row-Saudi-Arabia-Egypt-Cairo

5.7.2017 – Zeit Online (A P)

BND soll helfen, den Golf-Konflikt zu lösen

Der deutsche Geheimdienst soll die Terrorvorwürfe Saudi Arabiens gegen Katar untersuchen. Das Emirat hat inzwischen ein Ultimatum verstreichen lassen.

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-07/katar-bnd-krise-persischer-golf-sanktionen

5.7.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Qatar's neigbours dismiss emirate's response to list of demands

Egyptian foreign minister says Qatar’s response ‘lacked any content’ as Doha rejects of Gulf nations’ demands

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/05/qatar-accuses-saudi-arabia-of-forcing-it-to-surrender-sovereignty?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

cp13a Mercenaries / Söldner

Siehe / Look at cp1

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

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7.7.2017 – AlMasirah TV (A H)

Film: The suffering of 1700 displaced families in Mansoura camp in the district of Abs Bahja

In camps for displaced people can limit the services provided, but what is difficult to do what they lack and what they need at the moment there is no roof protects from the displacement of the Saudi-American aggression (Arabic)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qijBGBbmEi8 = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/vb.1127621230602273/1573388026025589/?type=2&theater

3.7.2017 – USAIM for IOM (* B H)

SMUGGLERS PREYING ON ETHIOPIAN MIGRANT CHILDREN IS TOO COMMON

Children – including migrant children -- have been greatly impacted by the conflict, suffering injuries and deaths. Additionally, children are being recruited for military activities and by criminal networks to smuggle goods over borders or are being forced into labor, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation.

So far this year, 25 percent of the migrants that have been assisted by IOM in Yemen were unaccompanied migrant children. They were mainly Ethiopian boys between the ages of 14 and 17, who were in need of urgent life-saving assistance and protection. They had traveled from Ethiopia overland through Djibouti, and sometimes Somalia, before crossing the sea to Yemen. Often times, they were abducted, injured or shot, held captive, abused, exploited, and robbed, while on their journey. The IOM Mission in Yemen provides these young migrants with health care, temporary shelter, food and drinking water, as well as core relief items such as clothing and hygiene kits. The mission also works with them to identify and understand their vulnerabilities and needs. For those who want to go home, IOM facilitates their return, making sure they are safe, all their rights are protected and they are able to reunite with their families.

These are three short stories of unaccompanied migrant children assisted by IOM mission in Yemen – by Hajer Naili

http://usaim.org/smugglers_preying_on_migrant_children_in_Ethiopia_too_common

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

7.7.2017 – Fars News (* B P T)

UK Inquiry into Saudi Funding Terrorism Should Lead to Further Action at UN

Foreign funding for extremism in Britain primarily comes from Saudi Arabia, but the UK government should set up a public inquiry into all Persian Gulf funding sources, that’s according to a new report by the Henry Jackson Society.

Apart from an official public inquiry into the funding of terrorism, the report calls for the government’s planned new commission for countering extremism to address the financing of extremism from Saudi Arabia a matter of priority, because “Saudi Arabia is undoubtedly at the top of the list.”

Time of looking away is over. The regime has been heavily involved in supporting various terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan as well, all while exporting a bigoted Salafi-Wahhabi ideology to the West. So it is ironic, to say the least, that Saudi Arabia is singling out Qatar for links to extremism when it has patently failed to get its own house in order.

It is time for not just the UK but all other Western governments to speak out against Saudi Arabia and acknowledge the fact that their so-called key ally in the Middle East has no intention to stop further financing terrorist groups, religious radicals and extremists globally. They need to take this matter to the UN Security Council for international action and demand Riyadh to cut money flowing to the Wahhabis, Salafists, extremists and terrorists in the region, including to various terror groups in Syria. They need to make clear to the Saudis that the time of looking away is over and that their Salafi-Wahhabi ideology can no longer be allowed to pose an existential threat to all humanity.

