Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 323 - Yemen War Mosaic 323

Yemen Press Reader 323: US-Kongress gegen Jemenkrieg – Ben Norton über Jemen – Jemen: der Krieg, den es nicht gibt – Jemen-Bericht 2016: Humanitäre Lage – Cholera – Londoner Urteil - Syrien - ua
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Congress against US involvement in Yemen – Ben Norton on Yemen – Yemen: The war that isn’t happening – Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund 2016 Annual Report – Cholera – London High Court verdict – Arms shipping to "moderate rebels" in Syria – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

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cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

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

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Söldner / Mercenaries

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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14.7.2017 – Lobelog (** A K P)

Congress Takes a Stand against U.S. Involvement in Yemen

In a move hailed by human rights and other activists, the House of Representatives Friday voted to curb US military involvement in the multi-sided civil war in Yemen and review Washington’s strong support for the Saudi-led intervention against rebel forces in the Arab world’s poorest nation.

The action came in the form of three Yemen-related amendments that were added without objection to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will now be taken up by the Senate.

A measure sponsored by Ohio Republican Warren Davidson would bar funds approved in the defense bill from being used in military operations in Yemen if they were outside the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF) legislation, passed by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The practical effects of the amendment remain somewhat unclear, as the 2001 law has been used to justify US military force in various post-2001 conflicts from North Africa to South Asia.

A second amendment put forward by Minnesota Democrat Rick Nolan could directly affect US participation in the conflict as well. It bans the use of funds for the purpose of deploying U.S. military personnel to the Yemeni civil war.

A third amendment, sponsored by California Democrat Ted Lieu, would require the secretaries of state and defense to submit reports on the conduct of Saudi Arabia’s two-year-old, U.S.-backed air campaign that has reportedly killed several thousand civilians, displaced hundreds of thousands more, and destroyed much of the country’s health and other civilian infrastructure.

Activists say the three provisions, if passed into law, constitute meaningful steps toward limiting US involvement in Yemen and ending Washington’s backing for the Saudi-led campaign which also includes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and several other Arab countries.

“The amendments will put pressure on Saudi Arabia and the US government to seriously push for a political solution and to completely stop the humanitarian crisis,” said Robert Naiman of the group Just Foreign Policy, one of a number of groups, including Oxfam International and the Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL), that have been urging Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention – by Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio

14.7.2017 – Truthout (** A K P)

US House Votes to Block US Participation in Saudi War in Yemen

Today, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prohibit US participation in the catastrophic Saudi-United Arab Emirates (UAE) war against the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen.

The Davidson amendment prohibits US military action in Yemen not authorized by the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). US participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen is not targeting al-Qaeda or ISIS and is not authorized by the 2001 AUMF. Davidson's amendment would block the US refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen.

The Nolan amendment prohibits the deployment of US troops to participation in Yemen's civil war. Nolan's amendment would block the US refueling of Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen.

The Saudi-UAE war in Yemen, in which US participation was never authorized by Congress, has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine, with the worst cholera outbreak in the world

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut has said, "The Saudis simply could not operate this bombing campaign without us. Their planes can't fly without US refueling capacity." Yet the US has doubled the amount of fuel it provided to Saudi and UAE bombers since October.

Congressional action to end US participation in the catastrophic Saudi-UAE war in Yemen, which has never been authorized by Congress, is long overdue. President Trump should heed the House votes and end US refueling of Saudi and UAE planes bombing Yemen immediately.

You can urge President Trump to comply with the House demands, and urge the Senate to stand with the House here – By Robert Naiman

14.7.2017 – The Real News (** B H K P)

War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help

As Yemen's cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, Alternet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war.

[The humanitarian situation] is absolutely catastrophic, and in general there hasn't been enough attention for the past 27 months to the war in Yemen in which the Us and the British governments are entirely complicit. But this has really pushed things beyond the brink.

This is really tearing a country that has already been torn apart by war even further. And the fact that the UN is now abandoning their vaccination program against cholera should be an enormous scandal. It should fill all the front pages of newspapers, and the headlines of large media outlets, but of course, there is very little attention. And even when there is media attention, it frequently downplays the complicity, the leadership role of the US in this conflict.

Well of course the blame for the crisis is the war, and there are two sides to the war. So of course everyone is complicit in creating that, however not everyone created the war. Saudi Arabia with the backing of the US and the UK, and also the United Arab Emirates, is what began the war. Again, this doesn't mean that the Houthi rebels, and that their allies who are loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh that doesn't mean that they haven't committed atrocities of their own. But the vast majority of the atrocities, the vast majority of the civilian casualties have been perpetuated by the US backed, Saudi led coalition which has relentlessly bombed civilian areas, which has targeted civilian areas intentionally, and which has led to the destruction of more, or at least the damage of more than half of the medical facilities in Yemen.

At this point approximately 55% of medical facilities and health centers in Yemen are either completely not functional or only partially functional. That is not ... I mean the majority of that damage is because of airstrikes and fighting. The Houthis don't have an air force.

And I've actually interviewed myself, Martha Mundy who's a professor of emeritus of the London School of Economics, who is a specialist, a leading expert on the agricultural economy of Yemen. And she, who is a part of this project, has meticulously gathered this data and shows that there is basically no doubt, considering the targets that have been hit, considering the extremely small probability of them being hit, there is almost no doubt that the US Saudi coalition has been intentionally targeting civilian infrastructure. Especially production of food.

So related to all of this is not only is there a complete imbalance for the two sides but there are mountains of evidence suggesting that the US Saudi coalition has in fact intentionally been targeting civilian infrastructure including food production and health services, exacerbating the crisis. And the goal has been to create such an incredible crisis within Houthi Salla held territory which is the majority of the civilian population, that they rebel and ask for intervention from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

There are very few international observers on the ground inside Yemen. In fact the Saudi led coalition backed by the US has imposed a blockade on the country.

Saudi Arabia of course is carrying out some cynical PR moves. And the donation of $66.7 million dollars by Saudi crown price amount, [inaudible 00:15:29] is complete cynicism and complete public relations.

Unfortunately that's the reality. The reality is also that more than 30,00 Yemeni health workers have been working inside the country without pay for more than ten months. So you have tens of thousands of people who are going without pay, you have international aid organizations like the World Health Organization who are cutting their program for vaccinating against cholera in Yemen, and that one of the main reasons they're doing that, and this is important to underscore too, is because one they don't have that much funding. And two, the US is, under President Trump, is significantly decreasing funding for the United Nations and its aid programs. And the US supports about one fifth of those programs, and Trump is cutting that significantly and the US ambassadors Nikki Hayley bragged about it in this kind of macabre, sadistic quote about how the US is saving all this money by cutting support for international aid organizations.

So yes, I mean the Saudi crown prince may throw some pennies at this program, but the reality is that $66.7 million pales in comparison to the more than $100 billion that the Obama administration did in arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the additional $110 billion arms deal that Trump just signed with Saudi Arabia. I mean, so Saudi Arabia can't buy $220 billion in weapons and then donate $66 million and claim that it actually cares about Yemeni lives when it's using those weapons to continue killing Yemenis – BenNorton interviewed by Aaron Mate

14.7.2017 – Counterpunch (** B H K P)

Yemen: The War That Isn’t Happening Even as It’s Happening

The manipulation of news and the distortion of reality are the most powerful weapons in the hands of power. They can make a whole reality disappear.

Yemen’s, for example.

A child dies in Yemen every ten minutes from preventable causes, UNICEF reported in June. These deaths are only part of a humanitarian catastrophe, among the worst in the world, including a rampaging cholera epidemic, to which the witness of the overwhelming majority of the West’s warmongering Goebbelist media pretends to be deaf, mute, and blind.

Nevertheless, information is accessible. There are sporadic exceptions to the conspiracy of silence in officialdom and the media.

The stated objective of the Anglo-American backing of the Saudi attack was the restoration of Yemen’s US-supported government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s, which fled to Saudi Arabia under the mounting pressure of the Houthi Shia rebels, accused by the United States of being pawns of Iran, or, dismissively, plain Iran-supported.

Boggles the mind to think of the blithe moral logic that justifies the support of the United States for a (largely faked) uprising in Syria when Iran is not allowed to assist Houthis in Yemen, fighting an authentic civil war, unlike the so-called Free Syrian Army and their hordes of 80% foreign al-Qaeda and Isis allied invaders of Syria’s sovereign state in 2011.

The hypocrisy of empire, one supposes: supporting rebels in one case and the legitimate government in another.

For this reason—Iran’s backing—the Saudis blockade the air and the ports of Yemen to check the flow of Iranian arms shipments to the rebels, adding to the infamy of the war the infamy of an economic siege—infamy because the largest number of victims in this tactic to encircle Iran are civilians, which is another tradition respected by the sorry, deceptive War on Terror.

The blockade also checks the “flow” of food and medicines and other health necessities, with devastating consequences, as we shall see.

Few honest observers doubt that the war in Yemen, instigated by the Obama administration and their British junior partners in the Cameron cabinet, is a war of strategy in which the real target is Iran.

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS Relief), founded by the lately departed King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in 2015, claims categorically that Saudi Arabia “has no intention of killing civilians.” Instead, they intend to “regain the will of the Yemeni people, taken by force” by Houthi rebels.

KS Relief has hired a British PR firm to spread good tidings about Saudi humanitarian assistance to Yemen: “We’re here to help,” Indeed, KS Relief has allocated more than $3 billion for assistance to Yemen: “number one donor for aid and development in Yemen,” KS Relief boasts. But, though they deny it, the aid is distributed through various filters, including UN agencies, with secret restrictions as to whom, where, and when. At any rate the campaign for “hearts and minds” in Yemen, sounds as grotesque as its erstwhile precedent in the American war in Vietnam: bomb first, then supply a bandage.

Yet, we hear hardly a whimper of protest against this immense suffering among that portion of the American public—the radical left included– which so exercises the vocal cords on behalf of human rights when and where alleged violations coincide with Western intentions of regime change and occupation.

It is puzzling indeed why officials are not instructing the media to manufacture consent for a crusade of human rights in Yemen as they did for Libya and Syria to cover their real intentions. Can they not find a “demon” to raise righteous indignation? An ethnic group, whose human rights are hideously violated by the “demon”? Why is the war in Yemen such a low-profile conflict?

Pardon my cynicism, but the absence of instrumental justification feels like a ghost that refuses to do the job of haunting. Possibly, something too embarrassing could become public knowledge. Possibly a lucrative alliance could suffer.


The American and British weapons industry profit from the war in Yemen—as do, no doubt, all the members of the NATO alliance and beyond.

“Partners in crimes” would me more accurate: as mentioned, the British government is training the Saudi Air Force for airstrikes in Yemen, at the same time that Theresa May is withholding a report-study of Riyadh’s “ties to extremism.”

In the last few days, the British High Court has denied a request by CAAT, calling for the government’s suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen, “pending the [judicial] review into if the sales are compatible with UK and EU arms export law,” as Andrew Smith wrote for CAAT in The Independent, following the denial.

Apparently the arms and military equipment sales to Saudi Arabia–aircraft, helicopter, drones, cluster bombs, and missiles–DO violate the laws of Britain and European Union, otherwise why would the court reject the request for a Judicial Review of the government’s practice?

Such is the absent zeal of western institution for protection of human rights that we should remember this infamous decision when next we are being seduced by the bloodhounds in the media into supporting the faux-crusades for random and selective human rights in the world by heartless and mercenary paladins.

While the crimes in Yemen are being assiduously ignored by the media and covertly aided by governments, their effects are accumulating.

This situation carries the horrifying echo of what happened in Iraq in the 1990s, under the sanction regime inflicted by the senior Bush and continued by Bill Clinton, for a total of thirteen years. After bombing Iraq’s water-supply installations during the Gulf War, the US effectively (and possibly deliberately) poisoned the water by sanctioning the importation of purifying chlorine. As is notorious by now, 500,000 children under the age of five perished.

And no one yet asks, “Is it/was it worth it?” Perhaps the question will come up later, when counting the dead will do no harm to the progress of that virtual crime, officially known as the “foreign policy” of the United States in the “Middle East,” an abstract map to the planners—not a territory within which people live and will suffer from the plans – by Luciana Bohne

05.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (** B H)

Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund 2016 Annual Report


More than two years of conflict have devastated Yemen. An estimated 18.8 million people, or 66 per cent of the population, are in need of assistance, including 10.3 million persons who are in acute need. In this challenging environment, the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) has been, and continues to be, an invaluable funding mechanism which strengthens the humanitarian response to affected people by utilising the strategic and flexible funding windows available in a timely manner.

I believe that the YHF represents the voices of the humanitarian community as a whole and remains a shared funding mechanism. We have worked hard in 2016 to ensure that the FUnd is as transparent and inclusive as possible, acting in complementarity way with the CERF grants for both the IDP response and Cholera interventions. Further strengthening the transparency, accountability and inclusiveness of the YHF is something that I intend to continue to pursue in 2017.

Due to the generosity of our donors, the YHF contributions increased by almost 90 per cent in 2016 as compared to 2015. Eleven donors; the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark and the Republic of Korea contributed a total of US$107.2 million to the Fund. This made the Fund the largest Country-Based Pooled Fund globally. Yemen is one of the largest humanitarian crises and having a large humanitarian fund enables humanitarian organisation to respond appropriately with speed, flexibility and effectiveness. The Fund allows the humanitarian community to target the most affected population with life saving interventions through a strict prioritisation process, conducted at a national and sub-national level by all stakeholders. and full report:

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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10.7.2017 – MONA Relief (** A H)

Film: YEMEN - Cholera Outbreak 3x Higher Than Estimated - Half The Sick Are Children.

