Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 325 - Yemen War Mosaic 325

Yemen Press Reader 325: Film–Blutzoll des Krieges–Gewalt der Koalition an Kindern–USA unterstützt Saudi-Krieg–Saudis blockieren Journalisten–Katarkrise und Jemen–Saudische Palastrevolte–Cholera
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Film: Inside Yemen – Deadly toll of war – Grave coalition violations against children – US aids Saudi war – Saudis block journalists – Qatar crisis and Yemen – Saudi palace coup – Cholera – and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification




(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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19.7.2017 – Frontline PBS (** B H K)

Film: Inside Yemen

Children describing the sounds bombs make as they fall. Streets covered with rotting garbage. Doctors and nurses who have gone months without pay, at hospitals struggling to care for an influx of cholera patients and malnourished infants.

That’s what FRONTLINE filmmaker Martin Smith and his team witnessed in May when they became the only foreign journalists given permission to enter Yemen, the country that’s home to what the United Nations recently called the “largest humanitarian crisis” in the world.

“People are not seeing what’s going on. We’re talking thousands of civilian dead,” Smith says in Inside Yemen, a documentary short released today by FRONTLINE.

Narrated by Smith, produced by Michelle Mizner and Sara Obeidat, and filmed by Scott Anger, Inside Yemen is a rare, up-close look at the consequences of two-plus years of airstrikes on the country by a Saudi-Arabia led coalition that has received weapons and tactical assistance from the United States.

“You have the region’s wealthiest country bombing the region’s poorest,” says Smith, whose trip to Yemen was part of his reporting for an upcoming FRONTLINE special on the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Airing in 2018, the documentary will trace the roots of the Sunni-Shia divide, and explore how a proxy war between the two countries is devastating the Middle East. =

20.7.2017 – Foreign Policy (** B H)

The Deadly Toll of Yemen’s Unending War

My organization — the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) — is one of the few aid agencies able to work inside the front-line city of Taiz. People living there knew that we came to bring relief. I had heard anecdotes, but what I saw in Taiz was more shocking than I imagined. Civilians dodge sniper fire as they walk down the street. Mortar shells frequently land on hospitals, schools, and homes. Doctors and nurses perform war surgeries without even the basic essentials. People scavenge for food in trash piles.
The battle line runs directly through Taiz’s city center, which has turned a significant part of the city into a “no-go” area for civilians. Fearful of sniper fire, our drivers sped through the bombed-out streets. We got within 300 yards of the front line, and it was a ghost town.

Many people in Taiz are hungry and sick, because there is not enough food or medicine. Most civilians live in constant fear. This is the urban suffering that we see in cities at war across the Middle East — from Taiz to Aleppo in Syria.
Taiz is a microcosm of Yemen’s war.

The ICRC has doubled its budget for Yemen — but the extra resources are still only a tiny fraction of what’s needed. Most of the budget increase is dedicated to bolstering our medical response: We have already deployed a surgical team to Hodeida, and another will soon deploy to Aden. We are also providing support to 17 hospitals and health clinics across the country. The problem is that cholera is spreading faster than the response. Our field presence only enables us to care for 1 in 5 people affected by cholera.
Managing the fallout of Yemen’s proliferating crises requires more than humanitarian relief.

The dire situation in Taiz is just one example of how this brutal war is victimizing Yemen’s civilian population. It can take months to get humanitarian supplies to their destination. Humanitarian convoys can pass more than 100 checkpoints as they move goods from Aden to northern Yemen and vice versa. In a country reliant on external imports, all parties to the conflict must do better to facilitate the flow of goods, not make it harder.
It’s becoming more difficult for Yemen to stay afloat amid wave after wave of destruction. It’s crucial that the belligerents, concerned states, and aid agencies do what they can to provide a life raft — otherwise, Yemen will drown in a tsunami of preventable tragedies. – by Alexander Faite (Photographs); Ralph El Hage (Internat. Red Cross) (with photos)

20.7.2017 – Save the Children (** B H K)

NGOs dokumentieren schwere Gewalt an Kindern

Save the Children und Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflicts haben am Donnerstag eine Dokumentation vorgelegt, die schwere Gewalt der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Allianz belegt. Allein 2016 gab es 23 Angriffe auf Kinder, Schulen oder Krankenhäuser.

Darunter ein Luftangriff auf eine Beerdigung, die 140 Menschenleben forderte, eine Attacke auf einen Marktplatz mit 25 getöteten Kindern, einen Angriff auf eine Blinden-Schule und Bombardements auf medizinische Einrichtungen von NGOs. Allein 4.000 Kinder wurden seit Beginn des Konflikts durch die Auseinandersetzungen getötet oder verletzt.

"Überall im Jemen sieht man Verwüstungen, die die Luftangriffe hinterlassen haben. Letzte Woche wurden zwei Kinder in unseren Einrichtungen behandelt, die schwerste Verletzungen durch Streubomben davongetragen haben. Ein Kind starb. Bomben zerstören Schulen, Häuser und vor allem Leben. Verantwortlich für diese unnötigen Tode jemenitischer Kinder sind alle Kriegsparteien, auch die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Allianz", erläuterte George Graham, Director of Humanitarian & Conflict Policy von Save the Children.

Gemeinsam mit Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflicts fordert Save the Children von der UN, auch die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Allianz auf die sogenannte „Liste der Schande“ zu setzen, die jährlich im Report "Children and Armed Conflict" erscheint. Alle anderen am Konflikt im Jemen beteiligten Parteien sind dort bereits benannt. Der Report dokumentiert die schwerwiegendsten Verstöße gegen Kinder in Konflikten. Aufgrund des Reports wurden bereits 27 Konfliktparteien weltweit gezwungen, die von der UN überwachten Aktionspläne zur Beendigung von Gewalt gegen Kinder zu ratifizieren. In einigen Fällen gab es nach Veröffentlichung internationale Tribunale und Sanktionen. Im vergangenen Jahr wurde die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Allianz kurz aufgeführt, aber nach intensiver Lobbyarbeit seitens des Königreichs wieder getilgt.

Save the Children setzt sich im Jemen für die Kinder ein, die unter diesem Konflikt leiden

20.7.2017 – Save the Children (** B H K)

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen committed 23 “grave violations” against children last year

As the UN prepares to release its annual report on child rights violations in conflict, a new briefing lays out the pattern of grave violations against children committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

The briefing – by Save the Children and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict – details a series of 23 attacks in 2016, each confirmed by independent international organisations.

In every case the coalition killed or maimed children, or bombed schools and hospitals.

They include a deadly airstrike on a funeral which killed more than 140 people; an attack on a crowded marketplace in which 25 children died; the bombing of a school for the blind; and multiple airstrikes on NGO medical facilities.

More than 4,000 children have been killed or injured by all sides in the conflict, including the coalition.

Save the Children and Watchlist are calling for the Saudi-led coalition to be added to a list of parties committing grave violations against children in armed conflict – known as the ‘list of shame’ – in the UN Secretary-General’s annual Children and Armed Conflict report.

The list is expected to be published in August, and already names all other parties to Yemen’s conflict.

Stigma attached to the list acts as an international ‘naming and shaming’ process. To date, it has compelled 27 parties from across the world’s conflicts to sign up to UN-monitored action plans to end violations against children.

The Saudi-led coalition was briefly named on last summer’s list for violations in 2015 – but was removed following intensive lobbying by Saudi Arabia and reported threats by its supporters to withdraw funding from the UN.

