Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 322 - Yemen War Mosaic 322

Yemen Press Reader 322: Kinder als Opfer des Krieges – USA betanken Bomber – Statement zur humanitären Lage –Spannungen um hum. Hilfe – Kronprinzen und Terrorismus – Cholera – Londoner Urteil
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Children as victims of war – US doubled fuel support for coalition bombing – Statement on humanitarian situation – Tensions due to aid imbalance – Saudi, UAE crown princes supporting terrorism – Cholera – London High Court verdict – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(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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13.7.2017 – Huffington Post (** B H)

The Untold Story Of The Tiniest Victims Of Yemen’s Brutal War

In one remote area, a citizen journalist found a hospital filled with starving children.

Located in northern Yemen along the Saudi border, Saada governorate is one of the most isolated and dangerous parts of the war-torn country and nearly inaccessible to journalists and foreigners. The constant violence has made civilian life extremely difficult.

In Saada City, aid workers have warned, the nutritional situation is at emergency levels. The city has the highest rates of stunted growth and development in the world, with 1 in 8 children affected due to malnutrition. Over 67 percent of children living in the governorate are chronically malnourished, according to UNICEF. Nearly 10 percent of children under age 5 are acutely malnourished, with 2 percent of that group suffering severe acute malnutrition.

“We only had a small number of cases of malnutrition before the war, but after the war, we have gotten so many,” Dr. Ali al-Kamadi, who works in al-Jamhouri’s nutrition department, told Algohbary in April.

The April visit was the citizen journalist’s fifth trip to Saada governorate this year. Algohbary, who lives in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa, sat down with the staff at al-Jamhouri and the families of several children diagnosed with malnutrition. He provided HuffPost with photos as well as Arabic transcripts of his interviews.

Even as the situation in Saada deteriorates daily, al-Kamadi said the hospital has still managed to provide crucial life-saving support for children in the region

Every year, about 40,000 children in the country don’t live past their fifth birthday. “The conflict in Yemen is fueling one of the world’s worst children’s crises,” Bismarck Swangin, a communications specialist with UNICEF based in Sanaa, told HuffPost.

The crisis is compounded by the damage the war has done to the country’s health care system.

“Hospitals are being systematically attacked as a tactic of war by Saudi and their allies,” said Christine Monaghan, research officer at the Watchlist.

Before the war began in 2015, Saada governorate counted 700,000 residents, but many civilians fled as resources became scarce and the Saudi coalition urged them to evacuate in 2015. The population of Saada City itself has been cut in half with just 25,000 civilians remaining. The al-Jamhouri hospital is a rare lifeline to those caught between poverty and violence.

It is one of perhaps no more than four functioning medical centers in the governorate. Al-Jamhouri contains a maternity ward, a trauma center, surgical wards and emergency rooms. The international medical organization Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French acronym MSF, had supported the hospital with drugs, medical equipment and staff. However, it was forced to withdraw its people in August 2016 when the increase in bombings made Saada too dangerous.

Many doctors who still work in Yemen are near despair.

Dr. al-Kamadi said that families often have to break off treatment for their children at al-Jamhouri when they run out of funds to cover the cost of medicine, food and hotel stays.

“We cannot keep up,” Aldogani told HuffPost over Skype. “Medical workers are struggling. We are simply not able to cover the medical needs of the country.”

“I’ve seen the fear in the eyes of mothers,” Aldogani added. “The hardest part of my job is not being able to save everyone.” – By Rowaida Abdelaziz (with photos)

13.7.2017 – The Intercept (** B K P)


But the House of Representatives just passed over the chance to vote on legislation that would have tracked the fuel the Pentagon gives to the Saudi coalition and prohibited refueling of coalition aircraft unless the Pentagon could assure Congress that subsequent missions wouldn’t hit civilians or targets contained on no-strike lists.

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, filed by Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna of California with bipartisan support, failed to pass the Rules Committee last night, and so it won’t be up for a vote. Khanna’s amendment would have “at the very least require[d] reporting to Congress about exactly how many flights are being refueled, where the location is and verification that they aren’t involved in civilian deaths,” the Congressman told The Intercept.

The US has since offloaded more than 67 million pounds of fuel to Coalition jets – refueling aircraft more than 9,000 times – according to Air Force figures provided to The Intercept.

Though CENTCOM said the United States hadn’t refueled any planes on the day of the funeral attack, refueling shot up afterwards – from 2.02 million pounds in October to 3.69 million in December. It hit a record of 4.2 million pounds in January – a month split between the Obama and Trump administrations. Refueling stayed at near-record levels through March (4.03 million) before falling in May and June. During 2017 average monthly totals are up by nearly a third compared to 2015 and 2016.

Khanna says Congress remains largely in the dark about the refueling, and can only assume it is abetting civilian deaths.

“From a strategic perspective, it makes no sense,” he told The Intercept. “From a moral perspective, we ought not to be contributing to refueling to flights that are causing civilian deaths and are devastating the infrastructure of a society.”

But who exactly is getting the fuel to begin with? The answer, in the vast majority of cases, isn’t Saudi Arabia.

“Most of the refueling does not actually go to specifically Saudi Air Force aircraft,” said Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway. “The Emirati Air Force are the primary air force that we help refuel.”

The United Arab Emirates has taken on an increasingly active role in Yemen

Farea Al-Muslimi, a Yemeni scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, said the refueling reflected a U.S. policy shift favoring the Emiratis.

“They are the United States’ favorite fixer in the region at the moment,” said Al-Muslimi. “They are more trusted and flexible than the Saudis, and a ‘lighter’ Sunni ally in counterterrorism that gives the United States a freer hand in Yemen.”

Washington won’t divulge what missions UAE aircraft carry out after receiving fuel.

“We provide refueling totals for the Saudi-led Coalition on an on-demand basis,” said CENTCOM spokesperson Maj. Josh Jacques. “They request refueling and we provide it. I will refer you to the Saudi-led coalition as to the reasons why they requested the amounts of fuel.” – by Samuel Oakford

12.7.2017 – United Nations (** A H)


Millions of Yemeni civilians – women, children and men – continue to be exposed to unfathomable pain and suffering. Cholera and risk of famine remain acute in all but one of the 22 governorates across the country. And, in the midst of this, each day millions of people in Yemen are struggling to survive the conflict, the poverty, and, at the end of their tether, grind just to survive one day at a time.

Seven million people, including 2.3 million malnourished (500,000 severely malnourished) children under the age of five, are on the cusp of famine, vulnerable to disease and ultimately at risk of a slow and painful death. Nearly 16 million people do not have access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene, and more than 320,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in all of the country’s governorates bar one. At least 1,740 people already are known to have died from this entirely preventable disease – probably many more in the many very remote areas of Yemen we can’t reach.

Yemen is facing critical stoppages of hospitals and a lack of doctors and nurses. The health system has essentially collapsed, with an estimated 55 per cent of facilities closed due to damage, destruction or lack of funds. Some 30,000 health care workers have not been paid in nearly a year and no funding has been provided to keep basic infrastructure such as hospitals, water pumping and sanitation stations operating. At what point will the parties shoulder their responsibilities to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure – hospitals, medical facilities and schools – and to provide basic services for the population? At what point will those supporting the parties in the conflict take necessary action or perhaps more importantly desist from violent actions? This cholera scandal is entirely manmade by the conflicting parties and those beyond Yemen’s borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear and fighting.

Notwithstanding the World Bank’s commitment of $866 million to assist Yemen and the US lifting the freeze on access to Yemen’s foreign currency reserves, public servants need to be paid immediately, and health facilities need to be reopened and restarted. Failure to do so will surely result in further preventable deaths. Ultimately, the UN and partners cannot replace State functions. There is no time to lose to ensuring these payments are made.

To ensure the protection of the Yemeni people and critical infrastructure. For as long as military actions continue, all parties must comply with their responsibilities under international humanitarian and human rights law, and all States must exert their influence to ensure the parties do so. Today, they are not doing so. This must change.

To ensure that all ports and land routes remain open for both humanitarian and commercial imports in a predictable and stable manner. This includes continuing efforts to avert an attack on Hudaydah, to re-open Sana’a airport and for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to release airspace and getting the paid for, desperately needed mobile cranes to Hudaydah port rather than leaving them sitting useless, rotting on a Dubai quayside.

The international community must do more – words are insufficient to ensure that the parties are upholding their obligations under international humanitarian law. This Council has a primary responsibility for this, as well as your responsibility to maintain international peace and security, which is frankly patently failing in Yemen. Some 20 million people depend on your concrete action to end the conflict. and an article by Aljazeera:

My comment: Ringing the alarm bell, and what happens: Nothing. And again: Not properly addressing those mostly guilty, but just foggy speaking of “warring parties” etc. And, more: The Security Council itself and it’s Saudi backing policy and resolutions is one of the guilty institutions. By it’s politics, it has fuelled the conflict instead of stopping it.

12.7.2017 – Atlantic Council (** B H)

Tension Among Local Yemeni Communities Due to Aid Imbalance

Yemen’s traditional support mechanism dictates that host communities—extended families, friends or any other social network—welcome IDPs by sharing space, income, and resources. Yet host communities themselves are often poor and over stretched. Host families take on a massive burden supporting IDPs, but do not receive enough humanitarian aid. Eighty-one percent of IDPs have been displaced for over a year suggesting a prolonged burden on hosting communities. According to the Shelter Cluster-Yemen fact sheet, families hosted by friends and relatives report that inter-family tension is increasing. Moreover, a great bulk of the humanitarian assistance is directed to IDPs instead of host families which further contributes to increased tensions. In one incident, a woman and her family residing in Taizz city, a hot frontline, hardly managed to flee to her family village to stay with relatives. They were first welcomed, but the longer they stayed the more tension increased. The families quarreled constantly over the distribution of water that the women brought from a distant well. Tensions increased to such an extent, that the family decided to return to their war-torn home in the city amid missiles and shelling. The displaced family preferring to die by a missile to what they described as a ‘hellish life’ back in the village.

Tensions escalated between the host community against the Muhamasheen IDPs camp in July 2016. The host community blocked assistance to the camp in Amran governorate, northwest of the capital Sana’a, for six consecutive months. The camp sits on land rented temporarily by a landlord and hosts Muhamasheen; IDPs displaced from Saada’a governorate months after the escalation of the conflict in March 2015. Muhamasheen are a marginalized group in the Yemeni community based on the color of their skin and cultural practices. Most are denied the right to basic services and integration into the community.

In another governorate, with a high level of tribal polarization, humanitarian organizations have in one way or another contributed to deepening this polarization among the people there. Some humanitarian organizations sought the approval and help of authorities and influential figures there, such as certain Sheikahs, during delivering humanitarian assistance. These figures took it as a chance to deprive those of different tribes from assistance, which has caused enormous problems for the humanitarian organizations and put their credibility on the line among the local population.
Yet some organizations employed good practices while delivering assistance.

Difficult decisions are being made every day by affected people and by humanitarians. Humanitarian organizations have a responsibility towards communities to address social cohesion and apply a conflict sensitive approach in the humanitarian assistance to avoid disrupting the social fabric, already at the brink. Hence, it is essential to understand communities to ensure delivering no-harm humanitarian assistance – BY GHAIDAA MOTAHAR AND MOHAMMED AL-SABAHI

11.7.2017 – Al Araby (** A P T)

Leaked documents 'reveal Saudi and Emirati crown princes' support for al-Qaeda and IS in Yemen'

A leaked Qatari diplomatic communique has revealed that the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE supported two Yemeni backers of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

The nine-page document was published by Egyptian newspaper al-Badil in April - before the outlet was banned by Cairo - accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi's Mohammed bin Zayed of providing aid to the two extremists.

The communique - sent to Qatar's foreign minister on October 26, 2016 - outlines the minutes of communications between Qatar's ambassador to Washington and the US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

The New Arab could not independently verify the authenticity of the documents.

"The Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence reported that the information available to them indicated that Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been in constant communication with the figures listed in the report," the leaked notes read.

"The prince has managed, according to the Under Secretary, to assemble out of some groups loyal to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] a force against the Houthis.

"The Under Secretary expressed his concern that Prince Mohammad bin Salman was working with al-Qaeda and extremist Salafi groups in the region without prior coordination with us," they added.

The report said bin Salman has been communicating with al-Hasan Ali Ali Abkar and Abdallah Faysal Sadiq al-Ahdal, who the US imposed sanctions on in 2016 for setting up a "front charity" to support AQAP.

My comment: Who really should have expected something else???

11.7.2017 – Redacted Tonight (** B H K)

What You Aren't Being Told About Yemen

It could be the greatest famine crisis in decades and we're helping make that happen. Here's what you aren't being told.
To donate to help the children of Yemen, here's one place you can go -

Comment by Ben Norton: Excellent video on US-backed war in Yemen—world's worst humanitarian crisis, which gets little coverage

Just a reminder:

Feb. 2017 – Yemen Data Project (*** B K)

The first data collection project by the Yemen Data Project focuses on the aerial bombardments in Yemen from March 2015 to August 2016 and includes detailed data on all air raids conducted by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which also includes participation from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. The military coalition is backed by the United States and the United Kingdom with the US providing intelligence and logistical support, and the US and UK also having their military personnel deployed in the Saudi command-and-control centre for coalition airstrikes.

The dataset lists the date of incident, geographical location, type of target, target category and sub-category, and, where known, time of day. Each incident indicates a stated number of air-raids, which in turn may comprise multiple airstrikes. It is not possible to generate an average number of airstrikes per air-raid as these vary greatly, from a couple of airstrikes up to several dozen per air-raid.

To download the full database click here (csv)

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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12.7.2017 – SHZ u. a. (** A H)

Mehr als 1.700 Menschen im Jemen an Cholera gestorben

Die Zahl der Toten wegen der Cholera-Epidemie im Jemen ist nach Angaben der Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO auf mindestens 1.742 gestiegen. Mehr als 320.000 Menschen hätten sich seit dem Ausbruch der Epidemie Ende April mit der Krankheit angesteckt, teilte die WHO am Mittwoch bei Twitter mit. Besonders in den Provinzen nördlich der Hauptstadt Sanaa verbreite sich die Krankheit schnell. (Photos) 0 -

13.7.2017 – World Health Organization (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 13 July 2017

From 27 April to 12 July 2017, 326 082 suspected cholera cases and 1 743 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 87.7% (292/333) of the districts. and in full

12.7.2017 – World Health Organization (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 12 July 2017


From 27 April to 11 July 2017, 320 199 suspected cholera cases and 1 742 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 87.7% (292/333) of the districts.

Geographical distribution of cases

The five most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb with 54.7% (175 075/320 199) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017. Al Dhaele’e, Al Mahwit and Amran governorates had the highest attack rates (23.4‰, 21.6‰ and 21.3‰ respectively), and Raymah and Hajjah governorates the highest case fatality ratios (1.4% and 1.0% respectively) (see table).

Number of suspected cholera cases & deaths, AR and CFR by governorate, Yemen, 27 April – 11 July 2017 and in full

12.7.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Map: Yemen: Cholera Attack Rate (%) Population (From 27 April - 12 July 2017) and in full

13.7.2017 – The Guardian (** A H)

'Cholera is everywhere': Yemen epidemic spiralling out of control

The Abs district was the scene of a deadly airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition last August that demolished a hospital supported by MSF, killing 19 people, including one of the aid agency’s staff members, and injuring 24.

Less than a year later, as the ongoing conflict hits an stalemate, creating the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, the MSF cholera treatment centre in Abs town alone is receiving more than 460 patients daily, which is more than anywhere else in the country.

Sana’a-based Taha Yaseen, from the Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights, said obstacles that stand in the way of controlling and containing cholera today in Yemen, include, but are not limited to, the ongoing war.

“During [the war] almost all health facilities and healthcare services reached a point of thorough collapse and thus are unable to respond to the increasing need to address fatal diseases and civilian victims. Many hospitals [have] shut down and many others were hit either by air or ground strikes, occupied by militias or used as military barracks,” he said.

“Most [people] cannot afford even the transportation from their countryside areas or displacements communities to the nearest medical centres to treat them for cholera,” he added.

MSF’s Roger Gutiérrez, who has just returned from a seven-month service in Abs, said the wards in the hospital there, the only public hospital in the area, were “bursting at the seams … what’s happening in Abs sums up the current state of Yemen”.

The district hosts more internally displaced people than anywhere else in the country but most health facilities are not functioning; there is a lack of staff and medical supplies are running short.

“When a plane flies overhead, many patients and staff feel that fear, that vulnerability. For seconds, everything stops,” he said, according to a testimony provided by MSF. “You see mothers disconnecting their children’s feeding tubes so they can run out of the hospital’s nutrition ward.”

Ayed Ali, a Yemeni caretaker based in the al-Sharq district of Hajjah governorate, said most people in the area drink from exposed wells and tanks, “no matter the water is clean or not”. “There are no salaries and no services,” he said, according to MSF. “Even public hospitals are down. There are no drugs. If you have money, you get treatment. Otherwise, you’ll die.”

Adam Baron, aYemen expert, said: “The key thing to remember is that while combat deaths continue to get more attention, it is the indirect results of the conflict – things like the cholera outbreak, the hunger crisis and the rise of deaths from preventable disease – that remain the largest killers.” – by Saeed Kamali Dehghan

13.7.2017 – The Globe and Mail (** A H)

Conflict and cholera: Yemen descends into despair

If you need to see the debilitating effects of war on a county’s population, look no further than Yemen. The misery lies not just in the direct devastation of bombs from the air – although thousands have been killed that way, too – but in the knock-on consequences when a country’s ability to feed itself, treat its sick and provide fresh water is destroyed.

Cholera is raging through Yemen.

“This is not just a cholera outbreak, it is a direct consequence of the terrible conditions in Yemen due to the conflict,” said the ICRC’s Iolanda Jaquemet in a phone interview from her office in Geneva.