The Cholera outbreak was spreading, with almost one person an hour dying from the water-borne infection according to World Health Organization (WHO) – and a quarter of the dead so far are children along with 5000 new diagnoses a day. Read This Article here (
Yemen Organization for Humanitarian Relief and Development (Mona), is a national Independent, non-governmental and non-profitable organization based in Yemen.The organization activities are mainly focused in the field of humanitarian relief.
With a single intent and a single goal, an idea was conceived: the idea to somehow go around the current Blockade on Yemen and help those who are displaced by war. With this idea the #20ForYemen project was started on Twitter. In as little as 10 days, Twitter responded to our initial call to action, and we raised $4200. This amount was enough to feed almost 150 families for a month. Mona Relief was on its way to bigger things
Our name, Mona, has a story of its own. Mona is the name of the lady who donated the very first $1000 for us to make our first delivery of food to Internally Displaced Person's (IDPs) in the area of Nuqim in Sana’a.

15.7.2017 – Red Cross (* A H)

Film: With hundreds of thousands sick with cholera in less than 3 months, how has the disease spread so quickly in #Yemen? Here are the facts:

15.7.2017 – Al Masirah (* A H)

Increased numbers of cholera deaths in Hodeidah

In the harvest is the largest of the lives of people affected by the cholera epidemic witnessed by rural areas in the province of Hodeidah, died about 20 people in the area called the cemeteries and garbage of the Directorate of Marwa, east of Hodeidah

15.7.2017 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (* A H)

Map: Yemen – Cholera outbreak, food insecurity and displacement – DG ECHO Daily Map | 15/07/2017 and in full

14.7.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 14 July 2017

From 27 April to 13 July 2017, 332 658 suspected cholera cases and 1 759 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 87.7% (292/333) of the districts. in full

15.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A H)

Cholera Declines in Five Yemeni Provinces

The Ministry of Health in Yemen has said 297,438 suspected cases of cholera were recorded between April 27 and June 10, 2017.

Spokesman for the ministry Mohammed al-Saadi said that some statements on vaccinations and the spread of the epidemic are exaggerated and false.

“The level of hospitalization has reached 99 percent percent and this is a positive indication. The death rate dropped 0.5 percent, which means that advanced medical services contributed in enhancing the medical work,” he added.

Saadi noted that 294,676 cases were cured, while only 637 have tested positive and 1,713 have died. There has been a remarkable drop in cholera cases in the following provinces: Marib, Shabwa, Saada, Mahra and Jawf, as revealed by Saba.

He pointed out that cholera cases are concentrated in Taiz, Aden and Sana’a, while they declined in a number of provinces despite the war and the intransigence of Houthi and Saleh militias in hurdling the performance of medical teams in provinces falling under their control.

My comment: According to Hadi government. Looking at the Saudi blockade of Yemen, the anti-Houthi propaganda connected to cholera is baseless.

14.7.2017 – APA (** A H)

Zu wenige Medikamente für Cholerapatienten im Jemen

Ärzte ohne Grenzen fordert mehr internationale Hilfe – Mehr als 400 Patienten täglich in nur einem Spital

Die NGO Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) bekämpft zur Zeit im Jemen die im März ausgebrochene Cholera-Epidemie, die bereits über 1.700 Todesopfer gefordert hat. Der APA schilderte die Schweizer Krankenschwester Antonia Zemp am Donnerstag ihre Arbeitsbedingungen in dem Land und kritisierte den Mangel an Interesse und Unterstützung seitens der internationalen Gemeinschaft. Antonia Zemp war zwei Monate in der Krisenregion und wurde wegen des Ausbruchs der Cholera in das von der NGO geführte Spital in Abs im von den Huthi-Rebellen kontrollierten Nordwesten des Landes geschickt. "Im März hatten wir noch wenige Fälle, die konnten wir noch im Spital in zwei kleinen isolierten Räumen behandeln", erklärte sie. Ab Mitte Mai habe es jedoch so viele Patienten gegeben, dass eine Volksschule in der Nähe zu einem Behandlungszentrum für die Durchfallkrankheit umfunktioniert werden musste. "Mit bis zu 461 Patienten täglich" sei das Team konfrontiert gewesen.

Wegen der "katastrophalen allgemeinen Situation im Jemen", das bereits vor dem Krieg über kein starkes Gesundheitssystem verfügt habe, haben einige geplante Maßnahmen der NGO kaum funktioniert. Wegen des Krieges sind laut Zemp 50 Prozent der Gesundheitszentren im Land außer Betrieb: Viele Gebäude seien zerstört, es fehlten Medikamente und das Personal sei seit Oktober 2016 nicht mehr bezahlt worden. "Viele Brücken und Straßen sind vom Krieg zerstört, unsere Mobilität ist eingeschränkt, die Menschen haben keinen Zugang zu sauberem Trinkwasser", sagte Zemp. -

Die NGO setze auf Präventionsarbeit, da Cholera im Prinzip einfach zu vermeiden sei. "Wir haben literweise chlorhaltiges Wasser, um Hände und Fußsohlen zu reinigen." Den Patienten werde zudem eingeschärft, sich vor dem Essen und nach dem Toilettengang die Hände mit Seife zu waschen, erklärte Zemp. "Das Problem für einige Patienten ist, dass sie nicht einmal mehr die Mittel haben, sich Seife zu kaufen." Die Menschen würden durch die Cholera und den Krieg mit "extremen Bedingungen und extremen Entscheidungen" konfrontiert..

Die Kämpfe erschwerten zudem die Arbeit der Helfer. Es werde immer gefährlicher, je näher man zur Grenze mit Saudi-Arabien komme, berichtete Antonia Zemp. -

14.7.2017 – Yemen Today TV (* A H)

Film: High cholera deaths to 1759 and suspected 332,600 cases 14 - 7 – 2017

14.7.2017 – UNICEF (* A H)

Film: A deadly cholera outbreak is sweeping across Yemen

15.7.2017 – RP Online (* A H)

Action Medeor: Hilfe für den Jemen

Action Medeor hat bereits eine Sendung mit über vier Tonnen Medikamenten im Wert von über 65.000 Euro auf den Weg gebracht und plant aktuell weitere Hilfslieferungen. "Wir stehen im engen Kontakt mit Partnern vor Ort. Besonders dringend benötigt werden Infusionslösungen und auch Antibiotika, um die vielen Cholera-Kranken zu behandeln", berichtet Bernd Pastors, Vorstandssprecher von Action Medeor. "Noch heute wird deshalb eine Hilfssendung mit einem Umfang von drei Tonnen unser Lager verlassen. Enthalten sind insbesondere Infusionsmaterial und Medikamente zur Behandlung von Durchfallerkrankungen sowie Wasserentkeimungstabletten". Die Sendung wird noch in der nächsten Woche durch die Partnerorganisation humedica in den Jemen gebracht. Eine weitere Hilfssendung mit einem Wert von 30.000 Euro ist momentan bei Action Medeor in Vorbereitung und soll noch in diesem Monat an die Partner im Jemen verschickt werden.

14.7.2017 – European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (* A H)

Yemen – Cholera update and food security crisis (DG ECHO, UN, media)

Yemen currently holds a double grim world record: the largest humanitarian crisis (20.7 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance, 17 million severely food insecure, at least 462 000 severely malnourished children) and the largest cholera outbreak (with over 320 000 suspected cases since 27 April).

The cholera outbreak continues to spread rapidly in Yemen, and is now affecting all 22 governorates (309 out of 333 districts). As of 12 July, 320 199 suspected cases and 1742 associated deaths are reported; 7000 new suspected cases are reported daily (UN, WHO). According to the health cluster, a total of 3000 treatment centre beds are reportedly in place (60% of target), and 700 oral rehydration corners are operational (24% of target). WASH interventions are a key priority to curve the evolution of the outbreak. Public services in Yemen are near collapse after over two years of conflict and the magnitude of the outbreak is beyond the capacity of humanitarian actors. Funding requirements have been revised to $ 254 m (showing a current funding gap of $204 m) (UN).

The food security crisis is further compounded by the current cholera outbreak. Out of 17 million food insecure Yemenis, only 46% of the targeted 8 million are reached for monthly emergency food assistance (EFA) since January 2017

14.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A H)

Cholera outbreak in Yemen poses risk to Hajj pilgrims: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the cholera outbreak in Yemen could spread during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September.

The WHO said on Friday that the pilgrimage draws two to four million Muslims each year, of whom about 1.5 to two million are foreigners, raising the risk from illnesses such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus and meningococcal disease as well as cholera.

The WHO cholera expert, Dominique Legros, said reinforced surveillance and rapid tests to detect cases early helped Saudi Arabia avoid a cholera outbreak for many years.

"Don’t forget that today we are speaking of Yemen but they are receiving pilgrims from a lot of endemic countries, and they managed not to have an outbreak, essentially by making sure that living conditions, access to water in particular, hygienic conditions, are in place," he said at a regular UN briefing. "They are well-prepared in my view."

14.7.2017 – Vice News (* A H)

The Hajj in Saudi Arabia is at risk of cholera

The World Health Organization warned Friday that cholera could pose a “serious risk” to the millions of Muslims from all over the world descending on Mecca in September to perform annual the pilgrimage.

“The current highly spreading outbreak of cholera in Yemen, as well as in some African countries, may represent a serious risk to all pilgrims during the (haj) days and even after returning to their countries,” the WHO bulletin said.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has taken extensive precautionary measures to secure the Hajj from epidemics, establishing a Command and Control Center to monitor suspicious cases, requiring vaccinations, and even suggesting wearing face masks. In the past, it has been known for requiring pilgrims to submit to health screenings, even setting up thermal cameras to monitor body temperature – By Alexa Liautaud

14.7.2017 – Hisham Al-Omeisy (* A H)

Wait, @WHO says $66.7m total needed to combat #Yemen cholera & already donated by Saudi. UN says $250m needed, only $47m received.. !!? (images)

13.7.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (* B H)

Cholera im Jemen: Seuche ungeahnten Ausmaßes

Die Cholera-Epidemie im bürgerkriegsgeplagten Jemen fordert knapp 1800 Tote, bald könnten sogar bis zu einer halben Million Menschen krank sein. Zugesagte Hilfsgelder fließen nicht, kritisiert der UN-Nothilfe-Koordinator. Der Jemen entwickelt sich zu einem der größten Krisenherde der Welt.

Stephen O´Brien, der UN-Nothilfe-Koordinator ist es leid. Monat für Monat nun seit fast drei Jahren sitzt er im UN-Sicherheitsrat und Monat für Monat werden seine Nachrichten aus dem Jemen dramatischer. Über 10.000 Bürgerkriegstote. Schulen, Krankenhäuser zerstört. Seit April die Cholera. Er hat gewarnt, es werde eine Seuche ungeahnten Ausmaßes. Jetzt sind es 320.000 Cholerapatienten. 1700 Tote. Überwiegend Kinder. Eine halbe Million werden es bald sein.

"Wir müssen uns alle schuldig fühlen. Und besonders die Kriegsparteien und ihre Helfer."

Und die Cholera weitet sich aus. Rasend schnell. Der Jemen, er ist nach UN-Angaben zur größten humanitären Krise der Welt aufgestiegen. – Von Georg Schwarte

Mein Kommentar: Saudi-Arabien und Iran gleichermaßen die Schuld an der Jemenkatastrophe zu geben, wie hier geschehen, ist grotesk.

13.7.2017 – UNICEF (* A H)

Over 2 million oral rehydration sachets have been flown by @unicef into #Yemen over the last few days to respond to the cholera outbreak. (photos)

14.7.2017 – Gulf Times (* B H)

The ‘man-made’ cholera epidemic in Yemen

But, so far, these grim statistical figures have done little to stir the conscience of the global community which seems to be impervious to the “unfathomable pain and suffering” of the Yemeni people.
On July 4, a frustrated UN made a surprise announcement that it was suspending plans for a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen because the disease’s rampant spread and the ongoing war would render such an effort ineffective.
The Yemeni cholera epidemic is the direct result of the conflict between a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition and Houthi militia backed by Iran.

Nigel Timmins, humanitarian director at aid charity Oxfam, which has called for a “cholera ceasefire”, told a UN meeting recently that governments were stoking the war in Yemen rather than prioritising the humanitarian crisis.
“In Yemen, governments who are providing generous funding are also making money from supplying weapons, munitions, military equipment, technology. They are providing logistical and financial support for the military action taking place,” he says.
Unless these governments realise their complicity and unless the global community wakes up and forces the warring parties to adhere to the basic principles of humanitarianism in times of conflict, an easily treatable disease will turn more deadly than the war itself.

My comment: By a Qatari media. The fact that Qatar for the most time was part of the Saudi coalition in Yemen is neglected. – And, again: The Houthis are much less “backed by Iran” than Saudi Arabia is “backed by the US and the UK”.

13.7.2017 – Channel 4 (* A H)

Film: Cholera.

12.7.2017 – Princess of Yemen (* A H)

Film: #Yemen i child infected with #cholera every 35 seconds

cp2 Allgemein / General

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16.7.2017 – Pakistan Today (* B K P)

Battle for Yemen

Yemen has the dubious distinction of sucking foreign powers in its internal crises. The present civil war that has been raging for over two years now has sucked Saudi Arabia, Iran and the US into it. Often the crises are of Yemen’s own making, other powers jump into the fray depending upon the geopolitical tensions in the region at a particular time.

