Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 324 - Yemen War Mosaic 324

Yemen Press Reader 324: UN: Friedensplan–Warum die Saudis Jemen festhalten–Saudis blockieren Journalisten–Vertriebene und Einheimische–USA und Jemen: Wasserkrise, Krieg, Humanitäre Transporte–
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Fortsetzung: Brutales Töten – Katar-Krise von VAE inszeniert – Religiöse Spaltung – Cholera – Saudischer Luftangriff tötet 22

Yemen: Film – UN peace plan – Why Saudi Arabia can’t let Yemen go – Saudis block journalists – Internal displacement and social cohesion – The US and Yemen: Water crisis, supporting war, misusing humanitarian transports – Brutal killing in Yemen – Qatar crisis was staged by Emirates – Sectarianism – Cholera – Saudi air raid killing 22

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp1b Saudischer Luftschlag tötet 22 / Saudi air raids kills 22

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

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / saudi Arabia and Iran

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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17.7.2017 – Deutsche Welle (** B H K)

Film: Jemen – Der Krieg gegen Kinder

Im Jemen herrscht Krieg, doch der Konflikt wird in der Welt kaum wahrgenommen. Dabei sind die größten Leidtragenden dort die Kinder - von Bomben, Hunger und Krankheit bedroht. Ein Einblick in den dramatischen Kriegsalltag – von Sophie McNeill

18.7.2017 – Yemen Peace Project (** A P)


Last week, UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced the details of a plan to effectively remove the governorate of al-Hudaydah from the Yemeni civil war. The plan does far more than propose a ceasefire for the vital port city; it also includes the payment of salaries to civil servants, and spells out the role of the international community. If implemented, the “al-Hudaydah Plan” could serve as a model for a nation-wide peace agreement. The Government of President Hadi and the Government of Egypt have reportedly announced their support for the plan, it is not yet clear whether any of the other warring parties will agree to the plan. Below is the YPP’s English translation of the plan, as presented by the UN Special Envoy to the Arab League.

Provisions of the Agreement:

The declaration, by the United Nations, that the Governorate of al-Hudaydah is a safe zone, free from armed conflict.

The halting of any military intervention against the province by the Saudi-led coalition.

The withdrawal of armed Houthis from all the directorates of the governorate, in addition to the withdrawal of revolutionary committees or any faction that does not belong to the governmental institutions or departments.

The governorate to be managed through a third Yemeni party who is not affiliated with the legitimate government nor the Houthi-Saleh alliance. This is to be done through the Supreme Council of the Governorate of al-Hudaydah.

The various key parties can participate in the council with one member each (Al-Mu’tamar (GPC), Ansar Allah (Houthi Movement), Islah Party, and the Hadi government), along with three to five persons who are not affiliated with the mentioned parties. One of those nonpartisan members will be assigned as the president of the council.

The formation of the main sub-committees of the Council (to include those who have not participated in the military operations or were not previously a part of the administrative parties):

1) The security and military committee

2) The Port reconstructions and operation committee

3) The airport reconstructions and operation committee

4) The services Committee

The members of the province’s local council should work with the aforementioned committees and the local cadres of the council should work with the administration of those committees.

The United Nations and the international community should support the Supreme Council of the Governorate of al-Hudaydah with a full team of experts in various sectors (administrative, economic, and security) to help provide the necessary advice during the work of the Supreme Council.

The Central Bank of Yemen is obliged to open a branch in the governorate, provided that the branch administration is assigned to Arab cadres approved by the United Nations. The administration of the branch should be assigned to the branch staff who were present before 2010.

The Yemeni commercial banks are obliged to open branches in the province.

The World Bank or a U.N. entity will supervise the central bank branch in al-Hudaydah.

The international community must ensure the distribution of the employees’ salaries in the various governorates of the Republic according to the statements of entitlement for 2014, and the customs and taxes should be collected and supplied to the Central Bank branch in al-Hudaydah. Additionally, the oil and gas revenues should be supplied for the Central Bank of Yemen in al-Hudaydah.

The international community must cover the salary deficit for at least one year through the World Bank.

The salaries of three last months should be paid in lump sum, and the salaries of the remaining past months must be scheduled to be paid in four installments with each installment to be paid in a due month.

The administrative and technical staff that worked in 2010 will manage the services facilities of the province of al-Hudaydah and will provide the necessary expertise from outside the governorate or from outside Yemen if required.

The military cadres that worked in 2010 and were based in al-Hudaydah will protect the facilities in al-Hudaydah Governorate. The command of these units shall be assigned to military officers who have not participated in the military operations by the main two parties of the conflict.

To create trust and ensure the implementation [of these articles], the following countries shall open their consulates in the governorate of al-Hudaydah, United States; United Kingdom; Russia; China; France; Germany; Jordan and; Egypt. Any other Arab or foreign country can open its consulate as it desires.

To ensure the flow of aid, humanitarian organizations should open branches in the province of al-Hudaydah.

Yemen Airlines is required to operate three flights a day to ensure Yemen is connected to the outside world.

Operating weekly flights to one of these Arab countries either Jordan or Egypt.

The formation of a Shura Council consisting of natives of al-Hudaydah and includes people from: […]

The international community must ensure the provision of the basic services described below:

1) The reconstruction of the port and the provision of 6 cranes

2) The reconstruction of al-Hudaydah Airport

3) Providing 200 MW of electricity

4) Providing diesel and oil with international prices without increasing

5) The reconstruction of the water and sewage sector and the provision of equipment

6) The reconstruction of the cleaning sector.

7) The reconstruction of the health sector and the provision of support from foreign cadres.

8) The reconstruction of the education sector

9) The provision of financial support for the maintenance of the province in accordance with the budget to be agreed upon by the international community.

My comment: Interesting, but: Why one side of the war should withdraw from a whole governorate, thus opening the path for the other side of the war simply to occupy it? This simply will happen, as the UN still acknowledges the Hadi government as the only “legitimate” government of Yemen. – The UN envoy still is bound to UN Security Council resolution 2216, which was dictated by Saudi Arabia and the US and which is totally one-sided and an obstacle to peace since more than two years now. For really achieving peace now, the UN Security Council must adopt a new, really neutral resolution on Yemen.

The UN should make clear that in the end Yemen should have a unification government including representatives of all political forces. Only this new government should be “legitimate”. Both governments now existing, the Hadi government at Aden and the Houthi / Saleh government at Sanaa, should be treated equal and given a restricted legitimacy, relating just to the territory both sides held at the date of the ceasefire, and clearly limited in time only for the time of the negotiations, until the new united government is installed. There should be a clear limit of half a year given for this limited “legitimacy” of these both governments, in case of need to be prolonged for 3-months terms only.

It should be evident that the Sanaa government holds the full political and administrative authority at Hodeida, and the UN and those managing the harbor cooperate with the representatives of this government. An idea could be that Hodeida harbor is declared and managed as a “Free economic zone” ( and ) and is under a third parties management and rule, but under the authority of the Yemeni government of Sanaa, and that the harbor and the roads leading to it must stay free of Yemeni military. Trucks and transports having transport documents by the harbours authorities must be granted free trespassing at all check points in the whole of Yemen, run by whatever party, to all places stated in the documents.

18.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B K P)

Why Saudi Arabia can’t let Yemen go

The continuation of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, especially as it has degenerated into a war of attrition, is puzzling unless you consider these psycho-political factors

Given these formidable challenges, the continuation of the Saudi-led military campaign is puzzling. Why, after all, do the Saudis refuse to end their intervention in Yemen? Why don’t they make a final effort to conquer Sanaa and declare victory? Or let go of Yemen altogether?

The fact is that the Saudi war in Yemen is driven by much more than territorial security reasons or simply the aspiration to “contain” Iran. It is, to a considerable extent, an “affective”, emotionally driven campaign rooted in at least three significant political-psychological factors: 1) revival of nationalism at home, 2) masculinism in foreign policy making, and 3) protection of regional status

Reinvigorating Saudi nationalism

The military action against the Houthis – which subscribe to the Zaidi branch of Shia Islam almost unknown outside of Yemen - has arguably sharpened the sense of nationalism in Saudi Arabia, enhancing the popularity of its leaders, in particular the defence minister, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who has marshalled the campaign from the onset.

Another pertinent advantage of the intervention was its diversionary effect. It redirected public attention from the economic problems and high-level political schisms that Saudi Arabia has been grappling with

Masculinist foreign policy

Saudi foreign policy represents one of the most masculinist and patriarchal in the international community. A masculinist foreign policy may be characterised by tendencies that are conventionally associated with masculinism and male dominance such as hawkishness, aggressiveness, coerciveness, proneness to violence, compromise aversion and so on.

It is equally evident in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy which usually manifests itself in its aversion to diplomacy and diplomatic solutions to conflicts, hasty recourse to aggressive measures without exhausting all non-military options, and obstinate insistence on policies whose ineffectiveness has been proven. The sudden decision to intervene in Yemen encapsulates all these tendencies quite evidently.

Claims to regional leadership

The timing of Saudi’s military campaign, launched right in the thick of nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers, is critical to understand the kingdom’s motives.

Betraying Saudi perceptions of its regional decline in the face of a resurgent rival, the intervention was meant, among other things, to send the Obama administration a signal that Saudi Arabia would not accommodate US overtures to Iran, and more significantly, the shifting balance of power in the Middle East.

In other words, the Yemen intervention was part of Saudi attempts, since the beginning of King Salman’s reign, to preserve their regional status and claims to leadership in the Muslim world, a position that has been consistently challenged over the past few years by the failure of hardline Saudi policies.

For one, Riyadh’s export and dissemination of Wahhabism as a means to maximise its influence abroad has helped cultivate such terrorist groups as al-Qaeda and Islamic State, which have not spared Saudi interests in their terror campaign. The perniciousness of the Wahhabi ideology has also served to tarnish the Saudi image in the region and more widely in the international community.

The Saudi-led campaign to isolate and ostracise Qatar seems to be the latest instance of this passive-aggressive approach to reclaiming status and securing recognition – by Maysam Behravesh

18.7.2017 – Reuters (** A P)

Saudi-led coalition blocks U.N. aid staff flight carrying journalists to Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen prevented a U.N. flight carrying aid agency staff from traveling to the Houthi-controled capital Sanaa on Tuesday because three international journalists were also aboard, aviation sources said.

The coalition, which intervened in the Yemen conflict in 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, controls the airspace over Yemen and can prevent any flights made without prior permission.

Aviation sources said the flight was prevented from taking off from Djibouti to Sanaa because three BBC journalists were on it.

A United Nations spokesman confirmed the report.

"The coalition claimed that the security of the journalists could not be guaranteed in rebel-controlled areas and advised the three journalists to travel on commercial flights," said Ahmed Ben Lassoued, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen.

"It's unfortunate and partially explains why Yemen, which is one of the world's largest humanitarian crises, is not getting enough attention in international media," he added.

A source in the coalition said that the Yemeni government was the only party entitled to issue visas for foreigners and that entry must be made via commercial flights through Aden airport, which is under its control.

"The United Nations is not concerned with transporting journalists, except those who are coming to cover its own activities," a source in the coalition said, adding that the U.N. must ensure the journalists safety and make sure they do not carry out any other activity.

My comment: A fine example how the Saudi coalition prevents journalists to get to Yemen. And Hussam Al-Sanabani reminds: Hadi's Foreign Minister and the Yemeni embassy in Washington have repeatedly welcomed the visit of western journalists to #Yemen ( Well, this had been just propaganda – the Hadi government might welcome just journalists following Hadi propaganda. – Also reread this important article by Samuel Oakford:

Comment by Judith Brown: Apparently the plane was blocked because it had three BBC reporters on board. Saudi Arabia is very sensitive about journalists entering Yemen because what they are likely to report is heartbreaking. To say they need to travel on a commercial flight is a joke - there are none.

and here must be added the latest statement of the Hadi government:

18.7.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (* A P)

Yemeni information Ministry regrets UN's attempt to transport journalists to Yemen

The Ministry of Information of the Republic of Yemen has expressed regret over an attempt by the United Nations' Mission to transport journalists into Yemeni territory via UN planes, said the ministry in a release issued on Tuesday.
Houthi-Saleh's rebel militias have been propagating their destructive project through humanitarian stories, manipulating the catastrophic conditions of the Yemeni people who have been experiencing difficult conditions since triggering the coup and western media finds fatty stories to present to its audience.
According to the release, all Yemeni people suffer horrific tragedy over rebels' wars, and hence we call foreign journalists not to provide legitimacy to the rebels through visiting militias held areas like the Capital Sana'a while conditions in other Yemeni cities truthfully deserve to be covered to reflect the real situation from the ground and a way of political agendas.
The ministry called all interested journalists to head to a nearby Yemeni embassy in their country to get entry visa through Aden and all liberated areas are opened to all journalists.
The government of Yemen has wide flexibility to deal with all issues and its doors are open to all without exclusion, chains or pressures, said the ministry.
It confirmed that foreign journalists should be careful on their security and safety to avoid kidnapping by armed groups and then paying ransom for freeing, a matter re-financing terrorism, an issue is not guaranteed by UN agencies.

My comment: They evidently confess that they only accept pro-Hadi government propaganda.

18.7.2017 – London School of Economics and Political Science (** B H)

Internal Displacement and Social Cohesion in Yemen

Protracted conflicts always eradicate social cohesion and tear up communal bonds. Evidence from the ground suggests that while shelters in Yemen can contribute towards building a cohesive society, they also have the potential to provoke tension within communities.

The civil war in Yemen has resulted in a massive humanitarian catastrophe in the poorest country in the MENA region. The Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM) has reported that as of March 2017, 2 million Yemenis, or 7% of the population, is internally displaced.

According to the TFPM report, the majority of IDPs in Yemen are living with host families (36%), while the next largest category is in rented accommodation (22%), followed by those who are residing in collective centers or spontaneous settlements (19%).

Despite the fact that the tradition of hosting vulnerable displaced families in Yemen shows the strength of social bonds, they are not sustainable and are likely to result in serious repercussions on the social cohesion of the Yemeni society. According to Shelter Cluster Yemen, families hosted by friends and relatives report that an increase in interfamily tensions.

Often, host families are poor themselves and financially over-stretched, especially with the shortage of humanitarian aid for host communities who take the greatest brunt of caring for IDPs. Unfortunately, humanitarian organisations are in favour of pouring humanitarian assistance to IDPs in designated camps or to those in households in public or abandoned buildings. In doing so, they are neglecting the surrounding host families. The provision of assistance solely to IDPs in camps will increase the tension between host families and hosted IDPs on one side, and with IDPs in camps or public buildings on the other.

Humanitarian organisations have a responsibility towards communities to ensure social cohesion and to apply a conflict-sensitive approach in their humanitarian assistance. There is no one size-fits-all template to delivering humanitarian assistance. Every country has different mechanisms and social norms of supporting vulnerable people and of applying resilience mechanisms to cope with displacement. It is essential to understand the communities to ensure no harm is caused through humanitarian intervention. In Yemen, host families shouldn’t be excluded from aid, as doing so may cause tension and disturb social harmony – by Ghaidaa Motahar & Mohammed Al-Sabahi

Comment by Judith Brown: A very interesting article on the internally displaced in Yemen. It identifies a lot of factors that relate to displaced throughout the world and Yemeni culture.

17.7.2017 – Atlantic Council (** B H K P)

The US Can Decide to Worsen Yemen’s Water Crisis or Alleviate it

Yemen is currently facing the region’s most severe water crisis. More than half of the population does not have access to clean water and the country is withdrawing their renewable water supplies at a rate of 169 percent, meaning that the population is using more water than can be replenished. Analysts predict that Sana’a—Yemen’s capital and largest city center—could run out of water as early as the end of this year.
The severity of the water shortage and its potential consequences, amidst the country’s raging civil war, has catapulted the nation from a regional to an international security concern due to the resource’s influence on the conflict and as a tool to leverage by belligerent parties and extremist groups. As local actors such as the Hadi-led government, Houthis, and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) try to use water scarcity to their advantage, it increases humanitarian suffering and reduces chances of finding a long-term solution to the conflict.
The water shortage in Yemen is not new. Analysts identified and warned of the problem long before the onset of the civil war in 2015.

As the crisis plays out, the water shortage will have more than humanitarian consequences. In the past several years, conflict over water has ignited local tensions among previously peaceful groups. Al-Thawra, a pro-government periodical in Yemen, reported in 2015 that seventy to eighty percent of all rural conflicts are rooted in water troubles and the Yemeni Ministry of the Interior estimated that around four thousand Yemenis die each year in violent disputes over the resource.
Further exacerbating these tensions is the impending mass population displacement from rural to urban centers. As water sources dry up, rural communities in Yemen reliant on agriculture will migrate to cities looking for sustainable income. A World Bank report states that rate of urbanization in Yemen, which hovers around six to eight percent, is almost three times that of other MENA countries. Increased competition over scarce opportunities in cities will likely inflame existing urban-rural animosities, such as how it sparked violence in areas such as Ta’izz and Abyan when urban centers forcibly rerouted water supplies from rural drilling sites. The lawlessness and proliferation of small arms in the civil war will heighten the intensity and scope of these clashes.

As the lack of available water forces rural communities to abandon agriculture in favor of viable incomes, militant groups are getting a recruitment boost.

Water has become another weapon in militants’ arsenals. The Houthis and AQAP have begun to employ a ‘carrot and stick’ strategy with the increasingly rare resource to subdue unruly populations and sway the direction of the conflict in their favor

The Houthis have controlled varying sections of the city of Taiz for over a year and continuously blocked shipments of water and other resources intended for the starved population.

The Hadi-led government is far from an innocent actor in the ongoing crisis. Although Hadi’s forces retook the southern city of Aden from the Houthi rebels in 2015, the population still suffers from severe electricity and water shortages.

While Yemen remains embroiled in conflict, comprehensive water infrastructure development will have to wait. There are, however, mitigating measures the United States and the international community can take now to prevent further shortages.
One such measure would be the immediate halt of any US support for the Yemeni government’s impending seizure of the port of Hudayda—the nexus for nearly eighty percent of international aid, including water, to Yemen—from Houthi forces.

If the United States is to achieve the sustainable peace needed for true water infrastructure improvement, they must focus their efforts less on directing weapons sales and more on reforming the negotiating framework, which, in its current state, is practically dead on arrival.

Immediate relief from the current water shortage and a realistic negotiating framework for peace will be a large step forward in mitigating consequences from the water crisis – BY RACHEL FURLOW

My comment: Unmentioned here: More than 200 water facilities had been destroyed by Saudi air raids. – Also unmentioned: What the US could do from one day to the other: stop any support for a warrying party in this war.

Comment by Beatrice De Filippis: US already decided: long ago. When it sided with the aggressors refueling warplanes, sieging-bombing-droning

18.7.2017 – Paste (** B K P)

Congress, Stop Subsidizing the Misery of Yemen

Washington loves both fuel and fire

Congress skipped a chance to set things right. Naturally, it was terribly surprising to see that great deliberative body on the shady side of a moral question, but there’s a first time for everything. Samuel Oakford writes that “... the House of Representatives just passed over the chance to vote on legislation that would have tracked the fuel the Pentagon gives to the Saudi coalition and prohibited refueling of coalition aircraft unless the Pentagon could assure Congress that subsequent missions wouldn’t hit civilians or targets contained on no-strike lists.”

The Americans back the Saudi Coalition in Yemen, including the funeral strike that wiped out 130 people in October 2016.

After that funeral bombing, did we retreat a step? Reconsider our efforts? Take seriously our open-mouthed pieties about human rights? We explored none of those options, as the liquor-cabinet-looting teen swore to his parents. The American government didn’t back down for a single moment. Obama stopped selling weapons but kept feeding the war.