The 23 attacks in 2016 detailed in the report include: =

20.7.2017 – Real News Network (** B H)

Yemen Needs Aid, But US Aids Saudi-Led War

As Yemen's cholera epidemic deepens the world's worst humanitarian crisis, fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes prevent international organizations from getting aid to massive numbers of people in desperate need, says Anas Shahari of Save the Children

ANAS SHAHARI: The cholera epidemic is, as you said, the worst in the world. We have a lot of cases. It's spiraling very quickly. Our people are getting infected; a lot of children are dying. I mean, so far we have 344,000 people who are infected or suspected to be infected with cholera. We have more than 1,700 cases of deaths because of cholera; 42 percent of this number is children.

I can tell you I receive phone calls every now and then from friends who are living in different cities in Yemen. They're telling me about their relatives and loved ones who have passed away because of cholera, and it has been out of control.

We don't have health facilities on the ground that are functioning properly. More than 50 percent of the health facilities in Yemen are either functioning there fully or partially. We don't have enough medicine to treat patients as international organizations. The health system has collapsed, and is collapsing every day. We have restriction imports to medications because the people do not have also ... the money to go and get the required medication.

There are a lot of patients suspected to be infected with cholera, and international organizations cannot reach that area just because it's inaccessible due to the ground fighting, air strikes. It's very difficult for aid workers to reach and help them.

AARON MATÉ: Anas, you've made field trips to parts of northern Yemen where the crisis is at its worst. Are there any stories you can tell us about what you saw that capture the severity of this crisis?

ANAS SHAHARI: For example, I visited a city in Yemen where I saw a father with his seven kids and wife, all infected with cholera, and they had to sell their property in order to reach the hospital. I met them at the hospital where they told me there story, and they told me that they don't have any money to pay for even accommodation. They are staying in a relative's house, which is very small. And they are infected with cholera and they may infect other people in the neighborhood, and that was very difficult for them.

I can tell you, also, stories from a coastal city where people are using schools as treatment centers because the health system cannot convene the large numbers of patients. I also can picture this parent who's running with his son, looking for the treatment center because his son has become very weak as a result of cholera.

People here are suffering big time, and the picture is just heartbreaking. Mothers are holding their children and crying, seeking help, looking for doctors.

There are restrictions to imports in general, and that's adding salt to the injury. For example, I am here based in Sana'a but it's very difficult for me to move around because there are also restrictions on the ground. I mean, all sides are sitting restrictions in front of our spaces as aid workers, and of course, for journalists.

We asked the U.N., we asked the Saudi-led coalition, we asked all parties involved to allow access of journalists to cover what's happening here because if this crisis is left behind, then it's left behind. People are dying every day and there is much to tell.

We, as international organizations, can barely cover the need, and we always need support.

AARON MATÉ: As you go out for your field visits on the ground, you speak to a lot of average Yemenis. Can you convey for us the message that you hear from them in terms of what they want the world to know about what they're suffering? And how they view the rest of the world looking on as this crisis continues?

ANAS SHAHARI: I exactly ask them the same question. What they tell me is they don't care about any party and they don't want to know what's happening. They just want this hell to end. People are suffering big deal and they have had enough of this war. And always, when I ask them this question, I receive this answer. It's like, "We've had enough. We need this war to end." – interview by Aaron Maté (with film)

20.7.2017 – Pars News (** A P)

Saudi-Arabien verhindert Landung von UN-Flugzeug in Sanaa

Saudi-arabische Kampfjets haben am Dienstagabend die Landung eines UN-Flugzeuges mit UN-Helfern und Reportern verhindert.

Ahmad ibn Aswad, der Sprecher des UN-Büros für humanitäre Angelegenheiten im Jemen hat dieses Vorgehen als bedauerlich bezeichnet und sagte, dass die Behinderung des Zugangs der Reporter in den Jemen eine umfassende Berichterstattung über die Krise in diesem Land unmöglich macht.

Der Luftraum des Jemen ist seit Beginn der saudi-arabischen Angriffe (im März 2015) gesperrt. Die UNO und ihr zugehörige Organisationen haben Saudi-Arabien bisher mehrfach aufgefordert, den jemenitischen Luftraum für die Lieferung von humanitären Hilfen über den Flughafen von Sanaa zu öffnen, aber Saudi-Arabien verhindert dies weiter.

Mein Kommentar: Deutschsprachige Medien haben mal wieder überhaupt nichts berichtet. Auf Englisch ausführlich YPR 324, cp1. – der Vorgang zeigt, dass die Saudis Berichterstattung aus dem von ihnen bombardierten Teil des Jemen mit allen Mitteln und Tricks verhindern wollen. – Die Sperrung des Luftraums gilt nur für den von den Huthis gehaltenen Teil des Jemen.

19.7.2017 – Reuters (** A P)

U.N. says world needs to know about Yemen, journalists need access

The United Nations on Wednesday demanded media access to report on the "man-made catastrophe" in Yemen after a Saudi Arabia-led coalition blocked three foreign journalists from traveling on a U.N. aid flight to the Houthi rebel-controlled capital Sanaa.

"Steps like this do not help," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York. "This has been a large man-made humanitarian problem, the world needs to know and journalists need to have access."

Haq said the U.N. humanitarian air service had been allowed to take off on Wednesday and had landed in Sanaa carrying 26 humanitarian aid workers, but not the three journalists from the British Broadcasting Corporation.

"This partially explains why Yemen, which is one of the world's largest humanitarian crises, is not getting enough attention in international media," Haq said.

"The lack of coverage is hindering humanitarian workers efforts to draw the attention of the international community and donors to the man-made catastrophe that the country is experiencing," he said.

Haq said the journalists had been carrying visas from the Yemen government.

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.

Remark: Earlier reporting: YPR 324, cp1.

19.7.2017 – Arab Gulf States Institute (** B P)

Qatar’s Dispute with Neighbors Reverberates in Yemen

On the surface, Yemen’s reaction to the Gulf crisis, in which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, along with Egypt, have broken diplomatic ties with Qatar, was rather straightforward

The latest crisis is far from the first time Qatar’s policy in Yemen has garnered attention. Qatar played a key role in mediating between the Yemeni government and the Houthis in 2007 and 2008, hosting cease-fire talks in Doha and offering to fund the reconstruction of the then (as now) devastated province of Saada. While the talks were welcomed by many in the international community, they provoked the distrust, if not ire, of then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who feared the Qataris were colluding with the Houthis to challenge his rule. These tensions between Saleh and Qatar reached a fever pitch in 2011, when Qatar vocally backed Yemen’s Arab Spring-inspired anti-government uprising, providing a platform and funding for many key opponents of the Saleh government.

The Qatari government has also provided generous aid to Yemen, before and since 2011.

Despite this support, Yemen’s government, effectively based in Riyadh, quickly fell in line with the quartet’s decision – even though the Qatari government had, until recently, been paying the Yemeni Foreign Ministry’s salaries. In multiple cases, officials aligned with Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi moved nearly overnight from being frequent guests on Al Jazeera to denouncing the channel as a vehicle for terrorist propaganda.

The key exceptions, unsurprisingly, have come from those aligned with the Islah Party, which incorporates the bulk of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood. Vociferously anti-Houthi, Islah has long had ties with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia, leaving the party in an awkward place, prompting a slew of mixed messages that have laid bare divisions in the party.

While numerous prominent Islahis – notably, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman – have vocally backed Qatar in the disagreement, many of the party’s traditional Yemeni patrons – such as Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the powerful military leader – have distanced themselves from the party, and many in the party’s leadership have minimized their ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In short, the crisis has exacerbated longstanding generational, regional, and ideological divides within the party

Unsurprisingly, the ongoing crisis has proved to be a boon for the adversaries of Islah and the Brotherhood in Yemen.

While the case of Qatar may ostensibly be a matter of foreign relations, it has already had a significant effect on Yemen’s internal political dynamics – and may continue to do so as the crisis drags on. Yemen’s collapse into civil war has only increased its susceptibility to instability wrought by shifts in regional geopolitics. Even deeper than the current Gulf crisis, this vulnerability risks complicating any nascent peace efforts, leaving Yemen at risk of being a battlefield for regional interests for years to come – by Adam Baron


20.7.2017 – Reuters (** A P)

Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war

A crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries is straining a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government in a two-year war against Iranian-aligned Houthis and slowing the alliance's military advances.