These days the Arab world is riven by the battle cry of sectarian conflict in which Saudi Arabia and Iran are leading the Sunni and Shi’a camps, respectively.

What will be the drop scene of this conflict can be anybody’s guess but those who have interest in the Middle Eastern power politics know that there exists a fascinating historical parallel, when, as a result of a coup in Yemen in 1962, Saudi Arabia with the backing of American governments of JF Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson fought a six year war in Yemen that at times spilled into the Saudi territories against the ambitious Pan–Arab Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Abdallah al-Sallal, the republican military officer who led that coup, swore friendship to Nasser and hatred towards Saudi Arabia, and in his first communique, not only vowed to overthrow all the monarchs of Arabia but also promised to transform the whole of the Arabian Peninsula into a single republic.

Saudis are quite sensitive about what happens in the greater Middle East and particularly in their backyard in Yemen. They did not tolerate Nasser’s meddling in the 1960s and they will not let go any Iranian influence there now. Giving this conflict a sectarian colour is a strategy of Saudis and their western backers otherwise it is nothing more than a contest between two geopolitical rivals. As in the past, the Americans are standing right behind their Saudi friends. And whether one likes it or not, history is also on the side of Saudi Arabia in this ongoing war – BY BASHARAT HUSSAIN QIZILBASH

My comment: "history is also on the side of Saudi Arabia in this ongoing war" is rather nebulous. What history shows is thet Saudi Arabia will loose this conflict.

15.7.2017 – Mint Press News (* B H K P)

Film: Yemen in Crisis an interview with Catherine Shakdam

15.7.2017 – Search For Common Ground (* B H K P)


“People say the situation in Yemen is bad. That is a myth. It is worse. It is ten times worse than what you read about it.” That is how Shoqi Maktary from Search for Common Ground starts his presentation at the University of Kent. He is invited to Brussels to shed light on the situation in Yemen.

“We are talking about the total destruction of all the infrastructure. Schools, hospitals, and roads are all broken. The capital Sana’a has been cut off from electricity for the biggest part of the last three years. The life of every person in the country is touched by the conflict in one way or another. Companies have disappeared, and so has people’s income. Meanwhile, we face the worst cholera epidemic in the world. The disease spreads like wildfire. We are talking about malnutrition. More than a million government employees haven’t received a salary over the last six months. The government doesn’t allocate a single investment and the construction sector has completely collapsed.”

“The war is worse than anything we have seen thus far, but everyone remains quiet. The media do not report on what happens. Not just in the West, but also in countries throughout the region, such as Egypt and Jordan, people don’t know what goes on in Yemen. Nobody talks about the children that are dying because of landmines and air strikes. Nobody mentions the people that die because they don’t have access to a hospital. Nobody hears about the diabetic patients that die because they don’t receive their medicine. Nobody addresses the growing number of suicides because people don’t see an alternative. This media vacuum allows the warring parties to do whatever they want.”

While the eyes of the world rest on Syria and Iraq, Yemen is virtually ignored. Maktary has an explanation. “It is very difficult to enter Yemen. On the other hand, I have seen journalists work in contexts that are much more difficult to access than Yemen. So why not in Yemen? Some of the locals write about Yemen, but most of the time it doesn’t find its way to other media.”

Even if the conflict doesn’t reach the newspapers in the West and other parts of the world, it is being covered in the Middle East. However, it is not the type of media coverage that allows Maktary to rest easy.

“Media in the Middle East has always been extremely political. Newspapers and television stations in the Gulf states are in the hands of the happy few. If you read a newspaper you need to know who owns it, so you can position the content. That’s why news is always quite one-sided. On top of that, Yemen is being used to provoke violence. The war is explained in terms of sectarianism, a holy war. This feeds hate in the country.’

Where traditional media aren’t a reliable source of information, Maktary finds crumbs of the truth elsewhere. “On social media, you see stories published by the people. That is the only media where the truth is still available.”

The most important question is whether Yemen can return to a peaceful and safe situation. This is far from an easy question. “The conflict is a given. That I can understand. But the search for an exit is much more difficult. It is something I can’t really grasp myself. People suggest the country could be split into two or more parts. But I doubt this is a solution.”

“There is more than just a political dimension to the conflict. The social fabric that makes Yemen what it is, is perhaps even more important. However, this is heavily affected by the war. The country is increasingly more divided

That is what Maktary and Search address. “The nation has to be built again. Even if we find a solution at the political level, the divides in the country will remain. It is a process that will take at least ten years.”

Creative solutions

With Search, Maktary finds creative solutions. “We focus on local issues at the community level. We bring people from villages and communities together to discuss problems that implicate them immediately. We solve one issue at a time. If there is a water shortage in a village, we facilitate finding that solution. We make sure people bring their own ideas to the table so the locals can find a solution to their problem together. When the first problem is fixed we move on to the next, education for example.”

Not only is the conflict ignored by Western media; politicians don’t get involved either. “The international community should bring together the different warring parties and insist on finding a solution. However, this doesn’t happen because they aren’t under mediatic pressure. As long as the media remain quiet, there is no public pressure on the politicians to react. No one asks questions while the problem remains under the radar. When the problem gets even worse, people will start calling for action, at least from a humanitarian point of view.” […] – Caspar Bovenlander interviewing Shoqi Maktary

15.7.2017 – New News (A K P)

National Committee for Prisoner Affairs: Saudi Officer Obstructs Exchange of 5 Prisoner Deals of 70 Prisoners

The National Committee for the Affairs of Prisoners and the missing persons revealed that the Saudi Officer impeded five exchanges of 70 prisoners between the Yemeni Army and Armed factions of US-Saudi aggression coalition in the Marib and Jouf provinces.

The head of the committee, Abdul Qader al-Murtaza said in a publication on Friday on the committee’s page on social networking site “Facebook”: There are five exchanges of 70 prisoners where both parties agreed with some factions of aggression coalition in Marib and Jouf provinces two weeks ago.

The Head of the committee confirmed that the exchange of prisoners is still pending while waiting for the signing of the Saudi officer for approval and allowing the completion of exchanges.

He added that this reveals that the aggression countries are the control in all matters of their paid troops and it is the biggest obstacle to the exchange of all prisoners. and also

15.7.2017 – Al Araby (* A P)

UAE 'looking to ditch' Yemen's President Hadi for Saleh

The Prince of Abu Dhabi is reportedly lobbying the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to ditch the elected President of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Hadi, in favour of former president and recent ally of the Houthi rebels, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan reportedly discussed with Mohammed bin Salman the possibility of forming a new Yemeni government to end the ongoing war, Intelligence Online reported.

Mohammed bin Salman’s right hand man, Ahmed al-Assiri, travelled to Abu Dhabi at the end of June to meet and discuss the issue with Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son, Ahmed.

The UAE and Hadi have been at loggerheads in recent months.

My comment: Similar claims had been reported earlier. Up to now, just reports.

14.7.2017 – Liberty Fighters (* B P)

Why does the International community takes no responsibility toward Yemen?!!

If we conduct a simple study on the tasks and objectives of the international community, we can almost summarize all under the headings of: dealing with or confronting what is happening in Yemen, in terms of preserving the sovereignty and borders of states and protecting them against foreign aggression, the implementation of the Bill of Rights, to protect global health and to help poor local governments, which are unable to cope with deadly diseases and pests with their own capacities, and to provide food, medicines and expertise to help communities in general.

In fact, it seems as if the institutions of the international community are working in Yemen in contrast to their goals and responsibilities, as follows:

For the protection of sovereignty and borders

In terms of the application of international laws

The Yemeni arena may be the most historic among the countries in which international laws, laws of war and international humanitarian law have been violated by the aggressor states, especially Saudi Arabia. With these countries, especially with the latter, the targeting of schools and health institutions and Civilization is an ordinary act. It is not considered to be contrary to the Sharia and the law of international institutions. The targeting of children has become acceptable and does not constitute a violation of international law. This has always been happening where a Shell in control accompanied most of the operations of the units of those countries on all fronts of Yemen internal or border.

Also, with the attacks of the coalition countries on Yemen, all restrictions on the use of internationally banned weapons were lifted. The Yemeni arena was excluded from this item in the treaties on the use of weapons. The use of phosphorus and cluster bombs was widespread. Several countries continued their crimes, And the United Nations is absent and sleepless and does not care about the issue of the crisis – the war – Yemen, but the issuance of ridiculous statements calling for the restoration of the legitimacy (Hadi Alfar), and respond to its envoys (by name only) in that crisis, And who reached the level of collusion of Saudi Arabia a very high degree.

In terms of health and face deadly diseases

14.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (B K PS)

Film: 12,000 Saudi-backed forces reportedly killed in Yemen war

Yemeni media has recently released a video in which a former regime official reveals 12000 Saudi-backed loyalists have been killed in clashes with Ansarullah fighters in the past two years. Ansarullah, along with their army allies, has been fighting the Saudi-backed forces, in an effort to defend Yemen against what they see as Riyadh’s conspiracy to control their country. Press TV report in Sana’a Mohammed Al-Attab has us more in this report.

14.7.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (unrated B K P)

Film: For those who speak Arabic, this is a 'must watch' on LUST which turnt the Emirates from a peaceful state based on commerce and trading to a country that intervened militarily outside its borders,
The story of UAE's quest to control the ports of the Bab-El –Mandab

14.7.2017 – Sputnik News (A K P)

Why the War Between the Arab Countries 'Benefits the US'

A representative of the Yemeni army, Brigadier General Aziz Rashid explained to Sputnik why the war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen might benefit the US. The recent reports of the Western mainstream media that Yemen possesses advanced weapons could facilitate the confrontation between the warring parties, forcing them buy more arms from the US.

According to the Yemeni Brigadier General, the US wants to produce a certain image that it possesses full information on the situation in Yemen.

However, this is far from the case. In reality, the majority of its so-called intelligence consists of a compilation of fragmentary messages from the mass media and social media. In fact, he said, the US does not possess any truthful information on the military situation on the ground.

"It is of benefit to the US that Arab countries destroy each other. In the end, the US will unimpededly establish its control and hegemony in the region. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will help it in this," Aziz Rashid told Sputnik.

The Brigadier General also commented on the missile arsenal in the possession of the Yemeni army, saying that its potential has considerably increased lately.

My comment: A brigadier of the Houthi / Saleh side. – The Saudis are buying bulks of weapons, whether the Houthis and their allied army forces do have such missiles or not. These weapons are primitive compared to the US weapons the Saudis have.

13.7.2017 – ABNA (* A K P)

Saudi Arabia prevents the Ship of electricity from entering Yemen

The local media disseminate that Saudi/American offensive planes are preventing the ships that were specially meant for production of electricity to Hudaida town from reaching the port. This indicates that they have already thoroughly investigated it before the offence.

Meanwhile, the officer in of higher education Muhammad Ali Alhuty describe the incidence as trying to destroy the life of the people of Hudaida town.
He said in his brief on Sunday, criticizing the Saudi/American offenders that: “your restriction against the people of Hudaida can never destroy them”
The inhabitants of Hudaida town are now facing a rise in temperature during the summer season.
The temperature is now exceeding 40C.

12.7.2017 – Yara (* B H K)

Film: A Message from Yemeni child to President Trump & America

Next to the house was destroyed by US-Saudi warplanes , ‏A Yemeni girl Yara sent a message to Trump ‏A Message summarizes the reality of Yemeni children ‏Their suffering ,Fear and Fleeing

11.7.2017 – Osservatore Romano (B H)

Yemen allo stremo

Record dei casi di colera nel paese segnato da un conflitto dimenticato

È la guerra più dimenticata del mondo, ma anche quella più tragica.

Remark: The official Vatican newspaper reporting.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1a (Cholera)

15.7.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A H)

As if cholera weren't enough, Meningitis made matters worse. 8 deaths & 20 cases still receiving treatment referring to 15.7.2017 – Al Shariah (* A H)

The emergence of a new disease in the capital Sanaa caused deaths

In the capital, Sana'a, which is infected with cholera, a new disease has emerged, causing deaths.
According to medical sources, the meningitis disease, which emerged this month in the capital Sanaa, caused the deaths of 8 people, and still about 20 cases of the disease, receiving treatment in the capital's hospitals.
The health authorities in the capital did not disclose the causes of the disease in Sanaa.
Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known as meninges.
According to the site of the free encyclopedia "Wikipedia" multiple causes of inflammation and include infection viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms, and less common by some drugs.
Meningitis may be life-threatening because of its proximity to the brain and spinal cord; meningitis is classified as an emergency medical condition.
The most common symptoms of the disease are headache, neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or disorder of consciousness, vomiting, light intolerance or loud sounds (phobia).
Children often show only nonspecific symptoms such as irritability and drowsiness. If rash occurs, this may indicate a specific cause of meningitis.
Meningococcal meningitis may be accompanied by a characteristic rash. and in translation:

15.7.2017 – Daily Mail (A H)

First batch of China’s emergency humanitarian aid arrives in Yemen

The first batch of emergency humanitarian aids provided by the Chinese government arrived in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.

The Chinese humanitarian aid was received by Yemeni government officials at Aden’s seaport.