That’s not too much to ask from a despotic regime that has destabilized the entire planet and is behind ISIL’s and Al-Qaeda’s extremist ideologies. Of course, the Saudis are sitting idle against these damning reports and findings. In response, they have claimed they also want to fight terrorism and the radicalization of youths in the West, or that like Germany, France and the UK, they are part of the anti-ISIL coalition, fighting side by side against terror.

That’s a lie. These damning reports against Saudi Arabia have been around for some time, and many Western politicians have already spoken out against the regime. Together with the media, they heavily criticize Riyadh for refusing to accept responsibility. And that’s not just in the UK. The surprisingly open disapproval of Saudi policies also comes after a German foreign intelligence agency report stated that Riyadh’s foreign relations could be a major destabilizing force in the Arab world.

The report concludes that the attempt by Saudi Arabia to fund Salafi-Wahhabi groups has been an intentional and systematic policy, with the level of funding allocated to this effort believed to have grown in recent years. While some of this financing appears to originate from private individuals and independent foundations, research by the German intelligence agencies and others has pointed to these foundations being closely linked to governments of several Persian Gulf states, mainly Saudi Arabia.

In the prevailing environment, it is pathetic for some mainstream media outlets like the New York Times to argue that terrorism and extremism have nothing to do with Saudi Wahhabism, the dominant religious doctrine of Saudi Arabia, or that the country is not the prime culprit in the propagation of violent extremism and terrorism.

Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored: Saudi Arabia’s export of the rigid, bigoted, patriarchal, fundamentalist ideology of Wahhabism has fueled global extremism and contributed to terrorism. ISIL and Al-Qaeda – who are open and clear about their almost exclusive commitment to the Salafi-Wahhabi movement - continue to project their menacing calls for violence into the West, directing or inspiring terrorist attacks in country after country.

There has to be a source of this violence, an extremist school of thought and regime, which espouses a misguided creed that oozes with hatred, violence, oppression, intolerance and terror. That source, that ideology is the Salafi-Wahhabi belief system that takes orders from Saudi Arabia. That death cult represents a serious, ever growing threat to humanity itself and the global peace and security achieved to date though intellectual pursuits of modern civilization and diplomacy.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960415001360 = http://newnewss.net/?p=7506

My comment: This is from Iran and anti-Saudi – but it is true nevertheless. For the Jackson Society’s study look at YPR 319, cp1.

7.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants shelld al Houthi-Saleh positions in Dhi Na’im, central al Bayda governorate on July 6. AQAP released a photoset of the attack that showed B10 rockets, 82mm mortars, and 23mm machine guns. Tribal militias also attacked al Houthi-Saleh forces in Dhi Na’im on July 6 [2]

AQAP spokesman Khaled Batarfi released the tenth video in his series “Stories of the Prophets.” Batarfi’s video series is intended to market AQAP’s ideology to Yemen’s Sunni population.[3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-7-2017

7.7.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

#AQAP claims heavy activity vs Houthis in Dhi Na'im region of al-Bayda' #Yemen yday from 16:30. B10 rockets, 82mm mortars, 23mm machine gun (photos9

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/883261776363753472

6.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

AQAP released a video on July 5 detailing its media output in the past year. AQAP claims to have released 64 publications [2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-6-2017

6.7.2017 – Sputnik News (* A T)

Sphinx Mystery: Why Did Egypt Block UN Sanctions Against Daesh's Saudi Branch?

It has been revealed that Egypt led a concerted and ultimately successful effort in the United Nations to prevent the Saudi Arabian branch of Daesh being added to the UN terrorism sanctions list, in what may well have been an effort by the Kingdom to deflect attention from the extremists operating within their borders.

In January, US representatives to the UN Security Council (UNSC) proposed a quintet of Daesh affiliates based in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen be added to the UN list of sanctioned groups and individuals.