At the heart of the crisis is the accusation that Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement that coalition mainstays Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have designated a terrorist group.

But Yemen's government is packed with supporters of the Islah party, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, threatening the unity of the alliance which has already been weakened by the withdrawal of Qatar's forces after the row erupted on June 5.

"The Gulf rift has cast a shadow on the government and could split it as ministers linked to Islah sympathize with Qatar," a senior official in the Yemeni government, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia currently hosts the exiled Yemeni government which includes five cabinet ministers from the Islah party. The chief of staff also belongs to Islah and Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar is a close Islah ally.

The party also has thousands of followers fighting against the Houthi forces who control the capital Sanaa with Saleh loyalists. Unusually in Yemen's fractured political landscape, Islah has supporters in the north and south of the country.

Since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, Islah has tried to distance itself from the Brotherhood, in deference to the government-in-exile's Saudi hosts. The coalition depends heavily on Islah fighters on the ground.

"Whatever Saudi Arabia's current view of the Muslim Brotherhood in other countries, in Yemen they are natural allies against the Houthi-Saleh alliance," April Longley Alley, a senior Arabian Peninsula analyst for the International Crisis Group (ICG) said.

"In many fighting fronts in the north, tribesmen or soldiers associated with Islah are a critical, if not the most important, part of the anti-Houthi fighting force."

The Brotherhood has posed a big challenge to Arab rulers in the Middle East, where it has built a strong base opposed to the principle of dynastic rule.

While Qatar has supported the movement, Gulf monarchies and emirates, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have spent billions trying to prevent the Brotherhood holding power in the Arab world since 2011 uprisings swept the region.

The UAE, a crucial member of the coalition and which is more hostile to the Brotherhood than other members, appears to have been the most uncomfortable about its military fighting alongside Brotherhood-linked Islah forces.

On the frontlines in the south, the offensive against the Houthis and Saleh forces has slowed down because of the UAE position on Islah, local officials said – By Aziz El Yaakoubi

19.7.2017 – Wallstreet Journal (** B P)

How a Saudi Prince Unseated His Cousin to Become the Kingdom’s Heir Apparent

An inside look at how the royal-court drama unfolded shows the extent to which the kingdom’s recent leadership change was a power grab by a self-declared reformer

A royal-court official, in a written response to questions about the shuffle, said Mohammed bin Nayef was “deposed.”

“The reasons of his deposition are very confidential and no one has the right to disclose them,” he said, adding that the decision to do so “was for the sake of the national interest.” The former crown prince has daily visitors, he said, “and has visited the king and the crown prince more than once.”

Discord between the two princes stretched back to 2015, in the early part of King Salman’s reign, when he made Mohammed bin Nayef crown prince and installed his own son, Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown prince. King Salman’s later moves to give his son power over foreign affairs, the military and the economy fueled speculation the king could move him up in the succession order.

A debate over how to handle the confrontation with Qatar that began in June, over accusations by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that the Persian Gulf neighbor supported terrorism, among other factors, heightened the sense of urgency over the rift between the princes, say several of the people familiar with the royal court.

Mohammed bin Nayef … For months, he had known his cousin could move against him. Within the three weeks leading up to Eid, people close to Mohammed bin Nayef warned him that Mohammad bin Salman was likely preparing to oust him. But, Mohammed bin Nayef dismissed their concerns as conspiracy theories.

Palace intrigue

The crown prince wasn’t set to arrive at the palace until nighttime, after Tarwieh prayers—an hour when many gatherings of high-level officials happen in the scorching Saudi summer. After dark, Mohammed bin Nayef’s motorcade set out for the palace through Mecca’s busy streets.

When he arrived at the palace that evening, he was told to proceed alone, without his security detail.

“Once he went from one room to another they took the weapons, the phones, everything from everyone” in his entourage, says one of the people familiar with the royal court.

Guards ushered Mohammed bin Nayef upstairs, through the palace’s flower-patterned hallways to a small lounge. They closed the doors, leaving him alone. It was close to midnight by then, and the crown prince wouldn’t leave until morning.

While Mohammed bin Nayef waited, Mohammed bin Salman had calls put out to members of the Allegiance Council, the group of about 35 sons and grandsons of the kingdom’s founder who weigh in on leadership structure. They were told the king wanted Mohammed bin Salman to be crown prince and asked for their support. The Saudi government says 31 members approved – By Justin Scheck, Shane Harris, and Summer Said

19.7.2017 – Reuters (** B P)

Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup

On Tuesday June 20 Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia's security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of the royal palace in Mecca.

There, according to a source close to MbN, as he is known, the king ordered him to step aside in favour of the king's favourite son, Mohammed bin Salman. The reason: an addiction to painkilling drugs was clouding MbN's judgment.

"The king came to meet MbN and they were alone in the room. He told him: 'I want you to step down, you didn't listen to the advice to get treatment for your addiction which dangerously affects your decisions'," said the source close to MbN.

The new details about the extraordinary meeting between the king and MbN that touched off the de facto palace coup help to explain the events that are reshaping the leadership of the world's biggest oil exporting nation.

The official said MbN had been removed in the national interest and had not experienced any "pressure or disrespect". Reasons for his dismissal were "confidential".

Sources with knowledge of the situation said however that the king was determined to elevate his son to be heir to the throne and used MbN's drug problem as a pretext to push him aside.

Three royal insiders, four Arab officials with links to the ruling house of Saud, and diplomats in the region, told Reuters that MbN was surprised to be ordered to step aside.

"It was a big shock to MbN," said a Saudi political source close to MbN. "It was a coup. He wasn't prepared."

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

20.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (** A H)

Yemen cholera epidemic worst on record

More than 360,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in just three months, Oxfam says

Yemen is suffering from the world’s largest cholera epidemic on record, Oxfam said on Friday morning.

The organisation documented more than 360,000 suspected cases of cholera in a three-month period, topping Haiti’s 340,000 cases after an earthquake in 2011.

Oxfam said that 2,000 people have died from the disease since the start of the outbreak in April.

“It is quite frankly staggering that in just three months more people in Yemen have contracted cholera than any country has suffered in a single year since modern records began," said Nigel Timmins, Oxfam’s humanitarian director.

"Cholera has spread unchecked in a country already on its knees after two years of war and which is teetering on the brink of famine. For many people, weakened by war and hunger, cholera is the knockout blow.”

“This is a massive crisis needing a massive response – if anything the numbers we have are likely to underestimate the scale of the crisis. So far funding from government donors to pay for the aid effort has been lacklustre at best, less than half is what is needed,” he added.

The most intense impact has been in the western areas of the country, which have been fiercely contested in a two-year war between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels.

Yemen's economic collapse means 30,000 healthworkers have not been paid for more than 10 months, so the UN has stepped in with "incentive" payments to get them involved in an emergency campaign to fight the disease.

The spread of the disease is also being limited by "herd immunity" - the natural protection afforded by a large proportion of the population contracting and then surviving the disease. and The Independent:

20.7.2017 – World Health Organization (** A H)

Yemen: Cholera Outbreak Daily Epidemiology Update: 20 July 2017


From 27 April to 19 July 2017, 368 207 suspected cholera cases and 1 828 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 88.6% (295/333) of the districts.

Geographical distribution of cases

The five most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb with 53.8% (198 227/368 207) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017.

Al Dhaele’e, Al Mahwit and Amran governorates had the highest attack rates (27.2‰, 26.7‰ and 24.7‰ respectively)

Raymah ,Hajjah and Ibb governorates reported the highest case fatality ratios (CFR: 1.3%, 0.9% and 0.8% respectively).