The Chinese government has announced a grant of 150 million yuan (22.5 million U.S. dollars) as relief assistance to Yemen, in addition to 5 million yuan (750,000 U.S. dollars) for the UN World Food Programme and 2 million yuan (300,000 U.S. dollars) for the World Health Organization, in an effort to contain spread of the cholera epidemic sweeping across the war-torn country

14.7.2017 – Yemen Today TV (A H)

Film: A girl in Hodeidah opens a charity bakery to feed poor families 14 - 7 – 2017

14.7.2017 – Xfluo (B H)

Yemen Water Map (register)

12.7.2017 – Doctors Without Borders (* B H)

Photo Gallery: Abs, a reflection of the Yemen crisis

The conflict in Yemen, which escalated in 2015, has displaced some three million people. Tens of thousands of those forced to leave their homes are in the region of Abs, Hajjah governorate, close to the frontlines and the border with Saudi Arabia. Abs is also the epicentre of the cholera outbreak that has caused more than 1,600 deaths and affected more than 269,000 people since late March 2017. MSF began supporting Abs Hospital, the main medical facility in the western part of Hajjah governorate, in 2015. On 15 August 2016, an airstrike hit the hospital, killing 19 people and wounding 24 others. MSF withdrew its staff but resumed activities at the hospital in November 2016. Since the outbreak of cholera, MSF has doubled the scale of its emergency response in Abs district, where teams have treated more than 12,200 patients with suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhoea. Fear of being caught up in the fighting has led many displaced people in Abs to set up informal settlements in remote locations with no public services. MSF is operating mobile clinics offering regular consultations, emergency treatment, antenatal care and mental healthcare to people living in these settlements, where sanitation is poor and water is scarce.

10.7.2017 – War Child UK (* A H)

Using food vouchers to combat the food crisis in Yemen

Our team is on the ground getting food to children before it's too late.

But the team isn't handing out actual food items. Instead we're using a food vouchers system.

Each voucher helps a family buy enough food for 1 month. Typically, the food available includes wheat, vegetable oil, sugar, pulses and iodized salt.


Food vouchers are cheaper and more efficient

Food vouchers are much faster, easier and cheaper to than actual food items. There's no need for complicated logistics to distribute food or for warehouses to store it.

This means we can act quickly and reach more families with life-saving food.

There's very little money in Yemen

In Yemen (and other similar emergency situations) there is food available. But people are not able to access it as there's hardly any money in the country. With vouchers, families are able to access food without needing cash in hand.

Food vouchers are better for the local economy

By handing out food vouchers, we're helping families to access the market. This helps to revive the local economy, indirectly supporting food vendors and their families.

Food vouchers help families to get back a sense of control

With food vouchers, people more choice about when and where they get their food. Families are able to choose which vendor they want to go to and when they want to use their vouchers. =

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

15.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

36 Yemenis being tried in Sanaa now for charges of giving intelligence to US-backed Saudi invaders (photo)


15.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

“Subjected to all appalling violations”.. Abductees' Mothers condemn the illegal trial of 36 abductees in Sanaa

the Abductees' Mothers Association (AMA) condemns the continuation of the illegal trial of 36 abductees who were forcibly kidnapped and subjected to sever torture and appalling violations inside Sanaa’s Political Security’s prison.

In a statement ,of which Almasderonline obtained a copy ,association of Abductees’ mothers said that the public prosecution of 36 abductees violates the state-constitution, laws-in-force, international conventions ,treaties and contradicts the most important principle of litigation.

The statement points out that Specialized Penal Court continued the illegal trial and allowed to put images and confessions of the abductees on the court's walls and to broadcast a documentary film on fabricated charges. “All these actions confirm the bias of the court and its beforehand consent to convict the abductees”, the statement added.

15.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Houthis kidnap 12 citizens in Al-Bayda

Saif al-Houthi and Saleh's forces kidnapped two citizens in the province of al- Baidah on Saturday.

The sources of "Arab Yemen", that the militia of Houthi and the forces of ousted Saleh abducted 12 citizens of the people of the Directorate of the spectrum.

Al-Houthi militia for the ninth month in a row since the month of November in the village of Sarar Jeshm Directorate of Ould Rabie province of El-Baidah.

It also prevents citizens from entering or leaving the village to carry out any work outside the village such as agriculture, grazing, ambulance and shopping, except those who wanted to leave, provided that they do not return to the village.

15.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Mass Rally in Hodeidah Province Condemning Blocking of Diesel Vessel by Aggression Coalition into Hodeidah Port

The people of Hodeidah province on Friday 14th July 2017 protested with a mass rally condemning the actions of aggression coalition and its forces against the blocking of Electricity-backing Diesel Vessel to enter into Hideidah port (photo)

14.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

Houthi gunmen kill a citizen while passing in front of a mosque in Dhamar

Eyewitnesses said that Houthi gunmen shot and wounded Mahr al-Safari in the chest while passing on his motorcycle in front of Houthis-controlled mosque during the today’s Friday Prayer, leaving him bleeding to death.

A local source reported that dozens of tribal gunmen gathered to the city of Dhamar ,demanding Houthi militants to deliver al-Safari’s killer within 24 hours at least or facing dire consequences

14.7.2017 – New News (* A K P)

A Criminal Cell Working for Saudi Coalition Detained in Hodeidah

The Yemeni security services in Saffan district, Sana’a governorate, detected and detained criminal cells recruited by the Saudi-led coalition to destabilize security and stability in order to facilitate the occupation of coastal Hodeidah governorate, western Yemen.
A security source told the Yemeni news agency, SABA, that the cells had been charged by the coalition to cut the road between Sana’a and Hodeidah provinces in order to cause disruption in the main road, which is considered the vital artery of the capital Sana’a.
The source also pointed out that these elements formed sleeper cells to destabilize security, stability and public tranquility, indicating that the forces of coalition requested the cells to start implementing their criminal plan and cut the road in parallel with the coalition’s movements in the west coast front, especially in the province of Hodeidah; thereby facilitating the passage of Saudi paid-militia as they combat the Yemeni joint forces and capable of applying ambushes.
The elements are involved in providing the coalition with information and monitoring of important positions and bridges for the coalition to bomb as it has already done, security source added.
In addition, security services seized a large quantity of light weapons, medium and miscellaneous ammunition with the criminal elements supplied by the Saudi-led coalition.

15.7.2017 – Saba Net (A P)

President visits Kamaran Island

President of the Supreme Political Council Saleh al-Sammad paid an inspection visit to Kamaran Island of Hodeidah province in the Red Sea on Friday, during which the president inspected the living conditions of the island's citizens.
The president was accompanied by Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser al-Atfi and Chief of Staff Mohammed Abdul Karim al-Ghamari.
President al-Sammad inspected the living conditions of the Island's citizens and their suffering from the ongoing unjust war by Saudi-led aggression coalition.
Mr president met with the citizens, talked to them and heard their suffering from the aggression war.
The president toured the island and inspected the devastation and damages caused by the US-backed Saudi aggression aerial bombings on the citizens and their properties, in which the aggression warplanes used US and British prohibited weapons.

14.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen President Saleh Samad along with minister of defense, army chief of staff visited today Kamaran island in Hodeida, Red Sea (photos) and film (driving himself)

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

16.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Departure of 240 imams and khutbahs from Hadramout to Abu Dhabi to train the Sufi origins

Revealed media leaks that the 240 imams and sermons from the Yemeni Hadramaut left to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi , administered by the children of Zayed to receive training courses under the supervision of the controversial Sufi preacher Habib Ali al-Jafri.

The Hadramout province account was published on Twitter, citing observers, believing that the courses aimed to counter what he called Saudi Wahhabism.

"The former governor Ahmad bin Brik, who is close to the UAE and was sacked by President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi , asked me to distribute the decisions of the Chechen conference and hold courses to consolidate them in society," he said.

16.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A T)

One person killed and another wounded by unknown gunmen in Mansoura Aden

15.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K P)

Marib: Security services arrest cell linked to the coup militias

A security source say six Saudi and Yemeni members of a cell linked to the coup militias had been arrested in Marib Province

14.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Tribal militias protecting an oil pipeline prevented Hadi government-aligned forces from deploying in Jardan district, northern Shabwah governorate on July 13. A tribal source stated that government forces did not inform the tribal militias of their movements. The tribes serve as the primary security force for the Shabwah pipeline in Jardan that supplies electricity to southern Yemen.[6]

14.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

Tribal militias protecting an oil pipeline prevented Hadi government-aligned forces from deploying in Jardan district, northern Shabwah governorate on July 13. A tribal source stated that government forces did not inform the tribal militias of their movements. The tribes serve as the primary security force for the Shabwah pipeline in Jardan that supplies electricity to southern Yemen.[6]

14.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A)

Yemen bank manager killed in attempted robbery

The manager of the National Bank of Yemen’s Aden branch was killed during an attempted armed robbery yesterday, a senior banking official revealed.

More than ten armed men wearing army uniform raided the bank’s Mansoura branch yesterday, Chairman of the bank’s Board of Directors, Mohammed Halaboub, wrote on Facebook.

The gang arrived in a white minibus which had no number plate, leaving it outside during the heist.

“The gang forced the bank staff to lie down on the ground and asked the branch manager, the martyr Abdullah Salem Al-Naqib to open the bank’s safe. He told them that the safes can only be opened using three keys which are distributed amongst three people.”

Halaboub added: “After their attempts to threaten him and urge staff to force him to open the safe, they fatally shot him in the head and put shot the security guard, the hero Ghassan Zeid Hussein Al-Mushawashi, hitting him in the neck and then fled.” (with film)

14.7.2017 – MbKS15 (* A K P)

#Bahrain's Royal Guard SF train more Yemenis to join the 'Security Belt' force in #Aden (photos)

14-15..7.2017 – Mohammed al-Qadhi (* A P)

The state of security chaos & street fighting among pro-gov. gunmen in #Taiz is manifestation of #Hadi gov. failure.

I escaped death today as I was driving & crossfire erupted among gunmen in #Taiz. I left car & ran away. Security chaos is mounting


14.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

A security crackdown on Ghazwan al-Makhlafi and a number of rioters in Taiz

A military source told Saba that the security campaign would hand over Ghazwan to the military police and the rest of the rioters and chaos in the city of Taiz.

He also stressed that the army and security will not allow the spread of chaos and disturbance of public tranquility and that there are campaigns for the military police and patrols belonging to the brigade of 170 air defense deployed in most of the streets of the city has been control of the problem of the circle and the arrest of the accused and the continuation of these campaigns to stabilize security and stability and deter all those who begrudge himself Serenity the public.


14.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Taiz .. The assassination of a senior security official and the finger of accusation directed to another security official

Security sources in the province of Taiz (central Yemen ), that unidentified gunmen assassinated on Friday, the director of a police station and three of his companions. The sources said that gunmen ambushed the directorate of al-Misrakh director of the police department Najd Qasim Ahmad Abdullah al-Sabai and began firing live bullets, killing him and a number of his companions immediately. The sources pointed out that the finger of accusation behind the charge was directed to the director of security Almmsrakh, to the outbreak of a previous dispute between managers on the tax of qat in the market Najd coupon.

14.7.2017 – Living in Yemen on the Edge (A P)

2 dead,3 wounded by armed clashes in #Taiz city center between Muslim Brotherhood militia supported by #Saudis & Salafis Gangs supported by #UAE (photo)

13.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Yemen appoints first ambassador to Russia in 6 years

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi yesterday appointed a new ambassador to Moscow, a position that has been vacant for more than six years.

Ahmed Salem Al-Wahishi was sworn in as the Yemeni ambassador to Moscow, the official Sabanews agency reported.

According to the agency, Hadi asked the new ambassador to “explain and elaborate on the challenges facing the country in light of the repercussions of Houthi and Saleh coup,” referring to the ongoing war in Yemen between his forces and militias loyal to the previous President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The agency pointed out also that “Russia supported Yemen and its constitutional legitimacy in various international forums.”

2015/16 Gender segregation (B P)

University of Science & Tech (Islah party aff) in Aden segregates classes: a week for girls, next for boys! #Yemen (photo)

The Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda prevent gender mixing in Taiz, Yemen (photo)

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

14.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen security Brief

Al Houthi-Saleh Supreme Political Council President Saleh Ali al Samad stated on July 13 that the transfer of al Hudaydahport is contingent upon an end to the Saudi-led coalition’s coastal blockade. China is mediating negotiations between the UN and the al Houthi-Saleh faction for the transfer of al Hudaydah port to a neutral third party. Al Samad stated that the al Houthi-Saleh bloc is committed to peace and called for dialogue with the Hadi government.[3]

13.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Fallacies to neutralize the role of the U N in Yemen with the consent of Bin Salman

shameful silence it has taken despite its knowledge of the massacres and crimes committed almost daily against the Yemeni people

forcing the United Nations in its last speech on behalf of its representative in Yemen, Sheikh “to recognize the crimes of the Saudi regime against the Yemeni people.

But these confessions are not strange, but he tried, during his presentation to the Security Council, to poison in honey, in words and inaccuracies. The information confirms that Ould Sheikh could not condemn the crimes independently, but in an interview with Mohammed bin Salman before being briefed in the Security Council on Yemen has given him some words and phrases to neutralize the position of the United Nations towards this issue, especially after Ould El Sheikh received many pressures from some of the sponsors of peace in the Security Council and after the humanitarian situation in Yemen worsened.

12.7.2017 – Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (* A K P)

Briefing of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen to the open session of the UN Security Council

The situation in Yemen remains extremely grave. The intensity of the conflict increases day after day and the tragic humanitarian situation continues to worsen.

For a third successive year, Yemenis have seen the Holy month of Ramadan transformed from a month of tolerance and peace into a month of violence and hopelessness. Yemen has seen an increase in battles of attrition between the parties to the conflict, and the pace of military operations has increased in Hajjah, Marib and Al Jawf governorates

Violence has also continued in Hajjah governorate and the border area between Yemen and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including on 22 and 29 June when rockets landed in the Jizan area of Saudi Arabia. Airstrikes have continued to hit numerous locations in the governorates of Saada, Taiz, Marib and Sana’a.