What does it matter that Obama put the hold on selling guided weapons to the Saudis? He kept on giving the Saudi Coalition fuel, double the amount of fuel before the strike. The government wags a finger, then writes a check.

We help with Emirate prisons and conduct special forces operations in this conflict. But mostly our displays of valor are mostly constrained to supply and support. Yet as war crimes tribunals remind us, there are no small parts, only small actors.

What has our glorious adventure in Yemen brought us? The near-starvation of the Yemeni.

If we can, through the force of our courts, ask the Emirates to reimburse an American citizen, why can’t we get them to stop sending their weapons to detonate on the heads of poor folk? Especially since we are the enablers in this dismal melodrama of “See How Kings Protect Their Crowns.” Cut away their tools, and see how quick even princes are to take notice.

Fueling the Emirates is part of a trend: the American state hands off its dirty work to outsourcing. We kept the payout from the UAE secret for the same reason we keep the refueling on the down-low: it is embarrassing for great powers to consider the well-being of ordinary people.

Beginning in the Sixties, the America state started working revenges clandestinely. The world had changed. The State and Defense Departments couldn’t simply land gunships on the shores of foreign power without ample explaining. That was their business method in the Fifties and before.

These days, Washington prefers to act underground, or through other actors. The government knows their own hand shows the stain of what it works in. So they employ cats-paws like corporations use holding companies. There are firewalls of responsibility between the master and their helper. This aloofness helps them make terrible choices.

We can cut the Emirates short tomorrow. Let us do on a grand scale what Hassen did on a small one. Cut the funding for Coalition Aircraft. Congress will not pay for food stamps or medical care, here or in Yemen. They will only furnish endless rivers of lucre for funeral-bombing, a subsidy for the undertaker. They must be made to care. Fueling the war against Yemen is pointless. There is no justification. No cause. No moral case. Only the operations of power alliances and great state interests explain what we are doing overseas. America must stop forking over hospital and school money to the Coalition. It is not our business to furnish graves in the soil of Yemen. – By Jason Rhode

17.7.2017 – Infosperber (** B H K)

Jemen: USA gefährden Hilfe von IKRK und Unicef

Die USA benutzen humanitäre Hilfsprojekte als Tarnung für militärische Vorhaben. Ein Fall, der jetzt öffentlich wurde.

Immer wieder werden in den Krisengebieten der Welt westliche Bürger anscheinend willkürlich gekidnappt. Von einigen hört man nie wieder. Scott Darden hatte Glück. Nach sechsmonatiger Gefangenschaft im Jemen wurde der US-Bürger, der im Auftrag eines Logistikunternehmens für zwei Hilfsorganisationen gearbeitet hatte, vor zwei Jahren wieder freigelassen.

Jetzt wird bekannt, dass Darden neben seinem Einsatz für das internationale Rote Kreuz IKRK und das UN-Kinderhilfswerk Unicef eine weitere Funktion hatte: er arbeitete auch für das US-Militär. Die Hilfsorganisationen wussten davon nichts, schreibt die «New York Times» (NYT).

Transoceanic, Dardens Arbeitgeber, hatte noch im September 2015 in einer Stellungnahme bekannt gegeben, Darden habe «als Teil seiner Arbeit in der internationalen Logistik im Jemen die Lagerung und den Transport humanitärer Hilfe koordiniert». Was Transoceanic nicht erwähnte: geheime Verträge des Unternehmens mit dem US-Militär, mit dem Auftrag, Transporte für US-Elite-Truppen im Jemen durchzuführen, und Dardens Rolle dabei.

Das Logistikunternehmen «Transoceanic Developement» mit Hauptsitz in New Orleans ist eines der wenigen, die an die gefährlichsten Orte der Welt liefern und dort logistische Unterstützung anbieten. Sie liefern Hilfsgüter an die hungernde Bevölkerung in Krisengebieten und stellen gleichzeitig Netzwerke für geheime militärische Operationen des Stils «Kill-or-Capture» zur Verfügung.

Eine solche Doppelrolle ist keineswegs unüblich.

Auch nicht unüblich ist, dass sich das Pentagon oder die US-Spionage-Einheiten auf US-Amerikaner wie Darden verlassen, um in ihrem Auftrag Geld und Material zu verschieben.

Geheimdienste, die humanitäre Hilfe als Deckung verwenden, untergraben das Vertrauen und gefährden humanitäre Missionen. Für Mitarbeitende der Hilfsorganisation können sie ein tödliches Risiko bedeuten.

Welche Art von logistischer Unterstützung Darden und Transoceanic dem US-Militär genau geliefert haben, ist nicht klar. Der Vertrag ist geheim. Sprecher des Pentagons, der US-Kommandos wie auch Transoceanic wollten sich gegenüber der NYT nicht darüber äussern.

Die unklare Auskunftslage stösst teilweise auf Unverständnis. Die Geheimniskrämerei hat einige US-Anwälte dazu gebracht, eine bessere Überprüfung der geheimen Sonderkommandos zu fordern.

Neben einigen offiziellen Stellen waren auch die Hilfsorganisationen Unicef und das IKRK ahnungslos.

Najwa Mekki, Sprecherin von Unicef, sagt, die Kinderhilfsorganisation habe bis September 2016 mit Transoceanic einen Vertrag über «Lagerdienstleistungen im Jemen» gehabt. Sie wusste nicht, dass das Unternehmen auch für das US-Militär arbeitete – Diesen Beitrag hat Daniela Gschweng aufgrund eines Berichts der «New York Times» erstellt. Grosse Medien in der Schweiz haben bisher nicht darüber berichtet.

Mein Kommentar: Deutsche Medien haben auch nicht berichtet.

3.7.2017 – SAM Rights and Liberties (** B P)

Brutal Killing

SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties issued its report “Brutal Killing” included statistics and stories of killing cases that civilians have faced in Yemen during January – December 2016, in addition to similar cases of 2015.

Executive Summary

SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties has documented 150 violations related to extralegal killings in Yemen during the reporting period; 2016, in addition to some selective cases from the same context in 2015, included many governorates. These violations which is documented in the report are distributed to three categories;

First; Field Execution:
SAM has documented 74 field execution cases; 17 cases in Ibb governorate, followed by Al-Baidha with 9 cases.

Second; Death Under Torture:
SAM organization has documented 58 cases of death under torture, including 10 cases in Hodiedah governorate.

Third; Human Shields:
SAM organization has documented 18 cases of death cases resulted from using victims as human shields, including 11 cases in Dhamar governorate.

SAM organization has documented various means and types of torture perpetrated on victims, including sever beating, denial of food, using police dogs, and torture by electric shock, and the victims included; political, social activists, journalists, physicians, and academia.

Violators include Houthis-militia, at 93% rate, anonymous groups at 4%, legitimate government 2% and terrorist groups 1%.

Most of the cases of extralegal killings occurred in territories that fall under Houthis-Saleh control, and where there are no armed confrontations; such as Dhamar, Hodiedah and Ibb governorates, therefore refute any allegations that the victims were anti-Houthis armed resistance, or that were caught in crossfire or due to security instability.

The report concluded that the violations included herein, reveals a systematic policy among the violators to torture civilian victims, particularly by Houthis-Saleh group, in addition to Hadhrami Elite forces in Hadhramout, and Security Belt forces in Aden which are loyal to the United Arab Emirates.

The report concluded to several recommendations; mainly to the UN and the international community to exert pressure on all parties to stop these violations on the detainees.


– Houthis armed group and Saleh forces committed filed execution crimes against its opponents, in addition they’ve used detainees and abductees as human shields against Arab Coalition airstrikes at a number of military sites and arms warehouses at different Yemeni governorates;

– Houthis armed group and Saleh forces committed filed execution crimes against its opponents, in addition they’ve used detainees and abductees as human shields against Arab Coalition airstrikes at a number of military sites and arms warehouses at different Yemeni governorates;

– Absence of security and judicial institutions has encouraged increase in execution and field execution crimes, leading to increasing number of victims, where law and justice remained at the hands of the combating field commanders;- Many Yemeni families are intimidated and terrorized due to the escalating number of detainees and abductees at Houthis-Saleh prisons and detention facilities, people fear being used as human shields at such detention facilities;

– Certain military agencies affiliated to the legitimate government, in Hadhramout “Hadhrami Elite” force, are committing gross violations against activists and civilians, causing death to some of them under torture.


SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties recommends to the and the report in full:

My comment: I do not know how serious this organization really is. It is European and is based in Geneva. It obviously sides with the Hadi government labeling it as “legitimate” (what it obviously is not) and uses quite strange phrases to define the authority of the Sanaa government. And the phrase “Saleh armed forces” just means the greater part of the regular Yemeni army.

Which real incidents and which sources are standing behind its figures remains somewhat obscure. The Hadi government and its propaganda organizations would not be any serious sources. The killings in “liberated” areas seem to be treated much less tight here.

Obviously, there is committed a lot of Human Rights violations by the Houthis, killings included. Looking at reports of particular incidents, it is obvious that a great part of them is due to lack of authority. Local commanders, sub-commanders or just militiamen carrying a gun misuse their physical force to mistreat, rob, violate others.

SAM also publishes monthly overviews on Houthi / Saleh Human Rights violations, the last is for June 2017:

16.7.2017 – SAM Rights and Liberties (* A P)

June 2017 State of Human Rights in Yemen

SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties, based in Genève, continues monitoring of human rights situation in Yemen, where during June, it has documented 787 violations, included extralegal killing, assaults on physical integrity and safety, violations to press freedom, arbitrary detention, seizure of properties, enforced displacement and torture.

Out of the total violations, Houthis-Saleh militia committed 607 violations, Arab Coalition 45, legitimate government 15 violations in Taiz, Aden and Lahaj, and 20 other violations by unidentified parties in territories under the legitimate government control.

Violation of the Right to Life:

Violation of the Right to Physical Integrity:

Arbitrary Detention:

Violation of Child Rights:

Violations against Women:


Violations of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders:

Blockade and Enforced Displacement of Civilians:

Attacks on Properties and Detonation of Houses:

Other Violations:


My comment: Violations by Saudi coalition air strikes stay mostly unmentioned, violations by the Saudi blockade are not mentioned at all.

17.7.2017 – T-Online (** A P)

Streit um Golfemirat Katar: Die Krise war offenbar sorgfältig geplant

Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate stecken nach einem Bericht der "Washington Post" hinter dem Cyberangriff auf Katar, der maßgeblich zur diplomatischen Krise unter den Golfstaaten beigetragen hat. Die Zeitung berief sich dabei am Sonntag (Ortszeit) auf US-Geheimdienstkreise.

In der vergangenen Woche hätten die Geheimdienste bestätigt, dass hochrangige Regierungsmitglieder der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate am 23. Mai den Plan und seine Umsetzung diskutiert hätten. Es bleibe jedoch unklar, ob die Emirate den Hackerangriff auf die Seite der katarischen Regierung selbst ausgeführt hätten oder ihn in Auftrag gegeben hätten.

Die Botschaft der Emirate in den USA wies den Bericht der "Washington Post" auf Twitter umgehend als falsch zurück. Das Land spiele bei dem in dem Artikel beschriebenen mutmaßlichen Hackerangriff keine Rolle.

In der mutmaßlichen Falschmeldung im Mai hatte es geheißen, das Staatsoberhaupt von Katar, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, habe den Iran als islamische Macht bezeichnet und die Hamas gelobt. Das hatte den diplomatischen Bruch befeuert.

Mein Kommentar: So begann die Katar-Krise: Mit einem inszenierten Betrug durch die Emirate. Nicht nachvollziehbar ist hier, warum T-Online noch einmal auf die „Fake News“ von CNN zurückkommt, dahinter stecke Russland.

17.7.2017 – BRK / DPA / Spiegel Online (** A P)

Mögliche Fake-News-Kampagne – Emirate sollen hinter Hackerangriff auf Katar stehen
Ein Hackerangriff soll die Krise in der Golfregion ausgelöst haben. Doch auch Wochen später ist unklar, wer dahintersteckt. Laut „Washington Post“ deutet einiges auf die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate hin.
Knapp eineinhalb Monate ist es her, da kappten mehrere arabische Staaten ihre Verbindungen zu Katar und verhängten eine Blockade. Das Land unterstütze Terrorgruppen, begründeten sie ihre Entscheidung – und beriefen sich auch auf eine iranfreundliche Äußerung der katarischen Führung. […]
Anfang Juni hatte der Sender CNN bereits berichtet, russische Hacker hätten möglicherweise die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur von Katar gehackt und mit einer Falschmeldung zur diplomatischen Krise unter den Golfstaaten beigetragen. Das Ziel Russlands sei es offensichtlich, einen Keil zwischen die USA und ihre Verbündeten zu treiben. In Katar befindet sich der größte US-Militärstützpunkt der Region. Auf der Luftwaffenbasis al-Udeid sind mehr als 10.000 US-Soldaten stationiert.

Anmerkung Jens Berger:Das Gerücht, russische Hacker könnten hinter der Kampagne stecken, stammte übrigens vom FBI – Honi soit qui mal y pense

17.7.2017 – Reuters (** A P)

UAE arranged for hacking of Qatar government sites, sparking diplomatic row: Washington Post

The United Arab Emirates arranged for Qatari government social media and news sites to be hacked in late May in order to post fiery but false quotes linked to Qatar's emir, prompting a diplomatic crisis, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing U.S. intelligence officials.

The emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, had been quoted in May as praising Hamas and saying that Iran was an "Islamic power," the Post reported. In response, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Qatar said in late May that hackers had posted fake remarks by the emir, an explanation rejected by Gulf states.

The Post reported that U.S. intelligence officials learned last week of newly analyzed information that showed that top UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred.

The officials said it was unclear if the UAE hacked the websites or paid for them to be carried out, the newspaper reported. The Post did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report – by Diane Bartz and by Aljazeera:

My comment: That is how the Qatar crisis began… – by an arranged fraud of the whole world by the Emirates!!!

16.7.2017 – Zerohedge / Washington Post (** A P)

CNN Caught Faking News Again: Now It's The UAE, Not Russia, Who "Hacked" Qatar

Here is the "latest" official narrative, at least according to the "U.S. intelligence and other officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter" quoted by WaPo:

The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

Officials became aware last week that newly analyzed information gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. The officials said it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done. The false reports said that the emir, among other things, had called Iran an “Islamic power” and praised Hamas.

But... wait: didn't US intelligence agencies just one month ago say it was all Russia's fault? Looks like it took just one month for the CIA to change its mind. We wonder if and when it will the same to its "conclusion" confirmed by 17 4 intelligence agencies that Russia also hacked the DNC and John Podesta (although we won't be holding our breath for that particular narrative shift). Back to the WaPo:

The hacks and posting took place on May 24, shortly after President Trump completed a lengthy counterterrorism meeting with Persian Gulf leaders in neighboring Saudi Arabia and declared them unified. Citing the emir’s reported comments, the Saudis, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt immediately banned all Qatari media. They then broke relations with Qatar and declared a trade and diplomatic boycott, sending the region into a political and diplomatic tailspin that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned could undermine U.S. counterterrorism efforts against the Islamic State.

Then again, this may be just another fishing expedition (or better yet, clickbait) by the WaPo. Naturally, the Emirates denied everything:

In a statement released in Washington by its ambassador, Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE said the Post story was “false.” “The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article,” the statement said. “What is true is Qatar’s behavior. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors.”

Maybe he meant to say Saudi Arabia, but there's just too many fake news in one place at this point to even keep track. Meanwhile, according to the WaPo even more subsequent hacks provided the detail needed to get to the bottom of the original hack:

The revelations come as emails purportedly hacked from Otaiba’s private account have circulated to journalists over the past several months. That hack has been claimed by an apparently pro-Qatari organization calling itself GlobalLeaks. Many of the emails highlight the UAE’s determination over the years to rally Washington thinkers and policymakers to its side on the issues at the center of its dispute with Qatar.

This confirms what we reported last month, when we said that Qatar - which has repeatedly charged that its sites were hacked, but has yet to release the results of its own investigation - accused the Arab states behind the embargo for also being behind the hack. Today's WaPo report appears to confirm this:

Intelligence officials said their working theory since the Qatar hacks has been that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, or some combination of those countries were involved. It remains unclear whether the others also participated in the plan.

Meanwhile, nobody is willing to say anything on the record, of course: "The Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment, as did the CIA. The FBI, which Qatar has said was helping in its investigation, also declined to comment." Which is understandable: they are all busy going through any and all Trump emails intercepted by the NSA, looking for a smoking gun.

What the WaPo report confirms, assuming it is accurate of course, is that the Arab states engaged in a "false flag" operation against Qatar, to provide them the justification for escalating the confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to its current crisis level, and potentially beyond: to war, considering Rex Tillerson's attempts to mediate a resolution in his "shuttle diplomacy" tour in the Gulf over the past week proved to be a disaster – by Tyler Durden quoting

My comment: I do not think it is reasonable when Durden thinks that in fact “the NSA and CIA were those responsible for the Qatar "hacking", an event which has launched a destabilizing sequence of events in the middle east, and which according to many may culminate with war in the region, the ideal outcome for both the "Deep State" and the Military-Industrial/Neocon complex.”

12.7.2017 – Cairo Review (** B P)

Understanding Sectarianism in the Middle East

Sectarian violence in the Arab and Muslim worlds is exacerbated by the role foreign powers play in the region, as well as local power rivalries.

The “sectarian” Middle East does not simply exist; it is imagined to exist, and then it is produced. It does not emerge latently. Yet the strong association of the pejorative term “sectarianism” with the Middle East repeatedly suggests that the region is more negatively religious than the “secular” West. This is an ideological assumption woven into how the Arab and Muslim worlds are generally depicted as having fundamentally religious landscapes in contrast to Western societies. Not only does this assumption gloss over how religious the West is, but it also pretends that what is occurring in the Middle East reflects an unbroken arc of sectarian sentiment that connects the medieval to the modern.

Modern politics, in short, is transformed into little more than a re-enactment of a medieval drama between Sunni and Shia, rather than being a geopolitical struggle in which Western states are deeply implicated. Most of all, this Western fixation with the allegedly medieval and fixed nature of religiosity in the Middle East distracts scholars and the general public from understanding the modern roots of the “sectarian” Middle East.

One ought to discuss sectarian outlooks, actions, and thoughts in the Middle East in a manner similar to how one would talk about racial (and racist) outlooks, actions, and thoughts in the United States. Scholars of American history have gone to great lengths to challenge the notion of singular, age-old racial identifications, whether black or white. It is incumbent upon scholars of the Middle East to likewise reject the facile, monolithic, and ahistorical interpretations of sectarian identity so beloved by academics, pundits, think tank “experts,” and politicians.

The idea of an innately sectarian Middle East or Islam often serves to absolve Western powers from their complicity in creating, encouraging, or exacerbating violent political sectarianism in the Arab World.

These assertions, at least as recounted by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in “The Obama Doctrine” in The Atlantic, are both preposterous and self-serving—preposterous because they discount the rich history of the Arab World that underscores the numerous social and political bonds in the region that are manifestly not sectarian; self-serving because they affirm an imperial self-righteousness that presumes that the problems of the Arab World are primarily due to the persistence of allegedly immutable sectarian solidarities.

Indisputably, there is a sectarian problem in the Middle East. This problem is tied to religion, history, region, environment, class, politics and political economy. However, it is also abundantly clear that Western interventionism in the region not only exacerbates these internal problems, but creates new conditions and contexts that define the very nature of what is “internal.” – By Ussama Makdisi

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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19.7.2017 – World Health Organization (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 19 July 2017


From 27 April to 18 July 2017, 362 545 suspected cholera cases and 1817 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 88% (293/333) of the districts.