The five most affected districts were Al Hali district (Al Hudaydah governorate, 14 229 suspected cases and 23 deaths), Ma’ain (Amanat Al Asimah, 9 164 suspected cases and 10 deaths), Bani Al Harith (Amanat Al Asimah, 9 090 suspected cases and 10 deaths), As Sabain (Amanat Al Asimah, 7 215 suspected cases and 11 deaths), and Al Hawak (Al Hudaydah governorate, 6 907 suspected cases and 11 deaths) and in full

20.7.2017 – Doctors Without Borders (* A H)

Film: Have you ever thought how it may be difficult to reach a hospital, and how your chances of survival depend on it? Or the survival of someone you love, your child or your mother or father, your sister or brother, your husband or wife? In #Yemen hundreds of thousands of people cannot access hospitals because of the conflict, lack of transportation or being unable to afford the transportation fare.
Part of MSF work in Yemen is to reach those who can’t reach us, through outreach activities to provide assistance for those who cannot access healthcare. In this video, MSF projects coordinator Claire Manera takes us to one of those outreach activities meant to control the spread of #cholera.

20.7.2017 – Tagesschau (* A H)

Film: Lage im Jemen: Zehntausende erkranken an Cholera

19.7.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Yemen: Cholera outbreak response situation report no 4 (19 July 2017)






National Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) in Aden and Sana'a have now been redesigned and strengthened to harness the full capacity of United Nations agencies and partners to support the cholera response.

The national Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) has been reduced to 0.5%, with 99.5% of people with suspected cholera surviving.

Surveillance confirms a decline in suspected cases over the past two weeks in some of the most affected governorates (e.g. Amanat al-Asimah, Amran and Sana’a). This data should be interpreted with caution, however, given a backlog in the analysis of suspected cases. Even if the outbreak is beginning to slow in some areas, thousands are falling sick every day. Sustained efforts are required to stop the spread of this disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has successfully established 47 diarrhoea treatment centres of the 50 centres in the original plan.

A cholera vaccination campaign originally planned for July 2017 has been postponed at the request of the health authorities, in favour of a much larger preventive campaign next year targeting millions of Yemenis at risk of the disease.

WHO and UNICEF are supporting a door to door awareness campaign at the end of July to help people understand how they can keep their families safe from cholera.

Situation update

Since the beginning of the second wave of the cholera outbreak on 27 April 2017, 362 545 suspected cholera cases and 1817 deaths have been reported. The number of affected governorates is now 21 (out of 23) and the number of affected districts is 292 (out of 333). and in full

18.7.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

Yemen: Cholera Attack Rate (%) Population (From 27 April - 18 July 2017) and in full

18.7.2017 - UN Children's Fund (* A H)

Families in despair as cholera outbreak spreads across Yemen

Hamiar’s story is similar to that of thousands of others as the outbreak spreads rapidly across Yemen. Thousands of cases of acute watery diarrhoea/suspected cholera are being reported every day from all corners of the country. Half of them children. In two-and-a-half months since the upsurge was announced, more than 1,700 people have died.

This health crisis is caused by two years of heavy conflict. Collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to safe water and sanitation, increasing the ability of diseases to spread. At the same time, there is a shortage of doctors and nursing staff to help treat and care for those affected. There are no longer any doctors present in 49 of the country’s 333 districts. Some have fled the country and those who have stayed have not been paid for almost a year.

With collapsing basic services, garbage is strewn on the streets, stagnant water collects in puddles, while people are forced to depend on untreated and often contaminated water sources for their daily needs. When they fall sick, there are fewer hospital to go to.

UNICEF is responding by urgently bringing in medicines and other supplies by air and sea and distributing them across medical facilities in the country. WHO and UNICEF are supporting 626 diarrhoea treatment centres and oral rehydration therapy corners across the nation in the most affected districts, with a plan to further scale up to a total of 1,156 facilities. Patients suffering from acute watery diarrhoea are referred to treatment centres and hospitals for specialized care.

UNICEF is also working to make local environments safer and more hygienic through its sanitation and hygiene programmes. Cholera and other water borne diseases spread faster when sanitation and hygiene systems break down – by Rajat Madhok =

cp2 Allgemein / General

20.7.2017 – PBS Newshour (* B K P)

Yemen is in ‘complete meltdown’ and civilians are paying the price

The almost three-year conflict in Yemen has killed thousands, and spurred a severe cholera outbreak, plus critical food and medical care shortages. We take a look at the crisis with a documentary excerpt from PBS's Frontline, then Judy Woodruff learns more from David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

20.7.2017 – Atlantic Council (* B P)

Is Saleh Diplomatically Outmaneuvering the Houthis?

As the Yemen conflict shows no signs of abating, will former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s recent attempts to reach out to Saudi Arabia be taken seriously? A number of key events suggest that Saleh’s attempts to reach out to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members reveal a change in tactics for the long-standing politician.
Timing, frustration with the Houthis, and a determination to ensure he is not sidelined have prompted a shift in Saleh’s calculus. Having demonstrated his longevity to both the Saudi-led coalition and his supporters, Saleh may be signaling his readiness to abandon the Houthis in a bid to secure his political future.

The Houthis and Saleh are not fully aligned. They are former adversaries and have fought six wars against each other, from 2004 to 2010.

Since the coalition’s military intervention in March 2015, Saleh has shown defiance in the face of pressure, and expressed a determination to secure a decisive military victory for the Houthi-Saleh bloc. In February this year, however, his rhetoric changed. In what appeared to be a reversal of position, Saleh called on the GCC to assume greater political responsibility to help bring an end to the conflict.

Nevertheless, after this appeal in February, Saleh outlined and reiterated both his readiness and the need to engage in dialogue with Saudi Arabia. One of the clearest signals of intent was made during a meeting of his General People’s Congress (GPC) held on May 9

Saleh’s expressed openness to dialogue is probably aimed as much, if not more so, at his own supporters in Yemen than Saudi Arabia.

Saleh will have little trouble keeping his supporters onside. Regardless of anyone’s opinions about him, the former president has demonstrated longevity and is still a political force to be reckoned with in Yemen.

Saleh and the Houthis have struggled to share power in Sanaa. This struggle can be seen in the Houthis’ reluctanceto disband the Supreme Revolutionary Council (SRC). The SRC and its respective subcommittees continue to operate despite Houthi promises to Saleh that it would be replaced by the SPC.
Saleh is likely frustrated by the failed attempts to loosen the Houthi grip on Sanaa. He is also aware of the level of dissatisfaction among GPC members with the Houthis and their style of governance.
Saleh is trying to present himself as a rational actor willing to enter into serious discussions to bring an end to the conflict. His self-portrayal as the ultimate peacemaker is intended to ensure he is part of any future political settlement. It could also be a pre-emptive move designed to prevent any Houthi attempts to sideline him – BY ANTHONY BISWELL

20.7.2017 – Hakim Almasmary (* B P)

Media blackout: 184 intl journalist visas issued in 2017 to report #Yemen war. NONE arrived to Sanaa. Saudi won't allow them on #UN planes.

20.7.2017 – Reuters (* A K)

Yemen named as nation where risk of mass killing rose most in 2016 - study

Yemen was named on Thursday as the nation where the risk of genocide or mass killing rose the most last year while Syria topped an annual "Peoples Under Threat" index for the third consecutive year.

The index, by human rights group Minority Rights Group International (MRG), said vulnerable people were at risk in a growing number of no-go zones around the world with a lack of access from the outside world allowing killing to go unchecked.

The report comes after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeif Ra'ad Al Hussein last month condemned some governments for refusing access to U.N. officials while a study this week showed the U.N. had succeeded in preventing wars.