I am deeply concerned by the continued targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure by the parties to the conflict. I have consistently urged the warring parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law. The targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and must stop immediately.

On 15 June, an Emirati ship was subjected to a bombardment from the vicinity of Al-Mokha port, threatening maritime security in the Bab Al-Mandab strait. The continued targeting of vessels in the area seriously jeopardises the provision of much needed humanitarian and commercial supplies to the most vulnerable Yemenis.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is appalling. The people are suffering from war, hunger and cholera, which has spread further during the last few weeks.

Over the last year, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and I have called repeatedly for the resumption of commercial flights from Sanaa. The lack of commercial flights has placed an unnecessary burden on the population and worsened an already desperate humanitarian situation. I appeal to the Coalition and the parties to the conflict to support our proposal for the resumption of regular flights specifically for individuals requiring medical care, students studying abroad and the reunion of families.

I continue to encourage the parties to work towards the agreements I outlined during my last briefing to this Council. I am planning to invite representatives of Ansar Allah and GPC to restart discussions of these ideas as soon as possible. In the past few days, I was in direct contact with Ansar Allah, which is cause for optimism. I am grateful for the efforts of the People’s Republic of China for playing an instrumental role in this regard.

The proposed agreements focus on the Hodeidah port and the surrounding area and aim to ensure the continued flow of basic humanitarian supplies and commercial goods through the port and to implement a programme for collecting taxes and other revenues so that they can be used to support salaries and services, instead of supporting the war. An agreement on the port of Hodeidah should become the basis for a national agreement for the resumption of salary payments nationwide that will provide some relief to many Yemenis. Without doubt, such an agreement will require clear mechanisms to ensure that all state revenues, whether collected in Hodeida, Sanaa, Aden or elsewhere, are used in support of salary payments and the reactivation of state institutions in all areas of the country.

The Government of Yemen has reacted positively and has agreed to negotiate on the basis of my proposals

Finally, I want to note that history will not judge kindly those Yemeni leaders who have used the war to increase their influence or profit from the public finances, and Yemenis’ patience will not last. The people need an alternative to politicians who work for their own interests and not for their country, who destroy and do not build, and who use the finances of the people and the state to enrich themselves, rather than serve the people.

I call on all of the parties to act for the sake of peace. Their excuses are unacceptable, and their justifications are unconvincing, especially when the solutions are in plain sight. The opportunity to reach peace is not yet lost. =

Remark: For the Security Council session look at YPR 322, cp1 and cp7.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

14.7.2017 – Reprieve (* B P)

14 Saudis Facing Imminent Execution for Protest Offences

There are urgent concerns that 14 Saudi Arabian men accused of protest-related offences are facing imminent execution. The group, including disabled Munir al-Adam and juvenile Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, have been moved to the Saudi capital Riyadh in the last few hours according to reports received by Reprieve.

All 14 were sentenced by the controversial Specialized Criminal Court which used confessions extracted through torture as the basis for convictions. Nearly all were charged with offences related to attending protests.

Munir al-Adam is half-deaf and partially-blind after an accident as a child. Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat was only 17 when he was alleged to have attending a protest and subsequently sentenced to death. He had a place to study at university in the US and was arrested at the airport on his way there. At least one other juvenile and several young protesters are believed to among those awaiting execution.

This marks a further escalation of executions under the new Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, with 14 executions already this week, including 4 persons who had been sentenced to death on protest-related charges. These executions were the first since 2 January 2016, when the Kingdom executed 47 people en masse, including juvenile Ali al-Ribh.

15.7.2017 – Al Araby (A P)

Saudi police kill 'wanted terrorist' in restive Shia province

Saudi police have killed a wanted "terrorist" in the Shia-majority eastern district of Qatif, where there has been a string of attacks on security forces, local media said on Saturday.

Jaafar al-Mobireek was killed late on Friday in an operation in the city of Saihat, in Eastern Province, al-Jazirah newspaper reported, adding that he was a member of a "Qatif cell."

The suspect was one of nine people wanted by the interior ministry and had been involved in targeting people and security forces and "vandalising public, security and economic installations," the paper said.

The district has been rocked by unrest since 2011, when Shia protests erupted to demand equality in the Gulf kingdom. Authorities have blamed the violence on "terrorists" and drug traffickers.

15.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

#Qatif honors 4 activists executed by #Saudi apartheid monarchy.

13.7.2017 ff. – Awamia siege in social media:

10.7.2017 – Jerusalem Post (A P)

Saudis block Israeli Arab website for coverage of 'normalization' with Israel

The 'Post' has learned that Saudi Arabia blocked access to the website Arab48 after it published articles that said the Saudis intended to normalize relations with the Jewish state.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

15.7.2017 – Los Angeles Times (B K P)

Yemen is on the brink of collapse and our allies the Saudis are to blame

In the long run, the conflict in Yemen requires a negotiated political solution, not a continuation of the failed Saudi military strategy which has not achieved its objectives. In the shorter run, there are steps that could help reduce the violence and alleviate the suffering.

For starters, both the Saudis and the Houthis need to stop treating food aid and medical assistance like bargaining chips, and must open ports and airports so that they can pass safely into the neediest and most conflict-ridden areas.

If the Saudis refuse to allow aid in, then Congress, which has grown increasingly impatient that country’s flagrant disregard for human rights, must consider what steps it can take to punish the House of Saud for such a heartless stance – by Editorial Board

15.7.2017 – Fars News (* B K P)

US Adheres to International Law in Theory - But Never in Practice

One would think the United States is ready for International Law and International Humanitarian Law. Most Americans agree that more should be done to protect international protocols, especially those related to the ongoing war on Yemen.

These are a bit startling at first glance. After all, if most Americans are in favor of adhering to International Law, why are they supporting the Saudi-led war on Yemen? Obviously, “helping the poor and needy” is ;not a priority for Washington, and ending the war on the poorest country in the Arab world is not important to most Americans; why should it be?

a US policy shift favoring a permanent war on Yemen. Meaning, even if all Yemeni warring factions come together and end the war, the Saudis, the Emiratis and the Americans won’t. They will continue to refuel jets and target civilian objects with great impunity and no accountability. Just like in Afghanistan, the Yemeni soil will also continue to be a trying ground for American-made Saudi-Emirati war planes and guns.

They will occupy parts of Yemen as well. It is not a surprise or strange thing that this will pave the way for a permanent drone war on the Arab country. Washington is trying to do this with complete secrecy and speed, but the satellite images and sources from within Yemen have revealed what is happening there.

As is, America is always seeking to increase its influence and is waiting for such opportunities to rule under any circumstances, even if at the expense of starvation or displacement of people on whose territory it creates illegal bases. The details of the operation and the mechanism of the American forces establishing the base are there for all to see – on one of the largest islands in the Red Sea.

In sum, war-party Washington is strengthening its military presence there to protect the Israeli regime which faced the 1973 war when Yemen closed the Bab al-Mandeb strait with the agreement of Egypt. The idea is to strip the regional countries of all their defense and weapon capabilities against Israel. Whatever the pretext, this has to stop. It is a flagrant violation of International Law and an infringement of Yemen’s national sovereignty.

My comment: Iranian point of view, sounds reasonable, anyway.

15.7.2017 – Newt Trump Fanclub / Jack (B P)

Film: CNN whistleblower Amber Lyon drops BOMBSHELL: CNN conspires with foreign dictatorships to put out Fake News!

Bahrain pays CNN to produce news showing Bahrain in a favorable light w/o showing Bahrain's human rights abuses.

14.7.2017 – National Post (* B K P)

George F. Will: Why Congress avoids making rules about who Washington kills

Some, most or all current U.S. military activities might be sensible. Few, however, are clearly authorized

Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone attack that killed three terrorists. The suit asked the court to declare the attacks illegal under several U.S. statutes.

The court, however, invoked the “political question” doctrine: some politically charged and technical matters are not “justiciable” because courts are inappropriate forums for answering them. They include the wisdom of military actions. What was sensible but not predictable was that Judge Janice Rogers Brown, in addition to writing the opinion for the court, added a blistering opinion in which she upbraided the other branches for dereliction of duties regarding unfettered presidential war-making, particularly with precision-strike weapons.

Unfortunately, in this, as in so many other areas, Congress is in perpetual flight from responsibility. It should begin by revisiting the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which was enacted while the World Trade Center and Pentagon still smouldered.

The AUMF authorized the president to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harboured such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations, or persons.” As Rosa Brooks, a former Pentagon official and now Georgetown law professor, crisply notes, five and three of those words especially matter – by George F. Will =

Comment. It cannot get more disturbing than this.
Drones strikes because of one simple ad hoc rule: “Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything”

14.7.2017 – Mint Press News (** A P T)

9/11 Families Consider Lawsuit Against UAE Over Role In Attacks

The Qatar crisis has sparked a fierce war of words over UAE's alleged involvement in the devastating New York attacks.

The families of hundreds of people killed in the 9/11 attacks are considering adding the United Arab Emirates as a defendant to a legal case against Saudi Arabia for its roles in the outrage, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Until now the attention of the victims’ families and their legal representatives has been focused on Saudi Arabia, which it is alleged helped support the attack through its alleged funding of al-Qaeda training camps and its support for the group, including weapons, funding and logistical support.

But the UAE’s alleged support for al-Qaeda has been raised in New York legal circles in the context of the Qatar crisis, leading victims’ families to discuss taking legal action before a statute of limitations on court challenges over the devastating attacks expires in January 2019.

Kristen Breitweiser, who lost her husband Ronald in the 9/11 attacks, told MEE that the UAE is “on the radar” of victims’ families and their legal teams.

“The UAE needs some attention and our lawyers need to start delving into it in a more concerted way,” said Breitweiser, a high-profile activist and member of the “Jersey Girls”, four women from New Jersey whose husbands were killed on 9/11 and went on to campaign for a national commission of inquiry into the attack.

“I’m simply going to say this – to me, their hands don’t seem clean and I think their role in the 9/11 attacks and their connection to the hijackers bears further investigation.”

In a series of interviews, relatives of 9/11 victims, including Breitweiser, and New York lawyers, pointed to the 9/11 Commission report finding as justification to add the UAE to the defendant lists in a string of court cases currently being brought against Saudi Arabia under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Jasta), which was passed in September 2016.

Two of the 19 hijackers who flew planes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre towers were from the UAE, while 15 others were Saudi.

The 9/11 Commission report, which was published in July 2004, and accompanying documents, made more than 70 mentions of the UAE and found that most of the attackers travelled through Dubai on their way to take part in the attacks.

Court documents for one case, filed in New York in December, alleged the UAE’s Dubai Islamic Bank “knowingly and purposefully provided financial services and other forms of material support to al-Qaeda… including the transfer of financial resources to an al-Qaeda operative who participated in the planning and executions of the 11 September attacks”.

Gordon Haberman, whose daughter Andrea Lyn Haberman was killed after American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into World Trade Centre 1, told MEE that it was “frustrating” that ties between the UAE and terrorism have not been explored thoroughly since the 9/11 Commission report was released.

Discussions over expanding the legal campaign to include UAE have intensified after the UAE warned it could withdraw intelligence cooperation with the US in an attempt to block Jasta.

Leaked emails reported by The Daily Telegraph last month show how Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the US, warned politicians that countries at risk of being sued in US courts would be “less likely to share crucial information and intelligence”.

This comes after the UAE’s foreign minister, Anwar Gargash, tweeted in September that Jasta would have “serious and enduring” repercussions.

The role played by the UAE in lobbying against Jasta was described as “alarming and extremely telling” by 9/11 families.

“Clearly, if you have done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to worry about when it comes to Jasta… So to me, learning that information sets off huge alarm bells, sort of gets the system blinking red,” said 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser.

The Jasta lobbying revelation came amid an ongoing row between Gulf monarchies after Saudi Arabia and the UAE severed diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Breitweiser added: “Quite frankly, the hypocrisy is galling for Saudi to be putting the screws to Qatar in the manner that they are – sanctioning or blockading the Qataris for their funding of terrorism. Why don’t they look in the mirror, require the same list of measures and demands of themselves – open their own books for all to see?”

14.7.2017 – Rep. Ted Lieu (* A P)


Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in response to the House passage of his amendment (#93) to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that requires the Departments of Defense and State to report to Congress on whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are abiding by their commitments in Yemen.

“Today, we have achieved an important victory for the civilians of Yemen and for accountability in our foreign arms sales. Despite years of documentation that the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen has failed to avoid civilian casualties, this Administration has refused to answer basic questions about the coalition’s track record as it has continued selling them weapons. I am proud that the House has adopted my amendment to this year’s defense authorization bill to require basic answers and bring accountability to both the coalition in Yemen and the Administration supporting it. We must never allow arms sales to move forward – even to U.S. allies – if we do not have absolute confidence in our partner’s willingness and ability to avoid civilian casualties.”

In May 2017, following extensive Congressional concern over the operational conduct of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir sent a letter to Secretary Tillerson with a list of commitments the Saudis were taking to improve their targeting capabilities and avoid civilian casualties. Those commitments included abiding by a No Strike List and Restricted Target List of over 33,000 targets and increasing their vetting of targets. Congressman Lieu’s amendment to the FY18 NDAA, which passed by voice vote, requires the Departments of Defense and State to submit a joint report to Congress every six months on whether the coalition is abiding by those commitments.