On April 17, the sewage system in the capital, Sanaa, failed. Less than two weeks later, Ms. Jaquemet said, the cholera outbreak began in the city, then spread to other parts of the country where access to fresh water is severely limited. (Human Rights Watch estimates that 10 million Yemenis have lost access to clean water since the civil war began). Garbage collection has also broken down, with no fuel or spare parts available for trucks. Pictures show the streets of Sanaa piled high with waste.

“Cholera is water-borne,” Ms. Jaquemet said. “For the cholera not to spread, you need clean water, you need a proper sewage system, you need garbage collection … but access to clean water is a luxury for most Yemenis.”

A healthy population would be better equipped to fight off the disease, but Yemen struggles with both hunger and a lack of medication. The UN estimated in April that nine million Yemenis were on the brink of starvation, many of them children. Millions more are malnourished and dependent on food aid.

About 20 per cent of cholera cases are typically classified as severe, Ms. Jaquemet said, which means they require treatment at a hospital or clinic. But in Yemen, around 40 per cent of the cases are severe, because the people affected are already suffering from malnutrition and other illnesses.

They’d need to find a hospital to treat them in the first place. About half the country’s health facilities have shut down – by ELIZABETH RENZETTI

13.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A H)

Film: Yemen cholera crisis: UN condemns 'man-made scandal'

The UN humanitarian chief has warned that cases of cholera in Yemen have increased dramatically in what he has described as a man-made disaster. =

12.7.2017 – UNRIC (* A H)

Hilfsorganisationen im Jemen beklagen fehlende Ressourcen zur Bekämpfung von Cholera

Die humanitären Hilfsorganisationen der Vereinten Nationen sehen sich gezwungen, die Ressourcen im Kampf gegen Unterernährung in dem von Hungersnot bedrohten Jemen umzuverteilen, falls die internationale Gemeinschaft nicht 200 Millionen Dollar beisteuert, um den Choleraausbruch im Land zu bekämpfen. „Diese beispiellose Cholera-Epidemie wird die Ressourcen sowie die Widerstandskraft der Bevölkerung, die sie in den vergangenen zweieinhalb Jahren während des Krieges aufgebaut hat, weiter schwächen“, sagte Jamie McGoldrick, der Koordinator für humanitäre Hilfseinsätze der Vereinten Nationen im Jemen, zu Journalisten in Genf.

12.7.2017 – Reuters (** A H)

U.N. slams warring parties in Yemen for fueling cholera outbreak

Top United Nations officials on Wednesday slammed the warring parties in Yemen and their international allies for fueling an unprecedented deadly cholera outbreak, driving millions closer to famine and hindering humanitarian aid access.

Since the end of April, the World Health Organisation said there have been more than 320,000 suspected cases of cholera - a disease that causes uncontrollable diarrhea - and 1,742 deaths across more than 90 percent of the Arabian Peninsula country.

U.N. aid chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Wednesday the toll was likely much higher as aid workers could not reach remote areas of the impoverished, war-torn country.

"This cholera scandal is entirely man-made by the conflicting parties and those beyond Yemen's borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear and the fighting," O'Brien said.

He called on the 15-member Council to "lean much more heavily and effectively on the parties and those outside Yemen" to end the conflict and humanitarian crisis.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Graziano da Silva said there had already been reports of people dying from hunger in some areas of Yemen and complained about a lack of funding and access.

He said the WHO and the U.N. Children's Agency UNICEF were supporting more than 600 treatment centers and rehydration points in Yemen and planned to open another 500 centers but there was a shortage of doctors and nurses – by Michelle Nichols

My comment: "This cholera scandal is entirely man-made by the conflicting parties and those beyond Yemen's borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear and the fighting," this really mostly refers to the Saudi coalition and it’s Western backers – and the UN and it’s Security Council also must be included here! Thus Iranian media clearly state: UN blames perpetrators of Saudi-led war for cholera crisis in Yemen,

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11.7.2017 – A P (** A H)

UN: Yemen unlikely to get cholera vaccine as first planned

U.N. officials said Tuesday that plans to ship as many as 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security, access, and logistical challenges, even as the deadly caseload continues to balloon in parts of the war-torn country.

The U.N. aid coordination agency said Yemen’s suspected cholera caseload has surged past 313,000 and caused over 1,700 deaths, making it the world’s largest outbreak. War has crippled Yemen’s health system, depleted access to safe drinking water and put millions on the brink of famine.

Citing such complexities, spokesman Christian Lindmeier of the World Health Organization said that shipping vaccines “has to make sense,” and that they could be re-routed to places that “might need them more urgently,” such as some African countries.

The announcement from the U.N. officials comes a day before the WHO’s new director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is expected to address the U.N. Security Council by videoconference about Yemen’s cholera crisis.

Lindmeier said 500,000 cholera vaccine doses are currently waiting in Djibouti for possible delivery to Yemen, and that Yemen’s government has final say whether they actually are sent.

Cholera vaccine rollouts are not easy even in more peaceful situations. The vaccines have to be kept in cold storage, and patients should receive a follow-up vaccination after the first one. In Yemen, where cholera has now reached all 21 governorates, the vaccines have to be targeted to those areas most susceptible to new outbreaks. That’s hard in Yemen, which has remote areas and conflict zones that have sliced up the country – by Jamey Keaten

My comment: That’s little less than a catastrophe. Thanks to destruction of infrastructure and health facilities, for a great part by Saudi air strikes, and thanks to Saudi blockade.

12.7.2017 – IRIN (** A H)

Cholera vaccine plan for Yemen scrapped

However, since the ICG’s approval in late June there has been an ongoing dialogue around the vaccine’s efficacy in halting the widespread outbreak three months in, at a point when the disease has already spread to all of Yemen’s governorates (but not the island of Socotra).

The UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA, sent an email, seen by IRIN, organising a 10 July meeting in Sana’a between local ministries, the UN, and other aid agencies, saying the epidemic had “surpassed the capacity of WASH [water, sanitation, and hygiene] and health partners and there is a need for a system-wide response.”

After this meeting, IRIN learnt that a decision had been taken to no longer deliver the vaccine to the war-torn country.

“Based on the advice of the local authorities and consultations with local offices of WHO and UNICEF, it was communicated back to the ICG that it was thought that the one million doses were not necessary,” confirmed Doctor Robert Kezaala, a senior health advisor on immunisation at UNICEF and executive member of the ICG, speaking from New York.

What happened?

Exactly what was said in Monday’s meeting is still not entirely clear, but there appear to be a variety of factors that went into the decision to stop the rollout.

Several aid agencies told IRIN that resources would be better spent on already existing approaches to tackle the current outbreak, including supporting efforts to provide clean water and sanitation, alongside education and health campaigns.

“The thinking of the partners is: ‘we do not want energy diverted from those activities which are important’,” Doctor Sherin Varkey, head of UNICEF’s Yemen office, told IRIN. He said the move to cancel delivery of the vaccines was a “technical decision… that, considering where the outbreak is today, the benefits do not outweigh the risks of doing a limited campaign.”

The oral cholera vaccine was originally planned to be one way to help stem the spread of the disease in Yemen, but it confers immunity only on those who have not already contracted it, and is best given in areas of low risk and exposure in two doses, usually two weeks apart.

Even though the majority of suspected cases are confined to four governorates, they are present in 288 of Yemen’s 333 districts.

Doctor David Olson, a cholera expert with the WHO, said this type of decision can also be influenced by the nature of the outbreak’s evolution, as the herd immunity conferred by the vaccine may be less useful later on in an epidemic's progression.

“It’s a fine timeline between knowing that vaccination should be part of the plan, determining who to vaccinate, then getting the vaccine in the country and all planned out. It’s a narrow timeframe, and just a matter of a few weeks can change the calculus,” he told IRIN from Geneva.

“In Yemen in particular at this time, with all the issues around conflict and the ability to logistically carry out a mass vaccination campaign, and because [the outbreak] has gotten quite big quite fast, that window has started to close,” he added.

According to the ICG’s Kezaala, a boost of funding for tackling the cholera outbreak from the World Bank, announced last week in Cairo, was also a consideration in the decision.

So too was reassessing the best way to manage available resources. “Doing a mass [vaccine] campaign takes a lot of human and financial resources, and it is probably most prudent now to focus on basic WASH, health, and communication interventions,” added UNICEF’s Varkey.

Other humanitarian operators working on the ground agreed, including Nadine Drummond, a spokeswoman for Save the Children.

“There are so many cases and the disease is spreading so quickly,” she said. “By the time we were even to get the vaccine, there would be so many people with cholera at that point that it makes more sense for Save the Children to help children and their families that already have the disease.”

“It does not mean we don’t care about people who aren’t infected, but if we don’t find ways to help people who have it now, the death toll will be significantly higher,” she added.

Several sources told IRIN that some factions in the Houthi-Saleh-run Ministry of Health in Sana’a expressed opposition to the vaccine, and aid partners were concerned that a lack of cooperation would make delivery difficult. The ministry could not be reached for comment.

Although both the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels have been accused of delaying and blocking aid throughout the war, that does not appear to have been a major factor in this case. In fact, humanitarians, speaking off the record, said they had seen visas for cholera experts expedited and shipments of supplies to fight the outbreak relatively easy to import – by Naomi Stewart

12.7.2017 – Los Angeles Times (** A H)

Cholera outbreak pushes war-ravaged Yemen to the brink of catastrophe

A cholera outbreak in Yemen that has infected more than 300,000 people and caused more than 1,700 deaths in the last few months is propelling the war-ravaged nation to the brink of catastrophe, health and humanitarian officials say.

Security concerns amid a severe shortage of safe drinking water are limiting what can be done to help fight the often-fatal bacterial disease, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.

The World Health Organization said this week issues related to security and other challenges caused it to suspend plans to deliver doses of the oral cholera vaccine to Yemen. In addition, officials said that because so much of the country has been exposed to the disease, providing clean water may be a more effective path to helping people.

The nation’s Ministry of Health, in consultation with the WHO and other partners, decided to focus less on vaccines and instead on helping people access clean water – by Ann M. Simmons

My comment: A good overview article.

12.7.2017 – UNOCHA (* A H)

Funding for this appeal is now desperately needed to scale up the response and ensure that life-saving aid reaches people in need.

The cholera response alone requires an additional $250 million, of which only $47 million has been received so far. The UN is urging donors who pledged funds at the Geneva Conference in April to turn their pledges into cash. The UN and humanitarian partners also ask to be allowed to use funds flexibly to tackle this triple emergency of conflict, cholera and famine.

My comment: It’s just peanuts compared to the sums which are spent for the war, especially for the Saudi aerial war (US$ 200 million daily).

12.7.2017 – Al Masirah TV (* A H)

Film: The international community is tolerating the worsening cholera epidemic

11.7.2017 – Augsburger Allgemeine (* A H)
Cholera im Jemen fordert bis jetzt mehr als 1700 Tote

Aktuell gibt es mehr als 300.000 Verdachtsfälle. Das teilte das Rote Kreuz am Montag in Genf mit und warnte davor, dass die Epidemie "außer Kontrolle" gerate. Mehr als 1700 Menschen seien bereits an der Krankheit gestorben. Die Organisation Ärzte ohne Grenzen rief zu mehr internationaler Hilfe im Kampf gegen die leicht übertragbare Krankheit auf.

Ärzte ohne Grenzen erklärte in Berlin, die Region Abs im Nordwesten des Jemen sei am stärksten von der Cholera betroffen. Dort müsse vor allem die Versorgung der Menschen mit sauberem Wasser und sanitären Anlagen "dringend verbessert werden, um eine weitere Ausbreitung der Krankheit zu verhindern"

Die Logistik-Koordinatorin der Organisation, Christina Imaz, erläuterte, es müssten nicht nur Patienten behandelt, sondern auch Häuser desinfiziert und Wasserquellen mit Chlor behandelt werden

Die Krankheit grassiert nach Angaben der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) vor allem in den nördlichen Provinzen Hadscha, Hodeida und Amran sowie in Sanaa. Fälle wurden in 20 der 22 Provinzen verzeichnet. Insgesamt leben laut WHO 7,6 Millionen Menschen in den Epidemie-Gebieten.

11.7.2017 – Libertarian Institute (* A H)

Audio: 7/11/17 Nasser Arrabyee on the outbreak of cholera in Yemen as a result of the U.S. war

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to share his reporting on the war in Yemen. The war dates back to March 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its U.S.-led coalition began raining death on Yemen in an attempt to reinstall the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who Hillary Clinton empowered in 2012. Arrabyee discusses his experience the outbreak of cholera, how Southern Yemen has fallen into state of lawlessness as ISIS and al-Qaeda’s power has continued to grow, and how Saudi Arabia fights alongside al Qaeda and ISIS and Sudanese mercenaries throughout the country. While Saudi Arabia is the face of the war in Yemen, this is very much an American war.

Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of You can follow him on Twiiter @narrabyee.

11.7.2017 – Anadolu (* A H)

Cholera epidemic kills 1,732 in Yemen: WHO

WHO says a total of 313,538 suspected cases of cholera have been registered in Yemen

At least 1,732 people have been killed by a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen since late April, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A total of 313,538 suspected cases of cholera have been registered in 21 Yemeni provinces, the WHO said on Tuesday.

The northwestern Hajjah province is the hardest-hit by the disease, while the southern province of Socotra remains the only Yemeni province where the cholera epidemic has not spread.

11.7.2017 – Yemen Today TV (* A H)

Film: Children in Hajjah affected by Cholera

11.7.2017 – UN News Service (** A H)

UN aid officials in Yemen forced to shift resources from fighting hunger to cholera

Unless the international community contributes $200 million to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, the United Nations humanitarian arm will be forced to “reprogram” more resources tagged for malnutrition in the country already facing famine, a senior official today said.

“This unprecedented cholera epidemic would further weaken the resources, and the resilience that people had had over the last two and a half years of this war,” Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, told journalists in Geneva.

About 40 per cent of the suspected cases and a quarter of the deaths were among children younger than 15 years old, particularly the malnourished. Older adults, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions were among the greatest risk for death.

“All of this is entirely man-made, as a result of the conflict,” Mr. McGoldrick said by phone from Amman, Jordan.

He noted that two million additional people were added to the humanitarian case load since the start of the year as a result of the cholera outbreak, the looming famine, and the economic collapse.

Humanitarians were not as far ahead as they should be in terms of the cholera response, he noted, mainly due to the fact that they did not have enough resources to expand their operations into areas where health workers were working without pay.

“The actual system is in complete collapse,” he said.

The UN has received only one-third of the $2.1 billion it sought to provide food to the millions people facing famine in Yemen; separately, a $250 million funding appeal on cholera received only $47 million.

“Agencies have had to use resources which they had programmed otherwise, for example for food security or malnutrition,” said Mr. McGoldrick. =

11.7.2017 – Reuters (** A H)

Cholera may accelerate famine in Yemen as resources shift: U.N.

Yemen's growing cholera epidemic may accelerate looming famine, as limited resources are shifted away from malnutrition and other programs to try to contain the disease, the top U.N. aid official in the country said on Tuesday.

"This epidemic is spreading further and faster than anything we've seen before," McGoldrick, speaking from Amman, told a Geneva news briefing.

"What will happen is that this cholera outbreak will in fact exacerbate the conditions and the threat of famine in more places than ever in the country," he said.

Hamanat al-Asimah, Hajjah, Amran and al-Hodeidah are the four heaviest-hit areas hit by cholera, a disease spread by faeces contaminating water or food, he said.

McGoldrick, asked how many faced famine in Yemen, replied: "Some estimates say 500,000 would be a target that could happen if the conditions prevail. But it could be more than that if the situation gets worse."

A funding shortage is compounding difficult aid operations.

"As a result of that, organizations who are in areas where cholera has broken out have had to use resources that they would have otherwise programmed for something like food insecurity or malnutrition," McGoldrick said.

"What we are doing right now is robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Plans to use a cholera vaccine have been "set-aside", he said – By Stephanie Nebehay

11.7.2017 – Ärzte ohne Grenzen (** A H)

„Ein Weckruf in einer vergessenen Krise“ – ein Cholera-Ausbruch inmitten eines Bürgerkrieges

Angesichts zerstörter Krankenhäuser und lebensgefährlicher Straßen ist die Epidemie im Jemen katastrophal. Mehr als 1.600 Menschen sind im ganzen Land bereits an Cholera gestorben, es gibt 269.000 Verdachtsfälle. Unsere Krankenschwester Ruth Conde erzählt von ihrem Einsatz im Krankenhaus von Abs im Norden des Landes, der am stärksten vom Ausbruch betroffen ist.

„Ich erinnere mich besonders an einen Tag: Ich bereitete gerade orale Rehydrationslösungen vor, als plötzlich sehr viele Patientinnen und Patienten zu uns kamen. Unter ihnen war ein 16-jähriges Mädchen im Schockzustand. Als sie ankam, kollabierte sie und hörte auf zu atmen. Wir schlossen sie an ein Beatmungsgerät an und führten ihr Flüssigkeit zu. Kurz danach begann sie wieder von selbst zu atmen. Am nächsten Morgen kam sie schon wieder allein zurecht. Das war eine beeindruckende Genesung.

Glücklicherweise war dies die Regel. Unsere Teams arbeiteten rund um die Uhr. Fast 99 Prozent all unserer Patientinnen und Patienten überlebten. Ohne eine zügige und angemessene Behandlung sterben bis zu 50 Prozent aller Erkrankten an Cholera. Egal ob männlich oder weiblich, alt oder jung – eine schnelle und gute Behandlung wirkt geradezu magisch. Selbst schwer kranke Patientinnen und Patienten bleiben nicht länger als vier Tage im Behandlungszentrum. Manche können wir nach wenigen Stunden wieder entlassen, wenn sie früh genug zu uns kommen und noch in der Lage sind, selbst zu trinken.