The 12th MRG index found the risks rose most markedly in Yemen last year with the impoverished Arab country devastated by a war between a Saudi-led coalition and Iran-allied Houthis has killed more than 10,000 people and left millions starving.

"Parties on both sides of the conflict have violated international humanitarian law with impunity," the report said.

"International isolation is a known risk factor for genocide or mass killing," added Mark Lattimer, MRG's executive director, said in a statement.

Yemen was listed as No. 8 in a list of 70 countries where people are seen as being at risk, behind Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo – By Ben Seabrook and by Aljazeera

20.7.2017 – The Guardian (* A H K P)

UN warned not to whitewash 'grave violations against children' in Yemen

Charities claim failure to blacklist Saudi-led coalition over bombings in which children were killed or injured would establish ‘dangerous precedent’

Charities have urged the UN to name and shame the Saudi-led coalition over child rights violations in Yemen after research showed more than 120 children were killed or maimed in airstrikes by the alliance last year.

A briefing by Save the Children and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict said the coalition committed “grave violations against children” in a series of 23 attacks in 2016. In each case, the alliance bombed hospitals or schools, or killed or injured children.

Campaigners want the UN to highlight the actions of the Saudi-led coalition in its annual report on child rights violations in conflict, expected to be released next month. The report will include a blacklist of states and groups that have committed violations such as killing or maiming children, recruiting children, abduction, sexual violence, or attacking schools or hospitals.

Last year, Saudi Arabia appeared on the list only to be removed a few days later, following furious protests from Riyadh. The UN report had stated the coalition was responsible for 60% of the child deaths and injuries in Yemen in 2015, an estimate Saudi Arabia claimed was “wildly exaggerated”. The U-turn was criticised by human rights groups, which accused the UN of pandering to political pressure.

Save the Children has warned that the UN will set a dangerous precedent for conflicts around the world – by Rebecca Ratcliffe

19.7.2017 – Sputnik News (* B K P)

Jemenitischer Politiker: USA sind Hauptaggressor gegen Jemen

Die Jemeniten werfen den USA immer wieder die Unterstützung der Militärkoalition unter Führung von Saudi-Arabien vor, obwohl der Kongress gegen die direkte US Einmischung in den Jemen-Konflikt entschieden hat.

Der Politiker Fiaz Ahmad Ayash von der Bewegung Ansar Allah bezeichnete in einem Gespräch mit der Agentur Sputnik die USA als Hauptgegner seines Landes in diesem Krieg. „Die Entscheidung, eine Koalition zur Unterstützung der Gesetzlichkeit zu bilden, die jetzt von Saudi-Arabien angeführt wird, und deren Bildung den Militäreinsatz in Jemen einleitete, kam aus den USA“ erklärte er.

Der jemenitische Politiker ist der Auffassung, dass die Kongressentscheidung nur einen Bodeneinsatz ausgeschlossen hat und eigentlich das US-Image in der Region verbessern sollte.

„Die USA führen einen Krieg im Jemen, indem sie Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate mit Waffen ausrüsten. Das haben viele US-amerikanische Politiker gesagt. Der Kongressbeschluss hat nichts bewirkt, weil die USA de facto am Krieg aktiv beteiligt sind, nur ohne amerikanische Truppen“.In der Tat würde ein Bodeneinsatz von Truppen ein Loch in das Landesbudget reißen, was die Entscheidung des Kongresses wahrscheinlich beeinflusst habe, resümierte Ayash.

Mein Kommentar: Das stimmt wohl einfach.

19.7.2017 – Common Dreams (* A H K P)

Children Among Civilian Dead in Latest US-Backed Saudi Coalition Airstrike in Yemen

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday reported that an airstrike carried out by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen killed 20 civilians—including women and children—who were fleeing violence in their home province.

"The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon and the number of civilian casualties are still being verified with initial reports pointing to at least 20 deaths," the agency said in statement. "Most of those killed are believed to be from the same family. Injuries have also been reported with a number also taken to nearby hospitals for treatment."

Those killed in the airstrike were among the more than two million internally displaced Yemenis "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," the U.N. noted.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which includes an increasingly worrisome cholera outbreak, has been characterized as the worst in the world.

News of the latest deadly airstrike comes as the Trump administration is under fire for continuing to sell weapons to and heap praise upon the Saudi regime, which has been accused of intentionally targeting Yemeni civilians.

The UN's reporting also came as the Saudi-led coalition blocked a flight destined for Yemen's capital because international journalists were aboard, according to Reuters.

The move was denounced by critics as an effort to suppress reporting on the U.S.-Saudi air campaign in the country and its devastating humanitarian consequences – by Jake Johnson

19.7.2017 – Middle East Monitor (* A H)

Qatar was ‘obliged’ to join Saudi coalition in Yemen

Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah said Qatar felt “obligated” to join the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, in an exclusive interview with Turkish TRT World.

“We find ourselves obliged to join the coalition. And we’ve never been inside Yemen by the way; we’ve been defending the border of Saudi … But after the recent aggression on Qatar, they asked us to leave the border of Saudi Arabia, which we did, and all our soldiers are back,” Al-Attiyah said.

The Qatari Minister went on to say that Doha has its own vision to resolving the situation in Yemen which includes “dialogue and development as the shortest way … When people find hope, they will forget extremism.”

Saudi Arabia expelled Qatar from the coalition and by Saudi Gazette

19.7.2017 – Gulf Business (* A P)

Qatar did not believe in need for Yemen coalition – official

Qatar was not for the formation of the Arab coalition in Yemen the country’s minister of state for defence affairs has said.

In an interview with Turkey’s TRT World, Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, suggested the country had its “own opinion on how to solve the situation in Yemen”.

“We always believe in dialogue. We always believe in development as the shortest way to solve issues such [as] the one in Yemen,” he said.

The official added that Qatar felt “obliged to join the coalition” but had never placed troops “inside Yemen” itself.

Instead it positioned 1,000 troops on the Saudi border as a symbolic gesture, he said.

Reports in September 2015 indicated 200 armoured vehicles and 30 Apache helicopters backed the forces, who were originally believed to be taking part in operations within Yemen.

They were withdrawn from the coalition following the start of the rift between Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt and Qatar on June 5.

“I think you’ll find out that we’ve never been engaged in any operation which comes near or in a field of operation where there [are] civilian deaths,” Al Attiyah was quoted as saying.

18.7.2017 – Soraya Tebbani (* B K P)

dear brainwashed humans . Let me summarise for you : Pic 1)Good bombs in #Mosul. Pic 2) Bad bombs in #Aleppo. Pic 3) who cares about #Yemen (3 photos)

My comment: The West’s look at the world in a nutshell.

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

Siehe / Look at cp1, cp1a

7.2017 – Generosity (* B H)

Human Needs for Development-HND Organization is a non-profit Yemeni registered charity number: 275/2016. HND sole goal is to alleviate the starving and suffering faced by populations in Yemen

I'm Sara Ahmed, a Yemeni activist woman with 4 years of studying at Faculty of Media, Sana'a University, and a volunteer in Human Needs for Development Organization, a Yemeni non-profit organization based on the capital of Yemen, Sana'a.

HND has launched tens of projects in Yemen through funds we receive from personal donors and charities. All of HND staffs are volunteers, so all funds go directly to purchase the food items for needy people in Yemen.

Yemeni ongoing conflict which begun in March 2015 is devastating Yemen and has led to some of the worst hunger and malnutrition in the world. But, do you know what percentage of families right now is facing with hunger in Yemen?

Here's what we need you to know and why we need your help:


Save A Family In Yemen is Human Needs Development-HND's relief appeal that aims to help the most war affected families in Yemen with food baskets. Every food basket contains the following:


Your charitable donation will directly go to purchase the food items. 1 food baskets contains the items I mentioned previously costs $50.

All funds we collect here will be used as the following:

%85: Purchasing food items.