However, Egypt, a non-permanent member of the UNSC, subsequently secretly stated in February that it wished for the UN to place the proposal on hold — and in May, the country's delegation formally objected to the inclusion of the Saudi branch, leading to the proposal being scrapped outright. No justification for the objection was apparently offered by Egyptian representatives — although it was backed by Senegal, likewise a non-permanent member.

While news of the group's activities rarely graces the mainstream media, the Saudi wing of Daesh has been active ever since its establishment in 2014. The US itself designated the Saudi Arabian branch of Daesh "global terrorists" in 2016.

Egypt's stern resistance to the proposal is perhaps surprising, given the country is battling a localized Daesh force in Sinai, a group that has carried out several bombings across the country, including capital Cairo.

Moreover, it appears more than somewhat hypocritical given Egypt is part of the anti-Qatar coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which also includes Bahrain and the UAE.

Egypt's support for the blockade is a clear demonstration of its close relationship with Saudi Arabia

Perhaps Cairo's opposition to the UN proposal was likewise a show of support for their Saudi friends — after all, by definition the sanctions would've obliged Riyadh to do something about the group, moves the country may be unwilling to make given its close connections to Daesh and history of funding for Islamic fundamentalist groups. Such associations are widely understood and known, but rarely if ever acknowledged in mainstream discourse.

Nonetheless, despite Saudi Arabia's historic involvement with the group, there are indications the group has turned on its former financiers — Daesh's Saudi wing has attempted to claim a province of the country for its own, and carried out

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707061055298863-egypt-saudi-daesh-sanctions/

5.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants attacked Emirati-backed al Hizam security forces in Shaqra town, Abyan governorate, southern Yemen on July 5. AQAP released a video on July 3 showing a night raid on an al Hizam security forces checkpoint in Shaqra, southern Abyan governorate that occurred on May 3. [2]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-05-2017

5.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Reported Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) militants hung leaflets and posters threatening retribution against Emirati-backed al Hizam security forces in Radfan district, northeastern Lahij governorate on July 5. Yemeni security forces killed a suspected AQAP militant in a mosque in Radfan district on June 23. The local commander of the al Hizam security forces called on security personnel and civilians to remain vigilant against terrorist and criminal activities.[4]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-05-2017

cp15 Propaganda

6.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Doha to Surrender in the Dark

Doha’s upcoming moves can be easily predicted like an open book as it has taken the same steps in similar previous crises. It is keen on spreading the propaganda of rejection and showing heroic TV stances that do not match with its capabilities and do not reflect the true decisions it intends to take.

https://english.aawsat.com/abdul-rahman-al-rashed/opinion/doha-surrender-dark

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Dear Saudi dumbo, you are so daft that it's a crime. | #Saudi media : Doha will secretly surrender later on.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/883070074504060929

My comment: There is dumb Saudi propaganda not only on Yemen, of course there is on Qatar also. Next one:

6.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

How Qatar carefully nurtured al-Nusra to sow mayhem

A video showing Al-Jazeera anchor Ahmad Mansour interviewing the leader of the al-Nusra Front in Syria or Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, has reappeared on social media platforms.

While Mansour drew attention to the fact that there is no difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda, the most interesting part remains the target of the dialogue itself.
The goal of Al Jazeera anchor was to whitewash Al Nusra Front and present it as a militant party with an honorable cause.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/07/06/Qatar.html

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Wow. | #Saudi media : #Qatar terrorist network in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Libya, Afghanistan & Yemen.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/883043100741877760

My comment: That’s absolutely great!! Al Nusrah in Syria had been supported by BOTH Saudi Arabia and Qatar who armed them. And the Western media and governments told us Al Nusra would be “moderate rebels”. And more:

6.7.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Saudi Arabia accuses Qatar of using Twitter to stoke dissent