Geographical distribution of cases

The five most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb with 53.7% (194 835/362 545) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017.

Al Dhaele’e, Al Mahwit and Amran governorates had the highest attack rates (26.6‰, 26.3‰ and 24.4‰ respectively)

Raymah ,Hajjah and Ibb governorates reported the highest case fatality ratios (1.4% ,0.9% and 0.8% respectively) (see table).

The five most affected districts were Al Hali district (Al Hudaydah gov., 14 055 suspected cases and 23 deaths), Ma’ain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 9 024 suspected cases and 9 deaths), Bani Al Harith (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 8 981 suspected cases and 10 deaths), As Sabain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 7 129 suspected cases and 11 deaths), and Al Hawak (Al Hudaydah gov., 6 841 suspected cases and 11 deaths).

Number of suspected cholera cases & deaths, AR and CFR by governorate, Yemen, 27 April – 18 July 2017 and in full

18.7.2017 – Mazher Nizar (* A H)

"Over 345,000 cholera victim"
Homage to the children of Yemen
Acrylic on canvas
# Yemen at War (photo)

18.7.2017 – ITV (** B H)

Yemen in grip of world's worst cholera outbreak

Video report: After nearly two-and-a-half years of war, Yemen is in the grip of a new battle - the world's worst cholera outbreak.

The disease, which should have been left in the 19th century, is spreading at a terrifying rate.

Pictures released by the United Nations show a hospital overwhelmed with so many victims they are being treated in corridors.

There are 5,000 new cases of cholera across Yemen every day.

And the highly infectious bacterial infection can kill within hours if left untreated.

Children make up 42% of cases and a quarter of fatalities.

Dr Ismail Almansor told ITV News he receives two or three cholera patients a minute at the Al Sabeen Hospital in Sana'a.

"Most are women or children. They come so late as they have no money.

"Because of that, their kidneys fail."

As war grinds on, Yemen's infrastructure is in shreds.

The UN says all sides are to blame for the cholera outbreak.

Broken sanitation and rubbish are ideal breeding grounds for the disease.

"We ask for medicine, water and food - if you search in the villages, you won't find any food. We have nothing," one resident said.

Earlier this year, ITV News reported from Yemen the UN has received only a third of the funding it needs for the 12 million people facing famine.

Officials fear that money will now be diverted to contain cholera – By Neil Connery (film, photos)

18.7.2017 – World Health Organization (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 18 July 2017


From 27 April to 17 July 2017, 356,591 suspected cholera cases and 1,802 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 88% (293/333) of the districts.

Geographical distribution of cases

The five most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb with 53.9% (192,488/356,591) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017. o Al Dhaele’e, Al Mahwit and Amran governorates had the highest attack rates (26.1‰,

25.8‰ and 24‰ respectively) o Raymah ,Hajjah and Ibb governorates reported the highest case fatality ratios (1.3% ,0.9% and 0.8% respectively) (see table).

The five most affected districts were Al Hali district (Al Hudaydah gov., 13,820 suspected cases and 23 deaths), Ma’ain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 8,939 suspected cases and 9 deaths), Bani Al Harith (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 8,890 suspected cases and 10 deaths), As Sabain (Amanat Al Asimah gov., 7,078 suspected cases and 11 deaths), and Al Hawak (Al Hudaydah gov., 6,784 suspected cases and 11 deaths) and in full


17.7.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 17 July 2017

From 27 April to 16 July 2017, 351,045 suspected cholera cases and 1,790 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 88% (293/333) of the districts. and in full

17.7.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Epidemiology Bulletin (9 - 15 July 2017)

During week 28 (from 9 to 15 July 2017), 35 052 suspected cholera cases and 53 deaths were reported in Yemen.

The overall decline of suspected cases reported in the last weekly (i.e. week 27) bulletin is confirmed. This decline is reflected in several of the most affected governorates (e.g. Amanat Al Asimah, Amran or Sana’a). The decline started from week 27 and continues in week 28, however the sharp decline in week 28 should be interpreted with caution given the remaining back log cases. and in full

18.7.2017 – International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (* A H)

Yemen Red Crescent volunteers rush in health and hygiene supplies as cholera outbreak continues

Yemen Red Crescent volunteers are rushing to provide health and hygiene support to communities unable to access immediate medical care in an effort to stem the rapid spread of cholera across the country.

“We are doing everything we can to fill the health care gap by providing cholera prevention messaging, alongside health and hygiene supplies to cure the sick while also training health care and ambulatory staff,” said Pitambar Aryal, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Yemen Country Office.

Yemen Red Crescent volunteers are distributing locally-tailored cholera prevention pamphlets and visual aids to at-risk communities.

“The awareness raising leaflets are in local languages and we also provide illustrated materials for those who cannot read. This helps people to adopt behaviours that will protect them against cholera since communities do not have access to soap or water purification tablets,” said Aryal.

In some governorates, local authorities have requested that the Red Crescent Society increase direct medical assistance alongside awareness raising efforts. “The health and hygiene supplies will support these branches,” Pitambar Aryal added.

Volunteers have helped distribute 5 million chorine tablets, 1 million packets of oral dehydration salts, 30,000 ringer lactates, 30,000 zinc tablets and 50,000 antibiotic tablets. =

17.7.2017 – NBC / Reuters (* B H)

War-Torn Yemen Suffers World’s Worst Cholera Outbreak

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17.7.2017 – Observers France 24 (* A H)

Dirty water, cholera and malnutrition: deadly mix afflicting Yemeni children

Close to 300,000 people in Yemen have contracted cholera, of whom 1,700 died, according to numbers reported in June. This epidemic has, in large part, been caused by the poor quality of the country’s drinking water, which is often contaminated with fecal matter. Moreover, wartorn Yemen lacks the resources to purify the water. And, when people fall ill, they often have no access to medical care. This disease, which is easy to treat, is most deadly when contracted by vulnerable people, like the elderly and, especially. children.

Our Observer Ahmad Algohbary is a freelance journalist who lives in Sana’a, the capital. When he traveled outside the city in early July, he met internally displaced people who had no other option but to drink water that was clearly dirty. He said that many people who have fled the conflict find themselves in this kind of situation, which explains the sanitation crisis sweeping his country.

“While we were making our way through a mountainous region, we came across a group of displaced people who had fled Nihm, where there are ongoing clashes between the Houthi rebels and government forces, backed by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia. We learned that there were 56 displaced families who were sleeping in a makeshift campsites there.
These people don’t have anything. No food, no water, no money. They sleep in makeshift tents and receive little aide. Sometimes, people bring them a little bit of food, but they wake up the next day, starving as ever. I was shocked when I saw that they were drinking the filthy water from the swamp and I took photos to document these terrible conditions. “

Air strikes carried out by the coalition target Houthi positions, but they have also hit schools, hospitals and, according to United States senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, reserves of drinking water.
"The cholera epidemic is in part due to the bombing of the water supply in Sana’a", he said in late June. The France 24 Observers team spoke with Qasim Ali Al-Shawea, a Yemeni humanitarian worker based Sana’a. He said that close to 300 reservoirs had been destroyed in this way.

17.7.2017 – CARE (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera outbreak piles on the misery

2-year-old Amal (above) lies on her mother’s lap as she gets ready to leave the cholera isolation unit at Aljomhuri hospital in Hajja, Yemen. Amal started vomiting and suffering from severe diarrhoea two days ago – symptoms of cholera – after drinking infected water delivered by a water truck.

Only a few families in Hajja city can afford to pay for the water from the trucks, which is used for cooking and drinking. There are a limited number of public water sources in the city and most of these are now contaminated with cholera. There have been numerous campaigns to sensitise the truck owners on the cholera outbreak but the trucks’ tanks are often uncovered and the vendors fail to add chlorine tablets to the tanks before pumping water to houses.

For another young girl, Jehad, age 9, this is her second time in the cholera isolation unit. Jehad explains that the cholera outbreak has badly affected her village:

Every day many people get sick with the disease. One month ago, I got sick with vomiting and diarrhoea and then I got better. But here I am again, facing the same symptoms.

Jehad fetches water for her family’s daily use from the valley where rain is collected in small ponds. She and her friends also use the water in the ponds to wash clothes and other household items. At the end of the day, they carry water in jerrycans to their houses so it can be used for drinking and cooking.

Dr Numan Saheb is the supervisor of the cholera unit at the hospital. He says:

We receive more than 150 cases of cholera at Aljomhuri hospital on daily basis. The majority of these cases are from Mabyan where Jehad comes from.

Many of the people in Mabyan district were displaced to the area due to the conflict. Most of them have no source of income and live in very basic conditions that make the spread of diseases like cholera harder to control.

Layla, a 22-year-old mother of three, is recovering in the cholera isolation unit, but is concerned about how her family can cope. Her husband used to work as a public servant, but has received no salary for the last 8 months. She says:

We can barely feed our children. When I think about cleaning substances or water purification, I see these as luxury.

Mustafa (above), age 10, was admitted three days ago in a critical condition, but is now recovering. His father explains how lucky they are that he could afford to bring his son to the hospital:

There are a lot of sick people I know in this city who are unable to afford even the transport expenses necessary to reach the hospital.

CARE is responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen through direct assistance including the provision of safe water to public facilities like hospitals and schools, treatment of water sources and household water points, and distributing hygiene and cholera kits to communities; and awareness-raising activities including mass handwashing campaigns, personal hygiene lessons and public advertisements to raise awareness on cholera prevention. (with photos)

17.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B H)

Film: World watches as Yemen descends into total collapse

17.7.2017 – Suhf Net (* A H)

Cholera kills more than 30 citizens in Shammar lock - Sufism Net

The outbreak of cholera in the Directorate of the lock Shamar in the province of Hajjah to the death of more than 30 citizens of the more than two thousand cases recorded in the past few months.

Informed sources told Al-Sahwa Net that cholera spread rapidly among the population amid the absence of medical services, stressing that 32 citizens have died as a result of the epidemic so far, pointing out that the danger is still staring at thousands of families.

The sources added that despite the availability of rural hospitals in the Directorate, which has facilities and infrastructure, and a room for operations and housing for doctors, but lacks medical staff, besides it is free of medicines or medical supplies, and there is no intervention of international organizations in this regard, which compounded the suffering Population and fears of rising cholera victims.

In the Khiran province of Muharraq, cholera deaths have risen to 25 deaths, up from 17 in early July. According to local sources, the region suffers from a frightening spread of malnutrition among children and women, along with cholera, which threatens the lives of hundreds of citizens. Amid an absence of concerned parties that did not listen to distress calls.

Medical sources at Al-Mahabsha Hospital for Al-Sahwa Net confirmed the death of a 7-year-old girl due to cholera today in the isolation of Bani Haidan, bringing the number of deaths to 13 in less than a month.

17.7.20117 – Euronews / Aljazeera (* A H)

Yemen fights back against cholera epidemic

Yemeni authorities have begun the removal of street vendor stalls, waste and stagnant water to fight a cholera epidemic that has killed over 1,700 people since the end of April.

The campaign in Sanaa province also involved spraying pesticides on the streets. = and some photos

17.7.2017 – Doctors Without Borders (* A H)

Film: What does war really mean for doctors, patients, poor people who work hard to get food for their children?

This three-minute-video takes you to the corridors of an #MSF supported hospital in #Abs district in #Hajja, one of the most affected by the war areas in #Yemen. #Abs is an example of the humanitarian suffering in #Yemen where people are struggling to survive since the beginning of the war which started more than two years ago. =

17.7.2017 – Mehr News (* B H)

Yemen's Deputy Minister of health in an exclusive interview with MNA said Yemen blockade prevents delivery of humanitarian aid and intl. aid only provides for 15% of the needs of the war-stricken country.

The following is the English translation of an interview conducted by Mehr News International Desk with Yemen's Deputy Minister of health Nasser al-Argaly on the situation in Yemen in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s continued aggression on the country:

What is the cause of the spread of cholera in Yemen? Is the Yemeni health system on the verge of collapse?

These are the most important causes for the spread of cholera in Yemen: 1) Lack of serious measures to discover the causes of the disease and eliminate those factors, which requires quick and accurate scientific research; 2) the hindrance in the process of combating the spread of cholera; and 3) The defects in Yemen’s health system and the lack of international support.

In regard to Yemen’s health system, I should say that it is on the verge of collapse.

Is the international community helping Yemen with combating cholera? What are the barriers to the delivery of humanitarian aid?

International aid only accounts for covering 15% of the catastrophe that Yemeni health system is going through. Furthermore, the mechanism in international organizations and the blockade of Yemen have prevented the delivery of many humanitarian aid to our country.

Is it true that most of Yemeni hospitals have been destroyed by Saudi fighter jets?

Yes, the aggressors have targeted and bombed many of Yemen's hospitals and health centers with their fighter jets. Many of these hospitals had been run by Doctors Without Borders. Saudis’ bombing of citizens and hospitals in Yemen is considered a war crime.

16.7.2017 - World Health Organization (* A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 16 July 2017

From 27 April to 15 July 2017, 344 751 suspected cholera cases and 1 784 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 87.7% (292/333) of the districts.

Geographical distribution of cases

The five most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb with 54.0% (186 175/344 751) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017. Al Dhaele’e, Al Mahwit and Amran governorates had the highest attack rates (25.1‰, 24.9‰ and 23.2‰ respectively), and Raymah governorate the highest case fatality ratio (1.4%) (see table). and in full

16.7.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (** A H)

Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 25 | 16 July 2017

Worst cholera outbreak in the world

More than 330,000 suspected cases with 1,759 associated deaths reported in less than three months

Humanitarian partners have ramped up efforts to contain the outbreak. However, the magnitude of the outbreak is beyond the capacity, presence and reach of humanitarian organisations who have had to reprogramme meagre resources available to tackle widespread food insecurity for the cholera response. Displacement and high levels of food insecurity compound the cholera crisis.

The current cholera outbreak has overwhelmed what remains of Yemen’s conflictbattered health system. Hospitals and treatment centres are struggling to cope with large numbers of patients and medicines and intravenous fluids are quickly running out. Various partners are racing to stop the acceleration of the cholera outbreak, working around the clock to detect and track the spread of disease and to reach people with clean water, adequate sanitation and medical treatment. Rapid response teams are going house-to-house to reach families with information about how to protect themselves by cleaning and storing drinking water. Medical supplies such intravenous fluids, and Oral Rehydration Salts and water chlorination tablets have been shipped in and plans are underway for a nationwide anti-cholera campaign from 15 July in priority districts. Despite these efforts, the response continues to lag behind. Some 5,006 Cholera Treatment Centre beds are needed but only 2,351 are currently available, along with 2,003 Oral Rehydration Points, of which only 624 are currently available. On 4 July, WHO reported that out of 309 districts with reported cholera cases, cholera partners are only present in 121 districts.

Even then, the risk of the epidemic affecting thousands more people is real as the health, water, sanitation and hygiene systems are unable to cope and humanitarian funding remains low. As of 16 July, the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Fund is 40 per cent funded. Additionally, humanitarian organizations continue to face restrictions on movements of supplies and people to and from Yemen. Al Hudaydah port, which is the main entry point for humanitarian supplies, is operating at limited capacity due to damage sustained from attacks. In Sana’a, the main airport is closed to commercial traffic, thus preventing people seeking medical assistance not available in Yemen to travel abroad for treatment. and in full

17.7.2017 – UNICEF (* A H)

Film: Yemen: Cholera – Volunteer helpers

Jemen: Cholera - Freiwillige Helfer

Fathya ist eine der vielen Freiwilligen, die die Aufklärung zu Cholera im Jemen vorantreibt. Sie geht von Haus zu Haus und erklärt den Familien, auf was sie besonders achten müssen.

16.7.2017 – UNICEF (* B H)

Film: He owns nothing He nearly lost everything A father’s view from #Yemen.

A deadly cholera outbreak is sweeping across #Yemen

Over 300,000 people are affected by suspected cholera cases in Yemen, and nearly half are children under 15. Donate now - there’s no time to lose. =

16.7.2017 – Canberra Times (* B H)

'It hurts to watch': Canberran on frontline of world's worst cholera outbreak

"It hurts to watch," says Simon Cowie, who grew up in Higgins, and is now based in the capital of Yemen, Sana'a as country director of International Medical Corps, a non-government organisation.

In Yemen, Mr Cowie's manages the organisation's support of health care facilities with staffing, supplies, training and refurbishments if they've been damaged in the war. With the cholera outbreak the organisation runs treatment centres and oral re-hydration points, where people can pick up packets of re-hydration salts.

Mr Cowie called the situation in Yemen dire.

"And we're getting five thousand new cases a day," he says, "so in the next few weeks it will surpass the population of Canberra."

Yemen carries its own challenges for Mr Cowie's work.

It is hard to get supplies in, and public systems are functioning at a lower level, including water treatment and waste clean-up.

People struggle to find safe drinking water and hospitals are damaged or understaffed and without supplies. "There's been a complete destruction of basic infrastructure," he says.

And the security risks are greater than most places in the world. Mr Cowie is escorted on every outing by armed guards. When they travel in cars they wear bullet proof vests.

He admits the country is a difficult place to operate.

"But the people themselves, the Yemeni people are just fantastic.

"They're incredibly resilient."

Mr Cowie believes the situation in Yemen to be much worse than in Iraq, where he also worked with the same organisation in Mosul, yet says Yemen suffered from a lack of global media attention. "This conflict has been going on longer, and is affecting millions of people. There are millions of people that are totally reliant on aid."

The lack of attention is difficult for the organisation too – by Alexandra Back

6.7.2017 – International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, CCCM Cluster, Shelter Cluster (A H)

Map: Yemen: Shelter/NFI/CCCM Priority districts: Cholera Response Targeting (6 Jul 2017) and in full

30.6.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Infographic: Cholera situation in Yemen, June 2017 and in full

cp1b Saudischer Luftschlag tötet 22 / Saudi air raids kills 22

19.7.2017 – Deutschlandfunk (** A K)

UNO: 20 Zivilisten bei Luftangriff getötet

Im Jemen sind nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen mindestens 20 Zivilisten bei einem Luftangriff getötet worden.

In einer Erklärung des UNO-Hochkommissariats für Flüchtlinge heißt es, die Attacke habe ein Lager in der Nähe der Stadt Tais getroffen. Unter den Opfer seien Frauen und Kinder. Man sei zutiefst erschüttert über diesen Angriff auf jemenitische Familien. - Kampfflugzeuge des von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militär-Bündnisses sollen laut Augenzeugen für den Luftschlag am gestrigen Nachmittag verantwortlich sein.

19.7.2017 - Reuters (** A K)

Saudi-led air strikes kill at least 20 Yemeni civilians: officials

At least 20 Yemeni civilians were killed and many others were wounded when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a village in the south, officials from the armed Houthi movement and the government said on Wednesday.

The U.N. said the victims of Tuesday's bombing, which hit al-Atera village in Taiz province where fighting between Yemen's two warring sides has intensified, were internally displaced people (IDPs).

Yemen's internationally recognized government confirmed that around 20 people were killed, including women and children. It gave no further details on the attack.

Yemen's human rights minister, Mohammed Askar, called for a government investigation into what he described as an "unfortunate incident." while Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam condemned it as a "monstrous crime."

Shabia Mantoo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman in Yemen, said most of those killed were believed to be from the same family.

My comment: "unfortunate incident"?? That's Hadi government wording, and it is evident what would be the purpose and the result of a Hadi government "investigation": Whitewashing the Saudi coalition.

19.7.2017 – UNCHR (* A K P)

UNHCR shocked and saddened by civilian deaths in Taizz, Yemen

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply shocked and saddened at reports of the deaths and injuries of a number of internally displaced persons in an aerial attack on the embattled Mawza district in Yemen’s Taizz governorate.