Man möchte sich gar nicht vorstellen, was mit dem jungen Mädchen passiert wäre, wenn wir nicht hier gewesen wären, um ihr zu helfen. Oder wenn sie fünf Minuten später in unser Behandlungszentrum gekommen wäre.
Im Mai explodierten die Zahlen in Abs. Täglich kamen 20 bis 30 Patientinnen und Patienten zu uns, auch aus weiter entfernten Gegenden. Wir fürchteten, dass die Situation außer Kontrolle geraten könnte und verstärkten unsere Aktivitäten. In einer nahegelegenen Schule richteten wir ein zusätzliches Cholera-Behandlungszentrum ein. Dort verfügen wir zurzeit über 100 Betten und arbeiten mit 100 zusätzlichen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern. In der Region um Abs, im Nordwesten des Landes, hat sich die Cholera am stärksten ausgebreitet. Mehr als 1.600 Menschen sind im ganzen Land bereits gestorben, 269.000 Menschen sind an Cholera erkrankt. Ende Juni kamen täglich 400 neue Patienten mit Verdacht auf Cholera zu uns.

Die Menschen in Abs und im gesamten Jemen benötigen dringend mehr internationale Hilfe

Am Anfang trat Cholera in Abs sporadisch auf. Dennoch war uns klar, dass wir schnell handeln mussten. Wir unternahmen Erkundungen und etablierten Netzwerke in der Region. Wir spendeten medizinisches Material und schulten die Mitarbeiter der Gesundheitseinrichtungen in der Region. So wollten wir sicherstellen, dass zumindest leichte Fälle in abgelegenen Gebieten behandelt werden konnten – von Ruth Conde

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11.7.2017 – Doctors Without Borders (** A H)

Deadly cholera outbreak in Yemen

Ruth Conde has just returned from managing nursing activities in Abs hospital, at the epicentre of Yemen’s cholera epidemic. She describes her team’s efforts to avert the impending catastrophe.

“When the first test came back positive for cholera, I remember the unhappy look on the faces of our team in Abs hospital. We were already overwhelmed with work. There had been outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and a peak of malaria, and we were treating a large number of people with injuries from the war. Cholera was the last thing we needed. When you think of the things that make people vulnerable to cholera, you realise that Yemen has them all. You’ve got a health system which has largely collapsed after more than two years of war. There are too few medical staff, who have received no salaries for months and have limited resources. You’ve also got displaced, impoverished people with little clean drinking water, not enough food and who are already suffering from a host of other illnesses.

At the beginning, cholera started in a sporadic way with a limited number of patients who all came from the same area. Regardless, it was clear that we had to work quickly. We did exploratory missions, established networks in the area, donated medical supplies and trained staff from health centres and health posts in the region to ensure that moderate cases, at least, could be treated in outlying areas. But then, in May, the situation exploded and we felt this was getting out of hand. We started receiving between 20 and 30 patients a day. We stepped up our efforts and set up a cholera treatment centre in a nearby school, in addition to the hospital. It currently has 100 beds and we have employed 100 additional staff. In Abs alone there has been more than 1,600 deaths and the cholera outbreak has affected more than 269,000 people. In late June, we received an average of more than 400 patients with suspected cholera each day.

It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, male or female, old or young, cholera is indiscriminate. Without proper treatment administered in time, cholera can have a mortality rate of up to 50 percent. Working around the clock, the teams have managed to keep mortality rates down to between one and two percent.

I have the feeling that the situation would be catastrophic if we had not been working in Yemen. Yemen needs a much greater effort and better coordination among the humanitarian community. Cholera has been a warning call in a forgotten crisis that will persist long after the last cholera patient has been treated.” – by Ruth Conde (with photos and images) and film:

11.7.2017 – CARE (* A H)

“To Treat or to Feed?” The Difficult Question facing families in Yemen

In a crowded corridor turned cholera isolation unit, doctors move from one bed to the next, nurses hurdling frantically around them, hoping that no more cases come in this afternoon. It has been an overwhelming few weeks and the pressure does not seem to cease. But amidst the outdated monitors, rows of rehydration drips, moans and groans, are the wrinkled eyes of children, men, women and elderly people waiting desperately for some form of relief.

55-year-old Ahmad Ali was brought to the Aljomhuri Hospital in Hajja city by his son. He had lost consciousness after 5 days of struggling with a cholera infection. “I was unable to afford the cost of traveling from my home to the city and to pay the hospital fees.” Ali explains between breaths. “My sons are jobless and I am the only one with an income source.” Ali had tried to fight the disease by preparing a rehydration solution at home in order to avoid any extra expenses that a hospital might charge. But he got worse, and had to be brought to the hospital for his life to be saved.

Like millions of others, poverty is what stopped Ali from going to the hospital when he started experiencing cholera symptoms. He was forced to make the difficult choice between spending his daily wage – barely enough to feed his family – on food or to see a doctor. And as a result, he suffered further infection on his kidney.

“This cholera outbreak is a symptom of a complex, multifaceted crisis that requires solutions beyond treating and preventing infections.” says Wael Ibrahim, the Country Director, CARE International in Yemen. But as the race to defeat the disease continues, a need to highlight the dire underlying needs that millions of Yemenis continue to face should not be undermined. “More needs to be done to support and strengthen systems necessary to effectively respond,” concludes Wael. =

11.7.2017 – TRT (* A H)

UNICEF-Hilfsgüter erreichen den Jemen

Das UN-Kinderhilfswerk der UNICEF hat Hilfsgüter in das Bürgerkriegsland Jemen geflogen.

Das UN-Kinderhilfswerk der UNICEF hat Hilfsgüter in das Bürgerkriegsland Jemen geflogen. Wie der UNICEF-Sprecher im Jemen, Muhammed el-Esadi, gegenüber der Presse sagte, seien die zwei Frachtflugzeuge mit 33 Tonnen Hilfsgüter auf dem Internationalen Flughafen von Sanaa gelandet.

11.7.2017 – Saba Net (* A H)

Two cholera-medicine shipments planes arrive at Sanaa International Airport

Two UNICEF aircraft carrying more than 33 tons of cholera medicines have arrived at Sanaa International Airport.

11.7.2017 – Logistics Cluster (A H)

Yemen: Logistics Cluster Support to the Cholera Response, June 2017

The ongoing conflict in Yemen makes access extremely difficult both for humanitarian staff and relief goods. As the cholera outbreak adds to the scale of the response, the Logistics Cluster is in the process of augmenting its capacity to ensure the additional logistics requirements can be met quickly and efficiently.

CERF funds have already been allocated for Logistics Cluster support to the cholera response and a budget revision has been requested for Special Operation 200841 to meet the new requirements. Partner organisations have been asked to share their pipeline information, in particular for cold chain and temperature controlled items, to ensure that the logistics response is tailored to meet partners’ needs.


Based on the needs expressed and identified by partners, the Logistics Cluster aims to facilitate access to sufficient and reliable logistics services, coordination, and operationally relevant information to ensure a timely and uninterrupted supply of life-saving relief items to affected populations. and in full

11.7.2017 – Fars News (A H)

Yemeni Official: S. Arabia's Involvement in Cholera Outbreak Possible

Secretary of Yemen's High Political Commission Yasser al-Houri underlined the likelihood of the Saudi-led coalition's involvement in what the United Nations estimates to be the world’s worst cholera outbreak in the war-hit poor country.

"The Yemeni officials have entrusted the relevant authorities to investigate about the source of the disease and we are waiting for the results," al-Houri said on Tuesday.

Asked about the likelihood for Saudi Arabia and its allies' involvement in spreading cholera in Yemen, he said, "Any crime is expected from the enemies."

My comment: Such assumptions are not necessary at all – in Yemen, there are plenty of natural reasons for the rise of cholera.

10.7.2017 – Huffington Post (* B H)

Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak Reaches Grim Milestone

The situation is spiraling out of control, says the International Committee of the Red Cross


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13.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* B H K)

Film: War, famine and cholera: Is no one able to help Yemen?

The war in Yemen has been called The Perfect Storm.
The Arab world's poorest country is on the brink of famine and struggling with the world's worst outbreak of cholera.
The UN says it cannot send in life-saving vaccines because of the ongoing violence.
So is Yemen heading for a catastrophe? And are calls for help falling on deaf ears?
Presenter: Richelle Carey
Hussain al-Bukhaiti - Houthi spokesman
Mohammed Jumeh - Writer, columnist and editor of Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper
Sherin Varkey - UNICEF representative in Yemen

13.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

ANALYSIS: Back with a vengeance? Saleh lining up Yemen return

Reports say the UAE is trying to convince Saudi allies to dump Yemen's president Abd Rabbuh Hadi and reinstall Ali Abdullah Saleh

Such a Saudi decision, analysts say, would be as confused as the war itself, where loyalties shift by the day, former allies turn on each other and enemies make up behind the scenes. And, if correct, there would be huge implications for the future of not only the Arab world's poorest country, but also for those seeking to steer its course.

According to a report on Intelligence Online, a French website, Ahmed al-Assiri, a Saudi spymaster and the right-hand man of Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), travelled to Abu Dhabi late last month to meet Ahmed Saleh, the son of the former president and once Yemen's ambassador to the UAE.

The visit reportedly involved negotiations about the formation of a new Yemeni government with either Saleh himself, his son, or a trusted lieutenant at its head.

According to the report, since the appointment of MbS last month, Riyadh has been more open to the idea of "a return to power of the former Yemeni president".

The French report suggested the Gulf states were considering the former Yemeni prime minister, Khaled Bahah, sacked by Hadi last year, as his replacement.

Middle East Eye reported in June that MbS was told by the UAE that he should ditch the enfeebled Hadi, who still lives in exile in Riyadh, in preference for Bahah.

Yemen expert Nadwa al-Dawsari said reports of the deal could be true, and the prospects of such a settlement would be devastating for Yemen.

"If these reports are true, such a settlement will not solve Yemen's problems nor address the main causes behind the war, which lie in the fact that power is concentrated in the northern elite represented by Saleh, his family and patronage networks," said Dawsari, a senior non-resident fellow at the Project for Middle East Democracy.

"Bringing in his son [Ahmed Saleh], or anyone else from Saleh's camp, as the next key figure will only fuel the grievances that led to the war."

It was unlikely the majority of Yemenis would accept such a move either, she added.

While Yemen expert Baraa Shiban doubted the credibility of the reports, he believed there had been "a clear attempt" by the UAE and some elements within the Saudi government and intelligence "to attract and convince groups within Saleh's party to join their camp" – by Arwa Ibrahim

12.7.2017 – ARD (* B K)

ARD Reportage: Was von Kriegen übrig bleibt - Irak, Syrien, Jemen

12.7.2017 – Leah Harding (B K)

Film: The war in Yemen. Told in art by @A7medJa7af

12.7.2017 – Consortium News (* B P)

Ignoring the Human Disaster in Yemen

The West’s protestations about human rights sound hollow when one looks at Yemen where the U.S. and U.K. place profits from arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the carnage those weapons are inflicting

What is happening in Yemen is not merely a violent conflict between combating forces for power, but the willful subjugation of millions of innocent civilians to starvation, disease and ruin that transcends the human capacity to descend even below the lowest pit of darkness, from which there is no exit.

The conflict is going from bad to worse as international efforts to press both sides have been woefully inadequate, and media attention is nearly absent. Continued fighting will further fuel the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and contribute to other regional conflicts. Moreover, the prospect of finding a peaceful solution is becoming increasingly difficult and laden with uncertainty, as the Trump administration believes that a solution lies with more military force. Trump justifies his bellicose approach as he sees Iran as the culprit who is raging a proxy war against the Saudis and benefiting from continued instability.

For these reasons, the E.U.’s neutrality has allowed it to maintain contact with all the conflicting parties, and is best positioned to build on its credibility to persuade both sides to agree on a ceasefire and settlement. The Houthis want to negotiate with someone with authority rather than a mediator, and refuse to have talks with U.N.-appointed envoy Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed, who they consider to be biased. They also view the U.S. and the U.K. with suspicion, as they are the chief suppliers of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Although France and Britain are supportive of the military campaign, they can be coaxed by the E.U. into introducing a UNSC resolution that must first, focus on a ceasefire; second, address the humanitarian crisis; and third, work on a permanent solution that would take the Houthis’ interest into full account. As Gandhi once observed: “Three-fourths of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world will disappear if we step into the shoes of our adversaries and understand their standpoint.”

The conflict in Yemen can end only through a political solution, as no solution secured by force will survive. The Trump administration must learn from Iraq and Syria’s intractable violent conflicts, which could not be resolved through military means. To resolve the conflict in Yemen, the U.S. must join hands with the E.U. to achieve a peace agreement and put an end to the unconscionable tragedy inflicted on millions of innocent people.

Just take a look at the eyes of a starving, sick, and dehydrated little child whose heart is just about to stop. Multiply this image by tens of thousands and ask yourself, where have we gone wrong? We have gone wrong because it has been long since we lost our humanitarian and moral compass – By Alon Ben-Meir = =

12.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B P)

US and UK acting above the law to support the Saudi war in Yemen

A former State Department war crimes expert warns that arms sales to Saudi Arabia is ‘prohibited’ under US law - but the lethal exports still go ahead

Britain and America are above the law. Our complicity in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen proves it.

This week, the High Court in London ruled that British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, dismissing a judicial review filed by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which had demanded that weapons exports be halted over humanitarian concerns.

CAAT are appealing the ruling, and no wonder – it was ultimately decided on the basis of largely secret evidence supplied by the UK government, heard in closed court. This is not open justice: it is evidence of how the Whitehall foreign policy establishment abuse "national security" as a carte blanche to protect themselves from legal accountability.

The same thing is happening across the pond. According to a former senior war crimes advisor to the US State Department, US arms sales to Saudi Arabia are “prohibited” under US laws due to “credible allegations” of illegal actions during the kingdom’s bombing campaign in Yemen.

The analysis is set out in a compelling white paper published in May by Professor Michael Newton, who teaches the International Law Practice Lab at Vanderbilt University Law School. The American Bar Association sent Newton's paper to the US Senate saying that "questions had arisen" concerning whether the sales were "consistent with US statuatory obligations".

Unfortunately, despite the robustness of the legal argument, it did not prevent the US Senate from narrowly backing the sale of $500m worth in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia in mid-June.

If our domestic laws have no power to prevent our governments from becoming complicit in Saudi state terror in Yemen, this does not make those arms sales legitimate. It means, simply, that our laws are not fit for purpose - that the rule of law has become a farce, a figleaf to enable the US and Britain to outsource illegal wars to their Gulf proxies.

Profiting off civilian deaths

But it’s the thought that counts, of course: the earnest joint American and Saudi desire for a lucrative, long-term arrangement in which the US military-industrial complex profits from the massacre of Yemeni civilians.

But according to Professor Michael Newton, ongoing US arms sales are “prohibited” under the Arms Export Control and the Foreign Assistance Act.

Following a distinguished US military career, Newton served as the senior advisor to the ambassador-at-large for war crimes Issues in the US State Department. He also taught international law at the US Military Academy at West Point.

Newton told me that despite these strong findings, he was not trying to say “that Saudi Arabia committed war crimes, but merely that they have done an insufficient job of addressing the serious allegations”. The remedy, he said, is for the US and Saudi Arabia “to coordinate closely on transparency and improved targeting".

Yet this is not happening. There is no transparency, and no evidence of improved targeting. And as long as this doesn’t happen, US arms sales to Saudi Arabia "should not be presumed to be permissible," writes Newton.

“In the face of persistent reports of wrongdoing, Saudi Arabia has failed to rebut allegations or provide detailed evidence of compliance with binding obligations arising from international humanitarian law,” wrote Newton in his working paper for Vanderbilt Law School’s Legal Studies Research Paper Series.

Even after Saudi military units received training and equipment to reduce civilian casualties, “multiple credible reports of recurring and highly questionable strikes” continued to emerge. Newton thus argued that the US government “cannot continue to rely on Saudi assurances that it will comply with international law and agreements concerning the use of US-origin equipment".

He therefore concluded that under federal law, further arms sales “are prohibited… until the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes effective measures to ensure compliance with international law and the president submits relevant certifications to the Congress" – by Nafeez Ahmed

12.7.2017 – Human Rights Watch (* B P)

Arab Gulf States: Assault on Online Activists

Leading Bahraini Rights Activist Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Gulf governments have sustained their campaigns to silence peaceful critics during the first half of 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, updating an interactive website, created in November 2016, featuring targeted human rights activists. On July 10, 2017, a Bahraini court sentenced human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to two years in prison on charges of “broadcasting false news” over tweets criticizing the Saudi-led Yemen war and Bahrain’s treatment of prisoners. Other prominent activists targeted during 2017 include Essam Koshak in Saudi Arabia and Ahmed Mansoor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Gulf states’ contempt for freedom of expression has bled into the current Qatar crisis and blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. A list of demands to Qatar for ending the crisis from these countries included shutting down Al Jazeera, the international news site supported by Qatar’s government, and other media outlets allegedly funded by Qatar, a direct blow to media freedom.

“At a time when the gulf states’ open political divisions have rarely been more serious, these countries remain stubbornly united in their collective assault on their citizens’ right to free speech,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Gulf states are reaching a new level of Orwellian reality when they throw citizens in jail for both criticizing other gulf nations and voicing public support for them.”

In a nod to Twitter’s 140-character limit, the interactive website presents the profiles of prominent Bahraini, Kuwaiti, Omani, Qatari, Saudi, and Emirati social and political rights activists and dissidents and describes their struggles to resist government efforts to silence them. All have faced government retaliation for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and many have been arrested, tried, and sentenced to fines or prison.

11.7.2017 – The American Conservative (* B H K)

The U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Continues

The effort to combat Yemen’s spiraling cholera epidemic just hit a wall: The U.N. health agency says plans to ship cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security, access and logistical challenges in the war-torn country.

The U.N. health agency says plans to ship cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security, access and logistical challenges in the war-torn country.