In April 2017, Congressman Lieu led a letter with a bipartisan group of 30 Members of Congress to Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson requesting information related to the operational conduct of the Royal Saudi Air Force in Yemen.

14.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

RSAF F-15SA (12-1034) on a test flight over #Lambert St. Louis Int Airport — via: Goshawk5(photo)

Chris Wee brings #F15SA 12-1004 in for a landing at Plant 42 after a test fligh (photo)

13.7.2017 – National Review (* B P)

Trump’s Yemen Policy Is Immoral and Counterproductive

Slaughter of the Houthis, indiscriminate bombing, famine, cholera — as recompense to the Saudis for the Iran deal?

In his final year in office, President Obama’s foreign policy featured the bombing of seven Islamic countries by the U.S. military.

[Trump] has put Obama’s foreign policy on autopilot. The most significant adjustment Trump made was to give more discretion to his generals. The rate of bombing has increased in all seven nations. Nowhere is this policy more craven and disastrous than in Yemen

The Houthi-led government of Yemen cannot project power against the United States and is no threat to it. The only threat against the United States that can ever come from Yemen is the breakdown of authority and the establishment of al-Qaeda training camps. In the past, we’ve been able to harass these camps under a succession of different Yemeni governments. But in the chaos of this conflict, al-Qaeda’s numbers in Yemen are growing.

This war makes a lie of moralized U.S. foreign-policy rhetoric nearly everywhere. We are supposed to be aghast that the Putin government backs a “butcher” such as Assad, while we help the Saudis bomb hospitals and effect a policy of attrition through starvation in one of the poorest nations on earth? Wars have real moral costs, and those in Yemen are particularly high.

But, the U.S. has substantial pull over Saudi Arabia, and we should use it to persuade the Saudis to loosen their grip on Yemen and begin bringing this conflict to an end. Trump received a potentate’s welcome in Saudi Arabia, with his image burnished everywhere. But Saudi Arabia is a source of headaches almost everywhere. Their promotion of Wahabbist ideology and generous funding of extremist clerics across the world results in terror and blowback across the globe, from Iraq, to Libya, to India and Europe. What will we reap from this disgraceful little war? – by MICHAEL BRENDAN DOUGHERTY

12.7.23017 – Yemen Peace Project (A P)


The Yemen Peace Project (YPP) calls on Members of Congress to support a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment that prohibits unconditionally refueling the Saudi-led coalition’s warplanes in northern and western Yemen. The coalition uses these planes to conduct airstrikes targeting civilians and critical infrastructure in Yemen, violating international humanitarian law (IHL) and perpetuating a conflict with no possible military solution.

The United States cannot continue to aid and abet the coalition’s violations of IHL by refuel coalition warplanes unconditionally. Through this amendment, Congress can provide oversight of and introduce transparency into the process of refueling coalition missions. and also

Remark: This amendment already has been rejected…

6.7.2017 – RT (A P T)

FBI Allowed to Hide Details of Secret 9/11 Report – Judge

A South Florida judge ruled the FBI is not improperly withholding information about funding of the 9/11 attacks after journalists tried to uncover connections between the hijackers and Saudis living in Florida at the time.

Florida Bulldog, an organization of investigative journalists, has been investigating connections between Saudis living in the US and the hijackers who crashed the planes into the Twin Towers and Pentagon in 2011. In total, 15 of the 19 hijackers involved were Saudi Arabian.

Judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled the FBI could keep secret certain portions of a 60-page document – a slide show called ‘Overview of the 9/11 investigation’ – the Herald Tribune reports.

Florida Bulldog sued the FBI in June 2016 for records from the 9/11 Review Commission. A redacted version of the 9/11 overview was released by the FBI in February.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

15.7.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Stop selling arms to help Saudi Arabia wage war and reveal its links to extremists, British public urges May

Poll reveals deep unease about Britain’s close relationship with an autocracy embroiled in a devastating war

An overwhelming majority of the public believes it is wrong for Britain to supply billions of pounds of weapons to the kingdom, an exclusive poll for The Independent has found.

Most people also want the Government to release a suppressed report into Saudi Arabia’s funding of Islamist extremism in Britain, even if it damages relations with the key ally.

The results lay bare the public’s deep unease about Britain’s close relationship with an autocracy embroiled in a devastating war in neighbouring Yemen.

Now the poll, by BMG Research, has found only 18 per cent of people support those sales “while the Middle Eastern state is engaged in Yemen’s civil war” – with 58 per cent against.

Tom Brake, a Liberal Democrat frontbench MP, said: “This just shows how fast the Conservatives are moving away from public opinion – by Rob Merrick

14.7.2017 – Dissident Voice (* A P)

Yemen: Court Battle Exposes UK-Saudi Arms Deals And Humanitarian Tragedy

a survey released by the Yemen Data Project in September last year found that between March 2015 and August 2016 in more than 8,600 air attacks, 3,158 hit non-military targets.

How casual the slaughter is, Saudi pilots (as their British and US counterparts) apparently do not even know what they are aiming at. So much for “surgical strikes” – as ever:

Where it could not be established whether a location attacked was civilian or military, the strikes were classified as unknown, of which there are 1,882 incidents.

Forty six percent of Yemen’s 26.83 million population are under fifteen years old. The trauma they are undergoing cannot be imagined.

The original CAAT Court hearing which took place was a Judicial Review in to the legality of the UK government’s arms sales to Saudi, held on 7th, 8th and 10th of February in the High Court.

CAAT called the ruling a “green light” for the UK government to sell arms to “brutal dictatorships and human rights abusers”.

Interestingly, in increasingly fantasy-democracy-land UK:

The Court (also handed down) a closed judgment, following a case in which half of the evidence was heard in secret on national security grounds.

What a wonderful catch-all is “national security.”

So the oversight of what constitutes a “clear risk” of mass murder and humanitarian tragedy, goes to the Minister whose Ministry stands to make £ Billions from the arms sales. Another from that bulging: “You could not make this up” file.

‘Documents obtained by the Guardian showed that the UK was preparing to suspend exports after the bombing of a funeral in Yemen in October 2016 killed140 civilians. But even after that mass murder, the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, advised Fox that sales should continue, adding: “The ‘clear risk’ threshold for refusal … has not yet been reached.”

‘CAAT presented “many hundreds of pages” of reports from the UN, European Parliament, Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International and others documenting airstrikes on schools, hospitals and a water well in Yemen, as well as incidents of mass civilian casualties.’

In two eye-watering fox guarding henhouse observations:

The Saudi government had conducted its own investigations into allegations of concern, the judges noted, dismissing CAAT’s concern that the Saudi civilian casualty tracking unit was working too slowly and had only reported on 5% of the incidents. The Kingdom’s “growing efforts” were “of significance and a matter which the Secretary of State was entitled to take into account” when deciding whether British weapons might be used to violate international humanitarian law.

So Saudi investigates itself and the Secretary of State overviews his own actions in the State profiting in £ Billions from seemingly indiscriminate mass murder and destruction.

CAAT’s appeal is to go back to the High Court and “If it fails, will go to the Court of Appeal” states Andrew Smith.

It also transpires that Saudi has dropped British made cluster bombs in Yemen, despite the UK being signatory to the 2008 Ottawa Convention on Cluster Munitions, banning their use, or assistance with their use. The Scottish National Party said it was a: “shameful stain on the UK’s foreign policy and its relationship with Saudi Arabia, as well as a failure by this government to uphold its legal treaty obligations”.

Final confirmation that the British government’s relations with Saudi over Arms and Yemen lies somewhere between duplicity and fantasy would seem to be confirmed in an interview with Crispin Blunt, MP., former army officer and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

In spite of the legal anomalies and humanitarian devastation, he assured the BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse that the Saudis were “rigorous” in making sure there were no breaches of international law and adopted the sort of high standard of the British army.

In that case, the cynic might conclude, given the devastation caused by the British army in Afghanistan and Iraq, perhaps it is not only arms and money that are the ties that bind the two countries, but scant regard for humanity itself – by Felicity Arbuthnot =

14.7.2017 – Veterans Today (** A P)

Carry on arming the Saudis (and never mind the slaughter in Yemen)

So who is the UK’s helping hand behind that vile regime’s murderous adventure in the Yemen? Why, it’s none other that senior Israel stooge Dr Liam Fox, now Secretary of State for International Trade and the lead on trade and investment in the defence and security sector. He of course oversees export licensing. He also has ‘form’ when it comes to thinking silly thoughts and doing stupid things in the foreign affairs arena, and he’s known as a crazed flag-waver for Israel and a sworn enemy of Iran.

While Secretary of State for Defence, Fox told us: “Israel’s enemies are our enemies and this is a battle in which we all stand together or we will all fall divided.”

Fox was forced to resign as Defence Secretary in 2011 following the scandal involving him, his ‘close friend’ Adam Werritty, the UK ambassador to Israel, and Israeli intelligence figures allegedly involved in plotting sanctions against Iran.

The reason for the British government’s hostility towards Iran was spelled out by David Cameron in a speech to the Knesset in 2014: “A nuclear armed Iran is a threat to the whole world not just Israel. And with Israel and all our allies, Britain will ensure that it is never allowed to happen.” That position carries forward into the present day.

And in June 2015 Fox declared: “It is logical to assume that Iran’s intentions are to develop a nuclear weapons capability and any claims that its intentions are exclusively peaceful should not be regarded as credible… Iran’s nuclear intentions cannot be seen outside the context of its support for terror proxies, arguably the defining feature of its foreign policy. The risks are clear.”

As is well known, Israel and Saudi Arabia have formed a cosy alliance. No entities deserve each other more. And Britain will do anything, it seems, to get at Iran through these repulsive ‘friends’.

So how did Fox manage to defeat the campaigners in court? After all, as Rosa Curling of Leigh Day (acting for CAAT) said, “The law is clear: where there is a clear risk that UK arms might be used in the commission of serious violations of international law, arm sales cannot go ahead.

“Nothing in the open evidence presented by the UK government to the court suggests this risk does not exist in relation to arms to Saudi Arabia. Indeed, all the evidence we have seen from Yemen suggests the opposite: the risk is very real…. Our government should not be allowing itself to be complicit in the grave violations of law taking place by the Saudi coalition in Yemen.”

Secret evidence favours the evil

Fox succeeded thanks to ‘closed sessions’. This meant that CAAT and their legal team weren’t allowed to see much of what was presented by the Government, which could only be examined by a security-cleared “special advocate”.

The secret evidence is said to have included Saudi Arabia’s “fast-jet operational reporting data”, “high-resolution MoD-sourced imagery” and “UK defence intelligence reports and battle damage assessments”. The MoD and Foreign Office analysis had “all the hallmarks of a rigorous and robust, multi-layered process of analysis” while the evidence presented by the campaigners was “only part of the picture”. The Court said the secret evidence could not be referred to in open court for reasons of “national security”.

But what has all the MoD’s high-faluting technical tosh to do with justice? Or the basic concept of right and wrong? An especially International Humanitarian Law?

And our national security? Yeah, yeah, yeah. So the slaughter must go on in that distant land…

Labour’s shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardenier suggested in the House of Commons that the “secret” evidence should be made available to MPs for scrutiny “on privy council terms” or handed to the Intelligence and Security Select Committee. Sounds reasonable enough.

But Fox is reported saying: “This idea that somehow, if we have closed sessions, that makes the judgment less valid, I simply don’t accept. Because I don’t accept this idea that we simply can’t have closed sessions that protect our national security or the personnel involved in our national security. Our sources need to be protected.”

Yeah, and so do Yemeni civilians…. from us.

He admitted that “Yemen is indeed a humanitarian disaster” but said it was right to keep selling arms to Saudi Arabia. He may have won the legal point – for now. But he has clearly lost his moral compass, if he ever had one.

As Rachel Sylvester remarks, “So craven is the Whitehall establishment that the government has refused to publish a report on the foreign funding of terrorism, for fear of annoying its Saudi friends.” – by Stuart Littlewood


cp11 Deutschland / Germany

13.7.2017 – Der Spiegel (* A K P)

Saudi-Arabien und Ägypten – Bundesregierung genehmigt milliardenschwere Rüstungsdeals
Die Bundesregierung hat nach SPIEGEL-Informationen weitere Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien und Ägypten genehmigt. Aus der Opposition werden die neuen Deals scharf kritisiert.
Die Bundesregierung hat in ihrer letzten Sitzung des Bundessicherheitsrats (BSR) weitere millionenschwere Rüstungsdeals mit Saudi-Arabien und Ägypten genehmigt. Dies geht aus einer Liste hervor, die das Wirtschaftsministerium am Donnerstag dem Bundestag überreichte.
Neben den Geschäften mit den beiden Krisenländern im Nahen Osten wurde auch eine Lieferung von vier Airbus-Hubschraubern nach Serbien zugesagt.

Im Fall von Saudi-Arabien erlaubte der geheim tagende BSR die Lieferung von vier weiteren Patrouillenbooten der Lürssen-Werft. Insgesamt will Riad 48 der Boote kaufen, diese sollen für den Schutz der Küsten und der saudischen Bohrinseln genutzt werden.

Zudem genehmigte die Bundesregierung die Lieferung von 110 militärischen Lastkraftwagen von Rheinmetall. Die Lkw sind nach Darstellung der Regierung ungepanzert und dienen lediglich dem Transport von Militärmaterial. Riad hatte schon lang auf diese Genehmigung gedrängt.