The people killed in the incident were reported to have been displaced to Mawza from nearby Al Mokha district, also in Taizz governorate and which is also experiencing intensified hostilities.

Testament to the complex and grave situation for civilians and those seeking safety in Yemen, a large number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Yemen are displaced within their own governorate. More than half a million people, 27 per cent of Yemen’s IDPs originate from Taizz and yet the governorate is also host to 15 per cent of Yemen’s IDP’s, or some 303,672 individuals.

There are two million internally displaced people in Yemen who have fled elsewhere across Yemen since the beginning of the conflict, but continue to be exposed to danger as the conflict has affected all of Yemen’s mainland governorates.

This latest incident once again demonstrates the extreme dangers facing civilians in Yemen, particularly those attempting to flee violence, as they disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict.

It also illustrates the difficulties in the delivery of humanitarian protection and assistance in Yemen. Amid prevailing security and safety conditions, UNHCR’s assistance for IDPs has reached the Mawza area – By: William Spindler

19.7.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (* A K PH)

Death toll of latest Saudi-led massacre of today in Mocha: 22. Many women and children.

18.7.2017 – Saba Net (** A K PH)

Aggression airstrikes kill, injure 20 in Taiz

At least 20 civilians were killed or injured on Tuesday in the US-Saudi aggression airstrikes on Mawza'a district in Taiz province.
The US-Saudi aggression warplanes targeted the internally displaced persons' houses in the district with three raids, killing and injuring 20 in an initial toll, a local official said to Saba. and condemnations by ministries of the Sanaa government: and and by the Houthis:

But the photos published quickly after this raid are old ones, nit from this incident: and and and and .

Serious journalism is different! July 19, about 9:00 Greenwich time, the first photo of this raid were available: (the left one; the others I think are old)

And what cynical Saudi propaganda tells:

18.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (* A K PS)

Coalition: Houthis suffer major losses in Yemen’s Mokha front

Yemen’s army and resistance forces, supported by the Arab Coalition, struck Houthi militias inflicting major losses in the Mokha Front, a military source told Al-Arabiya television channel on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the coalition jets launched 30 strikes against Khaled’s camp and destroyed three weapons’ warehouses in Mokha and which militias used to store their heavy weapons.

Army units, aided by the Coalition, continue to advance after they cut the asphalt link in Risyan bridge amid violent battles against the rebels.

Remark: Pro-Hadi Almasdar Online admits the killing of at least 20 civilians:

cp2 Allgemein / General

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18.7.2017 – Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (* B H K)

Access Denied

In multiple situations of armed conflict throughout the world, parties to the conflict routinely deny civilians access to humanitarian aid as a tactic of war. For example, in Yemen, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has maintained a de facto aerial and naval blockade since March 2015. Because Yemen imported 90 percent of its food and medicine and 70 percent of its fuel before the start of the conflict, the impacts of the blockade have been devastating. More than 7 million Yemenis are on the verge of famine and a cholera epidemic afflicting more than 300,000 people has wracked the nation. In South Sudan, government forces and armed groups routinely delay or deny passage to humanitarian convoys carrying lifesaving nutrition and medical supplies to populations in desperate need. Famine has already been declared in parts of the country and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned of a looming cholera outbreak.

Children are disproportionately impacted by these epidemics and typically comprise more than 50 percent of the populations affected. Yet, in Yemen, South Sudan, and many other countries, children’s (and adults’) ability to access the health care needed to treat them has contracted sharply—in part the result of deliberate attacks on medical facilities and personnel, another tactic of war. The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) has reported that parti

As part of the Children and Armed Conflict (CAC) agenda, attacks against medical facilities and personnel and denial of access to humanitarian aid are two separate grave violations. However, in these two countries and elsewhere, the separation is not so clear. Is denying passage of a convoy filled with food and medical supplies an attack or a denial? What about burning a warehouse filled with nutritional supplements? Such questions are important to ask and answer. An attack on a medical facility or related personnel is a trigger violation, with a clear definition as specified by a Guidance Note issued by the Office of Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC), for which parties responsible can be listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict. Denial of access, however, is not a trigger violation (the last remaining grave violation to not be elevated as such through a Security Council resolution) and each Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) independently determines the type of incidents reported as part of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM). In the Secretary-General’s 2016 report, this resulted in the documentation in South Sudan of 277 verified incidents of denial and no documented incidents of attacks. Yet, the SHCC report, along with others, documented numerous attacks in South Sudan for that year. In Yemen, only 16 incidents of denial compared to 59 attacks were documented in the 2016 annual report. However, Amnesty International and other reports documented repeated denials. =

18.7.2017 – Foreign Policy in Focus (* B P T)

Yemen Policy is Creating More Terrorists

The United States is repeating with Yemen the same errors it made in Iraq

As Iraq finally pries the death grip of the Islamic State off of its bloodied form, you’d think US policy would reflect the lessons learned from killing innocent civilians and destroying the basic functions of a nation. Instead, more than a decade of using drones to “target” suspected terrorists, the Trump administration has now opened the door wide for the Saudis to ramp up the carnage in Yemen.

Just as the invasion of Iraq eventually produced the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), the killing of innocent Yemenis for no moral reason at all is providing a recruitment tool for terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East and Africa. And just as the Iraq invasion was predicated on a false claim of weapons of mass destruction, the war in Yemen rests on the bogus argument that Iranians are supporting terrorism in that country. In the first two years of the conflict in Yemen, the United States was not able to point to any evidence of Iranian weapons delivery to Yemen. Yet, the United States joined with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States with weapon sales, intelligence, and a U.S.-enforced naval blockade. Trump’s recent sale of arms to the Saudis was worth $125 billion.

The results of all this has been catastrophic. Take a look at the suffering of the Yemeni people in the past few years.

The current civilian slaughter, chaos, and daily indignities in Yemen create the perfect recruitment tool for the expansion of terrorist organizations. Al-Qaeda has been operating in Yemen for a long time. Known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), they are augmenting their presence with technological savvy and are now considered one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda groups. In addition, IS has begun to make their presence felt in Yemen.

The Islamic State is on the verge of defeat. But U.S. analysts, most recently Ashton Carter in a Washington Post op-ed, continue to overlook how U.S. policies created the blowback of terrorism and entities like IS. In Yemen, the United States is repeating the same errors it made in Iraq. And the results, in terms of breeding terrorist backlash, will be the same. Until the United States learns to be more humane and severs ties with corrupt and ruthless dictators for the sake of oil or other commodity interests, this cycle will never end – By Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker =

18.7.2017 – Fars News (* B P)

UK Is an Active Partner in Crime in Saudi War on Yemen

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

One way or another, this makes the rule of International Law become a farce, a fig leaf to enable Britain to sell arms and outsource illegal wars to Persian Gulf client states – just like the United States. It’s a waste of time, therefore, for CAAT to appeal the ruling – it will once again be decided on the basis of largely secret evidence supplied by the UK government, heard in closed court. This is not open justice: it is evidence of how the British foreign policy establishment abuses national security and global war on terror as a carte blanche to protect themselves from legal accountability.

The same thing is happening in the United States. According to a former senior war crimes advisor to the US State Department, US arms sales to Saudi Arabia are prohibited under US laws due to credible allegations of illegal actions during the American-British bombing campaign in Yemen. The analysis is set out in a compelling white paper published in May by Professor Michael Newton, who teaches the International Law Practice Lab at Vanderbilt University Law School. The American Bar Association sent Newton's paper to the US Senate saying that questions had arisen concerning whether the sales were consistent with US statutory obligations. Unfortunately, despite the robustness of the legal argument, it did not prevent President Trump from selling the sale of over $100b worth in arms to Saudi Arabia last month.

This hugely embarrassing sale comes after human rights groups, the European parliament, and the United Nations all expressed concerns about Saudi-led coalition attacks against Yemen

No doubt the Saudi-led war against the poorest country in the Arab world has been fueled in part by British weapons and American intelligence and aerial refueling.

Nor is that all. The UK-backed blockade also checks the flow of food and medicines and other health necessities, with devastating consequences. Few honest observers doubt that the war on 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 regional dominance.

Against this backdrop, this immense suffering, it is not that astonishing to see both the American and British governments acting above the law and going ahead with their arms businesses. But why? After all, these are the same governments that almost always exercise the vocal cords on behalf of human rights when and where alleged violations coincide with Western intentions of regime change and occupation. It is also puzzling indeed why the British and American officials are not instructing the media to manufacture consent for a campaign of human rights in Yemen as they did for Libya and Syria to cover their real intentions?

Possibly, because a lucrative alliance could suffer. The American and British weapons industry profit from the forgotten war on Yemen - as do all the other members of the NATO alliance and beyond.

As is, the British government is training the Saudi Air Force for airstrikes against civilian objects in Yemen. At the same time, the British government is withholding a report-study of Riyadh’s ties to international terrorism and extremism.

War crimes are being committed in Yemen. If the United Kingdom is supporting that war, it is also culpable for those war crimes.

My comment: This is from Iran and no author’s name is given – but it’s simply true.

?.2017 – BBC News (* B H K)

[Film on Yemen]

16.7.2017 – Euronews (B H)

Film: UN: Jemen bald größte humanitäre Krise der Welt und kurzer text

16.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (* B K)

Film: Saudi Arabia accused of targeting civilians in Yemen

A new poll shows most Britons want the government to release a report into extremist funding in Britain, and oppose arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Interview with Dr. R. S. Karim. =

16.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

The permanent representative of the Arab Countries with the presence of the UN Special Envoy Esmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will hold consultations on Yemen crisis.

A diplomatic source said that Ould Cheikh Ahmed will present an overview, during the meeting, on Yemen's updates and efforts exerted to reach a reconciliation.

The Yemeni government affirms that the Houthi-Saleh militias work to impede any attempts to reach a resolution in Yemen.

My comment: The “Arab League” is dominated by Saudi Arabia. Looking at what really had happened, the propaganda of hadi government really is a bad joke.


17.7.2017 – Kuwait News Agency (A P)

Arab League chief reiterates call for political solution in Yemen

In a meeting with the UN's Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Abul-Gheit underscored dismal humanitarian conditions in the war-torn nation

18.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Abul Gheit Warns of Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit said that any settlement to the crisis in Yemen should be based on the outcome of national dialogue, the Gulf Initiative and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.

Abul Gheit met on Monday in Cairo with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, with whom he discussed latest developments in the war-torn country.

The Arab League secretary general stressed that any efforts to resolve the crisis should consider how to deal quickly and effectively with deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Yemen, especially with the spread of the cholera epidemic in a number of Yemeni governorates and the decline in the level of health services.

He noted that the humanitarian disaster could stretch for years, in the wake of the current situation.

The Arab League secretary general spokesman, Mahmoud Afifi, said that Abul Gheit has listened to a presentation by the UN envoy on recent talks with the concerned Yemeni, regional and international parties in an effort to reach an appropriate settlement to the crisis.

Arab diplomatic sources noted that the UN envoy’s plan provided for the withdrawal of Houthi militias from the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, in exchange for the legitimate government’s approval to open Sana’a airport and to hand over salaries to employees in the provinces controlled by Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias.

In remarks at the opening session of the Arab League Consultative Meeting at the level of permanent delegates on Yemen, Abul Gheit praised efforts deployed by the UN envoy and urged Houthi rebels and other groups to place high the country’s national interests, stressing that restoring legitimacy in Yemen was the only way to rebuild the country and end any humanitarian crises.

18.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Abu al-Ghait: Return of legitimacy is first step to stability of Yemen

The Arab league Secretary General Ahmed Abu al-Ghait has said that the return of legitimacy to Yemen is the first step to bring back stability to Yemen.

My comment: Keep in mind that the Arab League fully Saudi-dominated and its Secretary General is little more than a Saudi mouthpiece.

16.7.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (B K P)

1-3 I'm angry at the usage of the term civil war in #Yemen war

2-3 Yemenis have foiled Saudi Arabia's attempt to show #Yemen's war as a civil war (text in image)

3-3 Saudi relies on the repeat of certain terminology on #Yemen via the MSM. "This does not include you". Still facts cannot be overlooked (text in image)

16.7.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (B K P)

Film: Saudi Colonel Zayed Al-Banawi, explains the UAE's plot on KSA in #Yemen Convincing, but how Hadi traveled from Socotra island - Aden by land (in Arabic)

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1a

19.7.2017 – Living in Yemen on the edge (A H P)

Bizarre how events and war crimes are never really mentioned.
Collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have been constant target of air-strikes. In case #WHOYemen forgot (image)

17.7.2017 – PR News Wire (* A H)

Hunger Pushes Over 20 Million People to the Brink of Starvation: U.S. Charities Urgently Ask America to Take Action

First-of-its-kind coalition of leading relief organizations launches Hunger Relief Fund

For the first time, eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have joined forces to urge the American public to donate to the new Hunger Relief Fund in response to looming famines and persistent hunger threatening millions of people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and neighboring countries. More than 20 million people face starvation in the coming months and, without immediate help, 1.4 million severely malnourished children could die.

"Drought, displacement and conflict have converged with alarming consequences," according to the chief executive officers of the organizations in the Global Emergency Response Coalition. "In the 21st century, innocent children should not be dying from hunger. People caught in this crisis are generously opening their homes and sharing what little they have, but they have run out of time and resources — they need our help now."

The Global Emergency Response Coalition will use Hunger Relief Fund donations to help those already going hungry and on the brink of famine survive and lay the groundwork for recovery. The coalition is comprised of CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision. Together, these organizations are working in 106 countries to reach millions of the world's most vulnerable people with urgent assistance such as food, water, shelter, education and medical care, as well as resources to build resilience to future food crises.

"We can make a difference together and give people who are suffering more than food and resources. We can give them hope and show them they're not invisible — and they're not alone," said Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

Partners including BlackRock, Google, PepsiCo, Twitter and Visa are working with the Global Emergency Response Coalition to help raise awareness and funds during the two-week appeal. The PepsiCo Foundation and BlackRock also will each generously match donations up to $1 million.

"The magnitude of this humanitarian crisis demands cooperation and action. These international relief organizations have responded forcefully by joining together to fight hunger," said Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock. "BlackRock applauds the work of the coalition and we are proud to support their efforts to provide aid in the region and to mobilize on a massive scale." and related link

My comment: That’s a strange coalition. BlackRock and Pepsi for charity! – What to think of the headline: “America takes action”??? In Yemen, America does since years – supplying Saudi Arabia with arms, refueling Saudi fighter jets, giving Saudi Arabia political support in the UN, and and and…

Comment by Judith Brown: What can I say? Surely it would be better to stop the war.

2017 – Yemen Aid US (B H)

Yemen Aid is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides humanitarian assistance to the poor in Yemen.

17.7.2017 – RT (A H)
Russisches Katastrophenschutzministerium liefert 20 Tonnen humanitäre Hilfe nach dem Jemen

17.7.2017 – Sputnik News (A H)

Russian Emergencies Ministry Sends Over 20 Tonnes of Humanitarian Cargo to Yemen

Russia has sent humanitarian aid to Yemen that includes nutrition products, multi-seat tents for civilians affected by the ongoing military conflict in the country.

16.7.2017 – National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (A H)

Yemen: Shahara's Local Authorities Merit NFDHR for Its Efforts in Helping the Effected Families in the District

The local authorities of Shahara district, Amran, gave merit to the National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR) for its leading role in implementing emergency provision of food project, which targets 17822 IDPs and effected by war households and provide them with food baskets. The project is funded by World Food Program (WFP) and implemented in Amran and Al Jawf governorates, targeting 3393 households in Shahara district, Amran on monthly basis. =

16.7.2017 – Kuwait News Agency (A H P)

Kuwait delivers USD 53 mln aid package to Yemen

My comment: While they are bombing Yemen.

14.7.2017 – World Food Programme (A H)

Infographic: UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 14 July 2017 and in full

12.–16.7.2017 – UN Children's Fund, Nutrition Cluster (A H)

Infographics, Maps

Yemen | Nutrition Cluster Dashboard (January to June 2017)

Yemen | Nutrition Cluster Dashboard Al Hudaydah Hub (January to June 2017)

Yemen | Nutrition Cluster Dashboard Ibb Hub (January to June 2017)

Yemen | Nutrition Cluster Dashboard Sa’ada Hub (January to June 2017)

Yemen | Nutrition Cluster Dashboard Sana’a Hub (January to June 2017)

Yemen Nutrition Cluster MAM Gap Analysis (as of 30 June 2017)

Yemen Nutrition Cluster PLW Gap Analysis (as of 30 June 2017)

Yemen Nutrition Cluster SAM Gap Analysis (as of 30 June 2017)

14.7.2017 – USA Today (B H)

War, hunger, cholera: Yemen suffers 'appalling' crisis

[Short overview article]

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

Siehe / Look at cp1

19.7.2017 – Ahram (* B P)

United in war, divided in power

The Houthi-Saleh coalition in Yemen, forged by necessity in war, could well collapse if regional and domestic actors manage to extend the breach between them

This division among the “coup coalition” is nothing new or surprising. The common denominators between the two sides seem much fewer than reasons for conflict and separation. They became united under the torrent of Operation Storm of Resolve that melted icy relations during six wars in Saada and a popular uprising across Yemen.

The composition, rhetoric and outlook of the Houthis and GPC make conflict between them inevitable. The former is a religious group that was viewed as apostate since its inception, and has fought many wars with the state of Yemen, finally concluding with a popular uprising in 2011 with Houthis moving from Saada to Sanaa to lead protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime alongside the Joint Meeting Party (JMP) and Southern Movement.


However, regional transformations, fluidity of events in Yemen and the ensuing military intervention led by Saudi Arabia, brought this tacit understanding into the light.

After one year of close military action resulting from the war, Saleh and Houthis tried to transform their coalition from a reaction to political action to win extra “legitimacy” points. The Supreme Political Council (SPC) was formed in July 2016 to run the country and restore the constitution and political institutions. Saleh, who controls the majority in parliament, volunteered to mobilise his bloc to approve the SPC and establish a parallel legitimacy resulting in a war government that manages domestic affairs.

CONSTRAINTS ON THE COALITION: Although Saleh is persistent in making the partnership with the Houthis a success and directly intervened several times to state that attacking Houthis serves the interests of “aggressors”, this confluence remained superficial without successfully translating into action. Houthis, who lead the Political Council, are still not prepared to dissolve the Revolutionary Council established in 2015 during their revolutionary declaration that dissolved parliament.

When this council was formed, it seemed Saleh had succeeded in turning back the clock to pre-2011 since he forced the Houthis to support a parliament where he has the majority, in return for transforming their de facto power into a legitimate power, albeit minimally.

But this did not include Houthi exclusionary actions within state institutions. Many inexperienced Houthi youth replaced GPC cadres and the duality of power sharing continued through a network of revolutionary councils and unofficial recruitment, to the advantage of Houthis from outside the military and security apparatus. Despite the reality of a common threat and a balance of weakness that forces Saleh to ally with Houthis because he cannot fight by himself, and forces Houthis to partner with him because they cannot run the country by themselves, events indicate no strategic coalition is forming between the partners in power in this vital part of Yemen.


19.6.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Yemenis rally against jails run by the UAE in Yemen

People have staged a rally outside the Red Cross office in Yemen to protest against illegal jails run by the UAE inside their country. They want the world body to intervene and put an end to the torture of their sons and relatives.

Press TV’s Mohammad al-Attab has a report.

18.7.2017 – Tasnim News (A P)

Yemenis to Stage Massive Anti-Saudi Rally in Sana’a

Yemen’s people plan to stage a massive rally in the capital, Sana’a, this Friday to voice their outrage over continued acts of aggression against the Arabian Peninsula country by the Saudi-led coalition.