Thanks to the coalition blockade, the bombing campaign’s damage to infrastructure, and the ongoing fighting, the civilian population is often unable to receive the aid that is available. Even when necessary food and medicines can get into the country, they cannot be distributed in a timely fashion, and many of the places with the greatest need are also the hardest to reach. Because the crisis has been so neglected by the rest of the world and aid efforts have been so poorly funded, there is not enough aid available in the first place. What aid there is doesn’t reach many of the starving and sick people in time. That spells disaster for the hundreds of thousands already suffering from cholera and for the millions of malnourished Yemenis who are at great risk of becoming ill and dying from preventable diseases.

In order to start remedying that, there needs to be a cease-fire, an immediate lifting of both sea and air blockades, and a massive infusion of emergency assistance. The U.S. and other Western patrons of the coalition ought to pressure the Saudis and their allies on all these points, but unfortunately we already know from the last two years of enabling them that they will not. U.S. and British policy seems unlikely to change after twenty-seven months of aiding and abetting the coalition in its crimes and the creation of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis – by Daniel Larison

11.7.2017 – The American Conservative (* B H K)

Yemen’s Multiple, Overlapping Crises

While near-famine conditions in Yemen have made the population more vulnerable to the spread of cholera, the resources needed to contain the epidemic are being diverted away from the effort to prevent famine

Each disaster in Yemen compounds the others, and together they have combined to create the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The bombing campaign and ongoing fighting have resulted in the displacement of millions of people from their homes, and those people in turn are at greater risk of both malnutrition and disease. The millions of malnourished people, including millions of children, are at increased risk of illness and death from preventable disease. Meanwhile, the spread of disease taxes an already overwhelmed health care system that also has to treat injuries sustained from bombing and shelling. Yemen is suffering from multiple, overlapping crises, and the international response to all of them continues to be very poor. All of these crises are man-made, they did not have to happen, and they are being allowed to continue in large part because of the reckless and abhorrent policies of the Saudi-led coalition and their Western backers – by Daniel Larison

11.7.2017 – Washington Institute (* B K P)

Addressing Iranian Weapons Smuggling and the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen

Reenergized and more-targeted maritime interdiction operations could reduce Iranian support for the Houthis while helping respond to Yemen's humanitarian crisis.

For nearly ten months, the war in Yemen has periodically spilled into the Red Sea, degrading maritime security in the basin. To date, Houthi attacks have primarily targeted Saudi Arabia, the Emiratis, and those perceived by the rebels to be in the Saudi-led coalition, using antiship cruise missile attacks and explosive "drone boat" attacks. Sophisticated weapons wielded by nonstate actors and increased mining activity increase the risk that the conflict could disrupt freedom of navigation and commerce through the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab (BAM) Strait, an important energy waterway. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have suggested that seizure of Hodeida, Yemen's most important shipping port, would cut off Houthi rebel access to the sea and mitigate this risk.

Meanwhile, the potential for a famine of significant proportions is building in Yemen. Coalition efforts thus far to constrain Houthi activities and Iranian weapons smuggling in the Red Sea and the BAM are perceived to be acting as more of a blockade -- slowing the flow of food, medicine, and fuel into Yemen, and deterring some shippers from sending their vessels into Yemeni ports. Considering that Yemen imports 90 percent of its food, many experts warn that recapture of Hodeida would ultimately cut off what food is currently trickling into the beleaguered nation, tipping it fully into famine.

A reenergized and more targeted maritime interdiction operation (MIO) -- one supported and facilitated by the United States through intelligence sharing, training, and coordination -- could be used to disrupt Iranian weapons smuggling and increase the flow of food, medicine, and fuel into Yemen. Given the continuing conflict, the risk of famine, and the accelerating cholera outbreak -- reported to have recently passed 300,000 suspected cases -- both are urgent goals.

The United States could offer to support a more effective MIO in and around Yemen in order to prevent additional arms from flowing into Yemen, and to accelerate the flow of food, medicine, and fuel into Yemen's Red Sea ports.

Existing Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs 2216 and 2231) offer a viable legal regime for such maritime interdictions. This legal framework provides a mechanism for searching most vessels in international waters. In addition, the internationally recognized government of Yemen, led by President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, can inspect a vessel en route to a Yemeni port once it enters the nation's territorial waters (by definition, this excludes innocent passage).

The United States could provide a range of support to help the Saudi-led coalition strengthen its interdiction operations off the coast of Yemen. Such potential measures include increased ISR, increased intelligence-sharing, training for cooperative and opposed boardings/inspections, and coordination assistance. This U.S. support could reenergize and, just as important, redefine the coalition's maritime interdiction operations around Yemen to focus on smaller cargo ships and dhows.

In sum, a reenergized and more targeted MIO -- one supported and facilitated by the United States -- appears worthy of consideration. It could help reduce maritime threats in the Red Sea and decrease shipping disruptions between the Red Sea and the Strait of Hormuz, both U.S. core interests. U.S. support could be designed to surge initially in order to enable more precise and effective coalition interdictions and then be drawn down as soon as coalition forces are more capable of carrying out the improved MIO. Refining and strengthening the coalition's efforts could help deter the flow of Iranian weapons that is helping feed the conflict, while seeking to increase significantly the flow of food, medicine, and fuel to a desperate Yemeni population – by Eric Pelofsky and Cmdr. Jeremy Vaughan, USN

My comment: This is a typical US mainstream politics (and generally “mainstreaming” article. It is the typical US position which badly exaggerates the Iranian role in Yemen, of which the supposed Iranian arms smuggled into Yemen just is one part. This arms smuggling is heavily exaggerated by Saudi and US propaganda, which differ little in this point (there had been many reports on this). The very most allegations of Iranian arms smuggling remain dubious and unverified.

On the other side, in this article the active role of the US and the West bringing arms into Yemen (by selling arms for billions of US$ to the Saudis and their allies) is totally neglected. This also is typical for articles like this one.

And, also very characteristic: All threats for international shipping in the Bab Al-Mandab street off the Yemeni coast are only ascribed to the Houthis. The fact that’s the Saudis and their allies who bomb and pound the coastline by airplanes and warships, who bomb and pound fishing boats and refugees boats, just is neglected. And that’s them who block Northern Yemeni harbours also is not mentioned at all.

Result: This is an article with an extreme propaganda bias.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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13.7.2017 – CBS (* B H)

U.N. warned "we should all feel deeply guilty" as Yemenis die

Remark: Overview on the humanitarian situation.

12.7.2017 – Reuters (* B H)

Yemen war erases decade of health gains, many children starving: UNICEF

Yemen has lost a decade's worth of gains in public health as a result of war and economic crisis, with an estimated 63,000 children dying last year of preventable causes often linked to malnutrition, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

About 3.3 million people, including 2.2 million children, across the Arab peninsula's poorest country are suffering from acute malnutrition, it said. They include nearly half a million children under the age of five with severe acute malnutrition.

The most severe form of malnutrition leaves young children vulnerable to life-threatening but preventable diarrhoeal diseases, malaria and respiratory infections.

"What worries us is the severe acute malnutrition because it is killing children,"

Releno later told a news briefing that the rate of severe acute malnutrition had "tripled" between 2014 and 2016 to 460,000 children.

"The under-5 mortality rate has increased to the point that we estimate that in 2016 at least 10,000 more children died of preventable diseases," she said.

Children and pregnant and lactating women are most heavily affected by the malnutrition crisis in the northern province of Saada, in the coastal area of Hodeida and in Taiz in the south, she said.

UNICEF mobile teams aim to screen more children and reach 323,000 severely malnourished children this year, up from 237,000 last year, Relano said, adding that partner agencies would target the rest.

12.7.2017 – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (* B H)

In Yemen, 7 million people are on the brink of famine, FAO Director-General warns

Graziano da Silva briefs UN Security Council on need to save lives by saving rural livelihoods in Yemen

The scale of the food crisis in conflict-ridden Yemen is staggering with 17 million people - two thirds of the population - severely food insecure and seven million of these on the verge of famine, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today in a briefing to the UN Security Council.

In a video link from Geneva, he noted how conflict and violence in Yemen - "the largest humanitarian crisis today" - have disrupted agricultural livelihoods and are intensifying in some of the most food insecure and famine-risk areas.

In Yemen "crop production last year already fell by 40 percent compared with the pre-conflict average. This year, because of poor rains the harvest will be even lower," he said.

The virtual collapse of public health and veterinary services has further heightened the risk of disease and death. In addition, there are risks in the use of poor quality water of irrigation and food preparation.

Livestock disease surveillance and vaccination programmes have come to a halt pushing the risk of disease outbreaks higher. The risk of emerging and endemic zoonoses (animal diseases) exists across the country.

The need for long-term political solutions for achieving sustainable peace in Yemen is unquestionable, but there is much we can do now to fight hunger and malnutrition. "We save lives by saving livelihoods," Graziano da Silva said.

"If we don't urgently address the needs of rural people - who make up 70 percent of Yemen's population - we will not have the prospect for a better future." =

12.7.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A H)

Film: The suffering of kidney patients in Sanaa because of the siege of aggression

7.7.2017 – World Food Programme (A H)

Infographic: UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 07 July 2017 and in full

30.6.2017 – World Food Programme, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (A H)

Yemen Conflict - ETC Situation Report #17 (Reporting Period: 01/04/2017 to 30/06/2017)

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) completed a two-week mission to Aden to restore the Very High Frequency (VHF) security telecommunications system in Aden as the main repeater was down.

The ETC developed a Common Feedback Mechanism (CFM) together with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

13.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi militants beseige a village,kidnap 2 persons in in Al-Jawf

Houthi militants laid a seiege on Thursday to a village and kidnapped 2 residents in charge with killing a houthi commander past days in al Jawf province ,northeast Yemen.

A local sources told Almasderonline that dozens of Houthi militias besieged Bani Amr village ,demanding its residents hand persons accused of killing the leader Qamlan ,otherwise launching artillery shelling on the village.

The accused belonging to Houthi rebels had first refused to give themselves up ,but a tribal mediation managed to hand them,the source added.

Houthis gave no evidence for these claims of killing the commander but they did that in retaliation for heavy losses they suffered in battles with pro-gov't forces in al Jawf ,according to the source.

13.7.2017 – New News (A K P)

President Sammad in Graduation Ceremony of Military College

Saleh Ali Al-Sammad, President of Supreme Political Council visited along with Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Husain Kabbouli, Minister of Defense Maj. Gen. Mohammad Nasser Al-Emati, a number of ministers and chief of Staff General Mohammad Abdul Karim Al-Ghamari of the military colleges on the graduation ceremony.

In the 50 batch ceremony of military college, 25 Naval College and 32 Aviation and Air Defense College, that started with the holy verses of Al-Quran , which was followed by the speech of President of Supreme Political Council. President congratulated the graduating commanders for the outstanding successes they achieved during the training and theoretical rehabilitation and practical stages. He added that the high spirit and efficient consistency of readiness against US-Saudi aggression in the various fronts is the strength and support provided by such programs (photo) and more photos:

12.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K P)

Al-Jawf.. Houthi leader shoots 3 fighters of his group over refusing to engage in fighting

A local source said on Tuesday that a Houthi field commander shot 3 of his group due to refusing to take part in the attack against sites of government forces in Tawaylah area of al-Jawf province in northeast Yemen.

12.7.2017 – New News (A T)

Dismantling an Explosive Device in Al-Bayda

11.7.2017 – Albawaba (* A P)

Former Yemeni President Saleh Denies Any Wish to Return to Power

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh has denied plans to seek to assume power in the war-torn country.
Saleh "has affirmed that he was not seeking to return to power nor his son", a source in Saleh's office said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.
Last week, France's Intelligence Online website, said Saudi Arabia was now open to the return of Saleh and his family to power in Yemen.
Saleh's son, Ahmed, is currently based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Saleh had ruled Yemen for more than three decades before he was forced to step down in 2012 under popular protests that swept Yemen as part of the Arab Spring revolutions.
Earlier Tuesday, Abdullah al-Alimi, the head of the Yemeni presidential office, described reports about Saleh's return to power as “illusions”.

11.7.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

Yemen condemns British court's refusal to halt arms sales to Saudi

An official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the decision of the British High Court that rejected a lawsuit by campaigners to stop the export of arms to Saudi Arabia because they were being used against the Yemeni civilians in violation of international humanitarian law.

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

14.7.2017 – The National AE ( A P)

Massive protests in Aden to support separate rule for south Yemen

Mr Al Zubaidi, the Council’s president, has contacted various countries and politicians to get support for the Southern Transitional Council. He held talks this week with British MEP James Carver.

Mr Carver told The National that he had a good discussion with Mr Al Zubaidi, saying they discussed the possibility of setting up a federal system as "the best way forward". Mr Carver explained that "the southern people want to have a federal state" that should be supported – by Mohammed Al-Qalisi

13.7.2017 – Miidle East Observer (* B P)

Tawakkol Karman: UAE occupies Yemen amid Saudi Arabia’s silence

Yemen’s Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman said that “The area that the United Arab Emirates occupies in Yemen is more than several times the size of the UAE, exceeding significantly the strategic weight of the Gulf country.”

Tawakkol Karman said on its Twitter account that “The UAE, under Saudi silence, occupies the port and airport of Aden, the port and airport of Mukalla, the island of Socotra, the island of Myon in Bab al-Mandab, and the port of Al-Mukha,” Karman tweeted, adding that the UAE runs these areas with no reference to the Yemeni Authority.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is one of the strongest opponents of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The UAE’s moves on Yemeni islands and coasts have become widely contested, amid warnings that the UAE’s participation in the Saudi-led Arab coalition against Houthis and the forces of former President Ali Abdullah Salih forces could be exploited to seize these islands and coasts forever.

The UAE has been setting up a military base in the Yemeni island Myon without the knowledge of the internationally recognized Yemeni government, images taken by the US appear to show.

The UAE is well aware of its objectives in Yemen, according to observers; it wants to ensure a stable and sustainable existence of its influence on the Bab al-Mandab Strait; and strengthening the UAE presence on the islands of Socotra and Myon helps the Emirates to achieve this goal.

To move ahead with this scheme, the UAE seeks to ensure that any future authority in the south will be loyal to it; therefore, it is depriving the Yemeni Al-Islah Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, of any influential future role in Yemen.

My comment: Tawakkol Karman is a 100 % supporter of Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood), thus she is anti-Houthi, anti-Saleh, pro-Hadi government, pro-Saudi air raids, and (less) anti UAE now.

13.7.2017 – L4Yemen (A)

Film: Armed gangs roam daylight in so-called liberated areas controlled by #UAEOccupationForces & the so-called legitimacy in #Aden

13.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A)

Bank robbery attack kills a guard in Aden, southern Yemen

One guard was killed and four others injured on Thursday when gunmen stormed the National Bank's branch in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, according to sources.

Eight masked militants attacked the bank, with the first four breaking into the building and the other four shooting randomly, witnesses said.

"All eight attackers escaped. One of the bank's security guards was" they added.

The manager of the government-owned National Bank refused to open the safe and was critically injured in the armed robbery attack, one of the bank workers said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the armed robbery attack.

Remark: The manager later died because of his injuries:


13.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen Qaeda/ISIS suspects attacked today a bank in Aden south killing director, 2 others, took money&ran away (photos) and

and film:

13.7.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

The demands of #Yemen Southern issue to be considered by UNSC! (text in image)

13.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

A private plane carrying the leaders of the southern transitional council from Aden to this Gulf state

The leaders of the so-called southern transitional council left the city of Aden heading to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi after participating in the demonstrations of the southern movement last weekend.

A private UAE plane on Wednesday quoted the council's leaders from Aden to the capital Abu Dhabi.

12.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P T)

Yemen Security Brief

Counterterrorism forces swept suspected militant locations in Mansoura and al Buraiqeh districts, Aden city on July 11. Security officials called for the public’s help in reporting and preventing the gathering of armed groups. Protesters demonstrated outside of a security headquarters in Aden city over arbitrary detentions in southern Yemeni prisons.[3]

12.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Emirati-backed al Hizam security forces protested in al Mahfad district, eastern Abyan governorate on July 11. The soldiers threatened to block roads in Abyan governorate until they receive their salaries. The Hadi government announced an effort to address the soldiers’ grievances and ensure the roads in Abyan governorate remain open.[6]

12.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Anti-al Houthi militias fought amongst themselves in Taiz governorate on July 12. Militias exchanged fire in Taiz city, injuring three civilians. Local militias also clashed in Taiz city during protests over the Hadi government’s failure to distribute salaries on June 27.[5]

12.7.2017 – Human Rights Watch (* B P)

Yemeni Activists Face Reprisals for Speaking Out

Attack on Human Rights Watch Provides a Tiny Glimpse of the Threat

One of the many costs of Yemen’s war has been the disappearance of space for the country’s civil society to operate.

Yemeni activists, journalists, lawyers, and rights defenders worry daily about arrest, slander campaigns, targeted violence, and joining the list of Yemen’s “disappeared.” This is especially so when they criticize one of the parties to the conflict, whose first response is often retaliation.

In areas under Houthi-Saleh control, including the capital, Sanaa, journalists and activists have been detained for more than two years, had their offices looted or closed, and had their friends and family members threatened. In areas where the Hadi government retains authority, particularly near the southern port city of Aden, activists have been beaten up, detained and forcibly disappeared.

After Human Rights Watch released a report on the role of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and their Yemeni allies in disappearances and torture in Aden and Hadramawt, we also came under public attack. Local news sites leaked a copy of my passport, alleged we had done the research at the behest of Yemeni officials aligned with Qatar or the Yemeni Islah party, and claimed we engaged in various forms of subterfuge to enter the country, publishing false information for political purposes, to undercut the UAE.

The UAE and Yemen should credibly investigate our findings, rather than make baseless allegations. We had previously researched Houthi-Saleh detentions – documenting children arbitrarily detained, men tortured, families torn apart when relatives were disappeared. Here, we investigated because we heard, again and again, of gross abuses in southern and eastern Yemen.