Saudi Arabia, which is part of the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), on Thursday accused Doha of being behind over 23,000 Twitter accounts trying to stoke dissent in Saudi Arabia.
“We found over 23,000 Twitter accounts driven by Qatar, some of them linked to accounts calling for ‘revolution’ in Saudi Arabia,” Information Minister Awwad Saleh Al-Awwad told AFP during a visit to Paris.
They included the @mujtahidd account, which claims to have the inside track on the Saudi royal household and has over 1.8 million followers, he said.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1125646/saudi-arabia

6.7.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Qatar's rejection of demands means it continues to be a threat to security, says Anti-Terror Quartet

Qatar’s rejection of the demands by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to end the Gulf’s biggest diplomatic crisis only shows its intention to continue with its policy aimed at destabilizing security in the region, the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) said on Friday.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1125626/middle-east

My comment: LOL, LOL: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt labeling themselves as Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), even having found a 3 letter abbreviation. This would be the same as if the cats strolling in town would be labeled as “Mouse Protection Unit” (MPT).

6.7.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Al Jazeera cannot whitewash its ‘terror network’ past

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1125286

My comment: Nice. A freezed image taken from Aljazeera is showing Osama Bin-aden as “”exclusive” on Aljzeera. This is taken as a proof of Aljazeera’s “‘terror network’ past”. The fact that Bin Laden was a Saudi just is not taken as a proof of Saudi Arabia’s “‘terror network’ past”. LOL.

6.7.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Houthi militia ‘planting mines in Bab Al-Mandab Strait’

The Houthi militia and forces loyal to Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh have begun a new wave of mining in the areas around the port of Hodeidah, in an attempt to cause damage to vessels passing through the Bab Al-Mandab Strait, it has been claimed.
According to Yemeni media sources, the Houthi militia and Saleh loyalists, with the direct assistance of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, are planting Iranian-made camouflage mines in the area around the Port of Hodeidah.
The Houthi militia, as per media sources, have brought in a number of specialists in camouflage, mining and booby-trapping from Iran and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1125046/saudi-arabia

My comment: The whole story is an old one. Thewre still is not any proof of any “direct assistance of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps” and Hezbollah. – The most absurd: The Houthis / Saleh forces would do this “ in an attempt to cause damage to vessels passing through the Bab Al-Mandab Strait.” They simply do it in an attempt to prevent a Saudi naval attack at Hodeida.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

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8.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 7 July 2017 (full list)

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/856223674527999/?type=3

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7.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

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

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/856055437878156/?type=3

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6.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

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

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/855512451265788/?type=3

7.7.2017 – AlMasirah TV (A K PH)

Film: Massacre of rescuers in the market Almznq Directorate of Shada in Saada

They came to retrieve the bodies of their relatives from the market of the Mashqq in the Directorate of Shada border west of the province of Saada, within the ongoing attempts over 3 weeks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIUr3RLxlXQ = https://www.facebook.com/Hona.Almasirah/videos/vb.1127621230602273/1573383296026062/?type=2&theater

7.7.2017 – New News (A K PH)

US-KSA Warplanes Destroy Poultry Farms in Alhodeida Province

Saudi-led coalition warplanes have continued targeting public and private institutions. The aggression’s jets launched on Friday three air strikes on Atahyta district of Alhodeida province . The air raids targeted poultry farm.

A local source clarified that the Saudi fighter jets targeted a poultry farm with three air raids which belong to civilians at Aljablei area of Atahyta district . The strike led to destroy the farm and kill the poultry as well to heavy losses the citizens sustained in their properties.

http://newnewss.net/?p=7512

7.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A K PS)

Yemen Security Brief

Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted al Houthi-Saleh positions in western Yemen on July 7. Coalition warplanes launched 17 airstrikes on al Houthi-Saleh forces in al Wazi’iyah and Maqbanah districts, Taiz governorate. The strikes killed 13 al Houthi-Saleh fighters, including three commanders. Coalition warplanes killed two al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Dawran Anas district, northern Dhamar governorate. Coalition warplanes also destroyed al Houthi-Saleh weapons stores on Kamaran Island, al Hudaydah governorate.[5]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-7-2017

My comment: Obviously from pro-Saudi sources and to be treated with care. At Karaman, the Saudi jets hit a desalination plant.