%10: Fuel and office and stationary supplies.

%5: Generosity and Wire Transfer fees.



We are working hard locally to get donations from companies but unfortunately most of the Yemeni companies forced to close and the international organizations to leave the country due to the war.

We completely depend on your donations to achieve our goals. We alone cannot change the world, but we can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Your donation will truly make a difference in the lives of many people in Yemen!

This is an opportunity to give directly to the war-torn Yemen people and we can't thank you enough for your donation.

PLEASE, make a donation NOW.

You can help more by referring your friends, business colleagues and family to the campaign. Share it on social media. Use the buttons on the campaign page to help you email friends and share the link.

Once again, thanks for your help! Let's expand the beauty of helping others and saving lives in Yemen.

HND in the coastal province of #Hodeidah in #Yemen, helping "86" families with food packages.Thx donors (photos)

20.7.2017 – Foreign Policy (B H)

War in Yemen Kills or Wounds 4,000 Children

remark: Short overview on the humanitarian situation. The figure of 4000 killed children is much too low.

20.7.2017 – Qatar Tribune (A H)

Qatar-funded power station in Yemen begins operation

THE Qatar Fund for Development (QFD) has announced the completion of the electric power station provided to Yemen as a grant financed by the State of Qatar through QFD. The station in Aden has commenced experimental operation and has been connected to the electrical grid.
The step comes within the framework of Qatar's vital and effective role in supporting the Yemeni people in the fields of development, infrastructure, humanitarian and relief as well as to alleviate the suffering of the people in Aden from frequent electricity cuts and the high temperatures, the Fund said in a press release.

20.7.2017 – Hope Relief (* A H)

Please help us get #Yemen Hope and Relief registered and help @AhmadAlgohbary save more children. Pls share widely (images, text)

20.7.2017 – Government of the Russian Federation (A H)

Emergency Ministry’s Il-76 plane delivering another humanitarian cargo to Yemen

Following the order of the Russian Government, an Ilyushin Il-76 plane owned by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has taken off today from the Ramenskoye airport to deliver more than 23 tons of relief goods to Yemen. The plane flying to Aswan (Egypt) and then to Aden (Yemen) are tents and food for the people affected by an armed conflict. =

19.7.2017 – Bonn Sustainability (* B H)

Karl-Otto Zentel on Yemen, humanitarian aid, and sustainable development

Karl-Otto Zentel, Secretary General of CARE Deutschland – Luxemburg: Poverty is injustice. And that is why CARE is addressing the root causes of poverty. We provide tools for sustainable change to communities most vulnerable to hunger, violence and climate change. In times of conflict or disaster, we address immediate survival needs directly following an emergency — and we help individuals, families and communities rebuild their lives in the weeks, months and years to come. One of the root causes of poverty is women and girls’ lack of control over their lives and their rights. What I personally find most rewarding is that CARE looks at people in need as agents of change. We don’t leave it at charitable gestures. We empower and support communities to become self-sufficient.

The situation in Yemen is devastating.

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

20.7.2017 – Y Net (A P)

Yemeni rebels vow to fight against Israel

The leader of Yemen's Houthi insurgency—Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi—pledges to aid Hezbollah in any future military confrontation against Israel, promising to send fighters

"The Yemeni nation is ready to take part in any future confrontation against the Israeli enemy," said al-Houthi, who also emphasized that Israel should "take us into consideration in all future conflicts with Hezbollah and the Palestinian people."

Al-Houthi added, "We emphasize to Nasrallah that your reliance on the Yemenite people is in place. The Yemenite people will have a respectable position in every confrontation you will have with the Israeli enemy. We are ready to send the fighters.",7340,L-4992275,00.html

20.7.12017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen Houthi top leader says he's ready to send fighters to help Palestinian & Lebanese resistance against Israel, if need arises.

Yemen Houthi top leader speaking now on 17th anniv of slogan: Allah is greater Death to US Death to Israel Curse to Jews Victory to Islam.

19.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

The al Houthi political party Ansar Allah signed an agreement with former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party (GPC) to criminalize any criticism of their alliance on July 18. The agreement counters accusations of a growing rift between the al Houthi movement and Saleh supporters. The al Houthi-Saleh faction also transferred ten abducted Yemeni journalists to the Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a city on July 19 in preparation for their trial. The al Houthi-Saleh faction has detained these journalists for over two years.[3]

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

Siehe / Look at cp1

20.7.2017 – AP (A P)

Saudi prince arrested after videos appear to show abuse

A Saudi prince has been arrested after a video emerged online purporting to show him abusing someone and pointing a rifle at another.

King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of the prince on Wednesday, a day after short video clips were published on YouTube and shared on Twitter showing what appears to be a rifle pointed toward a man who is bleeding from the head and pleading.

One clip, viewed more than 760,000 times, also shows 18 bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky displayed on a table and a wad of cash. The sale and consumption of alcohol in Saudi Arabia is forbidden.

20.7.2017 – Yahoo ( AP)

Saudis release woman in viral mini skirt video without charge

20.7.2017 – The National UAE (* B E P)

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030: economic reform likely to bring political changes too

UK think tank says the kingdom's blueprint for its future economy is unikely to come to fruition without some unintended political reactions.

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 represents a serious attempt to address a future in which oil plays less of a role in the kingdom's economy but implementing the plan is likely to bring about unpredictable political change, a think tank said.

A report published by the UK-based Chatham House largely attributed the ambitious economic plan to the rise of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The need to diversify and develop the kingdom's economy has put serious pressure on the highest levels of governments to make the long-overdue changes needed for Saudi Arabia to progress..

Senior research fellow at Chatham House and author of the report, Jane Kinninmont, said the blueprint for the future economy is unlikely to become reality without some unintended political reactions.

“The authorities may hope that the political system can remain largely unchanged, at least in terms of the dominant role of the monarchy,” she said. “But their economic reform plans imply major changes in the economic basis of the relationship with citizens, and potentially also to the traditional partnership between ruling family and clerics.”

As the plan looks to promote a more active citizenry, it will also encourage more independent thinking and a more entrepreneurial spirit - both of which will have to overcome the obstacle of religious conservativism – by Naser Al Wasmi

Remark: Emirati media.

19.7.2017 – Reuters (* A P)

After Saudi skirt woman's arrest, many lament double standard

After Saudi police arrested a woman who appeared in an online video wearing an "indecent" skirt and crop top, many Saudis sprang to her defence on social media on Wednesday.

Many Twitter users referred to a visit last month by President Donald Trump whose wife Melania and daughter Ivanka were widely praised by Saudi commentators for their elegance despite eschewing veils and wearing stylish dresses.

The Saudi woman, identified as Model Khulood, appeared on a Snapchat clip strolling through an empty mudbrick village alleyway, wearing a short skirt and a top that exposed her midriff.

But after her detention was reported by state media, many Saudis rushed to her defence.

In a country in which debate is strictly policed and gender mixing is often illegal, social media is one of the few outlets for young Saudis to interact and comment on current affairs.

When tabloid pictures showed wealthy Saudi businessman Hasan al Jameel kissing American pop icon Rihanna in a pool last month, many Saudi men whooped in praise.

"Why is no one asking for his trial?" Twitter user Noura Suliman asked on Wednesday.

19.7.2017 – Ahmad Alghobary (* A K)

Some people in twitter are publishing an old photos of #Saudi attack on IDPS in #Taiz There are no photos till now.

My comment: Oh that’s true. Exactly that I had said in YPR 324 cp1a.

Remark: Earlier reporting YPR 324, cp8.

cp9 USA

Siehe / Look at cp1

20.7.2017 – Free Beacon (* A P)

GOP Senator Calls on Trump Admin to Compel Saudis to Allow Aid into Yemen

A Republican senator is pressing the Trump administration to use its leverage over Saudi Arabia to compel the government to allow humanitarian access into Yemen as famine looms over the country.