Over six months, we documented 49 cases of abuse, conducting dozens of interviews and talking to lawyers, activists, family members of detainees, former detainees and government officials. We hoped to visit Aden to discuss our concerns with officials but were temporarily suspended from using United Nations flights, later learning the Saudi-led coalition was further restricting access to Yemen. So, we sent letters to the Hadi government and the UAE, laying out our findings and asking for their responses. They haven’t replied.

We published our findings because the “missing” file is growing across Yemen and families deserve to know where their sons, brothers, and husbands are. Yemenis themselves are saying this – look to the protests held from Sanaa to Mukalla or the work of relentless activists to highlight these abuses – by Kristine Beckerle

12.7.2017 – AP (* A P)


Yemeni female security forces descended on a small women's rally in the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday, beating the women and dispersing the gathering, activists said.

The policewomen stripped one protester of her niqab, the all-covering face veil worn by conservative Muslim women, then punched her repeatedly in the face, according to the activists who organized and joined the demonstration.

The rally took place near troop headquarters of the United Arab Emirates, which is part of a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government in the country's civil war with northern Shiite rebels, in control of the capital, Sanaa.

The protesters - mothers and sisters of scores of detainees held without charges at undisclosed locations - chanted: "Oh coalition, where are our sons?"

"Our sons and brothers vanished," she told The Associated Press over the phone. "For a year, we know nothing about them."

Like many others, she said, her brother was a fighter with southern factions who were backed by the coalition in 2015 in the war against the Houthi rebels who tried to seize Aden.

The teacher said that her uncle is held in Aden's central prison, where the coalition has taken control of a section where it keeps terror suspects – BY MAGGIE MICHAEL

11.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi held a meeting to address the political tensions in southern Yemen in Saudi Arabia on July 10. President Hadi stressed the importance of unity and coordination with the Saudi-led coalition. [1]

11.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A E P)

The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) has resumed its activities in Yemen for the first time in a year, the Yemeni Minister of Public Works said.

Minister Moeen Abdul Malek today praised the Arab fund’s decision to complete its “projects in Yemen as the first regional fund to resume financing development projects in the various provinces in Yemen”.

The fund, in partnership with the Yemeni government, will finance construction work to the value of $34 million, Yemen’s Saba news agency reported.

My comment: For this Fund, look at . This looks like little more than pro-Saudi coalition propaganda.

11.7.2017 – Yemen Press (* A P)

New American plans in the Red Sea and the Yemeni islands to control Bab Al-Mandab (Details)

Several reports close to the decision-making circles in the UAE and Saudi Arabia revealed the existence of a Saudi plan to push Hadi to declare a new coastal governorate that includes a number of directorates of Taiz Governorate, including Mukha, Al-Wazia, distributor, Malaf and directorates of the province of Lahj, including speculation in an effort to control Bab Al-Mandab and separate it from its scope Geographically known.

This trend coincides with the practical start of the construction of an Emirati base in the Yemeni island of Myoun, with the green light of an Israeli-American, since all are sharing the building of honorable bases overlooking the waterway in the Red Sea and sharing bases from Jaboti to the Qarn of Africa in Somalia, which meets Yemen in the West Bank. What can be done without coordination between the US, UAE and Israel.

The exploitation of the international silence and the alleged legitimacy in the implementation of the designs of the emirates, Saudi Arabia and the Yemen after the isolation of these countries in the military victory and the imposition of hegemony by force tends to impose division and fragmentation and the creation of future conflicts between the sons of Yemen. =

11.7.2017 – Yemen Press (* A P)

The Islah Party is one of the roots of the conflict in the south

The President of the Southern Transitional Council appeared inside a bullet-proof glass platform and delivered his speech among the crowd gathered on the 7/7 anniversary, which he considered a double memory.

As expected, al-Zubaidi did not jump on the ground. Although he was expected to hint at secession, he was content to work under the authority of Hadi and his government, “It is understood that the Council is moving under the umbrella of the legitimate authorities Hadi and the alliance, and if the difference appeared to be standing with the project of dividing Yemen into two regions and not six provinces as is the position of the Government Hadi , Which at the same time accused it of failing to manage the south and vowed that the Council will work to manage the situation in the south, especially security.

In the same language as the first point of the recommendations of the speech of the President of the Transitional Council, Eidros al-Zubaidi in a demonstration yesterday, which stated that the Council will continue to complete its bodies and the absorption of all the southern forces, also in the third paragraph announced the prohibition of the Muslim Brotherhood and Muddin and Al-Qaeda and Al-Houthi in all governorates

The Reform Party, which is based on the Muslim Brotherhood, is in a narrow circle on the tin of Yemen’s hot crisis as a whole and on the scene of the South in particular. The United States views it as a bitter enemy and may be a source of deep disagreement between it and Saudi Arabia. But at the same time realize that it is embarrassing paper to the UAE, especially in light of the repercussions of the Gulf region because of Qatar and its support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Meanwhile, President of the Transitional Council Aidros Zubaidi called on the coalition of aggression to reconsider its continued support for the Reform party “Muslim Brotherhood” in Yemen, saying that they were the reason for faltering in achieving the objectives of the “storm of firmness”. He blamed the reform of the inability of the coalition to resolve any military front in northern Yemen , Pointing out that the Islah Party is the one who controls the government today Hadi and that “his leaders are involved mainly in the terrorist acts in Yemen,” pointing out that the Americans have evidence and documents confirm this. =

11.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Aden: Dozens of Soldiers Closed the Coastal Road to Khor Maksar in Protest Against Hadi Government

Dozens of Soldiers in Aden Turned to Protests for Demand of ‘Return to Work’ and ‘Due Payment’ and ‘Arrears’

Local source said on Monday that the soldiers cut off the Coastal Raod to Khor Maksar in Aden, and closed the activity of the traffic altogether, to pressure the government of the Traitor Hadi to pay their due payments and also demanded return to their work.

11.7.2017 – Riyadh Vision (* A P)

Fact checking claims about ‘secret torture prisons’ in Yemen

Civil society organizations and human rights and legal organizations in Yemen fact-checked recent allegations about the existence of secret prisons and torture centers in Hadramawt and concluded that they do not exist.

A committee that includes members from six organizations visited the suspected sites and met with military commanders in Hadramawt to get to the bottom of the allegations. The sites referred to turned out to be military posts working to combat terrorism.

The committee said it visited the presidential palace areas and al-Rabwa, al-Dabba and al-Rayyan in Mukalla and Ash Shihr districts in Hadramawt and met with a number of military and security officials.

It added that terror suspects are mainly held in al-Rayyan detention center as around 175 suspects are held there.

It also said that all those detained in the aforementioned sites are charged with terrorism offenses, adding that Yemeni officers are interrogating them.

The committee added that the presence of representatives of the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen is limited to providing support to fight terrorism.

My comment: LOL. This “committee” is six Hadi government officials. Nothing else than this result could be expected. Reporting on this secret torture prisons (HRW, AP and others) YPR 314–317

7.2017 – Al-Ahram (* B P)

Yemen’s southern question

The political future of South Yemen is a fulcrum point that could decide the fate of the nation

THE SOUTH: PLAYER AND PLAYING FIELD: Yemen, suffering the ravages of civil war since late 2015, is impossible to understand if one relies on the official map based on the dichotomy between “legitimacy” (the internationally recognised government supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition) versus the “armed insurgence” (made up of the Houthi-Saleh alliance). The oversimplifications in the media are incapable of grasping how the multifarious parts overlap and interweave in a conflict shaped by geographic and demographic realities and the residual legacies of past conflicts. At the heart of this complex fabric, the Yemeni South has been a crucial element in determining the layout of political and military lines, from the time southern fighters began their tenacious struggle to return as a major player in the Yemeni political power equations to the present, when the south has become a secondary playing field in the conflict between regional powers.

With the launch of Operation Storm of Resolve, the Southern Movement inaugurated a new phase in which its armed faction, led by Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi, became a politically and morally welcome player in view of the prominent role it played in the confrontation against the forces of the Houthi-Saleh alliance. Al-Dalie, the stronghold of the Southern Movement, was the first governorate to be liberated from Houthi control, without direct support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition. It was therefore only natural that the UAE in its bid to establish a foothold of influence in the South would seek closer political and military relations with the Southern Movement so as to benefit from its popularity, local influence and military strength as a counterweight against terrorist groups. Indeed, the movement, beneath the emergent leadership of Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi and Shalal Shaei, masterfully averted the scenario of being reduced to an Islamic emirate subordinate to Al-Qaeda or IS and, in the process, escaped numerous assassination attempts on the part of these terrorist organisations.

From December 2015 to April 2017, the Hadi government adopted a policy of empowering southern leaders in positions of local government and incorporating large numbers of Southern Movement youth into the army and security services. “Power in exchange for unity” was the motto of this phase that led Al-Zubaidi depart from his secessionist discourse on a number of occasions, the most salient being his declaration of Aden as a “capital that welcomed all Yemenis”. However, the new partnership formula appeared to serve the interests of the “Southern Movement-UAE camp” to the detriment of other parties and cast into relief a rivalry between two distinct projects: the six federal regions project espoused by Riyadh, President Hadi and the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Al-Islah) Party versus the bi-regional project favoured by the Southern Movement with the tacit support of the UAE.

As tensions mounted between the Southern Movement camp (which is primarily based in Al-Dalie and Lahij) and the legitimacy camp (which consists of pro-government southerners primarily from Abyan and Shabwah, plus the Islah Party which had been totally excluded from the southern pie due to the staunchly anti-Muslim Brotherhood stance of the UAE), regional contradictions and tensions (between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on the one hand, and the UAE and Qatar, on the other) added fuel to the fire. The process culminated in divorce in April, when Hadi dismissed Aidaroos from his post as governor of Aden.

With that divorce, the Southern Movement was stripped of its position in power which created a kind of impetus of its own in view of the movement’s organisational fluidity. The legitimacy camp had hoped that the impetus would drive the movement into becoming a rogue force or to disintegration, which would have eliminated the UAE’s key to its presence in the south. Indeed, at first this seemed the most likely scenario, had it not been for Aidaroos’s surprise move that once again reshaped the political scene. His declaration of the “Southern Interim Council” furnished political cover to enable the movement to sustain and consolidate its accumulated gains and benefits, and gave a new platform for UAE influence that contributed to engineering this political output.

However, the new political development would not have acquired legitimacy and impetus without appealing to the street. Accordingly, Al-Zubaidi, who had previously asked the grassroots supporters of the Southern Movement to move their struggle “from the streets to the political chambers”, once again called on them to return to the streets. In May, they rallied to protest decrees excluding the movement from positions of power. This was followed by a second rally to give him a popular mandate to form the Interim Council. Then, in July, he issued his third call for a rally.

For the first time in the history of the movement, demonstrations became a means to achieve political outputs whereas previously they had been an end in and of themselves.

The Southern Movement seems perpetually caught in a paradox which is that the moment of its glory and rising power is simultaneously the moment of crisis which wrenches it apart. Today the movement stands at a crossroads. Either it takes the long political road that leads to power or it chooses the road to open conflict with the forces of legitimacy that have reneged on their obligations. The step to form the Interim Council suggests that the first option is closer to Al-Zubaidi’s way of thinking. In taking that step he halted the fallout of the decree to dismiss him, but he did not go so far as to deny the legitimacy of the current government or to renounce his positioning within the framework of the Riyadh-Abu Dhabi axis. On the other hand, his recent refusal to recognise the other dismissal decrees has kept alive the possibility of the second road, one that would throw all the cards up in the air if he chooses it – by Hossam Radman

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

13.7.2017 – UNRIC (A H P)

UN fordern konkrete Maßnahmen, um den Konflikt im Jemen zu beenden und die humanitäre Lage zu verbessern

Der anhaltende Krieg im Jemen und die zunehmenden Kämpfe fordern einen schrecklichen Tribut von der Bevölkerung. Die Vereinten Nationen rufen zu konkreten Maßnahmen auf, um den Konflikt zu beenden. „Das Land leidet nicht nur unter einem einzigen Notfall, sondern an einer großen Zahl an komplexen Notfällen“, sagte Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, der UN-Sondergesandte für den Jemen, und wies darauf hin, dass mehr als 20 Millionen Menschen innerhalb des Landes betroffen sind , davon fast sieben Millionen von einer Hungersnot.

12.7.2017 – UN Security Council (* A H P)

Briefers Warn Security Council of ‘Appalling’ Humanitarian Situation in Yemen, as Country Faces Cholera Outbreak, Intensifying Conflict

[O’Brien: look at cp1]

Senior United Nations officials warned of an appalling humanitarian situation in Yemen, amid intensifying conflict, famine and a fully-fledged cholera outbreak, as they briefed the Security Council this morning.

Cholera was spreading rapidly and infecting children, elderly persons and other vulnerable groups, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, warned, pointing out that there were now more than 300,000 suspected cases and over 1,700 deaths resulting from the outbreak.

Joining Mr. Ahmed in briefing the Council was Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO); and José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

They described horrifying conditions faced by the Yemeni people and stressed that fresh funds were needed

Mr. Ghebreyesus said that the World Health Organization (WHO), alongside its partners, was working with Yemeni authorities to reach people with treatment, safe water and adequate sanitation. While emergency activation centres had been deployed and critical life-saving supplies had been delivered, Yemen still faced an extreme shortage of doctors and nurses. Some had fled the country while others continued to come to work without receiving a salary in 10 months.

Mr. Da Silva painted a dark picture of Yemen’s food situation, underscoring that the country faced the world’s largest food crisis, with 17 million people — two thirds of the population — living in a state of severe food insecurity as of March 2017. That was an increase of 20 per cent from June 2016. Crop production in 2016 was down 40 per cent from pre-conflict levels and, due to expected poor rains, production in 2017 was likely to be lower still. Livestock faced a growing number of diseases that could threaten people as well. “Unless we take steps to address the conflict now, we will never truly overcome hunger in Yemen,” he warned.

In the ensuing discussion, Uruguay’s representative noted that the Council’s presidential statement of 15 June had been followed two days later by a deadly air strike on a market in a town near the border with Saudi Arabia. Those responsible for such barbaric acts, and their supporters, must stop. He added that it was in the Council’s competency to establish an investigative mechanism that would look into fundamental rights violations in Yemen.

Bolivia’s representative called on the Council to highlight the causes and situation that had led to the conflict in Yemen. “This is unfortunately a war that is being ignored,” he emphasized. and by Egypt Independent: and film by RT:

Comments by Haykal Bafana: Interesting that the UN envoy thanks China's “instrumental role” in putting him in direct contact with Yemen's Houthis.

But very disgusting that the UN envoy thanks Saudi Arabia for its support to combat the cholera epidemic raging in Yemen. WTF. Seriously.

My comment: O’Brien and others are ringing the alarm bell, and what happens: Nothing. And again: Not properly addressing those mostly guilty, but just foggy speaking of “warring parties” etc. And, more: The Security Council itself and it’s Saudi backing policy and resolutions is one of the guilty institutions. By it’s politics, it has fuelled the conflict instead of stopping it. – And the Hadi government is spreading it’s standard propaganda (look at bottom of article), which is separately reported by Saudi coalition media:

12.7.2017 – Kuwait News Agency (A P)

Yemen reiterates support of UN peace efforts

Yemen has reiterated its supportive stand towards finding a peaceful solution for the ongoing crisis in the country, as well as UN Secretary General’s envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s peace efforts, official media reported Wednesday.

the Yemeni government stressed the importance of relying on the three main points of reference; GCC initiative for Yemen, outcome of the previous rounds of the national dialogue, and relevant UNSC resolutions when embarking on any initiative or step aimed at finding a political solution for the ongoing conflict in the country.

My comment: Nothing new at all. “Yemen” here is just the Hadi government. Hadi’s so-called “the three main points of reference” are absolutely senseless and even an obstacle to peace, as often stated.

13.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Five International Incentives for a Yemeni Solution that Begins in Hodeida

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced on Wednesday five new incentives for a solution to the crisis in Yemen, which would begin in Hodeida port city.

Those incentives include, according to the international envoy, guarantying the delivery of raw and commercial material through Hodeida port, implementing a work mechanism to collect taxes and revenues, using revenues to pay salaries and providing basic services instead of funding the war. The fifth incentive entails the drafting of a national agreement that eases the sufferings of Yemen’s population.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council from Jordan via satellite, the international envoy welcomed Saudi Arabia’s consent on the need for the warring Yemeni parties to discuss the proposals in order to reach a solution to the crisis.

Sources in Ould Cheikh Ahmed’s office told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the parties have better accepted the latest proposals, compared to previous initiatives.

My comment: That’s useless as this envoy is no more accepted by the Houthi / Saleh side. The UN should name another envoy. But the main problem not is the UN envoy, but the biased UN policy which presses him to a certain one-sided policy. – There is no reason at all anyway to welcome any “consent” by Saudi Arabia, as there is none.

At least this article presents the idea that just the Houthi / Saleh side would be a problem. That is biased propaganda anyway, whether really by the envoy or just by the Saudi media.

12.7.2017 – AP (A P)

UN envoy says the conflict in Yemen is intensifying daily

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen says conflict in the Arab world's poorest nation is intensifying daily, with terrorist groups expanding, 14 million people in desperate need of food and the worst cholera epidemic in the world.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called on all parties at a Security Council meeting Wednesday "to act for the sake of peace," saying "their excuses are unacceptable and their justifications are unconvincing, especially when the solutions are in plain sight." =

12.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed discussed the Saudi-led coalition’s progress in Yemen with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi General Intelligence head Khalid Humaidan on July 11.[1]

12.7.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Saudi Crown Prince meets UN envoy to #Yemen to discuss ways to support & develop civil aviation in Yemen by providing op'l requirements (photos)

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

13.7.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Saudi Arabia boosting extremism in Europe, says former ambassador

Sir William Patey says Riyadh may not be aware of how its support for a ‘certain brand of Islam’ is leading to radicalisation

Saudi Arabia has been funding mosques throughout Europe that have become hotbeds of extremism, the former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir William Patey has said.