In a statement on Tuesday, a Yemeni committee tasked with holding the anniversary of the establishment of the “Outcry Movement” called on the Arab country’s people from all walks of life to attend the Friday rally.

The committee called the demonstration an opportunity to strengthen resistance and vigilance in the face of threats posed against Yemen and the Islamic community.

18.7.2017 – New News (A P)

The Supreme Political Council Approves the Media Controls Signed between the “Conference” and “Ansar Allah””

The Supreme Political Council at its meeting in Sana’a, chaired by Saleh al-Samad, President of the Council, and in the presence of Qasim Lubazah, Vice-President of the Council, approved the media regulations signed between the General People’s Congress Party and the Ansar Allah constituency and approved them with appropriate amendments.

The Council stressed the need to abide to these media controls, directing the concerned authorities to take the necessary measures to unite the internal row and punish anyone who provokes controversy and sedition and violates the law and media controls approved.

The meeting was held in the context of confirming the political position that Ould Cheikh was a UN envoy and was rejected at the grassroots level because of his clear bias toward the Saudi-led coalition.

My comment: Freedom of press is something different. Well, that’s quite the same on the whole Arabian Peninsula.

and how the other side reports:

19.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

The Huthis and Saleh sign an agreement to criminalize and hold accountable anyone who criticizes the practices of their alliance

The al-Houthi group signed an agreement on Tuesday with the General People's Congress (GPC), which includes so-called "media controls" to criminalize any criticism of the alliance of the parties in areas under their control.

The agreement, which was issued to the agency "Saba" under the control of the Houthis , that the security services "to take all legal proceedings without delay or hesitation or negligence of anyone who violates these controls."

The signing of the agreement comes after the escalation of media inter-party between the parties to the coup and the accusations of failure to manage the provinces they control. The Houthis accuse Saleh's supporters of corruption and cooperation with the Arab coalition. Saleh's supporters say that the Houthis loot all the institutions of the state in favor of the group, The agenda of the imported group, according to the writings of activists from both sides.

The agreement emphasizes accountability for any official, partisan, independent or other media attention that would "draw attention to the face of aggression and weaken the internal front ..." and that any differences between the parties or issues should be discussed in meetings and not in social networking sites.

18.7.2017 – Fars News (A P)

Ansarullah Official Accuses US of Leading War against Yemen

A senior member of Ansarullah movement's politburo office blasted the US as the biggest accomplice in the Saudi-led coalition war against Yemen.

"The US is Saudi Arabia's biggest accomplice in the Yemen war and the decision to form the Saudi-led anti-Yemen coalition to launch a war against the country was made by the US," Fouaz Ahmed Ayash was quoted as saying by the Arabic website of Sputnik news agency on Tuesday.

Noting that the US officials have several times said that they send weapons to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, he said, "The US is well aware that its direct military presence in Yemen war means wasting money" and, hence, it tries to implement its plot and achieve its objects through Saudi Arabia and UAE.

18.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

The Houthis are carrying out the largest demobilization operation in the ranks of the Republican Guard under Saleh

Military sources in the Yemeni capital Sanaa that the militias Houthi carried out the largest demobilization in the ranks of the Republican Guard loyal to the ousted Saleh , and replaced thousands of officers and soldiers with elements of it.

Al-Arabiya news channel quoted sources as saying that Houthi leader Saleh al-Samad, head of the so-called "Supreme Political Council", recently sacked the commander of the special forces in Hodeidah, loyal to the successor Saleh, and replaced him with Abu Ali al-Kahlani, .

Remark: Relying on Saudi sources.

17.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A P)

Houthis issue death sentences after 10 minute mass trial

Thirty-six people were arrested by the Houthi-Saleh alliance only to allegedly be subjected to torture and treated in inhumane and degrading means and methods.

Lawyers, university professors and journalists were among those arrested and bought to court for trial in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen.

Yemen’s Ministry of Human Rights called the trials “farcical”, as the defendants were issued death sentences within ten minutes of the trial beginning. The judge refused to investigate and listen to the defendants’ claims that they were tortured or allow them to defend themselves against claims that they supported a coup against Saleh and the Houthi group. and also look at

17.7.2017 – Times of Oman (A K P)

In pictures: New recruits to join Yemen Houthi rebels

16.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (* A P)

Condemnation statement on illegal show prosecution of 36 abductees in Sana'a

Issued by the Abductees' Mothers Association

The Abductees' Mothers Association condemns the show trial of 36 abductees who were forcedly kidnapped, put inside the Political Security's prison and were subjected to severe torture with the aim of extracting confessions of false accusations.

The abductees were referred the public prosecution after they were forcedly disappeared and brutally disappeared for one year. The prosecution did not take appropriate procedures responsibly after it knew that the procedures of the case were illegal. The abductees were subjected to appalling violations. They were disappeared for much longer period than the laws stipulate.

In addition, the abductees were illicitly arrested and their families were intimidated. All of these are violations of the state-Constitution, laws-in-force, international conventions and treaties. The prosecution should have revoked these procedures because they are in contrary with all international human rights standards.

Unfortunately, the public prosecution ignored all these needed procedures and sought to legitimize violations and prompted investigations at an unseemly speed. These actions deprived abductees rights of defense. It also deprived the defense lawyers of access to CDs and cassettes on the case. So, it breached all principles of litigation.

16.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K P)

Parliament welcomes US House' vote to end support to Saudi aggression

The Yemeni parliament on Saturday welcomed the vote by the US House of Representatives to end the US logistical support to the Saudi-led aggression coalition air war against the Yemeni people.
The parliament called the US house to implement its resolution and end US military support to the coalition air campaign against the Yemeni people.

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

18.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemen Qaeda/ISIS made new strategic check point to more control Abyan, south where these groups benefit from Trump-Saudi pointless war (photo)

17.7.2017 – Critical Threats (* A P)

Clashes between Saudi-led coalition-backed militias intensified in Taiz city center on July 14 and July 15. The Ghazwan Mikhlafi militia, a Hadi government-aligned force, clashed with the Abu Abbas Brigade, a coalition-backed Salafi militia, in al Walid Market on July 15, killing one civilian. The two militias fought over tax revenues in Deluxe Market on July 14. Government security forces closed the al Walid and Deluxe Markets on July 15 in an effort to prevent the sale of qat and end the fighting. Security forces also claimed to arrest Ghazwan Mikhlafi on July 14.[7]

17.7.2017 – Fleet Mon (A)

Mysterious tanker on fire in Aden, Yemen

Fire erupted in superstructure of a tanker anchored at Brega anchorage, Aden, Yemen, on July 16. Crew abandoned vessel with the help of local boats. Tanker belongs to a local businessman, who is believed to monopolize Aden oil supplies. Nobody is fighting fire. Vessel’s name is probably, SEA DRAGON, but no available tanker characteristics fit into this story. Tanker is in ballast, anchored, looking like she’s in a lay-up (photos)

17.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A T)

Yemeni human rights activist, Ibrahim Jabri was shot (injured) by silence pistol in Taiz central where Qaeda/ISIS is the dominant authority (photo)

17.7.2017 – Reuters (* A T)

Suicide bomber wounds five soldiers in Yemen attack: local official

A suicide car bomber wounded five soldiers outside a government army compound in eastern Yemen on Monday, said a local security official who blamed the attack on militant group al Qaeda.

The attack in the Ain BaMaabad area was the second by al Qaeda in two days in Shabwa province, where Yemen's liquefied natural gas plant and export facilities are located.

Five soldiers were killed and four were wounded in a raid on Sunday when suspected al Qaeda militants attacked an army outpost guarding a gas pipeline which transports LNG from Marib to the export facility at Balhaf. and by Almasdar Online and by Critical Threats, point 4: and photo


18.7.2017 – Terror Monitor (A T)

Al-Qaeda adopts the suicide attack on the central security camp in Shabwa carried out by Maher al-Adani (photos)

16.7.2017 – AFP (* A T)

Five Yemeni soldiers were killed and three wounded Sunday when gunmen suspected of ties to Al-Qaeda opened fire on a military checkpoint, an army source said.

The source said the gunmen managed to escape after the attack on the checkpoint in the northeast of Shabwa province, a southern stronghold of Yemen's powerful Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Sunday's attack is the latest in a string of suspected AQAP shootings targeting military checkpoints and outposts in Yemen. and by Almasdar Online: and by Critical Threats, point 4:

17.7.2017 – demolinari (A)

Abdullah Salem Al-Naqib, manager of Al-Ahli Bank Mansoura #Aden branch, died of his wounds tonight. (photo)

16.7.2017 – Abu Sanad (A P)

The death of a prisoner of war in a secret prison in Marib after being attacked by the security services there (photos9

16.7.2017 – Reuters (A E P)

Banks in Yemen city to close for three days after robberies

Banks in the Yemeni city of Aden will close for three days from Monday and suspend clearing services in protest after a spate of armed robberies, the 12 lenders said in a letter to the central bank.

Robbers armed with assault rifles raided a branch of Al-Ahli bank in Aden on Thursday, wounding a banker and a security guard, local media reported, after similar assaults in the southern province.

"We hope there will be a serious response to the attack and the perpetrators will get arrested and tried," the letter said, demanding more protection.

The city is under the control of the Security Belt, a southern force

18.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A E P)

Government agreement to stop the strike of banks in Aden

The Central Bank of Yemen announced on Monday an agreement with the banks which work in the city of Aden to end the strike, which was announced on Sunday after a spate of armed robberies.

17.7.2017 – Xinhua (A)

Six gunmen arrested over armed robberies in Yemen's Aden

About six gunmen were captured Monday by security forces over a string of armed robberies carried out in recent weeks in Yemen's temporary capital of Aden city.

A special unit of Aden's police forces raided a building and arrested six gunmen in connection with armed robberies and other crimes in Aden province, a security official told Xinhua.

He said that the arrested gunmen are currently in custody and they are being questioned by intelligence officers.

A source close to Aden's police chief said that "initial information showed that the arrested men masterminded and carried out a number of burglary and armed robberies that targeted banks in Aden."

Meanwhile, several banks and exchange companies started Monday a three-day shutdown, suspending all financial services in protest of armed robberies and demanding protection from the government security forces.

The managers of more than 12 commercial banks and other financial companies urged on Sunday the leadership of the country's central bank and the Saudi-backed government forces to provide more protection.

and by Asharq Al-Awsat, mixed with propaganda:

16.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A)

Three cells specialized in looting of banks and Aden security arrested

A security source announced shortly before the security forces in the capital of Aden and under the command of Major General Shalal Ali common, achieved an important security achievement, by arresting all members of the three cells that carried out the robbery of the National Bank and other crimes.
According to the source, the security of Aden moved immediately after the crime and under the direct supervision of the director of security, to trace the elements of the crime, and within 72 hours, the security of Aden was able to reach all the leaders and elements that carried out the crime,
The security source revealed that, through the investigation, it turned out that the group consists of three cells, do not know the members of each cell members of the other cell, and communicate through the leaders of the three cells and they only know all members of the three cells. and look also (photos)

16.7.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Killed and wounded two of the southern resistance in the clashes in the city of Mukha

A member of the southern resistance was killed and another was injured in the clashes between them on Sunday afternoon in the qat market in the coastal city of Mukha .

Local sources told the Post Post that differences between two soldiers of the southern resistance have evolved into armed clashes that resulted in the death of one of them and the wounding of the other, both of whom belong to the tribes of al-Subaiha located in Mukha within the legitimate forces in the West Coast.

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

Siehe / Look at cp1.

18.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (A P)

Saleh calls for comprehensive national reconciliation

Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh called for “comprehensive national reconciliation” yesterday, which does not exclude any side in Yemen, in order to end the two-year war in the country, Anadolu reported.

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the start of his reign in Yemen, Saleh said: “I call for a comprehensive Yemeni reconciliation which does not exclude any side in Yemen and to stand united for the sake of the country and to save the remnants of it.”

A news website affiliated to Saleh’s party posted his remarks: “The strong and united national stance makes the brothers and the coalition feel the size of their crime which they committed against the Yemeni [people]. Therefore, they will accept your faithful, united stance.”

Saleh was referring to the legitimate Yemeni government led by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi which has been receiving military support from the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis and Saleh since March 2015.

In his call Saleh said that he does not seek power. “We must sacrifice authority and money, as well as affiliation to external powers,” he said, noting that the victims are the Yemeni people.

He noted that when Yemenis stand together they are strong and if they are united when they enter talks with the different sides they will achieve good results.

Comment by Judith Brown: Saleh is one of the beneficiaries of this dreadful war. If the UN resolution 2216 had acknowledged that the conflict between Saleh and Hadi who both wanted to rule Yemen was the source of woes, then Saleh would have been sidelined together with Hadi and as the people wanted, a different type of leader and style of government might have been possible. By criticising one side, this gave Saleh the ability to present himself as unfairly victimised. I read somewhere recently that Saudi Arabia is considering installing Saleh as president again. And if they do that, what was this war about?

17.7.2017 – Anadolu (* A P)

Houthis say UN to replace Yemen envoy

A spokesman for Yemen’s rebel Houthi group said Monday that UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will be replaced.

Houthi spokesman Mohamed Abdul Salam tweeted that the UN was planning to change its envoy in the Arab state, which fell into civil war when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The spokesman did not give further details, but the rebel group has accused Ould Cheikh Ahmed of bias and banned him from returning to war-torn Yemen.

There was no comment from the UN on the claim.

Last month, the Houthi group said the UN envoy was no longer welcomed in the Arab country.

My comment: This is asked by the Houthi / Saleh side since several weeks.


17.7.2017 – AP (* A P)


A U.N. envoy has proposed a plan on giving the world organization a mandate to run a key Yemen port now under control of the country's Shiite rebels.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Monday that the Hodeida port should be run by a third, neutral party, under U.N. supervision.

He spoke after Arab League meetings in Cairo where he presented a "Hodeida Plan" - a possible blueprint for a wider solution for Yemen's conflict.

A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's internationally-recognized government has long planned to seize Hodeida from Houthi rebels who control much of northern Yemen. But the plan was put on hold amid fears it would impede humanitarian aid deliveries.

My comment: This plan also is nothing new. The Arab League is a fully Saudi dominated instrument.

17.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

UN Envoy hails cooperation of Yemen government regarding UN suggestion

UN Envoy to Yemen Esmail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has lauded the positive cooperation of Yemen government regarding the UN suggestion of surrendering Hodeidah port.

During the presence of a meeting in the Arab League on Yemen on Monday, Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that Hodediah port should be run by a third, neutral party, under U.N. supervision.

My comment: Of course the Hadi government agrees to this, as this plan would take something away from the Houthis. – The envoy would have another job to do than hailing the Hadi government.

17.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and other regional leaders during a meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on July 17. Ould Cheikh Ahmed discussed a plan to transfer al Hudaydah port in western Yemen from the al Houthi-Saleh faction to a neutral third party. He framed the peaceful transfer of the port as the first step toward a comprehensive political resolution to the Yemeni conflict. [6]

12.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

UN envoy asks to study resumption of flights to Sanaa

Comment by Hussam Al-Sanabani: Find the @OSESGY hypocrisy in the difference between "asks to study... " and "should be ... "

12.7.2017 – World Health Organization (A H P)

WHO Director-General's remarks at the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East (Yemen)

Two years of conflict have devastated the lives of ordinary people and left nearly 15 million without access to basic health care. Almost the same number of people do not have regular access to clean water and sanitation. They have no choice but to drink dirty water, continuing the cycle of disease.

WHO, UNICEF and other partners are working with the Yemeni authorities to detect and track the spread of the disease and reach people with medical treatment, safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene practices. WHO and UNICEF are supporting more than 600 cholera treatment centres and oral rehydration therapy corners in the most affected districts across the nation, and we plan to open another 500 centres.

In addition, rapid response teams have been trained and deployed

30.6.2017 – UN Population Fund (* A H)

UNFPA Response in Yemen: Monthly Situation Report #06 - June 2017

Key Figures

20.7 million
People in need

9.8 million
People in acute need

14.8 million
People lack access to basic health services

2.0 million
People internally displaced

2.2 million
Women of girls of reproductive age

1.1 million
malnourished pregnant women at risk of contracting cholera

Pregnant women

52,285 Women of reproductive age at risk of sexual violence, including rape = and in full

cp7a Saudi-Arabien und Iran / Saudi Arabia and Iran

17.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (A P)

'We don't have to fight': Iran's Zarif says Tehran, Riyadh can work together

Iran's foreign minister says his country and Saudi Arabia can cooperate to end conflicts in Yemen and Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday he hopes Tehran and Riyadh can work together to solve regional conflicts, including in Yemen and Syria.

When asked at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York if he was worried about direct confrontation between Tehran and Riyadh, Zarif said: "We certainly hope not ... We don't have to fight; we don't need to fight. We don't need to try to exclude each other from the scene in the Middle East."

"We certainly hope that if we don't agree with each other about the situation in Yemen or about the situation in Syria we can still work with each other in order to bring those situations to an end," said Zarif, who was in New York for a high-level UN meeting on sustainable development.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all cut off diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of financing terrorist groups and allying with Iran - allegations Qatar denies.

"Iran is a serious partner for all these countries in fighting a common enemy because we believe at the end of the day ... these extremist forces are as much a threat against us, but even more a threat against them," Zarif said.

Zarif said that there was no communication between himself and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but that "doesn't mean there can't be". He said Iranian and US officials had regular contact regarding a 2015 deal between Tehran and key world powers to curb its nuclear programme.

He added that Iran is receiving "contradictory signals" from the US administration about the fate of the nuclear deal.

17.7.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

Ceasefire, Humanitarian Aid Basis for Cooperation With Saudis - Iran FM

Ceasefire, humanitarian aid and constructive dialogue with regard to the conflict in Yemen could be the basis for collaboration between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

At the same time, the presence of foreign forces in the region are "inherently destabilizing," Zarif said, adding that efforts at stabilization should originate from within the neighboring countries.

17.7.2017 – Reuters (A P)

Iran's Zarif hopes Yemen war does not lead to Iran, Saudi conflict

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that he hopes that the conflict in Yemen will not lead to direct confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia and that "nobody is gaining" from the civil war in the Arabian peninsula country.

"We certainly hope that if we don't agree with each other about the situation in Yemen or about the situation in Syria we can still work with each other in order to bring those situations to an end," Zarif told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

18.7.2017 – New York Times (* B P)

Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival

As next in line to be king of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef was unaccustomed to being told what to do. Then, one night in June, he was summoned to a palace in Mecca, held against his will and pressured for hours to give up his claim to the throne.

By dawn, he had given in, and Saudi Arabia woke to the news that it had a new crown prince: the king’s 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman.

The young prince’s supporters have lauded his elevation as the seamless empowerment of an ambitious leader. But since he was promoted on June 21, indications have emerged that Mohammed bin Salman plotted the ouster and that the transition was rockier than has been publicly portrayed, according to current and former United States officials and associates of the royal family.

To strengthen support for the sudden change in the line of succession, some senior princes were told that Mohammed bin Nayef was unfit to be king because of a drug problem, according to an associate of the royal family.

The decision to oust Mohammed bin Nayef and some of his closest colleagues has spread concern among counterterrorism officials in the United States who saw their most trusted Saudi contacts disappear and have struggled to build new relationships.

And the collection of so much power by one young royal, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has unsettled a royal family long guided by consensus and deference to elders.

The insularity of Saudi Arabia’s sprawling and phenomenally wealthy royal family is well known, often leaving diplomats, intelligence agents and members of the family itself struggling to decipher its inner workings.