Sen. Todd Young (R., Ind.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Saudi regime has blocked aid groups from delivering cranes into Yemen used to offload desperately needed food and medical supplies. The Saudis have also defaulted on pledged financial assistance to help mitigate the crisis, according to several aid workers.

Young said the Saudis may have violated an international humanitarian law of the Geneva Convention that requires countries to allow the free passage of all food and medical provisions to civilians.

"They've inhibited the delivery of humanitarian supplies to people who are starving and succumbing to horrible diseases like cholera in what is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world on their border," he told the Washington Free Beacon. "We have extensive leverage over the Saudi government to bring them into line with the norms of acceptable and legal international behavior."

Young said the United States, which is the largest oil producer in the world, could "complicate" finances for the Saudi regime given its dependence on foreign oil sales. He also said the Trump administration could threaten to pull military support from the Saudis, who receive backing from the United States in Yemen – BY: Natalie Johnson

19.7.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Yemen Security Brief

The U.S. Department of State announced new sanctions on 18 entities and individuals for supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program, military procurement, and criminal organizations on July 18. The statement condemned Iran for providing advanced weaponry to the al Houthi-Saleh faction. It also criticized al Houthi-Saleh fighters for threatening freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and attacking Saudi Arabia. Al Houthi-Saleh fighters have fired surface-to-ship missiles at Emirati and American ships in the Red Sea and frequently launch ballistic missiles into southwestern Saudi Arabia.[1]

My comment: A strange world view, just as needed by own military and geopolitical interests.

18.7.2017 – USA Today (A P)

Indiana Senator pushes U.S. to pressure Saudis on Yemen aid

Sen. Todd Young of Indiana is on a mission to get new port cranes to Yemen.

At a hearing Tuesday, Young said Saudi Arabia may be in violation of international human rights laws because it is blocking delivery the of cranes meant to off-load tons of food and medical aid to millions of starving people in Yemen.

Young, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that by blocking humanitarian aid, Saudi Arabia may be violating Rule 55 of the International Humanitarian Law.

“I think all resources that we and our partners and allies have at our disposal need to be brought to bear so that Saudi Arabia’s actions and this horrendous humanitarian crisis — which they are in large measure responsible for — is mitigated,” Young told USA TODAY – by Emma Kinery

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

18.7.2017 – Parliament (A P)

Saudi Arabia: Executions

Asked by Lord Dholakia: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Saudi Arabia about the imminent execution of fourteen people, including two juveniles.

Baroness Goldie (Con): My Lords, the UK’s opposition to the death penalty is clear: we condemn its use in all circumstances and in all countries. It is particularly ​abhorrent when applied to minor crimes and to juveniles in disregard of the minimum standards set out in the EU guidelines on the death penalty of 2008, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Arab Charter on Human Rights. Saudi Arabia remains a Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights priority country, in part due to its use of the death penalty, and it is aware of our position.

[and more]

My comment: Goldie’s bla bla. Saudi Arabia is and stays one of the closest ally of the UK.

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

19.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

New documents reveal UK contractors visited Bahrain 28 times in 12 months amid an ongoing rights crackdown UK government contractors have spent more than 650 days in Bahrain training prison guards, including officers at the notorious Jau prison where death-row inmates are held and allegedly tortured, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Contractors for the Foreign Office spent a total of 685 days in Bahrain training guards from 2015 to the end of 2016, making 28 visits to the country in 12 months, according to documents obtained by London-based rights group Reprieve.

The contractors are employees of NI-CO, a company owned by the Northern Irish government and appointed by the Foreign Office in Bahrain, which has trained more than 400 prison guards as part of a contract worth the equivalent of $1.2m.

Calls for the Belfast-based company to halt training security forces in Bahrain have consistently fallen on deaf ears, despite claims that it is working with organisations linked to torture and mistreatment.

The previously unreported scale of British involvement with the Bahraini prison system, revealed after a Freedom of Information request, has angered rights campaigners, who say it allows the oil-rich state to "shield itself" from international criticism and to "act with impunity" – by Jamie Merrill

My comment: Who would be astonished about this new UK involvement in Middle Eastern Human Rights violations? Really, nobody should.

Cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

Siehe / Look at cp1

20.7.2017 – BBC (A P)

Qatar 'informed' al-Qaeda bombers says UAE diplomat

20.7.2017 – The National UAE (A P)

UAE diplomat says Al Qaeda attacked Emirati troops after Qatar tip off

UAE ambassador to Russia Omar Ghobash tells BBC senior Qatari officials sent 'suicide bombers to our door'

My comment: Anti-Qatar propaganda by the Emirates.

20.7.2017 – New News (A P)

Israeli Settlements of Qatari Support

19.7.2017 – New York Times (* A P)

Countries That Broke Ties With Qatar Indicate Some Flexibility on Demands

19.7.2017 – BBC (* A P)

Saudi-led bloc modifies demands to end Qatar crisis

The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month.

19.7.2017 – AP (* A P)

Arabs urge Qatar to accept 6 principles to combat extremism

My comment: LOL.

cp13a Waffenhandel / Arms trade

20.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A K P)

North Korean missiles head to Yemen

UAE buys North Korean weaponry to use in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates has bought weapons worth $100 million from North Korea to use in the Yemen war, according to a confidential note released by the Institute for Gulf Affairs, the content of which was published on the Arabi21 news site.

The US state department warned the UAE that the payments for these weapons would be used by North Korea on its nuclear program, according to the note.

The contract was signed between an Emirati company with very close ties to decision-making circles in Abu Dhabi and a North Korean company.

The deal resulted in Pyongyang supplying Abu Dhabi with a shipment of weapons, including missiles, machine guns and rifles. All of these weapons are presumed to have been sent to Yemen to support UAE-backed groups in the war there – by Mohammad Ayesh

cp13b Flüchtlinge / Refugees

20.7.2017 – Middle East Eye (* B H)

Nowhere to run: Death follows Yemen's destitute war refugees

Yemenis flee battle after battle until they can afford to flee no further, and those left behind are sucked back into relentless war

“It is also not easy to find land to set up new camps as people do not welcome refugees in their area.”

Panic has set in at the camp, as residents find themselves in the middle of a new battle. But they have nowhere to go. Displaced once already, their destitution and poverty means they can’t afford to go anywhere else.

This pro-government offensive in the Hamili region came with an advance warning to the displaced residents, but means little in essence.

“We warned the displaced people to leave the area but they declined to leave and insisted on staying while air strikes were targeting Houthis in the Hamili area," a member of the local Popular Resistance force told MEE.

To add to their misery, refugees also find themselves unwelcome by their own people and deprived of support from humanitarian organisations.

All transport links to the area have been cut off, depriving people there of assistance from non-governmental organisations and civilian volunteers.

The air strike on Tuesday is not the first. In May, a Saudi coalition air strike killed 17 in the same area.

The latest bombing of the Hamili camp has the displaced in other nearby camps also fearing for their safety.

Ali and his family cannot afford to go further away, but they simultaneously face the problem of not being wanted by the locals in the area.

“The people of this area hardly allowed us to set up camps and started asking us to leave. But we have nowhere else to go,” he said. “We live outdoors and in fear of the war. Moreover, we have not found merciful people to help us.”

19.7.2017 – Sputnik (A H K)

Over 300 Somalis Return Home After Boat Crash in Yemen

The past four days have seen 316 Somali nationals return to their home country from Yemen after a five-month effort by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to evacuate them following boat crash just a few kilometers out of Yemen's port, the IOM said in a statement on Wednesday.