Patey said he did not believe Saudi Arabia was directly funding terrorist groups, but rather an ideology that leads to extremism, and suggested that its leaders might not be aware of the consequences. “It is unhealthy and we need to do something about it,” he said.

“The Saudis [have] not quite appreciated the impact their funding of a certain brand of Islam is having in the countries in which they do it – it is not just Britain and Europe.

“That is a dialogue we need to have. They are not funding terrorism. They are funding something else, which may down the road lead to individuals being radicalised and becoming fodder for terrorism.”

Patey said the Saudis “find it every easy to back off the idea that they are funding terrorism because they are not.

“What the World Association [sic] of Muslim Youth and the Muslim World League are doing is funding mosques and promoting an ideology – the Salifist Wahhabist ideology.”

He called for clarity on the definition of funding terrorism and “a grownup dialogue with the Gulf about what we think”. There were also “individual Gulf citizens that defied their governments to fund terrorism,” Patey added – by Patrick Wintour

12.7.2017 – BBC (A)

Saudi Arabia house fire leaves 11 foreign workers dead

Eleven migrant workers died from asphyxiation when fire swept though a windowless house they shared in Saudi Arabia, officials said.

Six others were injured in the fire in the south-western city of Najran, the civil defence directorate said.

The victims all hailed from Bangladesh and India, it added.

The region's governor has ordered an investigation and expressed concern over workers' accommodation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

An estimated nine million foreigners work in Saudi Arabia, many of them from South Asia.

Rights groups complain that foreign workers often suffer poor conditions and are unable to switch jobs or leave the country without the permission of their employers.

12.7.2017 – AP (A P)

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that it will grant girls in public schools access to physical education, a decision that comes after years of calls by women across the kingdom demanding greater rights and access to sports.

The Education Ministry said it will introduce the physical education classes “gradually” and “in accordance with (Islamic) Shariah regulations.”

At least one Saudi activist took to Twitter questioning whether this implied that girls will be required to seek the permission of their male guardians, such as a father, before they can play sports. It was also unclear if the classes would be extracurricular or mandatory.

12.7.2017 – New News (B P)

A coup plot against Mohammed bin Salman by Mohammed bin Nayef and some senior CIA officers

Some senior CIA officers planned for an imminent coup with cooperation of Mohammed bin Nayef and several Saudi princes against Mohammed bin Salman.

After three weeks from the royal decree by King Salman for the change of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and succession of Mohammed bin Salman, an informed source preferred not to reveal his name said: “some senior CIA officers planned for an imminent coup with cooperation of Mohammed bin Nayef and several Saudi princes against Mohammed bin Salman.”

Meanwhile, the French edition of Intelligence Online (Issue 780) addressed the meeting on May 7, 2017 between Mohammed bin Nayef and senior US intelligence and security officials, such as Secretary of Homeland Security John C. Kennedy and assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Thomas Bossert.

Also, a number of US intelligence officials have traveled to Riyadh in recent weeks to show their support for Mohammed bin Nayef, along with strengthening the US intelligence cooperation with Saudi Arabia (Issue 781 of Intelligence Online).

11.7.2017 – Bloomberg (A E)

Saudi Arabia Exceeds Oil-Production Cap for First Time

June crude output said to rise to 10.07 million barrels a day

Kingdom, major producers agreed to curb global oil supply

12.7.2017 – AP (* A P)

Saudi Arabia executes 4 Shiites for role in violent protest

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed four Shiites convicted on charges of terrorism for attacks against police and their role in violent protests.

The Interior Ministry said the four were executed for incidents that took place in the eastern region of Qatif, which is heavily populated by the kingdom’s minority Shiites. Qatif is also home to the town of al-Awamiya, where there has been a surge in violence since May between Shiite militants and security forces who are demolishing the town’s historic center.

In the list of offenses broadcast by the Interior Ministry, it did not appear that any of the four executed Tuesday had been found guilty of committing murder. Many of the offenses were related to their participation in protests. All were found guilty of disobeying the country’s ruler, a common charge leveled against dissidents.

The list of charges, however, also includes violent offenses such as opening fire on police, harboring fugitives, throwing firebombs at security forces during protests and being part of a terrorist cell aimed at undermining security.

Rights groups last month expressed concern that 14 Saudi Shiites face execution for protest-related crimes committed in 2011 and 2012. In a joint statement, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said the rise in death sentences against minority Shiites in Saudi Arabia “is alarming and suggests that the authorities are using the death penalty to settle scores and crush dissent under the guise of combating ‘terrorism’.” – By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY

12.7.2017 – The Times (* A P)

Saudi Arabia kills dissidents ‘with British help’

Saudi Arabia is using cybercrime laws to secure convictions and death sentences against protesters, raising questions about British co-operation on cybersecurity including training provided to Saudi police.

Saudi Arabia’s secretive terrorism court upheld a death sentence for Abdulkareem al-Hawaj on Monday. Last year he was convicted on cybercrime charges including spreading information on WhatsApp “as proscribed by the cybe rcrime bill” and sentenced to death. At the time of his alleged crimes he was aged 16.

Last year it emerged the College of Policing in Britain had trained Saudi police in intelligence gathering on protesters despite concerns that it could be used to identify people who would be “tortured or subjected to other human rights abuses” – by Catherine Philp

11.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Saudi Arabia executes four in Qatif over terror allegations

Saudi Arabia has executed four people in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province over allegations of conducting terrorist activities, the Saudi Interior Ministry says.

The Saudi Interior Ministry claims that the four, who were executed in Qatif Governorate, had attacked police stations and petrol officers.

The Shia-dominated Eastern Province, particularly the Qatif region, has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011. Protesters, complaining of marginalization in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region.

However, the government has responded to the protests with a heavy-handed crackdown, =

12.7.2017 – Ameen (* A P)

#Saudi Arabia executed another 4 innocent men yesterday, arrested during the rights movement in #Qatif. A msg to continue the wrong policy (photos) and also

11.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Saudi clansmen carry out sectarian executions of Shia Arab protesters. Zero executions of #ISIS terrorists

Executing 4 ppl who had cause no physical harm to no one (image)

13.7.2017 – Angry Qatafi (A P)

Families of #QatifMartyrs Al-Moaybid, Alsayegh, Al-Basry, and Al-Mishaikhis ask #Saudi govt to deliver the corpses to be buried (image)

11.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Pro #Saudi monarchy lawyer awarded by @hrw cheers executions of protesters including a minor

12.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Qatif Fire Raging .. Injured Three People, Including Security Man in Eastern Saudi Arabia

A Saudi security official was injured and two citizens injured in a series of separate shootings in Qatif province, which is opposed to Saudi regime.

A spokesman claimed that Saudi security man was shot while driving in his car on Sunday on an agricultural road in Qatif, pointing out that his condition is ok.

Also in the town of Awamiya in Qatif, two citizens were injured when they were near their homes on Sunday afternoon in two separate shootings carried out by Saudi security patrols.

cp9 USA

13.7.2017 – International Business Times (* B P)

Lockheed-Saudi Arabia Arms Deal Pushed By Republican Former Lawmaker Who Represents Both Sides

As Saudi Arabia’s two-year-long war with Yemen continues, the Department of Defense announced a new $600 million contract for 40 Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters to be sold to Saudi Arabia. Sikorsky is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. Both Saudi Arabia and Lockheed are represented by Howard “Buck” McKeon, a former GOP congressman turned lobbyist.

Lockheed has been paying the lobbying firm McKeon Group $30,000 a quarter since mid-last year to lobby on its behalf in DC. The group is headed by McKeon, who represented California’s 25th district from 1993 to 2015. During his last four years in office, he chaired the House Armed Services Committee, the body responsible for funding and overseeing the Department of Defense.

Since leaving Congress, McKeon has begun a lucrative lobbying career focusing on defense contractors, who were his primary donors throughout his time in Congress.

But McKeon doesn’t limit his lobbying work to defense companies. He also works on behalf of foreign governments. On November 16, a week after President Donald Trump’s election victory, McKeon’s lobbying firm registered with the Department of Justice as a foreign agent of the government of Saudi Arabia.

On behalf of the Kingdom, McKeon has lobbied several members of Congress on arms sales, according to documents filed with the Department of Justice

McKeon works closely with Glover Park Group, a DC-based PR firm headed by Michael Feldman, a former senior advisor to Al Gore.

Filings with the Department of Justice show that late last year, Glover representatives spoke on behalf of Saudi Arabia with Bob Simmons, the staff director for the House Armed Services Committee, about the NDAA. Saudi Arabia’s interest in the NDAA would be over provisions such as the amendments that would curb U.S. military sales and logistical support.

McKeon’s efforts on behalf of Saudi Arabia in April through May, when his current filings end, focused on securing the PGM sale. According to those records, McKeon discussed the PGM sale with six Republican senators.

Five days before the Senate voted to allow the PGM sale, Glover Park Group distributed a letter to Congress advocating arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The Glover letter was filed with the Department of Justice on behalf of the Government of Saudi Arabia – by Jay Cassano

12.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Trump to slash Middle East aid cash as disasters mount

Aid for Yemen is set to fall 82 percent from 2016 levels

The US foreign aid budget, if it passes, will see a massive reduction in aid to parts of the Middle East, in particular Tunisia and Yemen

"We see many aid budgets taking a hit as governments who traditionally had funded humanitarian assistance are prioritising other things," Tesorieri, said. "That's very clear."

She stated that current humanitarian needs are not being met, even before such a massive decrease in foreign aid.

"And conducting a war is incredibly expensive, so they can find the money for that, but not for staving off cholera or famine."

Donald Trump's budget, for the fiscal year beginning in October, is part of the "America first" policy on which he campaigned, and would cut $19bn, or 32 percent, from the US aid and diplomacy budget.

Ewan Watson, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, stressed that given the current humanitarian situation, such aid was vital for saving lives.

"A confluence of tragedies is playing out across Africa and the Middle East, and humanitarian needs are only increasing in hotspots like cholera-hit Yemen," Watson told MEE.

Jeremy Konydynk, director for foreign assistance at USAID in the Obama administration, has said that the proposed budget not just threatens lives but damages the US's position in the world.

"Humanitarian aid is lifesaving assistance, so cuts like these will kill people," he wrote in the Guardian in May.

"This budget will harm tens of millions of lives to save fractions of pennies. It is gratuitously cruel and unbecoming of the deep American traditions of helping those in need around the world."

But it looks as if the budget itself will face an uphill struggle.

Some of Trump's Republican peers have heavily criticised the proposed budget.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate subcommittee responsible for diplomacy and foreign aid spending, said that Trump's proposal to cut the diplomacy and aid budget by one third would "gut soft power".

"If we implemented this budget, you'd have to retreat from the world or put a lot of people at risk," Graham said. "This budget is not going to go anywhere."

"I am afraid Trump looks at international relations through a lens of business profitability and thus he doesn't see how he can benefit from tiny Tunisia politically speaking." – by Olivia Alabaster

12.7.2017 – US state Department (A P)

Remarks With Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you very much, Your Royal Highness, for welcoming me and for giving me this time so that we can talk further. And I appreciate the joint interests that we share, our two countries, our mutual interests here in terms of security, stability for the region, and economic prosperity in the region as well. It’s a very important, the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

My comment: LOL.

12.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed counter-threat financing with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir on July 12. [1]

11.7.2017 – Aljazeera (B P)

A reminder: Trump during his Saudi visit, film

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

12.7.2017 – The Guardian (* A P)

Rudd's refusal to publish full report into extremist funding 'unacceptable'

Opposition parties criticise ‘security-led’ decision to release only summary, saying mention of Saudi Arabia is being buried

Opposition parties have condemned the government for opting not to publish a much-delayed report into the funding and support of extremist groups, saying the decision appeared intended to bury any criticism of Saudi Arabia.

But the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said the move was based on national security and claimed that the full report contained sensitive and detailed personal information.

Announcing the decision in a written parliamentary statement, Rudd instead published a 430-word summary of the report, including that some extreme Islamist groups receive hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in funding, mainly from UK-based individual donors.

The summary said the most common source of support for extremist organisations was from small, anonymous public donations, mainly from individuals in the UK.

It also said overseas backing helped some individuals study at institutions “that teach deeply conservative forms of Islam and provide highly socially conservative literature and preachers to the UK’s Islamic institutions”, adding: “Some of these individuals have since become of extremist concern.”

However, the summary did not name the countries of origin for such funding or mention Saudi Arabia or any other nations.

Rudd said the full report, commissioned by David Cameron, was being withheld “because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons”

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary: “Of course, security intelligence should not be compromised but this is easily achieved by redaction and other means. The government would never have commissioned this report if it considered this problem insurmountable.

“Instead, there is a strong suspicion this report is being suppressed to protect this government’s trade and diplomatic priorities, including in relation to Saudi Arabia. The only way to allay those suspicions is to publish the report in full.” – by Peter Walker and by The Mirror: and this is this “summary”:

My comment: The UK-Saudi complicity is absolutely unacceptable. Now it is defended by secret politics and secret material used in law courts. Democracy needs transparency, these are more steps moving away from democracy. Western states – Britain and others – are moving from democracy to oligarchy – rule of a small elite – or already have arrived at this state. Just one more proof for that is given here. - The British government alsways claims fighting against terrorism is one of it's main goals. But, by making deals with Gulf terror sponsors and keeping evidence of their support of salafism in Britain proper is quite the opposite, is SUPPORTING terrorism instead. But, keep in mind, "terrorism" and the claim to fight against it are useful for a) augmenting the profits and benefits of a flourishing security "industry" and secret services and b) gives the best opportunity for steady cuts of civil and public liberties.

11.7.2017 – Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei (A P)

.@ForeigOffice statement regarding my family. Their encouragement to #Bahrain means they can remain imprisoned on false charges after torture (look at image)

My comment: The UK government always in alliance with Gulf tyrannies – the rest is bla bla.

11.7.2017 – Telepolis (** A P)

Britischer High Court: Waffenhandel mit Saudi-Arabien ist rechtmäßig

Begründung: Die Regierung sei besser informiert als die Menschenrechtsorganisationen, die gegen den Waffenexport vor Gericht zogen

In den Vorstandsetagen der britischen Waffenhersteller, im Handelsministerium und im Verteidigungsministerium wird man aufgeatmet haben. Der High Court entschied, dass Waffengeschäfte mit Saudi-Arabien mit dem Recht vereinbar sind. Bemerkenswert ist die Begründung. Es ist ein Magenschwinger für die Kläger.

Mit etwas Böswilligkeit und ignoranter Vernachlässigung der übrigen sorgfältig aufgereihten und verfassten Punkte kann man den Punkt 116 hervorheben und ihn als zentral für das Urteil herausstellen. Er lautet kurzgefasst: Die Regierung weiß sehr viel besser Bescheid als die Kritiker des Waffengeschäfts, also ist ihre Einschätzung auch die bessere.

Dem Gericht wurde von Klägern umfassendes Material über Angriffe mit getöteten Zivilisten im Jemen, Material, das in der Gänze gar nicht zu erfassen war, wie es in der 58-seitigen Entscheidung heißt. Viele Fälle von Menschenrechtsverletzungen werden darin aufgelistet.

Und dennoch das Urteil des High Court lautet: Der Waffenexport geht in Ordnung, weil der dafür zuständige britische Minister aus vernünftigen Gründen dazu befähigt war zu folgern, "dass die Koalition nicht absichtlich auf Zivilisten zielt". Saudi-Arabien habe Prozesse und Vorgehensweise in Gang gesetzt, um die Achtung des humanitären Völkerrechts zu sichern. Darüber hinaus würde die Koalition umstrittene Fälle, in denen Zivilisten umkamen, prüfen.

Beachtenswert an dem Urteil ist, dass es sich dabei zu einem wichtigen Teil auf Beweise gründet, die der Öffentlichkeit aus "nationalen Sicherheitsinteressen" nicht zugänglich gemacht wurden und hinter verschlossenen Türen verhandelt wurden. Diese Beweise stammen vom Geheimdienst.

Dabei ging es um Daten von Flugzeugeinsätzen, die nachträgliche Evaluation von Einsätzen, Bilder vom Verteidigungsministerium, Berichte des Geheimdienstes, Einschätzungen der Schäden nach dem Kampfeinsatz und ähnliches Material mehr, das laut Gericht die Erkennungszeichen einer robusten und rigorosen Analyse auf mehreren Ebene zeige – von Thomas Pany und kürzer

Mein Kommentar: Über dieses schändliche Urteil schweigen sich die deutschen „Mainstream“-Medien einfach aus; nur Telepolis und RT berichten letzteres aber nur dürftig (Englische Berichterstattung in YPR 321, cp10).


Aha. Interessante Argumentation.
Richter: "Das Opfer verstarb aufgrund von Schussverletzungen, die von ihrer Waffe verursacht wurden. Wollen Sie das abstreiten?"
Mafia-Killer: "Nein, aber ich habe nicht absichtlich auf das Opfer gezielt, sondern es nur zufällig getroffen!"
Richter: "25 mal? Können Sie das näher erläutern?"
Mafia-Killer: "Unglücklicherweise war die Waffe auf Dauerfeuer gestellt und das grosse Magazin eingelegt ... und da war da noch der Krampf, den ich im rechten Arm hatte ... und ich war abgelenkt, weil gerade meine Mami anrief ... aber ehrlich, ich wollte ganz wo anders hin zielen. Echt jetzt. Mein Ehrenwort als Ehrenmann!"
Verteidiger: "Euer Ehren, wir verfügen über besser Informationen als die Klägerseite"
Richter: "Das überzeugt mich. Das Verfahren wird eingestellt. Erheben Sie sich ..."

Dass der Waffenhandel mit Saudi-Arabien rechtmässig ist, ...