But since The New York Times reported last month that Mohammed bin Nayef had been confined to his palace, United States officials and associates of senior royals have provided similar accounts of how the elder prince was pressured to step aside by his nephew. All spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to endanger their contacts inside the kingdom, or themselves – By BEN HUBBARD, MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT

16.7.2017 – Ian Welsh (* B P)

The Death of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recently cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and launched an embargo, stating that they wanted the media outlet Al-Jazeera shut down, and support for the Muslim Brotherhood ended.

Or, more colloquially, and good for a belly laugh, “stop supporting terrorists”, which coming from any of those countries and especially Saudi Arabia is so flamingly hypocritical it puts the sun in shadow.

Oh my God.

Unfortunately for Saudi Arabia and its allies, Qatar has yet to give in, and it has been backed up by Turkey, who sent troops, and Iran, who is sending food.

Then we have the war against Yemen. Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen, with a huge coalition, and US support, and, well, what have they accomplished? I suspect the main accomplishment will be crippling Yemen’s next generation by starving them when they were young.

And, some time back, Saudi Arabia decided to lower oil prices to push out Western producers and—oh, look, oil prices are too low to support Saudi Arabia.

The joke in Saudi Arabia, I understand is, “my grandfather rode a camel, I drive a car, my grandson will ride a camel.”

Saudi Arabia is doomed. The current king is an incompetent, thrashing around trying to solve problems and making them worse. He, as with his forbears, sees foes everywhere, but unlike those who came before him, he isn’t willing to simply sit and let sores fester. He wants to do something about them, and so far, what he’s done has made them worse.

This is fairly standard: all dynasties go bad eventually because the kings-to-be grow up in wealth and power and think it’s the natural state of things: that they are brilliant and deserve it all, when it was handed them on a platter. Perhaps they are good at palace intrigue and think that extends beyond the palace.

It doesn’t.

But it is worse than that. Saudi Arabia is just an undeveloped country sitting on oil. It’s that simple. Their particular ideology did not allow them to control their population, oil was always going to be replaced as the world’s most important energy source at some point, and that some point is now close.

Electric cars are coming. It is that simple. And when they do, oil will never recover.

Saudi Arabia is DONE. Like other rich and powerful countries, and Saudi Arabia is a great power, though not a super power, its death throes will be terrible. Yemen is collateral damage; part of the early collapse. Qatar likewise. From the long point of view, this all just has to play out; for those on the ground, it will be ugly.

There a good Saudis, even as there are good Americans, and they have my sympathy, but I have little hope to offer them. Saudi Arabia is a classic example of over-development, on top of the resource sickness: the land cannot support the population, and relatively soon, in historical terms, it will not be able to afford the necessary imports.

Civil war and implosion; famine and catastrophe are all next to certain. If you live in Saudi, it is probably time to get out. What is to come is unlikely to be avoided, it would take vast amounts of luck, luck Saudi Arabia, in making so many enemies, has made unlikely to occur.

And a lot of people, close or far from Saudi, will suffer as it destructs – by Ian Welsh

Remark: A private opinion, heavily discussed (see 56 comments)

18.7.2017 – Telepolis (* B P)

Saudi-Arabien: Kontrollverlust auf mehreren Ebenen
Im Streit mit Katar bleibt Mohammed Bin Salman ohne Erfolg. Ein Video macht nun auf seine Art auf die Grenzen der saudischen Kontrollpolitik aufmerksam
Man kann das einen „Körpertreffer“ nennen. Die Bilder einer jungen Frau, die unverschleiert im Minirock durch die Gassen eines saudi-arabischen Dorfes mitten in Wahhabistan schlendert, dürften eine wuchtige Wirkung haben. Das Video, angeblich mit einem Modell namens Khulood in der Hauptrolle kursiert auf internationalen Webseiten und auf poppigen arabischen Twitter-Seiten. Im Jahr 2016 zählte man fast 5 Millionen Twitter-User in Saudi-Arabien.
Khulood spaziert angeblich durch das historische Dorf Ushayqir. Ob das ein Fake ist, ist für die saudischen Behörden leicht nachzuprüfen, denn die Kulisse ist gut erkennbar und historisch. Das Dorf war eine berühmte Station auf dem Pilgerpfad für den Hadsch aus Kuwait, Irak und Iran.
Ushayqir befindet sich in der stockkonservativen Provinz Naschd, wo der Wahhabismus seinen Anfang nahm, und seither streng über die Sitten der Bewohner wacht. Die Religionspolizei ist wegen des Tabubruchs alarmiert. Regierungsmitarbeiter sollen „Maßnahmen gegen die Frau“ gefordert haben. Die Provokation ist gelungen – von Thomas Pany

17.7.2017 – BBC (* A P)

Saudi Arabia investigates video of woman in miniskirt

The authorities in Saudi Arabia are investigating a young woman who posted a video of herself wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public.

The woman, a model called "Khulood", shared the clip of her walking around a historic fort in Ushayqir.

The footage sparked a heated debate on social media, with some calling for her arrest for breaking the conservative Muslim country's strict dress code.

Other Saudis came to the woman's defence, praising her "bravery".

In the video initially shared on Snapchat over the weekend, Khulood is seen walking along an empty street in a fort at Ushayqir Heritage Village, about 155km (96 miles) north of the capital Riyadh, in Najd province.

Najd is one of the most conservative regions in Saudi Arabia. It was where the founder of Wahhabism - the austere form of Sunni Islam that is practised by the Saudi royal family and religious establishment - was born in the late 18th Century.

The video was quickly picked up by Saudis on Twitter, where opinion was divided between those who believe Khulood should be punished and others who insisted she should be allowed to wear what she wanted.

The writer and philosopher, Wael al-Gassim, said he was "shocked to see those angry, scary tweets".

"I thought she had bombed or killed somebody. The story turned out to be about her skirt, which they did not like. I am wondering how Vision 2030 can succeed if she is arrested," he added, referring to the reform programme unveiled last year by Saudi Arabia's newly-appointed 31-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

On Monday, the Okaz newspaper reported that officials in Ushayqir had called on the provincial governor and police to take action against the woman.

The religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, meanwhile wrote on Twitter that it had been made aware of the video and was in contact with the relevant authorities (photos, film) and by Metro

Comment by Nasser Arrabyee: Saudi Wahabi wahabi princes Paid 100 million US$ for "selfies" with Ivanka Trump Now,they want to kill this Saudi woman wearing this skirt!

Comment by Judith Brown: Apparently this girl has been arrested now. Shocking. Women should have the right to wear what they want anywhere in the world. I object to any woman being told what she can or can't wear, either in the Middle East or in the West. Any risks and responsibilities are her own. She has to answer to God herself, no-one else has to answer for her.


18.7.2017 – Epoch Times (A P)

Saudi Woman Who Wore Skirt Is Arrested After Video Posted Online

A Saudi woman was arrested after she was filmed walking in the desert Kingdom wearing a mini-skirt.
The woman—a model named “Khulood”—shared a video on Snapchat walking through the village of Ushaiqer wearing a crop top, skirt, and sneakers.

18.7.2017 – Ali AlAhmed (A P)

Unconfirmed reports of @AJArabic (Aljazeera Arabic) host @AliAldafiri being arrested by #Saudi clansmen in infamous AlHair prison (photo)

17.7.2017 – Arab News (A P T)

Saudi, Yemeni and Pakistani jailed for joining Daesh

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on Sunday issued preliminary verdicts against three defendants who were found guilty of supporting and being involved in terrorist organizations.

My comment: Look how modest these sentences against Daesh affiliates are – while Shia protesters in Qatif province had been sentenced to death claiming they were “terrorists”:

7.2017 – Reprieve (* A P)

Stop imminent executions in Saudi Arabia

14 people sentenced to death on protest charges in Saudi Arabia have been prepared for execution and could face beheading within hours. They include a disabled man and two sentenced to death as juveniles.

Munir Al-Adam was born with impaired sight and hearing. In their efforts to extract a "confession" from him, Munir's captors tortured him so badly that he was rendered completely deaf in one ear. Mujtaba'a al-Sweikat was just 17 when arrested at the airport on his way to take up a place at university in the US. He was burnt with cigarettes and tortured so savagely that his shoulder was broken. He was denied medical care and sentenced to die on the basis of the forced "confession".

The world must tell the new Saudi Prince that these 14 executions are unacceptable and cannot be allowed to go ahead.

Can you sign our petition and call on King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed to stop these executions?

15.7.2017 – Reprieve (* A P)

[Letter to Prime Minister Theresa May]


I write to request your urgent intervention on behalf of 14 Saudi Arabian nationals whose execution could happen at any moment – among them at least 2 juveniles and a man with disabilities.

Fears that the Kingdom could be hours away from carrying out another round of unlawful executions were prompted on 14 July 2017, when all 14 men and boys were transferred from their detention in Al-Mabahith prison in Dammam to Riyadh in preparation for their execution after their death sentences were confirmed on 25 May 2017.

Among the 14 are juveniles Mujtaba Sweikat and Salman Qureish, who were just 17 years old in 2012 when they were alleged to have participated in protests, in connection to which they were sentenced to death. Munir al-Adam, 23, a man with pre-existing disabilities, was so badly tortured by Saudi forces upon arrest that he was rendered completely deaf in one ear.

The 14 men and boys were sentenced to death on 1 June 2016 on protest-related charges handed down by the Kingdom’s notorious Specialised Criminal Court, which was set up to hear terrorism cases. Their final death sentences were confirmed on 25 May 2017, but they were not brought before the SCC’s High Court division to be informed of the decision.

15.7.2017 – SBS (* A P)

Saudi Arabia accused of using executions as political weapon against Shia minority

Human rights groups have condemned the executions in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province of four men convicted in a secret 'terrorism' court.

Saudi authorities say the offences were committed in the Qatif region of the oil-rich Eastern Province of the country.

But Amnesty International has accused the Saudi government of carrying out a "systematic crackdown" which has seen "virtually all independent human rights activists and other critics silenced, prosecuted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms or forced to flee the country".

A report this year by human rights organisation Reprieve found that 41 per cent of those executed in Saudi Arabia in 2017 were killed for non-violent acts such as attending political protests.

Human Rights Watch says it's concerned with the lack of due process, the possibility that individuals are tortured into giving confessions and prosecutors' inability to provide any other corroborating evidence.

Many of the kingdom's Shia Muslim minority live in the Eastern Province, where they fear marginalisation by the Sunni monarchy.

Earlier this year, the UN urged Saudi Arabia to halt forced evictions and demolitions of the historic Al-Masora neighbourhood in Awamiya.

"The Saudi government, as part of its long term policy is to destroy local culture and to target societies," Mr Al-Ahmed said.

"And what they have done is in order to humiliate the birthplace of the protest movement in the Eastern Province, they wanted to destroy its culture."

He links 'targetted' executions to the Kingdom's quest to establish its legitimacy in the country's eastern region of Qatib.

"All of them are protestors. Most of them their only crime is to protest or to write slogans on the walls or to raise the word in Arabic 'Death to Al-Saud', or 'Down to Al-Saud'.

"That is a very, very sensitive and huge embarrasment to the Saudi monarchy... and that's why Sheikh Al-Nimr was executed because he dared to speak in public inside Saudi Arabia about the Saudi Royal family by name." – By Maya Jamieson

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Saudi Arabia : Where teenage protesters get executed, and ISIS & Al Qaeda terrorists get 5-star rehab programs.


12.7.2017 – SBS (* A P)

Fears for minors as Saudi Arabia accused of 'ramping up' executions of protesters

Four young males on death row who were arrested in their teens in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia have been awaiting their fate for the past five years. Now, after a recent spate of executions, human rights groups fear the worst.

The four were arrested as minors, aged between 13 and 17, after allegedly participating in pro-democracy protests during 2011 and 2012.

They were sentenced to death after reportedly being tortured into ‘confessions’ and convicted in secret trials.

"We've now seen 11 executions in just two days which is an unprecedented rate of executions for Saudi Arabia and deeply troubling," Maya Foa, Director of London-based human rights organisation Reprieve, told SBS World News

"It recalls the mass execution that we had over a year ago now where 47 people were executed in one day, and there are really troubling concerns that Saudi Arabia may be now ramping up its execution machinery to kill more people on its death row."

While information on Ali Al-Nimr, Darwood al-Marhoon, Abdullah al-Zaher and Abdulkareem Al-Hawaj has been limited, human rights groups as well as the United Nations have repeatedly called on Saudi authorities to end the death penalty – by Maya Jamieson


17.7.2017 – Angry Qatafi (A P)

Memorial service held in #Qatif for martyr #AmeenAlhani killed by #Saudi troops after passing through Nassira/#Awamia checkpoint. referring to film:


16.7.2017 – Detroit Free Press (A P)

Student facing beheading in Saudi Arabia was to attend Western Michigan

Mujtaba Al-Sweikat was sentenced to death for participating in pro-democracy rallies, officials say.

A Saudi Arabian student who was arrested five years ago as he was about to fly to Michigan to attend college is believed to be facing imminent execution by beheading, officials say.

Mujtaba Al-Sweikat, who was 17 when he was detained at King Fahd International Airport in 2012, was moved Friday from detention in Dammam to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where executions by beheading customarily take place.

Earlier that year, Al-Sweikat allegedly attended a pro-democracy rally, which led to his arrest.

Al-Sweikat intended to visit Western Michigan University, where he had applied as a student, according to Reprieve, an international human rights group that has offices in New York and London and operates with partners around the world. He was later accepted by the university as a student. The Free Press has seen a copy of the acceptance letter from Western – by David Jesse and by Middle East Eye:

16.7.2017 – Free Malaysia Today (* B P T)

Mahathir: Saudis not suitable partner to fight terrorism

Saudi Arabia is not a suitable partner for Malaysia in promoting moderation in the Muslim world or in countering terrorism, says Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister said any such cooperation can only be with a country that is not involved in a war, a condition he said Riyadh had failed to fulfill.

“Any cooperation (to fight terror) must be with countries that are not involved in war, but we are now working with a country that is clearly taking part in a war.

“That is not proper,” the Pakatan Harapan chairman said.

Saudi Arabia is currently engaged in a military operation in Yemen, backing its government’s fight against the Houthi rebels.

Mahathir, who not long ago organised a global campaign to outlaw war under his Perdana Global Peace Foundation, was asked to comment on the government’s decision to approve a 16ha piece of land in Putrajaya for a new “centre for peace” named after present Saudi ruler, Salman Abdulaziz.

It has recently emerged that the Muslim World League(MWL), an organisation heavily funded by the Saudi government to prop up the kingdom’s Islamic image worldwide, is also involved in the new centre.

The group has for decades acted as Riyadh’s chief mouthpiece through the publication of Islamic materials and the financing of mosques and Islamic centres from Asia to Europe.

The plan for the centre also baffled Washington-based terrorism expert, Zachary Abuza, who said Saudi Arabia could not become a representative of moderate Islam.

“Saudis have been spreading Wahhabism throughout the world, especially Southeast Asia, from a more tolerant brand of Shafiite Islam to a more austere version,” the professor from the National War College told FMT – by Adam Abu Bakar

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

18.7.2017 – Huffington Post (* A H P)

Senate Hearing Highlights Saudi Arabia’s Responsibility For Suffering In Yemen

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) hopes testimony on delayed U.S. aid and other problems will boost skepticism of the kingdom’s actions.

Experts on humanitarian issues, including top U.S. officials, used a Senate hearing Tuesday to highlight how U.S. partner Saudi Arabia has exacerbated global hunger with its American-backed military campaign in neighbor state Yemen, where the United Nations says 17 million people lack access to sufficient food and a child under 5 years old dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes.

After hearing testimony on the crane issue from U.S. Agency for International Development official Matthew Nims and WFP director David Beasley, the hearing’s chair, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), told HuffPost he believes the Saudis are violating international humanitarian law.

During the hearing, Young noted that the WFP’s Yemen director had contacted the Saudi government about the crane delivery just recently, on June 27. Beasley said the Saudis provided no reply.

“In those 3 weeks, as we have waited for the Saudi response, more than 3,000 children have died in Yemen of preventable causes,” the senator said. “All the while, the Saudi government has delayed and obfuscated and floated red herrings [about why the delivery is impossible] ... I believe those Saudi arguments have today yet again been thoroughly and publicly been discredited. I believe we’re seeing a disturbing pattern of behavior.”

The hearing posed a particular challenge for Nims, a career USAID official now serving in a temporary leadership role under the Saudi-friendly Trump administration. He avoided placing direct blame on the Saudi-led coalition. But in response to questions from Young and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), he said coalition member countries’ naval blockade of Yemen contributed to aid delivery delays. He also said he was unaware of any U.S. government protest of the Saudi-led coalition’s initial destruction of the cranes at Hodeidah.

Young also pushed Nims to challenge excuses for the delay in the delivery of the cranes. Without mentioning the Saudis, or their U.S.-aligned partner in the Yemen campaign, the United Arab Emirates, the senator asked the USAID official to comment on claims that humanitarian aid has been stolen at Hodeidah and the port is not safe enough for the cranes.

“We have investigated this through our partners … we have had no evidence of any large-scale humanitarian diversions occurring at the port,” Nims said – By Akbar Shahid Ahmed

17.7.2017 – Institute for Public Accuracy (A P)

House Votes to Block U.S. Participation in Saudi War in Yemen

KATE GOULD, kate at, @FCNL
Gould is legislative representative for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

The group states that on Friday “the House voted to end U.S. backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen that has plunged millions to the brink of starvation, and sparked a cholera outbreak that kills yet another Yemeni every 35 minutes.”

Gould adds: “These wholly unprecedented votes build on a wave of congressional momentum against U.S.-backing for the Saudi-led war that has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. This tide of opposition was on display on the Senate floor last month, when a bipartisan group of 47 senators voted against sending more weapons of mass starvation to Yemen.

“Today, the House built on that momentum by voting to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in two different amendments. The rigorous reporting requirements of the President and the Pentagon on U.S. policy in Yemen and the Saudi-led war also send the message that Congress will not stand for President Trump’s blank check to the Saudi-led campaign to bomb and starve Yemenis for leverage at the negotiating table.”

The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the oldest registered religious lobby in Washington, is a nonpartisan Quaker lobby in the public interest.

Remark: Earlier reporting YPR 323, cp1.

17.7.2017 – RT (* B P)

Film: Defense bill could limit support for Saudi war on Yemen

US support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the war against Yemen could be limited by two amendments to the US House version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Kathy Kelly, co-director of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, joins RT America's Natasha Sweatte to discuss.

17.7.2017 – Press TV Iran (B P)

Film: US green light to Yemen war escalation

A new report has shed light on what many would see as the US hypocrisy regarding the Saudi-led war on Yemen. The report reveals that Washington doubled its fuel support for the bombing campaign against Yemen after the huge airstrike on a funeral ceremony last October.

Remark: Look at earlier reporting YPR 322, cp1.

14.7.2017 – Common Dreams (* B P)

Poll: 85% of Americans Oblivious — Not Uncaring — to Overseas Suffering

The vast majority of Americans are “oblivious” to the fact that more than 20 million people are on the brink of starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

A “staggering” 85 percent of Americans simply don’t know that these nations are facing such dire shortages of food and other necessary resources, IRC discovered.

Lack of awareness, however, does not imply deliberate lack of concern, IRC is quick to observe.

Once Americans are briefed on the relevant facts, the organization notes, “the issue immediately rises to a top global concern.”

IRC goes on to note that “[n]ear-famine, which is affecting 20 million people in Africa and the Middle East, is likely the least reported but most important major issue of our time,” implying that the media is at fault for not keeping such a crucial issue at the center of public discussion.

The survey also found that most Americans favor providing more humanitarian aid, not less, as President Donald Trump has proposed:

Millennials, the poll found, are particularly concerned about addressing what has been deemed by the United Nations the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.