In February, a smugglers' boat carrying over 150 Somali migrants hoping to reach Europe sank a few kilometers out from Yemen's Al Hudaydah port. The accident resulted in 40 people being killed and 13 others being injured. Over the last five months, IOM have helped to ensure that those affected received necessary medical care, food and clothing, while waiting for their journey back to Somali, according to the press release.

The evacuation of migrants from Yemen to Somalia is being carried out within the framework of a $10 million dollar project funded by Saudi Arabia through the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, the press release noted.

The organization has assisted a total of 1,306 Somalis since November 2016.

My comment: Dear Sputnik, what a bullshit do you report here. The boat carrying 150 Somalians did not “sink” but it was targetetd and bombed by Saudi coalition aircraft, causing 40 deaths. The captain of the boat, while bleeding and dying, was able to redirect the boat back into the harbour – it did not “sink” at all. A hero of our time.

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

20.7.2017 – The National UAE (* B T)

Al Qaeda exploits schisms and shortages to thrive in Yemen

Terror group gains leverage by allying with local tribal forces against Houthi rebels and providing daily essentials made scarce by war

Amid the chaos of the overlapping conflicts that constitute the current war in Yemen, the country’s local Al Qaeda affiliate has been a stubbornly resilient force.

As the violence in the country has continued along a number of axes - north against south; Houthi against government loyalists; Saudi Arabia versus Iran; Islah versus southern secessionists, among others - Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been able to exploit the cleavages and remain potent.

The group has not only been able to survive but also expand, and in some cases increase its influence by positioning itself as a crucial ally to tribal and Islamist forces across a number of battle frontlines with Houthi rebels in Taez, Al Bayda and Marib governorates.

In the absence of a political resolution that addresses local grievances and builds and empowers a central state that can provide jobs and services, Al Qaeda has filled vacuums and its fighters have found a role, while a sectarian narrative that is promoted by the group has increasing traction.

“AQAP fights alongside and supports local militias against the Al Houthi-Saleh faction in order to insinuate itself into local populations,” a recent report by the Critical Threats Project stated.

The UAE and its southern allies fighting both the Houthis and Al Qaeda face a conundrum - prioritising counterterrorist operations against the extremists can have an adverse effect on the fight against Houthis and their allies because the militants provide experienced and fierce frontline fighters. This can also create anger among anti-Houthi forces, which Al Qaeda exploits to bolster its position and propagandise against the coalition.

“To increase the medium and long-term chances of successfully defeating AQAP, a broad counterterrorism must go beyond military power by supporting social welfare programmes and financial support networks that generate popular support,” he added – by Taimur Khan

Comment by Haykal Bafana: Breathtakingly contradictory article. #UAE media

19.7.2017 – Reuters (* A P T)

Number of terrorist attacks globally dropped in 2016: U.S. government

The number of terrorist attacks worldwide and deaths from such attacks dropped in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by decreases in Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

The total number of terrorist attacks in 2016 dropped 9 percent compared to 2015, while fatalities caused by the attacks fell 13 percent, the department said in a report on global terrorism.

The Sunni militant group Islamic State was the deadliest terrorist group last year, carrying out 20 percent more attacks in Iraq and causing 69 percent more deaths there compared to 2015.

The statement listed Iranian support for groups including Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas movement, the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Trump administration is reviewing policy on Iran, not only looking at Tehran's compliance with the nuclear deal but also its behavior in the region which Washington says undermines U.S. interests in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.

My comment: The anti-Iranian paranoia is rather negative for any fight against terrorism; the only terrorism threatening the West is Sunni terrorism, fueled by Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Qatar.

cp15 Propaganda

21.7.2017 – Arab News (A P)

Houthi militias looting, selling cholera drugs on black market: Officials

Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration Abdel-Raqib Fath, who is also head of the Higher Relief Committee, denounced the Houthis for trading the drugs and selling them on the black market in the provinces of Hodeidah, Hajah, Ibb and Dhamar.
He said the silence of UN organizations is putting Yemeni lives in even greater danger.
He labeled these actions by the Houthis “terrorist and totally inconsistent with all humanitarian principles and laws.”
Yemen’s permanent representative to the UN, Khalid Al-Yamani, said the situation in areas under Houthi control is becoming increasingly complicated due to the massive cholera outbreak.
He added that the Houthis had refused to cooperate with the international community and to assist intensive efforts by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), the WHO, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the World Food Program.
Yemeni media sources and eyewitnesses said supervisors appointed by the Houthis were selling the free cholera drugs and treatments to commercial pharmacies in Sanaa, Dhamar, Ibb and Hodeidah.
The sources said the Houthis were using many militiamen to loot the drugs provided by the WHO, then sell them on the black market at very high prices to increase their revenues.

My comment: Propraganda we already had been told earlier.

19.7.2017 – Gulf News (A P)

Yemen’s humanitarian and political crises must end soon

United Nations must take an active role to prevent the condition in Yemen from deteriorating any further. The world body must back the internationally-recognised government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and lean much more heavily and effectively against Al Houthis in order to end the sufferings of Yemenis. Al Houthis must be pressurised to end hostilities and resume peace talks. With rifts between pro-Saleh loyalists and Al Houthis wide open, it is also time for forces loyal to the legitimate government to make a more concerted push towards a military breakthrough.

My comment: This is crazy propaganda, it’s a mere political claim. The UN support for this “legitimate” government does not change the humanitarian situation at all (just remember the Saudi coalition blockade of Houthi-held Yemen). “Al Houthis must be pressurised to end hostilities”: there are no hostilities by other partys, for instance bombings? LOL. – “With rifts between pro-Saleh loyalists and Al Houthis wide open”: the rift between the Emirstes and the Saudis in Southern Yemen are much larger. – “it is also time for forces loyal to the legitimate government to make a more concerted push towards a military breakthrough”: this will even enlarge the sufferings of the Yemeni people.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

20.7.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi air strikes hit Saada

The US-backed Saudi warplanes waged 4 strikes on several of districts of Saada province, a local official told Saba on Wednesday.
The strikes hit a number of areas in districts of kitaf and Al-Safra'a causing heavy damage to houses and farms of citizens, the official added.
A child was wounded in a Saudi cluster bomb in Akwan zone of Saada province, the official said.
The bomb was dropped by the Saudi warplanes on the district earlier, wounding the child.

19.7.2017 – New News (** A K PH)

Updated Death Toll Indicates the Death of 22, the Injury of another 6 ,Taiz Massacre

Updated death toll indicates the death of 22 and the injury of another 6 and destroyed three houses inhabited by three displaced families in one of the most brutal crimes of the US-Saudi alliance against the Yemeni people.

Mersad local sources in Taiz said that the exhumations continued yesterday evening in light of difficulties recovered from the rubble of the destroyed building and that some of the bodies were charred and could not be identified.

Names are as follows:

In addition to four charred bodies that could not be identified.


19.7.2017 – Christian Triebert (* A K PH)

The makeshift IDP camp was reportedly in/near Khalid ibn al-Walid camp, which appears to have been bombed before. referring to map


19.7.2017 – Hussam Al-Sanabani (A K P)

Film: UNHCR spokesman William Spindler commented on the attack, as usual I think he forgot to say it was a Saudi coalition jet.

Remark: Earlier reporting of this raid YPR 324, cp1b.

19.7.2017 – MbKS15 (A K PS)

An #RSAF Typhoon fighter, assigned to the 10th Sqn, on a combat mission over #Yemen#OpRestoreHope (photo)

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

18.7.2017 – Al Arabiya (A K PS)

Yemeni army advances towards Sanaa through Sirwah gate

Comment by Shireen Al-Adeimi: Saudi media has been regurgitating the same headline for 28 months. Please, guys, you're embarrassing yourselves.

Pro-Houthi / Pro-Saleh reports:

Pro-Hadi / Pro-Saudi reports: (point 5, 6)

Vorige / Previous:

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-324 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-324: oder / or

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

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

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