... dagegen ist nun wirklich nichts einzuwenden.

Man biege sich die Gesetze einfach so zurecht, dass der Waffenhandel mit Saudi-Arabien rechtmässig ist, und schon sind die Waffenlobby und ihre Politiker auf der legalen Seite.

Und die Begründung, dass die Regierung besser informiert sei, als die Menschenrechtsorganisationen, die gegen den Waffenexport vor Gericht zogen, setzt allem die Krone auf.

12.7.2017 – Janes (A P)

UK sees improved Saudi targeting in Yemen

The Royal Saudi Air Force’s (RSAF’s) pre-planned targeting during its operations in Yemen complies with NATO standards. However, its dynamic targeting has not always been up to the same level, according to a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) assessment that emerged during a legal case, which ultimately ruled that the UK government has not broken the law by continuing to authorise defence exports to Saudi Arabia (paywalled)

My comment: LOL. Well, NATO standards themselves are extremely low. The NATO air planes deliberately are killing civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria…

11.7.2017 – The Independent (A P)

Theresa May told to stop selling bombs to Saudi Arabia after request for policy ideas

Greens call for cross-party inquiry as opposition parties unite on the issue

Theresa May’s request for policy ideas from opposition parties has been answered with a suggestion to look again at arms sales to Middle Eastern autocrats.

Following a High Court ruling on Monday that the Government’s continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia is lawful Green MP Caroline Lucas said a cross-party inquiry was needed to examine the controversial issue.

Calling for an immediate halt to arms sales while the inquiry took place, Ms Lucas told The Independent that opposition parties were “increasingly united” in their condemnation of the sales – by Jon Stone

13.7.2017 – The Week (* A P)

The truth about UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

How much is the controversial weapons trade worth? The Week investigates

[Overview article]

What has the reaction been in the Middle East?

The Saudi embassy in London welcomed the High Court's judgment, reaffirming its respect for the independence of the UK's judiciary, the pan-Arab daily newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reports.

"We also note the court's statement that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been, and remains, genuinely committed to compliance with international humanitarian law," the embassy added.

Who is right?

While the UK exports may have been deemed lawful, there is a moral argument in favour of suspending weapons sales to country that the UN has accused of indiscriminately killing civilians.

13.7.2017 – New Statesman (** A P)

How did the High Court decide that weapon sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful?

Despite the ruling on Tuesday, many questions remain.

The judgement is complex. For the government to suspend arms sales, a “clear risk” threshold must be met. The judgement accepts that the government was “rationally entitled to conclude” that such a threshold had not been reached. When asked for comment, the Department for International Trade referred to Liam Fox's statement on Tuesday, which argues the judgement was a vindication of the “rigour” and “anxious scrutiny” of the government's assessment processes.

Yet Oliver Sprague, Amnesty International's UK Arms Control Programme Director, points out the ruling did not deal with whether there is actually a clear risk that the arms might be used to commit serious violations of human rights law, only whether the government had followed correct procedure.

Putting together possible reasons for the judgement, Sprague suggests that the ruling “erred on the side of accepting the government's narrative” in its dismissal of the reliability of NGO reports, and the panel of UN experts: “The very experts in international law and weapons that the UK (as a member of the security council) was responsible for authorising . . . for the UK to come out in court and say 'we don't think this is a very reliable exercise' is quite extraordinary. And I think you would find that they'd be pretty angry at the way their research has been characterised as kind of sloppy.

“It's essentially saying that the only way you can ascertain what's really going on, is to ask the Saudis themselves. The way that I think the ruling has deferred to that analysis is quite startling.”

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox's response to MPs on Tuesday shows how quickly the government is prepared to delegitimise the views from NGOs on this issue. When questioned on the reports from MSF about repeated Saudi bombing of Yemeni hospitals, Fox accused SNP MP Alison Thewliss of making “uninformed points for propaganda purposes”.

For Barns, the legitimacy and impartiality of NGO reports can be contrasted with the vested interests he says influence the government's evidence. There are two related issues, he says. Firstly, “the same department tasked with getting their evidence together is the department that is pushing and promoting these sales in the first place” – by Rudy Schulkind

10.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (** A P)

High court ruling on UK arms sales to Saudi is a victory for secret justice

Key evidence in the case was kept secret - and so will evidence in the case of British intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation with the US

The ruling by two judges that British weapons sales to Saudi Arabia do not breach British or international humanitarian law may be a victory for the British government – and, by implication, any other major arms supplier. It is certainly a victory for secret justice.

You may claim, as UN agencies, NGOs, and humanitarian organisations have done, that British bombs have killed civilians in Yemen, said Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cove. But what do we know?

The judges have been told things which we ordinary mortals have not. The reports that the claimants – the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) – relied on “represent a substantial body of evidence suggesting that the Coalition [of bombers] has committed serious breaches of International Humanitarian Law in the course of its engagement in the Yemen conflict,” said the judges.

“However,” they added, “this open source material is only part of the picture.”

The British defence ministry, continued the judges, had access to a “wider and qualitatively more sophisticated range of information” than that available to CAAT, including British Ministry of Defence imagery, intelligence reports and battle damage assessments.

Much of that, the judges stress, is “sensitive”. So it must be kept from the prying eyes of any independent scrutineer.

Under EU and British guidance, the government “will not grant a licence if there is a clear risk that the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law”, the judges remind us, underlining the key words.

The guidance is full of qualifications wide open to interpretation. Does a serious violation mean that there must be deliberate targeting of civilians, as the government’s lawyers implied? There has obviously been a clear risk that civilians would be killed. Not even the British government denies that civilians have been killed by bombing raids on Yemen.

It follows a pattern. Saudi intelligence may save lives in Britain. British weapons may kill civilians in Yemen – and elsewhere in the Middle East.

The British government has virtually given up pretending that human rights matter any more. Back in 2015, Sir Simon McDonald, the top official at the Foreign Office, told the Commons foreign affairs committee that human rights was "not one of our top priorities".

Justice in the dark

Key evidence in the case of British arms sales to Saudi Arabia has been kept secret. Other evidence is now also being kept secret in the case of British intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation with the US.

“A closed material procedure is unnecessary and is not in the interests of the fair and effective administration of justice,” Leigh Day, Belhaj’s lawyers – who are also CAAT’s lawyers in the arms sales case – told the British high court on Monday – by Richard Norton-Taylor

11.7.2017 – Campaign Against Arms Trade (* A P)

If we export arms to Saudi Arabia, we’re saying Yemeni lives don’t matter

The rules around UK arms exports are very clear. They state that if there is a “clear risk’ that UK arms may be used in a “serious

The rules around UK arms exports are very clear. They state that if there is a “clear risk’ that UK arms may be used in a “serious violation of international humanitarian law” then an export should not go ahead.

Properly applied, this rule should have been enough to stop arms exports to the Saudi regime – which a United Nations expert panel has accused of “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians in Yemen. ‘Much of the evidence was heard in “closed” session, which means we will never know what was said‘

Yesterday, almost five months on from the original hearing, our case was rejected by the High Court. It was a very disappointing verdict and one that we feel had erred in law. We are already pursuing an appeal and intend to fight it every step of the way.

Much of the evidence considered by the judges was heard in “closed” session, which means we will never know what was said. And much of the government’s evidence submitted in public hearings depended on the word of the Saudi military.

But if the Saudi authorities cannot be trusted to run free and fair elections, or to uphold the most basic rights of Saudi people, then how can they possibly be trusted to investigate themselves for war crimes?

If the judgement is upheld then it will set a very dangerous and wholly negative precedent. The message it will send to the Saudi dictatorship, and other human rights abusers, is that they can commit terrible crimes and the UK will continue to arm them irrespective of the human cost.

The message it will send to people on the ground in Yemen is even worse. It will tell them that their lives don’t matter, and that their human rights are of less importance than good relations with the Saudi Monarchy and profits for arms companies – by Andrew Smith

11.7.2017 – International Business Times (** A K P)

Yemen is suffering at the hands of Saudi Arabia - and the UK is profiting

Human Rights Watch has identified at least 81 apparently unlawful attacks by the Saudi-led coalition.

This week's judgment by the High Court declaring that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are not illegal is deeply disappointing.

The landmark legal case, brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, tried to establish that the UK government is breaking its own arms export licensing criteria by selling weapons to Riyadh, given the repeated international humanitarian law (IHL) violations the Saud-led coalition has committed during its military campaign in Yemen.

Had the High Court ruled in favour of Campaign Against Arms Trade, it was hoped that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia would have been suspended – at least temporarily – and thereby help to pressure Riyadh to end its unlawful attacks in Yemen.

So Monday's ruling is terrible news for Yemen's civilians. But the Court's approach also involved some significant omissions.

For example, in reaching a judgment on whether there is a "serious risk" that UK arms and equipment sold to Saudi Arabia will be used to commit "a serious violation of international humanitarian law" - at the heart of this legal case - it is crucial to look closely at Saudi Arabia's record during the Yemen conflict, and to scrutinise the contrasting evidence put forward by the different parties.

The Court's judgement commends the UK government's processes for considering allegations of violations of IHL. This includes the fact that cases are placed on a central government database, known as "the Tracker", as well as the frequent and high-level discussions on these issues that take place across Whitehall. This activity is cited as evidence of Ministerial good intentions and underpins the government's claim, backed by the Court, that the UK is compliant with its legal obligations.

But is this really good enough? Human Rights Watch has identified at least 81 apparently unlawful attacks by the Saudi-led coalition

While it does not say so explicitly, the logic of the UK's position is that Human Rights Watch, Amnesty and the UN rights agencies - whose work is often commended by the UK government in other contexts for its objectivity and rigour - have repeatedly gotten it wrong in the case of Yemen.

The government is entitled to challenge our organisations' research, legal analysis and conclusions, of course, but it has failed to make public any convincing counter evidence to dispute ours and substantiate theirs. And, more importantly, the Court is seemingly happy with the government's assurances from Saudi Arabia that it remains "genuinely committed to compliance with international humanitarian law".

For example, the Court makes much of the fact that the government quickly raised concerns when the Saudi-led coalition bombed a funeral hall in Sanaa in October 2016 – an appalling attack that killed or wounded hundreds of civilians. But even in this case – which the UN human rights office called "outrageous" and which prompted the United States to review its support to the Saudi-led coalition and hold up some weapons sales – the UK has not said whether it believes the airstrike was lawful or not.

The Court also makes some statements about the work of human rights groups, including that they have often "not visited and conducted investigations in Yemen and are necessarily reliant on second-hand information." This is not correct. Human Rights Watch has visited Yemen repeatedly since the start of the war in March 2015, and conducted numerous on-site inspections. Nor does Human Rights Watch rely on second-hand information. Instead, we conduct thorough investigations that draw on multiple sources of information, including interviews, video and photographic evidence, and satellite imagery.

The Court also notes approvingly the frequency of UK government contact with the Saudi authorities, and a number of high-profile recent public statements by the Saudis. But where is the evidence that this has translated into changes in Saudi conduct?

There is no let-up in the Yemen war. The Saudi-led coalition, supported and armed by the UK, continues to carry out attacks that we and others deem to be unlawful. There are simply too many unanswered questions for this ruling to be the last word on UK arms sales to Saudi – by David Mepham, UK director at Human Rights Watch

12.7.2017 – The National (* A P)

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: We must stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia – the crisis in Yemen proves it

This horrific situation [in Yemen] is not a by-product of the war — it is an intrinsic part of the conflict.

This is because hospitals, schools and water treatment plants have been bombed to destruction. Civilians have been warned to leave Saada and Maaran by Saudi forces because these whole towns would be bombed indiscriminately. The country’s ports, essential to a population relying heavily on imports for food and medicine, have been blockaded.

It’s in this horrendous context that Monday’s High Court judgment — that continuing British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are legal — is so grating

It’s in this horrendous context that Monday’s High Court judgment — that continuing British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are legal — is so grating. Since the conflict began in March 2015, the UK has sold £3.3 billion worth of arms to the regime in Saudi Arabia. This includes £1.1bn worth of bombs, missiles and other explosives alone. This is a staggering amount of weaponry.

The key background facts are also undisputed by the UK Government. After a concerted campaign both inside and outside parliament, the Ministry of Defence eventually conceded last year that a “limited number” of cluster bombs previously manufactured in the UK, which are now rightly banned under international law, have been used in the present war. The high court has heard that the MoD, which has forces embedded in the command and control centres of the Saudi armed forces, keeps its own records of the illegal incidents carried out in Yemen, and to date has recorded 41 separate occasions on which Saudi-led forces appear to them to have breached international law.

But despite these stark facts, and the certainty that the continued support of the UK government and others threatens the lives of Yemeni civilians each day, the court decided that past action could be discounted if our government could reasonably conclude that the record of the Saudi forces in engaging civilian targets would improve in future. They may have been bad in the past, but they’ve promised to be better in future.

This conclusion surely flies in the face of reason and all available evidence.

It seems to so many to be a perversion of justice, which endangers the lives of million – by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

11.7.2017 – Control Arms Blog (* A P)


What we desperately need from the international community is humanitarian assistance, support for a peace process, and a push for accountability. Instead, we get more and more bombs.

On Monday, 10 July, the UK High Court issued a ruling in support of the British Government, and against NGO Campaign Against Arms Trade, which had mounted a legal challenge to try to stop the arms supplies to Saudi Arabia. In an utterly mystifying ruling, the High Court determined that the UK government is within its rights to decide, without challenge, whether to allow these arms supplies to continue.

Our lives seemed not to factor into this ruling.

Bombs keep falling on our homes and hospitals. Our daily suffering will continue unimpeded if governments, like the UK, keep providing arms is support to the Saudi-led coalition. For years governments have resisted independent international inquiry into the conflict. This must change, as soon as possible.

CAAT have told us they plan to appeal against the ruling. We welcome this, and the efforts of all NGOs who continue to campaign against the supply of bombs and other weapons used against innocent Yemeni civilians. Their humanity is some comfort to us. Please join them in asking all governments to stop the supply of deadly weapons to all warring parties in Yemen – our very lives depend on it – by Radhya Almutawakel, a Yemen-based human rights defender and co-founder of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, Control Arms member

10.7.2017 – Campaign Against Arms Trade (A P)

Campaigners seek to appeal 'very disappointing' verdict on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Campaigners have said they will appeal a High Court decision which allows the UK Government to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The verdict came despite global concern over the use of these weapons against civilians.

The legal action was brought by law firm Leigh Day on behalf of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) against the Secretary of State for International Trade over its decision to continue to grant licences for the export of arms from the UK to Saudi Arabia.

Lawyers for CAAT argued this decision was against UK arms export policy, which clearly states that the government must deny such licences if there is a 'clear risk' that the arms 'might' be used in 'a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)'.

The legal action follows serious allegations that Saudi forces might have used UK arms to violate IHL in their ongoing bombardment of Yemen.

Remark: Look at YPR 321, cp10.

12.7.2017 – Campaign against Arms Trade (A P)

Stop Arming Saudi activists call for further action

Quaker activist Sam Walton and Rev Daniel Woodhouse have pled ‘Not Guilty’ to criminal damage at their pre-trial hearing, and called for further action to Stop Arming Saudi.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

13.7.2017 – Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (* B P)

320.000 Cholera-Infizierte im Jemen: Katastrophe mit Ansage

An der Katastrophe mit Ansage trägt die Kanzlerin eine Mitschuld. Vor knapp drei Monaten besuchte Angela Merkel Saudi-Arabien, das Land, welches unter dem Deckmantel des Anti-Terror-Kampfes den Jemen bombardiert. Merkel sagte damals, die Lage sei militärisch nicht lösbar – was richtig ist – und verwies auf Friedensbemühungen der UN – was hilflos wirkte.

Dabei könnte Merkel viel mehr fordern, etwa ein Ende der Bombardements, die Krankenhäuser und Infrastruktur zerstört haben. Sie könnte eine Friedenskonferenz initiieren und Hilfskorridore verlangen. Sie könnte säumige Zahler ermahnen und Gelder nochmals aufstocken. Stattdessen macht Merkel das, was alle tun: nichts. Es ist eine Schande – von Melanie Heike Schmidt

13.7.2017 – ARD Blog (* A P)

Wieder Waffen für Saudi-Arabien

Dem Krieg im Jemen und der Katarkrise zum Trotz: Die Bundesregierung hat erneut Waffenlieferungen nach Saudi-Arabien genehmigt. Die SPD kritisierte den Koalitionspartner dafür und spricht von einer “irritierenden” Entscheidung.

Die Liste, die dem ARD-Hauptstadtstudio vorliegt, umfasst vier Patrouillenboote, 110 Lkw sowie “militärische Werkzeuge und Ausrüstung”. Für den letzten Punkt sind die Kosten mit 8,9 Millionen Euro beziffert, die übrigen Posten dürften im Volumen um ein Vielfaches darüber liegen.

Scharfe Kritik kommt aus der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion. Der stellvertretende Fraktionsvorsitzende Rolf Mützenich nannte die Entscheidungen der Bundesregierung gegenüber dem ARD-Hauptstadtstudio “höchst irritierend”. Vor allem die Genehmigung zur Ausfuhr weiterer Patrouillenboote nach Saudi-Arabien seien vor dem Hintergrund der Spannungen mit Katar und den Seeblockaden jemenitischer Häfen nicht zu verantworten: “Die Exportlinien sind in dieser Frage eindeutig: Rüstungsexporte in Spannungsgebiete sind verboten.”

Die Exportgenehmigungen ständen darüber hinaus im krassen Widerspruch zu Deutschlands Anspruch, ehrlicher Makler bei der Suche nach einer Friedenslösung im Jemen zu sein – von Arnd Henze

13.7.2017 – DLF 24 (A H P)

Bundesregierung vervierfacht Hilfszahlungen

Der Jemen hat 2016 deutlich mehr finanzielle Unterstützung von Deutschland erhalten als im Jahr zuvor.