IRC’s report comes in the midst of strong indications from the White House that President Donald Trump intends defy public opinion by attempting to slash rather than bolster humanitarian aid. As the New York Times has reported, the administration is pushing “military might over humanitarian aid.” – by Jake Johnson

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

18.7.2017 – Sidney (B P)

From 2015 until its closure this year, the vice-chair of the BBC Trust was the chairman of BAE systems. That's Manufactured Consent for you.

My comment: Oups....

18.7.2017 – The Independent (* A P)

Survivors of 9/11 attack urge Theresa May to release Saudi Arabia terror report she suppressed

Relatives and survivors say British Premier has chance to pour ‘sunlight’ onto funding of extremism

Survivors of the 9/11 attacks have written to Prime Minister Theresa May – urging her to make public a British government report into the extent of Saudi Arabia’s funding of Islamist extremism in the UK.

Last week, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the report was not being published “because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons”.

“The UK now has the unique historic opportunity to stop the killing spree of Wahhabism-inspired terrorists by releasing the UK government’s report on terrorism financing in the UK which, according to media reports, places Saudi Arabia at its centre of culpability,” says the letter, signed by 15 people.

“The longer Saudi Arabia’s complicity is hidden from sunlight, the longer terrorism will continue. They must be stopped; but who will stop them? We submit that you are uniquely situated to shine the cleansing light of public consciousness.”

It adds: “We respectfully urge you to release the report now, finished or unfinished. We ask you to consider all the victims of state-sponsored, Saudi-financed terrorism, their families and their survivors in the UK and all over the world.” – by Andrew Buncomb

13.7.2017 – The Independent (* A P T)

Theresa May isn't releasing the Saudi report because they're obviously innocent – much better to blame trade unions

A report on the funding of terrorists was published this week revealing how “overseas” backing has aided institutions “that teach deeply conservative forms of Islam”. But the Government decided the report shouldn’t be published, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd wouldn’t say which overseas country was doing this funding.

If you were a detective, you might lean towards Saudi Arabia, as money from that country routinely funds this sort of Wahhabi conservative teaching, but Amber Rudd won’t say, so it will probably turn out to be the Isle of Man.

If you were cynical, you might wonder if our attitude towards Saudi Arabia was influenced in any way by the $4.2bn of arms sales since 2015, which defence secretary Michael Fallon says he wants to increase.

So you’d think the Government would be furious with the Saudis, we send them billions of dollars’ worth of tanks and guns and fighter planes, and their response is to adopt a violent outlook.

There should be a formula in which the amount of terrorism a country is allowed to promote depends on how many weapons they buy. For $4.2bn you can blow up a couple of public buildings, as long as you help sweep up

One solution could be a formula, in which the amount of terrorism a country is allowed to promote depends on how many weapons they buy. For $4.2bn you can blow up a couple of public buildings, as long as you help sweep up.

For a deal of a couple of tanks, you’re allowed to go berserk with a pair of nail scissors in a provincial shopping centre, and if you buy a set of rifles you’re allowed to shout “Allahu Akbar” in a farm to the livestock – by Mark Steel

Comment by Judith Brown: Mark Steel at his cynical best.

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

16.7.2017 – Der Postillon (* A K P)

[Vorsicht: Satire!]

Sonntagsfrage: Was halten Sie davon, dass Deutschland erneut Waffen an Saudi-Arabien liefert?

Alle Jahre wieder beglückt Deutschland seinen Stabilitätsanker im Nahen Osten mit nigelnagelneuen Waffen – diesmal sind es Patrouillenboote, militärische Lastkraftwagen und Ausrüstung für die Munitionsherstellung, die auf Betreiben der Bundeskanzlerin ihren Weg nach Saudi-Arabien finden sollen. Wie finden Sie das? In dieser Woche will der Rüstillon (unterstützt durch Conflict Control) von Ihnen wissen:

Was halten Sie davon, dass die Bundesregierung erneut Waffen an Saudi-Arabien liefert?

[10 mögliche Antworten, davon:]

Mehr Waffen. Das ist genau, was die Region am dringendsten braucht.

Die Menschen im Jemen werden sich freuen, wenn sie mit guter deutscher Qualitätsmunition erschossen werden.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

18.7.2017 – Gulf Institute (* B P)

Secret State Department Memo: U.A.E. helped North Korea’s missile program

United Arab Emirates appears to have helped North Korea’s ballistic missile program through large arms purchases from the pariah state in violation of the U.S. and United Nations Security Council’s embargo, according to a secret State Department memo obtained by the Institute for Gulf Affairs.

In the memo, the State Department warns the U.A.E. that the money spent to purchase of North Korean arms goes to fund its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. “North Korea relies on revenue from overseas arms sales like this to sustain and advance its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs, which pose a threat to international peace and security as well as a direct threat to the United States,” the memo said.

On Independence Day, North Korea successfully launched an inter-continental ballistic missile it said was capable of reaching the United States mainland. The launch was condemned by the Trump administration.

My comment: LOL. The UAE, Americas ally in the Middle East (next to the Saudis).

17.7.2017 – Youtg (A K P)

Confindustria e sindacati: la fabbrica di Domusnovas continui a produrre bombe. Cotti: ricatto del lavoro

No alla riconversione della fabbrica di bombe di Domsunovas. Ogni iniziativa in questo senso porterebbe "all'unico risultato di provocare la chiusura dello stabilimento Rwm Italia e il suo trasferimento in un altro Paese Ue". A prendere posizione contro ogni proposta del Comitato che chiede il cambio di utilizzo dello stabilimento sono, in una nota congiunta, Confindustria Sardegna Meridionale, Cgil-Filtcem e Cisl Femca. Industriali e sindacati uniti nel giorno in cui in consiglio comunale a Iglesias si discute della fabbrica tedesca in terra sarda che produce bombe acquistate dall'Arabia Saudita e scaricate sui civili in Yemen, finita al centro di numerose polemiche e di numerose interrogazioni parlamentari.

"Considerato che tutti i fantomatici progetti di riconversione industriale in Sardegna non sono mai stati attuati", si legge nella nota, "quest'iniziativa che si stigmatizza avrà come diretta conseguenza che non ci sarà più lavoro per le 270 famiglie che oggi vivono grazie allo stabilimento né per le future famiglie che avranno un lavoro grazie agli investimenti che la società sta eseguendo nel territorio, né per le numerose imprese d'appalto che oggi vivono quasi esclusivamente del lavoro fornito loro dalla Rwm Italia spa. E chi avrà perso, alla fine, saranno solo, ancora una volta, i lavoratori sardi e le imprese".

My comment: Trade Unions want the production of bombs to be continued…

16.7.2017 – Saudi Gazette (A P)

France: Saudi Arabia has demonstrated leadership in fight against terrorism

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, held talks with visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian here on Saturday.

Later addressing a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel Al-Jubeir, Le Drian commended Saudi Arabia’s leadership in the fight against terrorism.

Jubeir said he has assured the French foreign minister of the Kingdom's “refusal to finance and support terrorism,” also stating that they will provide France with a full file of the abuses committed by Qatar.

Le Drian said France praises Saudi’s role in “halting terrorism and extremist thought."

He also said that an agreement was reached with Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on creating a joint committee between the two nations, which will include both political and military spheres.

He concluded that France hopes to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in implementing Vision 2030.

My comment: The Saudis “halting terrorism and extremist thought."????? LOL. Look at this brilliant article, relating to the UK, but fitting for France exactly the same: stating: “There should be a formula in which the amount of terrorism a country is allowed to promote depends on how many weapons they buy. For $4.2bn you can blow up a couple of public buildings, as long as you help sweep up”.

16.7.2017 – SRF (A P)

Schneider-Ammann verteidigt Besuch in Saudi-Arabien

Wirtschaftsminister Schneider-Ammann gastiert auf seiner Promotionstour für die Schweizer Wirtschaft am Wochenende in Saudi-Arabien.

Noch bis Sonntagabend weilt er im Land und reist nachher weiter in die USA.

Der SRF-Tagesschau versicherte Johann Schneider-Ammann, seine Gespräche mit den Saudis beschränkten sich «sicher nicht» nur auf wirtschaftliche Aspekte.

«Meine Kontakte mit Regierungsmitgliedern dienen dazu, Brücken zu schlagen», sagte er im «Sonntags-Blick».

Es gebe beidseitige Interessen, so der Bundesrat weiter. Als Beispiel nannte er den Kampf gegen den Terror, der ein weltweites Anliegen sei. Es sei unumstritten, dass sich Saudi-Arabien da engagiere.

Saudi-Arabien ist der zweitwichtigste Handelspartner der Schweiz im Nahen Osten. Doch auch wegen der schlechten Menschenrechtslage ist umstritten, wie legitim Geschäfte hier sind.

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

Siehe b/ Look at cp1

18.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A P)

6th batch of #Turkish forces has arrived to #Qatar with the 1st 2x artillery pieces (T-155 Firtina) -- Total no. of soldiers deployed is 171 (photos)

18.7.2017 – Washington Post (* B P)

The blockade of Qatar is failing

The Saudi and Emirati-led move against Doha does not seem to be achieving its goals. Rather than isolating Qatar, it has deepened Qatari ties with regional powers Turkey and Iran. Oman and Kuwait, two other states in the Gulf Cooperation Council, have not joined in. Food supplies and other goods are still flowing into Qatar's docks and airports. And, no matter the White House's mixed messaging, American diplomats appear to be pushing for conciliation and compromise with Qatar rather than seeking Doha's acquiescence to the Saudi and Emirati demands – by Ishaan Tharoor

17.7.2017 – Publikumskonferenz (A P)

ARD-Programmbeschwerde: Irreführende Tagesschaumeldung zu Saudi-Arabien, Katar und den USA

17.7.2017 – Al Araby (* A P)

US blocks UAE attempts to divide Libyan government

The UAE has attempted to link powerful Libyan militia commander Khalifa Haftar with leaders of powerful government-aligned militias, but the meeting has been reportedly thwarted by US diplomats.

Comment by Judith Brown: This is another strange twist in the MENA region that links in with the Qatar crisis. I read that one of the serious differences between UAE and Qatar is in Libya, where Qatar and the UAE recognised different governments.

My comment: Also this article shows how disastrous the interference of always the same powers in various Muslim countries is.

16.7.2017 – Salon (* A P)

The other Gulf conflict: How the Qatar crisis is playing out in D.C. back rooms

Well-fed lobbyists and think-tank experts do battle over catered lunches — but it's not as sleazy as it sounds

16.7.2017 – Tasnim News (A P)

Saudi Regime Not to Risk War with Qatar: Ex-US Diplomat

A former US diplomat and Senate foreign policy adviser described the Saudi regime’s policies as “the antithesis of stability” but at the same time dismissed the possibility that Riyadh would risk waging war against another neighbor after Yemen.

“Now that Turkish troops are in Qatar, I don’t think Riyadh would risk war with that country,” Washington-based political analyst James Jatras said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency.

16.7.2017 – Sputnik News (A P)

So begründen arabische Länder ihre Forderung nach Rechtsentzug für WM-2022 bei Katar

Nach dem Abbruch der Beziehungen zu Katar fordern nun Saudi-Arabien, die VAE, Bahrain, Ägypten, der Jemen und Mauretanien vom Internationalen Fußballverband (Fifa), Katar das Recht auf die Austragung der Fußball-WM 2022 zu entziehen, ansonsten drohen sie mit einem Boykott. Das berichtete das Portal „The Local“ am Sonntag.

16.7.2017 – Mideast Soccer (* A P)

Calls for Stripping Qatar of World Cup suggests Gulf crisis at a stalemate

A Saudi-UAE-led alliance has tabled a long-expected demand that world soccer body FIFA strip Qatar of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

With little chance of FIFA acting on the demand any time soon, the move suggests that the alliance, struggling to figure a way forward amid mounting international pressure for a face-saving way out of the six-week-old Gulf crisis, needs to be seen to be acting on its hitherto unfulfilled promise to tighten the screws on Qatar.

Amid mounting international pressure for a negotiated solution to the crisis and calls for the lifting of the alliance’s diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and its allies have so far shied away from promises to tighten the noose around Qatar’s neck if it failed to cave in to their demands centred on accusations of Qatari funding of terrorism.

Six weeks into the boycott, Qatar has been able to absorb the boycott, which involves a cut-off of almost all land, sea and air links with the Gulf state. It also has succeeded in standing its ground in a struggle for the moral high ground with its detractors, whose demands have failed to garner a groundswell of international support.

While few in the international community give Qatar a clean bill of health on funding of militancy and political violence, many suggest that its detractors are tainted by the same brush.

With efforts to mediate a way out of the crisis in full swing, FIFA has little incentive to act on a letter by six of its members – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Mauritania – demanding that Qatar be deprived of its hosting rights because it is a “base of terrorism.”

Speaking to a European news website, The Local, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said that “the countries warned FIFA of the risks threatening fan and player security in a country that is ‘the base and the castle of terrorism’.”

Mr. Infantino said the six countries had threatened to boycott the tournament should their request not be acted upon.

While the six countries are unlikely to be under the illusion that FIFA will simply accept their demand, tabling it allows the Saudi-UAE-led alliance to assert that it is not backing down in the Gulf crisis and is increasing pressure on Qatar. The alliance also hopes to exploit widespread criticism within the global soccer community of FIFA’s 2010 decision to award Qatar hosting rights.

Nevertheless, FIFA is unlikely to want to take sides in the crisis or weigh in on the debate on definitions of terrorism. Struggling to shake off multiple scandals that have severely tarnished the world soccer body’s image, FIFA is also unlikely to take a decision in a dispute in which all parties are tainted.

Moreover, FIFA is under no real pressure to act. The Qatar World Cup is more than five years away. The Gulf crisis is certain to be resolved long before that, one way or the other. In the meantime, the boycott does not stop Qatar from moving ahead with construction of World Cup-related infrastructure, albeit at a higher cost of construction materials – By James M. Dorsey and by Saudi media:

16.7.2017 – The Independent (A P)

The situation in Qatar will soon become like Yemen unless the siege is ended

[Letters to the editor]

Comment by Judith Brown (to headline): Well I think it will take a long time. The writer clearl doesn't understand what is happening in Yemen and Qatar.

cp13a Mercenaries / Söldner

16.7.2017 – Haykal Bafana (* A K P)

Recived info #UAE @MBZNews is getting visiting #Chad president Deby to provide mercenaries 4 use in #Yemen & Sudan

referring to

16.7.2017 – Al Bayan (A P)

The Chadian President visits the Karama Oasis in Abu Dhabi

President of the Republic of Chad Idriss Deby visited the Karama Oasis, the national and cultural landmark, which embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State of Qatar, to commemorate the sacrifices of the nation's martyrs in the fields of duty and national and humanitarian action.

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

Siehe / Look at cp1b

19.7.2017 – International Organization for Migration (* A H)

After nearly a five-month ordeal, 316 Somali migrants have reached Somalia, transported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, overland through Yemen and across the Arabian Sea.

In February 2017, a smugglers boat, carrying more than 150 Somalis hoping to reach Europe, headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen. The boat had originated in Somalia and docked once in the South of Yemen. A few kilometers from Yemen's Al Hudaydah port, the boat was hit, killing 40 persons and severely injuring another 13.

IOM moved almost 100 Somali survivors of this boat tragedy, who were fit to travel, from Al Hudaydah to Sana’a, Yemen's capital. They traveled safely overland, bisecting war-torn Yemen.

On 12 July 2017, three buses and an ambulance departed Sana’a to bring the Somali migrants to Aden, where IOM teams in Aden were on standby to receive the group. After a night's rest, IOM helped the group board a passenger boat that sailed from the Aden seaport. Crossing the Arabian Sea in 15 hours on 14 July, the group of Somalis – 57 men, 25 women, 5 boys and 3 girls – arrived at the Port of Berbera, Somalia.

An additional group of Somali migrants left Aden on 15 July 2017, with a total of 103 persons (23 men, 22 women, 30 boys and 28 girls). In order to guarantee a smooth arrival and appropriate reintegration, IOM Somalia welcomed the returnees.

IOM organized the departure of a third group with another 100 Somalis, mainly families with children, on 18 July 2017 from the Aden harbour. =

17.7.2017 – International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Protection Cluster

Infographic: Yemen | Task Force on Population Movement | TFPM 15th Report - Dashboard - June 2017 and in full

17.7.2017 – UN High Commissioner for Refugees (A H)

Yemen Situation - 2017 Funding Update as of 17 July 2017

79.8 M required for 2017

36.5 M contributions received, representing 46% of requirements

43.3 M funding gap for the Yemen situation

All figures are shown in USD and in full

My comment: This is actually revealing the real interests of all involved foreign forces. The sum still needed is less than the cost of 3 hours Saudi aerial war against Yemen (all around the clock, since 843 days).

16.7.2017 – AlMasirah TV (A H)

Film: Yemenis suffer in camps of displaced persons in the area of Alhoban in Taiz

16.7.2017 – Arab News (A H)

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) has continued to repatriate trapped Somali citizens in Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

Some 100 Somalis on Thursday departed Yemen for home in a program funded by KSRelief and supervised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Somali consulate in Yemen.

The director of KSRelief in Aden, Salih Al-Zubiani, said the number of repatriated Somalis has reached 1,075 out of 2,500 trapped in Yemen; those remaining will return to Somalia in phases. =

Comment: This is one of those absurd articles:
255,000 Somalis were in the country and at the start of the conflict, 30,600 had returned home.
Now, so far, about a 1,072 Somalis have been repatriated ''out of 2,500'': something does not add up.
In addition: who remembers when the coalition bombed the boat of refugees returning to Somalia??

cp13c Wirtschaft / Economy

17.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A E P)

Yemen’s Finance Ministry: ‘Government Sector Salaries were Handed Over in Sana’a via Specific Banks’

Yemen’s Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Mansour al-Butani confirmed that the legitimate government has paid the salaries of a number of the administrative staff in Sana’a and Taiz.

On the reasons why salaries of public employees have been delayed, Butani told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Houthi militias still refuse to supply the state’s revenues to the country’s central bank.

He said that the failure to supply these revenues raises additional questions about the fate of the money.

Butani said that the government will continue its efforts to deliver salaries to the employees in the public sector.

The salary crisis remains an issue of concern to the government amid concern among citizens about what the government will do as coup forces refuse to pay salaries.

The non-delivery of salaries resulted in a number of problems, most notably the worsening economic situation in Yemen, the fall of the Yemeni riyal and the refusal of employees to work in government departments, which caused problems that hampered development.

My comment: Wait and see. – The Hadi government had paralyzed th quite well running Central Bank at Sanaa by installing a concurrent Central Bank at Aden – why the Houthi / Saleh government at Sanaa because of that should send any revenues to the Hadi government and its Central Bank which is not acknowledged by the Sanaa government. – Up to now, the Hadi government even was not capable to pay all of its own soldiers.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

17.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

AQAP militants conducted three attacks against al Houthi-Saleh forces in Dhi Na’im, al Bayda governorate, central Yemen. AQAP militants attacked al Houthi-Saleh forces in Dhi Na’im using landmines, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and machine guns on July 13 and July 14. AQAP militants also claimed to seize and then withdraw from al Qawas point in Dhi Na’im on July 14.[2]

17.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

AQAP spokesman Khaled Batarfi discussed the importance of upholding wives’ virtues on July 17 in the twelfth episode of his “Stories of the Prophets” series. Batarfi’s video series markets AQAP’s ideology to Yemen’s Sunni population.[3]

cp15 Propaganda

19.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

US: Iran’s Support to Houthis Prolongs Conflict in Yemen

Washington has again declared it will never allow the Iranian regime to obtain nuclear weapons given that Tehran’s activities are threatening positive contributions for peace.