Neben den Lastern nickte der BSR auch noch ein Geschäft zwischen Saudi-Arabien und dem Militärzulieferer Fritz Werner ab. Für 8,9 Millionen darf die deutsche Spezialfirma für Munitionsherstellung „Militärische Ausrüstung und Werkzeuge“ in den Wüstenstaat liefern – von Matthias Gebauer

13.7.2017 – NTV (* A P)

Krise am Golf und Krieg im Jemen: Opposition kritisiert Waffenexporte an Saudi-Arabien

Die Opposition hat die Genehmigung weiterer Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien durch die Bundesregierung scharf kritisiert.

Die Bundesregierung schaffe "mit immer neuen Rüstungsexporten in Spannungsgebiete neue Fluchtursachen und nimmt eine weitere Zuspitzung von Konflikten billigend in Kauf", erklärte Linken-Chefin Katja Kipping. "Die Rüstungsexporte der Bundesrepublik haben längst jedes erträgliche Maß überschritten."

"Wer mitten in der Katar-Krise und während Saudi-Arabien einen schmutzigen Krieg im Jemen führt, U-Boote, Patrouillenboote und militärische Schwerlastkraftwagen nach Ägypten und Saudi Arabien exportiert, macht sich mitschuldig", kritisierte Kipping.

"Wer Waffen an ein grausames Regime genehmigt, das die eigene Bevölkerung unterdrückt und im Jemen Kriegsverbrechen begeht, gefährdet Sicherheit und Menschenrechte", erklärte auch die Grünen-Expertin für Sicherheitspolitik, Agnieszka Brugger. "Alle Waffenexporte an Staaten wie Saudi-Arabien müssen endlich beendet werden." und siehe auch

13.7.2017 – FAZ (* A P)

Wieder deutsche Waffen für Saudi-Arabien

Patrouillenboote für Saudi-Arabien, ein Unterseeboot für Ägypten: Die Bundesregierung hat abermals Waffenlieferungen in Krisengebiete genehmigt. Massive Kritik kam von der SPD und den Kirchen.

Der stellvertretende SPD-Fraktionsvorsitzende Rolf Mützenich kritisierte gegenüber der ARD die Genehmigungen und nannte sie „höchst irritierend“.

Die Exportgenehmigungen stünden darüber hinaus in krassem Widerspruch zu Deutschlands Anspruch, ehrlicher Makler bei der Suche nach einer Friedenslösung im Jemen zu sein, so der SPD-Politiker.

Kritik kam auch von den beiden großen Kirchen. Die Gemeinsame Konferenz Kirche und Entwicklung (GKKE) erneuerte ihren Ruf nach einem Stopp sämtlicher Rüstungsausfuhren nach Saudi-Arabien. Die von dem Land angeführte Militärkoalition führe im Jemen einen Krieg, in dem humanitäres Völkerrecht mit Füßen getreten werde – „ein Krieg mit durchaus maritimen Komponenten, deswegen darf es auch keinen Freifahrtschein für Patrouillenboote geben“, hieß es auf Anfrage.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

14.7.2017 – Reuters (A P)

U.N. calls on Bahrain to release rights activist Nabeel Rajab

The U.N. human rights office called on Bahrain on Friday to "unconditionally and immediately" release rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab, who was sentenced to two years in jail this week.

Rajab, a leading figure in a 2011 pro-democracy uprising that was crushed by the government, was sentenced on Monday, supporters said, for allegedly making "false or malicious" statements about authorities.

13.7.2017 – Junge Welt (* B P)

Nicht mehr allein in Afrika
Arme, schwache und kleine Staaten haben nicht viele Möglichkeiten, ihre Unabhängigkeit zu sichern: Sie können sich abschotten und auf Autarkie setzen – oder, wenn sie sich nicht zu einseitig binden wollen, an alle größeren Mächte gleichzeitig verkaufen. Diesen Weg beschreitet Dschibuti, ein Armenhaus in Afrika mit gerade 850.000 Einwohnern. Das Land mag unterentwickelt und nur so groß wie Mecklenburg-Vorpommern sein, doch es liegt strategisch günstig an der Meerenge Bab Al-Mandab. Jedes Schiff, das durch den Suezkanal will, kommt hier vorbei.
Das haben sich auch Frankreich, Saudi-Arabien, Japan und die USA gedacht, als sie hier ihre Militärbasen errichteten. Und nun die Volksrepublik China, die am Donnerstag ein Kriegsschiff nach Dschibuti verlegte. Dort ist seit zwei Jahren ein kleiner Marinestützpunkt geplant, der die chinesische Tankerflotte, die über diese Route die Hälfte ihrer Ölimporte abwickelt, schützen und UN-Blauhelmtruppen logistisch unterstützen soll. Der Stützpunkt umfasst nur 0,16 Quadratkilometer (ungefähr 16 Fußballfelder). Selbst eng gedrängt könnte man dort höchstens einige hundert Soldaten unterbringen.
Anders sieht es bei den zukünftigen amerikanischen Nachbarn in ihrem »Camp Lemonnier« (zwei Quadratkilometer Fläche) aus. Die US-Streitkräfte haben dort 4.000 Mann, ein Drohnengeschwader und »Antiterrorkommando« sowie diverse Spezialkräfte stationiert. Im Gegensatz zu den Chinesen führen die Amerikaner schließlich in etlichen Nachbarländern Krieg. – von Sebastian Carlens

12.7.2017 – Government of Sweden (A P)

Statement by Sweden at the UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

National Statement by Ambassador Olof Skoog on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on the situation in Yemen, 12 July 2017, New York.

Secondly, as our briefers have clearly reminded us today, the humanitarian situation in Yemen has further deteriorated since we last met.

So we need to immediately mobilise funds.

Finally, in addition to more funding, there is an urgent need for greater humanitarian access and full respect for international humanitarian law.

The parties now need to urgently comply with international humanitarian law and human rights law.

My comment: Typical Western European political bla bla, just for looking like a good guy, and doing nothing.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

15.7.2017 – International Business Times (* A P)

How Saudi Arabia has slowly realised it can't play the Trump card on Qatar

The Saudis thought they had the Trump administration, especially the Republicans, on their side

15.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

Trump: We will maintain good relations with Qatar

US president also rules out moving the US airbase from Qatar despite the blockade by the Saudi-led group.

13.7.2017 – Medium (* B P)

The Gulf crisis: A coming out of small states

Buried in the Gulf crisis are two major developments likely to shape future international relations as well as power dynamics in the Middle East: the coming out of small states capable of punching far above their weight with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, a driver of the crisis, battling it out; and a carefully managed rivalry between the UAE and Saudi Arabia that has weakened the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and aggravated suffering in war-wracked Yemen.

Both Qatar and the UAE project themselves as regional and global hubs that are building cutting-edge, 21st century knowledge societies on top of tribally-based autocracies.

That, however, may be where the communality in approach ends. At the core of the different strategies as well as the six-week-old diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-UAE-led alliance, lie opposed visions of the future of a region wracked by debilitating power struggles; a convoluted, bloody and painful quest for political change; and a determined and ruthless counterrevolutionary effort to salvage the fundaments of the status quo ante – by James M. Dorsey

29.6.2017 – Freiheitsliebe (* A P)

Saudi-Arabiens absurder 13-Punkte-Plan – Ziel: Regime Change in Katar
Die 13 Forderungen Saudi-Arabiens zur Beilegung der Katar-Krise sind absurd, sie müssen abgelehnt werden. Ziel ist die Eskalation der Krise, Ziel ist der Regime Change in Doha. Mit all seinen Interdependenzen hat das saudische Spiel mit dem Feuer das Potential, den ganzen Nahen Osten in Brand zu setzen.
Am 5. Juni brachen Saudi-Arabien und eine Fraktion Saudi-höriger Lakaienstaaten unerwarteterweise ihre Beziehungen zu Katar ab und verhängten eine umfassende Blockade (Die Freiheitsliebe berichtete ausführlich). Der Vorwurf gegen die superreiche Gasmonarchie war grotesk: Katar würde Terrorgruppen unterstützen. Grotesk nicht etwa, weil der Vorwurf falsch war – es ist allgemein bekannt, dass Katar Terroristen unterstützt – sondern weil er vom weltweit größten Unterstützer dschihadistischen Terrorismus überhaupt ausgesprochen wurde: Saudi-Arabien. Mehr als zwei Wochen gab es kaum neue Entwicklungen in der Katar-Krise, was im besten Falle derart zu deuten war, dass Saudi-Arabien nur mit Platzpatronen schoss und sich die Affäre im Sande verlaufen würde, oder aber, dass Riad scharf schoss und jedoch erst nach dem Feuern darüber nachdachte, was es denn von seinem Zwergnachbarn am Golf überhaupt genau will – von Jakob Reimann

13.7.2017 – Aljazeera (* A P)

UAE minister says demand to shut Al Jazeera dropped

A UAE minister says Emirates sought 'fundamental change and restructuring' and not shutting down Al Jazeera.

"The staff at the channel can keep their jobs and Qatar can still fund a TV channel but not one which provides a platform for extremists and where the English channel is a protective shield for the much more radical Arabic one," Kaabi told The Times.

My comment: Of course, they would be pleased by Aljazeera as another pro-Saudi / pro-UAE Wahabi propaganda channel.

11.7.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Qatari camels dies of thirst after farmers kicked out by Saudi Arabia as diplomatic rift deepens

Ministry in Qatar has saved around 8,000 camels but many have died en route

Hundreds of camels have died of thirst after Qatari farmers were expelled from Saudi Arabia during a diplomatic rift and forced to trek across the desert.

Animals collapsed at the border between the two nations as only a few hundred camels were allowed to cross each day.

Remaining camels were herded into huge pens and left in the heat which reached 50 degrees Celsius. Some owners said the camels were herded out en masse, and owners spent days during Ramadan trying to identify them.

Other animals were left to die by the side of the road. Some farmers left immediately, while others and their animals were still travelling back two weeks after the diplomatic rift – by Rachael Revesz (photo)

My comment: That’s Saudi ill mentality: As to humans in Yemen, so to animals at the Qatari border.

14.6.2017 – Human Rights Watch (*A P)

Media Blocked, Threatened in Dispute with Qatar

Actions by Other Middle Eastern Countries a Blow to Free Speech

Arab countries engaged in a dispute with Qatar have shut down media outlets with links to or considered sympathetic to the Qatari government, Human Rights Watch said today. The action is a violation of freedom of expression. The countries involved include Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have also threatened criminal sanctions under existing laws against people who criticize the actions these governments have taken against Qatar and its citizens or who have expressed sympathy toward Qatar.

“Individuals have a right to express a variety of perspectives on current events,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Governments don’t have the right to close down media outlets and criminalize speech to shut out criticism they find uncomfortable.”

cp13a Mercenaries / Söldner

15.7.2017 – New News (A K P)

Mujtahid Reveals The Price of Sudanese Mercenaries in Yemen

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has asked Sudan to send more “soldiers” after the massive setbacks that have plagued his “campaign” in Yemen, the famous Saudi twitter “Mujtahid “said.

The Saudi twitter in a series of tweets monitored by “Watan” on the social networking site “Twitter”, that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has expressed his readiness to implement the request of Ibn Salman, but for every thousand soldiers billion dollars ..!

Mujtahid pointed out that the Sudanese forces in Yemen had been incurred to a massacre that killed hundreds of soldiers in the desert of Midi about a month ago. “In addition to exploiting Bashir’s financial need, Ibn Salman is exploiting the ignorance of the Sudanese soldiers by sending sheikhs to the Sudanese forces who are making the fighting in Yemen like the Battle of Badr,” he added.

My comment: I doubt at the sum reported here.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

13.7.2017 – Al Masirah TV (* B H)

Film: Flames of aggression pursue the displaced and their camps in Hajjah

After the children of the areas to leave their homes bombed by the flight of the Saudi American aggression and their evacuation in the green, the air force bombed them, forcing them to move to Abes and hit them flying again, they moved to Bani Hassan in the camp Almnjora. (Arabic)

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

14.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A E P)

Yemen Security Brief

The Yemeni government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi is importing Yemeni riyals valued at 100 million USD from Russia. The plane carrying the currency is currently in Saudi Arabia en route to Aden city in southern Yemen. The Hadi government imported two other shipments of Russian-printed Yemeni riyals on June 1 and June 9. It intends to use the money to pay government salaries, which have been delayed for over ten months.[2]

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

14.7.2017 – Catholic News Agency (A T)

"Pater Tom Uzhunnalil lebt"

Fast ein Jahr nach seiner Entführung haben jemenitische Behörden mitgeteilt, dass Pater Tom Uzhunnalil noch am Leben ist und Anstrengungen für seine Freilassung betrieben werden.

"Der stellvertretende jemenitische Ministerpräsident teilte mit, dass Pater Tom am Leben ist und die jemenitische Regierung sich für seine Freilassung einsetzt", sagte Gopal Baglay, offizieller Sprecher des indischen Außenministeriums am 11. Juli.

Der Außenminister und stellvertretende Ministerpräsident des Jemen, Abdulmalik Abduljalil Al-Mekhlafi, teilte seiner indischen Amtskollegin Sushma Swaraj mit, dass der Salesianerpater am Leben sei und man sich um seine Freilassung bemühe.

14.7.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (A T)

#Yemen: pro-#AQAP wires say CT Forces building up along Burayqa to Mansura road (Aden) & advise to lie low not fight (photo)

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Translation : Saudi/UAE called AQAP terrorists & told them: "Stay out of sight, we need to pretend to do CT ops in Aden. Yankees watching."