Wie die Bundesregierung auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Linken mitteilte, wurden die Zahlungen ungefähr vervierfacht - von 32,5 auf 125 Millionen Euro.

Die deutschen Gelder fließen nach Angaben der Bundesregierung in die von den Vereinten Nationen koordinierten Hilfsprojekte für den Jemen.

Mein Kommentar: Beides zusammen passt nicht.

cp12 Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

13.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Bob Corker: Saudi terrorism support 'dwarfs' Qatar's

Republican says Saudi crown prince may have made 'rookie mistake' over Qatar blockade, as diplomatic efforts continue.

An influential US Republican senator has criticised the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, over a blockade on Qatar by the kingdom and three other Arab states.

The comments by Bob Corker, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

"The amount of support for terrorism by Saudi Arabia dwarfs what Qatar is doing," Corker said on Wednesday.

12.7.2017 – RT (* A P)

Die Maus, die brüllte: Wie Saudi-Arabien Katar unterschätzte

Es gibt eine gewisse Ironie in der Krise, die den Golf-Kooperationsrat (GCC) plagt, nachdem Saudi-Arabien Katar zum Paria gestempelt hat. Die entstandene Pattsituation hat das Potenzial, die Region in eine völlig neue geopolitische Einheit umzuwandeln.

12.7.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

Top U.S. diplomat ends talks in Gulf; no sign Qatar crisis resolved

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended talks with ministers from Saudi Arabia and three Arab allies on Wednesday over how to end a month-long rift with Qatar, but there was no immediate word of any breakthrough.

Tillerson returned to Kuwait, the mediator between the feuding Gulf countries, without making any statement on his talks in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah. He had signed a U.S.-Qatari accord on terrorism financing on Wednesday, but Qatar's opponents said it fell short of allaying their concerns.

Any resolution of the impasse must address all the key issues for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, a senior UAE official said before the talks in Saudi Arabia.

12.7.2017 – Washington Post (* A P)

US inks anti-terror deal with Qatar in press to end dispute

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sealed a deal Tuesday to intensify Qatar’s counterterrorism efforts, tackling a central issue in the spat pitting the besieged Gulf nation against four other American allies lined up against it.

Tillerson outlined the agreement at the end of his first visit to Qatar since its neighbors moved to isolate it over grievances, including what they allege is its support for extremist groups.

It was his second stop on a shuttle-diplomacy circuit that will take him next to Saudi Arabia, which has shut Qatar’s only land border and is the most powerful of the countries opposing it.

The centerpiece of the visit was the signing of a memorandum of understanding that lays out steps Qatar can take to bolster its fight against terrorism and address shortfalls in policing terrorism funding.

Tillerson said the deal, the details of which were not made public, has been in the works for a while and included some steps that have already been taken – By Adam Schreck and Maggie Hyde

12.7.2017 – BBC (A P)

Qatar crisis: Air-lifted cows start arriving in Doha

12.7.2017 – Daily Sabah (A P)

German cows flown into Qatar arrive in Doha amid Saudi-led blockade

Comments by Haykal Bafana: I mean, these Doha milk cows will be staying in air-conditioned stalls, much better treatment than millions of foreign workers get in Qatar.

"Humanitarian crisis", 6-star style.

My comment: Where are the cows for Yemen??

11.7.2017 – Washington Post (* A P)

US inks anti-terror deal with Qatar in press to end dispute

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sealed a deal Tuesday to intensify Qatar’s counterterrorism efforts, tackling a central issue in the spat pitting the besieged Gulf nation against four other American allies lined up against it.

Tillerson outlined the agreement at the end of his first visit to Qatar since its neighbors moved to isolate it over grievances, including what they allege is its support for extremist groups.

It was his second stop on a shuttle-diplomacy circuit that will take him next to Saudi Arabia, which has shut Qatar’s only land border and is the most powerful of the countries opposing it.

The centerpiece of the visit was the signing of a memorandum of understanding that lays out steps Qatar can take to bolster its fight against terrorism and address shortfalls in policing terrorism funding.

Tillerson said the deal, the details of which were not made public, has been in the works for a while and included some steps that have already been taken – By Adam Schreck and Maggie Hyde

11.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

The Qatar crisis: Welcome to the liquid Middle East

It may appear that the Gulf rift has sparked a new regional order as countries have lined up with or against Qatar. But don't be surprised if today's alliances shift just as quickly

11.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Why the Gulf crisis caught Moscow off guard

Mohammed bin Salman proved useful for Russian-Saudi investment deals, but his elevation to crown prince, paired with the Qatar crisis, signals unwelcome changes in the balance of Gulf power for Moscow

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

11.7.2017 – European Parliament (A P)

EU’s arms export control needs an upgrade, say foreign affairs MEPs

Lack of uniform implementation of EU’s arms export control

Need for supervisory body and sanctions mechanism

Saudi Arabia should face EU arms embargo

The EU’s arms export control should be upgraded by setting up a supervisory body and sanctions mechanism for those member states not following minimum requirements, said MEPs on Tuesday.

Foreign affairs committee MEPs are alarmed at arms races in the world and at military approaches to solve political conflict. They urge the EU member states to improve the implementation of the Common Position, which sets the minimum requirement on arms export control, in order to enhance the security of civilians suffering from conflicts and human rights abuses in third countries.

MEPs criticise member states for violating their common arms export control system and taking conflicting decisions on arms export, though weapons to be exported are essentially alike and reach similar destinations and end-users. They also regret that only 20 member states fully reported on their arms export.

To remedy the situation foreign affairs MEPs advocate:

10.7.2017 – Lockheed Martin (A K)

Bahrain to Purchase Lockheed Martin's Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a direct commercial sale contract from the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) to provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for its F-16 fleet, becoming the 25th international customer for the program.

Under the $22.45 million contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ATPs, spares and support equipment for integration. To meet the BDF's urgent operational need, pod deliveries will begin in early 2018.

"Sniper ATP will provide the BDF with critical targeting capability and will support greater overall mission success," said Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Comment by Stephen Snyder: Bahrain fighter jets will use Lockheed sniper pod to hit "small targets at long range" (photo)

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

13.7.2017 – Yemen Embassy at Washington DC (* B T)

Yemen Efforts in the Fight Against Terrorism

The Republic of Yemen—before the Youth Revolution of 2011—, to some extent, had all three foundations, yet it failed. This was simply because of the lack of political will back then. After 2012, however, Yemen had the political will and a firm commitment to fight terrorism, but, unfortunately, was faced with many challenges that affected those foundations due to the continuous thwarting of peace following the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative and its implementation mechanism. It is only by restoring the State and ending the coup 1 of September 2014 that any efforts to combat and prevent terrorism and violent extremism in Yemen would ever bear fruit.

After the election of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012, the Government shifted from focusing merely on the military and security options in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in favor of a twopronged approach. The Government knew that reviving Yemen’s early attempts of deradicalization and reintegration programs was as important —if not more—than the military and security options. This is, however, not to say that the Government has abandoned or in any way reduced its military operations against AQAP. On the contrary, military operations were intensified since 2012 (as will be explained later). It is just to say that the Government was fully committed to eradicating and preventing terrorism and violent extremism, and that it knew only a holistic approach to counter and prevent this phenomenon can succeed.

On August 28, 2012, President Hadi instructed the Government to revise and adopt a Comprehensive National Counterterrorism Strategy (CNCS), originally drafted by the High-Level Security Committee, taking into account all inputs from all ministries including the ministries of Education, Information, and Justice, among others.

President Hadi issued a Presidential Decree on May 14, 2014, creating a committee to reactivate and further develop Yemen’s rehabilitation and reintegration program.

The Military Operations Against AQAP 2012- 2014

Liberating al- Mukalla City April 2016

The Way Forward There is no military solution to terrorism and violent extremism. The solution must be a comprehensive one. Military operations, nonetheless, are and will still be an integral part of the fight against AQAP and other terrorist organizations in Yemen. However, without incorporating deradicalization and other development programs, a military approach alone will only exacerbate the problem.

My comment: of course, this report has an evident propaganda bias. The Hadi government is presented as a powerful fighter against terrorism (LOL!!). Anyway, there is some interesting information on AQAP in Yemen.

12.7.2017 – Catholic News Service (A T)

Yemen’s foreign minister says kidnapped Salesian is still alive

Yemen’s foreign minister told Indian officials that Salesian Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Yemen last year, is still alive, and efforts to trace him continue. reported that, during a visit to New Delhi, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Abduljalil Al-Mekhlafi gave his reassurances in a meeting with the Indian external affairs July 10, said an Indian government statement. It said Fr. Uzhunnalil is “alive, and the Yemeni government has been making all efforts to secure his release.” It said al-Mekhlafi “assured all cooperation in this regard.”

12.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and .Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) Wilayat al Bayda militants attacked al Houthi-Saleh forces in al Bayda governorate. AQAP militants attacked al Houthi-Saleh fighters with heavy machine guns in Tayab area, Dhi Na’im district, central al Bayda governorate on July 12. [2]

11.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP) and the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham(ISIS) Wilayat al Bayda claimed attacks in al Baydagovernorate, central Yemen. AQAP killed three al Houthi-Saleh fighters at a checkpoint in Rada’a, central al Bayda governorate, on July 10. ISIS Wilayat al Bayda claimed to kill three al Houthi-Saleh fighters with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Qayfa area, northwestern al Bayda governorate, central Yemen on July 8. ISIS and AQAP regularly cooperate on a tactical level against al Houthi-Saleh forces in central Yemen.[2]

11.7.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

No.11 in #AQAP #Yemen series of lessons from the Prophets is an awkward listen. Batarfi deals with sodomy & the people of Sodom & Gomorrah (image)

cp15 Propaganda

13.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Houthi Insurgents Accused of Selling Free Cholera Medicines

The local administration of the legitimate government in Yemen has monitored the involvement of the Houthi rebels in selling free medicines provided by Saudi Arabia and the UAE for cholera patients in the areas under their control, mainly in Sana’a.

It called on all international organizations concerned with monitoring the humanitarian situation in Yemen to work on monitoring the performance of the Houthi rebels and to ensure that they do not trade with the conditions of people living in areas under their control.

Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration Abdel-Raqib Fath strongly condemned the trading in the medicines of the cholera epidemic, selling them in the black market in Hodeidah, Hajja, Ibb and Dhamar provinces and depriving patients from obtaining them.

The Yemeni Minister called on the Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA) in the World Health Organization, the UNICEF and other international agencies to monitor the performance of armed Houthi militias in areas under their control and their acts of selling free-of-charge treatments to cholera patients.

Fath, who is also the head of the Higher Relief Committee, said that the liberated areas have been under strict supervision through a certain mechanism followed by the Ministry of Health and its offices at the levels of the governorates and districts in order to ensure the delivery of the free cholera drugs to infected patients.

My comment: Of course there is looting and reselling of medicines. But this here is a simple propaganda article solely blaming the “Houthis” for this, while the other side are the good guys providing the medicines (Saudi and UAE) and the Hadi government with a “strict supervision” in it’s “liberated” areas. LOL. This government not even can supervise the man streets of it’s capital city.

13.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Five International Incentives for a Yemeni Solution that Begins in Hodeida

The Yemeni government has supported the need to develop a program of action that guarantees the safe delivery of humanitarian and commercial materials and prevents the smuggling of weapons, and the misuse of taxes and revenues, he added.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed called on Houthi rebels and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to “show goodwill and deal with the proposals constructively if they really want to end the war and improve the humanitarian situation.”

The Yemeni government, for its part, renewed its stance in support of the peaceful solution and the UN envoy’s efforts, in a statement published by the official Saba news agency on Wednesday.

The government welcomed the new initiatives presented by Ould Cheikh Ahmed and international efforts to bring peace to the country, stressing the need to abide by UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the outcome of national dialogue and the Gulf Initiative and its implementation mechanisms.

13.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A E P)

Marib: Inauguration of 800 trading , industrial projects

Over 800 trading and industrial projects were inaugurated during the past two years, after decades of marginalization by the former regime.

According to the director of industrial and commerce chamber in Marib Abdul-Haq Muneef affirmed that over 800 projects were inaugurated during the past two years, pointing out that stability and security in Marib helped the flow of investment in the city.

Many Yemeni people including merchants and investors left their cities and went to Marib after the Houthi-Saleh militias restricted them and forced them to pay illegal money.

My comment: The new Hadi paradise? Looking at Aden I doubt.

11.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Coalition Warns of Yemen Insurgents’ Intentional Disruption of Aid

The leadership of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen confirmed its keenness on the humanitarian aid carried out by UN organizations in Yemen, in accordance with the principles specified by international law.

In a statement issued on Monday, the leadership warned that the Houthi militants have intentionally hindered the arrival of relief supplies to the country.

“We are working to facilitate the work of all humanitarian and relief organizations to ensure that aid reaches the Yemeni people. We are taking quick and effective measures in this regard, including prompt action on humanitarian organizations’ requests in accordance with international laws,” the leadership said.

It underlined “the dangers of the practices carried out by the Houthi militias and the forces of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who are intentionally disabling the access to relief supplies to areas under their control, stealing some of them and targeting the ports through which they arrive through.”

It called on the international community to put pressure on the insurgents to achieve security and stability in the region through following international regulations, especially UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

The Coalition stressed its keenness to support and help Yemeni people through the “Restoring Hope” operation. It depends on the relief and humanitarian programs carried out by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in Yemen in the areas where there are Yemeni refugees.

My comment: This while the Saudi coalition blocks northern Yemeni air ports and harbours. – “keenness to support and help Yemeni people through the “Restoring Hope” operation. “Restoring Hope” names what? Air strikes bombing Northern Yemen:

11.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A P)

#Qatar has been persistently backing groups in #Yemen that pose threat to its neighbors, in a clear violation to #Riyadh agmt signed in 2013 (text in image)

My comment: This is dull. Qatari troups were a part of the Saudi coalition, Qatar would have endangered it’s own troops making them targets for the Houthis.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

12.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 11 July 2017 (full list)

13.7.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

It is 9:59 AM that means a rush hour in the capital Sanaa, as the Saudi jets flying now over the sky of the city.

12.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi cluster bomb remnants kill child in Sa'ada

A child was killed on Wednesday in a cluster bomb explosion of the remnants of the US- Saudi aggression in Sahar district in Sa'ada province.
A security official told Saba that the remnants also injured a civilian and another child.

12.7.2017 – Saudi War Crimes (A K PH)

Three children were injured on Wednesday by a cluster bomb left behind by the Saudi-American aggression in Saada province.

A local source in the province said that three children (two children and a girl), including a child in a serious condition caused by a bomb explosion cluster remnants of aggression in Al Abuest district, the Department of Sohar. and film:

12.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression targets Car in Sa'ada

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Wednesday an air raid on Kutaf district in Sa'ada province.

12.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression warplanes targets citizens' houses in Marib

12.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets raid Hajjah

11.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A K)

Yemen Security Brief

Coalition airstrikes killed 13 al Houthi-Saleh fighters and wounded 17 others in Mawza’ district, western Taiz governorate. Hadi government-aligned forces killed six al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Maqbanah district, western Taiz governorate on July 10.[4]

Remark: From pro-Hadi sources.

11.7.2017 – New News (A K PH)

14 Raids on a Number of Governorates in the Past Few Hours

A military source told NewNews that the alliance warplanes launched three raids on the security department in Rima Hameed, Sana’a governorate, and two raids on the Al-Buqa’ ,and Om Al-Reah in Kataf of Sa’ada governorate.

11.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets raids Moton

Saudi fighter jets waged six raids on Moton district of Jawf province on Thursday morning and

11.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi jets raids Serwah

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

13.7.2017 – hussam Al-Sanabani (A K PH)

Film: Hadi government, admitted the killing of 12,000 mercinaries by the Yemeni army & militia in Nihm Front east of the capital Sana'a

13.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Members of #Bahrain's Royal Guard SF operating in Sirwah, #Yemen (photos)

13.7.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Saudi Arabia Confessed the Deaths of 155 Soldiers Including Officers by Yemeni Fires

Special sources of the Almasder agency revealed some of the names of the dead Saudi soldiers killed by the fire of the heroes of the Yemeni army and People’s Committees in the battles on the fronts beyond Saudi border, where the Saudi army suffered heavy casualties and material among their ranks.

12.7.2017 – Yemen Conflict Map (A K)

Map: Yemen Update the eastern front of the city of Taiz

Central Security - Presidential Palace - Patrol Camp - Valley Hall


12.7.2017 – Yemen Conflict Map (A K)

Yemen Map of control in the Directorate of Ghail - Jouf Governorate

The distance is less than 3 km between the center of the Directorate of Ghail and the areas of clashes in Wadi Shawq

5.7.2017 – Yemen Press (B K PH)

Semi-Annual Military Report of 2017: YEMEN

The military operations of the Yemeni missile force in the theater of the comprehensive defense war achieved military operational successes at the regional and global levels in terms of the scale and losses incurred by the coalition of aggression in the various and multiple missile strikes that thank The Leader of the Revolution, Mr. Commander Abdul Malik al-Houthi, may Allah preserve him and his victory and his great admiration for the Yemeni missile force and its heroic heroes.

Their operational efforts have achieved field and strategic results at the internal and external levels and have proven to be the most capable, powerful and influential on the battlefield. They have changed the balances and blown up major plans and operations for the invaders. They have returned the invaders and hypocrites to zero in each round due to deadly and destructive deterrent strikes.

In fact, the missile force was able to be an alternative to air and sea superiority. This is the result of the firm faith, the strong determination and the responsibility that the men of the rockets carried with sincerity, loyalty, will and faith.

Pro Houthi / Pro Saleh reports:

Pro-Saudi / Pro Hadi reports: (point 4)

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

13.7.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (A)

Twitter penetration rate & growth in #Yemen is one of lowest in Arab region. Aprx 145,000 users vs. Saudi's 2.6 mil! Source: Arab SM Report (image)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-321 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-321: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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