The State Department stated that through its support of terrorist organizations, Iran is destabilizing the region.

“The United States will continue to use sanctions to target those who lend support to Iran’s destabilizing behavior and above all, the United States will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,” said the State Department, adding that it will keep its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to continue the monitoring and verification of all of Iran’s nuclear commitments.

This is the first statement issued by the State Department since it announced earlier this year it is reviewing the nuclear deal with Iran.

Speaking of the crisis in Yemen, the State Department strongly condemned Iran’s regional behavior, saying its continuous support to Houthi insurgents inside the country is prolonging the Yemen conflict.

Tehran’s regime is providing Houthis with “advanced weaponry that threatens freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and has been used to attack Saudi Arabia,” according to the statement.

In a related issue, the State Department blamed Iran for its support of terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, while maintaining a “steadfast support for the Assad regime, despite Assad’s atrocities against his own people.”

My comment: Odd propaganda. There is no evidence for Iranian arms supplies on a larger scale. That’s quite different to US interference selling arms to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states worth hundreds of billions. – This supply is not “prolonging the Yemen conflict”?? That’s odd. And where are the greatest sponsors of terrorism threatening the West? Of Al Qaeda, of ISIS?? It’s not Iran at all.

18.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A P)

U.S say Iran continue providing Houthis rebels with advanced weapons ​

The U.S administration on Tuesday say Iran continues supplying the Houthi rebels in Yemen with advanced weapons.

In a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury today, it said “Iran continues to provide the Houthi rebels in Yemen with advanced weaponry that threatens freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, has been used to attack Saudi Arabia, and is prolonging the Yemen conflict”.

The U.S administration announced new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and for contributing to regional tensions, one day after warning Tehran that it was not following the spirit of its nuclear agreement with world powers

My comment: This is far from reality – while the US is selling arms to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States worth hundreds of billions.

18.7.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Houthi militias ‘blow up Yemen schools, push pro-Iran curricula’

Houthi militias are blowing up schools and changing curricula in Yemen to push their pro-Iran agenda, according to a Saudi Press Agency (SPA) report.
Facing difficulty on the battlefield, Houthi militias are choosing to disrupt educational facilities “with the aim of achieving their empowerment, control and governance,” it was reported.
The appointment of the brother of the Houthi coup leader as minister of education in the internationally unrecognized government means curricula are being charged with “sectarian thoughts and ideologies that serve their policies and agenda being supported by Iran,” SPA said.
Pro-Iran material is being planted in schools, especially those at the primary and preparatory educational stages — and at the expense of other material relating to Islamic history, it was reported.
Sources told SPA that Houthi militias have closed 13 civil universities, about 50 specialized programs in other universities and sections of Qur’anic studies at universities in Hodeidah and Sanaa, and introduced new programs to teach the Persian language.

18.7.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

‘Al Houthis responsible for bulk of civilian deaths in Yemen’

At least 18,734 people have been arbitrarily arrested by Al Houthi rebels since the conflict began in 2014

The internationally-recognised government of Yemen has said that 11,251 people including 1,080 children and 684 women have been killed in more than two years of conflict that started after an Iran-backed Al Houthi movement coup which ousted Yemen’s legitimate president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi in 2014.

The state-run Saba news agency quoted the minister of human rights, Mohammad Mohsen Askar, as saying that the rebels are to be blamed for most of the deaths as they continually shell densely populated areas in Taiz and other cities and prevented vital humanitarian aide from reaching people.

The figures released by the Yemeni government are close to those released by the United Nations that put death toll at more than 10,000.

Highlighting human right violations committed by Al Houthis, Askar said that at least 500 civilians have been killed since the beginning of this year and his ministry has recorded the death of eight journalists and a death verdict against a Yemeni journalist in Al Houthi-held Sana’a.

In the past 20 days, Al Houthis are said to have killed 62 civilians in Taiz, including eight women and 14 children, Al Askar said.

This year, the minister said, the rebels have abducted 1,930 civilians who challenged their power including 400 people forcibly disappeared, denying them access to their relatives and lawyers.

The number of arbitrarily detained politicians, activists and others since the beginning of the Al Houthi coup has reached 18,734, the minister said – by Saeed Al Batati

Comment: Writing about civilian deaths in Yemen without even mentioning airstrikes takes some skill. Goebbels would be proud.

18.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemen FM: Saudi-Led Coalition Thwarted Iran’s Ambitions in Yemen

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mekhlafi hailed on Tuesday the Saudi-led Arab coalition that is combating militants in his country, saying that it has thwarted Iran’s ambitions.

He said: “The coalition has prevent Tehran from expanding its influence in Yemen.”

He made his remarks during a meeting with heads of Arab diplomatic missions in Algeria, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Mekhlafi said that the cooperation between various Arab forces in the coalition have helped liberate 80 percent of Yemeni territories from the clutches of the coup militias.

The Yemeni people refuse to be governed by various militias that are being controlled by regional powers that seek to target Arab national security, continued the minister.

The Yemeni government is acting responsibly towards its people and it seeks to achieve real and sustainable peace, he stressed.

The militias on the other hand, do not recognize any commitments or responsibilities towards the people and they do not care for their suffering, Mekhlafi added.

Furthermore, he blamed coup practices for the spread of famine in the regions that are under their control. He also held them accountable for the destruction of infrastructure and the outbreak of diseases, most notably cholera.

For their part, the Arab diplomats voiced the keenness of their countries on the achievement of peace in Yemen, expressing their support for the legitimate forces in the country and hoping that security and stability are restored.

My comment: This is an even ridiculous propaganda roundup.

17.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Hadi praises US stances supporting Yemen

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has praised the US stances supporting Yemen in combating extremism and terrorism.

In a meeting with the US ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller, mutual relations and Yemen's update were discussed

Hadi stressed the importance of reaching peace on the basis of the GCC-brokered Initiative, the National Dialogue Conference's outcomes and the UN Resolution 2216.

The US Ambassador, for his part, hailed efforts made by Hadi in Yemen, noting that the US administration supports Yemen's legitimate government, and cooperates with it in fighting terrorism and extremism.

My comment: “Yemen” for Hadi and his supporters is just the Hadi government. Hadi’s three stances are either obstacles to peace (UN Resolution 2216), had been enforced on Yemen by foreign powers (GCC-brokered Initiative) or are outdated and never had been consented by all parties (National Dialogue Conference's outcomes).

17.7.2017 – Trevor Moore (A P)

What a sweet logo! Shame the most vicious, undemocratic barbarism hides behind it. 'Virtue' my arse. (image)

17.7.2017 – Fars News (A P)

FM Blames S. Arabia for Cholera Outbreak in Yemen

Hisham Sharaf, the Foreign Minister of Yemen's National Salvation Government, took Saudi Arabia responsible for what the United Nations estimates to be the world’s worst cholera outbreak in Yemen.

"After military and political failures in Yemen, Riyadh spread cholera in Yemen intentionally," Sharaf was quoted as saying by Ta'iz news website on Sunday.

Stressing that the Yemenis will not forget the Saudis' crimes, he said that Riyadh's dreams will not come true even if they resort to ground and air assaults and siege against Yemen and spreading infectious diseases like cholera.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Yemen’s former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, singled out Riyadh as the source of cholera outbreak.

The Russia Today Arabic news channel quoted Saleh as saying that the Saudi-led coalition was behind the spread of the highly contagious disease through the use of internationally banned weapons.

My comment: There are many natural reasons for the spread of cholera – there simply ono intention to spread it would be needed and sounds improbable.

17.7.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (A P)

Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights Accuses Militias of Executing 70 Abductees

Yemeni Human Rights Ministry has said that over 70 Yemeni abductees were killed under brutal torture inside prisons run by the Houthi-Saleh militias.

In a statement, the ministry condemned the prosecution of 36 professors, activists and media professionals in an invalid court, which did not adhere to any legal proceedings.

It said that the prosecution of 36 abductees confirms that the Houthi-Saleh militias continue violating laws, international treaties and conventions.

The second hearing of prosecuting 36 civilians, who were kidnapped from their universities and homes, was held Thursday in Sana’a.

The ministry noted that civilians were unlawfully arrested, detained and subjected to all sorts of torture for two years, and many of them are still detained, forcefully disappeared and subjected to mistreatment.

The ministry called on local and international organizations to promptly move forward and put pressure on the militias to release all abductees and stop all sorts of torture practiced against them.

16.7.2017 – Saba New (A P)

Yemen Information Minister hails Egypt's role in fighting extremism

Yemen's Information Minister Muammar Al-Eryani has hailed Egypt's leading regional role in countering extremism and terrorism.
In a meeting with the chairman of the Higher Egyptian Council for Media Organization, Mukarram Ahmed in Cairo today, minister al-Eryani discussed the prospects of Yemen-Egypt cooperation in the field of information.

Remark: Hadi government news agency.

16.7.2017 – Yemen Update (A P)

"Kuwait is by your side" campaign: Kuwait delivers $ 53 mln aid package to #Yemen! (photo)

15.7.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

Latest #Saudi & #UAE media channel for their #Yemen propaganda about to launch : Adan Sky, on Nilesat. (image)

23.6.2017 (updates 18.7.) – CNN (A H P)

Saudi Arabia, major combatant in Yemen, to tackle spread of cholera

Saudi Arabia plans to shell out tens of millions of dollars to stem an outbreak of cholera in Yemen, spawned amid the military offensive it's spearheading there against the Houthi rebels.

Riyadh announced a donation of $66.7 million to UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners to fight the disease.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz -- who kicked off the donation initiative -- was recently made crown prince in a reshuffle of the Saudi royal hierarchy.

"Saudi Arabia is committed to working closely with our aid partners to effectively address the cholera and general humanitarian situation in Yemen," said Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, adviser at the royal court and general supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

'We will continue to work with our partners across a broad range of humanitarian and relief efforts for the people of Yemen." – By Katie Polglase, Schams Elwazer and Joe Sterling

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Hope for @CNN : They're sarcastic now.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

Siehe / Look at cp1b

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt18.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 17 July 2017 (full list):

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

16.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 16 July 2017 (full list):

16.7.2017 – Legal Center (* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 15 July 2017 (full list):

18.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes wage three raids on Serwah

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched on Tuesday three airstrikes on Serwah district in Mareb province.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-paid mercenaries' artillery pounded citizens' houses and agricultural farms in Wadi al-Rabeah, al-Matar and Souk Serwah, a local official told Saba.

18.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Two US-Saudi air raids hit Hmdan

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

17.7.2017 – Xinhua (* A K)

Fresh Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen's capital airport

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels resumed air attacks on targets inside Yemen's capital Sanaa on Monday, officials and residents said.

Official Saba news agency, which is under control of Houthi movement and its allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, reported six airstrikes on al-Dailami air base north of Sanaa.

It said the strikes badly damaged al-Dailami air base and nearby civil airport, which is the only civil and commercial airport in the capital that the coalition forced its closure last year.

According to the residents, several houses near the airport were also damaged in the airstrikes.

"About seven families fled their houses near the airport after the powerful airstrikes damaged their homes and frightened their children," local resident Bakil Sayyad told Xinhua.

This is the latest in a series of almost daily airstrikes on the rebel-held capital.

On Saturday, the coalition launched two airstrikes on the al-Dailami air base, "causing heavy damage to neighboring houses of citizens," according to the residents.

Meanwhile, residents also reported other two airstrikes on a private commercial factory west of Sanaa on Monday early morning.

The residents said the factory and neighboring houses and farms were damaged.

Comment by Judith Brown: This makes it more difficult to bring in medical supplies and water sanitation equipment. Inhumane.

17.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression launches raids on Serwah

The US-Saudi aggression warplanes waged on Monday two air raids on Dhawar area in Serwah district in Mareb province.
A security official told Saba that the hostile warplanes targeted a bulldozer which destroyed it completely.

17.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi aggression warplanes hit capital

The US-backed Saudi-led aggression coalition warplanes launched six strikes on the capital Sanaa early on Monday, an official told Saba.
The airstrikes hit al-Dailami air base, which is close to the civil international airport, causing heavy damage to the civil airport, nearby citizens' houses and other public properties, the official added.
Meanwhile, the warplanes also hit a private commercial factory in west of the capital, damaging the factory and nearby residents' houses

18.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Child wounded in Saudi cluster bomb in Saada

A child was wounded in a Saudi cluster bomb in al-Safra district of Saada province, a local official told Saba on Tuesday.
The bomb was dropped by the Saudi warplanes on the district earlier, wounding the child.
Meanwhile, the US-backed Saudi fighter jets waged three strikes on Shada district and other on al-Mahather area in the same province, the official added.

17.7.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A K PH)

This Yemeni boy Was injured today when cluster bomb exploded in Saada north where he was bringing water to his family (photos)

17.7.2017 – Sanaa at night (A K PH)

It is 3:31 AM in the capital Sana'a As all citizens are sleeping now, Saudi jets flying over our heads right now.

Sound of Saudi-led coalition jets flying over capital Sanaa #Yemen again. It's now 4:10AM

When my wake up call, like right now, is five darn Saudi airstrikes shook whole city of Sana'a.

#Saudi Arabia going nuts again in #Yemen capital Sanaa : 6 pre-dawn air-strikes on Al Daylami airbase, destroyed since March 2015.

16.7.2017 – Sanaa at daytime (A K)

Now : #Saudi jets flying very low over #Yemen capital Sanaa again. Looking for #Qatar terrorists but read their GPS upside down.

16.7.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz..Coalition warplanes bomb Houthi vehicles ,sites in Mocha and Mozaa

The Arab Saudi-led Coalition late in the evening of Saturday launched several air raids on positions of Houthi militants in Mozaa,Makbanh and Mocha districts in western Taiz province, southwest Yemen.

A military source told Almasdaronline that 3 were Houthis killed and 7 others injured by 4 airstrikes of Saudi-led co. on militias’ sites in Hameli area of Mozza district.

Two other air raids also launched by Saudi-led co. on Houthi vehicles in Rawis area north of Mocha district,killing 2 militants , wounding 4 others and destroying the vehicle which was carrying them.

16.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi air strikes hit Hodeida

The US-backed Saudi warplanes launched three strikes on Bajel district of Hodeida province, a local official told Saba on Sunday.
The strikes hit a stone crusher, causing heavy damage, the official added.

16.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

17 US-Saudi air strikes hit Saada

The US-backed Saudi warplanes waged 17 strikes on several of districts of Saada province, a local official told Saba on Sunday.
The strikes hit a number of areas in districts of Al Dhaher, Shada and Kutaf, causing heavy damage to houses and farms of citizens

16.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi airstrike hits Nehm

The US-backed Saudi aggression warplanes launched a strike on Nehm district of Sanaa province overnight, an official told Saba on Sunday.
The raid causing great damage to citizens' farms and properties.

16.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi fighter jets hit Jawf

The US-backed Saudi aggression fighter jets waged five raids on Al Maton and Maslub districts of Jawf province, an official told Saba on Sunday.
Two raids targeted Al Maslub district and three others hit Al Maton district, causing heavy damage to properties and farms of citizens

17.7.2017 – Saudi Press Agency (A K PS)

KACST Successfully Converts Manned Aircraft into Drone

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has announced the success of its specialists in converting a manned aircraft into a drone.

a squadron of three drones of Al-Nawras have successfully been flying through one control room to carry out joint missions and these strategic type of drones can fly up to 30 hours.

17.7.2017 – Al Masirah TV (A K PH)

Targeting the aggression Education infrastructure in Al-Hajar area in Qubaytah Belhaj

The educational institution and the educational infrastructure in Yemen have always been a target of the Saudi-American aggression. This massive destruction of the community college and the vocational institute in Al-Hajar district in the governorate of Qubaytah in the province of Lahj Khair witnessed this.

Remark: No indication when this complex had been raided.

18.7.2017 – Nafisa Alharazi (B K)

Children in #Yemen murdered by #US-#Saudi coalition,others suffer the chemical bombs effects (photos)

18.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

Royal #Saudi Air Force A330 #MRTT refuels a #UAE Air Force F-16 Block 60 during a flight in support of #OpRestoreHope (photo)

#RSAF Typhoon, #UAEAF F-16 Block 60, #EAF & #RBAF F-16 Block 40s landing at King Fahd AFB — by: @bsf6592 (photos)

17.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (@KACST) converts 3 manned aircrafts into drones named #Gull (photos) and film:

My comment: That’s really what the world has waited for.

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

19.7.2017 – Xinhua (A K)

At least 22 killed in conflicts near Yemen's capital

At least 22 people were killed in battles between Yemeni government forces and Houthi rebels in Nehm front line, northeast of Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa on Tuesday, a military source said.

The battles erupted earlier Tuesday at al-Minsa mountain, which overlooks the regular road linking rebel-held Sanaa and government-held Marib province.

"The government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition warplanes, were trying to advance into sites near the capital, which was controlled by Houthis supported by forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"Neither advance nor progress were made by any sides during the battles as the fighting is still ongoing," the source said.

He added that two soldiers were killed and four others wounded in the government forces, while Houthis lost nearly 20 militants in the battles. and as claimed by Pro-Hadi Almasdar Online: but the other side reports quite different:

Remark: Relying on pro-Saudi / pro-Hadi sources.

18.7.2017 – New News (A K PH)

Saudi Arabia Announces the Killing of 3 Soldiers in Battles with Yemeni Army beyond Saudi Border

17.7.2017 – AFP (A K)

15 Yemeni rebels, 8 soldiers killed in clashes

At least 15 Yemeni rebels and eight soldiers were killed Monday as government forces attacked insurgent positions in two areas in the southwest of the country, military officials said.

Loyalists attacked Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies, renegade troops loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, at Heess, on the road linking the city of Taez with Hodeida port, on the Red Sea coast, officials said.

The attack aimed to block the road leading to the rebel-held port, the officials said.

The second attack targeted rebels in Al-Hameli area, north of the port of Mokha, which was recaptured by government forces in February as part of a major ongoing offensive to drive rebels from the lengthy Red Sea coastline.

Several soldiers were wounded in the clashes, officials said.

Warplanes from the Saudi-led Arab coalition backed government forces in the attacks, officials said.

Remark: Relying on Hadi army sources.

16.7.2017 – Mohammed Al-Qadhi (A K)

Taybah, 18, lost her leg in landmine blast 3 days ahead of her wedding. She went 2 look after cattle in her village in #Taiz #Yemen

16.7.2017 – Al Sahwa (A K PS)

Houthi-Saleh militias turn schools into mine plants

The Houthi-Saleh militias turn public facilities including schools into mine plants and using them as military barracks, weapon deports and torture custodies for the detainees and abductees.

Head of the Military Engineering Unit Maj. Gen Saleh Turaiq that Houth-Saleh militias left behind hundreds of explosive devices which were made in a school in Sirwah district.

Turaiq spelt out that the militias plant mines and explosive devices in areas which are taken from them with the aim of retaliation and killing displaced persons who return to their homes.

He said that an engineering team managed to remove 4500 from the area of al-Makhdarah of Sirwah which was liberated by the national army weeks ago.

Deputy Governor of Marib Abdu Rabbu Miftah said that scores of women, children and elderly men were left killed and wounded when they tried to go back to their homes after the withdrawal of the Houthi-Saleh militias.

My comment: This article has an evident propaganda bias. When mentioning “schools”, this should serve as a justification of relentless Saudi bombing at schools and civilian facilities.

Pro-Houthi / Pro-Saleh reports:

Pro Hadi / Pro Saudi reports:

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

7.2017 – Kemal Offenburg on Pinterest

25 beautiful Yemen photos

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-323 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-323: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

13:57 19.07.2017
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