14.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) media accounts are highlighting attacks in Yemen. ISIS Wilayat al Bayda reported additional details from three claimed attacks against al Houthi-Saleh forces in al ‘Ajma area, near al Qurshiyah district, and in Rada’a city in al Bayda governorate on June 8 and June 11. ISIS’s weekly al Naba magazine also highlighted recent attacks in al Bayda governorate for the first time in nearly three months.[1]

13.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants attacked al Houthi-Saleh forces with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) in Malla town, al ‘Arsh district, western al Bayda governorate on July 12. AQAP militants claimed to attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in Tayab area, Dhi Na’im district, central al Bayda governorate on July 12. AQAP frequently fights alongside tribal militias against al Houthi-Saleh forces in al Bayda governorate.[2]

13.7.2017 – New News (* A T)

150 Saudi Intelligence Officers Fought with Daesh in Al-Mosul: Al-Sharq Newspaper

Al-Sharq Qatari newspaper reported that Abu Hafsa, a leader of ISIL organization was killed as he tried to flee the right-hand coast of Mosul. He came to highlight the role of Saudi Arabia in prolonging operations against Daesh ,and to deplete billions of Iraq treasury in the war against Daesh.

The newspaper said that the Iraqi forces found important documents with the dead bodies of Daesh like registration with names of Daesh at the old city.

According to the newspaper, the documents revealed that “150 Saudi intelligence officers entered the city of Mosul through the border province of Hasaka (Syria), which was controlled by an organization . They were led by a leader Fahd Musbah, accompanied by a Saudi journalist from Al-Watan Saudi newspaper .Later ,Iraqi elite forces killed Saudi officer with the rank of colonel which belong to the shield of Island while he was in Samerra city.

My comment: By a Qatari media. Saudi Arabia as terror sponsor. LOL. And more Saudi terror sponsoring:

9.7.2017 – 21. Century Wire (** B T)

AIR NATO: A Look Inside the West’s Secret Weapons Racket That’s Destroying Syria

It’s no secret that the governments of the US, UK and France, along with other EU member states, have been involved in training and equipping what used to be known as ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria. We now know that the bulk of the arms that get into opposition areas in Syria have gone to terrorist groups, much of which has been paid for by their wealthy benefactors in the Gulf, namely Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

What we didn’t know however, was the method of delivery, until now…

Back in April, 21WIRE reported how Trud Newspaper, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, broke the story of a ship called “Marianne Danica” arriving in the biggest port of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah under the flag of Denmark, after it left the port of Burgas on March 28th – loaded with tons of weapons heading for conflict zones. This was part of a trail that led Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva to East Aleppo in December 2016 whereshe discovereda massive Bulgarian arms cache that had made it into the hands of western and gulf-backed terrorists groups operating in Syria.

This week, Trud released the latest chapter of their investigation which details exactly how Silk Way Airlines (an Azerbaijani state-run company) conducted at least 350 diplomatic charter flights transporting weapons destined for war conflict areas across the world over the last 3 years. The key to this story is that the Azeri firm appears to have exploited a loop-hole in the international aviation and transport regulations by requesting a diplomatic exemption for aircrafts and their cargo, in effect allowing the Azeri airline to carry on-board tens of tons of heavy weapons and ammunition under the color of diplomatic immunity – with much of the cargo heading for known terrorist enclaves in Syria, but also to other conflict zones including Central Asia and Africa.

“Leaked files include correspondence between the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria, with attached documents for weapons deals and diplomatic clearance for overflight and/or landing in Bulgaria and many other European countries, USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, to name a few,” said Gaytandzhieva.

“According to these documents, Silk Way Airlines offered diplomatic flights to private companies and arms manufacturers from the US, Balkans, and Israel, as well as to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and the military forces of Germany and Denmark in Afghanistan, and of Sweden in Iraq. Diplomatic flights are exempt of checks, air bills, and taxes, meaning that Silk Way airplanes freely transported hundreds of tons of weapons to different locations around the world without regulation. They made technical landings with stays varying from a few hours to up to a day in intermediary locations without any logical reasons such as needing to refuel the planes.”

Documents implicating Silk Way Airlines were sent to the journalist via an ‘Anonymous’ Twitter account – Anonymous Bulgaria – by Patrick Henningsen

cp15 Propaganda

15.7.2017 – Rania Khalek (A P)

NYT anti-Iran propaganda portrays US destruction of Iraq as noble vs Iranian support for its neighbor as malevolent

This article casts Shias as Iranian agents oppressing Sunnis. Even the yogurt & medicine Iran ships to Iraq is portrayed as shia malevolence

NYT blames "Iranian expansionism" for the Nazi-style hate that countries like Saudi Arabia are "mobilizing" against Shia across the region. referring to and also

15.7.2017 – Saba New Net (A P)

Houthi-Saleh militias distorted image of Yemen's unity, PM says

Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghar has said the Houthi-Saleh militias distorted the image of Yemen's unity, stressing the importance of a federal state on the basis of the National Dialogue Conference's outcomes.
He spelt out that the government operates to create a new Yemen which is reconciled with itself, and its Arab and Gulf neighbors, and which protects the rights of either the poor and the rich.
In a speech delivered in artistic ceremony held by the Culture Ministry and the local authorities of Aden on Saturday, bin Daghar cited that the Houthi-Saleh militias refuse to accept any solutions because they are directed by Iran and other countries.
He pointed out that the Houthi-Saleh militias destroyed Yemen's facilities and infrastructure, adding that they also caused the unraveling of the Yemenis' social fabric.
He noted that President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi adopts the project of the federal Yemen and that he decisively rejects projects of partition and fragmentation.

My comment: Hadi government news agency. – The best from this propaganda piece: “the Houthi-Saleh militias destroyed Yemen's facilities and infrastructure”: he never had heard of Saudi coalition air strikes???

15.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen’s Information Minister Slams Houthi Delusion over ‘Legitimacy’ Differences

Yemeni Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani downplayed rumors on differences among members of the country’s legitimate government, saying they were part of the Houthi insurgents’ war propaganda.

“This is all part of the media war led by the insurgents,” Iryani told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper in an interview. “The president has carefully chosen his team in leading the country to safe shores. That’s why the insurgents’ media is spreading fictitious and delusional news.”

“The Yemeni people are aware of the militias’ attempts to brainwash them” ever since the coup in 2014, he said, accusing the Houthis of resorting to rumors.

“But the legitimate media is resisting their attempts,” the minister stressed.

My comment: There had been a lot of obvious differences; think of all the governors which were replaced by Hadi, or former vice president Bahah.

15.7.2017 – News of Bahrain (A P)

Bahraini forces liberate Yemeni village

Bahraini forces participating in the military operations to restore legitimacy in Yemen have liberated one of the most prominent districts in Yemen.

According to a report aired by Al Hadath news channel on Thursday, the Special Forces of Bahrain Royal Guard was the first to set foot in Sirwah district, also known as the gate of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, after months of besiege.

The Bahraini troops are fighting alongside the Arabian Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, since 2015. Speaking in an interview aired by the channel, a Bahraini captain announced the liberation of the Al Makhdara village in Sirwah.

“I congratulate the Arab and Islamic nations on the occasion of liberating Al Makhdara, the first village in the besieged Sirwah district,” Captain Omar of the Bahrain Royal Guard Special Force Unit said. “As Bahraini forces, we are fighting along with the Arab Coalition under the leadership of Saudi Arabia. Our duties are to support legitimacy, defeat the enemy and return all what have been taken by them, with force if not peacefully,” he explained.

Captain Omar clarified that the Bahraini forces in Yemen are working among four branches tasked with battle, planning, training and relieve.

“The Bahraini forces have high spirits. Bahraini soldiers proved their abilities and strength in battlefields. We promise His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa that we will be good representatives to serve his efforts to serve the nation of Islam and support its causes,” he added.

My comment: LOL.

13.7.2017 – UN ( A P)

Film: Khaled Mohamed Alyemany (Yemen) on the situation in the Middle East (Yemen) - Press Encounter (12 July 2017)

12 Jul 2017 - Informal comments to the media (on the side of the Security Council meeting) by H.E. Mr. Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany , Permanent Representative of the Republic of Yemen, on the situation in Middle East (Yemen)

My comment: the Hadi government spreading it’s standard propaganda at thr UN Security Council session.

13.7.2017 – Yemen Embassy Washington DC (A P)

Film: Thousands of #Yemenis have been kidnapped by the #Houthis militia since its invasion of the capital, #Sanaa

My comment: Yes, there are many abducations by the Houthis – as by others, the UAE and pro-Hadi militia included. This is a nice propaganda film.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

15.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 14 July 2017

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

15.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 13 July 2017

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

15.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by #Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 12 July 2017 (full list):

15.7.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K)

Coalition's fighter jets have been roaring horribly in the sky of #Sanaa since sunset!!

15.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A K PS)

Al-Dailami base in the range of the missiles of the alliance again and columns of smoke rising

Arab fighter jets renewed on Saturday the bombing of al-Dailami Air Base, controlled by the al-Houthi group and Saleh north of the capital Sanaa. Arab coalition fighters launched several air strikes on the Dailami military base. Columns of smoke rose from the target sites inside the airbase, local sources said. The coalition had previously targeted the airbase several times

15.7.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Five Raids on Mtoon and Al-Masloob,Al-Jawf

The US-Saudi alliance warplanes launched five raids today on Mtoon and Al-Masloob districts in Al-Jawf governorate a security source said.

Two air raids targeted a citizen’s farm in Al-Masloob, caused great damage and resulted in the death of a number of cattle the source confirmed.

As well as three raids targeted Mtoon district, damaged homes of citizens the source pointed out.

15.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two US-Saudi air raids hit Sanaa

The US-backed Saudi fighter jets waged two raids on Nehm district of Sanaa province overnight, an official told Saba on Saturday.
The raids caused heavy damage to citizens' houses and farms.

15.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two Saudi air strikes hit Sanaa

The US-backed Saudi warplanes launched two strikes on the capital of Sanaa, a local official told Saba on Saturday.
The strikes hit Al Dailami military base, causing heavy damage to neighboring houses of citizens, the official added.

15.7.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A K PH)

#Yemen: A child was killed in a cluster bomb explosion of the remnants of the #US-#Saudi in Sahar district, Sa'ada. Jul 13

14.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

An #RSAF F-15S Strike Eagle, assigned to the 55th Sqn, flies a combat mission over #Yemen in support of #OpRestoreHope (photo)

My comment: Keep in mind that since April 2015 the Saudi bombing war is labeled as “Operation Restoring Hope”: (German) and (English)

14.7.2017 – New News (A K PH)

US-Saudi Aggression Warplanes Strike Yemeni Provinces on the 13th of July

The warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition continued their daily targeting of Yemeni governorates on the 13th of July.
To start with Saada, two airstrikes were waged on the district of Shda, while the region of Al-Ghor in bordering Qmr district was subjected to Saudi missile attacks.
In Hajjah governorate, one air raid hit Medi district.
Concluding it with Taiz, central Yemen, a civilian sustained serious wounds due to three airstrikes launched by the US-backed coalition aiming at the region of Al-Barah in Maqbnah district.

13.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

11 Houthis killed,15 injured by Coalition airstrikes western Taiz

The Saudi-led Arab coalition on Thursday launched air raids on sites and reinforcements of Houthi-Saleh forces in Mekbanah and Mozza districts western Taiz,southwest Yemen.

A military source told Almasderonline that warplanes of Saudi-led co. carried out 4 airstrikes on Houthis’ positions in Barah area,killing 4 and wounding 6 others.

“Aircrafts of Saudi-led co. fighter jets conducted airstrikes on Houthis’ reinforcements in Hameli area ,2 on Khald Mil. Camp, inflecting 7 militants killed ,11 others injured and 2 military vehicles destroyed”, the source added.

13.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

Yemen Security Brief

Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck al Houthi-Saleh forces in southwestern Yemen on July 13. Coalition airstrikes killed 11 al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Maqbanah and Mawza’ districts, Taiz governorate. Coalition warplanes targeted al Houthi-Saleh fighters in al Madiribah district, western Lahij governorate, killing nine.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

Pro Houthi / Pro Saleh reports:

Pro Saudi / Pro Hadi reports: (point 3, 4, 6)

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

14.7.2017 – The Drive (D K)

Catamaran Badly Damaged Off Yemen By Anti-Ship Missile Last Fall Appears In Greece

The high-speed aluminum catamaran which once served the US Navy and most recently the United Arab Emirates, HSV-2 Swift, was attacked last October near the Mandeb Strait by a anti-ship missile. The deadly explosion and the fire that ensued did horrific damage to the vessel's forward half.

The ship was originally brought to the nearby port of Assab in Eritrea after the attack, where it had remained for months. Then it suddenly appeared in Eleusis, Greece just days ago.

It turns out, a local ferry operator named SEAJETS has purchased what's left of the ship

It isn't clear at this time exactly what the company plans to do with the vessel, and according to a short news story from Greece, they don't seem to know either. – by TYLER ROGOWAY

7.2017 – Jaz Junied at Pinterest

Beautiful Yemen photos

7.2017 – Nalsodmy at Pinterst

369 Yemen Photos

7.2017 – Al Monitor (D)


Message on the walls

Yemen's graffiti has become more and more political as artists struggle to respond to increasing violence.

This piece, on display in Sanaa, cries that the country is being split in two.

Credit: Mohammad al-Absi (photos)

2016/2017 – Elisabeth Wojnarski (* C)

Yemen old historic picturies 4

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Landscapes Yemen

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-322 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-322: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

06:46 16.07.2017
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