6.7.2017 – Yemen Extra (* A K PH)

At Least 18 Killed and Wounded in a New Saudi War Crime : Photos

The death toll of today’s Saudi war crime reached eight killed when the warplanes targeted Al-Barah region in Maqbnah district, Taiz governorate, central Yemen.

Not one or two airstrikes hit the civilian house, but a total of four turning the house into rubble and creating a crime against the human life and value.

Latest toll reported the death of eight and the injury of another ten, adding up to a total of 18 casualties due to the brutal crime.

Among the victims is a Doctor dubbed Adel Mohammed Fayed Sinan, local source reported to YemenExtra.

http://www.yemenextra.net/2017/07/06/at-least-18-killed-and-wounded-in-a-new-saudi-war-crime/

and photos:

https://www.facebook.com/SaudiArabia.war.crimes.against.Yemen/posts/1698083277154326

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1425885077464518

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/883048222469611520

https://twitter.com/HussainBukhaiti/status/883053197207769089

and films:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXWB0aZJ4NA = https://twitter.com/Hona_Almasirah/status/883059430845292544

6.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck al Houthi-Saleh positions in western Yemen. Coalition warplanes struck al Houthi-Saleh positions in al Lahiyah, al Hudaydah city on July 6, destroying the port city’s Vocational Institute building. Coalition airstrikes killed seven al Houthi-Saleh fighters in al Barh, southern Taiz governorate on July 4 and July 5. Coalition strikes killed ten al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Mawza’ and Maqbanah districts, western Taiz governorate on July 4. Coalition airstrikes are intended to facilitate a northward offensive along Yemen’s western coast to al Hudaydah port.[4]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-6-2017

6.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

10 Yemeni people sustain serious injuries in fresh US-Saudi airstrikes

At least ten people sustained serious injuries in hysterical US-Saudi airstrikes in the district of Al-Haimah Al-Kharijiyah in the governorate of Sanaa on Wednesday, said Mohammed Al-Ashwal, head of the local healthcare office.
US-Saudi warplanes carried out 13 airstrikes in the Wadi Siham area in the district that also damaged properties and farms, a local security source said.
Moreover, US-Saudi warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes in the cities of Saada, Taiz, Marib, Jawf and Hodeida on Wednesday, a military source said.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news468486.htm

5.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

Saudi-led coalition warplanes targeted al Houthi-Saleh positions in western Taizgovernorate on July 4. Coalition strikes killed ten al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Mawza’ and Maqbanah districts. [5]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-july-05-2017

Remark: Relying on pro-Saudi sources.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

8.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A K)

Four soldiers were killed when a Katyusha rocket landed near a military facility in Marib

Four soldiers, members of the legitimate government forces in Marib, were killed after a Katyusha rocket fired by elements of the militias and the forces of Saleh on the outskirts of the city at midnight on Friday.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/197741 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%2F197741&edit-text=

5.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A K)

Yemen: Houthis assault Saudi-backed bases

The Houthi armed group has destroyed Saudi-backed military bases in northern Yemen, reported Al Masdar.

The military bases in Jabal Al-Hawl and Jabal Al-Qarn were attacked and several fighters were killed. Forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were also killed in the assault.

Houthi fighters may now seek to strike Saudi-backed forces in the Nihm district, near the Marib province, which is located near Jabal Al-Hawl.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170705-yemen-houthis-assault-saudi-backed-bases/

Remark: Relying on pro-Houthi/Saleh sources.

Pro Houthi / Pro Saleh reports:

http://newnewss.net/?p=7449

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

7.2017 – Eric Lafforgue

23 best photos of Yemen

https://nz.pinterest.com/riadhdziri3/yemen/?lp=true

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-319-yemen-war-mosaic-319

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-319 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-319:

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/

08:03 08.07.2017
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